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ISSUE 7 VOLUME 7 JULY 2019

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Luxury Living & Exclusive Lifestyle

Mister National Universe

Returns To Hua Hin

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Centara

World Masters 2019

Let’s Go,

Nakhon Si Thammarat

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Life's Lessons On Happiness, Fear And Courage

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elcome to Issue 7, Volume 7. When you think of southern Thailand you probably think of the gorgeous Andaman coast, or some beautiful far flung islands ringed with white sands and turquoise waters. But as the experienced traveler will tell you, if you go off-track, you'll find a lot of hidden gems past the highway. One of them is the second biggest province in the South of Thailand, Nakhon Si Thammarat. Usually shortened to Nakhon, it is an ancient city of great importance to Thai history, dating back to the 7th century. Nakhon was once the center of art, culture, and marine trading for the region, proven by abundant antiquities and archaeological evidence discovered there. Nakhon, the capital bearing the same name as the province, was an influential trading port for centuries attracting merchants from China, India, Sri Lanka and Europe. Dig out your comfortable walking shoes and turn to page to 40 to read why Nakhon is truly worth a visit on your next trip south. How many of us have admired adults when we were younger and then grew up to find that adults actually had no idea what they were doing either? We try to consistently pursue life goals that will make us and our closest relations happy; a trait that many individuals search for their entire lives.

In his best-selling first book, “Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart”: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now”, Dr Gordon Livingston, a psychiatrist who’s been listening to people’s problems for decades, revealed thirty bedrock truths about life, and how best to live it. In his capacity as a psychiatrist, Dr Livingston listened to people talk about their lives and the many ways people induced unhappiness on themselves. “The most secure prisons are those we construct for ourselves.” Explains Dr. Livingston. Lay down on your favorite couch and turn to page 60 to learn a few of life’s lessons. Thailand once again played host to Mister National Universe with the host cities this year being Kanchanaburi and Hua Hin. Broadcast live in high definition, the final “Coronation” night reached almost a million people. This 8 day event saw 19 men, each representing their own country compete for the title and to bring glory to their nation. Put on your finest and turn to page 66 to see who the grand winner in this year’s Mister National Universe competition was and why you should have been there. Those are just a few of the stories you’ll find inside this month’s issue. As always, we thank you for picking us up and we hope you enjoy the read.

Tanya Siri Vijitsomphong Editor, HOT Magazine

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Returns To Thailand

你为什么在华欣买房?

On Happiness, Fear And Courage

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Celebrate The Negroni

Nakhon Si Thammarat

So Sofitel Bangkok

Campari & Imbibe

Let’s Go,

Let’s Stay,

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Lifes Lessons

Mr National Universe

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Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin first opened its doors to welcome guests in the early 1920s, at a time when the new railway line to Malaysia was transforming the sleepy fishing village of Hua Hin into Thailand’s first beach resort. Our hotel, originally named the Railway Hotel, was built along the classic lines of that era, and today is regarded as one of the grand hotels of the East.

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Model: Thania Dokmai Mrs. Grand Universe Thailand 2019 MUA: Kaithong​ Photographers: Sunya Yamake Supphachat Khomkow Location: Centara Grand Hua Hin Resort

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Model: Thania Dokmai Mrs. Grand Universe Thailand 2019 MUA: Kaithong​ Photographers: Sunya Yamake Supphachat Khomkow Location: Centara Grand Hua Hin Resort

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HOT AROUND HUA HIN

Hua Hin Business Network June Event held at Take 5 On 20 June Hua Hin Business Network members and guests got together at Take 5 Sports Bar & Live Music rooftop to eat great food, drink wine and to meet new contacts. Take 5 is located in Kao Takiab, among other items on the menu it is famous for its Indian Buffet evenings. The Hua Hin Business Network (HHBN) is a non- profit organization for like-minded people who are working & living in Hua Hin, Cha Am & Pranburi to socialize and network. To see what Hua Hin Business Network is all about come join the monthly networking events by going to Facebook “Hua Hin Business Network� Page under events, or go to www.hh-b-n.com for more information.

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True Arena Hua Hin Once Again Hosts The ITF True Arena Hua Hin, Hua Hin’s ultimate full sports facility, continues to bring quality tennis to Hua Hin. True Arena started off 2019 by hosting the Woman’s Tennis Association’s Thailand Open 2019, bringing 32 WTA players from around the world to compete in Hua Hin The first of nine ITF World Tour Tennis circuits which offers more than US $155,000 in prize-money began in early July and will run thru November. Suwat Liptapanlop, advisory chairman of the organising committee, said four ITF events have been staged at the tennis complex over the past four years, giving local players the chance to compete

and climb up the world rankings.

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Once again sponsored by Cal-Comp Electronics Thailand and XYZ printing & ITF Pro Circuit, the series will include three US$15,000 Men’s Circuits, four US$15,000 Women’s Circuits and two US$25,000 Women’s Circuits.

The three Men’s Circuits begin on August 19 thru the 25, August 26th to September 1st and finishing September 2nd thru 8th.

“By organising home ITF tournaments, Thai players can pursue their career without having to travel aboard, which incurs high expenses,” said Suwat, the former deputy prime minister. The woman played the first of the nine-event ITF series from July 1st thru 7th and again then July 8th thru the 14th. The women return October 7th-

The series will end with two US $25,000 women’s circuit events, from November 4th thru 10th and November 11th to 17th. Everyone is invited to enjoy watching the tournaments as they are all free to attend. For more information, please call 032 909 633, Email: info@truearenahuahin.com www.truearenahuahin.com

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MCC At The Avani + On Sunday June 16th the Grand Dame of Hua Hun, Khun Lizzy once again held court at her Multi-Cultural Community event, better known as MCC. The AVANI + was once again the location and Matthew Fryer the GM of the AVANI + and his team put out a great buffet. With Lizzy’s events there is always a dress code and this time it was Songkran Shirt’s, which led to a extremely colorful ballroom. Lizzy’s MCC is a charitable organization and this evening the raised funds were split 50/50 between Lizzy’s poor & education projects & Edwin Wiek’s Wildlife Friends Foundation. Guests of note included Mr. Thaweesin Pattanapiras, nicknamed Khun Boy, he is a member of the Provincial Parliament and the Governor of Prachuabkhirikan sent his representative, District Chief Mr. Tanon Panpiparat. Edwin Wieke, the founder of Wildife Friends Foundation attended as did Andrew Stocks founder of Sunshine Retirement Residences. Emcee Brian Anderson once again had the crowd laughing while they were entertained by Christoph Nakila & his neice Cecilia along with DJ Jerome. Raffle vouchers were provided by Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin, Marriott Hotel, BeerCompany. Net, Centara Grand Resort, Sala Bua Restaurant, Lotus Gym For information on Lizzy’s next MCC event you can email her at lizzy.huahin@ mycity-thailand.com

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HOT AROUND PATTAYA

Infiniti & Full Moon Brewworks Summer Collaboration The InterContinental Pattaya Resort is just two hours from Bangkok by car and two hours away from Hua Hin by ferry. The resort has many restaurants including Infiniti. Infiniti is an Al fresco style restaurant with spectacular ocean views. Cuisine here is international and modern utilizing their wood fired oven and char grill. Infiniti was also the setting for a very special dinner held on Friday evening June 21st. The InterContinental’s Director of Food & Beverage, Mr. Phinyo Thanbunphairach, along with their Executive Chef Khun Sumit Potiket, partnered with Sukij M.Thipatima,

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Director & Master Brewer of Phuket’s Full Moon Brewworks to present a Summer Craft Beer Dinner. What makes Full Moon Brewworks special is that they combine traditional beer-making techniques with the Thai art of culinary and local ingredients. Brewing with malts, hops & yeast, all from the world’s leading sources, they blend in local herbs, spices and fruits to deliver a distinctive new definition of Thai beer. The evening was to start at 6pm but was delayed a bit because there was just too much sun on the outdoor terrace,

a terrible problem to have although it did lead to a stunning sunset over the Gulf of Thailand. Once everyone was seated, introductions were made and then the gastronomical event began. First out from Chef Sumit’s Kitchen was Alaskan king crab & sweet corn panna cotta, Bussaba Ex-Weisse jelly, dill-cream cheese, salmon roe and a pistachio cracker. This course was paired with Full Moon’s Bussaba ExWeisse Hefe- Weizen. A Hefe-Weizen is a classic German wheat beer, however Full Moon’s Thai take on it adds notes of ripe tropical fruits giving it an easy to drink appeal.


HOT AROUND PATTAYA The second course was pan-seared foie gras & duck breast with braised red cabbage, orange, apple and grand manriner-orange reduction, all paired with a Chalawan Pale Ale. The pale ale style is American and had notes of lychee, citrus & floral which gave it a bold & smooth flavor. This was followed by a cinnamonrum & orange sherbet to cleanse the palate. The next arrival was a braised Australian angus short rib in Chatri Ipa & Thai herbs, a roasted marinated lamb loin with garlic, kaffir lime leaves, crispy barley rice coriander crust and a Mediterranean couscous salad, paired with a Chatri Ipa. The Chatri Ipa is classified as a Session IPA which is an intensely hoppy beer with a lower alcohol level. Full Moon’s version adds a taste of grapefruit & herbs which they define as being “chewy & spicy”. A cheese platter followed with oven-baked brie, gorgonzola with berries & apple compote, walnuts and roasted jasmine-honey, paired with Full Moon’s Andaman Dark Ale. Categorized as a British Bitter, the beer is characterized by fruitiness, light to medium body and an accent on hop aromas more than hop bitters. Full Moon’s take on it adds hints of caramel & floral giving it a mild and refreshing taste. There was still one more course to go which pleased my desire for sweet. Chef Sumit and his team presented a caramel pecan blondies cake accompanied with passion & mango ice cream. A very satisfying conclusion to a truly enjoyable evening. Full Moon’s Master Brewer, Khun Sukij, or just “M” as he is known to his friends, developed a taste for Craft Beers during his university days in the U.S. State of North Carolina. After returning to Thailand he was very happy to meet a friend’s father who was brewing his own beer. In short order M was creating his own craft beer which led to Full Moon Brewworks emerging as an artisan beer brewer in 2010, locating in Phuket. Full Moon Brewworks Beer is available in hundreds of luxury resorts and hotels along with fine dining, and independent restaurants.

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Campari & Imbibe Celebrate A Centenary Of The Negroni During Negroni Week 2019

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taly’s iconic red aperitif and Imbibe Magazine have allied once again for the seventh year to showcase Negroni Week 2019 – a celebration of the iconic and historic Negroni cocktail. Created by Imbibe, Negroni Week is an international charity initiative

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that took place from the 24th to the 30th of June in bars, restaurants and retailers around the world, dedicated to celebrating the crimson-red cocktail, with Campari at the heart, over the common goal of raising money for charitable initiatives. And this year is even more special, as 2019 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Negroni:

Negroni Week in Thailand began on June 24th at Bangkok’s iconic Bamboo Bar located within the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The raucous launch party featured legendary jazz and passionate dance performances. The Bamboo Bar first opened its doors in the late 1940’s. The bar has played host to some of the world’s most famous


patrons, Ray Charles, Sean Connery, Louis Armstrong, Eartha Kitt, Eric Clapton, Roger Moore, Dionne Warwick, Duke Ellington, Marlon Brando, Noël Coward, Bryan Ferry, and Mick Jagger have all enjoyed the atmosphere of the Bamboo Bar with a few of the stars entertaining the lucky guests who happened to be there that

night. It’s no wonder why it was named the “Best Hotel Bar” by the Bangkok Bar Awards. Negroni Week ended on June 30th with a closing party held at The House on Sathorn next to Bangkok’s W Hotel. The House On Sathorn resides inside a 127-year-old colonial mansion on

Sathorn Road in the heart of Bangkok. The mansion has been transformed into a hot venue fuelled with artisanal New Asian Cuisine, signature cocktails, splendid afternoon tea, and experiential vibes.

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With the trend for classic and contemporary cocktails at an alltime high, and the Negroni being one of the world’s most popular cocktails, this year’s Negroni Week shaped up to be the best yet. Negroni Week launched in 2013 with about 100 participating bars, and last year’s event welcomed the involvement nearly 10,000 venues in 87 countries, (a 29% increase in participation since 2017) to raise an impressive total of $585,000 for charitable causes in 2018, contributing to a total of nearly $2 million raised since the initiative began. Money raised in Thailand went to the Foundation for the Deaf under the Royal Patronage of H.M. The Queen. Established in 1952, The Foundation for the Deaf in Thailand was set up to cater to the special education needs of members of the community with a hearing disability. The charity provides integrated social service support to people with hearing impairment and their families, across Thailand.

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Bus service between Suvarnabhumi airport and Hua Hin Also direct bus service between Hua Hin and Pattaya

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’ve had the pleasure of staying at the Westin Grande Suhumvit hotel multiple times and have always enjoyed the breakfast which takes place at their “Seasonal Tastes” restaurant. On one of my frequent Bangkok trips I decided to check out Seasonal Tastes for dinner because I had been hearing great things about their weekday dinner buffet. Seasonal Tastes offers an enticing range of gourmet international cuisine in a visually dramatic setting including open kitchens and live cooking stations. Whatever you are craving for, their international buffets seem to have it. The Buffet is available Sunday thru Thursday and depending on what night you go you’ll find delectably different rotating highlights. Appetizers include foie gras, Alaskan king crab legs, and Fine de Claire oysters while a Japanese station features sushi and sashimi. Entréesize offerings debut at the BBQ station and range from rock lobster and snow fish to Australian beef tenderloin and lamb cutlets. The Sunday buffet is called “The Best of Everything Signature Items” arraying the rarest, priciest, most premium and popular selections currently flying off the buffet counters Monday & Tuesday’s theme is “From the Silk Road” with succulent Chinese BBQ favorites such as: Peking Duck; Cha Siu Pork; Scallops with XO Sauce; Dim Sums; and freshly baked irresistible Egg Tartlets. If you show up Wednesday or Thursday you’ll find their themed: “Smoke House Flavors” starring: Applewood-Smoked beef brisket; Lamb Rack; and Smothered BBQ Pork Ribs. The price for the Sunday thru Thursday buffet is THB 1,390++ per person which includes free-flow soft drinks.

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It was a Monday night that I ventured in and the tables were almost full. Always a good sign for an enjoyable dining experience to come. Next to Seasonal Tastes is their lobby lounge which had an enjoyable 4 piece band which made for a great ending to an enjoyable dining experience. Liaise with friends and business buddies or make it a family affair. Seasonal Tastes offers a 50% discount on buffet prices for children under 12 years old and if you are a Sunday brunch fan they entertain the little ones with a magician, face painting, and a bouncing castle. Bookings via the online store enjoy discounts up to 40% www.onlinestorewestinbangkok.com. Seasonal Tastes’ buffet is available from 18:00 to 22:30 hrs and is on the lobby level of the Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok. Too easy to get to, It’s just down the steps from the Asoke BTS & MRT stations & next door to Terminal 21. *Advance reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 02 207 8000 or e-mailing fb.bangkok@westin.com. Seasonal Tastes Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok 259 Sukhumvit Road Bangkok

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Sup Hire Thailand

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here are a lot of reasons why Kanchanaburi is a popular destination for weekend getaways from the city. 150 km from Bangkok, Kanchanaburi is small but packed with hidden gems—from historical sites to natural wonders. There are really many things to do here—some of them are quite touristy while others are more off the beaten track. To get the best of what

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Kanchanaburi has to offer, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Hire (Thailand), Co., Ltd. based in Kanchanaburi definitely hits the mark. SUP aims to provide fun and safe lessons and experiences, not just paddle-boarding but cycling as well. They offer a range of activities which take you onto various sections of the River Kwai, depending on your age,

level of experience and available times, from early morning to late afternoon. Their large fleet of 6-speed hybrid bicycles is well-maintained to tour the local areas, through rice and sugarcane fields with a multitude of wildlife and birdlife to be seen in between. It is to be noted that SUP is not a tour company. They teach all the skills of stand up paddle-boarding and it is of good fortune that they do that in the


beautiful, tranquil environment of the famous River Kwai. Most people that try stand up paddleboarding for the first time are surprised at how easy it is. Even then, with a motto of “Value and Trust”, it’s no false promise that SUP uses quality boards with a dedicated and exceptionally qualified team of instructors. Their ideology stems further as there is

more to outdoor education than just learning skills—SUP also prioritizes your knowledge of safety, rescue, equipment and above all, respecting nature and the river while on the water. With their focus on nature, teamwork and responsibility, it is no wonder that a number of companies come to SUP for team-building and they welcome students from several established international schools in

the region as well. Quoting SUP, “We are delighted to give everyone a break from technology and being ‘connected’ – the only connection you’ll experience is with the board, the river, those around you and with nature. It’s a very meditative experience that engages your whole body and everyone can do it.”

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They’re not joking; unlike other board sports, stand up paddle boarding doesn’t take much technical skill. Unlike kite boarding or kayaking, which require more equipment or are big and bulky, a SUP board is not too heavy and is relatively easy to transport. The paddler typically stands (or kneels) on the board and propulsion is via a single paddle. It can be done on any body of water including rivers, lakes and seas and is not only a lot of fun, but also has great health benefits. Now the benefits start from balance, not just on the board but also in day-to-day activities outside the water. It provides the paddler with a full body workout because almost every muscle in the body is used at some point during paddle boarding. If you are weak or healing from an injury to your muscles and joints, paddle boarding is an excellent exercise to gently increase strength without doing any harm. After spending a day out on a paddleboard, you might feel tired and even a little sore, but it is a good soreness that shows you that you have used your muscles and built up your overall body strength. According to isupworld.com, paddle boarding will help you avoid being a victim of heart attacks and strokes. Not only will you have improved cardiovascular health, you also improve endurance. Above all, being out on the water is calming, and engaging with nature can have a positive effect on your mental health and attitude. In addition, getting some extra vitamin D from the sun is good for you, providing you don’t get sunburn.

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With that in mind, SUP offers various adventurous journeys and expeditions along the River Kwai Yai or Kwai Noi, which under controlled guidelines can count toward the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. The award is a youth development program, made for the empowerment of youths and to find their purpose, passion and place in the world, regardless of their location or circumstances. SUP can provide Bronze, Silver or Gold level Adventurous Journeys by SUP, along with Bronze Level hikes in stunning rural Kanchanaburi. The instructors, guided by the chief SUP instructor Troy, senior and lead SUP instructors Hojeong and Pep, and medical team member Peng, are flexible and meticulous - dedicated to providing the best of experiences. SUP’s affinity to nature extends to the stunning (and clean) rivers and waterways of Kanchanaburi. They support the reuse of water bottles and ask that their customers do the same by bringing refillable water bottles. The effort is well-rewarded once you go through their carefully planned routes, which displays the best of what Kanchanaburi has to offer, from cycling

along its beautiful tracks to paddle boarding along its luscious rivers. So, whether you want to try paddle boarding for the first time or develop your existing skills or even if you just want to float in the water and focus on the stunning scenery, SUP will take care of you. So bring along a change of clothes, slap on some sunscreen and you’ll be good to go. SUP Hire (Thailand) will take care of the rest.

Sup History The history of stand-up paddle boarding traces back thousands of years ago and across many continents, but its current form and popularity originated in Hawaii in the 1900s. In the 1940s, surf instructors in Waikiki like Duke Kahanamoku and Leroy and Bobby AhChoy would take paddles and stand on their boards to get a better view of the surfers in the water and incoming swells, and from time to time they would surf the waves using the paddle to steer the board. Injured in a car accident that restricted him from swimming or kneeling, Bobby would stand up, cigarettes lashed to his arm, camera about his neck, and paddle into the surf zone shouting hints to others.

The AhChoy’s in turn introduced their pastime to John Zapotocky, who could certainly be considered the father of modern stand up surfing. John first went to Hawaii in 1940, and instantly fell in love with the ocean. He made his life there from that day on and after seeing Duke Kahanamoku and the other Beach boys like the AhChoy brothers on stand-up boards, he took to it and has been surfing with a paddle ever since. John rode the waves of Waikiki on a SUP board for six decades. For 60 years he would grab his board and paddle from the same rack he kept them on the majority of his lifetime until he died at 95. By 2005, SUP, which had until then been almost entirely a surfing discipline, began to diversify into racing, touring, rivers, yoga, and fishing. Its surfing heritage coupled with its various disciplines made the sport attractive and accessible to everyone all over the world, paving the way for its global growth and enthusiastic adoption. www.supkanchanaburi.com

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Centara World Master Golf 2019

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t’s seven am, and long lines of golf carts loaded with their player's golf bags are at the ready. Some 25 buggies for the front nine and another 25 for the back nine. Caddies in bibs bearing the name and nationality of the golfer they will accompany for the 18 holes stand beside each cart. All waiting for the nod to set off to their allocated hole for the shot-gun start.

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With such scale, onlookers would assume this is some ‘pro’ tour golf event. In fact, this is the Centara World Masters Golf Championship 2019. Asia’s biggest and richest golf week – and open only to Club golfers. A total of 410 golfers and another 70 non-playing partners have descended on Hua Hin for the Centara Masters Golf 2019. A week-long tournament that in its early years mainly attracted

Australian golfers. This year’s field boasts 23 nationalities – fulfilling its goal of being a truly international event. The Championship is a 72-hole single Stableford event with this year’s prize money pool topping one million THB. Participants need to be Club golfers over the age of 35 with an official handicap endorsed by their national golf association. All golfer play a round


at Hua Hin’s top four courses: Black Mountain, Banyan, Springfield, and Imperial Lakeview. This is not a ‘boys own’ golf week though. As is the growing trend in international golf travel, over 40 per cent of the players in this tournament are women. Either golfing partners or women golfers travelling by themselves or in small groups, like the thirteen lady golfers from Western

Australia who’ve made the trip this year without their partners. The event came together out of opportunity. Australian based Go Golfing who specialise in Masters golf events, and Golfasian, Asia’s leading all-inclusive golf travel specialist were looking to host a Masters-style event in Thailand. Hua Hin, ‘Asia & Australasia’s Golf Destination of the Year 2014’ and the ‘2019 Golf Destination of the Year

for Asia’, was an obvious choice for such a tournament. When looking for a hotel partner, the iconic Centara Grand Resort and Villas - one of the ‘grand hotels’ of the east with history and royal patronage dating back to the 1920’s - was a perfect fit. The timing of June also suited Centara and Hua Hin’s golf courses, as this coincided with the region’s tourism ‘green’ season.

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Now in its sixth year, the Centara Master Golf Championship is a resounding success with participants often booking themselves in for the next year before leaving this year’s event. And with a cap of around 400 golfers set by organisers, it fills quickly, once the following year's dates are announced. Golfers are grouped in three broad age groupings, by gender, and then handicap, meaning players do not find themselves in embarrassing or intimidating situations where they are mismatched with their playing group. In essence, there is a male and female tournament happening side by side. Add to that, if more than five golfers from the same home club register and play, they automatically go into the Home Club competition. The winner is named at the final presentation dinner, and all golfers in that winning club take home outstanding prizes. The week was not just about golf, as a very active social program was organised. The week started with a welcome reception dinner poolside at Centara. 19th hole festivities played out on the Centara Lobby lawn Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and the week finished with a crescendo Friday evening with a glamorous Presentation dinner. Centara also created two special dinner events for participants – the Chokedee Thai Food Market Tuesday and a beachside BBQ & Seafood market on Thursday.

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When asked what makes this event attractive for Club golfers, Go Golfing’s Managing Director Peter McCarthy, explained: “They get to be part of a professionally run tournament on excellent courses. Experience fantastic Thai hospitality, including the world renown Thai Golf Caddies. Transportation everywhere without having to worry about a thing. Accommodation in an iconic hotel. Social activities organised across the week. And all for exceptional value. We hope they leave feeling totally spoilt.” Centara World Masters Golf Championship golfers are certainly winners, though they are not the only ones. Thanks to pre and post Championship add-ons, most participants stay between 10 and 11 days taking in the additional golf courses Hua Hin boasts as well as its tourist attractions. Accommodation houses, local restaurants and massage studios, retail outlets, taxi and tuktuks all see a positive flow on. Simple estimates put figures of around 13.5 to 15 million THB as the immediate economic benefit for the community. Hua Hin’s reputation as an outstanding tourism destination as well as a haven for travelling golfers can only be enhanced thanks to the efforts of all involved in making the Centara World Masters Golf Championship a rousing success. By Michael Cullen

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hen you think of southern Thailand you probably think of the gorgeous Andaman coast, or some beautiful far flung islands ringed with white sands and turquoise waters. But as the experienced traveler would tell you, if you go off-track, you'd find a lot of hidden gems past the highway. One of them is the second biggest province in the South of Thailand,

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Nakhon Si Thammarat (usually shortened to Nakhon and also known as Muang Kon). At present, Nakhon doesn't bear high on most itineraries. This is probably because whilst it is in the south of Thailand, it’s not exactly on the beach, and in the words of the Lonely Planet, “not likely to win any beauty contests”, not in comparison to its surrounding neighbors anyway. But it is an ancient city of great importance

to Thai history, dating back to the 7th century. Nakhon Si Thammarat was once the center of art, culture, and marine trading of the region, proven by abundant antiquities and archaeological evidence discovered here. Nakhon, the capital bearing the same name as the province, was an influential trading port for centuries attracting merchants


from China, India, Sri Lanka and Europe. Previously, the Kingdom of Ligor, the town chronicles of this time are hardly separable from legend, but they do tell of abandonment and the refounding of the town. This was before scholars recognized Nakhon's history as Tambralinga, an ancient kingdom on the Malay Peninsula. At the time of the Sukhothai rule, Nakhon Si Thammarat was already listed as

one of the kingdoms under control of the Thai and it has remained so during most of its history. Although it was usually known as Ligor to European merchants in the 16th century, by the 19th century, it officially became a part of Thailand. It is located on the east side of the Thai peninsula, a couple of hours drive south of Surat Thani, which

most folks will pass through on their way to somewhere like Koh Samui. But even with its interesting history, ancient temples and beautiful lush mountains, Nakhon Si Thammarat is disappointingly underrated. The eclectic charms of the coastal city lies in its variety; brimming with ancient sites and unique cuisine

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If you flip a 25 satang coin, you’ll find a gigantic Sri Lankan-style stupa called Phra Borommathat Chedi (the Great Noble Relics Stupa). The iconic Buddhist structure is part of the ancient temple, Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan or Wat Phra Mahathat. It is not just the most important temple in the province, but one of the most important Buddhist sites in the whole of Thailand. The chedi is believed to house a tooth of Lord Buddha. Almost as old as the city itself, the stupa of Wat Phra Mahathat was built in the 13th century as the symbol of Theravada Buddhism. The magical thing about Phra Borommathat Chedi is that it never casts a shadow on the ground! In addition, you can join one of Southern Thailand’s greatest Buddhist festivals, Hae Pha Khuen That. On Makha Bucha Day (the third full moon) and Visakha Bucha Day (the sixth full moon), Buddhists make merit by parading a large piece of cloth up and wrap it around the stupa. A little further down from Wat Phra Mahathat lies Wat Thao Kot. This old riverside temple complex contains five temples that are slowly falling apart. The temples themselves aren’t terribly impressive, but the location, with the jungle reclaiming its own, is very atmospheric. On a walk along the city’s main Ratchadamnoen Road you can discover the manifold traces which these people from so many different cultures and religions left here. The

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city walls from the 12th century will give you an impression of how significant this city has once been, and you can also marvel at the wood carvings on the façade of the monks’ residences Wat Wang Tawan Tok. Besides the wide temple area, the city walls are located in the heart of the city, within the public park where you can see many locals doing their evening exercise, with the sunset and various street vendors are set up around park. Moreover, within the same area, not so far, City Pillar Shrine elegantly catches your eyes with its snow-white form. The South also has its own giant swing and it’s one of the only two in Thailand. While there, you’ll find the Ho Phra Isuan and the Ho Phra Narai. Inside these shrines are religious images such as Shiva Linga, the image of Vishnu and other Hindu gods. A visit to the Nang Talung Museum at Ban Suchart Subsin is a real treat and is highly recommended if you are in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The museum features an impressive collection of shadow puppets, collected by the Subsin family from various regions of Thailand and some other countries including China, Cambodia and India. In common with other areas of Asia, Thailand has a long tradition of storytelling using shadow puppets. The content of the stories and the figures used by puppeteers vary depending on the region of Thailand. In the south of Thailand, the shadow puppet performances combine influences from Malaysia and Thai Muslim traditions. National Artist, the late Suchart Subsin, played a pivotal role in preserving this ancient performing art. Ban Suchart Subsin is also a venue where visitors can see southern Thai shadow puppet performances, known as ‘nang talung‘, performed by members of Suchart's family. In ‘nang talung‘ performances at Ban Suchart Subsin the humor can be bawdy and some of the tales of morals and values have been given a clever contemporary twist to keep them relevant to a new generation. Characters from the nang talung plays have become synonymous with the city and depictions of them can be seen in various locations around Nakhon Si Thammarat and on souvenirs from the area. The award-winning museum has won local and international praise for its role in education and preserving ancient folk arts. Visitors to the shadow puppet museum can go inside the workshop to see all aspects involved in making the figures which includes designing and cutting out the patterns, tanning the leather and painting the puppets. The museum is open daily, but it is advisable to call in advance to let them know you are coming so that they can prepare the shadow puppet performance.

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Approximately 30 kilometers west of the city, the villagers of Ban Kiriwong have formed a local co-operative producing arts and crafts. The villagers’ lives are entwined with nature and apart from organic fruit farming, many local workshops are available. From fruit processing and soap making to tie-dying and beading, everything is made from materials found in Kiriwong. With river views, some quaint antique shops and good food aplenty, Ban Kiriwong is an interesting half-day tour. The sights of green surroundings, crystal clear streams and majestic mountains are refreshing enough, but the air itself is even more rejuvenating. With Thailand’s purest ozone as the village’s main claim to fame, Kiriwong Village draws a lot of nature lovers, especially city dwellers

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and cycling lovers. The village itself sits at the foot of the mountain known as Khao Luang, the highest peak in the South. Khao Luang lies within the vicinity of Khao Luang National Park. Dominated by verdant jungles, the area offers ultimate tranquility with a sense of adventure. The park is also home to waterfalls like Krung Ching Waterfall, caves, over 300 kinds of orchids and a type of fern that is known to exist for 180 million years. Pak Phanang is one of the best-known destinations in Nakhon Si Thammarat province. Jutting out into the sea, Pak Phanang (locally known as Pak Nang) was once a bustling port town. Though a severe storm hit the area in 1962 and Pak Phanang is no longer as busy as it was, its charms have recently been restored. The district is home to a royal

project on the river estuary which separates sea water from the fresh water upstream creating opportunities for farmers and fishermen alike. Pak Phanang is also home to the unique ‘bird condominiums’ where swifts birds' nests are harvested to make birds nest soup. You can also stroll in the 100-year-old Pak Phanang Market and take in the sight of old wooden houses. The locals here live simply— fishing and running their own shops selling sweets and fruit including Siamese Ruby pomelo. One of the top hand-woven products in Thailand, Yan Lipao basketry was born here in Muang Kon. The fine, strong vines of the lipao plant are transformed into elegant yet durable baskets, bags, boxes and a lot of other utensils by the meticulous hands of the locals.


The pristine beaches of Khanom are the perfect antidote to claims that beaches in southern Thailand are crowded and too commercialized. Khanom is famous for its pink dolphins, known in Thai as ‘loma si chompoo‘, which tend to hang around specific areas off the coast increasing the likelihood of seeing them if you arrange a trip with the local boatmen. The easiest way to get to Nakhon Si Thammarat from Bangkok is by air. Nok Air and Air Asia both operate flights to the small airport, 15 km north of the city centre. Air Asia also operates a direct service from Chiang Mai to nearby Surat Thani where it's possible to make transfers by taxi or mini-bus south to Nakhon Si Thammarat. If you are staying in the beach area of Khanom in the north of Nakhon Si Thammarat province, the airport at Surat Thani airport is another option. Alternatively, you can take the train from the Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok. The journey is longer, taking fifteen hours although you can also take the bus which departs from Bangkok's Southern Bus terminal. If you're in the region to explore Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan or Ko Tao, Surat Thani has good connections with Nakhon Si Thammarat. Air-conditioned buses are frequent between the two cities taking approximately 2.5 hours. There are also regular buses to Khanom if you are heading to the beach. A charming alternative away from the busier tourist areas in the south of Thailand, Nakhon Si Thammarat is more than an ancient city. It has survived and flourished. Ruins of ancient city walls have been revived. Century-old houses are wellpreserved. And don't skip out on the food. Families have long since passed down recipes for local delicacies such as bak kut teh (pork bone tea soup), kanom jeen sen sod (freshly prepared Thai rice flour noodles) and pad mee muang kon (Nakhon Si Thammaratstyle stir-fried noodles). So, whether you're looking for the authentic Thai experience or just want to get away from foreigners for a while, Nakhon Si Thammarat is the place for you.

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angkok has long since proven to be one of the preferred destinations for international travelers, whether for business or pleasure. From bustling street markets to ritzy upscale shopping complexes, from an energetic nightlife to a wide range of gourmet dining, Bangkok is the kind of city where

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anything is possible. It’s no wonder that the SO/Sofitel chose to open in the vibrant capital of Thailand. SO Sofitel is a playful mix of sophistication and the dynamic style of each locale. Highly creative and fashion-led, each SO Hotel is an avant-garde masterpiece imaginatively inspired by an iconic, signature designer. For So Sofitel

Bangkok inspiration was garnered from neighboring Lumpini Park and a Feng Shui philosophy. Situated on the corner of Sathorn and Rama IV Roads SO/ Sofitel Bangkok is an intrigue-steeped 5-star hotel with a resolutely contemporary outlook. The building itself was designed by


The Office of Bangkok Architects, better known as OBA, of whom Smith Obayawat is founder, principal and managing director. A well-known lecturer and leading figure in Thai architecture circles, Obayawat is renowned for his rich portfolio of boutique hotels, commercial properties and exclusive country clubs. The

tower, with differing metallic shades and shifting glazed and solid panels, creates the sensual illusion of curves. In contrast, the tower sits upon a glass, zinc and stone podium with strong, clear definition, surrounded by shallow pools. Lava stone columns rise up at the ground floor entrance. Ascending to the ninth-floor lobby,

guests are greeted by panoramic views of Lumpini Park. Both within the podium and the tower, airy threestorey atriums reveal elevated bridges and innovative spaces for relaxation. Higher up, rooftop restaurants, sky terraces and alfresco dining ensure sweeping views of the city and the park below.

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In every corner and on every floor there are signature touches that bring the fun and arty vibe to life, an inspiring and innovative masterpiece of collaboration by Thailand’s top five designers and world renowned fashion designer Monsieur Christian Lacroix. From the trees, soil, ponds, sunshine, and buildings that coexist within the heart of the city, five of Thailand’s leading designers were called on to tell their version of the story of the five elements — Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire — in the top hotel in Bangkok. Guests can choose from a wide selection of 238 guestrooms and suites, from the lovingly-decorated SO Cozy and SO Comfy all the way up to the spacious and idyllic delights of SO Suite, SO Lofty and SO VIP Duplex Suite. Each room is split into distinct elements with drastically different design concepts, while the service is as diligent as you would expect from a Sofitel property, yet more fun-loving and convivial. Featuring artistic furnishings, inspired details, playful accessories and enchanting interiors, guestrooms are individual canvases painstakingly created and touched with contemporary pieces. Matching design creativity with advanced technology, SO Sofitel Bangkok was the first hotel in Asia to offer a fully connected lifestyle, with all of the 237 rooms and suites equipped with LCD televisions and fully integrated Zafiro Entertainment solutions with unprecedented access to entertainment and guest services at the touch of a button. Wireless checkin facilities smooth the arrival process, and guests are invited to Stay Connected with broadband internet and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and in the rooms.

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Blending Thai elements with rich Parisian style, the Executive Lounge on the 25th floor was designed by world renowned costume and fashion designer Christian Lacroix. Oversized murals designed by Mr. Lacroix draw from Siam, 19th century France and the world of haute couture. Enjoy a la carte breakfast, high tea, evening cocktails and snacks all through the day here, along with a private balcony that is far more peaceful than the rooftop bar a few floors above. Speaking of the rooftop bar, Park Society is a spectacular rooftop bar and restaurant on the 29th and 30th floors of the hotel. Inside, low lights and angled mirrors make one of the most interesting dining rooms in Bangkok, while outside the use of stainless steel and geometric shapes add a modernist touch to the space – not forgetting the view. Along with the modernist fine dining available at Park Society, there is also the cool space of Red Oven on the ninth floor, which offers all day dining along with excellent buffet brunches and dinners.

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The large red oven takes center stage with a whole host of regional goodies, along with fresh seafood, cold cuts and cheeses, Japanese ‘robata’ style grilled meats and an excellent sushi station. Bangkok nightlife rises to new heights of style in the moonlit cabanas of HISO rooftop bar where personalized butlers attend to every need. Overlook Lumphini Park from the 9th floor cocktail bar Mixo as you explore the liquid world of molecular mixology. Choco Lab on the ground floor is the source of all those tantalizing chocolate aromas that greet guests as they enter the building. Inside this gourmet chocolatier there are chocolate masters making sweet delicacies for guests to indulge in, and you can even sign up and make your very own chocolates. Designed for people who like working out and like going out, here at SO Sofitel, the two are no longer mutually exclusive. SO/ FIT is the place to push boundaries and get the adrenaline pumping in an ultra-cool setting. Its approach to life is one of

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balance; detox and retox, indulgence and nourishment, community and the individual. Not to forget the exceptional facial, body and beauty treatments at SO/ SPA that transcend the corners of science, fashion and lifestyle with SO/'s unique sociable vibe. SO/ Spa is a fantastical, wooden oasis in which guests can truly relax in a natural and peaceful environment. The signature treatments feature the refined French products and treatments of Cinq Mondes merging in mystical harmony with Thailand's Ytsara and ancient rituals. There are a combination of oil massages & facial and body scrubs with saunas and steam rooms to complete the pampering experience. There’s also a ‘snooze room’ for early arrival guests who want to lie down and relax before they can check in. The outdoor infinity pool overlooking Bangkok’s skyline is definitely a triumph. Extending over 33 meters on the 10th floor, the water seemingly flows over the negative edge into the park and skyline beyond, giving the impression of swimming in mid-air. Next to it is the Water Club,

an outdoor poolside bar offering light refreshments—cocktails by the day and seductive night ambience for parties under the stars. For guests that need to get down to business while on the go, the fullyequipped Solution Centre on the 9th floor is the go-to spot. An inviting loft-like area equipped with two iMac computers, scanner, and printer, it is open 24 hours so you can work anytime. Secretarial services are available to take care of the nitty-gritty, and a 24 square metre Solution Room is available for brainstorming huddles and executive meetings. Meetings and banquets at SO Sofitel are custom-designed to make an impact. Delightful themes, inspiring catering options -- they don't call Sofitel's meeting concept Magnifique Meetings for no reason. For larger affairs, the Ballroom offers up intrigue in a modern interpretation of a Parisian opera house complete with 2 full wall HD projection screens. Hovering over Bangkok on the 9th floor The Box is an intimate venue for unique private gatherings.


SO Sofitel Bangkok is a place where design meets pleasure, technology meets comfort, and people meet people. Hotel limousine services invite guests to explore all that Bangkok has to offer, while closer to home the concept store offer plentiful gift and souvenir ideas. Complimentary baby stroller rentals encourage parents to explore the city with tot in tow, and the 24-hour babysitting services provide the comfort of knowing their children are under professional care on date nights. In the heart of bustling Bangkok, an unexpected soothing embrace, an oasis of green and a convergence of The Five Elements — the heightened pace of the non-stop city is captured succinctly at SO Sofitel Bangkok. Energetic, social and bursting with individual character, SO Sofitel Bangkok is definitely the place to see and be seen. So Sofitel Bangkok 2 North Sathorn road, Bangrak 10500 Bangkok Tel: (+66)26240000 Fax: (+66)26240111 E-mail: h6835@sofitel.com

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Life's Lessons

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ow you approach life says a lot about who you are. As we get older our priorities change. The focus shifts to experiences that actually bring meaning and fulfillment to life. But does that mean happiness or contentment? One of the toughest things to nail down about happiness is a precise definition.

Take the happiness you get from a night out with your friends and compare it to the satisfaction of staying in with a good book. Recently, it has been discovered that this evolution of happiness can be linked to science. There have been multiple studies to prove that our sense of happiness changes with age.

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As we grow older, nothing gives a person inner wholeness and peace like a distinct understanding of where they are going, how they can get there, and a sense of control over their actions. How many of us have admired adults when we were younger and then grew up to find that adults actually had no idea what they were doing either? We try to consistently pursue life goals that will make us and our closest relations happy; a trait that many individuals search for their entire lives. “No people can be truly happy if they do not feel that they are choosing the course of their own life,” states the World Happiness Report 2012. The report also found that having this freedom of choice is one of the six factors that explain why some people are happier than others. In his best-selling first book, “Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart”: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now”, Dr Gordon Livingston, a psychiatrist who’s been listening to people’s problems for decades, revealed thirty bedrock truths about life, and how best to live it. In his capacity as a psychiatrist, Dr Livingston listened to people talk about their lives and the many ways people induced unhappiness on themselves. In his book, he brings his insight and wisdom to the subjects of happiness, fear and courage.

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“Life’s two most important questions are “Why?” and “Why not?” The trick is knowing which one to ask.” Acquiring some understanding of why we do things is often a prerequisite to change. This is especially true when talking about repetitive patterns of behavior that do not serve us well. This is what Socrates meant when he said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” That more of us do not take his advice is testimony to the hard work and potential embarrassment that selfexamination implies.” As people age, their temporal focus changes — whether they’re likely to be focused on the here and now or on the future. And it’s this temporal focus that drives the basic effects. It has been theorized that individuals’ views of happiness depend far more upon their sense of time than their age per se. Most people operate on autopilot, doing the same things today that didn’t work yesterday. They rarely stop to measure the impact of their actions on themselves and others, and how those actions affect their total

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well-being. Most people know what is good for them; they know what will make them feel better. They don’t avoid meaningful life habits because of ignorance of their value, but because they are no longer “motivated” to do them, Dr Livingston found. They are waiting until they feel better. Frequently, it’s a long wait, he says. Life is too short to wait for a great day to invest in better life experiences. If your daily actions and choices are making you unhappy, make a deliberate choice to change direction. No matter how bleak or desperate a situation may appear to look, you always have a choice. When you begin to shift your perspective, the very things around you that seem to be so stressful tend to look a little brighter. Suddenly the doom and gloom that weighed heavy on your chest seems to be just another drop in the bucket. “People often come to me asking for medication. They are tired of their sad mood, fatigue, and loss of interest

in things that previously gave them pleasure.” Their days are routine: unsatisfying jobs, few friends, lots of boredom. They feel cut off from the pleasures enjoyed by others. Here is what I tell them: The good news is that we have effective treatments for the symptoms of depression; the bad news is that medication will not make you happy. Happiness is not simply the absence of despair. It is an affirmative state in which our lives have both meaning and pleasure.” “In general we get, not what we deserve, but what we expect,” he says. It’s easy to think you’ve done everything on your own, that your achievements are your own. For some people, this might be true. For most of us, it is most definitely not. For most of us, we are where we are because someone cared. Someone didn’t look at you and say “screw it”. Someone looked at you and said “he/she needs a hand” and then proceeded to lend you that hand.


We should live our lives on our terms. But we shouldn’t be flippant with our relationships and act as if we can live in social isolation. Sometimes the only thing keeping us sane and moving forward are the bonds we’ve forged with the people who matter. But many people wait for something to happen or someone to help them live their best lives. They expect others to make them happy. They think they have lost the ability to improve their lives. The thing that characterizes those who struggle emotionally is that they have lost, or believe they have lost, their ability to choose those behaviors that will make them happy, says Dr Livingston. It does not come from an external source, whether that is a person, a job, a boss, a friend, a laptop or a car. It cannot be avoided by blaming others, either, because that’s just a short-term fix. You create your own happiness and you work on it like you work on developing any other habit in life: every single day. If you expect others to make you happy, you will always be disappointed. Of course, it’s not easy to accept that ultimately, we’re on our own but then again, what is? That algebra quiz you took in fourth grade was difficult but now you can do it with your eyes closed. Obstacles are only as big as they seem. Your mind has a way of rising to the occasion. Challenge it, and it will reward you. So many people are stuck in life because of fear. “The most secure prisons are those we construct for ourselves.” Explains Dr. Livingston Always take the long view in life. Be patient. The forest is never just the trees. Markets crash and markets rebound. Today’s setbacks aren’t deadly. With the right attitude, you’ll get over them - and then some. We have to work to learn to accept change and just go with it. There is a rhythm at each stage of life as sure as there will be different partners, places, jobs, illnesses, friends and pairs of pants. Sure, go ahead, get caught up in the moment but remember, when the music changes (and it will) don't stop dancing. Listen. That's when you'll start to tune into the music of you. As we grow older and wiser, we begin to realize what we need and what we need to leave behind. Sometimes there are things in our lives that aren’t meant to stay. Sometimes the changes we don’t want are the changes we need to grow. And sometimes walking away is a step forward.

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Mister National Universe Returns To Thailand

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ister National Universe returned to Thailand for its 3rd year. From June 24th to July 1st, 19 men, each representing their own country, traveled to the Kingdom to compete in the hopes of winning the title and bringing honor to their Country. This international pageant for men was founded and is owned by Thai entrepreneur, media personality and the creative director of this Magazine, Ms. Tanya Siri Vijitsomphong. Ms. Vijitsomphong created Mister National Universe as a way to promote tourism around the world with an emphasis on Thailand. This year’s host cities were Kanchanaburi and Hua Hin. Countries represented included Bhutan, Brazil, India, Laos, Malaysia, Manipur, Mindoro, Moldova, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Serbia, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vietnam. The men landed in Thailand on the 24th of June and attended the sash ceremony held at the home of Socialite & Philanthropist Khun Sumanee Guna Kasem. Khun Sumanee has been the Honorary Chairwoman of Mister National Universe since it’s inception. Later in the evening the contestants attended the launch party for Negroni Week held at the famous Bamboo Bar inside Bangkok’s Iconic Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Early morning on Tuesday the 25th saw the contestants, national directors, national & international media along with the organizing staff loading onto a coach headed for Away Kanchanaburi Dheva Mantra Resort & Spa. The beautiful resort, located on the river Kwai in Kanchanaburi, was the Official Host Hotel for MNU 2019 during their stay in Kanchanaburi. Upon arrival they were greeted by Khun Thidarat Chansiri, the General Manager of Away Kanchanaburi who welcomed them with a speech. In the evening the MNU group were treated to an official welcome dinner on the bank of the river Kwai, hosted by Khun Thidarat and her team.

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Wednesday saw the men up early as they headed down to the river to give alms to the monks who came by via longtail boat. After some morning gym time everyone boarded boats to take a sightseeing tour of Kanchanaburi via the river. After the river tour it was time for a Thai cooking class put on by Away Kanchanaburi’s head chef who taught them how to make Pad Thai Khung Sod & Tom Kha Kai. Once the boys mastered Thai cooking they were off on more site seeing, this time via the Kanchanaburi Train. The sightseeing continued on Thursday with the men going on a bus tour and stopping to learn how Thai silk is made. Back at the hotel they were met by the crew from SUP Hire Thailand who brought all the equipment to give the fellas lessons on SUP or Stand Up Paddling. After their SUP lessons their education continued, this time learning how to hand make a Thai Krathong. Later in the evening they were treated to a River Comber Dinner and an early mini Loy Krathong Festival where they launched their Krathong’s into the river. Friday was a little more leisurely for the men as they just participated in a National Costume Photoshoot which gave them a few hours of free time before boarding the coach once again for the trip to the Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin, the Official Host Hotel during the Hua Hin portion of their stay in the Kingdom. Due to weather and traffic the boys didn’t have much time to unwind before they all headed to the InterContinental Hua Hin Resort for the Official Hua Hin Welcome Dinner. Saturday the men visited the Thai Sturgeon farm in Hua Hin and had dinner at the Hua Hin Beer Garden rounding out their evening at Cheers Wine Bar. Sunday was a busy day with the men up early to give alms to the Monks passing by the InterContinental Hua Hin Resort & Spa and then back to the Holiday Inn to greet the pageants Honorary Chairwoman Khun Sumanee Guna Kasem upon her arrival from Bangkok. Later they enjoyed some time at the Vana Nava Water Jungle located right next door to their hotel. Lunch at the Prestige Restaurant was followed by a tour of the Mali Prestige housing estate by Chayuta "Joy"Bunyaphureesawat, owner of the restaurant and partner in Orchid Palm Homes, the developer of Mali Prestige. Dinner saw the men at the Nai Thong Ghonn Restaurant in Koh Takiab.

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Monday the 1st of July was by far the most stressful day with judges interviewing each candidate and then rehearsals for the evening’s Coronation night festivities which kicked off at 6pm. Bangkok’s Independent Wine & Spirit’s (IWS) & Hua Hin’s Cheers Bar were the drink sponsors for the evening and did a outstanding job heightening the festive mood as guests arrived. Khun Sumanee and her entourage arrived and were ushered into a private waiting room and later appeared for photos with celebrities, judges & guests with the ballroom opening at 7pm as the live broadcast was beginning which ended up reaching almost a million people. The show kicked off with the National Costume Competition with everyone shouting out their favorites. The judges scores were tallied and Bhutan proved to be the favorite. It was then time for the opening speeches starting with Khun Sumanee Guna Kasem and then Russ Downing, Managing Director of HOT Hua Hin Co. Ltd., came on stage to thank all the sponsors, judges and guests. With speeches out of the way the crowd was entertained with the Jazz saxophone of Khun Tua and then it was time for the swimsuit contest which was won by Mister Brazil. After another musical interlude the men came out again but this time in formal wear and were each asked the same question with a strict sixty second time limit, “How do you turn negative thoughts into positive ones?” As the judges tallied their scores Ms. Tanya Siri Vijitsomphong, Founder & CEO of Mister National Thailand and Mister National Universe came on stage to present the award for Best National Director. In year’s past this award has gone to just one National Director but this year it went to three, Puerto Rico, Mindoro Island & India. And with that, after careful consideration by the judges, it was time to narrow down the contestants from 19 to 10. Those making the cut included; Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, United Kingdom, Manipur, Malaysia, Brazil, Mindoro Island, Russia & Puerto Rico. Each of the 10 men then took turns picking a sheet of a paper from the M.C. which had a question on it and had 30 seconds to answer. A few of the questions asked included:“What have you dreamed of doing for a long time but haven’t done yet, and why haven’t you?” “What do you believe is your greatest accomplishment so far?” & “How are you different from your other competitors?”

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After another musical interlude, while the judges did their scoring & with the crowd shouting out their favorites the top 5 were announced. The top 5 finalists were; United Kingdom, Mindoro, Manipur, Vietnam & Malaysia. The 5 men were each then given 60 seconds to answer the same question, “What is the equality problem in your country and how do you think the problem can be solved?” With the questions completed and while the judges went to work making up their minds, Mister National Universe 2018, Mr. Phanendra Prasai from Nepal, came on stage to address the audience and speak about his year as Mister National Universe. Following Mr. Prasai, all the men came back on the stage for the announcements of the Special Awards. The first was Mister Fashion Icon which went to Denis Kurchenko from Russia. The next special award was Mister Photogenic which was given to Subash Chaudhary from Nepal. Next up was the Mister Elegance Award which went to Axel Cardenales from Puerto Rico. Mister Popular Vote followed and was won Duc Hieu Dang from Viet Nam. The last Special Award, Mister Congeniality, which was voted on by the candidates themselves went to Milos Stanojevic from Serbia. And then it was time. The judges tallied scores were given to the MC’s and the winners of Mister National Universe 2019 were announced. Fourth Runner-up, with the title “Mister National Intercontinental” went to Alexander Coles, United Kingdom. Third Runner-up with the title “Mister National Earth went to Duc Hieu Dang, Vietnam. Second Runner-up with the title “Mister National Globe went to Caleb Zheng Eg French, Malaysia. First Runner-up with the title “Mister National World went to Jan Kim Santos Vergel, Mindoro Island (Philippines) with the Mister National Universe 2018 Grand Winner being Vikash Usham, Manipur (India).

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From the crowd noise it was obvious that the judges had made the right choice. Khun Sumanee Guna Kasem then appeared on stage to give the winning Sash & Trophy to Vikash as well as the other winners. Once the award ceremony had ended guests enjoyed taking pictures with all of the contestants and Mister National Universe 2019 came to a close.

Top 10 Semi Finalists

»» Best in Swimwear - Brazil

»» Philippines

»» Mister Congeniality - Serbia

»» Thailand

»» Mister Elegance - Puerto Rico

»» Vietnam

Judges

»» United Kingdom

»» Ms. Lizzy Ginsel

»» Manipur

»» Ms. Kanokkarn “Bee” Ingram

»» Malaysia

»» Ms. Wannapa “Pang” Rakkeo

»» Mister National Universe - Vikash Usham | Manipur (India)

»» Brazil

»» Thidarat “Pu” Chansiri

»» Mister National World - Jan Kim Santos Vergel | Mindoro Island (Philippines)

»» Mindoro Island

»» Ms. Thania Dokmai

»» Russia

»» Dr. Sirikan Onsonkra

»» Mister National Globe - Caleb Zheng Eg French | Malaysia »» Mister National Earth - Duc Hieu Dang | Vietnam »» Mister National Intercontinental - Alexander Coles | United Kingdom

»» Puerto Rico

Hosts

Special Awardees

»» Mr. Arthit Mekarkard

»» Mister Photogenic - Nepal

»» Mr. Paul Semira

»» Mister Costume - Bhutan »» Mister Popularity - Vietnam

Official Photographer »» "Sunya Yamaka"

»» Mister Fashion Icon - Russia

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Best National Director 2018 & 2019 Mr. Luis M. Velez GonzĂĄlez Luis M. Velez, known in the industry as "Luvel" is a Beauty Pageant Director and Trainer with more of 10 years of experience. He started in 2007 working with local beauty queens in his country, Puerto Rico. He has obtained more than 25 international beauty titles so far, won by his contestants in pageants around the world, and has assisted entertainment personalities in developing their professional careers effectively on television, modeling, and in acting careers on the Island and in the United States. Luis is a psychologist by profession, it is his day-to-day work. His expertise in the beauty pageant field is coaching candidates on the interviews with the judges, answering pageant and media questions, while applying his psychology knowledge and specific techniques in a personalized way. Velez is the National Director of the Miss & Mr. Beauty International Puerto Rico, one of the most popular beauty pageants in the country. He has been in this position for three years and has already won two awards for the Best National Director in Brazil and Thailand, countries that he visited with his contestants for different international competitions. This year he traveled again to beautiful Thailand with his candidate and received the Best Director Award again as he did in 2018. In 2018, Puerto Rico participated in this pageant for the first time; Jael CalcaĂąo was in the Top 10 semifinalists, and Luvel got the recognition of the Best National Director 2018.


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在接触中国买房客户时,我 发现大部分人一开始并没有明 确、甚至不知道自己在华欣购 买房子的真实目的是什么。这 些人会花大量的时间去看各种 各样的房子,再根据价格或开 发商的介绍,做出选择。这样 的做法虽然无可厚非,但如果 一开始就知道自己为什么要 在华欣买房子,会少走一些弯 路,更容易获得满意的结果。 下面,我列出了中国客人可能 的几种购房目的,供大家“对 号入座”。 1. 休闲:这部分人来华欣 旅游后,喜欢上了这个地方, 希望能时常来这小住一段时 76

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间,于是就有了买下一套房子 的念头。其实在华欣购置一套 休闲度假房,不一定非得是“ 土豪”。您可以与一些亲友共 同购买一套住房,每年轮流来 华欣住上一两个月,用很少的 资金也可以达到目的。 既然房子是用于旅游度假的, 就与长期住家的房子不一样。 公寓或别墅都可以,也无所谓 新房或二手房,更没必要紧靠 市中心。但房子所处地段要安 静,还必须 “亲水”:或者近 海,或者有一个好的游泳池, 或者二者兼得。否则,那跟住 在中国大部分内陆城市没有区 别,也就失去住在华欣休闲度

假的意义了。 2. 投资:跟在中国一样, 泰国可以投资期房。如果你手 头上有一些闲钱,不妨在华欣 一试身手。华欣离曼谷不远, 却没有曼谷的喧嚣、拥挤和空 气污染。华欣地理位置优越, 正在建设中的高铁线在华欣就 有一站,是一个值得在不动产 方面投资的地方。 毫无疑问,购买期房一定会 盈利。接着来的问题是,你拿 到房子后打算做什么?如果不 知道如何处理,我们可以看看 泰国人是怎么做的。泰国人看 好华欣未来的房产市场,他们


地。华欣有许多可供选择的养 老院,为能生活自理到需要全 天候陪护的各种老年人提供服 务。你可以在这些养老院中购 买或者租赁公寓,获得定期体 检和相应的医疗服务。这样的 最大好处,是在您可承担的价 格范围内获得世界最佳养老胜 地的体验。其实,如果您不需 要特殊看护,住在养老院跟外 面的公寓没有区别,只是多一 道保险而已。 5. 落户:这部分中国人或 者为孩子上学,或者长期工作 或移民到泰国,需要的是一套 适合于家庭居住的房子。选择 房子的地段和类型与以上几种 客户就有比较大的区别。

大量购买华欣的期房,或者转 卖,或者出租。现在人们购买 的现房,大多数都是这些人手 中的“二手新房”。出租是一 种以房养房的投资方式,也适 合于中国人操作,至少现在泰 国政府还没有向房主征收房产 租赁税。无论未来是转卖还是 出租,购房时重点考虑的,是 未来主人或租客的需求,而不 是单纯你自己的爱好了。 3. 兼而有之:有这种需求 的中国客户不少。他们买房子 既要自用,又想在闲置时收取 租金。华欣房屋出租的租金比 国内同等大小的城市要高出许 多,这是因为每年深秋至来年

的春季,来自欧洲和北美的大 量候鸟式游客,都喜欢来华欣 住上几个月甚至大半年。他们 每年准时到达,喜欢住在同一 套房子里,等故乡的天气转暖 后再回去。他们是房屋租赁市 场最忠实的客户。所以,购买 房子自用兼出租的客户,买房 子就要考虑自己和租户两方面 的需求。除了地理位置外,还 可以在期房、现房、新房和二 手房之间来做出理性的选择。

当你明确自己在华欣买房子 的目的之后,下一步就是罗列 出心目中房子必备的条件,包 括地理位置、大小、朝向、新 旧、公寓或别墅、内部结构、 装修的格调等等,当然还包括 价格。只要你将这些信息清洗 准确地告诉代理商,他们就能 在短时间内为你找到你心仪的 房子,避免了您买房子但是别 人在为您做主的尴尬境地。 如果您在华欣购买房 产有任何问题,或者想来华 欣实地看房,请随时与我联 系,heping@hotmagazine. website

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Bumrungrad Health Briefs When Stress Starts Getting Out of Control Maybe you are just having an especially difficult month. You missed a project deadline at work for the first time. Your finances are not looking as good as you expected. One stressful event after another seems to be your life’s current theme. Over time, you may find yourself less and less able to keep your level of stress within a manageable range, and you begin to feel the effects both physically and mentally.

Three Kinds of Stress 1. Acute stress – stress caused by a specific situation which is usually short-lived. 2. Episodic Acute Stress – A series of untimely and tragic life events which cause stress; also may relate to an individual’s predisposed nature to react to regular situations with high levels of stress, as well a cycle of stress, worry and anger. 3. Chronic Stress – A build-up of stress over time which eventually creates a chronic strain, which can have a significant impact on one’s physical and mental health.

Symptoms of Stress Stress can produce a number of physical symptoms, some of which you may not even realize are the result of stress. Symptoms include: • Digestion issues, including diarrhea. • Headaches and body pains. • Shaking and sweating. • Distracted mental state. • Low energy, feeling exhausted, and general moods of apathy • High blood pressure and other heartrelated conditions. • Getting irritated easily, quick to feel anger. • Feelings of depression; feeling nervous, anxious and/or disoriented.

Preventing Stress and Finding Happiness and Mindfulness 4. Find some fun – If you are frequently stressed out, take some time for yourself and have some fun. If it has been a long time since you traveled, took a bike ride

or read a book, then it is time to start actively incorporating enjoyable activities back into your life. 5. Talk to someone – If you are experiencing stress, talking about it usually helps. Get in touch with a friend or talk with your significant other about how you are feeling. 6. Be mindful – Develop mental and physical relaxation techniques so that when you do encounter stressful situations, you will be better able to react more evenly and level-headed instead of flying into a rage or having a panic attack. 7. Reflect – After a stressful event, do some self-reflection, either alone or with a friend. Evaluate your reactions, think about how you might have reacted better during the situation, and consider how to avoid a similar situation in the future. 8. Plan ahead – Plan for recurring events that bring stress into your life. If a monthly meeting requiring you to make a presentation causes you stress, prepare as early as possible, practice, and rehearse for it. 9. Talk to a doctor – If you are experiencing more frequent episodes of stress, talk to your doctor. He or she can check for any underlying conditions that may be contributing to your stress and help you to better manage everyday stress through lifestyle modifications. When medical problems are diagnosed earlier, treatments tend to be much more effective.

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and 100 inch screen. Direct access to external balcony terraces give lakes, golf course & elevated views to the sea. Completing the accommodation on this floor is a spacious Office/Library accessed by full height double teak doors. Directly opposite is a generous, well appointed Master Bedroom Suite with a private balcony terrace with similar lakes, golf course and sea views. At the Ground Floor there is an Entertainment room complete with a pool table, wine bar, sink unit & fridge. Opposite are two self-contained Guest Bedroom Suites with full en-suite facilities, accessed by a private balcony terrace leading directly to the pool and gardens. At the Main Entrance there is a large self-contained Garden Villa with 2 double size bedrooms, large bathroom, kitchen and living area. Completing the Ground Floor accommodation is a 3 car covered parking area with storage rooms, Maid Quarters & Laundry area.

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distinctive and spacious master has a large walk in closet and luxurious master bathroom as well as sliding glass doors out to the covered terrace and 5 X 14 meter swimming pool beyond. The kitchen, dining room and lounge are open plan allowing for great entertaining. Direct access from the lounge to the 56 square meter covered terrace is perfect for indoor / outdoor living. Guest house 1 is en-suite with a walk-in closet. Guest house 2 is also en-suite and benefits from its own pantry kitchen, entertainment space and covered terrace. An additional outdoor pavilion features a BBQ and bar area. You will also find an outdoor

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12,900,000 THB

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large waterfall. This house comes completely furnished including two 85 inch TV’s, one in the lounge and one in the master bedroom. Also included is a lifetime family membership to the Palm Hills Golf Club and its separate Fitness Club. Located in the highly desirable Palm Hills Golf and Country Club is this former personal home of one of Hua Hin’s best builders. The villa is filled with luxury extras like a private gym outfitted with professional equipment, a spa room that includes a large steam room, sauna, hot tub & cold tub plus a massage table. Other luxury amenities include a fully outfitted outdoor kitchen plus a large built in BBQ & Grill and over 3 million baht worth of solar panels and lithium batteries with the result being almost zero electrical costs. The main house has an open plan high end kitchen / dining room & lounge as well as a temperature-controlled wine room. Additionally you’ll find the master

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bedroom and bathroom with walk in closet. The home features five bedrooms plus maid’s quarters. Two of the bedrooms are separate guest suites off of the oversized 8 X 20 meter swimming pool. Over a million baht was spent on the tropical gardens, ponds and large waterfall. This house comes completely furnished including two 85 inch TV’s, one in the lounge and one in the master bedroom. Also included is a lifetime family membership to the Palm Hills Golf Club and its separate Fitness Club. For those looking for an extremely large estate, the home owner also owns and is selling land plots on both sides of the home with the potential of adding an additional 3 rai (4,800 sqm’s) to the property. This home was offered at 35,000,000 but has been recently reduced to 29,900,000 for a quick sale and no further discount will be considered.

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Living area: 1,000 m2 Land area: 2,340 m2

Large Absolute Beachfront Penthouse With Mesmerizing Ocean Views Absolute beachfront condominiums rarely come on the market in Hua Hin, especially the enviable penthouse’s, due their rarity. Located next to the beautiful Five-Star Anantara Hua Hin Resort is this incredibly expansive 367 square meter, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home. All bedrooms are en-suite, all with ocean views and deck access. The master suite is exceptionally spacious and benefits from a walk in closet and oversized master bathroom. Additionally, there is a very large lounge and dining area, a smaller lounge, a large kitchen with plenty of counterspace, a guest powder room and an office. Hua Hin North

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