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  • Tom 8:24 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Asian business travel, , , Cathay Pacific, Finance Asia, Four Seasons, , , , , , New York, readers, , Singapore Airlines, ,   

    Bangkok´s Mandarin Oriental Hotel voted best hotel for the second year 

    Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Thailand

    Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Thailand: Flickr.com

    Finance Asia readers have voted Bangkok’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Singapore Airlines as the best in their sectors in an annual Asian business travel survey.

    The online survey was conducted on 462 Hong Kong-based readers, with the result published in the November issue. The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Thailand, was voted the region’s top hotel for the second year in a row. The second best went to the Four Seasons in Hong Kong and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the same city. For the airline sector, Singapore Airlines, which regularly wins people’s choice awards won the best business and first class service. But for long-haul flights to New York and London, Cathay Pacific emerged as the readers’ favorite. (More …)

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  • Tom 2:05 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Chiang Mai attractions, Chiang Mai City, City Walk, , New York, newspapers, Sunday Market, Sunday Market Chiang Mai, Tha Phae Gate, Tha Phae Gate Chiang Mai, , , , , , tourist places, , , , , Wall Street Journal   

    Wall Street Journal publishes Chiangmai´s way of life in its “City walk” column 

    Tha Phae Gate Sunday Market in Chiang Mai

    Tha Phae Gate Sunday Market in Chiang Mai

    Wall Street Journal, one of the biggest newspapers in US, published an article about Chiang Mai’s unique way of life in its City Walk column, seen to make Chiang Mai globally known.

    Michael K. Monroe, the American Consule in Chiang Mai , said that Wall Street Journal with its headquarters in New York, US, had publicized the way of life in Chiang Mai via its column, namely “City walk”. The column would take the readers back to the gorgeous Lanna kingdom in the past. Also, all tourist attractions, local residents’ life style, traditional cultures, shops, natural attractions including the local map in Chiang Mai were described on these pages to attract and lure tourists all over the world to travel to Thailand. (More …)

     
  • Tom 4:28 pm on September 20, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Broadway, Central Kad Suan Kaew, , , classic, drink, , English language, famous, , Gate Theater, Kad Suan Kaew, Neil Simon, New York, New York City, Oscar, roommate, , , Studio Theater, , The Odd Couple, Theater,   

    “The Odd Couple” From Broadway to Chiang Mai, Thailand 

    The Odd Couple

    Neil Simon’s, “The Odd Couple”, is guaranteed to make you laugh make you laugh!

    The Gate Theater continues to thrill audiences in the north of Thailand with yet another famous Broadway hit this September.

    The Gate Theater of Chiang Mai will present The Odd Couple, by Neil Simon at the Studio Theater on the 7th floor of Central Kad Suan Kaew shopping mall. The show opens on Friday, September 11 and closes on Saturday, September 26 with curtain at 7:00pm each Friday and Saturday night. Doors open at 6:00 pm for food and drinks. (More …)

     
  • Tom 8:34 pm on September 14, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Asian social networking, avatar, , , , Cyworld, DeNA, , , Facebook gifts, , GREE fishing game, Habbo, Meanwhile, , MySpace, networking sites, New York, New York Times, online game, online games, pet, Pet Society, play games, Playfish, playing, playing games, PopCap, purchasing, QQ, Qzone, social games, social network, , social networking sites, , , Tsuri Star 2, Tudou, , virtual, virtual money, virtual pets   

    Asian social networking sites profit from virtual money 

    The Australia-based uSocial is selling friends and fans to Facebook members. Reuters photo.

    The Australia-based uSocial is selling friends and fans to Facebook members. Reuters photo.

    By selling an array of virtual products from avatar clothes to e-furniture, Asia’s social networking sites appear to have solved the conundrum of how to leverage big profits from their extensive user bases.

    It’s simple, they say, the money might be virtual but the profits are all too real.

    Chinese university student Tan Shengrong spends about 20 yuan ($2.90) per month purchasing outfits for her pet penguin avatar or playing games on QQ, an instant message portal on Qzone, China’s most popular social networking site.

    It might not seem like a hefty sum, but every fen, or cent, is money in the bank for Tencent Holdings, which owns Qzone and saw an 85 percent increase in its second quarter net profit this year compared to 2008 despite the economic downturn.

    “They keep growing even though the economy’s bad because they keep making millions from cents from millions and millions of people,” said Benjamin Joffe, head of Internet consulting firm Plus Eight Star. (More …)

     
  • Tom 11:14 am on September 6, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: ballet, , festivals, folk festivals, , , Jazz Band, La Traviata, , , , New York, , Portugal, Romeo and Juliet, , , , Symphony, Taipei, , , Thai villages, , Tosca, , ,   

    BANGKOK’S 11th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF DANCE AND MUSIC 

    BANGKOK’S 11th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF DANCE AND MUSIC

    BANGKOK’S 11th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF DANCE AND MUSIC

    September 7 – October 17, 2009
    All performances at Thailand Cultural Centre, Bangkok
    Evening performances 7:30 pm
    Afternoon performances 2:30 pm

    Contact information:
    Ticket Reservation
    Thai Ticket Major
    Tel: +66 2262 3456

    Festival enquiries:
    International Cultural Promotions Limited
    Tel: +66 2204 2394 (More …)

     
  • Tom 7:20 am on August 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Music Hall, New York, New York Radio City, Radio City, Radio City Christmas, Radio City Music Hall, ticket sales   

    Photos: Beautiful Christmas 

    Beautiful Christmas

    New York Radio City Rockettes perform on 6thNew York Radio City in front of Radio City Music Hall in New York on August 25, 2009. The street show was organized to launch the 2009 Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the start of ticket sales for the annual November 13 to December 30 show.

     
  • Tom 7:51 pm on August 25, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , animation festival, animators, California, California Independent Film Festival, Christmas festival, computer graphics, , , , FJORG, FJORG 2009, , interactive techniques, International Animation Contest, multimedia, New Orleans, New York, SIGGRAPH, , Thai Beverage, ThaiBev, , The Prestissimo, Times Square,   

    Bangkok animators win world contest 

    The Prestissimo” team

    The Prestissimo” team

    A group of Thai animation developers has focused the world animation and multimedia spotlight on Thailand by beating nine other teams to win the world’s largest animation and multimedia competition.

    Called the “International Animation Contest: FJORG 2009“, the competition was held at SIGGRAPH 2009, the world largest International conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques, in the United States early this month. (More …)

     
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