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  • NEWS

    Bangkok's secret weapon in war against floods

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 21/10/2017

    » When the torrential rains of Oct 13 caused heavy flooding in Bangkok, several parts of the city were swamped, including Chulalongkorn University Centenary Park in Sam Yan. However, as the park slowly filled with water, Kotchakorn Voraakhom, the landscape architect who designed the project, remained unconcerned. She even expressed her satisfaction in a Facebook post that the park had finally delivered on one of its purposes -- the detention of flood water.

  • BUSINESS

    Great expectations

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 02/10/2017

    » Joanne Kua, the young chief executive officer of KSK Group Berhad, is typical of the next generation of family business leaders. After pursuing a successful career beyond her native Malaysia, she has returned home determined to leave her mark, yet is aware of the need to prove herself.

  • LIFESTYLE

    New books worth reading

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 29/12/2016

    » From Dust To Dust: A Journalist's Memoir

  • OPINION

    The fear of becoming a banana state

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 15/08/2016

    » 'The company changed the pattern of the rains, accelerated the cycle of harvests and moved the river from where it had always been." This vivid line is from the book <i>One Hundred Years of Solitude</i>, a magnum opus written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Nobel Prize-winning writer.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Going bananas over Chinese investment

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/04/2016

    » Kluai hom -- or the Cavendish banana -- found itself in the spotlight recently on social media and in local news. The issue involves Chinese investors renting land in Chiang Rai to grow kluai hom. Local villagers complained about water because the farm sucked up a large volume of it, leaving so little for local farmers. Fears about the use of chemical fertilisers also arose. Another problem is that the practice might be against the law, which reserves the occupation of farmer for Thais. The public is alarmed because Chinese-backed kluai hom farming in Laos has already proved a disaster. Toxic pesticides are dumped into the river, while environmental management is below par.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Crowdfunders serve as architect's artistic influence

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 01/08/2016

    » Architect Yanyong Boon-Long is a unique voice in the Thai design community through his creative use of space and innovation aiming at improving or even solving social problems. He has been involved in a project that installs solar roofs for a low-income canal community. His research funded by Rockefeller Foundation also inspired the authorities to connect Bangkok's canals with Metro Rapid Transit (MRT) transit stations.

  • OPINION

    Real life can't really mimic the movies

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 23/05/2016

    » In the final scene of the Oscar-winning road movie, Thelma & Louise, the two desperate housewives and fugitives look at one another and hold hands. "Let us keep going." "What do you mean?" "Go!" "You sure?" Then, they hit the gas of the 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible classic and fly off the cliff.

  • OPINION

    Only compassion can douse the fires

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 11/05/2019

    » The bushfires that have ravaged parts of northern Thailand this year have been unusually fierce.

  • OPINION

    Smoggy North: Not only capital suffers

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 30/03/2019

    » A friend of mine in Chiang Mai recently lamented the double standards regarding the way in which the government and society has responded to the haze problem in the North.

  • OPINION

    Bangkok faces its very own 'airpocalypse'

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 02/02/2019

    » City schools have been closed. Soldiers have been deployed to check and shut down factories that pollute the air we breathe (but we never find out which factories have been closed!) And our prime minister is acting tough in a desperate bid to combat the PM2.5 haze-causing particles.

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