It feels so good to be in Antigua. On Friday, after only a few hours sleep, it was time to hop on a plane and fly home. I absolutely love flying. I live for the quivering feeling deep in your tummy at take off. When the question "What If..." forces itself to the front of your thoughts.  Does anyone else think that when you're flying above them, clouds look like suds in a giants bath? Come on, I can't be alone in this!

After landing, Adele, who's my big sister and I had a lunch date at EL Taco Loco. The place was pretty empty, I have no idea why. The food was great. It was affordable at about $25 EC each. Adele ordered the Chicken burger and fresh salad while I has the Mexican burger with fries doused with pepper and ketchup. We ended up sharing our burgers and both agreed that the Mexican burger was without a doubt, the winner.

 We're both food lovers, she has a degree in Culinary Arts and I'm studying Nutrition and Dietetics, so when we say food's good, it's very good.  I had their Grilled Chicken meal today and once again it was pretty good! I'm definitely going to stop by again and try some thing a little more Mexican, like their Taco's the place is named after the stuff so it should be pretty decent, right?

Can you believe it's technically Christmas Eve already? What are your plans? I can't sleep just yet so I'll re-watch It's A Wonderful Life. Josean and I watched it last week for the first time and loved it! What are your favorite Christmas movies? I think mine just might be It's A Wonderful Life.

It's that time of the year again. You know, that time when it's socially acceptable to put the words "Seasons" and "Greetings" together while you stroll merrily along humming a tune, a tune that will no doubt get stuck in the head of almost everyone within hearing range! It really hits me that Christmas is coming when the geese get fat, pennies are placed into hats and the decorations are dusted off, shaken out and hung up. 

Today I persuaded Alain that we absolutely, positively, without a shadow of a doubt had to go to Trincity Mall. To buy mascara, and primer. I really did need those two things and honestly we could have picked them up at a closer store, but, that store wouldn't have had a ginormous, magnificent, glorious tree dressed up in it's Christmas finery and lit up like the sky on a moonless night.

With mascara and primer secured, we trotted up to the second floor where we had the best view. Every year Trincity's decorations get me in a festive mood.  I mean they go the whole nine yards and set up the prettiest little and not so little Christmas scenes through out the entire mall. Deciding which stores have the nicest decorations is one of the most entertaining things to do.  We spent a good, long while gazing at that gorgeous tree before heading home. It's definitely Christmas time again.




When does it truly hit you that it's Christmas time again?

Happy Holidays 
<3



Eating:  M&M’s like it’s a major food group.

Drinking: Water and lots of it.

Mastering: The art of studying. Four more exams to go. 

Reading: Neverwhere by Neil Giam. I’ll finish it, sometime. After exams.

Enjoying: My hair, It’s a mess of coily, curly, puffy, fizzy, tangled awesomeness. Awesome?
It’s awesome!

Listening: To The Fray. :) :)

Needing: An external hard drive (the old one crashed over summer), a phone (Mine got soaked by some mysterious vegetable juice a couple of months ago) and a tablet (my kindle suddenly became unresponsive). I feel like all my electronics have rebelled against me. 

Traveling: Home on  December 20th for the holidays! I can’t wait to see everyone, spend my days in the kitchen and on the beach. 

Loving: The colour on my nails! It’s Blood by Santee. I’ve been wearing it since summer. Blood is as rich, as deep and as warm as its namesake. 

Accepting: That hair grows at its own pace, slowly. 

Watching: Scandal, The Blacklist and the Golden Girls. Someone borrowed my flash drive and it returned with five episodes of The Blacklist. I’m Hooked! 

Craving: Buss Up Shut! My boyfriend says I’m now officially a curry addict! I’ve had buss up shut at least once a week for the last month, and a half! Or has it been two months?

Cooking: Who am I kidding? I don’t cook during the semester unless it’s for a class assignment.

Wanting: The hair at the top of my head braided. I’m not sure how it will look with the small afro I’m nurturing on the sides, but YOLO, right? Or not.

 Wishing: That it was Friday the 20th of December and I was clearing immigration at VC Bird International Airport.

Hoping: That I live up to the dreams and expectations of everyone that’s rooting for me.

Knowing: I am loved.
<3

 
 

How's your life been lately? 
Today was my lust day. Christmas is coming so I'm allowed to drool over some sweet pieces, right? Right?
 I'm going home for the holidays and I'll be heading to the beach while there. I spent a rainy morning gazing longingly at Rhea Ahong's sophomore collection of swimwear, Summer Showers. I was pretty sure she couldn't top her debut Emblazon but she proved me wrong. Big time. You can get a head start on this years Christmas shopping by heading over to her site and checking out the line Ā-län by Rhea Ahong. Isn't the model for Summer Showers gorgeous? Her hair cut has me itching to hop into the barber's chair and have my sides re-shaved. If given the chance I would live in Splish Splash, that's a Shore Thing. So cheesy, I know!

 It was hard work but I've narrowed down my four favourite pieces from this collection. Mist is one of the nicest swimsuit cover ups that I've come across. I'd spend my days in all of these, well except Heatwave, that one's a bit too Va Va Vooom for me. My lady bits would probably have a hard time staying put.


Heatwave

Splish Splash

Shore Thing

Mist

Which are you including in this years letter to Santa? It's also absolutely acceptable to get yourself one and drop it under the tree until Christmas morning. Go on, I won't tell.

 While talking with a friend as we headed to lunch today, the topic of  photos came up, specifically underwater photographs. You see, the said friend is a photographer, so once in a while that topic comes up! That conversation got me thinking about these pictures, they were taken a few months ago during my trip to Jamaica. I have so many amazing memories and photos from that trip that I haven't been able to decide which ones to post!

It was the morning of our flight back to Antigua when we realized that in our frenzy to stuff every single moment with life long memories, we'd forgotten to enjoy a simple thing which we took for granted each day as we rushed into amazing experiences. We'd  forgotten to take a dip in the pool! We yanked swimsuits out of packed luggage, wiggled into them, then dived head first into the coldest, most heavily chlorinated water that I have ever come across! It was one great moment in a fantastic trip! Apparently I have the funniest underwater face, ever.


On another note, only a few more weeks until I go home! Between now and then? Six exams. Oh the joy!

Happy Thursday.


I think everyone has them. Each month there's that list of rotating songs flowing up the wires of  headphones or blasting through the speakers! You know what I'm talking about, don't you? The songs that are stuck in your head  as you go around bopping to the beat and singing along with your favorite artist. These are the top ten songs spewing from my speakers this month. Stick a few of your new and old  favorites in, season to taste and if you're like me, in no time you'll be singing, oh so off key while Lorde, Lanna and the rest croon sweet nothings umm sweet everythings into your ears.

  1. Lorde - Tennis Court
  2. Ellie Goulding - Burn 
  3. Lorde - Royals 
  4. Avicii - Wake Me Up
  5. Zedd - Lost at Sea
  6. Lana Del Rey - Young and Beautiful
  7. Passenger - Let Her Go
  8. Ed Sheeran - I See Fire 
  9. Lana Del Rey - Summer Time Sadness
  10. Asaf Avidan & The Mojos - One Day/The Recckoning Song

 What are your favorite songs this month? Any artist that I absolutely should check out? Let me know!


See that lovely lady in the photo up there? With the deer in the headlights look plastered on her pretty face, it's her birthday!! Sylene's 20 today! This morning she got smothered with dozens of loud kisses, of-course she pretended to hate every single one, but I know the truth, SHE LOVES 'EM! Last night a group of us headed out to dinner for a pre-birthday celebration. It was so much fun. The multiple wrong turns, the laughter, the food, the friends! I loved every minute of it! Well I didn't like going to bed with a tummy so stuffed that it ached, but if that's the price to pay for such a good night I guess I'll be begging Clauds to make me chamomile tea more often!


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HAPPY 20th Sylene 
On another note, Today's Poppy Day or Day of Remembrance. After four bloody years the First World War ended on November 11th 1918. Today many wear poppies in remembrance of those who gave their lives to preserve our freedom! Oh how I wish I had a poppy!
<3


Shubh Divali! Despite the fact that the Holiday has passed I just had to say Happy Divali. I've been in Trinidad for 3 years but Saturday was the first time that I was able to see the lights. I loved having the chance to experience that aspect of the Hindu culture. Divali or Festival of Lights is the brightest of Hindu festivals, the word Divali means row of lights. On porches, stair cases, walls, on practically any horizontal surface diyas are lit, by the thousands.

 On Saturday night we went to see the lights, so did alot of others. The traffic getting to that brightly lit stretch of road was horrendous but it was definitely worth it!  We hopped out of the vehicle at the top and had a nice time walking along the road. Fairy lights were wound around poles, lots of people were out in traditional East Indian outfits, music danced though the air, fireworks shot up into the air, sparklers erupted like shooting stars, loud bombs went off all around, bags of homemade sweets were handed out and best of all the diyas with their white cotton wicks were lit and re-lit by the thousands.


My favorite legend behind the Diwali celebrations is about the prince of Ayodhya Nagri - Lord Shri Ram. Here's a condensed version from my understanding of the story. Ravan, the king of Lanka, kidnaps Lord Ram's wife, Sita. Lord Ram attacks Lanka, kills Ravan and rescues Sita. He then returns to Ayodhya with his wife Sita and younger brother Lakshamana after being in self imposed exile for fourteen years. The people of Ayodhya welcomed Ram by illuminating the capital with tiny diyas. Ram is considered the symbol of good and Ravan represents evil. Diwali is considered the festival, which establishes the victory of good over the evil.


 
Because of the heavy traffic the drive took us around 2 hours, so I had a little nap and woke up to a seemingly endless passage of fairy lights, I snaped the last photo then promptly went back to sleep! I had a blast!

If you have the chance to see the lights next Divali, go for it!