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Barack and Michelle Obama (former POTUS and First Lady) drawn by Artist Tina Sebàs.

The Sebàs family recently graced Cancun, Mexico; a vacation of a lifetime, where we basked in the sun, exfoliated, naturally, in salt and sand, soaked in the Caribbean Sea, feast without caution and learnt about Mexico’s history, first hand.

Cancun delivered as promised by thousands of reviewers and a second visit, by us, is more than likely.

We stayed at the Royal Islander All-Suite Resort, for a week, which must be considered a great part of our visit to Cancun, Mexico; after all, where ever we lay our heads, that is considered home….even if it’s only for a week.

An external view of the Royal Islander displays a grand structure, pillars of strength supporting an erection of eminence; an almost architectural masterpiece. With a driveway of superior length, from the Boulevard Kukulcan, and a welcoming arch as its crowning, arriving at the Royal Islander clearly states royal comfort.

Pulling up to its doors maintains the above-average feel with the overwhelming assistance from the concierge staff and the beautifully designed 13-steps entrance with its mermaid art centerpiece.

But the opening of its doors to the embrace of its reception area quickly subtracted points from our praise when we were ushered into a minute space, with unprofessional front desk personnel; the kind of reception area expected in an everyday bed and breakfast or budget styled hotel.

But surpassing the reception, the Royal Islander quickly gained more points of praise, from us, when we entered our suite; it was as showcased online with no hidden details.

Positives for the Royal Islander
Upon entering, we were captivated by a clean, fresh sense which reflects on the cleanliness of the suite.

The kitchen was of an adequate size, holding a large refrigerator, stove, blender, microwave, toaster, cups, plates and all necessary utensils, our suite’s living room area consisted of beautiful furniture, two sofas, a love seat, coffee table, radio, TV and had enough space to transform into a bedroom, for two, with its tucked away pull-down beds while still offering an area for dining.

The dressing area is roomy, with a decent sized mirror and holds the only bathroom sink. The toilet and shower are housed together, other than an impressive water pressure and maintained temperature, this area is average but clean. The towels and washcloths provided are of decent quality and with a satisfactory, though small closet area, consisting of an iron and board, safe, hangers and a shelf, it aided in making the suite more efficient.

The Master bedroom is large, with a queen-sized bed, night stands, alarm clock radio, a dresser with a mirror and plenty of space for storage. The bedroom and the living room both lead to the huge balcony which boasted a breath-taking view of the resort and the Caribbean Sea; we had an Ocean View Suite on the fourth floor (4444A).

Overall, the suite consisted of adequate lighting for each area and a thermostat to control and adjust its temperature.

Our reservation included breakfast at the restaurant Cayo Largo, where food remained consistently in abundance along with friendly service. Cayo Largo offered an option of self-served buffet breakfast or an “order what you want” style, where you can order a variety of breakfast foods; the Chefs there are quick and the foods are delicious, so despite waiting a few minutes for the “order what you want” breakfast, it is well worth it.

The supermarket at the Royal Islander is opened until 11pm; it sells most of what an individual on vacation would require and at a fair price, also the staff are friendly.

The grounds of the Royal Islander are kept clean 24/7 and although discreet, the maintenance staff can be seen doing their jobs which provided us so much comfort. The pools are of adequate sizes for both children and adults, and the waters are always at an inviting temperature.

Despite the numbers of guest, lounge chairs, by the pools, were still available; towels for beach and pool are separate from towels in the suites, and these are given by the recreational staff within two minutes’ walk from the pool.

The beach, at the Royal Islander, is great and the lifeguards are very vigilant; while lounging on the beach, other staff often check to see if you would like anything from the bar, which allows you to have an uninterrupted relaxation while still topping up on your refreshments.

Overall, The Royal Islander All-Suite Resort is a great non-all-inclusive resort to get away and relax in the Caribbean.

Negatives at the Royal Islander
(1) It does not offer any entertainment; therefore, if staying at the Royal Islander, keep in mind that entertainment is next to none and must be externally attained.

(2) Personal Concierge, as promised, is an overstatement. There is no personal concierge, but there are individuals who works for the Royal Resorts and will relentlessly invite you to a time-share seminar, without consideration of your vacation’s value; this can become overbearing.

(3) Front desk staff, namely Carmen needs to be re-trained in Customer Service; she is a brown-nose, who sucks up to regular visitors and treats the rest as foes.

Suggestion for the Royal Islander
In comparison to other resorts of prominent classes, the flaw of the Royal Islander’s reception area was obvious but fixable; instead of having a divided reception area separate from the guest sitting area, which deducts greatness from both sides, a removal of the unnecessary center wall and a relocation of the reception desk to where the additional lounge area currently exist, would provide a continuance of open grandness leading from its exterior that flows inside; lastly, employ individuals who actually have a passion for customer service.

©Ian T. Sebàs 2017

© Ian T. Sebàs

If there’s one thing to be learnt from the Donald Trump’s presidential reign, it is that the word “democracy”, in the USA, has lost its true definition; the Declaration of Independence and the Fourteen Amendments may as well be put in the White House basement while the Don sits in the Oval Office.

The United States of America has moved its position, in the world, from being most distinguished to being most comical, while the rest of the world are bamboozled and tickled by its activities.

Donald Trump, the 45th US President is to be blamed; he represents mockery of a national pride held by the USA for centuries, and will go down in history as the most controversial US president.

2017 will be marked as the turning point of when the United State of America truly lost face and grace. Social media is currently ablaze with hashtag Donald Trump posts; endless writings in ridicule and resentment of the US President.
Interestingly, some resentments and ridicules are from people around the world, other than US Citizens, but most dominantly, on the internet, are resentments from US Citizens; and who can blame them, after all, it is clear that they have been hoodwinked.

Meanwhile some Third World Countries are finding a shadow of humor in the latest US drama, and although they are sadden for the new position which US Citizens have now found themselves in, the irony is seen as an overnight First-World to Third-World transition.

The United States of America is currently demonstrating a similar kind of democracy which has been exercised in most Third World Countries for decades; whereas, the voice of the people is mute, despite their moving lips.
It is the type of abuse which the Americans, in past times, would gossip about over their morning coffees while feeling safe in their bubble of true democracy, before quickly forgetting that it is a real occurrence, affecting real people; now it has become their position and the original Third World Citizens are sarcastically saying, “Welcome to the club!”

“Home of the Brave” has turned out to be nothing more than wordplay of an impressive, but empty quote; it was expected that the so-called brave Americans would put up a fight and not be bullied into a dictatorship.

Democracy, especially, the kind of democracy which US Citizens were once entitled to, is an asset worth fighting for.
Democracy also means that if a sitting President is being protested, by a majority of his or her Country, the majority shall always rule and the President must step down to the satisfaction of the citizens; however, this move appears to be an impossibility in a Country which once prides itself on the plateau of democracy.

“Land of the Free” is currently being questioned. “Freedom to do or of what?”

God bless America.

© Ian T. Sebàs 2017

© Ian T. Sebàs

© Ian T. Sebàs


Of the 195 Countries in the world, Jamaica is one of the most go-to places for tourists; thus, making it one of the top earners from nature. Sun, sand and sea might be its main drivers, but its other gaining muscles, such as a unique culture, foods, plantations and the land itself also help in making the dough for this piece of paradise.

Bottom line, Jamaica, though reputed as being poor, is wealthy in both natural resources and money. One do not need to be educated at an advanced level to calculate and realize that an island of such equals to billions of dollars in revenue. Still, this society is inhabited by citizens of which 70% live in poverty; a transparent driving force behind its crimes and violence.

The government of Jamaica breeds criminals by being a body of selfish individuals, who cares very little about the welfare of the Jamaican citizens, and for this reason, no solid infrastructure is in place to assist the unemployed and low-income individuals of the island.
Unlike other wealthy Countries of the world, where unemployed mothers receive financial assistance for their children, from a government body, Jamaican mothers are on their own. So, despite the billions of dollars that Jamaica has earned over the past thirty years, it’s citizens have never fairly benefited from the dividends of the financial pie.

Hunger and hopelessness have the power to convert the saintliest of Saints to criminals; it is a calculated time-bomb. So, as long as the Jamaican government continues to cheat its citizens of their share of the island’s annual earnings and or benefits, crime and violence will remain.
Robberies and murders can only be deemed ‘senseless’ if a provision is in place, showing that assailants are already in a position of living above a humane poverty line; otherwise, despite the savagery, the crimes make all the sense in the world.

The Jamaican government can save many of its citizens from being victims of crimes by ceasing the exploitation of their ignorance; illiteracy is the commodity which fuels the enormous unbalance of the Jamaican lifestyle scale.

If privileged Jamaicans continue to aid the suppression of knowledge, human rights, democracy and the laws of Jamaica from the uneducated ones, the scorn of Jamaica and Jamaicans will continue to expand.

© Ian T. Sebàs 2017

© Ian T. Sebàs

© Ian T. Sebàs