RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen, Thai and Balinese dancers, incredible prizes and fun people make for a great Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.
There’s an old song from the 1960s about taking a trip without having to leave the farm. Guests of Singular’s Taste of Southeast Asia party on Sunday, April 18 at RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen had a similar experience when they walked through the giant red and gold doors of this Westfield Mall destination restaurant for an afternoon of Asian-inspired sensory delights.
Imagine being greeted by beautiful, authentically-costumed Thai and Balinese dancers, their long black hair festooned with fresh orchids and intricate gold headdresses, then ushered into RockSugar’s plum-and saffron-colored dreamscape with Burmese Buddha statues, gold leaf-overlaid columns, ornately carved teak panels, even a glittering golden dragon sculpture — then onto the terrace with its cooling waterfalls, to greet and meet your friends from SingularCity.
Close to 200 singulars, advertising sponsors, and friends and family showed up to enjoy not only the magical Southeast Asian ambiance, but also delicious mojitos made with Bacardi Superior rum, blood orange juice and fresh mint, along with appetizers like crispy chicken samosas, vegetable spring rolls, and Indian stuffed flatbread with beef, onions and spicy homemade ketchup.
“The food was great and the drinks were wonderful,” said Theresa Martincevic, known as T in the SingularCity social network. “The dancers were so graceful, all the prizes… it was a high energy, fun crowd and a splendid event.”
The silent auction tables were buzzing as guests vied for a $600 gift certificate to the Oceana Hotel in Santa Monica, a $1,500 gift certificate to Laura M Jewelry in Brentwood, a stay at the world famous Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel in Hanoi; and 5 days and 4 nights at the Napasai Resort, an Orient Express luxury destination in Thailand.
Bric’s in the Westfield Mall in Century City held a drawing for a 3-piece set of luxurious, Italian-made luggage won by SingularCity member Anthony Rogers. “I was shocked to win,” Rogers said. “I never win anything. I wasn’t even going to enter. Maybe this is a sign I’ll be traveling soon!”
Dancers from the Thai Community Arts and Cultural Center performed at the event, raising funds to support the center. Arriving in amazing costumes, makeup and headdresses, the dancers included, Permporn Sukpradit, Nayeli Anahi Gasca and Camille Villaneuva. Representing Balinese dance was Waewdao Sirisook and representing Burmese dance, Christina Leyva. One little girl, who happened to pass by the entrance to RockSugar, was spellbound when she saw the dancers — surely thinking they had emerged from a storybook fantasy with their colorful costumes, glittering fans and cascading, flowered hair.
Albert Blondeel-Timmerman, known as BT in the SingularCity web community said, “I had a wonderful time. Having grown up in the Dutch Indonesian community in Los Angeles, I can say the dancers were truly authentic. My friend had the winning bid in the silent auction for the Napasai resort in Thailand and he’s been planning his vacation non-stop! I can’t wait for the next event!”
In addition to the silent auction, there was a drawing for door prizes that included a basket of luxurious skin care products from Marie Louise Cosmetics; a basket of Godiva Chocolates, and a basket of luxury greeting cards from Papyrus.
Tatiama El-Khouri of Creative Force Floral provided stunning Southeast Asian-influenced flower arrangements with orchids and other exotic flowers reminiscent of the magic and mystery of the Orient. Two lucky people took home the largest arrangements as part of the door prizes.
Every guest received a gift bag filled with gift certificates, sample product and special offers including Aveda, Core Performance, Origins, Bistro Gardens, William Rast, Fresh, Metropark, The Body Shop, Hugo Boss, Banana Republic, Marc Edward Skin Care, Elite Image Makeovers, The Art of Shaving, Beverly Hills hair salon Gavert-Atelier and more.
“The party was a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds,” said SingularCity member Juli Propes. “Add to that all the uber-cool people mingling and you had the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.”