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Bohemian rhapsodies

Published April 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Loewe
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Bohemian rhapsodies

lifestyle April 17, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

Jonathan Anderson, creative director of Loewe, introduces a new collection that tells stories of bohemian life, where childhood memories blend with botanical and geometric motifs like sea urchins and stained glass, shells, bandanas and mythological lions.

In collaboration with Disney, the big-eared elephant Dumbo appears on everything from t-shirts to bags and jackets. Period pieces, meanwhile, are modernised – from a suede hussar jacket to sackcloth shorts – whilst raw, stone-washed denim, fouta towel cotton and corduroy evoke a weathered richness. Matching separates in relaxed shapes make up cool summer suits in watermelon-striped knit, glazed python, and ombre inkblot linen. The collection also includes two bags: a backpack and a tote in canvas featuring branded leather panelling and bonded jacquard patches by M/M Paris.

No more wrinkles

Known for its high-protection anti-ageing sun care, French brand Sisley introduces its new “Sunleya G.E. Age Minimizing Global Suncare SPF50+”.

Acting like an anti-ageing shield for the skin in the sun, it prevents wrinkles, dark spots, dehydration and loss of firmness, leaving the skin with a luminous and durable tan. This innovative anti-ageing action comes from a combination of powerful active ingredients including extracts of Einkorn wheat, dill soy peptide and white willow along with vitamin E acetate, shea butter, glycerin of plant origin, sage and marjoram, that help protect while also moisturising the skin, leaving it feeling silky and fresh.

Smooth as silk

Naos Thailand, distributor of French pioneering skincare brand Bioderma, celebrates its third anniversary by bringing the Sensibio cleansing and make-up removing water that respects the fragility of sensitive skin. The product targets skin that’s dehydrated, fragile and tight through a range of active ingredients that reinforce the tolerance threshold of all sensitive skin.

School’s out for summer

For her spring 2019 ready-to-wear collection, Rei Kawakubo travels back in time so her schooldays, offering a series of outfits based on the simple dark jacket and skirt.

The collection is subtle yet elegant, with a wide range of suit coats, collared shirtdresses, striped smocks and aprons, polka-dot shirt and, pleated skirts. A wool blazer and knee-length kilt recalls the Japanese school uniform of old, uplifted by the fineness of fabric and line. A little leather strap girds both shoulders, like a back harness with very slim pockets.

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Another take on LUXURY

Published April 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Another take on LUXURY

lifestyle April 17, 2019 01:00

By KUPLUTHAI PUNGKANON
The Nation

Checking the time and writing a note have a completely new meaning when the tools used are from leading German houses A Lange & Sohne and Montblanc

THERE’S NOTHING that spells luxury better than a classic watch crafted from the finest materials or using a richly embellished fountain pen to sign your name.

A Lange & Sohne and Montblanc are among the biggest names crafting the world’s most coveted possessions and the top executives of these two German brands recently sat down with The Nation to talk about their technical innovations, intelligent movements and high artistic craftsmanship.

A Lange & Sohne

As with other top brands that have chosen to open their own boutiques in Bangkok, Wilhelm Schmid, chief executive officer of A Lange & Sohne, recently jetted into town to talk about the history of the brand and its first free-standing boutique at Siam Paragon.

                   Wilhelm Schmid, chief executive officer of A Lange & Sohne

“We have a rather unusual history but one that reflects the spirit of Germany. Our founder, Ferdinand Adolph Lange, set up the company on December 7, 1845. His vision was to bring watchmaking to Germany and so he started a school in Glashutter and recruited farmers and mine workers as apprentices, telling them they would be building the world’s best watches. It remained a family company until its main production building was destroyed by a bomb on the last night of the war in 1945. The brand disappeared after that only to be reborn after the reunification of Germany. The founder’s great grandson Walter Lange, who sadly passed away last year at the age of 92, formally reopened the company on December 7, 1990 and his motto ‘never stand still’ reflected his passion for watchmaking. In memory of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, all our boutiques are decorated with a stone from the Berlin Wall including this one in Bangkok. It took four years to develop our first homage movement models. Since 2000, we have been a subsidiary of the Richemont Group,” Schmid explains.

The new Bangkok boutique joins A. Lange & Sohne’s worldwide stable of 25 boutiques and 215 sales points at retailers and is the fourth store to adopt the concept of 360-degree visibility after Dresden, Shanghai and Chengdu.

“In explaining A Lange & Sohne, I really have to cover three areas. The first is the combination of German engineering and craftsmanship. Our watch’s dial is rather subtle and understated, never shiny or ostentatious. It’s always readable, functional, and of the highest quality but also understated. However, as I turn it around, it becomes very different. Its face has a timeless aesthetic appeal and the decoration is optimal, showing as much of the craftsmanship and label as possible. Our unique jumping movement is very precise. Performance and innovation are the second aspect of our company while the third is the crafting of the watches by real artisans not machines. The iconic timepiece, Lange 1, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a Jubilee edition, is a good example. If you know what you’re looking for, you’ll see there is the perfect triangle, that’s why it looks very organised.”

The award-winning watch’s 25th Anniversary edition in white gold is limited to 250 pieces. Its special features include a deep-blue printed argente dial with a recess, blue date numerals, a hinged cuvette with an engraving of Lange’s headquarters and a hand-engraved balance cock with blued lines. The asymmetric arrangement of its dial triggers discussions, and its technical facets – such as the outsize date and the twin mainspring barrel – have been enthusiastically received.

The series has been crafted with virtually no changes since 1994. Its movement is what reflects its technical evolution. The manually wound calibre L121.1 introduced in 2015 includes a precisely jumping outsize date display and a freely oscillating Lange balance spring. Paired with a large cam-poised balance, it assures superb rate accuracy. The opulently finished movement features a twin mainspring barrel with a power reserve of 72 hours as well as typical Lange quality hallmarks. Noteworthy elements are the three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver, eight screwed gold chatons, and the hand-engraved balance cock.

The Lange 1 “25th Anniversary”, has another prominent feature: the engraved hinged cuvette crafted from solid white gold. The engraving depicts the Lange headquarters that date back to 1873, the names of Walter Lange and Gunter Blumlein, and a relief engraving of the inscription “25 Years Lange 1”.

Montblanc

Known for their outstanding beauty and German precision, Montblanc’s watches and writing instruments are elaborate pieces that defy imagination. Daniel Kohler, head of Montblanc’s client relations and high artistry, spoke with us about the brand’s special focus of pairing technical virtuosity with boundless creativity.

He explains that the absolute mastery of the artisans at the Montblanc Atelier allows the brand to offer unparalleled pieces of craftsmanship, bringing together the finest precious stone cutting, gem-setting, engraving and gold crafting techniques.

                               Daniel Kohler, head of Montblanc’s client relations and high artistry

“Back in the 1990s, we introduced the limited-edition concept, then four years ago we launched the High Artistry strategy, which takes it a step further by focusing on high value, high-end pricing and the use of precious stones in the writing instruments and complications for timepieces. Montblanc’s writing instruments are manufactured in Hamburg while the timepieces are produced in Switzerland, and leather goods is in Italy”

“It might come as a surprise but the most expensive pieces are usually those that sell the quickest. Some unique pieces are never seen in our stores and we show them off in road shows like this one in Bangkok, which is where the product is sold and become part of our clients’ collections,” Kohler adds.

He cites as an example the Emperor Kangxi Limited Edition 89, a pen that pays tribute to “the General” as he was known. The cap and barrel in Au750 yellow gold feature a special pattern reminiscent of the ceremonial suit of armour the emperor wore for parades. The birch used on the lower barrel is the wood associated with hunting bows in the Qing dynasty. Lotus plants are lasered onto the thin birch wood using ultraviolet technology to protect the surface. The barrel is embellished with an archer’s ring made of tiger’s eye, while the base of the cone features a yellow citrine cabochon. The top features the Montblanc emblem in mother-of-pearl.

“The clip is also very functional. It is engraved with head of the dragon. It’s a bit tricky to tell the Chinese their history but the way we put the piece together has been a success. They really love it a lot,” he says.

Less ostentatious but no less successful is the sophisticated James Dean Limited Edition 99. Limited to 99 pieces in reference to the year when the American Film Institute ranked James Dean one of the greatest male movie stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood, the knife-shaped design of the writing instrument is a tribute to the knife fight from his second film “Rebel Without A Cause”. The writing instrument’s barrel is crafted from precious ebony with fittings made of Au 750 solid white gold. Giving it the appearance of a closed switchblade, a special mechanism hides the nib within the writing instrument when not in use. When opened with a simple flick, the nib automatically extends into position, ready for writing. The handcrafted rhodium-coated Au 750 gold nib is engraved with the racing flag design. The Montblanc emblem in white resin is set on the cap top, and a mother-of-pearl emblem embellishes the cone.

Because the nib is truly the heart of a fountain pen, many of the more than 200 individual steps it takes to create a Meisterstuck remain virtually unchanged since this most iconic of fountain pens was first produced in 1924. Most are still completed by hand – from the intricate engravings for the 18-carat gold nib, through the painstaking tasks of cutting the central slit through which the ink will flow, grinding the nib’s hard iridium point and polishing all its surfaces, to the testing of the finished writing instrument.

Your life on your wrist

Published April 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Your life on your wrist

lifestyle April 13, 2019 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend

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The new Samsung Galaxy Active watch ensures you know all about your health from waking to sleeping

A SLEEK smart watch, the Samsung Galaxy Active will ensure you stay active with its fitness tracking functions and various exercise apps and its heart rate sensor.

It comes with a built-in GPS chip so that you can use Samsung Health app to do various exercises, like walking, running and cycling that uses the GPS to track the distance and speed of your exercise.

Other exercise modes include hiking, swimming (pool), swimming (outdoors), treadmill, exercise bike, circuit training, and weight machine.

The watch also serves as your fitness tracker, counting your steps, the number of floors you have walked up and burned calories as well as tracking your sleep.

As a smart watch, Galaxy Watch Active can alert you and display notifications and messages from your smartphone. This allows you to read SMS messages or emails on the watch. You can also use the watch to type text messages or record voice messages to be sent via the Bluetooth-connected smartphone or use the watch to answer or reject phone calls.

The watch is available in four choices of colours –Silver, Black, Rose, Gold, and Sea Green so you can choose the one that best matches what you wear. I got my hands on the Black option and was surprised at how sleek it looked.

The watch has a footprint of 39.5×39.5×10.5mm and it weighs about 25 grammes. I found it comfortable to wear during the test.

It comes with 1.1-inch Amoled display with 360×360 pixels that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The watch is powered by Samsung Exynos 9110 dual core processor running at 1.15 GHz.

It runs on Tizen-based Wearable OS 4.0 and it comes with 768 megabytes of working memory or RAM and 4 GB of internal storage.

During my test, Galaxy Watch Active was responsive when I interacted with its control buttons and touch screen.

To start using the watch, you will need to download and install the Galaxy Wearable app. The watch and app support Samsung Galaxy smartphones and other brands of smartphones that run on Android 5.0 or above as well as iOS devices.

For wireless connectivity, the Galaxy Watch Active supports Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi. It will take over the Wi-Fi setting from the connected smartphone for firmware update form using apps that need to be online, such as Spotify.

The watch is easy to navigate with its touch screen and two control buttons – the Home button and the Back button above it.

The home button lists the available apps. You select the one you want by tapping on it and you can return to the previous screen by pressing the Back button. The touch screen makes it convenient to use the watch. You simply lightly tap the screen to launch an app and select a menu item or press an on-screen button.

Lightly tap an image twice to zoom in and out. Or you can touch and hold items to access edit mode or view available options.

You can also swipe the screen by lightly dragging your finger vertically or horizontally across the screen to view panels. For example, you can swipe down the home screen to view battery status and other status or swipe right to see notifications.

Apart from the Samsung Health app, there are several preinstalled apps on the Galaxy Watch Active, among them Contacts, Bixby, Weather, Alarm, Calendar, Reminder, Email, Music App and Gallery.

Bixby is a voice service that helps you use your watch more conveniently. You can talk to Bixby to launch a function or provide with information.

The Email app lets you view emails received on your smartphone and reply to them.

The Music app is fun and adds a lot more value to Watch Active. You can Bluetooth-link the watch to a pair of Bluetooth headphones and use the Music app to play the music.

If you decide to do that, remember to first upload music files to your watch by using the Galaxy Wearable app to sync music files from your smartphone to the watch. If that doesn’t grab your fancy, them use the watch to play music files on your smartphone directly.

The Gallery app is used to view and manage images stored on the watch. You can use the Galaxy Wearable app on the smartphone to copy images to the watch for viewing and you can delete them later.

There is also Spotify app that lets you connect to your Spotify account and stream the music to your connected Bluetooth headphones.

Of course, the Samsung Health app makes most of this fitness watch. Apart from using various exercises, you can use Samsung Health to view a graph of your steps count records. The watch counts the number of steps you have taken and measures the distance travelled.

The Samsung Health also lets you view a graph of your floor count records after the watch tracks the number of floors you have walked up.

The watch also automatically monitors your sleep and you can use the Samsung Health app to review your sleep data.

The watch always monitors your heart rate and tracks it. You can also use the Samsung Health app to measure your heart rate at the moment.

The watch also monitors whether you are under stress and you can also use the Breathing exercise, which is part of Samsung Health app, to follow the on-screen guide for inhaling and exhaling to reduce stress.

I tested the Galaxy Watch Active by using it to record my 10-km walk. Its GPS was connected fast and it provided accurate location data of my neighbourhood.

The first screen of the Walk exercise displayed the elapsed time of my walk and the pace of my walk as well as my current heart rate. When I swiped to the second screen, I can see the distance I had walked and my speed.

At the end of my walk, I could use the app to review other details, such as the amount of calories I had burned, average heart beat, the max heart rate, max speed, average speed, max pace and average pace, the workout duration and distance.

On a single charge, the watch keeps track of your daily activities for some 45 hours. It comes with Wireless Power Share for you to recharge it by placing on the back of your Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone in case of emergency.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active has a suggested retail price of Bt8,900.

Key specs:

Colour: Silver, Black, Rose Gold, Sea Green

Display:  1.1 inch (28mm) 360 x 360 AMOLED, Full Colour Always On Display protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Strap: 20mm (interchangeable)

Battery: 230mAh

Processor: Exynos 9110 Dual core 1.15 GHz

OS: Tizen-based Wearable OS 4.0

Memory: 768MB RAM + 4GB Internal Memory

Connectivity: Bluetooth4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, A-GPS/Glonass

Sensor: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, Heart Rate Monitoring, Ambient Light

Charge: WPC-based wireless charging

Durability: 5ATM + IP68 / MIL-STD-810G

Compatibility: Samsung Galaxy, Android 5.0 or above with more than 1.5GB RAM; iPhone: iPhone 5 and above, iOS 9.0 or above

Dimensions: 40mm, 39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5mm

Weight: 25g

Fast, smooth and reliable

Published April 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Fast, smooth and reliable

lifestyle April 13, 2019 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend

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Xiaomi releases an impressive new flagship phone but keeps the price low

IT COSTS less than Bt17,000 but the Xiaomi Mi 9 has the speed and quality of smartphone cameras going for double the price.

Particularly impressive is the latest flagship smartphone from the Chinese tech firm’s 48MP main camera, which captures terrific shots.

The Mi 9 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest processor, the Snapdragon 855 octa-core, featuring one 2.84GHz super large core, three 2.42GHz large cores and four 1.80GHz small cores.

The CPU is based on the all-new Kyro 485 architecture and this has seen its performance increase by 45 per cent compared to the previous model. It uses Adreno 640 graphics processing unit, itself bringing a performance improvement of 20 per cent.

The Mi 9 is equipped with 6 gigabytes of LPDDR4 RAM or working memory and 128 GB of UFS2.1 flash storage.

I was very impressed by its performance during my test. Games and applications as well as HD video clips ran fast and smoothly.

I used AnTuTu Benchmark app Version 7.1.7 to measure the Mi 9 and it got an impressive score of 373,375. As of March 31, the score topped the list of scores submitted by AnTuTu users on its ever-changing online database of Android devices.

The Mi 9 also has fast Internet connection and I was able to quickly download applications.

I used Ookla Speedtest app to measure the connection speed and here again the Mi 9 did well, getting a download speed of 80.8 Mbps and upload speed of 41.5 Mbps.

The Mi 9 comes with a beautiful 6.39-inch Samsung Amoled Full Screen Display with 2340 x 1080-pixels resolution that’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6. The display has high brightness of 430 nits and high contrast ratio of 60000:1.

The display is readable under bright sunlight thanks to Sunshine mode 2.0 and comes with an anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protective coating, which is useful as the display is integrated with in-screen fingerprint sensor. The Amoled display with 90.7 per cent screen-to-body ratio is really beautiful for viewing photos and for watching HD videos. During the test, I watched films on the TrueID TV and iflix apps.

Music lovers who like high-resolution audio with wireless headphones should love the Mi 9 as it supports aptxHD and LDAC wireless Hi-Res audio streaming protocols.

I tested the Mi 9 with Sony’s MDR-1ABT and the Bluetooth connection was made with Sony’s LDAC protocol. The quality was impressive, with good details of instruments, clarity and a powerful bass.

But particularly impressive for the price is the quality of triple rear camera system. The main camera uses Sony IMX586 sensor with 48MP resolution and f/1.75 aperture lens. The second is a 2x telephoto camera with f/2.2 aperture lens and 12 MP resolution plus a 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. The third camera is a 16MP ultra wide angle lens with f/2.2 aperture.

You can select the cameras by tapping on the ultra wide angle, or 1x zoom or 2x zoom camera on the bottom of the viewfinder screen.

The 48MP resolution has its own mode that can be selected from the sliding list at the bottom of the viewfinder screen. Other shooting modes include Photo, Pro, Night and Portrait.

If you want to capture stunning portraits with blurred background, use the Portrait mode. This allows you to adjust aperture for the level of blurred background you want. You can also select the light effects and beauty effect to make your subject look even more stunning.

If you are a experienced photographer, you can also shoot in the Pro mode, which allows you to control various shooting parameters, including white balance shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, focus and lens types.

I found the Photo or full auto mode good for capturing beautiful shots in most environments as it uses AI to analyse scenes and objects and makes the necessary adjustments automatically.

The cameras captured clean and beautiful shots with good details and saturated colours in most lighting. The ultra wide camera was best for capturing beautiful scenery shots and group photos.

The rear main camera is also capable of shooting 4K video at frame rates of 60 and 30 frames per second. Best of all, the camera supports slow motion at 960fps for both 1080p and 720p video resolutions.

The 20MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture lens captures beautiful selfie shots in modes that include AI portrait mode, AI makeup mode, AI Beautify mode and AI scene detection mode.

The Mi 9 also comes with a useful infrared universal remote control that can be used with various brands of TVs, air-conditioner, set-top box, A/V receiver and other electric appliances.

And it’s an attractive beast too, with curved edges and in some colour options, it comes with holographic colour scheme, which displays a blend of metallic reflection and rainbow hues.

The Mi 9 comes with 3,300aAh battery that supports 20W wireless quick charging for fast wireless charging. This allows the Mi 9 to reach full

charge in 90 minutes with wireless charging– that’s even faster than traditional 18W wired charging. But a 20W wireless charger must be bought separately. The provided 18W wired charger supports QC4.0 quick charging protocol.

Xiaomi Mi 9 has a suggested retail price of Bt16,999.

Key specs:

Networks: 4G: LTE, 3G: WCDMA, 2G: GSM

OS: Android 9.0 with MI 9 user-interface on top

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor

Memory: 6GB LPDDR4, 2133MHz dual-channel

Storage: 128 UFS2.1 flash storage

Display: 6.39-inch Samsung AMOLED full screen display with 2340×1080 resolution

Rear cameras: 48MP primary camera with Sony IMX586 sensor and f/1.75 lens; 12MP telephoto 2x optical zoom camera with f/2.2 lens; 16MP ultra wide-angle lens camera with f/2.2 lens

Front camera: 20MP front camera with f/2.0 lens

Wireless connectivity: 802.11ac, supporting 2x2MIMO; Bluetooth 5.0

Security: In-screen fingerprint sensor

Location: Dual-frequency GPS; GPS:L1+L5, Galileo:E1+E5a, GLONASS:L1, Beidou:B1

Sensors: Ultrasonic proximity sensor, In-screen ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Electronic compass, Linear motor, IR remote control, Camera laser focusing sensor

Battery: 3,300mAh supporting 20W wireless charging, 27W wired fast charging, and QC4.0 quick charging protocol

Dimensions: 157.5×74.67×7.61mm

Weight: 173g

Dusit looks ahead

Published April 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Dusit looks ahead

lifestyle April 12, 2019 15:00

By The Nation

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Following the closure of its flagship hotel Dusit Thani Bangkok earlier this year, Dusit Thani has joined hands with CPN to introduce the new first-class mixed-use project called Dusit Central Park.

Standing on the corner of Silom and Rama IV Road, this Bt36.7 billion project occupies 440,000 square metres and will combine luxury residences, a state-of-the-art office tower, a high-end shopping mall, a large rooftop park, and the reimagined Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel under one roof.

Under the concept of “Here for Bangkok”, the project focuses on four key pillars – “Here for Heritage & Innovation” where cultural legacy is put into practice, “Here for Unrivalled Connectivity” that connects all important infrastructure, “Here for a Lush Quality of Life” where people will get close to nature at Lumpini Park and the vibrant city all day, and “Here for Meaningful Experiences” where modern living reconnects with local communities and green space.

The management recently hosted an exclusive party to introduce the new development. Dubbed “Dusit Central Park: Here for Bangkok”, it was attended by Chanin Donavanik, Suphajee Suthumpun, Narongchai Wongthanavimok, Siradej Donavanik, Suthichai Chirathivat, Tos Chirathivat, Wallaya Chirathivat, Preecha Ekkunagul and more than 100 A-list celebrities.

Find out more at http://www.DusitCentralPark.com.

Wheels pointed south

Published April 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Cyclists make their way to the next checkpoint.
Cyclists make their way to the next checkpoint.

Wheels pointed south

lifestyle April 12, 2019 01:00

By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul
THE NATION

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand takes cyclists to explore the charming city of Chumphon

Chumphon in Prachuab Khiri Khan, known as the gateway to Southern Thailand and the kick off point for travellers heading to islands like Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan, was the last destination on NCC Exhibition Organiser’s bike trip “Pun Thay … Rally Songlor Thong 5 Phak”.

 

A sight not to miss is the stunning view from Khao Matsee in Chumphon. 

Unfortunately, due to a blip in scheduling, this recent event clashed with “Chumphon Run Bike Swim”, with the result that the turn out was far smaller than expected.

Part of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s “Go Local” campaign to promote tourism in secondary destinations, the bike rally might have been small in size but it more than made up for it in terms of enthusiasm.

 

Some cyclists carry their bikes up the hill. 

Chumphon has a plethora of attractions to offer anyone looking for a relaxing break in a natural and unspoilt atmosphere. The beaches are clean and uncrowded and there are mountains, waterfalls, mangrove forests and national parks to visit. It is also the hub for boat transport to Koh Tao, one of the best diving spots in the country.

 

The starting point for the rally was Aranya Resort on Sai Ree Beach. Kritchasorn Saikaew, deputy director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, ChumphonRanong Office, gave participants a brief pep talk and then signalled the start of the 30-kilometre jaunt. Ahead of us were four designated stops with their own interesting attractions and planned activities.

 

The first eight kilometres saw us pedalling along with the sea on our left and the mountains on our right to the first stop at Wat Tham Pong Pang, which is well known for its caves. We didn’t have much time to admire though, instead taking to the seafront to take part in the first activity, “Jit Asa Pa Thay” and picking up waste from the beach. We tried Chumphon’s signature fruit too, the leb mue nang banana.

 

The replica of HTMS Chakri Narubet is right next to Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak Shrine.

A further 13km on, we came to a steep hill leading to Khao Matsee Viewpoint, with some cyclists dismounting and walking up with their bikes. This mountain is one of Chumphon’s tourist attractions and offers a stunning panoramic view of Pak Nam Chumphon and its fishing village below. It is also home to a Guanyin shrine overlooking the whole city as well as a lot of spots for taking photos. The second activity, “Chom View Pa Thay”, had us snapping picture at several designated spots, adding a hashtag and posting them on Facebook.

 

Cyclists play one of the fun games.

Our journey continued with another eight-kilometre ride to Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak Shrine where we played a fun game, “Sieng Thaai Sieng Thay”, passing a coconut to one another to music. When the music was stopped and the coconut was in a cyclist’s hands, the cyclist had to be punished! Some strayed off to pay their respects as the shrine, which is dedicated to the father of the Royal Thai Navy, while others took pictures of the HTMS Chakri Narubet Battleship and the sea view.

 

The final kilometre took us back to the resort, where a jigsaw puzzle and lunch awaited.

Most travellers want to feel ‘at home’ – survey

Published April 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Most travellers want to feel ‘at home’ – survey

lifestyle April 11, 2019 15:33

By The Nation

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As travellers have the luxury of more choice than ever before when planning their next trip, getting it right as a “host” can be the difference between checking in or checking out other properties.

In fact, research from Booking.com conducted with over 21,500 global travellers found that almost two-thirds (63 per cent) believe their stay has been improved by the person managing their accommodation going above and beyond.

From a helpful B&B manager equipped with local tips for their guests, to an apartment owner who takes pride in every little detail of their guest’s stay, the most unique stay experiences are often reflected in the special personalities of their hosts. That could be revealed in person or simply in the choices they make for their property.

The research reveals that over half (51 per cent) of travellers have even opted to stay in the same accommodation again primarily because of the host.

The role of a host will continue to carry significant weight for travellers seeking alternative types of stay this year. More than two thirds (69 per cent) of respondents planned to stay in accommodation in 2019 that allows them to interact with a property owner or manager – whether that’s someone who is around daily or who is only there to offer a warm welcome upon arrival.

“As with many elements of travel, there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to catering to the different needs of travellers. Our research reveals just how important it is for accommodation owners and managers to get the balance right in order to ensure the most memorable stay experiences – whether in a home, apartment, guest house or other type of property,” said Olivier Gremillon, vice president at Booking.com.

“We believe in individuality and the fact that the perfect stay might look different for everyone. But one thing that is abundantly clear is that it doesn’t matter whether travellers want to feel at home, embrace the local culture, enjoy some peace and quiet, or simply escape, there’s nothing quite like the power of people to turn a stay into an unforgettable experience.”

The research also found that while some travellers are happy with a simple warm welcome, others have great expectations when it comes to what they want from hosts when travelling.

For most, the main advantage is feeling “at home”, with 66 per cent of global travellers stating that this is important. For 62 per cent the main perk of people-powered accommodation is the ability to take advantage of “insider” knowledge by staying in an accommodation owned by a native to that area.

What’s more, nearly half (45 per cent) of global travellers are looking to this insider know-how as a bottom line for their vacation budget too, hoping for tips to help them save money by avoiding tourist pitfalls.

An accommodation owner or manager even brings a social element to their trip for some, with 44 per cent of global respondents looking to boost their social circle, stating they would like to be invited to a party by the person managing their accommodation.

Pearls of wisdom

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Farmers of the Sakaguchi Akoya pearl farm harvest oysters in Shima./AFP
Farmers of the Sakaguchi Akoya pearl farm harvest oysters in Shima./AFP

Pearls of wisdom

lifestyle April 11, 2019 01:00

By Agence France-Presse
Shima, Japan

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Japan’s cultured-pearl farms still glisten, though their numbers have tumbled

IN JAPAN’S picturesque Ago Bay, a couple sits in a little hut picking out oysters from a net, cleaning them carefully one-by-one before replacing them gently back in the water.

Their hope: in several months, these oysters will produce a glistening white pearl from a cultured farming technique invented in Japan that is in decline as experts die out in the ageing country.

Cultured pearl farming was first commercialised in Ago Bay and spread throughout the world. There are still dozens of farms plying the trade there, which look from the sky like a series of rafts floating between the steep coast and a string of tiny islets.

In 1893, an Ago Bay local called Kokichi Mikimoto became worried the oyster pearls avidly sought in his waters were becoming extinct.

Farmers of the Sakaguchi Akoya pearl farm harvest oysters in Shima./AFP

So he began introducing artificial foreign bodies into the oysters in a bid to replicate the natural process in which they secrete thousands of layers of nacre when a grain of sand or shell finds its way inside the pearl pocket.

After several setbacks – including a bacterial virus that decimated his crop – Mikimoto finally hit the jackpot: one day in July 1893 a semi-spherical pearl appeared, clinging to the oyster.

A decade or so later, he had refined his method to produce a perfectly round specimen and immediately patented his technique – the cultured pearl.

Success was not immediate – several viewed the cultured pearl as a vulgar replica of the “natural” variety – but eventually Mikimoto built a global empire and Japan became the reference for the small pearls known as “Akoya”.

Around the same time, two other Japanese, Tatsuhei Mise and Tokichi Nishikawa, applied for a patent.

The oysters with pearls inside/ AFP

The Sakaguchi family has been crafting these valuable pearls between three and 10 millimetres in diameter for three generations. Kasuhiro, 73, and Misayo, 68, are now supported by daughter Ruriko.

“Our job is to look after the oysters as well as we can for three to four years,” explains the energetic 43-year-old Ruriko, sporting an apron and headscarf.

“From harvesting the young oysters, introducing the graft, right up to extracting the pearl,” she adds, as she drags oysters from the net for inspection.

The whole delicate operation rests on the insertion of a nucleus – a small round polished ball made out of shellfish – and the “graft”, a piece of donor mantle tissue from another oyster.

Over a period of several months, the oyster reacts to the foreign bodies by secreting thousands of layers of nacre that form the pearl.

The pearls are harvested in December, when the water is around 15 degrees, Ruriko explains.

“Below this, the pearl will lack strength. Above that, it will lack shine,” she says.

It is a thankless task. Of the 100,000 oysters harvested annually, half die immediately after the operation.

The vast majority produces either mediocre pearls or nothing at all. Only around five per cent of the oysters harvested will result in pearls of sufficient quality to adorn the windows of chic jewellers far away in Tokyo.

The Sakaguchis are lucky to have Ruriko take up the family trade, which is suffering – like many other traditional Japanese crafts – from an ageing population and a flight from the country to booming cities.

Cleaning the oysters /AFP

The number of specialised pearl farmers dropped from 3,760 in the 1960s to just 680 in 2013, according to the most recent data from the Fisheries Agency.

But despite this, Japan still dominates the global market, accounting for around 30 per cent in terms of value – helped by concentrating on the best quality pearls.

Japan has produced around 20 tonnes of farmed pearls annually over the past 10 years, bringing in around 16.6 billion yen (Bt4,75 billion), and is aiming to reach 20 billion yen by 2027.

But even that would be a far cry from the heady days of the late 1980s when Japan produced around 70 tonnes with a value of 88 billion yen.

So what sets Japanese cultured pearls apart from competitors in Tahiti, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines or Australia?

Aside from centuries of know-how, Japan is helped by its climate, says Yuichi Nakamura, vice-chairman of the Mie Pearl promotion council.

“The key is the winter season in Japan. It gives the pearls a better shine and sets them apart from the rest of world,” he explains.

Rivals from China at one point looked set to threaten Japan’s dominance but “they focused on quantity… whereas we concentrated on quality to stay in the race.”

That quality is on glittering display at the luxurious, multi-storey flagship store of Mikimoto, in the plush Tokyo district of Ginza.

Here a mannequin wears a priceless pearl necklace but pearls can range from a few hundred to a million dollars.

“For the Japanese, pearls are a family heirloom. We give them as necklaces to women about to marry or as earrings or rings,” says Mikimoto boss Hiroshi Yoshida.

 

An employee of Mikimoto jewellery displays a necklace, earrings and a ring made of cultured Akoya pearls./AFP

They then wear them at grand occasions for the rest of their lives.

But perhaps an indication of a shift in the global economy: more than half of Mikimoto’s customers are Chinese. After them come Americans, other Asians such as Singaporeans, and then Europeans.

Strange brews sell big in Tokyo

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Strange brews sell big in Tokyo

lifestyle April 11, 2019 01:00

By The Japan News
Asia News Network

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Why big Japanese brewers are looking to build on growth of craft beer

MAJOR BREWING companies are pouring resources into increasing sales of unique tasting “craft beers”.

While domestic beer shipments have fallen for 14 straight years, craft beers are growing in popularity, particularly among the young, raising hopes of further growth.

In March, Kirin Brewery Co. started selling to bars and restaurants a beer made by Ishikawa Brewery, a Tokyo-based firm founded in the Edo period (1603-1867). The brew is characterised by a citrus aroma and bitter aftertaste.

Kirin also offers the Tap Marche, a craft beer server that allows multiple beers to be poured from a single unit. The company now handles 24 brands.

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Establishments have been steadily adopting the server and the company plans to sell 13,000 units, nearly double the current level, by the end of the year.

Craft beers used to be made mainly by small breweries aiming for a “handmade” feel, but recently major breweries have marketed brews made with special ingredients or methods under the “craft” banner.

They are priced higher than regular beers, and the use of citrus and other ingredients allows brewers to create an abundance of flavours and aromas.

“It’s a product that is well suited to an age of diversifying consumer tastes,” says an employee of one major brewery.

Since October, Sapporo Breweries has been soliciting ideas for “beers you want to drink” online to help develop new craft beers. Beers made with grapefruit and other ingredients have been released under the project.

And Asahi Group Holdings periodically sells a craft beer made with barley grown in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, which was damaged in the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

According to market research firm Fuji Keizai Co., craft beer sales by the major breweries in 2017 were roughly triple the amount in 2014, when the firm began tracking the sector.

While craft beer only makes up about one per cent of total beer sales, the niche is expanding as the overall market shrinks.

Alcohol taxes on beer are slated to decrease gradually until 2026 under recent tax reforms, which will shrink the disparity between beer prices and those of cheaper beverages such as happoshu low-malt quasi beer and other beer-like drinks.

At lower price points, craft beer could provide a spark to stem the increasing reluctance of consumers to purchase beer.

“With their selling power, the involvement of major breweries is going to raise awareness among consumers,” says Yusuke Yamamoto, director of the Japan Craft Beer Association, which works to popularise craft beer.

Get soaked at Scruffy’s

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Get soaked at Scruffy’s

lifestyle April 11, 2019 01:00

By THE NATION

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Scruffy Murphy’s, an Irish pub on Bangkok’ Sukhumvit Soi 23, is celebrating Songkran with patio parties Saturday through Monday.

Happy hour lasts all day and there’s also holiday roasts and live music. Pints of Tiger cost Bt99 and glasses of house spirits and wine start at Bt80.

You should book a table in advance at (02) 661 7417 (Thai language), (096) 037 1107 ( English) or eoin@scruffymurphybangkok.com

Calmer times by the river

The Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort is a terrific setting for celebrating Songkran Saturday through Monday. Each evening there’ll be a Buddha bathing ceremony, contemporary Thai dancing, fresh seafood, barbecued treats and Thai specialities.

The Riverside Terrace Restaurant will be serving the cooling summer favourite khao chae – rice soaked in scented water with an array of toppings such as mango and ginger. Trader Vic’s on Sunday will have dishes from around the Pacific Rim and Thai favourites like khao chae, plus a bouncy castle and mini-buffet for the kids.

The Riverside Terrace evening buffet costs Bt1,499-plus and Sunday brunch at Trader Vic’s starts at Bt2,200plus, less for children. Call (02) 476 0022, extension 1416, or email riversidedining@anantara.com.

Chuang back in the ‘Zone’

National Artist Chuang Moolpinit returns to the “Twilight Zone” he last explored six years ago, this time with an exhibition continuing through April 30 at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre.

“Twilight Zone II” again interprets the day from dawn to dusk as a metaphor for the cycle of life, with death the inevitable culmination. The show includes 120 oil paintings, watercolours and sketches, both recent and reaching back to 1987.

Win a honeymoon

Prizes worth up to Bt150,000 and a dream honeymoon are on offer at “Weddings at Hilton: The Showcase” in the grand ballroom of the Millennium Hilton Bangkok on April 20 and 21. It’s a chance to meet wedding planners and other professionals.

The Millennium Hilton on the Chao Phraya River is close to the Temple of Dawn, Grand Palace and Chinatown. Find out more at (02) 442 2000.

Splash with Fatboy Slim

Major DJ talents Fatboy Slim, Tiesto and Steve Aoki are headlining the fifth S2O Songkran Music Festival at Live Park Rama IX in Bangkok from Saturday through Monday.

Also in the lineup are 1788L, 3LAU, Bassjackers, Cat Dealers, David Gravell, EDX, Illusionize, Netsky, Rave Radio, Robin Schulz, Said the Sky and Throttle.

Tickets are on sale at http://www.Eventpop.me/e/4957s2o.

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