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Pornchai Sereemongkonpol

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Email : pornchais@bangkokpost.co.th

Pornchai Sereemongkonpol
19 Aug 2022

Double Fun with Tinglish

As a Thai who writes in English for a living, I'm a bit of a language nerd who's naturally inclined to spot Tinglish in everyday life.

19 Aug 2022
Double Fun  with Tinglish
12 Aug 2022

Mums

Today is your day but it should be every day

12 Aug 2022
Mums
29 Jul 2022

Thai tongue twisters

Happy National Thai Language Day! July 29 has been designated by the Cabinet as Thailand's National Thai Language Day since 1999. Although it isn't a day off, we should take some time off to appreciate how rich and beautiful the Thai language is. And to celebrate Thailand's mother tongue, here are a few Thai tongue twisters to practise with friends for some guaranteed fun, from noob to god level.

29 Jul 2022
Thai tongue twisters
22 Jul 2022

Thailand's kookiest competitions

Every country has its own share of kooky competitions, and that's also true for Thailand. From the search for a Guanyin avatar to the Peta-would-surely-disapprove swimming competition, here are a few for your entertainment.

22 Jul 2022
Thailand's kookiest competitions
15 Jul 2022

Curious vintage Thai ads

It's always fascinating to look back at print ads from yesteryears as they serve as a window into the past and what values and attitudes were acceptable back then. Even though I think you shouldn't judge work from the past with today's value (look up presentism), I'm going to do that anyway with some of the following vintage ads for your entertainment.

15 Jul 2022
Curious vintage Thai ads
8 Jul 2022

Blasts from the past with Thai film posters

Thai posters of Hollywood films have rightfully gained something of a cult following (movie pun intended). They are an art form in their own right since Thai artists took the liberty of creating local versions of famous Hollywood films and reimagined them in a new light by hand, often adding key moments from the plot almost to the point of revealing spoilers as opposed to the subtle approach of their originals, which depicted just enough to pique your curiosity.

8 Jul 2022
Blasts from the past with Thai film posters
1 Jul 2022

(Un)masking 101

The mask mandate has been lifted in anticipation of downgrading Covid-19 to an endemic, which comes into effect today. The biggest question you may have right now as we're going through this transitional period, heading back to the old normal, is probably when and where you can unmask. However, if you think you can free your face from any coverings and leave your mask at home, you should read the following first. Here's what you need to know before you mask (or unmask).

1 Jul 2022 1
(Un)masking 101
24 Jun 2022

What's in a (soi) name?

At the front of practically every soi in Bangkok, you'll notice a pole with a blue sign with white letters at the top proclaiming its name. However, if you look closer you may find many sois in Thailand can brighten your day with their curious names. Here are a few for your entertainment.

24 Jun 2022
What's in a (soi) name?
17 Jun 2022

No more casual sexism

Last Friday, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha made another insensitive verbal blunder. You may say, "Hey, Pornchai, aren't you used to this by now?" but I would argue that this latest (and hopefully last one) merits a response from yours truly, delivered with the utmost respect as always.

17 Jun 2022 1
No more casual sexism
10 Jun 2022

Tips on getting Thai tattoos

Earlier this week, a French Muay Thai champ went viral not for his killer moves but for his tattoo of the Thai word for Thai boxing spelled wrong. Instead of มวยไทย (muay Thai) being inked on his arm, his tattooist mistakenly inked ฆวยไทย.

10 Jun 2022 1
Tips on getting Thai tattoos