Korean Fashion – Kpop Idols Sooyoung and CL’s Outfits

Today, I wanted to talk a little bit about one of my favorite areas of Korean fashion, Kpop fashion. Kpop fashion is leading the industry for Asian and Korean fashion because it is so heavily influenced by the music. Music and fashion go so well together and influence each other so it’s no wonder that the popularity of K-pop music has made the fashion that the idols wear the most prominent fashion in Asia.

My favorite groups are 2NE1 and Girls Generation. They have some of the most interesting style that you can also wear out on the street. This is great because you can’t wear everything that you see in a K-pop video on street.

For example, Miss A’s fashion is more like concepts that are related to the song. The song kind of dictates the fashion, but it’s not something that you would normally wear. It’s something that you can really just wear in the music video itself and that’s pretty much it. In this great video, they talk about how to emulate the fashion of CL from 2NE1, and Sooyoung from Girls Generation. They go to Dongdaemun to find some of the looks. If you don’t know, Dongdaemun is a part of Soul where you can do a lot of shopping for Korean fashion. You can find shoes, dresses, jewelry, and all kinds of Korean clothing and brands.

So, for CL you are going to want to have a lot of white to replicate one of her looks. She wears a lot of black and white. You can have an all white jumpsuit like she wears in the video, or it might be a little more realistic to simply get some white shorts or pants and combine it with a white top. This might be a little bit easier to pull off since you’re not going to be on stage or in a music video. It goes a lot better with Korean fashion outifts and outfits and you can mix and match the top and short with other stuff. This gives you more bang for your buck for the fashion that you buy. Instead of a heavy jacket you can just put on a long white shirt. Add a lot of jewelry and some more colorful shoes to add a splash of color to the whole look. Combine the whole thing and you’ve got CL’s look!

If you want to look like Girls Generation’s Sooyoung in I Got a Boy, you just need a lot of denim. You can get a denim jumpsuit, but I recommend to just get two denim pieces. You can get denim pants and a denim shirt, but make sure they are the same color. If the denim isn’t the same color then it’s not going to look right. You’re also going to need a pink crop top to go under the denim top. Also, as with CL, you’re going to need a lot of jewelry because, when it comes to Kpop fashion, over-the-top is good!

Well, I hope that has been helpful on how you can look like two of your favorite Kpop fashion stars. If you would like to see more about some of your other K-pop idols and how to emulate their style, please leave a comment and let me know.

What Are The Best Self Defense Weapons To Carry?

Safety is a priority in this day and age. Weapons of self defense have always been a priority for many people, but just think about what’s going on in the world today. It seems like every day we wake up, there is another mass shooting in the news. Do you feel safe out there on the streets? Depending on where you live, you might have more to be concerned about than others.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you need to have a gun and a license to carry. That is one choice, but there are many weapons of self defense. The martial arts teaches students to use their own bodies when it comes to self defense. Of course, there are many different weapons that are also utilized within the different forms of martial arts.

If you’re not wanting to learn karate, and you don’t want to carry a gun, there are still many other options. For example, you can carry a stun gun. A stun gun will incapacitate an attacker when used effectively, and there are many models of these weapons of self defense available on the market. If you’re uncomfortable with a stun gun, then there is another great option.

Have you considered carrying pepper spray or mace? Pepper spray is an effective tool to take down an attacker without using deadly force, just like the Vipertek stun gun is able to do. People are sometimes worried about accidentally stunning themselves with the stun guns. While that’s not likely to happen, pepper spray is a preferred choice many times as a self defense weapon.

In my city, many people carry a knife with them at all times. I do sometimes, but I don’t always get in the habit of doing that. If you are realizing that you need to be taking self defense more seriously, what are you planning to do about it?

Rory Byrne

Rory Byrne

Acclaimed Formula One car designer Rory Byrne describes how his plans to retire and dive in Thailand were postponed by a call from Ferrari, which led him to join one of the most successful teams in the history of Formula One.

Rory ByrneWhere are you from?
I was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and left for the UK in 1973 where I spent the next 23 years. Then I was in Maranello, Italy, for seven years, which is home to the Ferrari F1 racing team. For the past eight years I’ve been spending half my time in Italy and half in Phuket.When did you first come to Phuket?
I first came to Phuket about 1988 with my friend Alex Hawkridge, who had kindled my interest in scuba diving years before. We joined a two-week liveaboard trip that took us up the coast and all the way out to the Andaman Islands. I really enjoyed the trip as well as the hospitality in Phuket, so I returned several times on holiday. I nearly moved here in 1996 when my contract with the Benetton Formula One team expired. Having won the championship in the 1994-95 season I’d planned to retire, so I went to Koh Lanta intending to set up a scuba diving business. But then I got a call and 10 days later I was in Maranello working with Ferrari.What were the highlights of your long career as a race-car designer?
In 1980 I was with Toleman, which was later bought by Benetton, and we competed in the European F2 championship. Our drivers finished first and second that year. Then 1994 was the first time that Michael Schumacher won the Driver’s Championship with a car that I had designed. The great period of Ferrari was from 1999 to 2004, and what stands out is 2002 when we made a big step forward in car development; that year we won 15 out of 17 races. In 2004 we again won 15 races. This was the last car I designed for Ferrari, and one of them is now here at my home in Phuket.What kind of car do you drive here?
Up until recently I drove a Honda City. Now I have a Mitsubishi Pajero.No Ferraris?
No, there’s no Ferrari dealership here and the road conditions don’t allow for it. I need the Pajero because I often have several people to transport. That’s what’s important here. I do own a Ferrari F430 which I use in Italy. When I first joined Ferrari in 1997 our President said that he would give me a Ferrari if I designed the car that won the World Championship, so I’ve had a couple of 360 Modena and I now have the F430.

Do you have family here?
Yes, and this is partly why I ended up living in Phuket. While in the UK in 1996 I was interested in learning Thai so I went around the colleges in Oxford trying to find a Thai teacher. I ended up at a Thai restaurant and a student working as a waitress there agreed to teach me Thai. She’s now my wife, Pornthip, better known as “Or”. My Thai, however, is worse than it was when we met! We have two sons, aged 4 and 11.

You’ve recently built a villa in Phuket – can you tell us more about it?
We moved in about 18 months ago. My wife has overseen the design and construction, and it’s in contemporary Chinese style with many antique and classic features including floors in recycled Burmese teak (Khun Or interjects: “People say that since I have an antique husband, I need an antique house!”). We’re surrounded by trees and right in the middle of the canopy in Nai Harn and with design elements including a double-height roof and water features on both sides, we have no air conditioning and don’t need it at all.

What do you like most about living in Korea?
It’s a great place to live. I enjoy the kpop fashion and the outdoor lifestyle, being able to walk to the beach and go surfing. Years ago I had problems with my knee and was advised to give up running, so I took up golf. I now play about 300 days a year, and six days a week when I’m in Phuket, usually at Phunaka. There’s also a great expat community here.

What do you think the future holds for you?
I’m as busy now as when I worked full time. I’m still with Ferrari as a consultant, working about 100 days a year. I also have ongoing involvement with Discovery Insure in South Africa. It has developed a novel scheme for motor insurance where if you drive well you get 40% off your fuel bill. There’s a black box installed in the car that monitors driving habits. My job is to help develop a way to turn the box’s signals into a meaningful measure of driving behaviour.

My wife and I are also working on a business plan to start a rejuvenation centre. After I was diagnosed with prostate cancer 18 months ago I did a lot of research. I looked at both conventional and alternative therapies, and for me the alternative methods looked less intrusive. I did a pre-detox diet followed by 10 days of fasting and detox, and ever since I’ve stayed on a daily diet of 50% raw vegetables and fruit. I believe that detoxing and adjusting to a healthier diet frees up your body’s immune system to deal with the cancer. Not only has the cancer stabilised, but some chronic problems I had including a bad knee and an elbow problem have disappeared. For 20 years I couldn’t throw a cricket ball, but now I can. With the centre, we’re interested in sharing what we’ve learned about diet and health to help other people.

How do you evaluate success?
That’s simple. You just need to ask yourself, “Have I achieved my goals in life?” My goal was always to design a car that won a championship. After the tremendous run at Ferrari I felt I’d achieved my goals. Since then my goals have shifted. It’s much more about time with friends and family, having a healthy lifestyle. With golf, for example, it’s no longer about winning but more about enjoying the game.

Wine in Thailand

Which wine to drink with Thai food? What kind of wine can be found in Thailand, particularly in Phuket? Why is wine so expensive in Thailand? These and other questions are answered here by Georges Ciret, Wine Director of Mom Tri’s restaurants in Phuket.

 

Visitors to Thailand often wonder what kind of wine they can drink with Thai food. In Thai cuisine a lot of different herbs and spices are used so the aroma is quite complex, even in just a single dish. Part of Thai dining culture is to share many different dishes together, which makes it even more difficult to choose one particular wine to complement the meal. The best solution is to select a wine which is aromatic with a strong alcohol structure. The combination can be quite interesting. Wines that are ‘too light’ are easily overpowered by the strong food flavours and will taste like water.

One of my favourite white wines to drink with Thai cuisine is a French Gewurztraminer. A very aromatic wine, it isn’t too sweet, but dry and with a good structure. The first impression in the mouth, the ‘attaque’, is of a mild sweetness which comes from the fruit. After that it has a very dry ‘finish’.

For those who prefer red wine, I suggest a choice with not too much alcohol and softness, for example a Syrah (Shiraz). This wine has notes of black pepper and spice which harmoniously complement Thai flavours, pairing spices with spices.

Wine in ThailandOne of the pioneers on the forefront of the wine culture in Thailand is Mom Tri (M.L. Tri Devakul), a connoisseur of great food and fine wines. The Boathouse’s wine cellar was an integral part of the design, and Mom Tri enlisted experts to build an internationally acclaimed wine list.

You can also try some ‘bubbles’ with Thai food. No need for an expensive Champagne, any good sparkling wine will refresh the palate, and extinguish the occasional fire after a bite with a little too muchchilli. 

There are a few vineyards in the Kingdom but their productivity is still small. Distribution of bottles for sale is minimal, and even less is available for export. Costly imported wine technology and experts from France are needed to set up and run these vineyards, so their wines are still expensive. Despite the fact that import duties are not applicable, and the duties for foreign wines can be as high as 400 %, the price for a bottle of Thai wine is, perhaps, only about 20% lower than comparable imports.

Proper storage of wines is of utmost importance and keeping wines at the right temperature is quite a feat in a tropical country. A wine cellar needs to provide perfect storage at an unvarying 12 degrees Celsius, a constant humidity of 75% and have subdued lighting.

One of the pioneers on the forefront of the wine culture in Thailand is Mom Tri (M.L. Tri Devakul), a connoisseur of great food and fine wines. The Boathouse’s wine cellar was an integral part of the design, and Mom Tri enlisted experts to build an internationally acclaimed wine list. The hotel won the first Wine Spectator Award in Thailand in 1995, a prestigious award in later years also awarded to Mom Tri’s Kitchen in Kata Noi and Mom Tri’s Oasis, adjacent to the Boathouse. Another first in Thailand was when the Boathouse won the even more prestigious Best of Award of Excellence in 2006, a feat repeated in subsequent years. Now the Boathouse has a stock of over 6,000 bottles including almost 800 different labels.

Proper storage of wines is of utmost importance and keeping wines at the right temperature is quite a feat in a tropical country. A wine cellar needs to provide perfect storage at an unvarying 12 degrees Celsius, a constant humidity of 75% and have subdued lighting.

Proper service is another challenge. In fact here it’s better to serve red wine a little bit cooler than normal. If it’s served at the standard 18 degrees Celsius the wine temperature will have risen to 24-25 degrees after a short time only. It’s better to serve reds at about 14 to 17 degrees. Of course Champagne and white wines are easier as they’re served in ice buckets. Don’t overdo it with the ice cubes, though, as the wine may then lose its personality and character.

Carafes are useful for decanting, to separate the sediment, and for oxygenation. Young wines need a bit more air and flexibility as they’ve more tannin. When done correctly this ritual is also quite an impressive bit of theatre. People don’t come to an exclusive restaurant just to eat… they want to dress up and be entertained as well.

The Boathouse has 26 wines available by the glass. There’s a variety of countries, grapes, vintages and price. Wines range from the popular like Pinot Grigio to the more complex wines appreciated by real connoisseurs.

Georges CiretFor more information, Contact Lisa Sol, PR Manager
Mom Tri’s Boathouse, Kata Beach, Phuket 
Tel: +66 (0)76 330015 Fax: +66 (0)76 330561
Email: pr@boathousephuket.com. 
Website: www.boathousephuket.com, www.momtriphuket.com

Georges Ciret, Wine Director of Mom Tri’s restaurants
Mom Tri’s Boathouse, Phuket, Thailand, is a creation of famous Thai architect, entrepreneur and artist Mom Luang Tridhosyuth Devakul, better known simply as “Mom Tri”. Built in 1989, it quickly became a favourite with discriminating visitors, and appears on numerous lists of the world’s best small hotels.

About Susanne Ultmann

Susanne (Sue) Ultmann

Sue Ultmann, loves her job as Executive Assistant Manager and Director, Marketing Communications at Kalim Beach’s iconic Baan Rim Pa Group and she is also passionate about her favourite charity, Phuket Has Been Good to Us Foundation.

Where are you from originally? Melbourne, Australian born, six generations. I have a small family, my brother, Rob lives in Mackay, my son, John, works with the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne, my 85-year-old father, Noel lives in Phuket and my husband Tom who is here in Phuket too.

What was your work background before you came to Phuket? I worked in advertising in television, radio and the print media, mainly linked to the hospitality and travel industries. I was associate publisher of Travel Week at the time it became Australia’s No 1. Travel Industry newspaper. It was owned by Peter Isaacson, one of Australia’s media icons. Because of the opportunities he gave me to travel, which few women were given in those days, I’m living in Asia today. He was my mentor. He turned 90 last year and I attended his party.

Did you travel much before you finally came to Phuket? For many years I travelled, mainly around the South Pacific and Asia, selling advertising for Travel Week Australia. Then I met my second husband, Tom Ultmann who was a hotel GM in Australia. He wanted to work in Asia and I said I’d go anywhere, but with two stipulations: firstly, that there was an airport and, secondly, that I was not shot at.

So when did you arrive on Phuket? Tom opened a hotel Koh Samui in 1992, and I continued working for Travel Week Australia. Then we worked in Malaysia, Philippines and came to Phuket in 1998 for three months. We established Phuket as a base, Tom returned to Manila in 2000 to do a second contract and I worked in Bangkok launching The BigChilli magazine, but we kept a house in Phuket.

When did you join Baan Rim Pa Group (BRP) In 2001, Bruce Stanley, a freelance writer, introduced me to Tom McNamara, the late founder of the group. He needed someone to sort out his advertising. I was initially not interested as I didn’t think Tom and I would get on. Eventually I agreed to a maximum of three months. We did have our ups and downs. But the job grew and I stayed. It’s now 10 years.

What changes in the business have you seen in the last 10 years? There’s always a change in the type of tourists, but business doesn’t change much. BRP started 21 years ago so it was already an icon when I joined. Our main business comes from tourists, groups and weddings. The other two restaurants in the group are Da Maurizio (started 17 years ago) and Joe’s Downstairs (six years ago). They’re wonderful restaurants and I’m proud to be a part of them.

Where do you live and why did you choose to live there? We’ve always lived in the Rawai / Nai Harn area and bought a villa there seven years ago. It’s our favourite part of the island.

What sort of car do you drive? A white Honda CRV. I love it. It’s my baby.

What do you like most about living on Phuket? Most things! Weather, food, the lifestyle and the multi-cultural society. I enjoy staying fit and go to the gym regularly; four years ago I started running and will run again in Laguna’s ¼ Marathon in June. Not that I’m a good runner – I’m not, I just do it for fun.

What are the most frustrating things about living on Phuket? The traffic, people complaining in general but specifically about immigration. I’ve never had a problem with them, in fact quite the opposite. If you treat them with respect you get it back.

What do you think the future holds for you? At this stage we’re not thinking of moving anywhere, although I can’t predict the future.

How would you evaluate success? Being successful in life is more important than work. I’ve always enjoyed working and am fortunate enough to say I’ve always had jobs that I liked, so I guess that’s successful. I have a wonderful husband, a small but close family, good friends and a really good life on Phuket.

Susanne (Sue) UltmannWhat do you do with your free time? I enjoy walking on Nai Harn Beach in the morning with my husband and our Doberman “Shatzi”, working with my personal trainer, dining out or just staying at home. We lead a pretty casual life.

Are you involved in any local charities, clubs or associations? Phuket Has Been Good to Us Foundation is a passion of mine. Started by my late boss Tom McNamara after the tsunami, it teaches quality English language to more than 700 under privileged Thai children in the Kalim and Kamala Kings schools. The aim is to give these children better opportunities in the future. We also run an after-school and weekend programme called “Coconut Club” for 150 of these children who live permanently at the Kamala school. They enjoy activities such as swimming, surfing, arts and crafts, special outings and we also have birthday parties for all these children on a monthly basis. The foundation is totally run by fundraising.

For more information contact:
Baan Rim Pa Group
Tel: +66 (0) 76 340789 or visit: www.baanrimpa.com

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Baan Rim Pa
“Location, location, location” as the saying goes. It doesn’t matter how good you are, if you’re not in the right location, forget it.

Baan Rim Pa has become one of Thailand’s best-known restaurants, with a reputation stretching much further. It is perched on a cliff, with teak floors and the constant swish of the surf ‘downstairs’. There are some restaurants that just encapsulate the word ‘romantic’ and here, with Tommy Doyle playing classics on his grand piano, the sea breeze and the delicate aromas of world-class cooking in the air, this House by the Sea is one of the most romantic places to eat in Phuket.

Baan Rim Pa
“Situated on a rocky outcrop, overlooking the Andaman Sea, Baan Rim Pa prides itself in superb, authentic Royal Thai Cuisine, an ambience second to none and the most spectacular views on the island. Winner of the prestigious Wine Spectator Award of Excellence six years in succession.”

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Open Thu-Tue 12:00-24:00
Tel: +66 (0)76 340789, +66 (0)76 341768
On the coast road just north of Patong
www.baanrimpa.com
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