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    Feet of clay

    Life, Patcharawalai Sanyanusin, Published on 19/08/2019

    » Late last month, many Buddhist followers in Thailand were delighted with the news that four phra farang, or Western monks, were granted samanasak or honorary ecclesiastical titles by HM the King.

  • OPINION

    Food for thought

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 29/07/2019

    » Som tam is a staple that I eat almost every day, but always skipping the tomato and long bean that end up in the restaurant's bin. The other day, I started drinking soya milk -- it was too sweet. The remaining amount was discarded in the kitchen sink. I often have to throw away rotten carrots and other vegetables as well as unconsumed kub khao in plastic bags. Those ready-to-eat foods became expired items in the fridge.

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    Coming to terms with what's in your head

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 15/07/2019

    » After a verse about fresh nuts sold at a floating market in Thailand -- yet sung by the world's darling chipmunk brothers Chip and Dale -- took social media by storm, people started to share comments about how they could not get the music out of their head.

  • OPINION

    The real reason Grab is winning: service

    Life, Yvonne Bohwongprasert, Published on 01/07/2019

    » Taxi and motorcycle taxi drivers in the capital were once again up in arms last week when they heard that their arch-rival Grab Thailand, the local operating arm of the Singapore-based start-up hailing service app, might be getting the green light by the government to operate legally.

  • OPINION

    Love the sinner, hate the sin

    Life, Patcharawalai Sanyanusin, Published on 24/06/2019

    » How would you feel if someone pointed a finger at you and said: "You are nak phaen din"? A very strong and hurtful remark, isn't it? Meaning "burden to the land", the term is normally used toward a person who is perceived as scum for causing so much trouble to society.

  • OPINION

    A better Korean option

    Life, Suwitcha Chaiyong, Published on 06/05/2019

    » South Korea is one of the most popular destinations for Thais -- both tourists and illegal workers. According to the Ministry of Labour, there are 165,854 Thais living in South Korea, 143,169 of them illegally. Such a large number of illegal workers has caused Korean immigration officers to strictly screen Thai visitors. On April 20, a Facebook user shared a post saying that only five Thai passengers from a low-cost flight could get through Seoul, while the rest were detained for deportation. On the post, many comments blamed illegal workers for causing trouble for those attempting to travel legitimately. An unlawful worker defended himself by saying others didn't have sympathy for his poverty.

  • OPINION

    Biting the bullet

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 25/03/2019

    » For the past year or so, I've had pretty much the same routine. Go to the office, write, eat lunch, chat with colleagues, interview someone interesting, write some more, rinse and repeat. It's been a fulfilling, secure and comfortable existence.

  • OPINION

    Medicine that entertains

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 18/03/2019

    » After the fantasy period TV melodrama Bupphaesannivas (Love Destiny) aired last year, the nation was hooked on the series, which rekindled an interest in Thai history and culture.

  • OPINION

    A bittersweet farewell to Life

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 25/02/2019

    » Amid the downturn and lower popularity of mainstream media, as opposed to fast-speed online channels, coupled with the deprivation of press freedom under the junta, it comes as no surprise to see newspapers and magazines ceasing publication.

  • OPINION

    Zombie land

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 18/02/2019

    » In the Netflix original series Kingdom, the virtuous crown prince Lee Chang gallops off to a faraway land in search of an ancient doctor to help him unravel the mysterious circumstances of his father's death. Meanwhile, a wicked nobleman tries to resurrect the king for his own nefarious purposes. But in so doing, he turns the dead king into a bloodthirsty zombie. And we all know what a zombie bite does to its victim. A zombie plague ensues, spreading throughout the land.

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