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Stacks of Jamaican Pretty Little Tings

Stacks of Jamaican Pretty Little Tings

You may recall from my recent feature on ‘Anya Goes to Jamaica’, that there was a beautiful collectable bracelet and anklet made by ‘Pretty Little Tings’, that went with the book. The jewellery was specially commissioned by the author from a Jamaican creative, so that the ‘souvenir’ was authentic and supported a small business in the country that the book was written about. I thought this was such a brilliant idea and another reason I just love the concept of the Anya World Traveller Series. It demonstrates a simple way that we can go about supporting each other in our business endeavours, by collaborating with other small businesses.

I have to admit I couldn’t resist looking up ‘Pretty Little Tings’ to see the rest of the range that Tena, the designer behind the brand has on offer. But now I have a problem… Tena has soooo many designs that are drop dead gorgeous, I would be clad from wrist to shoulder and ankle to hip in them if I wore them all at once!

The rest of the collection goes far beyond the designs used for the children’s book commission. There are some really unique pieces that can be infused with aromatherapy oils, a selection with metallic patterned vegan friendly leather and a large part of the collection is unisex, so the men can get in on the action too. I caught up with the multi-talented Tena, whose line of products she designs and hand makes herself, to learn more about how she is going from strength to strength with her jewellery line that is so beautiful it is hard to choose just one.

Please Introduce Yourself

“My name is Tena Harrison. I recently turned 25 years old and I’m a chef by profession. I am currently living in the United States, temporarily for work purposes, but I’m originally from the Kingston 13 area. I attended Holy Childhood High School for Girls and University of Technology, where I studied Hospitality and Tourism with a major in Culinary Arts. I have three older sisters on my mom’s side, three nieces and two nephews.”

When and Why did you launch Pretty Little Tings JA

“I started Pretty Little Ting Ja (PLT) in November 2015 after graduating from UTECH. I was unable to find a job after months of sending out resumes and sitting at home doing nothing. PLT should have started off from 2011, but you know what they say nothing happens before its time.

It started out of my love of beads, bracelets and working with my hands. Nothing makes me happier than something I created myself. I used to make them for myself and would get asked about them, so one day while sitting at home a friend of mine asked why don’t I start making bracelets and selling them online. So we put our heads together that day and came up with the name, created the Instagram page, I ordered beads and the rest is history.

My relaunch took place because I relocated to the U.S. because of a recent job opportunity, so I’ll be working and living here for a year. I had to put PLT on hold in order to get myself sorted.

The business is getting better with time as I’m constantly learning about what my clients and potential clients like and I do a lot of research on the materials that I use for each of my pieces. Like my tagline says, Made with a Purpose. I want to give the wearer something they can put on and know that it holds a significant meaning and most of the pieces that I make are made with stones or charms that have healing properties and acts as a reminder. For example Tiger’s eye stone has long been used to aid in protection and strength.

PLT is still young but I definitely see it getting better with time. The jewellery making community is very large, but I think you can still stand out once you know what you’re doing. Although I am a chef by profession, I dabble in a little bit of everything. Making jewellery is not just my hobby turned business, but a passion of mine.”

 

I noticed your Motto is ‘Made with a Purpose, Made to Inspire’ Tell us About That

“As mentioned above my motto means that no matter what I make, there is a meaning behind it based on the materials that I use. For example, Onyx for protection, wooden beads to bring the wearer closer to nature, vinyl beads for the purpose of recycling, rudraksha seeds for enlightenment, Amazonite the stone of hope and courage, Hematite stone, for the mind. The lists goes on, but a lot of thought goes in each piece I make.

As a person who can be very forgetful at times I make pieces for myself and for others that will be a reminder to us. So we wear our intentions, affirmations and goals as a constant reminder so that we can become a better version of ourselves. It’s kind of like self-help if you wish to put it like that.

I do research because I want to make sure that I know what I’m talking about and through research I come up with even more ideas and concepts that I can apply to PLT. In addition to that I can make better decisions.”

 

Pretty Little Tings River Beads

 

What Motivated you to become an Entrepreneur

“Just before I started PLT I had just graduated from UTECH, so I was a student. What drove me to become an entrepreneur was the realisation that nothing will be handed to me, I had to work for what I want. I learnt that very early as I grew up in the garrison and coming from a lower middle class family, that was my daily reality. I always knew I wanted to be my own boss as the benefits of being one out weighed that of an employee.”

 

Have you had any Formal Training

“I have no formal training in jewelry making. Everything is self taught through trial and error, watching videos, deconstructing store bought jewellery to see how they were made, online research and a lot of reading. I studied some business subjects in high school and business studies was apart of the course at UTECH, so I have knowledge of the business aspect of PLT which I’m very grateful for.”

 

What Inspired you to use your Hands Creatively

“I’ve always loved working with my hands. I’m drawn to things of that nature which is why I chose my career of becoming a chef. I was always creative and that can be credited to my upbringing. As we Jamaicans say, ‘we tun wi han and mek fashion’. Meaning if you didn’t have what you needed, you have to find creative ways to make it happen so I always did that and it stuck with me throughout the years. Like food I was drawn to jewellery making because it involved my hands and being creative. It’s like art and I love that. I love to draw, I can do hair, I love carving & fashion designing.”

Describe your Product Range

“My products fall under the categories of bracelets, anklets and recently rings and necklaces. My customers are mainly persons on a spiritual journey and lovers of gemstones and crystals like myself. What is unique about my product range is that they are unisex, they appeal to a large age group and there is something for everyone and if I don’t have it I can make it. Custom work is always welcomed.

The most memorable person who has bought from me is Nikko FungChung, who recently released her book Anya Goes to Jamaica. She purchased anklets and bracelets from me as souvenirs for her young readers. In the book Anya goes to Jamaica and on her travels takes back souvenirs as reminders of her travels and Nikko brought that to life with my bracelets and anklets. I was blown out of the water because she chose me and my business out of the pool of Jamaican handmade businesses. I am humbled and greatly appreciative for the opportunity I was given.”

Learn More: Nikko FungChung – Anya World Traveller Book Series Interview

 

 

What Materials do you use in your Designs

“The materials that I use in my pieces range from gemstones, crystals, glass, metals, seeds, wood and even recycled materials. I choose materials based on the piece I’m making and what would be best suited to do the job. I often try to find unique materials, things I’ve never seen before, then I search for them online. Most of my materials are sourced internationally, however there are a few Jamaican based crafters I have contacted in hope that they can be future suppliers to my business. I want to use more local based suppliers.”

Where do you get your Inspiration From

“I get my inspiration from nature, especially with the colours and the wooden materials I use. I’m always searching for new ideas on the web too, but only for ideas never to replicate. I even get inspiration from my customers. Sometimes they come to me with ideas and we feed off each other and come up with ideas together.

The use of vegan friendly materials because I’m not for the use of animal skin or materials that involve cruelty to animals. Although I was not formally trained I’ve come a long way, looking back at my earlier pieces to my more recent ones the difference is clear that I’ve come a long way.”

 What are your Favourite Pieces from the Collection

“If it was left up to me I would wear them up to my elbows and knees. Many times I have to remind myself that they are for the customers and I always create something for myself in every batch I create. My favourite pieces to date are the vinyl bracelets as they are made from recycled old records and I love to reuse and repurposed materials. I wear my bracelets based on mood and based on the properties they have. I can always be caught with at least one bracelet on and I’m ALWAYS in my anklets, I never take them off, not even to shower.”

 

Tell us about your Collaboration with Nikko FungChung, author of the Anya World Traveller Book Series  

“What I gained from this experience is that nothing is impossible. Nikko came to me at a time when I was unsure about PLT’s future. It made me more confident in my business and the places I could take it and vice versa. We worked together, she told me what she was looking for and I designed them. Nikko approved the design and we went forward with the deal. Things were very smooth and I would work with her again in a heartbeat.”

 

 

Have you been involved in other Collaborations

“Apart from my collaboration with Nikko, myself and some other small businesses did a collaboration for a mother’s day giveaway last year. We all put together our products and made gift baskets and we ran the promotion on our pages and selected the winners via votes. All the contestants had to do was to tell us what makes their mom so great and why she should receive the basket filled with goodies that ranged from footwear to skincare.

The other businesses involved were Button It Ja (@buttonitja), Bella Scents (@bellscentsja), Madison Accessories and More, House of Deva Bandeau (@houseofdevabandeau), Kreamy Kurls (@kreamykurls), Fitzgerald’s Boutique (@fitzgeraldsboutique) and Dwayne K Smith (@dksmithphotoz).

The experience was great as I got to make new friends and possible business partners. We cross promoted our businesses and found new customer, snot to mention we made three moms very happy.”

What can we look forward to from Pretty Little Tings in the Future

“I see Pretty Little Tings Ja in stores as well as being sold online on a full feature website. I see us taking off as I continue to learn more about my customers wants as well as this market. I see PLT using local materials and I would love to create my own beads from clay, sea glass etc… I can’t give away too much yet. I would love to have a small staff at some point to help with the workload to contribute to the economy and to provide employment for others.

There’s still a long way to go, but I see endless possibilities. I hope to be commissioned to do awareness pieces for example Autism, Breast Cancer etc and if not commissioned, I will definitely be including pieces of this nature.

I get tired of things easily and I don’t really like a rigid routine. So I make new pieces when I feel it’s time for a breath of fresh air, or whenever I experiment and I like the outcome I build on this and create new things (no pun intended).”

 Pretty Little Tings Grid

 

Tena’s Insider Guide to Jamaica

It wouldn’t be a Sweet Jamaica exclusive interview, if I didn’t get some insider tips for getting the most out of Jamaica! So in the words of the fabulous Tena, check out how you can get round to hitting all the hot spots in Jamaica…

Favourite Jamaican Childhood Memories and Pastimes

“Growing up on Chisholm Avenue I would always look forward to coming home from school and buying boiled crab whenever they were in season from an old lady down the road. She did it the best and her boiled corn are my second favourite. I used to chew even the cob!”

 

Tena on Why Jamaica is an Ideal Vacation Destination

“People who are looking to get closer to nature, to be minimalist because when you come to Jamaica it’s not very extravagant. There’s also the herbalist and the hedonist, not the people necessarily looking for sand sun and sea. They’re looking to immerse themselves in a rich and diverse culture that is unique and welcoming. It’s a creative space where you can find a smooth balance of freedom and free thought.

I love Jamaica because I feel free and at ease, there’s no place like home and I don’t think could feel this good existing in another country. We are just different in every sense of the word. It’s hard to explain, you have to live it to know.

Even though our economy is constantly changing we as Jamaicans still maintain what makes us Jamaican, even though many people try to duplicate what we have. The authentic Jamaica will always be in Jamaica. Even though we face hardships we can still tun bad tings mek joke, we constantly find a reason to smile. Visitors should come to Jamaica because it’s beautiful, there is always something to do, they’ll experience something different, it’s a little bit of paradise. It will be money well spent and an experience to remember.

I’m in the States now but whenever people hear that I’m Jamaican they take immediate interest.  Some ask questions or tell me of a time they visited, or of a time a friend or relative did and would recall their experiences from the time they got their hair braided for the first time, climbed Dunn’s River Falls, taking a robot taxi and the list goes on.”

 

Pretty Little Tings Turquoise Bracelets

 

Tena’s – Favourite Island Hide-Aways for a Weekend in Jamaica

“I’ve only visited twice, but Portland is just a different kind of beauty. It was breathtaking. The journey was long from Kingston, but I didn’t get an ounce of sleep because I was so taken by the beauty of the landscape. I was in awe. I love nature and I felt at peace during that drive, the fresh air, the green landscape, the vibrant corner shops, the blue sea and waves washing the shores. I’ve never been to all the parishes, but Portland is definitely at the top of my list of parishes to stay. I could even be staying in a hut, I know I would be enjoying myself.”

 

Tena’s Highlights about Living in Jamaica

“I love being in Half Way Tree, the people are like characters. I can always get a laugh from the loader men shouting, “dung a town” or “3 Mile, 3 Mile”. I love the hustle and bustle. You can get anything there and I feel the same about Down Town as well. Yes both places have a bad reputation, but I do love to go to these places.”

 

Tena’s Top Five Places to Visit in Jamaica

  1. Down Town / Coronation Market – Kingston
  2. Half Way Tree – Kingston
  3. Cross Roads – Kingston
  4. St. Ann (the Parish)
  5. Portmore/ Hellshire

 

Tena’s Favourite Businesses – My Shout Outs!

“I love handmade businesses and since starting PLT my eyes have been opened to so many and I cheer them on and show my support to them all the time whether through buying their products, reposting, commenting and liking their pictures and they always return the love.”

My favourite businesses that I’d like to shout out are:

Ngozi’s Sweet Blessing (@ngozisweetblessings)

Button it Ja (@buttonitja)

Chrissy’s Coils (@chrissy_coils)

Siwatu Jewelry (@siwatujewelry)

Madison’s Accessories & More (@madisons.accessories)

By Monique Jones (@momopenellidesigns).

“The list goes on, big up to everyone who are #brandjamaica #handmade and #jamaicanbased.”

“We affi dance a yard before we dance abroad.”

 

Pretty Little Tings Rings

 

Tena’s Most Loved Jamaican Culture, Food and Customs

“There is nothing better than Jamaican food. As a “bellias” by nature I love food and with the spices and seasonings Jamaicans use, everything we make is finger licking good. My favourites include but are not limited to : Breadfruit (roast or fry), Curry Goat, Red Peas Soup, Stewed Peas, Jerk Chicken, Run Dung with boiled food, Ackee and Saltfish or with Red Herring; with fried dumplings, boiled food, rice… You name it.

My favourite traditions are Easter time for bun and cheese… Yum! Christmas time for the extravagant meals we have and of course Independence Day. Our culture is surrounded by food and liveliness, there is never a dull moment in our culture.

Emancipation Park and Devon House are also landmarks in Jamaica; some of my favourite places to unwind, relax and just chill at my on pace.”

 

Pretty Little Tings – Stockists

“My products can be purchased directly on my Instagram page @prettylittletingsja or on my Etsy shop Pretty Little Tings Ja. It is currently closed, but it should be up and running by the end of February (2017), once I put together the listings. Delivery is offered, but because I am currently in the US the logistics is a bit different here. I can send my pieces to my Jamaican customers through the mail or even better, if they have a US mailing address shipping is faster and cheaper.

When I’m in Jamaica I offer delivery through Jamaica Post via regular mail, or the oh so convenient Zip Mail. So no matter where you are I will get my pieces to you. Customers are welcomed to contact me directly, via WhatsApp, Instagram and Etsy message. Contact me and we will work something out.

Custom work is welcomed, because I love making specific pieces and sometimes a customer might want particular colors, charms, stones, arrangements etc and I have no problem fulfilling their requests. I get inspiration from this.

I try to make my pieces as affordable as possible so the price range of my pieces are from $1,000- $4,500 (Jamaican Dollars). Price is dependent on materials, time it takes for me to complete the piece and the design.”

 

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

“Pretty Little Tings is run by a human, so don’t be afraid to contact me.”

 

Pretty Little Tings Followers

 

Please leave your thoughts on the ‘Support Jamaica! Buy Jamaican!’ campaign on the Sweet Jamaica website?

“I wholeheartedly support the ‘Support Jamaica! Buy Jamaican’ campaign. As a customer myself I try to seek out products I use everyday in Jamaica, which are made by Jamaicans. Rather than looking abroad first because we have a lot of talented persons here, whether certified or self-taught. They make wonderful products and offer great service, but because some of us have ‘red eye’ we tend to think anything made here is not good enough.

I try to change that mindset of persons who hold this view by telling them about all the wonderful companies I’ve come across in my search, the numbers are astounding. And what makes them so good is that you know the source.

I’m a lover of skincare and haircare products and a lot of companies here in Jamaica make better versions of their international counterparts with ingredients that are better for you and can be pronounced. I buy Jamaican and support Jamaicans, our brands need the money just as much as any other brand.

More persons need to get on board and be proud to wear, use and eat Jamaican products because we are supporting each other, creating jobs, providing for a family and building OUR economy.”

 

Pretty Little Tings – Contact Details

WhatsApp –   (+1) 876-542-9122

Instagram – @prettylittletingsja

Etsy  Shop – Pretty Little Tings Ja.

 

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There’s a New Bag Crush in Town…

There’s a New Bag Crush in Town…

After eyeing up some bags online, I was struck by the non-stop comments from customers asking about ‘bulk orders’ – as they were unable to choose just one bag from the collection. So I tracked down the in-demand designer behind the brand, GGoC by Nicole to find out more. And now I have, I am totally smitten!

Not one to keep this kind of information to myself, I would like to introduce you to another fabulous Jamaican company. And this one will make accessories fans speculate on how they can justify multiple bag purchases at once. You have been warned, you better start creating some space in your suitcase and wardrobe, because you are going to want to give new homes to a few of these beauties.

GGoC by Nicole

God’s Gift of Creativity, is an aptly named accessory line, as there is definitely something of the ‘divine’ nature to the pieces on offer. The collection is Made in Jamaica and features local and international printed fabrics mixed and matched with embossed and smooth Vegan friendly leatherette or 100% real leather. Some of which are made extra special with embellishments made from repurposed pieces of semi-precious and costume jewellery. Drawing inspiration from her personal style and taste, Nicole is well on her way to ensuring there is a catwalk worthy piece for every occasion and personality in her collection.

One of the reasons I am smitten with GGoC by Nicole, apart from the beautiful bags, is Nicole herself. Nicole is one of those people who you can’t help but immediately warm to. From our first correspondence, I was drawn in by her genuine, warm and affable character. Which lead her to not only to be happy to share her story on the website, but also extended to her offering her assistance and support to my own endeavours, despite her being a busy mother and serial entrepreneur herself.

 

Sweet Jamaica – Support Jamaica Buy Jamaican!

Meeting women like Nicole, reaffirms why I love writing these features to highlight Jamaica’s up and coming entrepreneurs and businesses. It affords me the opportunity to collaborate and share the stories of some of the most inspirational, strong, ambitious, resilient, driven, creative and beautiful souls in Jamaica. Who are down to earth, real, spirited and willing to offer support and share their experience, scrapes and all.

It brings it home that there are ‘real people’ behind the products and brands that we buy. People like you and me. People who have had the courage to step outside of their comfort zone and put everything on the line to carve out their own niche and destiny.

Supporting these Jamaican companies means supporting a household, because behind these SMME’s (small, medium and micro enterprises) there are parents trying to send their children to school, young adults trying to make a foundation on which to build and the experienced in life, turning their time and skills into sugar money. Amen.

On that note, I would like to introduce you to Nicole Clarke the brainchild of the GGoC brand, who is a perfect embodiment of this, as she shares her story and divulges her favourite things about the beautiful island of Jamaica…

 

 

 GGoC by Nicole

Please Introduce Yourself

“I am Nicole, the middle child of three for Clarence and Norma Clarke. I started my early education at Mona Prep, but I didn’t spend more than a year there as we migrated to Calgary Canada, where we would spend 6 years. During that time we received our Canadian citizenship.

We returned to Jamaica in January 1984 leaving little time to prepare for the Common Entrance exam on the “second try” at Immaculate Prep. Passed for Immaculate High and spent six wonderful years which shaped the individual I am today. I met many lifelong friends and value the discipline that was instilled by St. Maureen Claire; I was AFRAID of her.”

 

What lead you to launch GGoC by Nicole

“After I left 6th form I went straight into the family business, Windows Limited, which taught me so many lessons and shaped my work ethic and passion for customer service. I started with answering phones and moved up to dads right hand.

But the desire to chart my own path kept at me and I decided to move away from the family business when a friend who’s father had recently died needed a General Manager for that company. It was a great opportunity and more lessons were learnt, but this is not where I was meant to be.

In November 2015 while searching for something for the company I came across a red fabric that I fell in love with and intended to make a clutch for my sister for Christmas. But, I made it and it sold, them I made another and it too sold. The rest is history.

When I lost that job due to restructuring, I went head on into GGoC by Nicole. The first clutches were made by my shoemaker, but he lacked the eye for the finishing detail so I went in search of someone who could. A couple seamstresses later, I found my secret weapon who has been making them for me since. I can make them myself if needs be but due to time constraints, he does most of the work.

I also run another company GGoC Screens, so my time has to be divided between the two.”

Tell Us About – GGoC by Nicole

“So GGoC means Gods Gift of Creativity. I guess I always had this creative gene because I remember while at the family business, designing and making glass tables from the scrap glass and selling them in furniture stores downtown. GGoC by Nicole started in December 2014 and has been growing slowly but steadily since.

We are exploring the Caribbean market and are working on some new products that should be out in about a month. Currently, we ship to the United States and Canada and I am always besides myself when I see someone pictured with one of my bags.”

 

GGoC by Nicole

What inspired you to use your hands ‘creatively’?

“I think I was born with the ability to make something out of nothing. ‘Turn my hand mek fashion’ sort of thing, so I’ve been able to do much with little.

I am the go to for art projects and musical projects with nieces and nephew and daughter. And, once upon a time I was a part of a singing group. I’ve written and produced music so I suppose the creative passion has always been burning.”

Describe the Pieces that you Create

“We recently started a leather line (to complement the leatherette line), as we have customers asking for genuine leather products. That has been exciting and we look forward to the growth of that line.

My daughter has (12 years) and loves them and my mother has and loves hers too (over 70 years). My wish / dream is to have at least one product for every person – clutch, crossbody, purse, phone cases. I am not placing a limit on what we can design, create and appeal to.”

 

Where do you get your Original Creative Inspiration from?

“A friend of mine worked in Nairobi and used to bring me the most beautiful fabrics from the market. I still have quite a few pieces which I use, but I also use local fabrics to mix and match and come up with new designs.

A high school friend Cared a who sells jewellery in Philadelphia, sent me a bag of mismatched or broken pieces of jewellery that I have affixed to some of the clutches. They’re always a hit. So if there that pair of earrings that you’ve lost one, and wish to keep the other, we can design a clutch around it.

We love to do custom work as ultimately we want each client to feel their money is well spent and feel like their outfit is complete with our piece. In turn stepping out with poise and confidence.”

 

What can we look forward to in the Future From GGoC

“In 3-5 years we hope to be a household name, synonymous with fashion.  We have new products coming out in a few weeks and we add something to the GGoC line annually. As well as tweaking our current products, we listen to our customers and try to design around their needs and desires.”

 

GGoC by Nicole

 

GGoC by Nicole Insider Guide to Jamaica

Always on the look out for the best spots in Jamaica and some insider tips to share with my readers, I have asked Nicole for her expert opinion on these matters…

 

What are your favourite childhood pastimes and memories

“In Jamaica I would spend many summers with my grandmother and cousins in Westmoreland and my uncle had an ice cream store called Road Runner. That was a highlight for sure. She had a big yard and sold eggs so we would go in the coop and help collect eggs. I have fond memories of this.

We didn’t spend summers in Canada, but during the year I have great memories of riding my bicycle around the neighbourhood and pulling my brother around in our red wagon.”

 

GGoC by Nicole – Favourite Jamaican Hangouts

“Now, I spend a lot of time at home, but I visit Centre Stage now and then to see a local play – aren’t they the best? Jamaicans are soo talented!

I love sushi and eat at Roe, now and then and visit Uncorked for wine; both at Sovereign North. Norma’s on Whitehall avenue is a MUST, especially the Oxtail!”

 

GGoC by Nicole

 

GGoC by Nicole – Tell us what you love about Jamaica

“Jamaican people are warm, extremely friendly and we love to entertain. Our falls, our beaches and food are to die for and the weather is warm and sunny. Sounds so clichéd but its true.

There’s something for everyone. Nightlife is busy and bustling, our Dancehall culture appeals to so many. Our reggae music, our athletes. Our musicians. We really do have it all.

As Jamaicans we sometimes take this for granted. It’s when our visitors come and we take them around that we really appreciate what we have. For me anyway.”

 

GGoC by Nicole – Favourite Island Hide-Aways for a Weekend in Jamaica

“There’s always someone to stay with when exploring the island but when I want to relax and veg out, Grand Bahia Principe is great to visit, as are the Riu chains.

Deep rural or in the bush is always great for exploring and seeing the island’s vegetation. Chances are you’ll discover one of our many waterfalls. Country people are especially friendly and accommodating.

If you want to do nothing but read a book or sleep under the warm rays of the sun, the beach is the place to be. Negril and Ocho Rios are my faves. Robins Bay in St. Mary also has beautiful beaches.”

 

GGoC by Nicole – Highlights about Living in Jamaica

“Jamaica is unique. We try to make light of bad experiences to help us get through them. You can hardly go a day without a deep belly laugh. Our comedy, our music, our scenery, our talents on a whole are exceptional”

 

Places Fixed on GGoC by Nicole Jamaican Speed Dial

“I’m adventurous and spontaneous so am always trying somewhere new, I haven’t been ATV riding but dying to! Nothing on speed dial except my bank and the office. I travel with the telephone directory, LOL.”

 

GGoC by Nicole – Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

“I love your website. I’m extremely proud of the fruits of our Jamaican talents. I don’t think we get enough support locally, but we have to keep at it.”

 

GGoC by Nicole – Your thoughts on the ‘Support Jamaica! Buy Jamaican!’ Campaign

“Absolutely fabulous and inspiring. Thank you so much for your support! Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.”

 

Where can we find your Collection

I’ve showcased the items and bazaars and trunk shows and friend’s houses and the bags are available in Jamaica at Gaychel Boutique On Windsor Avenue, Heather LAINE on Lancaster Avenue and Endless Summer in Lower Manor Park Plaza.

 

GGoC by Nicole

 

 

GGoC by Nicole Contact Details and Purchasing

If you would like to learn more about GGoC by Nicole, or if you want to purchase an item please check out the links below:

Website www.ggocbynicole.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/GGoC-by-Nicole

Instagram @ggocbynicole

 

 

 

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Bringing Values back to Jamaica through Children’s Literature

Bringing Values back to Jamaica through Children’s Literature

There is no denying that raising children comes with a fresh set of challenges in the modern age. Brought on by the fall of values, morals and manners in society, with a hearty side order of information overload, care of the Internet and social media. You can end up feeling that no matter how much ‘broughtupsy’ (good manners) you impress on your child in the home, outside influences are impinging on your child every time they leave your side.

What if there was a way to imprint values on your child that they carried with them into adulthood, so that the shift was in society instead?…

Introducing the ‘How Fi Grow Yuh Pickney’ Book Series

There is a new author that is making a splash on the children’s literary scene who is doing just that with her eye-catching titled  ‘How Fi Grow Yuh Pickney’ book series. Fresh from launching the first three books in the series at the end of 2016, I reached out to the author Catherine Alexander-McDaniel to learn more about the books and to help raise awareness for this great Jamaican book series, which strikes the perfect balance between enlightening and engaging a child.

How Fi Grow Yuh Pickney Book SeriesJamaican Author

Catherine never yearned to be an author and wasn’t involved in the publishing or literary industries in any way. But she was a hard-working entrepreneur and a wife and a mother of two boys, who had a revelation one day. This idea manifested itself into a book series with a strong message of values and restoring awareness of our actions.

Unlike most authors Catherine has a higher mission for the book series, as she wants to share the messages not only among fellow parents, but also with other social groups and educational facilities. After finding the time to dedicate herself to this new chapter in her life on leaving her earlier business behind her, Catherine collaborated with some fellow Jamaican creatives and so the thoroughly Jamaican ‘How Fi Grow Yuh Pickney’ book series was born.

I caught up with Catherine to discover how her revelation gave her new purpose and she stepped into the world of children’s literature with a series of books. Plus for good measure I also share her insider tips on how to do Jamaica like a pro!

Introduce Yourself

“I was born in Montreal, Quebec to two Jamaican parents, we moved back to Jamaica when I was 7 years old and have never wanted to leave. I met my husband at my first job as a sales rep for his family owned company. We will be married 12 years this year and have 2 boys, aged 11 and 7 years. It was never an aspiration to be an author, in fact I don’t think I even speak well. ‘How Fi Grow Yuh Pickney’ is a message in the form of books that God impressed upon me to write.”

 

What Inspired you to write the ‘How Fi Grow Yuh Pickney’ Book Series

“As I indicated above, this was not a dream of mine that I was pursuing. I hurt very much for Jamaica. I love this country, I love the people yet I see how we make excuses for our actions or we don’t even recognise what we are doing because we are too busy and/or consumed with our own lives.

These three scenarios came quite easily to me. In January 2016 the thought came to me, but it wasn’t until after I left my job that I had the time, motivation and dedication to do it. It was almost as if everything fell into place. I had a past client of mine who created baby books on Amazon – Zunammie Keren, I went to her for direction and she ended up putting the entire series together! She also was the one who pushed me and set goals so we could have it completed by Dec 2016. So said, so done.”

 

With a Grateful Heart

 

Describe Your Creative Journey

“The creatives ones are Krystal Ball the Illustrator and Zunammie Keren the Editor and publisher. I had an idea of what the end result should be, but they are the ones who made it happen. It was a struggle to find an illustrator locally. I almost gave up. Most ‘illustrators’ turn out to be graphic designers, or local artist who are quite pricey. I found Krystal on Instagram and reached out to her as I thought her art was beautiful. She also believed in my vision and trusted that I would be a positive representation of the books that bear her name. For that I am grateful.”

 

Tell us About the ‘How Fi Grow Yuh Pickney’ Book Series

“I started off doing all three books at the same time.  My target audience being ages 6 and up. I wanted them to reflect our culture, so the books don’t necessarily depict the ideal family and each book also has a theme value.

The names used in the books are my closest friends children and my own two boys to which the books are dedicated. While Liar, Liar Pants on Fire is the book that came out the best, in terms of looks, my favorite is the book dedicated to my boys, Practice What Yuh Preach. It is also a constant reminder to myself :).”

 

Brief Synopsis of the Storyline – Book 1, 2 and 3

 

Book 1 – With A Grateful Heart – reflects compassion and selflessness

Zachary is from a modest home. His Mom has to work hard to make ends meet. This particular day he is promised a treat for his birthday but Zachary soon forgets there is a limit to what he can spend. As with any young child, his mother has to remind him about the value of money. His greed quickly turns to compassion as he stops and considers another child’s need.

 

Book 2 – Liar, Liar Pants on Fire – reflects honesty and humility

Savannah is a well-behaved little girl who is raised by her Uncle and Grandma. She knows that lying is wrong but she is told to do it by her uncle who is her father figure. Luckily her Grandma walks in at the right time to explain that even adults can make mistakes and mislead those who look up to them.

 

Book 3 – Practise What Yuh Preach – reflects respect and manners

Jacob is the youngest in his family and a bit sheltered from the outside world. He gets to go on the road with his older brother and gets confused when he sees how people interact in the store. After he ‘passes his place’ with the cashier, an elderly lady has to explain to him that he is not to blame as everyone is setting a bad example for him to follow.

 

Liar Liar Pants on Fire Book

 

How have you Determined the Content for the ‘How Fi Grow Yuh Pickney’ Book Series

“In my walk as a Christian, I struggle daily with self-improvement and being a good example. Some days you really want to run away from the kids of just go off on them when you are tired, stressed or just having a bad day. I realised I have to make a conscious decision to curb what I may feel and focus on doing the right thing. Children learn by example and watch our every move. Children are a reflection of what they see and hear.

Even though we all know this, we seem to have forgotten or we justify our actions somehow to ourselves. Parenting is a tough job and an endless job. They need guidelines and discipline and they need it delivered in the right way.

My books may be a drop in the bucket but this is my contribution to improving our little island.”

 

Future Goals for the ‘How Fi Grow Yuh Pickney’ Book Series

“I plan to keep adding to the series as there are so many scenarios I can bring to life in a book. I am currently asking for support from private companies and foundations to sponsor the local printing of books to distribute to communities. I would love to be involved in engaging the children and guardians in these communities on values and morals if the sponsors see fit. I hope to see this series to be as popular as Anansi stories were in past generations.”

 

Where can we Purchase the ‘How Fi Grow Yuh Pickney’ Book Series

Hard copies have not yet been printed in Jamaica, but are forthcoming.

All three books are on Amazon – hard and soft copy for Kindle / eReaders

Ebooks available on bookfusion.com – a new platform created by Jamaicans in Washington DC

 

Why You and the Children in your life will love the ‘How Fi Grow Yuh Pickney’ Book Series

The books teach children the importance of values by creating modern day Jamaican tales, with a good old fashioned message interwoven into the pages. With colourful illustrations and engaging storyline, both boys and girls will be clamouring to read the books and the ‘hidden’ messages will soak in.

The ‘How Fi Grow Yuh Pickney’ book series is another great advocate for literature featuring a host of main characters that are black and from other mixed ethnicities. With the illustrations depicting scenes and examples of life in a Caribbean home they are full of appeal and I cannot wait to see how the series progresses.

I really feel these books will make a great addition to any child’s book case and are a fun way to teach children values and humility and how to be a better person. With three books already available this Jamaican author shows no sign of slowing down and has big plans for her future publications to create a shift in the dynamics of society.

 

What is Nature Versus Nuture

The debate of ‘nature versus nuture’ has one that has long been fought among psychologists, physicians and philosophers. Where they consider whether personality traits are inherited and carried down through the generations, or gathered through life experiences both in and out of the home.

Why is this important? Learning about values and morals works as a code of conduct, or a guide as to how to live your life among others in respect, peace, harmony and compassion. By instilling values in the younger generation we can hope that they will grow into the men and women of tomorrow who will share the message with their own children. And so the message gets passed on and on…

 

Practice What You Preach

 

Insider Guide to Jamaica – ‘How Fi Grow Yuh Pickney’

 

If you are looking to visit Jamaica, I have tapped Catherine for her insider knowledge on ‘how to do Jamaica like a PRO’!

My Highlights of Living in Jamaica

“Jamaica will always be the place I call home. I realise how much of a 3rd world girl I am when I visit the US and Canada. I love not having too many choices at the supermarket, I love not being consumed by shopping. I have the same friends today that I met in Grade 5.  Some live oceans away but we are still as close as 30 years ago. I love our language and how colourful we are and how colourful our island is. I enjoy the friendly familiar faces around every corner and cheering up the miserable ones.”

 

Places Fixed on My Jamaican Speed Dial

  1. My life consists of coffee – Café Blue all the way!
  2. Football (for the kids) – Big up to Ballaz Academy who not only trains but teaches discipline and values to the children.
  3. Beaches – BoardWalk for a quick trip, Bamboo Blu of recent (I don’t get out half of much as I would like)
  4. Church – Swallowfield Chapel– been going there since I was around 11 years old
  5. Women’s Study groups – Beauty For Ashes – non-denominational care groups

 

My Favourite Jamaican Foods and Traditions

I do love food of all kinds! I especially love my Wednesday Girls night.

We love to go to: Uncorked and Cellar8 – great food and wine!

  

Contact ‘How Fi Grow Yuh Pickney’

Instagram: howfigrowyuhpickney

Disclaimer: All images used with kind permission of ‘How Fi Grow Yuh Pickney’, copyright Catherine Alexander-McDaniel

Illustration Credit: Krystal Ball

 

 

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‘Anya Goes to Jamaica’ Book Review – Introducing Children to World Travel

‘Anya Goes to Jamaica’ Book Review and Interview – Introducing Children to World Travel

Whilst searching online for children’s books I was drawn to an illustrated image of a beautiful girl with a big pink bow in her hair, standing with her arms outstretched underneath a banner that read ‘Anya goes to Jamaica’. Intrigued I clicked through to the website and discovered that the little girl was the main character in an adventure book based on world travel.

The first book in the series is all about Anya’s trip to Jamaica, which is perfect timing for me as… I live in Jamaica!

Introducing ‘Anya the World Traveler’ Book Series

Thinking this was a great way of introducing my nieces and nephews to where I had moved to, I poured through the mesmerizing illustrations and content on the AWA book series website. I really connected with the book and wanted to share the launch of these interactive, magical and educational journey books with you, so that you are able to share them with the young readers in your life.

Being a blogger I had to get the ‘inside scoop’, so I got in touch with the author Nikko FungChung to ask her in her own words all about ‘Anya goes to Jamaica’ and how she is going about introducing young readers to world travel and different cultures.  After corresponding with Nikko I am even more in love with the books, the principles behind them and how she is taking on the publishing world with a brilliant, beautiful, bright, brown-skinned main character who is known as ‘Anya’, the World Traveler.

 

Why the Children in your life will love the ‘Anya World Traveler’ Book Series …

Introducing children to literature at a young age will enliven their minds to a world of possibilities, and Nikko FungChung captures the essence of childhood discovery in her books. Readers are taken on an adventure through the book discovering the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of each destination, subtly introducing children to different cultures and customs.

I feel that by reading the books, children will be more tolerant and learned about other parts of the world and people who may not necessarily look the same as they do. The main character ‘Anya’ is bright as a button and full of adventure and interacts with both boys and girls in the books, so she will be sure to appeal to both young male and female readers.

Children’s Literature Featuring a Black Main Character

I especially love that our international jet setter ‘Anya’ has brown skin and is of mixed heritage, as she will engage a whole generation of young readers who can identify with a main character that looks more like them. The majority of the children’s picture books feature main characters that are white, which can give a lot of young, aspirational readers a feeling that they are less important, or that what their life experience is secondary and doesn’t matter as much.

 

“I believe that every child no matter what colour their skin is,

deserves to be depicted in literature as the super hero, the achiever,

the adventurer, or anything else their imagination conjures up. “

 

On the flip side having a main character that isn’t white helps to redress the balance for white children too, they get to learn and understand about other ethnicities, becoming more rounded and hopefully becoming more enlightened world citizens too!

In Conclusion, this book is simply beautiful and is a perfect addition to any child’s bookshelf. It’s also ideal if you are planning a trip to Jamaica with young children, why not pack a copy in your hand luggage and read it on the flight to introduce your child to all the wonderful things they will get to experience on their trip to Jamaica!

 

Anya goes to Jamaica souvenir
Anya goes to Jamaica souvenir

Interview with Nikko FungChung Author of Anya’s World Adventures Book Series

Without further notice I would like to introduce you to Nikko FungChung, an amazing mother who was so frustrated at not finding good children’s literature, she started making her own!

Not only a fantastic business woman, Nikko is a social advocate who includes other entrepeneurs on her own personal journey, through collaborations forged and featured in the book series.

The interview includes behind the scenes stuff about Nikko and her family, an introduction to the book series, tips and advice for travelling to Jamaica with young children and an exclusive about which destination Anya will visit in the next book!…..

 

1. Please introduce yourself and your beautiful family….

My name is Nikko FungChung, I am the author and creator of Anya’s World Adventures Children’s Travel Book Series. I am a wife and a mother to three wonderful children; my 4-year-old daughter Anya, 10-year-old son Kenneth and my 5-year-old step-daughter Daijha. My husband Daymean was born and raised in Jamaica, this is where we met. My family is also of Caribbean descent, but my heart has always and will always belong to Jamaica.

This is why it made sense that Jamaica be the first stop in the Anya’s World Adventures Book Series.

 

2. When did you start Anya’s World Adventures and who are the creative forces behind it?

I started writing the stories in 2014, to date I’ve written about 46 countries. With very little knowledge of the publishing world, I spent a year researching different options for distribution, self-publishing, trying to sign with a big publishing house. I decided self-publishing was the route for me, but I needed time to figure out the funding because it is VERY expensive to create, publish and distribute your own book. It’s funny actually because I have a few other businesses that in essence seem more complex than this, but being a self-published author has been the most demanding venture of them all.

In 2016, an investment company, Demography is Not Destiny, took a chance on me and gave me the money I needed to get started. This was the same year that I found my illustrator, Fuuji Takashi, who has been a blessing from day one! She resides in the Philippines and we have never met in person, yet we are so in sync. Fuuji really understands my vision and brings it to life better than I could’ve ever imagined.

 

3. Tell us more about your Company Philosophy, what makes you tick?

Anya’s World Adventures is a complete and fully interactive learning experience for young readers. Each book in the series will introduce them to a new country and culture through the eyes of a child. When I’m writing it’s important to me that everything is factual and accurate while maintaining that story-book feel.

At the end of each book, Anya purchases a souvenir to keep as a reminder of the adventure. Readers can purchase these souvenirs and collect them as they read each book in the series. I’m really big on giving back and supporting other entrepreneurs, so I source these souvenirs from small business owners, craftsman and/or artisans in the subject country.

The learning and adventure continues on the website where readers can join the AWA Club. Membership is free! With the AWA Club, members can practice new languages, try new recipes, access printable activities and much more!

4. What inspired you to create children’s books and the supplementary content on the website?

I wanted to give my children a more accurate and less biased view of the world in comparison to what they are shown on television and movies. I also wanted to give them a way to connect with their roots so they can understand all the different cultures and ethnicities that make them who they are.

I went to the library to get some books for my son so that he could learn about other countries and I realised the only books on the shelves were all facts, no fun! These books certainly weren’t going to keep the interest of my 8-year-old, never mind anyone younger. While it is important to learn about the imports, exports and government structure of foreign lands, I think it’s even more important to learn about the people, culture and lifestyle.

Every book in the Anya’s World Adventures Series is filled with facts, presented in a way that children will understand, allowing them to retain the information while enjoying a fun adventure!

 

Bamboo Bobby and his Brother
The real life Bamboo Bobby and his Brother depicted in the book

 

5. What sort of readers does your book series appeal to and what do you hope they will gain from reading the series?

The language and content of the Anya’s World Adventures Book Series will appeal to children as young as 3 years old and as old 9 years old. It’s been a big hit so far with preschool all the way up to some fifth and sixth grade students. The reach of this book is very broad because the information is interesting and useful and the images capture the attention of early and proficient readers alike.

 

“I hope to make the world a little smaller with this book series.

When you learn about other countries, it broadens your horizons.

Living, learning, working or volunteering abroad all become options.

If we don’t allow our children to weigh out all the possible options,

we are doing them a great disservice and limiting their potential”

I also want the children who read my books to gain a better understanding of how similar we all are regardless of our race or cultural differences. It’s my belief that most of the world’s conflicts are caused by a lack of this type of understanding.

We get so consumed with our own existence and our personal way of life that it’s easy for us to turn a blind eye to something that is happening to a stranger across the globe and sometimes even in our country, because we don’t feel a connection with them.

Distance creates such a huge mental gap that instead of empathising, sympathising and offering assistance to others, we watch the news like it’s just a bad movie and continue with our day. I want to close that gap. I want our children to be a better, more caring generation and that begins with understanding and acceptance of other cultures and people.

 

6. How have you chosen the different destinations for the ‘Anya World Traveler Book Series?

When I first starting writing, I was focusing more on countries that I feel are most misrepresented in mainstream media. It was very important for me to provide a different and well-rounded view of these places.

In regards to release dates I want to do one country from each continent/region and then go back around the globe again and again. I don’t really see a finish line in sight because there is so much to learn and so much more to see and I am really enjoying the process. I think I’m most excited to complete the books about Africa and the Middle East.

7. Do you plan to travel to all the different places featured in the book series and will your children be accompanying you?

Yes, of course! I would love to visit most, if not all with my children – maybe one country a year because we still have to travel home to Jamaica yearly as well. If I can just introduce them to the idea of being citizens of the world and not being afraid to go to new places, then when they get older they can visit anywhere that I could not take them.

In the meantime, I do a lot of reading and research on each country before I write the book. People are also a big resource from me. I love to sit and listen to stories about their childhoods and upbringing so that I can make my stories more accurate and authentic.

Anya at the beach
Visiting the beach illustration from ‘Anya goes to Jamaica’

 

8. Please introduce the main character ‘Anya’ and some of her sidekicks who will be featured in the Anya’s World Adventures book series. How do you hope your readers will relate to them?

Anya is a world traveller! If you meet my daughter, that’s the first thing she will say to you and she has only been to Jamaica, lol (laugh out loud). In the book Anya has a magic globe that takes her on magical adventures all around the world.

The great thing about children is they have great imaginations, so I was able to focus more on Anya and her experience without having to add parents, passports and TSA (Transport Security Administration; they search luggage and passengers) agents into the mix.

In in each country she meets up with a friend – sometimes a boy, sometimes a girl who she will visit. This adds an element of relatability for children because they get to see how another child who looks a lot like them, lives and plays. The friend she visits also has a parent or guardian there which I use to introduce foods, dress, hobbies, crafts or trades and so on.

9. You recently travelled to Jamaica with your young family. What are your top tips for getting to an overseas destination with children in tow?

  • Take a practice trip to somewhere more local. This will get them used to the airport process and plane travel.
  • Pack lots of snacks! Remember that water and juices cannot be carried on, but you can pack as many cookies, fruits and crackers as you’d like. These make for great bargaining tools and distractions.
  • Check EVERYTHING! I tried to be frugal on our first trip to NY (New York) and only checked two bags. It is impossible to get from point A to point B with a toddler and rolling suitcases and your smaller carry-ons.
  • Make sure to pack two extra outfits for children in your carry-on just in case you need to change them or your bags are delayed.
  • If your child has the tendency to get lazy after a two second walk, bring an umbrella stroller (push chair).
  • For international travel, having another adult or even an older child is helpful especially when navigating security and immigration.
  • Explain the trip to them before you go: will there be connecting flights, show them on the calendar what day you will leave/return.
  • Vacation rentals are great because they feel like home, being able to do laundry and cook for yourself is such a luxury when on vacation.

 

Anya loved the beach in Jamaica
Anya loved the beach in Jamaica

 

10. Would you recommend Jamaica as a family friendly destination and why?

Jamaica is an absolute paradise and it has something for everyone! We were travelling “back home” so we spent a lot of time visiting family and hanging out around the house, but we did make a few stops at some tourist destinations. Turtle Rivers and Gardens in Ochi (Ocho Rios) is a must see for all ages! Doctor’s Cave Beach is a great day trip in Montego Bay.

 

11. Which part of the island did you stay in during your family vacation to Jamaica? Where else did you visit?

Portmore is home, but since this was the kids first trip to Jamaica we decided to use a vacation rental in Draxx Hall, St. Ann, right next to Ochi (Ocho Rios). The location was ideal because to our right we had all the tourist attractions and to the left some more homey necessities. We visited family all over – Portmore, Spanish Town, Kingston, New Kingston, Negril, Mobay (Montego Bay), St. Mary etc.

12. Share some of your family highlights of the trip with your children to Jamaica?

Spending time with family was really the best part. I fell in love with Doctors Cave Beach and Turtle Rivers and Gardens (big up our tour guide Odane, he is the best). We actually already booked our next trip to Jamaica for Spring 2017!

13. What were Anya’s and her siblings favourite thing about the trip to Jamaica and why?

I was surprised that they enjoyed the regular, every day stuff much more than the more ‘exciting’ outings. I think they would both live on the beach forever if they could. They didn’t want to leave, I think it was nice for them to see their family and have a better understanding of where they come from. We raise them in a very Jamaican home, but actually going to Jamaica allowed them to connect the dots.

 

Anya enjoying Mango in Jamaica
Anya enjoying Mango in Jamaica

 

14. How about the Jamaican food and culture, what new things did you and the children enjoy trying?

Our children our very well versed in Jamaican cuisine and culture so there were no surprises for them there.

However, both of them spent a lot more time outdoors (versus staring at a computer or tablet as they would in America) and they were so brave – holding birds, climbing waterfalls and chasing lizards, lol (laugh out loud).

 

Anya goes to Jamaica souvenir bracelet and anklet
Anya goes to Jamaica souvenir bracelet and anklet

15. There is the option of collecting souvenirs with the Anya’s World Adventure Book Series, tell us more about that?

This is one of my favorite things about the series. It’s an opportunity for me to make an economic contribution to the country I’m writing about and support and promote entrepreneurship. I research and connect with local craftsman and artisans and I purchase items from them to be sold on AWABookSeries.com

I also feature the business owner on the AWA Club pages and all of my social media platforms. For the Anya Goes to Jamaica book, I was blessed with the opportunity to work with Tena Harrison, owner of Pretty Little Things JA. She handmade about 400 anklets and bracelets for this project and I look forward to working with her again in the near future.

 

16. Where will Anya travel to in the next book and what can we look forward to?

I haven’t revealed this yet so I guess it will be an exclusive for you!

In the next book Anya will be going to India!

The book is due out in March 2017.

 

17. How often do you plan to publish a new adventure book for your readers to enjoy?

I plan to publish a new book in the series once every four months, God willing.

 

18. Where can the ‘Anya’s World Adventure’ book series be purchased and in what formats is it available?

Anya’s World Adventures has been distributed to all major online book retailers in both softcover and hardcover formats. Amazon is probably the most accessible internationally. Barnes & Noble also carries the books as well as a number of smaller bookstores. The books and souvenirs are available at AWABookSeries.com as well.

 

19. Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

No, I feel like I may have said too much already! I tend to be pretty long-winded.

20. Please leave your thoughts on the ‘Support Jamaica! Buy Jamaican!’ campaign on the Sweet Jamaica website?

I think this is a great campaign and one that should be more widely supported. Jamaica is an amazingly diverse country with tons of resources and talents. I can’t wait to see what it becomes once it’s full potential is realised.

Bright Parrots in Jamaica

PLEASE NOTE: This post (and website) is written in (UK) English, however any references to the book title, and specifically the word ‘Traveller’ have been written using American English, as is the spelling in the ‘Anya goes to Jamaica’ book and the AWA website. Therefore, you will see the word spelt ‘Traveler’ in some places throughout this post. Rather than being a spelling mistake, it is more out of respect to the author who has written her book in American English.

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Where to purchase Anya World Adventure Book Series Online

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