Travel ~ 37. Blissful Bermuda

This past weekend, Jet Blue flew me to paradise.

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The British overseas territory named Bermuda became home for a few days. Divided into nine parishes, I couldn’t wait to explore.

My best friend, Lauren and I arrived at L.F. Wade International Airport to celebrate her birthday. Our friendly taxi driver welcomed us to the island. Driving along the narrow winding roads, the subtropical climate and vibrant houses were gorgeous. The crystal clear blue water, fruit trees and numerous yachts added to the scenic view. I can still feel the sunshine and warm air on my arm from that day or perhaps it’s the tan.

We stayed at the Fairmont Southampton, a lovely luxury resort in Warwick Camp. Our room, the Signature Suite was heavenly. The hotel staff expressed warm hospitality during every interaction. The hotel provided 9 restaurants, taxis on call, a wide range of activities such as water sports, horseback riding, fishing, diving, cycling, 6 tennis courts, an 18 hole golf course, 12 treatment rooms, a sauna, pool lounge areas and excursions for Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Bermuda Forts, the Bermuda Aquarium, Royal Navy Dockyard and Crystal and Fantasy Caves all for additional charges. They are all well fun!

Soon enough, it was time for lunch. Taking a taxi, we headed to Mickey’s Beach Bistro. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the most the amazing man on the island and in my opinion he is the culture Ambassador for Bermuda, Cole Simmons. Also, he’s one of my best friends. Then we all enjoyed the colourful cocktails, savoury seafood and fun conversation with the servers including Gianni, Steven and Samy. Following that, it was inevitable to not walk along Elbow Beach. Let’s just say, the water was calling.

Then the heat and humidity must have taken a toll because we decided to rest for a while. A few hours later, Cole, Lauren and I made our way to Front Street to see what Hamilton had to offer. We saw loads of shops, stores, restaurants, bars and pubs as well as a water promenade. Eventually, it was time for drinks and dinner. Harry’s Restaurant & Bar was the answer for a taste of Bermuda. The marvelous manager, Manny made our dining experience a pleasure. The restaurant decor was beautiful too. First, I tried the fish chowder. Second, the mussels were yummy with a glass of Sancerre. Then our waitress surprised us with a treat. I recommend Harry’s as the dining destination in Bermuda.

After that, Cole, Lauren and I visited the Hamilton Princess Hotel to view the art on display. For evening entertainment, we drank at Hog Penny Pub and then we danced to Caribbean tunes at a Bajan bar called Spring Garden to end our Bermudian night.

The next morning, Lauren and I chilled by the pool while drinking rum swizzles. Surrounded by coconut palm trees, it was just what the doctor ordered for a holiday. In good time, we spent the afternoon at Horseshoe Bay Beach.

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Later for dinner, we checked out the Jasmine Lounge where a live band played local music. Our entrées were very delicious.

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The atmosphere was lively. Guests were jovial. Our waiter, Jaswyn was great. It was the perfect way to end our Bermuda adventure. I highly recommend to visit Bermuda to experience an #ahhbermuda moment 🙂

All photos taken by Niya Sinckler, Lauren Slinger and Cole Simmons.

Film ~ The Girl On The Train

The moment we’ve all been waiting for will come tomorrow as British author, Paula Hawkins‘s international best-selling thriller novel, The Girl On The Train debuts in cinemas.

Director Tate Taylor tailored the film, The Girl On The Train to follow a divorcee, Rachel (Emily Blunt) as she gets wrapped up in a missing persons investigation. While on the train, we all often people watch out the window. It’s that mere curiosity and observation that leads to a mysterious and shocking discovery.  Get ready for the element of surprise, intense sex scenes and questioning what you would have done if ever in the main character’s position.

Well, DreamWorks knew a degree of popularity would arise one day. The company bought the rights to the film before the novel was even released. Imagine that for a proper premonition. Surely, you’ve read a review of the film from one of the many major media outlets or seen the trailer. What they didn’t say was whether they actually read the novel. Well I did and I hope it lives up to my expectations or exceeds them. Decide for yourself. Check showtimes here. Happy viewing!

Film ~ Bridget Jones’s Baby

Directed by Sharon Maguire, the romantic comedy, Bridget Jones’s Baby follows our favourite lady, Bridget played by Renée Zellweger around her single life adventures, impressive broadcast media career and surprise pregnancy  after one night occasions in England. Soon enough, the identity of her baby comes into question. There’s a fifty percent chance that it may belong to the successful lawyer, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) or the dreamy relationship guru, Jack (Patrick Dempsey). Sit in a comfortable cinema chair and discover who the father is in this laugh-out-loud film filled with bits of British banter and family chaos.

Fashion ~ Outfit of the Night!

In my opinion, the most beautiful moment to kick off New York Fashion Week was Naomi Campbell in a glamorous red and green gown at the Tom Ford AW16 show. So in love, she’s always absolutely gorgeous! x

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British supermodel, Naomi Campbell in Tom Ford. Photo: Matt Baron/BEI/Shuttershock.

 

Film ~ Florence Foster Jenkins

Looking for a good laugh? Florence Foster Jenkins directed by British producer Stephen Frears follows the life of a New York socialite who aspires to be an opera singer. However she doesn’t quite have the vocal range for it. Despite that, Meryl Streep who plays the heiress brings joy and humour to the theatre scene along with her husband, St. Clair (Hugh Grant) who is well entertaining. It’s everything you need with the biographical understanding, comedic antics and drama all around. Also, it reminds me of Keeping Up Appearances for those who admire British neighbourhood sitcoms. Definitely recommend. Rating: 8/10.