I did an off-roading tour with a Polaris RZR this weekend! Here is my review and 7 tips for you incase you dare to try this
Now that I have an 8 to 4, a 5 to 7, and sometimes an 8 to 10, I live for weekends! It is so important for me to do at least one socialising thing and one adventurous thing between Friday and Monday. This weekend I went off-roading with a Polaris RZR ‘Dune Buggy’ from Sun Hunters Grenada.
This vehicle can go pretty much everywhere you wished your vehicle could go. Think of it as a powered horseback ride; not sure if my mind went there because I did the same trail in Mt. Hartman on horseback years ago. This Polaris is a four-wheeler without windows, a windscreen or a roof. It has high, low and reverse gears, neutral and parking; 4-wheel drive; a horn; high and low beam lights; power steering; seat-belts; and adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel.
We were provided with a secure helmet, insurance waivers, a detailed orientation, water, and light snacks. We had a guide to the front and a technician to the back of our 14-person group.
Here are some tips incase you are thinking about doing this tour:
Find a partner – It costed $300 for the entire vehicle, so splitting it in half with someone is a great idea, plus it is definitely fun to have company in your personal RZR to crack jokes, take videos, and create some friendly competition with the other RZR drivers.
Protect yourself from the sun – The tour lasts a few hours in direct sunlight, so it is wise to wear protective clothing and sunscreen. Ladies this includes long pants unless you want a serious tan. Sunglasses are also an option, but not a must as the helmet comes with a transparent visor.
Carry swimsuit – The Hog Island tour stops on one of the beaches that has water so crystal clear that you would regret that you didn’t walk with snorkel gear (perhaps add this to the tips too if you’re into mimicking a fish). The shallow water is usually warm and deserves even a knee-height dip.
Capture the moment – The tour stopped at locations best known for *clears throat* scenic views of the south of the island, including sightings of Maurice Bishop International Airport, St. George’s University and Calivigny Island. Carrying a camera or a phone with a camera is definitely a good idea. Plus, who doesn’t want to capture their few hours of pretending to be the ultimate off-road champion?
Waterproof everything – There are some puddles along the way, and you will be tempted to make a splash. Also, we are in the tropics so it could rain, which would make the experience even more interesting right? Waterproof all your electronics and anything else you do not want to become wet or covered with dust, mud or sand – this includes your body and clothes.
Walk with change or snacks – After about 5 minutes of driving, we came to our first stop at a local fruit stand where we had the option to purchase coconut water and a wide array of fresh fruits. $5 to $10 is more than sufficient to go on a shopping spree here. The RZR has space for you to carry your own refreshments as well.
Bathe on the beach after – We were covered in dust at all your exposed areas. Pretend it is J’ouvert morning all over again and get yourself squeaky clean
This tour was a nice little adrenaline rush, great for young couples and groups of friends – we even had a pregnant woman with us, but I’m sure she checked with her doctor first. I would rate the difficulty at 3 out of 5, but this is mostly based on your driving skills. I see myself doing this a few times per year
Carnival equals J’ouvert for me! I am so ready to slather on paint and oil and revel to the chant-based melodies and drum-rooted rhythms. Read on for my top 5 J’ouvert songs for Spicemas 2016
Carnival equals J’ouvert for me! I am so ready to slather on paint and oil and revel to the chant-based melodies and drum-rooted rhythms. These are my top 5 J’ouvert songs for Spicemas 2016 in no particular order:
1. Jab Forever by Skinny Banton
Jab Forever by Skinny Banton is the perfect emancipation song! It educates and empowers.
From the shores of Africa packed on a ship, to a plantation under shackles and whip. From a king on a throne to a slave in a pit, how we overcame it.
We rise! To the rhythm and melody, sound of de drum and an untold story.
This excellently written & produced Jab Jab song makes me feel obligated to continue the celebration that my fore-parents started on 1 August 1838.
2. Donkey in de Cane by Sandman
Sandman‘s Donkey in de Cane is the most creative horn tune – an essential for Spicemas in case you didn’t know. I love his use of old-time sayings and Grenadian vernacular to tell the story. Plus he sings in the deep bass tone that takes me right back to his iconic No Prisoners in 2010!
3. Ray Tay Tay by Mya
What is J’ouvert without antics and stupidness? This is where Ray Tay Tay by Mya (pronounced my ay) from La Ka Béké comes in. This song reminds me of a childhood call and answer game that began with ‘Children children’ and we would respond ‘Yes Papa.’ All you need to memorise for this song is Ray tay tay and Never.
4. Cukus Bag by Lavaman
Then there is the Carnival staple artiste, Lavaman with Cukus Bag.
J’ouvert morning go be skills and tricks, Jab in Brazil, Olympics.
This song could possibly be used to promote safe sex, then again it better since the majority of the song sets the mood Jab Jab style!
5. I ain’t Dy’n by Ghage Maddis
The first time I heard I ain’t Dy’n by Ghage Maddis I snap-chatted (Msy.Chrissy) it right away so that I can remember to search for it when I got off the bus. This songs pulls me in yo! Songs like Take it to dem by Lil Natty & Thunda, and Jab Training by Synnah are getting loads of airplay. What are your favourite songs for J’ouvert? Drop a comment. Check out my selection of Spicemas 2016 songs by clicking here.
It comes down to Shortpree vs Dash for Groovy Soca Finals, Spicemas 2016. I hope you have company for when the mood set!
When Shortpree released Set the Mood in time for Carriacou Carnival we all fell in love and were instantly ready for mas, or something else 😛 Set the Mood has almost single-handedly created the rhythmic atmosphere for Spicemas with its chant-like intro and irresistible hook. It was clear that Shortpree will be adorning his locks with the Groovy crown for the third consecutive time this year…
If there is a Soca artiste that is the underdog for Spicemas 2016, it’s Dash. The first time I heard No Company…ah lie…I’m not sure when I heard it for the first time, it just seemed like I always knew it. That’s when you know a song is epic! No Company belongs on the international Soca stage and Dash deserves an award for performing it the way he does.
He did everything right in the semi-final competition. With a song so captivating, he held the crowd in the palm of his hand before he even walked on-stage. I applaud him for giving us exactly what we wanted, resounding vocals, engagement, and his undivided attention. His demeanor told us that he had an important message for us – carnival me alone on the road and I don’t need no company, from ah reach is mas!.
It is safe to say that Groovy Finals will be a showdown, especially between the reigning king Shortpree and Dash. Also, look out for Mandela, Pappy Boi and Mr. Legz!
I hope you have company for when the mood set! See you on Fantastic Friday 😛
One does not simply return to regular programming after carnival; here are some signs that you have just experienced the greatest festival on Earth.
You are sore, stiff and desperately in need of a massage and a good soak on Grand Anse beach. As a result you can’t walk the way God intended for a few days.
You’ve showered a million times in an effort to remove oil, paint, and powder from your skin and those nooks and crannies (nails, ears, navel).
Your tan lines are in the pattern of your costume. Your skin is also tender to the touch from the sunburn.
You generally feel like shit because you’ve barely slept in the last few days.
Your hair is messy and thirsting for a deep treatment. For the last few days it has been getting quick fixes, powder, paint, water, and heat from the sun.
The only music in your head is Soca. Nothing else matters. You sing songs based on the words you hear in conversations. But when you hear another genre that you like, it oddly feels like an ear massage.
You have new friends on your whatsapp list. Whether it’s from your last-minute costume hunt or that sweet whine you got in J’ouvert, you’ve connected with a few new people and you feel accomplished.
You’re constantly checking social media and websites for pictures of you and your crew at parties and on the road. It’s a joy even to find yourself in the background of a picture. And of course, you’re ready to send a message to the page in case they’re unbecoming.
You daydream ever so often about those special moments that you wish you could relive in a heartbeat. Your concerned coworker asks if you’re okay.
Your body only recognises alcohol. What is this thing called water?
You missed your flight back home and you really don’t care because you’re interested in the next last lap fete anyway.
You feel a surge of carnival tabanca so you begin making plans for the next carnival. Why is it that the details are not up as yet, what is wrong with these people?
I am always asked “What products to use in natural Afro Hair?” Here is my response
I get this question left, right, and centre. What products do you use in your hair to get it looking like that?
The products I use in my hair are based on 2 things
Current condition and needs
The desired outcome
For instance, if I find my Afro Hair to be a bit dry after a long day in the sun sporting a twist-out, I may decide to rehydrate by adding a moisturising product (grease, oil, lotion, butter) and going through the Quick Fix to Moisture.
In another instance I may want to do a firm twist-out that will last for a few days without much change, so I may opt to use a holding product such as gel or wax.
Find your own products!
As selfish as this sounds, it’s true and will be worth it. We should all explore our own hair as they are all different.
Your kinks and coils are different to mine, as too is my diet, environment, physical activity, and all the other things affecting what the hair looks like.
My mother’s hair looks very similar to mine, however her hair is thinner and more elastic. We recently discovered that products that really hydrate my hair don’t do it for her and vice versa. So we’ve been switching products that we bought thinking that they would have worked for us lol.
Years ago I tried a honey and olive oil hair treatment that a blog swore would nourish my mane. It turned out that my hair was left coarse, dry, and less manageable at the end of the hopeful procedure. It’s great following hair blogs for tips, however it is even better to experiment at home with products to see what is best for you. Also, when deciding to follow an Afro Hair Blogger, the closer their hair-type to yours the better the chances that their recommendations work for you as well.
The Universal product?
Go forth and explore the world of products till your hair smiles. I am yet to hear an Afro Hair person dispute the goodness of Shea Butter though…Comment below and let me know
In light of International Men’s Day I chose to focus on some of the positive qualities of our Grenadian men.
Men are often cried down on in our society today for their shortcomings. We should be able to recognise and talk about the positive qualities that they possess and support each other in being the best individuals possible.
Here are 3 good things about Grenadian Men.
They compliment women
There is no girl or woman in Grenada that can say that a boy or man has never complimented her publicly. From the most common (and rude if you ask me) Psstt to the Nice girl, Slim, Beautiful, Famalayyy, Sweetness, & Tanty. Other than names, phrases are let loose: I like the natural hair, Keep looking good eh, I like to see yuh, Make sure the boyfriend taking good care of you eh, yuh nice.
Truth: A Grenadian man would compliment a woman quicker than another woman would.
They have Rhythm
Music is such a strong part of our culture and it is quite rare to find a son of the soil feeling the beat a little different from the majority of us. Thanks to birthday parties, Intercol, Carnival, and almost every social event a good dose of rhythm was planted in our souls.
They are Physically Strong
If it’s one thing that differentiates men from women physically, other than private parts, is the muscular strength that they possess. The skinniest man could surprise you with how strong he is. After all, our men have been handling rolly pollys.
Happy International Men’s Day!
What ‘would’ we do without them…
Disclaimer: Obviously these doesn’t apply to all Grenadian men, but most of whom I’ve encountered align.