Moving Back to Jamaica

A blog about my Move Back to Jamaica after 20+ years of living in the US. Most of the articles focus on the period from 2005-2009 when the transition was new, and at it's most challenging.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Rain Part 2

We have had a very long rainy season this year, and we are still getting heavy rain at least 5 days each week.

The dampness in the air has been causing black clothes to get a green mould, which I imagine that anyone living outside Florida might not quite appreciate.

There apparently is not a reliable way to stop it, other than to keep the house under full air-conditioning. 

The dry-cleaners must be loving this...

On the positive side. the temperature have been in the low 70's in  the morning, and it feels as if Christmas breeze has come early this year.  My wife hsa been telling me she's cold, but it seems like something has happened to her blood as I was the one dying during visits to DC in the winter when she thought it was just perfect.


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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Proof-Reader Wanted (Volunteer)

My other active blog, Chroncles from a Caribbean Cubicle, just underwent a thorough spell-check by an accomplished writer, and she did an excellent job.

I am looking for someone to do the same for Moving Back to Jamaica -- this blog.

If you are interested, and have some basic computer knowledge and love to edit, this is an opportunity to make a contribution to the blog.

Do let me know, by sending email to


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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Francis' Company Roundup

I am putting in a new periodic post, after tiring of cross-posting from my company blog, ezines and website.

From the Framework website:

Podcast/audio interview with Roger Bell, GM of Confectionery Foods and Snacks, a Trinidadian working in Jamaica and his success strategies.

Latest issue of FirstCuts ezine, entitled: The Problem of Caribbean Time, on the difficulty we regional professionals have with managing time.

FirstCuts16 as a podcast, read by me, in this my first attempt.

One Page Digest Issues 1-26: The Digest is a summary of links that are useful for Caribbean executives.

Link to Open Jobs: Warning -- most are volunteer positions!

Publications in the Trinidad Newsday newspaper: On the topic of Trinidadian Execs Getting into Trouble in Jamaica

From the Chronicles from a Caribbean Cubicle blog:

HRMATT Conference Slides and Audio Podcast: Presentation on the Trinidadian Executive in Jamaica

TV/Radio Interview prior to HRMATT Conference: On Channel 6, CNMG
The next update should be shorter as I tried to capture everything of note that has happened since October.


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Friday, November 23, 2007

Norman Mailer Quote

Norman Mailer is credited with saying; "Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit."

This is a brilliant way to describe a move to live in Jamaica.

I have been listening to the book The 4 Hour Work Week, and the author , Tim Ferris, advocates a life in which one travels to spend time in the countries of ones' choice, and he makes the point that we should think about loving the life we want now, rather than much later.

His book describes a plan for how to live that life, step by step.

Of course, a Jamaican looking to return home could pick up and use a lot of what is in that book, and I recognize some of the moves I made in my move back home in the steps that he took to unplug himself from the corporate world.

He also talks about the rapid expansion of mind and spirit that comes from extended travel, and from spending time in a new country.  He contrasts that with the Kamikaze vacations that most people are forced to take in the 2 weeks they get each year.  Many Jamaicans returning home for Christmas in a few weeks will be taking such trips.

Some will take off from Norman Manley like I used to do after Christmas and as the plane circles over the mountains they'll feel a lump in their throat, and a tear will fall down their cheek as they leave their true homes.

A small number will have the courage to do what Ferris says, and realign their lives with their values.  Instead,  most will take the path of least resistance, and overrule their hearts with logic, and tell themselves that they can never return.

A small number will take a step to grow into more, and live a little more, and find a way to put themselves on a path to return home.


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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Leaving in a Huff

It is a very tricky thing to discourage someone from migrating from Jamaica.

While the tangible pros and cons are apparent, I think that it is a mistake to leave under certain circumstances, and the kind of attitude that will only cause trouble in a new country.

I think it is a mistake to leave Jamaica because one feels disgusted, saddened or angry at "the state of affairs."

Why so?

From what I can tell of my 20+ years in the US, there is plenty in that country to feel disgusted, saddened and angry about. And I think this is true of any country that one might migrate to.

The problem is that these negative emotions can easily cloud one's judgement, to the point where everything starts to look bleak. There are many people who live in the US who have never lived elsewhere who say they would love to live elsewhere, because they have the same feelings towards their country.

The problem is that someone who migrates with these negative feelings may very well discover that the cause of them is not Jamaica. They might also find that there are many things that people in the US complain about, and a lot that can make them unhappy if they want.

The point is simple -- migrating with these feelings can lead to them showing up again at some point after the move to the new country has gone through its honeymoon stage. Its better to work on those feelings before leaving, than after.


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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Alert to all snack lovers

On my recent trip to Trinidad I found a gem:  DD's Garlic, Pepper Cashews.

This mouth-watering snack comes in a plastic bottle the size of a wine-botte.  It cannot be found in stores.

Apparently, DD makes just enough to satisfy the cravings of a select few.

A friend of mine, who buys them by the case, graciously parted with 2 bottles that I brought back home and tried to nurse.

One went to my father, and I kept one to try to save it, savour it and store it for as long as I could.  It lasted a few short days, while I verified that it is a top notch product, and that it was a mistake to bring back only one bottle formyself.

It is ridicously addictive, and VERY hard to stop eating.  Something about the way the smell of roasted garlic combines with the slight peppery taste hits the palate in just the right way.

As I said, don't look for it in Trinidadian stores or on the internet.  DD is keeping things under wraps. 

Instead, ask around until you find someone in the know and beg them to "set you up, nah?"  Maybe they'll consider you worthy of a bottle, and if they do... I told you...!


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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

3 newspapers with 80 pages each

Trinidad has 3 daily newspapers, each of which have 80 or so tabloid size pages.

They also have some 11 TV stations and countless radio stations.

By contrast, here in Jamaica we have 2 newspapers of about half the size each, and 5-7 television stations (most of which only play music.)

Their progress has vaulted them past Jamaica in these very visible terms (in addition to the traffice and construction.)

With regards to the newspapers, it's not that there is more news in Trinidad to report... the many extra pages are made up of advertisements of all kinds.

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Fixing the Roads

I'm not too sure if we are supposed to be doing this, but my cycling club is going to help out the authorities by fixing the roads.

I won't say which roads we are going to fix -- as I'm not sure if we are even supposed to be doing this... but the potholes are killing us as we try to do our thing several times a week, at 4:00 am or so in the morning.

Not to say that we are doing something illegal, but we are in a position to help, so we will.  When the job is done, several cavernous potholes will be repaired temporarily, waiting for permanent repairs that hopefully will come before the hurricane season starts afresh next year.

It's one of those moments when you stop waiting for something to happen, and you make something happen -- in the same way that many people in Jamaica do from time to time.  Right outside my gate, someone did the same and covered a massive and growing hole with cement.

Unfortunately, the rains opened it back up, so it is once again growing.

While the rains have rendered the flora beautiful, they have made a real mess of the roads in Jamaica, especially when we get a lot of "Man Rain" all at once.


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Friday, November 16, 2007

C&W Back on

Well, good things eventually happen if you wait long enough.

C&W finally came through a few days ago and sent someone to fix our home phone. Along with it returned reliable DSL access.

On Aug 19th it went out with Hurricane Dean, to finally return on November 9th.

I was in a cussing mood until the technician told me that thousands were still waiting for phone service, and that the daily rains had only made things worse. It calmed me down a little bit as I realised how fortunate I am to get my service back.


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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Podcast Interview with a Trini in Jamaica --Roger Bell

Roger Bell is a survivor!  He came to Jamaica from Trinidad to lead a Jamaican company -- on his first visit to the island.

He has a lot to teach executives about how to trive in Jamaica, and in fact something to share with everyone who moves to work in Jamaica.

In this podcast, I interviewed Roger in his offices in Spnish Town and he shares some of what he learned in his personal crash programme.

To listen to the podcase, visit this link.

To receive other information on Trinidadian Executives in Jamaica, send email to

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Coming Back for the Right Reasons

At various points on this blog, I have talked about my reasons for coming back to Jamaica.

One reason is that I wanted to be closer to my parents -- within driving range rather than calling range or internet range.

A few weeks ago my father-in-law passed away suddenly.  He was 90, so it was not altogether unexpected, but I had seen him in Trinidad only a few days before, and spent the night with him, so it was a bit of a shock.

I had a feeling of gratitude for my return to live in Jamaica 2 years ago, because I would not have gotten to know him if I had remained in New Jersey, or even in Miami. 

As I watch my own parents get older, I am even more happy to be here, as the comforts of living in the US are outweighed by the benefits of being close to family.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Buying it NOW

Moving Back to Jamaica has meant giving up a finely honed sense of needing to buy something NOW.

When I travel back to the U.S. I am blown away by how often the message is beamed at me to "BUY NOW, OR ELSE."

It is a steady drum-beat that fills the ear, and something I never noticed before leaving to live in Jamaica.  It seemed comforting to know that I could need something, and within thirty minutes I could satisfy the urge to possess it with a short trip to a mega store of some kind.

Here in Jamaica, however, things don't quite work like that.

Instead, there is an instant realization that the thing that's wanted is probably not available on  the island, and if it is available then a premium will be paid for it.  This gives one pause for thought.

If the decision is affirmative, then I have to deal with the difficulty of buying it in Kingston -- traffic, stock-outs and poor service.  If it must be ordered from abroad, there is the 2-3 week delay that must be endured, plus the capricious customs duties and shipping fees that must be added on top.

This all takes away that rush I would feel to acquire that gadget quickly, and lends itself to a lot more "sleeping on it."

Unfortunately, I am now "sleeping on" quite a few purchase decisions.  For my cycling alone, I need a helmet, pair of shorts, speedometer, MTB shoes, tire and new bottom bracket.

(Looks like my Christmas list has been decided, actually!)

So, I don't miss the rush of needing and buying something immediately.  I now find it a plus to not be able to give in to that feeling -- a plus to being back home in Jamaica

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Taking Advantage of Ignorance

It hurts me to say the truth -- those of us in Jamaica who are educated and employed benefit from those who aren't.

Coming home to Jamaica has meant many things, including a certain distance from doing housework, cooking and household chores.

My helper, who works very hard in the 1.5 days per week she spends with us, earns approximately US$25 per day. In Florida, I paid about twice that amount. In other words, the time she spends to clean or cook is well worth the price I pay.

Anyone coming back to Jamaica knows this fact, and is counting it into their expectation of the benefits of moving back home to live. Expats might be surprised, but Jamaicans living abroad are certainly thinking about it as they clean their houses, do all their chores and cook every day -- all after a day at the office, and a long drive home on I-95.

They come home on vacation and see how their friends live, and know that they cannot afford to live that way abroad.

However, there is a cost to pay.

Low wages for household help is partly a result of a poor economy and a bad education system that excludes thousands. Jamaicans on the fringes are forced into taking low-paying jobs, begging or crime, out of sheer desperation.

It feels good to know that labour is cheap (this said as an employer.) It's not so good to be asked over and over again if we have any day's work by someone who looks able, but is unlucky, and probably has other mouths to feed.

People go hungry at night, unable to satisfy their own hunger and that of others in their families. They boil tea, fix coffee or mix weak soups in order to stave off real stomach pangs. It also doesn't feel good when they join criminal gangs and terrorise their own poor communities. The inescapable truth is that those of us who are able, and privileged benefit from poverty, but we also suffer from it.

I remember visiting Hawaii once, and seeing field after field of pineapples being grown. As I drove around, I longed to see someone in a simple stall selling the local fruit, and hoped that I could taste one ripened in the sun to compare it with the pineapples we get back in Jamaica. After a week I never saw a single person selling a single fruit on the side of the road.

I saw LOTS of McDonald's, Burger Kings and Wendy's, however. The only pineapple I tasted was from a grocery store, with a Dole sticker on its side, tasting exactly like the bland fruit I was buying at the time in the middle of January back in New Jersey. In Jamaica, this would be unthinkable.

We have a veritable buffet of food for sale on the side of the road, with different districts well known for the kind of food that can be bought. Driving around the entire island is like driving around a large city with choices of the freshest foods and fruits abounding.

Unfortunately, truth be told, the food is available and sold this way because of poverty, and lack of education. Hawaii, with its first world standards, has no need for anyone to set up a stall made of cast away wooden planks in order to sell the guavas they found yesterday deep in the bush. Whether Hawaiians and its visitors are better off with their state of affairs than we are here in Jamaica is another matter... It's hard to know how to think about all this.

By contrast, Trinidad is making a rapid transition due to the bounty that is coming its way due to its oil revenues. It is at full employment, and everyone who wants a job can find one easily. Stores all have signs asking for help -- even gas stations.

On the other hand, kidnappings are a feature of their oil boom -- the greed for instant cash.

So is unbelievable volumes of traffic on their very narrow roads. So is corruption, as a lot of money chases after few suppliers. Inflation has been rising as a result.

Whereas their economy looked a lot like Jamaica's did ten years ago when I first visited, they have leapfrogged our economy and are visibly expanding with no less than seven buildings over 10 stories under construction in downtown Port of Spain. Their property prices have sky-rocketed, as the demand has far outstripped the supply.

If we in Jamaica were to find a way to grow our economy that quickly, it would be years before it reached our citizens with their low literacy rates and, low productivity. To be sure, gone would be some of the things that we Jamaicans like about Jamaica, and we would rapidly head the way of Trinidad and ultimately Hawaii.

While it wouldn't be the Jamaica we know, it would put more food into people's stomaches, better health in their bodies and more information in their heads. It may also mean less drum-pan chicken, and more KFC, more store bought shrimp, and no Middle Quarters bag shrimp, packaged yam in Hi-Lo versus roast yam in Mandeville, and "Boston-style"Jerk Pork" in restaurants, but no actual jerk anything in Boston itself.

I, frankly, found myself detesting the fact that traditional Hawaiian food and native fruits were almost impossible to find.

Is there a way that we in Jamaica can retain our Jamaican-ness, while still giving all of our people a shot at a decent life?

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Monday, November 12, 2007

I just tried one of the most informative websites I have ever come across and got some good news.

The site is, and it takes visitor through a series of questions about one's vital stats -- age, height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, eating habits, exercise habits and so on, and then computes your "RealAge" which is the actual age your body seems to be operating at.

The happy news is that I came out 8 years younger than my calendar age, or in other words I have the body of a 33 year old.

I felt goooood!

It also told me how I could lower the number even further, in some detail, by changing my diet and some of my personal habits (flossing every day, for example.)

Strangely enough, it also told me to exercise less than my usual -- 6 days a week for 1.5 hours -- because studies showed that to much exercise is not good for me...  I plan to ignore that advice.

I recommend the site heartily -- it is the first I have ever seen that is so comprehensive and immediately useful on the topic of one's health and habits.

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Kinds of Rain and Seasons

In Jamaica we have Man rain, Woman rain, and Pickney rain.

And recently we have been having a _lot_ of it.

The result?  Cool temperatures, yawning potholes, brownish water from the taps, watery fruits and vegetables and a damn good reason to complain about unrelenting and inexplicable water lock-offs.

Yet, it's nice to imagine that this is an early taste of Christmas breeze, which is a welcome sign that this very tough year is coming to a close.

And soon enough, the harsh and loud Man rain will pass away until next near, to be replaced by mostly Pickney rain, with a little Woman rain now and again.  This is a good thing, because with all the Man rain has come destruction and dislocation.

Pickney rain means that parties and social gatherings can go ahead without the fear of being totally wahed out, which is a must for our outdoor Christmas events.  To every season must come a different kindof rain, and we are due for a change.

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Wow - talk about Irony

Recently I heard that the recent forest fires in California are actually man made.

Not in the sense that someone actually set the fires, but in the sense that past attempts to our forest fires as soon as they were discovered prevented much of he brush from being removed.

The net effect of all that brush lying around, drying out and becoming better, improved fuel is that fires once started become unstoppable.

In this sense, the fires are encouraged by man's activity to prevent fires.

Ironic, isn't it?

It makes me wonder what other problems we are creating for ourselves that we can't even see right now.

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Deportees and Moving Back

I was sent the following letter to the editor and felt compelled to publish it:

Dear Reader,

Until a month ago, I never gave much thought to the problem of deportees. Although a good friend of mine had gone out of her way to reach out to them and to spend a significant amount of her own money to do so, the issue had for some time been tucked away somewhere in the back of my consciousness. That was up until four weeks ago, when one of my best friends arrived in Jamaica to waylay her son who is in the process of being deported

My friend, suffering from acute arthritis, which makes it difficult for her to walk and to use her arms, spent two weeks in my home waiting to see her son whom she had not laid eyes on for over a year. After two anxious weeks, and having incurred the expense of an airline ticket, she packed her bags as I watched, and left for the United States. The last thing she said to me was, "Betty, could you please pray for him to come home safely." She left, without seeing her son. The deportee plane had not come when she thought it would. She was heartbroken, and I could see it.

That was what led to the process of my education about the phenomenon of deportation, and to the access I have been afforded to meet some of the young men we call deportees. I felt compelled to write a part of their story.

It was while my friend was with me that I met John (not his right name). In fact, my reluctance to use the young man's name, even his first name, speaks to the problem deportees experience in having to live "incognito" in order to survive.
When I met John, I knew that I was not looking into the face of a deportee - I was looking into the face of a human being. He was well-dressed, and his handsome looks and lean physique made it impossible for anyone to know that he is a deportee. But it was his gentle voice and kind manner that captured my attention. John was one of eight young men, including my friend's son, who had been convicted for drug trafficking, and sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment. He was only 19 years old when he was arrested.

"I made a bad mistake as a young man", John admitted to me, "and I understood that I had to pay for it." John served 19 years and a few months of a 20-year sentence. He is now 39 years old. He had migrated to the United States when he was 16 years of age. That meant that when he landed in Jamaica and walked off as a free man, he had only seen the outside world for three years since adolescence.

"I must have moved about 20 times within the US federal prison system," he recalled. "The first one was a maximum security facility, and then over the years, they move you to downgraded prisons. It was when I got to one of the minimum security prisons, where I spent seven years, that I found myself reunited with several of my co-defendants. It became a little easier after that."

"We all bonded and stuck together as Jamaicans. We looked out for each other, and spent every moment we got trying to get information on Jamaica. Although we all learned how to use the computer, we had no access to the Internet of course, so we had to rely on Jamaican newspapers that were sent to us by our families, to get the news of what was happening back home."

One of John's fellow inmates told me that he literally 'studied' the Observer every time he got a copy, so much so that when he arrived in Jamaica, he knew all the current events, including the names of ministers of government. I laughed when he told me that while applying for a job, he helped Jamaicans living here answer questions about Jamaica on their application forms that they didn't know.

"I made up my mind half-way through my imprisonment that I wanted to come back home and contribute to Jamaica," said John. "Not all deportees want to come back home. Some of them stay in the Immigration Detention Centre and fight the legal deportation battle for years. Many of them are afraid to come home because of the crime situation we would read about in the newspapers.

"Everyone of us who decided to come home, talked in prison about starting our own business when we got back to Jamaica. In fact, many deportees now have small businesses already. Mrs Blaine, you would be surprised to know how many deportees are sitting in big positions in this country and doing very well for themselves.

"People think that all deportees are bad people," John continued. "There are basically three types of deportees. One set decides from before they leave prison that they are not staying in Jamaica because it is too hard, and in no time after landing in Jamaica you hear that they are gone to England, Canada or back to the United States. The second set are like me and my friends who decided long ago that we wanted to come home and help build Jamaica. Then, there is the third set who come back and fall into trouble, but those are in the minority, and those are the ones who land back into the communities where they were connected to criminal activities before they left Jamaica.

"The other thing that Jamaicans don't know is that there are middle-class and rich people's children who are also deported. It's not just the poor. In prison, there are Jamaicans from all walks of life - college students, professionals, everybody - and the brilliance and skills they have are amazing."

"What's the most difficult part of being deported?" I asked, "Leaving my family behind," John replied with sadness in his voice. Almost all of the deportees have mothers who live outside of Jamaica, and while the ones I met get help from them, these are men physically separated from their mothers.

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Caribbean Duets

I am flying into Trinidad for a funeral of all things, listening to the Machel Montano Road March winning song from 2006. It's called "Band of the Year" and it's sung with Patrice Roberts.

As the song, which I have not heard in some time played, I felt that familiar feeling of Carnival entering my bones.

I missed Carnival last year, and the boost that it gives me each year. As the song played, I felt that happiness that is conveyed with soca music, the optimism, the the love of life, the fun that comes with jumping with others to the same music... there is nothing like it.

It feels child-like, but not in the sense of it being infantile. Instead, it reminds me of running in the rain, splashing through puddles, lying in lush green grass, and feeling the sun on your back... all things that we adults stray away from.

Trinidad Carnival is a time to return to that simple fun we used to have as kids, and doing it with thousands of others makes it all the more potent.

It is the perfect counterpoint to daily Jamaican life, which is built on a kind of seriousness that is the cause, rather than the result, of much of our poverty of the pocket and of the heart. (On the other hand, I would want a Jamaican in my foxhole when things DO get serious over any other kind of people, but that's a topic for another post.)

All that the say that I can't wait for Carnival next year.

One a separate note, I do enjoy reggae and soca duets, in which a rough male voice is balanced with a sweet feminine voice. During Machel's song I realized that I have always loved these songs without realizing that there was a common thread.

Here are the ones I can recall:

Action by Nadine Sutherland and Terror Fabulous

Fire Burning -- Marcia Griffiths and... ?

Light It Up, Band of the Year -- Machel Montano and Patric Roberts

Get on Bad --Bunji Garlan and Anika Bostic

Buji Garlan and Patrice Roberts - Signal / Whisky

Bunji and Patrice Roberts - Stomping Ground

Get Busy -- Sean Paul and Sasha

Baby Boy -- Sean Paul and Beyonce

Loti La -- Sonny Mann and Denise Belfon (maybe the roles are reversed on this one)

Remember - Alicia Keys and Baby Cham

Any others?

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Jurassic Park in Jamaica

I know plenty, plenty "big man and big woman" who will never move back to Jamaica because of the lizard situation.

In other words, dem 'fraid.

Upon moving to a new place in January, we found that a monster-sized lizard (by my standards) had been living outside the window of the office. As you can see from the picture of him posed beside a 12 inch ruler, he is thick and long and fat.

He's just big enough to keep a few thousand Jamaicans from ever moving home permanently.

(If you want a really good scare, click on the picture to see the speckles, red eyes and steady stare.)


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What Other Cultures Eat in a Week

One week's food for some different cultures

Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07

United States: The Revis family of North Carolina
Food expenditure for one week: $341.98

: The Ukita family of Kodaira City
Food expenditure for one week: 37,699 Yen or $317.25

Italy: The Manzo family of Sicily
Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11

Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09

Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna
Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27


Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo
Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyp tian Pounds or $68.53

Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55

Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03

Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp
Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23

Source: Random email sent by a friend

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Getting on the Voter's List

An easy way to begin to reclaim one's Jamaican-ness on the way to a full return is to be enumerated, and to be placed on the Voter's List.

The process is fairly simple, and can be achieved during time spent in Jamaica. The important fact to prove is that the place of residence is indeed a current residence, as the Electoral Commission sends a staff member to verify that the abode is legitimate.

In my case, I merely drove the verifier to my place, showed them that I could gain access and obviously lived there, and drove them back to the office.

This action is important because the Voter's ID and Driver's License are the only two pieces of identification that can be used to demonstrate that a Jamaican is actually resident on the island. Some hotels will only accept these two pieces of ID's as proof of Jamaican residency.

There are rumours of a government ID given by some government body that remains to be verified, as I have only read about its existence.


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Friday, November 02, 2007

Drivers Licenses in South Africa

Sometimes it's funny to hear how hard things are in another country, to appreciate that we in Jamaica are not so bad after all.

Recently  I described in detail the process of obtaining a Jamaican drivers license, when one has a license from another country.

Here is a not-so-funny account of what it's like to obtain a South African license for the first time.  It made me glad for the fairly simple process we have in Jamaica.

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

A Young Jamaican MBA Student in Tallahassee writes...

Over in my business blog, Chronicles from a Caribbean Cubicle, I have an interesting development.

A smart, young MBA student has joined our "staff" of writers as a Contributing Business Writer... Check out this link to see part 1 of her series on Young Future Business Leaders in the Caribbean.

Perhaps her being Jamaican is the critical detail not to be overlooked...

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