T&T’s moment ..

Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 08.47.47Whether you think it is a blessing or a curse, the current world oil crisis presents us with an opportunity to change the service paradigm in Trinidad and Tobago. Street vendors, car park attendants, taxi drivers, police officers, all .. we have an opportunity to secure our future by embracing tourism as our way out of this crisis but the road out will be long and arduous.  A recent New York Daily News article encouraged it’s readers to “Choose Trinidad for an eclectic alternative to the typical, laid-back Caribbean vacation”.

That article and several others continue to invite the world to visit us.  But what’s next when people actually select Trinidad and Tobago as their  destination.  Will they be met with empty cubicles at Immigration because some random officer decided that his/her recovery from last night’s fete was more important than turning up for his/her assigned shift.  Will the visitor be met by taxi drivers who walk a thin line between inducement and harassment?  Will the visitor who chooses to drive be totally confused by our disregard for the traffic laws?

The atmosphere which greets the visitor will be determined by the decisions we make as individuals.  As a collective, the time has come for us to take a stand for T&T and that means doing the right thing every time.  We can’t change the past but we can create the future by making our individual contribution to improving our country.

What de fleek is this?

I just love how our vocabulary keeps expanding. Digging up in young people business I stumbled across this word “fleek” so I did what any 60 year old would do and started my research.  Here’s what I found at Dictionary.com:

“The best example of a word recently born out of social media has to be “fleek,” which is generally preceded by “on” to create the now popular slang term known as “on fleek.” The phrase emanated from a six-second Vine video posted by Peaches Monroee, otherwise known IRL (“In real life,” another new addition to Dictionary.com’s list of words and phrases) as Kayla Newman. The 17-year-old, excited after having her eyebrows done for the first time, made the now famous statement, “We in this b—-, gonna get crunk. Eyebrows on fleek, da f–.”

Kayla says the word just came to her, that it was something she never heard before, and she is widely credited with its creation. After her Vine went viral, pop star Ariana Grande did a lighthearted spoof of the video, which introduced the term to even more viewers, who in turn started referencing the hashtag #onfleek as a substitute for “on point,” especially when referencing physical appearance.

In fact, even though Dictionary.com’s official definition reads “flawlessly styled, groomed, etc.,” the usage of the term now actually goes beyond describing a person’s personal appearance and extends to anything from the quality of a performance to a person’s general state of mind.