Since I can’t be there, I will share some music and visuals of my home island with you all.
This is Machel Montano, winner of the Soca Monarch 2011 title (best stage performance and winner of the $2 million dollar prize). Enjoy and I send love to my Trinis around the world….
One of my dearest friends just returned from a trip to Jamaica with one of her girlfriends. She shared with me that when she was on the resort, they spent their evenings hanging out poolside and made friends with all of the waitstaff and bartenders. Her friend started flirting with the bartender and was ready to go off with him one night after he got off his shift.
Now everybody is grown and what you do in Jamaica stays in Jamaica but was Stella trying to get her groove back or what? We laughed about it on the phone and she told me she wasn’t trying to have her friend go out like Natalee Halloway. I agreed.
After thinking about the situation this morning….I have a few thoughts. Why do women go to the caribbean looking to hookup with men they wouldn’t even think about giving the time of day to here? Seriously, when was the last time you hooked up with a waiter or bartender? How about the pool boy or gardener? No way right?
However, get him down in the caribbean at a hotel or resort and these women will lose their damn minds trying to get with these dudes. Being caribbean myself, we laugh about this phenomenon. We even have names for such women and none of them are nice.
What makes the caribbean man so much more attractive? Is it the accent? The free spiritedness of the islands themselves? Nah….I blame Eddie Murphy. (Adult language)
On Saturday, Mr. 1969 actually got to leave our abode and head out on an actual date. Thank you God for our dear friend who watched our two boys so we could have some grown folks fun. Do you know how hard it is to find a babysitter on Valentine’s weekend? Especially for two boys? *sigh*
So we dropped the boys to her house for their sleepover. When we drove off, we had big plans. We headed off to World Cafe Live to celebrate Carnaval by listening to Alo Brasil.
The band was fabulous. Most of my pictures were blurry so I apologize in advance but hey, it’s hard to take pictures while getting your samba on.
Mr. 1969′s favorite part?
The highlight for me was when they did a tribute to Trinidad Carnival. They played the Steel Band. My favorite…especially since I knew I was missing panorama in TNT at that very minute.
All in all, we had a great time and I highly recommend seeing Alo Brasil if they come to your city. They put on a great show and literally had the whole place jumping. I felt like I had a little taste of Carnaval right here in Philly.
On a side note, coming in at 3am after drinking the nastiest sugar cane Brazilian cocktails ever was not the hotness. I’ll stick to some good old Trinidadian Sugar Cane RUM thank you very much. Needless to say, I woke up with a crazy headache on Valentine’s Day. Coffee and Tylenol saved my life. I swear, I am getting old. I used to come in at noon after a long night of dancing on speakers to “Break for Love” at the Sound Factory, sleep for three hours and then head out again. Damn you Father Time!
Hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s weekend.
Hoping I am home next year with the most beautiful people in the World. Enjoy Trinidadians, jump up for me!!!!