Ran Hwang’s Button Blossoms

Singapore, May 2016 – The recent re-launching of Hermès flagship at Liat Towers made me recall the last art exhibitions held on the store’s 3rd floor prior to the renovations. Singapore, January 2015 – During the Singapore Art Week, I caught a number of exhibitions, but perhaps this one featuring Korean artist, Ran Hwang’s Becoming…

Capri Palace – Perfect Hideaway

Capri, 2004 – Mr. King and I stayed on Anacapri, which is on the highest elevation overlooking Capri town. To us, it had more local charm, and we got the best of both worlds – tranquility and also a taste of the fashionable destination. There are many choices for accommodations on the island. Do expect…

Rendezvous with petit h

Singapore, August 2013 – The petit h exhibition in Hong Kong last year left me with a lasting impression – the amount of creativity was astounding! Petit h is the laboratory and workshop of re-inventions using various discarded Hermès materials from silk to leather to crystals to porcelain to stirrups and turns them into playful,…

Hong Kong Spirit: Red-White-Blue

Singapore, October 2013 – As soon as I stepped inside Stanley Wong’s exhibition, Show Flat 04 sponsored by Fondation D’Entreprise Hermès in Singapore, I immediately felt I made a connection with the artist. Being a Hong Kong-native myself, the red-white-blue (“rwb”) canvas material, which enveloped the art space, was broadly used in Hong Kong from…

Spring in Vienna

Vienna, April 2011 – There is no better time to visit Vienna than Spring. Mr. King & I spent a weekend in this magnificent city. It was not an easy task to plan our weekend since Vienna has a number of attractions and is filled with art and culture. Here were a few highlights from…

Nihonyori RyuGin

Tokyo, June 2010 – By chance and perseverance, we were able to get a last minute reservation at Nihonyori RyuGin. We felt extremely fortunate – since it was one of the most unforgettable meals in Tokyo for us. When we visited RyuGin, it was ranked #48 in World’s Best Restaurants list 2010 – no small feat. Opened…

Ju Ming’s Taichi

Singapore, February 2015 – In the midst of the fruit trees, bamboo and palm trees inside the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Ju Ming’s monumental bronze sculptures from his renowned Taichi Series harmoniously blended into the serene landscape. A group of 15 sculptures ranging from 1.1m to 3.6m in height and 228kg to 1730kg in weight were…

Shopping in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Hanoi, February 2014 – The Old Quarter can be described as the “heart” of Hanoi since it is the home to numerous artisans, restaurants and famous sights – the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and Flag Tower of Hanoi. Its origin stems from the 11th century, when King Ly Thai decided to build his…

AMMO at Asia Society

Hong Kong, December 2013 – Since its opening in 2012, AMMO has received impressive praises for its fine Italian-fusion cuisine as well as its unusual “military chic” interiors in the middle of Hong Kong’s urban jungle. Mr. King and I went to AMMO for dinner after a visit to Asia Society, a private museum showcasing…

GEORGES at Pompidou

Paris, October 2014 – In the film “The Hundred Foot Journey”, scenes of a molecular gastronomic kitchen were shot at Restaurant GEORGES situated at the top of contemporary art museum, Centre Pompidou. Wonderful memories of our lunch there came rushing back. With a spectacular view overlooking the rooftops of the Parisian tenements, GEORGES is modern and…

Violet Oon at National Gallery Singapore

Singapore, March 2016 – Dining at the museum has never been so exciting until opening of the National Gallery. Mr. King and I already have a favorite – National Kitchen by Violet Oon, the culinary ambassador of Singapore! Her Nyonya cuisine is complemented with a mix of Chinese, Indian, Malay and British dishes that reflect…

Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire

Paris, October 2014 – Following a wonderful lunch at Pierre in Hong Kong,  Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire (#17 Best Restaurant in 2012) was at the top of my bucket list. It was a beautiful autumn day, when Mr. King and I visited the Michelin 3-star flagship restaurant of “the father of modern French cuisine”. Early on…