Issue: November 08, 2010   (Archive)
Saturday, April 19, 2014   

Behind closed doors
He craved more, more and even more stuff. "I think he went a bit loopy after his wife died," whispered the woman standing next to me as we stood in Sir John Soane's Museum gazing at antiquities dangling from ceilings and perched on the rafters.

Sakura surprise
Finnair is celebrating cherry blossom time on flights to Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo.

Golden age of cocktails
Gareth Evans, winner of the UK heat of the World Class Bartender of the Year 2013, has created a bespoke cocktail to be served in the British Airways Concorde Room, at London Heathrow Terminal 5. The Tanqueray BA175, a twist on the classic French 75, is made up of pink grapefruit juice, apricot liquor, Tanqueray No 10 gin and champagne.

A pressing matter
Win a round-trip ticket at Look Up! Go Fly with HK Express! by pressing a button for as long as it would take you to fly to one of the following cities: Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Seoul, Taichung, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Kota Kinabalu, Penang and Kunming.

Fire in the belly
Thousands of vats of hot-pot seasoning thicken the air around Nie Ganru's home with a miasma of chili as flame-red paste, thick with oil, bakes in the sun. Nie lives and breathes hot pot, the spicy cook-it-yourself communal Chinese meal that made his fortune, and has built a pot-shaped six-story museum dedicated to the dish.

Musical interlude
Let's be honest: museums can be kind of boring. That is why National Music Centre, a Calgary museum of musical instruments, is the least boring museum I've ever visited. In fact, it doesn't even like to call itself a museum.

Twenty of the best
Park Hyatt Tokyo turns 20 this year and to mark the occasion it has lined up various food and accommodation promotions.

New York, New York
Korean Air is is adding a second A380 flight from Seoul to New York's JFK airport in May - making it the only airline serving both coasts with double daily A380 flights to Asia. The airline currently has double daily A380 flights from Los Angeles and also flies out of 10 other US cities.

Bargain buys in the skies
Hong Kong Airlines and duty-free retailer DFASS have launched a new in- flight duty-free program, SkyShop, which will give passengers access to 17 new brands - including Crabtree & Evelyn and Hugo Boss fragrances.

Set sail for adventure
Above deck 17 on the Norwegian Getaway, a father and son wearing safety harnesses work their way around a ropes course. Up ahead, a woman is walking The Plank - a beam 15 centimeters wide that extends 2.5 meters over the edge of the ship, 55m above the water.

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