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You’re Going to Want to Try Their Cocktails

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  • June 19, 2018
Hipsters Are Taking Over This Bangkok Neighborhood — and You're Going to Want to Try Their Cocktails

I’m fascinated with Thailand and it’s cuisine and beverages and I’m adding these stories to my notebook so the first chance I get, I’ll be on my way to this extraordinary kingdom with my itinerary planned well in advance. I hope you’ll find them useful. Be sure to read the full article at travelandleisure.com.

What’s your most memorable experience while traveling overseas? Leave your comments here or on social media.

Hipsters Are Taking Over This Bangkok Neighborhood

— and You’re Going to Want to Try Their Cocktails

My father, however, had better ideas. He and I would show up, make our rounds politely, then decamp to the nearby Oriental hotel, now the Mandarin Oriental (doubles from $420), his old friend Nelson in tow. Over cocktails, the men would hatch outlandish plans. They dreamed of launching Bangkok’s first yoga studio, and a hospital-themed aperitif bar called the Pulse. My father, a physician, and Nelson, a flaneur who dressed in crisp linen suits, had no business sense, and when they did eventually put their schemes in motion, both immediately flopped.

If they’d only waited a few decades, their ideas might have gone down better. Because today, Bangrak is the epicenter of Bangkok’s Creative District, a trio of neighborhoods populated by artists, designers, chefs, and musicians. Lured by low rents and a post-industrial aesthetic, these upstart entrepreneurs are renovating shop-houses and using them to reinvent izakaya food, say, or experiment with artisanal spirits. Young and edgy, the Creative District has become the city’s must-visit destination.Hipsters Are Taking Over This Bangkok Neighborhood — and You\'re Going to Want to Try Their Cocktails

Christopher Wise Ask anyone who, like me, grew up in Bangkok in the 1970s, and they’ll tell you about suffering through interminable weddings at a riverside hotel in Bangrak, one of the Thai capital’s oldest districts. In those days, status-obsessed locals would shuffle over to Charoen Krung Road, Bangrak’s […]

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3 Big Tips for Women Who Travel

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  • June 18, 2018
3 big tips for women who travel

SOLO TRAVEL

1. How to keep your identity, money, and valuables safe

Make copies of your passport, itinerary, credit cards, insurance, and important contacts:

  • Besides keeping this information securely on your smartphone, make sure to print this information in case your phone is lost or stolen.
  • Consider keeping this same valuable information in a secured vault accessible through the cloud that you can access from any computer.
  • Send your itinerary to close family and friends so they know where you are at all times. Establish regular check-ins to stay connected.
  • Prepare a list of emergency contacts, including friends and family, insurance and emergency travel assistance, local embassy, hotel and transportation.
  • Keep your passport in the hotel safe, along with copies of your credit card. Keep a copy of your passport and medical/travel insurance with you.
  • If the hotel does not have a safe, or if you are staying in another type of lodging like an Airbnb, keep your important documents with you at all times.Have some cash (i.e. local currency) on you and know your currency exchange rate – not all places will accept credit cards, especially if you are traveling in more remote areas.

    Familiarize yourself with the local ATMs and, of course, avoid using ATMs at night or in deserted areas. Do not keep all your money in one place — keep it in several places in case your wallet is stolen or lost.

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Franck de las Mercedes Exhibit

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  • June 18, 2018
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Arts’ Happenings

Franck de las Mercedes Urbetivism
Franck de las Mercedes exhibited his “Urbetivism” collection for the first time on June 16 at his studio, fdIM, in New York City. Photo submitted. 

“URBETIVISM”

Who is Franck de las Mercedes?

He’s an internationally recognized artist who is known for creating conceptual abstractions with text and highly-saturated color.   His work entitled “Urbetivism,” is inspired by New York City and his birthplace Nicaragua.

Franck exhibited his Urbetivism paintings for the first time at his open studio on June 16 during “The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance’s 16th annual Uptown Arts Stroll,” an annual summer event in New York City in the Washington Heights, Inwood, and West Harlem neighborhoods. The stroll showcases the painters, photographers, writers, musicians, sculptors, actors, dancers and filmmakers in Northern Manhattan and the exhibit will run through June 30, 2018.

His New York City studio is the backdrop for an array of multifaceted work that incorporates painting, collage, drawing, photography, and writing and combines abstract figuration, journal entry, and hieroglyphic-like text, in energetic abstractions bursting with color to create an intensely emotional urban landscape. Fragments of current events, family dynamics, and books explore the contrast between memory and present-day cultural context.

Franck de las Mercedes Urbetivism
Franck de las Mercedes’ art is multi-faceted with bursts of color. Photo submitted. 

Franck derives imagery from a variety of sources that include candid photographs, art journals, and studies. The exhibit as a whole is a continuation of his signature style that utilizes palette knives to apply abstract text an sharp black lines. He regards the new series as his “coloring book on canvas.”

“In this new series, I continue to work with my urban roots and influences, while now incorporating elements of Nicaraguan Primitivism as reference. I’m also exploring concepts in world mythology to find similarities in everyday life or to comment on current events,” Franck said. “It’s not a total departure from my previous body of work, since the representational has always emerged in some way. But in the new paintings I’m allowing the subjects to become the central point, in order to engage the viewer with the story. Something I came to realize I could only accomplish by breaking from abstraction.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Franck achieved worldwide in 2006 with his conceptual art project “The Priority Boxes,” a public project conceived as a way to promote peace through participatory free art. The project has been refashioned as a teaching tool for educators, community centers, and art therapy counselors across the United States. He has been featured in several well-respected publications and on television shows. The list includes CBS Sunday Morning, Complex magazine, CNN, Reader’s Digest, The Daily Beast, Good Day NY, Aqui y Ahora and The Christian Science Monitor.

Recent exhibitions are Sing for Hope Pianos 2017, The 5th Bronx Latin American Art Biennial, Queens Museum, BronxArtSpace, The Joan Mitchel Foundation, The Artists Unite MTA Poster Project, The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt New York, The NY Museum of Modern Art’s “Abstract Currents”, BKLYN Designs, Naples Museum of Art, Folklore Museum of Tripotamos Greece, The National College of Ireland, Ireland and The French Institute Alliance Française. His work is also a part of the Fundación Francisco de Quevedo’s permanent collection in Ciudad Real, Spain.

Learn more about Franck at https://www.franckdelasmercedes.com/

 

 

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5 Sights You Should See in Thailand

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  • June 14, 2018
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Elephant Tourism? 

Well, maybe, the elephants will put on a show for you. They’re definitely a highlight to many a Thailand visitor. In fact, according to Thailand tourism officials, 90 percent of the vacation photos taken in Thailand will feature an elephant.

Why?

Because visitors can view these majestic creatures close up in their natural habitat and/or they love elephants as I do.

But if you choose Thailand for reasons that include but are not limited to elephant photography,  keep in mind the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, overflows with beauty and great food. The country is located at the center of the Southeast Asian Indochinese peninsula,  with many beautiful islands, holy temples, and abundant phenomenal cuisine.

Thailand beauty
Thailand – beauty surrounds.

5 things to do in Thailand besides elephants

  1. Temples (Bangkok) 

 

There are over 33,000 active Buddhist temples in Thailand. These temples are very prominent and an integral part of Thailand as 93.6% of all people in Thailand are Buddhists. Because these temples are seen as a holy, the structures are very impressive and immaculately ornate. My personal favorite was the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) which dates back to the 14th century. You can experience the religious culture of Thailand, but remember to cover up! There is nothing but breathtaking views from the entrance to the end. A temple is definitely worth looking at if you are ever in Thailand.

 

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Breathtaking Thailand art and architecture is not to be missed.
  1.   Thai Cooking Class (Chiang Mai) 

 

We attended Thai Cookery School (Pra Nang) where we were guided through the process of preparing and cooking traditional-style Thai food. With a class of 2-10 people, you start out by visiting a local market to select the freshest ingredients for the dishes you will create. We created 5 dishes, which included a soup, stir-fry, curry, an appetizer, and a dessert. Vegan options are also available. The class is 4 hours and will give you insight into the food culture of Thailand. In the end, you will get a recipe book to recreate those traditional dishes and a certificate to prove your mastery.

 

  1.   The Jim Thompson House

 

The Jim Thompson House is a true hidden gem. This museum is about an American, Jim Thompson, who moved to Thailand and changed the silk industry. You get to explore the actual house of Jim Thompson and the mystery behind how he disappeared. There is a silk shop attached as well as an inside/outside restaurant with very tasty and cheap food. This museum will give you an opportunity to learn about Thai silk and all the innovation that surrounded it.

 

  1. Monkey Beach (Ko Phi Phi Don) 

 

This is for those that love animals. Monkey Beach is located on Phi Phi island which is known for its breathtaking views. Imagine going to an island full of monkeys that are happy to see and interact with humans. You are allowed to feed the monkeys and take all the pictures you want. They have boats that you can take over to the island while you take in all the sites or you can rent a kayak and head over there yourself.

 


  1. Chiang Mai Night Safari 

 

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can get up close and personal to all types of animals at Chiang Mai Night Safari. Chiang Mai Night Safari is a nocturnal zoo that will entertain you at every turn. The evening will start off with a narrated animal show that introduces you to cool animals. Next, you’ll hop on a tram and go to the Savanna Zone. The Savanna Zone is full of animals whose habitats are in the African savanna. There you will see giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and more. Afterward, you’ll head over to the Predator Zone which is full of carnivores! There you will see lions, bears, pumas, and more. This is a place you won’t forget as you have face to face interactions with various animals on this night safari.

Follow @BlackTravelPass on Instagram. 

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18 Best Travel Destinations of 2018 | Where to Travel This Year!

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  • June 12, 2018

Where should YOU TRAVEL in 2018? Watch this video and find out! We share the 18 Best Travel destinations of 2018.

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My Top 22 Travel Life Hacks & Tips! | Jeanine Amapola

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  • June 11, 2018

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200 Days – A Trip Around the World Travel Film

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  • June 11, 2018

My wife and I traveled to 17 countries in 200 days. This film is the story of our incredible trip! Enjoy!

We used a GoPro and a Nikon D7000 for all of the filming.

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Website: 40northdesigns.com

Music Credits:

Please check out and buy the music from these incredible artists that made this film possible. They are in order of appearance.

M83 – Outro
https://www.youtube.com/user/m83

Eric Hutchinson – Tell the World
https://www.youtube.com/user/erichutchinson

Vance Joy – Mess is Mine
https://www.youtube.com/user/vancejoymusic

Avicii – The Nights
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The Kooks – Bad Habit
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Yumi And The Weather – Must I Wait
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American Authors – Best Day of My Life
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Tim McMorris – On Top of the World
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The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather
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GRIT X TALKS

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  • June 3, 2018

GRIT-X is a series of presentations to celebrate the achievements of UMBC’s alumni and faculty. The program is structured as three distinct 30-minute sessions, where select groups of alumni and faculty will describe interesting and important aspects of UMBC’s impact in the areas of research, scholarship and creative achievement. You can join any individual GRIT-X session or stay for all three. The event is organized and sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Kiirstn Pagan (Theatre ‘11) and Katie Hileman (Acting ‘12) – Co-Founders, Interrobang ■When Your Art Becomes Your Business

Lee Blaney – Assistant Professor, Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering: Our Environment is on Drugs

Tyson King-Meadows – Associate Dean, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate Professor, Political Science, and Affiliate Professor, Africana Studies■Why the Color of Your Canary Matters for Democracy

Rebecca A. Adelman – Associate Professor, Media and Communication Studies■Beyond the Checkpoint: Rethinking Citizenship and Surveillance

Vanderlei Martins – Professor, Physics and Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET) Reaching for the Skies – Sun, Pollution, Clouds and Climate

Lee Boot – Director, Imaging Research Center (IRC) ■A Grand Visualization Challenge: Putting Humpty Together Again

Karsonya Wise Whitehead (LLC ‘09) – Associate Professor, Loyola University ■From ReSearch to MeSearch: Finding Ways to Add Your Voice to the Wind of Social Memory

Govind Rao – Director, Center for Advanced Sensor Technology (CAST) and Professor, Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering■Inventing Tomorrow at UMBC

Thomas Schaller – Professor, Political Science
■Teaching Politics in an Era of Civics Decline

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