March 18, 2013

If I win the Biggest, Baddest Bucket List

Less than one week ago I posted my video entry for a global travel competition and the response I received has been overwhelming and extremely humbling. Random strangers have been sending me messages of congratulations and coming up to me in public, telling me about their favourite part in the video or that they passed it on to friends. I even got 'recognized' by a someone as 'the white girl from that video about sea horses'!  I went into this not really knowing what to expect (that's a lie - I expected a few pity votes from my Mum and a few friends) but the response has really made me re assessed what I want from this. I actually felt slightly embarrassed when strangers spoke to me about it (even though they were being positive). Why should a random stranger care about a girl (who's already traveled extensively) wanting to win a trip around the world? It felt pretty selfish and I couldn't really justify my desire to win. It's made me re-think what it is that I really want to gain from this competition. Why not use this opportunity to do something more? I've decided to pledge US$5,000 (10% of my winnings) to the Diabetes Association of Barbados if I win the Biggest, Baddest Bucket list competition. Diabetes is something close to my heart and I'm hoping this will prove that this isn't just about me, or winning this trip, but that it's about harnessing all of this positive energy and support from an incredible community of people to raise awareness about something that deeply affects Barbados on a whole. I'm so grateful for the camaraderie people have displayed by voting and showing their support - it's really, really appreciated. I'm against a tonne of amazing videos by people I'd like to meet one day - they seem like so much fun! But I feel like I've got a great head start and can't wait to push it in the last two weeks of the competition.

If I win this amazing opportunity I'll be waving my Bajan flag high and proud around the world, knowing that it was because of an incredible community of people that I'm able to do so.

March 12, 2013

My island, Barbados (My Biggest, Baddest Bucket list entry)

7 years ago, I wasn't very patriotic. I was in my final year of high school, itching to leave for university. I had partied, beached, limed, swam, surf, sailed & lived the island life to my heart's content. I felt like I had met everyone there was to meet and I was ready for a new adventure.
In my first year at university in England, I was blown away by people's response to my home country. I never really gave our lifestyle in Barbados a second thought; surely everyone lived like us? I had traveled extensively as a child but yet never fully grasped the notion that those long summer months in Europe didn't last forever. That's the beauty of travelling of course, to experience other lifestyles and cultures but living in England really opened my eyes to a lot of things and sewed a seed of appreciation for my island.

Fast forward 6 years and I have been lucky enough to have lived in different countries and even more cities and experienced a lot of things that many 25 year olds don't get to experience. Yet, coming home feels better every time. Maybe it's my quarter life crisis kicking it or maybe its a new found love for Barbados and everything it has to offer. Being away made me appreciate our weather, our people, our food, our culture and our lifestyle more than I ever did before.

When I heard about the Biggest, Baddest Bucket list competition, chosing my favourite destination was a no brainer. Barbados is one of the best places in the world and I wanted to show people why. I decided to omit the usual 'touristy' stuff that comes to mind when you hear about Barbados and to show people the more 'secret' and 'local' side to this island.


March 9, 2013

M.I.A, for now.

I've been MIA recently (And you'll soon see why) Between this blog, my new job & various other projects that I'm working on, I don't really have the time to update this baby as often as I'd like to. I also hate to do half-ass posts; I think that certain things should either be done properly or not at all. A friend of mine is working on  a brand new blog layout for me though, so I'll be back with a bang very soon :) 

In the mean time, you can follow Skip to Malou* on Facebook! Stay tuuuuned!

Ps: I'm aware that the monkeys bare no relevance to this post, I just thought they were hilarious.


March 8, 2013

Horsin' Around

Horsing around early this morning :) These prized beauties are taken down to Pebbles Beach every day to get some exercise and have their 'sea bath'. This is a sneak preview of what's to come in my Biggest, Baddest Bucketlist entry!
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