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    In search of a healthy society

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 25/04/2016

    » The success of Ratchanok "May" Intanon, Thai badminton star who recently won the Singapore Open and became world No.1, is an exception, obviously. The 21-year-old is slightly built, but according to a recent comment by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, success in sports has nothing to do with size but is due to the lack of conflict in the athlete's country.


    An unlikely muse to art of endurance

    News, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 31/03/2016

    » So what's the latest? Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said the draft charter by the Meechai Ruchupan-led Constitution Drafting Committee -- yes, the one with a wholly-appointed Senate and fixed senator posts for armed forces and police chiefs -- is up for the referendum and, I quote, "No one will dare to touch it."


    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

    News, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 25/02/2016

    » I wonder if People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters must, in one way or another, take responsibility for where we are now as a country, nearly two years under the military regime. This is if you care to look at the situation, out of curiosity and an attempt at straightforward reasoning, rather than vengefulness.


    Premier must fulfil promises of his ballads

    News, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 28/01/2016

    » A video clip which has gone viral recently features Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as he pays a visit to Ratharat-anusorn School in Nakhon Sawan province last week. It shows students lining up to welcome him by singing Because You Are Thailand, a song penned by the prime minister himself as a New Year gift last year.


    A calendar for the 99.3%

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 08/01/2016

    » New year is for new beginnings. This is as much a cliché as it is true. While it is just a new day, we carry the illusion that comes with Jan 1. The past is suddenly forgiven and forgotten, a clean slate: new hobbies, new goals, new habits, new lives, and, of course, new calendars. Now, the first week of January is already over, and if you are still in search for the right calendar to guide you through the year, there's never a more fun place to search for one than our beloved country, Thailand.


    The surreal world we live in

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 18/12/2015

    » As the festive time draws near, with Christmas and the New Year, it's not only a time for celebrating and looking ahead, but looking at where we have been and where we are right now. But while the future is all imagination -- all your New Year's resolutions are possibly delusional and bogus -- what's real and inarguable is the past and the now, as we breathe and try to get through the day. Let's not get personal about this as there are plenty of other occasions to talk about your plans to do yoga more regularly, cut down on cigarettes or be nicer to other people.  


    Seeing the world through another's eyes

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 13/11/2015

    » As much as Facebook is a virtual space of borderless interaction, it has, for many, undeniably become our most immediate and primary news source. It's a personalised pool of information, which though we have chosen consciously, can transform who we are and the way we think without our even realising it. And I have often wondered what it would be like to live, maybe for a day, in the social media world of other people's Facebook accounts.


    A play with democracy

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 29/10/2015

    » A theatre workshop by Indonesian performance collective Teater Garasi took place for five days in Hong Kong last week as part of West Kowloon Cultural District's International Workshop Festival of Theatre. As a participant, the experience for me was both an inspiration and the source of a lingering sense of embarrassment.


    A road map to nowhere

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 15/09/2015

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha recently admitted that when he wrote the line "We are asking for a little more time" in the song Returning Happiness To The People, he didn't think it through. Obviously, he didn't.


    Let's get ready to bike for mum

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 11/08/2015

    » It all started with a short, reluctant, just-off-the-soi bike trip to buy some eggs for my mum, last month. It was the smile with which she received me at our doorstep as I cycled up to 12mph, some 250m down the soi without cracking a single egg that gave me the idea that I, albeit among the most under-exercised of Bangkokians, might be up for the Bike for Mom event on Sunday.

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