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MARCH 2018 | l i v - m a g a z i n e . c o m LIV MAGAZINE

Up to the Flask

Bulk Up

Inside HK’s hottest zero-waste store

Try the “Liv Well” Sandwich It’s a masterpiece in bread

Our picks for your new forever bottle

The Odyssey

A 300-mile race through Hawaii

Have you got what it takes to make yoga your career? WIN an office lunch for 10, luxe yoga apparel and mini golf on page 18!

MARCH 05 Editor’s Letter



06 Wishlist

20 See Ya Later, Yoga Haters

08 It’s a Date

28 Got the Bottle?

Lovely things we want right now

Events for your diary

10 Hot Right Now

New happenings on the wellness scene

12 Fresh Cuts

Dining news that’s good for you

15 Cheat Day

Because #YOLO

16 Reviews

Meal replacements with Isagenix and a springtime treatment at Plateau

What does it REALLY take to make it as a yoga instructor?

We rate our fave reusable water carriers


32 Charity Spotlight

Integrated Brilliant Education Trust

LIV | MORE 34 Recipe


Our very own "Liv Well" Sandwich

36 Pamper

Our beauty picks for this month

38 Travel

Hong Kong ultra-runner Wong Ho-fai on his 300-mile journey around Hawaii’s Big Island

44 Macau 42

Dispatches from our sister SAR

50 Can’t Liv Without


Yogi, model and health coach, Natalie Söderström




I have to admit, that it has never occured to me to quit my job and become a yoga instructor. Chocolate factory owner, professional spa-goer, yes, but I sadly lack the requisite flexibility and the ability to tell my left from my right to succeed as a professional yogi. However, interest in pursuing a yoga teaching qualification is on the rise among many frustrated professionals, and many are wondering what it takes to succeed as a yoga instructor in Hong Kong. That’s why we’ve spoken to yogis at various stages of their careers to share their insights. Read all about it on p.20. We’re all for going plastic-free, but it can be really frustrating to buy what you think is going to be your new reusable bottle, only to realise that it doesn’t suit your needs after a couple of weeks. That’s why we’ve asked various wellness experts to weigh in on their favourite water bottles (p.28). We are so excited to announce that we will be collaborating with Kerry Hotel to run a series of events! Base Camp Sessions will comprise a fun workout, exclusive access to Base Camp, Kerry’s five-star fitness facility, a supper voucher and a seriously excellent goodie bag. It’s just $150 for Liv readers so make sure to book early to avoid disappointment. Find out more about it on p.8. See you there!


For this month’s cover story, Zoe Belhomme takes a glimpse behind the four-waystretch fabric of the city’s yoga scene p.20.

On the hunt for a new water bottle? Kate Farr gets the lowdown, p.28.

For the adventure of a lifetime, Kate Springer shows us how to go spotting tigers in the wild, p.42.

Rachel Read dishes on the latest beauty news, including a luxurious Louboutin mani at the Mandarin Salon p.36.


Model: Natalie Söderström


Shot by: Paul S


Makeup: Jaime Smith

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Retail Therapy


Here's what we're crushing on this month


Embrace minimalist-chic with these cuffs from new local jewellery brand Debbie Debster. US$129 from


Get a natural energy boost with these adaptogenic mushroom blends, comprising chaga, cordyceps and lion’s mane. Each box contains 20 sachets. $383 from


Bring your lunch from home every day with this super stylish modular bamboo lunch box box from Prepd. US$69 with free shipping from



These Kate Spade X Keds crossover sneaks come with a subtle polka dot pattern. $650 from CPU stores citywide.


Store bulk-bought cereal, beans, rice or pasta in these bamboo, steel and glass containers. $249.90 from IKEA.

Retail Therapy

WATERCOLOUR WONDER We love the dreamy indigo print and lattice strap detail on this pretty sports bra. $450 from


Swedish retailer, Monki, is committed to sustainable fashion in its new collection, and aims to use only organic cotton in its clothes by 2020. we love this slouchy two-tone hoodie. $200 from Monki.


We’re obsessed with these ridiculously flattering high-rise leggings. The pastel colour block is a perfect neutral tone for spring. $740 from Pure Apparel.


Feel like you’ve just stepped into the countryside with Jo Malone’s limited-edition colognes, inspired by English fields.Think poppy and barley; primrose and rye; and oat and cornflower for a complex yet subtle fragrance. $630 from Jo Malone.




LOLLAPAKOOZA Cirque du Soleil lands in Hong Kong for a seven-week run of Kooza, its legendary stage show that has been seen by 7 million people since it began its run in 2007. Featuring 50 performers from 19 countries, expect an artful, whimsical journey that explores the good and evil within us all through dazzling acrobatics, clowning, spectacular costumes and good old-fashioned circus fun. Central Harbourfront Space. Tickets $488-$1,888 from


SWEAT WITH US! We’re so excited to announce that we've partnered with the Kerry Hotel this month to host the first ever Base Camp Sessions, a series of exciting fitness events. Liv readers will have on-the-day exclusive access to Base Camp, Kerry's five-star fitness and spa facility, featuring a state-of-the-art gym and outdoor pool. Nibble on gourmet healthy snacks and juices, before enjoying an hour-long workout with some of the hottest instructors in town. Each guest will be given a $100 voucher to spend on supper at My Green Bowl, the healthy dining outlet at Dockyard, the hotel's funky food court. Plus, every guest will go home with a goodie bag stuffed with treats from our partners. Space is limited so book now! March 13: Introduction to Movement with SharedSpace April 10: Hula-Hoop Masterclass with turning Circles 38 Hung Luen Rd., Hung Hom Bay. $150 per session from 8



MAR 17

SPEED OF SOUND Since its inception in 1994, Barcelona-based electronic music festival, Sónar, has established itself as one of the world’s top EDM events. Combining music, creativity and innovative technology, Sónar is back in Hong Kong for a second edition with a mix of established artists and hotly tipped emerging talent. Expect diverse performances from live acts and DJs, and of course dancefloor-driven sets to experimental electronica. Tickets $880 (group passes available) from Hong Kong Science Park, Sha Tin,

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Love to laugh? Canadian stand up comic, Russell Peters, will once again be stopping in Hong Kong on his world tour. Expect hilarious observations from this man of many cultures. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai. Tickets $480-$1,280.

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Help to fight blindness across the world with the HNA-Orbis Run for Vision. Back for its second edition, the first iteration of the event raised $800,000 for charity. With 10, 5 and 3k runs, this unique nighttime event begins with a “lighting up” ceremony, followed by an easy run around the Science Park. Race entry is $300, with all proceeds going to Orbis. 7pm, Hong Kong Science Park. 6412-4983,

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ART CENTRAL Art Central’s big white marquee will once again dominate the Central Harbourfront area showcasing over 100 leading international galleries, many of which hail from the Asia Pacific region. The fair’s extensive line-up includes more than 30 galleries making their Art Central debut, illustrating the diversity and prodigious talent of artists within today's contemporary art market. Central Harbourfront.

MAR 23-26

THE ASIA CONTEMPORARY ART SHOW The 12th edition of The Asia Contemporary Art Show takes places in rooms and suites at the Conrad Hotel, and features leading contemporary artists from around the globe. On show will be more than 2,500 unique works of art spread across four floors, The works will include original paintings, limited editions, sculptures and photography from both emerging artists and established creators. Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty. Tickets $250; admits two guests. 9

Cool Stuff

HOT RIGHT NOW News from the wellness scene


Fed up of sweet and sickly juices and mocktails when you’re having a night off the booze? We’ve found a credible non-alcoholic cocktail option to get excited about! Blended and bottled in England, Seedlip is the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit and it works perfectly as a base for a martini or mixed with tonic. With its own distinctive flavours, the brand currently offers two blends in Hong Kong; the Seedlip Garden 108, which captures the essence of the English countryside with garden pea, hay, spearmint, rosemary and thyme; and the Seedlip Spice 94, a strong aromatic option with allspice berries, cardamom and citrus. We particularly love that these spirits are all sugar- and artificial flavour-free with zero calories to boot. Available at top restaurants and bars across Hong Kong. 10

Cool Stuff

Bulk Up

Finally, Hong Kong has its very own bulk buy grocery store, where you can BYO containers and load up on top-quality pantry essentials, from beans and pulses to oats, dried fruit, nuts and more. Just last month, zero-waste champion Tamsin Thornburrow opened Live Zero in Sai Ying Pun, where you’ll find all kinds of dry goods, oils, toiletries and more, all attractively displayed in clear dispensers. Be sure to visit again as it will be expanding its range over the coming months to include even more daily essentials. 24 High St., Sai Ying Pun,

Time to Study

Sophie, So Good

There’s a new haven in the heart of Wyndham that promises to bring a little calm to the chaos. The Study is a cafe-slash-creative space with a focus on sparking creativity and mindfulness through creating. Think small group crafting workshops, colouring and book clubs, as well as a book-swapping system where you can bring your books from home and exchange them for any that take your fancy. The small menu features vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes such as yogurt and homemade granola, banana cinnamon toast, kale quinoa salad and chia pudding. The Study is committed to the environment and as such will not offer any takeaway containers or straws. The space can also be hired for events.

Activewear-as-fashion is a trend that’s not going away any time soon, and newly-launched platform feloSOPHIE knows it. We love their carefully curated selection of fashion-forward athleisure that hits all the right notes: bright, hand-drawn prints by Inner Fire, exceptionally comfy leggings by California brand Rese, and gym bags by Sol & Selene that combine serious style chops with practicality. In addition to fashion, feloSOPHIE will also be hosting regular community events and meetups, from walks to workouts at some of the city’s hottest studios.

5/F, LKF 29, 29 Wyndham St., Central, 11


FRESH CUTS Dining news that’s good for you

ZUMA WORKOUT While Zuma, the popular Landmark-based Japanese restaurant, is best known for its indulgent Champagne brunch, we were keen to try out its new range of healthy dishes and cleansing mocktails. Herbivores looking for a sushi hit will love the nine-piece vegetarian sushi selection, which brings out the flavours of seasonal vegetables through the creative use of Japanese seasonings, includig shichimi, Sancho pepper, dry miso and smoked sea salt. If you’re anything like us and you like to end your meal on a sweet note, you’ll want to try the Japanese toychime strawberry sundae. Don’t forget to wash down lunch with one of Zuma’s three new cleansers. Choose from The Yuki Pi-Chi with cucumber, Japanese white peach and yuzu; the Momocha with matcha tea, yakult, peach, and lemon; or the Nashi Soda made with shiso, pear, yuzu juice and lemon juice. L/5-5 The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, 3657-6388,

A WHOLE LATTE GOODNESS Located on Star Street, Athletic Juice & Espresso Bar is a new coffee pit-stop with a difference. Banker turned barista and owner, Vincent Wong, knows a thing or two about the benefits of a great cup of coffee, and he has also incorporated a ton of unusual, superfood-packed brews into his menu. If you’re tired of tumeric and have had one too many matcha lattes, you’ll have to try Athletic’s signature drink, The Avolatte. Made with avocado, a shot of espresso and topped with steamed milk, this is a creamy and fun alternative to a traditional milky coffee, served inside - yes, really! - an avocado skin. The cafe also caters to those who prefer to stay clear of dairy, offering a wide selection of plant-based milks such as almond, oat, soy, hazelnut, cashew and coconut. And if you’re in need of an extra pick-me-up, you can give your drink a boost with the addition of hemps, chia seeds or whey protein. 2E Star St., Wan Chai, 2385-1013, 12


GOING UP Aromatherapy Is... cool again!? Not your hippie aunt’s patchouli from the 90s, these new blends are for the sophisticated set.

MOTHER CLUCKER No cages. No hormones. No fuss. That’s the tagline of Little Birdy, the latest chicken shop to land in Sheung Wan. But don’t be fooled by the name, this new trendy eatery on New Street in Sheung Wan doesn’t just serve up fresh and juicy free-range rotisserie chicken - it also has a range of homemade salads and sides as well as a surprising number of veggie and vegan options. From tasty and fresh sandwiches to hearty superfood salads that will keep you going for the rest of the day, Little Birdy’s menu is a great balanced lunchtime treat. The restaurant also has a self-proclaimed “Naughty Corner” for those times when a light lunch just won’t do. They might not be good for the waistline but the chicken and waffles with sriracha butter and maple syrup, and the Thriller Burger with kimchi and gochujang sauce sound well worth the extra gym time. 15-17 New St., Sheung Wan, 2320-2218,

Loose-fitting yoga pants

We’re looking for that sweet spot where joggers and yoga pants collide, for days when you don’t want everyone getting an eyeful of your asana.

Winter woolies With junk season around the corner, our feet, calves, armpits and abs will all imminently be on display. Arrghh!

Our Olympic dreams Now that all the excitement of the Winter Olympics is over, we can stop searching the internet for figureskating YouTube tutorials.


- All natural and organic - Handcrafted in small batches - Globally sourced ingredients - No harmful chemicals or preservatives

GLOHS is a Hong Kong based, high quality, natural and organic skincare line, handcrafted in small batches to ensure freshness. Founded in 2016, we aim to formulate effective skincare for our clients, with every active ingredient meticulously researched, extraction methods scrutinised to


ensure topical potency. We also strive to play our part to educate the Hong Kong public about the harm of chemicals and preservatives around us, as well as the many benefits of natural herbs, minerals and essential oils.



Because life’s too short to always order the salad

ALL RISE Chef Gregoire Michaud, former pastry chef at the Four Seasons Hong Kong, has recently opened his long-anticipated pastry cafe, Bakehouse, on Wan Chai’s Tai Wong Street East. This cosy, all-day café serves freshly baked bread, pastries and other goodies, including croissants, cookies, milk buns and much more. There is also a set lunch menu that comes with soup, sandwich and a drink for $98. Tea time is the perfect occasion to sample Michaud’s famous pastries - we particularly love the light scones and assortment of homemade jams and spreads. He has also teamed up with local artisans such as Moonzen brewery, chocolatier Andy Tsang from Monde Chocolate, who has been making the finest locally made bean-to-bar chocolate in town for over 10 years, making this a real made-in-Hong-Kong experience that’s well worth a visit. 14 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai,



TEST-DRIVE Liv checks out the newest workouts and wellness trends



Isagenix meal replacements The Buzz: Isagenix is an American-based nutrition and supplement company that helps people achieve their health and fitness goals with nutritious, calorie-controlled meal replacements. Whether you want to lose weight, reduce body fat or improve muscle tone, their range of products can be incorporated into a healthy, balanced diet alongside regular exercise. The System: We typically don’t run “diet reviews” in Liv

but this one got us intrigued after seeing so many amazing transformations on social media, so we met Angela, Isagenix’s rep in Hong Kong, for a consultation. The idea is that you replace two meals a day with an Isagenix shake and a small snack, having your main meal either at lunch or dinner. You’re meant to do a cleanse day every five days or so, in which you don’t eat for 24 hours. In addition to the diet, Angela can also help you come up with a manageable exercise routine to achieve the best results. The Verdict: It’s intense! We don’t think we could continue

doing it long term, although the program has set us up with some new habits, such as having a shake in the morning and the small snacks during the day. We lost around 2.5 kilos after 30 days and our stomach felt unusually flat - and we didn’t even manage more than a couple of cleanse days! We loved Angela’s infectious enthusiasm; she took the time to fully explain the process and checked in with us every few days to give us advice and tips. The Cost: $2,400 for a 30-day trial.

Relax & Replenish treatment at Plateau The Buzz: Spring is in the air, and it’s time to slough off the dull dryness of winter with a relaxing and nourishing spa sesh. The Spa: Plateau Spa at The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

is one of our favourites, and it always has thoughtful seasonal offers to prep us for the months ahead. This 90-minute treatment started with a back and leg massage to ease tension and moisturise our body. When we flipped onto our back, we had a mini facial with a nourishing collagen mask, and while it did its job, the therapist worked on the rest of our body. The Verdict: We would pick a massage over a facial

any day, but here we got the best of both worlds with a treatment that left our face looking bright and dewy, and our body feeling super relaxed. If you’re not keen on steaming, scrubbing, extraction and chemical exfoliation, this non-facial facial will leave you feeling clean and bright, with no irritation or redness. The cost: $1,826 for 90 minutes. 11/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, 2584-7688. 16


Heal yourself with crystals at All About You All About You Wellness Centre offers a wide range of healing crystals and incense for space clearing. Crystals and incense are a great tool to transform energies in your home and work space, and can be used to enhance areas of your life. Pyramid and generator crystals are especially useful as they have a sacred geometric shape that helps to spread the properties of that particular crystal in all directions, and (depending on the crystal) can be used for attracting wealth, enhancing self-expression, warding off negative energies, improving health and strengthening relationships. Products are available both online and in-store, where therapists can attune them to you. |


Alkaline water - the water of youth Alkaline water has a higher pH level than regular drinking water. With a pH level of 8 to 9 it neutralizes the acidity of the body. Prolom Water (pH 8.8+) stimulates the dissolution of free radicals and other harmful metabolic byproducts. That’s why this water is considered to be “the water of youth”. Bottled directly at the source in the area, protected by UNESCO, Prolom Water is delivered to Hong Kong with care. It is the best choice for athletes, active people, sports and organic food lovers. Good for unlimited daily consumption. Available at or


Let Youni help you achieve your wellness goals YOUNI is a play on the words “YOU” and “I”. It was created on the basis that everyone has their own health and fitness goals whether it is to lose weight, build muscles, fight diseases or prevent illnesses. By providing a mix of healthy Asian and Western inspired dishes, holistic nutritional advice, hand in hand we aim to partner with our customers on their journey to reach whatever goals they may have. Your success is our success. This is the essence of Youni. Price: $58 to $78. Open Daily, Open To All: 9:00am to 9:00pm. Location: Central, Causeway Bay, Wanchai, Kennedy Town, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Whampoa, Kowloon Bay


GIVEAWAYS visit for a chance to win!

WIN: A 10-person catering package from Knead Popular DIY sandwich and salad restaurant, Knead, takes pride in serving its fresh, delicious, made-toorder sandwiches and salads to the city’s wellness tribe. We have one “I Knead Lunch” food package to give away. The prize comprises 10 standard sandwiches with a choice of meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan ingredients, one green or pasta salad tray, and one brownie tray. The package is worth $900.

WIN: A set of workout gear from Pure Apparel We can’t get enough of the new collection by Pure Apparel, which was inspired by Asia’s yoga community. The design team gathered feedback from customers and yogis alike to come up with a thoughtful set of designs that are both practical and extremely chic. We’ve got our fave look from the collection - a Vortex bra top and matching leggings - to give away, worth $440 and $740 respectively.

WIN: A round of mini golf and beer at Strokes Hong Kong’s hottest mini golf bar and events space, Strokes, is giving away a round of mini golf for two at its mid-century Florida-chic space in Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay. What’s more, Strokes will throw in two pints of beer for your post-game refreshment. The package is worth $500.


Enter at before March 28 to win!

Cover Story

So, you wanna be a

yogi? Do you have what it takes to ditch your nine-to-five and become a full-time yoga teacher? Zoe Belhomme speaks to local yogis who have made the leap, to find out what to expect - and what to watch out for.


ou’ve been on the go since 8am, you’ve drained your third cup of coffee. Your eyes, neck and back ache from hours at your laptop, and now you’ve got an angry client sending all-caps Whatsapps. Sound familiar? Many of us have, at some point, thought about getting off the corporate hamster wheel and seeking a new career in yoga instead. But what does it really take to become a yogi? And is it as om-mazing as it looks?

20 Christine Ritter. Photo: Justin Lim

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Part-time, intensive or ashram? So you've decided you want to be a teacher. Congratulations! Now you have to get qualified. But with so many options out there, how do you choose the course that’s right for you? First up, you’ll need to research costs: programmes can range from $15,000 to $50,000, so be sure to understand what you’re getting for your money. Then decide whether you’d prefer to get qualified over a number of months, or whether an intensive course - either in Hong Kong or overseas - will suit you better. For avid yogi Sam Growdon, the best approach was to complete a course part-time in Hong Kong. “I had been practicing yoga for a few years and wanted to deepen my knowledge and learn more about how yoga changes the physical body. Because I had a full-time job and a young child at the time I had to complete my training over nine months. It was very intense but I loved doing it this way as it gave me time to ’test’ my learnings and progress my practice even further,” she says. Freelance yoga teacher Christine Ritter was between jobs when a spot on a Universal Yoga teacher training course at Pure Yoga became available. ”Each day we had two-and-

Photo: Justin Lim

Victor Chau

a-half hours (or more) of asana and pranayama (physical postures and breathing) and then four to five hours of lectures in the afternoon. My body was physically exhausted every day, but I realised how far one can come through regular practice - which is something I really try to pass on to my students every day.” If you really want to immerse yourself in the yogi life, perhaps the most talked-about way to train is at an ashram, a monastic hermitage typically in India, where one goes to deepen their spiritual or yogic practice. Having spent some time in an ashram previously, Gianni Melwani, the co-founder of IRIS: Your Escape wellness festival, is set to embark on a month-long trip to the Sivananda Ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas to complete his training. He says, “Sivananda is known for its in-depth yoga philosophy with a full-on structured programme. However, to me the experience is simply a stepping stone for personal development with the intention to share the knowledge with others.” 21

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You're qualified, now what? If you’ve got your 200-hour hatha or vinyasa teacher training under your belt, you might be considering how to make the most of your new found knowledge. Do you join a studio, set up on your own, or just carry on enjoying the benefits of the practice? Veteran yogi Victor Chau advises rookies not to quit their day job just yet. “Begin your journey by teaching yoga as a hobby. Don’t rush into any decisions that you may later regret. Remember, if you’re hungry and can’t pay rent, you will never be a happy yoga teacher.” Ritter, who runs her own events business, agrees. “I don’t think you realise how many yoga teachers are out there until you become one. I had to come up with my style and what I was confident with, so I practiced on a couple of friends three times a week, from 6 to 7am. My friends were amazing and referred me to other groups, which sort of made


Victor Chau teaching at Central Pier

everything grow from there.” Ritter advises would-be yogis to temper their expectations of filling classes right off the bat. “It’s not very easy finding students here - we live in a small city where bigger studios offer great classes at very convenient times and locations. But, on the plus side, students in Hong Kong are very loyal too.” If you are determined to turn your practice into a fulltime career, it takes more than a love of yoga. Chau is one of the few who has successfully positioned himself as one of Hong Kong’s leading practitioners not affiliated with a major studio, thanks in part to a background in journalism and marketing, plus no small amount of grit and hustle. After completing his first yoga teacher training course in 2010, Chau returned to the city after a stint working in luxury fashion PR in Beijing. He approached Lululemon, also relatively new to Hong Kong at the time, and started teaching community classes to get his name out there. “My clients started to spread the word for me and from there my own community and following grew. My background in journalism and marketing definitely helped in the beginning and now I invest a lot of time and effort in social media.” `

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Flex Your Business Muscles Want to fast-track your way to a flourishing yoga business? Here are some ideas to try: PARTNER WITH BRANDS Get in touch with local businesses both big and small - and offer your services as an instructor. Teaming up and cross-promoting is a great way to build up both brands and fill mats.

COMMUNITY CLASSES Donation-based classes, or ones with a charitable angle, are a great way to build buzz. Pick an outdoor public space as a location and your outlay will go down significantly.

FIND A NICHE Additional qualifications in disciplines such as prenatal, kids, or aerial yoga may increase your per hourly rate and put you in higher demand. Explore possibilities that haven’t yet been well covered by other practitioners.

EYES ON THE (BIGGER) PRIZE Keep in mind where you want to be in a year or two years’ time. Decide how much you need to earn to be comfortable, and how many hours of teaching that entails.

DON’T FORGET THE BORING STUFF Registering yourself as a business, managing payments, booking venues and class timetabling can be a real time suck and they need to be considered when pricing classes. For fledgling businesses, apps such as Xero or Quickbooks can be invaluable for keeping your accounts in order, while online publishing software such as Wix can get you a professionallooking website in a few easy clicks.


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Your Own Studio!?!? For many yogis, the ultimate goal is to open their own studio. But as the city’s rapid turnover of gyms can attest, it’s no easy feat. Becky Lam recently opened The Practice, a petite studio on Wyndham Street, and unsurprisingly, real estate was her main challenge. “We wanted a space conveniently located with bright natural light and big windows. We found the studio space we wanted but at the time it was completely outside our budget. Fortunately I had another friend who was looking to open a coffee bar as a creative space in Central, so we fiddled with the setup, did some creative renovations and established our two businesses together under one roof. It all sounds easy now but our negotiations with the landlord and their lawyers took many difficult months.” Lam, however, is optimistic, despite stiff competition and a high rate of gym closures in the area. She credits the increasing demand for a tailored yoga experience for giving independently owned studios a fighting chance to succeed. “As the yoga landscape has matured, practitioners are craving a more personal, enduring touch. I genuinely think it makes all the difference to be able to connect over a long period of time. It’s about depth and consistency. We are in this for the long game.”


Becky Lam


Base Camp Sessions A fitness event series with Kerry Hotel S E SS I O N 1 Tuesday March 13 Introduction to Movement with SharedSpace

SESSION 2 Tuesday April 10 Hula-hoop masterclass with Turning Circles Doors open 4pm Canapes 7pm Workout begins 8pm Tickets $150 from T I C K E T I N C L U D E S: • Half-day access to Base Camp, Kerry Hotel’s five-star fitness facility • One-hour exercise class • $100 meal voucher for My Green Bowl at Dockyard, Kerry’s international food court • Gourmet snacks and healthy juices from 7pm • A goodie bag stuffed with gifts from our partners


READY AND ABLE The Spartan Sprint is once again taking place this April. Wondering whether you’re fit for the challenge? Let Spartans Paul Carter and Christine So, give you some inspiration.

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Vision-impaired Paul Carter completed his first Spartan Sprint in 2016. Q What made you decide to run a Spartan Race, in spite of your condition? Experiencing sight loss is pretty frightening. Crowds, busy roads and even things you know well can fill you with anxiety. Call me vain, but even the worry of not being able to see if my face is properly shaven in the morning really got to me. One of the first things I did after a period of hospitalisation was to take a flight, which was emotionally exhausting. Once I had done that, I wanted to push myself more. Undertaking a challenge made the small stuff somehow easier. Q How did you prepare and train for the race? In the past five years, I have tried to take on challenges that involve both exercise and travel. I had already run two half-marathons in Hong Kong and once on the Great Wall of China prior to my sight loss. Three weeks after my last hospital treatment, I ran a half marathon in Angkor Wat, Cambodia. This prepared me pretty well for the Spartan event, spear throwing aside.

Q What was the most challenging part to overcome during the race? The obstacles came as expected, but the hard part for me was running on an uneven surface. I can’t anticipate lumps, bumps and holes, which puts additional pressure on your knees and ankles. I did totally lose my footing and one point which left me hanging on to the path. Q What advice would you give to people thinking about joining Spartan Race for the first time? Just get on with it. What better way to blow out the cobwebs than to get a bit primal? I promise you won’t be worrying about pressure from your boss when you are crawling through mud and… let’s leave it at mud! Q What is your next goal after Spartan Race? I would like to run the 40th London Marathon in 2020, as it falls on the same weekend as my 40th birthday.

With only one leg, Christine So has to overcome more hurdles than most ahead of her inaugural Spartan Race next month. Q What made you decide to run the Spartan Race, in spite of your physical condition? I love trying something new and challenging myself. I am a fitness enthusiast and have seen a number of my friends complete the Spartan Race. It looked like so much fun, and when I looked into it the event organisers were so encouraging and supportive that I decided to run. Q How are you going to prepare for the race? I will continue to go to the gym at least three times a week and I will do 30 burpees daily. I am in search of a training program to improve my upper body strength. I will race as an individual but will have someone run with me since it is my very first time.

Q What are you looking forward to the most? I love building mental strength like grit, resilience and stamina. I believe joining the race can help develop these areas - not just our muscles. Of course, I want to get fitter too. Q What advice would you give to people thinking about joining Spartan Race for the first time? Don’t let fear to paralyse you from taking the first step! There’s no need to overthink or make excuses, for example what people might think of you if you fail. It is okay to be vulnerable. If we cannot overcome certain obstacles, that’s fine! You may be surprised to find that people are actually quite helpful and will help you overcome obstacles. So don’t think too much, just immerse yourself and enjoy the race.

New Location, New Race The surprises keep coming with Spartan Race, ensuring that even seasoned racers will have a brandnew experience to look forward to. This edition will be held at Ha Bak Nai in Lau Fau Shan, Yuen Long, a

hidden corner of Hong Kong. Plus there’s a brand-new Sprint and Kids race for an even better Spartan Race. learn more at


Getting SWIGGY With It Looking to ditch plastic bottles once and for all? With some expert help, Kate Farr picks the best reusable bottles you’ll be excited to bring on the road.



The Dopper bottle BEST FOR: Portability TESTER: Sarah Fung, publisher, Liv Magazine Why did you choose this water bottle? I was gifted it a few years ago. I was skeptical at first, but found myself using it a lot. What do you like about it? Besides the main lid, The top half of the bottle also unscrews and can be used as a cup (or wine glass), which also also makes it super easy to clean. The slim design means that it’s perfect to pop in your handbag. My old Dopper is plastic but it now comes in stainless steel. A percentage of profits go to clean water projects in Nepal. Anything you don’t like? With a capacity of just under 450ml, it isn’t practical for hikes (though a larger, 750ml bottle is now available). This is strictly an “urban sipping” bottle. COSTS: US19 Buy online at



S'well BEST FOR: Looking cool in your gym bag TESTER: Sonalie Figueiras, founder of Green Queen ( Why did you choose this water bottle? I chose it because you can use it for both cold and hot drinks and I was very attracted to the design. I bought mine in Canada whilst on holiday there - it was the first time I’d seen them. What do you like about it? It’s plastic-free, it’s pretty and I love how many different prints and colors they offer. Anything you don’t like? I don’t love that you can’t really use a (metal!) straw with it. The rim is quite large, meaning that it’s not always easy to sip from. Would you recommend your bottle to others? Definitely! I bought one for my Green Queen co-founder Tracy, and my family COSTS: $250-350, depending on size and design Buy online at

Katadyn "BeFree" collapsible bottle BEST FOR: Portable purification TESTER: Janice Leung Hayes, food writer and founder of Honestly Green ( HonestlyGreenHK) and Tong Chong Street Market ( Why did you choose this water bottle? It’s essentially a really tough but foldable bag with a filter screwed on. The filter is 0.1 microns, which is pretty good for something so portable. It means it can filter out most bacteria. In Hong Kong, it makes me feel a bit safer when I’m getting water from a public fountain. I bought this one from REI, an outdoor shop in the US. What do you like about it? Because it’s so soft and light, it’s great for my back, whether I’m hiking or out and about day-to-day. Anything you don’t like? It doesn’t stand up. Sometimes if it swooshes around too much it leaks a tiny bit at the top, so I have to try and keep it upright. COSTS: From US$20 Buy online at



BKR bottlE BEST FOR: Standing out from the crowd TESTER: Jasmin Blunck, Liv’s Admin Manager Why did you choose this water bottle? It is eco-friendly and looks cool too. What do you like about it? It’s really funky! It’s made of glass and comes in a selection of silicone covers. Anything you don't like? You can’t carry hot water in it. The glass makes it a bit heavier than other bottles and some people don't like the narrow opening, but neither of those things bother me. COSTS: From US$28-185 (HK$ HK$219-1450) Buy online at

Pura stainless steel bottle BEST FOR: Kids TESTERS: Alex (aged six), Zach (aged nearly three) and Kate (mum who’s tired of bottles leaking in her handbag) Why did you choose this water bottle? A Mummy gave it to us. Z It’s green! K I was looking for kid-friendly, durable, leak-proof water bottles that are easy to clean, and this ticked all the boxes. What do you like about it? A Nobody else at school has this one and it doesn’t make my bag wet any more. The loopy thing [carry loop] is cool and I can clip my Pokémon keyring to it. Z I can make it go open and shut on my own. K I noticed that some stainless steel bottles taint the water a bit, but these don’t. We had Zach’s as a (silicone) straw bottle configuration when he was younger, but as all the parts are interchangable it was easy to switch to a sports top. Anything you don’t like? K It’s lightweight, which is good, but because of this, it’s prone to denting quite easily when dropped (which is frequently!). COSTS: $140-250 Buy online at




Integrated Brilliant Education Trust


hough it has an overwhelmingly Chinesespeaking population, Hong Kong is home to a sizeable number of ethnic minority children from low-income families, many of whom struggle in Chinese-medium government schools. The Integrated Brilliant Education Trust (IBET), co-founded by husband and wife Geetanjali and Manoj Dhar, aims to provide quality educational support to these students, helping them to excel at school and secure a brighter future. We speak to Manoj about the charity’s mission. Tell us about IBET’s mission. Integrated Brilliant Education Trust, or IBET is a charity that provides highly subsidized and critically needed educational support, with special emphasis on Chinese language learning, to Hong Kong's underprivileged ethnic minority students. The end goal is to equip and encourage the students to pursue studies in local schools and tertiary institutions in Hong Kong.


How did you come to start IBET? I am in the financial services industry and Geetanjali is an educator. In our many years living in Hong Kong, we came to notice that many of the city’s ethnic minorities were employed in low-paying jobs. We wanted to understand why and to provide a solution to this situation, which in turn became the template for IBET. What are some of the major challenges faced by ethnic minority students? The biggest challenge faced by these students is their relatively poor Chinese language skills. Since the main medium of instruction is Chinese, this impedes their educational progress from a very early age. With time, students lose confidence. They get marginalized simply due to their inability to negotiate the challenges of learning in Cantonese. How about the parents? The parents are typically working in elementary occupations such as labourers on construction sites,

catering, security guards or other manual jobs. Their monthly income is lower compared to the working population of Hong Kong as whole. What are some of the most memorable or challenging cases you've seen? Every student at our centre in Jordan comes with a unique set of challenging circumstances. However the overriding issue remains the challenge of understanding what their teachers are saying all day long. This severely restricts their ability to keep abreast of studies from a very early age. In due course, their grades get from bad to worse and they naturally lose faith in their abilities. Their inadequate education then restricts their prospects to low paying menial jobs, or even complete unemployability. What have been some of the most rewarding moments? For us, every day brings innumerable rewarding moments. It is priceless to see the young children streaming in enthusiastically into our centre, even after a full day at school. That their parents have implicit trust in our charity's ability to provide educational support to their children is another immensely gratifying feeling. To see the smiles on the faces of the children and parents when they show progress in their school exams and win academic awards is hugely rewarding for our staff.

Where do you hope to take the charity in the next year? We eagerly look forward to replicating the success of our Jordan Center at our soon-to-be launched centre in Sham Shui Po. We are very motivated to increase our footprint and provide educational relief to as many underprivileged ethnic minority students as possible. What is one thing you wish people knew about the people you help? We want more Hongkongers to become aware of this social issue that challenges Hong Kong’s future. The public’s acknowledgment of this situation would be the first positive step towards a united effort in providing support to these students. It's about children and education, a cause that resonates in every community. These are the foundations of every society's future.

GET INVOLVED Feeling inspired? Manoj tells us how we can donate our time and expertise. We are looking for quality teachers with compassion and empathy to come onboard and help us teach these children. We need help organising and sponsoring regular sports-based activities. While we do our bit to encourage the children to lead a healthy lifestyle with an annual Sports Day, we do need more support. IBET's Social Integration Programme provides these children with the rare opportunities to embark on various educational trips around Hong Kong. If people and/or institutions can step forward to help organize and sponsor such trips, it would mean the world to these children. 33



The “Liv Well” Sandwich Serves four This superfood-packed sandwich was made especially for Liv Magazine by Knead. It’s high in protein, vegetarian, and even comes with a probiotic pickle! Here, we teach you how to make the lentil patty, the protein powerhouse that forms the base of the dish. The dish is available throughout the month of March at Knead's outlets in Sheung Wan and Quarry Bay.



• Four lentil patties

• Dill pickles

• Bread of your choice

• Beetroot spread

• Mashed avocado

FOR THE LENTIL PATTY • 1 Cup dried green lentils

• 2 eggs

• 1 cup rolled oats

• 2 garlic cloves, finely diced

• ½ onion, finely diced

• 2 tbsp soy sauce

• 1 cup breadcrumbs

• 1 tsp smoked paprika

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 1 carrot, grated

• 1 tsp cayenne pepper

• 1 teaspoon olive oil

• 1 handful chopped parsley


1. Boil lentils in water with salt for roughly 45 minutes, stirring occasionally until soft and most of the water is gone.

4. Mash the ingredients or partially blend into a coarse paste. Form into patties, adding oats if the mixture feels too moist.

2. Fry the onion, carrot and garlic until soft

5. Grill or fry for 3-4 minutes per side.

3. In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients together and season to taste.

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THEN... Spread the beetroot spread on one side of your bread, and avocado mash on the other side. Place the patty in the middle, add some dill pickles and serve.

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LOOPY FOR LOUBI If your digits deserve a bit of a treat, manicures don’t come much more luxurious than the new Christian Louboutin “nail experiences” at the Mandarin Salon. This limited-time, exclusive-to-the-MO collaboration features a trio of nail treatments that showcase Louboutin’s stunning polishes, which are all guaranteed 3-Free (no toluene, formaldehyde or DBP). Traditionalists should opt for the Classic, where you receive a manicure using any of Louboutin’s ultra-pigmented 31 lacquers, alongside the brand’s nail primer and nail gloss; for something more playful, opt for the flamboyant Loubitag, which features funky nail art. Alternately, paint the town red with the Le Rouge treatment, which showcases Louboutin’s signature red lacquer alongside a mini eye and lip makeover using the new Loubibelle Lip Beauty Oil and Les Yeux Noirs Lash Amplifying Lacquer mascara (which boasts a hint of red - not as scary as it sounds, promise!). All treatments also incorporate a hand massage with a Louboutin Perfume Oil of your choice, while the latter two treatments also come with a hand scrub and mask. Louboutin Classic costs $390 for 45 minutes, Le Rouge costs $600 for 90 minutes and Loubitag costs $720 for 90 minutes. Treatments are available until March 31. Mandarin Salon, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Rd., Central, 2825-4800. 36


IN A FLASH If your “lit-from-within” glow has gone AWOL, Hourglass’s new Vanish Flash Highlighting Sticks are just the thing to deliver a rapid dose of radiance. They come in five heavensent shades that promise to lend a gorgeous natural glow to your skin, with a formula that boasts zero parabens, sulfates, phthalates, fragrance, talc, GMOs or gluten. And on top of that, they’re lightweight, longwearing and easy to blend. Dot lightly across your face underneath your base for a subtle all-over glow, or swipe then blend on your cheekbones, the arch of your brow-bones, bridge of your nose, inner corner of your eyes and top of your cupid’s bow after your base for a more super-charged shot of shimmer. It’s also designed to work seamlessly with the brand’s Vanish Foundation, which comes in an impressive 32 shades. Vanish Flash Highlighting Sticks cost $400; Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Sticks cost $440. Available at Hourglass counters in Lane Crawford Times Square, IFC and Canton Road or online at


Live Zero photos by Rachel Read

t If you have even a passing interest in anything eco in Hong Kong, you’ll have heard about the opening of Live Zero, the fantastic new zero-waste store in Sai Ying Pun. Not only do they offer a ton of bulk-buy food and groceries, they also have a great selection of beauty goodies, which I feel totally deserve their own moment in the sun. Decant your own shampoos, soaps and cleansers from local eco brand So Soap, or load up on multipurpose cleaner, laundry detergent and washing-up liquid from Soapnut Republic. Don’t miss the Moroccan argan oil, displayed in old-school glass apothecary dispensers. There’s also a snazzy collection of products that use zero or recyclable packaging, like Lamazuna’s solid shampoo and deodorant bars; Printed Peanuts’ range of gorgeously-packaged all-purpose soap bars; home-grown brand Einnoc’s solid shampoo, multi-purpose balm and aromatherapy oil blends; and cute vegan, organic and cruelty-free skincare from Meow Meow Tweet. Bulk-buy items range from $11-$100 per 100g; individual items range from $80-260. 24 High Street, Sai Ying Pun,

Rachel Read is a freelance writer, editor and co-founder of writing agency Editors’ Ink (; she also has her own lifestyle blog, Through The Looking Glass (www. where she reviews beauty, food and whatever else she can think of. Follow her on Instagram too @rachttlg.



An Epic ADVENTURE Hot on the heels of his 300-mile, five-day endurance run around Hawaii’s Kona Island, Hong Kong-born ultra-runner Wong Ho-fai faces up to his next challenge: a 1,400-kilometre circumnavigation of Taiwan.




ast June, 33-year-old fitness trainer Wong Ho-fai completed the Epicman 300, a mindboggling adventure run that takes racers across Kailua Kona, Hawaii’s “Big Island.” Wong endured everything from sleep deprivation and fatigued muscles to extreme weather conditions to push his body further than it has ever gone. “I knew I could finish it before I set out; it was just matter of time,” says Wong. “It was tough on the first day. I wanted to see the sunrise at the top of the volcano [around the 100-mile mark] so I pushed hard and didn’t rest enough. As it turned out, it took me 30 hours to finish [the first] 100 miles.” It was towards the second part of the event that Wong began to experience doubts. Running alone in the dark and pushing himself to the limit, he realised that the challenge that lay ahead was mental as much as it was physical. “As I ran, I realised that I was the luckiest person in the world. My family loves me and they let me to do these crazy adventures. They have never stopped me from chasing my dreams. I have friends who support me. I have a secure job and I don't have to worry about money. Lastly, I realised that I was doing what I love and that I have nothing to worry about. I wiped the tears from my face, and at that moment, I was totally free.” After his realisation, the race became markedly easier for Wong. “For the rest of the time, I enjoyed every second. I was not chasing any goal. I wasn’t

searching for happiness because I realised that I am already happy. I started to be thankful for everything that has come into my life, both good and bad,” Wong adds. With the support and guidance of his mentor, legendary ultra-runner, author and Epicman race organiser Jason Lester, Wong was encouraged to steady his pace. “He [Lester] said there was no point in rushing and to take my time,” says Wong. “He told me that if I didn’t rest, my body would eventually shut down. He told me to take a longer break - say four to six hours - recover well and function better during the run.” The journey took Wong across Hawaii’s fascinating topography - past horse ranches, up volcanoes and through lava fields. With the change in geography also came dramatic fluctuations in temperature. “It was hot the whole way from Pahoa [on Kona’s east coast] to Hilo. After Hilo, we gradually climbed to Waimea and ascended Kohala [Hawaii’s oldest volcano] at midnight. The strong downwind from the mountain brought the temperature down. I had to put on a down vest and cover my head to stay warm.” With the end in sight, Wong had to endure one last challenge: Kona’s infamous lava fields. “I was so excited to run through this final stage of the race, and a strong tailwind pushed me to the finish line. It was an unforgettable, spiritual journey that has shaped me to serve higher goals,” he adds. 39


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Taiwan Wong will start preparing for his Taiwan adventure after competing in the local race season. “I’m responding to my calling to run and I want to inspire others, showing them that with the right training, strategy and mindset, anything is possible if you put your mind to it,” says Wong, who will also be raising money for charity with his 1,400 kilometre challenge. Wong has asked Lester once again to provide him with guidance and support for this upcoming challenge - and you couldn’t ask for a more inspiring mentor. Lester, a disabled athlete who was left without the use of his right arm following a car accident at age 12, has run the entire length of the


Great Wall of China at 4,200 kilometres, as well as the legendary 3,500-mile Race Across America. Wong hopes that the American will join him in Taiwan, or least help to prepare him for the runs. “We talked about it after the run in Hawaii. He might drop by at the end of next year but I know there is no guarantee. It might not happen. I might run by myself. Anything is possible,” he says. After Taiwan, what’s next for Wong? “Ultimately, I want to run the Appalachian Trail (2,189 miles), the Continental Divide Trail (3,100 miles), the Pacific Crest Trail (2,654 miles) and Race Across America (3,500 miles). It might sound crazy, but with Wong’s grit, drive and determination, he might just make it.

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TRAVEL WELL with Kate Springer

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EARN YOUR STRIPES Thousands of travelers head to India every year for a chance to see a tiger in its natural habitat - a feat that’s easier than ever before, thanks to a rebounding tiger population. According to the World Wildlife Fund and Global Tiger Forum reports, the country’s tiger population is firmly on the rise, jumping from 1,411 in 2006 to 3,891 in 2016. The progress is a long time coming: India introduced a series of conservation policies beginning in the 1970s to combat plummeting populations (a result of hunting and habitat destruction). Designated as India’s first tiger reserve in 1973, Ranthambore Park is one of the top parks for tiger spotting. Roughly 10 percent of the park is open to safaris, where opentopped jeeps patiently trawl around dirt pathways looking for signs of Royal Bengal Tigers - the warning call of a deer, or remnants of a footprint in the sand. After coming up empty on my first safari, I booked a second outing the next day. It’s a good thing, too: An hour into the drive, we spotted three tigers (a mom and two cubs) limbering toward a cluster of jeeps, as if to pose for photographs. Even if you don’t see a tiger, the experience is well worth the 6am wake up call - most travelers will spot colourful birds, crocodiles, deer, monkeys, bears, and leopards in the picturesque park.


PSST... While you’re there, stay like the Maharajas of Jaipur, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, who set down their luggage at Taj by Vivanta, a royal hunting lodge turned luxury hotel. From $2,000. Ranthambore National Park Road, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan 322001, +91 07462 225155,


SHENZHEN BY DESIGN After Chinese New Year, we’re all looking forward to a quiet month at home in Hong Kong. But if your feet start to itch, consider a quick trip to Shenzhen. No, seriously: Just across the border, the techmanufacturing giant is fast becoming a hub of highbrow art, fashion and design. Earlier this year, Japanese brand Muji debuted its first hotel there it looks just as warm and woody as you’d imagine - and London’s V&A Museum opened its doors in the emerging Design Society complex in western Shenzhen. Adding to its culture chops, Shenzhen’s gorgeous, leafy OCT Lift art district will play host to Design Week, which is coming up this April. Rooms from $1,100. Muji Hotel Shenzhen, Upper Hills, 5001 Huanggang Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, (+86) 755-2337-0000,

SPRING TRAINING With dry January well in the rearview, perhaps Sri Panwa’s latest wellness package will get you back on the horse. Set on Cape Panwa, the luxurious Phuket resort has launched a “Healthy Mind, Body and Soul” package, which includes a three-night stay in a pool villa, daily breakfast for two, roundtrip transfers, a private yoga or Thai boxing class, a 90-minute treatment at the hotel’s Cool Spa, and free views of the Andaman Sea. Three-day packages from $14,709. Available through 10 April 2018; November 1-December 23 2018. 88 Sakdidej Rd., Vichit, Muang, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand, 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




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ONTO A WYNNER A favorite of Macau-based expats, Café Esplanada has some of the best fresh salads in town. This convenient spot on the Macau peninsula is a great stop for a healthy lunch between sightseeing and shopping. Their salads are big and fairly priced. They also have one of the best bread baskets in town. With non-dairy milk options available, I often grab a coconut or soy cappuccino with my meal. Besides salads, they have an excellent range of Asian, Macanese, Mediterranean and international cuisines, equally good, tasty and fresh. As with all other Wynn dining outlets, The café also has special vegetarian and vegan menus. You won’t be disappointed with a meal here - I never am. Wynn Macau, Rua Cidade De Sintra, Macau, (+853) 8986-3663.

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE As the highest peak in Macau, Guia Hill is one of the best spots to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and also learn about the history and culture of Macau at its famous fortress. But did you know that it’s also home to numerous running tracks? Many locals start their morning with a 6am run around the hill, or wind down with an evening stroll after dinner. There are many places where you can begin your run, either starting from Jardim da Flora near the cable cars or near the Guia Hotel. All more or less link up and it’s a great way to spend an hour or two exercising while exploring this beautiful UNESCO heritage site. Don’t forget to check out the Guia Fortress and Guia lighthouse that rest on top of the hill; they exhibit relics from the past as well as some interesting stories of past typhoons to have hit the region. How to get there: Bus 2, 2A, 6A, 12, 17, 18, 18A, 19, 22, 23, 25, 25X, 32. Guia Hill Guia Fortress, Estrada do Engenheiro Trigo, Macau Guia Fortress, Macau.



TEMPLE RUN With only a few options for quality vegetarian food, plant-based dining can be hard to come by in Macau. If you’re looking for a tourist-friendly spot for plant-based Chinese food, one often-overlooked spot is the Pou Tai Temple on Taipa Island. Macau’s largest Buddhist temple, it’s a lovely spot to escape Macau’s chaotic pace. I used to walk past this temple almost daily as a child and loved hearing the chanting, smelling the incense and watching the monks walk serenely around. There are two restaurants inside the temple, but the one on the ground floor, Sum Yuen, is particularly fantastic. The signature dishes include Chinese cabbage rolls, fresh yam in blueberry sauce, and tofu soup with hair fungus and bamboo pith. We also love their shiitake mushroom dish. It’s Chinese-style (though English menus are available) so order to share. Before or after lunch, feel free to explore the grounds and pay a visit the largest Buddha statue in Macau, which is situated in the main hall. 5 Estrada Lou Lim Ieok, Taipa Island, Macau, (+853) 2881-2698.

Sally Victoria Benson grew up in Macau and is the publisher of, the city's leading lifestyle platform. She's passionate about sharing Macau's hidden healthy side and everything happening in the city.



FIT FAM with Kate Farr

Now we’ve all finished huddling around our fan heaters under multiple layers, (seriously Hong Kong, why no building insulation?), it’s time to leave hibernation and finally enjoy some outdoor time. This month, I’ve got a funky kids’ safety brand that’s perfect for tiny daredevils, healthy snacks to keep them fuelled up on the go, and a cute kid-friendly café that’s perfect for a mid-exploration break.

HELMET HAIR If, like mine, your children delight in throwing themselves off, onto and into places they shouldn’t with alarming regularity, then these fun and funky animalthemed kids’ helmets by Crazy Safety will keep your blood pressure at an acceptable level. These Danish-designed helmets comply with strict TÜV and CPSC standards, and come with smart safety features, like an integrated LED light, themed chin guard, and soft, easy-adjust straps to ensure correct positioning. Choose from a whole menagerie of colourful characters, including a zebra, a Cheshire cat and, coolest of all, a Chinese dragon. $540. Buy online at

KOWLOON CALLING With a whopping 4,000 square feet of openplan space in which to play, and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal’s vast rooftop park right outside, the brand-new Origami Kids Café is about as family-friendly as it gets. The café’s dreamy, playful interior comes courtesy of award-winning designer Alan Chan, who has designed a space where kids can safely explore in plain sight while their parents relax. The plastic-free play space includes a two-storey tree house, a climbing frame, a reading corner, and even Hong Kong’s first wooden block “ball pit.” The menu was created under the watchful eye of Chef Xiu Jianlin, who previously headed up a Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, so you can be sure that the food is a cut above the usual deep-fried kid fare. Children’s costs: weekdays $138 for two hours and $60 per subsequent hour. Weekends and public holidays $198 for two hours and $80 per subsequent hour. Adult admission is free of charge with a minimum spend of $100 per person. Babies under 12 months are free of charge.



SIMPLY RAWSOME If all that scooting around has them clamouring for snacks, then these all-natural raw goodies from Nature’s Twist should keep everyone going until dinnertime. The bites, cookies and coconut crisps are packed with nutrient-dense ingredients like seeds, kale and raw cacao, but still manage to taste like a treat, fooling even the pickiest palates into eating up all the good stuff. With a handy snack subscription available for repeat orders, it’s easy to load up their lunchboxes while jettisoning the junk. All snacks cost $35 per pack, or $28 for repeat subscription orders. Buy online at

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 What I'm watching on TV: I have one last episode left of the current seasons of “Black Mirror” it’s fascinating where technology can take us when mishandled!

 What health means to me:

Natalie Soderstrom

Health is a lifestyle. It’s about feeling strong and vital no matter what age or mood you are in, it’s about feeling good in your own skin! Fueling your body and brain with real food is just as important as physical and mental activity. Do what makes you feel optimal.

 What I always have in my fridge: Eggs. Free range, organic, the best I can get. Expensive, I know, but it’s the perfect protein.

Holistic health coach, yoga teacher and model

 My beauty essential: I keep my skincare products all natural, I love Subtle Energies, Mad Hippie and Apivita. I love facemasks too, especially Aztec Secret mixed with some apple cider vinegar. Lately I’ve really gotten into essential oils so I'm experimenting with those.

 What I'm reading right now:  Number-one item on my bucket list: Morocco, for culture, amazing oriental architecture and flavorful food. It’s been on my list for a while now.

 Last plane trip I took: Niseko, Japan, to snowboard. It's a new activity I’ve only picked up last year, but I’m already having fun.

 My favourite workout gear: I have different favourite brands for different pieces of clothing but ultimately it’s about comfort and what makes me feel good. Nothing quite as annoying as wrong fitting clothes getting in the way of your workout. I want my workout gear to be fun and playful. 50

I always carry my Kindle with me. Recently I just finished “An Untethered Soul” by Michael A Singer, which made me rethink few important things and was also fun to read. Next up is “The Subtle Art of Not giving a F*ck” - I guess we can all learn a bit just from the title.

 My favourite app: Recently I’ve been on [brain-training app] Peak a lot. I figured I might as well give my brain a workout if I’m going to be on my phone.

 Where I go to get pampered: The Clinic for facials and The Mandarin Oriental for massages.

Liv Magazine March 2018  
Liv Magazine March 2018