4 Discover Sri Lanka May - June 2011
With the first rays of the morning sun some of us are already waiting at train stations and bus stops trying to reach work on time. Those lucky enough to have their own vehicles can sleep just a little bit longer but soon have to get up and be on their way too. Work, work and more work. We have all become so used to this day-in-day-out routine, and for the most part it seems like that we dont have much of a choice. But we do, there is always a choice.
In this hustle and bustle of life, our minds get so occupied with making ends meet, acquiring money, power and getting ahead that we soon forget to appreciate the little things in life. We tend to shove the things that actually matter or make a difference in our lives to the back of the closet. We tend to forget what is most important to us. We are too tired to have a good time with our families, we soon forget our friends. We may not realise it now, and it may not appear to be a significant issue. Yet, if we continue to deny ourselves the pleasure of spending quality time with family and friends, in the end we would have missed out on the best bits of life. So change your routine today itself. It is never too late to amend things for the better.
We bring you Discover Sri Lanka, a magazine that gives you variety of choices on how you could have a grand old time with your loved ones. In life you have to make a lot of compromises, but dont let it be the happiness of the people who means so much to you. Bring your close ones even closer. Lifes short, live it to the fullest.
Do something exciting every day, Stay somewhere new every time, Dine with someone special and Shop only from the best. Discover yourself, while discovering Sri Lanka !
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Exclusive Resorts & Day SpasThe Leading Lifestyle TV program in the world, Exclusive Resorts and Day Spas with Alexander Shambly, which features the most luxurious Resorts, Hotels and Attractions globally.
Once UponA Time In Sri Lanka,
The story of the Rodi : The Sri Lankas
A slice of Heaven The Theva Residency, Hantana, Kandy
A slice of Heaven A slice of Heaven
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TrincomaleeDestination of the month
8 Discover Sri Lanka May - June 2011
Editorial for Kanbulo -Lifestyle Magazine (formerly Colombo Town)
Sri Lanka most recently played host to the Leading Lifestyle TV program in the world, Exclusive Resorts and Day Spas with Alexander Shambly, which features the most luxurious Resorts, Hotels and Attractions globally.
The episode which will commence airing globally early next year features Resorts from the pristine white sandy beaches of the East Coast including Trincomalee down through the lush jungle region of Habarana and highlighting the Golden Belt with its tropical landscape in Bentota Beach.
Sri Lanka also had an opportunity to showcase one of the leading institutions in the world of Fashion based in Sri Lanka, Hameedia, which was Mr. Shamblys stylist during his fi lming campaign in Sri Lanka.
Alexander Shamblys career on camera began in the Fashion business as a Top International Model appearing in leading publications such as Vogue, Womans Weekly, Womans Day and Harpers Bazaar to name a few.
His unique voice recognized the world over can be attributed to his many years of working in radio where he was host of his lifestyle Radio program.
Mr. Alexander Shambly the Creator and Executive Producer of Exclusive Resorts and Day Spas TV program has showcased some of the most lavish Resorts and Hotels in the world including leading brands such as Kempinski, Raffl es, John Keells and Taj Hotels to name a few. His stylish delivery and eloquent presentation contributes to him being considered by movers and shakers in the industry as the best in the business.
Exclusive Resorts& Day Spas
Hosted byAlexander Shambly
Lifestyle TV Productions have become a very competitive business in the last few years. We asked Mr. Shambly who also appears on some of the great Resorts and Hotels in the world websites, what has distinguished Exclusive Resorts and Day Spas as one of the leading TV programs globally?
We are committed to giving our clients the best possible production in High Defi nition, in the most cost effective manner in keeping with the clients budget. Exclusive Resorts and Day Spas have maintained an 80 percent increase in occupancy to Resorts and Hotels whom have appeared on our program and featured on our website, which has contributed to the repeat business from our clients with newly opened properties.
We asked Alexander, with numerous destinations fi lmed by Exclusive Resorts and Day Spas during the 6 years of being in production, which is his favorite destination.
Its like having children and trying to choose a favorite I love them all, I really appreciate each destination for its location and wealth of knowledge which I have acquired over the last 6 years of being in production, we seem to have quite a steady client base in the Maldives, Singapore, Dubai and our newly found treasure Sri Lanka.
Mr. Shambly has a diverse back ground in the Fashion and Entertainment industry. He spent 2 years at Indiana University where he received a scholarship as a music
major before moving to California, where he recorded with Natalie Cole, on her hit album Thankful as a woodwind player.
His vast skills in journalism have distinguished him as a freelance journalist for Lifestyle and Travel magazines. Mr. Shambly has written articles in leading publications including Mode Bride, Nosatras Magazine as the (Fashion and Travel editor),Wentworth Courier (Travel article), The Bulletin and other international lifestyle and travel publications to name a few.Hes also written a Book which was accepted for publication by the leading New York publisher Vantage Press Beauty A Special Message which focused on Beauty and Lifestyle Enhancement.
Mr. Shambly has been a guest speaker for Prime Ministers, Heads of State and Captains of Industries in many corners of the world.
Exclusive Resorts and Day Spas TV program is also ecologically conscience with highlighting the importance of looking after the environment and often contributing to charities.
If you would like more information about Exclusive Resorts and Day Spas TV programvisit the websitewww.exclusiveresortsanddayspas.com
we seem to have quite a steady client base in the Maldives, Singapore, Dubai and our newly found treasure Sri Lanka
10 Discover Sri Lanka May - June 2011
ONCE UPON A TIME INSRI LANKA
The story of the Rodi : The Sri Lankas untouchables
No Sinhalese caste has aroused so much wonder and curiosity as the Rodi, once the `untouchables ofSri Lanka. Indeed there is something mysterious about this people who claim their descent from Sinhalese royalty but who have for centuries been despised and down trodden by society.
Theirs is a very sad story indeed and their plight a yet sadder one. It is only today th at this folk are emerging to take their due place in society after centuries of oppression.
Rodi legend holds that they are descended from Ratnavalli (also known as Navaratna Valli) the daughter of King Parakrama Bahu 1 (12th century).
About 100 years ago Hugh Nevill, a prominent British civil servant recorded the following tradition current among the Rodi as to their origins:
`At Parakrama Bahus court the venison was provided by a certain Veddha archer. Who during a scarcity of game substituted the fl esh of a boy he met in the jungle and provided it as venison for the royal household.
Navaratna Valli, the beautiful daughter of the king discovered the deception and fascinated by a sudden longing for human fl esh ordered the Veddha hunter to bring this fl esh. The Veddha accordingly waylaid youths in the woods, and disposed of their fl esh to the royal kitchen. The whole country was terrifi ed by the constant disappearance of youths and maidens. It happened that a barber who came to the palace to complain of the disappearance of his only son while waiting was given by the servants of the royal scullery a leaf of rice and venison curry.
Just as he was about to eat he noticed on his leaf the deformed knuckle of the little fi nger of a boy. Recognizing it by the deformity as that of his son he fl ed from the palace and spread the alarm that the king
was killing and eating the youths of the city.The facts then came to light and the king stripping his daughter of her ornaments and calling out a scavenger then sweeping out a neighbouring yard gave her to him as wife and drove her out to earn her living in her husbands class.