Thursday, January 31, 2013

Vera Wang Luncheon in Hong Kong

New York : December

Can you believe its been a year since the flagship store opened in Hong Kong?...   >>  MORE

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Think Outside The Box!

See what young people can create 
Photo: See what young people can create - [boss] funded it and Yahoo! is thinking to buy it.   Its this type of innovation I worked with with the team at 3UK in 2005.


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Saturday, January 19, 2013


Give Peace A Hand

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Asia Is On Fire

Asia is on fire.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Global Dining

Canto Fusion by Hakkasan in London
Room Full of Anxious Tasters
太太 Ivy attended the Vertical Tastings of Sena vs Bordeaux First Growths in Hong Kong and shares her notes with us.   Lucky us!   >>  MORE
Japanese Fusion by David Chang in NYC & Toronto 
Photo by Moe Doiron for Globe & Mail

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Future of Shipping


S'pore-Shanghai team wins US$1m 'future container port' challengeLong-time rivals pair up to beat six other finalists for award

This rivalry just got friendlier: a Singapore-Shanghai team was last night named the winner of the Next Generation Container Port (NGCP) Challenge, beating six other finalists to the US$1 million (S$1.24 million) prize money.
The NGPC Challenge, launched by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Singapore Maritime Institute, was an open call to the world for ideas on a transhipment port of the future. It attracted 56 submissions from 25 countries.
The aim was to come up with a container port that could achieve a "quantum leap" in port performance, productivity and sustainability.  

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


"Wherever we are in the world
Its our friends
Who make our world"
Lolita Li saw an awesome cloudless Mt. Fuji, and lucky enough to photo its reflection in the lake recently and shared with us.
" I used to be able to see it outside my window on the 30-something/F of our Marunochi office @ a distance with a closer aspect of Imperial Palace too. Perhaps Tokyo remains one of the best cities to live in the world as it manages to bridge the very best of eastern and western culture @ optimum. What a shame that it suffers continuous threat of earthquakes!"

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Japanese Women


Apartments pay best among Japanese Reits
Sector benefits from shortage of new supply and steady flow of tenants
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Better than stocks: Reits still outperformed stocks and bonds in the first three months of this year. - PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

[TOKYO] Investing in Tokyo apartments beat putting money into office buildings, malls and the domestic stock and bond markets over the past five years as a housing shortage cushioned rental incomes from years of deflation.
Apartment real estate investment trusts produced the best returns, adjusted for price swings, of Japanese Reits in the five years up to March, the Bloomberg Riskless Return Ranking shows. Daiwahouse Residential Investment Corp led all Reits with a 5.5 per cent risk-adjusted return, followed by Advance Residence Investment Corp with a 5.4 per cent gain.
Reits that buy apartments benefited from a shortage of new supply and a stable number of tenants in a nation where less than half of Japanese under the age of 40 own their own homes.
Japan has accelerated efforts under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to end deflation and boost the world's third-largest economy, including measures to revive the property industry, which has been struggling since an asset bubble burst two decades ago. The government has a target to increase assets owned by Reits by 40 per cent by 2020.

Some Gains in Japan Property

Land prices in sections of Tokyo and other major Japanese cities continued to rise in the first three months of the year as large commercial developments supported the market, a trend that has drawn fresh interest in the country's property market from global investors.

China vs Japan tensions escalating in China

The increased tension with Japan though has caused Uniqlo to close down 42 of their stores in China - they have 120 in the country now.  So with the inter-connected global economy, we do not expect the rate of retail openings in Asia to continue at the frantic pace of the last couple of years.   >> MORE    

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Chinese Good Luck Calendar

ESSENTIALS |  Must-Have 
Good Luck Calendar

Publisher:  Choi Gen Po Tong

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