Guru's Weekly Buzz: May 19-25
So many things to enjoy, so little time
Guru By Bangkok Post's weekly pick of the most exciting products, activities, food and hotel deals.
Uniqlo Core T-shirt Spring/Summer 2023 / Uniqlo
Uniqlo unveils its Spring/Summer 2023 Core T-shirt collection, with a design note highlighting the crew neck silhouette. The line-up of basic Uniqlo U tees arrives courtesy of the brand's Paris team, led by artistic director Christophe Lemaire, and features a vibrant spectrum of colours. From oversized to relaxed and fitted to very fitted, the collection offers a range of silhouettes that cater to different tastes and lifestyles, channelling the brand's core philosophy of LifeWear, defined as "clothing that is designed to make everyone's life better". The t-shirt range is available in 100% cotton and AIRism, which ensures moisture-wicking benefits. Go to uniqlo.com/th.
Humanrace Collab Collection / Adidas Originals
Pharrell Williams returns to Adidas Originals for another collaborative footwear collection, titled "Humanrace Samba Colours By Pharrell". The American artist and fashion designer — who newly succeed Virgil Abloh as Louis Vuitton's men's creative director — has reinterpreted the three stripes' classic model, Adidas Samba, by painting them in a bold monochromatic colour scheme that includes black, brown, green, lilac, orange, pink, red, white and yellow. Experiencing a little déjà vu? You are not alone. It's a nod to Williams' Superstar "Supercolour Pack" from 2015, which featured 50 colourways for the Adidas Superstar. However, Pharrell’s interpretation of Samba's silhouette focuses on craftsmanship and lux materials, offering all-around high-end leather upper and leather shoelaces sourced from Ecco Leather. Stay tuned at adidas.co.th.
Nytillverkad Collection / Ikea
As part of its 80-anniversary celebration, Ikea announced the Nytillverkad collection at 2023 Milan Design Week. The Swedish furniture giant is gearing up to launch a range of furnishings plumbed from its archives and given a colourful, contemporary refresh. The highlights include the mid-century Lövet table, introduced in 1956, in royal blue, vibrant tangerine and mint green and a stylish gold metal finish on each table's leg end. Originally designed by designer Rutger Andersson in 1978, the Smed coat stand breaks free from its original dull colour with a bold-yet-soft palette of lavender, Sicilian yellow and black. The upcoming drop also focuses on the brand's iconic Krypkornell pattern by Swedish textile designer Sven Fristedt, which has been reintroduced in vivid multicoloured for bedding, kitchen accessories, pre-cut fabric and cushion covers. Visit ikea.com/th.
Spring Summer 2023 Atelier / Cos
Cos introduced its Spring Summer 2023 Atelier collection of day-to-evening garments against the distinctively ornate 18th-century backdrop of the Hôtel d’Évreux on Place Vendôme in Pairs on May 17. Drawing inspiration from a city recognised for exceptional haute couture, the collection exhibits a dedication to craftsmanship, capturing the fine art of effortless event dressing through the Cos lens. Set in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, the epicentre of European luxury, voluminous dresses with hidden construction are introduced alongside Cos’ contemporary tailoring, solidifying the brand’s foray into occasion wear. Illustrating the impeccable attention to detail that defines the collection, menswear pieces share the same fluid silhouettes as womenswear, accompanied by light cotton shirts, elevated with intricate embroidery. The Cos Atelier collection is available at EmQuartier. Visit th.cos.com.
EU Sustainable Food & Craft Market 2023 / European Union in Thailand / May 20
The European Union in Thailand and Bangkok Farmers' Market are joining hands in organising the "EU Sustainable Food & Craft Market 2023" this Saturday at Museum Siam. The full-day event promotes culinary diversity while showcasing a sustainable lifestyle through family-friendly activities. More than 40 vendors will set up shop, where visitors can browse through an array of food and craft products. Take part in interactive workshops such as mushroom replanting with REFresh Farm and Host International Thailand Foundation, while Climate Fresk will teach you about climate change actions through quiz games. Makeup artist Amata Chittasenee, better known as Pearypie, will unveil her secret to perfecting natural-colour makeup looks. Stay for an exclusive cooking show by H.E. Mr David Daly, the EU Ambassador to Thailand, with a special guest Khemupsorn "Cherry" Sirisukha, joining as his helping hand. Join for free by pre-registering at bit.ly/3VKL6iO. Visit fb.com/EUinThailand.
Cultural District Bangkok 2023 / Museum Siam / Until May 28
After visiting the EU Sustainable Food & Craft Market 2023 at Museum Siam, make sure to drop by one of Cultural District Bangkok 2023's five venues nearby. The cultural festival returns with the concept of "Phranakorn On Drama", breathing new life into five historical locations in Bangkok's old town that were once lively entertainment hubs. Head over to National Museum Bangkok for a series of traditional plays inspired by historical events. Catch likay (musical folk drama) at Mahakan Fort Park, as well as a special talk and a photo exhibition by The Royal Photographic Society of Thailand. Delve back into the 90s through a mini-concert hosted by the record boutique Nong Taprachan at the front yard of Phra Chan Pier, while the Saranrom Park is humming jazz, thanks to a jamming session by local artists. Go to fb.com/CulturalDistrictBangkok.
Runic Magic Workshop / Tentacles Workshop / May 20
Who says magic isn't real? The Ace of Cups cafe team will introduce you to the world of runic magic at their workshop this Saturday at Tentacles Workshop. For B2,800 per person, aspiring wizards and witches can learn about the origins of ancient alphabetic writing and the meanings behind each runic alphabet, as well as how to use them for fortune-telling. The rate includes a wooden rune set. Book a seat at fb.com/TentaclesN22.
Rave Workout / King Power Mahanakhon / May 27
King Power Mahanakhon will be hosting a “Rave Workout” with a techno yoga session along with Brew Yoga Thailand on May 27 from 7-10pm. The event will kick off with an hour of Brew Yoga, which features invigorating and unique exercise activities that combine yoga moves and music. Enjoy refreshing drinks while taking a few sips while settling into a pose. Then, this is followed by an uplifting Rave Workout session featuring an energetic dance session with a live DJ pumping out massive rave beats. Join the secret show, rave workout and dance session with DJ KartyPartyy. Package A: Techno yoga, rave workout and party with DJ KartyPartyy is priced at B1,499 per person, including two drinks. Package B: Rave workout and party with DJ KartyPartyy is priced at B999 per person, including two drinks. Buy tickets at bit.ly/Book-Ticket-Rave-Workout. Call 02-677-8721 or visit kingpowermahanakhon.co.th.
The Mystery & Myths of Caviar / Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok / May 27
An informative masterclass on “The Mystery & Myths of Caviar” will be organised by Thai Sturgeon Farm and Caviar House on May 27 from 10-11.30am in the lecture hall of The Campus on the lower lobby of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. Refreshments will be served from 9.30-10am during registration. The masterclass will be conducted in English by Dr Alexey Tyutin, MD of Thai Sturgeon Farm. Learn why caviar became one of the most sought-after delicacies throughout the ages by tsars, emperors and kings, as well as its extraordinary health benefits. A registration fee of B1,000 per person should be transferred to Caviar House’s Kasikornbank (KBank) account No.001-135-8667 in order to secure attendance. Call 090-790-0997 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants are limited to 40.
Pet Getaway / InterContinental Khao Yai / Until Dec 20
Your pet deserves a break too! Treat them to a mountain getaway with you at InterContinental Khao Yai, where you and your furry companions can experience the charm of train travel glamour. With the "Pet Getaway" package, the luxury train-themed resort offers a night stay in one of its six pet-friendly King Classic rooms, which includes exclusive amenities such as a dog bed, food bowls, piddle pads and welcome treats for you good boys and girls. Reap dining and spa offers, as well as joining complimentary resort activities, including Tai Chi and yoga classes, a naturalist tour and cycling. Your first pet can join your stay for free. However, an additional charge applies to the second pet. Visit khaoyai.intercontinental.com.
Romantic Weekend Getaway / Park Hyatt Bangkok / Until Dec 25
Park Hyatt Bangkok invites you to escape to a world of romance and luxury with "Romantic Weekend Getaway". Starting at B22,260 per night, the package includes a night stay with daily breakfast included. As a sweet gesture from the hotel, surprise your date with a flower bouquet and chocolate truffles, along with a complimentary bottle of champagne to pop the cork. Treat your sweetheart to a romantic seven-course dinner with wine pairing at the Spanish-Catalonian cuisine Embassy Room, which was recently featured in the Michelin Guide Thailand 2023. Flexible check-in and check-out times and a B2,500 dining credit are included in the package. Top off your stay with an afternoon tea set when booking a minimum stay of two nights. Book by Dec 25 for a stay until Dec 31. Visit bit.ly/2wZVRpH.
Find Your Shangri-La / Shangri-La Bangkok / Until Dec 31
Be among the first to experience the exclusive reopening of Shangri-La Bangkok's Krungthep Wing with an introductory offer. Book now to enjoy a luxurious riverside staycation with a room and breakfast, plus a rejuvenating 60-minute body massage for two guests. Rates start at B7,500 per night for a Krungthep River View room. Booking is available by June 30 for stays before Sept 30. Meanwhile, the group has launched its new "Find Your Shangri-La" global campaign, created to help guests find their personal moments of joy at the luxury hotel chain renowned for its delivery of Asian hospitality. For guests with epicurean tastes, the “Find Your Shangri-La” menus are inspired by Chinese and regional Asian cuisines and interpreted through the hotels’ local culinary cultures. A collection of imaginative cocktails and mocktails, available until Dec 31, include The Daydreamer, Taste Of Eden and The Sky Is The Limit. Shangri-La Bangkok offers a delightful limited-time set menu at the Shang Palace created by executive Chinese chef, Tan Kwang Aik. The “Whimsical Set Menu” at the Shang Palace includes the Magic Octopus — an aromatic Braised octopus spiced peanut crumble and Charred jalapeno peppers, scallops and caviar, Sichuan braised Wagyu short rib, and Koi bird's nest soya milk pudding. Available at B4,288++ per set. Visit shangri-la.com/bangkok.
Bi-monthly menu / 25 Degrees Bangkok / Until June 30
On May 28, the American-style burger bar will be teaming up with Heinz Selection to celebrate World Burger Day 2023 for a drool-worthy experience. Made from natural and premium ingredients, Heinz’s flavourful sauces are the ultimate sidekick to 25 Degrees’ gourmet signature burgers. After all, what’s a burger without its condiments to bring all those awesome flavours together? The American Cheeseburger starts off with classic fluffy brioche buns, then stacked with a sirloin beef patty, Cheddar, pickles and a super zesty piccalilli. For one day only, diners can get the American Cheeseburger for B190 nett and their second cheeseburger for US$1! Meanwhile, through May and June, 25 Degrees’ take of The Reuben features marbled rye bread generously topped with corned beef, balanced out with tangy sauerkraut and refreshing cucumber pickles. It gets followed up by Gruyere, then sauced up with a duo of Thousand Island and Dijon mustard. Diners can enjoy it for just B450 nett. Start with the popular candy bar for a “nice” milkshake — Snickers. The sweet-and-salty Snickers Peanut Milkshake is priced at B220 nett. For the “naughty”, at B350 nett sip on a boozy treat, the Irish Whiskey Coffee Milkshake. Call 02-352-4192 or Line:@25degreesbkk.
Chilli fest / Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok / May 27-28
Thailand’s first ever “Chilli Fest” is guaranteed to spike your dopamine levels to the new heights. Chilli Fest takes over Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok on May 27-28 at the Urban Oasis and Stock.Room. Diners can tackle the heat with beloved street food favourites from the spiciest parts of the world — Mexico, India, China, Chile, Indonesia and Thailand, prepared by chefs from Bangkok restaurants and participating InterContinental Hotels & Resorts properties, at prices starting from B100. Cool off with Two To Tipsy by Roasts crafted ice cream, which includes a special chilli recipe. Join the chilli-eating competition to vie for B10,000 in cash. Second and third place winners receive dining vouchers worth B7,000 and B4,000, respectively. Shop for hot sauce by That Daeng Sauce and Firepower Hot Sauces, get free small chilli tattoos by California Ink Bangkok, be entertained by a fire show, DJs and live bands, and wander through the “Hot House”. The Chilli Fest takes place on May 27 at Urban Oasis from 2-9pm, with an entry fee of B150 that comes with a complimentary drink. Grab an early bird deal at B100 only. A portion of proceeds will be donated to CCF Foundation. The mini-chilli fest-themed brunch at Stock.Room will be from noon to 3pm on May 28 and is priced at B 2,550++ per person, including soft drinks, or unlimited tipples for B3,500++ per person. Call 02-056-9999 or visit bit.ly/PRChilliFestEN.
Cantonese dim sum / Xin Tian Di, Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park / Until May 28
Xin Tian Di restaurant at Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park will welcome chefs Andy Siao Chun Keat and Yap Shang Way from the award-winning Tao Chinese Cuisine at the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur. Renowned for their culinary ingenuity, guests can look forward to indulging in a “yum cha” all-you-can-eat buffet composed of exquisite Cantonese dim sum curated by the two chefs until May 28 for B888++ per person. Pricing is inclusive of traditional Chinese and chrysanthemum tea, available for lunch and dinner. With chefs Keat and Way at the helm, guests can enjoy their signature live dim sum offerings, including an exquisite prawn dumpling with Italian black truffle paste, succulent abalone siew mai, and more. Call 02-632-9000 or email email@example.com.
Anniversary celebrations / Mirihi, the Maldives / May 25-27
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Mirihi Island Resort is welcoming Chicago’s chef Noah Sandoval of two Michelin-starred Oriole to showcase his contemporary culinary style using Maldivian ingredients and a cocktail pop-up by Julia Momosé of Kumiko, No.25 on the 2022’s World’s 50 Best Bars list. Mirihi guests can experience these pop-up events on May 25t-27. In addition to offering private overwater and beach villas, a luxury spa/wellness programme and a world-class diving programme, these pop-up experiences will add to the guest experiences available at Mirihi, making it a trip of a lifetime. In addition to a multi-course culinary experience, Mirihi welcomes mixologist Momosé to take over the bar at Anba Bar, Mirihi’s part open-air bar with the largest selection of rum in the Maldives. She will also be curating Mirihi’s in-villa 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Cocktail Kit, including local Muraka Rum and Maldivian ingredients. Call +960-668-0500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Culinary extravaganza / Rossini’s, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit / May 26-28
Discover the culinary talent of chef Paolo Griffa, chef-patron of the Michelin-starred Paolo Griffa al Caffè Nazionale in Italy at Rossini’s. The dining event will showcase fine Italian gastronomy during Italian National Week celebrations. The Italian ambassador to Thailand and president of the Italian Trade Commission will present chef Griffa with a special award for his extraordinary impact on the culinary world. On May 26-27, diners will be treated to a set menu that shows off Griffa’s imaginative and culinary style, including Marinated Arctic char, radishes and yoghurt, and White asparagus and almond chawanmushi with black truffle). Vegetarians (B5,800++) won’t be disappointed with the alternative menu, either. The non-vegetarian menu is priced at B8,000++. On May 28, an exclusive lunch awaits in the Royal Suite, limited to 10 diners and is priced at B15,000++ per person. Call 02-649-8888 or email email@example.com.
Seasonal menu / Red Sky, Centara Grand at CentralWorld / Until May 31
Red Sky is offering its latest seasonal menu that celebrates the arrival of white asparagus. Diners can enjoy the unique flavours of this seasonal superstar ingredient in dishes such as the Poached white asparagus with light citrus sabayon for B950++ or Poached white asparagus with mimosa dressing, fresh chives, and Xeres vinegar for B950++. Other highlights include the Silky white asparagus soup with pan-seared foie gras and sesame whipped cream for B950++ and the White asparagus meunière with sun-dried tomatoes, roquette salad and balsamic dressing for B950++ The seasonal menu is available until the end of May. Call 02-100-6255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fast X in cinemas
Directed by Louis Leterrier.
Who's in it?
Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Ludacris, Jason Momoa, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Brie Larson, Alan Ritchson, Daniela Melchior, Scott Eastwood, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron and Rita Moreno.
What’s it about?
Dominic Toretto must protect his crew and family from Dante Reyes, the son of drug lord Hernan Reyes, seeking revenge for the loss of his family's fortune from the heist in Rio de Janeiro.
Why watch it?
A sequel, which is tentatively planned to serve as the 11th main instalment, is in development. So, watch this first.
The Black Phone on HBO Go
Premieres on May 20
Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney. Stars Ethan Hawke and Mason Thames.