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  • LIFESTYLE

    Creating an urban oasis

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 15/10/2014

    » Andrew Grant is right — Bangkok, he said, seems to lack a strong public idea about landscape. The renowned landscape architect's work have trailblazed and inspired environmental sustainability, incorporating the fundamentals of ecological planting, biodiversity and water use. Grant was recently in town as a guest lecturer at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Architecture.

  • LIFESTYLE

    To squat or not?

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 09/05/2016

    » Like religion and politics, toilet etiquette is a touchy subject. The latest proof is the debate on the future of traditional squat toilets in Thailand after a new law on the manufacturing standard of toilet seats came into effect on April 23. The law has provoked discussion and even fear that the state will ban the use of squat toilets, archaic but cheap household facilities that are still used in rural areas, as well as many houses and buildings.

  • OPINION

    Forget coal and embrace Energy 3.0

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/02/2017

    » The protesters are clad in green T-shirts. They raise banners which read "No Coal", "Save the Environment". The place is Government House. The scene feels like deja vu. I have to pinch myself as it seems like I am back in the late 90s, a time when environmental protests were frequent across the country.

  • OPINION

    Of me, my wellness and ThaiHealth

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 21/01/2016

    » The name "ThaiHealth" (Thai Health Foundation), a public organisation well oiled by "sin taxes" from cigarettes and alcohol companies, has become the talk of the town. The glare of the spotlight came early this month when Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha invoked Section 44 of the interim charter to sack seven of its board members for alleged "conflicts of interest".

  • NEWS

    Professor rallies to save sea life

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 18/03/2015

    » When Asst Prof Thon Thamrongnawasawat comes out to speak, you know that marine life is in clear and present danger.

  • OPINION

    It would be better not to find Dory

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 04/07/2016

    » In the Hollywood blockbuster Finding Dory, the forgetful fish Dory finally finds her parents and returns to live with them happily in their natural environment. In reality, Dory, a blue tang fish, might not be that lucky.

  • BUSINESS

    Sweet success

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 27/03/2017

    » Does life really resemble a box of chocolates, as Forrest Gump observed, in which you never know what you're going to get? In terms of surprise and unpredictability, life could be more like the chocolate industry.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Roiling on the river

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 11/10/2016

    » Yossapon Somboon is staring out at the Chao Phraya. He's standing at Phra Sumen Fort on Phra Athit Road, with its green park that offers one of the best spots to look at the river. There is a giant cork tree. There are slopes and well designed terraces where visitors come in the evening to rest, picnic or just look at the water. Nearby is the ancient fort, a traditional community -- a tranquil scene, a pocket of peace in the bustling capital.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Unconventional conservationist

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 02/03/2016

    » By look and temperament, Sasiprapa Raisanguan, a 22-year-old staff member at the Centre for Protection & Revival of Local Community Rights (CPCR), doesn't fit the stereotype of a Thai conservationist. She is no starry-eyed tree-hugger clad in natural-dye cotton, nor does she have a hemp rucksack or ride a bicycle to reduce her carbon footprint. At our interview in Chiang Mai, Sasiprapa arrives on her motorcycle, which she calls "a practical choice" to getting around the northern city where her office is.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Lost and found in translation

    Muse, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 28/11/2015

    » For fans of foreign literature, nothing kills the joy of reading more than knowing that the translated book which you are reading contains wrong meanings and phonetic mistakes — the names of people and places that are unrecognisable when you repeat them to native speakers.

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