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NGSB 24 yrs old

2020.10.29 04:25 hextechAngular NGSB 24 yrs old

Ano po maadvice nyo saken ever since never ako nahkagirlfriend , inattempt ko manligaw lately pero walang ngyari.Antanda ko na 24 nako gf nalang kulang saken , may matino akong work na naeenjoy ko with decent salary. Di ako ganun ka friendly and it takes time bago ko makaclose ang isang babae. Im not into dating sites triny ko na sya pero mas gusto ko talaga ung makikilala ko personally eventhough may pagkamahiyain ako. No age pressure aside parang ayoko pa talaga magka gf gusto ko muna yumaman , mareach ang 6 digit salary at makapagpatayo ng sarili kong kumpanya before hitting 30s. I know masyadong ambitious pero saken mas realistic sya kesa magkaroon ng gf.
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2020.10.19 09:05 alpha_atlas_ After getting my certificate of 15hr TDC and 8hr PDC, I applied for my Non-Pro Driver's License at LTO East Ave today and I failed :(

Hi guys I just want to vent out 😭 sobrang lungkot ko kanina potek. Buti nalang naka-mask at face shield ako kaya di kita yung iyaq ko 😆
I already had my Student License last year pero nag expire na last May (wasn't able to process it for months and I was in the province during the lockdown). I occasionally drive our Revo-Tamarraw, which has manual transmission, and natuto ako ng basic driving with the help of my friend and my mom. I went to LTO 2 months ago and asked if I could apply for non-pro but they told me that it's already beyond the date of their extension period so I had to apply through the NEW LTO SYSTEM.
So ginawa ko lahat sa new process of getting a Student License which is to attend a 15 hr TDC (3 days Zoom call to then may quiz and exam) and I passed the theoretical exam. I got my TDC cert and my NEW Student License and then I enrolled in an 8 hr Practical Driving Course (sa driving school) and passed and got my certificate also. I already drove around Sampaloc, Cubao, Quezon Ave, Commonwealth, EDSA, and QC Circle with our Revo and Sedan from the driving school. No issues, all good. I went through the hassles of the process and siyempre nag-antay ng sobrang tagal sa mga office ng LTO and waited for 1 month para valid na yung SL ko na i-apply ng NPDL.
Today, I went to LTO East Ave hoping that finally I could get my NPDL. I paid all the fees and waited for more than 3 hours this morning until my name was called for the written exam. I passed the written exam because it was just like the TDC. Pero for the practical, I rented a LTO car for 250 pesos, and nung inistart ko yung manual na kotse, nanibago ako sa pedal ng sasakyan, gusto ko sana dahan dahan lang since masikip yung route dun sa LTO, kaso potek onting tapak lang sa gas sobrang bilis na agad 😳 tapos yung clutch ang hirap tapakan, so kumakadyot pa jusq, so triny ko mag-adjust sa timpla ko sa pedal and sa maneuver nung kind of car na prinovide, pero while still adjusting, biglang sabi nung instructor magright daw ako then pagka-right ko, ang bilis ng gas so na-mali tantya ko,potek tumama sa gutter :((( Sobrang lungkot ko dahil bagsak hayst :((( first time ko na tumama sa gutter tapos during LTO practical exam pa :((( tapos ang dami pang nanonood na mga nakapila so pagkalabas ko ng kotse potek hiyang hiya ako 😭😭😭
Balik daw ako bukas 2nd try :((( I need your advice guys, penge naman ng motivation at pampalubag loob :(( kamusta experience niyo sa bagong pag-apply ng NPDL? may naka-usap ako na fixer pero ewan ko kung i-go ko ba. Ano sa tingin niyo?
EDIT: I edited some info para mas detailed like yung type ng car, month, etc. Thank you so much for your suggestions!!
UPDATE: Hello guys good morning! I'm here a LTO again and I just finished retaking the 2nd exam. I used the same car from kahapon and someone advised last night na tapik tapik lang sa accelerator. I passed -80. And now I'm waiting for the release of my NPDL!!! Thank you so much for your advices last night!!! 💗💗💗💗
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2020.09.16 00:38 ComunCoutinho Kama's interlude translation

Interlude: Love/Corruption is always by your side

Mash: da Vinci... We need to have a very important talk.
da Vinci: Oh, I know. This is a concern we can’t overlook. Not treating it is not an option. We could be too late for it, even. At this point, we should even be considering means to do it by force.
Mash: Is it really that bad…? Yeah… it is. I… understand. I'll do anything necessary, no matter who objects. Because this problem is not just ours… Have you already told Master?
da Vinci: I just called them before you came in. They should be here at any moment n-
[Fujimaru opens the door]
Fujimaru: Hello. / da Vinci called me here. Is there anything you need?
da Vinci: Sorry for calling on such a short notice. We got some pretty important we need to talk. It’s-
[Fujimaru starts falling asleep]
Fujimaru: (Huh…?)
[Fujimaru collapses]
Mash: Ah! S-stay strong, Master! Master…!
da Vinci: This is terrible! Call the infirmary immediately, ask for a stretcher.
[Fujimaru wakes up in the CCC classroom, hearing lots of students talking with each other]
Fujimaru: H-huh…? I’m in…. / A classroom…?
???: Good morning. How late must have you gone to sleep last night to be able to take naps between one class and the other?
[Kama appears, in her second Ascension]
Fujimaru: Huh? Why…
Kama: What’s wrong? Are you still half-asleep? Don’t tell me you forgot who I am?
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Fujimaru: Who…? / I didn’t forget you, Kama.
Kama: Sheesh. Some jokes are just not okay. I’m Kama. Your classmate… and girlfriend, remember?
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Fujimaru: Who…? / I didn’t forget you, Kama.
Kama: Yes, that’s me, Kama. Can’t have you forget me. I’m the classmate you’re dating with. I’ll get mad if you bully me, you know? Blep.
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Fujimaru: Yes, my girlfriend. My girlfriend and… / You’re also a Servant, right…?
Kama: Hmm, seems like the effects are not perfect in my current state. Well, it seems like you’ve accepted the bare minimum premise, so I guess that’s enough… Anyways, Fujimaru. I’m the lovey-dovey (lol) girlfriend you connected your heart to, and this is our usual classroom. That’s all you need to know. Can you see our quiet and fun lives?
[All classmates shown in this section are wearing their Ascension or Costume that looks the most like a school uniform]
Nero: Aye, I beat you barely. This PE class we just came back from showed me you are talented! Come on, it is still not too late. How about you quit the Assassin club and aim for the imperial championship in my club?!
X: I’ll never! I already told you dozens of times, the Saber club is my greatest enemy! The only club playing for our school in the national championship is my Assassin club, which is the REAL Saber club, and you know it very well. When you’re coming home back from school, take the paths with the most viaducts and dark alleys, please!
Mordred: Ugh, this sucks. The next class is so boring. Should I ditch it?
Astolfo: Oh, great idea. I’m going with you.
X Alter: Agreed… The school shop has a very limited amount of potato yokan, so this must be the most guaranteed route to get one.
El-Melloi II (Young): Hey, stop right there. You forgot who the teacher in this class is? As the class representative, he’ll yell at me instead of yelling at you!
Brynhild: … (Knitting in silence)
Caesar: Hmmmmmmm. I knew this next semester’s budget wouldn’t be easy to manage. Where should I be cutting expenses from…
Jekyll: Can I help you? You shouldn’t hesitate to ask for help from a fellow student council member.
Caesar: No, you do your own job, secretariat. I want my job as easy as possible, but I alone am enough. [Ceasar thinks of Arjuna] It is a job our dear “fair and impartial” student council president tossed directly to me. He did it because he thinks I can do it. Then I must. I cannot lose to him in the upcoming elections and I cannot lose to him here either.
Suzuka Gozen: Howdy, peeps. I’m hecking late.
Minamoto no Raikou: Won’t you even apologize for it, Suzuka?! How many classes do you think you already missed?
Suzuka Gozen: Yo, that’s not my fault. It’s was pretty much all Nagiko’s fault actually.
Sei Shounagon: Ahahahaha, you wouldn’t believe how many people line up for just a cup of tapioca! It’s like we live in a society!
Fujimaru: Are those… all of our classmates?
Kama: Yes, they are. Some classmates are your friends, some aren’t. There’s nothing out of the ordinary in this school environment. There’s nothing you need to worry about in this peaceful spectacle. And to top it off, you have me as your girlfriend. Life couldn’t be happier, could it? No, it couldn’t. Now, Fujimaru, let’s make out. Let’s see, I just analyzed all the wishes in your deep psyche and… you want us to drink some juice from the same bottle, listen to music sharing a pair of headphones, and…? Huh, is this really enough for you? Everything listed here feels too platonic. Now you’re getting me embarrassed. You really don’t wanna do it hidden behind the school or in the gym warehouse? You don’t need to hold back on anything. Show me more of the desires on the bottom of your heart. I got it, how about I give you a nickname? As your girlfriend, I should be calling you by a cute pet name.
Medusa: Sorry for the stupid question, but… you’re not planning on calling them senpai, are you?
Kama: Wha, don’t scare me like that. What are you talking about, classmate Rider? Are you glitching? Ok, I admit my first idea was to spice the backstory with this minute age gap. But ultimately I decided against calling you senpai by default because I always choking on the word for whatever reason. Maybe the word doesn’t sit well with this body? Whatever, that’s why I decided to make us the same age. That’s the most classic trope, no?
Medusa: Is that’s so…? I didn’t understand anything, but ok, understood. No matter what you’re doing, even if you’re no longer yourself, seeing you smile next to people you love makes everything right. After all you’ve been through, anything is better than seeing you cry.
Kama: …? With all the preexisting data I’m recycling, it’s no surprise not every single line of dialogue is going as scripted. Well, as long as Master is still under control enough to preserve the general flow of events, it doesn’t really matter.
Fujimaru: Not sure what’s going on, but I think she’s worried about you.
Kama: Huuuh…? I don’t recall my divinity having any relationship to Greek antiheroes… but I can’t deny I care about her. I heard her land has Eros, apparently a divinity very similar to mine, so maybe that’s why? Yeah, that sounds about right. Don’t sweat the details! Anyways, we already enjoyed the interval mood enough already. Next up is…
[Kayneth enters the room]
Teacher: How noisy. Are you the new first-year students? To your seats. Class is about to begin. May our studies today be refined as always. Study responsibly as you savor your mundane happiness.
[The school bell rings]
Kama: Time for a fun class. By the way, my seat is right next to yours. Should I keep you entertained aaaaaall class long, like the good girlfriend I am…?
[Time skip as Kayneth continues to write on the blackboard]
Teacher: …and therefore, the concept of Noblesse Oblige is a moral duty, not a legal one…
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Fujimaru: (Exchanges glances) / (Exchanges notebook scraps)
[Fujimaru looks at Kama a few times]
Kama: C’mon, there's nothing wrong with taking glances at your girlfriend in the next seat, but you’re overdoing it. How often will you keep looking? Not that I mind.
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Fujimaru: (Exchanges glances) / (Exchanges notebook scraps)
Kama: Ehh… You really want to know that? Well, fine by me… [Kama writes her own note and passes] Yeah, that’s right. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, I’m full of surprises… but you knew that already. [Fujimaru passes one more note] You’re so much more eloquent in text… I can see you’re the type to send late night messages and regret it the next morning.
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Kama: Huhuhu. I already had my share of fun playing girlfriend in class… Time to move one to the next phase.
[Kama approaches]
Fujimaru: …?
Teacher: Hey! What are you two thinking you’re doing? No making out in class… Though I understand how you feel, of course, I most certainly do. I once had a fiancée and she…
[Someone crashes the classroom windows]
Teacher: Wh-what’s this?
Terrorist A: WOOOOO, sorry for the intrusion, we’re evil terrorists!
Terrorist B: We completely occupied the school! And we’re taking everyone in this class as hostages! Don’t move! We’ll kill you if you do!
[The two terrorist start shooting everywhere]
Fujimaru: This was very sudden.
Kama: So, what should we do? I don’t think we have much of a choice in this scenario. Our dear classmates might die if we don’t take them out. We hid our powers to pretend to be regular students… But now is the time for us to unleash them.
Fujimaru: What are our hidden powers?
Kama: C’mon, did you forget everything? You’re an elite spy from a confidential government organization, returned from war, and a trained counter-terrorism professional, remember?
Fujimaru: Now that you mention it, yeah, I am. / My identity… will be exposed to everyone…?!
Kama: Yeah, that’s what we’re doing here. Stop questioning the script before it gets annoying. And I, your girlfriend, am the only one who knows your secret. I’m something of a partner and official love interest. I’ll get into a moderate amount of danger while we fight together, so make sure to awaken your powers and save me, ok? Yes… Savor the catharsis you desire. Feel good from the bottom of your heart. But only here…
[Battle against 6 terrorists. You must have Kama on the first row. When the battle starts, Partner and Official Love Interest activates, giving Kama a permanent irremovable NP gain buff and all her Skill cooldowns advance 2 per turn instead of just 1. Every time a terrorist dies, they activate “WHY THERE’S A GUY LIKE THIS HEREEEE”, giving a permanent defense debuff to all other terrorists, including the ones on the backrow.]
(We beat terrorists, interacted with a mysterious transfer student, faced against the Secret Student Council… A lot happened today, but now our school day is finally over…)
Fujimaru: Whew, today was a fun day…
Kama: Really? I’m glad it was. It feels so wonderful to be your girlfriend. Still, is this what your student life was like? Just a school, a girlfriend, friends, a teacher… Honestly, this format was a nice new experience to me.
Fujimaru: You say it like / you never dated or had friends before…?
Kama: … You’re right. As you may already know, I had a spouse named Rati, goddess of lust. And a friend name Vasanta, god of the spring. Oh well… the current me only knows all this as just objective facts. I don’t feel it too clearly as things I’ve personally experienced. You definitely knew that part, didn’t you? You know very well how Servants works. Us silhouettes recorded in Human Order show humans but one side of the real deal. Especially for a god of many facets like me. That’s why I can’t say I know them… I don’t know what kind of love did the original love god Kama hold for them. Or… what kind of love did they hold for Kama. [Pause] Wait, what am I talking about? Ignore the worthless monologue. How pointless. Though, when is anything I do ever not pointless? I got way too carried away trying out this new premise. Yes, a modern Japanese school can be a perfect stage for indulgent love, ugly love, dirty love, pristine love, all rolled together. I'm feeling a high affinity to this setting. Huhu, I liked it. Sounds like the most comfy place to build myself a sanctuary… Just kidding. But you must be tired of it already. Let’s replace these stage props. Enjoy the next show!
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[Arrow 2 opens on the Oniland amusement park. Kama is on first Ascension.]
Fujimaru: Huh… I’m in an… amusement park…?
Kama: Why are you spacing out, dad? Yes, we’re in the amusement park.
Fujimaru: DA...!? (Dies from shock)
Kama: Mom unfortunately couldn’t come with us, but you promised this for so long that you decided to bring me anyways, remember? What a shame. She’s always so tired from work, so she really could use this day off… Ehehe, thank you for this. I love you, dad!

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Fujimaru: I love you two! As much as you love me! / My dear daughter… A Servant…?
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Fujimaru: I love you two! As much as you love me! / My dear daughter… A Servant…?
Kama: Yeah yeah, real funny, can you stop now? You just need to maintain the charade now. Immerse yourself from the bottom of your heart. All I’m doing here is just for you.
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[Kama runs off to the attractions]
Kama: Hurry, hurry! You’ll get late for the ride, dad!
Fujimaru: Don’t run. / Stay close or you’ll get lost.
[We reach the place where the attractions and Mephistopheles are]
Kama: Yay! So many rides! Which will we go to?
Clown: Weeeeeeeeeeelcooooooooome! I see you’re wondering what to enjoy first, and I must say: that’s the spirit! As the clown in this dreamland that is our Wonder Joyful Dream Theme Park, I must welcome you with utmost gratitude, emotion and hospitality! This a gift, on the house! It’s a perfectly ordinary balloon, eeheeheeheehee!
Kama: A balloon. Thank you, mr. clown!
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Fujimaru: This clown looks dangerous to leave alone with a child. / You’re not taking lost children anywhere, are you?
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Fujimaru: This clown looks dangerous to leave alone with a child. / You’re not taking lost children anywhere, are you?
Clown: Well guessed! I take all of them… to lost children office in the backyard!
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Clown: Oh me, oh my, why must us clowns be such a suspicious profession! I have never done anything questionable, you know? Never! You can’t hear any tictac from this balloon, can you? The sound you’re hearing is coming from somewhere else, no?
Fujimaru: …?
Kama: Ignore it, it’s just foreshadowing.
Clown: In any event, I just want to you enjoy this Something Park to the boooone!? And that was my last line of dialogue! Sad!
[Mephisto runs off]
Kama: Must suck to be scary when you’re a clown. Yeah, I think he really should rethink this idea of having a job that spreads love. There’s no guarantee anyone will like you back… Anyways, where are we going first? I can’t choose. You chose, dad!
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Fujimaru: They’re doing a superhero show over there. / Let’s go talk to the mascots. / The merry-go-round is a classic.
[We watch a battle between Assassin Okita and a Mecha Chibi Nobu]
Kama: Waah, get them, Shinsen Black. Uh, she said she’ll lose because we’re not cheering loud enough! Oh no, you need to cheer with me, dad!
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Fujimaru: Here’s your chance! Land the final Jet Sandanzuki! / G-get them… (blushing)
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Fujimaru: Here’s your chance! Land the final Jet Sandanzuki! / G-get them… (blushing)
Kama: C’mon! You’ll make her lose!? Cheer more! More!
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Shinsen Black: Thank you! I couldn’t have defeated the evil Nobbu without your cheers! Now go buy our merch at the tent over there! Don’t miss out on our great deal, pickled radish that comes with a ticket for a hand shake!
[The crowd applauds]
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Fujimaru: They’re doing a superhero show over there. / Let’s go talk to the mascots. / The merry-go-round is a classic.
[We go to a mini Edison]
Mascot A: Huhahaha! Being fluffy is the first principle of mascotmanship! You may gather around me, children! On top of being safe, I also light up.
[A mini Paracelsus is also there]
Mascot B: Huhuhu… Sorry for not being fluffy. Well, not exactly. As a plushie, I should be at very least soft. What’s my gimmick? Uh, I can perform an alchemy show. I accept unofficial participants. I just need you to sign this contract…
Kama: Wah! They’re both really cute!
Fujimaru: Are they… really…?
Kama: They’re adorbs! Can I take a photo with them?
[We take one photo of Kama with each mascot]
Kama: Ehehe, my treasures now.
Fujimaru: (Well, if she’s happy, that’s all it matters…)
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Fujimaru: They’re doing a superhero show over there. / Let’s go talk to the mascots. / The merry-go-round is a classic.
[We head to the merry-go-round]
Red Hare: I’m Lu Bu, not a horse, but I’m ok with playing the role of horse in this merry-go-round! Now, hop in little lady. (Said with an unnecessarily good voice)
Kama: Yay! [Kama hops on the horse] Dad, can you see me? This is so nice, I wasn’t expecting it to be this fast!
Fujimaru: I see you, dear. / Hold tight to the horse, it’s dangerous!
Kama: Okaaaay!
[The merry-go-round goes a few laps]
Fujimaru: (Seeing her like this,) / (I can really appreciate how cute my kid is…)
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[Later, on the food court]
Kama: *chew* This hot dog is so good, dad!
Fujimaru: You got some ketchup on your cheeks.
[Fujimaru wipes their daughter’s cheeks, flustering her hard]
Kama: Wait, don’t act so naturally wiping my cheek. I’m not a child… Wait, I am a child. Your child. Cough, cough. Ok, I’m back in character… This tasted so good! Hey hey, I wanna ride the ferris wheel next!
[We enter the ferris wheel]
Kama: (sticking her face to the window) Whoa, so tall! Look how far I can see!
Fujimaru: Having fun?
Kama: A lot! Thanks for bringing me here, dad! Are YOU having fun, dad…? That’s the entire point here.
Fujimaru: I’m having a lot of fun.
Kama: Ehehehe, that’s what I like to hear. But… you know? I feel like this is not thrilling enough. The wheel is so slow and quiet, you get what I mean…? No, that’s not it… I’m not saying I want to go the ghost house. As expected, we need one extra scene before we leave the ferris wheel… Oh, right, the only scene I prepared is the same kind as the previous one. I’m going with this because it’s the only desire I could read from you, so don’t go calling me an one-trick pony, alright?
[We hear an announcement from below]
Terrorist A: Yeehaw, sorry for one more intrusion, we’re evil terrorists!
Terrorist B: We put bombs on this amusement park! We’ll blow it all up if anyone escapes or if any ride stops!
Kama: O-oh no! We gotta do something! Dad, you’re the only first class former military scientist specialized in explosives who happens to be at this park during the attack…
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Fujimaru: Ok, I understood my backstory this time. / I knew it… All along I was…
Kama: F-forget all this backstory talk. Just go with the flow.
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Fujimaru: Ok, I understood my backstory this time. / I knew it… All along I was…
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Kama: By the way, I was once kidnapped by an evil organization because I’m a kid genius with amazing psychic powers, but dad came to save me all alone. I can help you in your fights. I decided to never use my powers again, but… I don’t to lose the amusement park! Let’s have a fun time beating the bad guys together, and enjoy as you defuse the bombs, dad!
[Battle against 6 terrorists. You must have Kama on the first row. When the battle starts, Genius Psychic Girl activates, giving Kama the same buffs as the first fight. Every time a terrorist dies, they activate either “BUT OUR PLAN WAS PEEEERFECT…!?” or “Uwaaaaaaah!!”, giving a permanent attack and defense debuff to all other terrorists, including the ones on the backrow.]
(We were unharmed in our battle against the terrorists and disarmed the bombs. The amusement park is in peace again…)
Fujimaru: The fireworks parade is so pretty. / My jaw dropped. I could watch this forever.
Kama: Yeah… Me too. It’s easy to see how this production was very meticulously calculated to amuse an audience. It forces you to feel the bulk and history of humanity’s centuries long entertainment culture. You’ve seen all of this since it’s all reproduced from your deep psyche, but it all feels kinda new to me. No, I’m probably just being too influenced by the circumstances here. I’m now a child… and children express their impressions honestly. And get lost in thought. That’s why this is happening.
Fujimaru: Gods were never children…?
Kama: You’re asking if I have a child self… not counting this form that I have as a means to providing love? Yes, but it’s the same case as what I talked about before. I know it only as objective information. Pradyumna. My reincarnation as a child of Krishna and Rukmini. The one who re-encountered Rati, who reincarnated the same time as he did, and slayed the asura Shambara… Ah, but he’s the me I know the least. I’m the me who was burned by Shiva’s flames. This makes me bound to something. This eternal pain that turns me to ash is the key difference that separates me from Pradyumna. So I… … What am I talking about? Did this firework show contain a magecraft effect that made my mouth looser? I wouldn’t be surprised, with how pretty they are. Can’t say I regret it. Anyways, I hope you understood that that me has nothing to do with the current me. Remember that guy who's just as connected to Vishnu as Krishna? Rama, was it? I don’t have any opinions about him, negative or otherwise. I don’t want to get involved with him because he’s part of the same system as Shiva, and that’s pretty much all I think about him. Not to mention trying to interfere with that couple’s love is way more effort than it’s worth… It’s, in essence, trying to interfere with the connection between Vishnu and Lakshmi. Oh, hell no, hell no… Anyways! We already seen the parade, so we’re done here. Next! You’re already wanting the next setup, aren’t you? I’ll flip the page already!
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[Third arrow opens on a spring mountain with second Ascension Kama]
Kama: Come, boss! The cherry blossoms are in full bloom, come closer to watch them. I feel really grateful to have you as my manager. I didn’t know anything when I applied for this job, but you were so kind to teach me how to work from the first step… [Kama pours a cup of alcohol] For you, boss! Bottoms up!
[On the jungle with second Ascension Kama]
Kama: We’ll definitely return home alive, the two of us. Like hell I’m going to let us die in the belly of a giant anaconda…! You tricked it into swallowing dynamite? Nice one! I’ll ignite for you. I just have to shoot inside its mouth…! Come here, come here… Now go to hell! #[email protected]&%*! (bleep censor) [Explosion]
[In a spaceship dogfight with second Ascension Kama]
Kama: Hh… This is bad. I’ll try doing a Super Lightspeed Subspace Multidimension Warp Sailing as we dive into that asteroid belt! It’s dangerous… but it’s the only thing we can do now. Will you trust me, partner…? Really? Thanks. Pray to anything, even to that canned meat if you need to, that we don’t warp into space debris! Here I go! [We warp]
[In a camp, still with second Ascension]
(When I came to my senses, I was laying down next to the campfire, with my head sitting on her thighs. It’s so comfortable. I’m falling asleep…)
Kama: Are you enjoying it…? Are you pleased from the bottom of your heart?
Fujimaru: Yeah. / I’m really loving it… Yawn…
Kama: Huhu. I’m my attempt to let you savor all kinds of setups, I may have rushed the plots on the second half. But we still have a lot more to go over. I still have a lot more I can provide. My love is unlimited. I can spoil you rotten in any way you want…
[Fujimaru starts falling asleep]
Fujimaru: (The hand stroking my hair feels so gentle) / (It really makes it hard to keep my eyelids open…)
Kama: Are you getting sleepy? Yes, yes, it’s fine. Be my guest. Time and space mean nothing when you slumber inside me. The cradle of corruption you’re in lasts forever… Oh… But really, when you’re like this, it feels like I’m the parent and you’re the child. Entrust your life and your future to me, never questioning the idea that you’re being loved, no matter how baseless and illogical it may be, and fall into a slumber you don’t know when you’ll ever wake up from. Oh, how defenseless you are.
[Fujimaru falls asleep completely]
Fujimaru: Zzz… zzz…
Kama: Ah… Ah, I can’t handle this, I absolutely can’t. You’re way too to defenseless for me to contain myself. I’ll have a relapse here.
[She switches to third Ascension]
Kama: Bonnou Muryou Seigandan. I vow to end the anxiety and hate beyond measure. Once I burn all your worries… you'll be able find relief, in the truest meaning of the word, in the root of yourself, won’t you…?
[She slowly approaches until an alarm rings]
Kama: Huh?! What’s going on here? I didn’t hear anything about this!
Type 1 Key Provision Reaction detected. Requesting activation of the Emergency Defense System.
Kama: Hmph… You set a system like this on the Master instead of on me? You always know the right way to annoy me, goddess. An anti-virus software that reacts very specifically to when I try to do this.
Fujimaru: Eh, what’s happening?! / A fire? An enemy attack?
Kama: No idea. All I know for sure is that I’ll really hate whatever is going to happen. Ruining my mood is that woman’s forte. Consciously or unconsciously.
Preparations, trini, dve, ekam… Ohn Namah Shivaya
[The defense system summons Xiang Yu and Yu Mei-ren]
Yu Mei-ren: Huh? What’s this? I’m not complaining since me and Xiang Yu were summoned to together, but what were we called for?
Xiang Yu: Starting processing… Concluded. Remain calm. We are not the true selves. We are akin to visions granted a role.
[The defense system summons Sigurd and Brynhild]
Brynhild: Oh my. Where are we…?
Sigurd: I can estimate my role is the same regardless of where we are. Most likely to fight.
[The defense system summons bear Orion and Artemis]
Artemis: It’s your friendly neighborhood goddess! I personally volunteered this split body for this program! Anywhere I go with my darling is a date, not to mention we’re getting summoned as a pair for a very lovely reason.
Orion: Oh crap, I feel like I got myself into real trouble again…
Kama: Yeah, ok, I already get what this program is! A real eyesore! This is my field, a field of the love attribute, so you hit me with an offensive program of people with affinity to said attribute, is that it? There’s no worth in shooting my arrows on them! I already feel like I’ll pop a blood vessel just from looking at them!
Yu Mei-ren: I’m not sure what we’re doing here… What are your commands, Xiang Yu?
Xiang Yu: We must be here due to our functions being requested. As such, we will inevitably see our work. I shall not force you anything you are indisposed to.
Yu Mei-ren: No, no! I shall stay by your side, wherever you go…
Sigurd: I’m on a similar case. In fact, I decided to never miss a chance to act cool in front of my love.
Brynhild: Gee, Sigurd…
Artemis: Oh, you’re a love god? No wonder you smelled so similar to Aphrodite and Eros. Your kind tends to be an nuisance even when you’re just doing your assigned role, you know? I mean, going by the thing you handle, you’re specced just for this. Sucks to be you.
Orion: Pretty much all of you are nuisances, not just Aphrodite.
Artemis: Anyways, as the representative of all the lovey-dovey couples summoned here today, I'm stoked for this job~!
Orion: I’m the same character type as Xiang Yu and Sigurd…? Fine, ok, but I wanted to live more freely and…
Artemis: Darling, you think now is the time to complain? You believe this world has any place you can escape me.?
Orion: Prolly… not! (for both questions)
Kama: Ah, how annoying. Way to ruin the first time I felt motivated in a long time. The worst part is easily how everything is running exactly as that goddess thought it would. I can’t stand this. You’re not making me run away without a fight. You get what I’m saying? I’m GOING WILD! What are you waiting for? Give your resources!
Fujimaru: I’ll consider this a mock battle… / Don’t get hurt, guys…
[Battle. Wave 1 is Xiang Yu and Yu Mei-ren. Wave 2 is Sigurd and Brynhild. Wave 3 is Orion. You must have Kama on the first row. When the battle starts, “I’m GOING WILD” activates, giving Kama the same buffs from the previous two battles and making her generate stars every time she kills an enemy. At the start of the first wave, Xiang Yu activates A display of eternal love, giving a 3-turn defense debuff to our party. At the start of the second wave, Sigurd activates A display of bloody love, giving a 3-turn attack debuff to our party. At the start of the third wave, Orion activates A display of love between man and god, giving a 3-turn star gen debuff to to our party.]
Kama: Screw you! Stopping showing off! My heart starts palpitating and it makes me furious! Are you picking a fight with the god of love? Don’t even try to pretend you aren’t, I know you were added to the program just for this!
Voice echoing from somewhere: Y-you’re making me sound bad… That’s not it, I never had any ill intent. Who else could I use as an effective stopper to your rampages? I had no intention to pester you, I just figured that these people would be the only ones able to stay true to themselves enough to intervene under the rules of the love-filled world you built inside Master… Sorry.
Fujimaru: (I’ve heard this voice before) / (I know, it’s Par)
[Kama returns to second Ascension]
Kama: Shut up already. I get it, stop. I know I can’t pull any further pranks with you spying on us. Playtime is over. I don’t know if you’ll remember all this when you wake up, but I’m not taking any criticism about the events that happened here. Good bye.
Fujimaru: Ah, wait. / If this is really the end, I have something I need to say…
[Fujimaru wakes up in their room]
da Vinci: Hey, look who woke up.
Mash: Master, how are you feeling?
Fujimaru: Good morning. Not bad, actually. / A lot better than I was before.
Parvati: I figured you would. I had to stop her before she overdid it, but some more inference wouldn’t hurt. Oh, sorry, Master. You’re surprised by my presence here, right? Erm, have you understood the whole situation…?
da Vinci: I don’t know. You could say we only got to this situation because they never realized what was going on. Let the explain. It all starts with... your stress levels.
Mash: Honestly, you were on the brink of passing out from stress! Since you couldn’t keep your nervousness and sense of responsibility off your mind for a moment, both your physical and mental health were reaching a danger zone. Upon learning that, we swiftly started building a program that could allow you to rest, but…
da Vinci: We wanted your rest to feel as natural as possible. We can’t get you dependent on machines. But just when we were about to tell you everything, you lost consciousness on your own.
Parvati: Do you understand why…?
Fujimaru: Yes, I do. / That’s why I have somewhere I need to go now.
Parvati: Okay. Go ahead. Good luck out there.
[Fujimaru enters Kama’s room]
Kama: Wheeeh. W-what are doing here?
Fujimaru: I still haven’t thanked you yet.
Kama: T-thank me? What do you mean by, err, no, emm… Ahem. Fine, I’ll ask. How much do you remember?
Fujimaru: It’s hard to say how much. / I remember pretty much all of it.
Kama: Whhaaaaaat? Wait, were you lucid? The whole time? “It all felt sorta like a dream, but I was lucid most of the time”, you say…? You, ah, but, you were indulging me in all those weird scenarios and…
Fujimaru: I assumed you were just playing make believe with me. / You thought I hadn’t figured things out from the start?
Kama: … I… see. I’ll remind you that granting love is my Authority, so don’t try to assume any deeper meaning in anything we did. What form of love it is, or how you interpret it, is really none of my concern, got it? You didn’t make me embarrassed in slightest. No, no. You had no effect on me whatsoever, understood? All I’m getting out of it is that feeling of wasted time when you think you’re drinking with a friend, but it turns out the friend was sober the whole time.
Fujimaru: It wasn’t wasted time. / Thank you. I feel a lot better now.
Kama: …
Fujimaru: You knew I was about to pass out from fatigue, so you / forced me to relieve my stress, wasn’t it?
Kama: Just because you breaking on me this soon would be upsetting… You’re like a toy to me. You should understand, since your Servant is a twisted love god who can’t do his job right. That’s such an eccentric pick that even I don’t know what to think of you as a Master. So, I think you don’t need to be anything more than a toy for me to play with random forms of love. And I don’t care what you think of me. Huhu, no, that’s not right. I should make you put all cards on the table. What do you think of me? Of this love god who shoots arrows of lust, taking people in and out of the uncertainty of love? Of this love god synonymous to temptation?
Fujimaru: A god who encourages me when I hesitate. / A god who gives me the courage to step forward.
Kama: Kh… You giving me such an innocent answer point-blank was so unexpected it’s giving brain damage… Can you quit with the unabashed integrity? You’re reminding me of Parvati a little.
Fujimaru: Uh… Sorry…?
Kama: (It makes sense… in hindsight. After all, this kid is a much Parvati’s Master as they’re mine. It would be weird for them not to have anything in common with her. No, that’s not all… Sigh. Took me forever, but I understand now. At least I feel like I do. They’re similar not only in their aura of virtue, but also in how big their presence feels to me. That must be why they’re so hard to get a good read on, and how they manage to upset so often. They’re someone I can’t ignore, someone I can never stop keeping track of even if I try, someone who is constantly invading my thoughts… And the reason why this Master, supposedly just a human, just a toy, has a presence as big as hers inside me is… Hmph. Perhaps because… she is a goddess connected to my basis as a god, and they is a human connected to my basis as this Servant. Ugh… do you understand? I’m a threat and my eyes are locked onto you. Can’t ignore or forget you. Just like my never-ending pain…)
Fujimaru: What’s wrong? / Are you okay? You’ve been making all kinds of faces without saying a word.
Kama: It’s nothing…! You’re the one with a problem here. I’m upset with your carelessness. I hope you learned your lesson! Never let your stress accumulate beyond your limits again! You never know when a simma like me will show up to take advantage of your moment of weakness! Ah… you thought that was a warning? No, that was just a threat. You won’t have Parvati’s fortifications in you forever. Keep tiring yourself like that and you’ll be too weak to resist a truly dangerous temptation next time. I mean it. Yes, you seriously could be swallowed by my unlimited love. Be prepared. A troublesome god like me can indeed encourage you to take a step forward, my carefree Master with no sense of danger… but that’s a step down a precipice of corruption you can never climb back from. Don’t forget I’m always watching… Always.
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2020.09.07 23:54 LifelsAGame Toys lines and news

Hello ! Do you guys have a reliable source of news/info about the next toy lines, projects and production dates? I’m collecting the 12" figures and damn why do they always leave the Yellow MMPR out of the line? Trini is my son’s favourite. I wouldn’t say no to a 12" Tommy myself, be that a green or a white one! Cheers!
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2020.08.31 22:06 KolKoreh Mail call! Trini Vigias — box date December 2019

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2020.08.17 08:19 Trinisome So this girl asked me for a favor after years of no contact.

Hey so I'm new to reddit so forgive me if I do or say anything wrong.
So this girl DM'd me on IG out of the blue, we haven't chatted in years, we have never hung out before besides the place I first met her which was in a business type class we both attended and that was years and years ago. She's a cute girl but she started dating a guy in the class, so I never really had any interest in her after that and went on living my life.
So most of us in this class naturally added eachother to social media, she was one of them and we got to chatting a few years after the class. She was single when we chatted and at the time I had recently gone through a bad breakup so I was in my posting emotional quotes on FB and IG stage lol and she commented on one and that's how we got to chatting. The chats were friendly, we talked about life and how we were both struggling to find work at the time with some very light subtle flirting thrown in from both of us but it never went anywhere from there, we never met up or spoke on the phone. She asked me once if I could take her to the library so she could print some resumés but we did not end up doing that and I can't remember why.
After that I took a hiatus from social media and dating while I focused on work and we never chatted again from there, when I got back on social media she was still posting quotes and those kind of stuff, a few pics of her self here and there, I would like her pics on IG once in a while but never initiated another chat with her. As the years went on I don't go on social media as much and like I said we haven't chatted in years, I don't know if she's single nor does she know if I am either, I don't know if she's working, etc. sorry for the long backstory.
So back to the message, she first asked "Hey Trini, long time. How are you"
I said "I'm good, yea long time. How's everything?"
She said" it's ok, how about you, are you living in B******N, do you drive?"
So right there sent red flags to my head because I'm thinking is she's really asking me for a ride after no contact for years!? So I said in response. "Everything is alright, yea I'm living in B******N, what's up?"
She said " not much since this whole covid mess but before it all started I had an appointment and no ride, and now it's back, please? We can chill after"
I haven't responded yet, I've been used by girls in the past so I'm very cautious of this kind of thing,is this even worth my time? Please help!
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2020.08.17 08:00 Trinisome So this girl asked me for a favor after years of no contact

Hey so I'm new to reddit and a little new to this whole red pill way of thinking.
So this girl DM'd me on IG out of the blue, we haven't chatted in years, we have never hung out before besides the place I first met her which was in a business type class we both attended and that was years and years ago. She's a cute girl but she started dating a guy in the class, so I never really had any interest in her after that and went on living my life. So most of us in this class naturally added eachother to social media, she was one of them and we got to chatting a few years after the class. She was single when we chatted and at the time I had recently gone through a bad breakup so I was in my posting emotional quotes on FB and IG stage lol and she commented on one and that's how we got to chatting. The chats were friendly, we talked about life and how we were both struggling to find work at the time with some very light subtle flirting thrown in from both of us but it never went anywhere from there, we never met up or spoke on the phone. She asked me once if I could take her to the library so she could print some resumés but we did not end up doing that and I can't remember why. After that I took a hiatus from social media and dating while I focused on work and we never chatted again from there, when I got back on social media she was still posting quotes and those kind of stuff, a few pics of her self here and there, I would like her pics on IG once in a while but never initiated another chat with her. As the years went on I don't go on social media as much and like I said we haven't chatted in years, I don't know if she's single nor does she know if I am either, I don't know if she's working, etc. sorry for the long backstory.
So back to the message, she first asked "Hey Trini, long time. How are you"
I said "I'm good, yea long time. How's everything?"
She said" it's ok, how about you, are you living in B******N, do you drive?"
So right there sent red flags to my head because I'm thinking is she's really asking me for a ride after no contact for years!? So I said in response. "Everything is alright, yea I'm living in B******N, what's up?"
She said " not much since this whole covid mess but before it all started I had an appointment and no ride, please. We can chill after"
I haven't responded yet, is this even worth my time? Please help!
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2020.08.12 00:45 VanishedChicago Trini Lopez has passed away at the age 83. Here he is on the cover of a WCFL-AM 1000 Sound 10 Survey dated June 8, 1967.

Trini Lopez has passed away at the age 83. Here he is on the cover of a WCFL-AM 1000 Sound 10 Survey dated June 8, 1967. submitted by VanishedChicago to u/VanishedChicago [link] [comments]


2020.04.26 02:57 Mgnickel Just came in! Ordered on 3/14, delivered 4/25 (Thanks Corona). Quai D Orsay 54 (x25) and Trinidad Vigia (x12). The Trinis have a 2016 box date! LCDH Knokke.

Just came in! Ordered on 3/14, delivered 4/25 (Thanks Corona). Quai D Orsay 54 (x25) and Trinidad Vigia (x12). The Trinis have a 2016 box date! LCDH Knokke. submitted by Mgnickel to cubancigars [link] [comments]


2020.03.03 05:53 PianoDude1234 Lack of Representation in Power Rangers

Power Rangers has been great at representing various ethnicities in the roles of rangers, much to the delight of many fans across the West. However, there seems to be a lack of LGBT+ representation in Power Rangers. Of course, it was kind of hinted at in the 2017 movie that Kimberly was perhaps bi-curious but it wasn't outright stated.
Representation of different gender identities and sexualities (obviously more of a romantic thing for a show like Power Rangers aimed at kids) is important because it will prepare kids to see it out in public and maybe, just maybe they'll understand, or at least open up a conversation with their parents. Not only this, but say an older kid is watching and they're afraid of admitting they might be gay or trans or whatever and seeing it on TV, and realizing that it's okay. I would even be okay if it were just one ranger or maybe the relative of a ranger, just someone with plot significance that isn't the comedic relief.
Now some may say "but kids are too young to be exposed to this" and other arguments as old as time, so I will offer old rebuttals: if you think that children are too young to understand LGBT+ relationships and identities, then they're too young to understand heterosexual relationships so put away the Disney movies. Not only this, but even if you continually hide it from them, they will find out eventually. Whether it be the news, other media, or even school, they will learn and they will probably have questions. I pose that it's easier to explain to a six-year-old "well they love each other just like mom and dad" (should you happen to be a heterosexual set of parents) than it is to explain to a teenager that feels like their parents may not understand them, especially when they're of dating age.
Examples of things that would be awesome: 1. A plot about one of the rangers being lgbt+ and have a discussion about how it's okay, or maybe have it be a "I fight even when I'm home" type deal where it shows they don't have support from home or in school and have a whole episode dedicated to that. 2. There's a ranger that is amab but now identifies as f and gets assigned pink ranger because it "chooses" them and they get some validation or afab now m gets red ranger. 3. (Kind of an expansion on 1. But roll with me here) a situation where their ranger powers can't help: discrimination and attacks on a pride parade or hell, have the rangers attend pride in ranger gear. I want to see Jason David Frank cameo and carry a rainbow flag even as an ally. I want to see Bulk and Skull stop some bullies from attacking the parade 4. A season-long arc where either the mentor, another ranger, or a friend/family member gradually becomes of the lgbtq+ ranger, or perhaps a ranger learns to accept their lgbtq+ family member 5. Since we've had relationships between rangers before, I'd eventually want a gay pairing of rangers, maybe not in the first season with lgbtq+ representation, but eventually. 6. Sixth Ranger is literally a rainbow ranger, 7. Each ranger, instead of one colour is a different member of the lgbt+ and their costume colours reflect that (probably won't happen, but still)
Thanks for coming to my TedTalk, please feel free to leave your thoughts/opinions and may the power protect you.
EDIT: It was Trini, not Kimberly who was hinted at being bi in the 2017 reboot. My bad.
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2020.01.30 03:20 trueworldnews Do you guys and gals date Indians (aka non-Guyanese and Trini)? [/u/GothamVette]

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2020.01.30 03:07 GothamVette Do you guys and gals date Indians (aka non-Guyanese and Trini)?

Born in the US, always got lots of interest from US born Indians (and Middle Eastern) women. They never really gave a fuck that I was Guyanese. FWIW I never really hung around Indians except a few Punjabis because we shared an interest in lifting and cars.
But I remember starting HS, asking my cousins (around the same age or slightly older) about dating Indians and it was always a nope, never. And all of them lived up to that, it was either another Guyanese (or Trini), white, or spanish. I never understood why and it seems other Guyanese (and Trini) fall into the same pool (?).
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2019.12.16 01:18 Lucianberg [5 YEARS ANNIVERSARY] Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint

The Pinkprint’: When Nicki Minaj Truly Made Her Mark
Containing both her hardest and most personal songs to date, ‘The Pinkprint’ found Nicki Minaj asserting her dominance over both the pop and hip-hop world.
The Pinkprint was the album that saw Nicki Minaj get serious. After making a name for herself with a series of explosive mixtapes that showcased her incredible rapping skills, her 2010 debut album, Pink Friday, and it’s 2012 follow-up, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, saw her inhabit a series of wildly entertaining personas. Their Technicolor melding of pop and rap sold millions of copies as they turned Minaj into a household name.
If the entertainingly outlandish, booty-worshipping ‘Anaconda’, released four months in advance of The Pinkprint (which was unleashed on 15 December 2014), suggested that a novelty-heavy album would follow, then The Pinkprints’s confessional opener, ‘All Things Go’, immediately put that idea to bed. Minaj had never sounded more sober or serious as she recalled losing her cousin to a murder in 2011 (an event she partially blamed herself for) and referenced an abortion she’d had at the age of 16. The sombre pair that followed, ‘I Lied’ and ‘The Crying Game’ (the latter featuring Jessie Ware), addressed failed relationships and feelings of exposure at the thought of possible new ones.
While these deeply personal songs revealed a new, more vulnerable side to Nicki Minaj, elsewhere the album focused sharply on female strength. ‘Get On Your Knees’, a sassy R&B collaboration with Ariana Grande, finds the pair preaching bedroom dominance: “You gotta beg for it, beg for it… Get on your knees, get on your knees.” Beyoncé then joins a now-fully re-energised Minaj for the street-tough hip-hop bragging of ‘Feeling Myself’.
More hard-as-nails hip-hop is mined on ‘Only’, with Minaj asserting her superiority alongside some sterling guest performances from Lil Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown, while ‘Four Door Aventador’ finds the versatile rapper paying stylistic homage to The Notorious BIG over a steely Parker Ighile production.
Alongside the aforementioned ‘Anaconda’, pop perfection lies in ‘Trini Dem Girls’, a LunchMoney Lewis-assisted dancefloor banger which celebrates Minaj’s Trinidadian heritage. Skylar Grey assists on the anthemic ‘Bed Of Lies’ while lead single, ‘Pills N Potions’, is a triumphantly positivist ballad.
Don’t skimp on the deluxe editions of the album, which houses some of The Pinkprint’s strongest, most vital cuts. ‘Shanghai’ is one of the hardest-hitting songs of Minaj’s career, a steely trap production providing the base for a succession of fiercely brilliant bars. ‘Truffle Butter’ finds the inspired rapper once again trading memorable verses with Drake and Lil Wayne over a sublime Nineteen85 beat, while ‘Mona Lisa’ is Auto-Tuned head-nodding hip-hop at its best.
The breakaway success of ‘Anaconda’ (her biggest hit to that point, its video breaking 24-hour streaming records) ensured The Pinkprint was another mammoth success for Minaj, debuting at No.2 in the Billboard 200. It was a hit with critics, too, who were impressed with Minaj’s more personal lyrical direction, ensuring that The Pinkprint truly made its mark.
The Pinkprint by the numbers :
• 123 weeks on the Billboard Hot 200 (12th longest album charting for a female artist)
• #124 on Decade-End Billboard 200
• 2x platinum in the US
• 5 million units worldwide
• 3 Grammy Nominations
• #3 on Rolling Stone's 40 Best Rap Albums of 2014
• #66 on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 2010s
• #166 on Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums of the 2010s
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2019.12.15 12:03 DinastyOrDieNasty 5 years ago today, The Pinkprint was released.

‘The Pinkprint’: When Nicki Minaj Truly Made Her Mark
Containing both her hardest and most personal songs to date, ‘The Pinkprint’ found Nicki Minaj asserting her dominance over both the pop and hip-hop world.
The Pinkprint was the album that saw Nicki Minaj get serious. After making a name for herself with a series of explosive mixtapes that showcased her incredible rapping skills, her 2010 debut album, Pink Friday, and it’s 2012 follow-up, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, saw her inhabit a series of wildly entertaining personas. Their Technicolor melding of pop and rap sold millions of copies as they turned Minaj into a household name.
If the entertainingly outlandish, booty-worshipping ‘Anaconda’, released four months in advance of The Pinkprint (which was unleashed on 15 December 2014), suggested that a novelty-heavy album would follow, then The Pinkprints’s confessional opener, ‘All Things Go’, immediately put that idea to bed. Minaj had never sounded more sober or serious as she recalled losing her cousin to a murder in 2011 (an event she partially blamed herself for) and referenced an abortion she’d had at the age of 16. The sombre pair that followed, ‘I Lied’ and ‘The Crying Game’ (the latter featuring Jessie Ware), addressed failed relationships and feelings of exposure at the thought of possible new ones.
While these deeply personal songs revealed a new, more vulnerable side to Nicki Minaj, elsewhere the album focused sharply on female strength. ‘Get On Your Knees’, a sassy Dr Luke-produced R&B collaboration with Ariana Grande, finds the pair preaching bedroom dominance: “You gotta beg for it, beg for it… Get on your knees, get on your knees.” Beyoncé then joins a now-fully re-energised Minaj for the street-tough hip-hop bragging of ‘Feeling Myself’.
More hard-as-nails hip-hop is mined on ‘Only’, with Minaj asserting her superiority alongside some sterling guest performances from Lil Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown, while ‘Four Door Aventador’ finds the versatile rapper paying stylistic homage to The Notorious BIG over a steely Parker Ighile production.
Alongside the aforementioned ‘Anaconda’, pop perfection lies in ‘Trini Dem Girls’, a LunchMoney Lewis-assisted dancefloor banger which celebrates Minaj’s Trinidadian heritage. Skylar Grey assists on the anthemic ‘Bed Of Lies’ while lead single, ‘Pills N Potions’, is a triumphantly positivist ballad.
Don’t skimp on the deluxe editions of the album, which houses some of The Pinkprint’s strongest, most vital cuts. ‘Shanghai’ is one of the hardest-hitting songs of Minaj’s career, a steely trap production providing the base for a succession of fiercely brilliant bars. ‘Truffle Butter’ finds the inspired rapper once again trading memorable verses with Drake and Lil Wayne over a sublime Nineteen85 beat, while ‘Mona Lisa’ is Auto-Tuned head-nodding hip-hop at its best.
The breakaway success of ‘Anaconda’ (her biggest hit to that point, its video breaking 24-hour streaming records) ensured The Pinkprint was another mammoth success for Minaj, debuting at No.2 in the Billboard 200. It was a hit with critics, too, who were impressed with Minaj’s more personal lyrical direction, ensuring that The Pinkprint truly made its mark.
Credit : Paul Bowler - uDiscover
The Pinkprint by the numbers :
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2019.12.12 01:40 unclebrong Do You Notice a Change in the Dating Culture in Trinidad and Tobago?

I have been talking to different people in Central Trinidad about the dating culture. It seems that in some parts, the influx of Venezuelan nationals and others like Guyanese and Jamaicans did affect the way people go about seeking love. I work with a guy who left his wife to be with a Venezuelan woman and when he spoke about it, he said the same thing that everyone else said “they treat men better than Trini women”. This seems to be the main reason why the men that I have spoken to choose to be with women from other nationalities, and because they look different and better in some cases. Do you see this happening in your community? And if so, do you notice a change in the way local women seek love?.
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2019.08.12 18:47 youngrichntasteless $3k/month starting a hot sauce business.

Hey - Pat from StarterStory.com here with another interview.
Today's interview is with Mustafa of Findlay Food Group, a brand that sells hot sauce.
Some stats:

Hello! Who are you and what business did you start?

Hello! My name is Mustafa Mannan, co-founder and co-owner of Trini Pepper Sauce by Findlay Food Group llc. Undergrad friends and I started producing two varieties of sauce, mild [also known as “Original”] and hot, five years ago.
The sauces comprise a fresh blend of Scotch Bonnet and Scorpion peppers, garlic, cultantro and other ingredients. These ingredients provide a flavor-forward sauce that’s followed by a creeping heat. Customers often comment on the fruity flavor and full body of the sauce, which is attributed to the use of pimento and papaya. Also, the sauce has a low vinegar and sodium content compared to other hot sauces. Customers compliment this feature because it allows them to indulge and enhance the flavor of their meal, without overpowering it.
Today, the sauce is sold in specialty stores in Raleigh and Washington DC, with the majority of sales coming from our online store front. All in all we are averaging $3000/month in revenue.
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What's your backstory and how did you come up with the idea?

My family is from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, home to a distinct and exotic cuisine.
Served alongside these foods is a pepper sauce unique to every Trinidadian and Tobagonian family. My family’s pepper sauce recipe has been passed down five generations.
Each trip to the islands, my grandmother, Joan Findlay, sent me home with the sauce to share with friends in North Carolina. After receiving much praise, I became excited with the idea of sharing it with the world!
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In 2015, a few close friends and I launched a Kickstarter campaign that successfully raised over 32K, surpassing our 25K goal. The Kickstarter funds enabled us to import the peppers from Trinidad, manufacture the first batch, and distribute domestically and internationally.
The idea came about because of the additional restrictions bringing perishable goods into the USA. My friends and family that loved the hot sauce had to place orders to my grandma in Trinidad, and then I would have to bring them back after my visits. The amount of orders increased which led me to come up with an idea to try and make the sauce domestically. I never started a company before and thought it would be cool. I have a lot of friends in the entrepreneurial space which also led me to taking the idea seriously.

Take us through the process of designing, prototyping, and manufacturing your first product.

I was fortunate enough to have a baseline recipe from my grandmother to start off with. So, the first thing I did was beg and plead with my grandmother to share the family recipe with me.
I knew initially that I wanted the product to be made at a mass scale for retailers. So we called a couple of co-packers, contract packagers, that informed us of all of the requirements to produce and bottle Trini Pepper Sauce.
A co-packer is a company that provides manufacturing and/or packaging service for products. These services may be beneficial if you want to produce items on a large scale and/or don’t have the required facilities to manufacture your product for retailers. It is important to have a transparent co-packer and a great working relationship since they will be scaling up your recipe and will become your largest expense.
So, after running an initial large scale production of my sauce, it was paramount that I was satisfied with the color, texture, and taste of the sauce. It might take several runs before the co-packer meets a client's product specification. Once, the sauce's large scale recipe was perfect, I was able to place orders for additional product while being minimally involved during the manufacturing process.
This may or may not be of interest depending on the scale desired for a product launch, or cost and availability of facilities and certifications required for manual production. The most important requirements for my co-packer encountered were: scalable recipe with exact quantities, business license, liability insurance, and the tax number.
First, I got all the ingredients and general process together and I adapted it to fit the FDA guidelines. This involved a lot of small batch making in my apartment to the disdain of my roommates. I created a couple of recipes with exact quantities and sent them off to a food laboratory to get our recipe and process approved. We needed to have a certain pH range, temperature, bottling procedures, and ingredient list. This was an iterative process with the food laboratory. After we had our final recipes approved we got our FDA process letter and nutritional facts.
image
image
Once I had the nutritional facts and ingredient listing I could start work on the packaging. I encountered a BBQ sauce and really loved their packaging design. I reached out and got put into contact with a graphic designer.
Part of the creative process was forming a general idea of how we wanted the product to look and the inspiration behind the product. We wanted to showcase the look of the sauce and have a general island vibe that wasn’t too gimmicky.
We provided the dimensions, sample bottles, UPC codes to our designer to work with. There was a lot of collaboration with the designer, co-packer and label manufacturer to get the packing done. Approvals for artwork and machining requirements to name a few.
image
image
The next step was selecting the right co-packer. The recipe is very unique compared to other hot sauces on the market. I solicited a lot of different companies but ended up choosing one close in proximity to where I lived. I worked with them to develop the large scale recipe based on the small batch recipes we made previously.
This was a bit of a challenge as some of the ingredients are quite unique and aren’t readily available in large quantities or distributed by food/ingredient vendors. We attempted to substitute some of the ingredients with more readily available ingredients but ultimately I wasn’t satisfied with the product. This was almost the ending of the venture until I started to explore importing.
I researched the requirements for importing fresh produce into the United States. You are limited in what is approved to import and the origin country. Luckily, Trinidad and Tobago was approved and I had family connections to steer me in the right direction to placing a large order. I needed to get an import permit, customs broker, commodity forwarder, and exporter lined up to make the large scale batch possible.
image
The large scale batch was quite a feat as it was my first time doing it. There are a lot of moving parts to the operation. We ran into a couple hiccups such as ingredients not being sent, shipping delays, product sourcing, and timing. The timing had to be precise because we use only fresh ingredients. The batches were delayed a couple of times to get the timing down correctly.
The day of the batch I had to be there to taste and approve the final recipe. This can be a little difficult because you can always add but cannot subtract ingredients. And when doing it on a large scale you don’t want to end up with 55 gallons of product that you cannot use. It was quite a relief when the final product was finished and ready to sell.

Describe the process of launching the business.

I decided that we were going to do a Kickstarter to gain funds for the product launch. The first batch we made sample bottles and had a sample campaign to build momentum. We made 1 fluid ounce bottles and gave them away for free.
We designed our initial website and funneled the free sample sign up there. The sample campaign we made a survey to get things like mailing addresses, product feedback, and to create an email mailing list. We posted the sample campaign on reddit and other forums. The post went viral quickly with the sign-ups and we hit our cap of 10,000 samples rather quickly in a matter of minutes. What we didn’t think of beforehand was how expensive the shipping would be for all the samples. We ended paying for all the samples, packaging, and shipping as well as all of our other start-up costs.
image
The next step was creating the Kickstarter campaign. We needed a really well put together campaign to recoup our sample campaign cost.
We studied all of the very successful kickstarter campaigns and deduced the common ideas among them. Some of the Kickstarters that were the most helpful were: caps. hot seven, FYM Hot Sauce, and Red Hot Motor Oil.
All of these hot sauces had an awesome intro video and different levels of rewards. Furthermore, we learned from studying these Kickstarters that around 90% of the campaign rides on pre-campaign preparation and that money can be lost by not pricing rewards with shipping cost in mind especially international shipping.
Since the product was a family recipe the story was already there for the most part. We hired a videographer and flew to Trinidad and Tobago to shoot the video. We involved family and really immersed the videographer in my family and the culture of Trinidad and Tobago so he could get a feel for the vibe we were going for. That in turn led into an awesome video which surely contributed to the success of our campaign.
We researched hacks to make our campaign go viral and to be selected as a kickstarter favorite to be promoted. The hacks included doing a promotional free sample through reddit. We learned from caps. hot seven that a four month buffer period between the initial promotional post and kickstarter post on reddit is effective in generating Kickstarter traction and we learned from FYM Hot Sauce that cross posting between subreddits also helped in drawing additional demographics to the Kickstarter.
After the kickstarter page was finished we launched the product by email blasting our list that we obtained from doing the sample campaign. People loved the product from tasting the samples and were waiting to order as soon as we launched. Our campaign was quite successful and we used all what we learned from the sample batch to produce our subsequent batches for our kickstarter backers.
Some of the biggest lessons learned from the launch is to plan out your campaign thoroughly. Don’t be afraid to wait to get everything right before launching. Make sure you have enough margins and include shipping costs separately from the product cost. I would limit international orders as the shipping can prove to be difficult and expensive. Before your launch you should have all the processes in place to make the product in large quantities before taking the pre-orders on kickstarter. We already had all of this in place beforehand and still ran into some difficulties fulfilling by the correct date. We ended up having to ship out two different batches as some of our pre-orders were Christmas presents.
After, our kickstarter campaign was fulfilled the website was launched. We got some of our first online store customers from repeat buyers, word of mouth from the sample and kickstarter campaigns. It is important to maintain momentum and have a plan for the future after the kickstarter campaign has ended. You should always be planning for what’s next with as much foresight as possible.

Since launch, what has worked to attract and retain customers?

Since launch, our strategy to find and retain our customer base has taken on a trial and error approach in which we refine the methods that show positive feedback. We have participated in variously themed vending events, paid for promotions on social media platforms, were in a subscription box, etc. What we have found to be the most helpful thus far is consistent and thematic social media post, hot sauce themed vending events, and free local demos and pop-ups.
Consistent social media posts have generated a more interactive following that has been leading to more online storefront visits. Also, we have found meme themed content and giveaway post to generate greater reach and engagement which have translated into sales. Coupling the meme or giveaway post with a holiday or national day helps with reach as well because of the additional hashtags we can add to the post.
image
image
Our initial thoughts on vending events were to stand-out. So we thought being one of several hot sauces at a vending event was not ideal. So we participated in Caribbean themed events, such as Carimask and Around the World Cultural Food Festival, and served prepared food, such as Trini Chow, marinated chicken, vegetables, etc. Although, we sold enough to cover cost, our conversion rate (i.e. turning tasting into sale/ returning customer) was not great mostly because we encountered people that were not hot sauce lovers.
image
After participating in a hot sauce vending event in North Carolina and selling 204 bottles in a few hours, it became clear that that hot sauce themed events presented our ideal market which resulted in a better conversion rate. Also, we found we did not have to serve prepared food for these tasting since people were only interested in the taste of the sauce, enabling us to cut cost for these vending events.
image
Lastly, doing demos at specialty stores that Trini Pepper Sauce is shelved at and doing free pop-ups holiday bazaars and modern office spaces like WeWork has proven to be promising.
Not only do we make sales but we make valuable contacts in the communities of Raleigh and Washington DC where we are based. These contacts have connected us with a subscription box, gotten us featured in a magazine, and shelved at the stores we are currently in.

How are you doing today and what does the future look like?

Today, we have four people dealing with the day to day operations part-time. Three of which are new partners handling operations in Washington DC.
We are seeing profits almost every other month, mostly during spring, summer, and holiday months. This is attributed to the sales and marketing we receive from the additional vending events and holiday popups during those months.
Losses have been experienced in our most recent manufactured batch because of increased production cost. Flooding in Trinidad led to shortages in scotch bonnet and scorpion peppers which led to our order of peppers not being filled. We found substitute pepper sources in the states, but at an increased cost. We have a dependable copacker in a Elizabethtown, NC that does a great job with our 4000 bottle batches which we are running two times a year now.
We are trying to improve online sales by refining social media marketing. Our marketing strategy has been governed by a media campaign with four themes: food, promotional, collaboration, and operational media.
We are posting 2-3 times a week and tracking what post and themes are most effective in garnering followers, interaction, and sales.
We are hoping to do a new fruit infused sauce in the near future. I am working on recipes that have mango and pineapple. I'm hoping to start testing during in-store demos this summer.
Our short term goals are to get into a few more store fronts and to double our batch production to 8000 bottles. Long term we want to start growing our own peppers to supplement peppers we import from trinidad, and copacking in the same city or state we grow the peppers. Doing so would cut our production cost significantly. Also, it would be great if we could all quit are day jobs to work on the sauce full time.

Through starting the business, have you learned anything particularly helpful or advantageous?

This business has taught me so much about the inconsistency of sourcing raw materials. Especially when dealing with the unforeseeable circumstances of flooding and incorrect shipping quantities that affected the production of the sauce. I learned through these experiences it always helps to have back-up sources for raw materials. We have even started working on growing our own peppers in North Carolina.
We have learned B2B sales are more difficult than they seem. Not only do you need to want to make the sale, but you have to be persistent even after you have done everything to deserve the sale. We have found that breaking up the sales pitch to accommodate multiple store visits simplifies task expected of busy buyers and allows us as salesman to be persistent without being overbearing to the buyer. First visit, we like to go to a store and appear to be looking for a product, and then bring up the pepper sauce in casual conversation with a store employee and/or manager. On the second visit, we bring the sauce and hopefully get them to try it on the spot.
If not, we give them a week or two, and return for a third visit to see what they thought of the sauce. If they like it, we send them an email with the price sheet the next day. We wait another week or two for a response, and if none is received we pop in for a fourth and possibly final visit to gage interest in moving forward with an order. Again, this approach gives us as salesmen a relentless purposeful reason to continue the pitch.
We have also learned that opportunity can come at any time so we always have to be ready even in the least auspicious moments.

What platform/tools do you use for your business?

We use Shopify for our online store.
MailChimp for email marketing.
Instagram (FB and Twitter) for marketing, to stay connected with customers, and sharing the vibe of Trini Sauce.
G Suite is probably the most useful productivity tool for the way our team collaborates and shares task. It lets us quickly connect when were not all at the same location and has essential spreadsheet, word processing, callender, and file transfer functionality.
IFTTT allows simple internet tasks to be automated, eliminating some of the online druggery involved with social media.
Trello a great way to manage all the small projects that are floating around. You can set reminders and have the involved people automatically updated whenever there is a new development with one of their tasks.

Advice for other entrepreneurs who want to get started or are just starting out?

I would advise entrepreneurs just starting out to take as much time as possible to make sure they lay good operational foundation. I have found the time and opportunities squandered when partners are stuck developing a process or system that should have already existed. For example, we had to develop a system around conducting our marketing campaigns when the time could have been used to approach grocery stores and restaurants.
Also, would recommend looking at your business endeavor as journey instead of a job. Every business experiences unexpected ups and downs that will bring you joy and/or knowledge that this is not the business for you. Embrace the succession of good and bad experiences. I look at it as the painting of the abstract of my life.

Where can we go to learn more?

If you have any questions or comments, drop a comment below!
Liked this text interview? Check out the full interview with photos, tools, books, and other data.
For more interviews, check out starter_story - I post new stories there daily.
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2019.08.12 18:32 youngrichntasteless $3k/month starting a hot sauce business.

Hey - Pat from StarterStory.com here with another interview.
Today's interview is with Mustafa of Findlay Food Group, a brand that sells hot sauce.
Some stats:

Hello! Who are you and what business did you start?

Hello! My name is Mustafa Mannan, co-founder and co-owner of Trini Pepper Sauce by Findlay Food Group llc. Undergrad friends and I started producing two varieties of sauce, mild [also known as “Original”] and hot, five years ago.
The sauces comprise a fresh blend of Scotch Bonnet and Scorpion peppers, garlic, cultantro and other ingredients. These ingredients provide a flavor-forward sauce that’s followed by a creeping heat. Customers often comment on the fruity flavor and full body of the sauce, which is attributed to the use of pimento and papaya. Also, the sauce has a low vinegar and sodium content compared to other hot sauces. Customers compliment this feature because it allows them to indulge and enhance the flavor of their meal, without overpowering it.
Today, the sauce is sold in specialty stores in Raleigh and Washington DC, with the majority of sales coming from our online store front. All in all we are averaging $3000/month in revenue.
image

What's your backstory and how did you come up with the idea?

My family is from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, home to a distinct and exotic cuisine.
Served alongside these foods is a pepper sauce unique to every Trinidadian and Tobagonian family. My family’s pepper sauce recipe has been passed down five generations.
Each trip to the islands, my grandmother, Joan Findlay, sent me home with the sauce to share with friends in North Carolina. After receiving much praise, I became excited with the idea of sharing it with the world!
image
In 2015, a few close friends and I launched a Kickstarter campaign that successfully raised over 32K, surpassing our 25K goal. The Kickstarter funds enabled us to import the peppers from Trinidad, manufacture the first batch, and distribute domestically and internationally.
The idea came about because of the additional restrictions bringing perishable goods into the USA. My friends and family that loved the hot sauce had to place orders to my grandma in Trinidad, and then I would have to bring them back after my visits. The amount of orders increased which led me to come up with an idea to try and make the sauce domestically. I never started a company before and thought it would be cool. I have a lot of friends in the entrepreneurial space which also led me to taking the idea seriously.

Take us through the process of designing, prototyping, and manufacturing your first product.

I was fortunate enough to have a baseline recipe from my grandmother to start off with. So, the first thing I did was beg and plead with my grandmother to share the family recipe with me.
I knew initially that I wanted the product to be made at a mass scale for retailers. So we called a couple of co-packers, contract packagers, that informed us of all of the requirements to produce and bottle Trini Pepper Sauce.
A co-packer is a company that provides manufacturing and/or packaging service for products. These services may be beneficial if you want to produce items on a large scale and/or don’t have the required facilities to manufacture your product for retailers. It is important to have a transparent co-packer and a great working relationship since they will be scaling up your recipe and will become your largest expense.
So, after running an initial large scale production of my sauce, it was paramount that I was satisfied with the color, texture, and taste of the sauce. It might take several runs before the co-packer meets a client's product specification. Once, the sauce's large scale recipe was perfect, I was able to place orders for additional product while being minimally involved during the manufacturing process.
This may or may not be of interest depending on the scale desired for a product launch, or cost and availability of facilities and certifications required for manual production. The most important requirements for my co-packer encountered were: scalable recipe with exact quantities, business license, liability insurance, and the tax number.
First, I got all the ingredients and general process together and I adapted it to fit the FDA guidelines. This involved a lot of small batch making in my apartment to the disdain of my roommates. I created a couple of recipes with exact quantities and sent them off to a food laboratory to get our recipe and process approved. We needed to have a certain pH range, temperature, bottling procedures, and ingredient list. This was an iterative process with the food laboratory. After we had our final recipes approved we got our FDA process letter and nutritional facts.
image
image
Once I had the nutritional facts and ingredient listing I could start work on the packaging. I encountered a BBQ sauce and really loved their packaging design. I reached out and got put into contact with a graphic designer.
Part of the creative process was forming a general idea of how we wanted the product to look and the inspiration behind the product. We wanted to showcase the look of the sauce and have a general island vibe that wasn’t too gimmicky.
We provided the dimensions, sample bottles, UPC codes to our designer to work with. There was a lot of collaboration with the designer, co-packer and label manufacturer to get the packing done. Approvals for artwork and machining requirements to name a few.
image
image
The next step was selecting the right co-packer. The recipe is very unique compared to other hot sauces on the market. I solicited a lot of different companies but ended up choosing one close in proximity to where I lived. I worked with them to develop the large scale recipe based on the small batch recipes we made previously.
This was a bit of a challenge as some of the ingredients are quite unique and aren’t readily available in large quantities or distributed by food/ingredient vendors. We attempted to substitute some of the ingredients with more readily available ingredients but ultimately I wasn’t satisfied with the product. This was almost the ending of the venture until I started to explore importing.
I researched the requirements for importing fresh produce into the United States. You are limited in what is approved to import and the origin country. Luckily, Trinidad and Tobago was approved and I had family connections to steer me in the right direction to placing a large order. I needed to get an import permit, customs broker, commodity forwarder, and exporter lined up to make the large scale batch possible.
image
The large scale batch was quite a feat as it was my first time doing it. There are a lot of moving parts to the operation. We ran into a couple hiccups such as ingredients not being sent, shipping delays, product sourcing, and timing. The timing had to be precise because we use only fresh ingredients. The batches were delayed a couple of times to get the timing down correctly.
The day of the batch I had to be there to taste and approve the final recipe. This can be a little difficult because you can always add but cannot subtract ingredients. And when doing it on a large scale you don’t want to end up with 55 gallons of product that you cannot use. It was quite a relief when the final product was finished and ready to sell.

Describe the process of launching the business.

I decided that we were going to do a Kickstarter to gain funds for the product launch. The first batch we made sample bottles and had a sample campaign to build momentum. We made 1 fluid ounce bottles and gave them away for free.
We designed our initial website and funneled the free sample sign up there. The sample campaign we made a survey to get things like mailing addresses, product feedback, and to create an email mailing list. We posted the sample campaign on reddit and other forums. The post went viral quickly with the sign-ups and we hit our cap of 10,000 samples rather quickly in a matter of minutes. What we didn’t think of beforehand was how expensive the shipping would be for all the samples. We ended paying for all the samples, packaging, and shipping as well as all of our other start-up costs.
image
The next step was creating the Kickstarter campaign. We needed a really well put together campaign to recoup our sample campaign cost.
We studied all of the very successful kickstarter campaigns and deduced the common ideas among them. Some of the Kickstarters that were the most helpful were: caps. hot seven, FYM Hot Sauce, and Red Hot Motor Oil.
All of these hot sauces had an awesome intro video and different levels of rewards. Furthermore, we learned from studying these Kickstarters that around 90% of the campaign rides on pre-campaign preparation and that money can be lost by not pricing rewards with shipping cost in mind especially international shipping.
Since the product was a family recipe the story was already there for the most part. We hired a videographer and flew to Trinidad and Tobago to shoot the video. We involved family and really immersed the videographer in my family and the culture of Trinidad and Tobago so he could get a feel for the vibe we were going for. That in turn led into an awesome video which surely contributed to the success of our campaign.
We researched hacks to make our campaign go viral and to be selected as a kickstarter favorite to be promoted. The hacks included doing a promotional free sample through reddit. We learned from caps. hot seven that a four month buffer period between the initial promotional post and kickstarter post on reddit is effective in generating Kickstarter traction and we learned from FYM Hot Sauce that cross posting between subreddits also helped in drawing additional demographics to the Kickstarter.
After the kickstarter page was finished we launched the product by email blasting our list that we obtained from doing the sample campaign. People loved the product from tasting the samples and were waiting to order as soon as we launched. Our campaign was quite successful and we used all what we learned from the sample batch to produce our subsequent batches for our kickstarter backers.
Some of the biggest lessons learned from the launch is to plan out your campaign thoroughly. Don’t be afraid to wait to get everything right before launching. Make sure you have enough margins and include shipping costs separately from the product cost. I would limit international orders as the shipping can prove to be difficult and expensive. Before your launch you should have all the processes in place to make the product in large quantities before taking the pre-orders on kickstarter. We already had all of this in place beforehand and still ran into some difficulties fulfilling by the correct date. We ended up having to ship out two different batches as some of our pre-orders were Christmas presents.
After, our kickstarter campaign was fulfilled the website was launched. We got some of our first online store customers from repeat buyers, word of mouth from the sample and kickstarter campaigns. It is important to maintain momentum and have a plan for the future after the kickstarter campaign has ended. You should always be planning for what’s next with as much foresight as possible.

Since launch, what has worked to attract and retain customers?

Since launch, our strategy to find and retain our customer base has taken on a trial and error approach in which we refine the methods that show positive feedback. We have participated in variously themed vending events, paid for promotions on social media platforms, were in a subscription box, etc. What we have found to be the most helpful thus far is consistent and thematic social media post, hot sauce themed vending events, and free local demos and pop-ups.
Consistent social media posts have generated a more interactive following that has been leading to more online storefront visits. Also, we have found meme themed content and giveaway post to generate greater reach and engagement which have translated into sales. Coupling the meme or giveaway post with a holiday or national day helps with reach as well because of the additional hashtags we can add to the post.
image
image
Our initial thoughts on vending events were to stand-out. So we thought being one of several hot sauces at a vending event was not ideal. So we participated in Caribbean themed events, such as Carimask and Around the World Cultural Food Festival, and served prepared food, such as Trini Chow, marinated chicken, vegetables, etc. Although, we sold enough to cover cost, our conversion rate (i.e. turning tasting into sale/ returning customer) was not great mostly because we encountered people that were not hot sauce lovers.
image
After participating in a hot sauce vending event in North Carolina and selling 204 bottles in a few hours, it became clear that that hot sauce themed events presented our ideal market which resulted in a better conversion rate. Also, we found we did not have to serve prepared food for these tasting since people were only interested in the taste of the sauce, enabling us to cut cost for these vending events.
image
Lastly, doing demos at specialty stores that Trini Pepper Sauce is shelved at and doing free pop-ups holiday bazaars and modern office spaces like WeWork has proven to be promising.
Not only do we make sales but we make valuable contacts in the communities of Raleigh and Washington DC where we are based. These contacts have connected us with a subscription box, gotten us featured in a magazine, and shelved at the stores we are currently in.

How are you doing today and what does the future look like?

Today, we have four people dealing with the day to day operations part-time. Three of which are new partners handling operations in Washington DC.
We are seeing profits almost every other month, mostly during spring, summer, and holiday months. This is attributed to the sales and marketing we receive from the additional vending events and holiday popups during those months.
Losses have been experienced in our most recent manufactured batch because of increased production cost. Flooding in Trinidad led to shortages in scotch bonnet and scorpion peppers which led to our order of peppers not being filled. We found substitute pepper sources in the states, but at an increased cost. We have a dependable copacker in a Elizabethtown, NC that does a great job with our 4000 bottle batches which we are running two times a year now.
We are trying to improve online sales by refining social media marketing. Our marketing strategy has been governed by a media campaign with four themes: food, promotional, collaboration, and operational media.
We are posting 2-3 times a week and tracking what post and themes are most effective in garnering followers, interaction, and sales.
We are hoping to do a new fruit infused sauce in the near future. I am working on recipes that have mango and pineapple. I'm hoping to start testing during in-store demos this summer.
Our short term goals are to get into a few more store fronts and to double our batch production to 8000 bottles. Long term we want to start growing our own peppers to supplement peppers we import from trinidad, and copacking in the same city or state we grow the peppers. Doing so would cut our production cost significantly. Also, it would be great if we could all quit are day jobs to work on the sauce full time.

Through starting the business, have you learned anything particularly helpful or advantageous?

This business has taught me so much about the inconsistency of sourcing raw materials. Especially when dealing with the unforeseeable circumstances of flooding and incorrect shipping quantities that affected the production of the sauce. I learned through these experiences it always helps to have back-up sources for raw materials. We have even started working on growing our own peppers in North Carolina.
We have learned B2B sales are more difficult than they seem. Not only do you need to want to make the sale, but you have to be persistent even after you have done everything to deserve the sale. We have found that breaking up the sales pitch to accommodate multiple store visits simplifies task expected of busy buyers and allows us as salesman to be persistent without being overbearing to the buyer. First visit, we like to go to a store and appear to be looking for a product, and then bring up the pepper sauce in casual conversation with a store employee and/or manager. On the second visit, we bring the sauce and hopefully get them to try it on the spot.
If not, we give them a week or two, and return for a third visit to see what they thought of the sauce. If they like it, we send them an email with the price sheet the next day. We wait another week or two for a response, and if none is received we pop in for a fourth and possibly final visit to gage interest in moving forward with an order. Again, this approach gives us as salesmen a relentless purposeful reason to continue the pitch.
We have also learned that opportunity can come at any time so we always have to be ready even in the least auspicious moments.

What platform/tools do you use for your business?

We use Shopify for our online store.
MailChimp for email marketing.
Instagram (FB and Twitter) for marketing, to stay connected with customers, and sharing the vibe of Trini Sauce.
G Suite is probably the most useful productivity tool for the way our team collaborates and shares task. It lets us quickly connect when were not all at the same location and has essential spreadsheet, word processing, callender, and file transfer functionality.
IFTTT allows simple internet tasks to be automated, eliminating some of the online druggery involved with social media.
Trello a great way to manage all the small projects that are floating around. You can set reminders and have the involved people automatically updated whenever there is a new development with one of their tasks.

Advice for other entrepreneurs who want to get started or are just starting out?

I would advise entrepreneurs just starting out to take as much time as possible to make sure they lay good operational foundation. I have found the time and opportunities squandered when partners are stuck developing a process or system that should have already existed. For example, we had to develop a system around conducting our marketing campaigns when the time could have been used to approach grocery stores and restaurants.
Also, would recommend looking at your business endeavor as journey instead of a job. Every business experiences unexpected ups and downs that will bring you joy and/or knowledge that this is not the business for you. Embrace the succession of good and bad experiences. I look at it as the painting of the abstract of my life.

Where can we go to learn more?

If you have any questions or comments, drop a comment below!
Liked this text interview? Check out the full interview with photos, tools, books, and other data.
For more interviews, check out starter_story - I post new stories there daily.
Interested in sharing your own story? Send me a PM
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2019.08.12 18:17 youngrichntasteless $3k/month starting a hot sauce business.

Hey - Pat from StarterStory.com here with another interview.
Today's interview is with Mustafa of Findlay Food Group, a brand that sells hot sauce.
Some stats:

Hello! Who are you and what business did you start?

Hello! My name is Mustafa Mannan, co-founder and co-owner of Trini Pepper Sauce by Findlay Food Group llc. Undergrad friends and I started producing two varieties of sauce, mild [also known as “Original”] and hot, five years ago.
The sauces comprise a fresh blend of Scotch Bonnet and Scorpion peppers, garlic, cultantro and other ingredients. These ingredients provide a flavor-forward sauce that’s followed by a creeping heat. Customers often comment on the fruity flavor and full body of the sauce, which is attributed to the use of pimento and papaya. Also, the sauce has a low vinegar and sodium content compared to other hot sauces. Customers compliment this feature because it allows them to indulge and enhance the flavor of their meal, without overpowering it.
Today, the sauce is sold in specialty stores in Raleigh and Washington DC, with the majority of sales coming from our online store front. All in all we are averaging $3000/month in revenue.
image

What's your backstory and how did you come up with the idea?

My family is from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, home to a distinct and exotic cuisine.
Served alongside these foods is a pepper sauce unique to every Trinidadian and Tobagonian family. My family’s pepper sauce recipe has been passed down five generations.
Each trip to the islands, my grandmother, Joan Findlay, sent me home with the sauce to share with friends in North Carolina. After receiving much praise, I became excited with the idea of sharing it with the world!
image
In 2015, a few close friends and I launched a Kickstarter campaign that successfully raised over 32K, surpassing our 25K goal. The Kickstarter funds enabled us to import the peppers from Trinidad, manufacture the first batch, and distribute domestically and internationally.
The idea came about because of the additional restrictions bringing perishable goods into the USA. My friends and family that loved the hot sauce had to place orders to my grandma in Trinidad, and then I would have to bring them back after my visits. The amount of orders increased which led me to come up with an idea to try and make the sauce domestically. I never started a company before and thought it would be cool. I have a lot of friends in the entrepreneurial space which also led me to taking the idea seriously.

Take us through the process of designing, prototyping, and manufacturing your first product.

I was fortunate enough to have a baseline recipe from my grandmother to start off with. So, the first thing I did was beg and plead with my grandmother to share the family recipe with me.
I knew initially that I wanted the product to be made at a mass scale for retailers. So we called a couple of co-packers, contract packagers, that informed us of all of the requirements to produce and bottle Trini Pepper Sauce.
A co-packer is a company that provides manufacturing and/or packaging service for products. These services may be beneficial if you want to produce items on a large scale and/or don’t have the required facilities to manufacture your product for retailers. It is important to have a transparent co-packer and a great working relationship since they will be scaling up your recipe and will become your largest expense.
So, after running an initial large scale production of my sauce, it was paramount that I was satisfied with the color, texture, and taste of the sauce. It might take several runs before the co-packer meets a client's product specification. Once, the sauce's large scale recipe was perfect, I was able to place orders for additional product while being minimally involved during the manufacturing process.
This may or may not be of interest depending on the scale desired for a product launch, or cost and availability of facilities and certifications required for manual production. The most important requirements for my co-packer encountered were: scalable recipe with exact quantities, business license, liability insurance, and the tax number.
First, I got all the ingredients and general process together and I adapted it to fit the FDA guidelines. This involved a lot of small batch making in my apartment to the disdain of my roommates. I created a couple of recipes with exact quantities and sent them off to a food laboratory to get our recipe and process approved. We needed to have a certain pH range, temperature, bottling procedures, and ingredient list. This was an iterative process with the food laboratory. After we had our final recipes approved we got our FDA process letter and nutritional facts.
image
image
Once I had the nutritional facts and ingredient listing I could start work on the packaging. I encountered a BBQ sauce and really loved their packaging design. I reached out and got put into contact with a graphic designer.
Part of the creative process was forming a general idea of how we wanted the product to look and the inspiration behind the product. We wanted to showcase the look of the sauce and have a general island vibe that wasn’t too gimmicky.
We provided the dimensions, sample bottles, UPC codes to our designer to work with. There was a lot of collaboration with the designer, co-packer and label manufacturer to get the packing done. Approvals for artwork and machining requirements to name a few.
image
image
The next step was selecting the right co-packer. The recipe is very unique compared to other hot sauces on the market. I solicited a lot of different companies but ended up choosing one close in proximity to where I lived. I worked with them to develop the large scale recipe based on the small batch recipes we made previously.
This was a bit of a challenge as some of the ingredients are quite unique and aren’t readily available in large quantities or distributed by food/ingredient vendors. We attempted to substitute some of the ingredients with more readily available ingredients but ultimately I wasn’t satisfied with the product. This was almost the ending of the venture until I started to explore importing.
I researched the requirements for importing fresh produce into the United States. You are limited in what is approved to import and the origin country. Luckily, Trinidad and Tobago was approved and I had family connections to steer me in the right direction to placing a large order. I needed to get an import permit, customs broker, commodity forwarder, and exporter lined up to make the large scale batch possible.
image
The large scale batch was quite a feat as it was my first time doing it. There are a lot of moving parts to the operation. We ran into a couple hiccups such as ingredients not being sent, shipping delays, product sourcing, and timing. The timing had to be precise because we use only fresh ingredients. The batches were delayed a couple of times to get the timing down correctly.
The day of the batch I had to be there to taste and approve the final recipe. This can be a little difficult because you can always add but cannot subtract ingredients. And when doing it on a large scale you don’t want to end up with 55 gallons of product that you cannot use. It was quite a relief when the final product was finished and ready to sell.

Describe the process of launching the business.

I decided that we were going to do a Kickstarter to gain funds for the product launch. The first batch we made sample bottles and had a sample campaign to build momentum. We made 1 fluid ounce bottles and gave them away for free.
We designed our initial website and funneled the free sample sign up there. The sample campaign we made a survey to get things like mailing addresses, product feedback, and to create an email mailing list. We posted the sample campaign on reddit and other forums. The post went viral quickly with the sign-ups and we hit our cap of 10,000 samples rather quickly in a matter of minutes. What we didn’t think of beforehand was how expensive the shipping would be for all the samples. We ended paying for all the samples, packaging, and shipping as well as all of our other start-up costs.
image
The next step was creating the Kickstarter campaign. We needed a really well put together campaign to recoup our sample campaign cost.
We studied all of the very successful kickstarter campaigns and deduced the common ideas among them. Some of the Kickstarters that were the most helpful were: caps. hot seven, FYM Hot Sauce, and Red Hot Motor Oil.
All of these hot sauces had an awesome intro video and different levels of rewards. Furthermore, we learned from studying these Kickstarters that around 90% of the campaign rides on pre-campaign preparation and that money can be lost by not pricing rewards with shipping cost in mind especially international shipping.
Since the product was a family recipe the story was already there for the most part. We hired a videographer and flew to Trinidad and Tobago to shoot the video. We involved family and really immersed the videographer in my family and the culture of Trinidad and Tobago so he could get a feel for the vibe we were going for. That in turn led into an awesome video which surely contributed to the success of our campaign.
We researched hacks to make our campaign go viral and to be selected as a kickstarter favorite to be promoted. The hacks included doing a promotional free sample through reddit. We learned from caps. hot seven that a four month buffer period between the initial promotional post and kickstarter post on reddit is effective in generating Kickstarter traction and we learned from FYM Hot Sauce that cross posting between subreddits also helped in drawing additional demographics to the Kickstarter.
After the kickstarter page was finished we launched the product by email blasting our list that we obtained from doing the sample campaign. People loved the product from tasting the samples and were waiting to order as soon as we launched. Our campaign was quite successful and we used all what we learned from the sample batch to produce our subsequent batches for our kickstarter backers.
Some of the biggest lessons learned from the launch is to plan out your campaign thoroughly. Don’t be afraid to wait to get everything right before launching. Make sure you have enough margins and include shipping costs separately from the product cost. I would limit international orders as the shipping can prove to be difficult and expensive. Before your launch you should have all the processes in place to make the product in large quantities before taking the pre-orders on kickstarter. We already had all of this in place beforehand and still ran into some difficulties fulfilling by the correct date. We ended up having to ship out two different batches as some of our pre-orders were Christmas presents.
After, our kickstarter campaign was fulfilled the website was launched. We got some of our first online store customers from repeat buyers, word of mouth from the sample and kickstarter campaigns. It is important to maintain momentum and have a plan for the future after the kickstarter campaign has ended. You should always be planning for what’s next with as much foresight as possible.

Since launch, what has worked to attract and retain customers?

Since launch, our strategy to find and retain our customer base has taken on a trial and error approach in which we refine the methods that show positive feedback. We have participated in variously themed vending events, paid for promotions on social media platforms, were in a subscription box, etc. What we have found to be the most helpful thus far is consistent and thematic social media post, hot sauce themed vending events, and free local demos and pop-ups.
Consistent social media posts have generated a more interactive following that has been leading to more online storefront visits. Also, we have found meme themed content and giveaway post to generate greater reach and engagement which have translated into sales. Coupling the meme or giveaway post with a holiday or national day helps with reach as well because of the additional hashtags we can add to the post.
image
image
Our initial thoughts on vending events were to stand-out. So we thought being one of several hot sauces at a vending event was not ideal. So we participated in Caribbean themed events, such as Carimask and Around the World Cultural Food Festival, and served prepared food, such as Trini Chow, marinated chicken, vegetables, etc. Although, we sold enough to cover cost, our conversion rate (i.e. turning tasting into sale/ returning customer) was not great mostly because we encountered people that were not hot sauce lovers.
image
After participating in a hot sauce vending event in North Carolina and selling 204 bottles in a few hours, it became clear that that hot sauce themed events presented our ideal market which resulted in a better conversion rate. Also, we found we did not have to serve prepared food for these tasting since people were only interested in the taste of the sauce, enabling us to cut cost for these vending events.
image
Lastly, doing demos at specialty stores that Trini Pepper Sauce is shelved at and doing free pop-ups holiday bazaars and modern office spaces like WeWork has proven to be promising.
Not only do we make sales but we make valuable contacts in the communities of Raleigh and Washington DC where we are based. These contacts have connected us with a subscription box, gotten us featured in a magazine, and shelved at the stores we are currently in.

How are you doing today and what does the future look like?

Today, we have four people dealing with the day to day operations part-time. Three of which are new partners handling operations in Washington DC.
We are seeing profits almost every other month, mostly during spring, summer, and holiday months. This is attributed to the sales and marketing we receive from the additional vending events and holiday popups during those months.
Losses have been experienced in our most recent manufactured batch because of increased production cost. Flooding in Trinidad led to shortages in scotch bonnet and scorpion peppers which led to our order of peppers not being filled. We found substitute pepper sources in the states, but at an increased cost. We have a dependable copacker in a Elizabethtown, NC that does a great job with our 4000 bottle batches which we are running two times a year now.
We are trying to improve online sales by refining social media marketing. Our marketing strategy has been governed by a media campaign with four themes: food, promotional, collaboration, and operational media.
We are posting 2-3 times a week and tracking what post and themes are most effective in garnering followers, interaction, and sales.
We are hoping to do a new fruit infused sauce in the near future. I am working on recipes that have mango and pineapple. I'm hoping to start testing during in-store demos this summer.
Our short term goals are to get into a few more store fronts and to double our batch production to 8000 bottles. Long term we want to start growing our own peppers to supplement peppers we import from trinidad, and copacking in the same city or state we grow the peppers. Doing so would cut our production cost significantly. Also, it would be great if we could all quit are day jobs to work on the sauce full time.

Through starting the business, have you learned anything particularly helpful or advantageous?

This business has taught me so much about the inconsistency of sourcing raw materials. Especially when dealing with the unforeseeable circumstances of flooding and incorrect shipping quantities that affected the production of the sauce. I learned through these experiences it always helps to have back-up sources for raw materials. We have even started working on growing our own peppers in North Carolina.
We have learned B2B sales are more difficult than they seem. Not only do you need to want to make the sale, but you have to be persistent even after you have done everything to deserve the sale. We have found that breaking up the sales pitch to accommodate multiple store visits simplifies task expected of busy buyers and allows us as salesman to be persistent without being overbearing to the buyer. First visit, we like to go to a store and appear to be looking for a product, and then bring up the pepper sauce in casual conversation with a store employee and/or manager. On the second visit, we bring the sauce and hopefully get them to try it on the spot.
If not, we give them a week or two, and return for a third visit to see what they thought of the sauce. If they like it, we send them an email with the price sheet the next day. We wait another week or two for a response, and if none is received we pop in for a fourth and possibly final visit to gage interest in moving forward with an order. Again, this approach gives us as salesmen a relentless purposeful reason to continue the pitch.
We have also learned that opportunity can come at any time so we always have to be ready even in the least auspicious moments.

What platform/tools do you use for your business?

We use Shopify for our online store.
MailChimp for email marketing.
Instagram (FB and Twitter) for marketing, to stay connected with customers, and sharing the vibe of Trini Sauce.
G Suite is probably the most useful productivity tool for the way our team collaborates and shares task. It lets us quickly connect when were not all at the same location and has essential spreadsheet, word processing, callender, and file transfer functionality.
IFTTT allows simple internet tasks to be automated, eliminating some of the online druggery involved with social media.
Trello a great way to manage all the small projects that are floating around. You can set reminders and have the involved people automatically updated whenever there is a new development with one of their tasks.

Advice for other entrepreneurs who want to get started or are just starting out?

I would advise entrepreneurs just starting out to take as much time as possible to make sure they lay good operational foundation. I have found the time and opportunities squandered when partners are stuck developing a process or system that should have already existed. For example, we had to develop a system around conducting our marketing campaigns when the time could have been used to approach grocery stores and restaurants.
Also, would recommend looking at your business endeavor as journey instead of a job. Every business experiences unexpected ups and downs that will bring you joy and/or knowledge that this is not the business for you. Embrace the succession of good and bad experiences. I look at it as the painting of the abstract of my life.

Where can we go to learn more?

If you have any questions or comments, drop a comment below!
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2019.08.12 18:02 youngrichntasteless $3k/month starting a hot sauce business.

Hey - Pat from StarterStory.com here with another interview.
Today's interview is with Mustafa of Findlay Food Group, a brand that sells hot sauce.
Some stats:

Hello! Who are you and what business did you start?

Hello! My name is Mustafa Mannan, co-founder and co-owner of Trini Pepper Sauce by Findlay Food Group llc. Undergrad friends and I started producing two varieties of sauce, mild [also known as “Original”] and hot, five years ago.
The sauces comprise a fresh blend of Scotch Bonnet and Scorpion peppers, garlic, cultantro and other ingredients. These ingredients provide a flavor-forward sauce that’s followed by a creeping heat. Customers often comment on the fruity flavor and full body of the sauce, which is attributed to the use of pimento and papaya. Also, the sauce has a low vinegar and sodium content compared to other hot sauces. Customers compliment this feature because it allows them to indulge and enhance the flavor of their meal, without overpowering it.
Today, the sauce is sold in specialty stores in Raleigh and Washington DC, with the majority of sales coming from our online store front. All in all we are averaging $3000/month in revenue.
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What's your backstory and how did you come up with the idea?

My family is from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, home to a distinct and exotic cuisine.
Served alongside these foods is a pepper sauce unique to every Trinidadian and Tobagonian family. My family’s pepper sauce recipe has been passed down five generations.
Each trip to the islands, my grandmother, Joan Findlay, sent me home with the sauce to share with friends in North Carolina. After receiving much praise, I became excited with the idea of sharing it with the world!
image
In 2015, a few close friends and I launched a Kickstarter campaign that successfully raised over 32K, surpassing our 25K goal. The Kickstarter funds enabled us to import the peppers from Trinidad, manufacture the first batch, and distribute domestically and internationally.
The idea came about because of the additional restrictions bringing perishable goods into the USA. My friends and family that loved the hot sauce had to place orders to my grandma in Trinidad, and then I would have to bring them back after my visits. The amount of orders increased which led me to come up with an idea to try and make the sauce domestically. I never started a company before and thought it would be cool. I have a lot of friends in the entrepreneurial space which also led me to taking the idea seriously.

Take us through the process of designing, prototyping, and manufacturing your first product.

I was fortunate enough to have a baseline recipe from my grandmother to start off with. So, the first thing I did was beg and plead with my grandmother to share the family recipe with me.
I knew initially that I wanted the product to be made at a mass scale for retailers. So we called a couple of co-packers, contract packagers, that informed us of all of the requirements to produce and bottle Trini Pepper Sauce.
A co-packer is a company that provides manufacturing and/or packaging service for products. These services may be beneficial if you want to produce items on a large scale and/or don’t have the required facilities to manufacture your product for retailers. It is important to have a transparent co-packer and a great working relationship since they will be scaling up your recipe and will become your largest expense.
So, after running an initial large scale production of my sauce, it was paramount that I was satisfied with the color, texture, and taste of the sauce. It might take several runs before the co-packer meets a client's product specification. Once, the sauce's large scale recipe was perfect, I was able to place orders for additional product while being minimally involved during the manufacturing process.
This may or may not be of interest depending on the scale desired for a product launch, or cost and availability of facilities and certifications required for manual production. The most important requirements for my co-packer encountered were: scalable recipe with exact quantities, business license, liability insurance, and the tax number.
First, I got all the ingredients and general process together and I adapted it to fit the FDA guidelines. This involved a lot of small batch making in my apartment to the disdain of my roommates. I created a couple of recipes with exact quantities and sent them off to a food laboratory to get our recipe and process approved. We needed to have a certain pH range, temperature, bottling procedures, and ingredient list. This was an iterative process with the food laboratory. After we had our final recipes approved we got our FDA process letter and nutritional facts.
image
image
Once I had the nutritional facts and ingredient listing I could start work on the packaging. I encountered a BBQ sauce and really loved their packaging design. I reached out and got put into contact with a graphic designer.
Part of the creative process was forming a general idea of how we wanted the product to look and the inspiration behind the product. We wanted to showcase the look of the sauce and have a general island vibe that wasn’t too gimmicky.
We provided the dimensions, sample bottles, UPC codes to our designer to work with. There was a lot of collaboration with the designer, co-packer and label manufacturer to get the packing done. Approvals for artwork and machining requirements to name a few.
image
image
The next step was selecting the right co-packer. The recipe is very unique compared to other hot sauces on the market. I solicited a lot of different companies but ended up choosing one close in proximity to where I lived. I worked with them to develop the large scale recipe based on the small batch recipes we made previously.
This was a bit of a challenge as some of the ingredients are quite unique and aren’t readily available in large quantities or distributed by food/ingredient vendors. We attempted to substitute some of the ingredients with more readily available ingredients but ultimately I wasn’t satisfied with the product. This was almost the ending of the venture until I started to explore importing.
I researched the requirements for importing fresh produce into the United States. You are limited in what is approved to import and the origin country. Luckily, Trinidad and Tobago was approved and I had family connections to steer me in the right direction to placing a large order. I needed to get an import permit, customs broker, commodity forwarder, and exporter lined up to make the large scale batch possible.
image
The large scale batch was quite a feat as it was my first time doing it. There are a lot of moving parts to the operation. We ran into a couple hiccups such as ingredients not being sent, shipping delays, product sourcing, and timing. The timing had to be precise because we use only fresh ingredients. The batches were delayed a couple of times to get the timing down correctly.
The day of the batch I had to be there to taste and approve the final recipe. This can be a little difficult because you can always add but cannot subtract ingredients. And when doing it on a large scale you don’t want to end up with 55 gallons of product that you cannot use. It was quite a relief when the final product was finished and ready to sell.

Describe the process of launching the business.

I decided that we were going to do a Kickstarter to gain funds for the product launch. The first batch we made sample bottles and had a sample campaign to build momentum. We made 1 fluid ounce bottles and gave them away for free.
We designed our initial website and funneled the free sample sign up there. The sample campaign we made a survey to get things like mailing addresses, product feedback, and to create an email mailing list. We posted the sample campaign on reddit and other forums. The post went viral quickly with the sign-ups and we hit our cap of 10,000 samples rather quickly in a matter of minutes. What we didn’t think of beforehand was how expensive the shipping would be for all the samples. We ended paying for all the samples, packaging, and shipping as well as all of our other start-up costs.
image
The next step was creating the Kickstarter campaign. We needed a really well put together campaign to recoup our sample campaign cost.
We studied all of the very successful kickstarter campaigns and deduced the common ideas among them. Some of the Kickstarters that were the most helpful were: caps. hot seven, FYM Hot Sauce, and Red Hot Motor Oil.
All of these hot sauces had an awesome intro video and different levels of rewards. Furthermore, we learned from studying these Kickstarters that around 90% of the campaign rides on pre-campaign preparation and that money can be lost by not pricing rewards with shipping cost in mind especially international shipping.
Since the product was a family recipe the story was already there for the most part. We hired a videographer and flew to Trinidad and Tobago to shoot the video. We involved family and really immersed the videographer in my family and the culture of Trinidad and Tobago so he could get a feel for the vibe we were going for. That in turn led into an awesome video which surely contributed to the success of our campaign.
We researched hacks to make our campaign go viral and to be selected as a kickstarter favorite to be promoted. The hacks included doing a promotional free sample through reddit. We learned from caps. hot seven that a four month buffer period between the initial promotional post and kickstarter post on reddit is effective in generating Kickstarter traction and we learned from FYM Hot Sauce that cross posting between subreddits also helped in drawing additional demographics to the Kickstarter.
After the kickstarter page was finished we launched the product by email blasting our list that we obtained from doing the sample campaign. People loved the product from tasting the samples and were waiting to order as soon as we launched. Our campaign was quite successful and we used all what we learned from the sample batch to produce our subsequent batches for our kickstarter backers.
Some of the biggest lessons learned from the launch is to plan out your campaign thoroughly. Don’t be afraid to wait to get everything right before launching. Make sure you have enough margins and include shipping costs separately from the product cost. I would limit international orders as the shipping can prove to be difficult and expensive. Before your launch you should have all the processes in place to make the product in large quantities before taking the pre-orders on kickstarter. We already had all of this in place beforehand and still ran into some difficulties fulfilling by the correct date. We ended up having to ship out two different batches as some of our pre-orders were Christmas presents.
After, our kickstarter campaign was fulfilled the website was launched. We got some of our first online store customers from repeat buyers, word of mouth from the sample and kickstarter campaigns. It is important to maintain momentum and have a plan for the future after the kickstarter campaign has ended. You should always be planning for what’s next with as much foresight as possible.

Since launch, what has worked to attract and retain customers?

Since launch, our strategy to find and retain our customer base has taken on a trial and error approach in which we refine the methods that show positive feedback. We have participated in variously themed vending events, paid for promotions on social media platforms, were in a subscription box, etc. What we have found to be the most helpful thus far is consistent and thematic social media post, hot sauce themed vending events, and free local demos and pop-ups.
Consistent social media posts have generated a more interactive following that has been leading to more online storefront visits. Also, we have found meme themed content and giveaway post to generate greater reach and engagement which have translated into sales. Coupling the meme or giveaway post with a holiday or national day helps with reach as well because of the additional hashtags we can add to the post.
image
image
Our initial thoughts on vending events were to stand-out. So we thought being one of several hot sauces at a vending event was not ideal. So we participated in Caribbean themed events, such as Carimask and Around the World Cultural Food Festival, and served prepared food, such as Trini Chow, marinated chicken, vegetables, etc. Although, we sold enough to cover cost, our conversion rate (i.e. turning tasting into sale/ returning customer) was not great mostly because we encountered people that were not hot sauce lovers.
image
After participating in a hot sauce vending event in North Carolina and selling 204 bottles in a few hours, it became clear that that hot sauce themed events presented our ideal market which resulted in a better conversion rate. Also, we found we did not have to serve prepared food for these tasting since people were only interested in the taste of the sauce, enabling us to cut cost for these vending events.
image
Lastly, doing demos at specialty stores that Trini Pepper Sauce is shelved at and doing free pop-ups holiday bazaars and modern office spaces like WeWork has proven to be promising.
Not only do we make sales but we make valuable contacts in the communities of Raleigh and Washington DC where we are based. These contacts have connected us with a subscription box, gotten us featured in a magazine, and shelved at the stores we are currently in.

How are you doing today and what does the future look like?

Today, we have four people dealing with the day to day operations part-time. Three of which are new partners handling operations in Washington DC.
We are seeing profits almost every other month, mostly during spring, summer, and holiday months. This is attributed to the sales and marketing we receive from the additional vending events and holiday popups during those months.
Losses have been experienced in our most recent manufactured batch because of increased production cost. Flooding in Trinidad led to shortages in scotch bonnet and scorpion peppers which led to our order of peppers not being filled. We found substitute pepper sources in the states, but at an increased cost. We have a dependable copacker in a Elizabethtown, NC that does a great job with our 4000 bottle batches which we are running two times a year now.
We are trying to improve online sales by refining social media marketing. Our marketing strategy has been governed by a media campaign with four themes: food, promotional, collaboration, and operational media.
We are posting 2-3 times a week and tracking what post and themes are most effective in garnering followers, interaction, and sales.
We are hoping to do a new fruit infused sauce in the near future. I am working on recipes that have mango and pineapple. I'm hoping to start testing during in-store demos this summer.
Our short term goals are to get into a few more store fronts and to double our batch production to 8000 bottles. Long term we want to start growing our own peppers to supplement peppers we import from trinidad, and copacking in the same city or state we grow the peppers. Doing so would cut our production cost significantly. Also, it would be great if we could all quit are day jobs to work on the sauce full time.

Through starting the business, have you learned anything particularly helpful or advantageous?

This business has taught me so much about the inconsistency of sourcing raw materials. Especially when dealing with the unforeseeable circumstances of flooding and incorrect shipping quantities that affected the production of the sauce. I learned through these experiences it always helps to have back-up sources for raw materials. We have even started working on growing our own peppers in North Carolina.
We have learned B2B sales are more difficult than they seem. Not only do you need to want to make the sale, but you have to be persistent even after you have done everything to deserve the sale. We have found that breaking up the sales pitch to accommodate multiple store visits simplifies task expected of busy buyers and allows us as salesman to be persistent without being overbearing to the buyer. First visit, we like to go to a store and appear to be looking for a product, and then bring up the pepper sauce in casual conversation with a store employee and/or manager. On the second visit, we bring the sauce and hopefully get them to try it on the spot.
If not, we give them a week or two, and return for a third visit to see what they thought of the sauce. If they like it, we send them an email with the price sheet the next day. We wait another week or two for a response, and if none is received we pop in for a fourth and possibly final visit to gage interest in moving forward with an order. Again, this approach gives us as salesmen a relentless purposeful reason to continue the pitch.
We have also learned that opportunity can come at any time so we always have to be ready even in the least auspicious moments.

What platform/tools do you use for your business?

We use Shopify for our online store.
MailChimp for email marketing.
Instagram (FB and Twitter) for marketing, to stay connected with customers, and sharing the vibe of Trini Sauce.
G Suite is probably the most useful productivity tool for the way our team collaborates and shares task. It lets us quickly connect when were not all at the same location and has essential spreadsheet, word processing, callender, and file transfer functionality.
IFTTT allows simple internet tasks to be automated, eliminating some of the online druggery involved with social media.
Trello a great way to manage all the small projects that are floating around. You can set reminders and have the involved people automatically updated whenever there is a new development with one of their tasks.

Advice for other entrepreneurs who want to get started or are just starting out?

I would advise entrepreneurs just starting out to take as much time as possible to make sure they lay good operational foundation. I have found the time and opportunities squandered when partners are stuck developing a process or system that should have already existed. For example, we had to develop a system around conducting our marketing campaigns when the time could have been used to approach grocery stores and restaurants.
Also, would recommend looking at your business endeavor as journey instead of a job. Every business experiences unexpected ups and downs that will bring you joy and/or knowledge that this is not the business for you. Embrace the succession of good and bad experiences. I look at it as the painting of the abstract of my life.

Where can we go to learn more?

If you have any questions or comments, drop a comment below!
Liked this text interview? Check out the full interview with photos, tools, books, and other data.
For more interviews, check out starter_story - I post new stories there daily.
Interested in sharing your own story? Send me a PM
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2019.04.14 21:07 ShadsDR First time questioning myself (Vent/Advice)

I'm biracial (black - Trini and white - Scottish). I was born and raised in Scotland and in case this has mostly American people here, racism in the Europe is very much more nationality based, so like "Are you a foreigner?". This is easier for racists here to automatically assume you're foreign if you're brown. As Scotland is like 97% white, there's not many black people here, so I get labelled black and if people ask, I just say I'm black. I've always been politically vocal about black rights, campaigning against racism in my country etc. but it wasn't until a couple of years ago, when a couple of black American friends invited me to their black nerd group. Everything's been cool and I finally had a safe space to talk with people who have had similar or the same experiences and talk about racism I've experienced without a 100% white person chiming in with "But n*gger is just a word, you're over-reacting" or some rubbish like that.
Recently though, the colourism argument has been popping up everywhere, on black subreddits here and in my blerd group and I'm not sure how to react and have sort of been questioning myself. It's the whole light skin vs dark skin debate, which don't get me wrong, I totally understand that dark skinned people have it worst when it comes to having their voices heard, representation, beauty standard etc. Not debating that at all, but what's been bothering me is that with these debates and threads, there's been a lot of "Biracial/Mixed race women are not black", and opinions like how when it comes to race talks, mixed race/biracial women shouldn't be allowed a voice and shouldn't be involved within the natural hair movement at all.
Now this has me questioning myself. I very much look like you're standard Trini, only a bit paler due to living in the North. with 3c/4a hair. In Scotland, hair products etc. are extremely limited for black people because there's only 0.3% of Scotland's population. In Europe in general, if you look even a bit black, you're black. I've discussed colourism here in depth in depth with my friends who are also black (either mixed or from Africa) and she has 100% agreed with me. I would try to discuss this fuller with more people. I've noticed more recently, that in all the places I considered more "safe places", I'm getting completely shut out even though I genuinely agree with everything, because my mum's white, even though in literally every other aspect of life, I'm seen as a black woman, and I identify as a black woman. I'm also getting shamed a lot for dating a white guy even though I'm in Scotland. It's been happening for a wee while now, so I'm actually questioning myself since for the first time ever I feel like I don't fit into any race.
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2019.04.09 09:41 Vicar_In_a_22 Is your "less desirable" race a problem when dating?

Hi everyone, just discovered this sub while bored at work and wanted to discuss something I haven't had the opportunity to in my ultra-white community.
Most of you are familiar with the idea that Asian men are considered "less desirable" in the dating world, I'm sure. This seems to especially be a problem with Indian men. I'm of Surinamese descent, like much of the country I'm a mix of a few ethnicities, mostly Indian/Black/Dutch, but I've got a bit of Chinese and Pacific Islander in me as well. I don't look like an Indian guy, I'd probably say I look more like a mixed Black/white guy (Kind of like darker Virgil Van Dijk if you know him), and although I do have an Indian surname, it's not obviously Indian, if I told you it was Czech or even Gaelic you probably wouldn't give it a second thought.
This has been an obstacle for me at times, when I was a kid I went to a pretty white school, but it wasn't like the kids there had never seen a Black person before, so it never came up. However, as soon as I mentioned being Indian it became a common joke, I didn't mind it most of the time, my mates and I actually had quite the laugh about it growing up, but there was the odd time when someone would get really shitty about it, especially when the Black kids stopped seeing me as Black.
But I digress, when it really became an obstacle for me was when I started dating. Girls were often intrigued by my "exotic" mix, which sometimes bothered me, sometimes didn't, depending on how they went about it. I dated many of these girls and a common thread within these relationships was the disdainful manner with which my Indian-ness was treated. I'm not culturally Indian, I don't feel a particularly strong connection to India, but being Indian is still a part of my identity, my family is Indian - some more than others. I started hearing women I was seeing expressing relief that I'm not "too Indian" or women congratulating me (I guess?) for not being one of those creepy Indian guys. Sometimes I think it's funny in an ironic way, because if I were to marry one of these girls, our kids would have an Indian last name, even if it doesn't seem Indian.
Anyway, I suppose I should get back to work. Thanks for reading, I'm looking forward to your responses. I just haven't had the opportunity to discuss this with anyone as all my cousins only really date Surinamese (or Guyanese or Trini) girls and I don't really know any other mixed people who have experienced this.
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2019.03.24 11:57 Kindaatired Ang hirap maghanap ng karelasyon sa Pinas.

O dahil panget lang ako? Recently accepted myself fully that im gayasfck. Triny ko na lahat ng dating apps. Kahit Grindr no one wants to meet up w me. Yung mga masseur binabayaran ko sila para lang yakapin ako. I'm such a fucking loser. Nag bar na rin ako, 4 consecutive weekends na. May mga kamomol, meron rin sides, pero no one wants to have serious relationship.
I'm so tired. Hindi ko kayang mahalin sarili ko, pero tangina, I can love someone so fucking much. Ang clingy ko. Ang needy ko. Ang desperate ko. Ayokong maging ganto mukha akong gago pero hindi ko mapigilan.
This is not a cry for help. Gusto ko lang ishare na ang hirap magkaroon ng karat alone, super actively looking ako pero wala. Hindi ako makahanap ng gusto ako na gusto ko rin. I'm such a mess rn.
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