Hooper Trips Asia: Inle Lake Boy, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Hooper Trips Asia: Inle Lake Boy, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Life on Inle Lake hasn’t changed much in the last 150 years. It is an idyllic place in this modern world where life is far less complicated. It is not an easy life by any means; hard manual labor is commonplace, but the slow paced, easy going nature of the people is a treasure. Here a young village boy toils in the early morning hours on his family’s long tail boat. He rises before the sun each and every day to gather sea grass that he dredges by and from the shallow waters of the lake. The lake’s waters provide everything for these people, it is their lifeblood in the very truest sense. The sea grass is used as fertil

Monday, June 26, 2017 | 03:30 PM

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Law, Life & Society: Do we need a Last Will and Testament?

Law, Life & Society: Do we need a Last Will and Testament?

PHUKET: With the growing number of people retiring in Thailand, our firm has received several inquiries for a Last Will and Testament. The primary question that we receive is, “Do I need a will?” What does a Last Will and Testament do? The purpose of a Last Will and Testament is to direct funeral arrangements, determine property distributions, assign a guardian to a minor, guide the payment of debt, and appoint a personal representative. Without a Will, the courts will appoint someone to do those tasks. A Last Will and Testament ensures that your property is distributed to the person who you want to benefit, an

Thursday, July 6, 2017 | 03:30 PM

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Hooper Trips Asia: Schwe Indein Pagoda Village Woman

Hooper Trips Asia: Schwe Indein Pagoda Village Woman

I have always said that 'wrinkles' add character and show that someone has really lived a full and eventful life. On this particular afternoon in the remote waterways of Myanmar, I happened upon a fabulous example of life’s wrinkles. I had taken a very arduous longboat tour far up a tributary of Inle Lake as we were travelling to the Shwe Indein Pagoda Complex built in the 12th Century by King Ashoka. Chugging slowly past paddy fields, we saw the farmers plowing and tilling the rice with water buffalo pulling wooden yokes. It was idyllic. I set out on foot into the bamboo forest behind the temple. The bamboo were larger

Saturday, July 1, 2017 | 09:00 AM

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Hooper Trips Asia: Mt Bromo Sunrise

Hooper Trips Asia: Mt Bromo Sunrise

As I sat in the darkness of the chilly pre-dawn morning, I just had a feeling that this day would be a special one. I had woken up groggily at 3:00am to start the long journey to this viewpoint that overlooks the incredible active volcano Mt Bromo in East Java, Indonesia. While sitting patiently waiting for the sun to shed light on this scene, I could feel the very earth rumbling beneath me. Mt Bromo was alive and kicking and its power was felt for miles around. As the sun slowly crept over the horizon, I was in complete and utter awe. This is exactly what I saw that morning, a scene that if I hadn’t been there myself, I

Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 09:00 AM

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Excuse Buster: Importance of protein in our daily diets

Excuse Buster: Importance of protein in our daily diets

PHUKET: I recently consulted with a client who was preparing for a triathlon here. It was clear from his lab results and symptoms (poor recovery and fatigue) that his protein consumption was too low. When we analyzed his daily protein amount, it was only about 50gs per day, when it was clear based on his weight and training routine that he needed to consume nearly double that amount. Protein pros and cons Most people recognize the main role that protein plays in our health, namely being the building blocks of the body for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. Protein also contributes to the formation of esse

Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 02:00 PM

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Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017 set to welcome sailors from around the world

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017 set to welcome sailors from around the world

PHUKET: Entries continue to be received for the 14th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek which takes place July 19-23 off Phuket’s east coast. The four-day four-party format has proven popular with sailors from around the globe as the fleet is expected to grow to approximately 40 boats come race day, with up to 500 sailors from more than 25 countries taking part. Kicking off the 2017/18 AYGP season, the line-up of monohulls and multihulls for this year’s award-winning Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek is impressive in both quality and diversity, with a number of newcomers from around the world joining regulars from the Asian

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | 04:15 PM

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