The Hub – Changing Lives, Changing Futures

Bangkok sees a steady stream of travelers drawn in by its legendary hedonistic pleasures, ancient temples and chockablock markets. There are, of course, daily glimpses into Bangkok’s less-glamorous side; the beggar asleep in the doorway, the used needle in the kerb, the child begging. For too many, this is merely … Continue reading

Nan Khatai – Indian Spiced Shortbread

This week, Jagruti Dhanecha presents her new recipe on City Connect. Nan Khatai (Nan-khat-aa-ee) eggless biscuits originate from South Asia. They are extremley popular in India and Pakistan. Light, slightly crispy and nutty flavoured cookies; they just melt in your mouth and they are perfect with your tea or coffee. Delicate enough … Continue reading

Bagan: Burma’s Ancient City in Modern Myanmar

Thirteen centuries ago, the ancient kingdom of Pagan was the first to unify what we now know as Burma/Myanmar. At the kingdom’s height, the capital of Pagan was prosperous, deeply religious and a nexus of trade and learning. From 1044-1287, the wealthy citizens and their rulers built over 10,000 religious … Continue reading

Contact Training for Self Defence

This post is discussing the importance of contact training in martial arts, particularly in view of their effectiveness in self defence situations. Once I welcomed a new student in my club: he stated to be nearly at Dan level in his club back home.  He practiced a style of Korean … Continue reading

Cereal Chocolate Crispies

Crunchy cereal, dry fruits & coconut all coated in a golden syrup and scrumptious chocolate. Preparation time – 20 minutes Yields 24 Ingredients: 480 grams / 16 oz of Kellogg’s special fruit and nut cereal. 30 grams /1 oz butter 60 grams / 2oz desiccated coconut or coconut flakes 120 grams … Continue reading

Is Poetry the Real Food of Love?

Isn’t it funny how different buttons pressed at the right time can trigger the most imaginative and erotic experiences? Recently I was introduced to the Iranian poet, Rumi,  and up until that point my encounters of this nature extended only to English Romantics. I will always remember my interpretation of … Continue reading

Consider Shifting to an Online Program if You’re Unsatisfied with a Conventional Education Method

There’s no reason for you to stick with a traditional mode of learning if you don’t think you’re happy with it. You keep falling behind because of the rigid schedule. You also rush to school at all times because you’re juggling a lot on your plate. You work and raise … Continue reading

Bell Makers and Giant Mushrooms: Exploring the Unexpected

There’s something intrinsically satisfying about riding the train to the end of the line. Some thirteen hours out of Bangkok, Ubon Ratchathani  province is nearly at the Thai-Laos boarder. The city of same name to a working town with none of the picturesque colonial stylings, enduring cultural practices, sunny beaches … Continue reading

Turkish Eggplant and Red Pepper Dip

A delicious spicy and tasty dip with a smoked flavour. Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes Serves 6 Ingredients: I large dutch aubergine 1 red capsicum pepper 1 teaspoon salt Juice of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes 1 clove garlic … Continue reading

Chopstick Etiquette

Adrian Fernand – Australia’s most stylish agony uncle and etiquette guru – looks at using chopstick correctly and the different social protocols across certain Asian countries. More Westerners seem to know the annoying little piano ditty better than how to use chopsticks correctly. Often one’s education is imparted by one’s … Continue reading