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  • LIFESTYLE

    A sonic bang for your bucks

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 18/08/2013

    » Among the stars arriving for Bangkok's inaugural Sonic Bang festival on Saturday is one band that is no stranger to Southeast Asia. Frequent visitors to the region, Placebo have brought their reflective, gender-twisting or drug-exploring lyrics, their androgynous look, their dark, melodic instrumentals around the world, and now to Bangkok for the third time.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Love story anchored in angkor shines light on past

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 26/05/2013

    » Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples are among mankind's most mystical and beautiful feats of architecture and sculpture. Beyond the passage of kings and the flows and ebbs of invasions, however, little is known of their creation and the daily life of the people at the time. While many modern-day Cambodians and visitors alike are moved by the remaining monuments and artistic beauty, not much has been written of their historical context.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A group that went forth and prospered around the world

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 28/04/2013

    » China's influence is felt far outside its borders. The country is an agenda-setter in this region and its impact - political, cultural and economic - can be felt around the world. Here, generations of Chinese-Thais have played a formative role in shaping modern Thailand. They have changed the political, economic and cultural landscape, and they have made contributions in fields as diverse as business, public service, the arts, academia, religion, the media, the military - even organised crime.

  • 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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Bean there, Done that: Bangkok's best cafes

    Brunch, 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.

  • NEWS

    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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Playing with the gods

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 31/03/2013

    » The paintings of "The Player" exhibition contain elements of thangka art and other Himalayan forms, pop art, surrealism, traditional Ramakien and personal inventions _ all in multicoloured oils on canvas. The photographs on adjacent walls are more subdued _ black and white travel portraits with emphasis on light and darkness and the inner nature of their subjects.

  • NEWS

    From Cold War to the 'Tor Chor Dor'

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 10/02/2013

    » At the height of the nuclear arms race during the Cold War, US military strategists theorised that if tensions escalated, controlled nuclear strikes against the Soviets could force them to back down.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Brakes abandoned in 'Phnom penh express'

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 17/02/2013

    » A Belgian-educated Khmer, a female Hezbollah-financing Israeli crime boss, a sexy Cambodian-born Mossad agent, a gung-ho US embassy worker and a Belgian ex-military diamond lord. In Phnom Penh Express, a first novel by Thailand-based Johan Smits, this quintet of self-serving characters cast their nets and drag each other ever closer in an implausible but highly readable thriller as tension mounts. Set in a Phnom Penh riddled with corruption and mismanagement, an imbroglio of misplaced packages and mistaken identity unfolds, as assassinations go awry amid an international turf battle.

  • TECH

    Motorheadphones AMP up the competition

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 17/02/2013

    » Beats by Dr Dre headphones have dominated the market of hip hop listeners over the past year or two. And while these and other hip hop-geared listening devices are normally suitable for general use they can be a little heavy on the bass when you might want to focus instead on the upper ranges or the nuances of guitar solos. So for rock listeners seeking a little more subtlety to their sound, or a brand they can better identify with, come Motorheadphones, made by Swedish-based Krussell and tested and approved by the members of Motorhead, now in their late sixties, to provide an optimal sound and broad range for heavy metal and softer genres.

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