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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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    Cultivating a love of reading in the digital age

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 12/01/2018

    » The Neilson Hays Library on Surawong Road has become a much-loved Bangkok institution since its foundation in 1869. It was designed by Italian architect Mario Tamagno and dedicated to the memory of Jennie Neilson Hays. The elegant neoclassical building houses some 20,000 books and magazines across many genres, the largest collection of English-language books in Thailand.

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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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    Cooking with a mission

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 22/12/2017

    » Sustainability isn't a gimmick at Haoma restaurant (fb.com/HaomaBKK) on Sukhumvit 31. The new restaurant by Deepanker "chef DK" Khosla is tucked deep in the soi, but it's worth the effort to get there if you want to try fresh flavours that are picked out of its mini farm. Although we didn't get to do a proper review, judging from a couple of dishes we had, we wouldn't be surprised if Haoma would be in the next edition of The Michelin Guide Bangkok. We spoke to the 28-year-old chef-proprietor about his culinary journey and his green ambition.

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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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    An eye for loafers

    Guru, Catherine Faulder, Published on 17/11/2017

    » If you're a loafer fan, then you'll probably know about the British footwear brand Duke & Dexter (D&D) which has been serving up some outlandish and wonderfully creative designs since 2014. After a successful launch in Japan, the brand just launched its first store in Bangkok at Siam Discovery, making Thailand its first office retail destination in Southeast Asia! We spoke to the man behind this very British brand that's now being sold in 100 countries worldwide, none other than its founder Archie Hewlett. To find out more, check out their store at Siam Discovery or visit www.dukeanddexter.com.

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    Setting sail

    Guru, Nimarta Narang, Published on 10/11/2017

    » Bangkok has its charms, and there have been plenty of people enticed by this city. Yuval Schwok is one of them. Having grown up in Paris with a liberal Jewish background, Yuval always had a strong desire to travel and seek adventure. He accidentally arrived in Bangkok 14 years ago, and never quite left as he has now lived here for 12 years. It is quite fitting then that his first project was called The Overstay — a hostel, music venue and creative space all in one offering more than a place to stay for travellers and visitors. But for the past three years, Yuval has also been developing a new project called Bangkok Island, a boat that is set to be a prime venue for music and art. He hopes for it to not be like any other boat cruise, but rather a destination for artists and live music. We had a chat with The Overstay's founder about his new project, the challenges he has encountered and his take on the event scene in Bangkok.

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    The dystopian director part II

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 03/11/2017

    » Writer/director Stephan Zlotescu first came into our radar after his acclaimed sci-fi short film titled True Skin, which was shot in Thailand four years ago and got picked by Amazon Studios for a possible TV series adaptation. True Skin depicts a dark future where enhancing your body with machine is the norm. Currently it is in development and Nicole Perlman, writer of Guardians of the Galaxy, has been attached to the project.

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    The theatre trap

    Guru, Published on 27/10/2017

    » Cian Green, half Thai/half English, is directing Bangkok Community Theatre's upcoming play titled Circle Mirror Transformation (www.bangkokcommunitytheatre.com). The play, written by Annie Baker, chronicles the experiences of five strangers from different walks of life who are brought together in a creative drama class. Through various acting exercises, monologues and games, the strangers slowly reveal themselves in the process of getting to know each other. This may be a case of art imitating life as Cian himself has an acting background, with the exercises and activities perhaps mirroring his own personal experiences. We spoke to the man himself to learn more about his take on the world of theatre and directing.

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