Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Madness

Monaga is at it again. The Monaga Organization is hosting parties at Bar Friends tonight and Saturday night, May 22 and 23. We know Monaga can throw a party as well as pull off a raucous review of local strippers! Go by and support them if you're in Santo Domingo this weekend.









































































Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Delirious!

I have a friend who has been vacationing in the Dominican Republic for many years. In fact, that is where I met him. He is a cool guy. He is funny, yet intelligent and focused. He can sometimes be opinionated. Not that I'm knocking it because everybody is entitled to one.

Okay, here is where I'm going with this blog entry. He and I were on the phone a few weeks ago discussing our recent trips to the DR and sharing the usual gossip. He tells me that he believes all of the ex-patriates that live there have lost their minds. Knowing that we share many of the same acquaintances I gave him the opportunity to clarify and to perhaps rethink such an all-inclusive statement. He said "no, they're all crazy."

He went on to reminisce about when he met various people in the DR and how at the time he met them they seemed to have things all together. He disclosed situations and circumstances that he believes have had an adverse effect on their sanity. He went on to conclude that if they were anywhere near their previous places of residence their behavior and mindset would be much different.

I have thought about that conversation a few times since it occured. While I do not believe that "they're all crazy," I must admit that I have observed changes in behaviors and beliefs and wondered why. I initially charged it to people adapting to their surroundings. But upon further study I admit there have been some instances when behaviors or reactions to circumstances were questionable. You know, one of those "wow, I can't believe that" moments when you witness something and know that the person you thought you knew would not, and should not, allow that to happen or react or behave in such a manner.

Perhaps it is the result of a paradise induced delirium. Maybe for some people living in paradise is like having one too many Cuba Libre's. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Beautiful Friday

The weather here has been two weeks of rain and cool temperatures. Finally, a day of sunshine. Have a great weekend!

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News For Dancing

The Brazilian community is together in presenting a costume mascarading party and a sampling of Brazilian carnival at the Club Libanes Sirio-Palestino. The social club is located at Av. 30 de Mayo corner Herman Suarez No. 3, between Presidente Beer Brewery and the Winston Churchill. The entrance is by the Malecon (30 de Mayo). Starting 9pm, expect a night of samba show, contests and lots of Brazilian music allegoric to the Brazilian carnival. General admission is RD$1,000. Tickets for sale at the Cafeteria of the Centro de Cultura Brasil-RD, Tel 809 682-1592. For more information, call 829 616-7128.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Amigos De Los Mundo




Jameel is a dancer who lives in St. Lucia.
Cleverson is a 31 year old Brazilian. He lives in Sao Paulo and wants to date men.











AJ is a 23 years old from St. Maarten who lives
in the Netherlands. He also wants to date men.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Puerto Rican Pick-Up

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Memorial Day and Santo Domingo

Miami SSSizzle looks to heat things up for Memorial Day weekend. Make your plans now!!

The San Juan Brothaz event has had more trouble and cancelled this years activities. Check out gayblacktravel.com to read more about both of these items.

dr1 reports: The city of Santo Domingo has rarely been promoted as a tourist destination and that needs to change, according to Victor Pizzaro. The expert on tourism matters was speaking at an event about the city's future, organized by the Santo Domingo Cluster and the National District Municipality. He said that Santo Domingo could not currently be considered a tourist destination because it lacks a "relevant promise" to tourists. During the event, which was sponsored by USAID and the Dominican Sustainable Tourism Alliance Project, Pizzaro said that a great deal of work needs to be done for Santo Domingo to become a viable tourist destination. He added that a lack of information on Santo Domingo also deters potential investors. "Only cities with proactive business people can be competitive," said Pizzaro.

Of course the gay travel circuit has been alive and well in Santo Domingo. Thanks to people like Monaga and Santo Domingo Direct. Be sure to support them when in the city for the Memorial Day weekend!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Vacation Planning 101

Be sure to visit the Travel Info Page for helpful tips when planning your vacation to the Dominican Republic. Click on the ads for great deals!