by Dr. Chandana (Chandi) Jayawardena DPhil
Gifts from Japan
My fascination about the seas, oceans and waves commenced at age five, when my father returned from home from Japan. Among a few items my dad brought home with him after his official trips to Japan, were kimonos, my first Judogi for practicing martial arts. All of which were nice, and my favourite Japanese item was a numbered copy of the painting, ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ (神奈川沖浪裏) or the Wave by Katsushika Hokusai.
Growing up in Bambalapitiya Flats, Colombo, Ceylon, every morning I would watch the real waves of the Indian Ocean from my bedroom windows and from our balcony, as well as Hokusai’s semi-abstract dramatic waves that was hung in our living room. At that time, I always wondered if the rows of ugly rocks placed by the city to prevent sea erosion, were really needed. Adding the years, I worked and lived-in seaside resorts and hotels, I have been fortunate to spend over 30 years, listening to, or looking at waves, every day. A few years ago, my father gifted me a copy of this great Japanese painting, which now hangs in my office in Canada. Nostalgia continues…
The drawing of the Wave is a deification of the sea made by Hokusai who lived with the religious terror of the overwhelming ocean completely surrounding his volcanic country. He was impressed by the sudden fury of the ocean’s leap toward the sky, by the deep blue of the inner side of the curve, by the splash of its claw-like crest as it sprays forth droplets. The Wave, completed around 1830, is Hokusai’s most famous work and is often considered the most recognizable work of Japanese art, in the world.
I never fully understood the eerie message Hokusai was communicating with the world, through his timeless masterpiece for 174 years, until the year 2004. The Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 is one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. Some waves that hit Indonesia were 100 feet tall, and Sri Lanka recorded 33 feet waves. This Tsunami resulted in 228,000 estimated deaths (35,000 in Sri Lanka) in 14 countries, and displaced over 1.7 million people (half a million in Sri Lanka). Mercilessness of the angry nature truly defies imagination.
Two weeks ago, my youngest son, Ché Rana asked me if I could give him a special present for his 18th birthday. He wanted me to do a large (4 feet X 4 feet) abstract painting for his bedroom, as his birthday present. He requested me to create the painting based on the theme he gave me (Tsunami) and his preferred colours. I wasn’t given much of artistic freedom, but he inspired me to produce a new large painting. While creating this painting in my basement studio, my creative mood inspired me to pen a new poem – ‘Tsunamic Moods’ as a tribute to Hokusai.
A cool morning and a calm ocean
Greeted by gentle breeze as we sail
Everyone happy in a relaxing holiday mood
Life seems peaceful when all is plain sailing
Suddenly the dark sky invades, the sunshine flees
Change of course, birds disappearing abruptly
Seagull screams drowned by some fearsome noise
A provoked nature, ocean exploded in thunderous fury
Swells coming small at first, then large and violent
We are helpless in the midst of giant monstrous waves
Dreams plunge to nightmares, crushing my hopes
Can we survive a ruthless life tsunami?
Brand ambassador for Tiesh
Stephania Siriwardhana with elegance and style
As a family owned company comprising of Lasantha, Bryony, Thiyasha and Ayesh de Fonseka, Tiesh Jewellers was born out of wanting to give modern woman an opportunity to wear fine jewellery every day.Their jewellery have all the classic codes of exquisite craftsmanship. There are several factors that make Tiesh unique, the magnetic relationship between their pieces jewellery and the customer, this is signature style. The Tiesh jewellery pieces are not only meant to empower women but are also made to celebrate women.
By Zanita Careem
Pure Gold by Tiesh, a jewellery brand renowned for its exceptional craftsmanship and timeless designs, appointed Stephanie Siriwardhana, a globally recognised celebrity and multi-faceted artist, as the brand ambassador.
Known for its array of 18-karat and 22-karat gold jewellery pieces, Pure Gold by Tiesh stands as a beacon of exquisite craftsmanship and design. The brand showcases a range of breathtaking earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings that exude elegance and individuality, also available in tri-colours, rose gold, white gold, and yellow gold.
Stephanie Siriwardhana, an icon admired globally for her natural elegance and style, expressed her excitement in being appointed as the brand ambassador, saying, “I am thrilled and honoured to be appointed as the brand ambassador and face of Pure Gold by Tiesh. My relationship with Tiesh goes back to more than ten years.I have been a loyal customer and always admired and loved thier jewellery I appreciate and admire the dedication and commitment they put into perfecting each piece of jewellery.”
What is so different about Tiesh ? They distinguishes itself by blending traditional craftsmanship with modern design aesthetics, catering to the discerning tastes of the new-age woman. Commitment to versatility, allowing each piece to be worn in multiple ways,exclusivity are some of the hallmarks the brand prides itself. They are also renowned for catering to diverse cultures and ethnicities, offering something for everyone, from beautiful Hindu brides to Muslim brides and traditional Kandyan n brides.
Stephanie expressed her appreciation for the brand’s commitment to creativity, stating, “I am especially drawn to Pure Gold by Tiesh’s unique commitment to creativity and making each moment and story special with their endless personal styling options. The quality and service provided by Pure Gold by Tiesh are remarkable. When you visit Tiesh, it’s not like visiting your typical jewellery shop; it’s like visiting your home. There is always a sense of familiarity and hospitality, they understand your personal taste making it a personalised and custom experience. I feel blessed to be a part of the Tiesh family of jewellery and they always have some exciting things in the pipeline.”
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Vitamin E for skin hydration
Antioxidant that protects and hydrates skin, leaving it refreshed and plumped is Vitamin E While Vitamin E is a vital antioxidant with many benefits, our bodies cannot produce it naturally. Therefore, it is important to supplement our lifestyle and skincare with Vitamin E rich products to protect and nourish our skin. The Body Shop’s Vitamin E range has been a symbol of excellence since the 1970s. The Vitamin E range suits all skin types, leaving skin feeling hydrated, healthy and happy. The range’s crowing star is its moisturizing cream which delivers a +38% boost in skin hydration for eight hours.
The Body Shop Sri Lanka launches its iconic Vitamin E range at an event at The Body Shop store in Bagatalle Road, Colombo.
The Body Shop’s Vitamin E infused range now available in Sri Lanka includes a day cream, night vream, cleanser, facial wash, sleeping mask and serum.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects and hydrates skin, leaving it refreshed and plumped.
While Vitamin E is a vital antioxidant with many benefits, our bodies cannot produce it naturally. Therefore, it is important to supplement our lifestyle and skincare with Vitamin E rich products to protect and nourish our skin. Vitamin E range, It has been a symbol of excellence since the 1970s. and suits all skin types, leaving skin feeling hydrated, healthy and happy. The range’s crowing star is its moisturizing cream which delivers a +38% boost in skin hydration for eight hours.
“Sri Lanka is a very important market for The Body Shop. Over the years, we have learnt from the country’s resilience and the ability to bounce back with growth trajectory. As a change making beauty brand, we are committed to empower customers, employees and partners to drive positive change for the world though our channels, our products and our activism. We are thankful for all the support and remain on track to provide responsible beauty products in the market.” said Vishal Chaturvedi, Vice President – Retail & Operations, The Body Shop South Asia speaking at the event.
The Vitamin E range’s ingredients are a key highlight. The range adeptly harnesses the power of Vitamin E to soak deep into skin and preserve natural fats, while replenishing the outer layer of skin and helping minimise moisture loss and skin dehydration. The Body Shop’s Vitamin E range is also replete with natural-origin hyaluronic acid from wheat and corn, which increases skin elasticity by keeping it plump and hydrated.
The range, which is vegan-friendly, is also enriched with Raspberry Seed Oil from up-cycled cold-pressed raspberries, known to be rich in Vitamin E. True to The Body Shop’s ethos of sustainability, ethical production and helping the planet, the product range sources Raspberry Seed Oil Its packaging includes recyclable packaging made from recycled materials.
Jetwing Hotels recognised at the Annual Green Building Awards 2023
The Green Building Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL) recognised Jetwing Hotels, among the tourism sector, for their commitment to promoting environmental sustainability and sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka, at the recently concluded Annual Green Building Awards 2023.
GBCSL, a consensus-based nonprofit organization representing diverse sectors of the property industry, environment, and academia, seeks to revolutionize the Sri Lanka construction sector through green building practices. Their goal is to promote sustainability as the foundation for environmental well-being, economic prosperity, and societal growth. The Annual Green Building Awards, initiated by GBCSL, aims to recognize business leaders who have demonstrated their commitment for environmental sustainability.
A committee was set up by the Board of Directors of GBCSL, to gather relevant data and information relating to the sustainability performances of the business organizations in the hotel sector in Sri Lanka. The committee conferred that Jetwing Hotels Ltd has made a commendable commitment to foster environmental sustainability and integrate sustainable development principles throughout its chain of hotels, while also working for the promotion of sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka. In recognition of this commitment Jetwing Hotels was honoured with the Green Investment Excellence Award for 2023 in the tourism sector.
Each Jetwing property unfolds a distinctive narrative, intricately weaving together the local culture, the spirit of its people, and a harmonious integration with the environment. Designed to seamlessly blend with their surroundings, each hotel’s architecture embraces green building principles, prioritizing energy efficiency, resource conservation, and waste management.
The open architectural layout and incorporation of courtyards not only enhance the aesthetic appeal but also facilitate natural illumination and ventilation. Jetwing Hotels takes a significant stride towards sustainability by investing in renewable energy, which contributes to over 60% of the hotels’ total energy demand. Most properties have integrated grid-tied or off-grid solar installations contributing to meet the daily electricity required. Innovative vapour absorption chillers are employed in 04 Jetwing hotels.
These systems are powered entirely by steam generated from biomass boilers that utilise cinnamon wood – a byproduct derived from the cinnamon industry. A comprehensive waste management system is diligently implemented in each hotel. Solid waste is sorted at source; food waste is fed into onsite biogas digesters – with the biogas generated fuelling staff kitchens and the sludge produced utilised as liquid fertiliser in the gardens. Waste generated in the gardens are composted and repurposed as fertiliser.
Any plastic, glass, and paper waste are entrusted to third-party recyclers. Demonstrating a commitment to reducing its ecological footprint, Jetwing Hotels pioneers the use of glass water bottles which are filled at on-site bottling plants around the island. This initiative serves as a sustainable alternative to single-use plastic bottles, emphasizing the brand’s dedication to environmental responsibility and resource conservation.
Commenting on the latest accolade, Director of Engineering at Jetwing Hotels, Jude Kasturi Arachchi, stated “We are honored to receive the Green Investment Excellence Award from GBCSL. This recognition reaffirms our commitment to environmental sustainability and sustainable tourism. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with GBCSL, paving the way for innovative solutions, and setting new benchmarks for environmentally conscious practices in the hospitality sector. This accolade is not just an award; it’s a testament to our ongoing journey towards a more sustainable and responsible future for Sri Lanka’s tourism industry.”
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