My Pho-nomenal Trip to Hanoi

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always liked Vietnamese food, and I can now say with confidence that pho is hands down my most favourite food.

I am also a huge fan of the Masterchef show and of celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay. So, when I heard Gordon Ramsay claim that the best food he’s ever had in his life was Vietnamese noodles that he ate during his trip to Vietnam, I immediately made it a short-term goal to go to Vietnam for a culinary trip.

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Mencari Simba dan Treebeard di Banyuwangi

“Ke Banyuwangi yuk?”

Hah? Itu yang pertama terucap di mulut saya ketika partner ngajak ke Banyuwani. Sekejap otak saya bekerja keras mencoba mengingat-ingat ada apa di Banyuwangi. Sebelum saya menemukan ingatan saya soal Banyuwangi, dia melanjutkan ajakannya tadi.

“Kamu kan suka Lord of the Rings dan kamu juga udah berkali-kali nonton The Lion King. Makanya aku mau liburan kali ini ke Banyuwangi aja”

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The Reason Why Garuda’s in a Tight Spot over Hand-Written Menu

Thank goodness Garuda has come to its senses and rescinded its direct over to disallow passengers to take any videos, photographs or the Indonesian staple, selfies, on board its planes.

For a while there it looked like Garuda had charted for itself a journey of no return into infamy, scorn, and derision. Garuda positively looked like what Ian Mitroff, one of the foremost thinkers on crisis management, would call a Crisis-Prone corporation.

Mitroff holds that corporations fall roughly into two categories where crises are concerned.

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Why PR is bad PR for PR

Two weeks ago, at a lunch with senior PR people in Singapore, the conversation drifted to how to make senior executives in corporations understand what PR people can do for them.

The conversation went on a predictable course: lamentation of how difficult it is to explain to others what PR people do, let alone what they are capable of doing. There was the self congratulatory we-do-so-many-things idea, the we-are-so-inexpensive-compared to-others idea and the usual other cliches.

But they all agreed that it is soooo difficult to explain what PR does.

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Maverick admitted to international alliance of crisis and litigation specialists

Over the past 17 years Maverick has carved out a name for itself as the go-to firm for crisis management and high-profile litigation cases.

We are delighted to announce that from this month Maverick has been admitted to the select group of crisis and litigation communications specialists worldwide, the Crisis and Litigation Communicators Alliance.

We look forward to working with the CLC to further deepen out knowledge and sharpen our skills as well as providing clients with a worldwide network of specialists for the cross-border litigation issues.

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UBS all hog-tied in China

This is an interesting case for crisis management aficionados.

We live in interesting times indeed when hypersensitivity meets the mob mentality on social media.

UBS Chief Economist Paul Donovan was commenting in his podcast on China’s economy and how there’s been some inflation caused by sick pigs in China. The country has recently had to cull 1.1 million pigs because of an outbreak of swine fever.

He tried to add a bit of color to his commentary instead of dishing out the usual cut-and-dried tone of economists: “Does this matter?” he asked. “It matters if you are a Chinese pig. It matters if you like eating pork in China.”

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