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nd we’re back! We took a short break last month to focus our attention on some other exciting Liv projects (which I’ll get into shortly), and even though it was a restful and much-needed break, I’m so happy to be back with this issue! One big reason why I’m so thrilled to be back at my desk this month could have something to do with March’s cover story. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a complete sucker for dogs (I’m super allergic to cats, don’t @ me). My love and affection know no bounds when it comes to woman’s best friend - and I have fostered the earthly reincarnation of Cerberus in my home, so trust me, I have been tested thoroughly in this regard. Fixated as I am on good boys and girls, I happened to notice that there has been an uptick in alternative pet care products and treatments in the last couple of years. From treats made with Chinese medicinal herbs to various kinds of alternative therapies for ailments, looking after your fur baby isn’t limited to just a trip to the vet anymore! We explore some of the different alternative and complementary wellness for pets right now on p.16. About those exciting new projects I mentioned... here at Liv, we got to talking one day, and came to the conclusion that we could all use something fun to pull us through the winter doldrums. So we put our heads together and came up with... the Liv Well Challenge! This is a seven-day online challenge, promoting wellness, healthy habits, and community. Find out more about this new initiative on p.22. We also sample some of the tastiest CBD treats in town (p.10), ditch the packaging in our beauty products (p.28), and get the full hotel staycation experience from the comfort of our homes on p.30. It’s good to be back!
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Jo Robinson finds her bliss with CBD-infused snacks and treats on p.10.
Sarah Fung discovers the lifechanging magic of hoovering up with her review of a Hong Konginspired vacuum on p.14.
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Trying to get back into shape but unsure about investing in a long-term gym membership in these uncertain times? For the first time ever, PURE is opening up their online fitness classes to non-members, so more of us can work out from home. The 14-day temporary membership provides access to all of their yoga and fitness classes on the PURECAST online platform for $188. You can join any class live as it happens, or stream at your leisure for up to five days afterwards. As one of the biggest fitness chains in Hong Kong, PURE has a staggering number of classes available every week so you should be able to find something you’re into. Bonus: if you’re facing a three-week hotel stay, PURE is offering to arrange free access for the entire duration of your quarantine. purecast360.com
LABEL OF LOVE
Looking for more conscious ways to spend your dollars? Newly launched fashion brand Sparks Active is athleisure with heart! Five percent of the company’s net profits are donated directly to charitable causes, via initiatives that the customer can choose upon checkout: reforestation projects in Myanmar, teacher training programs in Nepal, or free yoga classes to asylum seekers in Hong Kong. Beyond the good causes they support, the activewear label is also comfy, durable, and most importantly, comes in a range of styles, sizes and prints! They carry sports bras, leggings, tops, and a ribbed loungewear collection - perfect for when you’re just laying around, waiting for social restrictions to lift. Prices range from $300-$430. sparks-asia.com 8
Menstrual cups are easier on your body and the planet but not everyone can adjust to them, whether that’s an issue of comfort or needing an applicator to get the job done. Eco-friendly organic menstrual brand Luüna Naturals has just launched their first ever applicator tampon, in addition to the silicone menstrual cups and cotton pads and liners they already offer. Luüna’s tampons are made with hypoallergenic cotton, plus a plastic-free cardboard applicator and paper wrappers that biodegrade easily. We also love this female-led company because not only do their products rock (and contain no nasty chemicals), they’re also a social enterprise that provides period products and education to women across Asia. Cost $128 per box of 20. luuna-naturals.com
THAT’S THE SPIRIT
It’s no surprise that we love the zeroalcohol spirits trend, so we’re quite pleased to see newcomer Vergin enter the Hong Kong market. While lots of the alcohol-free options out there usually come with added sugar or additives, this South African gin alternative contains neither. You can mix up a mocktail without the fear of any hidden ingredients, giving you a healthier bevvy to savour. Vergin comes in two flavour profiles Limon (citrus) and Bloom (floral) - depending on your tastes, and can be found at drink retailer Secco. Costs $348 for a 500ml bottle. secco-hk.com
New fun activity alert! Shek Tong Tsui’s planet-friendly cafe 14 South Lane is now serving cooking workshops in addition to their delish, mostly-veggie menu. Not content with devouring their pancake stacks on a regular (ahem, weekly) basis, we’re now learning how to make them courtesy of the two brains behind it all, Atisha and Jodia. The fun 90-minute workshop ($388) unlocks the secret to their signature pumpkin quinoa pancakes, where you can embrace your inner Mary Berry and create your very own Insta-worthy feast at home.
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed an explosion of CBD around town in the last year. Once relegated to online purchases only, Hong Kong’s local businesses have embraced the cannabidiol trend, adding it in everything from sweet treats to smoothie bowls. By Jo Robinson
BE-JUICED Forget hemp seed and honeycomb; this is how you really bring your smoothie bowl to the next level! This SoHo juice joint has teamed up with LIFE CBD to add servings of CBD to cold-pressed juices, açaí bowls and smoothies. 45 Peel St., Central, bejuiced-hk.com
YOUNG MASTER BREWERY Named after the Cantonese slang word, which means to chill out or pass time, Hea CBD beers are designed to help you unwind. This series of CBD beers by local microbrewery Young Master offers four different styles of brew: Session Ale, Pale Ale, and Double IPA (which incidentally, also doubles the CBD). You can pick them up wherever Young Master is sold, or head straight to the OG CBD hotspot, Found Cafe, where you can pick up some takeaway tinnies. 8 Tai On Terrace, Sheung Wan, found.hk
CONSPIRACY CHOCOLATE With brain-boosting cacao and anxiety-reducing CBD, we love this homegrown bean-to-bar brand. Made with only four ingredients cacao beans, organic raw cane sugar, CBD isolate and hemp seed hearts - this all-natural option is a welcome addition to their already super-delicious lineup of craft chocolate flavours. Each bar contains around five servings, and is made with fellow homegrown CBD brand, Heavens Please. conspiracychocolate.com 10
DRIP 39 For a more immersive experience in edibles, swing by new cafe Drip 39 to watch them infuse the cookie of your choice with CBD. There are three flavours to choose from: rose, earl grey and marshmallow. They also have an online store with a range of products including essential oils, skincare and health supplements.
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GENTLE BRO Got a sweet tooth? These CBD gummies from Gentle Bro should be right up your alley. Made with all-natural ingredients, they come in two fruity flavours: green apple or strawberry lemonade. Swing by their store on Pottinger Street to find some of these chewy delights, or browse their extended range of products online which also include body balms and dog treats. Room 102, Lap Fai Building, 8 Pottinger St., Central, gentlebro.com.hk
LEKKER STUFF Made with sustainably sourced Belgian chocolate, die-hard chocolate fans will swoon over Lekker Stuff’s vegan chocolates. Handmade in Cape Town, these moreish chocolate bars come in either 56 percent or 70 percent dark chocolate. Order them online at their website, or swing by Feather & Bone to grab and go. lekkerstuff.shop
GREEN MONDAY TEAMS UP WITH CRYSTAL JADE FOR VEGAN MENU Beloved Chinese restaurant and dumpling purveyor Crystal Jade has partnered with plant-based social venture Green Monday to launch a new meat-free menu. The Crystal Green menu uses Omnipork to make veggie spins on classic recipes, like xiao long bao and wonton soup, as well as other dishes like sweet and sour chicken made with Spanish mock meat brand, Heura. Check it out at most Crystal Jade locations (excluding Kennedy Town and Airport). crystaljade.com.hk
AVEITA LAUNCHES ORGANIC GINGER POWDER Looking for some inspo to spice up your smoothie game? Try adding some spicy organic ginger powder from Aveita. As one of the OG superfoods, ginger is known for its immune boosting and anti-inflammatory benefits, and this dried, powdered version makes it easy to add in our morning tea. Baking fan? We also highly recommend whipping up some homemade gingerbread treats! Costs $150 for 120g. aveita.com 11
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CHOW BELLA Hotly-anticipated, new hotel The Hari opened its doors last year, and with it came two new exciting additions to Wan Chai’s culinary scene. Their Italian restaurant, Lucciola, is a masterclass in Italian cuisine done right. Simplicity is key, with top-quality ingredients that allow classic dishes to shine, from the burrata Pugliese to the amberjack carpaccio. For pasta fiends, their carbs are not to be missed. We sampled two dishes, the simple yet delicious Spaghetti Acciughe E Tomino Fresco, tossed in a sauce of Sicilian anchovies, garlic, parsley and fresh tomino cheese; and the phenomenal Paglia E Fieno Al Ragu Di Rane e Dragoncello, a tagliatelle dish made with herbs, onion, string beans, prosecco, white balsamic and (wait for it) frogs’ legs from Piedmont. For dessert, don’t miss the decadent tiramisu, made with a rich, eggy custard; and the insanely moreish lemon cake, served with white chocolate-flecked cream. We’re already planning our next visit. 2/F, The Hari, 330 Lockhart Rd., Wan Chai, thehari.com
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TEST-DRIVE Liv checks out the newest workouts and wellness trends
Urban Air Mask 2.0 from Airinum The Buzz: Masks are a dime a dozen these dozen, but that doesn’t mean that they’re all created equal. We heard about this new mask, which has a few key upgrades that had us intrigued. We picked one up to give it a test drive on Hong Kong’s mean streets. The Mask: Designed by a Swedish health tech startup, the mask is reusable and uses a filter similar to a N95 respirator. This makes it a more heavy duty option that’s meant to protect against different particles and hazardous airborne substances. Our mask kit arrives with a few different parts that require some assembly - mask “skin” (exterior), replaceable air filter, air valves, air stoppers, a head strap and a travel pouch - but after a few tries, we finally put it together. Features like adjustable ear loops make it an easy mask to tailor to our face, and it sits nicely over our mouth area without rubbing. The Verdict: A year ago it would have been hard to imagine getting excited about a face mask, but here we are! We loved the adjustable ear loops, which keep the mask snug against our mugs without any uncomfortable ear chafe. Also, because of the filter used, this mask has a bit more structure to it (not unlike a duck bill) and sits quite far off the face. This is a blessing for lipstick lovers, and to our delight, we were able to rock a bold lip under this bad boy for an entire day without a single smudge on our face or inside the mask - what luxury! Takes a bit of getting used to, but definitely a more protective and practical option for a mask you need to wear day in and day out. Two thumbs up! Cost: $498, available in Hong Kong at Lane Crawford, Homeless, or Eslite stores. airinum.com
The Dyson Digital Slim Vacuum Cleaner The Buzz: You know you’re getting to a certain age when the most exciting thing to review isn’t a hot new restaurant or a hardcore fitness programme, but a new vacuum cleaner. The Dyson Digital Slim has been designed specifically for smaller Hong Kong flats and is 20 percent smaller and 30 percent lighter than their regular models. Engineers reportedly studied cleaning habits in Hong Kong and created a machine that works well on hard floors, can reach hard-to-clean areas, and is durable enough for daily use. The Product: We unpacked the machine and were impressed by how light it was at just 1.9 kilograms. We set to work on our hardwood floors and were amazed by the quantity of dust, crumbs and stray hair this little guy was able to suck up. Now on a cleaning frenzy, we tackled mattresses and sofas, and were simultaneously grossed out and thrilled by the amount of dust that was lifted off these surfaces too. Our flat felt cleaner and fresher, and we were pleased that once our cleaning blitz was over, the Dyson Digital Slim went back in its charger. No fussing with bulky extension cords or nozzles required. The Verdict: We’ve long been fans of Dyson, and this nifty gadget is no exception. It has the same suction power as conventional models, minus the bulk. If you’ve always wanted to invest in a Dyson, take the plunge with this small but mighty model. Your flat will thank you. Cost: The Dyson Digital Slim costs $4,180-$4,880, depending on the model. Available online at dyson.hk
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Fur The Love Of Health
Alternative wellness for pets is more paw-pular than ever before! We look into four different trends that pet owners are embracing in Hong Kong right now. By Carla Thomas. 16
lternative wellness has been on the rise for years. Everything from acupuncture to naturopathy, hypnosis, herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, even energy healing disciplines like reiki and shamanism - these complementary and alternative therapies (also known as CAM) have become so popular they’re virtually mainstream. In the US, for example, an estimated 38 percent of adults and 12 percent of children use some form of CAM, according to John Hopkins Medicine. That number is as high as 90 percent in other developed countries, including Italy, Germany, France and Canada, according to another study. Inevitably, what is popular with humans becomes popular with their pets, which explains why pet owners are increasingly turning to CAM to treat their animal’s medical problems. Here are some of the different health and wellness trends available for four-legged family members, and what a local vet, Lawren Durocher-Babek, an internal medicine specialist at Veterinary Specialist Hospital, has to say about them.
HYDROTHERAPY & ACUPUNCTURE After she was diagnosed with a herniated disc, Stella Tse’s dog Lucy had spinal surgery and was left without the use of her back legs. On the advice of her veterinarian, Tse brought her dog to HEAL Animal Wellness and Rehabilitation to help restore some of Lucy’s mobility. HEAL is an integrative care centre for domestic animals in Sai Ying Pun, offering services like hydrotherapy, massage and acupuncture. Although Tse, who is from Hong Kong, was already familiar with traditional forms of medicine, she wasn’t entirely convinced about their use on animals. “I was aware of acupuncture treatment for dogs before, but I was skeptical about it,” admits Tse. Despite her reservations, she started bringing Lucy for hydrotherapy and acupuncture sessions. After two to three months of a weekly hydrotherapy regimen, as well as fortnightly acupuncture, Lucy was able to walk on all fours again. According to Wendy Tan, a certified canine hydrotherapist and the owner of HEAL, for dogs like Lucy there is a “golden window” of around six months after a spinal injury where rehabilitation programmes can be effective. “In Lucy’s case, we have been able to get her back on her feet, and while there is permanent residual neurological deficit because of her injury, today she’s not only able to walk, but can also run up the stair-ramp to get into the pool,” says Tan. Because Lucy was also receiving care from a team of other veterinary specialists, Tan says she’s a great example of how alternative therapies are an effective part of a multidisciplinary team to provide more holistic care with better outcomes.
What does the vet say? Physiotherapy, including acupuncture and hydrotherapy, can make a huge difference in recovery from injuries and surgery in our patients. I have personally seen these modalities speed up the healing process and relieve the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis in some patients. This is becoming more mainstream in modern veterinary care. A comprehensive treatment plan may combine Eastern medicine with more conventional medicine, and it is important to work as a team with your veterinarian to understand how different modalities can work together.
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HERBAL MEDICINE MEDICINE Chinese herbal therapies have been in use for thousands of years, but it’s probably fair to say that it’s only in recent times Vivian Tang that it’s been applied to animals. But with a growing market for pet healthcare, more brands are starting to embrace the use of ancient medicinal practices on four-legged clientele. Wai Yuen Tong, a 123-year-old Hong Kong brand specialising in traditional Chinese medicine healthcare products, developed their own product line of TCM-inspired herbal supplements for pets two years ago. The formulations use all-natural ingredients like cordyceps, shiitake extract and longan fruits, to promote health in different bodily systems like respiratory, bones & joints, or immunity function, as well as more general supplements to boost vitality. “We were seeing a need for homegrown, eco-friendly and socially-conscious pet products,” says Vivian Tang, executive director of Wai Yuen Tong. As the third generation of her family to head the TCM company, Tang says that Eastern remedies offer the same advantages to pets as they do to their owners. “We believe that Chinese herbs are suitable for animals because Western medicines may cause unwanted side effects,” says Tang. She adds that in Chinese philosophy, Western medicine is believed to treat only symptoms - not the source of a problem. “Chinese medicine focuses on the inner balance of something to improve health first, by diagnosing through symptoms, then addressing the underlying root causes of those problems. We believe that ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’”
What does the vet say? A large portion of modern medicines are rooted in naturally occurring compounds, and I think in time we will find more and more Chinese herbs that can replace some of our mainstream medications. Herbal medicines such as Yunnan Baio and Denamarin are already being incorporated into modern veterinary treatments. Herbs must be high quality to be safely prescribed and should come from a reputable supplier. It is very important to discuss any Chinese medications you are using with your veterinarian so that we can make sure that they don’t interfere with other medications.
CBD Another plant-based alternative treatment catching on with pet owners is CBD. Otherwise known as cannabidiol, CBD is the second most active ingredient in marijuana. Once the ingredient is extracted from the cannabis plant, however, it loses the strong psychoactive effects of the street drug and instead offers a host of useful benefits for users. Reports suggest it may help with treating anxiety, pain, insomnia and epilepsy, and as a result, it has found its way into a range of different CBD product lines. Hong Kong brand Gentle Bro does two different CBD pet products - an oil tincture and dog treats - which they sell at their Pottinger Street shop, as well as online. Found, the city’s first CBD-focused cafe and concept store, sells an organic, chicken-flavoured CBD oil for pets which promotes joint health and anxiety relief. The trend is so popular that even legacy brands like Wai Yuen Tong are getting in on the action; the company is planning on launching its own herbal-infused CBD pet product line in the spring, alongside its TCM offerings. “More of our customers are looking for CBD products, and we anticipate natural pet therapy will continue to be a big trend in the future,” says Tang, the group’s executive director.
What does the vet say? We don’t have enough studies to prove that CBD oil is beneficial for cats and dogs, but many people believe it is. Dogs and cats metabolise cannabinoid oil differently than people and they need higher doses to see a response. Studies are currently underway to see if CBD oil is beneficial in pets with seizures, as well as with pain management. Marijuana and its derivatives can be toxic to pets, so discuss this with your veterinarian.
Bioresonance Bioresonance is a non-invasive healing therapy, which seeks to promote the body’s self-healing response through electromagnetic frequency patterns. Proponents of this alternative therapy believe that illness and dysfunction occur at a cellular level, when cells are not able to communicate with one another properly due to toxins, viruses, bacteria, allergens, or radiation. Using electrodes that allow the body’s cells to vibrate at their “natural frequency,” bioresonance purportedly treats the condition. Waveworks is a bioresonance therapy clinic offering services for animals. The centre’s owner and lead bioresonance therapist, Monica Wai, initially trained as an animal bioresonance therapist before expanding her practice to humans. She believes the therapy has a lot to offer patients who are unable to communicate their symptoms. “For many pet owners, the worst part is being uncertain about what the animal is suffering from, and where they are experiencing pain,” says Wai. “As an animal therapist, I can help bridge that gap by applying bioresonance technology to pinpoint not only the illness, but also what is causing the illness.” She treats animal health issues ranging from ailments in digestive systems, skin disorders, pain management, and mobility issues, as well as allergen testing. The goal is to help pets in a non-invasive and effective manner, without having to resort to potentially harmful medications and painful tests.
What does the vet say? Not enough is known yet about bioresonance, so I would urge caution using this method of diagnostics in place of other testing methodologies. If your pet is sick, it is important to have them evaluated by a qualified veterinarian at the first signs of significant symptoms. Many diseases can be treated effectively only if diagnosed early.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE The recent spate of dog poisonings at Cyberport Park shocked Hong Kong’s community of pet-lovers. We speak to VSH’s Dr Erik Zager, Emergency Critical Care Specialist; and Dr Joanna Mockford, an emergency veterinarian, on how to protect our pets from poisonings, and what to do if you suspect your pet may have ingested poisoned bait.
VSH’S EMERGENCY CARE LINE: 2408-2588 In addition to having your primary care veterinarian, it’s useful to have the number of a nearby 24-hour emergency vet. That way, if your pet is in need of emergency care, you can save precious time researching clinics and get help faster. You can also call ahead and give the team time to prepare for your arrival. VSH has emergency clinics on both sides of the harbour. Or, ask your primary care vet for a recommendation. In addition to emergency services, the VSH team of board-certified specialists are recognised as experts by the Hong Kong Veterinary Surgeons Board in a broad range of disciplines, including
Q What symptoms do poisoned dogs exhibit? Joanna Mockford: Different poisons present different symptoms, but in the case of Cyberport Park, the animals presented with heavy panting, high temperatures and lots of drooling. Some dogs vomited, but some didn’t. Q What should I do if I think my dog has eaten something suspicious, or if they’re showing symptoms of poisoning? Erik Zager: First of all, don’t panic. Call your primary care veterinarian, or contact a 24-hour emergency clinic. Luckily, we live in Hong Kong, and a 24-hour vet is never too far away. The emergency veternarian will induce vomiting in a safe and controlled manner, or they will dose your pet with activated charcoal, which is a very safe way to absorb toxins that have been ingested. They will also perform tests and provide treatments depending on the suspected type of poison. It’s better to be cautious so bring your pet in, even if you’re not sure. Don’t wait to see if they improve, as quick treatment is key.
Q Should I try and make them vomit at home? JM: We recommend that you don’t do that unless you’re under direct advice from a vet. Lots of things can go wrong if you try to induce vomiting at home.
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Q I’ve found some suspicious-looking meat. Should I bring it in for testing? EZ: If it's safe to do so and you’re able to pick it up without touching it directly (for example, using a plastic bag), then your vet can help to contact a government lab and get it tested. It’s not normal to see meat lying around, so treat any that you find with suspicion.
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Q How else can I protect my dog? JM: For the time being, it’s better to walk your dog on a leash, and avoid areas we know that poisoners are operating. Some owners are opting for what we call a “Baskerville” muzzle, which fixes a basket around the dog’s nose and mouth. If you go for this muzzle, make sure your dog is comfortable and able to pant and drink water.
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Feeling bored after weeks of social restrictions? Inject a little inspiration into your daily routine! Sign up for the Liv Well Challenge and join an online community of wellness warriors for one incredible fun-filled week.
t’s been a tough 12 months, and we could use a healthy dose of fun competition. To help boost our collective mental, physical and emotional wellbeing, we’re launching the first ever Liv Well Challenge from March 15-21.
WHAT IS IT? It’s an online challenge, where players compete for the chance to win amazing prizes while they partake in activities and habits that promote wellbeing. Participants receive a new task every morning that they must complete, from one of seven different pillars of health: mind, nutrition, creativity, sleep, movement, social and and purpose. There will be one major challenge per day, with two additional “mini” challenges per day if participants want to push themselves further.
HOW DOES IT WORK? Sign up for the challenge by registering online at Ticketflap, and starting from March 14 (the day before the challenge begins), you'll receive emails every evening detailing the following day’s challenge. You’ll also get a healthy dose of wellness news related to the day’s theme, plus some inspirational content that we’ve curated just for you. 22
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Then, all you have to do is complete the challenges and share your journey on social media, remembering to tag Liv Magazine and #LivWellChallenge. Each day, our favourite post will win a prize courtesy of the day’s Challenge partner. At the end of the week, there will also be grand prizes for the best Liv Challengers who post all seven challenges of the week! The first 200 people to enter will receive a welcome pack filled with treats worth more than $500, and everyone who signs up will be entitled to exclusive offers and discounts from Hong Kong's top wellness brands. Get ready to feel amazing, win prizes, score an awesome goodie bag filled with swag AND raise money for a good cause with the Liv Well Challenge!
Liv Well Challenge
THE CHALLENGES What kinds of challenges are coming your way? We’ve designed a seven-day lineup of fun and accessible tasks that anyone can do. All of the daily challenges promote a healthier, happier you, so get a group of your best pals together and spread the love! Here’s a peek at what we’re planning... MARCH 15
THE MOVEMENT CHALLENGE
THE NUTRITION CHALLENGE
THE CREATIVITY CHALLENGE
PRESENTED BY PURE
PRESENTED BY RISE BY CLASSIFIED
PRESENTED BY ZEROYET100
Get back to nature! Make it somewhere you’ve never been before, whether it’s a night hike, jogging or skating. Just head out and enjoy our urban landscape. You could win: a one-month all-access pass to all of PURE’s 22 locations.
THE MINDFULNESS CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY MINDFUL STUDIO Write down 10 things, big or small, that you genuinely feel grateful for. You could win: a private class and five group classes at Mindful Studio.
Eat the rainbow! Make a healthy meal using seven differentcoloured foods. No food colouring allowed please! You could win: dinner for two at Rise by Classified valued at $750, plus a goodie bag worth $500.
Make a face or hair mask at home. We’ll email you a simple recipe that you can use any time you need a pick-me-up. You could win: a hamper filled with skincare products valued at more than $1,000 from ZeroYet100.
THE SLEEP CHALLENGE
THE SOCIAL CHALLENGE
PRESENTED BY OKOOKO BY EUROPEAN BEDDING
Meet a friend that you haven’t spoken to in over a month for lunch or a coffee. Keep off your phone until you’re done! You could win: a private yoga class for you and a friend by fitfluencer
Spend an hour or two transforming your bedroom into a sleep haven by tidying and reorganising your space. You could win: a Heveya organic latex pillow valued at more than $1,000 from Okooko by European Bedding.
THE PURPOSE CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY FEEDING HONG KONG Fill a box with pantry staples and donate it to Feeding Hong Kong. We’ll email you a list of what to pack. You could win: a JENG! Box filled with self-care treats worth more than $1,700. Don’t forget to check the mini challenges, which will be revealed in our daily email! Complete them all for a chance to win additional prizes, courtesy of Spicebox Organics.
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THE GRAND PRIZES In addition to the daily prizes, we also have some seriously awesome grand prizes for the best social feeds of the week!
A STAYCATION FOR TWO AT GRAND HYATT HONG KONG! Courtesy of Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, we have a staycation up for grabs, inclusive of breakfast at the Grand Cafe, and a takeaway afternoon tea set for two. SECOND PRIZE
A SET OF HEVEYA® BAMBOO SHEETS FROM OKOOKO BY EUROPEAN BEDDING! Upgrade your bed with these gorgeous bamboo Lycoell sheets from Okooko by European Bedding! The sheets are worth up to $2,976, depending on the size.
BRUNCH FOR FOUR AT TMK RAP & ROLLS! Courtesy of Pirata Group, we have a brunch for four at their newly opened TMK Rap & Rolls on Moon Street in trendy Starstreet Precinct. The meal is valued at $1,600 and features healthy nori bowls and drinks. 24
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HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR CHALLENGE #livwellchallenge
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VIA GOOGLE FORM
Upload a photo and caption using the hashtag #LivWellChallenge, tagging @liv.magazine and that day’s Challenge Partner.
Create a #LivWellChallenge Highlights folder and save all your stories there. Be sure to use the #LivWellChallenge hashtag, and tag @liv.magazine and that day’s Challenge Partner.
Upload a photo and caption to your newsfeed, making sure to set the post to public so we can see it. Use the hashtag #LivWellChallenge and tag Liv Magazine’s Facebook page, and the page of that day’s Challenge Partner.
Not on IG? The daily email will include a link to a Google form where you may choose to upload your content instead. Just follow the instructions provided!
YOUR ENTRY GETS YOU: • A limited-edition Liv Well Challenge tote filled with gifts valued at more than $500 (first 200 signups) • Seven-day access to PURECAST online fitness and yoga classes • Exclusive perks, freebies and offers from our partners
• Daily emails outlining one main and two mini challenges • Insightful and inspiring wellness content to help motivate you
• Chance to win one of three Grand Prizes for best overall entries • Donation to Love21 Foundation
• Chance to win prizes every day of the contest
IN SUPPORT OF ACCESSIBLE WELLNESS The Liv Well Challenge wraps up on March 21, which is International Down Syndrome Day. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Love 21 Foundation, which provides fitness, nutritional classes and education to youths and families living with Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorder in Hong Kong.
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Naagin Tofu Scramble By Naagin Tofu scramble is a vegan and oh-so-easy swap to make for regular scrambled eggs. You can also experiment with different veggies combos like spinach, mushrooms, and green onions to make this a super-healthy meal that offers extra vitamins and minerals. This scramble uses Naagin Hot Sauce, but you can substitute with any hot sauce you have on hand.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Easy
• ½ onion, diced
1. Prepare the tofu by draining it, wrapping it in a clean cloth or napkin, and placing a plate or heavy object on top to press the water out (around 30 minutes). 2. Once pressed, cut into one-inch cubes before crumbling with your hands or a fork to get the right consistency. 3. Heat oil on high in a large skillet or frying pan, and add onion, green pepper, and crumbled tofu. Saute for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. 4. Add garlic powder, onion powder and soy sauce. 5. Reduce heat to medium and allow to cook 5 to 7 more minutes, until any residual moisture from the tofu evaporates. 6. Add nutritional yeast and hot sauce, and stir well. Enjoy!
• ½ green bell pepper, diced • 1 block tofu • 2 tbsp oil • 1 tsp garlic powder • 1 tbsp soy sauce
TIP: Wrap in a warm flour tortilla with salsa for a plant-based breakfast burrito.
• ½ tsp turmeric (optional) • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast • 1 tsp onion powder • 2-3 tbsp hot sauce
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THE GLOW UP News from the beauty aisle
GOING AU NATUREL:
HONG KONG’S BEST ZERO-WASTE BEAUTY SHOPS One of the easiest ways to start making eco-friendly changes is in your daily beauty routine, by shopping consciously and skipping the packaging. By Carla Thomas
L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE This French beauty retailer just opened their its sustainability concept store in Pacific Place. The shop offers low- and zero-waste beauty products such as bar soaps, refill packs, and recycled PET bottles. They also offer workshops to promote more sustainable consumption habits. Check out their in-store recycling programme, where shoppers can bring in their empty beauty containers in exchange for points that you can accumulate to score free swag. Shop 156, L?1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 6173-1712, hk.loccitane.com
LUSH This all-natural beauty brand has long been ahead of the curve of the zerowaste beauty movement, and now offers packaging-free versions of many key producuts, from soaps and shampoos to body lotion and cosmetics. They also operate a "closed loop" recycling system for their packaging - so bring your empties back to them - for the planet! Outlets citywide, including Shop Q, Hong Kong Mansion, 2-10 Great George St., Causeway Bay, 2153-9680, hk.lush.com
SLOWOOD A treasure trove of eco-friendly alternatives, Slowood has a formidable bulk beauty section of plant-based personal care products - just turn up with some empties and fill ‘er up! Purists will love the DIY Australian clay mask line ($0.50/ gram), which includes recipes for at-home masking with all-natural beauty boosters like cucumber juice, rosewater and jojoba seed oil. 11 Davis St., Kennedy Town; Shop No.151, 1/F, DB Plaza (Block C), Discovery Bay, slowood.hk
LIVE ZERO A one-stop shop for all your bulk-buying needs, you can find everything you need at this zero-waste mecca, situated on the slopes of Sai Ying Pun (there’s also a second location in Sai Kung). Technically two stores located across from one another on High Street, their beauty shop carries a whole range of bulk options, like shampoos and conditioners for different hair types, body wash, moisturisers, and skincare products. While not technically zero-waste, we also swoon for their vegan, eco-friendly cosmetic brands as well, like 7-free nail polish brand Sienna. G/F, 33 High St., Sai Ying Pun, 9433-3394, livezero.hk 28
WHAT WE DO WITH THE SHADOWS
If you find eyeshadow a faff, you can still get a perfectly blended look in 10 seconds or less thanks to Eye Majic, a nifty invention that gives you flawless eyeshadow every time. Developed in Australia, these eyeshadow applicators use a fine, highly-pigmented powder that goes onto the eyes in a single swipe and stays put throughout the day. We love that each compostable set can be used up to three times, and you don't have to worry about bacteria, like you might do with a regular palette that sits in your makeup bag for years on end. There are a huge range of colours available, from smokey eyes to jazzy brights and everything in between. $260 for 20 sets. Shop online at clevercosmetics.club.
Rihanna is the undisputed queen, it’s true. She’s already a music and fashion icon, and with the launch of inclusive beauty brand, Fenty Beauty, she’s now a cosmetics mogul as well. Her latest venture is skincare line, Fenty Skin, inspired by Rihanna’s own experience for a simple yet effective beauty routine. With only three products, we like how minimalist the collection is, designed to offer lots of benefits in just a few easy steps, rather than lots of unnecessary cleansers, toners, serums and creams. Packed with skincare powerhouses like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, each multitasking product is designed to hit several different skincare bases, like a 2-in-1 cleanser and makeup remover, a pore-refining toner and serum, and moisturising broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. Some items also offer refillable packaging, which we’re always in favour of (see our story on zero-waste beauty shops on the opposite page!). Prices range from $210-$310, and you can find it at Sephora. sephora.hk
RIGHT AT HOME with Kate Springer
y the looks of it, we’ll be spending another year at home in 2021. Even though the Hong Kong government is readying to roll out its vaccine programme this month, it’s unlikely we’ll be travelling again anytime soon. And with offices, gyms, spas, restaurants, bars and pools closing for months-long stretches at times, it’s more important than ever to ensure your personal space feels like a true haven, somewhere you can unwind and recharge your batteries. Whether you’re keen to recreate a relaxing hotel experience at home or simply want to revamp your space with a few cosy, calming touches, check out these robes, linens, candles, room sprays and delicious deliveries from the city’s top hotels.
The Upper House
BATHROOM BLISS If you’ve been to The Hari Hong Kong, then you probably took note of the hotel’s velvety “Kapua” (which means “cloud” in Maori) bathrobes by global luxury lifestyle company, Kashwere. If not, you have a lot to look forward to! Made with a mix of cotton, velour and a speciality “wunderyarn” weave, these custom knit robes are impossibly soft, absorbent and ideal for lounging. Robes from $1,000. thehari.com
BACK TO BED There is something about the clean, crisp sheets of a hotel bed that just lull us to sleep. Get that cosy feeling to your own home with bedding and linens via The Upper House: the spa-like hotel sources its 100 percent cotton sheets, duvets and pillowcases from homegrown Hong Kong company, King Long Textiles, while you can thank Sealy for the cloud-like mattress toppers. From $780 for king-sized white sheets; $1,100 for king-sized mattress topper. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 2918-1838.
The Hari Hong Kong
COCKTAIL PARTY With bars closed one minute, then open the next, cocktail lovers may be missing their favourite creations. The Four Seasons has bottled up one of its most popular concoctions - the Caprice Negroni - for takeaway, so you can enjoy the herbaceous, bittersweet classic anytime, anywhere, alongside bar snacks like flavoured almonds and juicy olives. From $355 (serves two). Order online, pick up from the lobby. shopfourseasonshk.com
TRANSCENDENT SCENTS Did you know that most hotels have a signature scent? And at The St Regis, that’s “Caroline’s Four Hundred”. Inspired by Caroline Astor - the mother of St Regis founder John Jacob Astor IV - the scent embodies the grandeur and grace of Mrs. Astor’s famed New York galas in the late 1800s and early 1900s. If you love woody, crisp and lightly floral fragrances, try the candle or room spray, which will instantly elevate your surroundings to a luxurious new level. The hotel also sells its Frette robes, bed linens, bespoke crystal glassware, and more, if you want to complete the scene. From $850. buys.hk/stregis-hk
W Hong Kong
The Four Seasons
If you’re celebrating a birthday or special occasion, W Hong Kong has just the thing: creative pastries from Executive Pastry Chef Baptiste Villefranque. Available via the hotel’s online shop, these beautiful creations range from an “Intense Tahiti” vanilla cake to a “3D Rainbow Sparkles” cake with M&Ms hidden in the middle, refreshing mango tarts, and edible “bouquets” of lychee roses, chocolate crumble “soil” and vanilla sponge cake. The St Regis
From $220. whongkong-shop.com
SPA DAYS Just like restaurants and bars, spas have been hit or miss this year. The Peninsula Spa has introduced several relaxing ways to unwind at home, for anyone in need of some pampering. Shop online for Margy’s Monte Carlo facial collections, “Sleep On It” gift sets, and VOYA Home Spa Retreat Kits with organic products powered by antioxidant-rich seaweed. From $304. gifts.peninsula.com/hongkong/spa
Kate Springer is a Hong Kong-based lifestyle writer who contributes to Vogue, CNN, Home Journal, Tatler, BBC Travel, Forbes Travel Guide, Fodor’s, Vice, and more. You can follow her on Instagram @katespringer. Send news about exciting home and design stories to email@example.com.
FIT FAM with Zoe Belhomme
THE PERFECT FIT How to choose the right mask for your child
ace masks aren’t going away anytime soon, so make sure that your child is wearing one that’s comfortable and fits correctly. Hong Kong pandemic regulations currently state that everyone over the age of two must wear a mask in public spaces, including on public transportation and in schools. That’s easier said than done; depending on your child’s age, it’s likely that they’ve ripped one off, refused to wear it, or flung it across the room like a slingshot. While it’s unlikely your little one will start loving wearing a face mask anytime soon, here are some of the best options I’ve found to reduce discomfort and keep everyone safe during COVID.
THE WEE BEAN
The Wee Bean’s range of hypoallergenic organic cotton masks have adjustable ear loops and come with plenty of PM2.5 filters for added protection from fine airborne particulates. They also carry really cute prints that are sure to appeal to younger kids. $100 each from theweebean.com
Krak masks are made from soft cotton with a pocket where you can slip in a filter for added protection. Available in three sizes, the smallest is perfect for toddlers while the medium works for children aged five and upwards. The best part is the surprise message hidden in the folds of each mask - just like in a fortune cookie! $108 each from petittippi.com
MARKS & SPENCER
Marks & Spencer’s cotton masks for children are a solid economical choice, offering antibacterial protection for up to 40 washes. Available in just one size, these simple masks work better for older kids. $169 for five, marksandspencer.com 32
This Japanese lifestyle brand had its Airism masks embraced early on in the pandemic, with mask-wearers loving its threeply protection and breathability. They’re super soft, comfortable, and quick to dry after washing, making them great for busy mums and dads. The smallest size is ideal for preschoolers. $59 for three, uniqlo.com.hk
SHARKING RESPONSIBILITIES Baaaaa-byyyy SHARK! Doo doo doo doo doo doo! The creators behind YouTube’s most viewed video, “Baby Shark”, are teaming up with EcoDrive Hong Kong to raise awareness around single-use plastics and the harm they cause to the environment. Pinkfong (the creators of the viral video) have created a Baby Shark spin-off of sorts, called “No Single-Use Plastic,” which is designed to resonate with preschoolers and young children. With an eye-watering 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste dumped in Hong Kong landfills every day, it’s never too early to start talking to the next generation about the importance of eco-friendly habits. So even if you’re sick to death of the song, give this planet-friendly version a whirl! https://bit.ly/2NxoF1e
WILD AT HEART Like a lot of parents with young children, I’ve really missed playgrounds and indoor play parks during the pandemic. So when I heard that The Big Things playroom in The Mills was opening up to small groups, I couldn’t wait to give it a go with my two small girls. From climbing frames to obstacles and slides, the space is designed to capture the imagination of kids between the ages of 6 months to 8 years. There are also several interactive augmented reality activities; my 2.5-year old, Orla, enjoyed designing her own tiger character on a digital table before projecting him on the wall to watch him interact with other characters. It’s also great for tinier tots; my youngest, Gilly is just about a year old, and was still content crawling around and exploring in relative freedom. Sessions last an hour but you can pay for an additional 30 minutes if you’re really enjoying yourself. Tickets are $140 per hour on weekdays, or $190 on weekends and public holidays, and cover 1 adult and 1 child. Shop 205-207, 2/F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par St., Tsuen Wan, thebigthings.com.
Zoe Belhomme is our resident fitness writer and new mum. She loves working out, eco-friendly parenting, and partnering with her husband to produce some of the region’s biggest sports events at MBS Concepts. Reach out to her directly with your healthy family news at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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