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Christmas Decorations in Colombo
Official Opening of the ”Colombo-Street-Lighting”
|Sri Lanka Tourism blitzed the city of Colombo this festive season by lighting up key streets and areas for a second consecutive year, following the success of last year. The month of December marks the start of the country’s peak tourist season, and the city light up project by Sri Lanka Tourism aims to add to the festivities and the overall holiday experience of visitors, as they enjoy a variety of events, sites, and the hospitality of Sri Lankans.
Colombo Lights Up For Christmas ! Capturing Festive Magic – Christmas and New Year Celebrations 2023-24 – Colombo, Sri Lanka (Please click on arrow)
Congratulations! Vijay Amritraj International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2024
Since becoming a globally recognized name as an athlete in the 1970s and 1980s, Vijay Amritraj has used his profile to spread the sport of tennis throughout India and the Asian continent.
Vijay Amritraj’s trailblazing success on the ATP Tour popularized the sport and inspired a generation of new players. Vijay Amritraj was one of India’s greatest players in the Open Era, anchoring India’s Davis Cup squad to its only two Finals appearances in 1974 and 1987; in 1974, he played a key role in India’s boycott of the Final against South Africa to demonstrate against Apartheid. Post-retirement, Vijay Amritraj has become the face of tennis broadcasting in Asia and the Middle East, sharing the sport with millions during the Grand Slams. As an administrator, he has helped to expand professional tennis’ presence in India, including the ATP Chennai Open, WTA’s Chennai Open and two ATP Challenger events. Vijay Amritraj has consistently worked to advance humanitarian causes and the greater good. In 2001, he became the first Indian to serve as United Nations Messenger of Peace. Since 2006, the Vijay Amritraj Foundation has provided education, and basic needs for women and children in India’s neediest communities. Vijay is married to Sri Lankan, Shymala Wenceslaus.
Tennis at the 18th Annual Vijay Amritraj Charity Gala in Las Vegas, Nevada
|The 18th Annual Vijay Amritraj foundation, Golf and Tennis invitational was held at Anthem Country Club, Henderson, Nevada in early December. Vijay Amritraj is in the center also included other tennis pros Anand Amritraj, Danielle Rose Collins, Alison Riske, Gene Malin and Prakash Amritraj
|Sri Lankan ladies at the tennis clinic, Janice Hsu Thanam, Gloria Moonesinghe, Jeanne Page Mather and Laila Carim
Yohani Bags Top Award at TV Derana Music Video Awards
|South Asian pop music sensation – Yohani, bagged top honors in the categories of “Most Popular Music Video” and “Most Viewed Music Video of 2021” at the TV Derana Music Video Awards held recently. The win comes on the back of the launch of Yohani’s debut album – “Kella,” which was released on all major streaming platforms earlier in the month. Yohani and her team returned to Sri Lanka to attend the award show following her performance in Los Angeles, USA and appearance at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi representing luxury Swiss watchmaker – Tag Heuer
“Agnes Aunty” by Lalith Anthony Perera and Piyal Perera with “Nightingales” (Please click on arrow)
Kushil Gunasekera – Runner-up Prize Winner of The One Humanitarian Award 2023 by Rotary International in Hong Kong
The “80 Club” in Melbourne, held their biggest Event of the Year on December 9th, at The Grand, on Princes, Mulgrave, Vic. Australia
|The “Next Generation Band” played at the function, followed by a sumptuous smorgasbord. The highlight was Sarah Foord opening the carols with a rendition of “Mary’s Boy Child” joined by the St Francis of Assissi Church choir. The event was compered by Rodney de Kretser. The 80 Club in Melbourne was formed in 1982. They now have 580 members. Above photo shows the “Next Generation” Band
President of the “80 Club” in Melbourne, Angelo Herft with wife Melinda
Sarah Foord, accompanying herself on guitar opening the carols with her rendition of Mary’s Boy Child, singing with Church choir from St Francis of Assisi
Noeline Willenberg, Melinda and Angelo Herft and Ursula Aruma
“QUE SERA, SERA” – Doris Day Piano Cover by Thaminie Perera (Please click on arrow )
Goolbai Gunasekara’s Newest Book “Life can be a frolic” is now available at
J Med 6th Annual “J” Awards
John Amirthiah, President and CEO of J Med with awardee
Happy 40th Birthday Dinuka de Silva of Los Angeles, Ca.
Sri Lanka High Commissioner in United Kingdom Hosts Christmas Reception in London
|Sri Lanka’s recently posted High Commissioner to London Rohitha Bogollagama and Mrs Bogollagama hosted a Christmas reception for London-based diplomats, British Government officials and dignitaries at his residence last week. Among those present were Rt Hon Lord Naseby (above) a long time supporter of Sri Lanka, Sir Peter Heap, President Friends of Sri Lanka, Gayan Chandra Acharya, High Commissioner of Nepal and Mrs Sunitha Acharya, Nimisha Madhavi, High Commissioner of Uganda .
Balance Ecercises For Seniors (Please click on arrow)
DIMO Shines Bright at TAGS 2023 with Four Prestigious Awards in Corporate Reporting
In a resounding testament to its commitment towards transparency, DIMO secured four accolades at the TAGS Awards 2023 organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) recently.
DIMO clinched the Gold Award in Integrated Reporting. Silver Award in Digitally Transformative Reporting. Gahanath Pandithage, Group Managing Director/CEO of DIMO, commenting on this accomplishment said “We are happy and honoured to celebrate this Quadruple Victory at TAGS Awards. This achievement further reaffirms our commitment towards transparency”.
Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo December 21st, 2023 (Please click on arrow)
|It’s our Christmas Special! Looks like Santa’s coming earlier than expected for some lucky winners on the show today! Plus – what is The Holy City like – we find out in song and a chat, watch a light fight, stroll through Strasbourg, get some economic snippets and check out the new VAT.
Obituaries – Sad News
Mohamed Iqbal (88) passed away in New Zealand on December 14, 2023. Husband of the late
Jean Irene, father of Zan and Zak, father-in-law of Clara. Grandfather
of Zara and Aiden. Mohamed was formerly Sri Lanka’s First Honorary Consul & Tea Commissioner to New Zealand, Australia and Fiji for 42 years.
|Lakshman Rajaratnam passed away on November 13th, 2023 in Darwin, Australia. Lakshman was born in Jaffna and lived most of his life in Darwin, working as a Water Resources Engineer. He is survived by his Wife Mallika and Son Brinthan
CR & FC Games in Sri Lanka
Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen
2 cups thick coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/2 – 3/4 lb. grated jaggery
4 teaspoons gelatine soaked in
1/2 cup cold water
Dissolve the soaked gelatine over boiling
water. Mix yolks, coconut milk and jaggery and
strain. Cook over a low flame till custard thickens
and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from fire
and allow to cool. Add dissolved gelatine and flavoring.
Lastly fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites. Rinse ring mold
in cold water and shake off the water but do not wipe. Pour
the custard into the mold and place in cold water (This will
make the souffle come out in layers of different shades of
brown when unmolded). Put the mold in the refrigerator
for 6- 8 hrs. to set. To unmold ease the sides of the souffle
with a knife, turn over and gently tap the mold or place your hands on the mold for a few minutes and for the warmth of your hands the souffle will unmold.
Decorate with roasted cadjunuts and cream.
Note: The souffle should be unmoulded just before serving and not too long ahead of time.
I hope this old Sri Lankan Recipe will be enjoyed and take pride of place on your NEW YEAR breakfast table with your family.Have a great New Year, email me should you have any questions or requests.
Season’s Greetings from SriLankan Airlines – USA