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Pattadon Kliangjun, or Nong Diew, has gone from being a game show champion to a movie star. What is he like as a person? 

This boy's name Pattadon Kliangjun, but he is better known as  Nong Diew. Younger children probably won't know this, but he first became famous five years ago as the champion of the Tossagan Game Show for Children (photo left), winning four million baht and a new house. He was able to recognise the photos of 200 famous people, something few adults could do.

Nong Diew is growing up quickly. He is now ten years old and a Prathom 4 student at Prasarnmit Demonstration School. He is also a working boy, appearing in movies, on TV and in advertisements. You can see an short example of one of his movies below:

On Thursday, the Bangkok Post magazine My Life had a story about Nong Diew and his family. What do you think his life is like now? Is he a good student or is he more interested in having fun and spending the money he earns? What does he like to do? Does he act like a normal boy or does he act like he is a famous child star? The story below will tell you.

Nong Diew and his family.

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Diew's life today

"We're raising our child to be a normal kid and pay close attention to his upbringing. We didn't raise him to be an actor. Yet, the chance for him to enter the entertainment world has provided him with very precious experiences. But he still has the responsibility to study and do his best.

"If he has to work, I will allow him to do so only at weekends so it won't affect his studies," said Siriporn Sittiruthai, Nong Diew's mother.

Though Nong Diew earns lots of money, his parents continue living a normal life.

His parents have a shop and sell imported clothes in Soi Lalaisup in the Silom area. Though busy, they still take turns taking Nong Diew, who has now turned 10-years-old, and Nong Drew or Pimlada  (Nong Diew's younger sister) aged six, to school every day.

Nong Diew is a Prathom 4 student and his favourite subject is Khon (Masked Performance). He has been doing it since he was in Prathom 1. During leisure periods, he also enjoys playing football with his friends.

"I like performing khon so much. I feel so happy every time I study this subject. There is always new postures for me to practise. Besides, I also like reading Ramayana. I read it several times. It is so enjoyable. The performers also wear gorgeous costumes. I really like it," he said.

"Nong Diew likes reading so much he doesn't want do other things," his mother says.

"When he sees a book, he wants to buy and read it. While I see other kids playing and having fun, I always see my son among a pile of books all the time. Sometimes I ask him to stop reading but he even takes books into the bathroom and continues reading there. I have to bang on the door and ask him to come out," she said.

"Some tease him that he is now a millionaire. He once asked me whether he was rich as he had no idea how much money he earned from his work. So when he asked me I had to explain to him that he should concentrate on his studies, not making money.

"I told him that earning extra money is good experience for him. But he can't make money every day because that's not what he should be doing. The money he earns is kept for his education.

raise – to take care of children while they are growing up  เลี้ยงดู
unbringing – the way that parents look after their children and teach them to behave การเลี้ยงดูอบรมสั่งสอน
precious – of great value because of being rare, expensive or important มีค่า,ล้ำค่า
leisure – activities that you do to relax or enjoy yourself  เวลาว่าง, การว่างจากงาน
posture – position of the body, e.g., sitting, standing, walking, etc. ท่าทาง เช่น ท่านั่ง ท่ายืน
gorgeous – โอ่อ่า, สง่างาม
pile – objects positioned one on top of another กอง
tease –  to say something to someone in order to have fun by embarrassing or annoying them slightly in either a friendly or an unkind way หยอกล้อ,  ยั่วเย้า
concentrate – to give most of your attention to one aim or activity  เพ่งความสนใจไปยัง  มุ่งไปที่

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