Hooper Trips Asia: Tennger Farmer

Hooper Trips Asia: Tennger Farmer

The Tengger Hill People of East Java, Indonesia are a strong, proud people rich in culture and full of life. Their livelihood is dependent on the volcano Mt Bromo that dominates their landscape. It brings them the fertile soil from which they so proudly grow their beautiful, giant vegetables. Their homes are perched precariously on the cliffs of the Bromo mountain sides. All Tengger begin their day before the sun rises and labor in their gardens until it sets each day. I am so glad I got to witness these fantastic people and document their beaming smiles. I hope they are able to keep their wonderful traditions alive for m

Saturday, July 15, 2017 | 09:00 AM

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Excuse Buster: Importance of protein in our daily diets

Excuse Buster: Importance of protein in our daily diets

PHUKET: I recently consulted with a client who was preparing for a triathlon here. It was clear from his lab results and symptoms (poor recovery and fatigue) that his protein consumption was too low. When we analyzed his daily protein amount, it was only about 50gs per day, when it was clear based on his weight and training routine that he needed to consume nearly double that amount. Protein pros and cons Most people recognize the main role that protein plays in our health, namely being the building blocks of the body for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. Protein also contributes to the formation of esse

Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 02:00 PM

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Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017 set to welcome sailors from around the world

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017 set to welcome sailors from around the world

PHUKET: Entries continue to be received for the 14th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek which takes place July 19-23 off Phuket’s east coast. The four-day four-party format has proven popular with sailors from around the globe as the fleet is expected to grow to approximately 40 boats come race day, with up to 500 sailors from more than 25 countries taking part. Kicking off the 2017/18 AYGP season, the line-up of monohulls and multihulls for this year’s award-winning Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek is impressive in both quality and diversity, with a number of newcomers from around the world joining regulars from the Asian

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | 04:15 PM

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Hooper Trips Asia: Mt Bromo Sunrise

Hooper Trips Asia: Mt Bromo Sunrise

As I sat in the darkness of the chilly pre-dawn morning, I just had a feeling that this day would be a special one. I had woken up groggily at 3:00am to start the long journey to this viewpoint that overlooks the incredible active volcano Mt Bromo in East Java, Indonesia. While sitting patiently waiting for the sun to shed light on this scene, I could feel the very earth rumbling beneath me. Mt Bromo was alive and kicking and its power was felt for miles around. As the sun slowly crept over the horizon, I was in complete and utter awe. This is exactly what I saw that morning, a scene that if I hadn’t been there myself, I

Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 09:00 AM

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Law, Life & Society: Do we need a Last Will and Testament?

Law, Life & Society: Do we need a Last Will and Testament?

PHUKET: With the growing number of people retiring in Thailand, our firm has received several inquiries for a Last Will and Testament. The primary question that we receive is, “Do I need a will?” What does a Last Will and Testament do? The purpose of a Last Will and Testament is to direct funeral arrangements, determine property distributions, assign a guardian to a minor, guide the payment of debt, and appoint a personal representative. Without a Will, the courts will appoint someone to do those tasks. A Last Will and Testament ensures that your property is distributed to the person who you want to benefit, an

Thursday, July 6, 2017 | 03:30 PM

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Profile: Georges Ciret - Tales from the wine cellar

Profile: Georges Ciret - Tales from the wine cellar

PHUKET: Georges Ciret is currently the Wine Director at Mom Tri’s Villa Royale in Phuket. With more than 40 years of experience in wine making and hospitality, he brings unique skills to the craft that few others could boast of. “We have a big collection at Villa Royale, with more than 300 labels from all over the world. We always keep people’s preferences in mind though, so we offer options for everyone – organic, vegan and even wine with braille labels,” says Mr Ciret. “Some of them may be expensive, but there are also more affordable ones so everyone can enjoy what we have to offer. I’m not happy when people sta

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | 12:30 PM

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