Showing posts from September 24, 2017

Famous Halloween Party at Holiday Hotel San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

Its that time of the year to dust off your bustiers and thongs and let's get ready for Halloween! Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related guising), attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows' Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration. Some Christians historically abstained from meat on All Hallows' Eve, a tradition reflected in the eating of certain vegetarian foods on this vigil day, including apples, potato pancakes, and soul cakes. In Belize, the month of September Red, White and Blue has been replaced by the month of October. And, we welcome October's best…

Say No to Plastic in Belize

They come in crazy, bendy, and color-changing varieties. And, while many people use them daily, their 20 minutes of convenience have major hidden consequences. I’m talking about drinking straws.
History of Straws
Humans have been using “drinking tubes” for over 7,000 years. Mesopotamians used straws made of reeds or gold to filter beer, and the Chinese used tubes to sip on cloudy rice wine. In Egypt, one inscription shows that straws prevented the accidental slurping up of insects while drinking at night. The Guaraní people of South America drank yerba mate, a caffeine-loaded infusion, with filter straws called bombillas long before the arrival of Spaniards in the 1500s. And, in the 1800s in Europe and North America, dried wheat shafts and rye straws became popular until the invention of the paper straw in 1888.
In more recent history, the United States likely propelled the use of disposable straws. In the early 1900s, when polio and tuberculosis were rampant in the country and peopl…

Projects Abroad Launches Literacy Program At New Placement In Belize

A successful first year for Projects Abroad‘s literacy program in Belize has inspired the opening of a second project placement this month. Since September 2016, volunteers have been working with children from Holy Cross Anglican School on Projects Abroad’s Teaching Project in Belize, and from this month onwards will also be able to work at New Horizons Elementary School.

In twelve months Projects Abroad’s Teaching Project in Belize has benefitted 60 children between the ages of four and fifteen who struggle to read and write. Four students have managed to graduate entirely from the program, twelve have graduated to a higher level, 85% have mastered two or more sections in their level, and 98% of students have improved.

The creative mind behind the literacy program in Belize is Susan Barkhouse, a Canadian who has been living in Belize since 2013. “I volunteered to read with students at the local Belizean Primary School and the reading program wasn’t meeting the needs of the students,…

Mahogany Bay to open this December in san Pedro Ambergris Caye

SAN PEDRO, Belize, Saturday, September 2, 2017 – The highly anticipated Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio – A Collection By Hilton, will begin welcoming guests in December.
The first luxury resort from a global brand to open in the country, Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club is being built from the ground up on Ambergris Caye, Belize. Set on 60 acres and nestled in a grove of tropical foliage, the resort is designed for those seeking relaxed adventure, offering 205 charming cottages and villa-style accommodations.
At the helm of this new Belizean experience is industry icon, general manager Niklaus Leuenberger and Edward Donaldson as director of sales and marketing. With nearly 50 years of combined hospitality expertise, they will spearhead the December opening.
“This will be a one-of-a-kind, authentic, Belizean resort,” said Leuenberger. “Building a new property on an island as striking as Ambergris Caye has been a real labor of love. Every detail of the resort has been …

GAIA Riverlodge: Belize Balance in a Rainforest Getaway

Set next to a river and waterfalls in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, this secluded woodsy-chic lodge is 22 km from Rio Frio Cave. 
Rustic rooms and cabanas with wood floors and furniture offer views of the waterfalls, the gardens or the mountains. Cabanas are screened and have thatched roofs, and some are set beside the river. There's also a riverside villa with a kitchenette, a living room and a screened porch with hammocks. There are no TVs, phones or Internet-access.
Amenities include a restaurant/bar with outdoor seating on a veranda overlooking the waterfalls. There's also access to tranquil pools in the river for swimming.
Belize is a nation unspoiled by overdevelopment, and home to residents whose ancestries range from African to Mayan, Indian to Chinese. Its allure rests in its majestic mountains, modest towns, and diverse history, both ancient and recent. GAÏA Riverlodge is nestled above the Five Sisters waterfalls in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. …

2017 Events Happening in Belize City

Mark Your Calendars | 12th Edition of the Belize International Film Festival | November 9 - 12, 2017 ---

Saturday, September 30th 7:00am Half Primary Led Class
Saturday, September 30th 5:00pm Ashtanga Fundamentals
This workshop begins with a brief exploration of the origin of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga, and then moves on to the cornerstone of the practice: the tristana method. Ashtanga truly takes on a different quality when you weave the breath, bandhas (locks), drishti (focal point) and postures together. There will be special emphasis on Sun Salutations, transitions, and locating the hidden backbends in the primary series. 
Sunday, October 1st 8:00am-10:00am Intro to Mysore Style practice
This workshop session introduces the powerful concept of Mysore style practice. Knowing the Ashtanga sequence gives practitioners a powerful tool that they can carry with them wherever they go. In addition, this style of practice allows a teacher to work on specific…