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BOOK REVIEWS Red tape
20 May 2013 : Few people who have pulled up stakes in Country A and put them down in Country B know what they have let themselves in for. They may expect different customs, mores, traditions and have a basic knowledge of the language. But the red tape involved in integrating will try his (or her) patience to the extreme.
BOOK BRIEF Getting to know gods
20 May 2013 : Has anyone ever wondered about gods? A belief in gods exists all around the world. Ancient tales vary, yet they have been retold through generations. Fantastic and fictitious tales and academic readings have been published about them.
28 Apr 2013 : Some plants are grown because they have beautiful flowers, yet there are plants which are treasured even when they never bloom. Ferns belong to the latter category; plant fanciers love them because they are decorative, add freshness to their surroundings, and give a feeling of coolness even during the height of summer. Thailand has more than 700 species of fern, which come in many different forms, so you never run out of new ones to add to your collection. What's more, some ferns form mutations that can at times bear little or no resemblance to the mother plant, which adds to the excitement of growing them.
28 Apr 2013 : China's influence is felt far outside its borders. The country is an agenda-setter in this region and its impact - political, cultural and economic - can be felt around the world. Here, generations of Chinese-Thais have played a formative role in shaping modern Thailand. They have changed the political, economic and cultural landscape, and they have made contributions in fields as diverse as business, public service, the arts, academia, religion, the media, the military - even organised crime.
IN THE LIME LIGHT
28 Apr 2013 : The Indigo Pearl Phuket resort was the venue for a unique art exhibition called FACE, short for fashion, art, cuisine and entertainment. The event, held in the resort's Rivet restaurant, had all that and more. Hosts Prakaikaew Na-Ranong, deputy managing director at Indigo Pearl, and Kelly Lewis, the resort's jovial general manager, greeted guests who began arriving in the early evening at a reception in the restaurant's courtyard, which had been set up as an exhibition area. The courtyard was bordered with large canvases by award-winning Lebanese designer and artist Pierre Koukjian. Growing up in Germany, France and the Middle East, Koukjian came to the arts through jewellery making. He discovered that painting, sculpture and jewellery are all complementary art forms.
28 Apr 2013 : The abbot of Bangkok's Wat Talom knows that the growing number of foreign monks staying there is causing disquiet in the local community, following complaints of overcrowding, soliciting cash and "improper" behaviour. Phra Maha Somnuek Chutintaro says the number of foreign monks at the temple in Phasicharoen district now totals 316, with the majority from Myanmar (160) followed by Bangladesh (60) and Cambodia (50) and the remainder from India, Vietnam and Laos.
27 Apr 2013 : It is said that a sense of faith and awe-inspiring grandeur motivated Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel and many other famous works of religious art.
27 Apr 2013 : With relative humidity rising as the rainy season approaches and the merciless sun continuing to make us sweat buckets, we need something lightweight and non-sticky to pamper our skin. There can be few things worse than the sensation of melting make-up trickling down your face or the realisation that you've been walking around covered in unsightly smudges because the moisturiser you applied earlier has got all clumped up with face powder.
27 Apr 2013 : A few months before Duangporn Songvisava was named Asia's Best Female Chef, she received a phone call asking if she would accept the award. Initially doubtful, she agreed to accept the award in March.
SLICE OF LIFE
27 Apr 2013 : If there is one similarity between being a sportsman and hotelier, for Wim Fagel it is the need for both to perform to the best of their capabilities.
27 Apr 2013 : Some exercise is undoubtedly better than none, but if people go beyond moderate amount, it can cause problems.
27 Apr 2013 : It's the feeling when a place, or a moment, takes our breath away and fills us with sense of connection or of discovery, or rediscovery; a feeling of being lost, and then found.
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