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  • In your element

    31 Jan 2015 : Asian holistic philosophy views the universe as the combination of five elements — Fire, Earth, Wood, Metal and Water. These elements naturally exist in harmony around us as well as inside each human being.

  • Mothers of invention

    31 Jan 2015 : Baby products have evolved significantly over the past decade, from beds, baths and bottles to a whole new range of things — organic teething biscuits, baby shoes that promote healthy foot development, developmental toys, and many more products. Needs have grown more diverse, and parents are no longer happy with standard products. For example, they don’t just buy a feeding bottle — they want BPA-free anti-colic natural polypropylene bottles.

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  • Hot gigs 2015

    07 Jan 2015 : The next three months usher in a bright start for Thailand in terms of musical activities and events. This year is slated to be the year of EDM, with various electronic music festivals set to erupt throughout 2015.

  • Encroaching on villagers' rights

    07 Jan 2015 : As a New Year's gift, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has promised to return happiness to the people by giving 53,000 rai of state land to landless villagers. On paper, it looks like a generous present.

  • Misiem's final sculpture stolen

    06 Jan 2015 : The last sculpture by late artist Misiem Yipintsoi has disappeared from her sculpture park.

  • Mozart with a Thai twist

    06 Jan 2015 : Christmas Day at the Thailand Cultural Centre saw the opening night of Opera Siam's wonderful new production of Mozart's The Magic Flute, conducted by the young Thai impresario Trisdee Na Patalung and directed by Somtow Sucharitkul (there were two further performances, one sponsored by the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority).

  • Rosebud lips in the new year

    06 Jan 2015 : For pouting petal-like lips, Lancome has released a collection of lipsticks in rose-inspired colours. 

  • Cosmetics

    Make smooching a smooth affair

    06 Jan 2015 : Texture is as important as colour when choosing a lip beautifier. From watery tint and gloss to balm and supreme-matte, try the many textures in selecting a tube, which can sometimes cost 1,000 baht or more.

  • Siam through the lens of John Thomson

    06 Jan 2015 : In the mid-19th century, John Thomson arrived in Siam with a fairly new invention of those days: photography. The Scot would set up his camera in exquisite parts of Bangkok and take pictures — in those days having one's picture taken was an elaborate and even privileged activity — of some of the most important figures and places, including King Rama IV and V.

  • Accessing your animal instinct 

    06 Jan 2015 : Functional training was a major hit last year, as people started to ditch the treadmill and opt for workout "toys" that promised to enhance their performance in their daily activities, such as walking up stairs and balancing on the back of a motorbike taxi.

  • Exercising the exceptional

    06 Jan 2015 : At first glance, 24-year-old Teera Bangsarunthip looks just like any other man.

  • INTERVIEW

    Home is where the heart is

    05 Jan 2015 : ‘I haven’t dressed up this handsomely for so long,” said Chaiporn Vathanaporn, an 82-year-old man who has been living on the streets for more than 17 years. He spoke last month at an event where he was honoured with a Prachabodhi Award, recognised by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security for his charitable deeds.

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