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    Muscles and melody

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 13/06/2014

    » WHO is the latest boy band to become a hit in the Thai music scene despite their zero singing output. In the absence of vocals, they make up for it with lip-synching, muscular bodies and seductive dance moves. The band comprises of fitness trainer Somyos “Took” Chaiphra-in, pharmacist Surat “Himpz” Phatthanajareet and tae kwon do instructor Assanai “Liw” Yungyuen. The music video for their first single “Chan Lor Pai” (I’m Too Good-Looking) went viral, garnered them fans, and inspired many cover-dance videos. They had a meet-and-greet last week (Jun 7) and will have a concert later this month. Check them out at fb.com/WHOBoyBand or Instagram: @whoboyband.

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    Through Thai eyes

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 11/10/2013

    » Some ordinary objects that have a straightforward use elsewhere in the world seem to have more application or deeper meaning through Thai eyes. This week we search for ordinary objects with extraordinary uses in Thailand.

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    The lame blame game

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 06/07/2012

    » We all have done something in the past we have not wanted to admit to, and then tried to come up with an excuse to avoid the blame. You might have said the dog ate your homework instead of admitting laziness to your teacher. Or maybe you told your parents the cigarette pack belonged to your friend, which was technically true since you both chipped in money to buy it. Or perhaps you blamed being late to work on a taxi driver taking you on a detour when you were actually up until 4am partying.

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    Puzzling Pricings

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 15/06/2012

    » I was on Silom Road recently when I came upon a farang man, probably in his 20s. He asked a motorcycle taxi driver how much he would charge for a lift to a nearby hotel. The driver mimed out a price of B30 with his hands. The guy mistook the gesture for B300 and became upset. The driver was offended too that the farang thought he tried to rip him off. Only after another driver explained that there was no extra zero, he gestured a wai to the driver to apologise. Both men swallowed their bruised pride before they agreed to complete the B30 transaction.

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    Off the beaten track

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 17/02/2012

    » There are certain must-see attractions for first-time visitors to Thailand: Patpong, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Khao San Road, an elephant show, ladyboy cabaret, Hua Hin, a Full Moon party, some more beaches... But with all this distraction, visitors might miss out on the atypical attractions your average tour guide doesn't know about. To do our part in promoting the miracle that is Thai tourism, we have selected five lesser-known villages where visitors can discover Thais living in unique ways.

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    Consumers Unite!

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 06/01/2012

    » What do you do when sen lek arrives at your table instead of the sen yai that you ordered? What will you do in protest when dtac's service inevitably goes down again? How about taxi drivers who won't take you to your destination unless you accompany them on a joyride to a gem store first?

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