Keep Calm

Humans are vexing
People will always touch nerves
Keep calm, don’t be pressed.

Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge: Press & Touch.

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Through My Eyes: Chronology Live!

Mas Camp, Kingston

I sat down thinking what angle to take for this introduction, so much happened in the space of one week. Getting to the concert was such an emotional roller coaster for me, thanks to procrastination. I had been waiting on my friend to secure a ticket for me and that fell through, I found out that it didn’t work out the day before then concert. When all the pre-sold VIP tickets had already been sold out. By the time I started searching social media I’d learnt that the general admission tickets were sold out as well. By the grace of  God and good spirits, my best friend, Gabby, got a ticket for me.

We planned to be early to get a good spot in the crowd, I have no clue why but Jamaican time pulled through and made me late. (Spoiler: That didn’t mar the good time I had.) There was so much traffic to get to the venue I had to hop out my cab from Mountain View Avenue and walk to the entrance. On my way down the road, I could hear the voice of the opening act in the air. By the time I braved the line and entered, Eesah had finished performing.

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Eesah (photo by: Warren McKane)

I heard I’d missed a great performance but I’m sure I’ll get to see Eesah perform sometime soon. So, we entered right at the band change, where Zj Sparks entertained the audience. People used the time wisely to secure food and drinks at the bars provided; my friends and I used the time to secure a spot to stand.

I’d never seen Mas Camp this packed in my life; the crowd was thick like a nice bowl of oatmeal porridge. You couldn’t walk or even stand too comfortably without someone grazing you as they passed. Soon enough, it was time for Protoje and the Indiggnation to shell the place.

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Protoje (photo by: Warren McKane)

Protoje came out with a blast of energy, backed by the Indiggnation. He went through songs from all of the projects he’s released; starting from “The 8 Year Affair” with “Kingston Be Wise”, he jumped to “Ancient Future” with “Criminal” then to “The Seven Year Itch” with “Roll”, “Come My Way” and “Rasta Love”. The audience was getting their fill of songs we hadn’t heard live in a while.

He sang “Stylin'” and remixed it too, then gave the mic to an upcoming act under his record label, Lila Ike. We got to croon along to “Protection” with Mortimer followed by his newest single, “Truths & Rights”. We also got a piece of the songbird, Sevana in “Sudden Flight”, are you sad you missed the concert yet? It gets even better. He ended his set by giving thanks with “Hail Rastafari”, and finally, “Blood Money”.

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Chronixx feeling the music (photo by: Warren McKane)

The Zincfence Redemption started with a soulful Binghi intro which turned into “Alpha and Omega” then “Roots and Chalice”. The Zincfence Redemption was so smooth and cohesive, with Chronixx’s voice in the lead, it was chilling. I must give praise to whoever controlled the sound system because the music was turnt up perfectly, the system was well balanced.  “This is amazing” and those were my thoughts at the second song.

Chronixx gave us a mix of songs from his initiation on the music scene to his latest project; “Ain’t No Giving In”, “They Don’t Know”, “Majesty”, “Black is Beautiful”, “I Can”, “Skankin’ Sweet”, “Smile Jamaica”, “Capture Land”, “Ghetto Paradise”, “Spanish Town Rockin'” and “Who Knows” with Protoje.

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Chronixx (photo by: Warren McKane)

“This show is yours…”

He sang “Somewhere” and the song took me to a memory, right in the concert. It took me back to my first Chronixx CD, my boyfriend at the time had gifted it to me. A CD burnt and sold on the road side, that I had rinsed! (played on repeat). This made me wonder how many original Chronixx fans were in the house as I was covered in nostalgia.

Chronixx was out to make up for the long period of time since he’d performed in Jamaica, to continuing the list of songs, he sang “Loneliness”, “Warrior”, “Nah Follow Nobody” – the first ever Chronixx song I heard. “Spirulina”, “Sell My Gun”, “Behind Curtain”, “Likes” with the Ravaz doing the Fling! “Blaze Up The Fire”, and “Legend”. He ended the show with “Like a Whistle”, leaving us with happy spirits and hoping hearts .

The show was amazing. Anyone who knows me, knows I love Protoje, he and the Indiggnation did so well. But this was definitely a Chronixx concert, he and the band took the awe, the wow, my voice, my edges, everything. I didn’t expect to hear songs he’d released so long ago, and that made me happy. From this concert I could see and feel the growth of Chronixx, and I’m proud that he’s representing Jamaica on the world stage. Y’all know I’ll be at the next Chronixx concert that comes to town.

Photos from Warren McKane, @EmceeKane on Instagram.

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Cooked Roll Sushi War!

Last year I had the pleasure of having dinner at AnneX East Japanese, and lunch at SORA Japanese Sky Cuisine. The dinner at East Jap. is what lead me to try food from Sora, I had a hunger for sushi; both times were with my best friend, Gabby. Before dinner at East Jap. I’ve had cooked rolls once in my life, years ago, and I’m actually glad to have aroused that craving. The experiences left a great taste in my mouth, but I wanted to compare them for you.

The cooked roll sushi war!

We went to AnneX East Japanese for a special occasion, it was Gabby’s birthday celebration. We had a group of 10 by the end of the night but Gabby and I arrived early together; so, while we waited for the rest of the group we ordered Miso Soup as an appetizer. I didn’t like the soup, when I got it, it was barely warm and by the time I was halfway through it was cold. I was really upset about that because I was hungry and wanted the hot soup to soothe my tummy. Other than it being cold, it tasted alright but it wasn’t my kind of flavour.

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Shrimp Tempura Roll – AnneX East Japanese

Now, I’m new to sushi… and a picky eater, so, I ordered a Shrimp Tempura Roll. It’s a simple roll, can’t go wrong with fried shrimp; the roll was cut into 8 pieces and stacked in the center of the plate with nicely placed garnish around the perimeter. The roll was delicious! The shrimp in the crispy tempura was cooked perfectly. My fave dipping sauce was the spicy mayo, it gave a slight pop of flavour to the roll; the soy sauce didn’t enhance the flavour of the roll in my opinion. My only issue with my roll was that it seemed to finish too quickly.

Other points to note, I had to taste what Gabby had as well; I sampled the California Roll, which was good. I liked the combination of crab, cream cheese and avocado, though the avocado was barely noticeable. I also had a piece of her Crab Stick, which is crab meat and cream cheese enclosed in a fried tempura shell. This was really good but sometimes I’m not able to handle too much cheese at once and it was a bit overbearing. Which is great news for cheese lovers.

We went to SORA Japanese Sky Cuisine for another special occasion, it was my post-birthday lunch. This restaurant is rightly named, you have to climb too many flights of stairs to get there. I wanted to eat at one of their outdoor tables but they were all reserved, inside had a nice ambiance nonetheless. We were seated, and brought our menus promptly. I ordered the Dragon Roll, and Gabby had the Salmon Tempura Roll, and later ordered a Char Shu Roll. (I didn’t get to take a photo of the Char Shu.)

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Dragon Roll – SORA Japanese Sky Cuisine

The Dragon Roll had 8 pieces with fried shrimp topped with avocado, and served with spicy mayo and eel sauce. As you may or may not have noticed, the small difference with my Dragon Roll and Shrimp Tempura Roll were the lack of tempura in one, and avocado in the other. This roll tasted great, the contrasting texture of the avocado against the fried shrimp was delightful. I’m not sure of the specific taste of the eel sauce because the spicy mayo overpowered it, which I didn’t mind (I love spicy mayo).

Out of the rolls Gabby ordered, I only tasted the Char Shu, which I really enjoyed. The Salmon Tempura had salmon, cream cheese and deep fried crab; while the Char Shu had lettuce, tempura crunch, scallion, and roast pork inside and on top. The pork was cooked so well, and I’m not a big fan of pork but it was really good.

The Winner?

Cue the drum roll… But first, let’s see the pros and the cons. On the pros list: both rolls I had were delicious and the service was quick for both restaurants. The only con I have is for AnneX East Japanese, whose waiter seemed to want to go home, the energy he gave off wasn’t very pleasant… maybe that was an off day. Another downside for them is that they are a bit more expensive than SORA Japanese Sky Cuisine. You know I’m on that university student budget, so on that basis, I’ll pick SORA Japanese Sky Cuisine as my cooked roll champion. I’ll be back there soon.

AnneX East Japanese is located at 71 Lady Musgrave Road, and SORA Japanese Sky Cuisine is located at 9-11 Phoenix Avenue.

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Expression Wednesdays

Hi Everyone!

On this Expression Wednesdays, we have a brand new single by Yanah, “Doe Try Me”. This refreshing twist to a “bad man” song was produced by JLL. In this song Yanah guards her heart, warning her suitor with the simple words, “doe come try me”. I just love how sweet her voice is, it falls on the rhythm so nicely, if you weren’t paying attention you’d think it’s a love song. Let me explain why I said bad man song, she speaks no nonsense in the song, shooing the boy that clearly isn’t serious about the romantic pursuit. The amazing featured art is by @PaigeZxmbie on Twitter. Take a listen to “Doe Try Me” by Yanah, enjoy! And comment your thoughts below!

“How am I supposed to trust you and you deven drink tea?

Your emotions are gas…”

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@Yanah_I on Twitter & Instagram.

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One Coco: Ngozi

Ngozi Sweet Blessings isn’t new to my blog but her products have grown dear to my heart. This purchase was a Christmas gift for my little sister, a scented candle was on her wish list, and I got her this one. I’m waving the buy Jamaican build Jamaica banner into 2018.

Ngozi was an independent vendor at the New Wave Celebrity Closet; this was a thrift-shop event that sold clothes previously owned by celebrity and media personalities. I actually bought 3 articles of clothing, for barely anything, it was a good time. I bought the candle in the scent Tangerine Peach because my sis had a liking to fruity scented things.

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I believe this is the smallest size candle they sell. I’m not gonna rate this product because it’s not mine but my sister likes it, she burns it all the time.

Check out Ngozi on Instagram and Facebook @NgoziSweetBlessings to see more of what they have to offer, and to purchase.

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Bae Vibes!

Stones Throw Bar | December 18, 2017

This was near the end of the exam period for most university students, as you would expect, we had a packed venue… the people came out to enjoy themselves. Dj Stamma ran the mixing table first, playing music from an assortment of genres. The space buzzed with chatter and good energy while we awaited the performances.

As customary, this week also had free caricatures by Djet (@DjetLayne_Carics) and henna tattoos by Mark (@HennaThreads) for the ladies. These activities along with food and drink options from Stones Throw made the wait bearable. For me, I was enjoying the musical styling that blared through the speakers. After a good while, the first performer was introduced, Zia Benjamin.

Zia Benjamin

Zia had a reggae fusion, her sound was jazz like, and her voice reminded me of Lana Del Rey. The instrumentals she sang on were nice, they fit the vibe of the event perfectly. She’s a sultry dancer, this lady has a little wiya waistline. She sang, “No Fame” followed by a love song she had written earlier that day. Next up was a reggae remix of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”  she saw mommy kissing Beenie Man under the ganja tree! Her final song was, “Rudy” for the rude men and women. We had a small music interlude by Rory Stone Love on the DeeJay stand before Runkus graced the stage.

Runkus

Runkus came to make us move our feet with his first song. His performance was soothing yet very entertaining. I could be biased, have you ever seen Runkus perform? In just a note you could be spellbound. He went through faves such as “Kindness”  and “Foundation” then slowed down vibe with “Energy”. He wouldn’t be the Runkus we knew if he didn’t do a little remix as well, he did a freestyle on with Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam”. He carried the mood back up with his new song “my Gf.”  Then closed off with some requests from the audience, “burn everythinG” and “Run”.

The photos used in the article are by Romario Lynch.

Follow!

Zia Benjamin on
Twitter & Intsgram: @Ziabenjamin

Runkus on
Twitter & Instagram: @Runkusinno

Bae Vibes for updates on
Twitter & Instagram: @BaeVibesJa

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Happy New Year!

The New Year brings hope
Focus on improving you
And be magical.

Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge: Magic & Hope.

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Dinner at Tea Tree Crêperie

80 Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston

My visit to Tea Tree Creperie was long overdue; I have a little obsession with France, and I was pleased to know we had our own crepe restaurant in Jamaica. Before the end of 2017, I finally got to go, I went with my friend, Ryan. The first thing that stood out to me was the odd decor, all the glass at the establishment were covered in writing and doodles from guests… Of course I’d decided I wanted to write on the glass too. The second thing that stood out was the delicious aroma of meals being prepared.

It seems like we picked a good night to dine; along with two other couples, we were the only people inside. They had outdoor seating as well as a good amount of space inside the building. We picked a seat we liked and a waitress promptly came over and gave us menus. This decision was so hard, they had so many good options on their menu, from sweet to savoury and it’s not limited to crepes. She returned with glasses of water then took our orders; I took the Philly Cheese Steak Crepe, and he took the Chez MEX Crepe.

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My first thought was, “why this beef look like it want some ketchup?” Then I tasted it and ate those thoughts with it. It was delicious, and it had so…much…cheese. The sweet peppers were a great burst of flavour too, I enjoyed my pick but I couldn’t finish it. That is a sign that a meal is worth it’s price to me; it was a large serving, well larger than I had expected. Of course I had to taste some of Ryan’s Chez MEX, I liked it, and I feel like it had more cheese than mine, I especially liked the kick of spiciness it had. But I liked the Philly Cheese Steak Crepe more. We both had glasses of lemonade, which was good, it’s hard to mess up lemonade. For dessert, we shared a 2 bite cheese cake, which really should count as one bite but it was delicious nonetheless, I really liked the crust.

I will definitely be back, their menu has so much to offer, and next time I think I will get a sweet crepe. The location is good, they have an ample amount of seating. The service was great, and quick too, I really appreciated how fast we were served. The price range is reasonable to me, it is what you would expect to spend at a restaurant, it wasn’t expensive. I definitely recommend you give Tea Tree Creperie a try, I like it.

Follow their social media pages @TeaTreeCreperie.

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Expression Wednesdays

Hi Everyone!

New music live! Right before 2017 ended Runkus released “my Gf.”. This song makes you want to move, many people claim they can’t dance but the easiest response to music is to move. When I heard my Gf. I was pleased, cause I love music that makes me want to dance. The drums! The percussion instruments in this song, they remind me of Afrobeats. This was produced by Krs.

Now, the lyrics… to be honest, I wouldn’t mind my man singing this song for me. “My gf do not come with nuh man problem…” let them know, hunny. Runkus sings about his lady, but he does so in the amazing lyrical fashion I look forward to when listening to his music. He ended 2017 with a great release, take a listen to my Gf. by Runkus.

Also check out the my Gf. photo shoot by Romario Lynch on Seen by Lynch.

Follow!

@Runkunsinno on Twitter & Instagram.

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One Coco: Bayspring

Today I have the third, and final, item I bought at A Jamaican Made Christmas; it is a Bayspring Coffee Scrub with peppermint. I hope y’all don’t get tired of me and the coffee scrubs… I doubt anyone could get tired of coffee scrubs though, they smell so divine. I try not to drink too much coffee, and what better way to get a coffee fix? I get to smell it, and get soft skin, all at the same time. This is the third coffee scrub I’ve bought in 2017; and I’m proud to say they were all from Jamaican brands. I’ve tried a coffee sugar scrub from Morgan’s Creek, and a dry coffee & oatmeal scrub from I Love Sweetness.

I love coffee, cocoa, and vanilla scented products; and since coffee scrubs have such good benefits for the skin, I reach for that when purchasing body scrubs. I have other body scrubs that I want to try but I’ll get to them eventually; to keep within my budget and to not be wasteful I only purchase a new scrub once the one I have is finished. The Bayspring coffee scrub I chose is different because it has peppermint oil in it. This is the newest addition to my Coco basket.

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I like to use the coffee scrub before I shave my legs, just to get off any excess dead skin cells. I also use it on any random day, using a body scrub is like scrubbing all your stress and troubles away, it leaves my skin feeling extra soft, and with a hint of freshly brewed coffee. The peppermint oil gives a slight tingle, along with its pleasant fragrance; if you don’t like the scent of peppermint (that’s wild) I wouldn’t get this one because it is strong enough for you to notice it.

I give it a 4/5 rating: the packaging is nice, the product itself is great, I love how abrasive this scrub is but on the downside I think it leaves too much oil after rinsing. I would recommend you give this scrub a try.

Make enquiries to Bayspringnatural@hotmail.com and follow @Bayspring on Instagram & BayspringSoap on Facebook.

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