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  • OPINION

    Modern Advertising Oops

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 14/05/2021

    » If you've been a regular reader of mine (and thank you so much if you are), you know I'm a bit obsessed with advertisements. They can be an unintentional source of controversy and comedy, if not done right. Here's a few of modern advertisement that perhaps need a second thought.

  • OPINION

    Cultural And Religious Authorities Have Bigger Tilapia To Fry

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 07/05/2021

    » A Thai dessert shop in Samut Songkhram got creative by introducing alua in various shapes of Buddha amulets, whose pictures of which went viral last week. Various cultural and religious authorities -- shock horror -- cried foul over this idea.

  • OPINION

    Music Is A Weapon

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 30/04/2021

    » Last Friday, singer-songwriter Trai "Boy" Bhumiratna released a song in support of the medical frontliners in the ongoing battle against Covid-19. He later said in a Facebook post that someone had criticised him for not reflecting on the government's shortcomings. He replied, in gist, that music isn't a weapon but is healing and consoling, and he doesn't think of politics with every breath he takes. This didn't sit well with netizens who brought up his past involvement with the PDRC movement that ultimately led to Prayut Chan-o-cha's premiership.

  • LIFE

    Stay In, Stay Safe

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 30/04/2021

    » Everyone would agree that staying in is the best policy at the moment given that the current surge of Miss Rona in Thailand is most severe, yet. In good conscience, we don't want to encourage you to go out. But fret not, as Guru has once again saved the day with ideas to help spruce up another bout of self-isolation during this quasi-lockdown.

  • OPINION

    Vintage Ads that Won't Run Today

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 23/04/2021

    » I love browsing through Thai old-timey print ads from the yesteryears for the nostalgia and quirks from the past they bring. Mirinda was B1 per bottle and Ovaltine was purported as a drink of choice for ladies who wanted to have glowing skin.

  • LIFE

    Sushi expressway

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 23/04/2021

    » Sushiro is famous for being an affordable purveyor of conveyer belt sushi, aka kaiten sushi, with prices starting at ¥100 per plate (¥110 with tax to be more accurate). Found three decades ago, the famous sushi chain operates 600 branches in Japan and overseas. Sushiro made its Thailand debut on the seventh floor of centralwOrld.

  • LIFE

    Songkran feasting!

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 12/04/2021

    » The Thai New Year is upon us and there's no better way to celebrate than to gather some family and friends around a dining table for a good meal. Whether it's buffets or khao chae  s, here are some of our picks on where you should go for some delicious lunches or dinners this Songkran.

  • OPINION

    2021 Songkran Bingo

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 09/04/2021

    » As you already know, Songkran this year is on, albeit with much less splashes and debauchery. There seems to be more don'ts than dos that the authorities would like us to abide by in order to safely celebrate Thai New Year during the pandemic. Basically, the traditional ways of celebrating -- religious practices and ceremonies, Buddha image bathing and pouring water onto elders' palms -- are in while the layman fun that we associate with the pre-Covid-19 Songkran era such as water wars, concerts and foam parties are out, for now.

  • OPINION

    Happy Belated April's Fool Day!

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 02/04/2021

    » Sometimes I feel like every other day is April's Fool Day in Thailand given the sheer number of unbelievable news stories, for good or bad reasons, that happen. To belatedly celebrate April's Fool Day in a way that the authorities won't have any problems with, I present you with 10 news stories -- your job will be to discern which ones are genuine. Put T in front of the story you think is true and put F if you think it's an April's Fool Day prank, you know the drill. The answers are provided at the end so no cheating!

  • LIFE

    All about asparagus

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 02/04/2021

    » The first thing that comes to mind food-wise when you think of Montien Hotel Surawong Bangkok is probably its famous khao mun gai. While the iconic hotel has been showing off its new look since reopening in October, Montien's kitchen repertoire is also getting enhanced and becoming more sophisticated.

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