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Jamaica’s Best Beaches: A Book Cover and Update

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After a couple of weeks of silence on the blog, furiously working behind the scenes as well as taking a well deserved break: I’m thrilled to share the final cover for my upcoming travel guidebook on Jamaica!

My talented artist friend and fellow writer Candace Rose Rardon–who designed my blog header last year–sketched my wish into reality: a colorful drawing reflecting the fun, whimsical, laid back and “every ting criss” (everything all right) vibe that Jamaica exudes, luring millions of visitors to her shores every year.

The above sketch is also inspired in part by one of my photographs–among a handful of favorites I sent to Candace–of a fishing village in the >> Continue reading »

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Behind The Scenes: The Making of “One Patty, One Love” (Morning Calm/Korean Air Feature Article)

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“In Jamaica, we eat every part of the goat,” says Rudy, my driver. “You ever had Mannish wata? Same thing with the patty–the only thing left at the end is the bag.”

He raises the small, greasy brown paper bag he’s holding with one hand, while driving with the other. I notice his impeccable crunching technique as he tilts his head forward and sinks his teeth into a steaming hot beef patty. No crumbs scatter on his pants, unlike mine, and a swift bite at intervals causes the pastry crumbs to fall directly into the bag.

I smiled and felt some weight falling off my shoulders. Just an hour after landing in Jamaica, the patty sampling had begun and I had a patty-enthusiastic driver. But what Jamaican isn’t, when it comes to their favorite snack?

Still, the exhilaration and pressure of a tight deadline weighed on my mind. I had under a week to complete the task of researching, writing and shooting the story of the Jamaican patty–the shoot being just as important as the article and even more demanding. The following Friday, I had a flight to New Zealand to catch and there was no missing that.

After being assigned the feature on Monday, I booked my flight to Jamaica on Tuesday and landed at Sangster International on >> Continue reading »

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