“You too?” is a common expression when someone “catches” me playing Pokemon Go on my phone. The game is widely seen as an evil, but my journalistic instinct told me not to jump the gun before I’d tried it first-hand.
Banyuwangi is known as the city of Gandrung, with the dance’s deep connection to the East Java city. Officially the mascot of the city since 2002, Gandrung is an original art form from Banyuwangi.
The social media have become infamous for the unreliability of the information circulated. Users toss around facts and falsehoods as though lives depended on it - though in the case of the truth, of course, sometimes they do. The sharing networks are pers
When I was young I always looked forward to watching the Miss Universe pageant on TV. It felt deliciously indulgent seeing all the glamorous outfits and the exotic national costumes, even if they were nothing compared to some of today’s elaborate outfits.
I was among the many people who were delighted by a photo circulating on the social media of a freshly graduated Chulalongkorn University student lying prostrate at the feet of his dad, the driver of a garbage truck. But as soon as I'd shared the photo wi
Something that touches your heart always stays in your mind. "We could all become refugees one day," Jorg Christophler remarked to a group of journalists visiting Germany from Southeast Asia and Australia last week. He promotes tourism in the German town
I saw a photo in a Thai-language newspaper with the caption "England builds a higher and heavier fence to fend off refugees." Another news report explained that, in the wake of the Calais migrant crisis, Britain has sent money and materials to France so i
Unless, like thousands of Thais, you've been too preoccupied by the break-up of singer Phakin "Tono" Kumvilaisak and actress Pattaratida "Tangmo" Patcharaveerapong, you will know that the government is poised to buy three submarines from China for Bt36 bi
There are few terms more complicated than "human rights". To some the phrase is simply boring. To others it's overhyped or underrated, too often monopolised or alienating to anyone who isn't a rights activist.
I was with my (almost-grown) daughter exploring a new mall and found that the elevator buttons for the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh floors had all been pressed. As the door opened on the fourth floor I looked at the family of four sharing the lift - p
If you feel there is a serious problem with present-day kids, count me among those who share your thoughts. Many children are becoming obsessed with taking photos and videos of themselves.They look for Wi-Fi everywhere, as if it is oxygen required to brea
There's a saying: "Little birds build nests according to their size." But in big cities, you can't buy a nest for less than Bt1 million nowadays. That's why a proposed land and property tax is worrying many little birds. If it came into effect, it would m
A glance at the social media and news headlines during the past week suggests that the "feed" on Thailand going out to the world was all about a Buddhist sect making a pilgrimage to Bangkok - and our awful taxi drivers. They're two very different issues,
We can't choose the way we're born, but usually we can make arrangements for the way we die. At the very least, most of us would want to die peacefully in bed and surrounded by loved ones who can remember us the way we look just then. We'd be free from di
A promotional "music video" starring Sorrayuth Suthassanachinda, Kitti Singhapat and other members of the "Channel 3 news family" might be the easiest thing to understand about the whole sordid Channel 3 analog saga.