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  • LIFESTYLE

    Don't give up the fight

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 20/12/2016

    » It's been a year of progress for LBGTI issues on-screen, but in real life, there remains much to fight for.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A star reborn

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 08/01/2016

    » The Bangkok Planetarium -- along with the prime minister's chair and tanks -- has been one of the capital's most popular destinations on Children's Day for many years. After 50 years in operation, the planetarium recently underwent its first major facelift; the ceremony to unveil it was held on Tuesday, just in time for Children's Day tomorrow.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Unshackling gentle giants

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 07/05/2018

    » After trading our sneakers for knee-length boots, we trotted down to the riverbank where a boat was waiting for us. It was a short crossing to the other side of Nam Khan River to meet the elephants that happily approached us for bananas and sugar cane. They had no chains around their ankles. The mahouts stood nearby, keeping watch with no hooks in their hands. Later, they guided the gentle giants to walk along with the humans trailing nearby on muddy ground. The atmosphere was very friendly and calm, with a picturesque landscape of jungle, river and sky surrounding us.

  • TRAVEL

    A view on the new zoo

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 03/01/2018

    » When news broke last month that Thailand's oldest zoo, Dusit Zoo, will be relocated from its present location in inner Bangkok to a new home in Pathum Thani province, it sent shock waves through the hearts of generations of Bangkokians. Back before shopping malls, cinemas, skating rinks, aquariums and wax museums took over as the capital's popular destinations, Dusit Zoo was a favourite attraction for the entire family -- a place where countless such families have had their photographs taken.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Hitting the jackpot

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 06/07/2017

    » Dressed in black and grey, with cool shades to match, Slot Machine makes for an iconic presence wherever they appear. But more so than their look and their "triangle" hand signal, the band is famous for their music and live performances, filled with energy and great sound that infuse elements of Thai-style and modern rock into a combination unique to their name.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Nature's call

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 03/05/2016

    » With steady hands and quickening steps, we carried the green sea turtles one-by-one to the beach. The turtles were flapping their flippers impatiently, as if sensing their imminent release. We placed them down carefully at the point where the waves hit the sand. Soon, the water embraced their bodies -- nature's call for them to return to their natural home. They dashed into the sea, and, after a few minutes, disappeared from our sight.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Technological playground in bloom

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 09/05/2016

    » Sensory light and instrumental melodies greet us as we lift each black curtain to see projections of blooming flowers, flowing sea waves and crows. As we continue to navigate along the dark hallway, we come out in a playground filled with sea creatures, light balls, transforming hieroglyphics and more. Bangkok's brand-new playground -- teamLab IsLands: Dance! Art Museum, Learn & Play! Interactive Theme Park -- is set to enthral its young visitors and the whole family through interactivity and co-creation.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Last call for payphones?

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 14/03/2016

    » Wuth Krongkaew, a 40-year-old fried fishball vendor, can't remember the last time he used a payphone. One day, when he happened to forget his mobile phone, he felt lucky that his cart sits right next to a phone booth. To his annoyance and disappointment, however, the phone inside did not work.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Thailand is for women in science

    Muse, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 19/12/2015

    » Since 1997, more than 2,000 female scientists and researchers from 110 countries around the globe have been offered fellowships for “For Women in Science”, a collaborative effort between L’Oréal Group and the Secretariat of the National Commission for Unesco. In Thailand, the programme has been running for 13 consecutive years to support our female researchers. This year, there were six recipients in three categories — life science, material science and chemistry — who received a grant worth 250,000 baht each to further support their respective research projects.

  • TECH

    Don't bank on mobile phone safety

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 24/02/2015

    » A picture of a mobile phone's portable battery — burned, with half of its body exploded — was shared on Pantip earlier this month. In the thread, user SnowGlobe recounted how he charged his iPhone 5s with his portable battery, commonly referred to as a power bank, before going to bed, only to discover smoke and sparks coming out from it in the middle of the night. The battery later exploded, fortunately harming no one.

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