Whats on your bucket list

Curly_Sue posted:

To retire by the Beach, hot weather and sunshine all year long.  The Cayman Island, Bermuda, Barbados and British Virgin Island are my bucket list wishes.

Welcome Curly, are you related to Curly on City Slickers ? Maybe his long lost sister ?

GNI could be a  nice place, based on what you make of it.

I already completed my bucket list and now coasting with life. Even sitting on a plane for hours is monotonous.

BVI is one of my favourite places. I normally fly to Fort Lauderdale from Canada,  with Spirit airline to St. Thomas and take the Roadtown ferry to Tortola.  Sometimes they will hold the ferry, when informed if the flight is delayed. If you take the West End ferry in St. Thomas, you will have to take a taxi to downtown Roadtown. This is more economical than flying directly to Beef Island airport.  

Many Guyanese are in the BVI since 1965, after the British Pauling and company  completed Black Bush and Tapacuma  rice projects.  Some Guyanese were taken  to build the roads and bridge to Beef Island airport.

A vibrant Mandir exist at Sea Cow Bay ? and the Yamraj building downtown is owned by a person from Berbice.

Ruby roti shop, close to the water-front ferry terminal is a good Guyanese restaurant and nearby is a local restaurant with the best salt-fish and bake for breakfast.

Many Guyanese in BVI are becoming citizens, mainly because they don't have to fly to Puerto Rico for a visa to the US, if they have a Guyanese passport.

In 1970 during my first visit to the BVI, I photographed a ship's bell on the beach at Smuggler's Cove. I wish I had kept it, but I was travelling.

I find Barbados too commercialized, just like St. Thomas, but BVI still has its simplicity.       

Thanks for the information Tola.  One of my old High School teacher from Guyana lived in St. Thomas for a while, he told me about the lifestyle in that Island.  Do you still have that photograph of the ship bell?  Please post it.  I agree with you on Barbados and the commercialization that has transpired over the years.  I love simplicity and little to no stress.  I was warned to stay away from Bajan men.  My children god parents owns a condo in Barbados and are snowbirds.  Each year they tell me how changed things are when they visit.  What is your take on Cayman Island?

I have done India and China but would like to go to South India this time round and spend some more time in Beijing as well.

Japan, Iceland, Peru, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Morocco to name a few. My list has been getting longer and longer so I think it is safe to say as many places as possible.  Still have most of Canada!

Amral posted:

Just curious i am not sure on mine as yet

Haven't really compiled an extensive bucket list but offhand:

Catch a giant Bluefin tuna

Travel up the Essequibo to it's source.

See Guyana from the same view on Roraima which inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write "The Lost World"

Get my Private Pilot's License.

A lot of travelling.

Have my own fishing/hunting lodge on one of the lakes, rivers or creeks in Guyana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curly_Sue posted:

Thanks for the information Tola.  One of my old High School teacher from Guyana lived in St. Thomas for a while, he told me about the lifestyle in that Island.  Do you still have that photograph of the ship bell?  Please post it.  I agree with you on Barbados and the commercialization that has transpired over the years.  I love simplicity and little to no stress.  I was warned to stay away from Bajan men.  My children god parents owns a condo in Barbados and are snowbirds.  Each year they tell me how changed things are when they visit.  What is your take on Cayman Island?

Curly, somewhere in  my collection is that photo of the ship's bell. Also some of Roadtown taken in 1970, before the deep water harbour  and comparing it to photos  taken from the same position on the hill in 2015. These photos are part of my collection of 14,000 slide film taken from 1967 - 1996, after that  I shot print film, before going digital. Between 1960-1967 I shot 120mm B&W print film in Guyana. I am now scanning the slides to digital images and will post them when found.

Once, when in Barbados, we noticed young women from Quebec would holiday there and select the most undesirable Bajan as her escort. She would pay for everything and go back home with a tale to tell.

The CARICOM story of the Jamaican woman deny entry to Barbados  and the Caribbean court ruled in her favour, did a lot of damage to Barbados tourist industry.  Some long time senior groups to Barbados from  Canada and the US decided to holiday in other islands. Some Bajans seems arrogant to Guyanese and other Caribbean nationals, but they have no problem with white people money.

I have not been to Cayman Island, but at sailing ship bars in BVI, they talk about the commercialization of the islands, including Cayman, that they visit. There is a network of friends  from Europe, US and Canada  who sail the Caribbean every winter. A man in our town leave his boat in Trinidad all summer, while in Canada.

BVI has sailing boat races  and I was retained by a boating magazine to photograph the event.  This was a lot of fun as I had to be on the boat, taking pictures. A good way to get a paid holiday. I had another similar offer in Mumbai and Northern India.  But you betta deliver quality stuff or else......

I just got back from three weeks in Punjab, that took four weeks to recover. Families took me to document their trip and photograph two weddings.  Roti and spicy dhall three times daily. I gave up photographing near misses on the highway, but the people were exceptionally nice and the vibrant colours  at sari and dress shops were a photographer's dream. Including the wedding dresses.       

 

Tola, that is quite some stories you tell about your travels.  I am very curious and I enjoy learning about other cultures, at the current time I am now embarking in a new career as a grief counselor in a Hospice setting, so I am learning about other cultures and traditions.  Travelling to India have many tribal and cultural artifacts. My sister just came back from India a month ago,she was on a spiritual journey.  This world is an amazing place.

BVI and Cayman Island has always a been two countries that I am very curious to know a lot more about.  I would like to retire in the Cayman Island.  Barbados was never a country that piqued my interest.  I have my thoughts and opinions on the culture of Barbados.  Once again all these beautiful Islands have been commercialized through the American Media.  

Another interesting Island that is yet to be commercialized by the Americans is the Mustique Island, it has been commercialized by the British Royal family, otherwise than the Royalties, it was a very quiet Island.  Australia, New Zealand and Cooks Island are still good countries as well as Bora Bora and its surrounding Islands.  Life is more peaceful and less stress to deal with.

warrior posted:

i did a lot of travelling in my life i hate to sit in planes now find it boring my dreams is to retire on my farm in guyana bred some horses and one day if god will open a karate school to train student for international tournament 

Warrior, the youth in Guyana will most  likely  be attracted to a karate school. They need to do physical things to occupy their time and mind.  I would like to know more about your plans, regarding the school. Our foundation and funding partners could provide resources for this project. Could we continue this discuss on GNI Private Message ?

Curly_Sue posted:

Tola, that is quite some stories you tell about your travels.  I am very curious and I enjoy learning about other cultures, at the current time I am now embarking in a new career as a grief counselor in a Hospice setting, so I am learning about other cultures and traditions.  Travelling to India have many tribal and cultural artifacts. My sister just came back from India a month ago,she was on a spiritual journey.  This world is an amazing place.

BVI and Cayman Island has always a been two countries that I am very curious to know a lot more about.  I would like to retire in the Cayman Island.  Barbados was never a country that piqued my interest.  I have my thoughts and opinions on the culture of Barbados.  Once again all these beautiful Islands have been commercialized through the American Media.  

Another interesting Island that is yet to be commercialized by the Americans is the Mustique Island, it has been commercialized by the British Royal family, otherwise than the Royalties, it was a very quiet Island.  Australia, New Zealand and Cooks Island are still good countries as well as Bora Bora and its surrounding Islands.  Life is more peaceful and less stress to deal with.

Curly, a grief counselor at Hospices House, what an honourable position.  Our Rotary Hospices House has a strong community support, where many of us volunteer. This reminds me of loving friend Valerie passed on there. The day before she died, I went to see her and the bed wheel brakes were not on. As I leaned over to hug her, the bed moved and I fell on top of her. Being the humorous person she was, she said, Tola, you have to stop falling over me like this, because Bob [her husband] is around. She died the next day. I love that woman.

Since 1977, I was involved with crisis centre counselling. Later,about 20 years with the RCMP Victim Services. In 1985, due to many teen suicides in our town , we started the teen crisis centre, with good results of saving lives.

In 2005, we modified the teen program culturally and took it to Guyana. We trained hundreds of youth in peer counselling and eight years into the program we saw results of the school drop out kids graduating from UG and high school and teaching at the school they dropped out. Thus forming a mentorship program to new students.

My sister was murdered by three men in Guyana and I also volunteer to discretely video record funeral services for people who might have little memory of the trauma of losing someone they love.  The video is also sent to other countries  for people who were not able to attend the funeral.

To know a people is to know their culture. The Mayans in Chiapas were my first teachers and it has grown to many other countries.

The Mustique Island of the Grenadines, near St. Vincent is also place  I would  also like to visit. I was told the culture is not compromised as yet, but being a private island, there might be special laws to settle there.

My favourite book at school was Mutiny  on the Bounty. When I was at sea I was fortunate to visit Tahiti and New Zealand, among other Pacific Islands.  Some friends just returned from a honeymoon  in Bora Bora.

 

Amral posted:

Anyone of you guys ever thought about writing your own memoirs. Something that you can leave for your children and their children and their offsprings to read

At one time I entertained that idea. Now, I just want to go silently to ash. 

Amral posted:

Anyone of you guys ever thought about writing your own memoirs. Something that you can leave for your children and their children and their offsprings to read

Others suggested that they write my story, but rass there are too many personal stuff. I am still thinking about it.

My motivation to write  stories for our Canadian born children and grandchildren about my Guyanese/Canadian family, is motivated by the disconnect for information that occurred,  when our ancestors first went to Guyana from India.

A niece in BVI is trying to get a BVI passport to avoid going to Puerto Rico for a visa to visit the US and the application asked for information about her mother parents marriage and father parents marriage.

Her mother was my sister and that was okay. but her father was born  in 1917, the year the indenture ship program ended and we were not able to find other relatives or information about her father parents. Because they  were born and married  in India, I had to write a letter to the British passport office explaining the process  we experienced for not finding the information  and she might have to swear to an affidavit. So leaving historical information for our children and grandchildren is very important.  

I wrote a lot of stories about my life in Guyana and Canada that were placed in special moulded plastic boxes for each child, with their names. My collectables were also divided and placed in each box.

I also did about 35 hours of audio recording about these stories and made copies for each child.  Last Christmas I gave each child 45 DVDs each of home movies that where on  VHS and camera tapes.  I am also considering doing a video selfie of my life to the children. Because I feel its important that they hear my voice and see some of my actions.

At the moment, I am scanning 14.000 slide film into my computer about  our children growing up. Disk copies will be given to them with short stories.

In 2015, our town celebrated 100 years and buried a 100 year time capsule to be opened in 2115. I wrote personal stores with photographs about our family and included it. This was addressed to our grandchildren family, because they  might not live to be 100. One was born in 2015.

In the time capsule I included a black rotary telephone  and wrote during my time with the phone company, how telecommunications changed during my 50 years in Canada.

I included 3 vacuum tubes and wrote about how technology changed. In the 1960s I studies vacuum tube technology and saw ONE transistor enclosed in an eight pin inline integrated circuit[IC], about an inch long. The day I wrote the time capsule letter,  photographs were being sent by the New Horizons spacecraft from Pluto.  This explained  the contrast from vacuum tubes to solid state electronics in an unmanned spacecraft.

I included the first cell phone Motorola  made and someone included a flip cell phone from 2015.

I included some coins and old/new Canadian paper money  and predicted that in 2115, all monetary transactions will be done electronically.  I also said, if I am correct, to go to my grave site and say ' Yes Tola, you were right'.

I wrote about courtesy in our town, where no one blows their car horn and paying for others coffee at Timmys drive thru.

I also included other stories important to our family.

I believe leaving documented evidence for our family is very important, especially with the movement of our ancestors from India to Guyana and Guyana to other countries.  It might be easy to find on the net, but it could be made easier for inexperience children, if you leave a trail for them to follow. As some people are doing now, I can see children going back to Guyana and documenting their family life. What we leave for them to follow, could make it easier to do.

Rass Tola, you are long and winding like Essequibo Riva.            

Amral posted:

Anyone of you guys ever thought about writing your own memoirs. Something that you can leave for your children and their children and their offsprings to read

Wish I had written my dad's memoirs. I haven't thought about writing but I have kept a lot of dad's things. I have also been accumulating miscellaneous items. Things I can sit my son down and tell a story about. Like Guyana's fist set of coins, old maps, stamps, Luggage Stickers etc. I also bought a lot of scale models which is one of my hobbies. I hope he likes building them otherwise he can sell. Here also I picked ones with a history like The Wright Brothers Airplane, PT-109 (JFKs PT Boat), USS Arizona. Mind you, most of these my wife calls junk. I hope he has my love of reading too. I have hundreds of books. Most of the Louis L'amour collection, Enid Blytons, Tintins, Asterixs, A few on Guyana's History. Well, at the worst, he has some college tuition. Just hope god grants me the time to spend with him.

Tola posted:
warrior posted:

i did a lot of travelling in my life i hate to sit in planes now find it boring my dreams is to retire on my farm in guyana bred some horses and one day if god will open a karate school to train student for international tournament 

Warrior, the youth in Guyana will most  likely  be attracted to a karate school. They need to do physical things to occupy their time and mind.  I would like to know more about your plans, regarding the school. Our foundation and funding partners could provide resources for this project. Could we continue this discuss on GNI Private Message ?

sure we could karate is my thing i teach a tournament team in canada my daughter representing ontario send me a message.guyana do not have a school with international standard 

Amral posted:

I had this wish when I was a lot younger to visit Australia. Now that I have nothing to tie me down it might be a good time to see that wish come through. 

when i was 19, a putagee family from rupanuni was moving to oz...the older man was a friend of my Nana's brother who was living at our home (they went to QC and tchr's college together), they dropped in to visit him b4 leaving and the man asked for my hand in marriage to his son...they were leaving in a mth to go live in OZ....i said then that i would nver leave Guyana...

later in life, i said one day i will go to OZ too...but now, when i think of the flight duration, i say no way...except that i have a 'niece' living there so who knows....

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now to bucket list

my bucket is full.... i have to go buy a new one or get a barrel

what ever else comes along, i am good for it

(i am easy, no big dreamer)...never want to go to India or any of THOSE places,  if it comes, i am good for it

all my wishes, hopes and dreams were surpassed...thanks to my husband and my amazing children


oh, i remember...ride a train across Canada (hearts)

go to the statue of Liberty

stroll through Central Park

relax  in a hot spring in BC (coming soon)

GTAngler posted:
Amral posted:

Anyone of you guys ever thought about writing your own memoirs. Something that you can leave for your children and their children and their offsprings to read

Wish I had written my dad's memoirs. I haven't thought about writing but I have kept a lot of dad's things. I have also been accumulating miscellaneous items. Things I can sit my son down and tell a story about. Like Guyana's fist set of coins, old maps, stamps, Luggage Stickers etc. I also bought a lot of scale models which is one of my hobbies. I hope he likes building them otherwise he can sell. Here also I picked ones with a history like The Wright Brothers Airplane, PT-109 (JFKs PT Boat), USS Arizona. Mind you, most of these my wife calls junk. I hope he has my love of reading too. I have hundreds of books. Most of the Louis L'amour collection, Enid Blytons, Tintins, Asterixs, A few on Guyana's History. Well, at the worst, he has some college tuition. Just hope god grants me the time to spend with him.

Regarding sitting with your son to tell him stories.  A lot of our India stories were lost, when it was told verbally.

You know from personal experience that there is no guarantee on life. We could be healthy today and easily gone tomorrow. This was also my motivation to write the stories about our family, instead of saying it verbally. Plus documents  are easier to distribute to others.

I would recommend that you start writing,. audio or video  record  the stories now, because what you tell your son and daughter, might not be the same what is told to your grandchild. You are the oldest adult remaining in your family to tell these stories, so don't wait too  long to start.  You could include some of your  Dad memoirs and write the stories as if your future family  will be reading or seeing it 100 years from now, also make  lots of copies.

Airplane and ship models take patience and time to build. My cousin in NY also build models and take them to shows. Once when we were getting ready for  a show with a warship that took him three months to build. He took it in two parts to transport easily.  He put them down on a bench near the garage to get the car and his girlfriend thinking it was a spare just lying around, grabbed it and smashed it on the bench. While saying 'lets see if this will piss him off'.  When he noticed her action, I can see the anger building in him and dragged him alone into the house, before he kill her. One more nail on the coffin for the relationship, she was already carrying three teenage pieces of luggage.    Some Guyanese people are jus too much to understand.  

Tola I am so sorry for the loss of your sister in such a brutal manner.  I am hoping that this would be my last calling that will last over a few decades in terms of career before retirement in the Cayman Island. I just want to retire in a peaceful island wearing as little clothing as possible, no winter or spring jackets or sweaters, undergarments to stay warm.  the Deacon of my church sits on the Board for Ian Anderson House.  I received a very informative email from him last evening with some tips and advise.  He works mostly in the Palliative Care as a Support Worker.  I want to be involved with the grieving families and the dying patient in the earlier stages, mostly in the planning of the funeral or final arrangements or wishes.  Life is just as precious after death. The story of your friend Valerie is funny indeed.  It's humor like that people need during the difficult times of the final stages.   It is during the support process, these patients question the bucket list, as it becomes a main focal point.

About travelling you have quite some stories to tell indeed.  I hope to hear them all or read your memoir.  One of my Great Aunt, who is 95 is starting a family memoir for us.  It will be interesting, last summer I had to opportunity to visit one of my mom's cousin in St. Catherine, Ontario on the celebration of her 50th wedding anniversary,once I stepped out to the yard to mingle I saw all walks of the human race in one gathering, being introduced as cousins down the line from first to tenth cousins, all different walks of life, blacks, Indians, Native Indians, Chinese, etc, it was quite interesting.

I like that you mentioned the Mayan culture, too bad they fail to preserve the culture, its history and the artifacts, I believe and please don't quote me, but in Mexico there are not a lot of Mayan families around.  My brother was there earlier in the year, I asked him if the sundial still exist, and he said that the sundial was no where to be seen.  The Mayan culture is slowly dying and the government is not preserving much of the artifacts.  They are an interesting culture. As a support worker in a Hospice House it is interesting to learn about all the cultures and the traditions and rituals they have for funerals, and the way in which they treat the deceased body with such gentle and care.  I get to learn and explore it all, and support these people and make sure that the last wishes are respected. 

 

GTANGLER you can still write the memoir for the new generation.  I read you are an Enid Blyton fan.  Wow, I remember reading all the books she has written, I have a very small collection of her book.  Some of the originals she has written are being sold in antique shops in Belgium.  One character I was very fond of was Noddy.  I am looking for the Noddy series but it has not be republished as yet.  My childhood friend found a lot of the Noddy books she wrote in Belgium.  Keep the ones you have safe, they are treasure for your family and your generation.  Not all of her books are being republished.

I do have an enamel bucket   Just kidding...

It's good to have a bucket list, have one in my head.  The most important piece is do what you can while you are still young.  I still wonder why companies don't allow folks to touch their 401k b4 they are 65.  And while we are on this topic, how many people have a will...

alena06 posted:

I do have an enamel bucket   Just kidding...

It's good to have a bucket list, have one in my head.  The most important piece is do what you can while you are still young.  I still wonder why companies don't allow folks to touch their 401k b4 they are 65.  And while we are on this topic, how many people have a will...

i have the will to eat  some BBQ

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