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  • Movie director calls all the shots
  • beach-stones

    Today, I felt I had cracked it! I e-mailed the beach photographs and all the details to the production company in London and waited. 

  • Avant Garde Fashion
  • Melinda-Looi-fashion-designer

    Melinda Looi is one of the most prominent fashion designers in Malaysia today. She designs unique pieces that are a mix of East and West. 

  • McVities on the Shelves
  • McVities-biscuits

    Supermarkets are the new shopping malls in SE Asia with everything under one roof. Small corner shops are finding it difficult to compete with them.  

  • Sand between your toes
  • seaview-restaurant

    If you are looking for a a great wine and dine experience with a sea view, then visit a small beachfront restaurant called OCEAN 11. 

     

    Leisure

    Ferrying Around

    Ferry-Japan

    Whether travelling to and from Japans islands or between Bali and Lombok, ferries are part of journeying around SE Asia and not just for backpackers. 

    Arts & Design

    Kitchen design made easy

    kitchen-design

    Designing your own kitchen is fun, but there are many choices so getting a design studio to draw up the plans is a better option. 

    Food & Wine

    RockPool

    padma-restaurant

    With its unmistakable vast white canopy roof looking out to sea the RockPool Restaurant in KANDA Residences Samui is the perfect spot to unwind and 

    Health & Fitness

    Samui International Hospital

    hospital-operation

    Thailand is a popular destination for medical holidays and Koh Samui is an ideal island for having both a medical procedure and a great holiday. 

     

  • HD shooters come to Thailand
  • cameraman

    It's not all sun and fun here. I get asked all sorts of questions from production companies and not all are related to location scouting. 

  • Escape by the sea!
  • Beach-house

    This is a rare opportunity to acquire a beach house in a stunning position on a beautiful beach in a hip part of Koh Samui. 

  • Lao Tapestries weave their magic
  • hand-weave-Lao

    The Lao weaving industry disappeared after the war in the 1970’s, but the gradual opening of Communist-run Laos means it is now being restored. 

  • Korean Wedding Madness
  • korean-wedding-dolls

    Korean marriages are a very serious business. They are expensive and often elaborate affairs. But now young couples are shunning traditional ones for western ceremonies. 

  • Hanoi Art prices head upwards
  • Hanoi-painting

    Hanoi is full of interesting art galleries and has a history of encouraging artists. Now it is rising from the ashes as an artistic phoenix. 

  • Bedroom design
  • bedroom-design-villa

    For most people, the bedroom is the place in the house where most time is spent. It's therefore important to create a special bedroom space. 

  • Thai Wine Anyone?
  • red-wine-thai

    Thailand hasn’t exactly got a reputation for wines over the years, but I was interested to find out how young the industry actually is here. 

  • Catwalk models grow fat!
  • skinny-model

    Young girls look up to catwalk models who have shrunk, not in height but in weight and who are pencil thin and wear size 0. 

     

  • Kitchen design made easy
  • kitchen-design

    Designing your own kitchen is fun, but there are many choices so getting a design studio to draw up the plans is a better option. 

  • Ferrying Around
  • Ferry-Japan

    Whether travelling to and from Japans islands or between Bali and Lombok, ferries are part of journeying around SE Asia and not just for backpackers. 

  • Balinese Weddings
  • Bali-wedding

    What connects Mick Jagger to Bali? He married Jerry Hall their and set the trend for Balinese Weddings. 

  • Green Pool
  • swimming-poolside

    Over-chlorinated swimming pools in resorts and villa developments in SE Asia are long gone as new environmentally friendly pools are now the norm everywhere.  

     
     

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