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Thailand on its tummy

Published January 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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The Thailand Tourism Festival 2019 runs from tomorrow through Sunday at Lumpini Park.
The Thailand Tourism Festival 2019 runs from tomorrow through Sunday at Lumpini Park.

Thailand on its tummy

lifestyle January 22, 2019 01:00

By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul
THE NATION

Great food from all five regions as well as cultural traditions and products come under the spotlight at this week’s Thailand Tourism Festival

With January almost done and dusted and time passing by at an alarming pace, it’s time to look to the months ahead and start planning a vacation.

Ideas and inspiration for that dream trip are going for free at the Thailand Tourism Festival 2019, which gets underway tomorrow at Bangkok’s Lumpini Park.

 

Thai Clay Art

Hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the festival is designed to encourage tourism in the country throughout the year and motivate Thais to discover more about the land of their birth.

“This festival has played a long and important role in encouraging domestic tourism since its days at Suan Amporn and now at Lumpini Park,” says TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

 

“We hold it at the beginning of the year so that people can start planning their trips early. This year’s event will, as usual, feature a variety of foods, products and performances from all regions of the country in order to promote, inspire and help motivate everyone to travel. More than 600,000 local and foreign visitors visited last year’s event, which generated Bt390 million of income.”

“This year, we have chosen to highlight the charms of Thailand by dividing the festival into nine zones,” adds Noppadon Pakprot, deputy governor for TAT’s domestic marketing.

 

A mascot of a “Reduce-Reuse-Recycle” waste initiative that encourages visitors to use cloth totes rather than plastic bags.

“From the entrance in front of King Rama VI Monument, you will see landmarks of five regions featuring a woven Thai carp, a Bo Sang umbrella, tungs (northern flags) with a spider web, basketry and dyed papyrus, and a bird cage. The second zone is home to booths offering tour packages and special promotions. The third zone covers all five regions with five themes: the gastronomy of the Northeast (Isaan), the fabrics of the North and the legacy of the Central region with an emphasis on Thainess and workshops on Thai sweets. The East is represented by fun things to do in Chanthaburi, Rayong and Trat, while the South is showcased with the sea of mist in Betong, the southernmost district of Yala. Ninety travel routes are also presented.

“At the “Loke Suay Duay Song Mue’ (“beautiful world with two hands”) zone, visitors will find ideas for green travel that we hope will motivate them to take care of natural resources. This includes a ‘Reduce-Reuse-Recycle’ waste initiative that encourages visitors to use cloth totes rather than plastic bags. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration zone, meanwhile, offers food from Bangkok’s 50 districts and highlights seven areas that shouldn’t be missed such as Bang Lamphu, Yaowarat and Talad Noi.”

The official opening takes place at 5.30 on Thursday with a performance of royal khon, an all-male Lakhon Nok play, a “Manorah Ruang Saeng” dance, a modern take on the Phi Ta Khon festival and mini concerts by Neung Jakkrawal, Palmy, Yinglee, Jay Jetrin, Bao Wee, Non Thanon, Stamp Apiwat, Getsunova, Potato, Scrubb and Twopee.

The recent press conference provided a taste of what visitors can expect from the festival with plates of fruits and desserts and a selection of products from the five regions.

 

Mae Khai Thoon Klao in Chon Buri

Among those offering their wares was Sirikanya “Khai” Ngamchantathip, owner of Mae Khai Thoon Klao, a khao lam (glutinous rice roasted in bamboo joints) shop at Talad Nong Mon in Chon Buri.

“My khao lam is sweet, nutty and mild with good ingredients. It comes in a shorter bamboo tube, so that it’s easier to eat with a bamboo spoon and is topped with ginkgo, taro and beans. It can be a snack while taking a break from meetings,” she told The Nation.

 

Raet Mango in Chachoengsao

Also on offer was raet mango from Chachoengsao’s Bang Khla District.

“The raet mango in Bang Khla District is sweet-and-sour and also mellow, different from other mangoes, and wonderfully fragrant. The soil in Bang Khla is full of minerals and irrigated by the Bang Pakong River with a mixture of freshwater and brackish water. This gives our mangoes an amazing taste. Bang Khla is full of fruit orchards. Unripe Chokanan Mango isn’t popular because of its hard texture, so it is preserved in syrup as mamuang chae im. It’s only made in Bang Khla and guaranteed as one tambon one product,” says Khwanruan.

 

Lookchin Jae Nok Kog in Buriram

Ratchanok Maneewan was on hand to feed the media with her delicious grilled meatball skewers. Her stall, Lookchin Jae Nok Kog at Buriram Railway Station, is one of 12 selling the meaty snack for people to eat while standing

“The phenomenon of eating grilled sweet-and-sour meatball skewers while standing started more than 30 years when a vendor called Jae Nok made it popular. These days, a lot more people have got into the business. I can earn Bt7,000 to Bt8,000 on weekdays and Bt10,000 on the weekends. The meatballs are similar but the spicy sauce is different. My sauce is sweet and sour and a little spicy suitable for customers from all walks of life,” Ratchanok says.

 

Bhutesavara in Samut Songkram

 

Bhutesavara from Samut Songkhram, meanwhile, presented its khon masks made the traditional way.

“We aim to preserve and promote traditional Thai art by sticking to the original way and technique of making khon masks and the materials used. Modern masks are made of resin but we still use paper. Again, these days, the decoration is done on a mould but we do ours on paper on each individual mask. And while more than 100 resin khon masks can be moulded every day, we can manage only seven pieces, as the work is hand done meticulous. In the past, the mask was made of straw paper, but these days we use mulberry paper, which has a finer texture,” says Suchart Moradok.

 

Baan Khok Phayom in Narathiwat

Baan Khok Phayom, one of six basketry krajood groups in Narathiwat, is all ready to show its delicate crafts at the festival.

“The craft of basket-making has been passed down through the generations. I’ve been making basketry products since the early 2000s. The differences between each of the villages can be found in the colours and patterns. Customers are interested in baskets and bags. We also make them to order,” says Jesoh Wae-U.

 

Yano in Chiang Mai

Yano from Chiang Mai is displaying its handmade textile products made with sustainable materials.

“Yano’s slogan is ‘addicted to happiness’ and inspires people in these communities to focus on happiness. Most of them are unemployed so it offers an opportunity to generate some income. Our project started with 10 people in Tha Kwang sub-district of Saraphi district before expanding to several other communities. I thought hard about how happiness and management could be sustainable. I studied sustainability from international sources and our late King’s sufficiency economy philosophy. Our product is environmentally friendly and most of our products such as clothes and souvenirs are made of cotton. We have developed our designs and marketing over the last 14 years with happiness as our central focal point,” says Nakarin Yano.

 

Ice Cream Arom Dee in Kalasin

Hungry for heritage

– The Thailand Tourism Festival 2019 runs from tomorrow through Sunday at Lumpini Park.

– Find out more by calling the TAT Contact Centre at 1672 or visit http://www.TourismThailand.org.

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Standing in the shadows

Published January 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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  • Aye [real name withheld] would like the agencies to help find her retailers or distributors.
  • Amara learns sewing skills at the Muslim community centre in Mae Sot, Tak Province.(Photo/UN Women/Stephanie Simcox)

Standing in the shadows

lifestyle January 21, 2019 01:00

By Jintana Panyaarvudh
The Nation
Mae Sot

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How a low-key UN-assisted project funded by the Canadians and Japanese is helping undocumented Muslim women earn a living

WHEN SHE was growing up, Amara (surname withheld), a Myanmar Muslim woman born in Tak’s Mae Sot District, never thought she could have a proper career and earn a living until fate dictated otherwise and she was able to attend a United Nations agency’s vocational training programme.

Amara lives in Thailand but has no legal status or documentation. Three years ago she landed a job at a Bangkok department store using an ID card belonging to someone else. After her husband left her, she returned to her parents’ home in a Muslim community in the Thai-Myanmar border district.

She recently finished a three-day training course in basic sewing and now knows exactly what she wants to do.

Aye [real name withheld] would like the agencies to help find her retailers or distributors.

“Now I want to save money to buy a sewing machine so I can stitch as many longyi [a sheet of cloth similar to a sarong widely worn in Myanmar] as I can. I want to study fashion design and become a fashion designer,” says the 23-year-old.

She adds that she is very grateful for the training, which has helped her look for work. Without it, she explains, she would have to pay around Bt300-Bt350 simply to learn.

“And sometimes they won’t teach me until I know how to sew,” she continues, her eyes brimming with tears.

Amara is just one of thousands of Muslim Myanmar women who were born in or have settled in Thailand but who have failed to get the legal status and documents that would make it possible to work.

The training scheme she attended is part of the Promoting Gender and Anti-Trafficking in Migration project, a joint programme of UN Women and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime [UNODC] to prevent and mitigate the impacts of trafficking and transnational crime through women’s empowerment in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region and to build the capacity of law enforcement to address vulnerable populations. The programme is supported by the governments of Japan and Canada.

Canada’s ambassador to Thailand Donica Pottie, second right, Julien Garsany, deputy regional director of UNODC, third right, and the First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy to Thailand Mami Ueno, fourth right, during their recent discussion with women in the Muslim community.

The project, which was launched in 2018, works in border communities like Mae Sot to provide assistance to survivors of trafficking and to train those at risk in a range of areas including job skills development and to raise their awareness on the differences between safe and unsafe migration.

Situated approximately 7km from the border with Myanmar, Mae Sot is one of the transit and destination hubs for migrants from Myanmar seeking economic opportunities.

Some 6,000 Myanmar Muslims, half of whom are women, have lived in the Muslim community for more than three generations. Ninety per cent of them are stateless, neither recognised by the Myanmar government nor the Thai government, according to UN Women. Most are irregular migrants working in low-skilled jobs, driven to leave their homes because of poverty and indebtedness.

Anna-Karin Jatfors, acting regional director of UN Women for Asia and the Pacific looks at two Myanmar Muslim women making clothes.

“When people are without legal status, they are easily taken advantage of by their employers. They tend to accept lower wages, and they are scared of reporting any abuses to local authorities,” says Ampika Saibouyai, director of Rights Beyond Borders, an NGO operating in Mae Sot and UN Women’s partner.

For this reason, they are always looking for a better job opportunity and this is what makes the traffickers’ offers so appealing, she continues.

“Women and girls are at even greater risk due to the growing sex industry in the area,” she adds.

The vocational training is held at the Muslim community centre where groups of women take turns to study sewing skills and learn about the difference between safe and unsafe migration.

Having a skill, Ampika explains, helps prevent them from becoming potential victims of trafficking and other forms of exploitation while also improving their living conditions. “They will be able to work at a garment factory or run a small sewing shop from home,” Ampika says.

For example, before attending the training, the average wage is between Bt80 and Bt100 per day. After the training that can increase to Bt200 per day, according to Ampika.

Ampika, who has worked with the community for seven years, says little to no progress has been made in the living conditions of Myanmar migrants in the community because the Thai government thinks they might be linked to the Rohingya people and therefore has done nothing to help them.

Last week, Canadian Ambassador to Thailand Donica Pottie and the First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Thailand Mami Ueno, as well as representatives from the UN Women and UNODC visited the community to witness the training.

Like other modern females, these Muslim women want to stand on their own two feet and earn a living but they face difficulties in looking for work and a lack of awareness makes community members particularly vulnerable. Their biggest concern is living without legal status and the resulting unfair treatment they inevitably suffer.

Mya [real name withheld], 66, says she wants to get a job and earn more money to support her family but her lack of legal documents makes that impossible.

“We also face another restriction; even if we get a work permit we can only do one job with one employer,” says Mya, who moved from Myawaddy in southeastern Myanmar to Mae Sot 22 years ago.

“That’s not enough to feed my family. I cannot help them have a better life,” she says, the despair obvious in her voice.

Aye [real name withheld] would like the agencies to help find her retailers or distributors so that she can sell her products and generate enough money to help her husband raise their family of six.

Her husband is a worker in the district and earns Bt250 a day, which she says is not enough.

“I now have the skills [to sew clothes] but I cannot make money using those skills. I don’t know how or where I can sell them,” says the 39-year-old, who has lived in the community since she was nine.

Their stories and their plight touched the visitors.

“The women we met today have real courage. They know what the issues are and where they want to be,” Ambassador Pottie tells The Nation. “I believe that women who come together can make a difference for themselves and their families,” she adds.

The ambassador hopes that they will continue to work together, saying that she believes the project makes them all stronger and that with UN Women and funding support from donors, they can achieve tangible results.

However, she is quick to acknowledge that the main stumbling block remains their lack of status and thus rights and cautions that a quick result is not in sight.

“We just have to continue to try to look for solutions and to find ways to encourage and support the efforts of the government of Thailand to help regularise their situation,” she says.

Noting that Thailand is faced with an ageing workforce and will therefore be increasingly reliant on migrant labour, she points out that these small groups, most of whom have lived in Thailand for decades, could well provide the answer.

“Some of Thailand’s interests and these women’s interests are the same. They want work, Thailand needs workers. But we’ll have to wait and see,” Pottie says.

Anna-Karin Jatfors, acting regional director of UN Women for Asia and the Pacific, says that the community is a good example for women empowerment.

“When women have skills, when they have knowledge, they have ways to earn a living. They also feel more confident and they can empower women within their communities,” she tells The Nation, noting that the training is particularly useful in helping younger women find work and increase their incomes.

“So, for me, it is quite heartening to see that this is not just training for now, but it really strengthens young people to improve their lives. Ultimately this is what the project is all about,” she explains.

However, Jatfors points out that empowerment is not an overnight process but is something that happens over years.

“I hope we will be able to continue this support to these types of community organisations for the longer term,” she says.

Harmony in the home

Published January 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Harmony in the home

lifestyle January 19, 2019 01:00

By Kupluthai Pungkanon
The Nation Weekend

Top interior designer Thomas Pheasant talks about creating living spaces that are as beautiful as they are functional

CALM, LUXURIOUS and enduringly elegant, Thomas Pheasant’s interior designs for American furniture maker Baker’s latest collection are testament to his philosophy of simple serenity.

For 38 years, 16 of them spent collaborating with Baker, the Washington-based interior designer has balanced comfort and aesthetics with his love for design innovations. For example, the exposed wood of his case goods is executed in a palette of brass, glass, and solid dark-stained mahogany with either a high sheen finish known as Luxe, or a new lower sheen finish called Caviar, which is characterised by soft gold rubbed into the open pores of the wood’s grain.

Thomas Pheasant

The supports are finely tailored, the legs held together with artful brass dowels. The faceted geometry of the Diamond sofa series is carefully placed to add luxury to any space.

Known as the master of the neutral palette, Pheasant focuses on bringing a contemporary dimension to classic design principles, bridging past and present with attractive silhouettes and distinctive fabrics. In 2005, he was honoured by Architectural Digest US with the distinction “Dean of American Design”.

In high demand throughout the US, Europe and Asia, his recent projects include the redesign of Blair House, the US President’s guest house on Pennsylvania Avenue across from the White House, and apartments in Washington, New York, Paris, and Moscow.

In Thailand, his entire collection for Baker is available through Chanintr Living. Pheasant flew into Bangkok late last year to introduce the 50 stylish pieces and found time to chat with The Nation Weekend.

“This is my fifth collection for Baker. They are a delight to work for as they have extraordinarily accomplished technical staff and devoted craftsmen. I began my first collection in 2002, and over the past 16 years each capsule has started to evolve in my mind as soon as the last has been presented. That’s a luxury most designers don’t have,” he says.

“What I’m proud of as the designer is the growth I can witness. As a designer in the creative world, you need to have the sense of growth for longevity, an accomplishment that personally keeps you going. Each piece has its own story and I find that exciting.”

Asked about his personal signature of simplicity and serenity, he explains: “Early in my career I found it was challenging to strip away what is unnecessary and try to create beautiful and fulfilling spaces. I never gave this approach a name even though it attracted a diverse clientele from all over the world. Interestingly, when I was asked to put together a book of my designs, my first  thought was to centre it on my classical foundation coming from Washington DC and growing up. But as I talked to my friends and my customers, I kept hearing the words ‘simple’ and ‘serene’ and changed my focus. In the end we called the book ‘Simply Serene’ and concentrated on how you create that human connection with interiors.”

He is reluctant to define American design, saying: “We are young compared to the rest of the world, but we are also a melting pot. That gives us freedom to create as we don’t have rules or even traditions. I spend a lot of time in France and Asia and am always fascinated by how young designers interpret their heritage in new ways. In the US, we like to break the rules and that’s good too.

“I was just in Beijing and have also visited temples here in Thailand. To me, this is visual overload; there is so much decoration and I wonder how all of these stimulations are going to be absorbed.

“Creating a signature design is hard. I tell young architectural and design students that they must think about how they want to express themselves and how they are going to build on that over time,” he explains.

His inspirations for the new Baker collection, he continues, were modern American painters and sculptors like Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Serra and Tony Smith, whose minimalist works demonstrate refinement and sophistication.

“With simplicity you can’t hide. It is either yes or no.

“My signature is all about form. When I start the project, it is not about adding but taking away so as to create something. For example, the chair must have a comfortable feel but the least bulk. For the sofa, typically you would have the long continuous line on the back but this dimension is very subtle, the height increases and decreases, the legs taper from the front to the back like they are constantly taking the mass away.”

Pheasant also advises would-be interior designers to remember that any successful business requires both creativity and down-to-earth common sense.

“They require different brains,” he says. “As the creative person, the more you invest in that, the more fruitful, joyous and fulfilling the experience. I always get a kick out of talking to new clients and envisioning the rooms I will be working on. Then, of course, the practical realities come into play. We all accumulate things so we need to create storage, we need to take account of the kids and the pets. Certainly, it’s beautiful to have a vase with flowers on the table but you must always remember that you are building a space for people to live in, not just for photographs.

“Designers of residential interiors in particular have to be good listener to see and understand not just the space but the people. And that’s what’s so fascinating about our job.”

Staying zen with a Zenbook

Published January 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Staying zen with a Zenbook

lifestyle January 19, 2019 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend

With a new feature that allows you to more comfortably position your hands and a sound system that makes listening a pleasure, Asus’s new ultrabook takes the strain out of work

Fitted with an Ergolift hinge that tilts the keyboard at a gentle 5.5-degree angle and helping to reduce discomfort during extended typing sessions, the new Asus ZenBook S (UX391) is a sleek and powerful 13-inch Ultrabook computer that weighs next to nothing and has a long battery life.

New to the ZenBook line, the ErgoLift hinge also helps keep the ZenBook S cool to the touch by creating additional space between the laptop and the surface below. The ZenBook S takes in cool air through this extra space and expels warm air via the hinge area.

And the ErgoLift hinge helps to deliver a premium and immersive audio experience with cleaner sound and improved bass response thanks to the angled bottom-firing speakers.

On the design side, the ZenBook S is really attractive with an all-metal unibody construction in Deep Dive Blue or Rose Gold. And the lid is adorned with Asus’ classic concentric circle pattern that apparently requires more than 40 different steps to produce.

The UX391 is just 12.9mm thick and weighs one kilogram making it highly portable. Adding to its portability is its long battery life of 13.5 hours.

Despite its thinness, the UX391 is tough. It’s been designed to pass MIL-STD 810G tests for drops, temperature, humidity, and altitude.

And it’s powerful too, using an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550 processor and equipped with fast 8 gigabytes 2133 MHz DDR3 of working memory. It also uses fast 512 gigabytes PCie 3.0 SSD storage and runs on Windows 10 Home edition.

The ZenBook S comes with fast dual-band 2x 802.11ac Wi-Fi connection for Internet browsing and video streaming.

And for maximum sustained performance, the ZenBook S uses an updated cooling system that uses an innovative liquid-crystal-polymer fan impeller with 71 blades — an increase of 40 per cent over previous designs — housed in an advanced 3D-curved aerodynamic shroud that can move 13.4 per cent more air than before. With this cooling system, the ZenBook S runs up to 5 degrees C cooler than previous ZenBook models.

During the test, I found the UX391 ran business applications like Microsoft Office fast. Web pages and video clips were fast and smooth too and the notebook started up and shut down instantly.

Its 13.3-inch LED-backlit display has 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. The NanoEdge display has a 5.9mm-thin bezel with 85-per cent screen-to-body ratio, which is great for watching videos and viewing photos and also comes with Asus Eye Care technology that reduces blue light by up to 30 per cent, You can choose Eye Care mode, Normal mode or Vivid mode when using the display.

The ZenBook S is good for watching videos because it features an advanced video tuning system called Asus Tru2Life Video Technology that works like those found in high–end TVs. Asus Tru2Life Video enhances clarity, colour, and contrast in video and also intercepts image and video signals being sent to the panel, analysing every single pixel in every frame to optimise its brightness, contrast, colour and sharpness, before sending the frames for display. This results in colourful, vivid, sharper videos with as much as 150-per-cent improvement in contrast.

And the ZenBook S has a good sound system aided by Harmon Kardon’s sophisticated signal-processing that makes adaptive adjustments to improve clarity and filter out noise. The two bottom firing speakers are angled thanks to the ErgoLift hinge design and bounce sound off the surface to fill the room with rich and clear sound.

The ZenBook S offers a total of 3 USB Type-C ports, two of which are Thunderbolt 3 enabled and all of which support fast-charging and display output. Thunderbolt 3 is the fastest data transfer format available to computing devices with maximum speed of 40Gbps. The two Thunderbolt 3 ports allow the UX391 to support video output to two ultra-high resolution 4K displays for a total of three simultaneous displays.

Apart from a long life, the ZenBook S’s battery also supports fast charging, allowing it to recharge 60 per cent of its battery in 49 minutes.

Asus ZenBook S (UX391) has a suggested retail price of Bt49,990.

 

>> OS: Windows 10 Home

>> CPU: Intel Core i7-8550U processor

>> Memory: 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard

>> Storage: 512GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD

>> Graphics: Intel UHD 620

>> Display: 13.3-inch LED-backlit Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 anti-glare non-touch display

>> Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2

>> I/O ports: 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (Thunderbolt 3), 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, 1 x Audio combo jack

>> Audio: High-quality stereo speakers (with smart amplifier), Harman Kardon-certified ASUS SonicMaster Premium audio system

>> Battery: 50Wh |lithium-polymer

>> Dimensions: 311 x 213 x 12.9mm

>> Weight: Approx. 1kg

Straight outta New York

Published January 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Straight outta New York

lifestyle January 19, 2019 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend

Premium audio brand Master & Dynamic launches its Bluetooth headphones in Bangkok

A PAIR OF Bluetooth headphones with rich sounds and long battery life and a clever design that lets you switch between over-ear and on-ear types, the Master & Dynamic MW50+ is one of two models of headphones from the New York-based firm distributed here by RTB Technology. The other is the MW07 and I’ll be reviewing it at a later date.

The MW50+ comes in a stylish and luxury design with attention to every detail starting with the premium grade materials and including Master & Dynamic’s signature rich, warm sounds.

The MW50+ has a clever design that lets you easily change between on-ear and over-ear thanks to two sets of magnetic ear pads.

The phones come with the on-ear ear pads. You simply pull out the on-ear pads that magnetically attach to the ear cups and attach the over-ear ear pads. You can choose on-ear ear pads for rich, detailed and expansive sound on-the-go or opt for the over ears for full sound isolation for focus, productivity and relaxation.

The MW50+ looks luxurious with a premium grain leather headband and lambskin interior. The two sets of interchangeable memory foam ear pads are also covered with lambskin for a truly premium look.

The headphones’ parts are made of forged aluminium components and the MW50+ uses a stainless steel adjustment arm with aluminium headband connector to improve the Bluetooth signal.

The phones are light and comfortable to wear. With the on-ear ear pads, they come in at just 205 grams and go up to 239g for the over ears. During my test, I could wear the headphones for hours without discomfort.

I also very much enjoyed the sound quality with rich and clear mids and highs and solid bass that wasn’t too bloated.

The MW50+ uses high-performance 40mm beryllium drivers and it has a frequency response of 5-30,000 Hz and 32 ohms of impedance.

The headphones use Bluetooth 4.1 and aptX streaming protocol. The package comes with a 3.5mm audio cable to use the MW50+ as wired headphones.

The MW50+ has a USB-C port for charging its battery that can last up to 16 hours after one full charge.

I tested the MW50+ by linking it to my Sony Xperia XZ Premium and the headphones reproduced good quality music sounds with music instrument clarity, beautiful vocals and, good, solid bass. For example, I could hear the percussion and guitar sounds on Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” while the bass guitar and drums sounded solid.

During the test, I enjoyed streaming rock music from Jook and Spotify apps to the headphones. The music quality was also good when I used the provided audio cable.

Pairing the headphones to my smartphone was a breeze. I turned the headphone on by sliding the switch on the left ear cup from the lower to the middle position. To pair with my phone, I slid the switch to the Bluetooth position on the top and held it for two seconds to enter the pairing mode. To turn off the headphones, you simply slide the switch to the bottom position from the middle position.

When the headphones are turned on, the MW50+ will automatically search for the previously connected devices. If no connection is made after two minutes, the headphone will enter deep-sleep mode.

There are three controlling buttons on the right ear cup. The top and bottom buttons are used for increasing and decreasing volume. The middle button is called Multi Function Button (MFB) and is used for playing and pausing music. The volume buttons are also used for skipping to the next and returning to the previous tracks.

The MFB button is the one to press when answering a call and hanging up a line.

The phones are available in two versions. The normal version is available in brown/silver, black/silver and black/black for Bt15,900 and the special edition to commemorate the late Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday is available in black/gold for Bt17,900.

Both versions are available at Munkong Gadget, Studio 7 by Com7, iStudio by CPW, DotLife, Sound Proof, Lazada, Shopee and Mercular.

>> Ear coupling: |On-ear/Over-ear

>> Drivers: 40mm Beryllium Diaphragm

>> Impedance: 32 ohms

>> Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1, aptX codec

>> Microphone type: Dual omni-directional microphone array

>> Cables: Detachable 1.25m standard cable; USB-C charging / updating cord

>> Headphone connection: 3.5mm Passive Audio input / USB-C charging / firmware update input

>> Dimensions: 19cm H x 15.5cm W x 3.4cm T (On-Ear); 20cm H x 16.5cm W x 4cm T (Over-Ear)

>> Weight: 205g (On-Ear), 239g (Over-Ear)

>> In the box: MW50+, on-ear pads, over-ear pads, leather ear pad case, canvas headphone pouch, USB-C charging cable, 1.2m standard 3.5mm cable

Students get creative

Published January 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Students get creative

lifestyle January 17, 2019 12:30

By The Nation

Seacon Bangkae is opening a new space called “Banjerd!!!” (“Magnificent!!!”) tomorrow (January 18) in the main atrium for members of the new generation to show off their creative designs.

Until January 27, they will share stories behind their motivation and special techniques for each of their magnificent items, which include more than 500 pieces of fashionable apparel, accessories, handbags, and home decor furniture, all of them designed by students from four universities.

Visitors will have a chance to learn techniques for taking beautiful photographs on mobile phones like a pro, as well as enjoy a fashion show and live interview with net idol and designer Apichet “Madiew” Atirattana.

Five of his creations will be on display, including Thai farmer’s fashion, a sticky rice steamer pot and basket based on Isaan culture and bedding and a mosquito net that reflects the culture of the hilltribes.

On Sunday (January 20) starting at 2pm, students from the Faculty of Industrial Textiles and Fashion Design, Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon will showcase clothing inspired by nature and culture.

Visitors are invited to learn techniques for taking eye-catching photographs on their mobile phones with a professional photographer twice a day at 2.30pm and 5pm tomorrow and Saturday (January 18-19) and again from January 25 to 27. From January 21-24, the class will run once a day at 5pm.

The fair is being organised by the shopping mall in collaboration with the Department of Creative Arts, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University; the Creative Centre for Eco-Design, Faculty of Architecture, Kasetsart University, Poh-Chang Academy of Arts, Rajamangala University of Technology Rattanakosin and the Faculty of Industrial Textiles and Fashion Design, Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon.

For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/SeaconBangkae.

‘Phra Lor’ gets a contemporary makeover

Published January 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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‘Phra Lor’ gets a contemporary makeover

lifestyle January 17, 2019 01:00

By Pawit Mahasarinand
Special to The Nation

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A revival of a literary adaptation is a reminder that Thai performing arts are always interdisciplinary and intercultural – and fun too

Last Saturday was national children’s day and while the slogan, given to the young ones by the prime minister, was shorter than usual, kids had a wide variety of fun activities to enjoy at many venues, some of which are not usually open to the public. For most of them, a trip to National Theatre these days means a classical Thai theatre production like khon or lakhon nai, and of course an afternoon without classes plus a coach ride with friends.

 

It was different last Sunday afternoon, the last of the five-show run, as most youngsters were with parents and the Thai title “Lilit Phra Lor” came with an “AD 2019”, suggesting that this was a contemporary Thai theatre production. Of course, those who are old enough would also remember that it was here that national artist Patravadi “Khru Lek” Mejudhon gave a memorable solo performance “One Night with Patravadi” in the 1980s, after returning home from New York and even before founding Patravadi Theatre, now a boutique hotel, across the river in Soi Wat Rakhang. A showcase of dance, theatre and music from different genres and styles, that groundbreaking show defined not only her subsequent illustrious career but also contemporary Thai performing arts.

 

In her opening monologue, Khru Lek, as narrator, noted that this was already her fourth stage adaptation of the classic Thai literature “Lilit Phra Lor”. First was Thommayanti’s “Rak Thi Tong Montra”, which was also inspired by the Thai literature, seen at the long-closed Silpa Bhirasri Gallery back in the 1980s. Next was a play-within-a-play “Ror Rak Lor Lilit Lilit Phra Lor” 10 years ago at Patravadi Theatre, featuring a collaboration with American virtuoso violinist Kyle Dillingham. That version was later adapted into a smaller production, which toured major North American cities – a unique cultural ambassador that didn’t simply showcase the exotic traditional Thailand, but an intercultural and contemporary one. This 2019 production, even more stylistically diverse, was like a revival of “Ror Rak Lor Lilit Lilit Phra Lor”, with Dillingham reprising his role, albeit with slightly less stage time.

 

 

“Lilit Phra Lor” is clearly one of Khru Lek’s favourites, and after realising that I’ve understood this literature, and appreciated its timeless value, from her productions more than any Thai literature classes I took, I knew I wouldn’t mind watching it onstage again. By the end of this new 90-minute version, some kids and adults would probably agree that this was the most fun we’ve had either reading or watching “Phra Lor”. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the audience members were to pick up “Lilit Phra Lor” and read it again.

 

Khru Lek also noted that this was a staged reading, rather than a theatre production. Audiences soon realised, though, that this was simply a deft scheme to convince us to read this literary piece and not simply enjoy the sight and sound of its stage adaptation. Call it what you will: it was a unique afternoon at the National Theatre, with a work by a national artist and her collaborators who keep delighting and surprising us by taking artistic risks.

 

Settling into the theatre seats with more than ample legroom and seeing cello, keyboard, piano, and drum set along with traditional Thai xylophone the ranat ek and Thai percussion on stage left, it was fairly obvious that this wouldn’t be just another afternoon at our National Theatre. The show’s music director Anant Narkkong, a Silpathorn artist and ethno-musicologist who performs multiple instruments and music that as intercultural as the show itself, was another star of the show, without ever upstaging the dramatic story. That said, audiences in some seats on the sides and in the back voiced complaints that the sound system made it difficult to understand some words in certain songs.

 

Khru Lek and her conarrator, another veteran performer, Sansanee Sitapan, appeared onstage occasionally to read the original poems from the literature. This was another exercise in oral interpretation, which proved that good thespians are able to not only make sense of any difficult verses but also make them entertaining. Of course, most of the stage actions remained a fine juxtaposition of dance, music and theatre.

With its vast forestage in front of the large proscenium frame, the National Theatre was designed for grand scale productions of khon, and fitting a contemporary show in it was no easy task.

 

Instead of trying to fill all the horizontal and vertical space with a huge set, the set pieces here were movable and neutral, and lighting designers as well as video and projection designers added colours and theatrical touches for each scene. Another national artist Somchai Kaewthong and his Kai Boutique’s costume design fit the theatrical purpose perfectly.

Apart from long-time collaborators like Somchai and Anant as well as Lanna performing artist Krit Chaisinboon, Suphannahong-awarded actor Wannasak Sirilar and another Silpathornawarded choreographer Manop Meejamrat, Khru Lek also had some input from a new partner, Jitti Chompee. Those who have followed his works for 18 Monkeys Dance Theatre would be able to tell which scenes in “Lilit Phra Lor 2019” came with his choreography as his signature was dominant. Another was Tachaya “Keng The Voice” Pathumwan whose many fans witnessed that he, thanks to this theatre experience, could also act and not just sing and play musical instruments. Another performing arts troupe “Kid Buak Sip”, or performing art from positive thought, lent their multi-disciplinary prowess and their shadow play performance in an early scene drew loud applause.

It’s interesting to note that, with its diverse elements, some may choose to call “Lilit Phra Lor 2019” an eclectic, or hodgepodge, show, rather than an intercultural theatre production. For further discussion, I would turn to, as usual, a food metaphor. Here in Thailand, would you rather have Thai food at restaurants that Thai people frequent, with some dishes adapted from or inspired by European and other Asian cuisines, or those that are more popular among tourists, with only traditional Thai cuisine, some also with Michelin star accolades, and servers in traditional Thai costumes? If you choose the latter, then prepare to pay Bt300 for three pieces of khanom bueang for your dessert, and later ask your Thai friends how much they pay for them elsewhere.

See you in Hua Hin

– “Lilit Phra Lor 2019” continues tomorrow at 2pm and 8pm, and on Saturday at 8pm, at Vic Hua Hin, a five-minute drive from downtown Hua Hin.

– Tickets are Bt600, Bt800 and Bt1,000, at (032) 827 814 and Line “@VicHuaHin”. Students (undergraduates and lower) and seniors (65 and older) receive 50-per-cent discount.

Tasty treats in downtown Bangkok

Published January 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Tasty treats in downtown Bangkok

lifestyle January 17, 2019 01:00

By THE NATION

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The Wongnai Bangkok Food Festival 2019 is back at the square at the front of CentralWorld until Sunday and this year offers more than 100 today until Sunday.

Titillate your taste buds with choux cream at Pick a Choux, milk tea with chewy tapioca balls at Cha-Bar, crab fried rice at Herehai, Sawang Crab Noodle and bingsu at Sofuto from Chiang Mai.

Popular artists stage mini concerts to keep everyone entertained. The festival is open from 11am to 10pm.

Sura stirs the soul

South Korea’s sexy sensation DJ Sura is all set to spin high-energy electronic dance music at the Bacardi House Party at Demo in Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor) tomorrow night from 9 until 2.

Find out more or male a reservation by calling (085) 250 2000 (Thai) or (096) 387 4569 (English).

Bangkok gets its block party

The Bangkok Block Party returns from its second edition this Saturday and Sunday with stages dubbed Blaq Lyte & Rap Now at Siam Paragon, Future Factory Bangkok at Siam Center and Auntys Haus at the Siam Discovery Skywalk.

The outdoor party, which runs from noon to midnight on both days, will feature top Thai and international music talents, including Irish hip-hop artist and producer Rejjie Snow, Jessie James, Solomon, Autograf, The Greed and Flytrap.

Tickets are Bt900 for a one-day pass and Bt1,500 for a 2-day pass at BTS ticket booths. For more information, visit Facebook.com/bangkokblockparty.

Putting the concept into context

Concept Context Contestation, the travelling project organised by the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, is presenting contemporary art from Southeast Asia at The Secretariat in Yangon, Myanmar from Saturday until February 18.

CCC Yangon features many of the original CCC Bangkok pieces, in addition to some 25 extra works, many of which are new commissions, and 10 newly included artists, among them Thai photographer Manit Sriwanichpoom.

On Sunday, Goethe-Institut Yangon will host a one-day public symposium focusing on Southeast Asian visual practice and CCC discourses of art relating to collective concerns in Southeast Asia.

Searching for Shakespeare

Bangkok Community Theatre is holding auditions for William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” on February 10 from 2 to 6pm and again on February 12 from 6 to 10pm.

The search is on to fill 10 principal roles (3 female and 7 male) and between four and six ensemble members.

If you have what it takes, head to Bistro on Sukhumvit 33 and try out but fist download the audition form at bangkokcommunitytheatre.com then send it to twelfth.night.bct@gmail.com.

Greying with elegance

Published January 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Chinese model Ma Yinhong has her hair done in Shanghai.
Chinese model Ma Yinhong has her hair done in Shanghai.

Greying with elegance

lifestyle January 17, 2019 01:00

By Agence France-Presse
Shanghai

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Age is no barrier for China’s senior catwalk models

Wearing a bright floral ensemble with her short hair dyed blonde, Chinese model Ma Yinhong struts a Shanghai catwalk with a style and swagger that belie her 56 years.

She made her modelling debut just two years ago and is already in demand, working for leading fashion brands such as Dolce & Gabbana.

Ma is one of a growing number of older models sought after by Chinese and international labels trying to court the country’s growing faction of “silver spenders”.

She seems to embody this target market of older Chinese who are spending more on themselves.

“I never go out without dressing up and getting made up. I never let myself look like an old granny,” Ma said at a recent show for Uooyaa, which used a mix of younger Chinese and foreign models, as well as seniors.

Once confined largely to life insurance and healthcare ads, today glamorous Chinese seniors are in demand for high fashion.

“They save me as ‘best for last’ in fashion shows after young models, so I am quite visible,” Ma said.

 

Chinese model Ma Yinhong, right, talks to her friends at a cafe in central Shanghai.

By 2050, one in three people in China, or 487 million people, will be over the age of 60 – more than the population of the United States – according to the official Xinhua news agency.

This greying population, combined with rising incomes and living standards, means an explosion in consumption by China’s elderly is forecast in coming decades.

Once expected to selflessly stay home and mind the grandchildren, seniors – particularly women – have become a coveted market for products like clothing, fashion accessories, cosmetics and travel, according to consumer research firm Mintel.

Portraying older models in active, youthful lifestyles sells well in a culture with a strong tradition of respect and deference toward elders, parttime model Liu Wei said.

“A sense of sophistication can show in the facial expressions of seniors,” explained the 52-year-old.

He added: “Handsome young men, even with their good bodies, cannot convey maturity.”

Liu only began modelling two months ago and does it as a hobby. The owner of two listed companies, he typically appears in adverts as a successful businessman.

“The market for senior models in China is not huge yet but it is growing,” said Michelle Chien, a modelling agent with ESEE Model Management, one of the city’s largest agencies.

This echoes a trend now well established in Western markets, where brands have been keen to tap the pockets of the affluent baby boomer generation.

In the past five years, catwalks globally have seen greater age diversity and models such as Jacky O’Shaughnessy, Jan de Villeneuve, and Elon Musk’s mother Maye Musk, making names for themselves as fashion stars in their 60s and 70s.

In her youth, Ma had hoped for a career in fashion design. She moved to Japan to study in the 1980s but did not graduate as she could not afford the fashion fees.

But she did not start modelling until getting her first gig two years ago after sending her photo to a Shanghai fashion house.

Despite fashion brands embracing the grey hair and wrinkles that come with older models, Ma said it was still important to stay stylish and in shape.

She gets her hair done every three weeks, and stays fit with daily breathing exercises and regular workouts at the gym.

Ma explained: “Keeping in good health keeps me on the catwalk. There is no age limit in fashion, so hopefully my dream can continue.”

Getting tagged at Playmondo

Published January 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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  • Hansa Kraikosol

Getting tagged at Playmondo

lifestyle January 15, 2019 16:00

By The Nation

Playmondo, a brand new amusement park featuring worldstandard rides and a laser gun field dubbed Playsquare Laser Tag for adults and children recently threw upon its door at Forum Zone on Level 2 of CentralWorld.

Hansa Kraikosol, chief executive director of Playmondo Group, a leader in the amusement park business with more than 25year experiences, hosted the grand opening recently.

“Playmondo is centred on the idea of turning an indoor amusement park into a small planet where children can play and learn safely on rides that can stir their imagination,” Hansa told The Nation. We have chosen a Tardigrade named Phi Mon as Playmondo’s mascot. This animal is known as the world’s most tolerant creature as they can remain in nature in all climate conditions. We want the kids to learn about tolerance and the beauty of nature through this mascot. Playmondo is an amusement park for learning for children from one to 13 years of age.”

Children can have adventures in four play zones inspired by such natural surroundings as the desert, ocean, volcano, and jungle. Each ride can support growth during childhood. Interactive rides help with cognitive development while reactions are boosted with games like Ball Wall where children throw a ball against the wall and catch it as it comes back to them. Blue Blocks meanwhile enhance the imagination as they work to assemble the blocks in shapes. These activities also develop problemsolving skills, thinking and analysing.

Physical development gets a look in with trampolines, climbing walls and mock up cliff face while social development is generated through the playing experience. All rides and equipment have been designed and produced by a professional team from Europe and America and hold International Safety Certification like European Norm (Europe), and IPEMA and ASTM (USA.)

Playsquare Laser Tag is a place for space warriors to experience an advanced laser field with lighting and audio effects in a galaxy war that enables kids to learn how to observe, defend themselves and visualise in the dark. The illuminated bulletproof vest and laser guns are imported from USA. The field is also installed with protective equipment. Players must be at least 110 centimetres tall to take the weight of the bulletproof vest.

The grand opening saw lots of celebrities turning out with their kids.

Ticket prices start at Bt550 for kids 75100 cm tall and Bt650 for kids taller than 100 cm. The duration is 3 hours for all rides.

For Playsquare Laser Tag, the ticket price starts at Bt350 per game and each game lasts 15 minutes with a maximum of 24 players. It’s open daily from 11am to 8pm daily.

For more information, call (02) 103 2499.

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