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    True Paradise

    When my boyfriend told me that he was taking me to Jamaica for my birthday, I just about screamed. I had gone last year with my best friend and I didn’t have a good time. I asked him where we were staying and he told me that the only thing he would tell me is that we were going to be staying in Negril.

    The closer it got to time for us to leave it seemed like everything that could go wrong did. It seemed like everybody wanted me to come in for interviews (I have been trying to change jobs). The passports weren’t back in time and my honey had to drive all the way to New Orleans to get an acceptable birth certificate. Now mind you it was 48 hours before we were to leave and all I kept thinking was, “this can’t be happening”. We were so stressed out and everything was getting on our nerves. We needed this vacation and we need it like yesterday. The day before it was time to leave I was so antsy that I couldn’t sleep.

    Finally, it was time. We got started around six that morning and I was running around with the camcorder recording all of our steps and rushing him along. I usually make all the arrangements for our travel and since he’d done it as a surprise for me, I was a very nervous about the accommodations. Our ride to the airport was uneventful as was our check-in and boarding. We arrived in Montego Bay at about three o’clock and we were starving. We found our way over to the shuttle that would be taking us to Negril to our Hotel. We had to wait for an hour before boarding and nobody told me that we an hour and a half ride to our resort. I got so carsick or should I say van sick from the winding roads and fast speeds that all I wanted to do was puke and lay down. I was so glad when our driver Barrington took pity on me and stopped at little roadside café. My Puddin’ (nickname for my sweetie) had a Red Stripe and I had a Pepsi and some jerk chicken. After that short break we continued on to the resort. I was totally impressed. When we stepped off the van at Couples Swept Away, a gentleman walked up to us and handed a cool, wet face towel. It was very refreshing and much needed. We didn’t have to touch our luggage again until we got into the room. After we did the check in thing, it was explained to us that we would have to attend guest orientation at ten the next morning.
    When we got to the room I was a little nervous because I didn’t know what to expect. I was shocked and amazed when I walked into that room. Three of the walls were all windows, there was a king sized bed, a fully stocked bar, a refrigerator with soda, water, ice, juice and beer. We had a living room that was literally outside with a ceiling fan, couch and chair. When we walked down three steps about 20 feet in front us was the beach and ten feet to the right of us was a bar. (Talk about drinking and drowning) [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] I couldn’t stop kissing my Puddin’ because this was the most romantic place I had ever seen. :love: We strolled down the beach, took a few pictures, came back and unpacked our clothes and decided to find food.

    We really didn’t know what to do with the rest of our day. After all it was almost six o’clock by this time and we had been up and going since early that morning so we opted to try and find something for dinner and turn in and start over fresh the next day. We decided to go across the street to the sports bar for pizza or something, we didn’t care, just wanted to put something in our stomachs and go to sleep at this point. I decided that I would try something to drink. Hey, with the AI package what is there to lose, if I didn’t like it I could get something else, right? Well, I started with a strawberry daiquiri, it was good but I could get those at home right, so I decided to venture out a little more and got a Purple Rain. All I will say about it, was that it is a pretty color. After eating jerk pizza and few drinks I was ready to kick back and relax and get ready for the next day. We got back to the room, showered and into PJ’s and my Puddin’ said, “something’s missing”. Yall, we did not have a TV in our room. I laughed for about ten good minutes, I should have taken a picture of the expression on his face. He looked so lost and confused. He likes to sleep with the TV on. I told him that I could find another way to entertain him so that he wouldn’t miss his TV so much and the games began. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

  • #2
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    YES!! A new report to read!! Great start - look forward to more!!

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    • #3
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      Dora,

      U naughty girl!!! [img]/forums/images/graemlins/704555_dwl.gif[/img] No T.V. in the room. What did y'all do next? Just kidding!!!
      Please continue with your report.

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      • #4
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        NAUGHTY!! NAUGHTY!!

        LET'S ALL HOPE SHE WAS GOOD AND NAUGHTY!!

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        • #5
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          Puddin' sounds like a very wise man!! [img]/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

          fun story so far....more please!!

          any fotos??
          Anyone can have an itchy bottom

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          • #6
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            True Paradise Part 2

            If anybody had ever told me that I would be doing some of the things that I did in JA I would have told them that they were crazy or drunk.

            It started out relatively quiet and normal. My Puddin’ and I got up around seven, showered, dressed and headed out to orientation. We noticed the day before how the staff at Couple’s was very friendly and willing to help us out in any way possible. While we were on our tour of the grounds, our guide was explaining all of the different activities that we could participate in that were included in our package and we were so excited about being able to go snorkeling, getting a massage and doing the paddle boats that we forgot that we didn’t get a chance to eat. Our guide Leethan was gorgeous (Taye Diggs didn’t have nothing on him). He took us to the main dining area and was explaining to us that every Thursday they have a Staff and Guest’s talent show. We got there Wednesday evening and now this was Thursday morning. He told us that if any of us were interested that we should sign up for the talent show.

            I love to sing but have always been afraid to sing in front of people. I decided that since my birthday was Saturday and I would be turning thirty-eight, that I should stop being afraid to do things and just step out and let the chips fall where they may, besides nobody here knows me. So, I signed up. Leethan told me to be back there for rehearsal at two and we would decide which song I would sing. I started getting nervous right then. So, as we are leaving the dining room I see a lady who braids hair (Janet) and I tell here that I would like to have my hair braided. An hour and a half later I have a new slant to my eyes and my head hurts like crazy. I look at it as, no pain; no gain and I don’t have to comb my hair for the next week at least.

            We decided to go Parasailing, now get this, I am deathly afraid of heights and I can’t believe that I agreed to do this and here I go again with the theory that I am turning thirty-eight and at this point feeling like I have nothing to lose (other then my life) being that I’m over the hill and all. We go to sign up and the sky gets real dark and I’m sitting there watching this storm brewing.

            The wind starts picking up and we decide to wait for this little adventure. Yeah, I am a chicken, I was glad to cancel out at this point because Cosman (the guide who books parasailing and jet skiing) told me that the line is about 500 feet long and I would be at least 300 feet in the air.

            By this time it’s time for me to get ready for rehearsal anyway. I was really nervous by the time I got there and the bartender gave me this very potent and tasty red drink. I drank it and I must say I was feeling no pain. I was talking with some of the other guests that were participating and in the midst of saying, “nobody knows any of us here” I discovered that one of the other guests was there from Memphis and we run in similar circles. Now, that shot my theory to hell. We decided to do the thang anyway and she agreed to do my backup. Rehearsal was smooth and I wasn’t nervous at all. How could I be after two rum punches?

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            • #7
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              Dora, this is a wonderful beginning. You are actually very good at this, see and you were all nervous and stuff. And a little something spicy for us to read as well....you go girl!

              Now get back to the talent show...what happened...what happened
              Remember that the best relationships is the one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

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              • #8
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                dora. I can't believe you were worried about not knowin "how" to write a trip report- it's great! you got us right there with you!

                now pleeez to come wit de rest!!!!! [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

                <pssst....ladies, hear she talk bout seh she 38 and ova de hill> [img]/forums/images/graemlins/704555_dwl.gif[/img] [img]/forums/images/graemlins/704555_dwl.gif[/img] [img]/forums/images/graemlins/704555_dwl.gif[/img] [img]/forums/images/graemlins/704555_dwl.gif[/img]
                Fear is the lock, and laughter the key to your heart.

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                • #9
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                  True Paradise Part 2 cont……..

                  After rehearsal Puddin’ and I went back to our room, we decided to sit in the living room area which as I said earlier was outside. I started getting really panicky so I started recording the beach and the water and the people walking around and talking to myself, trying to convince myself that I could and would actually do this. Puddin’ kept trying to reassure me that I would do well. He told me that he thought I had a wonderful voice and that I shouldn’t be afraid to share my gift with others. Now yall know, I wasn’t even trying to hear that. I wanted him to tell me that I shouldn’t do it. I wanted him to support me backing out and you know what, he didn’t.

                  We started getting ready for dinner at about seven o’clock. The show was to start at nine and we were to meet backstage a little before then. I couldn’t even eat my dinner my stomach was in knots and I was drinking like a fish and couldn’t get drunk to save my life. I couldn’t even get a buzz. I drank three rum punches and some blue drink to no avail. There were three of us guests performing and wouldn’t you know it, guess who had to go first. I thought I was gone die. The rest of the performers were staff at the resort. So the line up went like this……. Staff dance routine, Dora sing, staff dance, Chad play guitar and sing, staff play skit, Carmen sing, staff sing and so on. So I’m begging and pleading not to go on first and they all say, you got the song that is going to grab their attention, we need you to nail it. No pressure huh? OK, here I go, knees wobbling, heart racing, sweat beading up on my forehead. I look over at Carmen (friend I met from Memphis) my backup and I tell her, “I’m getting ready to bail.” She goes no way, I’m up here, and you have to stay up here. I give her a look like, oh yeah, watch this. I look out at my Puddin’ and he’s fumbling with the camcorder. I kind of smile and the music starts playing. Here I go………….. I’m getting tired of yo s---, you don’t never buy me nothin’. See, every time you come around you got to bring Jim, James, Paul and ………… Did you guess it? Yeah, I sang Tyrone by Erica Badu. I tore that song up, my eyes were closed most of time and at one point when I thought I couldn’t finish it, the audience started cheering and clapping and yelling, “sing that song girl,” don’t be scared.

                  I did indeed finish the song and when I was done, I forgot to take a bow, I just ran off the stage and Chad was right there, I was shaking and crying and he hugged me and kissed my cheek and told me that I had done a wonderful job and for me to cheer him on when his turn came. When I got to the table with Puddin’ he hugged me and asked my why I was crying and I told him for two reasons:
                  1. That I was so nervous that I thought I forgot the words and 2. That I was able to conquer a fear that has held me hostage for years.
                  Next came Chad, he played his guitar and sang a song that he wrote. He was really good. I think he was a professional and I did as he asked and I stood and clapped and cheered for him. Carmen came out later and brought the house down. She sang three songs. I found out later that Carmen has been performing since she was two and is currently in a band. That gurl can sang. We laughed later about how she was my backup. I knew that she would finish the song if I bailed out and it would still sound good.

                  That is one night that I will never forget as long as I live. After the show was over they called us all back up to the stage and at that point I was trying to crawl under the table cause I really didn’t want to get back up in front of everybody. They kept calling my name and Puddin’ raised his hand and pointed at me; till they put the spotlight on me and I had to get up. They gave us all a bottle of rum that had Lion Courage on it. I laughed and thought to myself, “shoot they should have given me this before I came out here!” We were standing around talking after everything died down and this man walks up to Carmen and me and asks us if we were the two that were from Memphis and we both say yes. He says he is from Memphis also and he wants to talk to us about doing some recording in a studio. I told Carmen good night and I ran out of there. Yeah, I know too much excitement for one night. Puddin’ was excited and my head was beginning to hurt. At that point I just wanted to lie down and forget. One hurdle at a time, too much, too fast and I just was not ready for all of this.

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                  • #10
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                    Dora - Good for you!! What an accomplishment!

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                    • #11
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                      Dora,

                      Geo

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                      • #12
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                        Ok Dora-stop faking.
                        This isn't your first trip report.
                        Are you writing under an alias?
                        You are a great writer-I'm enjoying every line. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

                        Pleaase continue.
                        Peace
                        Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
                        I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

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                        • #13
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                          Dora - wanted to stop in to join the crowd and say thanks for posting a report - you are doing a great job - love your style!

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                          • #14
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                            Yes Sugar,

                            This is my very first trip report, but I will say this. I got some good advice from Nappy she told me to write from my heart and that is what I am trying to do. I'm glad you guys are enjoying reading about my trials and accomplishments. I told my Puddin' when we first started dating that because of our ages that we may not be able to have that many 1st's because we had both already been married once and have children and you know the usual. Believe it or not we have had several 1st's, things that neither of us have ever done before and we are doing them together. Just wait til day four of the report. That was one first that's sure to raise your eyebrows.

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                            • #15
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                              Oh Dora .... isn't it wonderful to be able to "firsts" all over again??

                              I once told Vi - I was 42 and thought things were all over for me - Jamaica was not new to me at that time, but, a whole new set of "firsts" presented itself to me .... OU LA LA!!

                              Can not wait to find out what surfaces on day four [img]/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

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