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    Parenting is not a popularity contest

    Life, Vanniya Sriangura, Published on 04/07/2012

    » Some blame it on the media. Many have thrown the guilt completely at the failure of our educational system. But the recent controversy over schoolchildren in Ratchaburi and Phetchaburi indulging in sexual activities in public, which very much contradicts Thailand's long-perceived image as a country where children obey their parents and abstinence is held in high esteem, boils down to the parents.

  • OPINION

    Mass shootings kill all of us

    Life, Vanniya Sriangura, Published on 13/02/2013

    » We were living only 60km away when the Columbine High School massacre took place in Colorado, USA, 14 years ago. It was one of the world's most shocking school shooting sprees. Since then, more than a dozen shooting massacres have horrified the world, including those at Virginia Tech in 2007, Northern Illinois University in 2008, Albertville Secondary School in Winnenden, Germany, in 2009 and Utoya Island youth camp in Buskerud, Norway, in 2011.

  • OPINION

    Getting our ethics straightened out

    Life, Vanniya Sriangura, Published on 27/11/2013

    » Can we stop talking about democracy for a moment? It's not just since the unrolling of the Thaksin regime that I've been getting so fed up with the rampant misuse of "democracy" _ often by people who have no clue what this noble term really means _ that I've almost puked on occasion. But it's also because what I'm going to say right now has very little to do with political values, just plain morality.

  • OPINION

    Don't carry the donkey

    Life, Vanniya Sriangura, Published on 17/01/2014

    » Vexatiously, the political tension that has been going on for the past couple of months has brought a new lifestyle hype to Thais. I'm not talking about people joining the rallies, blocking intersections, expressing political opinions on Facebook or dressing up to present their standpoint. I'm simply talking about a new sense of political awareness, especially among those in Bangkok.

  • OPINION

    The drugs do work

    Life, Vanniya Sriangura, Published on 30/05/2014

    » For the past 30 years I’ve had the duty of preparing the weekly medication for my 97-year-old grandma. Each day she takes approximately 10-15 pills for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, peripheral neuropathy, among other ailments. Some of the pills are prescribed, others aren’t.

  • OPINION

    Running away from parental responsibility

    Life, Vanniya Sriangura, Published on 15/07/2014

    » Last month, a family from the country found out that they had inadvertently built up a huge bill by purchasing items in a smartphone game and thus owed a fortune to a telecommunications company. The story hit the news and caused a public outcry and from what I know, at least three similar incidents have since become public knowledge.

  • OPINION

    An education for Obec

    Life, Vanniya Sriangura, Published on 19/09/2014

    » Recently, Life ran a story on how Thai students were paying others to do their school assignments for them.

  • OPINION

    Getting away from it all, and bringing more back

    Life, Vanniya Sriangura, Published on 08/01/2015

    » The holiday travelling season is over. So I'm sure many of my fellow Thais have a fresh experience of fak sue khong, which loosely translates to "asking someone to buy something for you".

  • OPINION

    Plane your fears away

    Life, Vanniya Sriangura, Published on 11/02/2015

    » When did you last travel by air?

  • OPINION

    Prioritising pleasure above all else

    Life, Vanniya Sriangura, Published on 23/04/2015

    » I once witnessed a restaurant employee walk out on her job in the middle of a busy lunch rush simply because her Western boss commented on the quality of her work, which made her unhappy.

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