Naphalai's Diary: April 29-May 5
The Coronation Of The King
Thais were glued to their televisions this past weekend—well for those not on the invitation list or had not lined the streets anyway—for the coronation ceremonies of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun. The three days from May 4 to 6 were filled with pomp and age-old rituals that had not been witnessed since the coronation of King Rama IX almost 70 years ago. The current monarch has now officially been enthroned as the 10th king of the Chakri Dynasty. And His Majesty has also presented to the Thai people a queen, Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajarasudha Bimollaksana.
With everyone's attention focused on the coronation, there was very little else happening on the social scene last week. Wednesday, May 1 was also a public holiday, although not everyone got the day off and I took the opportunity to get some errands I had been putting off done. I took my car in to the service centre to check out what was required to get the paint work done. My poor car, it is only a bit over two years old but has scratches and dents all over. This is what happens when you have to drive to all kinds of places for events on my invitation list. A good thing that not all of the damage was my fault and I had several insurance claim forms. Anyway, the reason I decided to finally take the car in was because I would be away for two weeks in Europe, the first for a break and the second for a press trip organised by the Swatch group (that means you won't be hearing from me during this period). I was hoping the car would be ready by the time I got back, but no such luck. It seems the paint repair job could take up to a month even. Will be keeping my fingers crossed this is not so as I don't fancy going around town in public transport when I get back—and in this heat!
Jasmin's Latest Collection
At the Waldorf Astoria was the launch of Jasmin's new jewellery collection, Everyday Shining, featuring diamonds of different shapes and sizes coexisting together just as everything does in daily life. Panuwat Sabmaneeanant and his siblings co-hosted the tea event which also invited well-known working women to talk about their experiences.
Very appropriate for the heatwave in Bangkok, Loewe presented its third collaboration with the iconic seaside destination store Paula's in Ibiza. The leisurewear that can be worn by both men and women boasts playful prints that capture the flamboyant spirit of the Balearic Islands. The PP Group siblings Suvadee Phungbunphra and Orand Puipanthavong were there to welcome guests at the event held at EmQuartier's Helix Garden.
Snarkitecture At Central Embassy
As part of the celebration of Central Embassy's fifth anniversary, New York-based design studio Snarkitecture transformed the ground level of the mall into the Tilting Forest, an interactive art installation of inflated cones. Central Embassy's Barom Bhicharnchitr was joined by Snarkitecture's Benjamin Porto for unveiling of this installation, which included music from Note Panayanggool.
Chef's Table At lebua
Finally Nigel Oakins and I attended dinner at the Chef's Table at lebua at the invitation of CEO Deepak Ohri. This is a new restaurant on the 61st floor where a Molteni kitchen takes centre stage, helmed by chef Vincent Thierry, formerly of the three-star Caprice in Hong Kong. The 46-seat eatery is part of Ohri's innovative efforts to develop lebua into a vertical dining destination.
Well, that's it from London. It's actually quite cool here, with temperatures in the low teens, but I'm not complaining after the scorching heat of Bangkok during the last few weeks. Will be here for a few days before going to Corfu in Greece and Butrint in Albania with the family. Then it's on to Geneva for the Swatch event. Will report back in two weeks. Stay cool.
Previously: Naphalai's Diary: April 22-28