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ISSUE 14 SEOUL COOL Vintage flair in South Korea Guangzhou in bloom WORLD S LEADING SERVICED APARTMENT BRAND CONFERRED BY THE WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS Heartfelt thanks from Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd to our loyal guests and exceptional staff. WELCOME In June this year we opened our third property in Seoul Fraser Place Namdaemun Seoul complementing our established properties Fraser Suites Insadong Seoul and Fraser Place Central Seoul. Located in the enviable location of Namdaemun overlooking the iconic Namdaemun Gate Fraser Place Namdaemun Seoul is surrounded by multi-national companies as well as a multitude of shopping choices and restaurants. Also in the same month Fraser Suites Guangzhou celebrated its grand opening. Its location in the vibrant Tianhe district offers our residents multiple lifestyle options right at their doorstep and within the property. You will see what I mean in the following pages. Farther afield our properties in London and Paris with distinctive locations in Kensington and the Champs-Elys es respectively have undergone major refurbishment. We have provided a sneak peek but will showcase them more extensively in the following issues of Cachet. My team and I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your feedback through the various channels. These appraisals guide us in our efforts to improve our offerings and to stay relevant. Yours sincerely 04 FEATURES 04 Guangzhou Flower City Guangdong s capital blossoms year-round 16 Swing Out Seoul Vintage revival in South Korea 24 Art of Style France s artisanal traditions 30 Ready Set Go Extreme thrills and adventures 34 Flower Power Edible tropical flowers 24 REGULARS 02 08 18 27 54 60 61 62 Choe Peng Sum CEO Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd Global Calendar Property Viewing Guangzhou Property Viewing Seoul Property Viewing Paris Scene And Heard Residents Scrapbook Residents Activities Awards & Directory 34 38 40 46 Follow Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd fraserapartment FrasersHospitality 48 ISSUE 14 SEOUL COOL Vintage flair in South Korea Guangzhou in bloom This issue s cover contrasts Seoul s ancient Bukchon Hanok village against its modern skyline capturing the South Korean capital s dual old world-new world spirit. FRASERS HOSPITALITY PTE LTD 491B River Valley Road Level 8 Valley Point Singapore 248373 Director Group Branding & Communications Jastina Balen Senior Executive Marketing & Communications Gene Goh PUBLISHING AGENT PUBLICITAS PUBLISHING Tel 65 6735 8681 Email PP.Asia publishingasia Editorial Director Rod Mackenzie Senior Editor Ming Rodrigues Contributing Editor Sakinah Manaff Contributing Writer Translator Main Ching Design Sharon Ang Joyce Chong Charlene Lee Managing Director Joui Ong Client Services Doreen Lau For advertising enquiries email edwina.chan CACHET is published quarterly for Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd by Publicitas Publishing Pte Ltd. The title CACHET its associated logos or devices and the content of CACHET are the property of Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd. Copyright is held by the publishers. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is strictly prohibited 2012. This publication is distributed free. Printed by Times Printers Pte Ltd. All information correct at time of printing. MICA (P) 124 08 2012 2 GLOBAL CALENDAR Photo Korea Tourism Organization 18 October - 18 November Shanghai 15th China Shanghai International Arts Festival Arts from around the world meet at China s most influential festival. Catch stage performances culture and art exhibitions dramas and public cultural activities from China and across the globe. Through to 13 October Seoul Music at the Royal Palace What better way to enjoy traditional Korean music and storytelling than in the sumptuous grounds of the Royal Palace of South Korea s last dynasty Every spring and autumn the Royal Palace hosts performances of court and folk music. Take this opportunity to stroll through Huwon garden and explore the palaces especially Changdeokgung a UNESCO World Heritage Site. en Through to 13 October Paris Festival d Ile de France Every spring selected chateaus churches theatres old factories and picturesque farms around Paris play host to about 30 concerts featuring classical baroque and world music and jazz. Never has location been so essential to a performance as this festival offers the discovery of musical and regional heritage. 20 - 22 September Singapore Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix F1 s only night race is back and better than ever Find out if world champion Sebastian Vettel will repeat his victorious performance at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. And get ready to party with Rihanna Justin Bieber Tom Jones The Killers Bob Geldof and Korean boy band Big Bang at Asia s biggest sporting and entertainment extravaganza. fraser cachet Endless Pulse Low Chair by Dirk Vander Kooij Photo Budapest Design Week 27 September - 6 October Budapest Budapest Design Week 2013 For 10 days a year the city of Budapest transforms into a huge gallery showcasing international and Hungarian design pieces and artworks. There are also open studios workshops tours and gastronomy programmes. This year s festival focuses on crossover trends in contemporary design and the dissolution of genre boundaries between art design and crafts. en 14 - 21 October London London Restaurant Festival During this city-wide celebration of London restaurants and chefs you get to dine at some of the finest restaurants. From great-value festival menus to amazing one-off events gastronomic debates to foodie film nights there s something for every taste and budget. Highlights include Gourmet Odyssey where you board a Routemaster bus for a gourmet trip around some of London s most exciting restaurants and a gastropub foodie quiz that will take place in over 100 venues simultaneously. 26 - 27 October Perth UnWined Treat yourself to an indulgent experience at Western Australia s boutique wine and gourmet show. Held at the Subianco food and wine district there are tastings of some of the best wines grown in the region cooking demos and entertainment. This year around 70 companies are expected to participate. 27 - 29 October Dubai Night of the Ad Eaters Watch the world s best TV commercials in one location. Over three nights the Madinat Jumeirah Theatre in downtown Dubai will present what Russian Asian African and South American advertisers serve up in their countries as ads. A great showcase of creativity diversity and inspiration. fraser cachet 4 check-in Clockwise from above The bold structure of the Guangzhou Opera House was designed by top architect Zaha Hadid one of the city s famous commercial and shopping streets an array of traditional Chinese herbs the city skyline gleaming in the night sky fraser cachet Photos Shutterstock Dreamstime iStockphoto Flower City GuanGzhou Uptat abo. Ibusa quod untia sunt acernatur con reius nus derum aligendaeped modiam volupta tionseq uiaecta voloribus et ma qui diandebis nullacc ullorer natur Axime nulparitatio eos aut ullatur sinvellit quunt molorios volupta sent as rero voluptatus plabor am que modigen ihilici dolectotatem et aut vel. F ormerly known as canton Guangzhou is one of the most prosperous cities in china. Located north of the Pearl River Delta it is the capital and also the largest city in the province of Guangdong. Guangzhou s subtropical climate colourful blossoms and verdant landscapes welcome traders and visitors throughout the year earning it the nickname china s Flower city . The first town to be established on the site of presentday Guangzhou dates back to the Qin dynasty (221 207 Bc). During the 2nd century AD indians and Romans were the first foreigners to arrive. in 1711 the British east india company set up a trading post here. Through the centuries Guangzhou continued to attract traders and businessmen. Those seeking their fortunes came here to set up factories barter or trade while others swopped their farmer hats for a more lucrative career as factory workers. Today Guangzhou is the economic centre of the Pearl River Delta as well as one of china s leading commercial and manufacturing regions. Therein lies the vitality and colour of this bustling hub. From shopping to seafood When it comes to good shopping Guangzhou delivers. From vast bazaars to magnificent markets the city has been described as one huge shopping mall. Shangxia Jiu Lu is the most influential traditional commercial street in Guangzhou. You will find famous old stores such as Yong an Department Store herring Shoes and hats Store Dalu clock and Watch Store and even teahouses. A stopover here is surely a rich cultural experience. Downtown at Zhuangyuan Fang peoplewatching is a must as this 200-metre-long street draws the funkiest young shoppers for the latest Japanese and korean fashions. Moving on there is haizhu Square Wholesale Market. One of the most colourful markets in Asia it stretches all the way to Shamian island. Apart from toys furnishings and electrical gadgets you can also find many of the fraser cachet 6 check-in souvenirs that are sold all over china but at wholesale prices. head for Yide Lu Seafood Market if you are looking for dried seafood. it offers an ocean of chinese culinary essentials such as oysters abalone and cuttlefish. Sights for soul searching Take a break from bargain hunting and make time for some soul searching. head to the old foreign concession of Shamian island. Stroll along the streets and admire restored colonial buildings some of which have been transformed into restaurants shops and hotels. For a quieter retreat drift away to the White cloud Mountain northeast of the city. Ascend the summit for an unforgettable view of the legendary Pearl River. Back in the city downtown Temple of the Six Banyan Trees is another must-see for its octagonal Flower Pagoda. Standing at more than 50 metres high it is the tallest pagoda in the city. Guangzhou is also a centre for learning. The prestigious Sun Yatsen University founded by its namesake in 1924 has three of its four campuses in Guangzhou. Thankfully satiating your hunger for culture and a good bargain is not all that Guangzhou is famous for. The cradle of Cantonese cuisine cantonese food is considered china s haute cuisine. classic cantonese cooking emphasises the quality and freshness of ingredients with its dishes often characterised by the use of very mild and simple spices to enhance natural flavours. Roasted and barbecued meats are perennial cantonese favourites. Another specialty is its slowcooked soup which is usually a clear broth prepared with meat and simmered over low heat for several hours. Sometimes chinese herbs are added to the soups for medicinal value. ingredients of a cantonese slowcooked soup may include fresh chicken fish maw sea cucumbers scallops and abalone. Beiyuan Jiujia a restaurant that dates back to the 1920s offers dim sum and a generous menu of cantonese classics in a courtyard setting. Another local favourite Top Dining options abound in one of the city s pedestrianised streets. Above The Canton Tower and the Flower Pagoda of Temple of the Six Banyan Trees fraser cachet Clockwise from right A modern take on Cantonese food long considered China s haute cuisine grilled skewered meats make a quick and tasty lunchtime treat har gao (prawn dumpling) is a popular Cantonese dim sum staple joint for dim sum is Panxi Jiujia while Guangzhou Jiujia offers good traditional cantonese fare. You may also want to head to a popular haunt Dongjiang haixian Dajiulou where you will be astounded by the array of live seafood. Offering the bustle of city life the tranquility of nature and the satisfaction of great food and shopping Guangzhou is indeed a city in full bloom. This article was first published in PSA International s At The Helm Right Imposing colonial buildings line the British and French quarters of Shamian Island. From the Song and Qing dynasties the island served as an important port for Guangzhou s foreign trade but by 1859 it was divided into the British and French concessions. Soon it became home to a prosperous Western enclave Photos Shutterstock iStockphoto fraser cachet 8 ProPerty Viewing LIVING IN STYLE Located in the vibrant Tianhe district Fraser Suites Guangzhou welcomes every guest with luxurious furnishings and first-class facilities. fraser cachet Basking in the panoramic view of the city fraser cachet 10 ProPerty Viewing Spacious layouts and exceptional interiors of the three-bedroom apartment fter a hectic day at work imagine coming back to a place where you can truly kick back and relax just like you do back home. Featuring 332 GoldStandard studios and one- to threebedroom apartments Fraser Suites Guangzhou marries the elegance of a serviced residence with the warmth of a home. The spacious living bedroom and dining areas in every apartment bear the hallmarks of creative space planning and smart design by world-renowned hospitality interior designer Hirsch Bedner Associates. Complete with a modern fully-equipped kitchen and a sleek home entertainment system Fraser Suites Guangzhou A fulfills your desire of arriving and staying in style. Strategic location Being centrally situated in Tianhe business district adds to the appeal of Fraser Suites Guangzhou. Besides being within walking distance to several subway stations key tourist landmarks such as the Guangzhou Opera House Guangzhou Zoo and Pearl River Park are also nearby. Even if your schedule is chock-a-block enjoying a spot of shopping isn t an issue because the residence is surrounded by major shopping malls such as Citic Plaza Taikoo Hui Tee Mall and one of the city s newest mega malls One Link Walk. Elegant appointments and chic objets d art make for refined living fraser cachet With its floor-to-ceiling windows the dining area feels bright and airy Reception fraser cachet 12 ProPerty Viewing All under one roof Be it business or recreation you can get it all at Fraser Suites Guangzhou without having to step out. In fact mixing business with leisure is the norm at Fraser. And when work is done perfect your swing at the golf simulator take a dip in the swimming pool or work out at the gym and unwind in the steam and sauna facilities. Boardroom set-up at the multi-function facility Modern furnishings with all the creature comforts of home fraser cachet Classic hues enhance the roomy interiors Deluxe one-bedroom apartment Quiet time at The Retreat fraser cachet 14 ProPerty Viewing Outdoor poolside Thoughtful practical touches Fraser Suites Guangzhou pays attention to the details that make your stay comfortable and convenient in every possible way. From babysitting services a wellstocked library and Kids Club Room to massage facilities at The Retreat you ll be heartened by these attentive gestures whether you re a busy business traveller or a family busy with kids. n Practise your swing with the golf simulator fraser cachet Comprehensive gym Right in the heart of shopping and dining fraser cachet 16 CHECK IN SWING OUT There s more to the South Korean capital than kimchi and K-pop. Retro dance and vintage style are surprisingly alive and kicking. WORDS ANA ISMAIL-OW nyone not living in a cave would have a general idea of Psy K-pop and Korean drama and how all things Korean are an indelible part of today s popular culture. But who knew that the soul of Seoul could very well belong to an era that harkens to the past more than the future The proof lies with some 1 000 swing dancers who can cut a rug on any given dance floor in the city with their nimble feet and nifty vintage style. Places like Sky Ballroom and the Big Apple and dance studios teaching vernacular dances are second homes to young (and some not-so-young) folks who come to break out some old-school moves. Welcome to an alternate world in South Korea where jazz tunes are the soundtrack speakeasy bars the hot spot tailored vintage the fashion and 60s swing and Lindy Hop the dance du A fraser cachet Seoul jour. Immersed in a bygone world dancers spend an inordinate amount of time honing their moves before they step out. Step to it A country as far removed as possible from Harlem New York the original home of happy feet where the dance began its roots now arguably holds the largest community dedicated to the African American dance called the Lindy Hop an energetic dance that originated in 30s Harlem and evolved with the jazz music of the time. Those who don t dance just pose in carefully curated clothing either found in flea markets or made-to-order by specialist tailors. Clockwise from top right Korean boy band SHINee rocking retro style swing and Lindy Hop dances have become popular with the young The Korean obsession with perfection is alive and kicking at Camp Swing It a three-day Lindy Hop dance mecca of sorts held annually in Cheongshim International Youth Centre north of Seoul. Since 2009 local dancers have been strutting and swivelling in enthusiastic and practiced fashion. In preparation for meets like Camp Swing It or the numerous other international Lindy Hop camps and festivals the Korean dancers hit the floor almost every night of the week. And there are enough dance studios and jazz bars in Seoul as well as other cities like Busan to cater to this keen mass. But the dance camp is a beast all its own growing exponentially from a small but fervent dance scene to one that is about 1 000-strong. Every April the otherwise cold and drafty youth centre in the middle of nowhere becomes a hub of long registration queues of dancers from all over South Korea and some from even farther away. All have descended from regular day jobs for this dance respite. The camp has grown so much as to attract both professionals and participants from Singapore Thailand Australia and the United States. For three days and nights the revelers dance socially take technical classes compete in solo partner and team competitions and take every opportunity to wear vintage 20s to 50s garb. GO VINTAGE Learn to swing If you don t already know the dance you can take classes with Nalla and Jessica ( Or come and soak in the atmosphere at the jazz clubs and bars where the hipcats hang namely Big Apple club near Bangbea station Boogie Woogie in Sillim and Sky Grand Ballroom in Dangsan. Already a bona fide swing dancer Attend (or even compete in) the annual Camp Swing It (www.campswingit. com) which also hosts the national Korean Lindy Hop Championships. ... and where to get the look Gwangjang style Not so much a movement culture or even district Gwangjang is South Korea s first ever market now renowned for street food as well as street style of the vintage era. Located in Jongno-gu this is where style-finders flock for vintage clothing that s comparable to the best op shops and thrift stores of Manhattan and Melbourne. Any serious swing dancer or even a garden-variety hipster worth his fedora would make a beeline for the selection of both original vintage and vintage reproductions found here. Elsewhere stylish enclaves like Insadong and Samcheongdong also o er boutiques that stock carefully selected vintage wear along with locally made designer and high-street labels. Everything comes full circle and today it seems vintage is gold in Seoul. fraser cachet Photos Getty Images Korean Wedding Photos Anthony Mak This means more than just wearing old clothes. The look is extremely fastidious and calculated. You have to invest in the right pieces to get the right style. Trawl the stalls at Gwangjang market or some of the indie clothing stores in Samcheongdong will have a vintage rack mixed in among their contemporary offerings. Great news is that these are quite affordable and have the cache of being Made in Korea as well. If you have a bigger budget invest in some pieces from FROM (www. fromshowroom). A made-to-measure tailoring enterprise located in Gangnam FROM makes suits shirts pants bow-ties high-waisted pants and skirts all done in a suitably vintage style but updated with modern tailoring techniques and quality fabrics. Bonus the owners of FROM are also swing dancers so they know how to make outfits that will last you through more than a song and dance. 18 PRoPeRTy VIeWINg THE SEOUL OF COSMOPOLITAN LIVING With a central location that combines big city glitz and centuries-old heritage Fraser Place Namdaemun Seoul is the perfect place to stay if you re looking for convenience comfort and a touch of culture. I t is said that life isn t measured by the number of breaths you take but by every moment that takes your breath away. The scenic panorama afforded by Fraser Place Namdaemun is perhaps a reflection of that expression. Overlooking Seoul s historic Namdaemun Gate and the city s shimmering skyline the property s prime location makes waking up or relaxing with your favourite tipple a delightful experience. The 252-unit serviced residence has all the comforts of home with personalised housekeeping Elegant self-contained interiors fraser cachet A spacious and light-filled home away from home Soft lighting and rich textures add a modern flair Enjoy working out in the state-of-the-art gym services 24-hour gym and sauna facilities. When you need to get down to business meeting and convention facilities complete with free Wi-Fi and essential business equipment are at your disposal. Its meeting facilities can accommodate up to 80 people while its two boardrooms have a capacity of up to 10 persons. Step out of Fraser Place Namdaemun and you are right in the heart of Seoul. It is centrally located within the business district where embassies MNCs and top Korean corporations such as Richwood Pharmaceutical and Heungkuk Life Insurance reside. To boot popular shopping and entertainment districts are nearby. It is said that life isn t measured by the number of breaths you take but by every moment that takes your breath away. The scenic panorama afforded by Fraser Place Namdaemun is perhaps a reflection of that expression. View from the room of Seoul s iconic Namdaemun Gate fraser cachet 20 PRoPeRTy VIeWINg A view of Namdaemun Gate by dusk The residence is conveniently located beside Namdaemun Market one of the oldest markets in South Korea and your round-theclock bargain haven. Ten minutes away at Myeongdong you get your pick of everything stylish among myriad fashionable department stores irresistible street food and other good dining options. Travelling by train is one of the easiest and fastest ways to get around in Seoul. With City Hall Square and Seodaemum stations a stone s throw away you are seamlessly connected to wherever you want to go in this vibrant city. The elegant banquet room Dine at the rooftop restaurant One of the F&B outlets The well-equipped meeting room fraser cachet PROPERTY VIEWING 21 SUITE PICKS Fraser Suites Insadong Seoul and Fraser Place Central Seoul are havens to come home to after a long day working or sightseeing. Take a dip or chill out at the indoor pool at Fraser Place Central Seoul Along with the newly-launched Fraser Place Namdaemun Seoul Frasers Hospitality has three properties in the South Korean capital which includes Fraser Suites Insadong Seoul and Fraser Place Central Seoul all in great locations with unique o erings. In the company of royalty at Fraser Suites Insadong Seoul Located in Insadong Seoul s cultural and historical district Fraser Suites Insadong is surrounded by temples palaces and fortresses dating back to the Joseon Dynasty. It is also close to the alleys filled with art galleries antique and ceramic shops bookstores traditional teahouses and restaurants. Naturally these regal surroundings lend elegance to the 213 Gold-Standard suites which are designed to reflect South Korea s cultural heritage with a modern twist. Avid golfers can hone their game at the rooftop driving range reputedly a first for a serviced residence. A warm and inviting home away from home at Fraser Suites Insadong Seoul A retreat in the city at Fraser Place Central Seoul Fraser Place Central Seoul is conveniently situated in Kangbuk the city s business and culture centre and close to embassies government ministries as well as shopping areas. While you re assured of important amenities such as state-of-the-art multimedia equipment and free Wi-Fi lush massage chairs and soothing music will rejuvenate you. For an invigorating workout the indoor swimming pool and fitness club await. Ease into your personal haven at any of the 254 Gold-Standard residences at Fraser Place Central Seoul. Modern and urban decor at Fraser Place Central Seoul fraser cachet PROPERTIES COMING UP 23 Hot Suites Artist s impression Travellers will be spoilt for choice as Fraser launches premium residences in Kuala Lumpur Jakarta and Wuhan. CHIC FURNISHINGS AT CAPRI BY FRASER KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA Artist s impression Capri By Fraser Kuala Lumpur Malaysia SWEET TRANQUILITY AT FRASER RESIDENCE MENTENG Just 10 minutes by car to the main local business district of Thamrin and a stone s throw away from key tourist shopping and dining sites Fraser Residence Menteng s strategic location within Menteng Raya in Central Jakarta o ers an exclusive space away from the hustle and bustle of city living with all the convenience. Slated to welcome its first guests this year end the residence s 128 contemporary Gold-Standard apartments come in various studio one- to three-bedroom and duplex penthouse configurations and are equipped with full-length windows and a concept kitchen. What s more residents will enjoy facilities such as a 24-hour gym and beautifully landscaped outdoor pool. Located in the highly coveted Bangsar South enclave Capri by Fraser Kuala Lumpur Malaysia is close to a sprawling six-acre park a healthcare centre and exciting shopping dining and entertainment options. The 240-unit property combines the outstanding facilities of a smart hotel with the warmth and comfort of home. Guests can expect contemporary interiors a swimming pool with Jacuzzi four F&B outlets extensive meeting and conference facilities an outdoor garden terrace and yoga play and kickboxing rooms. DON T MISS THESE SPECIAL PROMOTIONS MODENA ZHUANKOU WUHAN Studio Superior RMB450 night One Bedroom Superior RMB500 night Two Bedroom Deluxe RMB 1 000 night Three Bedroom Deluxe RMB 1 400 night Rates are inclusive of taxes with complimentary daily breakfast and high-speed internet access in rooms and around the property. STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES AT MODENA ZHUANKOU WUHAN Designed for the work-hard play-hard business traveller Modena Zhuankou Wuhan is conveniently located in the Wuhan Economic and Technological Zone close to the CBD shopping centres and international schools. Featuring 172 Gold-Standard serviced apartments the property boasts well-equipped kitchens stateof-the-art home entertainment systems a swimming pool and round-the-clock gym. Corporate guests will appreciate its modern meeting room facilities and complimentary high-speed internet access throughout Artist s impression Modena Zhuankou Wuhan the property. For all enquiries and reservations please call 86 27 8463 0800 or email sales.zhuankou-wuhan FRASER SUITES QUEENS GATE LONDON Extended Stay Offer (on all studio- and one-bedroom categories) 15% off Best Available Rate With complimentary bottle of wine and chocolates on arrival and complimentary high-speed internet access in rooms and around the property. Terms & Conditions apply - Minimum stay of 7 nights subject to availability - Full pre-payment (non-refundable and non-exchangeable) fraser cachet 24 CULTURE ART OF WORDS NOLA D ENIS Call it je ne sais quoi or just a feel for perfection the French have finesse down pat. In fact it s in their very blood evident in the country s heritage artisan traditions. style fraser cachet The attention to detail in craftsmanship means that a Baccarat crystal chandelier can take up to six weeks to complete T he French have that knack of turning the ordinary into the ooh la la From Chanel s chic little black dress to the more humble Savon de Marseille artisanal products are found in almost every French home and increasingly abroad as customers seek out what the French do best producing top quality goods using the savoir faire of generations. UNESCO acknowledged the importance of such craftsmanship and the role it plays in maintaining French regional cultural identity by including it on the World Heritage List as part of humanity s intangible cultural heritage . The award celebrates what the French have always known that exceptional craftsmanship developed through the transmission of expertise endorses regional excellence and a cultural heritage that is valued far beyond home shores. Beautiful Baccarat French Baccarat crystal is a perfect example of this artisanal legacy. World-renowned it comes from a northeastern town of the same name and was founded in 1764 following a decree by Louis XV to establish glassworks on the banks of the river Meurthe. By 1823 Baccarat had become the leading crystalworks in France exporting crystal across the world and attracting the country s best craftsmen. It is a tradition which stands true till today with 25 Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (Best Craftsmen a competitive title) amongst their glassblowers glasscutters and engravers. The recipe for Baccarat crystal has also stood the test of time. It is made of silica lead oxide potassium carbonate (potash) cullet (melted down scrap crystal) and of course the secret ingredients which are part of the magic and mystique of Baccarat crystal. A Baccarat crystal chandelier can take around six weeks to create by craftsmen in ateliers (workshops) a chandelier arm alone requires two glassblowers to twist it and insert it into the traditional wooden mould. Photos Getty Images Inmagine Left Baccarat glassblowers shaping the stem of a crystal vase. Above Intricately-cut Baccarat wine goblets The chandelier is entirely assembled by hand with pins the craftsmen checking that there are no pieces missing and that it is technically and aesthetically faultless. Over 30 people hand-check each product up to 50 percent are rejected and ground down to form a faultless piece. Nothing less than perfection will do. Sensuous leather Another beloved French brand is Bordeaux-based leatherworks Alexander Mareuil. The company was created in 1972 to produce luxury crafted gun cases bullet belts bags and game pouches customised to the client s specifications and needs. Specialist hunting goods aside the company now produces a wide range of items including gloves and handbags. The leather is worked individually by hand from skins sourced from France and abroad chosen for their grain and suppleness. Specialist wine goods (this is Bordeaux after all ) are also on offer. It may be a small setup with less than a dozen employees but in 2007 Alexander Established in 1972 Alexander Mareuil makes luxury handcrafted luggage gun cases bullet bags and game pouches fraser cachet 26 CULTURE The delicate fleur de sel At Alexander Mareuil the leather is worked individually by hand The seeds are placed in large pans coated in layers of sugar syrup and are kept rolling so they form small balls a delicate process requiring patience it takes 15 days to transform a seed weighing under two milligrammes into a ball that weighs a gramme. Mareuil was honoured with the highly prestigious Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivante (Company of Living Heritage) award ranking alongside Herm s and Louis Vuitton for exceptional craftsmanship using French traditional skills. Salty and delicate Some artisanal industries like artisan salt will never be large-scale. Every grain of salt from the Ile d Oleron on the west coast of France is allowed to form naturally gathered by hand and then packaged unadulterated and unrefined. The sauniers or salt farmers painstakingly harvest the exquisite fragile fleur de sel or salt flowers the delicate crust that forms on the salt pans that has to be skimmed off swiftly before it is destroyed by a rogue gust of wind or a change in the weather. There were 85 000 working salt pans in the 17th century. Today there are 250 pans producing coarse grey sea salt coloured with mineral deposits and in much smaller quantities the precious fleur de sel. The techniques are timeless and sauniers lives revolve around the fluctuating seasons and the island winds much like how their forefathers did. Sweet treats Fine food is synonymous with France. Despite fierce competition at home and abroad the artisan producer is still thriving. While the names are regional think Dijon mustard Mont limar nougat Piment d Espelette or Biscuit Rose de Reims the products themselves are often made by individual companies using long-established skills. Of note is Flavigny in Burgundy renowned for its pea-sized white sweets each year 250 million Anis de Flavigny candy balls are eaten globally. Madame Pompadour was known to be very fond of them in the 18th century as was Louis XIV. They are still made in the grounds of a former abbey which became a factory founded by displaced monks following the French revolution. The sweets are made to the original recipe using just anise seeds sugar and natural flavourings such as anise orange blossom or rose. Manufacture may no longer be small-scale but production methods are unchanged. Feet first in Charente The Charente region is famous for sunflowers and its slippers. Created in the 17th century using recycled felt paper the chic Tcha slipper is a 21st century incarnation. In 2005 the Charente Council decided to relaunch their famous slipper incorporating the reverse stitching technique. It established methods of past centuries with a designer twist using modernised machinery to work woollen felt linen lamb s leather and veal velvet. Far from rural Charente the abode of the Charentaise slipper the Tcha can now be found in the United States Japan Korea and Russia and is another holder of the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivante award. Tradition meets the future. Vive la tradition Above Flavigny candy balls Below A modern version of the Tcha slipper Photos Getty Images Claire Jachymiak Maille mustard from a store in Dijon is a popular artisanal specialty fraser cachet PROPERTY VIEWING 27 Enjoy the view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris from your room A Get ready to be seduced by the style and glamour of Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elys es. french AFFAIR fraser cachet 28 PRoPERTy ViEwinG Classy allure of an iconic avenue Right on the doorstep of Champs-Elys es and a metro ride away from the Louvre Jardin des Tuileries and Grand Palais lies Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elys es. Housed in a magnificent 1914 building this grand residence s courtyard and balconied fa ade are gazetted historical monuments. Fraser Suites Le Claridge features 110 spacious suites including Executive and Deluxe apartments which were recently revamped to showcase the esssence of Parisian style. These new rooms are airy chic and inviting with a multitude of textures and French accents (read more about the renovations in our next issue). For the ultimate Parisian view just pull back your curtains for sweeping vistas of Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. From your well-appointed residence indulge in a study of Parisian architecture with its classic fa ades rooftops and peaceful courtyards. To make the most of your time in the city use Fraser E-Concierge ( accessible on smartphones tablets and touchscreen stations in the lobby for tips on nearby attractions recommended activities as well as emergency numbers and info on the residence. Recently the residence was presented with a Certificate of Excellence award 2013 by TripAdvisor for consistently achieving exceptional traveler reviews. The majestic fa ade over Champs-Elys es avenue Linger over breakfast in the tranquil courtyard fraser cachet Chic interiors to match the building s splendour Fraser Suites Harmonie s charming terrace Gallic Charm Exuding warmth and tranquility Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris La D fense is conveniently located in the city s prime business enclave. Away from the historical elegance of Paris city centre Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris La D fense is at the entrance to La D fense a major business district of modern glass and steel buildings and skyscrapers. Besides housing France s biggest commercial and conference centres including the CniT conference hall La D fense boasts upscale restaurants and bars Les Quatre Temps shopping centre iMAX theatre and regular exhibitions and cultural events. To get to Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris La D fense you stroll through a private garden via a delighful terrace. once inside you are ushered into a sanctuary you can call your very own. Enjoy the panorama of River Seine and the gleaming high-rises of La Def nse from the balcony. Equally alluring is your apartment s spacious living dining and bedroom areas. For corporate warriors there are three meeting rooms two of which are able to accommodate up to 90 people theatre-style. n View of Grande Arche de La D fense from your room fraser cachet 30 free spirits READY SET fraser cachet GO WORDS ADRIAN MOURBY T Beach bumming too sedate Shopped out stuffed to the gills and lost among the heritage trails Here are seven mind-blowing vacation experiences. here was a time when the simple act of going on holiday or travelling to another country was excitement enough. For many travellers today however the perfect holiday is about unique experiences and that invariably includes at least one extreme adventure. This is where nature provides plenty of challenges stepping onto Antarctica or stepping out in front of wild animals climbing high or diving deep. Beyond these exhilarating activities you can now pay to float around in zero gravity and it won t be long before spending your vacation in space orbiting the earth will be a practical proposition. Everything that used to be the stuff of fantasies are becoming reality in our sensation-hungry world. Dive right into the following bucket of thrills that will change your life forever. Be a jet fighter pilot for the day Realise your Top Gun fantasy and handle real fighter aircraft in Britain and Germany with Swiss-based MigFlug. Do loops rolls Immelmann turns (the 180 loop that repositions a plane after an attack run) and depending on the aircraft and location spectacularly low passes over the airfield. You ll be paired with a veteran airforce pilot for the day and offered the choice of a Czech L-39 Albatros jet trainer the Hawker Hunter ground support jet or the Supersonic Russian MiG-29 Fulcrum. After being taken through the basics and kitted up you discuss with your pilot the kind of experience the level of adrenaline and speed you can take. Then clamber aboard and take up the second pilot s controls. It doesn t matter if you ve never flown a plane on your own before. The pilot is in charge but he ll definitely hand over controls when you re ready. fraser cachet 32 free spirits Ride one of the world s ultimate roller coasters With a free-fall of 121 seven twists and a drop of 43m the Takabisha is the monster of all rides at Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park in Japan. Your 1 000m ride begins with an abrupt drop into pitch darkness followed by sudden acceleration to 100km per hour down a short tunnel and then in quick succession banana rolls corkscrews and two airtime hills. The ride then briefly slows and returns to the station. But just when you think it s all over the car hooks on to a vertical chain lift up to a height of 43m. Slowly you inch towards the record-breaking 121 beyond-vertical drop and if you have any scream left in you after that the ride finishes off with an inline loop and its final inversion a complete Immelmann loop. It feels like a lifetime but the ride is over within two minutes. Photo Kerbbursche Zell Race downhill on an office chair It all started as a joke in the German resort town of Bad Koenig. In 2009 the team responsible for organising carnivals in the area proposed a downhill race on office chairs. To their surprise as many as 70 contestants showed up some with chairs specially adapted to incorporate inline skate wheels and safety handles. Today anyone can plunge down a 200m hill paired with one other competitor and get timed if you make it to the bottom. Because office chairs cannot be steered and speeds exceed 35km per hour many people crash into each other or simply fall off. Speed bumps and ramps add to the fun and even spectators have to be protected by barriers and hay bales. The best time to date was clocked by Luxembourger Pierre Feller who laid low on his chair and hit the finish line in 26.95 seconds. BASE jumping off the world s seventh tallest tower Built in 1995 the KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia offers the highest viewpoint in the country. Unsurprisingly this communications tower has also become one of the most sought-after BASE jumping venues in Southeast Asia. This is a sport for real adrenaline junkies. Even with wing suits to slow your descent BASE jumping is basically the act of leaping into the air from a high elevation before deploying a parachute at the appropriate moment. At the annual KL Tower BASE Jump participants drop 421m to the concrete piazza below. Entrants must have completed at least 120 BASE jumps 20 of which must have been in the last 12 months. There is a compulsory briefing day followed by five days of scheduled jumping and night jumps for those who really want to leap into the unknown. fraser cachet Photo Menara KL Photo Getty Images Track a lion on foot through the African bush Most safari companies take their clients around on the back of a four-wheel drive well out of harm s way in case an elephant or water buffalo charges but in Zambia Norman Carr Safaris have always gone out on foot. On a walking safari with a guide and armed scout in front of you you set the pace and follow what interests you. Hippos tend to be shy unless you re blocking their way elephants try to avoid you but a lion couldn t care less. Your guide will be cautious keeping you downwind so the King of Beasts cannot smell your approach. A good guide will make sure the scout never has to fire his weapon. Sometimes you ll come across a pride of lionesses devouring a kill while vultures wait their turn or a lone male resting. Coming across lions with nothing but a few metres of scrubland between you and them is an unforgettable experience. Board down the side of an active volcano Head to the base of Cerro Negro Nicaragua s active volcano and you get to partake in one of the newest sports on the planet volcano boarding. Put simply it s sand boarding taken to well potentially explosive levels. Nothing too risky except for the fact that this volcano 728m above sea level is still officially active it last exploded in 1999. The day starts with a few hours trekking up the side of the volcano. At the top boarders kit up in their orange jumpsuit and pose for photos before getting on their specially adapted boards for the descent through the gravelly black volcanic sand of this basaltic cinder cone. The board is just orange planks over a metal base and most people toboggan down using their shoes to brake you can easily reach speeds of 80km per hour. Once at the bottom covered in ash but ecstatic boarders are offered mojitos to help them cool down and celebrate their survival. Photo Getty Images Come face-to-face with a saltwater croc Enter the Cage of Death a two-person Perspex capsule that is lowered into a crocodile pen during feeding time at Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin Australia. Then brace yourself for close encounters with 200 of Australia s famous and impressively large saltwater crocodiles (or Salties). You are first carried out over the water by a monorail and then dipped while a croc bares its teeth and snaps at you for 15 minutes. These creatures are huge five metres of pure prehistoric monster and they look even bigger under water. The 360 visibility of the cylindrical cage only enhances the sensation of what it is like to have a hungry Saltie circling you with its mega jaws. fraser cachet Photo Outeredge Photography Crocosaurus Cove Darwin Photo Norman Carr Safaris 34 fOODIE fOCUS fLOWER POWER More than just eye candy edible flowers add scent and flavour to Thai cooking. Words Pat tanumihardja Paste restaurant s poached organic pork with floral garnish. Facing page top from left Issaya s garden crispy fish salad with flowers seared scallop salad with Chinese broccoli flower fraser cachet I Photos Paste restaurant Issaya Siamese Club and Issaya Siamese Club Cookbook Innovative Thai Cuisine by Chef Ian Kittichai Getty Images n Thailand flowers are literally a feast for the senses for the eyes nose as well as taste buds. Thai cooks have been using flowers for centuries. According to popular US-based Thai food blogger Leela Punyaratabandhu who started the award-winning blog shesimmers. com edible flowers are an integral part of Thai cuisine. Edible flowers are inexpensive and accessible to people of all socio-economic classes. In other words everyone uses them. The one difference while edible flowers are consumed as everyday vegetables in the households of ordinary citizens they are used as vegetables and for colour and scent in the royal and aristocratic households where more attention is given to food presentation. In 2005 the Thai Health Promotion foundation launched the food Safety Edible flowers campaign to encourage restaurants to incorporate flowers into their menus and to incentivise producers to grow organic blooms. While banana blossoms or Chinese chive flowers have long been staples in traditional Thai cuisine restaurants are devising creative ways to use myriad species. From garden to table At celebrity chef Ian Kittichai s flagship Bangkok restaurant Issaya Siamese Club the colonial-style bungalow surrounded by a 40sqm organic garden is the perfect backdrop for his market-driven menu. The dishes at Issaya are classically Thai but executed with a panache and novelty that keep visitors coming back. As a pioneer of farmto-table dining in Thailand Chef Kittichai highlights seasonal specials on his menu and edible flowers are very much part of his food philosophy. flowers are part of Thai cuisine they re beautiful healthy and seasonal he explains. The edible flowers come from the garden and an organic grower in Chiang Mai Chef Kittichai has been working with for the last decade. Depending on the time of year flowers ranging from rose apple blossoms to banana blossoms and butterfly pea flowers adorn dishes like moo manao (thinly sliced pork topped with lime and seasonal edible flowers) red chilliglazed seabass and massaman lamb curry. The chef s personal take on the traditional banana blossom salad is probably one of his most popular dishes. I create different textures in the dish by adding fried shallots lightly warmed raw banana blossoms and heart of palm and toasted coconut. I also use butterfly pea flowers and Chinese broccoli flowers for garnish and colour. The dish is salty sweet sour spicy and herbaceous all the classic traits of Thai cuisine flavours. Aromatic flowers like rose and jasmine lend themselves naturally to kanom (Thai sweets). At Issaya Chef Kittichai has distilled the essence of jasmine flowers using it in his signature dessert jasmine flower flan as well as in ice cream and tuile (a thin crisp sweet or savoury wafer made of dough or cheese). Healing Florals Tropical flowers are both beautiful to behold and according to folk tradition certain blooms like the ones below possess medicinal properties and nutritional value. Neem flower (sadao) This bloom is said to remove toxins from the body Plumuria (leelawadee) Their thick tasty petals are high in fibre and act as a mild laxative High in fibre and helps ease constipation and boosts eyesight hair health immunity and blood circulation West Indian Jasmine (dok khem) Butterfly pea flower (dok anchan) Contains antioxidants Vegetable Humming Bird (dok khae) Contains Vitamins A and C fibre and phosphorus and helps prevent or fight fever Bok Choy flower (dok kwang toong) rich source of vitamins protein fibre and calcium Nourishes the heart relieves fatigue and acts as a mild laxative Rose (dok kularb) Chinese chive flower (dok kui chai) Contains fibre rich in phosphorus helps fight flu fortifies bone mass relieves hives and flatulence and prevents constipation fraser cachet 36 fOODIE fOCUS In full bloom In Chiang Mai in northern Thailand Anya Potiwat is trying to boost the profile of flowers as a major component of the cuisine. Her motto Put petals on the plate. And her 50-seat restaurant aptly called Saimok Kab Dokmai ( Mist and flowers ) an alfresco dining room surrounded by nature s bounty including flowers found in the restaurant s dishes does just that. Potiwat s flower-inspired menu is abundant spring rolls stuffed with begonias and pansies coconut orchid soup with blue butterfly pea rice rose water and hibiscus juice. She uses whatever flowers are in season and available from her gardens but she always picks the buds fresh to retain their succulence nutritional value and beauty. She was inspired by Latina author Laura Esquivel s Like Water for Chocolate a quirky tale about a Mexican girl whose emotionally charged cooking including one particularly rich meal of quail in rose petal sauce sends everyone who eats it into a tizzy. With the support of an ethnobotanist friend who helped her identify flowers that are safe to eat Potiwat started growing organic flowers for her kitchen. When I first told people I wanted to eat and cook with flowers they thought I was crazy. Many people were afraid of eating them she remembers. She needn t have worried. Her most popular dishes tempura flowers mixed spicy floral salad and rose petal salad with shrimp have been flying out of her kitchen ever since she opened in 1998. However her personal favourite is a steamed savoury custard studded with red and yellow ixora flowers which have an astringent rose-like taste. The food Safety Edible flowers campaign has increased local competition but Potiwat welcomes it. She s happy that people are realising the environmental and nutritional benefits of edible flowers. Now many places have flower food and I m glad because I don t seem so crazy she says. Subtle impact Back in Bangkok Paste restaurant s husbandand-wife chefs Jason Bailey and Bongkoch Satongun are turning traditional Thai cuisine on its head with their progressive takes on classic ingredients and techniques. While presentation is important they strive to create fraser cachet perfectly balanced flavours using the finest local ingredients. Chef Bailey admits he uses edible flowers mainly to enhance the visual presentation of his dishes. But like all ingredients we use they are amalgamated into the flavour profile of the dish. When he was testing out dishes for the restaurant before it opened Chef Bailey was looking for a dash of femininity to balance out the more masculine braised dishes on the menu. His mind naturally turned to flowers. They add colour contrast and help the dishes achieve balance visually without sacrificing the Thai personality of the dish flavour-wise. The result Dishes like braised pork neck salad with red grapefruit green chilli sambal and nine-hour slow cooked Australian king rib with ginger sweet vinegar and mushroom soy are artfully scattered with delicate tropical blooms. Although it took some extra e ort and extra cash to find farmers who would grow flowers without using chemicals or sprays perseverance paid o . Paste now commissions a private grower who provides them with a consistent supply of chemical-free blooms year-round. But floral cuisine isn t the reserve of professional chefs only. Anyone can easily incorporate edible flowers into their home cooking. Grow them yourself or find a trusted organic source. Use fresh young flowers says Chef Kittichai. Flowers are great in salads. You can also fry certain types of flowers in batter like zucchini flowers in Italian cuisine. A sensible approach when working with an edible flower for the first time Food blogger Punyaratabandhu suggests See how it tastes both raw and cooked first then decide accordingly how to use it. When in doubt consult an expert or good reference book and do not eat flowers found by the roadside. Facing page clockwise from top Phla salmon with Chinese broccoli flower Paste restaurant in Bangkok pork belly with tamarind sauce. Below Issaya s jasmine flower flan Recipe courtesy of Chef Ian Kittichai Issaya Siamese Club Yam Hua Plee Kab Yod Maphrao Photos Paste restaurant Issaya Siamese Club and Issaya Siamese Club Cookbook Innovative Thai Cuisine by Chef Ian Kittichai (Banana Blossom and Heart of Palm Salad with Crispy Shallots and Roasted Peanuts in Chilli Jam Dressing) Serves 4 Dressing Ingredients 500ml tamarind juice 50ml fresh coconut cream 40g palm sugar 100g chilli jam 15ml soy sauce Directions Bring all ingredients to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat. Turmeric cream Ingredients 110ml fresh coconut cream 1tsp turmeric powder 1tsp cornstarch Directions In a saucepan bring all ingredients to a boil until thickened stirring constantly. Set aside. Salad Ingredients 100g banana blossom diced into 2cm pieces 1L cold water (for preparing banana blossom) 30ml lime juice 50g heart of palm diced into 2cm pieces 30g shallots thinly sliced deep-fried 30g toasted coconut thinly shredded (alternative toasted coconut flakes) 1tsp dried red finger chilli pepper flakes 30g roasted peanuts chopped 4 kaffir lime leaves veins removed and finely chopped 1 butterfly pea flower torn (optional) A handful of Chinese broccoli flowers (optional) 1 red finger chilli peppers deseeded and julienned Directions 1. Cut heart of palm into 2cm squares. 2. Add banana blossom and heart of palm to dressing and warm it on stovetop. Remove from heat. 3. Toss in deep-fried shallots toasted coconut chilli flakes roasted peanuts and half of the kaffir lime leaves and mix together. 4. Transfer to a serving plate. Drizzle some turmeric cream and garnish with assorted flowers red finger chilli peppers and remaining sliced kaffir lime leaves. Cleaning and preparing banana blossoms 1. Prepare a bath of cold water by adding the lime juice to the water. 2. Peel away and discard the outer red petals and small white strips of banana flower from the blossoms. 3. Cut off the tips and the ends. Split the blossoms in half lengthwise then halve the pieces again. 4. Soak the blossoms in the water bath to prevent them from turning black. 5. Peel and clean each layer of the blossoms again making sure to discard the small white strips of banana flower inside. 6. Dice the cleaned leaves into 2cm squares and return the pieces to the water bath as you continue to chop the rest of the leaves. 7. Once finished drain the water and prepare the salad dish. fraser cachet 38 ANA ISMAIL-OW Psy Swing Sky Ballroom Apple Big fraser cachet 60 Lindy Hop Nalla Sillim Boogie Woogie Jessica Bangbea Dangsan Sky Grand Ballroom Camp Swing It Big Apple Club 30 Camp Swing It Cheongshim 2009 International Youth Centre Camp Swing It Camp Swing It Camp Swing FROM 20 50 fromshowroom FROM Photos Getty Images Korean Wedding Photos Anthony Mak FROM fraser cachet 40 fraser cachet 252 24 80 10 Richwood Heungkuk fraser cachet 42 24 10 (City Hall Square Station) (Seodaemum Station) fraser cachet 43 fraser cachet (Hogmanay) (2014) (2014) (2014) (2014) (2015) (2015) (2016) (2014) (2017) (2014) 45 (MENTENG) 86 27 8463 0800 sales.zhuankou-wuhan fraser cachet 46 Zaha Hadid fraser cachet Canton 1711 50 Photos Shutterstock Dreamstime iStcokphoto 1920 200 fraser cachet 48 fraser cachet fraser cachet 50 fraser cachet 332 Hirsch Bedner Associates fraser cachet 52 -- n fraser cachet fraser cachet 54 SCENE AND HEARD Fraser wins Middle East Leading Serviced Apartment Brand at World Travel Awards 2013 I n recognition of its commitment to Gold-Standard excellence in product and service offerings Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd was named the Middle East s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand at the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2013. In addition three of its properties in the region took top honours -- Bahrain s Leading Serviced Apartments for Fraser Suites Seef Bahrain Qatar s Leading Serviced Apartments for Fraser Suites Doha and Dubai s Leading Serviced Apartments for Fraser Suites Dubai. Held in Dubai in May the WTA is the largest and most prestigious awards in the industry with votes cast by travel and tourism professionals worldwide. It s a quadruple win for Fraser at WTA 2013 (second from left) Mr David Brown General Manager of Fraser Suites Dubai Mr Mustapha Henini General Manager of Fraser Suites Doha Ms Shashi Shetty Director of Sales & Marketing of Fraser Suites Dubai Ms Jastina Balen Director Group Branding and Communications of Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd Mr Olivier Briand General Manager of Fraser Suites Seef Bahrain Ms Senada Ramic Director of Sales & Marketing of Fraser Suites Doha and Ms Juliana Mateva Director of Sales & Marketing of Fraser Suites Bahrain From left Mr Graham E. Cooke WTA President presenting Doha s Leading Serviced Apartment award to Mr Mustapha Henini General Manager of Fraser Suites Doha and Ms Senada Ramic Director of Sales & Marketing of Fraser Suites Doha Mr Olivier Briand General Manager of Fraser Suites Seef Bahrain with Ms Juliana Mateva (right) Fraser Suites Seef Bahrain s Director of Sales & Marketing Mr David Brown General Manager of Fraser Suites Dubai receiving the award for Dubai s Leading Serviced Apartments Fraser Suites Sydney bags TripAdvisor Award Fraser Suites Sydney has won TripAdvisor s Certificate of Excellence 2013 accolade. The award is in its third year and is presented to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor is the world s largest travel site featuring a community of travelers sharing travel advice. From left Mr Nicholas Willitts Assistant Manager and Ms Deborah English Director of Sales & Marketing of Fraser Suites Sydney receiving the award from Mr Julio Bruno Castellanos Global Vice President of Sales TripAdvisor fraser cachet Sweet Win for Singapore s first Capri by Fraser Property Just months after its grand opening in January this year Capri by Fraser Changi City Singapore has bagged a coup winning Best Airport Hotel at Asiarooms Hotel Awards 2013. Another feather in the cap it was among the top 10 finalists for Best Loved Hotel. Proudly displaying the Best Airport Hotel award were (from left) Ms Joy Ng Marketing Manager for AsiaRooms Pte Ltd Singapore Ms Suzanna Shukor Reservations Manager Ms Suzanna Chan Executive Assistant Manager Ms Marian Ang Director of Sales and Mr Jackie Ang Hotel Relationship Manager AsiaRooms Pte Ltd Singapore Fraser Suites Suzhou Employee wins Best Smile Award On 8 July Mr Dong Ningbo security supervisor with Fraser Suites Suzhou won the Best Smile award at the 10th Golden-Pillow Award of China Hotels. Held in Beijing the Awards is the most prestigious event in China s hospitality industry celebrating excellence and recognising the players and people who provide a special customer experience. Mr Dong Ningbo receiving the award for his winning smile Fraser Residence CBD East Beijing is Travellers Choice Fraser Residence CBD East Beijing beat nearly 200 hotels and serviced residences to win the Best Serviced Apartment of the Year accolade at the Asia Hotel Golden Olive Awards 2013. This is the latest award for Fraser Residence CBD East Beijing following its double win in 2011 where it clinched Hotel Modernization magazine s China s Outstanding Serviced Apartment accolade and Best Service Apartment of the Year by China Business Travel MICE. Ms Wendy Hu Director of Sales & Marketing of Fraser CBD East Beijing receiving the award A Big Thank You A group of Canadian executives with Aspire Katar Investment expressed their heartfelt thanks to staff and management of Fraser Suites Doha for services rendered during their stay with a huge cake and a Certificate of Appreciation. fraser cachet 56 SCENE AND HEARD There were celebrations all around Asia Pacific as three Fraser properties hosted corporate parties. Fraser Place Melbourne had a sunset celebration on their rooftop. As the day turned to dusk guests happily mingled sipping their cocktails and champagne and enjoyed jazz standards by three-man band Remco. In May Fraser Residence Shanghai and Fraser Suites Perth welcomed guests with great fanfare. At Fraser Suites Perth a large mural of the Fraser Magic Carpet was painted on the ground to showcase Fraser s global footprint and many took turns to have their pictures taken on the Carpet. At Fraser Residence Shanghai guests were treated to a lavish buffet spread. Fraser Corporate Parties Sunset Soiree at Fraser Place Melbourne fraser cachet Previous page Creative cocktails by bar service Liquid Fusion kept guests happy. Left Jazz band Remco hitting all the high notes for a memorable night. Below Flowers brightened up the event space Guests included (starting second from left) Mrs Karen Kelly of American Chamber of Commerce Mr John McGraw Ms Tina Seirlis from Destination Melbourne and Mr Choe Peng Sum CEO of Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd Ms Deborah English Director of Sales & Marketing of Fraser Suites Sydney and guest From left Mr Choe Peng Sum CEO of Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd Ms Jasmine Lee Regional Director Technical Services Ms Joanne Ang Group Director Sales & Marketing Mr Matthew Paul Rubie General Manager of Fraser Suites Sydney and Mr Marcus Packham General Manager of Fraser Place Melbourne Ms Gail Forrer of Noosa News (left) and guests fraser cachet 58 SCENE AND HEARD Guests happily mingled through the night Magical Night at Fraser Suites Perth From left Ms Jastina Balen Director Group Branding & Communications of Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd Ms Lauren Arena journalist from Lunch Arena Ms Tawnee Rothe journalist from Australian Traveller Ms Anne Majumdar journalist from Travel Weekly From left Ms Suzanne Cashman of CGG Veritas Mr Harold Dina Financial Controller of CGG Veritas Mr Matthew Paul Rubie General Manager of Fraser Suites Sydney Mr Lare Daramola a long-stay guest from Shell Mr Tony Weatherall Geomarket Director & Country Manager of CGG Veritas From left Ms Andrea Cameron Groups & Incentive Specialist Ms Gina Maitland Managing Director Alpha Travel From left Mr Leonard Tan General Manager of Fraser Suites Sydney Mr Matthew Paul Rubie and Ms Yu Huei Jiun From left Mr Matthew Paul Rubie General Manager of Fraser Suites Sydney Ms Alice Lyons Director of Sales & Marketing of Fraser Suites Perth Ms Jacqui Andree grand prize winner from Rio Tinto Mr Craig Webber of Qatar Airways Mr Mariusz Tymosiewicz General Manager of Fraser Suites Perth fraser cachet Cocktails at Fraser Residence Shanghai Ms Mija Park (left) Assistant Director of Regional Sales Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd and Helena Jiang of Tigers (China) Co. Ltd Left The Fraser Magic Carpet drawn by an Australian artist showcased Fraser s global footprint Left Ms Ivy Wang of Zorlu East (left) Ms Mija Park Assistant Director of Regional Sales Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd (centre) Ms Annie Zhang of Vestel Above (from left) Mr Colin Phua from Ortus Ms Jastina Balen Director Group Branding & Communications of Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd MapleTree s Mr Stiven Tan. Top centre Guests tuck into the sumptuous spread Latin Fun in Suzhou On 24 May 2013 Fraser Suites Suzhou celebrated its second anniversary in grand style with a Tropical Latin Night party attended by more than 170 guests. Abraham Lim General Manager of Fraser Suites Suzhou took the opportunity to announce that the property was recently named the Best Serviced Apartment of China 2013 at the 8th China Hotel Starlight Awards the Oscars of the China hotel industry. He also presented Best Business Partner 2012 awards to Bosch Automotive Tyco Electronics and Oerlikon Technology. From left Mr Leon Smith Procurement Specialist Conoco Philips Ms Kristy Knott Meeting & Events Manager Corporate Travel Management Mr Paul Harris Client Value Manager Corporate Travel Management General Manager Mr Abraham Lim (fourth from right) with the Fraser Suites Suzhou team fraser cachet 60 RESIDENTS SCRAPBOOK Two cities of contrast. Singapore a cosmopolitan hub and charming Hanoi the cultural pulse of Vietnam. Residents of Fraser Place Robertson Walk and Fraser Suites Hanoi share their favourite experiences in these cities. Easy Living Ms Miao Ting Ting Anita and her husband Bert renewing their marriage vows in a Chinese temple We enjoy exploring areas outside the city. Recently we did our own Tour De Singapore a 110-km cycling trip around the island which included stops at Changi Village the man-made islands of Pulau Punggol Barat and Pulau Punggol Timor and Bollywood Veggies an organic farm in Kranji. We also like visiting Tiong Bahru wet market and having picnics at Marina Barrage where you can watch people flying their kites against the stunning city skyline. Ms Anita Jansen Ms Miao with baby Zack (second from left) We spent five very happy years in Hanoi. There are many good restaurants our favourite is Au Lac House in Tran Hung Dao Street which serves delicious Vietnamese food. We also enjoy visiting the museums and watching concerts at the Opera House. Shopping in Hanoi is great there is a large variety of handicrafts in beautiful colours which make lovely presents to take home. Mr and Mrs Gilly Gregory fraser cachet Photo Shutterstock iStockphoto I am from Beijing but since moving here I have experienced more Chinese traditions and customs than I have when I was back home. Some of the activities I especially enjoyed are the Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown and Dragon Boat Festival at Clarke Quay. I am also impressed with how child-friendly Singapore is. Most shopping malls have nursery rooms and indoor playgrounds which is handy for mothers like me. RESIDENTS ACTIVITIES 61 Fraser Suites Chengdu helps village On 13 January staff from Fraser Suites Chengdu along with some of the property s residents visited SOS Village Chengdu to deliver LED TVs washing machines and sweets. The household appliances were paid for with money raised in a charity party held some time ago at Fraser Suites Chengdu. First anniversary party of Fraser Suites Chengdu On 13 March Fraser Suites Chengdu celebrated its first anniversary and invited many of its foreign guests. Since its launch the property has been the choice of residence for many toplevel expatriate executives from global MNCs and their families. Mr Pang Te Cheng (left) ConsulGeneral of Consulate General of the Republic of Singapore in Chengdu and Mr Danny Lingham General Manager of Fraser Suites Chengdu From left Ms Senada Ramic Director of Sales Fraser Suites Doha and Ms Dhamiya Brandone artist Art Exhibition at Fraser Suites Doha Ramadan Kareem at Fraser Suites Doha On 25 July Fraser Suites Doha invited the ambassador of Switzerland and his team as well as all its guests to break fast and celebrate Ramadan. The iftar meal consisted of a delectable buffet spread. To ring in the spirit of Ramadan Arabic music and songs were performed much to the delight of guests. Between 30 May and 3 June Fraser Suites Doha hosted an exhibition by French artist Ms Dhamiya Brandone a first by the artist in the city. The exhibition which was open to the public and held at the lobby lounge showcased a selection of the artist s works over the years as well as paintings by some of her students. Entitled Extraordinary within the Ordinary the exhibition presented the notion of art in everyday life and reflected the life and culture of the Bedouin community. Ms Senada Ramic Director of Sales of Fraser Suites Doha said Fraser Suites Doha is excited to support these aspiring artists and celebrate the great local talent here in Doha. fraser cachet 62 AWARDS & DIRECTORY Awards & Accolades With numerous awards and accolades adding to its already impressive roster of achievements Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd continues to make its mark on the international hospitality scene. The broad cross-industry recognition from leading hospitality professionals to key travel media is testament to Fraser s standing. NEW AWARDS Asia s Most Promising Brand 2012-2013 by World Consulting & Research Corporation Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd Asia s Most Promising Leader 2012-2013 by World Consulting & Research Corporation Mr Choe Peng Sum Best Airport Hotel by AsiaRooms Hotel Awards 2013 Capri by Fraser Changi City Singapore Most Loved Hotel (Finalist) by AsiaRooms Hotel Awards 2013 Capri by Fraser Changi City Singapore Singapore Green Hotel Award 2013 by Singapore Hotel Association Capri by Fraser Changi City Singapore Arts Supporter Award 2013 National Arts Council Singapore Capri by Fraser Changi City Singapore The Best Service Apartment by Japanese Community in Pearl River Area by Crossroad 2012 & 2013 Fraser Place Shekou Shenzhen Best Serviced Apartment of the Year 2013 by Asia Hotel Golden Olive Awards Fraser Residence CBD East Beijing 2013 Middle East s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand by World Travel Awards 2013 Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd 2013 Bahrain s Leading Serviced Apartments by World Travel Awards 2013 Fraser Suites Bahrain 2013 Qatar s Leading Serviced Apartments by World Travel Awards 2013 Fraser Suites Doha 2013 Dubai s Leading Serviced Apartments by World Travel Awards 2013 Fraser Suites Dubai Best Serviced Apartment Provider Singapore 2013 by Business Destinations Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd Friend of the Arts Award 2013 by National Arts Council Singapore Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd Certificate of Excellence 2013 by Trip Advisor Fraser Suites Sydney Fraser Suites River Valley Singapore Fraser Suites Glasgow Fraser Suites Seef Bahrain Fraser Suites Doha Fraser Suites Dubai Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris La D fense Fraser Suites Le Claridge Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul Fraser Place Canary Wharf Fraser Residence Shanghai Modena Putuo Shanghai Modena Jinjihu Suzhou Best Serviced Residence of the Year 2012 by 8th Asia Hotel Lead Summit Fraser Residence CBD East Beijing 2013 Travellers Choice Award 2013 by Trip Advisor Fraser Residence Budapest Fraser Suites Top Glory Shanghai Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka The Best Serviced Apartment of China by China Hotel Fraser Suites Top Glory Shanghai Best Serviced Apartment by Shanghai Business Review Fraser Suites Top Glory Shanghai Best Serviced Apartment by Time Out Fraser Suites Top Glory Shanghai Best Serviced Apartment in China by Golden Pillow Awards Fraser Suites Top Glory Shanghai Indonesia s Leading Serviced Apartment and Suite by Indonesia Travel Tourism Awards 2012 2013 Fraser Residence Sudirman Jakarta Best International Service Apartment in China by Golden Horse Award Fraser Suites Chengdu Most Luxurious Serviced Apartment in the West Lake Area by Golden Dragon Awards 2012 Vietnam Economic Times Fraser Suites Hanoi Top Ranked Seoul Hotel 2012 by Fraser Suites Insadong Seoul Excellent Performance in Hospitality 2008 2012 by Guide Awards The Guide Magazine Fraser Suites Hanoi Best Serviced Residence Excellence Award 2010 & 2012 by Best of Malaysia Travel Awards Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur Best Serviced Apartment Property 2009 2012 by HM Awards for Hotel & Accommodation Excellence Fraser Suites Sydney Winner of Investors in People 2012 by Investors in People Fraser Suites Glasgow Ranked 10th in Top 20 Accommodations 2012 by Trip Advisor Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka Outstanding Accommodation Partner Award 2012 by Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka Certificate of Excellence 2012 by Trip Advisor Fraser Suites Glasgow Fraser Suites Edinburgh Fraser Suites Seef Bahrain Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs lys es Paris Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris La D fense Fraser Suites Sukhumvit Bangkok Fraser Suites Insadong Seoul Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur Fraser Place Canary Wharf London Fraser Residence Budapest Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka Travellers Choice Award 2012 by Trip Advisor Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur Modena Putuo Shanghai Best Serviced Apartment Company Group 2012 by Business Traveller Middle East Frasers 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