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You’ve waited for this moment. You’ve earned this rite of passage to finally have the independence of driving your own car. Whether you’re a recent graduate or just received your first job opportunity, the process involved in buying your first car can be overwhelming and filled with uncertainty.  To help you navigate these waters, we’ve compiled ten tips that can help you on your journey to becoming a car owner 1.     Establish a realistic budget – The first thing you need to do is review your current income and expenses and determine whether you can comf ...

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You’ve saved for years in order to buy your own home. You spend hours everyday, surfing the internet in a quest to find the perfect colour scheme for each room. You’re now an expert on choosing feng shui colours because you want to ensure that your new home is filled with positive energy.   Or maybe…You’ve always known that you wanted to run your own business.  After all your hard work and years of investing, you finally cut the ribbon for your grand opening.  It’s a wonderful feeling right?  I know…you don’t want to think about anything going wrong, but do ...

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The stores are packed, parking spaces are limited and there is just the right amount of Christmas carols to make one feel happy and jolly. However, there may be hazards at home or on the road that you should pay attention to in order to ensure the holidays remain jolly. It’s also the best time to perform safety checks and ensure that you have a stress-free Christmas. Here are some tips to survive the Christmas holidays:  1.    Update your contents insurance policy if you make purchases during the holiday season. Many people tend to ...

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There’s nothing sweeter than the sound of calypso music blaring at Crop Overand just witnessing the ‘vibe’ that the entire Crop Over season brings.  But what many people don’t know is that the vibrancy of the Barbadian Crop Over festival actually evolved from the harvest festivals of England and West Africa.  Barbadians and visitors alike get into the swing of things rather early, enjoying fetes, national symbols and festival characters,and while there are lots of events that helped to shape the Barbadianculture, there is something unique aboutthe Tuk Band. The Tuk Band ...

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How embarrassing are car odours?... Almost everyone’s go to for eliminating car odours is a good air freshener but sometimes they don’t get rid of the odour because the source is still there. Not only are car odours unpleasant, but since bacteria and mold are most times the culprits, that smell may actually be a sign of a more serious problem. To play it safe and help ensure a more enjoyable commute, here are a few steps for preventing car odours: Keep your Car Dry & Moisture-Free Environmental dampness tends to be the cause of many odours, but that doesn't mean you're helpless in d ...

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  Seeing to your vehicle's needs may extend the life of your vehicle, but seeing to them yourself can be an empowering experience that allows you to save time and money. Check out some of the things you can do for your own vehicle without anything but a few materials and a little elbow grease, from easiest to most challenging. 1. Change Air filtersYour air filter should be under the hood, but if you are a beginner, it's best to use your car's owner's manual to locate it. For many makes and models, you won't even need any tools to do this job: just flick up any latches that hold the air ...

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Imagine that you’ve just been seated at a new restaurant. The hostess brings you the menu and you notice that they’re serving ‘SWEAT’ and Sour chicken. We all appreciate a meal made with love and effort but I think that we can all agree that this is a bit much. As you continue to skim through the menu, you notice that the items aren’t listed in any cohesive order. The main course appears with your desert options and aside from the ‘sweat’ you’ll be having, you notice a host of other spelling errors on the menu. What’s your perception of this new restaurant?... Just like a men ...

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Do you get “road rage” from pushing a cart through the supermarket?...After all, those aisles CAN get pretty busy. If you do, then you just might have a problem. The term road rage is used to describe angry, hostile reactions directed towards other drivers and believe it or not is common among many drivers. So if time spent in traffic turns you into a raging bull that yells, gestures and changes lanes erratically, then it’s time to get your road rage under control. Anyone can be susceptible to road rage but it’s important to stay calm when driving and focus on getting to your destinat ...

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What makes anyone Caribbean?...  Aside from the many Caribbean accents and the propensity to “steupse” when annoyed, there are certainly other identifiable details that you won’t hear or see anywhere else.   Here are a few of our favourites.  Please feel free to share some of yours!       You LOVE Mangoes and have eaten them “Caribbean Style” Only someone from the Caribbean will be prepared to lick some mango juice off an elbow.   Yes!…in the Caribbean mangoes are plentiful and it IS socially acceptable to eat them from your hand without ...

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Long before that visible baby bump, you have so much to consider! You start thinking about the best baby gadgets and furniture, and scour the internet for the best name for your baby. There is no doubt that preparing for your baby requires hard work and a lot of energy. It’s easy to get lost in the excitement of painting the baby’s room and buying baby clothes, but don’t forget there’s a lot more you’ll need to do before your baby comes along. When your family grows one thing is certain, there will be financial changes. Nine months really is not a lot of time to prepare, so here ar ...

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