THE FIRST thing that strikes me as I arrive at the Renaissance Pattaya Resort and Spa is how amazingly serene it is given it is a mere 15 minutes away from the bustling beachtown. The beachfront low-rise resort located in the tranquil district of Na Jomtien looks good too, with two distinctive large outdoor swimming pools. The uppermost infinity pool sits above the other, which in turn sits above the beach offering descending levels of blissful enjoyment. In business for about two years, the luxury hotel is operated by the Marriott chain. Luxuriously elegant both inside and out and offering the kind of service its five stars demand, it is also down-to-earth, making it an ideal place for all the family. There is a specially designed kid’s pool with slides and water that “jumps” and my two youngsters couldn’t get enough of it. For any traveller, nice pools are the simplest way to create a memorable experience and the Renaissance Pattaya certainly … [Read more...] about Renaissance takes the plunge
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By Jennifer Wells Business Columnist Tues., May 7, 2019 Let’s start a countdown to see how long it takes for big business to react. I’m referring to the groundbreaking summary report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Economic Services. Oops, I mean Ecosystem Services. The group, formed a mere seven years ago, should cause the scales to fall from the eyes of skeptics with its findings, the headliner being that an estimated one million animal and plant species are at risk of extinction within decades if the world continues on its present path. And it aims fire directly at the urgent need to build not just a sustainable ecosystem, but a sustainable economic ecosystem. Eduardo Brondizio, one of three co-chairs who presented the findings at a press conference in Paris on Monday, was clear and eloquent. We must, he said, of this unprecedented moment in human history, “incorporate responsibility in our economic … [Read more...] about Biodiversity warning shows the need for economic change
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?
Standing on black and white steps - chequered like her Chanel handbag - Helen Schweitzer poses elegantly on a London doorstep to capture the winning photograph for her Instagram page. Fellow Insta fiend, Chantal Mallett, prefers the pastel patchwork and blossoming wisteria of a nearby Notting Hill street for her bridal couture feed. While Luisa Hille models a classical stone gatepost, soaking up the sunshine, as her legs dangle on the wall of a multi-million-pound, sea-green home. The front-step selfie is a phenomenon that grew with social media in an era when few can afford to buy the actual lifestyle. “Your backdrop is important because it gives out a subliminal message to the audience that you’re pitching to - just as pop videos do,” said Henry Pryor, an estate agent. Schweitzer is typical of the trend - young and beautiful. Scroll down her online feed and the German blogger appears outside another London property, this time nestled in a thick coat, leaning on the … [Read more...] about Does my life look good in this? The London homes that make a perfect selfie
By Hilary Potkewitz WSJ Mon., April 29, 2019 Most gym-goers can agree on basic gym etiquette: If you sweat on it, wipe it down. Don’t hog equipment. Rack your weights. But what about selfies? “The other day somebody was taking pictures of herself posing in the mirror. She had a great physique, don’t get me wrong—but other people were in the locker room!” says April Masini, a relationship and etiquette expert who isn’t shy about policing tech behavior of fellow gym members at Busy Body Fitness, in Boca Raton, Fla. “At first she gave me one of those ‘mind your own business’ looks, but I don’t back down,” Ms. Masini says. Reliable Wi-Fi, unlimited data plans and pixel-perfect phone cameras have turned the gym into a hot zone for questionable tech behavior. People walk into the locker room chatting on FaceTime or snap workout-selfies for Instagram, heedless of those sweating in the background. Others sit on … [Read more...] about The Most Aggravating Smartphone Sins at the Gym