You don’t have to have a lot to give a little: A Few Back to School Charity Initiatives

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Giving back is a huge thing to me. I am by no means rich but I don’t allow that to prevent me from helping others who are less fortunate.

It’s almost back to school time & a few organizations I am affiliated with are doing their best to help a number of children go back to school in September. Check out the flyers & contribute wherever you can.

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#DryLandTouristChronicles: I Love SXM Diary….Day 6, 7 & Heading Home


Day 6…..Strolling through Simpson Bay

On Monday, Dane & the rest of the gang flew back home leaving me, at that point, on my own. My iPhone fell at the border on Day 2 & the screen was shattered. It held up but gave way on Day 5.

My Kindle also died & I had no charger.

Anyhow, I woke up on Monday, after a nice night’s sleep & decided to walk to McDonald’s for lunch.

My walk gave me the opportunity to take in the beauty of Simpson Bay.

#DryLandTouristChronicles: I Love SXM Diary….Day 4 & 5


The penultimate day of conference we had our President & Executives Training Seminar (PETS). Experienced Rotarians lead training sessions for the various executive positions on the Rotaract Executive Boards. This was in fact the main purpose of the conference.

One of our numerous selfies…Buddha & the Yardies


Before the training seminar, Paulette, Nicole & I walked to a pharmacy on the Maho strip to purchase some sweets. On our way back, we saw a really cool Buddha statue & went selfie crazy lol.

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#DryLandTouristChronicles: I Love SXM Diary….Day 3

Friday, May 29, 2015 will be etched in my mind for the rest of my existence! I don’t think any of us knew what the Conference steering committee had in store for us. The morning began with sessions & an award ceremony. The award ceremony was a proud moment for me because all the clubs in my Region (Jamaica East) won at least one award.

Introducing my Past President Rotarian Travis who presented on Project Proposal
Photo Credit: Rotaract District 7020

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#DryLandTouristChronicles: I Love SXM Diary….Day 2

Day 2 of Rotaract District Conference, for me, was all about the I love SXM island tour! I was more than excited to explore St. Maarten/St. Martin.

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#DryLandTouristChronicles: I Love SXM Diary….Day 1


A few years ago, when my sole desire was to move to Europe, my dad advised me to get to know home before I start exploring the world. I took his advice & since then I have used every opportunity to travel across my beautiful island home….a decision I don’t regret at all. I guess it’s out of exlporing Jamaica that my desire to travel the Caribbean blossomed. I developed a curiosity about island life in other Caribbean countries.


Luckily for me, my membership in Rotaract has provided me with the opportunity to visit at least 9 other Caribbean countries & territories in the Northern Caribbean. This blog post is about my recent trip to St. Maarten & St. Martin.

A year ago, I sat at the Hilton Hotel in Montego Bay & told my friend that May 27, 2015, I would be landing in St. Maarten for Rotaract District Conference. Until April, I was sure that my dream would not be a reality but low & behold I was too hasty to throw in the towel….my trip to the friendly island was indeed a reality.

This trip was a part of my #14for30 list (the list of things I hope to do in celebration of turning 30). Up until the day of my flight I still couldn’t believe that I was going to St. Maarten!!!!

My flight was scheduled to depart at 2:45PM for a landing in St. Maarten at 6:00 PM. Luckily for us, the flight, which I was told is usually late, was quite on time! We were so on-time we landed in St. Maarten earlier than expected. Kudos to Caribbean Airlines!

When we landed customs was a breeze (thanks to the power  of Rotaract & Rotary). We were in our black vehicles & on our way in no time.

First trip with my new passport

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#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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#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”

Shanny’s Weekend Musings: March 7-9, 2014

My weekends are usually filled with alot of adventures so I decided to blog about my musings. Here is a recap of my weekend trods:

Friday: Bacchanal Opening night at Mas Camp.
I am a socaphile…I ADMIT IT. I love the gyrating and wukking up my body, so it was a no brainer that last weekend I would venture to Mas Camp for the start of the Bacchanal season.
DJ Smoke, DJ Sanjay & DJ Richie Ras played all my favourite soca tunes which kept me feteing all night long.

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