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  • Holy Crepe! Chiang Mai cops order sexy snack seller to cover up
    A 23-year-old woman who became a sensation for her novel way to sell snacks in Chiang Mai was summoned yesterday by police, who scolded her for dressing too damn sexy. Aranya Apaiso or “Olive” had been selling crispy pancakes wearing only a loosely tied cardigan revealing ample sideboob and toned belly until she was called…

    A 23-year-old woman who became a sensation for her novel way to sell snacks in Chiang Mai was summoned yesterday by police, who scolded her for dressing too damn sexy.

    Aranya Apaiso or “Olive” had been selling crispy pancakes wearing only a loosely tied cardigan revealing ample sideboob and toned belly until she was called in for a tongue-lashing by Chang Puak police officers.

    Aranya said she was warned about keeping social distance from all the customers queuing for her tasty crepes and to be more “discreet” with her clothing. Aranya said she was specifically told by a local culture official to wear a bra.

    Her stall is located on Jed Yod-Chang Kiang Road in Chiang Mai city. Her fashion choice had come to wider attention after her impressive business acumen was featured in tabloid coverage of her huge lines.

    26 November 2021
    Coconuts Bangkok
    Viral, News, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1044117
  • Rapist photographer preyed on Miss Universe Thailand contestants: lawyer
    Police this morning said they apprehended a photographer in Pathum Thani province accused of sexually assaulting young beauty pageant contestants. Thanawat Wisetnarakul, 38, was taken into custody last night after being accused of sexual assault including rape by at least 10 women, including a 19-year-old Miss Universe Thailand contestant, prompting pageant officials to say it…

    Police this morning said they apprehended a photographer in Pathum Thani province accused of sexually assaulting young beauty pageant contestants.

    Thanawat Wisetnarakul, 38, was taken into custody last night after being accused of sexual assault including rape by at least 10 women, including a 19-year-old Miss Universe Thailand contestant, prompting pageant officials to say it must come clean about sexual violence.

    “It’s time that sexual harrassment is seriously addressed,” said Piyaporn “Pui” Sankosik, the pageant’s executive director. “Every woman has to be protected, and [organizers] do not have to keep things secret just because they’re afraid of the infamy. There is no kind of bad reputation here, because we didn’t do anything wrong.”

    The 19-year-old and a 23-year-old colleague filed complaints against Thanawat yesterday at the Lumphini Police Station. The two women claimed that he sexually assaulted them while he was shooting for the pageant at its contestant orientation last month at two hotels, one in Khao Yai, Nakhon Ratchasima province, and another in Bangkok’s Lumphini area.

    The women’s lawyer, Saranya Wangsukcharoen, said Thanawat assaulted at least 10 women associated with Miss Universe and other beauty contests, all of whom have filed police complaints. One said she was raped by Thanawat and filed a complaint at the Khlong Ha Police Station late last year. 

    Thanawat denied all charges against him and was denied bail.

    Piyaporn also urged other victims of harassment and abuse to speak up. 

    “Silence is a mistake. Every woman should be able to speak up about this. You’re the brave ones who can stop this vicious cycle,” she said. 

    Amanda Obdam, who was crowned Miss Thailand Universe last year, followed suit.

    “I would like to show my support to everyone who was sexually harassed. It was a terrible experience that no one should have, and I’d like to be the support to those who stand up to fight for the right thing. It might be a hard thing to speak up about, but I believe that this society is ready to stand by you,” she tweeted.

    26 November 2021
    Coconuts Bangkok
    News, Crime, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1044109
  • Italian chef to revisit his roots with new Sathorn restaurant ‘Antito’
    Diners may know Amerigo Sesti as the chef at fine-dining stalwart J’aime by Jean-Michel Lorain, or for his spectacular handle of top-level French cuisine. Unlike his previous work in Bangkok, Sesti’s latest project Antito revisits his Italian roots in Bergamo, a city northeast of Milan. This zesty bar-restaurant promises creative Italian cuisine without compromising authenticity…

    Diners may know Amerigo Sesti as the chef at fine-dining stalwart J’aime by Jean-Michel Lorain, or for his spectacular handle of top-level French cuisine.

    Unlike his previous work in Bangkok, Sesti’s latest project Antito revisits his Italian roots in Bergamo, a city northeast of Milan. This zesty bar-restaurant promises creative Italian cuisine without compromising authenticity — soul food reinterpreted through the lens of a chef of Sesti’s caliber.

    Though the dishes remain under wraps for now, we do know that Antito is set to open in early December. Stay tuned for more.

    Antito will be located on the 14th floor of the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn on Sathorn Tai Road.

    This story originally appeared in BK.

    25 November 2021
    Porpor Leelasestaporn
    Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1044070
  • Take a peek inside Bangkok’s massive downtown park upgrade (Photos)
    All photos: Phoebe Storm A major expansion to one of Bangkok’s largest downtown parks has yet to open, but members of the public are already heading in for a look at what’s billed as the new “lungs of Bangkok.” When the Benjakitti Forest Park opens – as soon as February – its 450 rai (72…
    All photos: Phoebe Storm

    A major expansion to one of Bangkok’s largest downtown parks has yet to open, but members of the public are already heading in for a look at what’s billed as the new “lungs of Bangkok.”

    When the Benjakitti Forest Park opens – as soon as February – its 450 rai (72 hectares) will be significantly larger than Lumphini Park (360 rai) – and greener, too. Rather than more manicured lawns and topiary to satisfy bygone aesthetics, ecology and habitat are given space in what will be the city’s first “forest park.”

    While species such as birds will rejoice in its wetland areas, humans will have plenty to crow about when it’s done. Visitors can expect a nature trail stretching nearly 6 kilometers, a 2.8-kilometer jogging trail and 3.4 kilometers of bike lanes alongside a large pond. There will also be an indoor gym and outdoor auditorium on the land which, like the original Benjakitti Park, was cut from massive tracts held by the Tobacco Monopoly. A building once used for tobacco production will be renovated into a museum. 

    The 1.3-kilometer elevated walkway connecting Benjakitti and Lumphini parks known as the “Green Mile” is getting an upgrade as well.

    Currently, the first phase of renovations are complete, with the second and third phrases near the old tobacco factory underway. 

    Go early enough and find joggers and others already making use of the place – security has been ratcheted up lately due to the attention. 

    Here are some recent photos to whet your park hunger.

    24 November 2021
    Coconuts Bangkok
    Lifestyle, City guides, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1043945
  • Expand your Gundam kit at new Siam Center flagship store (Photos)
    Mech up at Southeast Asia’s first Gundam Base flagship store inside Siam Center’s first-floor “Ideaopolis” space (yes, that’s what it’s called). The store fills 362sqm with exclusive items and limited-edition merch for all Gunpla fans. The Japanese toy brand’s new store is a collaboration between Bandai Namco Asia and Thai importer Dream Toy, which has…

    Mech up at Southeast Asia’s first Gundam Base flagship store inside Siam Center’s first-floor “Ideaopolis” space (yes, that’s what it’s called).

    The store fills 362sqm with exclusive items and limited-edition merch for all Gunpla fans. The Japanese toy brand’s new store is a collaboration between Bandai Namco Asia and Thai importer Dream Toy, which has brought in special Gunpla collections, as well as toy vehicles, and model kits.

    An ongoing contest between Gunpla Builders is taking place now through Sunday.

    This story originally appeared in BK.

    25 November 2021
    Alisha Pawa
    Retail Therapy, Lifestyle News, Lifestyle, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1044024
  • Demand for Thai marriage equality to hit the street at Sunday protest
    A coalition of several dozen organizations will gather Sunday in downtown Bangkok to call for marriage equality after a court declared it unconstitutional. The Rainbow Unity for Marriage Equality called upon supporters to gather at Ratchaprasong Intersection to show solidarity with and support for LGBTQ+ and gender-noncomforing people to demand the legalization of same-sex marriage…

    A coalition of several dozen organizations will gather Sunday in downtown Bangkok to call for marriage equality after a court declared it unconstitutional.

    The Rainbow Unity for Marriage Equality called upon supporters to gather at Ratchaprasong Intersection to show solidarity with and support for LGBTQ+ and gender-noncomforing people to demand the legalization of same-sex marriage in the kingdom. 

    “Come and experience the atmosphere of gender justice that the Thai state has not yet given us,” wrote the Feminist’s Liberation Front. “Let’s raise the rainbow flag and free ourselves from legal limitations. Be a part of the change and stomp your feet together to change the law.”

    The rally comes after the Constitution Court last week rejected a challenge to the constitutional prohibition of same-sex marriage, snuffing the hopes of marriage equality proponents looking to shortcut a stalled legislative remedy.

    A promotional poster of the Nov. 28 demonstration.

    Participants can expect to find participating organizations’s street booths, hoist rainbow flags and sign a petition to call for legal marriage for all regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

    “In 2021, the collective need of a safe and inclusive community for LGBTQ+ women is more important than ever,” a statement from San Francisco dating app Her said in support. “Thailand is welcoming and nurturing to LGBTQ+ tourism while [its] queer residents continue to fight for equality and acceptance.”

    The collective consists of nearly 50 organizations including the Feminist’s Liberation Front, Free Gender Thailand, APCOM Foundation, TEAK – Trans Empowerment, and iLaw. 

    The demonstration will start at 4pm.

    The failure of the legal challenge seems to leave proponents only one way forward: through parliament. There, a bill to legalize same-sex unions – hailed by some as progressive yet derided for not extending full marriage rights – has all but died in committee, with some lawmakers openly questioning its necessity.

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    25 November 2021
    Coconuts Bangkok
    Politics, News, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1044016
  • Royalist wants Miss Universe Thailand punished for ‘insulting’ flag
    Nothing infuriates social conservatives as much as a confident woman in possession of her sexuality, and mixing haughty sex appeal with a national symbol has driven one royalist into a seizure of outrage. Sonthiya Sawasdee vowed to file a legal complaint this afternoon at the Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau against Miss Universe Thailand for allegedly…

    Nothing infuriates social conservatives as much as a confident woman in possession of her sexuality, and mixing haughty sex appeal with a national symbol has driven one royalist into a seizure of outrage.

    Sonthiya Sawasdee vowed to file a legal complaint this afternoon at the Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau against Miss Universe Thailand for allegedly violating three sections of the 1979 Flag Act in a promo image. 

    Sonthiya, a staunch royalist, alleges that Anchilee Scott-Kemmis desecrated the sacred symbol in an image showing her astride the Chao Phraya River atop the flag’s colors – a no-no among the foot-shame fixated – despite it being an obvious digital background.

    Her crimes, he alleges, include presenting the flag in an “inappropriate manner” – we’ll guess that has to do with the side-boob poking out of her sleeveless speedsuit – and insulting the flag. Section 118 of the law mandates up to a two-year jail term and THB4,000 fine for those who insult flags or symbols of the state.

    Sonthiya, 61, was a member of the ruling, military-backed Phalang Pracharath Party. His other recent hits include threatening sanctions against any lawmaker supporting a bid to decriminalize pornography, and demanding the daughter for former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra be pre-emptively investigated for corruption before she gets any ideas about running for office. In 2015, he orchestrated a police investigation into the former U.S. ambassador for “insulting the king.”

    Anchilee’s photo in question was part of a set themed Tricolor of Unity. Three Colors and One Real Body released last week, promoting her trip next month to Israel to vie for the international crown on Dec. 12.

    The photo has been removed from Miss Universe Thailand’s social media feed.

    Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly stated that Sonthiya is currently a Member of Parliament. In fact, he is a former member of the ruling, military-backed Phalang Pracharath Party. We regret the error.

    23 November 2021
    Coconuts Bangkok
    Politics, News, Crime, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1043853
  • Haiyaa! ‘Uncle Roger’ coming to roast Bangkok in June
    Raised up by a devastating critique of another chef’s egg fried rice to internet fame, Malaysian-born standup comedian Nigel Ng announced last night that he’s coming to Bangkok next year. Better known as Uncle Roger, the cranky Chinese caricature he assumes on his YouTube Channel of the same name, Ng announced Bangkok among a slew…

    Raised up by a devastating critique of another chef’s egg fried rice to internet fame, Malaysian-born standup comedian Nigel Ng announced last night that he’s coming to Bangkok next year.

    Better known as Uncle Roger, the cranky Chinese caricature he assumes on his YouTube Channel of the same name, Ng announced Bangkok among a slew of dates for next year’s Haiyaa World Tour.

    The 30-year-old comedian, who lives in London, became a viral sensation last year after he uploaded his fierce take on a BBC presenter’s kitchen misadventures. He’s notable for his trademark exclamation “Haiyaa,” and thick Cantonese accent. His jokes involve confident cross-cultural comedy, with those witty gags about Asian vs. British attitudes toward food allergies.

    He lost a slew of fans earlier this year when he capitulated to pro-Beijing stans and deleted a video featuring a prominent critic of China.

    Ng’s tour will also take him to Singapore, his hometown of Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

    His Haiyaa World Tour will hit Bangkok on June 19. No venue was announced. To grab a seat for his mala-spice comedy, sign up for information about tickets.

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    23 November 2021
    Coconuts Bangkok
    Music & Showbiz, Lifestyle News, Lifestyle, City guides, Bangkok, Arts
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1043887
  • Public booking for Top Tables Champions opens today!
    | Grove: Coconuts Media Brand Studio x Top Table Champions | If you’ve been waiting, now is your shot

    We are nearing the end of pre-booking for Top Tables Champions (the period when only Citi members can snag a table), so if you’ve been itching to try some of the exclusive menus at this year’s event now is your chance. Citi members still get an extra discount of up to 18% if they book after the pre-booking period, so don’t fret. It’s worth noting that all customers, Citi members or not, get a discount—you can see them listed below the menus for each restaurant on the website.  

    If you missed the posts last week, Top Tables Champions is Bangkok’s biggest fine-dining food event. Over 20 fine-dining and fine-casual restaurants craft bespoke tasting menus of four or more courses — available exclusively for Champions — from prices starting at B1,500/person and up. Booking happens through the Champions website here. You can view a full list of the available restaurants there, but we’ve got some links for you down below.

    Public booking for all credit cards opens today!

    If you are curious about the complete list of venues and what they offer, check out the links below. Get hungry and get ready for some good eats, dining starts this December!

    80/20

    Aksorn

    Biscotti

    Burapa Eastern Thai Cuisine & Bar

    Carne

    Elements

    Fillets

    Haoma

    Indus

    Jhol Coastal Indian Cuisine

    Jua

    La Bottega di Luca

    Maison Dunand @ Residency

    Ministry of Crab

    Quince

    Royal Osha

    Salvia

    Saneh Jaan

    Seen Restaurant & Bar

    Shintaro

    Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin

    Sri Trat Restaurant & Bar

    Yamazato

    Dining starts December 1, 2021

    For more information, visit bkrestaurantweek.com/champions

    22 November 2021
    Grove: Coconuts Media Brand Studio
    Lifestyle, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1043803
  • Surf skate free till May at new downtown Bangkok mall park
    The Market Surf Skate Society just opened Bangkok’s most colorful surf skating rink yet. Covering an indoor area of 600sqm, this vibrant rink features a range of layouts inside The Market downtown shopping mall by Ratchaprasong intersection. Surfers can hone their skills without having to break the bank, because the rink is free for all…

    The Market Surf Skate Society just opened Bangkok’s most colorful surf skating rink yet.

    Covering an indoor area of 600sqm, this vibrant rink features a range of layouts inside The Market downtown shopping mall by Ratchaprasong intersection. Surfers can hone their skills without having to break the bank, because the rink is free for all visitors until May 15.

    Battle the waves and curves on the pump track, freestyle on the slalom track, and see how long you can ride the wave bank.

    Skaters can also participate in a competition on Friday and Saturday. Contestants stand a chance to win more than THB300,000.

    Participants can apply to participate in the contest starting today. But if you miss out, you can still drop by and grab some cool accessories from fashion brand Nyla, which will be having a warehouse sale on items like longboards and surf skateboards, as well as clothing and accessories from brands like Volcom, and Paul Frank.

    The Market Bangkok Ratchaprasong is located on Ratchadamri Road in Bangkok a short walk from BTS Chit Lom. It’s open 10am to 8:30pm daily.

    Photo: The Market Surf Skate Society
    Photo: The Market Surf Skate Society

    This story originally appeared in BK.

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    23 November 2021
    Alisha Pawa
    Lifestyle News, Lifestyle, City guides, Bangkok
    https://coconuts.co/?p=1043881