2020 has been dubbed the year of seeing things as they are and for some, that translates as having a crystal-clear vision of how to manifest what matters most. For Apinara “Prang” Srikarnchana, who juggles her time between starring in super-luxury beauty campaigns, being the boss of one of Thailand’s most respected transport apps and helping her mum launch their latest rendition of the famed and internationally-recognised Thai restaurant NARA – CO.Ltd, a trendy meateater haunt that just opened in Langsuan as a joint venture with fashion icon Polpat Asava – the most important thing for 2020 is self-care. Find out more on how Prang plans to get things done in 2020.
On New Year’s Resolutions, do you have one for 2020?
I have a few NY resolutions for 2020. Firstly, I aim to not be sick for the whole of 2020! Health has been something I have had to focus on since I turned 30. Secondly, I want to spend more time on self-care and my beauty regime. I will also be dedicating more time to inner spiritual growth. The world today is overfilled with quick tempers, impatience and instant gratification. I’m seeking something different.
How do you intend to handle 2020?
With absolute grace. Even to those who have done wrong to me. We have to learn how to forgive others, and ourselves, in order to move forward. I always try to rise above stressful situations because it makes such a big difference when you try to deliver good intentions.
What are your hopes and aspirations for this year, work-wise?
I want to provide guidance and help improve everyone who is working around me. My staff and employees deserve to grow with me. When we opened the company on the 2nd of this month, we set goals and aspirations, not KPIs – which is outdated by the way.
I discussed with my staff intimately what they wanted to achieve and asked them the question perhaps most bosses don’t: “What do you see yourself becoming this year?”.
I aim to have more empathy for my employees. If they fail, I want them to know it’s not the end of the world – we just need to discuss the truth around the failure. When working with people, it’s about cultivating a healthy and honest dynamic, and a sound degree of emotional intelligence.
How will you achieve this?
I implement sustainability into my management. That is, how to sustain people to want to work in my company and see and feel the value in it. The people of my father’s and mother’s generation worked tirelessly their wholes lives; but the young workers of today who have more options require something more sustainable to make them stay.
This can only be done if we give them something of great value that encourages their growth. For instance, the drivers of U Drink I Drive do not feel like they are freelance taxi drivers; they feel like they are drivers who are making a fundamental difference in the world.
How will you be making a “fresh” start to 2020?
With a lot of self-care, which is so important now. I even did a yoga class before the New Year countdown! When you hit 30, you look back and think wow, you made quite achievement for your age. But I spent so much time in and out of hospital because I was not taking enough care of myself enough – I’m always working.
I plan to do yoga at least three times a week and cardio sessions twice per week. Self-care also translates into spending more time with family and our new puppy – an American cocker spaniel called Shoyu.
What about your beauty regime?
And that too. I did a huge shop for beauty creams and products and plan to ramp up my beauty game. I bought five different face masks and will be using the Cica overnight facial masks for anti-ageing.
Right now I use Cle de Peau’s La Crème and La Mer’s lip essence serum because my lips get quite dry sometimes. I have also started using another moisturiser: Chanel’s Sublimage La Crème. I am introducing myself to the idea of eye creams. I haven’t decided which one yet but I do need one for this year. I plan to have at least two facials per week.
And spa routine?
I go to spa all the time at least three times per week. I am such a spa person, probably because of all the time I spent in Japan. I go to a Japanese chiropractic spa at the Terrace 49 called KARADA. I also go to Divana Spa in Chidlom. I like their aromatherapy massage with candles that uses shea butter and wax that is poured onto the skin. It’s a very soothing treatment that works wonders on my skin.
Any advice on starting a beauty or spa regime?
It’s good to start with a DIY method at home; face scrubs, sleep masks and overnight creams etc. Eventually, I felt more comfortable taking it to the professionals so now I go to spas and have it done. But, when it comes to self-care, just start somewhere. That’s the most important thing when shifting from old habits to new, just focus on one activity and see where it takes you.