Just what happens behind the scenes when you have Bangkok’s hottest celebrities together for a fashion show set up?
Wanpen Jermprapai is CEO of Chamchan Health and Beauty Institute and president of Cisco Engineering Co., Ltd. No doubt, she is a very busy woman – and an equally successful one. Her path to success, however, has not been easy. When she was young her family were farmers, and as a little girl she did her fair share of hard, physical work, along with all the other duties as part of being a good daughter. At the same time, she managed to study hard with an eye on the future.
Peach Pachara, Pear Pimpisa and Pie Khemmanat are currently three of the hottest young celebrities. The person behind their success is Chanadda Chirathivat, also known as Som Chanadda, managing director of Diamond Today.
Chanadda observes that when growing up her children were all quite different from each other. Back then the eldest, Pear, was highly responsible. Even when very younger she seemed to think like an adult, particularly when it came to taking care of her brother and sister. And she always received good grades. Chanadda rarely needed to worry about her.
A mother’s love is tireless and boundless. Wanna Bencharongkul proves it with the unceasing support she’s given her daughter, Boonyapha, in becoming a top-notch macaron chef.
After graduating from university with a degree in history, Boonyapha, or Pette, began full-time work alongside her father, Boonchai Bencharongkul, at the Museum of Thai Modern Art in Bangkok, where she continues to work. And it’s been throughout this time she developed a passion for beautiful macaron pastries.
Wanna explains, “When Pette came back from her studies in the UK, she became interested in making macarons. So she went to study at Cordon Bleu. There was a lot of trial and error, but finally she got it right.”
A DYNAMIC DUO
Chitramontn Techapaiboon and Sarrunthorn Techapaiboon are a well-known mother-daughter duo in Thai society. The two are very close, and they go most places and do most things together. This carries on a tradition, for Chitramontn and her mother were very close as well.
The inseparableness began early, when Sarrunthorn, known as Gift, was five or six years old. Even though her daughter was quite young, Chitramontn already felt comfortable in bringing her along to social events. You could argue this helped instill a sense of responsibility in the young Gift. Whenever she and her mother would go to a hotel for an event, Gift would always inform her mother before going off on her own, letting her know exactly where she was going.
Chitramontn mentions that when young her daughter also was very observant. For example, there was an incident at a social meal during which Gift wanted to sit at the head of the table, because Chitramontn previously had told her that whoever sat there must pay for the meal. In this case, the young Gift had 500 baht with her and wished to pay for all. So not only observant back then, Gift was goodhearted as well.
Her travels have led to culinary adventures in which she’s learned much about world cuisine. Here, Chayathip Rungpungtong relates insights and tells of the great Japanese food to be found in Bangkok.
This year marks a full decade for Thai Women’s Day, an annual event honoring the nation’s ladies and their invaluable contribution to society. Vital to the event’s success has been the tireless work done by the National Council of Women of Thailand.
CRAZY ABOUT YAKINIKU
Over lunch at cozy yakiniku restaurant Moshi Moshi at Park Lane Ekamai, Sorat Amatayakul of Cellution Clinic opens up on her
“Ilove all kinds of Japanese food - sushi, sashimi, ramen. But at the top of my list is yakiniku,” says Sorat Amatayakul as she browses through the menu.
A PAINTER WITH A CAUSE
Talented painter Chulalaxana Varanand Chudadhuj shares how she helps others through her art.
NOO LUXURY CLUB: How did you get started on painting?
CHULALAXANA: I married M.R. Dilok Varanand Chudadhuj about 20 years ago and moved to London to be with him. It was such a romantic city and I fell in love with it immediately. As time wore on, I thought it would be nice to take a hobby where I could use my perspective to express myself. That was when I started to take painting lessons. Gill Heinds, my teacher, has taught me everything from the basics of composition to still life to landscape.
A Woman in charge
Getting to the top is tough, but staying there is tougher. Kridchanok Patamasatayasonthi, Managing Director of Index Living Mall, talks about the challenges that keep her on her toes.
Furniture is a dynamic and highly competitive business. As head of one of the country’s biggest manufacturers and retailers of home furniture and furnishing products, Kridchanok Patamasatayasonthi stays on top of the game by consistently looking out for new trends from around the globe. “In the furniture industry there are two annual must-attend shows. One is in Milan and the other is in Paris. When I go to these shows I take away ideas and quickly work on them with my team. Everyone in the business uses the trends from these shows to develop products. It takes about six months to a year before the finished products hit the market. The window of opportunity is quite small, so we must move quickly.
It’s a very challenging and competitive business, so we are on our toes all year round.” Kridchanok regularly browses through leading local and international magazines to get a glimpse of the latest trends as they unravel. “I also travel to the US and other countries,” she says. “On these trips I don’t just look at the furniture but at the retail scene in general. This is because innovative store formats, the use of lighting
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