Friday, July 30, 2021

Impact on Hospitality business in Asia as COVID continues - Interview with Saman Sarathchandra

 


This interview addresses the impact of Covid on the Asian Hospitality industry and dealing with the consequential emotional distress. I was curious and asked Saman Sarathchandra, hotel group GM in PH, his perspective and he says, This should not be the new normal .“



Impact on Hospitality business in Asia as COVID continues - Interview with Saman Sarathchandra

What is exactly going on in your opinion?

Nobody thought that this could spiral into a fatal pandemic and that we’d still be talking about it 15 months in.  The V-Shape recovery that we had hoped for has now transformed into infinity-dips. But the efficacy of vaccinations seems to give some hope even though new variants are emerging.

Do you think businesses will return soon?

It doesn't seem easy for any business to return to a financially sustainable point so soon, but no one hopes to walk back the 2020 journey again. In many European and Asian countries, restrictions are now being eased; governments are still weighing up how to strike a balance between the transmission rate and the opening of economies. Economic growth, job growth, and wage growth might take some time to bounce back, but there are promising signs already.

How are Western and Asian economies are coping with the crisis? Is Tourism decoupled from the social and emotional distress of COVID?

Western economies are going back and forth with COVID protocols while not shutting down day-to-day life and business processes for long periods of time. If the economy is shut, most governments will have to compensate each citizen by providing at least 60-80% of their monthly wage; still, no government can afford to carry its entire economy for too long. Therefore, they keep the economy open as much as possible, ask people to take precautionary measures, and let them travel across borders. We have continued learning on this subject, and the success of these actions seems promising, which is very feasibly happening.

In Asia, not only have most tourist hotspots been under pressure from the impact of Covid-19 but there isn’t much help devoted to helping businesses and communities offset their lost livelihoods. The lack of social safety net in many parts of Asia has wreaked havoc on the hospitality & tourism sector. The economic hardship is felt everywhere, and everyone is in eye-watering pain and increasing social and emotional distress. But again, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to tackling this pandemic, nor have the authorities any silver bullets at their disposal.

What are your thoughts about the recovery and growth aspects in the coming months?

In 2021, Asia looks much different from its robust stand in 2020, and the recovery could be behind Europe and the USA, but it will likely reach the herd immunity at some point in 2021, if not perhaps in 2022.  At least in Asia, there is no vaccine hesitancy but a lack of opportunity for many who want it. Hopefully, Asia's recovery will not be hampered by the lack of vaccines and the threat of new strains.

It will take a few more months for businesses to expand and get rid of empty rooms and office spaces. Many countries try to build on past achievements while others strive for new concepts and develop different ecosystems and strategies to face the consequences of the new normal. Undoubtedly, this is an uphill battle to revive the tourism industry in tourism-starved countries, with expected arrivals in 2021 set to be 90% below that of 2019, but it is a good start after lockdowns and a safety-first approach!

How will hospitality & tourism regain its position as the fastest growing industry?

The question is, when will the Chinese be traveling again to fill the vacuum of the 32 million Chinese tourists that traveled to SEA in 2019? Will Chinese travelers increase traveling within regions instead of continents due to various geopolitical factors? Could these trends fuel the next wave of Chinese tourists to dominate Asian countries? If that happens, can Asia be adequately sustained by Asian tourism?

Despite the uncertainty, we need to be relevant and be prepared for all opportunities and vulnerabilities ahead.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

THE MISSION: HEARTENING YOUR INNER BEAUTY

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THE MISSION

Compiled, Written, and Photographed by Jackie Bertolette




A collection of model's stories to inspire. These are real stories from self-doubt to self-love and inner beauty through modeling.

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H.E.A.R.: A Starting Point for Discipleship in a Loud World

 

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H.E.A.R.: A Starting Point for Discipleship in a Loud World 

Discipleship is something all Christians are called to do, but most have no idea how to start. In a world full of loud chatter, it is hard to concentrate on which voice matters. In this book, you will find a simple, no-nonsense starting point method of discipleship needed in a noisy world. A method that will open up growth in your own spiritual journey and prayerfully those around you. Are you ready to H.E.A.R.?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chris A. Lovelace is the Church Planting Director at Converge PacWest and Associate Pastor of Grace Church in Tracy California. He holds an M.S. in Organizational Leadership. A loving husband of Denise and father of their four beautiful children — Christina, Camila, Chris Jr, and Casey. As an entrepreneur and church planter, Chris is fueled by the development and deployment of disciples who make disciples.

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Product Details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lulu.com (July 7, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 60 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 110501388X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1105013881
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.2 ounces

Mommy and Daddy are Separated and We love you even more

 


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Mommy and Daddy are Separated and We love you even more

by Shakira Duffy (Author)  Format: Kindle Edition
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This is a story about a kids who is sad because of a choice that his parents made. He seemed to get though it with love, reassurance and support.
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Product Details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09B8WY3MC
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ BookBaby; 1st edition (July 25, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 25, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 7226 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

My name is Shakira Duffy and I know how it feels to live in 2 different homes. My parents separated when I was a little girl and I want every child who is experiencing this know that everything will be okay.

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Top reviews from the United States

Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2021
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Great kids short story. Inspiring about divorce parents who’s child is struggling to adjust when parents are living in 2 households.
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This is such a very sweet book for kids who’s parents are separated. This book made me smile . I recommend !!!!
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CANADIAN RECORDING ARTIST

 


ASEEB

 

CANADIAN RECORDING ARTIST

Describe your style.

Old school R&B. soft melodies, big hooks but with current and up to date drum patterns, and 808s. I fell in love with R&B in the early 2000s so what I learned and appreciated all comes from that time.

 

Who or what has been your greatest influence on your style?

There’s so many artists to be named and so much talent but I’ll always go back to the same writers and producers like James Fauntleroy, Mdl, Harvey Mason Jr. from the Underdogs.
R&B music has something real about it I feel like it’s a genre that can’t be faked there’s too much emotions behind the words and harmonies.

 

How did you get started in your career?

Started very young at the age of seven just by messing around with instruments. Mimicking the sounds the instruments made with my voice showed me that I can sing. I would produce music and create demo ideas so instead of finding singers I would just sing on the songs myself. In 2018 a song I made with a known producer got picked up by some A-list American artists. In, 2021, I got playlisted on a Spotify R&B editorial playlist which got my music noticed as an artist myself.

 

What struggles or barriers did you face or are you facing to promote yourself and your work?

 

The hardest part about promoting yourself in a time we’re everything is manipulated on social media is to continue to be real. It might not get you noticed by a large fan base but being true to self and being real toward the people that do listen and support will create a real fan base that will support and promote you. Being genuine will attract genuine people who just have a love for the music/art you create.

 

What life lessons have you learned and how have they influenced your style?

 

Growing up in the places I did made me quiet and keep to myself , avoiding trouble always. The environment always lacked love and I think that’s why I turned to music especially r&b. No where Better to learn love of feel love then a love song .

 

Provide an example of your work that I can include in your interview.

 

A preview of my next song release. “Know You Better” will be out on all streaming platforms August 27th 2021.

 

What is your website and social media for my readers to be able to follow you?

Instagram @Asxxb_
Spotify - Aseeb
Apple music /iTunes - Aseeb




 

 


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

My Pirate at Midnight

 

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My Pirate at Midnight


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Ordering Our Steps 2: Focused on Christ

 

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Ordering Our Steps 2: Focused on Christ Paperback – July 15, 2021


Building upon the success of his first book, Leo Sayles’ second book in the series, Ordering Our Steps: Focused on Christ follows the same 31-day sports devotional format that will inspire athletes, coaches and sports enthusiasts of any age. The devotions cover a wide range of sports moments and characteristics associated with athletics, as well as experiences from Sayles' personal life. Each devotion includes a key verse, sports illustration, and brief study of the scripture passage for the day. For more in-depth study, follow up questions and similar passages are included. The 31-day format allows individuals, groups, and teams to utilize the book in a month-long study.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In this engaging, comprehensive, and highly useful devotional, Coach Sayles has equipped athletes, coaches, and anyone else looking for a reliable guide through the treasures of biblical truth.  It is packed with Scripture, focused on the gospel, and infused with the warm encouragements of a seasoned pastor and coach.  Your soul is in for a treat."
 
 ~ Paul J. McNulty, President, Grove City College
 
"I love the way these devotions bring to life the deep connection between faith and sport through inspirational stories and practical application. This book is grounded in the Word and an exceptional tool to spur on the coach, the athlete, and the sports fan. "
 
~Jeremiah Head, Co-creator of ROMWOD, CrossFit Competitor 

"Leo Sayles has distilled a lifetime of Godly wisdom and experience into succinct devotionals valuable to everyone "with ears to hear and eyes to see."   These insights will be particularly meaningful to athletes who have disciplined their minds and bodies to perform at exceptional levels, both as individuals and particularly as part of a team, which is a fitting analogy to how we pursue eternal values as the body of Christ.  Coach Sayles provides a valuable contribution to the intersection of faith and athletics, one I wish I had when I was a college athlete years ago!"
 
~ John S. Pistole, President, Anderson University (IN)
 
"Leo has produced yet another great devotional for coaches and athletes! From Corrie Ten Boom to Dabo Swinney. From Kevin Durant to the Apostle Paul, Coach Sayles has demonstrated once more that we can take lessons from everyday situations and apply them to ours in a manner that will bring us closer to God! Anyone involved with sports will benefit from reading and meditating on each devotional."
 
~ Giancarlo Lemmi, Host of The Christian Coach Podcast, Women's Tennis - Associate Head Coach, Liberty University


No doubt, sports often reflects real life, and Coach Sayles has done a masterful job of taking the demands and challenges of competition, the skills and effort necessary to excel on the field or court, and the "passion and poise" it takes to win the game and win at life, and tying it all to biblical, life principles applicable in the only arena that really counts - a purposeful, Christ-centered, Christ-honoring life. That's where real success happens. Ordering Our Steps, Book 2  is an effective tool for every coach who wants to communicate truth to his/her team beyond the X's and O's - biblical truth that will make a positive impact in the lives of both players and staff long after the final whistle is blown. 

~ Sanford Zensen, PhD., DMin., Athletics Director and Professor of Christian Studies (retired), Bryan College, Dayton, TN. Author of  Living Deep in a Shallow World and On the Wall with Sword and Trowel


"As a former player of Coach Sayles', I was thrilled to have the chance to sit under his coaching once again through Ordering Our Steps Book 2: Focused on Christ. So many devotions these days focus on finding the good life, helping you feel better about yourself, or getting the most out of God. In contrast, Sayles focuses on exulting Christ as the highest aim of the Christian life. Starting with a high view of scripture, OOS leads readers through 31 days of considering how they might use their gifts to lift high the name of Christ. "Regardless of the potential outcome, no matter the cost, Christ calls us to use the platform He has provided us for His glory." New believers and those who have walked with  God for some time will be equally encouraged to look unto Christ as they strive toward the upward call! "

~ Dr. Mitch Hopewell, Provost & Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Online Learning, The Master's University
 
                                     
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From the Back Cover

Leo Sayles beautifully blends wisdom from his position as a coach and athletic director, years of interacting with both athletes and coaches at the intersection of faith and sport, and a strong biblical foundation to produce the devotionals in his newest look, "Ordering Our Steps 2: Focused on Christ."  These devotional readings will strengthen, equip, and encourage anyone looking to better integrate the faith they proclaim with the sport they play. 
-Brian Smith, author of "The Assist; A Gospel-Centered Guide to Glorifying God Through Sports."
 
Coach Leo Sayles has a true gift for taking The Gospel and applying it to the sports world. This gift allows coaches, student athletes and all sports fans to appreciate God's word even more. He truly understands the importance of not just coaching a skill set with his team, but coaching the heart of the athlete taking their game, and life, to a higher level. Athletes that attend our Game On Sports Camps and that are involved with our on campus TEAM ministry are pleased to receive "Ordering Our Steps" for of these reasons.-Marty Martinosky, President and Founder, Game Changer Sports Ministry.

Product Details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bowker (July 15, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 143 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0578932792
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0578932798
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7.5 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.06 x 0.33 x 7.81 inches