Naphalai's Diary: January 21-27
Running nose. Sore throat. Aching head. At first I thought I was coming down with a cold or flu. But the symptoms didn't get worse—they just didn't go away. Three days so far and I've been told that what I have is a result of breathing in the polluted air. And I am relatively healthy, hardly ever having to take sick leave. What about those more vulnerable especially those who have to be out in the open most hours of the day? Anyway, I've been dosing myself with lots of vitamin C and hot water with lemon and hope that's enough to get rid of the symptoms but something tells me that as long as the haze remains they won't go away that easily and could actually get worse. Better remember to put on my mask the next time I have to go outdoors.
Gaysorn Wishes A Happy Lunar New Year
Last week was pretty busy so it was a good thing that the heaviest of my workload was out of the way—well, for now, that is. Although Chinese New Year is still a few weeks away, celebrations started last week with a lunch held by Gaysorn Village to announce its activities for the Lunar New Year. Hosted by Korakot Srivikorn and Jirath Vattanapataraset at Xinn Tien Di, each of the eight dishes served has an auspicious meaning. From February 1 to 18, Gaysorn Village will be decorated with beautiful animal drawings by talented illustrator Phannapast Taychamaythakool. This coming week is going to have lots more parties to welcome in the Chinese New Year.
Cartier's Precious Garage Party
It was a good week for luxury brands. Cartier held a spectacular party, The Precious Garage, to honour the free spirit of its Juste Un Clou and Ecrou de Cartier jewellery inspired by mechanics. It was held at a great location: a converted warehouse belonging to the Port Authority with lots of space, lots of parking and not far from the city centre. A red carpet and tunnel of rings of light brought guests to an installation of a gold Corvette designed by New York artist Desi Santiago and which had been shown in New York, Milan and Sydney. Jerome Metzger, Cartier's regional managing director for Southeast Asia had flown in from Singapore to welcome the hip invitees together with local executives Sipim Sugunnasil and Orn Vivadhnajat.
LV's Oz Collection By Virgil Abloh
Louis Vuitton meanwhile launched its men's collection, the first by its new men's artistic director Virgil Abloh. Inspired by the Wizard of Oz, the collection is available at the Siam Paragon shop, where the event was held, with general manager Laurent Barrere as the host.
Opening Of Saint Laurent At IconSiam
Holding the official opening of its store at IconSiam, one among the many which will be hosting its launch at the new megamall in the coming weeks, was Saint Laurent. A great crowd turned up, in fact so many that it became almost impossible to move in the glitzy store.
A Pit-Stop To Tod's
I stopped by briefly at Tod’s to find out more about the spring/summer 2019 collection at the store at Siam Paragon. Among the new products, I must say I was quite taken by the D bag’s updated look, combining exotic skin with leather.
"The Flow Of Time" At Central Embassy
Grand Seiko meanwhile hosted The Flow of Time exhibition at Central Embassy. An installation of acrylic spheres encasing parts of its Spring Drive movement standing against a large screen showing moving imagery of nature was meant to showcase Japanese watch technology. The immersive display was first on show at Milan Design Week last year, followed by Designart Tokyo and Design Miami before being set up here.
Some Much Needed Skin Detox
Very timely in view of the current air pollution, French skincare brand Biologique Recherche introduced its Soin Oxygenant VIP O2 treatment available exclusively at Anantara Spa at Anantara Siam. This facial treatment is said to regenerate and revitalise the skin through oxygenation and detoxification. Joining in the presentation were the hotel’s general manager Patrick Both and Rupert Schmid and Dr Stefan Lipp from Biologique Recherche.
Yes, I Too Went To Taco Bell
The rest of the events were food based. The one that created the biggest buzz was the opening of Taco Bell, the American Tex-Mex fast food chain, at Mercury Ville. The holder of the franchise is the Mahagitsiri family, and all members including parents Prayudh and Suvimol and children Chalermchai, Ausanee and Ausana were there to help greet the mass of guests who turned out. At least the guests didn’t have to wait long to try the tacos, unlike the customers the following day who waited in long queues to get their hands on one of these Mexican-inspired dishes.
A Mad Tea Party
Then there was The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at 137 Pillars. Created by guest chef Penny Jirayuwatana, the creative tea set presents both sweet and savoury dishes inspired by Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland. It is being launched on Valentine’s Day and will be served every weekend for the rest of February and in March.
Finally, A Wonderful Italian Collaboration Lunch
And finally lunch by chef Antimo Merone of the famed 81/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana in conjunction with chef David Tamburini of the Sukhothai’s La Scala. The two chefs worked very well together and presented a delicious eight-course menu highlighting Italian cuisine. No wonder indeed that the evening dinner was fully sold out.