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  • NEWS

    Letting go of unhealthy foods

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 04/07/2016

    » Every day, Phra Pisit Siriwathatano would leave his temple at dawn to conduct a daily alms round in his neighbourhood of Nonthaburi. Taking about two hours, the monk later returned to the monastery with a full alms bowl and a large sack filled with food offerings from Buddhist laymen and laywomen. Sometimes, people would also visit the temple to offer lunch to him and other monks.

  • TRAVEL

    Pleasure at the fairground

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 24/11/2015

    » Forget hazardous flying lanterns of the North. This Loy Krathong Festival, make your way to the old-school ngan wat, or temple fair, and while many temples around the country have put up fairgrounds to celebrate the Full Moon night of the 12th lunar month, none can beat Bangkok's oldest and most legendary ngan wat Phu Khao Thong.

  • NEWS

    Top of the world

    Brunch, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 07/10/2018

    » Miss Thailand World 2018 Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan has plans of rising to the top, and does not intend to go alone.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Re-imagining a local superhero

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 22/08/2018

    » Writer-director Kongkiat Khomsiri describes himself as old school when it comes to his influence and style in filmmaking.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Let there be light

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 27/02/2018

    » Outdoor cinema, or nang klang plaeng, rose and fell and has risen again, its popularity reflecting the changes in technology and taste of Thai viewers. Once suffering due to home entertainment and the spread of multiplexes into rural areas, outdoor cinema, having found a footing, has made a surprising comeback.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Dan Brown with a Thai voice

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 05/03/2018

    » The Thai award-winning detective novel Kaholmahoratuek is that rare breed: a page-turner set in the 1940s that mixes poetry, history, murder and revenge. The book's appeal also lies with the writer's use of genre elements -- serial murders, cryptic clues and detective work -- in the vintage setting of old Bangkok where century-old temples, back alleys and local communities become grisly crime scenes.

  • NEWS

    Redefining what's 'appropriate'

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 27/11/2017

    » After seven years, the first Thai film banned by the Film Act 2008 will see the light of day.

  • LIFESTYLE

    An explosion of emotion

    Muse, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 28/10/2017

    » When the news broke on Oct 13 last year that the much beloved King Bhumibol had died, the nation was in for the biggest heartbreak of our generation. People reacted with feverish emotion, with some bursting into tears and others beginning to pray. But National Artist Prof Emeritus Preecha Thaothong grabbed his brush and poured his grief onto canvas. He spent that entire night painting and, the next morning, ended up with a portrait of the revered monarch.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The way she moves

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 22/09/2017

    » What's life like as the most in-demand luk thung star of the moment? After an unexpected catapult to national fame following PM Prayut Chan-o-cha's comment on her twerking, after a frenzy of media coverage sensationalising her stage name and persona, and after becoming an accidental symbol of youth and freedom, 19-year-old Lamyai Haithongkham has only one simple wish: more time to sleep.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A right to know?

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 25/09/2017

    » In Bangkok, a form recently surfaced at a hotel in Nana, and it has gone viral. It tells guests to be aware that "the person" -- an allusion to a prostitute -- they are bringing to the room could be a "ladyboy".

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