Top 5 Posts: Nadech & Yaya Are Number One

Do you like to know which are Sirinya’s Thailand Blog’s most popular posts? Well, since I’ve been writing my blog for more than nine months now, I think it’s time for a small review of the Top 5 Posts.

Top 5 Posts: Nadech & Yaya Are Number One

Can you guess who is the number one? Yeah, it does not come as a surprise to me that it is Nadech & Yaya.

Nadech & Yaya (photo Nadech & Yaya Vietnam Fanpage)

First among the Top 5 Posts: Nadech & Yaya (photo Nadech & Yaya Vietnam Fanpage)

I think you all know this cute on-screen couple that is also frequently paired for fashion shootings and TV commercials. Both Nadech and Yaya are very talented young half-Thai actors popular in Thailand but also in other Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam. For instance, there is the charming Nadech & Yaya Vietnam Fanpage that provides fans with the most recent news about the two actors.

Nadech & Yaya in The Rising Sun (phot:o konchke.blogspot.com)

Nadech Kugimiya & Yaya Urassaya Sperbund in The Rising Sun (photo: konchke.blogspot.com)

Not surprisingly either, my article about Yaya Urassaya Sperbund is the second most viewed post on my blog. I think Yaya is so famous and loved by her fans because she is very lovely, playful, effortless charming but also a bit childish sometimes which makes her particularly amiable.

Yaya Urassaya Sperbund (photo: Nadech & Yaya Vietnam Fanpage)

Yaya Urassaya Sperbund (photo: Nadech & Yaya Vietnam Fanpage)

Most recently, Yaya graduated from Chulalongkorn University. Congrats, dear Yaya! You are very talented 🙂

Yaya Urassaya just graduated from Chulalongkorn University (photo: Nadech & Yaya Vietnam Fanpage)

Yaya Urassaya just graduated from Chulalongkorn University (photo: Nadech & Yaya Vietnam Fanpage)

Next follows an article about another young luk kreung actress – do you guess who it is? It’s actress and model Mai Davika Hoorne who became famous with her role as Mae Nak in the movie ‘Phi Mak Phra Khanong’. No wonder she is so popular – she is not only lovely but her beauty is also classic. Thus, she has been the cover girl on numerous glossy magazines like the Vogue for instance.

Thai-Belgian actress Davika Hoorne (photo: Mai Davika FB page)

Thai-Belgian actress Davika Hoorne (photo: Mai Davika FB page)

This leads us to my number four post which is about Thai-German actor Mario Maurer. It seems that the most popular posts on my blog are all about young actors. Well, Mario has been in ‘Phi Mak Phra Khanong’ in the leading role alongside Mai Davika. Apart from acting, Mario also does a lot of TV commericals and has been advertising for TAT ( Tourism Authority of Thailand), thus promoting different areas of Thailand.

Mario (photo credit: TAT Kunming)

Mario Maurer (photo credit: TAT Kunming)

Most recently, there has been a cute Mario Maurer doll (Funko Pop). A must for all true Mario fans, I guess 😉

Mario Maurer with his Funko Pop (photo Mario Maurer FBpage)

Mario Maurer with his Funko Pop (photo: Mario Maurer FB page)

Hence, last but not least, my fifth most popular post varies from the rest since it is about the Thai Tradition of Tattooing called Sak Yant. I can understand that this is a subject of interest to many people since to some extent, Sak Yant has also become popular in Western countries. What is more, Sak Yant differs from ‘common’ tattoos because they are supposed to have a magical meaning and power.

Tattooed Monk of Wat Bang Pra (photo credit sak-yant.com)

Tattooed monk of Wat Bang Pra (photo credit: sak-yant.com)

Did you like this recap? And do you like the top four young actors as much as I do? I think we all love Nadech & Yaya and are thrilled by the Yadech-Factor 🙂 Thus, enjoy reading my blog and getting to know more about Thai (popular) culture!

Yours, Sirinya




Patrick Kronenberger: Thai-German Singer

Patrick Kronenberger is a Thai-German singer and songwriter. Born in November 1988 in Hanau, Germany to a Thai mother and a German father, he moved to Berlin in 2010 to dedicate his life to making music. He also plays the piano since his childhood. He writes, sings and produces all his songs himself.

Singer & songwriter Patrick Kronenberger*

Singer & songwriter Patrick Kronenberger, photo by Marcel Gothow*

Patrick Kronenberger

Since he is a great fan of film music, Patrick calls his musical genre ‘cinema pop’. The special feature of his songs is that he combines classical and modern music in an innovative manner. What is more, his songs are more than just stories – in fact, his lyrics are similar to movie scripts and they have a dramatical action.

Patrick’s songs are predominantly in German and he likes German singers like Nena, Peter Maffay and Udo Jürgens. However, he is already popular in Thailand since his English single ‘Can You Hear Me’ has been well received there.

Patrick Kronenberger (photo credit: John Aigner)*

Patrick Kronenberger (photo credit: John Aigner)*

In addition, when he was in Thailand for holiday last year, he got together with one of the most renowned Thai music producer and they translated his German song ‘Zurück Zu Dir’ into Thai. Thus, the song is called ‘Cheewit ti lur’ (ชีวิตที่เหลือ) in Thai. A record company was enthusiastic about the song. Hence, they organized a spontaneous concert at the Hard Rock Café in Bangkok. The concert was a sellout!

What is more, Patrick is the official cultural ambassador for Germany/Thailand. Thus, he received the ‘Thainess Award’ by Princess Ubolratana Mahidol at the ITB 2015 in Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse). He wants to give Thai as well as German people an understanding of each others culture. Hence, he will collaborate with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) this year and some projects are already planned.

Patrick receives the Thainess Award by Princess Ubolratana Mahidol in Berlin (photo credit: burning-music.de)

Patrick receives the Thainess Award by Princess Ubolratana Mahidol in Berlin (photo credit: burning-music.de)

Patrick prefers small concerts at clubs to playing for a big audience at stadiums because he enjoys being close to his audience. Nevertheless, he already performed at big concerts alongside stars like Avril Lavigne and Kelly Rowland. For his latest single ‘Für einen letzten Versuch’ (For a last try), he went on tour with the US boyband ‘O-Town’.

Patrick’s music may best be described as modern, rocking but also melancholic sometimes. He also wants to preserve old values. Hence, his single ‘Wie Früher’ (‘As It Used To Be’) takes the audience on a melancholy time journey combining past, present and future. He wants to bring inner values back into people’s conscience and is against the fast moving nature of modern times.

Finally, we may say that Patrick Kronenberger is a thoroughbread musician with a laid-back style and an amiable personality who takes the ideas for his songs from experiences in real life. Thus, his motto is: ‘Life is like a movie, I only write the soundtrack to it’.

Patrick Kronenberger*

‘Wie Früher’, photo by John Aigner*

For more information, please check out: www.patrick-kronenberger.de

Yours, Sirinya

*photo credit: Patrick Kronenberger, FB page




Mario Maurer: Thai-German Actor

Mario Maurer was born 1988 in Bangkok to a Thai-Chinese mother and a German father. He is also known as Nuttavut Maurer and his nickname is ‘Oh’. He has an older brother called Marco with whom he performed some Electro-Hip Hop music. They formed a Hip-Hop Duo named “PsyCho & Lil’Mario” in 2007. You may watch an example of their music here. However, even though Mario has done some singing, he does not regard himself as a singer.

Mario Maurer

Mario (photo credit: TAT Kunming)

Mario (photo credit: TAT Kunming)

Mario was discovered as a fashion model at the age of 16 when he was approached by a modelling agent at Siam Square. Since then he has been working as a model for magazines, commercials and videos. Today, he is a well-known luk kreung actor and model in Thailand who has been also studying Communication Arts at Ramkhamhaeng University.

He became renowned as an actor starring in the movie The Love of Siam in 2007. This film, written and directed by Matthew Chookiat Sakveerakul, became very popular. It is about a gay romance between two teenage boys. This movie may be regarded as a pioneering film on this subject. Mario was praised for his dramatic abilities and considered a mature actor in his role as a homosexual young man. Hence, in 2007 Mario won the Best Actor award in Starpics Thai Films Awards and was also nominated in Bangkok Critics Assembly and Star Entertainment Awards.

Mario Maurer (photo credit: men.kapook.com)

Mario Maurer (photo credit: men.kapook.com)

Mario did not intend to become an actor but once he entered the Thai entertainment industry, he gained popularity quickly. Still, he has remained down-to-earth and surprised at this own fame 😉

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkV_WN3JdP8

Thus, in 2010 he became even more famous starring in the movie First Love which is also known under the title Crazy Little Thing called Love. This is a charming romantic comedy about young people falling in love for the first time. This film has become very popular because it deals with topics that nearly everyone has experienced in his life and thus can identify with the characters.

What is more, Mario has done a lot of acting in Thai drama series. For instance, he was in The Rising Sun (Roy Fun Tawan Deard, 2014), a series with a Japanese setting. In this drama Mario (Onizuka Takeshi) starred alongside the young well-known young actors Nadech Kugimiya and Yaya Sperbund.

Mario and Nadech in The Rising Sun (photo credit: asianfuse.net)

Mario and Nadech in The Rising Sun (photo credit: asianfuse.net)

In particular, Mario became even more acknowledged as an actor starring in the popular horror comedy Phi Mak Phra Khanong. In the role of Phi Mak, Mario acted alongside the lovely actress Mai Davika Hoorne as Mae Nak. In fact, they make a charming film couple and have also done some modelling together.

Mario and Mai Davika on Volume magazine 180 VOLUME WONDER 9 Cr. Volume Magazine

Mario and Mai Davika on Volume magazine 180 VOLUME WONDER 9 Cr. Volume Magazine

Mario has had versatile roles. For instance, he had the leading role in the erotic drama ‘Jan Dara the Beginning’ (2012) and ‘Jan Dara the Finale’ (2013). In these movies he is Jan Dara, a boy whose mother died giving birth to him and who is thus hated by his sadistic father Luang Wisnan. Growing up with his Aunt Wad, his stepmother, he struggles to reconcile his guilt and longing with different women in his life. In the second part, Jan Dara wants to find out who his real father is and wants to take revenge on him.

Most recently, Mario has been promoting Amazing Thailand with TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand). They have produced a series of very nice clips that really makes you want to go to Thailand immediately and try all the things that Mario does 🙂

Finally, we may say that Mario Maurer is a bright and promising young half-Thai movie star. He has already starred in a variety of different roles and I must say that he cuts quite a figure in each role that he plays 🙂 I’m curious what his future movies will be!

Yours, Sirinya




What does ‘Discover Thainess’ mean?

Discover Thainess

I’ve recently come across TAT’s (Tourism Authority of Thailand) activity ‘DiscoverThainess’ which is a contest that invites non-Thai people to engage in five different categories of activities related to ‘Thainess’. These categories are ‘Thai Boxing’, ‘Thai Cooking’, ‘Thai Dancing’, ‘Making Thai Style Garlands’ and ‘Speaking Thai’. In fact, competitors are asked to do things that are considered to be typical Thai, i.e. characteristic of Thai culture.

discover thainess tatnews.org

DiscoverThainess (photo credit: tatnews.org)

TAT Launches Online One and Only Contest to Promote …

Minister Kobkarn said, “The Royal Thai Government has declared 2015 as the year to “Discover Thainess”, which is in line with our national agenda to promote sustainability and accelerate economic and social development …

Hence, I’ve asked myself what the concept of ‘Thainess’ is actually about? First of all, one might think that this is merely a Thai government campaign to become more visible and important in the tourism industry. If we are critical, we might also claim that ‘Thainess’ may be all about stereotypes concerning Thai culture. However, I also think it is a campaign to make foreigners (or using the Thai term ‘farangs’) understand what Thai culture and mentality is actually about.

Discover Thainess Parade Ramakien (photo credit: tatnews.org)

Parade, Ramakien show (photo credit: tatnews.org)

Nonetheless, if we try a definition of the term ‘Thainess’ we might say that it means a kind of active decency towards each other. It is not merely about activities like Thai dancing or cooking but it is actually an attitude of mind. In fact, ‘Thainess’ expresses Thai culture and shows the way Thai people differentiate themselves from everyone else in the world. Hence, ‘Thainess’ is mainly based on the Buddhist dharma of decency and politeness.

Discover Thainess Parade Royal Barge Supannahong (photo credit: tatnews.org)

Thainess Parade, Royal Barge Supannahong (photo credit: tatnews.org)

In other words, it is all about what Thai people call ‘Kreng Jai’ (in Thai: เกรงใจ). Translated literally ‘Kreng Jai’ means something like ‘awe of heart’ or ‘consideration’. In short, we might say that ‘Kreng Jai’ means awareness of other people’s feelings and thus showing respect and politeness towards one another. In point of fact, we can also argue that ‘Kreng Jai’ allows the other person to maintain his face.

For this reason, I think that ‘Thainess’ is also the awareness of ‘Kreng Jai’ and it means to do all of one’s actions with consideration. Thus, ‘Discover Thainess’ will say that on the one side, you become familiar with specific characteristics of Thai culture and on the other side that you should engage yourself in acting polite and decent. Finally, if you want to participate in TAT’s ‘One and Only Contest’ keep in mind to act ‘Kreng Jai’ while engaging in one of the five ‘Thainess’ activity missions 🙂

Have you come across the term ‘Discover Thainess’? And what does it mean to you?

Yours, Sirinya