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Dancers welcome diners at Brush as Phuket finds something to celebrate

Phuket's Brush with Fame: Every Picture Tells a Story

Sunday, March 6, 2011
Phuketwan Phuket Party Challenge 2011

JUST AS another glorious sunset painted the sky and sea with vivid hues across Kalim Bay last evening, a canvas filled with glamor and sizzle started to form across the road in Phuket's latest chic dining spot - Brush by John Underwood.

Housed in the two-level, open-front industrial style building that was formerly the Chinese restaurant Hung Fat's (and before that, Mr Underwood's home before the 2004 tsunami gave it an early spring cleaning), the re-imagined bistro offered guests a sampling of treats from salmon rolls to sticky-sweet brownies, while roving waitresses with trays of sherry, champagne and colorful cocktails were quickly swamped by the thirsty crowd.

Spotted out at the celebration were some of Phuket's familiar faces - yacht cruise veteran Bill O'Leary, Royal Phuket Marina owner Gulu Lalvani, the ubiquitous writer Bruce Stanley, Art & Culture publisher Lori Ashton, Sue Ultmann of Baan Rim Pa Group.

Brush chef Martin Bower emerged from his kitchen to greet the crush of people. The always Able
Wanamakok hosted the evening.

Taking the island's newspaper war into a rather stylish battleground, a number of local media figures made an appearance. A stack of Phuket's newest weekly newspaper, The Phuket News, disappeared quickly, while the Phuket Gazette company car was seen arriving.

A fashion show featuring tropical leisure designs by Cassandra Harper of Island Bliss, an outdoor fire dance with three beefy poi men and some lip-synching performances by a few of Phuket's most gorgeous and glittering kateoys rounded out the fun-filled evening.
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Phuket Meets NY: It's the Party Challenge 2011
Photo Album It was, by all accounts, one of the best nights for the best parties. New Year's Eve on Phuket, so we are told, really rocked. But where's the proof? Send your photos now!
Phuket Meets NY: It's the Party Challenge 2011

Phuket's Year of the Rabbit: Photo Album
Happy New Year Phuket throws a party every new year, three times a year for Thai, Chinese and Western celebrations. The turn of the year of the Rabbit produced a spectacular tunnel of light.
Phuket's Year of the Rabbit: Photo Album


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I suppose this is what's called 'society journalism'. Look at the woman speaking on her mobile - do you think that's what society calls 'chic'? Yes indeed, every picture tells a story.

Posted by Pete on March 7, 2011 13:50


yeah I thought articles like this were for the "yachtie/golfer" crowd that phuketgazette favors. here come some fancy ad revenues.

Posted by JingJing on March 7, 2011 16:29

Editor Comment:

If you are not a ''yachtie/golfer'' perhaps you should tell us what stereotype you belong to, JingJing.

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