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Thursday, April 17, 2014

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She is stepping into a world saturated with entertainers of every musical genre. Some are mega stars, some are just stars and some are hoping to one day become stars. And although armed with a degree in agricultural science Stef Kalloo has refused to go the traditional route. Kalloo just wants to sing. But when you just want your voice to be heard like Kalloo does, when you want to make an impact musically, you don't forsee the pitfalls or difficulties you may encounter along the way. Read more »

  • The Emergence of Stef Kalloo

    Stef Kalloo has been hidden in plain sight. Perhaps it’s the price to pay for opting not to force her singing, songwriting and style into the yearly Carnival rat race. "A few years back I did a soca only because people were telling me to try one," she says in her easy way. "In 2012 I wrote it and First Class produced it. Terri Lyons did back-up vocals. It did not get airplay and it was not fully me. I went back to my own style. I don’t mind trying it again in the future but what I want to achieve is a blend of sounds. Bunji has found a balance of world music with soca and he’s opened a door to allow us to promote ourselves to the world.'' Read More »

  • Dr Gillian Paul

    An avid reader and a woman who loves languages and literature she admitted to one more thing. “I’m a country girl, in my view; it’s not country anymore, but when I was growing up it was," said Dr Gillian Paul, acting President of the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT). Paul who was born in Tacarigua said when she was growing up Tacarigua was seriously country . " I was part of a very traditional, extended family. We grew up with my grand-mother – 13 of us in the house – with my aunts, uncles, cousins ....a close community. Read More »


    AS far as fitness is concerned, you can't get anything more exciting and exhilarating than Zumba which fuses aerobic elements with entertainment and dance. Over the years, Zumba has grown in popularity, thanks to celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and Halle Berry who have all expressed their enthusiasm for Zumba classes and credited it for their weight loss. If you've ever tried it or you've watched Zumba videos that are floating around YouTube just out of curiosity, then you might have an idea why so many are drawn to it. Read More »

  • Is My Relationaship over?

    At times we continue to live in the wake of what once was - a dream, a fantasy that things can and will be the same as they were initially but they won’t. And the sooner we wake out of this belief and face our reality the better it is for our emotional well-being and sanity. How could someone not know that their relationship is over? If one lives in perpetual hope, if one is blindly optimistic it is easy to see how one’s reality can be skewed by such views. Some individuals love holding on to the past, unable to let go. “Love is blind,” is not simply a saying, it’s a fact. There’s nothing wrong with living in hope but what one hopes for must be attainable. Read More »

  • Being Makesi Augustus

    Life is about living every day like it’s your last, creating memories... Like his life philosophy wherever he goes he creates a memory not only for himself but for others. Undoubtedly, the 32-year-old leaves a lasting impression. I remember him. The Holy Saviour Anglican Church concert- he had the most beautiful voice and brought tears to every eye in the congregation. My God is Good Oh... Read More »

  • Dolsin Mohammed

    “Go nah girl, trust meh, she does make the best roti in the Caribbean!” My good friend Mervyn Coutain aka “Sprang” can’t stop talking about the outstanding roti-making skills of a woman who lives in a back road in Curepe. And so photographer Ishmael Salandy and I pay her a visit to prove the worth of Sprang’s theory. Read More »


    Q: I am 53 years old and, as embarrassing as this is to say, I am still a virgin. Chalk it up to religious beliefs, lack of self-confidence and a major case of shyness. I've just never met a man I felt comfortable enough with to be in a relationship... that is, until now Read More »

  • 4 Beauty Trends with Major Benefits

    The benefit: a more youthful look There's a reason Brooke Shields has kept her brows full and bold more than 30 years after slipping into her Calvins: "Thick brows speak to health and vitality," says make-up artist Pati Dubroff. "Thin brows say the opposite." Read More »

  • Confessions of a restaurant server

    WHEN Vidya took the call confirming that she got the job serving tables at a fine dining restaurant on Ariapita Avenue, well, as far as restaurant jobs in T&T go, she felt she had made it, she tells Woman. This wasn't like any other restaurant where people could simply walk in and get a table. You had to make reservations and dress up really nicely. And it was a top-notch restaurant, one of those places where you might find CEOs, COOs or bank executives with their significant others, 'high society' people or government ministers sipping from their wine glasses or chatting loudly with the guest next to them. Read More »

  • We cannot save ourselves we all need a savIour

    Have you ever awoken from a deep sleep and (after smelling the coffee) taken a good long look at your life, at the government, at the people around you, at the world? You see yourself floating in a bubble and cloud nine seems so far off and the stars you never accomplished and perhaps never will are higher than you expected. You see yourself for who you are as you see hurt loved ones and past misdoings crowding your stratosphere like speeding birds. Read More »

  • Your guests bedroom for the Easter weekend

    As I wrote last week, on March 23rd, one of my readers known to me as “Looking Forward to your Reply,” asked me questions about skills in entertaining guests. Today I will be giving edited answers to her questions from my book Manners and Entertaining with Marguerite Gordon (which will soon be in bookstores again), and giving some thoughts on the sleeping arrangements for unmarried couples, extra touches for your beach house — and — the most important “rules” that guests should know and practise! Read More »

  • Style ... Edgy.. Contemporary

    For quite some time, this alumnus of Queen's Royal College has been an ardent admirer of well-known local & international designers, who have fine-tuned their ability to transform and enhance the global meaning of style to suit ever-changing social trends. It was this climate of inspiration that allowed Romany to channel his natural ability of selecting edgy, contemporary designs for his clients via his wildly successful retail boutique, KrAze. Read More »

  • Get Fit & Sexy Fast!

    This fast-paced circuit blends heart-pumping cardio with total-body strength and dynamic flexibility for a killer head-to-toe workout. "They're not only fun moves," says Kaiser, who appeared as a backup dancer in Shakira's "She Wolf" video, "but also super effective." More specifically, the following dance-like exercises—which are all moves Shakira loves, says Kaiser—not only help burn calories, torch fat, and chisel serious definition, but also keep your body healthier. Read More »

  • Editor's Note

    Her story is heartrending, but she survived. Her story is painful, but she survived Her story is horrific, but she survived. Kohcoa KibibiJaweta is a Trinidad-born New York-based model in her mid-20s' But at age 14 a crime was committed against her. She was raped. She was a virgin. For her it was a horrid introduction to sex. Read More »


    She walks tall, elegant. Proud in her name, her stature and her beliefs. This is Nkosozana Chambers-Alleyne. She was born in Trinidad but in years to come she would migrate to the United States and she would change her name to Kohcoa KibibiJaweta when she decided to become a model. Her birth name means ‘princess’ and ‘Kibibijaweta’ means “little lady” in Kiswahili, she explained. Read More »


    AS FAR as unique jobs are concerned, Annette Bernard-Callender's job ranks pretty high on the list. When the John Walker & Sons Voyager docked at Pier 1 during the Caribbean leg of its epic journey around the world last month, Bernard-Callender was working behind the scenes, burning the midnight oil to make sure that everything went off smoothly with very few hitches - if any. Little wonder therefore that she is known as the woman who 'makes it happen'. Read More »

  • Questioning Marriage

    "Marriage is an institution that has been around for ages. At its core, it signifies an official intimate union between two people. That marriage is an institution is important to remember since the term ‘institution’ in this context refers to "any structure or mechanism of social order governing the behaviour of a set of individuals within a given community." unknown source. Read More »


    That boyish grin superimposed onto a serious man, sir to his students and Dr Dylan Kerrigan to everyone else… Unassuming and unclassified, the lecturer in anthropology and political sociology at The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus (UWI) was hard to read at a first glance. One part quirky, ferociously gesticulating with every sentence he uttered and other parts intellectually engaging, with the ability to converse about everything under the sun—hmmmm. Read More »

  • The Ways Your Home Is Killing

    Home may be where the heart is, but it also can be a hookup hindrance. Turns out that what’s under your bed, in your bathroom or filling your closet can actually affect your libido, as can dirt and smells. Check out the ten most common obstacles to a satisfying home love life and expert tips to keep your nook nooky-friendly. Read More »

  • Confessions of an unfaithful woman

    SO WHY did you do it? the psychiatrist asked. He and I sat feet apart, facing each other and aside from the humming of the air condition unit, the room was dead silent. He had stopped scribbling notes in his notepad and was looking up at me. I felt like I was back in high school, summoned to the principal's office because I had been found cheating on an exam. Read More »

  • We All Have a Piece of Good News Inside Us

    For her 13th birthday on the 12 of June 1942, Anne Frank received a book she had shown her father in a shop window a few days earlier. Although it was an autograph book, bound with red-and-white checkered cloth and with a small lock on the front, Frank decided she would use it as a diary, and began writing in it almost immediately. Read More »


    Spa Esencia, located in The Hyatt Regency Hotel, is launching the Phytoceane AquaSaphir Facial, a unique anti-aging facial that is formulated with seaweed extracts from oceans around the world. Phytoceane is a brand within the Spa’s customary line of products, Phytomer. Read More »

  • Bridal Basics

    Many brides attempt to do make-up for themselves or have friends do the job for them. If you happen to be one of those because you are a risk taker, or are within a confined budget, follow these helpful tips. Read More »

  • She's saying it with

    Keisha Millington is multi talented when it comes to flowers, jewelry and soaps and she wants to shout it to the world. The Couva based entrepreneur is the founder and owner of TKS Plant Paradise. She does balloon sculpting, makes jewelry and soap products which she proudly displays in her shop. Read More »


    On March 23, one of my readers known to me as “Looking Forward to your Reply,” asked me questions about skills in entertaining guests. Her first question was about when and how to offer drinks, this was answered so I will now move on to her other questions. And I now quote, “My second question concerns the guest themselves. Is it not up to the guests to let the hostess know what dishes they may be allergic to or is it the duty of the host to ask? Read More »

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