The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Singapore has the legendary Raffles Hotel and Bangkok has the Mandarin Oriental. (Wish we had the same kind of old world elegance in Manila, but we don’t.) Just take a look at the awards won by the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok in 2012:

DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards 2012:
Best Hotel in Bangkok

The Gallivanter’s Guide 2012
3rd Best City Hotel Worldwide
2nd Best City Hotel in Southeast Asia
Editor’s Choice Award for O-Zone: Commitment to Staff

Conde Nast Traveler Gold List 2012
Best for Food
Best for Service

I was lucky to be a guest of Louis Vuitton in one of the world’s best hotels.
Right in front of the entrance is a little Louis Vuitton shop.

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Grand flower arrangements will greet you at the lobby

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Everyday there are bodyguards all around as royalty goes in and out of the hotel. It’s my first time to encounter many sheiks in white robes. This hotel seriously reeks of wealth. I feel like a peasant in CDG.
They handed me this fragrant sampaguita thingy upon arrival. I super love sampaguita.

Louis Vuitton invite

After checking in, we were led to the old wing of the hotel, down this hallway and all the way to the end

The Author's Wing

So excited to go up this loft

The Author's Wing

The door opens to a living room and study

Room 160

And this old TV with a wonky remote control that needs updating :)

Our room

They bring up our bags

Room 160

Room 160

I check out the bathroom. It needs updating too, and certain corners need to be seriously cleaned. But for four nights, I can take it.


I just have to close my eyes or look away when showering and try not to see the black mildew formed at the bottom of the glass enclosure

The bathroom

The toilet is really clean

The loo

and the amenities really classy


The airconditioner needs to be checked as its temperature was inconsistent—cold in the living room and hot in the loft bedroom. Maybe the beds need lighter sheets?


The best thing about this place is really the room service. Because I don’t eat on the plane, I was starving by the time we checked in. I was excited to eat because I know that my favorite Thai chef in the world, Chef Sumet Sumpachanyanont, is based here.

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok’s Thai master chef and TV culinary show host  Sumet Sumpachanyanont
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok’s Thai master chef and TV culinary show host Sumet Sumpachanyanont was a guest chef at the Mandarin Oriental Manila earlier this year

Room service was quick and served in a breakfast nook facing the poolside

Breakfast nook

Room service date with Jeroen

Jeroen and I shared the Thai pomelo salad with chicken, shrimp, crisp-fried shallots and herbs

Yaam Som-O

The grilled beef sirloin salad with onions, tomatoes, celery, chillies, lime juice was our favorite. Ate this everyday with Hom Mali rice

Yaam Nuea Yaang

The mango sticky rice at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is the best in the world. Ate this twice a day and gained 2 lbs.

Mango with sticky rice

Overall we had the best time and will be back with the kids. More on Bangkok in a few.

Salvador Dali x Walt Disney

What happens when two of the world’s greatest geniuses—a surrealist and an animator—collaborate on a short film?
The result is Destino, a six-minute sequence combining animation with live dancers and special effects in the same format as Fantasia.
Produced in 1945-1946, the film tells the story of Chronos, the personification of time and its inability to realize a desire to love a mortal. While Walt Disney described it as “a simple story about a young girl in search of true love.”
As a fan of both Dalí and Disney, I’m amazed I only saw this now. (Thanks Jude!)

Plains & Prints end of season sale!

Now’s the time to get your work wear essentials as Plains & Prints holds its End of Season Sale.
Don’t miss this exciting sale and be ready for any occasion inside or outside the office.
From trendy accessories to timeless closet staples, get as much as 50% off on great selections from June 13 to July 1, 2012.

plains and prints end of season sale

Special privileges for BPI Cardholders
On June 12, BPI cardholders get first dibs via exclusive sale at Plains & Prints Glorietta 1 & 5, Shangri-la Plaza, TriNoma, SM Mall of Asia and Alabang Town Center.
During the one-day private sale, for a minimum purchase of P2,000, BPI Cardholders get a 15% discount coupon valid on regular items purchased from July 2 to July 1, 2013. Plus a Zalora gift voucher worth Php 250, which may be used on any Plains & Prints product on sale at

During the End of Season Sale from June 13 to July 1, for a minimum purchase of Php 2,000 at participating branches, BPI Cardholders can get a 10% discount coupon, which they can use to purchase regular items from July 2, 2012 to July 1, 2013. They’ll also get a Zalora gift voucher worth Php 250.

For more details, go to

FInally @chuvaness

Thanks to Attys. Loste, Castillo, Meneses, and Moral of Fortun, Narvasa & Salazar, I got to claim @chuvaness on Twitter.
Goodbye @jiritajackson. It was nice knowing you, but I kind of hated the name :|
Oh yes, I got lawyers now. And being brand conscious, I chose the best. Thanks to Jeroen for hooking me up.
I should’ve done this sooner, but in 2008, I knew nothing about fighting back online.
Now I have some protection.

The Firm

Going to Bangkok

It’s been 4.5 years since my last visit to Bangkok, when Jeroen and I signed a contract for Pepper Lunch.
Aside from my exciting assignment, I was looking forward to seeing my Thai friend Joey again.
Jeroen and I spotted my sister Diday at the gate just as we were boarding.


Can I just say I love these magazine racks on the tunnel bridge?

magazine racks

The Thai Airways flight was OK, but I wouldn’t say the Airbus was worth photographing. The plane was kind of retro. I tried to sleep for the next three hours. We arrived safely in Bangkok.
Follow the leader.


Better than NAIA


Wish NAIA had these


Amazing structure


Saw my sister again


and Human Nature co-founders, Dylan and Anna Meloto-Wilk


My sister and the Wilks were going to this event


While I was going to this


We were picked up by this nice Caravelle van that I really love because it has built-in tables


and this pop-out TV


We arrived at the legendary Mandarin Oriental


and later, I shall show you around.


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