3/15/11

INCREDIBLE INDIA PART DEUX

Umm in as much as I like India and all,it has A LOT some down sides that I really hate!!so this is now all about the 10 things I hate about India...lol I might even go past ten sef *smile*


10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT INDIA


1. BEGGING
 Begging is huge here. They come out into traffic to knock on your window. The children try to hold your hand as you walk down the street. Some will actually try to block your car door as you are getting in so that you can't get in until you have given them money. And if you do give them something you had better run. Every beggar within 100 yards will be on you in a flash. Don't even think about turning them down after you gave to someone else. And, it had better be the same amount or more or you will have some very angry beggars.








2. WATER SUPPLY


How I miss drinking from the tap! How great it would be to shower and not worry if some water seeps into your mouth. How fabulous to rinse your toothbrush out in running sink water instead of bottled. All this because of the high rates of typhoid in India...most foreigners are advised to drink bottled water :( and iv been here for some 4yrs...i use 2 boxes of  water each week...each box has 12 bottles...in 1 year that's...*do the math* lol










3. INDIAN SWEETS


It seems that a lot of Indian sweets and desserts are based on curdled milk. I am not kidding. Frankly, they are just plain nasty. Seriously how does one come to the decision that balling up a lump of curdled milk and pouring syrup over it will be a good thing? * I know no ones forcing me to eat * but there are holidays where gifts and SWEETS r given to neighbours as a sign of good will en blah blah... y'all need to taste those things to know what I mean! eww..



4. COWS!
 OMG...guys i don't even know where to start from on this...like, in India cows are untouchable yo,they do whatever they want...whenever they want to! serious!! I wont even go into explaining about how the cow is a sacred animal in India because that would be too long and zzzz...but they are and in order for you to understand why,you would have to be familiar with Hinduism. PS...WE DON'T HAVE BEEF OVER HERE..*shoot me now* :(




5. PUBLIC SPITTING
my people.. I just tire *sigh* Anyone can spit unceremoniously in India..your driver, your well-groomed colleague ANYONE!! and they do it anyhow,you'll just see one correct looking guy rolling down the window of his clean ride,in my mind now il be thinking "umm hes feeling the girl" then all of a sudden..PSSHHH!!! He spits out a gob of brownish yellow tobacco that hes been chewing for God knows how long and i just vomit a lil in my mouth en look away lol am sowi for being so graphic but this irks me out the most!! I swear,iv never seen so much spit in my whole life... I actually developed an unconscious habit of looking where I step as I walk when am outside...its THAT BAD....this is not to mention the other unspeakable things these people do even while in public...haha this must be my greatest hate judging by how long i took to write it..lol





6. PROTOCOL....PROTOCOL...PROTOCOL!!!
mehnn...if there's one thing Indians know how to do is frustrate someone with their procedures and protocols! in every single thing you do there will be a procedure involved,paperwork, phone calls to make....AH AH?! *FROWN* even simple buying of a sim card my dear people,you must first bring passport sized photo,a photo copy of your passport and valid visa page...fill out the forms...wait for an hour till the sim is activated!! by the time its activated you'll be like 0_o lol seriously people....its like that with almost about EVERYTHING! tsk



7. STARES 
ehen...for all those of you planning a trip to India lemme give you a lil heads up 1St. As soon as you touch down at Indira Gandhi International Airport (Delhi) or  BIA (Mumbai) or wherever the hell you land from...get ready to to stared at by each and every set of eyes within the next 10,000km lol people... Indians are hella curious!! they wanna see everything going on on your body,with your hair,your outfit...EVERY SINGLE MOLECULE WILL BE EXAMINED! and this would be a normal thing if we were talking about 4-5year olds but nooo...ALLL of em are the same and the elders are much worse!! its very annoying...sometimes they point and laugh too :(



8. INDIAN HAIR
LOL OK am just being a hater here...but I really don't need such pressure in my life!! i have bad hair days almost every other day and its frustrating to step outside and see a whole bunch of dirty looking babes with gorgeous hair...hair they haven't even styled or anything...yet it still looks amazingly gorgeous! is it too much to ask for nice hair???!!! HUH  UNIVERSE?! 




9. After Rain Smell 

 You know how it always smells so good after it rains? Not here. Here when you walk outside after a good rain, it just smells like wet garbage. I had no idea this would effect me emotionally, but I really miss that smell.


10. RACISM

This definitely should have been way up there...we all know that racism is alive and kicking all over the world.but you know,all over the world people make the effort to at least hide it,albeit subtly...in this case, India wouldn't be part of the world because over here you can see it...feel it..hear it and even smell it!! this is probably caused by their caste system issues way back when but best believe,they carried over that sad mentality to the 21St century! there are HOTELS that don't allow anyone black...clubs, restaurants,book stores etc. AND as if that wasn't enough...they discriminate! among Africans Nigerians suffer a lot of this because according to Indian Nigeria=419=bad.. I wish there was a way to change their perspective about this because not every one can be bad yea...even back home in Zambia,most of our men are known to be wimps but its not and cant be all of them who are....sad thing I tell you ohh and am totally #TEAMNIGERIA all day everyday niggas lol




cheers darlins!


**pic=google*

3/13/11

INCREDIBLE INDIA!




So... am currently living & studying in Asia, India to be precise.iv been here for more like 4years now and I have to say, I have a love/hate relationship going on with this country, every time I leave and go on holiday back home or in Malaysia(where my family is BTW) I find myself missing it!so I decided to blog about it... 1 thing y'all have to understand is i cant just talk on and on about it,you'll need to SEE it so this post will be picture heavy ;)


10 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT INDIA


1. AMUSING,CONFUSING,SURPRISING!


There’s never a dull moment in India. Wherever you look, at all times of day or night, you will see something that surprises you, confuses you, or amuses you.;D






2.   COLOUR 
India is a photographer’s dream.  The spices, the dyes, and the beautiful saris mean that you’ll definitely need to take more memory cards than you anticipated needing.




3. RELIGION

The variety,colour and devotion involved in India's kaleidoscope of religion is fascinating and mesmerising.




5. FOOD
First thing that comes to mind when you mention Indian food would probably be CURRY/SPICY/SAMOOSA lol anyway am really not into Indian food but i do appreciate the variety they have!


6. THE INDIAN BRIDE.
Just as you would expect,an Indian wedding is laced with all sorts of traditional stuff its amazing to watch! oh and quick fact, red is the theme of many an Indian wedding  because it symbolizes prosperity and good fortune! they also  use mehendi (henna tattoos) on the palms and feet of the bride to symbolize the deepening of the love between husband and wife(when the henna is applied its not as dark as it is when its dry=may the love deepen as time goes by)




7. THE OLD ARCHITECTURAL STRUCTURES 

Of course there are modern buildings in India but India has this feel of modern VS ancient when it comes to the environment...its almost like your living in two different worlds!










8. THE JEWELLERY AND MAKE-UP!

Most Indian women are dressed to the nines y'all ! they aint playing....they step out with a face full of make up but the thing that gets me is the make up...its so Arabic looking its fantastic*am a closet make up artist so excuse my excitement* lol


9. STREET SHOPPING/THRIFTING 

As we all know, Indians LOVE their business and we are here to help them make it flourish lol thrifting is sooo fun in India because not only can you find an authentic designer piece...they have markets all over the friggin place! there are high end and street shopping malls all over the place!! and i happen to love em #DONTJUDGEME





10. FESTIVALS!!

Last but definitely not the least i love festivals..even if I don't participate it means no university for me yay!! lol and there are ALOT of festivals in India, don't even get me started but the pics below show 2 festivals 1) HOLI- the festival of colour(goggle cos am really too tired to explain guys) and 2) DIWALI- very common holiday this,the festival of lights









There you have it people! 10 things i like about India...will be back with 10 things i hate about India soonest!much love!!
cheers!
***PICS COURTESY  OF GOGGLE & ALASTAIR HUMPHREY ****

3/3/11

ITS EVERYONE AROUND ME...

First of all I just wanna say,to all those people who blog every single day...you guys are warriors!# SALUTE lol how do you do it??? what's the secret?? I recently started blogging and as much as I would love to blog everyday, I cant seem to find time! am doing my bachelors of science degree in international business and that stuff is SERIOUS :O anyway...

So ever since we rolled fabulously into 2011  iv been transformed into a wedding planner of sorts! on the very 1St day of January my best friend got engaged under a shower of fireworks,it was too romantic I tell ya...the guy took everyone by surprise so no photos :( . Its been hordes of engagements from there....everyone I know is either planning their marriage this year or newly engaged! anyone whose been in my shoes will know what follows next!Any time I try to fit in my genuine congratulations,someone will pop up and say "don't worry,your own is coming next",or something along those lines...WHY?? am not complaining am I??

OK let me start from the very beginning( sowi lovers,my mind is all over the place). So heres the deal, I have a serious boyfriend iv been dating for 3 years now.He is Nigerian..*wink* and my boyfriend loves women, I don't wanna call him a player cos real players never leave traces or get caught lol, anyway he has 5 siblings and 3 best friends...ALL OF THEM are either married or just got engaged! his baby sis just got engaged last week and asked me to be chief brides maid *which means a trip to Nigeria for me again this year,YAY* so the pressure is kinda on for him to follow suit while they pity me! its really funny...and very annoying at the same time!am very happy with how things are going but this whole pressure of a thing is getting to me...all of a sudden I see weddings everywhere I look! if I see a girl with a ring on her finger I'll unconsciously try to picture her in a wedding dress..like WTF?? I wasn't like that 2 months ago*crying*

If mine happens, I want it to be a special thing, I want to be sure he knows what he's doing( we are from  2 very different countries) and I want to know he's not doing it because he is under pressure from family/friends ;)

so,can you guys help me come up with a fabulous theme & colour for the braids maids? never done this before...hehe

cheers!