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Christmas in Cuba

Like old women who were once BEAUTY queens, buildings radiantly worn, time has aged them increasingly VIBRANT, there’s a thickness in the air, my hair has created a life of its own, jungle texture, there’s a PURITY and a GRIT that exists in the people that hasn’t yet been corrupted by our consumerism, we praise thru song and DANCE to the deities originating from the mother, OSHUN drips honey all over her body, seduction, chango takes hold of my hips, cigarettes so prevalent my voice has some rasp, I like the sound and consider smoking for 3.7 seconds until the feeling of being boxed in with the smoke leaves me claustrophobic for freshness and life force, no puedo imaginar Cuba without vintage treasures that adorn their streets and lives and hearts, no system is flawless, I still am learning what it means to be FREE, beyond the constraints of my government, in the obscure parts of my mind, in the pained parts of my heart, dancers BRILLIANT as the sun! honored to study with maestros, limber/effortless/fluid they paint through their bodies with a strength that withstands the cement floor, my feet dance till they’re dead and reincarnate into a spirit beyond my understanding, no mirrors in class to learn so everything must be felt, the queen of folklorio reminds us to dance with our faces, Rumba! Various levels of provocativeness, one in Matanzas where the man playfully pops the woman in the pussy! damn! the roosters call our alarm clock, Guantanamo’s HEART exceeds its reputation, el aire in Santiago tan sucio – makes LA smog seem refreshing, no toilet paper in any public restrooms, my uber healthy spoiled palate adjusts to minimal veggies, good thing I love some rice and beans, pescado and platanos, mmmm fresh mango juice, dark aged rum, ménage a trois via salsa, SINGING on the verdadero American r&b tunes with Cubanos and Americanos, laughing and free, Christmas in Cuba! taking in el campo y la ciudad, the sea my heaven, every molecule baptized, there is no higher BLISS, grateful for golden LUMINOUS souls impacting the world with their light, met a 7 foot tall otherworldly angel whose hug pieced my heart together again, the father drum asks questions the mother drum gives answers, polyrhythms in my body, my heart’s elation, beautiful tears of joy born from realizations, cheeks ache from smiling, I will never be the same.

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adventures in guerrilla marketing, nursing vs. singing and friends are the family we choose

2 make some extra dinero for my trip to europe i manifested a beautiful gig doing promo work with the ultimate hustler that i’ll call “Boston”… i visit various locations with mi jefe (who despite the tough accent, is the BIGGEST sweetheart and so so so much fun). this promo work is teaching me so much…about how people respond to your energy/body language/vocal tone even more than i previously knew or imagined… when i accent certain words to certain people they are more likely to interact with me and take the flyer or talk with me about what i’m promoting…  for example people that are thicker respond more when i accent the word “taste” or people that are dressed in really nice clothing or have fancy jewelry are more responsive when i accent the words “beverly hills” …. of course this seems so simple to marketing heads but it’s new to me to be in it…. experimenting different ways to  spark interest… also, people like when you match their energy….if they are polite and quiet they appreciate the same… if they are outgoing and gregarious they typically dig that as well…  if they are in a chill mood they appreciate the same versus someone being up in their face… it’s a good thing i have a talent for reading people and their energy and this is helping me to develop this skill further… i could go on… i got to meet some very interesting people as well… one was a photographer that “liked my look” and gave me his card- he’s super legit and shoots amazing artists in such a gorgeously creative way! 🙂 i’m excited to see what we can create!

the last gig Boston called me for was giving away balloons to promote a band at an electronica concert. except i didn’t realize how guerrilla street style this promo would be…. Boston sets up the helium tank on the street (outside of the venue) with the box of balloons and strings to tie the balloons and scissors and we just go to work… i was thinking how funny it was that we were all college educated getting paid to give away balloons to promote a band... i mean it’s pretty good money, great interaction with mostly very nice people…but  best of all i enjoy it…because i’m FREE. i’m not making money working in an office. i’m not confined to one place. i make my own schedule and everyday is different and crazy and an adventure... the kids going to this concert were wearing the most insane, naughty, bizarre outfits ever. they were very sweet, friendly and somewhat lost. this amazing girl (who couldn’t bring in bracelets she made because the authorities thought she might be hiding drugs in the beads) gave me the radest hello kitty bracelet just because… i didn’t realize though how many people do drugs- almost everyone who walked by asked us if it was nitrous (instead of helium) in the tank cause they wanted to get high! the cops eventually made us close up shop for whatever reason… so we just moved to around the corner. i’m getting better at dealing with the authorities knowing what to say and how to get out of things because with a lot of this kind of work it can be kind of… what’s the word…semi-illegal? i have such a distaste for our system and it’s quite amusing for me to try to get around it.

also, this week has been one of the most difficult weeks of my life because the for the last 10 days i’ve been taking care of my love. it’s heart breaking seeing someone u love with all of your being go through pain… i was only too happy though to have been his full time nurse… i would do anything and everything to care for my beautiful man. and going through this makes me appreciate him even more… but i must say nurses have it hard!!! it is a lot of work! and with homeopathic healing it’s even more work because treatment sometimes needs to be done every 15 minutes versus every few hours or so… it’s exhausting. i’m ready for my love to be on the mend! and it seems like he is now! yay! so we can get our party on in Paris! through this whole intense ordeal… my friends have been amazing… proving once again that friends are the family we choose. i don’t know what i would’ve done without sharmila, julia, and aneesah checking in on me, calling, coming over, offering love/support/food/comfort/medical contacts/laughter etc. even my girls from back east were there for me- oshana, carla, noelle… i am so blessed! and juanita with her wisdom, generosity and love was amazing through this tumultuous time…. i hope the cycle of madness is ending … no fuck that! it IS ending! i’m ready to transition from nursing back into singing! and speaking of singing we have our last show till the fall at Nics in Beverly Hills this Friday night 9:30-1am. rocking the mic will be therapeutic! 🙂 i need it! i’m ready to give myself fully to the moment. sending u love and beautiful adventures and FREEDOM!!!! besos!

my hello kitty bracelet

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i <3 san francisco…food as art, anime porn, and the psychedelic amish…

this weekend inspired me.  san francisco is magical… the streets have this energy of nostalgic free love mixed with electric bright colors and an undescribable grittiness…

we drove up the coast in purple rain (my little elantra, purple rain is the name of the paint color- though it is a perfect name for the car considering i’m a huge prince fan). the weather was perfection: the sun shining, the ocean glistening, music playing. on the way up we stopped in san luis obispo in an attempt to visit an old high school friend at a cafe she worked in (we just missed her!), and took a wrong turn only to end up down a country highway with a GIANT beautiful turkey in the dead center of the road. i was complimenting the turkey on its beauty “wow you’re so beautiful and colorful” as it ran up to purple rain in attack mode! and did some damage on the car as we hauled ass out of there! we then stopped in carmel by the sea at the most INCREDIBLE restaurant- pacific’s edge i think it was called. it overlooked the sea- it felt more like we were on top of the sea and we sat down to dinner just in time for the spectacularly golden sunset! we partook in the most delicious food and the best wine of my life! en serio! we were so underdressed but it was ghetto fabulous! it was so super fancy that they folded our napkins when we got up to use the restroom! lol! i love that! i’m so easily amused! after dinner we headed up to the bay and stayed with my beyond hospitable, warm, and lovely aunt and uncle.

the next day we rocked the city! it was pouring but it didn’t stop our exploration! we had mini adventures all day– in chinatown, little italy, the mission, and took in two amazing exhibitions at the art museum. one was of amish quilts- i know sounds kind of lame- but i found a whole new respect for the amish people from their art. what a lesson in open-mindedness for me. they are channeling some psychedelic art! the colors were electric and the patterns made the designs seem 3D, those quilts spoke languages! we got to see some very cool, dark, obscure tribal art from papa new guinea as well as africa. we rode the metro, the bus, took taxis, walked miles and miles and miles. the taxi driver taught me how to pronounce “ladybug” in cantonese (don’t ask why)…  we walked down height street – i love the vintage stores! and some older punk asked dre if he had ever shit his pants and he so cooly answers “no man i haven’t” and the guy responds- “well obviously you haven’t done a lot of drugs” ….lol! and ended the day at my prima’s sushi restaurant- where we experienced art in the form of food. the place had bizarre anime porn playing. it was crazy!!! and enjoyed a swank hotel room with a spectacular view of the city courtesy of my very generous aunt and uncle! (plug: check out my aunt’s book “secret lives of husband and wives” coming out in june!)

the next day was glorious! we brunched with fam and explored little obscure record shops-  one was a maze-like closet sized treasure chest, where i purchased “sex education for children” yes inspiration for the ep! you’ll see! it’s bad ass!!! i love the street art, the murals of the city- they’re everywhere. i got so inspired by the energy of the city that i formulated the whole concept of the EP! i’m so excited about this creation and all that is will stand for.... i’m so grateful for the inspiration! speaking of gratitude, we went to the famous cafe gratitude where the incredible jon marro’s art is everywhere! (he did the album art for M.U.S.I.C. and is genius!) i love that everything on the menu is “i am loved” “i am beautiful” “i am vibrant” or other positive, happy, high frequency adjectives and states of being! we went to the highest point in the city called twin peaks and drank in the beauty of the city from the highest heights... dre and i then headed to the place with the “best hummus in the US” according to our friend daniel  magala papa (hummus connoisseur) called little jerusalem. sooooo much incredible food. i’m accepting the fact that i’m a foodie… i could travel to different cities just for the food! we ended the night by going out on polk street (the place for debauchery in the city)… i ❤ san francisco!  it has this electric energy that i really resonate with!! california is such a diverse state, i feel so fortunate to live here! what a beautiful way to celebrate my love’s bday! 🙂

wishing you inspiration wherever u are in this world!

besos!!!

happy birthday day to my love 🙂

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