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    Street Food Success

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 17/05/2019

    » After working as a seamstress for several years and losing everything in a fire, Supinya Junsuta, better known as Jay Fai, would go on to become the owner and sole chef of her eponymous street food restaurant. Recognisable by her use of giant woks over two charcoal braziers, ski mask goggles and exuberant energy when cooking, her shophouse restaurant earned a Michelin star in 2017, becoming the first street food restaurant to do so. The eatery has become a popular foodie destination for locals and tourists alike, who are eager to try her signature dishes such as her stir-fried noodles, tom yum and of course, the crab omelette. The veteran chef was recently featured in the Netflix series Street Food, Thailand being one of the nine Asian countries highlighted. We chat with Jay Fai on what it's like to be where she is today.

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    No work, all play

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 15/02/2019

    » Pop art has started to pop (wink wink) up a lot in the Big Mango, from curious structures at well-known malls to colourful, eclectic murals on faded walls. It wasn't a surprise then when SO Sofitel Bangkok welcomed pop/street artist Jisbar to showcase his vibrant pieces until Mar 13. The Paris-based artist has showcased his talent on canvases and other items like a bike (a design in collaboration with BMW and showcased at the exhibition) and even Cardi B's handbags. He's chosen Bangkok to be his first foray into Asia so Guru sat down and talked with him about his art and what drew him to Bangkok.

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    Farmer brothers

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 31/08/2018

    » Mitdanai "Port" and Phundanai "Peat" Sathavonmanee co-founded CORO FIELD (fb.com/corofieldTH), a Japanese-style agro-tourist destination in Ratchaburi, in 2015. Since then, the brothers have branched out with a café in Esplanade Ratchada and a dessert shop in CentralWorld while Coro Field thrives as an example of what agriculture 4.0 looks like. We talked to them about their green ambition to plant a seed for modern farming while helping Thai farmers.

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    The new black gold

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 24/08/2018

    » Canadian Blake Dinkin is the creator and owner of the world's rarest and most expensive coffee, refined naturally by elephants — Black Ivory Coffee. Partnering with Ban Taklang in Surin and the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, Dinkin produces "elephant dung coffee". However, production of Black Ivory Coffee provides valuable income for elephant care-giving families, as well as students who are taught how to wash and dry the coffee. The mission of Black Ivory Coffee is to take a negative situation, namely human-elephant conflict and turn it into a positive one by creating a luxury product that helps not hurts elephants, as Dinkin tells Guru.

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    A journey from farm to table

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 03/08/2018

    » Jim Ophorst marries fine dining with farm-to-table as chef de cuisine at PRU restaurant (prurestaurant.com), Trisara Phuket. Originally from the Netherlands, Orphost is hands-on in sourcing his ingredients and wants to show off the natural vibrancy of local flavours through multiple-course dinners. We spoke to Ophorst about his culinary journey and his thoughts on The Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket, and Phang-nga 2019, to be published later this year.

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    Boosting the trance scene in Asia

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 11/05/2018

    » Trance DJ, promoter, and founder of Pure Pleasure Entertainment, Srangkun Sirisinha better known as Lonskii, is the sole driving force behind the trance scene in Thailand and all of Asia. Starting as a DJ back in 2004 in Melbourne, Australia, and having performed and hosted multiple shows and parties, he sought to bring trance music to Thailand. He is responsible for bringing many high-profile trance DJs to the country as well as expanding the annual trance event Transmission to Bangkok. He recently hosted the three-day long UnKonscious, Asia's biggest trance music festival on the beach this past weekend, held in the private Paradise Beach in Phuket. The event featured 15 international DJs from three trance labels (In Trance We Trust, Grotesque, and Pure Trance) which included Menno de Jong, RAM, and Solarstone as well as regional support of trance DJs from Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

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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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    Fashion on the go

    Life, Yvonne Bohwongprasert, Published on 08/06/2017

    » Business-savvy Michel Adam's enthusiasm for diversification and competitiveness have led cable channel FashionTV -- which he owns and has managed since 1997 -- to becoming a much-talked-about global player.

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    Travel with meaning

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

    » Somsak "Pai" Boonkam is the founder and CEO of Local Alike (http://fb.com/LocalAlike), although he does prefer the title social worker, as this describes what he does through his noted social enterprise more accurately. Through various trips and travel packages arranged by Local Alike, he has connected travellers with various local communities to create a unique travel experience based on the concept of community-based tourism. Pai tells us how people can give back while expanding their horizons through travel.

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    One-way ticket girl

    Guru, Mika Apichatsakol, Published on 10/06/2016

    » We've all fantasised about leaving it all behind to explore the world full-time, but let's be real — how many of us would realistically opt out of stability and having nice stuff? Kookai — Piyapattra Chaimahawong — is one former-Bangkokian who took the road less-travelled. In November of 2015, the then 22-year-old ran with her instincts, quitting her job, putting her apartment on lease and buying a one-way ticket out of town. The spur of the moment decision ended up leading her to finding sustainability in being a digital nomad as well as a loving travel companion, Mathieu. Guru catches up with the travel bug to talk about living a location-independent life and her blog, makeajourney.co.

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