BRENT PINHEIRO

It’s the start of the week but seeing that Friday is Republic Day (God bless our nation and its many holidays!) time to start making plans. If you are looking for some ideas, here are five things to do this long weekend.

Let’s get physical!

Photo courtesy Stretch4Stress

Are your shoulders hurting from carrying the team? Do you wake up on mornings and choose *violence*?  Sounds like you may need to destress. Now that outdoor exercise is allowed, why not take a class with Stretch4Stress run by former gymnast Thema Williams (#TeamThema). Her hour-long programs cater for different ages and flexibility levels so there’s no pressure to feel like you’re auditioning for a spot in Cirque du Soleil.

Most of the sessions are outdoor, so there is adequate space for social distancing. Stretching has a host of benefits including decreased muscle tension, improved circulation, increased mental clarity, improved posture and balance. Grab a friend (and your mask) and ease yuh body and mind.

A single day pass starts at $75, while group rates start at $55 pp. For bookings call/WhatsApp 774-0039.

Watch Meh!

Photo courtesy trinidad+tobago film festival

Forget about Netflix and chill because the 2021 trinidad+tobago film festival is on. For the second year in a row, it’s completely online and patrons can watch over 100 shorts, features, narrative films, documentaries, and experimental films from across the region.

 Looking for something in the free.99 range? The Horace Ové retrospective screenings are showing every night. Shameless plug: CNC3’s Shane Lee Kit’s film ‘Hang Jack’ debuts on Friday 24th. It tells the story of Lucia, Sam and the fate of their unborn baby revolving around a make-or-break game of All Fours.

Films aren’t the only thing on offer though. The festival is running a series of free live-streamed presentations and panel discussions led by international industry professionals via the ttff Facebook page and YouTube channel. Check their website for timings.

Prices start at $35. Tickets are available online at ttfilmfestival.com or from their Jerningham Ave office.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…

Photo courtesy Go West TT

For now, beaches and watercourses remain closed (thanks covid) so if you’re missing that ocean breeze, then hop on a yacht because let’s be honest – if you not on a yacht, then where you at? (IYKYK).

Go West TT offers a 1.5 hour-long sunset cruise for up to three persons on the Azzurro, a 32-feet sloop sailing yacht. They also offer private dinners for two, perfect for celebrating with someone special. Having a private chef on board with a customised menu for each guest is optional.

Single like a pringle? Grab some friends and food and do the day cruise option for a change of pace and scenery. Or, if you’re feeling bougie, ask about their wine tasting event option. You’ll learn the difference between a Bordeaux and a Fragolino from an award-winning sommelier.

Covid protocols are in place so mask up.

Prices start at $1,000. For bookings call 746-5670.

Road trip… come leh we go!

Photo courtesy Samsara

Set on 20 acres of land in (the) Penal is Samsara, a horse ranch and petting zoo. All of their horses are rescues that were once abused and abandoned. They also have an assortment of animals for everyone to interact with including cows, goats, sheep, macaws, parrots, and even camels! Don’t miss out on the chance to hand-feed the animals too, Samsara provides treats (for a fee).

The usual covid protocols apply – no gatherings, only groups of 5 or less allowed, and mandatory mask-wearing rules are in effect. Soap and hand sanitiser are available.

Entrance fee is $40 per person (kids under 2 free). No appointment is necessary but call 380-0791 if you get lost (cough cough west people).

Drink up!

Photo courtesy The Palette TT

Everyone has a set of ‘nice’ dishes set aside for when company comes over. If you want something that you’ll actually use every day, get the Take Home Glug and Glaze kit from The Palette TT. Each kit comes with an already fired ceramic mug (The inside and rim are glazed), paintbrushes, food-safe paints, sealant, and instructions. Swap the mug for a trinket holder or saucer if your cupboard overfloweth with mugs. Stencil templates available upon request.

The great thing about this activity is that you can do this in your own space… no masks necessary! Plus, you can have your own glug without Judgmental James killing the vibes. Who say White and Sprite?

Prices start at $150. Customisation options are available. To order call 295-5447 or message them on IG @thepalettett or Facebook (The Palette TT)