Writer for the Life section
Sasiwimon Boonruang is a writer for the Life section of the Bangkok Post.
Video games can be both friends and foes to children. Playing them right can enhance children's development in several aspects. Playing it wrong and we, especially parents, are likely to see their dark side. But the question here is can parents stop their kids playing computer games, or at least control them enough to make them stay away from them?
Meat lovers are probably now reluctant to order their favourite dishes following the recent announcement by the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer, which stated that processed meats such as ham, bacon and sausages can cause bowel cancer.
The education system of Thailand is comparable to Singapore only in one aspect -- the number of hours students spend in the classroom. In November, 10% of the 38,000 state schools under the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) across Thailand will reduce compulsory daily classroom hours by two -- from 8am-4pm to 8am-2pm. This means students will spend six hours a day in the classroom or 840 hours a year, instead of eight hours a day or 1,200 hours a year.
A new copyright law is being put into effect today. Following its enforcement, Line users have received repeated messages from friends warning them to stop sending flower photos with greeting messages like "Happy Tuesday". The reason is that these photos are taken by someone and those who use it without permission might be subject to a fine of up to 400,000 baht or two years in prison.
I've known about the Bangmod tangerine since I was a child, and it might be the first or only orange species of which I have knowledge. Growing up in a Chinese family, we have the tradition of "wai jao" (to offer a sacrifice to Chinese gods or ancestors) many times a year and oranges are one of the important fruits that we use, not only to pay respect to the gods, but also for special occasions.