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Monday, July 9, 2012
Chrissy Farfan

My name is Chrissy Farfan and I’m the dog-tag lady at a pet store. 


I’m 21 years old and I have a two-and-a-half-year-old son. And five jobs. I’m from Westmoorings-by-the-Sea but I grew up in Canada. I moved to Trinidad when I was five. My parents are Trini. We lived in Goodwood Park for years. 


I’m not a single mum but I’m not married either. I have a baby-daddy, Joshua Abraham. We live together. Our son is Jacob Abraham. Josh’s family is pretty big. That’s who we live with, 14 people! It’s a lot of fun. But they could have their challenges.

I was accepted to go to college but I got pregnant so I couldn’t go away. So I actually did school of beauty aesthetics and body therapy in Trinidad. That’s another one of my jobs.


I don’t regret not going to university even though I look at all my friends and what good times they’re having. All their pictures is, like, partying, and all these new clubs and I’m in Trinidad and there’s only (two clubs). And my Dad goes to (one of them). I don’t want to bounce my parents up at a club. They’re crazy.


I couldn’t see myself living away from Trinidad. My baby-daddy is a fisherman and he just loves the sea, so we couldn’t move to Canada. Where would he fish? In the lakes? 


I believe God can intervene in our lives. At the age of 16, I lost a boyfriend in a car accident. Jean Marc Tang. Four boys died, Pilar Ayoung Chee and them.


Since then, my faith has got a lot stronger. It was hard at first but the Tangs are very strong and religious and, every night, we would just accept it more and more. And you can’t really ask God why these things happen. It was just sad that they were young and it was a really bad death. But, other than that, we’ve accepted it and they’re our angels above, guiding us through the day, When you’re having a bad day you just be, like, “Jean Marc, seriously, I need a better day!”


I cook lunch for the whole entire house on a Saturday. Everybody takes a turn cooking, basically. Trust me, I’ve introduced them to a lot better meals. With all my jobs, I don’t have much time to relax but I love going down the islands. I have a house down the islands. Or just on a boat to Scotland Bay.


Dog tags are a form of canine fashion. In Trinidad, too, a lot of dogs get stolen or run away so, having the name and contact number of who owns them gets around a lot quicker than making flyers! Every day, at least one to five people come in for tags. 


I wasn’t assigned the job of doing dog tags but nobody else likes doing it and I find it’s pretty cool and looks so nice after! And it’s easy. You just follow the steps. It’s computerised. People use them for spare keys and luggage tags and stuff. 


The best part about the job is seeing people’s reaction when I hand them the dog tag. They really like them. The worst part is when you make a mistake with the number or something and you have to do it all over again. It’s so embarrassing. I usually look, like, five times before I press “Enter” to avoid that.


Trinidad needs more stuff like away. Like help for young single moms and programmes to help young people deal with depression. A lot of young people are committing suicide. And a lot of the young boys smoke a lot of marijuana and get very aggressive. They need these things for people to go to, to get help.


And the minimum wage definitely needs to go up. That’s the reason I have five jobs. 


A Trini is somebody who loves to go to a party and eat doubles at four or five o’clock in the morning. Trinidad & Tobago is one of the best places in the world. I wouldn’t move. Ever. Not even back to Canada. I like Miami for about ten days but then it’s time to come home.


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