JAM IN THE WILD

Road Trip To Bunso Arboretum & Asemena Waterfalls

Adulting is catching up with us and I am now feeling the different faces of life- It’s a lot to deal with. A reflection of some years ago and now, actually puts tempers high; finding our foot in every possible way, make certain decisions that will stay with us forever, talk about choices and insurmountable challenges to endure.

But gladly, with the help of God, it gets better.

And sometimes, just sometimes, one needs a good laugh!

My next adventure was no other place than Bunso Arboretum & Asemena Waterfalls in the Eastern Region, Ghana. My head aches from yesterday’s tour and Jam- not forgetting the Jolly-going people who made it super super fun! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

strangers who turned out to be the best of tour folks๐Ÿ’œ
These guys!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

It felt like I have known these folks all my life. This road trip was unplanned and it finally came out as the very best I have had so far. On Friday, I booked my slot with the Moooveafrica Team. Apparently, Moooveafrica does road trips every weekend to Tourist sites in most of the Regions in Ghana.

I just had to Pack up these items for a day trip.

1. A Pair of Slippers
2. My Identification Card 3. An Umbrella
4. Three bottles of water 5. A Novel 6.Extra face mask 7.Power bank.

These items aided a smooth Trip. I didn’t need to pack food or snacks because the team actually included them in their package. (I’m not exaggerating- in terms of customer service, food, and every other thing was just apt!)

Itinerary for the day๐Ÿ’œ

After contacting Wesley about the safety of the Bus and other details of the trip, I was convinced it was going to be a memorable adventure. We got to Bunso Eco Park right on time and we settled with Socialization and a game called “first names+animals”. The fraternizing moment made us know each other better and our private lives too. (Interesting people in various fields of endeavor)

After checking in with one of the tour guides at the information Center at the Arboretum, we gathered around for some education on the Zip line and how to get on it. Honestly, most of us have a fear for heights. But like we were told, no one fell or died from trying the Zip line.

A Video of me trying the Zip line ๐Ÿ˜Š I did it effortlessly! It was fun and a wonderful experience.


Zip line: a cable suspended above an incline to which a pulley and harness are attached for a rider. it was an exhilarating experience!

The Serenity Bunso Eco park

My Team and I tried the Horse back riding and the soft archery.

The excitement didn’t end there. Our next stop was the Asemena Waterfalls at Akuapem North in Koforidua. Even though it was getting dark and scary along the path to the waterfall, we needed to enjoy the last bit of this adventure! Some changed into their swim suits and others stood by to take pictures close to the waterfall.

The Serenic waterfalls at Asemena at Akuapem North in Koforidua (Ghana)
Asenema Waterfall is one of the hidden gems in the rainforest of the Akuapem Hills,ย outside of Accra, and north of Aburi. There are many waterfalls in the Eastern Region, but Asenema is only 15 minutes from Akropong and justย 5 minute walk from the main road along a marked trail.ย Asenema waterfall feeds a lively little stream nearby.ย The falls usually has a very good flow in the rainy season. The drive to get to the falls is wonderfully scenic, with beautiful views across the rolling hills that are so typical of the region.






Enjoying the Asemena Waterfalls ๐Ÿ˜Š

The most exciting part for me was leaving the capital city, Accra, and enjoying this serenity with strangers who turned tour-team-members! It was so magical. I came back home feeling refreshed in mind and reminiscing about the Trip.

From this short excitement, I concluded that:

As humans, we don’t need anyone to make us happy. Happiness should come from within and No one else controls your emotions more than you do and if you send messages to your body to smile, the message to feel happier becomes even stronger.

I promise to live life to the fullest! Enjoy everything that nature has to offer us. Thanks to MOOOVEAFRICA for organizing this every weekend! This will be telecasted on MTV on Tuesday, at exactly 8 a.m! Don’t forget to book and reserve your slot with MOOOVEAFRICA for their September Trips!

A TURKISH EATERY: CAPITOL CAFE AND RESTAURANT.

I finally made the conscious decision to take my self love journey in developing myself very seriously. My mind and body have been constantly barraged & assaulted by the daily grind of full time and part time jobs. I could actually feel my mind tearing at the edges ๐Ÿ˜ญ. I’ve had to deal with relocation of places (which I enjoy a lot! No doubt) and it was always one storm after the other. I had friends advising me to take care of myself to be able to have a stable mind as to what to do.

Then Lo, a fan of Poetess Akosua’s blog reached out to me somewhere in May. Apparently, he is here in Ghana for a short vacation and will soon be going back to the States. I was to choose a place for our casual hang out this July. Tons of places (far and near) came in mind. Eventually, I settled on this enchantment!

To my readers here, if you are looking for a nice hang out place to wine and dine in Accra, look no further than this Turkish eatery -Capitol Cafe and Restaurant.

Beautiful Backdrop at Capitol cafe and Restaurant

Actually, i had to choose between Osu and Cantonments but the die fell on the serenity Cantonments and the serene scenes of Capitol. A get away or some sort! What I needed.

"Capitol Cafรฉ and Restaurant in Accra brings the best taste from both Turkish and International cuisine. With its distinctive location, elegant atmosphere and delightful menu, Capitol Cafรฉ and Restaurant wants to be your first choice for dining and special occasions. You can have a meal with your friends and family in the main restaurant, enjoy creative cocktails in the garden bar, or you can taste various cakes and pastries in the bakery section. With well qualified chefs and specially trained service team, Capitol,is here to serve you the best.
Capitol Cafe & Restaurant has a kid's menu and also a small playground for children to burn some energy"

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View social handles of Capitol Cafe here.

Location: 5th Circular Road 19, Cantonments, Accra

  • Bar & Lounge
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Great for Groups
  • Great for Kids
  • Late Night Dining. (Various features)
  • Lunch
  • New & Hot
  • Outdoor Seating

Just an experience and great taste๐Ÿ’œ

You should just try it out…

LOVE ON THE STREET!

Seven days for the month of love to bid us good-bye! This month is the time we celebrate Valentine and we make time for our loved ones, families and specialities. We do not just emphasize on the relevance of having someone special in our lives to celebrate or to show the entire World.

No matter how little it is, it definitely will be appreciated! ๐Ÿ’• Come share the love on the streets by donating any amount.

There are things that make the months we have special and wholesome. The previous month comes with an unwavering start, a fresh beginning and new chances to remind us there’s Hope!

While this month is associated with Valentine, the journey of love with others doesnโ€™t stop there. It however continues till eternity. February is the month right after it and while nothing in particular changed regarding the weather, people do feel very different about this month. It’s the month where the acts of kindness is done to others. This boosts faith in good deeds, in being humane, helpful and thoughtful. Don’t you agree?

Ever heard of “Love on the Street”?

This is an initiative to put smiles on the faces of needy people on the Streets. The initiative is geared towards spreading love and making these children and people on the street feel loved and appreciated by all who donate. The “Love on the street” team has put together this to promote a worthy course.

The point is this: (A)whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully[a] will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, (B)not reluctantly or under compulsion, for (C)God loves a cheerful giver. 2nd Corinthians 9:6-7

How can one support this initiative?

You can support by donating money to 0554340533 (MTN MoMo) and any one who wishes to volunteer can join the train as well. (FYI: All it takes to be a volunteer is a good heart)

The targeted places in Ghana?

26th February,2021 the team will grace the streets of Kumasi and on 6th March,2021 (indece day) Accra the needy will be filled with Joy and beaming with smiles. The Covid-19 protocols will be adhered to.

Love on the street ๐Ÿ’•

People show you their love in different ways. Can we also show love to the needy on the streets by donating… Make sure to unlock it this February and relish love all year long!

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
    another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
    and one who waters will himself be watered. Proverbs 11:23-25

SPELL-BOUND BY THE BUKA RESTAURANT

Buka restaurant gave us a real and refreshing treat yesterday! ๐Ÿ’œ

I know I have kept all of my ardent readers in a dark. My last blog post on a blogtober writing challenge which was uncompleted because of my schedule. In the month of October, I set out with my Writers’ group on a writing challenge and somehow I fell off the track together with a few others. Kudos to Dave for completing the task!

December is approaching real fast and unlike some of you, I will still be on the 8a.m to 5p.m schedule except for weekends. Those who know me very well, know I don’t joke with my weekends and my small circle. It should be lit and I should decide the vibe. This actually makes me happy. I mean who won’t jump to the thought of “weekending” with favorite people. I have been to places, tried foods, been on road trips to far and near places but BUKA RESTAURANT got me spell-bound.

My sisters ๐Ÿ’œ

My sisters (friends who became family), decided to try something different than the usual this year. After several postponement of weekends and uncertainty of where and when to go, we finally settled on this enchantment. Thank God for my beeping schedule always reminding me of my meetings and activities ahead of time. I would have missed this one. Personally, I like to plan ahead and get things done beforehand so I met all deadlines and set out to prepare for 28th November with Dorkie and Abena. I traveled back to Accra on Friday after close of work, got my new look (permed-short-curly hair) done, and rummage through my closet to find a casual dress for Saturday.

Tell me I look pretty in my new look๐Ÿ˜Š- honestly, I feel comfy in this. Buka restaurant just completed my day!

I love my new look ๐Ÿ˜

THE BUKA RESTAURANT

BUKA RESTAURANT serves traditional African dishes with a complexity and zest in taste.

Location: One can find BUKA RESTAURANT on the 10th Street of Osu two doors from the former American Embassy Visa section in Accra, Ghana.

Operating times is Monday- Saturday (12p.m- 7p.m).

Their menu is designed to give each palate an adventurous fusion of modern traditional African cuisine. They select the finest ingredients and serve each plate in inventive Buka fashion. Ghanaian, Ivorian, Togolese, South African and Nigerian cuisines are served at Buka restaurant. The colourful backdrop coupled with their neatness gave us a refreshing moment.

Believe me when I say Buka Rest. has one of the best customer service, solitude environment and great taste in cuisines! You know I decide the vibe and I definitely need not to remind you to try Buka out!

GALLERY OF BUKA RESTAURANT

Still observing Covid-19 protocols.
Reception
Le Kabane at BUKA RESTAURANT
Are you a fan of Gob3? ๐Ÿ˜น
Colourful backdrop at Buka
After eating finger-licking fufu and aromatic jollof-rice with beef stew.

THE ESCAPE – Gomoa Wonderland.

Science says that we seek out nature not only for our physical survival and growth, but because nature is good for our personal and social well-being.

As part my plans to make the most out of a day and reconnect with nature, a thoughtful idea came up. I just had to obey my instincts on that. Three different places, activities and ideas came in mind. My week days after the Covid-19 Lockdown is so packed. Tell you what, I barely have enough time for sleep and taking myself out like I do. My kind of fun may not be as interesting and wild as others would have it.

Judging from my personality and perspective in life, I have come to realize that doing you and what makes you happy is paramount.Things I am always down for and no questions asked:

1. Road Trips Hot coffee and a good conversation Music Shoppings. Food- not just any. (Kenkey) Breakfast for Dinner Naps

Ask me to join you on a Road Trip to a far away land and I will gladly embrace such opportunity.The weekend ended with me booking a tent to sleep under the skies. Crazy as the idea sounds, gave me a little fright!

Gomoa Wonderland is the place to reconnect with nature and people as well. The wonderland is located at Gomoa Eduafo. A 30 minutes drive after Kasoa.

After speaking with Kwabena Oppon Kusi,(an organizer), and booking my tent, I had to pack few items for my weekend trip to this serenity. Surprisingly, I didn’t have difficulties with locating the place. I guess it’s because I’m close by.

On Friday around 4p.m after close of work, I had set off and unpacked in anticipation of the activities lined up for us(myself and other campers I didn’t even know).

Iโ€™m that young lady who loves shopping, but I would rather travel the world in one t-shirt than sit in my room and shop for clothes from all over the world.

Boy Oh Boy!

I love to travel.

I follow travel blogs,travel accounts on Facebook and on Instagram.

Seeing people share different stories from all over the world stirs up a lot of excitement in my heart especially from Africa because it is such a beautiful continent.I’m pretty sure you will love to experience the floating jetty with detachable raft. This looks scary but trust me it’s fun; when you lie on the Jetty and observe the serene nature or the man-made lake.

Lounging in the tent under the skies was actually my first time and a wonderful experience.I had booked the tent and a slot for myself before the weekend. Interacting with some of the organizers made me realize this event.The escape started not too long ago and it’s an event done every last weekend of every month. The motive is to bring people together to experience another beautiful serenity in the Central Region.

The lake, which could be said a natural one isn’t so. Rather,it turned out to be a man-made lake. The dame as most call it, has a beautiful view and around it is the Bamboo Grove.

Take me back to secondary school days when fun-fairs, excursions and “Inter-co” was the joy that brought most people from different schools together as a form of socialization. We can’t forget times of indoor and outdoor games too.

Personally, having a lot of fun like people do, is not in my good books. However, connecting with nature and enjoying the breeze of the sea makes me happy. As a blogger, doing this ignites a refreshing spirit in me to carry on for the rest of the days ahead!

Call me a Scrabble lover and a lover of some Ghanaian board games like Ludu, oware and playing of “Jamies-to-you” (Cards).The fun didn’t end there. On Saturday evening, there was a bonfire night. Coupled with Jungle Rave at the Bamboo Grove. This was done with most people singing to Ghanaian songs, dancing and sitting close to the fire. It was a sight to behold- trust me.

Food was so not a problem for us. The organizers made them available and none had a problem with the kind they provided for us. Breakfast, lunch, and supper was just perfect!Ask Teggtag about the wonderland Coconut mixes!!!

Couldn’t get enough of everything the wonderland had.You should join me next time on this road trip to if not another place of serenity, then in September, we will go back to the Wonderland and make it a “Ritual” Retreat!

Gomoa Wonderland!โ˜บ๏ธ