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    Back to the Grind

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 04/01/2019

    » There is already a lot of sound advice on how to prepare yourself for going back to work after a long holiday. I, too, want to help ease your (and my) post-vacation blues in my own way by reminding you of the good things to come this year.

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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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    The Polish Japanese chef

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 29/09/2017

    » Polish Pawel Viktorek moved to Thailand this year in February, joining Zuma Bangkok as the executive chef. The izakaya Japanese restaurant with a fine-dining twist is world renowned, with branches in major cities and the Bangkok branch recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. And you may be wondering what a Polish guy is doing in a Japanese kitchen. Originally from a small village where Japanese food was unheard of, the 33-year-old chef cultivated his passion, fascination and deep respect for the cuisine over years of travelling to Japan in search for the best ingredients. We talked to him about his culinary journey thus far.

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    Social Media Maven

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 28/04/2017

    » While many may have a hard time fulfilling one job, Samantha Proyrungtong wears many hats and pulls it off too. She's best known as an online marketing whiz, being the boss of Extrovert Marketing Agency, and has launched many successful projects through social media with the latest being the Natural Wine Festival at About Eatery. Sam founded a women's group for entrepreneurs and professionals and also administers various Facebook groups including Bangkok Foodies and Phuket Foodies where food lovers go to for restaurant recommendations, promotions and honest reviews. This earns herself a player position in Bangkok's dining scene. Moreover, she was behind the success of VIVIN, her husband's fine food specialist grocer, which recently opened a mini boutique in Gourmet Market at The EmQuartier. On top of it all, she manages to find time to contribute as a freelance writer for various English-language publications. My, that's a lot. We talked to Sam about how she managed to do it all, as well as her passion for Thailand's dining scene.

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    Remembering The Great King

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 13/10/2017

    » Today marks the anniversary of the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. We believe there was nothing more fitting than to ask nine people from different walks of life to share their thoughts on the great king and his legacy.

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    Teach for change

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 05/05/2017

    » Some of you may know Thunhavich "Sky" Thitiratsakul as the keyboardist from indie band New Mandarin, but you may not know that he's also a teaching fellow for Teach for Thailand (TFT). The non-profit organisation aims to bridge the gap caused by education inequality so that all Thai kids can have an equal footing in life. TFT is an official member of Teach For All which operates in 39 countries. It recruits young graduates to join its leadership development programme so they'll go on to teach and inspire hundreds of students for two years. We talked to Sky about what it's like being a change-making teacher and TFT's new online campaign "#10000dreams" which launched today.

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    The Dystopian Director

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 25/03/2016

    » LA-based Stephan Zlotescu directed and wrote an acclaimed short film titled True Skin which was shot in Thailand three years ago. The sci-fi short film depicts a dark future where enhancing your body with mechanical parts is the new norm and those who remain natural are of lesser beings. A mysterious man named Kay (played by Stephan) is on the run from the authorities after stealing a classified prototype. It recently got picked up by Amazon Studios for a possible adaptation into a TV series. Stephan, who got his master's degree in Computer Graphics from New York's School of Visual Arts, talks with Guru about his famous short film and gives us a glimpse of what the future series may look like.

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    Are you a bona fide Bangkokian?

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 17/07/2015

    » It takes more than the ability to recite the full 65-syllable name of Bangkok or nimbly jaywalk at every opportunity to qualify as a true Bangkokian na. There are nuances (and nuisances) in everyday life that only a true Bangkokian can pick up on. Think you’re a Bangkok buff? Take our quiz to find out how local you are. Answers will be revealed at the end. No cheating!

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    Difference ma(r)ker

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 30/08/2013

    » Tarin "Rin" Greco, 31, is a partner at social enterprise Mysocialmotion and also the head consultant of the UN’s "MY World 2015 Campaign" for Thailand. MY World is an online survey that allows people to vote for various issues - from gender equality to political freedom - that are most important to them, or even suggest new ones. The results will be shared with leaders to help them shape a better world. Rin, who holds a philosophy degree from Birkbeck, University of London, and his team will hold "MY World 2015 Parade" to drum up awareness of the campaign tomorrow (Aug 31). It will start in front of CentralWorld at 1pm. Go to mysocialmotion’s Facebook page(facebook.com/mysocialmotion) or call 089-200-9595for more details.

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    Hic, hic, hooray!

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 02/08/2013

    » Today (Aug 2) is indeed one of the most important dates of the year - it's International Beer Day. Hooray! Beginning in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California, the brew-fest has grown into a global celebration that takes place in 50 countries, including Thailand. While the Thai authorities may appear super vigilant when it comes to drinking, we think this day can be celebrated so long as you're responsible about it. So that's why we're here to help you honour International Beer Day (IBD) like a mature adult. Bottoms up!

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