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    Must love dogs

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 19/10/2018

    » The Bodhi Dog Rescue and Shelter in Phuket has been rescuing and treating dogs (and other animals, too) who have been mistreated, shunned and abandoned for six years. Running solely on donations, they've encountered heartbreaking circumstances, which makes us question if we really do treat dogs as "man's best friend". On the other hand, they've also had successful stories like that of a pup named Nor. On their sixth anniversary of Bodhi Dog Rescue and Shelter GURU caught up with Tina Maria, founder and owner.

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    The road to redemption

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 21/09/2018

    » Akkarin "Rung" Puri spent almost half of his life behind bars. Instead of hiding his dark past, he's open about his ex-inmate status and uses it to inspire convicts to change their way and campaign for understanding and, more importantly, second chance for them to be part of society again. A guitar maker (Be Light Guitar; fb.com/belightguitar) and speaker at prisons, Rung talked to us about his long road to redemption.

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    Urban exploration

    Guru, Published on 06/07/2018

    » Have you ever been completely spellbound by photographs of deteriorating malls and hospitals? We certainly have, which is why we reached out to Dax Ward, the man who captured these places for us so we didn't have to. An American, Bangkok-based photographer, Ward's works have been featured in CNN Style, The Guardian, Lonely Planet and other well-known publications. His beautifully haunting photos of abandoned sites in Thailand are on display at "Abandonia", at Wishbeer the Vue on Charoen Nakhon 13 until Jul 24. We spoke to Ward about his love for the "abandoned".

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    Flower and filmmaker

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 16/02/2018

    » Anucha Boonyawatana is a Thai transgender, independent filmmaker and founder of G-Motif. Her thesis film Down The River in 2004, won her the Young Thai Artist Award. She went on to collaborate with the Thai-American Public Health Agency and Unesco to direct Love Audition in 2008, which promoted health and relationships among Thai gay teens. In 2015, she made a directorial debut with The Blue Hour, which premiered at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. Her latest feature film, Malila: The Farewell Flower, has been shown at several film festivals around Asia, having won the Kim Ji-seok award at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival. The romantic drama movie follows the relationship between two men, played by Sukollawat Kanaros and Anuchyd Sapanphong. It premiered in Thailand yesterday, so if you are bored of the usual mainstream movies, buy yourself a ticket be ready to ponder the fragility of life.

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    Travelling Thaiger

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 01/12/2017

    » We first interviewed Thai-German Michael Biedassek for his role as the co-founder of bangkokvanguards, a unique travel agent which explores undiscovered paths in Bangkok. Michael is also involved in raising awareness on preserving local communities and organising the "Santa Cause" (http://fb.com/SantaCauseBangkok) event every year to provide gifts and necessities for less privileged children and their families. We wondered what he had been up to lately and what the upcoming Santa Cause would entail.

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    The philanthropic photographer

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 22/09/2017

    » Surachai "Pui" Saengsuwan, L'Officiel Thailand's fashion editor and photographer, is known for his work in various Thai fashion magazines as well as reality competition shows such as The Face and The Face Men Thailand. But you may not know that he has been behind the lens of several photography projects to raise awareness around serious causes. He collaborated with Tom Potisit, also a well-known fashion photographer, to create "Anatomy 101" in 2015 to raise awareness on organ donation. In July last year, he created an online campaign for the Pic-A-Pet4Home shelter where he photographed handsome cadets with their canine friends to raise awareness on dog adoption. We talked to him about his latest project for Down Syndrome Hero Thailand (fb.com/downsyndromeherothailand) to de-stigmatise those who are born with the condition.

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    Uplifting Journey

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 29/03/2019

    » After DJing at friends' parties and weddings, John Budh, better known as Jonnie B, went on to become the founder of Trance Lovers Thailand, a community where DJs, fans and promoters can gather and share their love for the music genre. He, along with fellow local trance DJs have been responsible in organising trance events and booking international DJs to play at clubs and festivals. In addition, Jonnie B also manages Pure Decibel Academy, a music production studio that offers courses in DJing and electronic music production. He is developing the upcoming Dontri Festival, a music festival with seven stages that showcases the best Thailand has to offer in terms of electronic music — from electro, progressive, trance, to hip-hop, trap, hardstyle, etc. He talks to Guru about his love for the genre.

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    A North Fest you won't forget

    Guru, Catherine Faulder, Published on 24/02/2017

    » Oozing the same appeal as a vampiric rock God and donning picture-perfect porcelain skin that would make any woman green with an envy, actor/singer and famed Thai celeb Dome Pakorn Lam was answering floods of calls about his new project in Chiang Mai when we sat down to interview him. This is one celeb that means business. Completing his look was an army green barber jacket and black jeans that had chains dangling from the sides; we thought this fashion trend had died down years ago but somehow Dome made it hot again. We got to grips with Dome's true passion in life, music, and what he's doing right now to fulfil this passion.

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    In the mood 

    Guru, Nattanit Kleawpatinon, Published on 25/03/2016

    » In 2011, Pawares "Note" Wongpethkao was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. A year later, his friend Wassachol "Fon" Sirichanthanun was also diagnosed with the same disorder. After facing years of social prejudice and finding solace in writing blogs and diaries, the two of them founded the website Moody Twenties, in the hopes of creating a safe community for those with mental disorders and to raise awareness on the importance of mental health.

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