As May nears its end, Bangkok has pretty much settled into our “new normal” way of life.
Malls have reopened, albeit with a limit on visitors allowed at a time, there are temperature checks before every entrance, and large plastic screens separate diners at restaurants scattered across the city.
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 virtual safaris, to special meditation sessions, and learning to draw Totoro the original Studio Ghibli way, here are the best things to try at home this week.
Go on a virtual safari.
While travelling might not be on the cards right now, ecotourism and conservation brand Singita invites guests to experience virtual safari drives through its Sabi Sand concession, where you’ll find a variety of different animals ranging from lions, to rhino and elephants. These magnificent experiences are made possible from the comforts of your couch, due to field guide and resident photographer Ross Couper, whose footage allows viewers to marvel at the wanderings of some of Africa’s most stunning creatures. Expect to see wild dogs, black rhino, and perhaps even a spritely mongoose.
Learn calligraphy and meditate with Muji.
To help us unwind during the global pandemic, Japanese lifestyle retailer Muji is offering a series of workshops to soothe the mind and soul. Start off your morning by participating in a five-minute meditation session via the brand’s official Instagram, led by instructors from Sky Ting.
If you’re looking to pick up on a new hobby, calligrapher Shinah from IG @crookedcalligraphy will be hosting Muji’s first zoom-based workshop this May 19, where she’ll be going over basic calligraphy techniques, and teaching participants to create their own cards with positive messages. You can register for the workshop here, or stay tuned on Muji’s IGTV.
Make Giorgio Armani’s signature spaghetti pomodoro at home.
While most of him know him as a billionaire designer reputed for his suits, Giorgio Armani is also a highly passionate food enthusiast, with an impressive portfolio of global restaurants. He’s recently shared his secret recipe for making spaghetti pomodoro — a staple he’s been particularly enjoying during the lockdown. We’ve summarised the steps for you below, so you can recreate the dish yourself.
What you need:
Corbarino cherry tomatoes (100g)
Small volcano tomatoes (100g)
San Marzano tomato (80g)
Extra virgin olive oil (20ml)
How to make it:
Boil the spaghetti in salted water for six minutes, until al dente. In a separate pan, heat up the olive oil at medium heat, and add garlic. After two minutes, add a whole clove for flavour, and then remove. Then, add in the three different types of tomatoes, and cook until soft. Follow with basil — hand-torn, not chopped — for a few minutes, and remove it from the heat. Once the spaghetti is cooked, add it to the tomatoes, and heat for a few minutes. Serve with oil and new basil leaves.
Learn to draw Totoro with a Studio Ghibli producer.
“Hi everyone. I will teach you how to draw Totoro.” — Toshio Suzuki, former president of Studio Ghibli.
Anime fans — or simply lovers of Studio Ghibli — here’s some good news coming your way. A producer from the famed Tokyo-based studio is now offering an online tutorial, going over the original way to draw one of its most beloved characters: Totoro. The video is now available on YouTube, and features Suzuki himself, who offers tips on how to draw the iconic rotund figure so many of us have come to know and love. According to him, the most important element of illustrating the creature is to draw its rounded eyes set far apart.