Posts tagged life
Posts tagged life
1.) The Good Girl but Bad Inside
Have you ever came across the most sweetest beautiful girl that strikes you as wife material, but after two days you realize that she is slacker than a 52” waist pants. Its shocking though, because during the day her demeanor is sweet and innocent, but at night she opens a shop for business.
Crazy glue doesn’t even begin to describe this girl. Is not just the calls and the messages, but its also about the desperate and pathetic need to always be comforted by a man. Most men these days search for an independent woman, because the majority of us could barely take care of ourselves! Times are hard!
3) I agree!
I dislike when anyone agrees with EVERYTHING i say. Are we not allowed to have an argument. This should have been the number one reason, because it gets me boiling mad when someone doesn’t have individualism on their side!
4.) No Ambition
If talent was a woman, I would have been married with 40 kids and that’s a fact. I love to see people who chase their dreams and use their talents and skills to make their life more successful and meaningful. If a girl has no ambition to be something… It honestly makes no sense!
I was thought that if you can’t love anyone else, unless you learn to love yourself. If you cannot love who you are, then I can’t love you. As long as you take care of yourself, that’s enough physical beauty for me. I don’t fuss. Beauty always comes from the heart!
"Social entrepreneurship is the process of pursuing innovative solutions to social problems. More specifically, social entrepreneurs adopt a mission to create and sustain social value. They relentlessly pursue opportunities to serve this mission, while continuously adapting and learning. They draw upon appropriate thinking in both the business and nonprofit worlds and operate in all kinds of organizations: large and small; new and old; religious and secular; nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid”
Ever since I came out of secondary school, I always considered myself as too involved in everything. There was never one single definition that defined who I was as a person. One of my very good colleagues told me that she reminded me of a social entrepreneur. When I read what it was, it seemed so familiar with what I do on a day to day basis. I always had such a high focus on the value of social outcomes. I care about how people feel, how people think and how they react to certain situations. I care about a person’s empowerment and their potential to always be the best that they can be.
I think the term carries a broad spectrum of meaning. From what I have read, it seems that each social entrepreneur is different and everyone carries a different goal or aim. According to the definition above, the social entrepreneur draws upon appropriate thinking from the worlds of business and non profit organisations. I have found myself deeply involved in both.
One of the main characteristics that says a lot about me, is that the emphasis is not on earning money, but rather the social value that is realised from the efforts that is made by the social entrepreneur. In other words, our skills and our services are priceless. You can’t buy over a social entrepreneur if people are being adversely affected.
To continually adapt and learn is probably one of the hardest thing that anyone can be faced with. I have touched the worlds of theatre, journalism, promotions, media and the environment. I have learnt so many different things about each field, and it seems that my experience always have a cross-over effect. I always take what I have learnt before and try my best to apply it to what I am currently doing. Bridging gaps is probably what I do best between different spheres of life.
For example; I volunteer with the Trinidad and Tobago Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Youth Advisory Committee. In a nutshell the initiative empowers individuals with the financial information that occurs between both the government sector and the private oil & gas companies. The public is able to see how the natural resources of our country is spent. The initiative produces a yearly report that is widely distributed to the public of Trinidad and Tobago.
In my mind, this is exciting, but to the young people of Trinidad and Tobago, this information might not be as appealing to them, as we would like it to be
.Party promotions with Coco Lounge on the avenue, has been a blast! Young people come out every single week to enjoy themselves and have a great time. It was my suggestion that we educate youths on this entertainment strip about this initiative. Did you know that if we did not have an oil and gas industry, partying on the avenue can be WAY more expensive than it is already? Gas subsidies if removed can increase the price of alcohol since it is currently transported under those very same subsides. Food prices can increase, because the very gas that cooks the lamb in a gyro is also subsided. Electricity subsides reduces our cover charge at the door. Without it, all those amazing light effects will impact our wallets. This was my idea to bring the importance of knowing more about the Oil & Gas Industry into the eyes of young people.
I love to make my organisations bridge gaps, and find ways in which people can see how EVERYTHING is interlinked in this world. My aim in life is to be happy, and to also make others happy as well. Whenever that is compromised I will run and run very far! I have every intention of keeping constant the importance of the social factor in our daily lives. I want to aim to empower people and have an everlasting impact on their lives. I want to be able to give the best first impression, and leave people with a lasting memory of who I am and what I will always be about!
For the past 4 months, I have been promoting parties along Ariapita Avenue; A street in Trinidad that hosts some of the biggest weekly parties for party goers. Admittedly, it is exhilarating, fast paced and a lot of hard work. Being a Party Promoter, one cannot escape the usual stereotypes, but I am trying to live above that, as best as I can. I want to bring a new meaning to the word ‘Party Promoter’
I honestly would discourage people to become involved in nightly entertainment, simply because its not as easy as it seems. Sure you can ride the wave of popularity and bring no business to your establishment, but what sense would that make. Like with many things in my life, I need to do things that have purpose, and it must bring some sort of satisfaction my way!
To answer the questions that many people ask:
My promotional team operates as a functional unit to bring as much people as we can to our establishment. I will admit that some do work harder than others, but that’s the case with all organisations. The best thing about promotions, is that you get rewarded for working hard. So once you are on the same page with your managers, you can set yourself up for good business and great fun. Yes… I did say fun… don’t let me fool you… This could very well be the best job you every had, if you’re good at it.
These are some of the perks:
I remembered distinctly my promotional manager telling me that part of our responsibility was to “create vibes”. It was so arbitrarily stated, that I had to come up with my own definition of what ‘creating vibes’ really meant. To illustrate this, I will give you a brief synopsis of how I usually get prepared for a Saturday night event.
Firstly I heavily promote the event through my networks. Once that is done, it is imperative to promote the event outside of your network as well. Bringing your friends every week will not help the organisation grow. Making friends is a big part of party promotions. I make it my duty to at least meet someone new every week………… Please do not go and thief your fellow committee members’ clientèle… that is a no no! Ask if they have been listed with anyone before, and if not… introduce yourself and explain to them the benefits of being listed. .
During the week, keep evaluating your list and checking back your messages. You won’t believe how easy it is to miss someone’s message requesting to be listed, When your patron arrives at the door on the night of the party, and they realise that you didn’t list them, bet your bottom dollar they will never list with you again! Pay close attention to your list, keep both a hard and soft copy!
Trini people are always late. Between 3pm-6pm last week Saturday I got 30 people listed. I call these people my lucky charms, because they are more than likely guaranteed to come to the party as oppose to your early Listers. Always double check your list, and place it in alphabetical order. ( I usually forget to do this lol)
Attending the party itself is not mandatory, but its a sign of good faith that you show up and make yourself known, especially if your are handing over a list of 40 or more people. Meeting your patrons has proven to be so vital to ensure a healthy list each and every week. Patrons love to feel genuinely appreciated for being at a club or lounge. Nothing is more important than making each individual feel as comfortable as they can!
Last week, I realised why I love this part time job. Even if its just for one night, you get to see many people happy, as they dance away their worries of life. I get to be a part of that. Even if I carry the smallest job function in my organisation, I am still apart of it all. For the past couple weeks I stayed back, just to help clean up the broken bottles and the plastic cups all over the floor. Even though its not something I am supposed to do, I wanted to see what it was like. Surprisingly it did not feel like work, but rather something gratifying to sweep up the stresses of hundreds of people who went home more than happy.
When you do this job, you are more than welcome to drink, get drunk, have sex with everyone, and drag your own name in the mud. I choose not to do that. I’ve been here for 4 months and I have heard stories that made me shrivel up and curl in a ball. People tend to lose their moral backbone in this industry, and so far I have held mines very strong…. okay….. I admit fairly strong lol ;p
I am very humbled by the fact that my promotional managers gave me two more duties in their establishment. One includes social media management and the other a job in corporate marketing. Both poses its challenges at times, but because of my managers, they have made me fall in love with this job. I have become extremely passionate about it. I often tell my friends that eat, breathe and sleep party promotions.
I often remember my production teacher telling me that its called “Show Business” not “Show Fun”, but as he says, once we take care of the business, then we can ALL have some fun!! Nothing can be closer to the truth to become a successful party promoter :)
My mom’s battle with cancer sadly came to an end on the 29th of August 2013. I am doing quite well, considering how close we both were. She died at the very young age of 53, and despite very strong hope for her survival she was unable to battle this nasty disease.
It was not easy going through 6 months of physical and emotional turmoil with my mom. At times she would suffer. Many say that you have good days and bad days with cancer, but for my mom it seemed as if her good times only lasted a few hours..
My mom had a special gift to spread joy among the people she met. She was kind, giving and loving. At her funeral I emphasised the point that if it was one thing that my mom taught me was how to love. I am so eternally grateful for that lesson, because it is a lesson that I would use for my entire life.
I’d like to believe that my mom gave me incredible strength, because just after 3 weeks I have bounced back into my normal routine. I still think about her everyday, but with a sense of happiness that her suffering is over. Immediately after her funeral, I could not help but have a broad smile across my face. It was probably the most unorthodox thing to do, but in a good sense, I was very happy. My mom’s suffering had come to an end.
During her ordeal, I cried several tears. It is not an easy thing for all doctors to tell you that there is not much they can do for your mother. We experienced it all. From using natural medicinal treatments to even consider choosing a non-commercial route to cure mom’s disease. We were all desperate and willing to see my mom live.
I am happy because I told my mom that if she was to lose her life to this disease, I want her to go down fighting. This is exactly what she did. My mom, fought to the very end. Her will to live remained constant, even till her very last breath. Her death was peaceful, and I’m very grateful for that.
My advice to my fellow readers is to appreciate your parents, because today I can stand tall and say that I have no regrets!! I feel the pains of not having a mother every single day. Its hard, but it something that you have to grow to live with. Cherish your parents like gems and the rewards would be more than worth it.
Shahad the Sentinel
System: A set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network.
I believe that there are many systems around the world that control and govern us. Whether we choose to live within these systems is entirely up to us. These past couple days I learnt that there are many people who are hell bent on getting other individuals to go against societal norms. They claim by doing this we can break free from the shackles that has held us for so many years.
Government, pharmaceuticals, religion, and the world conglomerates all want us to live or behave in a certain way, in order for them to gain the majority of the benefit, whether financial or otherwise.
There are many people who do not work a 9-5 and break away from what is customarily referred to as ‘job’. They tend to have more free time and get to live and see the world in ways that others won’t. This is of course their lifestyle of choice. Many of these lifestyles tend to be artistic in nature. The world has been crafted to put emphasis on corporate lifestyles and is determined in the direction of capitalism. Gone are the days where writers were respected and actors viewed as kings in their own right. Today’s world focuses on how we can make money, and how fast we can make it.
I personally do not see a problem living within a system. It is your choice. It is your life, and no one should be able to tell you how to live it. I am tired of so many organisations coming up to me and explaining how much money I can make by selling or marketing a certain product.. They explain that the established entities would refuse to promote this product because it would harm their business in one way or the other. These organisations are 100% convincing. They make it seem that you can live a perfect lifestyle in mere months.
I am not saying that what these organisations claim is untrue. Those presenting the ideologies are living proof that you can be a success. Its scary. The majority of these people claim that they have left their jobs and have made a new life by marketing and selling certain products that are not socially accepted as the norm.
My experience with these individuals has been nothing short of robotic. All they can talk about is their product and their new lifestyle, and how much it has benefited them. In terms of how their mom is going, their school work or other activities in their life, I have no clue what they are up to. Only because there is NOTHING these individuals talk about besides everything I aforementioned.
I refuse to give up my personality and my well being for the sake of promoting a product 24/7. From the little I do understand, these organisations have several conferences, as well as books and guides that train you how to market and sell, and become the ultimate success that you want to be, WITHOUT hard work. An easy ticket beyond the challenges of life.
Whether you want to stay in a system or join a new one, the choice is entirely up to you. No one should ever force their perceptions on your current mindset. You already have your goals and don’t let anyone come in the way of that.
This weekend I learnt a very important lesson. The way you live your life must be embedded in stone. Your standards must be sure, and no one should have the strength to sway you from your initial decisions. “The lines of communication is open, when she is ready to receive her healing” was a sentence that was repeated to me twice this morning. People are persistent, but people also need to realise that everybody has the right to live their life the way that they want to.
Shahad the Sentinel
I have tried so hard to find the time and energy to write something on tumblr. Tonight I have a little bit of both.
Many times I wrote and stated that I am going through a difficult patch in my life. Those times have now been overshadowed by what life has now thrown at me. My mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer in March of this year. Since then, her disease has progressed considerably and its taken a toll on not only her, but the close family members who love and care for her.
For those who keep up with my blog posts, would know me to be quite the social entrepreneur. I was deeply involved in anything and everything. I made the decision to stay at home and take care of my mom 24/7. I have left all organisations, including a job that I had recently gotten.
I would have delved deeper into the details about this experience, but for those of you who know me well, I push forward to turn everything negative into something positive. So look out for something special relating to this very challenging battle that I am fighting with my mom.
All I can say though, is that the feelings associated with this sacrifice isn’t the easiest to swallow. Every single day I come face to face with emotions, and at times its overbearing. A sacrifice isn’t suppose to feel nice. Its not suppose to be something that is enjoyed. Its suppose to be something that you do, in order to see greener pastures on the other side.
Sometimes I am faced with guilt, anger, tiredness and exhaustion. However, seeing my mom battle through with this devil of an illness, makes me wonder if I should feel anything at all. She is going through ten times more than I can ever handle.
I hope that people do not expect me to be 100% happy. The truth of the matter is, I am not. I do not like seeing like my mother like this, and I wishfully think that one day I would get up to the end of this horrible nightmare. Sadly, I pinch myself everyday and I feel pain every single time.
I am not 100% comfortable either, but you know what… My mom has 0% comfortability, and I wonder why should I complain? The more and more I dwell on how I feel, makes me realise that I shouldn’t feel anything to begin with. “Always remember, somebody suffering more than you”- A line that resonates in my mind from time to time. When dealing with someone who is ill…. the ultimate sacrifice is always putting your emotions LAST. Make your relative the one who always comes first.
I lost contact with ALL my friends. Even if they try to contact me. I don’t usually respond. I don’t feel to chat with anyone. I hate to tell people how I feel. I rather deal with this on my own. It may not be the best way, but its my way. It may not be working exactly the way it should, but I’m making myself believe that its keeping me sane.
My thoughts have become corrupted. It goes way beyond my wildest thoughts. I look at something and I convolute it in my mind with gruesome depictions and worse case scenarios, to make me feel as if the current situation I am in, is ten times better than what it really is.
I know this entire post, doesn’t say much. However, its something I needed to get off my chest. Writing this makes me feel better about the decisions I have made, and the journey that I am embarking along with my mom. Fighting this disease has become my life. I’m completely surrounded by it. Its consuming me abstractly, while for mom, its consuming her in every sense of the phrase.
Thank you guys for sticking around;. Sending me support and love. I really do appreciate it!!
Shahad the Sentinel
I always stress to people that in today’s world, determination is a trait that can set you miles apart from someone else. The strong will to do something or become someone would be real, if one keeps on a path of determination. I often say that nothing in life comes easy, and almost everywhere you turn there is a massive wall that always block your route to success.
Whether you believe your destiny is written or you have full control of it; always remember to be your best! I personally believe its a mixture of both. Too often I see events occurring for the best, but at the same time those events could not have occurred without my interest in getting it done!
I believe that many are blinded by what the term determination means. I often ask some of my creative colleagues why not get a ‘normal’ job. You can get up 5am in the morning, go to work and come back home satisfied that you have used your day to its maximum limit. I marvel at the fact that they don’t even have to tell me why. They are very determined to stick with the Arts and prove to the world that what they do, is a valid form of employment. There are many days that they are poor and many days that they are comfortable. I have no clue if the fluctuation of their bank accounts excites them.
I honestly believe that no matter what your circumstances are, you can make things work for you. There are 24 hours in the day and there are countless things you can do to make yourself generally a better person. Volunteering develops the mind, and gives you a wealth of experience that guides you on to so many bigger things. Take this from someone who has been doing it for over 7 years.
I am beginning to have hatred for picky eaters. These are the people who refuse to get jobs they know they can do, but because its not of their standard, they refuse to get into it. No one jumps the level on a corporate ladder overnight. I always tell my employers that I am interested in learning from the ground up. I want to know what its like to work at the roots of the organisation to how complex it can be to the top. The experience that I get would be wroth it in the long run.
These days I am battling with an ill relative. Its hard, because its not really a walk in the park kind of illness. It requires constant care and supervision, but despite this I refuse to give up. As of now, I tutor students part time, and I make it work for me! The money isn’t near impressive, but the satisfaction and experience is worth a lot more.
Let’s all rise and smell the coffee and be the best that we all can be!
Does anyone like the dentist? I don’t think I ever came across anyone that does. Whether you like them or not, good dental hygiene makes an impression in every social sphere. Ever since I was small, my mom made good usage of the free clinics offered in Trinidad and Tobago. She would take me to the dentist to have my very rotten teeth examined. I was a lover of sweets when I was small.
Removing teeth always scared me. If my mom did not have time to take me to the dentist when I was little, she made it her business to act as if she had a doctorate, and remove my baby teeth herself.
Come here! ….
she would say, I would always shy away from approaching her and opening my mouth. I would actually tell her to take me to the dentist, cause my mom removed teeth using the element of surprise.
I just want to see it!
she would say. I would open my mouth, and then pull away as she tried to grab hold of my tooth.
Ma yuh doh need yuh hands to see it!
I would cry out
Look boi! Doh get meh vex. I just want to feel how loose it is.
Yeah right! As soon as Ma had her hands on the tooth, she would yank the entire thing out! My mouth would instantly ooze of blood.
Gorn rinse yuh mouth and it have cotton in d medicine cabinet.
As I am older…. I have newer issues to deal with…..
I am in the process of doing one. There is no greater pain I have ever experienced in this world than doing a root canal. Admittedly the killing of the nerve takes a couple seconds. However, in those couple seconds, it feels as if a metallic claw is placed inside your tooth and expanded. While this occurs a knife stabs into your gums repeatedly…. I am sorry if you are about to do a root canal, but its the truth. Its not pretty!
Is it just me, or am I the only person who thinks dental fees are too high? I told my colleague that I am about to spend over $3000.00 on this root canal, to which they responded….. so cheap? I am like wtf…. who the hell is your overpriced dentist? You know what amazes me though; the willingness to charge people these exorbitant fees. They never blink when they tell you that your visit was $400.00. I must admit though, I have a nice dentist, he gave me a payment plan, so that’s really helping me out. I don’t have insurance so I paying the full price……. like an ass… Why don’t I have dental? Check my previous posts about unemployment lol
Not that I ever stuck a condom in my mouth, but again, am I the only person who is completely grossed out by the gloves swimming inside your mouth. The taste is disgusting! My next appointment is a general check up, so I know I have a fair share of licking rubber gloves come early next week. To think that its just a few millimeters separating my germs from the dentist’s…… brrrrr
The chair is awesome. I got a free ride last time… yea me :D. The doc had to reset the chair so it moved in every position before he could start. I felt like I was in an amusement park in a 12 X 12 room. Lawwddd….. 24 years old, and I had fun on a dentist chair…. It’s sooo good not to grow up.
I have very bad experiences with my dental assistant. This is the person who usually does the suction. As far as I am concerned that is the only thing my dental assistant does. I admit that I am not the best behaved patient, but this woman moves around the suction so many times that she jabs my gums on countless occasions. My gums are like the biggest sissies when it comes to oral examinations. One jab and it creates a sore in a couple of days. The first stage of my root canal healed in about a weak, but the sores on my gums took about two weeks to go away. I have to gargle mouth wash more often because of this assistant, in order to keep the sores at bay. #damn
MAYBE IN NEED TO SWITCH
Maybe I need to go to some dental office where these dental professionals are catwalk models part time. Then the above points seem to take on a completely different life of its own. My P.O.V’s would change instantly…. lol
Does anyone like going to the dentist? Share with me your worst and best experiences!
THE NATIONAL PLEDGE OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
One day I decided to put the national pledge of Trinidad and Tobago as my status on facebook. I was expecting everyone to like it, be proud of it and maybe even re-write my status in the comment. However, I was faced with criticisms of the pledge. Admittedly I had to agree with colleagues. If this is the pledge of our country, it prooves to be very ineffective.
The pledge was written by Marjorie Padmore. It is mostly recited in primary schools. Give or take, the average student recited this pledge close to 2000 times during their primary school days. If that very student had attended high school they probably recited it close to 4000 times with their fellow classmates.
Looking at it now, did this really stick in your head? Do you understand what it means?
Learning but not understanding.
One of my colleagues pointed out to me that the national pledge set the pace of our education system; to learn and regurgitate. For all of us who have a good memory, entering the first year of primary school we never knew the prayers, the anthem or the pledge. Our teachers would ask us to bow our heads or stand at attention while are older school mates recited what they already knew. Eventually, we would pick up the words and in a couple of weeks we joined the chorus of what seemed like a brainwashing method to get students to say they things they we were supposed to say. Can we equate this with cramming for our final exams?
What do these words mean?
These words reflect ultimate respect for our country and its people. if you look at my previous blog posts we have secondary school students killing each other. “For the greater happiness of all” Do students even know what they are saying when they say this pledge? Do they make others prosper around them, or show them disrespect for petty altercations and trivial matters. I saw videos of girls fighting, pushing each other into drains and ultimately damaging themselves physically and emotionally, Isn’t high school suppose to be the best days of our lives?
What it takes to be a proud nation.
Too often we look towards the United States of America (U.S.A) as the best example of a developed nation. The majority of the Caribbean Diaspora seek to go to the U.S.A in search of a better life. Many want to pursue that American Dream. America did not reach where it is today overnight. It took several years to develop and establish themselves as a superpower in today’s world. Almost any American knows what it means to belong to their country. They take immense pride in who they are and where they are from. There are many locals who seek to be proud of dual citizenship, rather than being proud of their own nation. Taking pride in what we have as a people can do so much more for us.
What’s wrong with local
I can admit that sunshine cornflakes does taste rel bad. I prefer international cereal brands. We really can’t argue that, for its consumer preference. However, everyone is so against local products and services. Of course they are not the best, but how can we develop our own if we don’t support them. As a matter of fact, I take a slap across my face for not buying sunshine cereal. However, it extends further than that. For example, I played an original song by a local artiste for one of my colleagues, to which they responded ‘where is the person from the states or England?’ It was only after I told them that the person was from Trinidad and Tobago, they had a million criticisms about their tone, their lyrics and the tempo of the song. Before I had told my colleague that it was local, he was tapping his feet and bobbing his head.
What do you think it takes to be a proud nation…. Drop me a line.. I would like to hear from you.
A fifth form pupil allegedly abandoned his Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) history exam yesterday and waited in the school’s playing field for the 14-year-old pupil whom he believed had won the heart of his girlfriend.
“I know he had a friend. I met her and her mother at a parents’ day recently. And on Wednesday they had no school and the girl’s mother called to ask if my son can come over for two hours and I said yes. They are in the same class. I believe the girl probably chose Renaldo over the boy and that caused the fight,” she said.
These were the words of Camille Taitt, mother of murder victim ‘Renaldo Dixon’, a form 3 student of Waterloo Secondary School. I encourage all my followers to read this article that was published in today’s express. Would you not agree that the youth of today is lost?
Renaldo Dixon was murdered by a fellow form 5 student. The murder was committed out of passion for the victim and the criminal were both in love with the same form 2 girl. It really is a corrupted version of Romeo and Juliet or more so Green Days by the River.
I quoted the words of the victim’s mother, because it raises so many questions. I want to emphasise that the GIRL’S MOTHER called to have Renaldo over at THEIR home for a couple of hours. Correct me if I am wrong, but a form two girl is of age 13-14. I don’t blame Ms. Taitt for sending her son over. What I am wondering however, is which mother in their right mind, would invite a boy over to their home, on their 14 year old’s daughter behalf.
I know the press can get it wrong on so many occasions, however the article plainly states that there was a form 5 boy involved. A from five boy can be as old as 15-18 years of age. This girl seems to very occupied, and I do not mean occupied with her books.
Most parents claim that its okay for their daughters to have male friends in secondary school, but I ask the question what quality of male friends do they keep around them. Leaving your history exam to go murder a colleague does not seem like the type of quality friend to have.
The form 5 boy by all standards lacks no moral or spiritual values. He had no concept or value of a person’s life. While our curriculum considers getting the academic work complete; where is the development of our students social lives? Is it not possible for them to fall in love with raging hormones? What is the solution to make them come to the realisation that this should not be a priority at this point in their lives? The student left an exam to kill! Does this not raise alarm bells in anyone’s heads! Going to secondary school back in the day I could barely imagine being sick and missing an exam!
What about Waterloo Secondary School? I never hear about schools issuing statements when such events occur? They cover it up and for what reason? Clearly your school does not know your students they way a school should? I refuse to believe that this form 2 and form 5 student did not have a confrontation before. I am sure it was noticed and disregarded like with several disputes in a secondary school.
I also believe that the parents of this from 2 girl, must also be questioned about their parenting. If the article prooves to be very true, she maintained two relationships while at school. Granted that she was allowed by her parents to start dating at such a young age; was she taught to have two men in her lives simultaneously? Don’t consider it blasphemy. There is a possibility that she was allowed to see men in high school. It seems that this is the reality these days. …
P.S I say men, cause apparently there are not little boys that go to school today.
What do you think about this article in the papers today? Do you share my views? Do you oppose them? Send me your thoughts, I would love to hear them.
Just do good, and we’ll find a meeting point, says Francis in marked departure from Benedict’s line on non-Catholics
There are topics that I try my best to refrain from making comments on. These include topics of race, gender, religion and of course politics. These topics tend to be highly controversial. Opinions rages on for what seems like centuries. My father always taught me well to remove myself from these conversations because of their controversial nature.
However, for a topic like this I would make an exception. Reason being that Pope Francis’ statements are bold for the current century that we live in. There are some beliefs that Pope Francis may be our last to see in this world. With statements like these, they can cause evangelists to add even more substance to the ‘fact’ that the end of the world is near.
I can see two major sides to this debate. How can an atheists be good, if they do not believe in God. The fact of the matter is, they can. It is humanly possible to not believe in God and donate billions of dollars to the homeless and the needy. By all religious standards however, it is a sin to not have a belief in the divine. The question then arises, can someone be given passageway into heaven without believing in God, but still doing the acts that God has requested us to do?
One of my very good colleagues argued that this was probably the best PR Pope we ever had. Admittedly with statements like these, the global spotlight would be on the Vatican. How is it that one of the holiest figures in the entire world can claim that a person who does not believe in God can be good? I must take note however, that Pope Francis did say “we will find a meeting point”. What on earth does that mean? It creates more questions that I ever had.
The way in which the world is structured today, other religions would consider this leverage to convince others to join their faiths. I know for a fact that some faiths encourage others to join theirs, only because it is part of their belief to help ‘save’ others. I am not accusing the religiously inclined, I do have a friend on facebook who constantly links atheistic material on his or her timeline. While I cannot control what he or she posts on facebook, he or she is living in a country where religion is highly respected.(Trinidad and Tobago).Too often there are long threads of arguments on his or her posts.
I personally would not to take a side on such a highly controversial issue, but rather try to understand the multiple perspectives and come to a sort of opinionated settlement within my mind. I, like many others are fasciated by Vatican laws, life and its historical secrets. I like that such bold statements are bing made. Gives me something to think and write about.
Before I ask you to share your opinion, I beg of you to please be objective, respect other people’s faiths, and tell me if you think that such a statement as this, should have come from the pope himself?
10 Things I like about Trinidad and Tobago
I am not the biggest fan of doubles. However, there is something about channa and barra on Sunday morning that seems magical. The taste and the smell gives a whole new morning to Sunday’s. For those of you who do not know what it is. Doubles is an East Indian meal that is made of a very thin fried dough with curried chic peas.
2.) LONG WEEKENDS
Our country has close to a month worth of public holidays. Our country has many ethnicities and religious sects. As such, we have a melting pot of cultures. Each major religion is given its respective public holiday to celebrate its most major occasion. These are in addition to the customary world holidays such as New Years Day. If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday is given on the Monday. Thus resulting in a long weekend for the working class :)
3.) OUR NIGHTLIFE
Yes we do have the customary clubs and social hotspots. However have you ever Bar-B-Qued on Maracas Beach under the shower of the full moon’s light? Or have you had a coconut around the largest traffic ‘round about ‘in the world, during the late hours of the evening? The thing about Trinidad and Tobago, while many of us say that there isn’t much to do, there is a lot of things in Trinidad and Tobago to do that you can put on your bucket list. Hiking and Kayaking just to name a couple :)
4.) THE ENVIRONMENT
Trinidad and Tobago is located close to the South American mainland, as such you find a lot of similarities in our fauna and flora. Many do not know that the Pawi Bird and the Golden Tree Frog are two endemic species of Trinidad and Tobago, which means that these species cannot be found nowhere else in the world. Yes my friends we are that blessed :)
5.) OUR MUSIC
Doh get tie up! I always tell people that my favourite genre of music is Soca. Russel Peters a stand up comedian of Trinidadian decent, joked and said that Soca music is always so happy. This is the very reason why I love it!! It raises your spirits, without the negative effects of weed, alcohol or any other abusive drug. Soca music alone sends you on a high!
6.) THE ART OF WINING!
The art of wining or intensive waist gyrations, is a dance I take so much pride in. Its very rude, sensual and brings about a critical aspect of our local Trinidadian culture. Many people say that all Trinidadian can wine. I am not so sure about that. I am not saying that I am an expert in the field, but what I am saying is that I can at least hold my own. I have sain many failed winers, claiming to be wining specialists…. take time please… take time!
7.) LET’S PUT A SPIN ON IT!
I always quote the CEO and founder of Anime Caribe, Miss Camille Abrahams who told me that “Its okay to be influenced by”. Its words that stuck with me since I interviewed her way back in 2009. Trinidadians love to put their own spin on things. Most recently the Harlem Shake videos were wide spread, not just in Trinidad but the entire globe. What really set the Caribbean diaspora apart, was that during the Harlem Shake videos our people had so much rhythm, that we actually danced in time with the music. Other videos ignored the beats and did craziness… our craziness had rhythm and nuff vibes!
8.) ALL INCLUSIVE FETES
While I would put Carnival easily on this list, I really haven’t played Carnival on the road just yet. However, going to all inclusive fetes/ parties is one of the best things about being a Trinidadian. While you may think that all inclusive parties exist all around the world, our people do all inclusive fetes with class, an open heart and with the best in local entertainment. We literally have ALL YOU CAN EAT… In other places everyone is given a chit, and you are designated a certain amount of food. While people may complain that going to an all inclusive fete is a waste of time. I beg to differ! Its really one of the best experiences I have ever had! The novelty of attending also puts a heavy weight on the experience!
9.) BANDWAGONIST ATTITUDE
It is indeed true that I do detest my country’s bandwagonist attitude, However, I think I can admit that that attitude has gotten ourselves out of some very controversial issues. My problem is that we always see the problem as what is happening now. We are convinced that when the topic comes out of the newspaper, that the problem is solved. This is surely not the case, there are very few people who actually pay concern to the issues… Do you remember Sarp? The 16 foot anaconda that suppose to be re released back into the wild? Why is it still at the Zoo? What about the Asa Wright Nature Centre issue? Or does anyone know who the hell is Mr. Big, cause I still don’t know? Yes the inquiry is going on about the 1990 attempted coup, however its the most clouded event in Trinidad and Tobago’s history if you ask me! The bandwagonist attitude needs to be consistent…till its resolved.. then I would love it for so! Right now I love it half way half way at times.
10.) ALL TRINI IS SMARTMAN!
You ever hear about a homeless man who have TT$250,000 (US$39,000) in a bank? Begging is apparently a profession in Trinidad and Tobago, with some beggars earning up to TT$70.00 an hour (US$11.50 an hour). That is just only the beginning. Corporate Companies have been ripping off Trinidadians for several years. Our Telecommunications Services was owned by one company. Internet (dial-up), mobile and landline users all fell under a monopoly telecommunications brand. Once the market had open up… a mobile phone that was priced at TT$1600.00 (US$250.00) dropped to TT$200.00 (US$33.00). The phone in question was a ‘ME2” or a Nokia 1100.
Hope you guys enjoyed this list.. I you all would like me to rank another ‘top 10 things’ inbox me and I would make a post!
Recently I started working with a company that offers personalised tutoring to students for all levels of secondary school education in Trinidad and Tobago.. I have already completed a few classes with the company, and I was able to recognise that my students learn VERY differently. I realised that in the conventional large sized classroom, learning may not be achieved by all students. The whole entire concept of personalised tutoring brings about a technical approach to ensure that an individual grasps all the concepts that our national curriculum requires them to learn.
To give a very vivid example, one of my students can recognise the mathematical function in a worded problem with ease, whereas my other student guesses his way through and crosses his fingers hoping that he gets it right. I recognised however that if he gets a mathematical problem where the mathematical function is given… he turns into a superstar! I also was able to pick up the fact that he explains mathematics orally using analogies. When I asked him to tell me what he knows about fractions, he did not use the words ‘circle’, ‘whole’ or ‘part of’, but rather ‘a pie’, ‘a piece of’ or ‘cutting a slice’. Clearly he prefers real life, practical examples rather than technical terms that seem to confuse him.
Today I found myself picking up index cards and cutting them into pieces. I picked up my mathematics text book, and looked at the simplest worded problems and designed them around the index cards. I am hoping he can grasp how simple a worded problem is by figuring out what the question is asking you, clearly writing down his statements and identifying keywords. While doing this, literally use the cards in his hands to divide, add, subtract and multiply.
It really has been a rollercoaster trying to figure out how these students learn. Each one is so different in their own special way. Its amazing to see them so excited to learn when a different method is presented to them. Their eyes usually open widely, they sometimes express relief when they figure out the problem, and sometimes flash a sheepish smile when they know the answer way before they even starting working out the question.
Its the most satisfying feeling ever! I never liked mathematics, and I did not want to teach it. Teaching part time has shown me some serious challenges in more ways than one. It has opened my eyes to how simple mathematics was back in the day. I really had a traumatic experience preparing for secondary entrance exams. If its one thing I know as a budding teacher, I know exactly what NOT to do.
In Trinidad and Tobago the Secondary Entrance Exam is extremely intimidating, frustrating and highly challenging. Many people think that the secondary schools that you go to usually determine how smart your child may be. While this is so far from the truth, the culture still exists and its difficult to break away from a norm that has been occurring for several years.
I am extremely grateful to have this opportunity to give a child the opportunity to learn topics that are catered to their style of learning. Its an opportunity that I know I would always cherish for life…