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A lone, flickering flame radiates its light in a dimly lit room. Soon after, a chime of gongs and metallophones fade in adding to the atmosphere of the theater. Gently, shadow figures of various sizes and shapes emerge from behind the silkscreen, dancing to the beat of the light and the enchanting melodies played by the orchestra. Soon enough, a booming voice appears, signaling the start of the show. This is Wayang Kulit; a traditional form of shadow puppet play that mainly originated in the cultures of Java and Bali, Indonesia. For centuries, this traditional Javanese art form has fascinated the imaginations of many. It served as mere entertainment and a tool for reflecting the spirit, culture, and even the current state of affairs within a community.   An ancient story-telling tradition of gods and men Wayang originates from the word “ma Hyang” or journey towards the realm of spirituality. …

When talking about the best island destinations in Thailand – and arguably around the world – the first destination that comes to mind is Phuket. But on the northeastern coast of Thailand lies Koh Samui, a lesser-known yet equally alluring tropical paradise that has been charming countless visitors that come to its shores. One of the most popular areas in Koh Samui is Choeng Mon on its northern end. Providing the perfect blend of tranquility and convenience, Choeng Mon is home to a fantastic white-sand beach that offers chill and laid-back vibes that couples, honeymooners, and families find captivating. Choeng Mon has plenty of exciting and memorable experiences to offer. From must-visits to must-eats, here are things that tourists should check out in and around the Choeng Mon area.   A Quiet and Charming Beach Ambiance  Famous for its powdery white sand, laid-back ambiance, and beach huts that line up …

Japanese minimalism has long been associated with art and aesthetics. But the less-is-more philosophy resonated with many and has become not only a reflection of the Japanese culture but has found a way to seep into different facets of our lives. Here are some of the principles minimalism can teach us that we can incorporate into our daily lives. The Philosophy of Ma Ma, pronounced “maah”, is about the artistic value of negative spaces in art, including music, poetry, interiors, and architecture. It celebrates not the things themselves, but the spaces between them. While looking at a painting or any form of artwork, Ma teaches us to put emphasis on the things that are not, rather than the things that are. This shift of focus can be perspective-altering at first. While some worldview focuses on buying, accumulating, achieving, or filling our lives with more, Ma seems countercultural. But it’s a …

The most wonderful time of the year is here! Christmas is considered one of the most eagerly-awaited festivities across the world thanks to the infectious vibe characterized by catchy carols, lively holiday decorations, and endless merriment. While it is not considered a public holiday in Thailand, the locals and residents still embrace various Christmas traditions, particularly in some of the major cities like Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai where tourists and expats usually flock to during the holidays. Religious differences Christmas, being a Christian celebration, is not part of Thailand’s local practices because of its predominantly Buddhist population. Despite this, the holiday spirit is still alive among the Thai people who love to have fun and celebrate. Buddhism is a highly tolerant religion, allowing its believers to welcome practices and activities regardless of origin. Despite the cultural and religious differences, the Thais welcomed this special Christian holiday while still standing …

Phuket is truly a magical place that has bewitched people for years—and with good reason. Its arresting natural beauty, warm and easy smiles of its people, and mouthwatering cuisine are just some things you would easily remember as you recall a trip in this tropical paradise. That’s why it has been a dream destination for many couples and newly-weds as it provides an exciting respite away from the chaos of their day-to-day lives. Here is a list of 14 activities couples should consider as they plan their Phuket romantic getaway. 1. Witness the dazzling sunset at Promthep Cape There’s nothing more romantic than a picturesque sunset to cap off a day with your significant other, and Promthep Cape promises just that! This picture-perfect rendezvous point, one of Phuket’s most popular viewpoints, is known for its iconic tall sugar palm trees and also features The Lighthouse housing a mini-museum for you …