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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Editor's Note

As I sit writing this, a colleague is playing “ It’s the most wonderful time of the year” as he happily pushes out work in his little corner. On Facebook I glimpse a countdown to Christmas that is in the double digits. Yes the time is going fast! This past week seemed to have evaporated too, didn’t you notice? (insert smiley face here) Welcome to Sunday and your favourite Woman magazine. In this issue we feature some determined women who have gone after their dreams, like our cover Woman Katriena Emmanuel, who is a Trinidadian now living in Australia. Read more »

  • obsessed with photography

    Ah, the wonders of technology! It’s 9 p.m on a Thursday night in Port of Spain when I log in to Skype. Meanwhile freelance fashion photographer Katriena Emmanuel is doing the same thing; except it’s already midday on Friday where she lives on the Gold Coast, Australia. That’s 14 hours ahead of and more than 9,000 miles away from Trinidad. But conversing over Skype makes all the distance and time that separates us irrelevant, it actually feels as if Emmanuel is next door and not on the opposite end of the planet. Read More »

  • Designing Woman

    As part of the Carivog Modelling Agency roster Makisa Lewis used to wear the clothes of local fashion designers. Now, it’s Lewis who gets to watch models dress up in her clothing and parade it before an appreciative audience. The Palmiste, San Fernando Lewis seemed destined for a future in art when she left high school. She used to draw from photos, story books and pursued art to the CXC level. Read More »


    IN 2009 and in the midst of preparing for what was supposed to be a joyous occasion in any parent’s life — a child’s wedding — Shamin Singh received dreadful news - she was diagnosed with breast cancer. All her subsequent treatment was done locally. Doris Watts-Gaskin received the same news a year later in 2010 while her daughter was about to sit the all-important Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) exam. Read More »

  • Colour Me Safe

    If you’re like me, you probably change your nail polish colour at least a few times every month. Nail polish has always been a ‘must have’ for fashionable women—especially more so given the variation in colours and fast-drying ones on the market. For four US-based university students, Ankesh Madan, Stephen Grey, Tasso Von Windheim and Tyler Confrey-Maloney, nail polish has recently taken on a deeper meaning for women. Read More »


    A recent survey has found that 85 per cent of people reported that meditation and prayer helped them to manage stress. But given the break-neck speed of life, in an effort to cram work, play, raising children, how does one take the time to pause and reflect? “We hear ‘meditation’ and we think we have to sit on the floor with my legs crossed and fingers pinched,” Keith Kaufman, a clinical psychologist in Alexandria, Virginia, told Real Simple magazine. Read More »

  • Hunky Henson Hinds

    HENSON HINDS manages to turn a few heads wherever he goes. Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, the 25-year-old lives in London, and might be the first man from Trinidad and Tobago competing on the international fitness circuit. Read More »

  • Food addiction link to PTSD

    Women with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be more likely to have food addiction, or a feeling of dependence on food, new research suggests. In the study, researchers surveyed more than 49,000 female nurses ages 25 to 42 and asked the women whether they had ever experienced a traumatic event, such as childhood abuse, the violent death of a loved one, or a miscarriage or stillbirth. Read More »


    Khadija Peters is a teacher who has allowed her curiosity about hair to go from mere experimentation to a full-fledged side business. Now, she calls herself ‘The Locs Creator’. For the past six years, Peters has been honing her skills as an instant dreadlock master. Read More »

  • To cheat or nearly cheat

    Is there a line between cheated and nearly cheated? Over the years I’ve come across some interesting definitions of cheating. However, most fascinating to me, are the situations some people found themselves in and vehemently justified as a non-cheating incident. Let’s look at some of those situations. Read More »

  • Concerned mother of teen seeks help

    I am a hard working mother of a 15-year-old girl and now that school has started and she is into using her computer and just growing up, I am getting terrified about her relationship with boys. She goes to a co-ed school and recently a young man who I had never met or even known about, arrived at our gate asking for her and she informed me that she was going to go for a walk with him. Read More »

  • Spur of the moment fashion

    Clean face, less is more, spur of the moment fashion. They all served as inspiration for Calvin French on this particular fashion shoot. In French’s world, spur of the moment fashion is certainly not rushed and disheveled but rather fresh, fun, glamourous with a sexy edge. Read More »

  • King avocado

    The last time we checked, Avocados—or Zaboca as they are commonly known here—were priced at $10 for one; and even more in some places. But for lovers of this fruit, price is hardly an issue. Not when one considers its buttery goodness. Read More »

  • Editor's Note

    The moment I came off the phone with Salome Jordan, I couldn’t wait to meet her. From just our short conversation, prior to meeting, I could tell she was assertive and outspoken and didn’t care for a pity party just because of her cerebal palsy disorder. When I met Salome, I realised that I couldn’t be more correct in my assumption. I was truly inspired by this young lady with the wide and beautiful smile and determination that makes her turn the “Nos” in her life to “Yes”. Read More »

  • Ready for the World

    Salome Jordan is just like any other 17-year old-girl. She is fiercely independent, “lives” in her Maraval bedroom and has no problems voicing her opinions. Jordan likes to hang with her school friends Christin Mollineau, Maria Soo Ping Chow and Emilie Dow and takes her academic work seriously to fulfill her career dream in medicine. At the recent CSEC exams, Jordan got distinctions and twos in Mathematics, English, Biology, Chemistry, French and Add Maths. Read More »


    The gratitude challenge was no match for the Ice Bucket Challenge on Facebook when it came to popularity; but for those who followed the rules of the Gratitude Challenge—to list the things they are grateful for, every day for five days and then nominate three friends to do the challenge per day, it proved to be cathartic and a change from the negative of the world. Read More »

  • Teaching your children about money

    Children love handling money. That’s why they come up with all the excuses in the world as to why they need it or are deserving of it. That’s why a talk with your children about money is so important. Read More »

  • Little ZYONNE BURNETT needs urgent surgery

    ZYONNE Burnett’s smile can light up a room but beneath that smile lies a birth defect that severely limits what she can do. Little Zyonne was born with Spina Bifida Meningocele with CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) leak. Spina bifida occurs when the bones of the spine (vertebrae) don’t form properly around part of the baby’s spinal cord, according to WebMD. Read More »


    Eight regions took part in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) hair, make-up and nails competition at the MYLAT/MYPART Auditorium, Mausica. The show was opened to members of the public along with staff and trainees of the eight regions involved. Approximately 250 turned out to see elaborate fantasy hairstyles, dramatic make-up and well-decorated nails done by the trainees from CCC’s cycle 1402. Read More »

  • Caron Asgarali

    A MASKED man. The loud pop of gunfire. Shattered glass. These are just a few bitter snapshots from a night Caron Asgarali wishes she could forget forever. On the night of January 29, 2013 as Asgarali sat in her car with a friend, it never occurred to her that her life was about to change forever. Asgarali who had been a teacher for 22 years and was an independent, headstrong woman had no idea that in that very moment she was in the path of criminals and that their worlds were about to collide in the most violent way imaginable. Read More »

  • Top model competition NEXT MONTH

    Twelve young women will compete for the title of Top Model Trinidad and Tobago 2014 on October 19 at the Makin’ Style event — Trinelle Bartholemew, Iyepha Biggot, Curdesha Bynoe, Jehvern Dubois, Cheynelle Dolland, Carrie Galera, Precyous Garcia, Alicia George Baptiste, Skye Harper, Tamara Malcolm, Alana Nipper, Zamora Simmons. Read More »

  • Job searching women are timid

    Are women timid when it comes to job search? A blog by Tara Sophia Mohr, a US leadership coach, has found that unless women believe they are 100 per cent qualified for a job, they just won’t apply. A Hewlett Packard internal report formed a basis for Mohr’s findings. In contrast, men apply for jobs when they meet just 60 per cent of the requirements. Read More »

  • When he doesn’t ‘rock your world’

    It could be challenging to burst a man’s ego by telling him he’s not good at something he thinks he’s great at doing. Such is the case for a woman to tell a man he’s not good in bed. How do you tell him he does not: shake the earth beneath your feet, make volcanoes erupt, rivers overflow or that he doesn’t leave you floating on clouds? In simple terms, he just doesn’t rock your boat. Read More »


    Designer Charu Lochan Dass (of CLD Clothing) who was featured in the Express Woman last November, presented her latest Boho Glam line at the Designers’ Premier — Runway — Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015. Read More »

  • The MODERN Man

    Fashion photographer Calvin French has been paying attention to the ever-increasing style awareness that now exists among the men of Trinidad and Tobago. Read More »


    Rebekah Fuentes is the CEO & Founder of Heartbeat Events, a Christian Event Management company that has coordinated over 100 (plus) concerts over the past 6 years in the Gospel Music Industry. She has been a gospel promoter, event coordinator, booking agent, and a stage manager for the past 18 Years. Read More »

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