Renoir – A Classic, Picturesque Film of Art & Love

Renoir   印象雷諾瓦

A Classic, Picturesque Film of Art & Love

“The purpose of painting is to decorate the walls. Therefore it has to be as rich as possible.”  

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

“Renoir” is a “Très Bien” French film directed by Gilles Bourdos based on the last years of the great Impressionist Painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir… Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of Pierre-Auguste Renoir returned home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I….


Film focusing on a young woman who rejuvenated, enchanted, and inspired both father and son… telling the forgotten story of - Andrée Heuschling( also known as Catherine Hessling) who was the last model of elder Renoir in his declining health at age 74, and she later became the wife and the first actor in the films of his son, the world famous film director Jean Renoir. 

So the enchanting beauty “Andrée” was a Muse to the Father, Elder Renoir; and a wife to the Son Jean Renoir, also she was the very first actress in Jean Renoir’s film… they married and departed… she was once again forgotten… but Jean turned out to be the world renowned film director.

Renoir film was shot in 2012 and released in 2013. Location shooting in the Côte d’Azur… the picturesque port of Cagnes-sur-Mer where Pierre-Auguste Renoir spent his last years at Domaine des Collettes…

Thanks to the Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Ping Bing Lee(台灣攝影師李屏賓), his absorbing skill of photographing and the touch of sensual vision…celebrated in every shot of Les Collettes’ fascinating landscape… the trees blowing in the wind… the green green grass… and the lights in the sun or in the dark….really masterpiece of artwork!!

Bravo Mark Ping Bing Lee, Taiwan is proud of YOU!!

When Andrée and Jean first meet, and she asks him what he wants to do with his life, he replies glumly that he has “no dreams and ambitions.”
She scolds, “Never say that to a woman — she’ll despise you.”

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was undoubtedly one of the most prolific artists ever with about 6000 paintings completed during the 60 years he was active as an artist despite suffering from rheumatism since his early 50s…

 “I refuse to paint the world black… A painting should be something pleasant and cheerful… There are enough disagreeable things in life.
I don’t need to paint more…”

Renoir is an artist best known for his pleasant paintings and love of the female figure. He did not consider his art political or moralistic but simply a joy to create. Renoir indulged in painting and dedicated his life to it…

Renoir’s philosophy is distilled in five words: “Flesh! That’s all that matters.”

Renoirs sensual works such as The Bathers and Nude in the Sun are some of the most famous and frequently-reproduced in the history of art… he earned a huge following for his unique painting style.

“Too early, too late,” Renoir sighed that their age difference prevented them from becoming lovers…. For Renoir, 15-year-old Andrée Heuschling (Christa Théret) who has a ravenous appetite for life, is the spirit made flesh, a beauty and marvelous MUSE to him.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty, and especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that "Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau." (wikipedia)

“If painting were not a pleasure to me I should certainly not do it.”

“What must control the structure is not the line,” Renoir declares. “It’s the color.”


Directed by Gilles Bourdos
Written by Jérôme Tonnerre and Mr. Bourdos, based on the book “Le Tableau Amoureux,” by Jacques Renoir
Director of photography, Mark Ping Bing Lee
Edited by Yannick Kergoat
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Set design by Benoît Barouh
Costumes by Pascaline Chavanne
Produced by Olivier Delbosc and Marc Missonnier
Released by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Main casts:
Michel Bouquet (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)
Christa Théret (Andrée Heuschling)
Vincent Rottiers (Jean Renoir)
Thomas Doret (Coco Renoir)


SPA LADY楊麗芳:泡遍泉世界

Just noticed today from internet that China's most powerful Xinhuanet Chongqing made a very nice report on Spa Lady... published on October 29th entitled

 "SPA LADY楊麗芳:泡遍泉世界(Spa Lady Windy Bathing the Thermal Spring World) " 

an article regarding the World Hot Spring Scientific Congress of the World Federation of Hydrotherapy and Climatotherapy (FEMTEC)... if you can read the Chinese report...too good for Spa Lady... so wonderful so grateful~Thank YOU~♪~♪ 

今天在上網找資料時,竟然意外發現新華網重慶旅遊頻道寫了一篇十分感性,有關Spa Lady的報導,看了真的好感動... 在此跟大家分享!

SPA LADY楊麗芳:泡遍泉世界



LIFE  人生

Words of Wisdom by Mother Teresa

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

― マザー・テレサの言葉―

人生はひとつのチャンス 人生からなにかをつかみなさい
人生はひとつの美 人生を大事にしなさい
人生はひとつの喜び 人生をうんと味わいなさい
人生はひとつの挑戦 人生を受けてたちなさい
人生はひとつの責任 人生をまっとうしなさい
人生はひとつのゲーム 人生を楽しみなさい
人生は富                 簡単に失わないように
人生は神秘 そのことを知りなさい
人生は悲しみ それを乗り越えなさい
人生は冒険 大胆に挑みなさい
人生は幸運 その幸運をほんものにしなさい
人生はかけがえのないもの  こわしてしまわないように
人生は人生 立ち向かいなさい




The Healing Utopia in South India

Never enjoyed such simple natural healing days in my life... My door never locked... and the windows are all open, so no need for air-con, refrigerator, even TV...

The simple yet extremely tasty meals feed my body well... and the Ayurvedic treatments twice a day not only help me lose 4 kilos but also make my body size smaller... at the same time nourish my heart and soul... feeling like 10 years younger...

Missing My Days in Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village, Kerala... almost one year passed... and my heart, my mind still full with the healing memories...

Do stay tuned with my healing messages....


從來沒有過如此自然簡樸的生活,我的Villa無需鎖門,我的房間窗戶全開,所以冷氣、冰箱、電視的插頭全都拔掉…午後坐在門口盡情觀賞我眼前的花草樹木… 蝴蝶與鳥兒常在我門口飛舞,來來去去,姿態優雅…彷彿一場場免費的大自然SHOW... 

每天清晨在蟲鳴鳥啼聲中醒來,靜坐片刻,然後享受服務到「家」的水果早餐,早上10點開始療程…療程中同時有三位治療師幫我服務… 感覺有如在天堂樂園… 結束後休息片刻,享用簡單的"一湯一蔬"午餐,一豌蔬菜湯,還有一盤水煮綜合蔬菜…



世界中のベスト50のWellness Mecca"と言われる『Kairali』アユールヴェダ癒し村はSpa Ladyにとって虹の国…身心霊の癒しの聖地…

初めでの印度の旅、初めでの癒し休日… 毎日感謝の気持ちでイッパイ…

Spa Ladyは4キロ減ってきて,自分のサイズも小さくなって…
全身の健康状態は良くなってきました… 足の痛みは全てなくなって…

ちょうど一年前... 本当に懐かしく恋しく思っています...


The SPA Man Andrew Jacka


Andrew Jacka

@ASEAN SPA and Wellness FORUM

Date: 16 - 17 July 2012 (Monday to Tuesday)
Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Venue: DewanTun HusseinOnn-Hall B, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

(Written by Mawspa President-- Faridah Ahmad Fadzil)

Who doesn't know Andrew Jacka? Spa warrior, spoke person, teacher, innovator… the list goes on and on... Well for those who have not crossed path with "THE" ANDREW JACKA… you are welcomed to join MAWSPA(Malaysian Association of Wellness and Spa) organized “Asean Spa and Wellness Forum” this coming 16th and 17th July... and for those who have not met him recently, take this opportunity to catch up with THE "SPA MAN". We are so lucky he said YES… thanks Andrew!

Just a little bit about Andrew:

Andrew Jacka has been involved in the Hospitality industry since 1977 and the Spa sector since 1995. Originally working in kitchens of award winning restaurants in Australia, England, Hong Kong & Thailand, his passion now is for the Thai Spa industry, having been involved in much of its growth and development over the last 16 plus years.

His company, based in Bangkok, was awarded ‘Asia’s Leading Spa Consultancy 2007’ by the World Travel Awards committee, a prestigious award of international recognition, which is voted online by 167,000 travel agents in 200 countries. Spa Origins Co., Ltd’s client list includes companies in Cambodia, China, India, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Middle East, Mongolia, Norway, Thailand, England & Vietnam.

His active role in the Thai Spa Association, where he is now in his third term in the position of President; his journalist works, and guest speaker appearances at international industry events, including Bahrain, China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Japan, Dominica, India, Turkey and the USA, together with his numerous speaking activities in Thailand; both as an industry educator, and as a passionate ambassador of the Thai spa industry, are all testaments to his desire to continue to build the professional levels of the spa industry.

Nominated for Spa Personality of the Year by the AsiaSpa Awards in 2009, 2010 and 2011, in addition to his other roles, he is actively involved in the preparations of the World Spa & Being Convention 2012 due to be held in Bangkok in September 2012. Andrew is also in his second term as Chairman of the Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Coalition, a bridging organization across 17 Asia Pacific countries, uniting to help grow the industry on a regional basis. He is also an Executive Director of the Tourism Technology Association.
Since arriving in 1995, Andrew Jacka has been actively involved in Thailand’s spa industry, initially in destination spa management and today as Director of Spa Origins, an award-winning spa consultancy firm with a global clientele. A member of the Thai Spa Association since its inception, he is now serving his third term as president and a second term as chairman of the Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Coalition. His passion for Thailand and his knowledge of the local spa industry has made him a much sought-after speaker on Spa issues.

Words from Spa Lady Windy

First met Andrew in Taiwan at ISPA 2003 Taipei and then Bangkok, Hua Hin, Tokyo, Manila… and we traveled together to Guiyang (China) in December 2007 attending the 1st Guiyang International Hot Spring Festival both as guest speakers at Hot Spring Industry Summit Forum… after the Forum, we visited the aboriginal villages and some SPA resorts, his in-depth advices for the Chinese entrepreneurs was absolutely eye-opening… with his professionalism and enthusiasm, he made himself extremely popular among the government officials, scholars, industry personalities and especially the aborigines… Chinese admired him, adored him and called him “An-Go” (means Big Brother An )… he is such a gourmet, a great drinker, an entertainer and great partner… where there is Andrew, there is fun… he is such a charismatic man…  

So if you do know Andrew, it’s great; if not, do make your attendance to Asean Spa and Wellness Forum 2012 on 16th and 17th July in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia to get to know this fabulous “SPA Man”!!

About ASWF 2012 (Asean Spa and Wellness Forum)  ASEAN Spa Forum – 1st International Spa Conference in Malaysia     

Supported by Spa Association Singapore (SAS), Bali Spa & Wellness Association, Philippine Spa Asociation and Thai Spa Association, ASWF, the first ever Spa industry convergence happening in Malaysia, organized by the Malaysian Association of Wellness and Spa (MAWSPA) will be held for 2 days during Cosmobeauté Asia, Malaysia. ASWF will be able to assist more members of spa industry to gain knowledge from the industry experts. This platform shall also encourage members to meet regularly and to network with professionals from Malaysia and other International organizations.

is a non-profit organization whose main objective is to promote and develop the Spa & Wellness industry in Malaysia. MAWSPA aims to gather renowned Spa experts from the ASEAN region to share their invaluable experiences and wide knowledge on best-practice operational and management standards. 


Special Birthday Blessing for YOU

Special Birthday Blessing for 


Count your garden by the flowers
Never by the leaves that fall 
Count your days by golden hours
Don’t remember clouds at all
Count the nights by stars not shadows
Count your life by smiles not tears
And with joy on YOUR BIRTHDAY 
Count your age by friends not years


   (English/Laura Mae&Utley Gibson  中文譯/ Windy 楊麗芳)


PATA Annual Conference 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Malaysia will be hosting the 2012 PATA Annual Conference from 19 to 22 April 2012, making it the fourth time in forty years that the nation was doing so.

Organized by PATA, Pacific Asia Travel Association, at The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur, the conference will be themed “Building the Business Beyond Profits” where some of Asia Pacific’s conscientious entrepreneurs and industry practitioners will share their successful managerial and entrepreneurship business models and principles with international and local delegates.

The conference will be the best platform for delegates comprising of travel-related industry players, government and media leaders and officials to experience and acquire new tourism insights from prominent international speakers. Among the topics are:

  • PATA Next Generation
  • Leading in Challenging Times
  • Building Business Excellence
  • Tourism Roundtable Discussions – Emerging Markets, Crisis Management and New Technology
  • The Social Entrepreneurs’ Challenge
  • ASEAN 2015 - Great Expectations: One Vision, One Identity, One Community
  •  The Entrepreneurs’ Challenge – The Winning Business Model Revealed

Some 600 international PATA members and 120 foreign and local media are expected to attend the event which comprises the annual general meeting from 19 to 20 April and the conference from 21 to 22 April. There is also opportunity for them to visit various attractions in the country either before or after the conference.

"We’re excited to host the PATA Annual Conference again which actually coincides with Tourism Malaysia’s 40th anniversary as catalyst to the industry. This will be a great platform to showcase Malaysia as a premier tourist destination and to promote our new products and facilities to the world,"
Tourism Malaysia acting Director-General YBhg. Dato’ Azizan Noordin said.

“We urge all travel trade members in Malaysia, the hoteliers, the tourism officers, airlines and airports representatives, tour operators, tourism product operators and students to join as delegates,” he added. Registration for the conference can be done at www.PATA.org
Tourism Malaysia has been an active Government member of PATA since 1965 alongside 80 member organizations in Malaysia. Malaysia previously hosted the conferences in 1972, 1986 and 2001.

About PATA:
Founded in 1951, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a membership association acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry. In partnership with the private and public sector members, PATA enhances the sustainable growth, value and quality of travel and tourism to, from and within the region. Find out more at www.PATA.org

I first attended PATA in 1986, the 35th Anniversary Annual Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia...learned so much and met so many new friends... and joined the post conference tour to Sabah and Sarawak with 135 PATA journalists from all over the world... that was absolutely an eye-opening journey to my travel journalist life... my stories " Love in the Long House" and many other Malaysia stories published on China Times won tremendous popularity and ever since then Windy also became part of the big family of PATA... 

Apa Kabar Malaysia...Spa Lady Windy is back to YOU~~