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    People Who Do Worse Jobs Than You

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 15/03/2019

    » At the risk of sounding like a Debbie Downer (or should I say Sad Somchai), there may be days when we question whether we're doing well or enough at our jobs e.g. making a typo and struggling to write something relevant and fun on a weekly basis. And once that feeling takes over, you can console yourself by looking for people who're at worse at their jobs compared to you, automatically patting yourself on the back. The good news is that you don't have to look far -- and I've done that for you, dear reader. These examples should leave you thinking, "I'm not that bad."

  • OPINION

    Let's Judge Candidates by Their Posters Pt.2

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 08/03/2019

    » The campaign posters are EVERYWHERE. You either dodge them while navigating your way on a Bangkok sidewalk (of lack thereof it) or scroll down your Facebook newsfeed and see like seven of them without even trying.

  • OPINION

    Thai-style Maths Problems

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 01/03/2019

    » How good are you with numbers, dear readers? Let's put you to the test in this mathematics quiz which -- and I can't state the following sentence strongly enough -- has not been inspired by any real-life incidents. (Cough cough cough, sorry almost choked there!) They are completely fictional, purely for your entertainment. The answers are at the end. No cheating!

  • OPINION

    Crossword Puzzle: Thai PM Candidates Edition

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 22/02/2019

    » As the March 24 election nears, the number of opinion polls have increased. On Sunday, one poll in particular caught my eyes. Super Poll announced the result of a survey, which I unofficially translate to "The Public’s Concern During Election Season". What made this poll stand out is that when they asked people about their specs for PM candidates, they use cryptic descriptions such as "Man in his 50s. Former leader of this country with high position" and "Man in his 40s. Former exec. A political activist." Instead of simply using their actual names like other polls? They did that to avoid violating any election rules, perhaps.

  • OPINION

    Let's Judge Candidates by Their Posters

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 15/02/2019

    » They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but I say, “Let’s judge candidates in the upcoming elections by their posters”. Their posters are their opportunity to make first impressions with the public and you can’t avoid them on our already hard-to-navigate sidewalks, anyway. Here are some of the most memorable posters in the upcoming election that I spotted on the street and online. 

  • OPINION

    How to Up Your Campaign Poster Game

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 08/02/2019

    » Since you're going to turn our precious sidewalk into an obstacle course by cluttering it up with posters of your candidates, may I suggest making them memorable or amusing instead of a plain visual pollution? I delved into past examples for some tips on how you can make your posters stand out from the crowd. You're welcome.

  • OPINION

    Thai Proverbs: 2019 Edition

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 01/02/2019

    » New words and verbal expressions are born every day yet our classic proverbs remain unchanged with references that are dated or we can no longer relate to. I’ll say it’s time to give classic proverbs a makeover with contemporary references. Some meanings are changed, by the way. Shall we give this a try?

  • OPINION

    PM's tracklist vol. 2

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 25/01/2019

    » In the midst of the smog and air pollution updates that have shrouded your news feed lately, you may have missed the recent release of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha's latest single titled In Memory. This is the seventh addition to his repertoire following Return Happiness To Thailand (Jun 2014), Because You're Thailand (Dec 2015), Hope & Faith (Oct 2016), Bridge (Dec 2017), Diamond Heart (Feb 2018) and Fight For The Land (Apr 2018).

  • OPINION

    Meme My Way into 2019

    Guru, Published on 28/12/2018

    » NYD is only a few days away and I’m sending 2018 off on a lighthearted note. Here’s a collection of memes inspired by the New Year. Happy New Year, everyone!

  • OPINION

    Guru Awards 2018

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 21/12/2018

    » It's a tradition for media to recap the year that is about to end. As the editor of an esteemed publication (I am talking about Guru, in case you were wondering) I would like to do so -- in my own style. Here's the announcement of winners of the Guru Awards 2018. Let's see who are our recipients! g

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