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aking a trip down South is interesting as the further you are away from Prachuab K. the better the roads get. Now it may be that there is less heavy traffic down to Chumpon which I doubt, or the contractor has pocketed less of the construction budget for personal purposes. I bet on the latter. It is a disgrace how these roads are. Trucks trying to avoid damage to their suspensions are jeopardising other traffic. I kept humming John Denver´s Country Road song, hoping for better conditions. Once back again to our sleepy town on the Gulf of Siam, Soi 112 took away my homesick feeling. No idea how planning of road infrastructure is done here or whether it does not exist at all. The latter? Internationally it seems that we are slowly creeping out of the black deficit hole and Europe, who else, is more transparent in their figures than big brother US. However the other side of the medal shows that deflation is also a danger to economies as prices tumble not only because of reduced consume. Mario Daghi, European Central Bank President, also known for Daghinomics has , in co-operation with the Deutsche Bundesbank more or less saved Europe from worse by keeping it united. The UK now realizes that without Europe mainland or Euro, for whatever it may value , there will be no progress in their own economy. Yes we do need each other as China struggles as well. If you export 80% of your goods to the US, reduced buying power will hit you hard as well. But we are still fighting those useless wars in the east where “poppy fields forever” bloom, supported by a useless, ineffective but costly maintained international army providing the arms industry and its associated suppliers with plenty of cash flow.

And endangering the lives of fine young men and women as Taliban, whom the US put in place in earlier days anyway, rockets fly over their fancy helmets, whilst enabling fresh heroin supplies to our western world. I like pope Francis, he is at least not scared to reveal us his dogma. Yes to condoms and no to abortions. Would abortions be less invasive or mentally less stress, it should be ok after Gerard Mosselman (GMoss) a made mistake or rape. However, still in Chief Editor our modern world and in those countries calling us disbelievers and sinners, unfortunate women are being punished for crimes committed to them while the “corpus delicty” walks free and is probably admired by some of his buddies. Amnesty writes me regular mails and I extend them my vote. Politically we worry about atrocities and human rights, but no one, including our Baraks, Merkels and Putins does anything about it. Yes they can, these are all minorities crimes. Countries who claim that they are going to take us over and who´s followers want to live in Western countries. As Putin said, if you don’t like it here, go back to your Fatherland. Positive thinking and being happy is the best medicine and cure for many diseases. In at least 23 states of the USA, the sale of cannabis is being allowed. VAT on top of course as this is now another income for the treasurer. In our health & wellness section APPROACH reveals however, that cannabis mixed with virgin coconut oil can be a cure for cancer and other deceases. Have a great 2014…from the whole team…… Yours Truly, GMoss

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CONTENT 8 Hua Hin Society


10 Cover Story: Makha Bucha Day 12 World Drummer par Excellence 14 Looking Back on 2013 18 The Islands in Thailand: Part 1 20 Ayutthaya, Venice of the East 24 Plants of Thailand 26 Financial News 28 Cool Stuff


32 Detroit Motor Show 34 Thai Permanent Residency 36 A Fairy Tale Restaurant 38 The Yellow Balloon Chef 40 Valentine Hotel & Restaurant Promotions 42 Cannabis, A Healing Therapy? 44 Is Modern Wheat Healthy?






Golf with Tom


Mil Pool Villas in Hua Hin


Lansun, A Giant Real Estate Project


Approach Review: Nicholas Sparks


A Child ́s Journey by Aflatoun


Zara’s Recipes


Puzzle Fun!


Shen-nong and the Camellia Tree


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the authentic

italian restaurant

You will taste the influence of Carlo’s Sicilian heritage with every beautiful dish and perfect wine selection. That Carlo is an outstanding host by nature, and a great entertainer aswell which is not a secret in Hua Hin. If you catch the right evening, Carlo will surprise you with his opera songs and bring you the real feel of Italy. Carlo’s Ristorante Italiono is the perfect place for fine Italian dining and to drink the best Italian wines. Carlo will warmly welcome you, Buon appetito e salute ! Carlo Vitanza

Address: 174/1 Soi. Naresdamri, Hua-Hin, Prachuabkirikhun 77110 Thailand Phone: +66 (0)32 511 348 Mobile: +66 (0)81 197 4360 Email: Website:


Sheraton hosts the Women´s Club of Hua Hin New Year Gala Dinner


he Women´s Club of Hua Hin celebrated New Year with a sublime and equally good tasting Gala Dinner. At the same time the engagement of two prominent members, Hans and Tu was announced. Next month and in APPROACH, the Women´s Club will be celebrating their 1st anniversary.

Elvis Night at the Hilton


lvis revival with Ritchie Newton at the Hilton was an enormous success. Milestones Cocktail 0SYRKI[EW½PPIH[MXL½JXMIWERHWM\XMIWJERWSJ Elvis and Rock and Roll. The introduction of Elvis was made in Also Sprach Sahatustra Style …and here is Elvis. Ritchie entertained the guests with an almost continuous stream of oldies but goldies reminding us all of great times. Ritchie will be doing regular shows. The next one is on the 6th of February at 8 PM. As usual, show only THB 500 and Show with Rock ´n Roll Buffet THB 1200. More Info: Hilton 032 538 999

Russian Orthodox New Year in Hua Hin


he Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas Eve on January 6th. This day is last one of Lent, which starts on November 28th and lasts for 40 days till January 6th. On this day many believers don’t eat food at all. They will be able to eat only soaked grains once Bethlehem’s star appears in the sky. However, the lovely Russian and Ukraine community of Hua Hin celebrated this event at the Yellow Balloon venue on Pala U road.There was plenty to eat and drink and Danish Chef Rene excelled in composing real Russian Food in his hilltop kitchen. Check the pictures for happy faces after the gourmand event. The Yellow Balloon is up again after a stormy season with an even larger basket to carry up to 26 persons at one time. There is a top restaurant with a great Danish Chef, a children’s playground with exciting exercises for kids. APPR OACH M AGAZINE


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Her Royal Highness Princess Srirasmi at Dusit Thani Hua Hin

er Royal Highness Princess Srirasmi graciously bestowed a bouquet to Khun Sinee Thienprasiddhi, Executive Director of Dusit Thani Public Company Limited and Khun Victor Sukseree, General Manager of Dusit Thani Hua Hin, in the hotel lobby on the occasion of Dusit Thani Hua Hin’s 23rd Anniversary.

MCC – Multi Culti Event


izzy and the Gang hosted the Famous Multi Cultural Event at the Hilton. The event usually takes place in the beachfront garden but due to the Hua Hin winter it was move to the Milestones Lounge. Approximately 100 guests enjoyed a colourfull evening [MXL XLI *SGYW8VMS ERH E 7YTIVF &YJJIX *VII ¾S[ SJ Wine. At MCC folks of all nations are brought together in harmony, song and dance and good food. Next Multi Culti on January 18:30 at the Hyatt Regency Beach Front. More Info : Hyatt 032 521 234

Classical Concert at the Hyatt Regency


n February 28 the Hyatt presented two brilliant and lovely performers for a Classic Concert, Iryna Krechkovsky, violin and husband Kevin Kwan Loucks, piano. Iryna performed an incredible virtuosity on her 250 year old Stradivari which was made before Beethoven was born. Pieces of Bach, Debussy, Gershwin and Saint-Saens were performed. 8LI TIVJIGXMSR FIX[IIR LYWFERH ERH [MJI ½PPIH XLI hall with beautiful classic music. A standing cocktail and international buffet preceded the performance. The next concert is on February 14 with a selection of famous opera song performances. APPR OACH M AGAZINE


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akha Bucha or Magha Puja is a holiday of the Thai Theravada - Buddhists. The day commemorates the spontaneous gathering of 1,250 students of

the Buddha, who had come together to the Buddha to hear preach. This day always falls on the full moon day of the third lunar month in the traditional Thai calendar (late February or early March), each year on a different date instead. The name is composed of Makha ( Name of the third lunar month) and Bucharest (Puja: worship) Makha Bucha is therefore a day worship of the Buddha and his teachings on the full moon day of the third month. The origin of the festival goes back to a spontaneous gathering of 1,250 monks. They had all decided independently of each other to visit the Buddha, who at that time was in the bamboo grove, Weluwan Forest near Rājagṛha in the historic kingdom of Magadha . Of the 1,250 monks 1,000 were “ Enlightened “ and which had previously been ordained by the Buddha himself. The other 250 were disciples of the elders Moggallana and Sariputta, the legend goes. According to legend, Buddha announced his death, that he would die within three months, the last year of his life at the full moon day of Makha.



It is not clear when the Makha Bucha-holiday was celebrated for the first time. In a list of the religious ceremonies within a year, by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), it is mentioned that his father King Mongkut (Rama IV) in the wake of the founding, ordered a ceremony to Makha -Bucha Day at Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram (now Wat Phra Kaeo ). The holiday was probably celebrated in 1851 for the first time, it was then in the kingdomof Thailand recognized as a public religious holiday.

Facts on Buddhism Most historians agree that Buddhism originated in nor thern India in the 5th century B.C.E. The tradition traces its origin to Siddhartha Gautama (or Gotama), who is typically referred to as the Buddha (literally the “Awakened” or “Enlightened One”). Siddhartha observed the suffering in the world and set out to find an antidote. Through meditation and analysis, he attained an enlightened state of being that marked the end of attachments and therefore suffering, ultimately, upon his death, release from the cycle of rebir th (samsara).

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The Buddha’s teachings are often summarized in the Four Noble Truths, which form the basis of the first sermon he delivered after attaining enlightenment and the Eightfold Path, which provides a basic guide for how to live in the world. Over the course of its 2500-year history, Buddhism has experienced many schisms and modifications; there are currently three major branches of the tradition — the Theravada (“Doctrine of the Elders”), the Mahayana (“Great Vehicle), and the Vajrayana (“Diamond Vehicle,” often simply called “Tibetan Buddhism”).

Buddhism has spread from its roots in India to vir tually every corner of the world, and in each place it has spread it has adopted and adapted local practices and beliefs. Although Buddhism is a distinct religious tradition, many people in the contemporary West have adopted philosophical and practical aspects of Buddhism and incorporated them into their religious and social practices; thus there are people who identify themselves “Buddhist Christians,” “Buddhist Jews,” and “Buddhist Atheists.”

Although there are many sects and groups within each of these branches, the Buddhist canon consists of a vast corpus of texts that cover philosophical, devotional, and monastic matters, and each of the major divisions of Buddhism has its own distinct version of what it considers to be canonical scriptures.



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Thailand International Jazz Conference

In 1987, he was awarded the “Grand Prix du Jazz SACEM (France’s music publishing organization) and in 1988 he received the highest jazz honours awarded annually by the French recording academy (Charlie Parker award) and the Académie Charles Cros (Prix in Honorem, the equivalent of the Grammy). Winning both in one year was unprecedented. Elected European Jazz musician of the year 1997 by the “Académie du Jazz” in France.

n close cooperation with the Mahidol University, Daniel Humair, Jazz drummer par excellence was invited to attend a Jazz Conference at the Mahidol University, doing a workshop

on the 31st of January, but most impor tantly giving us an exhibition of his superior talent and virtuosity with appearances with Koh. Mr. Saxman and the Sound of Siam Quartet on February 1st and as a guest star that same date at the Mahidol University. Drummers have always played a major role in Jazz Music, even if they were always though off as accompanying instruments. However, with traditional and classical Jazz end 50´s, Jazz drummers, mainly in the 60´s, have established themselves as main performers, soloists and bandleaders. Jazz drummers pioneers such as Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Kenny Clarke, Ar t Blakey and later Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, Jack deJohnette, Paul Motian, Tony WIlliams, Billy Cobham, Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd, Dannie Richmond, Steve Smith have established themselves as main representatives of their trade. Daniel Humair, Swiss born deserves to be mentioned as one of the world best drummers ever and can be mentioned with above stars in a single breath. Daniel played with celebrities such as Stephane Grapelli and Eric Dolphy among other before having his own ensemble. Daniel´s compacted Biography starts in Switzerland where he was born on May 23. 1938. His more than 4 decades of contributions to improvised music were recognised officially in 1986 when he was named Dean of Europe´s modern Jazz drummers. APPR OACH M AGAZINE

Daniel Humair began playing drums when he was seven und turned professional in 1955. He played with most of the Jazz greats in his long career with only Sonny Rollins and Miles Davis missing who had their own bands. He was named Drummer Deserving Wider Recognition in 1970 Down Beat International Critics Poll. He toured Asia and the Middle east under the auspices of the French government and formed in 1984 a Trio with Joachim Kühn and Jean-François Jenny Clark. 12

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MUSIC Whilst the trio he formed in 1984 with German pianist Joachim Kühn and French bassist Jean-François Jenny Clark, Humair is the drummer’s main musical interest and challenge at this writing, he continues to lead various “Special Occasion” Ensemble of his own (featuring John Scofield, Bob Berg, David Friedman or Larry Schneider as guest soloists) and still collaborates occasionally with long-time associates Solal and Michel Por tal.

Abstract Paintings by Daniel Humair Daniel Humair has been invited to play in almost all of the major international Jazz Festivals such as Newpor t, Monterey, New York, Milano, Barcelona,. Antibes, Nice, Montreux, Paris, Berlin, Chicago, Vienne, Marciac and recently on the Jarasum Jazz Festival in South Korea in 2012. with the Daniel Humair Quartet New Reunion and Émile Parisien, Jérôme Regard and Vincent Peirani just to mention a few. His recording career now consists of around 200 albums, as a sideman, some of which have been award winning, and over 16 albums in his name.

Parallel to his musical career, Daniel Humair is a professional painter working mainly with acrylic paint on paper since 1962. His abstract work is included in the permanent collections of the City of Paris, the Swiss Government and several public collections in Europe.

Editor´s note: APPROACH Magazine welcomes such professional performers as Daniel Humair to enhance and brighten up the Jazz scene in Thailand. Daniel plays here , thanks to René “Mephisto” Marugg of Mephisto Jazz, a Jazz expert living in Hua Hin, without wanting any compensation as a contribution to Jazz in Thailand. Check out:

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Looking Back on

2013 by GMoss



Former South African President Nelson Mandela is burried in his hometown of Qunu, South Africa, on Sunday December 15.

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FEBRUARY In February, a 10-ton meteor, packing the power of an atomic bomb, exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains. The resulting sonic blast shattered windows in the town of Chelyabinsk, damaging 3,000 buildings and injuring 1,100 unsuspecting residents.

In January, cyclist Lance Armstrong confessed after years of denial that he had used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France again and again. Armstrong blamed what he called his “win at all cost” attitude.

MARCH March saw white smoke at the Vatican -- and word of the election of a new pope for the world’s Roman Catholics. Jorge Bergoglio, from Argentina, became Pope Francis I. His election followed the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI for health reasons.

APRIL On April 15th, two crude bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, ripping through the crowd of runners and spectators. Three people were killed, more than 260 were injured.



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MAY In May, actress Angelina Jolie revealed that she had chosen to have a double mastectomy, after learning that she carried a gene mutation greatly increasing her risk of breast cancer.



JUNE In June, Edward Snowden sent shock waves around the world by leaking thousands of classified U.S. documents he had access to while working at the National Security Agency. The documents exposed an unprecedented program of surveillance of Americans and U.S. allies abroad. Snowden was later granted temporary asylum in Russia.


In July, it was a boy for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Prince George Alexander Louis is third in line to the British throne.

SEPTEMBER In September, a small band of Islamic extremists opened fire at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Seventy-two people were killed and more than 200 were injured.

AUGUST August brought grim images from the civil war in Syria. The government of Bashir al-Assad was accused of using chemical weapons against its own people in Damascus, killing more than 1,400 men, women and children. The images stirred outrage around the world and led to Syria’s agreeing to U.N. supervision of its chemical weapons stock.

NOVEMBER In November, Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, agreed to curtail the country’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting economic sanctions, raising hopes for a new era of cooperation with Iran.

OCTOBER In October, the US’ federal government’s health insurance website was launched -- though just barely -- in October. The computer system promptly collapsed. It took until just a few days ago to get most of the kinks worked out.

Both MCC and Charity Queen Lizzy Michel and APPROACH Guru Jerry were awarded the Thailand humanitarian price for their work on Charity by princes Soamsawali.

DECEMBER And in December 2013 and January 2014, The Multi Culti Society, The women´s Club, Hyatt and Dusit Thani Classic concerts , the Stammtisch at the Hilton and the Elvis Shows were a super success in Hua Hin.

In December, the US Federal Reserve Board announced that it will start to cut back on buying Treasury bonds because the economy is getting stronger on its own. At the same time, the stock market soared to record heights, up 25 percent for the year.


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Classical Concert

at The Dusit Thani Culinary Class ics: Sunr ise in the East Friday, 28th February 2014


usit Thani Hua Hin proudly presents music and food in the month of love with our four th Culinary Classics evening at the Napalai Ballroom. The Phillips String

Quar tet, featuring acclaimed violinist Leo Phillips, together with his celebrated sister, Ruth Phillips, and two of Thailand’s top string players, Tasana Nagavajara and Ruatchai Saengow, capture the mood and imagination with stunning renditions of Haydn’s seductive “Sunrise”, Mozar t’s delightful “Hunt” quartet, Henry Purcell’s renowned “Chacony in G Minor” and Tchaikovsky’s timeless “Andante Cantabile”. Admission: 1.

Ticket only: THB 500net per person - 2. Ticket including post-concert Italian 4-course set dinner: THB 1,600net per person - 3. Ticket including post-concert Thai Market Night buffet dinner: THB 1,500net per person. All tickets include complimentary pre-concert cocktail

Valentine’s Day - Hyatt Classics A NIGHT OF THE OPERA Friday, 14th February 2014


alentine’s Day is celebrated with a truly memorable and an indulgent event for you and your special someone with

its combination of an opera concer t and set dinner on Friday, 14 February 2013, from 7:00 pm onwards at the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin Grand Ballroom. Five Korean Opera singers with Jinhee Kim (Soprano), Eunjung Shin (Mezzo Soprano), Baeckho Kim (Tenor), Haechul Lim (Bass-Baritone)



and Wonjin Na (Pianist) will sing a selection of famous opera songs and duets, while the Hyatt is pampering your taste palette with a three-course western dinner. Price is at THB 1,500 net per person, including a three-course dinner and a glass of sparkling wine. For reservations and further information, please contact Hyatt Regency Hua Hin at our hotline +66 2254 6200 or +66 3252 1234, or e-mail

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Living with Nature Where Life Becomes Art


The Islands in Thailand Part 1


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Koh Samui

Phuket Phuket formerly known as Thalang is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand and located in the Andaman Sea. Neighbouring provinces are (from north clockwise) Phang Nga and Krabi, but as Phuket is an island it has no land boundaries. The island Phuket, which is somewhat smaller than the size of Singapore, is Thailand’s largest island. The island is connected to mainland Thailand by two bridges. Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoys a rich and colorful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign ship logs of Portuguese, French, Dutch and English traders.The region now derives much of its income from tourism. One of the most popular (and overcrowded) tourist areas on Phuket is Patong Beach on the central western coast, perhaps owing to the easy access to its wide and long beach. Most of Phuket›s nightlife and its cheap shopping is located in Patong, and the area has become increasingly developed. There are several coral islands to the south of Phuket, the Similan Islands lie to the North West, and Phi Phi Islands to the south east. Islanders engage in a lively tourist trade, catering to snorkelers and scuba divers. As with most of Thailand, the majority of the population is Buddhist, but there is a significant number of Muslims (30%) in Phuket, mainly descendants of the island›s original sea-dwelling people. Phuket International Airport is located in the north of the island. There are many scheduled flights and chartered flights from domestics and other countries in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.



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Koh Samui Koh Samui, is an island off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus in Thailand. It is located close to the mainland town of Surat Thani in Surat Thani Province. Ko Samui is Thailand’s secondlargest island after Phuket, with an area of 228.7 km2, a population of over 63,000. Until the late 20th century, Ko Samui was an isolated selfsufficient community, having little connection with the mainland of Thailand. The island was even without roads until the early 1970s, and the 15 km journey from one side of the island to the other could involve a whole-day trek through the mountainous central jungles. An island of great natural beauty and variety, Samui has a palm-fringed shoreline and coconut and fruit cultivation of the coastal lowlands rise to a central granite massive, the slopes of which are cloaked in virgin rainforest. Even though the best time year of the year to dive in the Ko Samui is between June and August, it is still perfectly possible to dive virtually all year round.

from the end of year 2009, it has become Thailand’s second largest resort business behind Bangkok and surpassing Phuket.

The expansion of tourism in Ko Samui has resulted in growth in building resorts, bungalows and luxury private villas on the island. This economic growth has led many businessmen from all over the world to invest in Ko Samui. With over 260 resorts and bungalows in Samui, counting

The airport is now additionally served by Thai Airways International to Bangkok, Firefly Airlines to Kuala Lumpur, and SilkAir to Singapore.

Ko Samui Airport is a private airport originally built by Bangkok Airways, which is still the main operator and was for a long time the only airline with services to Ko Samui from mainland Thailand.



e set off to discover a different world with a 750 HP – 30 Passenger high-speed cruiser. Hua Hin Sea Discovery offers you luxury trips from Hua Hin

starting at the beach front of Anantasila Hotel along the gulf islands, up the Pranburi River and Sam Roi Yod National Park to a lovely beach where lunch is taken and guests can climb up to the caves or go for a cooling-off swim in the clear waters. The boat is well-equipped with drinks and snacks on-board and crewed by a very professional team accompanied by the Belgian owner, Commodore Harry. As a matter of fact , the captain is an experienced, senior owner of fisher boats, familiar with the entire coast and Gulf of Siam. We departed from the beach front at the Anantasila Hotel/Khao Takiab, visited local islands, snorkeled, relaxed on the beach, enjoyed delicious food and fresh fruit and the compulsory glass of wine. After taking a trip up the Pranburi river looking for small crocodiles , we continued down the coast , anchored and some of us went into the Sam Roi Yod park to climb up to the caves. Later that afternoon we glid back to Hua Hin arriving late afternoon, relaxed and cruise happy. Exclusive tours are organized upon request and the boat can be rented for a private party the whole day as well. For more excact info, contact : Lek 084-677-5208 Thai Mai 092-629-2528 Thai / Engl . Email : Website : APPR OACH M AGAZINE


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Ayutthaya Venice of the East


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lthough no resemblance to Venice and far off the watery ways of the Italian Icon, Ayuthaya has a colourfull history. Ayutthaya, full name is Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya city is the capital of Ayutthaya province

Located in the valley of the Chao Phraya River, the city was founded in 1350 by King U Thong, who went there to escape a smallpox outbreak in Lop Buri and proclaimed it the capital of his kingdom, often referred to as the Ayutthaya kingdom or Siam. Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai (last month in APPROACH Heritage). Its remains, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendour.


It is estimated that Ayutthaya by the year 1600 CE had a population of about 300,000, with the population perhaps reaching 1,000,000 around 1700 CE, making it one of the world’s largest cities at that time. The court of King Narai (1656–88) had strong links with that of King Louis XIV of France, whose ambassadors compared the city in size and wealth to Paris. In 1767, the city was destroyed by the Burmese army, resulting in the collapse of the kingdom. The Ayutthaya historical park is the ruins of the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam. The ruins of the historic city of Ayutthaya and “associated historic towns” in the Ayutthaya historical park have been listed by the UNESCO as World Heritage Site.


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HERITAGE lthough no resemblance to Venice and far off the watery ways of the Italian Icon, Ayuthaya has a colourfull history. Ayutthaya, full name is Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya city is the capital of Ayutthaya province in Thailand. Located in the valley of the Chao Phraya River, the city was founded in 1350 by King U Thong, who went there to escape a smallpox outbreak in Lop Buri and proclaimed it the capital of his kingdom, often referred to as the Ayutthaya kingdom or Siam. Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai (last month in APPROACH Heritage). Its remains, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendour. It is estimated that Ayutthaya by the year 1600 CE had a population of about 300,000, with the population perhaps reaching 1,000,000 around 1700 CE, making it one of the world’s largest cities at that time. The court of King Narai (1656–88) had strong links with that of King Louis XIV of France, whose ambassadors compared the city in size and wealth to Paris. In 1767, the city was destroyed by the Burmese army, resulting in the collapse of the kingdom. The Ayutthaya historical park is the ruins of the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam. The ruins of the historic city of Ayutthaya and “associated historic towns” in the Ayutthaya historical park have been listed by the UNESCO as World Heritage Site. The city of Ayutthaya was refounded near the old city, and is now capital of the Ayutthaya province. The city was re-founded a few kilometers to the east. The city is sometimes called “Venice of the East”. The sixteenth century witnessed the rise of Burma which, under an aggressive dynasty, had overrun Chiang Mai and Laos and made war on the Thai. In 1569 Burmese forces joined by Thai rebels, mostly royal family members of Siam, captured the city of Ayutthaya and carried off the whole royal family to Burma. Dhammaraja (1569–90), a Thai governor who had aided the Burmese, was installed as vassal king at Ayutthaya. Thai independence was restored by his son, King Naresuan (1590–1605), who turned on the Burmese and by 1600 had driven them from the country. Determined to prevent another treason like his father’s, Naresuan set about unifying the country’s administration directly under the royal court at Ayutthaya. He ended the practice of nominating royal princes to govern Ayutthaya’s provinces, assigning instead court officials who were expected to execute policies handed down by the king. Thereafter royal princes were confined to the capital. Their power struggles continued, but at court under the king’s watchful eye. In order to ensure his control over the new class of governors, Naresuan decreed that all freemen subject to phrai service had become phrai luang, bound directly to the king, who distributed the use of their services to his officials. This measure gave the king a theoretical monopoly on all manpower, and the idea developed that since the king owned the services of all the people, he also possessed all the land. Ministerial offices and governorships—-and the Sakdina that went with them—-were usually inherited positions dominated by a few families often connected to the king by marriage. Indeed, marriage was frequently used by Thai kings to cement alliances between themselves and powerful families, a custom prevailing through the nineteenth century. APPR OACH M AGAZINE


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Plants of Thailand



by Dr. George Grossniklaus

he Bougainvillea, also known as Bougainville, is a genus which belongs to the family of the miracle flower plants (Nyctaginaceae). There are about 18 different species. The Bougainvillea species

originally come from South America.The varieties thrive now in the meantime in all subtropical regions to the southern Mediterranean. The genus name honors the French navigator and explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville, after him also the island of Bougainville is named. Bougainvillea species are woody plants, rarely climbing plants, usually shrubs or small trees. The shoot axes can be hairless or hairy and often studded with spines. The alternately arranged, stalked leaves are simple ovate to ellipticlanceolate with leaf blade. Stipules are absent. Based on their colorful bracts and the ability to cover walls and fences, they are often used as ornamental plants.The cultured species include Bougainvillea glabra and Bougainvillea spectabilis. Bougainvillea grows quite fast. With good care, meter long tendrils develop. In this way, one can let the Bougainvillea grow over different fronts, like walls and pergolas. The colored bracts are sensitive to heavy rain or other mechanical stress, if so, they fall off. Bougainvillea does not require an excessive amount of water. If the root ball is kept slightly moist, you can experience a rich bloom along the developing colored bracts. Water logging or permanently wet substrate, however, leads much stronger to rotting of the roots and thus death of the plant than to other sensitive plants. With a little luck you can bring back such plants to life, if the plant pot at least still has a low residual moisture. But most often then aboveground plant parts are dead. Light - The site should be selected as sunny as possible, only then the Bougainvillea flowers in a satisfactory manner. Temperature - Bougainvillea is not only a sun-seeking but also extremely heatloving plant. This is why a house wall in south direction is the ideal location. The masonry on the one hand reflects the infrared radiation from the sun during the day and warm at night. To achieve a rich bloom this is essential. Fertilizer - Once every one or two weeks with a universal or specific flowering fertilizer. Propagation - Almost always by cuttings. It is best to cut from the vines, about 30 cm long cuttings and root them immediately. Rooting usually takes several months.



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Thailand The Bangkok-based protests, which began months ago, have also increased the prospect of a wider clash that could affect other economies in Southeast Asia. Thailand’s benchmark stock index has plunged more than 12% over the past month. The Thai baht has plummeted to multiyear lows, dropping almost 6% against the U.S. dollar since the start of November. Exports have contracted, and the tourism industry -- which contributes about 7% or roughly $25 billion of the country’s GDP -- is starting to take a hit. Other observers, including the Bank of Thailand, have dropped their economic growth forecasts. The central bank also cut rates at its November monetary policy meeting in a move to support growth.


Flush with liquidity, markets around the world surged last year, breaking records and pumping out healthy returns. So is there anything left for investors in 2014?

The flow of cheap money will lessen, say experts. But don’t despair. While that will stir up risk in some regions, it will also present opportunities. At the same time, corporate earnings will take center stage as stock markets are weaned off massive amounts of stimulus. “Prospects are much more dependent upon near-term earnings growth,” said John Wyn-Evans, head of investment strategy at Investec Wealth & Investment. Strategists say developed markets hold better return potential than their emerging peers, as the U.S. Federal Reserve pulls back its support. Slowing growth in China is another challenge that could sap confidence and hurt equities in the year ahead.

Europe The fragile European recovery, frustrated by subdued global growth and a relatively strong euro, continues to cast a pall over the region. However, things are moving in the right direction. A record-breaking run for Germany’s blue-chip DAX index led a string of market rallies in Europe in 2013. Growth in the U.K. was reignited and London stocks marched higher in tandem. Looking ahead, analysts are selectively optimistic about European equities. Analysts at Threadneedle Investments in London say improved economic fundamentals should translate into steady, rather than dramatic, earnings growth.



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Asia And stock pickers see more upside on the horizon. Major economic reform has helped drive the outsized gains. The stimulating effect of Abenomics is expected to keep stocks buoyed in the year ahead. Analysts at Nomura, Threadneedle Investments and Wells Fargo all expect Japanese equities to climb higher in 2014.

This year could be another big one for Japan. The benchmark Nikkei index surged nearly 60% in 2013, sealing its best annual performance in more than 40 years.

Elsewhere in Asia, a pick-up in global demand is likely to support many export-focused Asian economies. Improved confidence may spread to equities but the region faces two key headwinds: slowing growth in China and rising interest rates. Thailand is causing growing concerns about their economy and Thai Baht currency strength.

Abenomics Abenomics is the name given to a suite of measures introduced by Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe after his December 2012 re-election to the post he last held in 2007. His aim was to revive the sluggish economy with “three arrows”: a massive fiscal stimulus, more aggressive monetary easing from the Bank of Japan, and structural reforms to boost Japan’s competitiveness.

Shinzo Abe

By the end of February the measures had resulted in a dramatic weakening of the yen and a 22 per cent rise in the Topix stock market index since his election win. Japan’s central bank had also yielded to pressure from Mr Abe’s administration to set an inflation target of 2 per cent.

Draghinomics The persistency of Mario Draghi, European Central Bank President, refusing to accept a division of the Eurozone may gave saved the Eurozone and Euro currency. Economic recovering of Greece, Ireland and Spain show growth in their economies. Against a backdrop of weak inflation and anemic growth, most analysts expect the ECB to keep interest rates at very low levels for some time to come, or even ease policy further. Recent data put annual inflation in the euro zone at 0.9% in November, slightly higher than October. Major central banks aim for low inflation but nevertheless want a cushion above zero.

When inflation gets too low, or if consumer prices fall on a sustained basis, business profits tend to weaken and consumers may delay spending plans. “We are very aware of the downside risks that a protracted period of low inflation for an extended period of time does imply,” Mr. Draghi said. Economists say that one way to reverse this trend could be for the ECB to inject more funds into the banking system via another longer-term loan to banks. The ECB pumped more than €1 trillion ($1.36 trillion) of three-year loans into the euro zone’s banking system about two years ago.



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Mario Draghi These long-term loans, called LTROs, helped avert a funding crisis for the banks. But they did little to stimulate lending to firms and households and were instead used primarily to buy government bonds.


Wannahaves of February LG Chromebase The LG Chromebase features a 21.5-inch IPS display, with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, and a 178-degree viewing angle. Specs include an Intel Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of SSD storage (apparently, because working in a browser means saving most files to cloud), a 1.3 megapixel webcam, built-in 5W speakers, WiFi, three USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 slot, and an HDMI port. It will come with Chrome OS built-in, along with the platform’s integrated roster of apps and security features.

Frosted Beer Glass

Invisiplug Deluxe

Designed by Rafal Pilat, it’s a frosted drinking glass that looks like it’s in the middle of splitting into three pieces right before your very eyes. Yeah, similar to the kinds of things you normally see when you’ve already downed too much alcohol and aren’t thinking very straight. Except it will look that way even when you’re sober, so maybe you can judge your level of drunkenness by how straight the glass looks as the night wears on instead?

The Invisiplug Deluxe brings that modern amenity to its functional yet decorative power strips, so you can finally get rid of that ugly power strip you keep around for its USB-charging powers.Bearing the same three options in wood grain finishes (light natural, medium cherry, and dark oak) as the original Invisiplug, it lets you pick a unit that matches the existing hardwood flooring in your home. That way, you never have to keep an eyesore of a power strip again, letting you have a gaggle of power outlets at your disposal without making your home’s floors look like an unsightly mess.

Bedjet The Bedjet is, basically, a tiny fan that you can use to cool down the bed during summer and warm it up during these cold winter nights. It works by generating a cushion of air between the sheet and your Astronaut Duvet, causing a tenting effect that allows air to spread across the bed at even temperatures. Granted, your electric blanket can probably warm the bed just fine during cold months, but the Bedjet bests it via efficiency, warming the bed to desired temperatures in only three minutes, apart from being viable for summer use, too.

Charging Hub A smartphone charging hub, it sports a simple but clever design that makes very efficient use of space. Seriously. If you’re looking for a communal phone charger suited for homes, offices, and practically any place where people gather, this is easily one of the best options we’ve seen. It’s intended for universal use, with two 30-pin connectors for older Apple gadgets, two Lightning connectors for iPhone 5 and newer, and four micro USB connectors for all the other phones that, thankfully, choose not to burden the world with even more proprietary connectors. All the connectors are held in slots with retractable cords, so only the heads peek out when they are not use, ensuring everything stays neat and organized.



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hereas we are more or less tighter in budgets as potential buyers of the following innovations may be, we still admire high tech cars and turn our heads as they pass by. As we love our Corollas, Civics, Jazzes and Marches, silently we wish we had one of the passers-by…At Detroit, Michigan USA, every year, the new models cars are presented to the general public. The USA remains the largest car market in the world and manufacturers bow to

US marketing and EPA regulations which have brought us the catalysers, electronic engine management, crash zones, safety belts and last but not least Hybrids, whilst the Europeans developed amazing Diesel variations with the latest GOLF TDI averaging almost 50 mpg which is more than 20km on 1 liter of Petrol!

Audi RS7

BMW M4 Coupe

Audi’s top-of-the-line performance sedan, the five-door, 560hp RS7 is a stunner of a hatchback with a turbocharged 560hp 4-cylinder V8 and plenty of storage space for those 150mph Home Depot runs.

The long-awaited M4 Coupe carries on the tradition BMW fans expect, with a sculpted body that evokes the same language as the revised 3 Series sedan but in a more aggressive stance that suits the M line. Turbos used to be sacrilege in M cars, but it’s tough to argue with the M4’s 425hp twin-turbo straight six.


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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

Fiat 500 1957 Edition

What could make Americans more proud than this car? New for 2014, the 460hp Vette features a 6.2-liter V8, a top speed of 190mph, and seating for just two. $56,000 sounds like a lot of money, but for this car, it’s an astounding bargain.

Fiat’s adorable 500 gets an unbelievably cute 1957 Edition, which mimics the original colors that were available in that era when the car first launched. This one is much safer to drive today, though, in a land of giant SUVs.

Ford F-150

Honda Fit

Ford claims to have shaved a seemingly impossible 700 pounds off of the F-150 in a dramatic redesign that utilizes copious amounts of aluminum. Inside, it features the latest version of Ford Sync with MyFord Touch.

The 2015 Honda Fit is better packaged than before, with more passenger space and vastly improved interior tech, including a lane changing assist feature and a 7-inch capacitive touch screen. Storage space suffers slightly, but the new Fit looks to be a nice improvement overall; here’s hoping Honda preserved the last model’s fun-to-drive characteristics.

Porsche 911 Targa

Volvo V60 Sportwagon

The first 911 Targa in 30 years, this new model also has a motorized top that’s really smooth and fast in operation. If it’s like every other new 911, it’s also unbelievably fast and well-balanced—not just for a rear-engined car, but when compared with any car..

Volvo’s much-missed sports wagon is coming back—which is great news for car enthusiasts who have a family or need to carry things. Get one in this striking red and you’ll really stand out when you pull up to the next parent-teacher conference.



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Thai Permanent Residency


lot of people want to stay permanently in Thailand as it is one of the most sought-after destinations in South East Asia offering a low yet convenient standard of living. There are a lot of inquiries from foreigners who are constantly on a trip to the Land of Smiles as to how they can apply for Thai Permanent Resident status. Obtaining status as a Permanent Resident (PR) in Thailand has many advantages. It allows you to live permanently in Thailand, with no requirement to apply for an extension of stay. You can also have your name on a house registration document, and you will be able to buy a condominium without making a bank transfer from abroad. Getting a work permit is also made easier once you have PR status. In addition to this, you can be eligible to become a director of a Thai public company, as well as eventually apply to become a naturalized Thai citizen. You will also be able apply for an extension of stay and Permanent Resident status for your nonThai family members. All applications for Thai Permanent Residency are processed by the Royal Thai Immigration Commission. The annual quota for granting permanent residency in Thailand is a maximum of 100 persons per country. The application period for Thai PR usually from October to the end of December of every year. In order to apply to become a Thai Permanent Resident, you must meet the following criteria: • You must have had a Thai non-immigrant visa for at least three years prior to the submission of your application. Holders of multiple NON-Immigrant visas can not apply.

You must have 3 consecutive yearly extensions in order to qualify. • You must be a holder of a non-immigrant visa at the time of submitting your application. You must be able to meet one of these categories to apply for PR status in Thailand: • Investment category (minimum 3 – 10 Mil. Baht investment in Thailand) - Working/ Business category • Support a family or Humanitarian Reasons category: In this category, you must have a relationship with a Thai citizen or an alien who already posses a residence permit as a husband or wife; father or mother; or a guardian of a Thai child under 20 years of age. Expert / academic category & Other categories as determined by Thai Immigration You should note that the list of required documents for the application depends on the category under which the application is made. Once your application for Thai Permanent Residency is approved, a residence blue book is issued to you. You must then register your place of residence in Thailand at the local Amphur and obtain a house card. A week after the receipt of your residence certificate you can then apply for an alien book (red book) at the local police station, which is the equivalent of the Thai national ID card. You must re-register there every year. The Residency Permit itself never expires, unless revoked.To be able to leave the country and return to Thailand, however, requires you to apply for a re-entry permit (endorsement). You can file an application to become a Thai naturalized citizen after holding Permanent Resident status in Thailand for 10 consecutive years.

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new Italian restaurant opened it´s doors in Hua Hin. Between The VIP Bus station, Electric company and the Bangkok Hospital, corner Soi

96, the Giulietta & Romeo (yes, not Romeo & Giulietta) Sardinian Italian restaurant offers an atmosphere and menu of fine dining Mediterranean delicacies. With a piano For te impor ted from Italy, providing soft background music and various vintage items from the old continent, reminding us of our heritage, the fine dining atmosphere immediately takes over the ambience. Greeted by Signore Marco and his lovely par tner Khun Joy, Italian Thai hospitality fills the air. Marco moved to Hua Hin about three years ago and fell in love with our sleepy town. Coming from an old traditional restaurant family in Sassari Sardinia, Marco decided to establish in Hua Hin and soon made plans for a classy Italian restaurant at Alto Rivella level. Chef Michelle Casaro also comes from Sardinia and has a broad history of gourmet cooking at the Costa Smeralda in the nor thern par t of the Island.

Even the main par ts of the wood fired Pizza oven in the restaurant, visible by all guests, were impor ted from Italy. A variety of Mediterranean dishes are offered along with traditional Pizze (Pizzas), Lasagnes and other noodle creations. A wide selection of Italian and other international wines together with mouth-watering desserts round off the menu at Giullietta & Romeo. If there is a problem getting there, a phone call will send the restaurant owned Tuk Tuk to pick you up, wherever you may be in Hua Hin and bring you home after dinner again. Complimentary of course. APPROACH highly recommends this restaurant, being a definite contribution to fine dining in Hua Hin. The Giulietta & Romeo Tuk Tuk can pick you up and bring you to the restaurant! APPR OACH M AGAZINE

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Rene’s Signature HOTDOG -Danish grill sausage. -Thin sliced pickles -homemade mustard (spicy) -Roasted onions - fine cuts of raw onion Put is all together on a long bun and take your bite. This is what made Scandinavians Vikings! Come happy and try one at the lovely Magic Balloon Park:)


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Cannabis A Healing Therapy?


HIV, herpes and a number of pathogenic bacteria. While many remain suspicious of the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, the results are convincing! This couple has stood in the face of cancer a number of times and survived to learn from their experiences. Research showed

annabis and Coconut Oil - Although Humans have cultivated and used the flowering tops of the female cannabis plant, known colloquially as marijuana, since

history was recorded, it remains an uncertainty whether to classify it as a lethal drug or healing medicine.

that a daytime cannabis capsule infused in coconut oil would be a good choice.

Written and pictorial evidence of cannabis use is scattered throughout numerous cultures indicating a wide acceptance and use of the plant for thousands of years.

Stan, a patient was diagnosed with cancerous nodes in his lungs and later he was told that the cancer was in his brain.

Medical marijuana capsules infused in coconut oil are an alternative way to therapeutically use cannabis without having to inhale it through smoking. Infusing cannabis into coconut oil also allows for easy entry into the liver where it can be rapidly processed.

The outlook was grim indeed. After two weeks of taking the capsule, Stan was able to give up his oxygen tank that he was tied to around the clock. He began to gain weight, sleep better and get stronger overall. After several months, a brain scan revealed that Stan was completely cancer free.

Coconut oil is used because of its high amount of essential fatty acids which makes it a good binding agent for the cannabinoids. Not to mention its amazing health properties. Half of the fat in coconut oil is comprised of a fat that is not frequently found in nature, lauric acid.

Stan is now convinced that cannabis works as an anti-cancer medicine. According to John, Stan´s sonin-law, “There is no doubt in my mind that cannabis pulled my father-in-law out of the wasting stages of cancer and enabled him to gain strength and in turn fight this horrible cell malfunction with success.

Lauric acid has been called a “miracle” ingredient due to its health promoting capabilities and is present in a mother’s milk. In fact, it can be found in only three dietary sources—small amounts in butterfat and larger amounts in palm kernel and coconut oil. In the body, lauric acid is converted to monolaurin, which is a potent antiviral, antibacterial and antiprotozoal substance. Because monolaurin is a monoglyceride, it can destroy lipid-coated viruses including measles, influenza,


While many would say that the chemo and radiation could have played apart, he would never have lived long enough to find out without cannabis oil.” Courtesy of “The Alternative Daily”


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Is Modern Wheat Healthy? Modern wheat is making you fat and sick.


In addition, if the victim vomits, people are told not to put the vomit in the sink because it might explode. This is how dangerous this chemical really is.

ur Hunter Gatherer Ancestors collected all they could from the ground for food including insects, berries, nuts, etc. In their gathering, they found that the

animals were eating grass, and they became curious. They broke it down and somehow incorporated wild wheat into their diet. This grass was called Einkorn and had only 14 chromosomes.

The makers of Clearfield wheat claim that their wheat is a result of “enhanced, traditional plant breeding techniques,” making a distinction between genetically modified wheat. However, although no gene splicing techniques were used, many other methods were, such as the purposeful induction of mutations using chemicals, high dose x-ray and radiation techniques to induce mutations coupled with cross breeding. These methods are far worse than genetic modification, according to Dr. William Davis, author of the book Wheat Belly.

However, this is not the wheat of today, that is for sure. In the Middle Ages bread was a staple and very common food. In 1960, when the threat of world population explosion was imminent, there was an investment made in agricultural research where lots of money and time were devoted to new ways to increase wheat yield. At this time, different strains of wheat were crossed over and over again to select certain characteristics and to introduce unique genes. The resulting wheat yielded up to 10 times more per acre. When this wheat was introduced to many third world countries, famine was greatly reduced within one year. Dr. Norman Borlaug received the Nobel Peace prize for his work creating this high yield strain of wheat.

The government says eat more wheat – what is up with that? The government tells us that we need to eat more grain, meaning more wheat. Over 90% of all grain consumed is wheat. In the food pyramid, we are advised to eat 60% of calories from wheat. The new food plate design also tells us to get at least 1/4 of our calories from wheat. Here is why we need to stop listening to what our government is telling us about the food pyramid:

Because this wheat is so prolific, it has taken over almost all of the world’s wheat supply.There are also about a million acres of what is known as Clearfield Wheat being grown in the Pacific Northwest. It is a semi dwarf strain of wheat that has had its seed and embryos exposed to a chemical, sodium azide, which is an industrial toxin. In fact, in the few cases of human ingestion, the Poison Control Center has warned people not to offer CPR because the person offering the CPR may also ingest the chemical and die. APPR OACH M AGAZINE

Modern Wheat is an Appetite Stimulant It is estimated that up to 10% of the population has a sensitivity to the protein in wheat known as gluten (some estimate it may be higher, closer to 30%). However, the other 90% of people who consume wheat really should not be eating it either. Here are a few reasons why: 44

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HEALTH & WELLNESS Gluten is a two part protein that is comprised of gliadin plus glutenin. Glutenin has a unique elasticity that gives us the ability to stretch our pizza or bread dough or even spin it over our heads, if we are inclined to do so. Gliadin, the other part of the gluten protein, was heavily studied in the 1970’s by psychiatrists who found that if they took all of the wheat out of the diet of their patients with schizophrenia, they improved markedly. When they put the wheat back, they found that the condition worsened. So the question asked was what was in bread that led schizophrenics to hallucinate? It was traced back to the gliadin protein which, when ingested, enters the brain and binds to opiate receptors where it stimulates appetite. In addition, gliadin, acting like an opiate in the brain, has other disastrous effects. For example, people with ADHD become hypersensitive and have behavioral outbursts, people with schizophrenia have major hallucinations, people who are bipolar become increasingly manic and those with eating disorders, such as binge eating, will develop food obsessions. By 1985, everything at the supermarket with wheat in it came from the prolific semi-dwarf strain or a spinoff. Interestingly enough, if you compare what happened to America’s weight prior to and after 1985 it is evident that there was an obesity explosion that is still happening today shortly after the “new” wheat was introduced. A huge increase in the number of diabetics also followed. Although cause and effect cannot be proven scientifically – it seems evident that we have all been fed an appetite stimulant.

- Improvement in cognitive function - Reduced anxiety Reduced food obsessions - Reduced blood pressure - Reduced triglycerides - Increased energy - Improved sleep.

Modern Wheat Raises Blood Sugar Two slices of whole wheat bread raise blood sugar higher than 6 teaspoons of table sugar. How does this happen when whole wheat is considered a complex carbohydrate that we are encouraged to eat more of? The complex carbohydrate of wheat is called Amylopectin A, which is highly sensitive to amylase, which we have in our stomach and mouth. This makes it very easy to digest and raises blood sugar rapidly. Wheat for breakfast, wheat for lunch and wheat for snacks results in visceral fat that encircles the intestines, heart, liver and kidneys. Repetitive high blood sugar results in what Dr. Davis calls a “wheat belly.”

What About Gluten-Free? Although going gluten free is a good thing because you avoid problems with gluten and gliadin, wheat germ agglutinin and amylopectin A, gluten-free foods contain other things, mainly potato starch, rice starch, tapioca starch and corn starch. These are the only foods that raise blood sugar higher than the amylopectin A found in wheat.

What Happens When We Remove Wheat From Our Diet? First of all, taking wheat out of the diet is not as easy as might think – it is in a lot of foods – even ones we would not associate with having wheat. For example, wheat is in Twizzlers, Campbells Tomato Soup, taco seasoning, frozen dinners, cereals, salad dressings, granola bars and a lot more.

What Can I Eat? Eat real, single ingredient foods as much as possible. You can eat nuts, healthy fat, organic fruits/vegetables, grass-fed beef, organic chicken and turkey, wild caught salmon, cheese, organic eggs, coconuts, avocados, flaxseeds, olive and hemp oils as well as a variety of other foods that are in their natural state. The more refined a food is, the more likely it contains wheat and other byproducts of the refinement process that are just too dangerous to your health.

Why is there wheat in so many products? Dr. Davis tells us that taking wheat out of the diet will result in the following: Dramatic weight loss - Reduced appetite -Lowered blood sugar - Reduced joint pain - Reduced inflammation APPR OACH M AGAZINE


Warning: If you choose to be gluten free, avoid the commercial gluten free products, at least until you educate yourself on the differences between the various gluten free products on the market.

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ell golf in Hua Hin is hot and happening. As this article goes to the publisher they will be teeing it up for the King’s Cup Golf Hua Hin at Black Mountain as featured in last month’s Approach. It will be the last stop on the Asian Tour for the 2013 season. Qualifying for the 2014 Asian Tour Season will start here on January 29th and run through February 15th and there is no better way to enjoy world class professional competition up close and very personal. These guys aren’t just playing a competition they will be playing for the ability to pursue their dreams for the next 12 months and maybe for the rest of their adult lives. This truly is one of the world’s most diverse competitions with competitors from every corner of the globe as this quote from the Tour’s website shows: “For the First Stage, Japan has the number highest of participants with a total of 94 entries followed by Australia (82), Korea (82), the United States (63), England (41), Thailand (40) and Chinese Taipei (37). Sweden (19), Singapore (11), Canada (11), Spain (10), the Philippines (10), France (10), Malaysia (10), Finland (8) and New Zealand (8) will also be represented at the Qualifying School. The Qualifying School has also received entries from China, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Scotland, India, Ireland, South Africa, Hong Kong, Norway, Portugal, Brunei Darussalam, Kenya, Monaco, Pakistan, Switzerland, Venezuela and Wales. “ . With the sheer numbers of over 700 competitors representing more than 30 nations it could overwhelm many small towns but Hua Hin with nearly 100 hotels and eight golf courses will easily accommodate them and their entourages. Imperial Lakeview and Springfield will be used for all three stages, the Army Course at Suan Son Pradipat will be used for only the first two stages before the finals from Febuary 12-15th.


Now the critical part, after your 10-15 putts take your hand out of your pocket and place it on the grip and/or your right hand but do not remove your right hand and fingers from the grip. You can overlap one, two, three, four or all five (I do five) fingers onto your right hand. The left hand is only there for a counter balance and should not effect the feel of the putter in your hand. Immediately go back and putt another ten balls from five feet using both hands and I think you will really see how the left hand has zero effect controlling the putter. I know that this is a bit like work and we want to have nothing but fun with golf and now is the time to go out and have fun knocking putts all over the green, 50 footers will show you how much more accurate you will be with this method. Talk to the many PGA pros we have here to dial in the best way to incorporate the overlap of the left hand onto the right if you have any questions about that aspect of this.

How about a golf lesson? Putting? It’s rather difficult to give a lesson on putting let alone doing it in writing but I’ll give it a go. Actually I’ll make it easy on myself and use Greg Norman. Norman was asked what was the best putting lesson he received and he said he never really got one. Sort of along the Harvey Penick school of learning golf. Get some balls and a club and go at it and practice. There have been hundreds of lessons and ways to try to get people to learn how to put the ball in the cup and most of them are somewhat valid but I think there is only one thing that is critical for nearly everybody and Norman surely did it.You must let your dominant hand control your magic wand of a putter (or maybe it will become magic if you let your dominant hand control the stick). For you right handers this will be the your right hand.

In the mid 80’s I built what I believe was one of the first if not the first over-size putter grip ( I am now using one of Mick Wittering and John Daly’s “Loudmouth” over-size grips, Mick feels the “loudmouth” moniker suits me fine). I fashioned it after the size of a pool cue as I was looking to try to take the hands and wrists out of the putting stroke. Everyone around the world that I showed it to agreed that it completely silenced the hands and allowed you to stroke the ball using the traditional pendulum action of allowing the shoulders to control the action of the swinging of the putter. This grip made it much more obvious how the right hand stabilized the putter and the shoulders controlled the swing. Even with that said, once you know how to feel the stabilizing control of your dominant hand on your putter, it doesn’t matter how you swing the club (hinging the wrists as some do instead of swinging the shoulders), you are going to putt more consistently and maybe need to bring up visions of Chi Chi Rodriquez attacking the hole with his putter as if it was a sword to make sure his long putt that settled into the bottom of the cup didn’t jump out and attempt to slay him. Yours Golfingly Tom

The “Reverse Overlap” is the traditional grip for putting and it really allows you to feel your dominant hand controlling the putter but at this point who really cares as I don’t even want you to use two hands when putting, at least for now. Get a half a dozen golf balls and stand five feet from the hole and put the putter in your right hand and then place your left hand in your left front pocket or rest it on your left hip if you don’t have a pocket. Now putt about 10-15 putts to the hole using only your right hand and feel how your dominant hand controls the putter. I equate the feeling to how your right hand controls a pool stick or feel as if your are using a sword, feel as if you are signing your name with a big pen or painting a masterpiece with a fine brush. Your left hand has nothing to do with it, it is all controlled by the right hand.



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14 DAYS OF COCKTAILS 7 - 20 February 2014 @ THB 159.- per glass Celebrating the loving season in spectacular mountain resort, Lemongrass at Banyan The Resort have been getting a little creative and have crafted the definitive Loving cocktail list: the 14 Days of Cocktails. Inspired by the famous Lover Street in UK and launching on Friday 7 February, a new cocktail will be introduced to the list every day, inspired by and named after the corresponding line from the popular loving street and song.

FEBRUARY’S SOCIAL CALENDAR Power Tee Competition Wednesday, 12 th February 2014

Culminating on Thursday 20 February, when all 14 Lover Cocktails will be available, this is the perfect way to gently ease into the Loving month whilst sampling some exquisite drinks along the way!!!




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Mil OWN Pool Villas in Hua Hin by Milford Estate


ilford Estate has a building experience of more than 30 years in Thailand, with prestigious projects such as the high rise Milford beach side condominium at Kao Tao

including a golf course. Other projects in and around Thailand are the luxury Laguna Villas and The Pride Condos in Hua Hin with developments in Phuket. Mil Pool Villas is a brand new development by Milford Estate in Hua Hin Soi 102, only 1.9 Kilometers from Hua Hin beach and few minutes away from town centre, Hua Hin Market Village, the Bangkok hospital, the night market and the new development of the Blue Port Resort mall.


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Mil Pool Villas offer and over all standard plot size of 195 sqm with 2 outstanding have type to choose from Mil Pool villas also offer a standard 3X6 m. private pool with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

• THE BEACH Thai residents can apply for mortgages through the partnership • HUA HIN TOWN with Thai bank to facilitate payment terms & foreigners can apply Tel: +66(0) 82-094-3000 for a 5 years mortgage with the project. • MARKET VILLAGE +66(0) 81-921-3213 A new phase with L-shaped villas and a conventional roof, 3 • BANGKOK Bedrooms and 3 Bathrooms in under construction. Prices start HOSPITAL Web: from THB 5.2 Million. Email: • NIGHT MARKET

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A New Giant Chinese Real Estate Project in Sam Roi Yot



hengdu Lansun Group is a modern enterprise of diversification, internationalization, and comprehensiveness, the headquarters of which locates

in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province. The company owns its business coverage of various fields, such as high-end property development operation, medical health maintenance and the aged care industry, industrial development operation service, financial industry, culture industry, cultural tourism industrial development operation, manufacturing

Hua Hin and Sam Roi Yot are the traditional holiday resort of the royal family of Thailand and the wonderful choice of international high-end leisure, which has a civilization of long standing with silver beaches, blue seas and breath taking landscapes. The first phase of the project has the land area of about 4 million square meters and we will give full play to Hua Hin’s advantages of history, natural scenery, locations and so on to build the project into a world-class international high-end leisure tourist destination.The self-sustaining township will be composed of high end Pool Villas, town houses and condominiums.

industry, government cooperation, international trade and international cooperation, and having a business scope spreading over many regions and countries, such as mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mongolia and Thailand. Lansun International (Thailand) Limited Company is a whollyowned subsidiary of Lansun Group that has been founded in Thailand, which is the strategic platform of Lansun Group to deal with business in Thailand are developing a fully self-sustainable town on the Sam Roi Yot coast.

A centrally, coastal clubhouse is embraced by the surrounding villas. In addition, supermarkets, schools and a hospital are planned.

Although this project has just started, APPROACH magazine was invited to join one of the sales parties. Lansun focuses on investors from South east Asia as well as Europe and the Americas.

The development consists of four phases of which phase one will be completed at the end of 2015. The entire project will be constructed over a 10 year´s plan.

The Sales & Marketing department of Lansun group flies groups of prospective investors from SEA to Bangkok and transport them in VIP style with buses to The Evason Resort where they are lodged several nights. Potential buyers are brought to the project to join in on a festive presentation of the project with an international & Chinese buffet along with Thai cultural performances.

The local government has widened the road to the project into a 4 lane highway. To get a close idea of the enormous magnitude of this project, take the road to Dolphin Bay and turn left where you see the Chinese written fences along the road.



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icholas Sparks is one of the New York Times bestselling romance/ drama novelists and most-read romance authors with over 89million books in print, in over 50 different languages. He has written 18 novels and one memoir. Eight of his novels have been made into movies, and the screen adaption of The Best of Me is to be released this year. Sparks lives in Nor th Carolina, USA, with his family and has founded the Nicholas Sparks Foundation to suppor t improved education curriculums. His Work “There are…some “certainties” in my novels: two people will fall in love, the story will be set in eastern North Carolina, and the ending will either be happy, bittersweet or tragic.” – Nicholas Sparks Many of Sparks’ stories are drawn from his relatives’ and personal experiences. His debut novel, The Notebook is based on his grandparents and A Walk to Remember was inspired by Sparks’ sister (the only novel Sparks claimed to have cried during the writing process). Probably because he takes events from the world around him to mould into fiction, Nicholas Sparks’ books follow protagonists whose lives feel real, whose obstacles are real and which both men and women can enjoy. Sparks has sold the film rights to many of his books and wrote the screenplay for The Last Song, incidentally before the he even wrote the book after a call from Disney looking for his next teen story. The films are emotional, beautiful and produced with convincing actors and sensational musical accompaniments. My Top Picks The Wedding, sequel to The Notebook, is told by Noah’s son-in-law, Wilson Lewis. After thir ty years of marriage, Wilson realises that the romance between himself and his wife Jane has vanished. But Wilson still loves her, and now he has to make Jane fall in love with him again. The story is beautiful and the least ‘heavy’ of Sparks’ novels. The book is written through a structure that will keep you guessing. The Choice is entirely different from The Wedding and is told from a third-person point of view. Travis Parker is a happy, satisfied bachelor, until Gabby moves in next door. Despite Gabby’s determination to despise him and her long term boyfriend that she believes she will marry, Travis continues to force his way into Gabby’s life setting them both on paths they never imagined they would travel. At the heart of the book, the ultimate question is, how far should a person go in the name of true love? Of the films, even though Message in a Bottle and Nights in Rodanthe are tragedies and not quite to my personal taste, they are still great films. The rest have bittersweet endings and the only film I didn’t enjoy was Dear John which felt as if it dragged just a little too much before reaching a more bitter than sweet ending. Teens will love A Walk to Remember and The Last Song, starring teenaged characters. The Notebook is a beautiful period classic albeit 2 hours long. And Safe Haven has a dangerous mystery behind it keeping the suspense wound tight and is very gripping.



by Zara Adcock Latest Book


n The Longest Ride Ira Levinson is 91 years old and in poor health finds himself stranded and isolated after a car crash. He is struggling to stay conscious until a blurry image of his beloved wife Ruth appears before him convincing him to hang on. Meanwhile after a recent breakup Sophia meets Luke, a cowboy very different from the boys she went to school with. Sophia and Luke are falling in love, but there are secrets threatening to destroy their future. Two different couples, with little in common, and yet their lives converge unexpectedly leading to difficult decisions and extraordinary journeys. Latest Film


n The Best Of Me Amanda and Dawson fell in love at 18. Each from other side of the track, they believed their romance would never end until unforseen events separated them. Twenty-five years later brought back to their home town for a funeral, Amanda and Dawson are forced to face painful memories and ask, can love truly rewrite the past? The Books 1996 The Notebook 1998 Message in a Bottle 1999 A Walk to Remember 2002 The Rescue 2002 Nights in Rodanthe 2003 The Guardian 2003 The Wedding (sequel to The Notebook) 2001 Three Weeks With My Brother (A memoir Co-written by Micah Sparks) 2001 A Bend In the Road 2003 True Believer 2005 At First Sight (sequel to True Believer) 2007 Dear John 2007 The Choice 2008 The Lucky One 2009 The Last Song 2010 Safe Haven 2010 The Best of Me 2013 The Longest Ride The Films 1999 2002 2004 2008 2010 2012 2012 2013 2014

Message In a Bottle Stars Kevin Costner, Robert Wright, Jean Penn A Walk to Remember Stars Shane West, Mandy Moore The Notebook Stars Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams Nights in Rodanthe Stars Richard Gere, Diane Lane Dear John Stars Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried The Last Song Stars Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear The Lucky One Stars Zac Efron, Taylor Shilling Safe Haven Stars Josh Duhmel, Julianne Hough The Best Of Me Stars Michelle Monoghan




labourers in Mumbai. To harness their energy and creativity at home, savings groups were incorporated and have remained a defining programme feature since 2001.

What is Aflatoun and where does it come from?


flatoun is a fireball from outer space. It inspires children to explore and engage with the world around them by means of activities, stories and games.

The global era began in 2005 when Aflatoun (Child Savings International) incorporated in Amsterdam. Jeroo, now a globally recognized social entrepreneur, used her Skoll Foundation Award to bring social and financial education to the world. To test whether the programme would work outside India, organisations in ten countries launched the programme. Once the Aflatoun programme model was developed, a Campaign for Social and Financial Education was launched in March 2008 by Princess Maxima of the Netherlands.

The name derives from India, where children named it after a funloving, good-hearted and slightly mischievous Bollywood movie character. Aflatoun is also the Arabic name for Plato, the Greek philosopher who promoted an idealistic notion of citizenship. Both seemed a fitting influence, so the name stuck.

The campaign’s ambitious goals were to reach one million children in 75 countries within three years and these targets were exceeded. In 2011, Aflatoun broadened its curriculum offering by providing a programme for youth called Aflateen. It also announced that its new strategic targets would be 10 million children reached by 2015.

On earth, Aflatoun started in Mumbai, India where in 1991 as an action research project by Jeroo Billimoria, working at the Tata School of Social Studies. They began working with schools to bring rich and poor children together to learn about each others’ lives.

Dream and Goal

In 1993 the programme was given new urgency and a broader moral imperative when inter-ethnic riots shook Mumbai. The programme responded by focusing on combating prejudice and discrimination through rights education. Expansion out of the city and into rural areas led to another key influence.The most entrepreneurial children were leaving the country and becoming street children and child APPR OACH M AGAZINE

Children have enormous potential.They have judgement, act on their own, lead others, or work as part of a team. These are skills that are often underdeveloped or go unnoticed, despite the profound impact that these abilities may have on their future and the world... 56

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KIDS & EDUCATION flatoun is a fireball from outer space. It inspires children to explore and engage with the world around them by means of activities, stories and games. The name derives from India, where children named it after a funloving, good-hearted and slightly mischievous Bollywood movie character. Aflatoun is also the Arabic name for Plato, the Greek philosopher who promoted an idealistic notion of citizenship. Both seemed a fitting influence, so the name stuck.

street children and child labourers in Mumbai. To harness their energy and creativity at home, savings groups were incorporated and have remained a defining programme feature since 2001. The global era began in 2005 when Aflatoun (Child Savings International) incorporated in Amsterdam. Jeroo, now a globally recognized social entrepreneur, used her Skoll Foundation Award to bring social and financial education to the world. To test whether the programme would work outside India, organisations in ten countries launched the programme. Once the Aflatoun programme model was developed, a Campaign for Social and Financial Education was launched in March 2008 by Princess Maxima of the Netherlands.

On earth, Aflatoun started in Mumbai, India where in 1991 as an action research project by Jeroo Billimoria, working at the Tata School of Social Studies.They began working with schools to bring rich and poor children together to learn about each others’ lives. In 1993 the programme was given new urgency and a broader moral imperative when inter-ethnic riots shook Mumbai. The programme responded by focusing on combating prejudice and discrimination through rights education. Expansion out of the city and into rural areas led to another key influence. The most entrepreneurial children were leaving the country and becoming

The campaign’s ambitious goals were to reach one million children in 75 countries within three years and these targets were exceeded. In 2011, Aflatoun broadened its curriculum offering by providing a programme for youth called Aflateen. It also announced that its new strategic targets would be 10 million children reached by 2015.

Power of Love International Church

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The power of Love collects food for the SLUMS of Hua Hin. Please bring any donations of rice, canned meats, canned fish, shampoo, soaps, clothes, second hand clothes, household items and furniture to our office in soi 88. As you go over the railway track, our church offices are on the left about 170 Metres. The offices are above IQ Salon. You can drop them off there any day! 9 am until 5pm. We visit the slums regularly, normally on a Tuesday evening. Please call us to check when we are going next. Or visit us on Facebook @ The Power Of Love Church.

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Recipes LIME CHICKEN Challenge Rate: 2/5



1/5 = easy and quick 2/5= simple 3/5= simple but takes effort/time 4/5= challenging 5/5=difficult and/or time consuming

• 500g organic free-range chicken wings • 2 fresh organic limes • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and left whole • Sea Salt and Black Pepper • Organic extra-virgin olive oil


Easy Chicken Dinners Tip: Use organic ingredients, free-range eggs and sea salt where possible as it is tastier, better for our health and the earth. Each ingredient that I have labelled organic has previously been found in Hua Hin as organic. Biodynamic, unsprayed, chemical-free and wild-crafted, are also good choices. This month I will show you three ways to cook chicken fillets, drumettes and wings with vegetables for a healthy and easy home-cooked meal to serve 4 people. Enjoy!

Preheat the oven to 160 Degrees C. Line a baking dish with baking paper. Rinse and drain the chicken wings and lay in dish. Pour a drizzle of olive oil over them, add sea salt and pepper to your liking and rub seasoning into chicken. Pour on freshly squeezed lime juice and throw some lime rind and garlic into the dish for aromatic flavouring. Bake for an hour until the meat is cooked through and the chicken is golden on top.

PAPRIKA CHICKEN Challenge Rate: 3/5


• 3 tbsp. ground paprika • Sea Salt and Black Pepper • Organic extra-virgin olive oil • Rice Bran oil • 500g organic free-range chicken fillets • ½ cup organic unbleached flour

HONEY AND SOY CHICKEN Challenge Rate: 1/5



Rinse and drain chicken fillets and place on a plate. Pour a light drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of sea salt over them then rub into chicken. In a bowl combine flour, paprika, salt and pepper. Heat a fry pan on the stove, grease with rice bran oil. Cover each piece of chicken in the flour mix and then fry the fillets on the pan, on each side until white, crispy and cooked through. Sprinkle any remaining flour onto the chicken, into the pan whilst cooking. Optional Step: Instead of using olive oil you may rub the chicken fillets in an egg mix with salt and black pepper before coating them in flour, if you feel the chicken needs the egg for the flour to stick.

• 500g organic free-range chicken drumettes • ½ cup pure soy sauce • 1 ½ tbsp. raw organic honey • Organic extra-virgin olive oil • 1 tsp. sesame seeds


Preheat the oven to 160 Degrees C. Line a baking dish with baking paper. Pour a light drizzle of olive oil on the bottom of the lined dish. Rinse and drain chicken drumettes and add to dish. Pour soy sauce and honey onto the chicken, then rub and mix in well. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Bake for an hour until the meat is cooked through and the chicken is golden on top.

VEGETABLES To complete the meal prepare some vegetables. It is best to choose vegetables in season to use. Enjoy!



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PUZZLE FUN! Word Search Challenge:


Sports and Exercise

How many sports can you find spelt and hidden in the Word Search Challenge?

What did one math book say to another? My problems are bigger than yours. * Why couldn’t the athlete listen to her favourite music? Because she broke the record. * “Waiter, waiter, what’s this?” “It’s the tomato surprise you ordered,” “But I can’t see any tomato.” “Yes, that’s the surprise.”

Spot the 8 Differences

For answers see back of magazine Puzzle Fun page by Zara Adcock Copyright © 2013 Zara Adcock APPR OACH M AGAZINE


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Shen-nong and the

Camellia Tree by Zara Adcock


hen-nong hauled firewood to a small clearing in the deep green mountain’s side and worked on setting it alight to boil his pot of water. The practice was a simple meditation accompanied by the distant trickling stream, the birds hopping from branch to branch, and life’s very essence abuzz in the plants. Once satisfied with his fire, Shen-nong leaned against the forked trunk of the close by Camellia tree and quickly dozed off.While he dreamed he was a bird soaring over the mountain range, a breeze swept through the clearing, tugging leaves from the Camellia tree and carrying them in the air. The breeze faltered and the leaves fluttered into Shen-nong’s pot of boiling water. Shen-nong awoke to an unfamiliar scent and ambled over to his pot. He noticed the leaves and sniffed the enticing aroma. He decided he would try the fragrant water and dipped his cup into the pot. He sipped it. It was delicious. Shen-nong’s inner knowings assured him it was not poison. And so he drank some more, and more, until the cup was empty. The drowsiness he had felt from setting up his little camp left him. The special water was prompting his body back to life and so Shen-nong asked the tree if he could take some leaves on his way. The tree rustled gently and Shen-nong thanked it with deep gratitude, pocketing a handful of leaves. Note: This tale is based on one of the legends of how Shen-nong, the Divine farmer and legendary originator of Chinese herbal medicine, discovered the Camellia Sinensis tree.

Dear Readers, Please feel free to visit my newly launched website, where you can find out all about my writing and stay up to date with the progress of The Sword of Stars. – Zara Adcock




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urniture, may it be ornamental, functional or practical reflects the tastes and style, the way of living of society of a cer tain period. Each piece has its own meaning and place, thereby

characterizing a person, the environment and period of time. Fabrice Zuber is the owner and managing director of his family business in Hua Hin that solely deals with rare and unique aged furniture. Their store is located on Petschkasem Road slightly South of Market Village and Bangkok Hospital with a brilliant display of their wares including seating arrangements, cupboards and chests. Most of these pieces are more than 80 years old and were handmade, which in return make them precious and rare. As a child, in Geneva where Fabrice was born, he was always around antique furniture as his parents shared an affinity toward such pieces. As a young entrepreneur in Hua Hin, he embraced his own passion with the creation of this business under the patronage and guidance of his parents, already at early age. Fabrice resources books for inspirational purchases and updating his knowledge. Touch of Life guides you through your own ideas with recommendations to achieve your classy interior decoration.

Unique Antique furniture from TIBET, INDIA THAILAND, INDONESIA and Exclusive Indoor and Outdoor furniture.


Fiberglass Animals

Tel: +66 (0) 32 533 525 Mob: +66 (0) 83 3120 063 Email:

“There is no sincerer love than the love for food!” (George Bernard Shaw)

• Homemade German, international and Thai food at reasonable prices. • All day breakfast, all day lunch and daily specials. • More than 30 kinds of imported beers from Germany, England and Denmark. • Delicatessen shop with a large selection of ham, sausages and cheeses. • Imported beers, ciders, fine wines and spirits, all at wholesale price.

Let us be your partner in all matters of food and beverages. Check out our assortment on stock and the possibility to order on demand.

Address: 12/1 Srasong Road (next to shopping mall) Tel: 032-530-067 Email: Web: Facebook: Twitter:

DIRECTORY EMERGENCY NUMBERS Ambulance Red Cross Police Police (English speaking) Tourist Police ( English) Fire Brigade

032 532 576 032 512 567 191 032 51 5995 1155 & 032 515 995 199

HOSPITALS San Paolo Hua Hin Hospital Bangkok Hospital BH Emergency: Hua Hin Pet Hospital

032 532 576-85 032 520 401 032 616 800 032 616 888 032 530 213

TOURIST SERVICE Tourist Organisation TAT Tourist information

032 471 005-6 032 611 491

TRANSPORT Railway Station Hua Hin Bus Station Hua Hin Airport Taxi to Bangkok – Mr. Somchai

032 512 770, 032 511 073 032 514 477 032 520 343 089 208 0354

MUNICIPALITY Hua Hin Land Department Hua Hin Local Government Hua Hin Water Board Hua Hin Power Board

032 536 164, 032 512 407 032 512 340, 032 532 471 032 511 677 032 512 215, 032 513 165

OTHERS Wildlife Rescue Centre Seaview Academy Hua Hin

032 458135 085 287 5424, 080 558 5222

PUZZLE ANSWERS Spot The 8 Differences Answers 1. An extra candle to the right of the stack. 2. Rubik’s Cube showing red side. 3. Blue and Red Juggling Balls swapped places. 4. Clock Hands changed. 5. First book from the left upside down. 6. Fifth book from the left not showing spine. 7. Extra black book on the far right. 8. Red APPROACH magazine in the middle of pile.


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House for Sale

Jaguar XJ 5.3 Coupé

Only 2,262 cars in total of its 2-door XJ. V12 Engine, in original condition and has only 45,081 miles on the clock. Call Ralph: 085-214-2274 or email:


Land for Sale!

4 bedrooms, 3 En-Suite bathrooms. Large high ceilings in the big living areas and master bedroom. Very big living and dining area with separate entertainment room/office. Air-con in all rooms. Fully fitted European kitchen plus separate outside kitchen area. Nice size garden with 8x4 private pool and Jacuzzi. Large terrace and Double car-port. Corner plot on 24 hour security resort with amenities. Wireless connection and European satellite TV. 8 minute drive from town and beach on Soi 112

Price: 7,900,000 THB

20 Rai with Chanot Located next to Black Mountain Golf Course. THB 800,000 per Rai, Call: 085-214-2274

Villa for Sale

Perfect maintained fully furnished villa located in Soi 112.

- 3 Bedrooms with AC, 3 Bath - Swimming Pool - Carport - 24 Hour Security - Living Area: 175 m2 - Land Area: 450 m2 Price: 5.5 M THB

Property Listings Required! Welcome to our new property office on Soi 94. We need new properties: For

Sale - For Rent - in Soi 94

We speak Scandinavian, English and Thai.

Official Dealer

Official Dealer

Email: Tel: 085-826-0610 Web:

Hua Hin Property Agent ‘ Experience is key ’

Custom Clubmakers Custom Fitting & Repair Centre

• Club Repair & Re-Gripping • Personal Service • Premium Quality

Yong Heng Chinese Medicine

• Sizes for Adults & Kids Petchkasem Road

Yong Heng contains 33 different herbs and has

Chat Chai Market


medicine named Yong Heng.

Hua Hin Golf Shop


I am the distributor of Chinese, ancient herb

Soi 68


a proven record. It helps Hair Growth, Lowers

Night Market Market

H u a H i n G o lf S h o p Rieb Tang Rod Fai Rd. Hua Hin Soi 68-70 Prachuabkhirikhan 77110 Tel: 032-512-919 Mob: 089-911-1559 (Thai)

High Blood Sugar, good for the Hearth and Joints. For more information, testimonies and other products please contact:




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For more info call Mick: 081-736-9462


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A beautiful restaurant set in a stunning location, The Bubble Restaurant offers infused flavours from the Far East blended with the style and sophistication of the West. Enjoy tantalising organic food with a delicious cool drink or a glass of full-bodied wine with your friends or family.

An amazing experience awaits you.

Contact no. : +66 (0) 88 709 1445 Address : Baan Ing Phu, 207 Moo 7, Nong Hieng, Hin Lek Fai, Hua Hin


“Voted best residential development in Hua Hin”


Contact person : Peter Ton Contact no. : +66 (0)89-039-0966 Contact email :



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