Barbados Fashion Week 2010

October 21, 2010

Barbados Fashion Week 2010 begins tomorrow, 22nd October and yours truly will be covering the event and chatting with some of the designers.

This year I am very interested in speaking with the younger designers, such as Andrew Harris, AHMW (Andrew Harris Mens Wear) because it is very rare to come across a talented young designer whose primary focus has been on mens clothing. I have a selfish reason for this because I am a man, and as such, I like designers who design for people like me… men.

I have already planned out my wardrobe for the event, and I will hopefully be making contacts for a future endeavor that I am working on, which I will keep you guys posted on. I have not attended in a couple years and I am really excited to see how the designers have matured and how the event itself has developed.

Barbados Fashion Week 2010: Dress for it! And will I ever!


Countdown to Exodus

April 2, 2009

As that song by Chantal Kraviazuck goes,  “All my bags are packed I’m ready to go…” pretty much echoes my current sentiment as it relates to my zeal for a relocation. Yes the grounded world traveler plans on taking on a greater metropolitan existence.

I have spent a great deal of time contemplating which city to move to, especially from an island such as Barbados. The significance of the origin of the flights stems from two standpoints, one if the confusing and tedious issue of immigration- the ease with which my relocation can be expedited, and the other is that of aesthetics. I mean come on, I come from a holiday destination with multimillion dollar real estate right around the corner. I can’t go from living in ‘paradise’ to surviving a hell of my own choosing. So I need to give it a lot of thought.

So far I have narrowed it down to three countries, Canada, England and the United States of America. However, Canada is clearly my number one pick because currently, it’s the least controversial. As far as cities within, it’s Toronto, New York and London. The least pretentious as well as the cleanest of the three, Toronto comes out on top. Getting back to immigration, it would be easier for me to travel to either Toronto or London without a Visa, whereas for America on a whole, I would need an NIV (Non-Immigrant Visa), a process which can take months in and of itself, is costly and after your wait and expense, there is no guarantee that you will succeed in your application for one. Folly.

So that rules out the U.S.

Next point, England is just… gloomy, whereas Canada is consistent cold snow but it has sun! Now, whereas the sun and I are not friends, if I can see it and not have to be adversely affected by it, that works for me. Also, I have to mention this little fact.  I LOVE COATS! I went visiting the Burling Coat Factory site looking at coats that for obvious reasons would make no sense to be worn in Tropical Barbados.  So to all the nay-sayers telling me how one it’ll be cold, I say “You can put things on to make you warm, you can’t take enough off to make you cool.”

Finally, the issue of job opportunities comes up. Canada really does have an exceptional job market right now, and luckily, I have experience in SO many different areas, finding a job may not prove as difficult as it might be in the shrinking violets of London and New York, save if I were a drug dealer or prostitute, but that’s neither here nor there.

So, as I mentioned, I am working on a strategy of departure and have decided upon the fine city of Toronto. Fund raising efforts to be announced later. Will keep you posted.

Love, or something like it,

Superlative1
246superlative1@gmail.com


9.75 Things That Annoy Me

March 22, 2009

1) People who think they’re a lot smarter than they really are.
Give me a good old ‘idiot’ who knows his/her limitations than a downright jackass who thinks he/she was robbed out of the nobel lauriet.

2) People with messenger viruses who don’t realize simply changing their passwords would solve the problem!

3) People who cannot read a URL and determine when a link is safe or not.
The reason this annoys me is simple: I wanted to send a contact a link to a youtube video, to which I heard “I don’t click links” and I was like… “Is there some weird youtube virus I’m unaware of?”

4) Customer service representatives with no training!
Few things in life inspire me to rage as a CSR who needs a good back hand. Imagine going for coffee to see some… girl… on the company phone talking her personal business, I go up to her and look her full in her face, she look s at me, looks off and continues with her conversation moving out of sight. Suffice it to say I went around to face her again and racist remarks ensued, but that’s neither here nor there.

4.75) Fake people.
You know what I mean, be they persons who went to high school with you, someone from the office or just random strangers, those persons who try to be all sweet and sugary but leave that nasty artificial sweetener taste in your mouth. Saccharin.

5.75) Taxi Drivers
The reason they annoy me is that they tend to do THE most foolishness on the roads, cause several accidents but often evade being actually IN an accident. I just hate to see those taxi cones coming, I just know to get to the nearest sidewalk, wall or lamp post to protect myself.

6.75) People who feel the need to question EVERYTHING
Here’s a kicker, if I wanted your input, more than likely, it was in jest. Why then were I to say “I’m going to the gas station.” lead to a 20 minute debate on the finer points of gas stations vs. supermarkets, and gas stations vs. minimarts and corner stores? Or better yet, if you get invited to attend some event or the other and you decline as is your prerogative some nosy person is going to ask “Why not?” Grrrr… because I don’t want to. THERE! I SAID IT! HAPPY NOW?!

7.75) Twitter in general.
Up to this very moment I just go through the motions of updating my status or whatever they choose to call it but I have no real understanding of the point of it. It’s like taking having no life to new heights.

8.75) Recent articles in the Nation Newspaper
Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to imply that I am the most gifted writer there ever was to grace to pages of the internet, however I must say that the caliber and content of the articles of late are so childish, baseless and full of nothing but sensationalism which is NOT journalism at its finest. Thumbs down.

9.75) The security firm which patrols my neighborhood.
I would like to take this opportunity to request that the owners of J.E. Security monitor the speed with which their drivers accelerate around St. James/ St. Thomas. Hearing them braking and screeching at the intersection makes me fear for the safety of the residents as it relates to being struck down, more than of being robbed!


ATM Security by Bajanreporter

March 5, 2009

I found this article to be both true and enlightening. I have often complained to friends who accompany me to the ATM about the fact that at any moment, a robbery could take place because the doors don’t work properly! Story below or Click Here.

Carifs (Unified banking network to allow smoother debit-card transactions here) is now working better, but there are still glitches… Some can be overlooked, others are more serious.

For instance on the lighter side, I believe the Public Workers Credit Union, while a Carifs member, nevertheless needs to have ATM’s at Sheraton and in Speightstown – so does BWU’s Credit Union (They have no debit-card and so are not Carifs ready anyhow)! Meanwhile, over at First Caribbean you cannot access your balance if it is not your primary source of financial activity. Yet at BNB-Barbados and Royal Bank of Canada/RBC you can access everything including your credit card account!

Another thing – If you shop at Big B, use a First C’bean card if you got, since if you whip out your RBTT card to pay, then the point-of-sale transmitter at the cash register does not recognise this bank – one night I had to leave the groceries and go to Hastings Plaza, get the cash, then return and pay! Next time I used FCIB and no problem…

What is of more concern to this News-Blog are the supposedly secure magnetic locks at the top of ATM booth-doors, I am not going to say which branches specifically for safety but any bankers reading this? You need to redress your branches right away!

For the most part BNB and RBC remain safe, so far I am yet to encounter any loose yet allegedly locked doors with their branches, but with RBTT there are some branches they need to conduct some repairs ASAP – some are more deserted than others, for instance? I will not use that ATM on Harbour Road at night – PERIOD! It is wide open, no booth nor doors – although some branches have okay ATM’s, they need more secure ATM’s all across Barbados!!

However, First Caribbean needs to do some remedial work at quite a few places, the sooner the better!


Rihanna and Chris Brown Reconciled

February 28, 2009

I am having a hard time wrapping my brain around this one. So I woke up and on Facebook one of my contacts had up something about Rihanna in his status message.  So I followed the link to TMZ and was flabbergasted to read it.

Rihanna and Chris Brown — Back Together!

What is she thinking?!

The story just broke on People.com and TMZ has confirmed, the couple has reconciled and they are “together.” According to the report, the two are hanging at one of Diddy’s homes.

The L.A. County D.A. is expected to get the case from cops soon and then decide whether to charge Brown for the alleged beating earlier this month.

Battered Wife Syndrome. She is far too young and supposed to be surrounded by too many positive influences to be going down this road. It saddens me that she left Barbados, became a megastar, got her ass beaten alongside the road like some common whore and then goes back with the guy that burst her head. I hold my tongue no more. I have lost nearly all respect for both parties in this situation. Love isn’t abuse, beating, fighting or assault.

Nuff Said.


Consultancy Services

February 24, 2009

Consultancy Services & Fees:

1. Full-Time Consultant
Services will include:
· Linguistic monitoring (spelling, grammar, syntax etc.) to ensure the highest quality and professional presentation of information, while maintaining its accessibility to the average user of the site.
· Research and Information verification- this would encompass fact verification, validity checks on information received and intended for publication, finding and presenting educational resource information that is most current and applicable to the local dynamic.
· Networking with professionals and other persons in the varying fields addressed in the site to allow for group counseling sessions as well as one-on-one sessions within and outside of a religious based setting based on the personal beliefs of the individual seeking council.
· On-site* scheduling and event management/planning to ease with excessive demands for time in the event of scheduling conflicts overlapping deadlines.
· 7 days a week availability** for general advice or to double check information as well as ventures in which either the organization as a whole or any of its members may be getting involved
Fee: $2600- $3500 per month ($650- $875 per week)***

2. Part-Time Consultant
Services will include:
· Linguistic monitoring (spelling, grammar, syntax etc.) to ensure the highest quality and professional presentation of information, while maintaining its accessibility to the average user of the site.
· Research and Information verification- this would encompass fact verification, validity checks on information received and intended for publication, finding and presenting educational resource information that is most current and applicable to the local dynamic.
· 3 days a week availability** for general advice and to double check information as well as ventures in which either the organization as a whole or any of its members may be getting involved
Fee: $1500- $2500 per month ($375- $625 per week)***

*On-site service refers to time spent in the Bahamas working on projects. Travel (within the Bahamas) and entertainment allowances etc., will be included in the Full-Time fee accounting for the salary schedule. Plane fare and such incidentals will be incurred at the expense of the company.

**Availability will include e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging as well as voice calls, and may be done at any time of the day preferably after 4 hours notice has been given and the time agreed upon however, last minute urgent communication will not be discouraged.

*** Given the current exchange rate of the Bahamas Dollar to the U.S. Dollar being 1 to 1, fees will be paid in either currency, or that which is higher at the time of payment finalization. Fees are negotiable only until contract finalization. Any adjustment thereafter must be agreed upon by BOTH parties within reason. (May not be applied to incidental expenses incurred during the performance of duties.)


ACF Fashion Weekend 2008

October 19, 2008

The 2008 ACF Fashion Weekend Featuring the Barbados Beauty and Fashion Market.

Hosted by:Unique Productions Worldwide LLC at Lion Castle Polo Estate St Thomas, Barbados.
Saturday, October 25 to  Sunday, October 26


“It’s Absolutely the very best in Caribbean Fashion.”

Email: 246superlative1@gmail.com for ticketing info and general queries.


Water World: Barbados

October 14, 2008

Okay so today was an interesting day. To start, I was on temporary assignment from today until Friday, however, on my first day what appeared to be a monsoon hit the island leading to widespread flooding and the subsequent caving in of my office’s ceiling. We’re on the second floor, There are four floors. (Ground floor, our floor, then two more floors for those of you in different schools of thought on that.)

At any rate, they told us to leave 2 hours early at 2:30pm despite the fact that the ceiling incident happened at 11am. At anyy rate, it STILL took me an hour to get home, reason… Let the pics do the talking.

From the Office, to Queens Park, to River Road (ironic isn’t it)


Cult of Cherry!

September 25, 2008

Here are some pics I took at the launch of the Mac Cosmetics Cult of Cherry campaign for fall 2008 at Cave Shepherd, Broad Street, Barbados.

It was actually a phenomenal presentation, even if you’re not totally into makeup, you’d appreciate how good Mac products really are, and the lesson in how to apply makeup.


Exclusive! Pics of Rihanna and Chris Brown in Barbados

August 13, 2008

So I’m probably going to get a lot of heat for this so it may not be up for long, but what can I say, I’m a die hard reporter at heart. Besides, I don’t have much to take away lol.

Above are some pics of Rihanna, her brother Rorrey, Chris Brown and Rihanna’s sometimes best friend Blacklandra Leandra,. You judge the pics for yourself but to me it seems like a nice friendly trip to the island, despite making my blog and subsequently newspaper headlines, Slow news week that’s all I can say about that. I hope they continue to enjoy their trip and pump some change into the Barbadian economy. Commerce is as commerce does people.


Rihanna and Chris Brown Spotted in Barbados

August 11, 2008

So much for the rumours that they’re not dating *anymore*…

Rihanna and Chris Brown were spotted in Barbados fucking the shit out of one another taking in a local fast food restaurant chain. just TODAY! Hmmm I know friends do travel together but this is carrying  a joke too far now. Anyway, if they’re not dating maybe they’re just gal pals good friends. Like the New York Mega Millions lottery commercials go: “Hey, you never know!”


Why Il Forno (Barbados) Wants Burning Down

July 17, 2008

I am sure those of you out there who are from Barbados or have visited the South Coast and dined up and down the stretch are familiar with an establishment called ‘the View.’ Famous for… um… Rihanna went partying there one night, that’s it! Anyway, because everything else about the establishment failed to be noteworthy The View closed down and the restaurant was rennovated by some Italian businessmen. Enter Il Forno- genuine Italian restaurant and pizzaria.

For a couple months I had been toying with the idea of venturing to Il Forno and see what it is they have to offer to the hungry patrons of the South Coast and I finally made it there this week.

Reasons for the burning:

  1. While waiting to be seated no one took notice of us for a few minutes to the point where we were not sure if we should just walk in and sit down or walk out.
  2. The person who seated us looked like that guy in The Machinist and I swore the temperature of the room dropped when he walked by.
  3. The waitress who served us was as pleasant as cold sore.
  4. When asked anything she gave half-hearted responses and was not very knowledgeable to begin with. (e.g. “That bottle there, is that extra virgin?” “No it’s olive oil.” not to mention “What does this dish come with?” “Pasta” “Yes, fine, but what type of pasta?” “Spaghetti” No, it was not spaghetti.
  5. The food was average at best and the wait time seemed too long for a simple meal of pasta and tomato sauce (no meat) and a calzone.
  6. The calzone was over-stuffed with ricotta cheese and made a mess when I cut into it.
  7. Who I suspect to be the owners or at the very least the managers of the establishment could not run the credit card machine because they did not have the code. The person who had the code was across the street at the bank making change for Il Forno and we saw him coming back after they told us to go along and settle our bill later.
  8. That person was then sent home for a week

The meal came to $48. The guy lost a week’s wage. Something about that doesn’t quite seem fair. Is it his fault that noone else has the codes? At any rate the situation could have been handled differently and it was the perfect ending to an unimpressive lunch.


The Family: Episode 1

May 8, 2008

This video was sent to me by a friend. It features local talent and a very interesting setting. I am curious to know how the saga unfolds. Click here to check it out.


DLP Progress Report: 1st Quarter

April 18, 2008

So the first quarter of their tyranny governance is complete and it’s time for a progress report!

Achievements to date include and are limited to:

  • Bad mouthing the ousted Barbados Labour Party (counter productive)
  • Maintained the said BLP initiatives (hypocritical)
  • Gave a less than underprivileged celebrity land, an SUV,  and a title (overzealous)
  • Picked Snails (…enough said)
  • Increased the cost of living by removing subsidies on fuel including that used for electricity then coming on television declaring Barbadians should live more ‘conservatively.’

HA! I hope we’re proud of ourselves. Change, from bad to worse. Congratulations Barbados!

Vacancy
Wanted immediately to serve as shop keeper in kerosene oil lamp and candle store. Must have proven track record of sales, excellent written and verbal communication skills, a dislike for the usage of electronic devices and above average arithmetic capabilities.

Hours of work depend on available lighting.
Natural air/conditioned environment (Open windows and doors.)

A competitive remuneration package awaits the successful applicant, unless the wage increase as proposed by the Barbados Workers’ Union is approved.


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