Which network provider has the best data offers?

One debate that has been raised years before and will be raised in the years to come concerns data and network providers. People cannot just seem to agree on which network provider offers the best of data plans. Is it GLO with their staggeringly cheap data prizes, MTN with its numerous plans of different types, or is it 9mobile with its lightning-fast connection or is it Airtel with a tiny bit of all.

One thing to remember, however, is that a great data offer does not mean cheap. Neither does it mean fast. It simply means a plan that combines all needed properties in sufficient amounts just as it is with cheap call rates.

How Much?

Let’s have a look at Prices. MTN’s data plans are cheap, to an extent. MTN’s best plan offers 85GB data for #50,000. Doing the math, you realize that for #1000 they offer 1.7GB.

GLO? They offer a whopping 120GB for an unbelievable #20,000. That’s 6GB for #1,000.

9mobile offers 120GB for #110,000. Roughly 1.1 GB for #1000.

AIRTEL offers 60GB for #20,000. Giving us 3GB for #1,000.

Basically, GLO easily tops the list. Their prices are unbeatable. AIRTEL comes in second place offering exactly half of what GLO does. Followed by MTN, then Etisalat. Yay for GLO.


How Fast?

When using 4G how fast do these networks go?

MTN runs at 18 Mbps. However, on 3G, the network is slow at times.

9mobile runs at 4.4 Mbps. But on 3G, 9mobile is extremely fast. The fastest, I may say.

AIRTEL does not have a 4G network option.

GLO barely runs on 3G talkless of 4G. The network didn’t stay on long enough for a test.

I think MTN wins this, but barely. People would rather have 9mobile because 4G isn’t as popular as 3G.


P.S: These were just drawn from random observations from people and should not be trusted completely. But there’s so much truth in it.


You’ll agree with me that speed and price are the two most important things to consider. Especially if you are a fan of Android phones that are known to guzzle data as a hobby.

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Best Kayak- Fishing, Sea & River Kayaks

The basic thing one must have before involving him or herself in a kayaking adventure is, obviously, a reliable kayak. Finding the best kayak isn’t that hard nowadays. If you take a look at the kayaks herein, you will be assured that you get the best kayak for your adventure needs. Feel free to click on the links provided and you will then be directed to only the most trusted kayak stores like Amazon and others.

Best Fishing Kayak

The most famous of all kayak types is the sea kayak. The choice for best kayak for fishing purposes has been at an all time high in recent years. Whether for freshwater or saltwater fishing, fishing kayaks have been creatively crafted and designed with outriggers incorporated within them to ensure that lateral stability is increased. As kayak fishing turned and became a popular sport, new designs were introduced for long distance maneuverability. Features like RodPod are likewise included to make hobbyists get easy access to fishing rods while sitting on top of the kayak; and furthermore, this choice of best kayak for fishing is equipped with a transducer-compatible scupper if one chooses to place an electronic fish finder during the course of the fishing expedition. For more information about Best Fishing Kayak for fishing under 500,
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Best Sea Kayak

Sea kayaks are designed with round deck linkings that accommodate one or two boaters. A design can be singled out as a best sea kayak if it was created with a higher degree of stability to withstand the ordinary action of the sea, and in trouble can be paddled–even if the cockpit has been flooded with water. Furthermore, a best sea kayak is lengthy and this is intelligently designed to boost the kayak speed. Most kayaks of this kind place your bottom, legs and back to a comfortable degree to suit longer sea cruises. For more information about the Best Sea Kayak,
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Best River Kayak

River Kayaking is another form of water adventure that can be as thrilling as any other water sport. The best river kayak,perhaps a substitute for the fiberglass kayak, is an inflatable. It allows you to gently go with the flow either in the torrential action of the river or in a peaceful floating stream. A quality inflatable kayak can be more effective than traditional kayaks and can bring you thrills as much as other, more expensive types. For more information about Best River Kayak,
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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour – 2

Well, I did manage to get some new Golden Hour shots after all. We were out for supper last night at Poet’s Cove Resort and just as the sun began to fall low in the sky, I skipped out on my dinner companions and took a few Golden Hour shots. Here they are as a gallery/slideshow.

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The Belle Chain at Last!

Date: January 2, 2013
Trip: North Pender Island to the Belle Chain Islets
Distance: Approximately 11 Nautical Miles
Sea Conditions: Sometimes Choppy with Stretches of Calm Waters
Weather: Sunny with a Mild but Cold NE Wind
Joined By: Jill, Tim, and Dave.

This was our third attempt to get out to see the sea lions on the Belle Chain Islets. Both currents and weather had thwarted us last winter, but we were determined this time, even if we had to fight a little current on a freezing cold day.

The Belle Chain is a series of rocky islets jutting out of the waters of Georgia Strait,  just off the north shore of Samuel Island, in between Mayne and Saturna Islands. These seemingly inhospitable rocks are the winter home to a large colony of Stellar Sea Lions. The numbers of these marine mammals has dropped something like 80% in the last several decades, so the Belle Chain has become an important part of their survival. As a result, the islets are a protected marine habitat.

We set off from Hope Bay around mid-morning, with frost on our kayaks and a sharp chill to the air.

I don’t normally like to give a commercial plug on my blog, but Hope Bay is home to one of my favorite restaurants in the Gulf Islands, The Cafe at Hope Bay. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, check it out.

Plumper Sound looked calm as we set out, but a cold north wind soon slowed us down, even if only only for a short while.

We had only one bad stretch of current to deal with, but it was definitely a challenge. Not long after we entered Georgeson Passage, which leads from Plumper Sound to the Strait of Georgia, we hit a strong current flowing in the opposite direction to the way we were going. We were paddling for all we were worth, and only making inches of headway. Luckily, Dave knew the waters well, and knew that we only had to fight this for a short distance, then we would be in the clear, but that short distance must have taken us most of 45 minutes to cover. Here are the calm waters after we emerged from the current.

After giving ourselves a break to catch our breath and have a have a drink of water, we continued through Georgeson Passage and out to the Georgia Strait, only encountering small pockets of current. The Strait itself was typically choppy. This huge body of water is rarely calm, even in summer, and swells that could have been generated far to the north can continue unabated to as far south we were. Below is a shot of our rocky destination with Mount Baker and the Cascade Range in the background and the choppy waters of the Strait.

Despite the conditions, we made good time getting to the second islet in the Chain. Even from a distance, we could clearly see the huge Stellars perched high on the rocky outcropping. As we arrived, a small motor boat also arrived, flagrantly disregarding the 100 meter distance rule from the preserve. We were worried that they would scare the sea lions into the water and we would only get a glimpse of their heads as they swam around. Sea Lions are not to be trifled with either, and I didn’t want a bunch of angry bulls, almost as long, and much bigger than us in our kayaks, taking it out on us. But luckily, all they did was growl, which is quite something to hear by itself. Below are the best pictures I could take. The sea was moving so much, and we were far enough away that my little camera couldn’t really do a good job.

Stellar Sea Lions are incredibly noisy. They sound like a whole bunch of small muffler-less engines roaring away. They also smell QUITE fiercely. Below is a video I took so you can hear the sound they make. The sound unfortunately doesn’t come across very well in the video, more like loud cat purrs, but it gives you some idea of the sea lion roar. You can also see just how choppy the water was by my inability to hold the shot.

After spending some time with the sea lions and patting ourselves on the back for finally making it, our stomachs were growling as loudly as the bulls, and we were definitely ready to get out of our boats for a while. So we headed toward Boat Passage, a place I’ve been to many times, but never transited. The current in Boat Passage is one of the swiftest in the Southern Gulf Islands sometimes reaching higher than 6 knots. When we arrived it was running at a mere 1 1/2 knots in our favor. Even at that speed, all four of us shot through the narrows at what seemed like racing boat speed.

We were all very happy to arrive in the sheltered waters of Winter Cove and get out of our boats. I, for one, was walking like Neanderthal Man for the first few minutes. We settled on Winter Point and had our lunch in the sun, despite the cold breeze coming off the Strait. Tim snapped the the better of the lunch pictures.

After lunch we headed back to the beach where it was sheltered from the wind, and sat soaking up the warm rays. Not bad for January in Canada! Then it was back in our boats to cross Plumper Sound again. This time, the breeze was at our back and the paddling was easy. Along the way, we passed one of four large freighters anchored in the Sound and I took an few shots of it including an “I’m not afraid of you!” shot (how often do you get to go nose-to-nose with a monster like that!).

I have to admit, the last couple of miles were getting hard for me. It was the first time out paddling in a couple of months, and combined with a lingering head cold, I just didn’t quite have the energy I usually have. But it was worth it to finally get out to see the Stellar Sea Lions (even if I am paying for it today!). And we even made it home before the sun set.

Thank you for reading, everyone!

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Boat Pass Revisited

Date: Jun 15, 2012

Trip: Mortimer Spit to Boat Pass

Distance: 10 nautical miles

Sea Conditions: Calm

Weather: Mostly Sunny, 17C

Joined By: Tim

Friday turned out to be one of those rare sunny days in this month that’s being dubbed “Junuary” because it’s been so cold and damp. Tim and I had planned to go for a paddle anyway, so our timing couldn’t have been better. Tim initially wanted to head for Portland Island again because of all the whale sightings in our region and Portland would put us in the right area should the whales reappear. But I couldn’t accommodate the timing for the current that day, so we decided a Saturna Island sojourn would do just as well.

As we struck out on our course we were greeted by the calm waters and easy current of Plumper Sound. This body of water is often the overflow parking for the many freighters that use the Port of Vancouver. But today it was mostly empty except for a few pleasure craft.

We made for Samuel Island as a reference point because our final destination, Boat Pass, lay between Samuel and Saturna Island but tucked behind the northwest shores of Saturna. Samuel is a large privately owned island and I know little about it, but the small cottage that looks out at the mouth of Winter Cove is pleasing sight to pass by, and I can’t help but think it would be an interesting setting for a novel .

As we paddled into Winter Cove and headed for the beach at Winter Point, we noticed two kayaks following in our wake. We had no intention of going any further than Winter Point because we knew the current would be strong and if we rode it out to the Georgia Strait, we wouldn’t be able to fight our way back through until much later in the day when the tide approached the low and the current dropped to nil. But the two kayakers behind us had different plans, and as Tim and I hiked the short distance to our lunch spot, they approached the swift waters of Boat Passage and shot through to the other side.

Tim recorded this video of both of them going through.

Boat Pass can be one of the trickier passages to negotiate in the Southern Gulf Islands. At the time these two passed through, the current was running at 3.5 knots. Strong but mild in comparison to other times where it can get above 6 knots. Below is a close-up of the boiling water just at the Georgia Strait side of the pass.

After the two other kayakers were on their way to Anniversary Island, Tim and I enjoyed a leisurely lunch in the warm sun. To me, Winter Point is one of the most beautiful spots I’ve ever set foot on. To the north and east is the expanse of the Georgia Strait and the Coastal mountains. To the southeast is the Cascade range with Mount Baker rising above all. That day, Baker was even more prominent. With very little haze to mask it, it seemed much closer than usual.



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