Classifed Sheung Wan Plans a New Look

Original Outlet Will Close For Renovation from March 7

With the opening of four additional cafes within four months, Classified has announced plans to renovate its original Sheung Wan outlet.

Located at 108 Hollywood Road, Classified Sheung Wan opened in 2006. After nearly five years, the original outlet will close for renovation from Monday March 7th, reopening four weeks later on Tuesday, April 5th. The upstairs wine room will open a week later on April 15th, 2011.

Once opened, the revamped Sheung Wan outlet will continue to be the one-stop-shop for artisan cheeses from Neal’s Yard and Jean d’Alos, handcrafted breads and cakes, boutique wines and gourmet coffees.

Making its debut in Sheung Wan, Classified introduced Hong Kong diners to an authentic European-style cafe experience. Since then, Classified has expanded to five other neighbourboods, including Central, Sai Kung, Tai Hang and Happy Valley.

108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
T: 2525 3454 F: 2525 3445
31 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai
T: 2528 3454 F: 2528 3445
Shop 313, 3rd Floor, Exchange Square Podium 
8 Connaught Place, Central
T: 2147 3454 F: 2147 3456
5 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung
T: 2529 3454 F: 2529 3455
1-9 Lin Fa Kung Street West, Tai Hang
T: 2857 3454 F: 2857 3434

13 Yuk Sau Street, Happy Valley
T: 2891 3454 F: 2891 3444


Sydney Announces over $7 Billion In Infrastructure Spending To Draw Business Events To The City

Details of Sydney's most exciting waterfront developments for conferences, conventions and incentive travel worth more than $7 billion – Barangaroo, the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and Star City Casino – were revealed today at the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) 2011 in Melbourne.

Barangaroo is a rare and exciting opportunity to transform 22 hectares of former wharves and industrial space on Sydney Harbour into a $6 billion public, residential and commercial CBD precinct with a waterfront promenade running the length of the site. The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre will be expanded to create more space for major international events, while Star City is undergoing a major renovation.

Senior representatives from Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre today joined Barangaroo's Director of Communication and Marketing, Scott Maclean, and Star City Managing Director, Sid Vaikunta, for the first time together to promote their multi-billion dollar redevelopments at an official media conference at AIME in Melbourne.

Business Events Sydney Chief Executive Officer Jon Hutchison AM said, "NSW businesses and the NSW Government are working closely together to ensure Sydney remains the Asia-Pacific's leading business events destination for decades to come.

"The developments represent a once in 200 year opportunity to transform Sydney's CBD waterfront precincts for the business travel market and leverage the next phase of Sydney's economic growth", he added.

Barangaroo will become a major hub in Sydney's CBD, with a major hotel, commercial office towers, residential apartments, retail, restaurants and cultural facilities in a busy public waterfront precinct, with public open space and a new Headland Park.

The $550 million proposed redevelopment of the entertainment centre at Darling Harbour includes the new Sydney Multifunctional Convention and Entertainment Centre (SMCEC) on the site of the existing carpark at Haymarket.

The existing Sydney Entertainment Centre (SEC) will be demolished, opening up new development and public space in south Darling Harbour. The new facility will feature more than 20,000 square metres of new floor space increasing capacity to a total of over 40,000 square metres, with a conference and entertainment auditorium capable of seating up to 12,000 people. The project is expected to be completed by 2015.

The $860 million Star City redevelopment will transform the casino into a world-class venue, adding a 3,000 seated capacity multi-purpose Events Centre, a further 172 room hotel to complement the existing 350 hotel and 130 apartments, plus several new highly acclaimed restaurants.

These developments will increase the attraction of Sydney as a business events destination, building on the strong base already established. "BESydney has secured an estimated $530 million of economic impact for NSW in the coming years. But it is not just the economic impact we are measuring", said Mr Hutchison.

He added "Our University of Technology, Sydney commissioned research report shows that business events in Sydney have created major long term benefits for NSW and Australia through providing research funding, education, new industry networks and expansion of local knowledge. These benefits cannot be estimated by a dollar figure and extend well past the last delegate leaving the city

"A prime example of this is the 4th International Aids Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention which Sydney hosted in 2007 with 6,000 delegates in attendance from over 140 countries.

"As a result of the publicity of this event and the knowledge transfer stemming from the global leaders in attendance, a total of $35.7 million was allocated to the University of New South Wales to continue the research instigated at that business event. This included a personal donation of $18 million from Bill and Melinda Gates", said Mr Hutchison.

New infrastructure, such as the developments being outlined today at AIME, will be the catalyst to a new level of collaboration, focused on bringing new business, new people and new ideas to the gateway of the Asia Pacific region, Sydney.

Castello di Vicarello in Tuscany, Italy – New at Welcome Beyond

Welcome Beyond is happy to announce that Castello di Vicarello in Tuscany, Italy is now part of our selection of unique vacation homes & boutique hotels worldwide. 

Castello die Vicarello is a beautiful working farm in the middle of the rolling Tuscan hills, producing its own high quality organic red wine and olive oil. The medieval castle with seven romantic suites offers complete privacy and a spa area for relaxation. The style of the rooms is an eclectic mix of Italian and Asian designer pieces. As Aurora, the owner describes: "We put in what we like and when we feel a room is okay for us then I think it's fine for our guests."

The philosophy at Vicarello is simple: "We are who we are. We did this place because we fell in love with it. We put all our energy into it, our past life, our experiences. The approach to the guests is easygoing, not formal. We like guests to feel at home – although we don't like people to go around naked!"

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Emirates Sends Newlyweds Around the World on ‘Wedding World Tour’

Emirates is making matrimony even more blissful for 'Wedding World Tour' newlyweds Jason and April Niedle. Deciding to discover the meaning of marriage in different cultures, the Niedles, married in Los Angeles on February 11, are en route to explore culturally unique, distinct wedding ceremonies in Thailand, Kenya and Greece. The couple will experience the use of elephants in a Thai ceremony; a traditional Masai village ceremony in Kenya; come face to face with a Greek Orthodox minister and experience an exciting 24-hour "honeymoon" in Dubai. To follow Jason and April's Wedding World Tour on Emirates, visit Jason Niedle's blog at:

The "Wedding World Tour" highlights Emirates' extensive network of over 100 cities worldwide, perfect for couples looking for luxury, comfort and superior service as they embark on life's most exciting journey.

Photo caption: Jason and April Niedle check in for the first leg of their Wedding World Tour at Los Angeles International Airport.

Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers


Television's most electrifying hour returns with bigger storms and higher stakes this March, as Discovery Channel’s STORM CHASERS premieres a brand new season. Grab a front row seat to nature's fury in the heart of "Tornado Alley" as scientists, researchers and weather enthusiasts gear up and strap in for their pursuit of the ultimate tornado footage. STORM CHASERS premieres on Discovery Channel every Monday at 2100 hrs (9:00 pm), starting March 21.

Each spring, changing weather patterns across 700,000 square miles of the Great Plains known as "Tornado Alley" create the conditions for the world's most violent outbreaks. The world's top STORM CHASERS return to Tornado Alley, now armed to get closer than ever to America's deadly twisters.

For the new 2010 season, the three chase teams have seen some changes but all are stronger then ever. After a triumphant season that saw him finally catch his elusive "inside the tornado" footage, IMAX filmmaker Sean Casey and his monster tank-like TIV (Tornado Intercept Vehicle) are back for more action, joined by two new storm-chasing veterans. In hot pursuit is extreme meteorologist Reed Timmer who reunites with chasing partner Joel Taylor in their armoured chase vehicle "The Dominator." New this season is weather engineer and veteran researcher Tim Samaras and Team TWISTEX with a brand new prime chase vehicle. The teams battle weather – and each other – to get images and data that could help decode the secrets of nature's most intense storms.

Follow the STORM CHASERS as they record data and gather research, utilising science to improve tornado early warning systems and save lives amidst one of the most violent storm seasons on record.

Discovery Channel is available on HK Cable TV (channel 53), now TV (channel 209) and bbTV (channel 313).

STORM CHASERS episode descriptions:

What Goes Around…
Reed and Joel bury the hatchet to face a new tornado season, but armour offers little protection when the roof blows off the new Dominator. Sean mixes up his crew and unleashes tension in the path of a west Texas twister.
Premieres Mar 21 at 2100 hrs (9:00 pm).

Why We Chase
The deadliest tornado of the season tears a hundred mile long path across Mississippi, destroying 600 homes and the town of Yazoo City. For Reed, Joel and Chris, an epic chase turns into a race to save lives, and changes their own lives forever.
Premieres Mar 28 at 2100 hrs (9:00 pm).

Back Seat Driver
After the worst tornado in his life, Reed pursues a new force of nature in TV weather woman Ginger Zee. But chasing more than weather leaves business partner and long-time friend Chris out in the cold. As twisters rip through the Ozarks, one long-time chaser calls it quits.
Premieres Apr 4 at 2100 hrs (9:00 pm).

Sean finally gives the reigns to his meteorologist and navigator Matt Hughes, who leads the team to their best tornado intercept ever. Then triumph turns to tragedy as Storm Chasers loses one of its own.
Premieres Apr 11 at 2100 hrs (9:00 pm).

Smoke Monster
Sean's team struggles with the death of a teammate, and heightened emotions lead to questionable driving. Reed arms the Dominator with probe cannons, while Tim smokes out a South Dakota monster that just keeps growing, and discovers there's no way out when you're in the path of a perfect storm.
Premieres Apr 18 at 2100 hrs (9:00 pm).

Perfect Storm
The supercell system tearing across South Dakota spawns a massive tornado that gives all the teams plenty of almost non-stop intercept action.
Premieres Apr 25 at 2100 hrs (9:00 pm).

Twilight Zone
Reed's air cannons are locked and loaded, but multiple tornadoes prove a hard target for an itchy trigger finger. Tim's team chases in the tornado twilight zone, while Sean weathers a storm of controversy.
Premieres May 2 at 2100 hrs (9:00 pm).

Judgement Day
Storm and chasers collide in Minnesota for a final showdown. As a ferocious EF-4 twister targets the town of Wadena, one team finds themselves in the wrong place at the right time, and Sean's trial by fire becomes a race to save others.
Premieres May 9 at 2100 hrs (9:00 pm).

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Six top chefs from some of Phuket’s premier luxury resorts are joining forces for a charity dinner at ‘Millionaire’s Mile’ hideaway Paresa Resort in aid of underprivileged women and girls.
The gastronomic fundraiser is on March 25 at the exclusive resort in Kamala, with tickets priced at THB4000 net (USD130). For reservation details please send email to
Themed ‘Six of the Best’, the prestigious event showcases the culinary talents of six of Phuket’s most acclaimed chefs – each contributing one course to the six-course gala unique dining experience matched with fine wine.
Participating chefs are Paresa Resort’s James Stanton, Thomas Smith of Sheraton Grande Laguna, Amanpuri’s Stefano Artosin, Justin Maiklem and Jimmy Karl of Anantara Phuket, Silvano Amolini of Dusit Thani Laguna and David Hamilton of Banyan Tree Phuket.
The sumptuous dining event starts with canapés on the manicured lawn of the luxury cliff-top retreat overlooking the Andaman Sea. Dinner is at Paresa’s celebrated Diavolo restaurant, renowned for its calendar of gourmet events and with a spectacular 270 degree ocean view.
The unique teaming of Phuket’s chefs is being supported by their suppliers who will donate all the menu ingredients and wine – ensuring all proceeds go to “The Good Shepherd Sisters” charity.
There are seven charity organizations under “The Good Shepherd Sisters” in both Phuket and around Thailand.
They help women and children who have been abused, are caught up in human trafficking or the sex industry, are poor or suffering from HIV. They are given shelter, counseling and the opportunity to re-educate themselves and thus earn a decent living. Goods made by the women are sold at Paresa's boutique as well as some of the other top resorts in Phuket.
The ‘Six of the Best’ fundraiser is planned to become an annual event at Paresa, with the talented line-up of the island’s top chefs each year.
The Good Shepherd Sisters ( is a non- denominational Thai registered charity helping all those in need.

Central Summer Fest : Magical Fashion Moments 2011

Fashion headquarters and visionary events organiser, Central Chidlom, is proud to present to its valued customers “Central Summer Fest: Magical Fashion Moment 2011.”
Witness the great come back tour of the world renowned French magician, Laurent Beretta, recipient of the prestigious “2005 Monte Carlo Magic Stars Grand Prize”, the highest honour bestowed on those contributing to the world of magic by SAS Prince Albert de Monaco following a royal performance.
Baretta has also performed in association with many of the world's leading brands: Blackberry, Givenchy, Issey Miyake, Louis Vuitton, Porsche and Viktor & Rolf.
Following his mesmerising performance two years ago, Beretta is now back in Bangkok with his greatest show that is also bigger than ever. The stage will consist of the entire Morakot Outdoor Carpark area, where his most famous magic acts will be performed.
Feast your eyes on his most ambitious and audacious acts that have seen him win acclaim across the continents of Europe and USA. These include the Participant Act, where a dozen people will vanish right before your eyes, Dorian Gray, an illusion incorporating levitation, and the disappearance of Mr. Laurent Beretta as he levitates. In addition, there will be innovative fashion shows featuring the top Thai super models showcasing the latest summer sports wear at the end of the performance.
Don’t miss the magic of Laurent Baretta’s “Central Summer Fest: Magical Fashion Moments 2011” at Central Chidlom on Thursday 31 March, Friday 1 & Saturday 2 April 2011 at 6:30 pm.

Hot New Nightclub

Chrome façade, colour changing lighting scheme and world class sound system for international DJ and unique theme nights

The much-talked about Likuid has just opened in Lan Kwai Fong, the heart of Hong Kong’s vibrant night scene.

With its grand opening on February 12, Likuid is set to becoming Hong Kong’s hottest new nightclub featuring the coolest beats, most extravagant light shows and the friendliest service in town.
“Likuid strives to deliver the highest quality clubbing experience to its guests. We hope to accomplish this by offering a world class sound system, a unique laser show, a decadent drinks list and top class service” said Rachel Geicke, Managing Director.
Showcasing regular international DJs sets and extravagant theme nights, the parties at Likuid suit all tastes. The K-Array sound system, the first of its kind installed in a nightclub in Asia, is positioning Likuid as top choice for great sound lovers.
Likuid has chosen DJ Gruv as their Music Coordinator. Originally from Baltimore, Gruv has over 10 years experience in the Asia-Pacific region including an 8-year residency at Drop. He has played at Volar, Club 97, Tazmania Ballroom and Cubic in Macau. More recently, he was responsible for the music direction for the Pure International group. DJ Ulysses, the 1st runner up in 1998 DMC mixing Championship, will also play at the club regularly.
The 2,000 sq. ft venue has been designed by Kinney Chan, also responsible for the cool interiors of Hyde, Solas and Shore. Inspired by ‘fluidity’, Likuid‘s interior is all about curves and arabesques allowing to see and be seen.
A high-tech lighting system enables the club to change color in order to fit all moods and occasions, from chill out evenings to hard and heavy club events. The color of the distinctive chrome façade can also be transformed by the exterior lighting system.
Dance performances, the LED wall and laser shows add to the unique experience.
Address                                  58-62 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong
Telephone                             (852) 2179 5552
Hours:                                    Mon-Sat 7pm-late

Hard Rock Hotel Penang – It Rocks!

Hard Rock Hotel Penang was awarded “Brand Ambassador of the Year 2010” at the recent Hard Rock’s 2011 Global Conference held during the grand opening of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana.
At this award night, Hard Rock International announced the winners of its 2011 Awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and dedication of employees, franchisees and partners. Hard Rock selected the top “rock stars” from more than 171 Hard Rock locations in 52 countries and hundreds of partners worldwide. The much-anticipated awards were chosen based on financial performance, unique sales accomplishments, community contributions, creativity, strategic marketing, philanthropy, brand loyalty and leadership.

“It’s awesome to be part of a global brand like Hard Rock. The dedicated efforts by our local employees with the initiatives and support provided by the Orlando support centre is the key success of our achievement in spreading the spirit of Rock ‘N’ Roll in this region and worldwide,” said John Primmer, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel Penang.

The Brand Ambassador Award 2010 was presented to Hard Rock Hotel Penang based on its achievement on delivering the Hard Rock brand through active marketing activity and brand compliance. Hard Rock
Hotel Penang has been a resounding success in its region spreading the spirit of Rock ‘N’ Roll through guest services, marketing activities, philanthropy and social media activation.
“With Hard Rock’s ‘Take Time to be Kind’ mantra, we are extremely proud of our philanthropy commitments even though we were only in our first year of operation,” adds Primmer.
Through Hard Rock Hotel Penang’s philanthropy activities, the hotel has contributed over RM60,000 to the local community including various children shelter homes and cancer organizations. The amount was raised through local charity projects such as Rock to Rock Run and other Hard Rock global initiatives like Pinktober® and World Hunger Year.

In addition to that, Hard Rock Hotel Penang continues to create hype and excitement through various events in particularly live music and attractive promotions on stay and dine.

French GM Brice Borin Appointed to Re-Branded Regent Phuket

Two more Asian openings scheduled for 2011 in Bali & Maldives
Regent Hotels & Resorts has announced that French hotelier Brice Borin is appointed General Manager of the group’s newly rebranded luxury resort The Regent Phuket.
Mr Borin, 44, began his hospitality career in 1984 as an apprentice chef in his home town of Lot in France.
He subsequently cooked around the world, from Louisiana in the United States to Bermuda, where he earned a Food & Beverage Management Diploma, and Sydney before arriving in Thailand in 1993, joining Novotel in Bangkok as Executive Chef.
Subsequent Executive Chef appointments were with Sofitel in Vietnam, Dusit in Koh Samui, and Le Meridien in Lithuania and Jakarta.
In 2002 he switched into hotel management, in Food & Beverage Director roles at Park Plaza in Kuala Lumpur and Evason Resort in Hua Hin, where he retains a home.
His first appointment managing a hotel was at the award winning private island Le Taha’a in French Polynesia.
He joined Anantara in 2005, initially managing a Maldives resort and subsequently transferring to the group’s property in Hua Hin. He joined Regent in 2008, as General Manager overseeing the pre-opening of The Regent, Maldives.
Married with one child, Mr Borin is a member of the French Chaine des Rôtisseurs and was a former chairman of Samui Culinary Circle, developing improved F&B standards on the island.
The Regent Phuket ( is at Cape Panwa, on the south-eastern tip of the island. It came under the Regent branding umbrella in late 2010. A boutique-style resort, it features just 70 spacious rooms with magnificent sea views and 35 Club Suites with private pools.
Two other new Regent hotels are also opening in Asia in 2011, the Regent Bali and Regent Maldives.
The iconic Regent brand was last year acquired by Taiwanese entrepreneur Steven Pan, Chairman and CEO of Formosa International Hotels Corporation (