Tuesday, December 30, 2008
When i first arrived i was eaten alive by mosquito's - i despise them - if anyone out there can give me one good reason why these blood sucking parasites exist please come forth with your argument cos as far as i can see they are of no use to nature!! slowly my body is becoming immune to their bites and no longer leaves sore itchy spots on my once pasty legs! What i have not become immune to though is what Jamaican's call the "forty leg" which is a poisonous centipede which had a delightful munch on my ankle and left its poisonous spines imbedded which resulted in first a lump the size of a marble which gradually progressed to a lump the size of a golf ball - sore, red and full of poison i was lucky i had brought a general anti biotic from home and my jamaican adopted brother AKA the bush doctor applied soothing aloe vera plant gew to it every evening until eventually the poison and the spines came to the head and it started getting better - below is a picture of the dreaded insect! god knows where i was when he bit me but he bit me and got away with it!
i have spent most of my days hanging out on the beach, chilling with my friends and spending time getting to know JB - i think the second and third week where the hardest i missed my girlfriends terribly - i personally dont find the women here too friendly to girls (competition i suppose - i have seen it myself in small towns in ireland and there is alot more women to men) so i have gone from having a lot of girlfriends to having just my Mom really and she isnt exactly going to be hopping out to dances every night with me - which meant that i hang out alot with my guy friends or rely on JB - This can sometimes be a bit frustrating as i am so independant when i am at home and never relied on any guy for company or had to have a fella there when i go out anywhere - but seeing as he seems to feel personally responsible for my safety and well being here i sometimes feel a little bit trapped.
The lack of available internet access can be abit of a pain - especially for someone like me who is used to having broadband on tap! I have had to snatch little moments online here and there and while my blog has been neglected i am trying not to neglect my friends sending emails and photo's and updating my facebook page.
I also have missed not reading my fave blogs - so much can happen in a month and i have a full google reader which i just dont have time to read when im online!! My mom has contacted Cable and Wireless the Provider here the week we arrived and we are still waiting for them to come and install the net!
I am now typing this update off line and am going to save it to my thumb drive to load up when i next go online to save precious online time!!
So to update you all - i got my much waited for confirmation email from Cayman last Thursday - Work Permit Visa Approved!!! The sigh of relief i feel is unbelievable! Am so excited now about starting the second leg of this great adventure - and my nerves are starting to kick in again!!!
I got a call from the MD of the company last Tuesday to say that they had the perfect job for me in a bank and i might have to fly over for one day to meet the client and get aquainted prior to my final move!
Ill be sad to leave JB and Jamaica but its literally a stones throw away and me and JB have been getting on fabulously so we are going to see perhaps about him coming over in a few months time after i get settled - until then we will go over and back and see how things go.
Christmas here is so unlike Christmas at home - its not all the commercialism and fuss of an Irish Christmas - its laid back and relaxed - as most people dont have the money to squander on expensive useless presents its more about family and celebrating a holiday atmosphere and i am really loving it - My parents put together a christmas feast and JB's family (our neighbours) came over and we all spent the day together - Christmas night me and JB went to a live concert - over 48 artists played and it went on all night - PARTY!!! Iv been out a few times since i got here but nothing too wild - just local dances and dinners - The area we live in is not really touristy so i end up being the only non jamaican and get stared at quite abit - which JB finds hilarious and loves the attention - me im not so keen and end up feeling quite shy which i am not normally ha ha! (at all) While people from our area know me and my family it is when we venture further from our area that the staring gets abit more intense and i suppose the curiousity of who is the random blonde girl dancing wildly to reggae and dancehall music is to be expected!
I love it here - i truly feel at home - i dont know why when my parents where immigrating 5 years ago i didnt just sell up and go then - regardless im here now and i dont regret any step of this decision!
News from home has been flooding in - Roomie is moving home while her and her Fiance's house is being built so its and end of an era and thong memories! The girl who took over my job - got completely stressed and upped and walked out at 8am one morning leaving the office in dissray and never came back!! My other colleague has been keeping me well informed as to the progress - the office has now downsized, moved to a smaller premises and hired another person to take over my job - my manual has worked out well though and according to emails from my old boss - the new girl is great so im happy for them...
I think while i love it here - the hardest part of all was not being able to see my friends when i want - i miss lazy night on the sofa with Roomie under our blankets just laughing and gossiping - having I heart NY Mondays and thinking up ways to bother the boys next door - daily work emails with MsT and going to Ms Motivators house on a daily basis to let off steam and just chat - getting ready to go out here on my own just isnt the same as champagne cocktails and screaming cyndi lauper from the ipod while getting ready with the girls.... but its all ahead of me and hopefully when i reach Cayman i will have a new group of friends who wont replace the old but at least bridge the gap of being away from home.....
Happy New Year everyone and thanks so much for the lovely comments and for not abandoning me or my blog while i was MIA!!
I look forward to hearing what has been going on in your lives that i have missed and see what kind of antics you all have been up to and trust me once i hit Cayman and get back on line fully i shall be updating this lovely blog daily as before!!
BTW you will never guess who i bumped into over here last night - none other than britain's own Lily Allen - ah its like Celeb spotting here!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
So the flight takes off and 2 things start it off in a bad way (1) the fact I was in the window seat and im not a particular fan of window I much prefer aisle – (2) I was sitting on the wing ensuring optimum engine noise – now im not a scared flyer I wont say I enjoy it but I don’t hate – I love getting to foreign and exotic locations but don’t love the airports, ques, security, customs and the flight bit…. Being over the engine practically assigns you to be the first person who will hear the engine fail! Ie: if your not a cool, calm and collected individual as in im not – then expect me to scream at the top of my lungs “we are all going to die”
Anyway 20 minutes into the flight I glance out the window and notice that instead of just seeing fluffy clouds over a sea, we are instead flying parallel to a city (the only possible city being Dublin – and weren’t we meant to be flying away from it??) I point this out to my Caymans Mama who points it out to Caymans Papa – who is just about to point out that he didn’t think the plane sounded right since take – off (we are all aeronautical engineers in my family – did I mention that before?) when the captain comes over the tannoy and says that due to a technical fault we are returning to Dublin!
Now it is 7.15am we are scheduled to land in London at 8.15am our connection is taking off at 9.40am! and we are now on the way back to Dublin – at this point I stop a male steward and ask him what will happen with our connection – to which he replies with what can only be described as the look a little rabbit has when he lifts his head and see’s an 18 wheel trucks headlights pummelling down the highway at him “LETS JUST GET BACK TO THE GROUND FIRST” now excuse me for being a fussy customer but I really expect only one thing from these lovely people who serve us at 40,000 feet and that is that no matter if we are all going to die – please do not hint that fact to me! Dying hadn’t at that point crossed my mind- missing my connection had – thanks!
So we land (nose dive) back on the runway in Dublin and taxi to a port where 5-6 technical trucks and cars are waiting – we are all instructed to stay seated which we do – but now that we have landed and nobody was injured – the passengers are getting a wee bit annoyed – we hear others mentioning connecting flight ( the thing one must know about Ireland is that its practically impossible to get from Ireland direct to most places and that London is a common port of call for the traveller wanting to get to anywhere bar Europe or America) the airhostess are extremely unhelpful telling us to contact our connecting flight airlines (eh so not my job!) and that basically anyone who only has carryon baggage can get off and get on the next flight to Heathrow which is leaving in approx 6 minutes – Que Stampede of Suits and laptop bags! (Call me unprofessional but if I was heading to the UK for work and this happened I would have gladly sat on that runway all day!)
Then there was it now known as the Dublin 9! My Parents and me and other couples and 2 solo dudes who all had connecting flights which are now most surely going to be leaving without us! We are assigned an Aer Lingus Rep who brings us to the Aer Lingus ticket desk to reassign us all flights to our final destinations through America – One couple and two solo dudes opted for the Overnight in Orlando to leave the following day for St Lucia and St Maarten – while we opted for the Overnight in NYC to arrive the following day in Montego Bay – My Parents had never been to NY so it was a great opportunity - Baggage is reclaimed and Rechecked and off we head to the Big Apple – Arriving at JFK at 1.30pm New York time and 4 degrees (hadn’t really thought of the fact that none of us had any coats, hats scarfs etc and it was only getting colder throughout the day! Regardless we are put up in the Plaza JFK and have showers a lovely buffet lunch and my dad gets the hotel to organise a 4 hour limo tour of the city (we had no coats I wasn’t kidding about that) So we spend from 3 til 7pm seeing the sights!! Love it!
The next day we are delivered to JFK and put on an American Airline Flight to Montego Bay! So a day late and one more country wiser we are here!
And FYI the weather is fabulous!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Ed Westwick aka Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl
On a scale of Not2Hot he gets a 7 from me!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Im not just saying this cos i love the way he does my hair - he has 3 month waiting lists! Women adore him (he is a gay man so its not out of infatuation its because of just how good he is at doing hair & such a great listener!) I want him to be my BFF forever - seriously if i was really rich and i mean REALLY rich i would be flying him over each month to do my locks! I am a blonde! What the hell is going to happen when my light brown roots start to show!?? (dont tell anyone - honestly people i went to school with even think im a natural blonde - i was born to be blonde without the cliché stupidity) Trusting someone to do your hair is a big deal! I am the one who has to go around with it on my head and after 6 years of going to the Artist i dont know how i will cope with someone new!! He is now a friend and credit to him he is the one who listened to me moaning about not being happy here and wanting to move and he gave me the pep talk that set the wheels of this big adventure in motion!!!
Before i met the Artist, i had Bleach Blonde hair - not the natural Blonde i have now - he does not use peroxide so i dont get the yellow/green hues of some blonde dyes? The Artist knows how i like my hair! not too much volume, sleek and straight - he knows that only a side fringe suited me, he has been with me through the following hairstyles!
- The POB (Posh Spice bob)
- The Elf (a la Sienna Miller - Factory girl)
- Various upstyles to suit outfits for christmas parties, weddings etc
- Since my elf cut and i knew i was going away i have been growing my hair - he is such an Artist that he has been trimming it just so right that it wasnt a nightmare to grow back and my blonde locks now sit just below my shoulders.
He knows me!! He knows what treatments it needs = he knows how dry blonde hair can get and furnishes me with various hair masks and night treatments!!
He is going to give me my colour number to pass on to the next salon i go to! but it wont be the same!! so this post is in dedication to the Artists out there who make a girl feel so great about herself!!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
....please also remember how loosely i used the term singing earlier. I dont think i need to go into any further detail of what followed.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Part 1: HOW TO SHOWER LIKE A WOMAN:
- Take off clothing and place it in sectioned laundry hamper according to lights and darks.
- Walk to bathroom wearing long dressing gown..
- If you see husband along the way,cover up any exposed areas.
- Look at your womanly physique in the mirror, make mental note to do more sit-ups/leg-lifts, etc.
- Get in the shower.
- Use face cloth, arm cloth, leg cloth, long loofah, wide loofahand pumice stone.
- Wash your hair once with cucumber and sage shampoo with 43added vitamins.
- Wash your hair again to make sure it's clean.
- Condition your hair with grapefruit mint conditioner.
- Wash your face with crushed apricot facial scrub for 10 minutes until red.
- Wash entire rest of body with ginger nut and jaffa cake body wash.
- Rinse conditioner off hair.
- Shave armpits and legs.
- Turn off shower.
- Squeegee off all wet surfaces in shower.
- Spray mold spots with Tilex.
- Get out of shower.
- Dry with towel the size of a small country.
- Wrap hair in super absorbent towel.
- Return to bedroom wearing long dressing gown and towel on head.
- If you see husband along the way, cover up any exposed areas.
Part 2: HOW TO SHOWER LIKE A MAN:
- Take off clothes while sitting on the edge of the bed and leave them in a pile.
- Walk naked to the bathroom.
- If you see wife along the way, shake willy at her while making the woo-hoo sound.
- Look at your manly physique in the mirror.
- Admire the size of your willy and scratch your butt.
- Get in the shower.
- Wash your face.
- Wash your armpits.
- Blow your nose in your hands and let the water rinse the snot off.
- Fart and laugh at how loud it sounds in the shower.
- Spend majority of time washing privates and surrounding area.
- Wash your butt, leaving those coarse butt hairs stuck on the soap.
- Wash your hair.
- Make a shampoo Mohawk.
- Rinse off and get out of shower.
- Partially dry off.
- Fail to notice water on floor because curtain was hanging out of tub the whole time.
- Admire willy size in mirror again.
- Leave shower curtain open, wet mat on floor, light and fan on.
- Return to bedroom with towel around waist.
- If you pass the wife, pull off towel, shake willy at her and make the woo-hoo sound again.
- Throw wet towel on her pillow.
HOW TRUE IS THIS!!!
This is the Proximidade Award, which celebrates bloggy friendships. It means, "This blog invests and believes in 'proximity' [meaning, that blogging makes us 'close' - being close through proxy]." I now have to pass it on to at least 8 other people so here goes! (i know im doubling up here but thats life!)
- Somewhere in between (always gets my vote!!)
- Ms Tiff
- Katie Killary
- Jack & Jill Online
I heart all your blogs!!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Wentworth Miller aka Michael Schofield from PrisonBreak
On a scale of Not2Hot he gets a 6 from me
He isnt my fave but id let him buy me a drink....i suppose - i might even make small talk..
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Anyway after our bottle of Champagne - that Roomie had bought as a little pre-celebration the topic of the Thong came up and how the boys next door were just not succumbing to our little prank (how mature of them blah!!) So as this week is my last week we are declaring war!
Neither me or Roomie have any inclination to go in and buy a blow up doll so we have come up with the following idea (a bottle of champagne really gets the creative juices flowing!)
Next Thursday evening is our very last Dinner and DVD night which also coincides with the boys next door being out football training - How convenient!! we are planning on going into Primark and buying as many cheap thongs as possible - they even have jokey red sequin male ones and we are going to be taping thongs to every window of their house and posting some through the letter box!!! How disturbed of us! I love it! I shall most def take some pics of the "Thonged House" and post them for all to see! The poor boys next door - i dont even know why we annoy them? Boredom can make girls do the wierdest of things......
Thursday, November 6, 2008
1: Where you named after anyone?
Nope - my Mom just liked the name and broke a family tradition on my dad's side as all the females had names that began with D and ended in A! Crazy i know but then my mom came along and shook the place up by naming me something different! My Grandma was none to happy at the time but got over it (I think)
2: Do you still have your tonsils?
3: Would you bungee jump?
No Sir!! No No No and no other adventure sport where i might possibly lose the use of limbs or possibly die!
4: What is your favourite cereal?
CoCo Pops!! (I am a five year old child when it comes to Cereal - the sweeter the better!)
5: Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
I dont have many shoes with laces? Uggs, Courts, Platforms, Sandals - no laces??
6: What is your favourite ice-cream?
Its gotta be Ben & Jerrys!!
7: What is the first thing you notice about people?
Their clothes and shoes - probably also how they act
8: What is your least favourite thing about yourself?
9: What was the last thing you ate?
Cereal - i like it late at night!
10: What are you listening to right now?
MGMT - Kids - I seriously am addicted their new album!
11: Last movie you watched?
Pathology - DO NOT and i repeat DO NOT rent this - its so not worth it!
12: What did you dream about last night?
I honestly cant remember - i have been sleeping soundly as i am so tired lately!
13: What book are you reading?
At the moment - none but i have bought 2 new chick lit for my flight
14: Summer or Winter?
Most def Summer - but not the Summer in Ireland as that is just like winter!!
15: Do you have any special talents?
I can type 78 words per minute (if that is a talent?)
Ok now who im gonna tag!!!