Picture of the Month: Yangon (formerly Rangoon)

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Yangon, which used to be known as Rangoon, is the largest city in Myanmar (which used to be known as Burma).  Phew!  I don’t know how long I’ve been aware of Yangon and Myanmar but I know it’s a city that drew my attention because of Aung San Suu Kyi, the well-known Burmese politician who was placed under house arrest for about 15 years.  She sacrificed being with her husband and children to support her people and fight the government in power in her own way.  How could I not be aware of such a woman?  Yangon used to be the capital of Myanmar and appears to be a city as beautiful as the famous Aung San Suu Kyi herself.

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Nail Art: OMG!

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Friends tell me I say ‘OMG!’ a lot so when I saw this nail jewellery, I knew I had to have it!  Sadly, I don’t remember what nail polish I used here and didn’t note it down.  This nail art still brings a smile to my face whenever I look at it.

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The funniest things I heard as a single woman over 30

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People say lots of insensitive things to single women over 30.  This is especially true in Nigeria where we have a knack for being nosy.  Although many of the things people say are hurtful, I don’t think the person saying them means any harm – most of the time.  Sometimes, people say these things because they are worried about you although some of the comments made border on the ridiculous.  For that reason, they turn out to be funny.  Here are some amusing things I heard as a single woman over 30 in Lagos: Continue reading

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What you need to know about airplane travel

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5 ways to get over a broken heart as a woman over 30

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You know how they say one should try to keep elderly people from falling because it takes a long time for their broken bones to heal?  I feel it’s the same way with women and their hearts.  I think that the older a woman gets, the longer it takes her broken heart to heal.

I remember when I was in my twenties and a relationship ended.  I cried till 3 in the morning.  I called my brother the following morning and told him I didn’t feel I could go to class (as I was at university at the time).  To his credit he didn’t laugh at the dramatics of his little sister, instead he empathised, encouraged me to carry on with my day and told me to call him again if I felt like it.  Within two weeks, I had almost forgotten about that boyfriend and was back to my happy self.

In stark contrast, when a relationship ended when I was in my thirties, I was devastated.  And embarrassed.  I had dated someone against my better judgment and to make matters worse, it was clear I was miserable at work.  When a few colleagues asked me if I was okay, I knew it was serious.  Instead of two weeks, it took me the better part of two months to get over that relationship.

Happily, I got over that heartbreak, had my heart broken again but still found reasons to smile and laugh.  In fact, I can laugh about all those sad episodes now.  They give me material to gist my friends and you too.  So, on to the meat of the matter – how to get over a broken heart as a single woman over 30.  Here are my tips: Continue reading

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Nail Art: A Girl’s Best Friend

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The nail polish used here is Push & Pur-Pull by OPI.  I think OPI nail polish is pretty good, in that it takes longer than cheaper brands to chip but I find that with some of the colours, the way they look in the bottle is different from the way they look on the nails.  This particular polish is an example of that.  I topped the nail colour off here with a ‘diamond’ nail accessory.

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‘Round the world ticket (August 2015)

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5 actions that will make you the most-liked person at work.

The ultimate life tip 😉  How to walk in heels without pain and without falling over. 

I just had to share this cute love story with you.  Don’t worry, it’s short :-)

An interview with Alexandra Shulman, the reclusive (I think) editor-in-chief of British Vogue.

10 steps to a happier life, backed by research.

 

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What to do when people ask why you’re still single

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I’ve noticed that this question usually comes from people who are married.  It reminds me anew how forgetful people can be.  Do they not remember how much they hated being asked that question when they themselves were single?  Is it a thinly-veiled insult?  Is it another way people have found to show off?  The mind boggles.

Someone I know takes this question as an insult and replies with ingenuity.  For example, Continue reading

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Nail Art: Pink Punch

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I love this look.  I think it’s simple but eye-catching.  The pinkish colour is Purple Crush by Orly (apparently, Orly thinks the colour is purple while I think it’s pink 😉 ).  For the accent nail, I used Blonde Bombshell and topped it off with Champagne Bubbles.  Both colours are by China Glaze.  As an aside, what do you think the plural of nail polish is?  Nail polishes?  Let me know what you think in the comments and have a great week :-)

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10 things NOT to say to a single woman in her 30s in Lagos

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We Nigerians generally don’t mind our business.  It’s a good thing sometimes.  It means that if, for example, you fall over and faint, someone will probably come to your aid.  Other times, our innate curiosity is just an excuse to be rude.  If you know a single woman in her 30s in Lagos and aren’t sure what you should or shouldn’t say to her, the following will help a great deal. Continue reading

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