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    Booze sorry now?

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 24/07/2013

    » Refraining from alcohol is never a bad thing, and it's delightful news that earlier this month the Cabinet set up a national campaign for this three-month Buddhist Lent to be the national alcohol abstaining period.


    Your cheating hat

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 27/08/2013

    » Let us not deny that cheating in school does have its own kind of special appeal. There's the thrill of finding out that the knowledge source next to us is holding the exact same exam, the satisfaction from getting plenty of information from just one quick, stealthy glance, the sense of gratitude when the smart ones don't abandon us and care enough to send a few helpful signals our way, and the utter joy when our marks turn out to be among the highest even though all we did the night before the exam was watch porn online.


    Revolutionary or radical?

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 02/10/2013

    » Labelling the Thai education system "dictatorial" and campaigning for the abolition of the strict rules regarding students' uniforms and hairstyles, 16-year-old Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal has suffered a barrage of curses and insults from social media users. Many have expressed a wish for the boy to go and live in another country. Netiwit also wants the singing of the national anthem and prayers in the morning at school cancelled _ all the more reason for nationalist Facebook warriors to despise him.


    Lead the way, but leave us our opinions

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 05/11/2013

    » When it comes to Thai politics, like many others, I feel lost and exhausted. There are people who are willing to forget the fact that they have known you all your life as soon as you have the slightest tendency to step to the other side. And there are those who look on you as if you're a coward when you just can't really say that you're one of them despite sharing certain beliefs.


    The means justify the end

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 10/12/2013

    » Allow me to venture a thought we might have overlooked during the weeks-long fight between Suthep-led anti-Thaksin protests and Yingluck Shinawatra's government _ Thais are fighting over something that may become beautiful.


    A new song is being written for Suthep

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 31/01/2014

    » A few days of cool breezesare usually welcomed by residents of this perennially sultry city of ours, but it's a bit much that the cold spell has dragged on for so many weeks. Flicking on the air-con makes the house too cold and leaving the windows open is a sure recipe for freezing to death under your own roof. And while taking a shower in the mornings is torture, things get tougher if the air-con at your office blasts out air at a temperature even lower than that outside on the street.


    Social commentators sparked by venal motives?

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 05/03/2014

    » It seems that terms like “Thainess” and khon dee (good person) have lately become retrograde, even repulsive, concepts to some people. They speak of “Thainess” as if it were an antiquated personality trait that is holding us back and “khon dee” is looked upon with a sneer, as if trying to make someone a good person will automatically rid him or her of all liberal leanings.


    Splitting seems not all that shocking

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 22/04/2014

    » When a banner bearing the message “This country has no justice. I want to split the country” was set up earlier this year across a pedestrian flyover in Phayao province in the North, I was shocked.


    Tongue-tied about Thai politics

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 21/05/2014

    » Now is definitely not the best time for us Thais to be travelling abroad, especially if we have to engage in conversations with foreigners about the political situation here. Last weekend, I was on a media trip with a group of reporters from Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines and we had to meet up with quite a few people from Europe.

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