Thursday, 5 June 2008

Makola Market, Accra, Ghana
A place where I was perhaps the most misplaced person amongst thousands; yet somehow I fit right in. The first time I visited Makola, I was harassed by a large high spirited Ghanaian woman. She was curious about the "obruni body". Needless to say, I learned a new appreciation for my personal space.
The best thin about this place is the energy that surges through the crowded streets. Hundreds of thousands of lives bustle past you, each as significant and busy as the other, yet can be forgotten in an instant. There is something liberating about the sense of annonymity that comes with the pace of Makola.

Trafalgar Square, London, England
The thing I miss about living in England is the rich history there seems to be all around. Trafalgar square, the heart of London, is a place where I remember standing still and feeling like I was at the absolute center of history. Imagine just how many people have passed through the square, representing how many countries? How many cultures? How many circumstances?

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
I think the world will, like myself, continue in awe at this amazing city, stationed in the desert. The sheer magnitude of each building project is beyond belief. I think that even the least time bound tourist would never have enough time explore everything that Dubai offers.

Mumbai, India
Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is the most colourful place I think I will ever experience. Though there is much saddness by way of poverty in this city, the vibrance and spirit of Mumbai is unforgettable. I had quite the experience- for some reason, I believe I was mistaken for a celebrity of some sort. I was followed by what seemed like paparazzi, and many smiling families rushed to have their picture taken with me.

"There are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girl's complexion"- Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn: Style icon for more reasons than one. The Audrey Hepburn look has resounded in fashion history since she first slipped on those large dark sunglsses and swept up her hair. And we love her for her effortless ability to be accessable to all, through her innate respect of "the basic"- originality from the original. Whether this meant her smokey eyes reflected ancient Egyptian tradition, or her posture honoured Roman etiquette, Hepburn sensualized the concept of timelessness.

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

It's that wonderful old-fashioned idea that others come first and you come second. This was the whole ethic by which I was brought up. Others matter more than you do, so 'don't fuss, dear; get on with it.'”