876 Life: Paradise Lost, Ocho Rios

We all have that one friend who moves away from home but it seems like they never quite left because almost every other weekend you’d get a call saying “I’m home, pick me up at the airport.” These calls used to happen far too often but since we’ve graduated from college, adulting has turned these spontaneous trips into a distant memory. So you can imagine how shocked I was when I got a call last week saying “I just booked a plane ticket home…well not a ticket, six tickets. I’m bringing some friends down for Spring Break.”

I wish I could tell you that my friend is coming back to Jamaica because he misses home and all the wonderful friends that he hasn’t seen for almost four years but no, it took something much greater to inspire this trip. A few months ago in my post about EDX, I had touched on the subject of EDM in Jamaica; well this March, Jamaica will be hosting its first major EDM festival, Paradise Lost. From March 10-12, Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in Ocho Rios will be graced by headliners Tiësto and the bass god, Bassnectar. The festival will not only feature  EDM acts but also some local legends such as King Jammy. Continue reading

Hello Quarter-life Crisis

Quarter life crisis

Typically around my birthday, I find myself retreating and getting all wrapped up in nostalgia. I would look back on the past year and start overanalyzing every decision I’ve made and beat myself up over what I consider to be my shortcomings. Sometimes it results in nothing but a trip down memory lane but there have been instances where it became a full existential crisis.

25 is one of those milestone ages. Half way through your twenties, there is no longer any doubt that you’re an adult, or at least you’re supposed to be. People generally expect you to have achieved something by now and have your priorities straight. Continue reading

5 Reasons To Go To TomorrowWorld 2015

Tomorrowland 2014

Last year, I went to TomorrowWorld solo and ended up celebrating my birthday with 160,000 new friends from all across the globe. TomorrowWorld,  based in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, is smaller than its sister festival, Tomorrowland, but it has definitively lived up to the family reputation and contributed to the local economy with its visitors bringing in almost 94 million dollars to Georgia over the course of 3 days.  Continue reading

Turning The Tides – Saving Our Sea Turtles

A few weeks ago, I had the good fortune of meeting a gentleman named Melvyn Tennant.

Turtle Man Mel Tennant

Mel, a retired teacher, moved to Jamaica in 2003 and found that his beach-front property comes with a little surprise. In the summer of 2004, he started noticing sets of large turtle tracks along his beach! After witnessing a few turtle hatchings and having to reprimand a grounds-keeper for digging up a turtle nest to steal the eggs, Mel ended up with a new job as a sea turtle conservationist. He’s played the role so well that the locals now fondly refer to him as the Turtle Man. Continue reading