BEST Western Hotels & Resorts is continuing to expand in Asia’s key gateway cities with the launch of a newly-built hotel in Osaka. Opening on September 1, 2017, Best Western Osaka Tsukamoto will provide business and leisure travellers with a brand new mid-scale accommodation option in the heart of Japan’s second largest city. Best Western Osaka Tsukamoto is one of three new Japanese hotels signed by Best Western Hotels & Resorts earlier this year. The other new properties are located in Sapporo and at Yamagata Airport and are due to launch in the coming months.
Best Western Osaka Tsukamoto becomes Best Western’s second property in the city, following the Best Western Hotel Fino Osaka Shinsaibashi. The hotel also takes the company’s total Japanese portfolio to 13 hotels.
FAREYE, a Logistics Management Solution became a partner of choice for DHL eCommerce. This is to enhance its customer experience, optimise resources and deliver its brand promise ‘real-time’. DHL eCommerce is a division of the world’s leading logistics company Deutsche Post DHL Group, providing international, standard parcel delivery for business customers. It supports business processes with sophisticated e-commerce shipping solutions and technology platforms that help enable various online companies.
Kushal Nahata, Co-founder & CEO FarEye said, “FarEye is an essential support system for brands whose focus is enhanced customer experience and complete visibility of their logistics. Our association with DHL e-commerce has been extremely gratifying as we were competing against giants. FarEye is an enterprise grade technology platform, and this win is a testimony to our platform’s capability and defined processes. We shall continue to strive towards excellence and keep our customers at the centre of all our activities.”
FarEye proved to be a partner of choice for DHL eCommerce by optimising their resources, enhancing their customers’ experience with real-time alerts & smart analytics and making parcel shops more efficient with complete visibility.
By Drew McCreadie
FOR most people, enjoying humour is a highly intellectual process, whereby one is delightfully tricked by the wit and genius of the comedian who uses his or her intellect to misguide us all down one road, and then, suddenly, reverse course and take us into unexpected territory wherein the punch line is revealed.
Or, it is about watching people fall down.
There is a guilty recess in each of our minds wherein lies the admission that watching something terrible happen to someone else is hilarious (for some, this recess is more like an open courtyard). It is somewhat embarrassing to admit, but there is something hilarious about watching other people fall down.
Now, of course, unless you are a psychopath, you don’t want other people to fall down, and you probably hope that if they do, the injury they sustain is not life altering. But still, watching a skateboarder trying to skate down a staircase handrail, to have the board slip out from under his feet, and then to see him drop, one leg on each side of the rail, crushing his dignities, is on some level, unbelievably pleasant to watch.
But why? There have been many studies that attempted to uncover why something that is obviously painful (and not funny to the person it happened to) is so funny. In one study, the dissonance in the brain that is caused by reconciling the danger and pain that is being witnessed with the look of confusion on the face of the victim has been linked to the laughing response that is produced. If the victim looks terrified, then usually it isn’t funny; but if they look startled as if to say, “What? My skateboard slipped out from under my feet? How unexpected! And I am about to land on this rail and scramble my eggs? I never anticipated this potentiality! But now, suddenly, at the moment, it has all become obvious that it was inevitable,” then it is hilarious.
The way the victim reacts to his or her misfortune is definitely tied to how funny it is. Most of us have witnessed some misfortune, someone bumping their head on the sign that reads “Watch your head” causing us to laugh, only to realize that the person has really injured themselves, and the laughter immediately vanishes, only then to see the injury is not that bad and that the victim is more embarrassed than injured, and the laughter immediately returns. Science seems to point to the fact that we are hardwired to find the misfortune of others enjoyable, as long as it produces the right response from the victim. They need to surprise and confuse. The joy comes from watching others confusion. And if, as in the skateboarding example, the victim has somehow set them up for the situation, it’s even funnier.
We can’t help ourselves. It’s hilarious watching other people hurt themselves.
City’s lesser known vintage barber shop
By Pachara Aungsusuknarumol
HIDDEN in the middle of the concrete jungle, Saladaeng Barber, founded over 45 years ago is one of the first full-service barber shops in Bangkok. Located 100 metres away from Saladaeng BTS station, the shop features five barber chairs with three male barbers with expertise and a strong sense of service mind.
Ascending the stairs to the barbershop on the second floor, news articles and columns in which the shop has been featured showcased its long history. Pictures of celebrities and TV stars having their hair cut done at the shop were posted on the walls and garnered the mirrors within the shop. Signs and pricing board were written mostly in English implying that the shop must have been popular among the expats in the area. One of the barber, Ram, added that around half of the customers are foreigners.
Inside the shop, all furniture including chairs and mirrors 30-50 years old yet they have been kept in great condition.
Saladaeng Barber welcome gentlemen, children and LGBT customers while offering a wide range of services including haircut, shampooing, shaving, ear cleaning and colouring. Haircut is priced from B200 up to B600 for colouring.
Open Monday to Friday from 9.30am - 6.30pm, on Saturday from 9.30am - to 5.30pm and close on Sundays.
How to get there
From BTS Sala Daeng station take exit 1, walk towards the Dusit Thani Hotel. The barber shop is located on 2nd floor above the Fay Florist.
Saladaeng Barber. Silom Soi 2/1, Silom Road.
To be held on November 23-26, 2017, this year’s Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show organised by Ocean Marina Yacht Club,
Pattaya is something to look forward to
The privileged guests experienced Thailand’s first well-designed in-condominium super car parking by a team of world-class designers. The event, held at 98 Wireless residence, granted visitors a thorough visit into the world of Thailand's super luxury flagship condominium with all modern accommodation and facility to cater to the tastes of the billionaires.