This past Saturday I had a problem—actually one I am encountering with increasing frequency. I had two big events to go to: the wedding of Dr Kritika and Gen Apirat Kongsompomg's daughter Lt Amarat to Col Chaisiri Wiboonmongkol and the King Power Asia Cup polo tournament. Which should I go to? If I could I would try to show my face at both, but with one at The Athenee on Ploenchit and the other at VR Sports Club beyond Suvarnabhumi airport, there was absolutely no way I could do both. I didn't have to decide in the end—my body did it for me. I had bad stomach cramps, which felt like food poisoning. Normally the cramps are accompanied by tummy runs and once I go to the toilet I am fine (don’t worry, I won’t go into the details!). However, this time I couldn't go and actually felt quite nauseous. Lots of water, easily digestible food and lots of rest got me back on my feet, although by the end of Sunday my tummy wasn't completely back to normal yet.
A slow start.
But that was the end of the week. It started rather slow, with me dropping by to see the new Dyson V8 cordless vacuum cleaner at Rockademy at A Square, which had been converted to provide both a lab and a home setting. Dyson, as you may know, is this company that uses cutting-edge technology to create sexy household machines. Wouldn't I love to have a house filled with their inventions.
The busiest day, again, was Thursday.
Deputy editor Alisa Mekmanee and I had lunch at TWG Emporium with the brother-sister duo who run PP Group: Suvadee Phungbunphra and Orand Puipunthavong. This is the kind of meeting we like—among other things we discussed ways in which we could collaborate on one of the group’s luxury brands. Then it was a quick hop on the skytrain to Gaysorn Village, which was unveiling its Urban Retreat featuring 13 grooming, wellness, aesthetic and surgery brands. This was hosted by another brother-sister combination: Charn and Korakot Srivikorn who run the Gaysorn development.
Convenience for once!
Very conveniently, since it was also located at Gaysorn, I was able to stop by at the Prada office for the private viewing of the spring/summer collection. It was good to see Kris Manoonsirikul, the former PR and advertising manager for Thailand who has been promoted to a regional position. He is now based in Singapore leaving Sarinrat Pinyovicharwong to look after the Thailand office. Then it was a quick walk to Central World for Uniqlo’s U spring/summer collection, reinvented basics from the design team at the Uniqlo Paris R&D Center under the direction of Christophe Lemaire. In addition to honorary models Peerani Kongthai and Phillip Tinroj, our favourite Thai desiger Polpat Asavaprapha was also onstage.
Dinner way out in Phra Khanong.
It was for the housewarming of the new office of Neo Corporate. You can be forgiven for not knowing what the company does but most people will be familiar with its brands: Fineline, D-nee, Eversense, Smart, etc. Started 29 years ago by Suthidej Thakolsri and his wife Patama, they have built the business into one of the country’s leading cleaning product manufacturers. The head office is a low-rise structure surrounded by open space and on the top floor there is a rooftop terrace where the staff grow their own vegetables. We had dinner on this terrace and it was indeed delightful to dine in this garden-like space.
Jewellery and beauty products.
The next day I met up with an old friend, Matthew Laurenza who designs jewellery sold around the world. All his products are produced in Thailand for the international market, and for him, Thai craftsmanship is unbeatable anywhere else. His only problem is with finding the same quality of admin staff—a refrain that, regrettably, we hear quite often. Then I stopped by at Park Hyatt for the Sephora spring/summer launch. New brands now available at the Sephora outlets are make-up Natasha Denona, skincare Herbivore Botanicals and Wei Beauty and haircare Rita Hazan. The latter has some grey cover-up products that are perfect for my type of hair—the kind that refuses to remain black.
Italian delights for dinner.
The day ended with the Casanova Di Neri wine dinner at the newly renovated La Scala Italian restaurant at The Sukhothai. Brand ambassador Alessandro Vallecchi presented the award-winning wines to pair with the dishes of chef David Tamburini. The restaurant was decorated in a black and red theme, and without knowing about this beforehand, my attire was right in keeping with it!
(Previously: Naphalai's Diary: January 15-21)