Culture Humor

Boripat Lebel Why Don’t You Column

Inspired by Diana Vreeland’s “Why Don’t You…” column for BAZAAR, Boripat poses a few of his own jazzy lifestyle advice.


Why don’t you…

  1. Chew on tapioca balls instead of gum, as they do in millennial Asia?
  2. Have afternoon tea everyday? It helps you get through the tedium of afternoons. Add it to your lifestyle. I’m not talking about lots of cakes.
  3. Nominate the originator of afternoon tea for a peace prize? After all, aren’t the afternoons the most languorous and peaceful times of the day?


Why don’t you…

  1. Take a break from work and go to a café with your co-workers? You can later convince your boss that it was an agile-inspired team building exercise.
  2. Spray your old car a retro tan hue, park it in the garden, and casually inform your next visitors that it is a very expensive sculpture?
  3. Paint the sidewalk curb in front of your house red and white? No one will dare park their cheap car there.
  4. Buy your significant other a camera? So that they can use it to take photos of you.
  5. Take photos with a bunch of tipsy people at a party and then post these on your social media? Your followers will think you’re very popular and fun to be around.
  6. Ask your mother to choose your profile photos for you? Mothers always know the best side of their children.
  7. Use the money you saved to holiday in the Bahamas to buy a little pet shark? They are very cute when young.


Why don’t you…

  1. Turn your three-year-old Birkin bag into a pair of bespoke moccasins?
  2. Buy a chunky Bvlgari necklace dripping with green chrysoprase gemstones and wear it as a belt? To work?
  3. Leave the house like you landed in a safari for a Louis Vuitton photoshoot?
  4. Buy an outfit from Guess, but tell the bouncer it’s Gucci?
  5. Wear your brightest polo with spike studded shoes? Christian Louboutin makes these.
  6. Throw your ugliest jacket into the tumble dryer for half a day, and then in the evening sell it online as vintage couture?
  7. Surprise your wife with a leather traveling wardrobe trunk to hang her evening gowns in? Goyard of Paris will make this.
  8. Buy your girlfriend a bottle of Shalimar by Guerlain? She will smell very delicious!


Why don’t you…

  1. Take life seriously, but not too much?

By Boripat Lebel

Boripat Lebel is a research coordinator at the Unit for Social and Environmental Research at Chiang Mai University. He authored the eBook “A Vomit of Diamonds.” Boripat can also be found on LinkedIn .