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 – 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.

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 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 Hong Kong – April 2018

“HK Urban Canvas 2018: Exhibition” returns to Sham Shui Po, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok area.         The programme  provides the unique aspects of local culture by successful creation of shutter art. Along with this there will be art workshops for students. All this artwork will be showcased at Comix Home Base till 17th April. The famous “Kooza – Cirque Du Soleil” starts its brilliant  performances with stunning lighting and costumes from 19th April atThe Central Waterfront. Springtime carnival is back at Hong Kong Disneyland, where Mickey, Minnie and the gang will be sporting theirspring themed outfits. There will be brand new shows with some amazing visual and lights effects. If Ice Hockey is  your game then take part in “Hockey 5’s”, a 12-day tournament with around 80 teams participating at Kowloon Bay. The matches starts from 23rd April. There will be youth division for aged 5 to 16 and an adult division for aged 17 and above.

For the very first time Zee TV brings the favorite Indian musical game show Antakshari to Hong Kong. 32 teams competed with full gusto to get their hands on the prestigious trophy. Watch the original episodes every Sat 7:30 PM, repeat on Sun 6PM & Thurs 11:30PM only on Zee TV.
Click on the link below to catch all the glimpses of the show.

Times of India Property Expo is BACK! Freeze on your dream home from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kerala, Pune, Hyderbad, Gurgaon, Kolkota, Gujarat, Punjab, Mangalore . Meet 25 top Indian builders from across India.  Attractive discounts on bookings during expo. Buy now and pay later schemes. Ready to Move-in properties.

Make your way for the new bar-cafe “The Artist House” at Causeway Bay,where you can personalize your beer with herbs, spices and edible flowers from the in-house hydroponic farm, a hands-on brewing wall. Also they offer a virtual-reality tour of The Artist brewery in Belgium and the opportunity to create bespoke beer bottles. One of city’s favorite Sushi place “Sushi Hiro” at Causeway bay opened it’s new branch at Tsim Sha Tsui. It’s a tiny spot so book your place in advance to taste Chef Hiroi Yoshinobu’s top-notch sushi.

KK: How long have u been living in HK and where did you move from? 

AC: I have been living in HK for last 10 yrs. I relocated here from Singapore.

KK: What are some of the projects you have been working on here? 

AC: I am a qualified film maker and extremely passionate about creative media projects. Recently, I have been a part of the production team for Zee TV Antakshari in Hong Kong. Also last year I was a part of the production team for Zee TV Sa Re Ga Ma, both the projects were produced by Kit Kat Events & Marketing.

KK: How is the work culture different here than the other places you have worked?

AC: Hong Kong has a very strong and professional work culture with utmost importance and emphasis on efficiency and quality.

KK: What are you favorite things to do in HK? 

AC: Vibrant Hong Kong has always kept me on my toes these 10 yrs and it’s been an amazing journey so far. I have enjoyed every bit of it right from the gastronomic paradise to beautiful hiking trails, to dressing up for Rugby Sevens or to partying at LKF. HK never ceases to surprise me with endless opportunities for self discovery and discovering Hong Kong.

What’s On In Hong Kong – March 2018

Put on your green attire and join in the marching bands, bagpipes, kung fu demonstrations and of course lion and dragon dances. As this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade will be bigger and better on 11th March. The parade will start by the Observation Wheel and will march along the waterfront toward Tamar Park where the festivities continue through the day. If you miss the flowers in the towering skyscrapers of the city, then join Flower Show at Victoria Park from 16th to 25th March. This year’s theme is “Blossoms of Love” and the theme flower is the Rose. Witness The Asian Film Awards or The Oscars of Asia on 17th March at Venetian Macau. Catch a glimpse of our favorite stars as they walk down the red carpet. Give your taste buds some love and head to “Taste of Hong Kong”, largest gastronomic festival happening from 22nd to 25th March at Central Water Event Space. Enjoy some Michelin-starred delicacies and new dishes amidst gorgeous waterfront setting and majestic skyline.

If you enjoy seafood, then head to Club Albergue 1601 at Causeway Bay. They have upto 20 varieties of fresh oysters from around the world. Relax at their outdoor sky court and taste some hot dishes such as Sea Urchin Carbonara, Boston lobster, Spanish octopus, New Zealand prince, Tortellini and Chilean sea bass. Check out the new three-storey & 9,170 sq ft Hermès store at the street corner of Landmark Prince’s building. The store draws inspiration from Hong Kong architecture. Soak into some art pieces at H Queen’s, Queen’s Road Central, which is now home to international galleries such as David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, PACE Gallery, Pearl Lam Galleries, Whitestone Gallery, Tang Contemporary Art, Galerie Ora-Ora and auction house Seoul Auction. Relish some expert cocktails and comfort food at PDT(Please Don’t Tell), a New York styled intimate cocktail bar. PDT offers chick interiors and modern class with a telephone booth disguised entrance!

Neera Gupta – Celebrity Host & Emcee

KK: When did you first decide you wanted to be a host/Emcee?

NG: Being on stage is nothing new to me. As a child I was always performing and continued that even in university. And then when I was working in Sydney & Singapore, I was often called upon as a Speaker at conferences and exhibitions being the subject matter expert. It was only when I started my own Events company 4 years ago, I tumbled upon hosting. I have to admit though, it came more as a need at the time.

KK: What has been you most memorable event as an Emcee?

NG: I know it would sound clichéd, but I have enjoyed every time I have been in front of a mic. I won’t say I enjoy listening to my own voices or anything (laughs). But yes each event is different and all audiences are equally different. If I had to pick, then it would be hosting for Zee TV SaReGaMaPa show last year which was my first for TV (as a host) and the Kowloon Cantons Cricket Gala Dinner this year especially since I got to share the stage with such accomplished individuals.

KK: What are some of the challenges of being a host/emcee?

NG: Hosting for TV and Emceeing a live event are very different to each other. For TV, you have these strong lights flashed on your face and you can barely see where the camera is. And there is no audience reaction, so it’s a bit of acting. Advantage is if you make a mistake you can certainly do a retake. For live events, being in front of a huge audience can be very nerve wrecking. The worst thing for any host is when you crack a joke and no one laughs. But as a host you need to know how to get out of that situation and make a joke about yourself instead.

KK: What’s the next big thing on cards? Or shall we say stage?

NG: I’m hosting the Zee TV Antakshari show coming up on the 17th of March. My co-host is Gurpreet Sandhu the RJ from Desi Tadka. We make a hilarious team!

 

 

 

What’s On In Singapore: September 2017

Take your kids to Singapore Botanical Gardens on 9th September, where West Symphonia is bringing the magical musical journey from Disney and DreamWorks like Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, The Lion King and Moana.  Singapore Gr and Prix is back from 15th to 17th September. While you enjoy the race and the thrill there is a variety of concerts lined up to entertain the crows, that includes Calvin Harris, Arina Gr ande, OneRepublic and The Chainsmokers. Need some adrenaline rush, so book your tickets for  Asia Fighting Championship 2017 happening on 23rd September. Fighting Champions from Korea, Malaysia, Macau and many more countries will be pitting against our local sportsmen. Once in a while we all want some great food deals to savour our taste buds, enjoy Singapore Restaurant Festival this whole month.

Another eventful seminar organised at SCC on 29th August.
Saving money is not as easy as spending it! The seminar was specially held for those seeking to learn the art of growing their hard earned cash. Deepak Singh, one of Singapore’s leading financial consultants, schooled the crowd on how to make use of their CPF to fund their children’s future. The evening was made complete with an array of cocktails and canapés!

The new Terminal 4 at Changi Airport has started its operations. Terminal 4 will have start-to-end self-service systems, allowing travelers to check-in, deposit their baggage and even go through immigration via automated systems. Looking for some hiking or biking trails in Singapore then put on your hiking shoes and run to Chestnut Nature Park. The hikers are now able to trek directly from Chestnut Nature Park to Dairy Farm Nature Park. Want to have the best whiskey in town, head to The Writing Club. The bar has over 500 h and picked labels of rare and collectible whiskey from across the globe. Also, that’s the reason they like to call themselves as “whiskey library”. The Como Corner is a well know place in Dempsey, and adding to its image, they have recently opened another restaurant Como Cuisine. The restaurant has an all day menu, keeping in touch with the local flavours in this region.

If you think you have what it takes to be the next singing super star then send in 1-2 min audition video to  saregamapahk@kitkateventz.com. Top 10 contestants will sing Live on 14th Oct at Ritz Carlton Hotel in front of celebrity judge Mohit Lalwani . Show will be telecasted on ZeeTV in Nov.

More than 200 Locals & Expats from InterNations came together to celebrate Singapore’s National Day @Myra’s Boat Quay. Guests from over 70 countries enjoyed a networking session with great deals on F&B and lucky draw prizes.

Continue to building your network by attending events and being ready whenever you meet someone, as opportunities can arise anywhere. Practice & rehearse your content and bring upon improvement. Develop varied interests. Keep in touch with the people you meet and follow up as required. Remember that everyone is at a networking event to get to know a new person. Do not think of it as a task. Try to have fun and be ready to grow your network.  For more tips click here.

Deepak Singh
Financial Advisor & Amateur Golfer

KK: How long have you been living in SG? And what brought you here?
DS: My journey started in Singapore in 2011 with one suitcase and a lot of dreams. I completed my Master from University of Wales and started working as Financial Consultant. In the last 6 yrs i have transformed from a shy person to a vibrant, focus individual.

KK: With your work you meet a lot of people with very diverse financial outlook. What is the one most common mistake people make with their decisions? 
DS: The most common mistakes committed by investors are lack of education on the product features, to re-balance their portfolio, not being aware of cost of product and less diversification in their investment strategy.

KK: There are so many schemes out there to help people build wealth. But how should a lay person decide what’s best for them? 
DS:To select any scheme or plan, investors should be aware of most importantly whether it is regulated by MAS or not, to select investment as per their risk appetite, to hire trustworthy and diligent Financial Advisor and make sure their portfolio is quarterly reviewed.

KK: What advice would you give to new expats that move to Singapore?
DS: As a new expat,  one should  evaluate their medical plan for the entire family. The medical cost in Singapore is very expensive. Once they settle down then they can start looking to invest in different products in accordance to their needs.

KK: On a lighter note, what are some of the things you enjoy doing in Singapore?
DS: I am living with my beautiful wife here. We are foodies and we like to go and try different cuisine at various places. You will find famous food from hawker to well know restaurant. Golf is one of my game which provides me good relaxation time with friends and my clients.

 

What’s On In Hong Kong: September 2017

 

The town is back after a well-deserved holiday, and ready to get into the Hong Kong groove! Packed on some pounds during your summer of over indulgences? Burn off the calories while dressing up as your favourite Marvel characters at Disneyl and’s family friendly race.  Marvel 10K Weekend begins on September 16. Have the summer hits left you yearning for more? The electronic dance festival  Road to Ultra is all set to rock Hong Kong on September 16 @ Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District.

The long wait for Ariana Gr ande fans is finally over! Don’t forget to watch her live as she brings her  Dangerous Women Tour to Hong Kong on September 21 @ Asia World-Expo. Craft beer is alive and well in the hearts of Hong Kongers. Celebrate the art of brewing at  Beertopia, the international craft beer festival, which will feature over 500 beers and 13 local breweries on September 22 and 23 @ Central Harbourfront.

Saving money is not as easy as spending it! The seminar was specially held for those seeking to learn the art of growing their hard earned cash. Deepak Singh, one of Singapore’s leading financial consultants, schooled the crowd on how to make use of their CPF to fund their children’s future. The evening was made complete with an array of cocktails and canapés!

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If you think you have what it takes to be the next singing super star then send in 1-2 min audition video to saregamapahk@kitkateventz.com. Top 10 contestants will sing Live on 14th Oct at Ritz Carlton Hotel in front of celebrity judge Mohit Lalwani . Show will be telecasted on ZeeTV in Nov.

After a successful run in New York and Singapore, the popular bar and restaurant chain,  Employees Only, has cooked up a storm @ LFK. The br and promises a luxurious dining experience with fabulous cocktails and their signature lively service is sure to turn some heads. It takes ages to find that perfect bikini that hugs your curves in all the right ways. The french swimwear br and,  ERES is here to enrich your beech day wardrobe with its st andalone boutique @ Harbour City Shopping Mall. Looking for a place to pick up fresh and seasonal produce in the city? Be sure to visit the Tong Chong Street Market, a pop-up farmer’s market @ Taikoo Place before the end of this month!

Get your daily dose of entertainment on the biggest Indian network, Zee TV. Catch your favorite dramas and movies all through the month. Tune in this September and join in on the celebration of cinema! For sponsorship details call Neera on +852 64279282.

More than 200 Expats from over 70 countries  and local Singaporeans came together to celebrate Singapore’s National Day @ Myra’s in Singapore. Guests enjoyed a networking session with great deals on F&B and lucky draw prizes. Check out  Kit Kat Events & Marketing website to see more events organised by us.

Continue to building your network by attending events and being ready whenever you meet someone, as opportunities can arise anywhere. Practice & rehearse your content and bring upon improvement. Develop varied interests. Keep in touch with the people you meet and follow up as required. Remember that everyone is at a networking event to get to know a new person. Do not think of it as a task. Try to have fun and be ready to grow your network. For more tips  click here.

Kuldeep Buttar

Entrepreneur
& Traveller

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

KB:  I have been living in Hong Kong for more than 25 years and I came here after I married a Hong Kong based Indian girl.

KK: What are some of the businesses that you are managing?

KB:  Well, I have business support services like Company Formation, Accounting, Audit Arrangement, Immigration Services and Travel Agency. I am also into the Restaurant and Bar business.

KK: Wow! That’s quite a diverse range! What is your secret to running these so successfully?

KB:  I have delegated different staff to h andle each business separately so I don’t have to put in all of my time. I simply tell them what needs to be done  and what I am expecting of them, to efficiently run the business.

KK: What advice would you give to new expats that move to Hong Kong?

KB:  I would advise them to do market research as to what kind of business they would get into and how it would run in Hong Kong. It is very crucial that they have all the right kind of information in h and with regards to government policies as well.

KK: On a lighter note, what are some of the things you enjoy doing in Hong Kong? 

KB:  I enjoy the local food and late night drinks with friends. I also enjoy playing Hockey and Hiking. Hong Kong has a lot of breath-taking hiking trails.

KK: Last words for our readers??

KB:  Come to Hong Kong, you won’t be disappointed. Be it for business or social!

 

HOW TO SELECT A FINANCIAL ADVISOR – 6 SIMPLE RULES

When looking for financial advice, it is common for us to be lost amongst the sea of advertisements, numbers and jargon. So what is important is to keep a few rules in mind before starting our hunt for a good investment and a good financial advisor.

Liquidity At Any Time

You need to be flexible with your money. Whether you need to withdraw cash for an emergency or plan ahead to to pay for an expensive university fee. A good investment advisor will cater to both.

Great Returns according to your risk profile

Everyone wants good returns. But nobody likes risk. Underst and how much risk you are willing to take at this point in your life. This means being real about your income, your personality and your goals. Before you invest, underst and the risks involved, so you will not have any unexpected surprises along the way.

Quarterly reviews

People park thous ands of dollars with financial advisors and professionals with promises to grow them. With your money being away for a long time, you want a way to keep an eye on it. A good financial advisor will provide quarterly reviews of your investment portfolio so that you can make well informed decisions about your finances in a timely fashion.

Active Management of Portfolio

Investments are heavily tied to time frames. Short term investments behave differently from long term investments. Typically, a financial advisor will invest in what he thinks is a long term investment. This investment will be left idle for a year as he actively manages short term investments. However, a good financial advisor will continue to review all investments regardless of the time frame. An engaged advisor will ensure better returns and better reactions to market shifts.

Evaluation of existing insurance and investment portfolios

Not everyone is a new investor. Many who are not investors might have a list of insurances that they are paying for. A good financial advisor not only offers new portfolios or creates new portfolios for clients to invest in – they also take in, analyse and give advice on existing portfolios.

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Economical Fee structure

Financial advisors often come with hidden fees’ and commissions. This can be a huge pain, so it is important to be aware of this problem. Actively seek out the fee structures of potential financial advisors so you know what you are paying for. Fee structures should be clear, transparent and competitive to the market rate. There are fee based and commission based charges and it is important to underst and the implications of each before choosing a financial advisor.

With these rules in mind, you will be better able to gauge financial advisors and investments and make well informed decisions.

If you would like to have a chat and see what options are accessible to you, then please feel free to reach out to Deepak Singh, qualified financial advisor with Global Financial Consultants Pte Ltd, for an unbiased and honest advice. He manages the investment portfolios of Singaporeans, Permanent Residents (PR) and expatriates.

You can also join for our upcoming Financial Awareness Seminar on 26th July. Our Experts to help you to answer all your Queries. To RSVP Click Here:  https://kitkateventz.com/product/secure-safe-future/


Deepak Singh

☎   +65 9763 7746

✉   deepak.singh@gfcadvice.com

http://linkedin.com/in/deepaksinghgfc/

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IS SINGAPORE REALLY THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE CITY?

Seven  Ways Expats Can Live Less Expensive Lives in Singapore!!!

Singapore has a reputation for being the most expensive city in the world. On the upside, it combines a low tax environment with great safety and political stability.

So if you’ve just moved to Singapore, you don’t need to worry too much about your physical well-being. Spend the time fretting over your wallet instead, because this city can empty it in record time.

Here are some time-tested tips to help you survive the world’s most expensive city:

Watch Where Singaporeans Eat or Drink:

Newcomers are often amazed that locals can eat out (all three meals) for around $9 a day. But if you don’t know what you’re doing, and keep walking into cafes or restaurants, be prepared to fork out $75+ per day if you eat out every meal. 

Watch where Singaporeans (or anyone who has lived here a while) go to eat and drink. The sooner you learn from the locals, the sooner this will stop being the world’s most expensive city for expats. Being a food hub, you’ll quickly realise that a $3 meal can taste as good as a $35 one. And yes, portion sizes are equal. So despite being the most expensive city, you never have to go far for a hearty meal and even a pint of beer after work for less than $10. 

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Is Singapore a paradise for shopaholics or not?? …Maybe Not!!

Retailers will hate us for telling you this, but mark-ups in Singapore stores can be high. This is doubly true for high-end br ands and touristy areas, such as the shops along Orchard Road. Even among Singaporeans, there are shoppers who prefer to get their br anded bags, clothes, shoes, etc. in HK, US or Europe instead.

So do check out the prices online before you buy. Chances are, you may be able to get it cheaper on an online store. But with affordable br ands like H&M, Uniqlo and Topshop, at your drop step putting together a swish outfit for a night doesn’t hurt your wallet that much.

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Whom are you Banking with??? Local Vs International Bank

As the region’s financial hub, there are well over 100 banks in Singapore. Beyond well-known banks like ANZ, SCB , HSBC or Citibank are local banks such as DBS, UOB, and OCBC. Local banks bring an accessibility advantage with more ATMs and branches, which makes it easy to withdraw cash. Singapore is also host to a range of private and offshore banks that may offer you a better deal if you are affluent. 

It is advisable to pick two banks when you l and. The first bank should be an international bank which can be used to remit money back home at better exchange rate. The second bank should be a local bank, through which you can have your salary credited and conveniently h andle withdrawals or deposits. 

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Consider a Regional or Global Insurance Policy

If you need private health insurance, it may be more cost-effective to get a regional or global policy, especially if you’re staying less than seven years or travel a lot. You might get sticker shock once you see the premium, but it may be financially efficient, depending on your situation.

Many local insurers will terminate your policy once you leave the country.  Or may not want to cover you if you spend a lot of time going in and out of Singapore. Getting a global policy may still be cheaper than repeatedly adding coverage from a local insurer.

Speak to an independent financial advisor if you want global insurance. 

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Public Transport Will Help You Save Pretty Well!!

Singapore can proudly boasts its world class transportation system, that will definitely help you save some extra bucks. With 5 metro railway lines and over 300 public buses, all the areas are well connected for daily commuters. The average commute for one direction is $1.40.

Hiring a cab will not leave a hole in your pocket as well, with 5 cab companies operating in this little isl and  and competing each other over fares, the consumer always have a happy ride to home. 

 

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If You’re Buying a House Here, Be Picky About Conveyancing Fees and Loan Packages

 You can choose which law firm h andles the paperwork, as long as they are recognised by the bank. Conveyancing fees can range from $1,500 to $3,000, and are rarely brought up by the mortgage banker. If you’re not too lazy to compare (you can get an independent mortgage broker to do this), you can save a tidy sum.

 If you’re getting a property loan , use a mortgage broker instead of just letting the estate agent point you at one. It’s not their forte, so you may not be getting the best deal. Mortgage brokers are generally free in Singapore, so go through them instead.

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If You’re Renting, Ensure There is a Repatriate or Diplomatic Clause

By convention, this clause should be present if you have a lease exceeding 12 months. This allows you to terminate the lease on two months’ notice, with no penalties if you are retrenched or transferred elsewhere.

If you are unfamiliar with the document, ask your property agent or the l andlord to point out the specific page on which the clause is printed.

 

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Author Bio:
Lauren Dado is the Content Manager at SingSaver.com.sg, Singapore’s #1 comparison site for credit cards and personal loans . She has 8 years of digital and content marketing experience under her belt, and has recently been writing about personal finance. Originally from the Philippines, she loves to surf and misses the pristine tropical beaches of her home country.

 

RELOCATION TO A DIFFERENT COUNTRY- RIGHT FOR YOU?

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Relocation to a different country is never easy…..ask me, I have relocated 10 times through 7 countries in the last 16 years! It’s not the actual move that’s so hard but it’s taking that decision. Those sleepless nights, dazed mornings, spending countless hours gripped by this fear of getting it wrong. Hoping you’ll wake up one morning and have the right answer in front of you!

The decision is somewhat simpler if you are single but when you have a partner it starts to get complicated. To that, add kids and pets, now you are talking about a whole new dimension. When my to-be-husb and (at the time) first relocated, it was all very exciting and his only fear was not being able to underst and the Aussie sense of humour. But when the time came for me to relocate, the conversation was very different. Now we were discussing my job, cost of living and how will we make friends.

AFTER THE 3rd RELOCATION….WE GOT PRETTY GOOD AT IT OR SO WE THOUGHT!

As we started to make a habit out of relocation, we got more organised. We made a list of pros and cons, we also conducted extensive research on housing, safety, public transport, sports facilities….basically things that affected our day to day life. We spoke with people living in that country (locals and expats), we made excel spreadsheet of costs of moving, living etc. in the new city. Thanks to company’s relocation policies we even got the opportunity to go on a look-see/familiarity trip to that city to gauge what it would be like to live there. Yet we were always unsure about our decision and whilst we made the best of every relocation, we did get it wrong sometimes.

TO RELOCATE OR NOT TO…THAT IS THE QUESTION (ANSWERED)!!! 

In most cases the reason for relocation is linked to our jobs or for a better quality of life. But these are not independent of each other. It’s not sustainable to live in a city you hate because you have a good job. Similarly, you can’t live in your dream city and have a crap job. Yes, there will always be certain adjustments to be made wherever you live. This is rather true for your home town too. It’s just that we don’t think of it like that because we don’t need to.

The easiest way to know is by simply taking the decision to relocate. If you love it, then the decision is probably right and if you hate it….then you have your answer too. Now if you got it right then high five but if you got it wrong then it’s an inconvenient way of finding out. Ok…don’t take your gun out at me yet. Having relocated so many times and resorting to rather different ways of figuring out if we were or are right, I have finally formulated a simple methodology to help make that crucial decision. Here’s what you need to do:

3 STEPS TO KNOW IF RELOCATION IS RIGHT FOR YOU

STEP 1:

List out your top 5 priorities in life, in a descending order. The first being the highest priority and the last one the least of the top 5. These will differ if you are relocating as an individual or as a family. And these will keep changing as you move from different phases in your life. So just list them out for today. For e.g. this is your list:

  1. My Job
  2. Day to day convenience
  3. Kid’s schooling
  4. Partner’s job
  5. Social

STEP 2:

Now think about how your current city/situation rates against these priorities. Then put a score against each from 1 to 5; 5 being the best and 1 being the least. It’s always much easier to score the place you live in currently because you know all the parameters well. Scoring for the new country can be harder especially since you haven’t lived there before. Therefore, in order to score these, you will have to rely on your research and talking to people who have moved there preferably from your current country. Here’s an example where I have compared my current city with two other choices

Priority

Current City 1

City 2

1

My Job

3

4

3.5

2

Day to day convenience

2

5

3

3

Kid’s schooling

3

5

5

4

Partner’s job

2

4

2

5

Social

2

4

3

STEP 3:

The next step is to divide each score by the priority ranking. So you would divide the scores in 1st row by 1 for first priority. The scores in 2nd row by 2 for second priority and so on. And here’s what you would get for the example cited above:

 

Priority

Current

City 1

City 2

1

My Job

3

4

3.5

2

Day to day convenience

1

2.5

1.5

3

Kid’s schooling

1

1.6

1.6

4

Partner’s job

0.5

1

0.5

5

Social

0.4

0.8

0.6

TOTAL

5.9

9.9

7.7

The total score you see for each city tells you which city scores the best for what’s important in your life. If you wanted to, you could add more priorities but personally I feel top 5 is what you should be looking at.

This of course is not a fool proof method. But still worth considering.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT FACTOR TO CONSIDER- INTUITION 

With so many relocations under our built, we eventually realised that every single time we had already made the decision in our head way before we resorted to any of the items above. And what we were doing, was simply using these to validate that decision.

Honestly think about it! How often has your decision changed from when you were first given the opportunity for relocation?

6 years ago, when we were living in Hong Kong, we had an opportunity to either relocated back to Sydney or go to Singapore. After endless days of discussions and finally exhausting all means of taking a decision we resorted to writing the name of the cities on two pieces of paper and drawing out the name. We started with best of 3 then best of 5 and finally best of 7. Reason being, every time we drew out, Sydney was the winner. Yet we kept going till we got Singapore because that’s where we wanted to move. And so we did!

Intuitions are not baseless thoughts or something a higher power is telling us. Our intuition or as we often say gut feelings come from past experiences, our knowledge and probably our inner feelings about certain things and situations. So, it’s not wrong to listen to our intuition because there is a strong reason for feeling what we feel. Unfortunately, I don’t have a scoring system for that. But I can say we some certainty, the scores we put in the above table do reflect our intuition.

FINAL WORDS OF WISDOM

After all this we can still go wrong! And the best way to combat this and trust me, I say it with outmost experience, is to have a two-year plan if you decide to relocate. Having a two-year plan gives you the comfort of going back or elsewhere if things don’t shape up. You also feel less pressure to make things work. Perhaps some times it may leave you complacent, but more often it will encourage you to make the best out of the situation. So after two years if things are looking up, you may decide to stay on but if not, you have the option of changing it.

Finally, do bear in mind you need to be patient and have a positive outlook whatever your decision is.

Wishing you good luck and a happy relocation!!!

 

Author Bio: 

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Neera Gupta, is a published author and runs an  event management company. She has lived in more than 10 countries and recently moved to Hong Kong with her husb and, 15 month old daughter and two dogs. She frequently delivers talks on art of networking and supports expat communities locally.