Published for TALK Magazine in September 2010 Mark Hemel TALKs ‘supermodel’ politics. Perched 610m above Guangzhou’s Pearl River (well, 600m actually, but we’ll get to that later), the Guangzhou TV Tower enjoys the ‘tallest tower in the world’ title, handedly beating out long-time titleholder the CN Tower in Toronto. Architects Mark Hemel and Barbara Kuit… Continue reading The Man Behind the Tower
Published for Paper Magazine in September 2011 It's no secret that South China’s not really known for its bustling fashion scene. High-profile runway shows are few and far between, yet a scene exists and believe it or not, it’s quite vibrant in its own unique, subtle way. ‘Nan Pai’ (Southern style) is an identity among… Continue reading Icons of South China Fashion
Published for TALK Magazine in March 2009 Perez Hilton[isms] Being American gossip maven and bloganista Perez Hilton is a very divisive profession, so it’s not surprising that the man occasionally needs to get away from it all. Recently Hilton visited China for some much needed rest and relaxation. Here’s what the man himself had to say… Continue reading Did You Know?
Published for TALK Magazine in December 2009 Kuala Lumpur’s spirituality is felt, not immediately seen. On approach to Kuala Lumpur, as your plane circles the metropolis two things come to mind … one, that it’s not quite as big as you were led to believe and two, “why on earth did they choose this mosquito-infested… Continue reading Southeast Asia’s Islamic City
Published for TALK Magazine in February 2009 A weekend away at Mission Hills Haikou. I was out of my depth. The caddy director had informed me that I’d be joining a party of three waiting at the first tee as I hurriedly picked out my rental clubs and strapped them into the back of the… Continue reading Back in the Swing of Things