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  • OPINION

    True costs only Bangkokians know

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 28/09/2018

    » Have you noticed that somethings in life come with hidden costs -- monetary or otherwise -- that we may not be aware of until we experience it? And some of them are pretty unique to the Bangkok way of life. If you're not sure what I'm getting at, take a look at the examples below that may make you nod along (or hopefully laugh along). g

  • OPINION

    11 things to do while being stuck in the traffic

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 24/08/2018

    » PM Prayut Chan-o-cha recently tasked relevant agencies to ease traffic congestion in Bangkok and expects to see some improvement in three months. If any government can solve this perennial problem, I think it'll be his Cabinet since he can always invoke S44 magic. Think about it, people, he can order car owners to drive only on even or odd days, depending on their licence plate numbers.

  • OPINION

    Rainy-Season Struggles Only Bangkokians Understand

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 13/07/2018

    » The monsoon season not only brings heavy rain showers but also makes your Bangkok life a tad more difficult. Not sure what I'm getting at? Read on and see if you agree (and commiserate) with me.

  • OPINION

    Did-I-Just-Read-That Thai Headlines

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 23/02/2018

    » Is it just me or you sometimes too stop dead in your scroll while browsing through the Facebook newsfeed? Some headlines are so eye-catching, but not in a sense that they are amazing, but because they make you go Why are you telling me this?, Did I just read that? or Is this news?

  • LIFESTYLE

    Taking noodle up a notch

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 16/02/2018

    » The Setting: A kuay tiew experience doesn't have to mean a quick shophouse meal where all the tables have the flimsy pink papers for wiping everything and plastic jugs filled with tea that look like they have never been washed. If the idea of kuay tiew has become uneventful, Mamarin Noodles can spice it up for you (lame food pun intended). You see, the new kuay tiew restaurant highlights a Ban Beung (a district in Chon Buri) variation of the popular street food while taking it up a notch with the cosy ambience and, most importantly, quality ingredients.

  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

  • OPINION

    Seven struggles only Bangkokians understand

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 17/03/2017

    » Living in Bangkok comes with its beauties and bummers (Beauty and the Beast pun intended). Besides the congested roads we're painfully aware of, as well as being rejected by taxi drivers on a regular basis, there are other minor struggles that one comes across while living in the City of Angels. Don't despair, dear readers. I'm here to tell you that you're not alone and that we can commiserate with each other in a light-hearted manner. Because, you know, a problem shared is a problem halved. Here are seven struggles only Bangkokians understand.

  • OPINION

    Driving Test: Bangkok Edition

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 14/10/2016

    » In a bid to make the roads safer, the Department of Land Transport recently announced a plan to raise the pass mark from 90% to 100% on the multiple-choice driving exam. Soon you'll have to answer all 50 questions correctly to obtain a driving licence. Of course, people can appear responsible on paper but they can actually, in real life, be jerks on the road. But if that extra 10% somehow makes the roads 1% safer, don't you think it's worth our collective effort to strive for full marks? This new requirement is expected to be in effect next year so, in the meantime, you can take my very own driving exam to find out how responsible a driver you can be (or whether you should never be allowed on Bangkok's roads, for the sake of everyone else).

  • OPINION

    7 Features Facebook Should Give Thai Users

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 24/03/2017

    » Who doesn't like a new Facebook update, right? You may already have experienced a new feature which displays exchanges you have with friends on a post in a new pop-up tab similar to the one that appears at the bottom of your screen when you send messages to friends. Now, I like new Facebook tricks as much as the next guy but I think this new feature could irk some people too. You don't want too many tabs cluttering up your already busy news feed, do you?

  • LIFESTYLE

    Ooh la la

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 24/03/2017

    » <B>The setting:</B> If you've been to the ground floor of Siam Paragon before, you know it's an air-conditioned playground for foodies. I will go as far as saying that it's a dining ecosystem with a vast selection of kiosks, cafes and restaurants for you to choose from (and chomp on).

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