Behind The Price Tag Of Japanese Mudballs

Mudballs are viewed in many countries as something ordinary and its elegance often overlooked. A lot of people are missing out because dorodango mudballs are not only beautiful but the process of making them is quite fun. The smooth balls are formed by using a mix that is soil-based and then it is rolled by hand. The process alone can help calm the maker and the challenge lies in making a perfect shaped one because they are very fragile and can crack very easily. Achieving the perfect sheen can also be a challenge in making the mudballs.

The dorodango that are created by Kiyoko Miki looks like pretty jewels. They are available in different sizes. There are mudballs that have earth-like texture while there are those that have been painted with intricate designs.

According to Miki, 62 years old, she made some improvements with the traditional method used in making dorodango in order to let people feel more of the soil’s texture.

Miki started serving as the head of the jury that is judging the dorodango tournament held every year in Tokoname located in Aichi Prefecture.

Miki is a resident of Yokohama and learned how the art with the help of a plasterer named Shinkichi Enomoto. He is also making soil paintings with the aid of mud and towels instead of the traditional paint and brushes.

She is currently teaching dorodango classes wherein the students got the opportunity to learn about the technique she uses in plastering which is utilized in earthen walls.

The first thing that needs to be done when molding dorodango is to make sure the base material is ready. This is accomplished by mixing soil which is clay-based with straw as well as silica sand.

Miki said that the mudballs will remain soft unless clay-based soil is used in the process.

Silica is used to make sure the mudballs will be free from cracks while the straw is the binding material between the soil and sand.

Once the rolled mudballs are done, it is left to be dried under the sun for a number of days before it is recoated with the soil mix. This is done until the right form is perfected. A plasterer in Sydney and anyone interested can easily learn the skills in doing dorodango.

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How To Start Coding Career With Javascript Training

With all the computer programming languages developed, JavaScript remains in demand not just among computer programmers but among big companies as well. As a matter of fact, JavaScript is utilized by a majority of companies found in Fortune 500. If you want to launch your programming career, your first step is to take a Javascript training. Here’s how.

Look for a reputable training centre

The first thing you should look for is a training centre where you can take Java training. There are several offline and online learning centres that you can check into. Find out if the training centre offers your needed training lessons including important details such as the academic and professional background of the instructors, the duration of the training and the amount at which the course is offered. You should also check the number of students trained by the learning centre including the ratings given by the students. It would also be good if you could check different training centres so you can compare important aspects mentioned such as the price and the qualifications of the instructors.

Pick the right course

If you are done with choosing the right training centre for you, the next step would be choosing the type of Javascript training to take. There are different types of training for Javascript. The type of training you should register into should be appropriate to the level of your knowledge. There are JavaScript basics wherein you would learn the foundations of JavaScript and how to build a program from scratch. There are also intermediate lessons and the more advanced training such as JavaScript 8 Using Eclipse.

Choose a suitable training delivery option

If you have already chosen a suitable training package for you, the next step would be to choose a training mode applicable to your preference. There is walk-in or Mentored Learning wherein you would go to the training centre to take lessons while there are also training schedule set by the learning institution through a publicly scheduled training. You can also take Javascript training at your preferred site and of course, the online training mode.

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Thailand’s New Retail Battlefields

This year, retail development is going to continue to expand with shopping malls pushing the retail space growth with drug stores, health and beauty as the latest retail battlefields.

New retail projects in Thailand

According to Surachet Kongcheep, the associate director of the Colliers International Thailand, there are 14 retail projects in the works in Bangkok and its districts this year. Of this total, seven are community malls, five are shopping malls, one is a retail plaza inside an office building, and one is a department store.

The new projects will create an area of 272,800 sq m of space. Of this total, 178,640 sq m is going to come from the shopping malls, 51,850 sq m will come from the community malls, 36,000 will come from the department stores and 6,310 sq m will come from office building retail spaces. As stated by the Thai Shopping Centre Association (TSCA), as of November 2016, retail space nationwide totalled to 18 million sq m, which came from 91 shopping projects.

Colliers mentioned that the seven community malls opening in the capital this year are ZY Walk Chula Soi 5 on Banthadthong Road, Canapaya on Ramma III Road, We Retail Nana on Sukhumvit Road, Happy Avenue Don Muang on Songprapa Road, Landmark Maachai on Rama II Road, Muang Thong City Park on Chaeng Watthana Road and Hyde Sukhumvit on Sukhumvit Road. The number of community malls opening this year is lower compared to the past years due to some community malls being less successful, according Mr Suracet.

Meanwhile, the only department store opening this year is Iconsiam with 36,000 sq m. Pearl Bangkok on Phahon Yothin Road is a retail space that has an area of 6311 sq m. Several small and big retail projects are also set to open in the provinces near Bangkok this year.

According to Chatrchai Tuongrattanaphan, the adviser to the Thai Retailers Association, the health and beauty industry is going to become the latest battlefield for 2017 since the country is moving towards an aging society and with people earning more, the demand also increases for this sector.

The health and beauty business last year is projected to value at greater than 280 billion baht. The Health and beauty stores are Watsons, Boots, Pure, Tsuruha, and Matsumoto Kiyoshi.

Conclusion

This is good news for Thailand’s growing industry. With the numerous projects about to rise, tourist arrivals will likely increase, too. Thus, the hotels will also benefit from this growth, such as the Sukhumvit hotels and other hotels near the locations of the new establishments.

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Vietnam’s High End Tourism Boom Due To Luxury Villas Along The Coast

There is a growing demand for urban property in Vietnam because of its strong economy and greater market transparency. Residential properties as well as hotel space have high demand because factories are bringing people into the cities. Services particularly tourism is seeing the biggest growth and now accounts for 44% of the economy.

Will Vietnam be the next China? The demographics are the same; it has a rapidly increasing middle class and an emerging Communist administration that is opening its doors to foreign investors. Some industries are relocating from China and this is resulting into Vietnam’s thriving economy. But Vietnam has a young population that is driving economic growth rapidly. When you travel around Vietnam, you will only see a few old people which puts the median age at 30. In China, the median age is 35. This means that bulk of Vietnam’s population is at the peak of productivity.

Ho Chi Minh City that used to be called Saigon is the second most popular market in Asia for residential property investments. Investors are focused on the small flats that have great appeal domestic buyers. Resorts are also mushrooming along Vietnam’s coast and usually include private villas in the development.

Most of the private villas face the sea or there is a swimming pool that can be shared by guests. For the price of $400,000 to $5 million, hotel developers are guaranteeing investors ROI of 6% to 10% annually. Vietnam has always been quite popular to backpackers but high end tourism is now being developed. Vietnam tourism hopes to attract visitors with thicker wallets and more money to spend. According to Knoema, Vietnam gains 13.9% of its economic output from tourism. Vietnam as a whole expects to continue with its tourism boom with 70% of the visitors spending time at the high end hotel rooms at the coast.

Many people would gladly stay at luxury pool villas in Hua Hin because they are near the beach. Hua Hin is one of the more popular tourist destinations in Thailand because of its seaside environment that is both relaxing and entertaining. You can sunbathe during the day and attend a beach party after dark.

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The Growing Interest Of Russian Investors For Dubai Property

Last August 2014, the ruble hit record low against the US dollar because of the ongoing financial crisis in Russia. Soon enough, the Russian currency begun to stabilize and now hovers at 62 to 65 rubles to the US dollar. This means that properties denominated in US dollars or currencies that have been pegged to it have become 28% cheaper in ruble terms.

According to the real estate portal PropertyTrader.ae a significant increase in inquiries for Dubai properties has been noted during the first half of 2016. Umer Ali, the sales director of the company, said that 6% of the overall traffic in January last year came from Russian investors. In July, traffic increased by 17%, a very significant upward trend. This shows that Dubai is still a very popular city for real estate investors in Russia.

Property firms in Russia confirm that the interest over Dubai property is back as more and more Russians are interested in property investment. Russians consider Dubai as a safe haven to park their money overseas particularly in brick and mortar investments. Dubai properties continue to be attractive to foreign investors but surprisingly, investments are no longer limited to the affluent Russians but investors with smaller budgets.

It is common for Russian investors to be attracted to the premium real estate of Dubai which is relatively cheaper if compared to other cities like London, New York, Paris, Hong Kong or Singapore. Dubai has a favorable climate and tax-free environment. The city has excellent health and transport infrastructures with abundant entertainment facilities that are very interesting to real estate investors.

Dubai ranks ahead of other popular cities in terms of inquiries from potential Russian investors. Among its advantages is the variety of elite properties that are being offered for comparatively low prices. Even studio flats and small apartments are getting a lot of inquiries.

In Thailand, one of the most popular investment options is investment property in Karon because of the potential revenue from tourist rentals. Phuket with its long stretches of beaches and natural beauty is very popular among tourists and a real estate investment guarantees generous profits.

 

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