We survived The Fair!

November 15, 2014
And just like that, months of planning, painting, plotting and praying are over!

Stay tuned for a recap of the Multi National Fair!

The Community Service Centre at The Multi National Fair

October 22, 2014

So happy to finally be able to share a recent project I've been working on! I'm the Centre Coordinator for The Community Service Centre a the upcoming The Multi National Fair

This Centre will be split into two parts: 

(1) The Social Centre will be a centre with kiosks showcasing non profits, charities, social initiatives and NGOs in Barbados, aimed at raising awareness on the organizations' activities and current volunteer opportunities 

(2) a Volunteer Matching Service called 'Helping Hands' aimed at matching Barbadians who are looking to lend their time or skills or resources to a cause with a database of 'needs' that we are currently compiling. We want to shake up the traditional understanding of 'volunteering' and show people that you can help people in many ways, through your skill set and/or any amount of free time you are willing to dedicate to something you care about. 

Interested in volunteering or telling me about a non profit or social initiative that can benefit from being a part of the Centre? 

Get in touch with me at maloumorgan [at] gmail [dot] com 

The Multi National Fair is BACK!

October 3, 2014

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

Island Sitters turns 1!

October 1, 2014

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

Mango Malou

September 14, 2014
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: "Why 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.

Back to Life, Back to Reality

September 7, 2014

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!

Kadooment 2K14

August 6, 2014

Here's the roundup of Kadooment day 2014....the good, the bad and the ugly.

Crop Over Chronicles: Snowconians, A Kadooment fantasy come true

August 5, 2014

I've been jumping Kadooment since I was 15 years old...I've missed it twice over the years because I was overseas, so this Crop Over would make it my 10th jump. 10th JUMP! Not only does that reveal my age, but my love for Kadoooment and all things feathery, glittery and colourful.  

Crop Over Chronicles: Fave Kadooment songs for 2014

July 25, 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!)

Monochrome Mermaids

July 21, 2014

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.

Life lately: July update

July 18, 2014

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. I 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. 

Aerial Video of Barbados

July 7, 2014

I stumbled across this incredible footage by Above Barbados offering some fresh perspectives of our little dot.  

Happy Monday! 

#Residenttourist: Farm to Chef Slow Food Market Day

June 27, 2014

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. 

New York Video

June 12, 2014
Throwing it back to my first bite of the Big Apple in December with this cheesy video :)

You can check out my #NYC blog posts here

Island Diaries: Cattlewash Video | Barbados

June 4, 2014

The Atlantic coast of Barbados has a unique charm that's hard to describe to anyone who's never been. It's beautiful; rugged, fertile hills are dotted with cows and palm trees that are constantly blasted by the salty Trade Winds. This is where Barbadians have escaped to during the late summer and Easter holidays for generations and the rusty, wooden beach houses are reminiscent of what the rest of the island would have looked like 50 years ago. Even on a tiny island like this, you somehow feel totally disconnected from the chaotic reality when you are 'staying down' Cattlewash, Bath or Bathsheba. Read my full recap here.

You can find the High-Res version of this video on my YouTube Channel.

Island Diaries: Cattlewash weekend | Barbados

May 30, 2014

The Atlantic coast of Barbados has a unique charm that's hard to describe to anyone who's never been. It's beautiful; rugged, fertile hills are dotted with cows and palm trees that are constantly blasted by the salty Tradewinds. This is where Barbadians have escaped to during the late summer and Easter holidays for generations and the rusty, wooden beach houses are reminiscent of what the rest of the island would have looked like 50 years ago. Even on a tiny island like this, you somehow feel totally disconnected from the chaotic reality when you are 'staying down' Cattlewash, Bath or Bathsheba.

A few months ago, our local community was raising money in aid of a young boy who had emergency surgery. One of the fundraising initiatives was renting a beach house in Cattlewash; a large portion of the rental of this house within a certain time period would go towards his medical fund. A group of us jumped at the opportunity to help out and to escape for a relaxing weekend on the East, so we booked our weekend immediately and started planning dinner menus and games nights.

When we finally arrived at the house, we were blown away to find a very luxurious MANSION; hardly the simple wooden 'cottage-esque' beach house we were expecting. This place was amazing! The house was nestled on the hill across the street from the beach, so the view was incredible. We woke up to this every morning as we sipped our coffee:

What followed was 3 days of lazy fun, filled with daytime drinking, yummy dinners, board games and long walks on the beach. Ain't nothing like a mini staycation to make you appreciate everything this little dot has to offer.

Both photos by Angie :)

I didn't take as many photos as I would normally because I was focussed on taking video footage over the weekend, so stay tuned for a cheeky/cheesy video of Cattlewash coming soon :)
*UPDATE: You can now view my video here.

I'm linking up with my friend Setarra this week for her #ResidentTourist blog feature, which you can check out here:

Check out my first #ResidentTourist link up post here.

Confessions of a business newbie

May 2, 2014

I was on the phone with an old friend a couple of days ago, discussing the ups and downs of starting and running our own businesses. So many of her points struck a cord with me as a newbie entrepreneur and I felt a sense of relief knowing that she felt the same way about certain challenges we had faced.

Sunday vibes on a Monday

April 28, 2014

You know you have #paradiseproblems when you can't decide on which beach to go to on a Bank Holiday.  Should we head East or West? Mullins or Tropicana?
After much debate, we finally settled on Mullins and spent the entire afternoon sipping mimosas and soaking up the sunshine. It was a beautiful day spent with great friends. 

As you can see, I've been playing around with different filters and video on my new Nexus. I took these photos with my Olympus but uploaded them to Google+, where I then edited them with the built in editor. Not sure whether this will replace my beloved PicMonkey editor, but so far it's proven to be pretty convenient having it all in one place!