A Day To Be Thankful

Hi Guys….I had a great time with some old school girlfriends this weekend. We visited the beach house of one of the girls and it was wonderful. The house was in Mayaro. Mayaro, is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Trinidad and Tobago and is a large county in southeast Trinidad. The end of the word, ‘ro’ is the Arawak term meaning, “the place of,” hence “the place of maya” or “Mayaro“. The house was amazing and the it was soooo breezy and relaxing. The sound of the waves crashing on the beach was just soothing and peaceful.

There were eleven of us and each person brought food and there were lots of drinks. We also had some wine and two friends went out to get more wine. Boy was there a lot of food!!!!

We sat around and talked and had a great time. Later on, we went for a walk on the beach. I’ve put some of the shots I took. And even later we decided to take a dip in the water. The water was fantastic. It was warm and that is surprising sometimes because you normally expect the water to be a little cold but, OMG the water was sooooo warm and like a soothing fountain. The only negative is that the water is pretty rough, with waves coming in and really pushing you so you can’t even go to much into the deep, but we sat in the shallow and just had a ball.

The drive to Mayaro is a long one it takes about 2 hours. Five of us were picked up in the town by a maxi we hired and the other four were picked up by one of the popular Malls. Then off we all went. We talked and laughed and watched the sceneray and i have to say, every time I do some type of trip in Trinidad I’m always surprsed by how great my country is and how many amazing places there are to visit and see. I’ve been to Mayaro but this trip was really cool. Mayaro has a lot of fishermen and we were going to buy fish from some of the fishermen who were going to return from the see at 3pm but unfortunately that crew didn’t sail that day, so no fish for us. Maybe next time.

We also had the fortune to see our friends handy man come to cut down some coconuts for us to get fresh coconut water to drink. I’m going to try to place a video as it was something else to watch…….let’s see how good I am.

Hopefully it came out alright for you to see how he did it…..climb a coconut tree . It’s quite a treat and they are so dexterous. After the coconuts were picked we all had a drink straight from the coconut. Now please don’t go all AWOW!! We drink coconut water all the time, any time because it’s sold almost everywhere so i’s no big thing over here, but drinking it from the trees that our friend planted herself and who is now reaping its fruits was something so alluring….that is what made it special.

The day passed quickly unfortunately, so that by the time we had taken a swim, we realised it was 3:00pm and we were carded to leave at 4:-00pm…OH! OH!! The Maxi driver stayed with us the entire day so we didn’t want to keep him back too long. We decided we would have to take an additional hour to pack up, which we did, as well as take the final farewell photos. Trinis never stop chatting or taking pics even as they are leaving. Now for the trip back. As usual going back always seems to happen faster than going. Along the way one friend wanted a bottle of Honey….yes people sell honey, fruits, detergent, food almost anything t the side of the road, normally in little huts.

We saw a guy in one such hut with a few bottles of a dark substance which we thought was honey, so the maxi driver stopped reversed so we could make our purchase. But, it wasn’t honey. he was selling home made rum punch, but hen we noticed a weird looking fruit. I didn’t know but one friend did, she asked the driver to find out the price and then she bought 15 of the fruit. She said since we didn’t know it that we should try it as it is quite sweet and quite a lovely fruit. I had my doubts as it was an ugly looking thing. It looked like an alien. She showed us how to open it and how to eat it. People, that was the most delicious fruit ever!!!! I’ve been thinking about it since. It’s called Rambuten.

I fell in love with this fruit, ugly as it was, but on looking closer you realise that the egg like seed that is covered with delicious sweet flesh, has a perfect oval, compact, neat look. It was perfect, I had to get me some more. I ate 3 and wanted more, but they told me that outside of the countryside or areas like Mayaro, it was pretty expensive in town (the city) or around where I lived. Damn!!! I was also sure that a fruit like that was packed with health benefits. This is what I found out:

Health Benefits Of Rambutan

  • Decreases unwanted fat. The fruit can be effective in reducing the body’s fat content because of its high fiber and water content and low calorie count.
  • Source of iron.
  • Skin and hair care.
  • Rich in Vitamin C.
  • Improves sperm quality.
  • Anti-Cancer.

rambutan is a tree from southeast Asia. The fruit that grows on the tree is also called rambutan. It is like Lychee. The name rambutan is an Indonesian word that means “hairy”. Native to the Malay Archipelago, the name of this fruit is derived from the Malay word meaning “hairy,” and you can see why. But once the hairy exterior of the rambutan is peeled away, the tender, fleshy, delicious fruit is revealed. Its taste is described as sweet and sour, much like a grape with a large, long inner seed.

So guys, i’m definitely going to buy me some more rambutan.

We made it back to town in no time and three of us waited for our husbands, who as usual didn’t gage the time properly so they weren’t waiting for us when we arrived at the pick up spot. I waited about 15-20 minutes then my husband arrived and the other two friends left a few minutes after me. A great end to a great day with wonderful weather. I need to do that again, it was truly refreshing. Wish i could buy me a house like that on such a perfect spot. Hearing the waves is so soothing and can you imagine waking up to that every day. What a life.

Hope you enjoyed my beach weekend post and I’ll end with a selfie.

Bye for now until my next post. Hope you had a great weekend as well.

Published by Gail Francis

Hi, I'm a mother of four, one boy and three girls ranging in ages from 26yrs to 22yrs. I own my own business that I run with my husband and we have no pets. We've had a variety of pets from dogs, cats fish etc, but things go wrong when we have pets so we decided that we are not pet people. I'm a creative person and I love to learn and share what I learn. Watercolour painting is my great love. I dream of having my art appreciated and hung on the walls of homes, offices, churches, anywhere that people can view them and start up a conversation about them. So that's a little about me, come peruse more of my site and ENJOY!!!

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