Gardening: A problem of identification

Gardening: A problem of identification

PHUKET: One of the more fascinating aspects of writing this column is that it brings you into contact with members of the local gardening fraternity. Some of the questions they pose are quite teasing. Take Chris, who sent me a photograph of a pot plant which has suddenly and inexplicably decided to bloom. He says, “I never really cared about it, but now it is flowering so I would like to know what it is.” First, a general point about plants that decide to burst into flower after a fallow period. The likely explanation is that conditions have changed. If the soil, location or provision of water and food are not right, ma

Friday, April 21, 2017 | 10:30 AM

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Recent highlights of Thailand's marine industry

Recent highlights of Thailand's marine industry

PHUKET: The Singapore Yacht Show, held just before Songkran, has become a leading marine industry event. It is a place where global brands are present and also where many from Thailand’s marine industry attend. With two-and-a-half days of conferences, it’s very much a business event, distinct from Thailand’s boat shows which focus more on the experience of owning a boat, showcasing the marine lifestyle and the country’s cruising grounds. Recent weeks have been busy for the marine industry, with announcements coming thick and fast. As we head into a new year, here’s a quick look at some of the most recent highlights.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 05:15 PM

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Profile: Achirawit Churmung – Seeing beauty in black and white

Profile: Achirawit Churmung – Seeing beauty in black and white

PHUKET: Achirawit Churmung is currently working as a professional photographer as well as a university lecturer teaching photography courses at Prince of Songkla University and Phuket Rajabhat University. He is also one of the organizers of ‘The Quiet Beauty’, a photography exhibition being held in Phuket till the end of this month, featuring more than 70 black and white photographs developed using a technique known as ‘sliver gelatin printing’ in a dark room. We rarely see this technique employed in the age of digital photography, but Mr Achirawit has been doing it nearly his entire life, saying that it is a passion

Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 04:30 PM

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Law, Life & Society: Have fun, but don't break the law

Law, Life & Society: Have fun, but don't break the law

PHUKET: Songkran was originally a Thai religious festival marking the beginning of the Buddhist New Year. Now it has morphed into a week-long holiday, water fights and parties. Large numbers of tourists come to Thailand to join in the festivities. It is a time where people let loose and civility is secondary. In response, Thai police are present in large numbers to ensure that there are no disturbances. Excessive drinking contributes to the party atmosphere and the police will be looking for people who have lost control. Those found guilty can be arrested and fined. Some examples of unacceptable behavior are defacing of pr

Friday, April 14, 2017 | 02:00 PM

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A different style of celebration in Phuket

A different style of celebration in Phuket

PHUKET has its own riotous version of Songkran, Thailand’s most important public holiday. Primarily a water festival, it celebrates the Thai lunar New Year and is held annually on April 13. Mostly an occasion for youthful exuberance, the whole island is turned into a war zone, as young people spend the day getting into water fights with anything from pump action water pistols to garden hoses and buckets. The battle is waged both on foot at roadside and from pickups loaded with tanks of H2O. If you are foolhardy enough to join the celebrations, you may also be covered in a mix of water and white talc or chalk, a tradition

Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 02:00 PM

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Handy tips for online shopping in Phuket

Handy tips for online shopping in Phuket

PHUKET: Online shopping is so easily accessible these days that even those residing on islands can benefit from its perks while enjoying island life to the maximum. While websites like eBay and Amazon are dominating the West, e-commerce is only starting to grow here in Southeast Asia. According to Statista, the number of users in Thailand's e-commerce market is expected to increase from 12.1 million this year to 13.9mn by 2021. This means there’s plenty of room for more e-commerce retail websites to grow and expand here. As online shopping develops into something much bigger, it opens a gateway to other busines

Monday, April 10, 2017 | 03:00 PM

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