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    Something in the water

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 04/03/2019

    » Rows of small glass containers fill multiple shelves along the wall. Inside them, swimming leisurely and living separately in their tiny, private space are colourful Siamese fighting fish, popular among various crowds. Some keep them as pets for their pure eye-candy pleasure, or get them on a fish spar to make quick cash, or selectively breed them for commercial purposes.

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    Snapping up the bad guys

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 18/07/2017

    » In deep jungle, a forest ranger in his black uniform slowly climbed up a tree. With trained, quick hands, he strapped a camouflage case to a high branch that could oversee an area underneath it at a wide angle. Inside the case was a camera trap that can monitor the movement of animals, and especially humans who may enter the forest illegally.

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    Prisoners no more

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 06/02/2017

    » Hair tousled, eyes rimmed with black liners. Five figures dressed in black and white ensemble start moving to the beat of the electronic pop dance music.

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    In the mind's eye

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 28/07/2015

    » On a black Velcro board, a pair of small hands gently glided along its slightly thorny surface. In her right hand, a girl held a plastic "tool" that mimics a large pencil. When she dragged it along the Velcro surface, a thread of yarn came out from its tip — sticking on the board and forming into different shapes. Her fingers carefully felt each line that she drew.

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    Shortening the supply chain

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 13/10/2014

    » Following the government's decision to make long-awaited rice payments to some of the farmers affected by the previous administration's failed rice-pledging scheme, the topic of the domestic rice market has once again become a hot-topic.

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    The way she moves

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 22/09/2017

    » What's life like as the most in-demand luk thung star of the moment? After an unexpected catapult to national fame following PM Prayut Chan-o-cha's comment on her twerking, after a frenzy of media coverage sensationalising her stage name and persona, and after becoming an accidental symbol of youth and freedom, 19-year-old Lamyai Haithongkham has only one simple wish: more time to sleep.

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    A musical that uses every emotional colour on the palette

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 01/07/2016

    » It's 1980s in Dublin, and there's a boy, a girl and music. That's how Sing Street can be summarised in a few words. But when you have John Carney -- director-writer of Once and Begin Again -- at the helm of this musical comedy-drama, you know the film is so much more than just a simple boy-meets-girl story.

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    Pleasure at the fairground

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 24/11/2015

    » Forget hazardous flying lanterns of the North. This Loy Krathong Festival, make your way to the old-school ngan wat, or temple fair, and while many temples around the country have put up fairgrounds to celebrate the Full Moon night of the 12th lunar month, none can beat Bangkok's oldest and most legendary ngan wat Phu Khao Thong.

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    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.

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    United in grief

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 01/11/2016

    » Kand Pukrod, 63, a construction worker from Yala province, was sitting on plastic sheets that served as his makeshift mattress on the hard ground. It was drizzling throughout the evening, and Kand decided to settle down under one of the big white marquees.

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