One government agency that’s genuinely funny

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Among the multitudes of private businesses maintaining a presence on the social media, a few – like KFC and Hot Pot Buffet – can be quite entertaining, earning fans with their humorous uploads.

AMONG THE MULTITUDES of private businesses maintaining a presence on the social media, a few – like KFC and Hot Pot Buffet – can be quite entertaining, earning fans with their humorous uploads. It’s rare, though, for a government agency to be as playful as it is informative.

The Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) currently has more than 100,000 followers on Facebook thanks to the witty items posted there. Recently it announced that it was hiring, but the ad drew chuckles with lines like “No application fee, no health check-up needed”, mocking the kind of lures that private firms lay. Applicants, it said, must be able to “peel lychee dry” – not spilling any of the juice.

A lot of people asked if the ad was for real, but regular followers knew the page administrator is always coming up with clever stuff like this.

It’s the sort of content the Department of Intellectual Property would elsewhere be working to protect against copyright thieves. The DIP actually patrols the social networks as well for violations of copyright. It recently shut down one Facebook page that was offering pirated movies (prompting whines about stool pigeons in the crowd). One of that page’s fans offered to “follow” the admin to a new address, a comment the DIP captured and posted with the caution, “Would you follow me to jail too?”


As of last week the DIP is now on Instagram too (@dipthailand), debuting with a threat: “Well, we now have IG too, so don’t think you can get away with selling counterfeit products. We will stalk you everywhere!”

The hashtag was “#I’d like to be fak ran”, referring to the nasty habit of utilising the comments section on celebrity social-media feeds to sell your own stuff.

Lost in translation

English teacher “Ajarn Adam” Bradshaw, who’s also usually pretty entertaining on the social networks, turned serious on Sunday after someone called actress Araya “Chompoo” Hargate a “joke” on Facebook – “a Thai-American who speaks English poorly”.

Adam, who has as his slogan “chad ver” (extremely clear accent), had heard Chompoo being interviewed in English and decided, “I think she speaks fluently and there’s nothing wrong.

“It’s more likely that person just wants to pick on her out of jealousy,” he told his own followers. He would have stayed out if it, he added, except that “that person” (whose name he concealed in his screen capture) claimed to be an English teacher and able to speak three languages despite having never travelled abroad.

The critic declared that “the American in her [Chompoo] should have been more prominent”. Adam, who’s fully American, suggested that, as a teacher, “that person” should be trying to inspire others to learn, not blowing her own trumpet.

“If English teachers look down on students and try to bluff, Thai students will continue to be scared of speaking English and will never be inspired to learn,” he wrote. They won’t want to speak in English because they’re afraid of being mocked by fellow Thais!


David Lee McInnis

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Actor David Lee McInnis, who generally portrays villains in South Korean TV series has signed on to the Thai drama series 'What Lies Beneath'. Photo courtesy of KBS2

Actor David Lee McInnis, who generally portrays villains in South Korean TV series has signed on to the Thai drama series ‘What Lies Beneath’. Photo courtesy of KBS2

THAIS KNOW David Lee McInnis from several South Korean TV dramas as the English-speaking bad guy, and more recently as the nasty ex-soldier in the series “Descendants of the Sun”.

THAIS KNOW David Lee McInnis from several South Korean TV dramas as the English-speaking bad guy, and more recently as the nasty ex-soldier in the series “Descendants of the Sun”. His mother is Korean, so he does well in that country.

Now we might have a chance to see Dave in person because he’s in Thailand – not meeting the fans like his “Descendants” co-star Song Joong-ki but working on the Thai series “What Lies Beneath”.

The soap opera produced by Shellhut Entertainment and Loei Do Dee Studios will air on True4U Channel 24 and has Wiraporn Jiravechsoontornkul, Patarapon “Ron AF 5” Tooun and Attaporn Theemakorn among its stars.

There’s been no word yet who’s playing the male lead, but it sounds like another actor will be imported from Seoul to fill the role.

The story is about Tim, the publicity guy at an entertainment company who has to constantly tell lies to the media to salvage a wayward actor’s image. Then one of the company’s actresses, Bell, gets involved in a scandal just as she’s auditioning for a Hollywood film being shot in Thailand. Bell and Tim develop a relationship, but it’s not easy when they’re always telling fibs.

McInnis appears as Hollywood actor Harry, in Thailand to make the movie. He describes his character as slick, funny and mysterious, which is intended to leave viewers feeling ambiguous about him. McInnis says working with a Thai production team is quite different from what he’s experienced in South Korea, but he’s enjoying it.

This isn’t his first time in Thailand. He was here for two months 12 years ago shooting the Korean action blockbuster “Typhoon”, starring superstars Lee Jung-jae and Jae Dong-gun.

That time he was playing yet another bad guy – and a Thai one at that, named Somchai, so he had to learn some lines in Thai. He recalls with a laugh that he picked up as much as he needed by translating his Thai lines into Korean so he’d understand them better.

It got him through the picture, but if any Thais saw “Typhoon” his part couldn’t have been that memorable. Even though McInnis is a veteran of many TV shows, his name isn’t familiar here. Only when he arrived in Thailand this time was he recognised by face as the English-speaking guy from Korean TV, usually an evil guy and sometimes even an international terrorist, as was the case in the action series “Iris 1” and “Iris 2”.

What is definitely memorable about McInnis is that, despite being regularly cast opposite Korean superstars, he always manages to steal the scene. Of course, being the only person speaking English in the scene helps him stand out, but his acting abilities deserve credit too, not to mention the choice roles he’s given.

This time around McInnis is spending between 10 and 14 days on the Thai set – and then a good few more on a well-deserved vacation somewhere among our beach-rimmed islands.

You give Russia something and it expects maintenance too

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A ceremonial Siamese sabre/Photo credit Gleb Federov

A ceremonial Siamese sabre/Photo credit Gleb Federov

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was so busy signing business deals and buying military gear on his trip to Moscow last week that most news media overlooked an interesting cultural aspect to the jaunt.

Fortunately Russia Beyond The Headlines, a publication occasionally inserted in The Nation, picked up the story. “Thailand to help restore King Rama V’s gifts to Nicholas II” was the headline it used last Thursday.

Years before King Chulalongkorn the Great made his own trek to Europe (and Russia), the young man who would become the last of the Russian tsars came to Siam, and was duly loaded up with sundry Southeast Asian collectibles.

Upon Crown Prince Nicholas’ return home to Saint Petersburg, the items were stored at the former capital’s Kunstkamera, the oldest museum in Russia, and there they remain, a little worse for wear after a century.

They include portraits of Rama V and his Queen, Savang Vattana, a Malay kris (dagger) with a blade fashioned from a meteor, and a pair of sabres, one characteristically Siamese in design and another in the Laotian style.

Russia Beyond The Headlines quotes Prayut as saying, “I offered to send Thai craftsmen to Russia to restore the gifts that King Rama V gave to Tsar Nicholas II 119 years ago.” The premier said he and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, had agreed that the collection would later be exhibited in both Thailand and Russia.

Prince Nicholas came to Asia on his “Great Eastern Journey” in 1890-91 to establish links with the rulers of countries including Siam. Having already visited Italy, Greece, Egypt, India, Ceylon, Singapore and Java and with Vietnam and Japan still on the road ahead, he was bestowed with several gifts by Rama V.

Clearly in no hurry to return to the imperial palace of his dad, Alexander III, Nicholas made his way from Japan to Vladivostok in Russia’s distant east and helped get work going on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

In 1894 there was a large exhibition of the treasures given him during his eastern odyssey and then everything was tucked away at the Kunstkamera, though some goodies also went into storage at the Hermitage, today the country’s most revered museum.

The Bolsheviks seemed uninterested in the Asian hoard when they staged their revolution in 1916 and slaughtered the imperial family. The treasures also survived the fall of the Soviet Union and Russia’s economic decline in the early 1990s, but, despite careful storage, time has taken its toll.

The case holding the sabres is cracked, as has the sheath of the Siamese one, and the steel of both blades has darkened. Restoration can only be entrusted to a highly skilled specialist, the curators agree, someone who’s able to return the valuables to their original lustre.

Handymen are invited to queue to the right and be prepared to pack warmly for the Russian winter.

We’re going to need more roads – or places to park our cars

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Samranrat Police Station officers get to work clearing the stools and other items used to 'reserve' parking spots. Facebook/Thailand Police Story

Samranrat Police Station officers get to work clearing the stools and other items used to ‘reserve’ parking spots. Facebook/Thailand Police Story

'Please leave my illegal parking space alone,' says the sign. Facebook/Thailand Police Story

‘Please leave my illegal parking space alone,’ says the sign. Facebook/Thailand Police Story

No wonder the wildlife gets so upset about humans encroaching on their territory

Tensions over urban overcrowding came to a small but significant head in Bangkok last week when the boys from Samranrat Police Station began reclaiming the sidewalk from homeowners and shopkeepers who’ve spilled out of their buildings onto the pavements.

Some of the action was caught in pictures and duly uploaded to the social networks, prompting the usual polarised opinions, so the bickering carried on a lot longer than it needed to.

This is what Thais have come to in the 100 years since we moved from the farms to the towns. It’s routine to see insensitive car owners shamelessly parking in spaces reserved for the handicapped. Now it’s not just the handicapped (or the wildlife) demanding their space back. It’s like there’s a growing sense in Bangkok that, if you own property, you’re entitled to commandeer all the adjoining territory too.

Traffic at the Samranrat intersection has become woefully congested in large part because people living and working along the road park their cars out front. And even if they have to leave and go someplace in their cars, they have barricades to “hold” their parking spaces for them. A set of chairs will do the trick.


The police have previously pointed out politely that the traffic lane adjoining the kerb was not part of the deal when they purchased their properties. Rather, it belongs to the public in perpetuity, so please give it back.

One of the photos posted online shows a cop pointing out a sign left on an improvised barricade. Apparently the owner is baffled that people keep trying to remove the blockage. “This is human language,” the sign says, meaning it’s in simple, recognisable Thai. “Please do not remove the barricade. Thank you, kha.” Also very polite, yes, but at the same time oblivious to the inconvenience being caused to thousands of passing motorists.

It emerges that the sign-poster is a woman who probably owns the adjoining shophouse. She’s blocked off a personal parking space, heedless of the din of honking horns in the gridlock all around. And every other property owner on the block has done exactly the same thing.

The cops are seen hauling away plastic chairs, concrete posts and all sort of other items used as barricades and, in a reward of sorts, the pictures of their efforts earned more than 25,000 “shares” on Facebook. “Good job, policemen!” comments one fan. “They have no right to occupy the public roadway and turn it into a personal parking space.”

The reaction wasn’t entirely positive, though. Others saw it as a cheap publicity ploy by a police force that has failed to bring to justice the murderers of a handicapped vendor, supposedly because some of the assailants are sons of cops.

Maybe so, but we still appreciate getting our street lanes back.


‘Wearable temples’ could be the next big thing

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Having astonished the world last year by dressing up its Miss Universe contender as a tuk-tuk, Thailand might be sending an even more amazing outfit to this summer’s Mrs Universe pageant – the senior edition of the better-known beauty competition.

Not content to rest on the laurels earned when Aniporn Chalermburanawong appeared in the 2015 Miss Universe contest’s “national costume” segment as the front end of a tuk-tuk (complete with some terrific headlights), local organisers plan to dress Kanthicha “Yui” Chimsiri as a pagoda. Needless to say, not everyone likes the idea.

The Mrs Universe pageant, which is for married women, takes place from August 29 to September 6 in Guangzhou, China.

The costume is called Suwan Chedi, meaning “golden pagoda”. The elaborate headdress replicates the Phra Sri Rattana Chedi, one of the glittering spires at Wat Phra Kaew, which is among the country’s best-known cultural attractions. Yui will also be wearing a tapering, spherical bodice in the iconic shape of the Trglagka pagoda and a completely gilded gown adorned with classical motifs from Buddhist art and architecture.

Costing a reasonable Bt50,000 to create, the costume is meant to promote Thai culture and tourism, but it’s got the Culture Ministry sputtering in disbelief. Deputy Permanent Secretary Vimolluck Chuchoti promptly condemned it as being wholly unholy.

“Using Buddhist motifs or symbols on beauty-pageant costumes is improper, even offensive,” Vimolluck told Nation TV. “The intention might be good, but taking something so highly respected among Buddhists and putting it on a costume is offensive. This pagoda contains the Lord Buddha’s relics, and that makes it very sacred.

“I would like to urge fashion designers to tread very carefully when thinking of incorporating Buddhist imagery and references, because it might offend Buddhists not only in our country but others around the world. Attempting to promote Thai culture like this could be misinterpreted and cause more harm than good.”

Duly noted, but the argument is nevertheless at a stalemate, so let’s hear what the online multitudes are saying. They’re always so decisive. No they’re not. Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike have piled into the debate on the social media and the opinions are all over the place. The “pro-chedi-costume” position comes down to “It’s about time out national costume was more creative, fun and modern.” The anti crowd says it looks like a Halloween outfit and, yes, is quite literally in God-awful poor taste.

The funny thing about the Mrs Universe pageant is that, despite being more, uh, mature, it tends to be more liberal than the Miss Universe contest when it comes to selection criteria and the way the contenders are presented. Yui and her avant-garde golden costume might even win.

The Mrs Universe show is actually much younger than the Miss, having been launched in 2007, and its chief aim is promoting the cause of human rights. The judges choose a Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality, but also honour individualism and uniqueness with titles such as Mrs Sympathy, Mrs Businesswoman, Mrs Charity and Mrs Golden Heart.

Maybe Yui’s appearance this year will prompt them to add a new category – Mrs Controversial.

You can still schmooze even when there’s nothing to sell

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We love kidding actress Araya A “Chompoo” Hargate about appearing on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival

WE LOVE KIDDING actress Araya A “Chompoo” Hargate about appearing on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival – for three consecutive years now – despite never having a movie to show the nice people there.

Chompoo has made movies, of course, but it’s unlikely the not-so-nice judges at the world’s most snobby cinema party would be wowed by her comedy “Saranae Siblor” or her last outing, the 2012 flop “Khunnai Ho”.

Regardless, Chompoo can just laugh along with the kidding (all the way to the bank) because she’s among hundreds of actresses and models from around the world flown to the French Rivera by the festival’s official sponsor, L’Oreal. She’s the makeup brand’s well-made-up face in Thailand.

And anyway, it’s a bit of a thrill for Thais to see Chompoo on the red carpet among all those Hollywood stars, and another bit of fun commenting on her haute couture gowns. She always looks great and graceful, mind you, a fine Thai ambassador to the world.


Her mere presence is far more important than any of the movies vying for awards. It’s not like this is the Oscars or anything, right? If you read the many, many comments about the festival on, everybody’s heard of Palmy, the singer, but no one’s ever heard of the Palme d’Or, the top prize in Cannes.

When it comes to Cannes, we want to see Thai stars on the red carpet. What goes on at the screenings, we’ll skip that, thanks.

And evidently we’re not alone in our pool of provincialism. This year there are no movies from mainland China in the main competition, but beautiful Chinese actresses and models they’ve got.

Gong Li is a regular at Cannes, having appeared in several critically acclaimed films from her homeland and once even serving on the jury. This year, though, she’s just another invited guest of a festival sponsor.

A reporter for the China Daily found this odd for some reason and asked what’s with the red-carpet pictures when you have no picture to show?

Li demonstrated with her answer the kind of impressive coolness that’s made her a global idol and a powerhouse of Asian cinema.

“I think you can participate, come and see what film festivals abroad are like and how much respect actors abroad have for films,” she said. “Our actors should go beyond the national borders, see some films if they’ve got time, and not just walk on the red carpet and leave right after.

“See the films – it’ll be helpful for your career, and maybe you’ll love your job more, from deep inside. If you have this mindset, then coming to film festivals won’t do any harm. If you go off the tracks, then you’ve come for nothing, and that’s a pity.”

It’s enough to give you goose bumps – and surely an inspiration for all the other non-acting actresses.


Tree-huggers get to squeeze a star instead

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Weir's fan club documented the hugs on Facebook.

Weir’s fan club documented the hugs on Facebook.

Plastic bottles are recycled in Taiwan to make a giant reproduction of van Gogh's 'The Starry Night'. Photo/EPA

Plastic bottles are recycled in Taiwan to make a giant reproduction of van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’. Photo/EPA

Other caring entertainers are joining rapper Apisit “Joey Boy” Opasaimlikit in coming to the aid of the vanishing forests of Nan.

More generally, they’re coming to the aid of the province’s governor, Suwat Promsuwan, after he came under attack on the “Reclaiming Thailand” Facebook page for letting the trees wither – or be burnt.

Enraged, Suwat demanded constructive proposals from the “keyboard brats” instead of criticism and said he had 500,000 rai in need of replanting. Joey Boy promptly offered the nearly Bt390,000 remaining in his 2011 flood-relief fund, and DJ-singer Suharit Siamwalla has pledged another Bt500,000.

Then Sukollawat “Weir” Kanarot came forward with a novel idea. He and Muang Nan Mayor Surapol Thiensut staged “Hug Weir for Nan Forest” in front of famous Wat Phumin and loads of people paid good money to give the handsome actor a squeeze.

“The money might not be much, but I’m determined to give something back to society,” Weir said. “And these aren’t just hugs – I want them to be symbols of unity. We all need to hug the forest.”


A major local fan of Weir absolutely insisted she was there to hug a tree, not him. “I’m very worried about the deforestation in my province,” she said convincingly. “I get really upset when my friends visit from other provinces and ask me where all the trees have gone. So seeing Weir doing this for the people of Nan is really impressive.”

Tree-huggers or star-huggers, deforestation is a problem right across Thailand, so Weir might have to come up with millions more hugs to turn the situation around. Not Joey Boy, though. No one wants to hug Joey Boy.


Bottled up for posterity

Surely crazy old Vincent van Gogh is used to being recycled by now. His grizzled face and iconic paintings are replicated on all sorts of weird merchandise – everything, it seems, short of medical bandages, which would be tacky.

At least Taiwanese firm Unison Developing is trying to save the world by turning four million used plastic bottles into a mammoth replica Vincent’s “The Starry Night” to promote recycling. The image is rendered in coloured plastic and covers 53 hectares, Reuters reports.

The Starry Paradise park outside the city of Keelung opened earlier this year to mark the 125th anniversary of the Dutch post-impressionist’s death in 1890. (Okay, so they were a bit late.) The year before he died he painted “The Starry Night” – shivering stars and moon and cypress silhouettes all rendered in swirling pigment.

Visitor reactions to the recycled replica have varied, says Reuters, which found at least one moderately happy customer.

“We came here right after work to have a look,” the news agency quotes 22-year-old Fan Yu-Hsiang as saying. “It’s very big and there are a lot of PET bottles! I think it looks more beautiful in photographs, but looking at it like this is still impressive.”


Party girl Ying Yae says marriage too distracting

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Ying Yae and Song

Ying Yae and Song

After just three months of marriage, Internet idol Nontaporn “Ying Yae” Teerawattanasuk and surgeon Nopparat “Song” Rattanawaraha have announced they’ve separated, citing that saddest of reasons, irreconcilable differences.

It seems like only yesterday (in fact it was Valentine’s Day) when we congratulated the couple on marrying after nine years of dating. They tied the knot in an extravagant, fairytale-like wedding.

Ying Yae, 29, who was a “pretty” before she found fame on the Web, tells our sister newspaper Kom Chad Luek that troll chatter on the social media about infidelity spoiling their marriage is simply untrue. They’d simply realised they lead completely opposite lifestyles, she says.

“I guess I am a very different person now than I was nine years ago when I started dating Song.” Ying Yae says while hinting at the 10-year age gap between them.

“I was too young to know what I really wanted and I found myself doing what I was told without questioning because Song was much more mature than I was.

“Now that I’ve grown up and know myself better, I realise I’m the outgoing type and Song is the complete opposite. He hates it when I go out and then come home late. It breaks my heart that I realised this too late – I shouldn’t have agreed to marry him in the first place.”

And Song says in another interview that they tried hard to compromise, but the difference was just too great. “It won’t work,” he says. “We both know it and there’s no need to push. I’d like to take a few days to talk things through with Yae and then we should have a joint announcement to clear things up.”

Joey Boy turns green

How about those pictures on Facebook of rapper Joey Boy meeting officials at Parliament House and looking very serious? No, he wasn’t having his attitude adjusted and he’s not pondering a jump into politics. He was there to get backing for his forest-preservation campaign in Nan.

“I would never have thought in this lifetime I’d be having a meeting at Parliament House,” he text-chuckled later on Facebook before turning serious and asking for everyone’s help with “this crucial task”.

The 41-year-old music maker, having recently become a publisher as well with his own outdoor-lifestyle-travel magazine, Tan, raised Bt600,000 for the tree project last month. He’ll be getting his hands dirty, quite literally, helping plant more trees in the degraded woods up North.

His good deed comes in response to a call for help from Nan Governor Suwat Promsunant, who been slammed on the “Take Back Thailand” Facebook page for not stopping the destruction of trees. Fuming at comments suggesting the salaries paid provincial authorities are “a waste of tax money”, Suwat asked for “actual aid, constructive advice and not just yapping” in efforts to restore a half-million rai of woods.

The challenge was rap music to Joey Boy’s ears. “I’m not from Nan and I’m not an Internet troll,” he says, “but if the governor needs help, I will give him my best and I urge everyone to take part.”

Now casting for Leicester City the movie

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Leicester City Football Club’s triumph in the English Premier League just one short year after being relegated to the lower Championship tier has been called a miracle and a fairytale.

Leicester City Football Club’s triumph in the English Premier League just one short year after being relegated to the lower Championship tier has been called a miracle and a fairytale. A description that’s certainly more apt is “Hollywood dream”, because the movie folks are likely to be all over it.

Writing in the Guardian, Andrew Pulver offered his ideal casting for a possible film version of the Foxes’ shocking leap to the pinnacle of the sport.

Leicester City’s Italian manager Claudio Ranieri, says Pulver, really ought to be portrayed by Tom Hanks, who’s neither Italian nor British but is at least a major fan of football (yes, the English kind). On the other hand, Hanks roots for Aston Villa, who are now taking their turn being dumped into the Championship league after a lousy season on the pitch.

A reporter asked Hanks what he thought about Aston Villa situation. “What are you trying to do,” he replied, make me cry on TV?” He was just being loyal to Aston Villa, but then he admitted that, way back at the beginning of the season, he’d actually placed a 100pound bet on Leicester City to win the title. The odds at the time were 5,000/1 against that happening.


“So I think I’ll be okay,” Hanks gloated. By “okay”, he meant he’d won half a million pounds – assuming he wasn’t joking (or fibbing).

Pulver’s choice for the actor to play striker Jamie Vardy, who’s vault to superstardom has earned him a spot on the England national squad, is Tom Hiddleston, whose movie is “HighRise” is now in local cinemas.

Pulver suggested Jackie Chan, of all people, to play Shinji Okazaki, the only Asian in the Foxes lineup, ignoring the fact that Chan is in his 60s.

And if you think that’s crazy, he has an even more bizarre notion for the actor to portray Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, chairman of King Power Duty Free, which owns Leicester City. Since no one outside the club’s boardroom knows what he looks like, Pulver reasons unreasonably, how about Tilda Swinton? Yes, she’s a she, but she’s getting raves playing a very old man, the Ancient One, in the new movie “Doctor Strange”.

Pulver is just being funny (we think), but a lot of people are miffed about Swinton playing the Ancient One because in the Doc Strange books he’s very much an Asian. It’s the Hollywood whitewashing issue all over again.

Male or female, Asian or Caucasian, we’d much prefer that the mooted movie shows how a Thai billionaire bought the club and moulded historic victory from it. And, if the casting were up to us, we’d go for Nirut Sirichanya, who’s already done plenty of foreign films, not just in Hong Kong but also Hollywood.


Who’s the babe on the bike with our boy?

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photo courtesy of Vogue Magazine

photo courtesy of Vogue Magazine

Vogue Thailand has on the cover of its May edition Luping Wang, the latest in an increasingly hot line of fashion models from China.

She’s seen posing with sexy Sukollawat “Weir” Kanarot on his beloved Triumph T120.

Wang was the only Asian model on the runway in Rome for Valentino’s big autumn couture show recently. Hailing from rural Guangzhou, the 178cm-tall model debuted only last year, showing the Burberry Prorsum spring-summer collection.

And between Prorsum and Valentino there were Just Cavalli, Ports 1961, Marni, Dolce and Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, Dior, Viktor and Rolf, Chloe, Stella McCartney, Hermes and Chanel.

So Vogue Thailand was perhaps lucky to get Wang aboard a motorcycle with Weir, who incidentally becomes the first male on the cover in its three-year history.

Wang has done Vogue China before – last November when it showcased all the Chinese models burning up catwalks at the moment, the others being Dylan Xue, Gia Tang, Xiao Wen Ju and Yuan Bo Chao.

“That cover had the entire new generation of Chinese models and I was surprised to be part of it,” Wang told Weir while preparing for the Bangkok shoot. Handling the Vogue China cover assignment in New York was leading British photographer Elaine Constantina. Wang said it was one of her proudest moments.

“It has to be one of the peaks of the profession for any young model to be recognised at the international level – I’ve walked very far and very high in this career,” she said. “So I’m always happy to work with the professional teams at Vogue.”

Weir asked her just how difficult it is for Asian models to gain global recognition.

“The world of fashion is still dominated by white-skinned models,” Wang pointed out. “But in the past there were only one or two models from Asia in the big shows, and now they all have at least five.

“There are more Chinese models now because Chinese business is really booming. Chinese are the big spenders in luxury fashion, so a lot of the international brands want Chinese models on the runways. It’s been quite a success.”

The Bangkok shoot was in the capable hands of the country’s hottest fashion photographer, Tada Varich. He’s got Wang and Weir looking very cool on the classic bike. It’s no surprise seeing Weir in the saddle because he rides professionally and also owns the official distributorship for Triumph here.

Wang straddles the fuel tank, facing Weir. And unlike Weir, she’s never been on a big bike before. “Being a model is like being a silent actress,” she told Weir. “When you wear clothes and makeup in different looks, it’s like I need the actress spirit to portray all the varied roles.”

So what’s so alluring about motorcycles, she asked him.

“Unlike acting, riding gives me new experiences every time, especially when I’m riding in other countries. You learn about different cultures and have to adjust to them. And biking over long distances is a good way to calm the mind. I get a lot of fresh ideas along the way, so it’s a way of recharging my energy.”