Winning and Whining… the Two Lists You Need to Keep

My latest article for Workopolis

We’ve all been there, you’ve submitted your resume and now you’re in the interview. You have all your questions and answers ready and you know you’ll ace the interview and get your dream job.

Then that one question comes and maybe it’s nerves but you can’t answer. You know you have an answer but you just can’t remember it right now. You’ll remember it just as you walk out of the interview, but by then it will be too late.

Gushing: You Curl Curling Wand by ConAir

Indulge me for a moment. I usually don’t do product reviews because everyone does them and this isn’t the purpose of this blog but sometimes I want to give a shout out to a company that makes a product I really, really like and actually use. It’s the You Curl by ConAir and it’s marvellous.

People think having curly hair means washing it, throwing some product in it and you’re done. It really doesn’t.

No Caribana = Bad Trinidadian?

I find myself conflicted about Caribana/Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival.

Actually, no, I don’t. I’m not conflicted at all. I don’t go to Caribana and I have no desire to go. This is apparently strange because as a Trinidadian living in Toronto, that’s one of the first questions I get asked this time of year. My response to the question is generally, “Nope, I don’t go. That probably makes me a bad Trini.”

Pride, Homophobia and Open Secrets

When the question went out about whether we’d write something about minorities and the automatic presumption that most are homophobic, I said, “Sure! I’ll write something.” I just wasn’t sure what to write about since homosexuality was never really discussed when I was growing up.

My parents aren’t homophobic and they raised us the same way. When I thought about homophobia and the gay movement in Trinidad, there are three moments that stand out for me.

The Imagined Politics of Sunblock

I recently tweeted that I wore sunblock for three reasons: Vanity, health and post-colonialism. Then I took a moment to actually read what I wrote and then I looked at my coffee table and saw the following:

Roc’s Soleil Protexion+ in SPF 60

Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry Touch in SPF 45

Clinique Body Creme in SPF 30

and Lubriderm Moisturizer with Sunscreen in SPF 15