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Feb 16, 2015

LIVING GRAND WITH GRAND HYATT


When it comes to the idea of Living Grand, no one could do better than Grand Hyatt hotel. To prove this statement, the incredible team behind this five-star hotel has come up with a global campaign "Living Grand" to unlock the extraordinary in every moment, celebrating Chinese New Year, and showing their world-class services. I was extremely honoured to be invited to join their campaign. 

Last Wednesday, I went to an exclusive dinner with Grand Hyatt and came home with so many magical moments in my head. First, a limousine picked me up and brought me to the hotel. Then, one of the hotel staff greeted me from the entrance when I arrived. He escorted me to the ballroom where the dinner was held. We had some champagne, introduced ourselves to each other and listened to the Grand Hyatt's stories shared by their PR team. While mingling, we were asking each other if anyone knew about the agenda for the night. None of us did. But we didn't have to wait for long. 

The night officially started with Chinese New Year traditional Lo Hei (Yu Sheng prosperity toss) that was well presented by the Chef and his team. A little bit of choreography to make the presentation more unique. I knew there would be a Lo Hei session, and I guessed a traditional round table dinner would follow. But I was wrong. None of the guests saw this coming. 



Right after we ended our Lo Hei session, a big door slowly opened, leaving us astonishingly surprised for a moment. A garden-circus themed dinner setup no less. I was one of the first few guests to enter the magical garden as I couldn't wait. How could I wait? Right! I quickly looked for my seat and settled down so that I could have more time to enjoy every little detail to the maximum. 


The dance and music performances, 


the hundreds of fresh flowers on the long table,


 the dreamy lighting and the red flowered ceiling. Everything was so beautifully arranged. 


While we were all still living on Cloud 9, another door opened that brought our attention to the kitchen where all the chef and cooks were standing still. Surprise after surprise. A fairy tale dancer touched each of them to wake them up and to continue what they were supposed to do. How more magical can it be?




Enough with decoration! Let's talk about food because that's what we were here for. Again, I didn't know what was on the menu, but I knew that it must be spectacular just by looking at how beautiful dinner was setup. I was right this time. First, it was the famous "Buddha jumps over the wall" soup featuring chicken, mushroom, abalone and 100% sustainable seafood. 


Then, the roasted duck with crispy chicken egg, water spinach, and lotus rice. In between dishes, there were performances to entertain us through the night.



As if all of that was not good enough, then came the dessert presented on a Chinese hand drawing calligraphy scroll especially made for the dinner.  It included white lotus blossom flower, Buddha's hand lemon and mango pudding, mini lui sha bao, and other sorted pastries and sweet treats. It was a grand finale of the night I must say. 


I attended many luxurious dinner events before, some as expensive as $800/ pax, but there was, certainly, none that came close to what I experienced with Grand Hyatt. I had several goosebumps throughout the night. There were so much effort, hard work, and passion put into this dinner for us and I couldn't be more grateful to be part of it.


Having some hot chamomile tea after the dinner. 


Meeting some new friends: Flora and Melissa


Having great conversations with amazing people who made this dinner so successful. 


That was the best night that I've ever had! Thank you so much Sarah and Grand Hyatt for having me. 


and thank you for the 100 pieces of chocolates as 100 Blessings of Good Fortune. I couldn't eat them all by myself, so I decided to share them with everyone in my office. They loved it! Good things are meant to be shared, aren't they? Just like how you shared the wonderful things with me.


It took me two days to get back to the reality from your dreamy garden. It was a hard Goodbye, but I'm sure we'll see each other again soon.  It's official! You are now my most favorite hotel, Grand Hyatt! 

Thank you so much for allowing me to share this magical experience with my readers and thank you so much for reading everyone! 

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