What’s On In Hong Kong – February 2019

We’ve only just bade goodbye to 2018 and already  Lunar New Year is here! To soak in the Year of the Pig celebrations, head to Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront for the Chinese Lantern Festival. Free and open to public, the festival runs from end-January to mid-February, featuring colourful Lantern Exhibition, festive performances, dragon parade, kung fu shows, auspicious lion dances, as well as a full day carnival to mark the end of the 15-day New Year celebrations. Fans of art and music, will love Freespace Happening, a free outdoor event at Art Park in West Kowloon that celebrates creativity and resourcefulness, and incudes a handicraft market and a rich variety of creative workshops for everyone to enjoy. Check out Tong Chong Street Market for a “Healthy Eating” experience. The market opens every Sunday until 17 February, and features over 40 stalls with fresh locally farmed produce and meats, organic food and trendy sips and bites. Support their efforts in sustainability by bringing your own utensils or renting them onsite!

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. On this momentous occasion, Kit Kat Events & Marketing is organising for the very first timeWomen Empowerment Forum on the 23rd of March (9am-5pm). The event will feature stories of unsung heroes, community champions and women who have gone above and beyond their course of work, service and passions, to inspire others. We will celebrate exceptional accomplishments and achievements of women from all walks of life in through the “Mrs Shroff Women of Inspiration Award”. For more information email us on contactus@kitkateventz.com or WhatsApp us on 64279282.

This new year brings new additions to the already vibrant Hong Kong food scene. British chef Simon Rogan is banking on that by bringing his famous experimental kitchen to Hong Kong with Aulis at Causeway Bay. The intimate chef’s table setting seats up to 12 guests, the Hong Kong location offers eight- to 10-course tasting menus that change on a regular basis to showcase the breadth of the kitchen team’s creativity. If you’re looking for something more casual and fuss-free, check out Fini’s at Wan Chai, taking over Stone Nullah Tavern from 1 February. The eatery plates up NY-style pizzas, homemade pastas and Italian-inspired cocktails. If you’re still in the mood for more new year drinks, we’ve got you covered. Fans of whisky must pay The Thirty Six Bar & Co a visit, Hong Kong’s newest destination cocktail bar, serving up their iconic Highball. Ever heard of cocktails on tap? That’s right, buzz-worthy bar concept Draft Land is landing in Hong Kong, serving pre-made cocktails as you would draft beer. The innovative idea is definitely worth a try!

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KK: You have spent most of your life in Hong Kong. How has the country evolved from what you first remember?

RM: All the iconic places from my childhood and my teenage years, are shutting down. Now, more skyscrapers, new restaurants, definitely much more traffic, but also new MRT connecting lines as a compensation. The city was always a safe place, I could ride in the public bus by myself right from the age of 10. We didn’t have a helper and both my parents were working. Bottom line, those were the years, they taught me how to be independent in this great city that I call Home.

KK: You started Revel Events six years ago. What was your inspiration behind it? And how has the journey been so far?

RM: We started this company 6 years ago, but we’ve been in the business for 15 years. I can proudly say that we are the pioneers in this field, among Indian community. It’s been challenging, no doubt about that, but so rewarding because we love what we do.

KK: What is your opinion about the Events Industry in HK?

RM: This industry still has a long way to go, and a lot of value is to be recognised. People need more guidance and information in order to understand the work an even planner does, because it’s much more than just creating a Pinterest board. But I have high hopes for 2019.

KK: We understand that Revel Events is run by you and your husband, how are the dynamics of working together?

RM: We are a team, blending our creativity to perfection. This is how Revel Events magic is done.

KK:  Tell us a secret most people don’t know about you?

RM: I love those “I me myself” moments. Just me and silence. As the great monk Ishan Shivanand said “If you want to make music in life, learn to ignore the noise”.

What’s On In Hong Kong – April 2019

Spring has officially landed in Hong Kong and there’s tons of stuff happening, for everyone to enjoy. Music lovers have the chance to see, for the first time on HK shores, the British pop sensation, Anne-Maries’s debut performance on 11th April. Ed Sheeran is returning to HK to perform at Disneyland for Divide Tour on 17th & 18th April. City’s most historically and culturally significant festival Tin Hau Festival in Hong Kong is happening on 27th of this month. Celebrations include parades loaded with kung fu troupes, marching bands, lots of drumming, lion and dragon dances, the Fa Pau floats. For Easter, 30,000 eggs and prizes have been buried in Discovery Bay Beach. There’ll be a fun fair set up with booths, bouncy houses, tickets are selling out frighteningly fast, so get in there NOW. A very interesting exhibition is happening at Blue Lotus Gallery, where the legendary photographer Fan Ho is showcasing rare, unpublished pictures he’s been taking through the years. It is always inspirational to see others take on life through photography.

The 2019 Hong Kong Sevens was a rugby tournament that took place at the Hong Kong Stadium between the 5th to 7th April. Three days of complete madness with crazy costumes, OTT hairdos and unforgettable moments for everyone from players to tourists and the Hong Kong Residents.
The Fiji Airways 7s side created history by securing a fifth consecutive title in Hong Kong with a 21-7 victory over France in the cup final, while Brazil won against Scotland at Women’s Sevens.

On 30th of March, 2019 Kit Kat Events & Marketing organized for the first time in Hong Kong the “Women Empowerment Forum”, in collaboration with International Women’s Day (IWD). The event featured 19 amazing WOMEN (& 1 brave man) who have gone above and beyond their course of work, service and passions to make a difference, sharing their personal stories of triumph and devastating loss and everything in between to inspire others, empowering by the way of engaging in pressing issues related to Women, finding a common ground through hope, meaning and ultimately, ACTION!!!
The event was well attended by close to 100 people including few men & children who came to support the strong women in their lives! With so many women who had come together with a collective intention, magic was bound to happen. And with that kind of energy in the room, each person went back a different person. Please click below to get a glimpse of the event.

As part of the “Women Empowerment Forum”, Kit Kat Events & Marketing created the “Mrs. Shroff Women of Inspiration Award” to Celebrate exceptional accomplishments & achievements of women from all walks of life in our diverse and thriving community. We received more than 100 nominations for 10 different categories. Our panel of esteemed judges had a tough task of deciding the winners. Join us in congratulating the winners of the awards. These extraordinary women are true examples of courage, triumph, kindness, compassion, transformation, and success. And we hope more people will be inspired to follow in their footsteps!

After organizing the Women Empowerment Forum, Kit Kat Events & Marketing are proud to support Dr Katherine Dale’s initiative to create Menstrual Awareness in alignment with Global Menstrual Hygiene Day. Good menstrual hygiene management plays a fundamental role in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential. Join us to talk, support, and celebrate #girls and their #periods in our endeavor to #leavenogirlbehind.

Event Date/Time: 28th May, 5.00pm – 10.00pm
Venue: Alive Wellness, Suite 602, Yu Yuet Lai Building

Ticket Cost: HKD230 (Early bird discount – HKD184)

This year is truly starting out with celebration of womanhood. And Kit Kat Events & Marketingwere delighted to partner with A-Desiflava Box Cricket Series, which featured Two Women’s Cricket Teamscompeting amongst 14 teams who participated in the annual league matches. Started on Friday, 5th April, the three-day series was held at USRC in Jordan, marking the 4th ABCS. Gracing the event was the former ace Indian Cricketer
Mr Nayan Mongia who flew in specially from India.
Last year’s winners, Tung Chung Cricket Club took the trophy yet again as they won against USRC Avengers in the finals. The host team, APL Panthers were the second Runners Up. Batting Divas won the women’s trophy.

The newest bar in town, opened at Rosewood Hong Kong, DarkSide is all about sophistication, timeless celebration and exceptionally rare spirits. Head in for some live jazz and a cigar as you enjoy a classic cocktail from the wonderful team behind the bar. We all love a good dining experience. Ignis by Linx is a sleek new hotspot in LKF combining a chic club where the menu seamlessly blends European culinary traditions with light Asian flavors.
St Regis Hotel grand new opening is happening this month. The luxurious property is located in the Wan Chai district, one of Hong Kong’s busiest commercial districts, and it blends architectural creativity, cultural diversity and timeless elegance, reflecting the vision of St. Regis through the eyes of world-famous interior designer, André Fu.

KK:  How long have you been living in Hong Kong & what led you to move here?
AD: 
  I moved to HK just before the Handover and have made this vibrant city our home since then. Our move to HK happened because my husband, who was an investment banker back then, got transferred to the headquarters.

KK: How did you start your journey of entrepreneurship?
AD: I come from a fairly entrepreneurial family so starting a family office in HK to invest in the Asian financial markets was a no-brainer. Asia was on a strong growth trajectory and HK with its rule of law, open markets and a capitalistic mindset was an excellent place to base my family office.

KK: What are the challenges you faced while finding yourself a ground to settle and run your business?
AD:  I work in a highly male-dominated world and is a part of an industry (alternative investments) which was just taking off so it was not easy for me to get started. I remember often walking in a room full of very tall bankers and struggling to find my place. I had to work really hard to earn my stripes but soon realized that if you are passionate about your work and bring in real value-add to the industry, you earn the respect of one and all.

KK: Can you share your biggest success and failure during your 22 years of being an entrepreneur?
AD:  I’d like to start with what I think is my biggest failure, only because it taught me how to face adversity and become stronger. A few years back, my partnership with a UK based company dissolved and I lost control of a very valuable alternative investments data platform that I had built with my sweat and blood. So instead of getting into a conflict, I decided to make a clean break and rebuild the business independently. 5 years later, I rebuilt the business and turned it into a commercial success that was unprecedented. And that became my biggest success.

KK: How receptive is HK market for Women Entrepreneurs? 
AD: 
Hong Kong has a highly meritocratic environment, which is great for women entrepreneurs. However, there needs to be more forums and platforms for women to get together, network and learn from each other. Kit Kat Events & Marketing started by Neera and Shikha is doing a great job in building that community.

KK: You were recently presented with the Mrs. Shroff Women of Inspiration award in Leadership. Tell us more about it?
AD: 
I am humbled receiving this award, and equally inspired to be sharing it with women doing amazing work in areas of diversity, art, literature and entrepreneurship. As I said in my acceptance speech, women empowerment starts at home. So this award is for my Dad, who in his quiet and thoughtful way taught me to have the courage to make tough choices, to give back, to lead by example, to speak up, to put integrity first, and to take risks.

KK: Last words….
AD: 
Surround yourselves with women and men that inspire you, accept you with all your faults and pick you up when you are in pieces.

What’s On In Hong Kong – June 2019

Let’s start this long weekend with Tuen Ng festival which occurs on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month in the Chinese calendar. It is therefore also called Duanwu means ‘double fifth. Starting with the Dragon Boat Championship on the 7th of June at Stanley, the event continues till 14-16 June with the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races. Come and support your favourite teams and cool yourselves off by jumping in the sea after the race is over. A unique Art Exhibition is taking place this whole month bringing Vincent Van Gogh’s  iconic and some lesser-known paintings and artworks to life…. with more than 3000 images to be explored. If that is too serious for you then get your fill of fun and laughter, with one of America’s hottest comediansIliza Shlesinger on 13th -14th June. Her comedy which highlights social issues with a comical twist is sure to get you in stitches. After covering Sports, Arts & Theatre, there is only one thing left….Music!!! Nothing But Thieves are coming to HK on 19th June with their “Under My Skin” tour. For a recent entrant in the industry, they have quite a fan following!!!

When it comes to anything related to women Kit Kat Events & Marketing are proud to be in the forefront. This time it was being associated with the First Menstrual Awareness Day #MADHK, an initiative of Dr Katherine Dale organised on the 28th of May. It was a great evening where like-minded people gathered to spread the word about embracing our cycle, menstrual health, menstrual poverty, taboos amongst women and the impact of toxic menstrual products on women’s bodies and menstrual waste on our environment. Certainly a great initiative and cause!

Kit Kat Events & Marketing are delighted to bring yet again a meaningful & fun-filled event for your littles one. Last year more than 90 children and their parents enjoyed the festivities. This year the theme for the event isSustainable Hong Kong and you will see a lot more activities for parents & kids to enjoy together. Click here to view glimpses from last year’s events.
For Sponsorship & Partnership opportunities please send an Email To: neera@kitkateventz.com or Call on: +852 6427 9282 (Whatsapp call only)

So proud to see 4 amazing women, Ekta Tejwani, Karishma Sakhrani, Veronica Fung and Marie Kretz Di Meglio being featured in A-Desiflava Magazine!!! These women were selected through rigorous process to be part of SheVentures an initiative by Kit Kat Events & Marketing and Zee TV for Women Entrepreneurs in Hong Kong. Well done ladies!! Wishing you many more successes!!!

Kailash Parbat, Hong Kong’s most loved and respected food establishment, takes pride in delivering “Special Lunch Sets” for the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair this June. With daily options of delicious Jain and Non Jain dishes accompanied with a drink only for 80HKD, be assured your lunch will be healthy and delightful! Call +8523428 5545 to place your order! 

Absolutely thrilled to have three of our speakers Minal MathaniTeressa Siu & Candace Castro (Left to Right), from the Women Empowerment Forum being interviewed by Jules Hannaford of Hong Kong Confidential – A podcast designed to educate and entertain, who was our first speaker at the forum. What an amazing platform that gives women a voice to share their journeys and stories with the world. To know more details Click Here or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Spotify.

Kit Kat Events & Marketing would like to congratulate SKG Events LTD on their launch. Starting it’s operations in January 2019, they hosted their official launch on the 18th of May. The aim of the company is to work on Corporate programs related to women entrepreneurship; focusing on branding & marketing for them. The company will also provide enhanced Cultural & Social programs. The event was well attended by around 60 guests and delegates. For more details please contact Mrs Sanjukta Ghosh, Founder of  SKG Events Ltd on san.hktrel@gmail.com

The latest Redress pop-up store is part of the environmental group’s ongoing campaign to increase awareness of clothing waste in Hong Kong. You can shop for stylish second-hand clothing and accessories with prices starting from $50. Who doesn’t love pasta? A brand new branch of the popular pasta restaurant, Pici, is opening up in Lai Chi Kok district.From homemade meatballs and arancini to dangerously good ravioli and tagliatelle, the perfect Italian food made just for you. Terrible Baby has just launched a new cocktail and dessert pairing menu, offering a more Western – Asian-inspired pairings.

KK: When did you first move to Hong Kong and how is our experience of living here? 
SG: I moved to Hong Kong in April 2012. To be honest Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities. I love the brightness and glamour of Asia’s World City and it matches with my personality too. I am quite happy staying here not only because it is multicultural but also because there are lots of scope for our contribution over here in different aspects.

KK: From Scientist to an Entrepreneur – what has your journey been like? 
SG: If I may describe myself then I am basically a workaholic person. So whether it is my scientific research work or whether my business work, I enjoy working. The only criteria is I must be passionate about the work I am doing. After coming to Hong Kong, I worked as an honorary physicist and RA for couple of months and then felt the urge of starting my own company. And “The Radiance Education Limited” was created on Feb 20, 2014. When my husband came back from USA, I informed him that I have started a new company, so he asked me only one question, “How much is the capital?” and with a grin my answer followed ‘Zero’.

KK: Last year you started your own print magazine, Coherence. What prompted you to take such a bold step?
SG: 22nd January 2018, I lost my father Mr. Sanat Kumar Ghosh and that turned my life in a very different angle. I realized then, I should have a life which is actually larger than life where I not only live for myself but I live for others too. I must spread the unity & the positive energy to other people. And I must follow my father’s legacy. Coherence, threading a bond surfaced after many sleepless nights.

KK: You wear so many hats often all at the same time……how do you manage? And what advice will you give to those women who often procrastinate living their dream?
SG: I actually, enjoy handling multiple jobs at a time. Like how computer works, at same time it can browse many sites and also save documents, make a word file and many more. So my brain keeps on doing its job even when I am relaxing in front of TV. Hence, I can’t take too much break as I get terribly bored. In my opinion is ‘if you are procrastinate living your dream and still can sleep at night that means you are not in your real dream you are in day dream! Secondly, I would like to say that there is a very fine line difference between feasibility of your dream and reality. It works well when both are side by side.

KK: Your latest event MUM-E-S-Meet, is in it’s fourth edition. What inspired you to curate it?
SG: For working women, generally the biggest break in life is when they become mums. They have to go through a very big emotional and physical transformation. Many of them cannot come back to the main stream due to lack of support and some feel they have lost their own identity. Hence, by curating this event in a continuous manner I want to encourage mums to overcome their emotional barrier and to give them a genuine platform through my events & magazine. Because the larger view for me being a business woman is to transform the society for better.

What’s On In Hong Kong – March 2019

After two ‘New Years’ celebrations in a row it’s time to really let the year kick in. Let’s start with        Hong Kong International Film Festival 2019, where you have the opportunity to see some Asian cinematic work. Laugh more-worry less! Book your tickets for the comedy show hosted by one of America’s biggest comedy stars, Jim Gaffigan. He is bringing his “Quality time Tour” to Hong Kong, at last. If music is your thing, you have many good concerts to choose from, but Boyzone’s Farewell Tour stands out. How cool it’ll be to go back in time and listen once more to those 90s hits you grew up with. You also have the chance to explore the culinary world, between 21-24 March, at the Taste of Hong Kong Festival presented by HSBC, which includes exquisite food created by the city’s top chefs, drinks and live entertainment.

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. On this momentous occasion, Kit Kat Events & Marketing is organising for the very first timeWomen Empowerment Forum on the 30th of March             (10am-5pm). The event will feature stories of unsung heroes, community champions and women          who have gone above and beyond their course of work, service and passions, to inspire others. We will celebrate exceptional accomplishments and achievements of women from all walks of life in through the “Mrs Shroff Women of Inspiration Award”. For more information email us on neera@kitkateventz.com or WhatsApp us on 64279282.

Dream Cruises presents the Egg-Citing 2019 Easter Egg-xtravaganza at sea. Being the largest                   and newest cruise liner in Asia, with 18 decks and a tonnage of over 151,000 tons, is a must          experience for one and all. This Easter, they bring you unbelievable offers FREE upgrades,                     buy one get one free & massive discounts.

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Just when you think nothing can impress you anymore, a new restaurant is popping up and in this case is Silencio. Located on the 6th floor of Lan Kwai Fong Tower, this gem restaurant recreates the vibrant ambiance of Japan’s much-loved drinking dens, uplifted with Izakaya favourites menu, sleek interior and live jazz performances. “Rosewood Hotel Group” takes Hong Kong by storm with its grand opening of the ultra-luxurious hotel named simply Rosewood Hong Kong. Situated within Victoria Dockside, it faces the famous iconic Harbour. In just few word, 8 different dining concepts, sumptuous interior design and majestic outdoors, a luxury hospitality at its best. Hong Kong Disneyland Resort announced it’s newest Marvel attraction, Ant-Man and The Wasp, this being the first Marvel themed attraction featuring a female super hero as a lead character and it promises an exhilarating and interactive experience, with its cutting-edge illusion technology and state-of-the-art gaming system.

The much awaited fashion and lifestyle fairs in Kowloon are back this year! Celebrating 13 years in    Hong Kong, Plus Group brings you Summer Sparkles at a BRAND NEW, absolutely loved location, The Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel. Mark your diaries for a unique and fulfilling shopping experience! Laced with lucky draws, interactive activities. Exhibitor Applications OPEN NOW
http://www.kowloonbazaar.com/online-booking/
For any inquiries, contact: bazaar@printplus.com.hk

KK: How long have you been living in Hong Kong & what brought you here?

SM: We moved in 2006 from Bahrain to Hong Kong after living there 5.5 years. While it was my husband’s job which brought us here, it was also the restlessness in me to move to a place where I could work on a consulting role.

KK: With over 20 years of experience in Corporate Business roles in the multinational banks and local banks what inspired you to start your own venture?

SM: After 10 years of hiatus from work, I wanted to do something where I could contribute based on the experience I carried while having the flexibility to do other things – be it personal, develop other skills, learn new things etc. I also wanted to work with people in areas to bring humaneness back to work, meet inspiring people, learn from the ecosystem and give back in equal measure.

KK: How receptive in HK market to entrepreneurs? 

SM:  Hong Kong is one of the easiest places to start a venture.  Having said that, starting a business is, well, really only the beginning – we need to build our personal brand and create opportunities through networking – Hong Kong is very well set up for both in terms of the Chambers, Associations, Mentoring opportunities etc.

KK: For other women who also dream to become an entrepreneur one day, what is the best advice on how to get started?

SM:  As Nike says, Just do it – you will amaze yourself! Be confident about yourself and what you can offer/how you can contribute. Think of what your USP is and play to your strengths. We have taken on projects which sounded like having a Big Hairy Audacious Goal and we have executed meticulously, our belief and conviction worked in our favor, like for instance in the case of Mind Over Matter – Hong Kong Corporate Quiz which we have been running for the last 5 years.

KK: How is TSOL different from other capability enhancement companies in the market? Kindly share one USP of your company. 

SM: Our strength lies in our ability to customize and localize solutions for organisations – we conduct extensive pre-program research to ensure we contextualize the solutions, so the participants can apply the learning directly back at work. And we create safe spaces at our workshops for practice so it becomes easier to transfer learning. This stems from our own experience when we worked in corporate of going to training programs, feeling wow at the content and then coming back to work to find it is BAU and difficult to convert that wow to action.  We use Business Storytelling as a tool to help engage, inspire and influence people and action.

KK: As an entrepreneur and having corporate experience have you ever faced gender inequality. 

SM: I must happily confess, no. Or definitely nothing that was apparent to me. Unilever was (is) one of the most professional organisations I have had the pleasure to work in and very merit driven.  Same with ANZ. Having said that, when I decided to take a break from work, it was partly due to lack of options on flexi timing because those concepts had not seen the light at that time. Having some of these measures in place will help bring diversity at the work place and keep the options open for both genders.

Town Talk – Sanjukta Ghosh

Dr. Ms. Sanjukta Ghosh
Editor & Publisher of Coherence Magazine / Director – The Radiance Education Limited

KK: When did you first move to Hong Kong and how is our experience of living here? 
SG: I moved to Hong Kong in April 2012. To be honest Hong Kong is one of my favourite cities. I love the brightness and glamour of Asia’s World City and it matches with my personality too. I am quite happy staying here not only because it is multicultural but also because there are lots of scope for our contribution over here in different aspects.

KK: From Scientist to an Entrepreneur – what has your journey been like? 
SG: If I may describe myself then I am basically a workaholic person. So whether it is my scientific research work or whether my business work, I enjoy working. The only criteria is I must be passionate about the work I am doing. After coming to Hong Kong, I worked as an honorary physicist and RA for couple of months and then felt the urge of starting my own company. And “The Radiance Education Limited” was created on Feb 20, 2014. When my husband came back from USA, I informed him that I have started a new company, so he asked me only one question, “How much is the capital?” and with a grin my answer followed ‘Zero’.

KK: Last year you started your own print magazine, Coherence. What prompted you to take such a bold step?
SG: 22nd January 2018, I lost my father Mr. Sanat Kumar Ghosh and that turned my life in a very different angle. I realized then, I should have a life which is actually larger than life where I not only live for myself but I live for others too. I must spread the unity & the positive energy to other people. And I must follow my father’s legacy. Coherence, threading a bond surfaced after many sleepless nights.

KK: You wear so many hats often all at the same time……how do you manage? And what advice will you give to those women who often procrastinate living their dream?
SG: I actually, enjoy handling multiple jobs at a time. Like how computer works, at same time it can browse many sites and also save documents, make a word file and many more. So my brain keeps on doing its job even when I am relaxing in front of TV. Hence, I can’t take too much break as I get terribly bored. In my opinion is ‘if you are procrastinate living your dream and still can sleep at night that means you are not in your real dream you are in day dream! Secondly, I would like to say that there is a very fine line difference between feasibility of your dream and reality. It works well when both are side by side.

KK: Your latest event MUM-E-S-Meet, is in it’s fourth edition. What inspired you to curate it?
SG: For working women, generally the biggest break in life is when they become mums. They have to go through a very big emotional and physical transformation. Many of them cannot come back to the main stream due to lack of support and some feel they have lost their own identity. Hence, by curating this event in a continuous manner I want to encourage mums to overcome their emotional barrier and to give them a genuine platform through my events & magazine. Because the larger view for me being a business woman is to transform the society for better.

What’s On In Hong Kong – May 2019

 

Mother’s Day is such an important day, how can we ever say thank you enough to the woman who gave us the gift of life? Celebrate and honour motherhood by making our mothers special on this Day!!
Here are some ways to do that!!!

Le French GourMay is the one and only major festival in Hong Kong dedicated to gastronomy à la française. This year, the event will showcase the Loire Valley and its historic towns, royal residences and serene landscape from the river to the Atlantic Ocean, through wine tasting and “yummy” culinary workshops. Actor, Comedian and RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist Katya Zamolodchikova, brings her new show to Hong Kong on 10th May.  Expect an array of personas and characters that’ll have you in stitches. Jason Mraz is bringing his positive message and folk-pop sound to Hong Kong this month, on 17th and 18th. Grab your tickets now. Andy Parsons, one of the UK’s funniest comedians is coming to Hong Kong on 16th of May.  Make sure you reserve this night for a great deal of fun. “Potent live performer…can nail a nonsense with beautiful economy of words” – The Times

https://youtu.be/lH5N0EVu3-Q

Women Empowerment Forum Hong kong 2019
bringing together a POWERHOUSE of some of the most amazing women in Town!!! The event took place in Hong Kong on the 30th March keeping with the theme of International Women’s Day. Watch the video above to get glimpses of a very well received and appreciated event. Pictures from event are available HERE.

Women’s stories and truths are often kept secret and are hidden away, to save face for the family and themselves. Let us break those barriers and expose the taboos, lift the stigma around the physical bodies and functions of a women. Join us at Menstrual Awareness Day (MAD) along with Dr. Katherine Dale, the Vibe Tribe and Luuna Naturals and other strong women and learn to live a powerful life. Kit Kat Events & Marketing, organizer of Women Empowerment Forum are proud to be associated with the event and support the cause. Together let us create a safe place and commit to #nomoresecrets?
Event Date/Time: 28th May, 5.00pm – 10.00pm
Venue: Alive Wellness, Suite 602, Yu Yuet Lai Building

Ticket Cost: HKD230 (Early bird discount – HKD184)

Inspired by the coastal taco shacks that litter the roadsides of Baja and Jalisco, Taqueria Super Macho is the latest opening from Black Sheep Restaurants. Tai Kwun is set for two new Japanese concepts this spring, as the Hong Kong outpost of Los Angeles’ Sushi Zo is tentatively opening this month, together with a cocktail lounge named Gishiki Lounge.
On the Hill Cafe, HK’s one of the newest cafes in town but has already become a must-visit. A well designed space where you can enjoy good coffee along with delicious cakes, served up with good vibes.
Nhâu is a small hideaway restaurant and bar, that showcases authentic flavors and ingredients from Vietnam cuisine, and takes food to the next level. Banh mi, rice tacos or Bò Lá Lốt Tartare are just a couple of
many delicacies you can find in the menu. 

A unique cross-cultural charity concert featuring 35 musicians and 9 vocalists, including the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.
Produced by In Harmony Arts & Culture in support of SENsational to raise awareness about people with special needs in the workplace.
Group discount of 10% for 25 or more tickets in the same price zone.

Kit Kat Events & Marketing are delighted to bring yet again a meaningful and fun-filled event for your littles one. Last year more than 90 children and their parents enjoyed the festivities. This year event will see a lot more activities for parents & kids to enjoy together. 
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KK:  Having graduated from a leading university in the UK, with a Law Degree, what inspired you to pursue you to work in Arts once you moved to HK?
NJ: 
  Theatre and Drama have always been a huge passion of mine. I believe it provides us with essential life skills, improves our emotional health, and teaches us to communicate in ways other disciplines do not. Whilst Law was a fantastic degree to study, moving to HK ignited in me, the concept that ‘anything is possible if you really want it’. With this as my motivation, I decided it was the right time to pursue acting and a career in the Arts.

KK: What projects are you currently associated with, in the field of Arts in HK? 
NJ:  Currently I am associated with an upcoming show called From Page To Stage with Hong Kong Players Theatre Company. We will be preforming five shows in the McAulay Theatre in Wan Chai in May. Simultaneously, I am gearing up to Direct my first play in August, in association with Teacup Productions, having been an Assistant Director for their last four plays. 

KK: Are there enough opportunities in the HK in the area of Arts and Theatre? 
NJ:  I think that opportunities are on the rise as schools, parents and individuals are increasingly seeing the benefits that arts and theatre can have on confidence, communication and cultural development. Having said that, I do believe you need to be open minded about the opportunities you accept, especially when you’re new to the scene, because the network you gain is invaluable and is ultimately what will lead to the roles of real interest and impact. 

KK: Which is your all time favorite theatre play and given a choice if you had to play a dream role which one would that be?
NJ: 
This is such a hard question and almost impossible to narrow down, but I’ll give it a go! 
Favourite Musical: Matilda
Favourite Stage Adaptation: Warhorse
Favourite Comedy: The Play that Goes Wrong
Favourite Independent: Tree by Daniel Kitson
My dream role would for sure be Joseph K in The Trial by Franz Kafka. It’s a play about law and justice, but beyond that it’s about the absurdity of modern day society and the alienation it can so often elicit. 

KK: How can Arts & Theatre help our kids?
NJ: 
I truly believe exposure to Arts and Theatre can positively impact children in endless ways. There are immediate benefits such as increased creativity, collaboration, and social connections, and longer term results such as raised self-confidence, self-awareness and self-acceptance. These subjects allow for problem solving, trust building and can even help to overcome issues such as anxiety, with young people learning how to identify emotions, empathise, and express themselves articulately. The world is in need of more emotionally intelligence and creative people, which is exactly what The Arts allows for.

KK: Recently you were part of Women Empowerment Forum how was your experience working with Kit Kat Events & Marketing? 
NJ: 
I was honoured to be the Principle Correspondent for the Women Empowerment Forum event and it was a wonderful experience interviewing such inspiring women, all of whom are so positively active in the community. I really enjoyed working with Kit Kat Events & Marketing; they are incredibly forward thinking and were able to create an event that was diverse, interesting and completely empowering.

It’s Mother’s Day people!

It’s mother’s day people! And we all know we need to step up our game to make sure they feel super exceptional!
Moms have a special place in our hearts that no one in this whole wide world can fill. They deserve our efforts to make their each and every day unique and beautiful. Make them feel they count even if you are a big adult now and far away from home. You can send her a unique flower bouquet with a soulful message letting her know you keep her in your thoughts always or invite her for a lunch at a cute art-deco style restaurant – AHA

that has everything covered for you…just bring your mom. Better yet, make time and cook for her something that she likes. Hey, why not bake a cake? Maybe do it together, it will definitely impress her and you’ll have tons of fun… But if that’s not your thing, then order a customised one from Ara Cakes. Write her a card you make from scratch just like you used to do when you were a kid.

You can take your mom to a Japanese spa and and spoil her all day long, or book tickets to a comedy movie so you’ll have a fun memory to laugh about in the years to come. 

Surprises like this are priceless and no one appreciates them like your mom does.But whatever you do, make sure you tell her repeatedly you love her and she’ll feel on top of the world, because, more than anything, she needs your presence, your kind words and a warm hug.

Have a Beautiful Happy Mother’s Day all!

What’s On In Hong Kong – December 2018

‘Tis the season to be jolly and merry this December, with the smell of the holiday season filling the air. The end-of-year celebrations are not complete without Hong Kong WinterFest. From 1 December-1 January, catch the glittering Christmas decorations adorning streets and buildings, and don’t miss the winter special Pulse 3D Light Show every night. The month-long festival culminates in a bang with fabulous fireworks on the New Year’s Eve Countdown. For an even more magical atmosphere, check out Lumières Hong Kong from 29 November-2 December, for fantastic light installations and projections across the city’s most iconic landmarks. Or bring the whole family down to The Great European Carnival from 14 December-17 February, for thrilling rides, carnival games and the biggest ice rink in Hong Kong! In for a more relaxing, classic Christmas evening at the theatre? Enjoy special performances by the Hong Kong Ballet with The Nutcracker and the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s selection of classic Christmas pieces. If you’re looking for less festive entertainment, head to the races at Longines Hong Kong International Races, the biggest and most anticipated meeting not to be missed for horse-racing enthusiasts, with a stupendous HK83 million purse.

The Hong Kong Ocean Park Mariott Hotelhas finally opened its doors after much anticipation, perfect for a short staycation this holiday season! The hotel is situated right at the doorstep of Hong Kong Ocean Park and only a 3 min walk to Admiralty MTR Station. Award-winning chef David Thompson is bringing an elevated Thai culinary experience to Hong Kong, with new restaurant, Aaharn, opening at Tai Kwun. The menu is based on the Thai concept of kub khao, meaning dishes to be eaten with rice, and consists of two seven-course tasting menus (a vegetarian and non-vegetarian option). Cool kid on the block – Brut– is upping their signature intimate raw dining experience with an exclusive Supperclub series called BLACKOUT. Celebrating raw materials in their most natural state, the entire experience will be done in zero electricity! There are only 2 more dates available (13 Dec & 10 Jan) with a limited 20-person capacity, so book your reservations now!

All the subscribers are entitled to a 10% discount for hiring
iStyle Hong Kong for their bespoke interior styling and designing services.
Offer Valid till: 31st Jan 2019

KK: How long have you been living in Hong Kong and how is it different to where you moved from?

GFPC: Having moved from Mumbai, India, Hong Kong has been home for six glorious years. The pulse of both the cities is similar in terms of embracing new ideas and being appreciative of new talent though I must admit Hong Kong is far more cosmopolitan in its outlook.

KK: You had been working for years in the corporate sector for Big MNC’s like American Express. What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

GFPC: I essentially come from a business background and I guess it was somehow in my veins that I would one day have my own set up. However I needed real time experiences in customer service to better equip myself in handling all sorts of temperaments. I worked graveyard shifts for the longest time giving me very minimal returns and that’s when I realized that if I put in the same amount of effort and time doing something I was passionate about, it would take me places. It’s a different high to see your dream shape up into reality.

KK: For other women who also dream to become an entrepreneur one day, what is the best advice on how to get started?

GFPC: The biggest advice I’d like to share is to nip procrastination in the bud. If you keep waiting for the right moment, you will never truly start and lastly, you’re never too young or old to pursue something you love with all your heart. There will always be competition in whatever field you choose, but the way you function and the skills you bring to the table will set you apart from your contemporaries.

KK: Who is your female role model and what did you learn from her?

GFPC: I’ve been intrigued by almost everyone I’ve ever come across. From a professional who chose to be a stay at home mum, I’ve learnt to embrace change, from a helper who does fantastic hairstyles, I’ve learnt to never let go of your passion and from professionals to always keep evolving or else you’d be stereotyped.

KK: Could you give our female readers three makeup tips they need to follow on a daily basis?

GFPC: I can’t stress enough on the importance of investing in a great skincare routine and being religious with it. Serum, eye cream and lip balm are a must to relieve tiredness off the face. It’s also imperative to use a gentle scrub on the face and neck twice a week followed by a skin suitable face mask to lay a good foundation for great makeup. Instead of hoarding the latest make up, make sensible choices of picking up products that have multi uses such as eyebrow pomades that double up as shadows for that sultry smokey eye or rouge that can be used for a flush of color on the cheeks and to bring out that pout.

KK:What would be the two most important things in make up that women need to carry in their purse anytime and anywhere? 

GFPC: A pot rouge for lips and cheeks such as the one by Bobbi Brown for that instant pick me up and a great Eyeshadow Quad to turn tiredness into exotic glam are my go to’s for days where you’re rushing against time.

KK: As the festivities are approaching soon, any exciting promotions for Kit Kat Events & marketing Subscribers? 

GFPC: We at Glamfacesbypearlychhabra are happy to announce a flat 20% on makeup and hair services for the month of December to all the wonderful readers. Wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

What’s On In Hong Kong – October 2018

It’s the only month of the year you get a free pass to go wild and crazy – October! From beer festivals to halloween parties, you’ll never have a dull moment. Germany has it’s Oktoberfest, Hong Kong has it’s own Beertopia! Back again for it’s 7th year from 5th-6th October, Hong Kong’s biggest craft beer festival will leave you spoilt for choice and very buzzed with over 500 different beers from around the world to choose from. Be enthralled by grace, elegance and beauty as one of the greatest romantic ballets, Giselle, comes to Hong Kong from 11th Oct to 3rd Nov. Let renowned international guest artists and Hong Kong Ballet artists take you through the passionate tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness. Calling all good and bad girls alike to join in an evening of female celebration! In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Mrs Pound is teaming up with Benefit Cosmetics for Bad Gals Night Out. Come dressed as your favourite female icon and enjoy an evening of free-flow drinks and complimentary Benefit makeovers and brow waxes. Round up the month with some spooky fun and chills down your spine. Hit the streets of Lan Kwai Fong for the most popular Halloween street party, and don’t forget to show up ready to scare in your craziest costume. 

You don’t want to miss out on SHEVentures – an accelerated program for Women Entrepreneurs in Hong Kong on 27th October at The Nest HK. All selected contestants would receive gift hampers, marketing & media support and digital tools worth over HKD12000:

1. 1500 sec Airtime on Zee TV Asia Pacific to promote yourself and your business worth HKD12,000
2. Advertorial in A-Desiflava Magazine lifestyle magazine worth HKD1000
3. HKD500 F & B voucher – The Green Platters
4. HKD500 voucher – Glam Faces By Pearly Chhabra
5. An Exclusive Interview on Desi Tadka
6. 20% discount by Coach Brad for one-to-one coaching on Money Matters

Registration closes on 12th October, so wait no further and REGISTER NOW!!

More than 70 young kids participated in a fun-filled day at the
Young Indians Arts Festival (YIAF) in Hong Kong on 23rd September.
The little champs were immersed in a variety of activities based on the theme “Healthy Hong Kong”, from a Drawing Competition and an Art Workshop hosted by renowned local artists, to a Yoga Workshop for little ones, and a Book reading session by a local author.
It was an absolute pleasure watching the young participants’ imaginations come to life, as well as seeing them pour in their heart and consideration into making “Get Well Soon” greeting cards during the Art Workshop, which would be later distributed to public hospitals across Hong Kong.
Check out what went down at the YIAF by viewing our photos!

Get a taste of Peru right here in Hong Kong at the newly opened
ICHU Peru, helmed by world-acclaimed Peruvian Chef Virgilio Martinez. This casual restaurant showcases traditional ingredients and cooking techniques, providing guests with an authentic Peruvian dining experience. Thick Japanese-style fluffy pancakes are growing increasingly popular in the region, and have now finally arrived on Hong Kong soil, courtesy of Yukinoshita, the award-winning Japanese chain. Yukinoshita offers these pancakes, called Atsuyaki, in a variety of toppings, as well as another popular dessert option: Kakigori shaved ice. Wine down at the end of the week at Piqniq, the latest rooftop bar that offers a stunning view of Central from the top of H Queen’s building. Aside from drinks, Piqniq also serves up a mean menu featuring piqniq baskets with favourite dishes from around the globe. Prepare for some serious shopping, ladies, Singaporean fashion brand CHARLES & KEITH is finally opening in Hong Kong, with not just one but two stores in Central’s Parker House and Sha Tin’s New Town Plaza. Known for their ultra trendy chic shoes, bags and accessories that are easy on the bank, the brand is a household staple in Asia and quickly on a global rise.

Nestled right in the heart of bustling Lan Kwai Fong, new kid on the block,
The Nest, offers an idyllic getaway oasis with signature handcrafted cocktails, perfectly paired tapas and some delectable Shisha. To ring in the month of October and the start of the end-of-year festivities, check out their Facebook page for some awesome deals and their recent Launch Party. 

KK: How long have you been living in Hong Kong & what brought you here?
MS: 
Amazingly, it’s been almost 7 years but feels like yesterday! I was on a Uni trip travelling from Toronto (my home city) to Hong Kong for a weekend. Happened to meet Lavin (now my Husband) via common friends and after 3 years of long distance dating and convincing my parents, I arrived in this beautiful yet so called concrete jungle!

KK: Did you have a culture shock after moving to Hong Kong?  
MS: Yes and No. Being one to seek adventures in life, I had already travelled several continents on my own and lived in different parts of the world. I find real thrill in the unknown and uncertain. People from different cultures and background intrigue me, fascinate me and to some extent give perspective and meaning to my own existence. But of course, leaving massive mansions and coming to matchboxes wasn’t easy, I had my fair share of adjustments!

KK: What prompted you to start your own bar lounge business?
MS: Hospitality has always been my husband’s passion, it is what he lives and breathes every single day! On the other hand I come from a risk-taking entrepreneurial background and was exposed to the business early in my life – credit to my super talented Dad, whom I still continue to admire. So we thought let’s give it a shot, if not now then when!  We have recently launched a bar lounge, The Nest in Lan Kwai Fong that offers a complete different vibe and experience!

KK: Give us one reason why one should visit or love The Nest. What does it offer differently than other Lounges and bar in LKF?
MS: The Nest signifies home, comfort, relaxation and a place for creative expression. My vision was to give every guest this contrasting experience from the buzzing LKF partying scene, and I was very fortunate to have a dear friend and genius mind from Sinnovations execute this.  We serve curated cocktails designed by some of the known mixologists in Hong Kong, tapas that are paired well yet shy away from being your typical bar food and last but not the least our tantalising Shisha, this is not to be missed!

KK: As October month is beginning of festivities what promotions The Nest is offering??
MS: The Nest is an ideal space for intimate cozy gatherings in the heart of LKF and being the month of festivities we have a huge promotion going on for private events. We are offering $3000HKD off on bookings that exceed 50 people. We will also be offering 20% off for bookings made in non-peak hours. Our space being super versatile is available daytime for hourly rentals for popups, workshops, seminars, wellness events and various others. We open to collaboration opportunities for unique and creative events!

KK: As you are a new mum how do you manage your time between your family, job, running the restaurant/bar business and pursuing singing?
MS: The answer to this is something I am trying to perfect everyday! Sometimes it’s a lonely uphill walk and sometimes it’s a breeze with beautiful flowers in the garden of love. I have to make conscious decisions everyday and constantly master the art prioritising.

What’s On In Hong Kong – September 2018

It’s “Time” to visit the annual Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair4th-8th September at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center. The fair features world’s remarkable selection of watches and clocks. We love our Horse racing in Hong Kong, so head to Happy Valley Race Course on 5th SeptemberWitness beautiful horses, skilful jockeys,  illuminating skyscrapers over a few beers. Calling all fashionistas as the much awaited four day international fashion trade show Centrestage is here at the  Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 5th to 8th September. The event is a platform for international Asian fashion brands and designers. The month of September is dedicated to Mid-Autumn Festival where lanterns, carnivals and festivities run through the month at various places in the island. Secure your spot at Victoria Park on 24th September for fantastic lanterns displays, cultural programmes and fire dragon dance parade.

Enjoy a full family day at the,“YOUNG INDIANS ARTS FESTIVAL”.
Let your kid’s imagination run wild as they participate in the art competition, free workshops, book reading session and many more activities. Goody bags, Certificates & Prizes will be given to the children.

Date: 23rd September 2018, Sunday
Time: 10AM- 5PM
Venue: Estoril Court Clubhouse (55 Garden Road, Mid Levels)

Enjoy Early Bird Registration Fee of HKD 90 per child (before 10th Sept)
(Regular Fee: HKD 115 per child)
Free Entry for adults 

World famous brand Victoria’s Secret opens its flagship store in Causeway Bay. The store is glamorous with stunning mirror facades and brand’s signature pink hues. The store offers wide selection of signature scents, body care collections and assortment of brand’s lingerie collections. If eating healthy is your mantra then head to Stanley street and grab your smoothie bowls at Bear’s Lab. The place offers bowls made from acai, chia seeds, fresh fruit and beverages includes vegan latte. For those who like to enjoy a drink, head down to the newly opened bar The Wise King at Staunton St. Mixology exploration and 13th century opulence is the inspiration behind this amazing bar. For a romantic date night book your table at upscale furniture gallery Timothy Oulton that offers bespoke dinner services by Gough’s on Gough. Enjoy six course meal showcasing modern British cooking with wines and champagne. Californian luxury confectioner Sugarfina opens its Asia’a first store at Harbour City Mall. This ‘candy heaven’ read over 900sqft has a wide selection of of packed confections for every occasion. 

KK: How long have you been living in Hong Kong & how is it different to where you moved from?
KD: I am from India and moved to Hong Kong in 2015 with my husband. Hong Kong is a sophisticated version of Mumbai in terms of speed, vibrancy and style. Hong Kong offers home for different nationalities and embraces them all with love and care.

KK: What inspired you to become an artist? 
KD: My Mom has been my inspiration. I grew up looking at canvases, acrylic colors, oil paints & brushes. My notebooks at school were invariably filled with sketches and paintings. Since early childhood I dreamt with open eyes, started writing, imagining, sketching and illustrating stories. 

KK: What is your opinion about the Arts scene in Hong Kong?
KD: Art is very much nurtured in Hong Kong, I personally feel Hong Kong is the place for artists, art lovers and appreciators.  Even in terms of availability of resources like classes, studios, exhibitions. 

KK: Are there enough avenues for young artists to display their artwork?
KD: I would say through schools there are many art competitions being held which are open to young artists. Other than that there are art competitions organized by government organisation but mostly these are conducted in the native languages therefore expat communities are not much involved. 

KK: What role do you think art plays in development of children? 
KD: Art is definitely important medium of expression.  Art consciously or unconsciously plays a very significant role in an individual’s life. At an early age, it helps children to develop their motor skills, learn to express their ideas in visual form and much more. In later stage in teens it acts as meditation and helps them relieve their daily stress. 

KK: Lastly, what advice would you give to budding artists?
KD: Just express yourself!!!

What’s On In Singapore – July 2018

Started in 1994, Singapore Food Festival is back from 13th – 29th July. Here you can taste a range of Singapore’s favorite dishes as well as a twist on some modern favorites. There are number of top international chefs who come to this event to show their skills. Cooking lessons are also available where you can pick up some cooking tips and tricks. Explore the sacred city of Angkor at Asian Civilizations Museum till 22nd July. See the Khmer sculptures, along with French drawings, photographs, and memorabilia that tell the story of the French encounter with Angkor and its sensational emergence onto the international stage. All the football fans out there catch all the action between Europe’s best teamsArsenal, Atlético de Madrid and Paris Saint Germain at Singapore National Stadium from 26th – 30th July. At International Champions Cup spectators can enjoy the various F&B offerings, live music performances, and photo opportunities with the football legends from all three clubs. Book your tickets for Disney’s musical play The Lion King running all July at MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. The play also features some of the world’s most recognizable music, crafted by Elton John and Tim Rice, including the songs “Circle of Life” and the Oscar-winning “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”.

Join us on a musical journey with a good cause, on 16th July @ Esplanade Theatre, Vocalist      Tanya Sen & a trio of jazz musicians (Amery Reuben on piano, Leonard Ng on bass & Raf Mahmod        on drums) are performing jazz / jazzy twists of pop songs from Europe, Asia and America. Hosted by the bubbly & super energetic celebrity Emcee Neera Gupta. All proceeds from the show go to Singapore National Stroke Association.

Zee TV’s initiative SHEVentures brought together 20 of the most talented & promising entrepreneurs under one roof to learn from industry leaders to help take their businesses to the next level. Some of the speakers included HubSpot, FaceBook, SP Jain School of Management and the Director of Kit Kat Events & Marketing, Neera Gupta who busted myths about Business Networking and gave tips to overcome inhibitions when meeting new people. 

The newly opened Clan Cafe at Bukit Pasoh road is probably the most beautiful cafe opened this month, with light-filled spaces & Peranakan tiles. The cafe serves some healthful bowls and broths and comforting teas. Netherlands famous Martin Zwerts fries comes to Singapore at Holland Village. They serves authentic golden brown fries with 12 different sauces and the potatoes comes straight from Holland. Unwind yourself by heading to Tipple and Dram located at Ann Siang Road that serves wine and luxurious whiskey. The bar boasts over 100 unique bottles of single malts whiskies and wines from around the world. Situated at the iconic Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall, Sinfonia Ristorante offers a fine dinning concept with majestic space, adorned with elegant decor, impressive high ceilings and Corinthian columns. The menu consist of contemporary Italian dishes with seasonal ingredients.

MindChamps PreSchool @ Concorde gave our Champion Dads the spotlight in celebration of Father’s Day 2018. Along with the theme “Superheroes to the Rescue!”, the Champs’ family members were tasked to role play as superheroes. Come over to check out MindChamps PreSchool @ Concorde Hotel. To book an appointment, call 6235 2358 / 9665 3840 or Email: sg.psconcorde@mindchamps.org

KK: When did you first move to SG and where did you move from?
KS: To be specific – on 7th September 2005, from Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

KK: What was your first impression about SG? Still the same?
KS: A well planned city with very impressive infrastructure and landscape where I didn’t have to lock the front door! SG is getting better, each time in every aspect, hence 13 years in the country!

KK: How did you become involved with running yacht charters? What makes it so much fun?
KS: I was in HR for 13 years. After moving to SG, I headed HR for a start-up. One year into the role, I wanted to take a sabbatical, but I was offered a marketing role for newly arrived trimaran yacht. I found the chartering of yachts very interesting and took up the offer instantly. The best part about being in this industry is the people we meet and the services we offer. Every client is different and so are their requirements, that makes work interesting. The fleet has grown from just one yacht to more than 50 yachts hence our nickname the ‘Grandma’ of the industry.

KK: You have been actively involved with many social causes from wildlife rescue, to dog shelter, running cross city marathons and helping distressed children. What’s the latest project you are helping with?
KS: Currently I am helping an NGO “Sa Ni Sa” that empowers under privileged women by providing them jobs, income and education for the rural children. I am promoting/ selling their food product, a healthy snack that is handmade, in Singapore and Malaysia.

KK: What advice would you give for most of us who struggle with managing time to be able to do so many things like you?
KS: I would like to quote unquote “It’s the Will not the Skill”. Prioritize, make your do-to-lists and get cracking. Magic will unfold and you will realize your dream.

KK: What is the one thing people don’t know about you?
KS: I work like a Captain and Play like a Pirate !! (Laughs)

KK: Are you offering any special promotions for our readers?
KS: Yes absolutely! We would like to offer a SGD100 off for your readers when they book a yacht in their birthday month. They simply have to quote Promo Code: KITKAT.

Happy Sailing!!!!

 

 

 

What’s On In Hong Kong – June 2018

Book your tickets for the Broadway Musical Evita that has over 20 awards to its credit. The iconic musical will be having shows till 10th June at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. With the arrival of Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, the Water Parade will take place on 18th June at Tai O Waterfront. Its a procession of colorfully decorated sampans, temple deities and ceremonies enmeshed in hundred-year old traditions, which make the city more exciting. And the prestigious tournament Dragon Boat Races will be held on 22nd to 24th June at Victoria Harbor. This summer take your kids to Disneyland HK for  Water Play Street Party. Starting from 21st June, there will be big splash as this is first ever Pixar-themed party joined by Disney Pixar Stars. Visit 11,000 Feet, a photography exhibition by Alex Reyval, a French photographer based in Hong Kong.  He is famous for doing drone photography. Check out some stunning images of your city taken from 11,000 feet. The exhibition will be till 30th June at YellowKorner Hollywood. 

The winner of Zee TV SaReGaMaPa Hong Kong 2017, Anirudh Trivedi got once in a lifetime chance to meet the biggest Bollywood Star Mr. Aamir Khan and sing for him. Mr. Aamir Khan’s recent movie “Secret Superstar” is about making a dream come true for a talented singer. And we are glad that we are able to do the same for the Indian Community in Hong Kong.

Kit Kat Events & Marketing is proud to support “Sammaan” a concert
by Santoor Maestro Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma. See you all on 4th June at City Hall (Concert Hall),      Hong Kong as this is an event not to be missed.

Start your day with a cup of coffee at Interval Coffee Bar, located in the heart of Central, Wellington Street. For those who are lactose-intolerance, they also serve coffee with almond milk and have some Nordic-California-inspired lunch menu. Weekend brunches are sorted with Lily & Bloom at LKF Tower \launching their New York inspired menu that consist of avocado toast, fried chicken, blueberry pancakes, prosecco, wine, beer, Bloody Mary’s, and Aperol Spritzes. If tequila and tacos is your thing then head to Agave at Hollywood Road. The place has over 10 types of tacos on the menu and some famous margaritas. The new restaurant at H Queen’s building Ecriture, has an interesting mix of French cooking techniques with various Japanese inspirations. The seasonal ingredients are sourced from Japan and France to help create a continuously evolving menu. The crisp, modern interior is complemented by the stunning views of Central outside.

Enjoy Football World Cup….PIZZA…..FOOD….DRINKS at
Meeting Point Restaurant.
“Where people Meet & Eat”
Venue: Hong Kong Plaza, 15-22 G/F, 188 Connaught Road W, HK
To reserve your table:
CALL@ +852 35834908
Email: info@meetingpointhk.com

 

KK: How long have you been living in HK and what was your first impression about the city when you moved here ? 
PC: I have been living in HK for last 12 yrs. My first impression was how integrated the city is and thus it was easy to settle in. Hong Kong is an efficient city and the it has been an amazing journey.

KK: People travel to HK from all over the world just to sample the variety of delectable foods the city has to offer. In your opinion how has the food culture evolved in the recent years? 
PC: I find the quality is improving and more vegan & vegetarian options are there in the menu now. People have become more health conscious, therefore cafes & restaurants are making efforts to cater thegrowing demands.

KK: You run a successful business of organic market and cafes. How did the idea come to you?
PC: I have been into health & fitness since my teens. I studied sports & fitness marketing from Canada and New York to become a health coach. It’s only when I moved to Hong Kong, I realized there was a need for high quality organic products and also to educate the people to make conscious choice in their pantry & household products. Our cafe andstores sell healthy & tasty wholesome food using organic food products.

KK: Were there any particular challenges you faced? Any success stories?
PC: Starting a new company anywhere has it’s own challenges but that’s how we learn. We have created the SBO Academy where we teach cooking classes and workshops to educate the community. We have also worked with Adventist Foundation & Chine Concern.

KK: On a closing note, what are your favorite places to eat in Hong Kong?
PC: I love ‘Pure Veggie House’ at Coda Plaza, but my favorite place is ‘SpiceBox Cafe’. It serves organic and gluten free food. I love congee so I head to Lyndhurst Terrace to satisfy my craving!

What’s On In Singapore – June 2018

Singapore’s most anticipated the Great Singapore Sale is starting from 8th June. Shopaholics can buy     high quality major brands at discounted rates. Malls along Orchard road have some exciting offers for    the shoppers. Let your hair down and groove to world’s best electronic music DJs, Ultra Singapore is happening on 15th & 16th June at Bayfront Avenue. The festive area has been three curated stages, each equipped with state-of-the-art interactive technology. The traditional Dragon Boat festival is on 18th June. The Dragon Boat Festival signifies the abundance of Chinese influences rooting back to the ancient history of Singapore. One can witness the race at Bedok Reservoir, the Kallang River and Gardens by the Bay Marina Channel. Take your children to National Heritage Board’s annual Children’s Season happening till 24th June. The season is about art, cultural and heritage experiences that will thrill and provide hours of fun for the whole family. There are some amazing exhibitions for children at National Museum, Singapore Philatelic Museum and Mint Museum of Toys.

The winner of Zee TV SaReGaMaPa Hong Kong 2017, Anirudh Trivedi got once in a lifetime chance      to meet the biggest Bollywood Star Mr. Aamir Khan and sing for him. Mr. Aamir Khan’s recent movie “Secret Superstar” is about making a dream come true for a talented singer. And we are glad that we are able to do the same for the Indian Community in Hong Kong.

Mellower Coffee has opened their third outlet at Marina One. Situated in the heartof CBD the place offers classic brew made of blend of Ethiopia and Yunnan coffee beans. They also have small selection of sandwiches & salads. Anotherrestaurant that’s making its mark in CBD area is The Spot. The place offers eclectic menu fusing contemporary European cuisine with South East Asian ingredients. It is an all day dining café, restuarnt, bar and a cigar lounge.They have a selection of ultra-premium wines by the glass and range ofexclusive Macallan bottles. Located at Level 2 Intercontinental, Roberston Quay, Plum & Toro, has some of the best Japense cuisne to offer. The place issuitable for family, large groups, catching up with friends and colleagues. From Ebi to Wagyu, its extensive menu is reflective of the restaurant’s efforts to cater to every palate. Right in the fringe of Club Street is MonteCarlo Boys, that has their very own brand of homemade Monaco Beer and an array of Moenegasque dining delicacies you won’t find anywhere else. Also, in their menu is they have some great cocktails, spirits and bar food options.

⭐WELCOME DAY • SINGAPORE • MAY 26TH to JUNE 30th ⭐
YOU & YOUR LITTLE ONES (18th months to 5yrs) are invited to visit MindChamps PreSchool,        Concorde Hotel (Orchard). Visits strictly by appointment only. So if you are looking to get your little      ones admission in Singapore’s best Preschool, Now Is The Chance!!!
As Mindchamps is celebrating their 10th Anniversary, Enrol your child
during Welcome Day to enjoy perks worth up to $1960.
Call now at +65 83447829 or email us at contactus@kitkateventz.com
to book your SLOT!!!!!
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⭐WEEKEND GOLF • BATAM • NETWORKING • JULY 28TH⭐
A Big Shout-out for Golf Addicts and Avid Players for our upcoming

GFC Champions -Golf Tournament 2018.
Register Now as we have limited slots only.
Complimentary Return Ferry | Green Fee | Buggy | Lunch
Date: 28th July 2018, Saturday
Venue: South Link Batam Golf Course
Attractive Prizes to be won by all winners!!! Don’t miss this opportunity!!!!                  

Boasting the largest fleet of charter yachts in Singapore, Yacht Bookings Singapore is your one-stop-shop for a plethora events at sea for group sizes up to 150 pax. Extensive range of services like renting a yacht for corporate events, private affairs like birthdays, anniversary, bachelor parties to weddings available. Rates start from as low as $599! Plan your next trip out at sea!!

KK: When did you move to SG and from where?
SS: It’s been a good 19 years stint in Singapore. I moved here from Mumbai after getting married.

KK: When you first moved here, what was your impressions about
the country and how has it changed over the years?
SS: Singapore is always on a growth path & is constantly re-inventing itself. When I moved here, Singapore was lesser vibrant & then there
was a sudden burst of cultural show, events, plays, Indian Musicals & Indian Restaurants and lot more.

KK: How did fashion come into your life?
SS: I graduated from IITC (Institute of Fashion Design) India and had
a brief stint in interior designing and architecture before I moved to Singapore.

KK: You run a store called “Jinders”, what’s the story behind it ?
SS: “Jinders” had been a successful & reputed business when I got married into the family. Having a keen interest in fashion & background
in business, it seemed for me the perfect match. “Jinders” gave me an opportunity to indulge in my passion & to grow the label simultaneously.

KK: Your clothes & accessories were recently seen on Zee TV’s Antakshari Hong Kong show, with the host Neera Gupta endorsing them. How has the international exposure helped you out?
SS: I was given the opportunity by Kit Kat Events & Marketing to dress the gorgeous host Neera Gupta for Zee TV’s Antakashari Hong Kong show. Her bubbly & vibrant personality off & on screen added so much flavour to our outfits. We got a great response from Hong Kong audience who reached out on social media to connect, compliment & buy our collections.

KK: Any evergreen fashion tips you can share with us?
SS: Follow your own style sensibilities. Be original & do not follow fads!

 

What’s On In Singapore – May 2018

Shakespeare in the Park” returns back to Singapore with a modern makeover of William Shakespeare’s famous play “Julius Caesar”. Book your tickets, pack your picnic basket & mat and head to Fort Canning Park, 2nd May till 27th May at 7:30 PM. All the fitness junkies out there, join 12 hours of non-stop fun and action, with over 60 multi-level workout sessions at “FitnessFest 2018 on 19th May at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention.Thailand’s contemporary market “Artbox” make its way back to Singapore from
25th May to 27th May at Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade with over 400 shops for food, fashion & lifestyle brands. With shipping containers decked out in dreamy fairy lights, it promises to be Singapore’s most instagrammable pop-up market!!!

Kit Kat Events & Marketing along with Zee TV brought our favorite show “Antakshari” to Hong Kong for the 1st time and it took the island by storm. Out of hundreds of participants who registered, we selected 32 teams who took part in the Musical Game Show. And now after battling it for 4 weeks, we have the winners who took home the prestigious trophy of  “Zee TV Antakshari 2018 Hong Kong”!!!

Another successful event “Wine, Health & Financial Seminar” was organised by Kit Kat Events & Marketing on 12th April at Singapore Cricket Club. The event shared information on CPF Investments, changes in the policy of CPF Investment Scheme, Indian Mutual Funds and Cash Investment. The guests also enjoyed an informative Wine Tasting Session by Chateau Gauthier and a Health Talk by one of the renowned cardiologist’s of SG, Dr. Tan Chong Hiok.

As a part of International Guide Dog Day (IGDD) on April 25th, Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd (GDS) ran a campaign to raise awareness and funds ($100,000), so that blind/ visual impaired individuals can live independently and achieve their fullest potential within our society. Read why these dogs are an invaluable companion to people with visual impairment, like Alvin Ng andhis guide dog Seretta in picture above.

“The Social Space” at Kreta Ayer is more than a Bali vibes café. It is also a social conscious retail store. Apart from the delicious food menu the café retail pieces like pottery cups, coasters, purses  and earrings are crafted by people with special needs and brave children seeking refuge in Malaysia. Latest addition to Singapore’s multi concept store scene is “So France” located at Fraser Street. It comprises of a bistro, wine bar, gourmet store and event space for wine tasting and masterclasses. In mood for some Indian authentic food, then head to“Anglo Indian Cafe & Bar” at Marina One (Straits View), their 3rd outlet in the island.Try the yummy Chicken Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken, Indian Railway Mutton Curry, Goan Fish Curry to name a few. Need a restaurant for a romantic date, book your table at “Caffe Fernet” at Customs House. The Italian restaurant is located on a pier that offers an unblocked view of Marina Bay Sands. Gym junkie will love this new concept space called “Core Collective” located at Anson Road. The space offers yoga & pilates studio, Ballet Body class, HIIT, MMA and filthy60 boot camp sessions as well.

Are you a women entrepreneur in Singapore looking to grow your venture? Presenting SHEVentures, a Zee TV Asia Pacific initiative! Helping women entrepreneurs in Singapore to grow their business to the next level….from educational workshops to your business featuring on ZeeTV APAC. Apply now to be among the 20 deserving businesses shortlisted and get rewarded! So what are you waiting for?

KK: When did you move to SG and from where?

TS: I moved to Singapore in 2012 from Shanghai with our first rescued dog who we adopted in Langkawi, and had also lived with us in Thailand, Italy and China.
APA: We moved to Singapore in 2007 from Bangkok (Thailand), so this little island has been home for many years!

KK: When you first moved here, what was your impression about the country and how was it different from home? And how easy is it to move to Singapore with your pet?
Team LD: Singapore in comparison to other countries is efficient, clean, multicultural and still quite green for an island with constant construction. Logistically everything is easier, even moving pets. Being one of the very few rabies- free country in Asia, it is a perfect country to bring your pet or adopt locally, as we did.

KK: You run an online store called Loyal.D, what’s the story behind it?
Team LD: Essentially Loyal.D was formed with the main interest to help raise funds through sales and events, and to raise awareness for animal welfare. We are a two-woman team and always evolving in terms of product mix, but the constant is our passion to help the dogs in need. We also now retail at The Barkery, SPCA, Naiise, the Animal Infirmary clinic and online stores Petguru, Kohepets, GoodDogPeople and coming soon on Redmart.

KK: You have been working very closely with abandoned and stray dogs. How do you feel others can help out? Are there any volunteering opportunities in SG?
Team LD: Of course; if you are an animal lover, there are a lot of ways in which you can help. From helping to walk shelter dogs to fostering, the range of ways in which you can help are wide. Drop us a note if you would like to know more at customerservice@loyald.com and we will be happy to help.

KK: What are your favorite places to go with your fur kid?
Team LD: East Coast Park beach (when it’s quite), Marina Barage area, Sentosa Tanjong Beach, West Coast Dog run.

KK: Do you have a special offer for our readers?
Team LD: We would love to have your readers check out our products – our bandanas, the dog harnesses and the Radical Dog treats from NZ are the most popular at the moment! Your readers can enjoy a 10% discount on us – They need to key on the code: dognosebest during check-out. Every purchase from www.loyald.com helps us raise funds for animal welfare, so it’s truly a #shopforacause.