Raijin and Fujin

To those who celebrate any holiday during this time of year, Happy Holidays! I received a gift, a gift that required research into the Japanese culture. I received a jacket with lizard-like creatures on the back. My first thought was that the creatures were demons. After taking a closer look, I realized that these creatures…

CupNoodle Museum

We took the train to Yokohama in hopes to see the magnificant Red Brick Warehouse. In 1859, the Yokohoma port opened for foreign trade. The Red Brick Warehouse held Japan’s first cargo elevators, sprinklers, and fire doors. The Warehouse consist of two buildings, the second being completed before the first. After we browsed a few…

Japanese Education and Generational Wealth

Today, I had the opportunity of visiting a Japanese school, Tsukui Kindergarten. Located in Yokosuka, Japan, Tsukui Kindergarten educates K-6.  My sister, Shakira is the head teacher of English class. Tsukui has a capacity of 600 children enrolled with a monthly fee of roughly 3,000 yin. The Japanese school system does not use the terms…

My Travels to Japan

Japan, a country located off the coast of East Asia has a population of approximately 127 million people. Tokyo is not only the capital of the country but also a megacity, with a population OVER 8 million people. From New York, USA to Tokyo, Japan, the flight was about 14 hours. Fourteen hours of sitting…

Grand Canyon Tour

While I was residing in the West, I had the opportunity of taking a Grand Canyon Tour. This tour was an all inclusive bus ride with a semi-tour of the Sedona and a tour of the South Rim of the Canyon. I should have picked a better day to take the tour because as soon…

Casa Grande, AZ

This summer, I have the opportunity of interning with the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) as a soil conservationist. I am stationed in Casa Grande, AZ for a month. It has officially been a week since I flew into Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, AZ. Although it was scorching hot my first day (Saturday,…

Missing a Certain Naked Baby

I think these pictures speak for themselves. Currently missing a certain troublemaking, naked, yet adorable child. It was a joy to play with this naked, nuisance!

In Conclusion of My Jamaican Journey

As my stay in Jamaica comes to an end, I can’t help but reminisce. Agape is so warm and welcoming. She opened her home to me with wide arms. Agape is probably the most understanding and patience person that I’ve met by far. She was willing to help me adjust to a new culture and…

Medicinal Herbs

Plants grow everywhere. What people fail to realize is that many plants or herbs are medicinal, meaning it can be used to cure sicknesses. In Jamaica, herbs are everywhere! Herbs can be found on the side of the road, in between the crevices of houses, and just about anywhere. Since I am into botany, Agape…

Kwamen Falls and Black Sand Beach

  Today, Isabella and I went on a hike to the Kwamen Falls and Black Sand Beach. The hike, I was told was three miles. The hike was definitely not three miles, it was more like 30 miles. Most of the hike was uphill, Lord knows I hate walking uphill. When we reached the Falls,…

Interview with a Rastafarian

One of my goals in life is to become a botanist. Botany is the study for plants. Plants undergo a process called photosynthesis, which not only benefits the plant but also allows life on Earth. During photosynthesis, plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and sugar. This process not only feeds the plant but also provides…

Girl Power!

  One reason why I love Jamaica is because woman can do whatever their heart desires. Woman are fighting for equality in America. Harriet Tubman is supposedly going to be printed on a $20 in the next five to ten years, which is a milestone for gender equality in America. Jamaica is already way ahead…