When i was 18 I moved to the Netherlands and made Amsterdam my home after hopping thru almost every city .. =) .. Amsterdam was the one place which resonated with me, so i made it my home for the past 15 years. Every year since then I returned to my hometown of Sint Maarten to visit my family and soak up some sunshine.. and then i began doing photo-shoots due to a high demand. So every year i would return maybe twice a year .. for shoots and sunshine and family.. and this would be my view.. coming in to the island. =) Always such a great feeling when leaving cold Amsterdam in the winter (even tho i looove winter !! but i love my original skin colour too hehe)
I have taken so many of these shots before.. and altho these are not my best. I just wanted to show you .. on my new blog.. what the view is like.. coming into sint maarten. It is my hometown, where i was born and raised, where i grew up. It is the place i still love but have some issues with when it comes to environmental exploitation and animal abuse. Be aware that despite the paradise.. there are some issues which need dealing with.. but it is a gorgeous island.
I was condemned and ridiculed (still to this day but it is okay) in January of 2013 because of my outspokenness on the island, granted i did not do what i was accused of but i never denied my opinion of the island and the way politicians run it. I believe that if we welcome visitors to the island, we should also TELL THE TRUTH. ... and the truth is.. it is an incredible place to live and vacation.. but if you are an animal lover or respect nature.. there are a few things you must turn blind eyes to and deaf ears. I for one hope that change will come .. sooner than later... and it begins with the banning of what government considers out culture (for their own gain) and decided to legalize ... cockfighting and dogfighting. smh. It is so brutal. I wonder what kind of school trips the kids go on? Cockfighting events perhaps? ridiculous.
Anyways.. my island in the sun, my hometown. i will be sure to share more images. I will update this particular blog OR i will create a new one with images of the island.
Sint Maarten (Dutch pronunciation: [sɪnt ˈmaːrtə(n)]) is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It encompasses the southern half of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, while the northern half of the island constitutes the French overseas collectivity of Saint-Martin. Its capital is Philipsburg. Its population is 37,000 on 34km2. Source --> Wikipedia