Thursdays, Am I Right?
Whether it's during the busy season or slow, Thursday is always a popular day for hosts to organise events. Why? Probably because many feel that guests are busy with work at the start of a new week, while at the end of the week people are already thinking about taking off. So that leaves Thursday as the optimal day. However, if everyone feels the same way then that day becomes packed with events, with each host competing to get guests to their venue.
That was exactly what happened this past Thursday. There were 13 invitations and I actually made six! Feeling very proud of myself, I was even able to squeeze in a meeting in the morning in the office plus a few hours of writing work.
The first event was an art and sculpture exhibition organised by the Stream of Arts to Foster the Artists Foundation, at the Emporium. The foundation's indefatigable Lalisa Chongbaramee presented a programme including songs by singers such as Vinai Phanturak and Nabhada Sukharit before the opening by privy councillor Dr Jaranthada Karnasuta.
Event number two was at Woof Pack, a painting exhibition by Pow, Sappasit Foongfaungchaveng. Better known as the corporate marketing chief of developer AP Thailand and founder of TIMO swimming trunks, I wasn't surprised to find that this talented guy also paints—and well. Pow created some 30 acrylic art pieces with proceeds from the sale going to the Karen Hilltribes Trust.
Motorcycle To Miu Miu
Then I hopped on a motorcycle taxi to get to Siam Paragon for Miu Miu’s Miulady bag. Three enormous bags had been installed in the middle of the retail mall. Get this, the bags were actually covered in real leather and complete with crystal buckles. You could view a series of short films on the iconic bags in the installation.
En Route On Foot...
Using foot power I got to InterContinental Bangkok's Italian restaurant, Theo Mio, where chef Theo Randall had flown in from London for an early festive season celebration. Now if I didn't have other places to go to I would have stayed for the great food.
Can't Catch A Break
But it's no rest for the wicked and more walking got me to All Six To Twelve on Langsuan where Bangkok Airways was holding a thank-you party for the media. I met Chanthip Thongkanya, vice president of the office of the president who now takes care of the airline's communications and PR. As usual, I didn't win any of the door prizes for trips with the airline—never have any luck with such things.
Last Stop: Siwilai X Lisa King
My last stop for the day was at Central Embassy for Siwilai's collaboration with well-known print designer from London, Lisa King, on a limited edition capsule collection. I discovered that Lisa was the daughter of a friend, the late Farida and Chris King, and had grown up in Bangkok. In fact, her sister Tara had worked for a short time at Thailand Tatler. I hope her trademark screw print design will be a big hit with young Thais.
"But That's Not All!"
For many people that schedule would have been more than enough to fill an entire week. For me though, that was just ONE day! The week actually started on an indulgent note: lunch at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, one of my favourite restaurants, on Monday and Tuesday. Mercedes-Benz revealed its new S-Class and Maybach S-Class at Yenakart Villa, catered by Robuchon. At 17.44 million baht, the Maybach is indeed a handsome car, offering premium performance, comfort and design. The other lunch was at the restaurant itself, hosted by PP Group's brother-sister duo, Suvadee Phungbunphra and Orand Puipanthavong, to welcome Givenchy's Maggie Fok, marketing and communications director for Asia Pacific.
There were two fashion events in the week: Vatanika Patamasingha Na Ayudhya presented her cruise collection at Central Embassy—the emphasis of which was on zips that could be moved up or down depending on how much or how little you wanted to reveal. Jaspal's collaboration with Design Army for the "Delicious" collection featured pop culture influences in bright, bold styles.
Sofitel So also held its Christmas party on ___. What I loved most was the mulled wine—nothing says Yuletide better than this. Another hotel event was the opening of Saffron Sky Garden on the 52nd floor of the Banyan Tree. A great place to sit outside for drinks, the breeze made you forget you were in the centre of Bangkok. Banyan Tree founder Ho Kwon Ping was there—coincidentally—and is pictured with general manager Nopparat Aumpa and yours truly were trying to keep our hair in shape from the strong wind.
Meanwhile back at our own Thailand Tatler offices, we got our first Christmas basket for the holidays from the Marriott Marquis Bangkok. The very bubbly Variya Lulitanond brought it 'round.
By the time the end of the week came around, guess who really needed the time off to recharge her batteries. I did have to venture out on Saturday for the wedding of hon consul of Uruguay Netra Ruthaiyanont and her husband Anusorn's son Nattaphol to Tanita Tumrasvin at the Okura Prestige. Couldn't help wondering when it will be the turn of my own son!
(Revisit: Naphalai's Diary: November 20-26)