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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
A Boxing Day drive along the Sol-
omon Hochoy Highway was so
absolutely lovely, the rolling hills
and, maybe, dales, so verdant and
well-kept. Arriving in San Fer-
nando was amazing.
Such a mesmerising experi-
ence, scenic, almost like another
part of the world, our visit to San
Fernando and its environs.
The powers that be in that area
must be disciplined, organised
and have exceedingly great man-
agement skills. Unlike “up north”.
The massive structures, of
which some are beautiful works of
architecture, are situated on vast
parcels of land. Houses are built
on wide spaces, maybe, possibly
not all around, though.
However, is it not heartbreaking
to pass by the Children’s Hospital
especially, then the Brian Lara
Cricket Academy and observe
their lack of use?
Why are past and present gov-
erning bodies apparently uncon-
cerned about utilisation of same?
There must be a way to take ad-
vantage, and make full use of
these facilities. One ponders and
Why are our children and youth
being subjected to third world
treatment? Why are they being
penalised? Is it not really and
truly heart-breaking? Are we that
callous and hard hearted?
Why are we so underdeveloped
and third world in our mindset?
We are not a forward thinking
people, yet we have private de-
velopers groping after land for
their gain on both islands and
they are apparently blossoming.
So, can any government work in
tandem with one or many private
Obviously not. Too many years
of no action, getting our popula-
tion deeper into despair, a virtual
quagmire, an abyss.
Who is really minding the store?
San Fernando will possibly be
the next capital of Trinidad; Port-
of-Spain cannot seem to compare.
Potholes on Tragarete Road in
abundance; the park on St Clair
Avenue sooo sad. I wonder why...
hroughout the Christ-
mas season I kept
about my makeup
and one day while
mid-face my dad
called me. When I went across
to him he wanted to know what
was wrong with my face and why
was my make up looking so weird.
If you’ve ever done a full face of
makeup you’d understand why
I would have looked like a com-
In that moment, I realised just
how many teachable moments
are all around us and that even a
task as simple as make up could
be used to teach us.
Lesson number one: If we
rush the process or skip steps
then we risk getting the desired
If I tried to have a perfect look-
ing face throughout the process
it would never work. I must trust
that if I put dark brown lines
in the right areas then when I
smudge them later on they will
provide just the right number of
Lesson number two: Practise,
After I did the makeup course
I messed up the colour choices, I
messed up the process, I messed
I didn’t give up and the more I
practised, the better I became.
Lesson number three: Major
in the minors and pay attention
If you know me, I hate makeup,
but I am no longer a Sports Coach
and therefore I must be prepared
to step out of my comfort zone
and learn the skills necessary for
my new career. ALL the skills,
even the ones that seem trivial
Lesson number four: Be
I took a makeup course and I
sponged off those more knowl-
edgeable than me. I listened
attentively and was open to con-
structive criticism. All the best
intentions in the world would
amount to nothing if you don’t
have the know-how.
And finally, lesson number
five: Invest in yourself.
I had to pay for my makeup
course and buy various shades
and brands of make up until I
found the stuff with which I was
comfortable. Invest in your de-
velopment. You are your greatest
treasure, spend wisely.
My eight-year-old walks around
with mascara, blush and lip gloss.
She applies it so naturally that
most people are unable to tell.
She has learnt all the lessons
above and more. Self-control is
necessary to avoid looking like a
circus clown and good judgment
is needed to figure out when and
where she can wear it. It’s one
more opportunity for us to learn
together and work on our com-
munication and bonding with our
Never underestimate teaching
moments. Many of you have girls
and most of them will dabble in
makeup and a large part of soci-
ety will cry down allowing little
girls to wear it. There are life les-
sons in everything we do.
PoS should be more like Sando
Teaching moments are
everywhere, in everything
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