Issue 28 / November 2013
HEALTHY TOURISM in Thailand
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Editor’s Talk Lomprayah Team
Hello, November Nice to see you my all readers. In this issue, we still have many information, which can be sources of knowledge and entertainment. In the Special, on the occasion of His Majesty The King’s birthday, we proudly present you the story of our beloved King. For our highlight, we are talking about Health Tourism, which is very popular in nowadays, especially in Thailand. And also have many column that provide you about healthy topic, for example Trend, Restaurant Guide, Place, and etc. Now it almost the end of the year, are you accomplished your plan? If not, just start it now, because “It is never too late to mend.” See you next month. Take care.
Editor in Chief
Executive Editor Wanitcha Sukchet Tinn Chacalanuwattanapong
Editorial Staff Vorapong Vongvarothai Juntiya Laoniyomthai Areeya Pichittanabordeekul Jiraporn Boonta Saksid Boonrawang Kitthawat Chaisingthong
Art Director Methakritsada Wanngoen
Graphic Designer Photjanard Kantiwong
Health Tourism in Thailand In the near future when a person enters, â&#x20AC;&#x153;where is the best place to healâ&#x20AC;? as a Google search the response will be: Thailand. A recent study from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) concluded that of all of the visitors who sought medical services in Thailand, 27.6 per cent flew directly from their home country to Thailand to seek integrative care, both conventional and alternative. Thailand is seeing a steady increase in interest in and demands for integrative medical care from patients from countries such as China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Europe, the United States and the Middle East. The health tourism industry of Thailand is growing at a rate of over 16% per year and the industry is expected to make about 100 billion baht by 2015.
Health tourism is generally broken down into two branches: Medical tourism and Wellness tourism.
MEDICAL TOURISM Medical tourism is a term that has risen from the rapid growth of international healthcare where people from all around the world are traveling to other countries to obtain general medical surgery, cosmetic plastic surgery and dental surgery at a fraction of the cost of healthcare in their home country. And, while abroad, if physical conditions permit, patients can experience the interesting cultural attractions their destination country offers.
Many hospitals have gone through rigorous certification processes, and in 2002 Thailand was the first Asian country to achieve prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation? Today, there are over 25 JCI accredited hospitals in Thailand. As for the doctors and specialists, increasingly they are trained and certified in leading hospitals in the West and, largely due to the innate hospitality of the Thai people, attend to patients with doting care and comforting professionalism. Thailand is a world leader in the medical tourism industry and the country’s private hospitals and clinics are able to perform all kinds of surgeries from heart procedures to hip and joint replacements and recuperative operations after injury. Bangkok has several hospitals that are used to receiving foreign patients, and the number of hospitals means that it’s easy to get a second opinion and find a doctor you’re comfortable with before going under the knife. Thailand has all but established itself as king of the castle when it comes to international medical tourism. The affordable prices combined with high levels of quality care in a country rich in culture, natural beauty and amazing food all combine to make Thailand the first choice for many seeking medical treatment abroad. In fact, Thailand is one of the world’s preferred destinations for all types of treatment including medical, cosmetic and dental procedures.
WELLNESS TOURISM With wellness tourism, people head overseas for treatments that are intended to maintain their well-being or help them develop better health habits, as opposed to just treating illness. It is aimed at anyone looking for authentic, usually nontraditional therapies which do not involve physicians and do not take place in clinics, but are delivered by therapists familiar with integrated medicine in comfortable, sometimes immaculate, retreats often referred to as wellness spas. As such, â&#x20AC;&#x153;wellness spa tourismâ&#x20AC;? is the common name for people who cross borders for preventive medicine and lifestyle improvement therapies. Wellness spas are popular in many Asian health-tourism destinations and across Europe too, with the key component being the delivery of alternative treatments to achieve balance among mind, body, and spirit. The treatments found in wellness spas include things like therapeutic massage, detoxifying clay baths, Ayurvedic treatments, colonic cleansings, acupressure, yoga, reflexology, meditation, aromatherapy, and hydrotherapy. These therapies relieve sore muscles and enhance blood flow to different parts of the body. They will attempt to treat, reduce as well as resolve medical conditions diagnosed by a primary health care professional.
Thailand has become a leading wellness spa destination, providing all these therapies and more, earning itself the unofficial title of Spa Capital of Asia because of the unique way in which the country is able to deliver a relaxing atmosphere, warm hospitality and service, and therapists with the soft touch and welcoming personalities necessary for a rejuvenating, health-renewing wellness-spa experience. This is why so many people are choosing Thailand for wellness-spa tourism. Thai wellness specialties include an array of traditional treatments that make the spas there so special. Expert therapists have an innate understanding of the centuries-old techniques that they use, partly due to the overall connection to wellbeing that is part of Thai culture. The most well-known wellness-spa treatment is Traditional Thai Massage, a healing art that is thousands of years old and was once associated to spirituality in Buddhist temples. Another famous therapy thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique to Thailand involves the use fragrant therapeutic herbs wrapped in soft cotton, steamed, and then gently pressed on the body. It is commonly referred to as Thai Herbal Compress which, when applied to the body, transfers essential oils and heat for healing. Another timehonored Thai wellness spa therapy is Thai Foot Massage through which a heightened state of relaxation is achieved as varying amounts of pressure are applied not only to the feet, but also calves, thighs, and sometimes even the head and shoulders.
Top Medical Tourism Destinations in Thailand BANGKOK What makes it great is a combination of its ancient traditions side by side with all the modern amenities you could ask for. Alongside Bangkok’s Buddhist temples are amazingly modern, hi-tech hospitals and medical centers that will amaze and delight you. The “City of Angels” has something for everyone, and with it comes the most amazing service at astonishing prices. This includes 21 JCI-accredited hospitals, including Bumrungrad International, Bangkok Hospital, Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital, Vejthani Hospital, and Yanhee Hospital. CHIANG MAI Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North,” is a city that many a visitor has fallen in love with, and a large number of them have decided to make their home. Travel + Leisure Magazine voted Chiang Mai – Thailand’s “second city” – the #2 city in the world in 2010. JCI-accredited Chiang mai Ram Hospital is one of the more affordable accredited hospitals in the country; this is because you get the finest treatment available at some of the best value in Thailand. The gorgeous northern mountains, along with the cooler northern weather, make Chiang Mai a dream destination for medical tourists. KOH SAMUI Koh Samui is one of the most popular island paradises in the world, according to many surveys and rankings. Beautiful white sand beaches with clean, clear warm water next to lush tropical gardens and gentle ocean breezes await travelers to this ideal holiday destination. Bangkok Hospital Samui is also nearby,
for those choosing to take advantage of this JCI-accredited hospital for any procedures or treatments they might need. PHUKET Phuket may be just an island, but it is also a world complete unto itself, offering global travelers and medical tourists more than most can imagine – or handle – on a one- to two-week holiday. Thailand’s “Pearl of the South” seduces all who come within her orbit, and she has grown into one of the most famous and popular destinations anywhere in the world. Phuket is the perfect place for any number of procedures, treatments, or operations, and is home to JCI-accredited Bangkok Hospital Phuket. HUA HIN Hua Hin has emerged as a firstclass destination in its own right over the past decade. A short 2 ½ hour’s drive from Bangkok, it has excellent golf courses, an amazing beach, its own floating markets, and – quite amazingly for a town its size – the JCI-accredited Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin. This is no long era sleepy fishing village, but an outstanding city by the sea to head where you can receive world-class medical treatment, and then relax in this tranquil town. PATTAYA Thailand’s favorite seaside resort, Pattaya, has something for both the experienced traveler and the casual tourist in search of a medical holiday destination. For those preferring a beach town over Bangkok, yet only a short drive away, Pattaya deserves investigation. There are a number of excellent hospitals in the
area, including the JCI-accredited Bangkok Hospital Pattaya. When allâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s said and done, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great place to relax and recuperate.
Nine Reasons to Make Thailand be a Medical Tourism Destination • All Medical facilities in Thailand pride themselves on their high standards, and many have subjected their premises and systems to the most rigorous classification by applying for accreditation and certification, whereby a qualified standards organization. • The physicians, surgeons and nurses have been meticulously trained to the highest levels, and more than 500 doctors practicing in Thai hospitals are American Board Certified. These medical professionals are skilled at providing the highest quality medical treatment. • The cost of medical treatments in Thailand is significantly lower compared to identical treatments in the developed world. In fact, treatments in Thailand are typically far less expensive than elsewhere in the world. • In Thailand, the ease with which appointments for treatment can be arranged. Thailand hospitals have numerous operating theaters and enough qualified surgeons that there is little, if any, waiting for scheduling even the most complex and invasive procedures. • Thailand offers excellent service. Thai nurses, physicians, surgeons and therapists never forget the most fundamental element in a complete treatment and swift recovery: namely, a warm and caring human touch. Staff are truly friendly and considerate to the needs of all their patients, and they will do everything to make you feel relaxed and confident in the treatments you have selected, ensuring all your needs are met.
• All of Thailand’s leading hospitals feature state-of-the-art technology that helps them provide the highest degree of medical treatment and service. • There are numerous of outstanding spas, destination spa, Health resort that will pamper recovering patients and their companions equally well, helping both find relaxation and harmony within an idyllic and peaceful environment. • Thailand features a wide range of accommodation options, from five-star luxury hotels to budget serviced apartment for medical tourist who need long stay recovery. • Thailand providing all medical tourists with the availability of a wide variety of medical & healing treatments not only Western medicine but also Oriental medicine or Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) which developed over thousands of years Where Western Medicine meets Eastern in a perfect blend of healing disciplines.
Medical and wellness spas have come up in many parts of the world. They offer alternative healthcare facilities and in many cases holistic healing. Spa treatments have been incorporated into medical and wellness facilities since they help the body to rejuvenate and de-stress. The relationship between a spa and wellness is well documented. Medical and wellness spas emphasize on the links between the body minds, spirit. They aim to identify illness and health issues to address them before their onset. Making use of the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own healing energy is highly emphasized by medical spas. For the health tourism, people want to find a place to heal that can provide good care, more options and emphasizes the happiness of the patient, rather than the profit for the shareholders of a drug company. Top-class hospitals, experienced physicians, latest technology and significantly low costs of treatment compared to the West have made Thailand one of the top medical tourism destinations in the world. The country also has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and a lot of entertainment avenues, which make it a preferred destination among medical tourists. These aspects have attracted nearly 2 million medical tourists from around the world to Thailand in the year 2012, which is expected to go up even further this year.
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Kuan Kang Hot Spring
Kuan Kang hot spring is located in Tambon Bo Nam Ron (Hot Spring District). It is far away from Ampher Kantang (Kantang district) about 6 kilometers and far from The National Park 12 kilometers. The temperature of the water in the pond is about 60 degree Celsius. Bubble that pops up the occasional have faint odor of sulfur inserted up with. The area around Hot Spring has a beautiful landscape. There also has a trail of natural education for the tourists who want to study about the nature or rare plants.
This place offer a Thai traditional massage and foot massage for the tourists and also sell a spa and Thai traditional massage products. Nowadays, it is growing in importance as an attraction for tourists concerned with their health. Contact at 082 289 4211, 084 724 6247 and 086 271 6326 for more information
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Museum and the Thai Traditional Medical Training Centre This museum is located in the Ministry of Public Health on Tiwanon Road. The building of three storeys is remarkably built in traditional Thai style designed by a national artist. The second floor serves as an exhibition hall divided into 7 rooms of the history and evolution of Thai traditional medical profession, traditional medical philosophy as well as Thai traditional medicines. Room 1 : Phra Phaisachakuruwaitunyaprapha Hall : the link between buddhist believes and Thai traditional medical profession Room 2 : Thai Traditional Medical Training Hall : the traditional ceremony of showing respect towards traditional medical teachers. Room 3 : Evolution of Thai Traditional Medical Profession (from the Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, Thonburi to Rattanakosin period) Room 4 : Thai Intelligence in the 4 Regional Medical Profession. Room 5 : Thai Traditional Massage: history and equipments. Room 6 : Thai Traditional Cuisine: right food for right seasons. Room 7 : Medicines : traditional and herbal medicines.
In the basement area, there are meeting rooms, library, and bookstore. The natural products and healthy food can be shopped on the first floor of the museum which is also the location of the Thai Medical Profession Healthy Centre, Thai Traditional Medical Remedy and Herbal Sauna and Thai Massage Service with the possibility of being member. Opened daily from 8.30 am. to 5 pm. Healthy and Treatment Massage for B.200., Feet Massage for B.150. For more details, please contact 0 2590 2606. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, the museum, which is surrounded by a garden of thousand kinds of herbs, sells herbal food, clean and clear from toxic vegetables and herbal medicines. For those who are interested in taking courses in Thai traditional medical profession, body or feet massage can apply to the Institute of Thai Medical Profession Healthy Centre for a certification of the Ministry of Public Health. For more information, please call 0 2591 0598-9. Tel : 0 2591 1095. Address : Tiwanon Road, Amphoe Mueang, Nonthaburi Operating day/time : 8.30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 16.30 on Monday Friday Ticket fare : Adults: 30 Baht / Children: 15 Baht / Foreigners: 150 Baht
King Liew Vegetarian Restaurant King Liew Vegetarian Restaurant has been in business for a while, starting from when the vegetarian owners of the restaurant Khun Chompoo and Khun Pong came up with the idea to encourage people of the new and younger generations to eat more vegetarian food. It was from that point that the owners decided to create new and exciting vegetarian dishes that have the same deliciousness like that of a fancy 5 star hotel. There are many recommended dishes, such as Crunchy fish and Herbs Fried Rice, Taro and Sweet Potato Spring Roll and Basil Grilled Duck Spaghetti. For those who worry
about meat, the restaurant usually uses protein, mushroom or another vegetarian food to replicate any kind of meat. If you are looking for a vegetarian place to eat, then come try King Liew Restaurant. It is open from 10:00-22:00 every day. So donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out on your chance to experience a great healthy dining experience here at King Liew Restaurant. Contact : Tel, 076-376791, 080-575-6723 Address : 55/744 Soi 7 Phuket Villa Daorung, Chaofa Rd. Tumbon. Vichit Phuket Thailand 83000 Opening Hours : 10.00 am - 10.00 pm
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A healthy holiday in Thailand by reclaimyourself
Last month we had our first yoga retreat in Thailand. You may have seen our blog about Thailand, all about the responsible travel side of things. But how was the retreat? What happened? Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a look back at how it all went from retreat organizer Jools Sampson.
After months of planning and weeks of preparation it was finally time to start our Thailand retreat… On day one we picked up our twelve clients at the ferry port and whisked them away from the all the tourists and up into the peaceful haven of Khao Ra national park.
It was quite something to see how much time and effort went into preparing every dish – with a whole crew of sous chefs behind the scenes cleaning, chopping, slicing and grating ingredients for most of the day, ready for Pemee and Gee to cook up a creative storm for each meal.
After a welcome juice everyone was shown to their bungalows and left to settle in. Thank heavens for the team of super strong nephews who came to help carry everyone’s bags! Our venue is set on a mountain and each bungalow requires a climb up and along jungle paths, so having some help with the bags was very welcome…
After arrival day, we settled into our retreat routine which started at 6am, clearing the yoga space for teacher Tim to do his own practice at 6.15am. Clients usually appeared around 7am ready to start their class at 7.30am.
After a little rest, everyone gathered for their first Shadow yoga class with Tim Cummins. It was hot and humid but with the afternoon breeze, a couple of fans and amazing views over the island there were lots of smiley faces as Tim introduced his plan for the week and led an “arrive and unwind” class. With the sounds of the jungle buzzing all around and the occasional burst of happy chatting from the Thai team as they prepared the evening meal, it felt like a truly magical start to the week. The chefs wowed everyone with their first evening meal, a feast of healthy Thai food they had spent most of the afternoon preparing.
As clients got into their morning practice, behind the scenes was always a hive of activity. Bathrooms cleaned, paths swept, shopping lists discussed and the market run planned. Meanwhile the sous crew were as always patiently chopping, slicing and grating ingredients for breakfast listening quietly to the sound of Tim’s voice as he led his class. After a long breakfast, clients did their own thing during the day. Day two was a “home day” so people chose to explore, swims in the nearby rock pools and a few trekked up to the top of the mountain to check out the view across the island. On other days we offered a snorkelling trip, a day on a beautiful quiet beach and a trip to a local temple with its own herbal steam room. Some people went out every day and others chose to spend some down time chilling in their hammock or catching up on sleep. On the last two days, everyone had a complimentary hot stone massage with Jools. Timed to ease any aches from the yoga practice and take everyone down another gear, it seemed to work as the retreat settled into a peaceful flow as we neared the end.
And before we knew it, it was all over! Twenty six hours of yoga, continuously amazing meals, adventures, a few dramas, lots of laughter and plenty of challenges met with grace and courage by both clients and team – I’d say that was a job well done and another Reclaim Your Self mission completed. We had a great time – it was hot and humid, stunningly beautiful, inspiring, hard work and incredibly rewarding. As clients went on their way, some for a beach holiday and others back home, the team had a day of reflection on a suitably stunning beach. We’ve already started making plans for next year – we’ll be splitting students into level one and level two groups, adding some mindfulness work and have a whole new set of excursions too. Thailand is certainly a magical place and we cant wait to get back there next year. Want to join us next year? Our retreats are now open for early bird booking, and you can start a monthly payment plan of £65. Clients who came last year are offered a £50 returning discount (we’d love to carry on the work we started with you) and early birds get a discount too. See our website for all the details.
KING BHUMIBOL’S Birthday & National Father’s Day 5 December
An idea occurred to many people that Father’s Day would be His Majesty King Bhumibol’s birthday on the 5th of December, because the King is a role model not only as a king, but also as a father. Then, a formal proposal to this effect was put forward by Khunying Nueathip Semorathip, chairman of the Educational Volunteers Association, and was adopted by the Council of Ministers. And on the 5th of December 1980 was celebrated as National Father’s Day for the first time.
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To understand why King Bhumibol is held as a role model, here is a brief story of his life. The King was born in 1927 at Cambridge, Massachusetts, where his father Prince Mahidol of Songkhla was studying medicine at Harvard. At that time there seemed little likelihood of his ever becoming king, since King Prajadhipok, though heirless then, was still young at 34 years of age. So, ahead of Prince Bhumibol in the line of succession were any children the King might have, Prince Mahidol himself and his elder son Prince Ananda. However, Prince Mahidol died prematurely in 1929, and King Prajadhipok abdicated in 1935 still without a son. Prince Ananda, then a 10-year-old pupil in Switzerland, was chosen as king. A few months after his return to Thailand in 1945, the young King tragically died in the Grand Palace, still unmarried. Thus, Prince Bhumibol, then 19, became the 9th King of the Chakri Dynasty. After attending his brother’s funeral, the young King went back to Lausanne and changed his university studies from natural science to political science and law to prepare himself for his new duties. Two years later in 1948 while on a visit to Fontainebleau, he met his future wife, the lovely Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitiyakara, the daughter of the then Thai Minister to France. Their friendship increased after the King met with a road accident in Geneva. Then on 19 July 1949 they became engaged. The Royal Couple were married in Bangkok on 28 April 1950 and seven days later His Majesty was crowned. During the coronation he took the Oath of Succession to the Throne: “We will reign with righteousness for the benefit and happiness of the Thai people”. Those words have been borne out by his activities ever since. Although a revolution in 1932 changed Thailand’s absolute monarchy into a constitutional monarchy, this has in no way diminished the reverence the Thai people have traditionally held for their kings. In fact, the great respect, admiration and love they have for His Majesty King Bhumibol have increased with the time since his coronation.
Such deep affection has in large part been inspired by the King’s gracious concern for the welfare of his subjects as evidenced by the hundreds of “Projects Undertaken Through Royal Initiative”, ranging from the hilltribe crop substitution to artificial rainmaking, from reafforestation to irrigation, from medical care to natural disaster relief. His Majesty’s deep interest in the wellbeing of his people is also shown by his frequent personal contact with them in order to keep in touch with as many of his subjects as possible. In addition to his kindness and benevolence, King Bhumibol has many other good qualities that justify the reverence held for him by his people. For example, he has exercised a stabilizing influence in Thai politics and has shown his sagacity during national crisis. He has many-sided talents for arts, science, sports and languages. He speaks English, French and German fluently. He is an accomplished composer and musician. His Falling Rain, The Candle Light Blues, Near Dawn and Love at Sundown are among the most popular songs of this country. He won the gold medal in yachting in the Southeast Asia Peninsula Games in 1967. His meritorious deeds are recognized world- wide as is evidenced by his many awards presented by international organizations. One of the awards is the UNDP Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the global relevance of his call for a sufficiency approach to development, presented by United Nations Development Programme on 26 May 2006. In honor of the great services His Majesty had done to his country and people, the Thai government in 1960 named His Majesty’s birthday on 5 December as National Day. It is celebrated most enthusiastically throughout the country every year, especially in Bangkok. Buildings along Ratchadamnoen Avenue and the other main roads are decorated with thousands of colourful lights, flags and portraits of the King for several days. There are all-night festivities at Sanam Luang next to the Grand Palace on the eve of the King’s birthday, joined by Bangkokians and provincials numbering hundreds of thousands.
Horoscope Predictions for the month of
Rup Krishen Baqaya
Some readers have expressed the desire to know about the foods which are in harmony with (or suit) the different Sun-Signs. Therefore while giving the forecast for this month, I am also giving the details of such foods in respect of each sign. Aries: You are now entering an exciting time, one when almost anything could happen. You assign yourself fresh goals, priorities and targets. The primary focus though will be on finances, both borrowing and lending. As for foods, Aries being prone to neurological disorders, brain food like fish and walnuts works wonders for them. Stimulants like tea, coffee and alcohol are best avoided. Given the impulsive nature of Aries which burns a lot of energy, high protein foods like lentil, peas, beans, eggs and meat are a must as are hot foods like onion and garlic. Taurus: There is little to hold you back now, not even your own apprehensions. Powerful planetary patterns will help you to distinguish between imaginary fears and limitations which are real. As Taurus is prone to putting on weight, overindulgence in food and drinks is to be avoided. Beets, cauliflower, cucumber, pumpkin, prunes, almonds, egg yolk, liver and lamb are good for Taurus. Sweets are best avoided as Taureans are prone to diabetes. Gemini: A struggle for supremacy is round the corner, hopefully with you taking the upper hand. Put your practical side upfront as it will help you to rearrange your priorities. Try to find some time to relax also, as it is going to help. Apples, carrots, celery, raisins, spinach, green beans and figs are the best food for a Gemini besides the usual helping of proteins. Since Geminis are prone to lung disorders, smoking is a strong no no for them. Cancer: You interact with people. Good friends will come nearer and their counseling will benefit you. This leads to peace and harmony within you that you crave. Cancer being a water sign, fish and seafood are highly beneficial for them, as are vegetables and fruit with high water content like watermelon, cucumber, pumpkin, cabbage, turnip, lettuce and mushrooms. Leo: A trend which brings both mental relief and positive action starts now. The burdens that were seeming too heavy will suddenly be lightened. There will be good times with friends and many social outings. The foods that suit a Leo are the ones similar in appearance and/or color to the Sun, such as lemon, apple, coconut, eggs, sunflower seeds, honey, almonds etc. The ruler of Leo being the Sun, it is always better for Leos to spend some time of the day in Sunshine.
Virgo: The focus will be on financial issues. Cash flow, liquid assets, property and joint funds will have to be handled well. That will be necessary to fund your own ventures. Virgos generally suffer from a kind of anxiety complex which can lead to intestinal problems such as colitis particularly when the nature of work is sedentary. The best diet for a Virgo therefore is lots of vegetables, cooked cereal, fruit juices and lemons. Libra: Developments that are beginning to take place in your life will accelerate now.In fact you are about to experience some amazing changes as personal and emotional issues take the sidelines and your energies are redirected. The Libran is advised to drink lots of water and juices to keep that kidney flushing. It is better to be a vegetarian for a Libra. Asparagus, almonds, brown rice, peas, oatmeal, beets, raisins, wheat, apples, strawberries, spinach and corn are the best food for Librans. Scorpio: Teachers, employers or other persons in authority will expect you to give your best. Also, if you are networking, this is an ideal time for you to establish communication with different parts of the world. Figs, onions, asparagus, coconut, radish and mustard are amongst the ideal foods for a Scorpio. For good health Scorpio is advised to avoid excess of alcohol, drugs, food and sex. Sagittarius: You gain enormously from the efforts of friends and partners, making you realize the extent to which you have benefited from other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s generosity. Prunes, apples, oats, raw eggs, strawberries, dates, cherries, tomatoes, green beans and corn are the food of choice for Sagittarians. Spicy foods and smoking are a big no. Capricorn: A demanding time, full of activity is in store for you. You are advised not to tire yourself with fretting. Stay with routines and remain trusting. Since the bones of a Capricorn are brittle, he needs to take as much Calcium as possible. Milk, figs, eggs, cottage-cheese, wheat, lemons, oranges, almonds, celery are thus the best food for Capricorn. The best advice for a Capricorn is not to eat under rushed or emotional circumstances. Aquarius: A high intensity phase both for love and money is in the offing. Additionally trade and travel, as you may be exporting or buying overseas. There could be legalities to look at in the matter of tie ups. The foods that suit Aquarius are Lobster, lettuce, fish, walnuts, pears, lemon, orange, apple, oysters, radish, corn, peaches and grapefruit are the ideal foods for Aquarius. Aquarius is advised to make a variety in eating and drinking a habit and not make a habit of too much of anything. Pisces: Health of parents or other elder relatives will need care. You are advised not to be taken in by others charm, chatty manner or extravagant promises, no matter how sincere they appear to be. The best food for Pisces is chicken, fresh vegetables and fresh fruit. Pisces is advised to omit alcohol and drugs as also the sweet and creamy stuff.
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F oods for
Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a beautiful reason to stop by the supermarket today: Certain foods have powerhouse ingredients that keep skin supple and smooth and help fight age-related damage, says Nicholas Perricone, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and author of Ageless Face, Ageless Mind. Wondering what to eat and what to smooth on? These skin-saving foods help both ways.
Strawberries have more anti-aging vitamin C per serving than oranges or grapefruit. And research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that people who eat foods rich in vitamin C have fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who don’t.
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of olive oil don’t just benefit you on the inside—they soften your skin, too. “Ancient Romans massaged olive oil into their skin,” Dr. Perricone says. “When used topically, olive oil results in smoother, more radiant skin.” Plus, consuming olive oil, a staple in the healthy Mediterranean diet, provides antioxidants to disarm free radicals and reduce inflammation. In addition to working olive oil into your daily diet, apply as a lip gloss and skin soother, as needed. If you have dry skin, you’ll particularly benefit from topical application.
Curling up to a cup of green tea does a lot more than relax you. Green tea is filled with inflammation-fighting antioxidants, Dr. Perricone says. What’s more, research from Case Western Reserve University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham shows that drinking green tea may reduce your risk of skin cancer. And when you add a generous squeeze of citrus juice, the tea’s antioxidants get a boost of staying power, so they remain in and benefit the body longer, rather than being digested quickly and having much of the goodness go down the drain, according to Purdue University researchers.
Pumpkin’s orange hue is from carotenoids, wrinkle-fighting plant pigments that help neutralize free radicals in the skin, keeping them from damaging the cells that fast-forward aging. “Pumpkin is filled with vitamins C, E, and A, as well as powerful enzymes that help to cleanse the skin,” explains dermatologist Kenneth Beer, author of Palm Beach Perfect Skin. Plus, pumpkin has hydrating properties, Ionescu adds. Although the seeds make a great fiber-filled snack, you get the skin-saving antioxidants from the pulp.
“Pomegranates are one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits,” Fernstrom says. Research shows this fruit’s juice has more inflammation-fighting antioxidants than red wine or green tea. Eat some fresh pomegranate or use it in an age-fighting scrub. Apply once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells, suggests Cleo Londono, aesthetician and owner of Metamorphosis Day Spa, in New York City.
LOI KRATHONG Festival
Loi Krathong festival is a Thai tradition which has been conducted for a long time ago. Loi Krathong has been held since the middle of the eleventh to the middle of the twelfth lunar month, which is a great flood season- especially on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month. When the moon shines at night, it makes rivers clear. It is very beautiful scenery which is suitable for floating krathong. In the past, we called Loi Krathong as Chong Pa Rieng- floating lantern of royal ceremony. It is a Brahman festival to worship GodsSiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. When Thai people adopted Buddhism, they adapted this ceremony to honor the Buddhas cremated bone- the original Buddha at the second heaven ruler.
They floated lantern to worship the footprint of the Buddha on Nammathanati River beach in India. Floating krathong along the river was created by Nang Noppamas; the most favorite concubines Sukhothai king. She made krathong as lotus-shaped. The king of Sukhothai floated it along the river. According to Sri Chula Lucks treatise, Phra Ruang (Sukhothai king) said From now on, on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month, kings of Siam have to make floating lantern- like lotus-shaped- to worship the foot-print of the Buddha on Nammathanati River for ever after.
In Rattanakosin period, people often made big and beautiful krathong. According to Chao Phraya Dhipharachawongs historical annals said: In the twelfth lunar month on 14 and 15 waxing moon, I ask for members of the royal family and civil servants making big-sized krathongs- look like banana trunk rafts, they size 8-9 sauk width (an ancient Thai measure of length) and 10-11 sauk tall. They make for contesting each other. For example, some imitate krathong as Mount Meru - shaped and others make krathong as basket decorated with flowers. There are a lot of people to do these so they use a lot of money- about 20 chung (an ancient measure of weight). Nowadays, Loi Krathong festival is held in mostly Thai provinces. Particularly in Chiangmai, it has krathong parade, contestation of making krathongs, and Noppamas beauty pageants contest. The villagers in northern and north-eastern parts of Thailand often float lanterns. They are made of color paper. If they float in the afternoon, they will use smoke for floating lanterns while they use torch to set smoke in lanterns to float them in wind chill at night. We can see the light from lantern in the sky with moonshine and stars glitter at night, which is very beautiful. Loi Krathongs history in Thailand Loi Krathong in Thailand originated in Sukhothai period as Loy Phra Pra Teip or Loy Khom (floating lantern). It is a festival of Thai people. After that, Noppamas- the most favorite concubines Sukhothai king - created krathong, like lotus-shaped, for floating in the river. Instead of floating lantern, it used for worshipping the foot-print of Buddha at Nammathanati River beach in Thakkhinabodh district, India. As we called Nehrabhuddha river.
Loi Krathong at the present Nowadays, Thai people still keep form suitably; on the full moon of the twelfth, people usually prepare natural materials to make krathong. For example, they use banana trunk and lotus to make beautiful krathong then stick candle, incense stick, and flowers in krathong. They always ask for good luck in the future and forgiveness Pra Mae Khongkha. At the temples and tourist places, they held contestation of making krathong and Noppamas beauty pageants contest. There are many entertainment shows at night. Moreover, they set cautiously fireworks. The materials, used for making krathong, could be easily decomposed. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on? Bangkok : Loi Krathong Festival, the colors of the river. Sukothai : The Annual Loi Krathong Festival of Sukothai Chiangmai : The Annual Yi Peng Festival of Chiangmai Tak : Tak Loi Krathong Sai Festival Pranakornsriayudhaya : Loi Krathong Festival at the old city Samutsongkram : The Annual Leaf Sheaf Loi Krathong Festival at Mae Klong Supanburi : The Annual Loykrathong Festival of Supanburi
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Five Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling by Cheryl-Anne
Nothing takes the shine off a travel adventure like finding yourself sick away from home. Even the healthiest of us can fallâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Colds happen. Germs find us. Stomachs revoltâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so it pays to think ahead and pack for those unexpected headaches, troubled tummies and painful blisters. Here are five tips for staying healthy on the road:
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Clean hands Pack hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes and use often. I wish airports would take a tip from cruise ships and provide hand sanitizer stations at the entrance to all terminals and jetways. Everyone picking up a bin at the security checkpoint or boarding a plane should get a dollop. It couldn’t hurt, right? It’s not just germy handrails or contaminated food. Unexpected surfaces such as the airplane seatback tray or even your purse can—according to some sources—be as dirty as the bathroom floor.
No travel first aid kit should be without the basics: Pain reliever, cold medicines (decongestant, antihistamine, coughs suppressant, etc.) and anti-diarrhea medication can make the difference between an inconvenience and an unpleasant medical situation. Band-Aids and travel-sized antibiotic ointment are a given. If you’re going to more exotic locations make an appointment with a travel medicine specialist for the necessary shots and preventative medication. Don’t forget your vitamins. Note: Keep prescription medications in the original container to avoid confiscation and to make it easier to get a refill on the road.
Write it down If you have specific allergies— food or medicines— make sure your travel companions and tour operator are aware. Note: Carry the name and number of your physician in case of emergency and have a copy of your insurance card with you.
All things in moderation
Overeating, drinking too much, lack of sleep and jet lag can wreak havoc on your body and weaken the immune system. Some say the best way to beat jet lag is to start preparing days before a trip. Eat less, drink less and sleep more. Skip the inflight cocktail and opt for water or juice instead. While traveling, resist the temptation to abuse the all-you-can-eat buffet on the cruise ship and stay hydrated.
Don’t forget to get up and move on long flights and don’t drop the workout routine when you arrive. Many hotels offer at least a basic fitness room. Even if there is excellent public transportation at the destination you’re visiting, hit the cobblestones whenever possible. Take the stairs when you can. Note: There are specific hotel room-friendly workout routines designed for travelers. credit :http://www.hotphuketvillas.com/phuket/tips-to-spend-luxurious-vacation-in-phuket.html