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In an effort to consolidate some of my projects including YouTube and Instagram. I’m featuring two of my favorite vlogs from  as well as five of my favorite pictures. I love feedback so let me know what you think.

How can you say no to this face? #doglovers #dog #android #animal #stbernards #eyes #bigpuppy

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Early morning run with the chica @breakingbada2z

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Lovely #hamont #waterfalls #myontario #mycanada

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Battle of the Smartphones : Apple iPhone vs. Samsung Galaxy S3

I’m in the market for a smartphone. I’ve been without a smartphone for over a year and even though I am over the whole withdrawal period, I still crave the power of being mobile and connected to the rest of the known universe. Yes, it has been hard but in anticipation of getting a job after finishing my course of study, my first real purchase will be a new smartphone. I am a blackberry fan because I love buttons. Nothing like the feel of them but with the announcement of them also going fully touch screen I’ve decided to go with what seems like more advanced options as Blackberry seem to be a little behind in the tech race too..

Now if I was to talk about all the points look for in a phone I’d be here all day so let me cut it down and point out a few that are very important to me.  Those two are productivity and integration. Now I do use my smartphone for media including music and games but that is not my primary reason for ever buying a phone. My reasoning is usually how much work can I get done on this device without actually having to be around a desktop or laptop.  Can I track my progress at the gym? Are my finances balancing?  Do i have access to a decent word processor and email access as well? Having these features and them being available with ease of use usually make the choice easy.  Integration is also very important. Not having to transfer files of whatever kind from device to device when I’m ready to work at home or work instead of on the go is key. The time saved if these are all readily accessible is indeed invaluable.

Click link here for comparisons of both phones. 

So here it comes. I have identified two phones that meet these needs and some. They are the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Apple iPhone (I’d wait on the 5 to come out). But another set of requirements that i did not think about came up. When I was in Jamaica even though both phone services had equal strengths i went with the one that most people were on because of the cheaper rates and other benefits that if I had joined LIME instead of Digicel may have had me switching sooner or later.

The same thing has come up again. My girlfriend, brother and numerous friends have iPhones and communication between these devices are brilliant (Thanks to Steve. Rest In Peace Mr. Jobs). It would allow me to sync and share and be a part of an already established network and a part of the bright future Apple has created.  Sounds great huh? My problem with Apple though is why I love the Samsung. My problem is lack of freedom.  I am basically stuck in a system with Apple and not able to explore the many different paths as I would be able to with a Galaxy S3. Yeah, I know. Apple is a safe choice as their system allows them control and the ability to weed out bad experiences which may not be possible on any other device out there.

Before this turns ugly let me stop and say that even with all the apps available on the iPhone, I love certain features on the Galaxy S3 in terms of hardware. So right now its hardware vs. software and integrated “closed but brilliant” experience over freedom to explore.  I guess when the time comes and I have cash in hand it will come down to eenie meenie minie mo.  What are your thoughts?

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40 years Together : My Parents Answer Some Burning Questions

My parents Donald and Carmen celebrated their fortieth anniversary on December 18, 2011.  Even though this is a feat in a world where 3 month marriages are the rage, the fact that they are still in love with each other makes it an inspiring story. You may say I’m biased  but the stories i have to tell not even Hollywood can top it. I can say that I have seen love expressed in my home since I was a kid till the day I left the shores of Jamaica.  In their house laughter is melody that rings through the windows and playing, walks just for walking sake and kisses for no particular reason are commonplace.

My Dad is a pastor and my mom is a retired teacher and both met in college where they fell in love, got engaged and married in 1971. From that union two boys, Ainsley (that’s me..haha) and Camroy were produced.  I’ve seen my parents upset but have never heard a voice raised or a door slammed from anybody being upset.  My mom would not make decisions without my Dad and vice versa.  i told them once that if I have find hall the love they have I’m on easy street. They always without fail credit their relationship with Jesus as the reason.

I thought I would share a bit of what I experienced growing up in their home so i threw out the idea for the blog on my Facebook page and what is written below are the questions that were raised for me to ask. My parents don’t read blogs at all but I must say before I get into  these questions (which by the way were answered concisely as they both are ones to get to the point) that they have set a standard for me to live by but I know it is well worth the journey to love in the way they do. Hope you guys like it and please leave comments to let me know what you think.

Q. What things did you see in this person that made you want to marry him?

A. Humility was the main thing which i admired but in addition the caring and loving attitude were also good attributes.

Q. How would you describe your spiritual life as a couple?

A. Growing and maturing.

Q. Describe how you and your husband arrive at decisions.

A. We discuss andcome to a common understanding then we make a decision.

Q. Describe how you as a couple resolve conflicts.

A. We allow each other to express how one feels about the grouse and decide on the resolution.

Q. What do you think you need to do as a couple to get from where you are to where you need to be?

A. Set goals and objectives and prioritise as we work towards realizing them.

Q. What have the tough times taught them about one another?

A. We have learned to be satisfied and make the best of every given situation.

Q. Describe how your marriage has changed over the years.

A. Technically our marriage has not changed over the yeaars. It has only grown stronger and with greater appreciation.

Q. How do you communicate dissatisfaction to your spouse? When you are hurt or angry with your spouse, what do you do?

A. Keep silent. Allow for the appropriate time to speak as it is never wise to speak when one is angry.

Q. Do you think living together before marriage works on any level?  Explain.

A. From a christian point of view,it is no. This has often led to mistrust and disrespect.

Q. What is the one thing you both want to do together that you haven’t already done?

A. We want to go on a cruise.

Q. What advice do youhave for people in long distance relationships?

A.  Long distance relationships are never generally prefered because (1) there is a lack of face to face interaction (2) lack of trust can be created. (3) it does not reveal the full character of the person. (4) it does not give the opportunity to learn family background of each person’s family. Even though its hard it can work through the will and determination of both people involved. They have to be mature and know what to expect from their situation.  If they can communicate well then they’ll make it but it should never be a prolonged situation if it can be prevented.

 

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FINAL NOTE : I told myself I’d be the one to send them on that cruise.  That’s a goal for me as well.  Don’t hesitate to hit the like button, comment or subscribe and if you really like it SHARE.  Thanks for reading.

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

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

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…

Road Trip to Dover (CMRC Meet)

Dover! How I love the sounds of the engines and the screams of the masses as tyres squeal around sharp turns.  The excitement of Dover.

   (Easter Meet VloG)

I won’t waste any time but to say that after my last experience with Dover I was excited to go back minus having to contend with the traffic I had to deal with at the Easter meet.  Had to sit there in traffic, after leaving early (around 2) and didn’t get to the main road until minutes to five…

But the draw of the CMRC meet was too much to handle. I had to see the match ups and not second hand either.  So off we went on Labor Day heading to St. Ann from Mandeville.  We were all hoping to get some roasted yam on the way through Clarendon but everywhere we passed wasn’t ready for the Dover crowd.  Itz like they already made their millions so who cares if all these cars passing wanted yam or not.   We weren’t amused.  After about two hours and about a hundred potholes we finally got there and immediately sought food.  Jah know… a who tell we nuh fi carry foood..   all prices double up…

I’m saying this right now!!!! NEVER AGAIN will i go to Dover without carrying foood.  NEVER!!!!

We got there early so we saw the intro of the drivers as well as the ceremony.

(lots of footage here) http://www.youtube.com/user/ainsleydacres

It was a good day with lots of activities and the races were hype.  The anticipated match ups did not disappoint either.  My fave racer David The king made sure to show them who was boss and all the racers did well.  Big up SeaBoard for the sponsorship of the event.  Keeping racing alive means alot to many Jamaicans.

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At the end of the day the thought of long waits in traffic lingered but this time it only took about 50 minutes to an hour to exit because of the new exits and the control of the authotiries.  So no sour points this time to mention at all.

Well okay..  there was one… the YAM!!!!.. Even on our way back they had run out so they actually catered for those who left real early or reached late…  Maybe I need to open a yam stand on public holidays.  Show them how itz dun…

Well other than that I can’t wait to do it all over again.

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