Trini Gyal to Stay Away From

They say finding a good man is hard to find, will let me tell you this- finding a good woman is even harder. We women bash men to the fullest! Always saying men are dogs and they lie so much, but come on the truth so women LIE BETTER and HIDE BETTER than men. Some women have ABSOLUTELY NO CONSCIENCE. Not to mention women who love to be right- admitting they were wrong is the last thing they would do. Expect some secrets to be taken to their grave. My last blog made some of my male readers feel victimized, well let’s talk about some Trini women to stay away from.

  1. Red Woman: forever on the top of the list. A couple blogs back I wrote refuting this statement that “The Only Good Red Thing is a Dollar”, however by popular demand ALL man seem to think red woman is from the Devil’s spawn. Ladies don’t take offense I’m on the fence about this one- I know some relll faithful and loyal red women. Red women forever intimidating men that’s why most men say “red woman bad” a few bad apples spoil the bunch. Oh well :/                                         
  2. Every man is your cousin or brother. I get your family big but EVERYYYY man you liming with is your cousin or brother so? Girl bye! I can’t understand if this person is your relative and both of yall going to watch a movie alone or going a party/clubbing together and is level ‘bend ova’ and ‘stab out’. We know Jerome ain’t your bro or cousin unless yall about that Lannister life (shout out to all the Game of Thrones fans). 
  3. You in every party and clubbing every week. This excludes the working ladies out there, big ups to you cause you working and spoiling yourself. But to the females who works nowhere and draws no pay- I cannot understand how this is even possible for you to be at every party and club, with a new outfit every week, hair well done, nails freshly did and accessories on fleek. Where you get the money from? You got a sugar daddy? Do you not have goals? Ambition? Don’t you go to school if you ain’t working? That ain’t cute 
  4. Social Media whores. Ahem! Every pic is a half naked pic and the hastag be like #BeachLife #ImaMermaid #IslandLife #LifeInABikini ohh my godddd -_- no bitch you pimpin your body for likes and tusty man comments. Not saying don’t feel yourself but all your pics your breasts outside, you bending over backwards and all kinda mechanics to get the angle to make your ass cheeks look healthy. I rel can’t 
  5. TWERK GIRL! Your snaps and IG vids are of you twerking… I need not say anything else.                                                                                      
  6. The “Comps” possee. You always wanna be in every party but forever asking for comps, after freeness is ….. And so these party promoters take advantage of some of these easy birds, if you want comps- open your legs and some of these girls do this shit just to get a pic from Triniscene or LimeTT. Steups.      
  7. Its Complicated. Okay so he’s cute, but when he asks if you have a bf your response is “I’m in the process of a breakup”, “its complicated” or “I’m so unhappy”. Always a victim in your relationships. Stop being a thot, your man takes you out and showers you with love but your insecurity driving you to gain the attention of other men. 
  8. You have over 4000 fb friends but nobody tracking you. Hmmm these girls right here, forever chaining up men bout you’re the only guy I talk to. Girl please homeboy stay waiting in your chats and those ticks remain grey and you constantly online. Who you fooling? 
  9. A password and lock for every app. Your gallery have a lock, phone calls- lock, whatsapp- lock, settings-lock, alarm-lock. Ummmmm seriously? What you hiding so? Thot files? 
  10. Every DJ in your contacts list. Why you need to have salty on speed dial? Is shout out you longing for? Free entry to clubs? Yuh wa speed? 
  11. Leggings and crop top. You going to the cinema and wearing leggings and all the tiger outside. You don’t feel cold? Sun don’t burn you? You don’t feel disrespected when men be like “Oh god gyal.. that thing printing out”           
  12. I only have guy friends cause girls like too much bacchanal. LMAO thisss girl, I can’t. If they’re your friends why can all of them say they got the beat already? Why you in the middle of a parry? Smh                                                   
  13. Girls who tracking people man….. mmmmm Jesus take the wheel! These thots be ever bold face. But that’s a separate blog by itself. Stop being willing side hoes. It don’t look good.                                                                                     

The truth is I can go on and on about this, so many guys sent me some of these girls to stay away from, but this is just a few. Big ups to Runako, Tiffano, Kore, Kiah, Nisha, Bjorn etc. for having opinions on these. NO OFFENSE to anyone. Written in Trini slang.

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Stereotypes of a UWI student

I was walking through Port-of-Spain one day and I saw one of my old friends whom I had not seen for years. We were catching up and he asked me what I was currently doing. I then replied that I now attend UWI St Augustine in my second year. When he heard I attend UWI, he automatically labelled me as a limer. I then and there had to “put him in his place” and let him know that yes I “lime” occasionally but I am not just a “typical” UWI student. I know what I want in life so therefore I balance my social life with my school life. He then tried to justify his statement by saying “well I know how allya UWI students like to lime.” That is when I grew an interest for Trinistarrfyre’s theme of her blog since I actually faced being stereotyped.

So  I am pretty sure that  everyone, at some point in their life has watched at least one movie about being at university and how students are divided into these cliché stereotypes. Being  a university student myself and experiencing the UWI “lifestyle”, it is evident that particular stereotypes are associated to a typical UWI student. Stereotypes are generalizations about a group of people where particular characteristics are ascribed to them. So you are probably wondering why does one place stereotypes on groups of people who maintain particular characteristics. According to Gordon Allport, Stereotypes are formed in order to make sense of the world that we live in. Allport suggested that humans understand better when things are categorized, as a result stereotypes are made as a form of categorization to simplify and rationalise data.

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Stereotypes may not always be true but when someone hears that you are a UWI student they automatically place you into one of these following stereotypes.

  1. The delinquents: This first stereotype are the students that never show up for class, never does assignments and basically the one that leaves home to go to class and never reaches. They are also the ones that encourages others not to go class as well. So my advise, if you encounter one of these, beware.cropped-d-for-delinquent-movie-poster-9999-1020429253
  2. The Card players:This is the second type of delinquent. At UWI St Augustine, you will also encounter this type of student. They are usually found in The Student Activity Center (SAC) or in the food court AKA Bangladesh. Basically all this type of student does is play All fours all day. If there was a degree on this game they would be 4.0’s.                                              SONY DSC
  3. The Feters: This type of student can be seen in nearly every fete that is being held in Trinidad. So basically they are the ones that are always tried from partying to hard but when exams come around , Party dun!                                  images
  4. Party promoters: These are the ones that throws and promotes the biggest parties and biggest “fetes”. They are usually very known around the university and anytime u see them around they always have some party to invite you to.images (1)
  5. The Participatory students: This type of student is well-rounded. They attend classes, attend seminars, research day and well basically everything. They are very involved in the student guild and are usually identified by those who create partitions, forms of protests on behalf of their student guild and may even run for President.                               UWI_PROTEST
  6. The Nerds AKA the 4.0’s: These students are the geniuses. Basically they know exactly what they are at university for. They are the ones that top the class and reads the whole text-book before the semester even starts.These are the ones that leave with  First class honors. They are the real MVP’s.images (2)

Though some of these attributes are seen in some students don’t necessarily mean that those titles define them. I mean what happened to the typical student. The student who attends class most times but sometimes just doesn’t make it because that party that they went last weekend just got the best of them. The student that plays cards sometimes but then goes class after. I’m not saying that these types of students doesn’t exist but from my point of view students of this generation aren’t so typical.

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We are well-rounded students who actually have a balance between our social life and our School life. According to Paul Watzlawick, The self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that causes itself to be true since that expectation or label causes the person to unconsciously react to that label given. From that I think that stereotyping someone actually makes the person become that label so be carefull of what you are labeling people as because it might just come true!

Special thanks to Rhea aka TriniAdvice for contributing to my blog as a guest blogger 🙂

Here’s a link to her blog which deals with The Impacts of Social Media on Relationships https://triniadvice.wordpress.com/

“Where all that traffic does come from Daddyyyy?”- Bumpers Like Rain!

I’m not speaking about the typical connotative bumpers we “jam on” for Carnival. We’re talking bumper to fender traffic piled up on our Nation’s highways, main roads, back roads, nooks and crannies; your granddaddies took to check your grannies. STANDSTILL TRAFFIC, everywhere.

Photo: Wa Chubble is Dis
Photo: Wa Chubble is Dis

It’s Monday 23rd March, 2015… and this is what our roadways look like

Photo courtesy Marlon Arman-Marquis
Photo courtesy Marlon Arman-Marquis
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Photo: CNC3

This “unplanned roadblock” began from as early as 5am exactly one week ago Monday morning, I remember waking up to finding out about endless traffic, statuses going on up Facebook one after the next about “Police checking everything” and “Traffic like mad” I had absolutely no intentions of leaving my house to be held up in traffic for menacing hours.

Children were unable to get to school, employers and employees alike were all unable to reach the workplaces, flights were cancelled, banks were unable to open, the PBR was at a standstill, the EMR jammed and let’s not speak about the Highways. .

The greatest however, were the images that were flooding social networks. Photos taken by the frustrated drivers held up in traffic of Police officers efficiently and meticulously doing their work by checking oil, spare tires etc. because we all know that in T&T the officers of TTPS are the most multi-talented and diverse. However, don’t mind my sarcasm. This was true; the image below is of a news report from CNC3

Photocred: CNC3 via "Wa Chubble is Dis?"

Photo: Wa Chubble is Dis
Photo: Wa Chubble is Dis

See didn’t I tell you they were checking every single thing?!

Let’s stray from this disaster that took place and focus on what the theme of this blog is about…. Stereotypes; this blog entry will delve into “Stereotypes attached to TTPS”

Photo: Wa Chubble is DIs
Photo: Wa Chubble is DIs

By no means are these MY PERSONAL VIEWS, the following are stereotypes I’ve heard over the past few years and the number of them that came up on my news feed during Monday’s roadblocks.

  • Police doesn’t do anything and get paid
  • Police corrupt
  • Police like too much woman
  • Police does take bribe
  • Police wotless
  • Police does wine on people for Carnival
  • Police disrespectful
  • Police like to abuse their power
  • Police slow and unresponsive to crime
  • Police afraid to go in bad man area
  • The worst man you could be with is a Police man
  • Police men are people who failed high school and getting paid more than people with degrees
  • Police were people who used to get bullied when they were younger so now they take advantage of other people

I can bet my last dollar, that you’ve at least heard 3 of these stereotypes; if not then you’re clearly not from Trinidad & Tobago or you’re a Police (no offense). However, are there truths to any of these stereotypes? Comment and let me know.

Now being as objective as I can be with the issue on Monday, the Police are in fact right for protesting for their raise of pay since they have one of the lowest paid jobs in public service as well as having the highest risk. According to the Secretary of the Police and Social Welfare Association, Michael Seales said that members have been complaining that since 2011 there has been no progress in the negotiations with the Chief Personnel Officer (CPO). Seales said the basic salary of a junior police officer was TT$5,123 (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents) and just about TT$1,000 more in benefits. However, the manner in which they protested by holding our island under ransom caused massive losses to productivity and finances, which set the state back millions of dollars just for that one day. So yes, the police were wrong in the way they protested but they aren’t wrong for wanting a raise in pay.

If you’re a UWI student like me you would remember the strike of the OWTU, the janitors did not clean bathrooms or empty garbage for more than 2 weeks. The stench was unbearable and there was litter everywhere, garbage cans were overflowing and flies and bees were beginning to circulate.

Everyone protests in some way or the other to get what they want, this has become a norm in T&T so don’t be mad at the Police for protesting, be mad at them for holding the state as ransom. Also, don’t lose faith in them they were doing their job after all and very efficiently might I add. At the end of the day the Police are the first people we contact during emergencies and mishaps (excluding the Ambulance) so let’s work together with them instead of criticizing, give constructive criticism, they are not all bad, there are good ones out there.

Let’s just say thank God that T&TEC didn’t decide to strike

😀 :v (y)

REFERENCES:

Read more: http://www.caribbean360.com/news/trinidad-comes-to-a-virtual-standstill-as-police-deny-embarking-upon-industrial-action#ixzz3VqnONyT7

Wa Chubble is Dis via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wachubbleisdis?ref=ts&fref=ts

CNC3 via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television?ref=ts&fref=ts

Guardian: VIDEO: Gridlock across T&T roadways as police conduct stop and search exercises during rush hour traffic. Video: Jeff Mayers / T&T Guardian

“I Live Where You Vacation”- Trinibagonian Stereotypes

“I live where you vacation”

"I Live Where You Vacation"
“I Live Where You Vacation”

Trinidad and Tobago’s scenic landscapes attract many tourist and quite often people are “surprised” when they observe that we actually have an economic industry beside tourism. Absurd right? I recently had an encounter with a relative from abroad who’s never been to T&T but has heard of it. The questions she asked me about where I live had me picking up my jaw from the floor. First the way she spoke as if I was deaf had me telling her, “I’m Trini… Not deaf.” made me think about how many other people think these very obnoxious stereotypes about our twin-islands. Here’s a list of general stereotypes I’ve come across, ranging from some drastic ones to some that have truth in them.

Anyone with a Caribbean accent is automatically from Jamaica

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Sesame Street used Jamaica to represent the entire Caribbean

I have some friends studying abroad who frequently complain about foreigners asking them if they’re from Jamaica as soon as they hear their accents. Newsflash, not everyone with a Caribbean accent is from Jamaica. Jamaica isn’t the only island that exists in the Caribbean, get an atlas, this is the 21st Century. Seriously? Many times we can see Jamaica being used as a representation for the Caribbean as a whole, so the media is partly to blame for some of the stereotypes. Some may even blame Trinibagonians for not promoting their culture as much as Jamaicans do. However, the point is there are many other Caribbean accents and not all of them sound like Jamaicans and come from Jamaica. They’re the Bajans, the Vincentians, the St. Lucians and so forth.

Everyone in Trinidad lives next to a beach

Home to some of the most beautiful beaches
Home to some of the most beautiful beaches

Beside the fact that this question is so stereotypical, how is this logically possible that 1.2 million individuals has the beach as their backyards? What happens to all the other land away from the coastlines? Are they “undiscovered” still? This is such an annoying stereotype that upsets me because it makes me think that people believe all we do in Trinidad is live this hyper-fantasized idea of living on the beach and relaxing ALL THE TIME.

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Let me eliminate that idea one time, we do not ONLY have beaches here in fact we have a series of successful business and we can boast of islands rich with natural resources. People hustle and bustle daily to their jobs which isn’t just being a coconut or doubles vendor, which brings me to my next point…

Coconut Vendors, Doubles Vendors, Vegetable Vendors and Women Making Ornaments at the road side.

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This is such a pervasive stereotype that Trinbagonians and by extension Caribbean people face, that we do not have other jobs beside selling something made by hand or selling fruits and vegetable and honey at the side of the road. The movies really has a primitive way of portraying “island life” as extremely laid back and not taking things seriously, when in fact we do more than pick coconuts and sell.

All Trinis do is LIME!!!

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There is definitely some truth in this stereotype and if you say no, “Yuh blasted lying”. We see you on the Avenue liming and drinking, taking a wine on the ‘smallie’ that pass in the short shorts, you and your girls tracking that fineee man passing by and if you’re still in denial Triniscene and Lime.TT can prove you wrong.

Admit it, Carnival is the most anticipated time of the year for Trinbagonians whether you play mas or you’re anti-Carnival you still look forward to the season. Some may go to every single fete and participate in almost all/ all Carnival related activities. Whereas, those who participate may go to the beach or camp etc. Whatever you do you see it as a lime and Carnival happens to be a great reason to lime.

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Let’s be real here whether you and your friends are catching up on some hot gossip over dinner or partying it out on the Avenue you’re still liming. Trinibagonians make a lime out of anything and find any reason to lime. Can’t necessarily blame us when we live where you vacation 🙂