Island Diaries: Unda Da Sea [Video]

January 6, 2014

Snapping away just wasn't enough - I had to film everything too :) Can't get enough of this camera! Filmed using my new Olympus Tough.

Sunday Snapshots: Unda da Sea

January 5, 2014
Went snorkelling in Carlisle Bay over the weekend and I finally tried out my new Olympus waterproof camera. I'm blown away by the quality & versatility of this tiny little thing - I feel like a bit of a bimbo using it because it has so many functions but I'll figure out the nuts and bolts as I go along. I couldn't be happier with my new gadget & and the perfect shooting conditions for it's first test run.

Carnival Countdown

January 3, 2014

The start of the new year set off certain alarm bells: T-2 months until Trinidad Carnival.

A few of you may have read my posts about Notting Hill in London, Kadooment here in Barbados and my previous attempts at 'dieting', but Trinidad Carnival is a whole new kettle of fish. These people eat, sleep and breath Carnival and take it very seriously - I may also add that Trinidadian women are the most beautiful in the world, so I have to get my shit together if I'm going to show up next to any of them in a costume. I couldn't deny it any longer; a last minute-half-ass 'diet' wasn't going to work for me this time.

Luckily, J has been to Carnival about 4 times already, so he knows the drill and put together a pretty strict plan for us to follow these two months:

- Daily Exercise in the gym (Doubled up in the last month)
- No Carbs
- No Sugar
- No Alcohol
- A least 1ltr of water a day
- 3 solid meals a day, 2 snacks

This should be pretty straightforward, except that I have a serious sweet tooth. And I love pasta. And a glass bottle of wine here or there.

But more importantly, I love to feel good about myself  'on the road' and that's what should keep me going. Here in the Caribbean, we're always 'half naked', walking around in bikinis and showing our bodies on a weekly basis at the beach. I usually don't usually care too much about being 'super fit' because I'm comfortable enough with myself as I am, but when something like Carnival/Kadooment comes around, it's a different story. You're jumping around, dancing your ass off, and I personally don't like to feel like I'm jiggling all over the place. In the words of Snoop Dogg: I want to feel tanned, toned, fit and ready, so I'm these next two months I'm going to get fit or die trying...

Wish me luck.

New Year, New Resolutions

January 2, 2014

Happy New Year!

2013 was an incredible year for me and I couldn't be more grateful to all of the amazing people who made it so special. Towards the end I started to reflect on all of the things that happened; the ups, the downs, the quirky moments in between and the ways in which I can better myself in 2014.  I try to make a list of resolutions every year and revisit them throughout to make sure that I'm still on track. Here are a few of which I'd like to share with you:

1. Practice good time management: I'm notoriously late and I've come to realize how childish and disrespectful this is, so being punctual is on the top of my list. 

2. Make more dreams a reality: 2013 was a beautiful mess of ideas, inspiration and action. I can't wait to take professional and personal projects to the next level this year.

3. Get fit or die trying: Dating a health freak this last year has been a big kick in the ass for me and I'm slowly learning to 'think healthy'. I'm also an uncoordinated flamingo at the best of times, so going to the gym is my worst nightmare. However, I'm committing to 2 months of solid, hardcore exercise and healthy eating in preparation for Trinidad Carnival the first weekend of March (Be prepared for copious posts on how much I miss Coke and Cappuccinos). After that, I'll keep it up enough to indulge in my favourite foods occasionally and still feel good about myself. 

4. Take blogging & vlogging more seriously: I slacked off with blogging in 2013, and I'll blame that on my thesis and other distractions. I love this blog and need to give it some serious TLC this year (Including the make over that I've been putting off FOREVER and a day now) I have SO many posts to catch up on! 

5. Take a photography course & learn Photoshop:  I'm always keen to add new skills and to improve other talents. I have a friend who's an avid photographer and I'm hoping to do more conceptual shoots with him this year! Having a  buddy will push me to do it more and take it more seriously (Right Luke?)

6. Re Connect with friends: Having friends all over the world is a privilege and a pain in the ass but with Skype/FaceTime/Snapchat and Email, there's no excuse for them not to be a part of my life. I want to make more of an effort to keep in touch with all of my VIPs.

I hope there are more coffee breaks with friends, more days of unplugging, more beach waves and trips to foreign places in 2014. I hope there are more handwritten letters to be mailed and long phone calls with dear friends and family who live far away instead of sporadic text messages. 

These are just a few things I thought worth sharing. How about you? what are you hoping to discover or change or improve upon in the coming year?