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  • LIFE

    Everything's coming up Rosewood

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 29/06/2018

    » Rosewood is not a name that rings any personal bells, but I first unknowingly came across it while on a night out in Beijing. The so-far-lousy night took a turn when the social editor of a high-society magazine ushered me to get off my stool at the dingy bar we were in. We were first-timers in Beijing and unlike the Western press in the group, she was in no mood for pole dancers and Mandarin rock covers. She was the most well-informed and refined tippler of the Thai group, so we trustingly followed her taste to Rosewood Beijing, knowing whatever it was, it wasn't going to be the Chinese version of Patpong. It was the right decision, the one we should have gone with three hours earlier. What greeted us upon arrival were stunning high ceilings, stylish understatement and immense relief that there are chic and modern places to head to in the post-Mao capital.

  • LIFE

    Ain't no stopping us now

    Muse, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 28/04/2018

    » 'I would like to thank my friends and family for supporting me through all this and letting me know that it's OK to study rotting leaves," said Professor Amy T. Austin during her acceptance speech last month in Paris. There was good humour and chuckles rang throughout the Unesco House, but there was also an underlying distress that provides a portal to understanding what sort of tribulations female scientists must go through.

  • LIFE

    Concerned citizen of the world arrives from Westeros

    Muse, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 14/10/2017

    » The Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on television screens and the one in real life share a striking similarity -- both are adamant in their wills to fight off the White Walkers.

  • LIFE

    New looks, old values

    Muse, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 22/04/2017

    » 'Whatchu lookin' at?" Rattanarat "Ploy" Aurthaveekul might have yelled back to her husband's stare before they leave the house. Her taunting look is, however, followed by a sheepish chuckle, before she adds: "Gosh, this outfit is actually really uncomfortable and kind of revealing too. I guess I should go change." Gone are her fashionably freewheeling days -- her closet now tipping more mother than model. But that's about the most that has changed for this style icon, best known as one half of the modelling/actress twins Petch-Ploy.

  • LIFE

    Killing me softly

    Muse, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 10/12/2016

    » There's something simple, but exceedingly special about Tawjan Catherine Punyasingh's recently released cookbook Great Food Good Fest. A quick skim through would evoke the same reflex of going "awww" at dog pictures, except there are squid and salted egg lava buns in these pictures, instead. Something about it just warms your heart and fills you with a pressing urge to get up to make these dishes, even if you are the type that couldn't cook to save yourself. Perhaps it is the book's realistic nature, and as we meet at her home, she whips up a strawberry hazelnut chocolate tart and pumpkin and corn croquette for us -- something even the most hopeless can make this holiday season.

  • LIFE

    Out of the cave, ready to rumble

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 22/04/2016

    » With his square-rimmed black glasses, perfectly-gelled hair and tall, lanky build, Isaac Hempstead Wright looks like the geeky but cute wallflower BFF that's just dropped out of a Hollywood teen flick. Of course, it was actually dropping out of a tower -- after witnessing Operation Incest -- that he is known for, in his role as Bran Stark from the wildly-popular series Game Of Thrones.

  • LIFE

    Silence is the enemy

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 25/11/2015

    » The course of Linor Abargil's life has been shaped by two extremes -- she was raped at knifepoint at 18 and six weeks later she was crowned Miss World 1998. Her story of survival and how she got her rapist a 16-year sentence in jail has turned Abargil into a household shero in her homeland Israel, as well as a globe-trotting advocate fighting against sexual violence. The 35-year-old has spoken about it extensively, probably over a hundred times all over the world in various centres and interviews -- not that it becomes any easier each time.

  • OPINION

    Sentiment lost in symbols

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 11/11/2015

    » Personally, November is a bit of a bummer month, for not having anything to look forward to. The only festive frolicking is Loy Krathong -- and I'm not sure what that commemorates or celebrates precisely. Out of habit and some weird justification, my household will probably have to float something in our little village pond. Mostly because it's become a bit of a societal requirement -- you're considered a total misanthrope if the neighbours notice that you don't show up. Besides being shunned by the village, would I be forever blacklisted by the water gods for choosing to opt out of this eye-watering and ecologically reckless festival? 

  • TRAVEL

    Nurture your children with travel

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 05/11/2015

    » Japan is such a haven for all ages. Whether your calling is food, nature, shopping or Gundam models, there's much available to feed all senses, for everyone from those who have yet to walk to the barely walking. If you've got kids, there's the obvious option of Disneyland and toy paradise Kiddie Land, but past the crown of consumerism, the Land of the Rising Sun offers a bevy of development destinations where children not only play, but also learn in the process.

  • LIFE

    Blue goes pink for charity

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 16/10/2015

    » There's only good that can come out of eating for a cause. For the third year, Blue Elephant once again turns on their pink lights that beautifully splashes onto their century-old building on South Sathon to raise awareness for breast cancer. Throughout October, an a la carte "Pink Ribbon Menu" will be on offer, for both lunch and dinner, with proceeds from the menu benefiting Thai women in need at the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer (QSCBC). 

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