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Freeze For The Kids at Novotel Bangkok Platinum



Novotel Bangkok Platinum celebrated its first birthday recently by organising a charity event called Freeze for the Kids, in which the hotel organised one of the biggest Freeze Mobs in Thailand.  Extra activities and booths helped to raise money for disadvantaged children under the Yim Kids Foundation in front of the hotel’s entrance.

The Freeze Mob took place on the morning of 25th November 2012 at 11:11 hrs and gathered over 100 participants.  Hotel employees were aided by members of the public who froze for two minutes. Besides the Freeze Mob, the hotel team sold 300 “Freeze for the Kids” t-shirts, pastries, cup cakes and cookies raising over THB 30,000 net for Accor’s Yim Kids Foundation.

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The 29th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok


HRH Princess Soamsawali looking at the Christmas Tree of Degree Lighting
represented by Sirin Lertvorapreecha, Managing Director, and by artist Suthana Mokavesh.

HRH Princess Soamsawali recently graciously presided at the 29th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, to celebrate the 85th birthday of HM King Bhumibhol, to thank the hotel’s loyal clients and friends, and to welcome the festive season.

This year marks the sixth year that the Christmas Tree Charity Project has been organised by the hotel with various sponsors, along with a handful of celebrity artists who designed their trees.  The best decorated Christmas Tree by popular votes went to the tree of Sonite Innovative Surfaces Co.,Ltd by Dr. Singh Intrachooto.

The winner went home with a trophy presented by HRH Princess Soamsawali.

The Christmas trees are displayed around Parichart Court, the open-air courtyard at the hotel, until December 26th.  Proceeds from the company donations will go toward the Haematological Cancer Research Centre at Chulalongkorn Hospital.

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Traces of Thought at V64 Art Studio in Bangkok



Artist Sorayut Duangjai with his painting "A Brave Man"


Five contemporary Thai artists have joined forces to present a collection of their works entitled "Traces of Thought" at V64 Art Studio in Bangkok.

Each artist presents their own unique slant on life, giving the exhibition a wide range of styles, with different practices evident throughout.  From the resin technique sculpture collection “Beads” to the mixed media presentation “The Conversations Are Not Answers”, art for all tastes is here.

All five are art teachers at Rajamangala University of Technology.  The original idea to get them together was so that they could tell their personal stories through their distinctive individually crafted approaches.

The exhibition is the first to be held at the Gallery’s brand new “64 Gallery 2”, which was also opened on the same night: November 29th.

“Traces of Thought” will be on display until December 21st.

Words and photos by Paul Hutton, Bangkok Scene.


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Cool New Terrace Opens at Jojo at The St. Regis in Bangkok




Noted Italian Restaurant Jojo recently re-launched their trendy outdoor terrace, remodelled just in time for Bangkok’s cool season.  To celebrate, the establishment has inaugurated a new happy hour promotion entitled 6-9 @ The Terrace, Jojo.

Restaurant Manager Renan Astolpho (above) was on hand to celebrate the opening of the after work promotion, which runs, as the title implies, from 6pm until 9pm.  Guests will enjoy free flow sangria and beer to accompany a selection of Italian canapés.

The restaurant can be found on the ground floor of The St. Regis, which is ideally situated adjacent to the Rajadamri Skytrain station.  A distinctly modern restaurant with a large dining room, Jojo has a 20 seat bar with high tables and stools, as well as the inviting outdoor terrace for alfresco dining.

Words and photos by Paul Hutton, Bangkok Scene.


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New Menu Delights Riverside Diners at Bangkok's Sambal Bar and Grill



Cheg Mark Hannon with a starter selection from his new menu at Sambal Bar and Grill

New York native Mark Hannon has been busy revamping the menus at The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Bangkok since his recent appointment, with Sambal Bar and Grill taking precedence.

Mark comes to Thailand via stints in Miami, Chicago, Australia and Dubai.  His father’s seafood restaurant proved to be his early inspiration, before he went on to graduate from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute.  He worked alongside celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein and then rose through the ranks to become sous chef for Chef Clay Conley.  In Chicago Mark was appointed as executive chef for the first time, working at the prestigious Quince Restaurant.

A one year hiatus travelling and working in Australia was followed by two appointments in Dubai.  Mark worked first at the ocean front Nasimi Restaurant at the iconic Atlantis the Palm, before joining Hunters, at The Westin Mina Seyahi.

With a wealth of experience to call on, but with curiosity about local ingredients and cooking habits beckoning, Mark immersed himself in the culture of kitchens and markets throughout Bangkok.  He then got down to the business of creating, with the results providing an intriguing blend of international and local flavours that give riverside diners the chance to sample something that little bit different.

Words and photos by Paul Hutton, Bangkok Scene.

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Monlada Third Anniversary at Zen in Bangkok: The Fashion



Fashion designer Monlada Pongpanit takes the plaudits at the end of her exclusive fashion show at Zen

Monlada has gone back 100 years for the inspiration for her new designs in the Freedomz Collection, which was presented to an enthusiastic audience in an exclusive fashion show at Zen’s event gallery at CentralWorld in Bangkok.

The collection expresses the two different sides of love, with the recent anniversary of the Titanic disaster providing the motivation to recreate the look of the era.

Prominent features that were found in female costumes during the 1912 period, the same time as the Titanic event, have been used, with corsets and dresses that accentuate the female aesthetic shape reworked for the modern age.

Celebrities such as M.R. Srikamrung Yukol, Srikanya Sakdidej Panupan, Napassanan Pasawongse, Prakasit Phornprapha, M.L. Atthadit Diskul, Anandadvip Chayangkul Na Ayutthaya and Akanit Wichiencharoen took to the catwalk to help Monlada showcase her latest looks.

Words and photos by Paul Hutton, Bangkok Scene.


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Monlada Third Anniversary at Zen in Bangkok: The Party




Monlada Pongpanit celebrated her third anniversary as owner of the famous Bangkok fashion house Monlada with a star studded party at Zen's Event Gallery at CentralWorld in Bangkok.  The event gave Monlada the opportunity to showcase her latest collection, The Freedomz Collection, during an exclusive fashion show.  Celebrities who participated on the catwalk included M.R. Srikamrung Yukol, Srikanya Sakdidej Panupan, Napassanan Pasawongse, Prakasit Phornprapha, M.L. Atthadit Diskul, Anandadvip Chayangkul Na Ayutthaya and Akanit Wichiencharoen.


Photos by Paul Hutton, Bangkok Scene.


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Numero Magazine Launch Party at Phayathai Palace in Bangkok




Fond Publishing International held a party for celebrities and fashion gurus at Dhevaratsaparom Throne Hall at Phayathai Palace on November 22nd 2012 to officially launch French magazine Numero's Thailand edition.

Dress code for the evening, which was themed "Gallery in Palace", was black and white, and guests were treated to fashion shows by leading designers.


Photos by Paul Hutton, Bangkok Scene


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Rolls Royce Phantom Series 2 Launch in Bangkok



Rolls Royce Reflections - the Phantom 2 Series has arrived in Bangkok


The Rolls Royce Showroom in Rama 3 Road in Bangkok was the scene for the launch of the stylish brand’s new Phantom Series ll on November 21st 2012.  Cutting edge technology is prevalent throughout the new cars, with LED light clusters and enhancements to the already peerless drive train being implemented.

Phantom Series II follows Sir Henry Royce’s maxim “Take the best that exists and make it better”.

Photos by Paul Hutton, Bangkok Scene, and courtesy of Rolls Royce


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