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 know Rastafari is Forever growing. So I thought I would do a blog post just for the ladies. There are many women from all over the world who desire to embrace the Rastafari faith, but are unsure how to live as an Empress day-to-day.
There are some basic things you will need to know before I get into the specifics.
Rastafari is not a Religion – we do not speak of our faith as a Religion but more as a faith or way of life.
Rastafari is a spirituality of Royalty – We must carry our selves as Empress at all times. This means being a role model to our community and the younger ones around us at all times.
Rastafari is an awarenesss – If you are seeking a set of rituals to embrace, Rastafari is not for you. Rastafari is of the heart, an energy that is loving free-flowing, and values freedom, nature at all times.
How to be a Rastafari Empress
- Respect for your Kingman
- Clothing and Attire
- Respect for our temple
- Natural vs an Unnatural Appearance
- Embrace African Culture and Literature
- Adherence to the Principles and Beliefs of the Rastafari Livity
Dreadlocks are a symbol of Rastafari culture and adherence to the Rastafari livity. Rastafari women take special care to cover their locks when out in public. However we make the exception for Rastafari African or Caribbean events if we feel comfortable with out hair showing. To be a Rastafari Empress the dreadlocks are a must. This is how we set our selves apart from the people of Babylon, and represent Jah the creator the Most High who lives in all things, and knows all things. Dreadlocks as Rastafari Empress are a symbol of Love, creation, the First man and woman, Ethiopia and much more.
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- Rastafari Beliefs eBook
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Respect for your Kingman
As a Rastafari Empress Respect for your Rastaman is of the utmost importance. This means no yelling at your Kingman, or not letting him speak and say his peace. Also when in public a true Rastafari Empress will not disagree with her Kingman but only support him to show others that you are a loving and united front. Can you imagine Empress Menen disagreeing with King Selassie I in public. I think not. Treat your Kingman in the same manner. Always show your Kingman you will do whatever he asks of you because you love him in the same light that Jah loves him.
Clothing and Attire
A Rastafari Empress is always mindful of how she is dressing. She avoids clothing that is revealing, or too tight to the body. We are sure to cover our buttocks area, and not to wear shirts or dresses which accentuate the bust line. As spiritual Role Models of Royalty, a Rastafari Empress must dress modest yet Feminine at all times. Comfort is also a big priority for Empress, Rastafari Empress wear flat shoes, long skirts, and clothing that is versatile for both in and outdoor activities and includes the Rastafari colors of Red Yellow and Green.
Natural vs. Unnatural Appearance
Most Rastafari Empress choose not to wear makeup. If you are an Empress who chooses to wear makeup, be sure to choose colors that are natural and down to earth. This means no red lipstick, no eye shadow, and maybe eyeliner on very special occasions only. Rastafari Empress who are embracing the faith deep do not wear any Jewelry. However many Rastafari Empress do wear Jewelry but only of Natural fibres such as wood, or shell, we call this “Rasta jewelry.” As Empress we embrace a natural appearance to Salute the Most High and let our natural beauty shine out to the world.
Embrace African Culture
As a Rastafari Empress, one of your jobs is to Embrace African Culture, and to teach the Rastafari Livity to your children. We understand Rastafari is an awareness. We want our children to have the same wisdom and understanding as well. Things such as…
- Respect for other nations and cultures
- Keeping the commandments of Jah
- Clean and Righteous thinking
- That Jah the creator resides in all living things
- This is how a Rasta woman embraces the Rasta Way of Life
Keep the Principles of the Rastafari Livity
A Rastafari woman lives by all the principles of the Rastafari livity. There is no acceptation. Things like Avoiding Satan’s temptations, eating natural unprocessed foods, and putting Jah first in all things that we do. The Rastafari Livity is about living modest, Humble and loving. However there are times when an Empress must stand firm. We try our best to use love to make our point as much as possible.
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- Jamaica travel
- Travel to Jamaica
- What to know travel Jamaica
- Jamaican Currency Exchange
- jamaican men and women
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.
Jamaican Men and Women
Jamaican men and women, living in Jamaica, are sexier than you can imagine. It really
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.
Visit my other blog Jamaican Rastarfari blog to learn more.
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
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