Children were playing on the streetsides.
A woman purchased food at a shop and prepared to get cracking on dinner in the kitchen.
It seemed like a typical lazy Sunday afternoon when the fragrance of rice and peas would waft from sputtering pressure cookers tantalising neighbours.
But the occasional patrol by police and soldiers was a sign that all was not perfect in Paradise Gardens.
Residents of the Kingston community, which was placed under curfew on the weekend, are divided over its effectiveness. The 6 p.m.-6 a.m. lockdown was imposed as part of ongoing measures to curb violence in that sector of the city.