Category Archives: EZ 50 – Mind Philosophy

KHAO YAI – NATURE AND ELEGANT IS A PERFECT MATCH 考艾山城贵气逼人

Khao Yai, Thailand is another hidden gem yet to be discovered by foreign visitors where nature and elegance is a perfect match. Due to its highland geographical advantage, there is never a lack of greenery and fresh air. Furthermore, the creative Thais had erected many beautiful structures that blend well with the surrounding natural backdrop. Hence, the locals have named this mountainous terrain “The Western land of Thailand”.

A very popular destination for the local elites as a weekend getaway or rejuvenation hub, Khao Yai promises plenty of fresh air with a touch of elegance, and atmospheric dining establishments serving interesting fusion options making her an absolute destination for first class travellers.

泰国的考艾山城是个让大自然也显贵气的度假胜地,由于居高临下,这里从不缺新鲜空气及绿意,而且还是个未被外国游客纷至沓来的好地方。加上泰国人以他们的创意,在这里建了不少零违和的西方建筑,也因此被当地人喻为「泰国的西方乐土」。

考艾一直是泰国的精英群体充电的好地方,许多人会在周末到这里来个小休,体验大自然与高端市场的完美结合,而且用餐环境够好,还有不少Fusion料理,鱼与熊掌兼得。


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Midwinter Green
There is a famous European castle in Khao Yai that was solely built as a restaurant. It was known as The Smoke House when it was first established in early 2011. In 2014, it was rebranded as Midwinter Green by the new owner. The main building, set against a gorgeous backyard, comprises of five black-shingled peaks with a lighthouse next to it.

在考艾有座城堡非常有名,因为这是一家餐馆。在 2011 年建成开业时是 The Smoke House,但后来在 2014 年转手后就改成 Midwinter Green,而城堡的魅力依旧不减。城堡是由5座圆石筑成的大楼构成,在旁还建有一座灯塔,而后方则有一个美得没朋友的后院。


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Primo café @ Primo Piazza
Primo Piazza is a miniature version of a 500-year old ancient town in Tuscany, Italy. One can feel an almost authentic Italian vibe in the air while exploring the area. Don’t miss out that slice of cake along with a cup of coffee for a true Italian experience.
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Primo Piazza 是参照意大利托斯卡纳 500 岁老城而建的「袖珍」版老城,所以这里连空气都弥漫着「意味」,而在这样欧式的地方,当然不能错过喝杯咖啡吃片蛋糕的闲情。

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BEST PERSIAN, ORIENTAL AND DESIGNER RUG AND CARPET IN TOWN

by Collector, Dr. Wong Sian Chee, Ophthalmologist

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Dr. Wong Sian Chee & Waqar Saeed Bhatti

Collecting hand knotted Persian carpets is a passion. Owning something beautiful and unique is a feast for the eyes. And knowing the fact that they have a value and something to pass on to the future generations make them even more worthwhile.

To some and many people, choosing the right design and colour can bring them good luck and well being. To me, choosing something I love is a relationship that is ever lasting.

I love all the Persian carpets I have acquired from Mr Waqar of Nasim Carpets@Straits Quay Penang. He consistently brings in wonderful and unique pieces which I find them hard to resist (laughing) but I have no regrets as I found that they are all unique and different from each other. I love the strong and bold contrasting colours. Unknown to most people, Persian and Turkish carpets can come in bright colours like emerald green, turquoise and contrasting yellow besides the normal red and blue. One has to be slowly educated to have the aesthetic of Mr Waqar. They come in detailed craftsmanship which takes months to years to complete. No doubt that they are not cheap but they are worth every single penny if one loves them. As I come home from a long day of work, to see a beautiful piece of art lying on the floor, it makes the rest of the day better.

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SCULPTED WITH BRONZE 铜像精雕

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After Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur, Chng Huck Theng held his solo bronze sculpture exhibition in home town Penang in One East Museum. Guest of Honor Lee Khai who is also the Chairman of Penang State Art Gallery commended Chng for his hard work and dedication being a serious artist in the Malaysia art world by virtue of conviction. President of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Fan Dian who was also present talked about the beauty of the sculpture and more importantly the artist has managed to blend in society happenings to further provide life into these bronze work of art.

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Among the guests were Director General of National Art Gallery Malaysia, Prof. Datuk Mohamed Najib who wrote the foreward in the book ‘IMPerfect Creation’, advisor of Penang Art Society Tan Sri Dato Seri Tan Khoon Hai, Dato Chong Hong Fatt, Dr. Tan Boon Cheong and wife Dora, Vincent Tai, Carsten Sorensen and Susanna Hernesniemi.

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继墨尔本和吉隆坡之后,马来西亚艺术家庄学腾马不停蹄在其家乡槟城“一东博物馆”举行了他的个人铜像雕塑展。而槟州州立画廊委员会主席李凯作为荣誉嘉宾出席这项展览,并对于庄学腾为马来西亚艺术界的辛勤工作和奉献精神赞赏不已。中国中央美术学院院长范迪安作为大会贵宾谈到铜雕之美,他认为最难能可贵的是艺术家成功灌注并融合社会元素,让铜像作品体现更多生命力。其他贵宾包括国家艺术画廊总监拿督莫哈末纳吉博士,他曾为庄学腾的作品集《美丽与丑陋》题写序文。而槟城艺术协会的顾问丹斯里陈坤海、拿督张汉发、陈文昌医生和夫人 Dora、Vincent Tai,Carsten Sorensen 与Susanna Hernesniemi 等也受邀列席。

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