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  • TRAVEL

    Yen and the art of travelling on the cheap

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 02/09/2012

    » There is a sign on the door of the Capsule Inn Tajima near Ueno Station in Tokyo discouraging tattooed patrons from making use of the baths or overnight capsules. This is aimed at Yakuza, organised crime figures, who once had leverage over urban businesses but whose influence has waned somewhat in recent years, even in the entertainment districts where they used to thrive.

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    All that wasn't washed away

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 19/08/2012

    » At Koh Kret a Mon man points to a mark on the wall at the height of his head. "The water was here," he says of last October and November. "It was a bad time."

  • NEWS

    For African footballers, the grass is greener in Thailand

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 15/04/2012

    » The Thai Premier League _ boosted by increasing sponsorship, popular support and financial backing from politicians and corporate millionaire chairmen _ is on the rise. TPL champions Buriram United defeated the top teams of the Japanese and Chinese leagues in its first two Asian Champions League matches last month, an achievement unimaginable a few years ago.

  • TRAVEL

    'Asia's Vegas' more than bright lights

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 13/05/2012

    » Mediterranean-style cobblestone squares. Chinese shophouses. Western brand outlets. Cantonese dim sum for brunch and galinha a Portuguesa (Portuguese-style chicken) for dinner. Sixteenth-century cathedrals and forts stand beside Chinese mansions and gardens, or temples thick with incense. Garish high-rise casinos and decrepit apartment blocks form a backdrop over narrow winding lanes along the old city walls _ a clash of tastes that mesmerises and disorients.

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