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Amid this ongoing crisis, BEC-Tero Entertainment, and Evolution Wellness (Thailand), the owner of Fitness First and Celebrity Fitness Thailand, together with Meiji High Protein, are combining their resources to bring the best of entertainment and health to you. Build both your physical and mental strength to fight against this virus through live exercise videos, brought to you daily via www.facebook.com/bectero.tv at 7pm. After a few weeks of working from home and social distancing, some people are having difficulty adjusting and are confronted by lessened productivity due to stress and reduced physical activity. Many studies show that the best way to readjust your body and mind, as well as boosting your work productivity, is to work out and keep up your daily physical activity. These exercise videos combine instruction from professional trainers from leading fitness clubs and uplifting music that’s been carefully selected for you. With fun workout sessions, your stay-at-home life will not be boring. Better yet, it will cultivate a habit of exercise in you that will help get you through this crisis. Start today! Get your free at-home workout sessions including dance classes, Muay Thai, yoga and stretching exercises from Fitness First and Celebrity Fitness’ professional trainers, sponsored by Meiji High Protein, live via www.facebook.com/bectero.tv every day at 7pm. Besides, you can also find various workout sessions including an easy-to-follow session called “Family Workout” from Monday to Friday at 10 am. Find out for more workouts for your healthy lifestyle at www.facebook.com/fitnessfirstthailand .  

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The outbreak and spreading of Covid-19 has caused significant difficulties with transportation in Thailand with many provinces sealing off their borders to deal with Covid-19. Mr Autthanop Pandkamnerd, President of Cissa Group, a leading investment property development company, said that “In response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which has and continues to impact the entire community and many tourists who have been forced to overstay as they cannot leave for home. On behalf of Natai Beach Resort & Spa management, we want to help with the Covid-19 outbreak battle to contain the spread of the virus by offering complimentary stays for overstayers as well as local healthcare workers and first responders whom our safety is dependent upon. We would like to thank them for their selfless, hard work during the crisis by offering complimentary accommodation at our 106-room premium resort situated on the beautiful beachfront of Natai Beach, Phang-Nga and only 30 minutes away from the Phuket International Airport. As our staff health and safety is our priority, we require all guests to present a medical certificate, issued no more than 72 hours, confirming that they have been tested and are free from the virus. As we are in the hospitality industry, we understand the difficulty of the situation for all front liners and the overstayers that are unable to travel back to their countries. It's our pleasure to work together to overcome this crisis together.” For more information and reservations, please contact reservations@natairesort.com or +66 (0) 76 401 301.

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Since 1895, Swarovski has been on a mission to add sparkle to people’s lives all over the world. During this time, Swarovski has created an abundance of exquisite, crystal-cut pieces, which is a testament to its creativity, passion for craftsmanship and continuous innovation. To mark its 125th anniversary, the brand has launched a very special collection as a tribute to its heritage, mastery and innovation – which are at the very heart of the company’s continued success. THE 125th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION Swarovski’s 125th Anniversary Collection reimagines refreshed versions of some of Swarovski’s best- selling jewelry products, along with pieces from other categories. The Collection celebrates the unique DNA of Swarovski by honouring its iconic blue shade. Like no other, this extraordinary deep blue simultaneously encompasses maturity, wisdom and generosity while embodying the everlasting feelings of wonder that are unfolded by the opening of each Swarovski box. Here are some of our favourite highlights from the Swarovski’s 125th Anniversary Collection.   ANNIVERSARY MOUSE, LIMITED EDITION 2020 Since the first “Ur Mouse” was created in 1976, crystal figurines have formed a large part of Swarovski’s heritage. The “Original Mouse” is reimagined in the 125th Anniversary Collection in a modernized style, with shimmering touches of blue.           DANCING SWAN NECKLACE Elegant yet easy-to-wear, the Dancing Swan pendant captures the grace and elegance of the swan – the iconic symbol of Swarovski. Delicately set in pavé and with a marquise-shaped stone that dances with movement, the clear and blue embellishment sparkles softly, complementing any outfit.           TENNIS BRACELET The Tennis Bracelet is a timeless classic, now refreshed with the iconic Swarovski blue tone. The rhodium-plated bracelet with pavé embellishment adds sparkle to any style.           ANGELIC STUDS Elegance and sophistication are captured in the design of the Angelic Studs. A classic style now reimagined with a timeless blue edge.         CRYSTALLINE GLAM WATCH Swarovski pays tribute to its heritage with a special edition of the Crystalline Glam watch. Initially launched in SS19, this popular and refined Swiss-made timepiece features a case filled with hundreds of brilliant blue Swarovski crystals.             Moreover, Swarovski will give away a Crystalline Blue pen as an appreciation gift for special customer who spend on Swarovski’s regular products up to 7,900 Baht or more. To discover the complete 125th Anniversary Collection, please visit Swarovski.com and stores worldwide.

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Gucci is expanding the Grip line with two new chronograph timepieces. Together with the chronograph function, the tachymeter enables the wearer to measure the time it takes to cover one kilometer. This adds attitude and masculine style to the watch. Both watches feature a 40mm case. Two windows on the dial indicate the hour and minute.     The Grip watch is inspired by the world of skateboarding. Its name recalls the way the rider’s sneakers stick to the grip tape on a skateboard.   One edition showcases a steel case and bracelet. The chronograph function is introduced through a hand, which is finished with the Interlocking G motif. The other edition brings together a steel case and a black rubber strap showing the Interlocking G symbol. A red dot, which moves around the edge of the dial, forms the chronograph function. The Grip chrono watches are water resistant to 30 meters. For more information, please contact Trocadero Time Tel. 02-163-0555. 

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Amsterdam is a lively city with a central downtown district that does not find time to rest. Here, remnants of the city’s maritime past are interwoven with elements of contemporary life that include bars, shops, cafés and vices with a broad spectrum of appeal. The liberal Dutch society tolerates cannabis usage and prostitution, much to the delight of those from neighbouring countries who travel here to celebrate buck’s parties or inquisitive tourists hailing from countries that are more conservative. While the legality of cannabis is hazy, this raunchy side of Amsterdam appeals to some while most are simply inquisitive and curious onlookers. When most travellers think of Holland and its largest city Amsterdam (The Hague is the capital), images of windmills, wooden shoes called clogs, wheels of Gouda cheese and fields of multicoloured tulips spring to mind. However, the reality is that the closest encounter most visitors will have with these Dutch icons is the endless rows of souvenirs displayed in tourist precincts like Bloemenmarkt, a floating flower market. However, visitors will definitely encounter bikes, dykes and lights while exploring the sights of this lively, multicultural and cosmopolitan city of just 800,000 residents. CENTRAL AMSTERDAM Holland has always intrigued me and even more so, when I realised that a quarter of the country is below sea level with its gateway Schiphol Airport situated on a former lake, several metres below sea level. As my KLM plane approached Schiphol, I checked beneath the seat for the lifejacket, just in case. Of course, planes do not land on water thanks to Holland’s ingenious network of ancient dykes and polders that keep the seawater at bay. I checked a map of Amsterdam to appreciate that the city and surrounding areas are indeed a network of canals, lakes, rivers and dykes holding back the waters of the North Sea. Amsterdam’s famous dykes are not so obvious but without retaining walls and floodgates to keep out the seawater, there would not be much to see of Amsterdam as basically it, and much of Holland, has been reclaimed from the sea. This reclamation has been ongoing for centuries and explains why the Dutch are such great hydrological engineers. I also discovered that one of the functions of windmills in days gone by was to pump water from the land out to sea to keep the seawater in check. Canals are one of the main attractions and a canal cruise is the best way to admire just how important these were for Amsterdam’s original settlers. While the River IJ divides Amsterdam, most visitors do not appreciate it as the main tourist attractions are in central Amsterdam just to the south of the river. From an elevated vantage point at the rear of the main railway station, I appreciated that the River IJ waterfront divides central Amsterdam and Amsterdam Noord. Both parts of the city are visible from the Centraal Station located in a lively port precinct where large ocean-going cruise ships moor at the nearby docks. Visitors emerge from the city side of Centraal Station on

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Once a highly prosperous capital city of the country, today Sukhothai welcomes visitors to get up close to the glory of the bygone era – packed with traces of ancient history, as well as verdant scenery. In one fell swoop, Sukhothai features plentiful charming spots to experience and unwind. And here is the recommended checklist that is tested and tried. ● SUKHOTHAI HISTORICAL PARK The remaining structure depicts the glory of the Sukhothai era and how Buddhism flourished during the period. Inside the majestic 70 sq km area of Sukhothai Historical Park sit the significant vestiges, which are recognised as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Noen Prasat is the remains of the former royal palace, and small-sized Wat Sa Si appeals to visitors with its graceful and unique beauty. The washed-out remains of Wat Mahatat still look grandiose and serene. ● KING RAMKHAMHAENG MONUMENT At the heart of the Sukhothai Historical Park is the bronze statue of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great, who is regarded as a benevolent ruler in Sukhothai era and as the “Father of the Thai Language”, as his major achievement was the compilation of a system of writing and a new set of Thai alphabet which he adapted from the various forms of Khmer script that were previously used. His invention is still being used in the present. The Monument is grandly done and you are welcome to pay homage to the late king and to ring the solid bell as a gesture of respect. ● WAT SI CHUM Actually part of the Sukhothai Historical Park but situated about two kilometres away from the central compound, and requiring a new entrance ticket (THB 20 for Thais), Wat Si Chum is the notable ancient temple with gigantic sacred Buddha Statue which is housed in the fitted chapel. Local Thais and tourists alike come here to worship with flowers, incense and candles. This is one of the most photogenic temples in Sukhothai, thus don’t forget to get a snap with respect to the place. ● RAMKHAMHAENG NATIONAL MUSEUM Situated right opposite the ticket office to the historical park, the Ramkhamhaeng National Museum is unfortunately often neglected, which is a real pity as it houses numerous valuable ancient objects that were found within the compound and from nearby archaeological sites. In addition, to present a linear development of cultures in Thai territory and the link between the regions in the past featuring objects from archaeological sites of other regions are also displayed. The exhibition is divided into five zones; the Graphic Exhibition in Lai Sue Thai Memorial Building, The Ramkhamhaeng National Museum Building where antiquity gallery took place, Stucco Sculpture Gallery, Wooden Pavilion and the Museum’s Yard with replica of Sangkhalok kiln, elephant at the base of chedis. The entrance fee is THB 30 for Thais and THB 150 for foreigners. The Museum opens daily from 9am-4pm. ● MAI KLANG KRUNG RESTAURANT A very local eatery where you can savour the true taste of Sukhothai, while imbuing the artifacts decorated within the restaurant compound which make perfect Instagrammable shots. A choice of food

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Lifestyle+Travel and Booking.com has delved into global booking trends to reveal 10 of the top emerging travel destinations for 2020. From hidden gems in Eastern Europe to under-the-radar spots in Asia, these up-and-coming destinations promise novel experiences, untouched natural beauty and the chance to soak up the magic before everyone else catches on. Salta, Argentina Bright colonial architecture with colorful and unique landscapes nearby, Salta is located in the heart of the Argentine Andes and is a great ‘best of both worlds’ destination for the one-in-five of global travelers who want to visit Argentina in 2020. Whether taking in the colorful cityscape with a visit to 9 de Julio Plaza, a lush public square in the heart of the city, San Francisco Church, a historic church and monastery that dates back to the 1600s or exploring the nearby colorful landscape of The Hill of Seven Colors and Salinas Grandes (salt flats), a trip to this beautiful part of the world will leave a colorful impression. Where to stay: Sociable Hostal Prisamata is the perfect accommodation for travelers looking to mingle with other like minded adventurers. The communal spaces at this friendly hostel are perfect for planning excursions and enjoying the continental breakfast on offer. The accommodation is also well located to explore the sites nearby as it’s walking distance from the 9 de Julio Plaza and helps organize tours to the other sites in the area. Takamatsu, Japan Takamatsu, also known as Udon Kingdom and the Gateway of Shikoku, is a port town that’s the perfect vacation for travelers interested in vibrant food scenes and scenic backdrops. Once you have finished feasting on noodles, a must-visit is the picturesque Ritsurin Park. The park is a Japanese national treasure and is home to many tea houses where travelers can experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony; plus the Engetsu-kyo (moon crossing) bridge and iconic lotus ponds. Where to stay: Complete your trip to Japan by staying in an authentic Ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn), with a visit to Kiyomisanso Hanajyukai. This accommodation is located in Takamatsu, with nearby sites including the Kitahamaebisu Shrine and the Heike Monogatari Historical Museum. Travelers can enjoy a soak in the hot spring bath, a delicious Asian breakfast and sea views from their private balcony. Seogwipo, South Korea The second largest city on South Korea’s Jeju Island, Seogwipo, is a bustling coastal city surrounded by natural wonders of the volcanic coastline. Ideal for active travelers, Seogwipo’s clear blue waters will prove popular with scuba-diving enthusiasts, while nearby Mount Hallasan is a great option for those looking to lace up their boots and take a hike. Seogwipo is also the perfect base to visit the nearby waterfalls - Cheonjiyeon Falls and Jeongbang. To refuel after a day of adventuring, the Seogwipo Olle Market offers tastes of the region with various street food and fresh produce stalls, while downtown Seogwipo is home to many traditional Korean restaurants and BBQ spots. Where to stay: Heyy Seogwipo Hotel offers a beautifully sleek and modern accommodation with sweeping views of the Hallasan Mountain and

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Jordan is one of those countries that once existed for me solely in images in various shades of terracotta, ochre and apricot of the famous façade of Petra’s Treasury, carved into the rose-tinted sandstone, and mysterious rock formations towering above the desert sands of Wadi Rum. These images alone were enough for the country to enter my wish list, and when I finally ended up booking a trip to Jordan with my partner, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect beyond these beautiful scenes. Jordan’s capital of Amman was a great place to get my first taste of the country. We spent a few days in the hilly city, visiting museums and art galleries, eating our body weight in mezze dishes, sampling our first Jordanian wines and getting several layers of skin scrubbed off in a hamman (Turkish bath), as well as meeting our first friendly Jordanians. While walking in the streets of the city, people would come up to us to greet us and shake our hands and welcome us to Amman, making us feel like celebrity tourists. We took a taxi back to the airport to collect our car – a Mitsubishi Pajero – from a rental company, and then headed south out of the city towards the Dead Sea. From a dark brown beach in front of a hotel, we rubbed ourselves with thick strong-smelling clay and then blobbed about like star fish in the painfully salty water. The Dead Sea isn’t the most scenic place in Jordan, but the experience of being weightless in water is definitely a memorable one. Most travellers make a beeline from the Dead Sea straight to Petra, three hours south by car, but after our afternoon at the Dead Sea we decided to spend a few days in the Dana Biosphere Reserve. Jordan's second largest national park, Dana has remained under the international radar until now, when more visitors are starting to discover this glorious stretch of rugged mountain and desert wilderness. We spent two nights glamping in the upper part of the reserve at Rummana Campsite, which was a great starting point to explore the mountain section of the reserve. Our days passed on hikes along easy trails through the dramatic landscape: deep canyons, sandstone cliffs and carved caves, and green hills peppered with colourful spring wild flowers. As the crow flies, it’s only about 15km from Rummana to Feynan Ecolodge, which lies at the southern end of the reserve, but because of the mountains, the drive took us two hours. The reserve in the south is totally different: very dry and rocky with little foliage, with just a few bright pink oleander trees dotted about. We drove our Mitsubishi 4x4 on sandy tracks past a scattering of Bedouin tents and clumps of mountain goats to reach Feynan, an unusual-looking stone building almost the same colour as the desert sand. As soon as we checked in, we realised that Feynan is not your typical ecolodge: the attention to detail that has gone into creating a truly

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ON THE FAR SOUTH COAST OF THE ANDAMAN SEA, THE MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO REMAINED UNTOUCHED UNTIL THE 1990s WHEN IT OPENED TO TOURISTS. HOME TO JAM-PACKED WOODS, VAST CORAL REEFS, DENSE MARINE AND ON-GROUND LIVES, WONDERFUL GEOMORPHOLOGY, HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS, AS WELL AS OVER 1,000 NOMADIC PEOPLE, THE MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO DOES NOT OFFER JUST A DAZZLING BEACHFRONT GETAWAY, BUT THE “REAL” WAY OF RECONNECTING TO THE EARTH, AND GETTING TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IT ON A DEEPER LEVEL.   Out of over 800 islands in this archipelago, I luckily got to spend laxative days amidst awesome quietude on Kyun Pila or the Pila Island, where birds joyously sing, the forest remains dense, and the beach stays naïve. It feels so hopeful to know that a land this pristine still exists. ASHORE AND AQUATIC CREATURES The area that is presently Myanmar has long been dense with precious natural resources, marine lives and flourishing forests. Many parts of the country, luckily, are still left unscathed, but also many of them are run-down, mainly due to insufficient information on their significance provided to the locals, as well as inadequate proper plans to protect and restore them. Ecosystems work in a variety of ways in different parts of the world, and Mergui Archipelago, being distant from the mainland, has unique ones. On the Pila Island, it is an ideal spot to observe healthy onland and underwater lives, which are not as disturbed as other easilyaccessible scenes. As the sea is indeed inseparable from the land, keeping them both robust is a vital act. Even though “leaving nature alone” might as well be the best strategy to get them to revive, it can take too much time, and human beings can be very helpful with the right means, competent knowledge, and respect for the lives out there. INTO THE WILD I have been to many islands before, but on this wonderful Pila Island, it is an experience like never before. As a private island with an environmentally friendly resort, every spot comes with serenity and natural wonders! Strolling on the soft sands, I am stunned by captivating, enigmatic rock formations on the shore, which looks especially breathtaking when the tide is low in early morning. Stepping closer, I find the rocks are home to countless crabs. I keep coming back on this tiny adventure of mine, observing the crab community I have never seen before. Aside from rock crabs, hermit crabs hidden in artsy shells are another magic of the island. Birdwatching is a thing to do when you are at Awei Pila Resort. Mitch Hawkins, the recreation manager at the resort will bring you around to spot birds, explain their lovely behaviours, and distinguish the sound of their songs from one another. Chances are you’ll find some kingfishers, white-rumped shamas, racked-tailed drongos, and other tuneful creatures. Along the birdwatching way or the hike to nearby villages, soaring trees with its own ecosystem are all over the places, warranting the robustness of the nature of this distant island. Wildlife such as meerkats, wild pigs, and more are still there in the forest, but they do

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FROM KOH CHANG IN THAILAND TO PHU QUOC IN VIETNAM, A STRING OF ISLANDS HUGS THE COAST – AND MOST OF THEM ARE CAMBODIA’S, SITTING OFFSHORE OF THE KINGDOM’S 440 KILOMETRES OF TWISTING AND TURNING COASTLINE – THE PEARLS OF THE CAMBODIAN SEASHORES The beauty of these islands is that most of them are undeveloped, with wild beaches and just a few simple backpacker huts if you want to stay a while – or no huts at all, just you and nature. Perfect for day trips, or pitching a tent in paradise. Then there are two big islands – Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem – which have a whole range of accommodation along their super-long beaches, with dense jungle interiors. Lastly, for those with fat wallets, there are three private islands blessed with fabulous luxury resorts. Well and truly off the map at the turn of the century, Cambodia’s islands now have something for everybody, from just a hammock in the trees, to a wooden chalet with a balcony, through to an exclusive villa with your own pool. Numbering no less than 60, the islands lack roads, ATMs or mains electricity, but boast a host of bars, restaurants and dive shops, plus endless beaches, azure seas and an escapist, easy-going vibe. Controversially, some islands have been leased to developers for large-scale resort building, so who knows how long this away-from-itall tranquillity will exist? Already the charm of the first of Cambodia’s beach hubs, the seaside town of Sihanoukville, has been smashed and annihilated by manic development. In just the last few years, what was a laid-back beach town has become a grotesque casino city for Chinese gamblers, its former backpacker haunts left to rot. That means right now is the time to enjoy the Cambodian islands, while they are still treasures possessing a serenity not easily found elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Let’s check them out. THE NORTHERN GROUP KOH KONG KOAH If you’re coming from Thailand by land – not a bad idea at all, entering Cambodia from Trat province – then the first big island is Koh Kong Koah, which is in fact Cambodia’s largest island. However, it has a strong military presence, so access is tightly controlled and you must visit on a guided boat tour out of Koh Kong town or Tatai costing USD21 per person, including lunch and snorkelling equipment, or you can take overnight trips with beach camping or homestay for USD55. These trips only operate from October to May and it’s forbidden to explore the forested interior. Seven beaches are strung along the western coast, lined with coconut palms and lush vegetation. At the sixth beach from the north, a narrow channel leads to a hidden lagoon. KOH S’DACH ARCHIPELAGO KOH S’DACH Twelve small islands form the Koh S’Dach Archipelago, located offshore midway between the Thai border and the coastal city of Sihanoukville. Just two kilometres long, Koh S’Dach is the only island with a sizeable population, about 2,300, and it buzzes with fishing boats and an ice factory as the economic heart of the archipelago. The beaches

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Today Edge, the New York’s highest outdoor sky deck, officially opened to the public offering unparalleled 360-degree views of the iconic city skyline. Beginning at 1:00 PM, the first ticketed visitors stepped out onto Edge’s outdoor viewing area featuring a thrilling glass-floor, angled glass walls, and outdoor skyline steps from the 100th to 101st floors of 30 Hudson Yards. Visitors also experienced the immersive, multi-room ‘Journey to Edge’ show telling the history of New York City’s newest neighborhood from construction over an active rail yard to sustainability achievements and more. To mark the opening, Edge has also launched a nightly light show designed by L’Observatoire International which will run from sunset to midnight daily through 4 April. Hudson Yards also announced today a program offering New York City public school groups free visits to Edge and Vessel every Tuesday. The program kicked-off today with fifth grade students from neighboring elementary school P.S. 33 in Chelsea getting a sneak peak of the entire experience prior to the first ticketed guests. NYC Public School bookings can be made online at www.edgenyc.com/group-bookings “The overwhelming public response to Hudson Yards over the past year – making us part of everything from their morning coffee run to a place to celebrate special occasions – has been incredibly humbling. With the opening Edge, one of the final pieces of the first phase of Hudson Yards, it was important to us to extend an invitation not only to the world to experience our great city from new heights, but also to New Yorkers who have made us part of the City’s cultural fabric. We are proud to ensure Edge is accessible to New York Public School students which we hope will inspire the next generation of New Yorkers to fall even more in love with this great city,” said Stephen Ross, Chairman of Related Companies. “Our goal at Oxford is to connect people to exceptional places, and Edge is another incredible attraction that Hudson Yards has to offer New Yorkers and visitors from across the globe. It’s truly one of the best views of one of the best cities in the world, and we’re excited for everyone to experience it first hand,” added Michael Turner, President of Oxford Properties. A bar, located on the 100th floor, offers a glass of champagne or signature cocktail and light bites to enjoy indoors or outdoors on the sky deck. Situated one floor above Edge, on the 101st floor, is Peak a stunning restaurant, bar, and event space operated by hospitality group RHC. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) and extending out 80 feet from the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards, Edge redefines the New York skyline. Its monumental triangular form completes the tower’s architectural dialogue with the city. A marvel of modern engineering and structural design, the 765,000-pound observation deck is comprised of 15 sections, each weighing between 35,000 and 100,000 pounds, bolted together and anchored to the east and south sides of the building. The 7,500-square-foot outdoor viewing area is surrounded by

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SANTIAGO DE CUBA, THE FIRST CAPITAL OF CUBA, IS WHERE SALSA WAS BORN. WITH DEEP AFRICAN ROOTS, HERE THEY CELEBRATE THE MOST RICHLY MUSICAL CARNIVAL OF THE AMERICAS. Outside the bus station, a vast revolutionary plaza stretched out. Lurking to one side was a boxy trishaw with a high passenger seat. The young black driver hissed, “Meet me over there on the corner!” I lugged my bags across the broad avenue and climbed aboard. Instead of gliding down the boulevard into Santiago, we turned up a side street and trundled through poor barrios where shirtless black people idled on the porches of crumbling villas. “I have to watch out for the police,” explained the sweating pedicabbie. “I’m not supposed to carry foreigners.” Many zig-zags later we hit the city centre, where narrow colonial streets rode upon steep hills. Seeking lodgings, up hill and down dale, my diligent tricyclist knocked on door after peeling-paint door until finally one old lady said “Sí”. I had struck lucky: dear old Tatica became my Cuban auntie. Now what should I pay this guy? He had worked long and hard in the searing July heat, doing his best to help me, and breaking the law, in order to get the magic door-opener of US dollars. So, knowing it was almost half the typical Cuban monthly salary, I gave him five bucks. “Gracias,” he grinned, happy to add it to his dollar fund, which would gain him entry to a dollar store, full of imported and otherwise unobtainable goods. When you know what burdens the locals labour under, when you experience the Caribbean island’s glorious pluses, Cuba’s difficulties for the independent traveller – transport, accommodation and food are all challenges, the dual currency money system is mind-boggling – melt away like the ice in your rum fizz. Cubans are friendly and gracious, the cities are airy, peaceful and straight out of the 50s – 1950s, 1850s, 1750s, whatever. And the music, ah, the music is heavenly. Especially in Santiago. The old seaport of Santiago de Cuba lies in the far east of the 1250km-long island, and is Cuba’s second city. Founded by the Spanish conquistadors in 1514, from 1515 to 1607 Santiago was the capital of the colony of Cuba, and ever since has been the main city of Oriente, the eastern province. Pirate attacks prompted the construction of the mighty El Morro Castle at the mouth of Santiago Bay. Copper from nearby mines was Santiago’s main export, African slaves for working the sugar plantations were its chief import, to its shame, but eventually to the world’s immense cultural benefit. With its large natural harbour, an inlet in the mountainous coast, Santiago developed as the port and commercial centre for the sugar and rum industry, with a large black population. A culture of mixed Spanish, French and African origins brewed throughout the 19th century and blossomed in the 20th. Musical styles blended from African percussion and European melodic instruments – “the love affair of the African drum and the Spanish guitar” as the Cuban musicologist

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FROM KOH CHANG IN THAILAND TO PHU QUOC IN VIETNAM, A STRING OF ISLANDS HUGS THE COAST – AND MOST OF THEM ARE CAMBODIA’S, SITTING OFFSHORE OF THE KINGDOM’S 440 KILOMETRES OF TWISTING AND TURNING COASTLINE – THE PEARLS OF THE CAMBODIAN SEASHORES The beauty of these islands is that most of them are undeveloped, with wild beaches and just a few simple backpacker huts if you want to stay a while – or no huts at all, just you and nature. Perfect for day trips, or pitching a tent in paradise. Then there are two big islands – Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem – which have a whole range of accommodation along their super-long beaches, with dense jungle interiors. Lastly, for those with fat wallets, there are three private islands blessed with fabulous luxury resorts. Well and truly off the map at the turn of the century, Cambodia’s islands now have something for everybody, from just a hammock in the trees, to a wooden chalet with a balcony, through to an exclusive villa with your own pool. Numbering no less than 60, the islands lack roads, ATMs or mains electricity, but boast a host of bars, restaurants and dive shops, plus endless beaches, azure seas and an escapist, easy-going vibe. Controversially, some islands have been leased to developers for large-scale resort building, so who knows how long this away-from-itall tranquillity will exist? Already the charm of the first of Cambodia’s beach hubs, the seaside town of Sihanoukville, has been smashed and annihilated by manic development. In just the last few years, what was a laid-back beach town has become a grotesque casino city for Chinese gamblers, its former backpacker haunts left to rot. That means right now is the time to enjoy the Cambodian islands, while they are still treasures possessing a serenity not easily found elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Let’s check them out. THE NORTHERN GROUP KOH KONG KOAH If you’re coming from Thailand by land – not a bad idea at all, entering Cambodia from Trat province – then the first big island is Koh Kong Koah, which is in fact Cambodia’s largest island. However, it has a strong military presence, so access is tightly controlled and you must visit on a guided boat tour out of Koh Kong town or Tatai costing USD21 per person, including lunch and snorkelling equipment, or you can take overnight trips with beach camping or homestay for USD55. These trips only operate from October to May and it’s forbidden to explore the forested interior. Seven beaches are strung along the western coast, lined with coconut palms and lush vegetation. At the sixth beach from the north, a narrow channel leads to a hidden lagoon. KOH S’DACH ARCHIPELAGO KOH S’DACH Twelve small islands form the Koh S’Dach Archipelago, located offshore midway between the Thai border and the coastal city of Sihanoukville. Just two kilometres long, Koh S’Dach is the only island with a sizeable population, about 2,300, and it buzzes with fishing boats and an ice factory as the economic heart of the archipelago. The beaches

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Following the government’s announcement, Central Embassy is temporarily closed with the exception of Eathai Market (Supermarket) selling a variety of household and consumer goods as well as food delivery and take-away services such as from Eathai, to serve customers 10am-10pm daily. The Vejpongosot pharmacy will also be open from 11am-8pm. Restaurants offering food delivery and take-away services include: ATM Tea Bar, Bangkok Bold Kitchen, Broccoli Revolution, EASY! Buddy, Eathai, Hong Bao, Koi The, Kub Kao' Kub Pla, Peppina, Thong Smith, Thongsweet by Thong Smith, SIWILAI Café, SIWILAI CITY CLUB, Som Tam Nua, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Water Library. Eathai Market (Supermarket) and Vejpongosot pharmacy also offer take-away service as well. Special promotions are available for customers during this time. Orders can be made through various food delivery services, such as online application services or in-house delivery. In addition, customers may contact individual restaurants and collect their orders at the Order & Take Away Point, adjacent to the Eathai entrance on Level LG. For health and safety standards, Central Embassy, as part of their strict precautionary measures, require all staff go through thermal screening points and wear masks prior to entering the premises. Hand sanitisers are consistently provided for customers and delivery staff. Seating in the waiting area is set up so delivery staff are at least one metre apart and not facing each other. In addition, all staff and visitors must show their staff or national ID to confirm their identity before entering the building. For the convenience of customers, the staff are at the entrance of the Eathai area, to assist on Level LG. To visit Central Embassy, and for the Order & Take Away collection, a car park is open, and for those travelling by the BTS SkyTrain, customers can exit at the skywalk at Ploen Chit, and take the elevator down to Level LG. For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2QAtvK0

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The best way to boost your immune system is on a wholefood, low sugar diet.  The more nutrient dense foods you can get in on the daily, the better. There are five significantly potent immune boosting nutrients that will give your body an extra wall of defense. Zinc Zinc is a well-loved mineral in the immunity world.  It nourishes and supports the innate (first defense) and adaptive immunity (long-term, has memory).  Zinc is a co-factor for over 200 enzymatic reactions within the body, with many of these being immune dependent mechanisms.  It supports the thymus gland in adaptive T-cell production/regulation and acts as a free-radical scavenger.  We love zinc as it supports against viruses and bacterial pathogens and promotes healthy function and integrity for our white blood cells: macrophages, neutrophils, natural killer cells, T-cells and lymphocytes. Food Sources:  Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, egg yolks, seafood, oysters, beef Vitamin C This is probably your go-to nutrient when it comes to immune boosting superstars, and all for the right reasons!  Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is one of the bodies most essential antioxidants, and unfortunately we need to get it from external sources.  Vitamin C has shown to significantly strengthen the body’s immunity, particularly during times of stress and infections.  White blood cells have high concentrations of vitamin C that are essential to all levels of defense against free radicals, pathogens and inflammation.  It helps to upsurge white blood cells (first defense and adaptive) communication, durability and pathogen killing abilities! Even better, if you have those nasty lymphatic inflammatory conditions, vitamin C contains substantial detoxification and anti-inflammatory properties.  This is a great nutrient to have on hand for viruses, bacterial infections – especially for systemic or respiratory conditions. Food Sources:  green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, kiwis, papaya, strawberries, mango, red peppers, and cabbage. Kiwis and strawberries are some fruits that are high in Vitamin C.   Vitamin A Vitamin A comes in many different molecular structures, retinyl palmitate is one of the most abundant forms and retinyl esters are found mainly in animal products such as: eggs, liver, fish oils, milk and butter.  Plants provide us with the precursors to Vitamin A in a carotenoid form, this proceeds to further biochemical reactions to make Vitamin A.  Plant sources are mainly found in orange coloured fruits/vegetables and dark green leafy vegetables: papaya, squash, carrots, spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, kale, and pumpkin.  Carotenoids have potent antioxidant effects in the body and can improve our immunity by nourishing our white blood cells and lymphatic detoxification.  Vitamin A is excellent for skin and gut integrity, which is our first line of defense from the exterior pathogenic world. Vitamin D Vitamin D is best sourced from UV sunlight, it is obtained through 2 pathways: activation within the skin and through the diet.  If you receive adequate levels of sunlight, usually you would not need to supplement vitamin D.  Unfortunately, many of us live in rather gloomy climates where supplementation is vital.  Vitamin D has been shown to significantly regulate immunity and to support auto-immune conditions.   This wonderful fat-soluble vitamin also

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Overlooking an enchanting patchwork of shimmering waters, rolling hills and rice fields, Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min is redefining the wellness retreat concept on the spectacular shores of one of Southeast Asia’s most iconic destinations. DISCOVER THE LEGENDS OF INLE LAKE AND FIND YOUR INNER SELF To celebrate its first anniversary, Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min is introducing the first luxury wellness programme in Myanmar to focus exclusively on holistic therapies, traditional treatments, nutrition, fitness coaching and educational wellness initiatives. Guests are invited to indulge in these all- encompassing packages, designed for an unforgettable stay at one of the wellness resort’s 101 guest rooms and suites. Offerings include the Wellness Discovery package, with benefits including a pre-arrival consultation, yoga sessions, customised meditation class, spa treatments, an in-room wellness minibar, and holistic rituals in the morning and evening. Each guest will receive a wellness basket in their suite, which includes all the essentials such as a yoga mat, skipping rope, wellness ball and dumbbells. The Wellness Discovery package is available from USD180 per person, per night. NUTRITIONAL TREATMENTS MEET FARM-TO-TABLE DISHES “You are what you eat” is the motto of Chef Aung Kyaw Swar, the man behind Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min’s unique culinary experiences and the curator of the Wellness Cuisine programme. Locally-sourced organic products take centre stage on his healthy and nutritious menus, namely at the resort’s Roots Signature Restaurant, which introduces guests to regenerative ingredients that prioritise the body’s requirements and tantalise the taste buds. The restaurant, which overlooks Inle Lake’s gentle waters, aims to instil a sense of spirituality and promote the resort’s wider commitment to sustainability. Chef Aung Kyaw Swar and his team support the local communities by working closely — and responsibly — with producers and short food supply chains in order to discover local flavours, creating authentic, delicious dishes ranging from salads and soups to regional specialities. Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min maintains its own organic and hydroponic garden, which embraces local Shan methods with a contemporary approach to produce fruits, vegetables and herbs. Harvests are not only used in the kitchen and spa, but also shared with the local community and hotel staff. UNWIND AND REJUVENATE AMIDST TRANQUIL VISTAS The tailor-made energising and healing programmes have been developed to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit of Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min’s guests. The mind-body connection of the wellness programmes are designed by onsite Yoga Master, Sudhir Thampi. Born and raised in India, Sudhir’s expertise in yoga, meditation and fitness are vital to the overall success of the wellness journey. Yoga for him is as natural as breathing and guests can enjoy private and group yoga sessions as well as fitness classes as part of their package. Yoga classes are held in a series of waterfront villas, designed in warm hues with natural woven materials offset by red and orange plaid that is inspired by the headscarves of the local Pa-o women. Perched at the edge of the lake and surrounded by verdant gardens and reflective ponds, guests can draw inspiration from these serene,

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ON THE FAR SOUTH COAST OF THE ANDAMAN SEA, THE MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO REMAINED UNTOUCHED UNTIL THE 1990s WHEN IT OPENED TO TOURISTS. HOME TO JAM-PACKED WOODS, VAST CORAL REEFS, DENSE MARINE AND ON-GROUND LIVES, WONDERFUL GEOMORPHOLOGY, HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS, AS WELL AS OVER 1,000 NOMADIC PEOPLE, THE MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO DOES NOT OFFER JUST A DAZZLING BEACHFRONT GETAWAY, BUT THE “REAL” WAY OF RECONNECTING TO THE EARTH, AND GETTING TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IT ON A DEEPER LEVEL.   Out of over 800 islands in this archipelago, I luckily got to spend laxative days amidst awesome quietude on Kyun Pila or the Pila Island, where birds joyously sing, the forest remains dense, and the beach stays naïve. It feels so hopeful to know that a land this pristine still exists. ASHORE AND AQUATIC CREATURES The area that is presently Myanmar has long been dense with precious natural resources, marine lives and flourishing forests. Many parts of the country, luckily, are still left unscathed, but also many of them are run-down, mainly due to insufficient information on their significance provided to the locals, as well as inadequate proper plans to protect and restore them. Ecosystems work in a variety of ways in different parts of the world, and Mergui Archipelago, being distant from the mainland, has unique ones. On the Pila Island, it is an ideal spot to observe healthy onland and underwater lives, which are not as disturbed as other easilyaccessible scenes. As the sea is indeed inseparable from the land, keeping them both robust is a vital act. Even though “leaving nature alone” might as well be the best strategy to get them to revive, it can take too much time, and human beings can be very helpful with the right means, competent knowledge, and respect for the lives out there. INTO THE WILD I have been to many islands before, but on this wonderful Pila Island, it is an experience like never before. As a private island with an environmentally friendly resort, every spot comes with serenity and natural wonders! Strolling on the soft sands, I am stunned by captivating, enigmatic rock formations on the shore, which looks especially breathtaking when the tide is low in early morning. Stepping closer, I find the rocks are home to countless crabs. I keep coming back on this tiny adventure of mine, observing the crab community I have never seen before. Aside from rock crabs, hermit crabs hidden in artsy shells are another magic of the island. Birdwatching is a thing to do when you are at Awei Pila Resort. Mitch Hawkins, the recreation manager at the resort will bring you around to spot birds, explain their lovely behaviours, and distinguish the sound of their songs from one another. Chances are you’ll find some kingfishers, white-rumped shamas, racked-tailed drongos, and other tuneful creatures. Along the birdwatching way or the hike to nearby villages, soaring trees with its own ecosystem are all over the places, warranting the robustness of the nature of this distant island. Wildlife such as meerkats, wild pigs, and more are still there in the forest, but they do

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The outbreak and spreading of Covid-19 has caused significant difficulties with transportation in Thailand with many provinces sealing off their borders to deal with Covid-19. Mr Autthanop Pandkamnerd, President of Cissa Group, a leading investment property development company, said that “In response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which has and continues to impact the entire community and many tourists who have been forced to overstay as they cannot leave for home. On behalf of Natai Beach Resort & Spa management, we want to help with the Covid-19 outbreak battle to contain the spread of the virus by offering complimentary stays for overstayers as well as local healthcare workers and first responders whom our safety is dependent upon. We would like to thank them for their selfless, hard work during the crisis by offering complimentary accommodation at our 106-room premium resort situated on the beautiful beachfront of Natai Beach, Phang-Nga and only 30 minutes away from the Phuket International Airport. As our staff health and safety is our priority, we require all guests to present a medical certificate, issued no more than 72 hours, confirming that they have been tested and are free from the virus. As we are in the hospitality industry, we understand the difficulty of the situation for all front liners and the overstayers that are unable to travel back to their countries. It's our pleasure to work together to overcome this crisis together.” For more information and reservations, please contact reservations@natairesort.com or +66 (0) 76 401 301.

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FROM KOH CHANG IN THAILAND TO PHU QUOC IN VIETNAM, A STRING OF ISLANDS HUGS THE COAST – AND MOST OF THEM ARE CAMBODIA’S, SITTING OFFSHORE OF THE KINGDOM’S 440 KILOMETRES OF TWISTING AND TURNING COASTLINE – THE PEARLS OF THE CAMBODIAN SEASHORES The beauty of these islands is that most of them are undeveloped, with wild beaches and just a few simple backpacker huts if you want to stay a while – or no huts at all, just you and nature. Perfect for day trips, or pitching a tent in paradise. Then there are two big islands – Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem – which have a whole range of accommodation along their super-long beaches, with dense jungle interiors. Lastly, for those with fat wallets, there are three private islands blessed with fabulous luxury resorts. Well and truly off the map at the turn of the century, Cambodia’s islands now have something for everybody, from just a hammock in the trees, to a wooden chalet with a balcony, through to an exclusive villa with your own pool. Numbering no less than 60, the islands lack roads, ATMs or mains electricity, but boast a host of bars, restaurants and dive shops, plus endless beaches, azure seas and an escapist, easy-going vibe. Controversially, some islands have been leased to developers for large-scale resort building, so who knows how long this away-from-itall tranquillity will exist? Already the charm of the first of Cambodia’s beach hubs, the seaside town of Sihanoukville, has been smashed and annihilated by manic development. In just the last few years, what was a laid-back beach town has become a grotesque casino city for Chinese gamblers, its former backpacker haunts left to rot. That means right now is the time to enjoy the Cambodian islands, while they are still treasures possessing a serenity not easily found elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Let’s check them out. THE NORTHERN GROUP KOH KONG KOAH If you’re coming from Thailand by land – not a bad idea at all, entering Cambodia from Trat province – then the first big island is Koh Kong Koah, which is in fact Cambodia’s largest island. However, it has a strong military presence, so access is tightly controlled and you must visit on a guided boat tour out of Koh Kong town or Tatai costing USD21 per person, including lunch and snorkelling equipment, or you can take overnight trips with beach camping or homestay for USD55. These trips only operate from October to May and it’s forbidden to explore the forested interior. Seven beaches are strung along the western coast, lined with coconut palms and lush vegetation. At the sixth beach from the north, a narrow channel leads to a hidden lagoon. KOH S’DACH ARCHIPELAGO KOH S’DACH Twelve small islands form the Koh S’Dach Archipelago, located offshore midway between the Thai border and the coastal city of Sihanoukville. Just two kilometres long, Koh S’Dach is the only island with a sizeable population, about 2,300, and it buzzes with fishing boats and an ice factory as the economic heart of the archipelago. The beaches

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The Siam Adventure Club family recently gave a heartwarming welcome to their newest family member, Rascal the Bulldog. This cute and cuddly British Bulldog will be one of the first characters that will greet guests as they step into the premises of Novotel Phuket Surin Beach Resort. Rascal, a lovable and charismatic puppy, is sure to bring smiles & happiness to both adults and children alike, spreading joy all around with her bubbly nature. Every morning, Rascal can be spotted with her best friends, Elfie and Eloise as they bring cheers to all families who are enjoying breakfast. After getting her daily dose of affection, Rascal starts enjoying her fun-filled day, exploring all the wonderful amenities that the resort has to offer. It’s not a surprise that she is becoming everyone's friend. As the newest addition to the Siam Adventure Club family, Rascal is definitely finding her feet in this new atmosphere whilst brightening everyone’s day. Her charismatic presence at the resort forges a new and unique hospitality experience for all guests to treasure their unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. For more information on Siam Adventure Club: https://siamadventureclub.com

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The Oris Aquis is a high-performance diver’s watch that delivers exceptional detail and functionality without compromising on style or value. This year, Oris is launching new Aquis model with a new oceanic blue gradient dial that joins the collection of 39.5mm models. Its water resistant to 30 bar (300 m) and feature uni-directional rotating bezel with Tungsten insert for accurately and safely measuring dive times. It is available on stainless steel metal bracelets enhanced by Oris’s clasp-extension system that can be quickly adjusted so the watch fits over a wetsuit. Case Material Multi-piece stainless steel case uni-directional rotating bezel with Tungsten insert Size 39.50 mm, 1.56 inches Top glass Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside Case back Stainless steel, screwed, see-through mineral glass Operating devices Stainless steel screw-in security crown Water resistance 30 bar (300 m) Interhorn width 21 mm Thickness 12.6 mm Weight 145 gr. metal bracelet Movement Number Oris 733 (base Sellita SW 200-1) Dimensions 25.60 mm, 111⁄2’’’ Functions Hours, minutes and central sweep seconds hands, date with quick setting, self-winding mechanism with ball bearing, stop second device, date window at 6 o’clock Winding Automatic Power reserve 38 hours Vibrations 4 Hz (28’800 A/h) Jewels 26 Dial Design Blue gradient Luminous material Super-LumiNova® Indices Applied Strap Material Multi-piece stainless steel metal bracelet with folding clasp with extension For more information, please contact Trocadero Time Tel. 02 163 0555.

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Amid this ongoing crisis, BEC-Tero Entertainment, and Evolution Wellness (Thailand), the owner of Fitness First and Celebrity Fitness Thailand, together with Meiji High Protein, are combining their resources to bring the best of entertainment and health to you. Build both your physical and mental strength to fight against this virus through live exercise videos, brought to you daily via www.facebook.com/bectero.tv at 7pm. After a few weeks of working from home and social distancing, some people are having difficulty adjusting and are confronted by lessened productivity due to stress and reduced physical activity. Many studies show that the best way to readjust your body and mind, as well as boosting your work productivity, is to work out and keep up your daily physical activity. These exercise videos combine instruction from professional trainers from leading fitness clubs and uplifting music that’s been carefully selected for you. With fun workout sessions, your stay-at-home life will not be boring. Better yet, it will cultivate a habit of exercise in you that will help get you through this crisis. Start today! Get your free at-home workout sessions including dance classes, Muay Thai, yoga and stretching exercises from Fitness First and Celebrity Fitness’ professional trainers, sponsored by Meiji High Protein, live via www.facebook.com/bectero.tv every day at 7pm. Besides, you can also find various workout sessions including an easy-to-follow session called “Family Workout” from Monday to Friday at 10 am. Find out for more workouts for your healthy lifestyle at www.facebook.com/fitnessfirstthailand .  

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HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya, SIRIVANNAVARI Creative Director, will showcase SIRIVANNAVARI & S’HOMME Spring/Summer 2020 collection on Thursday, March 12th, 2020 which will mark the start of the brand’s 15th Anniversary celebration campaign. SIRIVANNAVARI Spring/Summer 2020 collection named ‘Mythos Poética’ will reminisce about the signature details of the maison throughout the past 15 years.  The collection will make the audience to fantasise as if they are enjoying all the masterpieces in Louvre. The highlight of the collection will spot on the complicated structure of the looks, exquisite embroidery and the graphic prints drawn by the Princess.  The collection will offer the wide range of products from women and men’s ready to wear, leather goods, fashion accessories and jewellery. SIRIVANNAVARI Spring/Summer 2020 collection will be showcased on Thursday, March 12th, 2020 at 19:00 hrs, Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon Shopping Complex.

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Since 1895, Swarovski has been on a mission to add sparkle to people’s lives all over the world. During this time, Swarovski has created an abundance of exquisite, crystal-cut pieces, which is a testament to its creativity, passion for craftsmanship and continuous innovation. To mark its 125th anniversary, the brand has launched a very special collection as a tribute to its heritage, mastery and innovation – which are at the very heart of the company’s continued success. THE 125th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION Swarovski’s 125th Anniversary Collection reimagines refreshed versions of some of Swarovski’s best- selling jewelry products, along with pieces from other categories. The Collection celebrates the unique DNA of Swarovski by honouring its iconic blue shade. Like no other, this extraordinary deep blue simultaneously encompasses maturity, wisdom and generosity while embodying the everlasting feelings of wonder that are unfolded by the opening of each Swarovski box. Here are some of our favourite highlights from the Swarovski’s 125th Anniversary Collection.   ANNIVERSARY MOUSE, LIMITED EDITION 2020 Since the first “Ur Mouse” was created in 1976, crystal figurines have formed a large part of Swarovski’s heritage. The “Original Mouse” is reimagined in the 125th Anniversary Collection in a modernized style, with shimmering touches of blue.           DANCING SWAN NECKLACE Elegant yet easy-to-wear, the Dancing Swan pendant captures the grace and elegance of the swan – the iconic symbol of Swarovski. Delicately set in pavé and with a marquise-shaped stone that dances with movement, the clear and blue embellishment sparkles softly, complementing any outfit.           TENNIS BRACELET The Tennis Bracelet is a timeless classic, now refreshed with the iconic Swarovski blue tone. The rhodium-plated bracelet with pavé embellishment adds sparkle to any style.           ANGELIC STUDS Elegance and sophistication are captured in the design of the Angelic Studs. A classic style now reimagined with a timeless blue edge.         CRYSTALLINE GLAM WATCH Swarovski pays tribute to its heritage with a special edition of the Crystalline Glam watch. Initially launched in SS19, this popular and refined Swiss-made timepiece features a case filled with hundreds of brilliant blue Swarovski crystals.             Moreover, Swarovski will give away a Crystalline Blue pen as an appreciation gift for special customer who spend on Swarovski’s regular products up to 7,900 Baht or more. To discover the complete 125th Anniversary Collection, please visit Swarovski.com and stores worldwide.

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The Oris Aquis is a high-performance diver’s watch that delivers exceptional detail and functionality without compromising on style or value. This year, Oris is launching new Aquis model with a new oceanic blue gradient dial that joins the collection of 39.5mm models. Its water resistant to 30 bar (300 m) and feature uni-directional rotating bezel with Tungsten insert for accurately and safely measuring dive times. It is available on stainless steel metal bracelets enhanced by Oris’s clasp-extension system that can be quickly adjusted so the watch fits over a wetsuit. Case Material Multi-piece stainless steel case uni-directional rotating bezel with Tungsten insert Size 39.50 mm, 1.56 inches Top glass Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside Case back Stainless steel, screwed, see-through mineral glass Operating devices Stainless steel screw-in security crown Water resistance 30 bar (300 m) Interhorn width 21 mm Thickness 12.6 mm Weight 145 gr. metal bracelet Movement Number Oris 733 (base Sellita SW 200-1) Dimensions 25.60 mm, 111⁄2’’’ Functions Hours, minutes and central sweep seconds hands, date with quick setting, self-winding mechanism with ball bearing, stop second device, date window at 6 o’clock Winding Automatic Power reserve 38 hours Vibrations 4 Hz (28’800 A/h) Jewels 26 Dial Design Blue gradient Luminous material Super-LumiNova® Indices Applied Strap Material Multi-piece stainless steel metal bracelet with folding clasp with extension For more information, please contact Trocadero Time Tel. 02 163 0555.

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The outbreak and spreading of Covid-19 has caused significant difficulties with transportation in Thailand with many provinces sealing off their borders to deal with Covid-19. Mr Autthanop Pandkamnerd, President of Cissa Group, a leading investment property development company, said that “In response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which has and continues to impact the entire community and many tourists who have been forced to overstay as they cannot leave for home. On behalf of Natai Beach Resort & Spa management, we want to help with the Covid-19 outbreak battle to contain the spread of the virus by offering complimentary stays for overstayers as well as local healthcare workers and first responders whom our safety is dependent upon. We would like to thank them for their selfless, hard work during the crisis by offering complimentary accommodation at our 106-room premium resort situated on the beautiful beachfront of Natai Beach, Phang-Nga and only 30 minutes away from the Phuket International Airport. As our staff health and safety is our priority, we require all guests to present a medical certificate, issued no more than 72 hours, confirming that they have been tested and are free from the virus. As we are in the hospitality industry, we understand the difficulty of the situation for all front liners and the overstayers that are unable to travel back to their countries. It's our pleasure to work together to overcome this crisis together.” For more information and reservations, please contact reservations@natairesort.com or +66 (0) 76 401 301.

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Amid this ongoing crisis, BEC-Tero Entertainment, and Evolution Wellness (Thailand), the owner of Fitness First and Celebrity Fitness Thailand, together with Meiji High Protein, are combining their resources to bring the best of entertainment and health to you. Build both your physical and mental strength to fight against this virus through live exercise videos, brought to you daily via www.facebook.com/bectero.tv at 7pm. After a few weeks of working from home and social distancing, some people are having difficulty adjusting and are confronted by lessened productivity due to stress and reduced physical activity. Many studies show that the best way to readjust your body and mind, as well as boosting your work productivity, is to work out and keep up your daily physical activity. These exercise videos combine instruction from professional trainers from leading fitness clubs and uplifting music that’s been carefully selected for you. With fun workout sessions, your stay-at-home life will not be boring. Better yet, it will cultivate a habit of exercise in you that will help get you through this crisis. Start today! Get your free at-home workout sessions including dance classes, Muay Thai, yoga and stretching exercises from Fitness First and Celebrity Fitness’ professional trainers, sponsored by Meiji High Protein, live via www.facebook.com/bectero.tv every day at 7pm. Besides, you can also find various workout sessions including an easy-to-follow session called “Family Workout” from Monday to Friday at 10 am. Find out for more workouts for your healthy lifestyle at www.facebook.com/fitnessfirstthailand .  

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Following the government’s announcement, Central Embassy is temporarily closed with the exception of Eathai Market (Supermarket) selling a variety of household and consumer goods as well as food delivery and take-away services such as from Eathai, to serve customers 10am-10pm daily. The Vejpongosot pharmacy will also be open from 11am-8pm. Restaurants offering food delivery and take-away services include: ATM Tea Bar, Bangkok Bold Kitchen, Broccoli Revolution, EASY! Buddy, Eathai, Hong Bao, Koi The, Kub Kao' Kub Pla, Peppina, Thong Smith, Thongsweet by Thong Smith, SIWILAI Café, SIWILAI CITY CLUB, Som Tam Nua, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Water Library. Eathai Market (Supermarket) and Vejpongosot pharmacy also offer take-away service as well. Special promotions are available for customers during this time. Orders can be made through various food delivery services, such as online application services or in-house delivery. In addition, customers may contact individual restaurants and collect their orders at the Order & Take Away Point, adjacent to the Eathai entrance on Level LG. For health and safety standards, Central Embassy, as part of their strict precautionary measures, require all staff go through thermal screening points and wear masks prior to entering the premises. Hand sanitisers are consistently provided for customers and delivery staff. Seating in the waiting area is set up so delivery staff are at least one metre apart and not facing each other. In addition, all staff and visitors must show their staff or national ID to confirm their identity before entering the building. For the convenience of customers, the staff are at the entrance of the Eathai area, to assist on Level LG. To visit Central Embassy, and for the Order & Take Away collection, a car park is open, and for those travelling by the BTS SkyTrain, customers can exit at the skywalk at Ploen Chit, and take the elevator down to Level LG. For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2QAtvK0

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