Bangkok Post Life section Editor.
I was scrolling through my Facebook and Instagram feeds during a layover between flights recently. Perhaps it was jet lag or exhaustion but as I was flipping through my phone, I became a bit bothered by the amount of young girls showing cleavages, midriffs, and wearing bottoms that were too small, or too short and sometimes even both. From young ladies posting sexy selfies, to Miley Cyrus' extreme Video Music Awards outfits, the media seems to be flooded with overexposure.
Although I do not follow any particular beauty blogger, I have read and in some cases tried to follow the advice and recommendations of bloggers. The appeal of bloggers/vloggers is obvious. Getting the perfect smoky eye look takes practice and time. There are also some nuances, techniques and certain products that make it easier to achieve. It is also helpful to watch someone demonstrate how to do it step-by-step, pause the demo, and try the steps for yourself. Hearing someone explain the products that go along with creating the look is also useful; it certainly saves time and effort in perusing the make-up aisle at the department stores or beauty specialist stores.
My mum turned 90 this year. I was fortunate to celebrate the occasion with my family in the United States. At the birthday party, my mother was showered with gifts, food, cakes, hugs, and love from her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. I think that my mum was very happy to see everyone in one place.
As Asean moves towards one community at the end of this year, learning foreign languages will be important. Past and present Thai governments have fully realised this urgent need and have implemented many initiatives aimed to encourage Thai students and workers to improve their English communication skills as well as learning a third language so they can increase their value as members of a future quality workforce for the Southeast Asian economy.
When conversations come up about beauty pageants, the names Apasra Hongsakula and Porntip "Bui" Nakhirunkanok are never far from everyone's lips. Well, anyone, that is, over the age of 20. The two Miss Universe winners — Apasra in 1965 and Bui in 1988 — were the icons of beauty for the world. They were two beautiful women, poised, and grand. But before they graced and consequently charmed the world stage, we should not forget that they were first crowned Miss Thailand.
In late June, Alysia Montano, an Olympic-class runner, ran the US Outdoor Track and Field Championships 800m race while 34 weeks pregnant. The news went viral, stirring up all sorts of opinions and outcries on the internet. Montano, who consulted her doctor and received the OK to run, was praised by many (including other pregnant women) for inspiring them to get in shape and condemned by others for being reckless with her unborn child.
As a regular Facebook, Line and Instagram user, I find it hard to believe that there is an antisocial media app. I recently heard about Cloak (though I think that it’s been around for a while). Cloak is an app that helps you avoid people that you don’t want to meet. It sounded strange at first. But after some thought, I can definitely see its usefulness. If I were a student trying to ditch a day of school, I would not want to run into people who would recognise me and tell my parents. If I owed a friend some money and couldn’t pay it back yet, running into that friend would not be very pleasant.