Naphalai's Diary: March 18-24
A Slightly Different Sunday Routine
On Sundays I normally wake up a bit later than normal, do my exercises, then enjoy a nice breakfast. This is usually followed by a quiet day finishing off chores I was not able to get around to doing during the week as well as a visit to the beauty salon to prepare for the week ahead. That is why I am very reluctant to accept an invitation on weekends because I do need some time for myself.
Same, same last Sunday, but this time the day was tinged with anticipation. After several years of broken promises, the elections were really here. I did my civic duty wondering at the same time whether it will make any difference given the forces at play. But vote I did, picking the candidate that represented, for me, the lesser of the evils. Was I happy with the unofficial results which followed? No, but at least we are back on a more or less democratic path, which is a good thing.
That was the main excitement of last week. Other than that it was rather uneventful, again because of the workload in the office, not because there was any intent on my part to slack off. We finally put the April issue to bed and this week we hope to close our restaurant guide, Thailand Tatler Best Restaurants 2019. Phew! That will be a big load off my shoulders and I will finally be able to finally take it easy somewhat—until the next project comes along!
All The Rage: Gucci DIY
I did attend a few events including the opening of two luxury boutiques. Unlike most of the openings these days invariably at IconSiam, one was at Siam Paragon and the other at EmQuartier. Gucci's opening was at Siam Paragon and a huge crowd turned out to try the new collection by creative director Alessandro Michele. Of great interest was the DIY range, garments which can be customised with the buyer's initials, although this takes a few months as it has to be done in Italy.
Stella McCartney Moves To EmQ
Club 21 celebrated the move of the Stella McCartney boutique from Erawan Bangkok to EmQuartier. The design concept was developed with McCartney herself following roll outs in Paris, New York, Florence and Costa Mesa. Guests were invited to participate in the There She Grows social media campaign by dedicating a tree to someone and nominating others to do the same with the campaign name as the hashtag. The aim is to help save the endangered Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra.
The Kaljarueks Open New Gym On Langsuan
I also put in an appearance at the opening of Tone Box Gym at Portico Langsuan. The owner is Satang Dislada Disyanand Kaljaruek, the daughter of Chitlada, whose many friends turned up to support them. The gym calls itself the Personal Training Studio, with a team of trainers available for those interested.
New Rooftop Bar: Spectrum
Then there was the launch of Spectrum Lounge and Bar at the new Hyatt Regency on Sukhumvit. Although the hotel itself has not had its grand opening, Bangkok's latest rooftop nightspot was given a grand unveiling by the management team led by general manager Sammy Carolus. Rooftop bars are very trendy right now and this one ticks all the right boxes.
Unveiling Of 'La Boheme' Jewellery Collection
I also made time to stop by the cocktail reception for the introduction of the La Boheme jewellery collection. Held at the St Regis's Decanter, the event presented jewellery designed by artist Elizabeth Romhild for Maison Artinian. This is the first time she has designed jewellery, which takes its inspiration from the keyboard pattern from her porcelain collection.
Two Special Luncheons
Finally there were two lunches, the first hosted by Kathleen Pokrud for a group of friends including Doreen Yuet Lin Fong, wife of the German ambassador. The lunch was at the hostess's favourite restaurant, Rossini's at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit. The other was at Kempinski's Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin hosted by Citibank Gold for its wealth management clients. It was an informative affair as there were investment consultants to advise clients at the event.
(Previously: Naphalai's Diary: March 11-17)