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Brian Lara Promenade

Hello friends we are covering the Brian Lara Promenade and Port of Spain Trinidad an island in the Caribbean so right now we are on the independence square road it’s a road that goes has a northern on the southern side and it sort of goes around the promenade and we’re gonna head to the promenade it’s a Saturday morning so you’re not gonna see a lot of people on this side which is the commercial business side of Port of Spain and when I say commercial business I’m really referring to like banking and stuff the this side of paul’s bin covers that central bank treasury what not taxes so there aren’t many people are wrong we will get to the other side of the promenade which is small traders merchants people on the street.

you know that guy is not a statue he is unfortunately homeless there’s a lot of homelessness and for the spin area you see a lot of people around it’s really unfortunate i’ve spoken about that in my other videos that big those big twin towers was designed by anthony c lewis and associates I knew anthony c lewis as a child had some good fond memories of him good guy

and he showed me how he designed and he came up with a structure that building actually can take a lot of earthquake a lot of rumble the diamond shaped metal that crisscrosses on the um columns of that financial complex they actually move

so we’re on a promenade

and sometimes the promenade is used for art displays as you can see here on the left and the right

today they’re catering for children but I’m not really going to stop to pick that up too much

that building is the unit trust building it’s sort of a government bank for shares

i don’t invest there but from what I heard the return is not that kind of deal I guess it works for some people never interested me

if you invested in units feel free to talk about it in the comment section of my Youtube channel. Port of Spain is the capital of Trinidad and this what they call the waterfront is where we’re going to the sea is not very far from where we are

and a lot of these are the financial institutions ministries and so on car parks

so that’s a waterfront straight ahead

maybe 300 400 feet you would actually encounter the ocean on the port that statue right in front of us is the Brian Lara statue

and these things you know like you write in there should be more well maintained use better materials but it’s feeding also you can’t really read anything but Brian Lara is a great cricketer

held some little records he’s retired from it now

it’s a monument to him

this um

stair rail… rail… leveling up that takes you across the road… there are some elevators in there

it’s one of the few places where looks like the elevator is not working but anyway just one of the few places that they have security I guess to prevent people from returning on it that’s the HYATT building

the ministry uses so the government uses some of it and the other is purely a hotel

that place across there that’s the food court

so now we’re facing east and we’re gonna go right across the uh promenade like I said it’s a Saturday morning so there are many people around one or two

but as we get closer to the east side of Portugal you’re gonna see a lot of people

he knows any background is somebody playing the music the radio

trainees have a love a love for loud and loud music

this promenade has been closed for a long time because of the pandemic over 19. they they coordinate off so nobody was really allowed to go into it they took it off only recently and so only recently I had a chance to walk up and down and it’s a really nice place it’s one of the few places that’s well maintained now some brief history when I was a kid this area where they promenade was just sharks and i’ll get back to you I just wanted to tell you that this is the TSTT or the telecommunications building it used to be used to some telegraphs there I used to look a little different they um sort of spruced it up anyway so this promenade in the middle here used to have shacks where people would um repair shoes sell snacks different things and maxi taxis also used to park in the middle here to transport people and then some years ago they removed them all and built this promenade and that’s a good thing because it wasn’t a good sight to see all those sharks and stuff in the in the center of uh what is supposed to be a vibrant city

and just think when they when they uh first built this promenade all these trees were in here so they put all these trees they planted them so I can tell you how long ago that was

funny enough why not feel something people complain because now they had to walk to city gate which is another part of photos paint in order to get taxis and they had to go further to Henry and Charlotte street to buy stuff that they would otherwise get right on independence square but you know progress sometimes means a little sacrifice just walk a block or two more plus this is way better for the city I mean it’s great for tourism as well people come they have this nice promenade to walk on

however as you get closer to the east side of Port of Spain it doesn’t look as good and you’ll see why

so if you ever wanted to get a little time by yourself to think to just sit down and relax a Saturday morning here would be good even during the week this part of Port of Spain is not too bad for taking a rest there aren’t as many people around

you can hear all the boots again like most of my videos of this country it’s just lovely to hear all the birds

that blue building any background is a commercial building a private building other than the use of downstairs which has a few shops I don’t know how much of the actual buildings actually is used

that republic bank on the left they recently said that they were going to close it down so soon that will no longer be there

the buildings on the left you can see how they maintain that all colonials town I mean they have modern shops and whatnot below but you can see it’s quite um you know that old look now that building only left used to be um I think cool china clipper a Chinese restaurant used to be upstairs there and I remember as a kid we would go up there to look at carnival

no I don’t know what to use up says for downstairs I believe is a pharmacy and a souvenir place

that’s a bank

other building on the left there is also a bank

the banks um take up quite a lot of property in Port of Spain be it government or private banks

so as as we approach the center of Port of Spain which is um independent square

you can start to see more people this roundabout is the center of independence square center of the city

and here pretty much is active 24 7. there’s always something going on somebody walking somebody doing something even though it of course quiet gets quiet during the early morning period there’s still people are wrong and I would know that because of um when I used to work very late hours I’d still see people here

the statue in the middle

represents the center and this is um Captain Cipriani

sportsman soldier statesman patriot

and I’m gonna pan around the area so you get a full view that’s Frederick Street ahead probably the most popular street in Port of Spain

and that’s Broadway below leading to the lighthouse

so we’re gonna continue east again

one which means he’s going to Diego Martin this is a place west of Port of Spain and he needs one passenger so that’s what they go one means

the WOW is a fashion place they have Mario’s it’s that’s the local junk food they sell pizzas and different things like that the the links to the left and right are supposed to be restrooms and you could start to see people just you know hanging around basically

and you can see that these this side of folks don’t have that more of that rock look not as kept as the west side

nevertheless still maintained though

even the pigeons like the light lime here but of course there is trash on the floor and whatnot people just don’t take time to put the trash away

and on the east side of Port of Spain is a little more um commercial for small traders so you’ll see a lot of people on this street and stuff I have other walk through support explain where I go through all those streets both driving and walking if you haven’t seen it make sure to look for it in on my channel Youtube channel JB’s Man Cave

make sure to subscribe and be a part of this grand community this is Charlotte Street now known as Chinatown you can see the Chinese lions on entrance there I’ll show that elite I have other videos on that too that’s express house where they have the look one a local chance called tv6 and the express newspaper

ahead is the cathedral now essentially there isn’t a way to go from here through the church and to the other side of the promenade which continues in the back of the church I do have other videos for that but I’m not going to do that because really I would have to go around onto the street onto the pavement and to get to the other side the other side does not have

anything um

eye appealing except maybe for a couple of trees and whatnot there’s lots of vagrancy on this side and then a lot of people use the promenade on the other side to sleep on whatnot but I will I have videos on that but I will catch it catch it at a higher resolution sometime later

one thing about JB’s Man Cave is when I got an error I do it in different formats so one would be with a long extension rod where I tower over everybody one would be another resolution the other would be 360 and different areas of the same place and different angles so you get a feeling like if you are there and that’s the whole idea about it I hope you enjoyed today’s um video please do make sure to subscribe like and share with your friends please let them know what JB’s Man Cave we need to get these subscribers up to at least 10 000 which is the goal that I have for this channel this is Chinatown just give me a brief shot there thanks so much for watching.

Note: Text taken from audio of video and may not be accurate.

See other walk through videos: Walking Around San Fernando, Trinidad

Fan Review of The Matrix Resurrections

Let’s review The Matrix Resurrections. For those of you who don’t know, I am a fan of the original Matrix Trilogy. Not like some kind of cultist but interested in the story and where it went. So when I review The Matrix Resurrections I am doing so having watched the original trilogy many times.

What is the Matrix Trilogy? Three movies that introduced bullet fighting scenes but also played with your mind.

A couple of decades ago, I even started an online forum about it and coded a free text based game surrounding the idea of the Matrix.

I called the game, “Plugged”, because in the movies the characters were often plugged into the Matrix in order to be part of an illusion.

At the time, the game gathered a lot of interest as it made the end user feel as though they could make their own progressive Matrix character.

However, those things started to die as we got further away from the time when the Trilogy was first released many years ago.

Based on the most recently released Resurrections… I don’t see a resurrection of my forum about the Matrix or my game anytime soon — pun intended.

In my forum, there was a Topic started where people tried to predict if there would or should be a Matrix 4. Well, for those who predicted the release would happen it was made real in the form of The Matrix Resurrections.

I went to see it yesterday on the big screen with only six other people in the whole cinema. I remember when the Trilogy first came out I could not even get a seat because the cinema was packed to the max.

Well, here is my review and I have mixed feelings about it. If you have not seen the movie or the Trilogy then stop here because I am going to reveal spoilers about it.

Just in case you ever had doubts, The Matrix at its core, is a love story. While it plays with your mind, has unique fight scenes, and brings up many social, religious and politically correct issues — its foundation is about the main Characters and their love for each other.

After all, love is supposed to outdo everything… right? Let’s see.

At first, I could not understand if I was watching a Matrix or Deadpool movie and those of you who have seen both will understand why I said that.

As the movie progressed I started to comprehend it more and the connection between the Trilogy and Resurrections. It is a nice play on the mind. However there were key elements missing that they could have done better:

First, for you to understand and appreciate this movie you must have seen the Trilogy. If you did not see it you will find Resurrections very confusing. That is because it caters for people who have not casually watched the Matrix but who are dedicated fans.

There are lots of punches and puns in Resurrections that will fly by you if you have not seen the previous stories.

I missed Lawrence Fishburne as Morpheus. The new actor, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, does a fair job but that may not be entirely his fault as the script is very weak in many areas.

The new Morpheus character seems too humorous and lacking that mentor figure that we see in the old Morpheus.

In fact, there is a new character, Jessica Henwick, who goes by the character name Bugs, that is more like a fan of Neo than a mentor even though she gives regular advice to Thomas Anderson.

One of the main things that made The Matrix Trilogy a big hit was the bullet speed fight scenes that were very methodical and detailed. Unfortunately, fight scenes in Resurrections were blurred and hard to understand. In fact, there is little fighting in the movie itself as compared to what you see in the Trilogy.

There were ‘noisy’ scenes that did not add to the movie but made the quality deteriorate in my opinion. For instance, the constant reference to old scenes in the Trilogy should have been left out.

Here is another, bringing back Lambert Wilson, the Frenchman, only to have him rant looking like a homeless madman was more of parody than anything to be taken seriously.

Back to the Deadpool reference… the Deadpool character is sort of self-aware in that he knows his world but is seemingly aware that he is in a ‘movie’ or comic. Therefore, he speaks to the characters but also the audience. Yes, that concept is a bit difficult for us mere mortals to understand but it was also used in Resurrections to give the angle of awareness and more mind games.

In other words, no longer are you just watching the Matrix, which is an illusion in the movie’s real world, but we, the viewing audience, are also by extension — part of the Matrix.

I know, wrap your head around that.

I missed the green. The new view was blue although there were some green tones in certain places. In the trilogy, each movie had that green overtone whenever they entered the Matrix that separated the worlds of reality and illusion but that does not happen in Resurrections. I believe this was possibly to show, that because of what Neo did there was now a blur, between the two worlds.

Taking that angle in the story is not too bad because it showed that the machines were no longer willing to follow the dictatorship of the Architect or the Analyst or whomever runs the whole show. In fact, in Resurrections the machines assist the humans… and for me that makes sense.

Half way through the movie you start to get a better picture of why everything is the way it is… basically after Neo died in Revolutions he was brought back to life in order to generate more electricity with Trinity but not as lovers… not as knowing each other but as two people that feel a connection yet living different lives or in other words separate entities.

However, Smith, played by Jonathan Groff, is new and improved. Smith, using his own ideas and philosophy, somehow seeks to help Neo and yet tries to kill him.

Smith and Neo have always had a strange Ying and Yang relationship which shows them as really not being able to do without each other.

I think the biggest problem with the movie is the way it is presented. I believe if they started with explanations of what happened after Revolutions then it would be more entertaining rather than putting us in the perspective of a blue pill drug confused Thomas Anderson trying to figure out things along the way.

Then again that is how the Trilogy started with Mr. Anderson hacking and feeling there was something more to his life.

By the end of the movie, everything fits together and yet it doesn’t. I like the elevation of Trinity in the end scenes. No longer did Trinity need Neo, the man in her life, to rescue her but it was the other way around. They both had powers that Neo from the Trilogy had.

Yet, I still did not feel like I watched The Matrix I once knew. It was more like different movie that happened to resemble the Matrix. For sure, I am going to watch it again this time understanding what already happened to see if I have a different point of view. Make sure to check the comments for more of what I have to say about that.

So, are you a Matrix fan? Did you see Resurrections? Do you have a different take on it? What did you think about it? I would love to read your constructive comments, please do reply in my Youtube Channel.

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UFOs, Aliens and Spacecraft in Trinidad and Tobago

Like most children, I’ve always been interested in outer space, spacecraft, UFOs and the concept of aliens.

Science fiction many may call it as some people will often shrug off the topic of UFOs because they feel there is a lack of evidence.

Yet, many push to the cinema and stream on demand to see blockbusters involving Star Trek, Star Wars or superheroes from Krypton.

As a teen, I would look up at the Caribbean sky at night to view the many stars.

Stars that move at night

Sometimes I would be lucky to see a moving star, no, not a falling star… a satellite in orbit which often looks like a star that moves along an undeviating path.

If you have never seen that try looking up at the night sky and look for any object that looks like a star but moves.

It is not easy to find but if you are patient you will see it.

Of course, that is not the same as seeing an actual UFO which witnesses have claimed to be much bigger and closer than a satellite in orbit.

Credible evidence of UFOs

Recently, the United States released official military footage that acknowledges that there are indeed unidentified flying objects among us.

Testimony from hundreds of people including military officers claim to have seen objects that defy our known laws of physics.

Anyone who still doubts UFOs should read and listen to the reports. This is no longer science fiction.

UFOs in Trinidad and Tobago

But… what about Trinidad and Tobago?

I don’t know how many of you remember this… but some years ago one of the major television stations broadcast the appearance of strange bright lights in a forest in Trinidad.

The phenomenon occurred each night for 2-3 days yet no one could offer an explanation about it.

There have also been more personal accounts by Trinis about UFOs.

Recently, I was listening to the radio and one of the announcers mentioned being in Tobago on vacation.

She said that another person and herself were looking up at the night sky just star gazing when they spotted what they thought was the light from a satellite like I described earlier.

However, when that light suddenly made a sharp turn and moved in a different direction with speed like they have never seen before they looked at each other and knew it was neither a plane nor a satellite.

UFO accounts by people in Trinidad and Tobago

In one account by the username Steve Wooler he claims to have seen this in 2008,

“For around 20 minutes from around 9:15pm last night, the sky over Stonehaven Bay was filled with vivid orange lights. It was almost like a firework display. A number of lights appeared from roughly the north-east, travelling over Plymouth and heading out across Buccoo towards Trinidad. At first I thought it was a couple of helicopters, but they showed no green/red aircraft lights and were just a bright orange ‘ball’.” Source

Here is another one:

On the 5th February, 2015, at approx. 7:45pm whilst sitting in my car in an area known as Jones Terrace, Cunupia, Trinidad, I saw what appeared to be two very bright stars in the southern sky. I could be described as a ‘star gazer’ as I often gaze into the sky. These two star looking objects caught my attention because I had never seen what appeared to be two large stars that close. Hence, I became very amused and kept looking at them. Suddenly, one of the lights took off with such great speed moving further southward and then faded away. In my excitement, I called out to my two daughters to see it, but, they were unable to see the fleeting light. My two daughters then joined me and we travelled to our home at Homeland Gardens Cunupia – a 5min journey. Interestingly, whilst sitting in our car, I again was amused by what appeared to be a very bright light in the eastern sky. There was a full moon and the bright light was not far off. It was moving but, not like an aircraft does. Furthermore, that light seemed to be composed of/associated with other lights (blue and red). And, the lights were not like that of a helicopter or winged aircraft. The object kept moving and stopping. When it stopped, it rotated and kept projecting powerful red lights at a patterned interval. The pattern was like that of a Morse code. That activity lasted for approx. one min. and then the object disappeared. Fortunately, my daughters were able to witness that with me. I do not know what we saw, but I seek feedback from anyone in Trinidad who might have witnessed similar occurrences on that day. Source

What do Trinis think about the UFO topic?

Now, if you were to whip up a conversation about UFOs how do typical Trinis generally react to this topic? Like everything else, it is taken without the serious deliberation it deserves.

However, I would be very interested in meeting any Trinis who would like to relate their experiences in seeing UFOs, aliens or even abduction.

Feel free to tell us your story in the comments area of my Youtube channel or contact me to setup an interview.

Also, there is another channel I manage that covers UFO experiences by witnesses from all over the world, however is in Spanish so check it out if you can understand the lingo. Just go to or look for Inexplicados on Youtube.

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Halloween in Trinidad and Tobago Vegan Style

When I was a child living in the USA we went out trick or treating. Halloween was lots of fun because you got to dress up in a character you liked and receive free candy.

When we came back to Trinidad I missed it as it wasn’t celebrated here. However, about 15-20 years ago I noticed Halloween started to become more popular locally.

Halloween is good business and I’m surprised it did not catch on faster given the culture of costumes for Carnival.

In fact, I recently went into a government building in Port of Spain and was surprised to see it decorated with a Halloween theme.

Only certain designated places or neighborhoods in Trinidad celebrate Halloween or may have special Halloween themed events.

I’m not sure what happens in Tobago.

When my boys were younger we went trick or treating in the West and it was well received.

After the COVID-19 outbreak we decided to leave Halloween out but it just so happened that they were hitting that age where it was time to phase out the candy grabbing.

Today, my wife wanted to make it special for my boys and created an all vegan (plant based) dinner.

Everything you see here has no traditional milk, cheese or meats all plant based foods.

See video on Youtube:

Similar Topic: Vegan vs Vegetarian vs Plant Based Diet.

Natural Peanut Butter in Trinidad and Tobago

Hello everyone. As you may know I tend to eat all things natural or in other words I eat the food rather an artificial version of food.

At the same time, I like to buy local as much as possible because for one I’m supporting my fellowman as well as I can be more assured of the freshness of the product.

Buying local also tends to be cheaper… now I say “tends” because it is not always the case.

Today, I am reviewing two of the only natural nut butters I know that are produced locally.

If someone else does this locally and they would like me to review it then feel free to give me a shout out.

By the way, when I say “natural”, I am talking about nothing additional being added to it – just the nut whether it be peanut or almond is blended at high speeds to make a butter.

I will admit that I love any nut butter, but only when it is natural.

The regular peanut butter that you buy in the grocery will likely have sugar, emulsifiers, preservative and hydrogenated oils added to it and it does not taste the same.

This is just a review and neither company that produces these butters know that I am going to review it.

Sweet Beet Peanut Butter

So first let’s look at the Sweet Beet.

They serve their nut butters in glass bottles with plastic covers that are air tight.

These bottles come in handy for seasonings after you are done with the contents of the butter.

The size they have labeled as 12 oz which works out to be around 340 grams. This peanut butter costs TT$45 (around US$6.40)

The almond version costs TT$120 (around US$17).

Now my favourite thing about the Sweet Beet version of their nut butters is the taste and availability.

When they roast their peanuts you get that roasted earthy taste that is missed in the mass commercial nut butters.

Also, you can usually count on Sweet Beet to have it in stock at one of their locations.

The spread tends to be nice and thick and you can be assured that it has either been freshly made or not sitting around too long.

The nice thing is you also have a choice of different nut butters as opposed to just peanuts as they carry cashew as well although I have never tasted it.

Swiss Peanut Butter

Now, let’s look at the Swiss made natural peanut butter.

When they first brought it on the market they gave it a dark brown cover that distinguished it from their other peanut butters.

However, I noticed they went with the red for the natural peanut butter as well which makes it a little harder to distinguish so you will need to ensure you see the 100% natural label to the front.

The bottle is not as fancy as Sweet Beet but if you don’t care about cosmetics and just want the butter then it doesn’t matter.

The biggest benefit of buying this brand is the size and price. Here you get 500g for around TT$30 (around US$4.30).

The consistency is a bit more oily but do not be afraid, peanuts naturally produce oil.

The oil is also a good thing because as it sits on the shelf it will slowly solidify and that oil will be needed to make it soft again as you mix it.

The taste is really good.

My main hangup with Swiss 100% Natural Peanut Butter is the availability of the product. Sometimes you go to the supermarket and it is there and another time it may not be.

It seems that they produce it in batches so if a batch runs out you may have to wait for weeks before they have again.

The other thing is they only one type of nut butter which is just peanut.

Peanut Butter Ratings

So, I am going to rate these two brands out of 1-5 with 1 being it sucks bad and 5 being it is excellent

Now this will be based on:

Presentation, size, price, availability and taste.

First for Sweet Beet.

I’m rating their nut butters in general.

Presentation is a 5 for sure, the size is 3 its a bit small, the price 3 its a bit pricey, the availability a 5 for sure you can always count on them to have and the taste a 5 its the best.

Now for the Swiss 100% Natural

Presentation 3 you know putting it in a plastic bottle does not do much for cosmetics but I do not really care because I buy for size and price and content, so the size 5 for sure its a pretty good size, price 5, availability 2 simply because a lot of times I’m trying to get and I can’t get it and for the taste I’m going to give that a 4. I would have given it a 5 but I will give Sweet Beet the 5 because when you taste the Sweet Beet you get that earthy taste that you don’t get with Swiss.

Have you tried these local nut butters before? What did you think. Please comment in Youtube Channel at JB’s Man Cave and of course subscribe like and share.

Thanks so much.

Related Topic: Vegan vs Vegetarian vs Plant Based Diet.

Fake Police in Trinidad & Tobago

In addition, to worries about the tactics used by the criminal element in Trinidad and Tobago we also have to consider that we could encounter fake police.

By fake police I am referring to persons who are disguised as or pretending to be police in order to gain control over unsuspecting victims.

This really isn’t anything new. There have been countless cases of regular citizens dressing in police-like garb so they could gain entry to homes or businesses and commit larceny or even murder.

Fake police was recently brought to the public’s attention once again when a fairly popular figure in certain circles of society was allegedly stopped by fake police and shot until dead.

Here is the thing… how is the public to know when a police officer is fake or not?

You may readily say, their uniform or their badge, but these things have been faked.

Additionally, there are a lot of unmarked cars driving around with blue lights and dark tint. No one can know if they are the police or not.

Anyone could install a couple of flashing blue lights in their car with a siren and citizens on the road will feel obligated to pull over.

Here is another issue… police may advise that you can call the local station first to find out if certain officers are in deed who they say they are, but let’s be realistic.

Can you imagine any legit police officer who shows up to your home, office or on the road is going to wait on you when you say,

“Sorry, I do not know who you are I need to call the station first.”

Many of them may get pissed, feel you are disrespectful, etc.

They may even want to force entry and later charge you with an offense because of your unwillingness to follow instructions.

Sad thing is there are Trinis who genuinely know they are the police but just to make things difficult, or avoid capture will make up stories like that to make good their escape or frustrate the police.

So herein is the conundrum… how can the public tell fake police from real police?

Here is my personal take from the little I know, and what I have read and observed… there is little you can do from a distance.

However, if you are being flagged down by an unmarked vehicle and your gut is telling you something isn’t right then I would carefully drive to the nearest police station or flag down a marked police vehicle if you see one.

If there is someone in the vehicle with you let them start calling the police and relay the info of the car that is attempting to stop you.

If this is happening in your home, I would do the same… call the area station and find out if ‘x’ police are legit.

Again, another issue arises because some officers may act outside of their locality without informing the area’s police.

I wrote to the police commissioner a couple of months ago so as to cover this and other specific questions I know the public has that in my opinion isn’t being clearly addressed as step 1, step 2, etc.

However, I never got any response.

So tell me, what would you do if you were being stopped by an unmarked vehicle with flashing lights?

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Is God A Trini?

I was looking at the destruction taking place in Haiti. Their president was assassinated. They just had a catastrophic earthquake and to top it off a hurricane is heading their way.

There is a saying locally that ‘God is a Trini’.

Term has been coined because of the seemingly lucky disposition of Trinidad and Tobago to avert dire situations that other countries like Haiti experience.

For instance, look at the map, most hurricanes practically avoid Trinidad and Tobago as they cross the Atlantic and head north to bombard the other islands.

Look at the earthquakes we’ve had, yes they do damage here and there but nothing like what Haiti had to face.

Why even local insurrectionists tried to attempt a coup and even that failed too.

That’s what we avoided, but look at what we have been given.

Unlike many of the other islands Trinidad and Tobago is rich in gas and oil.

Despite having some of the worst roads we have the largest natural pitch lake in the world.

We have some of the most beautiful unique flora and fona.

We have a respectable diversity of cultures and people that brings unique flavours and talents together.

However, with all that said suppose we are hit by a major earthquake. Local scientists have been telling us for awhile now that T&T is due for one.

The whole world is going through a confirmed climate change and guess where scientists say will be hit hardest – islands right here in the Caribbean.

The means very hot days, more flooding and even rising sea levels. A Hurricane could decide to come further West and we might take a hit.

Oil and gas isn’t going to last forever and the pandemic has changed the kinds and types of professions and jobs available.

Crime is a serious issue and it seems to be more frequent and brazen.

Now before you all say I have ‘goat mouth’. Let me be clear. We have been warned many times to prepare for the coming calamities.

Just as no one could have predicted what COVID-19 could do to T&T the same way no one can predict what could happen tomorrow.

Yet, we are being warned. The signs are there.

My main concern in the face of any devastating natural event is actually not the event itself but how we react to it.

When the July 1990 attempted coup happened one of the first decisions made by some citizens was to loot and burn.

In other words, instead of trying to help the situation it was their resolve to take advantage of it. I have seen this done multiple times at various levels of society even today.

We can’t live our lives hunky dory as though we are invincible, we need to be watchful and prepare.

Because one day we may get up and realize that our turn has come and at that time will we say ‘God is not a Trini?’

If you are a praying person then make sure to actually be the vessel of what you are praying for.

Makes no sense to pray others get help when it is in your ability to give help.

Don’t take advantage of people, be kind, be reasonable, it takes nothing from you to show a little courtesy.

In doing the small things we will find that the big things will be easier to handle when they come… because they will come.

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Are Trinis Grateful?

Are Trinis a grateful people? Terms like “you should be grateful” or “you’re too ungrateful” has been banged about for years by people.

Before you rush off to conclusions or assume something it is very important that you watch the WHOLE of this video to understand what I am about to share with you.

By the way, you should know I am grateful that you are here, please do not forget to Subscribe to my Channel for more.

I will also like to mention I am not of any political persuasion nor have any desire for such as a few wrongfully believe.

I just like to deal with a little logic here and there according to my unique missionary experiences from the school of hard knocks.

First, let’s define what it means to be “grateful”. According to Oxford the word “grateful” means

“feeling or showing an appreciation for something done or received.” For example: “I’m grateful to you for all your help.”

Now, sometimes as Trinis we like to give a word a double meaning or should I say either remove or add to the meaning of a word.

Let me give you an example. If I had three hungry children and someone gave me only enough food for one of them should I be grateful?

Yes, of course… I would say “Thank you very much, I appreciate this food.”

However, here is the catch and the misinterpretation by some… if I turn around and say to the person.

“Thank you very much, I appreciate this food. I have two other children who are hungry do you by chance have more please?”

Does that mean I am not grateful? No, according to the definition of the word I was appreciative of what I got, however that does not mean I have to be satisfied with it.

Does that make sense? I am grateful, but it does not meet my needs so I still need to seek more.

I have noticed that some Trini public givers have as a premise that if you get something you should not ask again or say anything further as though we are statues and not evolving living beings with continued needs.

How silly it would be to say “Well I got food for one child already so I won’t bother with the other two children, I should just be grateful.”

Now, it may be that I have to seek food for my other two children elsewhere or by my own means but that does not mean I was not grateful.

I notice there is an unwritten belief in most Trini hierarchy that if you get something, no matter what it is you should never want more even if it is not asked for or does not fulfill your needs.

Asking questions or inquiring also seems to be a big red flag for many in the Trini hierarchy.

Here is another example. Some Trinis love to put ketchup on their food. If you bought some food and asked for some ketchup but were given mustard would you be happy with that?

Imagine if you responded by saying, “I do not want mustard, I want ketchup please”

To which the food seller said, “I gave you mustard you should be grateful.”

How would you react to that? If a need is not being met then are you ungrateful for not being satisfied with what is given especially when you are paying for it?

Now, let’s look at another angle.

I need to mention the word “gentle” which by definition is,

“…having or showing a mild, kind, or tender temperament or character.”

When you are really grateful you show that gratitude through a “gentle” demeanor.

Let me give you an example…

Imagine if you were part of a group where people gave stuff away for free to people who needed it.

Now imagine if I were giving away a fridge and someone said they needed it because they had none but additionally wanted me to bring it for them because they were too poor to get transport… would that mean they were ungrateful?

Not necessarily, it really depends on if they initially showed appreciation and how they asked.

For instance, the person might say, “May I have the fridge please? I really need it as we have none but unfortunately I am unable to get transport, can you assist?”

This shows a gentle approach, one that is unassuming and understanding that they are getting the item for free and they know I am not obligated to drop it.

Conversely, imagine if the person said this, “Interested in fridge, you can drop it at my home call me first to see if I am available”

You may think no one would dare to say that to someone giving them something for free, however I have seen this more than once.

No gratitude was expressed in my example, in fact the proper word to use here is “impertinent”.

By definition, “impertinent” means “…not showing proper respect; rude.”

I actually believe that when Trini hierarchy gives something to other Trinis in the public domain the real words they want to use is “You all are too impertinent”

However, another example is needed.

During this pandemic people have not been able to work for months… this means they have lost literally tens of thousands of dollars even if they were a minimum wage worker.

Their inability to work is not by choice, it is by law, and guess what… their bills are tens of thousands of dollars.

Just look at the cost of renting, rising food prices, electricity and basic necessities.

So… if I were in the hierarchy and my solution of imposing the enforcement of law on to your loss of tens of thousands of dollars was to simply give you a basket of food that may last a couple of days or maybe a loan that would only cover 10% of your bills.

Should I express gratitude… be grateful?

I’m not finished yet, but I just wanted to point out another video I have called, “Walk the Talk” about temperance in leadership. I will put it at the end of this video please have a look.

Words such as “please”, “may I”, “I will be grateful if”, “I would appreciate if…”, and “thank you” are sometimes hard to come by these days.

I will admit that many times I have gone to buy items and said these words to the seller or staff and you can see the relative shock on the sales person’s face because they are often not treated with courtesy by the public.

How many times have you stopped your car to allow someone to cross or come out of their drive way and they just left without acknowledgment?

In those cases no gratitude was expressed. Sometimes this may also make you think twice about extending that courtesy again, but do not stop, because there are people out there who are grateful for such kindness.

So are Trinis grateful as a people?

I would say in general we are grateful as a people.

Yes, there are one or two out there who seem to lack the decorum or manners, but I often think maybe they were never shown any and so do not express what they do not know.

I also believe that when people are put into positions where they serve others they need to understand where gratitude ought to be targeted.

Does the servant expect that gratitude for the service he is paid for be rendered by those he serves if his services is not able to meet the needs of those he serves?

One of my biggest concerns about Trinidad and Tobago is the way we treat each other and communicate.

We need to treat each other in a more gentle, considerate, and compassionate manner and this should start with those at the top of the hierarchy if we expect to move forward.

Gentleness in our communication, gratitude in all that we receive and continued determination in addressing those things that are still needful.

Related Topic: Greedy Trinidadians?

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Petit Valley to Port of Spain Trinidad

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.

I have a lot of driving videos, make sure to check them all: Driving Around Trinidad.

Trini trying to see Tokyo 2020 Olympics on TV

Despite the pandemic Japan has chosen to move forward with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics being held in 2021.

This is the time when you want to see your favorite sports and national teams try for gold.

I can see everyone around the world glued to their TV trying to get coverage.

However, for me, here in little Trinidad… it has proven to be a chore and frustration.

On my cable menu there is an option to see the Olympics on a channel I am accustomed to watching, but when I turn to it now I see it is blocked.

It seems a local broadcaster, here in Trinidad, got exclusive rights to show the Olympics.

Ok, fine, so I turn to the local channel to see it and what happens next really annoys me.

Let me give you some examples.

I am about to see a match and then suddenly, with no explanation they change to a next match.

Then a game will be over and just when you wait to see how the judges scored it what happens?

Yes, they put on an ad or change to something else.

And do you think they give you the results later or maybe even an update — no, not at all.

The worst is when an upcoming game is about to start, you get all excited and then they put on local programming.

Fine, local stuff is important but you have stopped my ability to turn to my alternative channel to continue to see WHAT I WANT.

Why oh why do some Trinis have to spoil a good thing?

All I want to do is see the Olympics.

Now I understand how licenses work but if you are going to take over exclusiveness please do not hinder my ability to chose to watch the Olympics when I want to.

Why do I now have to see and remember the Olympics based on the sports chosen and the kind of broadcast a local channel chooses for me to see.

sigh Well, at least there is the internet, hopefully no one has blocked that, YET.