Month: April 2022

Malaysia wants to emulate Thailand’s digital park

Malaysia wants to emulate Thailand’s digital park

Malaysia wants the bank to emulate the True Digital Park in Thailand to develop start-ups and innovative ecosystems. The 200,000-square-meter campus in the heart of Bangkok Cybertech District is the first technology and start-up campus in Thailand and the largest in Southeast Asia, primarily run by the private sector.

The campus is an interconnected ecosystem for start-ups and co-operatives for technology entrepreneurs, technology companies, investors, accelerators, incubators, academies and government agencies that help make Thailand a global hub for digital innovation.

Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohammad, Minister (Economics) in the Prime Minister’s Department, said the campus would create a complete start-up ecosystem to take the regional digital economy forward with state-of-the-art facilities. “The idea is good because it is funded by the private sector and supported by the government.

If possible, we want to duplicate the model to encourage start-ups and innovative companies in the country, “he told Barnama. Mustapa was impressed on campus during a visit to True Digital Park in the heart of Fra Khanang’s Bangkok Cybertech District on 22 April.

Thanasorn Zaidi, president of True Digital Park, gave him a briefing, after which he toured the digital park. The digital park includes innovation area (academy, lab), lifestyle area (retail, food and beverage, and wellness) and residential area (three high-rise condominium), event space, co-working space, flexible office space and government digital one- Stop service.

The park currently has more than 1,000 ecosystem players, including 900 start-ups, 52 corporate tenants and partners, 29 universities and academies, and 17 government agencies and associations. Big names in the park include Google, Mitsubishi, Huawei, UOB, Bosch and Rico.

The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), another government agency, is also present at the park. It is responsible for the development of digital manpower and the promotion of the industry in Thailand. Foreign tenants can apply for a smart visa through the DEPA office at True Digital Park. The company also acts as an investor because it is the “only government company” that can hold equity from start-ups.

The agency assists start-ups in providing industry connections and advice in a variety of ways, from the moment they are born until they are unicorn. Regarding the imitation of True Digital Park in Malaysia, Fabian Bigger, CEO of MidDigital Corporation, said the private sector must evaluate the merits of such an initiative. “The Minister was impressed by the campus which was developed entirely by the private sector and commented that this kind of development should be replicated in Malaysia. “MIDGITAL CORP is ready to implement any decision of the cabinet,” he said. Source: The Edge Markets

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Britain is sitting on 50 years worth of shale gas that could boost UK supply

Britain is sitting on 50 years worth of shale gas that could boost UK supply

Industrialist Sir Jim Rotcliffe will hand over the official study to show that Britain is sitting on 50 years worth of shale gas.

The billionaire founder of the chemical group Inos is lobbying for a resumption of fracking and believes that unused reserves could boost the country’s internal energy supply.

Ineos will submit survey data on shale gas to a framing review that is reconsidering new drilling projects.

The study shows that parts of Britain are as rich in shale gas as the United States, where fracking has helped keep the country from rising global energy prices.

Sir Jim believes that fracking has been eradicated by an ‘ignorant minority’ of opponents who have thwarted the UK’s power revolution.

He told the Sunday Telegraph that politicians had “completely ignored science” and were influenced by public perceptions of the “so-called dangers” of fracking.

Fracturing involves injecting liquids into the rock at high pressure to hold open cracks and release oil or gas.

But it has been blamed for the quake and the government suspended the practice in 2019 when studies showed that it was difficult to predict the probability or magnitude of a fracking-related earthquake.

Inios spent £ 250 million on the British fracking project before the ban, a fund Sir Jim said was ‘destroyed by the shaking of the political switch’.

The tycoon believes the sanctions have left the country facing a global energy crisis.

Business Secretary Quasi Quarteng acknowledged this month that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had strengthened the case for fracking and asked the British Geological Survey for a report on the science of fracking.

It is expected that Ineos will transfer its data to BGS along with other fracking operators. A report on its results is expected in late June.

Stephen Bowler, chief executive of the framing company iGas, said framing was “a choice for the country”, adding: “The conflict here is not really about science, but about politics.”


The SET 694 listed company initially qualified for the SET Award 2022

The SET 694 listed company initially qualified for the SET Award 2022

SET Announces 694 Listed Companies Qualified Initially Qualified – The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) Together with Money & Banking Magazine 694 Listed Companies Declared Eligible For SET Awards 2022 In Preliminary Round, Winner Announcement And Prize Presentation Will be November 2022.

This year’s SET Awards will feature a series of new group awards for the Best REIT Performance Award, the ESG-related award under the Best Asset Management Awards category, and the Sustainability Excellence category.

SET President Parker Pithwatch said the SET Awards have been held for 19 consecutive years to honor distinguished companies with excellence in both the role model business activities and quality of the capital market; Support potential development of the Thai capital market; Drive sustainable growth and provide benefits for all sectors.

This is consistent with the SET’s vision of ‘To Make the Capital Market Work for Everyone’. “Notably, more prestigious awards will be added this year in the Business Excellence category for the development of real estate investment trusts (REITs), named the Best REIT Performance Award, an important tool for raising Thai business funds, and the ESG-related aspects of environmental, social and ESG) Best Asset Management Awards type will be included for asset management firms that prioritize responsible investment considering the practices.

At the same time, the ‘good’ level of acclaimed sustainability awards will be added to the Sustainability Excellence category, on top of the Best Sustainable Rewards and Highly Appreciated Sustainable Rewards for each of the increasingly listed companies conducting sustainable evaluations. Years and they are committed to upgrading their sustainable development implementation, ”added Pakern. Money and Banking Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Santi Viriarungsarit, a co-founder, co-organizer and respected judge, said the SET Award presentation was consistently recognized and well received.

Recognizing the importance of sustainable development as a global priority, in 2022 a working committee of top professionals adjusted the award criteria to take into account ESG issues. For example, ESG scores will be used as part of the Best Investor Relationship Award selection when adding ESG-related rewards for asset management companies.

SET awards can be divided into 2 categories: 1) Listed companies, securities companies, asset management companies, financial advisory companies and REITs will be presented to the Business Excellence category; And 2) Sustainability Excellence category will be presented to listed companies who are outstanding in conducting business in accordance with the Sustainable Development Policy.

The evaluation results of both the award sections will be processed by Sasin School of Management, Chulalankorn University. In addition, listed companies or individuals who have maintained their excellence in the category of Business Excellence or Sustainability Excellence recognized for three consecutive years or more will be awarded SET Awards of Honor which mark the Crest of Success. For more information on listed companies that have passed the SET Awards 2022 Criteria and Preliminary Qualification Screening, please visit www.set.or.th/setawarD.S.

China’s trade with Russia rose 12% in March from a year earlier

China’s trade with Russia rose 12% in March from a year earlier

According to China’s tariff data, China’s trade with Russia grew by more than 12% in March, surpassing Beijing’s trade growth with the rest of the world.

Shipments to Russia rose 12.76% to $ 11.67 billion in March, Chinese customs data showed on Wednesday, slowing from a 25.7% increase in February, when Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine.

The collapse of trade with Russia was less serious than the collapse with other countries, raising concerns that China maintains strong ties with Moscow despite the atrocities committed by Russian military forces in Ukraine.

In March, China’s trade growth with the rest of the world was only 7.75%, after which it increased to $ 505 billion.

Beijing has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s intelligence have been made more than once.

In the weeks leading up to the invasion of Ukraine, China and Russia announced a “no-border” strategic partnership, with no restricted areas for cooperation. Last year, total trade between China and Russia rose 35.8% to a record 7 147 billion.

As sanctions against Russia escalate, Western nations fear that China could buy more from it to ease some of its neighbors’ pain. Russia is China’s main source of oil, gas, coal and agricultural products.

But analysts have told Reuters they have not yet seen any major indication that China is violating Western sanctions on Russia.

Chinese Customs spokesman Li Qianwen said China’s economic and trade cooperation with other countries, including Russia and Ukraine, was normal.

A group of German policy institutes says Germany could sink into recession if Europe’s largest economy were forced to cut off Russian gas imports. Following the European Union’s complete embargo on Russian power, German GDP will shrink by 2.2% next year, eliminating more than 400,000 jobs, according to revised estimates of German GDP growth over the next two years.

The EU agreed last week to ban coal imports from Russia from August. The German chancellor, Olaf Schulz, is under pressure to agree to tougher measures, including a ban on gas imports. Germany is dependent on Russia for 40% of its gas imports.

Research institutes predict that if all energy supplies from Russia were cut off immediately, growth in Europe’s largest economy would slow sharply to 1.9% this year from 2.9% last year before it contracted in 2023.

They said: “If supplies are cut off, the growing GDP loss in 2022 and 2023 could be around 220 billion euros. [£180bn]”

Without a ban on energy imports from Russia, the institutes say that this year’s increase will be 2.7% compared to the previous estimate of 4.8% made last autumn.

The German government has said it is working to reduce that dependence, but has said it would take time for Russia to withdraw its gas completely and opposed the cut.


Vietnam’s economy will benefit the most from RCEP: World Bank

Vietnam’s economy will benefit the most from RCEP: World Bank

A recent World Bank report provides an in-depth analysis of how RCEP may affect the economic environment of its member countries, including Vietnam.

Here, the Vietnam briefing outlines why and how Vietnam, among other middle-income countries, could benefit the most from the RCEP.

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement came into force on January 1, 2022. The countries covered by the RCEP account for about one-third of the world’s GDP and world population and one-fourth of the world’s exports and imports. If implemented successfully, it could have a significant impact on the world economy, not just Vietnam.

Vietnam’s economy will benefit the most from RCEP

Estimates of the Economic and Distribution Impact of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership The World Bank (WB) White Paper has created a baseline and four alternative scenarios for estimating the economic and distribution impact of RCEP in Vietnam.

The baseline reflects the business-general conditions prior to the implementation of the RCEP, where the tariffs of previous agreements, including the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), have been implemented in parallel with the US. China trade war.

Then, to determine the impact of RCEP on the Vietnamese economy, the four alternative policy situations described in detail below are compared with this baseline.

Four alternative policy situations consider the effects of different policies to measure the impact of RCEP. These policies can range from tariffs, and non-tariff measurements (NTMs) to trade cost policies.

According to UNCTAD, NTM is a policy measure, separate from the general tariffs, which can have a potential economic impact on the international trade of goods. Technical requirements, export subsidies, minimum import prices, and environmental and health compliance requirements are just a few examples of NTM.

At Baseline, between 2020 and 2035, average tariffs imposed by Vietnam fell from 0.8 percent to 0.2 percent, while face-to-face Vietnam tariffs fell from 0.6 percent to 0.1 percent.

In the most optimistic scenario (Scenario 4), where all benefits are applied, Vietnam has the highest gain among all RCEP member countries. Vietnam’s income level increased by 4.9 percent compared to Baseline, higher than other countries, where income levels increased by 2.5 percent.

Despite the increase in exports and imports for all RCEP member countries, Vietnam is expected to experience the highest increase in exports at 11.4 percent. Similarly, Vietnam’s imports also increased significantly at 9.2 percent compared to 7.2 percent in the Philippines.

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Could the Bank of England’s cure for inflation lead to a massive recession in the UK?

Could the Bank of England’s cure for inflation lead to a massive recession in the UK?

The UK recession indicators are not yet flashing red, but another surprise jump in consumer inflation in March will add to fears that economic growth will stall in the second half of the year.

Last month’s 7 percent inflation reading was the sixth time in a row that consumer price growth has exceeded market forecasts. Attitudes will get worse before they get better.

Economists expect the UK CPI to rise above 8 per cent in April once the off-game power cap that was kicked off this month rises to 54 per cent. This time last year, inflation stood at 0.7 percent, the fastest acceleration in price growth in 12 months since the start of the comparative record.

This spiral of inflation has historically led central banks to raise interest rates to tighten lending conditions, slow down usage and put a brake on growth. The most notable example is the 1980s “volcanism” in the United States – the nickname era of Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volker, who created a recession in controlling runaway inflation due to the oil crisis of the 1970s.

This time around, central bankers think they can keep a lid on inflation while hiring a soft economic landing engineer to avoid a repeat of past mistakes. The Bank of England indicated last month that only a “moderate austerity in monetary policy” was needed in the coming months – a ruling that could be amended, subject to new economic forecasts presented in early May.

The bank’s new estimates show a further deterioration in the outlook for inflation compared to its latest figures from February before the start of the war in Ukraine. The economic forecast, however, remains a dangerous time-sensitive task. The direction of the Russia-Ukraine conflict is the most important factor in predicting how long supply-side shocks from higher oil, natural gas, food, commodity and fertilizer prices will continue. Rate-setters are unlikely to have any more privileged insights into Vladimir Putin’s intentions than the rest of us.

The outlook for global inflation will take a big hit if the European Union resolves its differences and imposes a full-scale embargo on Russian energy imports. Such a move would almost certainly push the EU into recession – and help pull the UK along. A recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of economic contraction.

For now, forecasters expect a significant downturn in the UK economy, but not a technical downturn following the expected return from the epidemic earlier this year. Goldman Sachs estimates that the energy crisis will hit 1.5 percent growth in Germany this year, and 1.1 percent in Italy, a more common 0.1 percent with the United Kingdom.

Sanjay Raja, UK economist at Deutsche Bank, expects UK GDP to grow by 3.8 per cent this year but “the economy will remain largely stagnant for the next two quarters”.

For Morgan Stanley’s Seth Carpenter, this “hiking cycle is one of the first since the 1970s where the goal was to reduce rather than prevent inflation. A policy error that caused the recession is clearly possible.”


SET welcomes food product manufacturer “JDF”

SET welcomes food product manufacturer “JDF”

On April 7, the Thai Stock Exchange (SET) will list manufacturers of JD Food pcl – food seasoning, sauce and snack filling, dehydrated food products, coconut chips and instant soup, under the ticker symbol “JDF”.

The company’s initial public offering (IPO) has a market capitalization of 1.56 billion THB (approximately USD 46.84 million).

SET Senior Executive Vice President Manpong Senarang said the JDF would list the agro and food industry group, listed in the SET in the food and beverage sector, and start business.

JDF produces food seasoning, sauces and fillings and dehydrated food products on a one-stop, made-to-order basis, as a cooking ingredient for customers in the food manufacturing industry and restaurant business.

The company is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of coconut chips for customers of food industry groups in other countries. In addition, JDF produces and distributes products under its own brand, including seasoning shake powder and bakery fillings under the “OK” brand, curry seasoning and instant Thai food under the “Kin D” brand, coconut chips under the “CrispConnet” and “Little” Instant soup without monosodium glutamate under the Monkey “brand, as well as the” Good Eats “brand.

JDF has a registered paid up capital of 300 million THB, of which 450 are
Million existing ordinary shares and 150 million newly issued shares, each valued at 0.50 THB. The company offered new shares to the public through IPO between March 29-31 at 2.60 THB each, for a total of 390 million THB.

The IPO price is equivalent to 25.78 times the price-to-earnings ratio (P / E ratio). Capital One Partners Co., Ltd. Financial Advisor and Globlex Securities Co., Ltd. Chief underwriter.

JDF CEO Ratana Eiprasartsok said the company has more than 30 years of experience and expertise in the food industry, with food businesses, large restaurants and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) serving more than 300 customers. .

The company has a team of Food Science Research and Development (R&D) that enables customers to create or adjust recipes to meet their needs and unique needs.

The team has created over 2,000 flavors that could be considered the competitive edge of the JDF.

The company is ready to support the further growth prospects of Kovid-19 in terms of a new plant that meets international standards for increasing production capacity and advancing as a leading recipe developer and food condiment manufacturer in the country.

Fundraising and listing of the company will strengthen the financial position and the ability to expand the business. The IPO funds will be used to expand international marketing channels, invest in research and development, and provide technology for new products at the growth stage, repayment of loans to financial institutions, and working capital.

JDF’s dividend policy is not less than 50% of the total profit from the company’s individual financial statements after deducting corporate income tax and other reserves.

However, the payment of dividends depends on the company’s performance, financial condition, liquidity, investment and future business expansion plans, market conditions, suitability and other relevant factors.

Large shareholders of JDF after IPO

1) Hosajakul family and

2) Ratna herself who is the co-founder of the company. Both own 75% of the lion’s share
Total shareholding.

For more information on JDF, please see the Company’s prospectus on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at www.sec.or.th.

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SoFi Automated Investment – Is Return Worth It?

SoFi Automated Investment – Is Return Worth It?

The SoFi Robo-Advisor platform seems to have it all – no management fees and just $ 1 to get started. There are many features for portfolio diversification, from access to advisors to various ETFs. This sounds great, especially for those who do not have much experience in automated investing. The big question is whether it is worth it. The most obvious way to come to a conclusion is to analyze SoFi automated investment returns.

SoFi Robo-Advisor Returns

Robo Advisor Year to Date (YTD) to September 2020
SoFi Automatic Investment 4.10%

What we see here is that SoFi offers a pretty consistent return but it may not be as high as you think, but after deducting the fee.

Just to give you a better idea, we’ve compared SoFi to the other big-name Robo-advisors out there that we often see in Modest Mani here.

What we see here is that SoFi offers a pretty consistent return but it may not be as high as you think, but after deducting the fee.

Just to give you a better idea, we’ve compared SoFi to the other big-name Robo-advisors out there that we often see in Modest Mani here.

Robo Advisor Year to Date (YTD) to September 2020
Improvement 5.49%
M1 Finance 0.79%
Wealthfront -0.30%
Resources are simple 5.35%

How do I evaluate Robo-Advisor returns?

In general, we know that Robo-Advisors is a good option because you are not paying human advisors. In other words, AI is much cheaper. Robo-advisors are generally less risky, and most of your money will go to stable ETFs that are also low cost.

While people can fly and make decisions and make appropriate adjustments, it is difficult for robo-advisors to do so because they operate from an algorithm. The sophistication of the algorithm behind your AI advisor will have a big impact on your return.

Future performance success can be difficult to project because the past is not indicative of the future – but it gives you a beautiful idea. We believe that the best way to evaluate Robo-Advisor’s performance and potential future returns is to compare it to a benchmark (S&P 500 is a good one).

How often does the Robo-Advisor fall short, match or exceed the effectiveness of a long-term and trusted stock index?

Before you come to a conclusion you need to confirm the account for all fees and deductions. Online investment platforms that offer access to human advisors are always at the top of our list.

Is it worth investing in SoFi Auto?

After seeing the potential SoFi automated investment returns, are the results worth it?

As we have seen, the returns are quite standard and slightly on the high end even when you compare it with some other Robo investment platforms. We return after the percentage fee presented above.

Wealthsimple and Betterment, two titans in the Robo-investor niche, have higher returns, but is that what you should consider?

Let’s compare SoFi with Betterment (which has historically higher returns), Wealthfront, which gives negative returns.

Although the return with SoFi is lower than that of Betterment, it may end up (depending on your total assets) as SoFi has a 0.25% management fee, but Betterment, like Wealthfront, takes 0.25% annually.

SoFi doesn’t even have a minimum account, so you can go at your own pace, when you need at least $ 500 for your wealthfront. Betterment also has a minimum account, but $ 10 should not create a dent for most people.

All things considered Wealthfront are very expensive compared to competitors. However, it does give you the promotion of asset management up to বিনামূল্যে 5,000 free. Betterment promotion up to one year with a qualified deposit.

What’s great about SoFi is that you get career counseling and loan discounts with a qualified deposit, all for free. Not only that, there are no advisory or administrative fees and investors can choose from a wide range of portfolio options.

Remember when we mentioned that access to real-person advisors gives a platform a high place in our list? Well, SoFi qualifies because it gives you unlimited Certified Financial Planner (CFP) access.

We always try to be as neutral as possible, so we’ll give you a few things to consider when looking at whether SoFi is worth the return on auto investment.

For one thing, there is no tax-loss crop. It may not be a big deal, but it is a feature that is offered by numerous competitors which is very simple. This is a very new platform, which makes some people skeptical and we understand that. There is an account fee of $ 75 when you want to transfer.

Bottom line

What is the value of SoFi? Considering everything, including fees and promotions, we must say that the return on SoFi automatic investment is definitely worth it. While the return may not be as high as some of its other famous competitors, but when you consider everything, you get a pretty good deal. Enter SoFi’s contract here.

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James Novello, Life and Resilience Coach

James Novello, Life and Resilience Coach

James Novello is a professional life and resilience instructor, and a former paramedic firefighter from the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD).

He has worked with SFFD for many years, has responded to more than 25,000 emergencies, and has received numerous special certificates during his tenure. While working with SFFD, James never had any doubt in his mind that being a paramedic firefighter was his real challenge and would be his career until retirement age.

However, after several notable, on-the-job injuries, James came to the conclusion that he would not be able to finish his career as a full-time first responder তার his injuries were so extensive and debilitating. He could not move as fast and easily as once. And the pain was getting worse.

While in light duties and fulfilling the role of a peer support in the department, James Novello had an epiphany about his career path: he had all the skills and experience needed to be a life and resilient coach and he loved to help when needed. After considering it for some time and discussing the matter with friends and loved ones, he decided to pursue it as a profession and since then he has not looked back. James Novello lives with his family in the Excelsior district of San Francisco, California.

What do you currently do in your company?

I am a life and resilient coach. I advise clients on how to deal with any illness, injury, or mental and emotional problems they may have. This can take the form of helping them talk through physical training, diet planning, career counseling or personal issues.

What was the inspiration behind your business?

I suffered several injuries while on the job, and as a result, I was assigned to light jobs in the San Francisco Fire Department. One of the things I’ve done in my light duty is working as a peer support counselor. In that role, I not only participated in some very enlightening and informative workshops and seminars, I also worked as a mentor and mentor for some of my colleagues Paramedic First Response. It was this experience that made me the path to life and resilience coaching.

What defines the way you do business?

Mindfulness is a big part of my business approach. At its core, mindfulness is the habit of accepting thoughts and feelings that occur instead of trying to change the way the mind reacts. I find it an incredibly useful tool for me and my clients.

What can you share in being productive?

I think concentrating on both short-term and long-term goals is the single biggest key to productivity. In today’s world it’s hard not to be distracted by news, gossip, games or other distractions — literally a whole billion dollar industry has been set up to confuse as many people as possible for as long as possible (e.g. Internet algorithms). In addition, it is easier for people to get stuck in their own head by over-analyzing personal situations. It’s a great challenge to get rid of all this clutter and stay focused on the really important ones, but I believe that this is the only way to get something really valuable.

Say a long-term goal in your career.

It’s easy. I just want to use my skills and experience to help as many people as possible go through the rough patches in their lives.

What would you say to your little self?

I would tell my younger relatives to enjoy your body in a stable and top position. You never know when an injury may be born that compromises your ability to move freely and without pain. I would say to be grateful and to value the family more than money. Choosing a career is easy for the body but intellectually challenging is something I have learned to nurture and give to anyone.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned through your career?

Don’t delay in improving your life. Once you’ve figured out what you want, start working on implementing it now. I’m talking primarily about career goals, but this advice also applies to personal achievement and all kinds of positive change. I have found this method of thinking wonderful for many of my clients, especially those who are suffering from trauma and distress. It helps them to work through whatever problems they may encounter. In fact, I’ll add my own testimonials. During the most difficult period of my life, it was taking the bull by the horns and actually taking steps to implement my goals that helped me get out of my own predicament. However, no matter what you feel strongly about, start working on it right away – even if it only takes small steps. Over time, accomplishing those small steps will add real and meaningful progress toward your ultimate goal.

What advice would you give to others who are aspiring to be successful in your case?

When it comes to life and resilience coaching, it’s best to listen to your clients. They will tell you everything you need to know to help them, be it through conversation, subtext or sometimes even body language — but you have to accept it. I can’t underscore how important both hearing and logical reasoning are to succeed in this profession.

What are some of your favorite things outside of work?

Initially, I like to hang out and spend quality time with my family. I make sure to schedule regular trips with them, as I believe this is a great way to maintain happiness in your life. Low-impact sports are also one of the main activities I use to maintain my health.

What are some of the most influential books you’ve ever read?

I’ll give you two titles. First, The strength of a positive team By John Gordon. That book outlines the importance of having a positive attitude in the workplace and shows how teams with a positive attitude increase success rates. Second, I recommend Dopamine race By Dr. Anna Lembeck. This is a technically oblique book, as it breaks down several studies and clearly explains the relationship of our activities to the body’s path to dopamine reward. Dr. Lamb gives a description of scientific research in neuroscience which ultimately proves why some activities actually yield happiness while some unhealthy activities do not.


TAT Announces New Natural Sankran 2022 Festival

TAT Announces New Natural Sankran 2022 Festival

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hosting ‘Amazing Sankran 2022 Celebrations’ at 10 temples in Bangkok and ‘Sankran Music Heritage Festival 2022’ in Ayutthaya and Songkhla, as well as supporting other Sankran festivals in Bangkok, Chiang and Chiang. Samut Prakan.

One of the largest and most important annual festivals in Thailand, Sankran is a religious festival in its purest form, full of Buddhist and Brahmin traditions. Marking the end of a 12-month cycle when the sun goes down in April and traditionally there was a gap between rice harvesting and planting, Thailand’s Sokkran is officially celebrated on April 13-15 as a three-day national holiday, although the celebrations may go on longer – in some places one Until the week.

“The Royal Thai Government has approved the Songkran 2022 Festival to promote universal resistance and COVID-free setting guidelines and to highlight the traditional and cultural aspects of the festival. For example, TAT emphasizes respecting the centuries-old origins and traditions of the Thai New Year, a time when families come first, elders are honored, and people visit temples to take part in ancient ceremonies. “

Mr. Uthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor

This year, all Sokkran festivals organized or supported by TAT will be held in accordance with the Universal Prevention Guidelines against COVID-19. All participants were asked to adhere strictly to these rules, including being fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine, or showing negative test results using an antigen test kit that lasted no longer than 72 hours.

Sankran 2022 Festival organized by TAT

‘Amazing Sankraan 2022 Celebrations’ at 10 Temples in Bangkok April 9-17

TAT has scheduled 10 temples in Bangkok’s old quarters to celebrate the Thai New Year’s century-old origins and traditional festivals that honor the tradition; E.g. Wat Arun, Wat Pho, Wat Rakang, Wat Suthat, Wat Kalyanmit, Wat Prayun, Wat Ratchanatdaram, Wat Mahathat, Wat Saket (Fu Khao Thong), and Watt Rachabofit.

Throughout the nine days, visitors are invited to take part in the first phase of the Thai New Year Song name Fra Capture moments of activity, and a special photo corner and augmented reality (AR) spot, as well as enjoy lucky draws and collect souvenirs.

Especially on April 13-15, TAT has organized a special festival What’s the matter And Watt Rachabofit, Including traditional culture and performance; E.g., Kill Masked dances, Thai-style antiphone songs, and Thai puppet shows, as well as exhibits of authentic Thai dessert making and fruit carving.

‘Sankran Music Heritage Festival 2022’ April 12-21, in Ayutthaya and Songkhla

TAT has chosen Ayutthaya Wat Fra Ram and the old town of Songkhla as the venues for ‘Sankran Music Heritage 2022’ to raise local and international awareness of the historical and cultural significance of both places. Festivals in both places will present entertaining elements of the modern day as well as honor the centuries-old culture and traditions of Sokran.

Ayutthaya Wat Fra Ram ATAT has organized many old-fashioned ceremonies and celebrations, including Song name Fra Activity, ready Chedi Sai Or sand dunes, an exhibition of unique handicraft products for the province; E.g., weaving Pla-ta-pian Fish Mobile (symbol of good health and prosperity), and traditional culture and performance; E.g., Kill Mask dance and Like Thai Opera Theater. It will also sell handicraft products and famous food fairs in and around Ayutthaya.

The temple itself will be decorated in the traditional Sankra environment, and will have two unique symbols of the province – the elephant and Pla-ta-pian Fish – creatively different shapes and sizes; E.g. Pla-ta-pian Fish mobile tunnels, bamboo elephants, and ‘No. ChuenzaiPla-ta-pian Archaeological remains near the fish mascot will be brightly illuminated.

In the old town of SonkhlaTAT has also organized many old-fashioned ceremonies and celebrations, including Song name Fra Activity, ready Chedi Sai, An exhibition of the province’s famous food; E.g., Eat yam Or spicy rice salad and traditional serving; E.g., Nora Dance drama Meanwhile, a mapping story will be presented ‘No. Match‘, The Mermaid Mascot is specially designed for the event to honor the Golden Mermaid statue at Samila Beach – Sonkhala’s most photographed tourist attraction. The fair will also sell handicraft products and famous food of Sonakhla and almost the province.

The old town of Songkhla, surrounded by colorful Sino-Portuguese style houses, will also be brightly lit and decorated with a twist to the traditional surroundings of Songkhran, reflecting the city’s former glory as a commercial center of southern Thailand. Key items include Thai-style bird cages and kites, as well as brightly colored party flags that will be used to decorate the city with a combination of Chinese lanterns and color combinations with Nora’s beaded dress. Meanwhile, Ko Yo’s famous hand-knitted fabric will be in the landmark specially made for photography opportunities.

Especially during the three-day holiday, April 13-15, TAT has scheduled music concerts featuring famous Thai bands and singers in both Ayutthaya and Songkhla.

Visitors to the TAT-hosted Songkran 2022 event are encouraged to wear traditional Thai time clothing, Thai attire or polite smart casual attire.

Songkran 2022 festival supported by TAT

‘The ICONIC Songkran Festival 2022’ from April 8-17 at ICONSIAM in Bangkok.

The main festivals will focus on the traditional and cultural aspects of Sokran, including Song name FraAnd Rot name Dam Hua – A ceremony to pay homage to the elders, family-centered activities, kite display, qualification activities and a replica of a Thai temple fair.

‘Water Festival’ by Thai Beverage PLC (Thaibev) in 6 Thai cities

April 13-15, 2022, at 9 historic piers along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok; Namely Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Prayun, Wat Kaleyanamit, Wat Rakang, Maharaj Peer, Long 1919, Succium in Iconium and Asiatic the Riverfront.

April 13-15, 2022, Lanna Ancient House, Charoen Prathet Road, Chiang Mai.

April 13, 2022, at Inthangyos Road, Muang Lamphune.

April 13-14, 2022, at Ban Chiang Archaeological Site, Udon Thani.

April 13-14, 2022, at Wat Chaisi, Mueang Khon Kaen.

April 11-12, 2022, in the old town of Phuket.

‘Name Thip Pai Mai Muang Chiang Mai’ April 12-16, in Chiang Mai

This old-fashioned celebration of creation ‘Name Thip’ Or “Lustral Water” was first introduced by TAT last year using water from three sacred water sources, the Wat Buffarum, Doi Ankhang or Doi Inthanon, and the Ping River, which were part of the 108 sacred water sources received for King Rama’s coronation. X.

This year, the event will be held again on April 12 to mark the 726th anniversary of Chiang Mai, and will use water from three sacred water sources, Wat Fa Lat, Wat Pa Dot, Wat Dap Pai, and six additional sources. Wat frathat doi suthep, wat tharthip chai pradit, and wat ft n.

This is the year of creation ‘Name Thip’ The Wat Frathat Doi is scheduled to be held in Suthep on April 10, and a total of 10,726 bottles of Lustral Water will be delivered at 10 distribution points in Chiang Mai on April 12-16 through advance registration. Visitors are encouraged to visit these temples which boast great lanna architecture.

Fra Pradeng Sankran Festival 2022 from 22-24 April in Samut Prakan

Occurring in Fra Pradeng City Hall, it is one of the most interesting ways to celebrate the Sankran in Thailand. Fra Pradaing is a place where locals traditionally observe Monday ceremonies and their New Year’s traditions are very different from those found in the rest of the country. For a start, the festivities take place a little later, and feature a spectacular flower parade, colorful traditional costumes, a parade of local Mon people, a Miss Sankran parade, and a variety of cultural activities, including a Mr and Miss. Sankran beauty contest. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in talent-building activities at local temples, pay homage to the elders of the community and enjoy folk dramas and cultural performances, as well as enjoy the famous food of Fra Prading.

Culture and tradition to enjoy in Thailand

Go to the temple

Like Christmas in the West and New Year’s in China, Thailand’s transition is when families travel long distances to get together. And on Sankran Day (April 13), Thais visit their local temple to pay homage to the Buddha portrait and wish good luck for the new year.

The main activity is pouring fragrant water over the holy Buddha statue in the temple – a ritual called Song name Fra. It seems that in the past, the lustral water used to clean Buddhist statues was considered to be spiritually cleansing and so was collected and gently poured on family members for good luck – which is called Rot name Dam Hua.

You don’t have to go to the temple to carry this captivating tradition of bathing Buddha statues. Many malls and shops have their own pictures of the Buddha in a bowl of perfumed water, so that people get a chance. Song name Fra Wherever they remember, the water is poured on the body and not on the head of the Buddha. This water is traditionally perfumed with a perfume called perfume Op acceptance.

Build a sand pile

Don’t be surprised to see a large sand castle on the site of the temple around Songcran. These are made as a way to take the world off the shoes of the people who come to pray throughout the year. These Chedi SaiAs they are known they are often decorated with flags, colored pebbles and money, and families or groups of friends work together to create them.

Respect adults

A captivating element of the song, often overlooked by visitors, is the Thai family’s tradition of paying tribute to the elderly. This is usually done on the second day of transition (April 14) and the young prepare roses and jasmine water. Op acceptance They are told to wash their parents’ hands in perfumed water Rot name Dam Hua. In return, the parents bless the children marked with jasmine garlands.

Last but not least, please note that this year the Royal Thai Government has banned water splashing, powder smearing and foam parties in the Sankran location and in public areas. The sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages at event venues is also prohibited.

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