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    Hotel Insider

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 07/09/2018

    » With a passion for travelling, hotels have always had a special place in her heart for Wimintra Raj. As a child, her parents would take her to hotels where she enjoyed dining at the buffet and was mesmerised by the magical act of having her room looking nice and clean the next day. Today, she owns a factory for hotel uniforms and has partnered with an environmentally-friendly factory in China that produces recycled uniforms, as well as being the founder and editor-in-chief of, a business-to-business (B2B) publication. The website serves as a portal for news of all things hotels, hospitality and industry-related investment, and features hoteliers and chefs based in Thailand. A graduate in political science, Wimintra is undertaking a micro master's degree online for hospitality management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. As the website turns four this year, it will be hosting a panel discussion at Gaysorn Village on Sep 27 titled 'Communcation that Sells'.

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    Urban exploration

    Guru, Published on 06/07/2018

    » Have you ever been completely spellbound by photographs of deteriorating malls and hospitals? We certainly have, which is why we reached out to Dax Ward, the man who captured these places for us so we didn't have to. An American, Bangkok-based photographer, Ward's works have been featured in CNN Style, The Guardian, Lonely Planet and other well-known publications. His beautifully haunting photos of abandoned sites in Thailand are on display at "Abandonia", at Wishbeer the Vue on Charoen Nakhon 13 until Jul 24. We spoke to Ward about his love for the "abandoned".

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    The Doctor Will Call You Now

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 27/04/2018

    » Kanpassorn "Eix" Suriyasangpetch is co-founder of OOCA, an online platform with a website and a smartphone app to help connect people with psychiatrists and psychologists through video calls. The 28-year-old dentist, who graduated from Chiang Mai Univeristy, hopes OOCA will make it convenient for Thais all over the country to seek help for mental issues and avoid the stigma that comes with it.

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    The master chef of fermentation

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 02/03/2018

    » Phanuphon "Black" Bulsuwan, 35, is the chef and owner of Blackitch Artisan Kitchen in Chiang Mai. A self-taught cook, chef Black creates his daily menu based on season and culture, meaning that there is no specific cuisine to describe the dishes he makes. His restaurant's unique dining experience caters to only 16 guests per seating, served across two tables. He is also known as the local master of fermentation techniques, knowing about its misconceptions and the benefits it brings to the food ingredients. He has also partaken in many food events, the latest being Mad Face Food Week, which takes place until Sunday, at the Pepsi Pier on Charoen Nakhon Road.

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    Plant purvoyer

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 26/01/2018

    » Kachain "Kyng" Bodinittidej is a commercial producer who's behind many TV ads and a collector of rare and exotic plants. The 40-year-old adman also created a special fanzine titled "Mr. Brown", which features key figures in the first edition of Made By Legacy flea market and Thai vintage scene. The upcoming ninth edition of Made By Legacy, which takes place until Sunday at Pepsi Pier (go to our Activities page for more info), comes with a green twist. On top of vintage items and food, you'll be able to see and buy exotic plants, thanks to Kyng who curates and selects many plant and gardening shops, as well as plant collectors to showcase their green treasures. Not only it will serve as background for photo ops but also sources of awe, inspiration and appreciation for our green friends.

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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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    Abs, empathy and edge

    Guru, Catherine Faulder, Published on 02/12/2016

    » One hour with Chakrit Narula, a personal trainer at The Edge Boutique Gym ( and you feel like you've done your bit for the year. Despite his military approach to working out, what we like about Chakrit is his ability to relate with us normal humans who don't work out - or plan to - 24/7. We aren't robots and we're very much driven by realness and that "yeah I'll get round to it" mentality. We stumble. We fall. We fail. Chakrit's seen about every colour of the human condition when it comes to physical fitness, and this translates in his ability to motivate us. He wasn't always all abs and bones you know. Here's his story.

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    Travelling with a true heart

    Guru, Catherine Faulder, Published on 27/01/2017

    » This week, we sat down with Natalie Glebova, a remarkable woman whose name needs no introduction in our city. Travelling the world, becoming a mother and spearheading humanitarian causes that give back to communities are among some of the things she's been up to lately.

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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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    The localised dane

    Guru, Mika Apichatsakol, Published on 09/12/2016

    » If you've ever sourced any basic kitchenware from Central, you may own something of Scanproducts and not even know it. Established 20 years ago as a premium Danish homeware company in Thailand, Scanproducts has in recent years come out with local brand that is more relatable to this country's middle class homemakers. We had a chat with the company's founder, Danish fellow Jens Viggo Bergsoe, to learn more about "local brand by Scanproducts", the climate surrounding home décor in Thailand and a bit of his personal life, which only furthers the Scandinavian reputation for being model people.

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