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Women's Day Is Everyday, People.

International Women's Day fell on March 8 and I am sad to say I didn't have time to join any of the talks, discussions or tribute events that were held. I would have loved to be there to show support for all the wonderful achievements of my sisters. But really, women are breaking barriers all the time and we don't need a woman's day to highlight this. Let's just get on with it. 

The Siam's 5th Anniversary

So what kept our editor-in-chief so busy last week? The usual mix of work in the office and events around town. The week started off with the fifth anniversary celebration of The Siam. What’s nice about a party hosted by the Sukosol family are the guests who turn up. This could range from long-time expats and diplomats to Thais who you would not normally find at most events. In addition, I also met Lauren Aris, the granddaughter of Anthony Aris, the twin brother of Aung San Suu Kyi’s husband who founded Serindia Publications. The event was also to launch the book Our World by Krissada Sukosol Clapp and with photography by Michael Paul, published by Serindia. No event by the Sukosols is complete without a performance by their talented members led by matriarch Kamala.

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Left: With Kamala Sukosol, MR Usnisa Sukhsvasti and Kamol Sukosol Clapp

Right: MR Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Shane Suvikapakornkul, Laura Ari and Michael Paul

Que Sra Sra!

It’s always nice to have the chance to drop in to Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin at Siam Kempinski to check out the new creations of chef Henrik Yde-Andersen. A lunch was held to launch the summer menu (the menu changes twice a year), a similar version of which is presented at the chef’s Kiin Kiin in Copenhagen. Chef Yde-Andersen has the distinction of having won Michelin stars for both branches. I also enjoyed meeting up with the chef’s Thai partner, Lertchai Treetawatchaiwong, who is also based in Denmark.

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Left: with with Chef Henri and Lertchai at Sra Bua

Right: Veal with lemongrass and pickled pineapple, a summer menu at Sra Bua

For The Pachyderms!

The annual Elephant Polo organised by Anantara started on Thursday at a pitch by the riverside Avani, running until the end of the week. Although I would have liked to watch some of the matches, it was not possible to fit them in so instead I went to the gala dinner and auction to raise funds for the pachyderms at Anantara Siam. It was a black-tie event hosted by Minor Group CEO William Heinecke, who prefers to wear a Thai mudmee-weave shirt rather than suit and bow-tie. He is proud of the fact that the Elephant Polo has raised over US$1.4 million since it first started in 2001. Guests were treated to a gourmet menu by three-Michelin-star chef Bruno Menard with canapés by the hotel’s executive chef Jan Van Dyk.

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With William Heinecke at Elephant Polo gala dinner

Dodging A Bullet

Before the dinner at Anantara Siam, I had two events at Emporium/EmQuartier and decided it would be better to park at the hotel and take the skytrain so I would not have to fight the traffic to get back to the hotel in the evening. Boy, did I make the right decision. That was the day that it took a friend who works at HSBC on Rama IV Road two hours to move from there to the hotel on Rajdamri—a distance of less than two kilos! 

The two earlier events included the opening of the new-look Kids 21, a multi-label flagship store by Club 21. With 28 brands including Fendi, Kenzo, Litle Marc Jacobs, Paul Smith Junior and Stella McCartney as well as Bonpoint from France, it is a place where mothers and children can go crazy. Walking into the boutique even I felt I would have loved to have children to shop for them here—although in my case it would have to be grandchildren at this stage! The other event was at the Dior boutique which presented its products for Women’s Day. All ladies were given a white rose as they entered where they were welcomed by Saarunthorn Techaphaiboon and her team.

Wedding Of Atch Boonyaprasit & Duangrat Kingket

On Friday, as if to make up for the hardship on the previous day, the traffic was relatively light as company chairman Nigel Oakins and I made our way to Mandarin Oriental for the wedding of Atch Boonyaprasit, an executive at Mercedes-Benz Thailand, and his bride, Duangrat Kingket, who works for Club 21. There was a huge number of family and friends who turned up to wish them well.   

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Congrats to the happy couple!

Viva La Thonglor!

The week ended with a visit to Viva Thonglor, the new project of Jess Barnes of Opposite Mess Hall fame. The restaurant serves bistro-style meals in the space that used to house an upmarket supermarket. Sloane’s will be opening a butcher’s section there and in about three months, Barnes will unveil another restaurant on the upper floors.

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Trying out Viva Thonglor with good company

(Previously: Naphalai's Diary: February 26-March 4)