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    An introduction to Franco-Chinese dining

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 09/11/2018

    » Thong Lor's Arena 10 entertainment hub is known for its nightlife hotspots of bars and clubs. However, standing out within the hustle and bustle of it all is Prelude Restaurant & Bar with its fine dining presentation, relaxed vibe, tasting menu and cocktails. With an emphasis on using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and combining their love of French and Chinese food, and cooking techniques, Prelude is named after their aim -- to introduce diners their Franco-Chinese fusion cuisine, as well as being the first restaurant by owners Holly Chiu and chef Calvin Wong, the latter graduating from the Culinary Institute of America.

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    Whole Lotta Brunch

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 09/11/2018

    » Health-conscious people may have already tried Brunch Bowl's delivery service, enjoying their set meal plans and handmade cold-pressed juices since 2014. Owner Kornbongkoj "Paang" Thongthew has taken the next step in expanding her business -- a Brunch Bowl Happy & Healthy cafe, launched in March. The cafe ensures that their already fresh ingredients are even more, well, fresh especially when served at the source rather than through delivery.

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    Doors wide open

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 02/11/2018

    » Born and raised in Bangkok before studying in the UK and Australia, Oranan Tangpanitanon is the owner of The Hidden Closet, Bangkok's first erotic boutique, on Thong Lor 6. After working in the film industry for a few years, Oranan decided to open the Hidden Closet with her girlfriends in October 2011. That first iteration of the shop, however, has closed down and it moved location in 2016. The store has satisfied many customers looking to sizzle and spice up their sexual adventures and relationships, from offering sensual lingerie, sexy role-playing outfits, fetish gear such as paddles, handcuffs, ball gags, you name it. She will soon open her second branch, The Hidden Closet Studio on Ekamai 12, which will not only be a store but will include, among other services, a couples photo booth, classes and workshops dealing with various topics of eroticism for singles, couples and groups, art and performance events, and much more.

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    The art of interpretation

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 02/11/2018

    » The first Bangkok Art Biennale has finally hit the city, covering 20 locations and venues by more than 70 local and international artists from 33 countries around the world. There is a lot of art to be seen and admired by just what these talented creators have produced, giving those who are interested an incentive to explore the Big Mango. The event, which took off on Oct 19, will end on Feb 3, 2019.

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    Beyond the ropes

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 19/10/2018

    » In Bangkok's Charoen Krung area, tucked within an alley lies Maison Close, a dark bar/art gallery and home to some of the more uncommon tastes in art from abstract calligraphy to ero guro. However, as you enter the venue on some nights, art isn't the only focus but a blindfolded woman hung in suspension with ropes. The ropes have been tied up by a rope artist and her model serves as a canvas for elaborate and intricate patterns. Despite looking uncomfortable, the model, dubbed a rope bunny, is in a state of stillness and relaxation, with the ropes symmetrically wrapped around the curves of her body -- something beautiful or mesmerising. This is shibari or the art of Japanese rope bondage. Enter at your own risk.

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    The big drip

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 12/10/2018

    » Tea and coffee lovers are treated to yet another cafe in the Thong Lor area to relax and enjoy a cuppa and dessert. Having opened in July, Drip Tea & Coffee Cafe sits on the ground floor of Chani Residence. The bright yellow letter 'I' in Drip is stylised like a hand drip coffee maker and should give an indication to what the cafe specialises in.

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    Cycling Towards Victory

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 05/10/2018

    » Thai-American athlete Amanda Carr has always been competitive in the realm of BMX cycling. Born in Punta Gorda, Florida, the 28-year-old cyclist took up the sport at the age of five, deciding to compete professionally at the age of 16. After racing for USA Cycling and attempting to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games, she was approached by the Thai national team and decided to race with them. Carr had previously won the gold medal for the Women's BMX race category at the 2014 Asian Games held in Incheon, South Korea, as well as having competed in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. She had recently competed and won the qualifier round in June for the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship in Aranyaprathet, where more than 70 riders competed for a spot in the finals. She is now set to compete in the finals on Oct 12 to be held in the US at the Jones Centre in Arkansas, representing Thailand in the hopes of bringing the gold back home and winning the championship title.

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    High luxury dining

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 28/09/2018

    » From opening its first outlet in Los Angeles in 2002, Koi has expanded its unique take on modern Japanese-Californian fusion cuisine to Bangkok, having previously opened mainly within the US, with locations in Las Vegas and New York.

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    Talking heads

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 28/09/2018

    » In most countries, negativity towards mental health and depression still looms large, casting doubt and uncertainty for those who suffer from the common yet complicated mental illnesses to talk about it. "Crazy" or "insane" are words often used for such people, and because of the shame and stigma attached to mental health, it prevents most from seeking professional help. However, several groups and projects have been established to help gain a better understanding of what such people go through, and to raise awareness. Knowing what to say to someone who is depressed may be difficult, but these groups have provided a platform for those wanting to help and more so for those who need help.

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    Bite into happiness

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 21/09/2018

    » If you've got a craving for soft-baked cookies, pastry chef David Okamoto can satisfy you.

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