BREAKING: We’re cooking up expanded food, lifestyle, and travel coverage

Cindy Kuan, Coconuts Media’s new Managing Editor for Food, Lifestyle, and Travel
Cindy Kuan, Coconuts Media’s new Managing Editor for Food, Lifestyle, and Travel

Today we are excited to announce the launch of our new Coco Food and Coco Travel verticals, as well as revamped Food & Drink and Lifestyle pages across all eight of our Coconuts city websites.

So, if you’re the kind of person who goes around asking stuff like:

“Where should I eat in Bangkok’s Chinatown?”

“Which Singapore rooftop bar is good for sundowners?”

“Is that new trendy café in Hong Kong worth the wait, or a waste of time?”

Then, good news: You’re about to like Coconuts a whole lot more. Here’s what we’ve been working on to provide a trusted resource for those very questions.

Coco Travel is a dedicated space to help our ever-mobile, travel-savvy readers as they hop from one city to another. This will be your one-stop destination on where to eat, shop, sleep, and play in Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bali, Jakarta, Manila, and Yangon.

We’ll be covering travel news, exciting openings, original guides, plus dining, nightlife, and hotel reviews — mostly within these cities (since we actually live here), but occasionally across APAC and around the globe, too. Follow Coco Travel on Facebook and Instagram.

Coco Food collects all of the best food and drink stories from Coconuts on to one handy landing page, so that the ever-hungry foodies among us can stay up-to-date on the best new launches and under-the-radar food finds. From street-side satay to fancy French tasting menus, we’ll be dishing un-biased info and opinions on what’s good across Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. Follow Coco Food on Facebook and Instagram.

The revamped Food & Drink pages on our eight Coconuts city sections feature new layouts and better organization so that you can pop in quickly to find a hot new place for lunch, or lose yourself in comprehensive food guides for an hour. Check out the new Food & Drink pages for Bali, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta, KL, Manila, Singapore, and Yangon.

Lastly, our re-designed Lifestyle pages will be home to Coconuts stories in sub-sections for the Arts, City Guides, Love & Dating, Music & Showbiz, and Retail Therapy. Check out the new Lifestyle pages for Bali, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta, KL, Manila, Singapore, and Yangon.

Leading the charge for our beefed-up coverage in these areas is Cindy Kuan, our new Managing Editor: Food, Lifestyle, and Travel. Under Kuan, we’ll be ramping up our production of “FLT” stories across the Coconuts regional network, and as we take this deep dive into the fickle world of food and lifestyle media, she’ll be here to ensure that we always maintain our integrity and originality. She is based in our Singapore office.

Says Kuan: “In recent years, we’ve seen the line between editorial and advertorial become increasingly blurred across the media landscape. Food and lifestyle reporting shouldn’t be biased. Neither should it be clichéd or boring. Coconuts’ scope of coverage, its willingness to go off-the-beaten-path, its style – smart and straight-forward, often irreverent and entertaining –  is the kind of publication that I’m excited to join. I look forward to growing our coverage and clout in the F&B, lifestyle, and travel media scenes across the region.”

Prior to joining Coconuts, Kuan was the managing editor of CreativeHunt, an online publication covering China’s creative industries, such as architecture, interior design, product design, photography, and video production, as well as the lifestyle editor at SmartShanghai, Shanghai’s biggest English-language city guide and lifestyle website. She was a co-author for two editions of the Louis Vuitton City Guides (Shanghai and Taipei), as well as a regular contributor to WGSN, producing trend forecasting reports in fashion and design. She’s been a guest reporter for lifestyle and travel publications such as ICON magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, and Fodor’s, and done copywriting for advertising agencies, helped start-ups with their editorial branding, and written branded content for companies ranging from a soy sauce corporation to a luxury sex toy brand.