Looking Back: The role of the Garuda in Thai history

Looking Back: The role of the Garuda in Thai history

PHUKET: The Garuda is a common symbol in Thailand. It can be found on bank notes, government documents and official flags, as well as government and private offices. The emblem of the Thai government is a frontal image of the Garuda in red, adopted in 1910 during the reign of King Rama VI. The legend dates back thousands of years, originating in ancient India. According to folklore, the Garuda is half beast, half god. He has eagle-like characteristics, with large wings, sharp talons and a sharp beak affixed to a human face. He possesses human arms and upper body, whereas his lower body resembles a large bird with a feather

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Excuse Buster: Getting your kids to eat more vegetables

Excuse Buster: Getting your kids to eat more vegetables

PHUKET: I am slated to give a talk on nutrition at one of Phuket’s international schools soon. One question I always get asked when speaking to parents is: “How do I get my child to eat vegetables?” Having two children myself, I know the struggles of encouraging children to eat more from this critical food group packed full of nutrients. However, as most parents know, raising children is a labor of love that has patience and persistence as the cornerstones. Here are some tips to help encourage your child to eat more vegetables. 1. The most important strategy to get kids to eat vegetables is seeing parents eat lots of th

Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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East meets West in bold new collection

East meets West in bold new collection

PHUKET: Quattro Design, one of Thailand’s top importers and designers of exclusive furniture, recently launched a limited edition collection named ‘East Meets West’, and the philosophy behind it is to represent the relaxed, tropical lifestyle of Phuket. 'East Meets West' is a collaborative effort between Eichholtz (a home furnishing brand from the Netherlands that Quattro distributes) and Jim Thompson, the world renowned textile house in Thailand. “This is a perfect combination of top western and eastern brands, which users perceive as both modern as well as representative of the tradition and culture of the east,”

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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Gardening: A problem of identification

Gardening: A problem of identification

PHUKET: One of the more fascinating aspects of writing this column is that it brings you into contact with members of the local gardening fraternity. Some of the questions they pose are quite teasing. Take Chris, who sent me a photograph of a pot plant which has suddenly and inexplicably decided to bloom. He says, “I never really cared about it, but now it is flowering so I would like to know what it is.” First, a general point about plants that decide to burst into flower after a fallow period. The likely explanation is that conditions have changed. If the soil, location or provision of water and food are not right, ma

Friday, April 21, 2017 | 10:30 AM

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Recent highlights of Thailand's marine industry

Recent highlights of Thailand's marine industry

PHUKET: The Singapore Yacht Show, held just before Songkran, has become a leading marine industry event. It is a place where global brands are present and also where many from Thailand’s marine industry attend. With two-and-a-half days of conferences, it’s very much a business event, distinct from Thailand’s boat shows which focus more on the experience of owning a boat, showcasing the marine lifestyle and the country’s cruising grounds. Recent weeks have been busy for the marine industry, with announcements coming thick and fast. As we head into a new year, here’s a quick look at some of the most recent highlights.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 05:15 PM

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Law, Life & Society: Have fun, but don't break the law

Law, Life & Society: Have fun, but don't break the law

PHUKET: Songkran was originally a Thai religious festival marking the beginning of the Buddhist New Year. Now it has morphed into a week-long holiday, water fights and parties. Large numbers of tourists come to Thailand to join in the festivities. It is a time where people let loose and civility is secondary. In response, Thai police are present in large numbers to ensure that there are no disturbances. Excessive drinking contributes to the party atmosphere and the police will be looking for people who have lost control. Those found guilty can be arrested and fined. Some examples of unacceptable behavior are defacing of pr

Friday, April 14, 2017 | 02:00 PM

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