A wait of 152 years
And I miss the phenomon of the super blue blood moon (lunar eclipse, blue moon and blood moon combo) by a few minutes. By the time I remember to look up there was left just a small sliver that was neither blue, blood nor eclipse. Just my luck, another one on my list of things I will never get to do in my lifetime.
Anyway, what did I get to do last week? A lot actually. The week started with dinner at the residence of the Korean ambassador Noh Kwang-il and his wife Oh Chungwa. The genial couple weren't celebrating anything special other than the fact that it was the season for ginseng and they wanted to share it. It was featured in some of the dishes as well as in a vodka-based drink, which the gentlemen seemed to like but was a bit too strong for me. But since Korean food is among my favourites, you can well imagine who was stuffing her face with great relish.
The next day was a product day. By that I mean I went to four events that were all to introduce product collections. First Patek Philippe held the second installment of its knowledge series, this time on ladies’ watch complications, held at the restored House No 1 at Si Phraya to emphasise its link to tradition. This was followed by Celine's preview of its spring leather collection, highlighting creative director Phoebe Philo’s Big Bag line as well as other smaller and more minimalist shapes. Conveniently, the next stop was also at EmQuartier, for Longchamp’s new releases, offering two Parisian themes: Boulevard St Germain for a refined, modern mood and Rue des Beaux-Arts for an African-inspired tribal look. What caught my eye, however, were the brand’s signature Le Pliage bags in leather with colourful badges and patches that can be changed to suit the occasion.
The day ended with a nice dinner hosted by Tod’s at The House on Sathorn. On display were new tweaks to the Italian brand’s very popular leather products that have become classics over time. Joining in the event were the PP Group’s co-founders, Suvadee Phungbunphra and Orand Puipunthavong, who are the distributors for Tod’s.
Food to Bling
With Thai food the cuisine of choice for many, Thai restaurants continue to launch overseas. The latest is Greyhound which has opened its first branch in London in the Fitzrovia area close to Oxford Street. Pornsiri Rojmetha, managing director io-founder, held a lunch together with Citibank on Thursday to introduce the local media to the dishes that have been created for the London market. According to her, Thai food has become so much in demand there that nearly all the local ingredients can be sourced in London itself.
At night, Swarovski created Thailand’s first Crystal Theatre at EmQuartier for the "Love Is" lingerie fashion show presented by Wacoal, BSC, Elle, Guy Laroche and Morgan. Over 20 million crystals were used to adorn the space which sparkled in the light in addition to the glitter on the lingerie collections as well.
Bangkok Design Week was last week,
And although I didn’t make it to the galleries, I did enjoy some creative efforts. First was the Nai Lert Flower and Art Fair, a three-day charity floral show that was started by the late Thanpuying Lursakdi Sampatisiri some 30 years ago on her family’s property. Always held indoors, this was the first time the displays had been set up in the al fresco park, and what a lovely setting it made. One of the main supporters of the event was Beauty Gems, with managing director Suriyon Sriorathaikul hosting lunches and dinners over the three days for his guests at Lady L, a restaurant located in the gardens of the Nai Lert Heritage Home. During the meal, guests were treated to dazzling Beauty Gems jewellery from the Secret Garden collection modelled by Cindy Bishop. Beautiful people, beautiful food and beautiful surroundings–what more could one ask for?
Another design event was the opening of Momentous, a multi-brand furniture store that is part of the Index Group, presenting American-style home décor and furnishing. Located at Siam Paragon, the event was hosted by Pisith Patamasatayasonthi and his family, with American embassy commercial counselor Greg Wong as guest of honour.
Ending the week artfully.
I spent my Sunday pretending to be an artist (but not quite succeeding). Invited by Lalisa Chongbarami of the Stream of Arts to Foster the Artists Foundation to create a painting to be auctioned off at an event at Siam Paragon this week, I had help from artists Vachara Prayulkam and Supakit Uttaranakorn but couldn’t quite produce a masterpiece—as you can see from the picture. Nevertheless, it was great fun and a relaxing way to spend the weekend.
(Revisit: Naphalai's Diary: January 22-28)