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My Day Today

I was out and about today…


Connect the dots! Passed by this old office building on Maraval Road, Port of Spain.


I ran into an artist painting...


She was painting a coconut carriage around the Savannah...


...and attracted a fair amount of curiosity and attention.


She was doing an oil painting for a friend's new art gallery. She uses a plastic bag as a palette. I thought it looked pretty.

While I was there watching her work, I noticed some interesting sights…


Pretty Tree Cathedral


Ackee flowers (?) in coconut shell.


Stag... a man's beer.

I was hungry, so I told my new artist friend “goodbye” and travelled somewhere for lunch.

Lunch was part-Latin, but lunch was all good!


Here are the condiments. Clockwise from upper left: Hot pepper sauce, Tamarind sauce, Garlic sauce and Shadon Beni sauce.


Lunch was polenta, stewed chicken, with a side salad of stir-fried seasoned broccoli and cauliflower florets. Washed down with Pommecythere (golden apple) juice.


Did I mention that lunch was good?


I decided to have a slice of heaven for dessert. Oops... I meant carrot cake...


After I'd paid for lunch, I looked around and saw some interesting pictures hanging on a nearby wall.

They were rare pictures of popular calypsonians (some of whom are deceased).  I took pictures of them.  The owner objected though.  I deleted them out of respect for his collection.  He promised me that we could meet to chat after Carnival was over and he’d let me see the others.

Today was a good day…

Peace and Rice,



Light Over Darkness

[Bobolee Pix: Streetlight]

Today is a public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago.  We join with our Hindu brothers and sisters as they celebrate the festival of Divali (pronounced “dee-wah-lee”).

Divali is commonly refered to as “The Festival of Light”, as in the night time, devotees light deyas (small earthen pots used as oil lamps) to signify the triumph of good over evil, of light over darkness, and of wisdom and intelligence over ignorance and despair.

[Ministry of Energy]

In TnT, *everyone* celebrates Divali in some way, not just Hindus.  Non-Hindus participate primarily at the invitation of their Hindu friends to help celebrate the festivities by coming over to eat a sumptious vegetarian feast of East Indian treats, after they’ve said their devotional prayers.  Some people just opt to eat some paratha roti with their choice of curried vegetables and meat.

Even if you aren’t invited to a friend’s house, lots of temples (and some neighbourhoods) build massive, intricate displays of deyas in their homes, temple grounds, surrounding streets or public parks.

Almost *everyone* participates in “lighting up” the deyas, which use coconut oil for fuel.  I really like the smell of the oil as it burns.

[Flickr: juniatha]

I just want to wish all my Hindu friends and readers a Happy and Holy Divali.

Let’s hope that the lights we light tonight help us unite as a people, as a country and as a world.

[Read the rest at HuffPo: Dawn Teo {h/t:Frolin} ]

Be safe out there, folks.

Peace and Rice,




An “Arts and Crafts” vendor weaves a table mat from coconut branches and tree bark on the beach at Mt Irvine Bay, Tobago.


Coconut Water

Cold Coconut

… great refresher, anytime.

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