April / May 2020
With the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, spreading globally to become a pandemic, concerns continue to grow. For this reason, Elite+ decided to focus on wellness and wellbeing in this issue, covering physical and mental health as well as what has been ailing local, regional and foreign stock markets and financial conditions.
This issue begins with our cover story in which Andrew Stotz provides some very relevant financial insight and advice. As both the co-founder and CEO of A. Stotz Investment Research (AISR) and an entrepreneur, the co-founder of CoffeeWorks, he offers different perspectives on investment, the financial crisis and how to cope.
After this we look at different approaches to wellness, Western, Eastern and a combination of the two, with suggestions for personal treatments and retreats once we are again free to travel, after visiting the Amaravati Wellness Center nestled in the undulating terrain of Maerim, Chiang Mai, Chiva-Som set in lush tropical greenery fringing the powdery white beach sands of Hua Hin, and the BDMS Wellness Clinic and attached Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort in the heart of Bangkok, all promoting a vision for all their guests and clients to attain the healthiest bodies and minds.
Next, we have a very interesting in-depth interview with the new Mexican ambassador to Thailand, Ambassador Bernardo Cordova Tello, as he expounds on the prospering relations between Mexico and Thailand. As the two countries celebrate their 45th anniversary of official diplomatic relations, he recounts a much longer history of unofficial ties dating back to the 16th century before telling of the current situation and his country’s goals for the years ahead.
Then, once more we look at healthcare, but now for the elderly, as Peter Brown, the owner and manager of Care Resort Chiang Mai, talks about his philosophy for caring for guests, or residents, in their later years, particularly those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Later in this issue, Dr. Pisuth Lertvilai offers suggestions for maintaining good health and protecting oneself during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In between these articles, we first look at LINE Thailand and its plans for digital and mobile entertainment before seeking fun, relaxation and adventure through a hunt for the aurora borealis, or northern lights, an escape to Six Senses Samui and Drift as well as a cruise on the wooden yacht, Icebreaker, in the Gulf of Thailand. We also share good dining and comedy entertainment ending with a short literary piece, “When Things Are Not What They Seem” and our photo essay, the fifth extract from elemente, a collection of poems and photographs along elementary themes by Ezra Kyrill Erker.
I know these are difficult times for all of us as we remain isolated from one another. I hope the pages that follow will provide you with insight and understanding as well as entertainment and ideas for the future.