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  • “Grab on to the corn stalk and turn left by the apple tree,” the old mad said to me. I was precariously perched in mud as I navigated my way along the muddy path in sandals. It was 6:30 in the evening and the sun had already set. I had just driven into to the village of Boundbrook in Port Antonio and already I was looking for the river to cool off.

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  • There is an honesty and purity in farmer's hands. I have been visiting farms and markets across Jamaica and I found myself taking pictures of farmers' hands. I was doing this instinctively. I felt that if I looked at their hands closely, I would understand who they were as a person. Each callous, corn and crack in skin told the story of hard work and dedicat

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  •   You know the food is good when you stop hearing words and start hearing sounds. Conversation naturally comes to a halt when your palate is shrouded in deliciousness. This was my experience at Rib Kage in Hope Zoo. Set underneath a beautiful gazebo surrounded by lush trees, the Rib Kage is a great environment for dining. Chef/Owner Gariel Fer

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  • The Jamaica Biennial has been driving the focus of innovating and sustaining the views of contemporary artists. The exhibition investigates local voices and narratives, which international curators, residencies, and exhibitions are keen on learning. Organized and presented by the National Gallery in Kingston, the Jamaica Biennial, formerly the All Jam

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  •   Port Antonio is Jamaica unplugged. A visit to the northeast city feels like a true departure from busy Kingston and deep dive into old Jamaica. Port Antonio wants nothing to do with sprawling resorts and pre-made daiquiris, instead, visitors craving a more local experience are beckoned.   For many years Port Antonio was synonymous wi

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  • Despite its name, Goblin Hill Villas are set in front of the some of the most picturesque views in Jamaica. Located on the northeast coast of Portland, the villas are billed as a home away from home.   The two bedroom villa is built like a modern Kingston townhouse. The sunken living room and large glass sliding door make for a more spacious f

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  •   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8PYd4NtygU   In Kingston, it is customary to serve jerk pork with pillow soft slices of white hard dough bread. However, in Treasure Beach, they do things a little differently. Delvyn's jerk pan is a staple in the neighbourhood. He only comes out on a Saturday and when his pork is done, he packs up and

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  •   We all know the jerk cuisine was invented in Jamaica. Hundreds of thousands of bottles are shipped abroad to quell the world's insatiable need for authentic Jamaican jerk sauce. Jake's Hotel in Treasure Beach is known for using sustainably farmed produce. If it's not in season, it's not on the menu at Jake's. The hotel is located in the pari

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  •   The Melia Braco property is a great weekend escape. Located in Trelawny, about forty minutes from Montego Bay, the village style accommodations is ideal for couples, families and a solo traveller like me. Sometimes, I just don't want to think about food, touring and the other things that come along with planning a weekend escape. This all in

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  •   Talk to a St. Elizabeth local and they will say their parish is the ‘breadbasket of Jamaica,’ a funny, moniker for this parish with low rainfall. Residents are a friendly population of fishermen and farmers who live off the earth and sea. When you come to this part of the island, it doesn’t look like the Jamaica mostly seen in magazines a

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  • Jun 23, 2016

    I've been busy hammering away at my keyboard writing articles about Kingston. As you know, Kingston is home now, but after being away for over twenty years, I am seeing the city as an adult with brand new eyes The first piece is a titled 'Kingston Food Crawl,' in Indulge magazine. I had a lot of fun researching this article. Kingston is magic and grit all

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  •   Bali is a far-flung gateway to exotic and spellbinding wonders. Indonesia has over 17,000 islands spread between Asia and mainland China. Brimming with 246 million people, Bali is the only island that is Hindu in the whole archipelago, and that is a draw for many visitors. The island’s terrain is diverse and is largely volcanic. See cloud kis

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  • Oct 6, 2015

    Jamaica’s busy cosmopolitan capital is often overlooked as a destination magnet. Kingston is one those international cities that is one of a kind. In many places it is an urban landscape that features street art, bustling street traffic, thriving businesses, vibrant people and the other side it’s a tranquil garden-scape, where you can relax outdoors in a

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  • Aug 27, 2015

      Treasure Beach is a wonderfully old-fashioned part of Jamaica. It gets the Jamaican beach town experience without trying at all. Winding country roads, close to zero crime and a community with their eyes on the future for maintaining the same rustic, fishing town amid gimmicky resorts across Jamaica’s north coast. The community is also focuse

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  • During the weekend celebrating Jamaica’s Emancipation I tried to find accommodations. A friend had a performance at the Seville Estate, but that performance wasn’t until 2:00 in the morning. This meant we needed a 3am check-in. We had planned a road trip to Treasure Beach in St. Elizabeth. So instead of driving up to Ocho Rios in St. Ann then back to Kin

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  • Jul 30, 2015

    I enjoyed reading this article on various travel bloggers' bucket lists. Although I have been very fortunate to travel the world, there are still a some places and experiences that I'd love to have.  For instance, I have not touched Africa, yet. I was inspired me to create my own list and share with you.     1. Visit Kyoto, dress like

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  •   The Seville property is 300 years of rich Jamaican history. Located in St. Ann, the property was a former great house and slave plantation. Seville is unique because three ethnic groups have converged on the property over centuries. Archaeological excavations have revealed evidence that Tainos, Africans and Europeans settled on the property.

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  • As we walked, Clarence, our guide pointed out fruit trees, got down and picked leaves and vines and told us about the medicinal properties of each of them. Some of which he learnt from the Maroons. He showed us a steep secret pathway to Daddy’s Rock in the rural village of Woodside. The quiet village of Woodside, St. Mary is replete with history. On

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  • May 1, 2015

        Funding your long terms travel plans does require planning. Unless you are funding your own way with savings, you will need a job to pay for your travels. Here a few positions to consider.   ESL Teacher     Teaching English abroad is a popular job. Many countries are desperate to hire teachers with or

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  • Apr 20, 2015

      “Watch it browning!” yelled the smiling handcart man as the wheel of the wooden cart narrowly missed my ankle. My toes were snug against the blue tarp laden with green bananas. There was nowhere else for me to go and make room for him. So I sidestepped between the bananas and yams straddling the produce until he passed. The handcart man nod

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  • Apr 2, 2015

    One of things that I am reminded of in Jamaica is how strong the sense is ‘manliness’ is in Jamaican men. Taking it a step further, the manner in which that strong sense of masculinity encroaches on even being remotely associated to homosexuality is intolerable.     Word Play   Straight men don’t say “two” that has

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  • Mar 5, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_2091" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Photo by Diana O'Gilvie[/caption] As the northeast continues to be pounded with snowstorms there seems to be no end to the white out and plummeting temperature. The cure? Sun, sand, sea and we’ll add, city. Head to Kingston, Jamaica for some much needed island heat. As a destination, Kingston

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  • Feb 18, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_2078" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Dai pai dong. Photo by Diana O'Gilvie[/caption] Dining out in Hong Kong is second nature to locals. Meals are cheaply priced and richly flavored with a wide variety to suit any palate. Many restaurants stick to one dish that they do well, like barbequed goose or snake soup. You will often find

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  • Jan 28, 2015

      This past weekend I attended the New York Times Travel Show at the Jacob Javits Center. This was my first time at the show and I attended on the press day and the following day when the floor was open to the public. The Javits was buzzing with excitement as attendees streamed into conference rooms to hear the latest in travel news and destinati

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  • Nov 2, 2014

    “This place is GREEN man!” said my travel companion, Tadd. I thought he was joking as I looked at cracked mud caked streets blowing up clouds of smoke as vehicles sped around them. The whiteness of the dust was off putting.   This wasn’t green. Befuddled, I looked at him. He met my side-eye and chuckled. “Yea, this is green.” I took a sip of t

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  • Oct 18, 2014

    Since returning to New York, I've been taking several walks.  On one of my recent jaunts throughout Little Italy I've seen some lovely street art.  Here are a few I managed to shoot with my Samsung phone.  The energy of these pieces aren't the same as London, but why should they be?  I like the whimsical nature of these pieces.  Hope you do too. [capti

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  • Oct 5, 2014

     Why is everything so fast? Why are so many people crammed into such a small space? Why am I hyperventilating?  My first day back in Brooklyn I was excited. I ran out to go check my mentor at my alma mater, LIU (Long Island University) then decided to walk around DUMBO to see how the neighborhood has changed. I made it a whole four blocks before I had to

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