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    Human cruelty for a false belief

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 07/10/2019

    » Would you pay to set something free? A poor, small creature locked away in confinement perhaps? From behind bars, its eyes meet yours as if to say: "Save me." So delicate. So pitiful. And if you do nothing, who knows what's going to happen to it? You take your wallet out. Hand over a few bills to the seller, who has handful of cages on him. And soon you let it go. Be it bird, fish, turtle or other. Fly free. Swim free.


    The eyes can lie

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 05/08/2019

    » Thai people are considerably kind. We like making merit to help unfortunate souls. And especially in an era when everyone can easily connect through social media, the ways of merit-making have changed and expanded even further. From previously making physical donations at temples and charities, people now reach out to help individuals -- many times a stranger -- they see online. Pictures of sick dogs, cats, humans, or even a call for blood donations appear on our Facebook feeds often on a weekly basis. The plea for help -- coupled with touching stories and photos -- always tugs at our heartstrings. And it doesn't take long for many of us to lend a helping hand, mostly through making a swift donation to help with the cause.


    Life, rerouted

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 03/06/2019

    » When news came that a bridge outside my office would be undergoing construction for two years, I died a little on the inside.


    Open letter on inclusivity

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 11/03/2019

    » How would you like your ice cream? Do you like it with cherry on top? Or whipped cream?


    Teach your children well

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 15/10/2018

    » What would you do if you find out your children were hurting others? Or kicking the helpless? Or pulling hair? And the victim was crying while your children were laughing?


    Focus, everybody

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 30/07/2018

    » Every day is a new day. And every new day brings new drama, scandal and gossip to this controversy-addicted nation.


    The country is a tangled-up mess

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 14/05/2018

    » What's the end result of negligence, of carelessness? What's the cost of not doing one's job properly?


    Waiting for justice

    Oped, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 12/02/2018

    » Making headlines this month is yet another scandal about the rich and powerful with their hands caught in a cookie jar. No, this is not the 26th watch — or would that be the 100th? — in Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwon’s I-borrow-them-from-my-dead-friends saga. Nor is it the 300 million-baht loan to ex-police chief Somyot Poompunmuang. This time, a man has been caught with his fingerprints on a rifle, sitting in a forest next to protected wildlife carcasses.


    When the floods come, and leadership sinks

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 13/11/2017

    » Are you aware that parts of the country is submerged? Yes? No? Sort of? It's been a busy month on our newsfeed. Bodyslam's frontman Toon is raising millions from his cross-country run, gaining praise (and criticism) from the good cause. And what else is on the news? The shopping tax break? The junta's new set of questions?


    Sexual harassment of men

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 14/08/2017

    » It's not often we associate a singing concert with sexual harassment, but that certainly happened with Workpoint's popular show <i>The Mask Singer Season 2</i> last Thursday.

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