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    Fair trading

    Life, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 28/04/2014

    » Does running a business always mean turning a profit and financial maximisation? Usually yes, but not always. What about the rice business with the current woes of the government and especially of Thai farmers — does it have to be driven by the logic of margins and profit? Yes, but not always. At least, Thamma Turakit — a project to sell naturally-grown (chemical-free) rice at an affordable price — isn’t maximising its balance sheet. The profit is measured by quality of life based on fairness and virtue.

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    Sowing the seeds of change

    Life, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 25/02/2014

    » The government’s rice-pledging scheme was presented as a policy to improve the quality of life of Thai farmers. However, over a period of two years, the scheme has proven to be a failure with more than a million farmers not paid for their harvests, resulting in eight suicides and endless protests, leaving many of them in deep debt. Life speaks to two farmers who left the scheme behind

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    Good food for a good cause

    Life, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 06/03/2014

    » Isn’t it nice to enjoy beautifully prepared food at a restaurant and to know that dozens of underprivileged children will later enjoy a nourishing meal as well?

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    Inspired by nature

    Life, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 26/08/2013

    » Li Junsheng was probably unfortunate to be born into a poor family, but he was lucky to be born with a great passion for art.

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    The fight to stay green

    Life, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 26/06/2013

    » 'If you could design Bangkok, what would it be," asks Jatuporn Tansirimas, campaigner of Makkasan Hope, a group advocating for a new public park. He's open to every resident's opinion.

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    Fruits of success

    Life, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 22/04/2013

    » It's good to get entrepreneur and designer Kawee Kokiatikul frustrated sometimes. His disgruntlement over news of angry farmers dumping produce such as lychees and longans in a protest against low prices six years ago inspired him to create the Chiang Mai beverage brand Maa Jai Dum (black-hearted dog). He was determined to use local fruits as ingredients.

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    Wheely impressive feet

    Muse, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 09/03/2013

    » There are some crazy people who travel around the globe either with their two feet or with a bicycle. But Rob Lilwall, former door-to-door salesman and geography teacher, conquered the world in both ways. He's written a short piece on pros and cons about two modes of travel in "Walking v cycling: Which is better for travel?" at http://travel.cnn.com/walking-vs-cycling-470646. The 27-year-old set off on the saddle from Siberia to his home in London in September 2004. It took him about three years to get home on the 56,000km journey that covered four continents. Then he undertook a 5,600km trek he called the "Crazy Walk" last year. In the article, Lilwall tells how it hurts and how he endured the pain during the walk and cycle. You can also catch his updates and job as a TV adventurer, motivational speaker and writer based in Hong Kong in his website http://www.roblilwall.com.

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    The life of London

    Muse, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 19/01/2013

    » A picture says a thousand words. And selected photographs of a city can tell the whole history of the place.

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    A bike fit for Bangkok

    Life, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 28/01/2013

    » Bangkok poses a special set of challenges to those brave souls who choose to travel on two wheels. The mixture of narrow streets, typically choked with heavy traffic, and broad, multi-lane avenues that cover large expanses, but which can be hazardous because of speeding motorists, makes this ever-expanding metropolis of ours a very difficult place to negotiate with a single-purpose bicycle.

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    Finding the root of the Problem

    Life, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 05/10/2012

    » Imagine Bangkok physically disconnected from the rest of the country. How long could residents of the capital survive with the remaining food supply? Probably just a matter of weeks of relying on frozen and instant food.

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