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December 17, 2015

The Photogenic Hibiscus Flower

A Hibiscus Flower Photographed By Renard Moreau
The sight of this beautiful hibiscus flower was too good to ignore.
Recently, I took a photograph of a beautiful hibiscus flower; it was taken in Bon Air Gardens, Arouca.

November 22, 2015

I Love The King's Son's "I'm Not Rich"

I'm Not Rich
Single by The King's Son; featuring Shaggy
(Photo credit: Ultra Music)
I like it a lot when Caribbean rhythms get lots of attention internationally.

November 11, 2015

Beenie Man's "King of the Dancehall" Is A Hot Classic!

King of the Dancehall
Single by Beenie Man
(Photo credit: Virgin Records)
Hey, I have got to support my Caribbean brother, Beenie Man (After all, he is well-loved by us here in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago).

October 29, 2015

A Hot Classic From Beenie Man

Beenie Man
Beenie Man
(Photo credit: Facebook)
Wow! It has been quite a while since I listened to some music from Beenie Man (And, the biggest irony is, that he visits The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on a regular basis; one would swear that it was his own backyard)!

September 4, 2015

Surviving Hot Days In Trinidad And Tobago

Trinidad And Tobago
Trinidad And Tobago
(Photo credit: maps.com)
There are times when I feel as though that the heat is going to render me unconscious; for the past week, the temperatures were around 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit); when the place is that hot, I find it quite unbearable (And, unbearable conditions are not the favourable type for blogging).

I survived it all by drinking lots of fluids; hot soup on mornings and lots of ice tea throughout the day.

When you live in a tropical region, heat tends to be your worst enemy.

On a positive note, I intend to blog when the place is cooler (I believe that if you were in my shoes, you would have done the same).

Also, when one is blogging, they need to be coherent (And, in order for me to be coherent, I have to remain hydrated and cool).

Damn! Did the Devil relocate Hell to The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago? With the high level of heat, it surely feels that way!

Unfortunately, the intermittent rain throughout the country is not helping in the area of cooling down the heat.

I think that those who live in air conditioned homes are the lucky ones; since the majority of the citizenry do not have air conditioning units in their homes; they rely on their electric fans to keep them cool and these days, it feels as though those electric fans are blowing hot breeze on their owners.

Are you good at handling the heat?

And, what would you have done if you were in my shoes?

April 6, 2015

A Huge Heap Of Okra

Okras Photographed By Renard Moreau
Some lovely-looking okras.
Internationally, this highly nutritious vegetable is known as okra; however, in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, we refer to it as, ochro.

If we were to say to the person selling it, "I will have this beautiful bunch of okra," they would look at us as though we were from another planet.

The person would then reply, "Oh, I believe you meant ochroes."

Oh well, different name, same vegetable.

In some English-speaking countries, it is also known by other names; such as: bhindi, ladies' fingers, gumbo or bamia.

Confusing, isn't it?

Okay, I will agree that sort of thing is, enough to give anyone a mild headache.

Recently, I took the liberty of photographing these green-coloured beauties the last time that I was present at the market in Tunapuna.

I love to photograph fruits and vegetables (So, I couldn't help myself; I had the strong urge to photograph this vegetable).

For the record, all vegetables are good for us; they enhance our health.

Okra's nutritional content comprises of: vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, folates, niacin, riboflavin, pyridoxine, thiamine, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, iron, copper, manganese and selenium.

So, the next time that you encounter them at the farmers' market, or your neighbourhood supermarket, I suggest that you purchase a portion of them.

They can be boiled, stewed or fried (And, they do taste lovely).

Now, I don't have to tell you, that after I photographed this huge heap of okras, I bought a portion of them for myself.

Photography is, fun (And, the consumption of locally grown food is, also fun too).

March 25, 2015

I Fought A Serious Case Of Lethargy

Tired Eyes
(Photo credit: Pixabay)
For the past few days, I was a little low on energy.

Believe it or not, I actually forced myself to go on the computer; tired or not, I made the commitment to update my own blog and check out the blogs of others.

Have you ever blogged when you were feeling physically and mentally exhausted?

Maybe, you have, or you have not tried blogging when your proverbial batteries were on low. But, I would recommend to anyone that they blog whenever they are well-rested and most importantly, coherent; because when one is drained of most, or all of their energy, brain fog takes over (And, when that happens, chaos can take place).

As a result of my tiredness, I inadvertently deleted one of the posts that I published (And, it was one that was getting lots of attention).

Have you accidentally deleted a post?

Most of you would have answered, "Yes," to that question; it is as though, accidentally deleting a post is somewhat like part of one's rite of passage into the world of blogging.

Also, those countless Feedly notifications became unbearable.

Why?

Because, I was so damn tired and those notifications were coming in by the dozens; it was a case of, "Technology working against me, instead of technology working for me."

But, I endured and persevered (I thought of it as, one of those very vicious mind-games that I had to win and I have to admit that, I almost lost that battle).

Maybe, I should write this mantra down and repeat it to myself whenever I am feeling physically and mentally drained:

"I am a human being and not the Energizer Bunny; it is okay to rest whenever I am feeling tired."

However, since I like to practice what I preach, I felt a very strong obligation to visit those various blogging groups on social media that I am a part of (And, it would have looked rather unusual if I was a no-show in Tara Woodruff's Facebook group — The Blog Exchange).

Oh yes, speaking of social media groups, someone deleted a group on Google+ that I was in; it was barely a week old and I remembered that someone invited me to join the group.

Now, I am not at all angry about them deleting their group; but it is the way in which they went about it; the administrator deleted the group without notifying his or her members (And, that was most unprofessional).

I felt as though I had wasted my precious time and energy contributing posts to that group (And, it was no easy task, since I was very low on energy). 

For the record, I am not going to join any more blogging groups on social media until they have proven to me that they have a very reliable track record for professionalism and persistency.

If I had to choose one out of the numerous blogging groups that I am a part of on social media and formally remove myself from the rest, I would happily remain with Tara Woodruff's Facebook group; because all of the others fell by the wayside and they cannot seem to get their asses back up.

Besides, Tara Woodruff's Facebook group is worth being on (Whether I am tired, or not).

Tara is so blessed, that many of us have chosen to associate ourselves with her and for what she stands for. 

Anyway, the Caribbean heat took its toll on me; I do not function well at temperatures that are 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 degrees Fahrenheit) and over; I become physically and mentally drained (And, that state is not conducive to, excellent blogging).

At the moment, I am still trying my very best to be a highly interactive blogger in the blogosphere; even though I am still exhausted by all of the heat.

What would you have done in my shoes?

Would you have battled the tiredness with all that you have got in order to fulfil your blogging duties?

Or, would you have jumped in bed and try to replenish your lost energy?

I truly hope that you are not as half as stubborn as I am and would opt for replenishing your lost energies.

Please share your perspective via the comments section of my blog.

I am anxious to learn of your point of view on this matter.

Love and Light to you and thank you in advance for being very loving and also for being highly supportive people.

March 19, 2015

A Classic Hit From Millie Small

Millie Small
Millie Small
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Millie Small had me speechless the first time that I heard her sing (Honestly, I didn't know what to make of her voice).

Anyway, the song that I like from this Jamaican singer and songwriter is: My Boy Lollipop (Her cover version of the song is, priceless; it was originally performed by The Cadillacs in the mid-1950s).

Back in 1964, Millie Small had the world mesmerised by the performance of this song.

Here is the video for Millie Small's My Boy Lollipop. Enjoy!

November 14, 2014

A Lovely Tropical View

A Lovely Tropical View Photographed By Renard Moreau
Some flora that is indigenous to the tropical region of
The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Today (Friday 14th, November), I was in the mood to photograph something beautiful; so I went out and I took this snapshot of a lovely scenic view (One can get the tropical feel by just looking at this picture).

The nature-lovers would be pleased to know that this photo was taken in the Arouca area; which is merely one of the lovely locations in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Enjoy!

October 18, 2014

I Am Enjoying The Weather Today

Photo credit: Claudio.Ar via photopin cc
Although the first part of day started off with sunny weather conditions, it later changed into cloudy weather conditions; which eventually lead to some rain (My favourite kind of weather).

There was no way that I was willing to endure another hot day; especially one with scorching temperatures of 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit); so I prayed and I asked for cooler weather (And, I was granted my wish).

Today (Saturday 18th October), the rain has cooled the place down a bit; the temperature went down to a reasonable 27 degrees Celsius (80.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

I also believe that there are a lot of people who are appreciative of today's rainy conditions.

I hereby thank God/Goddess for the rain today and I hope that the remainder of the day remains fairly cool.

What about you? Are you enjoying the weather today? Or, is it a total disaster for you weather-wise?

October 16, 2014

Carnival 2015 Goes On As Planned

English: Regional corporations and municipalit...
English: Regional corporations and municipalities of Trinidad and Tobago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Due to the worldwide Ebola virus scare, a group of people have requested that West Africans should be denied entry into The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and that our Carnival celebrations will attract an influx of tourists; which some believe that can contribute to the potential spread of the Ebola virus.

Recently, the Honourable Gary Griffith, The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago's Minister of National Security, stated that there is no concrete decision by the Government to postpone next year's Carnival celebrations.

He also mentioned that the Ministry of National Security and the Ministry of Health are working assiduously with a number of organizations with the intentions of preventing the Ebola virus from entering The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Meanwhile, the Government has no intentions of stopping the West African tourists from entering our country.

Let us pray that the Ebola virus does not find its way into The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

October 15, 2014

Staying Conscious In The Caribbean Heat

Photo credit: Stuck in Customs via photopin cc
You probably know by now that heat and I are not friends (Excessive heat makes me want to lock myself in cold storage and swallow the key).

Today, the temperature in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has risen to a sweltering 34 degrees Celsius (93.2 degrees Fahrenheit); while there are those who can handle this heat very well, I wished that today was a few degrees cooler (Even some of my waxed-candles are being bent out of shape by the high temperature).

Nobody likes too much heat (And, the irony is: we only wish for the heat when we are feeling cold).

There are times when I wished that I could move to another country — a country that has a moderate temperature of 27 degrees Celsius (80.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

In addition to staying in the cool and drinking lots of liquid, I may have to do a Rain Dance like those Native American Indians, or ask one of my neighbours that have a horrible singing-voice to sing; hopefully, that might bring some needed rain (Hmm. Talk about being desperate to have the place cooled down; but, it is for a good cause).

October 5, 2014

I Am Experiencing A Very Sunny Sunday

Photo credit: Paulo Brandão via photopin cc
After two days of pouring rain, the Sun is back out with a vengeance; it is hot and the temperature has risen to a humid 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit); which by the way is, the typical kind of weather and temperature for The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

I am fully aware of the fact that life is about balance; so, if there was lots of rain for the past few days, there must be a wave of sunshine to balance things out.

I have endured the heat before and there were times when the heat won by making me wish that I was nearby an air-conditioning unit that was emitting cold air.

A part of me envies my European and North American friends; because they have entered Fall; which is a season that brings with it cooler temperatures and snow.

However, since I am in the Caribbean, I will have to find innovative methods of dealing with the heat — methods such as: taking extra baths or showers, drinking lots of liquid, staying in the cool and keeping an electric fan nearby.

The nice thing is: the heat doesn't last forever and the place begins to cool down at evening-time.

October 3, 2014

It's A Cool Friday Evening

Photo credit: jypsygen via photopin cc
Today (Friday, 3rd of October), it rained almost non-stop in the Eastern parts of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; as a result of this: the place is cool; the temperature has plummeted to a rather refreshing, 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 degrees Fahrenheit).

Although it rained sporadically for the past few days, the nights were humid; tonight shall be different.

I have stated off and on to my readers, that I prefer cooler conditions; when the temperature is too high I feel lethargic, dehydrated and out of sorts.

There are those who will be partying this evening, mainly because it is Friday; but, I think that I am going to spend the evening indoors — in the comfort of my very own home.

Besides, I have stopped wearing raincoats and I rarely carry an umbrella with me on evenings (There is no need to tell you that I would be soaked from my head all the way down to my feet if I were to get caught in the rain and we are currently in the rainy season in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago).

Anyway, I am highly appreciative of the lovely temperature and I do intend to enjoy it while it lasts; because the average evening in the Caribbean is usually warm.

Thank God/Goddess for a cool Friday evening!

September 26, 2014

The Determination Of Mosquitoes

English: The yellowfever mosquito Aedes aegypt...
English: The yellowfever mosquito Aedes aegypti'. Note the marking on the thorax in the form of a lyre. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you live in the Caribbean (or, have been to the Caribbean), you would know that there are very determined mosquitoes that dwell within that region; they don't stop pestering you until they get blood from you.

Everyday, I am bitten on my back by those mosquitoes (And, they are so skilled that they drew blood from my back even though my back was well-covered with a T-shirt).

Why are mosquitoes from the Caribbean so vicious? Maybe, they have grown addicted to the taste of the unique flavour of Caribbean blood that people within that region possess (And, I can see those mosquitoes growing an addiction for the taste of strong Caribbean rum in the blood of some of the people that they bite).

There are so many mosquito-borne diseases and I have no intentions of contracting any of them.

When 5 o'clock in the evening approaches, I am going to shut all of my doors and windows with the intentions of keeping them out!

August 12, 2014

I Am Always Glad For The Rain

English: Narceus americanus after a shower of rain
English: Narceus americanus after a shower of rain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Lately, we have been experiencing mixed weather in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (Mostly rain, since we are currently in the rainy season).
 
I have always loved the rain because it cools the place down and anyone who lives in the Caribbean will tell you that it is mostly hot in that region.

A few days ago, mosquitoes were giving me a hell of a time; they were buzzing around my ears and they were stealing a small portion of my blood.

I have noticed that when it rains a few days consecutively, the quantity of mosquitoes are of a lesser number.

If you have ever been to the Caribbean, you would undoubtedly come across lovely people, good food and of course, mosquitoes (There is no way of avoiding that).

So, whenever it rains, I smile and say, "Thank God," because I know that the place is going to be cooler and that there is going to be way less mosquitoes.

July 15, 2014

Should I Feel Guilty For Enjoying The Rainy Weather?

That's a lot of rain
That's a lot of rain (Photo credit: garrettc)
It's another one of those rainy days in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (As a matter of fact, it rained almost right throughout the day).

Although I am a big fan of rainy weather, my fellow countrymen who live in the Western, Southern and Central parts of of this beautiful twin island Republic, are known to experience flooding whenever there is a downpour (This makes me think that when I am going through an ecstatic phase, others are deep in turmoil).

The truth is: I love rainy weather and it seldom floods in my area.

If you were in my shoes, would you boast about your genuine love for rain? Or, would you keep it to yourself, knowing fully well that others are experiencing the wrath of the rain?

I was thinking that if I were in their shoes, I might think differently about the rain; but then I remembered, I grew up in the Western part of the country — the place were it floods with the slightest of rains (And, back then, I really enjoyed it).

I have no choice in the matter to be me; if I love the rain, I should embrace the fact that I love the rain and not feel guilty of the fact that the rain caused someone (or, some people) temporary distress.

What are your views on this?

A Classic From Shabba Ranks

Shabba Ranks
Cover of Shabba Ranks
One of my favourite songs from Shabba Ranks (Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon) is: Mr. Loverman; that song, which featured, Chevelle Franklyn, was a big hit in 1992 (Hey, it still sounds good today).

Here is the video for one of Shabba Ranks most famous songs, Mr. Loverman.


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