Paris – Phuket – Bangkok – Magazine

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NEW IS OUR PARIS / PHUKET / BANGKOK MAGAZINE

In a short time, our magazine has known quite a few improvements: a more luxurious formula earmarked to seduce a wider audience, a new name to rubber stamp its national-scale calling (le Paris Bangkok outside Phuket), and content now fully translated into English in order to reach the whole expatriates community as well as Thai readers.

This cycle of evolution is coming to an end with a last innovation: as of September, the magazine comprises 100 pages (16 more pages) and becomes bimonthly (every two months). In order to guarantee an ever-growing exposure to our advertisers, its circulation is doubled to ensure its presence all the way through the two months that each issue will henceforth cover. Distribution will be widened and a restocking will occur for every distribution spots after one month.

The additional pages at the end of the magazine will be devoted to highlight businesses through a “Hot Spot” formula, offering our readers a choice of places to go and services to use.

Brexit: Saying goodbye to Europe

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FIFA museum ready in February

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Zurich – FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association – International Federation of Association Football) has completed its new museum in Zurich.

On February 28, the FIFA World Football Museum will open its doors, allowing the scandal-tainted world football body to show off artefacts from the sport’s rich heritage.
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Op de Fiets van Phnom Penh #Cambodia naar Woerden #Netherlands

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Toen we uit Phnom Penh vertrokken fietste een hele vriendengroep de eerst 40 kilometer met ons mee.

Woerden - PPPrecies 226 dagen geleden vertrokken twee Woerdenaren op de fiets vanuit Cambodja. Gisteren passeerden ze na 12.300 kilometer de gemeentegrens van Woerden, een schat aan ervaringen rijker.

Als Jolanda Zwetsloot (36) en haar man Brecht van der Laan (35) hun avontuur in één zin moeten vatten, dan is het: de wereld is veel mooier dan ons wordt wijsgemaakt door de media.

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Jolanda Zwetsloot: ,,Op een van de laatste dagen in Duitsland kwamen we aan de praat met een aardige, oprecht bezorgde Duitse. ‘Cambodja? Je had wel dood kunnen wezen! Lezen jullie geen krant dan? Kijken jullie geen tv?’ Nee, wij kijken geen tv. Daar word je alleen maar bang gemaakt. De wereld is echt veel mooier. Wij hebben werkelijk alleen maar aardige mensen meegemaakt. Die keren dat we bang waren, was voor een storm of zwaar onweer.”

Vier jaar geleden was het Woerdense stel naar Cambodja geëmigreerd om te helpen het land weer op te bouwen. Zij in de hulpverlening, hij in de duurzame energie. Mountainbiken was hun hobby en in hun vrije tijd maakten ze lange tochten.

Toen met kerst vorig jaar hun contracten afliepen en ze besloten hadden terug naar Nederland te gaan, zeiden ze ‘met een gekke bek’ tegen hun vrienden: ‘We gaan fietsen’. Twee weken later vertrokken ze op nieuwe bikes met tassen achterop.

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,,Een tent hadden we niet bij ons. In Azië kan je overal goedkoop overnachten in guesthouses. Maar in het onmetelijk China lagen die zo ver uit elkaar dat we toch een tentje moesten kopen. We hebben veel wild gekampeerd,” meent Zwetsloot.

,,Toen we uit Phnom Penh vertrokken fietste een hele vriendengroep de eerst 40 kilometer met ons mee. Elke dag maakten we iets mee, dat nieuw was, dat we nog niet wisten of kenden. In Cambodja spraken we de taal nog, maar dat hield op aan de grens,” vervolgt ze. ,,Van lang niet alle landen bestaan goede kaarten. In Laos reden we op een mooi, brede geasfalteerde weg, die alsmaar smaller en slechter werd. Totdat die in de bush ophield. Het kostte ons een dag om terug te fietsen.”

,,Toen we in Vietnam aankwamen,” gaat ze verder op de wereldreis, ,,was het daar Vietnamees nieuwjaar: drie weken groot feest. Overal werden we uitgenodigd om het mee te vieren. En overal kregen we voedsel voor onderweg. Soms wel een paar kilo.”

Smerig
,,In de richting van China werden de toiletten steeds smeriger. En in China zelf waren het vijf gaten naast elkaar. Je zit gewoon naast elkaar, maar ook dat went. We hebben in de uitlopers van de Himalaya een pas beklommen van 4700 meter. Het dak van de wereld. Dat was een soort van expeditie.”

,,Het viel met lekke banden erg mee. Wel hadden we pech dat in Servië het achterwiel van Brecht bezweek onder het gewicht de bagage. Een vriendelijke voorbijganger heeft de fietsen ingeladen en ons 45 kilometer verderop bij een fietsenmakertje afgezet. Dat was heel erg aardig van hem,” meent ze.

Voetbal en oorlog
,,In bijna elk dorp op de route kwamen mensen hun huizen uit om ons te verwelkomen. Op de fiets door de wereld trekken, dat kennen ze niet. Ze wilden alles van ons weten. En ja, iedereen denkt dat wij heel goed kunnen voetballen. Arjan Robben, hé. In veel landen zagen we sporen van oorlog, vernielde huizen, granaatinslagen. Laos, Cambodja, Servië, waar niet eigenlijk. Dat zet je wel aan het denken. In Europa merk je dat je met elke kilometer weer langzaam went aan het leven in Nederland. Dat is heel anders dan dat je in het vliegtuig stapt. Dan heb je ineens een cultuurschok.”

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Rumors start about #Facebook opening #Thailand office in September

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Rumors about Facebook opening an office in Thailand spread like wildfire after the company posted another Bangkok-based job listing on Friday.

Facebook is set to reveal more about its expansion to Thailand at a private event next month.

The invitation to the event, created on event management website Splash That, has been shared on several Thai tech blogs today, with speculation that Facebook Thailand will officially open its doors on Sept. 17.

While the event claims to be extremely exclusive, the invitation looks spammy and amateurish and it doesn’t even have a Facebook logo on it.

If Facebook plans to make a move to the land of smiles, don’t they want all of their 30 million users to know?

Anyway, it is a fact that Facebook has just posted another job listing for a “Client Solutions Manager” in Bangkok after it looked for the “Head of Thailand” in May. Looks like this candidate doesn’t need to be a Thai national or speak Thai.

Below is the job listing for Facebook, if you think you have what it takes.

Client Solutions Manager

The Client Solutions Manager for Facebook’s Global Marketing Solutions team is a strategic and enthusiastic solution-driver who puts our customers at the core of everything we do. This is an outstanding opportunity to build and manage key relationships, be a platform and product expert, and become an expert in media planning, strategy and measurement to our Fortune 500, multi-channel advertisers. With proven understanding of both online and traditional media, this role is responsible for partnering with the sales team to develop industry-specific relationships, drive revenue by negotiating and optimizing complex opportunities, and use data and analytics to build a consultative solution for our customers. The Client Solutions Manager will establish and strengthen key client relationships with a focus on driving revenue, advertiser education & advertiser satisfaction. Success in this position requires strong consultative sales, analytical, and technical skills, a focus on client service, and the ability to thrive in a dynamic, team-focused environment delivering against tight deadlines.

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#Bangkok, We deserve better than Thai police’s bumbling bombing investigation

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To reassure nervous tourists after Thailand’s worst terrorist attack in memory, Police Chief Somyot Poompanmoung went straight to the beating heart of Bangkok’s lucrative tourism industry and made an announcement.

“I suspect that he may have left,” he said about the main bombing suspect in a press conference at notorious Nana Plaza last Friday.

He then canvassed the redlight district assuring punters that they could continue their boozing and prostitution-mongering without fear of a deadly attack.

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At one point in the evening he was aptly photographed in front of a girlie bar named Suckers.

In their relentless drive to “return to normal” (i.e. keep the tourist bucks flowing) after the bombing, police may have overlooked and contaminated evidence. Human remains reportedly fell from a tree near the blast site two days after the explosion. A BBC reporter found shrapnel across the street from Erawan Shrine days after the attack, and when he tried to hand it over to police they said their headquarters was “closed.”

Yet Somyot has publicly blamed mainly his men’s lack of “modern equipment” for the fruitless investigation so far. “We have difficulties with technology and data,” he added.

Perhaps it’s not modern equipment that they need, so much as basic modern forensic training.

The Thai police have taken their eyes off the ball with a public show of force and horses called “Operation Lock Down the City, Raid the Bandits’ Nests,” which saw 142 arrests totally unrelated to the bombing. Typically, their messaging is totally un-coordinated, with conflicting statements given to media every step of the way… often by the same police officer. And predictably, they’ve butted heads with Bangkok City Hall after accusing them of failing to keep CCTV cameras operational.

It’s easy to joke about how bumbling the Thai police investigation has been, but for the families of those killed and injured this is no laughing matter.

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#Bangkok hotels tighten security

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HOTELS in Bangkok have stepped up security measures in the wake of Monday’s bombing at the Erawan Shrine in the centre of the city, which killed 20 people and injured 130 others. The Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, which is located next to the shrine, said in a statement that the safety and security of guests was its top priority.

The hotel has elevated security following the incident. All perimeters have been secured and all bags and luggage are being checked at each entrance. The property experienced some minor damage as a result of the incident and will continue to monitor the situation closely, said the hotel management.

Meanwhile, the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel is in full operation at this time, it added.

Nattakit Tangpoonsinthana, executive vice president for marketing at Central Pattana, said its flagship complex consisting of CentralWorld, Zen, and Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre, located at the Ratchaprasong intersection, had increased the number of security guards by 20 per cent following the bomb blast in the area.

The company is also leveraging its space and the Skywalk by increasing the number of security reminders and adding precautionary measures inside and outside the complex. Security guards have been assigned to check visitors’ bags, while all CCTV cameras have also been checked to ensure they operate properly, said the executive.

Following the lethal bomb blast at the Erawan Shine on Monday, there was a second blast on Tuesday under the Taksin BTS Skytrain station beside the Chao Phraya River.

There were no deaths or injuries as a result of the latter incident, as the device was misdirected and detonated harmlessly underwater.

“This [second] blast has rocked many luxury hotels located along the banks of the river. Hotels have begun to be fearful, but we have now introduced more security measures,” said a member of staff at one of the hotels in the area. The international and big local chain hotels located in the area are the Anantara Bangkok Riverside & Spa, the Chatrium Hotel Riverside, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, the Millennium Hilton, The Peninsula, the Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside, the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, and the Shangri-La Hotel.

“For the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, we can confirm that the safety and security of our guests and colleagues is of paramount importance at all times. Our comprehensive fire, life, health and safety protocols are firmly in place and we continue to cooperate with the local authorities regarding proactive security measures in and around our property,” said a Mandarin Oriental Bangkok spokesperson. The InterContinental Bangkok, a luxury hotel in the Ratchaprasong area, said it was continuing to operate as normal.

However, the hotel has implemented its “security wise” protocol in the wake of Monday’s blast, which entails security teams tightening up and adding security both within the building and outside.

“We are providing all guests with the latest information updates and also advising them to avoid going to blocked-off places,” a hotel employee said, adding that the property had set aside rooms for staff in case of a crisis.

Meanwhile, a suspicious object was found yesterday at Nana BTS station, bringing fear to locals and tourists in the city-centre Sukhumvit area.

Minor Hotel Group said it was taking additional security action at its Anantara, Oaks and Avani hotels in Bangkok after Monday’s explosion.

Primary actions include bringing together a crisis management team from the property and corporate offices and activating the company’s crisis communication plan, which is in place.

Measures taken include personal checks with every single guest; providing regular updates on the situation for guests; providing a 24-hour central point of contact; taking additional safety and security measures and monitoring the situation closely; providing alternative options for guests who may wish to transfer to another hotel in the group; and communicating with agents in Thailand and outside.

Meanwhile, in the wake of Monday’s atrocity, the authorities are increasing safeguards and security measures at major tourist attractions, public areas, airports, as well as zoos.

The Stock Exchange of Thailand Index rebounded yesterday following an almost 30-basis-points drop on Tuesday after Monday’s bomb blast and the attempted secondary attack, while the baht has remained stable at around 35.50 per US dollar.

The country’s main stock index closed at 1408.74 points on Monday before declining to 1372.61 on Tuesday, but was able to rebound by 6.51 basis points to close at 1379.12 yesterday.

The baht was trading at 35.536 per US dollar on Monday and 35.539 on Tuesday, before continuing its depreciating trend against the greenback to 35.580 as of 5pm yesterday, due to the strengthening of the dollar.

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