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Even classical culture can have fun riding a bike
September 24, 2016 1:00 am

Even classical culture can have fun riding a bike

Maybe I’m not the best person to be speaking intelligently about the controversial music video “Tiew Thai Mee Hay”, but it’s got everyone else talking about it. The video, depicting Ravana (Thotsakan) from the Ramayana/Ramakien doing...

Memoir of a mandatory Pokemon Go player
August 20, 2016 1:00 am

Memoir of a mandatory Pokemon Go player

“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.

It’s about time: Dear US voters, please vote for Hillary
June 11, 2016 1:00 am

It’s about time: Dear US voters, please vote for Hillary

I beg you, my American friends, if you’re voting next November, vote for Hillary Clinton.

Trees in need: The social media as advocates
May 14, 2016 1:00 am

Trees in need: The social media as advocates

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...

Let’s not deny women the right to be sexy too
March 12, 2016 1:00 am

Let’s not deny women the right to be sexy too

I’m neither a fan nor a hater of American celebrity Kim Kardashian West

The heart is Cupid’s target, but his aim is often low
February 13, 2016 1:00 am

The heart is Cupid’s target, but his aim is often low

It’s expected these days that every Valentine’s Day will prompt urgent talk about teenage mothers. When I was growing up, the day was all about chocolates and flowers, but nowadays we can’t enjoy our sweets without dire warnings of unwanted...

Can Miss Universe save the universe?
January 9, 2016 1:00 am

Can Miss Universe save the universe?

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...

Mark makes his mark and dads can do their duty
December 5, 2015 1:00 am

Mark makes his mark and dads can do their duty

I tend to click "like" with wild abandon, but I wish I could give Mark Zuckerberg a thousand likes for his recent action.

'Trudeaumania' girdles the globe: Is this guy for real?
November 7, 2015 1:00 am

'Trudeaumania' girdles the globe: Is this guy for real?

He's young and handsome. He's a feminist. He has a tattoo. He's clever with words. He sounds like a dream date, right?

A lesson in values from the garbage man and his son
October 10, 2015 1:00 am

A lesson in values from the garbage man and his son

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...