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    Twinkling stars

    Life, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 05/05/2016

    » Around 13.8 billion years ago, when the Big Bang gave birth to the universe, stars were formed. Then, time after time, substances that are known as primordial minerals -- what make up the stellar bodies -- are believed to have travelled to the Earth in the form of meteorites. One of the minerals was carbonado, or black diamond, a type of diamond speculated to hail from space.

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    A native son returns for some homecooking

    Life, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 05/03/2016

    » On a nondescript cul-de-sac in the lively Ekamai neighbourhood, several cars disappear into a house tucked behind a tall maroon-coloured gate from approximately 6-7pm every day. You may guess that it’s people visiting a friend’s house.

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    Sworn out of secrecy

    Life, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 24/02/2016

    » Thailand may have been taken to task by the international community for its treatment of émigrés escaping persecution, from the Rohingya to the Uighur and some Chinese dissidents. But for North Korean defectors running away from their country, Thailand is often their only safe haven.

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    What's trending and happening this week

    Muse, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 13/02/2016

    » 1 Would sitting in on a talk for half-a-day make you appreciate the intricacy of world literature? Unlikely. But when you have a master in the field talk about the subject, you know it’s more interesting than ever. On Feb 15, you are invited to attend an exclusive talk with David Damrosch, chair of Department of Comparative Literature and director of Institute for World Literature, Harvard University. Damrosch is the author of famous books, including What Is World Literature? (2003) and How To Read World Literature (2008). David Damrosch’s Public Lecture World Literature, National Markets is being held at Maha Chulalongkorn (Room 105) at Chulalongkorn University. Free admission.

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    What's trending and happening this week

    Muse, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 23/01/2016

    » 1 Considering the number of times we crossed paths with Snoopy and Charlie Browns towards the end of last year, from the burger to the blockbuster celebrating the 65th anniversary of cuteness, it seems we were being given huge clues as to the theme of 2016. So it’s no surprise to see the release of Bata Tennis Featuring Peanuts shoes, white low-cut sneakers with prints of Peanuts’ characters, perfect for casual wear. The limited edition goes on sale at the pop-up store in Siam Center on Jan 29-30 from 10am. Be sure to get there early because Thailand’s Bata only secured a quota of 200 pairs.

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    When consumers complain

    Life, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 26/01/2016

    » In the era of convenience and, of course, convenience stores that are open 24/7, sandwiches seem to be a quick fix solution, especially for city dwellers, to keep stomachs full and happy. But, the next time you munch on a sandwich bought from one of these stores, you may want to spread the slices of bread first to make sure there's actually something inside.

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    Soft spot for superstition

    Life, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 27/01/2016

    » On Monday, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha weighed in on the current national obsession. 

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    Banking on sustainability

    Life, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 03/02/2016

    » TMB Bank recently won the Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability Awards (Aces), hosted by the MORS Group in Singapore, under the category Top Community Care Awards, making it Thailand's only company to win such an accolade.

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    What's trending and happening this week

    Muse, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 06/02/2016

    » 1 If you are a fan of Japanese films, be sure to secure some time for yourself next week. From Feb 11-14, the Japan Foundation Bangkok invites you to see nine selected romantic films at the Japanese Film Festival 2016 at SF World Cinema, just in time for Valentine’s Day. As Japanese films don’t get screened much in the country these days, this is a rare chance. The list includes Love & Peace, Beyond The Memories, My Pretend Girlfriend, Be Sure To Share, It All Began When I Met You, Jinx!!!, Poison Berry In My Brain, Kin Kyori Renai and Three Stories Of Love.

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    Comfort for the soul

    Life, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 05/02/2016

    » Dear readers, if you were born in 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986 or 1998 (the Year of the Tiger), read carefully. If you're looking forward to a rosy year ahead, you might be in for a major disappointment. Because 2016 is out to get you. If you scrape your car against a tree, get bitten by a dog, get pooped on the head by a pigeon, or end up on a delayed flight, remember that it might not be a pure coincidence. This year, for you, is filled with predestined mishaps. 

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