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    The rise of Thailand's techno queen

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 08/06/2018

    » From her humble beginnings as a rural country girl from Nakhon Ratchasima and working jobs in factories and IT to becoming one of Thailand's most prominent and leading female underground techno DJs today, Seephrai Mungphanklang, better known as Nakadia, was first exposed to the techno scene during her first trip to Europe in 2002, when she stepped inside a German club and saw German music producer Marusha perform. With a love for partying and techno music, it was this moment where her friend and manager Sebastian Lehmann encouraged her to become a DJ. She decided to learn the craft, buying vinyls and turntables, where she eventually started her career by DJ'ing at Koh Samui before moving to Berlin, Germany where she would ultimately perform all over the world to become the global sensation she is today. She previously performed for one night at Violett in Thong Lor back in May 25, and has recently been featured in Mixmag's latest episode of the Global Dancefloor documentary series, which focuses on three female DJs (Nakadia, Mendy Indigo and X0809) pushing the techno scene in Thailand. The techno queen is now set to embark on a European summer tour later this year which includes playing sets at world-famous gigs such as Elrow Ibiza and Tomorrowland, becoming the first Thailand DJ to play at the prestigious event.

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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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    Cycling Towards Victory

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 05/10/2018

    » Thai-American athlete Amanda Carr has always been competitive in the realm of BMX cycling. Born in Punta Gorda, Florida, the 28-year-old cyclist took up the sport at the age of five, deciding to compete professionally at the age of 16. After racing for USA Cycling and attempting to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games, she was approached by the Thai national team and decided to race with them. Carr had previously won the gold medal for the Women's BMX race category at the 2014 Asian Games held in Incheon, South Korea, as well as having competed in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. She had recently competed and won the qualifier round in June for the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship in Aranyaprathet, where more than 70 riders competed for a spot in the finals. She is now set to compete in the finals on Oct 12 to be held in the US at the Jones Centre in Arkansas, representing Thailand in the hopes of bringing the gold back home and winning the championship title.

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    The world in between

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 14/09/2018

    » Dhanut Tungsuwan is an up-and-coming artist who has had a number of exhibitions showing off his immense talent and work in Britain. A Harrow alum, he studied art and design at Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of Art & Design. He's now back in Thailand where he recently opened a new exhibition entitled "Transitions" at Tadu Contemporary Art by Thaiyarnyon. Guru spoke to him about the exhibition, and his ideas and inspiration.

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    Hitting High Notes

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 12/10/2018

    » This year saw finalists from Southeast Asia, South Korea, India, Australia and China perform at Aloft Seoul Myeongdong on Sep 20. Hanita Bhambri delivered a powerful performance of Let Me Go and is this year's winner. Through Aloft's partnership with Universal Music Group, she gets a music video and a digital release of her single to kick start her career. Although Nontree "Nate" Paitoonvongvira, who represented SEA, didn't win, he wowed the audience with a catchy performance so much that we want (you) to get to know him. You may remember him performing a jazz rendition of Britney Spears' Toxic on The Voice but there's more to this singer/interior designer.

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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 Hotelintel.co, 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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    Keepin' it gay,as in fun and carefree

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 17/08/2018

    » Looking for a fun, gay time out in the city? Ken Kreangsak Leing is your guy. While he runs his own company Theoxeny PR Agency, representing various well-known restaurants and other hospitality businesses, he manages to find time for his other passion: the cheekily named G-Spot Entertainment. Specialising in gay parties which feature drag divas like Drag Race Thailand co-host Pangina Heals as well as several contestants from the show, G-Spot Entertainment has just celebrated its fourth year and shows no signs of stopping. Ken's parties are known for creative themes, shirtless hunks, killer drag performances and tonnes of fun. How did it all start? Ken tells Guru.

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    The co-working movement

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 10/08/2018

    » Shared workplaces or co-working spaces, have changed the way people work and collaborate with each other, offering flexibility, opportunities, networking and even relaxation in ways a traditional office cannot. There is no doubt that there has been an abundant amount of such communal spaces in Thailand (look no further than our cover story on co-working spaces a few issues ago), which means that various start-ups and businesses have begun to change the way they operate. JustCo, headquartered in Singapore, is a leading provider of co-working spaces and opened their first co-working centre in Thailand in May. Their first space, which is two-storeyed and is within the AIA Sathorn Tower office building, has attracted potential clients with their vibrant setting, casual and cosy ambience and creative lighting designs. We chat with Kong Wan Sing, founder and CEO of JustCo, on why such spaces are in demand and expansion plans.

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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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