My vacation trip to Anguilla and St. Maarten

Anguilla is of the smallest islands in the Caribbean, and St. Maarten is even smaller. St. Maarten is famous for ‘the reach out and touch’ plane spotting (watching) on Maho beach, en route Princess Julianna Airstrip.

From Kayaking and canoeing to snorkeling and sailing, it promises to be so much fun: Sun, Seafood, Sailing and Sea (what the locals call Vitamin S – not to be confused with the other Vitamin S).

So, I’ve already made contact with a couple of Anguillans – a property vacation home owner and a local telecom professional (thanks to the great Caribbean network I have built over the years), who have promised to be my guides (it is important to have contact persons who, especially in  emergencies, can contact your Embassy/family/friends).

I have been planning for this trip for sometime now and I am just about ready to jet away. I’m excited! But, vacation destination trips can be expensive, so in my next post, I will share a few pointers on securing cheaper airfare and inland tours.


Curried goat, dhal with basmati rice and tangy cucumbers – A Trini dish!

Curried goat (Caribbean Pot)

Mr. Yhip – like most Caribbean men – loves food. And like many Trinbagonian (Trinidad & Tobago) men, he can cook very well (so I’ve heard *clears throat*).

In my blogpost this month, I’m sharing one of his favourite local dishes; so allow your mental taste buds to salivate on this flavourful, cross-cultural (Creole => West Indian) dish, with his meticulous directions.

Chef, Entrepreneur, Marketer, Adventurer and avid Traveller – E. Yhip

“One of my favourite dishes to cook is curried goat with basmati rice, dhal and a fresh cucumber salad.”

The starch – Basmati Rice

“The basmati rice must be slightly sticky and fluffy. To achieve this, 2 cups of rice must be soaked for a short time – just to remove some of the starch. Add ginger and salt to taste. Cover the pre-soaked rice 1 1/2″ above with cold water and put on a high fire. Turn down to low and let it simmer when the boiling commences.”

The protein – Split Peas aka Dhal

“A lb of split peas should be soaked the night before in fresh, cold water and washed before being put to ‘burst’ [cook], as we say in ‘Trini’ [Trinidad & Tobago]. I always use the pressure cooker as it takes about twenty minutes to ‘burst‘. After the split peas is cooked, use a hand blender to puree the dhal to a smooth consistency. Salt and fresh seasoning is then added. Then I ‘chunkay’ [which is to heat oil then add garlic until almost burnt before adding main ingredient] the dhal by adding slightly burnt garlic cloves and geera [cumin] seeds. The complete concoction is added and a controlled explosion occurs because of the boiling and the hot dhal. I then puree the dhal one more time and add salt to taste.”

The highest protein meat – Goat

“The curry goat is the star of the show: It should be cut into 1 1/2″ cubes, removing any excess fat and sinew. Salt, fresh green seasoning, curry power, ginger, geera powder and goat curry powder must be added. The goat should then be marinated for 24 hours for maximum flavour.

Remove the goat from refrigeration at least an hour and a half before cooking to return it to room temperature. In a blazing pot, add 3 tbsps of oil along with 2 tbsps of curry powder. While the curry is ‘burning’ [cooking], add one chopped onion and 4 garlic cloves and sauté for a few seconds. Add the goat meat and a few largely chopped potatoes into the blazing pot and sear on all sides.

Add additional fresh seasoning and coconut milk then turn the fire to a medium low setting. Let it simmer for 2 hours until the meat is tender.”

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No Meat February

We decided on a simple cleanse: Warm lemon water first thing on mornings, lots of water during the day and no meats (just for February though…for now).

Now we luv food: and anyone who knows me, knows that! But coming from my UK trip then the Christmas season, food consumption was at the maximum.

Today is the 14th of February and I have eaten Shark, Tuna, Chicken (and eggs) and beef thus far. Shame on me! And I’m going to grill chicken for a late dinner (smh). We’re doing this to ourselves, I know, but I will try again… from next Monday, God willing.

So, for those of you who are yet to be consistent in healthy meal planning and execution, take heart: once we’re alive, we can always begin again!

And I will enjoy that grilled chicken and Mexican rice tonight!

“Feelings, nothing more than feelings…”

“… Trying to forget my feelings of love
Teardrops rolling down on my face
Trying to forget my feelings of love.”

Andy Williams

Nothing more than feelings!? Don’t we trivialise our feelings ‘waaaay’ too often? Feelings are a big part of who we are and it is behind the reasons of the decisions we make. (Duh!)

Anyways, I hope to not be blasé in my story-telling so please bear with me and not think I’m pious, pompous or pitiful. Well, probably pitiful *rolls eyes*.

So here’s one of my stories on some of my feelings (most unnamed) – that I’ve tried to forget…with what I think has been with way too many tears…:

Okay, so once upon a time (it was either 2007 or 2008), I met someone who wanted to know me; but the desire wasn’t mutual. Sorry? What happened was self-doubt with emotional and mental baggage from a previous relationship that constituted my feelings at the time when I ignored his seemingly sincere interest in me.

This man was brilliant, strong, athletic, a Christ-follower, tall, handsome, had a peculiar accent, assertive, a tech-nerd… (le sigh) But I didn’t see that then, unfortunately, because of my feelings. ‘Just feelings!?’ Yeah…

But should we really dare to consider the possibility of a relationship with that combination of baggage? To be fair, I used wisdom and did not give him a second thought – and well…I was really just into my feelings. Important feelings, nonetheless!

Years passed and that second thought gently nudged me (actually, it shooked me) but this time it was his feelings that were in the way. Maybe he still felt slighted by me shunning his gentle advances?!? 🙂

Well, it has been over than 10 years since our initial encounter and I still haven’t forgotten him (and the Lord knows that I have tried to). I’m still melancholic looking down memory lane thinking about him and what could’ve been if we tried getting to know each other back then but these feelings, very powerful feelings…still haunt me. Our feelings just keep blocking our way (or just my way because his feelings might just be of nonchalance now though – lol) so now I am still trying to forget these feelings… of love (le sigh).

(Stay tuned for more of my self-therapeutic blogposting on ‘feelings’.)

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

I am ashamed to say how long I have procrastinated in starting my blog but I will say that we can always begin (again, in some cases) once we have life. Thank You, Lord!

So, as my journey continues, I invite you to be the good company Izaak Walton referred to, trusting that I would be just as good a companion to you.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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