~ Restaurant revisited! ~

Occasionally, an evening is good enough to make one want to repeat it. Sometimes it could be the folk you are with that makes the evening so great; sometimes it could be because of the service, the wine or even the food. Well, actually, it is very often because of the food.

Not having had the opportunity to return to The Stone for quite some time, an evening came up that was too good an opportunity to miss. Great friends planned to meet at the lovely setting of this restaurant on the edge of Simpson Bay Lagoon one windless night recently.

I accepted the invitation with alacrity; I already knew what I wanted to order as the last time it was so good.

Arriving a tad earlier than most of our group that evening, I spied a couple friends and went over to chat to them. They were already eating and of course in the course of conversation, I asked what they were having and they started enthusing over the dishes set before them. I had not seen what they were eating on the menu last time I was there, their description of the dish sounded so amazing that I wanted to change my mind on what to order.

By the time we all sat down and conversation began about who was going to eat what, my mind was in a complete dither; someone else was ordering my fav dish – the one I wanted to order again – but then I wanted to try the new dish too, Oh, what to do? What to do? Oh, the indecisiveness on what to order because everything was so delicious!

In the end, some of us shared starters which gave us a chance to try the new (to us) dish. Starters were the delicious fish soup and the dish I had not tried before, superb fresh mahi-mahi (or swordfish) spring rolls. Tasty, freshly caught fish in a crispy spring roll wrapper with a mango relish can simply not be beat. I honestly could have (should have) had this dish as my main course.

Well, perhaps not, because my main was simply out of this world too. I ordered the duck breast with a side of orange sweet potato. When asked, I said I would like the duck breast medium rare. It arrived sizzling on the hot stone a tad underdone (as it should). The duck breast skin was crispy and the breast was semi sliced through so as I ate, I sliced a piece off and “cooked” it on the stone to my liking; just can’t get anything more perfect than that. The sweet potato dish was perfection as a side for the duck.

The others had various fish-dish orders on their stone. As soon as the fish arrived, most of them scooped the fish off the hot stone as it was perfectly cooked on arrival. This is what is so good about hot-stone cooking; each person can have their meal cooked as they like it right in front of their eyes. The sides ranged from mashed potato, the sweet orange potato, veggies, peppers and salad. No one opted for dessert this time round but I know for a fact that the desserts are all great.

Service was slick, the great wine list made us happy, the food was excellent, the setting was peaceful and the parking plentiful and close by. What more could one wish for when sharing a great evening with good friends.

The Stone

6 Welfare Road # 6 Laguna View Complex

In Rear of Building, on the Water

Phone: 1(721) 526-2037

Cuisine: Food cooked on Hot Stone

Good: Easy Parking

Price range: $$

Ratings:

Staff friendliness                        ****

Service speed                           ****

Restaurant cleanliness               ****

Food quality                             *****

Value for money                       ****

Ambience                                 ****

If you’re a former Milton Peters College (MPC) student or teacher, you can help rewind the clock in history at a grand reunion being hosted by the school tomorrow, February 24, from 7:00pm to midnight. The reunion is part of SVOBE’s (the school board) list of activities to commemorate MPC’s 40th and Sundial’s 50th anniversary in providing education on St. Maarten.

MPC/Sundial Director Wim de Visser urges all former students and teachers to attend the event, which will be hosted under a big tent outside the school’s gym. The event will be primarily for former students to socialise and go down memory lane together. There will not be any formal speeches.

Activities will include the continuous showing of a slideshow of pictures of former students, staff, activities and events that occurred at the school over the past 40 years, from when it opened its doors in 1976 to 2016.

A deejay will also be in the house to entertain with music covering the past 40 years so that students and staff from the various periods will get a chance to listen to music that was popular in their time.

SVOBE’s anniversary booklet will also be available and attendees will be able to purchase a copy for US $20. Entrance to the event is free. However, food and drinks will be available for a small contribution. “Hopefully, a lot of students will show up,” de Visser said.

Other activities planned to mark the anniversaries of the two schools include a gala fundraising dinner at The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort and Spa on March 25, in support of technology at the school. Entrance is US $100 per person.

On May 26, an art exhibition and talent show will be held by current and former students at Princess Port de Plaisance. Entrance is US $10 per person.

From July 27 to 30, Sundial School’s reunion will be held. All former students and teachers from when the school first opened its doors 50 years ago in 1966 leading up to 2016, are urged to attend this event at the school from 7:00pm to 12:00 midnight.

The anniversary events will wrap up with an educational symposium on August 10, with special guest speaker Alan November.

Chai is a wise young woman, who seems to have found her own personal formula to enjoy life and be true to oneself. She’s creative, loves to empower others and is a go-getter. Learn more about her in this week’s Hotseat.

Who is Chair Isenia?

I am a young and motivated woman who is determined to bring out the best in people.

Where were you born and how did you end up on this beautiful island?

I was born and raised in Amsterdam, Holland. I have Curacaolean heritage. And I have always lived in Holland with a big sense of feeling “different.” I’ve always been looking for certain vibes and the “warmth” in people. That was until I visited one of my friends to experience St. Maarten Carnival and then it all made sense: I was missing the Caribbean in my life! I found vibes! I was supposed to stay 10 days and ended up spending the whole summer here!

Where did you attend school?

For one year, I studied Media and Entertainment Management in Haarlem. But that didn’t fit me very well. After that, I studied Community Development at Hogeschool of Amsterdam.

What do you do for a living?

I am a professional hula-hoop dancer and SocaFit instructor. I teach classes in gyms and resorts and I host workshops at events, bachelor parties and basically every party I can spice up! Besides that, I make and sell Africa inspired head wraps, which I combine with Afrocentric matching jewellery.

Can you tell us more about Sisterhoops?

Sisterhoops is a community of women who choose to work out in a way that we all know from childhood: we use the hula-hoop to have fun and burn calories at the same time. We try to channel that inner happiness we all had as kids. My mission is to create a movement with women who feel comfortable in their own body, and show that!

What type of dance/exercise classes do you teach?

I teach the SocaFit by Chai classes, Hoopdance and Hoopfitness with Sisterhoops. I am also a kizomba instructor, and give private salsa classes. Those interested in learning more can check out SocaFit by Chai on Facebook.

What is the common thread in your work?

The thing all my classes have in common is that I want the students to go home inspired. That is my goal as a dance instructor. I encourage everyone to find their own style in whatever class I’m teaching. It’s not about “what level” you’re in, or how many of my steps you know to reproduce. To be your authentic self is the best you can be!

How do you juggle doing everything that you do?

I choose to simply do everything I love. My work never feels like an obligation to me. I took my passion and turned it into a purpose, so I don’t mind spending a lot of time doing what I like, which is teaching. In between, I try to plan some time for myself by swimming, meditating. I like being outdoors and since I’ve been living on the island, I now realise how much I love nature.

What are your pet peeves?

People who constantly bring people down. In my opinion, it makes no sense that bringing someone down would make you feel better about yourself.

What’s your dream holiday venue?

I think it would be the Bahamas, or the Seychelles, somewhere that I’m surrounded by water – there’s just something about Islands!

Do you have any hobbies?

I love collecting memories. I see that as my hobby. Back in Europe, I used to go to all kinds of reggae festivals, where I would bring my hula-hoops with me. That hoop connected me to so many cool people! Those are moments to cherish. And of course I keep up with everything involving Carnival: I like to go liming, making costumes and going on the road with my friends. I used to go to the annual Rotterdam Summer Carnival, Berlin Carnival and of course Nothing Hill Carnival in London.

Do you have a favourite quote?

“Love the life you live; live the life you love.” It’s a song performed by reggae band Midnight. I think I’ve played it over a thousand times. After spending so much time listening to it, I could not do anything but to adapt it into my lifestyle. It has become my motto.

If you could ask any three persons (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would they be and what would you cook for them?

Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela and Nina Simone; I think those three people have been a great example to a lot of people in the world. And each one of their stories is one I would like to listen to. I would cook a completely ital (vegan) meal. I believe Bob would have appreciated that, plus it’s totally hip to cook healthy! Being a vegan, one of my favourite one-pot dishes is Trinidadian Bhaji rice. I would probably serve it with tempeh or some plantain. I like simplicity.

Poi performer and fire dancer George Woodley was one of the big arts and entertainment winners at the recently held Topian Awards ceremony, in which persons in the industry were recognised for their work. Woodley won Best Mail Poi performer and Best Spotter. A Spotter is someone who assists stilt walkers during their performances while Poi is a form of dance, where weights on the ends of tethers are swung through rhythmical patterns. It is rooted in the culture of the Maori people of New Zealand (Aotearoa), who dance with poi poi in traditional ceremonies. Woodley tells us more about himself and his life as a performer in this week’s Hot Seat.

Who is George Woodley?

I am a selfless person, who is very passionate about what I believe in and I work very hard to achieve my goals.

How would you describe yourself?

I would describe myself as a very nice and helpful guy. I always look out for other people, sometimes before I even look out for myself. I am also a man of my word and I do not like to let people down. I am also a very dependable person.

Education?

I attended Oranje primary school in Philipsburg. I then attended Sundial for the first two years of my secondary education and was then transferred to Milton Peters College (MPC) where I studied electrical engineering. I completed two years in the PBL stream and received my first diploma, then completed an extra year in the PKL stream and got my second diploma. I studied Electrical Engineering because I love physics. The minute I began the classes, I knew this was for me.

How did you end up being a Poi performer and fire dancer?

Almost a year ago, Funtopia introduced fire dancing to the list of entertainment it offers and I signed up for it. Before you start with the fire, you must practice Poi dancing. I rapidly advanced in it and eventually began to use the fire and became the first fire dancer in Funtopia and I really liked it very much. I eventually learned how to blow fire because it was needed in this field and I became very good at it. I am currently the only fire dancer at Funtopia. Poi dancing is a type of art called flow arts, which is basically spinning two items at the end of each string and you make circular motions. It can be done in different ways, such as with LED lights and with fire.

What inspired you and what is it that you like about this field?

My instructor inspired me because she would encourage me to learn as much as I can. Just by watching her spin and blow fire, it was really amusing so I also wanted to express such talent and amaze people with my skills. I also like the fact that there is always something new to learn and there is always room for improvement. I just enjoy everything there is about it.

What kind of poi performer are you?

I am a very amusing Poi performer to watch because I always make sure I mesmerize my crowd during my performances.

What differentiates you from other poi performers and artistes?

I always focus on making myself better as I execute my performance and I can adapt to any environment that I have to perform in.

How and where did you develop your skills?

I developed my skills in Funtopia constantly practicing with my Poi instructor and even practicing on my own at home and watching videos online.

Where have you performed in the past?

I have performed many times all over the island of St. Maarten/St. Martin, also in Dominica, St. Eustatius, Saba and Anguilla.

How does it feel to win the Topian Award?

It’s an amazing feeling inside when your name gets called and you go up for that award and you are recognised for your hard work and dedication.

What do you think gave you the edge over other nominees?

My self-confidence during my performances; I always give 110% when I am performing.

Have you ever received any other awards in this field?

I won the TelCell Breakthrough competition in October last year.

Aside from performing, what is your career ambition?

I would like to obtain my Master’s Degree in electrical engineering.

What is your advice to other youths who also want to learn about poi performance?

My advice to them is that they should not be scared to learn and they should always do their best. Be patient and you will learn everything you need to learn in order to master this skill.

What are your future goals?

To go and study abroad so that in the future I may come back to St. Maarten and help make a positive change.

Hobbies?

My only hobby besides my performances is sports.

What is your favourite type of music?

I listen to all types of music once I like the song. I have no favourite artistes.

If you could invite three famous people (dead or alive) for dinner, who would they be and what would you cook for them?

I would invite Albert Einstein, Steven Hawking and Nikola Tesla and I would probably cook them some Spanish food.

JUST Discover A New Confident Energy (DANCE) is a new and interactive dance class that caters to both men and women. The instructor is Ameera Groenveldt. If you’re looking for a new lease on life or want to expand your horizon by taking on a new challenge but have no clue where to start, this class is for you.

A free class took place at the Yogesh Building on Saturday, February 8. There were about 17 participants and I was one of them. I honestly had no idea what to expect when I decided to attend the class. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I assumed it would be the same old one-two-step dance routine; but boy was I wrong! I loved the JUST DANCE experience. Now, I’m not stating this in order for it to sound like a cliché, but this class was just AWESOME! If you attended the session, I’m sure you’ll be hungry for more.

The women who attended the class were of various shapes, sizes, races and ages. Despite all of that, we were reminded that we were more alike than we realized. Many of us, especially those who have to care for others throughout the day, must always remember to look after ourselves as well as we do for those around us. The hustle and bustle of life will not come to an end if we choose to be good to be ourselves. Your family, friends and the job you have will continue to exist whether you’re around or not. So take time out for yourself no matter how busy life becomes.

Class participants were given the opportunity to look in a mirror and say three positive things about themselves. Now I know at this point you may be saying, “Heck no! No thank you. Not me. I’m too afraid or shy.” Whatever we tell ourselves when it comes to making a positive change, we all feel the same way at times. But if you ask yourself what you have to lose, the answer is usually not one thing. You actually have everything to gain. I know what it’s like to express yourself in public or to try to just be comfortable in a group setting. Shared information is to be kept within the walls of the class as the purpose is to build up each person in the room and not add to any of the tearing down which already goes on in the world around us or even in our lives.

Those of us in the class all had in common that we were ready for a change in our lives. We were ready to take a risk and we knew that failing is a learning experience and that we should not be afraid to try things. Too often we tear ourselves down, as the saying goes, “You’re your own worst enemy.” But you don’t have to follow that mantra. Mothers with children who attended the class were reminded not to use their kids as an excuse. Everyone can pursue her dreams. You are the only one that can stop you; and your children will benefit from your example as their mother.

During the class, we did a couple of exercises and were given tips on how to focus on what is important and learn to appreciate the beautiful individual in each of us. We did stretching exercises before going into dancing. This made me feel like a super woman and reminded me that we are beautiful, strong and can do whatever makes us happy, even outside of the walls of the dance class. The class made us feel that we are sexy and smart and can achieve anything. Music can endear that feeling. Some women seemed to really try and were glowing while dancing and even after.

Groeneveldt does not pick just any type of music to play, each song appears to be carefully chosen in order to empower and strengthen each and every participant, mentally and emotionally. This class is not only a brilliant idea, but it is a necessary idea. There are many people struggling in their day-to-day lives, comparing themselves to others, over-thinking their ideas and dreams and not taking action to be who they desire to be. I’m not saying that if you attend this class, it will be a magic potion to success, but I am saying that if you were to incorporate this with whatever else you may be doing to better your life, it will be well worth it. I definitely plan to attend the classes when they start in March. Each class will consist of 10 women.

Anyone interested can contact Ameera Groeneveldt directly: 1 721 524-7999; justdancesxm@gmail.com or via her Facebook page.

By Laura Bijnsdorp

Want to come cave diving with me?

“Put your left hand on your weight belt, and your right hand on your regulator and mask. Now jump!” said my dive-guide. I jumped into the cold, clear water and shakily rubbed my mask clean. I am always a bit nervous before a dive, but this time I was beyond nervous; not only was I diving, I was going to be cave-diving!

Cave diving, which originated in the United Kingdom, is underwater diving in water-filled caves. Compared to caving and scuba diving, there are relatively few practitioners of cave diving. This is due in part to the specialized equipment and skill sets required, and because of the high potential risks due to the specific environment. I was going to do a fairly easy dive, no deeper than 10 metres, so risks were minimal, yet the idea of not being able to swim up to reach air if I needed to, freaked me out!

My dive-guide had explained everything in detail before the dive. We did not have to worry too much about the depth of our dive, but he reminded me that if anything went wrong, I would need to remain calm, as we would have to possibly swim back through tunnels to get out. There also would be darker areas, where we would need flashlights, and I would have to keep my buoyancy (balance) under control not to hit any cave formations such as sharp stalagmites and stalactites.

Despite these risks, and my fear, I was determined to try a cave-dive or two. These water-filled caves attract people like myself to see unexplored nature and present divers with a technical diving challenge and see fauna and formations you see nowhere else.

Scuba diving, whether in caves or normally in open water such as oceans or lakes, is a great sport. Once you get used to the new sensations, it’s very enjoyable and relaxing. Whether you are a beginner recreational diver interested in seeing the beautiful reefs of the sea, or an experienced deep-sea diver who travels to depths seldom seen by the human eye, scuba diving can provide numerous benefits.

Swimming provides both a cardiovascular workout and a muscular workout with little to no strain on our joints. Your muscles also work harder underwater as you move against the resistance of the current and the water itself. With this, you strengthen your muscles as well as develop your flexibility and endurance. Like swimming, which builds up the muscles in your thighs and shoulders, diving can help tone your different muscle areas, consequently giving you better posture.

Related to exercising your circulatory system, diving can also help lower blood pressure. There are studies reporting that those who dive on a regular basis are less likely to be prone to strokes and heart attacks. Slow, deep breathing is important in scuba diving to optimize air consumption and bottom time. An added bonus is that deep, steady breathing promotes a calm attitude and reduces the risk of a lung-expansion injury.

Similar to breathing during meditation, breathing slowly and deeply while diving induces a calm, relaxed state while the diver focuses on the underwater environment rather than thinking about problems they may be experiencing in daily life. This helps to reduce stress and balance the nervous system. A relaxed, calm state of mind has been proven to promote a positive attitude and prevent depression.

We entered the dark tunnel of the cave-system and I definitely did not feel relaxed. But once I calmed myself down, and allowed myself to take in my surroundings, I was in awe! I was in a different world. I almost felt as if I were an astronaut swimming through an alien planet.

Blue light shone through occasional air holes and huge dramatic rock formations led us through large rooms and tight tunnels. The strangest sensation was probably diving past a wall of air pockets, that made it feel like the world was upside down and there was a lake above us. The only reminder that I was swimming in an earthly cave-system was the occasional blind cat-fish that swam past us.

Cave diving should be an item on everyone’s bucket list. 

Make your own lava lamp

A lava lamp (or astro lamp) is a decorative and unique item which was invented in 1963 by a British accountant named Edward Craven Walker. This lamp is designed in a variety of colours and shapes, and now you get to make your own.

Materials:

  • Cooking oil
  • Water
  • Food colouring
  • An empty water bottle
  • Alka-Seltzer antacid tablets

The first thing you need to do is to fill your bottle two-thirds with oil, fill in the other third with water, leaving about an inch free at the top. Looking at the water layer sink to the bottom can be fun, but you have to wait awhile for the bubbles to disappear before you continue with the following step.

The next step is for you to add several drops of food colouring. Since you put the oil in before the water, it will take some time for the drops of food colouring to “go through the process” and tint the water.

Now it’s time for you to break an Alka-Seltzer tablet into three or four pieces, drop one of the pieces in and watch what happens! When the tablet touches the layer of water, it will start to fizz and you’ll see the coloured water will erupt!

Once the tablet dissolves, you won’t see any more bubbles, but they will start up again as soon as you add another piece of tablet. In case the oil layer starts to look cloudy with tiny bubbles, you can just let it settle for a while, add some more if needed.

Final step: Enjoy your cool, creative lamp!

Egyptian Flat Bread

Flat breads have been baked in Egypt since ancient times. One of the paintings on the wall of a tomb in the Valley of the Kings shows bakers busy making bread. This recipe is very simple and uses ingredients you probably have at home already. Working with yeast is fun, especially as there is plenty of hands-on kneading to do! Serve the flat breads with slices of cheese or various dips. Have an adult help you in the kitchen.

Ingredients:

3 cups flour

½ tsp salt

1½ tsp dry yeast

1 tsp sugar (or runny honey)

1 cup warm water

1 egg, beaten

Baking spray

Method:

Sieve flour and salt into a large bowl.

In a separate smaller bowl, stir yeast and sugar (or honey) into the warm water. Let stand for 10 minutes and watch as the mixture froths up and doubles in size.

Add the yeast mixture to the flour and mix to form a soft dough.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead with the heel of your hands until smooth.

Leave dough to rise (covered with a clean damp tea towel) in an oiled bowl for 1-2 hours; it should double in size.

Punch dough down with your fist.

Divide into 16 balls and roll them out very thin.

Place on well oiled baking trays.

Using a pastry brush, paint each loaf of bread with beaten egg.

Let bread rest for 15 mins and preheat oven to 350° F.

Bake for 15-20 mins until golden.

Allow to cool before serving.

Sun rises at 6:37am

Sun sets at 6:14pm

Moon phase: last quarter, waning crescent

Moon rises at 1:07am

Moonset: 2:22pm

 

The evening sky is currently blessed with a smattering of planets. Jupiter rises around 11:30pm snuggling close to the slightly less bright star, Spica. Saturn rises about 2:30am. Between these two planets is the moon, a waning crescent in the last quarter of its cycle. In fact, the moon Saturn and the bright star Antares make a nice little triangle that graces the sky in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Don’t want to stay up so late? Seek out other planets.

 

Venus is at her brightest these nights and Mars is nearby, both hanging in the western edge of the sky. Almost impossible to spot is Uranus, just above Mars; use good binoculars or a telescope. The three planets seem to form an almost vertical, almost straight line, with Venus at the bottom. These celestial bodies sink below the horizon early, around 9:00pm.

 

About that time is prime Winter Circle viewing time! Directly overhead at 9:00pm, the Winter Circle is a group of well-known constellations’ brightest stars which roughly form a circle that dominates the sky in the winter months. Prominent among these constellations is Orion. Known as a hunter, Orion’s three stars in a row mark his belt which is why he is easy to spot and why then the Winter Circle is easy to find.

 

Once you see the three stars in a row, look to the northeast to Orion’s “shoulder,” for a reddish or ruddy-hued star. This is Betelgeuse and it sits at the middle of the circle. By the way, kids especially like the star Betelgeuse, because its name sounds so much like beetle juice, but astronomers pronounce it slightly differently: BET-el-zhews. People have described this star as sombre or sometimes even grandfatherly. Betelgeuse is old for a star, as a matter of fact, well into the autumn of its lifespan. Betelgeuse is no ordinary red star. It’s a magnificently rare red supergiant. Another is Antares in the constellation Scorpius, but I digress…

 

Back to the Winter Circle: At Orion’s foot is the bluish-white star Rigel; from there you can see a circle of bright stars around Betelgeuse. Looking clockwise, there is Rigel, then the “Dog Star” Sirius (the earth’s brightest star), Procyon (the Little Dog Star), then the Twin Stars of Castor and Pollux which mark the heads of the constellation Gemini. The Winter Circle finishes off with Capella (in Auriga) and Aldebaron (in Taurus).

 

Thank you for keeping up with the Night Sky articles. If you are out later on in the week, each star rises about four minutes earlier each day than written here, and the moon rises 50 minutes later. Night Sky is researched and compiled by Lisa Davis-Burnett. Earthsky.org is a key resource for information and images. Questions or comments? Email lisa@thedailyherald.com

Just Be More Natural Or how I learned to not trust silky-haired friends to give hair advice!

 

“Can you be more natural?”

 

“What do you mean?” I asked my boyfriend of fewer than six months. I tried to conceal my thoughts with a Stepford Wives meets Serial Mom smile.

 

Here’s the thing: I was already the most natural I’d ever been in my entire life. Yes, my hair was straight, but it was only a temporary effect created with my flat iron and blow dryer. I didn’t wear hair extensions, fake nails, or makeup. I’d never had plastic surgery!

 

From my crazy eyes, he could tell that my inner monolog had switched from “quirky brown girl” to “angry black woman.” Cue: hand clapping, finger pointing, and neck rolls. See, interracial dating was new for me. I anxiously searched for signs of being tokenized. I was secure in my blackness and was not here for men looking to cure their Jungle Fever or feed their low key melanin fetish.

 

“Can you be more natural?” His words rang in my mind as I soaked in the tub. Should I? I removed my shower cap. Reaching for the nearest towel, I dried my hands and then touched my roots and the tightly coiled top bun. Sigh. Without thinking, I released my hair. I lowered my torso and head allowing the water to penetrate my follicles. I can't lie; yuh gyal was feeling like Janet Jackson in her Everytime music video.

 

Hopping out of the tub to check my hair out; I was all “praise hands emoji” because my curls were popping. Team No Heat Damage! Next was the moment of truth: Would I use products or give this “be more natural” thing a chance. Insert the longest sigh of your life. I skipped the products, wrapped my head in a scarf, and went to bed.

 

Yo! The next day, my hair was stuck in a Sideshow Bob confection! It was up, hard, and looking like Don King. I was late for church so I had to walk the street with this hard ashy afro.

 

Later that night, my face is all pushed up ready to rip him a new one for convincing me to turn my hair into stone. Boo, I am not mixed. I know exactly what’s growing out of my head.

 

“You’re beautiful. What's wrong?”

 

That’s how I learned to not trust silky-haired friends to give hair advice. That night, I spent six hours detangling and “un-crisping” my hair. Never again. Meh say, never again!

 

Created on St. Maarten; based in Chicago, Onicia Muller (@OniciaMuller) writes, says funny things, and enjoys hanging with creative minds. ‘Just Be Funny’ is a weekly reflection where Onicia laughs at life. Learn how to be more natural at www.OniciaMuller.com/JBF

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