Guru Weekly's Buzz for Nov 18 to 24

So many things to enjoy, so little time.

Our pick of the most exciting products, activities, art exhibitions, shows, food and hotel deals.

STUFF

Naruto collection / Montblanc

In the 20th anniversary celebration of Naruto, Montblanc nods to one of the iconic Japanese anime series by crafting an exclusive collection with them. Montblanc's classic leather goods — including a sling bag, chest bag, tote bag, mini reporter and pouch — come in a refined black colourway and have been juxtaposed with in-action illustrations of Naruto and his mentor Jiraiya. The brand’s iconic Meisterstück writing instruments also get a new look. An anime-style cloud pattern has been engraved on its barrel and the clip looks outstanding in a new coating with an orange finish. Shop at montblanc.com. 

Prada Paradoxe / Prada

After setting up an official account for its beauty department on Instagram recently, Prada kicked off their first posts with a new women's perfume named ”Prada Paradoxe”. Reinventing freshness with Neroli flower buds, the feminine fragrance exudes florality as a top note, complementing a whiff of Calabrian bergamot, with a sense of cosiness and sensuality coming from an amber accord. Like other new collections that showcase a fresh take on Prada's emblematic geometric shape, the floral, ambery fragrance also comes in a triangular bottle, available in two sizes: 90ml and 50ml. Visit prada.com. 

Holiday Collection: Shea Butter Golden Latte / L'Occitane 

Bringing a taste of indulgence to a beauty routine this holiday is a limited-edition collection by France's cosmetics maison, L'Occitane. Inspired by a golden latte (turmeric latte), the cleansing and nourishing essentials are enriched with shea butter and curcuma extract, wrapping your skin in a warm, creamy scent with a blend of spice and orange citrus. This year's holiday collection sees combos of shower foam, soup, body cream, hand cream, a mini bath bomb and more. Check it out at loccitane.com.

JOIN

Bangkok Swapmeet / Steps Community / Nov 19

This Saturday, head over to the Commons Thonglor for "Swapmeet”. Gather stuff you no longer need, whether they are clothes, books, plants, children's toys or household items, to swap or trade. There will also be a mending station and a drop-off point for broken electronics. Visit fb.com/thestepscommunity. 

Ari EcoWalk / AriAround / Nov 20

AriAround, an online community established to build sustainable neighbourhoods, environmentally and socially, explores Ari and Pradipat areas on foot. This isn't the kind of walk where you go looking for photogenic cafes, but is a journey to discover the biodiversity in these neighbourhoods. Ari EcoWalk group is limited to 12 participants. Register at bit.ly/3g6JLCk. 

Sugar Cookie Activity For Thanksgiving / 34eight Coffee & Community / Nov 19

If you’re planning to host Thanksgiving, surprise guests with homemade cookies baked by you and 34Eight Coffee & Community on Phaholyothin 5 Road. For B100 per set, you get to decorate cookies in a Thanksgiving theme with colourful icing. Be among the first 20 participants to reap a B100 F&B voucher. Visit fb.com/34EIGHT. 

Very Festival / Wonder World Park / Nov 25-27

The three-day music fest's final line-up will consist of 36 Thai and international acts on two stages with different headlines for each day. American musician Lauv; who will perform for the third time in Thailand, and LA duo Fiji Blue will kick off the first day. American singer Keshi, Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand, American pop singer John K and Americna-Japanese producer (and Joji’s childhood friend) Rei Brown will take the stage on the second day. Chilean–Norwegian group Boy Pablo and Thai singer-songwriter Phum Viphurit will headline on the last day. More info on free shuttle service and performance schedule at fb.com/veryfestival. Tickets start from B2,900 and are available via Ticketmelon at bit.ly/3qsYCsz. Shows begin at 12.30pm daily and end before midnight, so make sure to check when your favourite acts perform. 

I Love Goodbye / Number 1 Gallery / Until Nov 26

Who would have thought that a de-feathered chicken and duck could be art subjects? Rattapoom Piwpantamit turns them and other subjects such as human skulls into oil paintings in his fifth solo exhibition titled "I Love Goodbye". His paintings evoke death and delicateness at the same time. The exhibition runs until Nov 26 at Number 1 Gallery on Silom 21. More info at fb.com/pages.number1gallery. 

20the Year Alex Face / 127 Building / Until Dec 18

Thailand's best-known street artist Patcharapol Tangruen, aka Alex Face, who made a unique cover for our eighth-anniversary issue, is having a big show to celebrate two decades in the art scene. He started out as a graffiti artist with his signature half-face guy and graduated as one of the most influential street artists in Thailand with his three-eye baby character called “Nong Mardi”, a character based on his daughter. "20th Year Alex Face" features his solo works in various mediums from photographs of his iconic street works, paintings, sculptures and collab pieces with other street artists. It runs until Dec 18 at the 127 Building on Na Ranong Road, across from the Bangkok Post building. Tickets are priced at B350 per person and are available via Ticketmelon at bit.ly/3hupNC2.

The Agaligo: The Classic Story / River City Bangkok / Until Nov 27

This group exhibition showcases seven Thai artists Apichat Jariyavilas, Thana Phothong, Suchat Khwanwan, Noppol Ngamwongwan, Meenamett Sirisuk, Jakkaphan Hiransalee and Aukrawut Rojaunawut. As the name suggests, each of them tells a classic tale that you all know so well through their individual brushstrokes. Organised by MeArt Gallery on the second floor of River City Bangkok in Charoen Krung 24. More info at fb.com/MeArtGallery.World.

STAY

Winter Stay With Breakfast / Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort / Until Feb 28, 2023

Experience a wintry breeze in the north at Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort, which offers a "Winter Stay With Breakfast”. At a starting rate of B5,350 per night, guests can kick back in a deluxe garden-view room while enjoying complimentary breakfast daily. Book and stay until Feb 28, 2023. Visit bit.ly/StayForBreakfastCEIMD.

Exclusive Package / Charras Bhawan / Until Mar 31

Charras Bhawan turned a century-old heritage house into a seaside sanctuary for a tropical escape. Surrounded by the beautiful nature of Khao Tao, the newly-opened hotel and residence is the latest addition to Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan. It boasts four categories of spacious villas that wow with a modern Thai interior and is home to Pawan, a Thai restaurant that whips up traditional recipes. Be among their first guests to luxuriate in Charras Bhawan by booking a minimum of two nights 14 days in advance to reap exclusive benefits, including complimentary daily breakfast and flexible check-in and check-out times. Go to charrasbhawan.com.  

Luxury Breaks / Mandarin Oriental Bangkok / Until Nov 30

It is your last chance to save money on a staycation at the riverfront luxury hotel Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. Until the end of this month, guests who stay for two nights or more will be rewarded with a B2,000 hotel credit per night for room bookings and a B4,000 hotel credit per night for suite guests. Fans of M.O. get extra perks such as complimentary daily breakfast and flexible arrivals and departures as early as noon for check-in and as late as 4pm for check-out. Go to bit.ly/3yHmegd.

EAT

New dishes / Villa Frantzen / Ongoing

From edible to visual delights: new dishes, art and photos, see Villa Frantzén through a new lens. A new dish is the Grilled duck and endive. It comes with truffle, pear in three different forms and sauce Périgourdine, which gets its name from Périgueux, the capital city of the French Périgord region. The sauce is a combination of truffles and Madeira. The duck is dry-aged for several days, grilled and layered on endive cooked in browned butter. What’s not to love?!

The new design details that have been added to Villa Frantzén are curated by Joyn Studioand Stefan Gissberg from Frantzén Group in Stockholm. A newcomer is a sculpture from the Danish brand Lene Bjerre and depicts a face half hidden by a hand. It is made of polyresin, a porcelain-like material. Also new to the restaurant are photographs by a Singaporean photographer, who captured a new side to Villa Frantzén. Visit villafrantzen.com.

Amici Night / Rossini’s, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit / Nov 24

An epicurean evening will be hosted on Nov 24 at featuring a menu crafted by chefs Gaetano Palumbo, Sheraton Grand Sukhumvit’s executive chef, and Danilo Aiassa, Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Golf Resort and Spa’s executive sous chef. “Amici Night” will showcase the finest local, seasonal and imported ingredients at Rossini’s. Indulge in Arancina con Funghi, Tartelletta con Pate’ di Fegatini di Pollo, Gamberi Rossi, Zucca with Arancia e Radicchio and Raviolone di Granchio e Broccoli, among other dishes.

Diners will be treated to a choice of two mouth-watering main courses that highlight the finest produce from land and sea. Simply select from chef Aiassa’s Guancialino di Manzo Brasato al Vino Rosso or chef Palumbo’s Cernia con Salsa Puttanesca. Each dishes will be accompanied by Barolo Monforte d’Alba Piedmont (2018). The menu is priced at B3,600 nett per person for food (only via Line Shop), with an additional B999++ per person for wine pairing or B1,300++ per person for the full experience.

Line Shop: bit.ly/SGS_LINEShopping or Line: @sheratongrandebkk or bit.ly/SGS_LINEOfficial.

WATCH

The Menu in cinemas / Directed by Mark Mylod.

Who’s in it?

Ralph Fiennes, Nicholas Hoult and Ana Taylor-Joy

What’s it about?

A young couple travel to a remote island to eat at Hawthorne, an exclusive restaurant run by celebrity chef Slowik, who has prepared a lavish molecular gastronomy menu where food is treated as conceptual art, but his approach to cuisine has some shocking surprises for the guests.

Why watch it?

It's a menu to die for.

The Lost Lotteries Streaming now on Netflix

A heist-comedy film about five losers united by a crazy mission to retrieve their B30 million-winning lottery tickets from a mafia gang headquartered in a firecracker factory. Directed by Prueksa Amaruji, it stars Wongravee "Sky" Nateetorn, Phantira "Minnie" Pipityakorn as Beat, Napapa "Pat" Tantrakul, Somjit Jongjohor and Padung "Jazz" SongSang. Special guest star is singer Thanaporn "Parn" Wagprayoon. Unfortunately, all these losers are the owners of the same first-prize lottery tickets. The mission to get the ticket back turns out to be: ‘“Die Hard, laugh harder" mission.

Down to Earth with Zac Efron Streaming now on Netflix

Zac Efron journeys around the world with wellness expert Darin Olien in a travel show that explores healthy, sustainable ways to live. 

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