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    New tricks for an old dog

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 21/10/2019

    » With the constant evolution of the internet and digital technology, the world has changed furiously fast. Many aspects of life are no longer the same. At the age of 51, I know full well if I want to survive another decade I've got to learn a new skill. So I took up aikido.

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    Love your mother, love your country

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 12/08/2019

    » Today is National Mother's Day. In recent years, every time the occasion has come around, I've been reminded of a popular Isan folk tale.

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    Living in the past

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 10/06/2019

    » Apart from giving rise to keyboard warriors and other nuisances, the digital age also has a good side. One thing I love most about today's world is that it has given me easy access to tons of photographs from the distant past. And that, at least to me, is almost like time travel.

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    What Thai youths do not know

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 08/04/2019

    » It's no secret that a large number of new-generation Thais have poor attitudes toward their homeland. Scornful posts and non-constructive comments are rampant on the internet. The causes of their resentment are numerous: politics, traffic, laws, the economy, culture, social values, cost of living -- you name it.

  • OPINION

    A time for giving

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 07/01/2019

    » 'Please don't post them," I told my wife as I saw her taking pictures of me and my sister on New Year's Eve. It was a family activity and I have no time for social media drama. People's attitudes differ. Some might be supportive, others can be nasty.

  • OPINION

    Here's to a more beautiful Chiang Mai

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 29/10/2018

    » The other evening I had a meetup with friends. As some of us had never been to the izakaya where we planned to meet and thus had no idea where it is situated, the location of the Japanese pub/restaurant was then shared and everybody easily made their way to the meeting place. Yes, this is nothing new. Everybody does this nowadays. Exactly!

  • OPINION

    Know thy visitors

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 27/08/2018

    » Almost three decades ago when I was a university student, I occasionally had to travel to Don Mueang airport for a part-time job. Back then, it was Bangkok's only airport, and, with the tollway not yet in existence, was considered very far from the city centre. There, my task was to ask departing tourists to fill in questionnaires for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), which wanted to know what they liked or disliked, as well as their spending behaviour, during their visits.

  • OPINION

    Paradise in jeopardy

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 11/06/2018

    » I get to know people when I travel for work, but I rarely see them again in person because each time I travel, I go to someplace different. Earlier this year, however, as I was about to leave a tourism fair, I bumped into the owner of a resort on Koh Mak, the island of Trat province famous for its efforts to become a "low-carbon destination".

  • OPINION

    Urban hiking in Bangkok ain't a bad idea after all

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 19/03/2018

    » Have you ever been in a situation like this? You're at a BTS station, and as you approach the turnstile to catch your train, you realise there is not enough credit for the ride on your Rabbit card. The queues at the ticket booths are too long and you hate waiting.

  • OPINION

    Lottery is life

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 18/12/2017

    » Politics, religion and money are globally considered the things one should never bring up in polite conversation. But are you aware that in Thailand there's one topic you can talk about with anybody, no matter the circumstances? It's a special subject that even complete strangers can chat about like buddies.

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