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  • LIFESTYLE

    First and foremost

    Life, Published on 19/10/2015

    » In days of yore, before movies, television, plays and books, there were men who earned a living by going from community to community reciting poetry, original and by others. Long poems, usually mythological epics of war and their heros, taking a week, they were the entertainment of the time.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Something wicked

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 06/05/2016

    » It's New England in 1630, before the Salem Witch Trials, but the presence of Satan, real or deluded, is ripe in the woods of the new colony. Robert Eggers' The Witch vibrates with that sense of dread, of something subterranean (though visible to us), something that exerts its evil influence on the mind of the isolated, feverishly pious settlers.

  • TRAVEL

    Tales of two temples

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 13/07/2017

    » It is beyond many people's expectations to see a forest monastery in the heart of Thon Buri, the west quarter of Bangkok. Wat Pa Choeng Lane is nestled amid tropical trees in a secluded area accessible on foot or by boat by the Chak Phra Canal.

  • LIFESTYLE

    History or sci-fi?

    Life, Published on 19/01/2015

    » Historians and historical novelists have their favourite periods. Ancient Rome, the Crusades, the Tudors for some. Early Christianity, the Mongol conquests, the Napoleonic wars for others. Imperialism, exploration, World War II for others still. British author David Gibbins, for one, has turned his attention to Atlantis. Troy, the Old Testament.

  • LEARNING

    Ayutthaya historical site submerged

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 05/10/2011

    » A decades-long fight against the Chao Phraya River was lost yesterday when floodwaters broke through an embankment and submerged much of Wat Chai Watthanaram in Ayutthaya.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Child victims

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 16/06/2017

    » Novels are supposedly fictional, imaginary. Similarities to persons and places are coincidental. Which is a legal way of saying: "Don't blame us" -- authors and publishers -- "for sticking it to actual people and/or places."

  • LEARNING

    Hats in Thailand: Fashion history

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 06/09/2012

    » From the hats of noble people to farmer hats to the western hats of King Rama V's reign, hats have a long history in Thailand.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Preserving the ancient arts

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 22/10/2018

    » One night in Khanom district of Nakhon Si Thammarat province, 15-year-old Thanawit Kerddam brought out his best in performing a southern folk tale before numerous viewers. He provided the voices to more than 10 nang talung shadow puppets, sang along with fast-paced southern music, and occasionally slipped in jokes and current events. Although the audience from Bangkok did not understand the southern dialect, they felt the characters' emotions as the shadow puppets danced behind the white-cloth screen.

  • NEWS

    The golden land that lit the path to ancient empires

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 09/04/2017

    » A first look around reveals a landscape that is dry and sparsely vegetated, with few houses around. There is little evidence that visibly betrays the fact that where we're standing is on the remains of an ancient trade and culture centre in the upper Gulf of Thailand.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Red-hot and indispensable

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 11/04/2016

    » What's missing in your pot of tom yum soup? Ah, maybe it doesn't pack a hot and spicy punch without a tablespoon or two of nam phrik pao, the red-brown chilli paste. What about fluffy pork floss? It is less scrumptious without being paired, again, with nam phrik pao, as a topping or stuffing in buns. On a day when your budget is tight or when time is limited, nam phrik pao serves as a quick-fix savoury spread on bread. As a seasoning ingredient, as a dipping sauce, or as a base note in Thai culinary chemistry, the roasted chilli paste has great versatility, in your grandma's kitchen as well as right now.

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