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    Awkward English

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 15/11/2019

    » Did you see the posters advertising commemorative shirts for the 74th Chula–Thammasat Traditional Football Match that were posted by Chula Alumni Facebook page last week?

  • OPINION

    Honour Loy Krathong the right way

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 08/11/2019

    » If you think I'm going to point out how ironic Loy Krathong (November 11) is, you're wrong, dear readers. But, in case you need a refresher, it doesn't make any sense whatsoever that we ask for forgiveness from the Water Goddess for using and contaminating her water by dumping beautifully decorated floating baskets (which overnight turn into garbage) on her.

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    Travel Struggles Thais Can Relate To

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 01/11/2019

    » If you're fortunate enough to travel on a regular basis, you may start to pick up on little quirks that come with it. While I don't consider myself consumed by wanderlust, I would like to think that I've travelled enough to be able to share a few amusing quirks and struggles I discovered along the way. For your entertainment (and in some cases, our common commiseration), here are travel titbits Thai can relate to.

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    Horror stories for those with short attention spans

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 25/10/2019

    » Halloween is rearing its scary head. To celebrate the unholy night and help you get into a spooky mood, I've compiled 13 two-sentence Thai horror stories for your entertainment and horror. Why 13? Because it's Halloween. Read them during the witching hour, if you dare. Some require knowledge of Thai culture. g

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    Thai Politics-English Dictionary; 2019 Edition

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 18/10/2019

    » If you've been following my editor's note (aka my weekly attempt to be funny and relevant) you know I keep updating you on Thai politics in a way that hopefully edutaining. 'Cause you can get plenty of serious analysis from other sources already. And as an observer of Thai politics, I can't help but find that Thai politicians use unique phraseology to convey their true messages all the time.

  • OPINION

    3 Times We "Misheard" Uncle Tu

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 11/10/2019

    » It seems like our PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is always on a self-explaining campaign for controversial statements he has made. He claimed his quotes are often misconstrued by the media. In his defence, I've provided "two" versions for each his recent quotes and let you be the judge whether we misunderstood him or not.

  • OPINION

    What If?

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 04/10/2019

    » What if the government decides to allocate budgets for weaponry and freebies and spend them on other causes? Let's entertain that thought. Shall we?

  • OPINION

    Outdated Views On Gender Need Updating

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 27/09/2019

    » Despite Thailand's reputation as a country with a high number of female CEOs, now and again I'm reminded that there's still more work to be done to fix the outdated view on genders and the roles of women in Thailand. Here are some examples that would have feminists and SJW triggered.

  • OPINION

    When Thai Sayings Get A Gritty Reboot

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 20/09/2019

    » Popular sayings usually reference real-life occurrences that we can relate to. But as our world is ever-changing, those references may become outdated or untrue compared to what we see today. For your entertainment, I've played around with seven classic Thai sayings and proverbs to bring them to circa now with keeping-it-real references.

  • OPINION

    Mixing Art with Belief

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 13/09/2019

    » Mixing art with belief can be a recipe for controversy, especially when you think outside the box. Three Ultraman-inspired paintings of Buddha images by an unnamed uni student that caused an online uproar earlier this week are a case in point. She meant no disrespect by portraying Buddha as a superhero. The analogy is quite obvious as Buddha fights the world's evils through his teaching while the Ultramen fight the kaiju monsters. A flattering comparison, if you ask me. However, she was pressured to tearfully apology for -- in my opinion -- doing nothing wrong. Her biggest crime is interpreting Buddha through a contemporary pop-culture lens. It's the price she had to pay for portraying Buddha image in any way else besides sacred, I guess. Most importantly, didn't Lord Buddha teach us not to hold on to idols and be open-minded?

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