Liv Magazine October 2019

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Rocky Road

A rail trip through Canada’s Rocky Mountains

Let’s Do Brunch

Healthy brunch spots to hit up this weekend


OUR ECO-FRIENDLY FALL FASHION GUIDE WIN Shi Fu Miz tickets, athletic wear and bamboo silk bedding on page 17!


The best staycation deals in Hong Kong right now


Staycation Nation




OCTOBER 2019 | l i v - m a g a z i n e . co m LIV MAGAZINE

OCTOBER 05 Editor’s Letter

LIV | NEWS 06 Wishlist

Lovely things we want right now

10 It’s a Date

Events for your diary

12 Hot Right Now

New happenings on the wellness scene

14 Fresh Cuts

Where to go for a healthy brunch

16 Cheat Day

Because #YOLO

18 Reviews

Zero-waste foundation from Lush and BODYPUMP at Defin8 Fitness


30 Be Our Guest

Staycation promotions at Hong Kong hotels

LIV | MORE 34 Recipe

Vegetarian quinoa from food blogger Joyce Ho


36 Pamper

Your five-minute guide to collagen

38 O Canada

A train trip on the Rocky Mountaineer

42 Travel

New spas, hotels and experiences around Asia to check out

46 Family

The best baby backpacks for family hikes

24 Get the Look


Trend watch for sustainable fall fashion




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THE GREATEST MONTH October is one of my favourite months of the year. From Halloween candy to Halloween costumes to non-stop scary movies (can you see a pattern here?), I catch all the feels when the temperatures drop and the leaves fall (somewhere in the world, if not Hong Kong) and the promise of the year’s best holiday (don’t @ me) beckons at the end of the month. But what’s decidedly not so great is the rampant waste that we see as fashion brands shift to Fall/Winter collections in a bid to capture the dollars of shoppers looking to stock their closets with a new fall wardrobe. Just because you like to stay on trend doesn’t mean you need to buy into fast fashion wastefulness, though; we talked to some of our fave fashion insiders to hear what fall trends are worth picking up, and best of all, how you can do it sustainably. Read more about that on p.24. Another way we can lessen our environmental impact is taking fewer unnecessary flights - so why not skip your next weekend getaway and substitute it for a staycation instead? We did the legwork and found some seriously good hotel deals for you to take advantage of on p.30. One more reason to love October? It’s the 4th birthday of Liv Magazine! On this date back in 2015, our fearless leader Sarah Fung launched what would become Hong Kong’s premier wellness magazine, armed with nothing more than an idea in her head (and perhaps the region’s best arsenal of puns). Four years later, Liv is thriving and I feel so privileged to say I’ve been a part of it, even if only for a fraction of its lifetime. So if you’ve been reading since the beginning, thank you for your support. If you’re new to Liv, I hope you pick us up again - we’re only getting better, and the next year is gonna be amazing.


MEET OUR CONTRIBUTORS Eco-friendly... but then make it fashion. Zoe Belhomme talks to industry experts about the hottest sustainable fall fashion trends on p.24. Kate Springer has the inside scoop on where to hit reset, from a farm in Nepal to the world’s tallest five-star hotel, on p.42.

Gayatri Bhaumik goes west with an epic rail trip through Canada’s majestic Rocky Mountains on p.38.

Sarah Fung checks in and checks out the city’s best staycation deals on p.30.

Sally Victoria Benson has the scoop on an unique Portugese-speaking cultural festival on p.44.



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Here's what we're crushing on this month


Shower naked in more ways than one, with these gorgeous products from Lush Naked that ditch plastic packaging entirely. From $40 at Lush stores


The rose quartz roller gets a high-tech makeover. Celeb facialist Angela Caglia has created a vibrating model for additional lifting power. $1,530 from Lane Crawford


Unfoldable in just 20 seconds, Brompton Bicycle’s latest model also includes a 28L roll-top bag perfect for fall camping adventures. $18,460 from Brompton 6

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Make those peepers pop with this crueltyfree vegan mascara from Tarte that gives dramatically thick lashes. $205 from Sephora


These effervescent multivitamin tablets are perfect for on-the-go hydration after a gym sesh, long flight, or any regrettable big nights out. $76 for 10 tablets from CitySuper and LOG-ON stores


Edible rose petals add an eyecatching twist to these locally-made, mega-healthy energy bars, along with figs, almonds, pistachios and cashews. $175 for 8 from


Rock the 1970s gym teacher vibe with a pair of stripey knee-highs, which seem to be everywhere right now. $50 from Monki 7

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PASSION Determined to improve her post-partum complexion after having her daughter, mum and entrepreneur Michelle Chen set out to create RARE SkinFuel, an allnatural skincare line that restores your natural glow. She talks to Liv about her journey.

Q How did you get started in the skincare business? I’ve always been a hard worker. I started out at age 16 as a web and graphic designer at a Silicon Valley startup. After getting a degree in fashion merchandising and marketing, I worked in product development, before switching priorities and becoming a full-time mum. After giving birth, I became very down about my complexion. I had always been blessed with good skin, but I found myself for the first time buying foundation compacts to hide breakouts and blemishes. This of course compounded the problem, and I tried every mainstream product under the sun to get my skin back under control. I then decided to do my own research, and found an Australian laboratory that could use natural extracts to create highly effective products. Q What do you want to achieve with RARE SkinFuel? I want to create a product line that can support women going through different life stages to feel confident in their own skin. Hormones, stress and pollution can play havoc with our skin, which in turn affects our confidence, and I want women to regain their natural


glow - to feel that they don’t have to wear makeup every day before they go out into the world. We’ve changed formulas three times and I’ve spent the past seven to eight months testing them on my own skin, and I have to say that if I’m happy with the quality, I’m sure that others will love RARE SkinFuel too. Q Can natural skincare be as effective as conventional formulas? Absolutely yes! I had the same doubts when I started this journey, but the chemist who I collaborated with to create this line told me not to underestimate the power of natural extracts. We make everything in small batches to only the highest quality standards. It’s more expensive for us, but so worth it when you try the products. Q What kind of skincare do we need in a polluted, stressful city like Hong Kong? Exfoliation and detoxification is key. Your skin is exhausted by stress, heat and pollution, so it’s vital to deep clean regularly and follow your cleansing with antioxidants and skin-calming ingredients. For exfoliation, a natural exfoliant can be used two to three

# Inspired times per week without causing harm, whereas a chemical peel must be used sparingly. Q You have beautiful skin! How do you keep it that way? I exercise for 2-3 times a week, and as soon as I’m done exercising, I give myself a mini-facial with all eight products in the RARE SkinFuel line. It’s the best time to apply products as the pores are open and ready to receive nourishment. I also try my best to balance my lifestyle and practice self-care and self-love so I can better serve others.

MICHELLE’S HERO PRODUCTS “The entire collection is designed to be used together, and each product has an important role to play. But for an introduction to the brand, I recommend trying these four products first:”

WE LOVE RARE SkinFuel! Made in Australia to the highest production standards, here are seven reasons why we love RARE SkinFuel:

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No water: Water evaporates and doesn’t moisturise the skin when applied topically. RARE SkinFuel uses aloe vera leaf juice and coconut water to deliver a hydrating boost. Powerful ingredients. Every bottle, jar and pouch of RARE SkinFuel is packed with active ingredients that deliver results.

1 1. DETOXIFYING AUSTRALIAN CLAY MASK “This non-drying mask uses green tea matcha powder and olive green clay to draw out imperfections while infusing the skin with antioxidants.” 2. RESTORING AUSTRALIAN CLAY MASK “Perfect for using after the detoxifying mask, the restoring mask contains mineral-rich ivory and pink Australian clay, helps to nourish and calm the skin.”

4 3. AGE DELAYING SERUM “This antioxidant-rich serum contains kakadu plum to deliver a powerful hit of Vitamin C straight to the skin. While the antimicrobial, regenerating Davidson’s Plum stimulates collagen and elastin production.” 4. EYE & LIP ILLUMINATING SERUM “Like magic for the delicate eye and lip area, this magic serum will lift, brighten and tighten using highly effective natural plant extracts.”

Logistics. The products are delivered to Hong Kong under strict temperature controls to preserve the nutrients and skincare benefits. Heat is what kills active ingredients, and RARE SkinFuel doesn’t want to risk products spoiling on long freight journeys. Recyclable Packaging: All the products come in recyclable PET containers. Please recycle! Good Manufacture Practice (GMP) Standard: Everything is packed onsite in Australia to ensure no contamination. Cruelty-free: RARE SkinFuel never tests on animals and is gentle enough to be used on all skin types, including sensitive skin. Cold-blending: RARE SkinFuel’s cold-blending process locks in active ingredients at their most potent. It’s a more expensive process, but so worth it for the results their products can deliver.

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Back for yet another instalment, bohemian festival Shi Fu Miz keeps growing and getting better with age. With a revamped setup at Sai Yuen Farm on Cheung Chau Island, the festival is a sprawling feat of ingenuity from organisers, which expects to welcome over 2,000 attendees on the 11-acre property. A full lineup of activities and music promises to keep revellers engaged in the festival spirit, including yoga, martial arts, street art, roller disco and sets from some of Hong Kong’s most celebrated DJs. There’s also some very noteworthy sustainability policies in place, such as no single-use plastics, biodegradable bin bags, and a sound system entirely powered by solar energy. $480 for one-day pass, $680 for two-day. On-site camping available, starting from $300,

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The annual Pink Run raises awareness, as well as much needed funds, for individuals and families affected by breast cancer in our city. The 5K fun run starts from Stanley Main Street and takes participants around Stanley Village, down Chung Hom Kok Road to Murray House and back again. Don’t assume this run is a cakewalk though; about 3K of the route is undulating with some steps to tackle for good measure. There’s also a family version which is kid-friendly that leaves shortly after the main race and takes you around Stanley Bay. Entry $180 plus minimum donation of $200. From 10:30am, Stanley Main St., 10





Back for its third year, the Food's Future Summit is an assembly of experts, industry leaders and conscious consumers examining the key innovations, trends and issues in the culinary world. Hosted by Foodie Magazine, the summit focuses on inspiring and initiating change within the food industry, through the actions of forward-thinking businesses, sustainable farming practices and empowered consumers. $600 one day, $1,000 for two-day pass. Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive,

Looking for an island-side trail race to tackle? With 10K, 5K and 3K races, the Double Nine across Braemar Hill offers runs for ages six to 60, with options for running alone, as a pair or even with the whole family. A donation of $100 from every registration will go to Impact HK, a charity helping Hong Kong’s homeless. Prices vary depending on distance; 10K costs $500, family 3K $600,

OCT 5-19


Wanna get your hands on designer clothes at prices that won’t make you queasy? Head on down to the Luxarity pop-up, a social initiative by Lane Crawford that sells unique pieces donated by designers, socialites, even some local celebs! Eschewing the fast fashion mentality, organisers are also offering a traceability feature on garments; trace the original benefactor via blockchain technology. The future is here, and she’s fashion-forward, honey! 10am-9pm daily, Lane Crawford, ifc Mall, Central,



Whether you’re a devout vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian eager to learn more about the meatless life, head down to VegFest and discover the latest veggie products available in Hong Kong. With live cooking demonstrations and workshops, talks from industry professionals, personal health checks and live music performances, this community-led event is a fun and wholesome way to spend an afternoon. Free to attend. 10am-4pm, Hong Kong Adventist Academy, 1111 Clearwater Bay Rd.,

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Meet and mingle with other mums-to-be at Mama Needs a Cocktail, a social event celebrating pregnancy. Sip on mocktails, enjoy a head and shoulder rub, and pick up tips for getting through those challenging child-bearing months. At the end of the night, mamas take home a lovely little gift bag, packed with things for your gestational journey. $280, available through Eventbrite. 6:30-8:30pm,Honi Honi, 3F, Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington St., Central. 11

Cool Stuff

HOT RIGHT NOW News from the wellness scene


Unless you’re living under a rock, you’re probably aware the 2019 Rugby World Cup is in full swing over in Japan. Looking to get as close to the action as possible without leaving Hong Kong? Check out Societe Generale’s Rugby World Cup Fanzone, open everyday from 11am to 11pm until the final on November 2. The giant screen at the Fanzone is THE place to watch live coverage of the knockout stages of Asia’s first ever Rugby World Cup. If rugby isn’t your thing, that’s fine - you can still soak up the atmosphere with live entertainment, family-friendly activities, and lots of food and drink. AIA Vitality Park,


Ladies - we spend, on average, 355 hours over our lifetimes shopping for period products. LUÜNA Naturals, a safe and sustainable feminine hygiene brand, wants to make that a thing of the past, by rolling out a subscription service for organic tampons, cotton pads and panty liners. Each subscription is personalised to its mistress - just select the quantity of pads and tampons you typically use, and they’ll deliver a cute little box to your door every three months. LUÜNA products are made from biodegradable and chemical-free materials that are gentle on your body and on the environment, plus they support a range of social initiatives to promote safe feminine hygiene practices in under-resourced areas. 12

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Fitness fans, listen up: there’s a new class-booking app in town and we’re pretty impressed. Switch & Co. is a lifestyle app that gives users access to wellness activities bookable through your smartphone. Pretty standard, but what makes this one different is that it operates on a pay-as-you-go basis, without needing to commit to long-term contracts or even late fees. As long as there’s availability, users can book and pay for their spot right up to the start of a class, usually at reduced prices. Currently available through the platform are classes at Barre Formula, Hybrid MMA & Fitness, Options Pilates, WeStretch and Lifehub, with more expected to come online soon.

The humidity’s dropped and it’s time to hit the trails. Why not pick up any trash you find while you’re there, and do your bit for the countryside?

Crystals Formerly the exclusive domain of hippies, crystals are making a comeback, supercharging our water and our skincare routines alike.

The Jetset Lifestyle Feeling guilty about all those air miles? try an overland journey or treat yourself to a staycation to keep that carbon footprint low. We’ve got a roundup on p.30.


From plastic straws to fruit garnishes, cocktail bars are some of the worst offenders when it comes to producing waste. That’s why upscale Cantonese eatery, John Anthony, already well-known for its commendable commitment to sustainability, has launched a zero-waste bar program that completely eliminates waste behind the wood. The new menu comprises four specialty gin & tonics, made with houseinfused gin you can spot in the massive 12L tubes located at the stylish bar counter, as well as nine signature cocktails inspired by the Silk Road. The Sundried Tomato Gin & Tonic is a revelation, as is the Into The Wilderness, which uses leftover inhouse ingredients, like passionfruit and lime husk, to sensational effect. We’ll raise our glasses to that kind of ingenuity for many nights to come. Basement, Lee Garden Three, 1 Sunning Rd., Causeway Bay, 2898-3788,

Airpods + Long Hair We’re one ponytail adjustment from losing our airpods mid-workout, and it’s stressing us out. Is it time wires made a comeback?



Brunch Bunch Between the bacon and the free-flow bubbles, having a healthy brunch in Hong Kong can seem like something of an oxymoron. But fear not! There are definitely healthier options without sacrificing on that decadent brunch experience everyone holds out for during the work week. By Carla Thomas


NECTAR When owner and chef Peggy Chan announced she was planning on closing uber-popular Grassroots Pantry, the city's foodies mourned its departure. But in its stead Chan opened her new concept, Nectar, which manages to tread familiar ground while at the same time breaking it. Refining the concepts and techniques previously seen at Grassroots Pantry, Nectar serves up a menu that elevates plant-based cuisine to exciting new places. The newly launched brunch menu offers unlimited portions of ten seasonal smaller dishes that are perfect for sharing - brunch tapas, if you will. Dishes range from savoury, like the Pandan Hedgehog Mushrooms in a Sweet & Sour Ginger Vinaigrette, to sweet, like moringa ice cream sandwiches, to all-out classics, like poached eggs/scrambled tofu on house-made sourdough bread. You can also add on bottomless beverages, opting for the "Elixir Flow" menu, or good old-fashioned wine (or both!) Cost: $550 per person for two hours; add $158 for freeflow elixirs and/or $180 for wine (white, red, prosecco). 108 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, 2873-3353, 14

Originally an importer and supplier of highquality produce to Hong Kong's restaurants, Emporio Antico specialises in using its premium ingredients to maximum effect. Executive chef Mike Boyle is unapologetically passionate about nutrition and healthy living, and he’s backed that up with some seriously divine vegan offerings. The weekend brunch menu includes innovative and wholesome mains like fig and walnut tartine, tofu shakshuka and French toast with a vanilla cashew butter, as well as buffet salad bar and dessert. Wash it all down with a glass of vegan wine, if you're feeling yourself. Cost: $328 for buffet, main and dessert, plus 10 percent. 18F, 239 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai, 2387-7168,



CAFE GREY DELUXE Luxury hotel The Upper House doesn't cut corners when it comes to hospitality, and the same goes for their 49th floor dining room, Cafe Grey Deluxe. We're already fans of their health-conscious lunchtime Revitalising Menu, which is vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO. But their brunch deserves special recognition for serving up fresh and light options to start your weekend off on a high note. Organic free-range eggs on rye with harissa and pepper, or tomato and cucumber salad with figs, burrata and balsamic vinaigrette are just some of the mouthwatering brunch mains you can opt for, washed down with an organic, cold-pressed juice from Juice by Melissa. Cost: A la carte mains start from $165. Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, 2918-1838,

MANA! STARSTREET Star Street continues to dominate as one of Hong Kong's hottest dining districts, as Mana! StarStreet extends the healthier menu offerings available in this trendy hood. Now, as much as we love a good wrap slathered in zaatar, it doesn't really feel like "brunch food" - which is why we're so stoked that the Star Street branch has its very own breakfast and brunch menu. Available until noon on weekdays, and all day on weekends, you'll find the delicious and whole foods-packed flats you've come to know and love Mana! for, with some brunchy add-ons like mashed avocado, poached eggs and organic maple syrup. Cost: Breakfast flats start from $45. 8-10 Queen's Road East, Admiralty, 5501-7591,

Plant-based My Meat Run Laboratory opens its doors at the D2 Place Mall. Decked out like an old-school classroom (complete with drinks served in Pyrex glasses!), the restaurant is working closely with Impossible Foods to serve up classic Hong Kong diner dishes with a meat-free twist: think Impossible patty with Japanese-style curry sauce and rice; or Impossible mince patty with pickled vegetables served in a clay pot.


Aqua takes farm-to-table to new heights with miniature herb gardens inside its restaurant kitchens. The restaurant is showcasing the efforts of its green-fingered chefs with six dishes, including pan-fried Hokkaido scallops with homemade pesto, and the vegetarian lotus wood, avocado and fig sushi with homegrown Japanese wild parsley.

SALADSTOP! LAUNCHES THREE NEW SALADS When you’re craving stodge as the weather cools, check out SaladStop! which is launching hearty warm salad bowls to fill your tummy through the winter months. Try the El Chulo, a spicy bowl of quinoa, chickpeas, baby spinach, avocado and black beans, all topped with Impossible stew. Available at SaladStop!’s three locations: Quarry Bay, Pacific Place III and Two Exchange Square.

HABITŪ OFFERS BUY ONE, GET ONE HALF-PRICE ON VEGETARIAN DISHES EVERY MONDAY Popular cafe and casual dining chain, HABITŪ is launching Wellness Monday! From now until the end of the month, guests ordering a dine-in, plant-based main can get a second one for half-price. Perfect for a lunch date with your work bestie. 15



Because life’s too short to always order the salad

SAKE BOMB Seemingly ripped straight from the grungiest corners of Shibuya, TMK is a graffiticovered cubbyhole in Sheung Wan that serves up delicious fusion Japanese in unexpectedly novel ways. The latest venture from Pirata Group, this temakeria (specialising in temaki, or cone-shaped sushi rolls) takes much of its inspiration from the late-night culture of Tokyo’s famously die-hard party scene, from the faux tattoo parlour decor to the very real shots of sake doled out by staff. Playful dishes like the Tuna Hotdog in a rich yuzu mayo (pictured) keep things fun and frivolous, as does the convivial atmosphere around the bar area, which doubles up as a large, focal table that parties of two can crowd around while they chow down. Down-to-earth Japanese junk food washed down with top-notch sake and craft beer - what’s not to love about this punk-rock inspired hideaway? (Besides the hangover, of course.) Shops G and H, G/F and M/F, 77-91 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, 2662-2269,




GIVEAWAYS Visit for a chance to win!

WIN: four tickets to Shi Fu Miz Celebrate the end of the humid season’s reign of terror by heading out to Shi Fu Miz, a music and arts festival that takes place on the sprawling Sai Yuen Farm on Cheung Chau Island from October 26-27th. This weekend festival puts on an incredible lineup of activities and performances, with lots of yoga, dancing, music and revelry against a beautiful rural backdrop that feels like a different world from Hong Kong. Plenty of camping options are also available, from BYO tents to all-out glamping, so it’s easy to make a weekend of it. We have two pairs of weekend passes to give away - each ticket is worth $680.

WIN: bamboo silk bedding from Naked Lab

WIN: athletic wear from Letizia From the yoga mat to the mall, a good pair of leggings can take you anywhere. These leggings from South Korean athleisure brand Letizia are made with UV-blocking, four-way stretch fabric, that’s soft on skin but supportive enough to handle tough workouts. All their clothing is also made with environmentally friendly fabrics (we’re all about the sustainable fashion - see p.24) that are non-toxic and chemical-free. We have one set of leggings and a top, for a total prize value of $1,040.

We spend a third of our lives sleeping (and if you don’t, start going to bed earlier!) so it stands to reason that we should put some careful consideration into what we’re sleeping on. Naked Lab’s collection of bamboo silk bedding is as smooth as - well, silk - and it’s entirely vegan, cruelty-free and ethical. Designed with sensitive skin in mind, these sheets are hypoallergenic with no harmful chemicals or dyes, and 60 percent more absorbent than cotton - useful for sweaty Hong Kong summer nights. We have one set of bedding, which includes a fitted sheet, duvet cover and pillowslips, up for grabs, for a maximum total value of $1,680.

Enter at before Oct 25 to win!



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


Letizia Leggings The Buzz: Here at Liv, we’re always on the hunt for a good

pair of functional yet fashionable leggings. Korean brand Letizia promises performance in the gym as well as an effortlessly cool aesthetic that’s typical of anything coming out of South Korea. We slip into a pair of their premium leggings to see if they pass muster when it comes to our impossibly high athleisure standards. The Leggings: Soft yet supportive, we notice straight away

how the high-waisted style in our leggings offers just the right amount of compression around our thighs, hips and stomach. Our yoga and bootcamp classes are a breeze, allowing tons of mobility and motion through our vinyasas, without ever cutting into our skin or making us feel restricted. Yoga is followed up by brunch and errands, and a classic white tee and casual bomber jacket pair perfectly with the classic minimalism of the leggings. If you’re someone who suffers from sensitive skin, Letizia has also carefully selected non-toxic and chemically-safe fabrics that are safe for all. The Verdict: We’re not sure how Letizia managed to make

their leggings so comfortable yet compressive at the same time - but we’re jolly glad they’ve done it! High-quality materials and a well thought-out design put these leggings in a class above your average leisurewear brand. They never slip down our bodies, and we especially love the buttery soft fabric that’s gentle on even our most sensitive areas. They’re firm but flexible, and we can’t wait to rock these leggings at the next bootcamp or vinyasa flow class. The Cost: Letizia leggings range from $450-$650 and are

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Les Mills’ Body Pump at Defin8 The Buzz: Spearheaded by fitness firecracker Trixie Velez, boutique studio Defin8 Fitness has gained a cult following over the years for its hardcore workouts. Trixie has now upgraded to a new, fully-equipped space, expanding her studio schedule to offer Pilates Reformer classes as well as Les Mills’ BODYPUMP, a full-body barbell workout. The Class: Part of the Les Mills’ fitness class empire, BODYPUMP emphasises using light weights with a high number of reps. We set up with an easy-to-load barbell and set of plates, and go through a warmup with Trixie. Every class focuses on around six muscle groups, using three different exercise combos to target and exhaust the area, mixing it up between upper and lower body. We work our quads, chest, back, biceps, triceps and shoulders, with an added lunge challenge at the end that takes us to the brink of literal collapse. The Verdict: A perfect class for anyone new to

barbells. The equipment is super easy to load and unload throughout the class, which takes a lot of anxiety out of the process, and the moves are easy to follow and never too challenging. Trixie is a bottomless fountain of energy, and pushes us through the burn with infectious cheer. Normally only taught in big box gyms, it’s also nice to see this trademarked workout taught in a small, independently-owned boutique studio where the atmosphere is friendlier and more personalised. Let’s hear it for the little guys! Cost: $280 drop-in, $380 first time trial for 2 classes. Packages available. 8F, Yu Wing Building, 66 Wellington St., Central, 9859-8620,



O:RIN The Buzz: O:RIN was opened after its owner was diagnosed

with an immune system disorder and found relief through the magic of Pilates. Located in Quarry Bay, right near the TaiKoo office complex, this relaxed and spacious studio is kitted out with a huge range of equipment. And at a stone’s throw from TaiKoo Place, it’s a perfect lunchtime or post-work pitstop to squeeze in a workout. The Class: We arrive for our private class, and immediately fall in love with the Insta-worthy pink tiles, photography-covered lockers and gold fixtures. One-on-one sessions are tailored to each client’s needs, so there’s no set class format. We start on the Reformer machine, an apparatus we’ve used before but aren’t overly familiar with, and focus on strengthening and elongating target muscle groups - specifically the inner thighs. For the last 15 minutes we move on to the Gyrotonic machine, which gets us working in a wider range of motion. Our instructor guides us through six simple movements including shoulder rotations, side bends, and swan dives, using light resistance from the machine. Our instructor uses hands-on adjustments to correct our posture, ensuring total precision. The Verdict: The studio is gorgeous, and we might just be

in love. Our instructor put us completely at ease with her extensive knowledge of Pilates and anatomy, with an added aura of calm that helps us relax from the get-go. We don’t work up a sweat, which is ideal anyway if you’re heading back to the office, but still feel like our muscles have been challenged by focusing on small movements, posture, and alignment. The Cost: One-on-one sessions cost $980, two-on-one $680

per student. Small group classes start from $250 per session, with packages available for 5, 10, 15 or 20 classes. One private trial class is offered for $400 for first timers. Unit 6, 19F Westlands Centre, 20 Westlands Rd., Quarry Bay, 5726-1669,

Slap Stick from Lush The Buzz: We love zero-waste shampoo bars,

moisturisers and soaps, but cosmetics? Colour us skeptical. Eco-beauty pioneers, Lush, have created Slap Sticks, a solid foundation that promises no plastic at all. Our question is: can a zero-waste foundation perform as well as conventional makeup? The Product: Slap Sticks come in a tear-shaped

creamy bar, with one end dipped in wax for easy handling. Available in a whopping 40 shades in warm, cool or neutral skin tones, these bars provide a light to medium coverage. The Verdict: At first glance, these bars remind us

of old-fashioned pan stick foundations, but we were glad to realise that their formulation is totally modern. A coconut oil base enriched with argan and jojoba oils glides on to give a sheer glow - perfect for dehydrated skin. We tried it over sunscreen for a daytime look, and layered slightly thicker for the evening and were very impressed both times with how easily it blended for a natural but radiant effect. We love the fact that this foundation has moisturising, nourishing properties, with no caking or clogging of pores. Turns out, you don’t need to compromise on quality in order to save another plastic pot from the landfill. We are converted! $260. Available at selected Lush stores, including Lush Naked Shop, 2-10 Great George St., Causeway Bay, 2153-9680,



Overcome Your Limiting Stories All About You Wellness Centre is welcoming back Jaz Goven - creator of Fast Track Technique (FTT). FTT is a powerful and intelligent healing system which uncovers and releases your deep-seated limiting beliefs within minutes! To discover how this works so magically, come to All About You’s Awareness Talk on Oct 28th on “The stories we continue to tell ourselves.” Upcoming workshops with Jaz: Awareness Talk - 28th Oct @6.30 pm | Conscious Millionaire workshop - 30th Oct @ 5.30 pm | DNA Activation workshop - 1st Nov @ 5.30 pm

To book a private session or workshop, please visit | Call: 2992 0828 | Whatsapp: 5435 8119

EMMANUEL F. LE SPA Special Promotion: Detox Package Now Only $1300 (Down From $1690)

Time for a detox! Relax yourself in our holistic eco-conscious oasis with some healthy beauty treatments, like lymphatic drainage. This very slow and gentle detoxifying massage of the body’s lymphatic points helps to manually filter toxins and blockages and help regenerate healthy cells. Why focus only on the body when our faces can benefit as well? Our Lymphatic Facial massage is a French purification technique that helps to heal breakouts, blockages and impurities on a deeper level. Bye-bye, puffy face and tiredness!


Heal Yourself From Within TheGoodEarthStore ethically sources functional foods and copperware that provide exceptional health benefits, encouraging a change in our attitudes from curing to preventing disease. We offer a range of adaptogens that are a perfect blend of Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs, used for centuries to help the body resist stressors of all kind. Copper is an essential trace mineral that is vital to human health. Our copperware range, including water bottles, are made of pure copper and are handcrafted by artisans in India using traditional techniques.



From Stillness To Fitness Located in the heart of Kowloon, Happy Kid-ult Yoga are two boutique yoga studios dedicated to the wellbeing of both big and little yogis. We offer a relaxing and welcoming environment where you and your young ones can enjoy learning and practicing yoga and Pilates while developing stronger bodies and minds. From the floor to air, from stillness to fitness, from leisure play to teacher training, there’s something for everyone. Prince Edward: Unit A, 19F, The Lamma City, 761 Nathan Road Mongkok: Room 1018, 10F, Hollywood Plaza, 610 Nathan Road WhatsApp: 9765 3592, IG: happykidulthk, Facebook: Happy Kid-ult Yoga


Yoga & Wellness Retreats in Cambodia Escape to Navutu for a retreat focused on mind, body and soul. This boutique resort offers 3 swimming pools, organic farm-totable cuisine and a strong focus on sustainable living. Private yoga and wellness packages range from 2 to 7 nights, focusing on yoga taught by an expert international team, holistic healing, and nourishing spa treatments. With almost daily direct flights, Siem Reap is the perfect antidote to busy Hong Kong with warm weather all year round and lush tropical scenery. Enhance your stay with a visit to the world-famous Angkor Wat and return home relaxed and rejuvenated.


Martial Art x Movement Practice: White Crane Silat Want to start a new workout routine? How about one that unites mobility, movement, connection and mindfulness? Enter: White Crane Silat. Building upon yogic foundations, Silat takes the mind-body-spirit connection even further, featuring a dynamic and powerful movement practice (think floor work, striking and kicking combos, and flowing whole-body movements) complete with partner exercises and meditation. It’s an ancient, holistic lineage taught in a contemporary way, with individual attention, and a chill community vibe, including free tea after class as part of each session. Classes on Tue & Sat in Central, Hong Kong. Find out more: | Instagram: @pgbhk


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Colonial architecture in Vigan

IDYLLIC ILOCOS This December, set sail aboard Spectrum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s latest and most impressive cruise liner, on an all-inclusive deluxe cruise from Hong Kong to The Philippines.


ou don’t have to travel to Europe to admire historical Spanish architecture. Just a stone’s throw from Hong Kong, Ilocos has culture in spades. And with Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas sailing to this northwestern province of The Philippines this December, it’s never been easier to discover this beautiful region.


Historical monuments to explore in Ilocos

IDYLLIC ILOCOS Situated on the northwestern island of Luzon, Ilocos has it all: a rich history, exciting activities and spectacular natural beauty. It is also where the Philippines’s Spanish colonial history is palpable in the stunning architecture, particularly its many spectacular Catholic churches that date back hundreds of years. One such example is the city of Vigan, where horse-drawn buggies clop past Spanish-style shop fronts. History buffs will marvel at the 17th century Vigan Cathedral, which dates back to the 14th century; Santa Maria church, an 18th century church designed in the Baroque style; and St. Augustine Church, a 500-year-old neo-Gothic structure that was reconstructed in the 1950s after sustaining damage in World War II. Beyond history, there’s plenty for action-seekers to enjoy. Visit the La Paz sand dunes - a popular shooting location for local and international movies - and roar up and down the 10- to 30-metre slopes on a dune buggy. Or pay a visit to Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud and zip-line from the top of the cliffs all the way to shore for a dip in the crystal-clear blue waters. Then, hike through the forest to Kabigan Falls for a cooling dip in the pools. For true Instagram #goals, make a side trip to Kapupurawan Rock Formation, a natural phenomenon where rock erosion has created a stunning natural backdrop for some truly memorable pictures.

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HOW DO I JOIN? Spectrum of the Seas has two itineraries taking travelers through Okinawa, Ilocos and Subic. The seven-night sailings depart on December 22 and January 2. For enquiry or reservation, please call 3018-3464 or contact your travel agent.

Booking hotline: 3018-3464 Booking center: Suite 2006, 20/F, Tower 1, The Gateway, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui Website:

Make memories on the Royal Promenade Limber up with yoga on the deck

COUPLE’S RETREAT Spend quality time with your significant other by taking advantage of some of the couple-friendly features onboard Spectrum of the Seas. Hop in a whirlpool tub for a romantic evening on the sea, tear up the dance floor with Latin dance evenings, or toast each other with a glass of bubbles at the Bottomless Galley Brunch. Meanwhile, adventure-seeking couples will find thrills in RipCord by iFly, a skydive simulator experience; the FlowRider surf simulator; and augmented reality climbing walls. After all that heart-stopping action, wind down with a calming yoga flow on the deck, overlooking the sea.

Spectacular sea views

RELAX AND REJUVENATE Tired out from all the activities onboard? Check into Spectrum of the Seas’ sumptuous fitness centre to sweat, stretch and practice self-care. There’s even an outdoor running track so you can take in the fresh sea air as you jog. After your workout, book in for a five-star spa treatment to ease those cares away.

THE SUITE LIFE For VIP guests, there is a private Gold and Silver Suite enclave on decks 13 to 16. This exclusive, all-suite area has a private elevator and a dedicated restaurant and lounge, as well as a solarium and pool with the very best ocean views onboard. This area is accessible only by key card for ultimate privacy.

Gourmet delights on the Gold and Silver Suite floor


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FALL FASHION TRENDS We speak to some of the most eco-conscious fashion insiders to find out their favourite fall trends, and where you can shop for them sustainably without contributing to fast fashion’s profligate practices. By Zoe Belhomme


e love the fall! The humidity drops and temperatures are bearable again. We open our wardrobe and feel giddy at the prospect of being able to wear anything we want, and shopfronts fill with musthave items in gorgeous autumnal shades that are perfect for sweater weather and sipping on pumpkin spice lattes. But as hard as it can be to admit to ourselves, staying up to speed on the latest fashion trends takes its toll on the environment, thanks to wasteful practices that are rampant in the fashion industry. According to the Environmental Protection Department more than 300 tons of textile waste is dumped each day into the city’s overflowing landfills, and unless we change the way we shop, that figure is likely to only get bigger. Fashion is a notoriously fickle business so let’s take a moment to applaud the people and brands who dare to think differently; from fashionistas who shop sustainably to brands that are stepping up to the plate to produce change in the industry.

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UTILITY UNIFORM Utility clothing is a perennial favourite: easy to wear, almost universally flattering and cool without looking like you gave it too much thought. According to Christina Dean, founder of Redress, the environmental charity reducing fashion's waste, and upcycled fashion brand, The R Collective, this season we’ll see this trend progress into more of a smart casual uniform. "Upcycled materials lend themselves well to this look because the nature of rescuing quality fabrics from luxury brands - which means you tend to find interesting combinations of fabrics - can be created into timeless designs.� Dean suggests you either combo a utilitarian jacket with a relaxed oversized skirt, or go head-to-toe utility in a boiler suit or some overalls. If your utility-inspired outfit feels too masculine, try pairing it with lighter fabrics, such as a silk shirt or simple cotton tank, or your favourite accessories.

WHERE TO SHOP FOR IT SUSTAINABLY: The R Collective uses materials from preloved luxury items, repurposing them into eye-catching designs like this limited edition ruched utilitarian jacket. Also from The R Collective, this avant-garde jumpsuit is made from upcycled denim and can be customized to fit your style with a cross circular ring belt design. 25

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BOLD ACCESSORIES Whether it’s statement earrings, a headband in a vivid hue or a handbag that turns heads, this season is all about dressing up. Chloe Zhang, founder of ethical fashion website, Supermint, says colourful accessories are the quickest way to dial up the glam. “I’m just in love with this cute foldable leather travel crossbody and belt bag by New York designer YEE SI,” says Zhang. “It works so well in baby blue against lighter toned outfits while the orange pairs perfectly with darker colour schemes.” This one is handmade from environmentally friendly paints and glue, making it a sustainable and stylish purchase.

WHERE TO SHOP FOR IT SUSTAINABLY: For your quick colour fix, try these statement earrings by Shanghai jewellery designer brand Hawa (available from Supermint). Each pair of these geometric beauties is individually crafted from leftover leather.


TAILORING Tailoring has always been a timeless trend but this season expect to see an explosion of power suits and tailored coats. Fanny Moizant, co-founder of Vestiaire Collective, a luxury online retail store that sells pre-owned designer fashion, says, “This look is perfect for work - chic and polished with just the right amount of masculinity to help you feel confident and poised.” No need to shy away from distinctive fabrics and intense hues; tailored pieces in wool, tartan and silks will help you stand out from the crowd this fall even on the dullest day. 26

Hair clips are THE accessory of the season. These colourful clips from eco-conscious accessories brand, Machete, are made with cellulose acetate, a natural and renewable material that’s an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based materials.

WHERE TO SHOP FOR IT SUSTAINABLY: It doesn’t get more classic than this pre-loved tailored houndstooth coat by Celine, available from online circular fashion platform Vestiaire Collective.

Everlane is an American clothing retailer practising “radical transparency” by providing a full rundown of the ethical factories and workers that make each and every garment on their platform.

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in North Point Eastern District’s exciting new hotel, Hyatt Centric, offers exciting dining options a stone’s throw from the MTR


ocated in the historical district of North Point, Hyatt Centric is the latest hotel on Hong Kong Island under Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. Combining pared-back luxury with warm hospitality, this hotel is set to put North Point firmly on the dining map with its two restaurants: Cruise and Farmhouse. Cruise A hidden gem on the hotel’s top floor, Cruise, Hyatt Centric’s sleek bar-slash-restaurant enjoys unparalleled harbour views - perfect for entertaining or a romantic night out. Prop up the bar, which takes centre stage, or enjoy the breeze out on the hotel’s 23rd floor terrace. Imagine yourself sailing through various Asian ports as you embark on a journey through the pan-Asian menu; standout dishes include Korean Bulgogi, Thai prawn salad with mango, Japanese sashimi, and Hong Kong-style X.O.

scallops, while a sumptuous afternoon tea is served daily between 3-5pm. Farmhouse Hyatt Centric’s buffet restaurant, Farmhouse offers both indoor and outdoor seating in a bright and breezy setting. It’s all about gathering with loved ones here: pick from a delectable spread of international classics, freshly-made using local produce, or order sharing dishes a la carte. 20% off your bill for in-house guests Book a hotel room (they’re all harbour-facing!) for an indulgent weekend in the heart of the city. Take a dip in the outdoor infinity pool located on the hotel’s rooftop, try the cutting-edge VR fitness machine in the state-of-theart gym, and dine at the rstaurants with an exclusive 20% discount. Offer valid until November 30, 2019.

1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point, 3762-1234,

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KNITTED CO-ORDS Make a final break from that suffocating summer heat by going head to toe in matching knitwear. “I think this is a really comfy way to look like you made more effort than you did. I did so many of these this season,” says Charlie Millar, a knitwear designer and blogger who designs for ASOS and Topshop. An already-built outfit that’s ready to wear, a knit co-ord requires minimal styling for maximum effect - perfect for the lazy fall fashionista. To make this look work, Millar suggests pairing it with statement shoes or jewellery to make an impact. “The outfit is like a blank canvas so you can have fun with accessories.”

WHERE TO SHOP FOR IT SUSTAINABLY: If price is no object, this cashmere-silk sweater dress set from Gabriella Hearst (found at Lane Crawford) hits the mark and also gives back; Hearst works with a women’s co-op in Uganda to support local artisans in her knits.

ASOS has a line of super-cozy knitwear made with recycled yarns made from melted down plastic bottles that would otherwise just end up in the landfill.


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Not sure what textiles to look for when shopping for fashion that’s friendlier to the environment? Here are some of the greenest materials being used in the industry today. Naia - a soft cellulose yarn made from wood pulp that is a great alternative to wood. Fully biodegradable with a low-impact manufacturing process.

ROICA™ V550 - an elastane yarn that requires less water, scouring agent, energy and oil to produce compared to conventional elastane.

Econyl - regenerated nylon made from rescued plastic waste. You’ll find this durable material in anything from backpacks to coats.

REPREVE- a recycled fiber made from plastic bottles that helps reduce the dependency and demand on Petroleum.

Microsilk - this protein-based fiber has a low environmental impact and is an ethical alternative to silk.

TENCEL™ Lyocell - made in closed loop processes, Tencel is derived from wood pulp from sustainably managed

forests The fiber is fully recyclable and biodegradable. BCI cotton - cotton as we know it but derived from sustainable, fairtrade farming practices Organic hemp - organic hemp does not require chemical pesticides or fertilizers to grow. A versatile fabric you’ll find used in items such as jeans, shirts, dresses, hats and bags.

SHOP LOCAL If you’d like to be more conscious about the origins of the clothes you wear, Hong Kong is awash with fashion brands doing things differently. A.C.F Gender-neutral streetwear brought to life using deadstock fabrics otherwise doomed for the landfill. Toeing the line between classic and edgy, their collections feature bold silhouettes and eccentric color combinations that are bang on trend and easy to work into any wardrobe.

Hula Sourced from fashion insiders, Hula is an online marketplace for preowned designer brands in almost mint condition. The company gives back 5 percent of profits to associated charities. Green Ladies The first social eco-enterprise to operate a consignment model in Hong Kong. The initiative aims to promote eco-friendly habits by onselling high quality, lightly used fashion and accessories from a

physical store at a fraction of the price they would be new.

The R Collective An affordable luxury fashion label that upcycles fashion’s surplus waste materials, supports disenfranchised industry workers and works with Asia’s top sustainable supply chains to craft beautiful and innovative collections that are made to last.

Retykle A convenient way to resell outfits your little ones have already outgrown. This innovative platform allows parents to purchase second-hand designer kidswear at up to 90 percent off and resell their children’s gently worn branded items for commission.

Tove & Libra Making the most of materials such as Tencel yarns, recycled polyester and


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repurposed threads to create a unique and stylish clothing line of lightweight vests and sweaters, luxuriously soft cardigans and playful dresses.

Unspun Denim Everyone’s wardrobe staple, denim jeans, get an eco-friendly makeover. Have your exact measurements taken via a 3D body scan before selecting a preferred style and colour. Jeans are then made to order using 100 percent recycled denim from Italy.



STAY AND PLAY No holiday plans? No problem! We round up the best staycation offers available right now. By Sarah Fung

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GRAND HYATT HONG KONG In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is offering an expanded version of its famed “Escape 24” Hong Kong staycation package. Guests get to enjoy 24 hours in a Harbour View room, access to the pool and fitness centre and you choice of two perks from a list that includes club lounge access; $1,000 spending credit; breakfast for two at Grand Cafe, buy-one-get-one on spa treatments (Mon-Thu only); or a bottle of champagne and strawberries upon arrival. HOW’S THE POOL? Gorgeous. A lovely long heated outdoor pool with harbour views. Order refreshments from the Waterfall Bar or poolside grill. BEST FOR: couples seeking an indulgent weekend RATE: $2,680 +10 percent service. 1 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, 2588-1234,

LE MERIDIEN CYBERPORT With its reasonable prices and close proximity to parks, lawns and a cinema, Le Meridien Cyberport is a favourite among families. It has a ton of Hong Kong staycation packages, including the South Escape Staycation. The package includes a Tesla pickup from anywhere on Hong Kong Island, breakfast for two, a bottle of sparkling wine, two welcome eclairs and $200 spending credit for F&B during your stay. HOW’S THE POOL? We love it! overlooking the

hillside, it’s lush and green, with views of the Lamma Channel. BEST FOR: families - there’s plenty of green space to run, scoot or fly kites, and there’s a cinema nearby for a family movie night. RATE: from $1,350 per night. 100 Cyberport Rd., Cyberport, 2980-7788,



THE MURRAY The ultra-luxe Murray Hong Kong is offering a couple of spa staycation packages. Both packages include a complimentary upgrade to an Explorer Suite, daily breakfast, welcome tea at The Garden Lounge, a Barbara Sturm Instant Glow Facial for two, a spa gift and use of the vitality pool swimming pool and gym. The Spa Indulgence is $5,150, while the Rejuvenation Experience is $6,500 and includes a 60-minute meditation class for two.

Wellness at The Murray Hong Kong

HOW’S THE POOL? The Murray has an indoor lap pool and hot tub, with a living green wall. BEST FOR: Frazzled couples looking for a de-stressing wellness staycation RATE: $5,150 or $6,500, depending on the package. 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central,3141-8888,

The Pier


The Pier


Located beside Pak Sha Wan Pier overlooking Hebe Haven, The Pier, a 40-room boutique hotel, is the perfect stopping off point for exploring Sai Kung, with beaches and kayaking opportunities all within spitting distance. There are several offers for staycations; for instance, the Birthday package includes daily breakfast for two, a bottle of red wine, birthday room decor, shuttle bus and free use of the pool, gym and rooftop garden.

HOW’S THE POOL? The gorgeous rooftop pool is closed from November to April. BEST FOR: adventure-seekers who want to discover Sai Kung without having to camp. RATE: Prices for this package start at $1,600 on weekdays and $2,200 on weekends. 9 Pak Sha Wan Rd., Sai Kung,


THE ST. REGIS HONG KONG Newly opened in the heart of Wan Chai, the St. Regis Hong Kong offers a boutique hotel-style experience with first-class service, complete with a butler for the duration of your stay! From now until October 31, it’s offering a weekend stay package with $1,000 hotel credit to use in the spa or dining outlets. HOW’S THE POOL? Their heated outdoor pool is open until 10pm – perfect for a post-dinner moonlight swim. BEST FOR: pushing the boat out, and being the first of your friends to have stayed at this classy new property. RATE: From $4,400 per night

The St. Regis Hong Kong

1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chai, 2138-6888,

The Langham


The St. Regis Hong Kong

Located in the heart of TST, The Langham is offering a fab deal for Hong Kong residents until October 31. Guests get to enjoy a 10am check-in and 3pm check-out time, daily breakfast for two, pool and fitness centre access, and a complimentary Langhambranded Octopus card loaded with $50. Make sure to show your HKID on check-in. HOW’S THE POOL? Located on the rooftop, the pool is heated year-round, and there’s a hot tub for extra relaxation. BEST FOR: incredible value. This package is pretty unbeatable. Make sure to hit the New York-style Main Street Deli for a spiked milkshake and an immense slice of red velvet cake. RATE: From $1,165 plus 10%, but for our money it’s worth upgrading to a suite for club lounge access, which includes all-day refreshments and a cocktail hour. 8 Peking Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2375-1133,

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Quinoa Vegetarian By Joyce Ho, food blogger at Serves six as a side dish.




• 1 cup quinoa

1. Rinse quinoa for 3 minutes, then add to 1½ cup of boiling water. 2. Boil for 15 minutes or until all the water is evaporated, then cover for 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl to cool. 3. Blanch the asparagus in salted, boiling water for 2 minutes, then allow it to cool down and cut into ¼ inch pieces. 4. Dice the carrots, shallots, and green onions. 5. Place the peanuts in a plastic bag, and use a rolling pin to crush into small pieces. 6. Add vegetables to quinoa, then add the Liquid Aminos and sesame oil. Mix well. 7. Top with the crushed peanuts, then serve and enjoy!

• 2 cups water • 2 large shallots


45 minutes

• 3 green onions • 4 spears of asparagus • ½ carrot • ⅔ cup of peanuts • 1 tsp. sesame oil • 1 tbsp. Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)

TIP: You’ll know the quinoa is fully cooked through when it’s translucent.


• Sea salt


THE GLOW UP News from the beauty aisle




ollagen is one of the most common proteins in our bodies, and with good reason. It's a basic building block in several areas of our body, like our bones, connective tissues and muscles. Even though it’s associated with a whole range of functions, because of its structural properties, collagen (or lack thereof) often gets the rap for aging skin that starts to lose its elasticity. The good news is that there are all-natural ways to boost the collagen levels in your body - no plastic surgeon's office needed.


In order for our bodies to produce collagen, they need amino acids to make it happen. Those kinds of nutrients are found in protein-rich foods, like chicken, fish, eggs, dairy and pulses. Bone broth is one of the most common foods to target collagen intake, since the boiling process draws out the collagen that naturally exists in bones. Ensuring you’re getting enough protein, especially if you don’t eat meat, eggs or dairy, is essential to tackling low collagen levels.


Another necessary ingredient in the production of collagen is vitamin C. Sure, you can take a tablet every morning, but it’s much easier (and fun!) to make sure 36

you’re eating a diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Broccoli, kale, tomatoes, peppers, oranges, lemons there’s a smorgasbord of whole foods to choose from to give your body what it needs.


Collagen peptide powders have become big business in recent years, and you’ll find no shortage of them on the market. Hydrolyzed collagen mixes are often made from bones, fish scales or hides, with amino acid chains that have been broken down to make it easier to add to our foods, like in water, smoothies or soups. There are also other types of supplements you can take that support collagen production, such as aloe vera, algae, ginseng and cilantro extract.




Upcircle Coffee Face Scrub ($120 for 100ml)

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK Thanks to Hong Kong’s famously sky-high rents, touching up your highlights at a centrally-located and reputable (read: won’t burn your hair off) salon that won’t break the bank can be challenging. That’s why we think you’ll be very interested to know that W52 Hair & Nails on Wyndham Street is offering 20 percent off all hair services when booking with their newest stylist, Sinead, freshly arrived in the 852 from the UK. Staffed by an international team of experienced and friendly stylists, this spacious and bright salon has built something of a reputation for being crackerjack at colour and cuts - so book fast, because this deal is gonna be hair today, gone tomorrow… 4F, W Place, 52 Wyndham St., 2217-0644,


“Reusing leftover grounds from London’s coffee shops, this scrub features caffeine and other natural antioxidants that leave my skin bright and nourished.”

CARLA THOMAS, EDITOR COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid ($240 for 100ml) “This Korean brand always impresses me. I love this face exfoliator in particular for being effective yet mild enough that I can use it both day and night.”

A STURM LOOK We've been peppered with compliments all week - and we reckon it’s all down to the glow imparted by the Dr. Barbara Sturm facial we got to test-drive last week. Exclusively launched at The Murray, these facials are all about nurturing and calming reactive skin with a potent combination of serums and facial massage techniques that leave you relaxed and glowing. For the month of October the hotel is offering a “Revival Package,” comprising an Instant Glow Facial, followed by a wellness-inspired afternoon tea at the Garden Lounge. The package is priced at $1,375 for one of $2,688 for two - an incredible deal! Bring your swimsuit for a dip in the indoor pool while you’re there. 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, 3141-8888,

JASMIN BLUNCK, ADMINISTRATOR Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish Exfoliator ($350 for 200g) “Decadence in a pot! And it smells so good one wants to eat it with a cup of coffee.” 37



Tackling Canada’s Rocky Mountains By Train

As much as we love this city, we do need a good escape when things get a bit too much. And as it turns out, a trip to Canada’s wild west may be exactly what the doctor ordered. By Gayatri Bhaumik. 38



n a crisp morning in May, I join passengers gathering at a Vancouver train depot to board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer. The luxury passenger train has been whisking travellers through some of Canada’s most stunning landscapes for over twenty years, and anticipation is high as we embark on the flagship two-day “First Passage to the West” route from Vancouver to Banff. Slowly, the train begins its westward journey and Vancouver’s urban scenes give way to suburban sprawls and soon, bucolic views. As the landscapes become more natural and picturesque, the stresses of daily life slowly ebb away. Of course, travelling in an elevated Goldleaf carriage aboard the Rocky Mountaineer helps. Everything here has been designed to lull guests into a state of total relaxation. Drinks and snacks are served directly to passengers ensconced in cosy heated recliners; the friendly hosts always seem to

have a smile on their face and a story to share; and since guests don’t sleep on the train, they (and their luggage) are seamlessly shuttled off to get a great night’s sleep at swanky properties like the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Then there’s the food. It quickly becomes clear that - apart from showing travellers the most beautiful parts of Canada’s untamed west - the Rocky Mountaineer is on a mission to showcase the region’s best produce. Lavish meals are loaded with local ingredients like Yukon Gold potatoes, Pacific salmon and prawns, Alberta beef, and vegetables sourced from farmers’ markets. Delicious and nourishing, it comes without the usual heaviness that accompanies an indulgent three-course meal. There’s no WiFi onboard the train, and mobile service is spotty at best, so this is a real chance to 39


indulge in a digital detox (with the exception of the camera needed to capture the spectacular scenery.) The Rocky Mountaineer is the only passenger train allowed on this route, so you’ll see things few others ever will - and with the Goldleaf carriage’s panoramic roof, you’ll have quite the view. We sweep past hidden lakes just beginning to thaw their winter frost; spot daring wildlife like elk, deer and bears frolicking by the train tracks; and marvel as the landscape turns decidedly alpine with tall, spindly trees forming swathes of dense forests along the base of snowcapped mountains. Many of these landscapes come with fascinating stories that our train hosts are eager to share, like how the picturesque town of Craigellachie, British Columbia, is where railways from Canada’s east and west coasts were finally joined in 1885. In the pitchblack darkness of the Spiral Tunnels - a remarkable feat of engineering that allows trains to safely make the journey across the country - we learn that Lady Agnes Macdonald, the thrill-seeking wife of Canada’s first Prime Minister, John A. Mcdonald, famously attempted the notoriously dangerous descent while riding the cowcatcher, the metal grate in front of a train, in 1886. With all these anecdotes, meals and panoramas to keep us entertained, our 36-hour journey rolls by all 40

too quickly; before we know it, the Rocky Mountaineer is pulling into Banff station in the golden glow of dusk. It’s 8pm, some two hours behind schedule, but the train staff still manage to pull off a warm, efficient farewell; passengers are sent away with individual cards signed by their carriage hosts and freshly baked cookies. The train trip may be at an end and while it wasn’t particularly long, the comfortable, convivial journey has ensured that everyone is relaxed and eager to set off on whatever adventures awaits them next. For me, that’s three days of exploring some of Canada’s most photogenic national parks - Banff, Jasper and Yoho. One thing’s for sure - I’m definitely not in Hong Kong anymore. In the early morning serenity, Lake Louise is enveloped by a quiet so pervasive it’s almost tangible; this early in the season, the lake is just beginning to lose its winter ice so that while clear waters edge the shores at our feet, the lake’s furthest edges are still frozen over. At Emerald Lake, it’s all too easy to daydream about checking into the wood cabins on the central island and going off the grid in this gorgeous spot where the jewel-toned lake is fringed by thick foliage and towering mountains. Later in the season, both spots will be crowded with visitors who’ll take to the waters in canoes and kayaks but for


now, with few other travellers around, a meditative calm prevails. There’s an abundance of fresh air, too lungs clogged with city pollution will find breathing is noticeably easier in this pristine place. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy all that pure air, too; Banff has myriad outdoor activities from rockclimbing and horseback riding to whitewater rafting and fishing, but if there’s one thing a visitor here must do, it’s hiking. Even if you don’t hit the trails regularly, hiking is a great way to see Banff and its surroundings. Being short on time, I only manage to get to nearby Johnston’s Canyon, but even the 1.1-kilometre hike to the Lower Falls is enough to enjoy this peaceful area and get a glimpse of a thundering waterfall. Hiking is also one way to revel in Canada’s wide open spaces. Space is a rare resource in Hong Kong, so there’s something incredibly freeing about being immersed in landscapes where you could go for miles without seeing other people. For most travellers, the appreciation for space will come while driving through this area. The drive along the Icefields Parkway that goes from Banff to Jasper is one of the most scenic in the world; it’s a never-ending reel of jaw-dropping landmarks like the imposing Castle Mountain and the richly-coloured Vermilion Lakes. My real destination, though, is the Athabasca Glacier; standing in the middle of this glacial mass that’s been

around since the last ice age, there’s nothing but swathes of pristine white ice sheets and snow-covered mountains as far as the eyes can see. If you really want to get a sense of the scale of the Rockies, though, you’ll need to take to the air. Alpine Helicopters operates helicopter tours out of Canmore, and even the shortest 15-minute Three Sisters Peaks flight is enough to impress anyone with Banff’s raw natural beauty and immense sprawl. Our pilot, Tom, flies us through the snow-dusted peaks of the Three Sisters mountains, far above the Goat Range Provincial Park, and low across Spray Valley. By the time you land, you’re filled with a new appreciation for the luxuries of space. Flying out of Calgary nearly a week after boarding the Rocky Mountaineer, I feel like a new person. Most of us don’t realise just how much of a toll city living takes on our bodies, but a few days in Canada’s pristine west makes it very clear. The luxury train journey, high-quality produce, fresh mountain air, plenty of outdoor activity and, of course, the incredible natural surroundings, come together to create a thoroughly relaxing and restorative getaway that leaves a city dweller feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever comes their way.



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The Pavilions Himalayas


uring these topsy-turvy few months, it’s more important than ever to carve out a little time to take care of yourself. Luckily, a host of new hotels, spas and experiences across the region provide ample opportunity to press reset as we head into the last leg of the year.

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GIVE BACK IN NEPAL Autumn is one of the best times to visit Nepal and I'm a firm believer that crisp, clean mountain air has the power to refresh your perspective and fill you with purpose. If it’s meaningful travel you’re after, look no further than The Pavilions Himalayas The Farm, which is located in the glorious foothills of Pokhara. This year alone, the remote retreat has sponsored eight students to attend not-for-profit FAB Hospitality School, free primary healthcare clinic to more than 600 residents, and a road-infrastructure project to connect local communities - all by donating a portion of hotel profits. Get in on the action with the new “Lifetime Experience” package, which includes two nights in a rustic-luxe villa (powered by renewable energy no less), a hands-on cooking class with students from FAB, visits to rural villages, a half-day tour to the Buddhist monastery of Matepani Gumba, a guided hike through the Himalayan foothills, a kayaking adventure - oh, and an Ayurvedic massage. It’s a lot to pack into three days but complimentary transfers should shave off some time.


NEXT LEVEL WELLNESS IN GUANGZHOU Debuted last month, Rosewood Guangzhou is home to more than its fair share of superlatives. It’s not only the tallest five-star hotel in the world (stretching across the top 39 floors of the 108-story CTF Finance Centre), but also houses the world’s fastest elevator (at 21 meters per second), mainland China’s highest bar and restaurant (on the 107th floor)... the list goes on. But what I’m most excited about is Sense, A Rosewood Spa which is officially the largest hotel wellness space in the Greater Bay Area. Located on the 93rd and 94th floors, the comprehensive 2,628 square-metre space promises yoga studios, barre fitness classes, a 25-metre lap pool, gym, juice bar, healthy cuisine and enormous spa, not to mention nutrition consultations, personal training and physiotherapy. Who’s booking tickets on the next high-speed train?

Rosewood Guangzhou

Cliff Edge Spa Cabana

Rosewood Guangzhou

Cliff Edge Spa Cabana

FEEL THE BREEZE IN BALI Bali is a no-brainer when it comes to wellness getaways. The island has countless places to unblock your chakras and soothe your body - and one of my favourites just got even better. Alila Villas Uluwatu, set on the craggy southern cliffs, recently introduced a new slice of paradise dubbed the Cliff Edge Spa Cabana. Oh yes, this is exactly what you're picturing: sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, leaves rustling, waves crashing, and complete privacy. Choose from a menu of Alila’s all-natural spa treatments, including a signature 120-minute combo that kicks off with a foot ritual, followed by a Balinese massage, immersive sound bath and soothing eye treatment to ensure you’re as relaxed as can be.

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DAILY DOSE Everyone’s favourite vegetarian eatery The Blissful Carrot is now open seven days a week and Macau residents couldn’t be more excited! I’ve tried almost everything on their menu, and you simply can’t go wrong dining here when you’re exploring Old Taipa Village. Drinks include dairy-free coffee options, homemade kombucha and cold-pressed juices, with healthy bowls, salads, and Beyond burgers for anyone looking to fill up. Unfortunately, the BC is takeaway only, but there’s plenty of seating around the village to park at while you makeshift picnic. Pro tip: Try the banana bread with chocolate, it’s the best I’ve tried and I frequently bring a loaf with me back to HK from visits. 79 R. Direita Carlos Eugenio, Taipa Village, +853-6298-8433,


BOM DIA One of the city’s most popular cultural events is back for its 22nd year! The Lusofonia Festival introduces Portugese-speaking cultures from around the world, from major countries like Brazil to lesser-known regions like Daman and Diu in western India. Held at the Taipa Houses, right next to Old Taipa Village, attendees will find different booths from Lusofone nations, including Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and East Timor, to name just a few. Representatives of each region introduce their traditional music, arts & crafts, costumes, literature and gastronomy to the public. Expect to try lots of different Portuguese flavours and dishes, and watch live performances. Free to attend, the vibe is fantastic, and a firm favourite with locals in Macau.

Smoothie bowls are a great way to start the day and what could be better than diving into one at the Mandarin Oriental’s Lobby Lounge? An easy way to add fresh fruits and superfoods to your diet, this limited-time addition to the MO breakfast menu is ideal for anyone looking to start the day with a good source of fiber, protein and healthy fats, or if you're just sick of the hotel breakfast buffet. At MOP88 a pop, these colourful smoothie bowls are packed with deluxe ingredients like probiotic yogurt and homemade granola, and are utterly Instagrammable. When: 9:30am–12:00pm, Sept. 17–Oct. 7, 2019 Where: Lobby Lounge, Mandarin Oriental, Macau, Av. Dr. Sun Yat Sen No. 945, +853-8805-8938

When: October 18–20, 2019 Where: Taipa Houses, Av. da Praia, Carmo Zone, Taipa

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CARRY ME HOME As the weather cools, hiking Hong Kong’s beautiful trails with a baby in tow becomes a slightly more appealing prospect. Studies have shown that hiking with some weight on your back burns nearly three times the calories as without, so there’s even more incentive to strap on a kid and set out for the hills! Obviously safety comes first when choosing a carrier, but let’s face it - being comfortable carrying with those extra kilos comes a close second factor. Here are some tips on buying the perfect carrier. WHAT TO LOOK FOR: • If you’re covering longer distances on more rugged terrain you’ll want a structured backpack with a frame. Front carriers are fine for shopping and strolls up the Peak but you’ll soon feel the burn. • Sturdy and padded shoulder straps are a must for mum or dad but also check the padding inside because baby might be in there for a while • Slings are great for when baby’s small but they are sure to give you backache if you walk with them for any length of time. A structured carrier will serve you better on longer walks with heavier toddlers.

PHIL & TEDS ESCAPE CARRIER More compact than some of the other models, the P&T’s Escape carrier is sturdy while also exceptionally lightweight. There’s a day pack on the outside that can be taken off and shared with your partner to lighten the load, plus a padded baby changing mat, solid sunshade and waterproof covering. Age: from when they can hold their head up (approx. three months) to three years $1,950 available online at

LITTLE LIFE - RANGER S2 This slim and lightweight backpack is a little easier on the wallet than some of the other brands out there. It’s not the most padded though, so you’d want this backpack if you’re planning shortto medium-length trips only. Kids will love it too as the pack features a top-grab handle as well as soft, breathable material inside. Age: from six months to three years $1,599 at


OSPREY POCO AG PLUS The additional bulk that comes with the Osprey gives extra suspension and padding while the larger frame allows for better weight distribution. The Plus comes with lots of handy storage compartments so you won’t need to bring any other bags on your hike, and the SPF50 material protects your precious cargo from the rays as you walk. Age: from six months to three and a half years From $1,750,



Kids Review: Feng Wei Brunch at Hutong On the hunt for a family-friendly brunch that’ll feed the kids and entertain guests? Hutong’s “Feng Wei” brunch ticks all our boxes. There’s free-flow champagne and an array of Northern Chinese delicacies for the grownups; an impressive 12-course kid-friendly menu for little ones; and live cultural entertainment, from rainbow calligraphy to traditional Chinese puppetry, to keep everyone entertained once you’re tired of the dazzling harbour views. We were really impressed by the children’s menu, which included a selection of simple dim sum dishes to start, followed by hot mains including sweet and sour fish, sauteed chicken fillets and egg fried rice. The dishes were filling, healthy and

a world away from the pizza and chips that make up typical kids’ fare. What impressed us most, however, is that the kids menu is free for children aged 12 and under, making dining out with the fam bam a much more affordable undertaking. The cultural entertainment (there was a puppet show the day we were there) was utterly delightful, with adults and children alike entranced by the talented puppeteers. Call the restaurant for the entertainment schedule.

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KIDS SAY: Sacha, age four: “My favourite dish was the lychee ice cream! I saw boats on the water and pirates on the boats [editor’s note: there were no pirates]. The best place there was was the super secret bathroom that was not a bathroom.” Sahara, age three “all the food was so yummy and the ice cream was so yummy. I liked the funny monkey [puppet show] and it sat in my lap.”


FIRST LOCKS Mark your little one’s first haircut by turning a lock of their hair into a special Chinese calligraphy brush. This cute keepsake is available when you book a Baby’s First Haircut package at the Mandarin Barber. Displayed in a lavishly designed wooden gift box made from mahogany, ebony or rosewood, each brush is engraved with your baby’s name, birthday and any wishes for their future.

Of course you and baby can expect the finer things in life during their first haircut. From milk and cookies on arrival, to the special cutting gown and TVs built into the mirrors, this haircut really is fit for royalty. Baby’s First haircut costs $695, while the additional Chinese

calligraphy brush keepsake is an additional $888. Manadarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Rd., 2825-4088,

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