2020, what a year. 

Each month this 2020, we will be celebrating a particular theme; be it private jet etiquette in the summer, or how to adequately pair chocolate and champagne during the festive season. For March, fresh out of Love, COVID-19, and PM2.5 in the air, our theme is one that is fittingly centred around the great indoors. This March 2020, our theme is titled “Go Big & Go Home.”

March marks the beginning of spring, and whilst Western notions of seasons are a bit of a non-conformist thing over here, we love the idea of a spring clean to start fresh. After all, January and February are kind of mere practice months. We were hungover for most of January. February had a weird number of days and we were kind of lost through it all. But March? We’re going to get it together this March. 

Except we don’t really want to leave the house. 

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With Coronavirus (or are you calling it COVID-19? Please discuss?) getting more and more serious, and the smog somehow not leaving the city either, there are all the more reasons to stay in rather than go out. And whilst at first the thought may seem bland and boring, on second thought it’s actually quite an exciting thing. Where past connotations demanded you either ‘go big’ or ‘go home’, we’re arguing that you can go big and go home. Or go big at home. This month’s theme will show you how. 

This March 2020 we’ll be looking at stories based around the home in terms of interior decorating (trends, hacks, and inspiration), but also tips and tricks on how to live your best life at home. Think, designer pyjamas. Think, innovative food delivery apps. Think, the best face mask for a DIY night. What are you watching on Netflix? What are you ordering in? And what cute clay plates are you serving your next sandwich or som tum order on? 

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Whatever the answers may be, we’ll be collecting all our stories and linking back to them right here. Stay tuned, watch this space, stay safe, and now go home.

Go Big & Go Home

How to decorate your bathroom in fifty shades of grey and white

Bathrooms are becoming ever-more elegant as stylish spaces for personal wellbeing and self-care. And when it comes to redecorating or renovating, the bathroom is quickly becoming one of the most important rooms. After all, you want to bring personality and individual style to the bathroom, yet you’ll also want to choose something that will stand the test of time. Enter: fifty shades of grey (and white).

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The 7 best face masks in Bangkok 2020

In contrast to the other type of face masks (here’s looking at you Coronavirus and PM2.5), there’s absolutely no shortage of beauty face masks in Bangkok. We’re pretty lucky to live in a city where some of the best face masks in the world lie abundant in every corner shop and department store. But which ones should you choose out of the thousands out there? We’ve selected the top 7 that seem to be remedies for any skin demands from ageing to dry skin to hyper-pigmentation. What’s more, they’re all brilliantly convenient to use, travel-friendly, and easy to find in the city. So, here are our picks for the best face masks in Bangkok to sink your face into right now. 

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Editors’ Picks: the absolute must-have item in my bedroom

After all, there’s no denying that the bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. We spend a really high percentage of our lives asleep, and we do most of this sleeping in the bedroom. There are entire novels and podcasts and documentaries based around how to get the best sleep, what colour you should paint your walls to achieve this, what pillow spray you should mist about to attain it, and how you totally need to Feng Shui things around if you ever want to live a good, wholesome life. 

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5 savvy home interior designers to follow on Instagram

Now with social media being the main source for all sorts of inspiration, we’ve come across a handful of Instagram accounts where masterful interior designers (professional and amateur alike) hand out their out-of-the-box tips and ideas for beautiful furnishing and interior set-up.

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5 online alcohol delivery services that will bring your drinks to your door

Whether you’re looking for some last-minute liquor, planning a get-together, or simply want to stock up on a fine selection of drinks, Bangkok has an array of online alcohol delivery services, bringing you a vast choice of wines, beers, and spirits right to your doorstep. It’s as simple as a few swipes on your smartphone, and with fast delivery times, you’ll always manage to keep that party going.

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A six-step guide to setting up your own home bar

Sure, going out for drinks on a Friday or a Saturday night is fun, but for all those days where the traffic seems a bit much, or the dreaded C-word fear is ever-increasing, there’s no place sweeter than home if you’re looking to have a casual cocktail.

10 coffee table books for your home that’ll make you look like you have it together

Coffee table books are a real marker of personality in many ways, and allow you to express yourself to anyone who visits your precious lair without even having to open your mouth. They differ in many ways to regular novels and pocket books in that they are often times not even read by their owners. They make great decorative elements. They make for a cool companion over a cup of coffee when you’re seeking inspiration. And they also happen to make for great gifts to other fellow power women and men, too. 

 

4 industrial interior design ideas for the urban home owner

In recent years, industrial interiors have been popularised by many urban designers, featuring metal finishings, exposed brick and tons of raw wood to give it that unfinished look. These core design elements come together to form a modern, edgy aesthetic. 

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Netflix & Actually Chill: 5 snacks to pair with 5 new Netflix shows this March 

Now you gourmands probably know well how to pair food with your wine or pair wine with your fave snacks, but what about a series and snack pairing? It’s crucial to pair the right food with the right film. Our list is here to guide you through the movie slash munching session. Let’s Netflix and (actually) chill with our list of new-hot releases on Netflix and the best bites to pair with each one.

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World Sleep Day 2020: 4 rightful reasons to head to bed tonight

This 13 March marks World Sleep Day, which aims to highlight the importance of sleep and help us get more of it. Sleep is now known to be an essential part of good health, and yet an increasing number of us don’t get enough good quality shut-eye. Especially now with COVID-19 lurking, it is even moreso important to catch those Zzzs. With this in mind we round up four studies which emphasise how sleep could boost our health and well-being and what might motivate us to get more of it.

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The night time routines of our favourite beauty bloggers

Chances are you weren’t going to buy that rose pink shade lipstick, but your curiosity to know the hype behind that lipstick leads you to watch a video from your favourite beauty blogger. Let’s be honest, between our lunch breaks and weekend brunches, we love nothing more than scrolling through our feeds on social media and checking out makeup tutorials or skincare videos to know what’s cooking in the beauty world. Is it the matte or glossy kind of vibe? Alexa can’t tell, but beauty bloggers sure can do.

The 5 best clean food delivery services in Bangkok

Lean food doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice enjoying yummy food. Believing that, DJ Poomjai “Poom” Tangsanga of Virgin Hitz (who was once hit 100 kilograms on the scale) transformed his life through healthy slash delicious home-cooked meals made with pristine, lean ingredients. Now he’s spreading the goodness to your home through DJ Poom Menu, a delivery food service where you could enjoy his scrumptious Kra Prao, Steamed Chicken DumplingsPasta, and more ­– all free of oil, MSG, and preservatives.

Beyond pink hues, what is a ‘millennial aesthetic’ really about?

In short, millennials need their comforts more than ever. And they need it most in their favorite room, which is the bedroom. “It is the center of their world. Even in small apartments, they tend to favor enormous beds” in which they watch their television series and eat their delivered take-out. A sense of crisis is also the point of departure for what often amounts to a profusion ofhouse plants. “If they are there to suggest a jungle,” these leafy friends are also there to compensate for the state of the planet, which has fallen victim to global warming and other uncertainties.

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30 things to do to kill quarantine boredom

It’s a strange time to be alive, that’s for sure. But whether you’re self-isolating, social distancing, working from home, or in actual quarantine, you might be wondering what on earth to do with all this time you’ve got at home. To help you stay sane, here are a few tips or suggestions to help you make this time a productive one. Or, at least, just a little more entertaining. 

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Cook up a storm at home with these online cooking channels

During the COVID-19 outbreak, however, stocking up a pile of food to make sure your imposed or self-imposed quarantine goes smoothly is almost a must. Hence, cooking just becomes inevitable. Not a gifted cook? No fret. These YouTubers and cooking masters are here to your rescue. We’ve curated a list of channels you should watch for simple cooking just so you could quarantine with good food and good vibes.

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5 yoga apps to practice your sun salutation at home

One of the best ways to (quite literally) keep calm and fend off the panic over the COVID-19 virus is by practising yoga at home. Because it doesn’t require plenty of space nor expensive bulky equipment, the restorative exercise can be easily accomplished without having to leave the house. Besides, it’s been known to lower stress hormones that can compromise the immune system, so you’re really just fortifying your body’s defences in the long run.

Editors’ Picks: the must-have items in our kitchens

Just like my site bio indicates, I’m a writer by day and a baker by night. But even a baker needs a cheat day. Yes, from-scratch sourdough gives this sort of pride and pleasure to any dedicated baker, but when the clock ticks 9 pm and the picture of freshly-baked bread tastes sweeter in your mind than anything else, the Automatic Bread Maker by Homemate (THB 4,990) is my big helper for a homemade bun. Just throw everything in and voila! The machine does the job in mixing, kneading, and baking the dough for me in just a breeze. By midnight, I’ll be having a carb-laden slice ready to be smeared with crunchy peanut butter. Heavenly.

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6 healthy drink delivery services in Bangkok

There’s no guidebook on how to successfully avoid the virus, but by staying hydrated and boosting our immune system, we sure can keep ourselves satisfied in times of crisis like this. Whilst there is a splurge of over-the-counter tablets promising us to protect us from the virus, it’s best to stick to the most organic way to get our vitamins and nutrients right.

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Chef Massimo Bottura teaches cooking at home with ‘Kitchen Quarantine’ series

For his fans around the world, including those in neighbouring Spain and France, which are likewise under lockdown, Bottura started filming a live Instagram cooking show of his family dinners, teaching viewers what they can cook at home during the quarantine.

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A California winery is hosting online wine tastings for quarantined wine lovers

We always knew wine lovers were a passionate kind, but this kind of takes the cake. A Napa Valley winery has launched a virtual wine tasting program so that oenophiles can sip and spit in their pyjamas, in the comfort of their own homes.

8 romantic comedies to stream on Netflix during self-isolation

Netflix is a goldmine of romantic comedies, from the classic lovey-dovey ones to the heart-wrenching ones; there is so much to wrap our heads around. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best romantic comedies movies that truly strike a chord. Get your popcorn ready and kick back under that soft, velvety blanket.

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Easy recipes you can make with five ingredients or less

If what you’re after is a no-brainer recipe with five ingredients or less to whip up delicious meals at home, these dishes we found online will give your quarantine or WFH some pops of excitement. Click to see which recipe your heart – and tummy – desires and perhaps quickly run to the supermarket to stock up all that you need for that delicious isolation.

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6 conference call apps that’ll make #WFH a breeze

Yet whilst we can really embrace the benefits of social distancing and not working from the office at least for a little while, there’s no denying that working from home can be a bit of a challenge, especially when it comes to business meetings. It’s important to have a good internet connection and to adhere to work from home ethics for maximum productivity. To keep you digitally connected with the rest of the team, here’s a list of the best conference call apps.

Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.