August Favorites in September [Video]

August was very good to me. And I tell you why in this video.

It took a month to finally edit and then upload this and it took a couple more days to post it to the blog. I have GOT to do better. But to be fair, I had some technical issues with my pc and that accounted for some of the delay. Anyhoo, here are four of my favorite (read: favourite) things or moments from the month of August.

I hope you like it!

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Jamaican BFF tag with Nas and Nas (Video)

One night (or it may have been early morning), my friend Nas and I decided that we should film a BFF tag video to see just how much we would fail. Funny we should mention fail since this all happened because we felt doomed re: our upcoming exams. Anyways this is the result! Hope you enjoy!

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Thanks for watching!
Love, Nas and Nas


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Lost and Found

Last night, I found three things that I had lost, one of which was unknown to me as lost. I guess you call that forgotten?

I found my glasses in the case I had been carrying around for weeks thinking it was empty (as it most times is) and that the glasses were left on my dresser (as they so often are). Tonight I decided to search for said glasses and after a quick scan (which can only mean my subconscious sent a speedy hint- “feeling” to my conscious) which resulted in no spotting of the glasses, I thought to look in the case. As soon as I took it from the bag, I shook it and heard the tiny thuds of tiny spectacles hitting the edges of their container. Jinkies!


The next items in my lost and found were two poems. One I found while searching for another. I had forgotten that I had wrote that poem. And I’m sort of surprised because I read it and immediately got that I was going through something when I wrote it. Would you look at that. You sure do get over things when you least expect it. I also found the one I was intentionally searching for. It was right below my nose with the name I remembered giving it but that I somehow missed in my previous searches. I think it hid so I could find the other first. My poems are kind like that. Well, they are to me.

Or in this case, anything old and forgotten.

 And with that, I bid you adieu.

Until next post! Thank you for reading.

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Help Fight Loneliness. Just Say Hello.

In an initiative to combat loneliness, Mother O has enlisted the help of celebrities to spur action from all of us. The “Just Say Hello” campaign was inspired, in large part, by Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Some of the reasons behind the campaign are mentioned by him in the YouTube video below.

I first heard about it when I saw Oprah’s bff Gayle King appear on The View to speak about it. She said that people would rather say they are depressed than to say they are lonely. As if there is some shame in loneliness. That’s heartbreaking to me. Somehow society has developed this “I will be my own island” mentality and those of us who embrace our humanity and acknowledge our desire for human connection are criticized or ridiculed rather than embraced.

Now I don’t know what the statistics are for Jamaicans and I find that they’d be largely inaccurate since mental health and education about it is not as key an issue in our society as it is in America. But I do think that loneliness affects us all. While we are a more friendly set of people based solely on our culture, the impact of social media to make us more connected virtually and more disconnected in real life is creeping in on us. With that said, I tip my hat and fully intend to be a part of this “Just Say Hello” campaign.

This is me saying hello to you. Drop a comment here if you wish. I’ll do my very best to reply in a timely manner. And do your part and tell someone hello today that you probably normally would not or who you haven’t said hello to in a while. But be sincere. And be kind.

If you want more information on this campaign, you can read about it here:

Just Say Hello: The Powerful New Way to Combat Loneliness


Until next post!

Blog end note

Dear NWC Jamaica

Hello, old friend

Yes, I use the term loosely- as loosely as you interpret your duty to provide me with water on a regular basis. I assume that we must, by now, be on some cordial level seeing as we have had a relationship with each other since my birth at least. I don’t know if I can claim for the months I was in my mother’s womb where you and her were social- vicarious friendship maybe? Semantics really.

I am writing today to speak to you about the turbulent waters (all puns intended) our friendship have been navigating. Read More

For the love of cheese. When sinuses attack (Part 2)

The last thing I want to do right now is write. Which tells me two things:

  1. This is how I know I need to write
  2. I am really sick


I have spent most of the day in bed. Sinus medication waits for no man or woman. I have slept away valuable hours and I am unsure of what I did while I was awake. I do know I ate and for that, my body is grateful. I thought about two posts to write and I will write them this week. I just didn’t want to seem insincere to try and write about something funny or cheerful when I feel so crappy. I am pretty sure it would show in my writing unless I forced myself to a happy place and, honestly, that’s more energy than I am willing to spare just now.

And I know I’ll feel better if I push through and get to a happy place and I’ll likely  wish I got there sooner but sometimes one just needs to recharge and…be. That’s exactly what I want to do now- to just be.

I’m not feeling sad per se, just maybe a little blue. I feel like being in my shell for a bit while my body heals. And I take comfort in knowing that it can and will do so on its own (ie, without the help of anyone but me). This is not to say I don’t appreciate and will refrain from seeking the help of others when I get sick in the future, not at all. I just find it necessary to do this on my own right now. A couple of hours ago, I didn’t feel this way. I was sort of bummed that a certain someone or certain someones didn’t check on me. Boo hoo, right? But now, I’m actually feeling like I’m glad I can be as gross (in appearance, not in actions) and weak in my sickness as I want and not feel like I am inconveniencing anyone or worrying about how to show my gratitude (which is something that usually causes me so much anxiety, I think it helped delay my getting better most times).

There is strength in knowing you can heal yourself.

That’s the lesson I’m taking away from this.

I smiled as I typed that just now. Ugh! My mood is improving. That was not my intention. I was to sulk a little and explain why I’m not writing a fabulous post for you Nasmaniacs.

Oh, well. Writing takes me to unexpected destinations all the time so I won’t act surprised. I’m gonna go back to watching 40 days and 40 Nights now and continue to have my Nastalgia fix 🙂

P.S. I am not here for all the chocolate sweets that are in my house while my sinuses wreak havoc on me! Pray for my “skrenf”, y’all

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For the love of cheese. When your sinuses attack

I have been feeling aches and pains for a couple of days but I have also been ignoring them. Then I realized that this is all due to my sinus which can be traced back to my increased dairy (read: mostly cheese) intake lately. I usually battle this with honey (by itself, with lime or cinnamon), sinus medication or vitamins but I’ve been slacking and now I am on the verge of catching the flu.

I have had a headache since last night and it returned this morning and I assumed it was probably due to the new braids and then I pt the pieces together- apart from migraines that are my payment for my sins, my number one source of headaches is my sinus (should this be, are my sinuses?) Darn you, grammar. But not really. Grammar, I love you. But I digress…

I now have a slight fever, muscle aches and worst of all, I am getting a sore throat. If this doesn’t start improving soon, I will be locked down with the flu and no one will like that. Not because I’m a crappy sick person (I’m usually too weak to be bratty), but because I apparently resemble someone on their death bed during and the days immediately following being sick.

What gets me is that I haven’t had much dairy. But I think I have been without that for so long that my body is in shock and losing its mind. I haven’t been sick in a while and my healthy period is clearly up.

Your positive thoughts, prayers, cards, gifts (I am partial to fried chicken) are appreciated in advance. Here’s hoping I get back to normal soon. Isn’t it just like me to get sick right before school reopens. The fact that I am going to start a new school is not lost on me either. Le sigh. I hope you lovelies are doing much better than me, immune system-wise.

No xoxo (for your own safety; don’t want to get you sick). All my love though 🙂

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Flexibility: an impromptu teacher. And smartphones getting smart.

Let me state that technology is not always your friend and your smartphone is sometimes too smart and emotional for its own good. *has flashback to Disney’s Smart House* Suffice it to say that I typed this post last night and sent it to publish from 9:27 pm and then (likely due to the way I spoke about it in the post and also because 4G ate the battery life like the Cookie Monster devours cookies), my phone spazzed out and would not publish, and I didn’t realize until I got home and it was way past midnight at this point. Anyway, I will now hit publish and you folks can tell me if you feel my phone was being too sensitive by not actually publishing. 🙂


I type this as I stand on a sidewalk waiting for a friend to come meet me who should have been here more than 30 minutes ago. Read More

My First Time… CPLT20

It was hot and sweaty. I almost passed out from exhaustion.

Yea, my first time at the Caribbean Premier League T20 was one to remember. It took a lot outta me but now I can say I’ve been to a cricket match n I actually paid attention to what was going on. This wasn’t my very first cricket match (I went to one or two in BIM) but I promise it’s the only one I looked at the field long enough to know who was batting vs who was bowling.