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 ~ Pelé: Birth of a Legend

The biographical film, Pelé: Birth of a Legend about the renowned Brasilian footballer debuted at Tribeca Film Festival this past weekend warming hearts in New York.

Directed and written by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist, the sport biopic follows our favourite rising star, Edson Arantes do Nascimento‘s life from the early age of 9 to 17 during World Cup adventures.

The drama stars Kevin de Paula, Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro (love him!), Diego Boneta and Colm Meaney. Strong themes of national identity and a paternal relationship are conveyed encouraging motivation and drive often seen in successful athletes. The message that it’s important to practice and have courage is presented throughout the feature as everything else will fall into place.

This film made me proud to have Brasilian heritage and love football even more. By the way, can you believe that Pelé is 75? What a great way to honour the legend. I would definitely go see it again and highly recommend to all. Muito obrigada e parabéns IFC Films!

Op-Ed: Failure

There comes a time in life when you reach that point and just can’t do it anymore.

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This is in reference to youth and employment at the current time. So the economy is bad and it’s a constant competition to just get your foot in the door. But what happens when you do and it’s not quite what you expected. Should one continue thinking this is great I have something to. Then on the other hand, it becomes a cynical and stressful circle of how much worse could this be. Well I put an end to it. Yet, it almost feels as though I’ve failed.

Failure can be considered a good thing though. You may stop doing that thing which you were working towards, however this can create an opportunity to drift into a new direction. So we’re not all going to get our dream jobs at a young age. I suppose it’s easier said than done to accept it early and just start somewhere. Hopefully one day, a senior person will see the potential in us millenials. Obviously everything takes time but when you’ve worked so hard and it’s not recognized, this can be rather frustrating.

In situations like these, it’s best to remove one’s self from the setting and start fresh. Finally realized today, maybe I’m not meant to be in that industry. Perhaps my passion is coming to an end and it’s time to find a new inspiration. Moreover, it’s essential to discover what drives you? To have a reason to get up in the morning and actually be excited about what you’re doing. I’m planning to explore another avenue now into what that could possibly be. We’re young, we can do it. Here’s to hoping for better days.