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David Batchelor is back in Manila

DAVID and Marilu Batchelor with sons James and William

In the local hotel industry, David Batchelor is a familiar figure, one that until a couple of years ago was connected to an international hotel chain. Although he requested that focus not be placed on the almost 20 years he spent with the Peninsula Group in Manila, Hong Kong and Shanghai, it still bears mentioning.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Jamie Oliver’s Cantonese draws giggles in Hong Kong


Hong Kong fans of British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver fell about laughing on Wednesday after he announced a new Italian restaurant for the city in Cantonese — with a few slip-ups.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Chicken off menu as Hong Kong culls 20,000 birds in H7N9 scare


A cull of 20,000 chickens was under way in Hong Kong Tuesday after the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus was found in poultry imported from mainland China, days before Lunar New Year.

Posted: January 28th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Hong Kong tycoon doubles bounty to marry off gay daughter

Gigi Chao, right, daughter of the Hong Kong property tycoon Cecil Chao, poses with her partner Sean Eav at an event in Hong Kong. AP FILE PHOTO

A Hong Kong tycoon may double a “marriage bounty” to find a male suitor for his gay daughter to US$130 million, despite his initial offer attracting 20,000 candidates, a report said.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

For innovative Chinese cuisine, look to Hong Kong

YÈ SHANGHAI’S Braised Beef Ribs “Red Roast”

Of all the explanations given for the lyrical beauty of tone from the violins made in Italy during the 16th and 17th centuries, the most convincing  is not about a particular wood or secret technique, but an economic one.   There were more craftsmen making violins at the time, and more wealthy patrons willing to [...]

Posted: January 9th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Battle of the Christmas decorations for Hong Kong malls

Christmas decorations are displayed to celebrate the holiday season at a shopping mall in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.  AP

In the race to extract cash from Christmas shoppers, Hong Kong’s myriad shopping malls have taken to heart the maxim that you must spend money to make money when it comes to decorations this festive season.

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

A stranger in Hong Kong airport


At the Hong Kong airport, an old man, a local, stopped me and asked if I was a Filipino.

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle,Super | Read More »

Eat’s a treat in Hong Kong

ULTRA-COMFORT in Cathay Pacific’s new Business Class seats

The best travel buddies are those who share your idea of adventure. Through each other’s eyes, you discover new things about a place you have visited separately many times over, making that place seem exciting and new again. Think Hong Kong.

Posted: October 24th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Food,Headlines | Read More »

HK socialite and style icon Bonnae Gokson: ‘I wear my highest shoes just around my closet because I can’t walk in them’

CAKE queen Bonnae Gokson and her new coffee-table book on sweet delights,
launched last week in Manila, and in New York City next week to be hosted by
Ralph Lauren

Bonnae Gokson emerges from the loft of her friend Doris Magsaysay-Ho’s top-floor apartment in a BGC high-rise, dressed casual-chic in monochromatic black, accessorized with leopard prints—a thin belt, large tote and ballet flats.

Posted: October 18th, 2013 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Lounge among the clouds in the world’s tallest hotel

RITZ Carlton Hong Kong

Imagine looking out at the vast views of Hong Kong from the Ozone Bar on the 118th floor, or from the 116th floor of the Club Lounge, or even from your room on the 117th floor of The Ritz Carlton Hotel. Since it’s the tallest hotel in the world, you might as well be seeing Kowloon, the New Territories or the whole of Hong Kong on a Google satellite map.

Posted: October 5th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Hong Kong’s needy children wait for homes


Life could have turned out very differently for Mary, who like many other 12-year-old girls in Hong Kong enjoys shopping, music and going out with friends, while she dreams of one day travelling the world as a flight attendant.

Posted: September 2nd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  3. Palawan favorite getaway of show biz celebrities
  4. Fashionistas flock to designer’s wedding
  5. Joe de Venecia visits the Queen Mother of Cambodia
  6. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  7. A tale of two Priscillas: my mother Prissy and Chona Recto Kasten
  8. This is not just a farm
  9. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  10. Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  4. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  5. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  6. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  7. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  8. This is not just a farm
  9. 12 other things you can do at Pico de Loro Cove
  10. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  4. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  5. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  6. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  7. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  8. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  9. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  10. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?


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  • Lifestyle

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  • ‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year
  • Entertainment

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  • Easter musings
  • Solenn in shorts
  • Unmerry mix of attention-calling moves on ‘Mini-Me’ TV tilts
  • Persistence pays off for The 1975
  • Business

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  • Golden Week
  • Bourse to woo Cebu stock mart investors
  • Supper power
  • Technology

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  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
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  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

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  • Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
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