Category Archives: Captains & Legends 传奇

Riding Through Storms, Reaching New Heights 穿越风暴,攀上新高峰

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Gaurav Wattal
General Manager, Melbourne Marriott Hotel

Gaurav Wattal grew up in a military family where his grandfather was in the navy whereas his father was in the army. He initially wanted to follow in their footsteps, but later on decided to follow his passion instead and joined the hospitality industry.

When asked how he started his journey with Marriot, he said: “I was exposed to the hotel industry at a very young age and with a F&B background, I quickly flew to Australia and met with the General Manager of Sydney Harbour Marriott when there was a position looking for someone to reposition their food and beverage outlets.” He then added: “I have always dreamt to work with an international brand and Marriott was the first choice with its stellar reputation.” It took only 4 years before Guarav was given the ultimate hotelier’s dream of being trusted the keys to his own hotel. It was one of the most exciting moments in his professional journey as he was not only assigned the new General Manager of the Melbourne Marriott Hotel, but it also showed how he had received recognition and trust from the YTL Hotels Group.

“It is certainly a big job as I am accountable and responsible for the wellbeing of all stakeholders including the owner and the brand. It is important to remember that the buck stops with me and my decision will impact the business,” emphasized Gaurav. Although being the new kid on the block, but this new general manager is confident that he is a force not to be taken lightly. Gaurav has worked for 11 different hotels and opened 17 restaurants and bars.

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Taking up such an important job at the same time the world was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic was definitely another unforgettable moment in his career. The pandemic has hit the world by surprise and created an unprecedented impact that has brought the travel industry to its knees. As John Maxwell said: “The pessimist complaints about the wind; The optimist expects it to charge; The leader adjusts the sail.” Gaurav described this unfortunate happening as “One of those crazy movies with global pandemic themes.” “The immediate cause of action is to evaluate our business to see what the most efficient way is of operating and to ensure our guests and associates are safe and healthy in this new world order,” Gaurav said.

“Have the right attitude whatever you may be facing, take on your fears and learn from your mistakes.”

When it comes to his principle in life, Gaurav said: “Have the right attitude whatever you may be facing, take on your fears and learn from your mistakes.” He also added: “Things may be tough or easy, but nothing clears your mind and gives you a sense of freedom and exhilaration like riding a bike!” This obsession of Gaurav’s is exactly like his Harley Davison’s slogan which is ‘Screw It, Let’s Ride.”


Gaurav Wattal成长于军人家庭,祖父曾是海军,父亲是现役军人,最初他想投军,但最后决定追随自己内心的热情,往酒店业挑战。被问及在万豪的起点时表示,“我很年轻的时候就接触过酒店业,并且拥有餐饮业相关背景,当时得知他们的餐饮部有职位空缺时,我立刻飞往澳大利亚会见悉尼港环形码头万豪酒店的总经理。”他补充说:“在国际品牌就业是我梦寐以求的事,而享誉全球的万豪是我的首选。”Gaurav只花了4年的时间就实现了酒店业者的最终梦想,即被委托管理酒店。成为墨尔本万豪酒店新总经理不仅是他职业生涯中最激动人心的时刻,也是杨忠礼集团酒店集团对他的的认可和信任。
“当然这是一项艰巨的工作,我必需对所有利益相关者包括所有者和品牌负起相关的职责和责任。要谨记以身作则,责无旁贷,我的决定会影响的公司营运。” Gaurav强调。尽管这新手刚上路,但这位新任总经理有信心,因为他曾为11家不同的酒店工作,开设了17家餐厅和酒吧,实力不容小觑。

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谈到生活的信念,Gaurav直接了当表示:“无论面对什么事,都要保持正确的态度、面对恐惧、从错误中吸取教训。”并补充说:“事情可能很艰难或许很容易,但是没有什么能像骑车一样让头脑清醒、带来自由和振奋的感觉。”这份执着就像哈雷戴维森(Harley Davidson)的标语“去他的!我们一起骑”。

A Hatter Who Wears Many Hats 戴着多顶帽子的帽匠

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Wendy Scully Millinery
Milliner/ Hat Maker

There is nothing mad about hatter, Wendy Scully as she’s not just a one-dimensional hat designer and creator. In fact, the breadth of her multi-talents has her wearing many hats, both literally and figuratively.

Trained in art ceramics and textiles, sculpting and crocheting, jewellery making and even Batik art, there isn’t anything that Scully cannot do.

As a result, her business and workshop, Wendy Scully Millinery on Collins Street in Melbourne, is a one woman show where she’s busy creating, sewing and putting together up to 300 hats a year for all occasions – the yearly Melbourne Cup race, weddings, funerals, fashion shows and the odd fancy-dress party.

“I’m probably a mad hatter but my profession allows me to be expressive and artistic in a functional way,” says Scully. Her collections are one of a kind with no traces of duplicates.

What makes Scully’s designs exceptionally unique is that she creates her own hat blocks which are the foundations for hat making. She also collects various French and Russian vintage materials that will become essential adornments for her hats that gives each of them a distinct look and style.

“As I’m a sculptor with a textile artist background, I create blocks, dye feathers and create embroideries for the cloths and materials which are all natural.”

Fortunately for Scully, she considers her business a favourite pastime. After teaching for 35 years in two international schools in Singapore, she threw in the towel and wanted to pursue her real passion. She returned to Melbourne 10 years ago with her husband who worked in a corporate law firm in Singapore.

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Scully seems exasperated by the high volume of mass designer hats sold for varying prices while disregarding quality and designer integrity.

“True Australian hat designers like myself make their own hats from scratch and it’s a slow but very rewarding process because we’re creating a work of art. You’d be surprised to know that some overseas designers mass produce their pieces (even the big names), for the fraction of the price. But most people would rather buy them because they’re available faster, they’re cheaper and are marketed well.

“We take 4-6 weeks to prepare and create your hat, but it’s worthwhile because of the level of detail and personalisation that adorns and completes it.”

When it comes to wearing hats, that too is an art.

“Wear it slightly over the eyes, let it tilt to the left, right, forward but never backwards”

Regardless the shape of one’s face or how the hat is worn, Scully believes that hats should be light and elegant where it must not feel uncomfortable or weighty.

“You shouldn’t feel like you have anything on”.

To see Scully’s full designer collection, go to

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纵然并非疯狂帽匠,但是Wendy Scully不仅仅是一个切面维度的帽子设计师和创作者。事实上,多项才能让她可以尽情身兼数职,单从字面或者象征意义上的解释来说:她戴着多顶帽子(多才多艺)。

无论是在陶瓷艺术、纺织品、雕刻,钩编到珠宝制作,即使是蜡染艺术,完全难不倒Wendy Scully,整体训练有素。

而作为业绩回报,她的公司兼工作室-位于墨尔本柯林斯街的Wendy Scully Millinery,这是一个女人的繁忙战场,她每年为各种场合和需求创作、缝纫和整理300顶帽子,包括一年一度的墨尔本杯赛会、婚礼、葬礼,时装表演和稀奇古怪的化妆舞会。


Wendy Scully设计自成一派,她创作属于自己的帽子模块,这也是帽子制作工艺的基础。她还收集了各种法国和俄罗斯的复古原材料,这些材料将成为她的帽子必不可少的装饰点缀,展现每个人独一无二的外观和气质。


对Wendy Scully来说,最幸运的是:她做着真正热爱的工作营生。曾经她在新加坡两所国际学校从事了35年的教职生涯,后来她决定放弃,跟随内心激情的方向。10年前,她与在新加坡一家法律事务所工作的丈夫回到了墨尔本。

对于大量充斥市面的所谓设计师帽子,Wendy Scully似乎觉得有点反感,这些价格不一的产品,直接忽视了设计的质量和完整性。




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Harry Potter & The Cursed Child in Melbourne《哈利波特与被诅咒的孩子》墨尔本火爆延续!

Multi-award theatrical show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child celebrated its first birthday in Melbourne’s Princess Theatre on the 1st March 2020. Due to the overwhelming response, this sensational record-breaking show has announced its 7th extension until 13th September 2020. Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp in her speech welcomed the good news and said that more than 300,000 from near and far have seen the show making this a premier attraction of the state.

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It has been 23 years since the release of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling. The story started off with a boy named Harry whose parents were killed by Voldemort, the Dark Lord who is also known as He Who Must Not Be Named. Harry was later recruited into Hogwarts where he became best friends with Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. Even though Harry was slightly lost at first, his unwavering courage and persistence lead him to become a great wizard. With the help of his friends and allies, he successfully overcame countless obstacles that came his way. In the end, he recovered the truth of his parents’ mysterious death, defeated Voldemort and fell in love with Ron’s younger sister, Ginny Weasley.

Unlike the Harry Potter we know from the book series and shows, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a theatre show that revolves around the next generation, that being the children of Harry Potter and others. In this show, parenting, family bonding and friendship are the core take home values. Have you ever imagined the sons of Harry Potter and his sworn enemy Draco Malfoy becoming good friends? In this show, Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy did exactly that, leaving their parents in frustration. Harry struggled communicating with his son whereas Albus felt like he had an obligation to fix the wrong his father had done that caused Cedric Diggory’s death. The author has cleverly integrated the issues parents and their children face today into a world filled with magic, fantasy and drama. The 2 parts to this show will definitely leave one in awe!

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However, one would have to have a brief idea of the original Harry Potter stories to be able to fully understand and enjoy the show or they might be left confused. On another note, many might be a bit lost at the beginning as the Hermione we all know who is ‘White’ is instead ‘Black’ here. The creator explained during an interview in The Observer that Olivier-award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni was the best actor for the job.

In conclusion, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a must watch for those that grew up with Harry Potter! It gives fans some sort of closure, especially for those craving to know what happened after Harry fell in love and started a family. The storyline, performance and special effects were extremely well portrayed and professionally executed! It is definitely of world class tier! 

The Australian company of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Photo Matt Murphy.
The Australian company of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Photo Matthew Murphy.

2020年3月1日,《哈利波特与被诅咒的孩子》在墨尔本公主剧院庆祝了首个生日庆典活动。由于观众反应热烈,加上破纪录的演出上座率,已宣布第七次加场延至2020年9月13日。墨尔本市长Sally Capp在演讲中对这一大好消息表示欢迎。她说,来自各地的30多万人观赏了这场精彩演出,使之成为吸引游客来墨尔本的主要卖点之一。


Paula Arundell as Hermione Granger in the Australian premiere production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Photo Matthew Murphy.


然而,要想理解和欣赏《哈利波特与被诅咒的孩子》,你必须了解之前的《哈利波特》故事,否则你可能会觉得摸不着边际。另一方面,很多人一开始可能觉得很困惑,因为23年来一直是“白人”的赫敏现在变成了“黑人”。这位《哈利波特》的作者在接受《观察家报》采访时解释说,奥利弗奖最佳女主角的获得者Noma Dumezweni表演非常出色。