19 August 2017

Singaporean entrepreneurs recognised at Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2017

The Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award 2017 has honoured 15 entrepreneurs and business leaders from Singapore across 10 industry categories. Organised by Enterprise Asia, an association and thinktank for entrepreneurship, the awards received close to 80 nominees from Singapore.

Albert Phuay, Founder & Chairman of Excelpoint Technology, won the Entrepreneur of The Year Award in the Electrical & Electronics Industry category and Cheam Hing Lee, CEO of Rhodium Resources for the Trading & Wholesaling Industry category.

"We can say with certainty that the recipients of the APEA are like none other. Not only do they have to prove their entrepreneurial skills and experience in one of the toughest contests in the world, they also subject themselves to a pledge to uphold the highest standards of entrepreneurship, which includes allegiance to the two founding pillars of Enterprise Asia, namely investment in people and responsible entrepreneurship," says Dato' William Ng, President of Enterprise Asia.

"The APEA is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship globally. Beyond recognising the efforts of these entrepreneurs, we hope to encourage them to continue taking their businesses to the next level in the current digitalisation era, and in the process, providing more job opportunities to the people in the region, and help to drive the economy forward which is in align to Enterprise Asia’s purpose, democratising entrepreneurship, institutionalising sustainability and empowering innovation."

APEA 2017 winners for Singapore

Lifetime Achievement Award - Kwek Leng Beng, Executive Chairman of Hong Leong Group

Entrepreneur of The Year, Electrical & Electronics Industry
- Albert Phuay, Founder & Chairman of Excelpoint Technology

Entrepreneur of The Year, Trading & Wholesaling Industry - Cheam Hing Lee, CEO of Rhodium Resources

  • Scott D Smith, CEO of Beyonics International
  • Dr Terence O’Çonnor, Group CEO of Courts Asia
  • Ronald Goh, MD, Electronics & Engineering 
  • Danielle Warner, Founder & CEO of Expat Insurance 
  • Ori Leshem, CEO, Genesis Retail
  • Adam Simkins, Director of Getz Bros. & Company Singapore
  • David Kim, MD SEA - ANZ of Tmax Singapore
  • Chin Wei Jia, Group CEO of Health Management International
  • Low Cheong Kee, MD & Founder, Home-Fix D.I.Y
  • Suneet Goenka, Founder & Group MD, Red Apple Travel Singapore
  • Tan Poo Seng, Founder & MD, TopZone E&C
  • Doris Wee, Director, Wendell Trading Company

Launched in 2007, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards are regional awards for excellence in entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership. They group leading entrepreneurs in the region together as a voice for entrepreneurship and serve as an invitation-only networking platform. The programme covers 13 markets in Asia.

Source: Enterprise Asia. Winners of the APEA 2017 for Singapore.
Source: Enterprise Asia. Winners of the APEA 2017 for Singapore.

The awards feature stringent entry criteria and highly competitive judging parameters. The nomination is by invitation only with each nominee subjected to a rigorous judging process, including financial verification by an appointed audit firm and a mandatory physical site audit and interview, culminating in a confidential balloting process by Enterprise Asia’s committee.

Editor's note: There are many industry awards that appear to be of a similar nature. The most prestigious awards would feature well-established award organisers, include larger, well-known brands as winners and ensure that all nominees go through a rigorous selection process.

Sukhothai Shanghai to debut in late 2017

Source: HKRI. The Sukhothai Shanghai.
Source: HKRI. The Sukhothai Shanghai.

HKR International will soon add a second hotel to the Sukhothai Hotels & Resorts portfolio – The Sukhothai Shanghai. The urban oasis debuts in Nanjing Road West central business district in late 2017.

The Sukhothai Shanghai, a contemporary luxury boutique hotel, is a new masterpiece by the design practice, Neri & Hu. Its 168 guest rooms and 33 suites range in size from 44 to 172 sq m.

The new hotel will adhere to the hallmark Sukhothai service culture and philosophy, with an eye for details and unique facilities aimed at business and leisure travellers to Shanghai.

The Sukhothai Shanghai is an integral part of the HKRI Taikoo Hui mixed-use complex which is jointly developed by HKR International (HKRI) and Swire Properties. It is bounded on the north by Nanjing Road West and on the west by Shimen Yi Road. The new hotel is annexed with a restored heritage building named Cha House, and is connected to shops and two Grade A office towers in HKRI Taikoo Hui as well as with Shanghai’s metro network.

The Sukhothai Shanghai offers five dining and bar venues. La Scala, one of the best known Italian restaurants in Bangkok, will feature an open theatre kitchen, serving urban Italian cuisine a la minute using the freshest ingredients.

Dominating the second floor of The Sukhothai Shanghai are the meeting and banquet facilities. A ballroom and six multipurpose rooms offer a combined function space of 650 sq m.

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18 August 2017

The Concorde Hotel Singapore launches mooncake gift sets in mirror chests

Source: Concorde Hotel website. Mooncakes from the Concorde Hotel will come in LED mirror chests.
Source: Concorde Hotel website. Mooncakes from the Concorde Hotel will come in LED mirror chests.

The Concorde Hotel, Singapore has invested in unusual mooncake presentation containers every year, and this year is no different. Mooncakes will be encased in an LED mirror chest which lights up when opened.

Mooncake flavours include bamboo charcoal skin with red dragon fruit and black sesame, golden jade lotus with a single yolk, pure lotus, white lotus, pure lotus with a single yolk and white lotus with a single yolk. All mooncakes are halal-certified, and cost S$49.60 for a box of four except for the pure lotus and white lotus flavours, which cost S$48.


Order the Concorde Hotel's mooncakes online. Pioneer Generation cardholders can purchase a maximum of two boxes of mooncakes at a special rate* of S$46.00 nett per box. There is an early bird discount of 20%* for purchases made between 14 August and 3 September 2017. Prices include 7% GST

Call +65 6734 0393 or 6733 8855 ext. 8133 with questions

*Only one discount can be applied at any one time.

Shang Palace has all-time favourites and new flavours in 2017 mooncake repertoire

To celebrate the mid-autumn festival, Shang Palace at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore presents a selection of limited-edition mooncakes with traditional and contemporary fillings.

Three limited edition Shang Palace gift boxes  are available this year: the Mini Snow Skin Eight Treasures collection, the Mini Eight Treasures collection, and the classic Four Treasures collection, all wrapped in handcrafted blush-, celadon-, and crimson-hued silk boxes that resemble imperial jewellery boxes adorned with pearl buttons.

The Shang Palace Mini Snow Skin Eight Treasures Gift Set (S$88) features two new flavours: yuzu bird's nest and chocolate Salted toffee, with four pieces of each flavour. The luxurious yuzu bird's nest mooncake has a tangy sweet and sour yuzu filling with premium bird's nest in its core, wrapped in snow skin. Area Executive Pastry Chef Herve Potus specially created the chocolate salted toffee snow skin mooncake with an exclusive French chocolate blend made of 40% cocoa milk chocolate and 66% cocoa dark chocolate at the core, mixed with sea salt toffee, and encased in a layer of crisp milk chocolate.

The Shang Palace Mini Eight Treasures Gift Set (S$88) includes eight mini baked mooncakes - four pieces each of the low sugar white lotus seed paste with quarter yolk and red bean with almond flavours. The classic favourite low sugar white lotus seed paste with quarter yolk, has been re-introduced to the Mini Eight Treasures this year in a mini version with a quarter yolk. Meanwhile, the red Bean with almond adds crunchy baked almonds to the classic baked mooncake.

The Shang Palace Four Treasures Gift Set (S$78) is an ideal gift comprising four traditional hand-baked mooncakes: low sugar white lotus seed paste with double yolks, low sugar white lotus seed paste with single yolk, low sugar plain white lotus seed paste and mixed nuts with chicken sausage ham, with one piece of each flavour.

Source: Shangri-La, Singapore. The Shang Palace will have limited edition mooncakes till early October.
Source: Shangri-La, Singapore. The Shang Palace will have limited edition mooncakes till early October.

Guests who order the baked mooncake gift sets online will enjoy 15% savings. Orders of 60 boxes or more from the hotel lobby or restaurant and orders of more than S$4,500 online will enjoy complimentary delivery to one location within Singapore. A delivery charge of S$50 nett per location in Singapore (during office hours) is chargeable if purchase is below 60 boxes from the hotel lobby and restaurant or below S$4,500 online. Delivery service is available from 22 August to 1 October 2017

The mooncakes are available for purchase at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore's lobby, or at the Shang Palace restaurant till 4 October 2017. The Shangri-La, Singapore will be represented at pop-up shops at Takashimaya, Vivocity, Parkway Parade, Jurong Point, NEX, Suntec City and Raffles Xchange. The mooncakes are also available online till 2 October 2017

For orders and further enquiries, call +65 6213 4398/4473 or email shangpalace.sls at shangri-la.com

The Murray, Hong Kong to offer four distinct dining experiences

The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel, will debut four restaurants when the hotel opens in late 2017, all showcasing local and international flavours inspired by diverse culinary traditions.

With its stylish interiors, Murray Lane is poised to be the go-to venue for after-work gatherings among the city’s finance community. Murray Lane can accommodate 46 guests indoors and will offer light lunch options, premium teas and barista-made coffees as well as a bar menu.

The Garden Lounge will be open throughout the day and serves afternoon tea. The lounge will welcome up to 108 guests. Guests may dine indoors or alfresco on the Garden Lounge’s terrace overlooking The Murray Lawns and the neighbouring Hong Kong Park.

Source: The Murray, Hong Kong. The Tai Pan.
Source: The Murray, Hong Kong. The Tai Pan.
Source: The Murray, Hong Kong. The Aviary.
Source: The Murray, Hong Kong. The Aviary.
The Tai Pan, featuring a masculine aesthetic anchored by geometric lines, gold accents and luxurious materials in a plum-red palette, is an ideal choice for business luncheons and celebrations. Serving modern European-influenced dishes, the Tai Pan offers a lunch menu designed for busy executives and a dinner selection that showcases seasonal ingredients and culinary creativity. International breakfast dishes are available in the mornings. The restaurant will seat up to 66 guests indoors while an additional 48 seats with a view of the Cotton Tree Terrace are available for guests who prefer alfresco dining.

Murray on the Roof will deliver a view of Hong Kong’s skyline. The 355 sq m, 120-seat lifestyle and entertainment space includes an indoor dining area, a private dining room, a rooftop terrace and a bar. The landscaped outdoor area will accommodate up to 120 guests. Open throughout the day, Murray on the Roof will serve seasonal dining menus, shared platters and tapas inspired by the world’s greatest epicurean cities. For an exclusive experience, The Aviary, a private dining room with a striking glass façade, will be available for intimate events and accommodate up to 14 guests.

“The Murray, Hong Kong will bring an added dimension to the city’s international dining scene with new fashionable venues for entertaining and creative event spaces such as The Arches,” says Duncan Palmer, MD of The Murray. “Balancing understated glamour and culinary sophistication, we look forward to providing our local and international guests with exciting dining and bar concepts as well as unforgettable experiences.”


The Murray, Hong Kong is at 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong. Call +852 2118 7289 with questions

Tai Thong's four new mooncake flavours for 2017

Tai Thong has introduced four new flavours for mooncakes this year:

Source: Tai Thong website. The durian emperor mooncake.
Source: Tai Thong website. The durian emperor mooncake.

Durian emperor (榴槤皇中皇): The filling is made from fresh durian. Tai Thong has two other snow skin mooncakes with durian: the imperial Musang King royale (至尊貓山皇), a premium limited edition mooncake filled with pure Musang King durian flesh, and the snow skin durian coulis (冰皮鮮榴槤) that contains durian pulp and paste.

Mocha milk tea (奶茶咖啡): Inspired by the 'yuan yang' Hong Kong beverage, which mixes tea and coffee, this is a charcoal-baked mooncake with mocha coffee and royal milk tea lotus paste.

Snow skin pandan single yolk (冰皮翡翠單黃): A blend of salted egg yolk enveloped in fresh pandan paste.

Source: Tai Thong website. The new Snow skin Japanese potato with custard mooncake.
Source: Tai Thong website. The new Snow skin Japanese potato with custard mooncake.

Snow skin Japanese potato with custard (冰皮紫薯奶黃): Slightly sweet and smooth. Tai Thong recommends Chinese tea to complement it.

Other Tai Thong flavours for baked mooncakes include flavours with the classic lotus, white lotus, pandan and red bean fillings. It also has a salted White Lotus with Belacan Dried Shrimp & Chicken Floss 咸白蓮馬來棧蝦米雞絲 version. for snow skin mooncakes Tai Thong has yam, red bean and lotus paste flavours.

Tai Thong has crafted mooncakes for two decades. Its mooncakes are free from artificial colourings and flavourings, and certified halal by the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (JAKIM).

The company has also created mid-autumn set menus for 2017 which are available at the Imperial Garden PJ, Imperial China Subang, Imperial City Cheras, Tai Thong Odeon Kepong and Royal China Ipoh in Malaysia. Four business banquet menus are available as well, at the Imperial China Subang, Imperial City Cheras, Imperial Garden PJ, Royal China Restaurant Ipoh and Tai Thong Odeon Kepong.


Call 1800 882 338 in Malaysia with questions from Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 6.30pm