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  • OPINION

    Get acquainted with your new dining companions

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 29/05/2020

    » The good and bad news is that dining in is (vaguely) business as usual. You go out with the fam or friends (often in the same car), scan a QR code to check-in on Thai Chana and then be seated at separate tables to enjoy food outside your home. Sounds complicated and contrary to the concept of family-time meals but that's the hidden price you pay in this Covid-19 world. If lucky, your new dining companion may be some kind of doll (not those ones). Whether they are good company or not, these dining companions are likely to be at restaurant tables for a while. Here are three that I've spotted. g

  • OPINION

    Tech show at malls reopening

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 22/05/2020

    » Malls reopening on Sunday has brought with it many curious things, besides the possibility of selling your privacy to the govt just to get in, multiple checking-in-and-out you need to do while hitting different shops and cardboard dragons as your new dining companions. While strolling and practising social distancing, one may also come across innovations that have been put in place as part of the new shopping norm. It seems like major malls are trying to get one up on each other in terms of high-tech measures against Covid-19 to put shoppers' minds at ease. At the risk of sounding like a mall maniac (and being a free ad for malls), here are a few examples of technology spotted at various mall reopenings for your curiosity. Their effectiveness against Covid-19 (or originality) may not be guaranteed but their gimmicky effect is.

  • LIFE

    Policing plastic waste

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 22/05/2020

    » Pimpan Diskul na Ayudhya is a development practitioner, who began her career with The Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage for two years. She furthered her studies at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she focused on international business relations and environmental policy.

  • LIFE

    Return to (new) normal

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 15/05/2020

    » Ahead of the possible second wave of Covid-19 curb easing, more businesses have announced their comebacks. Here are some of the noteworthy reopenings for your weekend agenda.

  • OPINION

    Acts of Kindness during Covid-19

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 15/05/2020

    » One of the very few upsides of Covid-19 is the endless kindness people have shown towards one another. At the risk of sounding like a softie, here are two stories to restore your faith in humanity.

  • OPINION

    The first week of "new normal"

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 08/05/2020

    » Last Sunday, Covid-19 curbs have been eased as 13 types of businesses were allowed to reopen after a month-long halt while four airlines resume domestic flights to 14 provinces since last Friday. Markets, public parks, food shops, barbershops, pet groomers and more resume operations under safety conditions, giving us back a sense of quasi-normalcy. The silver lining is that more businesses may be reopened if the daily tally of Covid-19 remains low (keeping fingers and toes crossed). In case you want to head out this weekend, you can look forwards to this.

  • LIFE

    Business (not quite) as usual

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 08/05/2020

    » Dining out may not be back at full throttle. A few restaurants have reopened for business with new measures to comply with curfew and safety. If you miss eating out (who doesn't?), visit them.

  • OPINION

    Thai inventions inspired by Covid-19

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 01/05/2020

    » Covid-19 is the mother of invention as evidenced by various inventions many people have come up with. You may have already seen the new PPE-inspired uniforms introduced by AirAsia, which have been designed by Filipino fashion designer Puey Quinones, as it resumes operations today but we're talking more out of the box. Protective properties of these DIY creations I've spotted may not be 100% proven but all guarantee a smile if not a laugh.

  • LIFE

    Lend a hand

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 01/05/2020

    » The number of individuals and restaurants giving out free food to those affected by the pandemic has restored our faith in humanity. If you wish to contribute to those in need, here are a few organisations looking for help.

  • LIFE

    Forces of nature

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 24/04/2020

    » From India's Ganga River to Italy's Venice canals, you can't deny that Mother Nature is doing well in our absence. The same could be said for Thai national parks (which have been closed since March 25 until further notice) as rarely-seen creatures show up and our seas show every shade of blue. Here's some for you to get in touch with nature while WFH.

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