October 3, 2014

The Multi National Fair is BACK!

Most of you over the age of 20 will remember the Multi National Fair held at the Governor General's house wayyyy back when. Most of us remember it for the international food, and guys reminisce about the wide selection of international beers. Well, I'm so happy to share that after 10 years The Fair is back! (and so is the international food and beer ;)) The team has been working behind the scenes for months and it's so cool to finally see The Multi National Fair make it's comeback public! It's going to be everything we remember and so much MORE!  Stop by the official page and see what it's all about....#TheMultiNationalFair #Barbados

October 1, 2014

Island Sitters turns 1!

Exactly one year ago, Sheena and I made our little sitter service an official business...and with the help of a pretty intense entrepreneurship competition and team of amazing friends, family and sitters, we found ourselves running a full time gig. 

I have a million things on our 'to do' list, with 'write an in depth blog post reflecting on the past year' high on that list. Unfortunately, I don't have the time to do that properly right now but I just couldn't let this day go by without writing SOMETHING that reflects how I feel about our baby's first birthday. WE wouldn't have made it this far without everyone who has helped and guided us along the way and our fantastic team of sitters. They've handled some crazy/last minute/outrageous requests with grace and professionalism, and go above and beyond for clients. THANK YOU ladies, for everything you do. We really appreciate it! Big up to my biffle Sheena, who is the most amazing business partner a girl can ask for; I'm so grateful for having her by my side this past year.

Cheers to our first year, here's looking forward to what the next one brings! :)

You can read some of my previous businessy posts:

The Automotive Art Entrepreneurship Competition
Confessions of a business newbie

September 19, 2014

Caribbean Permaculture Research Institute of Barbados

The Caribbean Permaculture Research Institute of Barbados is 12 days away from reaching its target on Kickstarter & needs your support! As one of the most densely populated countries in the world, land scarcity & food production are serious problems in Barbados. As a result, 10% of our people can't meet daily feed needs (that's 28,000 people!) CPRIB aims to address some of these issues by teaching people how to grow food sustainably, repair landscapes & build self sufficient communities by offering free workshops and introductory talks, as well as a wide variety of courses, internships and volunteer opportunities. Check out their campaign here. 

September 14, 2014

Mango Malou

Happy as a monkey with a mango in the sea! 

I'm catching up on a lifetime of uneaten mangoes after discovering that I am no longer allergic to them. Growing up in the Caribbean unable to touch a mango for fear of blistering skin was pure torture! For those of you who know how fussy I was about being near to anything mango related (including skincare products that contained mango extract) you're probably asking yourself: "How did this girl suddenly decide to touch a mango?"
After complaining bitterly about my allergy (yet again), a doctor friend of mine suggested I 'spot' test some mango skin & sap on my forearms, after explaining that you can grow out out of allergies and develop new ones as you get older. This is especially true for skin allergies like mine, because your skin matures and changes. I did as she suggested and couldn't contain my excitement as I neared the 20 minute mark without any irritation or blistering! I immediately peeled a juicy mango and jumped into the sea. I looked like a 5 year old child with mango all over my face. Ah-mazinggggg! It's such a relief, and I can't wait to eat every mango in sight from now on.

September 7, 2014

Back to Life, Back to Reality

Back to reality after 3 whirlwind weeks of wine, wanderlust & way too many photos! Stay tuned for European highlights coming up on the blog soon!

July 25, 2014

Crop Over Chronicles: Fave Kadooment songs for 2014

Here's a list of some of my fave songs from the Crop Over season this year (Not in any particular order)! Picture yourself listening to these as you're chipping down the road, drink in hand, wukking up with thousands of people around you...
(I'd love to hear what some of my international friends & followers think of these tunes!)

To my local friends & followers, have I left any of your favourites?

July 21, 2014

Monochrome Mermaids

Now that I have a phone with a pretty cool camera, I've become a bit lazy when it comes to taking photos. I don't use my DSLR as often, and my waterproof Olympus was collecting dust *shame* 
I have no excuses really, so I decided to challenge myself to some new underwater concept shots yesterday. I wanted something a bit different to our usual bright, Caribbean style photos and was inspired by award winning photographer, Morgan Massen, who I recently started following on Instagram.
Sheens and her friend Candace (who was visiting from the US) were my muses as we jumped, dove and fooled around in the water. Poor Candace didn't know what she was in for when I first said I was feeling inspired and wanted them to 'get their mermaid on'...

Thanks to their efforts, we got some surreal, moody looking images, despite the water being bright blue. When I first saw them, they reminded me of prayer positions, as if Sheena was in some sort of trance but every time I look at them I sense something different. What do you think?
Here are some of my favourites:

The last two photos were taken by Sheena

I have a few more quirky concept shoots in mind, so if anyone reading this is interesting in taking part, please get in touch!

July 18, 2014

Life lately: July update

It's been pretty quiet here on this blog for a number of reasons, and I'm starting to feel a bit overwhelmed about to where to begin 
...but instead of complaining, I'm going to list the reasons and give a mini update for those who care to read it:

1.) I started a new job 2 months ago and it's sucked up most of my time (funny that) I'm now officially a digital strategist for a advertising and marketing company, and I'm pretty much getting paid to do something I love - tinkering with online campaigns, brand strategy and development whilst tracking media trends. I even got a cheeky feature in the local business papers:

2.) Aside from my full time job, Sheena and I are still running Island Sitters after hours and on the weekends. We've finally taken on some extra hands to help us out and I can't wait to see where this little company is going in the coming months! It's not all work though - Island Sitters is about being young and fun, and last weekend we went on a little adventure with Sheena's cousin Mike and his friend James. Ain't nothing cooler than being told your adventure was 'epic' by two 12 year old boys - these ol' girls still have it!

3.) I'm part of a group called Global Shapers (You can read more about us here) and I was recently given the responsibility of running the Communications for this Hub. I'm a sucker for youth development and I think the youth in Barbados are in dire need of some more guidance and direction, especially since our unemployment rate is dangerously high and the general morale is dangerously low.  We're working on some projects aimed at confronting these issues though, so I'm still hopeful, especially being surrounded by such a strong group of extraordinary young people. I'm going to be talking about this some more in future posts.

4.) J and I are going to Europe in a month! We've been busy booking & reviewing every part of our trip across 4 countries and it's been so exciting and stressful at the same time. haven't planned a trip this meticulously since my trip to Asia in 2010, and even then, Christina and I winged it most days. When you're trying to squeeze as much as you can into 3 weeks of travel though, things get a lot more serious.  (Maybe it's the adult thing to do and I just haven't figured that out yet) I can't believe it's been 2 years since I left Amsterdam and I CAN'T WAIT to share more about this trip in the coming month. I've been tweeting like a mad woman too, trying to get the best travel tips & tricks from the online travel bugs. Be prepared for a very annoying countdown and lots and lots of photos following that.

5.) Living on a little rock can drive you crazy very quickly - 'Island Fever' is no joke and I've been trying very hard not to catch that fever by distracting myself with the things mentioned above (and then some, which I'll mention in another post!) Blogging has always been another distraction for me, as well as a creative outlet, but it's recently felt like a chore. I've never been a consistent blogger, and I'm sure that I never will be, but I do love it just as much (if not more) as I did when I started over 4 years ago, I just haven't made the time for it. I have a backlog of about 400 posts on here, waiting to be edited and shared with the world. It's a constant battle between priorities, and lately blogging hasn't been one of them. I apologize for that, but the coming month should be a good kick start to get my butt into blog gear again. On that note, I'll leave you with some snaps of life lately, according to my camera roll:

//From the top, left to right: After work work for Island Sitters, sundowners at Port St.Charles//
Bosco being such a ham // dinner with these beauties & discovering a cove on our Island Sitters Adventure//

July 7, 2014

Aerial Video of Barbados

Stumbled across this incredible footage by Above Barbados offering some fresh perspectives of our little dot  Happy Monday! 

July 4, 2014

Friday's Faux Pas & and my bestie's bachelorette

I was on my way out of the National ID building yesterday, having just renewed my ID card, when I saw a little old lady being walked down the road with her son. She was using a walker, and since we were miles away from the nearest bus stop, I offered them a lift into town. She climbed into the backseat after I shoved all of my bags and stuff to one side to make room for her.

Fast forward 20 mins, and her son and I are chatting away about the World Cup, local politics and everything in between. David, Jean and I felt like old friends by the time I dropped them off at the bus terminal in town and wished them a pleasant day.

It was only when I got to work that I realised that I had forgotten about my bag of "Bachelorette goodies" from Zoe's bachelorette in the backseat and poor Jean had been sitting next to this the entire car ride:

.....Annnnndddddddd on to the actual bachelorette, albeit a very condensed, edited version of it, for the sake of all the parents who read this blog:

Throwing pearls, feathers, lots of alchohol, naughty games & good music into the mix with girls from California, Barbados, Spain, Canada and France! We had such a great time and I suffered the worst hangover in a long time today. Can't wait for the wedding tomorrow!

June 27, 2014

#Residenttourist: Farm to Chef Slow Food Market Day

I posted this beautiful flyer about the cook off event by Slow Food Barbados on my Facebook page a few weeks ago and the event was the first of it's kind in Barbados. 

Local chefs battled it out to see who's got what it takes to be a true Farm To Table chef. Slow Food Barbados is part of a global, grassroots non-profit association, linking the pleasure of good food to a commitment to the environment & community. I think Barbadian consumers are slowly starting to question where their food comes from; not only because of the rising cost of importing an insane amount of food, but feeling more connected to what you're putting in to your body. They're working to improve the food system in Barbados in a number of ways, such as promoting clean food production and consumption that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health; fresh and flavoursome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of our local culture and fair, accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for small-scale producers. 

We were amazed at the turn out and the variety of foods and produce on display. We sampled an embarrassing amount of food in under 2 hours - Our favourite was the 8 hour smoked jerked black belly sheep with corn bread, texan beans and slaw prepared by local chef Scott Aimes; it was so good that I had two servings :)

Here's hoping the next Slow Foods event rolls around quickly, we really need more initiatives on this small island. And let's be honest, I'll support any excuse to eat this amount of locally sourced goodies.

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi, not flipper) cutter
Organic, homemade dog treats by Munchy Muncharoonies
Oh, and I forgot to add that we ended our weekend with a beach lime at Gibbs. 

I'm co-hosting my first link up with my friend Setarra for her monthly #ResidentTourist feature this month! I've done a couple of #resident tourists post before, and I absolutely love the concept of taking the time to appreciate what your local area as to offer. As she said 'travel is not just about going away to see beautiful places, it's about seeing the beauty in EVERY place... And trust me, there is so much beauty in your backyard just waiting for you to untap its potential.' Check out Setarra's adventures in Arlington.

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