ART WITH A-PEEL
'BANGKOK...BANANAS!!', A 11-DAY FESTIVAL OF VISUAL AND PERFORMANCE ARTS, LAYS SIEGE TO THE CAPICAL STARTING ON THURSDAYV
enice, Berlin and Beijing can have their art “biennials” – Bangkok’s got its Banana. And it’s a big one. “Bangkok...… Bananas!!” is a 11-day arts festival beginning on Thursday, with more than 100 artists from home and abroad showing off their talents and creations all around town.
Impossible to miss
Bangkok Banana continues from April 30 to May 10. The street performances and displays will be running daily from 3.30 to 6.30, and theatre productions at Parc Paragon start at 7.
Find a spot by 7pm for the outdoor cinema at Siam Discovery Centre. That’s nightly from May 1 to 10.
The live music at CentralWorld starts every day at 6. Got workshops and other activities, too: Check them out at http://Bangkok-Bananas.blogspot.com/
Coffee that cares
Pop into Green Coffee for a shot of java juice and you could leave with a treeW
ith the Heineken logo in the lighting, it’s easy to mistake the sleek, cube - shaped building on Ram-Indra Soi 39 for a bar.
But Green Coffee’s owner, Watchara Na Nakorn, is actually just showing off his love for all things green. He’s long admired the design of the Heineken logo – hence his decision to borrow it– and he also runs Saladang, a firm offering green landscaping-anddecoration
Silk and sensitivity
A living time capsule, Sukhothai is a repository of everything that’s good about ThailandW
hat is it with Sukhothai? There’s no Big C, hardly any traffic and no colourcoordinated masses laying siege to state-owned facilities. It’s almost as if they enjoy the relative peace of the past.
The past, of course, means a great deal to the citizens of what was Siam’s first kingdom 800 years ago.
The fight against cellulite
or some women, cellulite is a terrible part of ageing. They stare into the mirror appalled when they discover the ugly dips and dents on their bottoms and thighs.
But young, slim women also develop the undesirable feature, which makes the skin look a bit like an orange peel. Women who get it are at the mercy of the connective tissue under their skin. There is a range of products that promise help, but experts say a healthy diet and exercise are better to counteract cellulite.
Although 90 per cent of singles in Japan want to settle down, many of them have made few effort to turn their dreams into reality “W
omen, come on and go hunting!” “Men, go and better yourselves.”
These two bits of in-your-face advice in a best-selling book — Kon-Katsu Jidai (Spouse Hunting Times) — about the difficulties of getting married these days continue to ring in the ears of many single Japanese who, deep down, want to get hitched but have made little effort to turn their dreams into reality.