Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Tapas bar at Kowloon Shangri-la Hong Kong

Tapas Bar at Kowloon Shangri-la Hong Kong Launches All-New Bottomless Sunday Brunch Menu

Outdoor Sunday brunches in an Al Fresco setting has long been one of Hong Kong's most-loved social occasions during the breezy season, and this fun tradition has just become even more exciting with the launch of the much anticipated Tapas Brunch at Tapas Bar on the 15th of December.

Tapas Bar at Kowloon Shangri-la
Tapas Bar at Kowloon Shangri-la
Popular with guests for its fun and shareable dishes and creative tipples, Tapas Bar's new offering of bottomless a la minute tapas is perfect for brunch enthusiasts who want to enjoy a true Spanish fiesta experience on the weekend!

The new Tapas Brunch experience offers guests a host of alluring choices prepared a la minute to allow brunchers to savour sharing dishes. The menu features a sumptuous range of all-time tapas classics such as tuna and watermelon ceviche, traditional Spanish tortilla, grilled octopus with sweet peppers and rucola pesto, apple cider-glazed chorizo and homemade churros, as well as signature crowd-pleasers such as whole suckling pig and seafood, chorizo and chicken paella in large pans.

In the true tradition of a Sunday Brunch, the experience is rounded off with free-flowing Cava, Spanish cocktails, beer, selected wines and juices that pair perfectly with flavourful Spanish cuisine.

The new Tapas Brunch menu is available at HKD590 +10% per guest every Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm. For reservations and enquiries, guests may call (852) 2733 8988.

Tapas Bar at Kowloon Shangri-la
Tapas Bar at Kowloon Shangri-la
About Tapas Bar

Tapas Bar is a wine bar where guests can find a wide selection of New World wines and complemented with the entrancing views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. The tapas counter with food display overlooks the action in the open kitchen. Guests can choose to enjoy a glass of wine and international tapas in the comfort of the bar or under the stars in the open air.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Festive Cocktails at Café Gray Deluxe and Sugar

Festive Cocktails at Café Gray Deluxe and Sugar

Celebrate the magical festive season with Café Gray Deluxe as the talented beverage team present an array of traditional Christmas classics and new cocktails inspired by the season.

Left to right  Ginseng Toddy, Remedy, Apple Crumble, Orange Juice, Sesame Nog, Suzette
Left to right  Ginseng Toddy, Remedy, Apple Crumble, Orange Juice, Sesame Nog, Suzette
 Cosy up with the warm Ginseng Toddy and Sesame Nog, inspired by Asian ingredients and winter flavours. Ginseng Toddy is created with ginseng, one of the most popular herbal remedies to restore and enhance wellbeing. Adding the flavours of cinnamon and rosemary brings balance. Sesame Nog symbolises the popular classic Chinese dessert Black Sesame Sweet Soup, simple, creamy and comforting especially in winter.

Cinnamon, red date and honey are favourite flavours for the winter season and are fantastic when infused in beverages.

Classic Christmas warmers like mulled wine, hot toddy are also available.

The Winter Cocktails are available until 29 December 2020.

Sugar Mulled Wine (Left)  Hennessy VSOP, Red Wine, Crème de cassis, Apple, Orange, Lemon, Chili, Lime, Orange Bitters, Angostura Bitters & Spice Mix     Winter's Garden (Right)  Tanqueray Gin, Apple Juice, Jujube, Rose, Lemon & Honey
Sugar Mulled Wine (Left)  Hennessy VSOP, Red Wine, Crème de cassis, Apple, Orange, Lemon, Chili, Lime, Orange Bitters, Angostura Bitters & Spice Mix     Winter's Garden (Right)  Tanqueray Gin, Apple Juice, Jujube, Rose, Lemon & Honey

The Upper House
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway
Admiralty, Hong Kong

29 Tai Koo Shing Rd
Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

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Sunday, November 03, 2019

Calçada Pavements in Macau

Calçada Pavements in Macau

Calçada pavements originated in Portugal but are also present in many of its former overseas territories including Macau.

Calçada with ship motif in Macau
Calçada with ship motif in Macau
Made of small blocks of limestone, different colors are used to form distinct mosaic-like patterns, shapes and symbols.

These are often of a nautical nature such as ships, spheres or wave patterns which represent Portugal's period of overseas exploration and conquest, known as the Age of Discoveries.

Senado Square, Macau
Senado Square
The most famous example of calçada in Macau is in Senado Square (議事亭前地). This is part of the historic UNESCO World Heritage listed center of the city. The square is here in a wave pattern.

The square is named after the Leal Senado, once a meeting place where Chinese and Portuguese came together during the 16th to 18th centuries.

Other examples of calçada are found throughout the city in squares and on walkways.

Look out for this art work beneath your feet. Also be careful as the stones can be slippery when wet.

Calçada Pavements in Macau
Calçada pavements in Macau

Macau Related

Ruínas de São Paulo

St Joseph Seminary Church

Venetian Macao Resort

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

JD.com Launches First Government Approved Drone Flight in Indonesia

JD.com Launches First Government Approved Drone Flight in Indonesia

Successful pilot flight lays the groundwork for future commercial drone use in Indonesia.  JD.com, China’s largest retailer, today announced the completion of Indonesia’s first government-approved drone flight – a breakthrough for drone delivery in Southeast Asia.


The successful pilot opens the door for future commercial drone use in Indonesia and the Southeast Asia region, subject to further regulatory approvals. Representatives from Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation, Civil Aviation and Air Navigation were present for the flight. 

The news was announced during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. The test flight took place on January 8, 2019, in West Java, Indonesia, where the drone flew from Jagabita Village, Parung Panjang to MIS Nurul Falah Leles Elementary School to deliver backpacks and books to students. The items delivered by drone were part of a larger donation of supplies from JD.com to the school. 

JD has a long history of offering philanthropic support to those in the communities where it operates. The company often taps its technology and nationwide logistics network to provide immediate support for natural disasters such as earthquakes in China. JD.com and its JV partner, e-commerce company JD.ID, were early movers in bringing high quality e-commerce to Indonesia. 

JD.ID, which launched e-commerce operations in 2016, sells 1 million SKUs and serves more than 20 million consumers across the country. Its operations leverage a logistics network consisting of ten warehouses across seven islands, covering 483 cities and 6,500 counties. 

Given the fact that the country is spread out across many islands, the implementation of drones for regular use in e-commerce deliveries, as well as other logistics-related services, will enable citizens in Indonesia to enjoy more efficient and reliable services, and help JD.ID realize its goal of being able to deliver 85% of orders same- or next day. JD.ID is also committed leveraging its logistics and other resources to support humanitarian efforts like earthquake disaster relief. 

 “It is a privilege to have contributed to this important moment in Indonesia’s history,” said Jon Liao, Chief Strategy Officer at JD.com. “We have been using drones for real deliveries in China for over two years now, and have seen the profound impact that the technology can have on people’s lives around the country. We look forward to working closely with WEF and the Indonesian government to realize the full potential of this technology, and provide more convenience to Indonesian citizens.” JD.com is a strategic partner of WEF and a partner of WEF’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

The C4IR is a global hub for multi-stakeholder cooperation to develop policy frameworks and advance collaborations that accelerate the benefits of science and technology. Leveraging drone technology to deliver supplies to areas in need is a high priority on the C4IR’s agenda. WEF and JD have been working closely together to ensure the success of the pilot in Indonesia. “This trial represents the first government-approved drone delivery operation in Indonesian history,” said Timothy Reuter, Head of Drones and Tomorrow’s Airspace at the World Economic Forum. “These tests are an opportunity for Indonesia to become a leader in the Southeast Asia region by leveraging drone delivery to improve access to vital medical, humanitarian, and commercial goods in remote areas.”

Sunday, January 20, 2019

JD.com Harnesses AR Technology to Improve Childhood “Stranger-danger” Education

JD.com Harnesses AR Technology

JD.com, China’s largest retailer, is using its advanced technology to bring augmented reality (AR) features to a picture book that teaches children how to interact safely with strangers. The new AR book is based on the popular German children’s book "Ich geh doch nicht mit Jedem mit!" (“I’m not going with everyone!”) by Dagmar Geisler, a well-known volume among Chinese parents for the simple and engaging way it educates children about "stranger-danger."

Ich geh doch nicht mit Jedem mit

The AR storybook is available to anyone who purchases the hard-copy edition and contains four new scenarios that teach children about the potential dangers and safest ways to interact with strangers. Parents and children can use the JD app on their smart devices to quickly scan the book and get easy access to practical, real-life scenarios that fully engage and immerse young readers. As technology continues to evolve rapidly, so too has the reading experience, which has seen traditional paper books supplemented by e-books and, more recently, AR versions. For children, learning has the potential to be enhanced and transformed by cutting-edge AR technologies that make books more interactive and enjoyable. 

The issue of missing children remains a serious problem worldwide. Despite investments in education and awareness, much needs to be done both globally and in China, home to an estimated 220 million children under the age of 14. By applying its innovative technologies to create more effective learning resources, JD can make a significant contribution to efforts addressing this issue. 

"We are proud to use our technology to tackle this important issue," said Tony Li, head of AR/VR at JD. “JD.com has already transformed the way consumers shop in China through our state-of-the-art technologies. We’re now helping to transform the way children learn by developing AR-powered educational tools. JD looks forward to continuing to work alongside authors and publishers to ensure the brightest and safest tomorrow for our kids and to shape the future of learning. 

We will also continue to find innovative ways to bring the AR technologies we develop in our labs to market in the service of our customers and partners.” JD was an early mover in using AR to enhance the retail experience, online and offline. Innovative tools such as its AR Fitting Room and AR Styling Station offer JD’s more than 300 million customers highly immersive and personalized shopping experiences. 

For instance, the AR Styling Station enables shoppers to virtually try on make-up and other beauty-related products and has proven enormously popular. During the company’s annual 6.18 anniversary sales last year, 70% of those who purchased color lenses first used the AR Styling Station to test out how they looked.