Daily Archives: March 28, 2010

On Top of the World – Sirocco Skybar

Foto: Mette Bassett

If you’re in Bangkok and want to spend a night eating or sipping cocktails while literally feeling on top of the world, then head for the Sirocco Skybar.

The bar & restaurant is located at the top of the 63 storey high State Tower Building in Bangkok. We went there to have a drink after the wedding, had an amazing time and will definitely come back.

Foto: Mette Bassett

This place is nothing short of breathtaking. You take the lift/elevator up to a neo-classical dome-like building and when you exit it, you’re met by the tones of an outdoor jazz band playing (apparently they have some really good bands) on the landing in front of the building. From there a staircase swirls down to a round bar at the far end with a 360 view of Bangkok by Night = loads of Kodak moments…

Foto: Sam Bassett

My pictures are pretty crappy so take a look at their own website, where you can read much more about the bar and the restaurant and enjoy the glossy pics. The skybar has a walk-in policy so no need for reservations but you do have to reserve for dining in the restaurant.

On the night we were there it was a mixed crowd and the atmosphere was pretty relaxed. 99% were tourists or local expats. The drinks are on the pricey side, around 7 pounds for a beer. But that’s actually all right ’cause you get high on the view as well 🙂

Suitcase favourite: H&M long beige dress

Long dresses and skirts are slowly but surely making their way to the catwalk and the highstreet, and so is beige. So when I was out shopping for a new summer dress for our trip I decided to get this one.

Foto: Mette Bassett

It’s from H&M, cost 30 pound and has quickly become a suitcase favourite. I’ve worn it in Bangkok on not too warm and humid evenings and at the beach at Koh Lanta.

Foto: Sam Bassett

And I’m going to wear it in much colder Japan with a short jacket. It’s made from 100% viscose and is sooo comfortable.

Foto: Mette Bassett

What I wore: Amanda Wakeley

It’s always tricky to find the perfect dress for a big event, especially if you, like me, love second-hand shopping. When you don’t need a floor length gala dress, they seem to pop up everywhere.  And when you really need one they vanish, as by magic. 

But a few months back I managed to scoop up the perfect dress in one of my favourite charity shops in Chiswick. (read my Chiswick second-hand guide here). 

Here the dress is in action at the staircase at The Royal Meridien: 

Foto: Sam Bassett

 

It’s by posh British designer Amanda Wakeley and was one of the leftovers from a charity auction at the Oxfam shop. It cost me 95 pounds and was worth every penny. 

I wore it with my beige Balenciaga wedge sandals that I bought in Italy last year and luckily I had saved them for the right moment. They were really comfortable and I sailed safely through the wedding and post-wedding partying without a single blister to show for it the day after. 

Foto: Mette Bassett

Thailand Highlights: Bangkok Wedding

Well hello there!

We”ve now been in Thailand for more than 2 weeks and I finally, FINALLY managed to  sit down and post about it.  We’re in Suratthani  and have a few hours to kill before boarding the train back to Bangkok.  So I just wanted to post a few highlights from our holiday.

First up in Bangkok was the big wedding we were invited to. It was huge with a few thousand guests, but we began the day in the early morning with a more intimate Buddhist ceremony at the outskirts of the city. There were monks:

Foto: Mette Bassett

And later on the groom went away and came sailing back as part of a symbolic ceremony where he had to pay his way to get in to the ‘house’ of the bride:

Foto: Mette Bassett

There was a beautiful water pouring ceremony where each and every guest got to pour water into the hands of the couple as a way of wishing them good luck for the future:

Foto: Mette Bassett

In the evening there was a big reception and party at The Royal Meridien hotel in Bangkok with lots of food and a champagne fountain:

Foto: Mette Bassett

Instead of having the bride throw the wedding bouquet, white ribbons were attached and all single people in the room were invited to come forward and take a pick. Only one was attached to the bouquet:

Foto: Mette Bassett

And here’s the happy couple. Congratulations Pim and Allan!:

Foto: Mette Bassett