On-Line Family and Friends: I
hope all of you had a splendid holiday,
and are doing absolutely fantastic.
As 2012 dawns, I find it most appropriate to
express our sincere gratitude for your
love and undying support.
THANKS to each and every one of you
for genuinely embracing us, being intrigued
with our topics/issues, allowing us to
share our thoughts…[more importantly]
hearing our thoughts, respecting our
opinions and contributing to our
discussions. It is truly a pleasure having you our online family and
friends in our diverse circle; and your
understanding of us, as well as you
allowing us to be ourselves through the
words we write [as we connect with you
on a weekly basis] means the world to
thank you earnestly; and wish you a
blessed, prosperous, and joyful New Year -
I take a few moments to reflect on the
past year (2011,) I find myself smiling
gloriously; because in summary it was an
incredible year [personally]. Truly
some amazing things happened!
Ahh yes, every endeavor we
took on FEARLESSLY and “HEAD ON”
was positive and extremely successful.
I can happily say many of our goals were
met. Of course for us, and many of
you it haven’t been a smooth road; but
one filled with quite a bit of ups and
downs, defeats and setbacks.
But nonetheless we all triumphed,
and now are able to look back, analyze,
and most importantly learn from the
I reflect further, my mind races over the
inhumanity to man”…the
horrors of crime and not knowing how to
find a solution; and essentially defeat
The disasters/crisis that has
happened throughout the year; which at
times have left us in pain and very
Mainly…the many catastrophic
hurricanes, and disastrous tornadoes that
destroyed our homes; surroundings; and way
Plus the flooding that occurred in
many parts of the United States, as well
as the fires out West.
of course one cannot forget the dreadful
shocking earthquake and aftershocks that
rumbled through the North East region of
the United States (where rarely
earthquakes of that magnitude occur;)
as well as the Tsunami in Japan that
sparked the nuclear catastrophe of
Surprisingly and unfortunately my
little country of birth (Trinidad)
underwent its own share of problems:
a State of Emergency was issued by the
Government and a Curfew implemented all
for the sake of crime (per the
Government's explanations). [The SOE
stayed in effect for quite a few months.]
Terribly, the citizens of
Trinidad and Tobago Constitutional rights were stripped; and they were: (1) constantly
mistreated by Powers that be [harassed
excessively, disrespected, and physically
abused;] (2) detained and jailed for
enormous amounts of time; (3) Their life
and livelihood turned upside down due to
the curfew; causing them TO NOT be
able to work and
provide a normal and proper life for them
and their families.
Hum, not to mention the
constant rise in unemployment; the
intolerable injustice many have suffered;
the senseless wars that are being fought
in foreign lands basically for control [and
quite frankly…TO IMPLEMENT
DEMOCRACY;] and even the obsceneness
Additionally, we have witnessed
some important leaders/heads of
countries/nations assassinated in the most
brutal way; and the fall of some important
a doubt, for another year the social media
“thing” has been amazingly
outstanding. People who have adamantly stated they will not conform to/[“get
with”] social media; has joined in
with many around the world and is now
“Facebooking,” “Tweeting,” and
building their communities via their own
social networking websites.
throughout the year, President Barack
Obama has been fighting quite hard to live
up to some of his promises. Wow,
the long and dragged out fights with the
“Grand Old Party…the Republicans,”
and even some of his colleagues in his own
party have been difficult; but for the
most part successful.
Most importantly, President Obama
has lived up to his word of bringing the
troops who were fighting in Iraq back home
to the United States to their loved
INDEED THIS HAS
BEEN AN EXTREMELY NOTABLE AND THRILLING
Don't you agree??? In fact, an
unforgettable year…a year where so much
love was shared (unconditionally), as well
as the contentment and joy we experienced
with every accomplishment; even the laughs
and some tears.
It has truly been an incredible
journey, and the memories…ohhh...the
many memories will forever stay in our
minds, which I know many of you will
Hum…if you are like me, then you are
anxiously looking forward to the exciting
months ahead and smiling...and thinking
about what this New Year 2012 will bring.
Surely, it offers us the
opportunity for both reflecting on what
has gone, and the anticipation of the
future; as well as NEW ASPIRATIONS, NEW
HOPES, NEW JOYS, NEW RESOLUTIONS; AND A
WHOLE A NEW BEGINNING.
Uhm…hum...yup, I’m sure the thoughts and dreams of all the
things we plan to achieve is fresh and
clear in our minds; and we know what we
HAVE TO DO AND MUST DO.
Below are a few important things to keep in mind
as we move ahead in 2012.
And I have continued with my yearly
tradition of listing some New Year’s
Resolutions; which you are free to use as
guidelines for helping to fulfill your
dreams for 2012.
Most of us want to improve relationships with friends,
improve oneself, improve our health, or
even travel to parts of the world one wishes to see, but whatever it may be;
remember it's all possible “if YOU
want it to be."
must try very hard
to keep the optimism, motivation,
excitement and hope, and WE
must reflect positivity, and use positive
tones such as: "I can do this",
or "I believe I can accomplish
must not get caught up
with the excuses for not pursuing their
goals; such as: not having enough time,
being too tired, procrastinating or even
encountering adversities. One absolutely must stay focused on the goals
he/she has written down, focus on what
inspires them to work through any
adversity, maintain a positive attitude,
focus on their passions and inner peace; be
confident and follow the path THEY created to achieve
must be up for whatever the challenge may
be; and must be ready and
I AM SURE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO OVERCOME
EACH ONE OF THEM THIS YEAR.
smiling more, rejecting conflicts, not
being judgmental of oneself and others,
worrying less, enjoy every living
moment, extend love and learn to
help and work with others.
Most importantly, one must be filled
with hopeful gratitude
at Arious take this special opportunity to
give thanks to you for your business and
support throughout this past year-2011, and we
look forward to more in the New Year-2012.
We also celebrate this
past year for the wonderful relationships
that helped our business grow.
We look forward to continuing our
progress TOGETHER WITH YOU…!!!
we have stated in the past, our
love for the Community has been embedded
in our souls for as long as we can
remember; so it is a blessing to have
received the wonderful gift of having the
means to write and share our thoughts,
express our feelings, and collaborate with
such a diverse group of people - YOU
OUR ON-LINE FAMILY. It's
truly an incredible and unique feeling!
Many of you we certainly do not know
personally, but we share a special and
beloved relationship with each one of you.
We know we are in good company, and we
thank you for your light, guidance, and
most importantly SUPPORT.
wonderful to have learned so much this
past year, and throughout these years; and
we are so very thankful that overall and
through it all, everything has been truly
Gelukkige nuwe jaar - Xin Nian
Kuai Le - RUHUS HADUSH AMET - Bonne Annee
- Feliz Ano ~Nuevo!!! OUR BELOVED ON-LINE
FRIENDS AND FAMILY
I stated above, [and as I have done
every year] below is a list of some important
factors that we all must follow and keep
in our hearts and minds of this New Year.
Make sure this year is better than
all the others, and do everything
in your power to accomplish all
your resolutions. Actually,
make this year THE ONE that
you accomplish all your goals!
Pledge to do some of the things
you've always wanted to do but
couldn't find the time or the
Seriously STOP with the HATING and
begin LOVING and SUPPORTING
Drop an old grudge!!! Call
that friend you have had that old
grudge with and let them know that
you will let "bygones be
bygones", and you hope
they will do the same.
Replace that grudge with the
pleasant memories you built with
Stop rivaling your associates.
Be self-determining in working
toward and pursuing your
devise what you are working
towards "a work of
Be comfortable "in your
yourself...Love who you are...Love
what you are and what you do.
Don't be troubled about what
others may think of you, only
worry about you - because
"IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU" and
all about the positive things you
In these difficult and troubled
times focus on keeping your head
up. It may be complex for
you to do so, but you must
remember "life is like a
roller coaster, filled with ups
Therefore, you must hold on during
all the twists, turns, and downs,
and be mindful that the ups are
Vow not to make promises you don't
think you can keep.
Express your feelings freely and
openly, and don't be afraid to say
the sweetest words "I LOVE
YOU" more often.
Resolve to make at least one
person happy every day, even with
just a smile.
As you did in the past 4 years,
make this year "The year of
Change"! Continue with
what was driving many of us
during the 2008 and most
historical elections ...Change, an
overall change in every aspect of
Vow to take someone else along
with you once you have
accomplished your goals.
Give them a helping hand...boost
them up so they can become as
successful as you have become.
leave you with the few words that is
coming from deep within me and my husband
We at Arious Entertainment Group
are truly blessed and filled with
gratitude, and we pray you receive the
same kind of gifts throughout this New
Year we have. Additionally, once again we say, “Thank you"…Thank
you all our on-line family, friends and
readers. Thank you for visiting and
reading and commenting and for just being.
Here's to whatever comes next, and I beg
you to continue with achieving your goals
[successful overall and financially,]
virtual prosperity, progressive,
amazing/mind-blowing, fun filled, glorious
and victorious for 2012 and beyond.
for you joy, peace, happiness and
gratitude in response to all things. Additionally, we
wish you good Health, wealth, Love of
friends and family, and Blessings for this
New Year-2012. Yes, we wish you the best of everything... that you so
this New Year-2012 open up for
you new horizons,
fill your heart with new
hopes and bring for you Promises of
brighter tomorrows! Here’s wishing
you happiness and prosperity in the New
I close out for this week; I must take a
little time to acknowledge some important
to Portia Simpson Miller and her
People’s National Party (PNP) for
successfully defeating the Jamaica
Labor Party (JLP) in last week’s General
Elections held in Jamaica; and
victoriously becoming the Honorable Prime
Minister of Jamaica [once again.]
was truly an outstanding victory because
the citizens came out and voted for PNP
allowing them to capture 42 seats in the
country's 63-seat Parliament. Mrs.
Simpson Miller is a very strong woman, and
an outstanding leader; and without a doubt
WILL lead Jamaica back on a more positive
and successful path.
here to read more!
to the Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad
and Tobago, His Excellency Ambassador Neil
Parsan - along with his team, and the
Diaspora for the very successful event
they produced on December 31, 2011 “An
Old Year’s Night Masquerade Ball – A
Night of Mysterious Fantasy.”
This was their first of a series of
events leading up to the Anniversary of
Trinidad and Tobago’s 50th
are extremely proud of the turnout, and
observing the love and loyalty of the
Nationals were awe aspiring.
We are also very thankful for
being acknowledged in such a heartfelt
way; and most importantly we are very
proud to be official sponsors of the
Embassy and their events.
much have been planned for the 50th
celebration of Independence, so we ask
you to stay tuned to Arious for the
details, and for all the Embassy’s
upcoming events. You
can CLICK HERE to log on to the
to a lovely young Business Woman in our
area who is celebrating 7 years in
business. We wish Lisa
Waddell Rose continued success with
her flourishing Jamaican Restaurant –
“Jerk Pit”, located at 9078 Baltimore
Avenue in College Park, Maryland 20740.
Even though there are tough
days/nights in every business; Lisa’s
smile, her kindness and the love she
exhibits to her customers and friends are genuine;
which absolutely reflects her sincere
appreciation and gratitude for the support
and love she receives from the community.
and her team will be celebrating their 7th
Anniversary tonight (Jan. 6, 2012) at
her restaurant “Jerk Pit” with a
Music will be provided by the “VibesMaster”
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+ CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN LISA!
TODD AND I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST!
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