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The San Pedro Sun

Nayobie’s Hope for Children Project holds fashion show fundraiser
On Saturday, December 22nd, the Nayobie’s Hope for Children Project held its annual fashion show at the Sandy Toes beachfront restaurant in the Boca del Rio area. The event saw several junior and senior models gracing the stage featuring the different festivals held on the island throughout the year. The show is the brainchild of 15-year-old Nayobie Rivero and raises funds towards purchasing gifts for the less fortunate children on the island. This year, that share of Christmas love will also reach children living at an orphanage on the mainland.

Ambergris Today

Santa Spreads Christmas Cheer At The Lions Den
The San Pedro Lions Club hosted their annual Children's Christmas Party with Santa. Children happily greeted Santa as he made his entrance at the Lions Den ringing his bell. They sat and waited for their turn as their names were called to receive their special gift and take a picture with Santa and his helpers. Merry Christmas to every one!

Misc Belizean Sources

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Pump Prices for Premium Gasoline and Diesel Oil to Decrease at Midnight on Christmas Eve
The Ministry of Finance is pleased to announce that at midnight tonight, Christmas Eve, the price for Premium Gasoline will decrease by 85 cents from $11.32 down to $10.47 per gallon. The price of Diesel will also decrease by 92 cents from $10.75 down to $9.83 per gallon. These substantial decreases in the prices of Premium Gasoline and Diesel follow earlier decreases in the prices of Regular Gasoline and Kerosene which took place just two days ago on December 22.

Corozal Christmas Bram Event 2018
Representing our Maya culture at The Corozal Christmas Bram Event 2018 as we open the program with The Belize National Anthem in Yucatec maya and english. Later we delivered the Christmas cheer with 3 Christmas carols. Thank you to the KULCHA organization for a wonderful opportunity. Thank you to Mr Adan Palomo and members of To'one Masehualoon. Happy holidays to all.

BEL and Staff Gift 150 Families and the Elderly
During the month of December, Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) and its employees contributed to several initiatives for the benefit of deserving families and the elderly countrywide. The 20th Annual Christmas Hamper Drive culminated on Friday, December 21 when BEL staff distributed hampers to 90 families and 60 senior citizens. Through yearlong donations from employees and the Company, the hampers valued at approximately 5300 each were prepared with ingredients for a traditional Christmas dinner, groceries and toiletries. The Company also sponsored luncheons and employees volunteered at Belize Assemblies for Persons with Diverse Abilities, Welcome Resource Center, and for the elderly at Octavia Waight Center in Cayo, Casa Chan Ka'an in Corozal Town, and HelpAge Belize City. On Christmas morning, employees will prepare and serve breakfast to the homeless and shut-ins in Belize City.

Christmas Festivities at BTB

Downtown Belize City during the weekend Christmas rush
It was busier earlier today but nothing like the city lights at night.

La Cruz Maya y el ser Maya: Bernardo Caamal Itzá
żQué diferencia existe entre la Cruz Maya y la traída por los espańoles? De principio, sus orígenes se remontan a los inicios de la cultura maya, aunque actualmente muchos la confunden con la Cruz traída por los espańoles. La Cruz Maya representa a las deidades de un espacio relacionadas con la milpa. De tal forma que en cada uno de los cuatro puntos cardinales del xu’uk –mojoneras de la milpa- los abuelos nos platican que ahí moran los dioses, y por tanto con frecuencia son honrados con el Sakaj –la bebida sagrada- para que sean benévolos en la actividades que se realizan en el lugar. Ahora hay nuevas generaciones de mayas insensibles a su cultura debido a un modelo educativo impuesto que generó una barrera para propiciar el diálogo intergeneracional.

Communities Countrywide Celebrate Cultural Festivities and Celebrations which Form Part of Belize’s Intangible Cultural Heritage
The National Institute of Culture and History, NICH, through its Institute for Social and Cultural Research, ISCR, takes pleasure in advising the public of upcoming and ongoing cultural activities celebrated in Belizean communities during the December Period: Las Posadas, Grand Ball, and the Christmas Bram. These cultural celebrations, among others, form part of Belize’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. Intangible Cultural Heritage or living heritage refers to practices, traditions, cultural expressions, knowledge and skills handed down from generation to generation. This heritage provides communities with a sense of identity and is continuously recreated. We take the opportunity to applaud all communities actively involved in the preservation and safeguarding of our living heritage.

Adopt a Bear Gift Distribution with Santa - 2018 Moments
Photos by Karen Brodie

Channel 7

No Charges for Cop Caught With Aviation Fuel
On last week Friday's news, we told you about the suspected drug plane which landed illegally at a Mennonite Farm a few miles away from Barranco Village in the Toledo District on last week Thursday night. Tonight, police officers are being investigated for their proximity to this crime. Acting Police Commissioner Chester Williams discussed the case at length, today including the suspension, and disciplinary charges that Police Constables Peter Graham and John Ordonez are facing because of this latest illegal landing: Chester Williams, Acting ComPol: "We received information that a plane was on the ground at Plett's Farm in the Barranco area. That is about 3 miles away from Barranco and we quickly deployed elements of the anti-narcotic unit as well as BSAg to the location where the plane was found. It is a single engine plane, similar to the one that was found in the Blue Creek area couple months ago."

Sr. Supt. Howell Hightails It From Accident Scene?
So, while those officers from the rank and file must explain to their superiors why fingers are being pointed in their direction, a senior cop has been issued with a notice of intended prosecution after he allegedly slammed into a civilian's parked vehicle over the weekend and fled the scene. That officer is Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett, the commander of the Eastern Division Region 1, which was formerly known as Eastern Division South. Sheraine Mas, a resident of Belize City, reported to police that on Saturday night at around 10 p.m., she parked her black Wingle pick-up truck in front of Herbal Life on the far left-hand side of the George Price Highway, facing Belmopan City. She was attending a Christmas party, when she and others heard the loud bang of a traffic accident.

Broad Daylight Gang Shooting in OW
We turn now to a suspected gang shooting in Orange Walk, which happened yesterday evening on the Belize/Corozal Road, near a barber shop. 22 year-old David Diaz, a suspected affiliate of one of the gangs in Orange Walk, was shot to to the left leg by a man on a motorbike Police told us more: ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City: "Just after 5:35PM Orange Walk police visited the Northern Regional Hospital where they observed a male person by the name of David Dennis Diaz, 22 years old suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the left side of his knee. The information is that Mr. David was standing at the corner of Staines Alley and Belize Corozal Road where he was approached by a male person..."

Man Shot In Bedroom While 9 Year Old Sleeps
Early this morning in Hopkins Village, a 45 year old man was shot inside his bedroom where his 9 year old son was also sleeping. Alvin Lopez told police he heard footsteps followed by multiple gunshots into his house:.. ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City: "On Monday, 24th December 2018, at about 12:45am, Dangriga police visit the Western Regional Hospital where they observed Mr. Alvin Lopez, 45 year old Belizean who was suffering from apparent gunshot wound to the upper knee..."

Diesel Prices Down, So Are Sulfur Levels
You might call it a Christmas gift from Belmopan - but the price of Diesel and Premium fuel is going down quite a bit for Christmas day. At midnight, just as Santa is striking up that old sleigh, diesel is going down by 92 cents, from $10.75 per gallon to 9.83 per gallon, and premium is going down from $11.32 to $10.41 per gallon. This is the first time since March of this year that diesel has been under ten dollars per gallon. And to make this news even merrier, the diesel you'll be putting in is now significantly cleaner than it used to be. It now meets the Central American Standard for low sulfur diesel.

Hon. Elrington Declaims Against The Wilfred Disclaimer
And tonight we have the final installment of last week's extended interview with Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington. We asked Elrington about the ICJ Education Campaign from which he has been removed - so that he doesn't say anything inflammatory. But, he's such a liability to his government's "Yes" campaign that there's a disclaimer about him on the government's referendum website. We asked him about that:.. Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs: "But I am not integral to the team, I'm really about peripheral. So that intemperate statement which I may make cannot be put at the feet of the team, because I am not integral to the team."

Elrington: Saying No To ICJ Helps Guatemala
And while Elrington blames his own people for biting on PUP bait, he blames Belizeans who want to vote "no" to the ICJ for playing into Guatemala's hands. Elrington said he finds it unbelievable:.. Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs: "Now what I find interesting is that the Guatemalans who had for over 80 years said no to the ICJ. The British invited them from the 1930s. They refused and suddenly Belizeans are now saying, there are those among us who are now joining the Guatemala in this NO. I find that so amazing. It blows my mind and this is an extract from a fellow named Pablo Hurtado and this is the question that was asked of Pablo."

One Draw, Five-Hundred Bucks For Canuck
He took just a draw but a Canadian man paid dearly for it. Tracy Deach was hauled into court today after Caye Caulker police pulled up on the 51 year old in public with a cigar like object in his mouth. Suspecting it was weed, police arrested him. In court today Deach pleaded guilty to smoking cannabis. In his defense he said he had only taken one draw when police apprehended him. That one draw proved quite costly for him. The court fined him $500 plus $5 of court cost and was ordered to pay forthwith. Deach paid the fine and was released today.

Corona Contraband Christmas Party on Caye Caulker Cancelled!
And keeping it on Caye Caulker, someone's contraband Christmas party got seriously messed up when island cops intercepted a whole lot of Mexican beers on the Ocean Ferry Water taxi. Island cops seized twenty-one and a half cases of assorted Mexican beers during a cargo search. The beers was handed over to customs.

Major Weight of Weed Out West
Also on Saturday, a joint police operation in San Ignacio led cops to confiscate a whopping 72 pounds of marijuana in an area off the Casa Maya Road in the Shawville area. Today, police told us that although the weed was deposited as found property, they suspect that it belongs to a known drug peddler in the area:

Carrying a Serious Criminal Kit on A Bus
Diligent police work also led the cops to intercept a man who was carrying a prohibited firearm on a James Bus this morning. At around 7:00, the Independence police were carrying out a routine checkpoint at the junction of Monkey River Road and the Southern Highway. They stopped a James Bus, and a search of led them to find 36 year-old Marvin Monge, a resident of Belize City, with a .45 pistol, which had 4 live rounds. Police shared more with the press this morning:

In Death, Ernie Miranda Was Earl Hyatt
Police also shared the details about last week Friday's fatal stabbing of the man identified as Ernie Miranda. They've since been able to confirm that his name is actually 36 year-old Earl Abraham Hyatt, and here's what police know so far about the strange circumstances of his body's discovery in a drain on Morning Glory Street in Belize City: ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "On Friday, the 21st of December, 2018, just before 7 in the morning, police visited an area in front of #441 Morning Glory Street, where upon arrival, they observed the lifeless body of a male person inside of the drain..."

Moro Mobbed and Stabbed At Wedding
A man was viciously jumped and stabbed at a weeding in the Burrell Boom on Saturday night. Paul Moro Sr. was at a wedding with his wife when he had a misunderstanding with a woman. More and his wife were leaving when he was mobbed and stabbed by a group of men. Police told us about his condition:

No Charges For Alleged Cleghorn Arsonist
You may remember last week Friday morning's fire on Cleghorn Street in Belize City, which left 11 persons homeless. A two storey house was almost completely destroyed after one of the tennants allegedly lit some items on fire in his room intentionally, and left it to burn. That's arson, a criminal offense, but today, police told us that they may not be able to bring criminal charges. Here's how they explained why: ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "On Friday, the 21st of December, 2018, at about 9:30 a.m., police visited #6701 Cleghorn Street, the scene of a fire. Upon arrival, police observed a wooden structure, 2 storey, where they observed that the upper flat of the building was on fire. Fire personnel arrived at the location.."

Pair of Missing Men Found
On Friday, Iverson Neal's family was in an uproar. They accused police and his significant other of spreading all kinds of misinformation and misrepresentations about him. Thankfully, tonight, all that is at an end. He was found safe and sound over the weekend in Belmopan - slightly dehydrated but otherwise alright. Police told us more:... ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City: "Police were able to locate two of the male persons. The first one was located on Saturday in Belmopan. That was the person of Iverson Neal. He was found sometime in the evening in the outskirts of Belmopan by a concerned citizen, who thereafter handed him over to the police. Police noticed that Mr. Neal was dehydrated and was going through some kind of delusion and he was taken to the hospital, where thereafter family members arrived and he was handed over to the family. We have not had an opportunity to speak to him because I know that he was taken to seek medical attention this morning."

Family Worries For Seaman Greg Dillon, Missing Two Weeks
Another family which will spend the Christmas worrying about their loved one is the family of Greg Dillon, the missing fisherman. He's been missing for two weeks and tonight his family is desperate for answers. His family is asking for your prayers and for mariners to be on the lookout for him. They are also asking for fuel donations, since they mostly have to search for him via boat. Finally, they thank all those who have helped so far.

48 Encroachments on Western Protected Areas
There are 48 active illegal encroachments on the Western border within a radius of 90 kilometers, a recent FCD study shows. On the 12th of December, Friends for Conservation and Development along with the Belize Defense Force conducted an aerial reconnaissance mission from Arenal Village in Cayo to Santa Rosa in Toledo. The flight covered four protected areas: Vaca Forest Reserve, Caracol Archeological Reserve, Chiquibul National Park and Columbia River Forest Reserve. According to the study, six types of activities were documented: old active fields, farms with houses, multi-crop farms, pastures, cattle farms and marijuana fields.

Cops Make Christmas For PC Martinez's Family
As you may recall, PC Osborne Martinez was killed while on duty in November of this year. His six children were left without a father - and now that Christmas is here, his family feels his loss strongly. And so, today, the police department stepped in to give them a little boost and support at Christmas as they greive and moun the loss of their breadwinner. Here's more from that event.

Help With Hampers
While the police were helping the Martinez family, BEL and their employees helped over 150 families and senior citizens. On Friday, BEL held its 20th annual hamper drive; these hampers were filled with goodies valued up to $300. And, as per tradition, employees will also feed breakfast to the homeless and shut-ins in Belize City on Christmas morning.

Christmas On "The Alberts"ť
Old habits die hard and for us today at Channel 7 that couldn't be truer. So, in keeping with tradition we hit the streets of down town Belize City this Christmas Eve to get a sample of the street sentiment - also known as "how di Christmas di come?" It had been pouring rain all day but it didn't stop the hustle and bustle of the last minute Christmas shopping.

Channel 5

Top Cop Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett Served with N.I.P. for RTA
Commander of Eastern Division South Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett would normally appear on the news for the community policing work he continues to do, but tonight the senior police officer [...]

2 PG Police Officers Suspended for Alleged Role in Suspected Drug Plane Landing in Barranco
Two officers have been suspended pending further investigation into a suspected drug plane in southern Belize. Police Constables Peter Graham and John Ordonez are in trouble with the law tonight [...]

Was Suspected Drug Plane Picking Up or Discharging Illicit Cargo?
News Five has been reliably informed that the aircraft was not making a drop, but was in fact carrying out a pickup. As has been seen in previous suspected drug [...]

72 lbs of Weed Found in Shawville Area, Cayo
A joint operation on Saturday resulted in police discovering more than seventy pounds of marijuana. Police say that the operation was conducted near the Casa Maya Road of the Shawville [...]

Man Attacked, Beaten and Stabbed at Wedding
Police are investigating the savage beating and stabbing of Paul Moro. Moro and his wife were at a wedding on Saturday in Burrell Boom Village when he got into an [...]

Deceased Ernie Miranda is Earl Abraham Hyatt
Thirty-six-year-old Ernie Miranda was fatally stabbed on Thursday night sometime before twelve a.m.  His lifeless body was not discovered until Friday morning by sanitation workers collecting garbage on Morning Glory [...]

The Re-emergence of ‘Gang War in Shuga City
A young man was shot on Sunday evening and investigators believe that it may be gang related. The victim is twenty-two-year-old David Diaz and it is reported that he is [...]

Who shot Alvin Lopez?
Police in Hopkins Village are investigating a shooting incident which left forty-five-year-old Alvin Lopez injured. Lopez was inside his home in the village when he heard gunshots. He told police [...]

Iverson Neal Found Alive and Well Outside of the Garden City
The saga of Iverson Neal who went missing from Belize City on December eleventh, has come to a positive end.  The twenty-three-year-old was found alive near the outskirts of Belmopan [...]

Missing Man Found Alive and Well
Benson Jerry Butler was found alive and in good health over the weekend. The fifty-three-year-old resident of West Lake Area of Western Paradise Village had been reported missing last week [...]

Man Busted with .45 Firearm
A man is in police custody and facing firearm offences. He is thirty-seven-year-old Marvin Monge and according to police, he was busted with a handgun at a checkpoint early this [...]

21 Cases of Contraband Mexican Beers Seized
Someone’s Christmas plans were ruined on Saturday after police in Caye Caulker confiscated twenty-one cases of contraband Mexican beers on Saturday afternoon. Police say officers searched a cargo at Ocean [...]

No Charges to be Brought against Tenant Who Torched Cleghorn Street Apartment
On Friday morning, a house fire on Cleghorn Street destroyed the upper flat of a two-storey wooden structure.  The blaze was the result of a tenant deliberately setting his room [...]

Family of 8 Loses Home to Fire
Fire completely destroyed a house at mile sixteen on the Stann Creek Valley Road over the weekend. A family of eight lost all their personal belongings, as well as the [...]

Sun Country Airlines Commences Seasonal Flights to Belize
The inaugural flight from Minneapolis courtesy of Sun Country Airlines landed at the Philip Goldson International Airport around eleven a.m. on Saturday. The flight, which will bring tourists to Belize [...]

Golden Tree Hotel Debacle Resolved
Golden Tree Hotel was temporarily closed down by the Belize Tourism Board for having violated the Hotel and Tourists Accommodation Act due to non-payment. Within twenty-four hours, the owners of [...]

Fallen Cop’s Family Gifted with Christmas Goodies
Back in November we told you about the shooting death of on-duty cop, Osbourne Martinez. The twenty-seven-year-old Police Constable was shot and killed when he responded to an armed robbery [...]

A Christmas Message from the Anglican Diocese to You
The joy of Christmas is being able to spend time with family and friends.  The spirit of the season is rooted in the celebration of the birth of Christ, a [...]

James Adderley and the Weekend in Sports
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities...]

LOVE FM

Police believe Orange Walk shooting is another in string of gang related violence in that municipality
Police say they have evidence to believe that gang rivalry was the possible reason for another shooting in Orange Walk Town. That happened on Sunday after five o’clock in the evening when 22-year-old David Dennis Dias was shot on his knee. ASP Alejandro Cowo, Belize Police Department: “Information is that Mr.David was standing at the …

Man is stabbed at wedding reception
A misunderstanding at a wedding reception resulted in the stabbing of a guest. According to police, on Saturday shortly before eleven o’clock, they found Paul Moro at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital with stab wounds in his lower back and abdomen. Moro was treated and discharged. ASP Cowo says he got caught up in an …

Police locate three missing persons; two were found dehydrated and delusional
There is good news to report as police have located three of the persons who had been reported missing over the last week. Among them is Iverson Neal, whose family had been searching for, for a week. Neal went missing exactly one week ago, on December 16th. Police say he was found by a resident …

School managements dock pay for teachers who participated in November rally
In November, no less than 1200 teachers under the guidance of the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) took their causes to the Capital. Proposal 22 along with hardship and commuting allowances were some of the grievances they were pursuing in addition to respect from the Ministry. Those teachers who marched on the capital will lose …

Hopkins resident ambushed and shot at home
A second man was shot to the knee and that incident happened in Hopkins Village this morning. According to police, shortly before one o’clock this morning officers were called to the home of 45-year-old Alvin Lopez in Hopkins Village. There they found Lopez injured on his knee. ASP Alejandro Cowo, Belize Police Department: “Initial police …

Police will not charge person believed to have started Cleghorn Street house fire
An early morning fire on Cleghorn Street in Belize City last Friday left eleven persons without a home. The two-storey wooden house sustained serious damage which displaced three persons who lived in the upper flat and a family of eight who resided downstairs. Today police verified that the blaze was started by one of the …

Police investigate stabbing death of man found in drain
Just before seven on Friday Morning Belize City police found a male person in a drain on Morning Glory Street. The individual had died and upon a closer inspection, police noticed that he had been stabbed. While he was initially referred by the name Ernie Miranda, today police say they have verified his true identity. …

Teachers’ hardship allowance pay inconsistent, BNTU looks into the matter
The matter was discussed at a council meeting held last Friday. BNTU President Elena Smith said that they also discussed another issue that was brought to their attention. That surrounds hardship allowance. Smith says the BNTU has been told that at least one school management made hardship allowance payments using a proposed new list. She …

Officers suspended in relation to Plane that landed near Barranco
The plane that landed on a farm near Barranco Village last week Thursday did not come as stealthily as its pilot had hoped. It was being tracked by authorities in Venezuela. The security forces in Belize was informed and kept abreast of the plane as they verified that there was no late night flight scheduled …

NTUCB lays out issues for 2019
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) held its 52nd Annual General Meeting on December 10th. The NTUCB elected the leader of the Belize Energy Workers Union as its president. Marvin Mora now takes on the helm of the country’s strongest coalition for a two year term. Love News spoke to Mora who explained …

Deceased Cop’s Family meet with Police
27 year old Constable Osbourne Martinez was killed in the line of duty when he responded to reports of a robbery near the Belcove hotel in on Regent Street West in Belize City. That was on November second and the shootout prompted more calls for the police department to issue vests to officers …

Police discover over 70 pounds of weed in Cayo
Cayo police came across a large amount of weed stashed away in an open lot in San Ignacio. The weed was found on Saturday night after police received a tip. Assistant Superintendent of Police Alejandro Cowo provided more information on the discovery …

The Reporter

MULTI-VEHICLE – WEST-LINE BUS ACCIDENT ON THE GEORGE PRICE HWY
There was an accident a short while ago (Dec. 24th. 7pm) on the George Price Highway involving a Westline Bus, a van and a pickup. While we are told there were no fatalities, other details are scarce at this time. It has been raining heavily for most of the day, The Reporter advises motorists to exercise all caution on the roads which are very wet, and to drive slower.

MISSING STUDENT SHOWS UP ON FACEBOOK WITH OLDER-MAN
Police have issued a Missing Person’s report for Jenene Teul, 15, Belizean student of San Ignacio Town. She was reported missing on Sunday, December 23, 2018. Anybody with any knowledge of her whereabouts is asked to call 911/922. The Reporter understands that Teul may be in the company of one Francisco Bolon, who has placed pictures of himself and Teul ‘in a relationship’ on his FB page.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

David Diaz, 22, shot yesterday; Police investigating
A man is lucky to be alive after he was shot yesterday evening. He has been […]

Woman robbed at gunpoint in San Ignacio
A woman was robbed at gunpoint just before 1 a.m. today. She has been identified as […]

Cost of diesel and premium goes down on Christmas Day
For the second time this month, consumers will benefit from an ease at the pump. That is […]

Shooting reported in Hopkins, Stann Creek
A shooting incident this morning has left one man injured. He has been identified as Alvin […]

Belize~ Thank you for Reading
By Richard Harrison: I say special thanks to all the people who seek out and read my articles throughout the year. My informed opinions are generated from my extensive formal education, work and business experiences…they are organically Belizean. […]

San Ignacio teen reported missing
Out west police have issued an official missing person report for a female student. She has […]

Blogs

Sweet Potato Pudding – an unexpected treat for the holidays!
Possibly my favorite treat, especially around the holidays, is the Sweet Potato Pudding. Ground sweet potatoes (purple skinned with starchy white flesh), freshly grated ginger, some thick, creamy coconut milk, and brown sugar to enhance the sweet potato are all mixed and placed in a pan to bake till it’s a gorgeous dark hue. The old-fashioned way involved my mother sitting me down with a large bowl in my lap, box grater in hand, peeled and chopped potatoes and a nice knob of ginger ready for grating. (Yes, having children around was handy for these kinds of tasks.) Oh, but in the meantime, she was busy chopping down a fresh young banana leaf from the tree in the backyard.

Porcupine and Heavenly Sea Urchin
One of the perks of my job is that I get invited to some pretty cool places and as a result, I get to try some pretty great stuff. I was there to photograph a small part of the Christmas dinner special by Chef Nolvin. I also invited to eat at O Restaurant and sample the regular menu with a plus one. For now, onto the specific holiday dishes I was asked to photograph. Click through to see the full Christmas dinner menu and pricing. If you have not booked your holiday meal call O restaurant to make reservations 226-4249

Happy Holidays and A Look Back on 2018
The coolish weather continues – I’m wearing a sweatshirt as I type – but I wanted to recap 2018. My first blog post was June 2011 so I’m well into it…but Belize continues to amaze and intrigue me. There is still SO much to learn and I didn’t get to travel enough…at all. While many of my posts focus on weather or errands or news about town, my year was punctuated by some more significant events. And running throughout was the influx of sargasso seaweed – the plague our shores from mid-February and is clearing up a bit now. But that may just be a temporary wind shift situation. Here’s a relatively quick recap of my entire year.

12 Things You Must Do While Spending Christmas in Belize
North Americans fed up with ice and snow fly south like the migrating tree swallow birds during the winter months, but no experience quite compares to the Christmas holidays in Belize. Pack your bags. And your dancing shoes. But don’t pack your expectations because we promise that they will be exceeded! Here are a dozen things you will want to do to celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience known as Christmas in Belize.

Actun Chapat Tour with St. Leonard's Tours
St. Leonard's Tours offers fun and professional services to anyone who wants an adventure in Belize. One of their most fun tours in Belize is a spelunking journey into the underworld of Xibalba at Actun Chapat Cave. Accompanying us were 3 expert cave guides, Mr. Rodolfo, Elio, and Shanice. The name “Actun Chapat” means “Centipede Cave;” and if you can make the connection, the cave is littered with centipedes inside. Don’t worry, they won’t bite. Getting to Actun Chapat requires a short drive to Cave World Adventures Park in San Jose Succotz Village, and a hike for about 20 minutes before reaching the cave entrance. At the park there are many activities that you can do such as horseback riding, natural spa, rock climbing, and hiking. For our trip, we were interested in exploring the extensive cave system in the area so we headed straight for Actun Chapat.

Must-Have Culinary Experience in San Ignacio Belize
San Ignacio Town is becoming the perfect stop for foodies traveling to Belize. You can enjoy a trip through the stalls at the local farmer’s market to eat like the locals, or even find fresh seafood from the emerging street food scene. Better yet, you can book an authentic Belizean cooking experience with Cook a Belizean Adventure. This is a MUST-HAVE experience for the next time you’re in San Ignacio. This is more than just a food tour...this is an authetic food adventure!

10 Reasons Why Belize is Central America’s Hidden Gem
Belize is located on the Central American mainland just south of Mexico, but it looks and feels like a Caribbean country. If you are looking for a destination that offers white sandy beaches, ancient Maya cities, delicious cuisine, verdant jungles, turquoise waters that are ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling, and friendly people to mingle with, then you should add Belize to your bucket list. Below are the 10 reasons why you should pack your bags and visit Belize in 2019:

Tis the Season for Rompopo
Whether you’re rich or poor, Mestizo or Creole, there’s one thing that is never missing in Belizean homes during the Christmas holidays. I’m talking about Rompopo, Belize’s Christmas holidays’ drink equivalent to North America’s eggnog. December in Belize just ain’t the same without it! Rompopo is far better than your regular eggnog, though. I’m totally being biased but please indulge me, since I can’t help myself. I grew up drinking it religiously for Christmas and New Years, and aside from it being absolutely delicious, the flavors spark countless fond memories. Since it’s the season of giving, I’ll be sharing my family’s not-so-secret Rompopo recipe. By following this recipe you will now be able to make your own at home and have the same experience as most Belizeans have during the holidays. I hope you’re excited!

Videos

  • Bishop Phillip Wright - Christmas Message, 35min. As Bishop Phillip Wright said, "It is important to remember the reason why we are celebrating and not just about the gifts and food."

  • Christmas caroling from Rohjani and Tremett Perriott!, 24min.

  • Precision N' Style Dance group, 17min. Precision N' Style Dance group did a lovely dance for us and shared a bit on how their recent Christmas program went.

  • Belize, Caye Caulker Diving December 2018, 6.5min. In December 2018 we went diving in Belize, Caye Caulker.

  • Glimpse of the Belize Zoo, 2.5min.

  • Biking to Not-So-Secret Beach in Belize, 3.5min.

  • Belize-Travel Diary, 8min. My vacation in Belize August 2018.

  • Belize Scuba Diving 2018, 4.5min. Snorkeling @ Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. Scuba Diving @ the Blue Hole, Halfmoon Caye Wall, and the Aquarium

  • Gervase Belize 2018, 12min.

  • Belize Christmas parade, 1.5min.

  • Bicycles for Four Children: Central TV & Internet Belize, 5min. It was a pleasure to gift these four children with brand new bicycles for this Holiday Season.

  • Belizean Rum Popo | Egg Nog | Crema, 6min.