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He said: "...after meeting Jo, I knew I had
found the woman I would spend the rest of my
She said: "....when I met Ed, I was ready for a re-
lationship that was different...with something
new and refreshing that I could look forward to
each day!" So how exactly did a Personal Banker
from Tottenham, UK meet a Foreign Language
Specialist from San Fernando, Trinidad? Therein
lies the beauty of Trinidad Carnival!
Despite being in two totally different carnival
bands, as we went about along our separate ways
on a Carnival Monday evening, which incidentally
was Edrine's first carnival experience; my King
saw his Queen on Mucurapo Road, St James, just
opposite Fatima College as I was passing by the
bus stop. He came straight up to me and placed
his arm around my waist, laying all his British
boy charm on me. I smiled at how confident
and brave he was and we chatted for just a
few moments, then I walked away, continuing
along as I was before. As I approached the
next corner, my Ed was back with best friend
Marvin in tow, and cell phone in hand to secure
my number! I took the chance of a lifetime and
gave it to him. I have never looked back since!
Edrine is my second chance and has given me a
chance to believe in love again.
We really were excited to take our relation-
ship to this next stage, and spend the rest of
our lives together. We are now celebrating our
one year anniversary and enjoying every mo-
ment of it.
--Courtesy Joanna Boca
Seasoned masquerader Lisa, is chipping merrily down
the road to the strains of pumping soca music. She
throws her hands up in abandon, eager to have a good
time. Her pouch, strung across one shoulder, bounces
on her left hip as she dances. Suddenly, the flap falls
open and the contents spill to the ground. She quickly
bends to pick up the items, too mortified to look
around to see if anyone is staring, in fact, she is sure
they are. Lisa grabs up the sunscreen, chapstick,
money, and...condoms...from off the ground and stuffs
them into her pouch. When she straightens, she re-
alises no one is looking her way. With relief, Lisa ac-
knowledges that condom-carrying women aren't the
elephant in the room anymore.
In fact nowadays, many mas bands give out condoms
to their patrons.
Masqueraders may even walk with their own condoms.
It is understood that with liquor and wild abandon, people
may feel more amorous than usual.
Instead of ignoring it, the Carnival community has cho-
sen instead to encourage safe sex.
However, some people may still have assumptions
about the image women project by carrying condoms.
Allow me to elucidate. It's quite simply actually.
WHEN WE HAVE OUR OWN CONDOMS, IT MEANS:
We come prepared. Save for the few of us that did not get
the memo, women are generally prepared creatures. No one
complains when we come prepared for office presentations,
so why can't we be prepared for a sexual encounter?
No, it does not mean (as one online article stated), that
one is afraid that "sex is going to break out at any moment
and you'll want to be a part of it?" It just means that we keep
the things that are most important to us close, for example,
hand lotion, identification cards, a sandwich...get the point?
We practice protected sex. A woman's decision to
have protected sex should lie with the woman. The fact
that we carry condoms means we are not flexible when it
comes to protecting ourselves.
We are responsible. We care about the well being of
our partner and ourselves.
We prefer to narrow the risks of untimely pregnancies
and acquiring sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It
does not mean we are not informed enough to know that
abstinence is the only 100 per cent effective way to pre-
vent getting STIs. It does NOT say we are commercial sex
workers. The idea that it is acceptable for a sex worker to
demand safe sex but it is not okay when every other
woman on the face of the earth does so, is rather alarming.
We have preferences when it comes to flavour and de-
sign. Yes, we do.
Let's face it...you're on the road for two days
with tons of new people to meet -- some very
handsome dudes included -- so you just might be
wanting to look your best in your costume as you
chip through various parts of Port of Spain, Arima,
Sando, and Tobago. And did I mention the specta-
tors staring at your costume and your face?
Use these very handy tips to help you keep your
makeup fresh all day as you take part in the
biggest street party on earth.
1. Use a mattifying primer, whatever your skin
type. This is a sure way to make your face stay
dry longer. The science behind it is that the mat-
tifying primer makes the sebaceous glands go
dormant so your face does not get oily
2. Go waterproof -- from foundation to eyeliner, to
blush, to eyeshadow -- in fact go waterproof
with everything. It's worth the investment to
have your makeup more stable all day
3. Use an oil-free foundation. Having oil in your
foundation will be a pull on your own natural
oils, making for a very oily face. Also, DO NOT us
use a foundation that has SPF to go in the sun-
light if you want shine-free photos. SPF con-
tains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide (which
both resemble baby powder and has a sheen)
4. Use absorbing strips to blot your face instead of
using napkins. Napkins are harsh and bits of it
can remain on your face
5. Avoid putting your fingers on your face. Your
fingers will warm up the makeup and cause
creasing. Use blotting paper instead
6. Use a finishing spray. This helps keep all the lay-
ers of foundation in place.
7. Smile. This is the best makeup. And it's free!
--Elizabeth Elliott is Chief MUA at Chic Image
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