Not The Typical Monday
Normally the week tends to start slowly with not much happening on Mondays and building up to a peak by the end of the week, especially on Thursdays. The reason for that, I think, is because early in the week people are believed to be in a frame of mind to get back to work and are only ready to party towards the end.
Well, last week, the party mood started early with Chalachol's 30th anniversary event on Monday. Somsak Chalachol started off as a hair stylist but one with a burning ambition to show that he could do better than just styling hair. And he has. He is probably the only stylist who holds a doctorate in human resources, sits on government committees, owns a chain of high-end hair salons plus a training academy that is expanding into neighbouring countries and has earned his place in Thai society. Held at the Dusit Thani, the event brought together a glittering crowd, with song and dance performances from his friends as well as professionals. His staff from all his salons were there as well, with awards being given out to top performers.
2 Foodie Events Last Week...
One was a press conference for ReFoodForum, an interesting concept spearheaded by two young movers and shakers, Duangporn Songvisava of Bo.lan and Siradej Donavanik of the Dusit Group. The idea is a two-day gastronomy forum highlighting food waste, farming and sustainability, to be held on March 19 and 20. Award-winning local and international chefs will also conduct masterclasses and create collaborative dining experiences at various venues from March 16 to 21.
The other was organised by Uber Eats to celebrate its first anniversary in Thailand. Held at the Renaissance Bangkok, the event hosted by Uber general manager Siripa Jungsawat also recognised five restaurant partners with the People’s Choice awards.
2 Music Events As Well...
Take 5 was an evening of jazz, art and wine at Quaint restaurant presenting five haute couture portraits by Dutch contemporary artist Dorchess, jazz by Athalie de Koning and her Jazziam band, wines from FIN: Fabulous is Needed. Proceeds from ticket sales go to the Born Free Foster Care programme of Step Ahead to look after children of parents detained at the immigration detention centre. A good way to spend a pleasant evening for a good cause.
St Regis also launched its Master Series, an evening organised in collaboration with violinist Dr Paye Srinarong, where classical music is to be presented at the end of each month featuring from masters to young and rising stars. We enjoyed the bistronomie cuisine of two-Michelin star chef Bruno Oger at Jojo prior to a masterful performance by the JEEB Ensemble.
Piaget - The Sunny Side of Life
Gaysorn Urban Retreat on the 19th floor of Gaysorn Village is the latest event venue that is a trendy collection of indoor and outdoor spaces. Last week I attended an event there, with another two scheduled for this week. The host was Piaget, with members of the Jiramaneekul family of ST Dimension and Eduardo Tartalo, managing director of Piaget Southeast Asia and Oceania, welcoming guests to the Sunny Side of Life party celebrating the maison’s new global brand campaign.
Burberry & Pepsi
I also found time to stop by Burberry at Siam Paragon for a peek at Christopher Bailey’s final collection highlighted with a rainbow filter in support of LGBTQ communities. And although I would never qualify as a member of the Pepsi Generation, I didn’t find myself that out of touch at the event at Central World as it boasted an exhibition that showcased Pepsi through the years since it first came on the market 120 years ago.
Weekend At The Holiday Inn Hua Hin
The weekend meant a trip to Hua Hin for the opening of Suwat Liptapanlop’s Holiday Inn Hua Hin Vana Nava. Located next to the Vana Nava water park, this is a hotel that children will absolutely love. However, adults are also catered to with an infinity pool on the rooftop and Vana Nava sky deck with its glass floor 110 metres up where there is a cool bar. The opening saw a huge crowd who were entertained by mini concerts by Christina Aguilar and Tata Young.
(Previously: Naphalai's Diary: February 12-18)