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Milbert Lamarre


Member since February 24, 2014

  • Always Double Check the Date on Your Visa

    Communication, Communication Design


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    Jonathan Sanchez is the vice president for global communications and capability at Unilever, with oversight over Southeast Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Africa.</div><div><br></div><div>The Singapore-based U.K. native spoke to the Journal about the importance of white shirts, how to get a high-tech coffee maker through security, and why he always double checks the date on his visa.</div><div><br></div><div><b>How often do you travel?</b></div><div><br></div><div>About half the time.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><b>Where do you go most?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br></div><div>London two or three times a year; Durban, South Africa; Moscow, Istanbul, Myanmar, Jakarta, Manila and other Southeast Asia countries.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Favorite airline?&nbsp; </b></div><div><br></div><div>Thai Airways. Their lounge in Bangkok is one of the best-kept secrets—they have a Jacuzzi. You can get a massage and eat great Thai food. It’s like taking a mini-vacation before starting on a 12-hour slog.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><b>Best airport?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br></div><div> Frankfurt. It’s quite a long walk between terminals, but it’s well-equipped, clean and has good connectivity. It’s a well-oiled, efficient modern German environment.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><b>Which city has the best taxis?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br></div><div>Singapore. The taxis are the blood and veins of the nation. They have an app where you can order a taxi without having to speak to someone, and you can follow the car on a GPS-based map as it’s coming to you.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Favorite hotel?&nbsp; </b></div><div><br></div><div>Radisson Royal Hotel in Moscow. It’s in one of the so-called seven sisters, the colossal skyscrapers from the Stalin era, which makes it easy to find the hotel. Although the inside of the room is a bit like being trapped in a 1970s wedding, the grandeur is unbelievable.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><b>Which country in Asia has the best food?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br></div><div>Istanbul is genuinely where East meets West. The foods you can eat, and the venues in which you can eat them, are mind-blowing. Thai food is also incredible, and Vietnamese pho is a great pick-me-up that can only really be made in Vietnam.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>The best coffee?&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>Vietnam has the best environment, Thailand has the best beans, and Starbucks has the best quality through consistency.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>I also have a Handpresso, a device that lets you make espresso in your room. It looks like a weapon though, so I get questioned every time I take it through security. Once they see it smells like coffee, they believe me it’s a coffee maker and let me through.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><b>How do you fight jet lag?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br></div><div>You learn to live perpetually slightly tired. When you have downtime, maximize it. After over 10 years, one thing I’ve learned to do is power nap for 20 minutes. I wake up completely refreshed.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><b>What are your packing essentials?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br></div><div>I collect eye blinds and always pack at least five—in different pockets of my luggage—so I can nap. The iPad Mini is my entertainment center. I also recently got a tiny Asus Wi-Fi router that’s about the size of a cigarette lighter that will turn an Ethernet connection in a hotel to a Wi-Fi connection. It comes in handy because hotel Wi-Fi is remarkably slow because it’s shared among so many people.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><b>What’s your packing strategy?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br></div><div>I always pack exactly the same everywhere I go. I keep my Rimowa carry-on by the door with my iPad keyboard, work shoes and a jacket. I grab a small bag with toothbrush, toothpaste, mini toiletries. I also pack three white work shirts. White shirts are the best because no one knows if you’re wearing the same one or not.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><b>How do you exercise on the road?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br></div><div>I try to walk more. I also swim when I travel because I find it relaxing.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Where haven’t you been that you’d like to go?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br></div><div> Mongolia. It’s opening up and has phenomenal scenery and landscape but has never really turned into a top tourist destination.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><b>What’s your travel advice?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br></div><div>Be kind. Traveling is a privilege, not a right. If you spend a lot of time on airplanes, you can be tired and frustrated, but try to remember the staff work to protect you.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Best travel experience?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br></div><div>When I first traveled to Istanbul, we landed into the airport at 6 a.m. and came over the hill into the city just as the sun was rising over the minarets and mosques of the city. To see that orange-hued sky, that Arabic Eastern-Western layout in front of me—it took my breath away.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Worst travel experience?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br></div><div>Being denied entry in Moscow. It was mainly because of a clerical error—the date on my visa was incorrect. But in Russia, there’s a very high level of attention to detail, so there was no question that I could get a pass. It was a life lesson: Always check your own documents and if you need a visa, make sure it’s the right one.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><b>More info?&nbsp;</b></div><div><a href=" " title="" target=""><b>;</b></a></div><div><b><br></b></div><div><a href="" title="" target=""><b>


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