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Sailing the Fragrant Harbour on aqualuna

In Travel & Food,Uncategorized,WOM on July 12, 2012 by KSA Asia Tagged: , , , , ,

Starting July 3rd, Aqua Group launched their aqualuna traditional Chinese junk boat “Harbour Discovery Tour” which KSA was privileged to give a go on a perfect blue sky day.

From 12pm to 5pm each Tuesday and Friday, guests are welcome to board the iconic boat in Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Wanchai and Hunghom — all for a day pass rate of HK$100.

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aqualuna in all its glory with the HKCEC in the background, which also happens to be where the next stop on the “Harbour Discovery Tour” is at the tip, where visitors can visit Bauhinia Square…

Here is some background information about the iconic boat:

“Aqualuna was meticulously hand built over an 18 month period by a veteran shipbuilder using the most traditional of Chinese boat building methods – all handcrafted using wood. The result is a beautiful 28-metre traditional red mast junk which offers its guests 1,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor entertainment space split over two finely crafted wooden decks.

“Aqualuna’s name (Cheung Po Tsai) is after the famous Cheung Chau island pirate who terrorised the waters of the South China Sea at the turn of the century, adds to the legendary link with the area.”

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A sampan in the water – traditional transportation still used to this day to link up the hundreds of boats and island surrounding the territory.

Braving the heat, about 15 journalists enjoyed the tour while sipping lovely cooling drinks. While on the boat, the author of the “Harbour Discovery Tour” guidebook provided running commentary on historical tidbits together with the must see sights about town.

While the trip was very peaceful and tranquil — so why not top that off with some afternoon tea? It was only a hop and a skip before we ended up at the award winning boutique hotel, Hullet House in their lovely mural room. The selection of teas was diverse – try out the rose tea. What was very apparent was that love and care the pastry chef put into making the delectable creations! Yummy!

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Divine inspiration! Gorgeous cakes for all paired with beautiful tea. Hitting the spot after sailing through Hong Kong’s iconic Fragrant Harbour!

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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….

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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.

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

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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!

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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…

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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!

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

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Breakfast of Champions

In Interview,WOM on March 16, 2011 by KSA Asia

Hong Kong’s favourite breakfast – soft silky hand-made ‘cheung fun’…. rice noodles rolled up like miniture arabian carpets and steamed to perfection.

How about freshly made chinese donuts, ‘yau cha kwai’ floating on a lake of beef ball congee….

Cha Leung - chinese donut wrapped in fresh flour noodles sprinkled with spring onions!

Read our blog, Beyond Lion Rock for WOM Guide to taste the wonders of the New Territories. Chopsticks up – ready to go!

http://www.womguide.com/meet-the-contributors/devouring-lion-rock/a-hong-kong-breakfast

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KSA Asia shouts: Bring on the Pun Choi!

In WOM on January 10, 2011 by KSA Asia

Another very trying day at KSA where we were invited to partake in the celebration of Tin Hau in Taipo! Great seeing old friends and also giving thanks to our local goddess of the sea. Take a look at our column which we wrote for the WOM Guide.
Enjoy and Bon Appetite!

Dig In Folks - Traditional Pun Choi found in the rolling hills of the NT