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​Barran is the Man in the Van

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Steve Barran and I manage a fleet of vehicles for a private company.


I’m from Barataria. I was born “home” at my mother’s home. So I was actually a genuine “home boy”. I have one brother, Simon, and one sister, Pearl, who live back-and-forth between Trinidad and “away". My both parents passed away a good while now.

My wife, Vanessa Barran, and I have been married 28 years, not one day of regret. We have one son, now 19. I was in my 30s when he was born and I’m in my 50s now, so he is a late bloomer for me. But he’s something I always thank God for. Because I always wanted a kid and it was very difficult, but I was finally able to have one. He’s a pretty good kid, doesn’t give any set of problem. Most parents, at my age, would have a lot of problems trying to figure out kids at his age, where the transition of life is so different from [the parents’] own times.
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​Take Away “Chinee"

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Christian Young Sing and I run a hydroponic farm.

My WhatsApp picture is of me with a male wedding group — but that’s the wedding of the last of my friends who got married. I was just a groomsman. I’m the last man standing [unmarried].
I’m really, really grateful that I’m getting the chance live on my own, in an apartment I rent in Cascade, not too far from my parents’ home. I’d moved in with my girlfriend — and then we broke up. I moved back in with my parents for a week, and I was, like, “Nah!” I wanted my own space. “Away”, you can live on your own. Trinidadians, we don’t really get that. Men live in their mother’s house until they get married. It’s expensive to live on your own. But you learn a lot.


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​Staying in Departure

My name is Saira Agnue and I work in an airport kiosk in the departure lounge.


I love my first name, Saira. It’s pretty. People might be familiar with that name but my surname is not something that anybody in Trinidad is really accustomed to. It’s kinda “not really”. I don’t know if it’s a French name. I inherited it from my husband. My mother-in-law was Indian and she got it from her parents. We know an Australian who’s an Agnue, so I don’t know if it came from there. My husband has family in Trinidad with the same title but some of them spell it A-g-n-double-o.

I was born in Maraval, grew up in [the built-up, city part of] Curepe and presently live at Arima. I consider myself a Curepe girl. That’s where girl-days were. In Arima, I’m more in the countryside. Which is not what I like. I’m a city girl. I married Anthony Agnue and that is how I ended up in Arima, in the country. We have three children, Antonio, Tanya and Chrissy.
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​Secure in Her Space

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Esther Montano and I’m in charge of a car park in Town.


I am actually related to [Trinidad & Tobago’s biggest soca star] Machel Montano on my father’s side. But I don’t get comps for Machel Monday. My brothers more have relation with him.

As far as I know, the extended Montano family is pretty big. But, in my circle, it’s pretty small. I have a daughter, a granddaughter and one on the way. My daughter is Carelle Stanley. My granddaughter is Zamiya Stanley, she is two. And my grandson Zaydon arrived safely on Valentine’s Day. Thanks be to God.

My mom, Eden Montano, like the Garden of Eden, is a really strong lady. I take that strength from her. I’ve been through a lot and I’m still here.
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​One Step Forward, Two Steps Forward

My name is Raymond Diaz and I treat my two stepsons as my own.


I grow my stepsons up to stay out of trouble, respect your elders. And love your brethren and family.

I was born in the West but I always say I’m from Cascade. I moved there sometime after the coup. Cascade real nice. You in Town in five minutes. Without traffic. Correct.

Boy days was in Carenage, right near the sea, pulling seine. I know about night-fishing. My uncle had a boat and I first went out with him when I was about 19. I know how they’s set the fish-pot and everything. I kept up that fishing until I was about 23. Actually, fishing was more of a job than boy days. I started painting houses when I was about 19, too. So that’s another job I know a lot about.


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​Barran is the Man in the Van

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Steve Barran and I manage a fleet of vehicles for a private company.


I’m from Barataria. I was born “home” at my mother’s home. So I was actually a genuine “home boy”. I have one brother, Simon, and one sister, Pearl, who live back-and-forth between Trinidad and “away". My both parents passed away a good while now.

My wife, Vanessa Barran, and I have been married 28 years, not one day of regret. We have one son, now 19. I was in my 30s when he was born and I’m in my 50s now, so he is a late bloomer for me. But he’s something I always thank God for. Because I always wanted a kid and it was very difficult, but I was finally able to have one. He’s a pretty good kid, doesn’t give any set of problem. Most parents, at my age, would have a lot of problems trying to figure out kids at his age, where the transition of life is so different from [the parents’] own times.
Read more

​Take Away “Chinee"

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Christian Young Sing and I run a hydroponic farm.

My WhatsApp picture is of me with a male wedding group — but that’s the wedding of the last of my friends who got married. I was just a groomsman. I’m the last man standing [unmarried].
I’m really, really grateful that I’m getting the chance live on my own, in an apartment I rent in Cascade, not too far from my parents’ home. I’d moved in with my girlfriend — and then we broke up. I moved back in with my parents for a week, and I was, like, “Nah!” I wanted my own space. “Away”, you can live on your own. Trinidadians, we don’t really get that. Men live in their mother’s house until they get married. It’s expensive to live on your own. But you learn a lot.


Read more

​Staying in Departure

My name is Saira Agnue and I work in an airport kiosk in the departure lounge.


I love my first name, Saira. It’s pretty. People might be familiar with that name but my surname is not something that anybody in Trinidad is really accustomed to. It’s kinda “not really”. I don’t know if it’s a French name. I inherited it from my husband. My mother-in-law was Indian and she got it from her parents. We know an Australian who’s an Agnue, so I don’t know if it came from there. My husband has family in Trinidad with the same title but some of them spell it A-g-n-double-o.

I was born in Maraval, grew up in [the built-up, city part of] Curepe and presently live at Arima. I consider myself a Curepe girl. That’s where girl-days were. In Arima, I’m more in the countryside. Which is not what I like. I’m a city girl. I married Anthony Agnue and that is how I ended up in Arima, in the country. We have three children, Antonio, Tanya and Chrissy.
Read more

​Secure in Her Space

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Esther Montano and I’m in charge of a car park in Town.


I am actually related to [Trinidad & Tobago’s biggest soca star] Machel Montano on my father’s side. But I don’t get comps for Machel Monday. My brothers more have relation with him.

As far as I know, the extended Montano family is pretty big. But, in my circle, it’s pretty small. I have a daughter, a granddaughter and one on the way. My daughter is Carelle Stanley. My granddaughter is Zamiya Stanley, she is two. And my grandson Zaydon arrived safely on Valentine’s Day. Thanks be to God.

My mom, Eden Montano, like the Garden of Eden, is a really strong lady. I take that strength from her. I’ve been through a lot and I’m still here.
Read more

​One Step Forward, Two Steps Forward

My name is Raymond Diaz and I treat my two stepsons as my own.


I grow my stepsons up to stay out of trouble, respect your elders. And love your brethren and family.

I was born in the West but I always say I’m from Cascade. I moved there sometime after the coup. Cascade real nice. You in Town in five minutes. Without traffic. Correct.

Boy days was in Carenage, right near the sea, pulling seine. I know about night-fishing. My uncle had a boat and I first went out with him when I was about 19. I know how they’s set the fish-pot and everything. I kept up that fishing until I was about 23. Actually, fishing was more of a job than boy days. I started painting houses when I was about 19, too. So that’s another job I know a lot about.


Read more

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