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So back to Toronto!

Well ‘m back in cold Toronto, and yanno what… I couldn’t be happier, even though I have to head back to work and the weather is freezing cold, I can only take about two weeks in Trinidad until I get completely bored of the place and the total lack of anything remotely relevant to do except got to bars, go to the beach or driving around, which once you do it, it becomes completely pedantic especially in the horrid traffic that we face in Trinidad.

I should have blogged the whole Carnival experience and I think by the end of today, I should have rectified the whole situation. But in the end, I’m glad to be back in Toronto!!

Carnival Sunday in Moka….$800 for a ticket, really?!!?

Man to tell you how inflation and demand has allowed promoters to assrape people into buying tickets for this fete! Over the year the price of Moka tickets has skyrocketed!!!

  • 2004 : $300
  • 2005 : $400
  • 2006 : $600
  • 2006 : $750
  • 2008 : $800

This fete is exactly the same thing over the last 5 years. The food is the same, the people are the same. Seriously the people are all the same, this fete has gone down in quality over the years. Previously, it was good times, good food and decent music. This fete is now the networking fete and family fete, where the rich businessmen send their kids and family to congregate and look around!

I personally didn’t really want to go when I heard the price of the tickets, but Sal has heard so much about this fete over the years, that it would have been a shame not to go with him!

So this year, the entertainment was actually better than it normally is, since it would be a crush of Chutney and Indian entertainment!

Roy Cape and his band played, of course the usual Machel rumor was within the fete, but Machel NEVER plays Moka. Kees and his band with the Robot guys were there, but once you have seen the Robot routine once, it gets a bit old. One would figure that a lot of the same people going to the same fetes that they would have developed more routines, but then again this is Trinidad! The first time I saw the routine, I was thrilled! The second time I saw it, it was good, the third time it was on, I actually yawned!!!

It does have some perverse wastage … and after more alcohol, you can’t help it.

We piss Jonnie Walker Blue....It's just not good enough for us!!!Note the ridiculously full glasses of Scotch.... poured straight from the bottles.

Soca Monarch in Queen’s Park Oval – really? With all the natives?!?! Really!

Yes really!! I went to Soca Monarch in the Queen’s Park Oval. But we had Richard to guide us and give us the lay of the land! It was sooo funny though, since among Beena, myself and even Sal, we were a bit intimidated by the whole mass of humanity! So Richard gave Sal the following rules, since of course as the requisite white boy in the posse, yanno he was the obvious target!

  • Toe Stepping : Anyone steps on your feet, shake it off and do not look anyone directly in the eye. In fact, do not engage anyone directly. Who knows what they are carrying on them, in term of a knives, bottle etc
  • Jewelry : Take all bling off. No exceptions! Chains can be ripped off easily by someone walking into the crowd. Money and cards should be in front pockets. Better yet, all money should be in the footware and socks. It is the most safe there!!
  • Walking through the crowd : avoid all coolers, posses of people, touch people gently and don’t barge through the crowd. It is quite easy to get an icepick in your side, doing stuff like that.
  • Cellphones : Don’t be using your cellphone in a crowd, since it draws attention to you. Especially if you have a good phone. Hence my iPhone drew much attention in certain places!
  • Lining up : Follow Rishi and Richard! I personally felt like I got to know many women with the proximity of them to me. In fact, I know some girls could tell my religion with the crush of people! Check out the mass of people!!

That being said, once we got through the total sham of security, people climbing over scaffolding, people pressed up against you like a second skin, the lack of deoderant on some people, people trying to climb over you, keeping your hands in your pockets while pushing through the crowd, we had a good time especially seeing that we got a great viewing location of the festivities.

One of the great things about feteing in the Oval though is the food being cooked in huge pots in tents for sale. This is one thing you would never really see in a fete in Toronto or anywhere else in the world.

Of course with our VIP seating in the Camera booth overlooking everything, we didnt have to worry about any crowds or any of the rules outlined about, hence making sure there was no incident and my parents wouldn’t be worried!!!