Monday, December 6, 2010

TW magazine on the RUN!

Remember my write up on how I went to Nike Art Gallery? I said something about meeting Mrs. Nike Okundaye, the owner, having some snap shot session with a notable magazine in Nigeria. Well, it was my little secret! Was waiting for TW Magazine December 2010 edition to come out first before I could spill the beans!

Oh yes! That day I met the Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, Adesuwa Onyenokwe and the Managing Editor, Kemi Ogunleye. It was an honor to meet Mrs. Adesuwa who I recall watching her "Today's Woman" program on NTA in my teens. That day, I kept smiling at her side when I saw her. After the photo shoot, Mrs. Adesuwa looked at me and asked "Do I know you?". I just blushed and said no. Then she asked if I had seen the lastest TW Magazine. Right there I was embarrassed because honestly, I DON'T buy magazines with MY money. I usually read them when I see them around...somewhere...anywhere. Well, luckily for me, I was holding the September 2010 edition (Whew! I had seen some lovely outfits on the Fashion & Style page of that edition and was planning to go see the designer, "House of Moofa", which I did at the end of that week *wink*). Then she goes "Oh you're missing. The magazine has a new look now." That week I made sure I bought MY own copy of the November edition. And I have resolved to continue buying TW Magazine!!!

So here is one the photos I was SAVING for this write up!!! *wink*

From the Right: Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Nike Okundaye and a Fashion designer.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Experience 2010

There is nothing as good and fulfilling as being in God's presence praising, worshipping and praying to Him with all your heart from evening till dawn! The Experience Lagos 2010 which held on the Friday 3rd of December by 7pm was truly an eXperience with God!

After work on that day, I used the BRT bus, which took me to Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), where the event took place. Gosh! You should have seen the CROWD!!!! The whole square was filled to the brim! People, including me, were spilling everywhere. I had to stand for about four (4) good hours, praisng and worshipping God. After dancing and jumping for another hour, my legs were aching me. Luckily for me, one "good Samaritan" brother offered me his seat for about an hour. Later I decided to look for a place to sit...even if it was on the floor (as long as I could see the artists' performance on the big screen). I found a place which was outside the was a large football pitch (I believe). It was also filled with people seating on chairs and on the grass! I was lucky to find a small space (on the grass) to "rest my aching" legs and also groove!!!

I enjoyed the performance of gospel artists like MaryMary, Don Moen, Israel Houghton, Panam Percy-Paul (He sang songs that took me back to my childhood days. My mum used to play his song so much back then that at a point I got tired of hearing them. But when he sang some of those gospel songs that day, I could not help but smile and sing along), Ron Kenoly and the Reggie gospel artist, Papa San ("Step on the enemy....."). LOL! I even saw one of my univeristy peeps backing up Mike Aremu, the gospel saxophonist. Felt good seeing someone I knew doing his thing for God.

The Governor of Lagos State, B.R. Fashola and his wife were present for the event. Even our President, Goodluck Jonathan was hiding! They said it was for security reasons. Anyway, the President spoke to us via the multi-media. Many men of God came out to give powerful prayer points for Nigeria. I even noticed that most of the foreign gospel artists made sure they sang one Nigerian song during their presentation.

Though there were times I was tired and even had short naps, towards the early morn, I could not help dancing away till dawn! The closing prayer was said at around 6.30am. With that I flew home to go rest and prepare for my Saturday. (smiling)

I enjoy my self. But I'd be honest, my best "Experience" so far was "The Experience 2008". I call that day "The Shower of Blessings Experience". About 4am or so that day, it rained heavily. And nobody wanted to stop worshipping and praising God. For about an hour, those of us who were not under a shelter carried our chairs on our heads as umbrellas and stood praising God under the rain for one good hour! My goodness! That's what we call PRAISE and WORSHIP to the Almighty God!!!!

By His grace, I would attend next years' "Experience". And I pray it would a much better "Experience". If you are in Nigeria in December 2011, make sure you attend "The Experience 2011" !!!

Check out the Experience Lagos 2010 website

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sound of Music: 45 Years Later

Sometime last month I took a ride with my Naija-Aussie friend and we were reminiscing about the 'olden days' movies and cartoons. We sang alot of classical oldies from Disney movies and some of the movies of old. Gosh! They don't make such lovely movies and cartoons any more (a sad face).

One of the oldies movies that got us singing on top of our lungs while my friend drove with precaution (the windows were wound up...worry!) was "The Sound of Music". That got me browsing the internet for the cast the next day. I found out that they were going to appear on Oprah's Show on Friday, October 29, 2010. I actually put an alarm for it to remind me. But unfortunately I could not watch it that day.

There are some movies that bring back beautiful childhood memories. I know for sure that my own children are going to watch the Sound of Music. It's the kind of family movie that does not disappear....if you know what I mean. After 45 years, people still watch it. Infact recently I found out that my brother had the movie on his labtop. As I watched and sang along, I could not help smiling to myself. It's one of the longest movies I have watched so far. But you could stay glued to it till it ends!

Check out Oprah's website with details of the Sound of Music crew on her show.

Right now, as I write this, am listening to some of the movies popular songs like "Do-Re-Mi", "Sixteen Going on Seventeen", "My Favorite Things", "Edelweiss", "The Lonely Goatherd", "So Long, Farewell", "Maria" as well as the title song "The Sound of Music". Sigh.....Doesn't it make you to want to be a child again????

Sing-Along with me:

Lyrics Sound Of Music - Do-Re-Mi lyrics

Check out the Cast - Then and Now:



Monday, November 8, 2010

With love, ARTS

Always wanted to do something in the arts field. I remember those days in secondary school when anyone was looking for me, the first place they would come to was the art class....I was always there during my free periods drawing or painting or reading anything that had to do with Arts. I also remember when they used to ask us what we wanted to study in the university, some of my mates said Medicine, Engineering, Mass Communcation, International Relations.....and all the most wonderful career path you know 'adults' want to hear. Well, as for me, I used to say Fashion and Texile Design. And anytime I said that, everyone would look at me like I was not serious. Infact, once the Proprietress had a one on one session with my mates and I, when we were about to graduate from secondary school. When she asked me what I wanted to study and I told her, she tried so hard to convince me to go into Law or Mass Communictaion. Well, I blankly! Though I ended up reading Sociology in University (and I'm glad I took that course. I've learnt alot!), I still have my art love calling on me.

Recently...infact, for a long while now, I have been trying to find art schools where I could do some textile design training like tie-dye and batik. Did a bit of it while in secondary school and as an entrepreureship practical course in university. I heard about Nike Art Gallery owed by Mrs. Nike Davis Okundaye. Found out that her textile training school is at Osogbo, Osun State. However, her art gallery could be found at Lekki,Lagos. So last week, I ventured on my journey to find how to go back to my love, ARTS. And my gooodness.....when I went there, I was in tears.....!Oh yes! I saw artworks that made my heart beat with joy!!!! And to my greatest joy, I was privileged to meet Mrs. Davis-Okundaye that day. She was atually having a photo shoot with one of the top magazines in Nigeria. She smiled at me as I ooohed and aaaahed about the artworks in her gallery. There are three floors filled with lovely works of arts. I was specially invited by her to come for an exhibition she was having the next day for some foreign delegates. Went for the exhibition the next day and enjoyed every bit of it! I got to meet the only Female Talking Drummer in Nigeria, Ara. She sure is talented!!!!

Am sure going to do my textile and fashion design soon.....And am serious about it this time. I was so happy with my "journey" that I actually called my Fine Art teacher from secondary school (yay! I still keep in conctact with!) and he was so happy that I was going back to my love for arts. One day I would share with you all, on my blog, some of my art works from secondary school. *wink*. But right now, enjoy some of the photos I took at Nike Art Gallery.

Also check out Nike Art website
P/S: Do you see the green tie-dye am wearing in the photos below? I made that during my tye-dye pratical class in university :)


NIKE ART GALLERY (The gate was designed as a tye-dye material!)






Friday, October 22, 2010

My Twin Story

I hated reading session during my childhood. My mum would give story books to my siblings and me to read for a certain period, it could be a day or a week…depending on the volume of the book. At the end of the reading session, we were to summarize the book we read…verbally or by writing. The only part I loved about reading was looking at the colorful pictures (grinning). But trust my mum, if you did not summarize the book, the punishment waiting for you would be worse than reading the book itself! So of course I was compelled to READ! Today, I thank my mum for building that reading habit in my siblings and me.

My favorite childhood books were Mr. Men & Little Miss. Series (example, Mr. Happy, Mr. Grumpy, Little Miss Chatter Box, Little Miss Neat, e.t.c), Enid Blyton books and any nice children colorful, adventurous books. But one book stood out in my life and has influenced a decision that I made when I was 12 years old - Topsy & Tim series.

I first read Topsy & Tim when I was given an assignment in primary school to read and summarize a book. After reading more than one book, I fell in love with TWINS!! Since then I have been praying to have a set of twins – boy and girl!!!!

Reading is a good way for both children and adults to develop their creativity with life. Book publishing houses like Ladybird and Penguin have been one of my best publishers because they publish books that not only inspire children but also adults.
My advice, make sure you encourage your children to read even before they clock one (1) year! Am serious! It would develop their creativity and build a solid character in them. My plan for my twin children (And my other children!)is to build a good library for them. And I would make sure the books that positively shaped my childhood would also shape theirs too.

And don’t y’all worry, when I marry and have my twins (God willing), I would let you know. And they would definitely read Topsy & Tim.*wink*

Check out Topsy and Tim website

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Chile: The Rescue Down Under

I got to know about the "Chile Trapped Miners Crisis" just about three days ago while watching CNN on my DSTv mobile phone, on my way home from work. Gosh! I felt scared for the 33 miners, who had been underground for about 69 days!!! Goodness me!

On Wednesday, 13th October, 2010, I watched on LIVE CNN, how the Chilean government rescued each of these men from the underground world. As each man came out, I was filled with tears as each of them hugged and kissed their loved ones, who have been waiting patiently for them.

I congrate the Chilean government for all their efforts. What impressed me the most was the presence of their President on the scene. He was there as all the 33 miners were rescued. And he made sure he gave each of them a warm greeting. Now, that's leadership!!!! Am really impressed with the Crisis Management scheme applied by the Chilean government.

I do hope other countries learn from this. The whole world watched and saw history being made in Chile. Go Chiiiiilleeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

P/S: A "UNIQWE" Aussie-Nigerian friend of mine claimed to be a Chilean citizen for 24 hours. lol!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Music & Arts: The Nexus.

A friend of mine and I were invited as guest artists for an upcoming Leadership program. For weeks, both of us have being cracking our brains for an inspirational song to sing on that day. So I decided to google something on leadership songs. And I came across India Aries' "Strength, Courage and Wisdom". As I was scrolling through youtube to see if I could find the video (that was my first time of hearing the song and I like it!), I bumped into Steven Lopez's video on "After Midnight 6: Inida Arie "Strength, Courage and Widom".

Now let me explain why this video caught my attention...the artworks and musical blending!!! The idea behind the video was while he was painting a particular artist, he plays one of the artist's song in the background. I was spellbound! I love how he picks his favourite part of each artists' song and writes it as the background. Neat.

Now you see why art and music have a bond! Talk about Fashion and music....that's an artistic bond, too!!! *wink*

Check out Steven Lopez website. Great artworks, I'd say.
Also Check Steven Lopez out on Artwork Magazine Online.

Well, enjoy Steven Lopez video of Inida Arie's "Strength, Courage and Widom".

After Midnight 6: India Arie "Strength, Courage and Wisdom"

Check Out some of the artworks of other Celebrity artists.

India Arie

Tina Tuner

Jill Scott

Erykah Badu

Minnie Ripperton

Naija @ 50!!

Nigeria aka the "Giant of Africa" turned 50 on the 1st of October, 2010. Just want to say "Happy Golden Jubilee Anniversary" to all my Naija people. We have gone through a lot as a nation, yet we still stand. It's a miracle! We are thankful to God for that. May God continue to see Nigeria through in Jesus name, AMEN!!!

I stumbled on Nigeria's old national anthem and fell in love with it. Please read:

Nigeria we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribes and tongues may differ,
In brotherhood we stand,
Nigerians all are proud to serve
Our sovereign Motherland.

Our flag shall be a symbol
That truth and justice reign,
In peace or battle honored,
And this we count as gain,
To hand on to our children
A banner without stain.

O God of all creation,
Grant this our one request,
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed,
And so with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed.

Now tell me....doesn't this anthem speak a lot of passion for our nation? Ironically it was written by a British expatriate in 1960 and was in use until 1978. Sigh. I do love this anthem and wish we could use it instead. But hey..."Arise O Compatriot" still works magic when Nigerians sing it with all their hearts. We need to encourage schools to sing the national anthem and recite the national pledge. It would foster patriotic feelings amongst Nigerian youths.

Enjoy Naija Oldies by Bella Naija. They do bring nostalgic memories. Took me back to when I was still a teeny weenie thought to share it with you all.

Also enjoy one of Nigeria's classic songs of all time "Nigeria My Beloved Country" by Funmi Adams.

"Nigeria My Beloved Country" by Funmi Adams

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Race for Life – Fight Off Cancer!

A friend of mine participated in the Race for Life 2010 in UK to raise money for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. She had a web page where she asked friends to donate for the program. She ran the race and even got a medal for herself.

Mojisola Oladeji, I dedicate this page of my blog to YOU!!! Well done for running for a worthy cause. I do hope a cure for cancer is found.

It really is a terrible disease. Every one of us should look for a worthy cause to fight for. Be it cancer, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, whatever! We were brought to this earth not just to sit about and mop or enjoy the goodies God has given us. We were also brought to earth to be useful. So look for something that is passionate to you and FIGHT for it!!!!

Kindly find her page: Race For Life – Cancer Research UK

Also kindly find below some of her photos. Way to go, Moji!!!!

Willy & Jada's Kids

Watched " The Karate Kid" recently. Will Smith's son, Jaden Smith was the main actor. Honestly when I saw the movie preview, I was dying to watch the movie. So I finally watched it! What's my take on it? Cooool! Not bad! I love the Chinese and African American concept. I have watched about two different versions of "Karate Kid" and even the cartoon version (am singing the cartoon's song in my head right!). And to be honest, I think this is the best version I have watched. My best parts of the movie were Jaden's taekwado training with Jackie Chan.

Thumbs up to the Smiths! Willy and Jada Pinkett are really helping their kids bring out the best in their talents. Have you heard their daughter, Willow's single "Whip My Hair"? It's all over you tube. The girl is really looking like a younger version of! Am sure when Jay-Z saw her he thought the same too. I guess that's one of the reasons he hooked her up with his label, Roc! Smart man. He is foreseeing another "Super star Rihanna". *wink*

As for Trey, Will's eldest child, have not heard anything about him. I just know that he goes to a private school. Hmmmm. Am sure he has some talents hidden under his sleeves,too.

Enjoy Jaden aka "Lil Willy"(na me dash am that!) rapping in the soundtrack for "The Karate Kid" with Justin Bieber. And also enjoy Williow's first single that's becoming a hit!

Justin Bieber - Never Say Never ft. Jaden Smith

Willow Smith- "Whip My Hair"

Friday, September 3, 2010

VBS 2010 - Journey to Egypt

After my Dubai trip, I came back home to Nigeria for another trip to Egypt. But this time, Egypt came to Nigeria and not me going to Egypt. You are not getting me, are you? I guess not!

My church did a Vacation Bible School program for children. The program was about EGYPT – Joseph’s journey from the prison to the palace. It held for five (5) days and it was an experience. I was the Celebration Leader. My role was to lead the children and the adults that volunteered into God’s presence through singing and dancing during the opening and closing time. It was a fulfilling role. There were times when everyone was tired but we all still had fun praising and dancing to the Lord. It always made me smile anytime I saw the smiles and excitement on everyone’s face when it was celebration time. And guess what my name was during the program? “Aunty Nene-patra”, coined from Cleopatra. Lol!

We had seven (7) families, where about ten (10) children were placed in each. Each family had a Family leader and a Family Assistant who led the children to bible study on Joseph’s journey in Egypt. Everyone was dressed in Egyptian attires, which was so much fun! Each family had an Egyptian name and color allocated to them.

Each day had a topic and bible verses that explored Joseph’s journey in Egypt.
• Day 1- God gives us HOPE. The memory verse was Jeremiah 29:11 which says “For I know the plans I have for you, the plans to give you a future and a hope.”
• Day 2 - God gives us SPECIAL ABILITIES. The memory verse was Romans 12:6 which says “In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.”
• Day 3 - God gives us WISDOM. The memory verse was James 1:5 which says “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God and He will give to you.”
• Day 4 - God gives us FORGIVNESS. The memory verse was Nehemiah 9:17 which says “But you are the God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love.”
• Day 5 - God gives us a FAMILY. The memory verse was Galatians 3:26 which says “For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”

After family time each day, the children explored Egypt by going to the market place shops where they could learn how to make Egyptian jewellery, have an Egyptian make over, buy Egyptian toys at the toy shop and Egyptian food at the food shop and also learn how to write their names in hieroglyphs and do brick making. The children also paid a visit to Joseph while he was in prison and also when he was later transferred to the palace. After all the visits, the children were taken to the Pyramid playground where they played loads of Egyptian games like mummy wrapping and wheel cart rides. It was a time filled with fun for both the children and adults. It was fun watching adults play their roles well.

At the end of the program, we had a concert where parents were invited. We sang and danced to all the songs we learnt during our Egypt journey. Categories of awards were given to some people. And at the end of the day, every child that participated received a certificate.

Next year, we are taking a journey to Nazareth, Where the kid Jesus was born. Looking forward to that journey!!!!!

Find below some photos of the program and a video shoot during Celebration time. Also check out the Egypt- Joseph's Journey from Prison to Palace website. Enjoy!!!!

Welcome to Egypt

Aunty Nene-patra

Egypt Crew

Celebration Leader

Make up time!

Family Time

Playground Time

Mummy wrapping

Joseph and the kids
Celebration Time Video

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Assalamu Alaikum, Dubai!

Do you remember this comment I wrote in my last travel post “ going to Dubai sooon!!!!”? Well, it finally came true!!! I spent my one week holiday in the Magical City of Dubai!!! It was a beautiful experience!!! I wish I stayed for one more week….but hey, I didn’t have money for one more week. But I def still had loads of FUN!!!! I went alone. Some people think that travelling alone as a tourist is not fun. Honestly, it could be a bit lonely. But YOU can create your own fun! Believe you me……And I did have FUN!!! Sorry, am repeating that but….AAAAAAAAH! It was FUN!!! Looooool!!!

Travelled on Qatar Airways, very comfortable and lovely service. The trip was for about 7 hours altogether: 6 hours from Lagos to Doha, Qatar and about an hour to Dubai from Doha. I spent my 7 days in Admiral Plaza Hotel, a simple but comfortable three (3) star hotel located in heart of the shopping place of Bur Dubai.
For my first tour, I went for the Dhow Cruise with a dinner buffet. I recommend this tour for couples. It has this romantic evening feeling. The Arabic boat has two deckers, below was the dinner place and above was for people to seat down and watch as the boat sails on and on. Got a panoramic view of Dubai city’s glittering landscape by night as the freshness of the sea breeze blew at me. As you watch the beautiful city up the deck, you are served “al-shay” (tea). It was for about two hours or so, can’t remember…I was enjoying the peaceful sailing.

I went for a Half Day Dubai City Tour aka “Jewel of the Persian Gulf” for my second tour. I learnt that out of the seven states, Dubai is the second largest Emirate in the UAE. It is proudly called the “City of Merchants”. First stop was at the Jumeirah Mosque, a beautiful example of modern Islamic architecture. This is the only mosque, as I was told, that allows non-muslins to go in, but I could not go in because that day was the beginning of Ramadan. Sad, but I def took a photo in front of it. Next, we went to the Islamic Art Centre. This was where I wished I had enough money on me. I was mesmerized by the variety of Arabian and Asian outfits I saw in display. You find beautiful handmade artworks that showcase the beauty of the middle-east. Drove past the beautiful house of the ruler, Sheikh Mahammed Zayed Al Maktoun. It was magnificent! Could not take a photo of it because it is prohibited. Then went to the famous and only seven (7) star hotel in the world, Burj Al Arab. A sight to behold, I tell you. Went to the Dubai Museum in Al Fahidi Fort. I enjoyed taking photos with realistic life size static displays which provided an insight into the traditional life of ancient Dubai. It was a lovely journey which displayed their commercial and domestic life in the desert and on the sea. Lastly, we stopped at the Dubai Creek and enjoyed a ride across in a water taxi called “abra” to the Deira side of Dubai. Entered the gold and spice souk (market). I enjoyed the smell of the spices and the glittering shops that displayed gold jewellery.

The third tour was the Desert Safari tour. That was one of my best tours in Dubai. You cannot go to Dubai and not try this tour. It would mean you never went to Dubai at all!!! I was picked up with other tourists with a jeep in the afternoon. The journey to the desert was quite far. Arrived at the edge of the desert where the jeep (with other jeeps) stopped to deflate the tyres for a dune ride. Now this ride is a heart leaping ride, where the jeep speed drives through the undulating landscape of the desert. It was exciting!!! After the dune bashing ride, we stopped in the middle of the desert to sightsee. I enjoyed sitting on the sand and watching the wind blow the sand on my face. Later, we drove to the camp, which is the Bedouin Village. There I rode on a camel, ate dried palm dates, had a traditional barbecue dinner, got a henna design on my left hand (Ladies, try this when you get there. It lasts for only two weeks *wink*) and took a photo with a traditional Bedouin outfit and a falcon with its owner. It was an experience that I would advise anyone to go for. However, I did not get to see the belly dancer. I was told that during Ramadan, dancing and singing is not allowed. :(

The last tour was at the Wild Wadi Resort. This was my other best tour. Yeah, I saved the best for the last! This is the best place to get wet all day! I got a ticket to spend all day in Wild Wadi. Always read instructions when you are there. There is a watch-like access they give you at the entrance after submitting your ticket. That watch can be used to upload money to avoid having to carry money and getting it wet. I made sure I participated in all the water games. One of the most exciting things I did at Wild Wadi was the FISHO Spa. This is a health spa where toothless fishes called Garra-Rufas fish, are used to treat your skin by removing the germs and dirt from your feet. It was a tickle and daring experience, I’d say! lol! With the weather of about 40°C, Wild Wadi was a great place to cool off.

Spent my last day touring Dubai alone. Went shopping, took a ride on the train and bus (Very organized! You can buy a Road Transport Authority (RTA) card and top it up with money. You pay for the train and bus using the RTA card. Cashless transport, I’d call it…lol!). Also made sure I took my last ride on the “abra” taxi water. *wink*
Dubai is a great place to spend a holiday. There is so much to do and so many places to go to. I also would recommend Ski Dubai, which is a place that is filled with snow. You’d think you are in snow land with snow men, sleigh and reindeers :). And Dubai Aquarium & Underwater zoo is another wonderful place to explore the sea kingdom.
Three advises I’d give you while planning your trip to Dubai:
(1) Don’t go during July and August unless you know how to catch your fun! That period is Ramadan. And during Ramadan, you cannot eat or drink outside from the morning till 7pm in the evening. You can eat inside though, but restaurants would not open till 7pm. If you are caught, I was told you would pay a fine! So beware! Shops open around 9am and close around 2pm to re-open by 7pm.
(2) The weather is HOT during July/August!!!! One time it was about 46°C!! I was dehydrated!
(3) Never go alone unless you know how to create fun for yourself. If not, you may not enjoy some of the tours. There is more fun painting a place “red” with a friend or a relation.
Tour Brokers International did my Dubai package for me. And sure was it a wonerful package. I advise that you try them *wink*.
I love this song by Carmen Rasmusen – “Nothin' Like The Summer”. It was my theme song for my summer break. Lol! Enjoy!!!

Saw this song on "One Dubai", a TV station in Dubai...very interesting!!! :) Not a fan of Snoop Dogg though....nah!!!!

Akshay Kumar & Snoop Dogg - Singh Is King

Monday, August 2, 2010

"Champagne,Cupcakes & Curltalks"

Am so into getting my kinky ('Fro) look!!!
To start first, I got "initiated" on Saturday 31st of July, 2010 into the "Kinky World"!!!! Went for an event "Champagne,Cupcakes & Curltalks" held by Nibi, the owner of The KINKY Apothecary blog. The event was about encouraging and teaching us to appreciate our natural hair and also teaching us what products to use to avoid damaging our natural hair.

Three things I learnt that stuck (and we were personally warned to adhered to) were:
(1) STAY AWAY from anything with "mineral" ingredients. For example, any product with Sulphate is a "No!No!".
(2) Avoid too much heat on your natural hair. It breaks the hair!
(3) Always try and keep your hair "moist". Applying water in your hair occassionally is very neccesary. It keeps the hair soft and healthy.
The only part I didn't really like was the "CHOP".....wouldn't tell you what that's all about. Decipher from your own perspective (showing all my teeth).

It was a lovely event. Met lots of "kinky lovers" and bought some natural products to start off with my new kinky adventure....Wish me luck!!!!

Champagne & Cupcakes!!!

Nibi & I @ the event

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Al Musafeera (The Traveller)

You have dreams, don't you? Dreams that you pray that someday the dreams will come true? Well I have…I still dream and am working towards achieving those dreams…trust me.

All my life, I have had one BIG dream (there are more but this one is almost like the ultimate!). That BIG dream is to travel the whole world! I guess I have mentioned it to y’all on my “World Wonders” article. Now, you can see that am dead serious!

There are so many places I want to land before I die. Apart from the World Wonders I mentioned in my earlier article, I have the following dream destinations for each continent (would only mention one of each....then late in my upcoming articles would list the others):

AFRICA - Marrakech, Morocco
Also called the "Red City", Marrakech has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world called Djemaa el Fna. The square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers, and musicians. By night, food stalls open in the square turning it into a huge busy open-air restaurant. After Egypt, this is another "Afro-Arab" land I so want to visit. It would be nice to see the King of Morocco,too. *wink*

ASIA - Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is the capital, largest urban area and primary city of Thailand. Bangkok, sometimes called "The Big Chilli" is one of the world's tourist hotspots. Really want to go here!!!!

AUSTRALIA - Queensland
Queensland is also known as the "Sunshine State" because it enjoys warm weather and a most parts of the state is in the tropics. You can go surfing, visit the wildlife, visit the zoo, enjoy varieties of cultural food and there is so much fun you can find! I want to go here because it's far, far away and that's what I call adventure!!! And I want to see the rarest animals like the Koala and the Kangaroo (don't be surprised to see a photo of me riding on a kangaroo, one!)

EUROPE - Santomeri, Greece
Got to know more about this place in the "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and "Mamamiya" movies. It is situated in a valley area, the mountains lies to the west and Mount Skollis to the east. The farmlands are mainly in the valley areas as well as forests. Grasslands are to the west and barren rock to the east. Now, that's what you call a peaceful and lovely place to spend a hoilday. Sigh......
If you have gone to the Middle East and you have never stepped into Dubai....that's a "no,no!!". Dubai is called the "shopping capital of the Middle East". You can go on a desert safari tour, go cruising, go shopping at the the local markets called "souk", visit the magical city and visit the amusement park (I recommend Wild Wadi Water Park...It's amazing! Would love to go there!!). There is so much to do here. going to Dubai sooon!!!!

NORTH AMERICA - Disney land, Florida
All my life, I have been a Disney fan. And so what better way than to go to Disneyland and see my favorite characters (Yeah! I know...I haven't overcome some of my childhood!). You can go to Disneyland in Paris or Tokyo, too. Anyone is fine by long as it's Disneyland!!!! I need not say much about this place. But if you are a Disney fan, like just have to visit the land before you give up the ghost! It would bring back good old memories......(grinning).

SOUTH AMERICA - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The English translation of "Rio de Janeiro" is "River of January". Interesting!
Apart from it's beautiful beaches, you can explore the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer ('Cristo Redentor') on top of the Corcovado mountain, which is named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Also,don't forget the Sambódromo, a permanent parade avenue lined with grandstands which is used during Carniva. Visit Maracanã stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums!! Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics, the first South American city to host the event and will host the final match for 2014 FIFA World Cup! going for the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro!!! Don't say I didn't tell u!!!!

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." Jawaharal Nehru