Stand By Me

Another classic in the collective memory, Stand By Me originally performed by Ben E. King. Great song to hum or sing. This version is very special because it has been sung and played by people all over the world!

Playing for Change is a multimedia music project that seeks to bring together musicians from around the world. Playing For Change also created a separate non-profit organization called the Playing For Change Foundation which builds music schools for children around the world. (*) – From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”.

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Notable guests

Tips for tips  is talking about notable guest in the restaurant. (Thanks BTW for the plug for my CWSQKB last time!). Since I work in the flagshiphotel of our resort, they are also passing by in “my” restaurant. In fact there are three groups notable guests

  • Celebrities
    Sometimes they are invited by the company for press events, sometimes they visit the restaurant in their free time with their families. Since I’m not grown up in the country I work and seldom watch television I don’t recognize most of them. My collegues do, I have a feeling of  shame when they ask for photos and signatures, especially when they’re there in their freetime. Hey, we’re professionals aren’t we?
    And when I recognize them, I try to pretend to do like I don’t know the celebrities, trying to avoid every subject related to their work and give them a service as usual (which is already at a high level, I hope)
  • Hot spots of the company
    Since I’m working in a large international company, we have a lot of hotspots. Everybody in the local hierarchy is nervous about them, because they can make or break their career. But I think it’s rather hypocrit to show only the good sides and mask the bad ones. For example, once I worked in a restaurant where we had to clean the chairs before the PDG came to visit us. Not remarkable, but we’ve never cleaned them in the four years before!
    Also in the light of service quality it is very bad to do things like that: most “errors” are due to systemerrors, and if we take them away just for them, how do you want to give them an impulse to improve the system by not let them see the truth for all the other guests?
  • Sick children
    Now we’re talking! I work in a place where children with a life threatening disease are invited by the company. Who is the real VIP:  somebody who can play well piano or football or a little girl who’ll never see Eyeore again? That donkey reminds me always of her and her little sister. For me they are the real Very Important Persons and they are always getting a service like that.
    By the way, I also do volunteery work for Make A Wish. Look for your local chapter and see what you can do for them. For me it’s very useful time spent.

(Foto by George Biard, 2007, published under CC BY SA 3.0. The persons on the photo are for illustrational use only and don’t relate directly to the (first part) of the post)

Loans that change lifes!

I’m having fun in giving loans via Kiva. Kiva’s mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending.

This Crazy Waiter focusses on female entrepreneurs in the restaurant business in South America. And this night I have found three! But these are not fully funded, so maybe we can become (indirect) partners of crime?

Kiva! Loans that change lifes

As person but also as the crazy waiter I love to add value in the life of others. At home to the friends around me, at my work for my guests and.. in the world for those who need it.

Kiva makes it possible for me to lend relative small amounts of money in developing countries. Although there are some exceptions, the focus in my portfolio are women (always the hardest for them to find money) in the restaurant business (what else?) in South America (because it’s in the developing phase where there’s place for the restaurants and cafés – not scientifically proved but a feeling). It really feels good do be able to help other people to fulfil their dream!

The numbers (listed on Wikipedia) are impressive: As of December 25, 2009, Kiva has distributed $110,671,610 in loans from 631,345 lenders. A total of 157,207 loans have been funded. The average loan size is $401.66. Its current repayment rate is 98.13%. (*).

My numbers are nothing related to the whole thing. But I hope it can add a little bit in the life of others! You can also change lifes!