“Maybe”, was my cautious reply as we turned down a side street. The driver in front was in another brand new Mercedes but, unlike us, it was not in the Hungry for Adventure Tour. We were lost. But at least we were in a top luxury car. The Hungry for Adventure tour, a promotional campaign by Mercedes-Benz to target the luxury car buyers of Southeast Asia, started in 2016. This year the tour was held in Myanmar for the first time. It was an opportunity for the company to showcase its SUV range, cars very much suited to Myanmar’s roads and remote tourist destinations. The GL class of cars was prominent in the tour, and included the GLS350 d, GLC 250 Coupe, GLS 350 d, GLE 250 d, GLC 25, GLS 400 (Standard) and GLA 200 models. Drivers set off from Yangon on April 24 and covered a distance of 160 kilometres, reaching their destination of Kyaikto in Mon State two days later. The tour included f 27 journalists and social-media influencers from Indonesia, Malaysia and … [Read more...] about Iconic Mercedes Benz takes first adventure journey in Myanmar
If you’re like many people, you may have decided that you want to spend less time staring at your phone. It’s a good idea: An increasing body of evidence suggests that the time we spend on our smartphones is interfering with our sleep, self-esteem, relationships, memory, attention spans, creativity, productivity and problem-solving and decision-making skills. But there is another reason for us to rethink our relationships with our devices. By chronically raising levels of cortisol, the body’s main stress hormone, our phones may be threatening our health and shortening our lives. Marie Kondo for smartphones? Google's digital detox helps users reclaim joy Updated Apple system takes on smartphone addiction Until now, most discussions of phones’ biochemical effects have focused on dopamine, a brain chemical that helps us form habits — and addictions. Like slot machines, smartphones and apps are explicitly designed to trigger dopamine’s release, with … [Read more...] about News Want to live longer? Try putting down your phone
Will getting up before the sun has cracked its first rays make you a better, more brilliant person? In his book, The 5am Club: Own Your Morning, Elevate your Life, “leadership guru” Robin Sharma argues the case. The book is the 13th publication in an oeuvre that also includes the titles Who Will Cry When You Die? and The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, which has sold more than three million copies to date.I am not usually in the habit of following the advice of leadership gurus and have a relatively low tolerance for books claiming to transform my life, especially when those books are framed as quasi-fictions featuring characters called the “Spellbinder”, but I was persuaded to have a look at Sharma’s latest offering when he messaged me directly on Instagram. I can only assume that he was using the social media platform outside his “zero technology zones”: The hours between 4.45am and 8am and after 6pm, during which all phones must be abandoned.To … [Read more...] about Does waking up before sunrise make you a more successful individual?
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?
LONDON: David de Gea's forlorn expression in the final seconds of Manchester United's damaging draw against Chelsea laid bare the error-prone goalkeeper's despair after his latest costly blunder.De Gea has been in dismal form and the Spaniard's troubled season took another turn for the worse at Old Trafford on Sunday.When Antonio Rudiger tried his luck with a long-range drive, the Chelsea defender's hopeful effort should have been a routine save for De Gea.But instead, reflecting his chronic lack of form and confidence, the Spaniard allowed the ball to slip from his grasp into the path of Marcos Alonso, who took full advantage to score Chelsea's equaliser.United were unable to recover from that blow as Chelsea held on for a 1-1 draw that kept them three points ahead of their rivals in the race to finish in the Premier League's top four.If they do miss out on a Champions League place, many will point the finger at De Gea, who has gone from United's sturdy last line of defence to one of … [Read more...] about Football: De Gea’s latest blunder puts United goalkeeper in spotlight