About my Jamaican chatroom….Hi guys. First things first. I want to thank all those people who visit my blog and “like” my posts. I appreciate it so much. So, I have a new blog. There is not much there right now…but I have big plans for my new blog. You may be wondering….why on earth did you need another blog? Well, I have to be free, and this new blog will help me to do that.
The first thing I want to tell you about is my Jamaican chatroom. Please visit. I want people to go there. I cant tell you that there is people there…it is new. But they say the hour people are using the internet the most is 8:00pm. Remember that. Check out my Jamaican Chat room sometime, and talk about Jamaican men etc.
Rasta Shop (Jamaicanlove) on etsy
I also wanted to tell you about my Rasta shop where I display my big beautiful beaded Rasta Necklaces. I love to bead, and I love to bead Rasta Jewelry. My Rasta shop is new too. so there are not that many items…but in time I will fill it up. I love big things….so I don’t bead anything small. Maybe that will be my signature over time. So check out my Rasta Shop online sometime.
New Rasta Book
I was wanting to write a new Rastafari book for a long time now. I wasnt so sure what to call it. I have two possible names. Rastafari, or Rastafari Living. Well this book is very special to me, because I feel there are some things about Rastafari that have not been said that I feel will help people, to understand what this spirituality is really all about. Rastafari is special and it is not a religion. I try to drive that point home in this new Rasta book that I am writing.
Learn about Rastafari You can learn about my experiences and perspectives as a Rastafari Empress on my other blog. Jamaican Rastafarian Love. It is important for me to share these things with you because I feel it makes the world a better place if we bridge the culture gap.
That is it for me. Love light and blessings to all.
I have been keeping a big secret from you. I don’t know how much longer I can hold it. I am very excited. I have been trying to finalize some things in my mind and get things lined up…but I think I am going to burst.
I love you all for your support and for visiting my blog and leaving comments. Its one of the best things you could do for this blog is leave a comment positive or negative. Anyway…
There is only one more detail to get down…and I should have the surprise all ready to go for you. I am excited. Hint? Its about love….Its about Jamaica…Its about my blog….No I am not getting married….I better get it done….cause I don’t know if I can hold this secret any more….Within 2 weeks the secret will be out, please come back…in 14 days….and find out what it is!
I love you all ….Jah Guidance.
Oh I have a Jamaican recipes cookbook coming out…..that is not the Secret though… Its called Jamaican recipes; 22 Authentic Jamaican Recipes for you to try at home.
Try this “Rasta Ital (Vegetarian) Soup”1 Pound (454) g Yams or about 2 medium sized Yams cut into 2 inch 5 cm pieces
You will need…
½ pound (227 g) sweet potatoes (1 medium, cut into 2 inch (5 cm) pieces
1 can of coconut milk
3 cups (720 ml) vegetable broth
1 pound (454) fresh pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2 inch (5 cm pieces
½ pound (227 g) carrots (3 medium) peeled and sliced
1 Pound (454g) Fresh callaloo, or 1 can (19 ounces (538 g) callaloo, dreained; or ½ pound of spinach and ½ pound (227g) Kale
1 Chayote squash
1 Green pepper
2 mediujm sized tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
3 spring onions or scallions
5 – 6 cups shredded cabbage
1 hot pepepr, minced
freshly ground black pepper and salt
How to Prepare
Place the yams and sweet potatoes in a stockpot with the coconut milk and broth.
Add the pumpkin or squash and carrots.
Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
While the root vegetables simmer, carefully wash the callaloo, trimming away any thick stems. Chop and set aside.
To peel the squash, cut it lengthwise into quarters and remove the heart. Dice the remaining squash, green pepper, tomatoes, garlic, and spring onions, and add with the shredded cabbage and hot pepper to the stockpot.
Simmer for 20 minutes more until the vegetables are tender. Season with plenty of freshly ground black pepper and salt if desired.
I have just finished my mini e-book entitled “Jamaican men….21 things about dating a Jamaican man.” I am so happy that it is finished and available. If you were looking for a tell all book about white women who date Jamaican men and some of the pit falls this is it. It’s not so much about American Jamaican men, but more about Jamaican men living in Jamaica and the way they think.
Many women are visiting Jamaica and falling in love. This is happening for 2 reasons
More and more people are travelling now a days…
Jamaican men have a natural ability with women…
Many foreign women are not used to this…and can easily be taken advantage of….Just saying…
This book was previously called….
This book was previously called…dating a Jamaican man; 12 things American women need to know….but I have changed it……
Here is an excerpt from the book (the beginning)….
This book was written with the woman who lives abroad who is dating a Jamaican man living in Jamaica, in mind. Complicated huh? But the truth is many women from America, Canada, and the UK are presently enduring this type of love affair, with a Jamaican man.
Not every Jamaican man is what you think he is. Perhaps you don’t know his mind, and you don’t understand his heart, which is why you are reading this book. I have volunteered to act as a translator on your behalf. I could be telling you what you want to hear so that Jamaican men can have their way with you. But as a fellow woman, I created this book out of pure honesty, and empathy.
2 Types of Jamaican Men
My mother used to tell me “there are 2 types of Jamaican people. The dutty Jamaican with no manners, who behave ignorant, and speak improper English, and the nice and decent Jamaicans, who have manners and self-respect, and speak properly.”
I am here to tell you, there are 2 types of Jamaican men– the ones who cuss some long dirty bad words, possibly having learned this poor behavior by living in the Ghetto…who yell and raise their voice to a woman without batting an eye lash. Then there are the Jamaican men who are nice and decent, who have manners, and show respect for others and themselves. This is important to know, when dating a Jamaican man. If you happen to run into one of these
ignorant and indecent Jamaican men, rid him from your life quickly, or you may end of regretting it for a very long time.
My “Ignorant” Jamaican man experience
I used to date a Jamaican man who was very ignorant. I didn’t know it when I met him though.
On the day we met, he was decked out in Rastafari Gear, he smelled of natural herbs and incents, and I assumed he was humbled and cultured. I was of course flattered by this Jamaican man, his beautiful Jamaican accent, and his immediate invitation for me to visit him at his home. Something kept on nagging me not to go over to his house, but he persisted with many phone calls….”
I am from Toronto but my parents are from the beautiful island of Jamaica. I visited my Granny there when I was a little girl. now going back as an adult, it’s a completely different experience. I will tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly as much as I can remember it. The last time I traveled to Jamaica was back in 2012 February. We stayed in Montego Bay Jamaica, you can read my blog post to learn more. I plan to go again January of 2013. So here are the things about visiting Jamaica, I want to prep you for.
The Jamaican Currency
The Jamaican currency was very confusing for me. I know with time I would get used to it, but I found it confusing. First of all it took some time for my brain to accept it as real money, and secondly the conversion is so wide that, that in itself makes it more difficult. There is some good news though..
In Jamaica you can use American Currency
In Jamaica you can use Canadian Currency
Yes, they accept all 3 currencies everywhere
So What is the exchange rate?
It is roughly $1 Canadian dollar = $100 Jamaican Dollars
…$10 Canadian dollars = $1000 Jamaican Dollars etc
If you keep that in your head, it helps a lot. Spending money is something that must be done anywhere we go….learning how to convert Jamaican currency in your head before you buy something, will lessen the time spent making the “I am confused” face.
No Payphones at the Jamaican Airport
I mentioned this in a previous blog post. unfortunately there are no payphones at the Montego Bay Jamaican airport. So if you think you are going to step of the plane and call a cab, or call a friend to come and pick you up, or make reservations for a Jamaican hotel, think again. No payphones. No phone calls. This was really hard on us…it was late at night…and we had to find a hotel. You will probably have to ask to borrow someones cell phone if you plan to make any phone calls from the Jamaican airport.
Expect to get overcharged
If you are just stepping of the plane, taking a taxi for example, expect to get overcharged. That is just the way it is in Jamaica. The good news is, Jamaican living is much less expensive than Canadian living so, what they call “overcharging,” is what we call “normal price.” That is a silver lining right?
Many people will warn you that travelling to Jamaica is of high risk. Well, it’s not that simple. Doing anything in life involves some risk. It’s a matter of knowing how to do it to minimize the risk. I have heard stories of foreigners getting hurt while in Jamaica. But I am a foreigner and I made it to Jamaica and back to Canada. And I went to many places alone without a problem. So here are my Recommendations.
If you are a foreigner there are some dos and don’ts to visiting Jamaica.
Dont wear your best clothes – Jamaicans love name brand clothing, its best not to entice them.
Don’t wear expensive Jewelry – Same thing as above.
Travel in Groups – Just makes a person think twice.
Don’t flash your wallet or Money in Public – Just carry what you need, and nothing more. Use the bank machine, that is what it is there for.
Don’t get high or stoned – Seriously some Jamaican people may see you as high or stoned as an opportunity
Only take the taxis with the “Red License plates” – These are registered.
I hope this article doesn’t scare you. Again, I visited Jamaica, and I am back home safe and sound. I love Jamaica so much that I am moving there in 2013. So, people do survive. I just want you to be prepared if it is your first time.
The customs Line up in Jamaica
I feel like this is worth mentioning because it is one of the things I encountered that I didn’t expect, that kind of upset me. My flight arrived in Jamaica at 8:15pm Saturday night. I thought I would jump of the plane and straight into Jamaican fun. Um no. Not so fast. When we got off the plane I noticed that some of the people were running. Yes! Literally running. Later when we were stuck at the back of the line, I found out why. It’s because you have to go through customs to get out, and if you don’t run you have to wait like 45 minutes in that Jamaican airport heat. In case you are wondering, there was no A/C. That made waiting a real chore.
One more Important thing… (customs form)
I want to mention this cause I was verbally chewed up for not understanding…there is a little form they will have you fill out on the plane before you go through Jamaican customs once you land. This paper from what I can remember, will ask you if you are carrying alcohol, if you have plant life…crazy questions. Here is the zinger. The little tiny piece at the bottom…you are actually expected to keep it with you for your whole trip. Yeah weird I know. I could not find mine, so at customs, exiting Jamaica to come back to Canada, they gave me a new one. The problem was the customs lady had such a deep Jamaican accent that I couldn’t understand her. I said “I am sorry I don’t understand.” She then became impatient with me and spoke in a deeper Jamaican accent. I found this experience to be humiliating. So, keep this silly little paper with you, so you can enter the Jamaican customs, to go back home, without a problem.
is the truth. You might find yourself having to clean drool from off your shirt. They are mighty fine. The funny thing is. They will want you too. Nobody really pays that much attention to monogamy down there as we do in the west. Depending on your reasons for going, this may be a good thing.
I really love Jamaica. every time I think about it I feel so happy inside. I cant wait to breathe the Jamaican air again. I will share as much as I can with all of you, the next time I travel. As we Rastafari say. Jah Bless.
I was in my 30’s when I found out that Jamaica was a third world country. To me Jamaica is King. King of all things. I feel that Jamaica is rich. Money is not everything in life. There are other things that matter too, such as freedom, happiness, culture, and nature. Jamaica is a very rich Island, full of life, freedom, good food, and fun for all types of people.
I traveled to Jamaica in February of 2012, and found so many things to be different from home in Canada. I want to share some of these things with you, just for fun…and perhaps get your thoughts on them
1)Extended Weekend Jamaican Partying
Weekend partying starts in Jamaica on Thursday and ends on Tuesday. That is bloody hilarious. Talk about people who know how to live. I love it. In fact this is the thing I liked most. I think if you are looking for fun, you should be able to find it, no matter what day of the week it is, and in Jamaica – you can!
2)Jamaican Dogs unleashed!
OK the heading is a little misleading. What I meant was that the dogs in Jamaica are not on a leash the same that the dogs in Canada are on a leash. After spending 30 + years of my life in Canada, I thought all dogs had to be on a leash or they would attack people passing by. This is not true at all. I got the impression that Jamaican dogs were trusted by their owners to act mature, and so therefor they did. I don’t know about you but I found this so fascinating. The other cool thing about owners and their dogs is that the dogs just follow the owners around, even in packs. If the owner has 5 or even 10 dogs, all 5 or all 10 dogs will follow its master wherever he or she is going. Wow it is a cool thing to watch.
3)Alcohol sold 24hrs a day
I thought it was very cool that in Jamaica you can buy alcohol 24 hrs a day. Of course it is sold by unlicensed street vendors but who cares. If you want to get drunk, at least you can. I was advised by a friend not by Alcohol in this form. But it was too late, I already did it.
4) All Jamaican people say “hi”
In Jamaica every body says hi. Its considered polite. Yes even stranger to stranger. I absolutely love this. As a Rastafarian woman living in Toronto, Ontario I get a lot of stares. So strangers don’t really say Hi to me. But in Jamaica they were not intimidated by my dreadlocks at all and many people said hi to me and I said hi to people just because I wanted to interact with as many Jamaican people as possible.
5)The men and women are very sexy
In Jamaica you can find many sexy men and women. Here is my take on the cause of this. The food! The food they are eating is real, and the lifestyle they live causes them to appear as if they have been working out. Many Jamaicans do a lot of house work, such as hand washing clothes, yard work, planting of food etc. Combine this with the healthy food they are eating and you may have a person who is just “naturally sexy.” How lucky. When I was there I felt so fat. I knew my body was the result of sitting in front of the computer all day eating Tim Hortons. Not good. Jamaicans have since inspired me to change my diet.
6)The people smell so darn nice!
If you decide to go out for a walk just to socialize say around 8pm, you will find many of the people are already on their second shower, and are smelling might fine. They look good and smell nice. You almost can’t resist falling in love. lol. One guy that walked by me smelled like he was still in the shower. Wow. My Canadian heart and mind just melted. Don’t get me wrong, Canadians smell nice too, but Jamaicans make an extra effort, especially at night-time.
7)Overweight Jamaican women dance it up!
In the club scene, overweight women dance proudly. In Canada that is a rare thing. But Jamaica has been like this for years. In Canada the more of a woman’s bones that protrude out from her, the sexier she is considered to be. In Jamaica if you are too skinny, they will tell you need to eat some food. Just something I noticed.
8)Jamaicans drive very fast!
In Jamaica some of the people drive very fast. Don’t know why i think it has always been that way. I guess it’s the “do what you want” mentality.
Every body is doing what they want, it reminded me of Montreal
9)Montego Bay beach was open 24 hours
I loved that the beach was available 24 hours. People went there to entertain themselves. You see as a Rastafari I believe people should not limit their life experience to internet and television. People should make an effort to live the way that God intended. Which is natural and interacting with each other.
10)The Hip Strip in Montego Bay
I loved the “Hip Strip” in Montego Bay. It made me feel like I was still at home. There are many shops, the beach, and many hotels to take in and check out. There is also many tourists around so you will not feel alone. The hip strip is also a great place to check out if you want to check out the night life in Montego Bay.
I love Jamaica, Jah made me like that. I cant wait to live there. My heart will sing and give praises once again. My chakras will align and be in harmony once again. In Jamaica, my soul is overjoyed
Hi everyone. I have just written a miniature eBook to help out American women “dating a Jamaican man”. It is based on many questions and concerns that I have been asked on my blog http://www.jamaicanrastafarianlove.com So please read this excerpt and if you like it you can purchase the complete version … Thanks so much and Jah bless. (update)This e-book is now called “Jamaican Men” (21 things about dating a Jamaican man) You can buy it on on amazon – Dating a Jamaican Man… (the eBook)
Table of Contents
2 Types of Jamaican Men
Are Rastafari Jamaican men allowed to date white women?
The trend in Jamaica you need to know about
6 Reasons women love Jamaican men
How do Jamaican men treat women?
My Jamaican man dominates in the bedroom. Why?
Help! My Jamaican boyfriend wants to get me pregnant??
Do all Jamaican men like to fight and argue?
15 Reasons Jamaican men Cheat
How to stop him from Cheating
7 Reasons Jamaican men date white women
Dating a Rastafari Jamaican Man
mentally and Physically Abusive Jamaican men
Do all Jamaican men lie?
Can you trust a Jamaican man?
7 things to make a Jamaican man happy
Jamaican men and STDs
American Jamaican men
I want to go Back Home
If Jamaican men are so, bad why bother?
21 things about dating a Jamaican man
Who I am
My name is ‘Empress’ I am a Rastafari and Jamaican Culture Author, blogger, and Rasta Reggae music song writer. My heritage is Jamaican, and I have been Rastafari from birth. I have written 3 books / e-books…
Dating a Jamaican man was inspired by many questions and comments I have received on my blog, www.jamaicanrastafarianlove Many American women have questions and concerns regarding dating a Jamaican man. I wanted to create a concise and honest e-book that would address their most important questions and concerns. My hope is that women will feel that they have just had a window into the heart of the Jamaican man after reading this e-book. With pleasure, I present to you ‘Dating a Jamaican Man, 10 things American women need to know.’
Dating a Jamaican man – “Must Know” #1
7 Reasons women love Jamaican men?
Jamaican men have a nice sexy Jamaican accent
Jamaican men make great lovers
Jamaican men tell women what they want to hear
Jamaican men are known to have the big bamboo
Jamaican men have a cool and interesting culture
Many Jamaican men have a dark smooth chocolate complexion
Jamaican men and foreign women
Jamaican men have a natural ability to meet and allure foreign women. They are very good at telling women what they want to hear, and they further capture a woman’s heart with their love-making skills. Many foreign women who visit Jamaica, or who meet a Jamaican man in America, often fall head over heals in love with the Jamaican man, his sexy ways, and his culture, very quickly and very easily.
Dating a Jamaican man – “Must Know” #2
How do Jamaican men treat women?
There is no definitive answer to this question. I cannot say ‘all Jamaican men treat all women in “such and such a manner” because that wouldn’t be accurate. However I can give you the break down of factors that can affect how a Jamaican treats a woman.
Does he respect the woman and her culture?
Does he see her as being better than him in some way?
Does he see her as someone who he would settle down with?
Does she understand his culture and his way of thinking?
Does he think she is beautiful?
Is he just using her?
A Jamaican man can treat one woman like Gold and another woman, well….not so great; it all depends on many factors, going on in his heart, his mind, and his motivations at the time.
Dating a Jamaican man – “Must Know” #3
Jamaican man dominates in the bedroom. Why?
If you are dating a Jamaican man and he dominates in the bedroom here are 2 reasons why he may be doing this…
He thinks it’s what you want
Many Jamaican men have a reputation of being great lovers. They are known to last long in the bedroom and have the right equipment to do the job. Jamaican men feel they must maintain their reputation and live up to the expectations you may have of him as a woman. So, if you are dating a Jamaican man and he is dominating you in the bedroom, it’s probably because he thinks it’s what you want.
Conditioned to be the best
There once was a time when it was a rare thing for a Jamaican man to date women who were not Jamaican. In other words the Jamaican man has been conditioned through his culture, that he should do a fantastic Job in the bedroom. Jamaicans are conditioned from they are very young to be the best in all that they do – no exceptions in the bedroom! To a Jamaican man, doing a good Job in the bedroom, means taking the dominant role – Nothing more, nothing less. Buy the book how to date a Jamaican Man. Click here to buy the e-book “Jamaican men” 21 things about dating a Jamaican man” (eBook)
Look, before I begin I want everyone reading this to know. I absolutely love Jamaica. I am a Canadian born woman, and my whole entire life and income, centers around Jamaican Culture, and Rastafari Culture. This list is meant to be fun and educational. Take it with a Grain of salt.
Everybody loves you
I am a woman, and I found every guy I met, was telling me how much he was in love with me. Over time I realized the men see you as more of an opportunity than anything else. Not saying a Jamaican man can’t fall in love with you, but beware, some may be just blowing smoke up your ass. And if you think the women are not doing it to the men, think again, because I am told that they are.
You might fall in love
I know this sounds weird considering the paragraph above, but its true. You might actually fall in love with one of those people who tell you that they love after only knowing you for one hour. Hmpf. Well can’t control the heart. Many women travel to Jamaica for vacation and come back with a heart full of love. Wont ask me why. Many its the sexy accent of the Jamaican man, I don’t know.
The Jamaican food is no good
I live in Toronto Canada (for now) and the Jamaican food here is off the chart! When I went to Jamaican in 2012 February, I was shocked to find the Jamaican food was not have as good as the Jamaican food in Toronto. It made no sense to me either. But the truth is the truth.
The Night Life is Great
The night life in Jamaica is outstanding. Well that’s just my opinion. I am Rastafari and love to listen to the sounds of Rasta Reggae music late into the night, especially on a Monday night when there is nothing to do. Where I am from, most partying begins on Thursday and ends Sunday. In Jamaica, it starts, Thursday and ends Tuesday.
There are no pay phones at the air port
This really irked me. I ended up coming back much earlier than I had expected. Let me tell you, not having a phone at that time was so difficult. I thought my funds in my account were frozen, and there was no payphone in sight at the Airport in Montego Bay to even call my bank and rectify the situation. Oh my goodness, I had to literally stop some guy and ask him to borrow his cell phone. How embarrassing Jamaica needs to change this swiftly. They know we are foreigners, they need to implement a phone just for us at the airport. Come on Jamaica you can do better than this. I felt so alone and confused. I’m hoping someone in Jamaica will see this and get right on it.
The Money May Confuse you
I believe the conversion rate is approximately 1 Canadian dollar to 10 Jamaican dollars. But this can get confusing very fast. Here is what else I know…
100 JAM = 1$ CAD
1000 JAM = 10$ CAD
10,000 JAM = 100$ CAD
The Jamaican men are very sexy
OK let’s be honest. Jamaican men have a reputation around the world.
1. for being very sexy
2. for being good lovers
Are these fact or myth? They are both Fact. The other thing you should know about Jamaican men is, they have been known to be a bag of trouble. I just wrote a blog post, describing how I was dumped out of the blue. Then this inspired me to write a blog post on my other blog, entitled “8 Reasons why Jamaican men cheat.” It seems now a days Jamaican men in Jamaica and abroad are leaving many women with broken hearts. Oh well, it’s not all that glitters is gold.
They are also known for being well “equipped” so to speak. Is this fact or fiction? I’ll let you find out on your own.
Don’t get too comfortable
When visiting Jamaica as a foreigner it is easy to get too comfortable. How? Well, Jamaicans do a good job of making you feel at home. The culture and ideologies are very similar to western culture and ideologies, and the people are very warm and inviting. You may find that you do not want to leave, once you actually travel there. I have heard horror stories of men and woman who got way to comfortable visiting Jamaica. Remember Jamaicans have a different mind-set and way of handling things. Don’t get too comfortable.
Advice for first timers traveling to Jamaica:
Make sure you have enough money
Don’t over spend
Get a cell phone as soon as possible
Don’t set your expectations too high regarding the food
Don’t take it seriously if a Jamaican man or woman tells you he/she loves you