“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.
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.
Before the training seminar, Paulette, Nicole & I walked to a pharmacy on the Mahostrip to purchase some sweets. On our way back, we saw a really cool Buddha statue & went selfie crazy lol.
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
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 Hotelin Montego Bay& told my friend that May 27, 2015, I would be landing in St. Maartenfor 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.
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 Clubto 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.”
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.”
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 Clubloaded 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.
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 Estateas well as a little guide to rum tasting.Continue reading “#DryLandTouristChronicles: Appleton Rum Tour”→