st. maarten island


Thats what you see when disaster strikes, when we’re dealing with the aftermath of crisis. Watching this storm for days has made me feel helpless. I cringe at the thought of my loved ones dealing with the aftermath, the loss and the pain they’ll go through. This Hurricane is inevitable.









This storm could land anywhere.

The least we can do is pray or send good vibes or good thoughts.

Those who have families in the islands: (UPDATED)

My father just called with some information about St. Thomas USVI:

(UPDATED with information off Emergency Operations Command)

- Winburg is completely leveled, uncles houses are destroyed

- 12 inches of rain so far, with at least another 5 anticipated

-Wind is considered the greatest threat, the governor reported many businesses and homes have lost their roofs

-The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority have lost its generating capacity, the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital is currently generating its own electricity. The hospital has had to relocate all patients from the third and fourth floors to the second floor due to flooding caused by roof damage.

-Flooding is compromising conditions at two emergency shelters. Reports indicate that water is rising at the E. Benjamin Oliver Elementary School Shelter and the Eldra Schulterbrandt Facility.

-There are four reported deaths thus far. A collapsing roof at the Lima Company Fire Station in Annas Retreat caused minor injuries to an Emergency Medical Technician and a Fire Fighter. The roof has collapsed blocking in Fire and Rescue.

-Island of Barbuda has been 90% destroyed, St. Maarten and St. Barts have been heavily destroyed, we can’t get in contact with Tortola but it is reported as highly damaged.

- Hurricane JOSE is too close to comfort for many of the islands that just got hit; A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Barbuda, Anguilla, Saint Maarten, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy. THESE ISLANDS CANNOT TAKE MUCH MORE DAMAGE.

Alot of my families homes have been destroyed, and we are searching for our loved ones. It’s extremely hard getting contact so please be patient and kind as a lot of people are in the same position as you. Please feel free to contact me and I can share all the information I have access to with to. Please please be safe.

Hurricane Irma wreaks major damage in Caribbean

Hurricane Irma has destroyed buildings and caused major flooding on several French island territories in the Caribbean.
The four “most solid” buildings on Saint Martin, shared by France and the Netherlands, were destroyed, French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said.
Significant damage is also being reported in the Dutch section.
The category five hurricane, the highest possible level, has sustained wind speeds reaching 295km/h (185mph).

The most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade first hit Antigua and Barbuda, before moving on to Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy - the French holiday destination popularly known as St Barts.Its “extremely dangerous core” is forecast by the US National Hurricane Center to move over parts of the northern Virgin Islands on Wednesday, passing near or just north of Puerto Rico, then passing near or just north of the coast of the Dominican Republic on Thursday.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from at-risk areas across the Caribbean. Residents have flocked to shops for food, water, and emergency supplies, and airports have closed on several islands which are popular holiday destinations.
In the US, Florida’s Key West area has ordered a mandatory evacuation, with landfall expected at the weekend. all pictures and text BBC news website.


Long lines usually mean a restaurant is good, right?

Last night, we were coming back from a drive around the island and pondering what to do for dinner. The windows were down and we heard loud music, which is how we spotted this little roadside shack, Lime Snack. We noticed there were long lines of people waiting to get in, so we stopped to investigate.

Turns out most people were waiting for tables, but as we just wanted take-out, they let us cut the line. A kindly old woman welcomed us in, in French, and showed us a menu, in French. Now, my French is a bit rusty, but I managed to ask what she recommended and she directed us towards the oxtail stew, which both Mutsumi and I love. Sold!

We got what you see above, a take-out container filled with the most luscious, tender oxtail stew, rice & peas, plantains, salad and potato salad… all for ten bucks!

We’ll be making several more stops at the Lime Snack in the coming days to explore their other islands eats… no matter how long the lines are!


Route De Orient Bay

Cul de Sac

St. Martin