Category Archives: Jamaica

Jamaican Street Art

Just sharing some eye-catching street art photographed during my street walks.Jerk shop sidewall

Mexican restaurant wall

The Boy brass sculpture

Art of History

Wall in Campus

British Flag

Bird Man

Jamaican Food

When in Jamaica, you’ve just got to eat Jamaican food!  Right?
Bearing in mind that Jamaica, like many other countries, was once under British rule we (an Australian & a Singaporean) decided to go local… and simply loved what we found and thus devoured.

Every Jamaican eats Patties ~ like Americans eating hamburgers ~ which is the equivalent of Pasties in Australia and Curry Puffs in Singapore. With locals’ suggestions, we headed for Juici Patties, a local franchise with a fascinating history.

Juici Patties' Conch soup & Beef patty

Juici Patties’ Conch soup & Beef patty ~ IMHO ~ Excellent!!

Then came my usual style of observation … local outlet with longest queue (line) has to be good, right?  So for lunch on our 2nd day, we stepped into a mom-n-pop store, listened and watch others, then ordered. Out we walked to the park with ~ Goat Curry and Tripe Curry, both came with salad and  “Rice and Peas” (the peas were red beans, almost like Pinto).

Goat Curry

Goat Curry

Tripe Curry

Tripe Curry

We were on a little bit of a gastronomic adventure so ~ why not?  😆

Our host was a little taken aback when she saw we were game at trying all kinds of local dishes so she introduced us to local vegetables (from her backyard) done local style. Local foodAckee, looks like a pluck & eat fruit BUT it’s actually toxic unless prepared and cooked properly… & strangely, it tastes really good with salted fish! See this link, if you’re curious.  It’s the first time I’ve ever heard of Bammy and Jamaican Dumpling too.

Continue reading

Jamaican Punny Bus Ad

Took another very interesting bus ride this morning – I love the local buses, they’re clean, nicely air-conditioned, full of very friendly and helpful people …

On the road again ...

On the road again …

When I got off the bus, crossed the road, looked back and stopped right on the median – I just had to pull out my camera to get this shot!

Ride

Yeah – Wickedest Ride indeed!!

Does this qualify to be in Cee’s Oddball Challenge?  I’ll leave that to Cee.  😀

Street scene @ The Parade Downtown, Jamaica

We took a bus ride with the locals and headed towards The Parade – the local market square and bus terminus of Downtown Kingston.

DSCF2880

I love this hat!!

1 of the main wholesale shop buildings

1 of the main wholesale shop buildings

Police cars are discreetly present.

Police cars are discreetly present.

Busy market place

Busy market place

Moving goods the old way

Moving goods the old way

Hatted shopper

Hatted shopper

Another hatted shopper

Another hatted shopper

Mother and daughter

Mother and daughter

No Messing Around (Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge)

When I saw this message today, on the walls of the bus terminus of ‘The Parade’ in downtown Kingston, Jamaica, I immediately thought of Cees’s Oddball Photo Challenge.  😀

Loud and clear message

Loud and clear message

Visiting the house of Bob Marley, the king of Reggae

Remember “One Love” and “I Shot the Sheriff“?

How can one be in Jamaica and not visit the Bob Marley house/museum? I just felt the pull when walking through his house, viewing his bedroom, his kitchen, his little recording room and his favorite denim shirt … feeling a “connection”, of sort.

There is much written about him but to see photos of him not usually seen is indeed an honor.

DSCF2843

Bob Marley and his family

DSCF2845

Bob Marley and his beautiful dreadlocks

DSCF2848

with his group

and in his backyard, it is the first time I am setting my eyes on a Marijuana plant.  Is that cool or what?!?!

a growing marijuana

a growing marijuana

 

 

Jamaica’s Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios literally means Eight Rivers (Spanish) is a touristy area in Jamaica, a 2-hour drive from Kingston, her capital. We got a free 2-hr ride from our host who was heading there on business.

We decided to skip the town and instead explore Dunn’s River Falls, which is actually a waterfall fed by spring water over uneven rocky terrain, flowing into the sea.

Upper level

Upper level

Fast flowing area

Fast flowing area

Fallen trees just blend in

Fallen trees just blend in

Mid-level

Mid-level with ginger plants growing on the banks

... where calcium carbonate rich water blends into the sea

… where calcium carbonate rich water blends into the sea

Cool fresh water crashes into the sea

Cool fresh water crashes onto the seabed

 

I decided to cross the Rio slowly & found the water very refreshing, almost like feet therapy.

One thing is for sure, the next time I head here I will bring a swimsuit!!

In Kingston, Jamaica

Cricket can be wicked!! (pardon the pun)
To catch the Australian cricket team playing against West Indies, hubby and I decided to make a trip to Jamaica.

Today, we joined the local cricket fans in Kingston and caught a bus on Old Hope Road

on bus 78

on bus 78

got to taxi corner along Camp Road and took a shared taxi to Sabina Stadium.

taxi sharing

taxi sharing

Sabina Stadium - Australia vs West Indies

Sabina Stadium – Australia vs West Indies

Scoreboard

Scoreboard

Continue reading