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The Tourism Development Company (TDC) wishes to advise the general public to
be aware of touts offering tour guide services at the La Brea Pitch Lake.
If you are visiting the La Brea Pitch Lake, the TDC recommends you engage official
tour guides ONLY from within the La Brea Pitch Lake Facility. Persons offering tours
of the Pitch Lake outside of the facility are not authorised to conduct tours on behalf
of the TDC.
Official TDC approved Tour Guides are outfitted in red polo shirts with the La Brea
Pitch Lake logo on the front and the words OFFICAL TOUR GUIDE on the back.
To book a tour of the La Brea Pitch Lake with an official Tour Guide contact the
TDC’s office at 651-1232.
Rates and opening hours are as follows:
• Monday to Sunday and Public Holidays: 9.00am to 5.00pm
• Adults: 13 yrs and older – TT $30.00
• Children: 6 – 12 yrs – TT $12.00
• Children under 6 yrs - Free
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What was the most difficult
decision you ever had to make?
Whether to continue to study and
pursue my PhD or start working. As
fate would have it, I was able to do both
as FSU allowed me that opportunity.
Two more years to go to attain my PhD!
What is your favourite pastime
cinema when time permits. I like and
appreciate the creative work that goes
into films. Any type of movie except
What goals and ambitions do you
still have? What are your
‘steelpan’ plans for the future?
I would like to build a career here at
home either in academia related to
music or in the music industry itself.
If you could interview or dine with
anyone, living or dead, who would it
be and why? And what question
would you be eager to ask?
There are so many great people, but
the one that comes to mind is Nelson
Mandela. How did he survive and over-
come? I would love to know what his
personality was like by being up close
with him for at least a couple hours.
Where do you see the future of the
steelpan and the steelband
The steelpan/steel band movement
is so huge abroad, it is really mind-
boggling that our national instrument,
created right here in our island, is
spreading so rapidly worldwide. So the
future is bright. Our challenge is to
attract younger audiences to our per-
formances even though the majority of
pan players are young...a contradiction
yes, but certainly a challenge.
Which is your favourite piece of
steelband music and a favourite ca-
Woman on the Bass by All Stars, and
I like the Lord Pretender’s Never Ever
Worry because it echoes my philosophy
What is your greatest
accomplishment in the
I have only just begun, so that’s yet
Of all your shows, concerts, per-
formances, which would you like a
first-time audience, listener or
viewer to experience?
That would be my recital in 2009
at Queen’s Hall, where I was able to
play a variety of music which is so
important in showcasing the versatility
of the instrument. So many people
tend to associate the steelpan with
calypso, soca and reggae.
Of all your accolades, prizes and
awards, which do you rate
as extremely special?
All are special, just being considered
for an award makes me so grateful.
What is an interesting facet of your
personality that most people do not
know about you?
That I am goofy at times with my
friends, the clown in a way, I like to
make people laugh.
What is the best compliment
you have every received?
That I have a really nice smile. I like
that since I consider myself very friend-
ly and approachable, so I like to think
that my smile puts out positive ener-
What advice would you give to the
country’s leaders to create a better
Listen to the young people. Encour-
age them to be vocal. Include us in the
decision making. Not just pay us lip
service in that regard. Create a tangible
mechanism and implement it for us to
have input and be part of the deci-
What advice would you give to the
young people of T&T?
To keep pushing forward and pursue
your goals. Stay positive in the face of
adversity, the road will be rocky, and
things won’t always go your way. Try
your best to always see the glass as
half full. With that mentality and focus,
you will be successful in life. Being
happy and positive are choices you can
Describe yourself in two words—
one beginning with M, the other
with G, your initials.
Meticulous and Genuine. I am metic-
ulous about my music and perform-
ance. I like to make sure that everything
is right, well planned, and well
rehearsed. People have told me that
they think I am genuine. I try my best
to stay true to myself.
Mia stays true
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