Here are the comments and votes I received for
the 2011 Jamaica Blog Award Competition! Thanks to everyone!--Walt (To read about the final outcome of the awards, CLICK HERE


  1. December 24, 2010

    Walt has represented Jamaican in Micronesia for the last five years and now he’s in China. I hope he wins!

  2. John D. Gonzales
    December 24, 2010

    Walt is a passionate and consumate blogger always writing to inform and educate us islanders in the Northern Marianas and the Pacific region, which he calls home. Where others call us paradise, we call ours home just as Walt does. We are privileged to have Walt as one of our fellow islanders here in the NMI. Good luck and all the best Walt. Si Yu’us ma’asi’.

  3. December 24, 2010

    Thanks for voting for Jamaican in China! If you haven’t seen the new look of the site, check it out at

  4. massoud
    December 24, 2010

    wish u merry christmas,my best site of the year

  5. Miki Pellegrino
    December 25, 2010

    This is the most interesting blog I’ve ever followed…GREAT JOB WALT!

  6. Gloria Hunter
    December 25, 2010

    I’ve been following Walt’s report/journal about his trip, and it’s enjoyable to read and it’s also very informative for those who wish to travel to China in the future. Great blog.

  7. Howard Walters
    December 25, 2010

    Following his passion is what allows Walt to consistently inspire us. A vicarious pleasure streams our way, as Walt wends his way in regions where almost no Jamaican has ever been.
    Congratulations on your nomination Walt Goodridge.

  8. Jaime Vergara
    December 25, 2010

    Walt dances the Jamaican reggae of the mind, heart and soul. The journer in us participate in his journeys, if only from the safety of our computer chairs. We hope his blog flourishes to enrich our imaginings.

  9. LeeTaitano
    December 26, 2010

    Cool runnings on the best blog blast from a Jamaican in China!

  10. Stacey
    December 26, 2010

    This blog is the best of its kind. Walt always represents Jamaican culture and point of view no matter where he wanders on earth. Big up!

  11. Kimberly Vaillancourt
    December 26, 2010

    Having lived and worked in China, I am personally interested in your impressions. I will be following your journey through this fascinating country. Are you enjoying the blow-up Santas?

  12. Josie Kaipat
    December 26, 2010

    It’s always been a great pleasure to vote for a fellow islander. Merry Christmas and a happy new years. Keep on keeping on

  13. Tim Jackson
    December 27, 2010

    Most people simply make a living. Walt is actually designing his life, and we all have a chance to read about his amazing journey. Keep up the great work!

  14. December 30, 2010

    Walt be the man….he’s bright, interesting, a great storyteller and a worthy colleague in the travels of creativity. I always catch up on his blog and writings. I’m looking forward to hearing from Walt on his next journey.

  15. December 30, 2010

    Most talk the talk. Walt walks the walk, literally around the world. He needs a reality show! Love it!

  16. December 31, 2010

    Awesome Blog Walt! I’m enjoying this Journey though your eyes in the comfort of my living room.
    Thanks for the adventure!

  17. myrna
    January 1, 2011

    We met Walt personally in Yunnan, China in October, 2010, and were impressed by this very handsome, polite, and articulate gentleman. We wish him all the best. He represents Jamaicans well.


  18. bima27
    January 2, 2011

    Good luck, Walt, keep inspiring all who need to turn passion into profit and well being.

  19. Mugs
    January 2, 2011

    I have voted – Go Walt ! Wishing that the new year will bring all you wish and strive for. I still miss those regular emails and often go back to the archives for another read – I never tire of them and always find them so inspiring.

  20. January 3, 2011

    Well done man. I like it. Now I think the China country side is better. You have open up my eyes. When I go back to Italy and Slovakia I will document it as well. I am inspired.

  21. Sasha
    January 4, 2011

    Jamaican in China blog is one of very few blogs that I enjoy reading regularly, as well as sharing same with friends. You will find no other blog as exciting, insightful, inspiring, visually stimulating, informative, and replete with valuable street-smart advice and sage-like wisdom, not to mention the humor. Thank you Walt for showing others how much fun life can be!

  22. Rachael Irving
    January 4, 2011

    Best ever. I found his site and he has done wonders for my book Jamaica Gold: Jamaica Sprinters. We need people like you in every country Walt. Keep up the great work!

  23. January 4, 2011

    Excellent. And in light of the difficulties in communicating electronically in China (the “Great Firewall,” no Facebook etc) it is doubly important…

  24. January 4, 2011

    Great Job as always Walt!!!! This blog series is fantastic!

  25. January 4, 2011

    I find this blog really inspiring and interesting. I have no idea how I would cope without Facebook and Twitter. Kudos :)

  26. Yaadinfo
    January 4, 2011

    Always interesting and funny – congrats Walt!

  27. January 4, 2011

    Go Walt, go! And if you’re interested in knowing more about what Walt is up to in China, please check out Walt’s three guest posts and our interview with Walt on the China Travel Blog, sponsored by

    Whether you’re just looking for a great read, some good photos and Walt’s special brand of inspiration and insight or you’re looking for some practical tips on travel and living in China, they’re worth a read!

    China Blogger Spotlight: A Jamaican in China and “nomadpreneur” Walt Goodridge lives his dream

    Jamaican in China: Life in Xishuangbanna (part 1)

    Jamaican in China: Life in Xishuangbanna (part 2)

    Jamaican in China: Walt gets cookin’, vegan-style, in Xishuangbanna


    D Perry, chief editor for English Ctrip and

  28. nicole
    January 4, 2011

    Walt is a good person and teaches us a lot which never find in ordinary books. Wish you good luck and god will also be with you~

  29. January 5, 2011

    Congrats for making it to the final round, Walt! I hope that your friends around the world can help you take this one home.

  30. Michael Ernest
    January 6, 2011

    I used to have a horrible disease called preeclampsia. But I read Walt’s blog, and it went away! Thank you Walt’s blog. You’re the best.

  31. January 6, 2011

    Thanks for the vicarious trip to China. I enjoyed every minute of it. Where are we off to next?

    Tony C.

  32. January 6, 2011

    Walt is Awesome!!

    Walt the family at Old Grumpy Radio ( appreciate your efforts to share the freedom that possibility brings to a persons life. I love how your writing and speaking comes from the space of a kindred soul with love distinct from those who speak as if they are all-knowing and their mission is to bestow their great knowledge upon you.

    Quiet Storm host of Ruut KonxShunz ( says you are one of the most dynamic and thoughtful men of our era and the work you do will create a world of peace and prosperity by leading the way to a new paradigm for the creation of wealth and self-sufficiency!

    The Universe is looking at you Walt and the universe is smiling because your actions prove there are Angels of earth.

    Thanks for Blessing the World with your soul!!

    Peace, Love, Passion,
    Old Grumpy

  33. Andrew
    January 6, 2011

    Walt has been holding down Jamaica for quite some time and he continues to make me proud to be a Jamaican. For some of these folks this is their first experience meeting a person of color much less a Jamaican. Walt you have represented us well. Keep up the great work “if that’s what you call it”. I hope that you win, No one is doin’ it like you!!!! Big Ups to my yute!!!!!

  34. Tony C.
    January 7, 2011

    Walt thanks for the vicarious trip to China. I enjoyed every minute of it. Where are we off to next?

    Tony C.

  35. January 7, 2011

    You run thing. You are the man

  36. January 7, 2011

    Walt has been traveling too long. It is time for him to go home to Jamaican to receive this award. He deserves it. Of course Jamaica can’t keep him very long. I know he wants to conquer another country.

  37. January 7, 2011

    Congratulations and best wishes!

  38. Analee Villagomez
    January 9, 2011

    Walt has been in Saipan and has been very interested in my parents farm. Hehehe… He’s a cool Jamaican!!! He saw and shared the information to other visitors from around the world. :D He’s a good writer too. I enjoy being in his mailing list.

  39. Lewie Tenorio
    January 9, 2011

    The world just looks a whole lot better seeing it through Walt’s eyes.
    Want ‘em back it now, Walt?

  40. January 9, 2011

    Go Walt Go!!

    You Can Imagine!

    Imagination never runs out. Go ahead and use it freely, for the more you make use of it, the more you’ll have. Every experience gives you more substance on which to base your imagination. And whatever you imagine provides you with possibilities for even more beautiful experiences.

    Don’t limit yourself to merely imagining what is reasonable. Though reason certainly has its place, it quickly grows stale without fresh infusions of free and untamed imagination.

    You can imagine anything, so make positive and meaningful use of your powerful imagination. You can imagine anything, so imagine your way to a life of joy and fulfillment.

    Your imagination is truly a powerful skill, and yet once you imagine that is not the end of it. For not only can you imagine, you can take whatever you imagine and find a way to bring it to life.

    Let yourself imagine the best you can imagine. Imagine a world so beautiful and compelling that you cannot help but do all that’s in your power to make it real.

    Your friends here at Old Grumpy Radio and Old Grumpy Radio New York are imagining you crossing the winning line to victory.

    Kenneth Young host of the KY Show wants everyone to hear your interview and they will hear why we are imaging the best for you because it supports all of us in manifesting our desires. Folks can check out your interview daily at 7pm EST on Old Grumpy New York ( all this week starting Sunday January 8th through Saturday January 15th

    Quiet Storm host of Ruut KonxShunz is imagining your interview on her show which starts airing this Thursday January 13th 3:30pm CST on Old Grumpy Radio (www, will leave people imagining and imaging victory as they do the work to manifest their dreams of Freedom!!

    Be Creative, Kind, On Point,
    Ronnie B
    VP New Business Development
    Old Grumpy Broadcasting Network
    “A World of Peace and Prosperity One Listener at a Time”

  41. January 9, 2011

    yep walt….you’re doing great in so many areas…keep up the good work and positive thoughts….you bring success to us and we send back you spiritually and emotionally tenfold…have a great 2011….Saipan

  42. Thanks for that great post, Ronnie! Yes, it was great doing the interviews for your two radio shows! I’ll mention and link to them in my Monday Mentals Newsletter! With all the nomadpreneuring I’ve been doing, I haven’t done any interviews in a long time. If I do say so, it was one of the better ones I’ve done. You brought out my best! :-)

    And speaking of imagination, life in general is a playground for imagination and contest of WILL. Check out this special secret post explaining why a vote for me is a vote for YOUR self, YOUR will and the power of YOUR imagination! Really!

    And thanks so much, everyone, for all the support!

  43. January 9, 2011

    Hi there Walt!

    Yes I concur with you regarding the use of the WILL. I think over that last few years, perhaps a decade now, this word has gotten some bad press in many so-called self-help books as something to avoid or not think too deeply about.

    In the end it is our WILL that can make all the difference for us…and others as well.

    Fare ye’ well my friend. You remain an inspiration for many. Hmmm, a life well lived I’d say.

  44. Bobby Loglisci
    January 9, 2011

    Walt is a very interesting individual. Very calming. I think everybody should ask his real
    Age! Too bad he’s a vegetarian!
    Really want the x_rated version!

  45. Faisal Ling
    January 9, 2011

    You are the Best Walt, no one can beat you at Your Game!!!!

  46. January 9, 2011

    Walt gives all the delicious details of his life in China —the good, the bad and the yummy (he likes good food)

  47. January 9, 2011

    Walt, You have inspired me. I have learned so much from just being in conversation with you. You are the best.


  48. Jaime Vergara
    January 9, 2011

    Of Jamaican descent June Jordan says it well in “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” echoed by Alice Walker in her essay/book, the Sweet Honey on the Rock ensemble in a song, and of course, by Obama in his presidential campaign ’08.

    Walt is taking his journey and blogging us abreast of his ‘tao’, perhaps, so that we might reflectively do likewise in our own treks and travels of our chosen landscapes and mindscapes, if only in our own private diaries and journals.

    Walt, the winning is in having won already the hearts and attention of your colleagues and acquaintances. And if pattern of contemplative depth cum sense of humor is replicated, so much the better. We won’t mind tipping over to the Blog Awards as icing on the cake.

  49. Ben Salas
    January 9, 2011

    Big up mi bredren Walt! A blaka three times fi di don of Jamaican blogging!

    Walt my brother, che’lu, friend, sibling in intellect and fellow seeker of overstanding in the universe. This here has your name all over it! You’ve earned it my friend! It’s really been far too long and I thank you for keeping me up to speed on your travels and wellbeing after all these years since you last visited us in Saipan and Guam!


  50. January 10, 2011

    I know Walt.
    I don’t know the other writers (blogs).
    Wouldn’t be fair to just cast my vote without at least checking the others out.
    Some potential in all of them but, Walt’s is already there.
    Looks and substance – he’s got both.
    If you’re wondering what’s possible in life (regardless if you’re Jamacan or otherwise) follow his story.

  51. Lee Taiatano
    January 10, 2011

    Walt!!!please win!! Several friends have tried to vote..pushed the vote here button…nada…your vote # is 223…great!! Would they count this as a vote. I vote for Walt..our Jamaican in China who sends us wonderful blurbs from the fastest growing country in the world…but I love Saipan!!Happy trails Walt. Send us a foto of the golden ring from this merrygoround!!

  52. Lee Taiatano
    January 10, 2011

    Good luck Walt Goodridge the Jamaican in China in whose blog I learned that China has wonderful vegan food!! Reading the blog puts me right there beside you..virtually. Saving up the cash to follow in your foot steps! Laos was wonderful. I vote for Walt.Bon Chance!

  53. Alexander
    January 10, 2011

    Walt, thank you for an amazing job on your blog, that continues to delight us, and makes something to look forward to, weekly!

    Your insight and unique vantage point are much appreciated.


  54. 光明
    January 10, 2011

    taking this thing serious. Well, I’mma show some support for Columbia Alumnae. Good luck Walt,

    your boy in Beijing.

  55. Richard P.
    January 10, 2011

    Walt, you’re one of a kind. Great China Blog. Enjoy following your travels. With all your work and uniqueness, I’ve always felt you were chanelling for someone from the ofhter side – especially with the publication of the Tow of Wow. Good luck with this contest. Better yet, good luck with your continued fabulous life, which is an inspiration to all of us who follow you adventures and experience.

  56. Norman Xing
    January 10, 2011

    As a Chinese, I can see not many outside people can see what Walter
    saw & what Walter thought about China.

    Go, Walter, go!

  57. Devon Mitchell
    January 10, 2011

    As a friend of Walt for many years, he has proven time and time again that he knows how to set an objective and does the work to achieve it. This is no different! In my book, you are a winner and an inspiration to many. Thanks for all you have done and continue to do.

  58. John B. Joyner
    January 10, 2011

    Walt is the greatest.

  59. John B. Joyner
    January 10, 2011

    Walt, a guru extraordinaire.

  60. maxine
    January 12, 2011

    Walt you no win yet a wah them a wait pon fe declare yuh the best. Still Walt it is just a matter of time

  61. Anonymous?
    January 13, 2011

    MAXINE: Walt, you no win yet?? A wah them a wait pon fe declare yuh the best????

    ANONYMOUS: kisssssteeeeet.
    a DAT me ah seh too! Cho!
    A wah do dem, eee, Maxine????
    –Anonymous visitor who looks a lot like—

    SECURITY: Hey, you! Come back here! Stop running! Wait a minute….Walt??? Walt, is that you????

  62. ras wayne
    January 16, 2011

    Love the Blog, the unique experiences are as intresting as the words used to describe the experiences. This writer can write, using words like an artist uses a paint brush to paint a picture. The words used make it easy to paint a picture.

    Love the Blog keep it up!

    Walk Good Cuz.

  63. Chai
    January 17, 2011

    I was away, didn’t make the vote prior to the 11th of January 2011. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed every bit of your experience . The great thing, I don’t need to spend now to go to China. All I need is read your articles and I feel like I am in the journey. Keep up. Great Job.

  64. Steve
    January 18, 2011

    Walt is the truth. Everything he documents should be read by all.