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Archive for December, 2007


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I’m taking my freedom, Pulling it off the shelf, Putting it on my chain, Wear it around my neck, I am taking my freedom, Putting it in my song, Singing loud and strong, Grooving all day long, I’m taking my freedom, Putting it in my stroll, I’ll be high-steppin’ y’all, Letting the joy unfold, I’m livin’ my life like it’s golden.” – Jill Scott.

Today I had another experience today that encourages oneself to live up to oneself! A Rainbow view overlooking my bedroom window…wonderful!

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Carnival is just a few weeks away and many people are thinking about what carnival band they should join. Today I got an email from the organizes of Mercury Carnival Band – Indigenous Pride of Dominica, asking whether or not I’ve check-out the newly launched Mercury Carnival Band website. If you’re among the many who hasn’t decided on which carnival band to join for Dominica Carnival 2008, then Mercury band might be your answer. The website is to help take a look at the different sections of the band and to give you an idea off how the costumes look. You’ll find lots of pictures and information about the band concept.

In keeping with Reunion 2008, and Dominica’s celebration of 30 yrs of independence, Mercury band organizes conceptualized a band that showcases three things that are truly Dominican. Mercury takes pride in our Nation’s Culture… and pride in what is indigenous to our Country…And for the Real Mas 2008, Mercury brings you IPOD: Indigenous Pride of Dominica.

Amazona Imperialis

amazona-imperialis-costume.jpgThis costume represents our National Bird, the only parrot found on any Nation’s Flag, The Sisserou, which exemplifies royalty with its purple chest and proud stance. The Sisserou spreads its wings and takes flight, soaring gracefully in pairs. This is Mercury’s prize costume. It was designed to transform YOU into the Sisserou.

Bois Kwaib

bois-kwaib.jpgThis costume is our National flower. She blossoms crimson in the midst of drought. The bois kwaib represents a resilience found inherently in all Dominicans, a strength and beauty of culture which shines through when times are hard. This small but beautiful flower is almost perfectly represented in bright fuchsia with red highlights. The head piece is an exaggerated version of this small but radiant flower.

Drapeau

drapeau-costume.jpgThis costume is an artistic recreation of the Flag of Dominica. The colour representations are the same as the flag, with green symbolizing the lushness of the island, yellow for the sun and richness of culture, the black people and soil, and white to represent our many rivers, water and purity of heart. Red, which traditionally stands for the blood of the people, is seen within the 10 stars which are purposefully placed on the head, for intelligence, the chest from which comes the heart and warmth of our people, the waist as a symbol of fertility and continuity, AND the neck, wrist, arms and legs from where the yokes and shackles of slavery were broken. The stripes on the Flag are clearly visible on this costume.

If you want to join Mercury Carnival Band then you should go check-out the website now. There is information on the different ways you can pay to get registered in the band and contact information of the mercury band organizers.

I wonder what happened to the men costumes, because the website shows no pictures of men costumes. I’m guessing that guys are not interested in costume band or the maybe the organizes are marketing towards having more women in the band. Which is obvious that once there are lots women involved -guys follow. 😆 Which costume band are you linking-up with for Dominica Carnival 2008? Let’s hear ‘em comments.

Photos via mercurycarnivalband.com

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After seating for two hours at the traffic department, I had the opportunity to watch most people leaving upset and complaining about their new driver’s license photo. Its a clear reaction to a bad photo, considering the fact that you have to live with this horrible photo on your license of years. Nowadays, you have to show your driver’s license for just about everything. Are you happy with the photo on your driver’s license? If no, there’s are a few steps on how you take a good license photo.

Wear good clothes.

The first time I went to have my driver’s license taken, I saw people there wearing old beat up tee shirt , ripped pants and washed-out polo shirts. I said to myself – how can they expect to feel good about their appearance while wearing stuff that looks like it was pulled out of the clothes hamper?

I guess the saying is true – clothes makes the man. Well, there is something you can do about that. Firstly , its not like the camera will pick up your whole outfit, it won’t. But there’s a positive feeling of “I look good” when you wear nice clothes – which the end photo will reveal. Wear something nice. You’ll feel better about your appearance – it will reflect on your photo.

Get rid of the hat and sunglasses

Think you’ll be able to cover up a bad hair day or brandy reddened-eyes? Think again. Firstly, they won’t let you take a driver’s license photo with a hat or sunglasses on.

Brush or Comb your hair

I almost laughed myself to death 🙂 at people who acted surprised when the camera person seats them down for a picture. “You mean I am getting my photo NOW? I didn’t bring my brush.”

As if the photographer’s response would be “Oh no, you are a special case and you can just mail us a glamor shot when it’s convenient.”

Note to self: If you pass the drivers license test, yes you will get your picture taken that same day. So brush, comb or just fix your hair before you leave the house…ok

Keep your eyes Open

They won’t shoot a photo of you if your eyes are closed. So plan on having your eyes open…that will definitely help. 😀 You need to know this ahead of time because as soon as the photographer says “Open your eyes” that’s the exact second s/he’ll snap your photo. Welcome to four to eight years of looking as if you just found out that person you’ve been dating your first cousin.

Not Grin, But Smile

This is going to be tough. The traffic department is unpleasant for most of us- it’s no photo studio. You are going to need to think happy thoughts and smile wide. I suggest not to exaggerating your smile. Otherwise, the basic camera shot might make you look a laughing monkey. 🙂

Be nice to Traffic Dept personnel

Traffic employees are not the happiest people in the world. They have to deal with unhappy and irritated people all day long. If you can be refreshingly pleasant and treat the photographer nicely, maybe she’ll be more likely take that extra second to make sure you don’t look like your face should be on a wanted poster.:smile:

So ask the photographer how her day is going. She’ll probably want to tell you it sucks, but she’ll be happy you asked. And you’ll be happy you have a nice driver’s license photo.

That’s about it. If you follow these simple tips your driver’s license photo will look less like a mugshot and more like a happy, self-assured you. How did your driver’s license photo come out? What did you do to make it better (or worse)? Let’s hear about it in the comments.

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