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  • OPINION

    Potty training

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 20/04/2012

    » Six profound ways toilets have shaped the course of Thai history

  • OPINION

    Mini Khon Thai Test

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 26/08/2016

    » Army chief Gen Theerachai Nakvanich recently urged people to look out for anything suspicious in their communities in the wake of the recent bomb attacks, while adding new Thai characteristics to everybody's knowledge. He said, "Thai people don't wear hats or glasses in the mall. Carrying a backpack is also suspicious too."

  • OPINION

    Thai Education 4.0

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 23/09/2016

    » Pictures of Thai university students dressing up as Adolf Hitler and China's Red Guards were circulated online earlier this week. Apparently, they mimicked these historical figures lightheartedly while doing a Nazi salute during their faculty's activity.

  • OPINION

    Keeping up with Thai hashtags

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 18/11/2016

    » The social media sphere has been a breeding ground for new Thai words, phrases or hashtags that are used in posts, shared content and news stories. They spread so quickly I doubt the Royal Society of Thailand is able to keep up. For the sake of edutainment for all the immediate learners of the Thai language, as well as my fellow Thais out there, here are eight popular online phrases of recent times. Just in case, you know, you want to be down with the kids.

  • OPINION

    Guru's ethics test

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 20/01/2017

    » Last Thursday, Bangkok Post, our publication's daddy, reported that PM Prayut Chan-o-cha wanted a moral and ethical sense test for students of all levels and suggested that schools should get students to write one page of Thai history. He said it would make them aware of their social responsibilities and duties.

  • OPINION

    Real-life Cases of Irony

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 03/02/2017

    » Irony: a situation that transpires in contrary to what you would expect, with an amusing effect. If you're a news junkie, you'll probably notice many news stories in Thailand that jump right off our front page because of their ironies.

  • OPINION

    Thailand-Only Headlines

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 17/02/2017

    » If you've pored over newspapers (in a desperate hope to find a story to base your editor's note) as much as I have, you can't help but notice the types of stories that make the front page or your Facebook newsfeed again and again. Here are nine Thailand-only headlines I've noticed from various news outlets on numerous occasions, along with my observations on them. Strictly for your entertainment.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    Budget Rethink?

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 21/04/2017

    » Our dear cabinet recently approved a budget to buy 10 made-in-China tanks worth two billion baht while key members also seem keen on a plan proposed by the Royal Thai Navy to buy three submarines worth 36 billion baht. While I'm sure these dear sirs exercised their sound rationale before agreeing to such big purchases for the sake of Thailand's security, IMHO, with utmost respect, I would like to point out that there are other more beneficial ways the money could be used too.

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