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The Hike to the top of Oke Ado mountain, a Naija Treks adventure.

I always mentally plan a road trip and for one reason or the other never get to actualize the plan(side eye to my ever disappointing and forever cancelling friends).

The moment I saw the ad by NaijaTreks on instagram for this trip, I knew wouldn't miss it despite the fear it might fall during my exams. A friend confirmed and I made up my mind.

The trip started quite late, I had to wait at Berger bus stop for over 45 mins (I was a bit pissed, because I practically jumped out of my bed thinking I was late). The tour coordinator was so sweet apologizing that I totally forgot about It.

The ride was through Abeokuta, we had to pick up my friend who was attending the Ake festival. The ride down was almost uneventful, with small chats here and there and everyone sticking to their own tiny group. We got to introduce ourselves, and the atmosphere improved. I loved the diversity of the group with our varying travel experiences. We got to share our various travel experience, Dolapo seems to have more African Travel experience.  Funny, we all might not have met before except for one or two people but we all had one person who we knew in common. It definitely is a small world.

The whole group, I was the only team Nikon every one else was team Canon




After a few wrong stops, we located the mountain. We met Pa Adedriran Adesegun, the custodian of the mountain.  He was not available to take on the mountain hike due to old age, but he assigned a young lady from the town named Victoria as our guide. Hiking Sticks were provided which unfortunately did not go round and some of us had to climb the mountain unaided.



The awesome tour coordinator
The climb up the mountain was not an easy one, let's just say asides from the tour coordinator none of us was fit for the climb. We kept taking breaks, and asking ourselves who sent us message to climb mountain.

After countless intermittent stops, we made it to the first point. We climbed a total of 369 broken and uneven steps before the first point. The Ishagi rock, a mysterious boulder which stands on the mountain with no visible form of support.




The journey continues to the top of the mountain where we saw the suspended lake known as the Ìyàké Lake. The lake which is believed to be the god of fertility is a greenish pool with shrubs growing around it. We had been warned by the villagers not to attempt to dip our feet in the lake, for it is forbidden to swim or bath in the lake. Rumor has it that those who failed to heed the warning, drown and their body is never discovered. 

However, the villagers make use of the water from the lake. Our guide, Victoria filled a plastic bottle with water from the lake, took a sip and went home with the rest. 







 










Upon our descent from the mountain, we made our way to Igbo-Ora town renowned for its multiple twins birth. We were unfortunately unable to see some of the twins as some where either not home or were to shy to interact with us. For me, I couldn't be bothered. I was hungry and too tired.

We went in search of food, everyone wanted to taste the famous 'Ilasa' soup which is believed to be responsible for the birth of twins in the town. 'Ilasa soup' turned out to be a soup made with okra leave and mashed egusi. It actually looks like the 'ewedu' soup found in most bukas, I ended up not tasting the soup for whatever unconsciously reason of mine.

In all it was a really good trip. Not just for the hike but for the beautiful minds I met. I am used to travelling  with closed group of friends and I was glad I took that leap, if not I wouldn't had such a beautiful experience.

Kudos to the Naija Treks family, I hope to be able to take more trips with them


Until my next post.
♥ Lara



2015-An attempt at a review

So my first post for the year, Hello 2015: The Year Of Happiness And New Beginnings, I wrote about it been my turn-up year, student and work life did not allow me be great.

My experience this year is been one hell of amazing roller coaster ride, in simple terms it was all about discovering myself, trying to find a balance between work, student life and personal life (failing woefully at this) and learning the dynamics of the Nigerian work environment.

January: spent the first week at my former place of work. I actually resigned on the second work day of the year. Still not sure if I made the best career move, but at that point. I knew for sure I wasn’t ready to continue working with my direct lead. I loved my former place of employment and my colleagues. But for me, your manager makes or mars your experience in the place of work and mine wasn’t making the experience as wonderful as I wanted it to be.

Fast forward to new place of work, I find this environment interesting. Every day I am amazed with the experience. Fast forward December, I am still amazed. This is my first over a hundred staff work place in Nigeria. One lesson I have learnt, different organizations, different employee experience.
Also, learnt that in the work place that friend of yours today will become an enemy in the blink of an eye simply because of power. Daily, I see the struggle for power and I am a left mouth wide open how evil we all can become. People throwing each other under the bus just to “cover their ass” or become oga’s favorite for a promotion.

Managing work and study has not been easy, especially with my boss who doesn’t give a hoot about my study. To him, studying for a masters is a waste of money. I must say my boss demoralize me most of the time, but I have been able to mentally block him out which is the only way I have been able to deal with him professionally. He is a typical Gen X boss, and like my mom says I can’t always have that Ideal boss.

My former direct Manager resigned in August and I have a new direct Manager who is cool and awesome. He is such a professional who I get to learn from every day. Working with him has been so much fun and every day I pray for him because He has been such a huge blessing in my life.

The work place has seen so many turbulence this year. I have made friends and lost them. All individuals I started the year with as team members are either no longer with the org or moved to another team. It was sad the way some of them had to leave. One important lesson learnt, Top business school MBA does not make a great manager. You have got to be street smart, willing to learn and listen when you do not know and environment knowledgeable to run a successful business.

Finance wise, I think I have improved from previous years. This year I have savings. Like if you know me this is a huge step. Despite all the unnecessary buying this year, which should have made me richer, I still was able to save something. My direct Manager says it is because I do not have any “bukata” that is why I am always spending money without care...

On Travel, I started the year in Cotonou, I cancelled my trip to Ghana last minute, it pained me that I didn’t get my ticket money back, side-eye to Medview. I finally  got to visit Ouidah with friends. I visited Badagry with some photography enthusiasts and went hiking with Naija Treks in November (post coming up soon)…2015 just like 2014 was a year of cancelled trips thanks to my friends, school and work. 2016 will be better.



Spiritually, I don’t even know where I stand. Someone recently me asked me how is the “deen”. I replied that the deen is intact. The answer is half true, almost bordering on a lie. The deen is not intact. I have not lost faith in my religion but then I find myself with so many unanswered questions.
This year I impressed myself a lot! With the level of maturity I approached and tackled some issues. I found I have been able to deal with my anger. The downside to this is that people assume I am arrogant when I just move on from issues without anger or even talk about it.

This year, I started talking. If you know me, you will know I am very private. I do not share my pain or anything. No one ever knows what is up with me which is one of the things my mum is worried about.

I talked to friends and I am grateful I found listening years.

Friends got me through the year and I am grateful for each and every one of them.
I know I have been a self-centered friend lately and horrible at keeping in touch.
With friendship, I have been a totally different person, reverse back to 2010. I was the one always in touch with everyone but nowadays let just say my head “knack ground”.

I think the one thing I am grateful for is that this year, there was no depression. There were sad days but no depression unlike 2014.

I did not get to read a lot of non-school related books. But I think I was able to read at least 3 if not more.



I am a work in progress who gets better with each passing seconds.

I plan to travel more in 2016. Develop my photography skills and be a better friend and daughter to my parents.

Cheers to the New Year!!!
Adieu 2015.

What is the one thing you achieved this year that you're most proud of / the highest point of your year?
How was your 2015?

♥Lara

Exploring the city: Omu Resort

This post is 1 year late, I am ashamed of myself.'
I can't even explain why it never got published as it had been sitting in my draft since January

There are so many beautiful places I wish I could explore every day, but I’m limited by time, work and money! most importantly time. I wish I had all the means in the world to travel and did not have to worry about been jobless, but as for now, saving up and finding hidden gems around Lagos ain’t so bad.

My friends drove over to the resort last Deccember to satiate my need for a new place to explore.  To be honest, I wasn't blown away. But considering the fact that the resort was relatively new when we visited, some shortcoming can be forgiven.

The resort is located in Ibeju-Lekki,about 10 minutes from the Lagos Business School on a no traffic day. It is off the Lekki-Epe road. The time spent at the resort was worth it.

The Sea world (aquarium) was my favorite. The resort also includes a wax museum, archery, quad bikes and a zoo.













 



Camera: Nikon D3100
Lens: 18-55mm

♥Lara