Chulalongkorn Day

Every year on October 23rd is a national holiday in Thailand. Thai people commemorate the King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). 

Photo: 2bangkok.com

Photo: 2bangkok.com

Photo: 2bangkok.com

Photo: 2bangkok.com

Chulalongkorn (Seprember 20, 1853 - October 23, 1910) was the king of Siam (Thailand) from 1868 to 1910. He is considered one of the greatest king. He introduced many reforms and abolished slavery. His reign was characterized by the modernization of Siam. As Siam was threatened by Western expansionism, Chulalongkorn save Siam from being colonized. After this, he earned the epithet “Phra Piya Maharat” (The Great Beloved King).

 

Happy Chulalongkorn Day!

Health Benefits of Jasmine Tea

A cup of jasmine tea is one of the most beneficial drink for your health. There are four types of jasmine tea: black, green, oolong and white.

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This tasty drink offers several health benefits for you!

  • Reduces fat and cholesterol
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Relieves anxiety, depression and stress
  • Improves mental health
  • Prevents cancer
  • Prevent aging
  • Regulates blood circulation

 

The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends that adults drink 2 to 3 cups of jasmine tea a day.

 

Exhibition: Think Nothing

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Artist: Baran Tokmakoğlu

Exhibition: "Think Nothing"

Technique: Photo Manipulation, Photo Collage 

Curator: Volkan Doğar

Gallery: Çok Çok Gallery 

Dates: 25th September - 25th November

Sponsors: Atölye Pera, Kaya on Cost

 

"Think Nothing"

“The culture industry perpetually cheats its customers of what it perpetually promises. The promissory note which, with its plots and staging, it draws on pleasure is endlessly prolonged; the promise, which is actually all the spectacle consists of, is illusory: all it actually confirms is that the real point will never be reached, that the diner must be satisfied with the menu”. Adorno

Baran Tokmakoğlu shares the portrait series gathered using photo manipulation technique and collage with the viewers in his Think Nothing series. The echoes of mass media, culture industry and consumption culture in the society are dragged the art of Tokmakoğlu to another aspect. More conceptual artworks specific to postmodern culture in which various disciplines such as performance, video, cinema and photography are used and nested within each other are displayed on the walls of galleries for a long time. The fact that Tokmakoğlu producing works in the fields of painting, photography and cinema makes him successful in the photo manipulation technique that he used in his first personal exhibition. 

With Think Nothing series exhibited at Çok Çok Gallery, Tokmakoğlu creates a new body by combining animal and human parts with manipulation. For Tokmakoğlu, the nature undergoing manipulation is only possible with the degeneration of the modern man. Ideological, sociological, and psychological manipulations introduced by the modern life bring along the intervention to the nature just like in every aspect of life. Avoiding facing its own social exposure, the mankind sustains the life with manipulations. Tokmakoğlu’s this critical collage technique makes you think: “Think, think again before you have nothing left.”

Volkan Doğar

 

 

Baran Tokmakoğlu

After graduating from the department of plastic arts and pursuing works in the fields of painting, photography and cinema, Baran Tokmakoğlu continues to work as a freelance artist in Istanbul.

Exhibition Contributions 

-Külah Karaköy - Klup Kulah "God Save The Porn", 2014

-ALAN Istanbul, “Woman; Beautiful but Alone”, 2012 

-PASAJist, "Letter Exhibition", Istanbul, 2011

-Mtaär,"Horaley", Istanbul, 2009 

-KargART, Kargaşa 9 "Hack'leyin", Istanbul, 2009

-Horaley / January 2009 

-Trend Show'09 - Taksim Metro Station, “Farka Saygı”, Istanbul, 2008 

-Harbiye Museum, “Kanserli Çocuklara Umut Vakfı Yararına Bağış Sergisi”, Istanbul, 2008 

-KargART, Kargaşa 8 “Ortama Karışık”, Istanbul 2008 - Galerie Christine Colas, Paris, 2006 

-66th State Exhibition on Paintings & Sculptures, Ankara, 2005

-"Empty Area" Exhibition, Yeditepe University Gallery of Thinking Cube, Istanbul, 2004

Thai Dipping Sauce Recipe

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You can serve this delicious dipping sauce with appetizers like fried squids, spring wrap or egg rolls.

 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed

 

Preparation:

 

1. Put the water, garlic, vinegar, sugar and ginger in a saucepan and bring to the boil.

2. When the mixture is cool, add the red peppers, lime juice and soy sauce.

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Health Benefits Of Eating Thai Food

The combination of herbs and spices used in Thai dishes. These herbs and spices have disease fighting and immune system boosting properties.
 
Here are some examples:


garlic

Garlic

Garlic reduces cholesterol and blood pressure and it has both antibiotic and fungal properties. It can be used to treat coughs and colds and improves iron metabolism.

chillies

Chillies

Chillies boost the immune system, protect heart and clear the sinuses. Red chillies are high in vitamin C.

cumin

Cumin

Cumin improve immune system and treat insomnia, piles, asthma, bronchitis, respiratory disorders, common cold, anemia, skin disorders, boils and cancer.

Ginger

The medicinal uses of ginger is almost endless. Ginger contains chromium, magnesium and zinc which can help to improve blood flow. It is also improves absorption, prevents cold and flu, reduces pain and inflammation.

turmeric

Turmeric

Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory. It protects the skin and it has been known to be used as a treatment for eczema and other skin problems. Turmeric protects the body from damages. Also, turmeric fight against bacterial infections.

lemongrass

Lemongrass

Lemongrass can clear stomach aches, headaches and prevents common cold. It also has anti fungal properties.

coriander

Coriander

It contains iron and both vitamin A, C, K and traces of the B vitamins. It provides high amount of calcium and potassium. Coriander is anti-septic, analgesic, helps with digestion, anti fungal and a natural stimulant.

Unsung Hero

Unsung Hero is a 3 minute feel-good story advertisement. A guy who has a lot of goodness within himself and shares it with people around him. He gives money to begging kid, feeds the stray dog, leaves bananas on the door of the frail neighbor, and even moves a dying plant so it gets some water from an overflowing gutter. And in return, what does it he get?

Easy Pad Thai Recipe

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Pad Thai is one of the most well known Thai dish in the world. In Thailand, Pad Thai is readily available at roadside stands and in casual dining establishments.

 

Ingredients:

  • 125g rice noodles
  • 140g soybean sprouts
  • 1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 25g peanuts, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 spring onions, sliced
  • 200g tiger prawns, cooked and peeled, tails left on

 

Preparation:

1. Put the noodles in a large pot, pour boiling water over them and leave for 4 minutes, then drain and rinse noodles with cold water.

2. Put the lime juice, cayenne, sugar, soy and fish sauce in a bowl and mix well.

3. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan and fry the prawns until they turn pink. Add the spring onions and noodles and toss around. Tip in the lime juice mixture, then stir in the soybean sprouts and half the peanuts and coriander. Cook for 1 minute until everything is heated through.

4. Serve with the rest of the peanuts, coriander, lime wedges and sweet chilli sauce. Enjoy!

 

Most Adorable Ad Of The Year - "Dreams"

“Dreams” is a two minute story of four kids with a dream to discover the world. The ad is a huge success and was trending on Twitter for three days. It is now shown as one of the top ten commercials in Turkish advertising history.

The commercial was directed by Bahadir Karatas for Filmpark. The shooting took place in İmecik and none of the kids used in the film were actors.

Best Thailand Islands

Thailand’s Islands are some of the most popular places for tourists. You can get some rest, feel the presence or dance all night long! Here are the top 10 islands for a perfect trip to Thailand.

 

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Ko Lipe

Ko Lipe is located in the Adang-Rawi Archipelago in southwest Thailand. This small island is just outside the jurisdiction of Tarutao National Park. Ko Lipe has three main beaches: Sunset Beach, Sunrise Beach and Pattaya Beach. It is possible to walk around the island in little over an hour.

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Ko Samui

Ko Samui is one of the most visited island in Thailand. The most popular beaches are Chaweng and Lamai. There are a lot of accomodation opportunities for travellers ranging from small bungalows to exclusive villas.

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Ko Samet

Ko Samet is famous with its white sand beaches. There are 14 white sand beaches that feature a number of beachside bars and restaurants. Visitors can choose relaxing settings or popular crowded beaches. Both foreign tourists and residents choose Ko Samet because it is so near to Bangkok.

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Ko Phi Phi

Ko Phi Phi is a small archipelago in the Krabi Province in Southern Thailand. The island has become more popular after the movie “The Beach” (2000). Limestone cliffs, turquoise waters, white sand beaches and miles of trackless forest make Ko Phi Phi a perfect island.

KoPhangan

Ko Phangan

Ko Phangan is halfway between the islands of Ko Samui and Ko Tao. Every year the island holds Full Moon Party which is an electronic dance festival. The island is famous with its spas and meditation retreats.

 

KoTao

Ko Tao

Ko Tao is preffered by scuba divers, rock climbers and hikers. The island is one of the most popular place to learn how to dive. Around 7000 new divers get certified each year. With increasing tourist population, a number of resorts, bars and nightclubs have opened up, but it is still possible for relaxed vacation.

 

KoKut

Ko Kut

Ko Kut is one of the lesser-known Thai island. If you're looking to really escape from the world, you can choose Ko Kut. You should see Klong Chao and Klong Yai Ki Waterfalls here.

 

KoPoda

Ko Poda

Ko Poda is the starting point for many travelers visiting the Thai islands. The voyage begins with a one-hour longtail boat trip. Ko Poda is the perfect place for a good rest.

 

KoChang

Ko Chang

Ko Chang (Elephant Island) is Thailand’s second largest island. Ko Chang’s western half is a busy nest of tours, shops, and nightclubs, but east coast have quiet beaches. The majority of tourists stay at Hat Sai Khao, Hat Kai Muk, Hat Ta Nam, and Laem Bang Bao, all of which are linked by a single road running down the west coast.

 

KoJum

Ko Jum

Ko Jum is a small island, located between Ko Lanta and Krabi town. The south end of the island is known as Ko Jum and the northern part is also called Ko Phu. There is plenty of accommodation on the island. 

 

 

 

Enjoy your holiday!

Welcome To Thailand

This 3 minute video takes you on a journey to Thailand...

Directed/Shot by Thibaut Buccellato
Edit by Thomas Correia
Graded by Julien Bru
Music : Andrew Bayer - A Brief Interlude

©NEMA Prod - 2013

How To Make The Perfect Chicken Satay

How To Make The Perfect Chicken Satay

The Thai chicken satay is one of the main-staples of the Thai cuisine. A great dish for party's and events that is simple to prepare and serve.

 

Ingredients:

  •  12 skinless and boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into thin strips 
  •  Wooden skewers

 

Marinade Ingredients:

  •     2 stalks lemongrass, sliced
  •     ¼ cup fresh lime juice (optional)
  •     2 shallots or 1 small onion, sliced
  •     4 garlic cloves
  •     2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  •     1-2 fresh red chilies, sliced
  •     1 tablespoon fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  •     1 tablespoon minced fresh turmeric
  •     2 tablespoons ground coriander
  •     2 tablespoons cumin
  •     1 tablespoon low sodium sauce
  •     2 tablespoons fish sauce
  •     5 tablespoons brown sugar

 

Preparation:

1.    Stir all marinade ingredients in a medium bowl. Cut chicken into thin strips and stir well to combine.

2.    Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, and up to 24 hours.

3.    Thread meat onto the skewers. Discard marinade.

4.    Grill the satay on your outdoor or indoor grill for 2-3 minutes per side, until no longer pink. (Time will changeable, it depends on how thin your meat is.)  

Note: You can serve with peanut sauce for dipping. 

Bon appetit!