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Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend. - BRUCE LEE


“The Saint Mariner" cover by : Sea

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08 BENEATH THE SURFACE 10 WATER POEM 18 DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE - WONDERLAND 20 WHEN FEMININE CHARM MINGLES WITH EXOTIC BEACHES 26 A TRUE MARTIAL ARTIST

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50 THE MODERN ALCHEMISTS: SERIE 1 54 DESIGN AND US 60 COOLHUNTING - DEEP SEA TREASURE

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FABRIZIO SARTI aka Sea has already started his creative painting and his distinctive characters on the walls of his hometown - Varese, and nurturing his passion for Graffiti and Writing since the 90's. In 2000 his launch of project SeaCreative has opened up a number of artisitc collaborations both in Italy and Europe. And today he lives and works in Milan.

ELENA KALIS was originally born in Moscow, but she has spent her past ten years on a small island in the Bahamas with her husband and two children. With fine art education background, she has started doing some underwater projects with her children and friends in Bahamas. The awe-inspiring images have been published in magazines and are chosen for books and CD covers.

AURORA BALDESSIN is graduated in Linguistic and Cultural Mediation, majored in Japanese studies, with a visceral passion for travelling. Working, using and mixing foreign languages is my territory - I love trespassing boundaries of communication. Today I am here, tomorrow..who knows?! With coffee, notebook, and music I feel at ease everywhere. I am always on the lookout for something new and fresh, unexplored cultures and lands of extremes.


KK WONG is ambitious to promote photography to a wide range of audience by using the simplest photograph equipment. He is also a photography teacher himself, who employs a vivid teaching method. His works arranges various topics and styles, while he particular enjoys fast-speed, landscape and stage photography.

GERALDINE WHARRY is a French and American fashion designer, raised in Paris by way of New York. After living for the last 11 years in New York and Los Angeles, she now works in London as a trend forecaster for Wgsn. When she’s not designing and consulting, she’s fine-tuning her skills as a street wanderer, people watcher and blogger.

JUNE HO was attracted by metaphysics since small. After years following different experts, she had specialised in Zi Wei Dou Shu and Feng Shui. More than ten years ago, she moved to US and started to practise numerology with influence from Chinese metaphysics. A certificate of recognition from the US Government was awarded to June for her innovative identity code reading, which accurately tell one’s character and fortune. 05


by NUMEROLOGIST JUNE HO Translated by GENE FRECHIN Photo by K.K.WONG

Do not see the poise of still water and forget its potential power. Water can be fierce and devastating but it is also smooth and comforting. It is irrepressible and can reduce mountains to pebbles or give life to barren land. Water, like people, has different faces. It can be drifted to wherever the currents and tides take them to, so much so like the ones easily influenced by others. Or it can run

to where it needs to go, filling all the needs it finds, so much so like the enlightened one finding where to help to fulfill their life. Water is the lifeblood of our world and of every living thing. It is pure, clean, a source of spirit lifting the world to new heights, yet it can be harsh, deadly, taking life indiscriminately. The unparalleled beauty of water is in the many ways it takes on a life of its own

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寫水的詩 Interview with ELENA KALIS 與倫娜卡利斯的專訪 by GERALDINE WHARRY Photos of ELENA KALIS – Alice in Wonderland


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Last year during one of my late-night searches for inspiring artists, I discovered underwater photographer Elena Kalis. Captivated by her series “Alice underwater”, I couldn’t help but wonder how she came to create images so poetic and intriguing. Months later, I’m now speaking with Elena on Skype, from my desk in rainy London. She’s at home in the Bahamas, on an island so distant and beautiful, that I can’t help but feel she is not just retelling a tale, she’s living in one.

What inspires you? The ocean is my main daily inspiration. It’s vast and multifaceted: bright, sunny and fun. Yet it has another side which symbolizes darkness, even death. The ocean is forever changing and that’s the biggest inspiration for me. Which artists have played a role in your art? Your work seems to encompass different disciplines: music, painting, ballet. Paul Gauguin is one of my biggest inspirations, especially his use of colour. I’m also inspired by photographers, especially Connie Imboden. But my ideas come from everyday life, they can occur in a fleeting moment. In fact we live in a world so overwhelmed with images that, for some projects, I don’t even look at images to avoid being influenced. Do you see yourself as a storyteller because I see a lot of poetry in your work? I do but I don’t like to retell stories literally. I prefer ambiguities and expressing a feeling. You’d be surprised at the interpretations people have made of “Alice underwater”. That’s what I like: the viewers can make their own story. Lewis Carroll didn’t

have any specific public in mind. It just came from his heart and that’s why it speaks to people. I noticed in your photos the fabrics, objects and colours are carefully picked. The props and costumes are very important. Especially the colours because underwater you have a lot of blues so I choose reds, oranges and yellows that will stand out. White always looks very good underwater. I also tend to use fluid fabrics, which look gorgeous, especially when the sunshine strikes them. It creates a dramatic effect which fascinates me. What is your background and how did you get interested in photography? I’m a painter. When digital photography started, I composed images on the computer for my paintings, and that’s how I started taking pictures. With underwater photography I work differently though. I don’t want to create an image, I want to capture it. So I barely do any retouching other than colour-corrections because the photos already have so much going for them. I wouldn’t even be able to recreate the reflections that happen naturally underwater.


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So did you fall into underwater photography the same way Alice fell into the rabbit hole? I was already doing underwater photography and had experimented with a few images. But no matter how much you prepare ahead of time, shooting underwater is always full of surprises and you might end up creating a whole different image. That’s what’s interesting to me, the element of unpredictability. The key is going with the flow. What's your favourite aspect of photography? Being underwater and seeing how colours, shapes change. I listen to my breath and heartbeat because it feels like I’m in a different dimension. I forget about everything and look through the viewfinder to capture the moment. That sounds very inspiring and like a very nice way to live and create art. Yes, I’m fortunate I must say. I love what I do and that’s probably why it speaks to people. I’m curious, what brought you to the Bahamas from your native Russia? I was always drawn to water since childhood. It’s my element and embodies my way of life. I swim all the time and often with my camera. Do you work in a swimming pool or natural surroundings? I wonder about the challenges that come with that. I shoot in both but the ocean has a much better atmosphere. It’s much harder to work with though, everything has to be right: the conditions,

the clarity. Also physically it’s more challenging. It takes a lot of time as there are many variables. “Alice underwater” was shot in the pool because it was easier for children and I had too many props to shoot in the ocean. Is there something you think children bring to photography that adults don’t? Children bring innocence, they’re not as guarded and can be free. The only thing is you can’t push them like adults. If they loose interest you have to wait for the spark to come back. In “Alice in Wonderland”, Alice swims in her own tears, she shrinks and later turns into a giant. It’s a complete dream world. Why did you decide to retell the story underwater? Underwater your sense of reality subsides. Your perception is altered and your link with other people is broken. It has the same quality as when Alice walks through the mirror. Alice’s world is not that much different to the world underwater. Also, I had my models: my daughter Alexandra (who actually only wants to be called Alice), and my son, who played The Mad Hatter. Finally, the tale of Alice in wonderland has a lot of symbolism. What are the things in the story that attracted you the most? It’s my favourite tale of all time. In essence it’s a nonsensical story. There’s nothing really happening, it’s not set in a particular frame, it’s limitless and free. That struck a chord with me in the bottom of my heart and I chose to make it my own


去年一個深夜,我在搜尋一些具啟發性的藝術家時,意外地發現 了她﹐一個擅長水底拍攝的攝影師 - 倫娜卡利斯(Elena Kalis)。當 時﹐我深深被她一系列作品「水中愛麗斯」吸引着,並開始對她那 些既有詩意又耐人尋味的影像製作產生了好奇。直至數個月後,倫 敦的一個下雨天,我在辦公室透過Skype和倫娜通電話,才得知她 身處美麗又遙遠的巴哈馬群島。我不禁地猜測她生活的地方是否正 是「愛麗斯」中的童話世界。

是甚麼啟發你的創作? 我平日的創作靈感主要來自海洋。遼遼 闊也的大海存有多重性格,一方面明亮 燦爛和有趣;另一方面卻象徵著黑暗, 甚至死亡。海洋永恆的變化,就是我最 大的靈感泉源。 哪一位藝術家對你的美術生涯最具影 響力?你的作品似乎都圍繞著音樂﹑繪

畫﹑芭蕾舞等不同的範籌。 保羅高(Paul Gauguin))是其中一位對我 啟發最大的人,尤其是他的用色;同時 我也受到攝影師康妮伊姆伯登(Connie Imboden)影响。不過﹐我的創作點子 大多是源於日常生活,靈感可以在霎時 之間出現。事實上,我們生活的世界正 被圖像支配著,故此在創作時,有時我 甚至會不看圖像以避免受到影響。 15


在你的作品中我看到滿溢的詩意,你會 不會視己為一個編織故事的人? 我不喜歡平鋪直述,我會選擇用含糊的 方式去表達一種感覺。你會因別人對「水 中愛麗斯」的詮譯而感到驚訝。這就是 我喜歡的地方: 讀者可以構造出另一個屬 於他們自己的故事。劉易斯卡羅爾(Lewis

Carroll) “愛麗絲夢遊仙境”的作者之所 以能與觀眾溝通﹐是因為他並沒有任何特 定的對象,這一切只是發乎於心。 我留意到照片中的用料、物件和顏色都 經過精挑細選。 我認為道具和服裝是非常重要,特別


是顏色。在水底下拍攝,大多會呈現藍 調,故此我選擇了紅色、橙色和黃色來 特出物件。而白色在水中看起來的效果 亦非常之好。我傾向選擇輕型布料,當 經過陽光的照射,它會顯得份外華麗而 產生出的戲劇性效果,讓我非常著迷。 談談你的背景,你是如何對攝影產生興 趣? 我是一名畫家。當數碼攝影出現時,我 會利用電腦把影像融入於我的畫作中, 於是我的拍攝生涯便開始了。 當我拍攝水底世界時﹐我有異常的想 法。我不想創造影像,而是希望能把它 捕捉過來,因此我基乎不會作任何圖片 修飾和顏色修改。相片的原色已經是最 完美,我根本不可能重新創造一個可以 反映自然的水底世界。 你有像愛麗絲掉進兔子洞一樣掉進水底 攝影嗎? 我當時已經嘗試過水底攝影,並實驗了一 些作品。但不管你作了多少事前準備,水 底攝影總是充滿驚喜,最終可能創造出完 全不同的影像。意外的元素令我感到有 趣,而最重要是順其自然。 你最喜歡攝影的那方面? 我喜歡在水底觀看顏色和形狀的變化。 聆聽著自己的呼吸聲和心跳聲有如仿忽 在於另一個空間之中。那刻我忘記了一 切,只期待通過鏡頭去捕捉那一刻。 聽起來十分鼓舞,這是個非常不錯的生 活和創作方式。 對,我必須承認我非常幸運。我熱愛我 所做的,大概因此別人也能從作品中感 受到。 我很好奇,究竟是什麼驅使你從故鄉俄 羅斯移居到巴哈馬? 我自小就被水吸引着。水是體現了我生

活方式的元素。我從小就經常帶著相機 去游泳。 你是在游泳池或是在自然環境中進行拍攝 工作?當中存在甚麼的挑戰? 我在這兩種環境下都有拍攝過,但在海 洋的氣氛好很多,不過亦較為困難,所 有事情包括環璄和清澈度都必需要準 確地呈現才行。體能上也會面對很大挑 戰,因為在拍攝需要很長時間和水中存 在著不同的變數。「水中愛麗斯」是在 泳池中拍攝,因為相中的主角年紀小, 泳池會比較容易掌握,而且需要運用太 多道具了。 你認為哪些東西只有孩子才能帶給攝影 而成年人是不能呢? 孩子們能帶出純真,沒有戒心的他們表 現得很自在。唯一一點是你不能把他們 當成大人般看待,如果他們失去了興 趣,你就必須耐心等待。 在「愛麗絲夢遊仙境」中,愛麗絲在她的 眼淚中游泳,縮小了,後來又突然變成了 巨人。這完全是一個夢幻世界。你為什麼 會決定在水中去講述這個故事? 在水底中真實的感覺會消失。你的知覺 會被改變,而你與其他人的關連亦會被 打破。這跟愛麗絲走進鏡子時的情形一 樣。愛麗絲的世界跟水中的世界其實沒 有太大分別。再者﹐我有我的模特兒, 我女兒亞歷山德拉(她只希望被稱為愛麗 絲),和我兒子演繹瘋帽子一角。 最後,「愛麗絲夢遊仙境」有很多的象徵 意義。在故事中哪些東西最能吸引你呢? 「愛麗絲夢遊仙境」永遠都是我的最 愛。荒謬的它並沒有真的發生了任何事 情,亦沒有設在特定的框內,既自由亦 沒有限制。這使我從心底引起了共鳴﹐ 並選擇使它成為我自己的故事。

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“What is the use of a book without pictures or conversations?” ALICE in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by KERRY GREER photos by VINCENT TONG Sponsor: Clothing from TOFU, Millinery hats from JAYCOW Have you ever longed to wander through a real-life wonderland? Well, your dreams recently became a reality. On June 4, Antipasto Magazine hosted the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for all those arty, romantic souls out there. The event was held at Leaf Tea Boutique, Central to launch the new Wonderland Exhibition. Guests dressed in couture millinery and Alice dresses for an evening of tasteful art and tasty cupcakes. Of course, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party wouldn’t be complete without the March Hare, the Mad-Hatter and Alice, who were all present in the artwork on display.

The March Hare, in the form of Marco Puccini, wowed guests with the most up-to-the-minute digital art this side of the rabbit hole. Inspired by childhood imagery and retro designs, Puccini’s art captured the imagination of the young, and the young at heart.


The Wonderland Exhibition is a unique opportunity to witness some exquisite, but very different, interpretations of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Puccini’s art stretches the limits of the imagination, by placing colorful, fantasy characters in seemingly real-life settings. He reawakens the child in each of us with his mischievous digital creations, making you look a little closer at what is happening in the world of the picture. Meanwhile, Orizio’s artwork offers a stunning re-interpretation of the many characters who occupy

Wonderland. He transports the viewer into a darker version of the story, where gothic images are mixed with childhood memories in an elaborate way. The photographic work of Kalis offers an entirely different vision of Alice’s adventure down the rabbit hole. Instead of imagining Alice in a subterranean alternate-reality, Kalis has photographed Alice underwater, in the most unexpected of ways. In doing so, Kalis asks us to question the conventional interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s novel

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A cuba libre in one hand under the shade of exotic palm trees, and suddenly you are half way toward your transformation into a sexy Cuban. Why stop there? Take a cue from the local girls and infuse your style with some vibrant colours and cheerful details. After all, hot sundrenched days and warm romantic warm nights call for seductive clothes that hug your curves and get you noticed. Feel the heat and keep the beach party going.

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Floral prints with a nod of vintage chic set against a picture perfect backdrop of lush greenery and crystal blue waters. Welcome to the Mediterranean sea. Here is where elegance and chic come together, from the white island houses, to colours and images inspired by nature itself. Style comes naturally, just like the gentle wind on a Santorini beach.

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FABLES BY BARRIE (MODEL BERNIE DEXTER, PHOTO BY LEVI DEXTER)

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The heart of Africa beats like a drum, strong and dynamic. A glowing sunset is painted over the mountain and a warm wind blows through the grassy plain. It’s here that the call of the wild can be heard. It begins with a red hot flame and a rhythmic dangling fringe. Be lured by the gentle shade of red and striking details which reflect the ruggedness and exotic nature of this locale.

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Australia is the place for youthful travelers to explore their limits. Be edgy and energetic and get connected with a primitive spirit derived from nature. Join the adventure, and take your fashion sense to a new level by exploring animal prints and patterns that are as inspiring as the land itself. Here the spirit roams and longs for freedom, so go boldly in the direction of uninhibited, fun-loving fashions that bring out your unique sense of style.

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Arrive at the beach in style wearing sophisticated, understated looks that are as cool as a pina colada and a golden tan. Be inspired by the sandy beach, and explore the contrast between low-key earth tones and black. Miami is the city of style, hot looks and celebrities, and the beach is the place to be. So chill out, put on some stylish shades, and let the rock star in you shine through.

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The flow of water is forever, resolute, nature’s gift to the purity of motion. A body in motion can be pure, capturing water’s fluidity and sharing in the elasticity of its beauty. It can be soft and soothe, or firm and deadly. A true martial artist and water are as one. Stylist ATHENA CHOI Photographer K.K.WONG Make Up artist JOJO MAK Models ANSON NG, FRANKIE POK, HONG LAI, IRIS HUNG


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Jacket from Diesel Swim shorts from Dunhill Sneakers from Y-3


Jacket and pants from Y-3

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On HONG LAI (right) Shirt from Diesel Denim shorts from Calvin Klein Jeans Sneakers from Y-3 On FRANKIE (middle) Shirt and jeans from Calvin Kelvin Jeans


On ANSON (left) Shirt from Diesel T-shirt and jeans from Calvin Kelvin Jeans


On FRANKIE (front) shirt and t-shirt from Calvin Kelvin Jeans Pants from Diesel On Anson (behind) Belt, pants and shirt from Diesel T-shirt from Calvin Kelvin Jeans


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Though the title suggests it is a soup, it is actually not. This dish is a new creation that features Atlantic lobster, asparagus, and marinated cherry tomatoes, served on a bed of cucumber spaghetti and surrounded by consommé in jelly form. Combining all of summer’s nice eye-catching colours – green, red, yellow – and presented in a surprisingly different form of solid consommé, this dish has all the right ingredients to be a summer hit.

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Under the smoldering summer heat, it is always difficult to really enjoy a hot, heavy bowl of soup. Nothing beats the freshness of watermelon juice, when it comes to soothing and quenching thirst after a hot summer day. Refreshing watermelon juice makes up the soup’s base, which also contains a touch of cumin, to spice up the grilled calamari, and chunks of watermelon that freshen up the palate. The serving temperature of the soup can be a bit tricky. If chilled, the grilled squid are too cold, so instead, it was served fresh, but not refreshing enough to the palate. Despite that, this soup could still be a real delight and a perfect choice for a hot summer night’s dinner.

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This dish features home-made fusilli (pasta) cooked to perfection, with big sea clams and in-season zucchini. The texture of the fusilli was exceptional, different from what is commonly available, which is chewy and solid. This pasta was al dente, married with the natural sweetness and juiciness of the big sea clams and combined with the freshness of zucchini grown on the owners’ farm in Italy. Quite unlike many pasta dishes, this particular pasta dish did not appear to be too heavy and worked wonderfully as a summer’s dish.

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Duckling with spices, fondant beetroots and turnips, cherry flavoured juice. This dish oozes with summer’s passion and charm. Not only the different colours, but the glazed beetroots and cherry sauce create a sweet and sour symphony that brings out all the flavours in the duck meat. The duck leg confit was slow-cooked to perfection, and the duck breast was well marinated with honey and spices. A classic touch of dry orange peel added zestiness to the duck breast. This dish is not only an aesthetic piece of art, but will certainly also delight you with its many complex flavours!

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Classic cocktails with a brand new twist! I Scream presents us with their whole new range of cocktail gelati to help you combat the summer heat. All five flavours have a light alcohol content and a slightly bitter alcohol aftertaste, to remind you of the original cocktails. Cosmopolitan Sorbet was a bit on the acidic side. Bloody Mary was slightly heavier, with a rich tomato taste. My favourite was the Cuba Libre Sorbet – crisp, smooth like the original cocktail, with a balanced taste of rum, coke and lime; very refreshing indeed. Bellini Sorbet was dominated by peach tones and followed by a light taste of white wine, without the original’s Prosecco bubbles, though. Pina Colada Gelato – the only one in the series to come in the form of gelato – was dominated by pineapple and ended with the light bitterness of alcohol. Surely one of these cocktail gelati will bring you a soothing cure for the hot summer sun!

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By Jaakko Sorsa, Executive Chef of FINDS

INGREDIENTS (Serving 4 people) - norwegian salmon fillet 200g - oarse sea salt 50g - black peppercorns 1tbs* - fennel seeds 3tbs *tbs = tablespoon DIRECTIONS Cut salmon into long 'sticks' about 2cm x 2cm thick and 15cm long, then cure with coarse sea salt for 4 hours. Rinse under cold water and dry with paper towel. Toasts black peppercorns and fennel seeds on a pan and crush in mortar, after that roll salmon in the seasoning and sear quickly on smoking hot cast iron pan. Let it cool and wrap tightly in cling film. Cut with a very sharp knife, it's easier to cut with cling film still on. Serve with smoothly pureed avocado (seasoned with lemon juice, salt and tabasco) as a canape in spoon, in salads, or freeze and cut thin for carpaccio

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Imagine a hot summer day, lying lazily on the balcony with your partner. Now imagine the perfect drink to chill out with to really make your moment complete. If you’re thinking a glass of light refreshing wine, nothing too serious or heavy, would be absolutely perfect, then Moscato d’Asti just might be your best choice! Its varietal designation is controlled and guaranteed, originating from the appellation region in the North

Western part of Italy, and made from Moscato Bianco grapes in the province of Asti in Piedmont. This fragrant, slightly fizzy, sweet and deliciously easy to drink wine, typically has a lower alcohol level (normally only 5.5%) and is quite high in residual sugar. When chilled, it’s the perfect summer delight and makes an ideal aperitif in warmer weather. Try pairing its sweetness with starters such as prosciutto melon.


PELISSERO Moscato D’Asti 2010 Youthfully pale, yellowish in colour with a sweet nose of lime, stone fruits and slight apple, followed by a finish of floral notes. This low alcohol level, light-bodied wine is extremely easy on the pallet, tastes like a cross between apple juice and sugar cane juice, and is characterized by an intense sweetness. This semi-sparkling, slightly bubbly wine offers a short aftertaste but the sweetness remains on the pallet.

$160 Available at RED WINE VILLAGE Tel: +852 34269988

LA MORANDINA Moscato D’Asti 2009 Light yellowish in colour, with a bouquet dominated by apple, followed by a strong lime and floral nose. On the pallet, enjoy this lightly sparkling wine which offers soft and welcoming notes of honey, and citrus which are nicely balanced with decent acidity and is not overly sweet. The aftertaste is refreshing with slightly citrus-like acidity and honey notes left on the palate, lasting longer than the Pelissero. There is, however, slight bitterness towards the very end.

$180 Available at ENVITALY Tel: +852 35211183 45


LA SPINETTA Moscato d’Asti Biancospino 2009 Youthful yellowish coloured with green reflections. The bouquet is dominated by fresh mandarin orange and very fresh fruits which include peach and pear. Lightly sparkling with fine bubbles, the body is soft and light, offering a nice touch of acidity towards the end, and is very balanced without being overly sweet. The aftertaste is pleasant and refreshing. One of the finest Moscato d’Asti out there!

$470 Available at CAPRICE BAR AREA Tel: +852 3196 8888


Detail of Faux Fur Cost made from obsolete cassette & video tape

by ATHENA CHOI


by ATHENA CHOI

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lchemy has been practised for over thousands of years; the aim was to turn some less valuable metal into gold. In the new chapter of human history, we have a new approach to this philosophy. Since no one has ever succeeded in making gold out of less valuable metals, we could actually apply the idea to make useful items from trash. Another term for this is recycling. Nowadays, there are different ways to achieve it and many of us have invented our own. Trash has become a huge problem since the last century. For instance, Hong Kong generates around 6.4 million tons of waste a year. A standard railway car of length 25.9 meters can hold 105 tons of waste. Further, 6.4 million tons will fill up 60,952 train cars, which is 981 miles long. Shockingly, 981 miles is longer than the map distance from Berlin to Barcelona or Amsterdam to Napoli. By 2015, our existing landfills are expected to be full.

Do you see how serious the current waste problem is? Here we have found some creative resolutions to inspire you to recycle waste resources and throw less away. Turn Trash into Wearable Couture Recycle Runway Nancy Judd, an environmental educator has launched a project called Recycle Runway. The purpose of her project is to raise environmental awareness among the public through these wearable arts made of trash. Each garment takes hundreds of hours to create and is made of the most extraordinary materials such as woven melted plastic bottles, cut outs of plastic detergent bottles, old phone books, aluminium cans, old and rusty nails, and so on.

Act today and save the planet of tomorrow

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In this page Glass Evening Gown made of 12,000 pieces of recycled crushed glass On the left Detail of Junk Mail Fan Dress made from discarded junk mail

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“One measure of how creative you are is how you respond to changes in your circumstances and environment. How flexible are you? Consider how water adapts to its environment: evaporation, condensation, frozen …” ANONYMOUS Under the right conditions, the same component changes its state to appear in a different form. Similarly an object could also change its state through the process of design. by ATHENA CHOI

Evaporation The volume has only been transformed from one kind to another. Designer, MIA HAMBORG has decided to transform the old Nordic craft piece into this playful Shuffle Table. The turned leg is decomposable, and made of pieces of painted wooden toys. Thus height and style are absolutely up to you, so change accordingly to your mood and tastes. It is a table as well as a big toy. Have fun!

Stacking Throne, both functional and playful, is a chair that grows with children and keeps them company like their favourite toys. Starting from the top yellow, one year olds can delight in this age-appropriate design. Layers of foam components are removable to suit different heights, and can even be reconfigured into shelves. A design so caring originated from a private commission designed by STUDIO LAURENS VAN WIERINGEN for baby Bodile.


A good design should be both pretty and practical. Lucid Dream is without doubt a perfect example of this concept. The light energy from LED light is amplified by the internal reflection, creating a spectacular effect. The illuminating soap bubble effectively saves energy and still remains artistic. Credit should be given to its designer ERIC LARENBEEK.

Ding dong, you’ve got mail from designers DOUWE JACOBS & TOM SCHOUTEN. Discover how much style and chic can fit in an envelope with this extremely flat and foldable Flux Chair designed to be both recycle-friendly and effortless to disassemble. The storage form is between an A1 and A0 of only 1.5 cm thick, and weighs 4.3 kg. Sounds like the perfect chair for hosting a BBQ in style.

Decorative yet functional, the flat wall sticker series is also a lamp, a radio, and a diffuser. The unique wall sticker design combines paper art origami and house appliances for a contemporary, fresh take on home decor. A box shaped radio is now transformed into a flat vintage phonograph. UNFOLD the speaker, turn up the volume and stay tuned! 55


Condensation

Care and humanity condenses into physical support. After the tsunami happened in Japan, many of us who fortunately were unaffected wanted to contribute some support in any way we could. Some news reports even claimed that the rescue resources from outside were excessive. Japan is a very unified nation, and no matter where they are as a people physically, even in a state of environmental disaster, they always remember their traditions and country. During the annual Milan Design Week, a group of Japanese residents in Milan including artists, designers, public relations, journalists, and ac-

countants with help from some Italians, together raised an emergency project for Japan. A design exhibition called Charity Box was created to support the victims of the earthquake and tsunami of March 11. As it is named, charity box designs are displayed to collect funds. Visitors are welcome to put donations in the boxes of their choice. In total there were 57 pieces, each created by internationally renowned designers. I made a donation to the followings, so which one will you select? Further details from www.charityboxforjapan.com

“BIRDSONG AGAIN IN TOHOKU”

"NINJA TEDDY BANK”

by TOMOKO AZUMI

by SETSU ITO & SHINOBU ITO


STABILITA’ by MARCELLO ZILIANI+SELENE TUNESI

“OLTRE IL CIELO” by MINORI NAKANISHI +NICOLA GALBIATI +FEDERICO AGOSTI +MARCO TONEGATO

“GENKIN-BAKO” by MASATO YAMAMOTO

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Frozenness

Crystallisation makes details seeable. Is it a work of art or something practical? At first glance, XXXX STOOL is an enigma. The simple beauty of repeating geometric forms and minimal construction is revealed. Created using plastic injection moulding to build up layers, and consisting of 8 elements to offer flexibility in design, these pieces are truly innovative. Recycled PET is used, rather than glass fiber for durability, and it can be contracted for easy transportation.

This crystal rocks alike showcase is designed by SYLVIE MEUFFELS for JSPR, the handmade Steel Cabinet appear very fragile, yet securely constructed out of a sturdy powder coated steel frame and suited with glass. The different proportioned and combined glass cubes and domes offer a unique spot to each piece of your dearest belongings. Lastly it can be suited with locks on request to protect your treasures.


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SEBASTIAN BRAJKOVIC is an expert in creating extruding chairs designed for establishing more surface area. Many of us have probably come across the extrude tool on Photoshop, by which a simple click enables drag and pull images.This is where inspiration can be found. The surface’s embroideries are likewise computer-distorted. Lathe VIII reworks the traditional concept of a loveseat with modern influence.

TOKONOMA, a Japanese style reception area where visitors can view objects offering natural and artistic beauty, is the name given to a refined lamp collection. The shade is made of handmade felt with four different finishes using the finest merion wool and pure silk. Each represents a season. In addition to the excellent craftwork, the lamp is powered by digitally dimmable LEDs and controlled by touch. An effective balance between understated aesthetics and modern tastes is well maintained.

The variety of macropixel shaped concrete blocks from MAGNETTI are the new fashion of architect, which have widely opened up the fields of creativity in built surfaces, no matter forms, textures or images. Its collaborative offspring with Ronen Joseph Design Studios: Concrete Mission, a building project where concrete elements are used to evoke visual image has truly demonstrated the pattern making potential of concrete.

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深海探秘 The ocean is so mysterious that diving to its heart is the only key to discovering its secrets. Regardless of its original purpose on land, once an object reaches the sea bed it has no choice but to integrate and become part of the ocean itself, often becoming the habitation of many form of marine life.r. 海底世界,奧妙莫測,想一竅奧妙,非深入虎穴──潛入海洋深處不可。凡墮 進海床的事物,不論「身前」是飛機大炮、遊艇橋樑,最終必與海洋融為一 體,很多更成海洋生物的安居蝸。 by IRENE YAN

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Locating a wreck in the immense underwater world is no piece of cake. Giannis D., a Greek cargo ship, crashed into Sha’ab Abu Nuhas Reed during its travels from Croatia to Saudi Arabia in 1983. It now rests at a 24-meter depth. Similarly, accidents have produced wrecks in other parts of the world and these underwater discoveries often take years to unveil

在浩翰的海底世界尋找船骸並非易 事。Giannis D. 這艘希臘貨船,1983年 由克羅埃西亞前往沙地亞拉伯,途經紅 海時撞上Sha’ab Abu Nuhas Reef, 觸礁沉没; 28年後的今日安躺在紅海24 米的海底深處。類似的意外令世界各地 出現不少船隻殘骸,其故事需久歷經年 才得以問世。

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Take Hoi Ha Wreck for example, a ferro 20 meter long cement barge, which is inarguably the symbol of Hong Kong’s shipwrecks. It was originally used to carry out reclamation work in the nearby area in 1965. The ship and its cargo face north, and packed ferro cement is overlapping on the seabed.

像本地船骸代表、長達20米的鋼筋混凝 土躉船在海下灣沉船。1965年為填海載 著大量英泥前往海下灣,不幸因濃霧擱 淺。躉船沉沒後船身朝北,貨物水泥更 是堆積海床。

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The underwater world is undoubtedly a mystery, and yet offers more to explorers than just the discovery of shipwrecks. Thistlegorm, a British armed Merchant Navy ship, was attacked by the Nazi Germany and sunk near Ras Muhammad in the Red Sea in 1941 on her way from South Africa to North Africa to backup the British army. Much to the amazement of divers, a well-preserved Bedford truck was found inside the wreck! To add to the curious list of underwater discoveries is a motorcar wreck which

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occurred here in Hong Kong’s Lobster Bay. In this scenario, a motorcar was eroded and lost its original figure. 沉船以外,奇妙的海底還有更多新鮮事 有待發掘。Thistlegorm是二次大戰時期 英國的補給艦,全長近130米,1941年由 南非航向北非支援當地的英軍之際,在 紅海被納粹德軍以兩枚炸彈擊中艦尾沉 没。潛水人員居然在當中發現一輛保存 得甚為完整的貝德福卡車! 香港的龍蝦灣亦有沉車,唯車身早被蠶 蝕不堪,失卻原貌。


As humans, we tend to think of the sky and sea as two separate entities, but these examples from history tell us we should actually treat them as a whole. Changing our perception may lead us to discover miraculous lost objects such as warplanes deep under the water’s surface. For example, Aircraft P-51 was attacked by Nazi Germany when it was destroying the radar stations of Germany at the southern French coast in 1944. It now sleeps on sandy ground at a depth of about 56 meters around 8 miles east of Toulon in southern France.

The secrets of the ocean are far beyond our knowledge and understanding. It is now your turn to discover what lurks beneath the surface! 人們本視天空與海洋為二物,誰知它們 本為一體?換個角度,我們將發掘更多 美妙遺物,如海底下的戰機殘骸:P-51 戰機於1944為破壞德軍於南法的雷達系 統引來納粹軍的襲擊,現時長埋當地56 米海床之中。 海底世界,遠超人類所知。內裡乾坤, 靜待有心人發掘﹗ Source of information and photo from LINO VON GARTZEN

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“To talk about the truth is easy but to live by it is not.” Said BHAGAVATI, NARAYAN'S MOTHER

by ELISA DELLA BARBA 翻譯 EMILY WONG photos from the movie scenes

"Water" (2005), by director Deepa Mehta, is the third and last part of Metha's "Elements" trilogy, after "Fire" (1996) and "Earth" (1998). Definitely the most successfully reviewed of the three, the movie was filmed in Sri Lanka because supporters of Hindu cultural nationalism protested shooting in India. "Water" recounts the story of a widow of eight years, Chuyia (Sarala), who is sent to an ashram in Benasi (a city on the Ganges River) to mourn and pay for the crimes she certainly committed in a former life that supposedly led her to lose

her husband in this one. Set in pre-independent India, the movie also recounts the story of the beautiful prostitute Gulyani, who lives in the ashram as well and falls in love with Narayan, a handsome, upper-class man, and follower of Gandhi. Water is the protagonist throughout the movie, silent but always present, feminine with its calm but powerful flow. This element is crucial the plot. The stunning photography and the engaging soundtrack are also key, and the movie reads as a tribute 69


to women’s independence, as a hymn to non-violence resistance, as a lens through which we see India's traditions and contradictions, and as a reminder of the child within each of us. The movie succeeds showing the audience the weird family that the ashram is. From the moment Chuyia arrives, she colors this sad limbo with the sharp view on life that only a child can bring. She does it in such an intense way, the other women question who they are and what they want. As a result, Chuyia

is seen both as a sign of hope and also as a menace: Chyia represents life and the world outside, with its risks and its beauty. You can almost touch the protagonists, as you laugh and cry with them, smell the places, live the moments, feel the feelings, and hear the routine noises of the ashram, while the "voice" of water speaks to you. Essentially, "Water" is an emotional multi-sensorial experience that leaves you moved and marveled.


《水》(2005)是導演Deepa Mehta的 「元素三部曲」的最後一支,首兩曲為《火》 (1996)及《土》(1998)。 《水》無疑是三片中最成功的,惟因印 度民族主義支持者激烈抗議,電影需移 師斯里蘭卡拍攝。

攝影和配樂亦同樣令人驚嘆,應記一 功;電影向婦女獨立致敬,歌頌非暴力 抗爭,觀眾亦可藉此一竅印度傳統與矛 盾,並提醒我們應有的赤子之心。

故事講述寡婦Chuyia(薩拉拉)八年 來的生活。她被發配到位於恆河旁的 Benasi修行院懺悔及彌補前生罪過,因 為這些罪過,令她今生失去丈夫。

電影成功地展現修行院的光怪陸離。 但自Chuyia到臨,她為這黑暗地獄帶 來了只有孩童才擁有的耀眼色彩。其 他婦人開始自省她們是誰,她們渴求什 麼。Chuyia因而被視為希望的象徵, 同時也是個威脅:她代表外面的世界, 集危險與美麗的世界。

影片還敘述了印度獨立前美貌妓女 Gulyani的故事。Gulyani亦住在修行 院內,她愛上英俊的納拉揚,來自上流 社會的他是甘地的追隨者。

觀眾與戲中主角同喜同悲,嗅著同樣的 氣味,聽著修行院恆常的聲音,共渡時 艱,感同身受,他們將與主題水對話, 與主角可謂毫無距離。 

水是本片的中心命題,水默默地存在, 具女性的冷靜而不失威力。這元素在片 中至為重要。

《水》為觀眾帶來深刻情感體驗,令人 動容。

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by NATASHA MONTALEGRE photos by IRENA HERAK


‘I bless the rains down in Africa…are the lyrics to a song that hit the music charts when released first by Toto, and later, given a unique touch by Perpetuum Jazzile, a Slovenian Jazz choir who have brilliant vocalists with a capella singing as their forte. The big difference in the original version and the version sung by Perpetuum Jazzile is the a capella style where the entire choir has brought out the varying sounds of the rain – from a light drizzle to a patter of raindrops to a heavy downpour accompanied by thunder, all this exclusively through the use of hands, feet and voices. Musical instruments do not find any place in this version with the entire choir lifting the song to another level on the strength of their voices. The ability to make music and mime beats and musical instruments solely using one’s vocal cords also referred to as vocal percussion or beatboxing by singers has been in vogue for a long time but it is not followed up

by artistes as the mainstay of their performances. There are some solo artistes who have taken this style of vocal percussion and used it along with instrumental accompaniments to give their songs a unique style and essences, making them stand out for their distinctive music and audio style. However, this style of vocal percussion is most often seen in groups and choirs where a large number of artistes make it possible for each artiste in the group to bring out a different and unique sound using vocal cords or hands and feet to bring across different moods and elements to their singing while using songs from a broad range of genres that cut across nations and generations. A combination of these different sounds in combination with the different vocal ranges serves up an aural feast to the listener which is ‘pure music to the ears’


忠告: 膠袋危害健康 by NEECEY B 翻譯 EMILY WONG

If you ask the average member of public their feelings on conversation undoubtedly they would express their personal concern for our environment and that it is an issue that should be of interest to everybody. If you take it one step further and ask what their personal contribution to saving the planet is most would probably let you know they recycle paper, cans and glass and turn the lights off when not in use. Some will be proud they only buy organic, others will buy their energy from an eco-friendly supplier and just every now and then you’ll meet someone who goes on eco-tourist holidays or actively takes part in local conservation schemes. Then, if you happen to be conducting this survey in your high street, look in their hands. Invariably, your survey respondent will be holding their shopping in a plastic carrier bag. Despite any protestation they make about doing their bit for

the environment, that very same bag is a killing machine. Figures suggest that more than one million birds and over one hundred thousand marine creatures die every year as a result of plastic debris and a good deal of this detritus is plastic bags. What to humans is a very useful every day item that we use completely unconsciously, to some animals is a perilous danger. In water and to a creature’s eyes, the plastic bag looks completely different. For example, to the endangered leatherback turtle, it appears like a jellyfish, one of its favourite foods. Leatherbacks , Minke Whales and Cuviers Beaked Whales have all been found dead with ingestion of plastic bags being the cause. Plastic bag contamination of the coastline is not confined to any particular area. It is completely


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indiscriminate. Windblown plastic bags are a global issue. When you know that Americans alone use one hundred million bags every year the potential scale for environmental impact is immense. Plastic bags are not just hazardous foods for birds and animals; they are non-biodegradable and can take up to a thousand years to break down in land fill sites; decomposition can cause chemical leakage into the soil and they are fossil fuel hungry. In January 2011, Italy took an amazing first step in the war on plastic bag pollution. All plastic bags were banned. Italian shoppers

選大眾最關注的民生議題,環保必入三 甲之選。追問別人,你為環保做了些甚 麼?人們會答:廢紙、鋁罐及玻璃循環 再用,關閉閒置燈泡,更有人為只買有 機食品自豪,或是挑選著重環保的能源 供應商;有人參加生態遊,是本地保育 運動的熱血分子......如你在做街頭做這 訪問,不妨低頭看看受訪者們手中提著 什麼。 他們都手持膠袋。無論他們自稱為環保 貢獻良多,他們手持的膠袋已是破壞生 態的原兇。塑膠廢料每年導致最少一百 萬隻鳥類及一萬隻海洋生物死亡,當中 絕大部分是膠袋。 膠袋是人類的好幫手,卻是某些動物的 致命兇器。在海洋生物的眼中,膠袋能 產生各種誤會。頻臨絕種的革龜會把膠 袋當成牠們最愛吃的水母。革龜外,小 鬚鯨及柯氏喙鯨亦常因誤吞膠袋並因無 法消化至死。

now use all sorts of alternatives, all of which are environmentally friendly. If the Italians can do it – why can’t the rest of the world. People managed to do their shopping before plastic was invented. Once again, something of convenience to mankind is not good for animal kind. Plastic bags aren’t just choking our whales, birds and turtles, they are choking our planet. So, before you put that tin of dolphin friendly tuna in a plastic bag at the supermarket, think not only of the dolphins but all the other creatures your bag has the potential to harm should it ever, albeit inadvertently, make its way to the sea.

膠袋對海岸的污染無遠弗屆。乘風散播 的膠袋已成國際關注熱點,單是美國, 每年就用上一億個膠袋,對環境影響之 鉅,可想而知。 膠袋不只對禽鳥有害,更無法作有機分 解;即使把之堆填,也需千年之久才得 以分解,期間產生的化學氣體更會滲入 到土壤,消耗化石原料。ù 2011年1月,意大利踏出了反膠袋的第 一步:全面禁用膠袋。當地消費者均以 其他更環保的方法取代膠袋。意大人能 做到的,全球人類又何嘗不可?膠袋問 世以前,人類早有消費活動。人類之 便,造成動物之害。膠袋不單令鯨魚、 鳥類及烏龜窒息,更令地球窒息。 所以,在超級市場把那罐保護海豚而產的 吞拿魚罐頭放進膠袋以前,想像這膠袋不 小心流落海洋,危害海豚以至其牠海洋生 物......請為海洋保育盡一己之力吧。


Once you set foot in Iceland, you realize that sometimes dreams do come true. by AURORA BALDESSIN photo courtesy by www.islandsstofa.is | www.visiticeland.com | www.visitreykjavik.is

As a native Italian, I consider myself a sort of urban nomad. However, a visit to Iceland left me feeling that that particular place just felt like home. In fact, I'm sure when most people leave, they keep dreaming of going back to a second home. Iceland is a unique place and a real world apart. Once you arrive, just taking a look around will make it seem as

if you’ve just landed on the moon. The scenery is breathtaking---raw country, awe inspiring silence, dynamic landscapes, magnificent views, a pure breeze and wild vegetation. To some travelers, the surroundings may seem harsh. This land is filled with an archaic intensity that both amazes and excites the traveler who is used to land shaped by human 79


hands. A large part of this country is inhabitable and unmarked by humanity, namely the ice fields, barren mountains swept by strong winds, vast glaciers, and steam rising from geysers. Coming here is like arriving to one of the most remote regions of Earth. The deserts of the central lands are painted in splendid colors, and you can view wide platforms of grey rock that have been eroded by river waters and pushed slowly out to the sea. On the island, everything appears primeval; a brand new world has just risen up from the deepness of the ocean and is still in the midst of its own genesis. Due to its isolated location in the extreme north, Iceland is often forgotten and, unbelievably, this country has even been left off maps of Europe! Its name literally means 'ice land'. Talking about nature and weather, there is an hironic saying: 'There is no weather in Iceland, only samples of it.' Another common ones, states: 'If you dont like the weather, wait 5 minutes'. I experienced it..I still have a fresh memory of one day in March: four seasons in few hours! Apart from me and perhaps others wanderers and so-called “consciously” lost, more than 300,000 call Iceland home. Even with a hip and stylish capital like Reykjavik, the isolation derived from a place like Iceland leads the individual to turn inward and focus on oneself more than any other place. Icelanders are in general very creative and expressive, have a pragmatic attitude toward the facts of

life, and possess a strong “down to earth” instinct for survival. In short, it could be said that Icelanders are children per nature and of nature. I admire them since it's not easy living here, especially in winter. It is all so different: the lackness of light gives you a lot to think!! So, it comes as no surprise that Icelandic artists draw their inspiration from nature and from the charisma of the country itself, as well as from folk tales and sagas that tell the stories of the hidden people and of supernatural inhabitants. For example, the design of the brand Vik Prjonsdottir, is inspired by myths and stories, with the intention to 'revaluate the image of the Icelandic wool industry through unconventional product development'. Another really powerful inspiration is the unique clash of fire and ice. The vast fields of sand, lava, magnificent ice-caps, as well as the changeable conditions of light, strongly influence Icelanders and their art. As editors on www.art-iceland.com have noted, “We Icelanders are lucky enough to live in a country that gives us access to such masterpieces”. Among recent exhibitions of that flair there's the design of Harpa concert and conference centre by the artist Olafur Eliasson. He designed the glass facade of the building, meant to reflect the changes of light in Reykjavik. It is not unusual to expect that much of Iceland’s art has been influenced by the country’s landscape. Ice-


INFORMATION ON ICELAND Iceland is in the North Atlantic, north-west of the United Kingdom and near the east coast of Greenland. How to get there By Plane: Several airlines provide regular flights to Iceland all year round, including Icelandair, Iceland Express. By Sea: The Smyril Line maintains a regular scheduled cruise service to Iceland from Hanstholm/ Esbjerg in Denmark and Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands. Where to stay A wide range of local hotels and guesthouses to choose from. All of them suit any taste and budget, from the most luxurious to the simple and basic. What to eat The pride of Icelandic cuisine is the fresh fish and the delicious lamb. In Reykjavíki, which is the capital and largest city of Iceland, specialist restaurants with many kind of exotic and Asian food are easily accessible in there. Also, don’t forget to try the famous Pylsa dishes, a hot dog with a topping of your choice and considerable as ' fast food' of Iceland. Events Reykjavik Culture Night is one of the most famous festivals in Iceland, provides a variety of activities ranging from traditional shows and exhibitions, held in the third weekend of August every year.

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landic artists have developed an approach which is both exuberant and meditative, bewildering and witty. Icelandic culture is vibrant and versatile. If you are not much into art, but you have your finger on the pulse of music, Reykjavík is dominated by the indie-alternative-experimentalelectronic scene. It is definitely fresh, groovy and recognizable worldwide for its innovation and the peculiarities of sound. Popular musicians include Björk, Sigur Rós and Emiliana Torrini, among many others. Honestly, it's hard to meet an Icelander who is not an artist, musician, designer or an all around talented per-

son: creativity seems to be inborn. You could take just as example the staff working in the menswear store Kormáks & Skjaldar: they are simply eclectic! Icelanders produce great designs and make vanguard and cool creations as well. In Iceland, you can find fashion, art, and household goods that you simply won't find anywhere else. For a glimpse, visit the website of the Iceland Design Center www.icelanddesign.is, or the page of Birkiland, www.birkiland.is Although the majority of tourists who visit Iceland come for the landscape and natural surroundings, there is an


冰島的資料 冰島位於北大西洋,在英國的西北 部,鄰近美國東岸附近的格陵蘭 島。

前往方法 飛機:多間航空公司提供全年 定 期 航 班 , 包 括 I c e l a n d a i r, Iceland Express。 渡輪:Smyril線提供定期航班服 務,來回冰島至丹麥的漢斯特霍 爾姆及埃斯比約,和冰島至托爾 斯港的法羅群島。

住宿 有多種豪華或價格相宜酒店和賓館 可供選擇,適合不同人士的要求。

美食 冰島最引以為傲的食物是各種新鮮 的魚和美味的羊肉。而在冰島的首 increasing number of newbies fond of exploring and discovering Icelandic cultural heritage and, its thriving contemporary culture.

都雷克雅維克內,遊人很容易便找

For me Iceland will always be my ideal microcosm. There's no rational motivation. When somebody asks me: 'Why you like Iceland ? What's so special?', sincerely speaking, I have no idea. I just adore Iceland. It is like Sinatra's song 'I ve got you under my skin.'

狗和自選配料而成的美食。

到充滿異國風情和提供亞洲食品 的專業餐廳。另外,著名地道快餐 Pylsa也是不能錯過的,那是款由熱

盛事 雷克雅維克文化之夜在每年八月的 第三個週未舉行,是冰島其中一個 著名的節日,提供各種傳統的表 演和展覽,每年吸引至少有10萬人 參加。

You have to feel the country, to be part of it. Enjoy your trip!

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