#ShannyValDiaries: How Do I Keep Up To Date with Soca Music?

It’s officially soca season in Jamaica & I am super excited!!!!

The main reason why I love Carnival is definitely the music!…I LOVE SOCA MUSIC!

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So by January I usually know all the songs. This year it was easier to get access to all my music thanks to a few apps & some trusted YouTube Accounts.

People always ask me how I keep up to date with my soca & these are my not so secret weapons.

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#ShannyValDiaries: My Top 25 2017 Soca Songs

It’s 16 days to go until Road March 2017 so I compiled my top 25 2017 Soca Songs.

These are the 25 songs that I am looking forward to hearing on the road.

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#DryLandTouristChronicles: Paradise Found…My Week In The Bahamas (Part 1)

This is one trip I am more than grateful I had the opportunity to go on. It literally happened in less than a month and a half.

I remember a few months ago I was watching some of my favourite Beauty YouTubers vlog  their experience at The Atlantis & thinking how cool it would be to go there. Who knew that a few months later I would be sitting here blogging about my week on Paradise Island.


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The morning of my trip I had to wake up at 5AM because my ride to the airport had school at 8AM. Luckily for me my mom sat with me in the airport until I was ready to go to the departure lounge.

It felt like my flight took forever to board! Once I got on the plane, however, I was more than ready to start my adventure.

The journey to Nassau was smooth & I have to give thanks to Caribbean Airlines for their exceptional service. The only issue I had with my flight was that one particular stewardess was not very friendly especially to the lady sitting beside me. I don’t know if she was having a bad morning or what

The Lynden Pindling Airport was massive! I felt like I was walking FOREVER to the Immigration desk.

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Just landed…can you tell how excited I am?!

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#ShannyVal: Carnival in Jamaica (Beach Jouvert)

I know Jamaica Carnival ended more than a month ago but I had so much work on my plate, I didn’t have the time to really sit down & do my experience justice in a blog post. Finally, my work load has eased & I am able to share the joy that was my Carnival Week!

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My Sugarplum Box Experience

The word Carnival is what sold me on subscribing to my first Sugarplum box. I don’t even remember how I actually discovered this service but I am so glad I did. I am also very happy that my first subscription box EVER was Caribbean based.

This box was a collaboration between Sugarplum box (which based is Jamaica) & TabancaBox (which is based in Trinidad & Tobago).

I ordered my box in February & was given a month to pay. After payments delivery was done about 2 week after (only because of the long holiday weekend).

Prior to delivery, I received email updates about the status of my delivery.

Delivery was very easy! The box was literally delivered at my office door.

Now to my box! Unfortunately I didn’t remember to snap a pic with my box but I was just too excited to open it.

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February Favourites

 

I can’t believe it is March already! February seemed shorter than usual to me but that can be attributed to my constant prayers for our General Election to be OVER!

Nonetheless, February came & went & these were the things I was loving all month.

 

Music – Song

Teddyson John – Allez Allez

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The positive message of this song in the main reason why I fell in love with it & thanks to some experiences in February it was my go to song for motivation all February.

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Now the Bacchanal Start!

It’s Bacchanal in January! Usually I wait until the launch of Bacchanal Friday but since I declared this year my “Carnival Year,” I decided that I wanted to be there from the start. I also, wanted to scope out the costumes seeing that I am interested in playing Pretty Mas this year.

I wasted no time when the early bird tickets were released, I asked a friend to swing by Mas Camp a day before the early bird was originally scheduled to end.

As usual my Friday work day was eventful so I was a bit stressed/tired by the time I went home but I was looking forward to hearing some good soca music & seeing some pretty costumes.

Once I got to the parking lot, I was already in a Merry mood!

On entry to Mas Camp I received so many goodies I didn’t expect to even get. I got a Smirnoff mason jar, a Heineken cup, tiaras & beads.

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I’m Featured on 13thStreetPromotions!

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In November, I was given the pleasure of collaborating with the award winning Entertainment blog 13thStreetPromotions.com on a weekly feature called Mixtape Rave.

Mixtape Rave is where I share mixtapes across all genres that I have been enjoying over the past week.

If you are a mixtape lover like me you will enjoy this feature!

Check out Week 1, Week 2 , Week 3Week 4, Week 5 & Week 6!

Feel free to share with me your favourite mixtapes & show the DJs & Artistes featured some love!

 

Peace & Love

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Shanny-Val Diaries: DREAMing of Jouvert

About a month ago, my friend in SXM posted a flyer for an event in Anguilla which was going to be headlined by Mr. Soca himself Machel Montano! Immediately my heart sank, because I knew I wouldn’t have the time or money to sort out making the trip to Anguilla.

You see I have never had the opportunity to see the King of Soca perform live. I have seen him at Jouvert in Jamaica but never ever seen him live & direct.

As faith would have it the genius promoters of Appleton Dream Weekend billed Mr. Double M as the headliner for their Dream Jouvert!

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#Shanny-VAL Diaries: Iz A Vagabond (My UWI CARNIVAL Experience)

 

Carnival in Jamaica has come & gone. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to play pretty mas with Bacchanal Jamaica but luckily I did get to experience UWI Carnival.