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    Fabulous is needed

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 21/12/2018

    » Benjawan Wisootsat, is the founder and managing director of Fin – Fabulous is Needed, Thailand's first distributor of sustainable, organic and biodynamic wines from boutique wineries from around the world. The company was born out of Benjawan's passion and love for food, wine, events and travel. Her experience and career beginnings in the MICE industry led to the Optimum Group almost three decades ago, along with Fin.


    The localised dane

    Guru, Mika Apichatsakol, Published on 09/12/2016

    » If you've ever sourced any basic kitchenware from Central, you may own something of Scanproducts and not even know it. Established 20 years ago as a premium Danish homeware company in Thailand, Scanproducts has in recent years come out with local brand that is more relatable to this country's middle class homemakers. We had a chat with the company's founder, Danish fellow Jens Viggo Bergsoe, to learn more about "local brand by Scanproducts", the climate surrounding home décor in Thailand and a bit of his personal life, which only furthers the Scandinavian reputation for being model people.


    The 5th wave of coffee

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 13/04/2018

    » Lee Ayu Chuepa is the Thai co-founder of Akha Ama Coffee and proprietor of the Akha Ama Cafés in Chiang Mai. Born to the Akha hilltribe, Lee was working with an NGO in Chiang Mai when he decided to turn his village's then unprofitable coffee plantations into a world class product. Converting to organics and refining quality control, within a year, Akha Ama coffee was selected for the World Cup Coffee Tasters. Lee was awarded the Thailand Smart Farmer Award in 2016. Guru spoke to him at last month's {Re} Food Forum.


    Plant purvoyer

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 26/01/2018

    » Kachain "Kyng" Bodinittidej is a commercial producer who's behind many TV ads and a collector of rare and exotic plants. The 40-year-old adman also created a special fanzine titled "Mr. Brown", which features key figures in the first edition of Made By Legacy flea market and Thai vintage scene. The upcoming ninth edition of Made By Legacy, which takes place until Sunday at Pepsi Pier (go to our Activities page for more info), comes with a green twist. On top of vintage items and food, you'll be able to see and buy exotic plants, thanks to Kyng who curates and selects many plant and gardening shops, as well as plant collectors to showcase their green treasures. Not only it will serve as background for photo ops but also sources of awe, inspiration and appreciation for our green friends.


    Change the world, one photo at a time

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 04/05/2018

    » Theerachat "Tom" Potisit is a freelance photographer who's behind many iconic images that went viral in recent years. On top of countless fashion shoots, you may have already seen his work, which stimulates conversation on relevant social issues without knowing the man. In 2014, he saw an opportunity to raise awareness on marine life conservation when a Bryde's whale beached in Samut Prakarn and staged a fashion shoot there. Remember the "Anatomy 101" exhibition at Chulalongkorn Hospital in 2015? It was a photo exhibition where Tom and Surachai "Pui" Saengsuwan, a noted fashion photographer, took beautiful, haunting pictures of models and celebs in a hospital setting to raise awareness on organ donation. Most recently, he organised "Know-R", a photography exhibition to highlight livelihood of communities along the Chao Phraya River. It was staged on an old rice barge in February. Tom has also earned a reputation as a photographer/conservationist for his contribution to raising awareness on endangered species over the years. Guru spoke with this fascinating photographer whose works combine art, fashion and raising awareness.


    Offsetting culinary karma

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 28/09/2018

    » From being chef-proprietor of the Jolly Abbot, Cambridgeshire, the UK, to personal chef to Mick Jagger, to general manager at the Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa in Pran Buri, James Noble's culinary career is vast. Now, the founder of The Boutique Farmers can be found at his organic farm in Hua Hin, sowing, growing and harvesting crops that are highly sought after by some of the finest kitchens in Thailand.


    Tuk tuk travellers

    Guru, Mika Apichatsakol, Published on 26/06/2015

    » Ludwig Merz, 27, and Karen Koulakian, 25, are two of the three self-professed “crazy” graduate students behind the Pilgreen Project. The pair have been in Bangkok since September, as exchange students at Mahidol University’s College of Management (CMMU). In July, they and their third musketeer, Remy Fernandes-Dandre, will get on a solar-powered tuk tuk in Bangkok and head home, to Toulouse, France, stopping by 16 countries. A farewell party for these “green pilgrims” will be held at Ocean Bangkok Hotel on Jun 27. And yes, the tuk tuk will be there.

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