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    (E)Special(ly) (Ironic) Days

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 06/12/2019

    » The point of setting up holidays and special days is to celebrate or observe a cause, a thing or an event of significance. But as I scan through the 2020 calendar (to plan to use all of my days off in advance), I can't help but find that some special days in Thailand have taken an ironic turn.

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    Ironic Special Days in Thailand

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 14/12/2018

    » Have you received your company or uni's list of annual holidays for 2019? I bet some of you have strategically planned to use all your vacation days throughout the next year already. But have you ever counted holidays and special days in Thailand? Of course not, why would you do such a nerdy thing like that? But I have!

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    Loy Krathong and Other Thai Ironies

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 03/11/2017

    » At the risk of sounding like a party pooper, Loy Krathong always comes across as a very ironic festival. You ask for forgiveness from the water goddess for polluting her all year round by dumping more things in her on one particular night. It's like asking your mum to do an extra big pile of laundry for you on the Mother's Day. Am I right?

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    Thai Politics -- English Dictionary; 2017 Edition

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 24/02/2017

    » The Thai language can be very tricky. Mai pen rai can mean so many things from "it's alright", "we're cool" to "you're welcome". But when it comes to the use of the Thai language by Thai politicians, you may need to dig deeper. For your entertainment (and at the personal risk of being asked to go in for some attitude adjustment), here are nine of the phrases and words used in Thai politics and what I think they really mean.

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    Thai-style "Solutions"

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 10/02/2017

    » Have you ever tried to solve a problem but ended up only making it worse by not really addressing its root cause? If so, don't be too hard on yourself. Apparently many of our supposedly upstanding officials and leaders have done the same.

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