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House of Gold: A historic Thai restaurant survives the COVID era

The spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak impacts people’s finances and lifestyles. Street food vendors and restaurants among those who are hugely affected during this difficult time due to social distancing measures. dtac, as a member of the Samyan neighborhood’s community, is fulfilling our mission to connect people to what matters most by featuring the area’s most delicious foodie spots in the series #SaveStreetFood. Ruen Urai may appear as an odd choice for our series. It serves fine Thai cuisine in an elegant ambience (Ruen Urai means House of Gold). But it too has had to respond to the COVID-19 crisis by whipping up boxed lunches at very reasonable prices—street food from a gourmet kitchen. Located just a five-minute walk from the dtac headquarters at Chamchuri Square Building, the restaurant is an “oasis” hidden in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Surrounded by a small garden, Ruen Urai itself is a century-old traditional Thai house, which was built in the central plains style with golden teak wood. Woraset Vitayakul is the current owner of Ruen Urai. His family’s two-rai compound includes the Rose Hotel and Rose Residence in addition to the restaurant. It can be accessed both via the alley…

Celebrated Architect and Foodie Duangrit Bunnag’s Favorite Bites

This post is contributed by prominent Thai architecture Duangrit Bunnag Over the past month of the city lockdown, many of you might have had a chance to improve your online shopping and food ordering skills through various mobile apps. I’m one of them who started using and practicing food ordering online and I’m now very good at it! And I believe once food restaurants are allowed to reopen and dine it, online food ordering habits will persist. These are my favorite spots to order from these days: Tang Hong Phochana Here is one of my top-of-mind eateries, Tang Hong Pochana. This Chinese shophouse serves Harn Palo (Chinese-style stewed goose). It’s perfectly paired with steamed rice. It’s also best ordered with a side of vegetables and soup; stir-fried kanaeng and Sichuan soup with pickled lettuce. It’s shame that the side dishes are not served through delivery. We might need to wait until the situation turns to normal. Sri Yan Beef Ball  It’s my favorite soup with beef balls. What I strongly recommend is vermicelli noodles with tendon beef balls. You should go double. Don’t forget to season with a half of spoon of chili and vinegar sauce. Superb! Four Seasons Chinese…

dtac #savestreetfood campaign: good deals for a good cause

Tam Jai Pak Took Wan Suk’s May discounts support food vendors hit by COVID-19 shutdown  April 29, 2020 – dtac reward has new promotions for the ‘Tam Jai Pak Took Wan Suk’ campaign in May to support small restaurants and street food vendors who are facing decreasing income due to the COVID-19 crisis. This month, dtac customers will receive special discounts when ordering via foodpanda, GET, and Skootar, the latest food delivery platform joining dtac reward. Offers are available every Friday on May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th 2020. Customers can register for these privileges via the dtac application. Lih Ren How, Chief Marketing Officer of Total Access Communication Public Company Limited or dtac, said, “dtac never stops helping our customers during the COVID-19 crisis, including free data, free call minutes and discounts on delivery apps. At the same time, we want to help our partners in the food business, especially street food vendors. With dtac reward, they can reach dtac’s millions of customer through easy-to-use digital channels. This will help them maintain their cash flow, and allow their customers to keep eating their favorite street bites!” dtac reward’s ‘Tam Jai Pak Took Wan Suk’ to Save Street Food…

Managing stress during the time of COVID-19 with five amazing dessert places in Bangkok

This post is by food blogger @bangtao The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in all ages. But one of the methods helping you relief some tensions is “dessert”. Stressed is desserts spelled backwards. And Bangkok offers you tons of places to curb our sugar craving. As a Bangkokian and a dessert person, I would like to suggest you five dessert places around Bangkok, which I guarantee their savories. Kanom Krok Kao Wang (Crispy grilled coconut cakes) Ratchawat area of Dusit is a must for those wishing to take part in Bangkok’s culinary abundance. It is always vibrant from dask till dawn. And one of its highlights is Kanom Krok Kao Wang or crispy grilled coconut cakes. Its name is sought after the royal family are said to buy here. They are made in a pan with iconic round indentations, creating a little cup of goodness that’s crisp on the outside and soft, warm and custardy on the inside. You can choose both plain or with topping, which offers different taste and texture. Sarinthip, Thai crispy pancake Want something light to bite? Khanom Bueang…

Unlocking your creativity with this denim collector even self-isolation time

Kulawit discusses about his denim collection, dress code rules and a new normal of way of working.  If you have a chance to visit dtac House, you might witness a big difference from other big firms. Yes, here has no a particular section of dress code rules. Sitting on the 37th floor, Kulawit Khumwansa is a team lead of corporate brand management and social engagement function. As his job is highly involved with creativity, it can be reflected from his clothing style, particularly jeans and denim clothing. Outer expressions of the inner self “In fact, I’m a big fan of jeans. But the turning point happened when I was visiting in Japan and had found a brand labelled Bathing Ape. It’s a Japanese streetwear brand known for their iconic ape head logo and recurring camo and shark motif. Once I had them a try, I’d say it’s a perfect fit for me, boosting self confidence and I started becoming a big fan of BAPE ever since.” His obsession with signature print of jeans had established his style and outshined himself since the day one at dtac. “Being myself makes a personal meaningful day, which also plays a significant part of…

How kids fix their online problems by themselves—and why it can be a problem

Youth have the highest internet penetration rates of 89.8% in Thailand thanks to a firm foundation of connectivity across the nation. When it comes to the use of technology, however, they are classified as a vulnerable group due to the lack of digital literacy, leading to a number of online risks. UNICEF, the United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide, identifies five groups of online risks; content risk, contact risk, commercial risk, conduct risk and time-consuming risk. “When it comes to the use of technology, digital literacy plays an integral role in promoting creative use and creating digital resilience. dtac as a part of digital ecosystem, we realize our role in promoting digital literacy in partnership with the government agencies and NGOs through Young Safe Internet Leader Camp, which is in its second edition already,” said On-uma Rerkpattanapipat, Head of Corporate Communications and Sustainability at dtac. “Design thinking” is adopted as a core structure of learning curve development, unlocking youth participants’ potential to truly understand the root cause of those problems in many prospects. Additionally, dtac also provided initial funding for project scaleup. Let’s have a look at those three of the ten projects…

From globalization to pandemic: How dtac manages its supply chain to keep customers connected

The world has become more interconnected in the last few decades. People, businesses and information in different parts of the world can be more easily integrated thanks to the emergence and evolution of Information Communication Technology (ICT). Globalization creates the free flow of trade and production, including outsourcing and offshoring of supply chains. Information technology plays a critical role in connecting the world through the internet. And the humble SIM card is one of the key elements in the connectivity supply chain. At dtac, there is a regular demand of SIM card (around 1.5 million per month) in addition to ten million cash cards every month (cards that contain a stored balance which can be used to top up a subscription). The spread of COVID-19 has had an inevitable impact on the global supply chain, which includes SIM and cash cards production. “The pandemic doesn’t only impact production, but also logistics, due to the state of emergency decree and curfew. There are unplanned events all the time these days. And this is challenging our team to be aware, analyze and make a decision in a timely manner to still keep our customers connected. This is our purpose at dtac: connecting…

Network field operations: the COVID-19 outbreak’s other frontline

Mobile service operators have been classified as essential services by the government and ordered to maintain uninterrupted services. To do this, network operations teams must continue to work in the field, including within the hospitals fighting the COVID-19 epidemic. We spoke to dtac’s technicians and engineers about maintaining essential services in a country in partial lockdown. “Am I scared of getting COVID-19? Yes, I am. We all are. But to keep customers connected, duty comes first. Connectivity has never been more important than during this crisis. We have a responsibility to maintain network operations as usual. I know it’s risky, but what I’m doing to keep customers connected is deeply rooted in my heart and I trust dtac’s preventive measures to keep us safe,” said Wasan Chanplab, Head of Field Network Operations BMA at dtac. Wasan Chanplab, Head of Field Network Operations BMA at dtac Social distancing has deeply transformed network operations. First, it has pushed customers towards video conferencing, thereby increasing the network load. Secondly, it has moved the bulk of internet traffic from business districts to residential areas. Thirdly, it has made accessing network sites more difficult, due to various shutdown measures. “We have a solid plan in…

dtac’s top management share their tips on working at home

Not everyone can work from home. And dtac is very proud of our frontline colleagues, both in shops and network operations. But those of us who can work from home must do so to limit the spread of COVID-19. Here, we asked dtac’s top management for their top tips on staying productive and sane while working outside the office. “Know when to take a break.” Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer “Right now, leaders in all organizations are under immense pressure to counter the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis and keep their employees safe. These are unprecedented challenges causing very high stress levels. That’s why it’s more important than ever to know when to take a break and get some physical activity. Anything is possible. As the father of teenage girls, we even found ways to play sports indoors at home! It helps rejuvenate the mind to face the daunting tasks before us.” “Connect with your teams beyond just calls.” Tipayarat Kaewsringarm, Chief Sales Officer “Many of our salespersons are now working from home, but others are at one of the 126 shops we’ve reopened nationwide. Under normal circumstances, my favorite part of the job is meeting my teams in…

5 noodles bowls that can sustain you through the self-isolation Written by Sawitri Rochanapruk

This is a guest post from June Sawitri, the well-rounded actress, MC, foodie and influencer. You might have seen my Instagram stories containing a wide variety of eateries via @Junesawitri. It truly reflects my passion in food as I believe that good food can bring you a good mood, especially during quarantine. Although restaurants are closed right now, you can still get delivery at home straight from these delicious venues! Under the third episode of Food Review by dtac blog, I’ve been invited as a contributing writer to recommend my favorite food—and that would be noodles. To me noodles provide us a great mix of texture and a variety of flavors. And each shop has its unique secret recipe that is so tempting. Let me introduce you my favorite noodle shops to brighten your day in self-isolation. Sawang egg noodles When it comes to egg noodles, the legendary Sawang noodles is my all-time favorite with 100% guarantee on quality. Noodles are cooked perfectly, mixed with aromatic fried garlic oil and crispy texture of pork crackle and minced preserved vegetable. Regularly, BBQ and crispy pork are well served on top of egg noodles, but here it is different with smoky aroma…