For it set her on a path to fame, which continues to this day.
By Special Correspondent
From making an enchanting video giving make-up tips when she was just three years old to participating in the London Fashion Week aged only ten – that’s the amazing life story so far of Natthanan ‘Pear’ Sanunrat, an extraordinarily smart little lady from Chantaburi. It’s easy to see why the cute four-minute video, which is still available on youtube, has garnered an astonishing seven millions views. It shows an angelic Pear offering advice while carefully rubbing in and dabbing on various cosmetics, totally oblivious of the impact it would have.
For it set her on a path to fame, which continues to this day.
The IT expert from Kazakhstan -Irina Afonina’s business booms in Cambodia while she lives in Bangkok
By Ruth Gerson
In the male-dominated world of information technology, a young woman from Kazakhstan, a state in the former Soviet Union, has made her mark. Irina Afonina owns and runs Cresittel, headquartered in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, which she visits on a regular basis while she and her family reside in Bangkok.
Irina’s company provides software development for mobile applications as well as human resource systems – one of the largest Cambodia.
Irina’s story begins in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, where she studied IT at a technical university. Despite her high marks, IT was not her first career choice. She wanted to study psychological therapy and help people with deep rooted problems.
This was influenced by personal experiences as a number of friends had come to her for help with their emotional difficulties, some quite serious. Her mother, however, a strong and practical woman, steered Irina in a different direction – towards IT which was just taking off in Kazakhstan. “She is such a strong and stubborn woman that it was just easier to listen to her,” Irina says.
Her mother was acting from knowledge, having been employed by the German embassy in Almaty, with exposure beyond the borders of Kazakhstan. She noticed through her work that Germany in the late 1990s was outsourcing much of its electronic work to India, and that gave her ideas for her daughter’s future.
Irina did not waste any time, enrolling in IT courses and working for one of the first internet providers in the country while studying.
When that company failed, she began working nights at a call center that served Kazakhstan only, where she experienced and learned mobile technology from the ground up that was to serve her well in her future endeavors.
Her employers recognized Irina’s natural intelligence and found more challenging positions for her within their business concern, and so began a rotation of work roles, most of them lasting a few months.
The real breakthrough came when the business purchased a billing solution from Israel. It was Irina’s first taste of what lay outside in the wide world, and at the age of 22 she wanted to be part of it. When Amdocs, the Israeli company, offered her a working position in Bangladesh she jumped at the opportunity.
A father and daughter write an oddball story addressing issues of identity and bullying in this humorous, heartfelt journey.
It started as a six-page story. A young girl, Snow Flake, transfers to a new school and wants to fit in. The story paralleled the young author’s situation. Natchariya “Mai” was transferring from Thai school to an international school in Bangkok. Her dominant language at the time was Thai and her father thought she might have trouble adjusting.
Instead of making language the challenge in the story, Snow Flake has large and unusual feet. She attempts to hide them, but sits next to the class bully, Cannon Ball. Thus, begins the conflict.
By Ruth Gerson
Once a nurse, always a nurse. This is how Debbie Thompson views herself. If not ministering to the sick, then imparting her knowledge in that very valuable area of healthcare.
Today Debbie runs her own small business here in Thailand called First Aid Solutions, with aims to spread the knowledge and expertise of first aid to help in cases of emergency. These are valuable services that can save lives. Over coffee, Debbie smiles as she recalls her adventures, venturing to Saudi Arabia as a single foreign woman to work in the country’s healthcare.
Born and trained in Liverpool, England, Debbie was recruited in 1988 from a burns hospital to work in a Saudi military hospital. Young and fair haired, she must have been somewhat of a sensation there. This is where she met her husband whose work was building network systems and logistics. It was the type of work that took him from place to place, including back to the UK and abroad again, then back to Saudi Arabia when Debbie returned to hospital work there (1992-1995), this time as supervisor in the hospital burns unit, in which she had specialized in the UK.
Debbie followed her husband wherever his work took him, leaving Saudi Arabis in 1995 for Malaysia and from there to Taiwan and Australia, a good deal of moving around. She describes these years as the hiatus in her working life, a time when her children were born, being able to spend time with them.
It seems however that her guiding light continued to be healing and caring for people. Upon returning once again to Saudi Arabia in 2002 for two-year stay, Debbie held the position of school nurse and health educator. The flexibility of her work suited her nomadic life style of moving back and forth between countries and continents.
Holding a Chinese medical license and another from the US, this busy American lady holds workshops and gives medicinal cooking classes, while running a family in Thailand
By Ruth Gerson
Nicole Sheldon is a Colombian/American woman practicing Chinese acupuncture in Asia, based in Thailand, who has successfully merged her expertise with the art of spices and healthy eating.
It’s an unusual combination that stems from Nicole’s interest in both fields – medicine and food – but instead of choosing one over the other, she has created her own, and very special, career: acupuncturist and herbalist.
Born in Bogota, Columbia, she began to travel with her parents at a young age, living in Sri Lanka and Hong Kong, and ultimately in Thailand, moving here in 1983, where she spent her childhood and teen years. Studies followed at Tufts University just outside of Boston, where she took pre-med courses majoring in medical anthropology with a minor in Latin American studies, intending to continue her medical studies.
While at university, this energetic young woman was seeking meaningful and interesting life experiences in addition to her full-time studies, preferably medically related. And so she structured her class schedule to allow time to pursue this ambition, beginning in community services, working on Battered Women Hotline and in an HIV/AIDS Acupuncture Clinic, talking in the latter to patients and learning how acupuncture had helped their immunity in AIDS related illnesses.
Working there roused her interest in acupuncture.
Torn between career decisions, Nicole needed time away from her previous activities, finding work in New York City in the advertisement industry. Although it was totally different from her earlier experiences and the areas of studies in which she planned to continue, she now feels that these two years of work added an important dimension to her knowledge, at a time when Internet technology came bursting onto the markets.
At the end of her stint on Madison Avenue, Nicole considered attending the famous Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris. However, being the practical and sensible person that she is, Nicole thought ahead of the future life that she envisioned for herself, which at some stage would include a family and children, and she decided to go into healing. And so began a very interesting career that would take her life in a new direction.
Nicole then applied to Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, a school of Chinese medicine in New York, better known in her circles as PCOM where she studied from 2001 to 2005, completing a five-year course in four, by the end of which Nicole became what is known as OMD, Oriental Medicine Doctor.
Following her studies she remained in New York, working as acupuncturist in a private clinic. This was a pivotal time in her life, not only in cementing her career, but also the time when she met Sebastian, her future husband.
In 2006 Nicole decided to further her education in her chosen field of alternative medicine and traveled to Beijing to apprentice with Dr. Wang Ju-Yi (then in his 70s), an acupuncturist and herbalist who was considered one of China’s living treasures.
By Dr.Chutima Asavaaree, MD Anti-aging and aesthetics medicine.
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On a mission - the American violinist who’s documenting the tribal music and customs of the Golden Triangle
This large body of work weaves together a variety of dynamic forms - book, compact disc, photographs, films, musical instruments, artifacts and textiles. The "Songs of Memory" exhibit traveled further afield having been displayed at the Chiang Mai Arts and Culture Center and at the East-West Center in Hawaii.
The hill tribe people are animists who live close to nature and who have developed music and sacred chants to accommodate their various life ceremonies and rites. Their lifestyle has changed little over the centuries, but it is in danger of succumbing to the modern environment that is spreading fast in the mountains of the North.
Victoria's interest in music and indigenous cultures is expressed in her research and findings that are recorded, hopefully for posterity. "I am interested in the sonic environment - the music, ceremonies and culture,” she says. This is what had prompted her to delve into the the lives of the six major hill tribe groups that straddle the Golden triangle and the neighboring regions – the Akha, Lahu, Lisu, Mien, Hmong and Karen. As time went by, Victoria's work became more concentrated in hopes of creating an in-depth archive of these groups, beginning with the Hmong, which she has been studying for the past six years. Her work resulted in the “Hmong Songs of Memory” book and ethnographic film, published in 2016, which highlights all lyrics in the Hmong language as well as in English.
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