How can tiny Hong Kong with only 7 million people be ahead of China in anything? Even for luxury goods, China is far bigger despite Hong Kong’s central role as Asia’s dealer of jewellery, watches and diamonds. China recently surpassed the US as the second largest luxury market in the world, just after Japan. But China is catching up and growing at 20% per annum on consumption of luxury goods – in fact, according to most sources, China is expected to overtake Japan by 2015. By 2030, China is expected to the largest economy in the world, ahead of the US.
This is my second year as a Singapore Airlines’ wine consultant, choosing wine for all the routes in all classes (Economy, Business and First classes). It may seem daunting to some since we are given the responsibility of buying close to 4 million bottles of wine every year, but I really enjoy the entire process. read more
I lived in England for nearly 15 months during the late 1980s. Whether it was Oxford or London, I had never thought of it as a culinary centre in any way. Being a real foodie even during those student years, I spent all my money and my breaks travelling to France, Italy and Spain – it was under the guise of exploring historic sites but in reality, I spent far more time in restaurants, bistros, tapas bars and trattorias than in the museums. The food at the local pubs in England were heavy, greasy and tasteless, even the more upscale restaurants did not excite me. read more
On a regular basis, we enjoy and drink wine. However, to evaluate your wine beyond the dinner table, it is important to taste in the right conditions and follow a systematic tasting format. The opportunity to taste wine in Beijing, Shanghai or in any of the major cities in Asia is increasing. These organised tastings offer big opportunities to compare wines and ultimately to enhance our appreciation and pleasure of wine. read more