Turn your own home into a movie theater with these items
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's gonna be a while before we can go to the movies again (sobbing). But to be honest, do you want to breathe the same air with other human beings in a closed, poorly-circulated environment for two or three hours? We have a suggestion for you. Why not build your own movie theater at home. Not only will you get to enjoy all the "facilities" to yourself—think comfy leather chair and the fact that you can stretch your legs as far as you want, but you also don't have to pay for the overpriced popcorn and drinks. We’ve listed everything you need to build the home cinema of your dreams. From a projector to stylish sofas to a popcorn machine, you may realize you don’t have to risk your life being in public to enjoy movies again. Epson EB-970 XGA 3LCD Projector, B34,900, from Epson Thailand This essential item will produce massive, high-quality image that can take up the whole wall. Epson BANG & OLUFSEN’s Beolit 17 Speaker, B21,900, from BANG & OLUFSEN Thailand Sounds from the speaker from a laptop is not gonna cut it. We need a quality sound system to feel like we’re really in the cinema. BANG & OLUFSEN Projector Screen 100 inch, B3,338, from JD Central If you don’t have a large, blank white wall, you’re going to need this. JD Central Innergie’s Magicable Usb-C To Hdmi, B990, from .life This item is the key to connect what's showing on your laptop to the projector screen. .life Popcorn Machine, B3,790, from JD Central
High-end fashion brands take to LINE to sell luxury goods during the lockdown
All shopping centers and department stores in Bangkok have been temporarily shut down to contain the spread of COVID-19. This has prompted fashion and lifestyle brands to engage in e-commerce, selling off-the-runway items through online marketplaces and LINE, Thailand’s most popular messaging service. While local brands have been using LINE to sell their merchandise for quite some time, it’s interesting to see luxury European brands now taking on this practice. From Japanese bag purveyor Bao Bao Issey Miyake to multi-label fashion retailer Club 21 to French fashion powerhouses like Chanel and Louis Vuitton, luxury brands have converted their LINE accounts into virtual stores to help push sales during these tough times. Chanel, apart from using LINE to broadcast fashion videos, fun stay-home clips, and bits of the brand’s history (do check out the Inside Chanel series), is now making the most of the messaging app to advertise new fashion and jewelry items, which sell through online assistants on its website. But for Chanel skincare and cosmetic products, a live chat is available on LINE on weekdays from 9.00 to 18.00. View this post on Instagram A post shared by CHANEL (@chanelofficial) on Apr 23, 2020 at 5:02am PDT Louis Vuitton, which adopted the use of LINE to advertise their products, has also kicked off a live chat service where customers can get product information, purchase their fave monogrammed merch online, and arrange to have their b
The best indoor plants and where to get them
Since you’re spending so much time indoors while the whole nation is on lockdown, why not take this as a good time to improve your home environment with some houseplants. Apart from adding pops of color to your living space, plants also help create a more eye-friendly and relaxing environment. They also help purify indoor air by clearing it off irritants, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Here’s a rundown of some of the best indoor plants as well as the plant shops that can deliver straight to your doorstep.
How to shop for lifestyle goods during Bangkok mall shutdown
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration raised the preventive measure to curb the deadly novel coronavirus by shutting shopping malls and retailers across Bangkok at least until mid-April. But that does not mean your shopping routine must come to a halt. Major shopping malls are now turning to online channels to provide loyal customers with their necessities. (That means you don’t have to tolerate dry skin when you run out of your favorite moisturizer or tolerate torn running shoes when they accidentally are torn apart during the shut down). Here are some ways you can pursue your shopping without ever leaving your couch.
Latest shopping news
Burberry goes serious about sustainability
Burberry has started taking sustainable production in stride. The British brand’s spring 2020 collection includes 26 new products—from jackets to bags to glasses—that were made using sustainable and biodegradable materials such as bio-acetate, reused plastics, and recycled PET bottles and fishing nets. This capsule collection, called ReBurberry Edit, are identified by a special pistachio-colored label. Burberry Burberry Burberry See more on www.burberry.com
Cartier drops a microsite to launch new watch models
COVID-19 has hit the luxury watchmaking industry pretty hard and forced the cancellation of major watch fairs this year. Fine watch and jewelry maker Cartier, which planned to drop a number of new watches at these much-awaited events, has launched a new consumer website to introduce these new timepieces directly to customers. Cartier Visit www.cartierwatchmakingencounters.com to get reacquainted with the Panthere, Tank Asymetrique and Pasha, first introduced in 1914, 1936 and 1985, respectively, and to learn more about the jewel-like Maillon. Cartier Cartier
Shopping malls to reopen this Sunday with a long list of precautionary practices
Shopping malls nationwide are expected to reopen this Sunday (17 May) as the government announced the second phase to ease the nation-wide coronavirus lockdown. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the spokesperson for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, announced at the daily coronavirus briefing today (15 May) that shopping malls and community malls in Thailand can resume business from 10:00-20:00. Food court, beauty clinics and beauty salon can also reopen. Restaurants in shopping malls can resume dine-in service without the consumption of alcohol beverages. Majors shopping malls under Siam Piwat (Siam Paragon, ICONSIAM and Siam Center) and Central Group have also introduced the “New Normal” regulations to ensure hygienic shopping spree. Other venues that are expected to reopen this Sunday include outdoor sports stadiums, botanical gardens, libraries and museums. Swimming pools can be used for one hour per person, while fitness centers can only open the free weight area. (The use of group exercise studios, treadmills, and spinning bikes are prohibited). Massage parlor can open for foot massage only. Movie theaters remain closed. The nighttime curfew will also be shortened to between 11 pm and 4 am. So you have more time to rush back home.
Nissan Leaf is now B500,000 cheaper
If you’ve been thinking of owning a fully-electric car, the time to purchase one is now. Nissan Thailand has released a new price for the Nissan Leaf at only B1,490,000—that’s B500,000 cheaper than the first listed price. The Leaf, which is now in its second generation, is one of the world’s best-selling electric cars, with more than 400,000 units sold worldwide since 2010. But due to Thailand’s customs tax, Nissan was forced to retail the car at nearly B2,000,000—a price that did not really appeal to too many people (in addition to the limited charging stations in Thailand). Nissan This special price, which includes an eight-year warranty on the battery, will only be available until 5 April.
Bangkok's best malls, shopping centers and department stores
Central Chidlom (commonly referred to as just "Chidlom" by locals) is the flagship and most luxurious store of Central Group, Thailand's largest department store and shopping center chain. Favored by affluent clientele, it is home to luxury fashion and beauty brands nestled over seven floors, a gigantic supermarket, and a surprisingly affordable food court. Central Chidlom has long been praised for its larger-than-life annual flower showcase to celebrate the group's birthday.
Set on the lower floors of the posh, Amanda Levete Architects-designed building, Central Embassy is Central Group's high-end shopping complex, home to global luxury brands such as Chanel, Saint Laurent, Ralph Laurent and Prada as well as affordable fashion and lifestyle labels like Zara, Uniqlo and Muji. Situated on the basement level is popular Thai food court Eathai, while Open House on the 6th floor is a book and food haven. The upper floors are the rooms and suites of Park Hyatt Bangkok hotel.
Rebranded from ZEN, this chic department store is a favorite among young locals and tourists alike, thanks to its cool mix of street fashion-focused brands, world-famous beauty products and eponymous lifestyle labels. CENTRAL@centralwOrld is home to the flagship store of MUJI as well as Living House, a new dining concept that shines a spotlight on street food.
Some of the coolest shops in the city
After successfully launching Siri House, a multi-concept space dedicated to retail, art and epicurean pursuits, in the posh Singaporean neighborhood of Dempsey Hill, luxury property developer Sansiri has now opened the Bangkok version on Soi Somkid. Set in a 1950s house, it’s now the new hotspot for urbanites, offering an array of restaurants and drinking locales.
One size doesn’t fit all is the inevitable truth, which is why custom-made eyewear may be the answer for those who can’t seem to find frames that perfectly fit their faces. Let us introduce you to Arty&Fern, probably the only made-to-order eyewear maker in Bangkok. Partners in love and business, graphic designer Aniknun “Fern” Eiamong and advertising creative Chanakan “Art” Ukosakul founded their namesake eyewear brand in 2013. Arty&Fern eyewear uses only the finest materials, from cellulose acetate that’s flexible and durable to high-quality joints and nose pads. The atelier accepts only advanced reservations so they can focus on each customer and guarantee a certain modicum of privacy. After acquiring the customer’s requirements and measurements, the duo will work on the designs, which will be submitted to the client for approval, before Art starts crafting the glasses by hand, a process that could take from 10 to 15 days. All in all, the whole process will likely take a month and will cost you around B12,000 apiece. If you’d rather not wait but still want a piece from Arty&Fern, the designer duo also has a sunglasses collection inspired by Siamese cats, which now retails at Siam Center.