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Negril Trip Report - Arrival at the Whistling Bird

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  • Negril Trip Report - Arrival at the Whistling Bird

    Not sure how I'll organize this report, but let's just get started. This is a first time for me, so I hope it all comes across ok.

    Nov 17th, the much anticipated departure date has finally arrived. We're a group of 14 coming from St. Louis Mo and 2 are joining us from Chicago. We range in age from 20 to 40. The kids, (my husbands boys) are bringing their girlfriends who are newbies and actually have never been out of the state before. Are they in for a surprise or what?! We have a couple other newbies on board this year, yet all are virgins to the Whistling Bird except my husband (Tim) and I.

    A lady in the airport said next year we should have reality show tailing us and she's probably right. What a commotion we tended to make. All in fun tho and lots of laughs.

    After a long day of travel, we're finally on Jamaican soil, breathing the hot air outside, stripping off the winter clothes and waiting for Errol to pick us up. We have tons of luggage since I sent each couple with an extra bag chock full of Ivan relief goods. Errol greeted us with open arms and cold Stripes. I made the girls ride in the front seat so they could get the full effect. I get the biggest kick out of watching the newbies on the bus ride. Even heard them scream a few times. lol. Due to airline delays there were a couple of guys on our busride who were total jerks, but we won't even go there.

    We pull up at the Bird and our crazy Chicago friends are waiting in the street. (We met them in Negril at our Wedding 6 years ago and have been very close friends ever since).

    This is the old carpenter Mr Mendis (sp?) who's responsible for a lot of the woodwork around the resort. He is a piece of work himself. This shot was taken later in the trip. Our friend was going to take his picture as he stood there. Mr M motioned for us to wait, then pulled the tarp off as if he were performing a magic trick and revealed the Bird sign. He stood there posing proudly.



    As we stumble off the bus, we run through the gates to our room then through the resort looking for our favorite familiar faces (leaving our children there to fend for themselves! lol.)

    First, there's Bim. Bim is very special to us. I could do a whole report on him and him alone.


    Then there's Lilly who has a heartwarming laugh that can be heard from one end of the resort to the other.


    And Ms G. She's been around forever and makes a mean rum punch. She plays the good old tunes like Barry White and Marvin Gay when she's at the bar. Great music for sunset!


    Joseph usually does security and has hot blue mountain coffee ready for all the guests before the sun comes up. Last year he didn't say much of anything, but this year he really came out of his shell!


    And there's Natalie. She doesn't work there anymore, but stopped by on occasion to visit with us.


    We can't forget Turner, Snow and Damian the cooks who prepare some of the best meals I've ever had wherever, whatever and whenever you're ready mon.

    More to come...

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    Oh this is nice. Miss Lilly makes the meanest drink this side of this ocean, but many a time when I would order another one Miss G would look at me like "You're drinking too much." LOL

    Bim is the MAN, and Joseph is so quiet, and Mr. Mendez, I could just eat him up with a spoon. OK continue on I am here with you.
    IF you are sittting around waiting to see me fail, your [censored] is going to get mighty sore..

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    • #3
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      YYYEEEEAAAAA!!! Another trip report!!!
      In the best of business you should mind your business and leave other folks business alone.

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        Thanks for the trip report. I love the picture of Mendi with the Whistling Bird sign. They should use that on their website.

        I can tell you had a good time. Can't wait to see what the newbies and "kids" think. I bet they never saw you in this element before.

        Proceed please!
        If you like something, enjoy it, `cause it's going to change!
        If you don't like something, don't fret, `cause it's going to change!
        Unknown

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        • #5
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          Another one?!

          Y'all are spoiling me
          http://dv.daisypath.com/Vm68m5/.png

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            This pic is beautiful, worthy of a nice frame.
            PROUD to be Amiri's mama!

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            • #7
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              Normally, I wouldn't post a picture of friend doing something stupid in a drunken stupor, but there's a story to it...

              Every year, the first night gets a little crazy and we enjoy ourselves at the bar more than one should. We weren't there but 4 hours max and we had an injury. Our Chicago friend attempts to climb a palm tree, gets up there, flips around and can't get down. Yes, it's stupid. Yes, we warned him. No, he didn't listen.



              He gets hurt every year, so I'm almost relieved he got it over with, didn't have to go to the clinic and will have to stay put for the next 10 days they are there.

              The story goes on... We see Bim the next morning and asked him if he could find a cane for our injured friend. Within one hour, Mr Mendy's produced a crutch! Later he wrapped the arm piece in leather. It was perfect! Everyting, everytime, NO PROBLEM!


              Our friend is now humbled and mobile, yet not enough so as not to hurt himself again.



              more to come, should probably get some work done tho...

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                Originally posted by NapiHead327:
                [qb]

                This pic is beautiful, worthy of a nice frame. [/qb]
                Yep
                Just dpon't ask for Red Stripe #3. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/704555_dwl.gif[/img] [img]/forums/images/graemlins/704555_dwl.gif[/img] [img]/forums/images/graemlins/704555_dwl.gif[/img]
                IF you are sittting around waiting to see me fail, your [censored] is going to get mighty sore..

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                  NO nO

                  DO NOT STOP NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                  IF you are sittting around waiting to see me fail, your [censored] is going to get mighty sore..

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                  • #10
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                    wonderful wonderful

                    thank you for doing a trip report

                    i have always been fascinated with the bird...hopefully they will complete the a/c addition soon so i can stay there

                    keep it coming
                    Jamaica.....a place your body goes to find where your mind and soul has always been

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                    • #11
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                      OK, I'm on a roll and I ain't stoppin' now.

                      The kids and the newbies are in awe. I just love hearing them talk and watching what they take pictures of. Here's some beach time stuff.

                      We're sitting enjoying the day as it turns to evening and there are a few local girls playing around us. I hear my husband say to them "Hey, who was that, who was singing?". The girls were laughing and one is pointing to the other saying "see, see, I told you..." She shyly replied that it was her singing and next thing I know she's kneeling down wailing away on a tune that would have melted America. I looked at my newbie girls and saw tears in their eyes. It was a beautiful moment.



                      Most of you have probably seen these two walking the beach over the years. Here's another duo that brought tears and joy to the hearts of my newby girls. They also got them to let loose into some of their "rap" songs with no holds barred. Very entertaining. When we got home Shaun, Tim's youngest, had their cd playing for us. Got me right in the gut and brought me back 5000 miles in an instant.

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                        More you say? So, I've become somewhat of an amateur bird watcher and I got a new digital camera. I walked the gardens everyday trying to get a good shot of a hummingbird. With no luck thus far, I asked good ole Bim. If anyone could produce a hummingbird for me, it was Bim. So, I'm walking back to the cottage from Breakfast and Bim comes running from the bushes somewhere hollering for me to come quick.

                        We watched birds and I snapped shot after shot of a male and female hummingbird as they chased each other around the tree. Next thing I know they wham, bam, smack into each other and lay on the ground still as can be. I asked Bim, "are they dead?" He laughed out loud and said, "No, they're having sex!" He said, "This is your lucky day!" I tell ya, that man can do anything!



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                        • #13
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                          There is AC in 3 of the units now... check em out. You'll be glad you did!

                          Originally posted by sammy:
                          [qb] wonderful wonderful

                          thank you for doing a trip report

                          i have always been fascinated with the bird...hopefully they will complete the a/c addition soon so i can stay there

                          keep it coming [/qb]

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                          • #14
                            Re: Negril Trip Report - Arrival at the Whistling Bird

                            (((Miss LazyJ)))

                            Luvin your report and photos!!!

                            Oh - My Bim :love: Nuff Said!

                            Lilly - That is such a lovely shot of her!! Her laughter .... one night in January - she and I were having a gigglin fit at the bar ... one of the Guests at the cottage closest had to come out to tell us to KEEP IT DOWN ... If it is not the music from the Jungle - it is Lilly and Laurel laffin keeping people awake ... [img]/forums/images/graemlins/704555_dwl.gif[/img]

                            Marilyn - Sometimes it takes Miss G a little time to warm up

                            Joseph was very animated at time throughout the week ... taken me this long to find that side of him ...

                            Miss LazyJ ... do you have any fotos of Natalies beautiful children?? I have a few from January I will post in my little collection ...

                            OK - MI DONE MASHIN YOUR THREAD!! I just had to chime in ...

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                              Yep I have this same effect on my men too.
                              IF you are sittting around waiting to see me fail, your [censored] is going to get mighty sore..

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