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  • LIFESTYLE

    Made in China, via Bangkok

    Muse, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 26/08/2017

    » It's not often that you get to see austere ministers of various ministries, business bigwigs, Hong Kong superstar Ray Lui (better known in Thailand as Tingli), K-pop singers and hundreds of screaming groupies all in the same room. Yet all those differing personalities came together under the flashing glitz and glam of the Thailand Headlines Person of the Year Award ceremony last month at Bangkok Convention Centre, Centara Grand.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The go-to fashion brand for petite ladies

    Muse, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 09/12/2017

    » Sweet and petite, Rassarine "Kathy" Tanachaiwattanapokin makes the kind of clothes that are perfect for small, dainty women. Although her feminine brand, Made of Fabric, has been around since 2011, it was only this season that the founder/designer presented her autumn/winter collection, "Dreamless Romance", with a big, rosy splash at CentralWorld. With a childhood spent around fabrics and a master's degree in fashion from Istituto Maragoni, Rassarine has turned her passion into a popular label -- so much so that Chinese tourists make her store a stop on their travel itineraries. Using herself as the prototypical model, you'll be sure to always find itsy-bitsy pieces here (Kathy loves short hemlines because they make legs look longer). We talked to the designer about her brand's history and why the girlie girls love it.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The virtuous one

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 14/04/2017

    » Liam Cunningham is quite a funny bunny -- a stark opposite of the character he is best known for portraying: Game Of Thrones' dependably virtuous knight, Ser Davos Seaworth. While in Bangkok earlier this month, he unflinchingly munched the head off fried insects at the street stall and gleefully admitted to nicking tiny props from the set every year, be it the small wooden stag or coins from Braavos. He asks the props man first of course, and most of it ends up on his daughter's "wall of awesome" in her bedroom.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Living the dream

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 27/04/2018

    » Paris may not be as famed for the art of afternoon tea as the UK, but that doesn't mean it's not worth your while. If you're in the City of Lights and have a craving for some top-notch tipple time, make it at Cafe Antonia, housed inside the palatial hotel Le Bristol. The cafe may be named after Queen Marie Antoinette (her mother called her Antonia as a child), but crowds from all circles seem to be drawn to this airy eatery that offers drinks, sandwiches and afternoon tea. There's not even that many tourists, but rather, a large number of locals, be it office men, fashionable Parisians or senior women who come for their delightful high tea sets.

  • LIFESTYLE

    From Porto with love

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 10/10/2017

    » In our conversation with Portugal's ambassador to Thailand, His Excellency Francisco Vaz Patto, among the things that came up were: WTF Gallery and Cafe, start-up incubators, same-sex marriage and Tawn C.'s recent spring/summer 2018 fashion show.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The Rolex Way

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 22/09/2016

    » The king of the sports watch, Rolex, and Cortina Watch have just opened the doors of a palatial boutique and permanent exhibition at Marina Square in Singapore. In the 513m² boutique, you'll be seeing lots of green, a very comprehensive display of the Oyster and Cellini collections (among other Rolex watches set with diamonds, sapphires and rubies) and a proper bar that could easily keep a party of 100 sipping all night.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Museum (store) dreams

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 28/07/2016

    » The Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York is the second-most visited museum in the world, trailing only after France's Louvre. This legendary statistic alone should be more than enough to make this institution a must-see whenever you're in Manhattan. With over 20 centuries of artefacts around the world of cultural, historical and artistic significance, the museum's collection is one that Thailand may never rival.

  • LIFESTYLE

    From the Netherlands, with love

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 08/07/2016

    » If you ever get the chance to chat with His Excellency Karel Hartogh, the Netherlands Ambassador to Thailand, you would be amazed at how the breadth of his well-informed conversational topics (and his involvement in them) can range from beach dangers and endometriosis to flood management and yoghurt.

  • 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.

  • OPINION

    A culture of mindless excessiveness

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 06/08/2015

    » Just a few weeks ago, I discovered Ik Junoon (Paint It Red), an infectiously catchy song that played in the 2011 Bollywood flick Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. I've obviously been in a black hole of sorts to miss this instantly popular song and hit road trip movie, but it still wasn't the song that left the most lasting impression. Only when I actually looked at the YouTube screen as I was listening to the music was I blown away by the visuals that accompanied the ambient house music. 

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