Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Film Asia


FILM adalah salah satu produk kebudayaan yang paling populer saat ini. Dunia perfilman Barat memang sangat menarik bagi penikmat film. Tapi, dalam satu dekade belakangan ini, industri film Asia mulai menunjukkan taringnya, bahkan menjadi tontonan yang kian diburu penikmat film.

Kemegahan dari sisi sinematografi dan jalan cerita yang unik serta menarik menjadi faktor penting yang membuat film Barat menjadi unggulan. Hanya, orisinalitas tetap menjadi poin utama, dan Asia adalah jawaban atas tantangan ini.

Seven Samurai, The Ring, Godzilla, Pulse, dan Oldboy adalah beberapa judul film yang diangkat kembali oleh industri perfilman Barat. Hal itu jelas menjadi salah satu tanda Asia tidak bisa dipandang sebelah mata dan memiliki potensi yang sama tinggi dengan perfilman Barat. 

Jepang memang selalu memunculkan gebrakan baru, tak terkecuali dalam industri filmnya. Film-film yang dihasilkan oleh Jepang banyak menuai pujian. Begitu pula dengan dunia animasi, yang menjadikannya negara yang paling aktif dalam industri tersebut. Bahkan film Spirited Away, misalnya, berhasil meraih Piala Oscar untuk kategori film animasi.

Layaknya Hollywood dengan film-film superhero yang diadaptasi dari komik Marvel ataupun DC, Jepang dengan komik fenomenalnya menghadirkan sensasi versi live action, seperti Rurouni Kenshin, Gantz, dan Death Note. Respons masyarakat sangat positif, baik dari kalangan pencinta film maupun komik. 


Lain Jepang lain pula Korea Selatan. Serial drama (selain K-Pop), yang diisi jajaran aktor dan aktris rupawan, menjadi senjata untuk menggoda penikmatnya. Selain itu, ceritanya memang indah, yang biasanya didominasi genre drama romantis. 

Cina dan Hong Kong adalah dua teritori yang menjadi tempat industri perfilman tertua di Asia. Walau masih terbentur masalah pembajakan, industri film di Cina dan Hong Kong menunjukkan kemajuan yang positif. 

Sementara itu, India menjadi salah satu industri film besar di Asia. Negara yang tahun lalu merayakan 100 tahun perkenalannya dengan dunia film itu tetap menjadi negara yang kuat dan khas dalam memadukan budaya dengan film. Tarian, musik, dan nyanyian menjadi identifikasi yang tidak hilang dari perfilman Bollywood. 

Untuk kawasan Asia Tenggara, industri film Thailand menunjukkan perkembangan yang menyenangkan. Walaupun populer dengan film horornya, Thailand tumbuh menjadi salah satu industri film besar di kawasan ini. Film The King Maker (2005), misalnya, merupakan proyek paling ambisius Thailand, yang menelan biaya produksi hingga 250 juta baht. 

Adapun film Indonesia sudah bisa menjadi tuan rumah di negeri sendiri. Pelan tapi pasti, penonton Indonesia kian kritis dan haus akan film yang berkualitas. Daya tarik film Indonesia semakin tinggi, apalagi beberapa produksi bekerja sama dengan pihak asing. Sebutlah The Raid dan Java Heat, yang mengangkat nama Indonesia di kancah internasional. So, masihkah Anda menganggap industri perfilman Barat yang terbaik? (Burhan Abe)

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Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran Continues the #beergasmbali

Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran to extend the island’s only beer + meat weekly fiesta in 2014 @ Smoqee Sky Bar, elevating Jimbaran into an even more exciting epicurean destination


#beergasmbali is a weekly event bringing out the finest Beers and Meat taking place every Saturday from 18.00 until 22.00 at the Smoqee Sky Bar of Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran and choreographing an amazing experience in taste and sound including hot live DJ performance to compliment over 20 labels of beers with fine quality of imported meats. With entry at IDR 200.000 net per person, beer lovers will enjoy two hours of all-you-can-drink Bintang Beer with Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran signature infused beer and can go for the barbecue food festivity of all-you-can-eat at IDR 300.000 net per person.

“Following the successful launching of the program in 2013, we are excited to continue the #beergasmbali in Jimbaran this year, drawing people’s root of beer lovers and also getting them to relish this nightly gastronomic affair with a performance by homegrown talented DJ. It is one-of-a-kind and cannot be missed as the event has successfully added more reasons for the travellers to come to Jimbaran!” said Greg Gubiani, General Manager of the resort.

Over 20 beer labels from around the island will gather at Smoqee Sky Bar of Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran that will showcase each and every brand’s unique taste, including an exclusive partnership with Bintang Beer. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker to just chill out while tasting a wide variety of beers and not to be missed is the resort’s signature infused beer flavours.


The 2014 #beergasmbali at Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran also features culinary demonstrations from Bamboo Chic with organic food beer pairing menu, from Bali’s most popular babi guling, rotisserie chicken and duck, smoky BBQ ribs, seafood, thick sausage, chicken chili wings, BBQ lamb shoulder, BBQ Aussie steak, to name but a few.

#beergasmbali in 2013 was a great success and has become one of the island’s most talked-about events last year, and now in 2014, #beergasmbali at Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran will continue to enthrall beer + meat aficionados with its well-orchestrated culinary journey featuring a perfect setting of the night full of great beers, great tunes and hundreds of great people!


For more information: www.lemeridien.com or www.facebook.com/lemeridien. Follow @lemeridienhotels on Instagram.  

Monday, January 27, 2014

B.A.T.S. @ Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta Presents The Volume Band


Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta presents The Volume, the latest international band to perform at Bar At The Shangri-La (B.A.T.S.), Monday to Saturday, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Volume began in October 2010 in the United Kingdom, pioneered by lead singer, Nicky.  The band consists of Nicky Wright (singer), Danielle Ballard (singer), Liam Coughlin (singer), Jonathan Kent (bass), Adam Fawcett (guitarist and musical director), Jack Barry (drummer) and Joseph Gatley (keyboard player and background singer).

The charismatic band leader, Nicky, has played in various live bands, touring shows, vocal and dance acts, as well as soloist touring venues across the United Kingdom.  The talented singer is most proud of how quickly The Volume has grown and continues to become a popular band.

Danni has long been singing and performing around the United Kingdom and the world.  She has found success in her recording singles that have hit number one in the Dance Charts and appeared in several albums.

Liam Coughlin started singing since the age of five.  His love for R&B and Soul music was greatly influenced by such musical stars as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Mariah Carey.  His vocal ability has helped in headlining sold-out gigs in and around London.

Jon has worked with local big bands in Essex that continued with a four-month European tour with an Australian rock band.  From his hard-working days of owning his first bass, he has now played in several different music productions and performances around the world.

Adam played the violin as a child, but found his calling in playing guitar at 12 years old.  The guitarist takes influences from blues and pop and, with his musical talent, has performed all over the globe.  He is also the band’s musical director.

Jack has played drums for well over 13 years and enjoys performing various styles of music with The Volume.

Joe – the keyboardist of the band – can sing Opera and is an accomplished solo jazz pianist.  He enjoys programming the latest synth sounds and trax.



The Volume has performed throughout many parts of the globe, from Asia to North America, and continued to leave an impressive mark in the music scene.  Their love for travel, performing and eclectic musical influenced is ready to be seen and heard in Jakarta.  Their high-energy performance of the Top 40 chart-topping songs is set to move guests to their core.

Magnet Sumber Daya Manusia

Gunakan keuntungan pekerjaan yang fleksibel untuk menarik dan menjaga kebetahan sumber daya manusia yang berkualitas

Dulu pekerjaan yang fleksibel merupakan keuntungan yang hanya dimiliki oleh karyawan di bagian penjualan dan beberapa manajer senior yang lebih banyak disibukkan oleh pekerjaan diluar kantor, namun teknologi yang terus berkembang dan kebutuhan untuk meningkatkan produktivitas kini telah merubah keadaan tersebut. Bekerja secara fleksibel, setidaknya dalam jangka waktu tertentu (beberapa jam sehari), kini menjadi hal yang esensial, terutama bagi Generasi Y dan Z yang notabene adalah generasi yang selalu terhubung dengan ponsel pintar, tablet dan layanan olahpesan cepat (instant messaging services). Menurut survey terakhir yang diadakan oleh Regus, bekerja secara fleksibel masuk sebagai salah satu penentu utama bagi seseorang untuk memilih pekerjaan baru dan menjadi faktor kunci dalam menumbuhkan loyalitas karyawan dan  membuat mereka betah pada pekerjaannya.

Mahalnya proses rekrutmen karyawan dan sulitnya mendapatkan sumber daya manusia yang berkualitas sudah sejak lama menjadi tantangan bagi perusahaan di seluruh dunia. Bahkan diantara tingginya persentase pengangguran  terutama di bidang perindustrian dan perekonomian. Sebanyak 24% dari perusahaan – perusahaan yang mengikuti survey Regus Business Confidence index, mengindikasikan keinginannya untuk mengurangi biaya perekrutan karyawan yang mahal itu. Salah satu cara untuk menghemat biaya perekrutan dan pelatihan adalah dengan menjaga tingkat loyalitas karyawan yang ada. Kemudian sebanyak 33% perusahaan yang mengikuti survey juga mengatakan bahwa ini akan menjadi prioritas mereka dalam 12 bulan ke depan.

Sebagai hasilnya, perusahaan -  perusahaan di dunia mulai menyadari bahwa pekerjaan yang fleksibel dapat menjadi jawaban untuk masalah rekrutmen dan menjaga kebetahan karyawan. Biaya agensi perekrutan, pelatihan untuk karyawan baru dan tunjangan lainnya adalah pengeluaran yang pasti, sedangkan dengan menawarkan pekerjaan yang fleksibel, perusahaan dapat menghemat hal – hal tersebut dan juga mengurangi ruangan kerja yang tidak digunakan. 74% dari para manajer senior dan pemilik perusahaan mengkonfirmasi bahwa pekerjaan yang fleksibel dapat menambah kebetahan karyawan. Perlu diketahui menurut 71% responden survey, di masa pertumbuhan ekonomi seperti sekarang ini dimana sumber daya manusia menjadi semakin muda dan paham teknologi, menawarkan pekerjaan yang fleksibel dapat menjadi strategi yang ampuh untuk meningkatkan loyalitas mereka. Mereka lebih memilih fleksibilitas dalam pekerjaan sebagai alasan mereka untuk tinggal di sebuah perusahaan karena keseimbangan antara pekerjaan dan kehidupan pribadi (social life) dapat tercapai.

Selanjutnya pada survey tersebut, 72% dari senior manajer menyatakan bahwa dengan menawarkan pekerjaan yang fleksibel, ternyata menarik bagi sumber daya manusia yang berkualitas. Ditambah lagi dengan jawaban 79% dari responden yang menyatakan bahwa mereka akan mengambil pekerjaan yang serupa jika pekerjaan itu menawarkan sistem bekerja secara fleksibel, dan 58% dari mereka menjawab akan menolak tawaran pekerjaan yang tidak menawarkan hal serupa. 59% dari responden juga menjawab mereka akan tinggal di perusahaan lama jika ditawarkan untuk bekerja secara fleksibel.

Banyak yang berprasangka bahwa pekerjaan yang fleksibel, lebih banyak diimplementasikan oleh perusahaan kecil dibanding organisasi besar karena mereka lebih tidak formal dan gesit, namun menurut data marginal hal tersebut tidaklah benar. Kemungkinan anggapan tersebut hanya berdasarkan dari besarnya biaya yang disediakan untuk proses perekrutan dan tunjangan yang lebih baik, tetapi para organisasi besar inipun mempunyai spesialis atau departemen tertentu yang khusus bekerja secara fleksibel.

Kini pekerjaan yang fleksibel meningkat menjadi faktor utama untuk menjaga stabilitas karyawan dan menarik sumber daya manusia yang berkualitas. Terutama perusahaan dengan sumber daya manusia yang rata-rata mempunyai umur cenderung lebih muda, harus segera menyadari kebutuhan terhadap pekerjaan yang fleksibel ini. Bekerja secara fleksibel bukan hanya menjadi hal yang darurat, namun telah menjadi kebutuhan esensial yang seringkali dijadikan sebuah pilihan untuk menarik sumber daya manusia yang berkualitas. (Charles Rossi, Regus Indonesia Country Manager)

Communicating in Technology Industry


One of the major challenges faced by PR practitioners is representing technology clients. This is due to the distinctive character of the technology practice that requires quick action and fast-changing information. Imagine, only a few weeks after ran innovative product is launched, another product can come, offering more complete, sophisticated features and more competitive price!

It is not necessary to be a gadget addict to successfully serve this industry. Based on our decades of experience serving the technology industry, the main requirements our consultants must have include the 'hunger' of challenge and progress in building very dynamic engagement as well as the courage to think positively and creatively at all time.

Tech industry brings tremendous challenge to engage stakeholders and continuously attract them to be provoked, think, write, read and at the end become our loyalists and use our products. We need to explain how a cell phone works in the most attractive way, highlighting all the benefits of our products in the middle of very tight competition, connecting them to stakeholders' needs and wants. Expressing technological terms in easily understood terms is the biggest challenge to achieve this purpose.

The following are some tips to successfully build a solid and credible communication team in the technology practice, based on our experience.

1. The passion for new technology
We believe that success comes from loving our job field. So, having a team that loves the excitement and dynamic brought by new technology is a priority for us. Although the job seems demanding, we never feel tired because we do it every day as a hobby. Technology communication practitioners never give up and consider technology complicated, because there are a lot of unique, exciting and interesting things that can be learned out of this complexity. When working with passionate heart, it is not surprising when success comes easily again and again. The success of brand development in the industry, among others, is the fruit of passion of the communication practitioners behind it.

2. Always keep Updated
In the technology practice, every second can cause major changes that could change the world. Therefore, technology communication team should feel the hunger to get the latest tech information updates, as well as the latest insights from stakeholders that relate to the brands.

Always understand the psychographics of your stakeholders, listen to their conversation through social media, their aspirations and frustration at any given time, and learn how the newest features of the tech brand can answer their questions. Build the connection that matter with this understanding. Always be ready for competitors' story, and learn how our stories can be unique, our offering different, to strengthen our positioning in the market. A real time online digital listening tool is a crucial tool for this purpose.

This will be a strong foundation in building technology brands. We have proved this point ourselves since the beginning, and up to now the results have never been disappointing.

3. Be disciplined in story telling
This is important because the news development in the technology industry is very dynamic, and can be easily outdated so that technology communication practitioners have to be very agile in managing issues, create fresh stories and clever in presenting them to the public. In order to  that, always understand what your audience needs and wants at any given time, and understand how your brand can answer their challenges and aspiration. Tell stories that emotionally engage stakeholders and add values to their lives. Build the discipline to tell stories that connect, relate and touch.

4. Be alert and "in-time"
Technology communication practitioners should always emphasize on the speed in filtering information that is relevant to the stories of the brand. Build high sensitivity in capturing the stories considered important for stakeholders. Engaging the stakeholders by telling the right story, at the right time in the right way is the key success factor in the very dynamic, rapidly changing tech market. The "alert attitude" and sensitivity will enable the tech communication team to build the speed required to stay ahead of competition.

5. Willing to Learn More
To win in the dynamic tech market, technology communications practitioners should always learn to be more curious, learn more, ask more questions, and exchange ideas more often to gain valuable insights and "aha" ideas. To always be the number one in our stakeholders' hearts and minds, means that we have to be the number one to understand them, the first to answer their needs and build the right connection to our brands. It requires the ability to always be the first one to come up with the unique "aha" ideas when suddenly competitors appear through various touch points to steal the game we're playing.

We believe the five tips above are just a few recipes to build a successful communication technology team. You must also have some other tips. Let's share so that we can be successful together! (Rachma Nadya, Putri Rizky Pramadhani - Fortune PR

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Single Malt Launches New Whisky to Mark 125 Years

Only 286 bottles of Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage to be released


JAKARTA, 22 January 2014 - Glenfiddich, the World’s Most Awarded single malt Scotch whisky, unveils the Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage, an exclusive 25 Year Old expression. With only 286 bottles to be released, Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage is one of the rarest and finest examples of Glenfiddich’s malt making expertise.

Distilled on Christmas Day 1987, as part of the single malt’s centenary celebrations, this special release marks 125 years of pioneering whisky making at The Glenfiddich Distillery. It was selected on Christmas Day 2012, the distillery’s 125th anniversary, by its founder William Grant’s great-great grandson, Peter Gordon and his son, Dougal.

All 286 bottles of Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage were taken from just one cask, selected by Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman and William Grant’s descendants. Brian Kinsman said: “The whisky’s unusually high ABV of 55.2% signifies the uniqueness of this precious, cask-strength liquid. It is a true connoisseur’s choice and with a host of evocative flavours and subtle aromas it marks another milestone in our pioneering history.”

Decorated in rustic copper and a rich blue with a beautiful case, the presentation and packaging of each of these individually numbered bottles reflects Glenfiddich’s rich history.



Commenting on the release Company Director Peter Gordon said: “Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage celebrates an illustrious 125 years of innovative whisky making. It’s a true honour to be able to choose such an exceptionally rare spirit to celebrate my great-great grandfather’s pioneering legacy and our continuing commitment to create ‘the best dram in the valley’.”

Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage boasts complex and sensuous flavours that have been allowed to develop and mellow in oak casks for a quarter of a century. Rich fruit cake, toasted almonds and cinnamon flavours flourish on the nose, underpinned by a zesty citrus note enveloped in vanilla sweetness, allowing hints of hints of liquorice, leather and ground coffee. On the tongue it takes on a beautiful velvety texture, rich and spicy with a sweet sherbety flavour. The depth of oak tannin creates an intriguing balance of sweet and dry with a luxurious mouth coating oiliness, which is decadently succeeded by a long-lasting, sweet, oaky finish. 

5 specially numbered bottles of the Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage will retail for a minimum of USD1,168 and will be available in Indonesia from 22nd January 2014 in a silent auction bid. The auction bid will last until January 31 at http://glenfiddichanniversaryvintage.com/id/.

Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage Unveiled

New single malt released to celebrate 125 years of pioneering whisky making


JAKARTA, 22 January 2014 - Glenfiddich, the World’s Most Awarded single malt, reveals the Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage, one of the rarest whiskies ever released by the whisky maker - only 286 bottles will be available. Celebrating 125 years of whisky making at The Glenfiddich Distillery, this limited edition 25 Year Old whisky, is the latest addition to the coveted Glenfiddich Rare Collection.

This special whisky is steeped in history. It was casked in a European Oak sherry butt on Christmas Day 1987, Glenfiddich’s centenary anniversary. A quarter of a century later, Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman pre-selected a small number of the special centenary casks so that  on the 125th anniversary of the first spirit running from the distillery’s stills, Glenfiddich founder William Grant’s great-great grandson Peter Gordon and his son Dougal could choose cask number 19996 to become the Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage.

Commenting on the release Company Director Peter Gordon said: “It was an honour to select this whisky. Born of two momentous anniversaries for our distillery, this whisky truly reflects the pioneering spirit that has underpinned our 125 year history and my great-great grandfather’s legacy of making ‘the best dram in the valley’.”

Bronze in colour, Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage has a nose of rich fruit cake, toasted almonds and cinnamon flavours, underpinned by a zesty citrus note enveloped in vanilla sweetness, allowing hints of liquorice, leather and ground coffee. On the tongue it takes on a beautiful velvety texture, rich and spicy with a sweet sherbety flavour. The depth of oak tannin creates an intriguing balance of sweet and dry with a luxurious mouth coating oiliness, which is decadently succeeded by a long-lasting, sweet, oaky finish.

Brian Kinsman, Malt Master added: “Bottled from just one European oak sherry cask and testament to the uniqueness of this exclusive whisky, Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage has a cask-strength ABV of 55.2%. Glenfiddich has been family run since 1887 and with the freedom of independence and the foresight of long term planning, we have created the largest collection of single malt stock anywhere in the world. It allows to us to create exceptional and fantastic tasting whisky.”

To complement a whisky of this calibre, prestige and quality, each individually numbered bottle is finished with a rustic copper and blue design and is presented in its own beautiful case.
The Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage has been available from 9th September, before the strictly limited bottles travel from the distillery to whisky connoisseurs and prestigious establishments around the world. Each bottle will sell for a minimum of USD1,168.


Glenfiddich Tasting Notes


COLOUR: Bronze
NOSE: Rich fruit cake, toasted almonds, cinnamon and a zesty citrus note enveloped in vanilla sweetness. Hints of liquorice, leather and ground coffee
TASTE: A beautiful velvety texture. Rich and spicy with a sweet sherbety flavour, the depth of oak tannin creates an intriguing balance of sweet and dry with a luxurious mouth coating oiliness
FINISH: Long lasting with a sweet oakiness


About William Grant & Sons and Glenfiddich
William Grant & Sons, Ltd. is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1886. Today, the luxury spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s favourite single malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world’s third largest blended Scotch Grant’s® as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry®, Milagro® Tequila and, most recently, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey

Recent Awards:
International Spirits Challenge 2013
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 18 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 30 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 40 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Madeira Cask Finish
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Bourbon Cask Reserve
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Ultimate 38 Year Old


Scotch Whisky Masters Awards 2013
  • Master: Glenfiddich 15 Year Old
  • Master: Glenfiddich Ultimate 38 Year Old
  • Master: Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Rich Oak
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 18 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Distillery Edition 15 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Madeira Cask Finish
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Bourbon Cask Reserve
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Malt Master’s Edition
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 40 Year Old


International Wine and Spirit Competition 2013
Trophy for Single Malt Cask Strength: Glenfiddich 40 Year Old
  • Gold Outstanding: Glenfiddich 40 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Malt Master’s Edition
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 30 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 21 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 15 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Rich Oak
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

Click on www.williamgrant.com for more information on the Company and its brands.

Matthew Fergusson-Stewart

William Grant & Sons Southeast Asia Brand Ambassador

Matthew Fergusson-Stewart is William Grant & Sons’ Southeast Asia Brand Ambassador and a veteran of the whisky industry.

Born in 1976, the native Western Australian first encountered whisky when he studied chemistry at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth. Matthew gained his first appreciation for the liquid after seeing how three simple ingredients – water, malted barley and yeast – can fuse together in a perfect harmony to produce the greatest diversity of flavour and aroma characteristics in any spirit.

He became irrevocably hooked on single malts on the very day of his university graduation, when he celebrated over dinner with his family and finished the meal with one of Islay’s famously peaty whiskies. This love affair with single malts eventually led him to name his first born daughter ‘Islay’ in 2012.

Upon graduation, Matthew entered the corporate world as a business consultant but the lure of the dram pulled him back soon after.

Having spent the last decade honing his thirst for the whisky craft, Matthew accumulated a wealth of first-hand experience from learning within the whisky industry. Aside from having been the State Manager of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Western Australia, Matthew was also the creator and Director of Stewart’s Whisky Consultancy when he moved to Singapore. Since Matthew’s move to Singapore, he’s managed The Auld Alliance that houses Southeast Asia’s largest whisky selection, and created an interactive website to help aficionados select their preferred single malt based on each individual’s flavour preferences. He is also the author of two authoritative and somewhat controversial papers on chill-filtration, published by the prestigious Malt Maniacs.


As an experienced whisky educator, Matthew enjoys nothing more than talking to people about the ‘Water of Life’, and maybe even sharing a dram or two. As he frequently tells guests at his tastings, with a sly grin, “Don’t worry about asking too many questions, you’ll get tired of me talking about whisky before I get tired of talking about whisky”. In his role as William Grant’s Brand Ambassador for Southeast Asia, Matthew hopes to extend the reach of his favourite single malts through his guiding principle: “If you try to sell bottles of great whisky you’ll sell a few, but if you sell the experience of enjoying great whisky, you’ll sell a lot more”. Bearing this in mind, Matthew looks forward to sharing his passion for (and occasionally a dram of) the ‘Water of Life’ with many more people across the region.

Flexible Working Stems Costly Staff Turnover

Attract and retain top staff with flexible working


Jakarta, 22January 2014 –Business people in Indonesia reveal flexible working is often the make-or-break of job offers.  79% reveal that they would choose one job over another similar one, if it offered flexible working. A staggering 73% confirm that flexible working also improves staff retention, finds the latest survey by Regus, the global workplace provider.

Recruitment is an expensive process that many global businesses are keen to reduce. The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) estimates the cost of an employee leaving at £4,625, rising to £5,000 for managers and professionals.  With employee retention reported as a priority for over a third of business , what measures should businesses be prioritising to slash hiring costs, attract and retain top staff? Flexible working, respondents reveal, provides a solution to all three.

The survey, canvassing the opinions of more than 20,000 senior executives and business owners across 95 countries, confirms that in Indonesia flexible working can be used to avoid employee churn (and the consequent expense of recruitment agencies) as 77% of respondents point to flexible working as a perk that attracts top talent.

The research also found that:
  • 76% of respondents say offering flexible working makes employees more loyal;
  • 60% of workers would actually turn down a job that ruled out flexible working;
  • 68% say they would have stayed longer in their last position had flexible working been an option.

Commenting on the study, John Henderson, Regus Asia Pacific Regional Director says: “Hiring and retaining top talent is an age-old priority for successful businesses, but not all companies can afford to offer golden bonuses or mouth-watering salaries while remaining competitive. Stemming churn is also vital to avoid incurring recruitment agency costs and the inconvenience of starting the hiring process.

“Flexible working, which is lower cost than fixed office working, offers the attractive perks of lower stress and better work:life balance to existing and prospective employees, and provides a low cost solution to attracting and retaining those top workers. It’s also striking how mainstream the perk of flexible working has become, with many respondents actually choosing their jobs on the basis of flexibility.”


Regus is the global workplace provider
Its network of more than 1,700 business centres in 100 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.

The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 1.5million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit: www.regus.com

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Chinese New Year @ The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place


“Gong Xi Fa Cai!” The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place invites the guests to celebrate and enjoy gastronomic delights served with an elegant flair to welcome the Chinese Lunar Horse New Year. These Chinese festival cuisines are to be revealed in Pacific Restaurant & Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place from January 30 to 31 January 2014.

Chinese spices and cooking are based upon harmonizing five fundamental taste sensations – sweet, sour, pungent, salty and bitter. To honor the Lunar Horse year, our culinary team will balance these elements into lavish culinary that can be experienced in Pacific Restaurant. Diners will be able to witness dishes such as Tuna Maguro, Jelly Fish Ee Sang, Black Truffle Lamb Rack, Signature Crispy Pork Belly, Fish Maw Dried Oyster Soup, Sea Cucumber Crab Meat Broccoli, Steamed Halibut Five Spice Oriental Sauce, Shao Sing Chicken Sea Moss and many more. Not to forget Yee Shang, as the part of a multi-dish dinner tradition considered as a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor for the New Year. All diners will gather around the table and toss the shredded ingredients into the air with chopsticks while saying various auspicious wishes. It is believed that the height of the toss reflects the height of the diner's escalation in fortunes; therefore diners are expected to toss enthusiastically. Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner can be enjoyed at Rp. 498,000++ per persons inclusive of Chinese tea and Rp. 258,000++ per child aged 5 to 12 years old. Chinese traditional music and Barongsai attraction will start from 7.00pm.

Guests can treat themselves with a relaxing brunch after New Year’s dinner on the Chinese New Year brunch on 31 January 2014 featuring a selection of Prawn Scallop Siew Mai, Tuna Maguro, Jelly Fish Ee Sang, Beef Marrow Braised Short Ribs, Fish Maw and many more. The price starts from Rp. 328,000++ per person including free flow of juices and iced tea and Rp. 528,000++ per person inclusive free flow of wine, beer and juice. Chinese traditional music performance will start from 12:00pm.



For further information and reservations, please call Pacific Restaurant & Lounge at +62 21 2551-1993.