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  • LIFESTYLE

    Atomic talent

    Guru, Pimchanok Phungbun Na Ayudhya, Published on 01/05/2015

    » Chanakan “Atom” Rattana-udom (fb.com/atomoatom official, IG: @atomoatom) started writing lyrics when he was in Grade 5. This passion-driven songsmith kept improving his craft until he was signed to GMM Grammy during his freshman year at Thammasat University’s Law School. He has penned lyrics for Burin Boonvisut, Pop Pongkool and Da Endorphine. The 23-year-old recently made his debut as a singer-songwriter with his soul-pop single “Please”, currently topping the charts.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Woulfe in the house

    Guru, Pimchanok Phungbun Na Ayudhya, Published on 10/04/2015

    » Brian Woulfe is a tastemaker in more ways than one. At a young age, he was a classically trained pianist and later set up classical music label Landor Records. As an A-list interior designer with his studio, Designed by Woulfe, he makes dream homes for high-profile clients. He also runs a digitally led creative agency, Social with Woulfe. To provide a platform for LGBT professionals, he founded The Village Speakeasy. Now based in Phuket, the Irish-born decorator adds his flair to high-style private quarters, high-end properties and, most recently, the new Judith Leiber showroom at EmQuartier.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Triumphant Thara

    Guru, Pimchanok Phungbun Na Ayudhya, Published on 20/03/2015

    » Tawanna Thara has no recipe for success. After graduating from Chulalongkorn University, the creative director of Thea by Thara (www.theabythara.com, fb.com/Theabythara, IG: @theabythara) flew to the Big Apple to attend the prestigious Parsons The New School for Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Taking advantage of the experience she gained in the fashion industry, Tawanna, then age 26, started her eponymous clothing line, Thara, collections of which were sold in over 30 boutique stores in the US, the UK and Dubai. After returning to Bangkok in 2012, she debuted Thea by Thara, a sister brand showcasing a fusion of New York minimal coolness and feminine delicacy. Currently, Thea by Thara has five outlets in the city and expansions in Singapore, Indonesia and China.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The man who cooked victory

    Guru, Pimchanok Phungbun Na Ayudhya, Published on 27/02/2015

    » Sunya Thadathanawong takes travel photos, as well as photos of luxury hotels and statement portraits, for a living. The 34-year-old photographer has a keen eye — and it only serves to help his stomach. Inheriting a love for cooking from his grandmother, Sunya was selected as a contestant of the reality game show The Amazing Food Challenge: Fun In The Philippines 2 (www.asianfoodchannel.com/afcfoodchallenge2). After a series of physically demanding adventure- and culinary-based challenges spread throughout 13 episodes, Sunya emerged victorious over nine other hopefuls from the Asia-Pacific region, taking home a cash prize of US$30,000 (about B980,000).

  • LIFESTYLE

    The Music (festival) Man

    Guru, Pimchanok Phungbun Na Ayudhya, Published on 06/02/2015

    » Currently hosting four shows, Kris Srepoomseth is a mainstay on the telly. But he isn’t your average TV emcee. The media proprietor runs six companies, one being Feel Corporation Co, Ltd, of which he is CEO. Kris has recently begun a new ambitious project, Maya Music Festival — A Miracle of Art, Magical of Sound (www.mayamusicfestival.com). The EDM blowout — planned to be an annual event — will make its debut at the outdoor area of the 11th Infantry Regiment King’s Bodyguard on Mar 7 (tickets B2,500, B4,000, www.thaiticketmajor.com). Bridging local tradition and Western modernity, the event will feature a 20m-long naga, sculpted by a team of Thai artists from Silpakorn University and Poh Chang Academy of Arts, which will slither along to the sounds of headbanging electro music spun by heavyweights Steve Angello and Markus Schulz, along with a line-up of Thai talent.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Festival folk

    Guru, Pimchanok Phungbun Na Ayudhya, Published on 09/01/2015

    » Tokin Teekanun is a man that wears many hats. He makes films, directs music videos and plays in a band called Triggs & The Longest Day. Apart from that, the 32-year-old runs left-field music fests Stone Free and Keep On The Grass Folk Music Festival, which have brought a breath of fresh air to the Thai alternative music scene. Tokin is now busy working on the third instalment of the down-to-earth acoustic folk jam Keep On The Grass, which will take place in Saraburi on Jan 31 (fb.com/KeepOnTheGrassMusicFestival, pre-sale ticket B1,000) as well as curating artworks for two upcoming exhibitions at The Jam Factory and BACC.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Mix Master

    Guru, Pimchanok Phungbun Na Ayudhya, Published on 19/12/2014

    » A movie can change a person’s life. It was the 1988 romantic drama Cocktail that motivated Watcharapong Suriyaphan, then 17, to work behind the bar. Having attended the School of the Oriental Hotel Apprenticeship Programme particularly for the restaurant operations and bartending course, he has been passionately mixing and pouring drinks for patrons at a number of Bangkok’s top bars and gained hands-on experience from many masterclasses. Now the brand ambassador of Bacardi Thailand, the 28-year-old Watcharapong doesn’t only concoct drinks for work. He is an avid bar equipment collector and an alcohol history enthusiast.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Pastry pro

    Guru, Pimchanok Phungbun Na Ayudhya, Published on 28/11/2014

    » Pajaree Thawornlamlert, 29, holds a degree in mechanical engineering, yet she now busies herself in the kitchen baking cakes. She left her engineering job at SCG to pursue her passion for the art of pastry making after honing her skills at Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School. The full-time patissier is now responsible for the production of all pastries at the three branches of Sweet Escape (fb.com/sweetescapist) in Chon Buri and Rayong as well as the newly opened Guilty Pleasure by Sweet Escape (Na Jomtien Soi 40, Chon Buri, 083-226-6500, fb.com/GPESC). The fourth offshoot of Sweet Escape will open at the Interpark Mansion near Thammasat University Rangsit Campus on Nov 29.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A bird of passage

    Guru, Pimchanok Phungbun Na Ayudhya, Published on 07/11/2014

    » Property heiress Sasathorn Hongsananda may have been born into wealth — Gaysorn is her family’s real estate business, after all. It is, however, wanderlust that has been her main asset to absorb all things beautiful as she travels the world. Having been to over 40 countries and speaking five languages, the UK-educated 25-year-old translates her true passion for travelling and photography into a travel and lifestyle blog. This month, the wanderer is launching www.6birdsflying.com, where she curates her travel memoirs, spontaneous snaps and all-around interests. Leading a health-conscious and active life, Sasathorn has also been selected as Thailand’s first brand ambassador for customised skincare line, Skin Inc (www.skinincthailand.com, fb.com/skinincthailand).

  • BUSINESS

    The aesthetics expert

    Guru, Pimchanok Phungbun Na Ayudhya, Published on 17/10/2014

    » Fondly called Dr Tom by his patients, Thumrong Siripoon, MD, is the chief medical officer of Dermaster — Personalized Wellness and Aesthetic Institute (342 Sukhumvit Soi 63, 02-714-4471, www.dermaster-thailand.com, www.fb.com/dermasterthailand). The prominent plastic surgeon specialises in making people pretty thanks to his expertise in various areas of aesthetic medicine. During off-clinic hours, this optimistic aesthetic doctor loves to play guitar and find fresh air out of town.

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