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  • LIFESTYLE

    Jelly good show

    Muse, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 04/03/2017

    » For Sam Bompas and Harry Parr, it all began with making jelly just for fun after school and on weekends. More than a decade later, it's still about that, except that the duo are now among the world's most prominent and innovative event organisers.

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    High hopes

    Muse, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 07/05/2016

    » As a kid, rather than wanting to spend a day at Disneyland, Sutima Sucharitakul begged her parents to take her to museums -- a request they gladly granted. So it was places like the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert that they would visit when in London, the Palace of Versailles when in France, or churches and synagogues when in other European countries.

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    Bird on a wire

    Muse, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 16/01/2016

    » Kawita Vatanajyankur feels like an outsider wherever she is. In Melbourne, where the 28-year-old artist spent a decade through high school and university, it wasn’t really home. Back in Bangkok for four years now, and she doesn’t feel Thai, either. Who she is as an artist and the person she is as she sits down for an interview are equally in a state of flux.

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    Learning to let go

    Muse, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 17/10/2015

    » If the stage play Cloture De L’Amour (Lerk! in Thai) last year hadn’t been a production by Chulalongkorn University, chances are actress Sasithorn “Heen” Panichnok would have won 2014 Best Performance By A Female Artist from the International Association of Theatre Critics (Thailand). But, as it was — and the awarding criteria excludes productions by educational institutions — the Thai-Indian Muslim unfortunately did not.

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    The food stylist

    Muse, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 12/09/2015

    » Paweethida Tanjasiri's som tum doesn’t look like any we’ve ever seen before. Her chops of string beans are of a purplish hue and the sliced tomatoes vary in colour. Along with the usual beans and dried shrimps, corn kernels, pomegranate seeds and slices of beetroot are dotted against the white wide-rim plate. Fear not, the 26-year-old is not a radical, nor an antinationalist trying to undermine what has long been part of our culinary identity, however, but a food stylist.

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    Keeping secrets

    Muse, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 01/08/2015

    » It was many years ago, during one of Dujdao Vadhanapakorn’s dance rehearsals, when the image of an old staircase suddenly flashed into her head. It happened more than once, sometimes while driving home after rehearsals, that other shocking, painful memories she thought were long-buried and forgotten came surging up.

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    Single mum champion

    Muse, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 18/04/2015

    » The 2012 World Bodybuilding & Physique Federation champion Wilaiporn Wannaklang was 30 years old when she first learnt what a gym was. A mother of two, Wilaiporn said at the time dumbbells and barbells was just “something metal” to her. A decade later and she is among the world’s top bodybuilders in the lightweight category.

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    Behind the scenes

    Muse, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 22/11/2014

    » Sarinrat Thomas has a passion for two things: theatre and mental health. The former started out from a role she did for fun in a university play. The latter was from when she hosted a TV show about mental health; she always had a lot of questions for doctors.

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    From the void, a light

    Muse, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 01/11/2014

    » ‘If one day you get the chance to read this memoir,” wrote Khaisri Wisutthipinetr to her unborn son in the first entry of Tales From The Tip Of An Iceberg, which won this year’s Naiin Book Award in the nonfiction category, “it means you survived and grew old enough to do so."

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    In and on the air

    Muse, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 06/09/2014

    » Tanida Hantaweewatana's full-time job is to be up in the air. But when she's on the ground, she writes the script for the TV hit, Hormones The Series, a programme known for its bold and honest portrayal of teenagers, which started its second season two months ago.

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