Where I Belonged: What Is For You - Part 25 - Tale of a Jamaican-Canadian student in Jamaica for a one-year exchange program As could be expected, even though we'd talked, or pretended to talk, about the silence between us, that night made things no better. In fact, it made it worse. We went from being too quiet around each other to being incredibly fake and excessively chatty around each other. We would each babble away to each other daily about superficial things, like what we'd seen on television, what we'd eaten for meals, what pieces of gossip were going around campus. Not that we hadn't always talked about that stuff, but before, we'd also talk about our feelings, our thoughts, our emotions..
Jamaican Joke: Where is the Bus Going?
On a bus from Half Way Tree to Red Hills a girl sitting close to me phone rang, she answered, "Barry Honey, I'm in a bus going to Clarendon for the burial...
Dealing With Distance: What Is For You - Part 24 For the rest of the week, I couldn’t stop thinking about my future with Kevin. My remaining time in Jamaica was getting shorter and shorter, and I was dreading the moment when things ended between us. How was he going to end things with me? Would he act like nothing was wrong as he saw me off at the airport, then just never return my calls or emails? Would he sit me down one night and tell me that it had been fun but that it was over? And how would I react? Would I keep my cool, or would I cry and grovel like a fool?
Tears At A Wedding: What is For You - Part 23 The next afternoon, Kevin arrived to pick me up for his cousin’s wedding just seconds after I had finished doing my hair, my final step in getting ready. “You look great, as usual,” he greeted me with a kiss.
Jamaican Nicknames: The Twelve People You Meet On The Way Home from School
My school days at Alpha Academy were the most unforgettable because they were colored by some of the most interesting and memorable characters. On days when I had to stay back for extra –curricular activities , my friends and I would opt to walk home approximately four miles. If it was extremely late and about to get dark, we would take the bus home , however, this activity earned me the nick name of “Madeeks”…Why you may ask?
Duppy know who fi frighten
Memory: days of visiting country, rolling calf, and DUPPY! A brief memory of my journey to the country side from Kingston
Politricks: What Is For You - Part 22 Three weeks after the robbery, I was finally starting to feel less anxious and more like myself again. Miss Bettie’s words had struck a chord with me that evening. Jamaica was a rough place, a hard place, and I didn’t think it was a place that I could live in anymore, but it had still hurt me to hear her suggest I would forget all about it, just like it had hurt me when Adrianne said I wasn’t a Jamaican.
This Cursed Place: What Is For You - Part 21 Adrianne knew how stressed out I had been about the robbery, and how stressed I now was about the Colin phone fiasco, so in spite of being really busy with her internship, she took the time out to come visit me a few days later. I had been lying on my bed, wallowing, so I was delighted when I got the call from the gate saying that she was there. She could always cheer me up. “How yu look like that?” she asked me as soon as she saw me, screwing up her face.
“Is Tessanne Chin really Jamaican” - 5 Things to tell your Non-Jamaican Friends When They Ask
Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin has “wowed” the world, while “tearing” up the competition on The Voice. As a Jamaica living abroad your non-Jamaican friends and co-workers are now going to ask questions. It is the typical questions you hear when their perception of what a Jamaican should look like is challenged. Here are some examples of the questions your will be asked: “Tessanne Chin does not look Jamaican. Are there really Asians in Jamaica?” “Where did the Asians in Jamaica come from?” “Are there other Chinese entertainers in Jamaica?” “Why do you call Tessane a Chiney girl?”. Well we have prepared 5 great responses that will make this a teachable moment on Jamaica and our diversity.
Jamaican Street Dance History
Jamaica's street dance culture dates back to the late 50's early 60's. In anticipation of Jamaica gaining independence from Britain, the late 50's brought about a new found spirit of nationalism. Inspired by this, local jazz musician and pioneering producer "Coxsone" Dodd was driven to create a uniquely Jamaican dance sound. This music was called Ska and fused American jazz and R&B with Jamaican mento, and featured a strong bass and drum rhythm section, guitars, keyboards and brass. Rocksteady, and later, reggae eventually evolved from ska in the late 1960's.
Thea's Jamaican Childhood : Short Cut Draw Blood
Growing up in Jamaica as a youngster can be a wonderful experience yet challenging. Step into the lives of Mich and Nicky as they explore both the good, bad, and the ugly as two adventurous 11 year old girls. But their innocence was almost snatched away by a perverted man when the girls decided to take a short-cut home…Read on…
The Night Everything Changed: What Is For You - Part 20 “Hi! Where are you off to this evening?” asked Arlene from my doorway. She had just come home from visiting a friend on Irvine Hall and when passing my room, had been surprised to see me all dressed up and putting make-up on. I had told her earlier I had no Friday night plans since Kevin was studying and I wanted to take a break from doing work. “What hot date you and your man have tonight?”
Thea's Jamaican Childhood - Granny wid de magnet
RIP Granny Ivy (1919-2011) was a wonderful lady who was serious about her garden among other things. Take a brief path down memory lane of Sunday evenings of men playing soccer but not so easy if the ball landed in my grand-mother's garden...
Feeling At Home: What Is For You - Part 19 It seemed like the year was getting off to a good start for everybody in the romance department! Adrianne had met a guy at Kevin's party that she'd had some good dates with, and even Jomo and Arlene had started spending more time together recently. I was sure one of them would make a move soon enough.
Jamaican Joke: Old Age
During a visit to a Jamaican doctor, I asked him, "How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in an old-age home?"
Jamaican Joke: Him ago live long!
A group of Jamaican people were in church for a 10 o'clock funeral. Up till 2:30 di body hadn't arrive and mourners starts to vent their anger.
Romance All Round: What Is For You - Part 18
The ongoing story of Jamaican-Canadian, Nadiya Foster, and her year at UWI.
Top 12 Jamaican festival songs in the past 51 years
Jamaican festival songs can take many forms, from call to actions, celebration of Jamaica’s achievements, Jamaican culture, Jamaican food and current events. Going through the list of songs
and narrowing it down to 12 was a challenge for our editorial team. On this list, you'll find songs that we believe have a strong message celebrating Jamaica’s Independence. So here is our list top 12 Jamaican festival songs about our beautiful country...Jamaica.
Top 20 Names You Know Are Jamaican Men
If you live outside of Jamaica there are certain names you hear and you know that person has to be Jamaican or of Jamaican descent. We have compiled a list of the top names that probably says they are Jamaica or of Jamaican descent.
The Truth Comes Out: What Is For You - Part 17
The truth finally comes out in the ongoing saga of Nadiya Foster. “So here it is. Kevin and I have been best friends since we were little children, so he confides in me a lot of things that he wouldn’t tell to anybody else. And normally, I wouldn’t break his confidence but I think this is just getting ridiculous and you need to know.” She took a deep breath. “He really, really likes you, Nadiya. More than I’ve ever seen him like a girl before. That first time I met you, in the shoe store, and invited you to the beach?
4 Jamaican Jokes: "Blind man", "Mosquitoes", "Jamaican on the sun", and "Sugar FREE"
Some American soldiers were having a training session with some Jamaican soldiers at Twickenham park in St. Catherine. At the end of the day they all gathered in their tents to relax. However that wouldn't happen because the mosquitoes wouldn't give them a chance. They tried everything to get rid of the mosquitoes but all failed.
New Year's Eve: What Is For You - Part 16 When New Year's Eve rolled around, the day of the party, I started to get ready from early in the morning. My father had been baffled but I'd explained to him that going to a formal event, at least for women, was an all-day process. I went to the salon in the morning for a shampoo and blow-dry, a manicure and a pedicure. Adrianne and I had gone early hoping to avoid a crowd, but it seemed that every other female in Kingston had the same idea, and that we all shared the same salon. The place felt as crowded as a popular nightclub.
3 Jamaican Jokes: "A Slow Boat", "HiJack" and "Magic Trick"
One day, an ant, a butterfly and a snail were hungry and decided to run a boat. So ant said to butterfly,"go fly out some food dung a di shap nuh" butterfly said," mi too tired"
Pantomime: What Is For You - Part 15 by Aisha Scales The next week with my parents absolutely flew by. The three of us were constantly on the go, going from one end of Kingston to the other. We went to Lime Cay for a day and to Gloria’s in Port Royal for dinner, went up to campus to look at my parents’ old stomping grounds and my current ones, and visited what seemed like an endless number of family and friends. Mummy and I also found time to go shopping for my New Year’s Eve dress. The one we found was absolutely gorgeous and I couldn’t wait to wear it. I tried not to wonder what Kevin would think of it, and tried to ignore my mother’s incessant chatter in my ear after we'd bought it, telling me that he would surely leave his girlfriend to be with me once he saw me in it.
Christmas in Jamaica: What Is For You - Part 14 After we had finished our meals (and I had gotten my Devon Stout ice cream), we decided it was time to call it a night. My parents were exhausted; their long day had finally caught up with them and they were ready to get some sleep. Adrianne was the only one who still had energy, probably because of the invigoration of her announcement, and the positive reaction that I envied her for. She had one of her friends pick her up right from Devon House so that she could go out for a few more hours.
The Big Announcement: What Is For You - Part 13 For the rest of that night, I could barely contain myself. The upcoming dinner was the only thing that I could think about. I was dying to tell Adrianne what I was going to say the next night, but I stopped myself. No, it will be more fun if I tell everyone at once. They're all going to be so excited!
Jamaican Joke: Hair Cut
One day a florist goes to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he goes to pay the barber and the barber replies: I am sorry, I cannot accept money from you; I am doing a community service. The florist is happy and leaves the shop. The next morning when the barber goes to open his shop, there is a 'Thank You' card and a dozen roses waiting at his door.
Jamaican Joke: Horse named Holly
One night a man was was relaxing watching TVJ when out of the kitchen came his wife with a pan -BOOF!- "a who name Holly?" asked the wife. "Mi jus see a paper eena yuh pocket wid di name 'Holly' pon it, WHO IS SHE?".
Jamaica National Song - “I Pledge My Heart"
Growing up in Jamaica children had to learn the National Song for schools, “I Pledge My Heart". It would be sung at the beginning of the school day at devotions or before students when to class. In many cases the Jamaican Anthem was sung first and then the song “I Pledge My Heart".
Jamaican Joke: The Bank Loan
An Jamaican man walks into a bank in New York City and asks for the loan officer. He tells the loan officer that he is going to Jamaica on business for two weeks and needs to borrow $5,000.
Christmas Time Come: What Is For You - Part 12 Sunday morning, as I lay in bed, I thought back on the night before. Pretty good night overall, I thought with a grin. I had spent a lot of time with Gary, who fortunately hadn’t asked me any questions about Kevin, and had a good time with him, but eventually Kim and Arlene had dragged me away. While I was off with them, yet another guy, a very good-looking young businessman named Mark, had approached me. He was a recent grad of a university in Florida, and now had what sounded like a pretty high-powered job with one of the local rum companies.
Jamaican Joke: Round of Drinks at the Bar
A Jamaican guy walks into a bar and shouts, "When Mi drink, Everybadi drink!". Everybody is cheering him and applauding like crazy.
Guinep: What Is For You - Part 11 The next couple of weeks passed by fairly uneventfully for me. Omar and I went to the library together once to study, but that was the only time that we spent together in those two weeks. He’d called me asking to go out on various dates, for lunch, for dinner, to the movies, but I would always turn him down. After a few occasions like that, I could tell that he was gracefully taking the hint. He still called me often, just to chat, but he eventually stopped asking me to go out.
Still A Foreigner: What Is For You - Part 10
Part 10 of the ongoing tale of Jamaican-Canadian Nadiya Foster and her year at UWI...I lay around in bed for almost an hour after I woke up on Sunday, and probably would have stayed there even longer if Cassandra hadn’t come knocking on my door. “Good morning, sleepy head,” she said after I had opened the door to let her in. “Time to get up. Arlene and I are going to the library, yu wan’ come?”
Taming Celeste - Chapter 4 - J.L. Campbell
The police come to see Celeste to find out what she knows about the murder. She refuses to admit to knowing anything about the killer.
Sun, Sand and the Green-Eyed Monster: What Is For You - Part 9
Part 9 of the tale of Nadiya Foster, a Jamaican-Canadian student who heads back to UWI for a one-year exchange program at UWI.
Taming Celeste - Chapter 3 Mark stretched his legs, leaned against the seat and closed his eyes. He needed sleep. He had stayed up late last night ensuring that the list of car parts waiting at customs matched his order. He glanced around the stark waiting room and let his shoulders droop. Without knowing it, he had been a knot of worry as he waited to hear the outcome of Celeste’s procedure. A woman called his name. He looked up and the nurse’s uniform snapped him to full attention. He got to his feet. “Can I see Ms. Davies now?”
Air Jamaica Vintage & Nostalgia Photos
We have added over 20 photos of Air Jamaica's past to our Air Jamaica photo gallery. Check out these new Air Jamaica Vintage & Nostalgia Photos today.
Jamaican Joke: The Raffle A Jamaican moved to Barbados and bought a donkey from an old Barbadian (Bajan) farmer for$100.00. The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day. The next day, the Bajan farmer drove up and said, "Sorry, but....
Jamaican Joke: Working at the Zoo A Jamaican living in the States was down on his luck. Out of work and broke, he started going around to various companies in the city begging for a job, any job.Finally he got to the zoo. The zookeeper looked ...