Kanuhura, Maldives

I had once visited the Maldives in my youth, before the tsunami, and before I had found the courage to go snorkelling, to truly appreciate the waters, and the activities and the maturity to really appreciate the luxury. So this trip, I did my absolute best to pick a good resort with just the right amount of luxe, and the right amount of rustic charm. I think Michelle and I have found it.

Kanuhura is a resort on the island of the same name in the Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives. It’s about 40 minutes by seaplane from the capital of Malé, (pronounced Mah-leh).

The island experience begins on Malé itself, where you will be whisked from your plane or your hotel to a lounge at the seaplane airport on Hulhumalé, the artificial island the airport and seaplane facility is nestled on. There you’ll enjoy a beautiful lounge meant only for Kanuhura’s guests, and soon will be taken to your seaplane which takes you to Kanuhura itself.

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This trailer of a new movie based on the premise of being lost in space is terrifying and beautiful at the same time. Sandra Bullock in a departure for her is playing the main protagonist, and the story is of basically all things going wrong with the mission and being all alone out in space, with nothing and no one to save her. Whilst the reassuring voice of George Clooney is heard over the intercom, it becomes quite apparent that she really is all alone. I’m really looking forward to this film, and from you can check out the trailer *in 2K resolution no less* below. Continue reading “Gravity”

10 Years of Skype

Those of you who even have an existence online, would know of Skype. That wonderful beautiful service that lets you communicate with anyone, anywhere at anytime, s’long as an internet connection is present. Now that it has come under the ownership of Microsoft and has been lovingly integrated with the former MSN Messenger, it is the instant messaging platform of choice of pretty much anyone. Skype is as much a cultural phenomenon as it is an everyday part of our lives, so much so that its presence goes beyond just our digital devices but also to our TV shows, movies and so on. Skype has put together a list of interesting Skype Cameos that can be found here. Here’s to another 10 years of Skyping, and hoping that Microsoft will only make this wonderful service bigger and better.

Dragging the Airline Industry into the 21st Century

Delta announced a tie up with Microsoft and Nokia for the Windows Phone 8 platform, and it’s quite interesting how this particular announcement will impact all parties involved. For the consumer, this is likely to make things easier and probably can and will create opportunites for experiences not unlike that which BA has recently tried to implement, where the passenger’s name is known to the flight attendant without even looking at your boarding card, or any introduction, to give the customer the feeling of an organisation that is pervasively aware of their customer. Whilst this might come off as creepy for some, I think it make also make for better more involved service… IF implemented correctly.

It’s definitely an interesting change and I would like to see how this would improve or change the passenger experience.

The Money Issue

I posted a comment on a recent post given by a fellow blogger, and got a few comments, mostly in the vein of: If we pay the ministers so much money, they should do a better job.

I completely reject such a mentality.

In the first place, it places money on some messed up pedestal. These people are paid money, whatever amount of it, presumably to do a good job. That’s the basic contract that any government has with its people, we as a nation take it on good faith that they aren’t implementing any policy for the death and destruction of the nation. To then say that just because they’re paid more money, they should provide more performance is an impossible cross to bear. Are we also saying that if the government were to slash salaries across the board that we can begin to expect less from government? I sincerely doubt that.

Whilst I agree that at a basic level, I feel a deep unease with what is objectively a very large paycheck. However, I also know that by emphacising on the monetary value of the paycheck, are we simply giving up on the other issues? Are we simply ending the conversation at, you should be doing better because you get paid more, and pushing all the blame on the government, when we should be saying, let’s do better! Let’s try and make it all work. And more importantly, if it doesn’t work, how do we make it better? These should be the questions we should be asking of the government, not simply making some trite comment about ministerial salary whenever the issue of our government comes up.