The Bag Thing

Hi everyone, Sisi Yemmie tagged me in the bag blog thing. I  could have done it since but I have been so busy, but now, I can spare some minutes for it and my blog rounds.

Because of my profession, I have to go out with two bags most times, my laptop back pack and my normal hand bag, so I divide my things among both of them. Some things like notepad, lock lid, etc. won't appear here in my bag.

Yeah, this is a picture of the current bag I am carrying. It attracts attention because people say it has the design of a dress, though it is made of normal bag material. It is not the expensive deigner bag, it is made by arcad, which is a popular bag maker in dubai. My mum bought it for me. I only carry big bags, because I have load. If you give me a small bag, you can be sure I will hardly use it.

My Bag Contents
a. A novel: I like having a book to read in my bag at all time, this time I have a true life memoir called Forever Today. I bought it in a pound shop. It is a story about a woman whose husband lost his memory a year after their wedding. It is an extreme case of amnesia. He never recovered.

b. Coloured lip gloss: Though I never use it, because it doesn't last.

c. Flash Drive: I also don't really use it anymore because it is not encrypted for official purposes, so my laptop cannot recognise ir

d. Hand cream

e. Comb: I am a natural hair carrier, so I have to carry this with me when afro purposes

f. Mirror: It is broken, that is why I turned its face down

g. Nail Polish: Just in case I am bored and less busy at work, though I have not faced this situation in a very long time

h. Token: How come no one pointed out to me that I left this one out earlier? Maybe all y'all do not pay attention to details, lol. Anyway, this is my token for internet banking. Obviously, I use it for making bank transactions without stepping into the banking hall

i. Office ID card

j. Client ID card: Some clients can be so adamant, they want you to carry their IDs

k. Sermon CD: I always carry one or two sermon along with me, since I only have the opportunity to listen to such CDs at work while working on my system. I have like three others in the other bag I referred to earlier

l. My Room Key

m. Key to my office at client site: Again some clients can be...

n. Pen and Pencil

o. Sweets: I don't buy biscuits and sweets, but somehow, I always have them in my bag, since people always give me

p. Tissue Paper: I sometimes have one or two loose tissue in my bag, I don't really buy them in packs, not sure why

q. Charger: Let's be realistic, some of us need to carry these phone chargers around with us all the time, since we know the situation of power in Nigeria. And also Blackberry battery isn't that long lasting

r. 'Umblerraaaaaa': Umbrella, very compact one that I carry all around, just in case rain decides to flex its muscles

s. Phones: MTN Blackberry, Zain E63, Visafone Nokia. Every financially prudent Nigerian should have at least one CDMA phone, I think.

t. Wallet: It contains my Naira Master Card, HMO Card, loose cash, OH's picture

u. iPod Nano: I am addicted to this. It contains mostly christian rock.

Wow, this was not so hard at all. The work was in the pictures. Almost all my blog friends have been tagged, so if you have not been tagged, please, tag yourself

Bad Daughter

Recently, I got a text message on my phone. Thinking it was an alert from my bank because it was pay day, I realized that it was from this strange number. The person had been calling me for days but Airtel network is not so good in Kano, so I couldn’t hear for 4 days. I do not like returning calls to unknown numbers because I believe that if it is really urgent, you will send a message. Anyway, the message read

‘Goodafternoon, I’ve been calling u since last week but the service is always bad. What type of a daughter are you that you can’t ask after us at home for over one week. I wonder what you will do when you are married?'

I have not edited anything in this message, hence the typos. When I read this, I wondered who this could be. But since I have only one mother (just like everyone), she was my first suspect. If it was her, then I was dumbfounded and she must have sent the message out of frustration. I started to justify myself in my mind, ‘why has she been calling with a strange number’, ‘I don’t return unknown calls’, ‘it is not over a week she’s been calling, it is just 4 days’, ‘I still talked to her 6 days ago’. Anyway, I called the number immediately and I found out that she was truly the sender. I explained everything to her and apologized giving the ‘I have been busy’ excuse.

I am not good at calling people, family members especially. My mum also knows this because when I was leaving home, she said to me, ‘if you like, get there and don’t call us regularly o, because you are used to not calling people. Since she was already expecting me to fail in this area, then why was she disappointed? I can count how many times I talked to my family members when I went for my 1 year service. I think I really have to change because when your mother starts sending you this kind of message, one should realize that ‘gari don pass water be that’. I am still asking myself this, am I really a bad daughter? Because I seriously feel like one.

P.S: I typed this when I was in Kano in January. When I went to England in April, it was worse o, I only called my mum three times. In which, I had received one round of blasting during my first week there. By the time I got back home, I receives lots of verbal Bazookas, she almost refused the things I bought her. Is regular calling really important? I am sure my mum is afraid that once I get married, I might get 'lost', but she is secretly thanking God that OH is a 'family person' and he has 'oyaya'.

I am Back with 25 Questions

Hello my blog friends, I am finally back. I arrived with mixed feelings. I was not looking forward to waking up early to work everyday, but when shopping money finished, you know it is time to pack your load and go home. And thank God, I am finally reunited with my Blackberry. It is good to know that I am not addicted and can do fine without it.

I could not meet Beautiful due to distance and Naijamum due to schedule, but at least I spoke to Beautiful and got her real name, so she is no more anonymous to me. Don't even bother asking me what it is because I won't tell.

The truth is I really missed blogging and bloggers. This break made me realize that the blog world has become integral part of my life that I would not like to do without. Thanks guys for making this world real.

I read Myne's post on 25 questions and I decided to do it too. I will resume regular blogging ASAP.

So her goes it...

1. Do you have any pets?

No, I have never had pets and I don't plan to

2. Name 3 things that are physically close to you.

Blackberry, Laptop and iPod

3. What's the weather like right now?

Warm, at 20something degrees (Normal Lagos Weather)

4. Do you drive? If so have you crashed?

I used to drive, stopped a while but will be resuming in few months time. I scratched one man's car when I was learning to drive at the age of 17. The guy scared me a bit that I decided I was never ever going to drive in my life. lol

5. What time did you wake up this morning?

4.00am, all thanks to avoiding the every morning 3rd Mainland Bridge traffic. Plus I got to read Bible and pray
6. When was the last time you showered?

This morning.

7. What was the last movie you saw?

Scream 4 (at one cinema like that in Luton)

8. What does your last text message say?

I think the appropiate question here should have been what that the last Blackberry chat message you got as friends hardly send text to each other
Anyways, it was a prayer message from my friend. He always sends prayer messages to al his contacts once a month, usually during the first week

He will bless d works of thy hand, Good Measure pressed down, shaken 2gether & running over shall men bring 2 ur bossom. Have a greatr month Full of His Grace.

I typed it exactly how he sent it
9. What's your ringtone?

Friends Soundtrack (So no one told you life was gonna be this way...)

10. Have you ever been to a different country?

Just 2- UK and Dubai- I try naa, I plan to add more to the list. I just pray that God blesses me with plenty money. In fact, He has already blessed me

11. Do you like sushi?

I've never tasted it. I wanted to have it at lakeside, when OH and another friend discouraged me

(Image courtsey 9gag)

12. Where do you buy your groceries?

Road side sellers in Gbagada and One supermarket in front of my house like that. lol
13. Have you ever taken medication to help you fall asleep faster?

Naa, I pray it never comes to that

14. How many siblings do you have?

3 (1 boy and 2 other girls)

15. Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop?


16. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?

As in... Really? Well, I will be 1 + what I am today

17. Do you wear contacts or glasses?

None. My eyes are as clear as spring water

18. Do you color your hair?

Naa, though I once dyed my hair pink in University. I wanted purple but it came out pink, then later turned gold. lol

19. Tell me something you are planning to do today.

Finish my past work appraisals (which is what I am supposed to be doing now), See my work coach, Finish one Business Plan like that and then go home for another hectic weekend.
20. When was the last time you cried?

Can't remember. Yes, I am hard like that.

21. What is your perfect pizza topping?

I am not a Pizza fan, so I have no perfect topping

22. Which do you prefer-hamburgers or cheeseburgers?


23. Have you ever had an all-nighter?

What does an all-nighter mean?

24. What is your eye color?

Brown. Do Nigerians (Mixed race excluded) have another Eye colour

25. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?

Of course. Very well
I have finished, so back to my appraisals before I get in trouble.