The coronavirus and the two-month lockdown haven’t been great for a lot of businesses – especially restaurants and cafés relying on hungry customers and diners to make a profit. But turning adversity into opportunity is a special skill we Sri Lankans seemed to have mastered over the years.
Today on WTF we went to check out the most popular bread shop in Dehiwala, Chandana Bakery & Stores. I was introduced to this store by my former co-host on radio, JOVI, who grew up close to the neighbourhood. Then I got some great reviews about this place from Cricketer Avishka Gunawardene.
With life limping back to normal after 8 weeks of lockdown, the fashion industry is cautiously dipping its toes into a post-COVID-19 retail environment. For many stores, the two months of lockdown has spelled disaster with several closing down due to lack of trade.
Students have invested months of hard work and commitment in order to achieve a final grade that would determine their future, as these results would help them determine what their passion and career choice should be. Yet, the uncertainty of the situation has caused the graduating batch of 2020 to be at a standstill.
Did you know that the Southern coastal waters are home to the Indian Ocean’s oldest shipwreck? This means that exploring shipwrecks could be the next big thing in marine tourism for Sri Lanka, particularly due to their rich archaeological value. Marine researchers believe that only 10-20% of all shipwrecks have been discovered so far.
Today on Fashionably Danu, I feature one of my favourite Lankan brands, La Ceyloné, and their cool new masks. When COVID19 lockdown just started, La Ceyloné started working on masks with a funky outlook to it, and it’s great to see it in the market today... A set of 5 for LKR 2500. These re-usable masks are comfortable to wear and can be washed. Let’s make the new “normal” Fashionable.
For Dr. Vajira Chitrasena, arts and culture wasn’t an option. Born to a mother who was determined to see her children taking up different careers in life, Vajira had the privilege to take up dancing as a profession. By the time she turned 11, she was already a student of Guru Chitrasena, who was at the forefront of a revolutionary journey to introduce the ‘Chitrasena Dance style’ to Sri Lanka and the world.
Professors Nimal and Savitri Gunatilleke, Professors Emeriti of the University of Peradeniya, are no strangers in the spheres of Botany, having contributed immensely to the field over the course of many years. The duo has been celebrated and feted for their contributions not only by numerous local bodies but also by UNESCO, receiving the Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation.
On WTF this week, we did not go anywhere as we had to do it all and keep social distancing in mind. It worked out well as I tried Blue Spoon. They have everything made fresh and delivered on the day promised. The food varies from Thai, Chinese, Indian, Italian, and our very own Sri Lankan.