Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Pole Dancing With Asia's Got Talent Semi-Finalist Louis Sue

Who knew pole dancing could be so tough?

Recently, I had the honour to try out pole dancing with Asia's Got Talent semi-finalist Louis Sue and it was a bizzare experience! Pole dancing surely puts workout in a more glamorous and sexier light than it seems because of the acrobatic movements invovled. However, for me, I would rather leave that pole to the professionals. It was not as easy as it seems for one to twist and turn around the pole like there was no friction!

Then, there I was, frantically trying to cling on to the pole like a monkey in hoping I would stay in position. Unfortunately, I tend slid down, just like my hope!

Pole dancing harnesses a lot on your body weight and if you are in it for a long time, it develops strength and agility for your entire body. It could also be a good cardio depending on the music you are pole dancing to.

We now know why Louis Sue's performance was the highlight at Asia's Got Talent and received three yesses from judges David Foster, Anggun and Jay Park. We wish Louis Sue all the best for his performance in the semi-finals and remember to vote!

I think it would be good enough if I could raise a flag on a pole in time throughout the National Anthem. Perhaps, that would ba good achievement already. If you are going to ask me to glide and raise myself to the top of the pole? I have award-winning pole dancer Louis Sue on my speed dial and give him my vote. Louis started pole-dancing as an outlet to incorporate both fitness as well as dance. He hopes to promote pole-dancing as a mainstream fitness activity and break whatever stereotypes that people have of it. If you are interested, you may contact PXD Pole where Louis is an insturctor there!

Watch the encore telecast of this episode on Sunday at 7:30pm on AXN. New episode of Asia’s Got Talent airs every Thursday at 8.30pm on AXN. To follow the journey of this season’s acts, check out #AXNAsia and #AsiasGotTalent.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Celebrates 200 Captivating Destinations

The world’s largest luxury hotel brand partners with artist, Alexander Hall, on art installation “200 InterContinentals by Haut de Gamme”

Leading luxury hotel brand InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts has partnered with London-based contemporary artist Alexander Hall, also known under the alias Haut de Gamme©, to create a stunning art installation, commemorating 200 InterContinental hotels and resorts around the world.

The art installation is made from 200 champagne bottles individually hand-painted by Alexander Hall in his bright and energetic drip-style. The artwork on each bottle is unique with the design of each one inspired by the InterContinental brand’s 200 hotels, including the upcoming opening of InterContinental® Shanghai Wonderland. The finished bottles are suspended together in a stunning oeuvre to reveal the number ‘200’.

Alexander Hall, Haut de Gamme, says: “When I first started painting champagne bottles I just wanted it to make people feel something positive. Champagne for me means happiness, joy, celebration and the idea of bringing people together. That’s why I decided to paint on champagne bottles to celebrate the 200 InterContinental hotels. I wanted the bottles to reflect each InterContinental hotel’s unique personality, design and location, as well as the legacy and pioneering spirit of the founder, Juan Trippe. It’s been an honour to be asked to do this project and I hope that when I’m 80, I will be asked to celebrate 400 InterContinental hotels around the world.”

Michael Martin, Regional General Manager for Singapore, Malaysia and Batam, and General Manager at InterContinental Singapore commented: “We are very privileged to be a part of the “200 InterContinentals” landmark celebrations. With InterContinental Singapore being the flagship luxury hotel in Southeast Asia, we are delighted to see that our heritage, along with other InterContinental hotels around the world had inspired such incredible art. This will only serve as a motivation for us to continue to commandeer luxury hospitality in Singapore as we have done since 1995.”

Tania Getzova, General Manager at InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay also said of the achievement, “I am honoured to be celebrating this milestone together with hundreds of thousands of colleagues across the globe who are united by a deep passion for hospitality. With so many notable hotels in the world, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has definitely made its mark on the world stage. We will continue to embrace authentic travel as an important and essential part of life and we look forward to the continued growth of the InterContinental brand as we
forge into the future!”

The upcoming InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is located in a former quarry in southwestern Shanghai. The 18-storey architectural masterpiece has two floors above ground, and 16 below, including two floors underwater. Other recent openings for the brand include InterContinental® San Diego, a vibrant addition to the city’s waterfront, InterContinental® Sofia, which marked the brand’s debut in Bulgaria, and InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort, on a stretch of idyllic beach on the Vietnamese island.

Founded in 1946 by aviation pioneer, Juan Trippe, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is today the world’s largest luxury hotel brand, nearly twice the size of its nearest competitor. The brand has a history of pioneering luxury travel – by the end of the 1960s, the brand had debuted in Europe and Asia, reaching almost all four corners of the globe. From 1946 to 1970, Juan Trippe opened more than 60 hotels in 50 countries – at a time when the fastest transcontinental communication device was the telephone and the telegram.

Of note, InterContinental is currently running a high tea currently ongoing at The Lobby Lounge, running until 30 April 2019 entitled Classic Afternoon Tea : Celebrating 200; inspired by InterContinental 200 and Singapore Bicentennial.