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Johnnie Walker Blue Label Room at Decanter
Since its onset at the The St. Regis Bangkok five years ago, Decanter has never failed to top the list of Bangkok’s best wine lounges, thanks to its luxurious décor, fancy lounge vibe, impressive wine list and sophisticated crowd. So expect great things when it decides to join hands with Diageo, the parent company of the Johnnie Walker family. One third of Decanter’s wining space has been transformed into the swanky Johnnie Walker Blue Label Room—Bangkok is the XXth city in Asia to host a room of its kind. The design tends to celebrate the long-running history of both Johnnie Walker and The St. Regis Hotel, presenting a lavish art-deco motif with the use of brass, glass and leather. Available at the Blue Label Room is a selection of upscale whisky from Johnnie Walker, starting from Platinum Label and Gold Label Reserves to the uber-luxurious John Walker & Sons whisky selections. You can also enjoy a range of whisky cocktails (from B380) created specially for the venue. Decanter, naturally, retains its extensive wine list, which includes rare labels from Spain. The drinking lounge also features Asia’s first Johnnie Walker Private Cabinet, available exclusively for House of Walker members. The price of membership? Packages starts from B60,000 for six months to B435,000 for three years. For more details, log on to timeout.com/bangkok.
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Sinjai Plengpanich on her new musical and grandmotherhood
There aren't too many in the Thai entertainment who are recognized only by their first name (like Madonna or Adele). Sinjai Plengpanich is one of them. Since stepping into her first movie role in 1982, Sinjai’s never faded out from the spotlight, starring in numerous movies, TV dramas and stage plays over a span of more than thirty years. She’s taken on so many onscreen and onstage personas that we wouldn’t be surprised if she’s done them all. Apparently, she hasn’t. Thai drama queen, Sinjai, is returning onstage at the Ratchadalai Theater in the role of Mei Ling, the outspoken first wife of a fictional Chinese tycoon in a musical adaptation of Lord Line Mangkorn. This is the talented Thai star’s fifth musical, following Wiman Muang, Banlang Mek, Nua Khu Sib Ed Chak and Four Reigns. The production also marks the comeback of respected director, Takonkiat Viravan, who adapts techniques he’s learned from Broadway. “He has changed the way characters are portrayed onstage,” says Sinjai. “Before he would pay a lot of attention on marking spots for where to stand, how to turn and how to portray the character as written in the screenplay. Now he lets you interpret your own character. He lets us imagine ourselves as these people, speaking their lines, expressing their emotions. He urges us to do that first, and then sits down with us to further discuss and develop our approach.” The role of Mei Ling, the first wife of the leading character, Liang, doesn’t really have a big
Q&A with Phil Karsting
Time Out Bangkok sits down for an exclusive chat with Phil Karsting, the administrator of the U.S. Foreign Agriculture Service, while he was in Bangkok, and finds out how U.S. food products have proliferated the world markets. On a more personal note, we learn about his gourmet lifestyle and favorite food. What US agricultural produce do you like most? You're going to make me choose? No way, my friend. That would take all day. There's so much to choose from! US agricultural products are being exported to different parts of the world. Can you give me some examples of how these products blend/ incorporate into local food cultures? Chef Benjamin and I made fantastic tom yam au gratin with U.S. East Coast scallops at The Dock restaurant at Gourmet Market. Tasted great, plus he let me use the kitchen torch to finish it off with a little fire. You’ve been traveling around the world for years, visiting different countries. What is your favorite local food? Or what’s the one dish that has excited you the most? It's hard to choose. Next week, at home, I'm going to experiment with Thai papaya salad, then fuse it with some traditional American ingredients— maybe seafood or dried cranberries. What’s the most exotic food you’ve tried? I'm an omnivore. I'll try just about anything as long as it's safe and prepared well. I've had great camels' milk with dates in the Algerian desert, springbok carpaccio in Johannesburg, Korean tacos from a truck in Madison, Wisconsin…
Q&A with Jakkrit Yompayorm
With his dreadlocked hair and biting sense of humor, few would be able to guess that Jakkrit Yompayorm, or “Kru-Tom,” is actually an expert in Thai literature. A freelance teacher, TV host, and recently a bestselling author, Kru-Tom is working to change society’s perception of classic Thai literatures, as well as how they are taught to school children. Time Out catches up with the inspiring and probably the hippest Thai literature teacher you could ever meet. How did your passion in Thai literature begin? When I spent my childhood in Phang-nga, I liked visiting the city library after playing with my friends at the temple grounds. At first, I started reading comic books and fairy tales like other children. Then, I discovered another section dedicated to thai folklore, myth and literature in prose and poetry. I became utterly absorbed by these exciting tales. That was where the real passion began. I didn’t feel forced into reading them at all. You have been invited to teach all over Thailand. How would you describe how literature is taught in schools? Thai students have a bad impression on literature in general mainly because they feel forced to learn something that is no longer relevant to their lives, both in vocabulary and ideas. Also, some teachers have bad teaching techniques and prioritize memorizing quotes from the books over critical discussions. I’m not saying that memorizing is not necessary, but teachers have to make them more relevant to today’s world and in
Woody Milintachinda on the old Woody, the new Woody and what he's learned during the past few years
I’m really nervous because you’re Woody!Please don’t say that. Because once you say that, I feel so old. Once you reach thirty-something and people say they get excited around you, it’s both good and bad. It’s good because I feel like I mean something to them, which is great, and I love them for that. But it also feels like I’ve been here for a long time. I feel like an institution, which is really okay, but sometimes they compare me to wines of the eighties. (laughs) I feel honored, but at the same time, I can’t get over the fact that I feel a bit, you know, old. But you always look the sameBecause I have great doctors and great people taking care of my face. Don’t get me wrong now. I don’t like to do anything with my face, but I’m forced to by my three assistants. But isn’t it essential in this business? You looks do matter.It is. When I look in the mirror, I can tell whether I’m okay-looking or not-okay-looking. But I have so many things to do each day. I think my face is the last thing that I think of. I tried to do [medical treatment] every six months. To me, laser treatment is the best thing that’s ever happened. I never thought that I would be able to handle the pain, but once I realize that the pain is good, I started to smile. During an old interview you mentioned that you didn’t like looking at yourself in the mirror. Why?I gave that interview a few years back. At that time, I wasn’t okay with my skin. I wasn’t okay with who I was. I looked in the mirror and
Where to stay in Bangkok
One of the franchise of the well-known W Hotel, W Bangkok integrated Thai Culture with Western style beautifully throughout the hotel and its facilities. A Boxing ring is used to separate the VIP zone at Woobar. The elevator is decorated colorfully inspired by the light of Tuk Tuk. Hanuman, from Thai myth, welcomes all the guest in front of SWEAT fitness. Not to mention their exquisite service, W retains their concept of Whatever/Whenever to keep all customer pleased.
Sala Arun is hiding in a corner of the old community of Ta Tien. This small boutique hotel offers the stunning view right across the beautiful Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. You can also make the most of the view by enjoying their custom cocktails from the sun rise to the sunset.
The restaurant has everything from familiar menus such as Nam Prik Long Rua serving together with vegetables, Thai omlette and bitter melon soup with minced pork. The others are quite rare to see in normal Thai restaurant. The best bet would be Pla Haeng Tangmo, diced watermelon with crispy little fish is perfect for summer while Kanom Pa Pai, the rare Thai dessert making of green beans is so yummy that 5 pieces are barely enough. Here also serves monthly special menu as Khao Chae in April. We’re still waiting for the new menu in May but we are so ready for this mysterious dish.
Silom Art Hostel
Silom Art Hostel changes your mind about all hostels being “risky, too public and dissatisfying.” Giving off the vibe of a boutique hotel, this colorful, unique four-story building was decorated by an experienced architect who plays a big role in designing many of the city’s upscale hotels. Here, the desire and imagination inspired by Bangkok is reflected in every little detail. The mezzanine features a cozy TV room and a small sized business center, as well as a comfy-looking hammock. Different types of rooms are available: shared rooms and bathrooms, ensuite rooms with twin beds or king-sized beds. The fourth floor houses the women’s dormitory, which requires a keycard to enter. Ladies don’t have to worry about security anymore.