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Here comes summer

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Here comes summer

shopping June 15, 2019 01:00

By The Nation Weekend

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Starbucks goes wild for all things marine with the launch of its new drinkware collection

THAILAND’S SUMMER might have dissolved into the wet season but that’s not stopping it from joining Starbucks’ Western summer celebrations with the launch of a new drinkware collection inspired by marine life.

Featuring such fun elements as a sailboat, a lighthouse and a compass, the new line-up includes a ceramic Sailboat cup and saucer set with a rope-like handle and a ceramic Hello Summer mug screened with the words “Hello Summer” and accompanied by a compass-inspired spoon.

The SS Sea Scene and Sailboat double-layered tumblers are made with stainless steel making them perfect for both hot and cold beverages. The Sailboat Icon double-layered plastic tumbler meanwhile features a 3D sailboat element at the base and a stable plastic lid.

And with Starbucks phasing out single use straws, the SS White stainless steel tumbler, the Acrylic Nautical Icons double-layered plastic cold cup and the Acrylic Sailboat and Whale cold cup all come with a reusable straw.

The Polka Dot Sailboat plastic bottle has a body that can be unscrewed to add ice. Safe for both microwave and dishwasher, the ceramic Hello Summer bowl looks like a boat and comes with ceramic oars that can be used as butter spreaders.

Find out more at http://www.Starbucks.co.th.

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Artful days at the W

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Artful days at the W

Art June 17, 2019 01:00

By THE NATION

Known for its unique concept of showcasing a wide range of art inside hotel rooms, the Hotel Art Fair has become one of the Bangkok art scene’s most anticipated events.

Organised by Farmgroup, it brings together galleries, local and international artists and collectors under one roof with the aim of creating a vibrant and supportive community in which art can thrive.

The sixth annual Hotel Art Fair on June 22-23 partners with W Bangkok, a hotel where art and design are appreciate.

This year’s conversation will centre on the topic of “Breaking Boundaries”. Art can break boundaries by pushing and evolving and its mission is to seek and express human emotions and point of view.

This year’s event will showcase the most diverse selection of participants yet, from local talents to emerging artists to major galleries all over Asia.

 

Be immersed in the works of more than 30 galleries and independent artists, including Richard Koh Projects, Artemis Art, L+/Lucie Chang Fine Arts, the Drawing Room, Korea Tomorrow, Clear Gallery Tokyo and B-gallery.

Local venues represented will include Number 1 Gallery, Joyman Gallery, Subhashok the Arts Centre, La Lanta Fine Art and Gallery Seescape.

“Spectrum” by the Autistic Thai and Na Kittikhun Foundation, features extraordinary artworks with a high level of creativity.

Thai digital artist Purin Phanichphant will be showcasing his playful interactive pieces that transcend the relationship between the viewers and the digital world.

Admission is free. Learn more at https://HotelArtFair.com and https://HotelArtFair19.eventbrite.com.

More polka dots in the pocket

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Filipino collector Maria Clara Camacho chats with Apinan Poshayananda in front of Yayoi Kusama’s polkadot masterpiece “Pumpkins” at BAB Box in Bangkok. Nation/Phatarawadee Phataranawik
Filipino collector Maria Clara Camacho chats with Apinan Poshayananda in front of Yayoi Kusama’s polkadot masterpiece “Pumpkins” at BAB Box in Bangkok. Nation/Phatarawadee Phataranawik

More polka dots in the pocket

Art June 17, 2019 01:00

By Phatarawadee Phataranawik
The Nation

The ‘Let’s BAB’ show gives fans of Yayoi Kusama a chance to ‘Carry on Living with Pumpkins’

“I Carry on Living with Pumpkins” is in the “Let’s BAB” show, helping drum up interest in the coming second edition of the Bangkok Art Biennale. Photo courtesy of BAB

The success of the inaugural Bangkok Art Biennale last year – drawing more than three million visitors – was assured largely by the inclusion of the glorious, wildly photogenic installations by Yayoi Kusama, the Japanese op-art wizard whose work is adored from Alaska to Zimbabwe.

A string of the eccentric Kusama’s polka-dot pumpkins, loaned from her Tokyo studio and Filipino couple Maria Clara and Jose Isidro “Lito” Camacho, were undeniably the biggest attractions at Siam Paragon and CentralWorld.

Now Maria Clara Camacho is back with more from her collection to share with Kusama’s Thai admirers.

The “Pumpkins” (from 2016-2017) and “I Carry on Living with Pumpkins” (2015) are on display through Saturday at “Let’s BAB”, another impressive group exhibition taking place at BAB Box in the One Bangkok complex on Rama IV Road.

Professor Apinan Poshyananda, chief executive and artistic director of the Biennale, specifically selected pieces from that event as well as new works to help introduce BAB Box and promote the next Biennale.

Choi Jeongwa’s “Happy Happy Project: Flower Gun” from 2016 displat at BAB Box in Bangkok until June 22. Photo courtesy of BAB

Also in the show are the remarkable sculptural installations of Choi Jeong-hwa, Annee Olofsson’s stunning portraits, Paolo Canavari’s abstract paintings and Sakarin Krue-On’s black and white film.

Apinan vows the second Biennale will be even better than the first. “Marina Abramovic, the world’s leading performance artist, will be our international adviser, so please stay tuned for some surprises.”

Camacho was duly impressed by the vibrancy of Bangkok’s art scene when she visited last year. She and her husband own one of the most impressive Yayoi Kusama collections on the planet, as well as six major digital artworks by teamLab, the Japanese media-art collective.

She spent some time last month chatting with The Nation.

You’ve been to Bangkok many times – how has it changed?

It’s become so much more developed, with some amazing building and an art scene that’s become really lively thanks to Khun Apinan.

On my first visit for BAB, they had the flying pig and flower installation by Choi Jeong-hwa. I was surprised when I came this time and all the art was new and completely different.

How did you like the Biennale?

It was incredible! I didn’t realise so many people in Thailand were interested in contemporary art.

We visited the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and again I was surprised how many people came to watch the performances and to look at the art. There were young people in large groups, like groups of friends who just wanted to enjoy art for an afternoon and families with kids. It was very refreshing to see.

What do you find most interesting about Kusama’s work?

We first saw her work at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo in 2004 and she wasn’t very well known yet.

But the whole first floor was devoted to her and I was really impressed with the range of media she uses, from oil on canvas to beautiful paper creations to her Mirror Room to film. She’s also a poet and novelist, so her creativity knows no bound.

She is devoted to her art and really doesn’t care what people think of her work, how it’s categorised. She’s completely independent, a free spirit.

We have more than 100 of her works and every one is unique. We don’t mind lending them out because we think the whole world should know about her. That began happening in 2012 when she collaborated with Louis Vuitton. She designed over 500 window displays for Vuitton stores around the world and it made her a household name.

Kusama has long dealt with psychological issues. How do you think her work helps heal her?

Without her art, she would have committed suicide a long time ago. She says art is her therapy, but it’s also therapy for all the people of all ages who enjoy her work.

One New York artist told me that Yayoi “invented fun in art”, and her work is certainly among the most fun art you can find, especially the interactive pieces like the Infinity Mirror Room. That’s why there are long lines waiting to see her art.

When I first saw the Mirror Room in 2004 I was the only one in the room and could stay as long as I wanted, but now they only let you stay inside for 30 seconds because there are so many people queuing up.

We first met her in 2011 at her studio and the last time we met was two months ago. She is 90 now and still quite strong, but she uses a wheelchair because her knees are painful. But she strongly believes there is much more for her to do and create before she dies and she doesn’t want to be disturbed. So she sees very few people.

What advice would you give someone thinking about collecting contemporary art?

They should do a lot of research before buying, go to museums, watch films about art, talk to artists and curators. There is so much to learn – it’s not just going into a gallery and seeing something and buying it. You have to know about the artists. The better collectors are the most knowledgeable.

With such fast progress in Bangkok, how do you rate its potential to be a key Asian hub of contemporary art?

Bangkok a huge population and art only needs the support of the audience to thrive. You need an audience that appreciates art and artists who are willing to sacrifice and devote themselves fully.

Do you collect any Thai artists?

No, I don’t because the art can’t be exported. I’ve seen Thai artists who exhibit in the Philippines, at the Ayala Museum, such as Natee Utarit, who offered a critique of Western modernism in his 2017 show “Optimism is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces”.

If I find something really compelling, I’ll buy it, but when we collect an artist, we collect very deep, so that we accumulate almost a retrospective, from their early works to their more recent. I can’t do that with an artist whose work can’t be exported.

Annee Olofsson’s stunning portrait.

‘Much more left to do’

-The exhibition “Let’s BAB” continues through Saturday.

– Find out more at http://www.Facebook.com/Bkkartbiennale or http://www.BkkArtBiennale.com.

Luxury in the midst of the ocean

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Luxury in the midst of the ocean

sleep June 14, 2019 16:15

By The Nation

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The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll offers a wide selection of luxury villas and other modern facilities to delight all those escaping the urban chaos.

Situated just 55 minutes by domestic flight from nearby Kooddoo island, followed by a five-minute speedboat ride, this brandnew resort stands alongside its sister The Residence Maldives at Falhumaafushi and is connected by a private bridge that allows guests to travel between the two properties

Designed to enhance and complement its sister island, it features additional spacious villas, a Spa by Clarins, Beach Club, diverse dining, water sports, dive centre, Kids Club, bespoke wellness programmes and more. Book an all-inclusive stay and you have access to two additional castaway islands for day trips.

It has 173 Beach, Lagoon and Water Villas overlooking the turquoise waters of the ocean, with both sunrise and sunset views. Each villa has its own private pool and decking, indoor and outdoor shower, deep bathtub and king size bed.

All villas are designed with plenty of natural light, which blends the beauty of traditional Maldivian architecture with contemporary flair. Perfect for families, Dhigurah offers more two-bedroom Beach and Water Villas, complete with a living room, dining area and spacious deck.

Guests have access to all six restaurants and six bars across both at Dhigurah and Falhumaafushi, creating a two-island inclusive experience. New restaurants include the all-day dining Dining Room offering international cuisine and delicious local dishes, Li Bai serving classic Cantonese dishes and the Cafe del Sol presenting Mediterranean tapas.

The Spa by Clarins features 10 round, thatched-roof over-water pavilions, with panoramic backdrops of the Indian Ocean and the lagoon. Guests can enjoy many choices of holistic and Ayurvedic treatments, yoga classes, manicures, and a hair salon. The Turtle Kids Club keeps the little ones entertained with a programme of fun daily recreational activities and educational excursions like nature walks, beach games and art workshops.

The resort is celebrating its official opening by offering 40 per cent discounts when booking a minimum four-night stay. Valid through March 31, the room rates start from $56-plus (Bt17,700-plus) per night and guests will be rewarded with complimentary domestic flights and speedboat transfer.

A taste of the Punjab

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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  • Rejuvenate mocktail
  • Punjab Grill offers contemporary Indian cuisine in an elegant, finedining ambience.
  • Tandoori Jheenga
  • Prawn Biryani
  • RaanE Sikandari
  • Butter Chicken with Garlic Naan
  • Chocolate Sphere

A taste of the Punjab

tasty June 15, 2019 01:00

By Khetsirin Pholdhampalit
The Nation Weekend

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Vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes from the North of India are served in this fine-dining restaurant in downtown Bangkok

LOCATED towards the Ploenchit end of Sukhumvit in an area that boasts several Indian street food stalls and restaurants, Punjab Grill restaurant stands out in the crowd thanks to its elegant and fine-dining ambience. Here diners are transported back to the genteel days of British India with contemporary renditions of Punjabi cuisine.

Stepping into the restaurant from the lobby of Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit, guests are greeted by warm lighting that plays well with the red brickwork and carmine carpet.

A chef prepares chargrilled meats in the tandoori oven set in the glassenclosed kitchen.

A long black marble bar separates the lounge area from the elevated dining section. Live music adds to the ambience but doesn’t deter conversation. The 70-seat restaurant also allows guests to see the chefs at work in the glass-enclosed kitchen, particularly when they’re preparing naan breads and roasted meats in any of three copper-clad tandoori ovens.

For more intimate occasions, a 12-seat private dining room is available and a semi-private alcove can accommodate 20 persons.

This is the first Bangkok franchise of Punjab Grill, which has more than 20 outlets across India with the flagship restaurant in New Delhi. Outside India, it has branches in Abu Dhabi and Singapore and Bangkok is the latest to have joined the ranks.

“We take signature dishes from the flagship restaurant but adapt them to suit the region. The tastes may be slightly different. We bill our dishes in terms of cooking and presentation as contemporary Indian cuisine but the tastes are totally authentic,” says chef Bharath S Bhat who has worked at some of the top Indian restaurants including Indego at Grosvenor House Dubai, Amal at the Armani Hotel Dubai, and Simply India at the St Regis Mauritius Resort.

Dishes are available both a la carte and in a tasting menu with vegetarian or non-vegetarian options. Before starting the meal, guests will be offered with a very thin towel rolled into the shape of a rose and scented with rose water to refresh their hands.

I opt for the a la carte menu and the complimentary amuse bouche of the day is Northern India’s popular street food Papai Chaat served in a very tiny cup. Crisp-fried dough wafers are mixed with yoghurt mousse, tamarind sauce, and coriander chutney. A complimentary basket of crispy Indian breads is also brought to the table to go with tomato-raisin chutney, mint-coriander chutney and cheese-garlic dip.

 Tandoori Jheenga

Most street vendors in India use a food cart to sell various different types of street cuisine. Playing with that everyday ambience is the Indian streetside snack Avocado Bhel (Bt205) served on a miniature thela – a word meaning food cart in Hindi. Crisped rice mixed with onion, tomato and spices form the bed with avocado guacamole tossed with spiced chutney, sweet yoghurt espuma and crispy shredded potato on the top.

Vegetarians will love the Tandoori Portobello (Bt450) – halves of portobello mushrooms stuffed with cured olives and pickled sun-dried tomatoes grilled for a smoky taste.

Non-vegetarians can opt for Tandoori Jheenga (Bt855) – char-

grilled tiger prawns scented with carom seed and Chaamp Taajdar (also Bt855), braised and char-grilled New Zealand lamb chops.

“Northern Indian cuisine like that served in the Punjab involves meats and seasonal vegetables marinated in spices and slow cooked in a tandoor oven. Here at the Bangkok branch, we also cook local tiger prawns, scallops from the US and Norwegian salmon tandoori style. Before cooking, the ingredients are marinated for several hours in mace, fennel, cinnamon, and cumin,” says chef Bhat.

The main spices used in these dishes, all of them imported from India, include yellow chilli powder, kasuri methi, kashmiri mirchi, home ground garam masala, cardamom, mace powder, royal cumin and carom.

My main dish is Raan-E Sikandari (Bt1,450) – baby leg of lamb slowly braised in its gravy for about six hours at a low temperature then roasted in the tandoor with cinnamon and cardamom. Before serving, the chef will pour dark rum over the lamb and slightly burn it to get a smoky flavour.

Biryani – basmati rice slowly cooked with fragrance of green cardamom, mace and rose water in a brass pot wrapped with baked bread to retain its heat – is also served. Biryani can be cooked with your choice of meats – prawn (Bt855), mutton (Bt600) and chicken (Bt500) or with vegetables (Bt365) for vegetarians.

Chaamp Taajdar

Tandoori-grilled naan breads are aromatic and much too good to ignore, especially the Peshwari Naan (Bt95) topped with olives and garlic paste, and Mushroom Kulche (Bt100) stuffed with spiced mushrooms and scented with truffle oil.

The naan pairs perfectly with Butter Chicken (Bt405) – morsels of soft texture chicken poached in creamy and buttery tomato and Dal Makhani (Bt320), slowly cooked black lentils in tomato and flavoured with cream and butter.

And while the courses are filling, do try and save a little bit of room for dessert, especially the Chocolate Sphere (Bt260). This white chocolate sphere is filled with pista kulfi, which is similar to ice cream but denser, creamier and packed with crunchy pistachios, scented with aromatic cardamom powder and saffron as thoroughly doused in dark chocolate sauce.

The selection of mocktails includes the aptly named Rejuvenate – a mixture of pomegranate, vanilla, mint and lime. Twisted Colada – a concoction of pineapple, coconut cream, saffron, blue curacao topped with colourful seeds the Indians use as mouth fresheners – is creamier but equally as good. Both are priced at Bt175 a pop.

 

INNOVATIVE INDIA

>> Punjab Grill at Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit on Soi Sukhumvit 13 is open daily for dinner only from 6 to 11.30pm.

>> Call (02) 645 4952 or visit http://www.PunjabGrillBangkok.com.

Travels with your tummy

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Travels with your tummy

tasty June 14, 2019 01:00

By THE NATION

The St Regis Bangkok Signature Sunday Brunch offers gourmets and gourmands a new immersive dining experience along with live performances every third Sunday of the month.

Each Signature Themed Sunday Brunch at VIU restaurant takes diners on a new gastronomic journey with food and beverages inspired by compelling culinary themes.

For the inaugural Signature Themed Sunday Brunch this Sunday (June 16), the chefs retrace luxury brand from the streets of New York City to the Bangkok skyline, showcasing iconic treats from the Big Apple including footlong Reubens, lobster rolls, New York-styled pizza, and the classic New York cheesecake.

In July, the lavish gastronomic spread draws culinary cues from the great British summertime with its seasonal picnic baskets and lively pub fare, including special brunch items like beer-battered fish and chips, scotch eggs, Eton mess, and a giant trifle with juicy summer fruit.

 

In August, the chefs shine the light on Peru to reveal a multicultural cuisine tracing back thousands of years, including the country’s national dish of ceviche in its varying forms, as well as lomosaltado and hearty stews.

To mark the start of the annual Oktoberfest in September, a selection of Bavarian classics will be served including bratwursts, wiener schnitzel, and pork knuckles, accompanied by foamy mugs of beer.

 

It’s spring in the Land Down Under in October, and the barbie will be fired up in honour of the Australian culinary institution, with sausage sarnies and premium cuts of grilled Aussie lamb accompanied by other quintessential Aussie favorites including smashed avo, feta on Vegemite toast, Lamington’s, and a selection of exemplary wines.

As the end of the year draws near in November, the bounty of Spain is celebrated with delicious additions to the themed brunch including gazpacho, authentic paella, gambas al ajillo, and a selection of fine cured meats including chorizo and jamon.

 

In December, for the last Signature Themed Sunday Brunch of the year, the flavours turn festive with all the holiday trimmings. The distinctive feast includes traditional turkey, roast ham, as well as mulled wine and hot toddies to complete the Christmas cheer.

The Signature Themed Sunday Brunch at VIU is priced at Bt2,850-plus per person inclusive of non-alcoholic beverages. Adds Bt1,299-plus for freeflow wine, beer, Siam Mary and martinis. It takes place from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

Book your seats at (02) 207 7777.

Artful days at the W

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Artful days at the W

lifestyle June 17, 2019 10:50

By The Nation

Known for its unique concept of showcasing a wide range of art inside hotel rooms, the Hotel Art Fair has become one of the Bangkok art scene’s most anticipated events.

Organised by Farmgroup, it brings together galleries, local and international artists and collectors under one roof with the aim of creating a vibrant and supportive community in which art can thrive.

The sixth annual Hotel Art Fair on June 22-23 partners with W Bangkok, a hotel where art and design are appreciate.

This year’s conversation will centre on the topic of “Breaking Boundaries”. Art can break boundaries by pushing and evolving and its mission is to seek and express human emotions and point of view.

This year’s event will showcase the most diverse selection of participants yet, from local talents to emerging artists to major galleries all over Asia.

Be immersed in the works of more than 30 galleries and independent artists, including Richard Koh Projects, Artemis Art, L+/Lucie Chang Fine Arts, the Drawing Room, Korea Tomorrow, Clear Gallery Tokyo and B-gallery.

Local venues represented will include Number 1 Gallery, Joyman Gallery, Subhashok the Arts Centre, La Lanta Fine Art and Gallery Seescape.

“Spectrum” by the Autistic Thai and Na Kittikhun Foundation, features extraordinary artworks with a high level of creativity.

Thai digital artist Purin Phanichphant will be showcasing his playful interactive pieces that transcend the relationship between the viewers and the digital world.

Admission is free. Learn more at https://HotelArtFair.com and https://HotelArtFair19.eventbrite.com.

Hotel Art Fair

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Hotel Art Fair

lifestyle June 17, 2019 09:00

By Artful days at the W

Known for its unique concept of showcasing a wide range of art inside hotel rooms, the Hotel Art Fair has become one of the Bangkok art scene’s most anticipated events.

Organised by Farmgroup, it brings together galleries, local and international artists and collectors under one roof with the aim of creating a vibrant and supportive community in which art can thrive.

The sixth annual Hotel Art Fair on June 22 to 23 partners with W Bangkok, a hotel where art and design are appreciate.

This year’s conversation will centre on the topic of “Breaking Boundaries”. Art can break boundaries by pushing and evolving and its mission is to seek and express human emotions and point of view.

This year’s event will showcase the most diverse selection of participants yet, from local talents to emerging artists to major galleries all over Asia.

Be immersed in the works of more than 30 galleries and independent artists, including Richard Koh Projects, Artemis Art, L+/Lucie Chang Fine Arts, the Drawing Room, Korea Tomorrow, Clear Gallery Tokyo and B-gallery.

Local venues represented will include Number 1 Gallery, Joyman Gallery, Subhashok the Arts Centre, La Lanta Fine Art and Gallery Seescape.

“Spectrum” by the Autistic Thai and Na Kittikhun Foundation, features extraordinary artworks with a high level of creativity.

Thai digital artist Purin Phanichphant will be showcasing his playful interactive pieces that transcend the relationship between the viewers and the digital world.

Admission is free. Learn more at https://HotelArtFair.com and https://HotelArtFair19.eventbrite.com.

Let’s speak Thai

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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  • Not only teachers, but also mothers who are interested in teaching Thai to their children are also welcome to join.
  • Thai teachers from 11 countries in Europe participated in the 9th annual meeting of the Federation of Thai Language and Culture Teachers in Europe which was held recently in Berlin, Germany. /Photo by Sopaporn Kurz

Let’s speak Thai

lifestyle June 17, 2019 01:00

By SOPAPORN KURZ
SPECIAL TO THE NATION
BERLIN

A network of teachers living all over Europe discuss the best ways to teach the Thai language and culture to kids of mixed marriages

Several hundred thousand Thais are now living in Europe, mostly women with children. While many are Eurasian by birth, keeping them in touch with their mothers’ culture is seen as a vital part of their future and so teaching Thai to these kids has become one of the priorities for many volunteer groups of Thais throughout the continent. One of the organisations at the centre of this effort is the Federation of Thai Language and Culture Teachers in Europe (FTTE).

Set up in Lugano, Switzerland in March 2010, the FTTE has developed methods and curricula for teaching the Thai language and culture in existing schools while also supporting new ones. It raises funds to publish the series of Thai course books titled “Sawasdee”, developed by Salee Silapasatham, which are used in many schools throughout Europe and it also promotes such cultural activities as teaching traditional dance, Thai musical instruments and even organises summer camps in Thailand for children from various European countries.

Students from “Rak Don Tree Thai” group, from Waldkirsch and Kippenheim, Germany showed off their skills on traditional Thai music instruments at the FTTE Gala Dinner. The group was founded five years ago and also taught language and classical dance to Thai children.

 

As it marked nine years of continuous work, the FTTE held its annual meeting in Berlin from May 31 to June 2 on the topic “The Role of Thai Language (Native Language) abroad”. More than 130 members from 11 countries attended. Besides providing intensive workshops on many education-related topics, it also served as a platform for teachers to share their experiences and exchange ideas, tricks and tips on how to improve teaching Thai back home.

“The nature of teaching Thai as a second language to children varies in Europe,” says Salee, who has been recognised as one of Thailand’s best teachers of English and has also organised workshops throughout Europe for more than a decade.

“In Scandinavian countries, such as Norway and Sweden, the government provides Thai teachers to help ease the integration process for the kids. The Thai teachers give them tuition in all subjects in Thai as well as teaching the local language. These Thai teachers, all native speakers with a bachelor’s degree, are civil servants and receive the same pay as other teachers.

Salee Silapasatham

“Elsewhere in Europe, it is a gathering of like-minded people who see the importance of kids being able to speak and have a good command of the Thai language. This has resulted in Thai schools spreading all over the continent. Some receive support from Thailand’s Office of Non-formal and Informal Education while others are entirely organised and managed by themselves.”

Sara Fenati of Italy’s Thai–Cervia School was taking part in the conference for a second year. Last year she attended the event in Norway in a private capacity and found it so beneficial that she convinced the school board to send her to this year’s event again on behalf of the school.

Sara Fenati

“I met so many inspiring Thai teachers and learned so much. Some of tricks I learned, I was able to adapt to my class and it really works,” says Ferati who was born and spent the first 15 years of her life in Thailand before moving to Italy.

Thai-Cervia school has been established for five years and currently has three classes, two teachers and 12 students in total, ranging from five year-olds to teenagers. Sara, 22 and a Eurasian herself, says she never thought of becoming a Thai teacher but saw the importance of having a good command of Thai and grabbed the opportunity when it presented itself. “It’s fun and challenging,” she explains.

The challenges of teaching Thai in Italy come from both the private and public fronts, she adds. “We have kids whose mothers never speak Thai to them but expect that after taking a once-a-week class, they will be able to speak Thai. That’s not going to happen,” Fenati points out.

“In some cases the Italian fathers do not support the idea, which makes it even more difficult for children to have a good attitude towards the language and the courage to practice it.

Unlike in Scandinavian countries, the lack of government support means they have to pay high rent for the classroom space, which in turn becomes a burden for parents as they have to pay high fees for the class.

“But attending these events has made me so proud to be Thai and has given me the courage to continue teaching,” she smiles.

Regular members of the FTTE have also seen progress. Unakorn Silpi, a member of FTTE’s Projects and Activities Committee and a mother of two who lives in France, has been coming to the meetings since 2011. “You can see that FTTE has stabilised and became stronger. At the beginning when they just started, all members were new to it and needed some time to learn and adjust to working with each other. Now everyone knows what it is about and their roles, so working together is much smoother. Besides, it is more organised – we already know who will host the event for the next two years. The hosts-to-be can start their preparations well in advance.”

Unakorn says she has benefited a lot from the activities. “My daughter attended the FTTE’s Music Instrument summer camp in Belgium for two consecutive years. She loves it and it has inspired her to do more.”

Now that the FTTE’s “Basic Thai Language for People Living Abroad” curriculum, which was developed in close consultation with Salee and is primarily for young children, has received endorsement from the Thai Education Ministry, the organisation is working on another major task.

“We are creating a curriculum for teaching the Thai language to adults,” explains Supannee Boontook, director of Projects and Activities. “We hope to set a standard of teaching Thai language to foreigners in European countries. Once it’s finished, we will also seek approval from the Ministry of Education in Thailand. This does not mean that we will force people to use our curriculum but we want to have it as a reference that everyone can look up to and adapt to their own uses.”

Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of FTTE and the annual meeting will be held in Hague, the Netherlands between April 24 and 26 on the theme “Thai Language in the Digital World”.

A View to please

Published June 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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A View to please

lifestyle June 15, 2019 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend

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French phone maker Wiko’s latest offering is great value for money

A NEW smartphone from French maker Wiko that won’t break the bank, the View3 Pro pleases thanks to good-quality triple rear cameras.

It’s powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core processor running at 2.0 GHZ and has 4 gigabytes of working memory or RAM as well as 64 GB of internal storage, which is expandable with a microSD card by up to 256 GB.

The smartphone runs on Google’s Android 9.0 and even though it’s not powered by a flagship Qualcomm processor, I found during the test that speed was satisfactory. The menus and touchscreen were responsive and the applications ran smoothly.

The View3 Pro is also capable of playing High-Resolution Audio files in the popular format of FLAC 24bit/192kHz. I used it with a pair of Audio-Technica Hi-Res Audio headphones and found that the sound quality was enjoyable with good details of the musical instruments and powerful bass.

The smartphone also has fast data connection. I tested it on TrueMove H’s LTE network and used Ookla Speedtest app to measure the connection speed. It achieved a download speed of 56.2 Mbps and upload speed of 40.8 Mbps. However, the testing spot and number of users at the spot could affect the connection speeds.

The View3 Pro also has beautiful 6.3-inch display in Full Screen format with 2,340×1,080-pixel resolution making it good for viewing photos and watching video clips.

As mentioned earlier, the smartphone comes with three rear cameras – a 12 megapixel main camera, 13MP Super Wide Angle camera and 5MP depth camera.

The depth camera is used to provide data for creating professionally blurred backgrounds.

The 12MP main camera uses Sony IMX486 image sensor. In its auto mode, which is called Photo mode, the camera uses Artificial Intelligence to analyse the scene and adjust shooting parameters, such as white balance, exposure, and ISO sensitivity to obtain the best shots.

You can switch to the super wide-angle camera by tapping on the zoom toggle button on the viewfinder screen. The button will switch between the normal and wide-angle camera. The wide-angle comes with a 120-degree lens that allows you to take group photos easily without having to walk too far from your subjects.

The phone also comes with a 16MP front camera for taking selfies.

I was able to capture outstanding shots with blurred background using the rear camera and made good use of the artistic blur mode that provided a slide bar allowing me to adjust the level of blur. The auto mode also captured beautiful shots with its AI feature.

The View3 Pro comes with sleek design, featuring a glass back cover and glossy mirror frame, with deep reflections and an elegant gradient effect. There are two colour options, Nightfall and Ocean gradient. Each comes with a slim and transparent protective case in the box to preserve your smartphone. The Ocean version also comes with a subtle glow-in-the-dark touch, which is useful when you are trying to locate the smartphone when the lights are off.

The fingerprint reader at the back of phone allowed me to unlock it in a snap and the large battery of 4,000 mAh comfortably lasted a day after one charge. The battery also supports fast charging technology.

The Wiko View3 Pro has a suggested retail price of Bt6,490.

 

Key specs:

Network: 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, GSM

OS: Android 9.0

Processor: Mediatek Helio P60, MT6771, OctaCore 2.0 GHz

Memory: 4GB

Storage: 64GB, expandable with microSD card by up to 256GB

Display: 6.3inch IPS panel with 2340×1080 pixels

Cameras: Rear: Triple 12 MP (1.25 m pixel size) + 5 MP (Depth) + 13 MP (Super Wide Angle 120ฐ); Front: 16 MP

SIM slots: 1 nano SIM + 1 nano SIM/microSD

Wireless connectivity: WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2

Location: GPS/Glonass/Beidou/Galileo, AGPS

Dimensions: 159.5 x 75 x 8.1 mm

Weight: 184g

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