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  • OPINION

    Kicking a violent habit

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 25/10/2012

    » I bet millions of people across the country spent their holiday at home on Tuesday viewing the afternoon live broadcast of the first round of "Thai Fight 2012", the highly popular Muay Thai tournament featuring competitors from around the world, including the superstar Thai boxer Buakaw Banchamek.

  • OPINION

    Popular and populist: drawing the distinction

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 06/12/2012

    » His Majesty the King's grand audience with his subjects on his 85th birthday yesterday revealed once again the strong and enduring love the Thai people have for the monarch who has dedicated his life to improving the well-being of everybody in the Kingdom.

  • OPINION

    Reflecting on lives past

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 17/01/2013

    » This year, National Children's Day was not just about parents spending quality time with their offspring and Thai society paying attention to the younger generation, the so-called "future of the nation". No, on Saturday a huge number of grown-ups also took the time to reminisce about their own childhood.It was another viral phenomenon on the internet. To mark the occasion, there was a widespread practice of people, celebrities included, of course, posting cute and often funny portraits from their school days on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networking sites. Some even juxtaposed their old pictures with those of their little ones, revealing the striking similarities that attracted loads of "likes" and admiring comments.

  • OPINION

    New year, new woes

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 04/04/2013

    » The Songkran water festival will take place again next week and more than likely we will see (as usual) in news programmes revelling tourists screaming with joy to the approaching TV camera: "I love Thailand!"

  • OPINION

    United in diversity

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 13/06/2013

    » Tired of the political rift that has been so prevalent in Thai society the past several years, I need to give myself a break every now and then. The Thailand Tourism Festival which took place recently at Impact Convention Centre in Muang Thong Thani was a great respite.

  • OPINION

    Take your eyes off the prize to see what really matters

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 18/07/2013

    » Like many people, I need my smartphone to keep up with the goings-on. And by saying "need", I mean the kind of intense desire an alcoholic succumbs to when a tempting glass of whiskey flaunts itself within reach.

  • OPINION

    Smile surgery is the Joker in the pack

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 29/08/2013

    » Earlier this year Thai people were told the bad news that our country had lost its long-held status as the world's top rice exporter, falling behind India and Vietnam. As if that's not sad enough, it is likely that soon Thailand might also have to give up its cherished nickname "the Land of Smiles" to guess who... South Korea.

  • OPINION

    The only path to true democracy

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 12/12/2013

    » 'I came from election."

  • OPINION

    Hit the books

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 30/01/2014

    » While it's still uncertain if the widely opposed general election will take place Sunday as scheduled, social media posts have spread rumours that caretaker PM Yingluck Shinawatra has announced a postponement to Feb 30.

  • OPINION

    There's no time like the present

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 22/05/2014

    » I don’t know about you, but since martial law was announced on Tuesday I feel that society has suddenly become safer. The months-long spate of almost daily grenade and gun attacks at demonstration sites, courts and independent agencies such as the National Anti-Corruption Commission, as well as homes of individuals, might finally came to a halt.

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