Saturday, March 1, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Considering that St Maarteners and St Martiners start preparing for Carnival right before Christmas, tells you how serious we are about carnival. So the French Carnival has officially started on Sunday we had the Children's parade and next Sunday will be the Grand Parade, so everybody come out and support our French family. Before French Carnival is over, Dutch Sint Maarten pre -celebration jump ups would have started already. So some nights you'll be able to run back and forth over the borden. The Unity Jump up is then supposed to start in French St Martin and take its way over the border to Dutch St Maarten's Carnival village (yes you jam from Marigot to Philipsburg-the world's best workout). The French and Dutch celebrate differently, so try to attend both. Although many of the carnival fanatics who take part every year, participate in BOTH carnivals. French St Martin is what we call 'classy', they get to teeter down Rue de La Republique from Agrement, and when they get to the Main Stage, beautiful choreography. Dutch St Maarten is what we call the sassy carnival, and critics stop complaining, many of the girls participate in both, so the same girls who at classy on the French Side, get sassy on the Dutch side, and THAT'S why they come over. Dutch Carnival for Jouvert, 2nd Day Parade can be downright hedonistic, and that's why you leave the kids at home. The children have their day (s) where only children participate. The Main Parade on the Dutch side, is relatively sedated. On that day they get judged on their costumes etc. I noticed Survivor has start to integrate choreography-beautiful! What makes Dutch St Maarten's carnival so outrageously popular that thousands of other islanders visit to participate, is because of the great music, dancing wukup girls, and tons of free liquour!! Yes tons and tons, or should I say Gallons or barrels of free liquor. Every liquor distributor is out during Dutch Carnival, something that's restricted during French Carnivals. Heineken being a Dutch beer used to dominate, but now the Americans like Coors like, and other drink companies such as Monster are making their appearance. So when the Dutch Side goes wild its because of all the free rum, Heinekens, and monster energy drinks. The Carnival Development Association HATES my raw videos of Jouvert and 2nd day parade, because my videos are real. It's a part of our culture to 'bruk out' for carnival. And you cannot have carnival without bachannal. Once again Judith Roumou (St Maarten Online Network) has the #1 Carnival video. All you have to do is Youtube search: St Maarten Carnival 2013.
Judith Roumou will be back. Better equipment, better cameras, more photographers etc etc....
Stay tuned, and of course subscribe to the St Maarten online blogs, to get the true behind the scenes Carnival stories.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
All the photos are slightly varied. My cousin and I had to attend a political rally, but I wasn't coming to get photos at the rally, I wanted Dawn Beach Oyster Pond photos. I live over the hill, so I rarely over at Oyster Pond, got some nice photos, and I will be posting. Visited the only casino that missed my gaming blog list, got some nice photos etc. Got great video at the Westin, at Oyster Pond community (posh), the casino. My main goal were to get as many natural photos as possible, I succeeded beautiful trees, fruit, flora and fauna (animals and plants). I had a great time, multi-tasked, got some great photos and videos and Neville got me safely home. Hope to visit Oyster Pond again soon, and just spend the day. Very quiet.......and some parts are gated. But as an Indigenous St Maartener, "gated" will not stop me, I have access to many secret "Honeycomb" Hideouts to get my photos. I hope to have Little Bay featured soon......Little Bay on an "Up Close and Personal" riddim. Many more photos. We have TWO carnivals coming up St Martin begins in two weeks, and Sint Maarten's carnival begins as St Martin's ends. We have the Heineken Regatta coming up March 6th......my birthday as usual. Getting ready to do what we've been doing four years now, bringing you closer to St Maarten. Not just the
Monday, December 30, 2013
Yes, St Maarten is as gorgeous as it appears, BUT YOU HAVE TO USE COMMON SENSE. photos judith roumou
St Maarten is a great country, and we get questions all the time about crime etc. St Maarten is safer than most countries, and the rule is, if you don't do it in your country, don't try it when you come to St Maarten. I was on location of a movie set, that filmed a TV mini-series back in St Maarten several years ago. I was going home at around dusk, when the sun has already set, but there's still light. I saw a woman jogging, down the beach, headphones on, thong bikini, no care in the world.
That's not a smart thing to do anywhere in any country, and I doubt that she jogged in her New York parks when it was dark in a thong, with headphones so that she couldn't even HEAR the muggers coming. What you have to do in St Maarten, is use common sense. Yes we are a liberal Dutch Island, but we are also made up of every country in the world, so nobody can predict anyone's actions. The same with visiting parents who let their teenagers run amok on the island where there are NO alcohol laws. I see enough tourist go about their own vacation, while their teenagers are all over the place looking for fun, and finding trouble. If you monitor your kids at home, you certainly want to monitor them in a strange country, no matter how nice it is. And if you don't do stupid stuff like jogging alone in a thong in the darkness, don't do it in St Maarten, there's a lot of stupid people out there.
Friday, December 27, 2013
Most people in St Maarten don't know what I actually do, so people speculate. I began as a vlogger in 2007, I started posting videos in the USA, so I learned how to process and edit videos. When I got to St Maarten, I was a Youtube Vlogger with millions and millions of views. Many people volunteered to do the photography while I shot the video. NOBODY came through, so I ended up doing the videography and the photography. So I had to learn the photo and I upgraded 5 cameras in 5 years, so you have to learn and relearn the programs and software. Then I got into the beef with the St Maarten Government not paying me thousands when I'd done work for them. In order to defend myself, I started to blog, which means simply writing an almost daily journal of events. What makes my blogs popular is that I have the video, photos and audio, even emails to back what I say. I was content to just post videos and photos, but the number one complaint has been.....I see the photo, but you never tell us what' going on. So in 2014, the blogs will change. More commentary, better quality photos and videos and many more satires and parodies :)