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Patcharawalai Sanyanusin

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Patcharawalai Sanyanusin is a writer for Life section of the Bangkok Post.

Patcharawalai Sanyanusin
25 May 2020

Focus on the good in times of crisis

Whether the new coronavirus was man-made or not and where exactly it came from remains a mystery. Even though some experts have said that it is a naturally occurring strain among bats and not a bioweapon, it has claimed more than 320,000 lives and sickened over 5 million people around the world so far.

25 May 2020 6
16 Mar 2020

Fear of virus is more deadly

'We're thinking about stocking up on some food and water soon. How about you?" asked my sister last month. She said that her husband was worried about Covid-19, which has killed more than 4,000 people and infected more than 118,000 in 114 countries so far.

16 Mar 2020 2
6 Jan 2020

All the lonely people

Do you often feel lonesome? Do you spend a lot of time online chatting with friends but still feel disconnected? If your answer is yes to both, you might be one of the 26.7 million out of 69.7 million in Thailand found encountering loneliness in a research conducted by Mahidol University's College of Management last year. Isn't it sad to know that one-third of our Thai fellows are lonely?



6 Jan 2020 1
28 Oct 2019

Browbeating bullies

I'm not a fan of any boy bands or girl groups from South Korea but I was shocked by the news of the death of Sulli that made big headlines in Thailand two weeks ago. I didn't know much about her before but the speculation that her sudden death was suicide and that cyberbullying may have been a contributing factor saddened me and made me curious to know what happened to her life.

28 Oct 2019
19 Aug 2019

Feet of clay

Late last month, many Buddhist followers in Thailand were delighted with the news that four phra farang, or Western monks, were granted samanasak or honorary ecclesiastical titles by HM the King.

19 Aug 2019 5
24 Jun 2019

Love the sinner, hate the sin

How would you feel if someone pointed a finger at you and said: "You are nak phaen din"? A very strong and hurtful remark, isn't it? Meaning "burden to the land", the term is normally used toward a person who is perceived as scum for causing so much trouble to society.

24 Jun 2019
Love the sinner, hate the sin
15 Apr 2019

Corruption complexities mar Thai politics

This summer seems hotter than usual to me, and the Songkran water splashes don't seem to cool me down at all. Well, the major culprit isn't El Nino, which is hitting the country this year, but rather the political tension that has been escalating since the March 24 election.

15 Apr 2019 33
21 Jan 2019

Ridicule first, Ask questions later

'What we see is not always true." The saying is valid and can remind us to not easily jump to conclusions. It's a shame that most netizens don't seem to keep this in mind. That's why they are always quick to criticise everyone who appears on social media -- only to find out later that the person might not be like they thought at all.

21 Jan 2019
5 Nov 2018

Will Thailand follow Canada's lead on pot?

People are very capable of finding a way to please themselves. But whether their means are decent or not is another story. Today, it is rather complicated to justify one’s choice even though it might sound unacceptable.

5 Nov 2018 6
3 Sep 2018

Free your mind

We never realise that our time is being stolen by the tech companies, who are happy to see us busy with what they have to offer on our phones.

3 Sep 2018