And just like that, we have reached October. A couple of updates to mark the start of a new month — firstly, ‘Jay’ season, or the Thai vegetarian festival, has arrived. Regardless of how strictly you uphold the custom, or whether you choose to partake at all, it’s always rather fun to see the city come to life with those iconic yellow flags, and the variety of Jay food available never ceases to impress. In recent years we’ve seen somewhat of a more modern twist on the classic dishes, and you can now even enjoy Jay cakes, pastries, and ice cream during the 10 day period.

On a different note, PM 2.5 has unfortunately returned. As Bangkok gets shrouded in that all-too familiar haze, and ‘Bangkok Filter’ memes make their comeback, this marks a good time to get back on that filter-mask trend and be extra aware of your health. It also, in a way, puts the issue of global warming and our environment into perspective. As you go about your schedule this week, do take the time to consider our planet, and the role — regardless of how big or small — you can play in saving it. Here’s to October!

WINE & DINE — The Peninsula Hotel Bangkok is back with the fifth edition of its annual Eat Drink Pink fundraiser and gala dining event. Guests are invited to enjoy an eve of great food for a great cause, with the opportunity to sample a bottomless selection of food and drink from over 35 of the best restaurants and bars, specially picked from across Bangkok. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer in commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month — hence, the pink colour theme, highlighting the famous pink ribbon campaign recognised as a symbol of the fight against breast cancer.

THB3,000. 7-10pm, September 30, 2019. Sakuntala Ballroom, The Peninsula Bangkok Hotel. To get your tickets or find out more, call 0 2020 2888, or visit

ART & CULTURE — While the start of a new month brings with it the excitement of fresh beginnings, they can also be rather stressful. For those looking to unwind, why not try your hand at oil painting? The Commons is joining hands with Pop Up Art Studio Bangkok to host a creative oil painting workshop especially tailored towards adults, to help unleash creativity and offer an outlet for stress-relief. Emphasising still life study, the workshop will go over various oil techniques for different tones and textures. Participants will also be introduced to various styles of still life, while learning how to mix specific colours, as well as play with light and shadow to add perspective and depth to the artwork. The workshop will be conducted in English, and is for adults only, though all skill levels are welcome.

THB1,500 per person (includes all materials). 1-4pm, October 5, 2019. Pop Up Art Studio Bangkok. To reserve your spot or find out more, call 09 6556 1596, or click here.

WINE & DINE — Lovers of beer and booze, here’s one you don’t want to miss this week! Happy Endings Eats & Bar is collaborating with Vietnamese craft brewery Heart of Darkness, to host a series of beer pairings. Experience a flight with four different craft beers, each carefully hand-picked to pair with the various savoury and sweet delights available at the restaurant. Through pairings that range from futile purpose with fresh summer rolls, to the eloquent phantom paired with a sweet vietnamese panna cotta, pop by the Woof Pack-based venue for a fun taste of Saigon!

THB1,400++ for two. October 3 – 6, 2019. To reserve your seats or find out more, visit the official Facebook event page.

ART & CULTURE — Known for unique psychedelic illustrations that blend horror with erotica, famed Japanese manga artist Shintaro Kago will be showcasing his controversial and bold pieces in Bangkok. Giving audiences a glimpse into the world of guro-manga — also known as Japanese horror — expect works of art unlike any other, that hit an interesting balance between discomfort and allure.

Until October 20, 2019. Code Corner, Chulalongkorn soi 6. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event page.

ART & CULTURE — For the first time ever, Chinese artist Hanyu Cui’s work is brought to Thailand, to be exhibited at ATT 19. Reflecting both the direct translation of Cui’s name, as well as the artists’ perception of art being a field devoid of boundaries, the exhibition explores art through a wide range of mediums. Traditional works of oil and acrylic paint are contrasted against highly detailed illustrations made in charcoal pencils, while in certain pieces Cui’s ideas are translated into garments.

Until October 31, 2019. ATT 19, Charoenkrung soi 30. To find out more, call 0 2639 5871, or visit the official Facebook event page.