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  • LIFE

    Bean there, Done that: Bangkok's best cafes

    B Magazine, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 17/03/2013

    » Bangkok's coffee houses offer more than just an air-conditioned escape from the overheated rigours of life in the capital. They are human petrol stations _ places to refuel, snack and reorder the mind amid the chaos. Coffee houses also serve as surrogate offices or libraries, places to meet business clients, study for exams or polish off a book. And, yes, the air-conditioning doesn't hurt either.

  • THAILAND

    Is 'White Prison' making Bang Khwang a darker place?

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 17/03/2013

    » Bang Khwang Central Prison is undergoing a transformation under an initiative aimed at ridding the notorious "Bangkok Hilton" and eight other facilities of drugs and other contraband. The "White Prison" policy came into effect last May under new director Vasant Singkaselit. Under the policy, visitors have been banned from bringing food, clothes or other items for prisoners; even books are banned. Prisoners are allowed to meet visitors once a day for 45 minutes, up to two visits a week, while visitors can only seen one inmate per day. Inmate workshops have been cancelled, punishments have become harsher and access to help in case of medical or fire emergencies has been limited.

  • TRAVEL

    Yen and the art of travelling on the cheap

    B Magazine, 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.

  • TRAVEL

    Going deep into the waterways of life

    B Magazine, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 01/07/2012

    » Visitors to Bangkok 100 years ago described a city of tree-lined canals and floating markets, of languid ferry drivers taking people around town. In a modern age of choking traffic, concrete high-rises and hectic urban life, such images of the past are still layered with nostalgia.

  • TRAVEL

    The Netherlands: Beyond the naughty bits

    B Magazine, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 05/02/2012

    » While the Netherlands might be most commonly associated with the excesses of Amsterdam, its capital, there is a vibrant cultural scene here dating back centuries.

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