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Contents Master of Fades Hollywood bound Ealisa Games we used to play/Shows we used to watch Canadian mirrors at Maracas Easter activities for families Promoting a clean environment all year Wake up, Trinbago! Martial arts changed my child Chipper and “De Valley” Colourful kites in the sky

Creole Corner

Easter Excitement/Fashion Week in Trinidad Long Time Crime Ah Soucouyant Suck Meh The Mango Tree

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Breadfruit tree in Barataria Fruitilicious Trini Treats, NY, wins food award

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Be fast and furious on the water “Mermaids” in Matura Poui tree on the Beetham/Laventille art Beautiful Buccoo Bay in Tobago Zoorific time

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Fruitilicious

Daniella Dalton with her fruit bouquet. See interview by Kielon Hilaire on page 24. Photo by Christa Leith

editor’s note This April issue of Sweet TnT Magazine is overflowing with Trinidad and Tobago culture as always. It opens with local talent spotlighting a skillful barber in El Socorro, an artistic fruit arranger, and a young singer representing T&T in Hollywood this July. Our feature writers are all about keeping T&T sweet as they bring you stories about promoting a clean environment all year, bringing families together in communities using an Easter hunt, shaping young ones through martial arts, encouraging village unity through sport in Maracas Valley, St Joseph, and many more. Our Creole Corner features interesting pieces on long time crime, soucouyant, Easter, fashion, Tobago love, and a short story called “Mango Tree” written by a talented 11-year-old boy. The food section displays a breadfruit tree, fruit arrangements and award-winning Trini fudge in San Francisco, USA. As for places, readers take a tour to Matura, Mayaro, Beetham, Laventille, Buccoo Bay, and the Emperor Valley Zoo. Thanks to our readers for your constant support, you inspire all of us to continue bringing the good news of Trinidad and Tobago to you. Special congratulations to our team, writers, interviewees and advertisers who made the April issue possible. Enjoy. Joyanne James editor

Credits editor Joyanne James Graphic/comic artist Andrina James Marketing representative Jevan Soyer Feature writers/photographers Marc Algernon Nadia Ali Marissa Armoogam-Ali Therese Chung Kielon Hilaire Nerissa Hosein Kerry Mc Donald Marika Mohammed Omilla Mungroo Jason Nicholas Annisa Phillip

accountant Patricia James-Wilson Semaj Consultancy Services Bon Air West, Arouca webmaster Neil Singh Net Control Ltd, 76 Main Road, Montrose, Trinidad Printer TechXpress 579 First Street, Edinburgh 500, Chaguanas, Trinidad Publisher Culturama Publishing Company 31 Maitagual Road, San Juan, Trinidad Phone: 747-8560, 782-4808, 340-4085 Email: contact@sweettntmagazine.com

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Master of Fades Faisal:

My customers always leave fully satisfied

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am a professional hair stylist and barber with over 20 years experience under my belt. In addition to my personal talent my family and I have implemented male and female clothing and accessories with the aim of being a one stop convenience location in El Socorro for all things beauty and physically related. We are happy to say that both businesses have emerged to maintain the different look and style of each individual customer.

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In my spare time I enjoy cycling with a competitive cycling club. Cycling has maintained my mental and physical well-being. Apart from cycling, I enjoy spending time with my family and watching my two beautiful daughters grow.

Loyal clients since the doors first opened Master of Fades was established with the sole aim of being like no other in the industry. From an inviting and welcoming interior design to a well organised and effective appointment system. Our customers can enjoy the comfort of a crowdless saloon. I am sure the complimentary coffee and snack station only lend to an enjoyable experience when you visit us. Customers can have their hair cut and styled at Master of Fades and then choose an entirely new attire from Celyssa’s Boutique, the sister clothing company located in the same store. Some of our clients include government entities, entrepreneurs and reputable professionals. The only issue we have encountered in


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the early stages was that customers would complain about having to wait too long to get their hair cut because at that time there was a numbering system. Since these complaints, we have made the system into an appointment system which allows the customer to just show up at their pre-scheduled time and get their hair cut and styled without waiting. Since our existence to now, we have not received any complaints about haircuts or styles except towards correcting another barber’s error. We are happy to say customers that enter Master of Fades always leave fully satisfied at the service given to them. Most of our clients have been with us since the doors first opened with an ever-growing clientele that always leave with a smile.

Trinidad is and always will be my home Trinidad and Tobago is nothing short of a paradise. Only in sweet T&T we have all ethnicities living together in harmony. We eat, we drink, we party and we lime as one! We live in a blessed land, where the white sands and blue sea are only a 50-minute drive away. Not forgetting our mouth-watering local cuisine

known to all who visit and our entertaining and talented soca artistes. We are also home to the sweet melody of the steel pan. Trinidad is and always will be my home. It is here where I have enjoyed the simple pleasures in life and definitely will never see myself in any other country. I travel and visit other countries but always make it back to sweet T&T. Trinidad has a lot of talent that exists in the youth. We see our young ones excelling in all different kinds of categories and we definitely need to lend our support to them. Every talent is and should be backed with passion. What we enjoy doing is what we should pursue as careers. I have never considered in my youth that barbering can become an actual career but it is through my life’s work and experience that I have built a career from what I enjoy. My advice to the youths of our nation is to always have confidence in what you are doing regardless of what it is. Be strong and devoted in your skill and your business will prosper.

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Hollywood bound Ealisa

Ealisa Espinoza. Photo courtesy anderson ward

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Lifestyle In an interview with Ealisa Espinoza and her family, feature writer Nadia Ali shares insights about the talented 11-year-old who will be representing Trinidad and Tobago at the 18th World Championship of the Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Hollywood, California, in July.

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hen it comes to talent in Trinbago it is bursting at the seams with creativity. It is no longer restricted to the shores of the twin islands as “home” talent has reached the international stage. Recent trailblazers include Anya Ayoung Chee on the fashion designer show “Under the Gunn”, and Bunji Garlin’s song “Differentology” on the hit drama “Grey’s Anatomy” and who can forget Anselm Douglas’ song “Who Let the Dogs Out?” in “Rugrats in Paris”. They have served as an inspiration to fresh, young talent such as Ealisa Espinoza who is just 11 years old. She will be representing Trinidad and Tobago at the 18th World Championship of the Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Hollywood, California, in July. All contestants are known as “Worldstar Winners” and along with the T&T contingent she will take part in the Olympic style talent contest and Parade of the Nations. There will be approximately 56 participating countries which equate to hundreds of artistes to perform. Each Worldstar Winner is allotted just 60 seconds to give a performance of a lifetime to impress the celebrity judges. Fortunately, even at just 11 years old, Ealisa is no stranger to the world of entertainment. She was the runner-up in the Trini Kids Got Talent 2013. She has performed as a solo artiste at the National Performing Arts Association (NAPA) and at the South Performing Arts Association (SAPA). She has also performed at Naparima Bowl and has even been a guest on local TV programmes such as Synergy TV and the Morning Brew. Encouraged by her parents, the pintsized singer began professional vocal training at the tender age of six years old alongside her older sister Celena. Ealisa auditioned for Marilyn Lalla, musical director of the “Trebles” choir, where today she receives coaching in vocal tech-

nique, music theory and performance training. In 2010, at the age of eight years Ealisa won her first national title at the National Sanfest Competition. In the same period, she won second place in the Biennial Musical Festival South in the category of solo and vocal duet. Her schoolwork did not suffer and she was still able to uphold good grades at school as her mother says, “I choose her performance engagements carefully, paying attention to ensure that dates and times do not clash with her important schoolwork. At times when she is training for a performance or competition, study time is carefully scheduled.” By 2012, at the age of 10 years, Ealisa entered Trinbago Kids Got Talent, a national talent competition held over a number of weeks. She was presented with one of three special prizes. In the same year, Ealisa entered and won first place in the Caribbean Cool Fun Day karaoke contest sponsored by SM Jaleel and Company Ltd. She received a cash prize which she donated to charity. In fact, she often donates money made from her singing to charity. She says, “I know there are many

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and get money for singing, then I should try to help the children who do not have all the nice things that I have, and maybe I can make them a little happier

children who do not have a mother or father. I think I am very lucky, because my mom and dad buy me everything I need, and treat me with love. So I think that if I can sing and get money for singing, then I should try to help the children who do not have all the nice things that I have, and maybe I can make them a little happier.” In April 2013, she was interviewed on Synergy TV along with her big sister Celena and Zoe Webster. Celena is also active in the performing arts arena and says, “I feel very proud when my little sister sings on stage, and gets the most applause. I go to all her performances and give her my support. I am her biggest fan!”

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n August 2013, Ealisa performed in a free concert as part of the annual Artiste Management Music Business Conference (AMMBCON). She got to showcase her talent to record executives, booking agents, managers and the media. Her father speaks of the standing ovation she got. “At this event, the judges stood and began to applaud even before she finished singing! One judge was so amazed that he asked, “What part of you did that voice come from?” As part of the promotion for the concert Ealisa was also interviewed on CNC’s “Morning Brew” TV show. When asked which singer she most admires she says, “Taylor Swift, she is a great singer and her songs have good lyrics. Also, she is a nice person because she gives a lot to charity and helps people and she does not do any bad things to get a bad name.” Ealisa has amassed accolades and titles that take most of us a lifetime to achieve. Furthermore, in some instances she has also donated her prize money to charities close to her heart. Her father says, “As Ealisa continues to perform, and her voice matures, she amazes her audiences more and more.” In fact, in February 2014 her name was registered as an “Artiste” at the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism. So, as we approach July 2014, Ealisa looks forward to going to Hollywood to represent Trinbago in the junior level at the prestigious World Championship of the Performing Arts (WCOPA). We wish her all the best as she is talented, charitable and an inspiration to others.

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Stories by annisa Phillip

Ship Ship While visiting my grandmother recently, she introduced me to a game she used to play called Ship Ship using kernels of corn. It was one instance in which playing with your food was considered acceptable… apparently. The essence of the game is to correctly guess the number of kernels your opponent is holding. If you are correct your opponent gives you his/her corn and you win, if not you give your opponent the number of kernels you guessed and it’s your opponent’s turn to guess.

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Games we used to play Game order: Friend: “Ship sail” You: “Sail fast” Friend: “How many men on board?” You guess how many corn kernels your friend has. Pay the incurred debt and continue playing. This game was unfamiliar to me but it was fun playing it. As such, I was inspired to write a series about the games we used to play as children. Sometimes my friends and I ask, and maybe some of you do also, does the next generation of children know these games? Are we taking the time to teach them, to bond with them, or are we just leaving that to the school system?

Lifestyle Well either way, we are going to take a trip, a trip down memory lane. For some the journey may be quite long, for others it’s not that long a ride. We are doing this together.

There’s a brown girl in the ring Who remembers, “There’s a brown girl in the ring?” This is a ring game – you and your friends form a circle/ring with one person in the centre and sing: There’s a brown girl in the ring, tra la la la la, there’s a brown girl in the ring tra la la la la la, there’s a brown girl in the ring tra la la la la, and she looks like a sugar and a plum, plum, plum, so show me your motion tra la la la la, so show me your motion tra la la la la la, so show me your motion tra la la la la (person in ring does a funny pose or act and everyone imitates), and she looks like a sugar and a plum, plum, plum. So hug and kiss your partner, tra la la la la, so hug and kiss your partner, tra la la la la la, so hug and kiss your partner, tra la la la la, and she looks like a sugar and a plum, plum, plum. (The person in the centre then hugs someone to be next and trade places in ring).

Shows we used to watch

t just did not seem fair to reminisce on the games that we used to play and make no mention of some shows we watched as well. So, from cartoons to sitcoms here are five shows that you may or may not have watched as a child: Top Cat: Running from 1961 to 1962, this much loved gangster cat cartoon stars a New York alley cat whose goal was to bring in quick cash. His daily activity included constantly scheming plans to make money and eating for free. Top cat, or TC as he was called led a gang of five other cats, a group who was closely watched by Officer Dibble. Officer Dibble made several ineffective attempts to evict the cats from the alley because of their schemes. The Flinstones: Filmed from 1960 to 1966, this stone-aged cartoon depicted life as a caveman/woman. In the town of bedrock technology is aided by animals, prehistoric ones included. This was one of my favourites as a child. Fred and Wilma Flinstone had a daughter –

Pebbles, and a pet dinosaur called Dino, who barked and acted much like a dog. They were neighboured by Barney (Fred’s best friend) and Betty Rubble and their son Bamm-Bamm. There were a few cartoon spin-offs and movies based on this cartoon, in one of which Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm got married. The Jetsons: This was basically the reverse of the Flinstones, instead of the stone ages, producers created a futuristic cartoon. First airing in 1962, The Jetsons were a family of four living in Orbit City in the year 2062 featuring robot maids, holograms, a spaceship as the family car and all sorts of convenience mechanics. This is a known comic series set in what was presumed the future would be like. Filming of The Jetsons ended in 1987. The Jeffersons: “We’re moving on up, to the east side”, boasts the theme song of this sitcom. It first aired in January of 1975 and ran until 1986 and was based on the life of George and Louise Jefferson, who moved from

Queens to a high rise apartment in Manhattan, thanks to the success of their dry cleaning business chain. If it’s one thing I remember about this show is George’s very distinct walk – chest up and arms swinging behind him (I chuckled as I wrote that). aLF: An American sitcom about an alien who crash landed to Earth and wound up in the garbage belonging to a suburban family. The family – the Tanners – harboured and protected him from the military and their neighbours while he attempted to repair his spacecraft. ALF, which was actually an acronym for Alien Life Form, became a member of the family, acquainted himself with the culture he was submerged into and made new friends while the Tanners coped with his eight stomachs. ALF ran from 1986 to 1990. There were also cartoons and a movie based on this television-series.

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Canadian mirrors at Maracas

By Therese Chung

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ave you ever seen mirrors come to life? Well I have. It all happened on Maracas Beach. This is one of the popular beaches in Trinidad and is located at the northern coast. Tourists have seen this beach more than once. I live on the island and I can’t get enough of this warm beach with its sunny sands and crystal blue waters. I am pulled to this natural beauty every weekend. One day I was tanning on one of the lounge chairs available. As I rubbed my tanning oil and laid in the sun to share her rays with me, I heard a contagious clapping noise diffusing in the air. When I raised my body and turned around, I could have sworn that I was viewing a mirror on the beach. I saw two images looking identical in size, structure and position and in a split second the images changed their position and took another. I was looking at mirrors coming to

Ariana and Sydney express their talents on Maracas Beach.

life on the beach right before my very eyes. They were magnificent. Their bodies were lean, strong and flexible like gymnastic ballerinas out of a story book. This was entertainment for all spectators on the beach. As they maneuvered their bodies to different positions, the crowd invited them to continue their show with encores and thrilling sounds of excitement. I was in awe. My

eyes were mesmerised as here I was being entertained for free. These young ladies were Ariana and Sydney visiting from Canada. I asked them a few questions and was told, “This is our first visit to the Caribbean and we have made a decision to visit every year from now on. We love Maracas, you feel so free here. We could practise all our ballet and dance moves with

positive feedback throughout the air. The air is warm yet friendly to our bodies.” I asked, “What is your favourite fancy in Maracas?” “Freedom to be,” Ariana said and struck a beautiful ballerina pose. You see in Maracas Beach these things occur when you least expect it and you are ever so happy to have been a part of the experience. It really is a thrill to see mirrors come to life.

Easter holidays in Central Trinidad By Kerry Mc donald

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he rustic smell of sugar cane permeated the air as my cousins and I ran through the expanse of canefields located at the back of my secluded home. Four joints of sugar cane were held tightly in my cousin Candice’s hand. As she hurriedly sucked the thick sugar cane stalk, the juice ran freely from her mouth down to her plumped cheeks. My other cousins pre-

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Kite flying, chow, provision, and hot cross buns

ferred to outshine each other with their skills as they steered their ferocious “madbull” and unwavering cheeky

chong kites through the naked sky. Those moments were not a typical Saturday or Sunday

evening of fun, but signified the start of Easter vacation. The opportunity to enjoy quality time with some of my cousins that I only spent a short period (Easter holidays) with each year was of great significance. I know my cousins, especially Martin and Freddy, felt the same way as the experience of the Easter holidays in Central Trinidad was always a memorable one. My relatives, who were devoted Christians, adhered to their forty days of fast so from sun up to sun down,


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Budget-friendly Easter activities for families

arnival’s long gone and the Lenten season is upon us. As hard as we Trinis party, most of us revere our God even harder and as such do not approach Easter with revelry and liming. As long as I have known myself I have always eagerly looked forward to the Another pastime is being able to run annual Easter vacation, even as a little and frolic with neighbours and cousins girl and even though the vacation was who are also on vacation. I remember as a only two weeks long, to me it meant a little girl I looked forward to going to my time to embark on a little cousin’s house to “spend adventure. My parents usuholidays” and when I ally took us to the beach or returned home my river or any park or recrecousins usually came to ational ground that lured my home to “spend holfamilies in droves towards idays”. them, usually any area with As society progressa water source to cool es many of these wondown in. derful pastimes are fadNow that I am a mothing and being pushed er I have followed in my aside by updated video parents footsteps and I try games, computers and to fill the Easter vacation busy parents, but the with fun and wondrous art of family fun is adventures for my two childying alongside the prodren as well. Even though I gression. Last Easter my do have the constraints of darling children spent a work I have already lot of time playing with planned that this year we cousins and neighbourwould be going to the hood children, in particEmperor Valley Zoo, howevular two very nice girls er, instead of driving to get Aadam and Elaina Ali who live next door to us, there I plan on utilising the all ready for the they spent their days playWater Taxi Service and then Easter egg hunt!!! ing in each other’s yards, travelling by bus to the zoo going to the beach together and then back down to south on the and on one particular day a family friend Deluxe Coach Service. I am quite sure my planned a very fun Easter egg hunt at the children will enjoy that experience. Palmiste Park in south Trinidad and boy

eaSTer hoLidayS in CenTraL Trinidad partake of meat, secular music and even television shows, which I thought to be a bit extreme (television shows) were prohibited. Luckily, we were excluded from their daily fast. My aunt Yvonne thought that as children we did not have the fortitude for this activity so we were excluded – thank God! However, my grandfather was not in agreement. Despite his objection, once my

aunt said yes, she meant yes, and once she said no, she meant no. So, Grandad Bertie had no other choice but to agree with my aunt’s decision. While fasting was their ritual, kite flying, cricket, pommecythere chow and hide and go seek were our ritual for four days. On the fifth day, Good Friday, a very highly anticipated day, every single person with eyes glued to the television watched the riveted movie, “The Ten Commandments”. To complement our movie, a delicious lunch of

did those kids have fun, even the adults joined in the fun. I have decided that this year I am going to take my children on a journey into my childhood as I plan on introducing them to some of the fun things I did as a child and some of the activities I did with my parents. Of course you know the beach and river lime booked already! So now I leave with you some wonderful, fun and budget-friendly Easter activities you can do with your families: 1. If you live in a friendly neighbourhood gather the parents together and plan a small egg hunt for the kids, if not plan an egg hunt for your own kids in your yards or even inside your homes. The kids will love it and you will love making them smile, but remember where you hid the eggs! 2. Plan an outdoor/indoor picnic with homemade treats; let the kids help with making the snacks. 3. Have a movie day/night camp in your living room with blankets, pillows, popcorn and fun kid-friendly movies. It’s okay if they fall asleep, that’s what the blankets are for... camping inside. 4. Let them put on their own puppet show for you, they will love that they are doing something for you and you get the entertainment of a lifetime.

provisions, baked fish, pigeon peas and fresh salad were served. Added to that meal were tasty hot cross buns and a glass of orange juice and we had the perfect meal. Does anyone know about adding the yolk of an egg to a clear glass of water on Good Friday at 12.00 p.m. on a stable object in the sun? Once left for approximately ten minutes, the yolk forms a shape. My sister once tried it and the egg formed a ship. Probably my sister may purchase a ship, or may receive the opportunity to go on an

exciting cruise, who knows. Good Friday, checked. Glorious Saturday, checked. Palm Sunday was off to church for us. I really did not want the day to go by quickly as Sunday was the last day for my cousins before their return to their respective homes. While at church, I relived the wonderful memories we had together and wondered what the following year had in store for an always cheerful Easter vacation in Central Trinidad.

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Earth Day: April 22

Promoting a clean environment every day of the year

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By omilla Mungroo

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ne Sunday evening as my son and I walked home from the park, I was telling him about how people litter the place, and that there is a fine for people pelting rubbish out of their vehicle windows. We were having that discussion because the park had been profusely littered; a rare sight. I wasn’t done explaining when a car whizzed along Riverside Road, close to our home, and out flung a white paper cup onto the bank at the side of the road. It was carried with the wind down to the nearby river, while the car sped merrily away. Of course my son looked at me and laughed. He did not laugh because it was funny, but because of the timing of the incident. Trinis don’t really laugh at everything as we are regularly accused of doing. We laugh when we know we are powerless to change certain things. It’s our way of fighting stress. What could we have done at that time to stop that behaviour? Israel even wondered if a police car had passed then, and a police officer had seen that, what action, if any, would the police have taken, since there is supposed to be a fine for such negligent behaviour. He said, “Maybe the perpetrators would

A pink poui tree in all its radiance decorates a bin with the message, “Our country, our duty, keep T&T clean.”

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Trees at Lord Harris Square, Port of Spain. “What is the use of planting more trees if we do not maintain and keep our environment clean every day of the year?” not have pelted the cup out the window if they knew the police car was behind them.” Then he shrugged and added, “Just saying.” In the US and Canada, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 every year. It was an idea in 1962 by US Senator Gaylord Nelson, and it grew by 1970. The most common practice of celebration in the United States and Canada is planting trees.

A flock of scarlet ibis beautifies a bin with the message, “Our environment, respect, protect, recycle.” Photos by Jevan Soyer

“Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time nor resources to organise 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organised itself,” he said. Trinidad and Tobago has been, in recent years, said to be becoming Americanised in more than one way. What causes us to throw paper cups out of our vehicles here in our own country, and keep them in the car when we are in the United States or elsewhere, until we find a trash can in which to put it? It is hoped that we in sweet T&T do not celebrate Earth Day only on April 22, and only by planting trees, but also by keeping our beautiful islands clean every day! We might see pictures of prominent people in the newspapers with shovels, hats, and smiles for the camera on April 22, but what is the use of planting more trees if we do not maintain and keep our environment clean every day of the year? Just saying!


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Friendly rainbow people an endangered species

Come on Trinbago

By Marissa armoogam-ali

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nvitingly warm sunshine, beautiful beaches, enticing foods and a friendly rainbow people are all that make Trinidad and Tobago the beautiful twin isle we are. The latter of these traits however (friendly rainbow people) is rapidly becoming an endangered species. As we hurl towards becoming a first world country our human and life skills are being retracted to a time before civilisation, as we have been seeing and reading daily in the local news. Whilst there are many wonderful attributes to our country the recent climb of heinous crimes and unfortunate orphaning of our country’s children need to be addressed... and rather urgently. I find it difficult to listen to the afternoon news or even read the newspapers as it has just become a live obituary forum. So where are the feelings of anger and hate, the ability to harm the ones we love coming from? Are we no longer our brother’s keeper? Everyone is scampering about to find a solution to the wave of crime that has washed down on us and with due cause, but, if we as a people were to honestly look at the issues leading to the crimes we would realise that the solution lies within us, within our relationships, our homes and places of worship. Husbands killing wives, stemming from stories of unfaithfulness of either party, leaving grieving, confused and lonely children to face the world on their own. Children committing gruesome murders to

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prove their worth in order to join a gang. Our young women and baby girls being raped – their innocence and sense of virtue and safety ripped away from them, some by persons they trusted to keep them safe. When a school child feels there is no other way and has to take matters into his own hand and stabs a fellow student. Come on Trinbago, WAKE UP!

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others – be the woman your children and spouse have no choice but to highly respect. Teach your daughters to be women of virtue, to respect and love themselves. Let your spoken words be something worthwhile. Most importantly keep an eye on your household – encourage and keep your children in positive and productive habits. Fathers – be not only a man of worth and respect but be THE MAN of worth and respect of your household. A father is a child’s first hero – be their true heroes. Show your sons the manner in which a woman must be treated by example. Show your daughters the manner a wife should be treated as they look at you constantly as a partner to their mother. Be the head of

your home, show them discipline and hard work yields blessing and a feeling of accomplishment no man can take from you. Most importantly teach your children of the goodness of God. We are a culture made up of many types of families: nuclear, extended, single and others, but in our own family units, whatever they may be, we make time to facilitate our choice of recreation, why not make some time for encouraging spiritual growth in hopes of positive reinforcement in our society. We can take our country back from the criminal elements by avoiding the further and future development of negative growth amongst our nation’s children. They are our future, they are the future parents, leaders and teachers, in order for us to curb crime we must become trustworthy, loyal and respect-worthy parents and authority figures. If we start at the root within the home we are sure to produce healthy growth in the minds of our nation’s youth. It is the only way we can begin to lower the crime rate in sweet T&T. So are you prepared to become a crime fighter?

We can take our country back from the criminal elements by avoiding the further and future development of negative growth amongst our nation’s children.

My daughter Elaina (centre), and her neighbourhood friends Cassey (left) and Sierra (right) after having their hair braided during the Easter vacation last year.

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Students of Golden Eagle Martial Arts. Centre is Sensei Kester Marquis. Far right is my son Zayn Hosein.

Too many of the growing youth population in society today seems so caught up in TV land or video games. Their whole existence seems to revolve around violence, chaos and confusion.

Martial arts changed my child! By nerissa hosein

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s a parent I was a bit skeptical about signing up my five-year-old to do martial arts. I mean he’s five! But I also wanted him to learn to protect himself. In these times between the crime and the bullying that takes place in school it was important for me to teach him to protect and defend himself. So I went to Golden Eagle Martial Arts Academy. I told myself if anyone was hard on my child, I would leave immediately. But I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The Academy, located on El Socorro Road, is only filled with kindness and patience. Since day one I have watched my son blossom under

It promotes discipline, encourages communication and teaches children to protect themselves the guidance, discipline and patience of Sensei Marquis. While the school teaches the routines and the structure of the art, they are also gentle with the students who are as young as four years old. They allow them to gradually shine, promote diligence and hard work but do not break their little spirits. I chose martial arts because it has many benefits to a youth. It promotes discipline and structure. It teaches them to defend and protect. Too many of the growing youth

population in society today seem so caught up in TV land or video games. Their whole existence seems to revolve around violence, chaos and confusion. Martial arts also allows the young ones to foster their socialisation skills without the dramatisation of the media saturated world. It encourages communication within a safe environment and most importantly it teaches this new generation ways to promote non-violent conflict resolution.

I’ve noticed a few shy ones being lifted out of their shells. The art itself seems to increase their self-esteem as well as their sense of respect within and outwards in society. Many of the parents sit around while classes are in session and I’ve heard a few say how much it has changed their child. I tend to agree as my son has already started to be more outgoing and considerate. I would recommend martial arts now to any parent that asks. It’s a form of exercise to work off all those snacks we Trinis like to eat and it gives you some valuable life tools. I think it is an asset worth getting up early for on a Saturday morning!

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Chipper, at left, at prizegiving.

By omilla Mungroo

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ike a secret meeting place, hidden from the main road, at the back of the St Joseph RC Church, lies “De Valley”. Well shaded by huge trees, ageless and beautiful, the valley captures and simulates what might easily be, on a Sunday afternoon when a windball cricket match was being played, the atmosphere of the Queens Park Oval during a one-day international. The sloping ancient Priest Hill, the road you take from the first capital to get down to the valley, is an extension from King Street and Abercromby Street corner, and leads out onto Riverside Road in Curepe. Rich and vibrant with history, the oldest town in the country still provides many youth with other well-meaning recreational activities that one wonders why so many still get involved in crime. Even the nearby St Joseph Boys’ RC Primary School uses the valley from time to time for the boys to cool off after term tests and SEA exams, with a good game of football or cricket. Others used it in the past for its secluded, relaxing atmosphere. Today it is usually empty,

MP Terrence Deyalsingh helping out with prize giving.

Chipper and ‘De Valley’ Providing wholesome competition and entertainment for youth, not just from St Joseph, but from across the island except on tournament days. The man responsible for most of the action in the valley though has led a very humble quiet life in St Joseph for 52 years. Christopher Thomas, aka Chipper, has been instrumental in providing wholesome competition and entertainment for youth, not just from St Joseph, but from across the island. He is the founder and manager of the St Joseph Vital Corner Boyz; the group which organises windball cricket competitions, small goal football, and all-fours tournaments. Every year Chipper takes on 12 windball cricket teams, 18 small goal football teams, and 8 all-fours teams. The Vital Corner Boyz also hosts a children’s Christmas party, a 5K marathon on Republic Day, and a fete match/family day

on Good Friday. This man knows that the days of taking a village to raise a child no longer exists, so he has continued to encourage what he believes is the next best thing, especially for the young men – sports and all round good, clean fun. I have known Chipper from a child and having gone to the valley to watch some windball cricket matches in the past, you would never think he is the one responsible for all the fun and excitement there. Chipper would be in and out, as inconspicuous as the valley itself, amongst the crowd, chatting and carrying on as if he too, came to support a team. He would smile and wave, while his friendly manner and humble community spirit win him the admiration and respect of everybody in St

Joseph. Indeed, he has also gained the respect of others who take part in his well organised tournaments. If you live in St Joseph and you don’t know Chipper, you have not been to the valley during a tournament. The names are synonymous and you cannot mention one without the other. For such a small ground, you can have entertainment equal to that of any other bigger sporting arena in the country, and you don’t have to pay for tickets. The huge tree trunks provide “stands” seating, and enough shade for a relaxing, enjoyable day of sports. Just walk with your food and drinks. If anyone is interested in becoming a part of the action at the valley, whether it is to enter a windball cricket team or small-goal football, or allfours team, for other details, or just to come and have a fun time, you can contact Chipper at 728-4599. He will be more than eager to have you join in on the fun at De Valley!

16 Football small goal match in progress.


Lifestyle

Colourful kitEs in the sky

By nadia ali

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he trees are rustling, the Caribbean breezes are blowing and colourful kites soar into the blue of the sky. April is the month synonymous with kite flying in the Queen’s Park Savannah, Trinidad. Across in the sister isle of Tobago, December is the month that the annual Tobago Flying Colours Kite Festival occurs at the Plymouth Recreation Grounds. Both, however, are celebrated in true Trinbago style with a variety of entertainment, food and give-aways to create a wholesome family day out. Thousands of spectators flock to see hundreds of registered participants in the kite-flying competition. Historically, kites are said to have originated in China. The materials used to build the kites were silk and bamboo, but the exact date or the name of the inventor is unknown. The first kites flown in the Caribbean were mostly diamond

shaped and made from cocoyea, flour paste as glue and copybook notebook paper. They were given a strange sounding name “cheeky chong”. These types of kites are very basic and simple to make. Students are usually taught how to make cheeky chong kites in school as their first attempt at kite-making. You can buy kites during the month of April from vendors, who are based at the side of the road. Some sell the traditional hand-made kites typical of the Caribbean. These are diamond shaped, very colourful and come in various sizes. But, most vendors sell the factory-made plastic kites featuring popular cartoon characters.

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or the kite flying contest in Trinidad all entries must be hand-made, so you cannot register with the factorymade ones. There are various categories and it is open to individuals and teams. The most interesting category, in my opinion, is the “Mad Bull”. It is a very large kite and I have seen kites that span 15 feet wide! There is great secrecy surrounding the design and size of these kites. Most entrants will keep the mad

bull kites under cover until the competition begins, when they reveal their entry. These monster kites take a team effort, not only to make it, but to fly too. Unlike the smaller kites where one person runs, loosens the string and tugs on it to make it fly, the mad bull is launched by several people running in unison. On one occasion, I was amazed to see a team attaching the rope of the mad bull onto a vehicle to launch it! Although, it did manage to take flight when it suddenly decided to nose-dive barrelling towards the Savannah, it sent everyone scampering to get out of its way. The sight of hundreds of kites flying adds to the attraction of the Queen’s Park Savannah. The atmosphere is one of a family fun day and even if you go as a spectator there are kites on sale so you can fly a kite too. Once you get the hang of it and loosen enough string your kite will soar just like the others. There’s a feeling of achievement the higher it climbs, joining the colourful kites in the Caribbean sky.

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Creole Corner

Easter Excitement

Therese Chung and Mark Waldropt pose with the Easter Bunny at MovieTowne.

Poems by Therese Chung The most exciting place I know Is Trinidad and Tobago The Easter season is the best With the Bunny Egg Hunt contest Children take part in the Easter parade Costumes are bought, and are even homemade Bonnets and baskets are decorated for hours With adorning dresses filled with pretty spring flowers

So come to the islands and join in the fun Admiring the parade in every town And see all the baskets with decorations Celebrating the best of Easter seasons

The Easter Bunny visits the Hunt Who finds the most eggs which you could count Will win prizes of chocolates and marsh mellows of every colour found under the rainbows

Bring your children to the Easter parade Choose a pretty costume, have it handmade Let the children model in their hope to see Trinidad and Tobago’s Easter Bunny

Models at a charitable fashion show held during Fashion Week by Titanium Entertainment Charity in Tradewinds Hotel, Trinidad.

Fashion Week in Trinidad

Though fashion is constant throughout the year Among men and women and what they wear April is the month with the biggest fashion show A time for designers to display all they know

Vintage to contemporary models strut all their wear Art pieces in all colours stitched with nylon, lace and sheer Competition is sky high the race is now on

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Crowning the designer, the Fashion Week’s champion Trinidad and Tobago an island of beauty Found in the tropics in the Caribbean Sea With lovely ladies and handsome men Fit for the catwalk scoring a ten We won the international fashion show Project Runway with designers we all know So if you are interested in a fashion thrill Then come to our island, the land of talent and skill


Fiction By omilla Mungroo

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h gorsh! Dey tief ah nex two ducks!" Stacy shrieked. "Jack, I goin an set ah good trap for dat tief yuh hear?" "Look Gyirl, ent we goin river jus now? And Gary an dem comin with meat to cook so doh hot up yuh head nah! Everything fix!" Stacy was plump and round, with smiling cheeks and curly short hair. Her dark eyes danced when she smiled but opened wide in anger, and you would think they belonged to someone else. Stacy was just a cheerful person at heart, but it was hard to imagine her in this state. The loss of her ducks worried her. The loss of the amount of money she spent worried her even more. She held her face in her hands and looked gloomily through the window at the duck-run outside. She vowed she would find out who kept stealing her ducks every time they planned a river lime. It wasn't long before the rest of the "river lime posse" arrived at their home. Gary and his pretty wife, Sherma, were the first to enter the house. Then came Babsi and Karan with the drinks and cups. Gary put a bag on the kitchen counter and said he brought two chickens, already seasoned and ready to cook, in plastic bags, but those were for a mens' lime the next weekend. He wanted Stacy to keep them in her freezer since it was Jack's plan anyway. "Boy! Somebody tief two ah we duck again! Stacy protested, while putting the meat in the freezer. Gary's brow furrowed with concern, "Well allyuh have to put ah stop to that! That mus be one sharp tief!" "Sharp? But I sharper than that! Not one more of my ducks will get tief again." Agonising pain spread across Stacy's face as she continued, "You know how much money I spend to buy feed for dem duck an dem? Eh? An for people to come in my yard jes so an take my duck? I sure is sell they sellin them!" "Oh Gorsh man Stacy, go an get yuh bag an leh we go nah! It getting late already! Doh study de duck an dem now! De people mus be was hungry!" Jack was always like that. Stacy wasn't sure if it was mercy for the tief or if he was just fed up with her complaining. Jack's dou-

Creole Corner

Long time crime was‌

about going to Maqueripe to spend the day. Gary had brought his contribution already and he would be the first to arrive, as usual, walking with his signature limp, and his shock of graying curls on his head, Stacy thought, as she leaned on the window sill with half-closed eyes. Gary and Sherma were their oldest friends. She felt happy thinking of how they had met and became friends, at Valencia River some eight years ago. Gary had boasted about his curry duck specialty, and Jack was just too glad he wouldn't have to be the cook again when they went river. During yawns and blinks, the neighbour's dogs barked somewhere in the distance. The wind rustled the leaves on the long-mango tree that overlooked the duckrun. Not another sound was heard, and Stacy was ready to go to bed.

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bles business was enough for he and Stacy to live on, so she "minded" the ducks just to be independent. It was her own little business. Jack was already getting bald, and his round belly disturbed Stacy. Diabetes and heart attacks ran in his family. She had to secure her own little future, or so she thought. They locked up and had a great time at the river that day, but Stacy had had enough. She could not get the missing ducks out of her mind, and tried to devise a plan in her head as to how she was going to catch the thief. All was quiet the first two or three nights after that river lime. It was nearing the weekend when the men's lime came around. Stacy had stood by her kitchen window for four nights and she could not remain awake another night. The next day the men had talked

t was full moon tonight. Stacy could count every duck left in the run. The group had changed plans almost overnight when Gary and Jack spoke on the phone earlier. They were going to camp out for the night instead. Gary said he would supply a duck to curry. He reassured Stacy that he would bring his German Shepherd to let loose in the yard to help catch the thief, since she did not want to lose another one of her ducks. Jack and Stacy had agreed. So it was of great consequence when Stacy noticed the dog wagging its tail in the light of the moon that Friday night, and she thought she saw a man limping through the gate in the duck-run with her largest duck left! Nobody else she knew walked with a limp like that! She just could not believe it! The moonlight made his curls glimmer and dance on his head! Everything happened so fast, she did not think to call Jack, who was probably snoring hard and fast, but she ran out into the night air, yelling at the top of her voice, "Tief! Tief!" Gary's German Shepherd pounced on her like a lion and luckily she was yanked away by none other but Gary himself, with the most sorry look on his face that Stacy never saw, while the prized duck flew back into the duck-run quacking loudly, and awaking Jack out of his slumber. Long time crime was‌ Curry duck and pepper!

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Creole Corner

Ah soucouyant suck meh By Kerry Mc donald "You know, like a soucouyant suck meh last night," exclaimed my mother. "Where girl?" said my cousin. "On meh leg. Watch how it is, looks dark." My cousin looked at my mother in amazement, followed by a grin as though she wanted to just drop on the floor and roll around in bouts of laughter. The expression on my mother's horrified face was surreal. "Michelle, you think this is a joke, like ah soucouyant suck meh last night. I think it is Ms Vera."

I could not help myself as I wanted to laugh as well. I departed for the bathroom for a good laugh. I then returned to assure my mother along with my cousin, Michelle, that Ms Vera, our neighbour, who was probably in her 80s, was too old to be a soucouyant. As if our assurance was not enough for my mother, she quickly responded, "Soucouyant nowadays have no regards, so there is no race, age, shape, colour or size, it could even be the dog too," she said. At this point when my mother said the dog, I thought that she may have become paranoid. My mother wanted to get her point

tobago Love By Marc algernon I pray for the day, once again to see her Tobago face My feet touch the ground, the sights, the sounds, all Tobago grace. I reach to the beach and satisfy my Tobago lust Sun and Sea, you and me... enjoy Tobago must... Me – trini blood, she – instinctively, Tobago dove Tears in my eyes, I wave goodbye, to my Tobago love.

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across, so she took one of her prized possessions, a music record from her collection of other music records and played Crazy's (Edwin Ayoung) song, "Suck Meh Soucouyant" so as to send a signal to Ms Vera that she was aware of what she did last night. I have never seen a soucouyant, but I have heard various stories when I was around the age of six years, about the soucouyant, la diablesse, lagahoo, douen and even the silk cotton tree. I often wondered if those supernatural beings existed. The mark on my mother's leg may be proof that the soucouyant and these other beings really do exist.


Creole Corner

By israel ramsumair, age 11

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esterday was a day that was not to be forgotten. Malykk came up with such an idea that it turned out to be very good, well, not so good! Here’s how it went. It all started on the first of April after school when Nathan, Malykk and I were walking home. While we were walking Malykk said to Nathan, “Nathan boy, today is ah nice day for some ripe mangoes.” “Yes, but how and where are we going to get them?” enquired Nathan. By the time we had gotten home and changed, it was then I remembered there was a neighbour who planted a mango tree some years ago, and it bore mangoes every year. “I know where we can get it,” I said, “over by the neighbour’s backyard there is a nice mango tree with some nice ripe starch mangoes.” Then Malykk exclaimed, “Then what we waiting for?

The Mango Tree Let us go!” “Oh no I out of that!” exclaimed Nathan, “There’s no way I going in the neighbour’s yard! You don’t know it have a dog? A German Shepherd!” “So!” Malykk shot back, “Let’s go!” Nathan got more and more tempted to go with us but still refused to go. “I don’t know ‘bout you two but I going inside. With that he went inside. “That is you! We’re going!” I shouted. We ran to the fence and jumped over. There we saw the shady mango tree with some mouthwatering starch mangoes. Stealthily we started climbing the tree. As soon as we reached the top we sat in the branches to catch our breath, then after two or three minutes we started to pick the mangoes and eat them. While we were enjoying some mouthwatering mangoes we were suddenly surprised to see Nathan climb up the mango tree. Sitting on a branch, he picked a mango and started eating and staring at us. “I don’t know ‘bout you

two but I going inside,” Malykk said in a mocking voice. “Oh shut up you. I only changed my mind,” he said. We continued eating mangoes until we were full. We climbed down and walked back to the fence and started to climb over when out of nowhere came the huge German Shepherd. It showed its teeth and growled at us, we all immediately froze, immobilised in fright. Then something happened that made Malykk and I regret with a passion – the neighbour appeared in front of the doorway and came to the dog. “Down, Axel, down! Well well, look what we have here, what allyuh doin up in meh mango tree eatin meh mangoes eh? You think I didn’t see you eating them!” We were trembling when he spoke. We were caught red handed! “W...W...Well,” said Malykk trembling. “We only ate three mangoes each.” The neighbour turned to the dog and commanded. “Axel go!” The dog growled at us as if it

wanted to shred us apart then scampered to its kennel. Then a little smile crossed the neighbour’s face, and he burst into laughter. “APRIL fools!” he shouted. “You could go but next time don’t, and I mean don’t ever eat meh mangoes again eh or I will set meh dog on allyuh.” We were so afraid we ran back to our house and shut the door in panic. “Never me again!” I said relieved. “Yeh, I never going back in that yard again!” said Malykk exhausted. “Well I hope allyuh learn allyuh lesson about taking things when people didn’t give allyuh permission,” said Nathan. “How yuh mean? You was with we,” I said vexed. “Yeh, that is because allyuh change meh mind,” Nathan replied. That was a day that will be forever embedded in my memory.

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Food

Breadfruit tree in Barataria a laden breadfruit tree hangs over a house in Barataria on a beautiful sunny day in February. read about ways to have your breadfruit in issue #1 on www.sweettntmagazine.com Photo by Jevan Soyer

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Food

Fruitilicious

Daniella Dalton Photo by Christa Leith

By Kielon hilaire

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hen you look at a banana what is the first thing you think of? Okay, bad example. Now consider staring at an apple, a pear and a watermelon, mouth-wateringly fresh and ripe to their core. Now what do you see? Many people would see nothing beyond an assortment of juicy fruits that need to be eaten but Daniella Dalton usually sees something different. “How do I transform all of these into an edible fruit bouquet?” Daniella, a proud Trinbagonian, had been completing her accounting degree in the US when she was introduced to the idea of fruit bouquets by US citizen, Autumn Murphy, now a good friend of hers. Daniella then tried her luck with her first fruit bouquet at her cousin’s baby shower then subsequently produced another bouquet for a thanksgiving dinner. She then went on to create more bouquets for other related events. Yet, it was not until she returned to Trinidad that she began to see the “fruits of her labour” in that creatively transforming fruits into laudable art would appeal to the local market. Even though the concept of edible fruit bouquets is nothing new, Daniella incorporates her own uniqueness to make hers special. She vows that every bouquet she creates is a symbol of beauty, health and love and that they must always pass her quality control test for sweetness. No sour grapes over here! Mother’s Day coming up? “Give Mom an edible fruit bouquet”. Valentine’s Day already gone? “Celebrate your love next year.” And of course who could resist edible fruit arrangements in the midst of a romantic getaway or the thrill of a new party or birthday lime. Even so, Daniella claims that Father’s Day is the one special day that is often taken for granted and that men who step up and show themselves as father figures deserve to be equally commended. She is therefore hoping to release a “Real men eat fruit”

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Every bouquet is a symbol of beauty, health and love campaign in the near future, though she smiled at the end of that statement. Considering Daniella was raised in a single parent home by her mother and is one of four siblings, life had not been the easiest for her, yet she made it through and it is admirable how this beautiful young woman has managed to take control of her own destiny with the unyielding goal of making a good name for herself. Still, as it usually takes to accomplish anything worthwhile in life Daniella does face occasional challenges. For instance, sourcing the right size, shape and texture

of fruit to make the exact bouquet she envisions is not always easy and at the moment her fruit bouquets are available per request only. But her business is steadfastly growing and with the commitment and dedication she currently possesses anything is surely possible. When Daniella is not making fruit bouquets she is usually out hiking, liming, enhancing her spirituality, and baking banana bread, plantain bread and cakes for another breed of loyal customers. Yet somehow she always returns to playing around with fruit. As more people become conscious of their health and the importance of good eating there is no other time than the present to indulge in an edible fruit bouquet — but not just any fruit bouquet, DD’s fruit bouquets! Check it out on Facebook.


Food

Y N , s t a e r T Trini

wins award for coconut fudge T

rini Treats, a Caribbean confectionary company of Bayside, New York, is proud to announce that they won an award for their coconut fudge in the confectionary category at the fourth annual Good Food Awards ceremony held at San Francisco’s historic Palace of Fine Arts on January 16, 2014. Founder, Farida Laurie, was honoured among this year’s winning food and drink producers who share a passion for delicious, mindfully produced food. The Good Food Award celebrates the people who are redefining “good food” by crafting products that are both incredibly tasty and responsibly produced. Culinary luminaries Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl and Nell Newman honoured the 2014 winners onstage. The ceremony commenced with opening remarks from MC Dr Zeke Emanuel, co-founder of the Farmers Market at the White House and advisor to President Obama on health care, who noted the integral link

Sarah Weiner and Farida Laurie

between health and the growth of sustainable food communities across the country.

Sarah Weiner, Director of Seedling Projects in her closing remarks, summed up the potential impact for small producers for their integrity and likened them to the cultural revolutionaries of the 60s: “A way to cut through the surface and reach human generosity, a thoughtful way, a connected way, a joyful way to live. Food is the way, and you are the poet-revolutionaries to lead us there.” The festivities continued with a gala reception where winning products were enjoyed in abundance. This year’s winners were selected from 1,450 entries from all 50 states in a Blind Tasting held in September. Those that rose to the top were subject to a rigorous vetting process to verify they met the sustainability and social responsibility criteria to win a Good Food award. Full list of winners can be found at goodfoodawards.org. For more information about Trini Treats visit their website at trinitreats.com or on Facebook.

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Places

Rent a jet ski in Chaguaramas or Pigeon Point No roadways to follow, no traffic… simply no boundaries!

By nadia ali

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o you have the need for speed but lost for a place where you can experience the exhilaration of driving fast and furious legally on the roads of Trinbago? Well, head out onto the water, either in Chaguaramas or at key locations in Tobago where you can rent a jet ski. Pigeon Point was where we rented two jet skis for four of us. Just looking across the sun-kissed aqua water was enough to lure us to the crystal clear warm waters. We were given a brief safety talk and told not to go fast until we passed a specific buoy in the water to ensure the safety of beach bathers. The rental guy told us how to operate the jet ski and lastly said the ones we were about to use were older models and didn’t have brakes. Yup! No brakes! But releasing the accelerator would bring the motor-craft to a stop. Once buckled into our life-

Be fast and furious on the water

vest, we walked waist-high out into the shallow water where we were helped up onto the jet ski that bobbed in the water. I chose not to drive and happily sat behind my husband who was clipped to the jet ski as a safety precaution. Then with a flick of his wrist and a rev of the engine we glided out to the buoy. Then it was a case of holding on for dear life! The engine rumbled like a Harley, scenery started flying past and a force threw me backwards as we raced through the water. This is where the old adage of “the more the merrier” comes into play as we raced our friends on the other jet ski. It was definitely thrilling with the

wind in my hair, the spray on my face and the flex of muscles I never knew I had as I held on tightly. The vastness of the unobtrusive open sea has an allure all of its own. No roadways to follow, no traffic… simply no boundaries! On our return to Trinidad, the lure of jet ski’s eventually beckoned. Located in Williams Bay, Chaguaramas, near the Kayak Centre is the jet ski rental area. The bay itself covers about 1.1 kilometres and has a mixture of sand and pebbles. Its warm waters are generally calm with minimal waves – making it ideal to rev up your engine!

There are at least 6 Yamaha Waverunner VX 4 Stroke jet skis ready and waiting to whisk us out on a fast and furious experience at sea. Walking out to the jet ski is a little bit tricky as the water is not clear and the bottom is somewhat pebbly. The jet ski rocked more as we got on which we tried to stabilise by using our body weight. We only rented the jet ski for 15 minutes and managed to get out to the first islands but the water was choppy so we didn’t go too far. Having jet-skied both in Chaguaramas and in Tobago, the aquamarine water, the ride and the scenery in Tobago definitely enhanced our riding pleasure. It is an exhilarating experience that is as simple as driving a bumper car. It satisfies the thrill of speeding on the open sea and can be experienced by everyone, so hold on let’s go!

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Places

‘Mermaids’ in Matura Story and poem by Therese Chung

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here are many natural wonders at Matura situated on the north eastern coast of Trinidad – from turtle watching to hiking to swimming in mermaid pools. Matura Basin is also known as Mermaid Pool and, no guys, mermaids don’t live there but you feel as though the myth lives because the waters are refreshing and once you’re in, you never want to get out like mermaids. One morning I heard the sound of horns flying through my street. My fiance Mark ran out with an excitement in his voice asking me to pack a bag with a change of clothes and a swimsuit, so off I went. In minutes we were on our way to Matura, a place I will never forget. We called friends and family members on the way, telling them to pack their swimwear and a change of clothes. Within 15 minutes, we had three cars loaded with friends and families on their way to this magnificent meeting place. It took us about two hours on this scenic

Friends and family members make their way through waters in Matura. road trip accompanied with the fresh air sweeping her kisses on our faces. I loved it, the journey, the discovery of natural beauty. We parked in the shade under a big tree which spread her arms to cover our cars. With our knap sacks secured, we were on our way to the Mermaid Pool. I did not know what to expect but life’s spontaneity is thrilling... we hiked through a trail which took about half an hour through pine forests. We headed in a

downward direction with natural pools on the way to the Matura Basin. When we reached our destination, we surrendered to the spring waters of Mermaid Pool. We sat there for hours, just cooling off from the athletic hike. I did not want to leave this place. I was a mermaid in the tropics. My body was submerged in crystal clear clean waters and felt as though it was being renewed, especially after the week’s hustle and bustle in work.

An Easter treat in Mayaro Beach We work so hard during the day Sometimes we need to get away Pack your bags for there is a place I know The beach in Trinidad called Mayaro The Easter vacation has finally arrived And I must say I was delightfully surprised When my dear sister called and invited me To celebrate Easter with her family We headed towards a South Eastern direction A natural beauty on the coast

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of the island And as we were greeted with the sun The fun had now only just begun With our buckets and shovels on the sand We started to build castles on the land With laughter and team work we were on our way To make the best sand castle for the display The best arrived a few hours after When we swam in the Mayaro water And submerging our beings in the fine blue green sea T’was the best Easter vacation for our family

Therese helps the young builders with a sand castle.


Places

Poui tree on the Beetham

A beautiful yellow poui tree blossoms on the sideline of the Beetham Highway near the landfill known as the “La Basse” or “the dump”. The tree in all its beauty stands among garbage which is constantly overlooked by numerous starving corbeaux birds. Photos by Jevan Soyer

Laventille art

A house is artistically designed on the roadside at Eastern Main Road, Laventille.

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Places

Beautiful Buccoo Bay in tobago Beautiful scenes at Buccoo Bay, Tobago taken by photographer Jason nicholas aka Jason X. he states, “Photography is my hobby and my purpose is to show and share the beauty that is T&T despite the daily negatives.� See more of T&T on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Jason.X.Photography.

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Places Tropical Flamingos

Photos by Maraika Mohammed and Jevan Soyer Crocodiles

Petting the pony.

Zoorific time By Marika Mohammed

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he word on the streets was about the massive changes that have taken place at the Emperor Valley Zoo. I wanted to check it out and see what the buzz was

Toucan.

A family interacts with an African Grey Parrot.

Feeding treats to the giraffes Melman and Mandela.

Common squirrel monkey.

about for myself. I was definitely awestruck on the reconstruction of the entire landscape for the animals. Each enclosure took some geographical landscape to the origin of the animal home. The highlights were definitely the animals. The otters were a delight to see as they swam and played to entertain onlookers while the crocodiles could care less for the visitors. I absolutely adore seeing the pony and was tempted to actually pet it as it was so close to me. The big reveal, however, was when the zookeeper fed the giraffes treats to bring them out of their home. From looking at the behaviour of the giraffes, it looked as though they were shy. They were utterly cute. I enjoyed the turtles and flamingoes and the various types of monkeys, fishes and birds. To top it all, I liked how they combined the various tropical flowers to make the scenery more colourful and fun. It was definitely amazing and a great workout walking and seeing all the animals. They indicated that they are going to expand with an African safari soon so I hope I will get to see it as soon as it is completed.

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Sweet tnt magazine issue 9  

Trinidad & Tobago Culture Magazine

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