Sunday, 30 October 2011

This little light - dewali

Last week the Hindu community around the world celebrated Diwali, it is said to be the "festival of lights". In preparation for this time, there is fasting and no form of meat is allowed.There is the general house cleaning and decorating as is usual with those who celebrate Eid and Christmas in "trinbago". The celebration or pray usually last for five days, midway of this on the darkest night there is the lighting of deyas,(little clay pots filled with coconut oil and a little wick) so for 2011 it officially started on Monday 17th, October, with the actual lighting up taking place on Wednesday.
So last week with all the lovely rain and major drops in phone service I had no intention of leaving the house,so decided to call a couple of friends  to wish them the best on their special day which resulted in two dropped calls and one success call which had my friend convincing me to just pass in, she was not doing anything elaborate and I did not need to stay long. Anyway this call took place around 11am, in true trini styling I did not arrive until 2pm. We proceeded to catch up on all sort of "ole talk", then she had to go walk the dog and change etc.
What was just a passing thru, worked out to be a lime and I was there for the actual preparation and setting up of lights. She explained to me that the celebration represents the success of good over evil, removal of obstacles and the entering of financial prosperity for the new year and that each day had a special significance and story.
I know I'm late but I want to wish all a" shubh dewali..."

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Scary times on our roads

For the past week or two I've been having bad dreams, no it was not caused by indigestion or spending time watching scary movies, - that's not my scene! So last week Wednesday night (closer to 1:55am Thursday morning ) I woke up scared silly thinking I was going to die. The dream went like this ... I was in the backseat sitting next to a woman with a blond wig and someone else who I could not clearly identify. I was apparently on my way to work, the taxi stopped off for her to collect her daughter and she returned to the car while the third passenger a male, disappeared and reappeared in the front seat next to the driver. Anyway the vehicle was going up a slight incline on its way to passing a hospital, when an ambulance speeding out of the compound slammed into a brick barrier, flipped into the air and came hurtling towards our car... all I felt was the impact and when I opened my eyes I was in my  bed staring blurry eyed  at the time on my digital clock/radio. I was in a funk for days!!I told a close friend about it, and she spoke of prayers as a way to find comfort, but what really shook me up the most was the Monday when leaving work I overheard some co workers discussing an accident where an SUV carrying two arguing adults, who somehow swerved there vehicle into the median separating the east bound traffic from the west bound traffic causing there SUV to flip into the air and land upon two other vehicles on the highway going in the opposite direction, resulting in the death of three one of which was a colleague and friend of myself (and a few of the others having  the previous heated discussion), this incident took place on Thursday night, and he was on his way to work... he will be missed, along with the the other two who lost their life that day.
 To put this in a nutshell, I wonder to myself did anyone of them wake up that morning with any sense of dread that life would not be the same for them as they knew it...I know we all have to go someday, but when a tragedy like this happens to close friends and family, its just another reminder of our own mortality...
Please people, be careful on the road and may the God the creator bless and keep you safe another day.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Wash Day

Decided to do my weekly wash (yes its the middle of the week but when you work shift, days don't really have much significance unless its a holiday!), and for the past month I've been experimenting with a deep conditioner mix that seems to be working quite well...
My hair soaking wet and before I add the shampoo..

When I use the lustrasilk on its own, its just ok, but when mixed with the above combination my hair feels a bit more soft and silky.
This is after I took my plastic cap off

I also happen to like the fact that these products are affordable and easily available, so when its finish I can always re-purchase these items at the local grocery, pharmacy, variety store or at our local "anything/everything" variety type store- Pennywise.
Its a bit untidy but it still feels soft and not coarse and frizzy

My Hair Joy :-]

             On October 17th my long awaited copy of  "The Science of Black Hair" arrived 11:20 am. I had ordered the most affordable (soft cover) copy from Amazon on the 8th of October alongside the "Hot Sock" ultra light diffuser. Anyway this was my first time ordering anything online    so you know this was a big deal for me!

Considering that I live outside the U.S the speed of shipping was fast and the company that collected my items were efficient, so hooray for Web Source and Amazon!!