A Very Caribbean Olympics

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In recent Olympic Games more and more Caribbean nations have not only been represented but dominated in the athletics events particularly the sprints. This year Grenada proudly sent 7 athletes whose performances were exceptional. History was made in the 400m final by Kirani James, defending Olympic champion and Bralon Taplin who placed 7th, although he didn’t medal getting there was already a victory in itself. Kirani secured silver behind the impressive Wayde Van Niekerk who smashed Michael Johnson’s 19 year old WR, a truly phenomenal performance. Kurt Felix and Lindon Victor, two of our athletes represented in the decathlon placed 9th and 16th respectively with Kurt placing second in the Javelin throw and Lindon topping the Discus Throw.

The Jamaicans showed up and served as expected with Usain Bolt accomplishing a triple-triple and Elaine Thompson acquiring the title of new sprint queen with the defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce taking bronze. Other highlights include the dive from Shaunae Miller from the Bahamas to win gold in the 400m final and Trinidad’s Keshorn Walcott claiming bronze in the Javelin Throw. Our Caribbean athletes on a whole truly did us proud! I was impressed with ESPN in collaboration with CANOC broadcasting coverage of the games with a Caribbean focus, we deserved it.

When our athletes are about to start a race, the entire nation/region is there with them. the comradery  in times like these is extraordinary; like the gathering at Half Way Tree in Jamaica and in Cuthbert Peters Park in Gouyave, hometown of our Hero. I hope that despite being small nations we continue to produce world class athletes and they receive the support they deserve.

Finding the Balance

Many people go through their adult lives taking care of other people with little focus on their needs. They fail to realize that in order to help and better the people around them, they have to take care of themselves first. They fall into a routine which leaves no time for fun or the necessary “me” time. Don’t get my wrong, there’s nothing wrong with being responsible however, when rare opportunities come along  sometimes you have to seize the moment. Of course it’s so much easier to be spontaneous when you’re single, child less and suffer from the “only child syndrome”. It’s especially difficult for the women who was thrown into adulthood at a very young age; the single mothers who want a better life for their children. Women are the pillars of most families and the bringer of life so we don’t have the luxury of being carefree. In addition we have a very small time frame to accomplish so much.

I myself have been trying to find the balance between work and play as I get settled into adulthood while trying to facilitate adventure. After all I am a nature lover and that crave for adventure is unlike any other. The need to travel has been at its peak lately and I can’t seem to tame the free spirit in me.

To all the hardworking, devoted people don’t forget that moments lost can never be regained. It’s not about doing things that’s over-the-top and beyond your means, but the little indulgences count. Life is the ultimate puzzle and no matter how frustrating it can be we must find ways to cope while continuing  to put the pieces together.

 

Forensic Science: The Dream V Reality

Whenever people hear the word forensics they automatically link it to the TV series “CSI”. I more often than not give them the impression that its….something like that. The discipline I studied is Criminalistics and in my studies I did not have excess to the high tech analytical instruments that you see on TV. Continue reading

The Golden Rule

We live in a world where in order for us to coexist as a species we must form different relationships with each other. In particular, intimate and non-intimate (friendships) relationships where there is a genuine expectation of respect.

In doing so, we shouldn’t treat others in ways we would not like to be treated,  Or We should treat others the way we would like to be treated.

Some might ask well, what does that really mean.
Let me break it down for you.

Communication

It starts with the way in which we communicate. Any individual of sound mind would agree that efficient communication is essential to the functioning of society. However, our biggest issue is our inability to listen. We don’t take the time to analyze the message and are quick to give a response.(The message is received but most times it’s not decoded properly). Hence the communication process breaks down. Our response should not only verbal but also in our actions.
Growth is everything.
Other factors that affect the communication process:
Tone of voice
Distractions
Dishonesty
Procrastination

Keeping Commitments

Whenever we neglect to fulfill duties that we agreed to willingly, our integrity is called into question. In the event that you cannot fulfill them then that information should be communicated in the appropriate manner.

Don’t be a flake!

Taking Responsibility

There’s a thick line between being strong willed and being ignorant. We tend to not be forthcoming in admitting when we are at fault in a situation. There are those who believe they can do no wrong but are the first to point out someone else’s faults.
Take a look in the mirror, perspective is everything.

A Caribbean Tradition

The documentary Vanishing Sail has truly left me inspired. It portrays the importance of sea life as it was the main income in many households. Hence, during the height of sea trade record numbers of sailing boats were launched in the Caribbean. The prominent themes presented were family, keeping traditions, hard work and survival. The protagonist of the film was Alwyn Enoe. The focus was on his endeavors to keep the trade of wooden boat building alive through his sons. The film follows him over three years as he constructs his last vessel “Carriacou Sloop” named Exodus and competes with her as the Antigua Classics. His first boat was named Genesis. It was simply amazing to see the behind the scenes artistic process unfold. The simple and hands on approach, from the cutting of specific trees with the right shape. I could only imagine the monumental stress incurred trying to keep precision without the use of fancy equipment knowing your entire life savings was on the line.

Congratulations to the entire team who brought this Caribbean tradition to life. Job well done.

For more visit: http://www.vanishingsail.com/


I’ve never been an ocean lover but lately I have grown to appreciate it in its entirety.
Its calling, so powerful yet very subtle
Its serene effect
Feeling the wind hug your face in an unwavering embrace.
An innate connection that cannot be ignored
Its unpredictability and destructive nature
Its depth and diversity
Things that makes it frightening yet so unique.

Genesis

Our meeting was destined
Not love at first sight
More of a soul connection.
A love conspicuous as Orion.

I choose you to be my forever friend.
A love free and pure;
That sustains and nurtures
And brings forth new life.

Your charisma, down to earth persona
Just a few things I admire
I love most that you don’t let me have my way
Sometimes a lion needs to be tamed.

You’re a challenge.
But obstacles are meant to be overcomed.
And though oceans don’t belong between lovers
They cant keep us apart.

Petit Saint Vincent

After a fun-filled day of exploring the Tobago Cays on Saturday, we ventured over to Petit Saint Vincent on Mother’s Day for breakfast. The food was delicious and quite fulling. Thanks Bev 🙂

The staff was gracious enough to give us a tour of the island paradise where most couples visit for some RnR. What I love most about the island is the sense of seclusion given that the cabins are separated from each other by a generous distance. There is no internet nor television and any requests/orders are made by the ‘flag system’. The telephone is only used in case of an emergency. After our tour we lounged on the beach and thought how lucky are we?

For more visit: http://www.petitstvincent.com/

 

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View of the Atlantic Ocean side.

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Extremely dry but still a great view.

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Shades of Blue

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Your own private beach…Check!

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Petit Martinique in the distance. Most of the staff live there and are transported over by boat everyday.

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They even recycle! Christmas trees made out of dried coconuts.♥

A Glimpse of the Grenadines

My three day sailing adventure up the Grenadines has been by far my best boating experience. Although it was my first sailing trip, and given that I am not a deep water lover, it exceeded all expectations and incentive to do it again. It was a truly authentic experience of sun, sea and sand aboard Savvy. Pictures simply doesn’t do justice. After you’re done viewing you’ll feel compelled to book your trip to The Grenadines.

1st stop: Carriacou

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Just landed: Hillsborough

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Grabbin’ a bite: Kayak Kafe, Hillsborough

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Anse La Roche Beach

2nd stop: Union Island

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“Indeed!”: The Snack Shack, Clifton

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“Where else would you find a bar in the middle of the ocean…” : Happy Island

3rd stop: Tobago Cays Marine Park

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Petit Bateau

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“When you have a professional photographer around….” © Orlando Romain

4th stop: Mayreau

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Salt Whistle Bay

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5th stop: Saline Island

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One of Us, One of Them

I don’t want to be a sad person
Nor do I want to be consumed with anger.
But there are so many entities in the world we live in
that evoke such emotions on a daily basis.
The single mother struggling to make ends meet.
The homeless man we disregard when we pass on the street.
We don’t need to look to Africa when there are so many people
right in front of us who need help.
The little boys and girls who are constantly abused as a result of society’s negligence.
Taking life from another human being over foolery.

People are no longer rewarded based on merit,
but through lies, schemes and unethical means.
To an education system that’s no longer about learning but getting ahead.
A government that tells you to go to college
but there’re no jobs and you’re left in debt.
Employers who demand experience but refuse to give you a chance,                              but expect a rose to grow from concrete.                                                                      Many people are realizing like myself,                                                                                that we have to make our own opportunities.                                                                  We can no longer depend on a failing system.

All these things truly sadden me
And its not just any kind of sadness, but one that dwells within my consciousness
And reminds me of who I wish not to be..
One of those “if it doesn’t directly affect me, I don’t care” beings.

Our society is in need of a complete face lift,
And we the young, intelligent, innovative minds are equipped with the necessary tools.
Our world can no longer be driven by the desire to make a profit.                                   But how do you purge that hunger away from billions of people?

Spice Isle Rock

I was meant to be where the coldest it ever gets is 70 degrees
life is simple; there’s no autumn, winter, summer or fall
where you can walk the streets any time any day
and the sunset never ceases to take your breath away.

I was meant to be near the sea
And feel the sand between my feet,
to explore the forests deep
and revel in its serenity.

I was meant to be where childhood entailed climbing trees, stoning plum and running bare foot.
where games such as hop scotch, moral, and hand games were when girls united
and marbles got the boys competitive.
where during the Easter season the sound of kites are heard all through the night.

I’m meant to be where mangoes and cashews are a big part of our diet
where a cook ain’t a cook without oil down,
and drinking coconut water on a hot day is a norm.
I’m meant to be where rivers serve many purposes including catching cray fish.
And there’s a rum shop in every nook and cranny.

I’m meant to be where cocks crow daily and animals roam the streets
and when current goes the generators and candles come out.
Where there’s a strong presence of Caribbean Folklore
and our elders speak vehemently about la diablesse and lou-garou

I’m meant to be where it’s a norm to go out and have no idea how you’re getting home,
nevertheless it’s the least of your concern.
I come from a land where when carnival comes nothing can stop the Mas,
all you need to have a good time is crazy friends, good music and a bottle ah rum.

I’m meant to be where the atmosphere is so laid back,
You’ll never want to work but lay on the beach 7 days a week.

I’m from a picturesque island in the sun,
where the people are patriotic and the love is so strong.

Patience

Time is the master of all things. It gives us the opportunity to reflect, to reason, to learn, to love, to create, to explore…..We have the freedom to explore no man’s land called philosophy. We are posed with so many questions and when we think we’ve found an answer, it leads to another question and so on. What do we really know if we learn every day? Knowledge is continuous and so we must revel in the mystery of the unknown. Take heed to the signs from the universe and know that everything happens it its time. If everything happened today, there would be no need for tomorrow. Take everything day by day, use our time wisely, for time lost can never be regained. Life is precious so we must look forward to making the best of each day.
Patience is indeed a virtue and so it requires humbleness.

Sabali

Reb3l ?

Free spirited
Open minded
Live in the moment
Soul adventurer
Knowledge seeker
Stand up for your rights
Unwavering in your beliefs
Head strong
Abundant perseverance
Breaker of barriers
Believer of love and selflessness
Nurturer of nature
Nonconformist
Freedom of speech &
Power in the masses advocate
Revolutionary mindset
Accepts that everything in its time; destiny
The cycle of balance: the good and the bad


 

Being a rebel first and foremost means being yourself no matter the situation, without any conditions. It means not conforming to the ideologies of society, being open to new ideas. Understanding that we are all entitled to our own beliefs and we must be respectful of that fact. Fully enjoying life but never forgetting that the only life worth living is a selfless one. Being a true liver of life, travelling the world, experiencing different cultures and continuously seeking knowledge. Finding ways to connect to each other and the universe. It starts by loving and appreciating nature. Fathoming life is a balance. Move at your own paste, it’s not a competition. Do what works for you don’t formula your choices off of others. It means embracing your journey and not allowing others to take you off your path and accepting that mistakes are an integral part of life. Experience is the best teacher. how can you fear a situation you’ve never experienced? In life there’s no room for hypotheticals; it’s about the here and now; choices and consequences and living with it.

 

The Company You Keep

They say you are what you eat;
the same goes for the company you keep.
You shouldn’t have to be less than your very best
because you fear others will feel inadequate.
Dismiss those who don’t have your best interest at heart,
for their negative energy will harbor within you
and ultimately be a reflection of you.
Beware of those who stroke your ego and hide the truth,
their intentions are cruel
they want to see you do good but never better than them.
Anticipate the loathe and be ever ready to stand for what is right.
Differentiate but never hate
your foes, for they are the driver behind your success.
Surround yourself with those who make you hungry for life,
unleash your full potential
enhance your light and nourish your soul.
Guide you when you’ve lost your way.
Friends come and go
you’ve simply evolved past them and that’s okay
any loss is for something better to come.

 

 

The Art of Letting Go

In this journey called life, we are constantly being tested by the challenges we face everyday. The way in which we cope with the obstacles that we encounter builds character,  and so we cannot allow the pain and rage define who we are. We must not be products of our circumstances! When we accumulate the burdens of our past we get trapped by them which in turn hinders our growth,  and so our happiness is at stake.

We have ridiculous ideologies of what life should be and unrealistic expectations which makes us forget that we are human and so we are flawed. And although everything happens for a reason; part of the grand design, we have control over the choices we make.

In some cases the reasons behind the pain and rage are well founded but the support system is absent, not everyone can find the strength within them to overcome. In other instances we play the game of deflection; blame everyone else and not take responsibility for our actions.

The solution lies with spending time with yourself.  Go on a spiritual journey; withdraw into the company of your thoughts; challenge your mind to explore depths of consciousness; hew and hack away at oneself; shed the many layers of your soul until you get to that point of recognition and acceptance. Then when you know what you want from life, set your goals and how you intend to achieve them.

It’s not expected that one is going to be automatically rid of their troubles, however, it’s critical to find a medium to channel all your emotions into something positive. This is best done by finding a cause you care deeply about and devoting your time, touching the lives of others I believe brings clarity and makes you more appreciative of life. We must always look forward and keep a positive mind.

Give yourself closure. If your mind is still at war with things of the past, you still live there. To grow you must let go.

Blessed 2016

Love & Light