THE YACHTING lifestyle has become increasingly popular in the region, with more people wanting to fulfil their dreams of tranquil and private cruises among idyllic islands with friends and family. Vrit Yongsakul, managing director of Boat Lagoon Yachting, has led the growth of Thailand’s biggest yacht importer-distributor for 13 years, and he’s seeing interest in the lifestyle surge, especially in Thailand. It’s largely driven by the appeal of absolute privacy, he says. “You feel more free,” Vrit says. “Luxury yachts can take their owners anywhere they wish to go and at any time. And the owners have many destinations to choose from, so it never gets boring.” Modern yachts are also designed with such a high level of comfort that they’re akin to luxury condominiums, says Vrit, who introduced a range of new British yachts in Singapore last week. “It’s like taking your own condominium with you, complete with a … [Read more...] about The yachting life for Thais
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By Melanie D.G. Kaplan The Washington Post Sun., May 12, 2019 I’ve stopped counting the number of cities I’ve fallen in love with. But I think Pittsburgh might be the first city to have loved me back. On a Sunday morning in February, the sun broke through rain clouds, and I walked along Pittsburgh’s waterfront to a 10-foot tall bronze sculpture of Mister Rogers tying his shoes. I heard his voice through overhead speakers. “Did you know that wondering about things is one of the first steps to understanding them?” Birds chirped, a freight train rumbled, and I looked upriver toward the sparkling skyline. I’d intended to make this a quick stop, but I couldn’t step away from that familiar voice. By the time Fred had reminded me that there’s nobody else in the world who is exactly like me, I had cried, laughed and called my mom. Steel City remains gritty. On dreary days in western Pennsylvania, the pitter-patter of rain is the … [Read more...] about Soaking in the sights and sounds of the Steel City
MANILA -- All set to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend? If we go by foot traffic in shopping malls, the number of gifts being wrapped in stores, lack of parking spaces near restaurants and packed tables at dining places, this special occasion is one of the most-celebrated by Filipinos of all ages. And why not? Most of us have mothers who have cared for us from the womb and continued to hold our hand whether we were toddlers, teens, in our 20s, 30s, 40s and older. As you toast the woman that shaped who you are today, take time to remember the many life lessons she has shared with you through the years. Looking back, I marvel at how my mom managed to do it all. She did not have a full-time job and instead chose to stay home to raise two daughters. She was the primary caregiver, cook, tutor, handy(wo)man, shopping companion among many more roles that I saw her perform everyday growing up. Now that I am raising two daughters, I am grateful that she has given me a strong role … [Read more...] about News Mothers know best (even when it comes to money)
By David Olive Business Columnist Sun., May 5, 2019 It appears the Trump administration isn’t all that interested in a deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after all. Last week, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was sanguine about the prospect of Congress rejecting NAFTA’s proposed replacement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “You could stay status quo,” Mulvaney told a California business conference. “Your real Plan Bs are either NAFTA or withdraw from NAFTA.” It might be that U.S. President Donald Trump has reverted to his years-long preference to simply kill NAFTA without replacing it. Trump won’t budge on the reasonable changes that Congressional Democrats seek to make to the USMCA agreement. He also seems determined to keep in place the steel and aluminum tariffs he applied against Canada and Mexico about a year ago. And that alone pretty much … [Read more...] about Time to say goodbye to NAFTA’s replacement?