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  • LIFE

    Ready, Willing and disabled? Not in her kingdom

    B Magazine, Andrew Biggs, Published on 17/03/2013

    » Michael was born with fused wrists. It's not immediately noticeable when you meet him, but having such a mild disability means Michael can't manipulate his hands as much as you and I can. He cannot wai, for example.

  • LIFE

    Dido _ The girl who has returned

    B Magazine, Published on 17/03/2013

    » With guest appearances with legendary ambient musician Brian Eno and rapper-du-jour Kendrick Lamar, the British songstress returns after a four-year hiatus with a new album that has stellar moments but if taken in large doses doubles for a sleep aid

  • 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.

  • LIFE

    Traditional kitchen tools that helped shape thai cuisine

    B Magazine, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 17/03/2013

    » Anyone who does creative work aspires to own and use the best equipment possible. Modern designers and graphic artists want to have the latest and most capable computers and software; painters want the finest-quality canvas, pigments and brushes. Cooks are no different. When they walk into a shop that sells cooking equipment they will inevitably see things that they want, even though they may already have a kitchen full of appliances and utensils at home.

  • LIFE

    It's about blooming time!: Philippine orchid finally gets its due

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 17/03/2013

    » The sampaguita (Jasminum sambak), is a flower close to the hearts of most Filipinos and now shares the designation of national flower of the Philippines with an orchid, the waling-waling (Euanthe sanderiana, also known as Vanda sanderiana). The bill was approved by the Philippine Senate last month in a move that was long overdue. Considered the "queen" of Philippine flowers, this indigenous orchid species used to be found in abundance in the dipterocarp forests of Davao, Cotabato and Zamboanga in Mindanao, southern Philippines, but is now on the brink of extinction in its natural habitat due to over-exploitation and destruction of forests.

  • LIFE

    Central thai cultural melting pot serves up delights

    B Magazine, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 17/03/2013

    » In a mission to spotlight Thailand's cultural diversity through culinary arts, a group of foodies led by former prime minister Anand Panyarachun were recently in Kanchanaburi province's Sangkhla Buri district on the Thai-Myanmar border.

  • THAILAND

    Cites wraps up in Bangkok to mixed reviews

    Spectrum, Tunya Sukpanich, Published on 17/03/2013

    » The Cites conference wrapped up in Bangkok on Thursday with opinions sharply divided on what advances the meeting made to protect the planet's endangered species. What progress the host country has made in this regard was also a subject of intense debate.

  • THAILAND

    Killing the ivory trade

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 17/03/2013

    » The 16th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites), showed its teeth by coming up with a concrete action plan to curb the illegal ivory trade.

  • 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.

  • THAILAND

    What 'White Prison' status means for thai prisons

    Spectrum, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 17/03/2013

    » Kobkiat Kasivivat, deputy director-general of the Corrections Department, says that less than half of the prisons in Thailand have qualified for "White Prison" status so far.

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