05 Editor’s Letter
LIV | NEWS 06 It’s a Date
Events for your diary
08 Hot Right Now
New happenings on the wellness scene
10 Fresh Cuts
Dining news that’s good for you
12 Cheat Day
Sleep therapy, and a beginner’s tumbling class
LIV | STORIES
26 Get Clean, Not Rinsed Natural soaps that don’t cost the earth
LIV | MORE 30 Well Bread
Our favourite bakeries for a healthy loaf
Hawaiian-style Poké from Ce La Vi
Our beauty picks for this month
Trail running in Bali’s Wild West
50 How I Liv
Sacha Van Damme of Permaculture
18 Spring into Action Acrobatics is taking off - go on, give it a go
Natural Beauty & Spa
Health & Nutrition
A SPRING IN YOUR STEP As someone who has never mastered a cartwheel or a handstand (and who even finds Wheel pose a little intimidating), this month’s cover story - all about movement arts, acrobatics and gymnastics - is super inspiring. There’s been a huge rise in demand for classes that teach you cool tricks and impressive functional movements. Though it requires strength, awesome body control and discipline, it’s also tons of fun, and looks great on Instagram! Read all about it on p.18. Hong Kong’s an expensive city, but don’t think you have to shell out a fortune for skincare and toiletries that are natural and free from sulfates, SLS, parabens and other chemicals. There are tons of fab toiletries that you can buy locally that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Find our favs on p.26. We’ve also got the downlow on some of Hong Kong’s best bakeries. Every outlet we’ve listed offers fresh breads using the finest ingredients, with no preservatives, bleaches or other additives (p.30). Read on, and go treat yourself to a crusty roll. Summer holidays are around the corner. If you’re jetting off to Bali, why not read up on the island’s first trail-running race, taking place at the end of the month? If you fancy giving it a go, we’ve even got free race entries up for grabs! Read all about it on p.38.
MEET OUR CONTRIBUTORS Our resident fitness junkie Zoe Belhomme learns all about the city’s latest craze: acrobatics! Read about it on p.18
Wellness in mainland China? You betcha! Kate Springer checks out Moganshan and Hainan to see what’s new in wellness, p.42. Salt therapy has been used for centuries, and now Rachel Read gets in on the act at the Salt Spa in CWB. Read more on p.36. Have fun with the kids this summer, from a family fun run to bikesharing in Sha Tin. Kate Farr spills the beans on p.44. It’s a bake-off! Our lovely new intern Sean Hsu uses his loaf to reveal the bakeries in town that have your health in mind, p.30.
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IT’S A DATE
JUL 4, 11 AND 18
Southside seafood and BBQ restaurant Limewood is teaming up with GuavaPass to run a series of sunset yoga classes on Repulse Bay Beach. Release negative energy and connect with your mind and body through an uplifting Vinyasa Flow practice on the sand before joining together for a healthy meal and yummy
mocktail at Limewood. We can't think of a better way to spend a Tuesday night. $390 per head, including a healthy dinner and drink. 6.30pm-8.30pm, Limewood, Shop 103104, The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd., Repulse Bay. Email email@example.com to reserve your spot.
Whether you’re a bookworm or a gym bunny, you’ll want to hit up the Convention Centre at the end of the month. Run in conjunction with Hong Kong’s massive annual Book Fair, the inaugural Sports & Leisure Expo will be showcasing a range of fitness and health-focused activities. In addition to booths from brands in categories such as outdoor activities, cycling, fitness and gymnastics, racket sports, sportswear and yoga, you'll also get the chance to experience emerging sports and take part in fun challenges. $25 (adults), $10 (children). Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, hktdc.com. 6
SORT YOUR STRESS
A BEERY GOOD TIME
Love a good craft beer? Party district Lan Kwai Fong is hosting the LKF Beer and Music Fest 2017, with more than 70 booths offering brews from niche beer brands, street food, live music and a rocking atmosphere. Free. 1pm-midnight (Saturday) and 1-10pm (Sunday). Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Register at www.eventbrite.hk.
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The Natural & Organic Products Asia (NOPA) annual expo returns to let us in on the region’s best health and wellness products and upcoming trends. Last year’s show attracted more than 220 exhibitors from 30-plus countries, showcasing thousands of natural, certified, healthy and organic products on the Asian market. Whether you’re a buyer, a healthcare professional, an industry expert or just a wellness fantatic, NOPA should be a firm fixture in your diary. Free admission to industry trade professionals. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, www.naturalproducts.com.hk.
Suffering from stress? Hone your coping skills with HeartPort, a counselling and psychotherapy centre. It’s running a two-hour seminar covering techniques and therapies to educate people on how they can release mental pressure and improve their overall wellbeing. $350, 7:30-9:30pm, 160 Wing Lok St., Sheung Wan. Register at www.facebook.com/heartporthk.
SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND Bored of your usual exercise routine and want to try something a bit more creative? Not just for kids, Turning Circles is running its next eight-week hula hoop workshop for beginners. It's a super fun way to tone the core, legs, and shoulders. Classes consist of learning different moves with the hula hoop, which are then incorporated into a type of “flow” or dance. By the end of the workshop you’re sure to be a hula expert - with abs to match. Course runs every Thursday evening from July 11 at Tamar Park (Pier 10 if it’s raining). 7:30-8:30pm, $1,120 for an eight-week course. www.turningcircles-hk.com.
HOT RIGHT NOW News from the wellness scene
Created by local designer Natasha J. Cotton, Mer Culture is the latest local swimwear brand making waves on summer junks. Made from vibrant, top-quality Italian fabrics that are resistant to chlorine and sun damage, each collection has been inspired by the designer’s globetrotting adventures. Her unique style mixes exotic patterns, traditional crafts and bohemian vibes from around the world to create swimwear that not only flatters a range of body shapes, but also allows for creativity and individuality. Bikini tops and bottoms are handily sold as separates, giving you freedom to customise your look and select shapes, sizes and styles that work for you. G/F, 21 Wing Fung St., Wan Chai, www.merculture.com.
Save Our Spines
Are you permanently lopsided from lugging around too much stuff in a shoulder bag? We’re seriously crushing on these backpacks by Knomo. This British brand has created a range of stylish bags that are not only practical but still look great paired with your summer shift dress. We love the 13-inch Beauchamp, which has space for all all your daily essentials including your laptop - but allows you to be hands-free, with the weight of your bag comfortably distributed across both shoulders. All Knomo bags also feature inbuilt RFID signal blocker technology, which protects against theft and fraud. And they’ve also just launched free worldwide delivery, which makes this investment a no-brainer. Backpacks start at US$99. www.knomobags.com.
Breathe in Style
With air pollution climbing to unbearable heights earlier this year, you might want to consider investing in a face mask for those bad air days. For a good quality mask that can filter up to 95 percent of airborne particulates, local brand Akmon offers style, comfort and technical chops, thanks to four-layer filters, German-engineered valves and comfortable, breathable fabrics. They’re particularly popular with motorcyclists concerned about their particulate intake while sitting in heavy traffic, as well as runners who want to stay active when it’s smoggy out. US$75 from www.akmonconcept.com.
GOING UP Sweatworking As in, networking as you sweat. Building business relationships over workouts is the new afterwork drinks. Just avoid eye contact in the changing room.
Salt Bae-ing with Super Powders
Matcha, bee pollen, maca, probiotics, green powder... we’re sprinkling everything with healthy toppings. Remember it’s all in the wrist!
Bone of Attention
As consumers become increasingly picky when it comes to knowing where their food comes from, niche stores have opened up to meet demand for sustainably sourced, ethical meats and other groceries. After its success in Central and Happy Valley, Feather & Bone has just opened its third location, a 3,000-square-foot flagship store in the Mount Pavilia development in Clearwater Bay. The flagship store offers an even larger assortment of quality produce, including artisanal items, gourmet cheeses, and premium cuts of meat and charcuterie. It also sells a range of freshly-made breads and pastries to be enjoyed alongside freshly brewed coffee by Kim & Co. 1/F, Mount Pavilia Retail Block, 663 Clearwater Bay Rd., Clearwater Bay, 27911189, www.featherandbone.com.hk.
So much drama over the American Heart Association’s declaration that coconut oil isn’t so great for you after all. Can we all agree to not eat it by the jarful and move on?
Avocados in the Summer They’re rock-hard one second, brown and mushy the next. And at $14 a pop, we’d like to actually eat one some time!
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FRESH CUTS Dining news that’s good for you
EVEN VEGANS Business lunches just got taken to a whole new level at Cafe Gray Deluxe at The Upper House, which has just launched a “Revitalising” set menu aimed squarely at the health-conscious professional set. The entire menu is vegan, gluten-free and changes every couple of weeks, meaning that it caters to pretty much all dietary restrictions, and will have regular clients coming back for more. Think organic tomato crudo with candied kelp to start, followed by whole roasted cauliflower with spiced dukkah, lemon coulis and buckwheat; and a dessert of dairyfree organic bitter chocolate pudding with coconut, turmeric and seasonal berries. The ingredients are super-fresh, seasonal and locally sourced where possible, and you’ll leave feeling energised and ready to tackle the afternoon’s meetings. The menu is $395 for two courses and $445 for three; available at lunchtime and early supper, with dinner to be rolled out soon. 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 3968-1106, www.upperhouse.com.
OUR DAILY BREAD We’ve always loved the light, fresh flavours of Vietnamese bahn mi baguettes, so we’re excited about the launch of Le Petit Saigon in the Star Street Precinct. Located next to big brother Le Garcon Saigon, it’s serving up a modern twist on the classic Vietnamese dish, with five cuts of pork, a smooth chicken liver pate, mayo, chillies and - of course - pickles, coriander and shallots for crunch and freshness. The outlet doesn’t have any indoor seating but guests are encouraged to perch on the stoop outside and enjoy their sandwiches curbside as they do in Vietnam. The bahn mi are $88 each, and are available from noon until they run out. 16 Wing Fung St., Wan Chai, 2455-2499, www.legarconsaigon.com. 10
WHAT DO HEALTHY PEOPLE EAT?
Jess Cheung, founder, Health Box Hong Kong Sum up your food philosophy. Eat the colours of the rainbow, with a good balance of meat and veg.
I could probably eat here daily, since I love Thai and Vietnamese food.
What do you eat before and after working out? What do you usually have for Before working out, I try not breakfast? to eat that much. I normally go If I have time, I make a perfectly for simple carbs that are easily toasted sandwich with scrambled digestible and quickly absorbed. or poached egg, with a choice I have a light snack at least of meat or lots of veggies. It’s two hours prior to a workout: delicious, simple and fills me up. a granola bar, a choice of fruit, If I don’t have much time, or greek yoghurt and berries. I normally just go for cereal, It can be tricky finding quality food-onPost-workout, I go for a high muesli or oatmeal with fruit. the-move in Hong Kong, but Pret - which protein meal, like salmon, sweet Describe a typical healthy meal has long carried the flag for healthy potatoes and veggies, grilled you might cook at home. quick lunches - has really upped its chicken, or a lean minced beef An easy and healthy dish that I can game, with a new summer menu that’s omelette. It replenishes and quickly make is smoked salmon bursting with vibrant and good-forrestores protein and glycogen. and poached egg with an avocado, you ingredients. Whether you’re after kale and spinach salad. It’s packed Have you ever done a cleanse? a quick afternoon snack or a more with antioxidants and fibre, it’s Yes - I previously worked for a satisfying meal, the new menu iron-rich and it off ers a balance of pressed juice company. When I has plenty to keep hunger at bay. healthy fats and protein. tried a juice cleanse, I definitely Items include a nutritious summer saw a diff erence in my skin. I rainbow pot with smashed beetroot Where are your favourite places think everyone should try a hummus topped with turmericto eat in Hong Kong? cleanse at least once. roasted cauliflower and broccoli; a Grassroots Pantry for inspiring colourful feta and pumpkin quinoa vegetarian dishes - very tasty and When was the last time you ate salad; and an Indonesian-inspired creative, with a great atmosphere at McDonald’s? avocado and sambal chicken and friendly staff. The Thai kelp Two weeks ago. I went for some wrap. For those with a sweet noodle with cheeky chicken nuggets. tooth, finish up with a summery sweet basil is What’s the weirdest thing pomegranate pot. amazing. you’ve ever put in your mouth? Available at selected Pret-aI also love The first time I tried okra was Manger outlets across Hong Elephas’ The Elephas the strangest experience. It has Kong. www.pret.hk. Thai-inspired a slimy texture inside, with little dishes. seeds wrapped in a fur coating. However, when I found out okra’s health benefits, I didn’t mind eating them.
SUPERFOODS TO GO
Because life’s too short to always order the salad
NIGHT FEVER Literally translated as “midnight snack,” Yashoku is the latest “night brunch” (yes, really!) and party concept at Zuma.. Take everything you love about their legendary weekend brunch and combine it with top tunes, live entertainment and an electric atmosphere, and you’ve got the makings of a great night out. The two-and-a-half-hour deal includes unlimited plates of zuma’s bestloved dishes, including the fried softshell crab with wasabi mayonnaise, tuna tartare with miso vegetables tempura, Hokkaido scallops, spicy fried tofu, chicken skewers with baby leeks, crispy squid, and seared beef with yuzu kosho-ponzu dressing. Wash it all down with top-notch sake, infused shochu and free-flow champagne. The full “night brunch” is $880, or you can go for the drinks-only package at $500 for sake, sochu and beer. Add $150 for free-flow Veuve Cliquot. Available Saturdays 8:30-11pm. 6/F, Landmark Building, 15 Queen’s Road Central, 3657-6388, www.zumarestaurant.com.
TEST-DRIVE Liv checks out the newest workouts and wellness trends
Comfort Zone Pro-Sleep Ritual at The Strand The Buzz: Stressed? Can’t sleep? Totally overwhelmed
but not quite ready for therapy? Join the club. With stress levels in Hong Kong running high, The Strand spa and salon recognised a need for a body treatment that focuses on rest and relaxation. It’s also perfect for jet lag and insomnia sufferers. The treatment: Designed by Comfort Zone, an all-natural Italian skincare brand, the “Time For Me” tranquility ritual targets your sense of touch, smell and hearing to slow down your brainwaves and create a sense of deep relaxation. The oil blend contains orange blossom, vetiver, sandalwood and geranium to calm the mind and boost your mood; the music piped through the speakers was designed by Comfort Zone to bring your brainwaves into a pre-sleep state, and the silky, fine-bristled brushes used during the treatment activate your parasympathetic nervous system and leave your skin tingling. Verdict: Anyone with trouble falling asleep will love this
treatment - it really works, and the gorgeous scent, relaxing sounds and gentle touch will have anyone who tries it nodding off. The Strand stops short of calling it a massage as the strokes are so light. For those who prefer stronger pressure it’s an exercise in conscious relaxation as you force yourself to submit to the therapist’s gentle touch. There is however some stronger pressure on tension spots such as the neck and shoulders. We even succumbed to an afternoon snooze - something we never do - a couple of hours after the treatment, and had a brilliant night’s sleep that evening. $1,180 for 60 minutes. 18 Cochrane St., Central, 2850-7686, thestrandhk.com. 14
Tumbling at Trybe The Buzz: Launched just four months ago, Trybe is Hong Kong’s only private studio dedicated to adult gymnastics classes. Within the 3,000-square-foot space, Trybe’s professional instructors offer a range of disciplines designed to challenge novice and seasoned gymnasts alike. We tried out their popular tumbling class for beginners. The Classes: John, our instructor told us the
beginners’ class is usually for total gymnastics newbies, but that night we had two seasoned tumblers and three longtime students. But despite the relatively advanced level we progressed quickly. We kicked off with some dynamic stretches and simple gymnastic movements, before moving into some basic “run and jumps” along a bouncy track with a crash mat at the end. We then moved onto a front somersault followed by roundoffs (a kind of modified cartwheel) - some of the class even practiced a backwards tuck somersault off a raised soft block with support from John. The Verdict: We loved it! The class was challenging and scary at times (for beginners the first time you do a backflip is terrifying, even when fully aided by an instructor) but we couldn’t believe how far everyone had progressed in just one hour. It was a super encouraging atmosphere; you’d receive high-fives and cheers from everyone, no matter your level. If you’re looking for a way to relive your youth, while also toning and strengthening, this class is a great place to start. We even bought a package! The Cost: Unlimited class packages are available ($2,950 per month) but most people opt for Trybe’s credit system. Mobility, flexibility, dance, acro-flow classes are three credits ($150) while gymnastics, circus and strength classes are five credits ($250). A five-day unlimited class for newbies is currently available for $550 so you can see what it’s all about. One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Rd, Wong Chuk Hang, 3427-9017, www.trybehk.com.
SLEEP: AN OVERLOOKED ELEMENT OF SUCCESS
here are many reasons why sleep is so important to wellbeing. Your body, mind and emotions all benefit from a restful night of high quality sleep. In fact, the three most crucial foundations of health, happiness and wellbeing are good nutrition, exercise – and plenty of deep, restful sleep. Sleep has an impact on
all aspects of health, not least of which includes helping maintain focus and direction during the day without the need to take breaks or to interrupt your flow of thought. Sleeping also makes you a better learner. According to Harvard Research, attention and motivation are both negatively affected by a lack of sleep,
Sleep to think clearly
which in turn makes it harder to absorb and retain new information. A well-rested mind is optimised in terms of attention span, mood and motivation. Furthermore, you increase your ability to learn and remember facts, and perform at peak creativity. You’re also less likely to make mistakes at work, suffer an accident or fall befoul of illness, which will in turn lead to success - both in life and in work. International mega stars including Ellen DeGeneres and Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, are known to sleep more than 7 hours per night, which is consistent with recommended guidelines from health experts the world over. At Koala, we have spent countless hours experimenting and engineering the most
comfortable, supportive, environmentallyfriendly mattress available. While good sleep habits including not eating an hour before dinner, practicing yoga and taking time to decompress after a busy day in the office can help, your mattress can make arguably the biggest impact on the quality – and quantity – of your rest. A supportive mattress can spell the difference between a night of tossing and turning, or a deep restful slumber, so choose wisely. Given we spend an average of a third of our lives in bed, Koala believes in uncompromising comfort to help with the perfect rest. Your happiness and success may just depend on it.
 Source: http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/benefits-of-sleep/learning-memory
Studies have shown that adequate quantities of deep, restorative slumber help the brain consolidate learning and improve memory and recall, as well as contributing to heightened alertness and faster reaction times. They also have more stable moods, which is related to hormonal balance and improved by adequate sleep. Good sleep is also associated with greater happiness and empathy, which both work to ensure stronger and more rewarding relationships and help you work better with others.
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AROUND TOWN PERSONAL CARE
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Inspiring and Meaningful Jewelries Flo Jewelries designs and creates meaningful jewelries that inspire and remind people of their infinite potential to live a life with love, resilience and consciousness. The jewelries are delicately crafted of 925 sterling silver with 18K gold plating. The signature Chakras Collection helps activate and balance energy centers that affect physical, mental and spiritual health. Other popular collections including Sacred Geometry, Flower of Life, Tree of Life and Meteorite, featuring unique and meaningful symbols. www.flojewelries.com | FB: Flo Jewelries – Inspiring & Meaningful Jewelries | IG: Flo Jewelries
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A New Movement
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Gymnastics, acrobatics and movement skills are having a moment right now as a challenging but thrilling pastime. Zoe Belhomme finds her balance.
or decades, gymnastics was considered a niche sport for preteens with Olympic dreams. But with our growing awareness of the need for functional movement in our fitness regimes, our attention has naturally turned to gymnastics and acrobatics as part of a wider trend for “movement skills” training. Sure, it requires physical strength, control and lots of training, but it’s also immensely liberating, tremendous fun and a real physical challenge. All across the city, studios and gyms are responding to demand with new and creative class formats, with gymnastics and gymnastic-adjacent classes all on offer - think acroyoga, aerial arts, handstand workshops, parkour and trampoline. Most notably, however, Hong Kong has seen the recent opening of Trybe, a 3,000-square-foot space in Wong Chuk Hang dedicated solely to gymnastics. “Lots of people are bored of running or lifting weights. They want to see what their bodies are capable of,” says John Chan, one of Trybe’s professional instructors. A former athlete who competed in gymnastics regionally for more than four years, he adds: “Gymnasts tend not to think about the physical changes to their bodies - growing their skills and getting consistency and form is what really drives them getting stronger and leaner is just the natural outcome.” 19
Men are increasingly getting involved in movement too, as strength-based disciplines such as tumbling, the pommel horse and asymmetric bars become increasingly commonplace. The rise of Instagram might also have a hand in the sport’s growing popularity - who doesn’t want to be the super cool dude posting a sunset backflip pic, or the yogi rocking a tricky inversion? It’s one thing to have washboard abs and bulging biceps; it’s quite another to add explosive power, flexibility and precision to execute an awesome trick. Chan continues: “We see a range of abilities at Trybe, from people who’ve never done gymnastics before - or perhaps did it when they were a child - right through to experienced gymnasts who want to join a social environment to hone their skills. The progression in skill level can be quite rapid for beginners and after just a few weeks of attending classes, somersaults, cartwheels, round-offs and even back somersaults are well within reach.” The mainstream gyms have started to bring in acrobatic elements too. Pure, the dominant fitness force in Hong Kong, has embraced the trend. Pure’s PTs undergo regular movement skills training with world-class gymnastic movement coaches, including Amy Ridge, who coached gymnastics in the UK for more than 10 years; and three-time British champion, Thomas Rawlinson, who has also coached two national champions.
Photo: Pure Fitness
Marco Ferdinandi, Regional Director of Fitness Operations at Pure says, “With gymnastic movement you get strength, flexibility, mobility, coordination, balance, core conditioning, stamina, grace, and above all, loads of fun as the movement certainly brings out your inner child! What we love most is how valuable these basic exercises and skills can be for everyone, not just high-level athletes or hardcore fitness enthusiasts.”
GET YOUR GYM ON SHAREDSPACE A multi-purpose gym with beginners’ acrobatics classes, parkour and acro yoga. 31/F The Sharp, 11-13 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, 6687-3701, www. sharedspace.hk.
The only studio in the city dedicated to “tricking”, fully equipped with
harnesses, sprung floors and more. Room 3Y, 2/F, Block B, Po Yip Building, 62-70 Texaco Rd., Tsuen Wan, 6506-7109, trickstation001.wixsite. com.
TRYBE Hong Kong’s first fully equipped gymnastics gym. One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Rd, Wong Chuk Hang, 3427-9017,
YOGA BAMBAM Offers acro yoga and aerial yoga. 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, www.yogabambam.com.
PURE FITNESS All Pure’s outlets have a dedicated Movement area. Also offers movement skills PT sessions and group classes.
THE HONG KONG PARKOUR ASSOCIATION Offers beginners classes and open sessions each week. Follow them on Facebook to learn about upcoming classes. www.parkour.hk.
The city’s amateur gymnasts are certainly loving their newfound physical abilities. Will Sweeny is a keen and experienced tumbler who studies “tricking” - a combination of gymnastics, capoeira and martial arts - at TrickStation in Tsuen Wan, under the tutelage of professional stuntman Rodney Wong. Sweeny says: “Gymnastics gives you a real sense of independent physical achievement. With such a steep learning curve, the satisfaction of reaching your goal and landing a trick you've been
working on for months is incredible.” One keen student at Trybe adds, “When I first came to a class I didn’t have a clue what I was doing and I had to start from the very beginning with the basic moves and jumps. But I instantly fell in love with gymnastics and now practice every week alongside yoga and HIIT classes. Variety is key when it comes to staying motivated.” And you don’t have to stick to the gym anymore - freerunning, or parkour, encourages participants to use the city as their arena, building a strong foundation to execute smooth movements as you leap flip and roll from one urban obstacle to another. Learn the basics, and the city can be your playground.
Shape up for Summer at PLATEAU Zoe Belhomme gets ready for the summer holiday season at Grand Hyatt’s Plateau Spa. Looking for a tranquil spa experience right in the middle of the city? Plateau, Grand Hyatt’s signature spa and wellness destination, could be the perfect option. My goal for my spa day was to prep my lethargic body so that’s in tip-top condition for the upcoming junk and holiday season! After a morning gym session and a light bite by the pool, I was guided to my very own spa suite for the spa’s newest results-oriented body treatment. The All-in-One Body Shaping treatment delivers nonsurgical body contouring and skin tightening using radio frequency, magnetic pulse and vacuum suction. I then opted for the 60-minute lymphatic drainage massage, which used firm sweeping techniques to alleviate tension, reduce water retention and improve overall circulation. Post-treatment, my legs felt smoother and I was taken aback by the noticeable reduction in cellulite on the back of my thighs. What is so unique about Plateau is that you can tailor a few hours, a full day or even a week to suit your specific needs. From result-orientated workouts with fitness trainers to pampering spa treatments; yoga on the sundeck to alfresco dining by the pool, there’s something for everyone to refresh and rejuvenate this summer.
For more details and to book any of the packages or treatments, call: +852 2584 7688 or e-mail: plateau. email@example.com 11/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
ZEN We live in a punishing city where there’s little time to unwind and take stock—we’re constantly shuttling from our beds, to work, to dinner and back to bed. So who has the time to meditate? Who can afford to take an hour out of their day to stare into nothingness? Adam White finds out.
You do. Because the truth is, meditation doesn’t have to be a complicated, mystical process. Thanks to a new series of 30-minute meditation classes at Pure Yoga, it doesn’t even have to take long. Meditation and mindfulness have been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety, stress and depression. It’s a tool which allows you to balance your emotions, to shift away from negative thinking and to deal with crises or stress in a calm manner. And with noted meditators including Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg and Katy Perry, the world is embracing the art of meditation.
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HOW TO GET ZEN Pure Yoga is launching three different 30-minute-long meditation classes, starting July 13: PRANAYAMA & MEDITATION Pranayama is the art of breath control: By concentrating on your own breath you’re able to clear your mind of other thoughts. “The first part in meditation is connecting the body to the mind,” explains Dileep. “If we calm down the body first, then we can reach the mind. Pranayama is like a bridge between the two.”
Two additional styles of meditation are coming soon:
“They say with meditation, the mind is like flowing oil, not flowing water,” explains Dileep Puliyolly, an instructor at Pure Yoga. “When water flows, it splutters. But oil flows smoothly—the mind is very clear and very calm. Nothing disturbs it. Whatever comes, you can accept.” From July 13, Pure Yoga is launching three new types of meditation classes across all of its venues in Asia, with an additional two more on the way, on top of its current 60-minutes meditation classes. The idea? For people to come and try all varieties, to discover what’s right for them. And a shorter 30-minute time
Constantly tense? Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, is for you. Students lie on the ground and are instructed to consciously relax each part of their body separately, inducing a state of “conscious sleep.” “It’s just amazing to watch,” says Martina. “Those different layers of awareness create a deep, profound level of relaxation.”
In Nada Yoga classes, students concentrate on sounds—from crystal singing bowls to chanting and singing. “When you go through life, most of what you hear is terrible noise and negative thoughts,” says Martina. But in Nada Yoga, “The vibrations of sound go through your bones. That purity really clears you.”
Meditation doesn’t have to be static. In Movement Meditation students are guided to move their bodies in steady, mindful way. “To many people is meditation is sitting with legs crossed and eyes closed,” says Dileep. “But if we do that, we can feel sleepy! Movement awakens the body. It’s bridging the mind and body together.”
If you’re worried about being able to block out the world—then explore Trataka Yoga, in which students fix their gaze on an object such as a flickering candle flame to focus the mind. “80% of people have no control of their emotions,” says Dileep. “5-10 minutes of meditation will really help to manage tensions, worries, or challenges.”
slot means it’s easier to take time out, even in a packed Hong Kong schedule. You don’t even need to pack your gym clothes. Martina Lee, Country Managing Teacher at Pure Yoga, has a few tips for first-time meditators. “Sometimes people think ‘oh, I should think a certain way, I should be really peaceful.’ And when they’re not, they get frustrated. But the most important thing is to let go of any expectations: to be open and receptive.” After all—now you have the time for it.
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SKIN SAVERS Chemical-free toiletries don’t have to cost a bomb. We’ve got a roundup of fab brands that offer natural skincare - and they’re easy on the wallet, too!
Basic Instinct If your worry about your carbon footprint, Bathe to Basics’ soaps and shampoos are made right here in Hong Kong. Vegan, SLS-free and made using a cold process to ensure the effectiveness of their natural botanical ingredients, Bathe to Basics products are all good for the planet, and good for your skin too. A liquid body soap is $98, with a 500ml eco-friendly refill pack available for $168. You can also pick up a face cleanser at $138 for 250 ml, or a natural deodorant for $88. S403, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St., Central, 9673-7905, bathetobasics.com.
Panda Power Do your bit for the planet with WWF’s “Good Natured” line of shampoo and soaps. Featuring the charity’s signature cute panda mascot, these products are accredited by the Vegan Society and the Soil Association, are free of SLS, SLES, pthalates and parabens, and come packaged in fully recyclable bottles. They have been awarded a “Best Buy” award by Ethical Consumer magazine
and - of course - are not tested on animals. Even better, they’re extremely wallet friendly, with shampoos, conditioners and hand washes all ringing in at just $55 per bottle. Available in lavender, seaweed, aloe vera and rosemary formulas. wwf.org.hk/pandashop. Also available at selected Manings outlets.
Scandi Soaps One of our favourite organic brands, Urtekram hails from Denmark and combines effective natural products with cool packaging and a great price point. Its products bear the Cosmos Organic Certification and do not contain parabens, petrochemicals or synthetic preservatives. They’re also largely vegetablebased (though their lip balms do contain beeswax) and they’re never tested on animals. We love the shampoo and soap lines, which come in formulations such as rosemary for fine hair, brown sugar for dry scalps, and nettle for dandruff. $142 for 500ml. Available from Health Aims outlets citywide including Shop B12, Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai, 8100-8088, www.healthaims.net.
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Got a family to keep clean? Those tiny 200ml shampoos won’t last you a week. That’s why these massive one-litre three-in-one cleansers by Everyone Soap are a lifesaver. Reasonably priced, gentle and effective, these products are designed to be good for the environment and for your health - they’re made with plant extracts, contain no synthetic fragrances and are cruelty-free. They come in a range of yummy scents, including citrus and mint, coconut and lemon, and lavender and aloe, to name just a few. Make sure to check out the lotion and hair care lines if you’re looking for products that address a specific need.
Keep your skincare routine simple with organic skincare line CocoKind. With just five ingredients per product, CocoKind uses superfoods to nourish your skin, and are totally free from chemicals and parabens. Its ingredients are also sourced ethically, ensuring a fair wage for farmers. Try the hero product, the Ultra Chlorophyll mask ($188), which is made with organic spirulina, wheatgrass and chlorella powder, as well as ylang ylang oil. Or pop a lip balm in your handbag - they’re just $40 each! Available at Spicebox Organics outlets citywide, including 39-45 Hau Wo St., Kennedy Town, 2191-0886, spiceboxorganics.com. Also has stores in Sai Ying Pun and Caine Road.
$159 from Global Wellness, 12-16 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2581-9886, www.facebook. com/GlobalWellnessHK.
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Nuts for Soapnuts Get clean the natural way with Soapnut Republic, which uses soapnut berries - a natural cleaning agent that have been used for centuries for their cleansing powers - together with
plant- and mineral-based ingredients to create effective hand and home cleaning products. Theyâ€™re good for the environment, gentle on your home and non-toxic. We love the foaming hand washes in lemongrass, mint or lavender ($78 each), as well as the bundles you can buy online which net you up to 20 percent in savings: try the six-piece Essentials bundle, which includes a dish soap, multi-purpose spray, floor cleaner, glass spray, laundry liquid and hand wash, all for $408. Order online at soapnutrepublichk.com. Also available in Spicebox Organics.
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Bread might have gotten a bad rap in the past few years - but c’mon, who doesn’t love a fresh crusty roll? Sean Hsu finds the artisanal bakeries that are baking up a storm.
PA P ER STON E BA KERY A European-style bakery, Paper Stone offers a “buildyour-own-bread” option where you can pick from fillings such as dried fruit, nuts and seeds - just select what you want and your piping hot bread will be ready to go six hours later. Can’t decide what flavours you want? Try their healthy baguettes, which come infused with kale or beetroot. Outlets citywide, including Shop 4-5, G/F, FWD Financial Centre, 308 Des Voeux Road, Sheung Wan, 3565-6758. Also has outlets at Treats in Cityplaza, Popcorn Mall in Kwung Tong and Metroplaza in Kwai Fong.
C ERES BO U L ANGERIE ET PAT I SSERIE A bit of a Kowloon City landmark, Ceres is a French-style bakery located in the traditionally working-class neighbourhood of Kowloon City. People flock from all over Hong Kong for a taste of its Western and Japanesestyle pastries, which are all made using a “natural yeast” method - meaning that the chefs don’t use any additives to speed up the breadmaking process. 23 Fuk Lo Tsun Rd., Kowloon City, 2716-3383.
Tucked away on the corner of Hollywood Road and Cochrane Street, Swiss-owned Swissbeck creates authentic Swiss and German-style healthy breads - all without chemicals or artificial additives. Think dense, nut-filled and sugar free breads, such as the low-GI rye bread, or the nutrient-packed multi-grain bread studded with flax, poppy and pumpkin seeds. G/F, Shop 1, Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2668-0042, www.swissbeck.hk.
UEN O BA KERY & EN ZYM E Hong Kong’s first Taiwanese-style bakery, Ueno Bakery & Enzyme uses special organisms in its breadmaking process that increases the nutritional profile of its breads. This technique also makes them more easily digested and nutrients more readily absorbed when compared to commercial breads. What’s more, all of Ueno’s breads are free from preservatives, stabilizers and additives, and you’ll find a selection of Taiwanese health foods and supplements also for sale. 785A Nathan Rd., Prince Edward, 2381-1878, www.uenobakery.com.hk.
BR EAD TOGETHER Another Taiwanese-style bakery, Bread Together uses raw organic ingredients imported from Taiwan to create all-natural European style organic bread. You’ll find nutritionally dense dark rye and multigrain loaves, as well as buns topped with oats or chia seeds for an added boost. 9, Sai Ching St., Yuen Long, 2388-8646, www.facebook.com/breadtogether.
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Considered one of the best places in town to get sourdough, Proof cafe adds no chemical preservatives to its breads, which are made daily with unbleached flour. The menu changes daily so you’re guaranteed to find something new whenever you pop in.
Established in 2009, Levain creates top quality European-style handmade artisanal loaves, all free from bread improvers, additives, synthetic flavours or preservatives. Their speciality is the delicious sourdough loaves, which have a lower GI than other breads thanks to the long fermentation process, which breaks down more starch and gives sourdough its signature taste. Many people with digestive issues also find sourdough easier to digest. Levain has also just introduced some gluten-free breads made with teff and buckwheat for anyone taking a break from wheat.
GF 14 Tsun Yuen St., Happy Valley, 6542-9788, www.proofhk.com.
Block B, Unit H105, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St., 2559-0889, levain-bakery.com.
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H ANDMA DE BA KERY The low-key Handmade Bakery in San Po Kong has a great reputation for quality breads - it sources its flour from all over the world - the US, Canada, Germany and Japan - and each flour has its own characteristics and flavours, ensuring the best-tasting bread.
Handmade Bakery uses a slow-ferment method; it takes longer but experts say it leads to a longer-lasting and tastier loaf. 64D Tseuk Luk St., San Po Kong, 8191-2463, www.hmbakery.hk.
SEAFOOD POKÉ By CÉ LA VI High in protein and deliciously fresh in these muggy summer months, Poké - Hawaiian-style raw fish - is definitely having a moment. Try making your own version at home based on this recipe.
INGREDIENTS: For the poké • 30g ginger • 10g white onion (minced)
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Medium
COOKING TIME: 20 minutes
For the sauce • 60ml Kikkoman soy sauce
• 24g English or thorny cucumber
• 60ml Mirin
• 20g red, green and yellow bell pepper
• 2pc jalapeno
• 10g white sugar
• 4g chilli paste
• 3ml rice wine vinegar
• 10g nori, julienned
• 6g radish sprouts
• 12 fried gyoza chips
For the poké: 1. Cut cucumber in half and de-seed. Cut into small cubes and place into mixing bowl, repeat steps with bell peppers, onion, avocado and fish. Keep the fish separate until ready to mix with the sauce. 2. Roughly chop the radish sprouts.
1. Mince white onion, jalapeno and ginger, and place in a clean mixing bowl.
• 36g avocado
• 14g red onion
For the sauce:
Poké can be stored in the fridge for a few days, but once the ingredients have been mixed together, the dish must be eaten immediately.
• 40g sustainably sourced tuna, salmon or whitefish
2. Flambé the mirin, add sugar and allow to cool. Then combine the rice wine vinegar, Kikkoman soy, chilli paste, minced onion, jalapeno, ginger and whisk together. 3. Set aside, and stir before using.
Combine with the fish and vegetables, and toss until mixed well. 3. Slowly add poké sauce and toss again. 4. Place in serving bowl sprinkle with roasted julienned nori, and serve with gyoza chips.
READY SET GLOW with Rachel Read
COOL BRITANNIA 10/10 HOPE has long been one of our favourite one-stop natural beauty shops, and now we have yet another excuse to hit up their shelves - they’ve just added blooming lovely British brand, Bamford,, to their lineup. This collection of bath and body products features the finest naturally-sourced organic and botanical ingredients, with formulations built around their signature essential oil blends that have been specifically chosen for their gorgeous scents and restorative properties. 85 percent of Bamford’s bath and body range comes officially certified by the Soil Association (the UK’s leading organic certification body), so this stuff is definitely the real deal. Prices range from $135-315. Available at 10/10 HOPE in Festival Walk, LAB Concept Admiralty and Eslite bookstores citywide. hk.1010hope.com.
HOME COMFORTS It can be hard to keep track of all the exciting new independent eco beauty brands popping up, which is exactly why handmade skincare speciality store Home Evoriginal is such a great find! This green beauty gem tucked away in Prince Edward stocks more than 20 handmade, natural, organic and eco-friendly homegrown beauty brands. We spotted some tried-and-trusted favourites like Bahia Cosmetics and Swedish Handmade Bodycare, alongside new-to-us skincare lines like Kleanki, Eden Rose and 0Soap (Home Evoriginal founder Angie Yiu’s own range), and there’s even an all-natural pet grooming collection from local organic brand LONC too. Chalk this one up as a total treasure trove for discovering cool local beauty loot! Unit D, 1/F, 13 Yu Chau St., Prince Edward, 5702-3782, www.facebook.com/HEVOshop. Closed Mondays. 36
SALT BAE We’re all used to a bit of salt sprinkled on our dinner… but how about breathing it in as part of a beauty treatment? Well, you can try it for yourself at Salt Spa by Premier in Causeway Bay, which has harnessed the white stuff ’s long-heralded cleansing properties in the form of halotherapy. In addition to having all their walls and floors covered in the stuff, salt is pumped into the rooms to create a dry salt aerosol that you can inhale naturally for the duration of your treatment. It’s said to alleviate respiratory issues, allergies and skin ailments, and as someone currently feeling totally allergiedup, I did feel that my breathing became much clearer and easier during my session. Salt Spa offers facials in their salt rooms, meaning you can get double the pampering during your halotherapy. Check out their signature Dead Sea mud and mineral mask, which, rather than being rinsed off with water, is removed with a magnet that's wafted over your face to lift the mask off… sounds weird but it works, and my skin felt all the better for it! Facials start from $1,180 for 60 minutes and halotherapy from $680 for 45 minutes, with multivisit packages available 21/F Golden Bloom Centre, 25-27 Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay, 2881-0222, www.saltspa.com.hk.
ASK THE EXPERT Magali Salgado French Physiotherapist, Clinical Sport massage
What is physiotherapy and when to consult? Physiotherapy aims to improve, maintain and restore people’s functional ability and maximum movement, at any stage of life.
We use techniques including but not limited to manual therapy, exercise program, balance therapy, myofascial release and/or massage. The long term effects of an injury, even minor, should not be underestimated. You should be considering physiotherapy when encountering muscular or articular pains or as soon as you have an issue that changes your habits/lifestyle or disturbs your efficiency at work, alters your mood.
Wherein can physiotherapy help? Physiotherapy’s applications are very wide. Maintaining movement is one of the most essential elements for health and wellbeing. Working towards that goal, the physiotherapist will first make a precise assessment to define where Photo: Rachel Read
the disabilities and blockades are located. Then we design a treatment and exercise plan to restore the movement. You would be surprised how often pains and
Rachel Read is a freelance writer, editor and cofounder of writing agency Editors’ Ink (www.editorsinkhk.com); she also has her own lifestyle blog, Through The Looking Glass (www.rachttlg.com) where she reviews beauty, food and whatever else she can think of. Follow her on Instagram too @rachttlg.
dysfunctional movement are related to stress and work posture. From sprains to muscle tears, back pains to nerve entrapment, grinding teeth to headaches or dizziness, all can be treated by consulting your physiotherapist. Magali can be contacted at The Round Clinic, One Island South, Wong Chuk Hang , 2648 2612, www.theroundclinic.com. Information presented by The Round Clinic
A A New New Pace Pace in in Bali Bali Despite the sportâ€™s growing popularity in the region, Bali has been left off the trail-running map. But now a new race promises to make Bali a runnerâ€™s destination, writes Kris Van de Velde.
rail running in Indonesia has become quite renowned, with the many volcano runs on the various islands offering stunning scenery for those brave enough to deal with the heat and the often very strict cut-off times. But Bali, arguably the best known of the Indonesian islands for mainstream tourists, has been surprisingly absent from the trail running calendar. That’s about to change, however, as Plataran L’ Harmonie proudly presents the first ever BNI Plataran X Trail in West Bali National Park at the end of this month. It’s a new annual international trail running event that caters to runners of all levels. The event is organised by the Plataran Indonesia hospitality group in conjunction with BNI Bank, Kuai Sports Promotions and Egon Trails. The focus is to shine a bright spotlight on environmental consciousness and sustainability; the winners of the 50- and 25-kilometre races will be given a once-in-a-lifetime experience: they will get to release a rescued Bali Starling - a protected heritage species that the race organisers have “adopted” on behalf of the winner - back into the wild. Each year, the Plataran X Trail will represent a different cause in line with its commitment to environmental protection, the local community, wildlife and sustainability. In future editions, you might expect to see a baby turtle release, for instance. The BNI Plataran X Trail 2017 has been accredited with the Asia Trail Master Candidate Race label, and expects to see 500 participants for its first edition on July 22.
Notable participants include two current Asia Trail Master champions Manolito Divina (Philippines) and Tahira Najmunisaa Muhammad Zaid (Malaysia). Hosting the event is Plataran L’Harmonie, a luxury eco lodge nestled inside West Bali National Park. The hotel is dedicated to showcasing the park’s natural beauty as well as driving home its message of sustainability and responsible tourism. The various cross-country and nature trails can be enjoyed by runners of all abilites - from the 50k for experienced endurance runners, the 25k for intermediate competitors, and the 7.1k for families and casual racers. With an aim of attracting running enthusiasts from all over the globe, the event will also host culinary and cultural activities to turn the event into a real holiday and provide entertainment for support teams and other non-runners. The scheduled races take runners over a predominantly flat course with little elevation gain. Combined with a very generous cut-off time, even the 50k should not deter people who find their running pace to be not so fast. As long as you can endure and cope with the unavoidable heat, you will be fine. West Bali is actually off the-beaten track, with relatively few tourists venturing so far from the Kuta-Ubud-Nusa Dua triangle. Generally, adventurers will only find their way to this surprisingly unspoilt area after visiting the volcanoes of East Java. The National Park is a place to truly wind down, and Plataran L’Harmonie the best place to do so. Find out more on the event website www.plataranxtrail.com.
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TRAVEL WELL with Kate Springer
A WEEKEND IN TEA COUNTRY If you’re looking for a scenic sidetrip from Shanghai, you don’t have to go too far: Moganshan is making headlines as the “Hamptons of Asia.” Just two hours outside of Shanghai in the cool mountain air, the region was once a haunt for the city’s expats and politicians (and some drug lords too) back in the 1920’s and 30’s. Over the past few years, a growing roster of luxury retreats have sprung up in the area, including La Residence. Perched atop a hill in the heart of a tea plantation, the contemporary eightbedroom house includes a private chef, loft-style bedrooms and a heated outdoor pool. But if US$18,000 a night is a bit out of your budget you can check out sister hotel Le Passage Mohkan Shan, just down the hillside. The French countryside-inspired address offers up a saltwater pool, rusticchic interiors, beautiful gardens, and a subterranean dining room in the heart of the wine cellar. Le Passage Mohkan Shan, Deqing County, Ziling Village, Moganshan, Zhejiang, China, +86-572 -805-2958, www.lepassagemoganshan.com.cn.
FARM TO FACIAL They say great nutrition is the secret to beautiful skin - and Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa in Thailand, is taking that to the next level with a menu of spa treatments that draw on the concept of “superskin skincare.” The hotel’s Ayurah Spa uses leafy green plant extracts, lemongrass and ginger oil to power its almost-edible formulas, from the yogurt face masks to the cucumber, mint and oatmeal Sun Burn potion and the “Wake Up” scrubs made with apple, lime and ginger. The majority of the ingredients are plucked from the resort’s 25-acre organic farm for a true farm-to-body experience. 183 Moo 4, Pak Nam Pran, Pran Buri District, 77220, Thailand, +66-2-514-8112, www.aleenta.com/huahin. 42
SQUATS IN THE SAND Sanya might not be at the top of your bucket list, but maybe it should be. Just an hour’s flight away, the island is one of those places where you can just hang at the resort for a few days without feeling guilty. And that’s easier than ever, thanks to new hotels such as the Shanhaitian Resort Sanya. Opened this spring, the 199-room beachfront property sits on Dadonghai Bay, in the shadow of Luhuitou Mountain for an easy hiking excursion. From fresh fish at The Reef restaurant to its dedicated lap pool (one of four pools in total), beachfront gym, poolside massages, “water yoga,” and complimentary skincare consultations at the spa, this health-conscious getaway is just a stone’s throw away from Hong Kong. 77 Haiyun Rd., Dadonghai Bay, Sanya, Hainan, China, +86-898-8828-5688, www.marriott.com/syxak.
Kate Springer is an Asia travel expert who contributes to Conde Nast Traveler, Vogue, CNN, BBC Travel, Forbes Travel Guide, Fodor’s, Vice, and more. Follow her travels on Instagram @katespringer. Send travel news to email@example.com
FIT FAM with Kate Farr
We may be sweltering hot and typhoon-drenched, but it’s school holiday time and we are ready to relax at the end of another busy academic year. Here’s what’s taking pride of place on our family wall planner this month.
LET’S GET MINIMAL Feeling fancy? MINIMAL is a cool and conscious childrenswear brand that recently popped up in Hong Kong, bringing with it a range of seasonless, gender-neutral modern basics for kids from two to eight years old. All the items are designed to be durable, super-soft (no “itchy bits”) and are made ethically and sustainably. There are other smart little touches too, for example slightly longer-line tops that stretch out the wear time, and a neutral palette of black, white blush and grey that siblings will be happy to share. Prices come in higher than many kids’ lines, but you’re paying for quality that lasts.
Costs from US$32-$65 (HK$250-$507). Shop online at weareminimal.com.
ON THE RUN
SING A RAINBOW
Marking twenty years since Hong Kong’s handover, the Standard Chartered Family Run promises a whole load of sweaty fun for charity. Offering 400-metre and 2k runs, the event is raising money for three local charities: Orbis, the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee and Sports Association for the Physically Disabled, and the Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society. In addition to the run, there will be a free family carnival popping up in Tamar Park, with live music, water play and face-painting to keep everyone amused.
Got a kid’s party coming up? These themed soy and beeswax crayons by A Childhood Store are perfect party bag-fillers, and they’re so cute you’ll want to hoard them for yourself (surely it can’t just be me?). With easy-grip shapes including dinosaurs, robots and (my personal favourite) interlocking jigsaw puzzles, these non-toxic crayons are great for toddlers with a tendency to put things they shouldn’t in their mouths.
Race entry is free; though all participants ages six and over are required to donate a minimum of $200, with all proceeds allocated to the event’s charity partners. 44
Costs $125 for six. Buy online via petittippi.com.
(NEARLY) FREE WHEELING If your tribe is happiest on wheels, then this latest launch is right up your bike lane. Gobee.bike is a station-less bikesharing network that recently launched in the New Territories, with plans to roll the scheme out into other districts in the coming months. The concept is straightforward - download the Gobee.bike app, find the nearest bike and scan its QR code with your phone to unlock it and begin your rental period. Once youâ€™ve finished, you can simply park at any public bike rack, lock up and be on your way. The scheme aims to make cycling affordable and hassle-free for the majority by removing those pesky storage and maintenance headaches, so look out for more of these green machines coming to your neighbourhood.
Bike rental costs $5 per 30 minutes. For more information visit mysharedbike.com.
Kate Farr is the co-founder of writing and editing agency Editorsâ€™ Ink (editorsinkhk.com). She also blogs about Hong Kong family life at Accidental Tai-Tai (accidentaltaitai.com). Send your family health news to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Guide WELLNESS CLINICS Alive Wellness
A fairly new complementary therapy centre in Central, Alive Wellness offers a huge range of therapies, including acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, kirtan, lymphatic drainage, physiotherapy and mediation. Room 602, Yu Yuet Lai Building, 43-55 Wyndham St., Central, 2541-8600, alivewellness.hk.
Teatments are divided into three streams: natural medicine, physical therapies and mind-body connection. With more than 30 types of treatment available, Balance Health’s specialties include chronic pain, stress, allergies, women’s health and digestive issues, to name a few. 27/F, Universal Trade, Centre, 3-5 Arbuthnot Rd., Central, 2530-3315, www.balancehealth.com.hk.
Byrne, Hickman & Partners
One of Hong Kong’s longestestablished physiotherapy practices. Offers treatment for sports injuries, post-operative rehabilitation and clinical Pilates, and can also help to treat chronic and posture-related pain. Room 201, Dina House, Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell St., Central, 2526-7533, www.byrne-hickman.com. Also has clinics in TST, Repulse Bay and Sha Tin.
Integrative Medicine Institute
One of Hong Kong’s longest-standing integrative wellness practices, IMI offers a huge range of complementary
health services, though it also has a conventional medical practice. For aches and pains, it has osteopathy, chiropractic, TCM and acupuncture. More left-of-field treatments include reiki, colourpuncture, iridology and crystal healing, among others. 13/F and 17/F Kailey Tower, 16 Stanley St., Central, 2523-7121, imi.com.hk.
The Round Clinic
This friendly clinic on the Southside offers a range of complementary healing modalities, from osteopathy and physiotherapy to naturopathy, kinesiology and acupuncture. It also sees a lot of pre-and post-natal clients, offering midwife services and Pilates. 1227-28, 12/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Rd., Wong Chuk Hang, 2648-2612, theroundclinic.com
Soholistic Wellness Centre
Formerly the New Age Shop, Soholistic offers various alternative therapies, including kinesiology, health coaching and hypnotherapy. If you’re into more fringe therapies, it also offers tarot reading, past life regression and chakra therapy. 1/F, 7 Old Bailey St., Central, 2810-8694, www.soholistic.asia.
Sports and Spinal
A physiotherapy clinic with two outlets in Central, Sports and Spinal specialises in back pain and spinal complaints, though it offers treatments for all kinds of physiological issues, from massage to post-op rehabilitation. For children, its sister theraputic centre, SPOT (spot.com.hk) offer assessment and
early intervention for kids facing developmental or physical challenges. 15/F, Winway Building, 50 Wellington St., Central, 2530-0073, sportsandspinal.hk.
Stanley Wellness Centre
This friendly integrated wellness clinic in Stanley Village offers a host of treatments, including osteopathy, naturopathy, homeopathy, sports massage, mindfulness and counselling, to name just a few. G/F 120 Stanley Main St.,Stanley Market, 2372-9700, stanleywellnesscentre.com.
This friendly, newish clinic offers chiropractic and myofascial release in a fun, bright and welcoming space that’s a mile away from a stuffy doctor’s office. Room 1102, Wellington Place 2-8 Wellington St., Central, 2110-1674, www.uphealth.com.hk.
ONLINE HEALTH FOOD STORES Life Project
This massive online store divides into several categories, including health supplements, groceries, personal care products, household cleaners and babies and kids. On the groceries side, it has an entire section dedicated to specialist diets, whether you’re vegan, paleo, dairy- or gluten-free, or raw. Lifeproject.hk.
Specialising in natural soaps, personal care product and household cleaners, Lotus Mart is a great place to pick up toiletries and bigger items such as laundry detergent and eco-friendly paints. Also has a kids’ section with eco-friendly disposable nappies and wipes from Seventh Generation. Check out the “Deals” section, which has monthly specials on selected products.
This gourmet online store is an Aladdin’s cave of small-batch artisanal products. There’s a large selection of healthy goods, including energy bars, organic dressings, dips and sauces (some of which are vegan or vegetarian) and other treats. Highlights include the Thai Mekhala brand of sauces, which are vegan and made in Chiang Mai. www.profood.hk.
One Vegan Shop
For an impressive range of veganfriendly food and lifestyle products, any budding herbivore needs to check out One Vegan Shop. There’s a huge selection of milk alternatives, baking supplies, dairy-free cheese, meat substitutes, snacks and more - a hugely helpful resource for vegans, food allergy sufferers and health fanatics alike. Delivery is free for orders of $300 or more, but there are a few far-flung spots they won’t go to; check the website for details. www.oneveganshop.com.
A new online store catering specifically to people with allergies, Nutri Alley carefully sources each of its products – from snacks, condiments and drinks to day-to-day groceries – and provides a handy key so shoppers know at a glance when an item is suitable for them. The goods are categorized into nut-, dairy-, egg- and caffeine-free, and it’s also noted if they’re kosher or vegan. Nutrialley.com.
CROSSFIT Coastal Fitness
Founded by former Hong Kong rugby star Ed Haynes, Coastal Fitness takes a community-driven approach to health and fitness. The gym’s Energy System Training program aims to equip you with long-term fitness development through mobility drills, running, squatting, kettlebells, Olympic weightlifting and a battery of tests to ensure continued progress. 3/F, Block C, Sea View Estate, 8 Watson Rd., North Point, 2512-2262, www.coastalfitnesshk.com.
One of the largest CrossFit gyms in Hong Kong, this two-storey complex is all about community and high-octane workouts. In addition to CrossFit classes, the skilled coaches offer a diverse range of specialty disciplines, such as power lifting, mobility, gymnastics and more. 1/F, Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central, 2205-0338, Crossfit852.com.
An authentic garage-like box, CrossFit Typhoon is tucked away up in Sai Ying Pun. The narrow but energetic gym leads a butt-kicking WOD that’s full of squats, pull-ups, jumping, pushing, throwing and sprinting. 38-40 Third St., Sai Ying Pun, 2858-8864, www.crossfittyphoon.com.
A group of CrossFit friends turned business partners are behind this box in Quarry Bay. Fitness Academy champions everyday athletes who want to perform better in various sports, improve their metabolic conditioning, or just get in shape. Shop D, 901-907 King’s Rd., Quarry Bay, 3708-8190, fitnessacademyhk.com.
LRCF Fitness Box
Situated between Mong Kok and Olympic, LRCF is currently Kowloon side’s only box. Its primary focus is on offering one-on-one conditioning programs that address your needs and help to improve your CrossFit technique. 25 Tong Mi Rd., Mong Kok, 2658-6218, www.lrcffitnessbox.club.
Reebok CrossFit Asphodel
Back in 2010, Reebok Crossfit Asphodel was the very first CrossFit box to open up in Hong Kong. What started as a relatively bare-bones club has evolved into a powerful community of experienced strength training and functional movement specialists. GF, Fook Hing Factory Building, 33 Lee Chung St., Chai Wan, 3568-7719, www.crossfitasphodel.com.
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My family’s from Montreal and Belgium. I was born and raised in Hong Kong and call it home. Before Permaclub, I had recently moved back to Hong Kong after completing a BA in London. I spent much of my time building the operations at the the family fashion brand [resort wear label Marie France Van Damme] and Permaclub was in the works simultaneously. It took two years of conceptualisation and research before soil was broken on Permaclub. The family business supported Permaclub’s mission and agreed to purchase land banks for conservation and agriculture uses. Permaclub is a pilot project that teaches us how to live in harmony with nature. If we can manage our water, food, waste and energy systems independently, the model can be implemented where it’s needed, with very little capital required. Our purpose is to regenerate landscapes and to expose a hidden source of value to society. We encourage guests to join us in harvesting, cooking, composting scraps and planting new seeds. Our garden beds are like a supermarket alley, except that it doesn't require complicated and degenerative supply chain systems to meet our needs. We also put a lot of emphasis on soil and what makes it healthy. We get all our participants to play with it using their bare hands, so they can
identify rich nutritious soil from degraded soil. Hong Kong’s climate is ideal for growing a very wide range of foodstuffs - European greens and veggies in winter and Southeast Asian ingredients in the summer. However, only around 1.5 percent of our fresh food originates from Hong Kong. It has been a very long and difficult journey in getting Hong Kong to understand more about sustainability. People seem to value their own privileges and comfort before environmental wellbeing. There are no real incentives towards sustainability. Individuals and enterprises are not empowered nor encouraged to recycle, garden, compost and reduce consumption. We are addicted to plastic and convenience. I don’t see the trend changing anytime soon. Having said this, there is a progressive movement in Hong Kong that values and promotes the feasibility of a sustainable lifestyle. The best part of what I do is getting to spend my day on my feet, and enjoying a good balance between a disciplined office lifestyle indoors, as well as the outdoors.
Permaclub is located at 38 Wing Lung Road, Hang Hau. www.permaclub.com.
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SACHA VAN DAMME
Sacha Van Damme is the founder of Permaclub, an organic permaculture farm in Clearwater Bay that opened in 2013. With an aim of promoting sustainable living and encouraging a connection with nature, Permaclub hosts workshops and teambuilding exercises in yoga, meditation, music, art and cooking. He shares his journey with Liv Magazine. 50
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