The Content Creator: Monica Walton

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"I’ve always struggled with being a ‘business owner’ and a ‘boss’ but also being in a bikini on the beach flying drones. I was worried people wouldn’t take me seriously and it didn’t make sense" Name:  Monica Walton Age: 29 Cultural heritage: Mixed / Caribbean Place of birth/Resides: The Cayman Islands Kiki: How has your upbringing shaped the woman you are today? Monica: I grew up in a big family with two brothers and sisters. My brothers were closest to my age so we would hang out more, maybe that’s why I’m a bit of a tomboy! I’m so grateful that I was raised to be independent and self-sufficient. It led me to fall in love with learning, growing and facing life's challenges head-on. I’m very career-focused and hope to inspire other women to have the drive to go after their goals. I want everyone to know that they don’t have to accept any situation they are in - if you want something, you have to go after it and carve out your path. Kiki: I love your platform @BeachBoxTV tell me more about what you do? Monica:  I run a media company called Vagabond Media Group in Cayman Islands where I get to manage a small team of talented people and help other businesses tell their story through video and creative content. Doing what you love every day is very fulfilling! I love seeing people’s businesses grow, seeing the entrepreneurial journey’s around Cayman and being a part of that. It’s fulfilling making a difference to someone’s life. I love to see women pursuing creative careers, especially in video. I also have an online travel platform called Beachbox (www.beachboxtv.com). It allows me to travel the Caribbean and shoot videos for tourism boards and resorts and have a place to share the…

Numad – All Natural Products For The Modern Nomad

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"A natural skincare brand that's good enough to eat" It was a so-called summer day in London. As I contemplated getting my calves out, I looked down on skin resembling a dreary-looking grayscale Google map. It was in that moment that I developed an immense appreciation for my ‘Island Gal’ glow. Cue, my long-awaited desire to find a product that bottles Grenada’s goodness so I could take it with me anywhere in the world! That product is Numad, namely my Nutmeg and Tangerine Body Butter infused with actual nutmeg, cocoa and essentials oils. It saved my legs that day! When Grenadian Designer, Developer and Digital Marketer, Kenroy George approached me with Numad, a newly launched all-natural skincare brand, it was luxury at first sight. Some years of commercial bombarding from skincare brands later, I can’t pretend that pretty packing does not appease me. So it was refreshing to see a Grenadian product with branding that would hold its own in the beauty hall of a high-end department store. Upon the first scrutiny of my Numad products, there was no mumbling, and confused squint trying to sound out ingredients. I was able to identify every single component, and you can bet your money that I’m one of those people who loves a hair and skincare product that’s good enough to eat. Ladies and gents, let me tell you! When I unscrewed the lid of Numad Chocolate Body Butter for the first time, I had a throw your head back and closed eyes moment. The smell was overwhelmingly amazing. After all, it contains real dark chocolate. And as the natural aphrodisiac should, I felt like a goddess after one layer of lathering. It gave my skin a radiant, hydrated and healthy glow, and with alluring aromas, it’s quite addictive, probably the next…

The Rumboat Retreat

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"Rum is a stitch in the fabric of Caribbean culture" The irony of a non-drinker loving a retreat dedicated to rum and relaxation is an entire post within itself, and if you’re a teetotaler who’s not into discussing your favourite tipple, don’t bounce off this blog just yet, because Rumboat Retreat is much more than the indulgence rum. It’s the steamed snapper with juicy okra bursting out the seams of a banana leaf. It’s the gum burns after an eager bite into a fluffy fried bakes filled with saltfish. It’s the wooden tipi hut cocooned by lush dewy vegetation creating a coolness and sense of calm. And, it’s Lisette Davis, the owner, romancing you with talk of her latest homemade mango stew and chocolate bonbon concoction. Are you there yet? Can you see, smell and taste it. Rum lover or not! Get yourself to Mount Nesbit in the parish of St. John and check in to a cosy guestroom at Rumboat Retreat. Kiki: I love the Rumboat Retreat concept. Tell me more about your career as a Rum Connoisseur and what inspired you to set up this business? Lisette: Rum is a stitch in the fabric of Caribbean culture, so becoming a rum connoisseur was a natural curiosity for me. At first, I just set out to understand the science of making rum, but I found so many variables that it became art in liquid form. It made my heart pound and had all of my attention. Every day it gives me great pleasure to teach rum tasting etiquette and provide a fun and interactive way to learn about the spirit of rum. The Rumboat Retreat concept came about from the many rum stories I would hear, and the voice of patriotism from each island who all believe their blend…

A Labour of Love

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"You want to earn money and be successful. Think harder, think deeper and think longer"  The hostility of this seemingly harmless vexed-face man departed when he handed me a bag. The wrinkles in his forehead softened as he anticipated my response to his unexpected gift. ‘Love You’ was the messaged stitched into the bottom of the vibrant flotsam and fishing net accessory. I pulled up a dilapidated chair, steady enough to serve some purpose and excitedly expressed, “Wow! Do you know how much these bags would go for in London?”. “Of course, that’s why my things cost $100 US dollar!”, he boldly replied, resting his head against the decaying texture of an abandoned wooden hut. Meet Jacob Scott, a forthright Vincentian artisan who turns washed up trash into treasure. Armoured with a silver thimble and needle, he painstakingly patches together his finds and transforms them into things that forward-thinking fashion followers would covet. Before I could inform him of this fact, he continued. “All of them love my things. I have been featured in all of those fashion magazines, like Vogue”. My bags go all over the world, stocked in a lot of shops, but I like it here, I don’t want to work for nobody, I like making my bags on my own time and letting them go and sell it to the famous people”. I quickly established that Jacob is my kind of guy. He knows that the value in his bags, made with disregarded materials, is in his ability to skillfully labour for hours. What’s more, he’s not afraid to show it. You can count on him to pull out his plastic folder of tearsheets from high-end fashion magazines. The kind that up-and-coming designers only dream about. In societies opinion, Jacob has nothing. No elaborate pillars on…

The Marketer: Jeneque Pinnock

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"Don’t allow your trust in timing to be an excuse for complacency. Go looking for opportunities!" Name: Jeneque Pinnock Age: 23 Place of birth/Residence: Jamaica Kiki: What's your earliest childhood memory growing up in Jamaica?  Jeneque: From as early as I can remember, I understood that education, was ‘the great equalizer’ that could change anyone’s circumstances. Neither of my parents went to university and because of that, they instilled the importance of higher education in me. It’s no wonder that during Miss Jamaica World 2017 I was most passionate about tutoring, volunteering and lending my voice to issues of education and youth development. I went on a nine-day trip to Africa through my involvement with the Shashamane Sunrise, a charity and volunteer organisation that supports children’s education in developing countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Our team visited Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda and delivered school supplies and furniture. We contributed to building renovations and interacted with the students through confidence-building exercises. To say it was the experience of a lifetime is putting it lightly! Kiki: We love seeing you live your best life on Instagram. What do you do for a living?  Jeneque: For almost 3 years, I worked as an Account Executive at a full-service media, advertising and production company in Jamaica. I’ve always been very passionate about people so I find it fulfilling being in a communication-intensive role, which involves continuous dialogue between clients, stakeholders and other team members. I am currently transitioning into my new role as a Digital Marketing Manager and I’m ready for the challenge! I also love giving back and impacting others in some way. If I can look back on my life during my final days (hopefully many decades from now), and feel like I was able to impact, influence and/or improve the…

Fort Wolf – The Island Experience

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“They desire what I had as a boy growing up. The eight acres of wild farmland, the rawness of the river, nature hikes and most of all they want to eat from the land like I do and enjoy the fresh catch of the day from Gouyave” - Mr. Bridgeman Me and Mr Bridgeman sit on seven acres of land, surrounded by several hundred cocoa trees and another 200 soursop trees as we celebrate the 7th of February 1974 (when Grenada became a sovereign nation, ending over 200 years of British Colonial rule). We converse over the antidotal sound of rushing river water and crackle of dried shells from Nutmeg, our islands primary agricultural export. One People, One Country, Our responsibility is the theme of today’s 44th Anniversary of Independence. Mr Bridgeman, a tall, gentle man and the co-owner and operational manager of Fort Wolf, St. John gives me his undivided attention. Fort Wolf, St. John consists of three eco-cabins and Brother’s Bar and Grill Restaurant located on Brother’s Estate. He barely lets me get a question in, evidence of his willingness to share more about this enchanting hideaway. I manage to squeeze in a few. Kiki: Why do you see it as your responsibility to share The Island Experience? Mr Bridgeman: We do this because, believe it or not, there are people out there who want the rustic Grenadian experience. They come from Russia, England, Canada, Germany, Poland and as far as Australia. They desire what I had as a boy growing up. The eight acres of wild farmland, the rawness of the river, nature hikes and most of all they want to eat from the land like I do and enjoy the fresh catch of the day from Gouyave. Kiki: The Eco Cabins are very simple, like authentic…

D Real Bamboo Bar

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There’s a place in the far north of Grenada, where mosquitoes don’t stand a flying chance. You can swing into the rugged shores of Saint Patrick Parish and listen to the sensational sound of conscious music. You can crack open a cold one and sweat it off on a beachfront gym or just meditate on matters in this mellow setting. I know, it sounds too good to be true, but it’s real, hence the name De Real Bamboo Bar located on Mt. Rodney Beach in Sauteurs. I spent a good bit of time with owner Lazarus Roderique a.k.a Laza after stumbling upon his bamboo clad beach bar that day. Laza, as he is known, is an unassuming but hospitable rasta. I drank a Carib while we held a profound meditation on the matter of realising our wealth as West Indians and encouraging the older generation to trust us with taking entrepreneurial risks that will break the cycle of poverty. I’ll never forget the wise things Laza shared with me. “Believe in yourself, because it doesn’t matter what you start, you’re always going to get bad advice” - Laza "Kiki, I opened this bar about two years ago, and it took me two years to build it. I’m not finished, but everything you see here has taken some time because I built it with my own hands. I had to learn how to work with Bamboo, now I have a better understanding of it, I’m going to do more. Tourist from all over the world pass, and they love it. They love the natural look. It’s peaceful, quiet and scenic. It’s for my people too, my community. I even built up the gym on the beach; it’s for anybody. It has a nice vibe here. You see, when I travelled to…

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