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Peninsula Pencities
06/16/2014
Bespoke Blue Suede Choos

A single glance at the gold-stamped initials on the sole of Cinderella's bespoke crystal-embellished Jimmy Choo slingback pump is all it would take for the 21st-century prince to know his inamorata's name - provided, of course, that her über-chic fairy godmother gift shopped at Choo's gorgeously refurbished and expanded 2,148-sq-ft Rodeo Drive boutique, where the brand's first-ever Made-to-Order service has just enjoyed its world premiere. (Text by Varia Bortsova)

VB Portfolio
11/12/2015
The Kids of Kai Tak

"It was my alarm clock. I didn't have to set one, because once the flight would arrive, it would wake me up. That morning, the alarm clock didn't ring". Alfred Sung knew something was not right when the familiar engine roar of a landing airplane did not fill the bedroom of his 21st floor apartment...

VB Portfolio
11/12/2012
Asian Junior Figure Skating Challenge closes in Kowloon Tong's Festival Walk

Festival Walk's Glacier ice skating rink in Kowloon Tong attracted crowds of spectators until late into the evening on Wednesday, which marked the third and final day of competition in the 2011/12 Asian Junior Figure Skating Challenge. The results of the day's tournaments, which began at noon and lasted for more than 7 hours with...

Peninsula Pencities
06/30/2014
Fifty Shades of Om

If the daily grind of bustling city life has left you feeling more zonked than zen, look no further than this tranquil guided meditation den, founded by Glamour fashion editor turned spiritual entrepreneur Suze Yalof Schwartz. (Text by Varia Bortsova)

VB Portfolio
11/12/2015
Writing for Different Mediums

The Wall Street Journal (print edition): Hong Kong's Pop Eye Pills Inc., the territory's biggest maker of Chinese medicine by sales, has announced a case of moronamine contamination in some of its products on Wednesday, instituting a...

929 Caravanserai (Blog)
11/12/2015
Looming Ban On Animal Use Forces Indian Circuses To Seek Ways To Adapt

Following PETA's 9-month-long investigation across 16 major Indian circuses, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has proposed a complete ban on the use of animals in Indian circuses. The legislation is currently being considered by higher governing Indian authorities. If implemented, the change will force Indian circus companies to find urgent means to adapt...

Peninsula Pencities
05/23/2014
Foraged Fine Dining In the Heart of HK

From a decade-long residency at Raymond Blanc's two Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, to a stint at NOMA's Nordic Food Lab in Copenhagen, chef Nurdin Topham has been building a solid foundation for a restaurant of his own for quite some time now. (Text by Varia Bortsova)

Peninsula Pencities
06/02/2014
Cinema Comes Home

Wooing your inner hedonist with a first-class take on the archetypal movie-going experience - exchanging greasy popcorn stands and rowdy adolescents for filet mignon, swanky lounge chairs, and bags of legroom - it should come as no surprise that Florida-born movie theatre iPic is one of the nation's fastest growing luxury cinema franchises (text by Varia Bortsova)

Peninsula Pencities
06/05/2014
Modern Med-ley

Farm-to-fork aficionados are nestling in alongside the Los Angeles fashionable set to nab a seat at Milton Sznaider's refined new Mediterranean concept with its sprawling sun-soaked terrace and design-meets-rustic interiors.

Peninsula Pencities
05/22/2014
Shopping À La Française

Parisian designer Agnès B. (née Agnès Troublé) has kept the French leitmotif alive and kicking all throughout her brand's 19-year-long relationship with Hong Kong. (Text by Varia Bortsova)

929 Caravanserai Blog
01/13/2015
When in Karakalpakstan, do as the Karakalpak do

Did you know...that the Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art hosts the world's second largest collection of Russian avant garde art (after the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg)? Voted by the New York Times Travel Magazine as one of "29 places around the world to blow your mind" and labeled the "pearl of the desert" and ...

929 Caravanserai Blog
01/12/2015
Prokudin-Gorskii: Faces Of A Vanished World

The hauntingly captivating photographs of chemist-photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) provide a fascinating glimpse into the sights and faces of a vanished world - the vast and varied Russian Empire just before World War I and the coming revolution. Originally from Russia's Vladimir region, the young man belonged to one of the Russian Empire's oldest...

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