Nearing the mid-year mark, Bangkok’s summer is at its warmest, and we’ve finally been given the “ok” to gradually begin easing back into life outside. While we’re grateful that things are taking a positive turn, let’s not be too hasty in jumping back to our ordinary ways of life. Rather, now, more than ever, is the time for us to all do our part in staying safe, healthy, and careful, to prevent any coronavirus returns, so life can truly go back to the way it was once more.
During all the ups and downs, as Society’s Luxury Authority, we at Prestige continue doing our utmost to provide you with indispensable content, all especially tailored to keep you safe, healthy, and informed from the comforts of your home. Hence, the birth of this new column: Prestige How-To. Taking place of our weekly Prestige Planner series, this column is designed to provide you with all the most exciting recipes, activities, and pampering outlets for you to try throughout the week, as we all dutifully stay in to flatten the coronavirus curve. From dance lessons with Dior, to masterclasses with Bvlgari, and learning to make Gaggan Anand’s chicken masala, we hope these fun tutorials can inspire you to stay creative, positive, and hopeful during your self-isolation.
Take one of Bvlgari’s weekly masterclasses.
In light of our new home-bound lifestyles, Bvlgari has launched a new digital campaign across its Bvlgari, Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts, and Bvlgari Parfums online platforms. Taking the form of fun and fascinating videos, the series is titled ‘Weekly Gems’, and offers creative masterclasses performed by Bvlgari’s team of talents, to help ensure viewers enjoy themselves while staying home.
Encompassing Bvlgari’s savoir-faire, the videos tap into the best talents from each Company’s division, starring creative directors Lucia Silvestri and Fabrizio Buonamassa — who introduce their take on gems and watches — joined by various masters such as chefs, workshop gymnasium trainers, spa directors, and mixologists, who each share their in-depth knowledge and insider tips gained from years of experience.
From learning to create your very own Bvlgari fragrance, to special Thai Chi sessions, the video tutorials are split into five different themes: B.Good, B.Joyful, B.Playful, B.Sparkling, and B.Scented. The campaign is set to run across all Bvlgari digital channels, including Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and the official website, until the end of May 2020.
Begin taking the masterclasses here.
Recreate Gaggan Anand’s chicken masala
If you’ve got time to spare, why not spend it by slow braising a classic Indian recipe, the way award-winning chef Gaggan Anand would? In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, Gaggan Anand has shared his very own recipe for a succulent chicken masala — one that features a wide variety of spices, and at least an hour to make. Perfect for enjoying at home with rice or roti, we’ve summarised the recipe for you below.
What You Need:
Free range chicken (500g)
Cumin seeds (1 pinch)
Green Cardamom (2)
Black Cardamom (1)
Sliced red onions (250g)
Shredded ginger (15g)
Whole green chilli
Tumeric powder (1 pinch)
Coriander (1 sprig)
Chopped tomato (1)
Oil (1 tbsp)
How to Make it:
1 Add the cumin and whole spices into a heavy bottom pan with hot oil, and add the sliced onion. Cook slowly in medium heat, and stir occasionally for 20 minutes, until they start to caramelise.
2 Add garlic, green chili, and ginger — cook for 2-3 minutes, before adding in the chicken. Stir gently and season with salt.
3 Cook in low heat, and stir every 5-8 minutes. Keep the lid covered to retain moisture.
4 Add the chopped coriander (including stems), and stir, before covering the lid again. Then add the chopped tomatoes and repeat.
5 Add the turmeric. By now, the chicken should be half cooked.
6 Occasionally open the lid to stir, to prevent onions from sticking to the pan and burning.
7 Repeat for 40-45 minutes, until there is no water left. Place the dish into a bowl, and enjoy.
See the full recipe on Gaggan Anand’s Instagram here.
Learn to Dance with Dior
While everyone’s on their way to becoming master chefs and wellness gurus, here’s another delightful hobby you can pick up while social distancing. In an effort to celebrate dance, and awaken senses lulled by time spent home-bound, Dior has called upon some of its favourite dancers, to offer choreographic lessons and workshops that express the exquisite art of a body in motion.
Split into three installments, the classes are led by Paris Opera Ballet principal dancer Germain Louvet, Paris Opera Ballet choreographer Sébastien Bertaud — joined by Stuttgart Ballet principal dancer Friedemann Vogel — and Eleonora Abbagnato, a Paris Opera Ballet principal dancer, and director of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma ballet company. Discover how to feel and respond to the music, improvise, as well as perfect key positions and improve your form. Classes are available on the brand’s official Instagram and YouTube channels.
Follow Dior’s dance lessons from the comforts of your home now, via this link.
Get some Headspace with Hyatt
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has collaborated with Headspace — currently a leader in mindfulness and meditation — to launch a series of guided meditations, mindfulness exercises, and sleep content to millions of employees, corporate customers, and guests. While the global alliance mainly serves to build on the brand’s holistic wellbeing strategy and positively impact employees, Hyatt guests, and World of Hyatt members can also enjoy exclusive Headspace member offers!
If you’re a World of Hyatt member, enjoy complimentary curated mindfulness and sleep exercises via the World of Hyatt app — you can also try a 30-day trial subscription to Headspace Plus, by downloading the Headspace app and using the promo code HYATT.
Take some time in your day to integrate wellness into your lifestyle, and enjoy the various wellness experiences available. To find out more, visit headspace.com.