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    The million dollar blogger

    Guru, Catherine Faulder, Published on 03/06/2016

    » In case you didn't know, there are 197 countries in the world. And Johnny Ward has now visited 193 of them. Guru was lucky enough to meet the Irishman, a hugely successful and famous travel blogger (www.onestep4ward.com), whose mission for the last 10 years has been to visit every country, while making millions and never working a 9-5.

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    The new black gold

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 24/08/2018

    » Canadian Blake Dinkin is the creator and owner of the world's rarest and most expensive coffee, refined naturally by elephants — Black Ivory Coffee. Partnering with Ban Taklang in Surin and the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, Dinkin produces "elephant dung coffee". However, production of Black Ivory Coffee provides valuable income for elephant care-giving families, as well as students who are taught how to wash and dry the coffee. The mission of Black Ivory Coffee is to take a negative situation, namely human-elephant conflict and turn it into a positive one by creating a luxury product that helps not hurts elephants, as Dinkin tells Guru.

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    Ready to party in Pattaya

    Guru, Chris Raufeisen, Published on 14/07/2017

    » Luis Del Villar is a Spanish DJ a lot of people worldwide are listening to right now. His track Ibiza Sensations has garnered over 22 million downloads worldwide and he's been number one on iTunes for his genre in over 20 countries. When he's not making hits, he's touring all over the world, performing at festivals like ULTRA and Tomorrowland (including Tomorrowland 2017). He currently holds DJ residencies at The W in Barcelona and Doha Qatar. This week he will be performing in Pattaya at Fat Coco Beach Club for its opening party! Guru got in touch with the internationally acclaimed artist for an exclusive interview!

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    Music has a new voice

    Guru, Narada Sai-ngam, Published on 21/04/2017

    » Electronic duo X0809 (X-O-Eight-O-Nine) has pushed many boundaries in the Thai music scene in a way that we rarely see. Note Panayanggool, best known for being first runner-up in the seventh season of The Star and Anya "Yale" Muangkote first met at Chula due to a shared interest in music and sports, before eventually forming X0809. The dynamic duo produces their own music with unconventional style and visuals, having released English-language singles like the dark and hypnotic -30 and the more catchy HO. The colourful music video of the latter, the duo's latest single, has amassed over one million views on the band's Facebook page alone within one month. Their fresh sound has reached both Thai and international audiences and they have represented Thailand at various music festivals. We had a fun chat with the duo ahead of their upcoming EP, X. Check them out at fb.com/x0809.

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    Dancing queen

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 23/09/2016

    » Hailed as a woman who has revived modern tap dance, Sarah Reich commands a strong following -- her YouTube videos have garnered almost 1 million views. Fusing a funky street style and catchy beats of today with classic tap techniques, it's not just swing music that she taps into: Lady Gaga's Bad Romance and Star Wars theme songs are among her playlist. The tap awakens, indeed.

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    ShopBack, The Ultimate Middle Man

    Guru, Chris Raufeisen, Published on 28/07/2017

    » Did you know that there is a way to make money every time you spend it? Say hello to ShopBack, the future of e-commerce. ShopBack is a mobile phone app with a lengthy list of stores, vendors, and services offering the cheapest deals on everything from air travel to high heels and every transaction made through this app rewards shoppers with a decent percentage of their cash back. How is this possible? ShopBack operates solely off commission from these vendors and services. They take a majority of that commission and return it to the buyer. At the forefront of ShopBack is Kawin Prachanukul, a young and ambitious marketing guru who is the co-founder and country head of ShopBack Thailand. He was raised in Bangkok and has a degree in marketing from Thammasat Business School. He's been in e-commerce since leaving university, joining the operations team at Lazada, and then moving to Uber in 2014. Through his expertise and experience, he's made the leap to country head of this revolutionary start-up and was thrilled to give Guru the round-up on ShopBack.

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    Spiritual journeys on Bangkok's BTS

    Guru, Catherine Faulder, Published on 12/05/2017

    » Those familiar with the contemporary art circles of Thailand will know that Kamin Lertchaiprasert's name carries immense respect. The Silpakorn University graduate and former student of The Art Student League of New York has spent most of his career developing a deep interest in religion and philosophy. Previously known for co-founding The Land Foundation that turned rice fields into spaces for site-specific art and architectural projects, as well as a number of international solo exhibitions, Kamin will now, potentially, be known for something even more soul awakening. He is currently crowdfunding a pioneering art project that will give Bangkok its first ever city-wide mobile installation. The campaign, "Universal Connections" is set to wrap an entire BTS train, inside and out, with pieces of art composed of "spiritual fractals". We sat down with the talented artist to find out more about this exciting project. If you're interested in seeing this ground-breaking project made possible — come on, won't you be glad to say good riddance to all that flashy corporate advertising we're bombarded with on a daily basis? — be sure to make your contribution to "Universal Connections" via the crowdfunding platform asiola.co.th.

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    Bangkok psycho's on our sofa

    Guru, Chris Raufeisen, Published on 02/06/2017

    » This week Guru chatted with the local artist and photographer Dop Ameen. Originally from France, he began his artistic pursuits here seven years ago during a solo motorcycle/ photography trip around Southeast Asia. He fell in love with what he captured and he's been pushing artistic boundaries in this hemisphere ever since. He has developed a series called Bangkok Psycho, a deviant art concept that focuses on the paradoxical tendencies of Bangkok and its dwellers. You can observe his latest works, "Bangkok Psycho — The Bride Edition" (goo.gl/PXuJyn) from Jun 8-15 at Maggie Choo's.

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    Twice the Magic, Twice the Madness

    Guru, Mika Apichatsakol, Published on 06/01/2017

    » Tada Piriyanupong, 26, is a Thai business arts major at ABAC who has lived most of his life in Dubai. Charles-Alexis Guenard, also studying at ABAC but in the faculty of communication arts, is a half-Thai and half-French 20-year-old who was born in France. Together, they form a charismatic magic duo known as "Charles The French and Tada" who perform all over the country in major hotels, shopping venues and occasionally on television. We had a chat with the pair and it was everything one could hope for in an interview — reeking with personality.

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    Feeding the world

    Asia focus, Published on 02/04/2018

    » Alan Willits has been a busy man since he arrived in Singapore in mid-2014 to oversee the continued expansion in Asia Pacific of Cargill, one of the world's biggest agribusiness and commodities trading businesses.

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