August 27, 2017

Man On The Moon – A Day at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort

Please be advised that I’m currently on vacation & I want to do vacation things.   So here’s the deal… At the beginning of my three week vacation this year, it was my intention to go on an island-wide tour. I’d make my way around the island from one coast to the next. The idea was brilliant but, my body has not been willing AT ALL . Sleep is my best friend and we hang out everyday so I’ve had to revise that plan juuust a little bit! Naturally, I still have to make some exceptions so that I can travel & go on a few excursions and it just…

August 21, 2017

Klouds & Kalooki – A Weekend In Holywell

“Located over 900 metres (3,000 feet) above sea-level in the cool, tropical mist forests of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, Holywell (pronounced Hollywell) is the perfect escape from the heat and stress of city life. Just an hour’s drive from New Kingston, it is the largest recreation area within the National Park, and the closest to the capital.” A fitting description of the Holywell Recreational Park on the JCDT website. When you think about Jamaica, sometimes the first thing that comes to mind is sun, sea and sand, but I think we forget that our Arawak ancestors first described our tropical paradise as the “land of wood…

August 12, 2017

Chasing Monkey Island – Part 2 – Rafting on The Blue Lagoon

“Could you be so kind, then show me a sign; I’ve been searching and it’s so hard to find.” – wise words by Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley ==> Check Out #DownDiRoad – Episode 1 – Drone Fun on the Blue Lagoon & St. Margaret’s Bay  I’m not sure where this fascination with Monkey Island came from but, one more adventure has ended & I still have not set foot on that piece of land. This week’s adventure was actually pretty organized. Jodi wanted to go rafting for her birthday, so I gave her some choices & the Blue Lagoon was the one she picked. I figured I could humanely kill two birds…

August 8, 2017

Chasing Monkey Island – Part 1 – San San Beach

Monkey Island eludes me.   I didn’t start frequenting Portland until maybe two years ago but the more I go and the more I familiarize myself with this parish, is the more I fall in love. Portland is located on the northeast coast of Jamaica, and for me it has the best beaches on the island. Last Friday night I went to two bars with some friends for a drink & I had such a bad experience that I had to calm my nerves with some fried chicken from Popeyes. I personally think the best ideas begin with chicken, because by the time we left at 10:30PM, a question was posed…

August 7, 2017

Kingston Dub Club – “It Just Happened”

These days I’ve been spending a lot of time making excuses for why I didn’t invite people to places LOL. It’s hard work & it always leads back to the same point. “I didn’t plan it, it just happened.” It’s the truth! Imagine I am at work on God’s good Sunday afternoon & my friends just randomly decide to have a par. It just happened. Imagine we are at said par & another friend shows up towards the end & asks “Yow can we go to Dub Club?!” Of course I’m gonna say yes. It just happened.   Kingston Dub Club is a weekly Reggae session that is held at Skyline…

July 30, 2017

Welcome To DownDiRoad.com

My name is Duane “Doofy” Phillips and I’m a Tourism & Hospitality professional from Kingston, Jamaica. I studied Hotel & Resort Management in University and currently I’m employed at one of the top hotels in Kingston. Over recent years it has been a hobby of mine to go exploring through Jamaica. Whether it’s going to a river in the country, or going to a new restaurant, I find that when it comes to tourism I always want to be in the know. There are so many hidden gems in Jamaica and the fact that I’m in this business, I make it my point of duty to familiarize myself with many…

July 25, 2017

@FatalicSounds Road Trip Summer ’17!

If I had to summarize Fatalic’s Road Trip Summer ’17 CD I’d narrow it down to two words; FEEL GOOD! As a former DJ & music aficionado my friends don’t only hit me up when they want to find out where to take cool IG pics, but they hit me up for new music like ALL THE TIME. I can admit I don’t listen to mixtapes much these days, but I always get excited when Fatalic drops new projects because their work is quality. Road Trip Summer 2017 is no different. It’s the perfect mix of several genres, smooth flowing, and as usual it’s super creative. I’ve known the guys…

July 19, 2017

Reggae Sumfest 2017!

At the start of 2017 I said to myself, “Self! You’re gonna live your best life! You’re gonna do new things and you’re gonna be happy.” Well we’re halfway through the year & I’m not there yet but baby Jesus knows I’ve been doing quite a good job. The 2017 staging of Reggae Sumfest was scheduled to be held at it’s longstanding venue Catherine Hall Estate from July 16-22 with the tagline “Our Music Our Festival.” I’ve never been to Reggae Sumfest before. In fact, I have a love hate relationship with concerts. Concerts are tricky business. It’s almost like a full shift at work except I pay my money…