Ice Sarunyu: The Prince of Smiles

Saranyu Winaipanit is a talented young singer who was born in September 1984 in Chainat, Thailand. He is also an actor, DJ and model. His love for entertaining has brought him the nickname ‘The Prince of Smiles’ and of course, he is known as Ice Sarunyu.

Ice Sarunyu - The Prince of Smiles*

Ice Sarunyu – The Prince of Smiles*

The Story of Ice Sarunyu

His parents are Thai teachers and when Ice was young, he was kind of an academic kid indulging in his studies. However, he has always loved to entertain people. Hence, at school he engaged in activities like being a reporter, presenter or announcer. In school he liked social studies and history in particular.

Ice has also always loved movies and became interested in acting, thus taking the role of other characters and understanding their intentions. Hence, he has been in some Thai lakorns and movies. For instance, he was in the movie Superstar Stawberry: Movie on TV (2010) and in the TV dramas Duay Rang Hang Ruk (CH 7 2006) and Gong Jak Lai Dok Bua (CH 3 2007).

By the way, if he could chose one actor or actress to work with it would be Thai-Swedish actress and princess of Thai entertainment Ann Thongprasom. Ice himself studied at Sinakarinwirot University, Faculty of fine arts and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Acting and Directing.

Ice Sarunyu*

Ice Sarunyu Winaipanit *

In 2003 he won a competition at the first stage project show and that is how he got into the music business. He performed with many different Thai singers like Palitchoke Ayanaphutra (Peck) and Pongsak Rattanaphong (Aof). They have released an album called ‘Together’ and were in the ‘We R One’ Concert (2008).

Thai singer Ice Sarunyu*

Thai singer Ice Sarunyu*

Ice sees himself primarily as a singer. He loves to sing in every mood and in every situation of his life if happy or sad. However, ‘professionally’ his songs are mostly feel-good pop music. Thus, in 2006 his debut album called ‘ICE’ was released along with the single “Kon Jai Ngai” under the label Thai GMM Grammy.

What is more, he released a Japanese version of the song named “Koi Nanja Nai”. In 2007, his second album ‘Party on Ice’ followed and in 2008 ‘ICE Kool Hits’ were released. This album comprises all songs from his two previous albums. Afterwards, Ice also toured through the USA where he performed in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. Hence, his most recent albums are ‘ICE Festa’ (2010) and Rak Kan Na (รักกันนะ) (2012).

Finally, we may say that Ice Sarunyu is a young man of many talents and and amazing singer. Charmingly, he also likes collecting everything that has to do with the Thai buffalo (Kwaai). He thinks that the buffalo is a beautiful and sweet animal.

Yours, Sirinya

(*all pictures in this post, credit: Ice Sarunyu FB page)




Pete Thongjure: Thai-American Actor

Pete Puntakarn Thongjure was born in January 1968 in California, USA. He is a famous half-Thai actor and model. His family moved back to Thailand when he was six years old. He is the eldest son of the famous actor and rally car driver Pinyoo Thongjure.

Pete Thongjure

Puntakarn Thongjure (photo: SaReNIE, sharerice.com)

‘Pete’ Puntakarn Thongjure (photo: SaReNIE, sharerice.com)

Thus, it does not come as a surprise that Pete started acting early in his childhood. What is more, his three younger siblings are also well-known in Thailand. Perhaps you’ve heard of Saifar, NamThansod and NamPoung (Honey) Thongjure.

He first did some Thai TV commericals when he was a kid and soon other opportunities arose. Thus, Pete also got into acting and appeared in his first movie when he was only seven and a half. Hence, at the age of nine he was already co-hosting the show “Pao-ying-shoob”. At the age of 11, he was a popular actor in TV series and movies. However, when he was 13, his parents sent him back to the US for his further education. Today, Pete has been in the Thai entertainment industry for over 30 years and he is still going strong.

Over 30 years in the entertainment industry: Pete Thongjure (photo: dara.wirelessscale.com

Over 30 years in the entertainment industry: Pete Thongjure (photo: dara.wirelessscale.com

He was in a number of popular movies and Thai TV series. His first drama was the lakorn ‘Ubattihed’ with half-Thai actress Katarina Glos.

For instance, he starred in the classic ghost story ‘Mae Nak’ (2000) on Channel 7 and he was in horror movies like ‘Bangkok Haunted’ (2001), ‘Lizard Woman’ (2004) and ‘Fan Mai’ (2010) starring alongside Thai movie star Ananda Everingham.

An interesting alternative movie produced by Pete Thongjure is ‘Province 77 Los Angeles’ (2003). He also starred in his movie which is about Thai immigrants in Los Angeles. There is a place called ‘Thai Town’ where most of these immigrants live – hence, it is also referred to the Thai 77th province. The movie draws a grim picture of a Thai family in LA whose restaurant is in danger of being confiscated for unpaid taxes. What is more, it seems hard to maintain traditional Thai values in the environment where gangs rule but finally the family unifies again. By the way, the soundtrack to the movies is by the Thai rap band Thaitanium.

Province 77 movie starring half-Thai actor Pete Thongjure (photo tambon.blogspot.com)

Province 77 movie starring half-Thai actor Pete Thongjure (photo tambon.blogspot.com)

Nevertheless, Pete maybe regarded as a rarity the showbusiness being an actor who is introvert and does not like to talk much about himself. He enjoys his privacy and loves quiet and peace. In his view, keeping his privacy has been vital in maintaining such a long career.

The racing driver and actor (photo: Pete Thonchua Fanclub, FB page)

The racing driver and actor (photo: Pete Thonchua Fanclub, FB page)

His proudest acting achievements are his action TV series whom Pete enjoys very much. Nevertheless, he is a passionate racing driver and loves fast cars like his father. Hence, he also has a reality show about his racing career. He loves race driving because it requires precision and concentration. Thus, racing is like meditating since the mind has be stay focussed and quiet.

Today, Pete is father of three children and a true family man. His wife is Wilailak ‘Jeng’ Tongchua. Hence, we may say that Pete Thongjure is truly a versatile actor with a long career and also a popular racing driver.

Yours, Sirinya




Jay Montonn Jira: Thai-American Singer & Actor

Jay Montonn Jira is a Thai-American singer and actor. In fact, he is also called a show business ‘allrounder’ with good reason. Born in November 1981 in Hong Kong, he returned to Thailand as a kid with his family and went to school there until grade 11. Then he moved to California to complete high school.

Jay Montonn Jira

Thai-American singer & actor Jay Montonn Jira*

Thai-American singer & actor Jay Montonn Jira*

However, in his youth, he already won a talent competition at the age of ten. Since then he has been working in the Thai entertainment industry. By the age of 13, Jay was also doing some modelling and a few years later when he was 17, he was a lead actor in Thai TV series and movies.

However, Jay sees himself primarily as a musician and has been pursuing his musical career for some years now. He recorded his first album after completing high school and returning to Thailand. The album is called ‘J’.

What is more, he is also a DJ, arranger, composer and producer. Nevertheless, Jay acted in a number of Lakorns where he played both good and bad guys. For instance, he was in the drama ‘Sai Tarn Hua Jai’ with Ae Isariya Saisanan on Channel 7.

Montonn Jira*

Jay Montonn Jira*

Another drama Jay was in is ‘Look Poo Chai Hua Jai Petch’ starring alongside singer Hugo Chakrabongse Levy and Namfon Kullanat. In addition, Jay starred in the Thai movie ‘Pop Star’ (2006). As far as films are concerned, Jay has also written movie scores. For instance, he was an assitant editor for the ‘Lion King’.

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

In fact, he studied music composition and electronic music production in the US. In 2007 he was the musical director and programmer for Neptune. Thus, he toured around the world performing with international stars like Jusitin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado. This was also when he performed at ‘Live Earth’, a gigantic concert event in New Jersey.

Jay Montonn Jira*

Jay Montonn Jira*

However, he has also worked with Thai artists like Modern Dog, Siam Secret Service and The Crub, for instance. Today, he has his own music label called ‘Samut Prakarn Sound’. Most recently, he is performing with Hanna L. Bengtsson producing charming and beautiful songs like ‘The Way’ and ‘Be True’.

Finally, we may say that Jay Montonn Jira is an international half-Thai artist. Even though he is a great actor, he sees himself primarily as a musician with good reason and sings both in English and in Thai.

Yours, Sirinya




Photo Exhibition ‘The Anatomy’ by Amat Nimitpark

Today’s post is just a note to inform you about the photo exhibition ‘The Anatomy’ by Amat Nimitpark, the most renowned fashion photographer in Thailand.

The Anatomy by Amat Nimitpark*

The Anatomy by Amat Nimitpark

The Anatomy by Amat Nimitpark

At Zen Megastore, this exhibition features more than 100 monochrome photos of Thai celebrities, top actors and actresses highlighting their well-toned shapes. I’m sure you already know some of these famous faces from my blog. For instance, Mario Maurer, Yaya Urassaya Sperbund, Davika Hoorne

Picturing the perfect physique

Picturing the perfect physique

The motto of this exhibition is, as the title ‘The Anatomy’ suggests, to picture perfect bodies and to convey the idea of being physically fit. Thus, beauty is defined as physicality and of having a toned body.

Yaya Urassaya Sperbund

Yaya Urassaya Sperbund

As I understand it, ‘The Anatomy’ is a collaboration of Amat Nimitpark with the health club ‘WE Fitness Society’. The exhibition should inspire people to exercise more and to take care of themselves and their health.

Mario Maurer

Mario Maurer

Hence, even though the focus of the exhibition is on well-shaped and toned bodies, nevertheless the message is that there is no ideal of a perfect physique.

Davika Hoorne

Davika Hoorne

Thus, Amat Nimitpark plays with light and shadow in ‘The Anatomy’ indicating that every person’s shape can be appealing and beautiful seen individually.

At ZEN event gallery

At ZEN event gallery

Come and see for yourself. The exhibition runs from 24th June to 16th August 2015 at ZEN Outdoor Arena and Amphitheatre Zone. The admission is free.

Yours, Sirinya

All pictures in this post, photo credit: Amat Nimitpark, FB page