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by Kathleen Pokrud, President of Hong Kong Ladies’ Group

Photos by Jenny Chan

It is easy to say, “Follow one’s childhood passion or dream”, but in reality how many manage to do so. Another question is “Will one recognise the opportunity to fulfil your passion when it comes?” Expat Life was so impressed to come across such a case and find inspirations for our readers. I sat down with Pradinan Arkarachinores, the beautiful and elegant owner of Khao, an awarded Michelin star Thai fine dining restaurant since 2020 for three consecutive years. A private banker turned entrepreneur, to learn about her journey in fulfilling the childhood fantasy into concrete achievements. A collector of over 2,000 cookbooks in both local and international cuisines since childhood must be passionate about cooking and food.

Khun Pradinan was raised in Chiang Mai; very typical Chinese households at the time, when children were not distracted, like the present time, with iPads or iPhones. She recalled her early years, “I grew up learning that we have to work to earn money. Yes, I was given pocket money to go to school. On weekends, when I helped my aunts with their business, I felt very proud to earn my own extra money, even for only 20 Baht. As a daughter, I was raised to be familiar with domestic chores such as helping my mother in the kitchen. My father would on the other hand, took me to all his business meetings, so I was exposed to adult business conversations at a young age.” 

She moved to Bangkok at 15 and graduated with the Bachelor Degree in Economics from Thammasat University. Upon graduation, she started her wealth management career in the banking industry, in local and international environments. Aside from Thailand, the professional banker has posted 10 years in Hong Kong and periods in Singapore. Simultaneously, she continued to fulfill her passion for cooking. In 2009 – 2010, between career moves, she enrolled with Le Cordon Bleu Bangkok. Started with two basic courses in pastry and cuisines, she ended up spending 1 million Baht to complete the intermediate and superior courses. 

Recalling how she fell in love with food or passion for cooking, Pradinan’s eyes lit up and shared, “I was fascinated with the appealing presentation of dishes from the cookery books I love to read. They were so pleasing and much different from our own home cooking. When relatives gathered during the festivities, we cooked together a lot among the extended family. For me, as a 7 year old, helping out in the kitchen was a game of fun. My toys were the ingredients that I played around with.”

I asked Pradinan if she had any particular fond memories in the kitchen. She pensively smiled, “I lied to my mother when I was very young, naughtily cut my finger when playing with the knife chopping bamboo shoots. I told her it was a thorn from the rose garden. Another memory I treasure every year was the New Year. My mother would make fruitcakes as gifts to our friends and neighbours. I loathed whipping the egg white but loved to cut the nuts. In the old days before all these readymade curry sauces in the supermarkets, we have to make our homemade sauces. One of the dish that I serve in my restaurant “Fried rice with black chilli paste” is one of my original family’s recipe which I modified”.

None of her family members have owned a restaurant; Pradinan is the first one in the family while holding a full time job as a banker. What inspired her to take the risk as an entrepreneur, and above all with restaurants, which rely on hardware, right venue and equipment; and software, meaning people. Restaurant operation is a labour intensive endeavour. She answered with conviction, “As a private banker, everything is about attention to details when I deal internally, externally with my clients or with people that work for my clients. In addition, there are many issues that are time sensitive. I do not see any difference in applying this knowledge to the restaurant business. I can say that I love doing both in parallel.” She paused briefly and elaborated further, “It is like I have two channels of radio frequencies working separately on my professional career and my commitment to Khao. The two businesses are in different compartments, and I can direct my energies into both without interfering one another. I do not see either one is tougher than the other because I can disjoint to handle their own details.”

Pradinan took over Khao from the previous owner in 2018. She strongly believes that success does not depend on luck, but by genuine hard work, and recognising the right opportunity that comes along. “I chose to invest in an existing business because at that time, I was working full time in Hongkong. It would be a wiser move to take over a working operation rather starting out from scratch. In 2019, The Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded Khao as “good quality, good value restaurants”. The following year, we earned our first Michelin star as the ultimate hallmark of culinary excellence, which we have held until now in 2022. The obstacles that I encountered along the way seem countless at times. I believe that my strong team has helped me through the years. I also had to contribute tremendously effort in motivating them, and earning my respect. At the beginning, many were skeptical that I only wanted to own a restaurant in name only.”

Disclosing on the factors that have contributed to the success of Khao, “I have a crystal vision what I wish Khao to be. It is to be a Thai restaurant where Thais go. A good example is it is the place that overseas Thais returning home, and enjoys all the dishes that they miss while abroad, or real Thai recipes that they grow up with. My focus is on age old or lost recipes that we can find in Thai literature. I understand that some restaurants like fusion experimental tasting menu for photogenic instagram purposes. This is not what we pursue in Khao. Our chefs team is very motivated to learn and has clear direction on what we want to serve. We strive to present the best version of the original recipe to show the delicacy of our Thai cooking culture. Some dishes do not have recipe available but they are written in old Thai books. Shrimp paste soup is one of the dishes that I offer in Market Café by Khao at the Hyatt Regency Sukhumvit. We have to reconstruct this recipe with a twist in the ingredients while maintaining the quality.”

What next for Khao? The original branch of Khao is located on Soi Ekamai, which focuses on original Thai recipes. Pradinan was heavily involved designing the menu for the second branch at Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit on Soi 13, which goes by the name The Market Café by Khao. The restaurant turned into a more fashionable venue and fine dining concept, serving dinner with age old recipes. She admitted that some of the dishes were adjusted 10 times to grasp the taste, and many more amendments to reach the ultimate version agreed by the team. It took six months to finalise the menu. Soon to be opened is her third branch in Central World on the 7th floor. She excitedly reviewed, “The new concept is “Khao’s favourite dish”. I want the new branch to embrace both Thai and international food. Many of us in Thailand grow up with popular Western menus like French fries, baked clams in butter or even spaghetti bolognaise. This will be the venue for families to enjoy where parents order the dishes they grow up with and share with their children. Youngsters can hang around and enjoy group feasting. Foreign visitors will find real Thai dishes where Thais go. In the pipeline, Khao is expanding to offer readymade sauces to be available in the retail market. With my years spent in Hong Kong and Singapore, it is my next dream to bring the concept of Khao to these two vibrant cities.”

As our time drew to a close, I was impressed with how Khun Pradinan was so very composed and cheerful throughout the interview. Her boundless confidence in dealing with business obstacles as she puts it, “I do not worry, nor feel stress or complain being tired. I would like to share with the Expat Life in Thailand readers, especially women entrepreneurs are to be on the alert, when opportunity comes knocking at your door, seize the moment and take the plunge. 

I did when I acquired Khao and have not regret any minute of it!”

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On March 31, 2022, Mahanakorn Partners Group’s Managing Partner Khun Vilasinee Thephasadin Na Ayuthaya was bestowed a distinguished community leadership award by the Justice Inspector-General Organization (สมาคมองค์การตรวจสอบอำนาจรัฐเพื่อประชาชน), duly represented by its President, Khun Wichittiporn Apibarnpuvanart, for her long-term service to the society in Thailand, her many charitable deeds, and her selfless dedication to the community. We could not be prouder of Khun Vilasinee, over 20 years at MPG and still leading by example! #leadership #community #society #awardwinning #charitablegiving #care #mahanakornpartnersgroup #mahanakornpartners #mpg

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We are currently living in an era where climate change is an existential threat, when it comes to living a conscious life, buying new clothes from fast fashion brands constantly is not good for our planet. Buying from sustainable brands which take care of the planet and people is a really good option, but it is expensive and not everyone can afford it easily. Therefore, I am a big fan of clothes swapping. It is an economical and sustainable way to bring in something new into your wardrobe. It is a way to keep clothes in circularity for longer and avoid them going into landfills.

For those of you who are unaware of the link between climate change, landfill pollution and fashion, here are some statistics. The fast fashion industry is currently producing a staggering 100 billion items of clothes every year. That is 14 times for every human being on the planet. Most of these clothes are mass produced cheaply and the fast fashion industry is pushing consumers to keep buying more and throw away whatever they get bored of. People are throwing away clothes at an alarming rate and most of these clothes end up in a landfill.

 

Considering the amount of fossil fuel based fabrics in these items, it is obviously not surprising that these clothes lying in landfills are emitting a huge amount of greenhouse gasses which pollute our air which further accelerates the speed of climate change. These clothes are usually made in the global south by using cheap women labour, the women who make these clothes don’t receive a fair wage and in many cases are caught in an exploitative system where there is no escape for them. In a nutshell, we are killing our planet and stealing the future the next generation deserves by constantly shopping for more and more clothes from fast fashion brands. These brands continue to greenwash in the absence of any proper regulations.

For many of us who want to build a wardrobe consciously, there is a lot of confusion around how to do it. The simplest solution is to obviously shop less and use whatever you own more.

 

When choosing to buy something new, consider buying from sustainable brands. I have been committed to building a circular wardrobe for the past few years and love visiting vintage and secondhand stores and I am happy to see more options in Bangkok now.

 

My favourite thrift store is Suankruangoon on Soi Thonglor. Secondhand stores are an awesome way to engage in sustainable shopping, but have you heard about clothes swapping? A clothes swap is a meeting or party where people get together to swap clothing, accessories etc. It is stuff you want to get rid of, someone else can give it a new life and avoid it from going to a landfill. It is the simplest way to keep clothes circular. Clothes swap can save you a lot of money too, I found some amazing clothes at the swap I attended recently for a fraction of the price I would have normally paid for that. I understand that there could be a chance of not finding anything but most of the swap parties usually give you something for the money you spend on the ticket, so it is a win-win situation.

I recently helped Julia Panchkowry who is one of Bangkok’s best female entrepreneurs driving change towards a better future to organise a swap party. She is the owner of ‘The Banana Warrior Cafe’ which is located at EmQuartier, it is a vegan cafe with an interesting selection of desserts, drinks and food. The event was extremely successful which has inspired her to organise more such events in the future. Almost all the women who attended the swap left with a bag full of clothes and it was wonderful to see those clothes get a second life. It is a super sustainable, fun, and creative way to shop for clothes. If you want to attend the next swap event, start by cleaning your wardrobe and picking out the clothes which are in a good condition, but you have no need for it anymore. Put it in a bag and keep it ready. You can drop it at her cafe when the date is decided, buy a ticket for the event which includes 1 free Prosecco and food. Voila!! You are ready to attend a cool clothes swap party where you can drink, dance, swap clothes and enjoy the evening.

 

As individuals we often feel that we don’t have power to change the system but we can make a significant change collectively as consumers. Most often we confuse trends with style, something trending may not necessarily look stylish on us. Clothes we find in swap events can be styled in creative and fun ways.

The next swap event will be in April, follow @the.banana.warrior and @stylishsuitcase on Instagram for sustainable styling tips and to stay tuned for more such events.

 

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They are some of the most heartbreaking and heartwarming photos of our planet ever captured. 

And despite focusing on the natural world and the animal kingdom, many can certainly be described as very human, too. 

Below are the images chosen as winners in this year’s Glanzlichter Competition of Nature Photography.

Held for the past 24 years, the contest rewards just ten of the best images submitted by thousands of photographers from dozens of countries.

This year, organisers received a whopping 17,000 to choose from.   

A fluffy arctic fox, a bloodthirsty lion cub who has just finished a meal and a barn swallow floating through a window frame are among the cast of characters in this year’s winning pictures.

The images will feature in a new book released on May 2 and tour Germany and Italy for the next three years.

A runner-up in the World of Mammals section of the contest, this is Italian photographer Marco Gaiotti's incredible photo of a tiny arctic fox enjoying the winter sun in Norway. Staying toasty in temperatures of -35C, the gorgeous animal is sitting tight on a sheet of snow and ice.
A runner-up in the World of Mammals section of the contest, this is Italian photographer Marco Gaiotti’s incredible photo of a tiny arctic fox enjoying the winter sun in Norway. Staying toasty in temperatures of -35C, the gorgeous animal is sitting tight on a sheet of snow and ice.
A striking reminder of the animal kingdom's savage side, Polish photographer Tomasz Szpila caught this picture of a lion cub in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Szpila waited patiently while a pair of female lions went off to hunt a wildebeest for the youngster to eat - and snapped the cub's compelling expression after they finished their meal.
A striking reminder of the animal kingdom’s savage side, Polish photographer Tomasz Szpila caught this picture of a lion cub in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Szpila waited patiently while a pair of female lions went off to hunt a wildebeest for the youngster to eat – and snapped the cub’s compelling expression after they finished their meal.
A winner in the Moments of Nature section, Israeli photographer Amit Eshel spotted this family of polar bears climbing over a tower of old bones in Alaska. Eshel took the photo near the small village of Kaktovik on one evening when the polar bear family emerged looking for food. He hoped the sight of their anxious search would highlight the effects of climate change.
A winner in the Moments of Nature section, Israeli photographer Amit Eshel spotted this family of polar bears climbing over a tower of old bones in Alaska. Eshel took the photo near the small village of Kaktovik on one evening when the polar bear family emerged looking for food. He hoped the sight of their anxious search would highlight the effects of climate change.
Certainly the most tense image in the competition this year, Dr Lalith Ekanayake's picture of a stampeding elephant tipping over a truck in Sri Lanka is a frightening sight. Taken in December at Yala National Park, Ekanayake spotted the stampeding elephant charge at the truck before a brave ranger (pictured in the foreground) got in the vehicle and drove the group to safety.
Certainly the most tense image in the competition this year, Dr Lalith Ekanayake’s picture of a stampeding elephant tipping over a truck in Sri Lanka is a frightening sight. Taken in December at Yala National Park, Ekanayake spotted the stampeding elephant charge at the truck before a brave ranger (pictured in the foreground) got in the vehicle and drove the group to safety.
Another runner-up in the World of Mammals category, German photographer Thorsten Hanewald spotted this mother giraffe licking clean her newborn babe in Kenya. Taken just moments after the tiny giraffe took its first steps, Hanewald waited patiently for the mother's beautiful act of care to snap the photo. He said he wanted a picture which showed the giraffes' heads next to each other so they could share a single frame.
Another runner-up in the World of Mammals category, German photographer Thorsten Hanewald spotted this mother giraffe licking clean her newborn babe in Kenya. Taken just moments after the tiny giraffe took its first steps, Hanewald waited patiently for the mother’s beautiful act of care to snap the photo. He said he wanted a picture which showed the giraffes’ heads next to each other so they could share a single frame.
Spaniard Oscar Diez spotted this volcanic eruption in terrifying real time in April 2021. The Acatenango volcano in Guatemala, central America is one of the region's highest peaks - and a fiery cauldron. Diez sat tight till the evening so the dark grey sky, scarlet smoke and glowing red lava would make for a stark visual contrast. It was worth the wait.
Spaniard Oscar Diez spotted this volcanic eruption in terrifying real time in April 2021. The Acatenango volcano in Guatemala, central America is one of the region’s highest peaks – and a fiery cauldron. Diez sat tight till the evening so the dark grey sky, scarlet smoke and glowing red lava would make for a stark visual contrast. It was worth the wait.
Norway is the only country to feature in multiple Glanzlichter finalists - and with landscapes like this, it's not hard to see why. Italian photographer Ivan Pedretti captured this audacious shot of an eye-shaped rock sitting beneath the Northern Lights on the island of Lofoten in February 2020, just weeks before the Covid pandemic. Pedretti's photo is a stunning illustration of peace, which now seems distant. That might be why it was the overall winner of this year's Glanzlichter Competition - meaning the €2,500 is his to keep.
Norway is the only country to feature in multiple Glanzlichter finalists – and with landscapes like this, it’s not hard to see why. Italian photographer Ivan Pedretti captured this audacious shot of an eye-shaped rock sitting beneath the Northern Lights on the island of Lofoten in February 2020, just weeks before the Covid pandemic. Pedretti’s photo is a stunning illustration of peace, which now seems distant. That might be why it was the overall winner of this year’s Glanzlichter Competition – meaning the €2,500 is his to keep.
Barn swallows aren't quite the exotic birds you might expect to feature in a nature prize-winning shot, but Spanish photographer Antonio Leiva Sanchez has found beauty in an unlikely place. The swallow snaps its wings to get through an empty window frame in Sucs, Catalonia. It seems like a tiny moment compared to the volcanic eruption and the Northern Lights, but for Sanchez's bird, the journey is all that matters.
Barn swallows aren’t quite the exotic birds you might expect to feature in a nature prize-winning shot, but Spanish photographer Antonio Leiva Sanchez has found beauty in an unlikely place. The swallow snaps its wings to get through an empty window frame in Sucs, Catalonia. It seems like a tiny moment compared to the volcanic eruption and the Northern Lights, but for Sanchez’s bird, the journey is all that matters.
Photographer Jari Heikkinen spotted this glowing red throated diver landing on the tranquil water of a lake in his native Finland. Heikkinen was rewarded for his good timing when the shot won the Artists on Wings section at the 2022 Glanzlichter Competition. Showing the immense bird while it plucks a snack from the water, the photo represents the calmness in what might seem like a violent gesture.
Photographer Jari Heikkinen spotted this glowing red throated diver landing on the tranquil water of a lake in his native Finland. Heikkinen was rewarded for his good timing when the shot won the Artists on Wings section at the 2022 Glanzlichter Competition. Showing the immense bird while it plucks a snack from the water, the photo represents the calmness in what might seem like a violent gesture.
An impressive second entry by Italian photographer Marco Gaiotti, this photo of a giant panda at the Wolong Nature Reserve in China was a runner-up in Glanzlichter's World of Mammals section. The panda is resting comfortably despite leaning on a small branch high up the tree, showing its familiarity and comfort with its environment. That's no surprise: the Wolong Nature Reserve is home to one tenth of the world's giant pandas.
An impressive second entry by Italian photographer Marco Gaiotti, this photo of a giant panda at the Wolong Nature Reserve in China was a runner-up in Glanzlichter’s World of Mammals section. The panda is resting comfortably despite leaning on a small branch high up the tree, showing its familiarity and comfort with its environment. That’s no surprise: the Wolong Nature Reserve is home to one tenth of the world’s giant pandas.
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Amata B. Grimm Power recently joined the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Embassy of Germany in Thailand and Amata Foundation to preside over the opening of Pha Kluay Mai-Haew Suwat Waterfalls Nature Walk on March 2.  The opening of the 3.4-km trail in the Khao Yai National Park was to commemorate the 160th anniversary of Thai-German relations.  General Surayut Chulanont, President of the Statesman Foundation, presided over the opening ceremony with Georg Schmidt, Ambassador of the Republic of Germany in Thailand, Dr. Harald Link, chairman of B. Grimm, and Mr. Vikrom Kromadit, chairman of Amata Foundation attending the event.

This nature walk is a tripartite cooperation among Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the German Embassy, Amata Foundation together with Amata B. Grimm Power Company.  The trail is meant for educating and enhancing tourists’ experiences on sustainable conservation of natural resources and the environment.  It connects the two famous waterfalls along the route that traverses the Lam Ta Khong creek through bamboo forests interspersed with evergreen and dry forests.

Along the path, a loud rumbling of Pha Kluay Mai Waterfall in the rainy season could be heard.  But when the water recedes in the dry season, traces of volcanic lava flow originated hundreds of millions of years ago is visible along with the ‘stone flower,’ a new type of plant in the world that will emerge from the water.  Then there is Wai Daeng whose red flowers bloom in April on the cliff of the waterfall, which is named after it. The walk takes about 2-3 hours on foot.

Dr.Harald Link, Chairman of B.Grimm, Chief Executive Officer of B.Grimm Power Plc and Director of Amata B.Grimm Power, said the opening of the nature walk celebrates the relationship between Thailand and Germany, which dates back to the reign of King Mongkut.  The relationship has flourished in various fields including economic, academic and technology transfer, product enhancement promotion, sharing of production technology in agriculture and environment, sustainable management of water resources and cooperation to develop neighbouring countries.

In terms of trade relations, the private sector in the early stages had a wide range of trade, with B. Grimm being one of the companies that has still been operating in Thailand for 144 years. B.Grimm started out with pharmaceutical business before spreading to many other many types of ventures in the fields of industry, health, lifestyle, transport, with energy business becoming a core venture.  All of these businesses have focussed on creating benefits for society, economy and environment in Thailand.

Dr. Link added that the opening of nature walk underscores the importance of natural resource conservation and the environment the two countries have placed. In addition, the cooperation involving the trail development also fulfils B.Grimm’s vision of conducting business compassionately, creating civilisation under oneness with nature, by focussing on creating benefits for people and society, placing importance on the conservation of the environment and wildlife.

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𝐀 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐬𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐬 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 The Global Cosmetics Market was valued at USD 307.69 billion in 2020. With the Asia Pacific region estimated to be one of the largest and fastest growing regions for the cosmetics market, Thailand is ideally situated for future growth and expansion through the length of the supply chain. Thailand is primed to become ASEAN’s beauty hub with a market forecast to be valued at over USD 7.3 billion in 2022 and regulatory harmonization with ASEAN through the AHCRS (ASEAN Harmonized Cosmetic Regulatory Scheme) increasing business potential throughout the length of the value chain.

𝙇𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙣 𝙈𝙤𝙧𝙚 https://lnkd.in/d6edjFW7 #cosmetics #cosmetiques #skincare #skincareproducts #skincareessentials #beauty #supplychain #asiapacific #business #future #growth #haircare #haircolor #investment #incentives #mahanakornpartnersgroup #mahanakornpartners #mpg

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Set in the framework of Thailand 4.0—whose four pillars are Economic Prosperity, Social Well-being, Raising Human Values and Environmental Protection—the 2018 EEC Act, together with the new Smart City initiative, is poised to bring about a highly anticipated economic, infrastructural, technological and social transformation. The combined efforts of different agencies of the Royal Thai Government have attracted FDI to the EEC. Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI) offers a number of incentives to companies in the technological innovation arena. Incentives available, specifically for Smart City project developers, infrastructure system (for instance, fiber optics and Wi-Fi) developers; and intelligent network developers, include eight years of corporate income tax exemption and other non-tax incentives.

𝙇𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙣 𝙈𝙤𝙧𝙚 https://lnkd.in/gsDXzN7 #investment #innovation #tax #incentives #network #fiberoptics #project #infrastructure #transformation #environmental #investmentincentives #investmentpromotion #smartcities #smartcity #smartcitystrategiesandsolutions #mpg #mahanakornpartnersgroup #mahanakornpartners

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Only 2 days left before the seminar about Thai Permanent Residence & Citizenship, presented by Mahanakorn Partners Group and hosted by the Thai-Italian Chamber of Commerce (TICC), in collaboration with the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT), the Irish Thai Chamber of Commerce and the Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce (NTCC).

The seminar will be held at Garden Villa, The Sukhothai Hotel Bangkok, on Thursday, 3 March 2022 from 16:30 – 17:30 hrs, and it will be followed by a networking aperitif.

𝘽𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙔𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙎𝙚𝙖𝙩 𝙉𝙤𝙬 https://lnkd.in/g_9zT3j3 #citizenship #citizenshipbyinvestment #permanentresidency #pr #networking #aperitif #immigrationattorney #immigrationservices #mahanakornpartnersgroup #mahanakornpartners #mpg

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The Asian Institute of Hospitality Management is proud to launch its AIHM Mixology Contest 2022. Open to students, amateur enthusiasts and seasoned pros, contestants are invited to create an original mocktail/cocktail, with prizes worth up to 34,000B on offer.

The Asian Institute of Hospitality Management was founded by Minor Hotels, Asia’s most powerful hospitality company, in academic association with Les Roches, a global leader in hospitality education. Together, they bring Swiss educational excellence to the region. At AIHM, students are encouraged to think outside the box, push themselves further, and develop their creativity. These values are personified in the AIHM Mixology Contest, with participants concocting original mocktails/cocktails and presenting them to a panel of judges made up of industry experts. There are three categories in the competition – mocktail (for students up to the age of 20), amateur and professional. For the first round, contestants submit their recipe and their inspiration online. The judges will then go through the recipes, looking in particular for uniqueness and flair. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the live final at Riverside Plaza on the Chao Phraya riverbank to present their cocktail to the judges.

Winners of each category will be awarded stays at luxurious Minor Hotels properties, including Avani+ Koh Lanta Krabi Resort, Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket and Avani Pattaya Resort. Runners up will receive Minor Hotels e gift cards worth varying amounts up to 10,000B, to be spent on hotel stays, dining or spa experiences at Anantara and Avani properties around the world. 

To enter the competition, or for more information, please scan QR Code on the image. The first round closes on 18th March 2022, with shortlisted candidates announced on the AIHM website and social media on 24th March 2022, and the final scheduled for 6th April 2022.

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The Lantern Festival is a Chinese traditional festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the Lunar calendar, which falls on the full moon and marks the end of Chinese New Year festivities and celebrations. 

It is considered as one of the romantic Chinese festivals, which often refers to Chinese Valentine’s Day. Kathleen Pokrud, President of Hong Kong Ladies’ Group and Vice Chairperson of Baat Woh Cantonese Opera Association of Thailand recently hosted a friendship dinner in honour of Winnie Poon, Past President of HKLG and Chairperson of Baat Woh together with other members to celebrate this special friendship day at Pathumwan Princess Hotel.

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