Chasing Monkey Island – Part 1 – San San Beach

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 and subsequently with the answer a decision was made.   Q: CAN WE GO TO THE COUNTRY TOMORROW? A: YES WE ARE GOING TO PORTLAND IN THE MORNING!   Fast forward to the next day and our plan is set. This week's adventure would be a trip to San San Beach, get a boat ride over to...
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Kingston Dub Club – “It Just Happened”

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 Dr. in Jacks Hill, St. Andrew. Kingston Dub Club has one of the most amazing views overlooking the city of Kingston. It features "100% Undiluted Roots/Rockers/Reggae & Dub music from the highest regions," but the event is so much more than that. With a strong Rastafarian background, the event I think is all about the sharing...
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Welcome To DownDiRoad.com

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 of these attractions. Up until this point I have always catalogued my adventures via my Social Media pages, but friends and onlookers have always suggested that I document these adventures in a more formal manner. It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to my new blog downdiroad.com! With this blog I...
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@FatalicSounds Road Trip Summer ’17!

@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 over at Fatalic Sounds for probably the better part of 10 years. I know their talent and I know their potential, but building a brand is hard work. When they approached me to help them execute in the promotion of their brand and their new CD there was no way I could say no....
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Reggae Sumfest 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 to fight in a crowd for some standing space for eight hours only to hear a few musicians perform a half hearted rendition of a few of their songs. With all that in mind though what drew me to this concert was the fact that my friend Ras-I was making his...
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