What do you think of when you hear the name Trinidad and Tobago? Stories about the islands vary among citizens, migrants and visitors as they share experiences about the people, food, music, entertainment, places, language, sports and politics. For every positive story, a bad one jumps out to rain on the parade.
But that does not stop the uplifting stories to be remembered and told by people throughout the world. Citizens enjoy numerous benefits, those who left to live abroad keep in touch with their roots and visitors just cannot stop visiting again and again.
What do all these people have in common? They understand that there is something unique about Trinidad and Tobago that has given the islands the name “Sweet T&T” ages ago and that still stands in the world today. Here are 5 amazing truths about Trinidad and Tobago on which every person will agree once you have set foot on the islands.
5 truths about Trinidad and Tobago
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1. People are happy and celebratory
There is a burst of friendliness and happiness among the people in Trinidad and Tobago no matter what the situation is like. While friendly people are an endangered species, they are found in abundance in Trinidad and Tobago. Many visitors to the islands are amazed with the need of the locals to celebrate everything or gather in groups to share a drink, enjoy home-cooked and street foods, while they talk and laugh about nothing for long periods.
InvesTT states, “Trinidad and Tobago has been named the ‘happiest’ Caribbean country to live in according to the United Nations (UN). The country ranked 38th happiest country in the world based on the 2018 World Happiness Report released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations.”
In a BBC report in 2005 on the victory of the national football team against Bahrain to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, it states: “Instead of going to work the government called on citizens to go to the airport to welcome the triumphant team home. There was dancing in the streets… In the capital Port of Spain, people waved national flags and danced alongside steelband and percussion sections.”
Nothing stops the happiness in Trinidad and Tobago as you will always see smiles, laughter and celebrations flowing throughout the islands during natural disasters, economic downfalls, social ills, health concerns, competitive losses and political grievances.
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2. Talent is abundant
The overflow of talent in Trinidad and Tobago is viewed everywhere that you turn on the islands. In almost every household, you will find persons with amazing voices, dance moves, humorous jokes, skillful hands, creative ideas and persistent personalities to be the best. Some of these talents are displayed at exhibitions, concerts, nightclubs, festivals, markets, beaches, roadsides and on social media.
There are many well-known calypsonians, comedians, dance performers, actors, costume designers, artists and authors. At the same time, there are numerous local talents across the islands whose works should also be enjoyed internationally. Some of them have been featured in Sweet TnT Magazine in the past.
Creatives expressed their passion and inspiration behind their craftsmanship, and shared photos of their works.
Warren Le Platte – Board game: Play mas with Santimanitay
Joyce James-Pitman – Crochet art relaxes me
Shanique Moona – Lip gloss by Nique’s Necessities a hit in T&T
Denise Scott – Scottygirl Jewelry making thoughtful handmade gifts
Cherise Castle-Blugh – My handmade is heart-made
Makh Ticklal – Makh’s Pottery Shop makes ‘anything you want’
Neil Audain – Neil the genuine leather craftsman
Entertainers shared their stories from behind the stage and gave readers insights about their desires to perform.
Juliet Robin – A musician’s story
Enrico Hyasent, Aaron Charles, Kotis Esdelle and Kirt Esdelle – Electric Breakers dancing against crime
Keith Wason – Funny music: ‘Defprince!’ brings laughter to everyone
Candice, Diana, Spud, Eleanor and Vanessa Moore – Moore’s Music band brings good family vibes
Beauty culture in Trinidad and Tobago is loaded with talented citizens and some told fascinating stories about their lives as nail techs, barbers, make-up artists and fashion designers.
Sommer Bugros – Nail tech Sommer makes people happy
Kelly Baptiste – Nail art is my therapy – Kelly Baptiste
Faisal Mohammed – Master of Fades, El Socorro one stop beauty shop
Quintin Feveck – Quintin aka Barber-Q guided by faith
Patrina Baptise – Look great with Makeup by Brianna Taylor
Kavita Marajh – Kavita: I’m in love with doing make-up
Nicketa Gomes – Miss Fancy Fashion House clothing made in T&T
Diane Wiltshire – Fashion: ‘Dressed Up’ online store brings vintage dresses
Artists and photographers shared their works and inspirations, and spoke about the enjoyment they feel when capturing memorable moments.
Cliff A Birjou – Birjou pushes the boundaries of art
Perusia Granger – Perusia’s passion for art started early
Richard Rampersad – I breathe life into an image
Magnolia Howell – Free thinker: Athlete now artist on a new track
Kyle Preudhomme – Production services: ‘We deliver high-quality media products’
Chad Wilson – Photography is an art – Chad Wilson
Authors, writers and poets talked about their literary works and shared some insights about their passion for writing.
Sandra Shah – Ah Trinbago Ting: Word search book for the family
Megan Subero – Coloring book: Lil Trinbagonian for culture, fun
Maya Thomas – NGC Sanfest 2016 – Maya wins poetry trophy
Beverley Ann Scott – The Stolen Cascadura a unique story in Trinidad
Stacey Alfonso-Mills – If I can, You Can Too a lovable children’s book
Donna Mae Greaves – Writing books a sweet challenge
Joel Frederick – Emotions expressed: A poet’s ‘masterpieces of metaphors’
Tricia S David – First book ‘Tuning with God’ begins Tricia’s mission
Ann Marie Amante – Ann Marie Amante: Reach your full potential
Natalie Orr – Wedding planning: DIY guide for couples
Natasha Carlow – Rainbow babies after a difficult journey
George Lynch – Lynch changes world helping African youth
Emiliya Ahmadova – Azerbaijani author’s ‘Caribbean Tears’ a must-read
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3. Food is desirable worldwide
Recipes made by cooks from Trinidad and Tobago are well known for having exceptional flavours using specific local ingredients with which citizens are very familiar. While many of these foods are created in other countries, Trinbagonians make those same recipes taste extra special by combining spices, green seasonings, peppers and other secret ingredients while using particular preparation styles that result in tantalising delicacies.
According to ChefPencil, Trinidad and Tobago is “famous for its rich melting-pot of cuisine, influenced by a multitude of cultures”. Some of the foods they list as most popular in the islands are Doubles, Aloo Pie, Saheena, Pholourie, Chow, Bake and Shark, Gyro, Souse, Barbecued Pigtail, Black Pudding, Curried Crab and Dumpling, Pelau, Oil Down, Pastelles, Roti, Coo Coo, Callaloo, Saltfish Buljol, Dhal, Cowheel Soup, Fish Broth, Corn Soup, Pone, Kurma and Soursop Ice Cream. TasteAtlas adds Coconut Bake and Curry Duck. On the list by Islands there are Pineapple Chow, Curry Goat with Buss-Up-Shut, Curry Mango, Baighan Chokha and Macaroni Pie.
Several local cooks have shared their stories behind their creations in past articles in Sweet TnT Magazine. They have also submitted photos of their foods for readers to enjoy.
Sham Mahabir – Trini dishes showcased at restaurants in London
Rachelle RV Thompson – Creole food for those who love old-fashioned cooking
Annisa Phillip – Trying my hand at making roti / Proud to make fudge and toolum
Candice Hughes-Bengochea – Backyard Rum Punch / Sorrel Liquor
Lavaughn Bonaparte – Hot chow flavoured pepper sauce
Shenée Winchester and Shanice Charles – Cereal made from dasheen and cassava a Tobago treat
Marissa Armoogam – Local food a delectable belly full / Souse! It’s not just a pork thing anymore / Long time snacks / Natural teas and spices for rich Caribbean flavour / Chow time! What fruits are you having? / Fish broth a remedy for almost anything
Felix Padilla – Trini cooking: Culture preserved with a healthy twist
Candida Khan – Pastelle making a process for the whole family
Radha Ramoutar – Scrumptious fruit cake for my customers
Sylvester and Nicole Ryan – Restaurant quality dishes delivered to your home or office
Odetta Marina Ingram – Cooking and baking everything for everyone
Cassilda Spencer – Home-cooked food loaded with taste and love
Priyanka Singh and Celine Lopez – ‘Ninja Chefs’ serves quality food and drinks for everyone
Kelly Athanas – ‘Restaurant experience at home’ with Chef & Cheflys
Marina Rivas – Christmas food with Marina
Wendy Alexander – My secret ingredient is love / Tamarind balls, sauce and stew
Gail David – Serving meals and a smile
Katrina Khan – Sushi rolls made by my creative sister
Kervel Emmanuel – Chef Kel: Hospitality is our foundation
Kerry Mc Donald – Cake decorating is my passion
Nadia Ali – Nuts – spicy, sweet, salty and savoury
Felesha Parboo – My first try at making hops bread
Kielon Hilaire – Aunty Sharon’s food is true Trini flavour
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4. Places to visit are breathtaking
Trinidad and Tobago is a haven for both citizens and travellers for the magnificent places to see and activities to enjoy. The islands are loaded with numerous monuments to view, mountains to hike, waterfalls and pools to relax, beaches to go swimming, boating and snorkelling, small islands to cruise around, waterparks, malls, restaurants and nightclubs to have some fun.
According to Planetware, the best places to visit and most rewarding things to do in Trinidad and Tobago are Maracas Bay, Englishman’s Bay, Asa Wright Nature Centre & Lodge, Pigeon Point, Port of Spain (Queen’s Park Savannah, Red House Parliament, Royal Botanical Gardens, National Museum and Art Gallery), Caroni Bird Sanctuary, Little Tobago Island, Mount St Benedict Monastery, Point-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust, Main Ridge Forest Reserve, and Fort King George and the Tobago Museum.
Several citizens have shared their experiences at places in Trinidad and Tobago with readers of Sweet TnT Magazine in past articles. They have also submitted photos that they took at these places.
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5. Entrepreneurship is widespread
Innovation and entrepreneurship are prevalent in Trinidad and Tobago as numerous citizens turn to monetising their talents, ideas and skills instead of depending on established companies to employ them. Big and small businesses emerge continuously all around the islands with support from both local and foreign customers.
Creatives sell their works through retailers, social media, friends, family members, at markets, beaches and exhibitions. There are many skilled labourers who do impressive work with a small crew in a very short space of time in almost any field. Then, there are the talented singers, musicians, poets, authors, cooks, graphic artists and fashion designers who flood the market with quality products and services from which consumers in Trinidad and Tobago can choose.
Support is offered to local entrepreneurs by the Government, institutions, and social groups around Trinidad and Tobago. Persons wishing to start businesses receive funding, guidance and a place to conduct business through these programmes.
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