Congrats to our friends at USS and to all those involved in designing and building the park!
[The modern Western economist] is used to measuring the “standard of living” by the amount of annual consumption, assuming all the time that a man who consumes more is “better off” than a man who consumes less. A Buddhist economist would consider this approach excessively irrational: since consumption is merely a means to human well-being, the aim should be to obtain the maximum of well-being with the minimum of consumption.
AirAsia vs. Jetstar
For regional air carriers in South East Asia, two of the biggest are Jetstar and AirAsia. [Tiger is not on my list of acceptable carriers due to their month-long grounding due to major lapses in maintenance - a corporate cultural thing that doesn’t turnaround quickly]
Jetstar is owned by Quantas. AirAsia is independent. I’ve tried both and found the products similar, but must say AirAsia’s offerings in terms of on-board meals and seat selection fees seem to be much more reasonably priced than Jetstar’s.
The people always make the difference. I found AirAsia’s gate and cabin crew to be pleasant and “into” their jobs, offering pleasantries and thoughtfulness that make this low-cost carrier experience nice! AirAsia’s online systems also seem to be more robust than Jetstar’s, easy to use from mobiles, and even spunky.
Jetstar, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. Suffice it to say that the cabin and gate crews are not so interested in the passengers, not knowledgeable or capable of delivering pleasantries, and on one occasion even declined to provide the meal I had ordered (even though it was printed on my boarding pass!) It “cost” them $150 in vouchers (for future travel) which of course are “invalid” in their own system. Jetstar is just a customer experience mess.
Make your life easier when traveling with budget carriers in South East Asia — Go with AirAsia.
Check out what Richard Branson did when he lost a bet with Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia!
Barbee Family Tree
It appears I am a 10th generation, direct descendant of one William Barbee, born c. 1655 in England (Hereford and Norfolk areas), who was a plantation farmer in Middlesex, Virginia, where he died in 1719. Prior to England, the Barbee line apparently originated in the Provence area of France.
The ancestors were traced through to my father’s generation (and beyond, obviously!) on this website, to Oklahoma, and subsequently to Phoenix, Arizona, where my grandfather continued the farming tradition by being a cotton farmer.
Here is the Barbee family crest:
… From this website.
The beautiful Lockheed Constellation - the first pressurized airliner in widespread use.