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    Into the light

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 19/04/2019

    » Transgender drag queen Angele Anang lowered to the floor as she was pushed around and thrown away by a group of masked men. Her wig was removed. Nude, she crawled to her father, who was sitting nearby. He put a white flowing dress on her, crying as he did so. Angele, then bald and in white, went back to fight the masked men, over whom she proudly triumphed.

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    Bigger and better

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 05/10/2018

    » Spectacular sets. A big line-up of the country's hottest artists. The cool evening air of Khao Yai. Omelette rice. Cows.

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    The Korean wave keeps swelling

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 12/10/2018

    » The wave of K-pop has seeped into the lives of people throughout Asia and the world. Its soaps, movies, music and fashion trends have dazzled, influenced and merged into the local entertainment scene in different places. We've seen K-pop music like the viral Gangnam Style take over the world and artists like BTS storm the US Billboard charts with their music. Recently, a K-pop gathering in Oakland, California, drew thousands of fans.

  • NEWS

    Time traveller

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 04/04/2018

    » Period dramas, the sources of romanticisation of the bygone, continue to transfix viewers everywhere. From the South Korean culinary tale Dae Jang Guem, to the dramatisation of UK royalty in The Crown, or the court of Louis XIV in Versailles, or even Thailand's own See Pandin (Four Reigns), these fusions of history and fantasy offer an outlook to the past -- glorified or critical -- while also sparking interest and debate over the portrayals of historical accounts.

  • LIFESTYLE

    For queens and country

    Brunch, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 18/02/2018

    » Grab your wigs and get yourself properly tucked. Drag Race Thailand has descended upon us, and is taking Bangkok by a storm.

  • 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".

  • LIFESTYLE

    Snapping up the bad guys

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 18/07/2017

    » In deep jungle, a forest ranger in his black uniform slowly climbed up a tree. With trained, quick hands, he strapped a camouflage case to a high branch that could oversee an area underneath it at a wide angle. Inside the case was a camera trap that can monitor the movement of animals, and especially humans who may enter the forest illegally.

  • NEWS

    Carrying the weight of uncertainty

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 09/02/2015

    » Under the purple and orange hue of dawn, our bus arrived at the base of Phu Kradueng National Park in Loei province. We had our tents, sleeping bags and backpacks as we got ready to trek one of the most gruelling uphill climbs in the country — a steep slope of 5.5km to the top of this popular mountain destination, which takes anywhere from four to eight hours.

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    A Trunk-Full of love

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 19/08/2015

    » Carol Buckley first encountered an elephant when she was 19 and that short moment became a turning point in her life. Drawn into their intelligence and playfulness -- and by her sympathy towards the neglected condition of elephants -- Buckley has been putting efforts towards improving their welfare for the last 40 years.

  • LIFESTYLE

    From the ground up

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 16/05/2016

    » A sufficiency economy is a concept very close to Thais' hearts. But, as widely known as it is, not many seem to realise its potential and possible application, especially in the world of business.

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