October is Breast Cancer Awareness month,
—an international campaign to highlight awareness and education of this disease and to raise funds and support. From the symbolic pink ribbon, this colour has now come to represent the fight against breast cancer. And last week for me was awash with pink.
For the fourth year running, the Eat Drink Pink evening has been held at Peninsula Bangkok to raise funds for the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer Foundation. This year a donation of 3,000 baht allowed each guest the opportunity to enjoy the culinary creations of over 35 of Thailand’s leading restaurants as well as free-flow wines and beverages. There seemed to be more interest in the food than breast cancer awareness, but with the money that was raised, no-one was complaining, least of all Dr Kris Chatamra, as the funds will be used to help build the Pink Park Village.
Then later in the week, I went to Kuala Lumpur for the St Regis Pink Polo. The hotel group is a huge supporter of polo since John Jacob Astor IV opened the first St Regis in New York and attended polo matches with New York high society in 1904. In Southeast Asia, it has co-hosted pink polo tournaments in Bangkok, Singapore and now, for the first time, in Kuala Lumpur. Held at the Royal Selangor Polo Club, the St Regis team had gone all out to ensure the guests were in pink bliss with champagne and tea throughout the afternoon presented with its incomparable service. Playing for the St Regis team was a very familiar face: Ploy Bhinsaeng, one of Thailand’s best female polo players
A regular attendee of the pink polo tournaments in Thailand, I have to say that the venue in KL is much smaller and the atmosphere very much more casual. That I was selected as the winner of the best dressed award shows that there was not much competition at all! However, since I left before the prize presentation, the next best dressed received the award instead.
We spent two nights at The St Regis Kuala Lumpur and dinner on my first evening was by the hotel’s two Japanese restaurants Ginza Tenkuni and Taka by Sushi Saito, a three-Michelin-star sushi establishment in Tokyo. Joining the dinner was Sai Men Chua, a member of the family which owns the hotel. We enjoyed seven courses of refined omakase selections accompanied by sake. The next day, prior to the polo, we were taken to the nearby Lake Gardens to try our hand at batik painting. I didn’t think I would enjoy the experience in the hot sun but I must say when the final product was completed, I was actually quite proud of my handiwork.
Last week was actually quite a short week for me as I took Wednesday off as my brother and his wife, who live in the UK, were visiting and I took them to Khao Yai. Then on Friday I flew to Kuala Lumpur. But I did manage to fit in a stop at the launch of Destinare, the Japanese skincare products and massage therapy “hub”, at Gaysorn Urban Resort. Using a holistic Japanese massage technique, Destinare at Langsuan provides face and body treatments using its own product line.
I also went to the opening of GT Auto Volvo Witthayu on Wireless Road. Owned by Winn Santipongchai, who has been a distributor of cars for many years, this is his new venture as a dealer for Volvo. Helping him in the business is his sister, Netra Ruthaiyanont, who is also the honorary consul for Uruguay.
And finally to the Jim Thompson Home Furnishing Showroom for the launch of a furniture collection designed by internationally renowned architect Ed Tuttle especially for the company. Among the designers and architects present was Vichada Sitakalin who works closely with Jim Thompson in the decoration of its showroom.
(Previously: Naphalai's Diary: September 24-30)