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    The art of poking fun

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 01/06/2018

    » Tanawat "Pop" Prakammanu, 26, works as a graphic designer at an advertising agency in Bangkok and runs his Facebook page Prakammanu (fb.com/Prakammanu), where he showcases his drawings in his spare time. He went viral after publishing an action-filled Avengers-inspired comic with a cast full of figures in Thai politics from PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to student activist Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal. Pop poked fun at them with sharp humour (even though he insists he's a casual observer) and witty dialogues. His latest effort has been shared more than 100,000 times. His page isn't the first to poke fun at Thai politics but we think it's definitely worth checking out especially if you want to see Uncle Tu having a fist-fight with Thaksin Shinawatra. We talked to Pop about his serious art of poking fun but at, his request, no serious political comment.

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    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.

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    Mung Ming Moomin

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 13/05/2016

    » Bangkok is home to several cafes themed after cute characters and Moomin Café Bangkok is the latest addition. This new eatery aims to steal our hearts away with adorable eats and a cute atmosphere. Opened in mid-April, the cafe is styled after the whimsical world of the Moomins, a famous and beloved cartoon family by Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson.

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    19 Signs You're a Thai '90s Kid

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 30/09/2016

    » Every generation has it quirks. Let's take a trip down memory lane.

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    Bangkok songkran agendas

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 12/04/2013

    » OMB! We have five days off in a row because the cabinet kindly declared that this year's "official" Songkran break starts from today until Tuesday. Say what you will about PM Poo, but she is so right in giving us a long holiday since we can't function properly during this kind of heat anyway. Anyhoo, that's over 7,000 minutes we're supposed to wisely spend relaxing before going back to the grind on Wednesday. And even though some shops and places in Bangkok may be shut during the Thai New Year, there are plenty more options for celebrating. Here's what we suggest you do and, hopefully, you may also find a deeper meaning of Songkran Festival (besides throwing water at strangers) along the way. Happy splashing, everyone.

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    Mixing Art with Belief

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 13/09/2019

    » Mixing art with belief can be a recipe for controversy, especially when you think outside the box. Three Ultraman-inspired paintings of Buddha images by an unnamed uni student that caused an online uproar earlier this week are a case in point. She meant no disrespect by portraying Buddha as a superhero. The analogy is quite obvious as Buddha fights the world's evils through his teaching while the Ultramen fight the kaiju monsters. A flattering comparison, if you ask me. However, she was pressured to tearfully apology for -- in my opinion -- doing nothing wrong. Her biggest crime is interpreting Buddha through a contemporary pop-culture lens. It's the price she had to pay for portraying Buddha image in any way else besides sacred, I guess. Most importantly, didn't Lord Buddha teach us not to hold on to idols and be open-minded?

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    Crossword Puzzle: Thai PM Candidates Edition

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 22/02/2019

    » As the March 24 election nears, the number of opinion polls have increased. On Sunday, one poll in particular caught my eyes. Super Poll announced the result of a survey, which I unofficially translate to "The Public’s Concern During Election Season". What made this poll stand out is that when they asked people about their specs for PM candidates, they use cryptic descriptions such as "Man in his 50s. Former leader of this country with high position" and "Man in his 40s. Former exec. A political activist." Instead of simply using their actual names like other polls? They did that to avoid violating any election rules, perhaps.

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    Thai Proverbs: 2019 Edition

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 01/02/2019

    » New words and verbal expressions are born every day yet our classic proverbs remain unchanged with references that are dated or we can no longer relate to. I’ll say it’s time to give classic proverbs a makeover with contemporary references. Some meanings are changed, by the way. Shall we give this a try?

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    Ironic Special Days in Thailand

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 14/12/2018

    » Have you received your company or uni's list of annual holidays for 2019? I bet some of you have strategically planned to use all your vacation days throughout the next year already. But have you ever counted holidays and special days in Thailand? Of course not, why would you do such a nerdy thing like that? But I have!

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    Drag diva

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 09/02/2018

    » Pan Pan Narkprasert, also known by his stage name Pangina Heals, has gone on to do bigger things since we first put him on our cover eon ago -- in 2012 to be exact. The UCLA art graduate has become an artistic and creative powerhouse from winning Thailand’s first drag competition T-Battle, giving posing tips to the contestants of The Face Thailand Season 3, hosting gay nights at Maggie Choo’s and, not to mention, countless TV appearances.

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