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  • LIFE

    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.

  • OPINION

    All Tea No Shade

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 22/06/2018

    » Earlier this week, you must have treated yourself to a newly penned poem by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha entitled Pracharat Thai Niyom, which I humbly translate to "people-state partnership and Thai way". With an important-sounding name like that, the poem's purpose is to inspire Thais to improve themselves and the country.

  • OPINION

    When Thai Headlines Are Brutally Honest

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

    » Is it just me or do you also feel like you want to rewrite the headlines in your newsfeed sometimes, just so they appear more honest and straightforward? If so, you're in luck! I've reinterpreted the headlines of recent news stories with a dose of reality, purely for your entertainment.

  • LIFE

    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.

  • LIFE

    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.

  • LIFE

    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.

  • OPINION

    #ThePokemonSeasonIsComing

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 15/07/2016

    » Unless you've been living under a rock (or you've just came back from a government attitude adjustment session), you won't have escaped Pokemon Go on your Facebook feed. For those not in the know, this game for iOS and Android devices lets you to assume the role of a trainer who goes outside in real life to virtually capture cute monsters in different places with special Poke balls.

  • LIFE

    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.

  • OPINION

    How to Boost Thai Tourism

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 15/09/2017

    » Our daddy publication Bangkok Post reported on Monday that the govt has set a goal to achieve a 10% growth in revenue within the tourism sector -- about three trillion baht (that's one three and 12 zeroes) -- next year through its campaign, Amazing Thai Tourism Year 2018. They will be introducing various promotions and packages to encourage both Thais and foreign tourists to explore new places and stay longer.

  • OPINION

    Thailand: The Land of Inconsistencies

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 16/06/2017

    » Thailand is the land of... If you're going with the old cliché, you may insert smiles (which, still has many different connotations). However, I personally believe that we should start calling Thailand "The Land of Inconsistencies", since there are so many examples of people receiving different forms of treatment in similar situations. And I thought we were all equal. Here are some examples for your entertainment.

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