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25 Aug 2023
The desire to belong is a fundamental part of human nature, according to psychologists, and when people feel out of place and their sense of belonging is threatened, that discomfort and self-doubt can have far-reaching effects.
Receiving an invitation to a function of any sort is a big deal among certain Colombo circles. Largely to keep up with the Jones’s and particularly owing to the fear of missing out.
Human beings are essentially social ani
24 Aug 2023
I initiated my journey in the retail sector while I was at university. During this period, I engaged in procuring stock lots, which I then distributed to prominent retailers across the island. In 2005, fate led me to meet my husband, who, like me, was a banker. Together, in 2007, we embarked on a new endeavor: manufacturing.
Our banking background unveiled a concerning trend—people faced hurdles in securing bank loans due to a lack of collateral
23 Aug 2023
Aquatic adventure is the latest craze for adventure travellers. Water sports, Whale and Dolphin watching off Mirissa has become more popular. Many sea-adventure based holiday resorts have come up in the area and Mirissa is no longer a traditional ‘fisherman’s haven’. It has become a paradise for those who love the beach. A couple of luxury boutique hotels have come up in the beautiful hill side of Mirissa, creating more hospitality opportunities
22 Aug 2023
Have you ever considered donating your eyes? Anyone can choose to be an Eye Donor and decide that they want to donate their eyes for transplant, science and medicine. Once a person passes away, medical professionals will determine if the donor’s eye tissue can be used for transplants or research.
We spoke to Janath Saman Matara Arachchi, Senior Manager Sri Lanka International Eye Bank from the Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society and W.O.Hemaka De
21 Aug 2023
Former Trinitian Azam Riyard is a larger than life personality. He is the owner of The Clubhouse Steakhouse situated on the outskirts of London. From flipping burgers and making basic steaks, he has now mastered the art of dry aging, and is now experimenting with dry aging seafood to cater to the growing number of pescatarian consumers. Not one to rest on his laurels, Riyard says he would be elated if he could open a steakhouse in Sri Lanka and
18 Aug 2023
On a week day when I went for dinner towards the Fort, I was surprised at the crowds and the vehicles on the street. I did not think much about it though. However, on my way back home, I was surprised that the streets were yet packed with people, motor bikes whizzing and loads of cars. People all looked happy. It was a joyous sight to see really happy people. Even the chauffeur of the taxi I was in commented that it had been over six years s
17 Aug 2023
Imagine yourself arriving at the BIA. You happen to have a long flight and now you just want to relax at the nearest hotel. One good option or the only international option you can take is the Vivanta Hotel Colombo Airport Garden located just 5 minutes away.
Unlike the general landscape, the entrance to the hotel building is designed just like a flight gate beckoning travellers straight from the airport.
Incorporated by Tata Group in India, Viva
16 Aug 2023
Today on the Buzz, I speak to a young entrepreneur who has made a name for himself in creating island friendly clothing. The fashion space is forever growing and the trends keep changing. Culture by Ari which was founded by Shehan Ariyarathna sure caught the eye of someone who is summer loving. Today I speak to him about his successful journey in the past four years.
15 Aug 2023
Prague or Praha, the capital of Czech Republic is a perfect destination for a romantic getaway or those wishing to immerse themselves in culture and architecture. Armed with a list of places to visit in Prague, I braved the bitterly cold winds and set out. Ten minutes into my walk I checked the price of a taxi and to my surprise realised that Uber rides were super cheap. Given the cold weather it seemed better to flit from site to site in a taxi
14 Aug 2023
British Sri Lankan, Sam Goonetillake is a firm believer in giving back to the community. Although he has lived in the UK since 1967, his affinity to Sri Lanka remains strong. Working as a volunteer during the tsunami, Sam was struck by how much more he could do for Sri Lanka. With that in mind he set up Helplanka a UK registered charity in 2005. During the ensuing years, Sam and his helpers have done yeoman service to Sri Lanka by conducting vari
11 Aug 2023
Gossiping in Colombo could be compared to a common cold. Gossip, as one knows, is generally casual or unconstrained conversations or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true. As long as it is in great humour, gossiping is quite entertaining, especially if it stops there and is not conveyed with additions to the original story just to spice it up. People absolutely love to cause mischief, specif
10 Aug 2023
If you happen to visit during lunchtime, make sure not to miss out on the thrilling Chopsticks game. The objective is simple: seize 5 beans using chopsticks within a 10-second window and secure a fabulous prize! Remember, this game is open for a single attempt per group, so showcase your chopstick skills to claim your victory.
As the evening sets in, get ready for the enjoyable Chin Chiro Rin Challenge. During dinner hours, you can engage in this
09 Aug 2023
Today on the Buzz, I speak to Aruni who was born in Sri Lanka and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was 10 years old. Aruni obtained her M.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences from California State University, Northridge. She is currently working as a Behaviour Analyst/ Parent Educator for children with Autism. As a child, Aruni was introduced to the world of beauty pageants by her mother. In 2000 Aruni won 2nd runner up for
08 Aug 2023
Nationally esteemed social service organization the Muslim Ladies Study Circle (MLSC) is gearing up to mark its Golden Jubilee on 26th August at Hotel Ramada Colombo.Speaking to Life during an interview at their Head Office in Colombo, President of the MLSC- Sikhamani Ameena Faisz Musthapha stated that the ceremony aims to highlight the key achievements as an all-women’s organization in “rendering their service to all communities irrespective of
07 Aug 2023
Brit Lankan Dee Gibson is unashamedly a Lankophile ( to coin a phrase). When it comes to Sri Lanka she wears her heart on her sleeve and promotes anything and everything associated with Sri Lanka,
especially if it is connected to the creative arts. Juggling life as a mother and an entrepreneur while running businesses in Sri Lanka and the UK is no mean feat, but Dee does it with panache and make it seem so effortless. Currently in Sri Lanka, De
04 Aug 2023
The story of Leopards and Humans is one of two highly adaptable species increasingly having to share the same space. How do we ensure we minimize conflict between the two?
Leopards inhabit all climate zones of Sri Lanka, from the highlands to the coast; wherever there is sufficient habitat for them to live in, and prey animals on which to feed. Sadly, however, as unplanned development and illegal encroachment diminish these areas of their existen
04 Aug 2023
A visit to Trixie’s when one is feeling in the blues is akin to having a good tonic. Walking into her very comfortable home, I found her with a couple of printouts in hand. I knew instantly that I was in for a treat as she seemed irritated. After our formal greetings, then organising some eats and beverages, she pointed to the printouts, questioning what one earth goes on in people’s minds when they decide to launch a foundation in memory of a de
03 Aug 2023
This August, Shangri-La Colombo welcomes internationally acclaimed Chef Daniel Cheung, Executive Chinese Chef at Shangri-La Singapore to host four exclusive dining events where guests can experience the age old traditions of authentic Chinese cuisine.
Chef Daniel brings 38 illustrious years in top-level traditional Cantonese cuisine, with the most recent being one-Michelin starred Shang Palace (2022) at Shangri-La Singapore and one-Michelin star
02 Aug 2023
Scenic Thalpe beach is the home to a number of up market luxury villas and bungalows. Passing the world famous Unawatuna beach, the Goldie Sands beach stretch in the Thalpe area is one of the most tranquil beach fronts in the Galle district.
‘Frangipani Tree’ is an elegant and intimate Bawa influenced nine–suite boutique property that includes four villas by a secluded beach in Thalpe. Designed by Channa Daswatta, a protégé of legendary Geoffre
01 Aug 2023
This tradition, called Feng Shui, is both, an art and a science that aims to ensure that all things are in harmony with their surroundings. Its application ranges from planning entire cities and empires to placing a guest at the dinner table; from the orientation of high-rise office buildings, to the interior decoration and furnishing of a house or a room.
Based on influencing the flow of Chi or energy through your home and other aspects of your
31 Jul 2023
Working currently as the Head of Department for Economics at the University College School (UCS) in the UK, Pasan Fernando is all set to move into his new role as the Assistant Principal Notting Hill and Ealing High School, London when the academic year begins in September. Having had his education at Wycherley International School, Colombo Pasan went on to obtain a BA Hons from the University of Nottingham, PGCE Institute of Education, and a M
28 Jul 2023
A few weeks ago the French media was saturated with a story about Sri Lankan Tharshan Selvarajah winning the top title of the Meilleure Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de Paris (the best traditional French baguette of Paris). Not only Sri Lankans in France but those around the world were filled with pride that a fellow Lankan had to bear the French at their own skill of making baguette. In an exclusive interview with Life Tharshan spe
28 Jul 2023
Of late, various establishments, groceries, food, medical or wellness, have sprung up all over the city and the entire country. The latter three have very posh appearances and are on fabulous looking premises, making you suspicious as to where the money came from.
26 Jul 2023
Today on the Buzz I feature a team that is making a lasting Impact. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Chapter in Sri Lanka will be organising an international conference on Architecture in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Italian Embassy of Sri Lanka on the theme: “Architecture: A Lasting Impact.”
25 Jul 2023
Remember, stroke is not the end of life. Urgent medical treatment, good rehabilitation, a positive frame of mind will enable you and your loved ones to live a fulfilled life after stroke.
21 Jul 2023
A year ago, the country was in a sad state with long queues for fuel, Covid yet lurking around, civil unrest and other depressing situations. A year on and we seem to have forgotten all that we went through and are carrying on with our lives the best way possible. The wonder of the human mind.
Thinking of the past only sabotages everybody’s time and prevents us from taking advantage of any opportunities that are available to us. Focusing on th
20 Jul 2023
When you think of Colombo, you often think of the hustle and bustle of the city, the constantly changing skyline, the curbside kades with their street food, and the city that comes alive at night. Step
19 Jul 2023
It seems strange that while elephants and leopards gain the major headlines, especially with regard to their desperate struggles for survival, another of Sri Lanka’s iconic big mammals, the Sloth Bear, is hardly ever written about. Probably the most endangered of the top three large terrestrial mammals, it is perhaps its elusiveness, predominantly nocturnal habits, and the relatively few resulting photographic opportunities that keeps it out of m
19 Jul 2023
Today on the Buzz I speak to Soundarie about a mission to take our Sri Lankan talent to the World Choir Games. Recently the Soul Sounds Academy had a concert to raise funds so that they can participate at the 12th Bali International Choir Festival. If you would like to contribute, you can always reach out to the Academy. Here is my little chat with Soundarie.
18 Jul 2023
On Wednesday night (12th) the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka presented a classical music concert featuring internationally renowned piano virtuoso Shani Diluka, performing with two of Sri Lanka’s outstanding musicians, Dushyanthi Perera and Nilupul Silva.
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