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Leading the pack at the 2018 Thailand International Motor Expo are two powerful Harley-Davidson motorcycles designed to make a lasting impression on anyone who craves the freedom of the open road.
The aggressive new FXDR 114 communicates its commitment to all-out performance through a visual design inspired at the drag strip, where the application of torque to the pavement is sophisticated in its execution – and adrenaline-pumping in its application.
Armed with tire-spinning 114ci Milwaukee-Eight V-twin power
Built around a Softail chassis, with lightweight aluminum swingarm and wheels
Liberal use of composite components also saves weight
The new Harley-Davidson FXDR 114 delivers hard-core drag-strip aggression with a technical edge. It’s an unapologetic power cruiser bringing a new level of all-out performance to the Harley-Davidson line-up, combining the unrelenting torque of the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine with the liberal use of weight-saving aluminum and composite components. As a result, every aspect of performance is amplified.
The FXDR 114 is the tenth Harley-Davidson based on the Softail platform introduced in 2018 and the latest in a line of 100 high-impact motorcycles the company plans to introduce by 2027. The price of all-new FXDR 114 starts at THB 1,199,000.
The Iron 1200 recipe starts with power Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine and delivers 34 percent more torque (70 Nm vs 94 Nm.) than the 883 Evolution engine that powers the Iron 883, the original urban brawler in the Sportster family.
The satin-black Mini Ape handlebar is an essential element of the garage-built chopper look that adds instant attitude. The gloss black speed screen framing the headlamp is a West Coast styling influence that amplifies the attitude of the tall bars. The fast-back Café Solo Seat flows to the rear fender and is shaped to help hold the rider in position when the torque of the Evolution 1200 kicks in.
A classic 3.3-gallon Sportster fuel tank features multi-colored striped graphics that wrap around the tank profile. The entire powertrain has been styled with a popular color: black upper and lower rocker boxes, black exhaust and muffler shields, and black timer, primary and derby covers. Chrome pushrod tubes and tappet covers are the only brightwork and highlight the V-Twin engine shape. The Iron 1200 is finished with all-black 9-Spoke wheels and a solid black belt guard and rear sprocket. Price starts at THB 619,000.
“We’re excited about the growing demand for our motorcycles in Thailand,” said Thanabodee Kulthol (Mark), Market Operations Manager for Harley-Davidson Thailand. “These two new bikes, one with drag style inspiration and the other one with its throwback styling are classic examples of what makes Harley-Davidson so special. The FXDR 114 is a power cruiser that delivers exceptional ride and handling characteristics, while the Iron 1200 is perfect for those who want more punch on the street and more mid-range muscle to power through traffic.”
These two new motorcycles and other great rides from Harley-Davidson are present at the 35th edition of the Thailand International Motor Expo, from November 29 to December 10, 2018, at Impact Challenger, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok. It provides a great opportunity to see all 14 Model Year 2019 (MY19) Harley-Davidson motorcycles at one time. The price of ownership starts at THB 479,000 for Sportster models, while the Softails models start at THB 849,000.
A special interest rate of 3.29 percent and complimentary insurance is offered for buyers of MY19 Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycles, while MY18 Softail and Touring motorcycles are available at a 0 percent interest rate.
Additionally, every motorcycle purchased comes with a 2-year factory warranty for unlimited mileage, complimentary 1–year HOG membership with Emergency Roadside Assistance as well as a complimentary welcome kit valued at THB 6,000. This welcome kit includes a backpack, waterproof battery tender, and travel care kit.
The Sukhothai Bangkok launched “La Scala – Italian Job”, a brand-new dining series featuring a joint venture of renowned Italian guest chefs with its own restaurant Italian chef David Tamburini.
For the inaugural series, La Scala resident executive chef David Tamburini welcomed chef Alessandro Frau from the renowned Acqua in Phuket.
Together, David and Alessandro created authentic Italian dishes influenced by the tradition and culture of Italy—with a special touch of their native homes, Sicily and Sardinia—reinterpreted with new cooking techniques, ingredients, and an artistic presentation in contemporary style.
The dinner took place on Thursday, September 13, 2018, and it was fully booked. Stay tuned for more dinners in this series.
Worried about all the Christmas presents you have to make this festive season? Learn how to make your own body butter following this video, and gift a healthy, natural, homemade product you’re friends and family with love!
by Parul Mathur
40 grs. shea butter: rich in vitamins and fatty acids
40 grs. coconut oil: natural antibacterial and antifungal, and an excellent moisturizer
Lavender essential oil: helps to relax and heals the skin naturally
Melt the shea butter in a double boiler or in the microwave
Add the coconut oil and mix
Add 12–15 drops of lavender essential oil
Put it in fridge or freezer until it’s solid again
Whip it with a blender for 5 minutes until you get a creamy texture
Pour in an airtight container and store it for up to four months
SAii Lagoon Maldives will open as part of Curio Collection by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands is set to open in 2019. Curio Collection by Hilton, a global portfolio of more than 55 hotels and resorts around the world, offers travelers experiences at more than 55 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts around the world. SAii Lagoon Maldives will be managed by S Hotels & Resorts under a franchise agreement between Hilton and Singha Estate Public Company Limited.
The 198-room resort will be located in Emboodhoo Lagoon, an enchanting natural wonder surrounded by white sands and cerulean seas. The resort will be 15 minutes by boat from Velena International Airport and offer easy access to CROSSROADS, the first and largest integrated tourist destination in the Maldives. SAii Lagoon Maldives offers modern travelers a private sanctuary enhanced by creative art and design, artisanal cuisine, a soundtrack of curated music and heart-made hospitality.
“We are delighted to announce details of the first Curio Collection by Hilton resort in the Maldives, as it truly embodies the spirit and incredible travel destination of this one-of-a-kind island paradise,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “Whether it’s enjoying panoramic sea views and private beach access at Café del Mar beach club or strolling to the nearby marina for an afternoon visiting local attractions, we are confident future guests will enjoy excellent hospitality and unique experiences customized to their travel preferences when staying at SAii Lagoon Maldives or any of our hotels around the world.”
The resort will feature deluxe rooms, beach villas, and overwater villas with inspired tropical designs created by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, who has conceptualized some of the world’s most iconic hotels, resorts, and spas. All accommodations feature custom-made furnishings, outdoor decks and a host of playful inclusions, such as handcrafted puzzles and “creature comfort” pillows, complemented by comfortable social spaces, quality restaurants and access to the globally-renowned beach club brand, Café del Mar.
Additional hotel features and amenities include:
The Hub is a unique gathering and social space that offers countless opportunities for guests to kick back and get creative. Guests can pick out their own treats from the Snack Box, which offers a complimentary collection of healthy, family-friendly refreshments, while an inspiring Aroma Lab will allow guests to create their very own bathroom amenities – selecting a base product, such as shampoo, shower gel or body lotion, and pairing it with one of the Lab’s many scents.
The spread of creative in-house dining options at SAii Lagoon Maldives extends from an eclectic daily breakfast at Café del Mar, to gourmet coffees, specialty teas and meals on-the-go at the casual resort café, bean/Co. For a more substantial meal, guests have a choice of stylish and uniquely distinctive themed eateries serving a combination of healthy fare, Mediterranean classics, fresh seafood, and Thai-inspired creations.
THE MARINA @ CROSSROADS MALDIVES
The first and largest integrated tourist destination in the Maldives is an easy stroll across a footbridge from SAii Lagoon Maldives and will offer an extensive array of attractions for visitors, including a 30-berth marina, retail and dining outlets, Maldives Discovery Centre, a marine life protection centre, an event hall and a junior beach club.
“SAii Lagoon Maldives will take visitors on a refreshing journey during their stay,” said Dirk De Cuyper, chief hospitality officer, S Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Singha Estate Public Company Limited. “The resort will offer an engaging array of well-thought-out vacation experiences that immerse guests in the stunning new island location and encourage them to explore and help preserve the colorful natural environment while learning about the local culture.”
SAii Lagoon Maldives will be part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors mobile app.
Get ready for a big carnival on stage!Get ready for a big carnival on stage. After the success of Cinderella and Aladdin, Bangkok Community Theatre (BCT) is bringing back British pantomime to Bangkok this festive season!
The first thing to point out to all non-Brit from around the world is that British pantomime has nothing to do with mime: it is a chaotic and anarchic mix of fun, song, dance, bad jokes, corny acting, and the storyline usually revolves around a famous fairy story.
After the recent success of its previous British-style pantomimes Cinderella and Aladdin, BCT will this year present the story of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”.
The play will bring on stage the usual panto chaos, audience participation, music, ghosts, fairies and cross-dressing, including the traditional panto dame.
The show will be performed in English and will offer fun-filled entertainment for the whole family.
As all BCT’s shows, the cast is multinational with actors and singers coming from different places around the world.
The surplus of the show’s income will be donated to Operation Smile, a particularly worthy cause.
What: Snow White and Seven Dwarfs pantomime
When: November and December 2018 (for exact dates, see flyer above)
Where: Creative Industries M-Theatre, New Petchaburi Road, Bangkok
Celebrate Germany’s annual festival at Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge with authentic Bavarian sausages and staple beer beginning September 26, 2018.
With its unique vista of Metro Manila, Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge add a sophisticated air to this year’s Oktoberfest celebrations by showcasing imported German sausages, paired with Paulaner beer. Order a platter of Bavarian sausages grilled fresh on live cooking stations for the promotional price of PHP 999, including half-liter of Paulaner Beer on tap. This craft Munich beer will also be available for PHP 340.
What: Oktoberfest celebration
When: From now until October 13, 2018
Where: Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge, Manila, Philippines