Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it is once again time to test your knowledge of current events with a brain-twisting, spine-tingling news quiz. And you thought the Rubik’s Cube was challenging….
Why was Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin’s pet project, the Bus Rapid Transit service, shelved?
a. Cops didn’t see any money in it.
b. Government didn’t see any money in it.
c. Apirak admitted to have never actually ridden on a bus.
d. It didn’t sound very good when written out in full.
PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20): Of all the arguments made in favor of getting regular exercise, I rarely hear the one that’s most important to me: Do it because it strengthens and tones the power of your will. When you get used to rousing yourself out of your physical inertia, the habit carries over into the mental and spiritual sphere. You find it easier to force yourself out of your comfort zones and push toward the next frontier.
How did you get started?
About two years ago, I sold food in a small food stall in a village outside Bangkok. Unfortunately, the owner wanted to change the stall into some other kind of business so I had to move out. Then someone introduced me to work here in Bangkok as a part-time dek jaek. After I started working as dek jaek, about a year or so, I was promoted to a full-time inspector.
Imagine a job where you’re surrounded by hundreds of people but they can’t see you, they try to avoid you and they totally ignore you. For some, this line of work is extremely hard on the nerves, but 20-something leaflet distributor turned inspector Sumaporn Thaongnak puts her own optimistic spin on things.
There are millions of jobs out there, but some are hotter than others. What qualifies as a hot job? A hot job is one that usually pays well, has few occupational hazards and is often in an industry where there is a shortage of qualified people. A hot job is also, hopefully, fun and/or offers a lot of variety and/or a fair amount of independence. We spoke to Bangkok-based experts and came up with a sampling of five careers you might not have considered: life coach, language consultant, animator/graphic designer, human resource specialist and party planner. Sick of your seat?
What’s your dream job? Try these five careers on for size.
PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20): Biologist Rupert Sheldrake regularly riles up the scientific establishment with his theories about telepathy and other taboo subjects.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. February 24, 2549 | Bangkok—The Ministry of Employment’s Department of Inactive Posts today announced the formation of a committee to consider a revolutionary vocational training program for displaced workers.
You don’t have to go to a high-brow art gallery to buy a nice painting for your wall. Supalert Peanjitlertkojorn (Jew), 23 is one of many artists you can find selling their original paintings in tiny “galleries” at open-air markets. Helping to bring fine art closer to the masses, artists like Jew make decorative paintings for homes and sell them at affordable prices to regular people. He has his own shop called Q Gallery at Suan Lum Night Bazaar (Lopburi, Soi 2, Lot D25).
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I love boys’ toys. I was always into robots, playing pool, and especially building car models. When I was young, I used to look under the hood and tinker with the engines; I could fix them all. There’s no shame in playing with these things, I guess it’s just like the girly-girls playing with their Barbie dolls.
It’s the fast track for Nana Reibena, the 25 year-old first lady of speed best known as a balls to the wall professional racecar driving hottie. She’s also kicking ass as a rockin’ DJ, TV show host and a columnist in a women’s magazine. As a great role model for Thailand’s youth, everything she touches puts her in the winner’s circle ‘cause she’s “no fake”.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) Fashion designer Ennio Capasa was asked if he found his work difficult. “If it wasn’t difficult, I wouldn’t enjoy it,” he replied. That’s the kind of activity you will specialize in during the coming week, Aquarius. The more it stretches your capacity and forces you to dig deeper into yourself for stamina and willpower and resourcefulness, the happier you’ll be - and the more successful, too.