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Apipar Norapoompipat

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Apipar Norapoompipat is a features writer of the Life section of the Bangkok Post.

Apipar Norapoompipat
25 Mar 2019

Biting the bullet

For the past year or so, I've had pretty much the same routine. Go to the office, write, eat lunch, chat with colleagues, interview someone interesting, write some more, rinse and repeat. It's been a fulfilling, secure and comfortable existence.

25 Mar 2019 2
14 Jan 2019

Sadly, barbarism begins at home

Early last week, the world watched with bated breath to see if Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun would be sent back to what she feared would be her inevitable death in Saudi Arabia. The 18-year-old had renounced Islam (a crime punishable by death) and run away from her family, accusing them of physical and psychological abuse.

14 Jan 2019
22 Oct 2018

The new face of art in Thailand

Friday marked the official launch of Thailand's premiere Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB). It's been a long time coming, but for those in the dark, a biennale, in the art world, is a large-scale international contemporary art exhibition that takes place every two years in major art hubs around the world. Artworks by both renowned artists and rising stars are scattered throughout the city, adding vibrancy and sparking profound discussions about art and culture for a period of a few months.

22 Oct 2018 1
13 Aug 2018

Mother's Day is not for everyone

Mother's Day in Thailand has come and gone, and to those who felt a sense of unease throughout the jubilant day, you are not alone.

13 Aug 2018 3
28 May 2018

Convenient amnesia

When the government didn't interfere as protesters read poetry in front of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) to rally against Premchai Karnasuta's killing of a protected black panther, it was a pleasant surprise. When they didn't obstruct Thai artist Vassan Sittiket's retrospective that included artworks criticising Thai society, things started to look even more hopeful. The BACC, about to celebrate its 10th anniversary, kept pushing the envelope, and the government didn't react like it normally would.

28 May 2018 3
5 Mar 2018

Seeking ways to end abuse

Last month, I met Queen Silvia of Sweden. It was an encounter that I never expected, and it was a meeting that changed the way I view the world. It wasn't for anything regal or fancy. It was for something much more profound. Queen Silvia, visiting as the founder and chairman of the World Childhood Foundation, was in Thailand with her team to shine light on the issue of child sex abuse.

5 Mar 2018
4 Dec 2017

Junta needs to provide more than promises

It's been a few rough weeks for the junta.

4 Dec 2017 3
4 Sep 2017

Sky-high prices and a failing public transport system

Sitting gridlocked inside a taxi while inching closer to the BTS, where my fate of being shoved around inside a carriage of full people awaits, I can't help but sneer at the large bright-blue poster displayed so shamelessly on the BTS skywalk. It reads "Krungthep ... chewit dee dee tee long tua", which can roughly be translated as "Bangkok ... A life that's perfect and balanced".

4 Sep 2017 4
5 Jun 2017

Finding a better way

Last week, amid all the news, flooding and political madness that's been sending residents of the Kingdom into a spiralling negative void, an unexpected source of uplift came through: netizens.

5 Jun 2017
13 Mar 2017

First, but last

Dear Gen Prawit, the average Thai isn't earning that much more to be buying more cars left and right. We're going into debt.

13 Mar 2017 3