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    From salt to solar

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 14/09/2016

    » If this year's severe drought returns next dry season, Uncle Wai Rodtayoy and other salt farmers in tambon Koek Kharm of Samut Sakhon, known as the country's largest sea-salt-farming area, will see mounting debts.


    Iron man

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 10/06/2016

    » Banjerd Lekkong, who grew up in his father's garage and whose intricate iron-welded sculptures are being exhibited in a New York gallery, is an outlier among Thai artists. The 47-year-old did not graduate from any art school -- neither Poh Chang or Silpakorn University, the most respected training grounds for local artists. His works have never been displayed in a local museum or gallery. Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre (BACC) turned down his proposal for an exhibition. Private galleries did the same. The only show he had was a brief display at Amarin Plaza, a shopping mall.


    Live your dreams

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 16/05/2016

    » Cuba, a socialist country with breathtaking Spanish colonial architecture, exceptionally fine music and superior cigars, is finally getting the world's attention it so deserves. Restored diplomacy with the US is putting the country among the top tourist destinations. Cuba was given a further boost when US President Barack Obama made a state visit in March and Karl Lagerfeld staged a fashion show in Havana earlier this month by turning the leafy Paseo del Prado boulevard into an extravagant catwalk. Not to be left behind, Thai hoteliers recently went to Havana to ink a deal to open a high-end complex.


    The reluctant activist

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 25/04/2016

    » The reign of the current government is not the perfect time for protesting. Anyone who raises voices against the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) might be summoned by the army for "attitude adjustment". Still, there are a few activists who dare to defy the military government -- among them is Somnuck Jongmeewasin.


    Cleaning up the accolades

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 22/06/2015

    » Every Monday is a special day on Koh Lipe, a sandy, breathtaking and increasingly touristy Andaman island off Satun province. It's the day when everyone, locals or visitors, can call themselves a hero.


    Shopping au naturale

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 29/01/2014

    » When Tesco Lotus prepared to launch its first two "no plastic bag" stores in Koh Samui and Phuket last December, store clerks were instructed to exercise utmost patience and prepare to take earfuls of complaints.


    Why shark fin soup is sinful

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/01/2012

    » Little by little, Chinese New Year, an event once celebrated here solely by people of Chinese ancestry, has become part of mainstream culture. Many Thais now don red shirts (and not for political reasons) at this time of year and perform rituals such as giving one's house a thorough spring-cleaning before Chinese New Year's Eve and not doing any household chores during the festival period.

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