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Jamaica Gleaner - - WELL - – Tick­oya Joseph

FROM MON­DAYS to Fri­days, Sharon Singh, chair­man and pres­i­dent’s as­sis­tant at Rose Hall De­vel­op­ment Ltd, dons tai­lored suits and stilet­tos. Her hair is neatly slicked back in a bun; her face lightly made up. But on the week­end, this exec isn’t afraid to let her hair down.

Bright, bub­bly and ready to ex­plore, Sharon is like a kid in a candy store. Her ex­cite­ment was pal­pa­ble as she got ready for her lat­est ad­ven­ture – a day at Konoko Falls in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

Even be­fore our tour guide Tahli was ready, Sharon had al­ready started. As Tahli gave her a run­down of the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties, which in­cluded in­ter­act­ing with the var­i­ous an­i­mals and climb­ing the falls, she was po­litely in­formed that Sharon had al­ready made her own in­tro­duc­tions. “Oh! I al­ready met Ziggy,” said Sharon. Ziggy, an iguana with locks, is only at­tracted to the pret­ti­est flow­ers in the gar­den, said Michael, the zookeeper, hence his at­trac­tion to Sharon.

He was not the only friend Sharon met on the tour. There was a lively dis­cus­sion with Loui, the zoo’s par­rot, whose brightly coloured feath­ers were a per­fect match to Sharon’s per­son­al­ity.

A key at­trac­tion at Konoko Falls is the man-made foun­tain, where wa­ter flows freely from a pipe in the ground. The source? Claren­don, said Tahlia. She ex­plained that the wa­ter made its way to St Ann through more than 15 miles of lime­stone. She moved to give a tu­to­rial on catch­ing the wa­ter to drink, but this proved un­nec­es­sary.

“A coun­try mi come from, mi know how fi do it,” said Sharon, quickly cup­ping her hands to drink from the foun­tain.

“Mi like it, man,” she said be­tween gulps. Now she was ready to take on the falls with three tour guides.

Half­way up, Sharon went un­der, al­low­ing the wa­ter to mas­sage her head and body. “This nice. Un­nuh cya get me out now,” she ex­claimed. Ac­com­pa­nied by her tour guides, there was no rush. The day was per­fect. Add a spirited piña co­lada and wellsea­soned jerk pork to the mix and what else could one ask for to top off a per­fect day with our Restau­rant Week Am­bas­sador. info@konoko­falls.com konoko­falls.com

PHO­TOS BY GLAD­STONE TAY­LOR

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