Pattramon Sukprasert is a feature writer for Life section of the Bangkok Post.
Since Pokemon Go, an augmented reality game hunting for Pokemon, has arrived in Thailand, it has been greatly used as a financial and income booster at certain businesses -- from cosmetic shops to restaurants.
The past week was a long Thai New Year holiday supposed to be good for many industries, but due to the economic downturn, there was no guarantee that they would benefit from this glorious tradition. However, there is one business -- the coffin business -- that has not been harmed by the country's economic situation.
After 16 years of electric trains in Bangkok, it has been proven that travelling in this busy city by this mode of transportation is very useful. You can estimate your own departure and arrival times without having to worry about whether or not you will miss your appointment. But that's only if you're on the BTS or MRT trains, which obviously cover only some areas of the capital.
Many people expect the upcoming new year to mark a new beginning but apparently 2016 will not be a good time for those who want to buy a new car as the new excise tax structure will be implemented, starting from Jan 1. The new vehicle excise tax will be based on carbon dioxide emissions, E85-gasohol compatibility and fuel efficiency which means only those who go for eco-friendly cars will not be affected by higher taxes.
The recent English proficiency ranking by EF Education First, the international educational company, revealed that Thailand ranked 62nd out of 70 countries where English is not the most spoken language, placing Thailand as the third worst country in Asia when it comes to English communication skills. The result is obviously unpleasant even though the figures do not come as a major surprise to many Thais.
Being on the road for an average of two hours a day has never been pleasant but that's what many people in Bangkok, including myself, have to face on a daily basis. Thanks to the motorways, the duration of time we spend on the road has slightly decreased, but there is no guarantee that tollway traffic is always better.
The newest GTH film, Heart Attack or Freelance: Ham Puay, Ham Pak, Ham Rak Mor, directed by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, is currently at the top of the Thai box office. The popularity of the film has not only made the word "freelance" more familiar, it has also shined a spotlight on the real life of freelancers.
After skimming through The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing, a book by Marie Kondo, it pushed me into thinking about the last time I did a big clean-up. I set about doing one, and one unexpected discovery was that I own so many cloth bags, which occupied a whole cabinet.
The Ministry of Transport recently decided to move the bus terminal for Thailand's Northern and Northeastern bus routes, currently at Mor Chit, out of town to the Rangsit area. The relocation of the bus hub is expected to be complete within the next two years.