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Thailand

Regret Nothing

Regret Nothing

In Times of Protest by Zashnain Bangkok – May 24, 2014   ...

Sweet Smell on a Cold Night

Sweet Smell on a Cold Night

Its a cold night in the city of smiles. Street food vendors prepare hot food for their hungry and often tired-looking customers.   ...

We Remember Moments

We Remember Moments

I remember a time when society reacted with shock and anger. The Thai coup of 2014 had provoked public resistance to the military takeover. Pro-democracy demonstrators peacefully gathered on May 24, 2014 at Victory M ...

Housing Beyond Reach

Housing Beyond Reach

Economic prosperity is an oddity of some sort, an irony at best, especially for marginalised communities in Thailand and Malaysia. According to experts, the economy is expanding, but based on what I have observed dur ...

Abandoned Creation of Nameless Men

Abandoned Creation of Nameless Men

Entrance and exit – not expecting grandness. In fact I am not expecting anything in these uncertain times of loss. The realm gradually fell into disrepair; courtesy of overlords that prosper on neglect. They wo ...

Agelast

Agelast

The rainy season is upon us. Yet, in this colossal city, the homeless are still without permanent shelter, exposed to the harsh downpour, unable to escape the sight of lightning and the never-ending flash floods. Ban ...

Allow Me Clarity

Allow Me Clarity

I just want the world to be quiet for a bit. Once in a while, I struggle against the onslaught of noise; staggering against the hammering colours that flood the senses. Weak, tired. I want a break, in complete, sooth ...

Perseverance is Tiring

Perseverance is Tiring

Months ago, the authorities conducted crackdowns on street vendors. Thais are prevented from working on the streets of Bangkok. Honest work, as seen by some, supposedly creates a negative image of the city. Yet there ...

Fall from grace

Fall from grace

Three years of junta rule, no progress in sight. The urban poor continue to grow in cities, and the marginalised are abandoned to the karma that society has unfortunately accepted. Social equilibrium Bangkok, Thailan ...

Facing the wall

Facing the wall

We just need a break from everything for a little while. Bangkok, Thailand 2017 ...

Music from the pavement

Music from the pavement

Some play for big crowds, while others play for a coin or two. Street Music. A teenager plays a musical instrument that sounds almost like violin. The khene, a bamboo mouth musical instrument from Laos. Bangkok, T ...

Once upon a time when people wanted an election

Once upon a time when people wanted an election

Remembering a time when Thais demanded for the right to vote in a free election. What happened. On February 2, 2014, the world watched Thailand’s general election unfold within a tenuous political environme ...

Sweat and toil

Sweat and toil

Neglected faces. With the decline of Thailand’s economy, the working class are left to fend for themselves. They work every day, from dusk to dawn. They sweat to service debts owed to loan sharks, relatives and ...

There is no comfort in the truth

There is no comfort in the truth

Every day; the homeless wander, The poor they slumber. Into the night – Then forgotten. Bangkok, Thailand 2017. ...

Excuse me when I drink

Excuse me when I drink

The working class hero. Manual labour, limited education, poor opportunities but there lies the intense desire to persevere in a climate of uncertainty. Bangkok, Thailand 2017   ...

Reliving past memories

Reliving past memories

The sentimental yearning for the happiness of a time known only to her. Bangkok, May 2017 ...

Decay of Public Health

Decay of Public Health

Thai public hospitals offer much hope to the masses, especially to the poor. Yet for the past three years, there has been a decline in quality services, the increase of bureaucracy and the fear of a future without ba ...

I am tired

I am tired

We are all actors in need of a break. ...

Without a home

Without a home

Homelessness is not a new social ‘problem’ in Thailand. The poor are often subjected to societal condemnation and discrimination. Being poor and homeless places one in a vulnerable state – one th ...

Through the back alleys

Through the back alleys

In Thai, an alley is called trok (ตรอก). It is most definitely narrow, well-used by pedestrians and riders on motorcycles or bicycles. Leave the major streets, move away from the tall buildings a ...