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SOPA 2024 Journalism Awards Open for Entries; Deadline Feb 22
The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in journalism, announced today that the SOPA 2024 Awards for Editorial Excellence are open for entries. The deadline for submissions is 3pm Hong Kong time on Thursday February 22nd, 2024. The SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence celebrate the best journalism in Asia and set the regional standard for quality, professional reporting. For the second year SOPA 2024 Awards will feature an “Excellence in Bahasa Indonesia News Reporting” award, honoring stories that set the domestic agenda in politics, business, or social/cultural affairs. A joint venture by Mongabay, BBC Indonesia and The Gecko Project, The promise was a lie: How Indonesian villagers lost their cut of the palm oil boom, won the top award in 2023. There are several noteworthy updates to this year’s SOPA Awards. Among them, the length limit in the category of Excellence in Video Reporting has been extended from 15 minutes to 20 minutes. Also, the SOPA Award for Young Journalists will now recognize both an English-language and a Chinese-language journalist. “The SOPA Awards are a celebration of excellence in journalism in the Asia Pacific region. These awards recognize outstanding journalism across all formats and demonstrate the diverse media space and unique stories being told in Asia,” SOPA Board Co-Chairs Danielle McGuigan from the Financial Times and Sunita Rajan of Bloomberg, said. Editorial Committee Co-Chairs Yi-Shan Chen, Editor-in-Chief of CommonWealth Magazine, and Bill Ridgers, Asia Digital Editor of The Economist, echoed that message and added: “Since 1982, SOPA has honored the brave journalists that have told Asia’s story. That recognition is now more important than ever.” The annual awards give smaller publications across the Asia Pacific region an opportunity to showcase their reporting on local grassroots issues as well as regional ones. In 2023, The World of Chinese received an award for excellence for a story on a brutal assault in Tangshan and how it highlighted the need for education on sexual consent in China. Myanmar Now, meanwhile, won an award for excellence for its fearless reporting on those standing up to the country’s vicious junta. The Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong, known as JMSC, has administered the awards since 2011. The Head of Judges, Senior Lecturer Ting Shi, will work with a judges panel of industry professionals from the region’s most influential media organizations, leading journalism schools, and past award winners. In 2023, more than 800 entries in English and Chinese were submitted and more than 100 awards were presented for outstanding journalism. For a limited time, SOPA is offering a 40% discount on the SOPA membership fee as well as a similar discount on up to five award entries. For the SOPA membership discount code, please request via email to email@example.com no later than Thursday February 8th, 2024. Details on submissions, eligibility requirements and application information can be found at www.sopawards.com. The finalists will be announced in May 2024, and the winners in June 2024. 2024 Award Categories • Excellence in Reporting on Women’s Issues • Excellence in Journalistic Innovation • Excellence in Audio Reporting • Excellence in Video Reporting • Excellence in Human Rights Reporting • Excellence in Feature Writing • Excellence in Technology Reporting • Excellence in Magazine Design • Excellence in Arts and Culture Reporting • Excellence in Bahasa Indonesia News Reporting • Excellence in Explanatory Reporting • Excellence in Business Reporting • Excellence in Infographics • Excellence in Reporting Breaking News • Excellence in Opinion Writing • Excellence in Reporting on the Environment • Excellence in Photography • The Scoop Award • Carlos Tejada Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting • SOPA Award for Young Journalists • SOPA Award for Public Service Journalism
Villa of the Italian intellectual elite for sale overlooking the sea of Positano | Lionard S.p.A.
Nestled in the heart of the Amalfi Coast, this extraordinary panoramic estate is one of the most beautiful villas on the entire coast, entrusted for sale exclusively to Lionard Luxury Real Estate (https://www.lionard.com/luxury-waterfront-villa-on-the-amalfi-coast.html) with an asking price of 26 million euros. Set in a private and quiet location, it offers over 800 sqm of internal spaces, divided between the main villa, an independent apartment, and a guest house, surrounded by splendid outdoor space measuring approximately 700 sqm. This property extends over several terraced levels that gently wind down between open spaces and gardens towards the sea below, offering a private sunbathing area and exclusive, direct access to the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Located in Positano, an extraordinary town of the "Divine Coast", this villa was built in 1963, standing out for the use of high-quality materials commissioned to various Italian excellences. The rooms are adorned with wrought iron, brass taps and majolica floors. A popular destination for prominent personalities, attracted by the incomparable beauty of this property, by the privacy it offers, guaranteed by its high position on the coast and its private access to the sea, this villa was the setting for the most memorable receptions of the 1970s and '80s. Over the years, it has hosted intellectuals, artists and illustrious figures of the Italian cultural scene and political figure such as Roberto Olivetti, Sergio Vacchi, Inge Feltrinelli and Alberto Moravia, who was so in love with the Amalfi Coast that he defined it as "a dream that doesn't seem real." The villa appears today as the result of a careful renovation and research project. Arranged on three levels, it offers precious and truly unique rooms, designed with attention to every detail, furnished with style and rich in details. The splendid hand-painted majolica tiles stand out, giving light and inspiration to every room. Outside, natural paths wind down towards the sea. Among pergolas of bougainvillea and splendid plants of a thousand shades, we pass through gardens with lemon trees, relaxation areas, a barbecue area and a covered fitness area. The private sunbathing area offers two furnished terraces and a bar area, with an intercom connected to the villa. From here, direct access to the sea is guaranteed, both to dive in and savor the touch of the crystal clear water and the sun on the skin, and to leave by boat and explore the hidden corners of the coast, thanks to the private dockyard. The management of such a prestigious property has lead its owners to rely exclusively on Lionard Luxury Real Estate S.p.A. (https://www.lionard.com) thanks to its leading role as an Italian PropTech in the ultra-luxury real estate market.
Joan’s Kitchen: Refining Classic Homestyle Cantonese Cuisine with Heartfelt Creativity
Located in Kwun Tong, Joan's Kitchen (its e-commerce brand is well known as "Passion's Delight") is a characteristic local private restaurant in Hong Kong specialising in Georgian-flavored cuisine, offering authentic Cantonese dishes and nourishing soups that combine flavours and convenience. Joan's Kitchen focuses on researching and adopting frozen food technology. In addition to welcoming dine-in customers, it also collaborates with professional suppliers of high-temperature-resistant food packaging materials to provide a variety of convenient frozen dishes for takeout customers. The mission of Joan's Kitchen is to allow people to enjoy top-quality flavours without compromising on taste and nutrition; even in their busy work schedules, the feast is just a bag away. A wealth of ingenuity and heartfelt dedication lies behind the convenient food. Each meal, designed for convenience, is crafted with meticulous care and passion Joan's Kitchen strongly emphasises healthy and convenient food, which is why they have delved into the research of frozen food technology. Besides the commonly seen frozen soups in the market, they have exclusively developed and offered frozen Lamb Casserole, Catering Services, and Festive Basin Feasts. Joan's Kitchen also provides free delivery services for orders that meet the minimum purchase requirement, allowing customers to enjoy unique and delicious dishes anytime, anywhere. Joan's Kitchen strictly adheres to government food safety regulations and conducts multiple tests to ensure the quality and safety of its food and packaging materials. These tests include assessing the impact of high-temperature resistant materials and long-term frozen storage on the taste and texture of the food. Furthermore, they collaborate with licensed environmentally-friendly material suppliers, utilising high-quality eco-friendly packaging boxes and bags to guarantee that they not only provide superior food but also prioritise dietary health and environmental conservation. Founded for friendly gatherings, supported by the Chief Chef with a touch of Georgian artistry, private cooking workshops highlighting the rich heritage of Cantonese cuisine Joan and her friends co-founded "Joan's Kitchen" in 2016. As fellows who share a passion for delicacies, they originally intended to create a cosy restaurant to gather with friends and enjoy lovely meals and conversations. It is located in an industrial building with a tranquil ambience while still being close to the bustling city centre and easily accessible for sourcing fresh ingredients. Their exceptional Chief Chef, "Sang Gor", once worked at renowned restaurants such as Lei Garden and North Garden Restaurant, is also a culinary instructor at the Macau University of Science and Technology. With three decades of extensive experience in traditional Cantonese cuisine, Sang Gor skillfully blended conventional Cantonese cuisine and Georgian culinary style. He also frequently demonstrates his culinary expertise personally in private cooking workshops hosted in Joan's Kitchen, where guests can learn hands-on cooking experiences by immersing themselves in cosy vibes. Joan, the founder of Joan's Kitchen, states, "Our guiding principle is to prioritise quality over quantity. The Head Chef, Sang Gor, personally participates in ingredient selection and supervision to ensure the sourcing and cooking standards. We aim to become a pioneer and innovator in healthy and convenient dining in Hong Kong. And we are committed to developing and providing quality frozen food and diverse private dishes. Our culinary team never ceases to explore, innovate, and improve our dishes and products. Joan's Kitchen believes that healthy eating should be accessible to everyone. Therefore, we insist on offering a wide selection at reasonable prices to set an example in the F&B industry and promote healthy eating. We want to make sure that everyone can enjoy delicious and nutritious meals. Through our products and services, we aspire to bring convenience, health, and delectable dining experiences to our customers. Undoubtedly, food has the power to bring happiness and joy to people, and we strive to make that pleasure reachable to everyone effortlessly." Joan's Kitchen's frozen food and private dishes have received widespread acclaim. The ingredients are carefully selected and do not contain any artificial colours, preservatives, or MSG. The soups and dishes are known for their rich flavours, balanced nutrition, and convenient preparation, making them highly popular among busy urbanites. The team at Joan's Kitchen will continue to devote themselves to providing more fresh and creative dining options to meet the ever-changing needs of different customers.
BTS X JAMES JEAN: SEVEN PHASES EXHIBITION Opens This December in Singapore
In an unprecedented showcase of artistic collaboration, acclaimed artist James Jean has joined forces with internationally renowned 21st century pop icons BTS (RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook) to create a collection of extraordinary exhibits. The <[HYBE INSIGHT] BTS X JAMES JEAN: SEVEN PHASES EXHIBITION>, which unveiled these captivating works alongside the original exhibits of HYBE INSIGHT, the museum of HYBE, has achieved great success in South Korea. After the successful showcases in Frankfurt and Manila, the exhibition will make its next stop in Singapore, starting from December 16, 2023. This highly anticipated event will invite visitors to immerse themselves in the unique and harmonious worlds crafted by these exceptional artists. Spanning two dedicated exhibition areas, the <[HYBE INSIGHT] BTS X JAMES JEAN: SEVEN PHASES EXHIBITION> will offer an exclusive opportunity to delve into the creative realms of BTS and James Jean. The first zone will showcase a remarkable series of 31 paintings by James Jean, capturing the essence of each BTS member. These exceptional artworks provide a window into the individuality and artistic spirit of each member, offering viewers an aesthetic connection with their favorite artists. In the second zone, visitors will encounter a mesmerizing BTS memorial exhibition, featuring a treasure trove of iconic artifacts and memorabilia from the group's illustrious career. Among the highlights are the actual audio equipment used by each BTS member during their tours such as microphones and in-ear monitors, coveted trophies, and exclusive wardrobes worn in music videos and stage performances. Notably, the awe-inspiring DIOR outfit, known for its breathtaking design, will be on display, captivating visitors with its significance and beauty. The <[HYBE INSIGHT] BTS X JAMES JEAN: SEVEN PHASES EXHIBITION> is an unparalleled opportunity for art lovers to gain unprecedented insight into the world of their beloved artists. It will offer a truly immersive experience, allowing admirers to explore the captivating and harmonious synergy between BTS and James Jean. The exhibition will take place at Science Centre Singapore, The Annexe, Hall 3. Tickets for this highly anticipated event will be available for purchase on Qoo10 and Sistic ticket websites (https://www.qoo10.sg/GMKT.INC/Goods/Goods.aspx?goodscode=902926167 https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/kfestbts0224) Visitors will also have the opportunity to acquire exclusive merchandise, including postcards, and photo cards featuring the group, as a cherished memento of this extraordinary experience. For further information and updates, please visit the official website https://www.bts-7phases.com and join us on social media. Prepare to embark on a breathtaking journey into the <[HYBE INSIGHT] BTS X JAMES JEAN: SEVEN PHASES_EXHIBITION>, where the worlds of music and art intertwine in a truly remarkable display. Event Details: Exhibition Title: [HYBE INSIGHT] BTS X JAMES JEAN: SEVEN PHASES_EXHIBITION in Singapore Dates: December 16, 2023 - February 25, 2024 Venue: Science Centre Singapore, The Annexe, Hall 3, 15 Science Centre Rd, Singapore (609081) Operating Hour: 10:00 AM - 8:50 PM (Everyday) Ticket Price: SGD50 (Inclusive of GST) (Science Centre Singapore access ticket is included) Ticketing : Qoo10 https://www.qoo10.sg/GMKT.INC/Goods/Goods.aspx?goodscode=902926167 Sistic https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/kfestbts0224 Organizers: HYBE INSIGHT, Paradise E&A and Mondaymorning Creativelab Co-promoter: KFS Exhibition Official Website: (https://www.bts-7phases.com)
NielsenIQ: Hong Kong Leading the Vacation Bucket List for Mainland Tourists
In the post-pandemic era, Mainland outbound travelers are inclined towards Asian destinations as compared to Europe, North America and Oceania, with rising preference for a trip to Hong Kong. In a report titled - 'The Redefined Mainland Tourists' by NielsenIQ, the top three purposes for Hong Kong travel are shopping, followed by sightseeing and vacation, confirmed by 56%, 46% respondents respectively, as per the survey. Composition of visitors are diverse with 30% are looking for a splurge in the trip to Hong Kong while 70% keep it basic and seeking to satiate their craving for unique local experiences. This polarization of tourists is also fueled by social media engagement, promotional offers and ease of digital payments enabling unique experiences for tourists. Engagement marketing and retail experience: To stay relevant and connected Though shopping is still the key purpose visiting Hong Kong, Mainland tourists are coming back to Hong Kong with the focus is not just on product offering but also the retail experience. "The majority of Mainland Tourists are looking for retail experiences in their repeat visits. Unique product mix offered in Hong Kong or special edition for tourists would be important in attracting tourists. The impact of inflation globally has muted the price advantage for tourists indicating more opportunities by way of special promotions and retail experiences," said Mandy Tam, Vice President of Consumer Insights from NielsenIQ "Tourists these days are relying heavily on social media for information on trip and purchases, it would be a good opportunity to utilize social media platforms for engaging and targeted marketing to make the experience more unique and interesting." Tam suggested. Increased travel spending with shift in shopping demands According to the report, Mainland Tourists have increased travel spending by 21% in 2023 vs 2019, with average spending at HKD 33,000 per trip in 2023. Fashion and beauty have been the top two categories attracting spending Beauty products continue to remain the most planned category to purchase prior to the trip and cosmetics is observed as the fastest-growing category in FMCG, with a 33% sales increase compared to 2019. From different sources, Mainland visitors are also showing good interest with finance services in Hong Kong. Despite shopping being the main reason factor to visit Hong Kong, the demand is shifted and 48% has substitution during the pandemic. On the other hand, spending in Macau has increased and visitors tend to stay longer in Macau. Categories noticed with more purchases in Macau such as fashion, supplements and personal care products. Omnichannel Dynamic: Online purchase continued the norms and expand opportunity in this AI-and tech-led era Mainland Tourists found substitutional online and offline channels to purchase under border restrictions. The study suggested that online purchase continued to be the norm, as 42% of shoppers claimed they have shopped via overseas e-commerce sites. Mainland tourists are claiming online purchases continue to stay. "The momentum in driving integrated omnichannel strategy needs to be strengthened to seize the opportunity with interchangeable online and offline channels." Tam suggested. ABOUT NIQ MAINLAND TOURISTS STUDY NIQ Mainland Tourist Study diagnosed travel patterns, shopping behaviour, and the visiting experience of Mainland Chinese visitors in Hong Kong on different tourist's attractions and the related since 2010. The research was conducted in August 2023, and the latest findings of the survey was based on online interviews of 1,000 mainland visitors from Greater Bay Area as well as other key cities, aged between 18 and 65, who travelled to Hong Kong in 2023. ###  Source: NIQ Retail Measurement Service, Moving Annual Total (MAT) September 2023 vs 2019
The 5th Maritime Silk Road International Arts Festival Kicks off
The 5th Maritime Silk Road International Arts Festival kicked off in Quanzhou on the evening of December 8. The festival was hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Fujian Provincial People's Government, and organized by the Fujian Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism and Quanzhou Municipal People's Government. The opening ceremony was graced by Wang Xudong, Member of the CPC Leading Party Members Group of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Director of the Palace Museum, Zhang Yan, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee and Director of the Publicity Department of the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee, Kang Tao, Member of the Leading Party Members Group of the Fujian Provincial Government, Zhang Yigong, Secretary of the CPC Quanzhou Municipal Committee, and Xiao Hanhui, Chairman of the Quanzhou Municipal Committee of the CPPCC, as well as guests from home and abroad and representatives from all walks of life. Wang Xudong announced the opening of the 5th Maritime Silk Road International Arts Festival. Before the opening ceremony, Zhang Yan met with Chinese and foreign artists. He hoped that the artists would take the opportunity of attending the arts festival to experience the diverse culture of Refreshing Fujian, add luster to the scenic and blessed land of Fujian with their artistic imagination and creativity, and inject the power of beauty into the promotion of cultural exchange and mutual learning. In his speech, Kang Tao stated that the Maritime Silk Road International Arts Festival focused on building a platform for cultural exchange and cooperation between China and countries and regions along the Belt and Road, adding a splendid touch to the joint construction of the Belt and Road, and contributing to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. Fujian will promote cooperation through culture, build consensus through exchange, and develop the arts festival into a "never-ending" event showcasing diverse culture and friendly exchange between people. Zhang Yigong presided over the opening ceremony. The large-scale music and dance performance "Afar Miles of Maritime Silk Road - Zayton Love Across Time" was held at the ceremony. China Central Television host Ren Luyu, as a modern traveler, had conversations with Chinese and foreign historical figures closely related to Quanzhou such as Wang Dayuan, Zheng He, He Chaozong, and Marco Polo in world heritage sites, presenting the thousand-year development of Quanzhou on the international stage. Themed "Appreciate the Beauty of Diverse Civilizations," this year's Maritime Silk Road International Arts Festival consists of 12 activities in five main sections, including the "Beauty of Empathy", "Beauty of Music", "Beauty of Craftsmanship", "Beauty of Harmony", and "Beauty of Light," covering art, music, exhibition, dance, and artistic creations. It brought together 52 troupes and over 1,600 artists, experts, scholars, international friends, and media reporters from 43 countries and regions, sharing the platform of exchange, the arts event, and the festival for the people.
Samsung Bespoke Collection Welcomes Winnie the Pooh and Friends
Some of your childhood favourites are here to bring a touch of whimsy, enchantment, and creativity to your kitchen décor! Samsung Singapore announces the Bespoke Winnie the Pooh Collection, which comes in 15 delightful designs, featuring beloved characters to instantly brighten your home and inspire the family's imagination. The collection features a variety of designs for homes of many styles – from vibrant colours that bring liveliness and expressiveness to eclectic homes, or a subtle pastel palette to bring cosiness and calmness to homes with muted aesthetics. The unique colour palette of the collection brings about a splendiferous kitchen transformation for homeowners, keeping their space fun and unique. Available for the Bespoke 4-Door Flex, Bottom Mount Freezer, and 1-Door Refrigerator, the collection offers curated designs of the beloved Winnie the Pooh characters to bring a sense of warmth and nostalgia. Samsung's partnership with Disney for its Bespoke refrigerators started in 2022, and has been growing since with a variety of design themes based on popular characters, including Mickey and Friends, and Marvel Super Heroes. The new Bespoke Winnie the Pooh Collection features the largest set of designs to date, giving homeowners a variety of 15 fun designs to cater to any home interior style. "The addition of the Winnie the Pooh designs is a testament to the popularity of the characters, and a delightful nod to our childhood nostalgia. The Bespoke Winnie the Pooh Collection is a great way for fans to integrate their love for the characters in an appliance that meets what they need in the kitchen through the modular options. Whether to showcase their love for these beloved characters or bring a unique flair to their kitchens, the new collection effortlessly integrates with any décor with sophistication. This collection also demonstrates how the Bespoke line empowers consumers by offering more diverse customisation options, making it an ideal choice for those with a clear vision of the unique style of their home," said Gavin Yeong, Head of Digital Appliances, Samsung Electronics Singapore. A refrigerator as unique as you For consumers seeking to customise their refrigerators, Samsung's MyBespoke customisation offers an expanded range of choices for its wide selection of Bespoke refrigerators. Homeowners can choose to personalise their refrigerator with photos of precious moments, inspired art designs that reflect their personalities, or even personal works of art like paintings or doodles to make the refrigerator truly them. For those looking for a seamless aesthetic, MyBespoke lets homeowners customise their refrigerator as an extension of the existing cabinetry to blend into the kitchen interior design. The Bespoke experience truly allows homeowners to unlock their creative juices and transform their refrigerator into a masterpiece. With MyBespoke, consumers will be inspired to create a uniquely tailored refrigerator that seamlessly complements their home interior – be it Dark Academia, Japandi, or Maximalist. Local Availability and Pricing The Samsung Bespoke Winnie the Pooh Collection is now available at selected consumer electronics retailers stores, at the following starting prices: Model - Starting price Bespoke 4-Door Flex - $4,749 (U.P. $5,909) Bespoke 1-Door Freezer - $1,769 (U.P. $2,539) Bespoke Bottom Mount Freezer - $1,669 (U.P. $2,429) From now until 31 December 2023, consumers who purchase any Bespoke refrigerator will also be entitled to complimentary door panels in selected colours. While stock last. Terms & Conditions apply. In celebration of the holiday season, consumers can also choose to customise their own Bespoke refrigerator for only $100 (U.P. $550), available from now until 31 December 2023. Terms & Conditions apply. Consumers interested in a customised MyBespoke refrigerator can visit participating consumer electronics retailer stores to speak to our friendly service staff for more information. For more information, please visit the Samsung Online Store. ###  Featured MyBespoke (personalised) refrigerator design decals are for inspiration purposes only, and not for actual sale.  Prices are inclusive of the fridge panels and the fridge decal cost for the Bespoke Winnie the Pooh Collection. Price for each Bespoke Refrigerator will vary depending on the selection of colour panels and finish, and option for further customisation with designs from Bespoke Creators Collection, Bespoke Wallpaper Collection, Bespoke Disney Collection, Bespoke Marvel Collection, Bespoke Winnie the Pooh or Design Your Own. Top up cost for design customisation is fixed for each Bespoke Refrigerator type and applicable for full or partial design customisation. Colour of panels subject to stock availability. Check in-store for more details.  Free Bespoke Refrigerator colour panels only applicable for the following colours: Clean Peach, Clean Vanilla and Glam Navy. Promotion is applicable till 31 Dec 2023, while stocks last. T&Cs apply.
Countdown to 2024: Amari Johor Bahru set to brighten your Christmas and New Year
Amari Johor Bahru, a 5-star hotel in the heart of the city, brightened the festivities with a Christmas tree light up event, featuring a large eco-friendly themed tree adorned and decorated with recycled and repurposed items, as well as choir performances and a wholesome community initiative. The event on 30th November kicked off with a choir performance at the hotel’s lobby by students of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Infant Jesus Convent (IJ), followed by a Christmas tree light up event officiated by Pauline Chua, General Manager of Amari Johor Bahru. "We are excited to welcome guests to Amari Johor Bahru for our enchanting Christmas celebration," said Pauline Chua. "Our goal is to create a memorable festive experience for everyone who chooses to spend this special time with us, and we hope to brighten up your Christmas." she added. Embracing the spirit of generosity during this season of giving Amari Johor Bahru invited 30 children from Esther Home, an orphanage in Johor Bahru. Each child received presents in the form of stationary as a thoughtful gift. This was done as a gesture to give back to the community, with the children treated to a delightful meal, creating a memorable evening for them. The festive cheer does not end there, as events, performances and weekend sessions for the whole family will be available till the new year. Guests at Amari Johor Bahru will be able to experience the Christmas carolling and choir performances throughout December, with Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Infant Jesus Convent Choir performing on the 2nd and 9th of December from 3pm to 4pm, and Calvary Community Church Choir Group on the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 23rd of December from 12pm to 1pm. Weekend activities will also be prepared to engage guests of all ages. Families are invited to participate in an engaging gingerbread making session for kids that will be held on the 3rd, 10th, and 25th of December from 12.30 pm to 3 pm at Amaya Food Gallery. This promises to be a joy for the little ones and an opportunity for families to come together and dabble in the festive spirit. Those dining in at Amaya Food Gallery on the 24th, 25th and 31st of December can look forward to live performances by the Gentleman Band. Performance timings for Christmas eve will be from 6pm to 10pm, while Christmas day will be from 12pm to 3pm. For New Year's Eve, the band will be performing from 6pm to 9.30pm. As the clock ticks down to 2024, head over to the Terrace on New Year's Eve to welcome the new year with a bang. DJ E.T will be spinning the beats, ensuring a memorable end to the year with an unforgettable party. Make your year-end a spectacle of joy and celebration by immersing yourself in the magic of the festivities at Amari Johor Bahru. Embrace the season and create memories that will last a lifetime. For room bookings and inquiries, please contact 07-266 8888.
Capture.HK Introduces The Frame, the First Digital Photo Frame Personalised with Artificial Intelligence
Capture Hong Kong, the leading service provider of analogue media digitisation, is launching its first digital photo frame, dubbed The Frame. It is the first digital frame of its kind to be paired with Capture.HK's digitisation service and personalised with artificial intelligence. By using AI-based facial recognition, Capture.HK is able to personalise The Frame to an individual. As an example, for the holidays, a son or daughter can gift a frame to their mother preloaded with digitised analogue photos of their mother. This unique offering is the first in the world and is provided as an end-to-end service. Made Possible with AI The Frame is made possible by harnessing the speed and efficiency of Artificial intelligence. Capture.HK's AI technology can now scan entire albums in high quality and extract just the most important parts of a photo album, cropping out hundreds of individual images. Customers no longer have to manually remove each photo and scan them which was prohibitively time-consuming. In addition, after the photos have been scanned, through advanced algorithms and machine learning, Capture.HK analyses and modernises each image, effectively bringing faded and yellowed photos back to the present day. Ultimate Personalisation The Frame can also be personalised with AI-based facial recognition currently in two Collection types. Star Collection - all of the digitised photos that contain a person or 'starred' by the customer are preloaded onto the frame. Album Collection - all the photos digitised in the customer's order are preloaded onto the frame. The Frame automatically displays the photos in a slideshow that can be customised, and photos can be added and subtracted from the slideshow easily from an on-screen touch menu. The Frame, the Perfect Gift A digital frame is an ideal gift as an expression of gratitude or to celebrate moments like these: Milestone Birthdays: Celebrate your parents' or grandparents' 60th, 70th, 80th, or even more senior birthdays with a gift that encapsulates a lifetime of memories. Wedding Anniversaries: Mark the 40th, 50th, or subsequent anniversaries by gifting a digital frame, perfect for showcasing the journey of a lifetime together. Mother's and Father's Day: Show appreciation for your parents on Mother's and Father's Day, thanking them for their support and love through a collection of cherished family moments. Weddings: Honour your past and the union of two individuals' histories coming together. Graduations: Celebrate this significant life milestone by showing how you got there. In these and many other occasions, a digital frame serves as a beautiful reminder of life's most precious moments. "Our customers have been asking us for a way to gift the joy of unlocking their precious memories," said Jason Law, Capture.HK's Chief Product Officer. "We designed The Frame as the most meaningful and personalised gift to celebrate special occasions like a birthday, anniversary, or a wedding." The Frame Bundle Pricing, Timing and Delivery To celebrate the launch of The Frame, Capture.HK is releasing The Frame Bundle for HK$988 which includes The Frame, The Bag with a free at-home pick-up of your photo albums, and the digitisation service for the first photo album. The Frame Bundle is valued at HK$1,738. The Frame Bundle is available in time for the holidays as a one-of-a-kind gift. It can be ordered online at http://www.capture.hk or in-person at the Capture Experience Centre located at 10/F, Sea Bird House, 22-28 Wyndham St., Central.
From Tokyo to Singapore: PRESS BUTTER SAND's First Outlet Opening at Takashimaya
Get ready for a sweet revelation as PRESS BUTTER SAND unveils its first Singapore outlet on 8 December 2023. Located at Takashimaya Department Store, Basement 2, 391 Orchard Road, this opening is an exciting addition for sweet treat enthusiasts in Singapore. Renowned for its unique approach to butter sandwich cookies, PRESS BUTTER SAND offers a delightful range that promises to redefine indulgence. Crafted for Perfection PRESS BUTTER SAND stands as a testament to meticulous craftsmanship and innovative industrial design. Its essence lies in small-lot manufacturing, focusing on quality over quantity. Each cookie is baked using a proprietary pressing machine, a technique that ensures both sides are baked simultaneously, creating a distinct texture and aroma that sets PRESS BUTTER SAND apart. The heart of each cookie is its double-layered filling – a harmonious blend of rich butter cream, crafted with fresh Hokkaido butter, and a layer of smooth butter caramel. This combination not only captures the authentic flavor of butter but also reflects the brand’s dedication to quality. PRESS BUTTER SAND's dedication shines in its commitment to fine ingredients and craftsmanship. Each cookie, perfected through trial and error, delivers a unique taste experience. Embracing playfulness and constantly seeking new challenges, the brand continually evolves in its approach. Unveiling the Masterpiece of Confectionery Design Highlighting the essence of PRESS BUTTER SAND’s meticulous craftsmanship and innovative design is the 'Hasami-yaki' method. This technique not only eliminates excess oil but also ensures a perfect balance of texture and flavor. The original blend of two types of flour, coupled with the abundant use of fresh butter, results in a uniquely rich flavor profile. This harmonious blend creates a sensory experience that elevates the simple joy of biting into a cookie. The cookies are also ingeniously shaped like a box, preventing the soft filling from oozing out. Intricate striations on the inside not only hold the filling perfectly but also make the cookies easy to break and savor. It's a masterpiece of confectionery design designed for your maximum enjoyment. Made with top-quality ingredients, these cookies aim to redefine the classic butter sandwich cookie. Additionally, there's a variety of flavors offered, each providing a unique and enjoyable tasting experience for every customer. Presenting The Lineup This is the diverse product range launching in Singapore, each meticulously curated to cater to varying palates and occasions: Original: Experience the true flavor of butter with this classic option. Each cookie features a double-layered filling - rich butter cream made with fresh Hokkaido butter on top and smooth butter caramel below. Available in 5pcs Box ($22.50), 9pcs Box ($37.80), and 15pcs Box ($60.00), it's the perfect choice for those who savor the authentic taste of butter in every bite. Uji Matcha: This flavor is a delight for Matcha and butter lovers alike. The sandwich cookie is filled with a mix of bitter matcha butter cream and sweet caramel butter, creating a luxuriously smooth blend that complements the crunchy cookie exterior. Available in 5pcs Box ($24.00) and 9pcs Box ($40.50), it's a perfect fusion of distinct flavors and textures. Chocolate: A special treat for the cocoa connoisseur, this flavor combines the indulgent richness of chocolate with the smooth, creamy texture of butter. Offered in 5pcs Box ($24.00) and 9pcs Box ($40.50), it's a luxurious choice for anyone looking to indulge their cocoa cravings with a sophisticated twist. The Origin Story The story began at Tokyo Station, where the tradition of pressed butter sandwiches started. Their process, known as 'Iron, Press, Heat,' involves using an iron plate to hold the dough, pressing it, and then baking with heat. This method combines old techniques with new technology, a signature approach of PRESS BUTTER SAND. Each cookie reflects this tradition, mixing age-old methods with modern flavors. The essence of Tokyo Station's craftsmanship is in every bite, showing the brand's commitment to quality. As PRESS BUTTER SAND expands from Tokyo to Singapore, each cookie brings a piece of this history, offering a simple yet rich taste experience. Special Opening Promotion To celebrate PRESS BUTTER SAND's grand opening, the first 500 customers who spend $60 or more will receive a complimentary "Christmas Gift Ornament". This gift box includes three varieties of cookies: the classic Original, and the exclusive Strawberry and Pistachio flavors, not yet available for regular in-store purchase. PRESS BUTTER SAND PRESS BUTTER SAND, a unique take on butter sandwich cookies, features fresh Hokkaido butter as its key ingredient, emphasizing the butter's rich flavor. Crafted using the 'Hasami-yaki' method, each cookie achieves a crispy texture and a perfect balance of taste. This artisanal technique involves pressing the dough between two iron griddles, a process that embodies the brand's 'Iron - Press - Heat' principle. This principle is also reflected in the brand's design theme, which combines an elegant industrial look with simplicity and functionality. From the carefully designed packaging to the store interiors, PRESS BUTTER SAND offers a sophisticated experience that highlights the artistry in cookie-making. Everyone is welcomed to savor an exceptional fusion of artistry and flavor, celebrating the authentic essence of butter in each meticulously crafted cookie.
De Beers Group Celebrates Return of the Iconic "A Diamond is Forever" Tagline With "Nature’s Mic Drop"
De Beers Group has always been a pioneer in the natural diamond industry, dedicating years to preserving the legacy of natural diamonds while strictly adhering to ethical sourcing principles. In September of this year, De Beers Group announced the return of its celebrated "A Diamond is Forever" tagline with an additional US$20 million investment, just in time for gift giving this holiday season. The "A Diamond is Forever" campaign was kicked off in the Asia Pacific region with the announcement of Chinese actor Janice Man Wing Shan as Natural Diamond Ambassador, and the launch of the "Nature's Mic Drop" Art Exhibition at SEEFOOD ROOM Gallery, a contemporary art space in Central, Hong Kong. Esteemed guests at the recent exhibition preview and opening party were treated to a mesmerizing evening at the multi-level sensory experience. Attendees included actors Janice Man and Jennifer Yu, singers Michael Cheung, Ka Ho Hung and Panther Chan, as well as Tim Wong, lead singer of the band 'Dear Jane' and his wife Rabeea Yeung. Guests were particularly awestruck by the showcase of a 616-carat rough diamond, a 60-carat rough diamond embedded in a kimberlite rock from De Beers Group, and a stunning 37.61-carat internally flawless cushion-cut diamond from Diacore. They also previewed an immersive LCD video installation, as well as a collage of natural diamond-inspired artworks from international and local artists. The legacy of natural diamonds, a promise of forever love Al Cook, CEO of De Beers Group, said: "Natural diamonds have remained icons of love for centuries. And De Beers advertising has remained iconic over the decades. We're proud to build on this tradition by reviving and refreshing one of our most successful campaigns. By investing ahead of the holiday season, we aim to support the industry, drive consumer demand and underline our confidence in the future of the diamond dream." David Prager, Chief Brand Officer of De Beers Group, said: "For more than 75 years 'A Diamond is Forever' has perfectly encapsulated the symbolic promise of a natural diamond. Through our category investments in both traditional media and influencer-created content, we will reintroduce the highly successful 'Seize the Day' campaign, modernised for a new generation. De Beers is committed to supporting retailers to unlock the strong underlying desire for natural diamonds this holiday season." "Nature's Mic Drop" Exhibition, a journey through the unrivalled beauty of natural diamonds Having endured over 3.3 billion years of history, natural diamonds are one of the oldest and rarest treasures found in nature. A symbol of eternity, each natural diamond born in the extreme conditions beneath the Earth is a unique and highly coveted work of art that intertwines history and culture. "I have always been fascinated by diamonds," said SEEFOOD ROOM co-founder and exhibition curator, Samson Ko. "In art, authenticity is always of the utmost importance. This is why I have been drawn to De Beers's global campaign that celebrates natural diamonds. These natural creations are some of the world's oldest and rarest treasures. And like art, they are truly priceless." A Dazzling Experience "We are honoured to have the opportunity to support Hong Kong artists who are exploring the intrinsic qualities of natural diamonds," said Sally Morrison, Global PR Director, Natural Diamonds, De Beers Group. Every floor of the four-storey SEEFOOD ROOM Gallery has been meticulously designed to give visitors a memorable and educational experience. The main exhibition space explores De Beers Group's eco-friendly Diamond Route in southern Africa. Celebrated Hong Kong illustrator Oh Mankee was commissioned to create cartoon artworks inspired by the protected wildlife reserves where natural diamonds are discovered. A peephole experience located on the same floor features real-time videos of African wildlife. The immersive LCD video installation evokes images of the journey of natural diamonds. Celebrated DJ Chi Chung Wong together with Natural Diamond Ambassador Janice Man provided voice-over work to bring the natural diamond story alive. Showcasing the Beauty of Diamonds Through Art At the exhibition preview, diamond-inspired artworks by various local painters were shown throughout the gallery. Among them was the self-taught Justin Y., who presented his finger paintings entitled "Roar" inspired by the intrinsic qualities of natural diamonds. Internationally acclaimed graphic designer Katol Lo interpreted the title of the exhibition "Nature's Mic Drop" with work reminiscent of Hong Kong's signature neon signs. Also on display were artworks by international artists including contemporary British artist Damien Hirst, whose symmetrical aesthetic mimics those of natural diamonds. Pieces from modern painter Fatima Kong, New York-based artist Ellie Ng and London-based painter Jade Ng, were also available for viewing. Jodine Bolden, Trinity Marsh and Dr. Dick Davies, three London-based experts from De Beers Group's Institute of Diamonds, conducted mini-workshops on natural diamonds. Participants learnt how to distinguish between natural and laboratory-grown diamonds using Synth Detect and Diamond Sure, equipment developed by the Group which can instantly detect lab-gown diamonds. "Nature's Mic Drop" Art Exhibition Date: From now until 22 December (Friday) Venue: SEEFOOD ROOM (9 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong) Time: 11am to 7pm Online Registration: https://shorturl.at/ctyEK For more information on the Nature's Mic Drop art exhibition, please visit https://seefoodroom.com/ for a guided tour of the exhibition.
An icon reemerges as Dusit completes topping off the ‘reimagined’ Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel
Dusit Thani Public Company Limited (DUSIT), one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has taken another big stride towards the return of its renowned flagship hotel – Dusit Thani Bangkok – by officially topping off the newly built structure that stands on the same prime plot as the original property, which graced the Bangkok skyline from 1970 – 2019. The most significant property in Dusit’s pipeline, the reimagined flagship Dusit Thani Bangkok is scheduled to open in the second half of 2024 as part of Dusit Central Park, a landmark USD 1.37 billion mixed-use development opposite Lumpini Park in the heart of the Thai capital. This highly anticipated project will also comprise ultra-luxury residences (Dusit Residences and Dusit Parkside), a state-of-the-art office tower, a high-end retail centre, and an 11,200 sq m Roof Park. These components are expected to open gradually in 2025 and 2026. Comprising 257 guestrooms, one of the largest ballrooms in Bangkok, and a wide range of innovative dining, wellness, and meeting facilities, the new 39-storey Dusit Thani Bangkok represents a contemporary transformation of the original hotel and is designed to elevate Dusit’s standing on the world stage while redefining its heritage through a modern lens. As part of its design, the new Dusit Thani Bangkok proudly integrates signature elements from the original property that were thoughtfully removed and preserved for use as part of the new building. This includes the original property’s signature golden spire, which was returned as part of the new property’s topping-off ceremony – and now stands once again as a beacon of luxury for discerning travellers from all around the world. The original spire will be gracefully housed within a new, larger golden spire. A mini exhibition space located directly under this structure will serve as a permanent museum dedicated to preserving the memory of the original hotel. Guests and visitors can expect to find interactive exhibits detailing the storied legacy of the property, sweeping views of the adjacent Lumpini Park, and numerous photo opportunities against the backdrop of the original spire.
HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair returns in January 2024
Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the 50th edition of Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, the 15th Hong Kong Baby Products Fair and the 22nd Hong Kong International Stationery & School Supplies Fair will be held from 8-11 January 2024 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The fairs will return in EXHIBITION+ hybrid model, complemented by the "Click2Match", an online smart business matching platform that will operate on 1-18 January, providing an extended platform for traders to connect beyond geographical limits. Hong Kong's toy industry Hong Kong exporters have a reputation for high quality toys. Contract manufacturing with overseas manufacturers and license holders generates a large share of the industry's revenues. Taken together with re-exports, Hong Kong was the world's eighth largest toy exporter in 2022. Meanwhile, the ASEAN market has become a key export destination for the Hong Kong toy industry recently, with its share of Hong Kong toys exports growing from 8.4% in 2021 to 17.8% in 2022. According to the International Trade Centre, emerging markets such as mainland China, Indonesia, Vietnam, India and Poland will continue be the key drivers of the global toys market. Revenue from Asia market is projected to grow faster than global average in the next 5 years, according to Statista. Toys & Games revenue amounts to US$38.34billion in 2023, which is projected to grow by an average rate of 3.5% between 2023-2028, versus world market growth of 2.6%. Demand for toys and games in Asia has been boosted by the region's young demographic, growing household incomes, and the rising popularity of Asia's pop culture and entertainment brands, from Hallyu (Korean Wave), Japanese anime, and to an increasing extent T-culture (Thailand). Strong Asian participation at HK Toys Fair Against this backdrop, the upcoming Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair features an extensive array of innovative and smart tech toys, creating ample sourcing opportunities for buyers. In the coming edition, the three concurrent fairs are expected to welcome around 2,500 global exhibitors, showcasing a broad selection of smart toys, quality baby products and creative stationery. Alongside with the presence of 'World of Toys' pavilion which features mainly European exhibits, the fairs also feature a strong line-up from Asia, including group pavilions from Mainland China, Korea and Taiwan, as well as exhibitors from India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. The strong presence of Asian toy exhibitors in the fair provides an excellent and ideal avenue for those looking to expand their sourcing reach. New zones to debut at the 50th HK Toys & Games Fair The collectibles market has become a significant part of the toy industry, with growing numbers of adults and seniors collecting toys. A new Collectible Toys zone is launched at the Kidult World. Hong Kong exhibitor Yu Tung Technology Limited is the global licensee for multiple global brands. They created the proprietary Internal Interconnect Endoskeleton System (IIES) that incorporated IIES into 24" Optimus Prime from Bumblebee the Movie. They are also making PLAMO for Transformers from Bumblebee the Movie and for kids' category products like Toy Story 4, Cars 3, Minions and TF Rescue Bots. To promote Hong Kong's creative industries and branded toys to the world, Hong Kong Brand Toy Association (HKBTA) will set up a pavilion at the toys fair for the first time. Threezero (HK) Ltd is a high-end collectible toys company with design and development teams based in Hong Kong. They will exhibit high-quality collectible figures based on characters from pop culture around the world. Sustainability takes centre stage in the fair. The new Green Toys zone showcases exhibitors with commitment to eco‑friendly innovations. Banatoys Co., Limited is a toy branding supplier focusing on creative R & D and branding solutions. They are committed to developing and designing toys with high quality, safety and environmental responsibility. The Smart-Tech Toys and Games zone will showcase a wide array of tech-based toys and games including those operated via mobile apps, or incorporated with the latest VR, AR and MR technologies. Exhibitor Cheertone (HK) Industrial Co Limited has an innovative team with experienced product developing engineers. The company will exhibit kids' smart watches, kids' camera, kids' learning machines and game console. Other highlighted product zones including the Brand Name Gallery, which will feature unique and innovative products by internationally renowned brands, including Eastcolight, Hape, Welly, Classic World, Rastar, Masterkkidz, AURORA and more. Presenting industry trends A series of events will be held for visitors to keep abreast of the latest industry development and strengthen their networks. The inaugural Asian Toys & Games Forum will feature speaker from reputable international market research provider, who will share valuable insights on the market outlook, emerging trends, and unique opportunities for the toys and games industry in Asia. Children Research expert will analyse consumer preferences across generations, highlighting the strategies necessary for success in expanding brand horizons within the toys and games industry. Steering the industry towards a sustainable future, the Forum will invite speaker from prominent global testing and certification company to offer informative session on achieving sustainability goals throughout the production journey, from concept and design to certification. The forum will also delve into trending topics such as 'phygital' toys and AI, looking into the future of the toys and games industry and the opportunities these trends may present. Concurrent events create crossover opportunities The HKTDC Hong Kong Baby Products Fair and Hong Kong International Stationery & School Supplies Fair will be held concurrently. The Hong Kong Baby Products Fair will present a wide range of baby products, including strollers and baby gear, bedding and furniture, skincare and bath products, baby clothing and footwear and maternity products to buyers while the Hong Kong International Stationery & School Supplies Fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, will assemble the latest art and craft supplies, gift stationery, back-to-school items, office and school supplies. The three fairs provide abundant trading opportunities and good potential for crossover business activities among the participants from various sectors.
The Convenient Transportation Between Hong Kong and Qianhai Contributes to the Prosperity and Development of the Greater Bay Area
Hong Kong residents' enthusiasm for traveling north has surged. In October of this year, the number of arrivals to the mainland reached a record 5.35 million, with more than 200,000 people heading north every weekend. The Greater Bay Area has become a popular destination beloved by Hongkongers. To provide convenient services for residents commuting between Qianhai and Hong Kong, the Qianhai Authority has launched a series of cross-border transportation services known as "Hong Kong-Qianhai." In November of this year, cross-border buses departing from Qianhai to Hong Kong, Zhuhai, and Macau were officially put into operation. Citizens can conveniently purchase tickets with one click on WeChat mini-programs such as "Trans-Island Chinalink Bus", "China Travel Bus", "Three Places Express". Boarding at any Qianhai station, they can conveniently reach Hong Kong, Zhuhai, and Macau, passing through Shenzhen Bay Port and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, becoming a new choice for residents of both Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Multiple transportation options to the Bay Area To meet the diverse travel needs of citizens in the Greater Bay Area, Qianhai provides a variety of transportation options, including ferry services, cross-border buses, subways, and helicopters, totaling 11 routes for your convenience: Cross-boundary Bus Routes Qianhai offers three cross-border bus routes, including a route with 24 stops from Hong Kong through the Shenzhen Bay Port to the MixC Qianhai, as well as direct routes from Hong Kong to Qianhai Sam's Club and Happy Harbor. The flexible and diverse ticket prices cater to passengers' varied needs, truly achieving "one-stop" service. Ferry routes There are currently 4 ferry routes connecting Hong Kong and Qianhai, providing affordable and convenient transportation. The Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal to Shekou Cruise Homeport route operates three times daily, and residents of Qianhai can enjoy a half-price discount, making your journey in the Greater Bay Area even more relaxing. Subway routes Currently, taking the East Rail Line from Admiralty to Loma Chau only takes 50 minutes. After passing through the Futian Port, you can immediately transfer to the Shenzhen Metro to reach Qianhai. Alternatively, taking the high-speed rail from West Kowloon in Hong Kong to Shenzhen Futian High-Speed Rail Station only takes 14 minutes. Afterward, you can transfer to a taxi or Line 11 to reach Qianhai Bay, providing the fastest and most convenient way for your Greater Bay Area travel. Qianhai also has three subway lines (Lines 1, 5, and 11) facilitating citizens' travel to Luohu Port, Futian Port, Shenzhen North Station, and Futian High-Speed Rail Station. Helicopter routes For citizens seeking a high-end travel experience, Qianhai has launched a helicopter route from Hong Kong International Airport to Shenzhen International Airport. With the "Eastern Skyway" WeChat mini-program, one can easily make reservations with just a click, completing the journey in a short 15 minutes, allowing for the ultimate enjoyment of an aerial adventure. Citizens experience the convenience of transportation services first-hand In the past, Hong Kong residents considered travel to Shenzhen inconvenient. Now, with cross-border buses, travel has become easy and enjoyable, with economical costs that save a considerable amount of expenses. Citizens' firsthand experiences reflect that transportation services are not only practical but also convenient. Hong Kong residents who frequently travel to the mainland for business point out that in the past, business trips required repetitive transfers, which were time-consuming and cumbersome. With the availability of cross-border buses now, it has become extremely convenient. The point-to-point transportation services provided by Qianhai have received positive feedback from residents of both regions. Facilitating business exchanges and cultural interactions, contributing to the prosperity of the Greater Bay Area Cross-border transportation services not only provide citizens with convenient travel options but also serve as bridges for business exchanges and cultural interactions within the Greater Bay Area. Mr. Wong, a businessman from Hong Kong, stated, "With such diverse transportation choices, our small businesses in Hong Kong find it easier to expand, and business is thriving." With efficient connections through various modes such as buses, ferries, and subways, the cross-border transportation network between Hong Kong and Qianhai continues to improve, injecting new momentum into the prosperity and development of the Bay Area. As cross-border transportation services continue to enhance, the Greater Bay Area will usher in a brighter future through the deep integration of business and culture.
Lunches Strawberry Dessert Buffet, ‘Avec Amour’ Season 2 in South Korea
Le Méridien Seoul Myeongdong presents Season 2 of the Avec Amour strawberry dessert buffet, featuring a range of strawberry desserts accompanied by premium drinks as a ‘Avec Amour’ means “with love” in French at The French Salon Concept’s lobby lounge & bar, ‘Lumiére’ from December 9th, 2023. ‘Avec Amour Season 2’ is exclusively available at French Salon Concept’s lobby lounge & bar, ‘Lumiére on the 4th floor and this strawberry dessert buffet using high-quality strawberries, savory, coffee or tea realized a pink sunset Paris and unlimited servings of a selection of desserts, savories beautifully designed by pastry chef, including tarts cakes and macarons, are accompanied by a choice of drinks. Homemade dessert highlights of Avec Amour’s second season includes a welcome rosé sparkling wine or strawberry latte, the menu consisted of about △20 difference of strawberry desserts, ranging from fragrant fresh strawberries to strawberry egg tart with plenty of fresh strawberries, strawberry cookie choux with strawberry custard cream in a moist cookie choux, and fruit brovan with vanilla cream on crispy pastry and a variety of berries including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and redcurrants. Moreover, guests are offered a choice of one main dish, including △strawberry burger and △beef tartare cold-noodle, including △strawberry basil-Ade, △ strawberry orange juice, and △strawberry yogurt smoothie. In addition, Strawberry Tea, which received a hot response in Season 1, will be presented as a special gift with tea leaves in a seasonal bottle with the Avec Amour concept. In particular, Strawberry Tea is a special tea that can only be consumed at Le Méridien Seoul Myeongdong, blended according to the recipe of the Tea Master at Lemiére allowing guests to experience a higher level of tea culture. ‘Avec Amour Season 2’ is available from 1pm to 4:30pm as a second sessions for every Friday and from 12:30pm to 6pm as a three sessions for Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. ‘Avec Amour’ season 2 is priced at KRW 75,000(Inclusive of 10% tax.) for a person. For more information and reservations, contact the official phone line at Lumiére(+82 2 2184 7310) or visit the website at(www.marriott.com/selmm).
Elite Havens expands its presence in India
Elite Havens, Asia’s premier luxury villa rental company, has expanded its curated selection of more than 300 private luxury villas and chalets across Asia’s most awe-inspiring locations by introducing 32 stunning new properties in Goa, India. Signed in collaboration with India’s leading luxury vacation home rental company, Lohono Stays by Isprava, the new properties each feature a pool and expansive living spaces with restored heritage furniture, offering exclusivity, privacy, and the warm hospitality India is renowned for. Lauded for its long coastline, lush countryside, vibrant culture, and laid-back lifestyle, Goa beckons discerning travellers seeking exceptional experiences. With a dedicated team committed to crafting immersive local experiences, Elite Havens seamlessly links guests with an array of must-do activities – from the exploration of historic cathedrals and ancient forts to delighting in the rich flavours of local delicacies and meandering through fragrant spice plantations. “Goa’s charm as a holiday destination lies in its accessibility and its capacity to cater to diverse tastes and preferences, making it a destination of choice for those seeking a tantalising food scene, cultural fusion, and a climate that promises a diverse and enriching experience,” said Ms Maya Rigg, Chief Executive Officer of Elite Havens. “We are delighted to continue our thriving collaboration with Lohono Stays to offer discerning travellers access to Goa’s most exceptional holiday homes, ensuring they can experience the many wonders of this beautiful destination in the utmost comfort and convenience.” Each villa in the collection was thoughtfully curated by Ms Rigg together with Elite Havens’ Cluster Manager for Indonesia, India, and Sri Lanka, Mr Alan Porteous. On the new additions, Mr Porteous said, “These exclusive villas represent the pinnacle of comfort and sophistication, each a masterpiece of architectural design and elegance. From the moment you step into Villa Athena, a two-storey contemporary masterpiece, Estate de Alta Palmiera, offering lakehouse living, or Glasshouse on the Bay, a one-of-a-kind home built right on the edge of the water, you are enveloped in opulence and refinement that mirrors the grandeur of Goa’s cultural heritage. Each property in the collection has something special to offer discerning visitors.” Mumbai serves as the major international entry point to India for Elite Havens’ core guest markets, including UK and Middle Eastern guests. Upon arriving in Mumbai, guests can take a brief domestic flight to reach the vibrant shores of Goa. Elite Havens’ commitment to exceptional service includes offering comprehensive information to guests to help plan their journey, including booking private transfers and ongoing transportation throughout the stay. “In a country known for its vibrant colours and warm hospitality, we invite everyone to explore the remarkable contrasts that make India truly unique, and we have everything in place to ensure visitors can see India in a different light,” said Ms Rigg. “Goa is the perfect addition to our portfolio, and we are delighted to give travellers the opportunity to experience elite luxury in this tropical paradise.” For more information about the new properties, please visit elitehavens.com/india-private-villas
Arlo Shares Top Five Tips to Keep Your Home Safe and Sound during Holiday Season
As the holiday season is just around the corner, many Hongkongers head out to enjoy the festive season or travel abroad, leaving their homes unattended. While there is no absolute way to avoid becoming a victim of property crime, following these home security and safety tips can make your house a less appealing target. Leading smart home security brand Arlo shares top five tips to keep your home safe and sound during the holiday season: 1. Monitor your home with Arlo camera Arlo camera can protect your property from criminals and other uninvited guests, bringing you peace of mind during the holidays. With Arlo camera, you can easily monitor your home and quickly take any necessary actions. Arlo offers a wide range of smart cameras that cater your needs. The latest addition to the award-winning Pro series, the Arlo Pro 5S 2K Security Camera operates off Dual-Band Wi-Fi support, with 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz connections allowing users to enjoy faster video loading, and less buffering, so they can see what is happening faster. 2. Track when guests arrive with a video doorbell Reliable video doorbells help monitor front door activities, allowing you to see arriving guests, deliveries, or unknown visitors. With Arlo Essential wireless video doorbell, users can stay connected to their homes anytime, anywhere through real-time video and audio. You will be able to see more at your front door with a wide field of view and receive instant alerts on your phone when motion is detected. 3. Advanced Security Monitoring Arlo Secure is an affordable value-added service leveraging artificial intelligence to detect people, packages, vehicles, and animals. Whenever there is any movement, an alert will be sent to your mobile phone instantly, so you can monitor your home anywhere. 4. Control interior lights with a timer Light timers have been around for decades and are especially useful for when you are out of town. These simple devices let you set a time, or various times, for indoor lights to turn on and off. Doing so can create the illusion that someone is home, which is something burglars want to avoid. 5. Don't forget basic preventive measures Despite all the smart security systems, basic preventive measures are still the key. Don't forget to lock the doors and windows of your home, use safe deposit boxes to store valuable items, and inform property management office when travelling.