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Kiroro, a pristine gem in the heart of the Hokkaido Golden Triangle, invites travelers to celebrate the holidays with perfect powder, 5-star accommodations and all-inclusive ski-and-play packages for the entire family. Already known by avid winter sportsters because of its deep powder and lack of crowds, Kiroro is rapidly becoming a favorite for vacationers of all types because of its convenient location, world-class dining and host of outdoor activities. Kiroro regularly sees over 20 meters of snow each year, the most in Japan and more than most ski areas around the world. Best of all, Kiroro is an undiscovered treasure with fewer crowds and shorter lift lines. Kiroro is a destination for all - skiers and boarders of all levels will find plenty to love on the resort’s 22 perfectly groomed ski runs, hundreds of acres of tree skiing, and a terrain park – all without the long lines of nearby resorts.   Kiroro offers a choice of luxury accommodations ranging from award-winning resort hotels to private luxury residences. Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort offers 140 guestrooms and suites along with four restaurants right at the base of the slopes; while The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel offers 282 guestrooms with mountain vistas from every room, world-class facilities, and five dining options. In fact, Kiroro offers more than 15 restaurants and bars throughout the resort from the slopes to the streets, ranging from fresh Hokkaido catch at Fuga Sushi to artisan pizza fresh from the oven at Alla Moda and everything in between. Start with a hearty Japanese breakfast at World Buffet, break for lunch at Café Lumiere for a bowl of hot ramen, and finish with dinner at Shunsai in Season, the Japanese-inspired steakhouse at The Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel. While guests are visiting, they can also check out the award-winning Yu Kiroro, offering 108 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom freehold luxury ski-in-ski-out private residences. Scheduled for completion in December 2019, Yu Kiroro offers fully-furnished, turnkey convenience with a ski valet, natural indoor-outdoor onsen, luxury club house and a 24-hour concierge and fitness center. Prices start at 70M JPY. To schedule an appointment to visit the show unit, visit Yu Kiroro. This holiday season, Kiroro is offering a variety of packages and incentives to visit. Whether for just one day or an entire week, holidays at Kiroro are sure to be filled with memories of a lifetime.   Exclusive Kiroro Packages Day Trip – A one-day package perfect for families. Includes a sightseeing Gondola Trip and a day in the Active 180 Snow Park, featuring the Banana Boat, Mini Snowmobile, Snow Raft and lunch. Cost: Adults - 8,000 JPY; Children 6 -12 - 7,500 JPY. Available from 12/15/18 – 4/15/19. Winter Fun All-Inclusive – Choose your stay at Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort or The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. Includes nightly accommodations;  daily breakfast, lunch and dinner; daily access to the Active 180 Snow Park; a sightseeing Gondola Trip and daily access to the indoor amusement park Granship. Also includes daily Onsen at the local hot

With divine beaches, the majestic Mt Rinjani and spectacular marine life to discover, the island of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara has no shortage of attractions both in and out of the water. It’s no wonder that Lombok become one of the most popular destinations in West Nusa Tenggara.   Challenge yourself with a trek up steep volcanic peaks. Cycle a bike through lush evergreen rice paddies. Whichever way you choose to spend your time you won’t be disappointed with the spectacular natural beauty on offer. And here is everything you need to know about this magical island of Lombok. Lombok Island is separated by the Lombok strait from Bali Island in the west and by Alas strait in the east from Sumbawa Island. The Sasak people are the dominant ethnic group living in this island, which also consist of 5 regions: North Lombok, Central Lombok, East Lombok, West Lombok and Mataram city, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara. THE UTTERLY ROMANTIC HONEYMOON DESTINATION North Lombok is where you can embark on the great hike to Mount Rinjani and linger until the sunset at Gili’s beautiful beaches. Mount Rinjani is one of the highest volcano in Indonesia, with its summit rising to 3,726 meters above sea level. The Segara Anak Crater Lake located on top of the volcano, is one of the scenic view you should stop by and marvel at! Among more than 20 gilis - local name that means ”small island” in Sasak language - three stood out to be the hot spot destination : Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Gili Trawangan or Gili T, is where travelers flock to enjoy a laid back atmosphere during day light and still are up to enjoy moonlit parties all night by the beach. You can also enjoy a great scuba dive and circle the island on bicycle to catch the most incredible sunset! Gili Meno is defined by long stretch of pearly white beaches that will give you a secluded feel. Famous for honeymooners destination, the island provide accommodation ranging from unique bungalows to luxurious resorts overlooking amazing panorama. Gili Air is a cheerful mix of the two vibes, where you can still enjoy parties in hip hang outs or succumb at a peaceful nook and just enjoy the ocean breeze. Families love to travel to Gili Air to explore the island on the horse drawn cart or just swimming in the low tides before sun down. TAKE A DEEP DIVE INTO OCEANS AND IMMERSE YOURSELF INTO CULTURE   Central Lombok is where the lovely beaches are situated. Kuta Beach, Tanjung A’an, and Mawun Beach are just a few on the list. Don’t miss out to brush up your wave riding skills in the splendid Selong Belanak Beach, or make way to Merese Hill and enjoy the view. Here you can also visit the traditional villages and join the locals of Sasak tribe to experience their daily life in the weaving village of Sade and Rambitan. You may learn a thing or two from the wonderful women with meticulous weaving skills

 "There's a great future in plastics," or so Dustin Hoffman was told in the classic American movie The Graduate. Fifty years since the movie’s debut we've realized plastic is not as fantastic as the film had us believe. This month in Indonesia a dead sperm whale washed ashore with close to 6kg (13 lbs) of plastic waste in its stomach - which included 115 drinking cups. Each year up to 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into our oceans, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. When it comes to plastics, many have reached the last straw. Here are seven resorts and hotels around Asia that are putting their money where their mouth is. Grand Hyatt Taipei Ordering take-out, picking up groceries, buying a soft drink — these are all activities that are set to change over the next decade in Taiwan when the island nation imposes a blanket ban on single-use plastic bags, straws, and cups by 2030. Taipei’s largest luxury hotel, Grand Hyatt Taipei, has already kicked the habit and is now using paper straws instead. In addition, the hotel recently announced that it would not actively provide guests with straws unless required for special drinks. “It’s our goal to help change consumer habits rather than simply offering a less environmentally-damaging alternative,” said Grand Hyatt Taipei’s general manager, Jan Hendrik-Meidinger. “In addition to no longer using plastic straws, our hotel also plans to provide guests with biodegradable wooden cutlery with their takeaway meals in order to help significantly reduce plastic waste.” Banyan Tree Samui If one incident brought home the crisis, it was when a pilot whale washed up on a beach in the Gulf of Thailand in May. Vets spent five days trying to save the giant whale, but it died. In an autopsy, they found no less than 80 plastic bags weighing 8 kg in its stomach. Now, on the Gulf islands of Samui, Phangan and Tao, strict new environmental laws are being enforced, while on Koh Samet a complete ban on tourists arriving with any plastic bags whatsoever has been laid down. Resorts and hotels are playing their part too; none more so than Banyan Tree Samui which earlier this year won a coveted international award for its eco-policies. “Housekeepers are using cloth bags instead of plastic, while in the restaurants we are serving wooden and bamboo utensils,” says Banyan Tree’s CSR manager Thepsuda Loyjiw, herself a marine biologist. “And we have changed to glass bottles, which means a reduction of 87,600 plastic bottles per year.” The nearly 300 staff at the luxury resort are also encouraged to reject plastic by bringing their own cups and cloth bags to work. Paradise Cruises Halong Bay Vietnam has a serious problem with plastic waste. So much so it generated more than 1.8 million tons of plastic waste last year, the fourth-highest of any country, according to Earth Day Network. Paradise Cruises, one of Halong Bay’s leading luxury cruise providers, has introduced a program to tackle the scourge of plastic, banning plastic straws from all seven of its luxury cruise ships

Thai food has a unique culinary style, distinctive use of ingredients and delightful flavours. Often admired as one of the world’s bests, Thai food was recently ranked eighth in CNN’s 10 World Best Food Cultures. Besides, as many as seven Thai dishes got voted into CNN’s list of the World's 50 Best Foods—Tom Yam Goong (No. 4), Pad Thai (No. 5), Som Tam (No. 6), Massaman Curry (No. 10), Green Curry (No. 19), Thai Fried Rice (No. 24) and Moo Nam Tok (No. 36)—thanks to characteristic flavours and rich taste of each dish that have delighted locals and visiting bon vivants from across the world. Ratchaprasong’s ever-growing strengths as a premier business and lifestyle district have earned it the status as “The Heart of Bangkok”. The district is also recognised as an area of delicious food. To please diners from across the world with delightful flavours and aesthetics, Ratchaprasong today would like to present Taste of Ratchaprasong with eight signature Thai dishes contributed by in-hotel restaurants across the district under a creative culinary concept of Thai Taste With A Modern Touch.   Blue of the Sea – Front Room, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok Chef Fae Rungthiwa Chummongkhon, Chef de Cuisine of Front Room whose have had more than ten years of experience in the culinary scene, was inspired by Thai stir-fried crab with curry powder and since seafood is one of Thailand’s most popular food ingredients, chef has paired crab with celery root from the Royal Project, which is a popular ingredient in Scandinavia, to create Blue of the Sea as a Thai dish with Nordic touch. Stir-fried curried crab is innovatively presented with modern visual appeal in a cylindrical inset sprinkled on top with celery, plus more celery on the side together with salmon roe and vivid adornment of purplish verbena flower. Blue of the Sea has a rich and well-balanced taste. It pairs perfectly with beetroot juice that contains beetroot, pineapple and jicama, which nicely enhances aroma and flavour of the already superb dish. Location: Front Room, Lower Lobby, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok. It is opened daily from 5:30pm to 10:30pm. For further details, please call 02-846-8888. Price: Bt380++   Seared Tuna Tom Yum Soup with Tamarind Sauce – BAR9 Beer Garden, Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam   An innovative dish that fully embodies traditional characteristics of Thai cuisine, Seared Tuna Tom Yum Soup with Tamarind Sauce features ingredients that are unmistakably Thai including tamarind sauce as well as homemade tom yum seasoning made from kaffir lime leaf, galangal, lemongrass and cayenne pepper. Many of these vegetables are sourced from the Royal Project. Tuna is marinated in tom yum seasoning and then cooked with tamarind sauce, resulting in a modern, tasty Thai dish with just right degree of seasoning. In the dish, seared fillet of tuna is stylishly presented on shrimp toast and pork shoulder and dressed with BAR9’s special tamarind sauce. BAR9 Beer Garden is supervised by Chef Sompong Wisungray, an award-winning chef who has more than eleven years of extensive experiences in Thai and European cuisines, plus special expertise in

Education background Ever since Khun Paranin was a young child overhearing the latest news about the economy while traveling with her parents, she was confident that she would one day grow up to be a businesswoman. Unlike the rest of her friends, she did not want to be a doctor, teacher, or air hostess and instead ended up studying BBA at Thailand’s top university. She feels grateful to have had such amazing parents who taught her to fully embrace all the many possibilities that life offers, which continues to be a guiding principle for her today. Why Jewelry? Business has always been Khun Paranin’s passion. Especially after she first started selling her own jewelry during her first year at university, she has been inspired by women in hill tribe communities to be driven to follow her passions in life. From being a creative designer to a business analyst, she enjoys using her many skills to help create and sell her products. NORWA The name “Norwa” - which means “a person with a pure heart” - was suggested to Khun Paranin by women in hill tribe communities. Norwa sold 300-500 pieces of jewelry a month for THB 2,000 - 5,000 each primarily to foreigners who loved the unique sense of identity and the outstanding designs of Norwa’s jewelry. One of Norwa’s missions as a company is to support women from hill tribe communities, who are stateless, have very little opportunity to improve their lives, and often resort to becoming sex workers to make ends meet. Norwa gives these women a chance to work, earn income, and support their families through hosting free jewelry making workshops and also devoting a part of its proceeds to raising funds for hill tribe communities. Khun Paranin is also working with Indian women who are living in poverty in Mumbai. Obstacles faced From the very beginning, it wasn’t easy. From the marketing strategy and initial investment planning to the production plans and establishing the company structure, the company overcame many struggles - including a weak economy - to become the success that it is today. During its most difficult times, the company recruited new artisans by offering educational stipends and more opportunities to allow for original creative designs. Khun Paranin was able to lead the company even while handling various other projects in her full-time job at an American fund to organize the company’s current industrial processes. Inspiration in the designing of the jewelry The biggest inspiration behind the Norwa’s jewelry designs is the desire to uplift the struggling communities among the Karen hill tribes of northern Thailand. Driven by the traditional belief that the style of jewelry a person wears reflects their beliefs, the Norwa’s designs are of the highest quality and are directly influenced by the unique culture and beliefs of the Karen people. Latest collection The Karen cultural influence of Norwa’s jewelry designs is instantly recognizable by traditional Karen silversmiths. Unique from any other jewelry company, Norwa combines Karen’s traditional aesthetic with modern designs. The latest collection showcasing this is the handmade Norwa Collectives, which

Venice has always attracted tourists across the world to experience its signature lagoon city, however; approximately 70 percent of city is now engulfed with the water due to the storm, leading to the temporary close of the major tourist attractions, including St. Mark’s square. Last Sunday, I took an express train from Milano Centrale, the railway station, to experience the Canal City, Venice, with a slight hope of sun as rain had been falling throughout the whole country, coloring the sky with the low cloud. It had been raining the whole night before our departure, yet we didn’t cancel Venice from our itinerary. I had a rough morning getting to the Centrale station, which we should have noticed that it could foreshadow something even worse, however we precede according to our plan. For two hours, we had arrived, yet Venice seemed to be quite grumpy. Even though the whole city was covered in rain to the point where the sky looked the same as the water, the storm couldn’t stop the excess amounts of tourists from visiting. It was crowded as we expected, and most tourists were spotted wearing the colorful high boots. When we arrived at San Marco boat station, we realized that having a pair of that bright rubber boots was a right decision as 3/4 of Piazza of San Marco was then submerged. The boots might be designed to be unstylish but durable enough to make us waddling from alley to alley. Did I mention that Venice Marathon was held on the same day we visited? It was such a stunning scenes that the runners were racing through flooded streets, while most tourists had to walk on the provided wooden walkways. Be Careful, it’s slippery!, shouted the Gondola workers whose works seemed to be suspended in the rain. Some tourists tripped over, some accidentally dropped their items in the water, or even worse, their newly purchased bags. We had watched the forecast prior our trip, yet this was beyond our expectation. The rain soaked into my outer and newsboy hat, however the atmosphere was still filled with laughter and joys of visitors who seemed to accept this incident gracefully. The flooded water offered the extraordinary experiences as tourists tried to embrace themselves in this unfortunate event, and the city tried to be functional. The water was knee-high when I was there, flooding into shops and restaurants where diner can enjoy their pizza with their feet in the water. The shopkeepers also used the bucket to remove water from their shops. Venice is accustomed with the high water situation, as known as aqua alta, occurring when the winds push water from the lagoon into the canals. The water normally recede within few hours, however; not for this time.The water was knee-deep last sunday but now the flood has been described as the worst hit in a past decade. Fear is rising according to the official statement of the Venice city that salt water may cause damage to the historic sites. While

To escape everyday life and to retrieve my inner balance back, I found myself at the right place upon my first step at Away Koh Kood. SETTING THE SCENE After hours of travelling all the way from Bangkok, here I was, at the pier of Away Koh Kood. My weariness didn’t mean a thing when I realised the land fraught with serenity was eventually in sight.

Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa elegantly sits on the tranquil beach of Pattaya, as the latest oasis for city dwellers to escape to the utmost utopia. SETTING THE SCENE “Welcome to the bright side of Pattaya,” the GM welcomed me to Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa – the fourth Renaissance brand property in Thailand. I had to utterly agree, as the bright vibes really tickled me at first sight. The resort is supremely sat in the Na Jomtien district of Pattaya, far enough from the buzz of the city, yet close enough for all the fun happenings. Modern aesthetics