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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A date with myself

Today, I went to see 2 films. I haven't been to see a movie since October when my friend's mum was in town. And I don't even really count it because we saw a Nigerian film which I didn't like at all. It was all about cheating. Those of you who know me, know I detest and dislike anything related to cheating.

So! Today, my Pastor Wale and his beautiful wifey Uduak and moi went to see Mission Impossible 4. I loved MI, MI2 and never saw 3. I enjoyed this one even though the older I get the less in love with Tom Cruise I become. You can ask my dad and nephew Nick about my fetish when I was 11 years old. I wrote him letters and watched Top Gun so many times I know all the words. In fact, I once hand-wrote the lines to the entire film. No joke. I think it's worth it. If your into cars, it's a serious BMW advertisement all throughout. Also, my love, Apple is all over the place as well. (By the way, I still haven't been blessed with an iPad and am graciously accepting gifts!)

Then I decided to treat myself to dinner at Woks n Koi. I ordered some things that I don't normally. I ordered chicken with mushroom. But when it came it was mostly green peppers, which I kinda hate. So...the waiter felt back, took it back and they re-made my food minus the green peppers. This was a great surprise in customer service, especially after the Salamander mishap last week.

Now, I'm watching New Year's Eve. I loved Valentine's Day and I'm hoping it's similar!

Write more later!

My 2nd Abuja Christmas

This Christmas was my 2nd one in Abuja, Nigeria.

I must admit, this was much better than the last, except someone was missing.  :(  However, the reason this one was better than the last was because, this one, I remembered the reason for the season.  Everything I celebrated, I remembered the reason for the season...Jesus. 



I went and enjoyed food at people's homes.  I went to church and it was beautifully decorated.  In fact, the Christmas tree was the best I've seen this year.  The music was phenomenal as ever.  Afterwards, I went to a Chinese restaurant in Maitama called "Marco Polo" with  my Caregroup.  We had a lovely time. 


But I missed that special someone and I missed my mom.  Christmas will never be the same without  my mom in it...

However, I am so grateful for my church, Family Worship Centre and for my Caregroup.  Pastor Wale and his wife Uduak made me feel special this Christmas.  My Caregroup leader and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Dada gave me that extra little love to make me feel like I mattered.  I am so grateful for finding a home within Family Worship Centre. 

I am constantly reminded as to how very blessed I am... Thank you, Jesus!

Boycotting Salamander Cafe

So as most of you know, I love Salamander Cafe, or at least I did until last Thursday.  In fact, I've written a lot of blog posts while I was there.  However, this is no longer the case.  I'm not BOYCOTTING Salamander Cafe. 

Why?

Well, there were always some things I didn't like about Salamander.  For example, their coffee is way too expensive.  In Yola, at the University Club house you can get a pot of french press coffee for around 300 Naira which is about 4 cups of coffee.  I can buy a bag of instant espresso, cappuccino mix  at any of the supermarkets for about 300 naira for at least 6 cups of coffee here in Abuja, which is the same stuff they use for their coffee and for one cup is about N1300 when you include the VAT.  Plus, the food prices are quite high and often the service is slow. 

However, I always went back because I LOVE LOVE COFFEESHOPS!  It's part of who I am.  Anyways, in the end, something happened last week that will prevent me from going back unless I get an apology from Salamatu herself.

On Thursday, I was already having a rough morning and had been trying to get to Salamander all week to use the internet because mine was on the fritz.  And I wanted to go to Salamander for the ambiance, some time away from the house, and I was craving pancakes.  However, when I went, I had filled my belly with delicious food I made the night before and had even had a delightful Latte at home.  So I wasn't hungry.  Now, I go to Salamander often.  I often go and spend a lot of money on food I can prepare for myself for much cheaper but I go to get away.  And then there are times I go because I have no electricity in my house or the internet is not working.  And then there are the times I go because I want to eat and write and use my own MTN internet stick because the internet isn't fast enough there. 

So here's my story... 

I went in and found a seat.  The waiter came to ask what I wanted.  I said "I want an iced coffee and the internet password."  He said, "You will have to order more in order to get the password."  As I was holding the menu in my hands, I said, "You are joking, right?" He said, "No, it's the policy..."  I said, "since when?  Besides, it says on here, it's free-wifi and doesn't mention any minimum purchase."  He then said, "the policy is invisible and it's always been in place."  I asked, "how much am I to spend?"  He said, "2000 Naira."  At the that point, my eyes welled up with tears and I got frustrated and began to pack my bags and began leaving.  He then said, "BUT we can make an arrangement."  I said, "No thanks" and left. 

Just because there aren't a whole lot of establishments like Salamander in Abuja doesn't mean you can treat your loyal customers anyhow.  A lot of people go to Salamander after reading my blog.  I've never gotten anything out of my promotion from my blog, nor have I expected too, yet, this time they pushed me too far. 

Salamander employees, you lost a very good customer that day!  I hope you don't treat everyone as such...


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Joy in my heart

I have so much joy these days. My daily devotions, prayer sessions, praise and worship they bring me closer to Jesus. Everyday I feel like I am walking closer and closer to God.

My caregroup and church (Family Worship Centre) have really centered me.

I'm preparing my second Abuja Christmas. They have been decorating my neighbourhood more and more every day. It's more than we have in the states. I'm alone this Christmas. But my God has promised that it's my last one. I look forward to 2012.

Work is keeping me super busy. I'm doing well these days and am very healthy. I'm grateful for my friends here in Nigeria.

Today I am going to Wuse Market to do my Christmas shopping. I am also preparing food for the next days...

Merry Christmas! I hope all my readers are filled with joy in their hearts!


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Monday, December 12, 2011

Beignets

I've been watching Treme season one lately. In Nigeria a common treat at parties is "puff puffs" or otherwise known as with powdered sugar is beignets! So I want to learn how to make them... I found a recipe from Paula Deen at it requires a lot of things that I will have to run all over Abuja to get. So if anyone has a good recipe, please pass it to me!

I can't wait to make em! Yummy!

Good night!


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Sunday, December 11, 2011

New coffeeshop in Abuja

There's a new coffee shop in Abuja, Nigeria. It's called Bunna and it's inside Silverbird Mall and right next to where you buy film tickets.

The coffee and drinks range from 400-900 naira but they are good and they use Torani flavours.

It's noisy because it's beside the games but it's nice! :)


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My God is good...all the time! He is an awesome God!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

All I want for Christmas...

This year, all I want for Christmas is the same thing as last year.  My Santa knows what it is...  I've written my letter and sent it out already. 

This is the second year that I will be spending Christmas in Abuja, Nigeria.  I must admit, my life isn't exactly where I want it to be at the moment, but I see it going in the right direction.  I hope next year to have the Christmas I long for.  And if I don't seem to be making it in that direction, I will take some drastic steps to get it there.  I pray I don't have to take drastic measures.

Sometimes lately, I feel like maybe I should give up but I continue to chase pavement because I have hope and faith.  Even if this pavement leads nowhere, I continue to fight it and follow the path because I believe it is leading to my happiness. 

But I know one thing for certain, I know what I want for Christmas.  So please, Santa, grant my wish.

Do you know what you want for Christmas?

Merry Christmas!

Women of Hope

This weekend they will be selling at the Cassava Republic Bazaar at the Arts and Crafts Village near Silverbird.

www.womenofhopecreations.blogspot.com

I have been buying and supporting them for years. You should too!
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Mpape pic

This is an outskirt of Abuja.

Mpape Hash

So the hash was in Mpape on Saturday. For those of you interested in the hash, we meet in Durban/Riverplate Park off Ahmadu Bello Way in Abuja. It's N1000 for hash only and N3000 for hash n chop. If you want more info, email me.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Choir Performance

Last night, my choir, the Abuja International Chorus performed at the Sheraton's tree lighting. We sounded quite beautiful actually. I was quite impressed after. Anyways, this is a picture of Agnes and myself afterwards.