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I have owned condos in Hua Hin for 12 years and rented them out occasionally and stayed maybe 3/4 times a year but recently because of Covid, lockdowns in Bangkok, air quality, traffic gridlock and various other reasons I moved full time to the resort city.
I have to date always been a supporter of Market Village shopping mall. Mainly because of Tesco, Boots, Let’s Relax, Minor Group’s Restaurants etc and have been almost a daily visitor. However due to a recent regrettable incident there I will not be frequenting the complex in the foreseeable future – more of that later…
Today I went to Bluport and did my shopping in Gourmet Market. Because of its later build it is better designed from the car park to the escalators and the choice of brand name retailers. It is not as busy as Market Village which for me is a plus. The staff seemed to be more appreciative of my custom and I wandered round the three floors unhindered and or without being hassled. 
I parked my car conveniently near to an entrance/exit, was saluted with respect by the security man who realised that as a consumer I have a choice and spent roughly 10,000B on groceries, a wine rack, electrical goods, wine, etc. I may have had to pay a few Baht more on certain items in Gourmet Market but there was forgive me a better class of consumer there that was more polite and genteel than in Lotus’s (who on earth came up with that name – sorry but it does not make sense)!
Next time I am going to try Tops on Petchaksem Rd., and I already visit Villa Market/Index on a regular basis to get comfort foods that I cannot obtain elsewhere. Sadly their fruit and vegetables are overpriced…
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April ˗ September 2021

After experiencing the first and second waves of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Klong Toey community realised the urgency of protecting themselves. Especially as the second wave had many different effects on them, such as loss of jobs, livelihoods, no income, emotional stress and illnesses, etc.

There are 45 communities in the Klong Toey district with a population of almost 100,000 people. But one day, the third wave of the pandemic arrived and spread rapidly among the people, with even greater numbers of people contracting Covid. The Klong Toey outbreak appeared on the news when a man who lives in the Lock 1-2-3 community caught the virus and quarantined himself in his car because there was no space to do it in his small house. Many media wrote about his story until he was finally accepted by a hospital to treat him.

The pandemic spread from one community to another and became known as the “Klong Toey cluster.” Some infected people died because many hospitals said “all our beds are full” and did not accept new people to treat in the hospitals. 

The Abbot of Wat Sapan Temple, Khru Prateep Ungsongtham Hata from the Duang Prateep Foundation, and the Klong Toey Deejang Group joined together to help the people and wanted to have a place to be a “Community Isolation Centre.” The Abbot was pleased to use a new building within the temple compound for the centre, which opened in May 2021 with 300 beds.

In the five months from April – August 2021, the Duang Prateep Foundation, local organisations and community leaders joined together to help the people who had caught Covid-19 or were affected by the virus in other ways. People both inside and outside Klong Toey were provided help, such as transporting them from their house to the “Community Isolation Center”, providing them with Survival Bags of essential daily items, distributing materials to protect themselves (such as alcohol gel and masks), hiring volunteers to spray disinfectant in houses and around community common areas. We also made regular public announcements by the community leaders providing the people with information on good habits to protect themselves and their families, etc. 

In July, the number of people who contracted the virus further increased (not less than 200 cases per day) and more than 10 people died. So, the “Community Isolation Centre” became full and could not take any more people. The Duang Prateep Foundation then asked the Port Authority of Thailand to make an area of their land to erect a temporary field hospital. 

On 27 August 2021, the Klong Toey Field Hospital with 300 beds was officially opened and began accepting patients, both Thai and foreigners, from Klong Toey and outside Klong Toey. Doctors and nurses from Kasemrat Hospital are on hand to take care of the patients. Finally, this place can provide a shelter for taking care of sick people sick with Covid-19, and no one is left at their house.

Statistical Record as of 16 September 2021

Anti-Covid-19 Help for Children

Produced media for young children and Primary level children

180 children

Teachers distributed lunch boxes and milk to children at children’s centers

590 lunch boxes

Distributed milk to children and elderly people

8,000 cartons

Distributed formula powdered milk for babies (up to 2.5 years) in Klong Toey and rural areas

1,250 babies

Distributed baby diapers

776 packs

Protection Against the Spread of Covid-19

Hired fire-fighters to spray disinfectant around the communities, children’s development centers and markets535 times
Transported Covid-19 patients to Isolation Center or Field Hospital888 people
Provided Oxygen for emergency cases40 people
Distributed alcohol spray/alcohol gel to the people in 60 communities2 times
Provided medical equipment such as oximeters and thermometers to community leaders706 pieces
Provided first-aid medicines such as paracetamol, antidiarrheal drug, etc. to people100 cases
Distributed herbal medicines to people5,190 boxes
Distributed Antigen Test Kits to community leaders1,315 sets
Distributed Homeopathy drinks to people6,026 bottles
Transported the people to check for Covid-19 infection620 people

Help and Relief for the Elderly, the Bed-ridden, and the Disabled Groups

Distributed donated food boxes75,000 food boxes
Delivered cooked food for the elderly, the bed-ridden, and the disabled groups (1,000 food boxes in one month)30,000 food boxes
Distributed Survival Bags to families affected by Covid-19 in 142 communities, both in Klong Toey and outside Klong Toey33,098 bags
Distributed adult diapers to 100 people400 packs

Photos of Help Provided to Counter the Third Wave of Covid-19 

Spraying disinfectant in communitiesTransporting patients to Isolation Center
Providing oxygen to patients at their homesProviding individual Survival bags
Distributing Survival bags to communities through their leadersDistributed food boxes to people in home-quarantine
Provided alcohol spray, alcohol gels and masks to taxi drivers and motorcycle-taxi riders in Bangkok
Distributed formula powdered milk and diapers for babiesHome visiting to patients
Distributed milk to childrenHome visiting to elderly people and providing Survival Bags
Provided food to elderly peopleDistributed adult diapers to elderly and bed-ridden people
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Thailand and Portugal have enjoyed over 500 years of bilateral relations, and Portugal was the first European nation to make contact with the Ayutthaya Kingdom in 1511. Expat Life recently sat down with H.E. Mr. Joao-Bernardo Weinstein, the new Portuguese Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand. Arriving directly to Thailand in January this year from his ambassadorship in Israel, Ambassador Weinstein received his credentials from the King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua in April. In addition to Thailand, he is also Ambassador non-resident to Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Vietnam.  

Multi linguist career diplomat

Ambassador Weinstein was born in Lisbon, Portugal. He graduated with a First Degree and Ph.D. in History, and Masters in Political Sciences at the University of Paris. He speaks seven languages, including Portuguese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Romanian. Ambassador Weinstein recalled why he chose a diplomatic career, “My German great grandfather was the Consul-General to the German empire. As a banker and businessman, he was very much involved of both diplomatic and business affairs. Our family moved to Portugal in 1880. I think I was already fascinated with the idea of becoming a diplomat since I was a 12 year old boy. I started off my first two years of working career as a professor before joining the Foreign Service in 1986”. 

During a distinctive diplomatic career, Ambassador Weinstein has had overseas postings in Austria, Cyprus, India, Italy and Germany. His first ambassadorship was in Romania (2013) and in Moldova (non-resident 2014) followed by Israel (2017).

Impressions on Thailand

Expat Life asked Ambassador Weinstein on his views of Thailand in ASEAN, “Thailand as a founder member of ASEAN is an important and responsible partner. My impression is that Thailand often acts very discreet with traditional quiet diplomacy to deal with authoritarian regimes, as opposed to more outspoken countries. It is a very interesting manner of doing things that may be, in some circumstances, more efficacious.

On the subject of similarities between Portugal and Thailand, “Portugal is a country of sea traders and explorers, with our extensive history, there are Portuguese influence in Thailand in terms of architecture and cuisine. I am very impressed with the grandiose of Thai temples. I believe that there are similarities between our two countries. A very good, and touching, example is the love of children and the culture of close family orientation.”

Covid restrictions

With the current Covid restrictions, Ambassador Weinstein has frankly admitted that it has put certain limitations to his work. “For the first two months after my arrival, I was able to meet with representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the diplomatic core and other business communities. Unfortunately, since the partial lockdown from April, meetings are limited to online. Video conferencing as the new form of communication cannot compare the effectiveness of face-to-face physical discussions. The uncertain progress of the Covid situation also dampens our ability to set goals. At this stage we focus on Consular work, trying to support Portuguese nationals living in Thailand and/or in the other countries we are accredited to, and study how best to resume our work in the cultural, business and political domains when the time is again appropriate for it.

On travelling around Thailand, Ambassador Weinstein regretted that he has not had the opportunity to travel around yet. On weekends, apart from enjoying his love of reading, “I like taking walks from our embassy to Chinatown to explore new temples or cultural attractions. I appreciated the visit to the National Museum and Jim Thompson’s House.”

Thailand as a tourist destination

According to Ambassador Weinstein, there is not a huge community of Portuguese living in Thailand, around 200. Due to the Covid situation, it has not been possible to meet up with his local community. Thailand is a desirable tourist destination for Portuguese visitors. “There is a classic Siamese style pavilion built in Jardim de Vasco da Gama, Lisbon. It was a tributary gift to Portugal from the Thai government. The Thai Pavilion was inaugurated by Her Royal Highness, the Princess Maha Sirindhorn in 2012, and represents a token of friendship and recognition of 500 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. There are Thai restaurants in Portugal. We also see Thai investment in our country.”

On the subject of students exchange programme, Ambassador Weinstein shared, “Currently, we do not have many exchange programme for students.  This is one area that I hope to focus and improve on.”

As Expat Life closes the interview, Ambassador Weinstein shared, “Although I have arrived in Bangkok for a few months, I visited Thailand before as a tourist and very much looked forward to my posting here. Thai hospitality is well recognised and I totally agree. I have felt tremendously welcome since my arrival.”

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Dear Friends,

The Management of Success

I write to you today as I reach out to all our Skålleagues, as a Presidential candidate for the Skål Asian Area which it has been my honour to serve since first elected to the board in 1995, sixteen years ago.   

I wish to convey my assurance, to everyone that I will work hard as your President with a dedicated commitment and above all my hallmark passion for SKÅL. 

As the world of travel and tourism faces its greatest challenges, its darkest hours, I am inspired to see the shoots of rejuvenation and growth. To once again feel hope and progress as we rebuild, rediscover and recover our travel and tourism industry. 

As the wheels slowly turn it is important that we learn from our past mis-deeds. That our paths be sustainable and responsible. We are in Asia and should support Asia businesses wherever possible. That we have a plan, a vision. The plan needs to be time-dependant, organised and managed, not just showing spurts of activity at election time, or worst, simply dragging our feet – procrastination is not an option.  

Earlier in June this year I introduced a road map for the Skål Asian Area (SAA), this is my vision, my plan. Recorded for all to see, born out of years of successfully developing achievable goals not only at club level but also national. It is good to see that some are being acted upon by the current President at the end of his term – though much more needs to be done. My 12-point road map for Skål Asia can be found here: https://www.skalbangkok.com/about-skal/skal-asia/

We need to ensure we get ahead and reach our goals. It is essential that all exco team members are cognizant of the important components. These need to written down and used as points of reference which ultimately will lead to success and goals being achieved.  As President, in 2019 my club, Bangkok, won Skål International ‘s Club of the Year. Winning by stretching ourselves, reaching past our comfort zones, applying the same successful techniques of team building and setting achievable goals learnt from experience. 

All of the above can be transferred into the Asian Area. 

As I step down from successfully running my club for the past 4 years, to stepping up to take over the reins of running the Asian Area, I bring with me all of my knowledge. How to successfully engage our membership and to grow. To develop the look and feel of our brand. Back in 2009 I was part of a small team of International Councillors that developed the theme of “to be the trusted voice” which was rolled out during the Presidency of Hulya Aslantas. The small Task Force as we were called, included myself and 2 great leaders, Mok Singh (USA) and Thomas Vincent (CAN). For my part in the Task Force I was later awarded Skål International’s Order of Merit in 2013. 

Managing success is part of my DNA, from World Class Hotels, Global Media and SKÅL. My drive, energy and above all commitment is absolute. I look forward to the future opportunity to serve. 

Respectfully 

Andrew J Wood 

(Membre D’Honneur)

Presidential Candidate 2021-23

Skål International Asia

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Tourism leaders at Phuket Sandbox Summit urge European governments
to recognise Phuket’s status as a safe haven for international travellers

As Bangkok grapples with rising numbers of Covid infections, leading tourism voice KP Ho, Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Group, has told European envoys, airlines, senior officials and business leaders, that for Phuket Sandbox to succeed it is imperative for Phuket to be given “green” destination status.
 
Speaking at the Phuket Sandbox Summit held at Laguna Phuket, KP Ho called on policy-makers in Europe and around the world to support Phuket as a separate “green” zone.
 
Phuket has the potential to lead the global tourism recovery, as the historic Phuket Sandbox initiative sets the standard for other destinations to follow, he said. But, to succeed, governments need to recognise it as a safe, self-enclosed destination, rather than combining its travel status with the rest of Thailand.
 
See full address by KP Ho, Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Group:

https://youtu.be/Mp5Xncz1Vz8
 
KP Ho’s position was supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) at the Phuket Sandbox Summit. Deputy Governor for International Marketing Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Americans, Siripakorn Cheawsamoot, said: “We are trying to propose Phuket to the UK government to be on the green list of destinations, even though Thailand is on the amber list. We are optimistic about Phuket Sandbox. Phuket is safe and we will never compromise anyone’s safety.”
 
He confirmed there were almost 300,000 rooms booked until the end of August in SHA Plus hotels, with nearly 13,000 arrivals and 124 flights after 28 days, with many more scheduled. Top markets are the US, UK, Israel, Germany, France, the UAE and Switzerland with an average length of stay 11 days.
 
As anxiety grows across Southeast Asia’s key travel destinations struggling with infection numbers, the Phuket Sandbox model is rapidly becoming the standard bearer of hope for the tourism industry.
 
Launched on 1st July 2021, the Sandbox enables fully-vaccinated international visitors to fly directly to the destination and stay on the island quarantine-free. Hotels need to ensure at least 70% of their staff have received vaccines – the same inoculation rate as Phuket’s population, creating herd immunity against Covid-19. While the high level of protection doesn’t prevent people from catching Covid-19, it does significantly reduce the likelihood of serious infection and hospitalization.

“Infections and re-infections are not what really count; it’s hospitalisation rates and ICU rates that count. The Thai government have to emphasise those new numbers and shift the narrative towards ‘how many people are really getting sick?’, not ‘are the numbers going up?’,” added Mr Ho.
 
By reporting this new data, he said, it should be possible for Phuket to be set apart from the rest of Thailand and placed on the ‘safe list’ of destinations to visit. This is not without precedent; the UK government for example, has put the island of Madeira on its green list, while the rest of Portugal remains on the amber list. The same rule applies to Denmark and the Faroe Islands.

“What’s really important is that EU countries – the national governments, spurred on by travel agents, the media and other people – recognise that it’s necessary to disengage the perception of Phuket from the rest of Thailand. It should be a situation where Thailand could be a red alert zone but Phuket could be a green zone,” said Mr Ho. It could be possible to create a series of Sandboxes in other destinations, such as Koh Samui (which recently launched Samui Plus), Bali and Phu Quoc. As long as that Sandbox is well-organised, as it is in Phuket, it should be separated from the rest of the country.”
 
Vice Governor of Phuket, Mr Piyapong Choowong, added: “I would like to confirm we support Phuket Sandbox. We are making sure people on the island and all visitors are safe so we can run the Sandbox smoothly and continue to welcome more tourists to Phuket.”

Presenting the most up-to-date data, C9 Hotelworks Managing Director, Bill Barnett, added: “There is a lot at stake but what is clear is that Phuket Sandbox is alive and well, and it’s working.”
 
The Phuket Sandbox Summit was held at Laguna Phuket, attended by:
  • Phuket Vice Governor, Piyapong Choowong
  • Tourism Authority of Thailand Deputy Governor, Siripakorn Chaewsamoot
  • Banyan Tree Group Executive Chairman, KP Ho
  • Laguna Phuket Managing Director, Ravi Chandran
  • Phuket City Development CEO, Nipon Aekwanich
  • British Honorary Consul, Martin Carpenter
  • Honorary Consul of Germany, Anette Jiminez Höchstetter
  • Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, Seven Smulders
  • S Hotels and Resorts Senior Vice President Operations, Stefano Alberto Ruzza
  • Dusit Hotels and Resorts Vice President Sales, Prachoom Tantiprasertsuk
  • Singapore Airlines Station Manager Phuket, Louis Tan
  • Emirates Airlines Airport Services Manager, Thanakorn Srihamart
  • Qatar Airways Airport Services Manager, Warunee Saiboonjun
  • C9 Hotelworks Managing Director, Bill Barnett
  • Delivering Asia Communications CEO, David Johnson
For more information and to book your safe and secure vacation at Laguna Phuket, please visit www.lagunaphuket.com.

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A roundup of the coverage on struggles for human rights and freedoms, from Cambodia to Peru

A mural in Mumbai, India. Amnesty International has warned that human rights crises will multiply and become a threat to global security if governments continue to use the Covid pandemic as a cover to push authoritarian agendas.
Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty
‘We Are the 11 Million’ march, in El Paso, Texas, earlier this month. The demonstration marked the launch of a campaign by the Border Network for Human Rights and the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance to push for a change to US immigration laws for undocumented migrants.
Photograph: José Luis González/Reuters
A protester at a rally in Paris against a new law designed to prevent religious separatism and combat ‘radical Islamism’, which many see as anti-Muslim. The controversial law will extend the state’s powers to ban religious groups judged to be extremist.
Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty
A sign appealing to the UN at a protest in East Dagon township, Yangon, against Myanmar’s military junta. Thousands of people have been arrested and hundreds killed in demonstrations since the army seized power from the government of Aung San Suu Kyi in February.
Photograph: Facebook/AFP/Getty
Carnations on Barceloneta beach, Barcelona, to draw attention to migrant deaths in the Mediterranean and Atlantic.
Photograph: Thiago Prudencio/Dax/Zuma/Rex/Shutterstock
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Kara Tepe refugee camp on Lesbos, Greece. An investigation by the Guardian and the cross-border journalism collective Lost in Europe found that 18,292 unaccompanied child migrants went missing in Europe from 2018 to 2020 – equivalent to nearly 17 children a day.
Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty
The Covid-19 vaccine at a clinic for Indigenous Mexican and Guatemalan residents of Los Angeles. Greta Thunberg condemned vaccine inequality between rich and poor countries. The climate activist called for governments and vaccine developers to address ‘vaccine nationalism’.
Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty
Russian protesters clash with police at a rally in support of the jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny in St Petersburg. A human rights group that monitors political repression said at least 400 people were arrested across the country with many seized before demonstrations had even begun.
Photograph: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP
Poland’s human rights ombudsman, Adam Bodnar, arrives at a constitutional tribunal in Warsaw, which removed him from office this month.
Photograph: Piotr Molęcki/East News/Rex/Shutterstock
The Portuguese justice minister, Francisca Van Dunem, at a conference on protection from racial discrimination in Lisbon. Portugal has committed itself to promoting human rights and equal opportunities while it holds the presidency of the Council of the EU.
Photograph: António Pedro Santos/EPA
Rubber gloves at the Top Glove factory in Shah Alam, Malaysia. The US barred rubber gloves from the Malaysian firm, which also supplied NHS hospitals, due to ‘evidence of forced labour’.
Photograph: Lim Huey Teng/Reuters
Police arrest an activist outside West Kowloon court at a sentencing hearing of seven pro-democracy leaders in Hong Kong, including Jimmy Lai, founder of the Apple Daily newspaper, and the former lawmakers and barristers Martin Lee and Margaret Ng, who were convicted of unauthorised assembly at a peaceful protest in 2019.
Photograph: Anthony Kwan/Getty
A people-smuggler takes migrants, mostly from Central America, across the Rio Grande to the US near Roma, Texas. Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said protecting human rights was the aim in Mexico’s efforts to stop child migrants being smuggled into the US.
Photograph: Dario Lopez-Mills/AP
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A girl holds munitions debris at Yemen’s Suweida camp for people displaced by the war, now in its seventh year. Fighting around Marib, the Saudi-backed Yemeni government’s last northern stronghold, could determine the course of Yemen’s conflict. The UK government’s decision to resume military exports to Saudi Arabia, while slashing foreign aid to Yemen, was heavily criticised in a report by Amnesty International.
Photograph: Nabil Alawzari/AFP/Getty
Members of the Uighur community demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London. MPs voted to declare that China was committing genocide against Uighurs in Xinjiang.
Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty
The funeral of a Cacataibo man, Herasmo García, in his village in Huánuco, in Peru’s Amazon region. He was shot dead by unknown assailants. Peru’s indigenous leaders have called for protection after a string of killings by drug gangs seeking land to grow coca under cover of the pandemic.
Photograph: Courtesy of Fenacoca
Lebanese women display a protective mask distributed to women and social workers in Beirut, with a helpline for the organisation Abaad, which campaigns for gender equality. Many women and girls say sexual harassment via social media has intensified as the pandemic pushed people off the streets.
Photograph: Patrick Baz/Abaad/AFP/Getty
The Turkish journalist and writer Ahmet Altan, centre, with his children Kerem, left, and Senem, after he was released from jail in Istanbul. A Turkish court released the novelist and newspaper editor after more than four years in prison on charges of involvement in a failed 2016 coup attempt, which he had always denied. The release of Altan, who has been critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and in support of Kurdish rights, came a day after the European court of human rights demanded the 71-year-old’s release, accusing Turkey of violating his civil rights.
Photograph: Bülent Kılıç/AFP/Getty
Cambodian policemen are seen at a checkpoint during lockdown to prevent the coronavirus disease spread in Phnom Penh. The government has been accused of using Covid to edge towards ‘totalitarian dictatorship’.
Photograph: Cindy Liu/Reuters
Ingrid Noel, 51, left, weeps on the shoulder of Robert Bolden, at a rally in Brooklyn, New York, after the former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder and manslaughter of George Floyd. The explosive case triggered worldwide protests and a re-examination of racism and policing in the US. Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, pinned his knee on the black man’s neck for about nine minutes.
Photograph: Brittainy Newman/AP
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EmQuartier owned by The Mall Group in Phrom Pong recently launched EMJOY – an open edutainment centre for young children.

EMJOY for the youth of the digital generation in the heart of Sukhumvit is now open for business – and play! 

Expand your children’s imagination and encourage limitless creativity with over 6,000 square metres of educational and extra curricular activities within a fun, safe and colourful environment.

The area on the second floor of Building C the EmQuartier shopping complex is packed with facilities and functional spaces to entertain and enlighten your children and is a perfect destination for the family lifestyle.

EMJOY features the world’s leading institutes, most widely praised by the family community, focusing on encouraging out-of-classroom learning experiences for the younger generation with diverse fields of interest such as Bungee Workout, Choi’s Taekwondo, Code Genius, Copel, D Dance Studio, Haole Chinese Language, I can read, Kolor Me, Kumo Creative Studio, KX Smart Play, Mahidol Music Academy, Math Talent by Dr. Yong, Play Chef, Vocalise and many more.

Located in the zone are Kiddoland, Little Red Fox, Tanwa The Food Project, as well as Greyhound Café, with a new selection of family and kids menus. You can even take your Little Princess to the beauty parlour at Take Care Salon & Beauty, the beauty salon for kids and parents.

Dedicated to our children where they can explore and enjoy EMJOY and meet new friends. There are a variety of shops, restaurants and services that cater exclusively to young children.

The play zone is gaily decorated in a colourful, fun, educational and safe environment. It features functional spaces and convenient amenities, perfect for the family lifestyle, such as children’s restrooms, benches, and playgrounds. 

 

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6 Saturday, March 2021 / 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Meet the Heads (Years 5 to 10)

Discover a new experience in education at Meet the Heads ‘The Beginning of a Great Heart’ on March 6th 2021 at King’s College International School Bangkok.

You will be guided through the educational approach that made King’s College School, Wimbledon (King’s Wimbledon) one of the most academically successful schools in the world. You will also learn from the Heads and teachers selected by King’s Wimbledon for the vision to replicate success at King’s Bangkok. A school tour is optional for this event.
 

Applications for boys and girls from Pre-nursery to Year 10 (ages 2–15) are now welcome for the academic year 2021.

Session for Year 5 to Year 10:
•  Saturday 6th March, 13.30 – 16.30

Session for Nursery to Year 4:
•  Saturday 13th March, 9.00 – 12.00

Registration now at http://bit.ly/39fKif3

*Seats are limited.*

We very much look forward to welcoming you to King’s College International School Bangkok on Ratchada–Rama 3.

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Guardian photographer Sarah Lee has been finding comfort and relief from the lockdown by using her camera to focus on the quiet beauty that is around despite the darkness

‘It has been uncertain and frightening start to the year, but there is beauty in unexpected places,’ says Lee
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘While I know the vaccine is coming, and that the longer days of spring and the progress the vaccine will bring are things to cling on to, that adage about it being darkest just before the dawn seems very real right now’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
On Waterloo Bridge in London
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian

‘I’ve been trying to focus my personal work on the moments of joy and light that are still available as sources of joy and solace’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
Imperial hotel in Russell Square, London
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘Mostly I see them from my bike and my permitted daily exercise out of my home’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘This has been going on long enough for me to have seen the city go through all the changes of the seasons, and while winter is, unsurprisingly, the harshest, I’ve found this year to be the most beautiful I have ever known living in London’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘I think because I’ve never had the time before to really notice and appreciate detail the way I do now’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
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‘I think because I’ve never had the time before to really notice and appreciate detail the way I do now’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘Like most other people I’m confined to either home or exercising from home, but as a journalist there have been a couple of occasions where I’ve had to travel further afield’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘Occasionally I’ve cycled with a friend. Those rare occasions have been as exhilarating and wonderful as parties used to be back when I was cavalier enough to think such things would never stop’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘Something that used to feel so regular and happenstance now feels like an adventure’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘The change of scenery is so welcome. I travelled to Aldeburgh a couple of weeks ago for a story and while I was careful to turn round and drive back as soon as I’d finished the [socially distant] shoot, I took some shots as I walked back to the car’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘It was one of those rare winter days where the sun dazzled and the air was totally clear’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘An hour by the sea and the marshes felt like an immensely precious holiday’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘I long for the world to open up again, for things to be safe for us all to be able to be together …’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
… In the meanwhile I’ve found genuine comfort and relief in using my camera as a way of focusing on the light and the quiet beauty that is still very much there despite the darkness’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
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