Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 28th 2015 Contents A9
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My name is Samantha Jagroop
and I manage a luxury, high-end
I m from Aranguez, in San
Juan. Born and grew up there.
I m not sure if it s presently at
the same state but, fortunately
or unfortunately, Aranguez has a
bit of a reputation as a drug area.
But I felt safe growing up there.
I have two brothers, no sisters,
and I m the eldest. So I m totally
spoiled. And I get the best of both
worlds, as the eldest, too. My
brothers, Elvis and Rocky, are 29
We re a real Hollywood family.
The old TV show, Bewtiched, was
before my time, but maybe not
before my parents time.
I saw fights when I went to
Barataria Secondary Comprehen-
sive School but nothing compared
to now. Fighting is like a subject
at school now. I would go back
to school if I could: no bills; no
I want children one day---but
it would have to be soon. Because
I feel like I m running out of time.
I am currently in a relationship.
About two years now. Now, rela-
tionships last, like, two months,
three months. But I wouldn t do
My Old Year s Night is normal-
ly home with close friends and
family. We cook and relax. My
sister-in-law normally does most
of the cooking.
Nowadays, reading is a thing
of the past. If people read at all
today, it s on their phone.
I don t have much free time.
My job is not demanding but the
hours are long---mall hours. Most-
ly on a weekend, I ll watch
Romantic comedies, definitely,
but action, too. That s not a
boyfriend influence, that s me.
Give me Vin Diesel. But I m not
a Fast & Furious girl. Neither slow
& serene. My friend Neisha says
I m definitely furious!
My best quality is I m very car-
ing, a very softhearted person. I
feel sorry fast. And a lot. I ll watch
a homeless person and give them
the last dollar I have.
I adore makeup. love to explore
different "looks" with it.
I don t have pets personally,
but my brother has two parrots,
my niece has a rabbit, and our
dog, Chubby, has been in the fam-
ily for over ten years. My sister-
in-law has a cat who sleeps with
her in her bed! It don t make
sense for me to bring home
I used to work in a music store
and I listen to and love every
genre: parang; hip hop; reggae;
everything! I used to buy a lot
of music but I don t anymore.
Young people just download
music nowadays, they don t pay
for it. That s one of the reasons
I don t work in a music store any
I used to sell, and listen to,
jointpop CDs when I worked in
Sound Research. I m really proud
they ve been selected to go to
South by Southwest in Austin.
I play mas every year. I mix it
up with Fantasy and Harts. I listen
to Luis Hart on the radio all the
time. It s the most appropriate
station. And he s professional.
I love to pack a cooler and go
to Maracas Beach with my friend,
Neisha, and sister-in-law, Lerana.
The ambience and the sea breeze.
And the bake-and-shark.
Christmas is my favourite time
of year. It used to be Carnival but
I skipped last Carnival.
I ve been working in the shoe
store for almost five years. It s a
nice experience. I think every
woman loves shoes.
My responsibilities are to make
sure I sell a lot of shoes---and that
customers are happy with their
purchases! It s a nice feeling,
when you help a client get some-
thing to match their outfit.
There isn t a bad part of the
job. My bosses are really nice.
Maybe just the mall hours.
Christmas time is busy but I like
that. The time passes faster. And
you help more people.
The crime rate is overbearing
now. I don t club or go out any
more because I don t feel safe.
You re not even safe in your own
home now. And it s getting worse.
Everything for a Trini is a fete:
parang; Carnival; Christmas.
They like excuses to make a lime.
Trinidad & Tobago means
home to me. I love being here.
Despite all the negativities, I
would rather be here than any-
I love my country.
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TRINI TO D BONE
despite all the
would rather be
A Furious Christmas Girl
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