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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Digicel International Soca Monarch Finalists

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Central Bank "Ultimate Experience" Tickets are SOLD OUT


It is less than 1 week to go before the Ultimate Experience; tickets are completely sold out, yet there are relentless requests from the public for more. Is this not a clear indication of the fete not to miss?

This year, the Central Bank Sports and Cultural Club has mastered Ultimate from beginning to end. Patrons are guaranteed to feel that they are indeed in the Ultimate space.

The evening will begin with the breathtaking entrance and continue in that vein with fanciful welcome drinks and eats, sponsor giveaways and a lounge area for patrons who wish to get that VIP feeling.

An exorbitant main course layout to satisfy any culinary need will be set out to your satisfaction. Succulent meats, savory sauces and healthy salads for those still working out to fit into their costumes for Carnival Monday and Tuesday. In addition, there will be a bountiful array of finger foods, with a few items catering specifically to our male patrons. Not to mention the deliciously devilish dessert corner that is always a hit.

At the Ultimate Experience, you will also be enticed by our main premium bar, a wine bar, cocktail bars and special drink concoctions throughout the night. In all, you will have 5 well stocked bars to choose from, so get your drinking partner and have a blast! After all those drinks, be sure to visit our Sober Zone, get some water or coffee but designate a driver for the night!

The entertainment is by far what will top off the night and make the Central Bank All Inclusive Event the Ultimate Experience. Kes the Band and Machel Montano promise to create a frenzy of excitement with DJ Myles, MCs JW and Blaze and the lineup of special guest artistes including Kerwin Dubois, will not disappoint. The young and the young at heart will be entertained and will surely make the 12th Annual Central Bank All Inclusive the one nobody wants to miss.

Patrons are also reminded that Edward Street is now a one way street but parking is available at Nipdec and at the Legal Affairs car park. ( this is said in the paragraph before)

The Ultimate Experience could not be a success without its sponsors: Angostura Rum Cocktails; TSTT; AS Brydens; Marketing & Distribution; AMCO; Holiday Foods; Grace Kennedy; Oscar Francois, Unicomer (COURTS) Trinidad Ltd, Fens Furniture Store and Unilever.

Keep checking our facebook page for regular updates as we continue to release more information about the Ultimate Experience- http://www.facebook.com/CBSCCAllInclusive

Mac Farlane Carnival presents "The Event" Mac Mas Monday"

As I mentioned before Carnival Monday promises to be different for Mac Farlane masqueraders in "Sanctification" as they will take part in a costumed  performance for a paying audience at the Jean Pierre Complex  that evening for the first time in the history of his band.

 Tickets for "The Event" are on sale, here are some more details:


Venue: Jean Pierre Complex,

Time: 6:30pm

The show starts with Rosalind Gabriel Children's Band, followed by Shadow, David Rudder, Patrice Roberts, Silver Stars, Kees and Tony Prescott.

Be there, Be a part of it all...

Tickets for "THE EVENT" :-

General - $300
Box Seats - $400
VIP - $500

For further information please call "The Event" Hotline on:-
1-868-394-5604 or 1-868-394-5579
https://www.facebook.com/events/103442319780349/

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Soca Monarch Semi Finals Streaming LIVE


Streaming from 8:00 p.m. GMT-4 to 12:00 a.m. GMT-4 today Sunday January 29 on 
Carnival TV

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Carnival Mist

Nestled perfectly in the Santa Cruz Valley, beautiful scenery lush greenery. Tonnes of MIST, crawling fog , state of the art lighting system with an amazing decor. Cameras are recommended! 

Performances by Kerwin Dubois and Swappi.



Tickets Cost $200 LTD ADVANCE ONLY
Secure Parking Available

CONTACT:

Renaldo Robertson - 717-3036
Sean Cazabon - 680-1480
Roger Ible - 678-6709
Hermant Ramkissoon - 680-6179
Arthur Leong Poi - 678-2025
David Caesar - 384-9087
Marie-Claire Mac Cartney - 682-1696
Bruce Shepherd -788-1263
Danielle Parkinson - 290-4881
Ian Lee - 686-6767
Janine Morton - 477-5508
Jamie Lee Yuen -332-7336
Kristi-Anne Chin -682-8835
Brendon Clement -687-6871

With tickets you can get 5% off bottle purchases at Bottle Stop in Maraval. https://www.facebook.com/#!/Bottlestop. Opening hours friday 3rd February 10am - 10pm .
Discount does not apply on sale items.

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Digicel International Soca Monarch Competition Rides The Information Superhighway Into Trinidad and Tobago¹s 2012 Carnival

Carnival TV Partners With Caribbean Prestige Foundation For The Performing Arts To Stream Live On The Internet
The reigning International Power Soca Monarch, Machel Montano, brings the energy of his 2011 soca hit, 
Advantage, to the stage at the finals of the competition.

Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts will take the Digicel International Soca Monarch competition to the World Wide Web with live streaming in High Definition (HD) via Carnival TV’s signature series, LIVEOnStage2Nite. The pay-per-view (PPV) broadcast will go live from the Arima Velodrome for four hours from 8:00 p.m. (00:00:00Z) with the semi finals of the Play Whe Groovy Soca Monarch and the Digicel Power Soca Monarch competitions on Sunday January 29, 2012.

The Digicel International Soca Monarch has become a staple of the cultural landscape of Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival, being the foremost barometer for proficiency in the Soca realm of the Caribbean. In it’s 20th anniversary year, international audiences will witness some of the 53 regional semi-finalists vie for entry to the finals of the 2012 Digicel International Soca Monarch competition. Carnival TV will stream four hours of the eight-hour show live, featuring performances from both competitions.

Carnival TV was launched in March 2011, as the premier HD Internet TV station streaming live Caribbean content to the globe, with an aim to capture and present the essence of everything Caribbean through the eyes of Caribbean people. In it’s pilot year, the station successfully kicked off its programming with live streams of Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival including the National Steelband Panorama Finals, Dimanche Gras, and the Parade of the Bands, which attracted more than 300,000 viewers in 137 countries around the world.

This Sunday, soca and carnival enthusiasts can get their front-row PPV seats for US $0.99 for the Digicel International Soca Monarch Semi Finals at www.carnivaltv.net

Payment can be made by credit card or PayPal only. For more information visit www.facebook.com/carnivaltvtt or www.facebook.com/socamonarch or tweet to @carnivaltvHD or @intlsocamonarch or email carnivaltvHD@estuarypr.com.

Kees Dieffenthaller in his winning performance that secured him the 2011 International Groovy Soca Monarch title 
with the smash single, Wotless.

WHAT:
LIVEOnStage2Nite: Digicel International Soca Monarch Semi Finals

WHO:
Carnival TV and Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts

WHEN:
Sunday January 29, 2012
Streaming from 00:00:00Z (TT 8:00 p.m.) to 04:00:00Z (TT 12:00 a.m.)

WHERE:

World Wide Web via Carnival TV (www.carnivaltv.net)

TICKETS:

PPV for US $0.99. Payment by VISA, Martercard, AMEX or PayPal only.

PHOTO CREDIT: Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Frequently Asked Questions Carnival 2012

I have been inundated with emails and questions on the Trinidad Carnival Diary Fanpage literally asking the same thing over and over so hopefully this post will be your condensed go to "answer spot" to those frequently asked questions:

DO YOU HAVE A FETE CALENDER/EVENT LISTING?
Ticket Federation - http://www.ticketfederation.com/schedule
Whey All De Fetes Are - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.350820994936977.91345.208059562546455&type=1
NCC Events - http://www.ncctt.org/home/news/266-carnival-events-2012.html

WHERE TO BUY FETE TICKETS?
Online 
http://www.caribbeanboxoffice.net/
http://www.ticketfederation.com/
http://www.ultimatelime.com/
http://www.sunnysideuptt.com/

In House 
TRIBE Fetes ( Blue Flame, Ignite) - At Tribe Mas Camp
Island People Fetes(Girl Power, Insomnia, Dawn) - At Island People If House
Advertised Ticket Outlets - Cache, Crosbys etc. which will be listed in the advertisement of the Fete.

Via Committee:
Event Page on Facebook (do a search)
Event listings on websites such as Triniscene, Toronto Lime and Trini Jungle Juice where you will find flyers and contact information for some events.

Via a Concierge Service:
Trpl F Services  : https://www.facebook.com/pages/TrpleF-Services/211425157892
The Carnival Connection: https://www.facebook.com/thecarnivalconnection

ARE THEIR ANY MAKEUP ARTISTS STILL AVAILABLE?
Your best bet is to check this page on Facebook where those who still have room for bookings advertise :
https://www.facebook.com/groups/43755529451/

WHERE CAN I GET  A WIRE BRA/CORSET MADE?
Custom Made Corsets and Carnival Supplies - https://www.facebook.com/groups/123164814377724/
Akin Ross - http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2011/12/custom-decorated-underwear.html
Other contacts - http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2011/08/wire-bras-locally-made.html

WHICH SITES SELL BOOTS ONLINE?
Ami Club Wear







I NEED MAS TIGHTS
You can get Mas Tights in Trinidad at Samaroos, Wonderful World ( all branches) , Micles (all branches), Superpharm(all branches) and Paserla (Frederick Street, Port of Spain). Nude fishnets at Carnaby Street (Trincity Mall and downtown Port of Spain) and Wonderful World.

Online purchase at carnivalkicks.com, Peavy Tights or any brand of sheer to the waist dance tights from stores that sell brands like Danskin and Capezio.

WHERE CAN I STILL FIND ACCOMMODATION?
Hotels

WHICH SITES SELL COSTUMES?
Fineah Ban - http://fineahban.com/

I NEED TO FIND A J'OUVERT BAND
There is a listing on the blog:

WHICH CARNIVAL BANDS ARE STILL OPEN FOR REGISTRATION?

Brian Mac Farlane

D Harvard Boys

D Harvard Revellers

D Krewe

Dream Team 

Explosion Carnival 

Glenn Carvalho 

Harts Carnival 

Harvard Posse

Harts 

Island People Mas

Just Friends

K2K Alliance 

Legacy 

Oasis Carnival 

Pulse 8 

Roam Mas 

Ronnie and Caro 

Showtime

Sobeit

Spice Carnival

Wee International 

WHERE TO GET AIR BRUSHING DONE?

Win A "Carnival Brag Book" from Aye Shanti

See the link below for details on how you can win this Carnival Brag Book from Aye Shanti:




Thursday, January 26, 2012

ARE YOU READY TO WEAR THAT CARNIVAL COSTUME? Get Ready with Nestlé!


On Thursday January 12th, NESTLÉ FITNESS® Cereals and NESTLÉ SVELTY® Skimmed Milks joined forces and launched its 14-days “Get Ready for Carnival” programme. The stage was set at Aura Cocktail Bar and Restaurant from 7pm, with well-known local actress, model and Carnival enthusiast, and campaign spokesperson Teri-Leigh Bovell sharing her positive experience with the programme, thus far. “Nestlé has empowered me to be healthier, and pushed me to love my body and in turn, nurture my spirit” stated Bovell. The ever-popular Kes also graced the stage at the “Get Ready for Carnival” launch, giving a memorable performance of his popular Carnival hits to a gracious crowd.

The 14-days “Get Ready for Carnival” programme promotes a healthy lifestyle; with health being an integral aspect of being in shape. The plan includes 3 simple steps to be followed over 14 days – the number of days required to form a healthy habit. By sticking to the plan, consumers will be ready for Carnival 2012.

L-R Promo Model Danielle Noriega, Casey Perue, Nicole Mejia, 
Teri-Leigh Bovell, Jenny Hoyte, Nicolás Wahli, Promo Model Nicole Wong Chong.

3 Easy Steps
This programme is unlike any other in Trinidad as it incorporates daily exercise; NESTLÉ FITNESS® Cereal with NESTLÉ SVELTY® skimmed milk; along with suggested portions of a uniquely Trinidadian menu, designed by a local nutritionist. Dishes such as callaloo and stewed chicken are all allowed on this plan, showing that by making smart choices, one can get into that Carnival costume and start on the path to a healthier life. Another first for NESTLÉ and the “Get Ready for Carnival” programme lies in Teri-Leigh, a local ambassador for an international company, gracing the packaging of the range of Fitness cereals. Along with Teri, menu plans and exercise tips are also included on Fitness packaging. All the motivation one needs to be Carnival ready is therefore being provided by NESTLÉ; so why not get started?
Nicolás Wahli, Business Manager, Nestlé Breakfast Cereals for the Caribbean Region announced: “Our consumers have evolved and are today, more aware of how their diet affects their health. Nestlé presented several years ago, our completely reformulated line of Cereals, all made with whole grain. This reinforces our philosophy to provide the best products for nutrition, health, and wellness”. 

According to Wahli, having consulted consumers through focus groups, interviews and direct contact, it became clear that an identifiable feminine figure who reflects the modern-day Trini woman was desired: An active, spontaneous, versatile and dynamic individual who is conscious about the importance of good health. Teri-Leigh was, therefore, selected to be the campaign spokesperson. She hopes to showcase that by undertaking this programme, participants will learn tips on getting in shape, while setting the foundation for a healthy life.

Jenny Hoyte, Nestlé Business Coordinator for Trinidad and Tobago, pointed out: “After all the Christmas festivities, many of us make the resolution to get in shape for the New Year. NESTLÉ listens to our consumers and through our mega brands NESTLÉ FITNESS® Cereals and NESTLÉ SVELTY® Skimmed Milks, developed the 14 days program; a complete plan for consumers to start a healthy lifestyle. What’s easier than having your NESTLÉ FITNESS cereal with your NESTLÉ SVELTY® skimmed milk?”

Casey Perue, Consumer Marketing Manager for Dairy in Trinidad and Tobago, highlighted the fact that the range of NESTLÉ SVELTY® skimmed milks are perfectly suited to assist in weight management programmes, as they all contain very little fat. “By pro-actively taking care of your health, and choosing healthy food and beverage options, you can become your best you, to ‘Look Good and Feel Good’; the 14-days programme embodies this concept”.

The NESTLÉ 14-days “Get Ready for Carnival” programme will be supported with mass media communication through TV, Radio, Internet and activations at the main supermarkets and malls. Look out for it and start the NESTLE SVELTY® skimmed milk and NESTLÉ FITNESS® Cereal 14-days programme, today!



14-DAYS “GET READY FOR CARNIVAL” PROGRAMME
NESTLÉ FITNESS® Cereal with NESTLÉ SVELTY® skimmed milk 14-days “Get Ready for Carnival” programme is a complete plan to help you get into shape to wear your Carnival costume. The plan involves 3 easy steps that consumers will follow for 14 days to help them achieve their figure, develop new healthy habits, and get ready for Carnival:

1. Include 1 serving (approximately 30 grams) of Nestlé FITNESS® Cereal with one cup (250ml) NESTLÉ SVELTY® Fibre Milk for your breakfast and your afternoon snack.
2. Exercise for 30 minutes every day
3. Eat Healthy – To help consumers eat a more balanced diet, Nestlé recommends 3 easy and delicious, localized menus to choose from, which can be found on the back of all NESTLÉ FITNESS Cereal boxes.

After these 14 days, participants will not only feel better about themselves, but will be well on their way to being Carnival-ready, while having learnt healthy habits to keep them trim, all year long.
The programme’s 3 menus can be found on the box of Fitness® cereal varieties.
For further information, please call 800-NEST.




They Call me Mrs Fete :UWI Fete - The Review

Fete : UWI Fete, UWI Campus 
Price: $850.00
Date: January 22,2012
Photos: http://triniscene.com/tsv7/galleries/?page=display&id=GAL5FDD9F

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Location
Spread out over the northern grounds on Campus close to the Principal's office the space was utilized very well for layout and flow. On entering the gates the main food area  and seating was at your left; along the right another food area, both stages and other bars/drink stations. See map for details (and I must add I loved that maps were available for patrons  on the day as well)

Ambiance/Decor
The theme of UWI Fete this year was Africa specifically "Zangalewa" and there were appropriately attired dancers greeting you upon entry plus touches of "African" print and masks in the decor. The theme even carried out to the printed paper fans that were being handed out.





Food
Wow, I know the menu was available  on UWI Fete's Facebook page for weeks leading up to the event but I was still impressed by the variety of food in person. I sampled the Caribbean and Italian food stations first then later on in the night , after two performances , we went back for Greek and Indian and in between we indulged in the "finger foods"; stuffed dumpling with crab, ribs, barbque pigtail and aloo pie from the Debe Delicacies. Everything I had tasted great, no complaints. Kudos to the "fancy" square disposable plates that were used. 





Bar
There were two main bars where I found service to be a bit slow and we were just waiting to get water! The Johnny Walker Green drink station (it was way too small to be called a bar) was my spot for drinks for the day. The only issue was it was situated in a passage way so it got crowded and it was a small bar that was very popular so always a wait to get a drink. I also saw an Angostura Cocktail Bar, Yellow Tail Bar, Chivas Bar and Carib Brewery. On the map there were other bars that I missed on seeing in person. 





Performances
Again I missed Roy Cape and only saw the ending of Karma's performance. Having two stages I think is brilliant, since the stage often becomes the focal point at a fete with patrons standing around reserving a spot or staring at an empty stage waiting for the performances to begin. With the two stages there was no gathering of the crowd in any one area so people were moving all over the grounds.

Dil E Nadan, totally surprised me as the last time I saw them live I was not impressed. However the band was redeemed on Sunday giving a rousing performance that the crowd enjoyed. I don't know if it was the fact that I was up front for Kes or that the space was a bit smaller and more intimate but I loved his set, full of energy and I really do appreciate a Soca Artiste who can SING! Kes is proving that last year was no fluke, very strong performance.



Crowd Vibe
There is this myth perpetuated that UWI Fete is an "old people party", well that was not the case on Sunday as both mature and younger patrons attended the event, a very nice mix of people who all came out to party. As far as I could see a good time was had my many, self included! 




Eye Candy
On a scale of 1 to 10 eye candy rating would be around 8 , there were some good looking men (and women) at this fete! Everyone who dressed to theme looked fabulous as I saw some very interesting interpretations of "African Wear".








Extras
The VIP area hosted stars Tatyana Ali, CCH Pounder and Lyriq Bent all of whom I had the pleasure of meeting.

actor Lyriq Bent 
Bathroom
Andy Loos (or something of that same nature) were used. When I visited there were no lines, they were clean, air conditioned and pretty fancy for a mobile restroom. 

Overall Rating
UWI fete gets a solid 8.5, it was a pretty good fete! The rain of Saturday and early Sunday was both a blessing and a curse. Because of the rain and overcast weather it was not as stiflingly humid and hot as if we had blazing sunshine as there are not that many shaded areas at UWI. The caveat however is that some of the areas were muddy and water logged so that was a slight bit challenging to navigate. Other than that, I had no major complaints and I look forward to theme 2013.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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