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5 Mar 2008

new men's lifestyle TV programme to launch mar 9 in thailand

Passport for Men - a new weekly men's lifestyle TV programme will premier on a Thai cable network on Sunday.

While Thai television has long been broadcasting lifestyle programmes for women, Passport for Men is set to make history as the first Thai lifestyle TV program to target men.

Passport for Men hosts Tong, Beige and Chan (top of page: left to right and above: top to bottom).
Featuring three twenty-something male hosts Tong, Chan, and Beige, the programme will feature three segments "Living and Dining," "Travel and Lifestyle" and "Fashion and Fun."

The first episode of the 30-minute weekly variety show opens with the three hosts awakening from their sleep - in the same bed - who will later present their own segments.

Focusing on general living and lifestyle trends, producers say the programme is suited to men regardless of their sexual orientation.

Explaining what inspired the programme, Vitaya Saeng-Aroon, director of Cyberfish Media, and one of the show's four producers told Fridae: "Up till now Thai TV has lacked any content that shows men how to live and be their best. Most of the airtime is occupied by programs for women from dawn 'til dusk. It's time for us to speak out and make our demands heard."

"What should a guy who cares about his looks do? How does he find a great condo? Or prepare a quick and healthy meal? Men need advice on these topics too," he added.

Cyberfish Media and the show's production firm, PFM Production, acknowledge that their programme would be of interest to companies looking to reach their male clientele and are looking for the "right communication channel to effectively capture their target groups."

"We are the bridge to take their products to their consumers. The market of 'for-men products' is growing tremendously in Asia, as it is elsewhere in the world. Why not have a TV program that rides the wave of this growth?" he said.

Vitaya also highlighted a commonly articulated concern that Thailand and other Asian countries are "overwhelmed with Western-looking guys from the Western media" and hopes for the show to further promote Asian bodies and Asian faces in the media.

"Consumers will love to see models and TV hosts who look like them," he said.

He added that Passport for Men has been conceptualised to appeal to a wider audience beyond its domestic viewers and plans to feature English subtitles in its next stage of development.

Passport for Men broadcasts every Sunday at 8.30 pm starting Mar 9 on MVNews (Channel 26) through MVTV Cable Network, with simultaneous streaming on www.mvnews.net. From Mar 10, the show will be available for download or streaming on its website: www.ppformen.com, which will also offer archives of earlier shows. Sneak previews are shown below.

Passport For Men
Episode 1, Part 1

Episode 1, Part 2

Episode 1, Part 3

Readers are invited to submit their comments below.


Reader's Comments

1. 2008-03-05 20:22  
"Travel & Dinning"? or Dining?
2. 2008-03-05 20:40  
yeah.. shame they spelt it wrong :P

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4. 2008-03-05 21:15  
oh,my god!! how hot!!
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6. 2008-03-05 21:18  
Mmmhhhhmmmm....is this all you guys care about? The spelling of a word?

Thailand, again, is the leader, like in so many of gay issues. Wish other countries would follow suit.
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9. 2008-03-05 21:35  
am just pointing out the mistake there so they can correct it... no intention to offend anyone...
10. 2008-03-05 23:06  
Thanks so much for your kind attention.
We have been alerted with the typo in
this sneak preview version. In the
official version to be on air this Sunday,
it will be eliminated for sure!
(wish to re-edit to make it hotter, but
hope you guys can wait for the next
episode). Again, thanks my Fridae friends!

Vitaya S., on behalf of the production team.
11. 2008-03-05 23:27  
12. 2008-03-05 23:29  
Wish they could come out with subtitles. I don't understand what were they trying to sell. Ha ha...
13. 2008-03-05 23:42  
I'm really excited to watch it with subtitles.
It is informative, eye catchy, and tackles questions I had in my mind for sometime now.
And yeah, making it more hotter is a definite plus!
14. 2008-03-06 00:12  
I think I found another typo...
In the closing remarks where the show website "www.pp4men.com" appear on screen, it should be www.ppformen.com because pp4men leads you somewhere else.
15. 2008-03-06 00:38  
If the clips can be in English language, then it will be great.
16. 2008-03-06 00:39  
Wah.. so many comments from u guys. ;)
Anyway ppformen would like to hear your comments by send it to info@ppformen.com :)
Singapore and Malaysia, would you dare to do this kind of show with mediacorp or any malaysia local TV company? I will give 100% full support. Hehe. Actually, I get bored with the show like 'What Women One" or any related with the fake straight community. All rubbish! :p
17. 2008-03-06 01:12  
Wow!!! nicely done. Thanks!
18. 2008-03-06 01:38  
overall good but the scenes are not very fluid, imho.

singapore has screened lifestyle shows for men but they weren't very good. the hosts seemed pretty awkward, if i remember correctly they were jeff wang and tay ping hui.

nonetheless, all the best!
19. 2008-03-06 02:24  
Dear Readers,
I speak Thai so am lucky to undersand it but if the "medium is the message" this is a fabulous program. Best of luck. I will buy a tanker truck of this oil when its on sale.

Chok dee/good luck.

Thanks to comment number 10 below re the website.
20. 2008-03-06 03:18  
i would awesomely appreciate if there is english subtitles
21. 2008-03-06 06:04  
that is a good video production, hope the show will last, good luck.
22. 2008-03-06 06:08  

It started off quite slow and almost boring. But as the different segments started to come in and there were more informal clips, it added more personality in the show and made it more lively.

Tong is cute.

The last host, on fashion and fun was actually the most enjoyable, although the photos were a little tad too many. I think it's just a matter of warm up. Along the way, I'm sure it will be better. All the best!!!

Now....did I mention that Tong is cute? WAHAHAHAHA!!!!
23. 2008-03-06 09:48  
ya, it'll b good if in english...

Think SG shld hv something like tat too. Think the last one, "What men wants", is so commercialised.
24. 2008-03-06 10:07  
sexy hunky host...
Tastefully done...
Time to learn Thai to understand them...
25. 2008-03-06 11:14  
oh,my god!! how hot!! As a really gay, you should visit ♥.♥gaysinglehunt.com_♥.♥,start your brand-new life. It's our own community.Share lots of such gay videos,musics,articles and romantic stories with lots of gay friends.
26. 2008-03-06 11:40  
Dining is spelled wrong. :)
27. 2008-03-06 11:55  
Lol. The hosts are really Hawt.
28. 2008-03-06 12:17  
the host all cute; the show are interesting especially massage scence very hot!!!!
for Tong & Chan i seen them b4(as i'm in bkk)
the real them are superb cute!!!

anyway; i wish these programme stay longer; and will c next episode;hope much better & yummy than these one.

Timmy (Bkk)
29. 2008-03-06 12:33  
Hi guys :)

This is the "not so refined" cut of the program and it will be much better on this Sunday episode.. all of the misspellings are corrected... more refined graphics ... better music scores :) As we have only one day to finish the cutting and editing, please accept our opologies for this :)

As one of the four producers of the show (hehe), I'll promise you guys that it will be hotter, edgier, lots of useful info that the local will find it so useful and our friends from other countries will use them and a " must to do list" when you visit our lovely country.

Thanks again guys for your kind comments

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31. 2008-03-06 17:19  
All you really need is a Thai boyfriend to translate this show. Even better if you get one of the host to do it personally for you in bed.
Take your pic
32. 2008-03-06 17:59  
Singapore version : Allan Wu, Adam Chen and Julian Hee..

I must say this is an interesting lifestyle TV...just watched it last night over youtube..

anticipate for more!!
33. 2008-03-06 18:56  
To Vitaya, Mike, Tong, Chan, Beige and everyone else involved in this production:

Congrats on a great pilot! It certainly looks professional, informative and entertaining. Looking forward to the English subs - will definitely help the programme to go regional!

All the best for the official debut this Sunday, and may this become a long-running series.... :)
34. 2008-03-06 20:08  
i think it's about time a lifestyle programme like this one to come about, but i feel as if it's a rush job. hope it'll be much better. altho i don't understand it, think it should be insightful. nonetheless, hope the pilot's good and wish you guys luck for the show!
just wondering if SG's ready for a show like this? hmmm...
35. 2008-03-07 05:36  

Very hot, and potentially informative too.

When the English subtitles are in place, this could well be worth pitching to the UK cable networks for broadcast.

Well done. These guys could give me a makeover anyday!

36. 2008-03-07 22:37  

Would also be good to see a regular video podcast from fridae.com with interviews etc.
37. 2008-03-08 14:14  
Thai gay eye for the straight guy?

Maybe it would be better if they just stick to interviewing people who actually know what they were talking about and/or really live the lifestyle they purport to promote.

Good idea to correct the English. Are you gonna correct Tong's age also?

38. 2008-03-08 21:01  
The guys are hot! But I think that the bigger picture here is that this is essentially three normal guys (although they are all ridiculously good looking) not so much acting as just projecting their personalities for a tv show. They're all nice, friendly, normal guys and I think this is exactly what is needed if gay people are to gain complete acceptance into society at large - the community must realise that they are exactly the same as everyone else, except in sexual orientation and really that is no one elses business anyway. Anyone watching this will see that it could easily be their brother, son, work colleague, friend or neighbor that could be gay - and that there's really nothing wrong with that. Raising visibility in this way and presenting positive stereotypes that everyone can relate to is what has been lacking from the push for gay equality. Instead the average mom/pop thinks that all gay people are drug taking leather drag queens and subsequently has the appropriate reaction when they find out their brother/son/work colleague/neighbor is gay. Congratulations to everyone involved in the show. And to everyone else - rather than commenting on spelling (we all make mistakes) and the age of the presenters - it is time to give projects such as this and the people involved in them our full support.
39. 2008-03-10 02:05  
where's the nicam?
40. 2008-03-10 21:33  
Chan is a potato queen from Sydney. The worst kind, loves old gwms
41. 2008-03-12 10:42  
The Asian who is full of Rage should really be a bit more courteous. Why would one who like an older white gentleman, worse off than anyone else? Talk about judgmental, name-calling, the very attitude the gay community is fighting against all these years!
42. 2008-03-12 13:50  
they are gay?right?
43. 2008-03-12 15:51  
asianrage or asianbitch?
44. 2008-03-13 21:12  
fantastic, sassy and fun
45. 2008-03-14 00:06  
I cant believe that some people here think they are incredibly cute, incredible please... I guess if you compare to yourself... maybe.... Singapore version.. someone said.. why again chinese faces.... allan wu, adan chen... again... we need new better looking faces, look into the malay crowd or indian or eurasian, unless you want to be broadcast only in china and taiwan, then you have my blessing, dont wanna see such shows in holland.. but thais are beautiful.. I must say but have seen better ones on DJ stations than in this passport for what.... more like passport to get away from thailand.....
46. 2008-03-14 11:45  
Based on the 3 episode shown above, I can say these guys really catch my interest of wanting to know more as each host really fits to the segment accordingly. Though I don't understand Thai but by watching the demonstration and some English words used I rather somehow could get the message. I can't wait to watch those forth coming programme with English subtitles.

Please allow me, that these guys are 'hot' and to the producer, well done as you manage to select the right person to the right segment. Do please send out the message that not only women needs to know how to stay fit but men too. Personal health is the most important issue now a days so, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

Hopefully the show is able to view in Malaysia through the paid tv station called ASTRO. Very looking forward to.
47. 2008-03-17 23:03  
I've link this post to my own blog
Thankyou in advance

New men's lifestyle TV programme to launch mar 9 in Thailand
48. 2008-03-20 22:23  
wow! thats a great tv programme. i can learn and get some idea on self grooming.
49. 2008-03-22 00:27  
Great show, stunning hosts - I just wish I understood what they said. (Any potato queens for me lol)

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