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22 Dec 2013 : Not many people would describe Boon's life as a dream. Growing up in rural Thailand is tough, but having only 20% vision to rely on, being denied access to schools, being sexually molested by a drunken stepfather and fighting off an adult neighbour are obstacles only the mentally strong survive.
22 Dec 2013 : Nine years ago, Mark Weingard ran to the roof of his Natai Beach home when the first tidal wave came towards Phangnga during the Boxing Day tsunami. The entrepreneur from Manchester was celebrating the holidays with his friends, and they were fortunate enough to have high enough ground to escape unharmed on a morning when about a quarter of a million people died. The sea ravaged most of his home _ save for the roof and in-built cinema _ and Natai Beach.
10 Nov 2013 : Becoming financially secure is so simple that almost no one wants to believe it: Save regularly, reinvest your interest and dividend income, maintain your contributions even during down cycles, and you will accumulate wealth. It is that simple.
10 Nov 2013 : As the cost of living continues to rise, and eco-consciousness is beginning to bloom in the developed world, urban farming, whereby residents of cities are using free space on their property to build gardens and raise farm animals, is emerging as a trendy alternative to supermarkets. In North America it isn't just ageing hippies and new hipsters that are mucking out their backyard chicken coop _ the investment banker, civil servant or taxi driver may be getting their hands dirty as well. Urban farming can also be seen in Bangkok, where people may use their limited land to raise a few chickens, a goat or even a pig. However, before you go out and build a pen to raise fresh bacon and eggs, it is important to know what national and municipal regulations exist governing this type of urban farming.
03 Nov 2013 : Farmer Wiroj Sakulpan, 50, was unsure about taking out a loan to get into date palm growing, but put his apprehension aside when he believed it was a royal project.
03 Nov 2013 : Margo Somboon wears the robes of a devout Buddhist and keeps a LinkedIn profile. From her temple in Ayutthaya, she posts about religion on Facebook, shares pictures of His Majesty the King on Pinterest and wages a YouTube campaign against genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
03 Nov 2013 : In one corner of the cavernous training centre, a woman patiently strips the baby blue sheets off a queen-size bed, removing the flower-patterned pillowcases and folding them neatly to one side.
03 Nov 2013 : Emerging locations from Jomtien to Na Jomtien are poised to become major residential development sites, driven by a number of factors that provide advantages over other locations in the seaside resort city of Pattaya in Chon Buri.
03 Nov 2013 : To wrap up our series of articles on gambling, this week we will look at the law in practise, and see how it is applied to real-world situations. Regular readers will recall that gambling in Thailand is regulated by the Gambling Act and its implementing legislation. The act prohibits betting on games of chance or skill unless the organiser possesses a licence or an exemption has been made where a licence is not required. It is not required for promoters to display their licence when hosting an event. However, most organisers do so as the knowledge that a gambling event is sanctioned by the government and is therefore legal, and would be an obvious marketing drawcard for participants. In practice, if you don't see a licence prominently displayed, it would be wise to check with the organiser as to the legal status of the event.
02 Nov 2013 : Farmer Wiroj Sakulpan, 50, was unsure about taking out a loan to get into date palm growing, but put his apprehension aside when he believed it was a royal project.
27 Oct 2013 : Jakkrit Panichpatikum was the type of bad boy only a mother could love, and even she wasn't sure about him.
27 Oct 2013 : What began as a supposed attempt to stamp out elephant poaching has turned into a conflict of jumbo proportions.