Guru's Weekly Buzz: Aug 11-17
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Guru's Weekly Buzz: Aug 11-17

So many things to enjoy, so little time

SOCIAL & LIFESTYLE
Guru's Weekly Buzz: Aug 11-17

Guru by Bangkok Post's pick of the most exciting products, activities, food and travel to indulge in.

STUFF

GT-2160 sneaker / Asics SportStyle

Asics SportStyle recently announced the return of the GT-2160 sneaker that debuted within the GT-2000 series in the 2010s. The reissue of the heritage model highlights the tech evolution that is taking place in this era of running shoe development. The shoes retain their sleek and wavy aesthetic, which is symbolic of the series. Dual gel technology inserts are positioned in the rearfoot to help create advanced cushioning and comfort underfoot. The GT-2160 model launch with collaborations from DIME and Cecilie Bahnsen include special iterations to mark the return of the heritage runner. The inline version is available in white/pure silver, white/illusion blue, and white/shamrock green for B4,700 on Asics.com and in select stores, including Carnival BKK, Siwilai Store and Beams Thailand.

Drift lamps / Alexander Lamont

Drift Lamps at Alexander Lamont are part of the Malabares Collection, designed by Colombian designer Alberto Velez. The collection explores ideas of asymmetry, balance, substance and flow. Like a refined "balancing act" the Drift Lamps offer sculptural volume while balancing asymmetrical elements that are pleasing to the eye. The Drift Lamp base is wrapped in reflective straw marquetry that beautifully catches the light. An elegant eye-catching lighting element for residential and commercial projects alike. The lamps offer an ascending composition of shifting volumes enhanced by the flowing nature of straw marquetry in dark or light tones. With elegant equilibrium, the lamps are finished with exquisite bronze details at the foot and the base of the lamp’s neck. Email enquiries@alexanderlamont.com.

JOIN

Mother's Day / SF Cinema / Aug 12-14

SF Cinema celebrates Thai Mother's Day by offering free tickets for moviegoers and their mothers. For every ticket purchased for Deluxe Seat, Premium Seat and Prime Seat at all SF branches and Executive Seat at Emprive Cineclub, you'll get another seat for mums for free but there are 20,000 free seats to give away. The hitch is that this offer applies to “Meg 2: The Trench” and “Barbie” on Aug 12 while it applies to “Haunted Mansion”, “Huesera: The Bone Woman” and “The Childe” from Aug 12-14. Women can sign up for general or senior packages of SF+ membership for free from Aug 12-14 at all SF branches nationwide.

Special screening / Imax Paragon Cineplex / Aug 19

Witness an impossible quest return to Earth when an astronaut gets stranded alone on the moon in “The Moon”, directed and written by Yong-hwa Kim of “Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds” fame. The South Korean space drama will be given a special one-off screening at Paragon Cineplex Imax at 1pm on Aug 19. The ticket costs B600 per person and comes with commemorative merch. Tickets will be available from tomorrow, Aug 12 at 11am via Major App and Paragon Cineplex's e-ticket system. Watch the film before anyone else as it will hit cinemas in Thailand on Aug 24.

Second Life / Warin Lab Contemporary / Until Oct 14

Sakarin Krue-on and Jarupatch Achavasmit have joined creative forces to bring the "Second Life" exhibition at Warin Lab Contemporary until Oct 14. Jarupatcha takes the artwork of Sakarin onto her loom and weaves into it new life. After Sakarin’s photographic installation, “Chronicle Of The Landscape” at Warin Lab Contemporary came to an end, the gallery kept the materials for a year. As time ticked on, one question grew louder: “what will become of an artwork when it has already delivered what was primarily expected of it?” In this case, Jarupatcha came in at the right time as one of many possible answers: she deconstructed the artwork and reconstructed it anew. Warin Lab Contemporary is at OP Garden, Charoen Krung 36. It opens from 10.30am-7.30pm.

Indin X Möbius / The Emporium / Until Aug 20

The Emporium and The EmQuartier shopping complexes host the “Indin X Möbius” exhibition to highlight eco-conscious fashion and its effects on the world in the present day. It features a sustainability art collection by Khajornsak Nakpan and Supavee Sirinkraporn from the Faculty of Decorative Arts, Silpakorn University. The exhibition runs until Aug 20 at EM Gallery 2, M floor, The Emporium.

Trash To Treasure Art & Design Contest / Sustainability Expo 2023 / Until Aug 31

The fourth edition of the Trash to Treasure Art Contest returns with an opportunity for art students to showcase their creativity and eco-consciousness. Their submissions must be created from waste after daily life and have never been entered in any competitions before. 2D and 3D artworks or designs are accepted until Aug 31. Visit forms.gle/6hNRSHAKjberzqVb9 to enter for a chance to win cash prizes of B100,000 and an opportunity to have your work on display at the Sustainability Expo 2023, which will take place from Sept 19 to Oct 9 at QSNCC.

Taste Of Korea / Tops / Until Aug 22

To celebrate the National Liberation Day of Korea and please fans of Korean food in Thailand, Tops is hosting "Taste Of Korea" to offer curated food items from Korea such as peaches, muscat grapes, ramyon, sesame oil, kimchi and more. They are available at Tops, Tops Food Hall and Tops Fine Food.

Bar takeover / Stella, Capella Bangkok / Aug 15

Diageo World Class 2015 winner Michito Kaneko from Lamp Bar in Nara, Japan, will take over Stella for a night of refined drinks and Japanese elegance. On Aug 15, Kaneko will concoct his signature libations such as the Lamp Negroni, which injects Nara’s flavours through house-made bitters from cypress trees grown around Nara’s countryside. Lamp Bar is N0.23 Best Bar on the Asia’s 50 Best Bar Awards list for 2023. Call 02-098-3888, 065-998-4674, email stella.bangkok@capellahotels.com or visit fb.com/stellabar.bangkok.

Bar takeover / The St. Regis Bar / Aug 19

People Of The Sun (Pots) in Semarang, the largest city in Central Java, Indonesia, opened at the end of 2022 and is known for its strong Mexican vibes. Bringing those vibes to Bangkok is their head mixologist Demitria “Dana” Paramita, who will take over The St. Regis Bar on Aug 19. For one night only, Dana will create libations with a selection of Japanese gin and whiskey cocktails. Dana, who won the Bacardi Legacy Singapore Champion in 2020, will showcase her skills from 7-11pm. Cocktails start from B490++. Call 02-207-7777, email fb.bangkok@stregis.com, visit stregisbangkok.com or bit.ly/theStRegisBarAndDrawingRoom.

International Rum Day / Tropic City / Aug 16

To mark International Rum Day on Aug 16, Tropic City on Charoen Krung 28 is bringing together some of Thailand’s best bars for a celebration, showcasing rum. From 8pm, catch the Vesper, Mahaniyom, Opium and The Loft shaking, mixing and stirring some of their signature rum concoctions. Call 097-242-2890 or email info@tropiccitybkk.com.


STAY

Innovative additions / Avani+ Palm View Dubai Hotel & Suites 

The Avani Palm View Dubai Hotel & Suites recently announced its rebranding to “Avani+” following a series of notable additions to its facilities. With a brand-new Lebanese-inspired restaurant and a collection of stylish meeting rooms, complemented by a range of social spaces and services at the all-new Avani Club, the hotel is set to renew its position as the flagship Avani property in the region, offering an elevated experience to both business and leisure guests. Avani+ Palm View Dubai’s latest culinary addition, La Sirène, is an urban lifestyle eatery and terrace that pays homage to the vibrant coastal culture of Lebanon. The hotel has expanded its offering with two new meeting rooms, Palm 1 and Palm 2, which are designed to cater specifically to business travellers. The all-new Avani Club’s interiors allows guests to immerse themselves in an inviting ambiance while enjoying a selection of refreshments, drinks and delicacies. Refreshments are served throughout the day, as well as afternoon tea and complimentary pre-dinner drinks. Avani+ Palm View Dubai Hotel & Suites is a 48-storey property in Dubai, between Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Media City and Dubai Marina. Call +971-4-604-2222, email palmview@avanihotels.com or visitavanihotels.com/en/palm-dubai. 

Dining perks / Holiday Inn & Suites Siracha Laemchabang / Until Dec 30

Holiday Inn & Suites Siracha Laemchabang has launched an exclusive 20% savings offer at its participating restaurants and bars. In addition, IHG One Rewards members will receive 100 points for every B350 spent, turning each meal into a rewarding experience. The offer is valid until Dec 30 and can be availed by presenting a membership card or the virtual card available via the IHG One Rewards App. Call 033-251-699, email dmksr.rsvn@ihg.com, visit holidayinn.com/siracha or Line: shop.line.me/@hissiracha.

Best brews / Four Points By Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort / Until Sept 17

Craft beer lovers are invited to experience Phuket’s “Best Brews” with an exclusive new package. Under Four Points By Sheraton’s signature brand beverage programme, guests can experience the vibrant taste of Chalawan Pale Ale, a locally-brewed craft beer available on draft. Under the “Bed & Brews” package, guests who book a One Bedroom Suite at Four Points By Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort will be treated to two “Best Brews” every day of their stay. Rates start from B6,500+++ per night. The offer is valid for bookings and stays until Sept 17. Use the promo code: A5041 when calling 076-645-999 or visiting fourpointsphuketpatong.com.  

Mother's Day / akyra Manor Chiang Mai Hotel / Until Aug 20

Create timeless memories with your Mother and pamper her at the akyra Manor Chiang Mai Hotel, which offers a variety of  perks. Book, for a minimum two-night stay, a Deluxe Room for B5,000 nett per night, Premier Suite for B6,500 nett per night or the Manor Suite for B9,000 nett per night. Package includes daily breakfast for two persons at Italics restaurant or three persons in Suites. Choose from a complimentary sunset drink at Rise Bar, hotel credit for Italics restaurant, room service, mini-bar and in-room massage and around trip transfer from airport. The booking period is until Aug 20, while the stay period is until Sept 30. Call 02-514-8124, email reservation@akaryn.com, visit theakyra.com/chiang-mai or Line: lin.ee/hze5LQA. 

New Route / AirAsia / Until Aug 27

The low-cost airline has launched a new route between Bangkok's Don Mueang and India's Ahmedabad, becoming the airline with the most direct flights to India from Thailand in the process. AirAsia operates three flights to Unesco's World Heritage City per day on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. To celebrate the new route, book a flight for the starting price of B2,990 until Aug 27 for a travelling period from Oct 10, to Mar 30, 2024 via the AirAsia Superapp.


EAT

The wonder of Japanese wagyu / Akira Back Restaurant and Bar / Until Aug 31

Akira Back Restaurant and Bar on the top floor of Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park will hold the “The Wonder Of Japanese Wagyu” this month, with a new limited-time promotion that will elevate your evening to the highest levels of epicurean excellence. Until Aug 31, a trio of signature dishes using prime Wagyu beef, which has been selected for its sublime flavour and succulent texture and imported direct from the lush grasslands of Japan, will be served. Indulge in Yukhoe (B680++), Wagyu beef tartare with pine nuts, Korean nashi pear and quail’s egg; Kagoshima ribeye A5, 350g, (B4,500++), steak served with green asparagus, roasted garlic and mixed mushrooms; and Kagoshima tenderloin A5, 200g, (B3,600++), enhanced with black garlic potato purée, matcha Maldon sea salt and beef jus. Call 02-059-5999 or visit sevn.ly/xoEv4Bl5.

Mooncake delight / So/ Bangkok / Until Aug 31

This Mid-Autumn Festival Chocolab at So/ Bangkok offers a unique mooncake box, representing So/ Brand Pillars Characteristic unlike the others. The mooncake box consists of four flavours, including the Classic assorted nuts, Lotus seed with salted egg yolk, Durian with salted egg yolk and Chocolab’s signature chocolate mooncake. Early bird special if booked and purchased before Aug 31 at B1,088 nett. Call 02-624-0000, email h6835-fb8@so-hotels.com or visit bit.ly/3XixoVb.

Handcrafted mooncakes / Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok / Until Sept 29

This year, the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok executive Chinese chef Andy Leong presents four tempting flavours of mooncakes, Custard, White lotus seed with egg yolk, Durian with egg yolk, and the new east-west flavour for 2023 — Dark chocolate Grand Marnier and orange confit, which uses organic mandarin and responsibly-sourced dark chocolate. Two eco-friendly boxes are on offer; the luxury box is in elegant light wood, while the classic box is crafted from paper with the allure of natural wood. Both boxes are in the iconic red colour symbolising celebration. The luxury box is also equipped with an ingeniously embedded Bluetooth speaker and is a music box with a difference — you can curate your playlist, adding a personal touch to the festivities. The Oriental Classic Box with eight mooncakes is priced at B998 nett and the luxury box with eight mooncakes, a tin of TWG special blend and a Bluetooth speaker is priced at B3,198 nett. The mooncakes are available at The China House and The Mandarin Oriental Shops at Siam Paragon, Central Chidlom, The Emporium and Gaysorn Village, or shop online at  bangkok.mandarinorientalshop.com. Call 02-659-9000 or email mobkk-mooncake@mohg.com.

Girolle mushrooms / Red Sky Restaurant / Until Aug 31

Embark on an extraordinary culinary adventure at Red Sky restaurant at Centara Grand at CentralWorld. The unique Girolle mushroom takes centrestage in the new seasonal menu crafted by chef de cuisine Luca Russo. The mushrooms are one of the most prized and sought-after of all wild mushrooms due to their exquisite herby and slightly peppery flavours with an aroma that hints at fruity apricots. Expect Crispy breaded egg with girolle mushrooms Parmesan fondue and black truffles (B990++), Pan-seared Hokkaido scallops with Girolle mushrooms and cauliflower (B1,095++), Hand-crafted tagliolini with Girolle mushrooms and asparagus (B1,390++), Roasted Ōra king salmon with Girolle mushrooms, confit potatoes and parsley oil (B1,750++) and 72-hour cooked A5 Japanese Hitachiwagyu beef with Girolle mushrooms and charred endives (B 2,550++).  The new menu is available until Aug 31. Call 02-100-6255 or email us at diningcgcw@chr.co.th.

Mother’s Day / Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park / Aug 11-13

Indulge in special Mother’s Day treats at the Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park’s Xin Tian Di. The Cantonese restaurant has a set menu available from Aug 11-13 for lunch and dinner. The  Joyful Love Set (Set A) for 10 persons is priced at B13,888 nett and the Warm Love Set (Set B) for 10 persons is B20,950 nett. The sets come with Chinese and chrysanthemum tea. Buy vouchers at bit.ly/mtdmtxenpr or Line: bit.ly/mtxlsenpr.


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