2011-11-30

Travel Like An Angel Again

Dear Friends,

Spa Lady will be traveling again to CHINA for ONSEN interview, ONSEN speeches and ONSEN experience... will give you ALL my ONSEN SPA report in 2011 after my return from CHINA...
2011真是Spa Lady的旅遊年,中國、印度、泰國、日本的溫泉SPA之旅,年底將近...今天又要啟程赴中國....繼續我豐富美好的溫泉人生....
2011年はWindyにとっては《温泉SPA旅行年》とも言えます... 中国、インドネシア、印度、タイランド、日本...それぞれの温泉SPAめぐり、癒しの旅...また、明後日から中国へ温泉視察、そして12月12日に「廣東(新興)國際溫泉旅遊節」温泉論壇のスピーカーとして出席...
2011年最初も最後も...Spa Ladyの大好きな温泉旅...幸せ...
温泉に感謝... I Love YOU ♨
http://spaladywindy.blogspot.com/2011/07/travel-like-angel.html

2011-10-24

Spa Lady’s Healing Journey in India & Thailand

Spa Lady’s Healing Journey in India & Thailand

I always like the French way of saying "Eating is for the need of body...Drinking is for the need of soul..."

As a gourmet and wine admirer, I've been well trained by French while visiting Bordeaux, Cognac, Armagnac and Champagne regions...
In the past 45 days, Spa Lady experienced the hardest yet most fantastic period in life... due to the very painful "plantar fasciitis" of my left foot, Windy went to the most advanced and premium "Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village" in Kerala, 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 5 kilos but also make my body size smaller... at the same time nourish my heart and soul... feeling like 10 years younger...

And after my healing days in India, Windy went to Chiang Mai Thailand before going home... the very unique "TAO GARDEN" and the Grandmaster Mantak Chia" helped me to open my heart and get to know my body better...

Have you ever tried the so-called "Chi Nei Tsang" Therapy or the tremendously special "Karsai Nei Tsang: massage...



Spa Lady will give you all a full report on India and Thailand in November...

But Spa Lady will be accompanying 24 Taiwanese hot spring industry personalities to Japan today... Rueisuei Hot Spring, the only "Golden Spring" in Taiwan... will have a joint Onsen Forum with the most famous Arima Onsen in Western Japan...

And after the official visit,  
October 28November 02, 2011 
My healing Onsen stay at the very stylish Onsen Ryokan "ASANOYA" in YUMURA Onsen, Hyogo, Japan... the pstage of the very famous "Yumechiyo-Nikki" (which means "The Diary of Yumechiyo"), a beautiful classic Japanese film...A geisha called Yumechiyo affected by the radiation as a fetus in Hiroshima atomic bomb... She was battling with the fear of death... falling in love with Munekata, a man who committed crime while young... the most powerful and striking scene was when Yumechiyo asked Munenaka to make love to her and said "Please give me your life into my body!"... She died but with love in her heart...

For Spa Lady... where there is Onsen... there is my LOVE, my DREAM, my PASSION....


2011-07-13

Travel Like An Angel

Travel Like An Angel...

I always believe that.... the more we give.... the more we get... don't take things for granted.... always be appreciated and grateful...
Aim to be the angel to myself and also to others...
So I love to travel like an angel...

Invited by PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Jakarta Indonesia Chapter, Spa Lady Windy attended Indonesia Herb Festival as speaker together with Indonesian No. 1 SPA personality- Madame Dr. BRA Mooryati Soedibyo on the stage... a great honor... wonderful experience... 

Everything was arranged by my Indonesian friend - Ibu Ningsih CHandra... and we did have great time traveling together in Bali... the land of Gods...

  
Requested by Mr. Archil Hermanto, GM of New Kuta Condotel Bali, Spa Lady gave an informal talk to the staff at the Condotel where I have been staying for 5 days...so the talk was made on May 28th 10 AM in the conference room with around 20 staff from F&B, financial, front desk....different sectors in the hotel…

Instead of offering them an "eye-opening" talk, I gave them a "heart-opening" small lecture...teaching them how to look into ourselves and smile from our heart...so that the whole world will smile back to us....when we smile....all our cells also smile to us...our positive attitude and way of thinking will help us with a balanced body, mind and soul....


Shared with them also the Hawaiian Ho'oponopono Healing Method and asked all of them to follow me singing...
I'm sorry
Please forgive me
I thank you       
and
I love you
Ho'oponopono...

I can see their eyes shining...
And more I taught them about the very precious words of hospitality which I learned from my Japanese Ryokan friends while I practiced myself as waitress and sometimes Okami(Japanese female owner) in the Onsen resorts located in Niigata & Gunma prefecture back to 1999....(Tsukioka Onsen & Senami Onsen in Niigata; Kusatsu Onsen & Ikaho Onsen in Gunma)

本気ですれば何でもできる         
Honkidesureba...nandemo-dekiru
本気ですれば何でも面白い            
Honkidesureba...nandemo-dekiru
本気でしていると誰かが助けてくれる    
Honkidesureba...dareka-tasukete-kureru

If you really want to do, you will surely make it...
If you really want to do, you will find everything is so interesting...
If you really want to do, always someone there to assist you..

My finale was teaching them 3 minutes Chinese Qigong and simple exercise to help us relieve the stress or muscle pain by ourselves which I developed by myself in the process of learning...

All of them stood up and followed my instructions...and my easy Qigong teaching ended with tender massage on eyes and head...

After my one hour informal presentation and talk...all the faces of the staff changed from serious look to smiling ones...and each of them walked to me one by one and said...
"Ibu Windy, thank you for inspiring us..."
"Ibu Windy, we love your great spirit..."
"Ibu Windy...thank you for teaching to love us more so that we will be able to love others..."
“Terima kasih...Suksumo(thanks in Balinese)”...
I gave everyone of them a big hug...and my sincere blessings...


The next morning at the breakfast table, the waitress Aryi, who was there with me yesterday, gave me a bright big smile and told me that all her colleagues love the way I talked to them… “Ibu Windy, we like you so much, you really inspired all of us…”
Aryi said that they all decided to practice and follow what I have taught them...

How wonderful...how nice....their words of compliment made me so very happy...

Om shanti shanti shanti Om  ~♫~♫~♫

Spa Lady Windy wrote in Bali
The Land of Smile, Spirit & SPA

New Kuta Condotel, BaliThe first ambience you feel when you arrive in our lobby is the view overlooking the ocean of New Kuta Beach. Located at the stunning beachfront in the exclusive locale of Pecatu, flanking the best ocean view & golf course, the New Kuta Condotel is approximately 30 minutes from Bali International Airport. Impressively designed, the condotel features 265 units with a private balcony overlooking a spectacular ocean view and relaxing ambience. The facilities and services available to pamper the soul, body and mind, offering treatments with ocean essence. Excellent dining offered in Kayu Manis restaurant 24 hours, ranging from Indonesian to Western delicacies... 

2011-04-25

I Love Onsen Kokeshi 我愛溫泉人形小芥子

I Love Onsen Kokeshi



What child does not love dolls? I believe that there is a child inside all of us, however old we are. A beautiful toy can be as valuable as any material possession. A doll is your friend, it shares your memories and often it gives you memories of its own. I found many Kokeshi friends when I was in Japan and each is connected with a special memory. Read on . . .

Twenty years ago, as a fresh faced journalist, like a young child taking its first steps, I visited Japan, eager to discover new places, things and topics that I could write about. My first port of call was Aomori in the Tohoku (northeast) of Japan. It was here that I discovered Kokeshi. When I first saw them I was fascinated by these small wooden dolls but knew nothing about their history or the story they told. Here is what I discovered.

It is believed that Kokeshi dolls were first produced in the latter part of the Edo Era (1603-1867). Although some say that they are a natural derivation of toys of an earlier period, it is commonly thought that woodwork artisans of the time, specializing in household utensils such as trays and bowls, began to make small dolls in the winter to sell as souvenirs to people who came to bathe in the hot springs near their villages. Initially the dolls were simple carvings formed into the shapes of small girls. Since then, Kokeshi have become popular for their depiction of feminine beauty.

It is not only their form that has changed with time. Early Kokeshi dolls were thought to be very good for young teething babies. Much as the modern baby has a teething ring, so young Japanese infants chewed on small wooden dolls. Later as entrepreneurs came to realize that the numerous hot springs in Tohoku were a valuable commodity, more and more small establishments popped up around the area drawing what was commonly known as ‘silver haired people’ to bathe in the healing waters. These bathers liked to use the Kokeshi dolls to tap their shoulders as a form of massage. Later still Kokeshi dolls became the playthings of poor children who received these toys from parents or friends who couldn’t afford the more expensive porcelain variety. Approximately seventy years ago, Kokeshi dolls made the transition from countryside to city. At the same time, they crossed the divide between toy and collectible as increasing numbers of adults recognized the craftsmanship in the small wooden carvings.

Making Kokeshi dolls is a skilled art that in present times has evolved to be a craft that is handed down from master to apprentice. Gone are the days when a country dweller plucked a branch from the tree and whittled it down to form the shape of a small girl. Typically Kokeshi dolls are only made from the wood of the dogwood or cherry trees. They are reasonably quickly reduced to the basic shape and then lovingly handcrafted with hair, eyes, nose and kimono painted on in intricate detail. When I visited a famous hot spring in Hanamaki in Iwate Prefecture, I was lucky enough to be introduced to a Kokeshi master who explained some of the process to me. He told me that the type and quality of the wood is very important when making the dolls. Depending on this, the wood needs to be dried for between one and five years until it is ready to be carved. If it is to be made in a factory by a machine, it can be made in as little as a few minutes. A skilled artisan, however, will spend up to months on a single doll. These handmade models obviously fetch a pretty price these days.

Kokeshi dolls have many common features. For example, all have no hands or feet. This is probably as a result of the conditions in which they were first made. It would not have been practical to have made them too intricately and easy to break. Apart from this the formation has been constantly changing over the years with styles gradually taking on the characteristics of the region in which it was produced, to the extent that these days those who have an intimate knowledge of the craft can discern where that doll was made just by looking at it.

In the six prefectures of the Tohoku region, there are a total of twelve types of Kokeshi dolls, all with distinctive features that have contributed to the ‘collection fervor’ that Kokeshi seem to incite today. The most ancient birthplace of Kokeshi is in Togatta, Miyagi Prefecture. Togatta has produced many master class wood artisans, and has played a key role in transferring the Kokeshi making techniques to other spa areas in the Tohoku region. Shinchi in Togatta, Togatta Hot Spring and Aone Hot Spring are the principal producing areas. At present, this is the second most prosperous Kokeshi producing area following Naruko. At Naruko Hot Springs, plain woodwork and lacquer ware have a long history. Simple and tasteful, Naruko Kokeshi have a turning head and emit a cue-cue sound. Yajiro Kokeshi share their origins with Togatta Kokeshi. Today in Yajiro, many people live as half farmer and half artisan, farming the land from early spring to autumn and striving to produce Kokeshi from late autumn to spring when the icy chill moves off the river. Sakunami Kokeshi have a relatively short history as it is generally believed that they were first produced in the early Meiji era. Some Kokeshi come from a background that promotes an urban area such as Sendai, while other Kokeshi dolls in the Tohoku region are inspired by mountain villages, particularly hot spring resorts.

In recent years, some of the more innovative craftsmen have moved away from the traditional image in the creation of a more contemporary design that follows, not only the region, but also has some characteristics of real individuals. This certainly doesn’t surprise me. I have a small collection of dolls and I have often noticed that they seem to reflect my emotion of the moment. When I am happy, I notice a hint of a smile on her small face. When I am down, she seems to frown with me as if telling me that she supports me.

These cleverly crafted dolls have also become a cause for celebration in Tohoku. Every year, in early September, people gather in Naruko Onsen where craftsmen from across the nation gather to honor Kokeshi in a competition where the number one prize is an award from the Prime Minister. Dolls of all sorts, including Kokeshi are celebrated regularly in festivals throughout the year demonstrating the importance of dolls in Japanese ritual. From the simple dolls of poor children, past and present, to the more elaborate models that are becoming more accessible today, dolls play a role in the lives of all Japanese regardless of their economic status.

As I look at my Kokeshi doll by doll, they seem to be piecing together a jigsaw of my life and the relationship I had with their onsen of origin. My latest Kokeshi collection is my Oseibo (Year-end present) from Mr. Nobuhiro Domon of Yamagata, Tohoku. The Kokeshi is called ‘Oshin Kokeshi’, named after the famous NHK drama female character whose life stories have moved TV viewers to tears worldwide and won great popularity for Yamagata prefecture. As a poor, young girl, Oshin received the Kokeshi from her mother who was working in Ginzan Onsen as a ryokan waitress serving sake to customers. Oshin’s mother told her beloved daughter to cherish the Kokeshi as the symbol of her. Oshin kept the Kokeshi all her life, whenever she felt sad, lonely or hopeless, she would turn to the mother Kokeshi for support. The Oshin Kokeshi features black hair and cute big eyes. Thanks to the drama boom, the Oshin Kokeshi is extremely popular in Japan, especially for parents with new-born babies, they will order a special ‘birthday present’ Kokeshi in the hope that their child will grow up to be like the fabulous Oshin, with a strong will, kind heart and never ending fighting spirit.

Current Kokeshi have a gentle and fascinating expression. When I look at my small collection of Kokeshi, I realize that each of them is telling me a story, about herself and about me. Aomori Tsugaru Kokeshi, Miyagi Naruko Kokeshi,  Hanamaki Nanbu Kokeshi, Akita Kijiyama Kokeshi, Yamagata Oshin Kokeshi. Each one reminds me of Tohoku district and the experiences I had there. They all smile at me and invite me to return to their hometown …back to the warm arms of my beloved onsen.



2011-04-09

Spa Lady in CHINA April 09-19

Spa Lady 杨丽芳2011 中国之旅




Spa Lady in CHINA April 09-19

Bonjour, Guten Morgen, Selamat Paggi, Sawsdee ka, Namaste, 안녕하세요...

Good morning to you ALL...on my way to Beijing for PATA Conference NOW... "SEE" you in 10 days...


大家早安,今天Spa Lady到中國去開會及溫泉考察,10天後回來,祝大家天天開心,健康快樂! 
おはようございます!今日から中国へ 会議.少林寺.小湯山温泉
...19日帰る予定...

Be healthy & happy (^.^)



Spa Lady 杨丽芳2011 中国之旅

4/09        CX 6112        1730 抵达北京 (Beijing)
4/19         CX 6877       0800 北京出发香港台北
49-12日:       PATA 60th Anniversary & Conference
亚太旅游协会(PATA)成立60周年庆典暨年会活动(中国大饭店)
北京·京伦大饭店 Jinglun Hotel (Nikko) Beijing       北京市建国门外大街3 
      Tel : (86-10) 65 00 22 66

国际媒体行程 (International Media Tour)
April 13: Arrive Zhengzhou, visit the provincial museum
April 14: Visit the World Heritage site Longmen Grottos, followed by Shaolin Temple
April 15: Visit World Geographic Park Mt Yuntai, then on to Kaifeng
April 16: Return to Beijing


413:抵达郑州,参观博物馆
414:参观世界文化遗产龙门石窟,随后前往少林寺
415:参观云台山世界地质公园,然后到开封
416:返回北京



Spa Lady温泉行程

416-19日:小汤山温泉Xiao Tang Shan Wen Quan 采访

419:搭乘CX 6877早班飞机0800北京出发,经香港返回台北(Beijing - Hong Kong - Taipei)

2011-03-26

Let's Support the Earth Hour

EARTH HOUR 2011

8.30pm, Saturday 26 March


This Earth Hour 2011: 8.30pm, Saturday 26 March, celebrate your action for the planet with the people of world, and add more to your Earth Hour.
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.
On Saturday 27 March, Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.
Switch off your lights for Earth Hour 2011, and share the positive actions you will sustain for earth beyond the hour.

2011-02-21

PATA appoints Calderwood as interim CEO

William Calderwood  - PATA NEW CEO   


The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has appointed William Calderwood to be its interim CEO. Calderwood will take over from the present CEO, Greg Duffell, when the latter’s term of notice is up end February. Duffell will of course ensure a smooth transitioning of the handover process.

Calderwood who is also a member of PATA’s Executive Board, arrives in Bangkok on February 25. Meanwhile, the CEO search committee, with the professional assistance of an outside recruitment agency, will continue to seek a fitting candidate for the CEO position.

Said Hiran Cooray, chairman, PATA: “We are very pleased that someone of the seniority and experience of Bill Calderwood agreed to step in during this interim period, which gives us more time to hone the search for the most apt candidate to lead the Association forward into the future from its glorious 60-year old past.”

Said Greg Duffell, CEO, PATA: “I welcome someone of Bill’s maturity to steer PATA particularly now, with the 60th anniversary celebrations imminent, and many more milestones to cover this year. Besides his travel and tourism background, his in-depth knowledge of the Association since he is an Executive Board member as well, means he is already privy to the workings of PATA and what immediate actions are required.”

Calderwood’s previous assignments include stints as Head of International Operations for the Australian Tourism Commission as well as running large membership based organisations, tourism attractions and the CEO of major travel retail and wholesale operations. He has had an extensive career in tourism spanning over 30-years running major organisations and global networks, across the government, private and association sectors and has an established global network in the tourism industry, airlines and government sectors, with an association with PATA over 15-years. He is currently managing director of The Ayre Group Consulting.

Said Calderwood: “It is an honour for me to act as interim CEO and ensure and contribute to the smooth day-to-day working of the Association.  Meanwhile of course, the CEO search committee will continue to examine various profiles and will select the best candidate as a more permanent incumbent of the position.”



About PATA   The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for profit membership association that acts as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism within the Asia Pacific region. This year, PATA is proud to celebrate 60 dynamic years of developing responsible tourism. In partnership with private and public sector members, PATA enhances the sustainable growth, value and quality of travel and tourism to-from-and-within, the region. The Association provides leadership and counsel on an individual and collective basis to over 80 government, state and city tourism bodies; nearly 50 international airlines, airports and cruise lines and many hundreds of travel industry companies across the Asia Pacific region and beyond. Thousands of travel professionals belong to 39 active PATA chapters worldwide and participate in a wide range of PATA and industry events. PATA’s Strategic Intelligence Centre (SIC) offers unrivalled data and insights including Asia Pacific inbound and outbound statistics, analyses and forecasts as well as in-depth reports on strategic tourism markets. For more information, please visit www.PATA.org
  

2011-01-17

A Smile 微笑



A Smile 微笑 
There's something you may give,    有些東西
To a friend and a stranger too;  你會送給一個朋友或是陌生人
It seems that when you give it,  而當你送出去時
It's given back to you.  它也回送給你
This present is worth a million,  這份禮物價值上百萬
But doesn't cost a dime;  卻無須花你一毛錢
It's lasting in effect,  而且它持續有效
But doesn't take much time,  且不占用你多少時間
This simple little gesture  這簡單小小的動作
Can make the day worthwhile; 能夠讓你一整天都覺得很有意義
It's just as good as sunshine;  彷彿像陽光一般的溫暖
It's what we call a smile. 我們就叫它 --- 微笑
- Jill Wolf (作家)

2011-01-13

THE O-ZONE EXPERIENCE AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL, BANGKOK

O-ZONE EXPERIENCE at 

MANDARIN ORIENTAL, BANGKOK

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok continues to be a pioneer in identifying trends before they happen, and has recently launched another new initiative: the O-Zone Experience.

Best described as a “hotel within a hotel”, this newly renovated space extends over the entire second floor of the hotel’s River Wing and contains all the elements of a real hotel. The difference however, is that it is solely dedicated to employees. The venue, which aims to create a new benchmark in the hotel industry, also serves to further underline Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok’s status as an employer of choice.

O-Zone is divided into 10 distinctive zones: Sell, Fashion, His, Hers, Health, Café 48, Talent, Mind, Dream and Relax, and has a unique contemporary design featuring a staff concierge and employee assistance programme, a relaxation and entertainment area, a bilingual lending library, hi-tech meeting venues, a “Café 48” restaurant, complete with a retail “Kiosk 48”, plus state-of-the-art locker rooms and resting facilities for employees.

“We recognize our employees as our most valuable asset in delivering a truly legendary guest experience, and we wanted to provide an area where they can interact freely and creatively and also learn from their peers,” said Jan Goessing, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.

Team work and transparency are the two key priorities on which the O-Zone Experience has been designed. The office areas dedicated to Sales, Public Relations and Human Resources, are lit generously and share windows, creating a feeling of intimacy, yet openness amongst colleagues. The employees have their own bilingual monthly newsletter Sup Sip, with articles written by staff members for fellow staff members, thereby further instilling a family environment within the workplace.

Welcoming colleagues to the second floor is the “Hand on Frames” art installation. This select group of 48 plaster handprints showcases those employees who have worked at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok for the most number of years, totalling more than 1,700 years of loyalty and service commitment. As a leader in the hotel industry Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok continues to honour those who are responsible for delivering the hotel’s legendary service and excellent customer relations.

Students with the Oriental Hotel Apprenticeship Programme (OHAP) have also been integrated into the O-Zone experience demonstrating the importance placed on practical training within Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. Students assist in Café 48 and Kiosk 48, the staff concierge desk and lending library. “We are proud of the fact that O-Zone provides staff with facilities that are on par with real guest facilities, making this literally a “hotel within a hotel” experience for all,” added Mr Goessing.

O-Zone has been designed by Tandem Architects 2001, an innovative Thai-based design company, well-known for their contemporary interpretations of Asian influenced architecture and design. Their portfolio includes resorts, residential buildings and retail facilities throughout Bangkok and Thailand.

As part of the hotel’s dedication to attention to detail, all facilities offer carefully chosen amenities and technical parts. For example the locker room showerheads are from Kohler and use a special “racetrack” waterway that delivers a full and steady water fall, regardless of water pressure. The His and Her Zones, respectively, provide shower gel and soap from Davidoff for men and from Dior for women.

Not simply a physical renovation, O-Zone is a testimony to the dedication and passion of the 1,300 individuals who call Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok their “home away from home”.



About Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world's most prestigious hotels and resorts. Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, 42 hotels representing over 10,000 rooms in 27 countries, with 18 hotels in Asia, 12 in The Americas and 12 in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. In addition, the Group operates, or has under development, 13 Residences at Mandarin Oriental, connected to the Group’s properties.