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Dream of starting a business from home? Talk to the cactus guy


Although many people dream of starting their own business, most don’t know where to begin. The best place to find inspiration is often close to home – in the hobby that you love.

Dream of starting a business from home? Talk to the cactus guy

No one knows this better than Teerawat Ananpiriyakul, a 25-year-old who has grown his passion for cacti into a thriving enterprise.

Last week, The Nation Thailand interviewed Teerawat at his home on a Chom Thong housing estate in Thonburi, Bangkok. His house doubles as a cactus farm and shop, demonstrating that you don’t need big fields to become a commercial grower.

We chose him because he launched his cactus business at the young age of 21 when many of his peers were still students. Four years later, it’s still going strong even as other businesses wilt under the pressure of Covid-19.

Teerawat began by explaining that he runs his farm as a part-time job alongside his main duties in the family business.

Although growing cacti is not his main career, returns from the business are impressive and depend on the amount of work and time he puts in.

Dream of starting a business from home? Talk to the cactus guyDream of starting a business from home? Talk to the cactus guy

“There is no set value for cacti, so the plants are normally traded at prices agreed between sellers and buyers,” he said. “Cactuses are more like collectables than plants. People will generally agree to pay as much as necessary for the plant they want to collect.”

Teerawat said he became interested in cacti around 5 or 6 years ago, when growing the spiky desert plants began trending in Thailand.

He was living in a townhouse at the time, and when his collection of plants grew too large for the limited space, he decided to start selling them. He soon realised that his hobby could also make money.

He faced a steep learning curve, however. Cultivating cactuses was a new world for Teerawat. The plant was popular in Thailand since it needs less space and attention than other garden plants. But there are more than 1,700 species of cactus, and each requires different amounts of water and sunlight.

And as well as the challenges of growing and propagating cactuses, he had to learn how to cultivate his customer base. It took around 3 to 4 years until he was professional enough to build a following of loyal customers.

Dream of starting a business from home? Talk to the cactus guyDream of starting a business from home? Talk to the cactus guy

Teerawat said joining the world of cactus sellers was easier than people might think. “If you are skilful enough to produce beautiful plants, customers eventually get to know you alongside established names in the market,” he explained.

Turning to the subject of Covid-19, Teerawat said physical trade in cacti has suffered badly during the pandemic. But the absence of cactus fairs and exhibitions has been compensated by a surge in online trade. “Basically, I can say that my business was not hit hard by Covid-19, thanks to online channels.”

Though based at home, Teerawat also has customers from overseas, namely China and Singapore. Foreign clients place their orders via his “Cactus in Wonderland” channels on Facebook and Instagram. The purchased specimens are then hand-delivered to their homes abroad.

However, overseas trade has gone quiet during the pandemic. “I expect the situation to improve once the Covid-19 crisis is over,” he said.

Teerawat’s story demonstrates that success in business is not some faraway dream, but the result of hard work, strategy, skill and time.

Asked what he would say to anyone planning to start their own business, he said one easy way was to think about how you can make money from your favourite activity or hobby. “When you realise that you can make cash, you need the courage to turn your hobby into your own business,” he added.

Dream of starting a business from home? Talk to the cactus guyDream of starting a business from home? Talk to the cactus guy

Published : June 23, 2021

By : Thanachart Chuengyaempin, The Nation Thailand

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Malaysian Foodpanda delivery boy on the fast track, thanks to benefactor


A Foodpanda delivery boy in Kota Bahru, Malaysia, who had to borrow a bicycle from his friend to deliver food during the Covid-19 crisis, can now do so riding a motorbike, thanks to a philanthropists generosity, according to a video posted by TikTok user ‘amrandoloh77’ on Friday.

Malaysian Foodpanda delivery boy on the fast track, thanks to benefactor

The teen delivery boy’s story had been shared earlier this month via social media in both Thailand and Malaysia. The 19-year-old hails from Kelantan and was struggling to earn money for his family after the city went on full lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Malaysian Foodpanda delivery boy on the fast track, thanks to benefactorMalaysian Foodpanda delivery boy on the fast track, thanks to benefactor

A man who saw a shared post recently contacted the delivery boy, treated him to a pizza meal, and bought him a motorcycle to use for food delivery. Their photos were later shared on social media. Netizens praised the philanthropist for helping another human being in times of need, while encouraging the young man to keep fighting amid the crisis.

Malaysian Foodpanda delivery boy on the fast track, thanks to benefactorMalaysian Foodpanda delivery boy on the fast track, thanks to benefactor

On Saturday, Malaysia reported 6,241 new cases and 87 deaths, bringing cumulative cases in the country to 616,815 patients with 3,378 deaths.

Published : June 07, 2021

By : THE NATION

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The sustainable food packaging to help reduce global warming


Global food packaging leader Tetra Pak joined a media roundtable with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) recently to discuss how food packaging can help address the problem of humans and reduce the global warming.

Food packaging plays a key role in feeding the world but also impacts the earth’s climate and its limited resources. 

According to WWF’s Living Planet Report 2020, growth in the global population 

and increased use of land in the past half-century has been destroying the planet at an alarming rate. 

As the world population grows, more food sources – especially animal protein – is consumed, thus exacerbating climate change. Another key factor leading to global warming is urbanisation.

People tend to live in crowded cities for easy access to job opportunities and transportation. 

Then there is the problem with consumerism, which has people consuming far more than they actually need, thus causing oversupply and a linear economy, where waste from consumption cannot be recycled.

Yingyong Vityananan, head of WWF Thailand’s said “This is why conservation needs to be addressed urgently if we want to protect the planet for our future generations,” 

“If we cut down on the impact our actions have on the environment, global temperatures should not rise by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius before the end of this decade, but if we continue living and consuming at the current rate, global temperatures will rise by at least 4 degrees,”

Published : May 28, 2021

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Employees say working from home has increased their expenses: poll


Work-from-home arrangements have led to an increase in their expenses, according to the majority of respondents to a poll.

Employees say working from home has increased their expenses: poll

Since the third wave of Covid-19 emerged in Thailand in April this year, many organisations have decided to allow their employees to work from home to comply with the government’s policy to contain the spread of the virus.

A Suan Dusit Poll on “Thai behaviour while working from home” was conducted from May 10 to 13 on 1,553 samples nationwide.

Asked about their work experience during the Covid-19 crisis:

42.72 per cent said they were working from home;

34.45 per cent said they were working both from home and office;

22.83 per cent said they were working at the office.

Regarding their experience of working from home (multiple choice):

74.82 per cent said they were safe from Covid-19;

48.60 per cent said they were following the government’s policy;

44.05 per cent said they had more time with their family;

40.53 per cent said they did not have devices and tools for working from home;

39.04 per cent said the atmosphere was different from working at the office.

Asked about the strong points of working from home (multiple choice):

88.33 per cent said it could contain the spread of Covid-19;

70.19 per cent said they could save travel expenses;

60.73 per cent said they could comply with the government’s policy.

Askef about the weak points of working from home (multiple choice):

65.80 per cent said their expenses had increased;

62.08 per cent said devices and tools were not as convenient as in the office ;

45.97 per cent said they faced communication difficulties.

70.33 per cent of respondents said they were able to work well from home.

Asked whether they preferred working from home or office:

37.17 per cent said they liked to work both from home and office;

36.13 per cent said they preferred working at the office;

18.10 per cent said they preferred working from home;

8.60 per cent said they did not care;

Asked if the work from home practice could contain the spread of Covid-19:

82.66 per cent said it could;

13.14 per cent said they were not sure;

4.20 per cent said it could not.

Published : May 16, 2021

By : The Nation

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Digital payments soar 104% as Thais go cashless during Covid

LivingApr 19. 2021

By The Nation

Real-time payments surged 104 per cent to more than 5.24 billion in 2020 as cash use in Thailand plummeted during the Covid-19 crisis last year, new research shows.

The “Prime-Time for Real-Time” study placed Thailand fourth in the global rankings. It projects digital payments of 32.01 per cent in Kingdom from 2020 to 2025, far higher than the 23.6 per cent projected globally.

The phenomenal growth of real-time payments in Thailand is being driven by the Bank of Thailand’s national e-payment system, PromptPay, said the study’s authors, ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ: ACIW) and GlobalData.

Meanwhile mobile wallet adoption rose to an historic high in Thailand of 83.9 per cent in 2020, up from 72.6 per cent in 2019.

ACI Worldwide said Covid-19 had condensed a decade of development on digital payments into one year, creating a new normal that would not reverse after the crisis.

“Countries with a robust digital payments infrastructure already in place have coped better than those without when it comes to containing the economic impact of the pandemic,” said Jeremy Wilmot, chief product officer of ACI Worldwide.

It projects Thailand real-time payments to grow to 21 billion by 2025.

India topped the 2020 rankings for real-time payments with 25.5 billion, followed by China with 15.7 billion transactions, South Korea (6 billion), Thailand (5.2 billion and UK (2.8 billion).

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Asean’s Generation Z more connected and democracy-minded, survey shows

LivingApr 08. 2021

By THE NATION

A Japanese think-tank has unveiled an in-depth study of Asean’s Generation Z, offering insights into the future of the region.

So-called Gen Z citizens – those born between 1997 and 2012 and now aged 9-24 – account for about 24 per cent of Southeast Asia’s population, according to the Hakuhodo Institute of Life and Living Asean (HILL Asean).

As the first generation born in the internet age, they also have an outsized influence on society and the economy, according to HILL Asean’s survey, titled “Now you Z me: Debunking myths about Asean’s Generation Z”.

The survey of six countries – Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines – revealed that Asean’s Gen Z are more connected with the outside world via their smartphones and take a dispassionate view of the words and deeds of previous generations. The survey showed a more democratic viewpoint among Gen Z members, who are keen to solve the social challenges caused by previous generations by valuing themselves, their families and others around them equally while tolerating each other’s differences.

HILL Asean dubs these Gen Zers who value harmony and synergy, “SynergiZers”.

It identifies SynergiZers as sharing several core characteristics.

Generally, Asean Gen Zers were raised in a more liberal atmosphere and encouraged by parents to have their own opinions. The survey found 46 per cent agreed with the statement “I was encouraged to question things, form arguments, and have a point of view”.

However, 63 per cent agreed they were “Encouraged to follow traditions and norms set by others” to maintain good relations with society and those around them.

Only 7 per cent agreed that “Success is making family and friends proud”.

Meanwhile, 86% agreed with the statements “Life is about fulfilling responsibility” and “Life is about self-love”. They value both themselves and their families, said HILL Asean. They think those around them can’t be happy if they are not happy.

Also, 74 per cent agreed that “Success is being happy with who I am despite what others say”, indicating that high positions and money are not the only “proof of success” to Gen Z.

Gen Z also understands the rules (how to behave) on the various social media platforms, and keep distinct identities for each in line with these. But none of these identities is false; they’re all their real selves. 82 per cent agreed with the statement “When posting on social media, I’m very conscious about my character”, and 68 per cent agreed with “I want to show my natural self on social media”.

Compared to older generations, they prefer posting in formats that can be enjoyed intuitively and sensorially, like stories and memes. The top three contents they view on social media were 1) Text and photos, 60% (Generation Y: 65%); 2) Videos, 52% (Generation Y: 49%); and 3) Stories, 46% (Generation Y: 41%).

In interviews conducted in conjunction with the survey, many Gen Z-ers said they wanted to work on social issues. 85 per cent agreed they were “Willing to pay 10 per cent more if a brand contributes to social issues in the community”. They had high expectations of brands and looked to them to fulfil many roles.

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Poll highlights fallout of Covid-19 on families

LivingMar 14. 2021

By The Nation

Debt, unemployment, quarrels and even divorce were some of the stressful experiences of a majority of families after the Covid-19 outbreak, a Suan Dusit Poll online survey revealed on Sunday.

The survey “Thai families in the Covid-19 era” was conducted from March 9-12 on 1,184 people nationwide.

Asked about the problems commonly seen in the Covid-19 era (multiple choice):

75.41 per cent said debt;

69.96 per cent said unemployment;

67.19 per cent said stress;

36.02 per cent said quarrels;

30.30 per cent said divorce.

Asked about the good things in the Covid-19 era (multiple choice):

70.28 per cent said they were more careful about life;

66.61 per cent said they had more time with their family;

63.28 per cent said they had more time at home;

51.32 per cent said they had more time to rest;

49.36 per cent said they could do activities with their family.

Asked about what increased during Covid-19 era (multiple choice):

75.17 per cent said their concern about health;

67.31 per cent said time to follow news related to Covid-19;

57.09 per cent said stress.

Asked about what had decreased in the Covid-19 era (multiple choice):

63.77 per cent said travel;

62.42 per cent said eating out;

44.51 per cent said income.

Asked about what caused uncertainty for the respondents’ family:

44.27 per cent said decreased income;

20.31 per cent said health;

11.11 per cent said occupation;

9.20 per cent said family quarrels;

7.64 per cent said children’s education.

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What makes people happy during the Covid-19 crisis

LivingJan 24. 2021

By The Nation

Being able to spend time with family and having plenty of free time were among the reasons that made people happy during the Covid-19 crisis, a poll revealed on Sunday.

Suan Dusit Poll surveyed people on 10 things that gave them happiness.

The poll was conducted between January 15 and 22 and involved 1,136 respondents nationwide.

When asked about what makes them happy amid the Covid-19 crisis (multiple choice):

– 86.92 per cent said they have plenty of time to do as they like.

– 75.22 per cent said they can live with their family.

– 56.10 per cent said they don’t have to get up early.

– 29.81 per cent said they could take care of their health.

– 13.46 per cent said they could adjust themselves to be in line with the online world.

– 13.08 per cent said they still have an occupation.

– 10.44 per cent said they could travel without worries of traffic jams.

– 8.18 per cent said Thai medical personnel are performing their duty well.

– 5.03 per cent said they could see Thai people’s cooperation and kindness.

– 1.89 per cent said natural resources would have a chance to recover.

Paisan Kongsatitsathaporn, acting director of Suan Dusit University Public Relations Division, said changing one’s attitude was important because there was always happiness in every crisis.

“If we can overcome the sorrow, we will find happiness at last,” he said.

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You’re spending more money online than you think. Here are 4 ways to save.

LivingJan 24. 2021

By The Washington Post · Heather Kelly

SAN FRANCISCO – First, we stopped paying for things. Gym memberships, movie tickets, Ubers, restaurant bills, fancy clothes.

But as the pandemic carried on and more of our lives switched from in person to over screens, we started racking up new costs. Streaming services, delivery apps, online fitness classes, virtual learning apps, the Zoom account that lets you talk longer than 40 minutes.

People in some parts of the United States have started using gyms and eating at restaurants again, or are using a combination of online and in-person services. But without physical bills or regular reminders, lingering subscriptions can be easily forgotten.

Those small digital charges add up. And in a struggling economy, finding even small ways to save money can be a huge help.

There are plenty of tools to help figure out where money is being lost, like budgeting apps Mint and subscription tracking apps like Truebill, which connects with your bank accounts and lets you pick how much to pay. Another option, Bobby, is free but requires more work to set up.

Truebill CEO Yahya Mokhtarzada said that the number of users has risen during the pandemic and that users’ spending habits have changed. He says services such as Kindle Unlimited became more popular than Barnes & Noble, more people paid for YouTube Premium than tickets to movies at Cinemark Theatres, and they spent more money on Uber Eats than Uber rides. The shift to automated payments has made it easier for companies to make money and harder for customers to keep track, he said.

“We used to pay everything in cash so you know where your money is going,” Mokhtarzada said. “Now you just have no visibility, and people aren’t exactly anxious to tell you they’re charging you every month.”

You can use apps, or you can take control yourself. As the New Year rolls in, it’s a good time to hop on your phone and make sure you’re not paying for anything you don’t need.

– Schedule a subscription intervention. You probably don’t need all of your new subscriptions, but finding them isn’t always easy, and canceling some can be a chore.

There’s a high probability you are paying monthly fees for things you’ve already forgotten you signed up for, whether it’s a free trial of CBS All Access you got to binge “Star Trek: Picard” or a subscription to the Noggin kids’ app you agreed to in a moment of work-from-home panic. The longer a free trial, like Apple TV Plus’s free year with a new device, the easier it is to forget about.

They can seem small at the time, $5 or $10 here and there for a bit of entertainment, but add up fast. An average subscription to all of the nine big streaming platforms, including Netflix, Disney Plus and HBO Max, comes to around $900 a year, or $80 a month. Then there are streaming workout apps, games, kids’ apps, newsletters and news publications (which are great).

You can go through your credit card statement to see which companies are charging you, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Most reoccurring payments are automatic deductions charged every month or as a lump sum once a year. However a growing number of services bill through a third party, such as Amazon, Apple and Google, and can be bundled together as one charge, meaning they’re easier to miss on statements.

(The Washington Post is owned by Amazon chief executive and founder Jeff Bezos.)

Go to your settings on each app store and review what you’ve signed up for, including free trials that you forgot are coming to an end.

On an iOS device, go to settings, tap on your profile on top, then tap “subscriptions” to see what you are paying for through Apple. Make sure the option for renewal receipts is turned on so you get emails reminding you that you pay for these services. On an Android device, go to the Play Store, then tap the menu icon (the box with lines in the upper left corner) and look for “subscriptions.” And on the Amazon website, use the “accounts and lists” drop-down menu next to the search bar to click on “memberships and subscription.”

Keep track going forward by checking your statements regularly, keeping a list or spreadsheet of all your subscriptions as you start them, and by setting a calendar reminder to cancel a subscription or free trial when you’re done with it.

– Share, negotiate or take a break from accounts. Keeping or canceling aren’t your only options for saving money on things like subscriptions.

A surprising number of payments are negotiable. The most well known are cable and cellphone service fees, which can usually be lowered with a phone call and a threat to switch to another company. Car insurance and credit card interest rates can also be haggled down. Mokhtarzada says the best time to bargain is after your initial contract is up: “There’s often retention offers that they have available, but they’re not going to reach out and tell you about them.”

But you can also try bargaining down less obvious payments, such as expensive software you use for work. Companies including Adobe have allowed some customers to pay less during the pandemic, when work slowed.

Another way to pay less is to share your subscriptions. In the proper, legal way, of course. Look into any family plans and read the fine print for how that company defines family. Does your mom need to live at the same address to share a streaming account or just actually be your mom? If having more people on a streaming account lowers the cost for everyone, it might be worth switching. Some companies, such as Spotify, allow you to pay 50 percent more to add up to five family members, or just $3 more if you want to have a two-person account. And if you’re absolutely going to keep using it for another year, many subscriptions offer discounted rates if you pay for an entire year upfront. (Set that calendar reminder for 11 months from now!)

If you’re on the fence about giving up an account forever, some companies will let you pause an account instead of canceling it. And services including Netflix make it easy to quit and come back without losing your watch history, or your spot in the middle of bingeing Bridgerton, and having to sign up all over again.

– Comparison-shop on delivery apps. The boom in grocery and restaurant delivery during the pandemic means you have multiple options when it comes to paying someone to bring you a fresh or frozen burrito. The prices across apps can vary, even for the same restaurant or grocery store.

Before shopping for groceries, look at prices on apps such as Instacart or Amazon Fresh to see how they compare, calculating in any delivery fees. Also try the stores’ sites directly and see if they offer pickup or delivery. For restaurants, prices can also vary between apps, so open a few and check your favorite entrees before purchasing. If possible, see if the restaurant is taking orders directly. Even if the prices aren’t lower, the business will probably be able to keep a larger share of your payment when not using an app like Grubhub. Some companies, such as DoorDash, that offer subscriptions are basically prepaying a delivery fee. If you don’t order enough through a single app to make this a deal, skip it.

It’s also time to audit delivery memberships, starting with an Amazon Prime account if you, like more than half of U.S. households, have one. Amazon Prime costs $119 a year and includes benefits such as free two-day shipping and its Prime Video service, but it is no longer the only game in town. Non-Prime members can still get free, slower shipping on orders over $25.

Walmart has added its own similar service, called Walmart Plus, for $98 a year. If you use Prime for groceries from Whole Foods, there are alternatives for other stores, such as an Instacart membership. Many companies offer free, fast shipping for a minimum order, and if it’s just “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” you want, Prime Video can be paid for separately. (If you do hold on to Amazon Prime, don’t forget to Google a product before you buy it and see if it’s available for a lower price, even with shipping.)

– Bring your cloud storage bills down to earth. Somewhere along the line you ran out of free iCloud or Google storage. Or maybe you signed up for multiple services and are paying for more space than you need. This is a two-step money saver that might also help streamline where all your important documents and photos live.

First, figure out how much storage you need. Audit your Amazon, Google, Apple, Dropbox and Microsoft storage (we’re talking personal files, not pro-level storage). They all have easy ways to see a visual breakdown of how much storage you are using and for what types of files. A photo or video collection is usually one of the biggest chunks of cloud storage. You could be surprised to find some unexpected space hogs, such as an automatic backup of all your text messages including photo attachments. Try backing up to a computer instead of the cloud, deleting past backups and clearing out old message attachments.

Prune where you can, then shop around for the best price for however much storage you’re using and reasonable upgrade options as you grow. Until recently, Google Photo’s unlimited storage for slightly compressed photos was the biggest steal, but now it’s only 15 GB for free, then $1.99 a month for 100 GB. Amazon still offers unlimited full-resolution photo storage for Prime members, with the caveat that you need to use its app to browse through them. Dropbox is up to 2 GB for free, then jumps to $9.99 a month for 2 TB. Apple’s iCloud storage offers up to 5 GB for free or 50 GB starting at $0.99 a month.

In theory, you could spread your files across a few services for free, but that might lead to forgetfulness and heartbreak down the road. For some people, the right cloud storage option is whatever’s tied into their phone. If it’s ease of use you’re looking for, Android users can stick with Google Drive and Apple users iCloud.

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For the love of greenery

LivingJan 15. 2021

By The Nation
Photos by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit

People flocked to Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market on Thursday to pick up plants, now that gardening has become popular among residents having to stay in due to the new wave of Covid-19.

Not only do plants help relieve stress, they also improve the quality of air. People have also been exchanging gardening ideas via social media.

Chatuchak Market’s green zone is open every Tuesday from 11am to 8pm and every Wednesday and Thursday from 5am to 6pm.