14 Apr

4 Interesting places at Landmark, Lagos: A Review

4 Interesting Places to visit in Landmark: A  Review

I have visited Landmark a couple of times usually to attend social media week and usually some sessions on Travel and Tourism and I also once attended the session on Urban Plus Lady.

Landmark is located at:Plot 2 & 3,(Beach: plot 4) Water Corporation ,Victoria Island.

My most recent visit was to try out a restaurant there. I initially wanted to visit(looking forward to doing so some other time) Landmark beach and also try out Island Breeze inside Landmark beach but on getting there I decided to try out Hardrock cafe.

Hardrock Cafe: I and my sister tried their American burger and it was delicious.

hardrock cafe

hardrock cafe

hardrock cafe

hardrock cafe

hardrock cafe

Bubbletii: I had their mango tango bubble tea, I would love to visit again to try out other flavors because I loved the one I bought.

Bubbletti

Bubbletii

Popcorn from Genesis Cinemas: My sister bought popcorn from Genesis Cinemas and their large was bigger than the ones being sold at the different cinemas we have been to on the Mainland.

Popcorn from Genesis Cinemas

Spur: I had one of their mocktails: Lemon Daisy and also bought take away(rice, wings and tartar sauce)

Spur

Other restaurants in Landmark include: Shiro Lagos, 355, KFC. There is also a pharmacy and some other stores at Landmark.

Have you been to Landmark before? If yes, kindly share your experience, If no, will you love to visit?

P.S: It was my birthday on the 9th of April and It was the first birthday I celebrated since travel blogging became one of the things I do and I love it!

#whnaa(Worship Him now and always), a worship group I started based on a leading will be two (2) on the 1st of May, kindly check through posts on our Instagram page page for some exciting updates and watch out for more exciting updates.

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In the spirit of celebrations, I am sharing some more jpegs…

House of Prayer is located at: , 10A Adewale Kolawole Street, off TF Kuboye street Lekki 1 (right side), by Pinnacle Petrol station Lekki, 2nd roundabout, Lagos. The pictures below were taken there, It is a really nice place and I have visited once recently(same day I visited places above) If it were closer to were I currently live, I’m sure I will have been visiting more often. It is beautiful, serene and I had an awesome time communicating with God, my audience of One. Apart from the room where the pictures below were taken, there are a couple of other rooms which can be booked for Christ centered events, a kitchen, an outside dining area, an area with tabs were sermons, messages and other Christ centered resources can be accessed etc. Worship Him now and always will be having a program there on the 12th of June by God’s grace.

House of Prayer

House of Prayer

 

 

23 Mar
Jaekel House

25+ Interesting and Fun Facts Learnt at Jakeal house

Jaekel house is a museum located in the Nigerian Railway Compound, Ebute Metta, Lagos. It was built in 1898. The wall is very strong, made with concrete, bullet cannot easily pass through the wall. It is a museum being run by Legacy. A fee of 1000 naira is being charged for access to the facilities, a tour guide taking you round and explaining the various Items seen, as well as being allowed to take your pictures.

Jaekel House

 

Jaekel House

Jaekel House

Nigerian Railway has two locomotive: The first is steam(coal and water), the second is: Diesel (Diesel oil). 

Jaekel House

Some of the artefact I saw and their uses include:

Steam: It runs on connecting rods. It is no longer in use because the smoke causes air pollution.

There is a third locomotive which is electric but it is not yet in use.

Coaches: It is used to carry passengers.

Wagon: It is used to carry load and there are two types, the first type is open and It is used to carry non perishable Items, the second type is called  closed because It has a cover on top and It is used to carry perishable Items.

Guard Van: It is located at the end of the train to control the locomotive driver.

Power car: As generator is to our houses, power car is to trains and powers the locomotive; fan, Television, Fridge.

Abturse: Used in drilling holes, the current technology being used is known as electric drilling machine.

Jincrow: Enables the train to turn off a straight road at a bend.

Air Lubricator: pump grease on the bends that train can move freely.

Tran wheel: Used between 1901-1933.

Track for Standard guage: 4:8-wooden slippers.

Track for Narrow guage: 3:6-steel slippers.

Clip: clip slippers to the rail-concrete.

Buffer stop: Safety device to ensure train does not run out of tracks.

Buffer stop

 

Shaunters: Traffic men.

Running shed: When a train is repaired.

Fridge powered by kerosene.

Coal: Lasts longer than charcoal.

Air Alarm: used most likely at site to alert workers of on coming train.

Waiters seat: More than 90 years and still very strong. I sat on it.

Works of the founder an architect, a University of Lagos, graduate.

Jaekel House

Token key: Authority given to a driver to move on a track.

Typewriter

Olden days phone of only three numbers (2,4 and 8).

Pictures of past rulers.

Jaekel House

Pictures of trains in some part of Nigeria which Include: Bodija, Iwo, Ede, Minna, Gwagwalada, Zaria, Offa, Ilorin, Oshogbo, Kuru, Kafanchan, Lang Langi , Bauchi etc.

Some other Interesting Facts:

  • The first Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is in the Nigerian Railway Compound.
  • Legacy has taken its members to explore Olumo rock and Epe. It costs 5000 per year to be a member for an Individual and 7000 for a family.
  • Maps of various historical site are sold at Legacy for a token of 2500 naira.
  • Kingsway store is where Father Christmas started.
  • Pictures are allowed outside and on the ground floor but pictures are not allowed upstairs because Legacy helps to store some of Federal government property.
  • They are open between 10a.m and 5p.m, Tuesdays to Saturdays. They do not open on Sundays and Mondays.
  • Please note that all prices stated above, are as at the time of writing this article and may vary at a later date, please confirm before making a trip.
  • If you need Mr. Adewale’s number(the facility manager) at Legacy, please leave a comment with your email and I will send it to you by email.  Jaekel house also has a nice garden for picnics, weddings etc. and you can find out more Information on making bookings from Mr. Adewale.

Have you been to Jaekel  house before? If yes, what was your experience like? If no, will you love to visit? I will love to hear from you in the comments section.

Jaekel House

18 Feb
Travel Quotes

23 Interesting travel quotes and their authors

In this post, I will be sharing some travel quotes and their authors.

Travel Quotes

(1)“TRAVEL MAKES ONE MODEST, YOU SEE WHAT A TINY PLACE YOU OCCUPY IN THE WORLD.” ~ GUSTAVE FLAUBERT

(2) “TRAVELING – IT LEAVES YOU SPEECHLESS, THEN TURNS YOU INTO A STORYTELLER.” – IBN BATTUTA

(3) “NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST” ~ J.R.R. TOLKIEN

(4) “THE WORLD IS A BOOK AND THOSE WHO DO NOT TRAVEL READ ONLY A PAGE.” ~ SAINT AUGUSTINE

(5) “STOP WORRYING ABOUT THE POTHOLES IN THE ROAD AND ENJOY THE JOURNEY” ~ BABS HOFFMAN

(6) “JOBS FILL YOUR POCKET BUT ADVENTURES FILL YOUR SOUL.” ~ JAMIE LYN BEATTY

(7) “IT IS BETTER TO SEE SOMETHING ONCE THAN TO HEAR ABOUT IT A THOUSAND TIMES.”-ASIAN PROVERB

(8) “WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU DID SOMETHING FOR THE FIRST TIME?” ~ ANONYMOUS

(9)“LIVE WITH NO EXCUSES AND TRAVEL WITH NO REGRETS” ~ OSCAR WILDE

(10)“WE TRAVEL NOT TO ESCAPE LIFE BUT FOR LIFE NOT TO ESCAPE US.”

(11)LIFE’S A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION” ~AEROSMITH

 (12)TO TRAVEL IS TO LIVE” ~ HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON

(13)“I WANT TO MAKE MEMORIES ALL OVER THE WORLD”

 (15)“WE WANDER FOR DISTRACTION, BUT WE TRAVEL FOR FULFILLMENT.” ~ HILAIRE BELLOC

(16) THE BIGGEST ADVENTURE YOU CAN EVER TAKE IS TO LIVE THE LIFE OF YOUR DREAMS ~ OPRAH WINFREY

(17) “ADVENTURE IS WORTHWHILE.” – AESOP

 (18) “THE WORLD IS A BOOK, AND THOSE WHO DO NOT TRAVEL READ ONLY ONE PAGE.” – SAINT AUGUSTINE

(19) “WORK, SAVE, TRAVEL, REPEAT.” – ANONYMOUS

(20)“I HAVEN’T BEEN EVERYWHERE , BUT IT’S ON MY LIST.” – SUSAN SONTAG
(21) “INVESTMENT IN TRAVEL IS AN INVESTMENT IN YOURSELF.” – MATTHEW KARESTEN
(22) “BLESSED ARE THE CURIOUS FOR THEY SHALL HAVE ADVENTURES.”– LOVELLE DRACHMAN
(23)  “ADVENTURE IS WORTHWHILE.” – ARISTOTLE
 
Which of these travel quotes did you know before? Which travel quotes do you love that are not in this post? Let’s chat in the comments section.
15 Feb

31 Interesting Travel words and their Meanings

I would be defining various travel words in this post and for this blog post to serve as a micro mini dictionary for travel words. Lets start with defining travel.

travel words

(1) Travel: Travel means to move from one place to another either by road, rail, air, water etc.

(2) MICE Travel: MICE in the context of travel is an acronym for: meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions.

(3) Business Travel: This is the kind of travel done for work or business pursuits.

(4) Leisure Travel: This is travel for vacation, recreation, holiday etc.

(5) Bleisure Travel: This is combining work travel and leisure travel in the same trip.

(6) Gap year. A gap year is time out to travel  between life stages. It is also known as a sabbatical, time off, time out and a year out, referring to a period of time in which people disengage from curricular education and/or work and undertake activities such as traveling, volunteering or working abroad.(definitions.net).

(7) Solo Travel: To travel to another destination alone.

(8) Group Travel: To travel to another destination with other people.

(9) Travel Agency: A business/company that helps a traveler plan their trip. Such as obtaining their visas, hotel bookings, flight tickets, tours, airport transfers, passport renewals.

(10) Travel Agent: A travel agent works for/at a Travel Agency.

(11) A tour operator :is an organization, firm, or person who is responsible for the actual arrangement of transport and accommodation facilities on any tour or vacations. They are also responsible for operating and providing vacation through contracting, booking, and packaging together of the various components of the tour such as hotel, transportation, meals, guides, optional tours, and sometimes flights. (Tourism notes.com)

(12) Destination marketing (or marketing of a place): is a managerial process, a demand driven research, advertising and communication activity with the focus on potential external consumers. It mainly focuses on attraction of visitors – tourists, investors, university students or skilled labor force.”

(13) A Travel Blogger: Someone that curates and tells travel stories; talks about  travel destinations, gives tips and hacks, promotes tourist destinations and other components of travel, visa processes, accomodation, restaurants, “how to” posts and much more.

(14) A Travel Vlogger: Someone who does the work of a travel blogger in video form.

(15) Wanderlust: A strong desire/passion to see as many parts of the world as possible.

(16) Globe Trotting: To travel widely to a lot of countries and spend a lot of time travelling to different parts of the world.

(17) Peregrinate :To travel or wander around from place to place.

(18) Fernweh: An urge to travel even stronger than wanderlust

(19)Solivagant: Wandering alone

(20)Eudaimonia : The contented happy state you feel when you travel

(21)Gadabout : A person who travels often or to many different places for pleasure

(22)Serendipity: Finding something good without looking for it.

(23)Sehnsucht : A wistful longing and yearning in the heart for travels that have been and travels to come.

(24)Resfeber: The restless race of a traveler’s heart before the journey begins; The tangled feeling of fear and excitement before a journey begins.

(25)Querencia:  A place where one feels safe, A place where one feels at home.

(26)Coddiwomple :To travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination.

(27)Hodophile : A lover of roads. One who loves to travel.

(28)Wayfarer: Someone who travels, especially on foot.

(29)Thalassophile: Someone who loves the sea, ocean; A lover of the ocean.

(30)Morii: The desire to capture a fleeting moment

(31) Airbnb (short for Air Beds and Breakfast): is a marketplace that connects travelers with local property owners. Airbnb is an online marketplace which lets people rent out their properties or spare rooms to guests. Airbnb takes a commission on every booking.

 

Other words (most of which are more familiar)Include: hotels, hostels, flight tickets, visa, passport, airlines, airplanes, helicopters, tourist attractions, mountains, hiking, seas, beaches, water parks, rides, kayaking, boat cruise, camping, train, tours etc.

 

Which of these words are you seeing for the first time? What are some travel words you love that are not featured in this post? Time to hear from you in the comments section.

04 Feb

A visit to the largest art gallery in West Africa

Did you know? That the largest art gallery in West Africa is Nike Art gallery?

Nike Art Gallery

I visited Nike art gallery and prior to my visit, I did not know I could be so wowed!! by art. Nike art gallery is located at: No. 2, Elegushi Road, 3rd Roundabout, Epe Expressway, Ikate Cross Road, Lekki Phase 1 Peninsula, Lekki Lagos, Nigeria. There are also other branches in Abuja, Oshogbo and Ogidi Ijumu.

Nike Art Gallery

Entry into the Nike art gallery as well as tour of the gallery is free. You will only need to pay if you are purchasing any of the art work, books( Lagos Travel Guide by Sassy Funke as well as other books are on sale at the gallery),stationeries etc.

Nike Art Gallery

Nike Art Gallery

Nike art gallery is owned by: Nike Davies-Okundaye click here to read more about her and the gallery.

Nike Art Gallery

They are opened between 10a.m and 6p.m everyday.

Nike Art Gallery

Some of the rules Include: 

  • You are not allowed to take pictures of only the art work but you can take pictures with the art work.
  • Videos are not allowed
  • If you are with a toddler, you will need to sign an undertaken that he/she wont destroy any of the art works.

You need to visit to be able to fully appreciate the beauty.

Nike Art Gallery

Nike Art Gallery

Have you been to Nike Art Gallery before? If yes please share your experience, If no, will you love to visit?

p.s: If you will be Interested in a daycation to La campagne Tropicana with me and other fun buddies (at cost price) on the 13th or 20th February(depends on which Saturday has the higher number of people available), please send an email to: faithoooguntayo@gmail.com signifying your Interest, thank you and feel free to share with anyone you think might be Interested.

13 Jan

Interesting update: win a free return International flight ticket

Yes!!! Stand a chance to win return International flight tickets or other prizes. I am excited about this. Hope you are too?

win free return flight tickets

win free return flight tickets

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09 Jan
Laguna Beach

8 Interesting things to do at Laguna beach

No, not the Laguna water park in Dubai . There is Laguna beach club in Lagos, Nigeria. On Saturday 2nd January I had a nice time with some other amazing people at Laguna Beach, Okun Ajah, Lagos, Nigeria. Okun Ajah road is home to a number of other beaches which include: Atican beach, Barracuda beach, Santa Cruz, Redline beach resort, King Diamond beach etc. I have previously been to King diamond beach. Looking forward to visiting the others.

I had looked forward to going to Laguna Beach Club and I was excited to go there, we had an awesome time.

8 Interesting things to do at Laguna Beach:

(1) Relax, chill, calm your nerves by the beach: You can do so either in the cabanas or at the pool side sitting areas.

(2) Swim: Laguna beach has a swimming pool, so if you will love to swim, feel free to pack your swimming costumes/ swimming trunks, change into them when you are ready and dive into the pool.

(3) Enjoy the platters/ other items on their menu: Their platters include: chicken wings, chicken lap, asun, yam, sauce, ketchup ,coleslaw, mosa etc. and prices differ based on group size. You can request for plates to share the platters as well as serviettes. Also, if you buy drinks from them, you can request for paper cups and ice which is already included in the fee. The platters was yummy, sumptuous and delicious, though I felt quantity should have been more than it was for the price allocated to it and the number of people it was to feed.

Laguna Beach

(4) Take pictures: Laguna beach is very beautiful, its somewhere I will love to visit again. It has nice wall designs and other spots for taking pictures.

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach

 

(5) Dance: There is a DJ at Laguna. You can dance and also make videos

(6) Play Table Tennis: You can play Table Tennis at Laguna beach with friends.

(7) Hangout with friends and family

(8) Play card/ board games:  You can bring your board games and play them.

We played fill in the Black (a guessing game for black people and those who love them, designed by TVP Adventures). You can also play other board games like: scrabble, chess, monopoly, WHOT etc.

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Have you been to Laguna beach before? If yes, please share your experience, if No, will you love to visit? 

06 Jan
Pondicheri Restaurant

5 Interesting Restaurants I visited In Lagos in Dec 2020

I first wanted to update the post: Review of 35 Interesting Restaurants In Lagosbut then I decided I should make a new post instead.

5 Interesting Restaurants I visited In Lagos: Dec 2020:

(1) Bungalow: Located at GRA, Ikeja. I loved my meal at Bungalow: I had fried rice and steak and it came with: stir fry veggies, you can also have the veggies with jollof rice or white rice and sauce. Also, tried their pizza.

Bungalow Restaurant

Bungalow Restaurant

Bungalow Restaurant

(2) Pondicheri: Located at Ilupeju. Try out their different rice variants, soups ,sauces, naan bread, chicken wings etc. I also tried out their virgin Pina colada (its a mix of coconut and pineapple), I loved it, if you will want to have something sweet, you might not enjoy it, but if you love pineapple and coconut, you will love it, I loved it.

Pondicheri Restaurant

Pondicheri Restaurant

Pondicheri Restaurant

Pondicheri Restaurant

(3) Maison Kayser: Its a French restaurant and they have branches both in Ikoyi and Victoria Island. Try out their Lasagne and other pasta options, their bread etc.I visited the Ikoyi branch.

Maison Kayser

Maison Kayser

Maison Kayser

Maison Kayser

Update: I visited the V.I branch in February 2020.

(4) Murphis Shawarma: Located at GRA, Ikeja. Try out their beef/chicken shawarma

(5) Orchid Bistro: Try out their: gourmet cheese burger, shepherds pie, sandwiches etc.

Orchid Bistro

Orchid Bistro

Now, its time for fit fam for a while, so help me God.

have you visited any of these restaurants? If yes, what meals did you have there? If no will you love to visit them? Lets chat in the comments section.

P.S: two Nigerian movies I watched recently are: Finding Hubby and Meet The Kuju’s. I watched meet the Kujus at Silverbird Cinemas  Ikeja City Mall and I watched Finding Hubby at Genesis Deluxe Cinema at: Maryland mall.

Ikeja City Mall

Maryland mall

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31 Dec

2020: Year In Review

I am writing this article on the last day in the year 2020! I’m grateful to God for this year 2020. There were a number of challenges and there were a number of wins too.

In this article, I will be highlighting some of the things I did, places I visited, books I read etc.

2020: Year In Review

There are some other pursuits I started in 2020 which I trust I will share in due time.

What are some of the things you did in 2020 that you will love to share? Please share in the comments section.

09 Dec

8 Interesting things to do at Lekki leisure beach

Phew! Lagos can be unpredictable when it comes to traffic situation , It was a Sunday and the roads are usually not as busy on weekends as it is weekdays. but there was a lot of traffic. When I eventually got there, a number of the activities had been carried out. However, I used the time I had left at the beach to have some fun.

I went to Lekki Leisure beach to attend the first annual Nigeria Tourism Lovers hangout. It is an initiative started up by Mr. Ibrahim Makanjuola (IBM). We have a WhatsApp group where we share ideas, tips, information, tours, virtual hangouts etc. and recently the first physical hangout.

Lekki leisure beach

Lekki leisure beach

I went for the hangout after church service on Sunday.

If you want to download the bolt app for the first time, use this link: click here for the link and get 1000naira of your first trip.

Also, please do not put Lekki leisure lake on the map, but Lekki Lesiure beach, I put Lekki leisure lake and the map was directing to somewhere in Ojodu instead of directing to Lekki.

I met a number of different groups of people having different events at the beach.

They sell food there and external food is not allowed inside. We ate external food, but we had to sit outside to eat it. Maybe on a next visit, I might try something on their menu.

As at the time of writing this article, the entry fee costs: 2000 naira

Interesting Things to do at Lekki Lesiure Beach:

(1) Enjoy the scenery

Lekki leisure beach

Lekki leisure beach

(2) Take pictures

Lekki leisure beach

(3) Make videos

(4) Menu Menu Menu

(5) Quad Biking

Lekki leisure beach

(6) Horse Riding

(7) Play Games: There are games to play there and you can also bring your various kind of board games, card games etc.

Lekki leisure beach

Lekki leisure beach

(8) Rent a tent for your events: There were quite a number of smaller tents for small groups and there was one large tent for a larger gathering/event

Lekki leisure beach

Lekki leisure beach

Lekki leisure beach

 

Have you been to Lekki Lesiure beach? If yes please share your experience in the comments section below, If no, will you love to visit?