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  • LIFESTYLE

    Little legends live on

    Life, Kartika Inggas, Published on 17/03/2014

    » If you are in your mid-20s or beyond, chances are that Mana, Manee, Piti and Chujai were once your school friends. Imaginary ones, of course, for they once lived in Thai language textbooks that every elementary student had to study. Through their lives and adventures in rural Thailand, at least two generations of children learned the basics of the language, from the working of consonants and vowels to the construction of sentences. The books were in use from 1978 to 1994 before they were replaced by a newer series.

  • OPINION

    Setting the scene for summer

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 17/03/2014

    » When the golden shower trees and the yellow and pink trumpet trees start to flower profusely, you know summer is coming in Thailand. They can be considered the Thai version of Japan’s cherry blossoms, the only difference being that there is nowhere in Bangkok where they grow together in a floral landscape worthy of selfie indulgence.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The Act Of Killing to show at FCCT

    Life, Published on 17/03/2014

    » The Act Of Killing is a chilling and inventive documentary said to have left many critics dumbfounded. It won best documentary at the 2014 Bafta awards and was nominated for best documentary at the 86th Academy Awards.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Dance with Bloco Malagasy

    Life, Published on 17/03/2014

    » The garden of Alliance Francaise Bangkok will become a dance floor filled with the beat of Madagascan percussion by Bloco Malagasy this Thursday.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Adfest a great success in Pattaya

    Life, Published on 17/03/2014

    » From the revered bard as Victorian headphones to a disgruntled pig at a sink, advertising creativity, humour and inventiveness was celebrated at the recent Adfest held last week in Pattaya.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Historic Bangkok ’hood unearths its colourful past

    Life, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 17/03/2014

    » Charoen Chai is an old Bangkok neighbourhood located between Charoen Krung and Plabpla Chai roads, from which names its own is believed to have been derived. In 2010, rumours that residents would be evicted to make way for the construction of a new underground train route (the MRT’s blue line) caused members of this century-old community to band together and form the Charoen Chai Conservation and Rehabilitation group in an effort to save their own homes.

  • BUSINESS

    Marriage of convenience

    Business, Sriwipa Siripunyawit, Published on 17/03/2014

    » Given the record of the past years, it is certain that the hunger for expansion of the country’s retail business will carry on in the future with more intense competition waiting around the corner. Above all, the convenience store sector has continuously welcomed new rivals and extracted massive investment from existing key players each year.

  • TECH

    TOT delays 4G contract with AIS

    Business, Komsan Tortermvasana, Published on 17/03/2014

    » TOT Plc has put off signing a contract with its concessionaire Advanced Info Service (AIS) that would allow it to provide fourth-generation (4G) mobile services on the state's existing unused frequency.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Books as friends

    Life, Published on 17/03/2014

    » Born and raised in a self-sufficient environment, Salisa Salyakamtorn is the director of Agri-nature Foundation in Mab-ueang in Bang Bung, Chon Buri. Amid the current political crisis where more than a million farmers are still awaiting payment from the government’s rice-pledging scheme, the 32-year-old wishes the farmers would become self-sustainable and financially independent.

  • BUSINESS

    TFEX ready to burn midnight oil for gold

    Business, Nuntawun Polkuamdee, Published on 17/03/2014

    » Thailand Futures Exchange (TFEX) may extend gold futures trading for its night session to meet demand for longer trading hours to catch up with wildly fluctuating global prices.

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