I bet you are wondering what this month’s theme is. In 2014 I gave you inspiration every month. In 2015 I introduced you to beautiful flowers in your favourite colours. People have asked me what 2016 is going to be.
Well well well I am going for great cities this year.
I think everyone should get the opportunity to travel. It exposes you to new cultures, you learn something about you that you like or do not like, it broadens your horizon, enlightens you and changes your in-house mentality. On journeys, good things happen, bad things happen. It all makes life’s journey interesting. It is my wish that this year, you have at least one fond trip.
Nevertheless, I hate the process of traveling but I love the experience a new city brings. I hate rushing to the airport in fear of missing my flight. I hate it when I am nervous because I will be told my bags are overweight. I hate queuing up to go through immigration. I hate taking off my shoes every time I have to walk through the X-ray machines. My number one pet peeve. Walking bare foot. I hate it when I waste so much time in duty free I am catching my last breath running through the boarding gate. Then when you get on board you cant even say good-bye to your lover on the phone without those airhostesses giving you the turn off your phone evil look. By this point I am worn out from all the rushing and buzz anyway so I am fast asleep before take off. Let’s leave the flying experience and jump to the other stress waiting on the other side. Immigration, luggage claim, rides to final destination. I am more than happy to jump that entirely straight to the destination.
JANUARY IN PARIS
If you ask people what are their favorite months to travel to Paris, more than likely they’ll tell you April, May, June, September, and October or during the Christmas holidays. The reality is they’re missing a good thing. It’s worth taking a chance on the weather in the winter and going to Paris in January and February. I chose January. To answer your question, welcome to #JanuaryInParis
I found love in the last week of January in Paris years ago. It was an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. It was great whilst it lasted. Watching the snowfalls on the streets with French lovers walking hand in hand. It was not a romantic experience but it was living in romance gearing up for a romantic February somewhere else.
In the past, Paris had a famous bridge of brass locks purporting to symbolize the unending love of visiting tourists. A city hall campaign to save the bridges of Paris from the weight of hundreds of thousands of brass locks has not checked the ardour of droves of tourists, who continue to view it as the City of Love.
Happy New Year!
#HappyNewMonth! #Enjoy #Paris
#January #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany
FEBRUARY IN ROME
Evoking images of gladiators and ancient treasures, Rome is one of the world’s most dazzling cities. Lovers gather by its many fountains to throw coins as they make a wish, share gelatos and sip cappuccinos in the middle of beautiful piazzas, and walk past three thousand years of history. In Rome, life really is dolce.
I have personally never been to Rome, but over the years, I learnt about Rome and my thirst to visit the city remains. I heard it is one of the most romantic cities in the world, Italian men and women are hot and are a well representation of Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini, fast and sexy! Italian food spells “I am eating this with sass”, it has great architecture, the language when heard is very alluring and the bad girl in me wonders about a romantic relationship with an Italian Mafia.
On my good side, I am Roman Catholic and the Vatican City is in Rome, the political and religious center of the Roman Catholic and is believed to be situated on Apostle Peter’s burial place. The Vatican City is one of the most interesting places to visit in Rome.
This February we celebrate Valentine’s Day, why not in Rome?
This February we begin the Catholic Lent, why not in Rome?
To Rome With Love xoxoxox
#HappyNewMonth! #Enjoy #Rome
#February #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany
MARCH IN LONDON
New York and London are both powerhouse cities, competitive in everything from fashion, music, and finance, to now even start-ups and high tech. In recent years, the long debate over which is the world’s most economically powerful city has reached something of a fever pitch. A city’s looks don’t necessarily explain how it’s working. For example, many people would visit New York City, see a hyper-dense city, and conclude that it is ipso facto successful. But there’s more than meets the eye—that city has congestion, failing schools, unaffordable housing, and stifling regulations. So New York’s appearance is an anecdote. It doesn’t explain whether or not that city works, especially for the middle class.
Indeed, London should be congratulated for its remarkable run over the past couple of decades, even as the U.K.’s economy has sputtered. According to The Independent, on 21st January 2016, London has topped a list of most successful cities, two years in a row, and this year, for its innovation, liveability and capacity to reinvent itself.
I always associate the month of March to Success. In 2014, the monthly theme for March was March For Success because based on my personal observation, many good things, things that bring me success often start and/or happen in the month of March. In 2015, it was White March Hydrangea. Hydrangea symbolizes heartfelt emotions. It can be used to express gratitude for being understood and the colour White represents the beginning of everything.
In March 2016. Think | Mahogany Events by Debra-Jane will be 6 years old!!! My parents will celebrate another wedding anniversary!!! My 1st native country Ghana will celebrate another Independence anniversary. I celebrate my Lord and personal Saviour, Jesus Christ, who died for my sins, as well as celebration of His resurrection.
So! As a 2nd native of the UK, don’t you think it is only right I put my vote in for London being the most successful city???
#HappyNewMonth! #Enjoy #London
#March #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany
APRIL IN TOKYO
Tokyo, Japan’s bustling capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers and anime shops to cherry trees and temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding forests. The Imperial Palace sits amid sprawling public gardens. The city is famed for its vibrant food scene, and its trendy teen fashion scene.
Tokyo is one of the world’s best cities said CNN (this is no April fool prank). Especially after the iconic city was chosen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the 2020 Summer Games.
I have always fancied a trip to Tokyo because I learnt they have many reasons to love their city. The opportunity hasn’t come yet but surely, before you see social media shout outs of my 40th Birthday, you will see photos of my trip to Tokyo.
It is home to the world’s best fashion chains, bar hopping takes on a new dimension in Golden Gai: one only needs to step outside to stumble into another bar, cocktails are maniacally fresh! In cocktail-crazy Tokyo, bartenders approach their subject with the artistry. Ah! When someone I know was trying to come up with a name for her Mobile Cocktail business, why didn’t we think of “Cocktail-Crazy”? Ok this can be the name of a signature cocktail. Mind you, I am not even a drinker as such!
Apartments are like MC Escher drawings. No city on earth is as novel in its approach to housing. I learnt that with 13 subway lines and more than 100 surface routes run by Japan Railways and other private companies, Tokyo’s railway system seems like it was designed to win world records. It’s rare to find a location in the metropolitan area that can’t be reached with a train ride and a short walk. What is Dubai boasting about then?
I love their competitiveness. When officials in Tokyo learned that the new Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower in China would be 610 meters tall, the same height that was planned for Tokyo Skytree, then under construction, they did what any competitive body would do: they added 24 meters to the top of Skytree to preserve its claim as the world’s tallest tower. Now, you can see as far as Guangzhou from the tower.
You think crossing the dual carriage way at Shiashie in Accra during rush hour is dangerous? Street crossing are like a battle scene from “Braveheart” in Tokyo. The scramble street crossing outside of Shibuya Station is easily the world’s busiest, with a thousand people running into the middle of the street, weaving together in a huge organic mass. The scramble perfectly summarizes the essence of Tokyo’s true tourist landmarks: not old buildings, but lots and lots people coming together in celebration of culture.
There are more noodle shops in Tokyo than any other city in the world. Indomie lovers, this is your city! You think 37 in Accra has bats? Every evening, you can see bats storming the skies on any pleasant stroll along the river, but since they don’t attack people, they’re considered part of the ambience.
Now this one made me laugh! Apparently porn shops in Tokyo are like video games with increasing levels of freakiness. Do I hear Amsterdam disappearing into the ground? Ha ha ha. As with many Japanese porn shops, the first floor sells a halfhearted selection of mainstream Hollywood and Japanese films for a thin veneer of respectability. Take the stairs one flight up and the real adventure begins, with fetishes organized by floor. This is certainly not for the prudish.
And if you want to be fat, don’t just be fat, be a Sumo Wrestler!
#HappyNewMonth! #Enjoy #Tokyo
#April #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany
MAY IN ACCRA
Ha ha ha, I can bet you laughed when you saw this one. You wondered at some point what May’s theme would be. But I am sure, you didn’t see Accra coming! Yes, I chose Accra for May, May for Accra. May 2016 marks 7 years since I moved back to Ghana after 11 years in the UK. How time flies!
Accra is the capital city of Ghana in West Africa. Almost 2 million people live in Accra, making it Ghana’s most populated city. Two reasons why I take great pride in this city is; it is one of the safest and one of the most peaceful cities in Africa. The city is friendly, the city has life. The city has embraced what I have to offer it. The traffic, the constant power outage popularly known as #Dumsor , the challenge with constant running water and the people’s relaxed attitude may call for a breakup with Accra. But with patience and endurance, you might just grow to love it. Then when you taste it’s #JollofRice , that’s when you say I DO! Till death do you part.
But is #Safety, #Peace and #Jollof reasons enough to stay in love with Accra? The fantastically hectic city allows its citizens the freedom to be themselves without undermining their core values. Accra is a unique united community that manages to survive under various conditions. The hustle in Accra is real but Accra is a city that prays.
Someone asks: Why are some people obsessed with their city and always brag about how their city is the best at everything? I respond: Our forefathers made us that way. When Kwame Nkrumah became Ghana’s first post-independence Prime Minister in 1957, he created his own plan for Accra’s development. Instead of creating spaces to serve the elite, Nkrumah sought to create spaces to inspire pride and nationalism in his people and people throughout Africa. We moan, we criticize our government, nothing is ever good enough for us, but we are very proud of our City and very protective of it.
#HappyNewMonth! #Enjoy #Accra
#May #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany
JUNE IN LAGOS
“I must identify myself with Africa. Then I will have an identity.” Fela Kuti.
Well, you can’t possibly come to West Africa and only visit Accra. Next stop is Lagos!
“A luta continua…A lute continua. No! It must not continue. The struggle must STOP!” With large international and domestic economies behind Lagos, it has become one of the top global economic centres in Africa.
With Redemption Camp, Prayer City, Synagogue Church of all Nations,Winners Chapel popularly known as ‘Shiloh’ and many other churches, Lagos can be described as “the Jerusalem of Africa”. Its time to get your prayers answered in the Holy City!
Lagos street foods have a distinctive flavour that will be difficult to get anywhere. The most popular and delicious barbecue meat, known as Suya can be found at almost every corner of the city. Thank God Nigerian Jollof is not considered as street food. You know, I know, We both know, Ghana Jollof has that distinctive flavour that will be difficult to get anywhere.
Lagos is the headquarters of entertainment in Africa. Most the famous musicians in Nigeria are based in Lagos. Most of the record labels that produce and manage international artists are also located in Lagos. Universe stand up! Afro beats have arrived. In many clubs across the UK DJ Neptizzle has become a star attraction and a stamp of credibility for any Afrobeats event. Girls dressed up to the nines in tailor made African prints, push towards the DJ booth to catch a glimpse of the Vietnamese DJ, who just electrifies the night by playing the very best in Afro beats. Now do you see what Afro Beats has done?
Music they say is what feelings sound like. Well, I continue singing: “Even if them say na taboo, we go still dey do. You go be my boo!” (Wande Coal). When you are happy, you enjoy the music. But when you are sad, you understand the lyrics.
PS: Dear Nigerian Man, My friend who was born in June and simply loves the smell of a tall, handsome, well spoken Nigerian man with a deep voice in a tailored slim cut native outfit with nicely pedicured toe nails in an authentic Africa made leather slippers awaits your ping.
#HappyNewMonth! #Enjoy #Lagos
#June #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany
JULY IN PATTAYA
Read more about #MyLoveForPattaya
#HappyNewMonth #Enjoy #Pattaya
#July #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany
AUGUST IN DUBAI
I am just happy to visit Dubai. 200 different nationalities in a very Boutique place. The 5th most visited city in the world. The world most 2nd import international shopping destination, recently Dubai International Airport overtook Heathrow Airport as the top Hub for international travel. This is in addition to having the world’s 9th busiest sea port, the world’s tallest tower and the world’s most visited lifestyle destination, the Dubai Mall attracting more visitors that Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and the Eiffel Tower yet two generations ago, Dubai homes did not have running water or electricity. There was no airport and there were no hotels and the only infrastructure was a Silked Clothed Creek in desperate need of repairs. Today, Dubai is a sought out destination, a connecting point with more than two million residents, 88% of whom are expatriates. Over 13 million tourists travel to see Dubai each year for themselves. The question is, how did Dubai go from a tiny insignificant village to a highflying global power house in less than 50 years??? It was under great leadership, leadership Dubai style, applying the habit of achieving remarkable success. The source of its success is from its oil revenue and Dubai didn’t discover oil until 1966 and even by then the now Dubai infrastructure was being built and put in place so the story of Dubai now actually begun at the inception of Dubai in 1833 when Maktoum Mumbai said “I want my people to have economic independence, I want them to be able to have their own form of prosperity. I want them to make a living the best way they can”. The same idea still applies to Dubai today. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rasha today is saying “We want everybody to come here to have the best living they possibly can”. Today, the oil that boosts Dubai only makes 5% of its GDP. Its airline industry makes more GDP than the oil GDP. Dubai lures people in by giving them a tax-free environment and these people have come to help boom the community. The simple practice of creating an environment where other people can succeed has made Dubai what it is. It faced a period that almost made them bankrupt but they quickly reverted to trading for rescue. The 1930s was a very tough period for Dubai but they pulled back through by reinforcing their strategies.
You can read my blog posts about my visits to Dubai at:
Blog Post: My 2nd Emirati Experience:
Blog Post: My 3rd Emirati Experience:
#HappyNewMonth #Enjoy #Dubai #August #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany #ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes #AugustInDubai
SEPTEMBER IN SINGAPORE
The country is named Singapore. Its capital is named Singapore. The English language name Singapore comes from the Malay Singapura, which is derived from Sanskrit. Singa comes from the Sanskrit word siṃha which means “lion”, and pura means “town” in Sanskrit and is a common suffix in many Indian place names. Now, this is another city I can’t wait to visit. Someone please surprise me with a trip to Singapore!!!
There is a saying that goes: “There’s clean, and then there’s Singapore clean”. And that’s something I cant wait to see. When you litter, you pay a fine. Littering fines range from $300 to $1,000 for first time offenders. Fines rise up to $5,000 for third-time offenders with the possibility of facing jail time. Mr. Alfred Vanderpuije, Mayor of Accra please meet Madam Denise Phua Lay Peng, Mayor of Central Singapore District.
Singapore is located between the parts of Indonesia as well as Malaysia, so it cannot be decided whether it is the part of Indonesia or Malaysia. Singapore is an independent state located at the southern tip of Malay Peninsula in the South Asia between the Indian Ocean and China Sea.
It became an independent state in 1965, after gaining its sovereignty from The United Kingdom.
Singapore has been ranked the world’s most expensive city to live in for the 3rd year running as at March 2016. It has a highly developed and successful free-market economy. It enjoys a remarkably open and corruption-free environment, stable prices, and a per capita GDP higher than that of most developed countries. Unemployment is very low. The economy depends heavily on exports, particularly of consumer electronics, information technology products, medical and optical devices, pharmaceuticals, and on its vibrant transportation, business, and financial services sectors. The government is attempting to restructure Singapore’s economy by weaning its dependence on foreign labor, addressing weak productivity, and increasing Singaporean wages. Singapore has attracted major investments in pharmaceuticals and medical technology production and will continue efforts to strengthen its position as Southeast Asia’s leading financial and high-tech hub.
For an entrepreneur, this is enough reason for me to visit. I am sure its cafes, food, hospitality, transport system, wifi speed, festivals, cool places to visit, culture and people will be the icing on the cake.
So who is taking me to Singapore???
#HappyNewMonth #Enjoy #Singapore #September #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany #ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes #SeptemberInSingapore
OCTOBER IN MALE
It’s about time I get a surprise trip as a gift and it should be to Male!!!
If you have Maldives kind of spare change, please throw it my way however you should be great company. I have always wanted to go to the Maldives and soon and very soon, you will see me snapping Think Mahogany in Maldives…”Laughing out loud”
Anyway, moving on swiftly, the pint-sized Maldivian capital is the throbbing, commercial heart of the nation, a densely crowded and extraordinary place, and notable mainly for its stark contrast to the laid-back pace of island life elsewhere in the country.
Male (mar-lay) offers the best chance to see the ‘real’ Maldives away from the resort buffet and infinity pool. Overlooked by tall, brightly coloured buildings and surrounded by incongruously turquoise water, Male is a hive of activity, the engine driving the Maldives’ economy and the forum for the country’s political struggles.
Male is also pleasant and pleasingly quirky – alcohol-free bars and restaurants jostle with shops and lively markets and the general hubbub of a capital is very much present. This city island offers a chance to get a real feel for the Maldives and what makes its people tick, and to meet Maldivians on an equal footing.
#HappyNewMonth #Enjoy #Male #October #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany #ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes #OctoberInMale
NOVEMBER IN SENCHI
Senchi: Do Not Look Back. Just like Lot’s wife, you shouldn’t look back at the things you have left behind, but look forward to what God has in store for you. This month’s theme was going to be November in Marrakech until I found myself in Senchi on 1st November. Ghana’s Ferry City, where once upon a time, people were transported on a ferry to Bridge City (Adome Bridge) and Dam City (Akossombo). Senchi is from the statement in Twi meaning “do not look back”. It is a town in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region of Ghana.
The Asuogyaman District is one of the twenty-one (21) districts of the Eastern Region of south Ghana. The capital is Atimpoku. Senchi is situated along the west banks of the Volta Lake. Lake Volta is a large reservoir contained behind the Akosombo Dam. The Akosombo Dam, also known as the Akosombo Hydroelectric Project, is a hydroelectric dam on the Volta River in Akosombo gorge and part of the Volta River Authority. The construction of the dam flooded part of the Volta River Basin, and led to the subsequent creation of Lake Volta. Lake Volta is the largest man-made lake in the world by surface area. It covers 8,502 square kilometres (3,283 sq mi), which is 3.6% of Ghana’s land area. With a volume of 148 cubic kilometers Lake Volta is the world’s third largest man-made lake by volume, the largest being Lake Kariba which is located between Zimbabwe and Zambia in Southern Africa and contains 185 cubic kilometers of water. Senchi is well noted as the location of the Royal Senchi Resort.
A simple serene town which has been highly exposed due to the beautiful architecture and standards of its 4 Star Hotel that has attracted tourism and created employment for many, especially the youth. When there are many days work awaiting to be done, you still need to be able to shut out the world, relax and unwind. The Royal Senchi Hotel gives me exactly just that!
#HappyNewMonth #Enjoy #Senchi #November #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany #ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes #NovemberInSenchi
DECEMBER IN SEYCHELLES
Ok let’s all pretend it’s 1st December today. I have had such hectic days that I am beginning to lose count of my hours. How could I be a day late in revealing my #MonthlyTheme ? How could I be a day late in celebrating #WorldAidsDay ? If I didn’t NT get this in any moment from now, I may be a day late in celebrating #FarmersDay
Currently in the bus somewhere between #Bolgatanga and #Bawku #DumBashing on the dusty untarred road at 8pm. I cry “oh your poor shocks” to the bus driver and he instead has a grin on his face saying “It has started” haven pre warned us from #Tamale airport where he picked us up from that our journey will take 4 to 5 hours due to the bad road. He hops over the bumps and dips so easily. Who cares if we break a car part or two!
Wondering what is taking @theblackshutter @laceupweddings and @thinkmahogany to Bawku? It’s #BarbaraAndSamad for their #Engagement 😍🎉 Celebrating this thing called #Love takes up 14 hours drive or 6 Days Walk across our country #Ghana . At #Kongo police barrier, an armed police officer sits in our bus to escort us across to #Tilli where the next police barrier is. This is required to protect road users from armed robbery attacks. The dark vast deserted land between these two points at this time of the night surely needs God’s grace and protection. There is clearly no MTN node here, I have no signal. If you are reading this post it means we made it out alive and finally got cell phone coverage. Now I can see why they drive so fast over the bad road, nothing worth showing down for.
By the way you won’t believe this. So this driver’s phone rings, we are in the back waiting to see if he will answer it without handsfree like he had been doing since 4:40 pm when we met with a police seating area next to him in the front seat. His ring tone plays on and guess what! He answers and chats away 😂 Only in #Africa …. Confidently breaking the rules!
So #Seychelles …… Some people will be rolling their eyes in envy at me but I stick my tongue right back out at them 😜 So it is going to be December in Seychelles in anticipation of my next vacation. Oooooh I can’t wait! God give us life 🙏🏽 It has always been on my countries to visit list and can’t believe it’s actually going to happen soon. Mahe Island here we come 💃🏽
The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. It’s home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals. Mahé, a hub for visiting the other islands, is home to capital Victoria.
In order not to bore you with a long caption, I think I will save the actual #Seychelles story for when I get there 😁 #AccLdnSezDbxLdnAcc
#HappyNewMonth #Enjoy #December #MonthlyTheme #ThinkMahogany #Seychelles #ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes #DecemberInSeychelles
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