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Celebrated in many countries in Asia, this year's Mid-Autumn Festival falls on 10 September. A huge part of the auspicious festival is, definitely, mooncake, to be given to the loved and important ones in your life as an expression of gratitude and wishing them prosperity. Here are places to get exquisite mooncakes in Bangkok:   Pagoda Chinese Restaurant Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park Highly-acclaimed Pagoda Chinese Restaurant invites you to celebrate the magic of the Mid-Autumn Festival with its rich-in-flavour handcrafted mooncakes, made with premium ingredients, wrapped inside an elegant box, making it an ideal gift for your loved ones. THE CLASSICS: Macadamia Nuts and White Lotus Seeds, Pork Bak-kwa and Assorted Nuts, White Lotus and Melon Seeds with a Single Egg Yolk, and Chantaburi Durian and White Lotus Seeds with a Single Egg Yolk THE SPECIALS: Mini Salted Egg Yolk Vanilla Custard, Malted Chocolate Rocher, and Araksa Earl Grey Macadamia Orange, developed in partnership with Araksa, the Chiang Mai-based sustainable tea producer PRICES: The Classic Box is priced from THB 999 / The Marquis Box is priced from THB 1,888 AVAILABLE UNTIL: 10 September 2022 PURCHASE AT: Pagoda LINE SHOPPING / Megatix / restaurant-reservations.bkkqp@marriotthotels.com (for pre-ordering)   Dynasty Restaurant and ZING Bakery Centara Grand at CentralWorld Revel in the moon-shaped pastries loaded with indulgent fillings made with sweet beans, lotus seeds, and other delectable surprises, served in beautiful boxes in auspicious colours. THE CLASSICS: Monthong Durian with Salted Egg, Lotus Seeds Salted Egg, Jujube Salted Egg, Mixed Nuts Fruits Salted Egg, Black Bean Green Tea, and Purple Sweet Potatoes Salted Egg PRICES: Little Gold Moon Box (1 piece) is priced at THB 128 / Luxurious Red Moon Box (4 pieces) is priced at THB 1,188 AVAILABLE UNTIL: 10 September 2022 PURCHASE AT: Dynasty restaurant or Zing Bakery at Centara Grand at CentralWorld / Tops at CentralWorld, Central Chidlom and Central Bangna   Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse This year, the hotel offers a series of special mooncakes presented in a vivid-coloured luxury packaging under the 'Story of Mid-Autumn' theme, inspired by the auspicious symbol of rabbit in the moon to bless you and your important ones with good health. THE CLASSICS: Durian with Egg Yolk, Mixed Nuts with Egg Yolk, Jujube with Egg Yolk, and Lotus Seed PRICES: Premium Mooncake Box (4 pieces) is priced at THB 999 / Yào Box (2 pieces) is priced at THB 599 / Individual mooncake is priced at THB 169 AVAILABLE UNTIL: 10 September 2022 PURCHASE AT: LINE: @@MarrottSurawongse / +66 (0) 2 088 5666   Dusit International Dusit International has unveiled its Jade Moon Signature Collection, featuring an array of meticulously handcrafted mooncakes made using finest ingredients, available in exquisite gift boxes. THE CLASSICS: Durian, Lotus Seed, Mixed Nut, Jujube, Black Sesame, and Custard THE SPECIALS: Macadamia Caramel and Mango with Coconut PRICES: THB 185 per piece for a classic filling / THB 222 per piece for a limited-edition filling AVAILABLE UNTIL: 10 September 2022 PURCHASE AT: Selected Dusit properties in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Pattaya, and Phuket, as well as Siam Paragon, EmQuartier, CentralWorld, Central Chidlom, and Central Rama 3 in Bangkok / Call +66 (0) 2 264 6464 for more details

TRIBE Phnom Penh Post Office Square has officially opened its door, being a vibrant creative hub for locals and travellers alike, surrounded by colonial buildings, the Mekong riverfront promenade, and the historic temple of Wat Phnom. Aiming to provide tasteful experience at affordable prices, the hotel prioritises the elements which matter most to travellers and gives them everything they need and nothing they don’t. As a design-driven hotel, the dynamic living spaces are complemented by iconic design objects, contrasting colours, and surprising details that are selected with comfort and style in mind. TRIBE is a new kind of hotel that offers not just accommodation but also acts as a social destination and collaborative space. TRIBE Phnom Penh Post Office Square is offering a special opening offer with rates starting at USD 88++ per night with breakfast as well as a 15 % discount on food and non-alcoholic beverage. The offer is valid for bookings and stays until 30 September 2022. For more information, please visit www.mytribehotel.com, email HB5M5@mytribehotel.com, or call +855 (0) 23 965 500.

Ministry of Crab, the world-famous seafood experience in Sri Lanka, ranked 35th on the 'Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2022', will be showcasing its scrumptious creations along the Phuket glittering coastline at five-star Anantara Layan Phuket throughout this August. At the resort's Beach House, you can indulge in a five-course dinner set menu prepared by celebrated chef Dharshan Munidasa, featuring fresh and succulent Sri Lankan lagoon crabs, weighing up to 3kg, and giant freshwater prawns. Highlights include the Garlic Chilli Prawns and the Pepper Crab - the lagoon crabs are cooked in a pepper broth together with whole and hand-crushed Sri Lankan black peppercorns; as well as coconut crème brûlée which is baked in a coconut shell with rich coconut milk. The dinner set is priced at THB 2900++ per person. For reservation, please contact +66 (0) 076 317 200, beachhouse.alay@anantara.com or visit beachhouselayan.com

For the upcoming Mother's Day, gifting a pair of comfortable and supportive shoes would be a great idea. Walking is an integral part of most people's daily routine, and it provides healthful benefits to the body and the mind. With the right shoes, walking is more enjoyable for your beloved mom. Here are tips on how to pick the right shoes for your mother, suggested by Pirapat Chongstitwattana, Managing Director of Joli Snob, the importer of high-quality footwear from Japan. LIGHTWEIGHT - Lighter shoes reduce burden the feet will have to carry. PROPER FIT - Find ones that is easy to put on and to take off to ensure stability while walking and stays compact without falling off. WIDE TOE BOX - Shoes with wide toe box are less likely to cause the toes to compress and curl. SOFT AND BREATHABLE - Choose the pair that is made of soft materials without causing irritations or wounds such as cloths, soft leathers or materials with anti-bacterial and breathable properties. SUPPORTIVE INSOLES - Shoes with great supportive insoles helps a lot with balance and reducing load and weight on knees, preventing injuries. FLEXIBLE OUTSOLES - Opt for shoes with flexible outsole to allow feet to flex naturally while walking. ANTI-SLIP - The shoes must have anti-slip soles at front and back to prevent tripping and slipping. 'Women of all ages should wear healthy shoes in everyday life, as they are not only made for people with joint problems. Prevention is absolutely better than curing. I would like to encourage everyone to pick healthy shoes, so that there will be no problems with your feet in the future, especially for those who walk a lot, stand for a long time, or even walk all day in the office. A pair of great healthy shoes is also a perfect Mother's Day gift. I believe that all of us would want to help our beloved moms to have good health and enjoy walking for a long time', added Peerapat. Special for this Mother's Day, Joli Snob offers 30% discount on all regular priced products and 50-70% discount on special priced products from 1 to 14 August 2022. Visit us at Joli Snob counters at Central Department Store, The Mall, Siam Takashimaya and Walking Habit @ K Village or shop online on www.jolisnob.com, Shopee Mall, or LazMall.  

Asian Institute of Hospitality Management (AIHM) invites students from across the globe to participate in the AIHM essay competition, focusing on 'what makes an effective leader'. The AIHM is looking for independent thought, depth of knowledge, clear reasoning, critical analysis and persuasive style of writing.   Junior Category (up to age 15) Describe the qualities of an effective leader (500 words) Senior Category (up to age 22) Explain how a manager can effectively lead and implement change (700 words)   Prizes 1st prize: Minor Hotels e-Gift Card of USD 1000 2nd prize: Marriott International e-Gift Card of USD 500 3rd prize: Marriott International e-Gift Card of USD 300   Submit your essay by Thursday 15 September 2022 (23.59 Thailand time). For more information, please visit www.aihm.education/essaycompetition

Set along Roxas Boulevard, Admiral Hotel Manila - MGallery is now ready to welcome guests to experience a boutique stay at The Philippine's famous waterfront promenade, in close proximity to various landmarks. The country's first MGallery property features a beautiful blend of modern Filipino-Spanish and Art Deco design, honoring its legacy as iconic landmark and a vibrant social hub of the city’s elite. The hotel’s 6 uniquely themed floors showcases a glimpse of the local culture, including festivals, heroes, folk dances, traditional games and native objects, with all 123 guestrooms and suites well-equipped with premium amenities. In addition, the hotel's dining spaces come with compelling culinary concepts to be enjoyed with a sweeping view. "Admiral Hotel Manila – MGallery is the only luxury boutique hotel in Manila which boasts an unparalleled array of experiences and offerings that go beyond the ordinary. As a former hub for high-society events back in the early 1940s, we wanted to relive the glamour of Manila’s golden age within this reimagined hotel," said Matthieu Busschaërt, General Manager of Admiral Hotel Manila - MGallery. To celebrate the hotel’s opening, guests can experience the Deluxe Room for PHP 8,888 per night for stays until 30 September 2022. Rates include breakfast for two at Admiral Club Manila Bay and a PHP 1,888 credit that can be redeemed in all hotel outlets. For more information and reservations, please visit www.admiralhotelmanila.com, email H9338-RE1@accor.com or call +63 (2) 5318 9000.

ALATi at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok invites you to embark on a flavourful culinary journey through its 'Stories of Morocco', featuring redesigned dishes inspired by Executive Chef Carlo Valenziano's travel in various provinces in the charming country in North Africa while adding a touch of Mediterranean taste to each fare. Among the highlights are 'Shakshuka egg' – spiced tomato and bell pepper stew, soft egg, merguez and fresh herbs, served with Arabic bread; ‘Harira soup’, traditional chickpea, lentil and tomato soup, fresh coriander and lemon; 'Pastilla' – filo pastry stuffed with spiced chicken, almonds, cinnamon and sugar dust, shaped uniquely like a roll for sharing and served with harissa; ‘Lahm Tagine’ lamb stew with Ras El Hanout and honey jus, prunes, almonds and cinnamon; ‘Chicken Tagine’ with lemon confit, olives and capers, cooked in a saffron and turmeric bouillon; as well as sweet treats including ‘Moroccan almond pastry’ – filo pastry filled with almond compote, orange blossom water and caramelised almonds. The 'Stories of Morocco' will be available from 1 August to 30 November 2022. The à la carte menu is priced from THB 320++, and the three-course dining set menu is priced from THB 1,250++ per person. Mediterranean wine by the glass and bottle are also available. For more details or reservation, call +66 (0) 2 162 9000, email dining.siambangkok@kempinski.com or visit www.kempinski.com/en/bangkok/siam-hotel/restaurants-and-bars/alati

Bangkok's famous osteria, Salvia at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, has brought a mouth-watering addition to its current á la carte menu, featuring some of premium pieces from Ranger Valley's Black Onyx beefs. To satisfy the needs of meat lovers, 'Dry-aged Delizia' comes with the the best dry-aged beef from the award-winning beef producer, showcasing the unforgettable taste and texture of aged 270-day grain-fed beef and 100% pure Angus beef to be presented as savoury cuts of prime rib Angus steak or well-marbled striploin steak, served with a full set of Italian-inspired sauces and side dishes for a marvelous dinner done in true Italian style. 'Dry-aged Deliza' will be available daily for lunch and dinner from 1 to 31 August 2022. Prices start from Baht 2,900++ per dish. For more information or reservations, please contact + 66 (0) 2 254 1234, bangkok.grand@hyatt.com, or visit www.grandhyatterawanbangkok.com

PREFERRED HOTELS & RESORTS WELCOMES 19 NEW MEMBER PROPERTIES World’s largest independent hotel brand, Preferred Hotels and Resorts, has welcomed 19 new member properties to its global portfolio this year, ranging from a new urban jewel in downtown Los Angeles to a villa estate on the island of Sicily, these distinct luxury hotels present experiences anchored in their local communities and surroundings for travelers to explore with family, friends, and even pets over the summer season. Highlights include: Hotel Per La (Los Angeles, California, United States): Formerly a historic building in downtown Los Angeles, the 241-key hotel features an art collection with more than 4,000 curated pieces, vast spaces for events and meetings, a rooftop pool and bar with sweeping skyline views, among others, with a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant that is set to open soon. Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Cancun - a Tafer Resort (Cancun, Mexico): The all-inclusive resort is situated in an embrace of pure white sands of Playa Mujeres, offering 452 beautiful suites, 6 stunning dining concepts, heated pools and rooftop pool, holistic treatments by Spa Imagine, as well as a chance to explore the Mayan archaeological sites. INIALA HARBOUR HOUSE & RESIDENCES (Valletta, Malta): Located in the gorgeous St. Barbara Bastion, the luxury pet-friendly hotel comprises 4 palatial houses, 20 suites, and 3 guestrooms, all with breathtaking views. Other highlights include ION Harbour - a rooftop restaurant by Michelin starred chef Alex Dilling, spa treatments at Essensi Spa by Iniala, glamorous cocktail bar, and original artworks from both renowned and up-and-coming Maltese and Gozitan artists. Grand Hotel San Pietro (Sicily, Italy): The 20th-century-villa-turned-luxury-hotel is situated on the site of an ancient Roman road in Taormina. Guests can enjoy 63 guestrooms, some pet-friendly, with sweeping views out to the Ionian Sea, an outdoor pool surrounded by gardens, an al-fresco restaurant with an expansive terrace, the Rotonda sul Mare – an intimate patio that serves romantic dinners for two directly above Isola Bella, a spa with a Finnish sauna and steam bath, private boat trips to sea caves and rocky beaches, and guided tours  to Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanos. Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club (Anguilla): The utopian island resort pampers guests with unparalleled spa and wellness experiences in the midst of sweeping panorama of beautiful beach. Luxury offerings include the recently re-imagined Aurora International Golf Club and seven restaurants and bars including D. Richards, the island’s only steakhouse looking out to neighboring Saint Martin. Each of these new member hotels participate in I Prefer Hotel Rewards, the brand’s points-based loyalty program with more than four million travelers enrolled globally. Complimentary to join, members of I Prefer earn points redeemable for cash-value Reward Certificates, Elite status, and other value-rich benefits from eligible stays at more than 650 participating hotels and resorts worldwide. Travelers seeking memorable independent hotel experiences are invited to sign up at www.IPrefer.com/enroll. To find out more about Preferred Hotels and Resorts' latest additions, visit preferredhotels.com