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

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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!


Why are YOU Unemployed?

March 5, 2009

Have you ever sat at your computer, talking to a friend about their office/workplace and be regaled with stories of how dumb, inefficient, scandalous or just downright unskilled their colleagues are? If you have friends, the answer is undoubtedly yes.

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Now as humorous as it may be, if you’re desperately searching for that dream job, or any job for that matter, it’s disheartening to say the least, to be subjected to stories which are nothing more than painful reminders that you’re not gainfully employed. Worse still is the fact that you actually are experienced/knowledgeable in the area the aforementioned ‘louse’ is inept at, yet YOU are the one home scouring newspaper after newspaper or hitting up the ever popular Monster sites (be they .com, .ca, .co.uk or whatever)
Chances are, it’s a matter of timing. Many companies advertise within, not necessarily meaning that the post is limited to those already on the company payroll, but the company in question would rather have an “I know the PERFECT person for this job!” type situation so they have some idea of how that potential employee might turn out (company they keep) and in turn, have someone to blame other than Human Resources. Solution: keep checking with your friends/associates about opportunities within their organizations that may be available, although not advertised. You may be surprised at how easy it is once you start asking the right people the right questions.
On the converse side, “Why is it I go on ALL these interviews and I still don’t get it!” seems to be the common plight of many an unemployed person. I say, stop and think about the interview. One has to learn to balance being professional without being stiff, and being engaging without being overly ‘familiar’ with the interviewer. Also, your personality should match the position you’re applying for and the image of the organization itself. Let’s say for instance KPMG advertised a vacancy for an actuary, showing up dressed like a low-rent clerk and trying to be a comedian to dispel the tension in the room may not necessarily be the wisest approach. Likewise, a corner store may not want an uptight snob dealing with their clientele either. So always be cautious and conscious of how you are making yourself appear and get an idea of the personality the company or organization may be looking for.

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When all is said and done, even if you have the perfect résumé or CV (depending on where you’re from), be the perfect interview and  still not get the job. Don’t beat yourself up about things beyond your control, just keep trying and don’t let a simple obstacle stop you altogether. Keep looking, you just might find an opportunity that you weren’t expecting.

Good luck!


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.

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It’s my birthday!

November 25, 2008

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It’s my birthday again people and I’d like to thank all my friends and everyone who made it special, especially the corporate people like
dB Clothing Barbados
Clint Gregory Productions
Taboo Events, Taboo Saturdays and Taboo Tuesdays Mardi Gras Style
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Commerce,
Scarlet Restaurant and Lounge.

Full list of sponsors to come. Thanks again to everyone, here’s wishing everyone a great day, and I drink to you all.

Cheers!

PS.
Someone sent me this around midnight. 🙂


The Countdown Is On!

July 17, 2008

Well folks, it’s 4 months until the big birthday bash for Superlative 1. This blog turns 1, and yours truly is celebrating the 2nd anniversary of his 21st Birthday.

For those of you who need a reminder, Click Here for a look at last year’s List of Approved Birthday Gifts. This year the list will be even more exclusive, and more extensive. Start saving kiddies.

Ah… here’s a hint… certain designers have made the list this year that were previously overlooked but the question is, in what category do they appear? Guess you’ll just have to wait to see who made the cut this year, why and how.


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.