Ask the travel expert: What to do when on a 4-day vacay to Singapore?
Ask the travel expert: What to do when on a 4-day vacay to Singapore?
By Rakshit Desai
We are travelling to Singapore for a four-day trip this month, and have two kids aged 5 and 8 years. We will be staying at the Sentosa Island . Please suggest a suitable itinerary and an exotic seafood restaurant? If you intend to do a four-day trip, then you can stay in Sentosa Island for two nights and spend the other two in Singapore. Since you are travelling with kids, Sentosa Island offers a wide range of attractions like the Universal Studios, Adventure Cove, Madame Tussauds, Butterfly Park, Insect Kingdom and many more. In Singapore, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore River Safari, Marina Bay Sands Sky Park and the Spectra laser show are some of the major attractions for sightseeing and amusement. You can check out the ‘Singapore Seafood Republic’ restaurant which is quite popular for its specialized exotic seafood servings.
I am planning a trip to Thailand this month, with my kids who are 13 and 9 years old. Can you please suggest the best places along with recommendation for vegetarian restaurants? Thailand is famous for its culture and tradition. At the same time, it is also known for the vibrant nightlife it offers. Places of prime attraction include Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai etc. that require minimum two nights each for a fulfilling experience. This can include island visits to ‘Phi Phi’, ‘James Bond’, ‘4 islands’, etc. Besides you can also visit animal and marine life amusement parks like ‘Safari World’ and ‘Marine Park’. At Phuket, kids can enjoy the ‘Phuket FantaSea’ show and the ‘Siam Niramit Theatre’ during evenings. Most of these cities offer great shopping experiences which you should not miss. Vegetarian food is available everywhere however Indian cuisine may not be available everywhere.
My son is travelling to Australia for his undergraduate programme and I would like to pack some dehydrated home cooked food. Do u think I can send it with him? Australia has some of the strictest customs and quarantine laws when it comes to food. It is advisable to avoid carrying any form of food products as it can lead to questioning from authorities at customs and immigration. Note: The previous edition featuring this question published an answer which contained partial information. Please refer to the answer above. Any inconvenience caused is regretted. Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, FCM Travel Solutions India, Flight Centre Travel Group Australia’s Indian subsidiary, answers your questions on Travel — howtos, trends, recommendations and more. Send in your questions to: [email protected]
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In my opinion Pandara road is famous for special butter chicken ,barrah kebabs, chicken tikka,dal makhani and the North Indian and Mughlai uisines dominate the food scene there, there are also some serving Indian-Chinese and Pan-Asian fare. Here’s our list of popular eateries in Pandara Road for a fitting meal –
1. Gulati – it has range of North Indian, Mughlai and Tandoori delicacies. They also have a separate vegetarian restaurant in the vicinity called Veg Gulati.
2. Chor Bizzare – Specialising in North Indian cuisine with a soft corner for Kashmiri dishes.
3. Pindi – it has been serving Mughlai, Indian and Chinese food since decades. It is Tandoori specialties and seafood to spring rolls andmanchurian. Must-have dishes include seekh kebab, fish tikka,and keema kaleji among others.
4. Chicken Inn – Carrying on the butter chicken tradition in Pandara Road, Chicken Inn may not be as popular as the other North Indian restaurants in the vicinity but it has its own fan following. Apart from North Indian and Mughlai, this place serves Indian-Chinese cuisine as well. Its most loved dishes include tandoori malai soya chaap,butter chicken, chicken malai tikka, chilli chicken, sweet and sour chicken and American chopsuey.
5. Krishna Di Kulfi – it is famous for deserts. it has matka phirni, kulfi, rabdi, falooda, gulab jamun, rasmalai and ice cream among other treats. For those checking their calories, there are sugar free options too.
A winter favourite is kesarpista badam milk.
Breakfast in Kerala
This was no ordinary breakfast! I will never forget this fantastic experience.
Every now and then, I get to experience a meal that is so amazing it stays with me forever. On my recent work/holiday to Kerala, my wife Caroline and I got to do just that. My friend Jomon Keriakose, Chef de Cuisine at the brilliant Lalit London just happened to be visiting family while we were there and he arranged for us to meet his friend Shihabudeen VM and his family at their home in Arookutty, a beautiful suburb of Kochi.
Outside Shihabudeen’s home. We loved these people!
Have you ever been invited to someone’s home for a meal and then been blown away but the work they put into it? They must have worked for hours creating that masterpiece of a meal! We appreciated it so much and every bite brought something new and wonderful. This was food perfection.
When we arrived, Shihabudeen showed us around the grounds outside. This too was an experience that any Indian food fan would love.
What I could do with these! Curry leaves being grown in the garden. The aroma was amazing.
Shihabudeen, Jomon, Caroline and me next to the family fishing hole. Shihabudeen catches fish from here and cooks them on his Youtube channel.
Fruit from Shihabudeen’s nutmeg tree.
Shihabudeen pulled a fruit from his nutmeg tree and split it open. I wanted to show you this as it was the first time I had seen nutmeg this fresh. The brown bit in the centre is the nutmeg and the red bit that is wrapped around it is mace. Both are dried before using. Then there was the fruit that incased the nutmeg and seed. We tried some and it’s really good. This fruit is used a lot to make pickles.
Then came that fantastic meal which included no fewer than twelve different dishes. If that were the only meal we had in Kerala, we would have still gone away happy. Shihabudeen very kindly gave me a few of his recipes. You have to try his aleesa which is a chicken and wheat dish enjoyed year round but it is especially popular at Ramadan. I shared the recipe for you here. It will be in my fifth book “The Curry Guy Bible” that is out in December 2020. He also gave me the recipe for a chicken and rice dumpling curry that was out of this world gorgeous. I’ve made it too but haven’t typed the recipe yet. That recipe will be on my blog soon so WATCH THIS SPACE!
After that fantastic meal, it was time to move. Shihabudeen planned a canoe trip for us all in the backwaters of Kochi. To do this, we had to get an old ferry to the other side of one of the waterways which was a fun experience in itself. It was a scorching hot day so umbrellas were essential out there on the water. We travelled out to a group of islands and docked up on one of the islands which is now a yoga retreat where we relaxed for about an hour in the sun and were served some delicious fruit drinks that were made there. We don’t do yoga but I could see Caroline and me staying there for a few days. No internet, no phones, just quiet relaxation.
Then we travelled around a few other islands where we saw what used to be spectacular holiday retreat hotels but are now abandoned. Times change and these remote islands are just a bit too difficult to get to to make them viable as a holiday destination. Still, we could see why someone took that business gamble as these islands were beautiful.
On out way back to the car, we happened by a fisherman who was catching and selling fish. Shihabudeen purchased a few pearl spot for his family’s dinner. If you ever get to Kerala, that is a fish you need to try.
What a day!
Me with Shihabudeen’s sons Irahad and Arshad on the island.
I would like to thank Shihabudeen, his wife Rubaida, mother-in-law Aisah Umma and sons Irahad and Arshad for their hospitality and making this such a memorable day in Kerala. We can’t wait to come back and see you again.
What a spread!
Chef Jomon Kuriakose – The man who brought us all together.
Jomon Kuriakose has a fantastic Facebook page where you can see and try some of his recipes. You will find it here .
You can visit Shihabudeen’s new Youtube channel here . I highly recommend that you do. Not all of the videos are in English but you will get a good idea about how to make the recipes which are all spectacular.
Caroline and me with Chef Shihabudeen.
Sebastian River High School Grad Wins Vero Top Chef
Home Community Sebastian River High School Grad Wins Vero Top Chef Sebastian River High School Grad Wins Vero Top Chef March 20, 2019 Brian LaPersonerie Community 0 Alfredo Arce wins Vero Top Chef.
VERO BEACH – Vero’s Top Chef Challenge Finale 2019 to benefit The Hope for Families Center was held Monday night at the prestigious Bent Pine Golf Club. Over 150 diners and socialite’s enjoyed a 5-course meal prepared by the four chef finalists.
The Hope for Families Center has been helping homeless families for over 28 years and assists an average of 250 families a year stabilize and find permanent housing.
Executive director Dr. Diana Grossi explained, “The first thing we do is get the children into school or daycare and make sure the parents are employed. Once they have stable employment, they are required to save 70 percent of their net income to put towards permanent housing. We work with Treasure Coast Homeless Services, through their rapid rehousing program, to get them housed and we follow their progress for about six months. The program may assist them with a down payment, or first and last month’s rent, or utilities. We are basically just giving them a boost or a head start on their own self-sufficiency.”
The four chefs and their dishes for the finale were: Chef Alfredo Arce of The Wave Kitchen & Bar at Costa d’este Pan Roasted Red Snapper, Rock Shrimp, Truffle Butter, Parsnip Puree, Parsnip Crisps. Chef Eddie Hunter with Cuisine Machine Oven Roasted Crazy Hart Ranch Chicken, Coconut Rice and Peas, Curry Veloute, Purple Bok Choy Slaw, Nordic Acres Farm Daikon Micro Greens. Chef Travis Beckett with Wild Thyme Catering Authentic Japanese Ramen with Sesame and Soy Marinated Pork Tenderloin. Chef Chuck Arnold of Fire & Wine Red Wine Braised Beef Shortrib with Smoked Honey Truffle Glazed Butternut Squash Puree, Roasted Chipolinni Onion and Baby Carrot.
Each one of these dishes was executed very well with a great balance of flavor and portrayed the talent of each one of these chefs.
Sebastian Daily was granted VIP access to the kitchen, and I must say that the camaraderie inside the kitchen from each chefs team was phenomenal. We are so lucky to a part of this top-notch culinary community. Pan Roasted Red Snapper Oven Roasted Crazy Hart Ranch Chicken Authentic Japanese Ramen with Sesame and Soy Marinated Pork Tenderloin Red Wine Braised Beef Shortrib
Vero’s Top Chef 2019 chosen by the judges was Chef Alfredo Arce of the Wave Kitchen & Bar at Costa d’este. The People’s Choice Award selected by the diners was Chef Chuck Arnold of Fire & Wine. Both dishes were superb and certainly my two favorites.
Chef Alfredo’s snapper was roasted to perfection; it wasn’t overly seasoned allowing for the full flavor of the fish on the palette. The truffle butter left a smooth texture to the shrimp, and the parsnip puree was creamy, sweet and could almost be described as a vegetable Alfredo.
Hope for Families explains, “Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa’s Alfredo Arce stumbled upon his passion for the culinary world by accident. The Mexican-born chef, who now assumes the #2 role in the kitchen for one of Vero Beach’s most acclaimed resorts and its restaurant The Wave Kitchen & Bar, launched his hospitality journey working in Costa’s housekeeping department. Arce’s professional drive and ambition along with the birth of his now seven-year-old son inspired him to identify a new path that would challenge him to learn and grow cooking. Vero’s Top Chef Challenge Finale 2019
His passion for food was immediately evident after his transfer to the Costa d’Este’s kitchen. Arce worked under the tutelage of the resort’s executive chef, Armando Galeas, to perfect a variety of techniques and methods. In just four years, he rose from prep cook to sous chef.
Chef Arce is a graduate of Sebastian River High School and lives in Indian River County with his wife and son. When he is not serving up Costa d’Este’s menu of fresh, locally sourced seafood and produce, plus select Cuban specialties, he enjoys time researching new culinary trends and cooking at home with his family.”
Sebastian Daily congratulates each chef for their success and is very proud to recognize Chef Alfredo Arce. He is a young talented chef who was educated right here in Sebastian and has a tremendous career ahead.
To find out more about how you can help out in our community or if you need assistance, go to Hopeforfamiliescenter.org .
The Hope for Families Center is located at 715 4th Place in Vero Beach, FL 32962.
Brian LaPersonerie Born and raised around New York’s diverse culture and cuisine, it’s no surprise that Brian LaPersonerie inherited a palate for great food. His background – German, Welsh, English, French, Irish and even Sicilian – has exposed him to all styles of cooking; whether at holiday gatherings or from his talented mom in their family kitchen. Brian says, “we eat with our eyes first” so capturing and presenting the deep colors of food is an art and an important part of Brian’s reviews. Being a life-long foodie, with experience in and out of the kitchen has taught Brian the more technical parts of cooking and hospitality. But in theory, he’s just a regular person, like you and I, who loves food and wants to help further your culinary adventures! Previous
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Top 15 Coworking Spaces in San Francisco With Perks & Prices (2019)
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Looking for the best San Francisco coworking space? Well, they are on the minds of every entrepreneur of this North Californian city. And why not? SF is a buzzing hub for tech industries and has consequently motivated many to take the entrepreneur route. In fact, there are multiple spaces which cater to the diverse startups and businesses that call San Francisco home. Some lay special focus on specific domains like teach, retail, some lay focus on the women entrepreneurs. While you will also see some big chains operating from the city’s major corporate hubs.
And this very variety makes it hard to narrow down to one San Francisco coworking space from the bunch. But voila, we have done the elbow grease for you. As we have listed the best of the coworking spaces in San Francisco. Just go through the list and pick the one that impresses you the most. But first my dear take a little tip. While choosing a space, don’t just go through the prices and location. Though these are the basics, the amenities, community, and culture are also worth a look. As the kind of space you work from will have a similar impact on your productivity. May the best space be chosen! San Francisco’s favorite Coworking Space 1 WorkShop Cafe
The most happening and loved coworking space in San Francisco, the Workshop Cafe is a perfect concoction of work and leisure. Get the feel of great food and beverages, and a fine community comprising of entrepreneurs, writers, artists and what not. The interiors, on the other hand, are a visual treat. There is enough space in all dimensions, thanks to high ceilings and wide desks. This is a space free of distractions and full of luxury. Making it worth every penny and hour you spend here, unlike any other San Francisco coworking spaces.
Perks: Great music in the background, ergonomic seats, vibrant community, this space is full of excellent possibilities. And the food is equally delicious! The best bit about WorkShop Cafe though is that you pay for only what you use. How? In the coworking area, you just have to grab a seat, check-in through a mobile app and pay as you go for an hourly rate.
Prices: Presenting flexibility at its best, they offer simple hourly rates starting from just $3 per hour. The only loop is that you have to pay through their app. And for more hours, the math is not easy, as for additional hours you can expect additional discounts.
Locations: WorkShop Cafe has two coworking spaces in SF. One is in the Financial District (FiDi), while the other has A South of Market (SoMa) location. Fidi location is 180 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94104 While 25 Spear Street is the SoMa SF location
Contact: To get in touch with the WorkShop Cafe Fidi and Soma locations, give a call at 415 322 1048 and 415 604 5086, respectively. To contact them online, their email id is email@example.com. Coworking SF – The Big Chains 2 Galvanize
Ready to make a dent on the world but have no idea where to start off? Coworking workspaces, boot camps, workshops, courses, and tech talent is what Galvanize San Francisco spaces are home to. And, thus you will get all you need to make your brand a success. So either join the coworking space or the Galvanize Data Science course and the like to let your abilities soar. On the other hand, its rustic and modern interiors are complemented with contemporary decor. And their beautiful terrace space and pool table will keep all your stress at bay.
Perks: Coming to the comforts, you may sip on endless cups of coffee. Besides, accessing any of the fifteen conference rooms and the relaxing lounges. Plus the spaces are spotless, round the clock accessible and host to outstanding networking events. And not to mention a great Cafe is also onsite, to satisfy both your taste buds and hunger pangs. What can be a better place than Galvanize SF to turn your ideas into prominent brands?
Prices: A hot or dedicated desk can be yours at Galvanize for $550 and $750 per month, respectively. While for a private office Galvanize membership, your monthly bill shall start from $3,800. At this coworking space in San Francisco, you can make it large.
Location: SoMa 44 Tehama St San Francisco CA 94105 is the Galvanize address. Though apart from Galvanize co-working space in San Francisco, this chain has equally amazing spaces in nine more US cities.
Contact: Pick up your phone and call +1 415 805 1888 to book a desk or to join a Galvanize BootCamp. While their mail id is firstname.lastname@example.org. 3 WeWork San Francisco
WeWork is the master of the craft when it comes to coworking. Such is its impact that the WeWork competitors take it as a benchmark. Its spaces are drool-worthy cool and combine work and comfort like no other. In SF, there are multiple WeWork locations operating from premium buildings. And working from any of these WeWork San Francisco HeadQuarters will give a great boost to any business. Plus, excellent business lounges are great spaces to make connections. And the best part – most of them are friendly to little visitors with four paws and a tail. So you own a pet or not you might get the chance to pat one here.
Perks: WeWork also pampers its members with several perks, including endless micro-roasted coffee and delectable fruit water. While in the amazing conference rooms at all WeWork headquarters, expect marble tables and custom wall decors. In addition, the acoustic phone booths, print stations, event spaces, etc are all worth making great impressions and experiences.
Prices: Hot desking at this coworking space San Francisco, begins from $370 per month. While WeWork pricing for dedicated desks starts from $500 and that for private offices from $700, per month.
Locations: You will find above twenty WeWork locations in SF, which is more than any other coworking operator. And their list is ever expanding. But if you ask about the Best WeWork San Francisco, here are a few of them. WeWork Soma at 156 2nd Street San Francisco CA 94105 44 Montgomery St San Francisco CA 94104 1161 Mission St San Francisco CA 94103, also known as WeWork Civic Center. WeWork Salesforce Tower at 1161 Mission St San Francisco CA 94103
Contact: To contact any of the WeWork coworking space San Fransisco, give a call at 1800 123 365 365. 4 Regus San Francisco
Regus spaces are a rank apart from all other coworking spaces San Francisco. And you will one Regus space in almost every prime location in this northern California’s hilly city. Plus, they offer ready to move in desk spaces and a great bunch of amenities under all of their roofs. And you will also get the benefit of flexible packages, by the day, month or year. Plus their prominent business lounges spread across thousands of global locations are worth a visit.
Perks: The best perks of Regus San Francisco coworking spaces are its locations, memberships, and amenities. And a host of meeting and conference rooms, besides private and virtual office plans, are also at your anvil.
Prices: For unlimited access to the Regus coworking spaces, the price is around $299 per month. While for working from their premium lounges, you will have to shell out $99 every month. Though you can also avail these for five or ten days per month, at a lower price.
Locations: Regus has tons of coworking spaces San Francisco, of which the three mentioned below are the most popular among the city entrepreneurs. These are, 1390 Market Street, Suite 200, San Francisco. Also known as the Fox Plaza. 795 Folsom Street, 1st Floor, San Francisco 350 Rhode Island Street, Suite 240, San Francisco
Contact: The best way to get in touch with a Regus SF is through their number, +1855 400 3575. 5 Impact Hub San Francisco
Get a booster dose for your brand by being a part of the Impact Hub San Francisco coworking spaces. This global chain of shared workspaces has a humungous network of changemakers and barrier breakers. And apart from providing work desks, they also offer event spaces, community connections, startup support, and a lot more. And such is its impact that even the UN Geneva office recognized Impact Hub as the ‘Driver of Community Engagement’. To be an agent of change, and make a dent in the world, be a part of this coworking space San Francisco.
Perks: With over a hundred locations worldwide, this will be the perfect place to start your venture for a global audience. Also, the way you can connect with the local and global community at the Impact Hub is unmatchable at any other coworking space in SF.
Prices: The basic community membership at Impact Hub San Francisco can be yours at just $50 per month. While monthly costs for hot desking are $225 for business hour access and $375 for 24/7 access. Besides, they even offer permanent desk spaces which will be as dedicated as you are.
Location: The Impact Hub SF lies at 1885 Mission Street, which is a sprawling 25,000 square feet space.
Contact: Call at +1 415 624 5881 or shoot a mail to email@example.com for any questions or location info. Top Coworking Space SF For Tech Enthusiasts 6 RocketSpace San Francisco
Tech entrepreneurs, this is your paradise! Since even sky is not the limit at this coworking space San Francisco. The sophisticated interiors inspire members to be bold and break limits. And one thing that truly stands out about the RocketSpace is the availability of free Cloud computing credits. And more than half of their member startups are operating on an international level. So just imagine the extent of opportunities that they hold.
Perks: Recharge your batteries at showers, this round the clock accessible space houses. Plus the weekly power hours will be an open secret of your brand’s health. Another great feature of RocketSpace is easy access to investors, mentors, and speakers. And not just that this coworking space San Francisco is drafted to facilitate the quality collaborations. Something that the tech startups find hard to avail!
Prices: Starting at the price of $1,100 per desk per month, you can access this coworking space round the clock.
Locations: RocketSpace tech campus lies at 123 Mission St, Floor 16 in San Francisco, right in the heart of financial district.
Contact: +1 415 483 1202 is the number to dial for contacting the RocketSpace. 7 MindSpace Coworking SF
The MindSpace San Francisco coworking spaces will surely please your eyes and mind of course. Leather couches, velvet sofas, solid stools, bar chairs, there are plenty of spaces for you to rest your rear. It will be hard to find a blank wall as most are painted or covered with great pieces of art. While the floors are covered in beautiful carpets and the nooks with green plants. And the coffee bar and Soda fountain will steal your heart away. Moreover, this place is lit not only with sunlight but also a great bunch of coworkers building connections and collaborations.
Perks: The most exalted of all the perks they offer are the boutique lounges, accessorized kitchenette. Also, this space is open 24 hours and the community events are organized on a daily basis. The Market Center San Francisco coworking spaces also have great transit connectivity.
Prices: MindSpace pricing begins from $600 per month for a community desk space. While for a private office for two has the starting price of $1,705 per month. Need bigger offices? They have them too!
Location: You will find MindSpace facilities at 575 Market Street, San Francisco. Though MindSpace company has 23 coworking spaces across different global cities, with London, Berlin, and Amsterdam to name a few.
Contact: Call at +1 833 663 7722 to schedule a visit or to have more information. Or leave your message at firstname.lastname@example.org. 8 TechSpace Coworking SF
Work out of this ultra-modern coworking space in San Francisco and see the magic happen. The interiors are super spacious and adorned with contemporary art and furniture. Moreover, the upper floors of TechSpace Union Square location provide magnificent views of the windows. They can seat above 300 people across the two floors and still have enough space for you to think freely. While the game room has our heart. And don’t get addicted to the fruit infused water. You have been warned!
Perks: Apart from Gourmet Tea and coffee, be ready to be spoiled with a fully stocked kitchen at your anvil. Plus the Union Square location is laced with classy retail and dining options. So work, shop, eat and enjoy, all at one place.
Prices: A flexible hot desk can be yours for $300 per month. While they have a range of private office spaces as well. And if you love the comfort of your home, the virtual package costs just $50 per month. And not to mention, if there’s a bookaholic in you, you will love their library space.
Location: 77 Geary Street, 5th Floor is the home of TechSpace SF coworking spaces.
Contact: For any queries regarding TechSpace hub, call at +1 415 548 6699 or leave your message at email@example.com. Coworking Space San Fransisco For Women 9 The Assembly
Hello ladies! The Assembly is a one-stop destination to enhance the health of your startup, mind, and body. This wellness centric coworking space San Francisco has a community of women from diverse backgrounds. Set in a former church, the decor is elegantly spot on. Besides, it stands on the purpose of letting women come together under a safe roof where they witness collaborative growth. In addition, to reflecting, learning, sharing and caring, while cherishing their career goals. Trust me, this coworking space is straight out of your dreams!
Perks: This women-only coworking space San Francisco offers a lot many perks. The kitchen space offers multiple hot and cold beverages for your taste buds. Or you may grab a seat and indulge yourself on wellness classes, fitness events, and the like. While you may also bring up to two guests along, though with the limit of a couple of hours.
Prices: Coworking here starts from a $70 for a day pass. While monthly memberships commence at $250.
Location: Your dream destination is at 449 14th Street in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Contact: To get in touch with the Assembly, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Or ring their phone line, 415 868 3322. 10 The Wing Coworking Space SF
The Wing is a revolutionary coworking space, designed and funded for women, by women. In fact, this is a safe haven for women entrepreneurs, especially in the era of #MeToo movement. Coming to the interiors, none of the other San Francisco coworking spaces have a better taste than the Wings. Everything from indoor plants to the lights, from the library space to the workspaces, ooze off perfection. And the best bit – you will work alongside a great bunch of career women on a mission.
Perks: They have an excellent cafe spot, which caters members with fine beverages. Besides, they also have cozy corners and pump rooms for nursing mothers. And not to mention, beauty rooms, showers, etc. And you will also find podcast and magazines with powerful stories to pump up your spirits. As they say, it’s your throne away from home. So go and get it dear Khaleesi!
Prices: The ticket to your coworking throne, will cost you $215 per month at the Wings coworking space, San Francisco.
Location: Set right in the middle of the SF financial district, you will find the Wings at
Contact: You may contact the Wings SF spaces via their mail id email@example.com. 11 The Hivery SF
Hey women, looking for the coolest workspace in town? We have found one, replete with like-minded powerful souls like yours. The Hivery is a paradise for the busy bee women entrepreneurs, as this place will make your productivity soar. The spaces are pleasant, sunlit and vibrant. Moreover, counted among the best San Francisco coworking spaces, this space has seen the onset of multiple female-led startups. And who knows, you might be next!
Perks: At the Hivery you will enjoy a mix of workspaces, mentoring, networking events, collaborations and a lot more. So, if you’ve got the courage to push the world, this space is for you. And if you are yet to acquire the guts, you may build’em here.
Prices: The Hivery memberships start at $35 per month for a virtual office plan. While to access a coworking desk round the clock, $395 will be your monthly payable fee. While they also offer further flexible membership plans.
Location: The Hivery is located at 38 Miller Avenue, #20 Mill Valley. Just 3 kilometers from San Francisco, via Golden Gate bridge.
Contact: Contact The Hivery at Info@thehivery.com or dial the number, 415 569 7760. Business Accelerators/ Incubators in San Francisco 12 WerqWise Coworking Space San Fransisco
In WerqWise, we have discovered you a great accelerator cum startup office space SF. It has one of the most professionally designed coworking spaces San Francisco. And is also home to a great crowd of smart thinkers and doers. This accelerator will power you with all the weapons you’ll need to conquer the market. Creative and sunlit workspaces, lounges, kitchen, and a bar awaits you here. Besides, you will get a good idea of your business model, strategies and complexities before going into deep waters.
Perks: As to the materialistic perks, concierge, meeting rooms, kitchen, lounges, desk credits deserve a mention. But apart from this, you will get accelerated productivity, and a big push to your brand.
Prices: $45 is all you need to access the WerqWise facilities and events. Though for greater access to its happening lounges, the price will shoot up to $120 per month. While hot desking is available for the monthly fare of $380. And they offer dedicated spots and private team spaces as well.
Location: You’ll have to visit 149 New Montgomery St, 4th Floor in downtown San Francisco to be at WerqWise.
Contact: WerqWise is contactable on 415 520 3270. While you may also contact them through their website. 13 Runway San Francisco Coworking Space
Give your business a great flight through the workspaces of Runway San Francisco. The Runway Innovation Hub will help you get all that you deserve, but a little faster. That is through mentoring, legal and business support. And how’s that? Well, when you connect with the right people, in the right time frame, and with the right plan, success appears. While another great benefit is that they also cultivate connections between startups and corporates. Making it a win-win situation for both ends.
Perks: The biggest perk of this accelerator cum coworking space San Francisco, is the market exposure that you can draw here. Apart from this, you will learn about the basics of doing business, its processes and strategies etc. And also the networking events which will only earn you long term connections. And not to mention, you’ll get thousands of dollars worth of benefits, which includes Google Cloud credits.
Prices: The Runway SF has extremely tailor-made packages. So to know your membership expenses, the best way is to contact them with your info. For this, please visit their website.
Location: 1355 Market St, Suite #488 is where you will find the Runway San Francisco. Also, for those who don’t know, this is also the Twitter building.
Contact: Got any problem? Contact Runway San Francisco at +1 415 935 8122 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Coworking in SF For Creative Artists 14 Minnesota Street Project
SF Artists, behold! There couldn’t have been a more incredible coworking space for you all, than the Minnesota Street Project. They’ve got a bunch of affordable studios and galleries to assist San Francisco artists in their initial days of struggle. And have also brought together the creatives together so as to build a collaborative community for mutual support and growth. Apart from which they also offer a range of art services from climate control and storage to installation, tracking, etc.
Perks: They have ample spaces to store, and display great pieces of art with multiple warehouses, studios and galleries. While you can also, host an event at one of their coworking spaces San Francisco. And the cuisine with Indian and Californian fusion at the ‘Besharam’ Restaurant onsite, will leave you licking your fingers.
Prices: Each piece of art is a unique piece of art. For this reason, the Minnesota Street Project doesn’t have a one size fits all pricing plans. So you will have to contact them to get a quote.
Locations: The Minnesota Street Project has two galleries at 1275 Minnesota Street and 1150 25th Street. While they also have an Artist Studio at 1240 Minnesota Street. Besides, their three warehouses are located in Dogpatch.
Contact: The Minnesota Street Project team is contactable on +1 415 243 0825 and email@example.com. 15 The Laundry SF
Well, don’t let the name of this coworking space in SF mislead you. As the only thing you can wash here is your boredom. One of the best San Francisco coworking spaces, this one allows artists to exhibit their talent and hard work. Besides, the rustic exposed brick walls add a distinct character to the Laundry San Francisco. And in addition, you will also be a part of team mergers and collaborations, leadership development, and various team building exercises.
Perks: This space is limitless. They have a beautiful cafe, where you will also find select wine and beer, apart from coffee. This is the space where you will love to create and share your masterpieces.
Prices: The Laundry San Francisco have not shared their pricing plan. So for more info in this domain, kindly contact them.
Location: 3359 26th Street is the location of The Laundry San Francisco.
Contact: You can get in touch with the laundry San Francisco spaces through their mail id, firstname.lastname@example.org. 16 Center For New Music
Dear nightingales of the Bay Area, we have found a soothing space for you as well. Jass, rock, countryside or rap, sing to the beat of your own drum. And if you are just a bathroom singer or can’t sing at all, no worries. You can still be a part of this San Francisco coworking space and lend support to budding musicians, singers, composers, etc. Besides, you can enjoy art exhibits, concerts and a lot more.
Perks: Need a desk space to carry out your work or a rehearsal room to make music, you’ll have all that you need here. Apart from this, another great feature of this coworking space San Francisco is its Library. And their library doesn’t only have books, but also music titles, with count beyond four hundred.
Prices: $15 per day is the minimum price for coworking at this location. Besides, monthly access to hot desks comes at $125 per month. While the dedicated desks and virtual memberships are priced at $200 and $25 per month, respectively. In addition, they also have rehearsal studio and concert halls which are hireable on hourly rates.
Location: 55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 is where Center For Music has its spaces.
Contact: Call at +1 415 275 2466 to reach the Center For Music team. Or shoot a mail to email@example.com. SF Space to CoWork & CoLive 17 Roam San Fransisco
Make life and work an adventure at this coliving cum coworking space San Francisco. The Roam SF is huddled in the middle of the city and in a former archbishop’s mansion. Step into the spirit of this north Californian city and dwell as a digital nomad in the literal terms. Treat yourself to the luxury of a fashionable house, smart workspaces, crafty maker spaces, and a lot more. Each member gets a private bedroom and bathroom at Roam San Francisco.
Perks: This classy location has 19 rooms, with amazing bathrooms that you will find hard to leave. Besides, the entire furnishings have been custom made and the entire venue reflects historic details in decor. Well, this space onsets the beginning of a new era in the way people work.
Prices: The prices at Roam begin from $500 per week to up to $1,200 per week. The actual price depends on the locations as well as individual rooms at this coliving San Francisco space.
Locations: This landmark coworking space San Francisco is at 1000 Fulton Street. Right
Contact : To talk with someone at Roam San Francisco, just dial +1 800 853-ROAM. Alternatively, you can also contact them online on firstname.lastname@example.org. Coworking Space SF for Retail and Tech 18 Bespoke San Francisco
Bespoke coworking space will leave you mesmerized with the amount of caliber you can develop from under its historic roof. One of the soundest San Francisco coworking spaces, collaborating on various retail processes is their first love. Beta testing, events, connections, and growth models, they will support you at every step. As they believe that their success lies in that of their members.
Perks: A special feature of this space are the huge digital facades. Though for signage and interactive content, these will remind you of none other than the NY Times Square. Also working from under an impressive dome is another factor that will make you fall in love with Bespoke.
Prices: A day pass worth $35 is the minimum fare to access this San Francisco coworking space. Though the monthly memberships will cost you $416 and $644 per month for hot and dedicated deks, respectively.
Location: The location of your bespoke coworking space San Francisco is 845 Market Street, Suite 450. You will find this Westfield SF location, in downtown’s very heart.
Contact: To reach them out, ring on +1 415 964 4815. Or send an email to email@example.com. Spaces for the Entrepreneurial Brains to Manifest 19 Connections SF
Connections SF is an incredible spot for coworking in the Clay Street precincts. One of the finest coworking spaces in San Francisco, the decor at this space is a splash of colors. Located within the Club Quarters Hotel, the support staff is high on comfort and hospitality. Also, the location boasts of a great transit score.
Perks: An excellent perk of working from here is the access to the Club living area, in the building’s lobby. Besides, you will also get access to the fitness rooms and multiple awesome meeting spaces. And also worth mentioning are the many networking events you can be a part of.
Prices: The minimum membership available here is $50 for a virtual office plan. While hot desks Come at the price tag of $400 per month. While prices for dedicated desks spaces begin from the amount of $450 per month. And they also offer a range of private office spaces.
Location: To be at Connections SF, you have to visit 424 Clay Street, in downtown San Francisco. This lower level location is just two blocks from the Transamerica Pyramid on the same street.
Contact: Their contact number and mail id are, 415 268 3612 and firstname.lastname@example.org, respectively. 20 Spaces San Francisco
Spaces SF offers one of the chicest, flexible and productivity-enhancing coworking spaces in San Francisco. And the entrepreneurs of SF know it best! You will find a vibrant environment and an equally vibrant community. The sprawling locations ranging in thousands of sqft space, on top, have enough room for ideas to spark.
Perks: With a membership at Spaces San Francisco, you will also be able to access their clubs all over the world. And another important perk of this space is their community. And you will enjoy their events to the core.
Prices: The coworking desks are accessible from $378 per month. While if you crave a permanent spot the cost will commence from $547 per month. While they also have an array of meeting spaces hireable on per day basis.
Locations: Spaces San Francisco operates from two locations. These are, Spaces Mission and 3rd at 95 Third St., 2nd floor, San Francisco Spaces Levi’s Plaza at 1160 Battery Street East, San Francisco
Contact: Spaces teams at Third Street and Levi’s Plaza locations are reachable at 844 677 2237 and 628 208 6400, respectively. While their mail ids are email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Website: https://www.spacesworks.com To Conclude!
Apart from the picturesque beaches and sunsets, San Francisco is bursting with entrepreneurs and startups. While coworking is no longer a concept but a mainstay of the day. And when we club the two, you will realize that not all coworking spaces in San Francisco can be the same. So with this little list that we compiled, we hope that entrepreneurs and freelancers will make the most of it. And that will suffice to make our day. Good Luck! Pavneet Pavneet has a love for all things that make life worth living. Apart from spreading smiles, travelogues and gentle people fascinate her the most. At Coworking Mag, she loves travelling to different coworking spaces and is always a keen observer of architecture and interior design. She can be reached at email@example.com Love Coworking?
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The transforming foodscape of India
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Indian cuisines have been in a constant state of transformation through the ages. But much is being discussed about the influence of global culture on the Indian foodscape. Examining the science of food preferences as well as environmental factors that can hasten or halt the rate of change, this briefing on India presents insights into the future shape of India’s foodscape.
Seven key implications for marketers in the food sector include: Change in form not style: The bigger and more immediate change will not come in the flavour or the style of food that we consume, but in the form, composition and source of these foods. Acceptable novelty of regional flavour variants: Regional cuisine will emerge as a new source of novelty creation for packaged food and food service offerings. Evolved differentiation in food services: A wide price range and cuisine options represent the first wave of basic differentiation. Nutrition is the new mass proposition: Nutrition, and not energy density, will emerge as the core proposition in mass-consumed foods. Opportunities for rural-centric food solutions: Packaged food solutions based on enhanced nutritional content, created specifically for rural realities, will have a growing market. Packaged RTE growth to dampen: Growth of ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat foods (especially meat substitutes) can expect to slow down, crowded out by offerings from food services. Boost to food hedonism: In mega-metros and larger towns, the rapid growth of food services will boost prospects for indulgent offerings by strengthening the need for seeking variety and pleasure from food.
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Sandals, Jamaica, Aims To Be The American Idol Of Resorts
Home / Beaches / Sandals, Jamaica, Aims To Be The American Idol Of Resorts Sandals, Jamaica, Aims To Be The American Idol Of Resorts Beaches Now, I’m spoiled for life . I don’t know how I can ever go back to staying at any other kind of luxury beachfront property.
That’s because I just spent time at Sandals Montego Bay, a top-notch all-inclusive, luxurious, adults-only property that offers its guests everything you’ve ever dreamed of in a beach vacation.
Despite the fact that Sandals has been in business since 1981, the laudable hospitality group remains a game-changer that yes, if you’re a first-time guest, will change your mind about beach resorts , hotels, and well, vacations in general. Especially at all-inclusives, which sometimes get a bad reputation for being too-mass-market.
Sandals is anything but that.
I interviewed Adam Stewart, CEO, who told me that Sandals resort in Montego Bay was their original location, founded in 1981 by wildly successful entrepreneur Butch Stewart, Adam Stewart’s father. Sandals Montego Bay has recently been upgraded and updated, resulting in an ultimate property to exceed all of your expectations. “We’ve perfected the all-inclusives,” Mr. Stewart told me. “We are fixated on the consumer experience. We are obsessed with customer care and aim to be front-and-center of the best trends.”
“We’re The American Idol of hospitality,” he added. “ Everything we do is so that we are the best.”
And indeed it is one of the best resorts I’ve ever stayed at. So the question is — Why would you ever go back to paying cost-plus at a luxury beach hotel, when everything you crave is included at a first-class, posh Sandals resort on the water?
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Personality plays a huge factor in hiring, as Sandals seeks to hire individuals who are enthusiastic and excited about what they do at Sandals . The impact on you, the guest? An immensely pleasurable experience, from a staff that genuinely cares and graciously attends to your every need. Of course, the Jamaican people themselves are the epitome of graciousness, and their gratitude for life – and their tourists – overflows out of them like a beautiful waterfall at Dunn’s Falls, one of the island’s top attractions. (Yes, we hiked it and it was wonderful.)
So it’s no surprise that Sandals properties have a HUGE return rate – averaging about 55% of all guests. My husband Bill and I are not surprised. Just about everyone that we met at the Montego Bay resort raved about the Sandals organization, and were loyal, dedicated customers. One man, from Canada, told me that he has been visiting all of the Sandals resorts , everywhere in the world, for the past 30 years. Another couple said that after they discovered Sandals , they couldn’t go anywhere else. After they stayed 70 nights over a period of several years, they earned a free week’s stay, and they were thrilled beyond belief. Other guests arrive and simply request to be put in the best room in the house. At Sandals Montego Bay, in high season, that would be the Beachfront Millionaire one bedroom butler suite with an outdoor soaking tub, at $1,259 per night/per couple. (Next door at Sandals Royal Caribbean , are the dreamy overwater bungalows with butlers and infinity pool: $3,331 per night/per couple.) So now, you don’t have to hightail it Bora Bora to get the world’s best bungalows. They are a lot closer at Sandals .
Sandals has 19 total resorts in the Caribbean (including their family -friendly, all-inclusive, Beaches Resorts ) and when you’re staying at the Montego Bay property, you can also hop over to the Sandals Royal Caribbean next door, as well as the nearby Sandals Inn, to take advantage of their superb sands, cuisine, and much more. It’s called the “Stay at one, play at three” program, and a shuttle provides a quick ride between the properties every 45 minutes.
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With all that it is included at Sandals , and all the incredible value that you get for your money, most other luxury hotels pale by comparison. Who wants to pay for everything as you go along, from a mere coffee to a five-star dinner? Sandals eliminates all that – and with aplomb.
At Sandals , in a (coconut) nutshell, you receive five-star service no matter what category of room you book. There are no resort fees, no hidden fees, no upcharges, plus a variety of high-end restaurants that you can enjoy on property, along with premium spirits, unlimited watersports, and for some of the suites, English-trained Jamaican butlers to make your trip even more memorable. Righto — Sandals is the Aston Martin of unforgettable experiences.
As far as beach vacations go, Sandals has thought of everything to pamper you. The Millionaire Suites, for example, are beachfront, allowing you to access the soft sands and azure waters faster than you can say, “Splash.” Orange rafts float in the water, so you and your significant other can laze together and enjoy the sunshine while you stay soaked. There are other rooms where you can emerge from your room and plop yourself right into a swim-up pool, where more floats are available. Hammocks and in-water swings are placed all around the property. Everything is designed so that you’re waterlogged – in a good way – the whole day. Staying here is like being on a luxury cruise ship, where you stash your wallet in the safe and forget about it. Yet at Sandals resorts , you have the added advantage of land-based access to the beach 24/7. Just get up in the morning, put on your bathing suit, and hit the beach – and the beachside, barefoot-allowed, restaurants and bars. Plus there’s a no-tipping policy (except for your butlers). With all of this, it’s no wonder, then, that “We earn multiple wows per day,” says Mr. Stewart.
One of the little things that impressed us – and I’m not easy to impress – was that the in-room amenities by in-house brand Red Lane are all sulfate-free. That means no harmful additives in your shampoo and conditioner. My stressed strands were thankful, and it was one of those tiny things, and great attention to detail, that added up for a superb stay.
Ah! Spa! And Cuisine!
The spa itself, Red Lane, is another winner. “We look at our spa menu like a chef looks at a culinary menu, says David Erlich, the Corporate Director of all the Sandals spas. “We look at our environments, and our menus are unique, with a lot of tropical curation.” Indeed, I enjoyed a deeply relaxing facial with Red Lane products that including a cleansing milk and oil application, exfoliation with a papaya pineapple enzyme mask, an antioxidant firming mask, Vitamin C serum, deep pore cleaning, plus an illuminating serum. I emerged lightened, brightened, and tightened!
As far as the cuisine goes, we were extremely pleased with the high-end restaurants and the variety and quality of food available. I interviewed Paul Bauer, the Group Manager of Food Beverage Standards, and he emphasized and underscored just how important cuisine is to the Sandals group as a whole. “We are always pushing the envelope…We have to ensure that our standards are in place from hotel to hotel. Modern all-inclusives have to up their game, and we pay attention.”
For example, you can dine – with no added upcharge – at Butch’s Steak and Seafood, where you can enjoy first-class lobster, shrimp and other delectable, as part of the all-inclusive package. By comparison, such a dinner-for-two at a non-inclusive resort would cost around $250, while a cruise ship would most certainly charge you an added $35 fee. Throughout the Sandals resorts , you can experience simply great food – everything from Thai to French, to Indian, or just goodies from the donut shop. Why not partake of a frozen yogurt or soft-serve ice cream? And you know what’s coming soon? Vegans, take delight – a plant-based restaurant is right on the horizon (literally), along with a juice bar and even Greek food.
When it comes to alcohol, you’ll find that Sandals offers six varietals of Robert Mondavi pouring wine, says Mr. Bauer, along with super-premium-spirits that include Glenlivet 12, Glenfiddich 12, Maker’s Mark, and Remy Martin VSOP. Yes, there is a Manager’s Wine List for an upcharge (the only upcharge at the resort), but chances are, you won’t need it. At Sandals Royal Barbados, you will thrill to the Sky Bar and its unprecedented smoked cocktails. You read that right – how about a pineapple margarita filled with Jack Daniel’s smoke? In all, says Mr. Bauer (whose nickname is “Hawkeye” as he can spot a culinary problem from 40 miles away), company-wide Sandals offers 35 types of beers and 24 types of restaurants. And, for a little more wow factor, here’s something else: When you are wearing your little black dress, the staff will exchange your white napkin for one in black, faster than you can say, “Chanel,” so that your outfit doesn’t get covered in lint. All these small advantages add up for a remarkable experience.
OK – now down to the nitty-gritty. Was our trip perfection? No, and there are a few things we would like to see changed. For example, the luncheon deli meats in the Bayside restaurant were not of the high-quality we would expect at a luxury resort. At lunch one afternoon, they also ran out of most meats and had to go to room service to obtain tuna fish for my wrap sandwich. At the beach grill, the service occasionally was very slow at lunchtime, which was frustrating, as you spent time waiting around when all you wanted to do was to be in the water.
Yet, we’re not deterred, and urge you to enthusiastically embrace Sandals for your next vacation.
I’ll have to stop writing now. I’m impressed beyond words. And I’m dreaming about the little French cafe and its authentic Nutella crepes.
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Thailand′s transgender politician Pauline Ngarmpring: ′I do it for future generations′ | Asia| An in-depth look at news from across the continent 20.03.2019
Pauline Ngarmpring is the first transgender candidate ever to run for Thailand’s parliament. The 52-year-old, a beacon of hope for the LGBT people, tells DW about her entry into politics and what she intends to achieve.
On March 24, Thai voters will elect a new parliament, which is set to end five years of direct military rule. 52-year-old Pauline Ngarmpring, a transgender candidate, is contesting the polls and representing the Mahachon Party. In fact, Ngarmpring is one of three candidates put forward by the party for the post of prime minister. She is, however, not considered a front-runner.
In a DW interview, Ngarmpring says she wants to bring hope to the marginalized and create political space for future generations of LGBT people.
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DW: Compared to other Asian countries, Thailand is viewed as having a more open approach toward the LGBT community. What’s your take on this?
Pauline Ngarmpring: People around the world think that Thailand is a sort of paradise for LGBT people but in reality it is so difficult for people to come out of the closet. I went to the United States to transition because in Thailand they would have looked at me as if I was a freak.
Prior to my transition, as a man, I was a CEO and sports promoter, well known in the world of Thai football. I was afraid that people on the street would recognize me and I would be embarrassed. That’s why I left for the US, to get away from Thai society.
But eventually you came back to Thailand.
Only because the media found me. At the time, I just wanted to keep a low profile and disappear. I didn’t think people would recognize the new me. But then, in July 2017, a media outlet ran a big story on my transition in America. That was when I decided to go back to Thailand, to explain my story to society and to tell it from my point of view. I wanted to encourage people and give them the strength to be themselves.
Running for the Mahachon Party, she spends most of her time campaigning
What were the reactions to your transition after you returned to Thailand?
I knew I was going to be under a lot of pressure. Some people laughed at me and made fun of me. But when you respect yourself enough, you don’t really care about all the negativity. The more I talked about it, the more understanding people became.
I suffered a lot in my life but I am proud about where I am now. After I came out publically, people started sending me messages, saying that I inspired them to transition and that made me happy. Of course, sometimes I get comments like “You used to be a good-looking man” but people respect me now as Pauline.
Why did you choose to pursue a career in politics?
Back in the past when I was a man, I was interested in politics because of my professional background in journalism. Then I worked in football which involved dealing with a lot of politicians. I closely followed the political situation in Thailand and it actually made me a bit depressed because it could be so much better.
Some parties invited me to join but I was not complete at the time. I had the mission to transform into a woman. After I became Pauline, I was invited to join the Mahachon Party and this time I was ready to enter politics because I was complete. I didn’t have to worry about anything because I was myself. But I never thought about becoming prime minister or anything, I just wanted to be beneficial for the people.
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Thailand: LGBT inmates experience partial segregation in prison What do you hope to achieve politically for the LGBT community?
The Mahachon Party strongly supports human rights. So, one of the main things I would like to accomplish is to make people equal in the political sense. I would also strive to provide them with equal economic and social opportunities. That includes recognizing LGBT as human beings and giving them the same rights as everyone else, like being able to marry and properly identifying oneself.
Right now, for example, we cannot change our gender identity and that makes life very difficult. In hospitals, people call us “Mr. with woman identity,” that is so embarrassing. And the same problem occurs when you travel abroad with a passport still referring to you as “Mr.”.
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Do you think you actually have a shot at becoming the next prime minister of Thailand?
Frankly speaking, I don’t have the chance to win this time. That’s partly because I joined the party only three months before the election. I hope we get six or seven seats in the parliament, which would already be a good start.
Something makes me confident though, that in the future I will get more time to prepare and to actually make people understand my concept. I believe I will be able to make them realize the advantage of having a transgender as prime minister. I would represent a more diverse group of people in society than a regular male or female candidate.
I am contesting the elections for the sake of future generations and seeking power is not my goal. Power is just a tool in this case. I just want people to be more open toward the LGBT community and, in a way, I have already achieved that.
Pauline Ngarmpring’s main focus is to make the LGBT community equal in front of the law
What is your message to people who want to transition or to people who have already started to embark on that journey?
My key message for people around the world is: “Try to be yourself.” And even though people hate you or people don’t accept you, it doesn’t matter because the more you respect yourself, the more you love yourself. And the more you love other people, other people will love you back. Just be honest with yourself and your potential and then everything will be fine.
Imagine the media hadn’t published a big story on your transition and you hadn’t come back to Thailand to enter politics. What would you be doing now?
I was supposed to be a chef. In the US, I worked in the kitchen of a restaurant. It was very hard work but I love cooking. I didn’t want to be an executive in a company anymore, and that’s why I started to learn how to cook. I learnt how to prepare Thai food, Japanese and other international cuisine. So if I hadn’t entered politics, you would have found me in a kitchen now.
Pauline Ngarmpring used to be a well-known figure in the world of Thai football. After she became a woman, she entered politics and is contesting in the upcoming Thai elections.
The interview was conducted by Ann-Christin Herbe. It has been edited for clarity.
LGBT rights in Asia — A difficult fight for equality India has a rainbow moment September of 2018 was a good time to wave the rainbow flag in India. In a landmark ruling, the Surpreme Court scratched Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a move that meant homosexuality is no longer illegal in the South Asian nation. But while this was definitely a reason to celebrate, the prospect of same-sex marriages in India is still a long way off.
LGBT rights in Asia — A difficult fight for equality Transgender beauty queens on stage Thailand has a more open approach when it comes to the LGBT community. In 2019, the country hosted a beauty pageant solely for transgender contestants. With a transgender candidate running for parliament in the 2019 elections, the issue is also getting more political attention. Same-sex marriage, however, is still not legal in Thailand.
LGBT rights in Asia — A difficult fight for equality Still no chance to pop the question in Taiwan Same-sex couples in Taiwan were full of hope in 2018 that they could soon get married. But their hopes were dashed after Taiwanese voters rejected legalizing same-sex unions in a referendum. Still, LGBT activists remain optimistic that Taiwan will be the first place in Asia to introduce marriage equality or at least civil partnership for same-sex couples.
LGBT rights in Asia — A difficult fight for equality Indonesia clamps down Homosexuals and transgender people are forced to hide their sexual orientation in Indonesia. Vitriolic rhetoric against the community and anti-gay prejudice are pervasive across the world’s most populous Muslim nation where anti-LGBT demonstrations happen frequently. NGOs supporting LGBT rights have sometimes been attacked by radicals, with the government failing to come to their rescue.
LGBT rights in Asia — A difficult fight for equality Malaysian minister dismisses LGBT community Malaysia’s Tourism Minister Mohamaddin Ketapi recently caused an outcry after making a dismmisive comment about the LGBT community. When asked by reporters ahead of the world’s largest tourism fair, ITB Berlin, whether gays were welcome in Malaysia, he said: “I don’t think we have anything like that in our country.” Other ministers have also made derogatory comments about LGBT people.
LGBT rights in Asia — A difficult fight for equality A rare moment of freedom These participants of a gay pride parade in Singapore enjoy a rare moment out in the open. Even though Singapore is progressive in many aspects, the island city-state has a very conservative view of sexuality. Being in a same-sex relationship can cost you a lot of money or, in the worst case, land you in jail.
Author: Ann-Christin Herbe