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    P is for pancake and party

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 16/11/2018

    » Pancakes are a breakfast favourite for a lot of people and they're just hands-down pretty dang delicious and awesome (if you're a pancake hater... uh, why?). But aside from that, they've also become a starting point for friendships and bonds to be made thanks to Robin Vogelaar. For the past few years, Vogelaar has travelled around the world and hosted events in different countries with a simple premise: he cooks Dutch pancakes, people meet up and eat, and have a good time. It's a simple thing yet it has gotten the attention of others that Vogelaar was able to take the TEDx stage at Abidjian, Côte d'Ivoire. On November 24, he's bringing the Dutch Pancake Party to the Big Mango. Guru spoke to him on everything pancake party.

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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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    Doors wide open

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 02/11/2018

    » Born and raised in Bangkok before studying in the UK and Australia, Oranan Tangpanitanon is the owner of The Hidden Closet, Bangkok's first erotic boutique, on Thong Lor 6. After working in the film industry for a few years, Oranan decided to open the Hidden Closet with her girlfriends in October 2011. That first iteration of the shop, however, has closed down and it moved location in 2016. The store has satisfied many customers looking to sizzle and spice up their sexual adventures and relationships, from offering sensual lingerie, sexy role-playing outfits, fetish gear such as paddles, handcuffs, ball gags, you name it. She will soon open her second branch, The Hidden Closet Studio on Ekamai 12, which will not only be a store but will include, among other services, a couples photo booth, classes and workshops dealing with various topics of eroticism for singles, couples and groups, art and performance events, and much more.

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    Cycling Towards Victory

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 05/10/2018

    » Thai-American athlete Amanda Carr has always been competitive in the realm of BMX cycling. Born in Punta Gorda, Florida, the 28-year-old cyclist took up the sport at the age of five, deciding to compete professionally at the age of 16. After racing for USA Cycling and attempting to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games, she was approached by the Thai national team and decided to race with them. Carr had previously won the gold medal for the Women's BMX race category at the 2014 Asian Games held in Incheon, South Korea, as well as having competed in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. She had recently competed and won the qualifier round in June for the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship in Aranyaprathet, where more than 70 riders competed for a spot in the finals. She is now set to compete in the finals on Oct 12 to be held in the US at the Jones Centre in Arkansas, representing Thailand in the hopes of bringing the gold back home and winning the championship title.

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    Building BASE

    Guru, Published on 15/06/2018

    » With kind eyes and a confident smile, Jack Thomas is on a mission to make your workout the favourite part of your day. He is the founder and CEO of BASE, one of Bangkok's leading fitness studios, which was voted "Gym of the Year 2018" at the recent Fitness Best, the biggest fitness industry awards in Asia. He has a long list of qualifications, including a diploma in personal training from the UK and has been exercising his expertise in Bangkok's fitness scene since 2009. In addition to the two BASE locations in Thong Lor and Sathon, Thomas has advocated a healthy lifestyle for all through his contributions to various local and international publications. We decided to ask him a few questions about his journey, the BASE experience and for a few fitness tips.

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    From seedling to bar

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 22/06/2018

    » MarkRin Chocolate was born out of the love for chocolate by Assoc Prof Dr Sanh and his wife Kanokked "Thip" La-Ongsri, who also created it as a long-term research project in Chiang Mai. Sanh found that the agricultural geography of Thailand qualified for planting cacao trees. The first cacao plant in Chiang Mai, Sanh crossed two cacao varieties and created his own hybrid called "I.M.1". He and Thip formed MarkRin Farms, to support and form a cooperative, so cacao farmers have a stable occupation since cacao is a monocrop and intercrop. Sanh and Thip also studied and researched cocoa beans fermentation together to develop chocolate from premium quality dried beans.

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    Boosting the trance scene in Asia

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 11/05/2018

    » Trance DJ, promoter, and founder of Pure Pleasure Entertainment, Srangkun Sirisinha better known as Lonskii, is the sole driving force behind the trance scene in Thailand and all of Asia. Starting as a DJ back in 2004 in Melbourne, Australia, and having performed and hosted multiple shows and parties, he sought to bring trance music to Thailand. He is responsible for bringing many high-profile trance DJs to the country as well as expanding the annual trance event Transmission to Bangkok. He recently hosted the three-day long UnKonscious, Asia's biggest trance music festival on the beach this past weekend, held in the private Paradise Beach in Phuket. The event featured 15 international DJs from three trance labels (In Trance We Trust, Grotesque, and Pure Trance) which included Menno de Jong, RAM, and Solarstone as well as regional support of trance DJs from Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

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    The world in between

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 14/09/2018

    » Dhanut Tungsuwan is an up-and-coming artist who has had a number of exhibitions showing off his immense talent and work in Britain. A Harrow alum, he studied art and design at Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of Art & Design. He's now back in Thailand where he recently opened a new exhibition entitled "Transitions" at Tadu Contemporary Art by Thaiyarnyon. Guru spoke to him about the exhibition, and his ideas and inspiration.

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    Hotel Insider

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 07/09/2018

    » With a passion for travelling, hotels have always had a special place in her heart for Wimintra Raj. As a child, her parents would take her to hotels where she enjoyed dining at the buffet and was mesmerised by the magical act of having her room looking nice and clean the next day. Today, she owns a factory for hotel uniforms and has partnered with an environmentally-friendly factory in China that produces recycled uniforms, as well as being the founder and editor-in-chief of Hotelintel.co, a business-to-business (B2B) publication. The website serves as a portal for news of all things hotels, hospitality and industry-related investment, and features hoteliers and chefs based in Thailand. A graduate in political science, Wimintra is undertaking a micro master's degree online for hospitality management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. As the website turns four this year, it will be hosting a panel discussion at Gaysorn Village on Sep 27 titled 'Communcation that Sells'.

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    The rhythm of self-mastery

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 24/11/2017

    » Katsumi Sakakura is a world-renowned Japanese artist/performer known for his spectacular video projection performances. He syncs his martial arts movements perfectly with a projection of Japanese imagery on a screen, delivering adrenaline-pumping performances. His group ORIENTARHYTHM travels around the world to perform at various events and on TV shows but it has been a long journey for Katsumi to get to where he is today. When we learned that his group will fly to Bangkok to perform at the opening of the Asian Football Confederation Annual Awards on Nov 29, we couldn't resist an opportunity to talk to this fascinating man.

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