#DryLandTouristChronicles: Living IRIE

When you live on an island Summer never really ends….the days just get shorter….

At the end of August, I went on an excursion with my Rotaract Club to Irie River in St. Ann. I was super excited for the trip & I was not disappointed a bit.

A little about the Irie River….

Irie River, formerly known as Irie Beach, is a true Jamaican Paradise and is widely known as one of our best kept secrets. It is located on a scenic section of the White River, in Ocho Rios, just 15 minutes upstream from the ocean. People come from all around the world to swim in our cool, clear waters and to relax and be amazed by our enchanted gardens.

Irie River has the atmosphere of a plantation-era bathing hole, Caribbean style. The sandy bottomed river flows gently through the park, allowing for safe swimming and visitors can bask in the sun on the grassy banks or relax in the shade provided by the lush tropical rainforest overhead.”

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Rude Gyal Swag

On Saturday, May 24, 2014, my service club hosted a fundraising party called “EVOKE”. This was the fourth staging of the event and the second staging under the name “EVOKE”. This year’s theme was the “Braids N Bumpa.”

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#DryLandTouristChronicles: Appleton Rum Tour

 

It has been awhile since I have made any treks across my beautiful island. Of course, the Dry Land Tourist was eager to add another chapter to the travel chronicles and luckily for me, I was able to visit an oldie but good.

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, myself and members of my Rotaract Club loaded up four vehicles and headed to the beautiful parish of St. Elizabeth for the Appleton Rum Tour. It was my second time on the tour and I felt like a Rum Tour virgin. I was in awe of the beauty of the Appleton Valley just like I was three years ago when I first visited with my Rotaract Club.

I tried vlogging the experience, however, Nix (my camera) decided to be a diva so that was a no go. We traveled via Highway 2000, which got us to Clarendon in literally no time. We made a pit stop at Juici Beef, Clarendon Park for bathroom breaks and food runs. We were thoroughly entertained by the vendors who saw it fit to complement us on the most random things…it was actually rather refreshing. The hustle and bustle of City life sometimes makes one forget the warmth of the Jamaican people. This encounter was a good reminder.

It took us approximately 3 1/2 hours to get to Appleton Estate.

The entrance to the Rum Tour

When we got to the Estate, the tour naturally began in the bar with complementary Rum Punch. After one cup, I decided that I did not need any more liquor until after the tour. You see…drinking sabbaticals are not so good before a rum tour. We were then invited to watch a video outlining the operations and processes of Appleton Estate as well as a little guide to rum tasting. Continue reading “#DryLandTouristChronicles: Appleton Rum Tour”

Happy World Rotaract Day!!!!

If you know me you know Rotaract is the love my life! Today commemorates 46 years of the greatness that is Rotaract!!! So for a special day like today, I had to dedicate a blog post to Rotaract & my NKRC family.
A Rotaract club is a Rotary club-sponsored organization of young adults ages 18 to 30, whose purpose is to provide opportunity for them to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service, and whose goals are:
a) To develop professional and leadership skills;
b) To emphasize respect for the rights of others, and to promote ethical standards and the
dignity of all useful occupations;
c) To provide opportunities for young people to address the needs and concerns of the
community and our world;
d) To provide opportunities for working in cooperation with sponsor Rotary clubs;
e) To motivate young people for eventual membership in Rotary.
Last year, my club created a Membership Video to promote Rotaract & my club The Rotaract Club of New Kingston:

OOTD: Benefit Play

My Rotaract Club in association with Royalta Production presented a benefit performance of  the gospel play “Yet Will I Trust”,  April 26-27, 2013. I went to the April 27 performance & I enjoyed every minute of it! Aside from Tyler Perry plays, I have never watched much gospel plays so I was a bit apprehensive. I wasn’t sure if I would relate but I did. It was a great performance and very relevant.

I got a lovely pair of  high-waisted shorts from my mom & so I decided to wear it to the play. Here’s how I styled my shorts:

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OOTN: Dressed to the Nine

On April 4, 2013, my Rotaract Club celebrated it’s ninth anniversary (April 1) with a Cocktail party in Graham Heights. It was a great event & an excellent way to celebrate a great organization.

I decided to celebrate the festivities in gold. Hope you like!

 

Our birthday cake by Saran of Skaih Designs

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