Where are you from, how long have you lived on the island and why did you move here?
I’m from Rotorua, New Zealand, but I went to school in Hong Kong from an early age. I have lived here for seven years. Before that I lived in Hong Kong for 16 years. I woke up one day and decided it was time to leave HK and was subsequently offered a job at Royal Phuket Marina (RPM) doing the sales/marketing/PR/events and any other hat I could wear at the time.
Tell us about your business.
It all began at RPM five years ago, when I was involved in the organisation of Mr Lalvani’s daughter’s wedding, when she married into the Cadbury family. Suddenly I was a wedding planner.
Phuket is an amazing destination for weddings. I recognised a big market for quality, high-end events on the island, and so Luxury Events Phuket was born.
We produce beautiful weddings at the most gorgeous private villas on this island. We do produce other types of events also, such as hen weekends, team building, birthday parties and so on, but our main business is the destination wedding market.
What is the best thing about living in Phuket?
One wardrobe – summer!!
What do you do to relax?
Sunset cocktails and massages.
What hobbies or sports are you interested in?
Yoga, cycling, and my personal trainer.
What is your favourite childhood memory?
Blackberry picking and weekends at my cousin’s farm.
Favourite food or dish?
I love all food but prefer to eat Italian when in Italy, Japanese when in Japan etc, so one of my favourite dishes on the island is Martin’s crispy pork belly with broccoli from Taste. They also make an awesome margarita!
What kind of music are you into?
I have varied tastes depending on my mood but I am definitely a house music gal!
What is the best tip you have for people moving to Phuket?
Respect the culture and blend in with the locals.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you while here?
When I first arrived in Phuket, I ordered a Mojito at a restaurant and they bought me mosquito spray on a tray.
The person you admire the most and why?
All of my bosses through the years of employment have been such great teachers.
If you could change one thing about Phuket, what would it be?
Town-planning would be a good start and sorting out the rubbish.
Where in Phuket would you take someone on a first date?
Amanpuri or Trisara.
Favourite place on the island, and why?
My home, because it’s my peaceful sanctuary.
What’s your favourite night out?
Fly to Hong Kong!