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Fah Thai Magazine Nov-Dec 2018

HAPPENINGS THAILAND

HAPPENINGS THAILAND PHUKET WHERE JAZZ MATTERS In the heart of Phuket Town tucked down a dark alley is the area’s quintessential, and only, dedicated jazz club. Unmistakable with tables out in the street, dim red lighting, and jazz tunes echoing down the alley, Music Matter has been filling the ears of local and visiting jazz fans for more than 18 years. Known for his friendly personality and pure passion for jazz, owner and pianist Jeffrey Sevilla almost always joins in for the popular Wednesday night jam session. Jeffrey has an infectious dedication to supporting the jazz community in Phuket, hosting many special events such as the King Rama IV Memorial Concert on October 14 and the upcoming UNESCO International Jazz Day on April 30. 119 Chanajaroen Rd., Talat Yai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, facebook.com/phuketmusicmatters WOVEN AND WEARABLE ART Let’s face it, who isn’t always on the prowl for something unique and colourful to enrich their fashion repertoire? With a colour palette ranging from subdued earth tones through vivid hues of all sorts, Paul Ropp’s eclectic selections will please almost everyone. The Bali-based designer proclaims that his creations are not merely fashion, but “wearable art”. Indeed, the colours, textures, and styles are not your run-of-the-mill department store standards. The high-end fabrics are woven and dyed by hand in India with the garments, shoes, and accessories crafted in Bali. The styles run the gamut from what could be described as wildly bohemian-hippie to elegantly simple. paulropp.com JOURNEY TO WAT SIN SUPHARAM This glittering and usually quiet temple sits picturesquely poised over a pond. Wat Sin Supharam pays homage to the late Luang Pu Supa and is one of two Buddhists temples he built after coming to Phuket in 1957. Born in 1896 in Sakon Nakhon, Luang Pu Supa was acknowledged as a Buddhist prodigy who became a monk at nine years old and studied in China, India, Afghanistan, and across Southeast Asia. He came to Phuket after being directed to do so in a dream and reached near god-like status for his strict personal ideals as a phra thudong (forest monk). Passing away in 2013, Buddhist amulets bearing his likeness are considered very sacred and valuable. Chalong, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, +66 (0) 76 521 342 THE BRUNCH CLUB Phuket has always been the ideal getaway for beach clubs and now, add brunch to the list and where the party can keep going. After all, a leisurely spread of food favourites is the best thing to greet you. For a real escapist holiday, experience the ultimate at the Dream Beach Club and their Sunday brunch, called “All New Around the World Sunday Brunch” available from 12 to 4 pm, followed by a pool party right on Layan Beach. Nothing wakes you up better than their brunch smorgasbord of seafood, other meats and high quality ingredients in the vibrant atmosphere whipped up by the Dream Beach Club. The ‘All New Around the World Sunday Brunch’ will have live cooking stations for dishes à la minute, a Japanese Kitchen, a Carvery selection and freshly made BBQ, desserts and global menus galore. Enjoy the meal with the weekly Dream Beach Club Pool Party every Sunday at 12pm, which goes on until late. Promising an exuberance of Carnival and Mardi Gras, the atmosphere intensifies poolside as the weekly themed parties get underway. ‘Pirates of the Caribbean meets Superheroes’ is how the organisers describe it, with some of the best international DJs and live musicians while aerialists, fire shows, and Dream Dancers round out the mix. For an even better time, book their sunbed packages for the ultimate Dream Beach Club VIP experience. Layan Beach, Soi 2, Cherng Talay, Amphoe Thalang, dreambeachclub.com, + 66 (0) 98 048 3500 SPOTLIGHT Food that’s Worth the Detour Krua Sirin is a brand new addition to the Phuket culinary scene and this place truly has it all: a killer location in Old Phuket Town, an artsy vibe with funky tiles and a huge mural, and honest-togoodness homestyle Thai cooking. After the first bite, it’s no surprise that Chef Jurairat has been spending the last 30 years working in kitchens. The signature dish is the namprik goong siep; a potent dip made with dried shrimp, garlic, chilli, shallot, coconut and more, served with a raw veggie medley. Another recommended dish is the gaeng khua moo sapparot which is a thick, spicy curry with minced pork and Phuket pineapple overflowing with complex flavours. Other classic favourites include the epitome of Southern Thai food - gaeng som, as well as geeyin (pork, crab, and shrimp eggrolls), and fried fish with garlic and black pepper. If we were talking about an average restaurant we would say stop by if you’re in the neighbourhood – but Krua Sirin isn’t average and is worth going out of your way. 58/3 Ratsada Rd., Tambon Talat Nuea, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, +66 (0) 64 241 4665 112