The Long Bar at the Shanghai Club Reopens

At the height of Empire, the Shanghai Club took pride of place along the Bund, not far from the old headquarters of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, the most imposing stone edifice along the prestigious waterfront strip. Constructed by the British, it was an "old boys' club"  (as the British would say), and the most …

Does Traveling Make You Fat?

Early morning airline flights are such a drag! Michael Taylor hates them so much that he has frequently considered spending the night before departure at an airport hotel so that he could sleep in longer. A company in the United States has put together park, sleep, fly packages that make this an affordable alternative. Many People Put on Weight …

Waldorf Astoria: the Long Bar in Shanghai Gets a New Lease of Life

When Richard Nixon visited the Great Wall during his historic visit to China in 1972, he famously commented, “This is a great wall!” You cannot help but wonder what he would have said if he been shown the Long Bar in the Shanghai Club on the Bund in Shanghai. I'm not sure what exactly became …

VIPs Flock to Playboy Club Grand Opening in Macau

The Playboy Club Sands Macao celebrated its grand opening  on Saturday 20 November 2010, throwing open its doors to VIPs and high rollers from Hong Kong and around the region. Jessica Hsuan, Michael Wong, Bonnie Gokson, Terrance Yin, Lisa S, Patricia Cheong, Scott Flanders, CEO, Playboy Enterprises, Inc., and Edward Tracy, President and Chief Operating …

Polo Gains Popularity in Asia

The Sport of Kings is played in 77 countries around the world, but it is played professionally in only a few. Argentina, Australia, Britain, Canada, France, India, and the United States are among the countries in which polo is most popular. Polo is growing in popularity in Asia. It has become popular in Kuala Lumpur, …

Is Cambodia the New Riviera?

Cambodia’s biggest business conglomerate, The Royal Group, has announced plans to transform the pristine island of Koh Rong  into an eco-resort island set to rival established destinations such as Bali, Koh Samui, and Phuket. It is 30 minutes by speed boat from Preah Sihanouk Province, “Cambodia is conveniently located within two hours of Singapore and …

Playboy Bunny Hunt Gets Underway in Macau

Fifteen Playboy bunny hopefuls strut their stuff Friday 15 October at the Sands Macao Hotel in front of invited guests and a judging panel of Playboy representatives, a Playboy bunny from Las Vegas, Nevada, and local celebrities.  The event marked the start of a global recruitment drive for bunnies to staff the Playboy Macao, which …

Shark ’s Fin Soup: Is It Safe?

Is industrial grade hydrogen peroxide and ammonia being used to bleach shark's fins? That is what some disturbing news reports seem to suggest. “Recent news reports in China and Hong Kong have circulated footage of an underground shark fin processing factory that uses industrial grade hydrogen peroxide and ammonia to bleach fins,” says WildAid, a …

Hong Kong Raises Red Alert as First Day of Bangkok Protests Passes Without Incident

A storm is gathering in Thailand as a red tide from the countryside starts lapping at the gates of the nation's capital. But the question on everyone's mind is, will this red tide be a tsunami or a mere ripple in the sea? Or, perhaps, just a tempest in a teapot? Traffic was lighter by …