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Many of my friends say that their favourite destination to travel is Singapore. Ultimately this is because the city offers a very safe and clean family environment. Certainly when I travelled there about two years ago I found this to be the case. I also found the people to be very sincere and accommodating. In particular, the co owner of Avant Grade watch brand Azimuth, Alvin Lye. » Read more

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As I have mentioned previously one of my great passions in life is films. In fact, whenever my wife and I get the chance we love to visit the cinema. However, with a young child sometimes the choice of movies can be restrictive. One of my favourite modern day films is the 2004 classic ‘Sideways’, which is essentially the story of two friends bonding through fine wine tasting journey of all things. Even though the protagonists have many unresolved personal issues the back drop of the Napa Valley is absolutely spectacular. Certainly it paints a beautiful picture of the Californian lifestyle and why people choose to reside there. It also explains why innovators like Apple, Facebook and Google have established their headquarters here. » Read more

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As I have mentioned in several articles I have never experienced the sensation of riding on a motor bike nor have I any desire to do so in the near future. However, I can really appreciate the time, effort and research involved in building these magnificent machines. Certainly the custom made bikes have a sculptural appearance and are built by some of the worlds finest craftsmen. This is why motoring enthusiasts will pay enormous amount of money to collect them. From a writer’s perspective the design process is also fascinating to write about. » Read more

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Earlier this year I went on a cruise with my family around New Zealand. From a young age I was fascinated with this country and had always dreamed of travelling. What really surprised me was the diverse landscape and the contrast between the North and South Island. Even the weather varied massively from city to city. Therefore, some days we wore T-shirts and on other day’s rain jackets. The country also is a hot bed of culture and is a very spiritual environment. » Read more

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For the last few years I have focused on writing articles about innovative watchmakers. The experience has certainly made me appreciate the difficulties in establishing a profitable and sustainable brand. Even if you come up with amazing designs it has to appeal to enough buyers/collectors to make the business viable. That is why watchmakers ultimately need the support of high end retailers to keep their dreams alive. A few companies that have attained this monumental achievement are Louis Moinet, MB & F, Urwerk and Cabestan. » Read more

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A few years ago we all decided to make a giant leap and immigrate to Australia. This involved packing all our belongings including our car onto a massive shipping container. For over 4 months we waited patiently for our worldly goods to arrive in shipment just to find several items were missing or damaged. One of our prided possessions was a fantastic coffee table bought from UK based retailer Habitat. What made it so special was the resin coated marble pebble top, which was now in two pieces. Fortunately, we were able to salvage the table by sourcing a customized piece of marble. However, if this hadn’t been possible I would be seriously interested in one of IL Hoon Roh’s phenomenal R EX07 tables. » Read more

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Over the last few years I have had a renewed interest in contemporary art and modern design. Primarily because I now have a son called Paolo who is showing creative inclinations. At Easter time I decided to take Paolo to Adelaide’s central gallery. I heard that as well as exhibiting many classical pieces of art they also had some very unusual installations. Not surprisingly he was captivated by the digital animated screenings rather than the traditional oil paintings. However, there is artwork to suit everyone’s tastes and preferences in one space. » Read more

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I vividly remember my parents urging me to take up playing a musical instrument as a kid. One of their preferences was the piano and they even arranged for me to take lessons. Unfortunately, I squandered the opportunity and ended up learning to play the drums very badly. In contrast both my sisters buckled down and achieved a moderate success. They may not be concert pianists but they can play this fine instrument proficiently. Certainly I will be encouraging my son to head in a musical direction because in my mind the more skills you learn the better. » Read more