Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 12th 2014 Contents My name is Pamela
Mohammed and I own an elec-
I come from Couva but now
live in Valsayn. I ve been married
20 years now.
I was very much a tomboy.
Playing tennis and football for
hours, like from 11 am until five,
six in the afternoon. I was very
athletic. Now it s the total oppo-
Unfortunately, I don t have any
children. But I still hope. We
focussed on our jobs. My pace
was always so busy. Sitting down
with a child really, really slows you
I don t believe your education
is your total package of who you
are or where you want to be in
life. Because I ve seen people who
have not had a university or even
a secondary education and they re
very successful people.
I did early childhood learning
at university but, after one year,
I thought I d pull my hair out.
You could do the smallest job
or the biggest job: if you don t
sacrifice and go the extra mile, you
can never be successful.
Every day, there must be some
thrill. Otherwise you end up get-
ting old and thinking, "Hey, I
missed part of my own life!" My
thrill is getting up every morning
and eating a healthy breakfast and
looking for something exciting to
do.I love to travel! I love Miami
because it s more affordable than
London and there s so much to
eat. I love food and there s so many
cultures there, you re exposed to
all kinds of food. You can figure
out your palate. I know I love Thai
I ve been to most of the
restaurants in Trinidad and have
a few favourites, like Angelo s
and Tiki Village. You feel really
special when you go to Prime
or Chaud. But I love my doubles
and pies! There s a barra-man in
Chaguanas and that is one of my
husband s most favourite restau-
I started off in the airline
industry and was very success-
ful at it. I wasn t a flight atten-
dant, I worked in sales, in the
cargo department. That was the
most exciting time of my life: I
was able to travel, to be very
independent and set my own
pace. You were able to build your-
self from that.
My passion is really to be a
chef. I would like to go to Paris to
study doing some nice desserts. I
If anyone wants to experience
one place that is the whole world,
Vegas is it. You don t have to be
a gambler to go. Gambling is now,
I ve seen Celine Dion, David
Copperfield and others in Vegas.
I go every January, for the con-
sumer electronics show. For the
past 20 years, vacation is work
for me. It s a lot of walking, nine
in the morning to six in the
evening for four days, but you
look forward to the top-of-the-
In 20 years, I ve had one vaca-
tion where everything was
excluded: no phone calls, no e-
mails. Widespread buffet breakfast,
ten in the morning you drinking
beers and cocktails, whole day you
just relaxing: Cancun was the best
vacation I ever had.
We started off pretty high-end
but high-end is a smaller portion
in Trinidad. The majority of the
population who would stay here
and buy, rather than go away and
shop for themselves, want mid-
Trinidadians are very trendy.
They like new things, not old
things. So you end up with a lot
of "old" stock you have to sell at
a loss to clear.
People come into our store and
are blown away. It s like a man s
haven. You get excited when you
see so much product line under
The best part of the job is
being the leader in the market
place. The bad part is the com-
petition, people smuggling and
laundering, and you have to
compete with those prices.
They re not paying full duties.
You have to really work your busi-
ness. You have to be aggressive.
And you have to go to Vegas to
see what s going on.
Trinis are compassionate peo-
ple who appreciate their culture.
And anybody who could hang with
a Trini becomes a Trini.
T&T is where I belong. For-
eigners want to give up everything
and come live here.
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