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    Bangkok evolution

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 01/05/2015

    » What can’t you do at 7-Eleven branches these days? Recently we learned you’re able to send parcels or get your clothes dry-cleaned at its outlets. We hope leaving a pet in a store’s care before going on vacation is next. That got us thinking about other everyday things in Bangkok that have evolved over time. After painstaking armchair research, we’ve dug up some trivia that should give you new appreciation of common sights — or at least be an edu-taining holiday read.

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    Tech support

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 20/02/2015

    » Living in Bangkok comes with specific frustrations (rejections by taxi drivers, spending one-third of your life stuck in traffic, driving around crowded parking lots in search of an empty space). But don’t fret, fellow Bangkokians — thanks to advanced technology and (sketchy) 3G connections, you can solve these problems using nothing but your fingertips. Here’s our selection of apps and websites to help you navigate Bangkok with more ease.

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    Muscles and melody

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 13/06/2014

    » WHO is the latest boy band to become a hit in the Thai music scene despite their zero singing output. In the absence of vocals, they make up for it with lip-synching, muscular bodies and seductive dance moves. The band comprises of fitness trainer Somyos “Took” Chaiphra-in, pharmacist Surat “Himpz” Phatthanajareet and tae kwon do instructor Assanai “Liw” Yungyuen. The music video for their first single “Chan Lor Pai” (I’m Too Good-Looking) went viral, garnered them fans, and inspired many cover-dance videos. They had a meet-and-greet last week (Jun 7) and will have a concert later this month. Check them out at fb.com/WHOBoyBand or Instagram: @whoboyband.

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    Cab connector

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 22/11/2013

    » The smartphone app called Easy Taxi was originally developed in Brazil in 2011 to help people find cabs. Since then, it has rapidly expanded and is now available in 18 countries. Felipe Kasinsky, 31, is the young CEO of Easy Taxi in Thailand. He talks to us about how the app benefits both passengers and drivers (but most importantly, saves us all from face-to-face taxi rejection). Go to facebook.com/EasyTaxiThai, Twitter @EasyTaxiThai or www.easytaxi.com for more info.

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    iBangkok

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 22/11/2013

    » Bangkok life comes with its fair share of first-world problems i.e. "What restaurant should I go to for my two-hour lunch break?", "How can I get a taxi when the condo's security guard is sick?", "Is the number of my champagne-gold iPhone 5s auspicious enough?", "How should I direct my chauffeur to avoid traffic?"

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    Through Thai eyes

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 11/10/2013

    » Some ordinary objects that have a straightforward use elsewhere in the world seem to have more application or deeper meaning through Thai eyes. This week we search for ordinary objects with extraordinary uses in Thailand.

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    Hic, hic, hooray!

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 02/08/2013

    » Today (Aug 2) is indeed one of the most important dates of the year - it's International Beer Day. Hooray! Beginning in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California, the brew-fest has grown into a global celebration that takes place in 50 countries, including Thailand. While the Thai authorities may appear super vigilant when it comes to drinking, we think this day can be celebrated so long as you're responsible about it. So that's why we're here to help you honour International Beer Day (IBD) like a mature adult. Bottoms up!

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    Up-And-Comer

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 05/07/2013

    » TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY TO THAILAND.

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    Moving the masses

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 26/04/2013

    » Earlier this month, the cabinet approved a plan for the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority to purchase 3,183 NGV buses. PM Yingluck Shinawatra has also reportedly tasked the bus authority to come up with measures to encourage people to use their buses more in order to ease traffic.

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    Puzzling Pricings

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 15/06/2012

    » I was on Silom Road recently when I came upon a farang man, probably in his 20s. He asked a motorcycle taxi driver how much he would charge for a lift to a nearby hotel. The driver mimed out a price of B30 with his hands. The guy mistook the gesture for B300 and became upset. The driver was offended too that the farang thought he tried to rip him off. Only after another driver explained that there was no extra zero, he gestured a wai to the driver to apologise. Both men swallowed their bruised pride before they agreed to complete the B30 transaction.

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