Rosemary Aqua

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!


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