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On February 23, 2013 in Photographs
As February draws to close we have to express a small sigh of relief as to the gorgeous weather conditions we have had and the bustling energy of the island! I wish every month was like February!!
Caye Caulker truly glows at the moment as businesses are enjoying the income the high season is generating and as they each individually put it back into their businesses! A number of businesses have set up brand new front street locations giving the tourist on this island a greater (and more colorful) selection and choice for their time on the island – Black Durgeon Dive Shop is now located right beside Happy Lobster and the additional space now gives them greater visibility for what was already a fantastic product but also greater room to assit their customers.
Barefoot Fisherman has brought its operation from the back to the front street beside the split – right next to the Jetski rentals. These guys are one of the few Operators which focus on the very popular activity of fishing and therefore they are sure to take off!
And last but not least … one of my favorites, Scoop Dis has located her delicious ice cream and pastry shop to a opposite the Sandbox. This cleverly acquired land has given her greater space for her customers to enjoy her delights and given her well deserved more visibility as she was situated in a rather congested part of town!
A round of applause to all of those on Caye Caulker who are stepping up to the plate and raising the standards of businesses here on Caye Caulker – together we will grow and prosper as individuals, but benefiting the greater good of our island paradise – Caye Caulker!!
On February 13, 2013 in Photographs
The annual Raggamuffin Awards were held on Monday night. The idea behind this evening is for Management to thank the staff for their hard work over the year and to recognize six of the crew members for outstanding performance.
Raggamuffin is now a very large and very well oiled machine and I believe from the bottom of my heart that each and every single employee has a small but SIGNIFICANT part in her success. Without consistency of excellence throughout the team, Raggamuffin’s reputation would not be what it is today.
The evening commenced with cocktails and conch ceviche, followed by a Belizean favorite being turkey and ham with rice and beans and potato salad (not forgetting delicious cranberry, onion sauce and gravy!!). The focal point of the evening were the Awards which were presented by owners Jimmy and Charlie Jones.
Three of the six awards were secretly nominated by the staff and each winner received a trophy, either a champagne or Black Label and a cash prize. This year’s best Newcomer was won by Vito - his easy going and professional nature loved by both passengers and the rest of the crew. The Sales lady of the year was hotly contested (in fact most of the crew really could not decide on which of the wonderful Edith, Adela and Madai as they are all so loved!) – but in the end our tireless Manager Edith won the vote and very surprised she collected her award. Raggamuffin’s crew personality of the year again had a number of favorites there or there abouts – but the final winner was Chilo – who even gave us a ‘belly dance’ when he received his award!!!
The last three awards were in fact voted by the general public – we tallied the number of times each crew member were mentioned on TripAdvisor over the past year and thus we created our statistics. The side man of the year was our one and only sweet Li Shane – his infectious smile and his humble character always be one that everybody loves. And for the second of the year was Dane – only arriving at Raggamuffin a year ago Dane has fitted in like a glove within the crew and the office – and yet it does appear he is also a favorite of the public. And to top our Awards was TripAdvisor’s personality of the year who was Kevin – outstanding at his job, passionate about the environment and just one of the nicest people you will ever meet in Belize – Kevin definitely deserves his Award and we are immensely proud of all his achievements!!
Once the awards were complete, we all made a toast with champagne to Raggamuffin (as we do love ourselves!!) – we have been blessed with much good fortune over the years and we hope many years still to come!
Ok so here it is the party of the century – but I have to apologize as you are not invited!!
Yearly we have a crew party (generally around Xmas) and within the party we give out Awards to reward those have over achieved over the past year. This year at Xmas there was no time and importantly no budget for a Raggamuffin party – not in the style that the crew demand, so on Monday 11th Feb we will be date for the Raggamuffin Awards 2013.
The party will be hosted at Paradiso’s Cinema as it will be closing its doors for the occasion and crew and their significant others are invited. The evening will be one to allow the entire crew to celebrate our success together at one time (as there is very rarely a time when all of us are together due to the overnight tours) and of course for a few to receive their Awards.
This will all be washed down with plenty of drinks and a delicious dinner – and I promise we will fill you in with photos afterwards!!
Raggamuffin is blessed enough to have many, many wonderful supporters who travel to Caye Caulker on holidays to take our tours, keeping us very busy throughout most of the year and for that we are very grateful. But it is not only our crew who are kept busy but also our trusty boats…..And with hard work comes general wear and tear. Our four sailboats – Ragga Queen, Ragga King, Ragga Gal and Ragga Prince – are continuously going back and forth to Hol Chan Marine Reserve or down to Placencia on 3 day trips and the constant sun and salt naturally take their toll.
So, at this time every year when the island has quietened down, we give the boats a break one at a time, hauling them out of the water and giving them a much needed makeover from top to bottom. They get a fresh coat of paint both inside and out, repairs are made and the engines get fine-tuned. And after a week of renovations the boats are shiny and new and ready to get back to work!
So far Ragga King and Ragga Prince have had their makeovers and are looking as good as new out on the water. This week it is Ragga Queens turn to get pampered
Soon all of our boats will be ready for another busy year at sea showing our passengers many of the beautiful sites to be found along Belize’s reef.