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  • NEWS

    The Dawei development dream left high and dry

    Spectrum, Pattramon Sukprasert, Published on 19/03/2017

    » Over a decade ago, the Myaung Pyo creek in Myanmar's Tanintharyi region was clean and crystal clear -- a steady, trickling life source. The creek, running alongside a stretch of lush farmland, was relied on by villagers for various daily tasks such as watering crops.

  • NEWS

    Bitten by the bitcoin bug

    Spectrum, Published on 19/03/2017

    » Atit Lertkiatpanit does not carry bundles of banknotes, but his wealth is assured by his digital wallet. The 26-year-old entrepreneur is an active cryptocurrency investor. He remains unfazed by the fact that bitcoins are not recognised by the Bank of Thailand. He started collecting bitcoins a couple of years ago and the intangible currency now accounts for 70% of his portfolio.

  • BUSINESS

    The art of communal 'placemaking'

    Spectrum, Published on 19/03/2017

    » The idea of modern mixed-use property development is built around the concept of Live, Work, Play (LWP) environments. These new approaches to "placemaking" are significant for a few reasons. They are compact, connected, walkable, relatively dense mixed- and multi-use sites that are primarily employment-oriented. It is a concept that is here to stay, and designers and developers need to understand what it is and why it is significant.

  • NEWS

    Mind your language

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 12/03/2017

    » An ensemble of traditional musicians begins to play. The treble sound of the oboe gets louder. Drum rolls accompany a steady rhythm of cymbals. A male singer croons in an unfamiliar dialect, "Oh, Ga Nobe Ting Tong ..."

  • NEWS

    The coin-swallowing turtle weighed down by good will

    Spectrum, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 12/03/2017

    » Merit-making is integral to Buddhist tradition. In this belief system, practising good deeds in daily life increases one's chances of getting into heaven and enjoying a blissful afterlife.

  • NEWS

    Kidney patients living on hope

    Spectrum, Published on 12/03/2017

    » When Michelle Dalay Resuello, 27, found out she was suffering from stage 5 kidney failure, she was shocked. Looking back to that day in March 2016, she smiles and says: "I was having a routine physical as I was planning on working abroad and needed proof to show I was healthy.

  • NEWS

    Tied in a knot: the Thai wives who go abroad

    Spectrum, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 05/03/2017

    » After 12 years in a bad marriage, Mali, a 33-year-old woman from Kham Ta Kla in Sakon Nakhon, made a bold move that many women from her village would never dream of doing. Getting a divorce bears a heavy stigma in a culture where special emphasis is placed on remaining a virgin before marriage. It's hard to find Thai men interested in dating female divorcees.

  • NEWS

    Master Gaw finds refuge

    Spectrum, Father Joe Maier, Published on 05/03/2017

    » That wasn't like Master Gaw. He was the toughie of the second kindergarten class, as rough and tumble as any four-year-old boy in our Klong Toey slums. Not afraid of ghosts that might lurk in a dark corner or under the bed. The kid feared nothing.

  • PROPERTY

    Ride the rails to office heaven

    Spectrum, Published on 05/03/2017

    » Out of the 850,000 square metres of new office supply planned for Bangkok over the next five years, more than 80% is in prime development projects. Better quality equals higher rents is the primary reason driving the growth of new office supply. While prime quality counts for a lot, evidence shows there are a number of other factors that enable certain prime office buildings to achieve higher rents than many others.

  • NEWS

    Regime puts journalists in the crosshairs

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 05/03/2017

    » Freedom of expression is under threat in the post-coup era, and now Thai journalists are in the firing line. Since last month, the nation's media circle has been shaken by the "bill on rights protection, ethical promotion and standards of media professionals" -- the media rights protection bill -- proposed by the media reform steering panel of the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA).

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