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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wish list

Things I want/need: 

An iPad
A new laptop
A new digital camera
A new pair of brown and black shoes
A pair of black pants
A pair of jeans
A pair of Khakis
Like 5 new tops
A business suit
A handbag, like a proper one  

What's on your wish list?
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Coconuts!

We had fresh coconut juice for 100 naira cut up for us by this adorable lil boy.
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

More boat pics

I love boats. :)
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Boat ride to Tarkwa bay

I'm blogging my pictures so I can take more :) otherwise I run out of space. Sorry o.
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Boat to Tarkwa Bay

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Happy Easter!

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Tarkwa Bay

For 300 naira u can take a boat from the marina to Tukwa Bay. The boats are sketchy locally made of wood and styrafoam. Anyway, its quite nice and unexpected.
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Going to Tarkwa bay

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Eko Calls



I'm heading to Lagos for a long weekend/Easter holiday.  I am so stoked.  Fela! the musical is in Lagos from the US.  The Lagos Carnival is this weekend as well.  Lagos is the one place I have barely explored.  This weekend will be my serious Lagos endeavor.  I am so thrilled.  I am literally counting down the minutes...  :)  As usual, I will review my trip here.  So for now, Happy Easter!





Thursday, April 14, 2011

Let go...

As we all know, life certainly has its ups and its downs, this is something that is guaranteed. But a life lesson I learned the other day is that every bad day ends and then the next day you wake up with new possibilities. Once you realize this its a little easier to let go. At least it is for me, someone who's very sensitive and emotional. Also, what will be, will be. So whatever it is, I must let it be and let go. Let go and let God. Put it in his hands and just let go and live. Now, I have not mastered this. I'm far from it. But my goal is maybe by the end of summer I will. So just let go...
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Trouble in Paradise

This little note helps me get through the workday. It reminds to stand up for myself, rise above, and tell whomever to go hug a transformer!
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

The latest

During the Nigerian elections if you are not allowed to vote you are not allowed movement during election days. However, I have basically self-imposed lockdown for the entire weekend. Why? 1. Safety 2. It forces me to rest.

So I have been cooking for the first time in a long time and watching lots of films and tv series.

However, this break is good for rest but bad because I really need to be exercising because I'm gaining so much weight back due to my long work hours that are mostly sedentary and stress. Plus overeating has become another issue again for me. I think a huge part of this one is due to loneliness.

Films

The way back
The Kings Speech
Fair game(I love love loved this film about Valerie Plame Wilson)
The Romantics
Morning Glory (only half)
For Colored Girls (only half)


Tv series
No ordinary family
The Closer
Grey's Anatomy
Skins
Modern Family

I know I'm missing more and will add later.

Peace!
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Fishball soup

Here's my last blog about food for a little while. Last weekend during lockdown during our April Fool's election weekend. While I was in lockdown I made fishball soup and it was so tasty and yummy!


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Yum yum git git

So a special someone requested tomato crevettes this weekend. We had tried them at the French fair a few weeks ago. So I made them and they turned out just great. :) they are easy to do and fantastic. See the picture below.

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Cooking

Yesterday I made Asian noodles with Chicken and it turned out absolutely fab! I'm trying to go back to 100% gf. Anyway, I will posting some of my delicious meals and creations.
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Favorite songs of all time

Music fills my soul up. It makes me feel whole and happy. My fave part of church is the music. So I'm compiling a list of my all time faves. Please comment and tell me some of yours...


1. Stir it up - bob marley
2. Big blue sea - bob schneider
3. Kind of blue (entire album) -Miles davis
4. Fall in love - d'banj
5. Danger - P. Square
6. Fire on the mountain - Asa
7. Heartbeat - Nneka
8. Three little birds - bob marley
9. Real love - Mary J. Blige
10. This love - maroon 5
11. Boom boom pow - black eyed peas
12. Burning - finley quaye
13. Yellow - coldplay
14. Every lil thing - Estelle
15. Unbreakable - alicia keys
16. Lonely - Akon
17. Hope - shaggy
18. Still in love - Sean Paul
19. Wetin dey - jesse jagz
20. As - Stevie Wonder
21. Ambulance - tv on the radio
22. Dirtywhirl - tv on the radio
23. Feel like makin love - d'angelo
24. Can't take my eyes off u - Lauryn
25. Stay - dave matthews band
26. How can u mend a broken heart - al green
27. Sweet thing - mary j blige
28. Bad romance - lady gaga
29. By your side - Sade
30. Babyfather - sade
31. Take five - david brubeck
32. Try sleepin w/a broken heart-alicia
33. Hear me Lord - bonnie raitt
34. Daydreaming - Aretha Franklin
35. End of the Road - Boyz II Men
37. I wanna be down - Brandy
38. Love and happiness - Al Green
39. Once in a lifetime - Texas
40. Sitting by the dock of the bay - Otis Redding
41. Diggin on you - Joss Stone
42. You're making me - Toni Braxton
43. That's the way love goes - Janet Jackson
44. For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder
45. Baby, did a bad bad thing - Chris Isaak
46. Interested - India Arie
47. Crush - DMB
48. Right as rain - Adele
49. Empire state of mind - jay Z and alicia
50. Like you'll never see me again - alicia keys
51. Oh, Atlanta - Alison Krauss
52. Omg - will.I.am
53. Something to talk about - Bonnie Rait
54. Hear me lord - Bonnie
55. Time of our lives - Bonnie
56. Say you will - Brandy
57. Chocolate high - India arie
58. Like this - Brandy
59. Put ur records on - Corinne Bailey rae
60. Me and those dreamin eyes of mine - D'angelo
61. Cruisin - D'angelo
62. U know what's up - donnell jones
63. Suavemente - elvis crespo
64. Giving him something he can feel - en vogue
65. Spend my life w/u - eric benet
66. Feels like rain - John Hiatt
67. Fallin in love at a coffee shop - Landon pigg
68. Nothing even matters - Lauryn Hill
69. Can't get right - Lucinda williams
70. Get right w/ God - Lucinda
71. Sunday morning - maroon 5
72. vanilla twilight - owl city
73. Bambaleo
74. What am I to u? - Norah Jones

There are hundreds more, of course, but... This is my list so far!

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Spaghetti 'n' Meatballs

Made this for dinner tonight. Homemade and was very tasty! Yummy!
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Chocolate high

This post is a long time coming. I've been in Nigeria for a while now...and I love it. I consider it my home now. If you ask me why, its not easy to explain. But when you meet up with another Nigerwife often I hear the same thing that I tell people. "Why do you like Nigeria?" Because when I came here I knew I was home. This is so often the answer and its mine too. I hope that my nephew and big sis can come visit me in my home this year to share it with them.

For example, we are currently experiencing the elections. They are supposed to be over three Saturdays, but nothing ever goes as planned, of course. And to top it off. On these days, there's no movement allowed which is enforced by police and military. Out of safety, I am choosing to stay locked in all weekend. I don't believe in taking unnecessary risks. So yesterday's elections were postponed. They ballots didn't arrive. Its utter bullshit. But its life. There's no real democracy her, nor do I believe it really exists in the US either. This weekends elections were for senate and house of reps seats. So now they are on Monday.

So. Since I'm in lockdown, I know some of you might ask, why would I want to live in a place like this? There is no easy answer except, I truly feel that this is my home. Now, I don't feel at home always in my workplace but I often feel like my workplace doesn't really belong in Nigeria.

So. What I love about nigeria? The people, the rhythm of life, the way people move, the goodness of people, the welcoming arms that are often opened, that it takes a village mentality, and the optimistic attitude of the people here. It's just lovely.

When I leave nigeria, I miss home so bad. This is why I say I am in love with Nigeria. I guess Nigeria is my chocolate high.

Where do you consider home and why? Can you explain it to others?


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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Good food, Good friends

Today is Wednesday. I love love Wednesdays. Why? Wednesdays are ice cream days at the Berger Canteen. So today's meal was exceptional because they had almost all of my favorite foods! I had chicken, fried rice, palm oil stew, plantains, coleslaw, an amazing mushroom soup and caramel, chocolate and banana ice cream for dessert! Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. So good.

What made it even better is that I got to eat with girls Izzie and Thalie. It was so nice to 'gist' with them and share good food. Gist is what Nigerians call 'chat' in the US. Ladies get together and chat over coffee. Here people say 'gist.'. Let's gist.

The elections are on Saturday. We are not allowed out during this time. It shall be interesting to see how it goes.

I'm not feeling too great these days. Keep coming down with something or the other. I'm at the clinic at this very moment writing this with my phone. I'm having a fever and body ache which sounds a lot like malaria. :(
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