Cat at the Window

Sandro del Prete's "Cat at the Window"

Can you see the Felius Catus aka the house cat, domestic cat, or just plain cat at the window? I am sure you can. If you didn’t then you are not alone and that is the style of the famous Swiss artist Sandor del Prete. Abraham Tamir is quoted in Wikipedia as saying Sandor del Prete ‘materializes the well-known psychological effect, of the difference between ‘looking’ (usually the first glace of an observer) and ‘seeing’ (when things are appreciated more thoroughly in the mind). The Cat at the Window is one of my favorite artworks or optical illusions of del Prete as it took me some considerable time to get past the bushy plant on the top shelf, the stockings hung out to dry like a used man, and even the well shaped glass of sippable wine on the window ledge. Once you overcome these physiological blocks you too will see the cat.

I am sure you are familiar with the work of  Sandor del Prete and you can see more at his website –

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Rihanna Loves Vita Coco

Rihanna in Vita Coco ad

The St. Michael, Barbados-born, super-successful pop singer Rihanna’s latest exploit is the popular American-owned, but made from Brazilian coconuts, Vita Coco coconut water.  Vita Coco is advertised as 100% pure and made from only green, handpicked coconuts as opposed to those dry up ones that our iconic coconut vendors sometimes have no choice in selling to a coconut-friendly but agriculturally challenged nation like Trinidad and Tobago.

Rihanna sporting a Vita Coco in Tetra Pak

Apparently the Vita Coco Company has been around for about 4 or 5 years and I like the concept of Vita Coco coconut water having a shelf life of 8 months without refrigeration. The company has sales of around US$ 12 million per year and is said to be worth over US$100 million. The company has been able to attract celebrities like Madonna and Demi Moore to invest in it because they love to hydrate naturally with Vita Coco. Vita Coco comes in that familiar, Swedish Tetra Pak which is also a symbol for clogged drains in Trinidad and Tobago.  Rihanna’s controversial Man Down video has Vita Coco strategically placed for a fee.

Vita Coco is advertised as a way to “Hydrate naturally,” “So good for you it’s nuts,” and “Nuts for life.” Sexy Rihanna says “I love Vita Coco! It’s real coconut water from hand-picked coconuts.” I predict when Rihanna’s Vita Coco ad campaign is formally launched, the ads might say “Rihanna loves her Vita Coco,” or “So goood you will want to suck on it all day” or even “It’s better than two bananas.”

Rockefeller Plaza on May 27, 2011 in New York City

I don’t think Vita Coco is available in Trinidad and Tobago and I never tasted is so I can’t say how good or bad Vita Coco is. What I do know is that I once tasted canned coconut water from Thailand and nearly puked as it tasted more like boiled coconut husk than coconut water.Coconut water in Trinidad and Tobago is available fresh from the nut from many vendors brandishing razor-sharp cutlasses at equally hazardous prices. Recent trends suggest that waiting by coconut vendors with jug in hand is not too fashionable in our wannabe first world country so many have instead opted to fork out large amounts of their disposable incomes for those refrigerated, short-shelf-life bottles of coconut water in the supermarkets. I can’t say if the coconut water sold in supermarkets has no added ingredients or that it is 100% pure or that the nuts are green and handpicked like Vita Coco. What I do know is that the quality of coconuts in Trinidad and Tobago is as inconsistent as the color of WASA’s water or the charges Customs Officers at the courier bonds drop on unsuspecting taxpayers.

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Cameron Diaz – The Legs

Cameron Diaz making men happy

Whether Cameron Diaz’s new movie, “Bad Teacher,” is any good is irrelevant since at 38 years old, she displays legs most women at any age wished they had and also most men wished they had access to. Scientists have been explaining many things that have mystified us over the years such as why people get fat when they eat too much delicious chocolate cake from Linda’s Bakery but are yet to figure out why tall women wearing tight-fitting, rolled-up-a-bit-too-much-but-not-enough denim shorts and displaying legs shaped by frequent and intense workouts at the gym cause men to not only be happy in the right way but also to want to be happier. Some women will argue that it’s not how a woman looks but what she has up there but I, as a man, will argue that it’s what she has down there that attracts men in a very decisive way. But attracting men decisively is not the aim of many women and that was just the real man in me talking again. Unfortunately, I can’t review the movie since it hasn’t been released but I can say I will buy the poster featuring Cameron doing her bit for world happiness.

p.s. – the tag-line for the movie, “Bad Teacher” – She doesn’t give an “F”

Car washing is sometimes a spectator sport

Digicel Girls

Digicel Girl - Trinidad and Tobago 2011

Digicel Girl - Trinidad and Tobago 2011

The Digicel Girls are as popular in Trinidad and Tobago, or even more popular than their island-wide coverage and superior ability to hold a call instead of dropping it like the other provider does so well. With Digicel being a sponsor of the West Indies Cricket team, the Trinidad and Tobago Digicel Girls make appearances at all the internationally televised matches featuring the West Indies and are now the only reason to look at a cricket match featuring the West Indies.

I took some photos of the Digicel Girls during the Carnival season using a point-and-shoot camera I grabbed from a nearby person just to preserve an important part of our local culture. I had to set the camera on voyeur-mode to take these photos so as not to be restrained earlier.

The video below was made with the point-and-shoot camera and it is a clip lasting a few seconds repeated over and over and over just to irritate.

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