Naphalai's Diary: July 15-21
Jetlag doesn’t hit me too badly most of the time and if I am able to get some sleep especially on night flights, then my body adapts quite easily to the new environment. I’ve been known to arrive back in the early morning from a European flight and be in the office by 10 am. However, lately it seems I am beginning to feel it more—age catching up with me again, I’m sure. After this last trip to London, it took me several days to finally feel comfortable with Thai time without having to try to keep my eyes open in the early afternoon.
Peugeot Gets An Official Thailand Distributor: MGC Asia
There were two car events last week. French Group PSA has appointed Master Group Corporation (MGC) Asia as the authorised importer and distributor of Peugeot through a new subsidiary, Belfort Automobile Thailand. A reception was held at Park Hyatt Bangkok to celebrate the occasion, with Joerg Breuer, Belfort CEO, and Sanhavut Thamchuanviriya, MGC CEO jointly hosting the event. Two SUV models, the 3008 and 5008 are being launched locally, both assembled at Groupe PSE’s plant in Malaysia.
Mercedes-Benz X eSports
The other was an event by Mercedes-Benz to introduce its Sports Platform programmes. According to president Roland Folger, Mercedes is partnering with eSports company ESL to organise tournaments as well as with Laureus Sport for Good to support underprivileged youth through sport. The occasion was also to bid farewell to vice president for sales and marketing Franz Steinacher who is moving to Mexico. The well-attended event was held at Koi at Sathorn Square.
Chef's Table At Lebua
It was also a week for eating. We have an ongoing campaign with lebua Hotels & Resorts to invite guests to try out its new Chef’s Table restaurant, with me and managing director Nigel Oakins taking turns to host the dinner with lebua’s executives. It was mine this month and we had a really nice group with Count Gerald van der Straten Ponthoz, Kathleen Pokrud and Joe and Napawong Horn-Pathanothai. Although it was a long dinner (we didn’t finish until close to midnight) from the wine to the food, everyone agreed it was well above expectations, especially the cheese course.
Gaysorn Celebrates Culinary Masters
I also enjoyed Gaysorn Urban Resort’s Celebration of Culinary Masters dinner. Held for the second time, it was presented by restaurant consultant Jerome Coldefy and chef Clement Hernandez in a tribute to celebrity chef Bernard Loiseau. The five-course menu featured French cuisine inspired by the legendary chef.
Vogue Thailand X TAT
In a collaboration with Vogue Thailand, the Tourism Authority of Thailand launched the Lost in Thailand programme to increase domestic tourism for high-end local visitors through the Amazing Thailand Premium campaign. The promotion presents tourism, cultural and gastronomic attractions in five regions. Introducing the programme were TAT deputy governor for domestic marketing Noppadon Pakprot and Vogue editor Kullawit Laosuksri at an elegant lunch held at Botanical House. The creative menu was prepared by three Thai celebrity chefs: Noom Weerawat Triyasenawat, Tam Chudaree Debhakam and Black Panupon Bulsuwan.
Opening of Bambini Villa
Two lifestyle community malls saw life last week, with both of them being niche in concept. Bambini Villa features activity zones and shops catering to children and parents focusing on edutainment, health and beauty and dining. It is developed by Napawong Snidvongs, CEO of Wongkulsara Estate, whose family owns most of the land on the Rama IV end of Sukhumvit 26. Well-designed so that it is airy and spacious, this is a good place to take children to spend the day.
The other is Ginza Thonglor with Japanese restaurants, bars and shops located on the second and third floors of Hotel Nikko Bangkok on Thonglor. While the hotel is operated by the international hotel group Nikko, these two floors are managed by the owners, Pipat Eamsherangkoon and his son Natee. Another space for those who like all things Japanese.
Chopard Brings Basel To Siam Paragon
Chopard meanwhile presented its Baselworld novelties at its boutique at Siam Paragon, with the communications team of Joanne Huen and Rachale Kok from Singapore providing the details. The new models are mainly updates of the existing collections, with the focus on women’s timepieces. My favourite is the L’Heure du Diamant collection, jewellery watches, with dials carved from bright minerals such as blue lapis lazuli, green malachite, sky blue turquoise and black opal. Inspired by the 1960s, each one is encircled in diamonds.
Previously: Naphalai's Diary: July 1-14