Interview of Thakon Phewphong (Monomousumi Monthly Essay Writing Contest Achievers)

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Mononomosumi is an ISO certified Edutech Platform, that brings together technology to the education sector and providing requisite support to students, writers and school administrations. It is awarded with various accolades such as “Best Education & Technology Platform — India, 2020”, Best creative Website. Shiksha Bharti Award etc. and featured in various reputed media houses. Monomousumi has been successfully conducting international writing contests for several years since May 2018 with thousands of participants nationally and internationally.

Here we are introducing interview series of the winners of different writing contests organized by us.

Please introduce yourself in brief

– Youth representative of Thailand in the international environment 4G project of the US Embassy in Thailand, 2022.

– Finalists Soldiers’ Arts Academy International Poetry Competition 2021 and was invited to read poetry in the poem “when the woman in adventure.”

– Winner and Honorable Mention from the International Creative Writing Contest 2021 of Monomousumi and famous writer “Chetan Bhagat.”

– 2nd Runner-up Award, National Korean Essay Contest of the Korean Embassy in Thailand and the Korean Education Center in Thailand, 2021.

– Honorable Mention, National Korean Speech Contest of the Korean Embassy in Thailand and the Korean Education Center in collaboration with K-TOP korean language school in Thailnad, 2021.

– Consolation prize of International Youtube Star Presenter Contest of Monomousumi, 2021 “I’m one of the LGBTQ youth who love peace and desired to help war refugees from around the world.” – Thakon Phewphong

What are your prominent achievements?

In my opinion, it is my effort and learning, it was the success which took me to another level of success, until I received and win many awards both internationally and nationally. My outstanding achievements it is the effort and always seeking information and knowledge. Even though, I encountered some disappointment, but that is the extremely important lesson for us to learn and continue to develop, which I believe these is my outstanding achievement. If I don’t have these two prominent achievement, I would have failed and won’t win anything at all.

When did you participated in the monomousumi writing contest and what was your rank?

I participated in Monomousumi international essay contest at the end of May 2021, which is the times of situations for the Corona Virus pandemic, caused me want to find something to compete, until I came across Monomosumi’s international essay competition 2021 through a Google search. Therefore, I submitted my essay to this contest, and then I won the Editor’s choice award in my first competition of Monomousumi. Then I continue to complete it, and finally a winner.

What is your weakest point and how do you overcome it?

Deviod a support and encouragement from people around, these is my truly weakness. When I competed in any contest, I never had the support of my school, teacher or my family. Whether it’s their words of encouragement, money, or knowledge. these was truly my weakness which led me to many disappointments and regrets in many competitions. But I was able to overcome those obstacles with “my effort”. I always try to keep learning and practice my writing skills in everyday and every night, I remembered that I wrote an essay 300 words a day every day, some days I wrote essay 600 words in one night, and check grammar and vocabulary by myself, because I don’t have a teacher to help me review and check my writing and essay. Finally, my writing is more developed than before and was released through Monomousumi in 2021 and 2022.

Who is your idol and why?

My idol is myself, I love myself that always trying to find many opportunities for myself, I love myself for never give up to hardships and insults, I love myself that overcomed obstacles on my own, without any help and encouragement of family, teachers, friends and schools. I am my idol and the idol I love is myself. I want to thank myself for always trying to find opportunities and competitions until I found Monomousumi. Thank myself for everything. 사랑해 사랑해

Which inspires you the most why you would like to emulate them?

Seeing a person succeed in writing or receiving other awards, it’s what inspires me the most. Every time when I compete in any competition, I always picture successful people, and then I keep telling myself, “If they can do, I can do” this is my greatest motivation and inspiration.

What keeps you motivated in your life?

Handsome man!!! (Just kidding) The thing that has inspired me in my life is the “words of encouragement”, which I’ve never heard it from friends, my family, or teachers, but now I heared more of these words, but from only two people…when I heard the words of encouragement every time when I was disappointed, it’s truly good and motivated me in my life. I felt that it gave me the strength and power to live in life and caused me further self-development.

Where do you see yourself after 5 years from now and what is your ultimate goal?

In the future 5 years from now, I hope I can get a GKS scholarship of Thailand (태국에) to study for a bachelor’s degree in South Korea, I truly want to spend my life in South Korea, I desired to learn and study their culture and traditions, and my ultimate goal right now is that I got a GKS scholarship from Thailand to study in Korea, undergraduate after graduating from high school in 2023-2024. Oh! And I also want to have a boyfriend who is a Korean oppa (오빠) after 5 years from now. 감사합니다.

What is there in your wish list?

I want to be a teacher (교사) who helps youth of war refugees on education, there are many youths refugees from war in their home country, depriving them of quality education and lack of educational opportunities as they should. Hence, this is one of my wish list, who want to assist these refugee youths to receive quality education and provide them with educational opportunities. I would like to be a teacher who is the light that guides those children to success in their life. 저는할수 있다고 믿습니다.

Any memory which you would like to share to the world?

When I was selected to give the Korean speech at the national event to the Director of the Center for Korean Education Center in Thailand and Chairman of the Unification of Korea. It’s truly wonderful, I get new experiences, learned more Korean attitudes and know how much Korean language skills I have, it was a really valuable and honorable experience and memory for me to meet important Korean experts in Thailand and Korea.

What’s one thing that make you different from your peers?

Effort and Imagination, I am a person with high imagination and creativity, it makes me extremely different from other people. Also, at my school, no one likes and loves writing or writing competitions like me, which it makes me look very different and outstanding.

What are your hobbies and how do you balance your profession/studies with your hobbies? 

My hobbies are writing poems and learning Korean (한국어). At my school I didn’t study Korean directly in the Korean study class, but I chosed to study in directly science class, which this made me study Korean by myself in my spare time. Whether it’s lunchtime, evening, or bedtime. I choose to manage my time, it takes 30 minutes to learn Korean in everyday, which is really fun. 저는 한국어를 매우 사랑합니다.

What are your writing tips for your peers? Do you have any advice for aspirants of writing contests?

Use your imagination a lot, when writing stories, essay or anything in your writing. Don’t take into account rules and concepts, use your imagination to create outstanding and creative writing. Show your true self through your writing and you will succeed.

What would you like to do your bit for the society?

I would like to push and build peace for society around the world due to there are many youths who have taken refuge from war, such as, Ukraine or Afghanistan. I would like to be the one who helps those children to have a better life, I would like to be a teacher to provide them an opportunity and help them on their education, I would like to rise up against the brutal war and promote peace in society. I want to be a teacher to help refugee youth from around the world on education, if about 10 years in the future, I would like to give them the scholarship in order to provide them the opportunity to further develop their own potential.

Do you think participating in Monomousumi contest helped you in anyway?

Of course, Monomousumi helped me gain many new experiences to develop my writing, they provided me many opportunities, even though I’m a foreigner. They enabled me to learn a new accent, a new perspective of India that many foreigners don’t know; namely, Indians are truly good at writing essays and poems. I’m truly impressed. In the future if I have a chance, I would like to establish a organization like Monomousumi provide opportunities for foreign children and youth from all over the world.

How did you come across Monomousumi and share your experience with this platform?

It was something truly coincidental, it seems that fate had destined for me to come across Monomousumi. I accidentally stumbled upon the Monomousumi competition by Google serach, which is amazing, and after that I won the Monomousumi International Essay Contest. As one person said; “Your Destiny is chosen by God, Your future is certain, whether you arrive there is up to you.” — Myles Munroe

Anything other you wish to share..

Be what you want to be, don’t pay attention to critics or people who prejudice you. Be the way you want to be. Don’t leave your true self, just because other people don’t like it. Do what you want to do. I have a little Thai poem things which I would like to say in this interview: ‘…

ด้วยตัวตน พลังแกร่ง แห่งตัวฉัน สู่ห้วงฝัน ,

อันยาวไกล – ในแผ่นผืน เปรอะเปื้อน

ด่างดำ ช้ำ กล้ำกลืน กว่าจะฟื้น ,

ก็ ตื่น / หลับ สลับครา…

หยดน้ำตา ก็ร่ำไห้ ไม่เคยหยุด ล้ม สะดุด

กระเสือกกระสน จนฟันฝ่า

แสวงหา พยายาม ให้ได้มา โชคชะตา

ก็ตอบแทน ด้วยรางวัล และดังนั้น ,

อย่าละทิ้ง ตัวตนเจ้า แม้นว่าสุข มินานเนา

เกินเสกสรร จงเรียนรู้ สู้ต่อไป อยู่อย่างนั้น จนถึงฝัน ตะวันตื่น นิทราเอย’

Your thought on “Essay

It is undeniable that writing skills are one of the key elements for humanity learning, if we don’t have writing skills in our life, books, lessons, essays, articles and literature, how can this happen? How can ancestral history be passed on to the next generation? Writing or writing skills classified as a skill which is extremely salient to humans, there is no one in this world who has never learned the skill of writing, various human has to learn to write skills in order to be able to further develop other skills to be effective. Whether it is speaking, reading, analytical skills, etc. Thus, in case we desired to develop the potential of our brain and intelligence, writing is the best answer, especially “Essay writing” due to essay writing considered as a practice of analytical thinking, which engenders to our brain to learn and remember so well, which we often see many youths in the most school, start practicing writing essays from kindergarten or early elementary school, due to that is one good training for intelligence and concentration for youth. Likewise, writing the essay is the emotional relief, some people use it to treat depression or many emotional illnesses, which demonstrated writing or essay writing skills are extremely salient to humans, many diaries which we used to write daily stories, this is also relaxed one’s emotions, which helps us concentrate and relax more. In conclusion, various humanity required to rely on writing skills to sustain life on various factors due to writing skill is a skill which can develop our potential and intelligence the best; therefore, if you desired to develop yourself and enhance emotional skills, writing is the best answer. If you’ve never tried writing an essay, literary, poetry, or other writing. Open up and write one, you will know that writing is the human magic.

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