Sunday, September 28, 2014

Thais with Armani

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Sawasdee Dubai!

After attending the Amazing Taste of Thailand's relax and informal pre-launch dinner party at Nosh Restaurant Movenpick Hotel, it was followed by a more formal ceremony and main event the next day to officially launch the 10 day-long exhibition of Amazing Thailand at no other than the tallest tower in the world, the Burj Khalifa in a very classy setting at the Armani Ballroom, Armani Hotel.

Hubby dropped me off at the entrance of the hotel before 7 pm and left to take the kids to the mall. My heart was skipping a beat since I arrived alone which I'm not very used to.

I greeted the lovely ladies at the reception, give a few air kisses, signed the guest list and drop my business card before I descend to the venue. 

The ambiance feels relax though mimicking the famous Thai fresh market setting and the warm welcoming smiles of the Thais is comforting. I'm glad  I arrived a few minutes early giving me a chance to snap a few photos of the exhibitors.

Seven well-known Thai restaurants in Dubai are exhibiting a fine selection of Thai cuisines like Benjarong, Blue Elephant, Chimes, Royal Orchid, Shang Thai, Thai Chi and The Royal Buddha.

Also exhibiting their products and services were Choithrams, Fakih Group of Companies, Gulf express Group, Nuts Valley, Relax Spa, Siam Tranquility Spa, Thai Smile Food Stuuf and WT International Trading

Moments later, the ribbon cutting ceremony started which was headed by the Royal Thai Consulate Consul General HE Thosaporn Moonlasartsathorn, Thailadn Ambassador to the UAE HE Warawudh Chuwiruch and other Thai Diplomats and Dignitaries

After the ribbon cutting, I took quite a few more photos then grab a some food samples

before joining this lovely couple Noor and Sherwin on their table to enjoy a sumptuous buffet

After dinner the most exciting thing happened, our names are called one at a time.

 The generous Team Thailand was drawing the winners for the nights raffle draw giving away restaurant and spa vouchers courtesy of the participating exhibitors and an ultimate price of economy and business class tickets and hotel stay to Thailand for two. I got lucky to win two restaurant vouchers worth AED 200 each for Royal Orchid at Downtown Burj Boulevard, our experience on another post.

Meanwhile this beautiful couple seating next to me won an hour of oil massage for two at the Relax Spa. My friend Josh Mangila was the luckiest to win two prizes - one of it was the air tickets and hotel stay to Thailand, congrats Josh.

Kob Kum Mak Team Thailand!
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Amazing Taste of Thailand: Pre-Launch Dinner Party

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A trip to Thailand is still on my bucket list waiting to be strike off and while I await to experience it firsthand, I had the privilege to taste a slice of Thailand and feel the genuine and warm hospitality of its people in Dubai. If you are a fan of Thai food and Thai fruits and other products and services hailed from Thailand, please read on, I have some exciting news for you.

The Amazing Taste of Thailand began last September 18 and will run until 27th September to showcase Thailand through the country's exotic taste that is defined not only through the culinary taste, but also through decorative items, wellness and services.

The Royal Thai Consulate-eneral of Dubai in partnership with Nosh Restaurant Movenpick JLT hosted the Amazing Taste of Thailand Pre-Launch Reception and Press Conference serving only the tastiest food with the freshest ingredients. It was a relax and perfect venue for an informal briefing about the 10 day-event and networking session for the Team Thailand, Diplomatic Corps, Exhibitors, Friends of Thailand and Members of the Press.

Arriving at the venue, we were greeted by the wafting aroma of Thai spices that fills the air thus immediately stimulating the senses, our palates suddenly crave to get down to business but we cannot pass the opportunity to take a quick snap, this yellow umbrella and orchid garland decor are engrossing.

and it is displayed here by the live cooking and grilling station were all the fresh aroma of grilled satay chicken and beef are coming from.

green papaya salads with ripe papaya cup garnishing

pomelo and prawn salad with pineapple flower garnishing

I grew up seeing lovely carved food garnishes from my dads dishes and these ones certainly brings back good memories. It is one distinct, unique character of Thai food prep and presentation.

Ferald and I are both fan of Thai fruits so imagine us walking past rambutan, longan, mangosteen, ripe mangos, and lanzones (langsart) fruit baskets. Our smiles are from ear to ear.

Part of the 10-day event is the Thai Fruits and Delicacy Weekend which will run between 25-27 September. Participating restaurants will serve complimentary Thai fruit platter with every dine in customers. These restaurants are Benjarong, Blue Elephant, Chimes, Royal Orchid, Shang Thai, Thai Chi, and the Royal Buddha thus also serving your favorite Thai dishes.

The dessert station is filled with the famous mango sticky rice, coconut jasmine pudding with mango, and the one I instantly fell in love with - tab tim grob also known as the crispy ruby or water chestnut in coconut milk.

At the far end corner of the buffet spread showcase some Thai products that are available in leading supermarkets in the UAE.

It was a great night spent with friends over good food.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Preview of Marks & Spencer Autumn Winter Collection 2014

Just as I am excited about the change of weather in Dubai after a heavy sandstorm last week that signals the coming of winter, the people in the fashion community here are looking forward to see the new season trends.

I had the privilege to preview Marks & Spencer Autumn Winter 2014 line in a grand thematic fashion show "London Calling" held at the Waldorf Astoria The Palm Jumeirah Dubai last September 17.
London's beauty and contemporary sophistication set the stage to present the new collection. It was highly attended by a very fashionable crowd and members of the media.

The women's wear collection was divided in to five key trends

Gentle Women - Luxurious cashmere and wool layers in powder pastels set the tone with printed silks and injection of colorful faux fur creating a vivid tactile contrast. This sumptuous fabrication is match by intensely feminine hues creating a modern lady-like direction

Modernist - Minimal separates are graphically punctuated by block color in a dynamic print new direction. Striking primary highlights gives a sculptural shapes a bold update

The Arts - A rich collage of tone and fabrication build a dramatic textural landscape decadent embellishment and moody blooms meet blanket checks and statement faux fur in a collision of opulence

Downtown - Playful pastel offset with textured metallic create a chic mod-esque aesthetic.Iconic shapes are given a feminine overhaul in blush tones and cornflower blue. Vivid jaquard and high shine layers provide a striking modern edge

This lace dress is a crowd pleaser and my personal favorite.

Simple Lux - A purist exploration of luxury sees soft construction and chic tailoring meet in a minimal take on sophistication. Deep russet and warm grey create a sleek tonal backdrop with a subtle masculine sensibility.

Roselle of Kero Celebration and myself

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Modhesh World ++

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Modhesh World hasn't changed in years, after fifteen years in operation it is still one of the happiest place in Dubai keeping kids entertained summer after summer.
My nephew and kids taking a selfie
It did got better and better each year as they bring back old and new characters kids love like hello kitty, Transformers and Angry Birds. They have also added a lot more interactive games and activities aimed at educating young minds. Prince loved lego duplo, Mica was into more physical and ask me to join her into high ropes and as a family our favorite was the famous Angry Birds interactive games and we also went ice skating.

My kids day out at Modhesh World was one of the best they have had this summer vacation including a stretch limousine round trip from our residence to Modhesh World.

Now that my daughter is back in school and my son has just started his, I have the time to share our wonderful experience.

Thank you to Modhesh World and Ahlan Dubai.

Related post is our Stretch Limo Ride and Kabayan Family Fun Day

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