Tuesday, August 20, 2013


The magnificence of Magnolia in the back yard this year.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Bucket List

i just filled this in for my high school alumni so its current.
The only thing i would add is my favourite book of all time is : THE TALES OF GENJI

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing 
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.” 


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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sydney Leong

If not for the generousity of the Leong family I would not have achieved 'The Deal' which sealed my reputation as Global Deal Maker Extraordinare in Hong Kong.   This is no small feat as Hong Kong is well known for creative deal making

My Shek - O acquisition of former Bank of China governor's property for son of Li Ka-Shing, is a deal that all the major developers covet but no one could secure a deal on this prime waterfront which was eventually developed with a 'west coast' inspired structure.  

Sidney Leong was an early adopter of Canadian properties including the illustrius Royal Bank of Canada building in Downtown Vancouver.
Royal Bank of Canada building in Vancouver B.C.
The Leong portfolio of properties is Colliers oldest and most valued overseas real estate account.

Thanks to the Leong family for raising the bar for me professionally and personally.  I am privileged to have the opportunity to knowthe late Mr. Leong.




Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Grand Wailea Resort

I love this picture.  Friends from around the world gathered at the Grand Wailea Resort on Maui to celebrate the wedding of our mutual friends & family.

GSIC purchase of Grand Wailea Resort

ABR Properties, an entity controlled by GIC Real Estate – the property division of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, has acquired the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in the US (pictured), according to reports.   The 84-year old property was reportedly bought in February, although the price wasn't disclosed due to a court order.   The 740-room resort is one of three major resorts that a US bankruptcy court has allowed GIC to buy, along with the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa in Hawaii and La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, California.   Biltmore was sold by an investor group known as MSR Resort Golf Course, led by New York-based hedge fund Paulson & Co. and Winthrop Realty Trust.   GIC also assumed the existing management agreements for all three resorts, managed by Waldorf Astoria – a luxury brand of Hilton Worldwide.    -- 2013 May 16    PROPERTY GURU SG


Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hong Kong

Yes, that was me on the flyover to the Mandarin Hotel.   Landed solidly In Hong Kong hosted by oenephile friend Ivy.     We sampled the following wines that evening.

Tignanello 2007
Mormoreto 2007
Il Borro 2007
Oreno 2001
Oreno 2006
Oreno 2009-10 

To top it off this memorable evening, the owner of the Italian vineyard came by to personally invite us to visit with him.     Only in Hong Kong, at Domani, which is owned by St. George's ol' boy, Peter Lam, would this have happened.   Maybe at the Dorchester in London.  
Lunch hosted by good friend atop the Prince's Building in Central at Sevva was another exquisite experience.  

Another special meal at a hide-a-way in Shui On Centre in Wanchai on Harbour Road.    I publicly humuliated self by not knowing how to open the door upon arrival, with a lineup of patrons behind me at Suzuike, but it was worth it.   Here's a sample menu.   

A day trip to Macau to lunch at the Clube Militar de Macau.    

Hong Kong is not lacking in talent and stands out as a culinary capital for foodies of the world.      One just has to have curiousity, this city is a hub of inquisitive minds who have the resources to do things well.    

  • Mainlanders now the 'recreation' population in cosmopolitan Hong Kong and very determined ... more
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Malcolm Parry

2001 September 20 VANCOUVER SUN   

Andrea Eng temporarily delayed from $2-billion cash-raising job

Andrea Eng, the former Vancouver real estate deal-cutter, is temporarily grounded here from the Hong Kong-Boston-New York circuit she's been flying for Victor Li of the billionaire clan.

Now, Victor, whose dad Li Ka-shing tops the Hutchison Whampoa conglomerate, has put $800 million into its Asian Property Fund with the proviso that $1.2 billion be raised by Eng and Cynthia Suen, who first rolled Taiwanese dough into Concord Pacific's Expo-lands redevelopment here.
Eng, who sometimes stomps the U.S. with Hutchison Whampoa CFO and former Stikeman Elliott law firm hotshot Frank Sixt's wife Anne, is also assembling Sino-U.S. deals. She sounded encouraged by China's recent acceptance into the World Trade Organization.      -  By Malcolm Parry      VANCOUVER SUN    September 20, 2001

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