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  • OPINION

    Mixing Art with Belief

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 13/09/2019

    » Mixing art with belief can be a recipe for controversy, especially when you think outside the box. Three Ultraman-inspired paintings of Buddha images by an unnamed uni student that caused an online uproar earlier this week are a case in point. She meant no disrespect by portraying Buddha as a superhero. The analogy is quite obvious as Buddha fights the world's evils through his teaching while the Ultramen fight the kaiju monsters. A flattering comparison, if you ask me. However, she was pressured to tearfully apology for -- in my opinion -- doing nothing wrong. Her biggest crime is interpreting Buddha through a contemporary pop-culture lens. It's the price she had to pay for portraying Buddha image in any way else besides sacred, I guess. Most importantly, didn't Lord Buddha teach us not to hold on to idols and be open-minded?

  • LIFE

    For the (curious) records

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 13/09/2019

    » It seems like not a month goes by without Thailand being recognised on a global scale. Recently, Bangkok beat Paris and London as the most visited city in the world for 2018, for the fourth consecutive year, according to a MasterCard ranking. Thailand's capital hosted 22 million overnight travellers. In the midst of the flattering and not-so-flattering world titles Thailand has received, you may not be aware of the times we receive recognition for rather peculiar feats. If your curiosity is piqued, allow me to present the strange/cool world records in the Land of Smiles.

  • OPINION

    Thailand's Miseducation

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 06/09/2019

    » The conventional notion is that you can rely on textbooks as your source of basic knowledge on a subject matter that you're interested in, but that it isn't always the case in Thailand. You see, some Thai books or educational materials don't seem to care much about being factually correct and, sometimes, politically correct, too. Here are some recent examples for your miseducation.

  • LIFE

    From Paris to BKK

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 06/09/2019

    » Gontran Cherrier is a gifted fourth-generation baker originally from Normandy, France. After penning nine cookbooks and opening three bakeries in Paris, he furthered his ambition by opening more bakeries abroad in Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia. As of July 2018, this dashing 41-year-old pastry chef has 51 bakeries in six countries with his name attached to them. His first Thai branch named Gontran Cherrier Thailand opened in January and I stopped by mainly for their new dishes.

  • OPINION

    Checklist: Are You a Good Politician?

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 30/08/2019

    » □ Yes. But I didn't berate them or try to flex my muscles. I naturally speak loudly.

  • OPINION

    Head-Turning Headlines

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 23/08/2019

    » When you pore over newspapers and news feed as much as I do (but perhaps not in a desperate search to find something to write about), you can come across headlines that stop you between scrolling and tabs saved for their unintentional amusement. Here are a few to leave you scratching your head or make you chuckle away.

  • LIFE

    No sugar, no cry

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 23/08/2019

    » Bangkok has seen many alternative diets. You can go vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten-free and now you can add ketogenic diet to the healthy/picky bunch. Ketogenic or keto for short, is high in fat, adequate in protein and low in carbohydrates. The diet is used to treat epilepsy but it's also known for forcing the body to burn fat for fuel rather than carbs. If the ratio between fat, protein and carb of the diet is a bit much to wrap your head around, then you should consider a visit to Club No Sugar for an introduction. It's not just a keto-centric restaurant but feels more like an institute of sort. Launched in April, Club No Sugar stands where Green Republic restaurant was and the structure remains pretty much the same (Rama III is my turf).

  • LIFE

    Beam me up!

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 23/08/2019

    » Interest in extraterrestrial things (and beings) make a comeback to the Thai collective consciousness, thanks to asteroid 2006 QQ23 flying by and a viral video in which a local man, who claims to be a medium of Pluto God, warns humanity of 2020 doomsday in an alien tongue. This got us thinking about the local interest in UFOs and aliens, and how Thailand is linked to alien stories in a way that you may not be aware of. We aren't saying we believe in Pluto God or trying to convince you one way or another but there are many pieces of evidence (of varying degrees of credibility) of alleged alien visits to the Land Of Smiles and they are too fascinating not to share.

  • OPINION

    Prayutian Language

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 16/08/2019

    » You can always count on dear Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for unique phraseology that stimulates our brains in search of what the heck he truly means. Most recently, what he said spurred speculation that he may step down as prime minister for failing to complete an oath-taking, which his critics said could nullify the entire Prayut 2.0 Cabinet.

  • LIFE

    Turning art into life

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 16/08/2019

    » Illustrator Phannapast "Yoon" Taychamaythakool took on her biggest canvas to date at MRT Wat Mangkon where she created murals for Nescafe. Beautiful Chinese imageries fit the station's location in Yaowarat and come alive via AR technology. Her illustrations have adorned various canvases from mooncake packaging to a hi-end speaker. She had a major exhibition earlier this year at Gaysorn Village, while Gucci and Instagram are among the leading brands that have commissioned her. Guru spoke to Yoon about her journey as an artist.

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