Journal #1: January 2015


Welcome to February. Last year, I did as I always do at the end of the year: I sat down and thought about my life and Verastic. I wrote down a long to-do list for Verastic that I hope to accomplish before 2015 is over. Some of the things are quite easy, like changing my profile picture on my about page (done), while some other things are more intricate and complicated, and will take a lot more time, creativity, and patience. But I'm happy that I'm working on them. One thing I'm also doing Continue Reading

Beauty Review: Lionesse Beauty Bar

Lionesse Primer

Ladies! You know how we are. We always want our skin to be at its absolute best, and whatever can help us get there, we are ready. Today, I bring to you Lionesse Beauty Bar. Have you heard of this brand before? It's okay if you haven't cause I got you covered. Side note: there are more reviews on the website, so check them out. So I have two categories of products to review: skincare/makeup and hair beauty. Read and learn. 1.  Lionesse Primer First of all, I have always, always Continue Reading

Why Didn’t They Teach Me About Biafra In School?


I was going to title this post, "Why didn't they teach US about Biafra in school?" but I realized that I cannot speak for everyone. Maybe you were taught, but I wasn't. This past Saturday - January 24th - it was my grandma's birthday, so Igwe and I bought her a yummy cake and took her out to dinner. While waiting for our food, we somehow started talking about politics. We talked about upcoming election in Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari, what Nigeria used to be, and then, Biafra. Grandma Continue Reading

Verastic Is 9 Years Old – Ask Me ANYTHING

pink balloons

My blog is 9 years old today, y'll! I still don't know what emotion to be feeling right now. One day you're a rookie blogger who has a blog because you want to share the random thoughts in your head and the next thing, your baby blog is 9 years old. My baby is all grown up! Where did all the time go and what have I been blogging about? Amazing. Both I and Verastic have grown so much, and you all have been here to witness it. My life for the past 9 years has literally been chronicled Continue Reading

When Did It Become Uncool To Use Sony Laptops?

Sony VAIO laptops discontinued

Or has it always been uncool and I just didn't know? Blame it on my parents who swear up and down that the best electronic company is Sony. With the exception of our JVC record player, every other entertainment equipment in our house in Jos is a Sony: television, DVD player, etc. My first laptop ever was a Compaq (are they still in business? Didn't they get bought by another company?). After that, my mommy bought me a white Sony laptop, which I loved. Now I'm using my second Sony laptop, Continue Reading

Who Needs A Baby When You Have A Husband?


My Igwe has been "sick," and he's not been afraid to tell me. He's been huffing and puffing and trying to tear his nose off his face. In fact, if he sneezes one more time, his nose might just fall off. Let me tell you all about it. On Sunday morning, we didn't go to church because Igwe was feeling worse than he was the previous day, so we rushed off to Patient First. Patient First is like the emergency room ... it takes forever. So after sitting there for hours, Igwe finally had a diagnosis: Continue Reading

About My Birthday (And What I Wore)


First, thank you so much for all the birthday love! I am so very grateful. You guys are the best, walahi. Now, let me tell you how my birthday went. This year, I decided to take pictures for my birthday because I had never done so before. So we took the pictures on Sunday (January 11th 2015), but we didn't calculate our moves very well. We went out there (Downtown Baltimore) all confidently like we we had our weather destiny in our hands. Wrong. It was so freaking cold! And to make it worse, it Continue Reading

I Don’t Understand American Pedestrians


When I was little in Nigeria and my parents gave me the lesson about how to cross the road, it seemed like the lesson wouldn't end. Look left, look right, then look left again, then look right and left --- and then again. When I crossed with my parents - my mom especially - she would clutch my wrist as if I was at flight risk and she didn't want me to escape. And even with all the security measures, I wasn't even allowed to cross the road alone, so really, the lessons were pointless. In Continue Reading

Happy Birthday To Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Birthday Girl

Yope. Yope. Yope. Hefery bodi hafta parry ... whoa whoa whoa. It's my birthday today, and I am too happy. As you can see, I even took the time to take pictures! This is something I've never done before. But there's always a first time, and today seems to be a perfect day. If I was still having my party, I would have used pink, black, and white balloons. But since the party won't be happening, I decided that I still deserve to have my balloons. I always put birthday posts for others where Continue Reading

Home Away From Home With Egg Stew

potatoes and egg stew

One thing about being away from home is that any little thing that reminds you of home is an instant cause for celebration, and any time you get together with your fellow "country men," food is a big part of that coming together. In fact, there cannot be a coming together without food. Nigerian food. It's funny because living away from home, I go to American, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, and all other kinds of restaurants to eat, and I enjoy their food. When I visit an American (or non Continue Reading