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    New Kids on the Block

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 26/07/2019

    » The wet season may want to make you hole up and wait out the rain (perfect bed weather and all that) but it doesn't seem to slow down new venues popping up in Bangkok. From a new upscale dining destination to a low-key night market in the city centre, here are five new and upcoming venues that are worth braving the rain for.

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    Advocating for acceptance

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 16/12/2016

    » South African Paul Heymans is the founder of OUT BKK, a non-profit organisation whose goal is to address the needs of the LGBT community in Thailand. In this exclusive interview, Paul talks to us about how his organisation started and the impact it wishes to create.

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    Travel with meaning

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 30/09/2016

    » Somsak "Pai" Boonkam is the founder and CEO of Local Alike (http://fb.com/LocalAlike), although he does prefer the title social worker, as this describes what he does through his noted social enterprise more accurately. Through various trips and travel packages arranged by Local Alike, he has connected travellers with various local communities to create a unique travel experience based on the concept of community-based tourism. Pai tells us how people can give back while expanding their horizons through travel.

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    Farmer brothers

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 31/08/2018

    » Mitdanai "Port" and Phundanai "Peat" Sathavonmanee co-founded CORO FIELD (fb.com/corofieldTH), a Japanese-style agro-tourist destination in Ratchaburi, in 2015. Since then, the brothers have branched out with a café in Esplanade Ratchada and a dessert shop in CentralWorld while Coro Field thrives as an example of what agriculture 4.0 looks like. We talked to them about their green ambition to plant a seed for modern farming while helping Thai farmers.

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    Travelling Thaiger

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 01/12/2017

    » We first interviewed Thai-German Michael Biedassek for his role as the co-founder of bangkokvanguards, a unique travel agent which explores undiscovered paths in Bangkok. Michael is also involved in raising awareness on preserving local communities and organising the "Santa Cause" (http://fb.com/SantaCauseBangkok) event every year to provide gifts and necessities for less privileged children and their families. We wondered what he had been up to lately and what the upcoming Santa Cause would entail.

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    Giving a fair chance

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 19/01/2018

    » People with special needs may be able to receive education but they haven't been given a fair chance in terms of employment. And that's exactly what Max Simpson wants to change. The 31-year-old educator is the co-founder of Steps with Theera (stepswiththeera.com), a cafe on Ekamai Soi 10 that is staffed by trainees with cognitive disabilities. It also functions as a vocational training centre for them. Through showing what they are capable of, Max hopes, those born with cognitive disabilities will be given more opportunities to work and contribute to society.

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    The food rescuer

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 13/10/2017

    » Tanaporn "Faii" Oi-isaranukul (second from left) is a donor relations coordinator and food hygienist at ThaiHarvest-SOS (fb.com/thaiharvestsos, thaiharvestsos.org), a local food rescue foundation which raises awareness around food waste and combats it. So far, it has rescued 65 tonnes of edible excess food and collected around 120 tonnes in scraps of food to make compost. One kilo of food provides up to three meals. Do the maths. They have provided 195,000 meals for those in need such as refugees and orphans. And, for every B1,000 spent, they serve 50 meals. Faii, a food science graduate from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, tells us about the budding organisation and how you can help out.

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    A funny stranger in her own home

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 21/07/2017

    » Unpleasant experiences can be a source for comedy. That seems to be the case for Simiran "Simi" Srinarula, a 20-year old student studying Media & Communications at Macquarie University in Sydney. Simi combines her experience as a Thai-Indian and her wittiness into funny skits. Her Facebook and YouTube handle Kaek Kee Kui (fb.com/kaekkeekui) — which unofficially translates to talkative Thai Indians — is where you can find some funny sketches that she has done all by herself. Simi manages to poke fun at things she has experienced in Thai society as a Thai of Indian descent, while slipping in an important message here and there. One video where she made fun of questions that she got asked as a Thai-Indian recently went viral and earned her some media attention. There is some strong language in her videos but we think they are funny and definitely worth checking out.

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    Social Media Maven

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 28/04/2017

    » While many may have a hard time fulfilling one job, Samantha Proyrungtong wears many hats and pulls it off too. She's best known as an online marketing whiz, being the boss of Extrovert Marketing Agency, and has launched many successful projects through social media with the latest being the Natural Wine Festival at About Eatery. Sam founded a women's group for entrepreneurs and professionals and also administers various Facebook groups including Bangkok Foodies and Phuket Foodies where food lovers go to for restaurant recommendations, promotions and honest reviews. This earns herself a player position in Bangkok's dining scene. Moreover, she was behind the success of VIVIN, her husband's fine food specialist grocer, which recently opened a mini boutique in Gourmet Market at The EmQuartier. On top of it all, she manages to find time to contribute as a freelance writer for various English-language publications. My, that's a lot. We talked to Sam about how she managed to do it all, as well as her passion for Thailand's dining scene.

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    The GURU compilation

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 25/11/2016

    » So far this year we've featured many of the freshest sounds of Thailand's music scene. Musically, 2016's been good, with many indie acts finding success and recognition. As the year wraps up, we want to show you even more talents that deserve love (and listening to) from us.

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