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My name is Sonya Singh and I sell
I m from Maracas Bay. But I don t
sell shark-and-bake. There s too many
people selling shark-and-bake. I rather
come in town and sell fudge.
I grew up in Maracas Bay and know
all the families. It s a small commu-
nity. It s very peaceful, with no crime.
A neighbour might quarrel with you
but they not going to rob you.
I m the first child. I have two sisters,
no brothers. I don t have a family yet
but it s on its way. My husband is
Richie Seelal. And we have a child
coming. We re going to find out the
gender when we have an ultrasound.
We want to be prepared whether it s
name in mind: Richie Vance Seelal.
I went to Maracas RC Primary
School then I attended Tranquility
Secondary. A long ride every morning.
It had a school bus, but it left too early,
so I travelled. Every day, on my own.
I think I was five years old when I start-
ed primary school. So I was independ-
ent from young. I wasn t frightened.
I met my husband Richie at my
mum s preserve stall on the Maracas
Lookout. He s from Cunupia. We l i v e
Maracas Bay. It s a real change to come
from Maracas every weekday and
breathe the toxic town air.
We reach home about half-six every
evening. We drive. It makes it a lot
easier. Except for the traffic through
I m from Maracas, the most popular
beach in Trinidad, but I can t swim.
Richie come from Cunupia and he could
swim better than me. He s trying to
teach me. But he not getting too far.
I grew up in the preserve and sweet
business. My mom taught me to make
the sugarcake, the fudge, the
tamarind balls, pawpaw balls.
And the chow! But I don t like
Once I went J Ouvet but it was-
n t my thing and I don t take part
in Carnival. Too much wildness.
All those boys trying to grab you!
I m not a church girl but my
mom taught me to be respectful.
So I respect myself.
I went to the Roman Catholic
school but I m actually Hindu.
But I ve never been to temple.
When all of Trinidad heads up
to Maracas on a Sunday, Maracas
people don t resent it at all. It s
nice for business. And I don t have
to deal with any crowds or any
drunk people because I stay home
on a Sunday. I live at Maracas Bay
but I will go to the beach once,
maybe twice, for the year.
Richie and I work together. We
get up at half-five every morning,
sometimes earlier, go to the mar-
ket, and reach to the store in town
minutes to seven. And we open
when we reach. We get the per-
ishables fresh from the market
We get a lot of crazies. We right
on the street and they walk right
up to the counter. I do feel unsafe
if Richie is not here but I try not
to make eye contact with people
that look like they might trouble
me. I just keep quiet.
I make the preserves and
sweets every weekend, enough to
last for the week. It s real satisfying
to make food for people, even
The best part of the job is the
independence of it. I like working
for myself. Not for other people.
The worst part is having to deal
with troublesome customers.
Which we get.
A Trini is a person who likes
to gossip. A lot. And they like to
Trinidad & Tobago means a lot
to me. We have such a beautiful
country. It so tropical, sunny --
sometimes rainy -- it s just so
peaceful and nice. Despite all the
crime that we have.
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TRINI TO D BONE
as told to BC Pires
Sonya Singh preserves a little bit of Maracas in town.
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