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    Sending a murderous message

    Life, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 07/05/2015

    » Last month, the Thai Health Promotion Foundation launched a campaign to prevent people from drunk driving just in time for Songkran, a time when road deaths often snowball. The campaign came with a clear-cut message: "Drunk drivers equal murderers".

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    The land of police shrugs

    Life, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 09/06/2015

    » Since January, Thailand has welcomed more than 19 million tourists, though numbers are expected to slow down as we enter the so-called low season. However, to prepare for the year-end high season when tourism is set to pick up again, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports invited diplomats to a meeting last month to ensure the safety of those travelling in Thailand.

  • OPINION

    What's on my vegetables?

    Life, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 09/07/2015

    » Given pad kaprao gai (stir-fried chicken with holy basil) is one of the trademarks of Thai cuisine, to say it is many people's favourite dish is probably an understatement. I, for one, used to eat it almost everyday.

  • OPINION

    Potty mouths and name calling

    Life, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 22/09/2015

    » When I was born, my first name was just Phat (pronounced Pat). It's still shown on my hospital birth certificate. Not long after I began toddling, however, my mother rushed to the district registration office and asked the officer to add "Duang" to the front of the existing name. So, it became Duangphat -- just like that. Weird name, even for Thai people. 

  • OPINION

    In the name of religion

    Life, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 15/10/2015

    » Today, a movie called Arbat, the Thai word for offences carried out by monks, with varying degrees of offensiveness and punishment, was set to be released. Although it deals with a subject matter that most of us in Thailand can relate to, it has been banned by the film censorship committee since it explicitly revolves around monks who break chastity vows and take drugs.

  • OPINION

    Weapons of mass delusion

    Life, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 17/11/2015

    » Last week, there was a controversial Facebook post circulating about a tragedy that has been deliberately silenced. The post was dedicated to the campaigning relative of a female college student who died of abuse a few years ago whilst training at a military camp. It was merely written by a journalist, who had been conscripted, on his personal Facebook page. However, due to the struggle of the woman fighting for justice, coupled with the journalist's first-hand experience of unfair treatment in the army, the post racked up more than 100,000 Likes in a short period of time.

  • OPINION

    No morals in excessive puritanism

    Life, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 17/12/2015

    » On Monday, an unmarried celebrity couple who we normally wouldn't care much about officially opened up to the press after it had been brought to light that they are having a baby. Holding each other tight in front of a squad of tabloid reporters who looked nothing but happy to be there to get a piece of them, the couple confirmed that they are blessed and ready to do whatever it takes to become good parents. However, something was amiss. The couple also happened to be apologising for having the baby.

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