In 2020, VERIVERY debuted on top of the Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales Chart with “G.B.T.B.”, the title track of their 5th EP, “FACE US.” “G.B.T.B.” is an acronym for “Go Beyond The Barrier,” showcasing VERIVERY’s hope that they can overcome any obstacles. The group is drawing attention as the new rising stars of K-pop with their impressive Billboard record that K-pop’s other leading artists have yet to achieve.
Forbes highlighted their latest two single release, SERIES ‘O’ [ROUND1: HALL], which features the tracks “Get Away” and “Numbness”. Through the interview with Forbes, they revealed that their universe is deepening and expanding. The music video is hot, filled with performances and moments that show the transformation of members throughout the party. It will be a matter of time before VERIVERY once again tops the Billboard chart.
‘Get Away’ – A tale about finding your true self and facing temptation.
‘Get Away’ is a grand track that features reggae-pop, giving the song a fatal but dreamy atmosphere. In the video, an unknown presence in the dark invites VERIVERY to a crazy party. The members face inner darkness, not knowing what is going to happen.
VERIVERY’s sweet voices sounds as if they are trying to fight back against the darkness. Their angelic whispers makes it seem like they are trying to hide their black wings and stay innocent, but eventually they spread out their dark-black wings and fall into the crazy party scene. They want to get away, but feel as if they’re trapped and falling deep within a dream. Is this party a sweet apple, or a poisonous one? It’s a sweet temptation–just like the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge–but once you bite into the apple it awakens the inner devil.
VERIVERY’s outfits get even darker and showier as they transform from boys to men.
At the beginning of the music video, the boys wore casual sweaters, knits, and hoodies to express their pureness. Curious boys with casual outfits at a camping site find themselves in an unknown place after receiving a mysterious invitation to a party. They wake in another location with black suits, but change into striped suits and leather jackets after eating a suspicious well-prepared meal on the table. It’s as if they’re facing themselves, but in a different parallel world VERIVERY’s neat black suits, silver accessories, and dark smokey makeup at the end signify the changing of each members as they face the dark inside.
We should also pay attention to the costumes and accessories that change as VERIVERY’s emotion changes. Those who face their inner selves try to destroy each other in the chaos. The curious young boys are nowhere, only the men are standing at the end of the party.
Consumer Reports & PIRG Urge Airlines to Provide Full Refunds for Flights Canceled During Pandemic as Voucher Expiration Dates Approach
Groups Call for Airlines to Extend Voucher Expiration Dates Through At Least End Of 2022
With the one-year anniversary of the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown approaching, Consumer Reports and U.S. PIRG sent a letter to ten domestic airlines today calling on them to provide full refunds to consumers whose flights were canceled or affected by the pandemic. At the very least, the consumer groups are urging airlines to extend the expiration dates for vouchers they issued for canceled flights to the end of 2022 or longer.
“Millions of Americans who booked flights in good faith in 2020 were prevented from flying because of government lockdowns and safety concerns brought on by a once-in-a-century global pandemic,” said William J. McGee, Aviation Adviser to Consumer Reports. “The airline industry has received very generous support from taxpayers while stiff-arming its customers and treating their hard-earned dollars as interest-free loans. It’s time to provide consumers with the long-overdue refunds they rightfully deserve.”
The consumer groups’ letter notes that complaints to the U.S. Department of Transportation about airline refunds have jumped dramatically over the past year. In 2019, consumers submitted a total of 1,574 complaints about refunds to the DOT. Last year, that number increased 57-fold to 89,518 refund complaints.
Consumer Reports has been contacted by numerous customers frustrated that they couldn’t get a refund during lockdowns and who are concerned that they might not be able to travel before vouchers expire. An analysis by TripAction, a travel management company for businesses, found that 55 percent of vouchers for unused tickets will expire in 2021, and 45 percent will expire in 2022.
Many passengers were prevented from flying because of government restrictions, public health notices, or serious medical conditions that made flying during the pandemic unsafe. Far too many of the trips they booked will never happen, due to the cancellation (not postponement) of conferences, conventions, weddings, graduations, and family reunions.
While passengers on flights canceled by airlines are entitled to a full refund under federal law, a congressional analysis found that some carriers offered vouchers as the default option, requiring passengers to take extra steps to get a cash refund. Many airlines waited until the last minute to cancel scheduled flights, prompting concerned passengers to cancel their tickets and forfeit their legal right to a refund.
“It’s insulting and unfair that airlines haven’t offered refunds to all customers affected by the pandemic,” said Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog Director for U.S. PIRG. “Consumers certainly couldn’t have foreseen a once-in-a-lifetime global crisis. Our research has shown that travelers whose plans got canceled have to wade through refund policies likely written by a team of lawyers. They’re faced with figuring out the difference between a flight credit or a trip credit or a travel voucher and similar offers the airlines make to avoid giving people easy-to-understand cash in their pocket.”
A Consumer Reports review of airline voucher policies found nine different policies among ten different airlines. Many of these policies are hard to find on airline websites, and the airlines’ descriptions of their policies can be quite confusing and at times contradictory, based on conflicting rules for various dates of booking, travel, and cancellation. The consumer groups’ letter was sent to the CEOs of the following scheduled airlines: Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines.
Jersey-born, Carolina-raised, R&B singer/songwriter Asiahn returns today with her new single “Get Away,” and a video to accompany it. Fluttering harps and serpentine bass-lines set the tone for the song’s welcome escapism, as she dreams of better days in the arms of a lover. Listen HERE. The peaceful video places Asiahn in a dreamy desert, living out that message. Watch HERE.
“Get Away” offers simple pleasures in both Asiahn’s beckoning lyrics and the meditative production.
“The Inspiration for the song came from the frustration with what’s going on in the world today and wanting to get away to just exist. In my mind I wanted to create a song that felt like the experience of being free.” Asiahn states. When speaking on conceptualizing the visual, Asiahn continues “We’re over sexualized, overused, and most of the time unrealistic in what we look like. I wanted to show a goddess-like depiction of two females in love. Not overly sexual, but sensual, powerful & feminine. The concept circles around the belief that beautiful things can grow in the most unexpected places.”
This new track follows Asiahn’s self-assured single “Gucci Frames” and her 2019 project Love Train 2, the latest installment in a series that once led Okayplayer to call her “a rare jewel in an industry full of fool’s gold.” “Get Away” is the fruit of a new phase for Asiahn that’s seen her focusing on her growth as a person and an artist. If this single is any indication, you’ll want to stop whatever you’re doing when her forthcoming EP arrives.
Princess Cruises is one of the premier cruise line offerings in the world, and the Pacific Princess fleet is the significantly smaller version.
Even though the Pacific Princess can only hold 670 passengers, it can still provide an exotic look at the world to those looking for a more intimate adventure.
It has fewer signature attractions and facilities than the larger ships, but what it lacks in spectacle, it more than makes up for in its laid-back, destination-immersive itineraries.
There are seven things to love about the Pacific Princess, specifically, so let’s go over them.
First, there are benefits to a smaller vessel. Even though it’s smaller than the average cruise ship, the Pacific Princess features seven dining venues and three lounges. Travelers looking for a more personal experience might find exactly what they’re looking for aboard the Pacific Princess.
Second, the ships are very recently refurbished. The 338-cabin ships were redone in June 2019.
Third, there is enough food and snacks for everyone. With one main dining room, an Italian restaurant, a steakhouse, a buffet, a grill, a pizzeria and room service, passengers never go hungry.
Fourth, the ships have lounges, a piano bar, a pool bar, a club bar, a casino and places to shop, ensuring that passengers are never bored.
Fifth, the Lotus Spa, fitness center, library, jogging track and saltwater pool help each and every visitor stay relaxed and revitalized.
Seventh, entertainment in the room is just as great as the entertainment outside the room. While theater shows, piano bars and games are happening outside, staterooms have flat-screen televisions and minibars.
Some of the most popular destinations include Asia, Australia, The South Pacific, The Mediterranean, South America and the Panama Canal.
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Cameron Michael Parkes was born in Vancouver, Canada (in British Columbia). He graduated from the University of Calgary, majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in petroleum. While working at a consulting firm, the oil prices dropped and he used his severance package to travel the world.
Throughout his two year journey in Southeast Asia, he found himself at Koh Rong Samloem – a small island just off the coast of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Two main places to stay are Saracen Bay (dense more modern filled with tourists) or Mpei Bay (rustic village area with tons of locals). After a few weeks in both places, Cameron decides to trench through the hot and sticky jungle (with snakes, wild monkeys and insects) to the most desolate yet serene part of the island, Sunset Beach. He quickly becomes acquainted with paradise and decides to plant his feet at Huba-Huba where he enjoys perfect sunsets with unobstructed sea views.
After a brief trip to Sri Lanka, he returns to Huba-Huba to discover that the owner’s husband had passed in a tragic motorcycle accident. The widow offered to sell and Cameron decided to purchase. Looking back he says, “I like the beach-jungle vibe which isn’t perfect. I love this spot. Right on the beach, beautiful bay, monkeys come around, geckos.”
Situated at the end of the beach, it contains 4 bungalows, 1 family bungalow, 4 private double rooms and 1 dorm – 8 beds and 3 tents. Their kitchen is armed with one of the best cooks on the entire island. Their “BBQ Nights” serve up sensational samplers of pork ribs, tofu, prawns and chicken. Polite waitstaff, heavy handed mixologists and free painting station where you can repurpose instruments as well as pieces of wood to build a sculpture from scratch. Snorkeling gear is available for rental.
Yves (a notable bartender from Brittany) came to Sunset Beach as a dive instructor and fell in love. One day after speaking with his bosses, he discovers a beachfront property for rent. Then he invites his brother (a carpenter) and they decided to erect ‘Sleeping Trees.’ The name derived from only having tree tents and the idea of ‘sleep in’ trees arose. The vacation area has two newly renovated bungalows, four tipis and four tree tents. Each space can accommodate up to two people. In addition, there’s a 4-room dorm which can host eight. At the present moment, both owners want to focus on better gardening and overall aesthetics of the property. Best attributes are their crepes, homemade rum shots and Reggae Night on Saturdays.
Sebastian Straub, former social worker in Switzerland, has now owned the property for 5 years alongside of his wife Julia. Their location is pet-friendly and includes 7 bungalows and 7 tipis. Each bungalow is constructed from wood with straw rooves perfect for a cozy and tropical stay. Their reimaginged family bungalow or ‘Cozy Kikki Lu’ is an ideal choice for guests seeking modern-like amenities. Tents make for a perfect glamping experience since they’re about thirty feet from the ocean. We enjoyed soaking up the sun in one of the 20 hammocks on the premises. Take advantage of the full bar and $1 beers during happy hour. The onsite restaurant takes advantage of seasonal local produce and fresh catches when possible. Our favorite menu items were the English breakfast, hearty fruit bowls, red snapper and barbecued pork & chicken skewer. You may enjoy meals upstairs (two-stories high) in an outdoor covered dining patio and/or at the beach bar. Every morning, a taxi boat for guests cost $10 to go to the city and is easily accessible.
Karlo and Parisa Zahipour Moarefi both came from Austria, borrowed money from friends and invested in Sunboo. There are 6 Bungalows and a dorm with 8 beds. The beach or garden bungalows have ceiling fans and newly renovated bathrooms and sinks. With a strong Italian influence, everyday dining is delightful. For breakfast they make french toast, pancakes, crispy bacon and homemade baguettes. For lunch fresh gnocchi, burgers and triple fried french fries. The dinner menu is westernized with our favorite thin crust pizza. And of course the Sunboo beach bar is the party area where we sip and socialize. One of the only establishments which serve wine on Sunset Beach.
They offer a full array of outdoor activities on the island with two locations – Saracen Bay and Sunset Beach. We took their half-day diving class (for all levels) and their master instructors were extremely attentive. The rock climbing experience offers amazing views of the sea. Kayaking trips are a must-try with a guide to discover the wonderful island and underwater world. The most intriguing activity on the island is the nighttime plankton tour which allows one to witness and capture their bioluminescence.
A private tropical hideaway on Koh Rong Samloem. The vacation area has 1 private beach, 22 bungalows and 1 guest house. The wooden bungalows all have two large double beds, en-suite bathrooms and a spacious balcony offering waters edge views of the warm tropical ocean. Paddle boarding is one of the most popular activities to do, but also board games, snorkeling and dive sites. The infamous bar is a must visit with the number one drink being the ‘Bahama Mama.’ All sorts of signature drinks like brown and white rum malibu, grenadine and juices. This private beach getaway is breathtaking.
The most amazing experience on the island and also its highest point. We recommend you take a taxi boat to the drop-off or trail which leads up to the lighthouse. Rumored to have been an old military watch tower, the views are spectacular. Be prepared to climb at least 7 to 8 stories to the top. The smell inside the lighthouse is a tad overwhelming and rancid. Be willing to pay at least $1-3 USD for the private tour. That price does not include the taxi boat.