Profile: Pawadee Suwannakarn – Striving to keep Phuket culture alive

Profile: Pawadee Suwannakarn – Striving to keep Phuket culture alive

PHUKET: Pawadee Suwannakarn is a Phuket native who has worked in her family’s business ‘Taweesuwan’ for years. Taweesuwan was originally established as a local jewelry business, selling diamonds pendants, necklaces, rings, earrings, bangles and bracelets. It is also one of the oldest and most well-known jewelry businesses on the island. A graduate from Exeter University in the United Kingdom, Ms Pawadee helped her family establish the Peranakan Museum in Thalang. She is currently the general manager of the museum, set up to reflect the uniqueness and charm of the ancient Baba culture in Phuket. Taweesuwan opened its f

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | 04:00 PM

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Profile: Mexican Ambassador Jaime Nualart meets with the Gazette team

Profile: Mexican Ambassador Jaime Nualart meets with the Gazette team

PHUKET: Jaime Nualart is currently the Ambassador of Mexico to Thailand. Born in Mexico City in 1952, Amb Nualart remembers his childhood with fondness. “I went to a good school and was among the top three students in my class. I had good friends, but I was also very shy. That is perhaps the reason my mother decided to enroll me and my three siblings in art school.” An avid puppeteer, the ambassador learned this skill at art school. “I entered my puppets in theater performances at school, as I was too shy to perform in front of an audience myself. I had a close friend in class with me (who is now one of the most recogn

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 | 03:00 PM

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Profile: Achirawit Churmung – Seeing beauty in black and white

Profile: Achirawit Churmung – Seeing beauty in black and white

PHUKET: Achirawit Churmung is currently working as a professional photographer as well as a university lecturer teaching photography courses at Prince of Songkla University and Phuket Rajabhat University. He is also one of the organizers of ‘The Quiet Beauty’, a photography exhibition being held in Phuket till the end of this month, featuring more than 70 black and white photographs developed using a technique known as ‘sliver gelatin printing’ in a dark room. We rarely see this technique employed in the age of digital photography, but Mr Achirawit has been doing it nearly his entire life, saying that it is a passion

Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 04:30 PM

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Profile: Manop Suwannachit ready to take on the Xterra challenge

Profile: Manop Suwannachit ready to take on the Xterra challenge

PHUKET: Manop Suwannachit, 31, is the brand ambassador for ‘Xterra Asia Pacific and World Series 2017–Road to Hawaii’ which is being organized by Xterra Thailand and Active Management Asia (AMA) in Phuket today. Mr Manop is also participating in the races – he is a well-known sportsman who has won many competitions throughout his career. Last year, he took part in Xterra Samui, which led to him being chosen as the brand ambassador for this year’s event. “Being a local, I know Phuket intimately and can tell which paths are safe and suitable for athletes, so I was involved in designing and finalizing the route. I also

Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 10:00 AM

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Profile: Dr Tanwa Apornthip's love of science and Phuket

Profile: Dr Tanwa Apornthip's love of science and Phuket

PHUKET: Dr Tanwa Apornthip is currently a faculty member at Prince of Songkla University (PSU), Phuket campus. He recently obtained his PhD from the University of Virginia and joined the interdisciplinary graduate school of Earth System Science and Andaman Natural Disaster Management (ESSAND) at PSU. Hailing from a scientific family, Dr Tanwa says he has always looked up to his dad, who pushed himself to study new skills, especially computer-related ones. “Due to my tendency to disorganize my father’s books, I was forbidden to touch them. Nevertheless, I always managed to sneak in and read every single book. Eventually,

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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Profile: Watcharapong Saikaew - First professional CMP in Thailand

Profile: Watcharapong Saikaew - First professional CMP in Thailand

PHUKET: Watcharapong Saikaew, or Pom, as he is better known, is the Assistant Director of Events at Angsana Laguna Phuket and the first Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) in Thailand. With a lucrative career and a four-year Hotel and Tourism Management degree from Prince of Songkla University under his belt, he is a proud flag bearer for the Banyan Tree group, which is also where he started his career years ago. He became interested in the certification after he saw the letters ‘CMP’ in the signature of one of his American clients. “I became curious to see what it meant and so I did a bit of research and found that i

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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