Back home in urban Singapore and already, the villa, its people and surrounds feel like fragments of a long and vivid, technicolour dream...
Train tracks right outside, where a train to Colombo runs hourly/ Freshly picked and chopped coconuts after morning practice/ My view when I lay on the grass/ Freshly made hoppers for breakfast - what a treat!/ The bustling kitchen, where everything is made from scratch the traditional way - here, dhal is ground for dinner’s falafels. Every meal here was fresh, nourishing and bloody good/ The ever majestic, 111-year-old ancestral home/ The terrace, where we all hang out on to read, drink tea and more often than not, chat/ A near deserted strip of beach just across the road from the villa/ Devinda - host, owner and the best holiday papa who fed us, drove us and took care of our every need (often hunger-related 😂)/ Crossing the train tracks home from the beach with our ever present guard dog Bo!
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sekolah coconut trees sudah mulai buka pendaftaran untuk tahun ajaran 2019/2020 ya... ada free trial 2x pertemuan disetiap kelompok kecuali happy class ya mom, silahkan datang atau telpon untuk membuat janji trial class 😊. untuk yg mendaftar antara bulan desember 2018- maret 2019 akan mendaparkan disc biaya masuk sekolah sebesar 15% lho..... yuk hubungi sekolah coconut trees
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Sad coconut trees in « Happy Bay », Saint-Martin 😢🌴🇸🇽 #beforeafter
More than 1 year after hurricane Irma struck the island, most vegetation has regrown on the hills (in some areas particularly well) but coastal vegetation and coconut trees are taking a longer comeback, if ever at all... Natural disasters directly impact the economy with lower touristic seasons given that tourism accounts for more than 80% of the GDP of Sint Marteen - which dropped by 4% in 2017 following Irma. 🏖
There is also an indirect impact through ecosystem services loss. This means to recognize the value of the environment and the role it plays in the economy and social and cultural life of a place. For example coconut trees provide food, shade, renew soil fertility, prevent coastal erosion, maintain biodiversity, purify air, catch rainwater, and are a tourist attraction so they’re counting double! 💰
Seeing those impacts in small island states make it even more obvious that the economy cannot be separated from the environment, climate change adaptation and natural disaster preparedness. No man is an island, it’s not a only a local problem but a global issue. 🌎
And while world leaders currently talk at the COP24, I like to think that those resilient coconut trees calmly continue to gather the strength they need to regrow... 🥥