CARNIVAL FASCINATION CRUISE – ST THOMAS, USVI

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Day 6 Island: St. Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands Shopping Haven: TAX FREE – Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Payless, Hublot Salvatore Ferragamo, Sunglass Hut, Bulgari, Coach, K-Mart, Rainbow, Foot Locker Magen’s Bay Beach Skyride to Paradise Point View from Paradise Point

CARNIVAL FASCINATION CRUISE – SXM

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Day 3 Island: Sint Maarten (Dutch)/Saint-Martin (French) Known as: The Friendly Island, “Land of Salt” & the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean Popular Spot: Maho Beach for airplane watching Known for: being the island with a unique status….. one landmass … Continue reading

CARNIVAL FASCINATION CRUISE – ST LUCIA

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Day 1 Island: Saint Lucia Nickname: Helen of the West Indies Local Beer: Piton – after the twin peaks What I liked most: the topography, villages and the general atmosphere which is very similar to Grenada; only more developed. PITONS … Continue reading

Clabony Sulphur Springs

The Clabony Sulphur Springs is tucked away in the hills of Byelands St Andrew which is also the source of the Clabony bottled water. Getting to the springs is a short 2 minute walk from the main dirt road and 10 minutes away from the Footprint air bnb hut perfect for a getaway from the hustle and bustle; totally off the grid.

A soap in the spring is the ideal way to kick back and rejuvenate in the most natural and simplistic way.

Natural spring – water is warmer and bubbly. *Orange colour on the stones is sulphur.

Manmade spring 

More Laws, Harsher Penalties

The Justice System is in dire need of reformation by instituting stricter penalties for certain offences. For this to come to fruition the public has to play an instrumental role in pushing for change. A lot of issues are forgotten and left by the way-side, instead of taking measures to curb temptations for reoccurrence.The penalties need to allow persons to think about their actions.

Child endangerment cases should be pursued and not ruled an accident. Leaving a minor (especially one who’s disabled or mentally challenged) home alone can result in harm to the child including death. It’s time parents must take responsibility for their actions.

There should be more life sentences for murder and heinous sexual crimes. How is justice served when victims of abuse are sent back to the environment where the abuse takes place. “Safe havens” must be established in the form of temporary foster care homes (where persons are thoroughly vetted) and the provision of adequate counselling programs. An substantial investment must be made into our children to ensure they have the opportunity to bloom.

In the case of vehicular manslaughter, traffic regulations should be enforced with a zero tolerance policy on speeding, driving under the influence and obstruction. Traffic at critical locations needs to flow efficiently. This is dependent upon having more traffic lights and traffic officers.

The universal problem of littering may not seem as significant but enforcing litter laws and putting into effect litter wardens can be beneficial to the environment and a plausible revenue stream. Since we depend so much on tourism sector, maintaining a clean, pure and beautiful Grenada is essential.

Given we’re a society that consumes huge amounts of alcohol, regulations must be passed in regards to public consumption. Too many bar brawls end up in persons losing their life. As a small island with one of the lowest crime rate it’s important that offenders are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and that “John Public” understand the consequences of foolhardy actions.

 

Cabier Ocean Lodge

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A relatively short but bumpy drive from the main road takes you to the Crochu harbour point in St. David- the location of Cabier Ocean Lodge. where you have a 180 degree view of the sea. Although St David is the only parish which lacks a town it makes up in cozy points with great potential for beautiful developments.

I had the pleasure of visiting the lodge after Caribbean Youth Environment Network CYEN hosted a sargassum beach clean up of the nearby Cabier beach for World Oceans Day celebrated on June 9th.

Cottages paying homage to the national colours

Painting on the wall: L-R Banana, Cocoa and Breadfruit trees

Start of the 180 degree ocean view…

Shades of Blue

View overlooking the beach

Breaking Traditions: Success in the 21st Century

We live in a world that places education on a pedestal as it’s the key to a successful life. For too long we have followed the path of our ancestors instead of following our own. The route way of living is something of the past. We must be open to unconventional methods as a way of succeeding in a changing world. Simply taking the route that we believe is easiest or possess less chances of failure would not lead to a fulfilling life.

Fewer women are being homemakers, but are being career oriented.                                Some are having children later in life and even choosing to be single parents.

Millennials and following generations have to work twice as hard as a result of the emphasis placed on having degrees to validate one’s abilities within a certain profession. They tell you get an education but when all jobs require experience how are you suppose to get a start when no one wants to give you a chance. The education system is severely flawed and other than being lucrative for investors, it’s usefulness in assisting graduates in getting jobs has decreased.

A lot as changed in recent years. Before the recipe for success entailed work hard and good grades, nowadays you have to work twice as hard, be multifaceted and innovative. It’s time we move past the belief that it’s not enough or realistic to pursue artistic talents, when in fact it can be cultivated into a business which can result in a life of relative freedom and independence. We must encourage the youths to develop their talents and not convince them that they need a degree to be successful. Nonetheless we must always strive to gain knowledge and pursue other fields throughout our lives.

 

Looks Are Deceiving

The game of comparison is a dangerous one and highly consequential. When you evaluate your life based on ideas that are unfounded you in turn hinder your growth and surrender power over your life. And it’s not worth your perception on someone because of who their parents are, where they live and being able to afford certain luxuries. You don’t see what’s on the inside – behind the smile.

Pretty Girls Hurt Too

We have insecurities

We cry

We get heartbroken

We lose our way sometimes

We're not invincible

Material things don’t shield one from pain. Life does not discriminate. Each persons circumstance results in different struggles. No one person’s struggle is more significant than another, no matter what it is or how trivial it may seem. As much as we are alike, we experience things differently which is in line with our uniqueness.