Things To See & Do While Living In Jamaica

Living in Jamaica provides lovers of the beach, nature or and the outdoor with the most breathtakingly beautiful views of the ocean or mountains. I often say that living here makes me want to become a photographer, as the land is simply beautiful.

I remember living in Washington, D.C. and driving eight to ten hours to get to Boston Massachusetts, then spending the night and getting up to drive another three or four hours just to get some serious hiking or backpacking done in the White Mountains. I also remember flying for an entire day making my way out west to Utah, Arizona or New Mexico for more backpacking with my best friend.

So living on an island where I can certainly have it all in less than three hours, is very enjoyable.

I am often teased by some local women who jokingly ask ” so miss, where you ahh went last weekend, as we know you went someplace.” They then proceed to share ” farrina does come ahh Jamaica and travel di whole country, dem ahh see di whole place What is basically being said is that foreign people arrive in Jamaica and travel the entire island, while many locals rarely get to see all 14 parishes.

Since I have been living here, I have certainly toured a great deal of the island  while hiking with various groups, to places such as The Blue Mountains and  Cockpit Country. I recently met the owner of  a local tour company called SunVenture Tours and will be heading out on one of his exotic tour later this month.

So any outdoorsy types arriving in Jamaica to live, should certainly pick up the “Rough Guide to Jamaica” tour book or connect with a reputable tour company to discover the beauty of the island. The Hashers is also another group to seek out, for hiking and discovering great hidden places

More Questions on Moving to Jamaica> Tips

In the last three days, the following questions came in to me via email. While I have personally answered them, I wanted to share them publicly with my readers who may have similar questions and also share a piece that gives a few overall TIPS on moving to Jamaica.

These types of questions confirm for me, that an Informational Blog is needed and helpful. I have also concluded that I get tremendous satisfaction in knowing that I am assisting individuals.


My boyfriend and I are considering moving to Kingston as he has been offered a good job in telecoms there. I am a lawyer and am also looking to see if there would be an appropriate job there for me. I am getting very mixed reports however about what it is like to live there. All the recruitment and HR people (obviously!) say that is is lovely, that if you live in new Kingston there is nothing to worry about and low crime. On the other hand many websites say it is all quite dangerous and you are never completely safe anywhere. – As we both have jobs in Ireland we would only think of moving if the general quality of life were better in Kingston. It would be great if you could give me your view on life there!

All the best


Message: Hello, enjoyed your e-book.

I live in the UK and might have the opportunity to come over and work in Jamaica for a couple of years or so. I am married with 2 children aged 9 and 7. My wife has researched lots of stuff on the net and is concerned with the negative reports on crime etc. Could you let me know your point of view. I know there are lots of ex-pats in Jamaica so it cant be too bad.

Question: From potential relocate, as she is doing a pre-arrival trip

Just wanted to say hello and let you know, I am in Jamaica once again. And once again the mosquitoes have eaten me alive. I know at one point Francis had mentioned something about you being bitten also until you had the Jamaican Flu. What did you use to relieve the itching? I have used antihistamine creme and taken benadryl. Nothing is helping

Expats Moving to Jamaica
Article by Francis Wade

If you’re an expat and you’re planning a move to Jamaica, you have probably spent hours scouring the internet for information use to help make the transition. (If you’re a Jamaican who has been away for more than ten years, this may apply to you also.)

You have probably discovered that there is a great deal of information for tourists, with pictures of beaches, waterfalls and breath-taking vistas from hills and mountains.

At the same time, you may also be suffering from a shortness of breath after what you have heard about the crime rate. And the poverty. And the hurricanes. Not to mention outbreaks of dengue fever, potholes, corruption and the like.

Yet, in spite of the negative stories you decide that you are still coming, either because you know better, or because you are coming for a job. You have probably realized that practical information for those who want to move to Jamaica to live is very hard to find.

Here are 3 tips to keep in mind before making your final trip with your suitcases (or container) packed. it’s some of what my wife and I have learned from our many conversations with expats here in Kingston.

1. The Transition Will Be Harder Than You Think
I think our island is intoxicating. It helps us forget some of the stark facts that I won’t repeat here, that scare most people away from either living here or returning. The beauty, culture, music, people, community, food… it lulls everyone who returns to live in Jamaica into a romantic feeling that “Every Likkle Thing Will Be Alright!”

Well, Bob was right, but prepare to have long periods of doubts when you realize how difficult the transition will be! But not to worry – you are in good company. Everyone I have talked to discovered the same thing, which is that things here are very different from what they were used to, which makes it exciting and new in some parts, but challenging and formidable in others.

This makes for the shocks that everyone reports, and their observation that it was harder than they thought it would be. You should assume the same.

The key is to be prepared, so that you can be surprised by big things like “How difficult it is so set up a company,” rather than the small things like “Exactly which side of the road people drive on!”

2. Learn Jamaican Patois
It comes as a shock to many to learn that we in Jamaica speak a different language most of the time, and that some of us are not bi-lingual enough to make ourselves understood to a foreigner.

Expats who learn to understand and then speak patois are able to navigate Jamaica, tour the island, stay out of trouble, bargain for discounts and find out “the runnings” (i.e. what’s happening) early on. The language can’t be learned in a classroom, however. The only school that exists is the one that teaches daily lessons learned from driving around and doing business in Jamaica on a frequent basis.

Those who retreat back into what’s called the “expat bubble” and limit their contact with Jamaicans end up having a difficult time. International research shows that they are the most likely to end up returning before the assignment is complete. Their fears get the better of them.

3. Make Room for the Trailing Spouse
All the international research indicates that the experience of the trailing spouse is critically important. In most cases, the spouse is a wife, and she is the one whose happiness must be assured for the move to be a success. We know of many cases here in Kingston where this lesson was only learned when the wife issued an ultimatum, and in some cases moved back home with the kids to help make the point.

It’s important that families realize this fact, and plan accordingly. There are a variety of opportunities here in Kingston for the wives of expats, including service organizations, book clubs and charities to help connect with existing communities.

Generally, it is difficult for trailing spouses to find work due to the need for a work permit. Recently, the government clamped down on the process, and increased the fee to US$1500, only making it more challenging. The family should be prepared to get by with only a single member working.

* All this is not the say that a move to Jamaica is impossible to make. It’s not. Thousands have made the transition, and thousands more will also make it in the future. They key is to do as much preparation as possible so that it can actually be enjoyed, rather than merely endured.

Francis Wade is the co-author of the free e-book

The Top 10 1/2 Mistakes that People Make When Moving to Jamaica” and also the “Moving Back to Jamaica” blog –

What’s Right With Jamaica Continued

I was asked by a few Jamaicans to continue sharing on “what is right about Jamaica” and decided to share an amusing story.

I realized early after moving here, that I absolutely enjoyed the delicious fresh variety of fruits that one has daily access to in Jamaica. While I occasional glance at raspberries or strawberries in some of the upscale grocers, the majority of fruits and vegetables locally grown, are beautiful to the eye and usually taste exceptionally good. No comparison whatsoever to fruits that one would purchase in London or Washington DC. in mid February.

Who can argue that fresh papaya, pineapples, mangoes and bananas do not taste better in the tropics? I often get into many dialogues with the gardener at our development about what is currently available or in season” as they say here, and he often advises me about how much I should pay for fruit on the road from vendors. In season, usually means the time of the year that the fruit in question is growing from its natural source  (tree, vine, plant, etc) As opposed to where things are forced to grow and ripen at unnatural times with the help of chemicals and sold outside their natural growing season.

I however woke up two mornings ago to hear the gardener wailing and making this loud noise, so I figured something horrible was occurring. “Faada, faada, Lord God,” he wailed at the top of his voice, “why di people them so sin?” What on earth could be going on and who on earth was he wailing to? I asked myself, as I went to my window to see what the commotion was about.

He then proceeded along the lines of, ” why you a cut down all the fruit tress, why he asked ? It’s a sin to cut down fruit tress he repeated,” I then realized he was screaming to a man next door who was cutting down the fruit trees.

He went on at the top of his lungs to call identify each tree by name, which was cut down. He has been the gardener for at least ten years at my development, so he knew the yard next door very well.

He said to the man ” you’ve cut down three ackee trees, two mango trees, one lime tree which was laden with limes, two banana tress, one grapefruit tree, and one coconut tree!” God will be mad he explained, ” as fruit trees come from God and the owner of this property is a wicked man and “something bad will happen for him and you”

I then walked away realizing, I had witnessed just how important fruit trees are here in Jamaica, and specifically to this particular man. I hate to admit it, but I will now miss looking out my window and feeling like I live in the country, and will miss seeing all the big beautiful ackee trees blooming with red fruit.

Available Through Thur, June 19th

We have been getting some good responses to our MyMovetoJamaica Part I guide for expats moving to Jamaica.

This is just a note to say that the guide will only be offered for three more days. In other words, it won’t  be available for purchase as of Friday morning, June 20th, 2008.

For more information, see

Cooking A Local Jamaican Food> Breadfruit

With current food prices on the rise throughout the world, Jamaica is by no means exempt from these escalating prices. I saw a news report on television last night that said food prices have gone up by 36.5percent in the last twelve months. I guess I was aware of this, as our weekly grocery bills have been on the increase.

I have, however been following the advice of talk show hosts and the local newspapers that advise the Jamaican people to grow, purchase, and eat more local foods, as these items generally cost less on average than imported foods.

So last week I successfully roasted a breadfruit, which is currently being promoted as a starch substitute.

l will be honest by stating that I actually purchased my first breadfruit last year, and was later told that I paid way too much for it. I also realized at that point that I had no idea what to do with it, and my cookbooks were void of any breadfruit recipes. That poor breadfruit rotted, as unknown to me I had to cook it immediately.

This year, however, I was determined to prepare one and after getting instructions from my mother-in law, I proceeded with caution.

Roasting it, I was told, would be best, and after an hour of having the breadfruit on a cookie sheet in the oven, I had my first roast breadfruit and felt like a hero.

This experience was joyful to the palate, as it was soft, sweet to taste, and sort of like sweet potatoes (in my opinion). Jamaicans enjoy breadfruits roasted, boiled, fried and even as chips.

Lately, I have been hearing on radio talk shows that some Jamaicans believe that the breadfruit is slave food, and have said they will not eat these items. I plan to follow this train of thought closer, as I am currently quite puzzled by it all.

Method: Roast breadfruit

* Roast in oven for about an 1 hour
* 1 tablespoon salt after cooking and sliced

Method : Fried breadfruit

1. Take 1 whole roast bread fruit and cut out the ‘heart’ (uneatable portion in the middle with seed).
2. Cut breadfruit into pegs.
3. Pour oil in skillet and heat.
4. Fry pegs till golden brown each side.
5. Serve with calloo or ackee

The Four Kinds of Information Available in Jamaica

Anyone who has lived in Jamaica for more than a few weeks knows what I am talking about.

There are at least four kinds of information, or in other words, four kinds of answers to an innocent question posed to a company or government entity. Those who move to Jamaica as either expats or returnees are the last to appreciate this fact, and get themselves in all sorts of trouble when they think that their should be only one.

For example, the answer to a simple question such as “How do get a driver’s license if I already possess one from an overseas jurisdiction?” seems easy enough. However, the complexity offered by different answers makes it rough going for someone who is not used to “the runnings.”

The Internet Answer
Only someone living far away would find, let alone believe, this first answer. Everyone in Jamaica knows that the project to put the organization’s information on the “world-wide-web” was launched to further a politician’s career, and once the lights were turned off the whole thing was abandoned due to either mismanagement or lack of funds.

The Written Answer
Once the overseas explorer has determined that the information they are reading online was useful for perhaps only a week or two back in 1999, they start looking for printed information. They might send a friend or relative to ask for information at the organization in question, and ask for it to be “sent up” to them.

Once the information arrives six weeks later they devour it, until they reach the last page where they read the fine print – “Copyright 1998.” It turns out that their trusty agent either picked up stale information, which was all that was left, or didn’t bother to ask whether or not there was more recent information printed.

The Spoken Answer
By now, some important deadline is looming, so the search turns to making phone calls in the hope of finding someone who can help. At first, no-one seems to work at the companies numbers, and it’s curious to find that there are sometimes 10 numbers listed, or more. They all just ring and ring and ring.

The game is on to find a number that actually will be picked up. Time and money are wasted waiting and waiting until the caller learns that lunch-time, child-pick-up-time, work-soon-done time, too-early-in-the-morning-time and too-close-to-lunch-time are all bad times to call. This leaves a 15 minute gap between 9:30 am and 9:45 am when someone will actually pick up the phone, but of course the gap caries between companies.

Once someone is reached, it’s important to know that the person who answers is unlikely to be someone who actually knows anything. Their job is to answer the phone. Don’t bother them trying to hold them to account for having accurate information. That’s the exclusive province of those who don’t ever answer the phones.

They will have some information to give. Just don’t believe for a minute that it’s accurate or complete. It’s not to be believed, but at least it’s based in part on the training they received back in 2005, so you know you are getting warmer.

The Only Answer that Counts
The deadline is now upon you and you are starting to get desperate. You spend your hundreds (or thousands) of US$ to fly Jamaica with all your feelings of frustration and your knowledge of “how things work so well in Toronto.” You visit the offending office in person. As you walk in, your dress, hairstyle and accent give you away as a foreigner.

Behind the counter, the defensive forces start marshaling their tactics.

They know that you are not getting through in time for your flight, whenever that is, and they are not about the change the sacred process to fit your need to catch AJ015. This is bureaucracy at its finest.

You quickly learn that all the information that you gathered before is outdated. Acts of Parliament, new laws and new owners all combine to render your facts obsolete. You inevitably don’t have the right documents with you. You need to visit another office to get a copy of your water bill in order to open a new business. You must come back tomorrow.

If you are loud and obnoxious, the way life in North America has taught you to be, you are in for several trips to the office, each designed to exact a penalty for your failure to “have some manners.” Prepare for the long haul, by bringing something to eat, drink and read.

A nice German man called Kafka wrote some insightful books about being trapped in situations of never-ending torment. One book focuses on a man who woke up as a cockroach. Another is about a man who is forced to answer un-known charges made against him that are never ever shared with him, until he is mysteriously exonerated. You can more than identify as you start to deleriously believe that your tormentors are targeting you by name.

You complain to anyone who will listen. After all while, your audience seems to be getting tired of you.

After delaying your flight home and missing some days of work, you are talking with your friend/distant cousin / high-school classmate who out of the blue remembers that their good friend heads up a department at the office you have been visiting.

You wonder why they are now just remembering this important fact…

They tell you not to worry, and half an hour later they call back with mysterious instructions. Give them your information and all will be taken care of by that evening. So said, so done.

You have escaped from your purgatory and have no idea what you did to deserve it.

On the flight back home you realize that the only information that matters in Jamaica is the information given by someone who actually makes decisions, and all the information gathered before was really just window-dressing, and didn’t really count. What counted was who you knew, or who you knew that knew the right person.

If you are still complaining that this is all not fair, that it is exclusionary, biased against foreigners with your last name, etc. is to engage in the irrelevant. Don’t waste your time.

Instead, learn to fit your tactics into the “runnings” as that’s the only way to be effective.

Written by

Francis Wade

Jamaica: Observer Food Awards 2008

Food in Jamaica is absolutely phenomenal. While Trinidad also has excellent cuisine, the sheer variety and creativity in how foods can be prepared here in Jamaica is amazing.

We had some friends visiting from Trinidad this weekend, and we took them to Hellshire Beach for Prendy’s fried fish and lobster. What a time we had, as we sat with hordes of great freshly caught fish and lobsters that were alive for pickings. I was excited beyond, as I really enjoy taking visitors to that particular spot.

I remember arriving in Jamaica on my very first trip from Washington DC. one cold wintry December, and being taken to Hellshire beach. I remember talking about that experience for many months later. The area is not as upscale as some of the “touristy” places in the North Coast of Montego Bay, Negril or Ocho Rios, but the experience is a unique and different one.

Best of Jamaica 2008 Results: Do click on pictures for enlargement

Importing a Motor Vehicle to Jamaica

Many people debate about whether or not to bring a vehicle in with you when moving to Jamaica. Read the following as the information may be useful. We actually purchased a used SUV a few months after arriving in Jamaica. We choose an SUV mainly because of the roads, and a lifestyle that includes touring the Island and hauling bikes most weekends. Make certain you do your research, and then ask several people tons of questions about the process.

Published by

John Casey

Feb 24, 2008 Importing a Motor Vehicle-Main

Last month I related my experience of buying a car in Jamaica. This month I looked at an alternative. If you have a love relationship with your present vehicle, you might want to bring it to Jamaica with you along with all your household goods. After reading this article you can come to terms with just how serious that love affair is. What you are about to read is the story of a friend who imported his 2006 Ford Freestyle from Florida and information from the Sunday Observer Automotive section dated February 17th, 2008.

The first thing Robert did was contact the Jamaican Trade Board to obtain the paperwork that included guidelines and requirements of importing a vehicle. The best way to obtain this information is on their website, If you purchase the motor vehicle import license online it costs less than applying in person.

The online fee is slightly more than US $50.00 and nearly $5.00 more than if you apply in person. Then Robert had to find a freight forwarder to ship the car from Florida to Montego Bay via Kingston. It is my understanding that freighters go to Kingston first as most foreign ports with service to Jamaica don’t carry enough goods destined for Montego Bay. Montego Bay receives one freighter from Kingston per week which is made up from all the ships with a Jamaican destination.

Right from the beginning, Robert had a slight problem. His vehicle was too big to fit in a container, thus it had to be driven on the ship and secured. Had he been able to fit it in a container, he could have included other goods along with it. Before any vehicle is loaded on a ship it has to be x-rayed for the same reason your luggage is x-rayed at the airport.

This tends to eliminate smuggling of guns or anything else into Jamaica. Either through your freight forwarder or on your own, you have to acquire the services of a custom broker in Jamaica. Everything being shipped to Jamaica worth $5,000 US or more is required by law to have a custom broker. This broker acts as your agent when dealing with the custom agents at the dock. Their expertise is vital in negotiating a fair deal on the associated fees.

One important factor that must be addressed before dealing with customs is to obtain a TRN(Tax Registration Number). This is an easy process which can be done in a few minutes and is free of charge. However, this can only be done in person at one of the many Inland Revenue offices on the island. All you need to obtain a temporary TRN is a valid passport. The permanent TRN can be picked up on a subsequent trip to the island. No government fees can be accepted without this card. “Import tariffs affixed to motor vehicles are linked primarily to the engine’s CC rating and tonnage, in the case of trucks.

According to the Trade Board figures, motor cars, including station wagons, under 1,000cc, attract a duty of 67% of the value of the vehicle. Cars exceeding 1,000cc, but under 1,500cc, attract 83% duty. For cars above 1,500cc rating but under 2,000cc the duty is 94%, while those above 2,000cc but not exceeding 3,000cc attract a 121% duties. Cars exceeding 3,000cc(gasoline) or 3,200cc(diesel) attract 180% duty.” This explains the fee structure which is used to establish what it will cost you based on the value of your vehicle. This is where your custom broker negotiates the best deal possible for you. The broker takes your notarized bill of sale and presents it to the custom agent. The custom agent then checks the blue book and other books to determine the appropriate book value of the vehicle. The agent can either accept your bill of sale or demand the book value. This is when the negotiations begin.

An experienced custom broker, like a good defense attorney, can make a case for your lower bill of sale. But in the end, you are at the mercy of the customs agent. If you don’t agree with the agent’s assessment, your only course of action is to send the vehicle back, a rather costly alternative.

What can I ship into Jamaica? Any new car of course, but a used car can’t be older than three years and four years for a commercial vehicle. One stipulation is you can’t sell the vehicle for three years. This will be clearly noted on the title. You are also limited to importing two vehicles every three years. Caution: failure to obtain a proper import license can cause you to be fined “three times the value of the vehicle plus suffer the seizure of the vehicle!” Now that Robert’s car has been cleared by customs, he is free to drive it away.

He did not turn in his motor vehicle plates in Florida because he knew he was allowed a few days to drive with them in Jamaica. Before he could drive on the roads, he first had to obtain car insurance. His first stop after leaving the wharf was to go to the Inland Revenue office to pay for a “fitness” test. From there, it was a 3-4 mile drive to the only inspection station in Montego Bay. It was there that Robert encountered a problem. His Ford Freestyle was designed for driving only on the right side of the road. Hence, his headlights were pointed somewhat to the right which kept the beams from shining into the eyes of oncoming drivers. Normally a quick trip to a repair garage to adjust the lights to the left is all that would be required. In Robert’s case, he owns one of the few vehicles that cannot be adjusted.

On returning to the inspection station, the inspector reluctantly passed the car’s fitness test. Someone, somewhere, in the process neglected to take note of the fixed lights on this make and model car. This vehicle never should have been allowed in Jamaica. From there the next stop was to get an “engineer’s” report otherwise called a valuation report.

This is required by the insurance company to establish a rate. My insurance company requires one every two years to assure them of the condition of the car. This is done to protect them in case I was in an accident and neither reported it or fixed the damage and later had a reported accident requiring the insurance company to total the vehicle. It really wouldn’t be worth the full value at that point.

In the four years I have been writing these articles I have neglected to mention one very important thing for prospective drivers in Jamaica. You must have a written, notarized letter from your insurance company stating your driving record for the past 3 years. Without this, you would have to pay the highest premium for your coverage.

Now that you know most of what is involved in importing a vehicle you can make some calculat

Jamaican Talk Radio> Expat Resource for Learning Culture

Host: Kingsley Ragashanti Stewart; Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

I think that this is one of the best talk show programs in Jamaica. It is a great way for Expats to learn Patois and learn about the day to day culture in Jamaica.

I laugh daily as I listen to this program, as people call in and share ideas and what is going on for them. I initially had  serious problems understanding/following most conversations, but I have gotten way better now.

Do read the feeds attached, as you can view how some of the dialect is written.

Ragashanti Live

Ragashanti Live! is hosted by Dr. Kingsley ‘Ragashanti’ Stewart. Ragashanti brings his own unique style to the Jamaican talk show circuit with provocative and entertaining topics that appeal to a wide audience.
Ragashanti Live can be heard on Newstalk 93 FM from 9:00a.m – 12:00p.m.

A variety riveting topics are discussed weekly. The topic of the week is announced on Mondays and discussed throughout that week.

All callers are welcomed!

Stay tuned for more information on Ragashanti Live! In the mean time, leave your comments for Raga below in our comments box.

Week Days 9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. on our live stream: NewsTalk Live Stream
Posted By: SammyDJ

Apr 06, 2008
I listen to the show almost everyday from here in canada. I cant get enough. What happened to the show last week?? We could not pick up the show on the internet at all. Mi tink dem lock off ragga. Looking forward to listening on monday

Posted By: Anonymous

Apr 06, 2008
Dear Raga. I always listened to your show in Canada, and ENJOY every MINUTE of it. The Hon. Babsy Grange should fire all those people at the licence Com. Their dragonaire power seems to be TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much. Please keep up the good work, but do some adjustment, since so many children got fascinated with your show, and certain things they shouldn’t really listen to. your GREAT SHOW is really for ADULTS ONLY. Why not make the show 9-pm. to midnight.

I think by this most children should gone to bed, and again the adults who are 9 to 12 for your show, could get to do their work in the days, before their bosses fire them.


HWA.Toronto Canada.

Posted By: Marion
Apr 07, 2008
Bouy Raga, mi vex last how dem shut we out,but guess wah who God bless no man curse… yu program sell offinternationally, no watch no face ah suh miss lou did get it… just keep the faith cause we done know sey yu ah one ah we.
Marion from Canada

Posted By: Annmarie
Apr 07, 2008
Raga it’s my day off today and I sipping a cup of cearsee tea and listening to your show. On your topic for this week you can tell a man is having an affair because the way he makes love to you changes… that’s the very first sign. Anyway have a good day and a big hello to Ruth.

Posted By: lisa
Apr 07, 2008
RAGA TO THE WORLD!!!! yes raga you know how woman know when dem man a cheat?

– the man dem use the condom dem wey deh a yard. Wha happen, dem no know sey wi count dem?

– the man dem cant keep de names straight.

-the man dem no know how fi tell lie. like my ex- b, sleep out one night, me ask him wey him sleep. hear the liar noh raga: pan him bike. Raga, somebody can sleep pan bike?

Raga big up mi fren Debby. MAN A DUST!!!!!

Posted By:
Apr 07, 2008
raga when ur man is giving you bun ,he is out all day but when him come home him smell too FRESH

Posted By: Nicola
Apr 07, 2008
My helper just told me that she know him was cheating cause him come home dress inna one BIG WOMAN UNDERWEAR and tried to tell her say that is a new style of underpants.
My husband wear a new pair of underpants come home three times in one month and he did not inform me that he was going shopping for clothes at any time. Also, spare underclothes are always at home in the drawers.

As woman we count the number of underpants in the drawers and note the colours too. So when he tell me that he had taken a small bag with him in the car with some spare clothes, I know that those did not come from in the house. I also, know that there is no such bag in the car.

Posted By: sasha
Apr 07, 2008
raga yu show sell off last night, and will definately b at the next one, dem caan stop yu.

want to big up mother pearl, sis lois (loy) cheryl mi big frend even though she couldn’t mek it last night but she love yu bad raga. _
affi get mi power dish fi yu next show.

Posted By: Samantha
Apr 07, 2008
To DI Whorl Ragga! Yuh Show sell off! You a buss out everybody secrets! If dem a plan fi gi bun….Dem afffi come wid new tricks! Man Ah Dusssssssssss!!!!!

Posted By:
Apr 07, 2008
raga yu show sell off,its the best thing on radio now.It is very informative and very entertaining its let a stress reliver,do yu ting Raga don’t watch no face.

Posted By: Anonymous
Apr 07, 2008
Raga you are interupting my work in the days (which is a good thing), it is as if I don’t get anything done between 9:00-12:00.Your programme is very interersting and you are straight forward that is what I like about you. Continue shaking the tambarine and remind us that “Man a dust”.

Bless up!
Host: Kingsley Ragashanti Stewart; Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Coming Home To Jamaica !!!!

Attached is a story written by a single female Jamaican Returnee, who currently lives in Kingston Jamaica.

She wanted to share her story with readers, mainly because she believes there is a positive place in Jamaica for Returnees who are determined to re-connect with the island soil. I really do agree with her and I am always excited when I meet a person who says, “I came home, because it’s home and I want to give back or make a difference” This country is so incredibly beautiful and many things simply, just do not work. It is my belief however that nobody understands Jamaica like Jamaicans, and while I understand why many people migrate, it’s nice when some younger people come home.

The writer currently runs her own successful small business and recognizes that Jamaica is not Canada, but will always be home sweet home. She is now loving life ” back a yard.”

I was born on the beautiful Island of Jamaica and lived here for 12 years before I was taken away to Canada. During the 70s there was a mass migration and my mother, my two brothers and I migrated north to the land of cold.

I lived in Canada for 26 years but came home to Jamaica for most holidays. I wanted to return after finishing University but I was always concerned about whether I could make a living or not in my profession. Jamaica, I realized was not a cheap place to live and salaries were not comparable to Canada.

I had a good life (good job, friends, condo, etc) in Canada but Canada didn’t capture my soul like Jamaica does. In fact, I think many immigrants live there physically but their souls are still in their home countries. I missed Jamaica, the community that I grew up in, and all the families and people that I knew. No matter how I tried I couldn’t get a sense of community in Canada and I was jealous of my Jewish friends who had that type of community.

I decided about 6 years ago that I had to find a way to come back home, come hell or high water. I felt that if I stayed in Canada my life would just get lonelier and lonelier as the years went by.

I have now been back 4 ½ years and I have no major complaints. At first I was angry, because I had to start over from scratch to build a business, and I had already gone through that in Canada.

Building my business in Jamaica was much easier than building one in Canada. It is much easier to network here, and I found when I went to one person to let them know what I was doing, that person would point me in the direction of others who would be interested in my business. It didn’t hurt to have a well known family and a boyfriend who knows “everyone and his wife.”

In Jamaica what you know is important but who you know affords you opportunity. Lady Luck also smiled on me and provided an opportunity for me to stay permanently. Had the office that I am currently renting not been available I may very well have ended up back in Canada.

Life here isn’t always a bed of roses, here on the island, as I am still frequently frustrated by inefficient service especially with government agencies. I have had the experience of clerks making mistakes while filing my taxes, then spending two hours in the income tax office correcting them only to find out 6 months later the person you were dealing with didn’t do anything, and you now have to repeat the process.

Buying property has also proved interesting. The vendor of the land that my boyfriend and I are purchasing is an unscrupulous character and he has done a few things that, in my eyes, make the real estate industry look inept and lacking teeth when it comes to enforcing things. I am sure that building a house now will be very interesting. Things that take a day or two in Canada may take weeks or months here and a lot of the time is wasted fixing mistakes that people make.

All in all though, I am very happy to be back. I have what I had in Canada (friends, family, a busy practice, a place to call home) and much more. I cherish the community of people that surround me and the diversity of the people. I believe that the good people of Jamaica are great – warm, friendly, inviting and generous, much more than I can say for the average Torontonian.

The weather of course is a bonus. It is nice to know that after all the rain it will still be warm and that we will never be frozen over.

Even though life is good for me, I am fully aware that it is not so for everyone. Our crime rate is high and the levels of unemployment and illiteracy are high as well. We have many socioeconomic problems. In spite of all this I would take living here over Toronto any day. Jamaica is IRIE!