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    Must love dogs

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 19/10/2018

    » The Bodhi Dog Rescue and Shelter in Phuket has been rescuing and treating dogs (and other animals, too) who have been mistreated, shunned and abandoned for six years. Running solely on donations, they've encountered heartbreaking circumstances, which makes us question if we really do treat dogs as "man's best friend". On the other hand, they've also had successful stories like that of a pup named Nor. On their sixth anniversary of Bodhi Dog Rescue and Shelter GURU caught up with Tina Maria, founder and owner.

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    Giving a fair chance

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 19/01/2018

    » People with special needs may be able to receive education but they haven't been given a fair chance in terms of employment. And that's exactly what Max Simpson wants to change. The 31-year-old educator is the co-founder of Steps with Theera (stepswiththeera.com), a cafe on Ekamai Soi 10 that is staffed by trainees with cognitive disabilities. It also functions as a vocational training centre for them. Through showing what they are capable of, Max hopes, those born with cognitive disabilities will be given more opportunities to work and contribute to society.

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    Abs, empathy and edge

    Guru, Catherine Faulder, Published on 02/12/2016

    » One hour with Chakrit Narula, a personal trainer at The Edge Boutique Gym (http://fb.com//theedgeboutiquegym) and you feel like you've done your bit for the year. Despite his military approach to working out, what we like about Chakrit is his ability to relate with us normal humans who don't work out - or plan to - 24/7. We aren't robots and we're very much driven by realness and that "yeah I'll get round to it" mentality. We stumble. We fall. We fail. Chakrit's seen about every colour of the human condition when it comes to physical fitness, and this translates in his ability to motivate us. He wasn't always all abs and bones you know. Here's his story.

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    Mastering the message

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 18/03/2019

    » Life rarely progresses the way we intended. Sometimes, we need to adjust to unexpected circumstances and always be ready for change. Once we master the ability to adapt to unforeseen events and to constantly absorb new knowledge, it usually allows our lives to blossom in beautiful ways.

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    The road to redemption

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 21/09/2018

    » Akkarin "Rung" Puri spent almost half of his life behind bars. Instead of hiding his dark past, he's open about his ex-inmate status and uses it to inspire convicts to change their way and campaign for understanding and, more importantly, second chance for them to be part of society again. A guitar maker (Be Light Guitar; fb.com/belightguitar) and speaker at prisons, Rung talked to us about his long road to redemption.

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    Celebrating sisterhood

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 08/03/2019

    » Festival du feminin is a growing global-awakening sisterhood festival, the 4th edition of which will be held in Bangkok on March 15-16. Founded in Paris, this festival is held in cities all over France and in French-speaking countries (Canada, Belgium, Morocco). It is rapidly expanding internationally (India, US, Colombia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong) with new projects commencing in Indonesia, Vietnam, Kenya and the Middle East. Festival du feminin is a journey of self-discovery that allows women to feel, access and reconnect with the multiple facets of themselves, breaking away from the rigid expectations of peers, parents, colleagues, partners and society at large. Guru speaks to Sylvie Baradel, the Asia coordinator for Festival du feminin.

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    Overhauling the office

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 04/03/2019

    » Noelle Coak doesn't hesitate when asked about the place she calls home. "My home is in Japan, Tokyo. My family is in Japan, my husband, my son and two dogs," she replies.

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    Not your usual lunch ladies

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 02/09/2016

    » Anyone who has ever worked or is currently working in the F&B and hospitality industry knows that the word "easy" is not a part of the job description. And anyone who says otherwise, is probably not doing it right. From dealing with difficult customers and unreliable suppliers to spending long hours on your feet in the kitchen working under tremendous pressure, there are a myriad of reasons that make working in F&B sound far from a dream job to most. But there are those few out there who welcome these challenges and manage to do it with a smile still intact.

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    Squeeze play

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 30/01/2015

    » Free Hugs Bangkok will give out friendly hugs at busy spots in Bangkok, from Sunday (Feb 1) to Feb 14. The group was co-created by Osito and La Monita owner Kasama Laopanich, Osito’s executive chef and partner Daniel Bucher, businessman Rajen “Raj” Palsingh and Business In Heels’ branch director Nicola “Nicky” Jones-Crossley. The hug-fest will culminate in a Valentine’s Day fundraising event at La Monita and Osito. Find out more about the group on its Facebook page, at fb.com/FreeHugsBKK.

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