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  • imahassen 12:53 pm on 13 January 2011 Permalink  

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  • imahassen 9:37 am on 17 June 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    A Letter to Water’s Edge Managing Organization, Aitken Spence. 

    UPDATED 17 JULY 2010: Aitken Spence PR has commented on this post informing that they no longer manage this property. I have communicated the update to my friend Ruwani via email.

    Ima Hassen

    This letter was written by a friend of mine, Ruwani Hettiarachchi. It outlines her experience with Waters’ Edge. For those who who aren’t familiar, check out

    I am posting Ruwani’s letter here (it was originally posted on Facebook as a note) so that the broader Sri Lankan community across the web would see it and make note or action as appropriate. I have Ruwani’s permission to post this letter online and in fact would like as many to read and re-tweet where possible:

    Dear Sir,

    I have just been refused pro-rated membership at your Water’s Edge establishment, and Ms. Anusha Abeysinghe who handles Sales at that establishment has, with a very patronizing and condescending manner given me no clear reason why I can pro-rate a membership, which I held from last year.

    I have been a long-standing patron of Water’s Edge, and I spend 6 months out of the year outside the island and I have valued the pro-rated membership I procured last year, having spent a lot of my time travelling in the first half of the year. Additionally I valued the proximity to my apartment in Rajagiriya. I was expecting to be eligible for pro-rated membership this year too. Both my partner (a new member) and I acquired membership forms and were turned away because I was a pro-rated member last year.

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    • Renusha Gomis 4:46 pm on 17 June 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Sir,

      We would like to bring to your attention that Aitken Spence no longer manages Waters Edge, the management contract between the two parties ended in November 2007. As such appreciate very much if you could please remove any reference to Aitken Spence in the above text.

      Thank You,

      Renusha Gomis
      Manager Public Relations and Promotions
      Aitken Spence Hotels

    • Renusha Gomis 4:48 pm on 17 June 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Sir,

      We would like to bring to your attention that Aitken Spence no longer manages Waters Edge, the management contract between the two parties ended in November 2007. As such appreciate very much if you could please remove any reference to Aitken Spence in the above text.

      Thank You,
      Renusha Gomis
      Manager Public Relations and Promotions
      Aitken Spence Hotels

    • Angel 5:36 pm on 17 June 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hmmm…. sounds like a nasty experience. I shall keep an eye out for confirmation of snooty and elitist behaviour when next at Water’s Edge.

    • Hiran Jayasekera 2:18 pm on 30 June 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Sir

      Please be good enough to publish my response on this post, or remove any reference to Aitken Spence sine we are no more the managing agent for this property.

      My reply to you was on the 16th June 2010 and reads as follows

      ” We would like to bring to your attention that Aitken Spence no longer manages Waters Edge, the management contract between the two parties ended in November 2007. As such appreciate very much if you could please remove any reference to Aitken Spence in the above text. ”

      Appreciate your prompt response on the same.

      Thank you

    • imahassen 8:43 pm on 17 July 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks to the folks from Aitken Spence. The post is maintained as provided by it’s original author, but I will update it to reflect your feedback.

      • Ruwani 1:56 pm on 18 July 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Ima. I had the same response from Aitken Spence, but Water’s Edge has little or no facility to provide direct response or feedback since it has no accountability to anyone but it’s own board.

  • imahassen 2:59 am on 17 April 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    Our sincerety is judged not at our moments of weakness and need, but at times of strength and endeavour.

    As we aspire for more, we forget the very foundation on which we were once built upon. We fail to see the blessings which once rose beneath us n were taken for granted almost as though the sun was to rise every morning.

    Our submission to a greater one comes at a moment about our last breath, questioning a lifetime of disarray n shameful lust, one which we embraced despite their words.

    At a moment we call final, they mark a beginning; a dawn of time that is judging all those who lived through flesh, blood and light.

    Beware for time is short on this world of clay and sand. See through the eyes of those who need and touch through the grasps of those who yearn in hunger for care, love and food.

    (ih 2008)

  • imahassen 2:58 am on 17 April 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    Love is something we’d never understand.

    Those who love us will always be tested for the mistakes they make as much as those we love will always see short of what we give.

    The love we receive from those who truly love us, will always be contested against the love we perceive and desire for.

    We’ve made and will continue to make mistakes in the name of love while not valuing the joys true love had brought our way, often without much merit from us

    (ih 2008)

  • imahassen 2:57 am on 17 April 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    The Sunrise 

    The mind hurts. The heart warms

    A waterfall of emotions, pours on flesh that melts

    My heart yearns for the truth, yet I am blindfolded ahead of endless light

    My soul cries from inside, screams in silence that only I hear

    Yet so subtly I dismiss in favor of being the man I am to be

    Forfeiting the endless desire to see through this pain

    And wish it was all but true

    Defying the laws of life and love that rules the land of lust less wanderers

    I am he. He lives in me. The warrior with a flame within

    In my cave I cry for her. Yet she hears none But her own plea.

    Where is thy lord when he thy sword is greater than thy heart?

    What blindness am I forced to see through, when endless prayers rain thru clouds of darkness

    (ih 2009)

  • imahassen 12:25 pm on 25 February 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Is Apple limiting developer evolution through platform control? 

    Ugh.. what was I trying to say?

    I have some thoughts. I’ll write more when I’m ready for it.

  • imahassen 12:23 am on 1 December 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    More about what people and me in #Social #Media say. @ftsrilanka take notes.. 

    So, I’m not going to start ranting about the headache I got when I checked through the new Financial Times daily’s website. A lot more people are doing that. I hope the guys at FT are listening to their feedback (assuming that they do respect their presence on Twitter and take these opinions seriously) and would begin to employ some serious form of presentation.

    On the other hand, I did note that The Sunday Leader’s website has taken a significant shift. A positive one. That’s a cue for most to follow. I know the Daily Mirror (the FT’s sibling) is among the most viewed Sri Lankan websites of today; unfortunately it’s also one that needs a trip to the cleaner’s. I hope the FT would take the DM and SunLeader factors into consideration when coming up with their new site.

    Having said this, I’m quite impressed with the amount of content, quite decent ones at that, they’ve managed to fit into a daily (and keep doing it every day!). Another point to learn here maybe to integrate a social-media type element into the FT. This not only engages their readers/audience (depending on the format) but also develops their target market (the business world) to start looking deeper, in turn allowing them to monetize the opportunity. An example? Look at the new supplement that shows up with the Sunday Leader called ‘Kottu’. It’s literally a mini offline version of the Sri Lankan blog aggregator – This presents the offline audience (fair to assume that a large proportion of the readers of the Sunday Leader would be) to the concept of social media and in turn drives more traffic to an online resource – be it the Leader’s website or itself. Having said that, Kottu – the online variant – is a great resource, so it’s a welcome move.

    I’ve said this before – and I’ll probably say it again.. the FT made great inroads through it’s presence on Twitter. It made it in a way where most Sri Lankan businesses did not. As such, it makes best sense to include some of the most interesting tweets at the time of going to press, and even a ‘today in #tags’ column, which helps them drive their content to Sri Lankans online.

    Right now, here’s my $0.02. Change the website. Integrate social media to the offline world. You’ve built a great story. You’ve got the content to go with it. Just ride the wave. Don’t fall off.


    PS: Oh, also, please please bring in the ability to link an article directly.. others call it Permalinks :)

  • imahassen 3:14 am on 27 November 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    My #opinion: #Financial #Times and #Social #Media – Continued. @ftsrilanka if you’re listening.. 

    Alright so I had a look at some of the stuff they’ve done, and I realize they’re getting somewhere. Its nice to see them attempting the whole two way interaction and listen/respond basics of marketing through the sophistication of social media.

    Although I didn’t quite buy the idea of flipping virtual pages on a Flash-based webpage, it did give me an indication of the type of content and layout to expect on the print version. Why didn’t I buy it? Cause I simply could not link directly (via permalink, for example) to an article or piece of content. Those are some of the basic features that make Web 2.0 work – and news sites are among the first to adopt this sort of thing. But, since they are on a thing to ‘listen’ via Twitter and FB, I’m anticipating some feedback from followers and hopefully some transformation on their online presence.

    So, the plus points? They are trying. They are listening. First (or among the first) Sri Lankan businesses to ‘listen’ to the masses. Great stuff.

  • imahassen 1:27 am on 22 November 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    An observation: The #Financial #Times, #Social #Media and #Sri #Lanka. #LKA 

    Today (technically, yesterday) I ran into, which seems to have been set up by Wijeya Newspapers Ltd, the publisher of The Daily Mirror and it’s Financial Times supplement. They’re on a mission of their own to gather public opinion about FT going solo as an independent standalone newspaper, rather than playing baggage to the Daily Mirror itself.

    To me, it seemed very Interesting to note that the publisher has utilised, or at least shown some interest in leveraging social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter (@ftsrilanka) and a web-based forum to achieve its objective.

    In short, they seem to be showing some serious consideration to social media, which is relatively new among the critical mass in this part of the world. I think it’d be fair to assume FT to be among the first major Sri Lankan brands to embrace social media in a fairly serious manner. This is in no way to say that consumers in Sri Lanka are new to the concepts of SM. In fact, they’ve done it pretty well, despite the lack of business/commercial push, that is until now. FT just seems to be among the first few to tap into this potential gold mine of opinions.. Which makes me wonder how many more businesses or brands will now follow suite…

    It would be interesting to watch how FT’s efforts materialize into conversations and ultimately a follower-base for the brand. Most importantly, I’d love to see how they would apply the feedback they receive towards their product.. (which is ultimately what a brand leveraging SM would be expected to do, right?)

    Let’s wait and see..

    Watch my tweets for more on this. Thank you for following! :)


    (Written off my phone while trying to doze off… Please excuse the grammar or spelling errors, as there would be many…while at the same time, if you’ve reached this far into reading, please share your views about Sri Lanka and its Social Media space. Thanks!)

  • imahassen 11:36 pm on 6 November 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Australia, Boat People, Business, Diplomatic, GSP+, LTTE, Refugees, , Technology, Terrorists, , War   

    Why am I tweeting so much about #Sri #Lanka? 

    If you’ve been following me on Twitter for long enough, you’d know that I tweet quite a lot about technology and business, especially of news pertaining to #Apple.

    Lately, ‘Sri Lanka’ has taken a large part of my ‘tweeting’ focus, due to it’s political and post-war landscape. More recently, matters involving Sri Lanka’s (straining) diplomatic ties, refugees on boats bordering Australia, GSP+ and similar developments have made the island nation blip on more radars than it ever did during a near three-decades of civil unrest.

    Being a Sri Lankan by birth and due to commercial and personal interests in the country, I have been observing the direction it has taken during this very tense period where development and the ‘right decisions’ are crucial to the country’s emergence in the post-war era. My tweets are representative of this observation and I share them for the interest of Sri Lankans and the broader global audience who share a similar interest.

    Beyond this, my passion for tweeting around the topics that matter to me, from business, technology and the Mac remains just as strong. Hopefully, I’ll have a lot more to share in the days ahead!

    Thank you for following! :)

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