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    Something's brewing

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 15/01/2017

    » A fortune teller suggested Puripong Suthisopapan and his business partner focus on selling beer when they opened their Be Right Back restaurant in Khon Kaen over a year ago. Starting only with one refrigerator, most of the beer they sold was illegally home-brewed as Thai law prohibits small-scale brewing.

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    The price of PromptPay

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 08/01/2017

    » Manaschuen Kovapirat considers herself the average user when it comes to online banking transactions: on a monthly basis, she uses her bank's mobile application to transfer money to her mother and to donate money. She does online shopping and prefers to transfer money online for transactions less than 100,000 baht. On some occasions, when she's out with her friends and doesn't have enough cash, she pays them back via online banking.

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    Failing the lecturers

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 20/11/2016

    » At Thepsatri Rajabhat University, a lecturer was locked out of his office after exposing alleged corruption involving the budget allocated for a field trip. His three staff were moved to other roles, and this semester his classes were reduced until he had no students to teach. Nowadays he goes to the university in the morning and signs his name, fearful he will fail his performance assessment.

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    When pigs fly

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 13/11/2016

    » Sakaseam Sripolreun takes pride in the wild boars he bought three years ago from a poacher in Khon Kaen's Phu Wiang district. Said to be the most beautiful strain in Thailand with a large chest, elegant posture and slim face, they are highly resistant to diseases and can live on scrap fruit and vegetables, making them easy to raise.

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    A kick in the teeth

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 30/10/2016

    » Every time Dr Somjit peers inside a new mouth, she's worried what she might find. In the past six years of providing orthodontic treatment, she has seen about 100 cases of teeth gone wrong.

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    The Surgeon

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 23/10/2016

    » When Charan Mahatumarat found out that he won His Majesty the King's Anandamahidol Scholarship in 1984 to study craniofacial surgery, he started learning the royal language from a book he purchased.

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    An open road ahead

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 16/10/2016

    » The Department of Land Transport is getting used to visits from people looking to invest in a driving school. A decade ago, there was only one private driving school registered under the department. But that quickly changed last year when at least one person visited every week to ask about the qualifications needed to open a school. The department now answers similar queries on a daily basis.

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    Multiple ways to fail but I managed to pass the test

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 16/10/2016

    » I lost my driving licence more than three years ago while walking along the streets of Asok in Bangkok. I had already stopped driving as my car had broken down and my mother had it removed from the family home (to this day, I still don't know where it is), so I hadn't bothered to get a new one.

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    We can prescribe it for you wholesale

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 09/10/2016

    » At first glance, it would be easy to mistake the dozens of large pharmacies sitting across the road from Siriraj Hospital in Thon Buri for registered wholesale distributors. Crowds of customers bringing along samples of their prescribed medication are a familiar sight in any one of the stores, which employ dozens of staff.

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    Why GPs want to be a cut above the rest

    Spectrum, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, Published on 25/09/2016

    » When a group of physicians urged the Thailand Medical Council late last year to approve short-term certificate training in facial plastic surgery, the move angered certified plastic surgeons. The surgeons, who had undergone specialised training for up to seven years, asked the council to temporarily set aside the plan.

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