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On holiday in Phuket with a colorful bunch, I’d decided to see what four fairly different people, including myself, had to say about their year ahead…

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Damien Hirst
Profession: Artist

What would be on your ideal New Year’s Eve dinner menu?
Thai red chicken curry with rice, Xmas pudding by Heston Blumenthal with the orange inside, homemade brandy butter and double cream.

What are you mostly excited about in 2014?
Making new art.

What would be your New Year’s resolution if you had one?
Try to see the good in everybody instead of hating everyone until proved otherwise.

Karl Marx used to say religion is the opium of the people. In 2014, what is the new opium?
Still religion. Karl Marx was so right…

If you were a Buddhist and believed in reincarnation, what animal would you like to be and why?
[A] bird would be kinda cool, quite like to be able to fly, or a tortoise or parrot cos they live to be over 100, and I love life.

Give us your best hangover tip for those who drink…
I don’t drink but when I used to I discovered that when you really can’t drink anymore because your guts are killing you cos you’ve been at it too long, a “r Hendersons” will sort you right out, and means you can get back drinking. It’s half creme de menthe and half fernet branca over ice, I think…

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Jan Kennedy
Profession: Fashion & Luxury Consultant

What would be on your ideal New Year’s Eve dinner menu?
An evening in with my girlfriend eating caviar and blinis, poached langoustines and mayonnaise, and great chilled white burgundy.

What are you mostly excited about in 2014?
New adventures at work, the World Cup (soccer), Glastonbury festival, and Man City beating Barcelona in the Champions League.

What would be your New Year’s resolution if you had one?
Get healthy and wiser.

Karl Marx used to say religion is the opium of the people. In 2014, what is our new opium?
Mobile phones.

If you were a Buddhist and believed in reincarnation, what animal would you like to be and why?
A flying monkey–agility, intelligence and fun.

Give us your best hangover tip for those who drink…
Just stay in bed.

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Roxie Nafousi
Profession: Owner of personal styling company RAWAN and style columnist

What would be on your ideal New Year’s Eve dinner menu?
Sweet potato chips with steak and a mushroom sauce, and red velvet cake from Hummingbird for desert!

What are you mostly excited about in 2014?
Writing for more magazines and papers! Oh, and the Chanel Couture show in Paris in January!

What would be your New Year’s resolution?
I think it’s to quit dieting, and just try to be healthy by moderation!

Karl Marx used to say religion is the opium of the people. In 2014, what is our new opium?
Sex… It’s everywhere…

If you were a Buddhist and believed in reincarnation, what animal would you like to be and why?
Ooh, it’s got to be a lion because I’m a Leo!

Give us your best hangover tip for those who drink…
Eat asparagus! Apparently researchers found that there is an enzyme in it which helps your liver metabolize alcohol twice as fast, which means you feel twice as good the next day!

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Mimi Xu
Profession: Music director, sound designer, deejay

What would be on your ideal New Year’s Eve dinner menu?
A dozen oysters, foie gras, followed by high quality Wagyu beef. Anything that would max out my cholesterol level, really…

What are you mostly excited about in 2014?
Producing more exciting soundtracks for shows and films. Launching the new Misty Rabbit live set, an extension of my usual deejay set. Also getting a driving license could be useful, too.

What would be your New Year’s resolution if you had one?
Weigh my words more before speaking, be more thoughtful towards others and…world domination!

Karl Marx used to say religion is the opium of the people. In 2014, what is our new opium?
Consumerism…We are overly encouraged and addicted to buying things, regardless of our real needs.

If you were a Buddhist and believed in reincarnation, what animal would you like to be and why?
A house cat: well-fed, emotionally independent, and casually arrogant.

Give us your best hangover tip for those who drink…
Either drink more to cut through it, or eat a big fatty meal to absorb the alcohol. Both options are bad for you, though…
Photos: Courtesy of Mimi Xu

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