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            [post_content] => It is common to hear about the more popular Caribbean islands such as Jamaica, Trinidad, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba and others. But there are so many other gems out there in the Caribbean Sea that we don’t hear or know that much about. So it’s time for a quick geography lesson. Let's explore a few of these islands. Though these islands are not independent,  they are still rich with island culture, flavor and music.

Saint. Martin and Sint Maarten

Most may not realize that this French and Dutch island consists of two separate countries, the North (Saint Martin) an extension of France and the south (Sint Maarten) which falls under the Dutch Kingdom. Known as the friendly island, there is no visible border to separate north from south and residents and their goods can travel to the other side and back freely. A great picture of harmony, this island has over 120 nationalities inhabiting it.

Bonaire

Bonaire is known as the diver’s paradise with its clear waters and numerous sites for shore diving. There are four main languages Dutch, Papiamentu, English and Spanish. The currency of Bonaire is the US dollar. With a population of approximately 13,000, Bonaire is diverse in cultural influences. Bonaire’s music is rooted in much African influence.

Montserrat

A humble island in the Caribbean, Montserrat is peaceful and serene. Having bounced back from having a modern day Pompeii, the population depleted from over 12,000 to now just over 5000 residents. In 1997 the capital city Plymouth was abandoned after volcanic activity from the previously dormant Soufriere Hills erupted. Under British rule the main language spoken in Montserrat is English and it is also known as the “Emerald Isle of the West”. The currency used in Montserrat is the East Caribbean Dollar.

Guadaloupe

The main tourist website for Guadaloupe calls it “so French yet undeniably Caribbean”. Guadaloupe is another island for us to pay close attention to. It is made up of five main islands and as an extension of France Guadaloupe carries the Euro as its main currency. Most residents speak in Creole but French and English are also widely spoken throughout the island. Guadaloupe is loved for its French Creole cuisine being rich in flavors and spices.

These islands are just a handful of the islands that are waiting for us to explore, why not visit one today? The Caribbean is a very diverse place, filled with rich heritage, culture and beauty.

Where are you from? And where do you want to go?

 
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Island Tour - Do You Know These Islands?

July 23, 2014
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It is common to hear about the more popular Caribbean islands such as Jamaica, Trinidad, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba and others. But there are so many other gems out there in the Carib...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => An estimated EC$200,000 from ticket sales for three upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) commencing on Thursday has been stolen, according to Police reports in Trinidad. Investigators state that the money went missing from the ticketing office of the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

The Police also confirmed that an official report was made by Queen’s Park’s ticketing co-coordinator Karen Bynoe. Popular media outlets in Trinidad quoted Ms. Bynoe as saying that she secured the money in an envelope before placing it in a drawer around 5 pm but could was not able to locate on her return to the venue on Sunday morning.

Investigators believe the robbery was an inside job, indicating that there was no force entry or tampering of the door to the general office. A number of suspects have been questioned but an arrest has not yet been made.

“CPL can confirm that there is an investigation currently underway regarding an issue with tickets. However, it cannot comment further until such a time as the relevant authorities have completed their enquiries.” said CPLT20 media officer for Trinidad and Tobago, Abigail Edwards.

CPL features Red Steel against Guyana Amazon Warriors on Thursday, Jamaica Tallawahs on Saturday and St Lucia Zouks on Sunday.
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Money For Upcoming CPL Matches Has Gone Missing

July 23, 2014
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An estimated EC$200,000 from ticket sales for three upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) commencing on Thursday has been stolen, according to Police reports in Trinidad. Investi...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => There's this new trend where people from the Caribbean diaspora who lives either in the United States of America, Canada or the United Kingdom, are making videos expressing their frustration and disdain with their family and friends in the Caribbean who constantly asks them for money and other favors. The videos that they have made are starting to go viral.

Some of these videos are hilarious, but they all have an element of truth to them.

These individuals were being serious. And the truth is, for those who hail from the Caribbean and have migrated overseas, or went there temporarily, they would have felt the frustration of being asked for favors or money to some degree. Their relatives or friends back home, are of the impression that living overseas is tantamount to living in a land where money grow on trees and life is a bed of roses.

The truth is, that belief is far from reality. Living overseas, is not as easy as living in the Caribbean. A person has to work hard to survive and you better make sure you pay your rent, especially in the winter months! Landing good jobs aren’t always that easy and there’s virtually nothing free. If you want a mango, you’re going to have to go to the market and buy it. Whilst in the Caribbean you can simply climb a tree and pick a dozen mango if you'd like.

The frustration of foreigners who are from the Caribbean diaspora, is that relatives and friends back home just don’t understand the struggle they face and ask for money and favors unceasingly without remorse. The ones overseas often complain that even when they explain that life is hard overseas, those back home don’t buy it. They also complain that instead of asking for money to start a small business or to go to school to add value to themselves, they are asking for money to buy frivolous things or requesting the latest gadget or cellphones.

Most islanders who have never ventured overseas will not understand the challenge. They don't understand the fact that you have to work harder to keep up with your bills and abide by the laws of the land or suffer the consequences.

In the videos that have been circulating the foreigners suggested that if you’re going to ask for financial assistance from a relative or friend overseas, unless it's an emergency, you should inform them of your ambition of how you plan to take care of yourself in future or your intention to start something rewarding (like a business) with the money you are requesting. Also, it would be nice to call them once in a while, to find out how they are doing without having an ulterior motive of "begging them something".

Living overseas? Share your experience with us, right here at IslandMix. And be sure to walk good.
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Send Me A Money Nuh?

July 19, 2014
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There's this new trend where people from the Caribbean diaspora who lives either in the United States of America, Canada or the United Kingdom, are making videos expressing their f...Continue reading