My dear friend, the very talented Telihana will be hosting her launch party at Block8′s rooftop, The Beach this Friday, July 23.
Telihana’s Official Album Launch will be releasing her three latest songs and clip from her ‘All Night’ music video in New York.
Together with DJ Chozie, Telihana will be creating tunes and beats to “make your feet ROCK and your heart BUMP!”
- Date: Friday, July 23
- Reservations: 13521882889
- Location: The Beach, 4th floor of Block 8
- Time: 10PM- late
Since they first opened in 2008 just before the Olympic Games, ChinaDoll 3.3 has undergone renovations and adjustments quite a few times.
Their third Re-Opening party, tonight ChinaDoll hosted a soft-opening party for their Sky Bar.
Other than The Beach (Block8) & Kokomo, Sky Bar is one of the few rooftop bars in Beijing that boasts such a big space and in my opinion, very closely resembles The Beach’s style, but instead of sand, they feature a shallow water tank.
Scoping out the crowd, spotting the model crew and checking out the VIP section with their plush sofa chairs, I conclude that Sky Bar’s scene is very much a mash-up of Suzie Wong’s and Xiu (Park Hyatt).
It seems like a lifetime ago, but when I first moved to Beijing in 2006, I came as a student to study Mandarin at World Link Education. Back in those days, everything was all play and stress-free – ah, the life as a student. My crew’s regular hangout spot was Together Bar (which was recently demolished this summer and replaced with a park) and our regular party spots included none other than Babyface, Cargo, Bar Blu, Kai Bar, Suzie Wong’s and Vics (before the re-model).
Since then, so much has changed in Beijing pre and post the 2008 Olympics.
This October holiday, my best friend from World Link, Sophia Gericke came back to visit for 10 days – a visit that has been both refreshing and eye-opening. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the small things and forget to see the big picture. It’s hard to imagine that only a year ago, there was no Sanlitun Village, there was no Opposite House, no Bling, no Solana, no Legation Quarter, etc. etc.
There’s something about August. The past two weeks have been filled with birthday parties for everyone and their mother.
Yesterday, August 15th, it was not only Hatsune‘s 8 Year Birthday Celebration at both branches, it was also Block 8‘s GM, Xixi Cheng’s birthday (a surprise party at Karaiya followed by a party at the Beach), and All-Star/Bling‘s owner, Ken Li’s birthday party at Bling, obviously.
Yesterday’s parties were off the hook, and today we celebrated Ken’s actual birthday. Ken hosted his dinner party at Todai, which was fitting since his friends are all giants who can really make the most of this gargantuan buffet. Todai was perfect for everyone to get together and gorge on a buffet that has something for everyone…and then some.
The evening started off with a kick-ass dinner party at the original Hatsune – all you can eat and drink sake for only 200rmb, (which booked out within 3 hours of me sending out the notification! – Definitely a record for the quickest sold-out event.)
Afterwards, the celebration continued with the official party at Hatsune in Sanlitun Village, with all-you-can-drink cocktails and sake plus more sushi for 100rmb. Let’s not forget the acrobat performances, which were jaw-dropping. Unreal. I wish I had photos to post, but must’ve skipped my mind in my state of shock.
The breakdown: About 70 (out of the 150) dinner guests came for more of the Hatsune goodness along with another 250 Hatsune Sushi Samurais.
Having had the opportunity to collaborate and work together with so many diverse projects, I’d had a great advantage over those who choose stability.
I’ve had the opportunity to learn through working on different projects with different people in different work environments and management styles. From straight up dictatorship to playing the friend role, it’s been quite an experience to manage each relationship on a basis of loyalty, honesty, professionalism.
Lucky for me, I’ve never been alone. From the days I first started managing PR for Block 8, I was fortunate enough to have two incredibly caring and inspiring mentors: Sebastien Noat & Alan Wong.
Sebastien is hands-down one of the most ambitious, brilliant, eloquent, energetic, and hard working people I know. He is always on the go, full of creative ideas, indisputably persuasive, and knows exactly what he wants. And he goes after it. I saw him go from the General Manager of Block 8 to starting up his own Consultancy Agency – Alchemy, where he took me under his wing and made me part of an unstoppable team, working with some of the most prestigious F&B client companies in China including Domus & Cabaret with the Tiandi Group and LAN Club with the South Beauty Group. Alchemy is also the creative group behind the concept, design and launch of All-Star Sports Bar & Grill + Club Bling.
While in many ways Alan is similar to Sebastien in the sense that he is extremely capable, personable, has an inherent gift to managing his staff and business associates, along with the power to inspire and teach, Alan is also one of the most down-to-earth, chillest people on this planet. This is where Alan’s management style is so brilliant. I have encountered too many times, people who manage through means of commanding, dictating – which to me, is just condescending. Alan, on the other hand, I have yet to hear yell at anyone or seen him truly angry. I have seen him frustrated, worried, stressed, and at the worst, I’ve seen him disappointed, but that to me is more powerful than anger. What he inspires in those who work for him is a motivation that drives people to do not only do what is best for Alan or themselves, but more importantly, what’s best for the team.
First and foremost, let me explain what LumDimSum is all about. Don’t be fooled by my name, this is not a blog about DimSum (although I am a HUGE fan) and it is not limited to discussions about dining in Beijing.
I decided to create LumDimSum to share my experiences (both personal and work related) with family & friends abroad, along with anyone interested in the life I live as a PR socialite in Beijing. as a newly graduated, ABC living in Beijing, my life has taken off on a path of its own and my goals and aspirations have morphed, grown, and leapt in ways I never expected or imagined.
Having lived in China for the past three years, my life and career goals have taken off like a roller coaster. I originally came to Beijing as a student at a private Language Program and within just two years, I’ve since planned the wedding of the year, hosted two restaurant openings, and managed the PR, Marketing and Media for Beijing’s top nightlife and dining destinations: Block8, BLING, LAN Club, the Hatsune Restaurant Group, just to name a few.
LumDimSum not only recaps some unique experiences and thoughts on my daily life in Beijing but also serves as a platform for me to discuss my personal opinions on Beijing nightlife and dining along with the inside scoop on my work and the venues I represent. Shameless self-promotion aside, I hope that LumDimSum will provide valuable insight and tips to Beijing’s hot spots and top upcoming events around town.
E-mail: lum.kristen (at) gmail.com