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  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Curious Creations

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 11/08/2017

    » Holy Helmets and Other Crazy Thai Items You Didn't Know Existed

  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

  • OPINION

    Seven Local Quirks Even Thais Can't Get Over

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 28/04/2017

    » As someone who was born and raised in Thailand, I've noticed there seem to be Thailand-only behaviours by my fellow countrymen that still baffle me.

  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

  • TRAVEL

    Holy Hong Kong

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 26/04/2019

    » With several upcoming time-honoured spiritual festivals, Hong Kong is getting holier this May. And we've summarised all the details (and deities) for those who enjoy both culture and auspiciousness.

  • OPINION

    Thai-Style Two-Sentence Horror Stories

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 26/10/2018

    » To help you get into a spooky mindframe for Halloween, I would like to share a few Thai-style horror stories. But since people have a shorter attention span these days (who doesn't?), I have summed up the shortest stories that have been circulated online. If you get all of them, you are pretty well-versed in Thai culture. Kudos!

  • LIFESTYLE

    Dek Thai 4.0

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 12/01/2018

    » Thai Children's Day is tomorrow and it's time to change you profile picture to when you were younger and cuter (and weren't liable to pay taxes). We here at Guru would like to celebrate this special day with some outstanding kids who have achieved unique accomplishments before they hit 18.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Not-so-newsworthy News

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 14/07/2017

    » When you've pored over the news feed on Facebook as much as I have, you'll have surely noticed some news items that made you think "Why on earth did you report this?" or "Great, that's two minutes of my life I'll never get back." Here are five "news items" that I spotted recently that perhaps, IMHO, shouldn't have been cluttering up our screens.

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