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    Teardrops and drama

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 12/09/2014

    » Fans of Thai cinema may best remember Apinya "Saiparn" Sakuljaroensuk from the iconic afro hairdo she had in her breakthrough performance in 2007 film Ploy. Seven years later, the afro has been replaced with pigtails and she is now more than ready to stake her claim as one of the most talented and diverse young Thai actresses in the industry today.

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    Hope grows in the forest

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 13/01/2015

    » The children's faces, white with powder, looked eager as a big modified truck picks them up for school. It was a cool, foggy morning in Sangkhla Buri and we had the sunrise in the background as we cruised along the Thai-Myanmar border zone in Kanchanaburi province.

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    Model of expertise

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 05/03/2015

    » Proportion, muscles, tiny freckles, human hair — the level of detail that goes into replicating a person's likeness for a wax figure is simply amazing. Over 700 hours of work in the studio is required to make one lifelike wax figure, but the process begins with experts having a sitting with the subject. This is when meticulous measurements and photographs are taken.

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    It's that time of year

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 30/04/2015

    » May 17 will soon be upon us, marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

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    Change from the outside

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 28/05/2015

    » 'If there is anybody who's against homosexuals, transsexuals or bisexuals, you can leave the area," announced event host Meesuk Jangmeesuk outside the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC).

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    Threats raise more questions than answers

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 25/06/2015

    » 'Why do men continue to get prettier as the days go by?" The question, a rhetorical one, was asked by Woody Milintachinda on his morning TV show Woody Teun Ma Kui last week. And, no, he was not referring to Caitlyn Jenner. His subject was homebound and revolved around Thailand's latest sensation that most of us have come to know as Nong Wo.

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    From exile to acceptance

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 10/07/2015

    » 'Every journey starts with one step. So today is one step for a long journey," said Burmese activist Aung Myo Min in the documentary film This Kind Of Love. During the scene, he was standing inside a Bangkok BTS Skytrain. He was on his journey home to Myanmar after 24 years of exile.

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    Spotting a bad egg

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 21/07/2015

    » When rumours spread that fake eggs were circulating in markets last month, consumers were sure to panic.

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    In the mind's eye

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 28/07/2015

    » On a black Velcro board, a pair of small hands gently glided along its slightly thorny surface. In her right hand, a girl held a plastic "tool" that mimics a large pencil. When she dragged it along the Velcro surface, a thread of yarn came out from its tip — sticking on the board and forming into different shapes. Her fingers carefully felt each line that she drew.

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    The new Brahmins

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 12/10/2015

    » A man dressed in white blew into a conch as if it were a horn. Joss sticks were burning. Heads bowed but people's lips were praying. A screenplay on a golden tray was engulfed in a cloud of white smoke. Surrounding the tray was a feast which included a pig's head, Thai golden desserts, fruit, boiled eggs and seafood.

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