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    The making of a soi

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 09/12/2016

    » 2016 has been full of ups and downs, highs and lows. It has, without a doubt, been an interesting year to say the least. So we can't help but wonder what 2017 has in store for us. Will Trump stick to his policies? Who knows. Will there be another car-related Thai hi-so drama for the public to scrutinise? Most likely. What is certain for Bangkokians though, is that our city will continue to change its landscape. Sadly, we think it may be for the worse, seeing as the new Bangkok governor's agenda includes projects to remove street vendors from Silom, Siam Square and Pratunam.


    Get 'em wet!

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 10/04/2015

    » Hooray. It's that time of year again, when we once more get to throw gallons of water around and cause talcum powder-induced asthma attacks on as many tourists as we can. To make Songkran more fun, Guru has come up with a definitive guide on the different types of hydrophobes you'll see — and the ways to get them (after all, it's more entertaining than hosing down someone who's already soaked from head to toe). Lock 'n' load those water pistols and fill up them buckets, dear readers — we're comin' in hot!


    Bangkok's Resolutions

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 02/01/2015

    » They say when making New Year’s resolutions, you should keep them relatively simple, somewhat achievable, and concentrate on one thing at a time. Not to be left out,


    Bangkok, uninterrupted

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 17/10/2014

    » In the past few months, numerous crackdowns and clean-ups have been happening in and around the city. From demolishing street stalls to arresting irresponsible drivers, clamping vehicles parked illegally, and banning the use of hookahs in restaurants and bars - it’s all fine and dandy but aren’t the powers that be stripping the city of its charms? Tourists don’t travel thousands of miles to spend their holidays in our parks nor do they come to experience fancy restaurants that pride themselves on top-notch hygiene standards. Sure, residents of Bangkok complain about how there are too many cars or how bad the traffic is but wouldn’t it be a frighteningly quiet city without the honking, cursing and deep bass sounds of molam music pumping from neon-lit tuk tuks? We imagine what Bangkok would look like, uninterrupted.


    The campaigns

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 03/10/2014

    » Recently, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha issued a 23-page policy statement on how he intends to get this country back on its feet. Of course, we’re not one to criticise his foolproof plans, nor suggest that he should come up with another song, this time collaborating with popular artists like Thaitanium or Joey Boy to keep the young’uns from switching radio stations every time the tune comes on. Instead, Guru enlists the help of aspiring change-makers from different industries to come up with their own political campaigns of what improvements they’d like to see, what laws should be implemented and even the lyrics to their own songs; so if the present and future PMs ever run out of ideas, they’ll know where to look.


    Hidden gem

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 08/08/2014

    » As the lavish name suggests, this tapas bar/restaurant is far from ordinary. It’s a hidden gem perched on the third floor of the popular Grass boutique complex, making it a nice addition to the Thong Lor community. Although the mixture of basic Indian, Italian and Thai menu options doesn’t live up to its opulent name, the place does however offer decent food and a nice ambience at a reasonable price. The decor is the highlight, with a fountain in the middle of what seems to turn into a dance floor at night, sofas perfect for casual dining, hidden booths for extra privacy and an outdoor area where you can sip a cocktail and catch a glimpse of Thong Lorites trying to cross the road. Diners include tourists, office workers and friends of the owner at a reunion or birthday bash.

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