Monday, 22 February 2016

Things I Found On The Internet Vol. 001

Original image source: NASA commons

Elizabeth Ole is a friend of mine who is an amazing poet, content creator & film maker. She runs a lovely website where she posts her musings on travel, art, interviews with talented creatives (the cool people you follow/should follow on instagram!). She recently shared a "visual x written story", merging her poetry with amazing photography. I love how the photos go well with her words, its a well blended editorial. You can find the link here.


There's nothing I love more than finding a recipe that I'll actually try out because its easy to make (too many complicated "cordon bleu" level recipes on food blogs; you love them but you won't take time out to actually make them). This is why I was delighted when I found this easy (and quite original if I might add) Yaji/Suya curry dish by lifestyle blogger Sisi Yemmie on bella naija. I've made it twice and the whole family loves it! Click this link to the original post on her site.


I found a couple of pictures on tumblr of fasinating hairstyles worn by women in post-independent Nigeria captured by famed photographer  J.D 'Okhai Ojeikere. I don't know if its my recent transition into natural/unrelaxed hair or the cost of a good slaying weave, but I've taking a liking to braids. This may explain why I bookmarked this article. Either way, these images have a Mad Men meets Eko vibe. Currently imagining myself in a peplum dress, pointed heels and a threaded hairstyle. In fact, I just might try it one of these days!

Source: PRI

I regularly come across interesting content online which I want to share with friends, or on the blog however I've always found it difficult to place because I never quite know what title to give such a post, how it'll be structured or where on the blog such a post would be placed. This series is a solution to that (plus I personally need something to refer to when I'm gisting with someone about "this cool recipe I found" or "a photo series I think you should check). I hope this gives a brief description of what to expect and if you have anything interesting you think should be shared on this series (an instagram post, a weblink etc), please leave in the comments below.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

A Weekend in Calabar: Stay

Hi Guys!
Courtesy of a work sponsored group trip, I visited Calabar for the first time in December (P.S. work in advertising kids!). Calabar is quite popular as a local tourist destination due to the Calabar carnival and the Tinapa resort so I was excited to visit this interesting city that had somehow managed to build a thriving tourism industry in a country that isn't often at the forefront when it comes to leisure travel.

Recently, I made a resolution to stop waiting for the "perfect" moment to do/share things. I should have shared images from the trip last month but I was so determined to share all the pictures & videos I took however there was never any time to create a long ass post. So I decided "better to share something than to have a phone filled with beautiful pictures noone else will get to enjoy".

Interesting Artwork at the Margaret Expo Intl. Airport

Transcorp hotel lobby (clearly in the Christmas spirit!)

We stayed at Transcorp Hotel, Calabar. It was a really fun experience partly because we travelled as a group but also due to the comfort & professionalism of the hotel. It also wasn't far from the airport (15 - 20 minutes drive) so we were able to settle down and relax on time.

They had a nice average sized pool as well as a pool bar. We weren't allowed to take pictures at the pool but I uploaded a short video of the hotel grounds on the way to the poolside (watch video above).
Little back story; we were supposed to stay at the Tinapa Lakeside hotel however our reservations had to be cancelled at the last minute because the hotel was undergoing some renovations. Transcorp turned out to be a great choice. And their morning buffet selection was so delicious! Kudos to their kitchen staff, if there's one thing that stood out for me during my stay it was the consistency in food quality as well as the wide range of choices we had (for both breakfast and dinner).

Speaking of food, I'll be doing a separate post on some delicious meals we had during our time in Calabar. I'll also be writing on the places we visited (Things to see and do) so watch this space!

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