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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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    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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    Giving a fair chance

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 19/01/2018

    » People with special needs may be able to receive education but they haven't been given a fair chance in terms of employment. And that's exactly what Max Simpson wants to change. The 31-year-old educator is the co-founder of Steps with Theera (stepswiththeera.com), a cafe on Ekamai Soi 10 that is staffed by trainees with cognitive disabilities. It also functions as a vocational training centre for them. Through showing what they are capable of, Max hopes, those born with cognitive disabilities will be given more opportunities to work and contribute to society.

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    Travelling Thaiger

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 01/12/2017

    » We first interviewed Thai-German Michael Biedassek for his role as the co-founder of bangkokvanguards, a unique travel agent which explores undiscovered paths in Bangkok. Michael is also involved in raising awareness on preserving local communities and organising the "Santa Cause" (http://fb.com/SantaCauseBangkok) event every year to provide gifts and necessities for less privileged children and their families. We wondered what he had been up to lately and what the upcoming Santa Cause would entail.

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    The rhythm of self-mastery

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 24/11/2017

    » Katsumi Sakakura is a world-renowned Japanese artist/performer known for his spectacular video projection performances. He syncs his martial arts movements perfectly with a projection of Japanese imagery on a screen, delivering adrenaline-pumping performances. His group ORIENTARHYTHM travels around the world to perform at various events and on TV shows but it has been a long journey for Katsumi to get to where he is today. When we learned that his group will fly to Bangkok to perform at the opening of the Asian Football Confederation Annual Awards on Nov 29, we couldn't resist an opportunity to talk to this fascinating man.

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    Power to her

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 29/12/2017

    » 2017 has been the year of women speaking up and standing up for themselves. And while there's definitely a long way to go in terms of gender equality, especially in Asia, it's inspiring to learn about AKIN ASIA in the Big Mango that seeks to empower and connect women from different walks of life. Hosting events like social dinners, workshops and panels, AKIN ASIA creates opportunities for networking and a space for women to share and discuss ideas. Guru spoke to Nicola Jones-Crossley, founder of AKIN ASIA, about the inspiring work she is doing.

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    The Polish Japanese chef

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 29/09/2017

    » Polish Pawel Viktorek moved to Thailand this year in February, joining Zuma Bangkok as the executive chef. The izakaya Japanese restaurant with a fine-dining twist is world renowned, with branches in major cities and the Bangkok branch recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. And you may be wondering what a Polish guy is doing in a Japanese kitchen. Originally from a small village where Japanese food was unheard of, the 33-year-old chef cultivated his passion, fascination and deep respect for the cuisine over years of travelling to Japan in search for the best ingredients. We talked to him about his culinary journey thus far.

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    More than just a role to play

    Guru, Catherine Faulder, Published on 06/10/2017

    » Kelly B Jones is pretty well known in Bangkok’s acting circles; in recent years, among many roles, she played the lead in Culture Collective’s play Death of Miss America and was in two feature films by Asylum Films, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and Troy 2, which is due to to come out at the end of October. But Guru, enamoured also by her ability to juggle different roles outside the world of acting, decided to sit down with the talented actress and voice-talent to dig deeper into her quest for making the planet more eco-friendly, one school at a time. Her current position as Director of IPC Green International Preschool and Nursery, Bangkok’s first eco-friendly school, is testament to this journey we all need to start walking, together. Read on to find out more about how Kelly balances her calling for acting with her passion to make the world a greener place.

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    The dandy photographer

    Guru, Published on 08/09/2017

    » Whoever said you can't do it all clearly hasn't heard of this guy. Fashion photographer, humanitarian and now curator: Kanachai 'Kit' Bencharongkul is catching everyone's eye, and not just for his dapper style or envy-inducing IG account. Far more than a globe-trotting son of telecom tycoon Boonchai, Kit has proven himself to be a tireless and wholehearted worker. He has shot covers for magazines such as Lips, Monocle and E; hosted Who Are You on TV and launched his own sweater brand (@KitB_Brand) from which all profits go to charity. But that's not all. He is also the curator of the ongoing "King of Kings" exhibition at MOCA Bangkok, a photo exhibition in tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. We asked Kit a few questions about his work, style and what curating this significant exhibition involves.

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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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