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    The purveyors of Islam

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 30/06/2015

    » At the age of 12, after finishing Prathom 6, Shakireen Malilee left normal education to study to become a hafiz. Originally from Prachuap Khiri Khan, he moved to an Islamic boarding school in Min Buri, a Bangkok suburb, and devoted himself to the ancient art of memorising the Koran. Every day for eight hours, Shakireen recited from Islamic holy scripture and committed each word, each verse, each page, each chapter into his young brain. After four years, he had memorises the entire book, roughly equivalent of memorising every single word of a 500-page tome. At 16, he achieved the rare honour of being called a hafiz.

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    Threats raise more questions than answers

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 25/06/2015

    » 'Why do men continue to get prettier as the days go by?" The question, a rhetorical one, was asked by Woody Milintachinda on his morning TV show Woody Teun Ma Kui last week. And, no, he was not referring to Caitlyn Jenner. His subject was homebound and revolved around Thailand's latest sensation that most of us have come to know as Nong Wo.

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    Lightening bolt entertainment

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 10/09/2015

    » When watching movies, Natakrit Wannapinyo feels relaxed. But when he's watching television, he operates in a totally different mode as he racks his brains to examine every single detail that occurs on the box before him.

  • LIFE

    Documenting the eye of the storm

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 21/01/2015

    » When 46-year-old Nikolaus Freiherr von Nostitz, better known as Nick, sent emails to his contacts on Dec 20 seeking financial help, some thought it was a scam. Soliciting donations is uncharacteristic of the outspoken but humble Nostitz. For years, people could see that the German was a modest guy who roamed around Bangkok on his decade-old Kawasaki GTO motorcycle to cover the turbulent transformation of Thai politics, from both sides (or more) of the conflict.

  • LIFE

    Music is the best medicine

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 20/11/2014

    » The Supatwanich siblings — Kanlaya, Kangsadal and Chatr — share a talent for singing, and team up as a trio, Plern Asa, for monthly performances at Ramathibodi Hospital's bustling outpatient department.

  • LIFE

    Hope grows in the forest

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 13/01/2015

    » The children's faces, white with powder, looked eager as a big modified truck picks them up for school. It was a cool, foggy morning in Sangkhla Buri and we had the sunrise in the background as we cruised along the Thai-Myanmar border zone in Kanchanaburi province.

  • LIFE

    Shortening the supply chain

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 13/10/2014

    » Following the government's decision to make long-awaited rice payments to some of the farmers affected by the previous administration's failed rice-pledging scheme, the topic of the domestic rice market has once again become a hot-topic.

  • LIFE

    Ja Turbo charges, Baitoey buzzes, Pel splits, Tak turns

    News, Published on 14/12/2014

    » Sexy singer Nongphanee "Ja Turbo" Mahadthai is taking legal action against a website which stole her image to promote an R-rated movie.

  • LIFE

    True essence of Islam

    Life, Yvonne Bohwongprasert, Published on 20/01/2015

    » On a recent afternoon it was business as usual at Haroon Mosque, a 150-year-old Muslim enclave neighboured by a Buddhist temple, Catholic church and the gleaming new French embassy. Residents went about their daily chores before the call for afternoon prayers sounded from the mosque. Savouring the centuries-old community's laid-back feeling were a couple of European tourists who wandered around with their cameras.  

  • LIFE

    Play that funky music

    B Magazine, Andrew Biggs, Published on 07/09/2014

    » It's been a hectic day at the office.

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