Naphalai's Diary: May 27-June 2
There was a time when wrinkles were only those I found on clothes and I could eat a seven-course lunch and still find space for tea in the late afternoon. Those were the days when I would wonder why people were making such a big fuss about aches and pain. I could walk for hours (which I did when shopping) and hardly feel any discomfort. That's all in the past and today there is nary a day when I would wake up without an ache somewhere. Thank goodness most of these unwelcome sensations come and go as though they were intrepid travellers all over my body, otherwise, I would be in serious trouble if one of them were to take up permanent residence in one part of me.
I don't believe in taking drugs and despite my complaints, not an aspirin or Tylenol has passed my lips. Which was why this past long weekend my husband (who suffers from terrible pain from gout and arthritis when they hit) and I spent our time searching for natural remedies. He has resolved to try a plant-based diet to see if this works to reduce some of the aches. Believe me, I would like to try too, totally cutting out all forms of meat and dairy, but I don't think I would be too successful since I have to attend hosted lunches and dinners. However, I will try to reduce my meat intake.
Being invited to delectable meals by award-winning chefs is one of the perks—or hazards depending on how you look at things—of the job. It could be bad if you are not careful and wolf down everything you are offered. On the other hand, these are great opportunities to try some of the best cuisines available, without having to dig into your own pocket. But there can also be too much of a good thing and I remember there was a week where I attended four dinners plus a few lunches thrown in. That was when I looked forward to soup and salad for many days afterwards.
An Up Moment
There was a dinner that I enjoyed last week. This was at the Thai restaurant Khao, hosted by Krungsri Signature as part of the Up Moment with Signature Dining series. Chef-owner Vichit Mukura was the Thai chef at the Mandarin Oriental for almost 30 years and since setting out on his own he has turned his restaurant into one of the leading establishments for fine Thai dining. The event was co-hosted by Onchuma Durongdej of Iceland Spring, a water with a high pH level which was used in the preparation of all the dishes.
Shoes Of A Supermodel
Supermodel Metinee Kingpayome has collaborated with shoe brand SHU to create two collections, Metinee Kingdom featuring animal prints and Naked Metinee in nude shades. The designs were presented at a fashion show at Siam Square One hosted by SHU Global chief executive director Kornkanok Sawangraumchok and attended by celebrities from the social and entertainment scenes.
Citizen Unveils Thai Brand Ambassador
Meanwhile Citizen and distributor C Thong Panich together with The Mall Group held an event at Siam Paragon to introduce new brand presenter, Mark Prin Suparat. C Thong Panich managing director Wipawan Mahadumrongkul also launched Citizen's latest timepiece, Promaster Sky Blue Angels, incorporating radio-controlled technology, at the event.
Opening of Sukhumvit Gallery
A new hotel, Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit, unveiled its Sukhumvit Gallery, hung with old photos of palaces, buildings and landmarks that mark this main artery of Bangkok. Afternoon tea is served here daily presenting Thai and Western delicacies created by executive chef Frederik Farina. At only 950 baht for a set for two in a tray designed by floral artist Sakul Inthakul, this is a great place to relax in the afternoon. A direct connection to the skytrain makes this a very convenient location.
36th Anniversary of Centara Hotels & Resorts
Another hotel event was the launch of the 36th anniversary celebration of Centara Hotels & Resorts. This Thai hotel brand has grown into an international group to reckon with since its first property at Ladprao opened in 1983. CEO Thirayuth Chirathivat announced that starting from June 3 and for the next 36 days, guests will receive benefits based around the 36 figure, such as a price of 36 baht for the third night at any Centara hotel in Thailand and overseas. Check out its website for lots of good deals.
At The Moulin Rouge
And finally, Holiday Inn & Suites Rayong City Centre celebrated its one and a half year anniversary, proving you can always come up with a reason to have a party. And what a party it was! Following the theme of Moulin Rouge, the ladies turned up in red with feathers flying while the men looked natty in black tie. Hotel owner Pattamabhorn Nokhong worked with Thailand Tatler to invite a group of high-profile guests who weren't shy about dressing up. A superb dinner was served accompanied by a cabaret dance performance. This was an affair that could beat any held in Bangkok. The after-party took place at the adjacent open-air rooftop bar and since all the guests were staying the night in one of the well-appointed suites, many partied on till late.
Previously: Naphalai's Diary: May 20-26