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Thai-Myanmar film “TT & Donut” has its premiere in Yangon

THE FIRST-EVER cinematic collaboration between Myanmar and Thailand, “TT & Donut”, finally had its premiere last Sunday at the National Theatre of Yangon, drawing a celebrity crowd as well as such VIPs as the Chief Minister of Yangon, the counsellor (commercial) from the Royal Thai Embassy, Pakainay Leng-ee and ET, a fortune teller whose clients include Asia’s rich and powerful especially Thai politicians and high-ranking soldiers.

The event, which also featured a live broadcast for Myanmar TV, cost a small fortune to organise but the producers, Myanmar’s Golden Princess and Thai entertainment giant Bec Tero, felt it was well worth the price.

“TT& Donut” was introduced to the Thai media back in September at Paragon Cineplex as the first collaboration between Golden Princess and Bec Tero. The former had been looking for a Thai company with whom to work while Bec Tero was looking to expand its interests in Myanmar having successfully entered into a joint venture with Yangon-based media company and broadcaster Forever Group. Forever BEC Tero, as the company is known, produces TV shows and dramas for Myanmar’s MRTV-4 and Channel 7.

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But while the film has now enjoyed its premiere, it isn’t actually going on release until a little later. The latest schedule shows a Myanmar release either just before 2016 draws to a close or in January followed by a Thai release in March.

The film was originally to come out in Thailand in January but Golden Princess’s producer Thet Lwin preferred to delay out of respect to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He is also hoping to open back home with a bang, feeling it will serve as a springboard for the film’s success in Thailand. And while the film will have a broad release, the focus, he says, will be on Myanmar communities living across Thailand in areas such as Mae Sot in Tak province, Samut Songkhram, Ranong and Bangkok.

The film stars Myanmar superstar Pyay Ti Oo as wealthy bachelor Ti Oo or TT who is on a visit to Thailand when he is accused of kidnapping Donut (Chattarika Sittiprom), the daughter of a powerful mobster who is about to marry a prominent businessman. Life becomes complicated when she loses her memory after an accident, and she and TT are forced to go the run. When her memory finally returns, she wonders which of the two men she truly loves.

The film is directed by Adsajan Sattagovit who worked closely with the Myanmar producers and actor Ti Oo to develop the story. As it is his first time working with a foreign production, Adsajan tried to find out what Myanmar’s cinephiles like, while taking into account cultural differences and the strict censorship in Myanmar.

“It’s a romantic comedy but due to cultural differences, it’s hard to deliver comedy through dialogue so we use gestures and situations. But I believeit can communicate with a Myanmar audience,” says the director.

The film was shot mostly in Thailand at the request of Myanmar’s main investor. Like Thai producers, who prefer to use the beautiful scenery of Japan and South Korea as the backdrops for their films, he wanted to give the film a more exotic feel.

Adsajan satisfied those wishes by using such unseen places as a sheep farm in Ratchaburi and a warehouse by the Chao Phraya river with the Rama IX Brigde as the backdrop.

The shoot itself was stressful for Chattarika, the second runner-up in the Miss Thailand World 2014 pageant, who made her acting debut with the film.

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“Ti Oo helped me a lot. He is very talented and charming both in front and behind the camera,” says the actress, who has since appeared in a few TV dramas including the popular soap “Nakhee”, which has just finished showing on Channel 3.

The 38-year-old Ti Oo enjoyed working with a Thai film crew, saying he found them more systematic than their peers in Myanmar. The actor, who started his career as a 17 year old, has since found himself working in English, South Korean, Malaysian and Indian productions.

“I just do my best and never dream high when working with foreign films, I just work step by step and take all the new experiences as a way of improving my acting skills,” he says.

Actor and writer Lu Min, who has served as the president of the Myanmar Motion Pictures Organisation, for the last four years, is confident the co-production will help the Myanmar film industry become more systematic in its approach thus opening itself up to the international market.

“Our film industry is in transition,” he says. “Technically we are pretty well up-to-date and screening in digital format, but other aspects still need improvement, such as censorship and venues.”

Currently there are around 70 cinemas for 60 million people and half of them are in Yangon, where ticket prices range from Bt30 to Bt100.

More than 100 movies are currently being made every year – and the figure is rising – but theatre capacity is such that cinemas can only allocate showtime to around 20 films and the others have to wait in line. Censorship is another problem and Lu Min has been in recent discussions with the authorities to ease the rules. “Producers find it very difficult to work and often have to allocate bigger budgets to re-shoot the scenes the censors don’t like,” he says, adding that these challenges must be overcome if filmmaking is to develop,

Lu Min says he still loves acting and writing but that he is too busy as MMPO president to help fellow filmmakers.

“I think collaboration will help us to improve not just the quality of our films but also our marketing. Our film market is quite small and I would really like to see a bigger variety in stories and genres and an increase in movie theatres. Only then will we be able to expand,” he says.

Source: TheNation

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Thai government to use Pokémon Go craze to boost tourism


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The Ministry of Tourism and Sports plans to promote the country’s tourist spots with the popular smartphone game Pokémon Go.

Since the augmented reality game requires players to walk around real-life places to capture the digital monsters on their screen and level up, why not use it to encourage tourists to come catch some Pokémons in Thailand?

In the ministry’s initial plan, twelve cities in Thailand have been selected as must-see tourist sites. The selected cities are aligned with the Ministry’s own Tourism Gateway campaign.

They expect Thailand’s tourism revenue could increase by 15 percent with the launch of Pokémon Go Thailand, reported National News Bureau of Thailand.

However, reports of accidents and crimes associated with users of the game have made it a controversy. This has led to a ban in several countries.

Addressing this issues, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Pongpanu Sawetaroon said that authorities involved in the project have a list of protocols and policies in place to ensure the highest degree of safety and convenience for tourists as the game is expected to kick off in September.

The Ministry is now making preparation for their negotiation with the telecom company True Corporation, who will own the exclusive right to Pokémon Go in Thailand. This will be done in order for both parties to decide on an appropriate course of action, reported Thai PBS.

In the negotiation, True will be expected to come up with safety measures for users of the game. Pongpanu was quoted as saying that he did not want a repeat of the incident where two men walked off a cliff while playing Pokémon Go in California.

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Songkran, Water-Festival, Thai New Year

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Songkran, you get wet

Thailand celebrate Songkran (Water Festival) Thai New Year, 13 until 15 April (Every year)

Special is that everybody celebrate.
You see business people and fralangs, (foreigners) the normally walk in a suit with a tie also playing with water like kids.
You really get wet, when you walk on the streets.
Protect your belongings, like your mobile en wallet in a plastic big.
In all supermarkets you can buy special Songkran-Bags, and hanging these on your neck.

The big places like Khao San Road (Backpacker area) Sukhumvit (Nana) and Patpong in Bangkok. People come celebrate from all over the world.
Also Chiang Mai is a great place to see and celebrate.

Songkran 2016

With the low water in the river (Chao phraya) the premier in Thailand want cut the Songkran days in 2 days. (13 and 14 April) But all know before nobody goes listen, and play with water anyway.

We wish you very nice holidays and stay safe.
Not get angry when you get wet.

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“Sawadee Pee Mai” (Happy New Year)

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Five Star Hotel cheapest in Kuala Lumpur

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Many people like some luxury when they are on vacation, but would prefer not to much money to spend. We have therefore put together a list of which cities you average the least and the most paid for a five star hotel.

The lowest price paid for a five star hotel is in the Malaysian Kuala Lumpur, only € 96 per night. Also in Istanbul (Turkey) and Warsaw (Poland) was to pay a five star Hotel. There payed travelers average 105 euros and 124 euros per night, and examined by Hotels.com.

In the list of cities where people most paid for a five-star accommodation come remarkably many European destinations. The Italian Venice tops the list with € 408 per night in a five star hotel, followed by Paris (373 euros) and London (337 euros). In Amsterdam, tourists advantageous with an average price of € 246.

Lowest average price for a night in a five star hotel in popular destinations, paid by European travelers in 2015:

€ 96 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

€105 Istanbul, Turkey

€124 Warsaw, Poland

€139 Bangkok, Thailand

€144 Berlin, Germany

€148 Brussels, Belgium

€150 Marrakech, Morocco

€152 Budapest, Hungary

€153 Prague, Czech Republic

€153 Athens, Greece

€153, Madrid, Spain

Highest average price for a night in a five star hotel in popular destinations, paid by European travelers in 2015:

€408 Venice, Italy

€373 Paris, France

€337 London, England

€329 New York, America

€319 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

€316 Ibiza, Spain

€297 Cape Town, South Africa

€268 Barcelona, Spain

€268 Rome, Italy

€266 Singapore, Singapore

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Disneyland Shanghai

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For the Disney Fans: Shanghai opened over a small three months the doors of a new Disney park. Wondering how it will look like? We have the first pictures!

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On the photographs that can be seen are made from the air, the to build Disneyland Shanghai is nearing completion after more than five years.

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The amusement park has like all other Disney-parks the castle of Sleeping Beauty, but also Star Wars rides, a roller coaster and a special Pirates of the Caribbean island.

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Shanghai Disneyland will open on June 16. The first tickets for the theme park last Monday went on sale. Tickets to the park are not cheap. A ticket will cost in the high season $ 77. For children will be $ 58.

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The top 10 most livable cities in the world

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The top 10 most livable cities in the world.

1/ Vienna, Austria

2/ Zurich, Switzerland

3/ Auckland, New Zealand

4/ Munich, Germany

5/ Vancouver, Canada

6/ Dusseldorf, Germany

7/ Frankfurt, Germany

8/ Geneva, Switzerland

9/ Copenhagen, Denmark

10/ Sydney, Australia

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Vienna; the most liveable city in the world.

Amsterdam decorates for the third year in a row position 11 in the ranking of most livable cities of the world, according to the 18th Quality of Living Survey by consultancy Mercer. Vienna is just like last year the most livable city, Baghdad is the last on the list at position 230. Paris fell in 2016 instead of 27 to 37. This year Mercer examined for the first time personal safety in world: Luxembourg is the safest, state Amsterdam at position 16.

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German cities score well
Mercer charted for the full Quality of Living rankings this year also the personal safety. The score is determined based on internal stability, crime rates, local law enforcement and the relationship of the country with other countries. European cities also here perform to the list:

Luxembourg is one; Bern, Helsinki and Zurich, all in place two and three in Vienna. Geneva and Stockholm share sixth place in the rankings, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Nuremberg share place eleven. Amsterdam ranks sixteen.

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Paris drops sharply on the list.

North America
The quality of life remains high in North America. Canadian cities dominate the top of the list. Vancouver (5) is the highest, followed by Toronto (15) and Ottawa (17). In the United States, San Francisco (28) to the highest rated, followed by Boston (34), Honolulu (35), Chicago (43), and New York (44).

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English Bay, Vancouver

South East Asia
From the famous cities in Southeast Asia, Singapore scored (26) the best, then Kuala Lumpur (86), Bangkok (129), Manila (136), and Jakarta (142).

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