Discovering Asian Flair

    Most of us approach interior design of our homes away from home here in Thailand with a whole lot of preconceived notions about how things should look. We drag our old ideas of what looks good with us without considering the availability of different materials, designs and especially how life is lived here. But, once we arrive and open our eyes, a whole new world of colors, textures and materials comes to life.   Possibly we are also hauling around many misconceptions and prejudices about Asian interior sensibilities.…

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Living in J-Ville – A day in the life of a Jomtien resident by Bart Walters

  When I tell people I live in Jomtien, they usually give away something about themselves with their reaction. People who only know Pattaya from arm’s length raise an eyebrow and say “Oh really?” because they think I’m just trying to say “I don’t live in Pattaya”. People who live in Pattaya screw up their face and say “really?” because they can’t imagine separating themselves from the “action” on their side of the hill, whatever that is. But some folks give that knowing smile and say, “Ahhhh yes, Jomtien”. It…

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The Three Kingdoms Dream Park

WHERE ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS cHINESE LEGENDS IS BROUGHT TO LIFE.   The Three Kingdoms Park in Pattaya is a theme park and gardens based on the 14th century Chinese novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms”. The theme park, also known as Suan Samkok was established by successful businessman Kiarti Srifuenfung. The park was created with the intention of showing visitors aspects of Buddhism and Chinese culture and philosophy.     The Three Kingdoms Story   The gallery wall in the park contains a 240 meter long hand-made mural,…

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RISE OF THE DIGITAL NOMAD – Jobs That Transcend Place

  When Henry Ford started rolling out cars off his assembly line in 19-whatever-it-was, he gave us more than just a new machine to play with. We got the freedom to roam; freedom to go places we would never have even dreamed of before. When the first commercial airliners were put into service, the world became even smaller and once again a modern invention gave us more freedom. If we had to list all the freedom the internet has served up over the past 20 years, we’d need a thick…

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Inside Hua Hin

  Hua Hin for a long time now has been a destination for city dwellers seeking a short-range beach resort getaway. Some of this started when King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) built Mrigadayavan as his summer palace making Hua Hin the Kingdoms first getaway destination. Many things followed such as The Railway Hotel and the King also commissioned A.O. Robins, a road maintenance engineer, to build a golf course on the land opposite the railway station and guests soon flocked to this ever increasing seaside resort.     Today the city…

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