10 Things I like about Trinidad and Tobago
I am not the biggest fan of doubles. However, there is something about channa and barra on Sunday morning that seems magical. The taste and the smell gives a whole new morning to Sunday’s. For those of you who do not know what it is. Doubles is an East Indian meal that is made of a very thin fried dough with curried chic peas.
2.) LONG WEEKENDS
Our country has close to a month worth of public holidays. Our country has many ethnicities and religious sects. As such, we have a melting pot of cultures. Each major religion is given its respective public holiday to celebrate its most major occasion. These are in addition to the customary world holidays such as New Years Day. If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday is given on the Monday. Thus resulting in a long weekend for the working class :)
3.) OUR NIGHTLIFE
Yes we do have the customary clubs and social hotspots. However have you ever Bar-B-Qued on Maracas Beach under the shower of the full moon’s light? Or have you had a coconut around the largest traffic ‘round about ‘in the world, during the late hours of the evening? The thing about Trinidad and Tobago, while many of us say that there isn’t much to do, there is a lot of things in Trinidad and Tobago to do that you can put on your bucket list. Hiking and Kayaking just to name a couple :)
4.) THE ENVIRONMENT
Trinidad and Tobago is located close to the South American mainland, as such you find a lot of similarities in our fauna and flora. Many do not know that the Pawi Bird and the Golden Tree Frog are two endemic species of Trinidad and Tobago, which means that these species cannot be found nowhere else in the world. Yes my friends we are that blessed :)
5.) OUR MUSIC
Doh get tie up! I always tell people that my favourite genre of music is Soca. Russel Peters a stand up comedian of Trinidadian decent, joked and said that Soca music is always so happy. This is the very reason why I love it!! It raises your spirits, without the negative effects of weed, alcohol or any other abusive drug. Soca music alone sends you on a high!
6.) THE ART OF WINING!
The art of wining or intensive waist gyrations, is a dance I take so much pride in. Its very rude, sensual and brings about a critical aspect of our local Trinidadian culture. Many people say that all Trinidadian can wine. I am not so sure about that. I am not saying that I am an expert in the field, but what I am saying is that I can at least hold my own. I have sain many failed winers, claiming to be wining specialists…. take time please… take time!
7.) LET’S PUT A SPIN ON IT!
I always quote the CEO and founder of Anime Caribe, Miss Camille Abrahams who told me that “Its okay to be influenced by”. Its words that stuck with me since I interviewed her way back in 2009. Trinidadians love to put their own spin on things. Most recently the Harlem Shake videos were wide spread, not just in Trinidad but the entire globe. What really set the Caribbean diaspora apart, was that during the Harlem Shake videos our people had so much rhythm, that we actually danced in time with the music. Other videos ignored the beats and did craziness… our craziness had rhythm and nuff vibes!
8.) ALL INCLUSIVE FETES
While I would put Carnival easily on this list, I really haven’t played Carnival on the road just yet. However, going to all inclusive fetes/ parties is one of the best things about being a Trinidadian. While you may think that all inclusive parties exist all around the world, our people do all inclusive fetes with class, an open heart and with the best in local entertainment. We literally have ALL YOU CAN EAT… In other places everyone is given a chit, and you are designated a certain amount of food. While people may complain that going to an all inclusive fete is a waste of time. I beg to differ! Its really one of the best experiences I have ever had! The novelty of attending also puts a heavy weight on the experience!
9.) BANDWAGONIST ATTITUDE
It is indeed true that I do detest my country’s bandwagonist attitude, However, I think I can admit that that attitude has gotten ourselves out of some very controversial issues. My problem is that we always see the problem as what is happening now. We are convinced that when the topic comes out of the newspaper, that the problem is solved. This is surely not the case, there are very few people who actually pay concern to the issues… Do you remember Sarp? The 16 foot anaconda that suppose to be re released back into the wild? Why is it still at the Zoo? What about the Asa Wright Nature Centre issue? Or does anyone know who the hell is Mr. Big, cause I still don’t know? Yes the inquiry is going on about the 1990 attempted coup, however its the most clouded event in Trinidad and Tobago’s history if you ask me! The bandwagonist attitude needs to be consistent…till its resolved.. then I would love it for so! Right now I love it half way half way at times.
10.) ALL TRINI IS SMARTMAN!
You ever hear about a homeless man who have TT$250,000 (US$39,000) in a bank? Begging is apparently a profession in Trinidad and Tobago, with some beggars earning up to TT$70.00 an hour (US$11.50 an hour). That is just only the beginning. Corporate Companies have been ripping off Trinidadians for several years. Our Telecommunications Services was owned by one company. Internet (dial-up), mobile and landline users all fell under a monopoly telecommunications brand. Once the market had open up… a mobile phone that was priced at TT$1600.00 (US$250.00) dropped to TT$200.00 (US$33.00). The phone in question was a ‘ME2” or a Nokia 1100.
Hope you guys enjoyed this list.. I you all would like me to rank another ‘top 10 things’ inbox me and I would make a post!