Friday, September 26, 2008


Does anyone still come here? I doubt it....... Even I dont seem to have come to this page in an extremely long time. Somehow, I seemed to have slipped under the radar - that may be the understatement of the year. Another one seems to have bitten the dust - moi. Havent really had a lot of time on my hands these days or should I say enough time and my page has suffered. Unbelievably! I'll still try and keep up with happenings in blogville, but I'm afraid the time has come to say goodbye. I never believed I'd be the one saying this but ............... (excuses, excuses).... LOL!

I've made some unbeliveable friends online and will still stop by ur pages from time to time but may not be able to update as frequently as I used to. Thanks Guys for stopping by my page, laughing, crying and smiling with me and sharing in the events in my life and around me ............

Friday, August 22, 2008

Blissful Weekend

Its been so wet outside all day today. I went running today - as usual. All week, I hadnt had time. We - me and my running partner (RP) were supposed to have run yesterday but as usual, when we woke up, we both looked outside our windows, it was wet outside and texted each other that we should postpone till today. I should put up sometime, some of the texts we exchange when one of us dosent want to go running that day and is trying to get a day off without making it too obvious. They are hilarious!!

The truth is actually she was hurting from exertion from work and me - from the various work outs I had been doing all week. We agreed we would run today instead. So this morning, we met at our usual time and started off on our slow run on one of our longest routes - the 6km one. We got to our first 2km landmark, rested a bit and started off on the second leg. The good thing about running is that after some time, the pain switches off and you just keep on moving without feeling as if you're the one running. Made the second land mark successfully, walked a little bit to rest and started off on our third leg. We got to the set landmark eventually and rested a little bit more, then started off on our final lap to the finish line. We made it back to our finishing line eventually - in 60 minutes. (I know loads of people make this same distance in 30 minutes or less but hey, we're still 'baby runners') LOL!! Back home, did a little bit of training with my dumbells for about 30 minutes, then prepared some breakfast.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Update Police

Update Police - Will you please stop harassing my life? Biko? Mbok! I know I'm guilty as charged I've not been updating Calabar Gal as frequently as I used to - circumstances beyond my control. I've been updating the fitness one though - some people just havent bothered to check that. Not interested in exercise huh? Repent!

I'm good and for the past three months have been having a race a month. Would have had 2 in June but only showed up for one and baled out of the other - couldnt face those terrible hills without good training. Was supposed to have had 2 races also this month but over slept and woke up 5 minutes before the first race was supposed to start. Lackadaisicalness huh? (hope I spelt that right.) The second race for this month was today and I had a good race. The race report can be found HERE.

What else has been happening to me?!?!? Let me think...............
I'll be back.......................................

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Bupa London 10000

Couldnt resist posting a picture of this bold contestant at the first London 10000 which held on Bank Holiday Monday who appeared in his birthday suit and some green body paint. Didnt go with my camera. It was a dismal race for me and I hope to do better in other upcoming races. Other Pictures from the race can be found HERE and HERE thanks to another runner who turned up with his DSLR.
The race was well organised though and the marshalls and those who turned up to cheer were great and extremely encouraging even though runners like me didnt seem to be doing much. I think there were bands at every KM also and they were wonderful. Will definitely run this race agian next year - even if only to exorcise my demons from this year.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Easter

Easter is here once again. Have a lovely Easter Weekend everyone.

ADAURE is part of an entourage - FADE on a trip across the Sahara enlightening desert encroachment with Chief Jibunoh who has conquered the sahara twice and is documenting his third and final trip, taking a team along with him. Read all about their journey across the Sahara on her blog.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Introducing Crystal-Eyez

For all of those nudging me to update. Dont you all get writers block sometimes? Its been getting a mighty hold of me this past month. For those of you who know me and have met me in person, my make-up has always been minimal. I would love to join the group of heavy kajal, wearing, bold make-up wearers but somehow, entering that league has still eluded me. Maybe due to the fact that my kajal (liquid eyeliner, mascara, eye pencil, you name them, I 've tried them) no matter how much I apply it emphatically always wears out before the end of the day? LOL!! Haba. I will get there one day soon.

I have been mentioning to my friends that I must attend a make up school pretty soon to learn the art of putting on my make-up. To embark on this self improvement, I even googled make-up schools in london and found one offering a one week course for £5000 (brushes included) and another offering a one week course for £2000 as well as one by ICS learn for £600. Somehow learning how to make up through distace learning just does not cut it for me. I would love to see, learn and practice how its being done. So if anyone knows of any quickie make up schools out there in town (that I can afford) where I can learn how to strut my stuff, pls put a sista in the know.

What brought on this make-up rant? An email from the ever ubiquitous Bisi oh! So here is introducing Crystal Eyez. The lady knows her stuff. From Architect, Web Designer and now Make-up Artist. She don do pass virtuous woman abi? (smile) I have had a look at her website and I must commend the sista for her bold step into the industry. I look forward to the day when I would transform myself like Bisi did to this lady (Jummy) from this to this effortlessly:

Pls support the newest make up artist on the block and go have a look at her website.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Kung Hey Fat Choy

Kung Hey Fat Choi - that means Happy New Year in Chinese. It was the start of the Chinese New Year - The Year of the Rat and there were loads of activities to mark the New Year. I had enjoyed the festivities which held last year and didnt want to miss out on this year's festivities and so off I went to Trafalgar Square and Chinatown for the New Year festival.

This year is the Year of the Rat. Each year in the chinese calendar is represented by an animal. It is believed by the chinese that Budha asked animals to meet him at the time of the New Year and so each new year is represented by the twelve animals (like a mascot) that came. 2008 is known as the Year of the Rat. Since there are 12 animal names, year names are re-cycled every 12 years. The chinese believe that every person born in the year of each animal has features of that animal's personality. Other animals are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

This year, I arrived in good time for the parade - I missed the parade last year ans wasnt prepared to miss out on the parade also this year. Thus, I was able to get a good spot where I could take loads of pictures unhindered. There were loads and loads of proper 'paps' like me there armed with their digital and DSLR cameras. I just refused to be oppressed by those carrying or hanging DSLR cameras and promised myself that come next year, I'll have one too hanging round my neck to oppress those who allow themselves to be oppressed. (smile)

The parade was lovely. Loads and loads of paps or should I say official photographers led the way and we sightseers had to beg them to get out of the way so the rest of us could take proper pictures too. (Smile) Then came the town crier, the mascots of the Beijing Olympics, then some 'rats', cartoon charaters, then gaily dressed dance troupes and cultural groups, lucky dragons, little kids dressed in beautifully made and brightly coloured garmets, they were a joy to behold. Of course, they smiled happily for those of us edging each other to take pictures. There were some acrobats too who performed some wonderful and daring cartwheels for the crowd as the parade went along.

It was an enjoyable parade even though a short one and it was soon over before it begun and off we went to trafalgar square for the dotting of the eyes of the dragon and other cultural performances lined up on the stage at the square. The blindfold was removed from the dragon and the dignitaries present were invited to 'dot' the eyes of the dragon. The dragon was supposedly brought onto the stage blind and when its eyes were painted on, it awoke and brought good luck into the new year. The sun shone brightly - too brightly for those of us amateurs with cameras. It was blinding our focus and there was nowhere to hide.

There were fireworks displays every hour from 2pm at Leceister Square and they were lovely. I didnt take a lot of pictures of the fireworks cos my sprint between Trafalgar Square and Leceister Square just before the hour each time wasnt enough to get me a good picture taking spot. (Smile) After the dotting of the eyes of the dragon, the money god arrived and then the cultural music, display and dances began. It is believed that red represents fire and that fire keeps away bad luck and brings prosperity and thus there were loads and loads of red lanterns in the square and around Chinatown, Leceister Square and Oxford Circus to keep away bad sprits and bring good luck.

I'm glad I went. Pictures from the Chinese New Year Celebrations can be viewed HERE. Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Exercises for the New Year

My friend sent me this link and I couldnt resist sharing with all the inactive people out there who harldly ever indulge in any form of exercise. Wanna try this one this new year?!?!?!

Friday, January 11, 2008

You may now EAT the Bride

You may now eat the bride?!?!!!? Well, literally. Thats what caught my eyes when I saw this African couple on Page 2 of the evening papers today. In my mind, I was subconciously saying "What have we done now?" We Africans never seeem to make the headlines unless its bad news.

The Wedding Cake

Well, it wasnt bad news this time. Chidi Ogbuta and her partner Innocent who tied the knot in September 2007 at Dallas had made a life size replica of the bride for their wedding cake!! So you could say all guest at their wedding reception -literally ate the bride after a beach front wedding and horse drawn carriage ride to the reception.

The Happy Couple Cutting thier cake

If she wanted to make the headlines and have an unforgettable wedding, she sure did cos I googled her name and sure enough, found several pictures of her and her cake. According to the bride, having a replica cake had always been a fantasy of hers and a childhood dream which came true for her at her wedding and newspaper critics reacted and said " It's kinda weird to see a picture of her husband cutting into her with a knife, but it's really hard to be mad at her........"

I must say the concept was original and innovative and the bride got her heart's desire but a lifesize replica of myself as my wedding cake is definitely not my style. Wishing the lovely couple a happy married life. Other pictures of their wedding cake can be found HERE and HERE.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Happy New Year

I heartily thank God that we have all seen the start of a new year. 2008 is here at long, long last and 2007 is so yesteday. LOL!!

Lazyness crept in towards the last quarter of 2007 and I didnt even notice my subscription for my counter had expired until new year's eve. Still havent renewed it yet - why?!?!?! LOL!!

Just sneaked in to wish you all a prosperous and happy 2008. Will be back soon - promise. (smile)