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Mount Zion in Piparo | a Tour of the The Blackman Ranch

  I've been getting around town pretty well since this is my 5th time in Trinidad & Tobago.  Meeting up with Friends and Family. Enjoying the street food and vibrant city life. And learning how - not to take myself too seriously. As Trini's dem say! In fact, I've been having a time with my vlog journey on YouTube bringing people into the experience - Jet Set Go! Series. Go Check it Out. -but, for my First Official Tour in Trinidad, I wanted to share this with you. I signed up to discover  Piparo with the National Trust Fund which is stationed amongst one of the Magnificent 7 (Mielle Fluer) Houses there across from the Savannah. Guided by a Local Historian, it's great for learning or relearning parts of Trinidad for local residents and can be experienced at a discounted rate for those who join as a member of the NTF.  After an informative drive from POS down South we landed in Piparo and discovered an active volcano where I was able to apply mineral-rich sulfur onto

Well...it had to be WILL.

  Well….it had to be Will. I didn’t see the Oscars, I was enjoying a nice dinner out with my Friend that night. One of the Top Designers in the Caribbean, we were an Asian restaurant — it was my first time eating Bittermelon with a tasty tang sauce. I turned over my shoulder to peak at the outfits the speakers we wearing, occasionally. My friend commented on the attire too — laughing, nodding, wincing, approving with a smile or a joke or a smirk. It was the next day — in the morning time, I rolled over and read that Will had “took a punch” at Chris Rock and didn’t believe what I was seeing. After I fully came too, I made the wrong move — investigating this further which led to I’m sure like so many people on their phones trolling for a close-up, a downward spiral of endless video clip replays, meme pop-ups, opinion columns, Twitter buzz and more…annotating the event about the “King Richard”, Oscar-Winning Lead Actor.  What can you do? It is true what Denzel Washington said, watch yours

King Richard or Biggie Willie?|…when your job makes space for you, Literally. *work-life-balance*

  WS just keeps saving the day. Recent Hollywood articles and interviews feature Aunjanue Ellis’ profession that it was the Award Winning Actor Will Smith who helped bump up her pay up for the co-star role of “Oracene” in Warner Brother’s Major motion picture film “King Richard”. There is no surprise here, in fact Will went out on a limb a number of his cast mates ensuring that they had proper pay, accommodation and support when camera’s weren’t rolling. NEW YORK, NEW YORK — MARCH 15: Will Smith and Aunjanue Ellis attend the National Board of Review annual awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 15, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic ) Constantly ~ WS leaned into cast and crew to ensure that the work environment was a stressfree zone, “…a place of Joy” where people were free to be themselves, dive head first into their artistry and behind all the masks and PPE maintain a smile. How do I know this? I spent the majority of the Global Pandemic as one of those pe

Travel Medicine | Therapy + Mental Health Retreat

 I realized... touching down, when the wheels hit the pavement safely + the pilot turns off the Fasten Seat Belt sign, then and only then do I feel a sigh of relief. "I made it back to Land!", I think to myself.  The rest.... well--*SIGH* That feeling of being a foreigner in my humble abode. I couldn't shake it. Besides my seeing Mother loving face, I can't shake the anxiety of knowing that society carries a prize on my head, waiting to be swiped by Uncle Sam at any given moment, side-eyed or question for my motives in life...the rush and sense of urgency of knowing that time is ticking and my Free Creative + Butterfly Life will soon be out of season all because of my Age.  Can you believe that? Says, who. Remember Millennials do it differently. As fate would have it, I lost my vehicle to a car accident back in the Fall of 2021. It also happened to be the 3rd time, I was moving in a Year, during the Pandemic. I decided to take things for what they were -- and seize t

The Encounter ||| ^^^ |||

Black History Month Dueces. 22 ---  I felt some type of way... I'd just finished Breakfast ~ A French/Kenyan Crepe, Potatoes + Grilled Tomato, Steamed Carrots w/ Mango Juice, and a sip of Black Coffee. I longed for the beach, but there was work to BE DONE -- the warm water and waves, kites flying in the air, and White Sand so soft you melt into it with each step. But all in all, I knew I had TO get to it! I came to Malindi - not to witness a wedding but a Playwright, an Artist, a Friend, a Host. And every day since I agreed to jump on board, I'd be rocking and rolling. Time is over the Essence. This weekend is the COOL DOWN>>> Watamu, a PLACE so LOVELY + Serene. Energizing & Free. Tomorrow, I book it. Nairobi. Then HOOME. <3 to MD. Day #1 Well, I made it. The Motherland. God willing ~ you cross the Atlantic Sea + Land Safely and discover that there is no reason to Fear. The images of poverty, lack with strips of refugee camp life, beggars and thieves -- enlarged

Travel Escapism — that feels more like Reality

So, you’re off to another adventure? I can relate. Is this your 3rd go around? Did your feet touch the soil before you booked another one? Or were you still in the air when you hit SEND on that new flight reservation? Ha. Yes, it’s a thing.  One might think that a person living this way is up to something…or not much of anything. However, it is far from the truth. The nomadic way of living has been around for ages, much like animals migrating in Season, travelers tend to relocate from place to place as a reflection of where they are in their mind and heart space. One’s birthplace or hometown isn’t meant to be the final fate of their life’s journey forever. In fact, it’s getting away from “the norm” that causes our wits to be tested. In new places, where more is out of our control — spontaneous and unexpected than not. Our senses are heightened and the zeal for adventure and joy is just thought away. Let’s revisit this — conditioning. Much of our youth, adolescence, teen, and young adul

HOME | Where Millennials are starting to Roam

 Home. His/Herstory has shown, The United States of America has mostly been comprised of immigrants -- a "newfound land" that welcomed foreigners seeking religious/spiritual freedom, political asylum, economic pursuits, and opportunity and a place that one could make their future brighter. From the early 1900s on -- immigrants would come for a short stint of time to work a "respectable job" or go to school, sending back hope and money to their families in their homeland. However, as the 2K Millenium approached, citizens began to make this their new home coming to stay for a good while and living out The American Dream.  A Traveling Black Woman But as it is said, "The Grass isn't Always Greener" and what many both foreigners and American soil born and raised citizens began to discover was that there was a conflict of interest in the lifestyle -- the history and how it relates to the whole of the person, today. Was the information true? Relevant? How cou