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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Trinidad Carnival 2016!



New and improved for 2016:

  • Almost paperless: Not playing mas or know your mas band for 2016 and are getting the default shorts for men or 2 piece bikini for women? Now you can breeze right through your whole order on Evenbrite and not have to worry about filling out another form until November 2015 when it's time to specify fetes! (Unless of course you do need to provide extra detail)
  • A La Carte and All-Inclusive in one stop: no going back and forth between two links to sign up, because everything is in one place.
  • KISS with FREEDOM: Keep It Simple Stupid even on the all-inclusive options...but you still have the freedom to play with whatever band you want for mas AND j'ouvert and can still choose between hotel or guesthouse for your all-inclusive stay.
  • Extra niceness for returning clients and loyal fans... because loyalty should be rewarded! In addition to being among the first to receive the link, you get an extra 20% off the already discounted early bird price! 
  • Payments are still quick and easy and secure via Paypal, and you still get your receipts instantly.
  • Once the website is set up the way it needs to be, Evenbrite will be available right from the site without missing a beat: behind the scenes changes won't result in a dramatic change in shopping experience for you!

Check it out and get started! If you want hotel I wouldn't sleep too long on it, they were sold out super early for 2015!

http://trinidadcarnival2016.eventbrite.com



Thursday, November 27, 2014

Just In Time For Black Friday Shopping: What To Pack For Trinidad Carnival!

A Message from Eloquence,Inc.:



We're closing in on carnival and hopefully you have started shopping if needed for the items you will need for your carnival.  Now's a good time to catch off-season clearance sales on hot-weather clothes and shoes!
 
What to pack, extended version:
 
What to pack, express/emergency (what must be CARRY ON/ON YOUR PERSON):
 
 
 
What to pack, MEN (and women you can read for some LAUGHS lol):
 
And his men's UNDERWEAR to pack post (apparently it needs it's own post lol):

Black Friday through January 31 is the perfect time to get fete clothes and bathsuits/swim trunks/sandals/etc. (hot weather clothes and shoes) on clearance because most of you are headed to the Caribbean for Trinidad Carnival from places where winter is in full effect.  

Print the applicable lists or write down items off it you need, start planning your fete looks and buy whatever is missing out of your closet week by week!  If you don't own a digital camera I suggest getting one because you want to leave your expensive foreign smartphone in your room and take only the cheap little local Trini cell phone on the road.

And remember to hit the gym from now until you leave for Trinidad...

Because you want to LAST out there...

And so that when you come across the first 2 pics below (whichever applies to your gender)...

...you can handle them like the last 2 pics! *smile* no pressure!








Thursday, May 8, 2014

Africa Is WAY More Beautiful Than You Think!

The question was asked:
Is Haiti the Sub-Saharan Africa of the Caribbean? Well is it? I actually think so.

*deep breath*

If you're on facebook, click like, then the dropbox near that Settings wheel and choose to get notifications, from Uncommon Caribbean and Africland. WAY different from what you are thinking. The news has people thinking the worst of Haiti and even worse of the continent of Africa.


https://www.facebook.com/UncommonCaribbean

HAITI 
(mid-week happy hour in Port au Prince)






https://www.facebook.com/Africbook
LAGOS, NIGERIA


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA


LESOTHO (African queen TODAY not only way back when God was a baby)

UGANDA (African king - the young one - TODAY)


ALSO UGANDA


TUNISIA



GABON



ZAMBIA (where my MD high school friend is from)


ANGOLA



KENYA

^^school uniform





As Buju sing, "The city of Harare, where Selassie come from"
HARARE, ZIMBABWE





RWANDA






SOUTH AFRICA...even the prodigal children are returning home...
BBC News - Why white South Africans are coming home

all photos courtesy of Uncommon Caribbean and Africland... and that's barely the tip of the iceberg.

My daughter has seen different parts of the U.S., lived in Jamaica, never been to Africa. But she woke up and saw me putting the finishing touches on pictures when I was writing this article and asked about many pictures she saw then, and some of the ones she has caught me looking at since, whether it's Jamaica or Africa or anywhere else. She now speaks more than once of wanting to travel with me, and before it use to be that she just wanted to go to carnival with me, but now when I ask her if she could live ANYwhere, where would she want, and I start listing U.S. cities like Atlanta, Miami...you know what she now chooses, even though my suggestions are biased on this side of the world? AFRICA. And she's said it more than once, she wants to travel with me and we're going to go to Africa cause it's beautiful, and she wants to go live there but only if I'm going to live with her too (and she also loves animals and having been to a zoo for school trip and now realizing from pictures on line they naturally live in Africa, she is even more sold on going so she can see them). Funny how we as adults have our minds biased against it, and if a child is shown pictures from all over the world... she chooses Africa as the most beautiful place she wants to go. I know I saw huts on Africland's page and after seeing the most beautiful sky above them (in Angola), and seeing the INSIDE of the huts... I am like wow, my new dream house is a hut, so when I retire people can think I'm poor and have NO idea...




Why not start taking trips to Africa and find out for yourself?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Crop Over 2014: Check Out The Costumes!

Trinidad Carnival 2015 prep is in full swing with themes releasing as we speak... but first up on the calendar are Atlanta Carnival to kick off the summer and Crop Over at the height of mas-aholics summer fun calendars!

Need help planning your Crop Over trip?  http://Cropover2014.eventbrite.com!

Pictures below are just ONE of several sections to choose from in each band.  Band names will change to hyperlinks you can click on for more pictures/info as time goes by (if band has a presentation for the season).

BAJE INTERNATIONAL


POWER X FOUR


BLUE BOX CART "Seaduced"



FANTASY BARBADOS "Great Empires Of The World"


ZULU INTERNATIONAL "Once Upon A Time"




DRAGON FLY MASS "Circus"




KRAVE (launching soon)

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