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1 Stay fresh whether it's rain or sunshine with Starbucks' new fruity Frappuccino blended beverages. Try Apricot and Peach Yoghurt and get a bite of white peach jelly and bits of real white peach. Or take a big gulp of Ruby Red Grape, which comes with red grape jelly and blended red grape juice. Pair these drinks with the new breakfast menu that include egg bacon English muffin, brioche bun and more for a great start of your day. Available now at Starbucks stores nationwide.

2 August is here, and with it comes national Mother's Day! So why not take your special lady out for a grand treat on this heartwarming occasion? Dean & Deluca is now offering a special set menu (695 baht) that comes with savoury dishes, dessert and beverage, plus a complimentary Dean & Deluca blue canvas tote bag and two macarons. The menu features smoked salmon lava, lychee cake and hot and cold drinks of your choice. The set menu is available from Aug 10-13 at MahaNakhon Cube, Central Embassy, EmQuartier and The Crystal outlets.

3 What does it take to win a beauty queen's crown? Catch the ins and outs of Miss Tiffany's Universe -- Thailand's biggest beauty pageant for transgender women -- with the reality show Miss Tiffany's Reality Season 2 on GMM 25, starting Aug 8 at 9.25pm. Top model Cindy Bishop and superstar Poyd Treechada will act as the contestants' coaches once again, following their inaugural run last year. The reality show leads up to the final round, which is to be held at the end of this month in Pattaya.

4 Experience original theatrical show Hollow this month at Peel the Limelight Studio in Asok. Hollow recounts the history of "comfort women" who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army in the time of WWII. The story is inspired by testimonials of survivors and evidence of the abuse they suffered in state-sanctioned military brothels. The play is suitable for those aged 15 and older. The performance runs on Fridays and Saturdays in August at 8pm. General admission is 700 baht. Visit peelthelimelight.com.

5 Celebrating Singapore's 53rd birthday, Amara Bangkok is serving up the popular Singapore Cuisine Dinner Buffet, plus a durian dessert corner for fans of the King of Fruits. The buffet line-up includes signature Singaporean dishes such as bak kut the (pork rib soup), Hainanese chicken rice, barbecued duck, crispy pork, laksa, hor fun and more. And you just can't miss the Durian Corner, which offers durian sticky rice with coconut milk, durian cheese cake, plus fresh durian which is opened on the spot for you. The dinner buffet will be available on Aug 9, 6-10pm, at Element restaurant in the Amara Bangkok on Surawong Road. Prices are 1,399++ baht for adults and 600++ for kids aged 6-12 years old. For reservation, call 02-021-8888 ext 5320.

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