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    The paradox of pity

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 21/05/2018

    » Thais are notoriously hopeless when it comes to the songsarn factor. Translated to English, the word means to pity or feel sorry for -- a trait ingrained in Thais as much as to be sabai sabai and never on time.


    The art of used plastic, courtesy of Vivienne Westwood

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 13/03/2018

    » Britain's dame of punk, Vivienne Westwood, is known for taking modern punk mainstream, but she is also outspoken on environmental issues. It is no surprise that her latest collection to drop in stores for spring summer 2018, Anglomania, draws most of its motifs from the concept of saving the world through sustainability and using less plastic.


    Information overload

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 29/05/2017

    » The floods that come with this month's seasonal rain is a hassle for many, but I came across a post on social media that makes the entire situation look like a five-star daydream.


    A touch of class

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 26/05/2017

    » We all have problems, but your super red arowana aquarium fish being too drowsy to entertain your house guests because it just returned from getting a facelift or being locked out of inheriting a 64 acre palatial estate in the heart of Singapore would surely only qualify as "rich people problems".


    Keep calm and read more

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 09/03/2017

    » As a counsellor working in an international school in Bangkok, Amornrat Sachdev's day is packed with children running into her office with nervous breakdowns. Besides her day job as an educator, she gives back to the wider community by leading parent and student workshops on emotional wellness, in addition to writing books.


    A cross-platform fashion collaboration

    Muse, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 04/02/2017

    » In case you haven't gotten the memo, this season's trend as seen on catwalks is about piling all kinds of prints and patterns together to create a frenzied, colourful jumble. To put the print-on-print-on-print effect all around you, Ikea's SPRIDD collection is just the thing for your home. In collaboration with fashion designer Kit Neale, the furnishing giant has released a range of tents, lanterns, mugs, bags, poufs and sleeping bags that use the bold patterns the East London brand is known for.


    Riding high in the simulated Wild West

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 05/12/2016

    » Looking all parts American perfection and stomaching spicy dishes surprisingly well (according to his bodyguard) for a first-timer in Singapore, James Marsden was in the Lion City last week to promote the season finale of HBO's Westworld. As the human equivalent of goodness and sunshine, it becomes apparent that the Hollywood dreamboat is fittingly well-known for his nice-guy roles (in X-Men, The Notebook, Enchanted, Hairspray) because he is also such a person in real life. In fact, it all feels satisfyingly in-character when the 43-year-old admits that he loves Frank Capra movies and that the violence in Westworld isn't gratuitous.


    Filthy rich, and loving it

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 10/08/2015

    » Days of back-breaking labour in the desolate boonies, farming for their lives, is a stale cliché concerning the Chinese. Women are no longer under some ring of patriarchal oppression and they contemptuously shun haute couture dresses bedecked with phoenix and dragon embroidery. This is a new and brave China we are talking about -- they are not just crazy rich -- they are China Rich, as Kevin Kwan's second book title aptly coins it. 


    Silence is the enemy

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 25/11/2015

    » The course of Linor Abargil's life has been shaped by two extremes -- she was raped at knifepoint at 18 and six weeks later she was crowned Miss World 1998. Her story of survival and how she got her rapist a 16-year sentence in jail has turned Abargil into a household shero in her homeland Israel, as well as a globe-trotting advocate fighting against sexual violence. The 35-year-old has spoken about it extensively, probably over a hundred times all over the world in various centres and interviews -- not that it becomes any easier each time.


    Quest for lost love takes to the road

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 19/09/2014

    » It doesn't feel like a Bollywood movie and for that reason alone Finding Fanny may attract a more international, albeit still slightly niche, audience than most of the mainstream films made in India. There are no extravagant dance routines here, nor glitzy, museum-quality costumes; just a road trip and a handful of loveable personalities pondering life.

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