New year, new dreams

In less than 24 hours we'll be ringing in the new year and you may be focusing on your goals for 2013. CitySeen asked some of the city's movers and shakers about resolutions, past and present …

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 December, 2012, 4:55pm

Umberto Bombana, chef at 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana

My wish came true - my restaurant was awarded three Michelin stars for the first time this year, becoming the only Italian eatery outside Italy to achieve the honour. I was surprised and shocked. But since being given the honour, my restaurant has become much busier and taken up more of my time and attention. So, for the following year, I resolve to spend more time with my kids. I have initiated a new management plan to make my work more efficient so that I can squeeze in more time for my family.

Francis Au, managing director of Linen House Hong Kong

A new year's resolution that I made and have kept is to spend more time with my family and friends. Like many other people, I am really busy running a business and juggling my family and social life. But, at the end of the day, what matters the most is love. I always put that first and treasure the time I spend with my loved ones.

Dee Poon, socialite and managing director of men's shirt brand PYE

I had been working on PYE for a few years. I was so happy to be able to open the store this year in Pacific Place and bring to fruition all the different aspects of the brand that we have worked on over the past few years. It has been a joy working with artists like Stanley Wong and Ray Chen, and I look forward to being able to do more work with amazing people like them in the coming year.

Geoff Tsui, owner of Konzepp design and lifestyle boutique

Having grown up in a very conservative family, art and design were never appreciated - most Asian families prefer their kids to join a profession. One year, I decided that my purpose in life was to change that and have more people appreciate and celebrate creativity. Creating and building the Konzepp platform has given more and more people access to the cool designs out there. The other resolution I have made is to keep track of time and not waste it foolishly, and embark only on things that matter to me. I've been getting a new watch every year, both to reward myself and remind myself that time is always ticking and I shouldn't take it for granted.

Ivy Lam, film critic and co-founder of HK Alt Screenings

I make resolutions throughout the year rather than just at new year, but in 2013 I am resolving to make the transition into becoming a producer and completing a feature film by the end of the year. To get a head start on this, I am currently in New York taking filmmaking courses.


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