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    Communities, Not Spaces

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 20/04/2018

    » With a branch in Asoke and a recently-opened one in Sathon, Glowfish Offices may seem like just another company jumping into the ever-expanding list of office spaces popping up all around the city. However, Glowfish doesn't want those using their offices to just come, work and leave, but wants to form a community -- not an easy task. Guru sat down with Gavin Vongkusolkit, Glowfish's CEO, to discuss how he plans to achieve this.

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    The 5th wave of coffee

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 13/04/2018

    » Lee Ayu Chuepa is the Thai co-founder of Akha Ama Coffee and proprietor of the Akha Ama Cafés in Chiang Mai. Born to the Akha hilltribe, Lee was working with an NGO in Chiang Mai when he decided to turn his village's then unprofitable coffee plantations into a world class product. Converting to organics and refining quality control, within a year, Akha Ama coffee was selected for the World Cup Coffee Tasters. Lee was awarded the Thailand Smart Farmer Award in 2016. Guru spoke to him at last month's {Re} Food Forum.

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    Making "Popp" art

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 06/04/2018

    » Artist, illustrator and musician, Peera Suk-a-sa, better known as Clubpopp, has designed various artwork for installations and album covers in his signature retro pop art style. His latest project, "Escape X Clubpopp", a collaboration with Escape Hotels in Hua Hin and Khao Yai, aims to turn the resorts into a hip and vibrant destination inspired by pop culture of the 80s, by installing modern pop art in and around them. The installations will run until Aug 31.

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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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    Food waste engineers

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 30/03/2018

    » Benjamin Lephilibert is the founder of LightBlue Environmental Consulting, a Bangkok based firm aiming at maximising the profitability of hotels and government agencies while minimising social and environmental footprints. A pioneer for food waste prevention, Lephilibert contributed to the design of The Pledge On Food Waste. In Thailand, he works with Club Med, Accor, Hilton and Sampran hotel groups, to name a few. Guru had a chat with him at last week's {Re} Food Forum.

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    All Roads Lead to Romain

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 23/03/2018

    » If you saw him walking down the street, you'd think he's your typical working farang living in the Big Mango. But Romain Guiot is a chef in a restaurant that he owns, the co-owner of an art gallery/tattoo shop/bar, and a distributor of a German spray paint product and he's only been living in Bangkok for four years. Not surprisingly, he studied French cuisine, fine arts and mechanical engineering to work on wind turbines back in Europe before deciding to travel around Southeast Asia and finally settling in Bangkok, where he also had a brief stint teaching yoga. He's cooking up new ventures so Guru caught up with him to talk about his restaurant, Outlaw Creative Cuisine, and Maison Close, the art gallery/tattoo shop/bar, and future projects.

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    Taking art to the streets

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 16/03/2018

    » Unless you've been living under a rock, you must have come across, on your Facebook newsfeed, artwork inspired by a recent scandal where Italian-Thai Development president was caught with hunting rifles and carcasses, one of which was a black leopard. In the aftermath, artists have protested with their powerful artwork in hope that due justice will be delivered. Noted Thai street artist Piyasak "Mauy" Khiaosa-ard is one of those artists and his cause/muse has always been the animals. You may also remember him from the Stranger Things floor mural he did in front of BACC for Netflix in October last year. We talked to Mauy about how street art can help drive a social movement.

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    Keeping Bangkok beautiful, naturally

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 09/03/2018

    » Ukrainian Maria Kalita and her husband own and operate Bangkok Soap Opera, an online shop that specialises in natural cosmetics. Kalita is a passionate soap maker with a great love for natural and health products. Her firm belief is that "Natural should not be expensive", so her handmade soap bars are priced at one baht per gram. Choosing local Thai herbs and old fashion methods help Kalita create 100% natural products, full of active ingredients and love. She also conducts workshops to help spread her vision for making and using natural cosmetics.

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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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    Life cycle

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 23/02/2018

    » Exercise is considered painful and off-putting for some people. In a city like Bangkok where stress can run high and traffic can eat away at your "me time", people find it hard to put a round in at the gym or are too tired at the end of the day. The cheap food all over the city doesn't help either. But Absolute Cycle is set to change your perspective on exercise with rhythm cycling, a fun and energising way to shed kilos. A special treat for Bangkokians is that Sunny Walters, a New York native who has instructed SoulCycle sessions in the US and has worked as a professional dancer for the likes of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, as well as appearing in the musical film The Greatest Showman, is serving as guest instructor for six months at Absolute Cycle. Guru asked her a few questions on rhythm cycling and what she's looking forward during her time in the City of Angels.

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