A TRIBUTE TO INDOMITABLE HUMAN SPIRIT.
The human spirit has the extraordinary capacity to find positivity during hardships. Some have found it in reading, others in cooking or gardening. ‘Dear Future Me’ is a virtual time capsule on social media that lets us look back and remember the good.
I’ve always had a home garden but found it very difficult to bend down and tend to the plants and remove the weeds. So, I gave it up. Now, since I spend a lot more time gardening, I have become more accustomed to the labour, and I am a lot more interested in gardening. I’m not going to give up again.
Thomas Dominic, Director, CGH Earth
CGH Earth, owned by the Dominic family of six brothers, began in 1957 with Casino Hotel on Kochi’s Willingdon Island. Founder Dominic Joseph’s family was previously involved in farming and plantation. In 1988, the company went through a transformation under the leadership of his son, Jose Dominic, when it won the contract to reconstruct and operate the government-owned hotel on Bangaram Island in Lakshwadeep. The responsible tourism approach adopted at Bangaram Island Resort is visible across CGH Earth properties in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karnataka. Kerala’s ancient wooden mansions were carefully dismantled for the backwater retreat at Coconut Lagoon in Kumarakom. Spice Village, beside Periyar National Park, was inspired by the dwellings of the native Manan tribe. A palace was transformed into an Ayurveda retreat, Kalari Kovilakom. A pioneer in Kerala for best practices in tourism, CGH Earth ensures that almost everything that goes into a property is procured, crafted or manufactured locally. Food has been a strong point right from the start at the still-running Casino Hotel; even today, CGH Earth’s hotel restaurants gather travellers and locals around its tables.
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Hi, I'm Shijith, and I work at Casino Hotel in the Housekeeping Department. My busy schedule hardly gave me any time to pursue my passion, which is photography. During the lockdown, I found the time to discover beauty in the simplest of things and capture it with my camera.
Shijith, Housekeeping, Casino Hotel
I love sketching landscapes inspired by the beauty of Kerala. I guess my deep connection with nature finds expression in my art as my concepts are usually green pastures, water bodies, trees, and wildlife. And I love experimenting on canvas as much as I do with food.
Mathai Thomas, Executive Chef, Eighth Bastion
My vegetable garden and family of rabbits made me happy during these tough times. I have been growing vegetables for my family and selling the rest to Spice Village. It is something that CGH Earth encouraged me to do a long time back. Today, it is something I take great pride in along with my work.
Tresa, Housekeeping, Spice Village
I made a model of a boat using just scrap wood and bamboo material lying around. I work in the Engineering Department, so it was fun to do something creative during this time. I’m thrilled to share my model with you.
Sivakumar V. Nair, Senior Tradesman, Engineering Department, Wayanad Wild, A CGH Earth Experience
One thing I spent my time doing during this lockdown period, that brought me happiness, was when I captured some good photographs of nature and other objects in and around Casino Hotel. I've realized that photography is not just about capturing good memories, but also feeling happiness too.
Sappan, F&B Service, Casino Hotel
Creating a Terrarium is one of my passions. This process takes a very long time and you need a lot of patience. I did my first work in 2012, and then whenever time permitted. I had some time on my hands during the lockdown and hence did a couple of them. Mobile Photography is my other passion. My gallery is always filled with photographs of the nature around me.
Syamjith, F&B Manager, Casino Hotel
MESSAGE FROM CGH EARTH HOTELS
Join me and my friends at CGH Earth as we share stories and photos of the activities that are getting us through these hard times. Add your stories in the comments, and please post them on social media tagging @CGHEarthExperienceHotels and using #DearFutureMe #MeAndCGHEarth, so that we can add your adventures to our social time capsule.
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