Real-life Bangkok Horror Stories
It's a new year, but we still wake up to find ourselves in the same old horrifying situations, can someone come and rescue us — or we should stop praying and just help ourselves out. But how? Horror Story 1: Where's the connection? Last August, Bangkokians were thrilled for the opening of the much-awaited MRT Purple Line, running between Taopoon and Bang Yai. No more eating breakfast in the car. No more falling asleep on a stranger’s shoulder on the bus. Everything looked perfect until passengers that went on the trial run discovered the catch. A big one! The Purple Line’s Taopoon station, its first station, isn’t connected to the Blue Line’s Bang Sue station. The MRT has announced a station in between, unfortunately, is not yet in operation due to some delays and difficulties. Passengers have had three options to travel between the two stations: walk for almost a kilometer and suffer from excessive underarm sweating, take a bus that would most likely get stuck for an hour and a half in Bangsue’s hellish traffic or take a free, non-airconditioned train ride provided by the State Railway of Thailand. None of these options make sense. The MRT missed out on the basic advantage of public transport: to make the commute as flawless as possible for passengers. โล่งกว่านึ้มีอีกไหม 555 #mrtpurpleline #รถไฟฟ้าสายสีม่วง A photo posted by iNara (@inara_bt) on Aug 18, 2016 at 9:10am PDT Horror Story 2: Double Trouble on the BTS We should probably stop ranti
The Time Out's gift guide 2017
Season’s greetings, Bangkok! Still looking for year-end gift inspiration? Relax – we’ve sorted out. The Time Out Bangkok gift guide is packed with ideas sure to satisfy everyone, from your grumpy mom to really picky friends. Enjoy! (Click the tab below to see more categories)
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Stepping into their second anniversary in November, one of Bangkok’s most stylish cocktail bars, Vogue Lounge, offers a solid reason why you should pay them a revisit: a new barman. Everyone's favorite bartender, Hideyuki Saito, has left Vogue Lounge to open his own joint, Bronx Liquid Parlour, on Thonglor Soi 25, providing a chance for new mixman, Francesco Moretti, to shine in the spotlight. Moretti is no stranger to Asia's drinking scene. He’s tended the bar in many watering holes, including the famous Bar Rouge in Shanghai where he made his fame with “fire magic" (he really set fire to his drinks). He set foot in Bangkok two years ago to consult with Char Bangkok and Pirate Chambre during their opening periods, and decided to settle in the city. In Bangkok, Moretti begins a new chapter in his life by infusing classic concoctions with local flavors and aromas. Try Oh Beautiful (B340), one of his signatures, a well-rounded sweet and sour concoction that mixes pineapple skin-infused tequila with house-made pandan syrup, fresh pineapple juice, egg whites, Galliano vanilla syrup and fresh lemon juice. The vaporizer by the bar is not there to merely set the mood. Lemon bitters are placed inside and the scent that is produced is used to wash a pipe-shaped serving glass for a cocktail called This is Not a Pipe (mezcal, white rum, apple juice, amaretto, chocolate bitters and lemon juice, B360). For something a little rough, the Gold Fashioned (B380) plays up a classic drink with
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Eddie Redmayne tells all about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
When Eddie Redmayne first started acting professionally after Cambridge, he half expected to get a call from the Harry Potter casting agent. With a ginger tinge, he thought he might be in with a shot of playing a minor Weasley. ‘Sadly, it never happened!’ he says. This is typical Redmayne. He has landed the role of a lifetime in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, JK Rowling’s new film set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. The film’s producer says that he was the first and only choice to play magician Newt Scamander. And yet, here he is with a nice line in self-deprecating humour. We meet at 9am at Claridge’s. It’s Redmayne’s first day back at work after paternity leave. His wife Hannah gave birth to their first child, Iris, in June. He says he’s knackered, but he’s bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, grinning ear to ear. The 34-year-old Londoner has a lot to smile about. Last year he pocketed the Best Actor Oscar for his gorgeous portrayal of Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory of Everything’. Now, he’s gone and bagged – or briefcased – the lead in ‘Fantastic Beasts’. JK Rowling has written the script (her first) for the film, which finds eccentric magician Newt arriving in 1920s New York with a case full of misbehaving magical creatures. During the hour we spend chatting, the only time a cloud passes over Redmayne’s face is when he thinks he might have let slip something about ‘Fantastic Beasts’ he shouldn’t have (he hasn’t). He glances at the door as if heavies might
Sarah Jessica Parker on Trump, feminism and her return to TV
My conversation with Sarah Jessica Parker is awkward. Rather, it starts awkwardly, and I’m glad for that. We’ve met to talk about her return to TV in Divorce. If you need to assess her new show in relation to Sex and the City—the HBO megahit Parker is synonymous with—where Sex is brightness and candy colors, Divorce is all browns and greens (the title of the show should give away what it’s about, though it’s a comedy), with beautiful but muted clothes, fraught friendships and barbed dialogue. Sharon Horgan (Pulling, Catastrophe) is the creator and writer, and fans of the latter—about a couple who have a weeklong fling, then find themselves pregnant and eventually married—might see Divorce as Catastrophe 15 years down the road, when it’s hard to imagine how the twosome at the heart of things were ever in love (or even in like). It takes us a while to get to the show, though—one that Parker also executive produces—because talking to her is like talking to your most thoughtful, well-read friend. So we meander and touch on about a million other things first. But, oh, yeah, about that awkwardness: SJP and the women of Sex and the City were on the cover of Time Out New York once, she tells me as we head to Dream Downtown for the interview. This is confusing because I’m pretty sure the magazine has never shot her before. It was in the ramp-up to the first SATC movie, she says, in 2008, and the cover featured a stock photo of the women with their mouths taped shut. “Isn’t that in
Alicia Keys on her new album, surprise NYC show and more
In an era before the internet, July 20, 2016, at the Troubadour in L.A. would have been the stuff of legend. No phones were allowed inside the venue at Alicia Keys’s one-off surprise gig, during which she debuted never-before-heard material with purpose. It chimed with events from two weeks earlier: the police shootings of African-American citizens Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, incidents that galvanized the movement Black Lives Matter. “And so it persists, like a bottomless kiss, an illusion of bliss, an illusion of bliss,” the soulful singer-songwriter, pianist and self-assured maverick spoke-sang over gutsy chords. A straight-shooting New Yorker, she threw her hands at her piano while standing upright. Her hair towered Cleopatra-style, her face was bare—revealing every bead of sweat—and she beamed and performed with carnal sensuality like her life depended upon it. This still-untitled track hit the hardest with lines like, “Sick of being judged, sick of being sick / I don’t wanna be a fallen angel.” Afterward, she turned to the transfixed crowd and said, “The world has lost its motherfucking mind.” I had goose bumps, even before I noticed Pharrell Williams was standing behind my shoulder. “I’ve decided I don’t want to sit at a piano anymore!” she tells me about the gig two months later over the phone from her car in NYC. “It’s constricting, you know? You have to stand to play this type of music.” The Troubadour performance was the first taste of a forthcoming, as-ye
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.
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.