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MAGAZINE HUA HIN ISSUE 16: MAY 2014

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do need to apologize to the Queens of Jazz as APPROACH inserted wrong pictures and placed Ella Fitzgerald where she should not have been and a picture of Billy Holiday totally missing. It was D. Jazz alias Mephisto alias Rene that woke me up but the magazine was already at the printer. To make up, for this, APPROACH is working hand in hand with Mephisto and The Banyan Resort to bring two top international superstar ensembles to town on May 12th. Both Beyond Blues Quartet and Philippe Sellam Trio enjoy world fame and were more or less kidnapped ( they didn´t mind) on their way from Paris to KL where they will perform at the National Malaysian Jazz festival. This one time fantastic concert will attract Jazz lovers from all over Thailand and promises to go down into Thai Jazz history. Hua Hin is really getting crowded these days, roads on weekends are mainly blocked. It took me 45 minutes from the fly over at Soi 112 to get out of town towards Cha Am. In addition some short cuts along our famous Klong, Hua Hin river, are in a disastrous condition and other projects are being moved forward where it is really not needed whilst roads like Soi 112 have been widened, filled up with gravel and sand, watered daily but no asphalt or concrete in sight. Shops and homes are full of dust and nothing moves forward. No use complaining as there is really no explanation. I recommend to get out of town and enjoy a day at the beach, for example at the Anantasila where you can linger all day long, get served in style on the beach and return home when traffic is bearable.

The women´s club of Hua Hin celebrated their first anniversary at the Anantara Resort with a gala buffet dinner and cabaret show, beautiful ladies….I wonder if they were…danced and performed whilst The Voizez, a top Filipino band fulfilled our romantic and dance endeavours. The women´s club has been collecting for charity, underprivileged kids and supported by the Hua Hin Hospital and generous Gerard Mosselman (GMoss) contributions from our main Hotels and Chief Editor - Director our lord major personally. Local events such as musical events , multi cultural evenings and society lunches are becoming more popular and contribute towards Hua Hin waking up. Fortunately, thanks to the residentiality of our beloved King and Queen, Hua Hin has remained a peaceful jewel on the Gulf coast and we are all proud of it. Yours truly , GMoss PS. Get your ticket and/or reservation for the International Superstar Jazz event at the Banyan Resort on May 12th by contacting : Khun Nok at the Banyan : 081 777 8904 or Rene at 081 007 5539. Besides the performance of Beyond Blues Quartet od Dominique DiPiazza and Philippe Sellam Trio, an international buffet dinner will be served with a welcome glass of wine of your choice for just THB 1,100 per person. Jazzy kids under 10 years of age are free but get no wine .

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Hua Hin Society

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International Top Jazz at Banyan

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Where to Go in Hua Hin!

16

Kingdom of Bhutan

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Bangkok, the City of Angels

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Birds of Thailand: The Indian Roller

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Street Dog Lovers’ Carnival

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The History of Thailand’s Economy

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Cool Stuff

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The 35th Bangkok Motor Show

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Adoption in Thailand

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Chef of the Month: Carlo Vitanza

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Culinary Classics at Dusit Thani

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Classical Concert at Hyatt Regency

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Hotel & Restaurant Promotions

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The Real Truth about Coconut

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The Bold and the Beautiful

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Pitch in for the Kids

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Masters Augusta Flash Back

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Parkour Camp

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World Wish Day

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Zara’s Recipes

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Puzzle Fun!

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Fiction: The Giant Bookworm

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Approach Review

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Map of Hua Hin

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Classifieds

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HUA HIN SOCIETY

MCC, as USUAL – Loud – Sumptious – Connecting – Ultra Social and lots of fun!

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his time held at the Amari Shoreline, more than 200 guests signed up for Lizzy´s traditional Multi Cultural gathering on each 28 of the month. In the mean time this has become a must and in April it was held again at the Amari Shoreline. However, sumptuous dinner buffet with cheeses and salmon, freshly baked bread and pastry. Western and Thai buffet delicacies and slimness damaging desserts. A free flow of wines until 10:00 pm when Rock and Roll ruled the dance floor where Jo Ann and her two guys entertained the guests with Latin American Sambas, Boleros, Rock and Twist.

OPEN Italian DAILY 9.00 -19.00 Restaurant Grappa TAKE AWAYLa20/5,20. ITALIAN FOOD DELICATESSEN, Poolsuk Rd. Hua Hin

Red Cross “Dance for Health”

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Tel : +66(0) 32 516 510 www : lagrappa-ristorante.com

Email : info@lagrappa-ristorante.com WINE SELECTION, SCANDINAVIA HOME

he charity event for HIV sufferers who received much

WARE PRODUCTS. French Restaurant

needed help, support and care from the Thai Red Cross AIDS

Research Center was held April 5th at Amari Hotel Hua Hin. With positive feedback and requests to repeat the Charity event, The

Le Bistro 214 Petchkasem Rd., Hua Hin Tel : +66(0)32 900 143 www.facebook.com/lebistrohuahin

Address: 214Italian Petckasem Rd, Amphoe Hua Hin (Soi 84) Restaurant Email: gastro@lagrappa-ristorante.com Tel:La Wine 032 900 Bar &478 Shop Mob: 098 260 2456 Grappa 20/5,20. Poolsuk Rd. Hua Hin Web: www.lagrappa-ristorante.com Mondo Tel Vino :Co.,Ltd. +66(0) 32 516 510 22/65 Naeb Kaehat Rd., Hua Hin Facebook: Gastro Hua Hin by La Grappa www : 493 lagrappa-ristorante.com Tel : +66(0) 32 531

Email : romain@lebistrohuahin.com

Red Cross hopes to be able to do this before the end of this year. There was generous support and participation from all over Hua Hin.

www : mondovino.co.th Email : info@lagrappa-ristorante.com Email : info@mondovino.co.th

Lizzy’s Corner

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iebe Freunde, es ist schon eine Weile her das der Jerry Monjet Gilah mich mit meine Ecke in APPROACH MAGAZINE hatte. Er hat sich entschuldigt und wurde nicht vergeben. Auf alle Fälle wollte ich hier euch Allen bedanken für eure Treue und Teilnahme and unsere Events. Der MCC hat sich sehr positif entwickeld und Mittlerweile sind wir fast über 200 regelmäßige Gäste! Hilton, Hyatt und Amari haben sich sehr bemüht uns stehts das beste zu servieren und auch das Personal hat uns immer super betreut.Vielen Dank Michael, Sammy (2x) und Christoph und Mario. Unser Sammy Peter hat uns verlassen und bewegt sich jetzt im Garten des Hilton Singapore.

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French Restaurant Wo der Michael abgeblieben ist wissen wir nichr aber dafür bleibt uns der Christoph aus Fischkopia Le Bistro 214 Petchkasem Hua Hin und Sammy CarolusRd., erhalten. Tel : +66(0)32 900 143 Unser www.facebook.com/lebistrohuahin diplomaten MCC ist im Klong gefallen Email : romain@lebistrohuahin.com nachdem es aus organisatorischen Gründe verschoben werden musste. Es gibt einige Nachrichten und Ankündigungen die Ihr von mir Wine Bar & Shop bekommt, meisstens für Charity Zwecke. Vielen Dank für eure Beiträge den die weniger Mondo Vino Co.,Ltd. 22/65 Naeb Kaehat Rd., Hua Hin Priviligierten werden kaum von der Regierung Tel : +66(0) 32 531 493 unterstützt und brauchen unsere Hilfe. www : mondovino.co.th Email :uns info@mondovino.co.th Wir sehen spätestens beim nächstten Multi Culti.........TCHÜÜÜÜsss. Eure Lizzy


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Polo at the Beach ASIAN`S ONLY BEACH POLO THAILAND

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he Hua Hin beach polo championship at

A Grandstand allowed spectators to escape the

the Intercontinental was back in Hua Hin

fierce April sunshine. As “Noblesse Obliges”, the

on the 19th of April, Players from several

Intercontinental under guidance of the award winning

countries competed for a trophy from HRH Princess

GM KhunBirgit and her PR, FB & Events team displayed

Bajrakitiyabha. The

fifth

Asian

Beach

Polo

Championship

InterContinental-B. Grimm 2014 featured four teams from Thailand, Macao & Hong Kong and Malaysia. The competition took place on the beachfront of the InterContinental Hua Hin Resort on April 19 at 2pm. The winner of the Tournament was Macau and the runner up Hong Kong The set up on the beach was ideal for invited guests from the Intercontinental and spectators wandering on the beach.

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a splendid evidence of a high society polo event. Movie stars and High So representatives of the Bangkok scene lightened up the illustrate crowd. The day

concluded with a gala dinner party and

charity auction from 6-9pm, held under the theme “Hua Hin Sweet Old Days”. The event raised funds for the Kamlangjai Project initiated by the princess to provide support to help rehabilitate female prisoners after their release.


HOTELS

Honeymoon Packages

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ape & Kantary Hotels is introducing new honeymoon packages at three of its locations in Hua Hin, Phuket and Khao Lak.

The honeymoon packages also include exquisite private dinners on the beach as well as free couples massage and free sparkling wine at selected locations. Prices star t at Baht 16,500 for five days four nights at the picturesque secluded paradise in Kantary Beach, Khao Lak to Baht 83,900 for five days four nights at the luxurious Cape Nidhra in the Royal seaside town of Hua Hin.

Sweet Suite Package at Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket Cape Suite accommodation - 5 Days 4 Nights at THB 26,900 net - 3 Days 2Nights at THB 17,900 net Package includes: - Welcome drinks - Fruit basket, Honeymoon cake, a bed of roses - Private dinner for two on the beach 60 minutes Siamese Touch Massage at Cape Spa for two

Book your dream honeymoon at http:// honeyteeringthailand.com/ or for more information please contact 02-2253 3791-7 Ext.0, 123 or visit at www.capekantaryhotels.com.

Forever Sweet Package at Cape Nidhra Hotel, Hua Hin

An Andaman Affair Package at Kantary Beach Hotel, Khao Lak

Nidhrarom Suite accommodation

Villa accommodation

- 5 Days 4 Nights at THB 83,900 net

- 5 Days 4 Nights at THB 16,500net

- 3 Days 2 Nights at THB 44,900 net

Package includes: - Sunset cocktails for two - Fruit basket, , Honeymoon cake, a bed of roses - Private dinner for two on the beach - Complimentary use of biking and water sport equipment

Package includes: - Welcome drink for two - 1 bottle of sparkling wine - Fruit basket, Honeymoon cake, a bed of roses, - Private dinner for two on the beach - Complimentary laundry service - 45 minutes Siamese Touch Massage at Cape Spa for two

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For more information please contact: Kulisara Udorn, PR Executive, Cape & Kantary Hotels Tel: 02-253-3791-7 Ext. 215; Mobile: 080-210-2068 E-mail: pr-executive2@capekantaryhotels.com

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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: info@carlo-huahin.com Website: www.carlo-huahin.com


MUSIC

International Top Jazz at The Banyan Resort MEPHISTO JAZZ & BANYAN BRING SENSATIONAL JAZZ TO HUA HIN.

Blues & Beyond Quartet

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he Blues & Beyond Quartet with Dominique DiPiazza was born in 2010, after a concert at the Sunset Jazz Club, in Paris.

The inner idea is simple: bring together four outstanding musicians, from different cultures, generations, styles, and federate on a musical project starting from the Blues, and exploring various kinds of world music. A mixture rich in colors, different shades of Blues & Jazz, in a unity of tone & Swing. The rythm section proposes an incredible impressive groove, enabling melodies and choruses to develop in a delicate and yet energic dynamic, on beats coming from all over the world. In 2008, The legendary John McLaughlin called upon Dominique’s talents for a European tour with The 4th Dimension, also including Gary Husband on keys and percussion, and Mark MondÊsir on drums. Together the band played more than 30 concerts all across Europe and released a DVD Live @ Belgrade. Another show featured Dominique with McLaughlin in India, in a group called The Floating Point, which included Ranjit Barot, Louis Banks, Shashank, Naveen Kumar and Shankar Mahadevan.

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dominiQue diPiazza Dominique has made more than 350 concerts Worldwide mit John Mc Laughlin Trio in the 80´s. Says John Mc Laughlin “ Dominique is one of the best electric jazz player in the world” The Blues & Beyond Quartet consists of : Yannick Robert on the guitar - Sébastien Charlier on the diatonic harmonica - Dominique DiPiazza on the bass - Yoann Schmidt on the drums

Philippe Sellam New Trio has created music for many TV and radio credits and advertisements as well as run many workshops and master classes. Philippe recorded more than 70 albums. Philippe Sellam is a co-leader of NOJAZZ band whose first album was producted by Teo Macero (producer of Miles Davis), the second album featuring Stevie Wonder, Maurice White (Earth, Wind and Fire), Mino Cinelu. The Philippe Sellam trio consists of: Philippe Sellam variety of Saxophones - Fred Dupont at the Organ and sharing Yoann Schmitt on the drums. This Jazz event promises to be a historical milestone in the musical history of Hua Hin with a never before star studded ensembles. The Banyan Resort & Spa, as main sponsor and Mephisto Jazz have left no wishes open as far as the setting and culinary and musical wishes of the guests are concerned. Previously, the Banyan has hosted stars such as Eugen Montenero, one of the world leading Jazz guitarists, Katlijne van Otterloo Ensemble and Nissa Jazz Group. Mephisto Jazz is the agent of international top Jazz artists and also contributed to the organization of several South East Asian Jazz festivals. For reservations simply call the Banyan Resort directly and reserve your ticket. Tickets are THB 1,100 including a welcome glass of wine at your table.

Date: 12 May, 2014 APPROACH MAGAZINE

Contact : Banyan Resort – +66 (0) 32 538 877 or 32 538 888 – fbmgr@banyanthailand.com

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TRAVEL

Where to Go & What to Do! The Hash House Harriers

Every Saturday afternoon the Hash House Harriers get together for a 1 hour run and walk through the Thai countryside. Cost is THB150 for Drinkers, and THB100 for non drinkers, Kids under 10 are free, and costs include the “Run” and all associated drinks at the run. Attendees range in age from 2 to 75. Contact : Peter 086 898 2664

The Hutsadin Elephant Foundation and Trekking

Hutsadin Elephant Foundation offers the visitor a variety of attractions. At present we have 3 elephants available for trekking. Each trek can be half an hour or an hour and you will be taken through the surrounding areas. They are on top of the hill going from Hua Hin City to Pala U waterfall on Nognplub rd.

Santorini Waterpark

Just after Cha Am on the way to Petchaburi – Bangkok. Great fun and good food. There is a playground for kids at your disposal that can play and enjoy themselves with safety. The Water Park is available for any event and party in this unique environment in which ‘water’ plays a key role and facilities will surely surprise you.

Kite Boarding – Kite Surfing

Hua Hin hosts a main spot. The authentic city with its long sandy beaches is well known as the no.1 Kite spot in Thailand. You`ll find best windy conditions here! Season starts in October and ends in May.

Kaeng Krachan National Park

This Thailand’s most extensive national park occupies a largely unexplored area of 2,915 square kilometers (720,312 acres). KaengKrachan was declared a national park on 12 June 1981. The park is located 53.5 kilometers from the city and is 3 kilometers beyond KhueanKaengKrachan (KaengKrachan Dam) where there are a plenty of water activities such as cruising along the reservoir or fishing. With the large area of forests, camping and trekking are also popular activities here. The highest peak called Panerntung is the spot of the most picturesque scene which is the sea of fog during rainy and winter season. KaengKrachan is also famous for its natural diversity and beautiful waterfalls. Visitors can enjoy seeing rare type of birds and millions of butterflies during summer.

The North Kiteboarding Club is the meeting point for kiters and the ones who want to become kite surfers in Thailand. Full Equipment Packages available to rent or test without any waiting times 101/9 Suksamran Project House, Pechakasem Road, Hua Hin 77110, Thailand. 083 438 3833 Hua Hin Kitesurfing

Hua Hin kitesurfing center is located in Soi 83 in Hua Hin, just 3 km south of city center and we have a center next to the Hyatt hotel. To get directions give us a call at +66 (0)87 082 3058

Khao Luang Cave

Black Mountain Water Park

This enormous cave system is reached by climbing a series of steps, into the front entrance of the cave. With natural sunlight coming through some of the caves roof openings, you’ll see incredible Buddha statues, commissioned to be built by King Rama V. It also used to be a favorite spot for Royal picnics. There’s even a myth, which says the cave is actually the doorway to a mythical village where the only people who live there are beautiful young Thai women with no husbands. Highway 3301, Nong Phlab, Hua Hin, Thailand

The brightly coloured Disney-esque structure of Hua Hin’s newest attraction beckons from a distance. Only about 10 kms from town on the Pala-U Road, the twin facilities of water park and wakeboard arena is perfect for families or group of friends to chill out and cool down without hitting the beach. Good food.

Khao Hin Lek Fai

Located approximately 3 kilometers West of town, Khao Hin Lek Fai is a place to see a spectacular view of the entire town. The morning is the best time to see the picturesque view of the surroundings.

Chopsticks Hill (Khao Takiab)

is a favourite site to visit for tourists to take in the sights and view the large families of monkeys here. A few years back the monkeys seemed to be just at the top of the mountain around the bottom of the temple area, but now there are groups of them all around and down the hill almost to the fishing boat area. So “chopsticks hill” is quite interesting. And at the “bottom” of the hill the eating places near the fishing boats are very reasonably priced compared with say the night market in Hua Hin if not quite as salubrious

Pala-U Waterfall

This cascade is found on the south side of Kaeng Krachan National Park, some 60kms west of Hua Hin. The park is one of the largest in Thailand and sits right next to the Burmese (Myanmar) border. It is a beautiful spot to visit. You will pass through stunning countryside and hills on your drive there that will only take 1 hour from Hua Hin.

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Fishing

Hua Hin Fishing Lodge if you fancy some fishing and you want to bring the family. The Hua Hin Fishing lodge has two fishing ponds, the upper pond and the lower pond. Both ponds have a casting deck and hand wash facilities. The lower pond is recommended for the more serious angler or those who want a challenge with some sporting action. There is a total of at least 39 different fish varieties across both ponds. There is also a restaurant and a children’s play ground at the lodge The Greenfield Valley Fishing & Cottage Just a 5-minute drive from The Banyan Golf Course, Greenfield Valley Fishing Resort offers accommodation with cable TV channels and balconies with lake/garden views. 2 fishing lakes are available. Air-conditioned bungalows and cottages come equipped with a tea/coffee maker and fridge. Guests can enjoy exploring the surroundings with free bicycles provided by the resort. A tour desk assists with sightseeing arrangements. Airport shuttle services can be arranged. For dining options, Greenfield Valley Resort’s restaurant offers drinks, and a variety of authentic Thai cuisine and Western dishes

Biking – Cycling - ATV – Go Karting

Hua Hin Bike Tours - is operating boutique bicycle tours in the Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan area and offering bicycle adventure tours along the “Royal Coast of Thailand”. Enjoy some of Thailand’s best cycling routes along hundreds of kilometers of beach front with amazing views of the Gulf of Thailand, tropical fruit plantations, fishing villages, and coastal mountains. Velo Huahin to either rent one of their premium hybrid or mountain bikes or take one of their amazing bicycle tours in the Hua Hin, Cha Am, and Pranburi areas. They have tours to suit riders of all levels and can modify the tours to fit the riders preference. The Cha Am ATV Park has three tracks with sharp curves, tall speed breakers and few bamboo bridges to test your riding skills. Track A is for practicing, learning correct driving skills, test driving and learning intensive care controlling i.e. careful use of accelerator, reducing the speed, breaking or stopping, turning, balancing, learning road signs, warnings, and directions. Track B is to have fun driving the ATV cars on adventurous, curving, uneven, and steep roads, which challenge your ability. To put to good use your skills gained from Track A and apply them to use on this track. There is an outside track cross country. Go Kart Track - Go Kart Hua Hin is located 6 kilometres from the Hua Hin city centre. At high speeds the track is a challenge for even the most experienced go-karters. The 700 meter long track is twice as long as the average go kart track elsewhere. The kart and drivers are timed with the ROC Professional Lap Timing System. When the race is over, the drivers are given printouts showing the total time, laps, best lap, top speed and so on..

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Hua Hin Hills Vineyard

There is a real vineyard in Hua Hin. It’s about 40 km away from Hua Hin into the mountains area on the way to the as Pala U water fall. It is recommend to take a taxi or ask your concierge as the road is not in perfect condition

The nature park of Sam Roi Yot

Literally meaning “the mountain with 300 peaks”, it is only a 45 minute drive south of Hua Hin and east of Pranburi. The whole area is of prime ecological importance for Thailand. Limestone mountains rise up to 605 meters from the coastal marshes making it a topographical wonder.

The Mountains and Valleys of Keang Krachang Nature Park and Sam Roi Yot Nature Park

The weather up in the mountainsis not too hot. The friendly staff at the wine bar offer a tasting of their wines called Monsoon Valley that is made from the grapes grown at the vineyard. The wines are great especially the White Shiraz and Colombard. They also have grape juice. Fantastic views at the vineyard valley which is surrounded by mountains. The Hua Hin Hills Vineyard offers a tour of the vineyard on the back of an elephant. Hua Hin Hills Vineyard is worth a trip and suitable for all type of visitors.

Hua Hin Night Market

Set up on a couple of downtown Hua Hin streets, it’s open every night until around 11pm. Street food stall owners set up plastic tables and chairs and, here, you can get some of the most delicious local food in Thailand. Find one of the homemade ice cream stalls with original coconut ice cream. At Hua Hin Night Market, you’ll see stalls full of bags, jewelry, pillow cases, watches, DVDs, CDs and many other articles. You will need to bargain and you’ll get a good price. There is a lot more to be seen and visit in Hua Hin. Ask a tour guide to take you to all the different places we missed out on our brief review.

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The

Kingdom of

Bhutan

TRAVEL TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD.

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ucked away and secluded high the Eastern Himalayas, the ancient Kingdom of Bhutan slumbers with it´s unique customs and people with deeply held beliefs. Besides the stunning natural scenery, the enduring

image of the country for most visitors is the strong sense of culture and tradition that binds the kingdom and clearly distinguishes it from its larger neighbors. The national language is Bhutanese (Dzongkha), one of 53 languages in the Tibetan language family. English is taught in schools and as a tourist you can communicate in English although it is highly recommended to hire a tour guide at all times. The land consists mostly of steep and high mountains crisscrossed by a network of swift rivers, which form deep valleys before draining into the Indian plains. Elevation rises from 200 m in the southern foothills to more than 7,000 m. This great geographical diversity combined with equally diverse climate conditions contributes to Bhutan’s outstanding range of biodiversity and ecosystems. APPROACH MAGAZINE

The highest point in Bhutan is Gangkhar Puensum at 7,570 metres , which has the distinction of being the highest unclimbed mountain in the world.

Eating in Bhutan Rice, buckwheat, and increasingly maize, are the staples of Bhutanese cuisine. The local diet also includes pork, beef, yak meat, chicken, and mutton. Soups and stews of meat and dried vegetables spiced with chillies and cheese are prepared. Ema datshi, made very spicy with cheese and chilies, might be called the national dish for its ubiquity and the pride that Bhutanese have for it. Dairy foods, particularly butter and cheese from yaks and cows, are also popular, and indeed almost all milk is turned to butter and cheese. Popular beverages include butter tea, locally brewed ara (rice wine) and beer. Bhutan is the first country in the world to have banned the sale of tobacco under its Tobacco Act of 2010.

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Wild Life and Environment Bhutan has a rich primate life, with rare species such as the golden langur. The Bengal tiger, greater one-horned rhinoceros, clouded leopard, hispid hare and the sloth bear live in the lush tropical lowland and hardwood forests in the south. In the temperate zone, grey langur, tiger, Indian leopard, goral and serow are found in mixed conifer, broadleaf and pine forests. Fruit bearing trees and bamboo provide habitat for the Himalayan black bear, red panda, squirrel, sambar, wild pig and barking deer. Bhutan is seen as a model for proactive conservation initiatives. The Kingdom has received international acclaim for its commitment to the maintenance of its biodiversity. This is reflected in the decision to maintain at least sixty percent of the land area under forest cover, to designate more than 40% of its territory as national parks, reserves and other protected areas, and most recently to identify a further 9% of land area as biodiversity corridors linking the protected areas. Environmental conservation has been placed at the core of the nation’s development strategy, the middle path. It is not treated as a sector but rather as a set of concerns that must be mainstreamed in Bhutan’s overall approach to development planning and to be buttressed by the force of law.

Climate The climate in Bhutan varies with elevation, from subtropical in the south to temperate in the highlands and polar-type climate, with year-round snow in the north. Bhutan experiences five distinct seasons: summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and spring. Western Bhutan has the heavier monsoon rains; southern Bhutan has hot humid summers and cool winters; central and eastern Bhutan is temperate and drier than the west with warm summers and cool winters. Treks are the best way to see and “feel” the country. The Snowman Trek below is the toughest but there are plenty of other easy and fun hikes and treks.The recommended season for this trek is mid-June to mid-October.

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Getting there and Visa procedure Paro Airport is the only international airport in Bhutan. Yongphulla Airport in Trashigang is a small domestic airport that underwent upgrades through 2010 and served only by the country’s flag carrier Druk Air . Druk operates 2 planes (two airbuses) which fly routes to Bangkok, Kolkata, Delhi, Dhaka, Gaya, Kathmandu, Siliguri (Bagdora) and Yangon. Note that Druk Air will not issue tickets without a visa clearance number. E-tickets have been in use since April 1st 2008. Everybody except citizens of India and Bangladesh must apply for a visa at least 30 days in advance of their proposed date of entry into Bhutan. While the visa itself costs a reasonable US$20 for 14 days (extendable once), the visa will not be issued without pre-paid bookings for a tour, which cost US$200 per day. These fees include room, board, guide, and transportation within Bhutan. For more information : The Royal Bhutanese Embassy in Bangkok Jewelry Trade Center Building, Rm. 1907, 19th Floor, 919/1 Silom Road, Bangkok 10500. Tel: 2671722, 630119 - Fax:6301193.

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Bangkok The City of Angels A BRIEF HISTORY OF BANGKOK

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rom 1350 until 1767 the capital of Siam, the former name of Thailand, was Ayutthaya, 85 kilometres north of Bangkok. During this time Thai culture flourished, 33 different kings reigned, and the city became a major centre for international commerce. The population grew to one million inhabitants. The present day Ayuthaya, at the confluence of the Chao Phraya, Pa Sak and Lopburi rivers, is well worth visiting since there are many historic ruins, two museums and numerous old temples and monasteries. Since the late 1700s, Bangkok has been Thailand’s largest and most important city. In 1767, after the Burmese sacked and burned Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam (now named Thailand), the capital was moved down the Chao Phraya River to Thon During the reigns of King Rama II (1768–1824; r. 1809– 1824) and Rama III (r. 1824–1851), many of the city’s Buddhist monasteries (called wats) were constructed. In addition to their religious functions, the wats served as centers of learning, medicine, and recreation.

Buri or Old Bangkok, on the west bank of the river. In 1782 King Rama I (1737–1809;r. 1782���1809), upon ascending to the throne, moved the capital to a village across the river. This move was strategic, putting the wide Chao Phraya River between the capital and the often-invading Burmese. The village across the river was then composed mostly of Chinese traders and was known as Bangkok, which translates as “Village of Wild Plums.”

Major temples included the Wat Arun, the Wat Yan Nawa, and the Wat Pho. During this period, however, the rest of the city was neglected. The kings built few other major public buildings and almost no paved roads. Average citizens relied on a series of interconnected canals (khlongs) for transportation.

Rama I wanted his new capital to equal the splendour of Ayutthaya, which had served as the country’s capital for more than 400 years. By the end of his reign, Bangkok was a thriving city, and King Rama I had established a walled palace complex, the Grand Palace, and a major Buddhist temple, the Wat Phra Kaeo. To fortify the new capital, Rama I ordered the construction of a seven-kilometre-long (four-and-a-half-mile-long), three-meter-high (ten-foothigh) wall along the river, which further protected the city from invasion.

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King Rama III was a great temple builder, and many of the temples you see today were completed during his reign in the first half of the 19th century. Fortunately the templebuilding slowed when the next king arrived on the throne; Rama IV’s initial undertaking was to build a road – the first in the city – alongside the river.

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HERITAGE That was completed in 1861; by the turn of the century more roads had been completed and the Bangkok elite were travelling in horse-drawn carriages and rickshaws. Road construction and the introduction of the automobile were major trends at the start of the 20th century, and quickly got out of control as the century proceeded. Many of the canals built hundreds of years before were filled in to create more usable land. Still, travel on the river remained a favored mode of transport. Until the reign of Rama V (1853–1910; r. 1868–1910) public works were not a priority. The king foresaw the importance of the automobile and established a system of roadways and bridges. In addition, Rama V instituted a post and telegraph service, an electric tram service, and the State Railway. Thailand established a constitutional government in 1932 and its civilservice headquarters was in Thonburi, a town and province adjacent to Bangkok, to encourage development there. This growth slowed during the Second World War when the Japanese occupied parts of the city of Thonburi. At the same time the Thai resistance, the Seri Thai, came into being helping the allies to undermine the occupation. Much of Thailand’s history has been a battle for sovereignty, and while the country has suffered through many invasions, Thailand boasts that it is one of the few countries in Asia never conquered and colonized. This point is debatable. During World War II (1939–45), though Thailand was technically allied with the Japanese, troops from Japan controlled much of Thailand and were concentrated in Bangkok. In the past 20 years, Bangkok has expanded rapidly. During the Vietnam War era, American soldiers used the city as a rest-and-relaxation destination. The city then had a population of 1.5 million, a population that has since ballooned to approximately ten million. The increase in population means congestion and pollution in the city. Air pollution in Bangkok is perhaps the worst in the world, and the overcrowding and lack of planning have impacted everything from transportation to drinking water to housing.

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In the 1990s, Bangkok had close to one million registered motor vehicles, along with an ever-expanding superhighway system. Most of Bangkok’s canals were filled in and paved over to make new roads. This replacement caused parts of the city to sink, and annual flooding has become a problem. During the ’60s there was another invasion. American servicemen on R&R during the Vietnam War brought a dubiously welcome boom to the economy. The sex trade that was created, with its go-go bars, seedy nightclubs and massage parlors, continues today. Much of the money that found its way into the Thai treasury went to improve the city’s infrastructure. Despite modern problems, however, the city retains much of its ancient charm. Bangkok’s colourful markets, historic buildings, and ornate temples attract millions of tourists each year.

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ENVIRONMENT The middle part of the tail is greenish blue, azure colors of the deep basal part. The outer tail feathers are light blue, greenish blue in the middle. The coverts are deep ultramarine blue, the coverts light blue with whitish inclusions. The secondaries, the bases and tips of the primaries are tired of dark azure. In between is a characteristic, existing only in this Roller, light blue to turquoise wings band that widens toward the front edge of the wing. The almond-shaped eyes are dark and surrounded by an orange skin region, the powerful hooked beak is dark horn color. The short feet and toes are bright yellow. The sexes do not differ in color, possibly the females are slightly smaller and lighter Young birds are much paler and more olive colored. The bright blue head plate is greenish.

Distribution and habitat

Birds of Thailand

Indian roller Coracias Benghalensis

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Food and nutrition assistance The Indian Roller feeds mainly on insects and other arthropods, small vertebrates are also captured regularly, but usually play a subordinate role. Among the insects, mainly large beetles, grasshoppers, cicadas, crickets and caterpillars. In addition, bugs, spiders and scorpions are captured occasionally. Of vertebrates the Indian Roller catches mice, voles, and small snakes, lizards, toads and birds. Some populations appear to have specialized in fishing.

by Dr. George Grossniklaus

he Indian Roller (coracias benghalensis) is a in Southeast Asia quite widespread and frequently occurring specie. Like all coraciiformes is also the Indian roller a highseat hunter,

that feeds mainly on large insects. Most populations of this species seem to be more or less settled, but the migratory behavior of Indian Rollers is insufficiently explored yet. They nest in natural cavities and half-caves, sometimes in abandoned woodpecker holes. There are three subspecies, none of which are currently threatened according to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

Behavior They live singly or in pairs. Only rarely, especially when seasonal food surplus, occurs or during larger movements, we can see them in small groups. They claim during the year, but particularly strongly during the breeding season territories whose boundaries are regularly flown in a slow, low patrol. Particularly aggressively defend Indian Rollers the immediate vicinity of the nest site. In this area, it can happen that people be attacked directly.

Features The Indian Roller is a somewhat clumsy-looking, large-headed, shortnecked, colorful bird with a maximum length of 34 centimeters and a weight of about 170 grams. It is about the size of a jay, which habitually are similar, but not in the color scheme. Indian Rollers are colored very noticeable in bright blue, turquoise and cream brown. In addition to the greenish-brown coloration of the back , often shiny metallic and iridescent shades of blue. In the nominate the back is greenish tinted dark sand color, the more reddish brown colored neck. Cheeks, throat, and chest are clear whitish longitudinal stripes on a violet background. The crest is shiny metallic light blue, above the beak approach is a narrow white box. Belly and rump are washed out light blue. The medium length tail is cut straight and is completed by a sleek, deep ultramarine blue ribbon.

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Distribution area is widespread in many parts of South Asia and Southeast Asia. Their range extends from the east coast of the Persian Gulf and spread some islands in the east of the Arabian Peninsula (Oman, United Arab Emirates) eastward across the southern Iran, southern Pakistan, almost the entire Indian subcontinent to the coast of the South China Sea. They also settle in Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Hainan. To the north, the range reaches the southern slopes of the Himalayas in Nepal and Sikkim. In this large and climatically very different distribution area, the specie inhabited very different habitats. Indian Rollers settle in palm groves, plantations of various kinds, in light deciduous forests, wooded pastures, parks and cemeteries, but also in dry acacia savannah and herds of mesquite bushes. They are not hunted in most regions of its range, so that they penetrate into built-up areas and in villages and towns can be frequent. In Oman, they are the birds of the Green Islands in county traffic zones,. Almost every major roundabout area seems to house a resident pair as residences.

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or the first time ever in Hua Hin a group of dedicated Dog Lovers have created a two day Dog Lover’s Festival in the month of May. The Festival is for all ages and will be Jam-Packed with activities and

things to buy for Hua Hin’s residents and guests. The money raised from this event will be donated to the Project Street Dogs Hua Hin. At the event the following is offered : Food and refreshments including wine - A kids play area - Face painting for kids - Lucky Tree Lottery where you can win great prizes, such as a night at one of the 5 star hotels in Hua Hin. Stalls selling designer bags, Dog Accessories, T-Shirts and so on. On Saturday night: Enjoy a mini concert created by talented Hua Hin artists On Sunday: Temple Dog organization and Project Street Dogs will have puppies out for adoption

Saturday May 3rd- 12 pm - 9.30 pm - Main Festival Sunday May 4th - 12 pm- 5 pm - Dog Adoption Drive Event location: Chub Cheva Restaurant -2/8 Naebkhehardt Rd. (at the corner of Soi Hua Hin 41 and Naebkehardt) Tel. 032 513 380

The Project Street Dog Hua Hin’s Shelter: A dedicated group of Dog Lover’s under the name Project Street dogs in Hua Hin are in the process of collecting funds to build a new dog recuperation Centre in Hua Hin. The enclosure will be used to house homeless Soi dogs that are recuperating from injuries & operations including sterilization. The shelter will house the dogs until they are well enough to go back on the street. Since founding Project Street Dog Hua Hin in 2011, the group has sterilized over 300 dogs and hope to continue to do so. To raise the amount needed to build the appropriate shelter the Hua Hin Street Dog Lover’s Festival, the aim is to raise some, if not all, of the THB 300,000 needed to make this future facility possible. For this event Thailand’s own Soi Dog Foundation is the main partner and supporter. Check Facebook, Like Hua-Hin-Street-Dog-Lovers, for more information. The Soi Dog Foundation is a registered charity in Thailand (registration number: Phor.Gor. 39/2548) Editor´s note: This is a joint media promotion of Hot Hua Hin & APPROACH Magazines.

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The History of Thailand’s Economy

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hailand, formerly known as Siam, opened to foreign contact in the pre-industrial era. Despite the scarcity of resources in Siam, coastal por ts and cities and those at the river mouth were early economic centres which welcomed merchants from Persia, the Arab countries, India and China. The rise of Ayutthaya during the four teenth century was connected to renewed Chinese commercial activity, and the kingdom became one of the most prosperous trade centres in Asia. When the capital of the Kingdom moved to Bangkok during the 19th century, foreign trade (par ticularly with China) became the focus of the government. Chinese merchants came to trade; some settled in the country and received official positions. A number of Chinese merchants and migrants became high dignitaries in the cour t.From the midnineteenth century onward, European merchants were increasingly active. Thailand is considered a newly industrialized country. A sharp decrease in the value of the baht abruptly increased foreign debt, undermining financial institutions. Many were sold, in par t, to foreign investors while others went bankrupt. Due to low international reserves from the Bank of Thailand’s currencyprotection measures, the government had to accept a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Overall, Thailand received $17.2 billion in aid. In 2012, according to the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board, Thailand had a GDP of THB11.375 trillion (US$366 billion). A positive recovery. The Thai economy grew by 6.5 percent, with a headline inflation rate of 3.02 percent and an account surplus of 0.7 percent of the country’s GDP. In 2013, the Thai economy was expected to grow in the range of 3.84.3 percent. After seasonally adjusted, however, the Thai GDP contracted by 1.7 percent and 0.3 percent in the first and the second quar ters of 2013, respectively. Given a contraction in two consecutive quar ters, technically speaking, the Thai economy was heading into recession.

Its economy is heavily expor t-dependent, with expor ts accounting for more than two-thirds of its gross domestic product (GDP). Tourism accounts for approx. 6% of GDP with more than 14 million tourist a year since 2006. The Thai economy collapsed as a result of the 1997 Asian financial crisis. The foreign debt had risen to $109,276 billion (65 percent of which was shor t-term debt), while Thailand had $38,700 billion in international reserves. Many loans were backed by real estate, creating an economic bubble. Within a few months, the value of the baht floated from THB25/ USD (its lowest point) to THB56/USD. The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) dropped from a peak of 1,753.73 in 1994 to a low of 207.31 in 1998. The country’s GDP dropped from THB3.115 trillion at the end of 1996 to THB2.749 trillion at the end of 1998.

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FINANCIAL NEWS Despite the political turmoil plaguing the kingdom in 2014, the Land of Smiles is hard at work at promoting Thailand as a place for tourists to celebrate Chinese New Year – Thai New Year, Easter and Summer Vacations.Last year, 100,000 tourists from China visited during the New Year festivities. With China now such a major source of revenue for hotel operators and shop owners in Bangkok, Phuket, Hua Hin and other Thai destinations, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is hyping what it calls in a statement the “spectacular highlights” of events designed to emphasize “the strong tie between the Thai and Chinese communities.” Not strong enough to withstand the latest escalation of Thailand’s power struggle, though. The number of Chinese tourists visiting the resor t island of Phuket plunged by 40 percent in January, the president of the Tourism Council of Thailand, told reporters. The picture is even worse for Bangkok; the capital will suffered a 70 percent fall in Chinese tourist arrivals. Not everyone is downbeat. Investors willing to brave the upcoming uncer tainty can pick up some inexpensive stocks. The benchmark Thai index is down 4.2 percent since the start of 2014 and 11.5 percent from a year earlier.

Also: China will possibly sign deals to buy one million tons of rice from Thailand after its specialists inspected a rice warehouse in Suphan Buri, a senior Thai Commerce Ministry said. Eighteen rice traders joined the Thai government’s auction for 420,000 tonnes of rice in April, reflecting high market demand and the The first regional rice auction held in Suphan Buri on Wednesday was a success, with eight groups submitting bids.

Thailand is ranked 32 with an Economic Complexity Index (ECI) of 0.688337 Thailand is the top exporter of Rice, Crustaceans, Other Prepared Meat, Processed Fish, Compounded Unvulcanised Rubber, Postage Stamps, Dextrins, Starches, Cassava, and Pharmaceutical Rubber Products.

As a result, bank and proper ty developers are “clearly cheap,” Credit Suisse analysts Dan Fineman and Siriporn Sothikul wrote in a repor t published on Monday. “The market has already priced in the political uncer tainty and its impact on the economy” It is not all as grim as it looks. Some of Thailands main industries proceed undisturbed by protests. Thailand will export about 8.7 million tons of rice this year, ranking it the second largest expor ter after India, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) repor ted.

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Iraq announced the are set to resume buying Thai rice after halting purchases for almost a year on concerns about quality. The United States and other countries are interested in

purchasing rice from Thailand under government-to-government contracts, for a combined volume of more than 1.6 million tonnes, says the US Foreign Trade Department. Thai rice exports rose to 1.4 million tonnes in the first two months of 2014, up 40% from the same period in 2013, Asian rice prices will keep slumping from a near six-year low as Thailand clears out record stockpiles, threatening a price war with Vietnam and India.

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Hunter II trunk table

Coffee tables that double as storage cabinets are always awesome, making an already useful living room staple into something that’s even more practical. Armed with three deep compartments sporting individual hinged flip-up doors, it’s duly equipped to hold a wide selection of objects from remotes to magazines to chunky throw pillows. It even comes with a removable wine rack (sized to hold eight bottles) for the middle compartment, which you can use to turn it into a neatlyorganized storage space for a small selection of wines and spirits.

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uCo GrIllIput duo The UCO Grilliput Duo crams an entire barbecue rig inside a single tube. Measuring just 11.4 inches long and 0.9 inches in diameter when packed for transport, there’s literally no way you can’t find space for it in your bag. You can even slip it in your backpocket, walk around with the darn thing sticking out and you’ll be fine. It weighs just 19.8 oz, too, so it won’t add that much heft to your stash.

Designed to mount right on the bike, you simply attach it onto the handlebars using the integrated spring clamp with the cup area hanging out. Again, make sure it’s hanging out, so if any untoward incident happens, the coffee spills out to the front tire, rather than straight down to your pants (unless you decide to do an ill-advised wheelie, of course).The Bookman Cup Holder comes with two concentric rings that sit at different heights. Put the smaller ring on top to hold regular cups and the larger ring if you prefer your drinks more Starbucks Venti-sized.

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The Beer Glass Froster chills your beers in 10 seconds to the ideal drinking temperature. Using an integrated clamp, the Beer Glass Froster can mount to the edge of a bar or countertop, where it will take up less space than a small coffee maker. It features an oversized spout that should cover the diameter of most

Designed by Adam Frank, the moving clouds and sunbeams turn the otherwise regular mirror into a decorative wall item, providing a mounted display that’s dynamic and vibrant while also reflecting the immediate space. The clouds and sunbeams are taken from a real dimensional video of cloud formations, which pop out from the mirror and move their way slowly towards the edges.

beer steins and cocktail glasses completely, ensuring the frosty CO2 cloud emitted envelops the drinkware in its entirety. The whole unit measures 19 x 8.5 x 4.5 inches (h x w x d).

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MOTORING

35th

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he first ever motor show in Thailand took place from the 2nd April 1979 to the 6th of April 1979. The motor show received 380.000 visitors during the 5 days it were open to the public. The Motor Show became a big annual event on the Thailand Automotive Calendar and a decade later, Prachin Eamlumnow (Founder of the Bangkok Motor Show) was nicknamed the “King of Motor Show”. This year the Motor Show recorded more than 1,800,000 visitors. The Bangkok Motor Show is also a buyers exhibition at which “deals” can be made with considerable promotional discounts for some models. Apart from cars and motorcycles, motorbikes, Stereo equipment and other accessories are on display and for sale. The Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Porsches and Ferraris were flanked by Toyota and other affordable family budget orientated vehicles. Even though some Mercs, BMW and Audis are still way out of middle income range , it was a delight to bathe, touch and do “as if ” in public. Going there was more of a hassle as roads were blocked by protesters but motorbike taxis found ways and means to slip through handicaps and obstacles. There were a number of activities ranging from Rally to Off Road competitions , the election of a Miss Motor Show 2014 and a wide variety of tuned vehicles from Automotive Clubs. APPROACH MAGAZINE

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ETROIT – Chevrolet is redefining modern performance with today’s debut of the all-new Corvette Stingray. And only a Corvette with the perfect balance of technology, design and performance can wear the iconic Stingray designation. The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). It is also the most capable standard model ever, able to accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering grip. It is expected to be the most fuelefficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 mpg of the current model. Price: In the US approx. US $54,000…inpor ted… estimate THB7 – 8 Million.

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THAI LEGAL TIPS

Adoption in Thailand the ChILD ADOPtION PROCeSS IN thAILAND

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You may begin gathering the necessary papers and documents before your appointment, but don’t delay meeting with a social worker for too long. The Child Adoption Centre is located at: 255 Ratchawithi Road, Bangkok, 10400 – email: adoption@loxinfo.co.th

f you live in Thailand, it is possible to go through the Thai adoption process without the aid of a private agency. The task of submitting a Thai adoption application with the Child Adoption Center in

Bangkok can seem overwhelming. Take it one step at a time and you will soon be ready to be matched with a wonderful Thai child.

The next step is to wait for your social worker to request a home study. You will receive a visit from a social worker from the local DSDW office. The social worker will ask questions about your family, members in your household, your reason for adoption of a Thai child, etc. She may also ask to look around your house and take a few photos for her home study report.

You may have questions swirling around in your head. Is it possible to adopt while living in Thailand? Is it a difficult process? How long will it take? I can’t speak Thai very well, so how can I do it myself? What are Thai adoption requirements for foreign adoptive parents? In general, the legal requirements to adopt are lengthy and quite detailed. In general, the following are some basic requirements:

Now that the home study is completed, your application will be reviewed and approved. We were approved within two months after our home visit from the social worker.

1) Adoptive parents must be married at least 6 months.

After you are notified of the approval of your Thai adoption application, the waiting game continues. Then you will be matched with a Thai child. We were told it may take 9-12 months to be matched with a child.

2) Both adoptive parents must be at least 25 years of age. 3) Both adoptive parents must be significantly older than the child to be adopted. 4) Prospective parents must be legally qualified to adopt in their own country.

More families want to adopt girls, the waiting time to be matched with a boy is shorter than for a girl. Twins and sibling groups are rarely available from Thailand.

5) Prospective parents must receive confirmation from an authorized agency in the foreign country that the adoption will be legalized before the DPW will begin the application process.

The proposed match will include a short biography of your prospective adoptive Thai child. The biography will have details such as birthplace, medical history, current residence and a few pictures of the child.

The first step is to decide whether or not adoption of a Thai child is right for your family. The Thailand adoption process can be slow. So please be prepared to wait. Once the decision to adopt a Thai child is made, the rest is easy because you will have a goal in mind and eventually you will experience the joy of welcoming a new member to your family.

Now it is up to you to review the information, decide if this match is right for your family and inform your social worker of your decision to accept or reject the match. Hopefully the match will be a good fit for your family and you can continue the Thailand adoption process.

Now it is time to compile the necessary documents needed to begin your case with the Child Adoption Centre. Once you have reviewed the Thailand adoption application and other Thailand adoption documents, make an appointment to meet with a social worker at the Child Adoption Centre. APPROACH MAGAZINE

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first-class host, great opera singer and wonderful chef. These words can only be attributed to one man; Carlo Vitanza, born and raised on the beautiful east coast of Sicily, Italy. At the young age of 15, Carlo left his southern home to start his career in the bustling city of Milan. After 2 years working at a real Italian family restaurant, Carlo made the move to Germany. At the Holiday Inn in Koblenz he was trained as a waiter and studied the German language. A few years later when he learned all the tricks of the hospitality trade, young Vitanza got a job at a renowned Argentinian steakhouse in Koblens. Within a short period of time he climbed up as manager and was running one of the best steak establishments of the largest city in Rheinland. Full confidence and experience at the age of 25, Carlo opened his own Argentinian steakhouse which became an immediate success. The place was such a hit that his former boss made him “an offer he can’t refuse.” His restaurant became part of a large chain of steakhouses located in Dusseldorf, Mannheim, Koblenz and continued to work for it. Now not in the position as restaurant manager, but as general manager of 7 outlets and a staff of 120 people.

In 1988 he left the chain to set up his first Italian restaurant named Quo Vadis, located directly on the bank of the Rhein. Hard work and an eye for detail made his business maintain a place between the top Italian restaurants of the region for 15 years. Then in 2003, Carlo got a call from a friend who needed his expertise for setting up a new restaurant. This pizzeria was located in Bangkok and he fell in love with Thailand immediately. Here Carlo continued his passion for hospitality which resulted in the go-to-place for Italian cuisine in Hua hin; Carlo Ristorante Italiano. The Italian that has it all; fresh produce, good location, chic interior and last but not least, excellent food for an affordable price. The young boy from Sicily ended up half way across the world and managed to raise the culinary standard in Hua Hin singlehandedly. Carlo Ristorante Italiano; a genuine piece of Italy in Thailand. Address: 174/1 Soi. Naresdamri, Hua-Hin Tel: +66 (0)32 511 348 Email: info@carlo-huahin.com www.carlo-huahin.com

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usit Thani Hua Hin presents another great evening of music and dining with the seventh in our series of Culinary Classics.Internationally

renowned Italian violinist and cellist Grazia Raimondi and Luigi Piovano team up with the ever-popular Tasana Nagavajara on the viola, whilst celebrated Thai pianist Pornphan Banternghansa tickles the ivories with her angelic touch. Together, they will mesmerise with their performances of Mahler’s Piano Quar tet, Brahms’ Piano Quar tet in G Minor, and Beethoven Duo for Violin and Cello.

Venue: Napalai Ballroom, Dusit Thani Hua Hin Date: Friday, 6th June 2014 Time: 6.00 P.M. for registration, concert starts at 6.30 P.M. Admission: - Ticket only; THB 500 net per person - Ticket including post-concert Thai Market Night buffet dinner; THB 1,400 net per person - Ticket including post-concert Italian 4-course set dinner; THB 1,600 net per person. All tickets include one complimentary drink during the pre-concer t reception or the intermission. For more information and reservation please contact +66 (0) 3244 2100 or dthhfb@dusit.com

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Classics

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iaoqing Yu (Violin), A native of China and a Xiaoqing Yu graduate of Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, Yu is now in his ninth year as Associate

Professor of Music, teaching violin, viola, chamber music, and serving as director of the Lee University Chamber Strings at the School of Music at Lee University. Yu is in his 20th season as Concer tmaster of the Greenville Symphony. Shuenda Wong (Piano), Malaysian Pianist graduated from the Staatliche Musikhochschule Freiburg, Germany with high distinction in 2006 He completed his Masters degree under full scholarship from the Kobler Trust and a Barbara Stringer Scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama UK

This concert again promises to be a musical and culinary delicacy. Venue: The Hyatt Regency & Barai Spa – May 19, 2014 at 7 pm. THB 1,000 Net per person including a cocktail Reception before the Performance

The Peformances include : Cesar Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano on A Major - Cantabile by Niccolo Paganini- Melodie from Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald von Gluck - Tempo di Minuetto in the style of Pugnani by Fritz Kreisler- Meditation from Thais by Jules Massenet - March Miniature Viennese by Fritz Kreisler - Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov - Liebesleid (Love’s sorrow) by Fritz Kreisler Schon Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler - Jealousy Tango (Tango Tzigane) by Jacob Gade - Salut de’Amour by Elgar - Czardas By Vittorio Monti

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All in Hua Hin Info Bistro & Daily Deli – Home Made German, International & Thai food. Srasong Road behind Petschkasem Road next to The Shopping Mall Amari Resort & Spa Reef Deli & Wine Lounge - Mosaic – All day dining – International Breakfast – Thai Specialities – Kids Favourites. Shoreline Beach Club – BBQ Beachside Lounge – Grill Favourites – All day. Aqua – Pool Bar – Taste of Thailand – Thai Bites & Snacks – Noodle Soups – Fresh Fruit. Anantara Resort & Spa Baan Thalia 5 Course Italian Romance The passions of Italy with a choice of chef’s signature creations, for an evening of charming intimacy. Saithong - 3 Course Sharing Seafood Journey. Beach Bliss - Fine dining menu of refined Thai specialities or gourmet western cuisine with a sumptuous seafood barbecue. Anantasila - Beach Resort Thai Night – Fridays 18:30 – 21:30 - Steak & Pasta Night – Saturdays 18:30 – 21:30. Sunday Salads – Salad and Antipasti Bar - 18:30 – 21:30. Banyan Resort Lemongrass Restaurant – Ossa Bucco – Massaman Curries - Sweet Love Desserts. Songkran April 13 Thai street food – complimentary glass of beer. Casa Mia Pizzeria & Pasta Restaurant – Nongplub road (road out of Hua Hin towards Pala U). “Sincere love is love of food” - Jan “The owner”. Italian freshly made Pasta and Pizza creations. Da Carlo Authentic Italian Restaurant – Naresdamri Road opposite Centara Grand Hotel Fine Italian dining – Large selection of international wines. Open for Lunch and Dinner. Dusit Thani – Resort & Spa The Restaurant – International & Thai Cuisine – Daily San Marco – Mediterranean Favourites – Dinner only. Ban Benjaron – Royal Thai Cuisine – 18:00 – 22:00 – Wednesday & Thursday Closed.

Hilton – Resort & Spa The Market – Theme Dinners White Lotus – Chinese Restaurant with stunning views of Hua Hin Chai Had - Thai and Seafood Restaurant Beer House - Cowboy Nights with Sexy Cowgirls The Cellar – Tapas – Spanish Wines Aqua Pool Bar – Poolside Burgers, Hot Dogs & Satays Sky Bar – 17th Floor Cocktails with Funky Beats Milestones – Cocktail Lounge with Life Music

Hyatt Regency Resort & Barai Spa Figs Restaurant - International Dining Thai Talay Thai –Thai Cuisine with Catch of the Day. McFarland House – Casual Beachfront Dining, overlooking the Gulf of Siam. You & Mee Noodle Shop & Poolside Bar – Asian Noodles and Western Favourites. Detailed Food & Beverage promotions on the inside Sheraton Advertisement. Intercontinental Resort & Spa Pirom Restaurant features authentic Thai cuisine. Felicita - Dining and wood fired oven Pizzas. Azure Beach Grill All day dining with great views from the rooftop. The Lee La bar All day drinks and light snacks pool side. Magic Balloon – Pala U Road Top of The Hill Russian, Western and Italian specialities. Fresh Pizza & Pasta from Pizza King Khun Peter. Take a ride in the Magic Balloon up to 100 Meters above Hua Hin for 360° Views. “New” - Gastro-nomia by La Grappa on 214 Petckasem Rd, Soi 84- next to Villa Market The First Take-Away Delicatessen Shop in Hua Hin - The Best Place for Excellent Take-Away Italian Food, Large Wine Selection and Scandinavian Speciality Products! Tel: 032 900 478 Mob: 098 260 2456

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Prime Steakhouse Soi Kanjanomai – Town Centre – between Hilton road and Pool Suk road next to Thipurai City Hotel. Best Steaks – Sirloins – Filets - Wagyu . Awarded by Thailand Tattler. Reef Deli by Amari Kao Takiab road, a few steps south of Chikada Market. Homemade gourmet cuisine with fresh bakery and pastries and over 100 different wine labels backed with soothing Jazz music. A laid back Respite Deli & wine lounge Rocks restaurant Cape Nidhra Hotel – Petschkasem Rd opposite weekend market. Fine Dining awarded restaurant by Thailand Tattler. Sheraton - Resort & Spa Luna Lanai Seafront Bar & Restaurant March through April, “Sizzling Platter Promo. InAzia Restaurant - Thai, Japanese and Indian favourites such as Tuna Sashimi, Seared Tuna Loin on Pineapple Fried Rice, Tom Kha Tuna. Sundara Lounge - Chocolate desserts made from Felchlin Chocolate from Switzerland. The Bubble Infused flavours from the Far East blended with the style and sophistication of the West. At Baan Ing Phu extraordinary villas – road to Black Mountain – 207 Moo 7 The Living Room Bistro – Soi 51 Sipping by the beach - Happy hour 18:00 – 19:00 buy 1 get 2 any cocktails. Zab Wer – Soi 112 Wednesday Closed - Soi 112 just before the 1st floating market. All day breakfast – Lunch & Dinner – Isan and Western Food. Lamb Shank, Beef , Pork or Chicken Roasts with Potatoes and veggies of your choice.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

THE REAL TRUTH ABOUTCOCONUT The miracle-healing coconuT has been used To help alleviaTe.

Courtesy of Jake Carney Founder of the Alternative Daily

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chemical laden, mass-produced convenience foods. And fats were no different. Over four decades healthy sources of fats were replaced with vegetable oils that were thought to be “better-for-you.” We now know they’ve done more harm than good.

other Nature is incredibly generous in the way she provides – offering a bounty of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients to nourish your body so you can enjoy a long healthy life. One fruit in particular – the coconut – is so abundant in its healing properties it’s referred to as “the tree of life.”

The following 4 are the worst offenders you should avoid at all costs:

The coconut is a “functional food” rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber – the essential nutritional building blocks for perfect health.

1. Canola - Animals and insects avoid it in nature, here’s why you should too... There is no such thing as a canola in nature. Canola oil is actually a modified version of rapeseed oil. Asian and Indian cultures used rapeseed oil for centuries, but it was never consumed in the large quantities that Americans do.The rape plant (in the mustard family) contains cyanide-containing compounds and wild animals and even insects avoid it in nature.

Coconut oil – a saturated fat – is chock-full of health-promoting properties – and is in no way responsible for high cholesterol, obesity, heart disease and the bad effects you’ve been led to believe. Finally, modern medicine and science are starting to realize this fundamental truth… and it’s been a long time coming. But sadly not before heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and a whole host of other catastrophic diseases have reached epidemic proportions!

2. Cottonseed Oil - An industrial plant saturated with pesticides... Thousands of commercially produced foods contain cottonseed oil; everything from canned foods to chips and other packaged items. It is even in beverages such as Gatorade. However, cotton is not a food crop, and is therefore not treated like an edible crop but an industrial one. Dangerous poisons such as trifluralin, cyanide, dicofol, propargite and naled are used on cotton crops.

The miracle-healing coconut had been used to help alleviate: Coughs –Constipation – Malnutrition - Skin infections – Toothaches – Earaches – Flus - And more! But that all changed when the war ended and the United States proclaimed hydrogenated oils to be the “healthier oils.” By the 1960s, a weak scientific theory claimed that saturated fats-like those found in butter, eggs, milk, red meat and coconuts - increased “bad” LDL cholesterol and were dangerous to consume. Nothing was further from the truth! But this “health scare” was enough to push the public away from saturated fats and instead to refined vegetable oils. This was perfect for food manufacturers because they were far cheaper to produce.

3. Safflower - Studies show an increase of Omega-6 also increases the rate of death by heart disease, reason enough to avoid this oil... Researchers now have evidence that it may not be cholesterol that kills, but omega-6’s. When a group of individuals replaced animal fats with omega-6-rich safflower oil, their cholesterol levels decreased, however, the rates of death from cardiovascular disease and coronary artery disease increased significantly as compared to those consuming the animal fats.

And for the first time ever, diseases that had become prevalent among Americans… heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity started to plague western nations.

4. Soybean - The GMO, hormone disrupting nightmare “health” food they keep telling you is safe... Oh, the ever-questionable soybean. While marketers will have you believe that soy is beneficial because our healthy Asian counterparts consume it regularly, this is arguably one of the biggest nutritional myths out there. Asians enjoy soy in its fermented state and in considerably smaller quantities than we do.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS Coconut Oil Can Save your Brain Alzheimer’s is on the rise—but you can do something now to protect your brain from the devastating effects of this savage disease! How? By helping your body produce ketones—an alternative energy source for your brain! When MCTs—medium chain triglicerides—are metabolized by the body, ketones are created.

Ninety-three percent of soy is GMO and most of the soy we consume is in its unfermented state. This highly processed soy has been linked to numerous conditions including thyroid damage and hormone disruption thanks to its large quantities of estrogen-like compounds called phytoestrogens. As for soybean oil, up to 80 percent of the oil we consume today is soybean oil. We can almost guarantee you have one of these oils or foods containing these oils sitting in your pantry right now. Maybe you even used one of these oils when you cooked your dinner last night. And today you’re coming to the sad realization that YOU’VE BEEN LIED TO BY THE FOOD MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY. Do you feel cheated?

Coconut Oil Will Improve Your Health!

Coconut Oil Contains the Healthiest Substance on Earth

It’s no secret breast feeding is about the best thing a mother can do to boost her child’s immune system. What makes mother’s milk so healthy is that it contains high amounts of lauric acid. Outside of mother’s milk there are only three dietary sources of lauric acid - and coconut oil is the most concentrated of the three!

Coconut Oil Fuels Your Metabolism Over 13 million Americans suffer from low thyroid function with little understanding of the cause. It’s really no wonder because most processed foods contain iodine blockers—and iodine is essential for optimum thyroid function! If you’re cooking with vegetable oil—it’s time to stop for your thyroid’s sake! Plus, without a healthy thyroid, weight loss is nearly impossible— especially for women. Find out if your thyroid is malfunctioning and how coconut oil can get it up to speed

Coconut Oil Fights Cancer Cancer cells feed and grow in our body until the illness can eventually take over and ruin our health. And that’s only if it doesn’t kill us. Don’t be terrified by cancer anymore! Because researchers have discovered it’s possible to actually “starve” cancer cells—and this pro-active defence leaves the body more able to fight the disease than being assaulted with chemotherapy! Coconut Oil is the Ultimate Detox Detoxing is quite popular these days—but beware! Many detox methods found on the internet are not grounded in science but are instead “fad” diets meant to make someone else a lot of money! Coconut oil has amazing detox abilities and bolsters your energy during a detox program! Coconut Oil is Amazing for heart Health Heart disease is a scary disease often treated with even scarier drugs—like statins! Statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) deplete the body of vital heart-nourishing nutrients and can do more harm than good! Coconut oil is full of heart-healing benefits and can help prevent the need for such drugs—and even help keep you from getting sick in the first place!

However, be careful : Not ALL Coconut Oil is produced Equally. Make sure there are no additional ingredients , additives or chemicals in it ! Firstly, not all coconut oil is created equal—some are better than others. As was the case when coconut oil was used heavily in the food processing industry years ago, there is still a lot of refined coconut oil in circulation.

Obviously, the more processed the oil, the less health benefits it possesses.

The numerous symptoms that may indicate your thyroid is deficient—Including fatigue, weight gain, depression, constipation, loss of sex drive and more! The two foods that are the worst iodine blockers that could be wreaking havoc for your thyroid health! Refined oils are especially damaging to your thyroid and contribute greatly to weight gain and fatigue! Virgin coconut oil can completely turn around your thyroid health and increase your energy! And so much more!

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The Bold & the Beautiful

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Siya - KT CliniC

iya – KT Clinic is located on Petschkasem Road opposite Plearn Wan and next to the Mitsubishi dealership. Siya is highly specialized in natural face treatment such as Anti Aging, face firming, deep cleaning, acne treatment and laser armpit hair removal. Khun Siyathirn specializes in Oriental alternative medicine including weight loss and weight control. The team specializes in permanent 3D eyebrow creations and further designs of make up with eyes brow and lips tattoo creations. The clinic is absolutely OP clean and sterilized with modern imported western equipment.

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osmo Hairstyling on Soi 74 is a top level hairstyling salon in Hua Hin. On a regular base , famous hairstylists from Bangkok are invited to attend to demanding

customers. Cosmos is launching their own collection of hair styles adapted to the contemporary international hair styles. As your hairstyle reveals much of your personality, Cosmo understands your choices as they use the latest technology and products including the Nano Hair Styler that creates deep and mellow waves and softenes your hair even more. Cosmo Beauty – besides hairstyling Cosmo offers everything connected to your beauty such as skin tissue care , nail design , make up techniology, body scrub, hair removing waxing, and gacial massages. Cosmo massage – On the first floor, our massage parlour performs Thai – Swedish – Oil – Aroma – Herbal , Face, Foot and body massages in a relaxing atmosphere. Cosmo Card - A membersdhip card will give you attractive discounts – ask for the it!

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THE MOMENT YOU REALIZE EXERCISE BECOMES A LIFESTYLE

PUREFITNESS Our training center offers top of the line training equipment and professional trainers to provide assistance, advice and make sure you will achieve the results you are looking for.

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Creative Visualisation

Past Life Regression Part 3 A series by Dallan Forbes

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he purpose of past life exploration is two fold. You can relive the experience of a lifetime that has been traumatic and has repercussions in the present lifetime,

Illustration by Rafael Araujo 2014

Then reality is open to other realities, other possibilities of being. It is an expansive experience, even if the lifetime is a mundane one, It makes the person realise they are not making it up, they haven’t made up some story of being Cleopatra, they may experience a life time of boring drudgery where very little has taken place, and in this lifetime they feel depressed and quiet amazingly often their depressed state can start to get better as they realise ,ulitimatly, we do make at all up. We orchestrate our lifetimes, we have more power in this lifetime than we realised – we can change our life experience when we know we have options to change, when we know we’ve been here before and survived or flourished.

such as fear of fire or water, if one has been burnt alive or drowned. Reliving the experience of that lifetime does not have to be traumatic. The regressor can distance themselves during the session. The regression can have a profound effect on their present life in more ways than one. For most people experiencing past lifetimes can be incredibly liberating, to realise one has had many lifetimes, frees them up in this one and makes them realise, if I’ve have had past lives, then I’ll probably have future lives, so where do I go in between these lifetimes? These lifetime experiences It opens another window of consciousness.

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You are the co creator of your life experience.

Illustration by Rafael Araujo 2014 You are the co creator of your life experience. You are a powerful human soul related to Gog, Goddess, the all, the God force, the all knowingness, all you have to do is reinvent your experience and liberate your soul. So past life exploration leads to future life creation. You connect to your past life experiences, utilising those experiences, so you can consciously create the reality you choose. Options instead of just reactions. Being born into a dysfunctional family or dysfunctional situation, why? It seems to learn our life lessons, we need these experiences, it’s what we do with the knowledge we learn. “Wanting to make a differance’ that’s putting a positive spin on the circumstances of your life, a new way of viewing it turning the negative into a positive, seeing it from a different’ angle. Would the moon still be there if you were not there to see it, If you did not exist any more would everything else exist ?, has anybody ever said to you

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“you think too much,” why as an intelligent cellular machine are we obsessed with, violence, video games, movies, books, violence and death are big sellers , why? You would think as a human race that as we evolve we would become more benevolent, become loving, kind, but we have become more sadistic, cold, detached from our feelings, desensitised. Change your thinking and you alter the way you feel about your reality, you perception of your of your reality, you are the master of your reality, you produce your own movie, you write direct and produce it all in your own head, take responsibility for that and you become less of a victim to circumstances. Change you viewpoint of the situation, live in the possibility of the change you want to happen. We have freedom of choice in a lot our situations in life You are the creator of your reality. Start today, now, in the present moment, small steps until you can run, one step at a time will get you there figure out what you want and go for it! Every one is ambitions and desires are similar and yet unique, we are all “Same Same,” but different “We are what we think we are”, change your thinking and you can change your life. The End............. Or is it the beginning? Our nex episode will be part 4 with A picture board where you illustrate your thoughts , your fantasies, your own reality as you would like it to be. Dallan lives in Hua Hin and is available for above therapies. Contact Dallen through : dallandforbes@gmail.com – Mobile and Skype +66 (0) 94 485 4431

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GOLF & SPORT

Pitch In

for the Kids Though parents dipped into their own pockets to fund the team, there was, for a time, the very real threat that the only kids’ team in Hua Hin playing competitive league football would have to withdraw.

Dusit thani hua hin '‘ Pitch in’' to Help Footballing Kids in tHe Community.

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usit Thani Hua Hin has reached out into the local community to give the children of Cha-am and Hua Hin a rare opportunity to play out their footballing fantasies on grass. As part of the hotel’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, over sixty potential stars of tomorrow have been taken under

Upon hearing of the problem some six months ago, Dusit Thani Hua Hin’s General Manager, Victor Sukseree, generously offered the use of the hotel’s three football pitches to the team’s head coach and driving force, experienced Ghanaian

the Dusit Thani Hua Hin Football Academy’s wing and competed in the inaugural 2013/4 season of the Western Thailand Football Academy League (WTFAL) at Under 8, Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and ‘Parents’ level. Formerly known as Hua Hin Soi 94 Planet Academy, the team struggled to find a permanent home and adequate funding in an area where football pitches are mostly limited to expensive six-aside arenas with artificial surfaces. With membership on the rise, it meant that the boys’ development was limited by often having to sit around patiently awaiting the chance to show off their skills during training sessions. professional Francis Henyoh and his team of four Thai and International coaches. The generous offer was snapped up and the relationship between the hotel and team has gone from strength to strength, culminating in a grand end-of-season awards party in the hotel’s Napalai Ballroom followed by lunch at the extravagant Sunday Best buffet in The Restaurant.

The problem was exacerbated when the club were invited to join the WTFAL. Though interest further soared, each away match meant long coach trips to venues in and around Bangkok and even home match days became tiring whole-day affairs with each game consisting of three 20-minute ‘halves’ to give everybody the opportunity to take to the field. APPROACH MAGAZINE

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POWER TEE COMPETITION Wednesday, 7 th May 2014 Wednesday, 21 st May 2014 from 12.00 pm. THB 2,100.-

CHANDON & OYSTER’S    Indulge in the finest oyster delicacies, fresh from the ocean with the perfect match, CHANDON Sparkling Wine as our highlight of the month

on Friday, 9th May 2014 at 7.30 - 9.30 p.m. Splash Pool Bar

(inclusive of caddie and snacks following game) Golf carts is optional (1 per player) at THB 750.-

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FREE FLOW FRIDAY Free flow draft beer with BBQ skewers at THB 499.- per person. Every Friday, from 3.00 – 5.00 pm at The Terrace restaurant

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WINE LOVER Free flow of an impressive selection of New and Old world wine along with a sumptuous assortment of antipasto and cheese. Every Saturday, from 3.00 – 5.00 pm at The Terrace Restaurant.

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he average audience for the weekend coverage on CBS was 8.6 million viewers in 6.4 million homes, according to Nielsen ratings finalized Thursday morning.The last time the Masters had numbers that anemic was in 1993, when Bernhard Langer won by 4 strokes. That tournament was watched by 7.9 million viewers in 5.6 million homes. It was the first time since 1994 that both Woods and Mickelson were missing from a Masters weekend. Woods didn’t play after having surgery, and Mickelson missed the cut by 1 stroke. The final round in April had the potential to feature the youngest winner in Masters history, with 20-year-old Jordan Spieth tied for the lead entering Sunday’s action. But the youngster couldn’t keep up with eventual champion Bubba Watson, who earned his second Masters title by 3 strokes. History of The Masters – Augusta Records & StatsThe Founders - Augusta National Golf Club was founded by Bobby Jones, the legendary amateur champion, and Clifford Roberts, an astute investment banker in New York.

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Jones helped design the golf course, working alongside the esteemed British architect Dr. Alister Mackenzie. Jones’s popularity within the game helped attract golf ’s biggest stars to the Masters, beginning with the inaugural event in 1934. Roberts oversaw innumerable details of the Tournament. He tirelessly sought to refine the Masters experience for the patrons and competitors and the wider world of golf. Following are short bios of each man’s life Equipment: What Bubba Watson used to win the Masters Tournament with The 14 clubs and ball Bubba Watson used to win the Masters are an interesting mix of standard-issue and highly personalized. Here’s not only what he had in the bag at Augusta National, but how it got in there. For starters, Watson hates changing equipment. Being the quintessential “feel player,” the 2012 Masters champ can sense the slightest differences, making adapting to new clubs challenging. In fact, Watson had used Ping’s S59 irons since 2004, getting a new set each November and working into them over the course of a couple months. Yet the irons Watson used to win the....

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Masters was not the S59 but rather the company’s new S55 model Watson changed to at the BMW Championship last September. Watson originally tested the clubs at his Orlando home but felt he was hooking the ball with them too much. He then had Ping’s tour reps flatten the lie angle on his irons one degree, alleviating the problem and prompting Watson to put the irons in the bag. “I trust my feel so when it feels right to me, I trust that we’ve done the right things,” Watson told Golf World in 2013. As with most of Watson’s clubs, the specs are far from standard. His 3-PW set is plus one half inch in length and the 3- through 5-irons have an extreme heel grind. The grips are massively oversized, too, with 10 wraps of tape on the top and 12 wraps on the bottom. Watson’s driver also is unique. In fact, it’s two drivers in one. The pink-headed Ping G25 (8.5 degrees) features the racing stripe found on Ping’s i25 driver, making Watson’s big stick one of a kind. The shaft is a True Temper Grafalloy BiMatrx, a graphite model with steel in the bottom section that he has used since 2004. Oh, and the sole has a rainbow-like finish, too. Watson’s driver had a D4 swingweight and the same number of wraps under the grip as his irons. His 4-wood is a Ping G25 with 16.5 degrees loft that is 42 inches long. Although his wedges are standard, his putter -- a Ping Anser Milled 1 -- features a rainbow-like finish that Watson originally saw while visiting Ping a few years back.Watson liked the look and immediately wanted it. The putter in 34.5 inches long with 3 degrees loft. Finally you can’t play without a ball. For Bubba it’s Titleist’s Pro V1x -- a model he has employed since he’s been on tour.

Watson´s Equipment: Driver: Ping G25 (True Temper Grafalloy BiMatrx), 8.5 degrees 4-wood: Ping G26, 16.5 degrees Irons (3-PW): Ping S55 Wedges: Ping Tour Gorge (52, 56 degrees); Ping Tour-S TS (64 degrees) Putter: Ping Anser Milled 1 Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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ARKOUR GENERATIONS ASIA and SWIM HUA HIN held the first, in what is hoped to be a regular event,

Parkour Adventure Camp at the beginning of the April school holidays this year. The camp took place over two days at Somtawin English School where ten children/teenagers learnt the basics of Parkour and how to use these skills with professionals, Julien Vigroux and Chris Sotiriou, who came all the way from Bangkok for the event. Both days ended by cooling off in the pool and at the beach where the students learnt how to body-surf and had a good time with local swim teacher, Matt from SWIM HUA HIN. The children had a fun as well as educational experience and this is what they thought: “Great! Really enjoyed it. They didn’t just tell us how to do something, they could show us. I would love to do it again. Could they come every week?” ¬¬– Aelfin, 10 “It was fun, a little bit challenging, and worked the body. Overall I really enjoyed it and hope to do it again!” – Ben, 13 “Parkour is one cool sport that is fun to try. I like it. I think you would like it too.” – Johnny, 12 To register your interest for the next Parkour Adventure Camp contact Matt via email at swimhuahin@gmail.com - www.pkgasia. com – www.swimhuahin.com

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