Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Little Things in Love are the Sweetest

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I saw this on a friend's page and just knew I had to share it since it seems we had been talking about cheating and marriages gone bad for the past few days. Some of us indeed, like the guy in the story below, continue to get it wrong. Enjoy reading this and do have a splendid time with that special one in your life this Friday and Forever...

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Why Men Cheat - Infidelity is a Necessary Evil?

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In a comment on the unrepentant husband, someone wrote, "he is definitely fooling around and ladies when ur man starts to cheat it is not always because you are doing something wrong or not giving him a lot of attention. Some men just love the chase and they have no idea how much they are hurting you. It also doesnt mean they love u any less." A few people agreed with the anonymous comment.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Winners and Losers - Team Nigeria at London 2012

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I was cheering along with my MIL when the Nigerian contingent passed at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. We had been guessing whether they would wear tracks, suits or native, and what kind of native. I think their design choice was a good one, a blend of the different cultures and one of the more contemporary ones out there. I loved white being the dominant color and that gele!

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

For The Love of Books, Blogging And Meeting Bloggers

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With reporter for Moment News - Afoke

I will be speaking at two events today in Lagos. At BookN'Gauge I'll be discussing my love of books and my "undying passion for promoting literary arts." LOL...that is directly from the press release by the organizers. I do love books. I also love blogging and meeting bloggers. So, I will use the opportunity after this event to interact with those interested in blogging. Book discussion is between 2 - 5 and from then to 6.30pm, I will be answering questions about blogging.

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Why Will You Forgive A Woman Who Cheats?

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"I'm deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I've caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I'm so sorry."

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Good Luck to Nigeria at the London 2012 Olympics

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Long jump athlete Blessing Okagbare
I am a fan of the Olympic games, have always been right from childhood when we would sit in front of our boxed TV set to watch the opening ceremony in black and white with my dad. For me, it was one of those things that united us as a country, and I admired the Olympians for having done well enough to represent the country.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Review of Mylife.com Social Networking Site

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Mylife.com started out as Reunion.com, a popular social networking site that was one of the first of its kind on the Internet. Since then, things have changed a lot, and in my opinion as someone who uses most of such sites, a lot of those changes are for the better.

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Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop

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Most of my summer this year has been spent travelling and so I can't claim to have had a lazy one. I was moving from Seattle to DC and back and wash, rinse and repeat to Nigeria with all the stress of air trips.

One relaxing aspect though - I have had time to read during layovers and when the power goes out in Nigeria and there's no internet. Two books down so far :).

To share that with you all, I will be giving away a book of your choice from book depository or Amazon of not more than $10 value (including shipping). To enter, just ensure to follow this blog via GFC. If you also follow me on Twitter, Google+ or Facebook, that would be great too.

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Uche Jombo's Wedding Pictures in WOW Magazine

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Uche Jombo got married to Kenny Rodriguez in a low key destination wedding (Puerto Rico) on May 16, 2012. WOW magazine, run by Julie Odia who was on the bridal train, got exclusive rights to the wedding and has just published the pictures. Enjoy the few shots here...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

When Knowing You're Loved Is Not Enough - Tobi Atte

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It starts…without us even thinking much. We find ourselves acting like we are more hurt than we really are when they make a mistake, we get a bit more careless with our negative emotions and habits, and we silently dare our significant others to deal with it because they have no choice…we enter a fight knowing we are partly at fault but we put our significant others in a position where they are the ones saying “I’m sorry”. We don’t even realize when these thoughts pop in and how we make these decisions. All we know is how we feel and that we don’t feel loved.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dear Myne - My Husband is Unfaithful and not Repentant

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Why is it that it's generally difficult for men to say they are sorry for an action that is so glaring that they erred in. How do you advise a woman to react when her husband called her gsm number thinking it is his girl friend's number? And then to be claiming that he did it intentionally because he has a free credit.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

More Love Dust on Our Wedding Story Nigeria

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I recently got an email about a new website whose vision touches on my romantic side. Our Wedding Story Nigeria is aimed at giving everyone a chance to tell their love stories, share pictures and videos with no holds barred. The new website hopes to connect with every young person who wants to share their wedding story with millions of other people. There are currently two stories up on the site now as follows.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

He Gentle O! - Naeto C's Wedding Pictures

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Since being in the country, I've listened to a lot of Nigerian songs on the radio as well as watched several on various music video channels. One of the musicians, in this case a rapper, who has stood out is Naeto C with his catchy latest - I Gentle O.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Colorado Shooting and Gun Control in America

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Jessica Ghawi - May her soul rest  in peace

I love the cinema and especially for seeing big budget blockbusters on the big screen. And this summer, there is no bigger movie than The Dark Knight Rises. Right from the first previews, I knew I was going to watch it and I would have been seated at my local Cinema today watching it, if not for the fact that unforeseen circumstances brought us to Nigeria. The plan was to see it immediately I got back but the dream is now tarnished by the recent event and news coming out of America.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

More of the Smithsonian - The Sculpture Garden

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Just so you know that the Smithsonian is not all musty and stuffy museums and galleries, there is the Sculpture Garden that takes you outside and into the fresh air. There is an eclectic mix of sculptures in various media all displayed with commentary.

Looking like as a village woman in front of my hut waiting for nna anyi :)
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Changing Careers After Marriage - My Experience

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When I moved to the United States in 2009, I knew I was taking a leap of faith. I had finished a Master’s in Public Health Research in 2007 and worked for about a year after that with the Health Department of the Scottish Government in Edinburgh. I quit the job at the end of 2008 not because I didn’t like them, but I had just gotten married and preferred to join Atala who lived in the United States.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Dove® VisibleCare™ Toning Crème Body Wash Review

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In the past few years I have had to be more intentional in taking care of my skin since I had a case of sun burn after my first visit to a beach here in the United States. I have to be very selective in the products I use, not just for my face, but also for my skin. I want products, creams, lotions, and body washes  that will pamper my skin and keep me moisturized for longer.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Dear Myne, I love my Ex enough to be his Second Wife

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Please read this to the end before you comment. Thanks!

Dear Myne, i have been enjoying ur blog for a while now. Its like talking to u in person really. Recently, i read where u urged readers to write u about issues concerning relationship that are not working out for them, to seek advice. I wanted to write for a long time but i always hold back. Afraid, yes, i am. I tried to mail my story to u but it always comes back. So i used the facebook page, a risk i wanted to take cos i want ur advice seriously.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Still No Strings Attached

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This is another hop for all the people who hate jumping through hoops to enter giveaways. This is a no strings attached, no requirements to enter hop. Just leave your contact details in the comments box for a chance to win an ecopy of one of my books. See top tab for details. Goodluck!

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Out and About Lagos - Old and New Projects

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A Catholic Mission from Colonial days - Who knows the name?

On the day I went out for that bookish event and ate Gala again, I also took some pictures. Of course, I hear some of you say :) There are a lot of projects going on in Lagos and one can only hope that the current government is able to complete most of it. If possible too, successor administrations should be far-sighted enough to know that everyone benefits when any project is complete and not just one they started. Enjoy...

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Yahoo, Hackers, Passwords and My Online Security

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I got my first email in 2001 and it was a yahoo account. It was opened for me by a friend who had moved abroad and wanted to encourage me to use the internet to keep in touch, rather than the more expensive post or telephone. I chose a very simple password, something I felt I would never forget. By 2005/06, that friend was no longer in the picture but I was vastly more experienced in using the internet. Yahoo had started 360 and I set up an account - my first experience of social media.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Adele - Set Fire To The Rain

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Adele, whom I featured in Chasing Pavements, announced in June that she was expecting her first baby with boyfriend Simon Konecki. Adele and Simon began dating this January and made their first public appearance at the Grammys in February. The latest gist is that the Simon will be proposing to Adele soon and the baby is due in just a couple of months. Congrats to them. I wonder if the singer will begin happy romantic songs afterwards? For now, enjoy Set Fire to the Rain :)

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Moving On - Can You Date Your Friend's Ex?

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This is the second part of the first post titled How Long should a guy wait? Let me remind you a bit of the scenario. There is this lady who has a toaster but she is still praying to get direction on the relationship. There are several things she did not like about the guy including the fact that he showed his feelings too early, and he has a daughter from a previous relationship. But she likes that he is generous and keeps him around as a platonic friend for 2 years.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My Lagos Adventures and Saying Goodbye to Gala

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UPDATE - I've corrected my phone number now. Sorry!

Hey everyone, hope your week's going well? Mine started off OK and Lagos is treating me fine. Mostly anyway. We arrived last Thursday and the next day was vegging out day, we slept and rested for most of it. I did log online with the Starcomms Izap I bought the last time I was in Nigeria, my mother-in-law had recently topped it up with the 9pm-9am package. The network was a bit spotty but it was the timing that I couldn't just manage. I did find out about a bookish event for Saturday which I attended.

With so many talented and beautiful people, I was honored :)

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Monday, July 9, 2012

When Religion Breaks Up a Marriage

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For most of us, religion forms a pretty big part of our lives, right from when we are born up to when we become adults and begin thinking of who to partner with for the rest of life's journey. It becomes an even bigger deal then because not only do people have to share the same morals and values, most of which stem from their early religious/non-religious upbringing, you also have to consider where what role religion will play in your wedding, the marriage proper and in raising your children.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Lucky Seven Meme - A Fiery Love Excerpt

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Kiru Taye tagged me on this fun thing making the rounds in the writing circuit.

Here are the rules: Go to page 77 of your current manuscript, Go to line 7, Copy the next 7 lines - sentences or paragraphs and post them as they are written. No cheating, Tag 7 authors.

My excerpt is from A Fiery Love, which I am still niggling over. Enjoy...

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Washington DC - A Day At The Museum 1

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Hi Peeps, hope your weekend has started off well? You won't guess where I am right now, Nigeria! But hey, nothing much to report. I'm still adjusting after the trip which took almost 24hrs, being searched after testing positive for explosives, jet lag, and many other traveling adventures. So while I settle down to write those down, enjoy these pictures from Washington DC. These were taken at the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of American History.


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Friday, July 6, 2012

The Part Where You Apologize - Guest Post by Lilly Star

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The strongest relationships stumble and when they do the ones that survive are the ones where the person who might have been wrong owns up to their mistake. It’s not just the “sorry” that counts, but the recognition with knowing you are fallible and that the person sitting across from you – that loved one from whom you seek validation and affection – understands that a brief setback isn’t a bad thing so long as reparations are made.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summer Reads Giveaway Hop

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It's been a summer of reading for me, as I've enjoyed several books especially Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas. So what has been you best summer read? Answer and stand a chance to win a book of your choice up to $5 (including shipping) via Amazon or Book Depository.

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Antomyms of a Mirage - Atilola Moronfolu (Guest Author)

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Atilola Moronfolu is a fellow blogger, and a writer and editor. She is a Nigerian, born, bred and buttered in Lagos. She studied Computer Engineering at the University of Lagos and just resigned her job as a Consultant in order to grow a career in writing and editing. I had a small interview with her about her first book, Antonyms of a Mirage, and what is the story behind. Enjoy...

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Bachelorette’s Ashley Hebert and JP Plan Wedding

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Source - ABC.com

I have to say that since I moved to the US and started seriously watching the Bachelor series, Ashley and JP are one couple that have stood out for me. So it was with joy I saw them come out together at the last 'After the Rose' show for the Ben and Courtney, and now their wedding has been announced.

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Dear Myne - Am I Making The Right Decision?

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I dated this guy for 3 years, we were in the same department and class. I was faithful all through, but most of these years, I was just hanging on. This is because he had lots of attention from girls and didn't seem to care much about me, but I still kept on being in the relationship because I felt a change could occur. He called me his special girl, but he didn't treat me special.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Does Marriage Confer Special Relationship Wisdom?

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When I tell people that I write romance novels or that I blog mostly about issues in relationships, the next question from some of them is whether I'm married and for how long. I am sometimes tempted to answer in the negative to hear what they will say, but the replies when I answer truthfully gives me a pretty good idea.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

10 Things To Know About Your Man By Iweka Kingsley

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A while ago, I read an article by a woman, ‘20 things women should know about their men’. I have decided to balance things up by writing the male version of the topic. I believe men have half as much drama as women do, hence, here are 10 things, from a man's point of view, that women must know about their men.

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Timi Dakolo - Love Song : Music Video Romance

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I think it was my first year living in Edinburgh and those days, as now I guess, I scoured the internet for Nigerian music and movies. That was the same year Timi Dakolo appeared on West African Idol. I fell in love with his voice and delivery back then, and he hasn't disappointed since.


In this soulful rendition reminiscent of some of his previous work, he nails it yet again in Love Song. Love Song is off Timi‘s latest album Beautiful Noise, and this is a fitting video by Clarence Peters.
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