Category Archives: Geneneral

Catching Up: Photography Development

Working a full-time job and pursuing a degree part-time doesn’t leave much room for spare time to do other activities. Spending the hours from 9am – 5pm at work six (6) days a week and then school 5pm – 9pm five (5) days a week is really taxing, but as the old Jamaican saying goes “Ef yuh waan good yuh nose haffi run”. (Translation: If you want good, your nose has to run. Meaning: To be successful you must work hard.)

Despite the scarcity of time, I do try to squeeze in some time for an activity that I really love; Photography. When I find the time I read through Facebook groups dedicated to photography, read content on websites dedicated to teaching various aspects photography, watch YouTube and other instructional videos. From time to time I seek to put the information I have consumed into practise, by going out and shooting, engaging in trial and error, seeking to create images that are visually pleasing. Read the rest of this entry

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Catching Up – EduCom Credit Union and My Education

When I started my second year of studies at Excelsior Community College in the Management Information Systems programme, I realized that I wouldn’t be able to fund the remaining 2 years out-of-pocket. I started checking around for possible options that I could employ to aid in ensuring that I stayed on track to completing my degree.

Most of the scholarships I found were not general offerings, but scholarships directed to students of specific institutions. My institution was not on those lists. After some time spent researching I realized that my only option would have been to get an education loan. Based on advice from others I learned that credit unions offered better rates on loans, compared to other financial institutions. As I was working in the education sector at the time, I looked into AAMM Co-operative Credit Union (now merged with UWI Co-operative Credit Union to form EduCom Co-operative Credit Union), who offers services to faculty and staff of educational institutions. Read the rest of this entry

Catching UP – The Upcoming Series

Hi There!

It’s been quite a while since I have made a blog post. Really having a difficulty spreading my time across work, school (it being my final year), photography and others. A lot has occurred over the past 8 months and I will seek to give an update on these over a series of posts.

Stay tuned!

Part 1 – Catching Up – EduCom Credit Union and My Education
Part 2 – Catching Up – Photography Development

The Power of Wind

Close up view of turbine propellor

Only a few days ago, the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) announced that customers will see a 4.35% increase in their electricity bills this month. The high cost of oil used to generate electricity is cited as the need for the increase. Though 4.35% increase might sound a lot, the JPS says that the actual charge should have been 10%. The intention to only apply the 4.35% increase has been communicated to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) with the remaining 5.65% scheduled to be recovered when oil prices start to trend downward. [Source: IrieFM] Read the rest of this entry

Happy New Year

An Unexpected Kindness

I witnessed an unexpected act of kindness and compassion which in its simplicity, brought on a smile not only facially but in the heart.

On my commute from work to school, there I stood, as the bus travelled along picking up passengers. On came a gentleman with his child in hand sleeping on his shoulders, holding a bag in the other hand. He fought valiantly as he tried to maintain balance in the moving vehicle.

Immediately a fairly young rastafarian man beckoned to the father, offering up his seat.

Now you see why I said unexpected.

Chivalry is an almost extinct trait among the younger generation, compounded with a society that is extremely homophobic. To see a man giving up his seat to another man under any circumstance is rather surprising. This however highlighted the fact that all is not lost for the males of Jamaica.

Jamaican Creative Art

Multiple Art Work

Multiple Art Work

On the last weekend of July I ventured with family and friends to the garden parish of St. Ann. My family had come to Jamaica on a not so joyous occasion but we made sure that before they left they actually got to enjoy a portion of their trip. So all roads led to Dunn’s River Falls.

Along the journey we stopped in the Fern Gully to look at and purchase a few memorabilia for the visitors especially the really excited Sara.

Sara was really excited mainly by the unusual art works done by carvers that were on display at the craft shops in the Fern Gully. You will see and the ladies will clearly understand why she was so excited when you view the photos below.

Jamaica has a lot of extremely talented people. Anything they can visualize they will bring to physical form.

On arrival at Dunn’s River Falls we were greeted with more creative art work showcasing just how awesome our people are. Enjoy the rest of the photos and be sure to add the Fern Gully and Dunn’s River Falls to your list of vacation destinations if you haven’t visit them as yet.

Tek bad sinting mek laugh

There is an old Jamaican saying: “Tek bad sinting mek  laugh”. In the book “More Jamaica Old-Time Sayings” by Edna Bennet, translates to an advice to keep good humor in the face of adversity. In finding something to smile or laugh about while going through a bad situation it helps to reduce the amount of stress brought on by that situation.

Two (2) weeks ago a flooding incident occurred in a community in Kingston, Jamaica due to the construction work being carried out on a bridge. A CVM Television Camera man was on the scene and interviewed one of the victims of the incident, Rosie, who gave a very animated and dramatic account of what took place and the damages that resulted from the flooding. See immediate video below.

Interview

Following the airing of the interview on the news a popular video mixer, DJ Powa, decided to apply the old Jamaican saying and created two (2) video mixes. What resulted was a very entertaining spin on a really serious situation which has helped to further bring attention to what took place in the community as well as brought attention to Rosie who has since been approached by the comedians Ity and Fancy Cat who have a weekly show on Television Jamaica, to do an add for their show. Check out the videos below and enjoy. The next time you are in a bad situation try look beyond the negative aspect of it and “Tek bad sinting mek laugh”.

Call di Contracta – DJ Powa

Wi Waan Know How (Contracta Part 2) – DJ Powa

Rosie’s Ity and Fancy Cat show Ad

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