Truth: fun is much closer to home than you think
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll already know for sure that I am a bit of an art lover. Whether it’s galavanting around Bangkok in search of street art, or even heading over to Singapore for the latest “spotty” art exhibition, I’m always on the look out for new artistic events and happenings to join. So when I heard that the family, eco and dog-friendly community mall, The Commons, in Thonglor was hosting a local artists weekend with workshops, displays, and live demos, I simply had to go.
I always find it difficult to categorise art events, as they’re often great travel hotspots in addition to lifestyle hubs. But in the case of The Commons, I think, in reality, it fits in both of these blogging pillars that I use (and even food! Want proof? Check out my Instagram feed below the comments for delicious details).
Known for its unique architectural structure that, in my opinion, blends in modern minimalism perfectly with eco-friendly touches, The Commons is probably the hippest little mall I’ve ever been to. It always has a very lively vibe, which is not surprising seeing as it is an ultimate community lifestyle events hub (think cookery, concerts and even coffee making) in Bangkok. It’s also home to a plethora of boutique cafes and shops (my current favourite being Xiao Chi – again, check my Instagram to understand why). And on top of that, it is incredibly photogenic (hence all the photos I took!)! Who could really ask for anything less in little Bangkokian community mall?
Oh and did I mention that there’s a small lawn with real grass on the top floor? Definitely ideal for taking one’s feet out of one’s daily work heels and relaxing with friends on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
Going back to the art fair (apologies for the minor but necessary detour!), if you had gone, you would have been welcomed by a niche array of local painters and crafters treating you to a stunning display of their latest pieces. It was definitely fun going around each outdoorsy floor of the mall to visit and see the unique styles that every artist had developed. Truthfully a good way for me as a newbie to Bangkok’s fine arts scene to explore its top highlights. So honestly, it’s hard to pick a favourite! I definitely did like Supmanee C’s water colour paintings a lot, but truthfully I think all the artists apparent during that weekend were equally magnificent.
Oh and if you’re interested in the curious pink rabbit-like creature as shown above, the mastermind behind it, Alex Face, was indeed present during the event.
Sometimes in life we like to go to all corners of the world in search of fun. It’s usually worth the trek, but in reality, fun can be a lot closer to home at times than you think.
Until the next amazing event at The Commons then.