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From Singapore to Saigon, 𝗝𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗟 𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗡 is a food marketer, writer and industry speaker. A decade of working, living and eating across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Jovel has managed more than 50 restaurants in 10 countries in Head of Marketing roles for industry top dogs such as AirAsia. Today we are happy to chat with her about her life experiences and reminisce about a place on Earth 𝙈𝘼𝙍𝙆 𝙔𝙊𝙐𝙍 𝙒𝘼𝙇𝙇’s Color Palette #02 reminds her of.
Hey Jovel, tell us more about yourself.
Hi I’m Jovel and I’m the founder of Vietnam's only-dedicated F&B industry blog and podcast where I share the latest industry news and happenings, trends, opinions and interviews with key opinion leaders from Mondelez Kinh Do, Unilever Food Solutions, BAEMIN and more.
I’ve been fortunate to have been featured in Vietcetera, Vietnam Plus, e27 and Destinations of the World News and I’ve been speaking at industry conferences and universities and conducting industry workshops and webinars in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
When you hear ‘Healing’ and ‘Color’ what comes up for you?
I have an anxiety disorder and I’ve experienced panic attacks for more than 10 years now. I think when you have a mental health disorder, it sometimes can be quite hard to love yourself in certain moments. I remember feeling very upset and frustrated with who I was and often self-deprecated and castigated myself when I first developed flight anxiety and couldn’t fly for a very long time.
I spent (and still do spend) a lot of time healing from a lot of the negative words and wounds that I said to myself before. I find a lot of relief and healing from music, particularly the piano as well as practicing self-love and meditation.
For me color is life, freedom and my breath. During the lockdown in Vietnam, I would often go to my rooftop to meditate and visualize my breath as a color (often it would be a light sky blue) flowing through my body and out of my nose and into the space around me.
As a frequent flyer before the Covid pandemic happened, is there a destination that you’ve been to that is reminiscent of Mark Your Wall’s color palette #02?
To me, this color palette depicts a coming-of-age. On one hand you’ve got the dark grey and green hues but also the light white, sky blue and turquoise which symbolize a new birth and life.
The destination that I chose is Switzerland. I spent my formative years in Switzerland where I studied hotel management in university.
Before attending university, I struggled with the prospect of a career in hospitality coming from Singapore where the industry is not looked highly upon. Also, this was my first time living abroad and I was very much still one-sided and for the lack of a better word, dull. This is what the dull colors represent.
Switzerland was where I found light and inspiration in role models within the region and really grew into my skin to become a much more confident version of myself. I learnt a lot and opened my eyes to so many new cultures and experiences. In a way, I feel this was where I found the light. The lighter colors symbolize this new birth and growth for me.
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing Jo. Get informed of the latest happenings in HCMC by following her blog here.
𝘈𝘳𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦, 𝘸𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 #𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘦, #𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 #𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘍𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘪𝘯 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘸𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘻𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘮𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘸𝘸.𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘸𝘢𝘭𝘭.𝘤𝘰𝘮