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    Thailand's female national cyclist is armed and ready

    Guru, Catherine Faulder, Published on 04/08/2017

    » We sat down with Jutatip Maneephan (Beaze Za), the Thai national team's number one female cyclist who has won gold medals at both Asian Games and SEA Games. She will be going to the 29th SEA Games 2017 in Malaysia this month. Athletes are not made in a day and Beaze Za has been competing since her pre-teens. She's also now currently doing military service and working at the Weapon Production and Defence centre. To follow her in her cycling journey to the SEA games, or to learn more about her day-to-day life, do follow her on Facebook (fb.com/Jutatip-Maneephan).

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    Thailand's first lady to sail the olympics

    Guru, Catherine Faulder, Published on 22/04/2016

    » Just last month, after a long week of challenging race conditions in Abu Dhabi, Kamolwan "Bam" Chanyim achieved her dream of becoming the first Thai woman to qualify for the Olympics sailing competition. Hers, a Laser Radial, was similar to what His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej used to sail. Inspired by our 20-year-old national athlete, Guru sat down with Bam to find out more about the young lady who made a momentous imprint on Thai sailing history.

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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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    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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    Flower and filmmaker

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 16/02/2018

    » Anucha Boonyawatana is a Thai transgender, independent filmmaker and founder of G-Motif. Her thesis film Down The River in 2004, won her the Young Thai Artist Award. She went on to collaborate with the Thai-American Public Health Agency and Unesco to direct Love Audition in 2008, which promoted health and relationships among Thai gay teens. In 2015, she made a directorial debut with The Blue Hour, which premiered at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. Her latest feature film, Malila: The Farewell Flower, has been shown at several film festivals around Asia, having won the Kim Ji-seok award at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival. The romantic drama movie follows the relationship between two men, played by Sukollawat Kanaros and Anuchyd Sapanphong. It premiered in Thailand yesterday, so if you are bored of the usual mainstream movies, buy yourself a ticket be ready to ponder the fragility of life.

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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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    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 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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    The philanthropic photographer

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 22/09/2017

    » Surachai "Pui" Saengsuwan, L'Officiel Thailand's fashion editor and photographer, is known for his work in various Thai fashion magazines as well as reality competition shows such as The Face and The Face Men Thailand. But you may not know that he has been behind the lens of several photography projects to raise awareness around serious causes. He collaborated with Tom Potisit, also a well-known fashion photographer, to create "Anatomy 101" in 2015 to raise awareness on organ donation. In July last year, he created an online campaign for the Pic-A-Pet4Home shelter where he photographed handsome cadets with their canine friends to raise awareness on dog adoption. We talked to him about his latest project for Down Syndrome Hero Thailand (fb.com/downsyndromeherothailand) to de-stigmatise those who are born with the condition.

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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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