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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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Everything under the sun: A heated run through the region

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 24/02/2013

    » In Richard Arthur's I of the Sun, a backpacker sets off for Southeast Asia to experience new cultures, to understand himself and life better, to forge a new beginning. The backpacker falls in love with Thailand's party scene, girls and natural beauty, while pondering the origin of the universe, the nature of cause and effect, the extent of free will _ all in a haze of uppers, downers, hallucinogens and casual relationships. Along the way he catches dengue fever and skin infections, becomes addicted to any number of substances and thrills, feels a bit of sympathy for others in their plights and a lot more for himself in his.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Literary gems found in translation

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 03/02/2013

    » Translation is a time-consuming, arduous and often thankless task. Literary translation also involves suppressing some natural impulses to interpret, edit and impose a personal style, while remaining in the background and allowing the tale to take root in another language.

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