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  • LIFE

    Triumph in adversity

    Life, Yanapon Musiket, Published on 13/02/2013

    » Klao Rojanamethakul was 10 years old when he had to quit school. With seven siblings to look after, his parents couldn't afford all their children full access to complete basic education. Young Klao decided to follow his father _ a well-known master of nang talung shadow puppetry native to south Thailand _ to such performances in the region.

  • OPINION

    The crying shame

    Life, Yanapon Musiket, Published on 14/02/2013

    » I always cry at wedding ceremonies, and I think I like doing it. I like it to the point that it has become one of the main reasons to go to a wedding: to cry as a congratulatory gesture to the groom and the bride.

  • LIFE

    Pillars of shame to go

    Life, Yanapon Musiket, Published on 20/02/2013

    » They're known, sarcastically, as Bangkok's Stonehenge. The abandoned Hopewell pillars have graced _ or disgraced _ our north-bound highway like shameful, or shameless, monuments that everybody wishes to forget. These unused pillars stand awkwardly to remind us, souvenirs of failure and corruption over the past 20 years.

  • LIFE

    Asean and gay

    Life, Yanapon Musiket, Published on 28/02/2013

    » Everywhere you go these days, you'll see or hear the word "Asean" in every possible media outlet _ from newspapers, billboards to subway screens (almost ad nauseam). Sometimes it seems that the word is being overused and in some cases doesn't make sense. The best example, I would say, is the slogan for a national beauty pageant: "Beauty with virtue, beauty through the eyes of Asean" (we get the point, but hello, what is that?)

  • LIFE

    Sea cows to the slaughter

    Life, Yanapon Musiket, Published on 06/03/2013

    » At first glance, it appears like any other island in the Andaman Sea: there are white, sandy beaches, a lively village of fishermen, and all a convenient 30-minute boat ride from the Thai mainland. But what makes Koh Libong extraordinary is that it is home to the dugong, the endangered marine mammal.

  • LIFE

    Human touch

    Life, Yanapon Musiket, Published on 16/01/2013

    » Sheelah Murthy wears many hats. Besides being a classroom teacher, college professor and community activist, US-born and Thailand-based artist Murthy is also a trained massage therapist. Her first lessons on the power of touch in healing date back to when she was a volunteer at an HIV Wellness Clinic.

  • LIFE

    Razor's edge

    Life, Yanapon Musiket, Published on 18/01/2013

    » Everything about a barbershop is nostalgic: the buzzing-bee sound of a clipper, the fragrant scent of talcum, the cut-throat razor and rotating chair. For most Thai men, they evoke memories of their formative years, a place where as students they were given a proper (military-style, in certain cases) short haircut as required by their schools.

  • LIFE

    Latest Gossip

    Life, Yanapon Musiket, Published on 17/01/2013

    » Guests at the grand opening of the revamped Siam Center, rising stars from American hit series Gossip Girl Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester turned heads and elicited screams. Headlining the list of international celebrities who came for the celebration, the two were warmly welcomed with thousands of fans who eagerly waited for their official presence in the city.

  • LIFE

    Opting in

    Life, Yanapon Musiket, Published on 30/01/2013

    » Of those who visited Ole Ukena last year while he was creating art in Bangkok, some were left wondering "what is this crazy German doing here". Now they are able to see the results, with a solo exhibition titled "Giving Up Is Not An Option" now on at Serindia Gallery.

  • LIFE

    Life is a Cabaret

    Life, Yanapon Musiket, Published on 31/01/2013

    » In the Chinese blockbuster Lost In Thailand that recently took China by storm (and opens in Bangkok on Feb 7), one of the most memorable scenes is when two male characters meet a beautiful woman endowed with the figure of a supermodel at a temple. The woman, they later learn, is actually a transsexual. It's one of the film's big jokes. Long before this movie was released, in the eyes of many foreign visitors the Thai transgender community was one of the unique characters of this country _ unique, bizarre, fascinating, exotic, etc.

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