December 04TH 2014
A Love Letter to Rain
The wonderful feeling of being outside when the sky has opened and it is pouring down with heavy raindrops is magical. It elevates all your senses and when you feel the water droplets gently kiss your skin and smell the freshness in the air, you will be amazed by how beautiful rain truly is. Standing in the middle of heavy rain brings a moment of calmness unequivalent to anything...
October 07TH 2014
The Rain Keeper
A few years ago I worked in Indonesia for an American company. One day I went to a meeting with one of our partners to discuss an event that we would be holding. Our partner was a private university offering business management and political science degrees. My taxi dropped me in front of the lobby and after successfully negotiating the revolving doors I caught the lift up to the 22nd floor. The building was shiny and new, probably one of the most ultra-modern buildings in Jakarta at the t...
October 04TH 2014
The Umbrella’s Journey Through the Ages
The first recorded use of umbrellas comes from Egypt over 3000 years ago. Mostly likely inspired by the shade of a tree branch, initially umbrellas were made with palm leaves or long colorful feathers. There was not much need (being Egypt and all) for an instrument to shelter under while frolicking in the rain. So umbrellas were first used as sun protection to maintain the fashionably fair skin of the nobility.
Most sources say that it was the entrepreneurial Chinese who...