Naphalai's Diary: June 10-16
For those who read my diary last week, you will remember me saying that it was a relief to be in Hong Kong so as not to have to face the horrendous traffic jams of Bangkok. Well it was good not to have to commute as the Edipresse conference I was attending was held in the same hotel where we were staying. However, on the day of the flight home, I again encountered traffic—but this time on the runway tarmac! Due to the closure of the Hong Kong airport in the morning because of bad weather, there was a backlog of flights waiting to take off. Instead of telling us the flight would be delayed before boarding, they waited until we were all on the plane then announced we would have to wait an hour and a half before we could fly. What a bummer.
Asia Tatler Regional Conference
I was attending the annual conference of the Asia Tatlers and everything went well although things could have turned out differently. On the day we flew in, it was estimated that a million people had turned up to protest against the Beijing-backed extradition bill. Luckily the meeting venue was on the other side, at Aberdeen, so there were no disruptions. The weather was also really bad and during the four days of the conference, it rained every single day. Even if we’d had the time to go out to explore, we couldn’t as we would have gotten really wet.
While the lunches were at the hotel, we were taken out to some really nice restaurants for dinner. One Harbour Road Cantonese restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong served a very good meal, with some very creatively presented dishes. Even the two vegans at our table (our digital editor Mika Apichatsakol and Hong Kong Tatler's managing director as well as Edipresse's chief brand officer Sean Fitzpatrick) said the plant-based selections were delicious too. The second day we had dinner at Little Bao, May Chow’s designer white bun eatery, where there were some very interesting appetisers to share before the signature baos. And the final night we had seafood at Lei Yu Moon, cruising there and back in a yacht.
For one person, this trip would be the last where he would have a regular meal for a whole year. Egged on by our two vegans, managing director Nigel Oakins decided that starting from day two of the conference, he would only eat plant-based foods. And he did for the rest of the trip, and is still on this diet, as far as I know. Which is not a bad idea, considering the benefits to him as well as the animals he is not eating. While I have no intention of giving up meat, I am also trying to reduce the amount of this protein in my daily intake.
Toyotsu Japan Festival
Because of the delay of the flight back on Thursday, I missed a dinner held by Marc Jacobs to present its new collection. That left only Friday, where I went to two events: the opening of the Toyotsu Japan Festival and introduction of new products by Burt’s Bees and Neal’s Yard Remedies. The first was a fair to present Japanese products, from food to wellness products, organised by Toyota Tsusho Thailand, at Royal Paragon Hall. The three-day event included appearances by Thai and Japanese stars.
New Products From Neal's Yard Remedies & Burt's Bees
Natural skincare products Neal’s Yard Remedies and Burt’s Bees introduced their latest products at the Emporium. Co-founders of the local distributors Promruck Limsodsai and Sumanas Montrechuk presented Burt’s Bees’ Sensitive collection, winner of the US National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance. The range includes cleanser, night cream, daily moisturising cream, eye cream and facial cleansing towelettes with cotton extract. Neal’s Yard Remedies, meanwhile, introduced the Frankincense Intense Hand Treatment Serum from its award-winning Frankincense collection.
Previously: Naphalai's Diary: June 3-9