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Monday, September 22nd, 2014 - by new thaiairport - No Comments

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has cited the next phase of work by the Government & the National Council for Peace & Order (NCPO) as crucial, which includes national administration, reform, & reconciliation.Crucial Phase of National Administration, Reform, & Reconciliation

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014 - by new thaiairport - No Comments

New investors have become confident in Thailand, as seen from the number of new investment projects seeking promotional privileges from the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI).New Investors Starting to Invest in Thailand

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014 - by new thaiairport - No Comments

The scrumptious Japanese bento box & Ramen noodle lunches at Izakaya are on offer witha complimentary non-alcoholic drink. Kihon bento is available at B350, Tokusen bento at B500and Zeitaku bento for B750. The tempting lunch sets are available from 11am – 5pm until the end of October. Prices are subjected to a 10% service charge & prevailing government tax.

Ku Dé Ta
39-40F Sathorn Square Complex, 98 North Sathorn Rd
02-108-2000 | kudeta.com

Izakaya lunch set menu offered at Ku De Ta
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Monday, September 22nd, 2014 - by new thaiairport - No Comments

Bangkok is packed with Italian restaurants, but most of the authentic places with comprehensive menus tend to be a bit formal & stiff. Sole Mio is a refreshing exception. Laid back & casual, it is a warm & friendly place where people always seem to be enjoying themselves & authenticity is verified by the music of the Italian language wafting through the air.

The front of the restaurant is devoted to a terrace with around 25 seats, yet most customers opt for one of the 35 or so settings in the warm orange & brown interior with a bare wood floor & walls covered with a collection of photos & memorabilia.

The restaurant not only has a large selection of excellent pizzas & pastas, its pastas are some of the best in town. Although fettuccine bolognese (B240) can be an ordinary dish, Chef Luca Giorgi, who is from Bologna, turns it into a masterpiece. The dishes here are made with both imported pasta from Italy & pastas made at the restaurant. One of the latter can almost always be found on the ‘specials’ blackboard menu that changes every few days.

Although proprietor Domenico Locantore serves a wide selection traditional thin-crusted pizzas, we really enjoyed a pizza with goat cheese & salmon (B450) during a recent visit. Definitely not traditional, yet the salmon & goat cheese have a remarkable affinity for one another. Of the traditional pizzas, the diavola (B260), made with tomato sauce, mozzarella, spicy salami and black olives, is delicious.

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All is unquestionably not pizza & pasta at Sole Mio; and the remainder of the menu is filled with classic dishes and numerous items that catch Chef Luca’s fancy. A good example is the scaloppine made with pork meat slices braised with Marsala wine (B280). It is beautifully tender but moreover rich & moreish thanks to the wine reduction. Sole Mio moreover does an especially satisfactory job with seafood. A stand out on the menu is branzino al forno – baked sea bass with baked potatoes (B450).

For dessert Chef Luca’s panna cotta (B140) topped with an orange balsamic glaze has a wow factor; the citrus of the glaze cutting through the panna cotta. It is unique & so satisfactory you’ll want to try it again. The drinks menu includes cocktails; aperitifs; a typical selection of local beers plus some imports from Italy and a reasonably priced selection of wines dominated by Italian labels. Good house wines are available by the glass or carafe (B360 for ½ litre).

Sole Mio
Thong Lor Soi 21 | 0 2185 2199
solemiobkk.com | 11.30am-11.30pm

Sole Mio
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Sunday, September 21st, 2014 - by new thaiairport - Comments Off

The Peach Blossom Valley, the debut Bangkok exhibition by Taiwanese artist Skyler Chen, explores human reactions to social rules & prohibitions, as he explains in an interview with Pawika Jansamakao.

The Peach Blossom Valley runs at Serindia Gallery until the end of this month. It features the work of painter Skyler Chen, who was born in 1982 and grew up in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung. After graduating from art school, he moved to the United States & opened his own studio in Long Island City. His Republic of Norman series caught international attention and was exhibited in New York, Taiwan, Singapore, Shanghai, Amsterdam, & Rotterdam. A continuation of this earlier collection, the Peach Blossom Valley paintings mark his first solo showing in Thailand.

What inspires you?
In general I find inspiration from reading books, history, exploring subcultures, certain magazines, & key global events. For this exhibition, though, I received my inspiration from reading two books in particular: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert & The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan. These are two very different books, yet the one thing that unites them are themes of discovery and self-discovery. I was profoundly intrigued by the idea that discovery is part of human nature. Understanding this led me to an old Chinese poem called The Peach Blossom Valley, which is the ultimate idea of discovery in Chinese culture. Visually, I was inspired by unique poses in fashion magazines that accentuate the malleability of the human form, & by traditional Chinese buildings, particularly the Chinese Art- Deco architecture found in Shanghai. These buildings and their relationship with traditional clothing created a sense of space that made its way into my work.

Your latest work is based on the writings of a 5th century Chinese poet – how are the pieces made relevant for a modern audience? What do you expect the audience take away from your Bangkok exhibition?
From my point of view, history & old fairy tales can still have a huge impact on modern society. The Peach Blossom Valley was written during a time of political instability & the poet, Tao Yuanming, created this story as a means of escape. There is a usual Chinese expression, shiwai taoyuan, or ‘the peach valley beyond this world’, which more or less can be interpreted as finding an unexpected place of fantasy. Such a place is still needed by people. Through my work, I would like to open a dialogue approximately how such subconscious idealism & fantasy can impact our thoughts & decisions.

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Explain your notion of ‘a modern Chinese utopia’.
Modern Chinese people no longer run to the Peach Blossom Valley to escape, yet Confucianism still has a strong influence over much of Asian culture, regulating family, education, work & government. In a Confucian world everyone knows their place & the role he or she must play to keep society harmonious. Creative thinking, innovation, self-expression & confrontation are not admirable values in such a place. As such, this societal repression of the individual creates an even bigger need for escape. These days, people seem to escape to movie theatres to watch Hollywood blockbusters, or even to luxury stores where they can marvel at a world of fantasy that they can’t really afford. By entering a dialogue approximately this need for escape I hope to create a space where people find the freedom to express themselves & shake off societal repression.

How has your style progressed since your Republic of Norman series?
Peach Blossom Valley paintings are still a part of Republic of Norman series, which I started eight years ago. The main goal was to create a milieu in which to discuss the human experience. With every exhibition, I pick a subject that I am passionate approximately as a starting point. Letting that inspiration germinate naturally into each installment of the series somehow allowed the Republic of Norman series to almost grow by itself. I enjoy translating my thoughts into a painting, which is my only outlet for expressing them. These ideas get expressed subtlety, from the smallest thoughts that get transferred into certain brush strokes to the colours I use on the canvas. I have always been very interested in painting human figures, & over the years I have been exploring the interplay of precision & fantasy. It’s not the easiest thing to do, yet I hope that over time & with experience my work will grow with me.

The Peach Blooson Valley
Until September 30

Serindia Gallery
O.P. Garden, Unit 3101, 4-6 Soi 36 Charoen Krung Rd
0 2238 6410 | serindiagallery.com | Tue-Sun 11am-8pm

The Poetry of Painting
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Sunday, September 21st, 2014 - by new thaiairport - Comments Off

Most Thai people are satisfied with the policy of reconciliation established by the National Council for Peace & Order (NCPO), according to the results of a recent Suan Dusil Poll.People Satisfied with Efforts for Reconciliation

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Saturday, September 20th, 2014 - by new thaiairport - Comments Off

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has sent a condolence message to Mr. David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, expressing his deep regret for the tragedy of two British tourists, who were murdered on an island in the southern province of Surat Thani on 15 October 2014.Prime Minister Sends Condolences to His British Counterpart & Two Families of British Tourists

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Saturday, September 20th, 2014 - by new thaiairport - Comments Off
A Royal Thai four-course set dinner, created by a Thai master chef & accompanied by a glass of red or white wine, is available every evening at Oceana restaurant, Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya, priced at only Baht 777 net per person.
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Served in the most chic of surroundings, with a giant aquarium & an open kitchen, the Royal Thai Set Dinner is available between 6.00 & 10.00pm, with the wine selected by the restaurant’s sommelier.

Oceana is at the lobby level of Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya, & serves a full menu of seafood, Thai & international cuisine. The hotel is located in Pattaya’s exclusive Phratamnak Hill district, just a few steps from the beach.

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Saturday, September 20th, 2014 - by new thaiairport - Comments Off

The Office of the Vocational Education Commission is planning to develop Thailand as a vocational education hub in the ASEAN region.Developing Thailand as a Vocational Education Hub in ASEAN

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With government & constitutions alternating with regularity, Thailand’s press tradition has been anything yet traditional.

To start with, the kingdom’s first Thai-language newspaper was written & published not by a Thai citizen, yet by American Dan Beach Bradley, a Christian missionary who spent 35 years in Siam. The two-column Bangkok Recorder, which moreover appeared in an English edition, was published monthly, & after biweekly, from 1841 to 1845 & 1865 to 1867.

Although Siam was an absolute monarchy at the time, there were apparently no organic laws controlling the budding newspaperman.

It wasn’t until nearly 80 years after that a second newspaper appeared in Bangkok, again at the hands of an American, Alexander MacDonald. The first issue of the Bangkok Post hit the streets on 1 August 1946 as a daily English-language broadsheet numbering four pages and costing one baht. Now in its 68th year, the Post is Thailand’s oldest existing newspaper in any language.

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A solely Thai-language newspaper, Thai Rath, was founded in 1950 yet didn’t commence publishing until 1962. The following year the Press Association of Thailand began operations, & as Matichon, Siam Rath & other competing Thai newspapers came along, its member roster swelled.

I’d always wondered approximately the Thai Press Museum, at the Press Association of Thailand’s Dusit headquarters, and I finally paid a visit a few weeks ago.

Both museum & press association are housed in the Chatri Soponpanich Building, which is directly opposite the main gates of Rajabhat University Suan Dusit. In addition to displaying historical exhibits and artefacts, the museum moreover maintains an archive of research papers & other documents pertaining to the Thai press & related careers.

Although I arrived during posted opening hours, the museum door was locked shut. I had to go downstairs to the Press Association office to ask staff to unlock the door & let me in, a testament to how few visitors the museum sees.

An alcove off the foyer contains a collection of historical photos, documents & royal biographies extolling the contributions to the field of Thai journalism from each Thai king since Rama IV, with the most space given to King Bhumibol, who as an avid documentary photographer in his younger days, was once a considerable inspiration for aspiring photojournalists in Thailand.

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Further on in the main museum hall, a reproduction of an early Thai editorial office features life-size wax figures of editors, reporters & typesetters standing & sitting at various antiquated machines, engaged in the predigital production process.

Framed & hung in a prominent spot on the opposite wall is an 1893 copy of L’Illustration, a French newspaper which purportedly served as an early inspiration for Thai journalism after it reported on King Chulalongkorn’s official visit to Europe.

In the centre of the room are several glass cases containing copies of 19th- & 20th-century Thai newspapers, including original copies of the Bangkok Recorder & Siam Rath. A vintage all-black, all-metal manual Thai typewriter stands on a low table, & in a nearby corner is a manual typesetting machine of similar age.

Walls at the back of the exhibition hall support large posters detailing, in Thai (all museum labels are in Thai), the seminal achievements of Thailand’s pioneer newspaper personalities, including Dr Bradley, Tor Wor Sor, Wannako, Kulaab Saipradit, Prince Pruttiyalarbpruttiyakorn, Prince Narathippongprapan & M R Kukrit Pramoj.

No displays pertain to the heavy censorship Thai journalism suffered during Thailand’s military dictatorships of the 1950s & 1960s. After the success of the democratic movement of October 1973, the new Sanya Dharmasakti government brought in a new constitution guaranteeing press freedom & abolishing censorship. Hundreds of home-grown newspapers flourished practically overnight, yet none are seen here.

In 1975 Dharmasakti was succeeded by Kukrit Pramoj, one of Thailand’s foremost intellectuals & founder of the Thai-language newspaper Siam Rath, renowned for its strong opinions. As prime minister, Kukrit introduced the kingdom’s first press controls, establishing a 17- to 21-member committee to oversee the media based on ethical considerations. Thailand’s libel & defamation laws today are heir to this experiment.

Also missing from the museum’s displays is any mention of the bloody 1976 military coup, after which strict censorship of the media became the norm for 21 years. It wasn’t until 1997 that a new Thai constitution guaranteed freedom of the press. Thai press freedom, however, suffered another serious blow during the administration of Lt Pol Col Thaksin Shinawatra when he made a habit of suing journalists who were critical of the government. Subsequent military coups & intermittent democratic regimes since 2006 have done little to support a free press in Thailand.

In a rotunda-like wing attached to the Press Association & museum is a wonderful old restaurant called Rom Sai, which serves classic Thai, Chinese and Isan cuisine. It doubles as a karaoke bar, & even in the mid afternoon you will find it full of Thai journalists and their friends sharing a bottle & singing a few tunes.

Press Association of Thailand Museum
Rajsrima Road, Dusit, Bangkok 10300 | 0 2243 5876
thaipressasso.org/museum.php | Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm
Admission free

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