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A walking tour of Port of Spain

Park Street complete with street vendor’s mobile unit

Here is part two and the follow-up to my last post dedicated to a few sites around Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. This is my attempt to highlight a bit more than beaches and carnival and to help you experience the city like a local. My last post alluded to the rich history of this city. Today you will be treated to some of the architecture and street vibe. The next and last installment will take you “behind the scenes” to get a sense of money matters in this booming island. Enjoy!

The men gather for a game of chess and “ole talk” beneath the trees. On the other side of the Park lies “The University of Woodford Square” – a popular shady spot where persons from all walks of life gather to debate politics, economics, current local & international affairs and culture. Discussions can range from gentlemanly altruism to very lively and quite “rowdy”, but you’ll definitely learn a thing or two. It is an old tradition not to be missed if you’re ever visiting.
One of the many local restaurants and bars to be found along Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook
The Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral on Hart Street was completed in 1823. Design inspired in the general spirit of Gothic Revival.
The beautiful Port of Spain Magistrate’s Court on St. Vincent Street
Gothic inspired Holy Rosary Cathedral at the corner of Park & Edward Streets
National Library and Information Service (NALIS) in the background. The Library also holds an impressive collection of West Indian books
The “Old” Police Headquarters on St. Vincent Street. The building was commissioned in 1876, gutted by fire in 1882, restored in 1884. It was again gutted by fire in the 1990 coup attempt but has since been restored. Once held the barracks of the old West India Regiment brought from Martinique in 1802. Originally built of limestone quarried from Picadilly Street and in the style of Italian Gothic. Currently houses the Museum of the Police Service of Trinidad & Tobago as well as the CID Department.
The very imposing “Hall of Justice” located in the heart of Port of Spain

To Be Continued… Upcoming: “Behind the Scenes, Money Matters in Trinbago”. Stay tuned!

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A day in Port of Spain

From “Puerto de los Hispanioles” to “Puerto de Espana” and finally “Port of Spain” – capital city of Trinidad and Tobago. A country known for the sweet sound of steel pan, calypso, soca, parang and it’s warm, welcoming vibe. This twin-island Republic has much to offer the wandering tourist, from the picturesque bays of Charlotteville, Tobago to the adventure-filled South coast of Trinidad – and everything in between! Most of all however, Trinbago is known for its pre-Lenten Carnival. A time when tourists and live-abroad Trinis alike, flock home to re-infuse their lives with some frolic and fun. Today’s post will take you on a visual journey through a few streets of Port of Spain. If its’ been a while since you’ve been home, here’s a reminder of what awaits you. If you’ve never visited, then here’s a peek of what you’re missing. When you’re done, be sure to start booking your flight over!

Woodford Square in Port of Spain

A walk in the Park

Fountain dating back to 1866 in Woodford Square

Old Public Library. Still have many memories of this building…

A section of Frederick Street

The “thing” that time forgot 🙂

Yum!

A good chicken buss up shut, with mango and slight peppa!

To be continued…

Young and Making a Difference

Youth, crime and religion. Three topics that somehow are interwoven. Across the Caribbean, youth are the primary victims and perpetrators of crime. Approximately 64% of the population of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) comprises young people under 30 years old. On the other hand, religious beliefs and spirituality are a part of the social fabric of the Caribbean and cannot be discounted when contemplating the situation of youth.

Meet Keron Jones, a young man who hails from Trinidad and Tobago and the representation of a youth success story to many. At 24, he is a small business owner, musician, and most important in his eyes – a Christian. The first to admit to being far from perfect, he nevertheless considers himself a serious-minded young man with a soft heart.

Join Keron as he talks about his source of motivation.

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My name is Keron Jones. Currently I work as a Project Assistant, but plan to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering with the hope of furthering my studies in the United Kingdom. I recently started my own Small Business – Mr. Jones Shipping Services & Accessories Store. It is an online business whereby I aim to source and deliver a full range of items for my customers. I was mainly inspired by my reflection on Scripture – Proverbs 11:1-4 – when I chose to start my business.

My aim is to offer a quality service and not merely to focus on profit. For too long I’ve seen or heard of persons being given less than they deserve in their daily transactions. At the time I felt the need to do something about it. The result was my business idea and a resolve to focus on great service. Thus far none of my customers are dissatisfied and I thank God for that and for the wisdom to do this.

I am also a musician – a keyboardist. I fell in love with music at the age of 14. The journey has become a personal testimony for me. My musical ability is a gift from God. My father, before any of his children were born, actually prayed that one of us would be a musician. My Pastor recognized my gift when I was very young and encouraged me. Once I begun to realize it as well, I prayed to God for guidance in developing my ability and relied on the story of Moses for personal encouragement. I never once went for lessons to learn music. I am forever grateful and thank God for my parents. I still remember my mother holding my hands and praying with me when I thought I would never be able to play well. God has been marvellous to us.

I would like to share Proverbs 3:5 with you and really urge you to trust in the Lord. Put Him first in all you do. It is a wonderful experience having a personal relationship with the One, True and Living God and I just want to encourage you to strive for it.

For more information on Mr. Jones Shipping Services & Accessories Store, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mr-jones-Shipping-Services-Accessories-store/196190510433730 or e-mail Keron directly at keronj55(at)gmail.com.

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Stop Throwing Stones: Discrimination against PLWHA

There is an old adage that says “actions speak louder than words” and there is also the saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words”. It is with this premise that I share today’s two (2) videos with you as I continue to place the spotlight on discrimination against PLWHA (Persons living with HIV/AIDS). Before viewing, think of these words. This picture was taken of a patch of sand on the beach several months ago. Ordinarily sand is appreciated for many properties, most of all for its rightful place on a beach. However as you look at this picture, a thing of beauty emerges and it is no longer just sand, but a piece of art. It is all about perspective. I hope that these videos help shape your perspective and attitude towards PLWHA. They were created by videographer Elspeth Duncan for the NGO – Trinidad & Tobago Coalition on the Rights of the Child (TTCRC). I would love to hear of your thoughts and feelings. As for me, it just makes me sad.

Preparing for the Big Day! – Secondary Entrance Exams (S.E.A.) 2012

Students across the Caribbean are in preparation mode for their rites of passage. Who is more stressed while preparing for SEA, CXC, CAPE, A’Levels etc – the Parent or the Child? What would you do if after all you’ve invested in your child, he/she performs poorly in these exams?

Join Petra as she shares how she has chosen to manage this critical time in her daughter’s life.

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“This is what we have spent the last eight years preparing for” was Imani’s response to the question, “Are you ready?”  My little preemie-fighter, born two months early… was about to go through the rite of passage into Secondary school.    In my day known as “Common Entrance” for her it’s SEA 2012.

As a parent of a child preparing for SEA, my feeling is one of concern, mainly because of the long nights and endless hours of homework she had to endure, with the pressure to perform and the “competition” that the examination has become.  Imani has expressed that she feels excited to do it and nervous to enter a new environment, leaving behind old friends and friendships.

Most schools offer extra classes after school for SEA candidates so my husband and I officially joined the sleep-deprived parents’ club, the criteria of which included waiting to take her home after ‘doing lessons’ three or four times a week – dependent on the amount of work to cover – and once home, ensuring she was well fed, had a bath before she fell asleep on the homework books and eventually awaking our budding lawyer, teacher or entrepreneur at the blink of dawn to complete it.   I also attended church as normal in order to keep a regular schedule for her.   Imani has been allowed recreational time as usual, at her discretion. Her iPod, Nintendo DS and Princess Diaries remained important on the schedule.

One piece of advice I would give to parents of children currently preparing or in line to complete the examination in the near future, is, support your children prayerfully and emotionally.  Let them know what you expect from them is their best but remind them there is life after SEA. At the same time as a parent, take this advice.

The process of parenting through SEA has given new meaning to the scripture verse Philippians 4:13 – I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.  Had it not been for the Lord who is on our side where would we be?  We increasingly became thankful for the group of family members  with which we have been blessed and for our friends who had gone this way before.  Their counsel and funny stories helped us to transition the course easier than we would have.

May 10th is fast approaching. Whether we want it to come or not, it shall come and then part 2 of the thrill begins – awaiting the results! We are persuaded that God’s plans for Imani shall lead to an expected end. In closing, according to Jeremiah 29:11, His plans are and will always be to prosper her and give her hope and a future.   The long nights were not punishment from an unreasonable teacher but preparation for a future Leader.

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