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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / WDAID
« on: November 04, 2015, 07:48:08 PM »
Ah wonder if sparrow gettin some royalties

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Is now self ah go hadda learn to riverdance

-Dutty Flatly

General Discussion / Anybody Bored
« on: January 08, 2015, 07:43:46 PM »
When next you eh have nuttn to do.....Read dis piece ah real life twis-turn bacchanal...it long-ish


Ah  pardner tell mih de man who guff up for he ex-wife is ah Trinbago  man.....so somehow we does end up in bad pelau again.

Jack of All Trades (DIY) / Just a thought
« on: April 02, 2014, 07:26:41 PM »
For those of you with livin in 'forin' with central HVAC systems in your homes.
It is inevitable that your A/C coil is moist after use and moist creates mold and bacteria..which of course is blown around the house when you run your furnace or A/C

Thus, most people accept winter colds as inevitable especially if you have children not realising the indoor air in the average home is terrible and a major contributing factor to flu or worse

I have tried a few options to counteract the dutty air in mih house ( HRV, steam humidifier, fancy filters etc)...no real change, everybody sick twice or more per season
However in December 2012 I installed a UltraViolet sticklight. Placed it right over the A/C coil to kill the bacteria in their moist habitat
Winter 2013 everybody was sick just one time. 
This winter NOBODY was sick. Keep in mind I live in a house with a 4 year old that the visits the disgusting germ factory they like to call kindergarten on a daily basis.

For allyuh livin in de frozen tundra. Canadian Tire occasionally has a sale on their swordfish (check de flyer)

I opted for the american made sanuvox saber (because as everybody know yankee ting is just de bess)

If yuh handy with a tin snips and a screwdriver, it is a 10 minute install,, might be a lil insurance against indoor bacteria.

Just mih 2 cents

General Discussion / CFL's rock
« on: December 17, 2013, 09:09:09 PM »
In September 2006 I put bout 20 CFL bulb in mih place......de first one JUST blow

Yes yes, ah know most ah allyuh thinking  'WFC! bout you and yuh lights'
It mus have at least ONE bulb nerd on here who find dis ting fascinating...dais 7 years dred


General Discussion / Video streaming devices
« on: October 11, 2013, 12:54:45 PM »
Anybody use these exclusively for watching tv ..or ..as a supplement to your cable/satellite provider?

I goin and get either a Roku or Netgear box this evenin self (I still readin reviews. I eh sure yet)
...and I thnk I firing mih cable provider by the end of the month ..dey teefin mih money steady for years

Anybody here have real world experience/headaches with these boxes? is unlimited internet a must-have? etc

I new to alternative tv

General Discussion / Ya Vol?
« on: October 04, 2013, 12:16:18 PM »
Interesting!! especially while the italian lady still getting serious pressure.


Germany's first two black MPs enter parliament

Karamba Diaby and Charles M Huber arrive in Bundestag in moment hailed as historic by equality campaigners

Germany's first MP of African descent said he was looking forward to the challenge of working in the Bundestag and that he would campaign for more equal opportunities in education.

In an interview at the German parliament Karamba Diaby, 51, of the Social Democratic party of Germany, said: "I myself am the product of equal opportunities and was given the chance to study as an orphan, and I want to make a difference for other people in this area too."

Diaby and Charles M Huber, of the Christian Democratic Union, are the first two black members of the Bundestag, a development hailed as a "historic moment" by equal opportunity campaigners. In addition, Angela Merkel's party will also include a Muslim MP for the first time.

Born in Senegal, Diaby moved to East Germany in 1985 and went on to become a chemist. He will represent the town of Halle in the former east. Huber, a TV actor born in Munich whose father is Senegalese, will represent the southern city of Darmstadt.

Cemile Giousouf, 35, whose parents were part of the Turkish minority in Greece and moved to Leverkusen 40 years ago, will represent Hagen in North-Rhine Westphalia. There have been Muslim politicians in Germany's parliament since 1994, but Giousouf will be the first representative for the Christian Democrats.

The number of MPs with an immigrant background has risen from 21 to 34, with the leftwing Die Linke having the highest percentage of multicultural politicians in their ranks followed by the Green party.

Mekonnen Mesghena, a migration policy expert for the Böll Foundation, described the arrival of black Germans in the Bundestag as a landmark moment: "Germany has a colonial history that stretches back to the 19th century, yet until now black Germans have had no political representation."

A detailed breakdown of the ethnic background of German citizens has only been published since 2005, but there are estimated to be about 500,000 people of recent African descent and between 3.8 million and 4.3 million Muslims living in Germany.

One of the policy areas that Diaby, Huber and Giousouf will be expected to debate in parliament is the introduction of dual citizenship, which has been advocated by the SPD and the Greens. At the moment, German citizens born to non-German nationals have to choose one citizenship before they turn 23.

General Discussion / The world is getting more bizarro
« on: July 03, 2013, 02:39:13 PM »
Dem fellahs so dotish dey eh even using Gengis Khan as inspiration....dem biggin up Adolf :P

Mongolian neo-Nazis: Anti-Chinese sentiment fuels rise of ultra-nationalism

Their right hands rise to black-clad chests and flash out in salute to their nation: "Sieg heil!" They praise Hitler's devotion to ethnic purity.

But with their high cheekbones, dark eyes and brown skin, they are hardly the Third Reich's Aryan ideal. A new strain of Nazism has found an unlikely home: Mongolia.

Once again, ultra-nationalists have emerged from an impoverished economy and turned upon outsiders. This time the main targets come from China, the rising power to the south.

Groups such as Tsagaan Khass, or White Swastika, portray themselves as patriots standing up for ordinary citizens in the face of foreign crime, rampant inequality, political indifference and corruption.

But critics say they scapegoat and attack the innocent. The US state department has warned travellers of increased assaults on inter-racial couples in recent years – including organised violence by ultra-nationalist groups.

Dayar Mongol threatened to shave the heads of women who sleep with Chinese men. Three years ago, the leader of Blue Mongol was convicted of murdering his daughter's boyfriend, reportedly because the young man had studied in China.

Though Tsagaan Khass leaders say they do not support violence, they are self-proclaimed Nazis. "Adolf Hitler was someone we respect. He taught us how to preserve national identity," said the 41-year-old co-founder, who calls himself Big Brother.

"We don't agree with his extremism and starting the second world war. We are against all those killings, but we support his ideology. We support nationalism rather than fascism."

It is, by any standards, an extraordinary choice. Under Hitler, Soviet prisoners of war who appeared Mongolian were singled out for execution. More recently, far-right groups in Europe have attacked Mongolian migrants.

Not all ultra-nationalists use this iconography; and widespread ignorance about the Holocaust and other atrocities may help to explain why some do.

Tsagaan Khass points out that the swastika is an ancient Asian symbol – which is true, but does not explain the group's use of Nazi colours, the Nazi eagle and the Nazi salute; or the large picture of the Führer on Big Brother's cigarette case.

Nor does it seem greatly relevant, given their unabashed admiration for Hitler's racial beliefs.

"We have to make sure that as a nation our blood is pure. That's about our independence," said 23-year-old Battur, pointing out that the population is under three million.

"If we start mixing with Chinese, they will slowly swallow us up. Mongolian society is not very rich. Foreigners come with a lot of money and might start taking our women."

Big Brother acknowledges he discovered such ideas through the nationalist groups that emerged in Russia after the Soviet Union's fall; Mongolia had been a satellite state. But the anti-Chinese tinge is distinct and increasingly popular.

"While most people feel far-right discourse is too extreme, there seems to be a consensus that China is imperialistic, 'evil' and intent on taking Mongolia," said Franck Billé of Cambridge University, who is researching representations of Chinese people in Mongolia.

Hip hop tracks such as Don't Go Too Far, You Chinks by 4 Züg – chorus: "shoot them all, all, all" – have been widely played in bars and clubs. Urban myths abound; some believe Beijing has a secret policy of encouraging men to have sex with Mongolian women.

Yet Tsagaan Khass claims it welcomes law-abiding visitors of all races, and Big Brother can certainly be hospitable.

Enthusiastically shaking hands, he says: "Even though you are a British citizen, you are still Asian, and that makes you very cool."

He says the younger members have taught him to be less extreme and the group appears to be reshaping itself – expelling "criminal elements" and insisting on a good education as a prerequisite for membership. One of the leaders is an interior designer. :D
But critics fear ultra-nationalists are simply becoming more sophisticated and, quietly, more powerful. Tsagaan Khass say it "works closely" with other organisations and is now discussing a merger.

"Some people are in complete denial … [but] we can no longer deny this is a problem," said Anaraa Nyamdorj, of Mongolia's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Centre.

The US state department has noted increased reports of xenophobic attacks since the spring. The UN country review cites a recent vicious assault on three young transgender women. When one of the victims publicly blamed an ultra-nationalist group – not Tsagaan Khass – death threats quickly followed.

"They are getting more support from the public," added Enkhjargal Davaasuren, director of the National Centre Against Violence, who fears that ultra-nationalists are growing more confident and victims too scared to come forward. She pointed to a YouTube video posted last year, showing a man roughly shaving a woman's long hair. The victim's face is buried in her hands, but her hunched body reeks of fear.

Others in Ulan Bator suggest the movement is waning and suspect the groups' menacing stance and claims of 3,000 members are bluster. Billé thinks there is "a lot of posturing".

"We have heard of instances [of violence]. They are not necessarily all right or all wrong," said Javkhlan, a Tsagaan Khass leader. But the group is simply a "law enforcement" body, he maintained: "We do checks; we go to hotels and restaurants to make sure Mongolian girls don't do prostitution and foreigners don't break the laws.

"We don't go through and beat the shit out of everyone. We check our information and make sure it's true."

They rely on police and media pressure to reform such businesses, he added. And if that failed? "We try to avoid using power," he said. "That would be our very last resort."

General Discussion / Egypt step backward or wha?
« on: July 03, 2013, 01:25:48 PM »
A nex military coup?  How morsi leggo de wukk easy so?

Was jus yesterday de man say he eh goin no way

General Discussion / Ol Granny wins half ah billion
« on: June 05, 2013, 01:35:57 PM »
*steupsss* :frustrated: People who payin mortgage & raisin chirren cyah win ah lil 5grand self

Whey she goin an do wit dat?  ..besides fightin off all kinda nephew and cousin  datgo come out de woodwork lookin to skull she out dat windfall


84-year-old won $590 million Powerball jackpot

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The winner of last month's $590 million Powerball jackpot is an 84-year-old woman from Zephyrhills, Fla.

Florida Lottery officials made the announcement Wednesday after Gloria C. Mackenzie came forward to claim the prize. They say Mackenzie took the single lump-sum payment of about $370.9 million before taxes.

Officials say she is the largest sole lottery winner in U.S. history. She did not speak to reporters outside lottery headquarters, leaving in a silver Ford Focus with family members.

The winning ticket was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, a town of about 13,300 people located 30 miles northeast of Tampa. It is best known for bottled spring water that bears its name.

The winner had 60 days from the May 18 drawing to claim the lump sum

General Discussion / Even boneless roti go kill we early
« on: May 23, 2013, 08:27:43 AM »

This famously tasty roti is worse for you than a slice of pizza

DISH: Boneless chicken roti

RESTAURANT: Island Foods

LOCATION: 1182 King St. W., one of two locations in Toronto

PRICE: $7.75, including tax

Serving size: 476 grams

Calories: 1,013

Fat: 43 grams

Sodium: 1,617 milligrams

Carbohydrates: 106 grams

Protein: 51 grams

Island Foods has been the home of famously tasty roti since 1974.

Devotees of the spicy Caribbean fare swear it’s among the best in the city. Long lineups, which reach legendary status at mealtimes, seem to confirm those claims.

Rysia Adam, who works near Island Foods’ King St. W. location, is a fervent fan, though she tries to limit her visits to a couple times a month. For five years, her go-to order has remained the boneless chicken roti.

“It’s so good that I don’t want to spoil it by eating it too often,” she says.

Adam is also cautious of its calorie content.

“I’m suspecting that the values exceed the daily requirements,” she wrote in her request to The Dish. “But I am curious to know just how unhealthy this is.”

For the uninitiated, a boneless chicken roti served at Island Foods is made with tender pieces of chicken breast and chunks of potato nestled in richly spiced gravy. A wrapping of soft, oh-so-tender dahlpourie hold it all together. According to Island Foods’ website, their dahlpourie is “two thin layers of flour with ground seasoned split peas between them.”

When I call Adam to tell her the lab results for the roti, she expects the worst.

“My prediction is that it’s bad for you,” she says. “I think it’s high in sodium, which I’m trying to watch. I don’t think it’s too bad in terms of fat because of the boneless chicken breast. But I don’t know … I really don’t know.”

After I reveal her much-loved roti has 1,013 calories, Adam is silent for a few seconds. Then: “Get out of here! Oh, wow. That’s unbelievable.”

She seems similarly stunned to know that it has 43 grams of fat and 1,617 milligrams of sodium.

“Oh my god. Well, I guess I won’t be going that often anymore.”

I’m not sure whether Adam really means that, since she follows her vow of self-restraint with a hearty chuckle.

Registered dietitian Zannat Reza says the roti has twice the number of calories you should look for in a meal and all the sodium your body needs in a day. The 43 grams of fat is about two-thirds of the average woman’s daily allotment.

As a comparison, it’s interesting to note that the boneless chicken roti has about 400 more calories, twice as much fat and the same amount of sodium as a walk-in-sized slice of pepperoni pizza from Pizza Pizza.

This particular roti also has more calories and fat than three trays of Michelina’s lasagna with meat sauce. One container of the frozen entrée has 300 calories, 8 grams of fat and 710 milligrams of sodium.

For those who would rather take a glass-half-full approach to the roti’s nutrition results, Island Foods’ boneless chicken is not nearly as calorific as the saag paneer roti from Gandhi Cuisine. The Dish investigated the spinach and paneer filled roti from the Queen St. W. shop in 2010 and found that version contained 1,482 calories, 73 grams of fat and 3,360 milligrams of sodium. It is also monstrously sized, clocking in at 765 grams — almost 300 grams heavier than the one I tested from Island Foods.

In a bid to make her lunch a little healthier, Adam has been substituting the roti’s potatoes with eggplant to avoid extra carbohydrates.

Reza says this is a good plan for those who are watching their carbohydrate intake since one cup of eggplant has 10 grams, while 1 cup of potatoes has 33 grams of carbohydrates.

But the bottom line for Island Foods’ boneless chicken roti is the same as for so many of the foods featured in The Dish: split it by sharing with a friend or saving half for another meal.

Then, enjoy every, single bite.







Just think of it as a science experiment

Testable Hypothesis Question: Can a crackhead be Über fat?


General Discussion / De man eh even come out de region self
« on: May 17, 2013, 10:19:43 AM »

Man dribbling soccer ball to Brazil killed by car

A Seattle man trying to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup died Tuesday after being hit by a pickup truck on the Oregon Coast.
Police in Lincoln City, Ore., said 42-year-old Richard Swanson was hit at about 10 a.m. while walking south along U.S. Highway 101 near the city limits. He was declared dead at a hospital. The driver has not been charged.
Lt. Jerry Palmer said investigators found materials among Swanson's belongings listing his website, breakawaybrazil.com.
Swanson set out on the trek to promote the One World Futbol Project, based in Berkeley, Calif., which donates durable blue soccer balls to people in developing countries.
“We are deeply saddened to learn about Richard's death,” Lisa Tarver, chief operating officer of One World Futbol Project, said in a statement. “He was a very inspiring man who in a very short time walked his way into many lives. Our thoughts are with his family.”
Police said Palmer's soccer ball was recovered.
Kristi Schwesinger, a Seattle interior designer and close friend of Swanson's, said he had been a private investigator for many years, and switched to a new career as a graphic designer, but was laid off recently, and looking for an adventure.
“He was at a point in his life where he had raised his kids,” she said. "Both his boys (Devin and Raven) had graduated from high school. He had no mortgage. He had sold his condo recently and was between jobs.
“And he loved the game of soccer,” she said. “He stumbled on this great organization, One World Futbol, and decided this would be his passion the next year.”
In an interview with The Daily News in Longview, Wash., Swanson said he picked up soccer just five years ago and played on club teams and rooted for the Seattle Sounders.
“I felt destined that I should go on this trip,” he said.
His website said he left Seattle on May 1, and the trip would take him on foot for more than a year through 11 countries before reaching Sao Paolo, Brazil, where the World Cup soccer tournament will be played.
“It will be a trip of a lifetime where I will push myself further than I ever thought possible,” he wrote.
Swanson started out in flip-flops, and managed to spend 13 nights but switched to hiking sandals in Portland, Ore., Schwesinger said. He stayed two nights in Vancouver, Wash., with his son, Devin, but otherwise had been able to sleep on on the couches of one stranger after another who befriended him and helped him on his journey.
“It was all by word of mouth, Facebook, media contacts, friends and family who put the word out,” Schwesinger said.
Swanson spent Monday night in Lincoln City, where he was able to soak in a hot tub, and eat a gourmet breakfast, before he set off for Newport, not knowing where he would stay, she added. He posted photos and stories about his new friends on a Facebook page chronicling his journey.
Friends are talking about creating a foundation in Swanson's memory, and sending his two sons to Brazil for the World Cup, Schwesinger said.
“The hardest thing is he was so young,” Schwesinger said. “Just today we were planning his surprise birthday party for Sunday. He was so young, so full of life, so excited by the journey he was on. To be taken from us so soon is really heartbreaking.”


General Discussion / When yuh want de gyirls to bite yuh neck
« on: December 10, 2012, 01:12:41 PM »
Pizza Hut  releases 'Eau de Pizza Hut' perfume

Good news for people who have always wanted to smell like pizza. Pizza Hut Canada has released "Eau de Pizza Hut," a limited-edition perfume inspired by a Facebook post that jokingly asked customers what they would name a pizza-scented fragrance.

The company posted a photo ofthe fake perfume along with the caption, "Do you love the smell of a box of Pizza Hut pizza being opened? We thought so. If that smell was a perfume, what would it be called?"

The post got such a positive response the fast food company created 110 bottles of Eau de Pizza Hut and handed them out through a Facebook contest.

If you missed out on your chance to get a bottle of pizza perfume, Beverley D'Cruz, Marketing and Product Development Director, Pizza Hut Canada, suggested that there may be more in store.

""For now, we've only produced 110 bottles of Eau de Pizza Hut, but who knows what the future has in store," said D'Cruz in a press release.

Pizza Hut is not the first fast food chain to get into the perfume business. In 2008, Burger King released a meat-scented cologne.


Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Music ppl, work wit mih here
« on: December 05, 2012, 01:36:44 PM »
Okay, there is a song..its not parang, but its usually played only at Christmas (at least to my recollection)

Is years…YEARS!!! ah trying to find this ting on you tube or some downloadable site, problem is ah never knew the name of the tune or the artist….plus ah cyah sing so when ah try to describe the song to people…dey watch mih like ah talking Mandarin

Ah give up lookin for this tune,,,,,,,,,, until last Sunday night ah went ah parang and some lil chirren was playin it on pan….ah lorse the arranger in the crowd so ah ask one of the lil kids what is de name of the tune…he say he eh know…….*steuups* dotish Canadian chirren, how de ass yuh go be beatin ah tune and eh know de name??!!

But I digress,,anyway ah ole woman at mih table say she think the name it sounded like was ‘Deosanomaris’?,, Peeo panomariss’?……some ting dat rhyme wit dem two words

Anybody have any clue what dat could be?

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Elmo fire de wukk
« on: November 20, 2012, 02:36:16 PM »
Sesame Street’ actor Kevin Clash resigns from show amid controversy

Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who for decades has brought the beloved character Elmo to life on Sesame Street, is officially leaving the show in midst of allegations that has had sexual relationships with underage boys.

Clash is leaving the show after 28 seasons because the accusations, which he has vehemently denied, are a “distraction.”

The performer had previously been on an extended leave of absence from the show.

When the initial claims were reported, Sesame Street stood by Clash but also suggested that his departure would not effect the future of Elmo.

“Elmo is bigger than any one person and will continue to be an integral part of Sesame Street to engage, educate and inspire children around the world, as it has for 40 years,” Sesame Workshop said in a statement.

The Clash resignation comes on the heels of TMZ reports that his first accuser was paid off to recant his story and that a second accuser has come forward, alleging he had a relationship with Clash when he was only 15 years old.

That accuser, who has been identified as Cecil Singleton, filed a lawsuit against Clash on Tuesday.

Sesame Workshop released this statement today in reaction to Clash’s departure:

“Sesame Workshop’s mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential. Kevin Clash has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years, and none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization. Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us want, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street. This is a sad day for Sesame Street.”


Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / When the NBA salary just aint enough
« on: November 14, 2012, 02:34:34 PM »
Zach Randolph Drug Investigation: NBA All-Star Called 'Major Marijuana Supplier'


Memphis Grizzlies big man Zach Randolph is accused of being a "major marijuana supplier," TheIndyChannel.com reports. According to the web site, a reliable informant was first to raise the charge.

Indianapolis police recently found a car registered to Randolph filled with marijuana and gun ammunition. Cops then raided storage space rented by Randolph, where "controlled substances" and "cars with secret compartments" were found.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Randolph has not yet been charged with any crime, but a detective reportedly called the Grizzlies star a "financier for known drug dealers in Indianapolis."

Randolph has been arrested numerous times throughout his life, including a marijuana arrest when he was with the Portland Trailblazers. Last year, he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

General Discussion / TT neighbour want he donkey back
« on: November 14, 2012, 02:27:55 PM »
This Florida Man Just Wants His Donkey Back

Carlos Romero doesn't want anything but the safe return of his donkey. That, and his freedom. The 31-year-old was arrested in Marion County, FL over the weekend after he was discovered fingering the animal and grinding on it while masturbating. During a jailhouse interview, Romero requested the animal be returned to him, and dismissed what the state of Florida considers bestiality. To Romero, it's just natural affection.

Here's an excerpt from the interview. Keep in mind that Romero admitted that he's been having sex with horses since he was 18:

He said he has always felt an attraction toward animals, especially horses, because people have been known to "stab you in the back, give you diseases, lie to you" and are "promiscuous." Animals, he said, "are usually there for you" and "do not seek other pleasures." Their feelings are "100 percent honest," he added.
He says he hasn't violated his donkey yet because it's still "blooming into maturity." What a gentleman. Anyway, he paid $500 for the donkey, so he's demanding its return. Marion County officials want custody and plan to put it up for adoption. Clearly they don't understand what Romero and the animal have.


Entertainment & Culture Discussion / We does live everywhere
« on: November 07, 2012, 02:47:16 PM »
Trinis in vietnam
Dey does call she 'Miss Ho'  :laugh:

IT'S Friday night on the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The smell of food, from the savoury and sweet to spicy, is everywhere. Men sit on plastic chairs on the roadside with beer in hand waiting for their orders while snails sizzle in a wok; nearby, a vendor attends to chicken feet on a griller. An aquarium with strange beady-eyed fish sits in plain view of customers, adding new meaning to 'fresh seafood'. A young firebreather entertains tourists, the bright flame shoots from his mouth, lighting up the dark sky.

It's just a fleeting snapshot of nightlife in some parts of Vietnam but it is a small representation of what makes this Asian country of just under 90 million people so unique — its street food has an international reputation of being among the best in the world and its people are not just hard working but also resilient. No one can explain this better than Trinidadian expatriate living in Vietnam, Soraya Ho Sing Loy. It takes her just a few steps from her front door to be completely absorbed in the electrifying energy of Ho Chi Minh City. The sound of traffic as a sea of hundreds of motorbikes and scooters flood onto the streets, is incessant.

Living abroad and indulging in cultures other than her own is nothing new for Soraya. She has lived in Barbados, London and Malaysia but it was love and marriage to the renowned Swedish exective chef Conny Andersson that led to her uprooting her life again and starting a new adventure in Vietnam.

It is hard to imagine, says Soraya, that Vietman was embroiled in a bloody war 40 years ago that resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands to millions of lives. The war left the country's agriculture and economy in shambles. Corruption reigned supreme in the aftermath and a trade embargo imposed by the US and most of Europe meant that most Vietnamese lived in dire poverty. Today, Vietnam is on the up-and-up. It's the third largest oil producer in Southeast Asia and its poverty rate has declined. There is an influx of posh hotels, French Vietnamese restaurants and luxury boutiques such as Louboutin, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Louis Vuitton and Gucci. Soraya is witness to this new Vietnam that has emerged from the ashes. As she travels the length and breath of Ho Chi Minh City, she is struck and humbled by the resilience of the people who don't wear the painful past as a millstone around their necks.

If she was in search of an adventure, she got it in Vietnam. There, nothing has come easy whether it's doing something as mundane and necessary as paying a light bill to something as routine as crossing the streets — in Vietnam these activities have their own challenges. With millions of motorbikes on the roads and an increasing number of visitor arrivals, the burning question asked by many tourists is: How do you cross the street?

"I've not been to India but a lot of people have compared the traffic to India and you see these little kids without helmets on motorbikes, you see not one or three but hundreds of motorbikes on the road and you have to learn to dodge them. I'm now able to cross a highway with hundreds of scooters around me and not be fazed because if you stop, that's it, you're gonna be hit, you just got to keep walking," says Soraya.

It does help that Soraya, a practicing Buddhist, starts her day with a chant and prayer. There are some experiences that take a lot of getting used to like strange exotic food from field mice, snake, frog, roaches to dog and worms. Then there are sights that are just plain comical.

"The most inexplicable scene I have witnessed is the congregation of women in the local square picking lice from each other's hair!" she says.

Then there are experiences that are challenging.

"Some days I get very annoyed like the day I went to open my bank account and they changed my name on me and I'm now called Ms Ho they forgot the entire of my last name and they put my first name last so I'm Ms Ho Soraya and as much as I try to tell them this is not my name I wouldn't be able to use this card anywhere else they were like, "no, that's your name in Vietnam"... there is the entire old communist way of thinking and everything is so much paperwork it is now becoming a norm for me to spend a couple of hours to pay my bills, not because there is a line, but because I have to fill out forms to pay bills then have them verified, then they are able to take my money," says Soraya.

Just when adjusting to life in a far away land can get a bit taxing, Soraya conjures up some of the most unforgettable memories that always leave a smile on her face, like riding on a motorbike through the old town of Hoi An alongside rice paddy fields, or enjoying the best Vietnamese street food she's ever had with friends by the seaside. Or the feeling of accomplishment when she volunteered at a charity event for orphans in honour of the Mid-Autumn festival or children's holiday. It's in those moments that she realises that despite the occasional loneliness or the yearning for something that reminds her of Trinidad, her home is Vietnam and she has begun to embrace the country as voraciously as its people have embraced her.

"I now have a life here and new friends and a purpose. Yes some may say I'm lucky, I have a husband to support me, and I can stay at home and don't have to work being an expat's wife, but I have now realised that I too can build a life here, you don't need much, it's the simple basic qualities of love, friendship and courage that get you through these times, be it in your own country or elsewhere. So when people stare at me awkwardly, or touch my skin, or ask me a hundred times "where are you from?", even referring to me as Chocolate Lady and even changing my name to Ho S Soraya on bank statements, I can laugh about it", she says.

Aside from the personal belongings she brought with her from Vietnam, Soraya kept the warrior spirit her supportive family back in Trinidad instilled in her from early on, but living in a man's world that is Vietnam, it helps that she has her own identity. She encourages women to be bold and step out of their comfort zones and consider giving Vietnam a try.

"A life does not change because you move location but when you let prayer determine your fate everything changes in a positive way. Getting out of your comfort zone does not mean living a lower life state; it just means taking a chance, being courageous, giving yourself an adventure. We are global citizens and the world needs us. Put faith into action," she says.

What irks Soraya the most is the name 'trailing wives' that is given to wives of expatriates because it carries with it the connotation that women like her shop by day and swirl champagne by night.

"My husband has encouraged me to get involved with everything I could possibly do. Many people have this idea that expat wives drink and party all day long, well sorry but that's not the case especially here in Asia, where many wives are now the main household income earners. I suddenly found myself wanting to be creative and prove to myself that I was capable of making an income out of a hobby, that way I won't have to be stuck in an office 9 to 5. I have just invested with a Japanese designer and will be launching his fabulous hand crafted bags in Trinidad this November," says Soraya.

So what is your ambition in life? Whether it's exploring exotic cultures halfway across the globe or staying put in Trinidad, make the decision to contribute to someone else's happiness, stresses Soraya.

"A lot of women are trapped by their circumstance, seized by a sense of powerlessness and hopelessness. Thankfully through my Buddhist practice and daily prayer, I am constantly reminded that I have a mission to fulfill and I must continue to use my unique talents and abilities to achieve my goals and contribute to the happiness of myself and others," she says.

I believe that when you make a decision to contribute to someone else's happiness, it is you who benefit most... a truly happy person is a successful one."

General Discussion / Literal definition of get beat like a snake
« on: November 06, 2012, 01:56:32 PM »

[url[/b]]Police: Massachusetts man used pet python to attack woman[/url]

A Massachusetts man is facing charges for allegedly using a pet python to beat his girlfriend as she soaked in a hot tub, injuring the woman and ultimately killing the snake.

West Springfield police say 34-year-old Keith Paro is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges of domestic assault and battery, larceny over $250, wanton and malicious damage over $250, and cruelty to animals.

Police say the couple got into an argument on Tuesday night and Paro removed the snake from a cage and "began beating the female repeatedly." Police say Paro threw the snake in the hot tub when he was done, and it died.

The woman suffered bruising to her knees, back, arms and stomach.

Paro fled after the alleged assault before turning himself in late Thursday.


Jokes / Father of the Year nominee
« on: November 02, 2012, 01:15:44 PM »

General Discussion / soo,,wuh is Trump story in troot?
« on: October 24, 2012, 12:09:22 PM »
How he does be ridin allyuh president hard hard so...even sheldon adelman doh make dis kinda comess


General Discussion / De Original Village Ram
« on: October 18, 2012, 06:51:37 AM »


A man in India has become the world's oldest father at 96 after his wife gave birth to a baby boy.

Ramajit Raghav, a labourer from a town in the outskirts of New Delhi has stated his claim as the world's oldest man to father a child.

His wife Shac**tala Devi, who is in her fifties, delivered their son Ranjeet on October 5 in a government hospital and is reportedly in good health.

The couple had already shot to fame in 2010, when at 94 years-old Raghav fathered his first son Vikramajeet.

Raghav reportedly claims not to have taken any medicine or performance enhancers to conceive his children.

He gives credit to his long celibate life for his current vitality, saying that he remained a bachelor and practiced celibacy until he met his wife then years ago.

Raghar's wife has now decided to undergo a tubectomy for permanent contraception to prevent further pregnancies.

The couple own two cows and avail old age pension as a source of income.

Olympic Discussion / Olympic Quotes
« on: August 14, 2012, 11:02:41 AM »
"The two most difficult jobs in the world are saving the miners in Chile and taking over the men's basketball team in China." — Chinese player Wang Zhizhi. The Chinese finished winless under Bob Donewald.

"I do not have any idols. I am my own idol." — judo athlete Ilgar Mushkiyev from Azerbaijan.

"When I first got into a rowing boat, I fell into the water. But I am a good swimmer, so it was no problem." — Hamadou Djibo Issaka, who had only been in wooden fishing boats until three months ago but was in the Olympics as a rower because Niger was given a spot and had no one else.

"They are in a safe deposit box with some armed men around them." — Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, on the location of his gold medals.

"I'm completely gutted. We'll spend days, weeks, months, the rest of our lives trying to work out if we could have done more." — British rower Zac Purchase, after finishing a close second.

"There is no feeling like it. Maybe the same as the first time you hold a new baby in your arms." — Denmark rower Mads Rasmussen, on winning a gold medal.

"We could end tomorrow, and we're going to be happy for the rest of our lives." — Mike Bryan of the USA, after he and brother Bob won the men's doubles tennis gold medal at Wimbledon.

"I'm nervous to undergo an operation to fix my sight, because it is not a hindrance. I'm yet to find a doctor who would want to operate on a world record-holder." — Russian shooter Alexei Klimov.

"Some of them simply live in a fantasy world. I don't. I could imagine I look like (French actor) Alain Delon or James Bond, but I don't. I look more like a monkey." — Russian women's team handball coach Evgeny Trefilov.

"They picked me for a doping test. They simply cannot believe that such a great body can be built without any banned stuff." — Hungarian water polo player Zoltan Szecsi.

"We were holding them when they were dying. It is still a motivation for us, and they are always present for us." — Egypt soccer captain Mohamed Aboutrika, about the 74 victims of a soccer riot in February.

"I expected to do better, but the weights were too heavy." — Micronesia weightlifter Manuel Minginfel.

"I am sure that I am the first monk to be an Olympic rider, but I am not so perfect a monk and not so perfect a rider. Every morning I close my eyes and think of getting better." — Kenki Sato, Japanese equestrian athlete and Buddhist monk.

"When baby kicks, I will breathe in and breathe out and calm myself down. I'll tell the baby, 'Behave yourself and help mommy to shoot.' Luckily she understands." — Malaysia's Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi, who competed in shooting while pregnant.

"Do you think I'd tell you if they had?" — British rider Zara Phillips, when asked if she had gotten any advice from her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, or her mother, Princess Anne.

"First of all, I have to tally up who I owe money to." — American weightlifter Sarah Robles, on the financial challenges of training for the Olympics.

"For me the meals in the UK are quite monotonous, so I wanted to eat something which is at least close to Hungarian dishes. And the closest thing was bread and butter." — Hungarian canoer Attila Vajda.

"We are not obliged to throw our president out of a helicopter." — Marco Balich, executive director of Rio de Janeiro's handover ceremony Sunday, referring to the spoof of Queen Elizabeth parachuting into the opening ceremony.

"The medal hasn't had the good effect I hoped for." — British equestrian rider Scott Brash, who had said on TV he hoped a gold medal would help him meet girls.

"It is like a love story. You can give a lot, but you get nothing. We didn't just get the medal. Whatever question you ask, I don't know what to answer. I have my eyes for crying." — Bruno Bini, French women's soccer coach after losing to Canada for the bronze medal.

"When I used to go running, I used to see all these crackheads and drug addicts. I didn't want to be like them." — Claressa Shields, a native of Flint, Mich., who became the first American woman to win a gold medal in boxing.

"We are just not right in the head. That's why we are interested in it." — Gold medalist Sergey Kirdyapkin of Russia, on being a race walker.

"Our opponents were better than us, and we must congratulate them and prepare for our next race. In the pub." — Filip Dvorak of the Czech Republic, after finishing fifth in canoeing.


Best athletes names at the Olympics
Irie from Japan
Dong Dong from China

General Discussion / Pussy riot in church triggers arrests
« on: June 27, 2012, 02:03:05 PM »
........okay allyuh get ah 6 for ah 9, but yellow journalism is de bess


Punk band Pussy Riot arrested for anti-Putin church demonstration
Six members of the band Pussy Riot have been arrested for staging a protest against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

The Moscow Times reports that the punk protestors will now face hooliganism charges following their demonstration at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow last month. If found guilty, they could face up to seven years in prison.

Putin recently triumphed in the Russian Presidential election but, despite his insistence that his victory was clean and legitimate, the verdict has been marred by accusations of fraud by his competitors.

Members of the band had staged an impromptu performance at the church on February 21, when they sang a song called 'Holy Shit' as a protest against the Orthodox Christian's church alleged support for Putin. Although the group were initially able to flee before police arrived, the Interior Ministry have now confirmed that they have been captured and arrested. Three women and one man were arrested last Saturday (March 3), with police apprehending another two suspects the following day (March 4).

The Interior Ministry said:
These citizens were taken in on suspicion of committing a crime, one involving a gross violation of public order, including inciting religious hatred as part of a planned conspiracy.
Meanwhile, RIA Novosti reports that two members of the band, named as Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, have gone on hunger strike since their arrest. The pair claim that they should be released on bail as they have underage children and therefore would be unlikely to flee, but no official verdict has been made on their detainment.

I was goin and drive dong de road but since they forcin him to wear a tether it doh seem so death defyin and excitin no more

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. - Final preparations are underway for daredevil Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk across Niagara Falls, Ont., on Friday.

The seventh-generation member of the Flying Wallendas, a circus act and daredevil stunt group, spent months getting the necessary permissions from Canada and the United States for the cross-border stunt.

Wallenda's stunt will merge two pop culture traditions -- his own family's death-defying feats on the high wire and the daredevil acts at Niagara Falls that date back more than 100 years.

Crews, who are now getting the cable ready for this historic event, told CityNews a helicopter will be brought in tonight to help string it across.

The high-flying walk will see Wallenda travel across the Falls for more than a half-kilometre with a more than 60-metre drop.
No one has ever walked directly over the Falls, and officials haven't allowed any tighttop acts in the area since 1896.

As many as 120,000 people are expected to take in this once-in-a-lifetime event.

It took an act of the New York Legislature and persistent lobbying of Canadian parks officials to make Wallenda's planned wire stunt a possibility.

The Niagara Parks Commission board gave its thumbs up to Wallenda in February, reversing an earlier decision against the stunt.

General Discussion / $90,000 washicong
« on: June 11, 2012, 08:17:46 AM »
to ass wit facebook stock oui.......sneaks is de new way to get rich
Probably only in America: Sneakers going online for $90,000

Nike's new Air Yeezy 2 sneakers are out Saturday with an official price of $245. But why wait when a pair of the shoes -- "new with box" -- are going on eBay, after 81 bids, for $90,000 -- even as high bids for pairs of the same shoes have so far not even reached $2,000.

Seems pricy, but remember: Shipping is free.

Screen shot of ebay sale listing showing Air Yeezy II auction at $90,000.
CAPTIONBy noneOr maybe it's just a publicity stunt, given that it's $90,000 seems so far above market value given other Air Yeezy 2 shows on eBay are so fetching less than $2,000.

Or maybe you could search for deeper meaning in this bid price for the shoes, technically the Nike Air Yeezy 2 Jordan LeBron 9 Galaxy South Beach Elite which is billed as being designed by the entertainer Kanye West.

So what's so great about these shoes, which will go out in the kind of "limited" release Saturday that Nike and others use to generate lines at stores and subsequent publicity? (By the way, the $90,000 shoes on eBay would be delivered to you on Tuesday at the earliest.) Well, says nikeblog.com, these shoes "sport black over the anaconda-style leather upper, with a borderline-pink lining and (of course) glow-in-the-dark outsoles."

Of course, reducing this particular objet d'art -- these exact two shows -- to such mundane decriptive details is like describing the brush-stroke style of Edvard Munch'sThe Scream before it sold for $119.9 million.

General Discussion / truetrini stealing while on vacation again
« on: June 04, 2012, 06:33:00 AM »
................ah call him and aks if he goin to pawn it....he say nah he goin to porn it

Gold-Plated Vibrator Stolen From Erotica Luxo Sex Shop


BRASILIA, Brazil -- A man in Brazil has heisted an 18-carat gold-plated vibrator selling for $4,000 at a luxury sex shop.

Police say he walked into the Erotica Luxo store in Brasilia, tied up a clerk and took the item from its display case. He stole nothing else.

It's high season for erotic shops in Brazil as the nation celebrates its own Valentine's Day in less than two weeks.

Store owner Vanessa Baldini tells the G1 news website the robber might get no satisfaction from Wednesday's theft. She says the Swedish-made vibrator has a stainless steel core, making removing any gold plating extremely difficult.

And she notes the robber didn't take the vibrator's charger.

She says: "I really don't know what he'll do. I'll leave it up to his imagination."

Other Sports / Tiger family make de cut
« on: June 01, 2012, 10:11:02 AM »
18hole DNA

CHEYENNE Woods, the 21-year-old niece of Tiger Woods, has signed with her uncle's agent and is set to start playing in LPGA Tour events this year.

"I am really looking forward to pursuing my goals and dreams to compete on the highest level," Woods said on her management's website.

Woods posted the lowest scoring average at Wake Forest University and has graduated with a communications degree.

The daughter of Tiger Woods' half-brother Earl missed the cut at the 2009 Wegmans LPGA while playing on a sponsor's exemption.

Agent Mark Steinberg has represented Tiger since 1998 and left IMG to work at Excel a year ago.

"We are excited about the opportunity to represent Cheyenne," Steinberg said. "She has the chance to be a major star on the women's golf scene."

Meanwhile, Tiger has insisted he is close to contending on a weekly basis.

 "I think I'm headed in the right direction," he said yesterday.

"I'm going to try to continue to improve in incremental steps in every facet of my game and try to make every facet of my game more efficient."

Woods has one PGA Tour victory this year, but his game has hit a slump recently with a missed cut in Charlotte as well as 40th-place finishes at the Masters and Players Championship.

"I've just played three events -- I won a tournament (four) tournaments ago," he said. "If I get more efficient at what I'm doing, then I'm going to win golf tournaments."

Woods won at Congressional, the tournament

General Discussion / Dem Floridians so dotish
« on: May 28, 2012, 08:06:20 AM »
Everybody walkin dead zombie does eat de fleshy belly part first

Miami police kill naked man found eating another man’s face
MIAMI—A man was shot to death by Miami police, and another man is fighting for his life after his face was half eaten by a naked man, police said.

The horror began about 2 p.m. Saturday when gunshots were heard on an off-ramp of the MacArthur Causeway.

According to police sources, a roadside-assistance truck driver saw a naked man chewing on another man’s face and shouted on his loudspeaker for him to back away. A woman also saw the incident and flagged down a police officer.

The officer, who has not been identified, approached and, seeing what was happening, also ordered the naked man to back away. When he continued the assault, the officer shot him, police sources said. The attacker did not stop after being shot and the officer continued to shoot, killing the naked man.

The other man was transported to the hospital with critical injuries, according to police. Their identities were not released.


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