A Whole New World

I don’t like reading long blogs so I’ll try to keep this 500 words or less. Don’t want to dish out what I don’t like so here goes…

I decided to go to Canada for school because of basically being disillusioned by what I left behind. After trying over and over I decided to set a new foundation and God has opened the doors so now I’m enrolling in a post grad course in Project Management and plan to use it for a spring board into a world of possibilities.

I landed last week and became overwhelmed the minute I left the airport.  Now 7 days later I still am being culture shocked around every corner. I was laughing to myself yesterday is culture shock what Jamaican people called “frigthen fa”?  Well if is let the frigth begin. I haven’t been out of Jamaica since I started high school and that was the US and Canada is totally different from what I remember of their close neigbors America.

But like America though they do everything big and maybe i thought to myself if the islands copied some of their architectural ideas we could use less space for more but that’s another blog.

I could sum it up in one word. It’s civilized. Everything in total order. I dropped right in the lap of a very sweet Jamaican who I call Aunt Joyce. I feel so at home that It’s not till I leave the house in the days and look around I realize, “no boss, yu nuh deh a yaad again”. Shopping of course is great but great just in the fact that if you want something you can find it but not in the price factor. I remember going into a store for a hair brush and seeing 24.95 and literally running away saying “Chiney shop have dis fi 150 Ja”.

The whole experience with food has been interesting so far. I’ve had many an indian dish as well as local pizza and yes even KFC (which I will just say want more seasoning).  The Indian food is great but spicy. There was a one pot dish called Chicken Biryani and Haan as well a Greek dish (I think it was called cous cous). Interesting to say the least. As time goes by and I happen to get a job on campus best believe I’ll be trying more whether it sends me to the bathroom or not 🙂

 

I’ve also found a church where I feel comfortable. God is good. Aunt Joyce goes to that church and after meeting everyone I have to say I’m impressed. Everyone is nice and open and it feels like home. Went to the men’s meeting last night and am glad i have brothers here with which i can share and understand certain things. Again, God is good.

Speaking of the people, compared to the aggressive nature that seems to be ingrained in most of our people back home it is a refreshing change. Everyone I’ve met is nice and accommodating but this seems to be the lifestyle of the people, enjoying life and what it has to offer without the “don’t get in my way mentality”. I am either dreaming and if I am I pray it doesn’t turn into a nightmare.

Being here has been fun so far with every step being an adventure.  Hopefully I’ll have the time once school starts to let you know what else I am gong to be up to. Thanking God for guidance so far and praying for continuous help from Him.

Peace.

Below is my first vid on my youtube channel since being here….

Word Count 606..sorry

Where I want to go for the summer Update

Another wrap up of a previous blog. In the previous (i’ll paste link below) I pointed out that my lady and I had both made lists of places we wanted to go and we even had a contingency list just in case.

https://theainzlee.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/where-i-want-to-go-for-the-summer/

Well, it didn’t turn out as expected with more planning happening for after the summer ended than within the summer. We still traveled around but didn’t get to explore what we had our hearts on.  They say quality time is important and that we did have but as always as humans it’s hard to be satisfied, our insatiable appetites always wanting more.

I won’t go through the list of places we did end up but mention food stops on Spur Tree Hill and a lazy day in Treasure Beach.

From the Original List here is where we went noted by a complete beside the location.

Jan’s Picks

  • Mystic Mountain, St. Ann
  • YS Falls, St. Elizabeth *attempted but work complications*
  • Negril, Westmoreland
  • The Steakhouse, Mandeville (completed)   *Jan went to a business meeting here*
  • Truck Stop, Kingston
Ainzlee’s Picks
  • Lover’s Leap, St. Elizabeth (completed) *went but it was closed*
  • JamWest, Westmoreland
  • Dover Raceway, St. Ann  (completed)
  • JDRC Dexterity Competition, St. Elizabeth
  • Font Hill, St. Elizabeth *went to Treasure Beach instead*
Contingencies
  • Lil Ochi, St. Elizabeth (completed)
  • Another Beach – Maybe Montego Bay *went to Aquasol*
  • St. Mary or maybe Mavis Bank (see if we can cross it)
  • Milk River, Clarendon *road too bad*
The average cost of our trips were 3000 JA ($30+CA/US) so it wasn’t bad at all! Until the next summer list…..
Below is a video of the Treasure Beach Trip…. Would love some feedback!
Peace

Fitness, Looking Good and the Summer Body 3

It’s been a while since I put words on a screen and called it a blog but here I go again. This is the end of the summer and with it I think the last update for a while on my quest for a healthier life.  It’s been weeks since the last update so for those who asked here it is.

Bloggers Note : For those of you who haveno idea what I’m talking about feel free to click below links :

https://theainzlee.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/fitness-looking-good-and-the-summer-body/

https://theainzlee.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/fitness-looking-good-and-the-summer-body-2/

The truth is (you know what usually comes after that right?) I slacked off. I got caught up in summer and all the activities and neglected to do my work outs. Don’t get me wrong. I did do them but not as consistently as I should have. I kept going to bed very late and by the time I got up it was time to get out and do stuff. I did do alot of walking and some running because Mandeville traffic was crazy this summer. So i parked the car and walked everywhere.

My eating habits for the most part were good though. I am not one that deprives myself when I have cravings for anything but all in all I made good decisions as far as food and drink. I have never drank so much water in my life. I drank one or two sodas all summer and stayed away from fatty foods also called made sure the pork was all lean meat.

So at the start of the summer I was 200 pounds, a weight which I have been for the past five years which isn’t bad because I’m 6ft 3 but I was surprised when I jumped on the scale and saw it said I was 190 pounds. I feel lighter, leaner and ready for the challenge in terms of health and keeping fit. To me ten pounds is alot but I basically look the same as 200. I guess it has to do with muscle memory.

It’s a few days before school starts and I’ve started my workout slowly but surely. Getting in pushups, situps and kegel workouts and more to be added. I hear there is a gym on campus so I may do some weight training. To tell you the truth 200 is my goal but i want it the healthy way.

Peace.

Below is a flashback to my 200 situps challenge breakthrough. Consistency is the key. Going back for that too. Current pushups status : 102 str8!

The Loss of the Jamaican Culture

Time flies so fast and  I was suppose to post this on Emancipation Day or at least Independence Day but I have been real busy with a lot of stuff but God is good and things are happening. Positive things.  I have been thinking about this for a long time and this is more of a discussion topic but for all of you who know about the Jamaican culture and are 30 years old or more. Is it just me or have we almost lost it?

Yes, I am talking about the change that is so drastic that children have no idea what Miss Lou or Anancy meant to Jamaica as a country.  I asked a child what was Anancy and he looked on me weird as if I was talking some outlandish language.  I think maybe Spongebob is his Anancy now and Vybes Kartel may be his Miss Lou.

Growing up I was exposed to historic facts about Jamaica in and out of school.  My parents talked about what happened back in the day and television focused on loyalty to your fellowman and country.  Where did this selfishness creep in?  The one where it’s only about you and your children ad your neighbor doesn’t matter?  This is not Jamaican!  We come from a background of many different cultures, a melting pot that allowed us to be close and watch each others back.

I have to touch on cooking as food is a big part of my life.  How many people have passed down the recipes from their forefathers?  Blue draws and dukoonoo and rundung are all things that a lot of people don’t know about but are a part of our food culture.  KFC and all the fast food joints are now the rage as nobody wants to cook and most likely if you offered some of these traditional foods to some kids today they may throw up.  Our cultural foods go way beyond Jerk Chicken and Jerk Pork.

I know I’m ranting but my very heart feels the change.  When teachers are beaten for even looking at a child too hard I shiver.  On the note of educating our children about our culture, I’m not sure what is being done and maybe I should research that but tallking to the set of kids who are in high school now only a few have a clue or even care.

Maybe the culture of the outside world has crept in overtime and now we are truly apart of one world culture.  I’m sure Jamaica is not the only country feeling this when I think about it.  With the coming of the internet and cable TV it will never be the same.  And what is the solution or is it even something that needs solving? What do you think?

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Below is a youtube vid of my Grandma on a visit to my aunt’s house recently. we were just talking about different things as well as emancipation and the cash for gold trades and the recent beheadings.

Peace

Fitness, Looking Good and the Summer Body 2

This is my second update on my summer journey to build a better body through exercise and drink.  I’ll try to keep this as short as possible.

The last three weeks have been rough! Not because the workouts have gotten harder but because procrastination and improper eating has crept in.  i haven’t controlled my need for Burger King and the need for five meals a day according to the regimine I’m on I havent been able to keep up with it.  I do get in three meals most days and keeping them as healthy as possible while rehydrating is a job in itself.

I’ve been also waiting until after 11 at night to do my insanity.  Now anyone who has done insanity knows this is insane.  at the time of the day when you’re energy is the lowest.  Because of this by the time I finish the warm up you know who is ready for bed?  Yes, me!

Even through all that I have worked out during the days doing 200 sit-ups a day, 100 pushups (35 consecutive, going for 100 ) and pullups as well as a little work with the weights I have at home!

So even though I could have done better at concentrating on my goal I still am seeing results.  Starting after writing this blog I will be changing some of my workouts (doing the same workout over and over sucks) and spending more time with insanity while trying to consume 5 meals a dat with proper hydration.

I did go to play basketball once during this time but left my camera’s memory card so I didn’t get to videotape my attempt to dunk from under the rim. Next time I promise. Also was trying to find somewhere to run the 100M but for the life of me can’t find one place in my hommetown of Mandeville that has a track marked for that distance.  Now that’s sad.  I haven’t given up on that and will keep you updated in part 3.

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Here is the link to the previous blog, Fitness, Looking Good and the Summer Body 1            https://theainzlee.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/fitness-looking-good-and-the-summer-body/

Food Review : Club Sandwiches at The Pelican, Montego Bay

I know I did a food review on my last blog but this food experience happened on the same trip and after reading this review you may understand why I did.  This particular experience happened after the one I blogged about but after the ocean took me and tossed me to and fro in a couple of hours I was ready to eat again and hoping for a better experience.

I had never been to The Pelican and wanting to conquer the hip strip (as in interact with every food joint and hotel – 85% there) so when it was suggested I eagerly agreed.  It was exactly as I had thought the ambiance would be but the design of the place wasn’t.  But all in all very nice food place that I would recommend to anyone.  Not only for the sweet setup but the prices were very good as well.  I mean if I had the choice between KFC and The Pelican, KFC lose! (yes, I went there).

So to the “meat” of the matter! We got our menus and after the experience with the microwaved and very salty meal mentioned in previous review before I wasn’t in the mood for chicken and neither were the other four people that made up the group. So after looking through and rejecting all fowl dishes, two people went with fish and the other oxtail. I wasn’t feeling any of those dishes but something caught my eye.  Club sandwiches with a mix of three meats. Once my eyes saw that my mouth started to water.

Excitedly I ordered and waited hoping for a meal as my mind was at the moment was creating and my taste buds were hoping for. It came in good time. Nicely served with a beautiful smile I jumped right in.  Can I say that… my mouth, lips, tongue and belly were not disappointed.  I had struck food gold.  I will try to find some adjectives to describe my food high.   Delightful, Loaded with flavour and a real work of art.  The bread was toasted just right and the meats which were ham chicken and beef were all well done.  Bravo! *claps* It came with a decent serving of fries which maybe even though tasty were a bit soaked in oil so I ended up squeezing some of that oil out but tasty nonetheless.

I’d dare say even though this was my first expereince there and having tht club sandwich that I may go back for seconds…..naaaah! I’ll try something else next time!   After making such a good impression and with such good service I am confident they won’t let me down….

Only time will tell!

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Peace…