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  • LIFESTYLE

    Flexing his muscles

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 09/05/2013

    » Being sick is usually a good excuse to stay off work, but for veteran watercolour painter and teacher Kosol Pinkul it's the other way round. Suffering from muscular weakness, far from taking the chance to retire and rest, the 69-year-old artist continued to work and later proved painting can be not only creatively powerful, but physically rehabilitating as well.

  • TRAVEL

    Questions of faith

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 29/07/2013

    » In many ways, religious beliefs and subscriptions of faith in Thailand are enigmatic and inexplicable. This is a "Buddhist" country, and yet many people's beliefs are closely associated with the elements of folklore, from spirits to ghosts and other brands of superstition. Hindu gods, Chinese goddesses, Brahmin rites and pagan shrines are interweaved spiritually _ sometimes commercially _ with sacred amulets and guru monks (how else could the scandalous Luang Pu Nen Kham manage to do what he did?). Lord Buddha's teachings of self-reliance are held high, but there is always room for supplementary faiths to help Thais get through each difficult day.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The eyes have it

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 07/08/2013

    » Piyatat Hemmatat's latest photo exhibition "3RD Eye Trilogy: The New Dawn" does not simply hang still, waiting to be looked at. Although the works are basically close-up photographs of assorted camera lenses, it feels as if they are some sort of other-worldly eyes that stare straight at you as soon as you enter the gallery, inviting you to see what's hidden inside them.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Curating a global gallery

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 03/10/2013

    » For Astrid Amaya and her son Alejandro Garcia-Amaya, art started out as a hobby. While Amaya _ wife of HE Andelfo Garcia Gonzales, the Colombian ambassador to Thailand _ has been travelling the globe for the past 25 years meeting artists and collecting artworks, for her son it was a trip back home that led him to switch from finance to the art world.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Beyond the saffron scandals

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 23/10/2013

    » Ekkarat Punyatara's photo exhibition "It's Personal" plays with viewers' perceptions and prejudices. At the far end of the gallery stands a centrepiece photo of two monks hanging out at the beach. One is crouching with a camera in hand, apparently trying to get to the best shot of his friend.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Mr America goes to Klong Toey

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 30/10/2013

    » Through sculpture, video and sound installation, artist Phil America has transported a part of Klong Toey slum to Bangkok University Gallery. In his ''Villa In The Slums'' exhibition, the sculptural centrepiece is the actual shed which the artist had a local carpenter build in the slums and where America lived for two weeks before dismantling it and moving it to the exhibition space.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Bright and early

    Muse, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 14/12/2013

    » Chinese artist Yu Jordy Fu's career has literally been a shooting rocket, launched at a very young age. She held her first solo exhibition when she was six. At seven, a compilation book of her art was published. At 17, she was accepted by Central Saint Martin's College of Arts and Design in London even though she hadn't even finished high school. At 19, another book was published. At 22, she had her work exhibited at the Venice Biennale (she was the youngest participant, of course). At 26, she started her own design and architecture company.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Beer-garden lite

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 20/12/2013

    » Bangkok's weather has been unusually nice these past couple of days. And while we keep our fingers crossed for it to last a little longer, what better way to get ourselves into a celebratory mood as we move closer to the year's end than a glass of ice-cold beer, the company of a group of friends and some good vibes.

  • NEWS

    The truth will out

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 08/01/2014

    » Over the past few months, the social media in Thailand has literally turned from a playground for fun and entertaining diversions into a veritable battlefield. Facebook's bragging, attention-seeking statuses and narcissistic selfies have been replaced by quotes, reports, pictures and video clips attacking those on the opposite side of the political divide _ and to convince and confirm the righteousness of one's own camp.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Kid teacher

    Muse, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 11/01/2014

    » Some people have an immediate aversion towards kids on TV. The stereotypical view - that they are alarmingly precocious, acting and speaking way beyond their age - often blames parents for taking away an important part of these kids' childhoods.

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