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LAGOS MARRIOTT HOTEL IKEJA

The recently opened Lagos Marriott Hotel, Ikeja officially announces the grand launch of its exceptional ISADE SPA. The hotel’s ultramodern SPA facility reflects cutting edge SPA aesthetics within intuitively designed spaces.

According to the General Manager for the Hotel, Rudi Janse Van Rensburg “We have put a lot of thought, planning and passion into launching our Isade SPA. We offer a state of the art product where our customers; made up of today’s travelers- are sufficiently inspired by our thoughtful spaces and our unique offerings which rejuvenate the body and relax the mind”

Rudi stated further, “Our Isade SPA more than lives up to its promise delivering the ambience of several acclaimed international influences with the synergy of contemporary design aesthetic and efficient tech savvy facilities. Our guests are sure to experience the ultimate satisfaction as they relax and recharge within our tranquil spaces.

Our ultra-modern SPA facility offers steam rooms and saunas which use modern spa heat blended with natural beach wood and eucalyptus to refresh the body and spirit. We have infused modern science with elements of nature which feature; locally produced ingredients with no additives to deliver signature treatments. When it comes to our décor and architecture, our uncommon use of materials and purposeful lighting interacts beautifully with natural elements such as wood, water and local plants.

As part of our signature we have easily incorporated Spa products from the Dead Sea with natural benefits which boast proven results to provide a truly unique wellness experience.

Each customer who arrives is taken on a truly rejuvenating journey through a variety of sophisticated treatment options. We bring a holistic approach to wellness; Our SPA offerings consist of a combination of elements to feed the 5 senses as follows; Taste – through the eclectic variety of local coffees and refreshments we offer at the inception, Smell – our combination of exotic Aromatherapy, Touch – our uniquely designed treatments, Sound – as each client experiences our Locally inspired Spa Music and Sight – our locally inspired and very intriguing décor.

With our active ingredients to enhance mind and body; our inventive class of customers can relax and feel tranquil under our rejuvenating and restorative treatments, steam rooms and saunas. We are accessible seven days a week, between 9am-9pm with reservation options.

The Lagos Marriott Hotel, Ikeja is delighted to deliver a world class SPA that truly reinvents the narrative of world class SPA offerings in Lagos and we look forward to delivering our truly unmatched level of invigorating SPA experiences to our customers. Our Brilliant hosts are geared to provide the utmost in comfort and relaxation and we welcome all our visitors for a truly purposeful experience at the beautiful ISADE SPA” says Rudi.

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BOOKS THAT INSPIRES TRAVEL

People who travel a lot know how much there is to gain from exploring new locations and discovering new cultures. It is a powerful transition, which leaves you with the appetite to explore more.

A good travel book draws you into the world of travelling; it also moves you to explore the wider world around you. Additionally, reading travel books helps you learn about the destinations you are visiting. The more you know about a place, the more you can understand the place.

Apart from learning more about a particular location, travel books provides you with new perspectives, it challenges your thought process and allows you see and understand things from a different perspective.

While literature of many kinds has influenced us, here are a couple of titles that inspire us to travel.

THE ALCHEMIST, BY PAULO COELHO

Top of the list is the award-winning book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It is an Oldie but a Goldie. This is one of the most-read books in recent history. The story centers on a young shepherd boy Santiago from Spain as he follows his heart, learns love and the meaning of life. Most travelers search for something while travelling, whether it is amazing view or the most delicious meal. However, while you are busy seeking something external, you end up discovering a piece of yourself you never realized was there. That is exactly what happens in this book. The Alchemist’ tells the engrossing story of a shepherd who sells his flock and purchases a ticket to Tangier, where he is robbed and has to work at a shop to find his way home. He ends up taking a great adventure across the Sahara and after all his adventures, discovers his fortune right back where he started. However, in the quest of his adventures, he finds a different part himself and learns the meaning of love and life

THE BEACH, BY ALEX GARLAND

Asides the fact that most people prefer the book to the movie, The Beach is one of the top picks among travel books.
One of the most interesting things about this book is that you can relate with Richard and his search to “do something different and get off the beaten path,” but in the end, you will realize it is an delusion. Garland creates the picture of paradise, luring the reader into thinking, the characters have truly found their paradise, and then he begins bringing in reality into them through betrayal, deadly secrets and violence.

Every traveler daydreams about that imaginary island surrounded by clear waters and blanketed by golden sunlight. Yet, fantasies never live up to expectations—and that is exactly what “The Beach” portrays, it changes the way people think about the definition of paradise.

EAT, PRAY, LOVE” BY ELIZABETH GILBERT

“Eat, Pray, Love” is a journal all travelers should read, especially if you’re planning a trip all by yourself.

It is the real life story of Elizabeth Gilbert a modern-day American woman, who leaves behind her life to examine different aspects of her nature, trying to find herself after divorce traveling through Italy, India, and Bali.

Around the time, Elizabeth turned thirty, she went through an early midlife crisis, she went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love and the eradication of everything she thought she was supposed to be.

To recover from this, she took a radical step and went on a yearlong journey around the world to discover herself. Her aim was to visit three places where she could examine one aspect of her own nature.

In Rome, she studied the art of pleasure, in India, she mastered the art of devotion and in Bali, she studied the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.

This book is everything that will inspire you to explore your life while exploring the world around you.

A MOVEABLE FEAST (LIFE CHANGING FOOD ADVENTURES AROUND THE WORLD)” BY ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S

Some of us live to travel, and travel to explore and eat. Searching for a book to fuel your epicure journey? A Moveable Feast has got you covered with this celebration of 38 food lover tales from around the world

A Movable Feast is a compilation of short stories from famous chefs, writers and food lovers around the world, reading these short stories will give you a hint of the culture and stimulate a serious case of food lust.

Written during the last days of Hemmingway’s life, his memoir is a lively and powerful reflection of his genius that scintillates with the romance of the city

1,000 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE BY PATRICIA SCHULTZ

Save the best for the last! This is the best book to take you round the globe.

A 2003 travel book, which curates the world for people who are passionate about travel and desire to learn more.

1,000 Places to See before You Die is the original brainchild of the talented and wonderful Patricia Schultz. If you have a serious desire to travel around the world, buy this travel book by Patricia Schultz as it exposes you to the truth that the world truly is not a small world.

Packed with recommendations of the world’s best places to visit on and off the beaten pattern, this book is a passionate gift for travelers, it is an around- the- world, continent- by- continent listing of amazing places like beaches, islands, monuments, museums, restaurants and many more.

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CANADA VISA REQUIREMENTS

This is a the summary of the comprehensive list of Canada visa requirements for Nigeria, which also includes the necessary documents to apply in Nigeria:
Passport photograph.
Nigerian/International passport.
Explanation of the purpose of your trip.
Letter of invitation.
Hotel reservation.
Proof of funds.
Proof of ties to your home country (Nigeria).
Two (2) recent passport photographs for each Canada visa applicant, taken within the last 6 months.
• For online applications, only one (1) passport photograph is required as you will scan your photograph and upload it to your online visa application account.
For online application, you are required to upload scanned copies of your Nigerian passport bio-data page and pages of all visas/stamps in the past 10 years.
If you have visas/stamps on any of your previous expired Nigerian passports, then that is required too.
• For a paper application, you will submit your original Nigerian passport along with a set of photocopy of all pages that has visas/stamps in the past 10 years.
If you have visas/stamps on any of your previous expired Nigerian passports, you will want to submit that too.
EXPLANATION OF THE PURPOSE OF YOUR TRIP
• Details of your itinerary indicating length of stay in Canada, the destination in Canada (city/province), and your contacts in Canada.
• You may be required to provide provisional airline booking, under certain circumstances.
Tip: It is important to note that Canadian visas are usually not issued for longer than the validity of your Nigerian/international passport.
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Dubai shopping Festival

The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is unlike any other. This month – long mega event is definitely worth your travel itinerary. Enjoy the admirably shopping, art and culture with your family and friends. During this festival, you can also enjoy a range of family activities and live shows that takes place throughout Dubai

Construction on the Festival began on February 16, 1996, and it took 45 days to finish before it could be unveiled. The concept for the event was conceived by Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. In 2019, it celebrated its 24th year of business. The Dubai Shopping Festival’s 24th edition, which ran from 2018 to 2019, lasted more than five weeks, marking it the festival’s longest run to date. “One World, One Family, One Festival” was the motto for the Dubai Shopping Festival.

DSF 2022 strives to be bigger and better than ever after enthralling and satisfying millions of consumers from all over the world for more than two decades. There are discounts and deals as explosive as the fireworks displays, a carnival vibe that sweeps the country, spectacular live events meant to make every tourist happy, and a host of other beautiful moments in between all of the big activities. There’s a lot to take in, even for the most seasoned shopper. So, if you want to make the most of the event, keep reading to learn about all of the essential details that have been compiled for your convenience.

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FOOD AND DRINK (GBEGIRI)

Gbegiri is one delicacy that needs no introduction to my Ibadan people! This Gbegiri soup (beans soup) right here is the truth! Gbegiri is made from beans. It is easy to make, healthy and delicious. It is mostly served with Ewedu soup and stew with amala to make a dish called abula (Abula is simply the combination of amala, ewedu, gbegiri and stew). Gbegiri is food of Ibadan people and that is reason why i said it needs no introduction to them.

HOW TO COOK GBEGIRI

There are two methods i use in preparing Gbegiri soup:

1) Make Gbegiri with blender and

2) Make Gbegiri without blender.

For this recipe, tools you will need include blender or Ijabe (cooking broom), pot, cooking spoon.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup brown or black eyed beans

2 tablespoon palmoil

1 tablespoon locustbeans – Iru

Stock cube

1 tablespoon Cayenne pepper

Salt

HOW TO COOK GBEGIRI SOUP


Step 1

Peel the beans.

Step 2

Put the beans in a pot or pressure cooker, add water and cook till very soft.

If you do not have a have pressure cooker, you can cook the beans with the regular pot but the cooking time will take longer as the beans has to be cooked till very soft

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A Few Mistakes People Make at the Airport

My passport is about to expire.
Traveling abroad comes with a few additional considerations to remember. Almost all countries require that there be at least six months of remaining validity on the passport.

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Don’t Loose track of time
It is easy to be distracted by dazzling duty-free shopping, the lengthy bar menu, or airline lounges with comfy seats and buffet spreads. But don’t forget that when traveling across time zones, you need to be sure to keep track of local time (your watch may not always be right).

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Always plan for baggage fees
Never assume you might not need to pay for more kilograms added with your luggage.Many travelers still arrive dazed and confused when asked to pay for a bag. Study your airline’s baggage policy

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Thinking that an airline will never lose your luggage
Let’s hope it doesn’t happen—but there’s always a chance it will, and if it does, you will be glad you planned ahead. Place your phone number and address inside the bag for an airline to easily contact you. Also, place a colorful ribbon or identifiable tag on your bag to prevent it from being mistakenly snatched by someone else in a hurry.

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Not checking and double checking
A hard and fast rule learned over the years is to double check everything. Just because the gate agent said your connecting gate is B6 does not mean it has not changed.
Just because an airline ticket agent says the flight is full and no room to standby, does not mean that other passengers might be late, opening up seats.

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Just because someone says you cannot get a free hotel room due to an overnight flight delay does not mean that said person was misinformed or unclear on the rules. Never pester and always be polite, but just because someone says something is so, does not always mean it is so. At airports, it seems people are more eager to tell you something to move you along rather than to genuinely be right.

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THE NIGERIAN RAILWAY SYSTEM

The Nigerian railways were initially worked and constructed by the colonial power, Great Britain.The primary reason for constructing the railways in Nigeria was to open up the hinterland for the exploitation of agricultural and mineral resources, as well as a better way of consolidating power in the newly acquired territory. In fact, the motive for constructing the railway was partly administrative, in order to provide a link between the northern and southern parts of Nigeria, and partly economic, so as to enhance the evacuation of mineral resources and agricultural products from the hinterland to the seaports, for onward shipment to overseas markets in Europe.

Over the years, Railway system has played a key role in the movement of goods and passengers in Nigeria.It has relative importance in terms of investment, growth and contribution to the national economy even though currently it has been neglected.

The major users of railway services are the manufacturing companies producing goods like wheat, flour, cement, beverages, the oil companies moving petroleum products from one part of the country to another and marketing companies. Others are construction companies and importers/exporters.

However, the services of the railway is been handled by the Nigerian Railway Corporation  (NRC).

RAILWAY AND ITS SYSTEMS

The Railway system aims at:

    Transportation or mobility

Transportation is an act of moving people, goods and services from point of origin to point of destination safely. Thus the railway (trains) contributes to a major part of this logistics. It helps reducing the overuse of the road, air and marine transport, thereby reducing the wear and tear of infrastructure in other transport sector in Nigeria.

    Creating Employment

A vibrant railway sector creates employment (jobs) to core professionals who are unemployed and are seeking so eagerly for jobs. Below are some of the employment opportunities the railway sector could absorb.

       Engineering/Mechanical Engineers

       Accountants

       Marketers (help in the sale of tickets)

       Security

       Generating Revenue

The railway sector is one that, if it’s been efficiently managed by core professionals who give in their best for the growth of the railway, in the long run could serve as a source that generates revenue on a daily basis.

THE IMPORTANCE FOR RAILWAY SERVICES

Rail transportation is widely accepted as one of the affordable and safe mass transit and bulk movement system. Generally, rail transportation provides the following benefits:

       Bulk movement of goods at a low cost per ton/km

       Rail service is environmentally friendly

       It is cheap and safe

       It requires relatively less energy and low fuel consumption

       Rail transportation is less susceptible to weather conditions

NRC

Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) is the state-owned enterprise with exclusive rights to operate railways in Nigeria.

It however became an autonomous public corporation created by an Act of parliament, with the general objectives of; carriage of passengers and goods in the manner that will offer full value and quality of service, ensure safety of operations and maximum efficiency, meet social responsibility in a manner that will meet the requirements of rail users, trade, commerce and the general public.

SERVICES PROVIDED BY NRC

NRC provides the following services:

     Passenger Services.

     Freight Services. 

     Workshop Services. 

The problems of railway

Relating the scope of the objectives of rail transportation to the realities of the Nigerian situation, it stands out clearly that Railway operations are beleaguered with a lot of problems. Most prominent of these problems is that of inadequate financing by the government to cope with the social and economic objectives for which it was established.

Other problems of the railway are inadequate rail network to reach major cities, abandonment of developmental projects, over-aged and inadequate locomotives and rolling stock, low speed and frequent derailments, maintenance of un-profitable routes, huge wage and pension bills, tracks characterized by worn out rails, steep gradients, and sharp curves

Way forward for the Nigerian Railway

Improved Funding for both government and private bodies
In the short run, the financial situation of the NRC has to be drastically improved through better and sustained funding through various sources including internally generated revenue.

Enactment of the Railway Act
There is no doubt that a Railway Act that meets the current reality of the country is long overdue. The inability of implementing a new Railway Act is considerably preventing interested stakeholders apart from the NRC from participating in running a system that is archaic and in need a new lease of life by way of additional funds from other stakeholders, including state governments, private investors and concessionaires.

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THE ULTIMATE STREET FOODS IN NIGERIA

There is so much love for street foods in Nigeria, despite the trendy restaurants with luxury foods to impress Nigerians, they stick to street foods as though it is their means of sustenance. The street foods are always low-priced, handy and delicious, they also have a unique taste that you cannot find anywhere.

Anyone who wants to learn about the Nigerian culture, and their sense of taste, needs to savour the Nigerian street foods, because they are delicious and gives you an unforgettable culinary experience. The varieties of Nigerian food and diverse taste makes you come back for more, as they could serve you as a meal on the go, a snack or an appetizer, because you are stuck in either traffic or you suddenly, crave any of these foods.

Nigerian street food culture cannot be compared to any of the dishes from around the world, as they do not have strange looks or tastes and can be eaten by just about anybody. Some of these foods include:

Akara (Beans Cake): Akara is a deep-fried beans ball made with grounded beans mixed with pepper, onions and other spices. It is a popular street food in Nigeria and can be eaten as breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is called “Kosai” in the northern part of Nigeria, sold with yagi ( suya pepper) or sauce and can be eaten with fried yam or pap. Akara is the best thing to eat on those cold mornings or evenings when you are too tired to cook.

Moin-Moin: Moin-Moin is a delicious pudding made from grounded peeled beans, onion and other spices, which might include palm oil, pepper, fish, seasoning and sometimes-boiled egg. It is a very popular street food in Nigeria and it is mostly wrapped in leaves or nylon.

Puff Puff: Puff Puff is a local Nigerian food that is always spongy, fluffy and delicious. It is made with flour mixed with sugar and other ingredients. Puff puff is also known as the king of small chops or Akara wey go Harvard and it mostly sold by those vendors who sell Akara.

Abacha: Abacha otherwise known as African Salad is a popular Nigerian street food made with dried shredded cassava and other ingredients. Abacha vendors can always be seen on the streets or around some market angles. Abacha is one of the best Nigerian street food and can be served with diced garden-eggs and fish.

Bole and Epa ( Roasted Plantain and Groundnut or fish): Bole (roasted plantain) is a popular and delicious Nigerian street food, you will always find sellers at every street corner. It is a proper lunch every day in Ph city. The combination of Boli and Epa leaves an unforgettable taste. This strret food is so popular that it is celebrated as a festival in Nigeria.

Ewa Agoyin and Agege Bread: Ewa Agoyin is a delicious cooked beans served with spicy stew (tomato and pepper stew). This combination is best taken with the famous Agege Bread. It is so popular that whenever you see Ewa Agoyin sellers, you will always see bread sellers as well.

Suya ( barbecued meat): Suya is a popular Nigerian barbecued meat, fish or chicken sold by the roadside and junctions by Hausa men. You will always find Suya sellers at almost every street angle, and it is sold only at night as it is said to be very delicious only at night. It is sold in different forms, either on a stick or diced into pieces. Suya is eaten with onions, tomatoes, and other suitable veggies and is known as the king of street food in Nigeria.

Corn ( Roasted or Boiled): Maize or corn is a seasonal food in Nigeria but whenever it comes out, you will find sellers at every street junction. They are either roasted or boiled and you will find many Nigerians on a queue waiting to buy either one of them. It is mostly sold with pear or coconut, because it serves as a perfect combination for Corn.. However, when carefully roasted, there are no dark or burnt patches probably because the sellers are experienced in the process.

Plantain Chips: Plantain Chips is a crunchy street snack in Nigeria. They are made either with ripe or unripe plantain. Plantain chips are crunchy, spicy and sold by hawkers on the streets, they are best eaten with cold water or cold drinks.

Boiled Groundnut: Groundnut, is a popular food in Nigeria, usually boiled with salt, which makes them tastier. They are available everywhere, you will find groundnut sellers even on the roads and they are seasonal as well.

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Explore Travel Experience – Culture and Food

It’s a bold claim, that’s for sure, but the reality is that food makes up a really big part of any given culture. If you’re off on your adventures, the best way to immerse yourself in and really experience local life is by giving the food a try – and eating lots of it! No matter whether you’re on a strict diet plan for the sake of your looks or your health, it would be absolutely heartbreaking to stick to it while adventuring somewhere far away – you’ll miss out on so much!

While overindulging may not be advisable all the time, it’s okay to treat yourself just a little on occasion. Of course, there are healthier options no matter which country you go to – so perhaps stick to smaller portions of those if you’re really worried – eating exotic doesn’t need to mean you’re eating a lot! But for the most part, no food is off limits! So, now that we’ve got that out the way…

You may think you like particular dishes but that other ones just aren’t up your street. While traveling, you will encounter certain kinds of foods that you might turn your nose up at in typical circumstances, but you should try to keep an open mind. For example, at many of the night markets in places like Singapore or Thailand, you might find insects served as a delicacy or as street food. Ask yourself – what’s putting you off trying something different? Often, you’ll find that you’ve just been conditioned by society or the food in your home country.

Local restaurants are a great place to try authentic dishes – the less touristy the area they’re found in, the better. Try looking at review websites, travel blogs and, of course, talk to actual locals for their recommendations as well. If you’re not confident going out in the local area late at night after a long day of exploring, you can even order in from takeout sites like delivioo.ae (which features many of the same restaurants that you would find on foot) so that you don’t miss out.

But local restaurants aren’t your only option – you could try cooking local dishes yourself. Ever tried to make a “foreign” recipe back home and been frustrated by the lack of ingredients available to you? That’s because some things are only grown in certain places and so the best place to enjoy certain dishes – whether it’s a curry or even a pizza – is in the place where it was created.

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