Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ayo & Illy's beach party

wow it's New Year's Eve.

A lot has happened this year, so many crazy experiences: I checked out loads of cities in the States, switched continents, first time on a private jet, somehow remained single (don't know why people still get shocked when I say I've never had a boyfriend), lost maybe 10 lbs, graduated with an MBA & marketing concentration (hate school so much can't believe it's finally over), learned photography, met a lot of great people, met even more fake people but I'm most grateful for my health, safety, and loved ones.

In regards to blogging the best part is that shockingly my readers have remained the coolest ever. I tell my friends I'm blessed to have nice readers. A lot of bloggers have readers that leave the horrible comments, or go on websites insulting them, but the people that read mine happen to be witty & cool, and everyone I've bumped into that reads my blog seems awesome and encouraging. So I really believe I'm blessed and lucky to have subscribers & readers that are positive.

I wish everyone a safe New Year's Eve, and a blessed Year in 2012, with life, great moments, clarity, love,  contentment, success, and barely any sorrow. ((hugs))

NOW on the beach party (Ikare beach, Lagos, Nigeria):

A while ago my friend MJ invited me to Ayo & Illy's beach party.  It's a private beach and we had to use a boat to get there. not bad right? I'd been to one before, the boats move so fast I just pray my life vest works, and nothing bad happens. This time I boat just stopped! bwahahahahaha silver lining was that it was in the afternoon not at night, and i was with people vs alone. I had a blast, took loads of pictures, made fun friends.

I'm really glad i took pictures, cause many of you can see how pretty & fun Nigeria can be.

Bag: LV Neverfull Steven Strauss bag, Bikini: Pour Moi? (I bought it from a long time ago cause they carry large sizes with underwire -- super cheap now with certain colors). Tunic: "borrowed" mum's shirt, I should return it, Glasses: Prada (bought from sunglass hut in Atlanta)

Tobi: One of my roomies in NYSC camp. See... you make friends in camp.

So after cam whoring, we got picked up and met everyone else at the boat club. Lagos reminds me a lot of Miami, except in miami ma butt was falling off jet ski's or barely went to the beach. Here's filled with water, I've really missed it, Atl was land locked. The coolest thing on the island is how some people's apartment or houses overlook water, the view's magnificent, I'm always blown away. Dear heaven please let me make enough money to purchase a great place with a view one day. Some people also have their own freaking jetty's or docks etc.

LOL geez lagos life is like that VH1 show "lifestyle of the rich & famous." It's so crazy and different that sometimes i'm like this is soooo not real or normal, but it becomes normal.

I've told yall I wanna have a great job and be able to shop buy as many over priced labels at the mall BUT feel like i'm shopping in Walmart: Now that would be great. Or randomly get bored and get a PJ to go on a trip with friends.

My Closest guy friend in Nigeria: MJ!! lol Justin u've been replaced.  (can you believe we went to primary sch together?) 

I told you our boat stopped!! Look at the pic above, we were moving gently towards the shift behind MJ. I looked very calm but just like the  movie: blair witch project my ass decided to document it, incase it went south lol.

yup then we headed towards this boat too.

they came to help, and couldn't figure it out then so left

doesnt Sonya look like a bit like MJ.

Some people got picked up by the birthday boy in this boat

Then we saw the boat below & kept waving!!! they thought we were saying "hi" and waved back. then we waved even more frantically. 

Super super lucky! he picked us up and took us to the beach. Poor guy he just bought his boat that day. Amen for that!!!!

he was super nice & dropped us off (it was probably 30mins out of his way), if I ever bump into him again, I'll get him all the Smirnoff shots he can drink. Cause I lost my manners, and should have invited him to the party. (but in my heart I was like...... um if I show up with him to a party where I don't really know people, they'll think that's my man, and since I wasn't close to the celebrants I didn't know what the right etiquette was... felt horrible I didnt... though he would have probably declined... then of cause when I got to the beach house everyone was like Yall should have invited him!!!!)

the three pictures below, are of those that were in my 2nd boat

So we get there and there's music, food, pool, beach, friends, everything. 

Tracy & Mj. Isnt see gorgeous.

they had burgers, hot dog, chicken, everything.

One of the birthday boy's Ayo. I love him for not throwing me in the pool, cause he jokinly threatened. ("prevention is better than cure" so I stayed away from the pool section)

some kids were dancing outside the fence.

they were cute, and good dancers so we gave them a few bucks, well in naira. 
the other birthday boy Illy. I'm sure I'm probably butchering the right way to spell his name.

Can you believe I lived in the South 10 yrs!! and never went on these, or went mudding, lol guess I'm not really country. Finally went on one in Nigeria. they call them something weird or british. I thought they were called ATV's right?

They had a cooler of Rose! I was like NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love my sweet drinks! Coffee Patron, Bailey's, Rose. Dear Moscato please get imported to Nigeria, because many Nigerians from the States miss you.

Maki, my sis Sheila, Dami, and Tobi.

SEXY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gomez

smh I laugh so goofy! like almost all the pics have me laughing goofy. I have a pic from 10 yrs ago in high school, same pose I swear. I was walking w friends and this guy caught us in his camera from the balcony.

Dami's so gorgeous! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this picture. I put it on my bb and wanted to pretend it was me.
this is the zoom in of the picture above no one's drowning for those who noticed it.

*sigh* I should have not wasted my gym membership.
No benefit of winter weight, it's basically summer all yr round, I need to behave myself so I can strut in a bikini, without a coverup or tunic. Gosh trust me if i do, you guys will start begging, in fact paying me to stop going to the beach, every outfit i have will be a crop top.

Me & My sis Sheila :)

I heard the waters in Nigeria are pretty violent, hence no one with sense should play with these waters, cause you can get swept off quickly.

So I'm not sure if there'll be a next time this close to this beach. I heard the other side is safer.

lol see how these goofballs above look like a couple.

DONT hate on my Titanic pose, It was windy!!!!

this picture is waaaaaaaaay better than this other one i took, gosh that one looked so depressing, people said it looked like an ad Feed The Children. They are such happy and adorable kids.
infact, here's the picture. this was after they were dancing. you get a little sad here sometimes when you think of the big disparity in wealth in the country and how much more the government or community can be doing. Anyways.... back to the fun.


"The Family" lol Tobi & I crashed their fun

Wonder what happens when you sneak of to party, and also take pics. Your ass can get left behind!!! (some one said I should stop cursing in '12, hmm..... )

it was a close one!! everyone was at the dock or whatever you call it, not one missed call. MJ!!!!!!!! ehn!!! so no looking out lol.

And we're off, time to go home. I think the rules are no one can be on the water after 6pm.

We made it to land, no boat drama etc. Thank you Jesus, and it was a pretty lovely and smooth ride.

From here, some of us went out for drinks, shisha (omg remember my ATL send off dinner, I'm much better at shisha/ hookah now, next yr might be a pro lol) etc, and once I got home i slept like a baby.

This was probably one of my best days in 2011, though my morning started with some hiccups & emotions it ended up being such a great.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures, writing, and felt like you were here in Lagos. Wishing everyone a beautiful new year.

(I used my Sony A33 camera, 50mm f1.4 lens, Shot in Manual mode, RAW, then edited the lighting, size, added the logo, and converted to JPEG in Adobe LightRoom)

Love Bombchell


  1. Omg! This post was totally worth the wait. I've been stalking for a new update since last Thursday. LOL!

    Your friend Dami is soooooo hot! Does she have a blog? I love her twists! It's refreshing. Maki Oh's body is to die for.

    Weird but how many people were left on the boat after the bday boy rescued the rest? I can't believe they left you guys there out in the water. Thank God for the rescuer. Still some nice people left in this world. Except it was an issue of safety he should have taken you all.

    I love the pictures, so inspiring. I notice your comment on the wealth disparity in Nigeria. I feel like you should have commented more on it but I guess you didn't want to depress anyone. It's good to show the other side of Lagos Living but the truth is that only a few percentage of people get to experience this. Anyway! I love your blog and sorry for the long story! Happy New Year to you too. May it come with all your heart's desires.. =)

  2. Fun times. Add me to the list of people who are shocked you've never had a boyfriend. How did u manage that?!!! with all your gorgeous guy friends?

  3. This is why I love your blog. I get to see the parts of Lagos I don't dream of visiting. Love you. Happy New Year.

  4. This looked like a fun party, i probably would have shit in my pants if i was on that boat, am so scared of water.
    And am not shocked u dont have a boyfriend. I was like that. Never had one then bam i met my hubby.
    Happy new year.

  5. sooo nyc!ur posts make me miss lagos!plus u look lush darlinggg!
    **confession time** my name is anon, i am 21, and i have never had a boyfriend!big deal!i swear no one ever believes me and those that do have this stunned expression on their face for at least 5secs wen i tel em'. dont even get me started on the guyz dat go 'ur too pretty to be single' route!at the end of the day u will get involved wen u r ready!nd darrizz all dat matters!happy new year doll!kisses!

  6. @ Ziora:
    Love long comments!!!!!! so thanks, i don't mind em. Dami's gorgeous, but no she doesn't have a blog, well not so far. it was about 5 of us that were left, but luckily we stopped the stranger around the same time, so we didnt feel super stranded. Yea Nigeria can be sometimes very depressing, and I feel like a lot of people can get that info most of the time, so I try to show a fun, normal, or lucky side, that some people don't get to see. In the future I might touch on an issue, or i might not, we'll see what the year holds.

    @ Madame Sting :
    My mum keeps clowning me, to stop my friendship nonesense and date one. LOL. Who knows maybe this year i'll think outside the box. Relationships seem much easier for others, Im waiting for a fairytale one to drop on my lap, *sigh* I know.... I might be totally jaded lol.

    @ Inez:
    Awww thanks luv!!!!!

    @ Kiky:
    awwwww that's romantic. Sometimes I really wonder if that's what'll happen to me, which would be cool, but then I check out the digits in my age and wonder if i should start preparing to be ok with being single forever which scary.

    @ Anonymous (4.46am)::
    omg!!!!!!! I feel you. or when people ask "so why are you single" I always look baffled, and wonder if i should say something crazy, or just giggle it away.

  7. I can't get enough of your blog. I'm Kenyan, never had any nigerian friends but you totally make me want to visit Nigeria. I love everything about this post, totally worth the wait. Hope you have a lovely new year :)

  8. err, wow. How can you not have a boy friend with all these gorgeous guy friends of yours in Naija?
    j/k Take your time. I was single, all through 2011 but it is not a badge of honor lol.

    You are having an amazing time in Nigeria, well Lagos precisely. Where have you been posted to for nysc?


  9. Your getting SO good with the photography. I've yet to trust myself in manual mode. How did you learn Photoshop? I watch youtube videos buts its like everytime I open the program--I see all the buttons and functions and then immediately get confused and just close the whole thing down..

    Everyone looks absolutely gorgeous! Geezz! Its super cold in the states and seeeing you all prancing around in your bikinis and soon to be cropped tops is making me jealous LOL!

    ...And cheers to being in the 'not-having-a-boyfriend' category. I'm 23 and wonder how I was able to pull it off. Sometimes its just about being super picky, sometimes it just wasn't the right time or opportunity. No worries though, you'll find that one to soon sweep you off your feet and make you believe that all that fairly tale glitz really does exist. (I'm talking to someone now & he just might be lucky #1)


  10. Great post, looks like a lot of fun and makes me miss Lagos. happy new year!

  11. you are my new favorite blogger. You know what people want to see and you already answered all the questions i wanted to ask at the end of the blog. Im def going to be here constantly. pls continue t give us updates on naija cuz i want to move badly.

  12. This looks like fun. I know Tobi, is it safe to say you guys became friends because you both went to school in the states. Your photography skills have become amazing.

  13. Definitely enjoyed the post. Missing naija...AND "never had a boyfriend?" Hmmm ::blinking::

  14. I agree about Jessicas and Beyonces body.. you body is great aswell! And amazing pics.. xxx

  15. Looked like an amazing time -- love that tunic, it's gorgeous! It's below freezing here in NY right now & I wish I could be at that beach!

  16. girl! i melted on this post!! thanks soooooooo much for sharing. these look like pics from a mag. so refreshing and fun!!! i barely made it to south africa... next time.. NIGERIA!!!

  17. This is one hell of a corker of a post! I LOVE IT. I will go to Lagos one day. I was actually born on the other side of Africa (kenya) and have long been curious about how life is lived on the west coast! Thank you for sharing these fab photos.

  18. Hey Michelle its Amber (@AmberRows)
    Oh how I miss thee. It looks like you are having a blast. A guy I know just moved back to Lagos. I hope all is well. You look great!

  19. i commend you for sowing photos of the beautiful side of africa am tired of western media showing us nothing but starvation and hunger keep up the good work. love ur blog fairly new reader- Pendo

  20. I love, love, love the photos that you post on your blog! I am so marrying me a Nigerian guy, because there are some fione looking dudes (also beautiful beaches in Nigeria). I'm jealous! You look great in that tunic!

  21. Michelle! Well worth the wait. Dami's body... *sigh* Definitely a picture to work towards. Someone made a comment about people waiting for Mr. Right when their friends are getting married every Saturday and it got me thinking how the same people who laud you for waiting turn on you later on.
    Apparently, there is something called a vicious cycle of waiting...
    Junior Sec Sch: Wait. Marry your books and give birth to success
    Senior SS: It pays to wait
    UNI: Waiting is admirable
    POST UNI: Still waiting, huh?
    AGE 28?: Maybe your standards are too high. You should make them realistic.
    AGE ??: You shouldn't have waited this long.

    I'll say what I did to him, it is not a race. And if it was, it's not a sprint, but a marathon such that it's lasting that matters, not haste.

    I hope you get your fairy-tale.

  22. love love dis guyz are having too much following u like nw...check out my blog!

  23. Loveee ur blue top!

  24. Love, love the pictures. Just wondering what camera did you used. By the way i don't have a heart just leaving a comment like this in your blog without saying that you are a one hot girl.

  25. Some really great pictures, that really captured the scenery... Especially loved the one with the 3 kids dancing! FAB


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