Reg­gie & Ron­ald KWOK

au­gust 2003

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

Reg­gie and I had our first Tatler shoot in 2003. Por­cia Le­ung [Tatler’s so­cial edi­tor at the time] in­vited us to a unique din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at Balalaika in Tsim Sha Tsui. She picked the venue as she wanted us to ex­pe­ri­ence authen­tic Rus­sian cui­sine and nightlife, which we did.

It was a great evening, but it was the chilly end­ing that made it par­tic­u­larly re­mark­able. Balalaika has a bar that’s lit­er­ally in a fridge, the “Siberian Vodka Room.” And that’s where Por­cia had us wrap up the night. There was noth­ing else like it in Hong Kong at the time. Be­fore en­ter­ing the room, where the tem­per­a­ture was -20 de­grees, Reg­gie and I were given fur coats and match­ing fur hats. They had over 60 va­ri­eties of vodka to choose from, and we ended up stay­ing longer than we thought we could, con­sid­er­ing the freezing cold. When we came out, I lit­er­ally thought I was in ro­man­tic Saint Peters­burg as my face was as red as a tomato and I could hardly walk in a straight line. It was a truly mem­o­rable evening, and Por­cia be­came one of our clos­est friends af­ter that!

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