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  • OPINION

    For the Love of Costumes

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 20/07/2018

    » A Thai beauty pageant can be captivating for several reasons, the beauties themselves, the obvious nose contouring, the contestants introducing themselves and the province which they represent in a high-pitched voice at the end -- just to name a few.

  • 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

    The dystopian director part II

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 03/11/2017

    » Writer/director Stephan Zlotescu first came into our radar after his acclaimed sci-fi short film titled True Skin, which was shot in Thailand four years ago and got picked by Amazon Studios for a possible TV series adaptation. True Skin depicts a dark future where enhancing your body with machine is the norm. Currently it is in development and Nicole Perlman, writer of Guardians of the Galaxy, has been attached to the project.

  • LIFE

    The rhythm of self-mastery

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 24/11/2017

    » Katsumi Sakakura is a world-renowned Japanese artist/performer known for his spectacular video projection performances. He syncs his martial arts movements perfectly with a projection of Japanese imagery on a screen, delivering adrenaline-pumping performances. His group ORIENTARHYTHM travels around the world to perform at various events and on TV shows but it has been a long journey for Katsumi to get to where he is today. When we learned that his group will fly to Bangkok to perform at the opening of the Asian Football Confederation Annual Awards on Nov 29, we couldn't resist an opportunity to talk to this fascinating man.

  • LIFE

    Teeming with Theatres

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 03/11/2017

    » The fourteenth edition of the famous theatre fest returns with 72 shows by 58 performance groups over three weekends. They will take place at BACC and eight other venues in Bangkok. There are both free and paid performances to choose from. Here are some highlights of the first week, Nov 3-4.

  • OPINION

    Six headlines to look out for in April

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 07/04/2017

    » April not only brings with it the Songkran Festival but also unique stories that are bound to show up in newspapers or Facebook news feeds every year. For your entertainment, here are some of the headlines I predict will be published during Thailand's hottest month.

  • LIFE

    Mellow time on Merlin beach

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 26/05/2017

    » While many resorts boast about having private beaches, in reality, what they should be saying is "we're really right next to the beach but we share it with our neighbouring hotels and possibly some random vendors too". However, Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach, can really back this claim up. And rightfully so too.

  • LIFE

    Pizza from a conveyor belt

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 28/10/2016

    » <b>The setting</b>: Yep, you read that right. Someone did something quite mind-blowing by bringing together the sushi conveyor belt and pizza. It's perhaps a world's first too. Pizza King, which shares the same address with Limoncello in Thong Lor Soi 9, serves up pizza toppings on the conveyor belt to let you choose what you want to have on your very own Italian-style pizza. Whether you want to describe this unique restaurant as "kaiten-pizza", "rotation pizza" or a "pizza-go-round", the good news is that the main ingredient isn't a pure gimmick.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Bangkok songkran agendas

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 12/04/2013

    » OMB! We have five days off in a row because the cabinet kindly declared that this year's "official" Songkran break starts from today until Tuesday. Say what you will about PM Poo, but she is so right in giving us a long holiday since we can't function properly during this kind of heat anyway. Anyhoo, that's over 7,000 minutes we're supposed to wisely spend relaxing before going back to the grind on Wednesday. And even though some shops and places in Bangkok may be shut during the Thai New Year, there are plenty more options for celebrating. Here's what we suggest you do and, hopefully, you may also find a deeper meaning of Songkran Festival (besides throwing water at strangers) along the way. Happy splashing, everyone.

  • 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?

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