Destination Jamaica

The Beautiful Island of Jamaica in Style…Once You Go, You Know!

Special Report: Rachel Manley July 21, 2009

Lula Carter and Rachel Manley

Lula Carter and Rachel Manley

Rachel Manley is known not only for her poetry, but for her non-fiction trilogy about one of Jamaica’s most influential families-her own. Manley was born in Cornwell, England, on July 3, 1947.  She was the first child of Michael Manley and Jacqueline Kamelard Gill. Michael Manley was a charismatic man who served as Jamaica’s prime minister between 1972 and 1980, and then again between 1987 and 1992. Her  parents divorced when Manley was two, and she was sent to Jamaica to live with her grandparents at Drumblair, the family estate.

Michael Manley was married five times, providing Manley with several step-mothers and siblings. Her grandparents, who were prominent citizens and led extremely active public lives, managed to provided Manley with the only family stability she had while she was growing up. As she told Maclean’s, “They were all mine.” Forced to share her father with several different families and his demanding political career, Manley often felt very distant from him.

Books written by Rachel Manley on display

Books written by Rachel Manley on display

Manley’s grandfather, Norman Washington Manley, was the founder of the People’s National Party, and one of the key figures in the Jamaican struggle for independence. An athlete and a Rhodes Scholar, Norman was also a World War I hero. After the war, he returned to Jamaica to practice law. Rising to the post of Jamaica’s chief minister in 1955, he became prime minister when Jamaica gained full independence in 1962. Manley’s grandmother, Edna Swithbank, a well-known sculptor, was also a prominent figure in Jamaica’s culture life. Edna and Norman were first cousins, and this fact caused much public discussion. To make things even more complicated, Norman was from the “brown” side of the family, while Edna was from the “white” wide of the family, thus producing a mixed marriage. Adding to family turmoil was the fact that Norman’s cousin, Alexander Bustamante, led a rival political group, the Jamaican Labor Party.

My personal autographed copies of Rachel Manley books

My personal autographed copies of Rachel Manley books

For Manley, it was not easy to be part of a family that was under so much public scrutiny. Nevertheless, most house visitors were Norman’s supporters, friends of the family, or Edna’s fellow-artists. In 1969, when Manley was 22, Norman Manley died. Three years later, in 1972, Michael Manley was elected prime minister of Jamaica, a position that he held three times over the following twenty years. In 1975 Manley moved to Barbados, and eventually settled in Canada.

Although Manley always perceived her father as a distant, elusive figure, in the 1990’s she moved back to Jamaica to be at his side after he became terminally ill with cancer. She wrote in Slipstream, according to The Antigonish Review, “After a lifetime of chasing my father’s attention like a fleeting phantasm, I needed to be with him now.” When her father died in 1997, Manley was devastated.

Advertisements
 

Royal Decameron Club Caribbean July 20, 2009

Beach at Decameron Club Caribbean

Beach at Decameron Club Caribbean

 The Royal Decameron Club Caribbean is located in Runaway Bay, ninety minutes away from Montego Bay International Airport and three hours from Kingston International Airport.

The Royal Decameron Club Caribbean offers you a great variety of facilites and services, together with a beautiful sandy beach, fun sports and a great entertainment and activities program.

Jamine Delta Restaurant at Decameron Club Caribbean

Jamine Delta Restaurant at Decameron Club Caribbean

 This resort property is spread out over a beautiful stretch of coastline with lush gardens and two swimming pools, one exclusively for adults, and the other one for the whole family.

A large wooden jetty with bar offers an excellent place to sunbathe when not onthe beach.

Suites at Decameron Club Caribbean
Suites at Decameron Club Caribbean

Once on the beach, guests can enjoy free non-motorized watersports and a variety of activites set up daily by the activities staff. Club Caribbean’s three restaurants (two a la carte and one buffet) ensure an exquisite dining experience throughout your stay.

 

Swimming pool at Decameron Club Caribbean

Swimming pool at Decameron Club Caribbean

 Royal Decameron Club Caribbean offers 183 guestrooms with all the amenities and conveniences to make your vacation great. The resort has three distinct room types: cottage rooms, suites adn court yard rooms. Guestrooms can accommodate up to three adults or two adults with two child guests each, and feature either one queen-size bed or king bed (extra single beds available). All rooms have fully equipped bathroom, TV, air conditioning and telephone.

Cottages at Decameron Club Caribbean

Cottages at Decameron Club Caribbean

 Most rooms at Club Caribben are located in individual, private cottages spread throughout the property, some with ocean views and direct access from your front door.

Inside of a cottage at Decameron Club Caribbean

Inside of a cottage at Decameron Club Caribbean

 

Recipe: Red Pea Soup July 17, 2009

Filed under: Jamaica,Recipes — carter8613 @ 6:30 am
Tags: , , ,
Jamaican Red Pea Soup

Jamaican Red Pea Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 tins of canned kidney beans
  • 1 1/2 ltr of water
  • 2 regular onions
  • 2 scallion (spring onions may be used as a substitute)
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 tsp of dried thyme
  • 1 hot pepper (ideally scotch bonnet)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper (ground)
  • 1/2 lb potatoes
  • 1/2 lb yam
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk

Directions:

  • Place the beans including the water they are in, in a large saucepan and add the water
  • If you are adding meat you can add it at this point and let it simmer for one hour
  • Chop the hot pepper, potatoes, onions, scallion, yam and carrots into small pieces
  • Mix flour and pinch of salt with water until it has the consistency of dough
  • Pinch off a small amount of the dough and roll it in your hands to make a spinner
  • Add the spinner to the pot, repeat until you run out of dough
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and let it simmer for another hour

Serve in a bowl with some festival on the side.

 

Thursday’s Travel Special – 07/16/09 July 16, 2009

Sandals Dunns River Villaggio
Sandals Dunns River Villaggio

 SANDALS DUNN’S RIVER VILLAGGIO GOLF RESORT and SPA
Save Up To 50% per room
Book by  12/22/2009

Save 50% In Jamaica!
Stately elegance defines this Italian inspired resort. A porte-cochere leads into the breathtaking, new 2-story lobby highlighted by imposing columns and a grand staircase. Beyond all the formal embellishments, this garden paradise by the sea also has a playful side. Mix and mingle at an intimate swim-up pool bar, where footbridges reminiscent of Venice cross over a circular waterway. If the fairway is your preference, there’s a pitch and putt golf course located directly on the property.

Valid for Travel:  04/10/2009-12/26/2009  

Package Includes:

  • Round-trip midweek air to Jamaica (except on land only pacakge)
  • Transportation to and from hotel
  • Accommodations fro number of nights selected
  • All meals and beverages
  • Activities and non-motorized watersports
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

*unless otherwise noted, fares do not include all applicable taxes, charges and government fees.

Small sampling of the prices:

From New York/ Newark – 3 Nights – $849*

From Philadelphia – 3 Nights – $839*

From Boston – 3 Nights – $815*

From Miami – 3 Nights – $749*

From Los Angeles – 3 Nights – $949*

We have pricing from almost every gateway, so give us a call today at 888-213-7815 for more information or to book your getaway before the special ends.

Certified Sandals Specialist

Certified Sandals Specialist

 

Rootz Underground July 15, 2009

Filed under: Jamaica,Kingston,Reggae Music — carter8613 @ 5:30 am
Tags: , , , ,
Lula Carter promoting Jamaica at ReggaMuffin Festival in Long Beach CA

Lula Carter promoting Jamaica at ReggaMuffin Festival in Long Beach CA

Leon from Rootz Underground

Leon from Rootz Underground

Recently while promoting the Reggae Sumfest in Long Beach , California, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet some members of the Reggae group: Rootz Underground. I have to admit as much as I love Reggae music (I have more reggae on my IPOD than any other kind of music) I had missed learning about this wonderful group of young men.
Since I met them I have fell in love with their music and the message each one of their songs express to us.
I met three of the members but only had a chance to take pictures with two of them.
Charles from Rootz Underground

Charles from Rootz Underground

 

If you ever get the chance to see them perform live in your area, please don’t miss them, you will be glad that you didn’t!

Please take a moment to visit their website for more information about them and their wonderful music.

Rootz Undergroud is giving away free music downloads, click here

 

For more information about Rootz Underground, click here!

 

Much Respect!

 

Special Report: Gene Pearson, O.D. July 14, 2009

Filed under: Jamaica,Special Report — carter8613 @ 6:30 am
Sculptor Gene Pearson, O.D.

Sculptor Gene Pearson, O.D.

 Gene Pearson, O.D., born in 1946 in St. Catherine, Jamaica, is a 1965 graduate of the Jamaica School of Art (Now the Edna Manley School of Arts). He has taught at several high schools and the Jamaica School of Art; and exhibited widely in Jamaica and overseas including The Victoria and Albert Museum in London and UC Berkeley in Berkeley, California.

 

Lula Carter and Gene Pearson

Lula Carter and Gene Pearson

 

Art by Gene Pearson

Art by Gene Pearson

 Mr. Pearson’s work represents the highest ideals of Jamaican art. It is frequently presented as gifts by Jamaican Prime Ministers to visiting dignitaries, including Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela. His work appears on the Jamaican $1.40 stamp released on 26th April 1993 depicting “Jamaica Ceramics” from the Hardingham Collection.

Art by Gene Pearson

Art by Gene Pearson

 

Teapot by Gene Pearson

Teapot by Gene Pearson

 

Art by Gene Pearson

Art by Gene Pearson

 

Art by Gene Pearson

Art by Gene Pearson

 His work is presented in films such as “Trapper John M.D.”, publications and leading corporate and private collections internationally including the private collections of Celebrities such as Mr. Stevie Wonder, Musician; Ms. Diahann Carrol, American Actress of “Dynasty”; Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California; The late Ms. Roxy Roker of  “The Jeffersons”; Ms. Alice Walker, Author of the book and movie, “The Color Purple”; The later Ms. Madge Sinclair of “Trapper John M.D.”; Ms. tyne Daley of “Cagney & Lacey” and others.

Art by Gene Pearson

Art by Gene Pearson

 

The artist splits his time between his home in Jamaica, the Potter’s Studio in Berkeley, California, and visiting exhibitions in Dallas, New York, London, Miami, and California.

 

Recipe: Festival July 13, 2009

Filed under: Dining,Jamaica,Recipes — carter8613 @ 6:30 am
Tags: , , , ,
Jamaican Festival

Jamaican Festival

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 quart of vegetable oil for frying

 

Directions:

  • Mix dry ingredients together
  • Add water to make soft dough
  • Divide into 5×3 inch flat shape in long dumplings
  • Heat the oil to 350 degrees in a large saucepan
  • Fry the dumplings until golden all over, 2 to 3 minutes
  • Drain on paper towels and serve hot

 

I like these with my meals and solo, they are very good.