Hi there Jen..
Im from Malaysia too now in VI Lagos.
Have been here for a month and its been better than what my friend tells me. Overall, people who have jobs or their own bosses are really freindly people. There are loads of bad hats here as people form all over Africa come here to try and make it in the shortest period of time.
If plan o work here.. then be preppared to make adjustments...
1) Living in VI is quite safe but there are always something happening, kidnaps are common but they target the rich and not just any ex-pat.
u will need to be chauferred around.. public transport is a nono.. there are taxis.. but u might get unlucky. so if ur company driver dont do weekends.. ur left to stay home to wacth sat tv or dvds. but u can ask them to work weekends for about USD10 a day.
2) shopping. lots f expats shop in places like park n shop , gooodies etc and oh the have a shopping mall called teh palms.. and its kinda jusco in KL. u will be surprised. there are cinemas and the shows are quite new. get smart is shhowing now. USD 11. prices of food is really killer . 1kg of tomatoes is like USD25 most veges are howering at USD 15 per kg. meat n stuff are also expensive. the only thing realtively cheap is beer.
3) Travelling around lagos.. not very unsafe but there are news of robberies n stuff once in a while.. VI is linked to the mainland where the airport is.. but there arent any places that are too interesting for you to go...
U prolly go shopping at Palms and galleria and some small shops here and there.. a movie or some pubs and maybe the beach near lekki.. all thes are aorund VI and u dun have to travle too much.
4) loads of rest.. chinese even.. but again exp.. if u go dim sum with freids.. expect to pay usd 25 to 30. most of the time i fu dine out.. the cheapest fast food taht u can relate to would be Nandos.. no Mc D or KFC.
if u need to know more. PM me
Lagos is a cash society. Don't be surprise to see people moving around with stashed of hard cash in hand to pay for a dinner bill or drinks.
Due to the big stashes of cash to be carried around, conventional wallet or purse will not be able to do the job. Usually we use a black nylon bag to pack all these cash around.
Fondest memory: Due to the overused notes, the smell of the cash notes can really turn you away. Remember to wash you hand after touching the notes, before any meals.
Well I have seen and visited many restaurant in the city of Lagos and one I like most and guees what, MR BIGS fAST FOODS.
Fondest memory: Well Lagos is cool place to be and also is lovely cause you can always tour arround in lagos such as the beach,clubs and etc.
A newcomer’s guide to Nigeria
Arriving in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, is a little different from arriving at other airports. After shedding a few layers of clothing in preparation for the climate change, we shuffle out of the aircraft along with the other visitors, expatriates, and returning Nigerians. “You are welcome,” the smiling faces greet us.
Although the ensuing half an hour may be a little trying, in fact the processing of incoming arrivals is fairly well organized. Waiting in line, we fan ourselves with the necessary documents: a valid passport, a visa (obtained in the country of origin), and a document revealing the appropriate inoculation against yellow fever required for entry.
Unless you have pre-arranged transportation from the airport, you may find yourself amidst a confusing bustle of offers.
To the taxi rank.
If you wish to avoid the countless taxi propositions and a ride in rather dubious vehicles, contact one of the major hotels to arrange a pick-up.
Hotels which meet business standards are the Federal Palace and the Sheraton. Major credit cards are accepted at these hotels, but the good old American dollar - undoubtedly a staple for life in Nigeria - is preferred. Exchanging it at banks, hotels and bureaus is no problem.
Domestic air travel can be tricky, and the private local carrier Bellview Airlines is usually the expat’s choice.
Lagos is as cosmopolitan as any major city.
It has energy and excitement but can be dangerous.....
Having the privilege of visiting the Synagogue Church of all nations and witnessing the amazing healing power of God is this place through the senior prophet T. B. Joshua. As more and more people visit and testify to their experiences here it will be known throughtout the world. The church made headline news in S. Africa when a young professional rugby player Jacob Westhurzen was healed of a cruiciate ligament injury which had blighted his career. The Nigerian footballer Daniel Owofen Amokachi (ex-Everton player in English premier league) has been helaed. Also the Arsenal player Kanu came here for healing of his heart condition.
The church is a huge open sided warehouse with a central altar area. It holds about 100,000 people and there are tv monitors everywhere so people can see what is going on.
Fondest memory: A dutch lady minister - Winnice Van Frederikslust - has made several visits to the church here. She now has a synagogue chuch in Lisplein, Rotterdam - so if any of you dutch vt'ers hear of it let me know. This is Pasor Winnice on the prayer line.
Fondest memory: Meeting with TB Joshua's wife (middle of pic)- a lovely lady. All visitors have a personal visit with the prophet too - Dave and I were summoned back for a second visit with him.. We wondered what for but apparently he had see the Virtual Tourist page I had done for Lagos from my first visit and he wanted to thank us for it - it transpired it was one of the first hits when doing an internet search for info on the church!
Fondest memory: Children as anywhere are mischievious and the children here have lots of fun and go bananas if you have sweets for them! TB Joshua loves the children - he has 3 of his own.
Fondest memory: The simple concrete walls are covered in paintings. This was one of my favourites - any switches or pipes etc... just become incorporated into the scene.