Is it possible for jetlag to catch up over a week after a trip?
Well, I think it is. The week before, I had arrived back in Bangkok from Zurich on Wednesday early morning but because the days ahead were going to be super busy, I dived straight into work and into a normal daily cycle, ending with the NewsMakers’ annual charity Clutter Sale on Saturday.
Last week was followed with more work and running out to attend events but by Friday, thankfully a public holiday, I simply collapsed. I just could not keep my eyes open and had to take a nap once in the morning and again in the afternoon. It was like my body knew that I had to keep going and could not afford to rest earlier and so cooperated for as long as it could, chosing a day off to keel over. How considerate.
—is always a slow month as far as events are concerned, as there are many holidays which means people are going to be taking off. But there was enough to keep me busy last week—in addition to the work which just never seems to be finished. Tumi, known for its premium luggage, held a press visit to its store at Siam Discovery to introduce its spring/summer assortment. Acquired by Samsonite earlier, the local Tumi distribution used to be handled by Minor Group, but Samsonite Thailand has now it over. Although known for its travel products, the brand also produces business and lifestyle accessories for men and women, which is what the introduction of its Alpha Bravo collection highlights.
Launch of Luca's Milk & Kate Spade's 25th Anniversary
The next two events were held at Central World—super convenient as it meant opening two locks with one key (better than the saying “killing two birds with one stone” as it’s a sin to kill anything!). The first was for Luca’s Milk, vitamins to help lactating mothers, a new business of Passavee Payacaboot following the success of her Filorga beauty clinic. Around the corner was the celebration of Kate Spade’s 25th anniversary hosted by Wikanda Patanabumrung and Porndet Chindawanich. In keeping with the floral theme of the spring collection, the area was decorated with lots of foliage and blooms.
I was invited to the opening of a new restaurant the next day. In a hidden away space in downtown Bangkok is this escape from the urban jungle created with lots of natural green areas. Wang Hinghoi (Fireflies Palace) is the brainchild of Vinij Lertratanachai, his nephew Suprerk Rojwongsuriya and Vorarit Fuangaromya. Divided into four sections—walkway entrance, art gallery, firefly room and restaurant—the concept of the four elements takes centre stage. For the first four months under the earth concept, the gallery is holding an exhibition by Somluk Pantiboon, an artist who is also the founder of Doi Din Daeng pottery.
According to Suprerk, the restaurant will be in operation for only 18 months, the lifespan of fireflies, 300 of which can be found in a room created especially for them where guests can watch and learn about them. The restaurant is under the helm of chef Nutthapol Pavapaiboon, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America, and a new menu will be created every four months to reflect the changing elements. Open only for dinner, there is a choice of an eight-course and a nine-course set menu.
A Budding Label
The next day I stopped by to see the inaugural collection of a young designer, Fon Tikaphanya, at Siam Discovery. A graduate of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, she interned at LVMH in Paris before returning to Bangkok where she was a head designer for a local brand before setting up Project Twenty Six to launch her own label, Archive026.
Then on to Parc Paragon
—which was introducing Sooksiam, a 700-million-baht cultural attraction at the soon-to-open IconSiam where 3,000 local businesses and craftsmen will be able to showcase their products in a new retail concept that the developer calls “co-creation”. In the middle of Parc Paragon was a huge round-shaped tent where a 360-degree laser LED dome projection show with 8K technology was presented. Guest of honour Gen Anupong Paochinda was welcomed by Chadatip Chutraku, CEO of Siam Piwat, and Luckana and Chayapong Naviroj of Sooksiam.
The third lock opened with the same key...
Sra Bua at Siam Kempinski. This was for a dinner to welcome the executives of watchmaker A Lange & Sohne: Wilhelm Schmid, CEO, Gaetan Guillosson, MD for Asia Pacific and Anne Schaal, MD for Southeast Asia and Australia. Organised by its distributor, Pendulum, led by CEO Yuki Srikarnchana., the dinner proved that Thais are not the only ones to enjoy spicy cuisine, as the Europeans were just as enthused by the strong flavours.
Finally, Lunch at Dusit Thani
On Sunday, I went to try the Beyond Borders brunch at the Dusit Thani Bangkok. Its unique format is a relaxing brunch free from the limits of time starting from noon to sunset. Starting from 11:30am-5pm is a buffet with a la minute selections ending with drinks and canapés from 5-7pm. Prices start at 2,900 baht. The location is Benjarong and its terrace by the serene waterfall garden. Not a bad idea for those with time on their hands.
(Previously: Naphalai's Diary: March 26-April 1)