Friday, October 21, 2005

In my "element." In the kitchen at work(closing time). Man, ain't that damn shirt HUGE?!? Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Stewed Chicken(Creole Dish), Nothin' fancy here just a quick dinner for tonight. Felt a little lazy, but still tried to doll it up for y'all... haha. Posted by Picasa

tryin' out for the cover of GQ magazine....LOL Posted by Picasa

A few notes on trinidad

Trinidad (spanish for "trinity")

Trinidad is the southernmost island in the Caribbean and lies just 11 km (7 miles) off the northeastern coast of Venezuela. Trinidad is roughly 4,769 km2 (1,864 mi2) and lies between 10° 3' and 10° 50' north latitude and 60° 55' and 61°55' west longitude.

Trinidad was originally settled by Amerindians of South American origins. It was rediscovered by Christopher Columbus on his third voyage in 1498. Trinidad remained in Spanish hands until 1797, but it was largely settled by the French. In 1888 it was united with Tobago into a single crown colony. The united entity, Trinidad and Tobago, obtained its independence from the British Empire in 1962 and became a republic in 1976.


Today Trinidad is a colourful and lively island, the result of a fusion of many different cultures and beautiful natural features. It hosts an annual pre-Lenten Carnival (Monday and Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday) that is considered by many to be the most spectacular in the world and draws tourists from many places across the globe. This party atmosphere is present not just at carnival time but throughout the year as Trinidadians or 'Trinis' enjoy a culture laced with music and dancing. Styles of popular music include calypso, soca and reggae; whilst at Christmas time a latino style of music known as 'parang' is played and listened to. Trinis are proud of their national identity and flavour.
Indian traditions have also become an important part of the island's culture. Divali, the annual Hindu festival of lights is celebrated nationally. A week before Divali night there is a week long festival of Indian song, dance and shows called the Divali Nagar which is held at the Divali Nagar site in Chaguanas.

Areas of natural beauty include: a variety of beautiful beaches (e.g. Maracas, Las Cuevas, Mayaro and Grande Riviere), swamps (Nariva and Caroni), areas of seasonal tropical forests and the hills of the Northern Range. Trinidad is also the home of such animals as the leopard-like ocelot, the manatee, caimans and the Scarlet Ibis (see List of birds of Trinidad and Tobago).

Trinidad is also an industrial island with sugar exports, oil and natural gas which have allowed Trinidad to capitalise on the large mineral reserves within its territories. It has good transport links and infrastructure, although some roads in more rural areas are in disrepair.
The largest religious groups on the island are Roman Catholics and Hindus. There are also substantial Anglican, Presbyterian, Muslim, Methodist, Spiritual Baptist, Orisha and independent fundamentalist/evangelical Christian groups.

The capital of Trinidad is Port-of-Spain, located in the northwest of the island. The second city, San Fernando, is in the southwest. Between them lies the town of Chaguanas, the largest city on the island and an important shopping area.