Keep It Green: Now is the time to act

Keep It Green: Now is the time to act

PHUKET: Bad news for conservationists: the most powerful man in the universe is not only a non-believer in climate change, but is drastically reducing the US budget devoted to environmental issues. And one of Trump’s advisers calls ecologically aware people “like Hari Krishna… they’re glassy-eyed and they chant”. Big business and environmental concerns just don’t mix – globally or locally. As Bill Barnett of C9 Hotelworks avers, "put sustainability on conference agendas, and the eyes of Phuket developers just glaze over. A cleaner world is a more expensive world – at least in the short term". Having said that, the

Friday, April 7, 2017 | 01:00 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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Excuse Buster: Getting your kids to eat more vegetables

Excuse Buster: Getting your kids to eat more vegetables

PHUKET: I am slated to give a talk on nutrition at one of Phuket’s international schools soon. One question I always get asked when speaking to parents is: “How do I get my child to eat vegetables?” Having two children myself, I know the struggles of encouraging children to eat more from this critical food group packed full of nutrients. However, as most parents know, raising children is a labor of love that has patience and persistence as the cornerstones. Here are some tips to help encourage your child to eat more vegetables. 1. The most important strategy to get kids to eat vegetables is seeing parents eat lots of th

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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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Looking Back: The role of the Garuda in Thai history

Looking Back: The role of the Garuda in Thai history

PHUKET: The Garuda is a common symbol in Thailand. It can be found on bank notes, government documents and official flags, as well as government and private offices. The emblem of the Thai government is a frontal image of the Garuda in red, adopted in 1910 during the reign of King Rama VI. The legend dates back thousands of years, originating in ancient India. According to folklore, the Garuda is half beast, half god. He has eagle-like characteristics, with large wings, sharp talons and a sharp beak affixed to a human face. He possesses human arms and upper body, whereas his lower body resembles a large bird with a feather

Friday, April 28, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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Seeing beauty in black and white

Seeing beauty in black and white

PHUKET: In today’s fast-paced digital world, where anyone can take thousands of photos with a smartphone, there are still those who see the value of spending time in a darkroom and processing photographs using a technique known as ‘gelatin silver printing’. It may be unheard of in Phuket, but a group of 12 photographers, together with the Phuket Darkroom Club (PDC), are doing just that. They are holding an exhibition of darkroom photographs in Phuket Town from April 1-30. The line-up of artists is Rachot Visalarnkul; Sitt Polcharoen; Ittipon pathanapichai; Mongkol Apichitchaichot; Suvit Ratana-apiromyakij; Ratchadaporn

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 11:30 AM

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