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‘Save Australia’ concert Sunday in Bangkok #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 18, 2020 by SoClaimon

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‘Save Australia’ concert Sunday in Bangkok

Jan 17. 2020
By The Nation

Bangkok music fans will on Sunday (January 19) be rocking to help victims of the bushfires ravaging all of Australia.

Hot local bands Season Five, Playground, Ae Jirakorn and Zeal are among the acts lined up for the Thai Red Cross Society fund-raiser organised by the Emporium and EmQuartier and Muzik Move Records.

The show is free, but donations to the relief fund are encouraged.

The music starts at 4pm in Quartier Park at ground level at the EmQuartier.

Bangkok International Rugby Tens returns on February 25 #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 14, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Bangkok International Rugby Tens returns on February 25

Jan 14. 2020
By The Nation

Rugby fans in Bangkok and all over Southeast Asia are reminded that it’s almost time for the Bangkok International Rugby Tens. This year, the 15th edition of the Rugby Tens tournament is taking place on February 29 and March 1 at the Sports Complex of Bangkok Patana School which will once again play host to rugby teams and fans from all around the world.

The event is organised annually to raise funds for Nak Suu, a charity organisation established by Eddie Evans, former Canadian rugby international and chairman of the Bangkok Rugby Tens. The charity helps underprivileged children in the slums of Bangkok. Children in these areas are prone to substance abuse, prostitution and suffering from poverty. Funds raised will help these children by creating a supportive environment through team sport and activities as well as providing guidance and care. To support this, all proceeds from the tournament will go directly to Nak Suu, which will ensure this valuable work can continue.

As testament to its popularity, the Rugby Tens is once again booked out with many teams on the waiting list. Visitors can expect the 2020 tournament to be another exciting weekend full of fast-paced rugby, food stalls offering great cuisines, kids’ zone with supervised activities, plenty of socialising and of course the legendary after-parties.

Each year, the event attracts around 100 teams from around the world competing in the men’s open division, vets’, women’s, youth rugby as well as touch rugby. Youth games take place in the morning and adult games in the afternoon. 24 men’s open teams, 12 women’s teams, 10 vets teams, 42 youth teams and 10 touch rugby teams have already confirmed their attendance as well as 24 referees. This year’s participants include teams from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, France, Papua New Guinea, The UK, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, China, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Burma, Indonesia, Singapore and, of course, our host country Thailand.

The entire event will be streamed live all over the world with live English commentary.

“In 2019 we welcomed about 3500 spectators and 1500 players and are expecting bigger numbers this year. Our reputation as a premium fun Rugby tournament keeps on growing and growing to attract more participants and supporters. “Our goal is to offer something for everyone, the players, the fans, families and youngsters, basically a great weekend out for all” said Evans.

“I would also like to extend a massive thanks to our generous sponsors, some of whom have been working with us for several years ,” he said. “The young children we support through our Nak Suu programme are benefiting and we can see we are really making a difference in their lives and future. This would not have been possible without the support from Four Points By Sheraton Bangkok Sukhumvit 15, Radisson Blu, Dream Hotel, Blue Horizon, Thai Beverage, Bumrungrad Hospital, Spirit of Bangkok, United Relocations, Prostar, Bangkok Patana School, KIS International School, X-treme Sports Gear and our PR partner, Midas PR Group”.

Leisure meets luxury at Thailand Yacht Show #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 5, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Leisure meets luxury at Thailand Yacht Show

Jan 04. 2020
By THE NATION

The fifth edition of the Thailand Yacht Show is set to take place at Royal Phuket Marina from January 9-12 during the island’s peak visitor season.

Targeting yachting aficionados and wealthy lifestyle enthusiasts from all over the region, the Thailand Yacht Show is a key marketing platform and revenue generator for the local industry, as well as positioning Thailand as the primary Asian destination in the global yachting arena.

The yacht show turns the marina into a bustling hub for all things luxury, highlighting Phuket as Asia’s premier cruising destination and a maritime haven for leisure boating enthusiasts.

The on-water display is a first-class array of luxury yacht models, including several premieres, from the region’s leading brokers and the world’s biggest boat builders.

The exhibitor line-up includes all the best-known brands, charter agencies, high-end property developers and leading names in the automotive, hospitality and food and beverage industries. A healthy mix of high-net-worth buyers, sellers and aspiring yacht owners with an appetite to spend will be there to meet them.

TYS will once again attract the leading names in the marine and luxury lifestyle industries. Speaking of their in-water display, Richard Allen, general manager of Simpson Marine, says “We are very pleased with our confirmed line-up at the 2020 Thailand Yacht Show. We will present six yachts, including at least three Asia premieres, which is a great achievement and a showcase of Simpson Marine’s rich portfolio of the world’s leading brands.

“There will be something for everyone with models from San Lorenzo, Monte Carlo Yachts, Fairline Yachts, Benneteau, Lagoon Catamarans, and Aquila Power Catamarans. In addition, we will be promoting our own services with great offers on Yacht Charter both in Thailand and the rest of the world.

“Our Yacht Care Team will have packages for yacht owners seeking care-free ownership and we will also be offering advice on yacht registration as Simpson Marine is an authorised agent for the Langkawi Yacht Registry.

“As in every year, the show is a great chance to meet new and existing owners and yachting enthusiasts from Thailand and abroad. I look forward to seeing everyone there.”

Leading superyacht broker and Ferretti dealer Lee Marine will be displaying Asia Premières from Custom Line, Riva and Riviera, as well as two large yachts under the Northrop & Johnson flag.

CEO Joshua Lee commented: “We are continuing to support the Thailand Yacht Show as it is the main platform for our industry here. We also believe the show organisers’ efforts to open Thailand to foreign superyacht tourism will one day be rewarded, and we will all benefit hugely from that — most of all Thailand!”

Boat Lagoon Yachting will showcase a Thailand premiere, the Princess Y85, a special edition from a collaboration between Pinnafarina and Princess design studio, with the latest in technology and advanced build-quality Princess is known for, as well as another new special edition, the Princess F62.

The company is also the distributor of the ocean-going luxury, RIBS from Sacs Marine, and will be presenting a Sacs Rebel 47, flagship of the Sacs range, a stylish and luxurious 15m RIB on the market. Completing their front-row line-up is the Jeanneau Cap Camarat10.5Wa – another Thailand premiere.

One of Thailand’s major dealers of ever-more popular sailing and power catamarans, Multihull Solutions, will present Asian and world premieres from NEEL Trimarans and Asia Catamarans respectively.

Looking forward to the 5th edition of TYS is general manager Andrew de Bruin: “We have some terrific boats at TYS this year, and we’re finding the market demand for our speciality catamarans keeps on growing. We’ve always had good results from this show, and it’s really important that everyone continues to support — one day it will grow into something really special for the region.”

First time exhibitor at TYS 2020 is Asia Yachting, the fast-growing and highly successful dealer of Monte Carlo Yachts and Prestige Yachts from Hong Kong, now with an extended territory including Thailand and Singapore.

CEO Olivier Besson is enthusiastic about the opportunities in the region that the Thailand and Singapore Yacht Shows present: “We are excited to be opening a new office in Phuket, which will enable us to focus on sales in Southeast Asia, where we expect the market to grow considerably over the next few years. We are aware of all the efforts that TYS and SYS show organisers Verventia have been putting into developing the industry here, and we are delighted to support that effort — and hopefully make a few sales!”

Lovers of all things Italian will rejoice as famed boat builder Azimut Yachts will display two brand-new models, and another highly successful British Brand Sunseeker will also have a front-line showpiece yacht to demonstrate the ultimate in high-fashion luxury boating.

Visitors to the Thailand Yacht Show 2020 will find a whole host of new features, including interactive demonstrations, special Children’s Day events, art exhibitions and an artistic masterclass, live music, fashion shows and a veritable smorgasbord of food and beverage options – including a brand new Floating Bar in the heart of the marina.

The Show’s main draw is the world-class selection of yachts and boats of all shapes and sizes — from small sailboats to superyachts, RIB’s to jet-skis, navigation systems and chandlery to the latest water-sports toys — for visitors to admire and buy.

The Thailand Yacht Show is an immersive experience, offering the opportunity for first-timers to actually participate in the excitement of sailing a yacht from the Demonstration Platform.

The private island of Koh Rang Noi, only a short tender ride from the main exhibition, is the venue for the welcome party on January 9, and will once again be the backdrop of the Superyacht Hub, showcasing a selection of international superyachts at anchor.

CEO of event organiser Verventia, Andy Treadwell, is optimistic about the future for Phuket as a hub for high-spending yacht tourism and the yachting industry in Asia:

“Phuket is now recognised as the centre of one of the most beautiful yachting destinations in the world – the Asean seas rank alongside the Mediterranean and the Caribbean holiday cruising grounds. This should rightfully be the principal hub for boating and yacht tourism in Asia, known not just for its superb landscapes and seascapes, its tropical islands, clear waters and coral reefs, but also for its world class facilities, marinas, hospitality and service,” he says.

“A successful Thailand Yacht Show is important to the local boating fraternity as an ongoing link between brands, dealers, brokers, and local service providers to new industry contacts and new buyers — so we need support from all stakeholders. By joining together in a cohesive industry gathering, we can build an ever-growing show, delivering real results in a burgeoning marketplace that we should be driving ourselves.”

The Thailand Yacht Show is Thailand’s premier experiential yachting event, conceived and supported by the Thai government with a view to promoting the country as the yachting and marina hub for Asia and attracting foreign yacht tourism. Held annually in Phuket, on the shores of the beautiful Phang Nga Bay, the show enables visitors to experience all aspects of the yachting lifestyle in one of the world’s most beautiful yachting destinations.

Impact puts on a show as it turns 20 #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published December 26, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Impact puts on a show as it turns 20

Dec 25. 2019
By The Nation

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Impact is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a display of lights and other attractions at Muang Thong Thani.

The garden in front of Impact Arena is glittering with millions of LED lights glowing across the the 8,500-square-metre venue.

Kunwadee Jintavorn, executive director of Impact Exhibition Management, said a special event — Impact Lighting Fest — sponsored by Dunkin and Aquanin has been arranged for customers.

The Garden Zone is busy with a variety of street-food restaurants, draft beer and market for shopping, a green market, camping and outdoor activity products and a playground with extreme rides for kids.

The Lighting Zone is undoubtedly one of the highlights, attracting not only those who want to be photographed but also those who want to test their camera skills. There are plenty of rides and games for children such as LED light tunnel, robot, carousel, music lightbox (step on different boxes, it creates different musical notes) and many more.

The entrance fees to the Lighting Zone are: adults – Bt70 (Monday to Friday) and Bt100 Baht (Saturday-Sunday) with promotion only in December, free carousel for one

round; children – Bt50; children less than 75 cms in height are exempted from fees.

The event is open from now until April 5, 2020, opening from 5pm to 11pm.

‘Beautiful Bangkok 2020’ beckons #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published December 25, 2019 by SoClaimon

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‘Beautiful Bangkok 2020’ beckons

Dec 24. 2019
By The Nation

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Magnolia Quality Development Corporation and the Tourism Authority of Thailand together with the Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association have organised an event titled “Beautiful Bangkok 2020: a Blossom of Happiness” to “represent the vibrancy of Bangkok on a 60-storey skyscraper”.

The highlight of the event will be “The Wonder Flower Land” on a platform of interactive installation art.

The event, which starts today (December 24) and goes on until December 31, also provides a free shuttle bus service, with buses richly decorated with flowers, to pick up people at designated spots who want to attend the event.

Free entry into museums, historical parks Dec 28-Jan1

Published December 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Free entry into museums, historical parks Dec 28-Jan1

Dec 16. 2019
By The Nation

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The public can gain free entry to museums and historical parks under the Fine Arts Department from December 28 to January 1, the department announced on Monday (December 16).

Director-general Prateep Pengtago said the Culture Ministry is celebrating New Year by allowing both Thai and foreigners to visit museums and historical parks for free during the December 28-January 1 period. Museums nationwide will enshrine ancient Buddha images, built according to auspicious principles, for Buddhists to worship for a good start to the New Year and prayers for good fortune, according to Thai beliefs.

There are 11 historical parks under the department’s responsibility – Ayutthaya Historical Park, Sukhothai Historical Park, Si Satchanalai Historical Park, Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park, Phanom Rung Historical Park, Phimai Historical Park, Muang Singh Historical Park, Si Thep Historical Park, Phu Phra Bat Historical Park, Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park and Sdok Kok Thom Historical Park.

Sook Siam celebrates first anniversary and Bt1 billion in revenue

Published December 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Sook Siam celebrates first anniversary and Bt1 billion in revenue

Dec 15. 2019
By The Nation

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Muang Sook Siam at Iconsiam has plenty to celebrate this month as it marks its first birthday and higher-than-expected revenue of Bt1 billion. Designed to showcase Thai lifestyles to the world, it has succeeded in drawing both visitors both Thais and foreigners, all of whom have taken the new destination to their hearts, loving its varied and local eating and shopping experiences on the theme “Feel the charm of happy Thai lifestyles with a trip to Muang Sook Siam”.

Growing in vibrancy throughout the first year, the mini-city is attracting more than 60,000 visitors per day on average and is now entering its second year with plans to launch a learning centre called “Muang Sook Siam Academy” to boost the marketing strength of its small community businesses. An award scheme gives the stores incentives to maintain a high standard. Muang Sook Siam has also shown an impressive ability to keep cultural heritage alive with international standard quality and distribute Thai community products across the globe via its many foreign visitors.

Visitors today can browse at more than 30 shops of Thai community products, while more than 1,000 displays have rotated through in the last 12 monthsThe lifestyle destination was developed in line with the Thai government’s policy to boost income levels in local communities while also maintaining folk wisdom and traditional Thai lifestyle in a sustainable way.

Luckana Naviroj, chairman of the project, says Muang Sook Siam proves that bringing together local heroes, artists, craftsmen, business entrepreneurs, and community enterprises under the roof is a winning formula.

The mini-city is designed to support and promote small producers of community products in all regions of the Kingdom by handing them greater knowledge in sales and marketing, and tools to conduct their business in a new format. The aim is to tap demand from shoppers, especially foreigners, at source and to help Thai community products effectively penetrate the market both in Thailand and abroad. In the future, small producers can build on their business by conducting e-commerce to support Thailand’s digital economy, and further cultivate Thai wisdom heritage, artworks and traditional crafts in a sustainable way.

“Thanks to strong marketing support and all-round knowledge, entrepreneurs who come from 77 provinces across Thailand have been very successful in doing business over the past year,” says Luckana. “We found that the entrepreneurs who trade their community products at Muang Sook Siam have enjoyed higher incomes, resulting in higher investment budgets for their business which enables them to further develop products. Meanwhile, their children, who are the next generation of community entrepreneurs, will see there is a way to continue the business, making their family crafts a sustainable and growing venture.”

“Muang Sook Siam” showcases the culture and traditions of all four major regions of the country in food, artwork, handicraft, herbal remedies, folk plays, and local wisdom, through cooperation between business partners, artists, rural enterprises and Thai living communities. The lifestyle destination is divided into four major zones covering North, Northeast, South and Central regions. Of the more than 1,000 shops rotated over the past year, 600 have offered regional food specialities, while 400 have showcased other products.

Today, “Muang Sook Siam” is attracting no less than 50,000 to 70,000 visitors a day. The growth in numbers is driven by several different and identifiable groups of foreign visitors, with the highest number coming from China, followed by Taiwan, Asean countries, as well as Russia, India, South Korea, Japan, Europe and the Middle East.

What’s remarkable about “Muang Sook Siam” is that it has opened a space for rural entrepreneurs to present their community 365 days a year. But it also encourages them to grow in many ways, such as developing their products to match modern advances; by blending innovation and technology to increase product value for farmers and villagers; as well as helping them learn about retail mechanisms, wholesale in overseas markets and a new modern marketing platform called the Omni Channel. The Omni Channel runs under an eco-trading system for sustainable management of products in line with the government’s “Thailand 4.0” policy to inject innovation into the development of rural wisdom products.

Luckana says that “Muang Sook Siam” also answers the requirements of urban consumers, who demand the convenience of being able to select valuable products from many communities in one place. Visitors can browse foods, kitchenware and other utensils crafted with painstaking care and reflecting the beauty of the art and traditional wisdom of age-old rural communities.

They get also to tuch and feel the unique qualities imbued by the “seven pillars of Thai happiness”. These are “Sook Saab”, offering a diversity of delicious foods from different locales; “Sook Sanei”, presenting the inimitable charm of Thai lifestyles in the beauty of architecture; “Sook Srang Sran”, creating new and innovative expressions of Thainess; “Sook Sueb San” or the changing relationships and cultural stories within communities; and “Sook Sanook” which showcases the Thai spirit of fun and joy. “Sook Siam” embodies the combination of these seven pillars of happiness, inspiring genuine and original products that evoke a pride that can be recognised both here in Thailand and throughout the rest of the world.

Muang Sook Siam recently boosted the capabilities of entrepreneurs from various communities by selecting remarkable and unique shops from different regions for training to increase their skills and knowledge. Of these shops, 10 were then selected to receive “Sook Siam Local Heroes 2019” awards.

In the past year, many entrepreneurs have opened shops at Muang Sook Siam and received strong interest from foreign customers. Among those who have built on this success by expanding their business overseas are Loong Ngern Clay-Pot Coffee from Chiang Mai, who has expanded to Indonesia; Kuay Tiew Rua (Boat Noodles) Muang Pathum, which has sold its franchise to China; and “Joob General”, whose hand-made woollen products from Phasi Charoen in Bangkok are being made available in Taiwan. Others who have won similar success include Kanom Nga Baan Charnmuang (Dek Doi) from Mae Hong Son Province; Pha Toomthong crafts from Buriram Province; Tai Muang Phia enterprise group from Khon Kaen Province; and Kanom Jeeb Pha Ping from Trang Province.

As part of its plans for business development and expansion in the future, “Muang Sook Siam” at Iconsiam will launch a project called “Muang Sook Siam Academy” in 2020 as a springboard for rural entrepreneurs in Thailand to go international. The long-term plan, though, is to remain committed to supporting and pushing Thai entrepreneurs and their community products, both foods and crafts, onto the global stage.

“We want ‘Muang Sook Siam’ to be a source of pride for the Thai people, and be mentioned at the national level. This aim is driven by a strong focus on promotion and support from the private sector, which wants to distribute knowledge and income among local entrepreneurs producing community products. The project is in line with the government’s policy, which focuses on the development of knowledge, capability and income generation in rural communities, which will lead to overall growth of the economy in a sustainable way,” says Luckana.

It’s party time at Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok

Published December 11, 2019 by SoClaimon

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It’s party time at Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok

Dec 11. 2019
By The Nation

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There’s plenty to enjoy at the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok this Christmas and New Year as chef Martin Blunos and his team whip up traditional fare with a whole lot of flair.

At Blunos Restaurant on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, hungry diners can either feast on a special “Martin Xmas box” packed full of Christmas creations such as Sliced turkey breast & stuffed thigh (cold), Cranberry stuffing balls, Pigs in blankets and Smoked salmon roll for just Bt750 net or go a la carte with Cream of pumpkin soup with roasted mushroom, Beef Wellington with chestnut mushroom duxelles and Baked Alaska Christmas plum pudding.

Chef Martin Blunos

Chef Martin Blunos

For those who would like to enjoy a more traditional family Christmas, The Glass House Restaurant is offering an incredible international buffet including a selection of premium seafood on ice, a traditional roast turkey and roast ham station, roasted prime rib, Thai, Western and Japanese favourites, an international cheese selection, a pasta bar and a dessert corner to die for, priced at Bt1,100 net for lunch and Bt1,800 net for dinner on Christmas Eve only.

Beef Wellington with chestnut mushroom duxelles (Blunos)

Beef Wellington with chestnut mushroom duxelles (Blunos)

Welcome the New Year at Glass House Restaurant with an international dinner buffet of local and international favourites, plus sumptuous seafood and culinary delicacies from around the world at Bt1,800 net. Drinks packages are also available on request.

The Poolside Party at Blunos ] is also turning up the heat with an enchanting poolside soirée under the stars as you say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020 for Bt1,200 net including live food station and 2 drinks.

For those with a head for heights, the Sky Lounge on the 33rd floor offers the perfect location to view the capital’s stunning views from 10pm to 1am for Bt2,200 net with free-flow soft drinks and selected adult beverages plus canapés as a local DJ spins the latest dance tracks.

Beauty pageants can’t escape from fielding ‘political’ questions

Published December 11, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Beauty pageants can’t escape from fielding ‘political’ questions

Dec 10. 2019
By The Nation

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The answer by Thailand’s Paweensuda “Fahsai” Drouin – who finished among the top 5 – at the Miss Universe 2019 finale in Atlanta, Georgia, has led to the observation that the question asked at the pageant this year touched more on politics. But some feel that politics and the pageant should be separated, blaming the government and “Uncle Too” (the prime minister) as being the reason why Fahsai could not answer the final question freely.

Paweensuda “Fahsai” Drouin

Paweensuda “Fahsai” Drouin

Fahsai was asked by a pageant judge: “Government surveillance is used to keep many nations and their people safe. But some believe this invades our right to privacy. What is more important to you, privacy or security?” She replied: “I believe that every country has their own government policy to keep us safe, and I believe that it shouldn’t cross a line of going into our privacy because we have a right to privacy. But security is also very important, so I believe that in order to live in a better society, we should also have the government look at that line – a middle ground as to where they can come and live together with society.”

Thai women have been in the final round several times, and our beauty queens have mostly answered questions that everyone thought was “hard” or “political”.

Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa was named Miss Universe 2019

Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa was named Miss Universe 2019

But for ‎Miss Universe Thailand 2016 Chalita “Namtan” Suansane, the answer was easy and came from her heart. Faced with the question “Which current or former world leader do you admire? And why”, she replied at that time: “That person is the King [Rama IX]. Since I was born, His Highness has always worked. He has never complained and he likes the father of everyone in Thailand. Thank you.”

Chalita “Namtan” Suansane

Chalita “Namtan” Suansane

Miss Universe Thailand 2017 ‎Maria Poonlertlarp was asked: “What are the most important social movements of your day? And why?” She answered: “I think the most important social movement so far is that we’re having an ageing population. So the most important movement in our time is definitely the youth. The youth are our future. The youth are something we have to invest in.”

This time, many people couldn’t help but wonder whether the question put to Fahsai was part of a political science exam or a question for members of the House of Representatives. The public reaction is not surprising because of the coups in Thailand despite elections. Thai politics are monitored at every step as the people under a military government cannot express themselves thoroughly or freely.

‎Maria Poonlertlarp

‎Maria Poonlertlarp

The question was not a coincidence

A report titled “Freedom on the Net” by US-based NGO Freedom House, which scored 65 countries on Internet freedom and free expression online, ranked Thailand 48.

The report also said Internet freedom in Thailand seems to be heavily restricted since before the election as the Web is used to attack or discourage opponents. This was an election after more than five years following a coup, with the government snooping so much that the public lacked freedom of expression.

A report by the Human Rights Lawyers’ Association also revealed that since 2015 in Thailand, there has been a 68 per cent increase in SLAPP – or strategic lawsuit against public participation – cases, with most relating to “defamation”.

Approximately 95 per cent of SLAPP cases in Thailand have been against the general public – political activists, human rights defenders, volunteers, and journalists – with the main cause of litigation being commenting online.

Politically speaking

“I think the United States and the Philippines have always had a good relationship with each other,” Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach said in reply to a question at the pageant. “We were colonised by the Americans and we have their culture in our traditions even to this day. I think we’re very welcoming of the Americans and I don’t see any problem with that at all.”

Miss Universe 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach

Miss Universe 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach

Wurtzbach ’s answer is probably the most obvious confirmation of the beauty and political issue going hand in hand. In affect, she agreed to the setting up of a US military base in the Philippines, her home country. The answer led to her winning the Miss Universe crown, showing that questions on political issues are a measure of the “attitude” of citizens in that country.

In fact, questions dealing with politics have occurred since The Miss Thai Pageant of 1934, aimed at celebrating the constitution and disseminating democracy. Crowned winners had to carry out public relations duties for the government to create nationalism and become “female representatives” of the whole nation to build the country’s reputation.

However, independent scholar Pavin Chachavalpongpun analysed the question and answer at this year’s pageant from a different perspective: “The competition may need a beauty queen that is confident, clear, deciding and able to be a leader,” he said on Facebook. “Answering the question should clearly determine what you want to choose, security or privacy. It should be pointed out that privacy is one of the freedoms that the government needs to respect while security can be handled in other ways.”

Digital Economy and Society Minister Puttipong Punnakan gave an interview to the BBC on the question put to Fahsai. “Security ensures the safety of people,” he said. “It is the protection of the rights of people which should not be violated. And there is no law infringing on civil rights.” Puttipong argued that both security and privacy can go together in a state which does not violate privacy rights while also being able to take care of people’s security.

All beauty pageants will continue to have questions dealing with politics as politics is everywhere and part and parcel of our lives. It is important that it’s not just beauty queens who must be aware of security and privacy rights but also ordinary people like us.

Anantara Riverside, Advani+ Riverside present ‘River of Change’ art exhibition

Published December 10, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Anantara Riverside, Advani+ Riverside present ‘River of Change’ art exhibition

Dec 09. 2019
By THE NATION

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Art lovers are invited to kick off the festive season with a riverside exhibition featuring two established and two emerging Thai artists.

Until January 15, “River of Change” will be on show at Anantara Riverside’s Art Lounge, The Art Room at Avani+ Riverside, with its panoramic river views, and the Pop-Up Art Space at the connecting Riverside Plaza.

The exhibition features innovative art works by Thanachai Ujjin “Pod”, an art graduate from Chulalongkorn University who went on to become the lead singer of the band Modern Dog and whose abstract paintings take audiences on a journey of self-expression.

Multi-faceted artist Wisut Ponnimit will show why he is considered one of the key foreign artists in Japan’s manga scene, through a collection demonstrating his distinct storytelling techniques.

Meanwhile, award-winning photographer Siwanat Phongboonkoomlarp is exploring the pure lives of children in a collection that aims to capture “life’s snapshots”.

Illustrator and art teacher Mai Intarakanchit is urging audiences to observe how emotions can affect physicality through her distinct portraiture.

As the exhibition kicks off the festive season, it is also a nod to the hotels’ plans for the New Year, in which Avani+ and Anantara Riverside will be curating more art experiences for guests and visitors.

Works by Thanachai Ujjin

Works by Thanachai Ujjin

Wisut Ponnimit’s artworks

Wisut Ponnimit’s artworks

Works by Mai Intarakanchit

Works by Mai Intarakanchit
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