Kininvie whisky seduces Sydney’s secret bar

Sydney’s most discreet nightspot Magazin is the launchpad for one of the world’s most exclusive whiskies. It’s a robust $210 for 375ml of Kininvie 23 Years Old Batch No. 3. So to afford it you need to be as well heeled as the clientele of Magazin, the hangout of celebs, bankers, industry leaders, sports starsContinue reading “Kininvie whisky seduces Sydney’s secret bar”

Wearable art rebels against the mundane

Enter another world where the human body becomes a canvas. New Zealand’s World of Wearable Art Awards bends traditional perceptions of art, technology and fashion. It choreographs garments made of all sorts of unorthodox materials into a visceral performance that dazzles the senses. For me this is the greatest show on earth. Each year the awardsContinue reading “Wearable art rebels against the mundane”

2015 WOW awards winners

    2015 WOW Awards Winners There were 107 entries by 123 designers (some, who worked in pairs on one entry) chosen to appear in this year’s show to compete for a prize pool of 40 awards with a combined value of $NZ165,000. A total of 13 New Zealand-designed garments won 15 awards and 24 awards wereContinue reading “2015 WOW awards winners”

Ron’s yoga highlights The Palms Retreat

WELL known yoga instructor and health coach Ron Veldhuis has a new venture at The Palms Retreat in the northeast corner of the Thai island of Ko Samui. He’s now the general manager of the resort, and has created a range of wellness packages for guests. Ron is a certified wellness consultant, athletic and health coach,Continue reading “Ron’s yoga highlights The Palms Retreat”

Sweetest show on earth: Salon du Chocolat!

I hope your only rocky road is chocolate THE world’s largest and most stylish celebration of chocolate is set to mark two decades of innovative trends in Paris from late October. A vast space of 2,000 sq m will hold Salon du Chocolat which has has grown from one French couple’s love of our favourite sweet, to massive annual events worldwide attractingContinue reading “Sweetest show on earth: Salon du Chocolat!”

Sydney Harbour sculptures go green

Outdoor art at its best. Sydney Harbour’s foreshore areas around Woolwich Dock and Clarkes Point feature dramatic sculptures from prominent and emerging artists. The 112 entries in this year’s exhibition showcase intriguingly different styles, many making environmental statements, using recycled and sustainable materials. Clarkes Point Reserve – a backdrop of bushland with a harbour view –  has a history of environmental activism. WinterContinue reading “Sydney Harbour sculptures go green”

Mystery Box Rally – you’re doing what?

Only Australia would have a cancer research fundraiser called Shitbox Rally. Shitbox Rally is not a race, rather a challenge to achieve the unthinkable – to drive crappy cars worth $1,000 each, across Australia via some of its most arduous roads. Shitbox Rally has raised over $6 million for the Cancer Council. And that’s not all.Continue reading “Mystery Box Rally – you’re doing what?”

Noma Sydney sold out in four minutes!

Update: Holy smoked/pickled/cured mackerel, Batman! Nova Sydney’s 5600 seats across 10 weeks sold out in four minutes on Friday, October 30! The reservations site for Noma Sydney opened at 10am AEDT. By 10.04 am, all the $485-a-head seats were sold out. The much-awarded Noma restaurant will relocate from Copenhagen to our harbour city for 10 weeks in January 2016, to share the best ofContinue reading “Noma Sydney sold out in four minutes!”

Greek tourism urges visitors to come on over

  The sun still shines, beaches are gorgeous, beer is cold and ancient ruins mostly standing. If you want to help Greece get out of the financial snake pit, go there. If you don’t give a toss, by going there you will inadvertently help anyway. Greek tourism operators are slashing prices up to 50 perContinue reading “Greek tourism urges visitors to come on over”

Barcelona battles too many tourists

Barcelona, I love you. You’re traditional yet so stylish, inspiring and delicious. Oh, the shopping! Oh, Gaudi’s architecture! Oh, the street life!  And therein lies the problem. It has become a victim of its own success. Quality of life is so diminished, residents are fed up and something must be done. “The way of lifeContinue reading “Barcelona battles too many tourists”