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Skal Christmas

In Corporate Publishing - Books,Travel Trade Gazette on December 7, 2011 by KSA Asia

Every year, KSA Asia looks forward to the wonderful Skal Christmas party with old and new friends in the hospitality, food&beverage and travel industry.

They sure know how to party! Great fun all around and a big shout out to the fab Skal committee and the Ritz Carlton for hosting!

Fab & sexy prizes for the Skal charity, the Rudi Choi fund which supports young hoteliers! Merry Christmas and Skal!


 A grand party with KSA-Asia and our hotelier & travel friends!



Executive Counsel Christmas Party – Congrats!

In Corporate Publishing - Books,Interview,Macau,Tell Me A Story,Travel & Food,Travel Trade Gazette,WOM on December 7, 2011 by KSA Asia

A classy man, founder and managing director of Executive Counsel, Timothy Pierson-Smith sure throws a great party.

Fab night with old friends – HK-style at the grand Hong Kong Club.

KSA Asia raises our glasses to you and your team, Tim for an amazing year ahead! Merry Christmas! Take a look at the photos from the ruckus night….


Celebrating 23 years with the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

In Corporate Publishing - Books,Travel Trade Gazette on November 29, 2011 by KSA Asia

Another great party with the HKCEC team! Too bad KSA Asia didn’t win the new iPhone 4s – but the new app is pretty awesome…. Congrats to the team.


The chocolate macaroon tree – fab idea!


Truffles galore – yummy!


Weekend Getaway, Cebu Pacific to Abaca Boutique Resorts

In Travel & Food,Travel Trade Gazette,WOM on October 25, 2011 by KSA Asia

As Asia ramps up to the silly season of November and December, we are all feeling the pressure with the myriad of deadlines and projects!

Well, we are a lucky bunch because KSA happened upon a door prize from the Travmedia team (big kisses!) which was sponsored by Cebu Pacific (thanks Winnie) and Abaca Boutique Resorts (wonderful, Jason!)

It’s fair to say we travel more than typical folks. We’ve seen our share of hotels around the region and people often like to pick our brain when it comes to weekend get aways. Well, I have to say, look no further than Cebu for your next weekend away at the Abaca Boutique Resorts – where the intimate rooms, stunning ocean front views and mouth watering food will bowl over any connoisseur of great weekend getaways!

Babymoon, ladies weekend away, couples travelling, young famililes, reunions – this resort can cater to your every need and of course, can be bought out!

Attentive staff, or butlers, together with the general manager, Glenn can be found onsite with their warm smile and contagious laughter to make you feel right at home. Wonderful and thank you to the team for all their hard work and lovely smiles.


How can we say not to Popsicles served on a queen sized daybed next to the infinity pool? Warm cookies? Yes, please!


The resort boasts a cosy nine keys – six rooms and three villas, all sizable and decorated in warm wood with touches of fresh local art. I loved the Abaca book – which explains that Abaca is the fibre from a coconut which is used in local crafts, hats, carpets, bags!


Breakfast fit for kings – all a la carte, each dish crafted to perfection! Eggs Benedict with the tart yet creamy hollandaise, amazing! If you can catch him, pull up a chair to chat with Chef Wade, an aussie with a passion for cooking & Asia. Not only can he whip up a dish to your hearts desire, but he’s also a top bloke with an excellent palate…


We also visited the Abaca Group’s Mexican restaurant, Maya. We were told that owner of the group, Jason Hyatt spent some time in Mexico and wanted to bring a little flare to Cebu – wow. Try the pork shoulder – we were too busy eating to get pictures of the amazing food, reminiscent of street food in Mexico!

For those in more of a party mood, the restaurant is transformed into party central as the who’s who of Cebu dance the night away!


Walking out to meet our plane back to Hong Kong! Thanks Cebu Pacific! We’ll be back next year – with friends!


Happy 30th Birthday Kowloon Shang!

In Travel & Food,Travel Trade Gazette on September 16, 2011 by KSA Asia

Visiting old friends, we shimmied off to Kowloon Shangri-la, to see Patsy Chan, their updated rooms as well partake in their celebration menu at Nadama.

In celebration of Kowloon Shang’s 30th birthday, we tasted Nadama’s then and now menu which boasted the classic dishes inclding the home-made sea urchin pudding and cheese bread in soup! A touch of innovation blended together with the classical taste we all love – Nadama is a staple in any decerning foodie’s repertoire.

Try out their private rooms which are starkly natural in their welcoming state! Another wonderful visit… Happy Birthday Kowloon Shangri-la!



Do you want to be a “Panda Keeper”?

In Interview,Travel & Food,Travel Trade Gazette on May 25, 2011 by KSA Asia

Black & White Pandas – Cute Red Pandas, and we got to feed and walk them! Amazing!

KSA ventured into Ocean Park to feed the panda and Red Panda on 24 May. It’s a new programme partnered between Marco Polo Hotels and Ocean Park. As a member hotel group of The Global Hotel Alliance, Marco Polo Hotels has come up with different local experience in order to fit into the newly-launched GHA Discovery programme. Marco Polo Hotels has come up with the “Panda Keeper” program.

In our 2-hour journey, we ventured into back of house of the Amazing Asian Animals and visited Panda Ying Ying. Apart from preparing their food, we also had a chance to see four Red Pandas. Unlike ordinary Ocean Park’s panda keeper program, Marco Polo has secured specific and unique experience for their loyalty program members. For instance, guests could experience being a trainer of red panda and try to practice the training at the RP front-of-house exhibit and take a photo side-by-side with red panda.

The program started a bit early, at 8am but it’s definitely worth a trip. we would also like to thank Juanita and Cheryl from Marco Polo Hotels who accompanied me in this trip.