Jamaicans like to say “We likkle but we talawah” which is basically a testament that although we are from a small country we make an unforgettable impact on the world. From our unique music, to our religion and our language…
We experienced another interesting flash in the spotlight recently when a commentator on MSNBC’s A.M. Joy used the Jamaican phrase “We run tings, tings nuh run we” in reference to the Obamacare/ Trumpcare debate. The phrase which means “We control situations, we don’t allow them to control us”, was a refreshing interjection, used at the right moment to comment on an otherwise tense issue.
I’ve included a clip of A.M. Joy (recorded by phone) that a friend in the US made, as well as two versions of songs based on this Jamaican affirmation. I hope you enjoy, and the next time you come across a challenging situation just tell yourself “Me run tings, tings nuh run me!” PuraVida 🙂
My Favorite version, by Flourgon
Red Dragon’s version featured in the 1999 Jamaican made film Third World Cop.
I want to share with you some breathtaking views that I captured at Goodman’s Bay in Western Nassau. It was early September, the day before Hurricane Irma was supposed to hit, and there were not as many people using the beach as an outdoor gym or cool out spot. The sand was sparsely dotted with a few brave souls who were either relaxing or finishing up their final workout sessions.
As I waited for my son’s training session to end, I considered how Irma, which was already barrelling through the Caribbean and ravaging everything in her path, would probably change the landscape forever once she made landfall in Nassau. In the rapidly fading light I quickly snapped four shots which I hoped would preserve, at least digitally, the serenity of Goodman’s Bay on that evening.
Luckily Irma decided to spare Nassau, and the Bay remains unchanged. Hopefully you too will get to enjoy one of these magical sunsets when you come this. PuraVida 🙂
A while back I showed you some beach views of Eastern Nassau. This post has views of the same area but I did it in the form of a video instead. It was an unbelievably hot day and there was nothing to do but sit on the beach in the shade a tree and feel the refreshing breeze on my face. Just give yourself an hour or two out here and you’ll forget that the rest of the world even exists. Try it!
The video was recorded on the drive back from Yamacraw beach and heading along Eastern Road. You will get little peeks of Nassau’s Eastern coast as well as glimpse the beautiful houses that line the shore. Could the beat in the background be any more perfect? Enjoy!
I came across the most refreshing fruit treat while passing through Downtown Nassau today and I absolutely have to share it with you. D’Nard is the proud co-owner of Pop Stop, which features a line of unique gourmet popsicles. He, along with his cousin started the business two years ago. The cool, fruity creations are made from delicious tropical fruits which are grown on their farm, and of course they are freshly prepared on a daily basis.
While I was talking to D’Nard, there was a steady stream of tourists as well as regulars all looking for a cool way to beat the heat, so you know this is good stuff! Check out the vid to find out more about Pop Stop, and be sure to drop by and visit them in the Pompey Square when you come to Nassau. Tell them Chicajamaicana sent you 🙂
A little over two weeks ago pictures showing a waterspout near the Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau emerged on social media. It had everyone talking excitedly about the “tornado” that was about to hit the capital, but being ever sceptical I dismissed it as nothing (maybe it wasn’t even a current photo), until my friend confirmed that it had actually been on the news. Anyway, the waterspout dissipated and everything quickly returned to normal. It was not to be that way for too long…
Butu, gyal clown, mowly, pretty-dunce– these are just a few of the (sometimes hilarious) terms that Jamaicans use to describe people unfavourably, and if any of them is directed at you, it means you might have gotten on our wrong side. Don’t know where that is? Let’s just say it’s somewhere you don’t want to be 🙂
Jamaica’s official language is English; however if you touch down in Jamrock on any given day you will hear most people talking in Patois, our colourful dialect that has an English base but a strong African influence. It’s a mix that has produced a very unique language that people of other countries love to imitate; and you know what? We don’t mind at all; we actually love to hear someone with a different accent talking in Patois. Continue reading →
Since today is a public holiday in the Bahamas (Labor Day), I decided to take my workout to the Paradise Island (PI) Bridge. There are actually two bridges connecting PI to the mainland, New Providence (Nassau), and provide another great way to stay in shape if you’re in the Bahamas.
Perks include the beautiful view, especially when you get to the very top. On your walk/ jog you will see the Atlantis hotel, tourists coming and going by boat or ship and the Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading →
Mitch: You know I don’t think it would be such a bad idea if we went down to Jamaica. Did a little legwork.
Amanda: Nice try.
Mitch: But I do love steel drum music. Do you know why there are those little numbers on the inside of the drum?
Amanda: Will my life change if I do?
Mitch: Well each number corresponds to a note. Now it take years to master these notes. These guys are musical geniuses. Did you know that there are some notes that are only audible to them?
So I’m minding my own business, flicking through channels about two Saturdays ago when I spot a map and a flag of Jamaica on the screen. I check the name of the show and realize it’s called The Inspectors. Of course I’m instantly on alert as soon as I realize that Jamaica is being discussed. I see/ hear a couple of investigators talking about the lottery scam (whole other topic for a completely different post) and I already know this won’t be good, but I’m curious nevertheless. I grab my phone and start recording. Continue reading →
So apparently Jamaicans the world over are feeling quite puzzled because of a WhatsApp voice note that’s been making the rounds in the past few days. In the message a female voice can be heard telling someone that she lives in Jamaica. No big deal, right? The cringe worthy moment comes, however, when she explains that she’s not in Jamaica, but is instead in Ochi. A weh di…Wha-???
Now for anyone who is not really familiar with Jamaica, that means nothing. But for everyone who is from, or associated with yaad we know Ochi is the short for our beloved and beautiful Ocho Rios, a breath-taking town on Jamaica’s north coast. So if Ochi is located in Jamaica, what is this young lady talking about? Continue reading →
So I emerged on the other side of last December a few pounds heavier than I would like to admit. Enter January and the extra helpings of succulent ham and rich Jamaican fruitcake suddenly seemed to have been a terrible idea, leading me to the somewhat depressing conclusion that I needed to do a complete overhaul of my diet/ exercise routine (again, sigh). Truth be told, I’m the kind of person who means to do well when it comes to exercising but my attempts have always been sporadic at best. Continue reading →
I recently came across the following article about Cat Island in a copy of Bahamasair’s inflight magazine, Up and Away, and was absolutely mesmerised by the descriptions of the island. In my 7 years of living in the Bahamas, I have visited four of the 700 islands and cays that make up this archipelago but I hope to visit so many others!
As most of you know this blog was meant to be the motivational factor for me to get out there and visit new and exciting (well even the not so exciting) places. This article has done the same for me- it just has me itching to see what this serene, laid back island is like. With Nicolette’s permission, I’m sharing her account of a visit to Cat Island with you, in the hopes that you too, are enticed into visiting this breath-taking island in central Bahamas. Happy reading!