Monthly Archives: September 2009

Monday's Muse – Father and Son

Monday's Muse – Father and Son

There’s not much I can add to my muse today – it is so eloquent in words both spoken and unspoken.

I will say this – Cat Stevens is one of my favourite performers of all time. He sang with the passion and emotion of a true artist, and in this song he captures the age-old struggle of coming of age. 

In my mind, I know that I will have to face the flight of my little ones from the nest all too soon. 

With all my heart, I pray that they will not fly too far, and that they will be satisfied that I have done my share of listening.





This was my Monday Muse, hosted by Cinnamon and Honey. Check her out for more Monday Muses.

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Sundays In My City – Nature

Sundays In My City – Nature

Little princess’ First Birthday celebrations have kept me busy, so I’m going to the archives for today’s Sunday in my City. I hope you guys still find it entertaining. :-)

Have you checked out SIMC before? If not, you really should – it’s hosted by Unknown Mami and you can see lots more cities here


This is Chaguaramas.

During World War II, the US used this area as a military base, and there are still underground bunkers left behind here. More on those another time…


Mangrove crabs all tied up with banana leaf strips. This was lunch! (Not raw of course. We took them home and curried them!)


Young pommecythere ripening on the tree. It’s also known as golden apple, and is a sweet fruit with a spiky yellow seed which resembles a sea urchin. See it here.

Green bananas (green fig). Not yet sweet but great for cooking.



Some birds enjoying a soursop. I love soursop ice cream. It’s a sweet milky fruit that the birds get to before we can, usually. If that’s not a recommendation that something’s good, I don’t know what is…

Here’s a baby iguana who was sunning himself in the middle of the road. He’s trying to make a dash for it, and he blends in great against the grass and the leaves. He seems to forget he has a tail though. I tried to blur the rest of the photo so he stands out better.


Well that’s it for today – I hope your enjoyed your trip around my part of Trinidad and Tobago. Care to share photos from your corner of the world? Join us here at Unknown Mami’s and come back next week for more of

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Sundays In My City – QP Oval

Sundays In My City – QP Oval

Welcome to Sundays in My City hosted by Unknown Mami. Join her each Sunday as we take a tour around the world… in pictures.

Last week, I took you on a tour around The Savannah, and today we’re going to go just a short distance away to the Queen’s Park Oval.

D Oval as it is affectionately known is the largest local venue for Cricket. Here teams from around the world come to face off against Trinidad and Tobago individually, or against T&T as part of the West Indies team in matches. Long famous as a local landmark, a decision was taken to display pieces of art from local artists as a sort of mural on the external walls.

I hope you enjoy.

Now go stop by Unknown Mami for more of Sunday in My City.

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Writer's Workshop – Fall Favourites

Writer's Workshop – Fall Favourites

Today’s post is inspired by Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop. Check her out, and see her post and all the others taking part in today’s workshop.

Growing up on a tropical island has its benefits. I’m not gonna lie and moan about it being hot all the time (hello beach/pool/springs!) or anything lame like that. I really wouldn’t have had it any other way. But lemme tell you, when you’re genetically predisposed to having a little extra cushion in the tummy area, ummm you can have some trying self-esteem moments. Especially when your friends are parading around in their little bikinis talking about “I can’t understand women who let themselves get a paunch – I meeeaan there are Exercises for that!” Oh. Shut. Up. Skinny wench.

And so it is, I have to say I did feel some relief when I was able to travel abroad to pursue my studies in an area with real seasons, and where I discovered my favourite season of all – Fall. Or Autumn as I prefer to call it in my head. Much more romantic-sounding. In my humble opinion, it’s too short of a season, and should be stretched out more. Mother Nature, please take note. Peaceful, tranquil Fall, how do I love thee. Let me count the ways…

1. Cooler temperature. I mean this is just right. This is like being able to walk around with the air-condition unit on outside. It’s comfortable. You don’t break into a sweat at the first few paces outside the door… Lovely.

2. Lower humidity! Those of you with curly hair know what I’m talking about here. Spring and Summer wreaks havoc on my curly tresses. But come Fall, I look like I am at the salon every day!

3. Autumn leaves. I love Autumn leaves soooo much, that I’m giving them extra entries in this list for all the reasons I love them. Minus one for raking them up. That I don’t like.

4. Autumn leaves – I love them changing on the trees. I have had the privilege of seeing the changing of the leaves and the beauty they create from Philadelphia up to Maine. In terms of a scenic landscape, there’s not much that can beat that. At least not to me.

5. Autumn leaves – I love them rustling on the ground. And the smell of shuffling through the falling leaves… The stuff of dreams. As you can see, I am a hopeless romantic.

6. Pumpkin pie. Twilight walks through freshly fallen leaves, with pumpkin pie to greet you at the end. Oh this has got to be a tiny slice of heaven.

And that about wraps up my favourite Fall things. Now head over to Mama Kat’s and read all about hers. Better yet, write something yourself! Today’s prompts are:

1.) If You Give A Mom A Moment…

2.) What’s the message you would craft

3.) Your Fall favorites.

4.) If your pet could talk, what would you want to know?

5.)If you could only focus on three things in life and pursue them fully, leaving everything else, what would they be and why?

Writer’s Workshop – Fall Favourites

Writer’s Workshop – Fall Favourites

Today’s post is inspired by Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop. Check her out, and see her post and all the others taking part in today’s workshop.

Growing up on a tropical island has its benefits. I’m not gonna lie and moan about it being hot all the time (hello beach/pool/springs!) or anything lame like that. I really wouldn’t have had it any other way. But lemme tell you, when you’re genetically predisposed to having a little extra cushion in the tummy area, ummm you can have some trying self-esteem moments. Especially when your friends are parading around in their little bikinis talking about “I can’t understand women who let themselves get a paunch – I meeeaan there are Exercises for that!” Oh. Shut. Up. Skinny wench.

And so it is, I have to say I did feel some relief when I was able to travel abroad to pursue my studies in an area with real seasons, and where I discovered my favourite season of all – Fall. Or Autumn as I prefer to call it in my head. Much more romantic-sounding. In my humble opinion, it’s too short of a season, and should be stretched out more. Mother Nature, please take note. Peaceful, tranquil Fall, how do I love thee. Let me count the ways…

1. Cooler temperature. I mean this is just right. This is like being able to walk around with the air-condition unit on outside. It’s comfortable. You don’t break into a sweat at the first few paces outside the door… Lovely.

2. Lower humidity! Those of you with curly hair know what I’m talking about here. Spring and Summer wreaks havoc on my curly tresses. But come Fall, I look like I am at the salon every day!

3. Autumn leaves. I love Autumn leaves soooo much, that I’m giving them extra entries in this list for all the reasons I love them. Minus one for raking them up. That I don’t like.

4. Autumn leaves – I love them changing on the trees. I have had the privilege of seeing the changing of the leaves and the beauty they create from Philadelphia up to Maine. In terms of a scenic landscape, there’s not much that can beat that. At least not to me.

5. Autumn leaves – I love them rustling on the ground. And the smell of shuffling through the falling leaves… The stuff of dreams. As you can see, I am a hopeless romantic.

6. Pumpkin pie. Twilight walks through freshly fallen leaves, with pumpkin pie to greet you at the end. Oh this has got to be a tiny slice of heaven.

And that about wraps up my favourite Fall things. Now head over to Mama Kat’s and read all about hers. Better yet, write something yourself! Today’s prompts are:

1.) If You Give A Mom A Moment…

2.) What’s the message you would craft

3.) Your Fall favorites.

4.) If your pet could talk, what would you want to know?

5.)If you could only focus on three things in life and pursue them fully, leaving everything else, what would they be and why?

Monday's Muse – Reflections

Monday's Muse – Reflections

With your sister’s first birthday just 2 weeks away, you’d probably expect this to be about her. But this is about you, my oldest child. And me, struggling to be the best mother to you that I can.

You amaze me. You are so generous with your kindness and your smile lights up a room. Your are the happiest child I know. But your big heart is fragile.

We had a rough day yesterday kid. We had some laughs, but we had some tension too. You know, as smart and independent as you are, you still need guidance. Trust me and I promise not to steer you wrong. Sometimes I don’t have the words to explain to you, although I know you would understand. And sometimes, I don’t want you to have to understand. I want you to relax and go play, and be a child, and… just trust me.

And sometimes, I just don’t have it together. Sometimes I’m just trying to deal with the biggest emergency of the hour. And because you’re so good, that puts you down on the list doesn’t it. But that doesn’t mean go acting out for the attention, cos it won’t be good attention. And I expect better of you. And my heart breaks for you, because I know you deserve more.
But I’m doing my best.
I tell you lighten up kid, and it’s because I’m saying it to me. Because I see in you, a mini me. I see me at 8 – people-loving and precocious. But I also see the me I am now. I know you want to be grown up and help, and so you try to marshall everyone into line, protecting your mummy. When you’re anxious and you snap at your brother, I know where it comes from. I try to set you a better example, but… I got my moments. Don’t pattern on those. Mommy’s wrong sometimes. :-)
I’d like to think that your easy laugh and your love for your family and your fearless determination to protect those weaker than you… I’d like to think that that comes from me. You’re a joy to be around. I want you to know that even when I have to put your sister to bed and I can’t have you with me, that it’s never that I don’t want you with me.
One day you’ll understand the cliche that “parenting doesn’t come with manuals”. You’ll understand that your Mom loved you even when she was yelling at you. That climbing the mossy trees in the rain didn’t make her angry, it scared the crap out of her. And that I have come too close to losing you once, so I know I’m not strong enough to do without you.
So do me a favour. Go be my little ninja-tarzan-athlete. Be happy. And know that I am always there for you, even when it seems that I am far. :-)
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Sundays in My City – Savannah and Environs

Sundays in My City – Savannah and Environs

As usual on Sunday, I take you on a tour around my city (or country, since it’s so small) courtesy of Unknown Mami. Today, I’m taking you to the outskirts of the Trinidad’s capital city Port of Spain. Let’s start at the Savannah.
The Queen’s Park Savannah is a wide open space that is also the World’s Largest Roundabout, 2.2 miles around. It is the city’s largest park, and many people use the outer track for jogging. There are also cricket, rugby and football (international football, not American) pitches there which are heavily used on weekends. Every Easter there are kite flying competitions there – maybe I’ll have some photos of those next Easter.


Popular around “the Savannah” are the coconut vendors. The tops of the young coconuts are cut off, and you can drink the sweet coconut water (with a straw if you like), and even scoop out the coconut jelly to eat afterward. Chilled coconut water is really good after a run. :-)

There are some famous landmarks around the Savannah – the Maginificent Seven. They are some old historic buildings built in the 1900s, most of which are sadly falling into disrepair. I tried to snap some photos of them that weren’t too sad. :-)

This is the Queen’s Royal College, built in 1902 and recently renovated. It’s a high school or secondary school for boys, with many notable alumni.

This is Ambar’s House built in the French Baroque style with marble imported from Italy (I imagine this was no small feat in the 1900s).

This is the Roman Catholic Archbishop’s residence, right next to…

… White Hall, the office of the Prime Minister.

A forlorn Stollmeyer’s Castle is undergoing renovations, but you can still imagine its former grandeur.

The Emperor Valley Zoo and Botanic Gardens are next as we continue our trip around the Savannah. This is the Bandstand at the edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens, a popular place for bridal party photo shoots.

We’ve almost completed our trip around the Savannah, as we head along the southern border, we find a set of steeldrums (waiting to be played perhaps?)….

… just opposite to the entrance of the Memorial Park created to commemorate those fallen during the First and Second World Wars.

And that rounds off our tour for today!

Next week – the Queen’s Park Oval.

Please visit Unknown Mami and others for tours of other cities around the world.

Unknown Mami
Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday

Ok so in last week’s Writer’s Workshop I talked about Sesame Street, and how the new Sesame Street just doesn’t match up to the old. A few of you responded and expressed that you felt the same way. So to you fellow original Sesame Street fans (I hear “Vintage” is what they’re calling it – to which I respond “Do I look Vintage to YOU?!”) I thought I’d share some of my favourite “Street” songs with you.

Capital I and Lowercase N

Everybody Sleeps (Classic Joe Raposo)

Now a more recent one, but before they gave the show to Elmo. Gotta love Kermit. Gotta love Joe Raposo.

Alphabet

Now this list can go on and on, so I think I’ll make this a running Friday theme from now on. Check back every Friday and I’ll post some memories for ya. :-)

Let me leave you with a quote from Joe Raposo himself, which I think expresses the vision that made Sesame Street the icon it became for my generation.
“Some educators have complained that the music on Sesame Street is too sophisticated for little ears, that we should curb the spontaneity of blues and rock and instead teach the children “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” But what most educators don’t realize is that the lamb left the nursery the day they brought the TV set in. Children are now exposed to and learn to love every conceivable style of music… And the beauty of our music is maybe that the child in the Grosse Pointe home is hearing gospel and blues for the first time and the black child in the urban ghetto is hearing the harpsichord and the flute for the first time. Someday, when they grow up, they’ll have one more thing in common.” – Joe Raposo

Happy Friday everyone.
Sundays in My City – Harmony with Nature

Sundays in My City – Harmony with Nature

Welcome to Sundays in My City hosted by Unknown Mami.
Each Sunday we get together and share photos from around our towns. We get to travel the world in pictures – all in one day!
Today I’m taking you on a tour around both islands – Trinidad and Tobago – showing you some of my favourite places.
We’ll start in the suburbs of the capital city Port of Spain, on the island of Trinidad. Here in Cascade, residents live in the peaceful river valley 2 mins away from the hustle and bustle of “downtown”.

Heading to Tobago, we visit Footprints Eco Resort near the town of Plymouth. Here you can be a part of the natural environment, enjoying the greenery, the birds, and the peace and tranquility of the rainforest, with the sound of waves crashing on the rocks in the distance. Heavenly.

In the shadow of the rainforest on the hills above
Closer to the sea
Sea and Sand – Culloden Bay

Next to travel to the international airport in Tobago, and stop at the beach footsteps away (5 min walk from airport). This is Store Bay.
Heading back to Trinidad, we venture slightly offshore to one of the small islands off the tip of the Northwestern peninsula – Monos island. Monos (spanish for monkeys) is named after the Red Howler monkeys indigenous to the area.
My own little monkeys at peace

Hope you enjoyed my little tour! Check out more Sunday photos here:
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