Office with a view...
What does your office look like?
I was recently reading through some jobs descriptions online, and came across one that explained the physical requirements of the position (a desk job), which was explained as working in an environment without any windows at a small desk. For a long second, I thought to myself, hmmm…this does not sound like a very stimulating or creative environment. Maybe for some, this is the work environment in which they are accustomed and are comfortable in, however, I have worked from home, almost my entire professional career. This got me thinking about how work, work habits, and work environments have changed and how they affect our productivity.
A New Year, A New Goal
We are almost through the first month of 2015. Can you believe it?! How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along?
Many people made their new year’s resolutions:
- Lose weight
- Exercise more
- Spend less money
Cold…it is all relative!
Traveling 'Old' School
Having the ability to travel is a beautiful gift. Some can’t travel for financial, time, or physical reasons. For me, financial and time constraints have not allowed me to travel on occasion, however, I have been very fortunate that physical reasons have never stopped me. However as my parents are getting older, I am starting to see some of the physical challenges of traveling.
I do not think that the travel and hospitality industries are sensitive or conscious enough of the changing demographics of many of the travelers – the aging population. As all of the baby boomers are retiring, they are the ones with the time and most importantly, the money to travel.
When planning a trip for someone with a physical disability, the questions that need to be asked are very different. If I had to plan a trip for my parents a few years ago, I wouldn’t have thought of the right questions to ask. Now that I have traveled with my parents and have seen the types of issues that they have faced, I am much more sensitive to the changing demographic of travelers.
Travel – Macau or Las Vegas?
The world of gambling is filled with interesting dynamics, most fascinating to me is the ridiculous amounts of money that is made in the gaming industry every year, whether the economy is good or not.
I have never understood the draw of gambling but the environments which have been created around them are worth investigating. The cities that take gambling to a whole other level are Macau, China and Las Vegas, NV, USA. There are incredible similarities between the two cities, however, each also provides unique experiences. One more than the other, in my opinion.
[T C K] Third Culture Kid
When I first moved to Bangkok, Thailand, I had an amazing teacher – Mr. Westgate. He was a positive influence who provided me with the insight and acceptance to be confident and proud of who I am - a third culture kid (TCK).
In Bangkok I was privileged to attend an International School where there were students from 62 different countries. For the first time, I felt like I “fit” in and realized that I was different and that it was okay to be different in a number of ways: skin color, accent, language, nationality and experience. Mr. Westgate was instrumental in making me and other students proud of the fact we were different.
The one question that many TCKs find difficult to answer and sometimes dread being asked is “Where are you from?” Most of the time, the answer to that question is a long one. I start answering the question by explaining that I am first a Canadian and from a place that celebrates multiculturalism. My family heritage is Indian, Portuguese, Irish, Scottish, Italian, French Canadian with some other ethnicities mixed in. I was born in Calgary, where I spoke French and then we moved to Bangkok, Thailand where I spent many of my formative years. This provides me with several different “Faces”: Indian, Italian, French and Portuguese.
Vegas Baby...here we come!
I can't wait to for my Vegas trip! Sid and I are heading there soon and are looking for advice of the best things to do, see, eat, shop and eat!
Here are a few things on my list but would love suggestions:
- In-N-Out Burger
- Valley of Fire
- Neon Museum
Those are the main things I have right now.
Leave a comment with suggestions and I will share my FIRST experience in Vegas as it happens!
Food on a Stick and Fresh Produce
I love farmers' markets. There is a great energy with a variety of vendors and shoppers. Since 2009, I have been going to the Kapiolani Community College (KCC) Saturday morning farmers' market.
I definitely have my go to foods that I look forward to but there are a lot of new food vendors that I am looking forward to trying. My two favorite things to eat are served on a stick – sausage and corn.
Adventure – Lulumahu Falls
The weather has not been the best recently in Hawaii. I mean, rain and wind is what we consider bad weather. And yes, it does seem cold! Regardless of this bad weather, Sid and I were determined to get out and do our hike as planned to the Lulumahu Falls. Our journey on Sunday was much shorter than we had planned.