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  • LIFESTYLE

    Photo journey brings myanmar into the light

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 07/04/2013

    » From mountains to beaches, monks to spirits, colonial architecture to hill tribes, Myanmar is a gem of contrasts and natural beauty. It is also sublimely photogenic, making books such as the newly published Burmese Light: Impressions of the Golden Land, by Hans Kemp and Tom Vater, visually arresting.

  • NEWS

    The knock-on effect for Bangkok's knock-offs

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 20/01/2013

    » Last week, a man came to tell Jasmine, a vendor in the Nana area, that the Department of Special Investigation would be conducting a raid. He took the unusual step of telling her not only to temporarily close down, but to move all of her counterfeit goods back home for two days.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Hearts in the darkness

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 06/01/2013

    » Chris Coles _ in a book on noir and an ongoing exhibition at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand _ is one of the few artists to record the people and transactions of Bangkok's red light districts with all their vivid idiosyncrasies. He paints bright scenes in acrylics or watercolours, shapes the human form simply through thick black lines and captures some essential truths of a tawdry reality.

  • NEWS

    'Evil man from Krabi' victim speaks out

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 25/11/2012

    » 'Im trying to pick up my life again, but until justice is served I'm finding it difficult," said the victim of a alleged rape in July, in Ao Nang, Krabi province last week.

  • OPINION

    Crisis of tourist safety

    News, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 02/12/2012

    » On Tuesday in Australia, Channel Nine's A Current Affair programme called the actions of Koh Samui police "callous, calculated and evil" as they attempted to extort money last month from a man after his fiancee, 24-year-old dancer and sportscaster Nicole Fitzsimons, died in a motorcycle accident.

  • NEWS

    Development rush could doom Yangon's architectural treasures

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 07/10/2012

    » For local investors they are unwieldy behemoths occupying prime real estate. For the nostalgic they remain noble vestiges of an era almost forgotten, when the city, then called Rangoon, was the most cosmopolitan in the region. For tourists they are one of Asia's most concentrated collections of colonial buildings and grand sights in themselves, unartificially preserved in time. For nationalists they can be an unwanted reminder of less independent times, when the subjugated people were answerable to the caprices of colonial authorities.

  • NEWS

    Locked away and forgotten: inside a high security jail

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 04/11/2012

    » At two security checkpoints visitors are frisked and scanned with metal detectors. No sharp objects, no liquids, no metals, no mobile phones or gadgets.

  • 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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Thai eyes capture the world

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 30/09/2012

    » Tourists often come to the Kingdom armed with heavy camera gear and return home after a week or two with hundreds or thousands of photographs from one of the most photogenic countries on Earth. They are a common, accepted feature at many temples and sights. A similar, but less represented institution is the army of Thai photographers _ professionals, aspiring amateurs and snapshot tourists _ who now travel the world recording their impressions.

  • TRAVEL

    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."

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