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  • LIFE

    Balancing the four elements of thai cuisine

    B Magazine, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 05/05/2013

    » The delicious flavour of Thai food has its basis in a combination of four tastes _ sour, salty, sweet, and spicy _ which are balanced differently depending on the dish. In some foods sweetness dominates _the thick, sweet, coconut cream-based curries made with pork, chicken, or beef called phanaeng, are a good example, as are the Chinese aromatic stewed pork belly dish called palo moo sam chan and the sugary shredded pork known as moo wan. Others put the stress on chilli heat. Pad cha pla krabane (a spicy stir-fry of stingray, herbs, and potent seasonings including chilli), pla duc pad phet (catfish stir-fried with chilli and other seasonings), or the fiery southern curry called kaeng tai pla.

  • LIFE

    National tree's great white hope revealed at last

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 05/05/2013

    » I don't remember now if I read or heard from someone many years ago that Cassia fistula, known in Thai as ratchapruek, has a mutant strain with white flowers. Cassia fistula is the Thai national tree and produces the national flower and is a familiar sight along Bangkok's streets and provincial roads, as well as in public parks and private gardens throughout the country. However despite how ubiquitous the tree, is until recently I had never seen one with white flowers. Once, passing through Lop Buri while travelling to Phetchabun, I saw a tree whose flowers were a few shades lighter than most, but they were still yellow, not white.

  • LIFE

    Friends in need

    B Magazine, Published on 05/05/2013

    » These cats are still young and very friendly. They were born or dumped at a local temple. They have been neutered. They love being with people and would make good companions.

  • LIFE

    Culinary society serves up movable feast at plaza athenee

    B Magazine, Published on 05/05/2013

    » True to its founding spirit, the recent gala presented by the Thai chapter of the famed gastronomic society Chaine des Rotisseurs offered nothing but the best in dining. The event, organised as a whimsical journey around the Plaza Athenee Bangkok, was held to welcome new members and award outstanding participants in the prestigious society which dates back to 13th century France.

  • THAILAND

    Elephant slaughter: The gangs get bold

    Spectrum, Piyaporn Wongruang, Published on 05/05/2013

    » In early March, Kaeng Krachan National Park chief Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn was outraged to learn of another elephant killing in the area he oversees. A female elephant about 15 years old was discovered close to Krarang 3 Reservoir shot in the head and brutally axed, milk still flowing from her breast. Investigators reasoned that the elephant had a baby with her at the time of the killing.

  • THAILAND

    Gambling with Kampot's colonial charm

    Spectrum, Luke Hunt, Published on 05/05/2013

    » Hidden in the clouds on a mountain overlooking the provincial capital of Kampot in Cambodia's south sits a relic of a long-gone French colonial era. For decades a Catholic church, possibly the oldest in the country, remained abandoned here as wars were waged for decades on the flat lands below.

  • THAILAND

    New airport could see a Pattaya take-off

    Spectrum, Published on 05/05/2013

    » The areas immediately to the south of Pattaya and Jomtien have long been popular with discerning residential purchasers. Lovely beaches, with views out to picturesque islands and sunsets that can take one's breath away make much of the Na Jomtien and Bang Saray coastline a lovely place to live. The impressive infrastructure just up the road in Pattaya, in the form of hospitals, shopping malls, restaurants, entertainment spots, ever-improving road connections and so on make the area wonderfully convenient.

  • THAILAND

    Personal finance: A regular banking review

    Spectrum, Andrew Wood, Published on 05/05/2013

    » One of the most important aspects of expat living is having access to meaningful bank accounts that afford us the greatest flexibility. As life moves on we tend to accumulate various accounts on our travels and neglect them as they become less important in our minds. A regular banking review is time well spent in streamlining your accounts and also stamping out unnecessary costs.

  • THAILAND

    TO VOTE, OR NOT TO VOTE: The condominium conundrum

    Spectrum, Published on 05/05/2013

    » There's no lack of drama when it comes to modern-day condominium general meetings. Put a group of condo owners in a room together and ask them to vote on a variety of issues and sparks are bound to fly, especially when money is at stake. And money is always at stake.

  • THAILAND

    Government denies rumours of Thaksin meeting with BRN

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 05/05/2013

    » The National Security Council (NSC) and the Pheu Thai Party have dismissed reports that ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was scheduled to meet Hassan Taib, liaison office chief of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), in Malaysia Saturday.

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