It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas!

West Mall during Christmas time!
As I entered the mall yesterday, I was greeted by Christmas trees and loads of decorations, as well as a parang band and a fat, happy Santa, pandering to what seemed to be millions of people. Yes siree, Christmas is approaching. Oh joy. While I am a close relative of Scrooge and Grinch, I was a bit excited by all the Christmas activity. I admit it. I was certainly excited to be in a mall with a credit card and no fear of what tomorrow may bring. Blessed, I say.

Christmas in Trinidad is a pretty big deal and with the curfew now lifted, Trinis are gearing up for the incessant liming (hanging out Trini style), which includes drinks (lots of drinks), food (lots of food) and friends and family. After one Christmas in London, where I felt like I was at death's door and during which I had the most miserable time ever, I am truly appreciative to be home for the holidays.

And it was Christmas indeed at my favourite store, where I racked up a pretty hefty bill, but left happier - 1. cause retail therapy is awesome, 2. cause my stunning sundress won many accolades, even if the hem was a bit damp cause of rain puddles (but I was not to be thwarted by some rain and the sundress stayed on) 3. cause my store assistant said I looked like 25 (mamaguy* I am sure, but I will take it). Not to mention, since my last visit to this mall, God has seen fit to bless the Southland with...wait for it...a MAC store!!!

*mamaguy - to flatter someone, often deceitfully or exaggeratedly. I love that the definition is also on

And nothing has changed in my neighbourhood Hi-Lo. Not only were the meat boys back in action, but the security guard was stalking me throughout my time in the store, and not cause I looked suspicious either. Had he been doing more securing and less gaping, I would have been a happier, less annoyed shopper.

I am ashamed to admit it, but it's been over5 weeks, and I still have not unpacked my suitcases. lol. So because I am back into the high heeled life next week and the high heeled life is a whole different story to the lazy flip flopped life, I cannot be digging around in suitcases when I am running late. So this is on my to-do-list today, among other things - unpack suitcases and generally clear clutter. I am going to be throwing out a lot of things. Clothes from my skinny days will be going to a charity and the rest in the fire. Going to turn on some parang music and get crackin'. Happy Sunday!

*parang - Traditional Christmas music of Trinidad and Tobago. Wikipedia: ...part of the Island's Hispanic heritage that originated from over 400 years ago during Spanish rule. The word is derived from two Spanish words:'Parranda', meaning 'a spree or fête' and 'Parar' meaning 'to stop'. In the past, it was traditional for parang serenaders to pay nocturnal visits to the homes of family and friends, where part of the fun was waking the inhabitants of the household from their beds.

It's funny - the majority of the population cannot even speak Spanish! lol.


  1. Retail therapy really does do wonders. And hooray for MAC! If it's any consolation, I haven't unpacked from my camping trip last month.

  2. Mmmmm Christmas in Trinidad sounds pretty good to me. :)

    Whenever I come back from a trip I have to unpack immediately or I go insane...not sure why that is but I have to have everything back in it's place. It could also have something to do with the fact that I'm sad to no longer be on vacation or whatever other fun place I was :)

    Happy Unpacking! :)

  3. A Mac store in South!?! Shut the front door! Aiee aiee!

  4. There is nothing ,ike a Trini Christmas but wait nah...a Mac store in South? Shut the front door, aieee aieee!

  5. I love Christmas! And I admit that most of the shopping I do around Christmas is for me me me!

  6. It's strange to hear the Christmas music already. In the states, I prefer to experience Thanksgiving before I can even consider gearing up for the next holiday, but it seems retailers always like to push the next big thing.

    But yea, Christmas music at any time of the year always gets me excited, too.

    And there's no cure like retail therapy ;)


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