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    Travel Struggles Thais Can Relate To

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 01/11/2019

    » If you're fortunate enough to travel on a regular basis, you may start to pick up on little quirks that come with it. While I don't consider myself consumed by wanderlust, I would like to think that I've travelled enough to be able to share a few amusing quirks and struggles I discovered along the way. For your entertainment (and in some cases, our common commiseration), here are travel titbits Thai can relate to.

  • OPINION

    All Tea No Shade

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 22/06/2018

    » Earlier this week, you must have treated yourself to a newly penned poem by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha entitled Pracharat Thai Niyom, which I humbly translate to "people-state partnership and Thai way". With an important-sounding name like that, the poem's purpose is to inspire Thais to improve themselves and the country.

  • OPINION

    Why Thailand Won't be 4.0 Anytime Soon

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 25/08/2017

    » We all have already heard the much-touted "Thailand 4.0" vision -- an aspiration for our beloved country to become an advanced version of itself -- but it seems all recent evidence points to the contrary. Here are some reasons why I believe the chances of Thailand reaching 4.0 are, unfortunately, very slim.

  • OPINION

    Thank You!

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 06/07/2018

    » Thailand breathed a collective sigh of relief on Monday night after a team of 12 teenage football players and their coach were found alive inside Tham Luang Cave in Chiang Rai after 10 days of being trapped inside. Though we may be able to sleep sound, there's still a long way to go (and many more dramas, rumours and photos of handsome rescuers to come) before they are evacuated to safety. It's already been reported that they may have to stay there for months so let's keep our fingers crossed and our hopes alive.

  • OPINION

    For the Love of Costumes

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 20/07/2018

    » A Thai beauty pageant can be captivating for several reasons, the beauties themselves, the obvious nose contouring, the contestants introducing themselves and the province which they represent in a high-pitched voice at the end -- just to name a few.

  • OPINION

    Did-I-Just-Read-That Thai Headlines

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 23/02/2018

    » Is it just me or you sometimes too stop dead in your scroll while browsing through the Facebook newsfeed? Some headlines are so eye-catching, but not in a sense that they are amazing, but because they make you go Why are you telling me this?, Did I just read that? or Is this news?

  • OPINION

    Answering Uncle Tu's Questions (Again)

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 17/11/2017

    » Recently, our dear leader Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha posed six new questions regarding new political parties, which critics have deemed as a way for his regime to pursue its own political interests.

  • 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

    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

    Seven Local Quirks Even Thais Can't Get Over

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 28/04/2017

    » As someone who was born and raised in Thailand, I've noticed there seem to be Thailand-only behaviours by my fellow countrymen that still baffle me.

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