WORD ON PHUKET: A trio of luxury car brands is putting on a tempting display of wheels and steel at Central Festival Phuket this week. Get a feel for the latest luxury rides from Lexus and Benz, and climb aboard a the brand new range of hulking Humvee-style SUVs by Toyota-Thairung, at the Grand Hall from now until June 19.
WORD ON PHUKET THEATRE: Phuket theatre and drama group Theatrix is calling for budding actors to join an upcoming production of “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)!” — A riotous romp through the bard’s work at breakneck speed!
Written by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the performance is planned for October this year and will be the first presentation in a series of Outta the Box Classics designed to introduce students, and anyone really, to the classics of theatre and literature in a highly entertaining format, says Phuket-based drama teacher Joel Adams.
Anyone interested in joining the cast is invited to audition for the show on Monday and Wednesday, June 22 and 24, in the HeadStart International School library from 6 to 8 pm.
Teens and adults, with or without experience, are all welcome. The audition will take the form of reading from the script and some improvisational activities, as improvisation is important to this show, as well as any monologues attendees have to offer., said Joel.
Contact Joel Adams for more information.
Tel: 093 6490066.
WORD ON THAI CULTURE: Buddhists in Phuket marked the most important day on the Buddhist calendar on June the first, Wisakhabucha Day. Watch serene scenes of monks and locals praying as they circle the temple (wien tien) in an almost silent candle-lit procession.
The annual national holiday falls on the full moon of the sixth lunar month and is considered one of the most important Buddhist holidays of the year, as it commemorates the three most significant events in the life of Lord Buddha: his birth, enlightenment and then death, which are said to have miraculously been on the same day and month.
Many Buddhists flock to temples to make merit and listen to Dhamma preaching by Buddhist monks. In the evening, temples glow with the light from hundreds of candles under a full moon as merit makers take part in a procession; encircling the temple’s central prayer hall. Participants hold candles and incense while circling the building three times.
WORD ON THAI CULTURE: Buddhists in Thailand and across Asia mark Wisakha Bucha (Visakhabucha) today (1 June, 2015). The annual national holiday falls on the full moon of the sixth lunar month and is considered one of the most important Buddhist holidays of the year, as it commemorates the three most significant events in the life of Lord Buddha: his birth, enlightenment and then death, which are said to have miraculously been on the same day and month.
While schools, banks and government services close down for the day, many Buddhists flock to temples throughout the day to make merit and listen to Dhamma preaching by Buddhist monks. Buddhist observing Wisakha Bucha Day also more strictly follow five precepts, such as eating only vegetarian, abstaining from alcohol and other ‘immoral acts’.
In the evening on Wisakha Bucha, temples glow with the light of thousands of candles as merit makers take part in a procession; encircling the temple’s main ‘chedi’. Participants hold candles while circling the chedi three times in an anti-clockwise direction.
Buddhists wishing to practice renunciation often take the opportunity during Wisakha Bucha to don white robes and stay at a temple for several days while observing the eight precepts of Buddhism; practicing meditation and mental discipline.
WORD ON PHUKET: The Lighthouse Weekend market is back at Boat Lagoon this weekend with another evening if shopping, eating and chilling at Phuket’s liveliest marina tonight (Sunday May 17), starting at 5pm with a Happy Hour until 7pm at all the dockside bars and selected eateries. Tonight’s entertainment is live Latin jazz on the dockside.
Another new spectacle on show at this month’s Lighthouse Market is a light and sound show at 7.30pm that literally lights up the marina in a riot of colour.
Don’t worry about the rain. The bars and eateries will be well covered and visitors can pick up free raincoats at the entrance.
Find out more at facebook.com#lighthousemarket
WORD ON PHUKET SHOPPING: The second OTOP Fair of the season is now on at Central Festival Phuket (May 7-20), featuring sweet and spicy delicacies, handicrafts, jewellery, ornaments and more from the southern region of Thailand.
Delve into the mountains of dried fruits and succulent snacks enjoyed throughout the Thai-Malay region. Take home a collection of traditional Halal chilli pastes and buy a traditional coffee to watch the barista put on a skilful show as he pours and shakes your drink.
Pearls and fortuitous stones are among the many unique pieces of hand-crafted jewellery on display, as well as colourful leather and crocodile-skin handbags and belts plus collections of hand woven clothes.
One Tambon One Product (OTOP) is a local entrepreneurship stimulus program designed to bring superior products to the marketplace from village communities throughout Thailand.
WORD ON PHUKET: Local businesses, charities, individuals and other organizations have raised about 4 million baht in donations to help victims of the earthquake in Nepal.
Hundreds of well wishers gathered at Phuket Provincial Hall this afternoon to hand over money raised across the island in a ceremony led by Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong. The Honorary Consul of Nepal for the Consular District Covering Phuket Province or the Kingdom of Thailand, Mr Phanupong Limbuprasertkul, was also at the event to receive the donations on behalf of the Nepalese people affected by the recent earthquake, which has caused the loss of about 10,000 lives and left many without basic necessities.
WORD ON PHUKET: The 20th Andaman Motor Show 2015 is now at Central Festival Phuket until April 29. Get behind the wheels of a variety of saloon cars, city runabouts and pick up trucks available from local dealers such as Ford, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota or stretch your legs in the latest luxury cars from Volvo and Lexus.
There are also some weird and wonderful interactive toys for boys of all ages with scale models of big bikes and super cars on display plus radio-controlled flying drones and walking-talking robot pets.
The hospitality industry is abuzz with news that architects have unveiled plans to build the world’s next tallest hotel, this time in the Swiss Alps.
Dubai-based Swiss entrepreneur Remo Stoffel and US based architect Morphosis are said to be behind the plans to build a 381-metre tall hotel towering above the resort of Vals.
Artists impressions of the phallic resort with rooms costing between 1,000 and 25,000 Swiss francs a night seem like an April Fools joke published early on 31st March. However, the announcement seems genuine and is causing massive controversy, dividing the world’s architects and designers between those who think it best to appreciate the region’s natural beauty and others who can’t wait to see how the mirrored-glass exterior will b;end in with the mountainous surroundings.
However, the architects say they are pushing ahead with their plans saying that the tower will be camouflaged by the reflections of its surroundings, adding that they expect the hotel to be complete by 2019.
The team of Phuket pool players is off to Las Vegas, USA, to represent Thailand after winning this year’s VNEA Pool League.
After a season of pounding the cloth across Phuket from October 2014 until February this year, the “Reality” team potted first prize — a flight from Phuket to Las Vegas — at the finals on 29th March, held at Tazmanai Pool Lounge at Soi Bangla.
WORD ON PHUKET: It was a fun-packed weekend for all the family at the monthly Boat Lagoon Lighthouse Market on 28 – 29 March with a Fantasia theme featuring Disney characters and circus acts on the dockside as well as more than 50 stalls along the boardwalk offering everything from gourmet munchies to hand-made products and organic produce. The next Lighthouse Weekend Market is on 25 – 26 April with a summer Songkran theme.
WORD ON PHUKET SHOPPING: This week is your last chance to take summer snapshots among the sunflowers at Central Festival.
Strike a pose on the straw bales or on the bicycle with a windmill in the background and sunflowers all around for that perfect summer snap right here in Phuket. Head to the sunflowers on the ground floor near the escalators.