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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Restaurant Review: Ocean's Jamaica

Made a stop using the trusty TomTom XXL 530 GPS navigation system one Sunday after Church.


Ocean's Jamaica, visited November 7?, 2010

Address:

3757 Covington Highway
DecaturGA 30032
(404) 288-4897

Customer service: 3 stars
Food presentation: 2 stars
Food taste: 2 stars
Ambience: 1 stars








Curry chicken (what I ordered, with rice and peas and sorrel)






Grater cake...a sugary sweet coconut creation and Jamaican staple on dessert menus


Restaurant Review: Bahama Breeze

Actually the first place I visited and started taking pics with the intent to blog, however as it was the first time I forgot to get pics of the entire place!  Bahama Breeze is a Caribbean-themed restaurant always known for GREAT tasting food!  I've been to the one in Kennesaw up the I-75 North and it is great as well, probably even better than this one!


Bahama Breeze (Gwinnett), visited November 1, 2010

Address:
3590 Breckenridge Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 935-6509


Customer service: 5 stars
Food presentation: 4 stars
Food taste: 5 stars (dish on the left, what I ordered), 3 stars (dish on the right)
Ambience: 4 stars


coconut shrimp appetizer in front, strawberry daiquiri in back

Left: caribbean grilled chicken breast and strawberry daiquiri; right: jerk chicken pasta

Caribbean grilled chicken breast with sweet potatoes and green beans

Pineapple coconut martini!


Restaurant Review: Little Pattaya Thai Restaurant aka Little Thai

My reviews are going to be short, sweet, and to the point, and you can use the pics to judge for yourself if you would like to check it out.  I'll just rate them on customer service, food presentation, food taste, and ambience (how the restaurant looks) from one star bad to five star excellent.  If there's something else you want to see rated or want to know, just comment and I'll get back to you on that!

Treated the Little Princess to her first Thai restaurant as our special moment for my birthday.  Found Little Thai using the TomTom XXL 530 GPS navigation system by searching for any nearby "restaurant" and going down the list.

On with it!

Little Thai, visited November 2, 2010

Address:
220 Sandy Springs Circle Suite 209
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 943-9189



Customer service: 5 stars
Food presentation: 5 stars
Food taste: 5 stars
Ambience: 5 stars




Table inlay! Really beautiful touch!


Table settings and menu

Left: masaman curry and jasmine rice; center: chicken satay (front), Thai roti (back), raspberry lemonade; right: Thai tea

Fried ice cream

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

You can now call Eloquence, Inc. using Google Voice icon!

Google really is amazing, now there is Google Voice where you can choose your own number and activate to ring to your existing phone, for FREE!  Not to mention make international calls on the cheap and even a dedicated Google Voice blog for more information!

Great stuff!

Check out the bubble to the left of the blog with the phone icon...one more way to get in touch and stay connected!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

R.I.P. -- remembering through my friend's favourite song: music unites us!

My recently deceased friend's favourite song...he was from the US Virgin Islands and I am from Jamaica, but it never ceases to amaze me how dancehall, reggae, and other music unites people across national, cultural, racial, socio-economic, and even religious barriers...



Playing it in memoriam...

Trinidad Carnival 2011 Housing... Accomodations Available for 1 Male, 1 Female

I have two spaces available in our hotel rooms, for one male (in a male triple) and one female (in a female triple).   Message me or email (eloquence.inc@gmail.com) for details ASAP as the rest of the housing deposit is due very soon. 


It is SMALL, basic, but clean accommodations at La Calypso Guesthouse at 46 French Street, near French and Roberts. I blogged about it here and here.


Excellent location as per a YUMA masquerader who went to take a look for me, just small and an older property.  However beds and bath are clean and they have free internet access in the lobby and air conditioned rooms.  


Please include a link to your facebook profile if you email me. Thanks!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

R.I.P. Bad news this morning my friend & fellow masquerader died last night...

He was shot and killed in the Virgin Islands last night.

And I was in shock...didn't feel real...

Til I wrote on his wall and realized even if I reach 100 years old he is NEVER going to answer.

Then the tears came.

He was one of the friends that was going to play mas with YUMA in TNT with me. It reminded me of the song that says something like enjoy yourself in the mas cause you never know, it could be your last.

The main point of tnt/playing mas aside from a break from U.S. life was a way to reunite with old friends...and now he won't be there.

He is one of THE calmest most relaxed people I know I can't even understand who would do that to him, or why...

*wipes tears* I didn't think I would cry. Haven't seen him in years. Something about writing on the fb wall made reality strike.

The news (once I realized it was REAL and not some sick joke), made me think of Rupee's song... "enjoy yourself in the mas, cause you never know...it could be your last"...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Eloquence, Inc. Job Hunting Bible!

Please let me know if any of the tips help you!  These are all things that have worked for me not just what I think sounds good!



Get a professional looking/sounding email address that is used for work and job seeking purposes.  hotboyz69@gmail is not cool. msamuels2010@gmail is.

And on that note don't have some email address that has a bunch of underscores and characters.  Too much extra maneuvering on the keyboard when is time to type it in.

Put a SIGNATURE in your emails that clearly states your name, school if you recently graduated, and current mailing addresss, telephone number, email address, and LinkedIn page if you have one you actively use.

It is better to be employed somewhere than have a huge gap in work, but it is better to have a gap while you search for a proper fit than keep hopping from one miserable mismatch to another until a real job comes along.  That looks even worse.

If you graduated within the last 2 years, you're a recent graduate, put your academics at the top.  If graduated more than 2 years ago, you considered an entry-level professional at least and have the option to list your work experience first.

If you are looking for work through temp agencies don't expect them to always get back to you when they are flooded with HUNDREDS of applications for every position in this economy...get a folder to keep your search paraphernalia organized, and get a strategy.   Most of them have online profiles they want you to fill out so make up your mind to spend time registering, entering your resume in their database, and clicking on jobs to apply...then note the name of the recruiter responsible for that job and their email and/or phone and CALL after you submit your application.  If you are not registered with them and sound interesting they should call you to come in so they can see how you present yourself, and test you on any major skills you said you had, such as typing, excel, quickbooks, etc.  Register with several and call them once a week to let them know you are still available and interested. AND DO NOT THINK JUST CAUSE THEY SAY COME IN AND LET'S TEST YOU THAT YOU SHOULD not SHOW UP IN A SUIT! IT'S AN INTERVIEW!


Look at yourself in the mirror as you talk about your work experience and specific accomplishments (how you achieved them)...notice any nervous habits or weird expressions and fix your body language/face to give off the vibes that you want.  Or better yet that the interviewer wants.

When doing phone interviews at the very least stand up and smile once in a while to relax your face and sound friendly.  Do not sit or lounge around it affects how your voice comes out of your body.  At best you can actually dress up in a suit as if you were being seen and of course smile.  Do not walk around it makes you sound breathless and either immature or unprepared/rushed.

If you're thinking of getting braids, some new style of weave, a new hair colour, or growing dreads...wait til after you get the job at least and after your 90 day (or however long) probation ends to be really safe.  Don't want to risk an easy firing over b.s. like personal grooming.  However they met you, it's best to show up looking same way.


On a less pc note, play up any physical type qualities you have that don't involve being naked or near it.  If you always hear you have a nice smile you better use it.  If people like your accent don't start twanging now...if people DON'T understand you please start twanging now. lol.  If you have great fashion sense dress up your suit without going off the deep end etc.

Create a cover letter that is easy to personalize to each company/person with simple changes of a couple key words here and there.  You can have one cover letter for each industry you are interested in that highlights your skills based on what's important to that industry...and then tweak the one or two words to suit whoever you applying to.  I got nice jobs and did not make up brand new cover letters for each one, that's ridiculous and a waste of time.  On the other hand, making them gave me enough practice that I can now shoot off a nice paragraph on the fly...so get comfortable with it and it won't be hard.

Create an objective line that is easy to personalize by company/position with the insertion of just the position name and company name somewhere in the sentence.

Leave off your bachelor's degree info for jobs that only require a high school diploma unless you have gaps in your employment history that can only be justified by school.

If you know how to integrate it, use industry jargon SPARINGLY to describe your work experience.  Make sure it actually applies to you!  Why do this? Because when using searchable databases, both online and the companies' own, industry keywords are used and if you resume has none of them it is less likely to even hit the interviewer's or recruiter's radar.  In the electronic age it's like the "tag" in a blog.


Have a pretty, formatted version of your resume and a plain text version that has no graphics, no bullets, nothing but what can be typed using a basic keyboard and number pad.  And it must all be flush left.  So use extra returns to separate parts, and asterisks or other simple symbols on the basic keyboard in place of bullets.  Again in the electronic age, need one like this to be scannable for some companies. It is okay if this one is more than one page.

SEND A THANK YOU LETTER TO THE PERSON WHO INTERVIEWED YOU and highlight either something of value you forgot to note about yourself or that they noted about you during the interview...figure out a way to work it into a nice short one paragraph thank you and make sure to have a closing line that reminds them how much you want to work for them.  I got compliments on my attitude in an interview and made sure remind him what he said in my thank you...  According to what i read in the past online, only a tiny percent of folks ever send a thank you letter.

Remember that these days with all the pre-screening HR does it's really unusual for interview candidates to have WIDELY varying qualifications for the job...so it's the little "b.s." things like manners, how you speak, how well you seem to know your own skills and abilities, attitude, and follow up that may really separate winners and losers.


Dont take rejections personal.  Not every job you meet minimum qualifications for is going to be a match...if you getting too down, take a break and do something fun and relaxing and come back strong...i can't tell you how many times I get comments on my positive attitude in interviews and even hear how people come in looking or sounding desperate or depressed because of the market and maybe how long they been looking.  If i got that bad i took a break off applications and idled on the net or something to clear my head...

Be proactive...read career and job hunting advice on msn, eHow, google search results, etc.  Research each aspect separately and read read read.  Trends change don't just go off what some friend who was looking work when dinosaurs roamed the earth tells you.

KNOW what soft and hard skills you bring to the table, and KNOW what your flaws are on your resume that you could be asked about, and KNOW the answer you are going to give on each of the above!  Pretty much like going into any other relationship, if you don't know why you should be The One, why should the other party know?  At the same time it's okay to think for a second and not just fill every silent moment with nonsense.


Ask for a business card.  And have a job seeker business card of your own ready to hand out...it's much more portable than an 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper.

If you have less than 10 years of professional experience your U.S. resume is to be one page or die!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

YUMA Vibes!

Just felt like sharing...gotta stay hype for Trinidad 2k11!

So I was asked "What's your definition of a REAL MAN?"

This Facebook anonymous Q&A status game has gone viral, and now they are doing it elsewhere.  If you don't know, it's where someone asks you a question, any question, and you post it up without identifying who asked, and post the answer, in the format Q: then A:...


This question is one many women need to ask themselves and maybe it will help them determine who is real and who is a fraud as they navigate the stormy seas of the dating/mating "game."  Keep in mind these are MY answers and I am not prescribing them for anyone, just posting my own thoughts!  Let me know what you think!

Q: What is your definition of a real man?

A: 

He's strong (and I do not mean physically).

He has genuine respect for women, especially for his woman.

He has a healthy normal relationship with his mother if she's in his life and same for the father if he's in his life...if they are not proper parents then a real man has learned or been taught the proper relationship between a man and a woman and between that pair and a child by another couple or set of couples.



He has manners.

He has ambition and has evidence of being able to actually apply it to his life.

He has great problem-solving and critical thinking skills...you know, leadership abilities.

He inspires me.

He causes me to admire him without effort on his part, just the way he naturally is is admirable...

He is hardworking.



He is honest and can do it without being rude.

He may not be perfect, but when things are brought to his attention, he really tries...

He can form a monogamous, loving, and passionate bond with a woman. (As opposed to a professional gyallis who needs someone to justify settling down to him cause he literally sees no advantage to not whoring around.)

He is not afraid of the spiritual aspect of life and can hold real conversations about his beliefs and mine without drama. 



He is a positive person.

He enjoys life, and doesn't merely survive through it.

He knows himself and his flaws, and knows a good woman along with/in spite of her flaws when he sees one.

lemme stop yah lol. 



Sunday, November 14, 2010

Feeling Prizm International's DRINKAH--THE MIX podcast mix album! Drinkah coming November 27 Atlanta!

Check out Prizm International on Facebook  and the podcast from DJ Choice One:
http://djchoiceonemd.podomatic.com/entry/2010-11-07T15_03_32-08_00

What do last night, Little Thai, Ocean's Jamaica, French pedicures and Atlanta's fall colours have in common?

I'll be blogging about them this week. lol

Quick preview:

1. I accidentally went NOWHERE last night (and if you remember, I was supposed to be going here)! lol Got the Little Princess (I've decided the kids should be the Little Princess after her favourite type of cartoon character and the Little Dragon after the very powerful Chinese year in which he was born) off to the sitter...and...woke up this morning! I know, that sucks, I was all ready to bring pictures!  It's okay though there is always a next time!

2. I been meaning to post a review and pics of Little Thai restaurant, where me and the Little Princess went for my birthday...her first Thai restaurant, and my first one in Atlanta!  I love Thai food so that blog post's coming soon.

3. Review also coming for Ocean's Jamaica, a restaurant I found today after church by using my TomTom GPS to search for whatever restaurant was nearby the place I got my French pedicure done!

And yes, I am very happy to have gotten the toes done even though it's boots season...and I am not the only Scorpio who decided we not bringing sexy back to our feet next summer, we going to make sure it never leaves! lol A couple friends on my fb were having the same thoughts as me!

The public may not be seeing them but ELOQUENCE, INC. will and I want see pretty French tips shining back at me!  Sometimes it's not about what "they" think, it's about what YOU think after having to actually look at yourself!

4. And last but not least, a look at the beauty of Atlanta...my neck of the woods...in fall!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Tonight in Atlanta: DJ Stephen all black party, Trina and Dipset at Mansion Elan!



I'm out tonight anyway for:


...so I said why not see what else is going on tonight and make it a double header?

Just passing the word on from my Facebook inbox!  

Mike McKoy November 13 at 1:14pm Reply • Report

Last weeks bash with the Phoenix Suns and The Atlanta Hawks wasoutstanding! This week the Core DJ’s Retreat brings the musicindustry’s elite to Atlanta! Hosted by Trina and 1,000 of America'shottest DJ's, this party promises to be high energy as everyone canget in FREE with an RSVP! BTW… Did we mention that Atlanta’sladies drink FREE Rose’ until 11PM!
LADIES FREE TIL Midnite WITH RSVP!GUYS FREE TIL 11PM WITH RSVP!
COMPLIMENTARY ROSE FOR LADIES UNTIL 11PM
RSVP NOW TO events@mymodeltalk.com OR VIA ATLANTA’S INCROWD: http://bit.ly/aoTCzD

And while you ponder what to wear, check out an article on the glossy, flossy Atlanta nightlife scene I came across a minute ago:

ATLiens, are we too cute to party?

*edit* Realized I can't go to both... *sad face* maybe next time for the Mansion!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

One of America's bestl realities is that any lifestyle you want to maintain can be had at an affordable price... if you know where to look to afford it!
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