My Story

Posted by Tinnawat |08 Feb 16 |

My Story


Your nickname is “Film”. Why Film?

In Thailand, parents give their children nickname because the full name is too long for daily use. According to my mother, I am her first child, the most precious memory which the wish to keep forever. So she recorded the memory of me as a movie “Film”.

You don’t look Thai!

My father is second generation Chinese. He was born in the western part of Thailand, raised in a Chinese family. He speaks Thai, Chinese, and a little bit of Japanese. My mother is pure Thai. She is from the southern part of Thailand. She speaks Thai and English. Accordingly, I am half Thai-Chinese. Moreover, I have been living abroad (Australia, United States, and Japan) for over ten years. Thus, I am internationally influenced.

You smile all the time. Do you ever get angry?

Not really. Even if I do, you will not notice :)



1988  — 2000
Elementary Days

I was the smallest, weakest kid in class since kindergarten. I was not good at any sports. I often get bullied by bigger kids, but they did not bother me too much, so they quickly gave up in the end. This was when I learned optimism.

According to my mother, I have always been a happier child. I liked math, enjoyed puzzle and problem solving. Often, I was selected as school representative to compete in crossword championship. I never won, but it was great fun. This experience sparked my interest in English and foreign languages.

  • Lesson 1: Optimism is the key to happiness. Optimism is contagious.


Why Coca-Cola Hired This Man to Laugh Really

2000 — 2006
High School

Little-FilmI had bilingual education since junior high school. That was when I first got the chance to study English. I also got an opportunity to study abroad in Australia, three schools in three cities, Queensland, Brisbane, and Sydney. The cultural diversity, lifestyle, their unique geography amused me immensely.

At the age of 16 (2006), I got another chance to study abroad in Ohio, USA. Unfortunately, there was nothing fun in Ohio except for a deserted Walmart. I did not want to waste my chances in the middle of nowhere. There was a limitation to the activities I can do as a 16 years old Asian boy. Although I was under age then, nothing can stop me. I decided to travel around the country by myself. Worked part-time in a Thai restaurant for extra pocket money. All of which was against the rules (maybe the law too) set by the student exchange organization. It was one of the best experience of my life. The only regret is perhaps that I could have explored more. I valued opportunity more than anything since then.

  • Lesson 2: Opportunity is rare and will not come by often.
  • Lesson 3: There is more to learn than the obvious.


2006 — 2010

1915338_177849556786_64577_nI hoped not to be just another Thai. I did not want to be in the same environment or received the same education as I was raised. Hence, I decided to continue my higher education abroad. I was able to communicate fluently in English, so I had no desire to study in English speaking countries again. Japan was my first and only choice. Japan has the most sophisticated culture and was the most innovative. I wanted to learn all of the Japanese know-how and bring back for greater Thailand.

I got accepted to Waseda University. The first non-international school educated Thai student to be accepted. My TOEFL was under par and my grades were below impressive. However, according to the admission staffs (whom I became closer with in the latter years), said that I was chosen because of the strong passion expressed in my essay. They gave the chance where I have proven success. I managed to earn few scholarships, became the president of a cultural exchange circle, continuously contribute my service to the university as a student ambassador (both in Bangkok and Tokyo), yet I graduated within four years. The number of admitted Thai local student spike since.

  • Lesson 4: If you can’t be better, be different.
  • Lesson 5: Discover your strength, present and master it. Whether you like it or not, your strength will shine.


2010 — 2012
Graduate School

227094_10151603035067468_1423990693_nI continue my master degree in international studies, also at Waseda University. I researched the effect of video gameplay on the development of leadership. Games? Why games?! Everybody in the modern generation plays games. The problem is that video games are accused of violence, aggression, and addiction. However, video games have become part of our society. Video games are a resource that everybody can easily access. It is the resource that can be leveraged and improved as a didactic tool for social learning.

At the same time, I also worked in Nagoya in a Forklift import-export company. I worked as a full-time procurement officer and operation manager. I used what I know to improve the business operation between Thailand and Japan. I rode on a 10 ton truck every day to industrial cities such as Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hamamatsu, searching for items to sell in Thailand. The transportation was a waste of time and energy. So many hours spent in the truck doing nothing (worst, I am easily car sick). So I search for other ways to procure and found an industrial auction network. Since then, we began to purchase more products from the internet auction. The cost was higher, but more efficient because less time and effort were wasted on transportation, reduced the gasoline expense, and eliminated the necessity to set up a permanent office in Japan. The small old-school company has become more technological savvy ever since.


2012 — 2016
Young PhD

10259848_10152792140712468_3425719436426916838_n I continued my research from the master, thinking that I only need to push a little further for a doctorate, but I have never been so wrong. I did plan my research well. I completed my experiment within one year. I attended three international academic conferences within two years. However, publication, the final requirement for doctoral degree took me three years. Many publishers promised results in three months, but it takes years in reality. Nothing I can do but wait, wait … and wait. I was prepared for a maximum of two years, not three. I only prepare for average, unprepared for the worst. I seek for help from my senior and my social network to conduct more comprehensive research and get better exposure to academic society. Finally, I succeeded. I published two research articles and completing my PhD, all thanks to my colleagues who have kindly supported me.

Through the same network, I was recruited to worked as research assistant for training courses held by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and Waseda University. I have become knowledgeable in telecommunication. I have exposed myself to Thailand’s government executives. As a result, I get to know many officials who later invited me to many exclusive events.

  • Lesson 9: Be prepared for the worst because nothing goes according to plan.
  • Lesson 10: Surround yourself with great people.
  • Lesson 11: Being skillful is the main road to success, but connection shows you the shortcut.


2016 — 20xx

I have learned a lot of valuable lessons throughout my lifetime. Everybody is given the same 24 hours a day and 82 years of average lifespan. It is a matter of choice whether I want to spend my remaining 55 years (theoretically) going through the same routine, or used what I have learned and make the best out of it.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” — Albert Einstein (LIFE Magazine, 2 May 1955)