A day in the life of Chi Ching Ching
It was a hot afternoon when the STAR team met with Chi Ching Ching and his friends at his usual chill spot, DJ Sean's Sports Bar, in Golden Spring, St Andrew.
Luckily, the plan was to engage in one of his favourite pasttimes, visiting the river at Castleton Gardens in St Mary, which is 20 minutes from Golden Spring.
Confident in either his driving skills or his knowledge of the road, Ching swiftly manoeuvred his vehicle around the sharp bends of the hills. His compatriots led the charge on two motor bikes, one of which was a recent purchase of Ching.
"Woi yooiii," he shouted with a grin as a truck barrelled around the bend.
"Yuh see when yaah drive up yah so, yaah fi watchy wiyah, and when yaah drive pon dem road yah, yaah fi watchy tyre," he said.
Ching and his friends guided us through the path that led to the river, a place he spent most of his days as a youngster. On the way, he made sure to stop by Shelly's Soup Stand.
"Dis a best soup you will eva eat! What you want, janga? Red peas? Chicken? Yah so. Wicked!" the vivacious artiste exclaimed.
Soup in tow, we trekked a few metres to the lush gardens. Ching was sure to point out that cool running water isn't the only attraction of Castleton Gardens.
Upon finally reaching the river, we scattered to find our own paths into the water. With sneakers off and pants rolled up, Ching crouched, skipped rocks, and splashed in the river, even using the water to wash his face.
Soon it was time to head back to Golden Spring where Chi Ching would meet his tattoo artist Prince. But before making our way back, he showed us his limited skills on his brand new bike, with assurances that he will learn how to ride properly one day.
While in Golden Spring he also took us to Madd Cre8tive Studio, managed by Daan Sutherland. There we listened to a song he had previously recorded.
By this time, the skies were getting dark and Prince was still waiting patiently on Ching at the sports bar. With a small table, ink bottles, corks and needles, the tattoo artist was ready to work. Ching decided he would get a tattoo of a speaker box.
"Music, enuh," he said smiling, affirming that it is dancehall music that has afforded him the life he now enjoys.
With a studio, his favourite han-gout spot and long-time friends all within the same vicinity, it is no wonder Chi Ching Ching always manages to stay chill.