- Week 27 and still not a Lotto winner. Off to work I go. Jesus, it seems you are really insistent on me working hard for everything I have? #patienceisvirtue
- If you are over 35 and you are telling me you going Wi-Fi silent, it means you have no data plan. At your age? Come now! #imjudgingyouopenly #judgeing #judgedread #postpaid #stopbeingcheap
- Cleaned the oven this weekend and realized that those oven cleaner fumes are potent. Think I knocked out for a five minutes on the floor of the kitchen.
- When you go drinking on a Saturday night and after your 3rd drink you stop because (a) your tolerance level is low (b) People started to look cute and (c) you started to feel chatty. Should’ve had Malta instead. #lightweight
- Dear Massy Stores, I don’t opt to pay your higher prices on food stuff so that I could pack my own groceries and tote it all to the car. Get your act together! #massystores #lazy
- So one part Heineken Beer and two parts Coke = Green Sands. Let’s see….Attempt Number 9 – when did I finish the Coke? I think I have an alcohol problem. Thanks eh Gerard Morton!
- .Nitpicking causes me to shut down. If I have reviewed something thoroughly and someone asks for cosmetic changes, I don’t do it. I’m over the document and have moved on.
- I’m ignoring the disrespectful people who asking how did Trouble do for SEA. She is doing SEA next year people!!
- While I try to stay out of politics, all I want to say is: Shouldn’t a Deputy Political Leader of a Party know better or understand the importance of Protocol?
- I find it rude and offensive when my main and back up toilets in the office are in use by other people. I’ve spent too much time gathering data on their locations in relation to my bowel movements for BOTH to be occupied at the SAME time. People are so insensitive!
- Is it a local conspiracy that if you order Beef on a pizza from ANY pizza place, they are so stingy with it that you have to search for the meat on the pizza like search for some politicians’ integrity? What going on? Why you doing it?
- I think I officially gave up on the Facebook Tests after they told me that I was 100% Indian and that my calling is to be a Pastor. Umm not even if I can recite Kanchan and Babla ultimate song “Kuch Gadbad Hai” and “Robobobo Shatai “with the best of them means this stuff is true.
- TRUTH: I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I kinda still don’t know but I fell into certain fields that gave me opportunities beyond my reach.
- So KFC’s Smoke N Fire Chicken may not be spicy going in but coming out the other end…..Well Let’s just say I asked/pleaded for Divine Intervention.
- This is the end of the first week of July and TN AUTO still does not have my car ready. I am thinking of Legal Action at this point. No one is this slow intentionally!
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I find myself searching for challenges lately and so, on Wednesday 5th September 2012, I decided to register for a 5K race on Sunday 9th September (at 6AM) that was being partially sponsored by my employer. I discussed it with my personal and a couple people (10 people actually) who all agreed that I should try it out and get to understand my fitness level.
I had never attempted any kind of long distance race before and despite having run around the savannah a couple times in my life, I felt the task would be daunting. I was scared.
Scared because everyone kept talking about how easy a “5K” race is and that my time should be around 25 minutes max. Eh? Do people realise that the only running I do is “running my mouth”? Under 25 minutes? Dey mad yes!!.
I felt pressured to be good but I knew that my time around that course would not be so low. I wanted to back out. I was not ready and I wasn’t ready to take on a race that might see people pass me like a “full bus” while I struggled to breathe and get to the end.
Yup the fear of uncertainty was stinging clear and I was partially embracing it.
By Friday I had gone to the gym in the morning and played tennis that afternoon and the fear of the race still hadn’t left. I felt unfit, ill-prepared and unsure.
On Saturday, I found myself in the gym again and this time I did 20 minutes cross training on the elliptical machine followed by 15 minutes on the treadmill. I only ran for 5 minutes on the treadmill and walked for most of the other 10 minutes. I wasn’t ready. My mind however wasn’t feeling that bad and so I knew I was determined to do the race.
On Sunday, I got up around 5:30am and got dressed and left the house. I had my iPod slapped onto my arm and I had made a playlist called “Running” which I hoped would help me focus while I did it.
I got there and the race didn’t start until about 50 minutes later than expected. That was ok. It gave me a chance to stretch, survey my competition, suck my teeth at other people’s ridiculous fitness levels and also reassure myself that I was not in competition with anyone so I just needed to “chill out” and just pace myself. Some people were already “vamping at that hour of the morning but everyone seems geared up for it. They were ready. I was trying to calm myself.
They called everyone for the two races (5K and 15K) that they were running and so I went to the designated starting area. Adrenaline pumping and me, bouncing slightly to keep my anxiety at bay. I saw a whole bunch of unfit people all cramming to the fornt of the line while some seasoned runners were rolling their eyes at the chaos that would result from this. Then the starter went off. and my Ipod began to play….
Commander –Kelly Roland (Time:3:39)
I was ok at this point. I was trying to establish proper breathing as I ran down St. Clair avenue to turn by St Clair Medical Hospital. I was not in the lead or near the lead pack but I was pacing myself and trying to breathe at regular intervals. I had to keep reminding myself not to go too fast otherwise I would burn out quickly
Commander – Kelly Rowland (Time: 3:39)
As I passed the St Clair Tennis Courts, I made the song repeat as I felt I was establishing a rhythm with it. I was now running consistently and not trying to take over anyone but concentrate on what I was doing. As I rounded the corner I realised that I had to jog up a slight incline. It was hear that I started to feel the burn and when I got to the stop I started to walk. The incline had taken a lot out of me. By the time I crossed by Stollmeyer’s Castle over to the Savannah, I tried to return to running but my calves were in pain, so I walked some more.
Bet I – B.O.B (Time:4.17)
I started back running but much slower during this song and at one point I put the song on hold as I felt it was just noise now and not helping me . I locked on to a lady who had overtaken me and so I began to run behind her hoping to model her pattern and keep a pace. The damn woman speeded up and I could not match her and so around President’s House, I began to walk again.
Toxic – Britney Spears (Time:3:24)
Tightrope – Janelle Monae (Time:4.22)
Music is a blur at this point. I can’t hear it. Breathing is too erratic. Trying to jog slower but can’t. People are passing me in drones. Three fat people have sped passed me and I have no desire to even catch up to them. As I reach near Citibank, I am still walking with intermittent running.
Funhouse – Pink (Time:3:24)
A fat guy just passed me as I am walking and he is jogging at a near crawl. WTH!!! I begin to run again as I insist that he CANNOT beat me to the finish line. This burst of speed results in me running til I got close to NAPA. I started a slow trot as I came upon someone handing out water.
Just Like A Pill – Pink (Time3:56)
Wow!! My first water during a race. I wasn’t thirsty at all but everyone says to take small sips as it helps to keep your body from dehydrating. Why did I pick this Pink song?
I continue to trot and I keep noticing the other runners are throwing almost full bottles of water to the roadside after barely taking one sip. What a waste!! Who has to clean that up? An Indian girl in a pink and purple outfit has just run passed me. .. Run…just as fast as I can..
Don’t Let Me Get Me – Pink (Time:3:30)
At this point, I find the water bottle is too much to hold and so I discard it near The Ministry of Foreign Affairs building Knowsley. I feel slightly guilty and I start to walk at this point.
Let Me Think About It: Ida Corr vs. Fredde Le Grande (Time: 2:40)
I continue to walk until I get to Sagicor. I have overtaken the Indian girl in pink and purple twice so far but everytime I do it she runs ahead of me and then begins to walk again. What is her story? Oh wait!! Could it be that I am that individual she has determined should not beat her? OH Lord I am her “fat” person!!
Fat boy has also passed me at this point but my walk is steady.
Before I reach the turn, I see a work colleague, Joel, who has already finished the race in a time of 21 mins. He looks at me and says,
Pump It – Black Eyed Peas (Time: Unknown)
“Boy stop walking and RUN to the finish line!! It is right there!”
And so with that I take off around the corner leaving pink and purple girl and fat boy in my dust.
I thought I left Joel back at the top where he met me but He was actually running alongside me and as I reached the QRC roundabout he kept shouting:
“SPRINT, SPRINT, SPRINT to the finish line!!!! Yuh almost there!!”
And so I did.
I ran as fast as I could. I ran as if free Krispy Kreme donuts were on the other side of the finish line!!
My time as I looked up: 33:38
I crossed the finish line and smiled to myself.
I DID IT!!
I ran a race and thanks to Joel, that last sprint made me feel alive!
It didn’t take me long to catch my breath after and to realise that my joints weren’t in as much pain as I thought. I realise that I had psyched myself out somewhere along the course and “bad mind” didn’t kick in and so I delayed myself. I should have finished under 30mins. I could have finished faster.
It doesn’t matter now. I was actually proud of myself for completing the race. It felt really good to do it. Who knew exercise could feel this good?
I didn’t stick around much longer at the event. I got home and told myself that I would get some rest. I wasn’t sleepy or tired. Instead I did a whole bunch of stuff around the house and then went to Pricesmart for groceries.
Hmm I wonder if I should try to run the course at 6am this Sunday?
Look I am all for initiative but getting out of bed at that hour again seems impossible but I will try.
Wish me luck!!
If this is how my 2012 is going to start off..sigh… May God have mercy….
While I love pop culture, I didn’t appreciate the following Broadcast that I got on my Blackberry last night and then this morning from multiple sources…
Beyonce & Jay Z Had Their Child
Named Her Ivy Blue…Now Peep This
Ivy = Illuminati’s Very Youngest
Blue = Born Living Under Evil
Spell It Backwards (Eulb Yvi) Latin For
“Lucifer’s Daughter” HMMM
Sigh……Lord I know you are coming soon when madness like this is being spread around the place.
First of all, the person who wrote this obviously have less than a High School Level education and probably still lives in their parent’s basement or in the room they grew up in….They are INSANE!!
Reason??? Do I really Need One?
Let’s first ignore the use of “Now Peep This” and concentrate on the content of the broadcast:
IVY – Illuminati’s Very Youngest
Very Youngest? Really? That is an actual phrase used by the world’s richest people that control EVERYTHING? Very Youngest? Sounds ghetto to me.
Blue – Born Living Under Sin :
Ummm, doesn’t the Bible say we all have sinned, so technically we were ALL Born Living Under Sin
So What is ORANGE or RED an Acronym for?
And unless it is a conspiracy (illuminati tampered) with EVERY Google Translator I have tried….Eulb Yvi yields NOTHING!!!
What are we supposed to do with this information?
Form a mob and go kill the baby? Steups……Where was the outrage when Suri Cruise was born?
And why is it that a BLACK baby is Lucifer’s Child when other races naming their kids all sorts of nonsense for YEARS and no one comes down on them? Pilot Inspector, Apple.Suri….(to name a few). Are we the source of EVERY problem in the world?
Some how I think not!
So what if the child’s name sounds like a brand of toilet cleaner ir a type of denim jeans or a up and coming porn star/drag queen. That is not our concern. If there is any justice in the world,the baby won’t be able to rap or sing like its parents. Fingers Crossed!!!
It will however, have more money than you will EVER earn in your lifetime…
Sigh…..God help us all…
Here are a couple of my year end listings on 2011 and what it was like in my universe!
That is…The degree to which I either smiled internally or sighed deeply (with rolling of eyes simultaneously) out of frustration.
YEAR IN MUSIC
This year I purchased 50 CDs as opposed to the 88 last year. I barely had time to listen to music this year but it is getting harder to find good music you can sink your teeth into and make an actual connection with. I found myself liking songs more than albums and couldn’t understand the lack of good music that was characteristic of this year. A lot of new names and old faces make my for this year but out of the lot, here are the few worth mentioning
Songs That Hooked Me!
- Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People (how could you not like it!!)
- Blow – Ke$ha (Yes, I am ashamed)
- Heaven – O.A.R.
- Nothing – The Script
- Rumor Has It – Adele
- Skyscraper – Demi Lovato
- Raise Your Glass – Pink & The Warblers version
- F**king Perfect – Pink
- Super Bass – Nicki Minaj
Songs That Rode my Second to last NERVE!!
- Cheers (Drink To That)- Rihanna ( UGH!!!)
- Born This Way – Lady Gaga (Yuh mean Oh Geed!!)
- Jason Derulo/Taio Cruz (which ever one they pretending to be right now)
- Motivation – Kelly Rowland (the video did not save it)
- Friday – Rebecca Black (Need i say more?)
Favourite Albums -2011
Adele “21” – If this wasn’t on the list I need to be shot!!
Sara Bareilles “ Kaleidoscope” – I bought it last year but listened to it non-stop this year. Sweet catchy album!!
Original Broadway Cast “The Book of Mormon” – Those South Park guys hit a home run with this soundtrack!! Every song is infectious.
Demi Lovato “Unbroken” – Was expecting fluff but found an album that is not half bad to listen to and Skyscraper just seals it for me
Glee: The Music presents The Warblers – After being bored by hearing Lea Michelle belt every number on the other CDs, Darren Criss’ voice on this one is a breath of fresh air.
Katy Perry “Teenage Dreams” – She needs to thanks somebody for such an unexpectedly good album. This could not be all her work.
Pitbull “Planet Pit” – This is really catchy and well produced.
Jill Scott “ The Light of the Sun” – Looks like it went out. Apart from Hear my Call and So in Love, I had no connection with this album whatsoever and the latter song was a stretch at best. It hurt deeply
Beyonce “4” – Just for starting the album with 1+1 she deserves to be here. Love on Top is a good apple in a barrel of rubbish.
Kelly Clarkson “Stronger” – I don’t know what this album is but somehow her widely panned album “My December” seems like Grammy Award winning material over this pile of something she put together here.
Joss Stone “LP1” – Karma is a sweet track but her voice sounds the same raspy shouter Baptist way on every song. She is wasting her instrument and needs a new producer to give her more depth.
Please note that there are a lot of movies this year that I haven’t seen but out of the ones I did see here is my quick review:
THE So So
|The Help||I Am Number 4||The Mechanic|
|Sherlock Holmes||Adjustment Bureau||Sanctum|
|Rise of the Planet of The Apes||Wimpy Kid 2||Paul|
|Thor||Cowboys & Aliens|
|Bridesmaids||Final Destination 5|
|X-Men First Class||Fright Night|
|Horrible Bosses||The Thing|
|Harry Potter 6 -Part 2||Puss-In Boots|
|Friends With Benefits||Tower Heist|
|Real Steel||Breaking Dawn|
|Muppets||Happy Feet 2|
|Mission Impossible 4||The Expendables|
Then the Rest
|Sucker Punch||Season of The Witch|
|Green Hornet||Red Riding Hood|
|The Eagle||The Smurfs|
|Priest||Big Momma – Like Father Like Son|
|Pirates of The Caribbean 4||Tyler Perry- Big Happy Family|
|Bad Teacher||Your Highness|
|The Adventures of Tin Tin|
525,000 moments so dear
525,600 minutes….How do you measure?
Measure a Year
(Yeah I went there!)
In the case of 2011, I can measure it in terms of the photos taken or in terms of the plays done this year or heartbreaks (two) or weight loss (none), in movies, in music or in terms of written blogs(73 so far).
No matter how I measure it, it was one HELL of a year!!
Here are some of the highlights for me –
RENT – QUEENS HALL March 17- 20 2011(Musical)
Probably the most important thing that happened to me this year is that I got to play Tom Collins in RENT. I still can’t get over being on the stage and actually singing “I’ll Cover You (Reprise)” and just feeling the emotion flooding through me in each moment I did it. I will NEVER forget that feeling.
Rehearsals were brutal on some days but long in all. I began the year rehearsing every day til 11pm and weekends for 6 – 8 hours in Presentation College in San Fernando. I had no life back then but RENT. There were moments during rehearsal where I just couldn’t stand to be around these people but never once did I want to quit because THIS was my dream and no one was gonna play Tom Collins no matter how much better a singer they thought they were over me. Pffft…..
I walked away from that experience both fulfilled and emotionally drained at the same time. I walked away with new friends, new admirers, new haters, new lovers (physically and mostly emotionally). I regret no kisses (LOL!), no cuss outs and no alleged dances moves that people may have seen on or off the stage. All in all I got a deeper understanding of who I am and how FREAKING much I love to PERFORM!!!
FORGET REGRET or LIFE IS YOURS TO MISS!!
SMILE ORANGE – Little Carib Theatre July 14-24th (Comedy)
One of the Executive Producers of this show saw me in RENT and made me an offer to be a part of Smile Orange. I didn’t even hesitate to jump on board! This would be a rough flight though as I ran straight into rehearsals for this show in late April after barely resting from RENT.
Have you met the latest potential heartbreaker on the scene? I met him in July when his parents came to Trinidad for a visit and introduced me to the sweetest boy with the most amazing smile and laugh you have seen in ages!!!
Once again, I could not resist the call of being his god-father! Now all we have to do is figure out how I am doing these Trans-Atlantic gifts!!!
I took a deserved break after Smile Orange and concentrated on my REAL job as it was sort of being neglected a lot during the first six months of the year. This would be reflected in my boss’ comments during my annual performance review where he questioned if this (work) is where I wanted to be. I quickly pointed out that I took no sick days during any of those productions and work did not suffer. He understood that but felt that he didn’t have my 100% attention. Sigh, you would swear we were in some kind of relationship…. I just smiled and told him that we were good.
After Smile Orange, a short relationship I had entered into ended rather abruptly. I could blame myself for the end since I had requested it, but one must always remember that it takes two to tango and one to realise that their dance partner was faking it the entire time. There would be no more attempts at relationships for me for the rest of the year. My blog on August 10th – In a Very Unusual Way… was my attempt at dealing with that. All I got out of that relationship is how much I now can’t stand to hear Daniel Powter. Thank goodness his music sucks so much that he will never make another successful album (fingers crossed).
During this rest period I journeyed to New York and ended up sleeping for the first three days I was there. I also travelled to Minnesota to see Janet Jackson In Concert. I can still recall how my heart was racing as the video for “Control” played and the crowd just started screaming her name (not me. I was silently hyperventilating). Then she came out and all restraint left my body and I joined along in the frantic screaming and jumping up. Briefly, the inner child was allowed to play. He disappeared a minute later when I realised that I must look insane jumping up. Sigh… Love will never do without you, Janet!
I stayed at the Hilton, had a sweet room and had sweet seats that I could see the sweat dripping off of her. Sigh…
While my credit card still hasn’t fully recovered from that excursion, I enjoyed every single minute of it, while getting to see a new city and being close to the one woman whose bath water I’d drink in a heartbeat!! (No not really…I am not that crazy (whistles).
RABBIT HOLE – TTW Belmont Oct 21-23, Oct 28-30th, Nov 4th-6th (DRAMA)
I returned home to find the country under a State of Emergency and the area where I lived, under curfew. This was not fun! Every discontent I could think of surfaced during this period. Not because of the curfew ( because I barely go out anyway) but simply for the denial of human rights and the apparent lack of direction the Government seemed to have in the execution of this drastic crime reduction measure.
Then my friend Giselle Langton called me as asked me if I could be the Stage Manager for a play she was directing called “Rabbit Hole”. I had sworn to myself in August that there would be no other productions for the rest of the year.
I said yes to her and therein began my most difficult task of coordinating actors props and sets into one cohesive unit. Thank goodness I had help but when one has to be there before the actors arrive and there after they leave; one misses the feeling of just being the actor in the production instead of this stressed out person coordinating everything else.
It was a worthwhile learning experience but I doubt I will ever try to repeat it. “Dat ting was REAL hard!!!” Rabbit Hole also marked the first time I saw my pictures appear in the newspapers. It was a weird feeling to see the pictures and keep wondering to myself, “Did I do that?” Felt good though.
Then, well to top it all off, I saw Heather Headley in Concert and well I still haven’t fully recovered from that musical treat! Sigh.. It has been a really good year.
When I purchased my Nikon D90 in December 2011, I was so scared to hold it in my hand for too long. I spent most of January cuddling it and when I did venture to take pictures, I was totally disappointed in the output. Of course, most people will say that I am just being hard on myself but I guess it was just nerves about using the camera for the first time.
Now I can barely put the camera down and I have learnt so much about it and its uses that I am well on my way to being a decent photo-take-outer. Thanks to hiking trips, Model Shoots with Legacy Fotography, my first Wedding gig and random shots from all over the place, I think I am beginning to understand the itch I feel when I sit still sometimes and just see photog moments just flashing in front of me.
I was like that at the Heather Headley Concert. I sat there seeing so many possible shots of her and how good they will look but not being an authorised photographer meant I could get booted out for trying to take a picture. SMH! I swear at times my eyes were clicking as If I could take a picture with it and process it later. If only someone could develop that technology, beyond just me seeing it on Mission Impossible.
I’ll publish a blog with at least a photo from every month this year (It’s just a lot to sort through and embedded maybe some memories that i wish I could delete but for whatever reason, I can’t part with it.
Well that’s some of my 2011 memories for now!
There are some that are still too personal and others like the Cleaner who was coming on too strong and who mysteriously got transferred to another floor. These are some things that my brain would never let me forget.
How was your 2011?
Ever since November 8th when I walked into my boss’ office and saw this invitation on his desk, I knew I could not miss this once in a lifetime event.
At that time, I politely asked him if i could get the invite since he had already told me that he would be out of the country in December. I grabbed it and went back to my desk where my co-workers realised that I had a smile on my face and therefore they assumed someone was suffering somewhere in the building. Alas that was not the case.
Two hours later, he returned to tell me that his wife wants to go and that he will see if he can get me a ticket too. The smile left.
Over the next two to three days, I walked into his office frequently and basically “bullied” him into getting me a ticket for the event. So it came as no surprise when I got a call from someone at BG about a ticket, I had no problem bringing the smile back to my face.
Cut to last night, December 17th 2011, where I sat in Row 11,Seat 25 and witnessed a true PERFORMER take the stage and captivate me from her first note.
She began her set with the song “Home” from the Musical “The Wiz”. it is a favourite of mine and it is one of those songs that someday I hope to sing and get to convey the same meaning it had for her. She made that song her own. She caressed it and nurtured every note that played. When it came time for the final note, I knew I had gotten my money’s worth and that everything else she did that night would just be a bonus.
I am still amazed at her voice and the power and the force it wields but nothing can capture the beauty and soul of Heather Headley. She is an artist that recognises and appreciates her fans and the people in her life. This Concert was more than a home-coming for her, it represented a way to say “Thank You” to the place that molded her. The place that prepared her for the journey to greatness; Trinidad & Tobago did all that.
More than just the singing and the intimate feel you got with each small story she told, you left that concert with the belief that you just met a really really nice person who just happens to perform with Andrea Bocelli on request and who Elton John calls up to say “Hi”. This is Heather Headley. This is an artiste with a blessing in her heart besides the voice that is a by-product.
I could go on an on about last night and analyze each song done but let me just say that when Eddie Cumberbatch came out and sang “The Prayer” with her (a song she has sung with Andrea Bocelli like over a hundred times), and you heard their voices collide (no that’s not the right word);..their voices formed a new instrument (still not it but it will have to do) that raised pores in every crack and crevice of that NAPA Auditorium and many a tear in the audience, you just had to rise and give praise at the end of the song. I still don’t think people in Trinidad & Tobago realise the level and amount of talent that courses through our veins. I was moved.
Don’t get me started on her version of David Rudder’s “The Hammer”. I am still trying to describe the vibe and the laid back soul/kaiso groove she used that worked so well and yet the audience didn’t really know what to do with it. I know for a fact there was toe-tappng and head bobbing but it was very restrained. Please note that she sang the ENTIRE SONG in Standard English, no use of dialect at all. It sounded strange in the beginning but it worked!!
It wasn’t – “he used tuh use it to pong ah pan” but “He would use it to pound a Pan”
I do wish that I had her for much longer than the ninety minutes she performed. It is purely selfish reasons actually as I had hoped to hear more music from her albums than the four songs she did)
I Wish – Audience of One
I Wish I Wasn’t – This Is Who I Am
In My Mind – In My Mind.
If It Wasn’t for You Love – This is Who I Am
The Encore song of “If It Wasn’t For Your Love” was unexpected and made my heartsong want to take flight over its sheer majesty and the genuine emotions that flowed out of her as she sang it. I swear that she almost broke down while singing it and it is understandable if you have ever listened to the song.
“and oh the wonderful surprise
to have a light so bright it blinds, it blinds my eyes
but finally I see, how it feels to live a dream
but would i have touched the sky
ever flown so high
ooh,not i, if it wasn’t for your love
Thank you Heather Headley for a magical night.
I now realise that I should stick to humming because I can’t SING like that!!.
Thanks to Giselle & Gerelle who worked Backstage, I was able to get a souvenir from Ms Headley. It’s a tad bit creepy but I was grateful for it.
DON”T JUDGE ME!!!