Friday, July 22, 2016

Quote of the Day

Bring on the competition, healthy or unhealthy, It wakes me up. If the unhealthy needs to be cured, I have some medication.

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Music Trend

Its summer in 2016, and the month of July is slowly leaving us. Which is not a bad thing, but how much have we done in July? Did we make the best of it? Did we miss out on certain opportunities and options that could have been explored? I know many of us will have similar comments but it's not a bad thing if you see reasons to reassess what you could do better next time.
Well, I know a whole lot of friends and acquaintances who have been into different professions but are suddenly going into music as a career which is great and commendable. But the folly in this is, a whole lot of them are doing this just because they think they will be the next rave in town which is also very possible, but do we know that certain things are not just for everybody?
Well, I believe certain people are talented at certain things and they are masters at it when they work on themselves, but I am also a true believer that some people with no talent will make fame that will surpass the talent when they strive hard and work and work and work towards their dreams.
But I still insist, music is not just for everyone! Some people suck at it completely and they can sincerely tell themselves that it's not meant for them and they shouldn't be bothering themselves going for studio sessions and wasting time they would have put into something else they would have been more productive at. But, prove me wrong with your success in future and I will be one of the first people to patronize you because I love success, the smell and the feel of it.
So, the point I am trying to make here is: Be truthful to yourself. The worst thing you can do is lie to yourself. You can lie to others, but the moment you begin to tell yourself lies, you are finished!
If you know one thing is not good for you.... Move on to other things.
I have seen younger ones lining up waiting on the mic to express themselves because they believe they will excel at music, but have you taken a look at the X factor and other music talent hunts we have out there. Yes, it is proof that some of us will miss out on the things that really matter and could make us better people and a success in our career when we are pursuing things that are not meant for us. If writing is a waste of time for me, believe me, I will switch my career goals immediately.
It's Chiaka, Chasari the LagosNewYorker.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Unbearable heat in NY (Business Opportunity)

When I was told it could get "Africa" hot here in NY, I always thought it was a joke. Oh Boy... Now I can fully understand what summer feels like. No wonder people go half or completely naked when this weather decides to act like this. 
In such heat, then cool things become a necessity. Things that can quench thirst, make the environment more conducive and then styles of clothing changes. The trends remain the determining factor as to what people will have on. But I always tell people that trends will always come and go.
So, what is that special thing or effect that you could add into your fashion portfolio to make you on demand all year round? Now that's the way a smart business man should think because summer doesn't last for the rest of the year. 
Well, there are certain businesses that have their peak sales period at certain months of the year and this is determined by the weather at hand. This is not a bad thing though, but do you think they wouldn't wish their sales could go that way all year round? 
Well, when I was taught about the competitive edge, it made me understand that there are certain extras you could out into your business or product that could really make that difference, and make you special and on demand. 
Sometimes we sit and think that all avenues to make a difference have been exhausted. Well, I tell you today, that's a lazy man's way of thinking and assumptions that are not well founded.
There's so much to explore and a whole lot more that can be done to make a difference. 
Being different and unique is an attraction. People are naturally attracted to something different because it tends to amuse them that someone could come up with something that's not the same they have been used to all these while. So, why not explore what you could do right now to make a difference? The time is now! 
It's Chiaka, Chasari the LagosNewYorker.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The art of Hand Embroidery

It takes someone with special talents or relentless hard-work to make a unique style out of clothing. This is because clothing has been here since the beginning and there have been styles and trends that come and go, so it is very rare to come out with something that nobody has ever seen.
But, I must say that certain people have decided to take designs and handwork to another level and it is worth looking into. This is a source of inspiration when you think about all the work that was put into this from the conception stage where the designs are thought of in the mind, and till the point where they are made to look like the imagination. Never comes easy! 
Let me post a few pictures of one design I found so interesting and unique:

This design is by Chasari the Lagos NewYorker and it's a beautiful piece of artwork.
Sometimes I wonder if people really appreciate those little things we do that are not the usual as expected by everyone out there in the world. But the fact is, if you wait for the endorsement of people before you decide to carry out certain things, you will never be happy and will never discover how much worth you have. So I suggest, you get the work done and move ahead with getting yourself better the next time. Wait for people's views and suggestions and if you are criticized, it's a good thing. Work on making it better the next time and then you will be surprised how much better you will get. Put all of this together and keep going. Don't stop! 
It's Chiaka, Chasari the LagosNewYorker. 

Friday, July 8, 2016

I don't see Color.

I am pained to live in a generation where skin color is seen as a medium to segregate certain people from others. Its so sad! Who wouldn't want to live life in peace?
When we are born into the world, we are called a baby. We are not called white or black or mixed or all of that. We are higher animals and have you ever noticed how other animals interact?
A black goat will eat grass with a brown colored goat, and they will mate and have babies that are black and brown. A white dog will mate a black dog and when they have mixed puppies they look so adorable, and we sure love to see those beauties mature.
But what has happened to us Humans? What color do we see? I just don't get it!
Do you know that babies never know color until their minds are fried and made to believe that one person is better than the other because they look a certain color?
What is it with the racial disparity? Why do cowards put hate in their hearts and those of the little innocent babies? Why do you decide to create hatred and enmity and instill wrong morals in the hearts of the younger ones when we should rather be building each other up in love?
What is wrong with the world? Can we just be natural? Can we just be normal? Can we just be humans?

A tree grows and produces fine fruit that's edible. It comes in all colors, forms and sizes, and we all decide to eat whatever we want. Whatever fruits and vegetables we can afford is eaten and we enjoy them. The fruits never decide to poison someone having a certain color because they are not good for them. It never happens. We don't refuse olives in a salad because of its color, and I wouldn't refuse sour cream in my burrito because of its color.
Can we just be normal? Can we reset our mindset to those times when we were babies? Where we never saw race, nor color and we were just happy living together. I miss those days. I really do.
Love is all we need. The heart condition and feelings are what matters the most.
Do you know how many interracial marriages or relationships we have in the world today?
Do you know how many mixed pregnancies we have out there today?
Lets stop this madness before the babies grow and start getting confused and asking what color they really are. Because a baby never knows anything about color except for the beauty of variety in different colors, and they never feel a certain way about a color until they are told something.
I love the mixture. I love colors. I wear all colors. I embrace all colors.
I will not stop being who I am and I will never stop loving what I love.
I am Chiaka, Chasari, the LagosNewyorker!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Start planting Now!

Victory is a term that comes with honor. It's like being able to pull through something and come out successful. I know a couple of my readers can relate with this feeling especially if you have waited for certain things for so long and worked towards it and had all your expectations come to a reality.
Nothing can replace this feeling! 
But guess what, it doesn't happen automatically and it is no magic. This is something that has to be worked on or worked towards for a while and as you see it progressing, then you can look towards a realization of something expected. So, in simple terms, this means you must plant before you expect to reap any fruitage. The popular saying: You reap what you sow is very applicable here.
So what's on your mind right now? Yes, the same thing on my mind and I will ask the question:
What have you sown in the recent months? Weeks? Days? Hours? Minutes? Even seconds! 
What do you want to reap in the nearest future? Or.. What do you expect? 
Something? Nothing? There's no magic to it. Start now so you can expect to get something and eventually come out Victorious in your personal pursuits and find a purpose in life.
On the other hand, sitting and doing nothing while you procrastinate on future riches and wealth that are non-existent will reap nothing... I mean nothing! 
Do not be misled by the social media and the lives that people profess to live out there.
There is much more to it than you can ever understand. The only way to become a victor and successful in life is to fight and work hard. Yes, work on something, be fruitful and then you can have hope of a future when those little things you did will reap their rich rewards. 
I am a Victor. I am a Fighter! I work... I don't play.
The future is bright and I have a vision I am working towards and in future I will refer back to this post today. Logically, I just planted. It will definitely produce in future.
It's Chiaka, Chasari the LagosNewYorker. 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Younger Generation is the Future

When I was a lot younger, my mother always told me to take life seriously because "before you know it" so much time has passed by and you will wish you had been more focused and did certain things with more seriousness.
With the advancement in technology, the younger generation today is exposed to the world right at their finger tips, right on their mobile phones, and they can swim thru all the parts of the world in seconds. If you asked an 85 year old man or woman if they ever thought the advancement would have come this quick, they will sincerely tell you that it came quicker than ever expected.
So just as the saying goes, with responsibility comes accountability. Yes, a whole lot has gone wrong with the use of social media, cell phones and we cannot overly emphasize how serious this is.
There's a lot to talk about, but I will cite a few examples.
I saw a video on Facebook of a little boy who should be about 4 or 5, and before I saw him in the video, a certain girl was acting like a slut with a lollipop in her mouth, and then this little boy who ought to be reading and learning to make complete sentences got right in front of the camera and made statements so vulgar I have never used in my life expressing how he will "have sex" with this grown woman. I felt disappointed at who ever uploaded the video for the kid, or whoever his parents or guardians are. It is sad to know that the boys mind is already filled so much immorality. Whatever happened to morals? Where's the world heading to? If the younger generation is the future and the world of entertainment and social media makes the younger ones feel its okay to say or  do whatever they feel like, and act however they want to, then I envision an uncertain future where the young men and women of that time would have wasted their lives in their early years.
Parent and Guardians, we know it is a little demanding raising these kids these days, but we have to do all we can to instill good morals into them and let them know when those things they do and the way they act is inappropriate.
A little discipline will never kill the child. Because we do not hit children in this part of the world, there are a lot of other ways to make a child see when he has done wrong and needs to take correction. Do not let that second pass by before you let this kids know they need to stop and act better. Because waiting a little longer, you may forget or decide not to discipline anymore and the child thinks their actions are acceptable. We have to do something about this before it gets totally out of hand. I just thought I should say it how I feel because I couldn't keep this to myself anymore.
The younger generation is the future, and if we don't  shape them in the right path, then the future is not looking promising at all.
Its Chiaka, Chasari the LagosNewyorker.