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Generation H

19 Sep


Health is a fickle thing. Whether you have it or not… You will still miss it badly once its gone. But that is the future… What about now?

Let the Monsieur tell you about now.

Regardless of where you pay your tax, there is a whole squad ready to assist you in some way to become healthy or maintain a good standard of health. Gyms, health clubs, nutritionists, social media, alcohol levy, photos of you when you were younger and sexier, health food shops, health freak friends and so on. That is now. So what is your excuse for not being a little bit healthier?

Though the Monsieur knows many things, that answer he can not help you with.

What could help you though is this… A sneakily sexy little enterprise called Health Generation. The two year old purveyors of healthy nibbles and sips is staffed by a young and motivated team, like a kat called Epe who gives the most amazing customer service; or Uyapo who handles marketing and all that… Anyway Health Generation is the now, a tasty way to get at least one part of the health thing right.

Enough plugging…lets get to the fun bit shall we…?

Over the weekend the Monsieur insinuated himself quite casually into a little urban rooftop pool side situation. The freshly completed second I-Towers block in  Gab’s New CBD completed a three sided cosy feel to the training pool. Perhaps Jack of the gyms could have been better advised here… cafe by day, cocktail bar by night – no sign of sweaty and toning bodies anywhere past the first floor. Hey, money talks, you got to pay to play – that’s what Jack did so for now the training pool remains a training pool.

Anyway… Monsieur was just grateful not to be ejected from Health Generation’s launch of their new website. The up-in-the-sky pool side picnic featured a welcome amuse bouche of fresh fruit skewers and ice lollies. #Fresh. The stars of the afternoon were the range of juices and smoothies that were made in front of our eyes. #Fresh. Featuring firm favourites like Citrus Quench to more acquired taste variations like Nutty Professor, the healthy drinks kept on coming.  The highlight of the day was actually the salads that each guest got to order as part of their RSVP… yep #Fresh. Using up to 8 different ingredients everyone got a jam jar crammed with healthy self made yumminition.

Hey – like blogging, social media and today’s life, we all want it our way – and for an afternoon everyone could have it just how they wanted it from Health Generation. #OnMyOwn was the Hash Tag de Jour, meaning you got to have it your own way, the salads the smoothies and a damn good time.

Spotted poolside were the social media Princelings and Princessas of Gaborone, with a healthy sprinkling of soon to be’s. Roll calling would be so analogue – if you don’t know who they are, they probably don’t know who you are.

*Sips that oh so dope Citrus Quench – ehem… with a secret dash of Tanqueray.

Yes a hundred times Yes

11 Feb

Andre Kertesz

Yeah man, I was like what? Nah! Come on son! And please… don’t be alarmed, some things do bring out the gansta in the Monsieur. This reaction was because of a film that happened to have a part where some woman was reading the dying throes of Ulysses, the book by James Joyce. The author was allegedly experimenting with long sentences; minimal punctuation; or just plain fucking with us. I wouldn’t know I never read the entire book. I just hunted for that particular paragraph. Apparently there is a particular part in the narrative where a girl is professing love for a dude. It has a gang of Yeses marching along the page one after the other, strewn like confetti, punctuation, exclamations, verbs, adjectives and other kinds of amazing like that.

The way I heard it read in the film was all in a rush, like the emotion couldn’t wait to get the hell out there into the young man’s ears and thus his heart.  Really! I mean really, wouldn’t a passionate kiss have done a better job…? #imjustsayin yo. No, so anyway it is what it is, and the Monsieur being who he is the question was, what is it exactly this author was trying to pull here? I set out to confirm to myself that there was something shady going on here, a discrete yet indecent fondling at least. Remember, the book wasn’t written in a time when PDA was kosher. There was all this ceremony that was a prelude to getting your freak on, or showing a decent young lady that she was causing a major jones in your bones. So having convinced myself that there was some sly sex going on I hunted the damn book down, found it… the library is good in that way. I soon discovered that reading the book was not feasible for me. Through some random skimming I quickly lucked out and found the magic lines near the end of the book.

Boss! That damn line blew me away. I don’t know why the couple is there, it just not the Monsieur’s way to give a rat’s ass. It was like wow, forget a discrete indecent fondling, that would have been too easy. Just the girl talking made it so much more sexier. I mean if there is a man out there that doesn’t like hearing Yes, yes, yes and even more yes, he has got something wrong with him. Reading the paragraph, I saw myself there, just lying there, getting the dream answer to my unasked love question and just soaking it all in. Quite possibly the  flow of three little letter emotion with no punctuation made it non-threatening to lay back and receive. It did set off fireworks  of all kinds in my noggin, thinking about all those little secret signs that I encountered before in my life that sent me to cloud 9 ( and several times to cloud 69… naturally, this is the Monsieur) how grand yet stupid professions of love can be… actually, are. I mean it’s just the safety valve for an overflow of emotion most of the time. It’s not unusual to hear “I love you” in the throes of passion, and in my book that is usually the best time to avoid saying such incriminating things… even when you have been at the watermelon  and the drank takes over your tongue.

Back to the Yes, yes, yes’ I mentally lay there and imagined a woman saying that to me.  It was a special feeling, taken out of context, and in a very public place, the library, remember? Wonderful! Typical, these damn writers, they play with your emotions so easily… but we let them don’t we…? A real stop-it-I-like-it situation. It was nice – but the Monsieur don’t play… so there might be a different story to tell one day about all that Yes.


Image: “Carnival, Paris (woman reading behind stage),” (1926), by Andr Kertsz

Asked & Answered: GaTsh Fros

21 Nov

This one is going to be a marathon. I once got it into my head to feature these two fashion stoned ladies for a magazine article on something called contemporary culture. Don’t ask me what it is, I once asked someone for their definition the answer was eloquent and oh so right , I would have loved to write it here word for word, but my daughter in a very contemporary culture gesture flushed my phone with the message saved in it. And so began my secret love affair with their sometimes jarring but never boring marathon eruptions on the subject of fashion. I promised them a date to a regional Fashion Week one day, and it shall be done even if is only so the Monsieur can bask in their spotlight for a night or two… it does wonders for the ego’s tan. Well then, Gaone and Tsholo… GaTsh Fros… settle in and geTsh some.

Right ho! Ladies, what do you do for GaTsh?
Ga: We translate fashion based on our inner creativity. Through this we promote our own fashion styles which we term “GaTsh”… MIX and MISS. Yes we have inspirations, but an inspiration can only do as much “inspire”.

Tsh: That’s a good question… well on my part, I’ll talk about GaTsh any day, with any and everyone, till the social networks run outta business, till the second coming of Jesus Christ. We plan, inspire, innovate, advocate, encourage life principles through fashion. As GaTsh, we get our voices out there. We organises your Life. When I struggle with words, GaTsh gives me a voice, I speak fluent gestures through GaTsh.

What does GaTsh do for us?
Ga: Our job is to transform you into a person you would like to look at every minute of every day simple because you love how you look. Look forward to opening you closet and choosing an outfit that you would look good on. We crave the challenge to be faced with opportunity to style an ordinary person who is into fashion but does not have an idea on what would look good on them and what wouldn’t. GaTsh Fros provides outsourced style consulting and personal shopping services and update individual/company looks.
We DO NOT style based on what we define our fashion as (mix and miss), we style according to what the client prefers based on their occupation, body shape etc and translate that to a better fitted look for you. But if you want to go GaTsh, then let the transformation begin!!

Tsh: GaTsh, is here to inspire you to think beyond the box of ‘what is’ to ‘what can be’ .To encourage you to look beyond the limitations of ‘other’ created rules and follow your own vibe…wear what makes you feel good about yourself…we are here to open your mind, kick the rules out of the window and help you follow your heart and your own sensibility. Forget what Glamour says and frankly if being a ‘don’t’ is the only way that makes you feel good then by all means GO FOR IT! Don’t worry about the whispers and the finger pointing. As long as you are expressing your own self and not merely trying to replicate the selves others created, you win. GaTsh is your voice of reason, you shouldn’t have to dress safe just so you can blend in and avoid people staring. We advocate for confidence. ‘Regular’ and ‘safe’ are opinions and you don’t have to agree if you don’t share them. But remember. You don’t have to be bold if that’s not you. GaTsh is here for you. GaTsh is, your guardian gods of fashion.

If there was no GaTsh… lets rephrase, what would you be doing if you weren’t into fashion?
Ga: GaTsh is here now, later and beyond time, but if I was not into fashion the next best things would have been interior designing and a new found love is cooking. I’d probably be exploring my chef skills. Best thing has to be experimenting on a new dish and garnishing the food. These two come close to how I would like to spend most of my energy if I wasn’t into fashion because they both have an element of creativity.

Tsh: I’D BE a god of gesture, a god of swift movement as in, a choreographer. I’d be somewhere around the world touring with Janet Jackson as her choreographer or choreographer of this year’s season of “So you think you can dance”. I am a very artistic soul.

So Fashion… what is it?
Ga: Fashion is only a guide to what lies beneath your style sense. Fashion and its trends come and go with every page turned.

Tsh: Fashion is WHAT money can buy. Fashion is the science of appearances. Fashion is what’s in. FASHION is expensive. I always say, a lot of people who are fashionable think they are stylish. Same way that a lot of people think money can buy u style-misappropriation of terms. HUGE DIFFERENCE. GET IT RIGHT

Is there such a thing in Botswana?
Ga: Is there fashion in our motherland!! Mmh, I would say we are getting there a slow pace but gotla siama.

Tsh: Yes, there is fashion in Botswana. It’s semi-conscious. Batswana now know what’s trending and what’s in. They know the science, it looks promising. You got your local designers even; they know what’s HAUTE what’s NOT. It’s a palpable awakening.

How does it manifest locally, what can we say is 100% Botswana fashion?
Tsh: 100% BOTSWANA? Di sandal tsa matlalo a podi… hahaha… OKAY, seriously… Our fashion is borrowed.

So who are your top three style icons in Botswana? Oh, and why?
Ga: Mpho Laing… My Mum.

Tsh: My top 3 style icons in Bots are; style icons? Whaaat a title for Botswana, okay… my mom, my style is influenced by my mum (she has a good eye for detail, cut and ALL things clothes… I guess she’s a big part of my “inner style”… the insane ladi in me is just an extension of her… another Bots style icon, yess… GAONE my right boobie, GaTsh Fros and Mpho Laing. These fros are EPIC. They do NOT follow rules. They make their own rules 🙂 they are fearless… They make shifts.

This year saw some movement on the local fashion scene; out of 10 how did you rate each of the following; Gabs Fashion Nite; Colour in the Desert Fashion Week; Botswana Fashion Week?
Ga: 7/10, 8/10 and 5/10 respectively.

Tsh: Gabs fashion nite, was a first, was like a baby taking its first steps, a breath-taking moment for Botswana fashion industry. It was the first step to the staircase. It was that first garment worn to make that first impression. I give it a 9/10, beautiful but likkle bit short. Colour in the desert 7/10—wonderful nite… but the turn out wasn’t up to par, don’t know if I should blame it on the advertising or stubborn minded people. Last “Botswana Fashion Week. Botswana Fashion WEAK” that’s how some people saw it as. I’ll give it a NO COMMENT. Thank you.

What was the stand out moments in 2011’s local fashion scene?
Ga: Fashion Night, Miss Botswana Fashion show and Colour in the Desert Fashion Week.
Batswana ne ba kgabile, it’s good to know now that people do not rely on purchasing clothes from stores, they can wear local designer clothes
Tsh: Stand out moments? ME, WEARING A TUTU. I SHOCKED DA hell outa myself coz my style is 60% tomboyish 40 vintage… sometimes vice-versa. So a tutu, it was a 1ST. Really. It was me steeping outa my comfort zone. KOKETSO CHIEPE, KAONE KARIO 🙂  thought I looked woowza 🙂 too. GaTsh Fros, we just compliment each other. Gaone rocked a self made belt/corset kinda belt. YAYA(America’s Next Top Model) WAS SHOCKED. WE PROMISE. OHH AND THE VH1 GLAM GOD, INDASHIO. It was a special night for US and for the Colour in the Desert I got another compliment from Kaone Kario, my green cassette neck piece..ohh A.T.I HAVE HAD MOMENTS too. AND rapper K-BOS’ Chinese outfits for MISS BOTSWANA fashion show.

What were the low lights of the same scene in 2011?
Ga: Turn out at Bots Fashion Week was disappointing the first night of the show, and people did not put much effort into their outfits. The vibe was just not what we expected. But I’m sure they will up their game next time.
Tsh: LOW LIGHT? Everyone playing it “regular” or “safe” or and the low lights 🙂

What about performing artists, which ones need help and which ones are doing it right.
Ga: Ba ba sharp; Internationally: Lady Gaga, her music allows her to the crazy things she does, Kanye West, CB etc
Locally: Touch, ATI, Shanti Lo etc…
Not; Locally, baba ikitseng ba nna ba apere jeans and T-shirts all the time, its time for a change please.

Tsh: DOING IT RIGHT: first and foremost, K-Bos, Juju boy, A.T.I, Touch, Ozi-F Teddy. Doing it wrong; Am sorry… Slizer… and y’all “BITISTS/copy cats” Go to your rooms, think and SET YOUR OWN TRENDS. Re lapile.

So you are Fashionistas of the month (October) on http://www.the4acesdate.com what is that all about?
Ga: We’ve been following the blog for some time and from there they asked to feature us on their blog as fashionistas of the week sometime in October, before we knew it we were competing with some other fashionistas/ bloggers from abroad for the fashionista of the month spot. People had to vote for their favourite fashionistas and GaTsh Fros got the most votes. To all those who took the time to vote for us, thank you. All we had to do was speak the universal fashion language.

Tsh: 4aces are American based fashionistas, stylists, Bloggers. They loved what they saw, contacted us for an interview, next thing we were fashionistas of the week and now we off to competing for Fashionistas of the Month (October) and oh yaa we the only Africans 😉 so please vote for us. Thank you fashion nerds. Bless. www.the4acesdate.com

What is the next fashion eruption out of your creative volcano?
Ga: All you have to do is keep your eyes glued to our FB page and blog spot. Fashion will never be the same in Bots once we get to where we want to be.
Tsh: Hehe… watch this space… NO REALLY. watch.this.space… if you don’t see anything a year from now. BLAME IT ON GLOBAL WARMING… and while you are at it, show love still. Mix and Miss.

What is your favourite fashion sin, one you repeat again and again?
Ga: Prints, I seem to always choose bold printed clothes that plain ones and I’ll forever love high wait pants and skirts I’ll repeat this sin till I grow a big belly.

Tsh: SOME might think it’s a fashion sin but I mix and miss deliberately all the time. Am a “vintage ho 🙂 ”. May rock clashing prints from head to toe, big man shirts, big padded blouses, loose big vintage clothing, oversized blazers, that’s me. Go loose and big or go home. I feed off it.

What was your top international fashion moment last month?
Tsh: Top of my mind now… International fashion top moment? Kanye West’s ladies fashion line for his late mom, DW. *fashionistas group hug*

What was your take on Africa Fashion Week 2011 in 5 words?
Ga: Timeless fashion, intriguing, inspiring,
So far it’s only two of you, any plans to recruit any more “GaTshians”?
Ga: Ga+Tsh=GaTsh. PERIOD

Tsh: Never say never… BUT for now GaTsh is GAONE AND TSHOLO.3rd party… umm…You know what they say about 3rd parties.

Last word… how would you add GaTsh to your head of state?
Ga: Think he should try new suit designs, a new approach to fashion. He still looks good for his age, and personal stylists like GaTsh Fros would help him turn many heads. The afro suits him, but it still makes one wonder how he would look if he had shorter hair 🙂

Tsh: Yeesss!!!.. colour, fitted tailoring, a clean cut 🙂 THATS HOW I’D GATSH HIM UP 🙂 ANYWAYZ, Be a fashion nerd, mix and miss, it’s your choice, really. Anti-rules SHOULD be the title of your life story and the best way to a fulfilling life. GaTsh it.

The Juice is Loose

25 Oct

Go tsamaya ke go bonwa – To travel is to be seen.

So I perverted a Setswana saying a little but it is highly appropriate as I just caught a glimpse of a face familiar to Botswana’s currently meagre catwalks. Juice Tsile is an above average height mami from Banadleng, she was originally discovered by Mpho Laing. Anyone recall those models dressed in black holding Orange internet ready devices…? Actually that idea is still being used by Orange every now and again. That was probably the first time Juice was seen by the main stream. Well time has marched on and Juice is obviously squeezing everything she can out of the slim pickings that currently pass for catwalk shows in Botswana. On that note lets watch this space and lets see who comes back for more next year between Gabs Fashion Night 2, Colour in the Desert Fashion Week 2, Botswana Fashion Week 1,5 and who knows what else will rise fashionably from the chaos. Anyway Juice was a staple at all of those shows so that sets our girl apart from the chaff… as it were.

A weekend on the Africa Fashion Week catwalks is just what any model needs to get really going… how else are you going to be seen in the biggest media pool in our region? What about the Internet you say…? I say this is Africa my friendo, and nothing beats getting you out there than word of mouth. Juice has certainly got my mouth (well fingers in this case) working about her strut at AFW working out the Tanzanian designer Mustafa Hassanali’s garments. Mustafa was doing AFW Beeg with his Uhuru Collection… Tanzania is 50 years old don’t cha ya know. This high profile strut should give our girl that push to really get  her out there, can you say Swahili Fashion Week anyone? Though it isn’t confirmed to my ears yet, I wouldn’t be surprised to find Juice making beautiful for Mustafa all the way in Zanzibar later this year.

So lets see… we will have Kaone… Juice… and err who else again strutting the flag high?

Pics – Simon Deiner/SDR Photo

Fashionably Busy in Angola

11 Oct

“Thank You very much for the questions and I have to rush preparing for Angola.” Was the next to last line in Mpho Kuaho’s reply to some questions I had sent her about Fashion in Botswana (Check it in next post)… so what is this “Angola” she is rushing to then? Well… do you have a cushion? Place the cushion under your jaw now. What I am about to tell you, if you can imagine the future fearlessly, will simply blow your mind, or just drop your jaw.

Angola Fashion Business is huge, and when I say huge I mean beeg. This is a fashion industry event backed by beeg guns, Angola’s equivalent to Botswana’s Ministry of Minerals Energy & Water Resources…more or less. However, just to be precise the originator of the fashion industry event is Angola’s Ministry of Geology, Mining and Industry. Forget diamonds, dodgy copper & nickel reserves and barely scratched coal reserves, that ministry is responsible for oil reserves… just for starters. The other huge sponsor is Sonangol the oil company… like I said Beeg. So anyway no one there will be tramping about in gum boots and hard hats, its all going to be about strappy heels, chic fabrics and every conceivable aspect of beauty. Since Angola can be a bit pricey, especially to us who don’t earn in US Dollars, there is something else to get into… knowledge. At Angola Fashion Business there will be workshops ranging across all the various spheres that make up the fashion galaxy.

Come to think of it… this idea is languishing locally due to a general misunderstanding of the particular industry both at consumer and corporate level. And I kid you not, it could actually fly, especially if the ugly bits are trimmed out and only the beautiful core is kept on the table. The owners of the idea will make money casue y’all will attend in your thousands; the event itself will make beautiful because generally it is rather well though out; and the people blowing their hard earned Pulas there will be for once happy with the variety of the local consumer climate. Unfortunately I signed a piece of paper that says I can’t talk about what I know on that particular event or the owners will get upset… the modern day price of knowledge; silence. One day I will say I told you so… this will be what I was talking about.

Anyway, who will be representing in Angola? Why Mpho Kuaho of course, backed by the ever Divarish at some catwalk but impossible to find in stores Black Trash; and someone called Thato Mokgadi… don’t worry Monsieur Polk is on the case to find out more as well. Africa Fashion Week favourite Ethiopia’s Anna Getaneh of African Mosaique will be in the house; as will the usual vanguard of South Africa’s fashion, Mzanzi fashion flamingos David Tlale,  Kluk CGDT and new Flamingo on the fashion lake Gert-Johan Coetzee (Claim to shame – once dressed a Kardashian… but he is a lot more talented than that, just ask the Bedazzler herself Bonang Matheba). Thanks firstly to the first Africa Fashion Week (and more recently Colour in The Desert) we now know Soucha personally, even if many of us first realised Egypt was literally part of Africa when that country joined the Oust-a-Kleptocrat/Dictator Movement. The home team will feature Dina Simao, Carla Silva, Avelino Nascimento, Elisabete Santos, Lucrecia Moreira… I should stop your eyes are crossing just trying to figure out where you might have heard of them all… Dont worry I’ll ask for you.

Anyway more than 40 designers from over 20 African countries will help fill 6000 square meters with fashionability at the second annual Angola Fashion Business 2011, 14 -16 October. If you have friends in Angola tell them to send you a Revista Chocolate when it’s out, Joana the editor of Chocolate spent a part of September in the Okavango and she had a ball… so maybe the Colour in the Desert ambassadors will make the cut. 😉

Blacks, do Read

25 Aug

There used to be a radio show segment hosted by Glen Lewis on South Africa’s MetroFM called ‘Blacks do Read’. I would like to think the show was about books but I can’t recall a single memorable conversation about books during the show. However, the point the DJ was trying to make was to dispel the idea that Blacks don’t actually read. Obviously the sentiment is very broad so if you are reading this it might not refer to you…

Arriving fashionably late, on African time, for the press launch of the Moabi Mogorosi directed documentary about David Magang, I discovered what looked like a corporate video in full flow. It was in actual fact the story of Phakalane Estates as told by the Magang family and a veritable who’s who of gentlemen from Botswana’s corridors of power. The production will answer many an imponderable for those that had acquired the book, ‘The Magic of Perseverance’ written by David Magang… and hadn’t actually read it. Film director, Moabi Mogorosi, spent over a year turning David Magang’s 600 plus page book into a four part series of documentaries. By his own reckoning Mogorosi read the book at least three times (yes Blacks, three times!) in order to complete this production. The press was treated to the episode dealing with the prime estate’s action packed background.

The film production had the distinct pragmatic feel of a conservative corporate video so there was no flashy camera work; something so necessary for today’s audiences who have their attention span split between Facebook, Twitter, BBM, dikoloto and breathing. The gentle narration by Mr David Magang of Phakalane Estate’s tale along with his whole family completing the vision with their insights and annecdotes was a slice of film manna. To have a family so cohesively relate the story of a shared vision from their own interpretations and experiences was a glimpse into what should be the best thing about Botswana today; unity of purpose and what it can achieve. The message in the documentary besides the obvious success of Phakalane as a concept, a family business, and an investment; is in the book’s title ‘The Magic of Perseverance’; or as Aaliyah (RIP) would put it, “…if at first you don’t succeed,dust yourself off and try again.

Now, Blacks, let me tell you what Mr David Magang told me about the positives behind reading. He says back when he was working at the Attorney General’s chambers he read the regulations governing land matters in Botswana and discovered that legally speaking a Phakalane was possible. Obviously not the present estate as it stands, but basically the fact that any Motswana could buy and develop land into a ‘township’. This was a written statute that many a government official, bank manger, man in the street and indeed journalist missed for the decades that it took for the privately bought farm to be recognised as a township, developed, and turned into a regional and global leading brand that it has become today. The Magangs in general take distinct pleasure in pointing out that so many challenges could have been avoided had the relevant people just read something printed somewhere.

Now all those Blacks that avoided the book, probably joking that they will just wait for the DVD, have no more excuses. Maybe the national broadcaster should buy the rights to air the entire series of ‘The Magic of Perseverance’ right away… even if the broadcasts run the risk of upsetting many, many people who had an opportunity to help bring Phakalane Estates to life in some way and failed. Of course you will have to wait for the director, Mogorosi, to take the documentaries through the film festival circuit first before the DVD becomes available. In the interim you may go ahead and buy yourself a slice of Phakalane’s success at Thobo Hamlet before someone else does and sells it back to you, more expensively… and… Blacks, do read.

More Than Your Average Big City Spa

24 Aug

Within two hours today I recived two separate notices about happenings at Spas in Gaborone. One was a new fashion outlet, and the second an art exhibition. Well! It seems then, that spas in Gaborone are the new cool and new hip. Actually, the hood where both these spas are based is called Extention 9 (or Phologolo to the google maps savy) which is a highly sort after residential area of Gaborone with Huge garden space and Beeg houses. It does help dispell that well perpetuated myth that there is little to do in Gabs if the spas are also jumping in with lifestyle offerings. It just goes to show that life is what you make it.

So… go shopping for African design ladieswear available in size 30 to 36 from Ankara Designs at Urban Space. Ankara Designs will be officially opening at 6pm on Thursday 25th August, where you can meet the madness behind the method, Mpho Laing. She promises to send fresh Naija fashion every month for your shopping pleasure. For the launch on Thursday 25th August, you are reminded to bring BWP50.00 with you for wine and canapes.

When you are done shopping go see an exhibition at Paraiso Express Spa and Tea Garden called P ART 1 EXHIBITION – Underneath The Stars. This is, “…a selection of contemporary Artwork by three different artists by the spa’s pool side.” The art work will be, “a selection of exquiste realistic pencil drawings, stencils and mixed media on canvas. Exhibit will be up from September 3 to November 3, 2011.”
This one is free so no one has an excuse not to go.

While you are there make sure to get a mani/pedi or itsy bitsy little facial as well.