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TRAVEL AND FOOD

To travel is to eat, taste your way around the world.

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world” meanwhile some of y’all are cranky because you don’t know the value of food, yes, I said it because a hungry man is an angry man

One of the best decisions I have ever made is going into food blogging/vlogging. I’ve always loved food, especially junks. And I assure you that food makes me completely happy because that is the key to my heart, if you ever offend me, just buy me food. Although I don’t eat much but I love eating regardless, mare looking at food makes me so happy. I totally agree with the person that “laughter is brightest in the place where food is”.

Everyone undoubtedly knows how much I love travelling and food, but I don’t think they know that one of the many reasons I love traveling is because of food.

how adventurous am i with food?

For me one of the most exciting aspect of travel is trying new dishes and exploring different traditional meals. Food is our common ground, a universal experience.

Although I’m always eager to try out new dishes but I’m not very receptive to them, however the Yoruba in me wouldn’t let me be great (I love pepper). The hardest time for me was 2018, I was in USA for 3 months and I was living far from town, I was working in an organization that provided us three square meals with coffee all day and we weren’t allowed to cook, I ate all sort from white rice and butter to microwaved ramen to eating bread repeatedly. The only time I could get proper fast food was if a friend was driving to town or willing to drive me to town.

why food is an important part of travel

Travel and food are a package that cannot be separated. “food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe” – Anthony Bourdain

Anyway, that one is gist for another day my point is food is a very important aspect of life (my life) as it is an important aspect of travel, which is why I decided to go into food blogging and restaurant reviews, because what better way to be happy than to be around food, there really is no sincerer love than the love of food.

I’d end by saying, I’m not a glutton I’m an explorer of food so when I say call me Simi the explorer, I’m not just talking about travel.

How receptive are you to new meals???

Tell me what you love most about travelling💃🏽

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Introduction😀😄

Heyyyy guys my name is Soremekun Jesutofunmi Similoluwa, I am fully Nigerian🇳🇬 but mistaken for a mixed child😂😂. I am a graduate of covenant university.  I am free spirited , I love talking, writing, Creating content, fashion and makeup but there’s something I love more than all these things, I love traveling a lot and yes this blog is going to be a travel /lifestyle blog, I’m going to be sharing experience from my previous trips,what I learnt, what I hate about these places etc and of course i’d be going to new places so anticipate reviews💃🏽.

So here’s a list of the places I’ve been to
Nigeria 🇳🇬 Ghana 🇬🇭 France 🇫🇷 Belgium 🇧🇪 United Kingdom 🇬🇧 United States 🇺🇸Finland 🇫🇮 Germany 🇩🇪 Netherlands 🇳🇱 Canada 🇨🇦 Dubai

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FOOD CAN’T KILL US (CREPAWAY💛)

Location: 1089b Adeola Odeku Street, VI Lagos, Nigeria

I and my friends started a series called Food Can’t Kill Us, this one is for my fellow food lovers.
The first restaurant on our list is CREPAWAY.

Crepaway is the leading casual restaurant in Lebanon. They have a trendy ambiance which
Uplifts you, it is the perfect place to relieve stress after an overwhelming day, especially because their customer service is great, and their food is the icing on the cake, freshly prepared and tasty.
Getting to CREPAWAY should not be a problem as it is on one of the most busy streets in Lagos.

I had their Asian wings, Barbeque wings, fries and pineapple juice and I’m definitely going to be visiting again💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾

Their price range is in between 1,700 to 7,800, making is easy to eat pleasantly on a budget💃🏾💃🏾

Subscribe To see out next location 💃🏾💃🏾

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EVERY OPPORTUNITY ISNT GOLD.

« Love yourself enough to set boundaries.« 

Being a content creator is one of the hardest jobs out there, your brain has to be working 24 hours, you aren’t just creating content, you have to come up with marketing strategies, and constantly thinking of how to generate engagement without caving only to the pressure from outside.

As a content creator your heart has to be in sync with whatever you are doing because creativity comes from within, so when you only cave to the pressure from outside your content begins to lose originality, and that audience that is there because of your originality would lose interest.

So it gets annoying when brands belittle you, or propose a offer with little or no pay and it is even more annoying  when they offer you exposure in return for your services and because it is a little hard to say no, you take up a job that you have no interest in, 

As a content creator, collaborations are a major source of income, and every opportunity seems like Gold, but you don’t have to say yes to every job.

In fact if your values and a brand’s value contrasts with that of the brand, you don’t have to do the job, because you content is a representation of who you are, what you put up on your platform is what people will identify you with.

Would you rather deal with the awkwardness of saying no or be known as someone who supports a brand that’s a scam?

Saying yes to a job that you don’t really want to do can cost you a lot because you would lack enthusiasm and when you eventually get the work done, you’ve probably done nonsense or something below your standard, your audience will notice and when other brands look through what you’ve done, they’d see that work that is below your standard.

Don’t soil/ruin your career trying to please others.

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EXPLORE LAGOS

“Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.” 
Well I’m getting both filled💃🏽💃🏽

Tomi of Lagos and I decided to explore certain places in Lagos hence creating a timetable to guide us.

As a travel blogger, I travel outside Nigeria at least once every year and that is something I always look forward to, it is literally my best part of the year.

Graduating from university made me so happy because I get to travel when ever I want. Wellllllllll my dream was crushed after I realized that graduation means I get restricted to Nigeria for one year (NYSC), I was demoralized.

As a content creator, one thing that can mess you up is lack of consistency, the thing about consistency is that it determines your relevance, it can make you either relevant or irrelevant.

So ever since my trip to France I started thinking “what do I do for one year?” and I had an idea but it wasn’t clear, fast-forward to december, everybody was doing detty December but I couldn’t detty my own December.

Tomi of Lagos asked me ”how are your detty December plans?” I told her there was no plan and my December was actually clean, she said she had places she wanted to visit in Lagos but she hadn’t had time and we both suggested that we should go together, make blog posts, and vlogs (at the Same time 1:43, we were in sync😂).

we both drew up a list places we wanted to visit and we made a timetable and boom we called it Explore Lagos , before we knew it, we both made posters and we began to explore Lagos.

Explore Lagos has birthed many ideas for my 1 year in Lagos and I’m really excited to carry them out

Moral lessons: Have friends that motivate you
P.S: A blog post on explore lagos is coming soon💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽
Here are the places we visited: NIKE ART GALLERY, RED DOOR GALLERY ,FOOD SHACK,RELE ART GALLERY, AND LEKKI CONSERVATIVE CENTER

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MY FAVOURITE DESSERTS IN FRANCE

“TAKE YOUR PLEASURE SERIOUSLY”

Desert is something that gives me so much pleasure(so I take it seriously), and anyone that knows me even in the slightest bit knows I’m a sucker for dessert.

if anyone asks me if there’s anything I can’t live without, I’d honestly blurt our desert before giving it a second thought.

France is known for its amazing culinary skills and that includes dessert, there’s no way I went to France if I didn’t take advantage of the availability of different desserts(Fraiser, Pâtisserie, crème caramel, Macaron,crêpes, Crème brûlée, Oreo Donut, Yogurt, Icecream, etc)

Of course, I didn’t just eat these desserts, I took pictures to keep them engraved in my memory by looking at them every now and then (not like I need a picture to remember them😂😂😂)

My best is Fraiser, it is Sliced into perfect layers of sponge cake, crème pâtissière, and fruity strawberry jelly.

Fraiser is a classic French strawberry desert, it leaves me wanting😭😭

P.S I KNOW I COULD GET THESE THINGS IN OTHER COUNTRIES

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My blogging journey

DON’T LET THE FEAR OF FAILURE RULE YOUR LIFE.

For as long as I remember, I have always loved writing, at age seven I had an exercise book specially for writing Stories. Growing older I wanted to be a journalist, linguist, blogger, newscaster etc. writing has always been a part of me.

Entering university killed my dreams of being a blogger, everyone had a blog, I have always despised doing what everyone else is doing, I said I’d be a vlogger instead, since I like talking and writing plus I’m super dramatic and I like to think i give a good vibe.

I’d been waiting for the perfect moment to start my vlog, I already knew what it would be about, of course it was going to be about travelling, everyone that met me knew how passionate I was/am about traveling.

I would talk about traveling and blogging but I never had the courage to start, mainly because I was scared, what if people don’t like it? What if I don’t succeed in blogging? Etc i was too scared about what people would thing and it was sincerely eating me up, not doing what I love because of fear.

one Sunday after service (300 level) I was on my bed, I can’t remember what exactly gave me the push but I picked up My IPod and signed up to WordPress, I did the basics and sent a message to all my friends to check out my blog.

my friends were receptive, obviously not all ( till now only few of my friends visit my blog) it hurt me because I always did my best to support others, repost, hype, comment etc. It was discouraging but I made up my mind to keep pushing.

After two months I stopped blogging, mainly because school was overwhelming and I felt like I didn’t have content so I told myself I’d resume blogging that summer (2018), I went on summerwork and I was supposed to document my experience but laziness will not let me be great, my blog was inactive for a long time and I even forgot I had a blog sometimes

August 2019, I resumed blogging and that has honestly been the best thing that has ever happened to me, honestly it isn’t growing as well as I thought it would but I’ve come to love the slow and steady growth because growth is growth regardless of the pace. Most people want to grow overnight and that’s not exactly possible, a newborn child grows each day, each year not overnight.

If I wasn’t scared of failure, I’d have probably gone far, maybe a thousand step closer to my dreams.
Regardless of how late I started, I’m one step closer today simply because I started.

It’s okay to be scared, fail or even give up at some point but what is not okay is giving up on your dreams. It is perfectly okay to take a break.
Consistency is key (this is something I still struggle with)

It is okay to do what everyone else is doing in your own unique way. Entrepreneurship is about finding the loop hole in someone else’s idea and creating a solution for it.

DO IT NOW.

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MY NYSC EXPERIENCE IN KATSINA STATE(DAY ONE)

The first day of Camp was really overwhelming, talk about frustration and anger.
So I flew from Lagos to Kano then I took a cab to Katsina, I was still fuming from having to drag to 2 boxes in which my mum stuffed with provision for me( I’m super grateful though).
After a long journey, I finally arrived at Borno camp at Busari road Katsina.

I walked up to the inspectors, they asked me for my documents, I brought them out but unfortunately I realised I left the original copy of my call up letter in Lagos.
After so much arguing, they let me in, I was struggling bitterly to drag my boxes and three guys started laughing at me, it was okay to not want to help but what wasnt okay was them laughing at me.

I was so furious, but I kept dragging my box, eventually a lady whose hands was almost as full as mine offered to help, I told her not to bother, because I knew it wouldn’t have worked out. Eventually someone offered to help of course for money, Alabaru(peole who help in carrying load)
We got talking and she became my first friend in camp, we moved from one point to the load together, then I got to the point of Registration, I had been on the queue for a while, and I was finally in front.

I provided every document they requested for, even the original copy of my call up letter(I printed it at camp for 500) then they asked me for the original copy of my certificate, I couldn’t provide it.
In actual fact I gave it to my mother to keep a day before, I only carried photocopies my certificate to camp.
They told me to go back to Lagos to bring it as it is impossible to Register without it.
I wanted to die, literally
I travelled all the way to Katsina to get sent back to Lagos.

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MY NYSC EXPERIENCE IN KATSINA STATE (PRE CAMP)

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria. 

Katsina is a state in Nigeria, one I never thought I would ever visit (well this isn’t visiting), I have never been big on visiting the Northern side of Nigeria, the only state in North I really want to visit is Kaduna, so you can imagine my reaction when I got an email that I have been posted to Borno state: the home of peace (well it’s quite ironical because Borno state is well known for terrorism with the Boko Haram)

“There’s no way I’m going” that’s was the first thing i said when i saw it, i was so sure i wasn’t going to go, until i heard people posted to Borno would be camping in Katsina, that didn’t make it better but it was in fact better.

I decided to go to katsina to “serve” my country with love, strength and faith.

Do i regret this decision, well stay tuned to find out

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PARIS

“YOU CAN’T ESCAPE THE PAST IN PARIS, THE PAST AND PRESENT ARE INTERTWINED IN A VERY UNIQUE WAY”

“PARIS IS A MUSEUM DISPLAYING ITSELF”

Paris is a city that gives me mixed feelings, in a good way, i’ve been to 10 countries, and several cities and i can boldly say, there is no city like paris. Walking through the streets of Paris is Something that never gets old, i could do it over and over again and i would still get goose bumps.

The unique blend of history and modern style never ceases to amaze me, it is Something i have never seen anywhere else, every other city gives you a unique feeling either historic or modern, Newyork is a modern city with several sky scrapers. it gives to a sense of peace, the beauty is astonishing. sometimes i even Wonder how can a building look so old yet so new. ive been to other cities in France (Clermont, criel, lille, valenciene, rouen, Bobigny etc) and they can not be compared to Paris although they are unique in thier own way .