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Why do people hold events in the afternoon?

In the past, nearly all functions, grand or not, were held in the evenings. Perhaps there may be a product launch or two in the afternoon, but otherwise hosts were careful not to break up the working day and kept their events for the evening. All that has changed, and it seems any time is now a good time. For them, maybe, but not for all their guests, especially those who have to work. I try especially to avoid events at 2 pm if possible, as it means my whole afternoon is shot. These activities end around 4:30 or 5 pm, which makes it silly to try to get back to the office as you would likely arrive just as everyone else is packing up for the day. It gets to be particularly difficult during the week when we have to close the magazine as that is when I am required in the office.

Last week was one such week, so I must say that still being able to attend 11 events was a very good effort indeed. The week started with an art exhibition, In Homage to the Chakri Dynasty, an exhibition of art works by artists of the Stream of Arts to Foster the Artists Foundation, led by president Lalisa Chongbarami. Held at Central World, the event was presided over by Thanpuying Pharani Mahanond.

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 Opening of "In Homage to the Chakri Dynasty" art exhibition; TPY Pharani Mahanond and Lalisa on either of a sculpture of King Rama 9

I then dashed over to the Dusit Thani for a tea to honour the charter directors of Soroptimist International Club, of which I am one. There are two chapters, the Bangkok club set up 41 years ago and Dusit set up 36 years ago. The event was organised by Jarunee Ho to mark the 95th birthday of her late mother, Joana, who was a founder of both clubs. I am also a past president of the Soroptimist Club of Dusit, a long time ago when I had time to participate in such activities. Gone are those days now.

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Tea with the Soroptimist Club

 Finally, also at the Dusit Thani, I attended the Vietnamese art and food festival at Thien Duong. Joining Vietnamese ambassador HE Nguyen Hai Bang and his wife were other Asean ambassadors and other VIP guests including former Thai ambassador to Austria Adisak Panupong and his wife Siriporn. In addition to food prepared by a Vietnamese chef, there was also a musical performance by a team from Vietnam.

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The Vietnamese ambassador and other ASEAN ambassadors at the Vietnamese art and food festival at Dusit

And that was just on Monday.

The next day I had an interesting lunch with Thailand’s former Miss Universe, Pornthip Nakhirunkanok, at Mandarin Oriental. It’s difficult to believe that it’s been 30 years since she won the crown, as she continues to look dazzling. She was in town to present scholarships to students under her Angel Wings Foundation, a charity she founded to help educate Thai children. She is a beauty with looks, brains and a generous heart. The next day we did a cover shoot with her and got some really amazing shots.

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Pornthip "Bui" at the Mandarin Oriental lunch

Did you know that...

—now buying a 20 million baht Ferrari Portofino is as convenient as buying a 50 baht ham sandwich at a shopping mall? Well, if you have the money, that is. Cavallino Motors has launched Casa Ferrari, a pop up showroom at EmQuartier to experience their favourite supercar. Presiding over the opening was Cavallino managing director Nandhamalee Bhirombhakdi and EmQuartier’s Manatase Annawat.

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Nandhamalee at Casa Ferrari opening

Afternoon tea seems to be all the rage now.

On Thursday I attended two. The first was the preview of Siam Kempinski’s Afternoon Tea Reimagined that will be available only on weekends starting from September 1. The sophisticated five-course tea offers canapés, sandwiches, scones, mini eclairs and mignardises. To add to the elegant ambience, we were asked to wear hats and fascinators, and many of us obliged.

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I couldn’t stay until the end of the tea as I had to dash to Siam Paragon for the opening of the pop-up store of Gucci timepieces and costume jewellery as part of the Siam Paragon Watch Expo 2018. I love accessories, and I must say the Gucci pieces are really lovely. The event was hosted by local distributor Trocadero Group whose president, Dara-ratana Mahadumrongkul also celebrated her birthday the same day. That was my second tea, held at TWG tea salon, with a cake for Dara-ratana to share with her close friends.

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Dara-ratana's birthday celebration among close friends; beautiful Gucci jewellery

The day ended with a quick stop for the opening of the Siam Paragon Watch Expo. Held for the 12th consecutive year, there are a total of 180 brands exhibiting their latest products until August 8.

On Friday, I went to the celebration of Lampe Berger’s 120th anniversary at Central Chidlom. This brand of home aromatic burners and fragrances from Paris  has launched three Asian fragrances: Delicate Osmanthus, Water Fruit and Enchanting Sandalwood. Thai sole agent Nontakarn Dabbaransi Ng presented the new collections as well as a mini-fashion show of the vintage-style lamp burners.

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Lampe Berger products and me with Nontakarn

And finally,

to the World Ballroom at Centara Grand at Central World for the Central Group’s annual press thank-you party. The theme was Neon, and it was interesting to see the group’s executives dressed up with brightly glowing accessories. The young generation of Chirathivats were also there being introduced to the press by the veterans. It was a fun night with a lot of entertainment, including shows by the management team as well as the presentation of lots of prizes.

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Central's neon themed party

(Previously: Naphalai's Diary: July 8-15