Tuff Gong Studio, Saint Andrew

Tuff Gong International’s Making of the Music Tour is an engaging behind the scenes look at the record-making process from rehearsal to album. My Bob Marley Museum tour guide had done an excellent job at not-so-subtly dropping hints that no Bob Marley experience in Jamaica is complete without visiting the studio where it all began. Six months later I finally heeded the marketing strategy and paid a visit. 

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Overnight Oats Overtaking My Breakfasts

I’ve been neglecting to publish for a bit because I haven’t done anything since July 6 which I felt was worth sharing. There are too many reasons to share; the most important one being school work pressure. I bundled all the hard clerkships for the start of my academic year and if by chance any UWI Mona medical student reads this and you’re not in 4th year as yet, NEVER do that. Ever. You’ll be terribly burnt out, depressed possibly and continue to perform sub par in the courses you should be giving your all. Come next month however I’ll be rested, back up and travelling with the change of scenery which doing a clerkship in an off-site location brings. And above all, I’ll have travel-ly things to write again. 😊

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Circumstance

Jamaica is going through a phase right now which my mind can’t comprehend. Gunshots competed with the sounds of a Jamaican programme on my TV last night and the night before that one.

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Awesome Blogger Award

Hey fellows! Thank God it’s the weekend! I’ve had a stressful week to say the least so it’s good to have something light and fun to which to respond tonight. Many thanks to a fellow Jamaican blogger who is a girl after my own heart- enjoying the finer things in life on a budget. 🤗 She covers lifestyle & beauty on the cheap over on Goody With A Budget. The rules for this award are simple- thank your nominator, link to their blog, answer their 10 questions and then give 5+ people 10 of your own questions to answer.

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Lyssons Beach, Saint Thomas

Lyssons Beach is one of Jamaica’s better public beaches, a prime jewel in Saint Thomas near its capital Morant Bay. This white strip of coastline has two sections but the best part of it is that they’re both free! One is managed by the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA), a government arm charged with maintaining Jamaica’s shoreline. The other is owned and operated by the University of the West Indies (UWI) for its students. My experience is based on the UWI portion but the coastline and views are the same.

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Why I Said Bye to Lye

A discussion I had this week on the controversial topic of Black hair has inspired this post. This was the first in a long time that I’ve expressed my reason for going natural. With the interesting feedback I got, I felt like sharing my view here for anyone else who cares to know.

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Gordon Town Falls, Saint Andrew

Let me start by saying that these falls are unnamed. It’s a pity to have such beautiful cascades of the Hope River tucked away in Penfield, a small district in Gordon Town, yet after all these years they are still nameless. Until a name for these falls catches on, myself and the other people who seek out this treasure will continue to call it the Gordon Town Falls.

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Castleton Botanical Gardens, Saint Mary

The Castleton Botanical Gardens sit in a river valley on both sides of the Junction main road which links the Saint Andrew and Saint Mary parishes. It is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the western hemisphere, established in 1862 by English planter Colonel Castle on what was once a sugar plantation.

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Food Baby Aborted: What’s for Lunch?

Last month I expressed my dissatisfaction with the typical Jamaican lunch and the feedback was enlightening. I didn’t realize so many people were concerned about the portion distortion, nor experienced the distended abdomen (“food baby”) and sluggish feeling afterwards. My abdominal distention would last until night or even the next day sometimes and cause serious discomfort. If I wore tight-fitting clothing, within 30 minutes of lunch I appeared infanticipating. This is likely due to a myriad of factors: the stale recycled oil used to fry or stew the chicken, high MSG content, overeating bleached rice while rushing my meal in a short lunch break, high sodium content or even the sugar many cookshops are notorious for adding to rice and peas, chicken and gravies as their “secret ingredient.”  I finally decided to make a change although it’s still in progress.

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Bull Bay Beaches, Saint Andrew

I figured it was time I feature a stereotypical Jamaican chill spot having written about waterfalls, museums, a botanical garden, mountain and mineral spring. You guessed correctly: a BEACH! 🌴 In keeping with A.f.Elle budget-friendly style, I chose an unpopular one: the Wickie Wackie beach in Bull Bay.

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