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Ask a Trini : Let’s fix Trinidad’s tourism slogan

Every time I see an slogan for Jamaica, Dominican Republic or Cancun, it makes my blood boil a little each time. In April 2013, the Caribbean Tourism Organization sponsored a conference in Trinidad on Sustainable Tourism Development. This was a nice little dog and pony show to communicate to the 100 interested people that we take tourism seriously – as …

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Ask a Trini : Restaurant Service Charges in Trinidad? What gives?!?!

Tipping in Trinidad is really non existent. It’s not part of the local culture – it never was. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. It’s come along with the “Americanization” of Trinidad. In all the franchise type restaurants, you’re encouraged to tip, even though the tip almost never goes to the waiter or waitress … if you put the tip …

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Tourism in Trinidad … here’s 10 quick thoughts for improvement.

The TT government is trying to make tourism in Trinidad a viable industry. When I see articles like this in the newspapers, http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2013-04-15/tt-moves-prop-falling-tourism-industry … I really wonder what is the in the brain of the leaders – like our Tourism minister talking about a “Coming home year”. The idiocy of the idea is just rampant – why would anyone want …

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Why have a Trini Travel Blog?

Trini travel blog – Why bother writing one? As the presence of the blog has grown over the last 7 years, I’ve gotten many an e-mail from Trinis around the world. What’s funny is that I’ve also gotten e-mails from other readers or stumblers across the world and a persistent question is “What’s a Trini?” My answer is that a …

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Ask a Trini : How to spend 24 hours in Trinidad?

This has to be one of most asked questions I’ve gotten asked or referral from Google on to this site, with this in mind, I’ve decided to add a new section called “Ask a Trini”. For the following question, I typically offer the following advice to start …  Trinidad is not a generally safe place at night …. rent a …

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On my way to Seoul, I found a ridiculous description of “Trini language”

I’m officially tired. In 36 hours, I would have done the following Edmonton to Vancouver Vancouver to Toronto – stopped off for an all day meeting downtown Toronto to Vancouver then to Seoul, South Korea. Of course, I’m researching everything to do or eat in Korea and I’ve stumbled on some great blogs including this guy’s blog. Pretty good stuff on here, then …

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213 life lessons learned, while speaking Trini across the world …

It’s been 16 years since I left Trinidad. That’s a long time to leave home … but I still get compliments about how fresh my accent is. I always get comments such as : “You don’t sound like you’re from Trinidad at all” “Your Trini accent is made up, right?” “Is that what Trinidadians sound like? I have another friend …

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Corbeaux doh eat sponge cake … Johnnie Walker Black and Trinis

This morning while in the line to head to the US, I met a Trini and we chatted and followed the typical Trini social script, then he invited me to his house for a drink … no problem, right? He mentioned that he had a 1.75L bottle of Johnnie Walker Black, we could polish off with Coconut Water. So this …

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J’Ouvert morning 2012 … Blow yuh whistle, Knock yuh bottle

Before any discussion about J’Ouvert morning – hit play on the video. This has be to discussed against the backdrop of this song. I’ll disclaimer myself … I am not a J’Ouvert expert. In fact, I think any foreigners who’ve visited Trinidad more than three times for the Carnival, have more J’Ouvert experience than myself. This is for a couple reasons None of …

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