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  • LIFESTYLE

    Soul food

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 16/11/2018

    » Caribbean cuisine is a rare find in the Big Mango but the arrival of Jamaican Eatz is making it a little more available to us Bangkokians. Established by two New Yorkers who found themselves missing it, they took matters into their own hands and established Jamaican Eatz. For a year, they did wholesale, selling pies to different shops and restos, but it was only a month ago that they put up a stall at W District in Phra Khanong.

  • LIFESTYLE

    P is for pancake and party

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 16/11/2018

    » Pancakes are a breakfast favourite for a lot of people and they're just hands-down pretty dang delicious and awesome (if you're a pancake hater... uh, why?). But aside from that, they've also become a starting point for friendships and bonds to be made thanks to Robin Vogelaar. For the past few years, Vogelaar has travelled around the world and hosted events in different countries with a simple premise: he cooks Dutch pancakes, people meet up and eat, and have a good time. It's a simple thing yet it has gotten the attention of others that Vogelaar was able to take the TEDx stage at Abidjian, Côte d'Ivoire. On November 24, he's bringing the Dutch Pancake Party to the Big Mango. Guru spoke to him on everything pancake party.

  • TRAVEL

    Final curtain call

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 09/11/2018

    » For nearly 50 years, the Dusit Thani Bangkok has welcomed the likes of royalty, dignitaries, celebrities and common folk. From the late US president Ronald Reagan to singer Enrique Iglesias to an inconsequential magazine writer like me, the hotel has had a rich history. But despite its age, it's looking good and isn't slowing down at all, even if it is closing its doors in early January. Sure, it's only temporary but it's closing for a pretty sizeable amount of time -- at least three and a half years. However, does that mean there's nothing at the Dusit Thani except for weathered walls, an aged building and an establishment that's on its way out? Nothing could be farther from the truth.

  • TRAVEL

    The great outdoors

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 09/11/2018

    » If you have felt the crisp, cool Bangkok mornings, then you're probably aware that the cool season is about to kick-off. While we may not have four seasons in Thailand, we definitely have camping season. The slightly lowered temperatures means this is the perfect time to spend a few days in the mountains surrounded by nature instead of skyscrapers. The word "camping" may give rise to a few assumptions -- roughing it out in the wild, having to rely on your wits and limited resources, being out in the open with the possibility of dangerous animals lurking about, sleeping in a tiny cramped tent, and worse of all, having to go to the "toilet" in a hole in the ground. But it's 2018 and there ways to go camping without having to suffer such discomfort.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Choices, choices, choices

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 02/11/2018

    » Japanese restos are not scarce in the Big Mango, but Niku Kappo has a different vibe. Located in The Opus on Thong Lor 10, Niku Kappo isn't overtly Japanese but still has the Japanese aesthetic going on. Inside, there's a Japanese mural painted on a brick wall giving it a rustic yet traditional feel. The woodwork above the kitchen is also familiarly Japanese and the seats are covered with fabric from actual kimonos. Overall, the resto gives off a modern vibe. You can choose to sit outside in the Bangkok air, a viable place to wind down and chill over a beer and a few skewers, or you can choose to dine inside if you want a proper setting... and an air-conditioned room. Plus, you get to watch the chef at work in front of you.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Spooktacular

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 26/10/2018

    » Halloween isn't a big deal in Thailand. Unlike in the US, we have the good sense of not encouraging our kids to knock on strangers' doors for candy. The downside, of course, is not having any kids to leech candy off of. Despite that, we thought this time of spookiness would be a great opportunity to hear from you, our dear readers, about your frightening (or seemingly frightening) experiences and as always, you didn't disappoint. Here are 13 -- an apt number for this story -- chilling stories from you to get into the Halloween spirit.

  • TECH

    Epic tales & epic scales

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 26/10/2018

    » With a huge open world and hours and hours of content, Assassin's Creed Odyssey will keep you occupied for days on end.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Cool off

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 26/10/2018

    » The rainy season is drawing to a close but in pure Bangkok fashion, that doesn't necessarily mean there's an absence of blistering heat. Though the rain gives us a reprieve, you may still want something to cool you off other than seeking refuge in an air-conditioned mall or 7-Elven. Enter Wán, bringing you a sweet and refreshing treat so you can chill from the Bangkok sun. Literally.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Must love dogs

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 19/10/2018

    » The Bodhi Dog Rescue and Shelter in Phuket has been rescuing and treating dogs (and other animals, too) who have been mistreated, shunned and abandoned for six years. Running solely on donations, they've encountered heartbreaking circumstances, which makes us question if we really do treat dogs as "man's best friend". On the other hand, they've also had successful stories like that of a pup named Nor. On their sixth anniversary of Bodhi Dog Rescue and Shelter GURU caught up with Tina Maria, founder and owner.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Team Thailand

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 12/10/2018

    » Us living in Bangkok may be accustomed to complaining about the various things we experience on a daily basis, whether it be heavy traffic, the absence of law-abiding drivers, taxi rejections or the crowded streets and trains. And while these grumblings are founded and you have the right to complain (because we do too), there are things that we should be proud of in the Big Mango and Thailand. As evidenced by this list, plenty of accolades have been lavished to Bangkok or Thailand, and sometimes we have to put aside our jadedness to realise that we're living in a pretty great place. Just recently, Bangkok was named one of the top destinations in the world by Mastercard and was also named "the least unhappy country" by the Bloomberg Misery Index. So this week, we've done what we thought was impossible: we're putting aside the snarkiness and sarcasm -- OK, maybe we're just lessening it a tad -- and listing the awards that have been bestowed upon Thailand. This is just so we learn to do what Eric Idle from Monty Python has been singing all these years: Always look on the bright side of life. That's wishful thinking though, we'll probably be back to our usual sarcastic selves in the next issue.

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