I See Black People


I’ve been in Sydney for a while now and I’ve never seen so many Africans in one place as I did at the event I attended this weekend. It was all very exciting to me.

The first few months, I wondered where the Africans were.  Did they refuse to come to Australia because it’s too damn far like everyone keeps complaining about?

I'd keep my eyes peeled for any sign of ebony in a bus or while walking on the street. Seeing one was a big deal. I learned to look them straight in the eye, smile and nod in silent greeting. As if to say “I see you fellow African.  Peace be unto you.”

Wine Drinking For The Novice


I didn't enjoy drinking. I was that party pooper who prefers water or orange juice at a party where everyone else is getting slammed. On the rare occasion where I wanted to fit in with the "cool" kids, I'd settle for a glass of wine.

I knew nothing about wine varieties and their taste profiles. I just ordered a "nice" glass of wine. But now that my wine vocabulary has improved, I can do better than simply ask for a “nice” red or white wine. I can tell you that I like a light, off-dry Semillon or a Riesling. On the top of my list is a fruity Moscato.

Are You A Somebody Online?


I searched my name on Google during one of my vanity moments. There is a word for this self-googling. Ego-surfing.

Whether it’s a case of self-absorption or a security check of how much of your personal information is out there, ego-surfing is popular.  I'm sure you've probably done it. 

If you haven’t, do it now! Find out what your name turns up. Try using quotation marks for exact results. 

What did you find? 

Are you a somebody online? 

Happy New Year!

Photo from Rafh Zee
How did you welcome the New Year?

Here in Sydney, we ushered in 2016 in grand style. I was one of the more than 1.5 million spectators lined up in various locations across the city to watch the famous Sydney fireworks. 

It's My Birthday!

Makeup by Thulie @styledbythulie
On this day, several years ago, a beautiful princess was born to an influential Efik chieftain of a riverine tribe in Bakassi kingdom. She would grow in wisdom to embrace her Efik roots despite having the spirit of wanderlust. She is Eneanwan to the Efiks. Rosemary to others and one of the few skinny Efik gals who refuses to add on "assets."

Happy Boxing Day Birthday to me. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you my amazing readers. 

Stay safe!

My Evening With Oprah Winfrey

It’s always good to know someone who knows someone that works in an upscale restaurant where everyone who’s anyone goes to eat. The possibility of scoring free premium tickets to cool events is high.

I got to see Oprah live on stage. I and thousands of others thronged into the Allphones Arena at the Sydney Olympic Park to listen to her words of wisdom.

Apologies For The Long Absence


Hi all,

It’s been over two months since my last post and I've gotten several questions about my absence. I’m still here. I’ve just been inundated with postgraduate hassles. I underestimated the amount of work and mental preparation that I needed for this journey.

I’ve had to take on courses that I would normally have avoided and I’ve done projects that seemed insurmountable at first but were actually interesting once I delved into it. I had help from Dr. Google and YouTube, of course. You'd be amazed at the depth of free information and real knowledge that can be acquired on these two platforms.

Sydney Fish Market


I like my seafood. I’m sure I’ve said this a few times. As a descendant of proud, dedicated fishermen, I'm appreciative of the blessings, from the sea, that mother nature bestows on us.

Oz Fact: A Bar Is A Hotel


A hotel is a bar and a bar is a hotel. I was just as confused as you are now when I discovered this little piece of information. I had no idea. How can a bar be a hotel, you ask? That's exactly how it is here. A hotel refers to two things. 



That's how Australians say Australia. Straya. I've discovered that Aussies like to abbreviate a lot. I added a funny video by two Australians, at the end of the post, that explains how you can speak Stralian.
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