The Residences by Tropicana - Global Launch, Kuala Lumpur

March 23, 2015

If you were in K.L on Saturday evening you’d have been dazzled by the incredible fireworks display in the city centre, right beside Suria KLCC and the Petronas Twin Towers. You may had also noticed a light show coming from Malaysia’s largest projection screen above the W Hotel, on the site of the soon-to-be Tropicana The Residences. As pedestrians looked up in awe at this stunning pyrotechnic display, myself and a select guests witnessed this spectacle from above - 57 floors up to be exact - at the Global Launch of The Residences by Tropicana

Prepping for the Global Launch of The Residences - Tropicana had me flown in from London to cover this event for Posh, Broke, & Bored. 

1) My new Saint Laurent shoes which I volunteer as Tributes (haha Hunger Games pun) 
2) Getting my hair washed and styled for the second time that day (my favourite kind of outsourcing) 
3) A ‘shoefie’ with my date, Nana - she’s in Zara and I’m wearing Saint Laurent 
4) Taking a nap between events - the first of that day was the Nuffnang 8irthday followed by bridesmaid duties at Pavillion K.L

I’ve already blogged about The Residences, Tropicana’s new crown jewel in their property portfolio: exclusive luxury apartments above Malaysia’s first W Hotel with the most enviable location and all the modern amenities that would make even the most gilded of Sheikhs nod in approval - infinity pools in the sky, futuristic sky forest, game rooms, etc. While the dizzying price tag (about four figures per square foot) places The Residences in the realm of ‘aspirational’ for some, the payoff is a prestigious address in the heart of a dynamic, cosmopolitan capital, a world-class Goliath of an icon for a neighbour - the Petronas Twin Towers, and with the city of Kuala Lumpur at your feet (literally) you’re well placed in the centre of all the action - perfect for the bold, audacious, and ambitious who play and work hard. 

Naturally, we expected Tropicana to go all out for the Global Launch. From our elevated perch of Marini’s at 57, the who’s who of Kuala Lumpur enjoyed a sprawling view of our city - at first obscured by haze which was then thankfully pierced through by the light projection and the fireworks. Endless trays of canapés (itself a food group in my books) and cocktails were whisked over to us by attentive staff while we were entertained by the sweet croonings of Melissa Indot. 

Guests had their photos taken with ‘Instapods’ - round gadgets with a touchscreen tablet that reportedly cost a budget of half a million to create just for this launch. 

While people mingled and sampled the buffet, which I heard was delightful, I was busy thanking the people who had worked so hard to make sure I could attend this party and also catching up with friends and acquaintances. 

Tan Sri Danny Tan himself was not among us at the Global Launch as he had a prominent wedding to attend that evening. Saturday night was a very auspicious date for weddings - I knew of at least four weddings that very night and of course with The Residences launch I suspect that 21st March 2015 has a great spiritual and cosmic significance for ’new beginnings’. In his stead we were welcomed by a speech from Dato Yao Kok Seng thanking us for joining Tropicana on this most anticipated evening. 

Dato Yao’s speech was followed by a dance performance to a dynamic, pounding soundtrack against an animation. Meanwhile the very same animation was being projected 57 floors below us on the largest HD projection screen in Malaysia  (as verified by The Malaysia Book of Records) - on the very site of the soon-to-be The Residences! 

It was quite surreal watching a large-scale light show and animated projection in tune to the music that was booming in the very same room as I, from my vantage point 57 floors up in the sky right beside the illuminated Petronas Twin Towers. I felt like a Bond-villian observing his plans come to fruition at his satisfaction *plays Goldfinger theme song*.

If that grandiose display wasn't enough, the fireworks show started...!  

I think we can all conclude with some certainty that Tropicana know how to throw a party. 

That night, the guests at The Residences Global Launch looked down at Kuala Lumpur and contemplated the beauty of our dynamic, expanding city and saw great potential, growth, promise, and of course the anticipation for the new address that everyone will be clamouring for - The Residences by Tropicana. Thank you Andrea, Royce, and of course Tan Sri Danny Tan for flying me in just for the Global Launch. Congratulations on a launch well done! Now…where is my penthouse? Please address all Malaysian post to Posh, Broke, & Bored @ The Residences, Kuala Lumpur from now on, thank you! x


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  1. Wow - looks like a really incredible night! Also, any blog post that get a Hunger Games reference AND a Bond reference in is a total winner in my books!

    Lauren xx
    The Lifestyle Diaries

  2. Fabulous!! So lit up and beautiful.

    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  3. What a fabulous launch party! The residences look fabulous and I'm intrigued by the Instapod cameras!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  4. ME TOO SUZE! I really want those Instapods for my next party! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

  5. Wasn't it just! It was a great launch party! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

  6. You know it, Lauren!

    (I've been listening to Bond theme songs in the car) x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored