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The foodie traveller … finds the perfect pad thai in Bangkok

Considering how fantastic Thai cuisine can be, the country’s national dish is often a poor – not to mention bland and greasy – standard-bearer. But the pad thai at this busy Bangkok joint does the nation proud
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Pity the pad thai, that misunderstood, misrepresented staple of greasy, pan-Asian joints around the globe. Originally a variation of Chinese kway teow (stir-fried noodles), Thailand’s most famous culinary export stepped into the limelight in the 1940s when prime minister Plaek Phibunsongkhram decided the country needed a national dish. Unfortunately, subsequent generations of pad thai – loaded with everything from brown sugar to ketchup – seldom live up that lofty designation.

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Thailand’s Wonderfruit festival: sweet sounds and green shoots

The first Wonderfruit music festival, in Thailand’s backpacker heartland, aimed to mix the boutique appeal of smaller UK events with a focus on eco issues and sustainability

Driving through the congestion of Pattaya on the Gulf of Thailand I get the feeling that we’re in one of the least likely places in the world to find a hippified festival with a focus on sustainability and personal responsibility. With its dubious reputation as one of the sex tourism capitals of the world, the Green Fields at Glastonbury it is definitely not. But after an hour of bumper-to-bumper traffic on the slow-moving highway out of the city, something along those lines is exactly what we find.

In the lush and bucolic countryside of the Siam country park, Wonderfruit is in it’s inaugural year and bringing a new flavour to the backpacker heartland of south-east Asia. Walking through the palm tree-lined entrance to the site, I feel like I could be walking on the manicured lawns of California’s upmarket Coachella festival. When we reach the festival’s main hub I get an overwhelming sense of familiarity. The festival’s pop-up structures and hay-bale seating recall the scenery of one of the UK’s many boutique festivals, which makes sense as Wonderfruit is a collaboration with Secret Productions, the people who previously ran Secret Garden Party and now run Wilderness, two of the festivals responsible for shifting the focus from lineup to overall experience in the UK.

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Pride of Thailand

pride_of_thailandWe are pleased to announce that we are launching the ‘Expat Life Pride Pride of Thailand Awards’ to celebrate the achievements of the truly remarkable people who make our world a better place. Inspired by the very popular UK show ‘Pride of Britain’ we want to celebrate the wonderful people in Thailand with our very own award. Nominated by you, the nominees will be from all walks of life, all ages, and from all over the country. They say they are ordinary people, but their acts are truly extraordinary.


The categories

There are four categories:

Lifetime achievement award

To recognize an individual whose achievements have been far reaching, possibly on a national or an international level.

Outstanding fundraiser award

To recognize an individual who has gone beyond all expectations to raise money for a good cause, however large or small the amount.

Outstanding bravery Award

To recognize an individual who has put themselves in danger to help or save the life of another.

Child of courage award

To recognise a child or teenager who has put themselves in danger to help or save the life of another or has battled against the odds.

Who and how to nominate

Who is your unsung hero or heroine?

Who do you think is so inspiring they deserve to be recognized with a Pride of Thailand award? They can be of any age, from any walk of life and from any part of Thailand, but the one thing they must be is extraordinary.

Perhaps you know a child or adult who has displayed remarkable courage, a gutsy neighbor who has improved your area, a tireless charity fundraiser or an exemplary teacher. People who go that extra mile.

To nominate your extraordinary individual please complete the form below.

Nominations must be received by midnight on Friday 6th November 2015 to be considered for the award.

If you are under 18, please make sure you have your parent or guardian’s permission. If your nominee is under 18, please make sure you have their parent or guardian’s permission. Information provided as part of the nomination may be used as part of an editorial feature within Expat Life. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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Princess Suvarnabhumi Residence 549/18 Onnut-Lat Krabang Road, Thapyao 02 172 9919 Excellent Bangkok Airport Hotel – professional friendly staff, one of the closest and most popular hotels in the immediate BKK Suvarnabhumi airport location.

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Valentine’s Day 2015

Looking for a romantic dinner for Valentine’s Day in Thailand? Here are a few options (and don’t forget to mention that you saw this on Expat Life!):

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St. Regis Bangkok, 159 Rajadamri Road

The luxurious St. Regis is currently offering several set menus at its restaurants and lounge, from 1499 – 4999 baht per person, including two glasses of sparkling wine. Call 66-2207-7777 or email fb.bangkok@stregis.com to reserve.

 

Royal Cliff Hotel, Pattaya, 353 Phra Tamnuk Road

A Royal Valentine

Celebrate romance with “A Royal Valentine” dinner at the spectacular poolside of Royal Wing Suites & Spa.  Call Guest Relations at 038-250421 Ext. 2007 or 2037 to reserve.

Kai, 142/22-23 Sathorn Soi 12, Sathorn Road, Silom

Bring your sweetheart to Kai for Valentine’s Day and receive a complimentary glass of sparkline wine and a red rose. Discount of 20% on New Zealand Bluff Oysters. Call 02 635 3800 to reserve.

La Vie, 117/39-40 Phaya Thai Road, Ratchathewi

Join Michelin star chef Frédéric Simonin for “From Paris with Love,” a 5-course set dinner from 7,000 – 9,000 baht. Call 086-666-5525 (Eddie) or 086-555-0923 (Ya) to reserve.

Red Sky at Centara Grand, 999/99 Rama 1 Road

Enjoy a romantic sunset view on the 55th floor at Centara Grand’s Red Sky. Dinner with a glass of Mumm Champagne, 14,555++ per person. Call  02 100 6255 or email diningcgcw@chr.co.th to reserve.

The Grand Four Wings Convention Hotel, 333 Srinakarin Rd, Huamark, Bangkapi

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic buffet dinner, 3,000 baht per couple. Call 02 378 8000 x 4130 to reserve.

Intercontinental Bangkok 

You can choose from five unique venues at the Intercontinental Bangkok for a memorable Valentine’s Day dinner: seafood extravaganza at Espresso, starting at 2,499++ per person; a lovely Italian dinner at Grossi Trattoria & Wine Bar, 4,999 including a lovers cocktail; five course menu bottle of Louis Roederer Champagne at the Fireplace Grill, 16,888 ++ per couple; five course lovers menu with bottle of Louis Roederer at the Oasis Pool, 18,000 per couple. Call 02 656 0444 to reserve.

Siam Kempinski Hotel

The hotel offers  three options for a romantic meal: a sensuous “his and hers” menu at Sra Bua, 6,499++ per couple; an international evening buffet at Brasseirie Europa, 3,60++ per couple; and a romantic dinner at Niche, 3,599++ per couple. Call 02 162 9000 to reserve.

Mode Sathorn Hotel

Enjoy the Valentine’s Cherish Package at The Roof, starting from 1,888++ per couple including sparkling wine. Call 02 623 4555 to reserve.

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Princess Suvarnabhumi Residence 549/18 Onnut-Lat Krabang Road, Thapyao 02 172 9919 Excellent Bangkok Airport Hotel – professional friendly staff, one of the closest and most popular hotels in the immediate BKK Suvarnabhumi airport location.

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Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year

Depending on how you look at it Bangkok’s Chinatown is an Aladdin’s den of exotic treasure or a thrilling-slash-terrifying rabbit warren of dead ends, surprising twists and narrow escapes. So when the fun team at Bangkok Walking Adventures invited the ELBKK for a guided walking tour down the ‘Dragon’s Belly’ we realised it would be a great opportunity to find out a little more than where to buy buttons and Christmas decorations on Sampeng Lane.

Chinatown grew out of the steamy swamps along Bangkok’s Chaopraya River in 1767 when King Taksin relocated a community of Teochew labourers and merchants, (from southern China) that had occupied the perfect spot for his new, Grand Palace. Fortunately today, the oldest part of Bangkok also remains its most intact. “Bangkok at its visceral best” as Insight Guides so accurately describes it. A magical melding of madness and chaos, medicine and mystery, delicious food and curious ‘delights’.

But who can more accurately speak of the wonder of Yaowarat that its people. So from them to you Gong Xi Fa Cai Thursday, February 19!

 

 

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So Red! Chinese and other Reds

Chinese red lipstick looks good on most people and sensational on a few. It is eye catching and promising; bold and sensual. There is nothing restrained about this lip colour. There is nothing restrained about red in most of its forms. The colour red is ripe with connotations, some of them earned, some of them attributed, some historical. Let’s look at the colour red first; then at Chinese red and finish with red in Thailand.

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ire engine red, cardinal red, carmine, ruby, brick red and of course, Chinese red. Most of us have an intuitive knowledge of what shade of red we like, whether mixed with orange and moving towards fire – tomato red and said to be favoured by men; or mixed with blue and moving towards maroon – berry red that is said to be favoured by women. Chinese red is synonymous with vermilion and is in the orange tinted family of reds.


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Chinese red

Chinese red

Red belongs to two triumvirates and many duos. It is one of the three primary colours (red blue and yellow) and one of the three most recognised colours (black, white and red) in all languages and cultures of the world. It has both positive and negative connotations. Red is the colour of cardinals, of the Catholic Church: it is also Satan’s colour. Red represents fire, virility and strength and also blood and death. The fallen woman, or woman of the night often wears red. Red light districts sell sex and pornography in every European culture. The Madonna and child are sometimes painted in red garments too, and red is the colour of the blood of the Lamb in Christian beliefs.

77% of the world’s national flags use the colour red. On flags it tends to represent the blood of the citizens of the country, or courage. When red represents blood it also represents life – and death when blood is spilled.

Because red represents such opposites, it is the colour  that represents the widest spectrum of human feeling.

In China, red represents fire, joy and good fortune. It is a popular colour for auspicious occasions such as weddings and New Year and signifies good luck for a new venture. At New Year, young people are given red envelopes containing money, a custom that some Thai families also observe. The children value the money of course and the red envelopes signify good luck. The phoenix that burns and rises from the ashes is a vermilion goddess.

How Red is Made

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Chinese relationships

True red is a difficult colour to find naturally and its rarity has made it much valued. Red ochre is as close to true red as the ancients were able to come. It was much valued, sometimes being buried with people of rank. In some cultures, it was so difficult to obtain that red could be worn only by royalty.

The name vermillion originates from tiny insects called Kermes Vermillion that were dried and crushed by the Romans, hence vermillion red. The colour has become associated with Chinese lacquerware, however and the colours are synonymous.

Red was also made from powdered cinnabar, a precious metal. It created a colour that darkened with age. The robes of saints and sinners in Renaissance paintings have darkened from red to rusty brown in some instances, because of the nature of the paint. Synthetic red is synthetic mercuric sulphide, labeled on paint tubes as PR-106 (Red Pigment 106). A 19th Century invention, it is of higher quality than red made from ground cinnabar, which has many impurities. Both pigments are toxic, and should be used with great care.

After the new world was discovered a new red, used for dying clothes, was introduced. This red was also produced from a bug. The cochineal is a scaled insect that lives on cacti in Mexico. Carminic acid, typically 17–24% of dried insects’ weight, can be extracted from the body and eggs, then mixed with aluminium or calcium salts to make carmine dye, also known as cochineal. Carmine is today primarily used as a food colouring and for cosmetics, especially as a lipstick colouring.

Other synthetic dyes such as alizarin were invented in the late 19th century so natural-dye production gradually diminished. Health fears over artificial food additives have renewed the popularity of cochineal dyes. The increased demand has made cultivation of the insect profitable again. Not all people enjoy the idea that they may be eating bugs, however as Starbucks found out when it was revealed that cochineal was used in some of their products. It’s a toss up. Synthetic colouring or bugs; which is better for you?

 

Chinese Red

Toxicodendron Vernicifluum is the botanical name for the Chinese lacquer tree. It is from native to China, Japan and Korea, and a relative to the sumac tree. The tree’s resin, when painted on any object, hardens into a natural brown plastic surface. During the third century artists began to coat their wares with powdered cinnabar or with red ochre (ferric oxide) to create the red we know today as Chinese red.

In the 8th century, Chinese chemists began making synthetic vermilion from mercury and sulphur, which reduced the price of the pigment and allowed the production of Chinese lacquerware on a larger scale. When Chinese lacquerware and the ground cinnabar used to colour it were exported to Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, European collectors considered it to be finer than the European vermilion. The cinnabar products must have been made for export and the cheaper synthetic products used at home.

 

Meaning in China

Toxicodendron Vernicifluum: a tree raisin used as painting color.

Toxicodendron Vernicifluum: a tree raisin used as painting color.

Red was a popular colour long before Communism waved the red flag. In ancient times vermillion was used to paint temples, carriages of the Emperor and as printing paste for personal signature chops. It was also used for unique red calligraphic ink reserved for Emperors. Chinese Taoists associated vermilion with eternity.

Chinese emperors used a colour chart similar to the one reproduced below to guide them in decision making.

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Only Emperors were allowed to write in red ink, not only to dip their signature chops to sign documents. Today, in some parts of the world, it is considered bad luck to sign a document in red ink.

Another ancient use of red was red cord knots that were woven to commemorate events. The complexity of the knot indicated what the event was, and the size of the knot indicated the importance of the event. Knots were tokens that could pass messages between people and were kept as souvenirs. Because fabric does not weather well, few antique knots remain, but evidence in the form of tools for making them and references to them in literature indicates that red rope knots, very similar to ones made today, were used in early Chinese times. Today these knots are mainly used as decorations, given as gifts on special occasions or used as buttons or adornments on clothes.

Today, red is still a favourite colour in China. It is the national colour in fact. It is used both by the government and by citizens. Red lanterns, red firecrackers, pasted symbols above doorways, clothes, posters and flags. Red is everywhere.

The traditional bridal dress illustrated here is interesting because the bride is wearing knotted earrings to compliment her dress. The modern wedding dress is still scarlet (though modern brides may wear two gowns on the day including a white one from western tradition).

 

Red in Thailand

Red in Thailand

Red in Thailand

Red is also an auspicious colour in Thailand which makes sense given that Chinese and Indian influences shaped much of early Thai culture. Surprisingly, red is NOT the traditional wedding colour.

In Thailand each day of the week is assigned a colour based on associations with Indian gods and planets. King Rama 6 codified the colours that people could wear each day and though most people in Thailand don’t know the seven colours for each day, they all know that yellow is for Monday as the King was born on that day.

Red is the colour of Sunday. The sun is of course the dominant celestial body associated with Sunday, and people born on the day are expected to have hot tempers. Wearing the colour of the day you were born is considered to be lucky. What with the red and yellow protesters however, it might do well to be careful with wearing either colour for a while.

If you don’t wear a red dress, there is always red lipstick. If you are not faint hearted, make it Chinese red this Valentine’s Day.

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TAT and Ripley’s Believe It or Not to host Worlds Longest Dance Marathon for Valentine’s Day

The Joy of Love

The Joy of Love

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he Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is lending its support to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Pattaya to stage a special Dance Marathon in celebration of Valentine’s Day. This is the first ever dance marathon to be held in the kingdom, and will take place from 13-14 February, 2015.

‘The Joy of Love Dance’ is open to couples. Winning couples will receive a cash prize of 200,000 Baht and have their names listed in the famous Guinness Book of World Records. The organisers are hoping that the event will see a new record set as for the world’s longest dance marathon.

The event will be a real physical challenge because to beat the record, couples will have to dance together continuously for more than 35 hours without changing partners. The current world record was set on 16 November, 2008, at Acapulco, Guerrero in Mexico where the winning couple, Francisco Petatán-Garcia and Joana Salinas-Aviles danced for 35 hours.

Previous extravagant events

Pattaya’s Believe it or Not! Museum has already hosted headline-grabbing Valentine’s extravaganzas. Previous events hosted by the museum include the Hug Marathon in 2003 and 2014, the Kissing Marathon in 2011 and 2013, and the world’s largest match-making event in 2010. Also popular was the Wife Carrying Race in 2009. These events were hugely popular with couples who were eager to take part and audiences of tourists and locals who came to watch the fun.

TAT Governor, Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik said, “This romantic event is in line with the drive to promote the kingdom as a world leading honeymoon and wedding venue. Each year, the kingdom’s leading tourism organisations and related businesses strive to attract couples by hosting fun and romantic events around Valentine’s Day. The underwater weddings in Trang, wedding ceremony at the Red Lotus Sea in Udon Thani, and the weddings on elephant back in Surin, have become well known around the world.”

Couples interested in taking part in the Dance Marathon can download application forms and find more information at  www.ripleysthailand.com

 

Contact information

International Public Relations Division – Tourism Authority of Thailand

Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th

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Springtime fun at Bangkok Prep’s Spring Fair

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his year, Bangkok Prep’s annual Spring Fair turns 10!

Bangkok Prep’s Spring Fair is arguably one of the most attended family fair in the heart of Sukhumvit Road.

For the past 10 years, over 700 adults and children have been attending this annual fair, featuring a host of attractions such as the ferris wheel, amusement rides, games, activities, shopping lane, international food stalls and performances from the students of Bangkok Prep.

Bangkok Prep’s Spring Fair is open to the whole community – so grab your family, friends, and neighbours for an exciting day of non-stop food, fun and friendship.

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Event: Bangkok Prep’s Spring Fair
Date: Saturday February 7th 2015
Time: 2pm – 7pm
Location: Bangkok International Preparatory & Secondary School, Sukhumvit Soi 53. Bangkok Prep is adjacent to Thonglor BTS station (Exit 1) – school entrance is 30 metres along Soi 53. Please note that parking is limited.
Entrance Fee: Free Admission

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Princess Suvarnabhumi Residence 549/18 Onnut-Lat Krabang Road, Thapyao 02 172 9919 Excellent Bangkok Airport Hotel – professional friendly staff, one of the closest and most popular hotels in the immediate BKK Suvarnabhumi airport location.

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Magic Art Museum Bangkok

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Location : Bangkok

Open Daily : 10.30 a.m. – 9.30 p.m.

(Children under the age of 3 free of Charge and not over 120 c.m)

Engage yourself with our Modern art 3D Exhibition and allow yourself to interact with the super special illusions.

Thai Culture Zone :Prepare to blow your mind to the beyond and unlimited Inspiration of an amazing Thai Culture, Tradition and Heritage. You will experienced “Thai Way of Life” and visit part of “Thailand Tourist Attractions” though our creations with a smile.

Thai Horror Zone: The famous of “Thai Haunting” stories. Intense feeling fear, trembling, insanity with the unexpected Terrors. Entertainment behinds the Unique of Thai Ghosts. No Doubt! To be a zone that you will fall in love with.

Fun Zone : An introduction of the creativity, influence by amusement. Innovation within enjoyment that’s allowed you to be out of the box with unlimited fun.

Photo Land: Open a whole new world with the endless imagination from our miniature “Wide Ocean and Giant Pirate Ship” theme design.

Thai Toys Museum Zone: Manifest the Kingdom of Thai Toy Collections museum. You will enjoy step back in times with our “Thai Traditional Game and Play”. With a pleasure to a simplicity of “Thai Way of Life”.

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