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Girls’ Trip

Women-only retreats in Bali

Make Some Noise

Your New Brunch Fave

Stir it up with shakshuka

Sound therapy to clear your head

Who Gives a Sheet Mask? A primer on K-skincare

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S R E K N I R D N O N

ooze... b o t o n g are sayin s r e g n o e Hongk ng fun i v a h l l Why mor i t but s

WIN tons of treats from our two-year anniversary giveaway bonanza on page 22!


OCTOBER

05 Editor’s Letter

LIV | NEWS 06 Wishlist

Lovely things we want right now

08 It’s a Date

Events for your diary

12 Hot Right Now

New happenings on the wellness scene

14 Fresh Cuts

Dining news that’s good for you

16 Cheat Day

Because #YOLO

18 Reviews

Barre at Defin8 and "Stressy Head" therapy at UP!health

32 Ding Dong

How Hongkongers are using sound therapy to destress

36 Heart and Seoul K-beauty, explained

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LIV | MORE 40 Recipe

Your new favourite brunch recipe: Olive Leaf’s Shakshuka

42 Pamper

Our beauty picks for this month

44 Travel

Women-only wellness retreats in Bali

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50 Macau

Dispatches from our sister SAR

58 Can’t Liv Without

Nikita Ramchandani, Kita Yoga

LIV | STORIES

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26 The Dry Life

You don’t need to drink to have fun - here’s how

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EDITOR’S LETTER

KEEP THE TIPPLE Ever wake up bleary-eyed on a Sunday, feeling like you’ve wasted a precious weekend, thanks to the excesses of the night before? We’ve all been there, but increasingly, many of us are now saying “no thanks” to booze. But not because of a fear of dependence or an unhealthy relationship with drink; it’s simply not serving us anymore. While I’m personally not quite ready to give up a cheeky cocktail (and let’s face it, I never will be), it’s easy to see the appeal of a drinkfree (or at least, drink-less) life: mental clarity, increased energy... and those cringeworthy what did I do last night? flashbacks nothing but a distant memory. Oh, and you get your Sundays back for real adventures. Read all about it on p.26. Sound therapy, to help relax, improve sleep and guide listeners into a meditative state, has really been taking off recently. Even big spas around the city are increasingly enhancing their wellness experiences with the power of sound. Read more on p.32. The summer holidays feel so long ago, but we’re all revved up for our next trip after reading about Bali’s women-only retreats. Whether you want to learn to surf, kick butt at CrossFit or just do yoga and meditate, you can take time for yourself with a solo trip to paradise. Get inspired on p.44. P.S. It’s our birthday! Liv Magazine turns two this month, and what a fabulous ride it’s been. Thank you to all our readers, clients and

MEET OUR CONTRIBUTORS Adam White looks at non-drinkers through a new lens in our cover story on p.26.

Our writer Zoe Belhomme went on a women-only retreat in Bali last summer, and learned to surf. Read all about it on p.44.

Speaking of girl’s trips, Kate Springer has the deets on a great spa getaway with your squad on p.48.

Hot on the trail of new beauty launches Rachel Read steps inside Wyndham Street’s new church of skincare, p.42.

Want to give Korean beauty a whirl? Sanchita Daswani shows us the ropes on p.36.

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Retail Therapy

WISHLIST

Here's what we're crushing on this month

COOKING MAMA

This candy-coloured KitchenAid is helping a good cause: a portion of proceeds from sales go to benefit the Hong Kong Cancer Fund. $5,480 from jselect.com.

CURRANT EVENTS

HIT THE BAR

For when patchouli just doesn’t cut it, these highly relatable soap bars cover just about every one of life’s weird little moments, with an extra dose of sarcasm. US$8.95 from whiskeyriversoap.com.

Did you know that blackcurrants are crazy good for you? These freeze-dried currants are rolled in white chocolate so they're seriously yummy too. $45 from naturallygood.hk.

PEDAL POWER

Perfect for Hong Kong’s small spaces, the Brompton city bike folds up to go under a desk or even on the MTR. $11,000. Find stockists at brompton.com.

SLOE RIDE

$50 from sales of this gorgeous pink gin will go to benefit the Hong Kong Cancer Fund. $550 from crafted852.com.

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Retail Therapy

STIR IT UP

These organic cooking pastes by Thai brand Mekhala make it super easy to create a gourmet Thai meal from (almost) scratch. $95 from profood.hk.

HOW SWEET

Get your green juice in with these cute-as-a-button gummy bears that are actually good for you. US14 for a large bottle from sugarfina.com.

THE LITTLE THINGS

Whether you’re running an outdoor workout or you’re hitting the beach, these tiny but tough and powerful speakers will help you bring the tunes. $999 from bose.com.

TOP OF THE CROPS We love the deep teal and crisscross strap of Pure Apparel's Wrapsody bra. $480 from be-pure.com.

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Calendar

IT’S A DATE

NOV 17-19

WHAT A FLAP

Hong Kong’s premier music and arts festival, Clockenflap, is back! To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the organisers have pulled in some big crowd-pleasing headliners. Confirmed acts include Massive Attack, The Dandy Warhols and the legendary Prodigy, but don’t forget there’s lots of upcoming local and international music talent playing throughout the weekend. Each year the festival grows from strength to strength and now includes artistic performances, craft stalls and a huge range of F&B outlets. General admission three-day weekend tickets are $1,620, though separate one-day tickets are available. Children under 12 go free as long as they’re accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at clockenflap.com/tickets.

OCT 14, 21, 28 AND NOV 4

WE LIKE TO MOVE IT

Held in collaboration with Guavapass and The Vibe Tribe, The Movement Market will take place across four weekends. It's a day of movement and yoga classes by Hong Kong's top yogis and fitness instructors. You can also get to know local brands such as Yoga BamBam, Yarn in the Works, Now No Waste (their reusable tea flasks, pictured) and Kombucha Macau. Ten percent of all ticket sales will be donated to Plastic Oceans. $200 includes one class or $350 for two. 10:30am-3:30pm, MANA! Cafe, 8 Tai On Terrace, Sheung Wan. Tickets from eventbrite.hk.

NOV 4

GET MUDDY

Not for the faint of heart, the Spartan Super distance features 25 obstacles and physical challenges spread across a 13k course that will not just test your fitness but also your grit and resolve. Participants must scale walls, crawl beneath barbed wire in the mud and traverse monkey bars in order to become a true spartan. Can’t complete a challenge? You’ll be punished with penalty burpees! $880. Location to be announced. Details at www.spartanrace.hk.

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MVMT MKRS NOV 3-5

WHERE'S YOUR HEAD AT?

With the aim of growing the conversation and reducing the stigma around mental health in Hong Kong, the Mental Health Conference aims to bring the subject out into the open. Featuring experts at the forefront of research in the field, the conference is an innovative, global forum for educators, insurers, government, health specialists and caregivers. The final day will be open to the public, with a showcase of mental health resources available in Hong Kng. Free, but registration required. Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. HKAM Jockey Club Building, 99 Wong Chuk Hang Rd., Aberdeen. hkmentalhealthconference.com.

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BOOGIE NIGHTS

Want to spend a Friday night working up a sweat? Sign up to Dance & Burn and get your groove on for three glorious hours of dancing and fitness classes hosted by international presenters and instructors. $380. 7:15pm, Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, 23 Waterloo Rd., Yau Ma Tei. Call 9859-8620 or email defin8fitness@gmail.com or call to reserve your spot.

LAUNCH DAY

S ATURDAY OCT 21 2 P M -4 P M

Fitness and Movement Teachers - Join us as we launch our platform to support our professional community in Hong Kong! We are creating Movement Makers to be on top of the emerging paradigm shift, together.

WHO + WHAT? 6 panelists, sharing their best actionable advice on how to thrive as a ďŹ tness and movement teacher in Hong Kong:

CLARE LIM + AARON MARTIN SharedSpace + Millennial Movement Podcast Introducing the Movement Makers Community

DEE CHEUNG ENTREPRENEUR, SUP YOGA, FLOAT ON HK How to be a Preferred Partner / Ambassador

SIOBHAN DUMIGAN Creative Director, I AM Concepts Creating an Outstanding Signature Class

IRIS MIR

Entrepreneur, IRISdancewear The Power of Branding and Partnerships

FYIONA TSANG Millennial Coach, Wholistic Coachsulting The Millennial Question, Advantages / Disadvantages

FREE ENTRANCE

FOR FITNESS AND MOVEMENT TEACHERS ONLY RSVP: www.sharedspace.hk/mvmtmkrs

WHERE?

SharedSpace

Movement Studio + Platform IG/FB @sharedspacehk 31/F, The Sharp, 11 Sharp St East, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (Times Square MTR Exit A

We believe each generation is here to do something different. We aim to provide young movement teachers and practitioners with tools to contribute to the global movement culture - Clare & Aaron ! ALL ATTENDING HUSTLERS GET A FREE COPY OF OUR ACTION WORKBOOK AND A SNACK !


Calendar

OCT 29

OCT 26-29

JUST A BITE

Sample the best food and drink Hong Kong has to offer at the Wine & Dine Festival on the Central Harbourfront. Tempt your tastebuds with a range of delicacies and fine wines from around the world and meet the faces behind the brands bringing them to town, all set to live music and Hong Kong’s iconic harbour. Tickets $30 on the door. Wine passes starting fro $100 are also available. Central Harbourfront. More info: www.discoverhongkong. com/eng/winedinefestival.

VEG OUT

Whether you’re a full-blown vegan or just want to know more about a plantbased lifestyle, head to Vegfest. A collaboration between major plantfocused organisations and institutions, the event is a great opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the industry and includes speakers, demonstrations and product showcases, as well as live music and entertainment. Free. 10am-4pm, Hong Kong Adventist College, Clearwater Bay Road, Sai Kung, facebook.com/ HongKongVegfest.

FROM OCT 6

MINDFUL MOMENTS OCT 29

SAFE AS A SEDAN

Cheer on the runners at the Sedan Chair Race, an annual charity run that sees a team of between four and eight runners tackle a 2.1k loop around The Peak, carrying one team member in a sedan chair! Organised by the Sedan Chair Charities Fund, the race raises money for a range of Hong Kong's local education, health and social welfare charities. There will also be a bazaar with street food, shopping and entertainment, making it a fun day out for all. Free. 10am-1:30pm. Runners start at the Matilda Hospital. For more information and to get involved, visit www.sedanchairace.org. 10

Want to explore the benefits of meditation but don’t really know where to start? UP!health’s monthly lunchtime meditation class for beginners on the first Friday of every month aims to make meditation less intimidating and more accessible for all. The class is by donation and 100 percent of proceeds will go to local charity ImpactHK, supporting the city’s homeless and underprivileged. 1:20-2pm. No booking necessary. 11/F, Wellington Place, 2-8 Wellington St., Central, 2110-1674, uphealth.com.hk.


Cool Stuff

HOT RIGHT NOW News from the wellness scene

Pop Your Corks

Looking for organic wine that won’t leave you with a stonking hangover? Fresh Orgasmic Bottles is a little gem in Sai Ying Pun, selling some of the best biodynamic wines from around the world. Unlike mass produced varieties, the wines chosen here have been made using organic, small scale farming methods. Not your average wine shop, you can hang back and enjoy your tipple alongside artisanal tapas such as vegan dips, truffle manchego and Iberico loin. Even better, FOB gives back to the local community through their Drink For Good programme by donating $10 to Hong Kong charities for every bottle purchased. G/F, 13 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, www.freshorgasmicbottles.com.

Go Clean a Beach

Give something back by lending a hand to clean up the unsightly rubbish that’s washed up on many of Hong Kong’s beautiful beaches. The Great Hong Kong Cleanup Challenge is on until December 1, and the organisers need your help! Now in its 17th year, the Cleanup has engaged almost 350,000 Hongkongers from all walks of life - including corporates, schools and local community teams - to help shift more than 14 million kilograms of trash from the city’s beaches and hiking trails. So grab some friends and take on the challenge to make Hong Kong’s coastline beautiful again. For more information and to sign up, head to www.hkcleanup.org. 12


Cool Stuff

Think Pink

October marks the Hong Kong Cancer Fund’s Pink Revolution, a campaign to help raise awareness of breast cancer in Hong Kong, and how early checks can save lives. In 2014, almost 4,000 women in Hong Kong were newly diagnosed with breast cancer, but still many don’t check their breasts. Show your support by dressing in pink and making a donation on October 27, or by picking up some pink charitable goodies from the Fund’s partners, including Shanghai Tang, Rebecca Minkoff, Amika, Pandora and more. For more information, visit pink.cancer-fund.org.

Ballet Beautiful

Make a fashion statement at your next dance or movement class with IRISDancewear, a new range of handmade dance and streetwear by Hong Kong designer Iris Mir. Making each piece herself, Iris creates limited runs as well as bespoke one-off pieces to encourage people to express their individuality through all aspects of dance. The designs feature unique, often upcycled fabrics, ribbons, embellishments and lace, all with a signature Hong Kong flair. www.irisdancewear.com.

Take a Jab

Previously a boxing studio in Sheung Wan, JAB has undergone a massive makeover and makes its debut this month with the opening of the brand new JAB Studio on Queen’s Road Central. The swish, 8,000-square-foot space has dedicated cardio, weights and boxing areas, as well as a studio for barre and yoga, treatment rooms and even a blowdry bar. To the left of the entrance is Mr. Wolf, an expansive restaurant, bar and terrace where you can grab a healthy (or notso-healthy) meal, or kick back with a buffet lunch or a gourmet coffee. Looking for results? The nine-week intensive program includes four classes a week, plus meal planning, to get you in the best shape of your life. 5/F, Crawford House, 70 Queen’s Road Central, 2851-6684, www.studiojab.hk.

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Dining

FRESH CUTS Dining news that’s good for you

CRYSTAL HEALING Everyone’s favourite Shanghai spot, Crystal Jade, has just launched a new “Eat for Good” menu created in collaboration with seasoned nutritionist and columnist Cynthia Wong. The menu still delivers those feel-good flavours that we’ve all come to expect from the fast n’ friendly restaurant chain, but with tons of new vegetarian options. It also offers a careful balance of grains, greens and protein in each dish. New entries include sweet and sour cucumber skin roll ($50), simmered noodles with diced chicken ($66), Sichuan dan dan la mian with peanut sauce and chilli oil ($60) and steamed vegetable dumplings ($31). And if you want to order an extra serving of their incredibly moreish xiao long bao dumplings, we’re not gonna judge. Crystal Jade has 14 locations across Hong Kong including IFC, Times Square and Harbour City. 2305-9990, www.hk.crystaljade.com. 14


Dining

GOING UP Zero Waste For Life

TASTE OF THAILAND Another restaurant to launch a health-conscious menu is Cafe Siam. The Thai favourite has teamed up with nutritionist Kim Murphy to launch its new Nutrilicious Thai Delicacies menu, which includes lighter, non-deepfried options that are low in sodium and sugar. The menu aims to give diners traditional Thai dishes with all those lovely bold flavours, but with more nutritional value and plenty of veg. We started off with some super fresh rice paper rolls made with mango, shrimp and mixed greens ($98) and glass noodle broth with mushrooms and tofu ($68) which was intensely savoury and comforting. We loved the next course, which consisted of a lighter interpretation of the traditional pork neck. It came grilled and served with a green papaya salad ($128). Finally, we opted for the spicy red curry with mixed veg and a side of brown rice ($98). Make sure you wash it all down with one of their low-sugar healthy detox drinks - our favourite was the refreshing Lemongrass & Pandan Leaf Cooler. 2-3/F, The Plaza, 21 D’Aguilar St., Central, 2851-4803; 38 Forbes St., Kennedy Town, 2855-0810, www.cafesiam.com.hk.

SPARE A SUNDAY Nothing to do on a Sunday? Head down to Sparestore, a pop-up vegan cafe that serves happy customers every Sunday from 11am-5pm. With the motto “Respect and have compassion for all animals,” Sparestore has already amassed a reputation for its great dairy-free cappuccinos, decadent cupcakes and tasty savoury vegan treats. Founded by two local vegans who wanted to challenge and change the way people perceive food, they started off by selling fully plantbased drinks and desserts at weekend markets and running regular vegan coffee mornings. The founders are also very particular about sourcing quality, sustainable ingredients, using local and organic fairtrade produce wherever possible in their dishes. Portland Commons: 1/F Le Prabelle Hotel, 372 Portland St., Prince Edward. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @sparestorehk.

More than a fad, zero waste (or as close as possible) is becoming a way of living for more and more people. Don’t forget your essentials: reusable food wraps, coffee cup, a metal straw and a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush!

Nex-Gen Mocktails Forget ordering a Coke; bars are now offering non-alcoholic drinks crafted with just as much love as their boozy counterparts. Read all about it on p.26.

Coffee Confusion First, experts say it reduces your diabetes and Alzheimer’s risk, then we’re told it’s terrible for stress and sleep quality. So… just one cup then?

Intricate Sports Bra Detailing High on style, but sadly there’s just not enough support for bouncier activities.

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Dining

CHEAT DAY

Because life’s too short to always order the salad

THEATRE OF FOOD You would be forgiven for missing Haku’s hidden doorway on the ground floor of Harbour City, but don’t give up because once you find it and step in, you’re transported from the hubbub outside to a swish Japanese restaurant with a distinctly European twist. Haku offers diners an interactive experience with “kappo”-style ceremonial dishes, served with a side of theatrics. Every day, executive chef Agustin Balbi and his team select the freshest ingredients to create a unique omakase menu for the day (around $1,500), meaning that diners will never have the same experience twice. With perfectly plated dishes such as pickled beetroot in the shape of a rose, Hokkaido uni on brioche, kumamoto tomato salad with bellota ham (pictured), and Kagoshima A4 Wagyu with bone marrow and truffle sauce, you’ll find a lot of European influences too. Perhaps our favourite part of the meal was the glorious dessert, a seasonal white peach filled with peach chunks, panna cotta, Hokkaido milk foam, and granita. Make sure to leave some space. Shop OT G04B, Ground Floor, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2115-9965.

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Reviews

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

SPA

TREATMENT

Bee Sting Facial Therapy at Chuan Body + Soul The Buzz: The Langham Hotel recently renovated their

health club and added a petite spa: Chuan Body + Soul. Though small it has luxurious facilities, including treatments by Heaven by Deborah Mitchell, an allnatural UK-based brand that offers a signature Bee Venom mask, which claims to be “nature’s botox.” The Treatment: You’ll be glad to know that while the

“Stressy Head” Therapy at Up!health

products contain contain bee venom, there’s no stinging or discomfort involved. In fact, it’s a very massage-based facial treatment, with an intense but deeply relaxing facial massage to get that product deep into the pores. While the mask takes effect, you can also pick from a leg or arm massage to really chill out. The products all smell divine, thanks to the vanilla, organic marshmallow and shea butter infusions.

The Buzz: With our infamous “work-hard-play-hard” culture, we Hong Kongers tend to be a pretty stressed-out bunch. This new treatment by Central-based multidisciplinary clinic Up!health promises to sort out our “Stressy Heads” using targeted Myofascial Release Therapy. The treatment claims to improve tension headaches, release tightness and “heavy” heads, and deliver an improved night’s sleep.

The Verdict: This facial is a bit different in that we

The Treatment: We were instructed to lie down on the

only really appreciated the results the next morning, when we woke up groggy after not enough sleep to a surprisingly taught, lifted complexion that suggested a great night’s rest. An added bonus: all Chuan Body + Soul guests get access to the hotel’s gym and pool, which even serves healthy, low-sugar cocktails and mocktails for a post-treatment relaxation sesh. The Cost: Sessions cost $1,380 for 75 minutes. 15/F, The Langham, 8 Peking Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2132-7880,www.langhamhotels.com.

bed and just relax. What followed can best be described as the most gentle massage we’d ever experienced, with tiny manipulations of the scalp, neck, head and jaw using extremely light pressure. The most surprising element of this treatment was how effective our therapist’s tiny circular movements were - at one point finding a pressure point the size of a pinhead just behind our ear and gently manipulating this until, inexplicably, an achy shoulder muscle spontaneously released. The Verdict: We left the 60-minute session feeling lighter, more relaxed and even somewhat taller, and that night finally shook off our jet lag, experiencing our best night’s sleep in weeks. For those of us who spend all day in front of a computer screen or suffer from tension headaches, this treatment may help you to ditch the painkillers and fully reset that stressy head. The Cost: Sessions cost $900 each, or $4,000 for a

package of five. Up!health, 11/F Wellington Place, 2-4 Wellington St., Central, 2110-1674, uphealth.com.hk. 18


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SPA

High Performance Facial at Nude Waxing The Buzz: After several years as Central’s go-to place for ladyscaping,

Nude Beautique has diversified and opened several new locations, most recently in Tsim Sha Tsui. They’ve also added new beauty treatments to offer a convenient one-stop shop for all beauty maintenance. The Treatment : We opted for the 90-minute Anti-Wrinkle & Firmness Cellular Facial, which uses Collin Paris products to tighten and plump the skin, as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Verdict: The space felt super bright and relaxed. The treatment room

was a decent size and our therapist seemed very knowledgeable and experienced, offering advice for our skin type right from the get-go. For the facial, the products came in a little box set that the therapist applied, meaning that the quantity and quality of the products applied is always consistent. It felt very luxurious, especially the cooling mask, and afterwards our face did feel refreshed and plumped. The Cost: Our treatment cost $1,380, though other high performance,

60-minute facials start from $980. Address: 17/F Canton Plaza, 82-84 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2868-9100, www.nudewaxing.com.hk.

WORKOUT

Barre class at Defin8 Fitness The Buzz: Defin8 Fitness is a small

boutique gym studio on Wyndham Street. It offers a range of classes, including Defin8 Barre, Fatburn + Abs Blaze, Trx Circuit, Pilates Reformer, Zumba and one-on-one training. The Class: Run by possibly the world’s most enthusiastic instructor and studio owner, Trixie Isla-Velez, the class kicked off with some warm-ups before we moved on to the barre itself. We performed sequences designed to tone and strengthen the core and lower body, from dance moves such as pliés and arabesques to traditional exercises such as squats and leg raises. Each one had to be performed to the music with grace, and many required you to lift your heels, giving your calves an extra workout. The Verdict: We had never done barre

before, partly because we didn’t think it would get us into enough of a sweat. Boy, how wrong we were! Some of the moves required lots of coordination and an incredible amount of strength to do correctly. Many were too challenging but luckily Trixie had modifications on hand. We would definitely consider adding barre to our regular routine. The Cost: Individual classes cost $220,

$1,880 for 10 and $3,500 for 20. classes are also available on GuavaPass. 6F Wong Chung Ming Commercial Building, 16 Wyndham St., Central, 9859-8620, www.defin8fitness.com.

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WIN: A six-bouquet subscription from van der Bloom New florist van der Bloom has just opened on Hollywood Road, offering modern bouquet designs at a great price. It even has a bouquet subscription service that allows you to discover new types of flowers, every week, month or fortnight. We have one six-bouquet subscription to give away, worth $3,200. vanderbloom.com.hk.

WIN: An Optimal Skin Facial from The Mandarin Oriental Spa Looking for perfect skin? The Mandarin Oriental has just launched a new line of facials by South African skincare brand Environ. The signature Optimal Skin Facial uses a special device to allow the vitamin A and C serums to penetrate deep into the skin, boosting collagen production and blood flow, and evening out hyperpigmentation. The 90-minute facial is worth $2,200. www.mandarinoriental.com.


WIN: A set of Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions from the Mandarin Salon

WIN: A one-month all-access membership to HIT45

Developed to mimic your natural eyelashes, Xtreme Lashes are individually applied to your lashes, resulting in a gorgeous, natural appearance. Using a special proprietary adhesive and applied by a specially trained stylist, the extensions are never applied directly to your skin or eyelid, making it a safe and comfortable way to get gorgeous eyelashes in an instant. We’ve got one eyelash extension service at The Mandarin Salon to give away, worth $2,145. www.mandarinoriental.com.

A high-intensity indoor bootcamp located on Stanley Street, HIT45 classes incorporate a balance of cardio and strength training to maximize fat burn, tone muscles, and increase your metabolism in the most effective way. We’ve got a one-month all-access pass up for grabs, worth $2,799.

WIN: A Citysafe CX tote from Pacsafe

WIN: A Recovery Brunch for two from Divino

Designed especially for travelers, Pacsafe bags are packed with special features, including locking zips, slashproof fabric and RFID-blocking technology. It even has straps for you to carry your yoga mat. We’ve got one Ciysafe CX tote to give away, worth US$139.95. pacsafe.com.

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Went too hard on the weekend? Divino has a superfoodpacked Recovery Brunch offering healthy mains, an aqua fresca bar, granola parfait and other good-for-you treats. We’ve got one brunch for two to give away, worth $700. divinogroup.com.

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AROUND TOWN A​NHAO WELLNESS

Reformer Pilates in the Heart of PoHo​ Reformer Pilates in Hong-Kong can’t be of a better place than Anhao wellness in the heart of Mid Levels. There are small classes and perfect tailor-made workout for people who want to know their bodies better, are recovering from injury and who need to build their core strength to increase their athletic ability. You will emphasise on postural correction, alignment, strength and flexibility. You can even find pre natal classes. Pilates classes, personal training, mat Pilates and yoga of course. One concept, one package, four activities, 35 classes per week with easy booking via MINDBODY APP. Don't miss it! anhao-wellness.com / 6397 8284

FLEX STUDIO

Unlock Your Body’s True Movement Free yourself of blockages, imbalances and pain by learning simple techniques at Flex Studio’s Feldenkrais Workshops. Based on a system of sensory motor re-education, the method can increase vitality and awareness of the body, improve posture and range of motion. Flex’s Introduction to The Feldenkrais Method with guest practitioner Paul Pui Wo Lee; Central: Oct 12th 4:30PM -6 PM, OIS: Oct 13th 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM. Improve Mobility through Feldenkrais, OIS: Oct 14th 1PM – 2:30 PM, Central: Oct 15th 3:30PM -5 PM. Spaces Limited. Book at: http://flexhk.com/cms/workshops..

LE MERIDIEN

Eat Organic, live healthily PSI bar is now bringing the Organic lifestyle to the weekday salad buffet for the health-concerned guest like you. While enjoying the panoramic South China Seaview, indulge in a large selection of high quality and fresh ingredients, from leaves, fresh veggie to toppings. A relaxing organic salad buffet lunch is the perfect option. Date: Every Monday to Friday

Time: 12noon-2:30pm

Venue: PSI bar, 4/F, Le Méridien Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Pok Fu Lam

Price: HK$99 +10% service charge

www.lemeridiencyberport.com


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Today, it is live on Kickstarter! I need your support to make this mindfulness project happens. Scan the QR code or check out: kck.st/2xYaLcz Together, we co-create a stress-free world.

NATIVE ESSENTIALS

Botanical Beauty Made in Hong Kong Pamper yourself with a beautifying ritual in the comfort of your own home with our longtime favorite Organic Face Oils from Native Essentials. They are packed with skin regenerating Fatty Acids, powerful Antioxidants, Vitamins and blended with exquisite essential oils. www.nativessentials.com and available at selected stockists in Hong Kong

SAFIA ARGAN OIL

Safia 100% Pure Moroccan Argan Oil Known as "Morocco's Liquid Gold", pure argan oil is naturally rich in Vitamin E, Omega fatty acids and antioxidants. This remarkable nutrient profile, known for its anti aging properties, also rehydrates, rejuvenates and repairs dry and irritated skin. It also conditions and revitalises hair, bringing back a natural lustre, sheen and manageability. Safia's 100% Pure Moroccan Argan Oil is an organically certified, cold pressed, virgin and premium grade argan oil that locks in argan oil's wonderful nourishing nutrient profile in the best, most natural way. Order from www.saďŹ aarganoil.com for more information www.saďŹ altd.com

THE YOGA ROOM

All-inclusive Chiang Mai Yoga Retreat November 17-20 2017, The Pavana Resort, Chiang Mai (4 days/3 nights) Join Holly & The Yoga Room as we retreat to beautiful Chiang Mai. This retreat will give you an opportunity to harmonize your body, mind, and soul as you will find balance and bliss in your physical, emotional and mental bodies. No matter how you arrive, you will leave feeling refreshed, re-charged and ready to face the world. Spots are limited! Double room: 10,900 HKD; Single room: 12,500 HKD. Cost includes flight, accommodation, all yoga classes, all meals and airport transfer. yogaroomhk.com | 2544-8398 | info@yogaroomhk.com.


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Forget that image of the staid, uninspired teetotaller. Hongkongers are embracing an alcohol-free existence... and they still know how to party, says Adam White

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e’ve all been there. Light filters through your eyelids. The warm glow of a Sunday morning, after a late Saturday night. Your thoughts swim into focus. And then it hits, all at once. A throb in the skull, beating in time to your heart. Limbs so weak you can barely reach for the Panadol. A throat so parched you can barely swallow. Deep from the pit of your stomach rises a feeling both physical and spiritual: everything really will not be OK. You try to piece together the night

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from blurred photos and blurrier memories, stilted WhatsApp chains and missed calls, trying to work out if there’s anyone you need to apologise to - or anything you need to be returning. And then you pull the covers back over your head. So much for Sunday. Why do we do this to ourselves? And then why do we do it the week after, and the week after - and the week after that? Maybe we don’t have to. Hong Kong is gradually coming alive to the idea of partying hard - but leaving the hangovers behind.


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MILLENNIALS IN MODERATION Across the world, Millennials are drinking less. In the UK, statistics released this year found that people aged 16-24 are less likely to drink than any other age group, with more than a quarter of them not drinking at all. Similarly, a 2016 Australian survey reported that Australians under 30 were drinking less, and just under a quarter of them were teetotal. Meanwhile, Canadian studies of millennials state that some drink less not because of health concerns - but worries about how it might look when the consequences end up on Instagram. Some 51 percent of respondents were concerned about the potential of being shamed on social media. Given a potent literal cocktail

of booze and easy video recording, it’s hardly surprising. But embarrassment doesn’t have to be an issue. A new wave of events is kicking that shame spiral to the curb, with the insistence that you can party hard - but party clean. Enter Daybreaker, an international early morning rave that’s made it to 17 cities around the world, and counting. Participants get up at the crack of dawn for early morning yoga and then an entirely sober dance party - refreshed, naturally, by a range of healthy juices and treats. To many, dancing without a drink in the system to loosen the limbs and crowd out the embarrassment sounds like torture, not something you’d fork out money for.

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PARTY HARD, DRINK SOFT Hong Kong is home to a host of high-energy, sober fun.

DAYBREAKER

NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA

The early-morning party starts off with a yoga session before the dancing begins.

Can’t handle all those early mornings, sober or no? Founded with the belief that everyone can dance, No Nights No Lycra’s dancing in the dark parties take place in the evenings.

daybreaker.com/city/hk.

FIRST LIGHT

Daybreaker

Dancing in the dark sessions, accompanied by a range of wellness activities: from qi gong to guided meditation, yoga nidra and sound healing. Evening sessions at Fly are due to launch soon. facebook.com/firstlighthongkong.

But thus far every Daybreaker event has sold out, so there’s plainly an appetite for a booze-free boogie. Singer, model and yoga teacher Rosemary Vandenbroucke is behind the Hong Kong iteration of Daybreaker, and she insists all you have to do is give it a go. “I had to convince a few of my friends to come with an open heart - and they've all came back thanking me and saying how they can't believe they could have so much fun completely sober. You never really know until you give it a try." Rosemary herself is a part-time teetotaller. “Every year I'll take a few months off the juice. Last year I did five months. The year before that, six months. This year I've now made it past nine months.” She says she finds staying off the sauce isn’t too hard, because of the benefits. “I have a newfound level of focus and productivity. On the other hand, being vegetarian for nine months has been much more challenging. I've had way more temptations, especially at Japanese restaurants!”

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TOPIARY Topiary specialises in “shim” cocktails – mixed drinks made with all of the flavour, but far less of the alcohol, than your usual margarita. 3/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49-51 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2866-6485, topiaryhk.com.

First Light, photo: Kalok Ng

DANCE LIKE NO ONE’S WATCHING If you’re still scared of cutting a rug without being half-cut, then maybe you can pull the blinds shut on the whole experience. Gert Jan Mattens is the founder of First Light - early morning dance and relaxation sessions that take place entirely in the dark. “By making it completely dark, you take away people’s inhibitions,” he explains. “We go to festivals to feel free, let loose, but we can give people that feeling of freedom without having to touch one drop of alcohol. By the end, there’s a whole transformation. You feel so confident, your energy is really though the roof.” Think of it as the the most fun you can have in the dark - with your clothes on, at least.


Sponsored Feature

Hollywood Road in Bloom New Central florist van der Bloom offers fresh, modern bouquets at prices you’ll love.

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verybody loves receiving a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers, but options in Hong Kong are often limited to gorgeous but extravagantly pricey, or reasonably-priced but old-fashioned. New florist van der Bloom, with its newly opened rose-gold-and-marble boutique on Hollywood Road, offers cutting-edge flower designs at a reasonable price thanks to its great network of suppliers from Holland.

Flower Subscription Looking for a unique gift? van der Bloom offers a flower subscription service, made oh-so simple with its online ordering system. Pick the size of your bouquet (a small one starts at just $500), the frequency of your order (weekly, bi-weekly or monthly), and you will get a fresh bouquet sent straight to your door, allowing you to discover new types of flowers and arrangements.

Events and Celebrations Head upstairs at van der Bloom's atelier and you will find a hidden loft space that's perfect for events. Hold a flower-jamming workshop to celebrate a bridal or baby shower, a birthday or even a corporate event. Build your own bouquet, or some bohemian flower crowns, all washed down with bubbly and tasty bites. van der Bloom also creates bespoke floral packages for weddings and other occasions. 61 Hollywood Road, Central, 5505-1661, vanderbloom.com.hk.


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First Light, photo: Kalok Ng

HONG KONG’S “OTHER” MOCKTAIL SCENE

First Light, photo: Kalok Ng

THE MOCKTAIL MOVEMENT Even if you’re not the kind of person to twerk across a dancefloor with nothing but a cup of coffee in your system, the evening crowd is also finding that they don’t have to end up dancing on the tables - or rolling in the gutter. Manuel Palacio Ramos, co-owner of the Pirata group, says he’s seen more and more people choosing not to drink with their meals, or on their nights out. “A lot of people are more health-conscious,” he says. “You have young people who go out and have a mocktail. They don’t want to sacrifice the quality of their drink they want one that’s well made, but 30

they don’t want to get wasted.” “People can look at me weirdly when I go to a restaurant and order a Diet Coke,” says Palacio Ramos. “We’re trying to promote it in our restaurants, so people feel comfortable if they don’t order alcohol.” He doesn’t just talk the talk: he’s also a recent convert to a low-alcohol life, after years of late nights as part of his job in the restaurant industry. “I spent 10 years of my life with hangovers every single day. Now I wake up at 7.30am, fresh and clear. It just feels great.” Next stop: the morning rave.

THE GUNNER Singapore has the Sling, but Hong Kong can really only lay claim to one drink… and it doesn’t even have any booze in it. The Gunner is a proud favourite of the city’s clubs, and rightly so. It’s very simple: equal parts ginger ale and ginger beer, with a healthy dash of Angostura bitters. Just the thing for a sweltering summer day.

THE COCKTAIL BUN There is one other Hong Kong cocktail: the humble cocktail bun. The name comes from its filling: originally day-old buns, to which a mixture of sugar and coconut were added - hence the "cocktail." Delicious? Yes. Healthier than a drink? The jury’s out…


Sound Therapy

MUSICIAN, HEAL THYSELF Sound has been an integral part of meditation and rituals for centuries, and now the modern world is tuning in to its potential benefits, writes Sarah Fung.

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nyone who’s cried along to a weepy Adele breakup track or boogied to a feel-good summer hit understands the power of sound to affect how we feel. Sound has played an important role in meditation and rituals for thousands of years. From the “aum” chant we hear in yoga to Australian Aboriginal digeridoo ceremonies, many cultures employ a deep, resonant hum in their rites. In the past year or so, sound healing has taken off here in Hong Kong in a big way, with facilitators offering mediation sessions using gongs, singing bowls and crystal harps to “bathe” participants in a richly resonating sound to relax, destress and induce a meditative state.

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A JOURNEY OF SOUND

While research is scant on some of the purported physical benefits of sound healing (such as boosting immunity, treating depression or pain relief), many people who have experienced a session wax lyrical about its ability to relax, clear the mind, improve sleep and boost an overall sense of wellbeing. Mona Choi fell in love with Himalayan singing bowls when learning ancient therapeutic massage techniques in Nepal. She learned all she could about them and brought them back to Hong Kong, where she now practices at Pause in Central. “In many countries, singing bowls are a quintessential aid to meditation, and can be found in temples, monasteries and meditation halls,” she says. “It is a very good way to practice mindfulness. It’s very easy [during meditation] to be distracted by thoughts, noise or even someone’s heavy breathing. However, if we focus on the bowls and stay present, we can go into a deep meditative state in a short period of time.”

You know a trend has really hit the mainstream when a big brand gets involved. The Grand Hyatt’s Plateau Spa has recently partnered with French audio brand Devialet to create a special massage treatment that uses strategically placed high-performance speakers to create a fully immersive soundscape, using noises recorded around Hong Kong. “With this project, we wish to take guests on a journey around the hidden sanctuaries of Hong Kong. It’s a meditative journey, where you feel like you are floating in sound,” says Julien Bergère, General Manager of Devialet Asia Pacific. The track was put together by Chris Craker of Karma Studios, who has worked on soundtracks to Hollywood blockbusters such as Interstellar. “Scientific tests have proved that the human body responds very sensitively to very specific frequencies, while innumerable other treatments using sound waves are now felt to be useful by the medical profession,” says Craker. The Devialet sound therapy massage will be available exclusively at The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong for six months. 11/F, 1 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, 2584-7688, hongkong.grand.hyatt.com.


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Another singing bowls practitioner is Minutes Leung of Ray of Aura. She explains what one might typically experience during a session. “Students are led to a meditative, dreamlike state. They look within and see clearly their deepest desires, or issues that require their attention. After a session, they normally feel as though they’ve woken from a deep sleep. After multiple sessions, students report a clearer state of mind. They are better at listening to their body, and are also calmer in their day-to-day lives.” “When I use the bowls, it helps people calm down their brainwaves and enter a state of total inner peace that leads to inner healing,” adds Vivian Vara Liu of LIFT Wellness Group, a crystal bowl practitioner who also plays a seven-tone crystal harp.

Ray of Aura

Red Doors Studio

Martha Collard of Red Doors Studio is the city’s first gong master. She regularly performs at wellness events across the city, her collection of gongs creating an otherworldly symphony. She says: “Children have afternoon naps, but adults are expected to be connected and available 24/7. Gongs and other ancient practices offer relief without the use of pharmaceuticals. They offer a perfect solution for what ails modern man.”

Red Doors Studio

GET YOUR SOUND ON RAY OF AURA

RED DOORS STUDIO

Offers singing bowl and tuning fork sessions, as well as more fringe therapies such as crystal therapy and card readings. Classes take place at locations citywide.

Offers private gong baths as well as regular group sessions and special events such as evening and overnight gong sessions.

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Flat A, 21/F, Lee Fund Centre,31 Wong Chuk Hang Rd., Wong Chuk Hang, 21100152, www.red-doors.com.

LIFT WELLNESS GROUP Offers crystal bowl and crystal harp sessions, as well as guided meditation. www.facebook.com/ liftwellnessgroup.

PAUSE Has a large lineup of holistic practitioners, including Mona Choi, who offers Tibetan bowls and yoga massage. 6/F, 41-43 Graham St., 9708-0187, Central, pause.hk.


ASK THE EXPERT MAKING WAVES Your brain creates different, measurable brain waves depending on your mental output. The idea behind sound healing is that by playing corresponding sound frequencies, you can more easily guide your brain into a state of relaxation. All types of waves are required for healthy brain function.

GAMMA WAVES (HIGHLY ALERT) 30-42 HZ Most commonly perceived during states of high arousal, gamma waves are linked to learning, cognitive function and data processing.

BETA WAVES (ALERT, DATA PROCESSING) 12-30 HZ Essential for day-to-day functioning, Beta waves allow us to focus, complete tasks and recall information.

ALPHA WAVES (RELAXATION) 8-12 HZ Associated with wakeful relaxation, Alpha waves serve as the bridge between wakefulness and sleep.

THETA WAVES (LIGHT SLEEP/ MEDITATION) 4-8 HZ Associated with daydreaming and light sleep, Theta waves happen when we are meditating or in a semi-trance-like state. It is required for creative thinking and intuitive thinking.

DELTA WAVES (DEEP SLEEP) 0.5-3.5 HZ Delta waves are recorded during deep, restorative sleep and are essential for resting and revitalising the brain and body.

Dr Benjamin Chow, Specialist in Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Q. I previously had part of my meniscus removed. It is still painful. I’m wondering if the meniscus will regenerate, or whether I need more surgery? Unlike bone fractures, your meniscus cannot regenerate. This means that after a partial or full removal, it will become less effective when it comes to absorbing shock through your knees. Many patients do well after a partial menisectomy, but some patients continue to suffer with knee joint pain. You are also more likely to suffer osteoarthritis later down the line. If you are still suffering from knee joint pain, but are not yet suffering from osteoarthritis, you can consider implanting a synthetic meniscal scaffold, which will help to regenerate the meniscus.

Q. I have just undergone anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery. How long do I need to rest and recover for? Will I be able to play sports again? Your ACL is a knee ligament that connects the front of the tibia with the back of the femur. Most of the time, an ACL tear has to be treated by reconstruction, rather than repair. For this, a graft is necessary. The most common choice for a graft is the hamstring, or the patella tendon. After taking the graft, we complete the reconstruction through arthroscopy, or keyhole surgery, which is a far less invasive procedure. Recovery takes place in several stages. Most patients are able to walk unaided in one or two weeks. Normal daily activity such as staircases, bicycle-riding and quadricepsstrengthening can be managed and practiced in the first three months . Jogging and running can start after three months, and your doctor will usually clear you to return to contact sports after nine to 12 months.

t 5501-6699 | orthopaedic@matilda.org  | orthopaedic.matilda.org

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Korean Skincare

HEY

SEOUL SISTER A beginner’s guide to Korean skincare. By Sanchita Daswani

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n Western skincare, we are taught that “less is more.” A simplified approach to cleansing, toning and moisturising is all your skin needs to stay happy and healthy. However, the Korean approach to skincare, which has become all the rage in recent years, turns that concept on its head and instead advocates an elaborate ritual day and night, using up to 10 products to keep your skin hydrated and blemish-free. The key is to think of it as a self-care ritual to enjoy, rather than another item on your ever-growing to-do list. Take some time for yourself, and your skin might just thank you for it.

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Double Cleansing Korean skincare rejects the commonly held belief that if you have oily skin, you cannot use an oil- based cleanser. Instead, it stresses the importance of cleansing twice, first with an oil-based cleanser, then with a waterbased product. An oil cleanser helps remove stubborn grime, sunscreen and oil debris, and then a water cleanser gently removes the rest.

Exfoliation Korean skincare forgoes grainy scrubs and instead uses acids such as AHAs and BHAs. Scrubs can actually damage the skin by scratching the skin’s surface, leading to redness and sensitivity. A chemical exfoliation, on the other hand, simply removes dead skin and promotes cell turnover.

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Toner Our normal skin pH is around 5.5. After cleansing, the pH level shifts and it’s important to bring it back to its normal state, which is where toner comes in. Korean toners tend to be alcohol free and help to remove lingering impurities, moisturise and prep your skin.

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Serums, Essences and Ampoules These highly concentrated liquids contain a high dose of active ingredients intended to have a specific effect. For example hyaluronic acid that instantly hydrates the skin, or vitamin C that helps to brighten and even out your complexion.


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Magic Ingredients? K-skincare is also known for its natural extracts that can sometimes seem odd to an outsider. Here’s an explainer: Snail essence

Sheet Masks Even if you don’t have dry skin, your skin needs moisture to retain its bounce. This is where the famous Korean sheet masks come in. They provide a quick boost of hydration… and 10 minutes of downtime while you wait for the mask to take effect.

Koreans beauty mavens love applying snail essence on their skin as it is an effective moisturizing ingredient.

Donkey milk Many Korean creams contain donkey milk as it has a lot of vitamins and minerals for softer skin.

Bee venom Meant to help repair damaged skin cells and plump the complexion.

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Sunscreen Prevention is the best route to healthy skin. Use a sunscreen every day on your face, hands and feet to ward off sun spots and fine lines.

Ginseng To help with collagen production and brighten the skin.

FEELING LOST? Lane Crawford offers several K-skincare starter packs from Glow Recipe, a brand that curates hero products from some of Korea’s best skincare brands. The Poreless Glow Set is $1,250 and contains six products; the Ageless Glow set is $1,400, and the 10 Days to Glow set contains 10 luxurious sheet masks and costs $540.

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Korean Skincare

TRY THESE SON & PARK BEAUTY WATER This multipurpose toner/cleanser and face mist has exfoliating and hydrating ingredients. How to use: swipe it on after your oil cleanse step, or to provide a clean base before applying makeup. You can also use it to freshen up in the middle of the day. $234 from B+AB stores citywide, or sephora.com.

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COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid This chemical exfoliator contains glycolic acid and AHAs and is designed for people suffering from excess sebum, breakouts and buildup of dead skin. It’s also effective at stopping whiteheads dead in their tracks. How to use: apply to trouble spots before bed, and be sure to use a sunscreen the next day as the chemicals can make skin more sensitive to the sun. $119 from iherb.com.


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Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Sheet Mask

With a 5 percent concentration of Vitamin C, this essence can help to even out skin pigmentation and brighten the skin. It is also suitable for those with sensitive complexions. How to use: Best applied in the evening. Smooth 3-4 drops over your face after cleansing.

One of the most popular and affordable Korean sheet masks out there. It’s a quick pick-me-up for your skin and is packed with effective moisturising ingredients such as glycerin and sodium hyaluronate. How to use: lay the mask on cleansed skin, lie back and relax!

$188 from zalora.com.

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Prices vary, but expect to pay around $60 for a pack of 10. Available in Sasa, Bonjour, Watsons or any local pharmacy.

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Food

HEALTHY RECIPE

SHAKSHUKA By Olive Leaf Turbocharge your next Sunday morning with this spicy tomato and egg dish. Popular in the Middle East, it's currently taking brunch tables by storm, and with good reason. Packed with eggs and vegetables, it’s a highly nutritious start to the weekend.

INGREDIENTS: • Olive oil for frying

• 1 tsp ground cumin

• 5 cloves of chopped garlic

• 1 tsp sweet paprika

• Six large, ripe diced tomatoes (or substitute 1 1\2 cans)

• Salt, black pepper, sugar

• 1 green pepper

• Eggs (the quantity depends on how hungry you are)

• Green and red hot peppers to taste

• Olive oil

• 2-3 tbsp tomato paste

DIRECTIONS:

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Easy

COOKING TIME: 30 minutes

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1. Heat the oil and lightly fry the garlic in a large frying pan. Then add the green pepper, hot peppers and cumin.

3. Add tomato paste and water and cook for a few more minutes. Then break the eggs and slide onto the tomato sauce.

2. Add the tomatoes and seasoning, and then cover and cook for 15-20 minutes on a low heat.

4. Turn the heat right down and cook slowly until the egg whites set. Drizzle with olive oil before serving.


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READY SET GLOW with Rachel Read

BULY FOR YOU Who doesn’t love a good comeback story? French beauty brand l’Officine Universelle Buly was originally founded back in 1803 – and following a successful revival in 2014, they’ve just opened their first store in Hong Kong on Wyndham Street. The place is drop-dead gorgeous too, with high ceilings, tiled floors and wooden cabinets stuffed full of exciting lotions and potions. In-keeping with its heritage, the brand is totally cruelty-free and focuses on raw, natural ingredients. Our top picks are their stunning perfumes, which are water rather than alcohol-based and feel almost like exquisitelyscented body lotions; their extensive range of pure botanical oils; and their purifying powders, which you simply mix with water to create your own mask or scrub. Half Hogwarts, half cathedral to beauty, we can’t wait to go worship at Buly on a regular basis. Perfumes cost $1,500 for 75ml, oils $250-980 for 50ml, powders $150-420 for 100g. G/F, 20 Wyndham St., Central, 2191-9005, www.buly1803.com.

DON’T HARSH MY MELO If your quest for pampering knows no bounds, how about a trip to the Hyatt Regency Sha Tin? Their blissed-out Melo Spa has a sweet seasonal promotion in the shape of the Melo Autumn Pampering treatment, which is based around the humble pomelo fruit. The treatment includes an invigorating 60-minute Melo Marmalade Polish body scrub, which is prepared fresh daily and includes pomelo, honey, brown sugar, orange and lemon; this is followed by an uplifting 60-minute Melo Signature oil massage with a pomelo herbal compress. Plus, Melo Spa guests snag access to the hotel’s sauna and steam facilities as part of the package too. Promotion runs until October 31 and costs $1,688 for two hours. 5/F, Hyatt Regency Sha Tin, 18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin, 3723-1234, hongkongshatin.regency.hyatt.com. 42


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GO SLOW If, like me, you’re a fan of life in the slow lane, then new Hong Kong e-boutique The Slow Mode will be right up your street. Amidst its carefully curated selection of artisanal labels sourced from around the globe, there are some great beauty finds from brands not available elsewhere in the ‘Kong, including Courtney And The Babes, and Vanderohe. The former is a gorgeous Aussie range of “botanical apothecary” products all infused with certified pure therapeuticgrade essential oils and healing crystals; the latter is a British organic skincare label whose signature item - the No.1 Nourishing Face Serum - is a divine blend of organic essential oils with heavensent healing and restorative properties… and after just a few weeks, my skin is already well and truly addicted. Taking things slow never felt - or smelt - so good! Beauty products range from $195-860, www.theslowmode.com.

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

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Travel

SURF’S UP Zoe Belhomme escapes the mayhem of Hong Kong for a week learning to surf in one of Bali’s female-only retreats

What are your goals for this trip?” Renee, the resort manager asked me as I sipped on my coconut milk iced coffee just 15 minutes after I arrived at the resort. I didn’t really have a “goal” as such. I just wanted to get away from the daily grind and the increasingly unbearable Hong Kong summer. But they looked at me imploringly, in search of something a bit more explicit, and so I quickly declared “I want to learn how to surf!” Within the first three months of 2017, US group travel company Intrepid Travel noted a 35 percent increase in women booking active solo trips, compared to the same period the previous year. We’re no longer talking about the tired tropes of soulsearching and endless pampering (as popularised by Eat Pray Love). Women of all ages are looking to find adventure and push their physical boundaries - and they’re not frightened of doing it alone. I ended up on my first female-only surf and yoga retreat by complete chance. I was going to Bali anyway for a wedding with my partner, but the flight

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seemed a little long for the weekend so I decided to head down earlier to spend a few days on the beach. But before I could book any accommodation, a friend told me about a surfing retreat she’d done the previous year and I was intrigued. After some searching online I decided on Escape Haven, located in the trendy Canggu region in Bali just north of Seminyak. Escape Haven retreats are all six nights long and can accommodate around 16 guests at a time. I joined the Revive programme which included surfing lessons in the morning followed by a daily spa treatment and a 90-minute yoga practice in the afternoon. I was keen to use my free week to learn a new skill and do something active; although the idea of eating well and being pampered was lovely, I wanted to challenge myself too. The fact that there was plenty of time to relax and eat delicious, healthy food was a bonus in my book! When I arrived at the private property I was blown away by the lush surroundings. The onsite retreat accommodation consisted of two beautifully


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serene villa complexes, Villa Simona and Villa Levi, but there were also several slightly cheaper offsite options just a few minutes’ walk away. Our hosts for the week, Renee and Lauren, greeted each guest as they arrived before showing everyone to their rooms. On our first evening we all sat down before dinner to get to know each other and tell the whole group our goals for the week. As you can imagine, the reasons people join such a retreat are varied - to have some “me time,” learn a new skill or just relax away from the kids were common ones, but there were also some people who needed space to make big decisions in their lives, and they felt that this was the best place to do it. On the first full morning, my alarm rudely woke me at 6.10am, ready for a 6.30am breakfast and a 7am departure for Jimbaran Bay, where we would take our first surfing lesson. So far not much of a retreat, I thought as I clambered out of bed halfasleep. We were being taught by Luca Soulos, Rip Curl Master Coach and owner of local surf school, Shift

Division. Apparently he had great experience working with women of all ages to get them up on a surfboard and riding a wave. I’d surfed once before but was utterly hopeless so I wasn’t expecting to be able to get up. Luca promised me otherwise! Our group of seven were all complete novices so we spent the first 30 minutes of the lesson getting to know our boards and learning the techniques on dry land. By the time we got into the water with our four instructors we were all raring to go. My experience of surfing was a steep learning curve. While I found it surprisingly easy to get up, I soon discovered that there was only one way to end your ride on a wave: by falling off your board in the most undignified ways possible. Over the next five days we drove out each morning to different locations around Bali and experienced different surfing conditions. On day four we were taken to Sanur to surf off a reef break which was so different to what we’d done previously. I wouldn’t say that I had become a good surfer by the end of the week, but I did master the basics and

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would have the confidence to do it on my own in the future - as long as the waves were small enough of course. My biggest surprise was the age range of the women on the surfing programme - the youngest was 28 and the oldest a few months off her 70th birthday. One of my retreatmates, Marie Rostek, a plastic surgeon in her 40s from Melbourne told me at the end of the day, “It was soo much fun trying something new and just being out of my comfort zone. Everyone was so easy going and and not too competitive - we just had so much fun together.” If anything, the age difference between the group helped us to bond. There were no cliques or pairs going off on their own, and throughout the week everyone created their own relationships many of which will continue on in

some form in the future. Founder of Escape Haven, Janine Hall says, “Solo travel is taking off and almost 85 percent of our guests now come on their own. We actively encourage women to travel solo as they have freedom from labels and stereotypes. It's a rare luxury to be able to be yourself and have time to think and reflect. We play so many roles as women mother, friend, sister, manager, girlfriend, Escape Haven isn’t you name it. We are born nurturers and the only retreat in Bali can often give to others before ourselves. for us active ladies, On a solo retreat women can fill up their we also love: own tank and do something for themselves.” Escape Haven retreats start from $15,000 for six nights based on two Also located in Canggu, The sharing a room. Private rooms or Chillhouse offers a range of activities the master private villa with Jacuzzi including mountain biking, surfing come with an additional charge. and yoga. You can mix and match For more information and to depending on how you feel. All book go to escapehaven.com. this comes with gorgeous private accommodation and delicious organic meals.

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THOSE WHO WONDER Thailand’s music and eo-oriented festival is back again from December 14 to 17. This year, Wonderfruit is bringing together eclectic music acts like American experimental rock band Yeasayer, Filipino rapper Curtismith, and even some Thai reggae from Gapi and the Thai Dub Mafia. The tunes come paired with an ever-increasing lineup of wellness activities, workshops, food-fueled experiences (look for 48

Dean & Deluca and a slew of organic Thai eats) as well as a few family-friendly activities, such as bowling and paddle boarding. If dancing for three days doesn’t wear you out, there’s always fitness classes and yoga sessions - not to mention light and flotation therapy to wind you down. This is one festival you might just leave feeling better than when you arrived. December 14-17, 2017. Four-day tickets from $1,488. wonderfruitfestival.com.


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GRAB THE GALS Roll with a squad of travel fiends? They’ll love this idea: the ultra-luxurious Trisara Phuket Thailand recently launched a Ladies Retreat packed with wellness, pampering and relaxation experiences. What’s the deal? After making yourselves at home in an Ocean View Pool Villa or Junior Suite, you’ll have your choice of sweat session, including a 60-minute Thai boxing, private yoga, or personal training. Then comes an hour-long massage at Jara Spa and plenty of time to relax and recharge. Shouldn’t be hard, given the idyllic beachfront setting. During the visit, you and your friends will also get to partake in a 30-minute photoshoot in the resort’s digital studio to immortalize the weekend. So get your glow on! From $7,433 per night, minimum 3 nights. 60/1 Moo 6, Srisoonthorn Rd., Cherngtalay, Phuket 83110, Thailand; +66 76 310 100, trisara.com.

WHAT’S YOUR MANTRA? Over in Koh Samui, Mantra Samui Resort just introduced its brand new Jai Spa - picture bamboo-clad walls, high ceilings and jungle all around. The spa’s philosophy revolves the mantra “slow-slow-slow,” inviting travellers to take each day at their own pace. That concept leaks into the treatments too, for which therapists use all-natural, homegrown ingredients such as coconut milk, lemon juice, tamarind, and lemongrass - all grown in the hotel’s gardens. Weekend break, anyone? There’s a “A Mantra for Mantra” opening wellness package that sounds amazing. It includes three nights, roundtrip transfers, a personal “spa plan,” two treatments a day, breakfast, healthy lunch or dinner daily, a private meditation class, and a private yoga class. Remember: take it slow-slow-slow. Available until March 31 2018. From $5,287 including private yoga and meditation. 9/124 Moo 1, Mae Nam, Koh Samui, 84330, Thailand; +66 77 951 600, mantrasamui.com. Kate Springer is an Asia travel expert who contributes to Conde Nast Traveler, Vogue, CNN, BBC Travel, Forbes Travel Guide, Fodor’s, Vice, and more. Follow her travels on Instagram @katespringer. Send travel news to kate@kate-springer.com

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SALTABILITY TREATMENT AT BODHI SPA The Buzz: Love hot stone massage? You’ll die and go to heaven with Bodhi Spa’s new salt stone massage treatment, featuring Saltability, a Himalayan salt brand that provides products and treatments to some of the world’s best wellness centres. It uses smooth, warmed salt stones to enhance the detoxifying, circulation-boosting and deeply relaxing properties of its deep tissue massage. The Treatment: We lay face-down and the therapist placed the heated salt stones all along our spine. She then got to work on our thighs and calves, lulling us into a deep state of relaxation. She then worked on our back and arms, using the stones to get deeper into those muscles, before flipping us over and placing the stones along the chakra points along our navel for the rest of the treatment. The warm stones helped to relax our muscles and deepen the effects of the massage strokes, and while it was intense at times, it was deeply effective at easing long-held tension spots. The Verdict: Bodhi is a multi-award-winning spa, and with good reason. The therapists are skilled on a whole new level. Every kink was addressed, every knot ironed out. We left floating on air and ready for a good night’s sleep. The Cost: The 75-minute treatment is MOP1,350 (Mon-Thu) or MOP 1,450 (weekends and public holidays). Bodhi Spa, L/3, The Conrad Macau, Estrada do Istmo. s/n Cotai, Macau, (+853) 8113-6188.

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TICKLED PINK More news from The Conrad: the hotel is once again turning pink for the month of October in support of breast cancer awareness. Not only will the lobby and staff be dressed in shades of pink, there will be special themed afternoon teas, spa treatments, cocktails and dining menus, with donations made to the Hong Kong Cancer Fund. We particularly love the sound of the pink afternoon tea, which includes rose-hued sweet and savoury bites. Pick the MOP238 set for two, which includes tea or coffee, two mocktails or cocktails, and a MOP25 donation, or the MOP298 set, which includes a pink bear or duck mascot and a MOP50 donation. The tea is available between 3-6pm for the entire month of October. The Conrad Macau, Estrada do Istmo. s/n Cotai, Macau, (+853) 8113-6188.

SWEEP THE STREET Over at Studio City, the Michelin Guide is holding a four-day Street Food Festival from October 5-8. Some of Asia’s top chefs will be creating their interpretations of popular street food dishes. Think Labyrinth, Candlenut and Song of India from Singapore; takoyaki from Osaka’s Kougaryu Honten; and Macau’s own Bi Ying and Pearl Dragon Chinese restaurants. Entry is free; dish coupons start at HKD40. Go hungry. Noon-8pm, Studio City, Estrada do Istmo, Macau, guide.michelin.com.hk.


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FIT FAM with Kate Farr

October is arguably Hong Kong’s most family-friendly month, with cooler, drier weather meaning that kids get to enjoy a bit of free-range time outside. But as every good scout knows, it’s essential to be prepared, so here’s a couple of tempting tricks and treats to stash up your sleeve in case of rogue storms… or rogue sulks, for that matter.

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STICK ‘EM UP If there’s one thing that all children seem to love, it’s video games. And if there’s one thing that persuades reluctant parents to allow their kids video games, it’s an educational element. Available for both iOS and Android, Chopstick Champion combines fun and facts in a new game that teaches kids about Asia’s culinary and cultural heritage. Featuring an all-star cast of historical figures, such as Ho Chi Minh, the Dalai Lama, and the Granddaddy of all levelend bosses, Genghis Khan, the game also helps kids to develop an awareness of ratios, tasking them with several risk-to-reward calculations that influence outcomes. But most interesting of all is the environmental conservation narrative that runs throughout the game, teaching kids how their small eco-actions can create a much wider ripple effect. Oh, and I should probably mention it’s great fun too. Download for free (in-app purchases apply) via chopstickchampion.net.

Younger sibs may prefer a more low-fi playtime, which is where Little Bean’s Toy Chest comes in. Founded by a Hong Kong mum, this online store offers a carefully selected range of US and Australian-made toys crafted from sustainable wood, all ideal for nurturing unstructured play. Favourites include the Montessorifriendly rainbow stacking-block set, a natural wood construction set finished in food-grade paint, and adorable wooden binoculars and cameras that build little imaginations while you’re on the road. Prices range from $50-450. Shop online at littlebeanstoychest.com.

GHOUL RUNNINGS Taking place on October 29, the SUNIFG Halloween Streetathon race hits Kowloon East. With a mission to spook up the starting line and creep out the course as it winds its way around Kwun Tong, Kai Tak and beyond, the Streetathon raises money for two good causes along the way. There’s a half-marathon for over-18s, plus 3, 5 and 10k courses for kids aged 12 and over to tackle. Meanwhile, younger kids can team up with an adult to take on the Pumpkins Mission Run, which promises to be a mental and physical challenge for everyone involved. All courses are non-competitive, so there’s no need to try and smash that PB: just dress up, turn up and creep out. Registration fees vary by course. For more information visit facebook.com/ runourcityhongkong

Kate Farr is the co-founder of writing and editing agency Editors’ Ink (editorsinkhk.com). She also blogs about Hong Kong family life at Accidental Tai-Tai (accidentaltaitai.com). Send your family health news to kate@editorsinkhk.com

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Teatments are divided into three streams: natural medicine, physical therapies and mind-body connection. With more than 30 types of treatment available, Balance Health’s specialties include chronic pain, stress, allergies, women’s health and digestive issues, to name a few. 27/F, Universal Trade,

to bring you the most innovative hypnosis and coaching techniques from Europe and the US and help you sharpen your edge and achieve wellbeing. Whether you want to enjoy pain relief, reduce stress and anxiety, increase confidence, manage anger, facilitate the grief process or get rid of the divorce blues, hypnosis can help you achieve your goals. 1/F, Shama Central, 26 Peel St., Central, 9884-8036, renewed-edge.com.

Centre, 3-5 Arbuthnot Rd., Central, 2530-3315, www.balancehealth.com.hk.

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The Round Clinic

One of Hong Kong’s longestestablished physiotherapy practices. Offers treatment for sports injuries, post-operative rehabilitation and clinical Pilates, and can also help to treat chronic and posture-related pain.

This friendly clinic on the Southside offers a range of complementary healing modalities, from osteopathy and physiotherapy to naturopathy, kinesiology and acupuncture. It also sees a lot of pre-and post-natal clients, offering midwife services and Pilates.

Room 201, Dina House, Ruttonjee Centre,

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City Osteopathy

Besides osteopathy, this multidisciplinary clinic offers several pain-relief modalities, including clinical massage, physiotherapy, acupuncture, sophrology and Pilates. The dedicated health practitioners look at the body as a whole, treat the root cause of health problems and prevent them from returning. Suite 1401, Century Square, 1 D’Aguilar St., Central, 2151-4795, city osteopathy.com.hk.

Renewed Edge

This practice, founded by master hypnotist Christine Deschemim, aims

Formerly the New Age Shop, Soholistic offers various alternative therapies, including kinesiology, health coaching and hypnotherapy. If you’re into more fringe therapies, it also offers tarot reading, past life regression and chakra therapy. 1/F, 7 Old Bailey St., Central, 2810-8694, www.soholistic.asia.

Sports and Spinal

A physiotherapy clinic with two outlets in Central, Sports and Spinal specialises in back pain and spinal complaints, though it offers treatments for all kinds of physiological issues, from massage to

post-op rehabilitation. For children, its sister theraputic centre, SPOT (spot.com.hk) offer assessment and early intervention for kids facing developmental or physical challenges. 15/F, Winway Building, 50 Wellington St., Central, 2530-0073, sportsandspinal.hk.

Stanley Wellness Centre

This friendly integrated wellness clinic in Stanley Village offers a host of treatments, including osteopathy, naturopathy, homeopathy, sports massage, mindfulness and counselling, to name just a few. ​G/F 120 Stanley Main St.,​​Stanley Market, 2372​-​9700​, stanleywellnesscentre.com.

UP! Health

This friendly, newish clinic offers chiropractic and myofascial release in a fun, bright and welcoming space that’s a mile away from a stuffy doctor’s office. Room 1102, Wellington Place 2-8 Wellington St., Central, 2110-1674, www.uphealth.com.hk.

ONLINE HEALTH FOOD STORES Life Project

This massive online store divides into several categories, including health supplements, groceries, personal care products, household cleaners and babies and kids. On the groceries side, it has an entire section dedicated to specialist diets, whether you’re vegan, paleo, dairy- or gluten-free, or raw. Lifeproject.hk.


Lotus Mart

Specialising in natural soaps, personal care product and household cleaners, Lotus Mart is a great place to pick up toiletries and bigger items such as laundry detergent and eco-friendly paints. Also has a kids’ section with eco-friendly disposable nappies and wipes from Seventh Generation. Check out the “Deals” section, which has monthly specials on selected products.

Profood

This gourmet online store is an Aladdin’s cave of small-batch artisanal products. There’s a large selection of healthy goods, including energy bars, organic dressings, dips and sauces (some of which are vegan or vegetarian) and other treats. Highlights include the Thai Mekhala brand of sauces, which are vegan and made in Chiang Mai. www.profood.hk.

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One Vegan Shop

For an impressive range of veganfriendly food and lifestyle products, any budding herbivore needs to check out One Vegan Shop. There’s a huge selection of milk alternatives, baking supplies, dairy-free cheese, meat substitutes, snacks and more - a hugely helpful resource for vegans, food allergy sufferers and health fanatics alike. Delivery is free for orders of $300 or more, but there are a few far-flung spots they won’t go to; check the website for details. www.oneveganshop.com.

Nutri Alley

A new online store catering specifically to people with allergies, Nutri Alley carefully sources each of its products – from snacks, condiments and drinks to day-to-day groceries – and provides a handy key so shoppers know at a glance when an item is suitable for them. The goods are categorized into nut-, dairy-, egg- and caffeine-free, and it’s also noted if they’re kosher or vegan. Nutrialley.com.

CROSSFIT Coastal Fitness

Founded by former Hong Kong rugby star Ed Haynes, Coastal Fitness takes a community-driven approach to health and fitness. The gym’s Energy System Training program aims to equip you with long-term fitness development through mobility drills, running, squatting, kettlebells, Olympic weightlifting and a battery of tests to ensure continued progress. 3/F, Block C, Sea View Estate, 8 Watson Rd., North Point, 2512-2262, www.coastalfitnesshk.com.

CrossFit 852

One of the largest CrossFit gyms in Hong Kong, this two-storey complex is all about community and high-octane workouts. In addition to CrossFit classes, the skilled coaches offer a diverse range of specialty disciplines, such as power lifting, mobility, gymnastics and more. 1/F, Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central, 2205-0338, Crossfit852.com.

CrossFit Typhoon

An authentic garage-like box, CrossFit Typhoon is tucked away up in Sai Ying Pun. The narrow but energetic gym leads a butt-kicking WOD that’s full of squats, pull-ups, jumping, pushing, throwing and sprinting. 38-40 Third St., Sai Ying Pun, 2858-8864, www.crossfittyphoon.com.

Fitness Academy

A group of CrossFit friends turned business partners are behind this box in Quarry Bay. Fitness Academy champions everyday athletes who want to perform better in various sports, improve their metabolic conditioning, or just get in shape. Shop D, 901-907 King’s Rd., Quarry Bay, 3708-8190, fitnessacademyhk.com.

LRCF Fitness Box

Situated between Mong Kok and Olympic, LRCF is currently Kowloon side’s only box. Its primary focus is on offering one-on-one conditioning programs that address your needs and help to improve your CrossFit technique. 25 Tong Mi Rd., Mong Kok, 2658-6218, www.lrcffitnessbox.club.

Reebok CrossFit Asphodel

Back in 2010, Reebok Crossfit Asphodel was the very first CrossFit box to open up in Hong Kong. What started as a relatively bare-bones club has evolved into a powerful community of experienced strength training and functional movement specialists. GF, Fook Hing Factory Building, 33 Lee Chung St., Chai Wan, 3568-7719, www.crossfitasphodel.com.


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 I always have in my gym bag: Bulletproof chocolate. I try not to snack, but I nibble on this throughout the day. No sugar and all the good fats.

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Travis Scott. You wouldn't expect it from me but it takes me back to the New York scene.

I’m rereading a favourite: “The Wisdom of Insecurity” by Alan Watts. It’s like my guide book. It’s written so beautifully and somehow always puts me in the right frame of mind. My friend recently gave me “The Tools of Titans” by Tim Ferriss and I can’t wait to get into it.

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 My last plane trip: London and Paris for a wedding.

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 On my bucket list: I have so many travel plans on my wishlist, but I want to make it to South Africa soon.

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