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  • LIFESTYLE

    Ways Thais Can Improve Their English

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 09/11/2018

    » Published earlier this week, the annual report by EF Education First on English proficiency of people in countries that don't use English as their mother tongue revealed Thailand scored 48.54 out of 100. Our English skills are considered "low" (fourth out of five levels) since the first report in 2011 (Ministry of Education, what exactly have you been doing?) The report gauged people's English proficiency by focusing on listening and reading via an online test, and they admitted that the results may be optimistic given that participants have access to internet, thus, potentially excluding your average Somchai and Somsri.

  • TRAVEL

    Beachside and Chocolate Delights

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 09/11/2018

    » Asara is an already established name but has now become more appealing as Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin. And -- as you may have guessed it -- they have added the brand's signature chocolate hours among other new perks.

  • LIFESTYLE

    What's in a Thai name?

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 02/11/2018

    » One aspect about Thai culture that many visitors may be curious about or find fascinating is how we are named, as there seem to be some unwritten rules governing it. This week, I would like to shed some light on this unique aspect of Thai culture while airing my grievances with my fellow Thais who have encountered incidents regarding their names. Our struggle is real.

  • OPINION

    Thai-Style Two-Sentence Horror Stories

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 26/10/2018

    » To help you get into a spooky mindframe for Halloween, I would like to share a few Thai-style horror stories. But since people have a shorter attention span these days (who doesn't?), I have summed up the shortest stories that have been circulated online. If you get all of them, you are pretty well-versed in Thai culture. Kudos!

  • OPINION

    Intern Intel

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 19/10/2018

    » Part of my job is to -- ahem -- supervise bright-eyed interns who come through GURU's door for an experience they won't be able to buy somewhere else. To benefit any aspiring interns out there, I would like to share a few points based on real-life experiences to help make internship a valuable experience for you.

  • TRAVEL

    Luxe and lush

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 19/10/2018

    » Some resorts can be a destination in themselves. Especially one with plenty of activities and things to do on site. After 20 minutes in a posh Volvo SUV from Phuket International Airport and a few winding roads, you'll arrive at the lush surroundings of Trisara Phuket -- "the garden in the third heaven", in Sanskrit -- where villas and suites are nestled on a gentle hill slope.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Hitting High Notes

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 12/10/2018

    » This year saw finalists from Southeast Asia, South Korea, India, Australia and China perform at Aloft Seoul Myeongdong on Sep 20. Hanita Bhambri delivered a powerful performance of Let Me Go and is this year's winner. Through Aloft's partnership with Universal Music Group, she gets a music video and a digital release of her single to kick start her career. Although Nontree "Nate" Paitoonvongvira, who represented SEA, didn't win, he wowed the audience with a catchy performance so much that we want (you) to get to know him. You may remember him performing a jazz rendition of Britney Spears' Toxic on The Voice but there's more to this singer/interior designer.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Choose Your Own Adventure: When You Are Arrested with a Wildlife Carcass*

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 12/10/2018

    » Let's play the bad guy. Warning: playing this game may cause you to lose faith in humanity. Spoiler: No happy ending.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Graduation Gift

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 05/10/2018

    » The graduation season has arrived with major universities in Bangkok hosting commencement ceremonies. Heck, your Facebook newsfeed may already be flooded with pictures of graduating friends in full-makeup and gowns (minus tiaras). There's nothing better than joining this joyous period with a few graduation-inspired memes. Consider them my gift to you. Hope you get a chuckle or two out of them.  g

  • OPINION

    True costs only Bangkokians know

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 28/09/2018

    » Have you noticed that somethings in life come with hidden costs -- monetary or otherwise -- that we may not be aware of until we experience it? And some of them are pretty unique to the Bangkok way of life. If you're not sure what I'm getting at, take a look at the examples below that may make you nod along (or hopefully laugh along). g

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