Before Flying To India

Today on the way to India to study certified herbs, I made a stop in Kuala Lumpur to meet with our great Buddhist friends Waipeng and Waiking. We discussed their beautiful cosmetic products those will be soon available in Malaysian natural Spas & Beauty Salons. We enjoyed a great time together.

A Goodbye to My Starbucks Friend

Some people say I live at Starbucks. Indeed, Starbucks seems my worldwide office where I can work, relax and enjoy my daily cup of Americano.  On this small beautiful rainforest island far away from my beloved San Francisco there is now a Starbucks as well.

When you visit a place every day you get close to the people who work there as well. One in particular that came to work at Langkawi Starbucks was Ronny. He came all the way from East Malaysia and told me he was attracted to whatever Langkawi had to offer. He wanted to discover and write about the island; the food here, the people and even become a guest writer at our blog! In the beginning he was shy and seemed even afraid to talk.

Then in a morning a SMS message read he was leaving and I felt sad. Because over time from being shy at first, he had grown to become the strength of his team. He talked proudly about them and the company in general.
Now today I am at Starbucks and I miss him. The good news is that he went back to his hometown to become a manager of a new Starbucks location over there. If there is anything I like about Mr. Schultz, the great CEO of Starbucks, it is how he helps to build character in people, making them feel a part in the success of Starbucks. Since I am there often, I also see the amount of dedication being put in training the staff, while they have also fun during the training as well .Thanks Mr. Schultz for setting examples in business!

I wish Ronny further success at his Starbucks career. I thank him and all Starbucks staff for caring of their customers while enjoy the simple pleasure of a cup of coffee and always feel welcome as well.

Kamusta Pilipinas!

I feel thrilled about the recent formation of “Paul Penders Philippines, Inc.” for the marketing and distribution of Paul Penders natural cosmetics in The Philippines. For this I was in Manilla over the weekend prior to my ayurveda study trip in Kerala, India. 

The new company is managed by Michael Lee who also owns advertising companies in The Philippines and in Myanmar. Mike is a real example of an entrepreneur, a “self-made” businessman who pursues his dreams with heart and passion. Before my trip he had already arranged for his “angels” to distribute Paul Penders products nationwide. Mike’s angels are the best people from his advertising company who were trained and motivated to take charge of Paul Penders sales in different parts of the country. Mike’s new mantra is, “Paul Penders will become a well-known and respected brand in the Philippines as Filipinos love natural products!”

I must say I was really impressed with Mike’s level of professionalism and his contacts; we had one of our meetings in the office of a congressman and his staff was very enthusiastic about our line of natural cosmetics made from organic ingredients. I noticed that people in The Philippines have a very close bond with nature. During my short stay I heard plenty of interesting stories about local village treatments, including “Goo Goo” which is a traditional shampoo made from a part of rice paddy which is cooked.

Mike’s office is located in the countryside in a serene spot with clear lakes and volcanoes. It was so picturesque I could imagine living there happily! Although The Philippines has a hot, tropical climate, the high altitude of Mike’s estate was a welcome relief from the humidity. One of Mike’s life’s philosophies is hard work, but he balances this with a need to share and experience true friendship. His 2-story office is on an estate that also includes 22 fully furnished apartments (each complete with bedroom, living room, dining room, kitchen and shower) for his team of angels.

Mike really believes in looking after his people and has a huge green area on the estate, where vegetables are grown and staff can jog or walk around. Every morning I saw people exercising and meditating, all motivated by Mike’s belief in being healthy in mind and body. I should mention that in his younger days Mike trained as a Buddhist monk, and is well versed in meditation. He was even taught by a senior monk how to read palms.

After leaving the monastery for the ‘real’ world, Mike entered the shipping business and owned a fleet of coastal freighters. He also became a developer, specializing in low-cost houses. Today, in his latest reincarnation as an ad man, his billboards can be seen throughout The Philippines – in cities and along highways. His focus on work and the business is amazing and I noticed him constantly snapping pictures of billboards when driving in his car! His newest passion is to bring natural cosmetics to the people of The Philippines – a brand new opportunity for him and for his angels.

Even though my trip was short, I was truly touched by the hospitality and friendliness shown to me in The Philippines. Thank you Mike for taking up the challenge of introducing Paul Penders products, for showing unique leadership and for your professional approach. I was very impressed with the ethical way in which you treated your staff. My memories of my trip are of the astonishing natural beauty of the country as well as the simple, genuine kindness of its people.

Mike, I wish you and your angels every success in establishing the Paul Penders brand in The Philippines!

Malaysia minister: God made animals for testing

A Malaysian minister defended an Indian company’s plans to build an animal testing medicine lab in his state, saying Monday that God created monkeys and rats for experiments to benefit humans.      
By JULIA ZAPPEI, Associated Press
When I first read this article I couldn’t believe my eyes! It made me feel so ashamed and angry especially as my company’s headquarters are in Malaysia. What message is this minister trying to send to the world? His statement is morally and ethically wrong!

Let me reiterate that our company will NEVER, NEVER agree or play a part in this cruel activity. I’ve spent over thirty years fighting against animal testing and you can be sure that no Paul Penders products have ever been tested on animals.

When I first started my company in the Netherlands I had the opportunity to visit an animal testing laboratory, what I saw that day changed my life forever. There were about 50 rabbits, all in cages waiting to be tested with shampoos. The lab personnel put a funnel down the rabbits’ mouths and forced shampoo into them. It was disgusting to see! Some of the animals were stuffed so much they literally exploded and died on the spot. I’ve always loved animals and l became so emotional watching this horror that I wanted to throw up.

As I refused to let the authorities test my products on animals, the Dutch government repeatedly tried to close down my factory. I eventually relocated to the US. This was a very happy time for me as we were able to introduce new products which demonstrated that humane, natural methods do work.

My philosophy has always been to respect and protect animal rights and the natural environment. Animal testing is an unnecessary evil that I and my company are completely against.

My products are for people, not animals. Animal testing must be stopped.
Read more at testing-b3c65ae.html


The Penders Story in The Star

First of all, some exciting news for this morning.

We hosted a Malaysian journalist from The Star, Malaysia’s largest newspaper in Langkawi recently. Miss Indra came to interview us and learn more about our principles and philosophy.

The article she wrote has been published today.

Unknown to many, a range of award-winning nature-based skincare products are being made right in our backyard.

TUCKED away in a quiet corner of the quaint island of Langkawi is the international headquarters of an award-winning natural skincare and cosmetics brand founded by Dutchman Paul Penders.

Continue reading Beautifully Safe at The Star Online.