Tuesday, January 27, 2009

BLUE RANGE ALL INCLUSIVE REVIEW

Yeah, so I still late with it but say what.I think Saucy's review was pretty much on point. I always like this fete primarily because its cheaper than the rest and I always have a safe VIP park reserved. Its quite amusing to note that a few years ago this fete was classified as the 'Old People Fete' and the Blue Range Cooler Fete was the 'Young People Fete'. Well Saturday night seemed that like the young people take over. On top of that, it has grown significantly. The committee is now utilising some road space and had to reorientate the entire venue to pack in more people. Even though it was packed , there was still enough room to move around easily. No stress by the bar either. I am still trying to establish whether or not it had Jonny Walker behind the bar cause no one I spoke to actually SAW a Walker bottle. But I won't be mad at them, worth giving that up if it meant adding Machel and keeping teh price down. I can't believe people actually looking to scalp this party now. WOW!

I think they did well to simplify the menu and spend their money on the performances. Not that they got their money's worth with Bunji's performance. But the addition of Machel was definitely a plus. Its no point comparing his act to Bunji's because if you blinked ( or went to pee) you would have missed Bunji. So it was very easy for Machel to steal the show.I even heard comments that he performed better than he did in ONE fete with his band. I cant say for myself because I am also boycotting overpriced fetes. (Potentially next on the chopping block...Beachouse). I dont eat much in fetes to begin with. As long as I have some finger food to absorb some of the liquor and keep me half sober..I good. I really don't care to have tandoori chicken and anything of an exotic nature when I know I drinking and wining.

I have a feeling that demand for this fete will drive up the price,especially since the Blue Range committee seems to be trying to be a bit selective this time around. However, if they maintain it at this level, the overpriced 'ultra all inclusive' may have a hard time sustaining itself.

Monday, January 26, 2009

The Carnival Matchup Game

I was most horrified yesterday when it was brought to my attention that the Trinidad Newsday had THIS article published in its 'Carnival Living ' Section on Sunday 25th Jan about Tribe's quick sales. I mean REALLLY.....how is it possible to get EVERY SINGLE section name wrong?? Even after they interviewed Dwayne Nobrega? All they needed was a booklet or a visit to the website!!! They have a RED costume labelled BLUE Tananger!!!! That was not a clue?? Terrible reporting!! Is a good thing they already sold out! I apologise for the bad cropping but I did not have a full size scanner and i was too annoyed to pay money to get it done outside.

Ok wait, maybe its a game!! Yes, match the costumes to the right names..win a prize!! NOT!!!


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Tribe Costume Makeup Solved!

So with all your Carnival Preparations you left your make up for last. Now you are scrambling to find colours and gems that match your costume. Or maybe ,you have no clue how you should make up your face for Carnival. Never fear, Melissa is here!

Melissa Deane has taken the guesswork out of Carnival Makeup for all the novices and stickers!It is a quick and easy way of crossing this Carnival necessity off your list. She has put together makeup packages for Tribe's Caged Canary and Spangled Cotinga for the BARGAIN Price of $155TT. Included in the package is step by step application instructions as to how to apply and blend the colours. So here is what you get :

CAGED CANARY
  • 3 Colours of pigments :Gold, Sparkly Orange, Fuschia Coral (1teaspoon each)
  • 60 Face Gems : Orange and Fuschia
  • Application Instructions
  • OPTIONAL - Spirit Gum to stick gems ADD $25TT








































SPANGLED COTINGA:

  • 3 Colours of pigments :Icy White, Winter Blue, Metallic Silver(1teaspoon each)
  • 60 Face Gems : Baby Blue, White(Irridescent), Silver
  • Application Instructions
  • OPTIONAL - Spirit Gum to stick gems ADD $25TT



























All of these colours are pure uncut pigments that will last more than 20 applications.They will last all day once applied as instructed. Some of the colours ,( blue, fuschia and orange) have been hand blended by the artist and therefore cannot be bought in any store. They are exclusive to this offer. For order information please contact Melissa via email at makeupdean@gmail.com. Currently she has only put forward colours for Spangled Cotinga and Caged Canary however, once there is a demand for other sections she will consider creating some new packages. Good looking out Melissa, one more thing off my list!!!

Downtown Jumbie

So last week I decided that I had better get moving on these Carnival necessities and accessories list that I have and went into the Mall that is West to the place for tights...Micles. Well since Micles renovate , like they eh know what they really about. To me the previous version was much better organised and had a greater variety of thing. Nonetheless, I asked one of the staff if she had stockings to which she responded that they don't sell that. I further clarified that I meant the Carnival stockings to which she again say they did not have any. I asked her when they were getting and she said she did not know. I had to request that she check and the other girl also did not know. I sought further clarification as to whether they intended to get at all at any time and they also did not know. They then told me to check in Port of Spain branch. I was not amused and most concerned as to when they intended to get tights. Now that they are such a hot seller, getting size and colour becomes a problem when everyone is forced to stock up at the 11th hour. That's why I found myself downtown in Port of Spain today.

My friend and I decided to make it Carnival outing so our first stop was Samaroos. I guarantee you, if you really need to get stuff to bling out or put together any other kit then its best you go anytime around now. I doubt Samaroos will ever be as empty soon thereafter. So we again went hunting for stockings which unfortunately we were told Samaroos were not getting all the colours and sizes until the 24th January or so.Interesting to note, according to the staff, the packaging for the 'Silky' brand tights changed their packaging to look more like a standard stocking package in a green colour. So you have two package types with the same product.To my best knowledge the Silky brand of tights that is also what is packaged as a 'Micles' branding as well. However Micles brand packaging looks more like the original 'Silky' packaging.I basically forgot about everything else I wanted to macco in Samaroos and hightailed it over to Micles on Frederick Street to see if they had in stock. Much to my relief , I was able to get my size and colour at Micles (although she had to pull some from the store room). According to the staff there, all stores, including West Mall, will be getting a shipment of stockings closer to Carnival.Apparently they sell the stockings there year round. I for one, was not waiting. Next thing yuh know the container stuck on the port or some next bull crap. I know I am a bit early but not soooo early that they should not have readily available. One thing off my list.

Next stop was to take a turn in Picadilly Shoes in Excellent City Center which are supplying Tribe with the optional boots. I still don't know what I am wearing on Monday so I figured it would not hurt to try on a pair instead of trying to find something online. I encountered a pair of girls, also hunting for boots for Tribe, who were most distressed. Apparently they are all sold out of flat gold coloured boots. Interestingly , there is a blue spray-painted boot which I imagine is for Cotinga but I was not really feeling it.They had a few brown pairs and some other colours in stock and they were most concerned that we would be there to buy the last of their size in their colour before they made up their minds if to go with the brown instead. Apparently they had a whole crew who wanted the same colour boots and she did not want to be the odd one out. I think she was relieved when I asked to try on and I was not her size. So I tried on a black boot in my size which has the same distressed finish as the others. It felt comfortable and soft but too big for my foot. I was concerned about my foot rattling around in the shoe all day.Of course they had no socks for me to try with it. I of course would not even risk a smaller size unless I tried on my size with socks so they lost their sale right there. I also did not feel that they had very good arch support for me. However , I have very very high arches so it may be ok for someone else. Even with insoles in my flat-footed custom boots last year, I was still uncomfortable.I am not convinced that these will be much better for me.It still is a good alternative. The store is giving the option of paying down 50% ($200) for the boots to collect at a later date when they are in stock. Being that I was not sold I did not entertain that option.The other girls were desperate enough to pay up the deposit. Again, as far as I concerned...6 weeks before Carnival and it have no stock....I not convinced that they will get it for sure. Maybe on my next trip I will walk with socks and get a delivery of stock update.

The priority of course was to ensure costume was paid up for. I advise everyone who is financially and physically able to get their costume paid off this week.That goes for whatever band you may be registered in. One, you wont spend it. Two, it makes collection easier and faster (Unless of course you still waiting for your costume to get to the distribution center). Three, if there are any last minute issues with your order, you still have an opportunity to address it. If you think you might chicken out on the thongs then its easier to find a regular bottom now than Carnival Sunday. Well unfortunately I spent so long spinning around in P.O.S that I got to the camp waaaaay late and did not pay up. On Monday for sure I will be settled up.

At least I was able to accomplish one thing today. Progress has been made!Now to knock the others off the list!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Carnival Jumbie come back again!

Well, well , well.....Look Who! So I have been M.I.A for a while which is a bit disappointing for me personally because I have not been able to do as much with this blog as I had hoped to this past year. Due to forces (yes forces) beyond my control there I still may not be able to update as regularly as I would like.Nonetheless, Carnival can't come and meet me without me being in the mix! Come hell or high water I will be on the road Carnival Monday and Tuesday.

Ok so quick pick up from where I left off...So the exercise program basically crashed and burned soon out the gate. Don't get me wrong, the P90X program is absolutely fantastic. However by day 3 I could barely move. I am not even exaggerating,as I said, it only hurt when I took a breath! I literally could not lift myself out of bed. I stayed in bed all day curled up in a little ball. I made it to end of week one and was ready to kump into week too when the pain in my chest went to another level that I could not believe was possible. I was convinced something had to be wrong! One doctor's visit later I find out I managed to give myself Costochondritis. (wtf!). With that one I was just out for the count cause it was weeks before I even started to feel like myself again. The very thought of going through that pain again was even more discouragement.

Before I knew it we were touching December and I was reaching the critical point to start and complete the 90 day program. In hindsight I think I psyched out myself. Every time I made up my mind to start 'tomorrow' I would start feeling these ghost pains again. To add insult to injury (pun intended) my work schedule just would not allow the time for it. As we all know, when Christmas is upon us it is dificult to commit yourself to any form of diet or exercise program. I am no different.I actually started justifying why I should pig out (cause I starting 'tomorrow'). So then I found myself up 5 pounds (I kid you not) from when I 'started' at the end of September. I think exercise is supposed to make your weight go in the opposite direction not so?

Between that and the impending deadline I got off my ass once again and got back on the bandwagon. I now only have time to complete 60/90 days in the programme. I think I can JUST get away with it given that I ABSOLUTELY watch my diet and maintain the exercise. And that shiznit is not easy. There are some routines that I can only do half of before my heart rate gets up to 95% and I feel like I going to drop down. A great deal of my time is spent making circles in the room and shaking my head. I may have yet to reach my 'mampee factor' but I am sure as hell starting to get an idea of what it might look like in the mirror.BUT!! Hope is not yet lost! I think I dropped at least 1.5 pounds just the first half of this week. I know if I went on the South Beach diet I would be down almost 7-10 pounds in two weeks. However because of the nature of the program which requires a great deal of energy and also comes with its own diet plan (that does not ban carbs) I don't want to get things too mixed up.The pursuit continues.....

So now that leaves us with Carnival preparations. I am still maintaining those X-treme lashes. I am now convinced I am a lost cause when it comes to keep all on. Correction, I am a lost cause when it comes to keeping all on my right eye. I sleep on my right side and I have this uncontrollable habit of scratching my right eye while I sleep. After a week or two my left eye is still gorgeous and my right eye starts to look like it have mange. Nonetheless, I have still received lots of compliments and I am so used to seeing them on my face now that I don't even see them standing out. I don't know if thats a good thing or not cause its like since you always looking toppa top there is nothing more you can do for a 'special occasion'.That 'wow factor' you might get becomes your new norm.

Now as for Monday wear...I am in a MESS. I have NOUGHT. This is definitely a first for me. I am really at a loss of what to put together. I have a bra but no matching shorts. Then I have another shorts with no matching bra. I have nothing to wear on my feet (cause my Tuesday boots only matching Tuesday costume). Don't want to the monokini thing AGAIN. That is so 2006.(HA!) And I have a feeling that will be overdone on the road this year. Especially considering so many bands have monokini costume options. Definitely not me to blend in with the crowd. As I say that...I doh even have my tights! Imagine that...no tights?? What really going on with me this year boy? I was most distressed last week when I found myself in MovieTowne to stock up on my Dermablend and whaddya know...the place GONE!! STEUPS so now is about finding a next local source or ordering online which eh sure to reach unless I send it to someone to bring down.

Look let me stop stickin yes and get this ball back to rolling!