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  • THAILAND

    Making the most of the land

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 05/12/2018

    » King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away in October 2016 and left behind countless legacies for his people, including over 4,000 royal projects. To keep the royal principles and practices going -- especially the sufficiency-economy philosophy -- a group of more than 20 academics, led by Asst Prof Phichet Sowitthayasakun of King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), is establishing the Institute of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (ISEP) to teach "the King's principles".

  • TRAVEL

    A new look at old Hong Kong

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 17/08/2017

    » As many more Thais opt to travel to South Korea and Japan due to the K-pop craze and Japan's visa exemption policies, Hong Kong, an all-time shopping and food paradise, is trying to regain its popularity by highlighting its heritage, delicacies, art and culture in the old district of Central.

  • LIFE

    At the edge of Bangkok

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 02/02/2016

    » Food, literature, music, performances, creative workshops and social discussions -- all of this in the picturesque neighbourhood of the capital. Bangkok Edge, branded as the city's first "ideas festival", will rock the old town area of Tha Tian from noon to midnight on Feb 13 and 14, with a wide variety of activities.

  • OPINION

    The right to refuse

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 11/09/2014

    » I was 17 when I started university. I remember feeling happy and more than willing to participate in welcome activities or initiation ceremonies. The longing to be among the cream of the crop was stronger than any other feeling I had, so refusal or objection to do so never crossed my mind. Fortunately the activities my faculty organised, in my opinion, never reached what is nowadays called “hazing”.

  • OPINION

    Fuming over first-car scheme

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 27/12/2012

    » The worst is yet to come for Bangkok's traffic. Over the past few months, I have spent twice as much time as before stuck in traffic jams. Although I am not an expert, I believe this has something to do with the government's first-car scheme. The programme allows new car buyers to claim tax rebates of up to 100,000 baht per vehicle per person. Since its inception, more than one million new vehicles have been purchased, or about 30,000 new cars a day. By the end of this year, the number of the "first cars" is likely to exceed 1.2 million.

  • LIFE

    Saving man's best friend from the butchers

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 04/12/2012

    » Hundreds of dogs crammed into tiny cages on trucks or boats travelling across the border and the Mekong River have been a common sight over the past few years. They were on their way to dog meat markets and restaurants in Vietnam via Laos.

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