Silly Fools’ Toe Natapol: From Rock Star to Beef Seller

Today I would like to introduce a figure named Natapol Puthpawana, or Toe. Toe is the former lead singer of the iconic Thai rock band Silly Fools, famous in the 90’s. But he has since quit the band and shunned entertainment and fame as he practices Islam.

He is now selling beef and has a new name “Weerachon Sattaying”.

I watched the following interview with him at 4am today and it got me thinking a lot about what he says and the way he explains certain things.

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What interests me is not his embracing of Islam, but how he is keeping his belief to himself as he adjusts himself out of the entertainment industry in a manner people around him would consider “radical”, completely ditching music, including the master recording of the unreleased songs he last made.

The host seems to have had a hard time doing the interview because Toe’s answers have been so unpredictable. Toe not only has his own unique views which he is adamant about, but also does not answer beyond what is asked.

Being in Buddhist-majority Thailand, Toe’s “radical” change in many aspects of his life as a result of, and consistent with his belief in Islam, hasn’t been understood by many, including former band members (Silly Fools has since had a new lead vocalist) and fans alike. He used to be expressive through the music he produced, but he is now a lot more composed with profound thoughts.

What impresses me is when Toe says he doesn’t have any regret putting the entertainment industry and his fans behind, as what he is doing now is equally meaningful and, in his own eyes, yet another “height” of his life. This is despite others who see it from the mainstream perspective may disagree. His life has become a paradox with him seeing music as a sin now.

But to me that’s fine – he is just being conscious about his standing right now as a Muslim and not a rock star.

As Toe searches for the meaning of life – this is despite all the fame and money he’s got; as he evolves in his thinking and everyday life, most people will continue to see him as a changed man whom they cannot relate to anymore, instead of someone who is now spiritual with a more mature thinking.

You can read more about Natapol Puthpawana here.

Hatyai Airport Sees Decline in Tourists; May Soon Be Closed Down

The Airports of Thailand (AOT) is considering to close down two of the six airports it owns, namely Hatyai International Airport in Songkhla and Mae Fah Luang – Chiang Rai International Airport, according to The Nation. This may take place in the next five to six years.

The two airports have seen a decline in tourists in recent years. In the case of Hatyai International Airport, there has been a drop in tourist arrivals especially from neighbouring countries like Malaysia.

According to the report, visitors have gradually shifted their point of entry from Hatyai to Phuket over the years, in order to take advantage of the abundance of connecting flights and places of interest in the island.

The AOT has plans to build a second airport in Phuket to accommodate the volume of tourists.

If the AOT closes down Hatyai International Airport, travelling from Phuket to Hatyai would take 6 hours or so by bus. Otherwise, those who travel from Malaysia may either drive through the Malaysia-Thaland border or take a train to Hatyai.

Feature image: credit to matadornetwork.com.

I’m Ken, a passionate traveller from Sarawak on the exotic island of Borneo. Currently a teacher in a rural town in Southern Thailand, from time to time I share on this blog my experiences teaching the kids and living a laid-back lifestyle here. With its focus on all things Thailand, mrdefinite.net also features a handful of stories about my travel adventures in other Asian countries.