In this Trinidad road trip I am driving from Petit Valley, through Mucurapo on to Woodbrook and into Port of Spain. From there I will go on Wrightson Rd. and to the highway all the way to Chaguanas bypassing the main busy streets for back roads. We will also make a stop at Valpark on the way back to Port of Spain.
The main difference in this video from others I’ve made is the way it was recorded. I used super wide screen mode so that you could get more of the surroundings as I drive by. This means you can see more of the houses and people as I pass them on the road.
I will be using some ambient music from Unicorn Heads titled “Drifting at 432 Hz” which is very relaxing. If you have a large high definition screen at home then it is best played there. Sit back and relax and drive along with me in Trinidad.
In Trinidad and Tobago, there is an active curfew established to prevent the movement of the citizenry between the hours of 9pm to 5am the next day.
However, what should be the most disciplined member of society, a soldier, decided that he was not going to abide by the curfew.
According to a police media release… it was Friday night on the 19th July, 2021 at 9:50pm and four police officers were on mobile patrol duty, when they stopped a private white car and our soldier was the driver.
The soldier was questioned about his reason for being outside during the curfew hours and he replied that he was going to pick up his cousin by the hairdresser.
The hairdresser at almost 10 at night during a curfew?
So we can establish that this was not related to a duty, essential or emergency services.
The officers then instructed the soldier to return home.
Normally, there is an arrest, charge and huge fine for breaking the curfew laws but in this case maybe the police felt this was a person attached to the defense force so they gave him some leeway.
However, after that experience anyone of us would have rushed home and counted our luck, but not our soldier.
He went out again and was stopped around 10.30pm making it the second time he was caught by police on the same night.
Yet again, according to police he was warned about being outside during the curfew hours and instructed to return to his dwelling house.
Now, they say the third time is a charm so yes, our soldier goes out again and around 11:23pm the police officers stopped him and this time he was charged and arrested.
The soldier was fined $20,000 for Breach of Curfew. That is around US$3,000.
So what are your thoughts about this? Is it a reflection of how Trinis in general see laws and the enforcement of laws as something to be ignored?
Should the police have entertained him the first or second time or just immediately arrested him as they have done with other citizens in the past.
Please place your comments here on my JB Man Cave Youtube Channel.
When I used to live in the USA one of the first things I noticed was how easy an assailant could gain entry to a home through the windows or the doors.
That is because most of the windows or doors in North American homes are structured with large plain glass, hard plastic or wood.
In Trinidad and Tobago the typical houses and apartments have burglar proofing on it.
For those of you not familiar, burglar proofing is made of thick custom fabricated metal.
Burglar proofing stops unwanted persons from gaining easy access to your home via the windows or the doors.
Most of the time it makes your home look like a prison so people come up with fancy designs to make it look desirable.
However, I kid you not about the prison aspect.
Yesterday, a family found they were unable to save their three children from perishing in a fire in their own home because of what…
Burglar proofing. Sadly, the criminal element has made us invest thousands in trying to secure our home without consideration of how we get out of it in the advent of a fire.
The local chief fire officer seemed to indicate that it is not uncommon for fire officers to turn up to the scene of a fire only to either be barred from entry or the victim finding it hard to escape because of what…
Burglar proofing. We definitely will not get rid of burglar proofing in Trinidad and Tobago, however the consideration of design and function needs to change.
Burglar proofing needs to be designed with the ability for the person within the home to exit while keeping intruders out.
This can be done using a padlock or bolt system only accessible to the person within the home.
I implore you to check your home’s burglar proofing and ask your self if you or your children would be able to escape a fire if you could not use the exit doors.
Here are some designs to consider.
Feel free to comment in the comment section of my YouTube channel about what kind of fire escape plan your family has in the event of a fire.
Greets all. As you may know, I like to share some views on real life happenings from a perspective you may not have thought about.
Just recently, an inspector of police and a female doubles vendor appeared before a judge in Trinidad.
In case my foreign friends don’t know, “doubles” is a tasty fast food made from curried chick peas and fried flour that is sold locally.
According to the police media release it was Sunday, 11th April, 2021 when the inspector allegedly allowed his weapon, a gun, to be used and fired by the female doubles vendor.
Now all of this became public knowledge because it was recorded on video and uploaded to social media.
So the inspector was charged with transferring a firearm and ammunition.
While the woman was charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Now some questions remain of which you can comment.
What influenced this?
Were they drunken on doubles? Maybe she made some doubles earlier that day and it was either too hot or too spicy and affected their judgment?
Maybe it was the charm or beauty of the woman fogging up the mind of the inspector and he let his guard down?
Or maybe the inspector simply made a mistake and now he has to pay the price of having his picture publicly revealed by the same police service he represents.
I was reading some of the associated comments about this case and found the people dealing harsh judgment on them.
One would swear they had committed grad theft or even murder.
Yes, they broke the law, and made some unfortunate decisions, however does that discount all the good they may have done in life?
Besides this error of action was he a good inspector… keeping us safe from the criminal element?
Was she a good doubles vendor and probably worked hard to feed her family day to day?
All I am saying is before we judge we need to consider if all our actions in a day were recorded and placed on social media what do you think people would say about us?
I doubt we would be free from social, ethical or even the law books since, speeding, J-walking, disorderly conduct, larceny, no vehicle inspection, no insurance, drinking and driving, texting while driving and even eating while driving are also all against the law.
I could go on and on.
This is not to say that the inspector and the doubles vendor should not be held accountable for their actions.
It is actually good to know that no one is above the law and that the police were willing to charge one of their own.
However, what I am saying is that as a society we need to look beyond our own judgmental attitude towards others and check ourselves.
Because right now I am seeing a worrying direction Trinidad and Tobago is heading and the only change of course is us, society as a whole.
Are Trinidadians really a greedy people? I hear and see this word use often by some Trinis to describe other Trinis but let’s define the word.
The first definition of greedy from Oxford is an “excessive desire or appetite for food”
However, it can also be “an intense and selfish desire for wealth or power”
So are there people in Trinidad and Tobago that fit that description?
Before we can answer that we often have to examine the people accusing others of being greedy.
Sometimes Trinis don’t have the best of decorum in the way they communicate as they often just share what they are thinking without any reservations.
If you haven’t seen my video called, “Lil’boy vs Single Mothers” make sure to look for it as I go deeper into this, however, to stay here let me give a simple example.
Someone might be struggling with their weight but when they are greeted by a fellow Trini the opener is…
“Aye fat boy how you looking plump so…” while this language might be considered colorful pecong it could actually be hurting the person’s self-esteem.
The irony of this is if you look at the person that is body shaming… they are also out of shape.
Sometimes people like to put down others in the hope of elevating themselves and that is not unique to Trinis, it is a bad human trait.
When I was a missionary in England we were often told to be humble because pride could easily set in.
To conquer the pride and become humble we were often told to go to what are known as council estates and clean all the garbage on the roads and in people’s yards.
That’s right. Just picture… we are dressed in suits with a black bag in hand and would go from house to house and street to street picking up garbage.
We did this as a regular thing and it humbled me quite a bit.
It showed me that I am no better than my fellow man.
It was not for me to judge why someone would keep their yard dirty it was just my job to help make it better.
So when I see someone trying to distribute food to those in need that is a good thing.
And when I see people lining up to collect that food it is not for me to say they are greedy because they are lining up to get that food.
If I were to do that then I would find myself on the side of pride, judgmental and it could just mean I am one of those who doesn’t give food from my personal supply to help others.
You see, it is so easy to say words when you are not in a situation… when you are not in the hot sun lining up to collect food.
Someone once told me if you see someone out there begging then do not think they are faking it, no one would subject themselves to being a beggar unless there was something needed or missing in their lives.
And if you think someone has no challenges or sorrow you don’t know them very well.
So back to the original question are Trinis really a greedy people?
While there may be one or two who may take advantage I can tell you that for the most part Trinis are the most giving people around.
I have seen first hand where people did not have much and would still give to others they felt needed it.
I have also seen where people have suffered a lot before coming out to ask. It is not for me to judge who needs and who doesn’t.
Like my picking up garbage scenario, I was there serve… to make it better… not characterize the people who left their garbage.
Right now we are in a pandemic… people are without work, little to no income and in desperate need of a way to pay their bills. These are times for sensitivity and understanding not put downs.
A worrying trend of talented people leaving Trinidad and Tobago. So I came across this picture of a guy known to organize athletic races in Trinidad.
In the selfie he took, it was a picture of him – of course – and a plane in the background getting ready to be boarded.
He took this on the same day he was leaving Trinidad.
He lamented that he did not want to leave Trinidad but over the past 15 months he was not able to earn an income because he was not allowed to organize any races.
He further regretted the fact that he could not even conduct repairs at home because construction stopped.
But what was worst is the thing he truly had a passion for which was outdoor exercising he could not do because that was not allowed either.
He blamed the lack of discipline by citizens and government policy which made him feel like he was serving time for a crime he did not commit.
So here he was leaving Trinidad going to another country where he was not looked on as non-essential and that considered the well being of the people first.
In his words, he wanted to be in a place where he could actual work, gain and income and was not constantly shut down by reactionary measures.
I asked him if he had space for me in his suitcase but he didn’t, oh well.
People I am concerned that we are losing a lot of our talent.
There was another gifted guy who is well known in the Mixed Martial Arts world that left this country a couple of years ago because after coming close to a near death experience with bandits he felt the country was too unsafe.
We can easily say to them well go then… but that is putting blame on them for something they have no control over.
The rest of us that are here… we need to make this place better… each individual doing their part so the country can reach a stage where people feel like they want to return home or not even leave in the first place.