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Monday, June 27, 2011

Busy Busy

Life has been really busy lately.  Seriously busy.  Yes, I know I am always busy, but this has been busier than normals.  The boys have been visiting me from Ota for the past 2 weeks.  We have gone and done many things since then. 

Gurara Falls:
We went to Gurara Falls.  I enjoyed it.  It was pretty nice but coming from Minnesota, it’s not all that impressive because we have such features all over the place.  It’s a nice place to have a picnic.  However, due to the latest bombing it caused some problems getting there.  It took a lot more time than it normally would.  Normally, it’s supposed to take around 90 minutes from Abuja, however, it took us almost 3 hours to get there due to all the checkpoints. 
I planned a retirement party for work recently.  That took up much of my time and it was a successful event.  However, I am glad it’s over with. 

Eden Gardens
We went to Eden Gardens in Jabi, although, it’s right around the corner from the house practically in Utako.  We went for fish and chips.  Now, if you like your catfish baked, it’s the place for you.  They wrapped it in foil with the chips and onions and then put it on the grill.  In the end, your fish and chips get baked.  Now, I didn’t really enjoy it this way.  I like my chips crunchy and fresh and I like the skin cooked on my fish not baked.  So I still prefer the Abacha Barracks.  But they did have a fire breather there on the stage which was kind of cool. 

Abuja Hash House Harriers
As usual, I go to the Hash every other Saturday, which meets outside the Hilton in the parking lot at 3pm.  This weekend we hiked along an active mine in Mpapa.  It was a long one and I was exhausted in the end.  As usual, I enjoyed myself. 

Films:
I have seen two films in the theatre recently.
1.       Hangover Part 2 (loved it)
2.       X-Men:  First Generation (enjoyed it)

Salamander Film Club
I’ve attended the Salamander Film Club for the last two Sundays.  We’ve watched ‘the grapes of wrath’ and ‘on the waterfront.’  Two old Classic Black and White American films.  I realized that I am not so into Black and White films anymore and older films.  As we grow older, we begin to learn what we dislike even more.  I find my attention span getting smaller and this becomes an issue with some older films as they tend to drag on and also I find myself less interested in dramas that are related to different some stories.  I enjoy romance and holiday films the best.  I know, such a typical woman, but you know what, that’s okay.  I am allowed to like what I like!!!  But I will try and continue going on Sunday’s even if the film doesn’t fall into those categories. 


I sincerely hope life begins to slow down. But I believe with the things I am changing in my life that this will naturally happen. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Thanks

I've had many people posting comments lately. Thanks for that! It's nice knowing what people think. I appreciate it.
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World Busk Day

Last Saturday, my choir and the Jabi School for the Blind (among many others) performed at the British Village to raise money for musequality.

The picture is of the students from the Jabi School of the Blind. This school is the major project for the Abuja Nigerwives www.abujanigerwives.blogspot.com

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Music

Music moves me. I love music. Life without music is pointless in my opinion.

So lately I've been listening to:
Adele
Bruno Mars
Cee Lo
Alicia Keys

What is on your playlist these days?
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Bnatural spa

So... I have been searching for ages (ever since I came to Nigeria actually) for a place that does eyebrow waxes and other good services. Well! I have finally found the place. Bnatural is located here in Abuja in Maitama.

Last week I got my eyebrows waxed for 1200naira. Great deal and the did a fantastic job.

Today I am getting a mani/pedi done. They sit you in these lovely massage chairs that works your back, soak your feet in a fantastic foot bath and make you beautiful. The cost is:
Manicure: 2000 naira
Pedicure: 3000 naira

They also do a really good job of cutting oyinbo/bature hair for both men and women. The prices range from 1200 for men and (I think) 3000 for women.

Location: Abuja, Nigeria. Imani estate, Maitama

Come here to be pampered!

***disclaimer: opinions on this blog are from me only and I believe I'm a pretty good judge in Naija.
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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Amemuso opera

This is from the Abuja Opera. Dare Art Alade was leading with his new song 'Cure the World.'
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Bwari mug

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Bwari Pottery

Freshly made vase
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Bwari Pottery Village

This is a picture from Bwari Pottery Village just outside Abuja. They make and sell pottery. I will post more photos. I highly recommend checking it out.
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The Big Nigerian from Robert's Cafe

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Robert's Cafe

Yesterday, I went to Robert's cafe in Lagos on Victoria Island.

I had the big Nigerian breakfast which was 3200 naira and included a corned beef stew, your choice of plantain and yams, either fried or boiled. Also, I had American coffee and bread and chocolate is Naira 250 and is fantastic.

More pictures to come!

Odabo!
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Friday, June 3, 2011

In the end all things work themselves out

I've been living in Nigeria for a while now and I honestly can't, at this point in time, think of a place that I would rather be. I have grown-up so much in my time here. I've learned to live on my own, learned how to be alone, and learned more about myself than anywhere else I've lived.

One thing I learned is patience. I have not mastered this skill yet, but I'm learning it. I also have learned that when having problems of any sort patience is key. I have seen so many results from this.

And most importantly, I'm learning that in the end, through patience and prayer...everything works out in the end. Sometimes you just gotta have faith.


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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Nigeria 4 Argentina 1

I went to the National Stadium and saw the Super Eagles play last night. It was a spectacle. A lot of walking, insane security, scary riot police and a serious smackdown against Argentina.

I will definitely go again. I seriously enjoyed myself.
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