Sunday, 30 November 2014

USES OF TOOTHPASTE YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T KNOW!


I'm sure the only use of toothpaste many of us probably know is using it to brush our teeth but there are other amazing uses of toothpaste that can save us a lot of money at home. Read on.

  1. Soothe a stinging burn: For minor burns that don’t involve an open wound, toothpaste can deliver temporary cooling relief. Apply it delicately to the affected area immediately after a burn develops; it temporarily relieves the sting and prevents the wound from weeping or opening.
  2.  Decrease the size of a facial blemish: Want to speed up the healing of a zit? Apply a tiny dot of toothpaste to the affected area at night before bed. Wash it off in the morning.
  3.  Clean up your fingernails: Our teeth are made of enamel, and toothpaste is good for them, so it stands to reason that toothpaste would also be good for our fingernails. For cleaner, shinier, and stronger nails, simply scrub the underneath and tops of fingernails with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  4.  Scrub away stinky smells. Garlic, fish, onions and other pungent foods can permeate the skin cells on our hands. Scrubbing hands and fingertips briefly with toothpaste removes all traces of smelly odors.
  5.  Remove stains. Toothpaste can make tough stains on both clothing and carpets disappear. For clothes, apply toothpaste directly to the stain and rub briskly until the spot is gone, then wash as usual. (Note that using a whitening toothpaste on colors can sometimes bleach the fabric.) For carpet stains, apply toothpaste to the stain and scrub it with an abrasive brush, then rinse immediately.
  6.  Remove crayon stains on painted walls: Rub a damp cloth with toothpaste gently on the marked-up wall and watch the crayon marks disappear.
  7.  Make silver jewelry and other silver pieces sparkle: Rub toothpaste onto jewelry and leave overnight. Wipe clean with a soft cloth in the morning. Make diamonds shine by giving them a gentle scrub using a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a little water. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of toothpaste. Do not use this method on pearls, as it will damage their finish.
  8.  Remove the burnt crust on irons: For those of you who iron regularly, you may find that after time, the plate of the iron develops a burned crust. The silica in toothpaste gently grinds away this rusty-looking layer.
  9.  Get gum out of hair: apply toothpaste over the stuck gum and rub until the gum breaks down. Clear away excess and then thoroughly wash hair, the gum should be completely removed. 
  10. Remove scratches on leather:Scuff marks and light scratches on leather furniture will disappear when rubbed with a dab of toothpaste on a soft cloth. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  11.  Clean your sneakers:Scrub your sneakers with a little toothpaste on an old toothbrush and they’ll come up like new. Remove the laces before scrubbing (you can give them a clean with the toothpaste too). Rinse well with warm water when you’re done and pop them toe-side down in the sun to completely dry.
  12.  Clean and defog your glasses:The tiniest dab of toothpaste polished into your glasses will help cover small scratches and stop them from fogging up in humidity. You can use the same trick on swimming goggles to stop them fogging up under water too.
  13.  Hang a poster:If you’re out of gum, you can use a dab of toothpaste on the corners of a poster to hang it on the wall. It will stay up for ages and when you want to remove it, pull it free and then wipe clear any toothpaste residue.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

RELIGION/DENOMINATION AS A BARRIER TO LOVE


bbc.co.uk defines religion as a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.

It further explains some types of religion as thus:
  1. Atheism: Atheists are people who believe that god or gods are man made constructs.
  2. Baha'i: one of the youngest of the world's major religion.
  3. Buddhism: a way of living based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama.
  4. Candomble: a religion based on Afican beliefs, originating in Brazil.
  5. Christianity: the world's biggest faith, based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.
  6. Hinduism: a group of faiths rooted in the religious ideas of India.
  7. Islam: revealed in its final form by the prophet Muhammad.
  8. Jainism: an ancient philosophy and ethical teaching that originated in India.
  9. Jehovah's Witnesses: a christian based evangelistic religious movement.
  10. Judaism: based around the Jewish people's covenant relationship with God.
  11. Mormonism: The church of Jesus Christ of the Latter day saints.
  12. Paganism: contemporary religions usually based on reverence for nature.
  13. Rastafarism: a young religion founded in Jamaica in the 1930s.
  14. Santeria: Afro-Caribbean syncretic religion originating in Cuba.
  15. Shinto: Japanese folk tradition and ritual with no founder or single sacred scripture.
  16. Sikhism: The religion founded by Guru Nanak in India in the 15th century CE.
  17. Spiritualism: spiritualists believe in communication with the spirits of people who have died.
  18. Taoism: an ancient tradition of philosophy and belief rooted in Chinese worldview.
  19. Unitarianism: an open minded and individualistic approach to religion.
  20. Zoroastrianism: one of the oldest monotheistic faiths founded by the prophet Zoroaster.
I took my time to list the above to let us know when we say religion, we do not just mean Christianity  and Islam, there are other religions too, even within Christianity, we have different denominations, Islam too has two branches.

Now, I've dated from both sides of the divide and man it was not a smooth sail with either because even among Christians, we have intra faith conflicts; some worship on Saturday, others do so on Sunday, some do not believe in laying of hands, covering of hair, etc and that's just dating oh, now you wonder how it is when marriage which is supposed to be a life long relationship would be when the couples are of different faiths.

I often wonder why we fall in love at first knowing fully well that there are obstacles that might crop up later, I wonder if religion isn't involved in falling in love, why should it affect its outcome? but then we all know that love isn't always enough.

The truth is it becomes worse when you are a fanatic because the more fanatic you are about your religion, the more difficult it is for you to respect and accommodate the feelings of others but I feel that once the intending couple both confess Jesus as their Lord and saviour (pardon my sentiment) every other disagreement that might crop up as a result of doctrinal difference should be handled with wisdom. What I do not subscribe to is marrying someone who does not share your belief because when the kids come along, how will you train them? whose belief will they follow? how will you teach them unity when you are your spouse are not even united?

Agreeing on the same doctrine is crucial for a successful marriage.

Thoughts?

Monday, 24 November 2014

ACCOUNTABILITY


I'm so sorry for not bringing the character count series last week as I was under the weather but thanks be to God, I'm fit now. Today, we'll be going a step further in the series by considering "accountability".

The business dictionary defines accountability as the obligation of an individual or organization to account for its activities, accept responsibility for them, and to disclose the results in a transparent manner. It also includes the responsibility for money or other entrusted property.

From the above definition, accountability is not what you put or force on someone, sure we can hold people accountable at some point but being accountable is a personal decision.
 First, it means that you must take responsibility for the consequences of your choices, not just what you do but what you don't. You don’t blame others when things go awry and you don’t blame the external environment. There are always things you could have done—or still can do—to change the outcome. Politicians take note.
 
 Three Types of Accountability
There are three areas in which you must hold yourself accountable:
1.    Your actions and choices—This would include such things as:
  • The way in which you communicate with others
  • How you spend your time
  • Your behavior and manners
  • The consideration and respect you show others
  • Your eating habits and exercising routine
  • Your attitude and thoughts
  • The way you respond to challenges
2.    Your responsibilities—This would include these types of things:
  • Returning calls, emails, and texts in a timely manner
  • Being on time for business and personal appointments
  • Keeping your home, car, and workplace clean
  • Spending less than you earn
  • Doing the things you agreed to do when you agreed to do them
  • Executing your job description to the best of your ability
  • Writing things down on a “To Do” list so you don’t forget
3.    Your goals—This would include your:
  • Fitness and health targets
  • Financial goals
  • Family objectives
  • Career ambitions
  • Personal goals
  • Marital enhancement
  • Any other goals you have set for yourself
Make no mistake about it. You cannot achieve any worthwhile personal or professional goal, if you don’t hold yourself accountable. The reason is simple. It’s your life!  If you have to be held accountable at work, don’t expect to be promoted or to experience any type of significant career advancement. If you have to be held accountable at home by your parents, roommate or spouse, it will grow old fast and your relationships will deteriorate.

Remember, a person of character meets the demands of duty is accountable, pursues excellence and exercises self control.
As usual, some materials were sourced from google.
Accountability is important when things don’t go according to plan. As a leader, you are ultimately responsible and should acknowledge that to those above and below you. However, acknowledging this is not the same as understanding what went wrong. Being accountable does not mean simply accepting responsibility and ignoring true cause and effect relationships. If things go wrong, you should look into your organization to understand what happened. The organization should have the same feelings of accountability. The time to build these feelings of accountability is before something goes wrong, not during the investigation. - See more at: http://www.governmentciomagazine.com/2013/02/accept-accountability-effects-our-leadership#sthash.zxscmlN6.dpuf

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Lyrics of the day



TITLE: SPEED OF SOUND
ARTISTE: COLDPLAY

How long before I get in?
Before it starts, before I begin?
How long before you decide?
Before I know what it feels like?
Where To, where do I go?
If you never try, then you'll never know.
How long do I have to climb,
Up on the side of this mountain of mine?

Look up, I look up at night,
Planets are moving at the speed of light.
Climb up, up in the trees,
every chance that you get,
is a chance you seize.
How long am I gonna stand,
with my head stuck under the sand?
I'll start before I can stop,
before I see things the right way up.

All that noise, and all that sound,
All those places I got found.
And birds go flying at the speed of sound,
to show you how it all began.
Birds came flying from the underground,
if you could see it then you'd understand?

Ideas that you'll never find,
All the inventors could never design.
The buildings that you put up,
Japan and China all lit up.
The sign that I couldn't read,
or a light that I couldn't see,
some things you have to believe,
but others are puzzles, puzzling me.

All that noise, and all that sound,
All those places I got found.
And birds go flying at the speed of sound,
to show you how it all began.
Birds came flying from the underground,
if you could see it then you'd understand,
ah when you see it then you'll understand?

All those signs, I knew what they meant.
Some things you can invent.
Some get made, and some get sent,
Ooh?
Birds go flying at the speed of sound,
to show you how it all began.
Birds came flying from the underground,
if you could see it then you'd understand,
ah, when you see it then you'll understand?

THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD

RULES
  • Thank the person who gave you this award.
  • Include a link to their blog.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you have recently discovered or follow regularly.
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
 Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Whoot! Whoot!! we got yet another super award and I'm over the moon because it simply means we are getting recognized!! 

My darling Ernie nominated us and on everyone's behalf, I say na gode, daalu, eshe, Obrigado, thank you.

My nominees
Vira
Esther
Funmi
Temi
Amaka
Sandra
Ms cookie
Deb
Ify
Riri
Tuke
Kenke
Damie
Sewa
Chidinma
Finally, I'm to tell Ernie seven things about me.
  1. I'm of average height.
  2. I'm very unpredictable.
  3. I love cooking.
  4. I love sleeping.
  5. I'm love my space.
  6. I'm not much of a make up fan.
  7. I love ribena!
.....................and that is it lovelies! X


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Conflict management


In the course of pursuing our daily activities, we must offend people and people must offend us; no matter how sweet you seem, there must be one thing that annoys you albeit little.



While it is okay for tempers to rise, after all I am a firm believer in getting stuffs bugging you off your chest before midnight, everyone of us needs conflict management skills.

Naturally, I am fiery tempered, when I say fiery tempered, I mean fiery tempered(like Angela in "For better for worse") but since I moved to northern Nigeria, I have become so cool that my best friend always wonders how I've been managing to keep it cool because she knows what I can do and undo and how I don't suffer fools gladly.

Imagine me living with someone who has OCD( I used to think I was neat until she came along), this OCD ish is so annoying to the point that when I'm doing my laundry, she will have the guts to tell me I'm not washing well, imagine someone telling you you cannot put on the fan that she has light chest *whatever it means*, or banging the door loudly when you are asleep and so many other scenario. Now she not only suffers from OCD, she nags! Imagine the combo!!

Initially when she moved in with me, I used to flare up and we would keep malice and if I'm angry, it is like I get this burning sensation in my chest, so I asked myself how long I was going to continue that way, I then told myself I was going to ignore her but not without leaving a stern warning that the day I'll lose my temper it would not be funny. Now when she starts her foolishness, I just plug in my earphones and listen to my Osadebe *bats eyelashes* else it is everyday we'll be exchanging words and I'll probably be labelled cantankerous.

Since we can't all agree with people all the time, we all need to learn conflict management skills but before we learn how to manage conflicts with others, we should learn how to manage the internal conflicts within us.

Conflicts resolution skills can avoid rifts, resentment and bitterness while enhancing understanding of one another, builds trust and strengthens relationship bonds.

TIPS FOR CONFLICT MANAGEMENT.
1. Understand unspoken words
Understand and properly read the mood, gesture, pace, tome, facial expression etc of the other party. Sometimes when someone is frowning, it is better to back off instead of starting small talks.

2. Humor
Humor can help you to say things that might be difficult to say without offending someone, but if you are using the humor tool, laugh with people. And not at people.

3. Listen
Not just listening, be quick to listen and slow to speak.

4. Make conflict resolution the priority rather than being right.
Whether you are right or wrong, aim to settle for the bone of contention amicably while being respectful of the other person and his/her viewpoint.

5. Focus on the present.
Yes, the offender might have done 1001 things in the past but why not let sleeping dogs lie? Focus on now and how to solve the problem.

6. Pick your battles.
Why fight over mundane things? Why drain yourself with issues that are not worth it?

7. Be willing to forgive.
Remember you can't resolve a conflict if you are. Not willing to forgive. Remember we offend God and he forgives us, so why not behave like your father in heaven?

8. Know when to let go.
It takes two to tango, if a conflict is going nowhere, you can choose to let go and move on.

Remember, conflict management is needed in all our relationships.

Thoughts?

Monday, 10 November 2014

DUTY

Today is another Monday and it's time for our Character count series. Today, we'll be considering 'duty'.






Duty is defined as
  1. A moral or legal obligation; a responsibility.
  2. A task or an action that someone is required to perform.

Th term duty is a verb and not a noun which implies that it is an action word and I'm sure we are no strangers to the term.

For something to be put into action, it must be acknowledged first, when you know what you are supposed to do and what is expected of you, you are on your way to becoming a person of character. Next is performing the duties.

Duty can be categorized into:
  1. Civic duty: This can be said to be something owed to one's country (patriotism) or to one's homeland or community. It also includes assisting victims of accident, voting, paying taxes, volunteering for public services etc.
  2. Filial duty: upholding family values, doing your share of the chores, obedience to elders, provision of basic needs for the children by the parents, etc
  3. Duties that arise as a result of one's job: Every job has its peculiarities and things expected from every level of workers from every level of workers from the lowest on the rung to the oga at the top (pun intended)
  4. Duties as a result of one's own moral expectations for oneself: All of us have aspirations to be the best but you cannot aspire to graduate with a first class and not do the needful! Having dreams is good but don't you know that faith without work is dead?

If you can't be a pine on the top of the hill
be the shrub in the valley but be the best little shrub by the side of the hill
be the bush if you cannot be the tree
if you can't be a bush be a bit of grass and some highway happier make
if you can't be a muskie then just be a bass
but be the liveliest bass in the lake
we can't all be captains, we've got to be crew
there is something for all of us
there is big work to do and there is lesser to do
and the task we must do is near
if you can't be a highway then just be a trail
if you can't be the sun, be a star
it isn't by size that you win or fail
be the best of whatever you are.


Thanks to google as usual for the help I got while putting this together, have a fabulous week!

Thursday, 6 November 2014

BRANCHES OF PEOPLE WE MEET IN LIFE

This topic though *rubs palms together* I first came across it on Temi's blog a long while ago and I made a mental note to do a post on it.

Naturally, I am very friendly and accommodating but as I grew older, I realized that nothing is forever but there is a continuing stream of people who go through our lives and continue with us, we can't always stay, sometimes we have to move on and we are not always given a choice. At some point, people don't have to stay. Some do, some don't, some can't. Friends come and go.

Metaphorically, we can describe everyone that comes into our lives as a tree.




Some are like the leaves, when the wind blows, they will be scattered everywhere. I'd like to put people I met on camp in this category. As time goes by, they will all wither and eventually die - gone. After camp, they did not bother to keep in touch. That's fine because most people are like that in such a way that they are not permanently there to do anything but to take them from the tree and provide shade every now and then. That's all they can afford to do. 
We cannot afford to be mad at such kind of people as we have no right to judge them. That's just who they are.







Others are like the branch  of a tree. You should be careful with the branches because you might not know when they will fool you.
I remember a particular girl in my department when I was in the university, she used to call me 24/7, hang around me in school...initially I was cold towards her (she had a record) to avoid stories that touch but with time, I decided to give her the benefit of doubt and with time, she started to exhibit the characteristics of a branch; she'll only move real close if she needs something from you and so I started to give her space.
Such people will make you think they are good friends and strong up to the extent that you might put your whole trust in them but eventually, they will disappoint you and leave you high and dry.





Lastly, some people are like the roots down at the bottom and provide support. These are the people that are not going anywhere. Friends like Tope, Bukola *bats eyelashes*, Tola, Elo and Deji... we've been through a whole lot together and we are still standing!
You see the roots? they are not worried about being seen, nobody has to know that they know you, others don't have to know what they do for you and you know that if the roots are not there, a tree cannot live, a tree can have a lot of branches (that is why we have a lot of fair weather friends) but it only takes few roots down at the bottom to make sure that a tree gets everything it needs.






Remember, there are no guarantees in life, only promises and whispers.

                                                                                                   Picture source




P.S I'm sorry I've not been regular, I've been having terrible issues with network *sigh* I hope it gets resolved soon though.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

KNOW MR RIGHT

Last week, we did the wife material post so to be equal, we'll be looking at how to know the ideal husband (I'm not saying these points are fool proof oh).

  1. You trust him: Trust is key. You need to be able to trust the man you plan to spend the rest of your life with, not just to be loyal and faithful but also to be honest and frank about other areas of his life including money and work.
  2. He treats women with respect: The way your man behaves around other women, especially his mother or sister is a good way of gauging  his true character. Marriage to a man who doesn't hold women in high regards isn't safe.
  3. He is supportive: When he is always there for you, no matter how busy he is with work or other commitments, he is your right choice. You are top on his priority list. Marriage is about being able to support one another in times of uncertainty or emotional unrest.
  4. He must be employed: If he is still living with his parents or relatives, he is not ready. Also, if he is unemployed and sits at home all day watching TV, he is not the right man for you.
  5. He takes you to his parents: If he has introduced you to his parents and is happy to show you off at family gatherings, then be sure he is planning to be committed. When a man shares you with his dearest and nearest, this is a clear indication that he envisages having you in his life for more than just a short time.
  6. He has a sense of responsibility: This makes him a great husband. A man who doesn't let you or others down when he knows he is being relied upon is a precious commodity. A man who doesn't come through for you on important matters and who squanders his cash instead of saving has a bit of growing up to do before he can be deemed reliable enough for marriage.
  7. He treats you well: If you start feeling bullied or constantly undermined, it's time to have a serious thought about whether he really is the right one for you.
  8. He loves children: If you notice that he talks about the future and includes you in his plans or he is always happy when the conversation turns to the topic of children, then he is ready to walk down the aisle.
  9. Friends and family approve: Their opinion of you man matters a great deal. it is those closest to you who often have your best interests at heart. If they seem troubled by your latest match, then there could be some cause for concern.
Okay there we go ladies, do you agree with me? Is there something I forgot to list?
Post your thoughts away!

Lyrics of the day



TITLE: MASTER BLASTER
ARTISTE: STEVIE WONDER

Everyone's feeling pretty
It's hotter than July
Though the world's full of problems
They couldn't touch us even if they tried
From the park I hear rhythms
Marley's hot on the box
Tonight there will be a party
On the corner at the end of the block

Didn't know you
Would be jammin' until the break of dawn
I bet nobody ever told you that you
would be jammin' until the break of dawn
You would be jammin' and jammin' and jammin', jam on

They want us to join their fighting
But our answer today
Is to let all our worries
Like the breeze through our fingers slip away
Peace has come to Zimbabwe
Third World's right on the one
Now's the time for celebration
'Cause we've only just begun

Didn't know that you
Would be jammin' until the break of dawn
Bet you nobody ever told you that you
Would be jammin' until the break of dawn
You would be jammin' and jammin' and jammin', jam on
Bet you nobody ever told you that you
We're in the middle of the makin's of the master blaster jammin'
Would be jammin' until the break of dawn
I know nobody told you that you
We're in the middle of the makin's of the master blaster jammin'
Would be jammin' until the break of dawn
We're jammin', jammin', jammin', jam on

You ask me am I happy
Well as matter of fact
I can say that I'm ecstatic
'Cause we all just made a pact
We've agreed to get together
Joined as children in Jah
When you're moving in the positive
Your destination is the brightest star

You didn't know that you
We're in the middle of the makin's of the master blaster jammin'
Would be jammin' until the break of dawn
I bet you nobody ever told you that you
We're in the middle of the makin's of the master blaster jammin'
Would be jammin' until the break of dawn
Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, you
We're in the middle of the makin's of the master blaster jammin'
Would be jammin' until the break of dawn
Don't you stop the music, oh no,
We're in the middle of the makin's of the master blaster jammin'
Na, na na...
We're in the middle of the makin's of the master blaster jammin'
Nobody told you Oh, Oh, Oh, you
We're in the middle of the makin's of the master blaster jammin'
Would be jammin' until the break of dawn
I bet you if someone approached you
We're in the middle of the makin's of the master blaster jammin'
yesterday to tell you that you would be jammin' you would not believe it because you never thought that you would be jammin'
Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh,
We're in the middle of the makin's of the master blaster jammin'
jammin' 'til the break of dawn
Oh, Oh, Oh, You may as well believe what you are feeling
We're in the middle of the makin's of the master blaster jammin'
because you feel your body jammin'
We're in the middle of the makin's of the master blaster jammin'
Oh, Oh, you would be jammin' until the break of dawn
We're in the middle of the makin's of the master blaster jammin'
We're in the middle of the makin's of the master blaster jammin'

Monday, 3 November 2014

Pursue Excellence


Hiya lovelies?? Today is Monday *I see few people grumbling* and yeah, it's time for our character count series.

Today we'll be looking at pursuing excellence.


Wikipedia defines excellence as "a quality which is unusually good and so surpasses ordinary standards".
Excellence is a continuously moving target that can be pursued through actions of integrity, meeting all obligations and continuously learning and improving in all spheres to pursue the moving target.

In the pursuit of excellence, you should:

1. Do your best
I remember a primary rhyme "I will never rest until my good is better and my better is best". Why aim to be number 2 when you can be number 1? Strive to be the best, do not rest on your oars!

2. Persevere
Perseverance is continuing in the course of an action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.
Remember how many times Abraham Lincoln tried politics? Did he relax? No, he persevered and I'm sure you know his reward? He became the president of the most powerful country on earth, the USA.

3. Be prepared
Just like the motto of the Boys scout, you should always be prepared, never be found wanting.
The fact that you haven't been promoted does not mean you should not act/dress that position.

4. Be diligent
Being diligent is having or showing care and conscientiousness in one's work or duties. A diligent person is persistent, steady, earnest and carries out his/her work painstakingly.

5. Work hard
I'm sure we all know that hard work does not kill, instead it endears us to people.
Anything that has a worth doesn't come free of charge, it comes with a price and you must be willing to pay that price if excellence is your aim.

NOW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN MOBILIZED


Hello lovelies, trust we had a great night rest? Okay, this is a  post in response to the questions several prospective otondos have been asking me about what to expect on camp; btw camp opens on Tuesday so here is wishing all of you safe trip to your various camps.

*bat eyelashes*







 I still remember vividly the day I got my call up letter and saw Sokoto, I was too shocked to cry, in fact I did not cry till three days after, any hoo, I'm sure y'all are through with the tears and ready to face the future. 
Now, here is a list of what you need and what you don't need on camp.

You'll need
  • extra packs of white shirt (I went with three packs)
  • extra white shorts
  • extra white socks with green and white at the top (plain white is not allowed)
  • toiletries
  • spoon
  • food flask
  • a fanny pack (popularly called waist pouch)
  • face wipes (the rigorous activities will make you sweat a lot)
  • packs of chewing gum (I needed it to stay alert)
  • stationery
  • a note
  • a power bank or extra battery if your battery is removable
  • earpiece
  • ipod (or any other music player)
  • make up
  • mosquito net (but if you were posted to Sokoto, don't bother, we slept on the floor)
  • milk, chocolate drink, cornflakes (well, I'll say don't bother too because I did not touch mine)
  • extra tennis shoes
  • buckets (don't bring from home oh, you'll buy on camp)
  • gum (for your documentation because the ones that have will be feeling fly)
  • bed spread + pillow case
  • two mufti (you might want to go to church or leave camp to use the atm)
  • flipflop
  • 16 passport sized photographs
  • your statement of result and call up letter
  • white hijab if you are a muslim sister (you can't use any other colour)
  • white cardigan (in case you feel cold)
  • condom (if you can't hold your body)
  • cash
  • padlocks
 You do not need the following
  • a fork (they'll say it's a weapon)
  • very expensive phones
  • a camera (it might be seized from you but you'll get it on the last day)
  • stove or gas (you are not going there to cook)
  • canned food (no microwave oh)
  • knife
  • coloured socks
  • coloured footwears (except for use outside of the parade ground)

The truth is you need very minimal stuffs to take, the most important for me was money because I never stepped into the kitchen to queue for the apology of a meal we were being fed, learn how to manage your time, don't allow any soldier esp the parade commanders deceive you that he will influence your posting, they are liars, participate in sports (I learnt how to play badminton there), don't drink to stupor, don't have sex (you read that right oh, I did not kiss talk less of sex on camp besides ebola and std is real), make friends, don't love stupidly, don't pay to those video guys, most times your face won't even show and finally, don't escape parade like me *grinning*

Enjoy these three weeks

Lyrics of the day



TITLE: CLOCKS
ARTISTE: COLDPLAY

The lights go out and I can't be saved
Tides that I tried to swim against
Have brought me down upon my knees
Oh I beg, I beg and plead, singing

Come out of things unsaid
Shoot an apple off my head and a
Trouble that can't be named
A tiger's waiting to be tamed, singing

You are
You are

Confusion never stops
Closing walls and ticking clocks
Gonna come back and take you home
I could not stop that you now know, singing

Come out upon my seas
Cursed missed opportunities
Am I a part of the cure?
Or am I part of the disease? Singing

You are, you are, you are
You are, you are, you are

And nothing else compares
Oh nothing else compares
And nothing else compares

You are
You are

Home, home where I wanted to go
Home, home where I wanted to go
Home, home where I wanted to go
Home, home where I wanted to go

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Happy birthday Erniesha


I'm excited today!!! Guess what? Today is the birthday of one of the bloggers I've come to take like a sister...Erniesha

Looking all dolled up in adire


Y'all know that I don't know how to write long speeches but as you turn a year older today, I wish you the best things of life, all nations shall call you blessed, as a daughter of Zion you shall never lack anything. May God keep and protect your husband, this time next year, we shall celebrate the birth of your baby.

So I was thinking of doing something from my end since I can't join the others to visit the orphanage due to difference in location, I went to donate blood at the national blood transfusion center because I know how it is when patients need blood in Nigeria and the struggle to get blood. I know Ernie likes giving and blood is life so I hope this little sacrifice will go a long way in saving a life!

Happy birthday love!

Lyrics of the day



TITLE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY
ARTISTE: STEVIE WONDER

You know it doesn't make much sense
There ought to be a law against
Anyone who takes offense
At a day in your celebration
Cause we all know in our minds
That there ought to be a time
That we can set aside
To show just how much we love you
And I'm sure you would agree
It couldn't fit more perfectly
Than to have a world party on the day you came to be

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

I just never understood
How a man who died for good
Could not have a day that would
Be set aside for his recognition
Because it should never be
Just because some cannot see
The dream as clear as he
that they should make it become an illusion
And we all know everything
That he stood for time will bring
For in peace our hearts will sing
Thanks to Martin Luther King

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Why has there never been a holiday
Where peace is celebrated
all throughout the world

The time is overdue
For people like me and you
Who know the way to truth
Is love and unity to all God's children
It should be a great event
And the whole day should be spent
In full remembrance
Of those who lived and died for the oneness of all people
So let us all begin
We know that love can win
Let it out don't hold it in
Sing it loud as you can

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Ooh yeah
Happy birthday...

We know the key to unify all people
Is in the dream that you had so long ago
That lives in all of the hearts of people
That believe in unity
We'll make the dream become a reality
I know we will
Because our hearts tell us so


P.S. It's Ernie's birthday today and this is dedicated to her. Much love mami

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Grammar 101


*singing* today I don't feel like doing anything....... Hello lovelies? Hope our weekend is coming up fine? God knows all I want to stay in bed all day but I have to go for my monthly clearance *grumbling*

Anyhow, we are still on our lexis class and today we'll be looking at verbs confused.

1. Buy and pay for
Wrong: How much did you buy that camera?
Correct: How much did you pay for that camera?

'Buy' can also be used in talking of the price if. It is followed by 'for' coming after the object.

He bought his camera for two hundred dollars.

But 'pay' for is just as correct and not the order of the words:

He paid two hundred dollars for his camera.

2. Convince and persuade
Wrong: I convinced her to go back to her mother's house.
Correct: I persuaded her to go back to her mother's house.

We persuade someone to do something, we convince someone that something, or of something. For example

I convinced her that it was in her best interest to go back to her mother's house.

3. Favour wrongly used.
Wrong: The result did not favour me. I had only an ordinary pass.
Correct: My result was not good. I. Had only an ordinary pass.

Favour used as a verb must have a human subject.

4. Forget and leave
Wrong: I must have forgotten my book in the hostel.
Correct: I must have left my book in the hostel.

To forget something means that that thing is nolonger in one's memory, for example:

I forgot where I put my book.

5. Lay and lie
Wrong: I told Onuoha to lay down and rest.
Correct: I told Onuoha to lie down and rest.

'Lie' means (1) speak falsely (2) repose.
'Lay' means put.

She was told to lay her needle work on the table.

The two words are often confused because the parts of 'lie' meaning 'repose' are lie - lay - lain, while the parts of 'lay' are lay - laid - laid. Using 'lie'. In the past simple tense we can say

Onuoha lay down for half an hour (ie he rested).

So today is the 1st of November and the birthday of my first bestfriend, Elohor you and I have come a long way, from high school. I remember when you used to cry when you got love notes and I'd laugh and laugh, I remember how we will spend our tfare from extra lesson just to eat suya and we'll lick menthol so nobody will grill us at home, how we used to look forward to eating iya johnny buns among other things.
It's been thirteen birthdays together and we've never had a cause to exchange words, there have been moments we wouldn't talk for months and when we get back together all we need do is pick up and were good to go; all the gossips.....as you turn a year older today, I wish you all the good things of life.

Welcome to November lovelies! X

Lyrics of the day



TITLE: EVERYTHING I DO (I DO IT FOR YOU)
ARTISTE: BRYAN ADAMS

Look into my eyes – you will see
What you mean to me.
Search your heart, search your soul
And when you find me there you'll search no more.

Don't tell me it's not worth tryin' for.
You can't tell me it's not worth dyin' for.
You know it's true:
Everything I do, I do it for you.

Look into your heart – you will find
There's nothin' there to hide.
Take me as I am, take my life.
I would give it all, I would sacrifice.

Don't tell me it's not worth fightin' for
I can't help it, there's nothin' I want more
You know it's true:
Everything I do, I do it for you, oh, yeah.

There's no love like your love
And no other could give more love.
There's nowhere unless you're there
All the time, all the way, yeah.

Look into your heart, baby...

Oh, you can't tell me it's not worth tryin' for.
I can't help it, there's nothin' I want more.

Yeah, I would fight for you, I'd lie for you,
Walk the wire for you, yeah, I'd die for you.

You know it's true:
Everything I do, oh, I do it for you.

Everything I do, darling.
You will see it's true.
You will see it's true.
Yeah!
Search your heart and your soul
You can't tell it's not worth dying for
I'll be there
I'd walk the fire for you
I'd die for you
Oh, yeah.
I'm going all the time, all the way.