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KUALA LUMPUR (July 18): Travel vicariously across Asia through six clued-in personalities from the retail, hospitality and design sectors as they share their favourite hotels, restaurants, bars as well as insider tips to navigate their towns and cities.

Blink Design Group founder and creative director Clint Nagata gives us a tour around Bangkok, his ideal travel base to reach his projects scattered throughout the world, while Urban Resort Concept’s senior vice president of commercial strategy and business development Ivy Kwan recalls the best sites to visit in Shanghai — or Paris of the East, as she calls it — where she lived for eight years.

In Japan, Noriko Kanda, the pre-opening general manager of The Royal Park Canvas in Sapporo Odori Park, shares how to make the most out of your time outdoors during the warmer and colder seasons in Sapporo.

While visiting the little red dot, Marina Bay Sands vice president of retail Hazel Chan recommends exploring the food, drink and entertainment offerings in the iconic integrated resort but also to venture out by bike or chartering a boat to neighbouring islands.

Back at home, co-founder of Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat and Ambong Pool Villas Amran Ahmed encourages locals to revel in the beauty of Langkawi, where sun, sand and duty-free goods await.

And if Penang is at the top of your road trip list, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion’s head of communications Aja Ng points out must-visits and eats for both the island newbie and seasoned visitor.

Also included in this issue is a commentary on the football fiasco at the UEFA 2020 European Championships, as well as a report on the relevance of the Princess Diana sculpture.

Astro’s CEO of Television Euan Smith talks about the company’s partnership with Netflix, while IWC Schaffhausen CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr explains how pivoting to a more digitally focused platform has helped the watchmaker navigate the challenges of the last 18 months.

Besides celebrating National Tequila Day on July 24, this week’s issue also covers the release of WVC Jazz Ensemble’s new album, Purnama as well as sibling-owned cosmetic brand So.Lek.

Read all of these in the latest issue of Options, which is published in the July 19 edition of The Edge Malaysia weekly.

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