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merci Your Lifestyle Magazine December 2013

Ellermenn Flowers Food Inspiration Duddell’s Contemporary Inspiration Evoke Eternity Home Inspiration "Giselle" by hoo Event Inspiration Clockenflap Syndrome 2013 Shops Inspiration Special features - Toronto Career Features

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CONTENTS December 2013

Editior’s letter


Fresh starter with merci editor

Editor’s pick


Everything you need for fall in your closet and home from merci editors

Festive pick


Festival Pick by editors

Home section


Graphic Print - Tray for your coffee table

Print Inspiration


In Love with watercolour - Bluebellgray

Shop Inspiration


Scent with Love - Tree Flowers

Home Inspiration


Haute Couture by Hoo

Special Features



Career Inspiration


Bespoke Floral - Ellermann Flower

Contemporary Gallery 70

Evoke Eternity

Restaurant Inspiration 72


Event Inspiration


Infinite Joy Rolling Sculpture

Event Inspiration


Clockenflap Syndrome 2013

Wine Inspiration


Christmas in Glass

Wine Inspiration


Wine to Salute Chinese

Recommendations 96

Editor’s Recommendations for Christmas



Portobello Mushroom Burger

Make up


Party time (Part 1)

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merci team Executive Director Peggy Lui

Administrative Director Elsa Yuen Lifestyle Editors Peggy Lui Jenny Ho Winnie Cheung Elsa Yuen Wine & Coffee Editor Winnie Ng Makeup Editor Hugo Lam Art Direction/Graphic Design Peggy Lui Jenny Ho Winnie Cheung Contributors David Yick Kaman Yip Lewis Cheng Carmen Au Timo Pitkanen For advertise Interested in advertising in merci? Simply email to advertising@ We will be contact you in shorty with our media kit and rates. For Press releases We are looking for more up-today press release. Please send your information in details to All right reserved 2013Š merci media

Editor’s Letter Christmas is here soon in about 2 weeks and we are going to count down for 2013. What is the most exciting things you had made for this year? 2013 is definitely a meaningful and unforgettable year for merci and team members. The team has been formed and from ideas to make it real is not easy, but we made it step by step and the third issue of merci magazine is now ready on your hand. For this chance, I would like to say Thank you to all members and contributors to make a fulfilled year of 2013.

This issue we have great collections of perfect gifts to your beloved one on and the last minute shopping. Special features of my home – Toronto, a lovely city and everyone may fall in love with this energetic city in the world. If you were missing one of the biggest events hosted in Hong Kong, don’t miss out our special post event section of Clockenflap Syndrome 2013! Of course, wine lover, I am so sure you will not skip our wine section, especially on the editor’s recommendations. Additional, I would like congratulation to our wine editor; Winnie Ng. She has completed the WSET of level 3.

On coming year of 2014, we are going to have more updated news. Especially, on our home décor section, we will have a totally new, refreshed style of mix and matching.

Hope you enjoy this issue and also have a wonderful happy holiday and a Happy new year!

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merci Team members

Executive Director Peggy Lui

Administrative Director Elsa Yuen


Editor Winnie Cheung

Editor (Wine & Coffee) Winnie Ng

Editor (Make-up) Hugo Lam

David Yick

Kaman Yip

Lewis Cheng

Carmen Au

Timo Pitkanen

Director of Nicywedding and Nicywedding Design.

Yoga lover, foodie( mostly vegetarian), love traveling when have time, best way to learn local cuisine!

Worked nearly 10 years in the industry of Housewares, particularly in Stainless Steel and Wooden product. Find it is interesting to know how a product to be finalized from a drawing to be in an actual product.

An IT professional and ESL educator who is fascinated by art, architecture, culture and design. After completing postgraduate studies in her Canadian home town, she now focuses her career in Hong Kong.

Nordic extension of the Merci team, living in Finland but traveling frequently around the world.

Passion in photography and turned passion into career. Now travelling around the world for overseas wedding photography

Cook more, play more with recipes, creating more home-food like making art. Food brings memories !


Editor Jenny Ho

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Working in academic career but likes to go out with camera on free time, getting inspiration from the simplicity of Nordic nature as well as the hectic life of Hong Kong. Enjoy nature scenes and be a fans of simple nordic designs. Love good food with a matching wine, especially when enjoyed together with friends.

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Editor Picks


Happy Ruby Holiday DIRECTOR {Peggy Lui} JAWBONE Big Jambox wireless speaker HK $2,680


Zara Home Flower Tea Towel (Pack of 2) 149.00 HKD


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LANVIN Set of 10 Save the Date cards $470

Adore season

Zara Home Flocked Picture Frame HK $299

VIDIVI Euforia tumbler HK $130

Oscar de la Renta 3/4 SLEEVE V-NECK SLIM DRESS US $1,134

Bluegreyball Untitled 3 ÂŁ70.00

GIANVITO ROSSI Ankle strap leather pumps HK $6,600

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Dazzling in Season EDITOR { Jenny Ho }

A dazzling blue and white is an alternative colour scheme out of the traditional Christmas. Let’s have a shining and vivid holiday!

Jonathan Adler Rococo Side Table HK$ 395.00

Restoration Hardware Crown Tree Topper-Silver US$ 34.00

Jonathan Adler Silver Fox Ornament HK$ 28.00 10

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Anthropologie Xmas Gracia Ornament Ball HK$ 100.00

Urban Tea TWG French Earl Grey Tea US$ 31.95 MICHAEL KORS Camouflage-jacquard and stretch-crepe dress $7,850

Franc Franc Xmas Glanz Candle Holder HK$ 110.00 merci magazine


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fantasticjourney EDITOR { Winnie Cheung }

Pink is fantastic to every girl. For this seasonal holiday, red and green is not the only colors for your choices.

Zara Home Coloured Wine Glass HK$79.00

Zara Home Diamonds and Dots Champagne Flute HK$129.00

LadurĂŠe x Palais Galliera PINK GALLIERA MACARON BOX HK$260

JIMMY CHOO Ice Cube crystal-embellished Perspex clutch HK$13,850 12

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Franc franc Spark Wall Deco Moose HK$1640 ASOS Vintage Cocoon Coat HKD$ 1,588.82

PRADA Candy L’Eau gift set HK$ 980 Keds For Kate Spade Glitter Kick HK$700

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Le Creuset Stoneware Classic Teapot HK$696

PAPYRUS Lavender Rosemary Lotion US$17.00

Anthropologie Feather Imprint Knob US$14.00

The Perfect by Peggy Lui/ Jenny Ho/ Winnie Cheung

Penhaligon’s London Quercus Fragrance Collection HKD$ $960 Franc Franc Snow Dome Tree L SV HK $260 14

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Paris H Hello C HK 378

Franc Franc STELLER Crystal Cup Cover White HK$70

Gift for her

House Coin Purse 8.84

NAILS INC Nails Inc Best Dressed Nails Mini Nail Polish Collection HK $225.76

OLYMOIA LE-TAN Mind Your Manners embroidered clutch HK $11,110 Anthropologie Littering Flatware US $98.00 merci magazine


Jonathan Adler Acapulco Candle US $18.00

Penhaligon's Nickel Shaving Set

Kim Seybert Stag Wine Stopper ÂŁ22.00

Sennheiser MOMENTUM x STRiDA Bike HKD $9800 16

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DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Faux textured-leather case and travel adapter HK $830

Nepresso The Gran Maestria for the grand master of gourme coffee HK$ 6,388

Jonathan Adler Lacquer Playing Card Set US $78.00

Sleep Naked Hong Kong Flag Beach Towel HK $351

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Maggie & Flynn

Pacifier Crosseyed Jolly Black/Pink HK$93.50

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Appaman Boys Puffy Coat Pewter HK$1,280.00

The Perfect G

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Vevian Matthew Metallic Green HK$1,159.00

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JazzyToes Variety Original Boys Socks HK$290.00 18

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Vintage Bundle Baby Socks fo HK$265.00

Maggie & Flynn Vevian Emily Light Grey HK$1,086.00

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Jellycat Bashful Blossom Bunny Beige HK$120.00

Gift for Little

or Girls

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Most Wanted Clothing Girls Stud Skulls T Shirt Black HK$590.50

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Zoobug Daisy Kids Sunglasses Pink / White HK$538.00

Maggie & Flynn Vevian Maria Red HK$1,085.00

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Besserat de Bellefon CuvĂŠe des Moines Brut Vintage 2002 ($520) Origin: Champagne, France

This shows lovely, lacy texture and mouthwatering acidity, defined by a streak of minerality that underscores the finely meshed flavors of currant pâte de fruit, crystallized honey, lemon curd, fleur de sel and pastry, echoing on the finish. Drink now through 2025 Food pairing: Soft cheeses, wild mushrooms, fowl, game, fish

92 points, Wine Spectator Enquiries: 6907 3933

Champagne Barons de Rothschild Brut NV HKD $330

Mailly L'Inte

Almost exclusively from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards, this complex and ethereal champagne of the famous Barons de Rothschild [Lafite] is delicate in appearance, pale golden with fine persistent bubbles. Delightful aromas of pear, almonds that marry with hints of white flowers and faint toasty notes. On the palate, refreshing, well-rounded. Great structure, powerful yet contained. Treat your loved ones to this lovely bubbly, definitely the most festive of all beverages!

The nose mineral n wheat an of miner brioche. sufficien way to d Mirabelle persisten

Food pairing: Ideal as an aperitif, with light dishes, seared scallops, shellfish, risotto, game dishes, and cheese. With good acidity, this Champagne pairs well with almost everything!

Food pa touch of at ease w mended salt or cla with whi

92 points, Wine Spectator 17/20, Jancis Robinson

91 poin

Enquiries: 2274 4833


Origin: Champagne, France


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The Perfect Sparkli

y Grand Cru Champagne emporelle Brut 2007 HKD $1240

Prunotto Moscato d'Asti DOCG 2012 HKD $157

Gratiot-Pillière "Brut Tradition" NV ($263)

e is an elegant combination of fruity, floral and notes. Aromas of citrus, peaches, pears, ripe nd white flowers develop against a background ral notes, layering with hints of chalkiness and The palate shows a freshness tempered by just nt vinosity for a creamy, supple attack, giving delicate flavours of lusciously ripe fruit aromas of e plums and citrus, perfectly blended in a tasty, nt mouth-feel.

Intense straw yellow colour with musky aroma of acacia honey and hawthorn. Full, dense, vigorous and elegant on the palate, with a balance, fresh finish.

The intense golden yellow colour is a perfect background for the dazzling, chaotic rise of the delicate bubbles. The stylish nose evokes a blend of yellow and white fruit, at once elegant and refreshing, the perfect essence of summer fruit. The taste is crisp, with a defined minerality lengthening the finale giving a wonderfully balanced expression of enduring flavour.

airing: Best with a buffet-style dinner, adding a class to those taste-tempting canapés. Equally with a sit-down meal and particularly recomwith roasted scallops, line-fished sea-bass in a ay crust, turbot cooked any way you like or risotto ite truffle.

Food pairing: Perfect with fresh fruit like strawberry, peach and mixed berries, biscotti and cakes.

Food pairing: Excellent as an aperitif: pair it with sliced fresh fruit, or a mixture of diced Comté cheese and shavings of aged Mimolette. It can also accompany a meal: pair with delicate savoury dishes: langoustine pastries, mildly spiced raviolis, foie gras brioche with an apricot confit, or a Brie de Meaux in puff pastry.

nts, Robert Parker & Wine Spectator

International Wine Challenge (IWC) Bronze

International Wine Challenge (IWC) Silver

Enquiries: 9420 8598

Enquiries: 3796 7192

Mailly Champagne, Grand Cru vineyard,

s: 2406 0986

Origin: Origin: Asti, Italy

ing for festival

Origin: Champagne, France

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Photo: Courtesy of Penhaligon’s London Inspired picks by Peggy Lui

It has been over 140 years since the doors of the first Penhaligon’s emporium opened on Jermyn Street in London. This quintessentially British perfumery with prestigious Royal Warrants from The Prince of Wales (1988) and The Duke of Edinburgh (1956) has opened a new location in Central’s ifc mall in November, 2013. The grand boutique is Penhaligon’s first-ever flagship store in Hong Kong. 22

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The Spirit Of The Ballet The Christmas Hero Box is a rotating music box that sings the sweet tune of a songbird. It is available for purchase alone or can be filled with a selection of goods chosen by the customer with someone special in mind.

Ladies Fragrance Collection

Sartorial Fragrance Collection

The classic gift set showcasing an exquisite array of fragrances for ladies is available this year in our Ladies Fragrance Collection containing 5ml bottles of Lily of the Valley, Malabah, Ellenisia, Artemisia and Gardenia.

An elegant fragrance inspired by Saville Row, is available for Christmas in the Sartorial Fragrance Collection containing one 50ml EDT, one 100ml Shower Gel and one 75ml Deodorant stick.

HK $500 (5ml x 5pcs)

HK $960

Blenheim Fragrance Collection

Artemisia Fragrance Collection

The best-selling men’s fragrance named after Blenheim Palace, is available for Christmas in a set that includes one 100ml Blenheim EDT and one 300ml Shower Gel. The Blenheim Bouquet Fragrance Collection is perfect for someone who enjoys a touch of fresh and discreet citrus.

Artemisia, is now available in this charming Christmas set. For Christmas, our Artemisia Fragrance Collection contains one 100ml Artemisia EDP and one 300ml Shower Gel.

HK $1,310

HK $1,560

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Graphic Print

Tray for your coffee table

Need some refreshment for your coffee table? Get a tray in colourful graphic print; your living room will be more colourful and fun!

Produced by Peggy Lui


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Colourful treats for Your coffee table

Vattenbl채nk tray Marimekko

Siirtolapuutarha tray Marimekko

Round Ceramic Style Tray Zara

Small Oriental Tray Zara Home

Lotte Marimekko

Square Tray Zara Home

Navy greek key monogrammed name tray Jonathan Adler

Acapulco Monogrammed Name Tray Jonathan Adler

Navy and orange bargello monogrammed name tray Jonathan Adler

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Photo: Courtesy of Blueballgrey ∫ Produced by Peggy Lui

Fi Douglas, a graduate of the prestigious Glasgow School of Art, set up bluebellgray with a clear vision and style in mind; her love of colour and all things floral combined with a desire to create unique painterly pieces. These vibrant, oversized water-colour blooms have become a brand signature and sit harmoniously alongside abstract pieces born from Fi’s natural painting process. Bluebellgray pieces are aimed at people looking for something unique and individual for their home, an antidote to mass production. The design philosophy behind the brand adheres to the ‘eclectic mix’ school of thought, encouraging the designs to sit beside vintage finds and modern design alike. Living and breathing bluebellgray, Fi’s home is regularly featured in home magazines; her dreams of sun-drenched, floral-filled summers adorn her home in her designs. With an emphasis on quality and integrity bluebellgray source the best materials and take pride that all our fabrics and cushions are made in the UK. Each design is painted by hand in the Glasgow studio before being printed onto natural cottons and linens using state of the art printing technology. The printing methods used enable every brushstroke and colour to be captured, enhancing the feel of the hand-painted design. The pieces have a sense of provenance and the designer behind the product, adding to the feeling of exclusivity. merci magazine


HOME DECOR Blueballgrey

Archie collection cushions Bluebellgray’s new Archie Collection offers signature florals and abstract designs in rich and saturated watercolours. A beautiful selection of coloured plains, trimmed in contrasting piping and pompoms, and made from the highest quality linens co-ordinate perfectly. The Archie fabric designs offer a new season update on best-selling abstracts with Wee Archie being bluebellgray’s first ever beautifully tactile, luxury velvet. 28

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Scandinavian Style HOME Photo: Courtesy of hoo Limited By: Peggy Lui

Scandinavian Style usually refers to the creation and design emerged from countries Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. It is a design movement characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality. Have you ever have thought of using the style of scandinavian for you home? YC Chen, a true perfectionist, a home creators who can bring your home with unique taste, not just interior, as home creators, he can bring your home have its own character. hoo design explained and show you what is scandinavian. He said today, Everyone is unique. Likewise, every home should have its own character.

“home of one, one of a kind.�

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minimalism According to wikipedia, minimalisn is refer to simplicity, using white elements, cold lighting, large space with minimum objects and furniture. The modern semi-open kitchen features a bar counter connecting to the contemporary dining and living area, while the whole family gathers around the Safretti fireplace for cozy get-togethers.


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HOME DECOR Home Inspiration

Location: Mid-Levels, Hong Kong Size: 1,350 Square Feet Originally a 3-bedroom apartment,combined two rooms to create a spacious master suite with study area and walk-in wardrobe. And don’t forget the balcony - it’s a private cigar corner just for HIM. After all, an ideal home is where people with different tastes and styles live together in perfect harmony.


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HOME DECOR Home Inspiration

The adjacent baby room is decorated in a classic theme for HER, highlighted by playful DIY wall stickers from England.


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Toronto Photo and Produced by Peggy Lui

Toronto is the largest and most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. It is located in Southern Ontario on the north-western shore of Lake Ontario. Toronto most populous city in Canada, also with a large scale of home dĂŠcor section.

For the premier special feature in merci, we would like to introduce some unique stores we really enjoy spending time in the area. Toronto is a lovely, friendly and one of the most multicultural city in the world. You can find every kind of styles, the creativities style is uniqueness in the city.

Remember, Toronto is more fun then you thought!

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The name "Putti"is plural for the Italian word Putto, referring to a chubby male child, usually nude, sometimes winged.Putti in the classical world of art, were winged infants that were believed to influence human lives. In Renaissance art, the putto was often the companion to the goddess of love Aphrodite or Venus.In Greek Mythology they were a type of messenger spirit. being halfway between the human and the divine. Putti Fine Furnishings is a european style home decore boutique netled in the up scale Rosedale area in Toronto Canada.Putti opened eighteen years ago primarily as an antique store. Over the years it has evolved into a complete lifestyle shop selling everything for romantic living.

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The store is a series of mini specialty departments within one space. Upon entering you come in to the Living room. Sofas, coffee tables , lamps and accessories.This space has a modern romantic theme. As you travel further back you will find the french bistro dining room. Dining tables, dining chairs and buffets all spilling over with white dishes, cutlery, table linens and French glassware. Beyond this a more sophisticated modern living room space with modern lamps, ottomans and leather armchairs. At the very back of the store, you will find the gentlemen's room. A safe haven for men in the overly feminine Putti. It is decorated with maps and leather trunks and treasures from around the world.


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1140 Yonge Street. Toronto. On M4W 2L6

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Teatro Verde Teatro Verde first opened in 1997 in Hazelton Lanes as a home and gar-

den lifestyle store. Twelve years later, Teatro Verde has multiple locations, Bayview Village opened in 2004, expanded product lines, and enjoys an avid and devoted following both locally and internationally.

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Shawn and Michael travel the world searching for the unique, original and beautiful. As a design team they have created looks that define global style and eclecticism; these skills will be showcased with their new collections. They have become famous for their aesthetic sensibilities, as they are not afraid to mix period styles, ethnicities, time periods and icons. Teatro Verde has become a constant source of inspiration to the design community and lifestyle media.

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98 Yorkville Avenue 56

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Winter Wonderland Consisting of Pale Pink Paeonia, Garden Rose, Pink Nerine, Grey Brunia, Seeded “Flatberry� Eucalyptus & Dusty 62 Miller. merci magazine

Career Features Bespoke Floral

Ellermann General Manager · Kate Jones

Ellermann Flower

Elegance, spontaneous and floral creations Photo: Jenny Ho/ Courtesy of Ellermann ∫ Interview by Peggy Lui ∫ Text by Carmen Au

The Ellermann Landmark is the second boutique from Ellermann in Hong Kong. Following the overwhelming success of the Tung Street flagship, founder and event designer Diane Nittke gives life to the classically designed and distinctly European boutique that embodies elegance and sophistication. The Ellermann Landmark opening in time for the festive holiday season, fits seamlessly into Hong Kong’s most luxurious shopping district. Here, general manager Kate Jones explains how Ellermann has quickly become Hong Kong’s premier florists and society event designers. merci magazine


Q: How did Ellermann come into being?

Q: How does Ellermann set itself apart in the industry?

A: Diane and I both grew up in countries where there are lots of greenery and wide open spaces. She came from a small town in Germany, surrounded by flowers from her grandmother’s garden every day and I am from New Zealand. Diane wanted to share these experiences with Hong Kong and I also came on board. Ellermann Flower Boutique and Event Design Atelier was established in 2011 and the name, Ellermann is actually Diane’s maiden name which is also her grandmother’s surname.

A: We provide bespoke floral creations because each of our clients is special to us. Our selection of flowers and plants is extensive and we source a large portion of our flowers from different, unique suppliers. A lot of our customers also demand terrariums as we create an extraordinary little world with each arrangement. People also appreciate floral creations that are easy to care for. So as part of our service, customers would bring their terrariums in every three months and we would rework and rearrange them. We believe in providing unique products and personalized service that no one else has.

Q: What is Ellermann’s philosophy?

Q: Where do you draw inspiration from in creating Ellermann and the bespoke pieces?

A: We believe our service should evolve around our customers. Floral creations should be more personal because the people who you give them to, are special. It shouldn’t be made to look like you ordered from a catalogue. Buying flowers should be an engaging experience and we are trying to put the fun back into ordering flowers for the special day, person or occasion. We also believe in the notion that people not only should purchase flowers for others, but for their own homes and offices as well because they deserve to treat themselves to something of beauty and elegance.

A: Diane being the creative director, travels a lot and draws inspiration around the world. But she also finds inspiration in her grandmother’s backyard in her native Germany. She adores the simplicity and natural beauty of the fresh cut flowers from the garden. It is the classic European heritage, charm and elegance that define Ellermann's style.


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Succulent Wreath

Consisting of Succulents, Fir, Pine Cones, Eucalyptus Fruits, dark Wild Berries.


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Holiday Folly

One Perfect Day Hamper

One Perfect Day Hamper

A Gentleman’s Christmas Hamper

Q: Tell us about the new Landmark boutique. A: Besides floral creations, the Landmark boutique offers home wares, curios and vintage pieces which are not found at our flagship. Each piece is one of the kind, mainly sourced from France and antique markets in London. We designed the boutique to conjure the bustling, open plan flower markets in Europe.

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Para Site Annual Auction Dinner

British Airways – Gig on the Wing

Q: Share with us some of Ellermann’s upcoming projects. A: We have been lucky to work with some amazing individuals and

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corporate clients. We have been involved in projects from wedding event collaborations, to flowers for school principals, to working with Vera Wang and Hermes. December marks the beginning of our partnership with Lane Crawford. Orders of flowers through their concierge service are fulfilled by Ellermann. We are also responsible for their in-store floral arranagements and our winter floral collection is on display at Lane Crawford IFC. More exciting projects with our partners are in the making.

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Have you ever experienced a moment so perfect in your life, that you wished for time to stand still? Unfortunately, time continues. The good news is that humans have the ability to reflect on the savoured moments and re-experience it in our minds later on. This is a phenomenon that Martin Seligman, a globally respected psychologist and published author of Positive Psychology speaks of. One way to achieve this is by actively engaging in memory building by capturing a mental image of the moment or by taking a souvenir of that moment. Wayne has collaborated with me as a photographer and videographer in my last dance theater production in 2012 in New York. He is an astonishing photographer capturing the real important moments in dance and life. Each time when I look at his photos I discover something new... even in my own work! This is due to his sharp and at the same time tender eye with which he sees the world. I am looking forward to many more collaborations! Dagmar Spain Creator and Choreographer of Yellow is Not Gold (choreographer, director, dancer and actor)


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Photo: Courtesy of Evoke Eternity âˆŤ

Interview by Peggy Lui

Contemporary Gallery Evoke Eternity

Photographs can be souvenirs of the treasured moments, which turn into the precious stories that are passed down to future generations. This coupled with making evocative imagery is what drives Wayne Wong in his creative work as a photographer and videographer. His tender, yet sharp eyes capture the important moments of life at the perfect time, with portraits that allow the viewer to feel the emotions of the people in each photo.

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Fine dining Photo: Courtesy of Duddell's by Peggy Lui

Duddell’s is a cultural and social destination created for people who have an active appreciation of the arts. Founded by three of Hong Kong’s most influential young minds, Alan Lo, Yenn Wong, and Paulo Pong, Duddell’s is neither museum nor gallery – it is a colorful backdrop against which ideas can be shared and developed, connecting art and people in a new way.

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Restaurant Inspiration Duddell's

Duddell’s adds another accolade to the mantelpiece with a Michelin star, announced today from the prestigious guide to Hong Kong’s top dining establishments. Serving exquisite dim sum and authentic Cantonese dishes, the fine dining restaurant has received much praise from food critics and high profile personalities alike, also making entry into Hong Kong Tatler’s annual Best Restaurants guide. This latest honor from the Michelin Guide is Executive Chef Siu Hin-Chi’s third star to date.


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With interiors as noteworthy as the art on its walls, entering Duddell’s will feel like being welcomed into the home of a great art collector – one that also happens to have an in-house Michelin starred Cantonese chef, a lush 2,000 square foot outdoor terrace, and sophisticated salon with artisanal cocktails and vintage champagne. Conceived as the perfect instrument to enable other events and experiences to happen, the interior architecture and design are by London-based Ilse Crawford - awarded AD Spain International Prize 2013 for Contribution and Influential Work in Architecture, Design and Interior Design.

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Rolling Sculpture LANDMARK, the epitome of top-tier luxury shopping, embracing high fashion, prestigious arts and lifestyle, together with the finest international dining experience launched its highly anticipated “1 Smile, 1 Name, LANDMARK” Christmas campaign at its 4 iconic buildings, LANDMARK ATRIUM, LANDMARK ALEXANDRA, LANDMARK CHATER and LANDMARK PRINCE’S. “For over 30 years, the fountain at LANDMARK ATRIUM has been an iconic location rich with heritage for Central, and it transforms into a must-see destination during the festive seasons in Hong Kong. Central is traditionally the location for families to visit during the holiday season and LANDMARK is where they go to enjoy delectable dining, irresistible shopping and experience world-class Christmas festive decorations. This year is no exception with our ‘1 Smile, 1 Name, LANDMARK’ campaign. Our magnificent ‘Infinite Joy Rolling Sculpture’ runs in an infinite loop symbolising our desire to bring ultimate delight to all,”

Mr. David Martin

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Event Inspiration

The “Infinite Joy Rolling Sculpture” runs in time with music, lighting and kinetic mechanics charming both shoppers and passersby alike. The sculpture is complemented by animated reindeers and trees created by local artist Homan Ho that sparkle and glitter through light refraction further brightening up shoppers’ lives. Furthermore, the LANDMARK ATRIUM will have a spectacular light show and simulated snow to create an atmospheric yuletide daily (every half hour from noon to 2:00pm and 5:00pm to 7:00 pm and every hour from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm).


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Throughout the festive season, regular musical performances (Wednesday to Friday from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm) and festive offerings will bringing out the holiday spirit and surprises, and shoppers can discover over 100 exclusive gift items at LANDMARK ensuring their loved ones will break out in smiles.

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Clockenflap Syndrome 2013

Photo: Jenny Ho/Peggy Lui Courtesy of A-VIBE Text by Jenny Ho

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Contemporary Inspiration

Clockenflap Syndrome 2013 Remember Clockenflap 2012? A year long wait, Clockenflap music & art festival has returned and gone with a haze during the early December weekend. This year Clockenflap got much larger scale and spanned into 3 days and hold at the West Kowloon Cultural District Promenade from November 29 to December 1, 2013. Over 100 artists, musicians and DJs performed across 7 stages, creative attractions for family fun, like art village, craft market, silent disco, film tent, etc. and variety of food & beverage stalls were served day and night. The line-up wasn’t so impressed compare to last year, but it’s unexpectedly successful with record breaking, attracted 33,500 audiences.

At the first extra day (Friday night) of this six-year event, you could check out the event in this soft opening night and be ready for your itinerary on Saturday and Sunday. However, Clockenflap would not give you a break for every single minute. American Rock band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, a post-rock and electronic musician Four Tet and energetic Irish band The Strypes were unveiled a rock night for all the Clockenflappers. With a warm and sunny Saturday, it was time to enjoy the fun attractions before catching Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, The 1975 and Franz Ferdinandind in the evening. Clockenflap is not only a music festival, but also a destination for family gathering, people to share their culture, art and music and meet new and old friends. For those who love arts and crafts, there were over 80 stalls produced handmade items in Clockenflap Market. Besides, the Art Village was suitable for family to spend a day in there. Kids could enjoy their world with those features, like bouncy castle, face painting, shoes painting, merry-bike-round, stilt walkers, etc. Parents could sneak to the section in Vans - Off the Wall, fathers line-up for the free haircut by 2 barbers, while mothers enjoyed their free nail polish. Meanwhile, some singing and entertaining live performances came across in the open area from time to time. When the sun set down, Harbourflap stage was already jam-packed and waiting the legendary guitarist and king of disco heads - Nile Rodgers and Chic performance. People were start dancing when the music on. Followed by the young and Manchester-based rocker who is the hottest UK’s band currently, unusually attracted a huge crowd of teen girls clustered at the band’s feet. Took a break after these 2 shows and got on your dancing shoes, top international Scotland band Franz Ferdinand were ready to burn the stage. Enormous crowds headed to the Harbour Stage and break the record, nearly 20,000 audiences under the stage. Alex were also singing “Hong Kong is out of control!” This must be the best moment of Clockenflap this year. "Right moment. Right festival.

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After an intensive Saturday night, The Somersby Cider Garden and Bearded Lady Side Show were the best space to relax during the day. Beanbags were placed on the green area and had a sip of apple cider under the wonderful sky. Alternatively, there were some yoga sessions, dance performances, Cantonese opera, DJ sets, acoustic jammers, etc. provided inside a dimmed show tent. Besides, there was a Film Tent showing different short films and documentary. Additionally, the British Council Hong Kong and UK Trade & Investments’ Great Campaign presented a 1929 Hitchcock silent film - “Blackmail” at the Replay stage. Towards to evening, more artists performed on stage, like Copenhagen indie rock/orchestral band - Efterklang, Canadian twin sisters - Tegan & Sara and another Canadian new wave band - Metric. Surprisingly, a French psyche-punk rock band – La Femme caught some audiences at the Your Mum stage. They dressed with the Chinese traditional outfit with their synthetic and hypnotic music. While waiting the final performer - the China’s rock legend, Cui Jian, swing to the cloud playground in the middle of the site. It was an interactive light installations designed by Marc & Chantal who were celebrating their 20th year anni-


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versary. People could experiment the light drawing inside the inflatable cloud. Moreover, not far away the cloud, Silent Disco is returned. It must be another popular and recommended place for all the Clockenflappers. People were dancing crazy with their headphones which supplied by the official sound sponsor – Sennheiser. “It was a fun experience because the people were outside watching what’s happening and people were underneath the headphones. If you were watching the crowd that they were having fun and dancing like crazy with no sound. People love it!” said Sennheiser’s president, Marc Vincent. Finally, it was a great honoured to have the China’s Godfather of modern rock – Cui Jian for the closing performance. He is one of the influential rockers to the Chinese young generation and society. There was an unexpected cut-off ending at last, but Cui Jian also expressed “We just finished the show in Clockenflap, such a great honor to play in this festival, I hope I can come back!"

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We create music in the same way we consume music. (The 1975)

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We dont really know HK bands music bu t we like to discover more if we can. Franz Ferdinand 88

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There was a lot to explore in these intensive 3 days, for those who never been to Clockenflap, you can’t miss it next year!

The first Clockenflap festival was held in 2008 at the Cyberport, with 1,500 people attended. It is founded by Jay Forster, Mike Hill and Justin Sweeting. They expressed “We’re all felt Hong Kong was missing the kind of festival we wanted to produce, so rather than complain about it, we set about creating one.” However, there was noise complaint that pushed Clockenflap moved to West Kowloon Promenade in 2011. It was completely free to public because of late stage venue restrictions by the time. It was surprisingly successful and become a remarkable event in Hong Kong. In 2012, Clockenflap was improved and pushing much further with over 20,000 people attended.

We’re from this city and doing something that we hope is positive for Hong Kong has very deep resonant meaning for us. The Clockenflap founders - Jay Forster, Mike Hill and Justin Sweeting

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Wine & Coffee Clos des Lunes

Christmas in a glass Photo: Courtesy of Everywhere. Google Text by Winnie Ng

Christmas is coming in 2 weeks. When temperature is gradually drop down and long winter is knocking on the door, something special is needed to keep you warm. A pleasant and easy drinking alternative to keep oneself happy during the festival time is mulled wine.


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Wine & Coffee Mulled Wine

Mulled wine is a hot and spiced wine which is very popular among many European countries (old world regions in wine). It has a long history for around 2500 years. Dating back to as far as 500B.C., people used to add spices & herbs to wine for taste enhancement and for health reasons. The recipes varied depending on families & country traditions. However, it’s common to find cinnamon, cloves, and raisins in most of the mulled wine, of course red wine is the essential ingredient. In some regions, white mulled wine can also be found. The ideal varieties for preparation would be Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Zinfandel, Port or Madeira can also be used. By adding cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, anise, lemon peel, orange (depends on own taste) and perhaps crystallized sugar, then heating up the wine gently for around 5 minutes. All these materials can be found easily in local markets, or even supermarkets- they are now selling in a special pack for convenience in preparing mulled wine. After all, an aromatic spiced warm red wine is ready!

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Winnie Ng Editor of merci wine and coffee section WSET Level 3 Now a register tutor in ERB wine course

Wine to Salute Chinese! Photo: Courtesy of Grace Vineyard & Johnny Lau

Apart from Japan where we introduced their wine in the First Issue, we have another fast-developing country for wine production in the industry. Guess what would that be? Yes, that’s China! The increase in production of their wine is as fast as the rate of their economy growth.

Grace Vineyard, one of the biggest wineries in China, was founded in 1997 by a Hong Kong Chinese Mr. CK Chan and his French friend, Sylvain Janvier, with the assistance of a famous Bordeaux oenologist Denis Boubals. They planted the vines in Taigu County, Shanxi province where is located between Taiheng Mountain and Luliang mountain ranges, at an average altitude of 900m. Taigu, Shanxi is typically continental in climate - dry, low rainfall, high diurnal temperature difference, long sunshine hours- all of these are ideal settings for grape growing and top-quality wine production. The first vintage was released in 2001, being 4 years after the establishment of the winery. The twin-head logo of Grace Vineyard symbolizes the great friendship between Mr. Chan and Mr. Janvier. Grace Vineyard is now based in Hong Kong under the management of a young but successful lady, Judy Leissner, the daughter of Mr. Chan, since 2002. The wines are mainly made from international varieties, especially red wines, which are all from Bordeaux varietal- Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc. Whites are mainly from Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. Grapes are handpicked for premium collections and wines are made in Bordeaux practice and style. Wines are aged in stainless steel tanks or French barrels. The wines got international awarded already in 2002 in Brussel, Belgium. This arose global interest by important and famous critics in the industry like Robert Parker, Jancis Robin-


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son, and Wine Spectator.

Wine & Coffee People's Series

People’s Series are made for easy and early drinking, easy to go with food-matching, at reasonable price making them perfect for daily drinks.

There are various series of wine produced by the winery. From the most premium Chairman’s Reserve, flagship Deep Blue, mid-priced Tasya’s Reserve, to a more affordable Premium Series & Vineyard Series, Grace Vineyard has shown their enthusiasm and passion to the production with distinct characters in each of their bottle. Wines are under strict control of quality- experienced winemakers are from wine growing regions around the world, and equipment used in the winery is made in Europe.

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In June 2013, Grace Vineyard has launched a new series to tribute to the People in China, named PEOPLE’s SERIES (with vintage of 2011). The labels and all packaging materials are designed by Bodegas Torres, the largest winery in Spain, which has a close connection with Grace Vineyard. The labels are drawn with different Chinese workers with happy faces holding the People’s Series with a star as logo- representing one of the classes as shown in the China national flag.

2 wines are produced for People’s Series, one red and one white.


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Wine & Coffee People's Series

People’s Cabernet 2011 (Red) • 85% Cabernet Sauvignon & 15% Merlot • From Ningxia, near Helan, at 1100m altitude • Aged in French barrels for 5 months • Exhibits red & dark berry fruits, with flavors of spices, cedar oak, cocoa & vegetal note. Medium body, round finish with balanced acidity. • Best to drink: 2013- 2015

People’s Chardonnay 2011 (White) • 100% Chardonnay • From Shanxi • Matured in stainless steel tanks • Dry, crisp, delicate, fresh and fruity. Fresh ripe citrus, melon, peach, alongside with a lifted floral, mineral and yeasty note. Light to medium body, balanced acidity. • Best to drink: 2013- 2015

Enquiries: (852) 2305-3308

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Editor's Recommendations Have you ready all the wines for Christmas gifts & party yet? If not, it’s time for the final shopping. The Grand Christmas collection Text by Winnie Ng

Under HKD $300 Pelassa San Pancrazio Barbera d'Alba 2010 HKD $290 Origin: Piedmont, Italy Ruby red colour; deep and fragrant bouquet with ripe berry fruit and vanilla taste; full bodied, well balanced, soft and round taste. It has good persistence and sapidity; itis an exceptionally classy wine. Food pairing: ideal with the fresh egg pasta piemontese, excellent served with roasted red and white meats, and strong cheese 1

Decanter Wine of the Year 2010

Château Gaby 2006 HKD $260 Origin: Canon Fronsac, France

Dark/ruby purple color. The nose shows sweet fruit, some hints of oak and spice. The palate is intense, elegant with structured but fine tannins and nice dark fruits. An harmonious wine with a great complexity. Food pairing: Beef, Lamb, Stews, Roasts, Cantonese food


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88 points, Wine Spectator Decanter ****(*) Eclipses the 2005 2

Caliterra Tributo Edicion Limitada A Carmanere-Malbec 2010 HKD $198 Origin: Colchagua Valley, Chile Fresh aromas of forest fruits stand out on the nose along with spicy notes, black pepper, and tobacco leaf, complemented by elegant notes of coffee. The palate offers impressive elegance and volume. Barrel aging also lends finesse and persistence that promise tremendous aging potential Food pairing: lamb, stewing beef, pork sausage, cumin and curry are good choices International Wine Challenge (IWC) Silver 3

Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico DOCG Castello di Querceto Riserva 2009 HKD $225 Origin: Chianti, Tuscany, Italy Though packed with fresh cherry, berry and tobacco flavors, this is also chewy, with a spice and cedar side that adds depth. A modern style, yet harmonious and polished. Best from 2014 through 2023. 8,500 cases made.

Food pairing: Fit well with roasted meats and seasoned cheese 91 points, Wine Spectator


Alvear Pedro Ximenez Solera 1927 375ml HKD $250 Origin: Montilla-Moriles, Spain The impressive 1927 Pedro Ximenez Solera, from a Solera begun nearly 80 years ago, boasts a dark amber color as well as an extraordinary nose of creme brulee, liquefied nuts, marmalade, and maple syrup. Huge and viscous, yet neither cloyingly sweet nor heavy, it is a profound effort priced unbelievably low. It is meant to be drunk alone at the end of a meal. Food pairing: Good for drink alone, also fit with sweet dessert, chocolate, vanilla ice cream 96 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 5

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Editor's Recommendations Above HKD $300

Paul Jaboulet Chateauneuf du Pape Les Cedres 2007 HKD $537 Origin: Southern Rhone, France Complex, intense note of macerated red berries, blended with sweet spices and a hint of garrigue (Mediterranean vegetation). Powerful with warm attack, with a spicy, hot finish. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027 Food pairing: Fillet of beef with cepes cream, sautéd veal kidneys infused with lime 89 points, Wine Spectator


La Rioja Alta “904” Gran Reserva 2001 HKD $348 Origin: Rioja, Spain

Dark ruby-colored with a garnet rim, it displays a lovely nose of Asian spices, incense, tobacco, balsamic, and blackberry. Wellstructured and round. On the palate it has exceptional depth, layers of spicy black fruit, excellent ripeness, and an elegant personality. Ample, delicate, long-lasting finish .Upon release it should continue to evolve for another 5-6 years and drink well through 2040

Food pairing: Aged Manchego cheese. Roasted duck or pork maybe even with a Chinese/Cantonese influence 96 points, Wine Advocate 17/20, Jancis Robinson


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Mt. Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz 2005 HKD $433 Origin: Grampians, Australia Aroma of blackberry and mulberry fruits interlaced with dark plum characters with mixed spice and hints of pepper. Boldly structured tannins on the palate, with ripe blackberry fruits, spice and tight acidity adding length and definition. Complex savoury characters in the background Food pairing: Juicy burger, pepper steak 96 points, James Halliday 17/20, Jancis Robinson 3

La Dame de Montrose 2010 HKD $390 Origin: Saint-Estephe, Bordeaux, France A superb second wine, opulent and substantively textured, it shares more in common with a flamboyant, exuberant year such as 2009 than most 2010s. Dense purple, its oodles of fruit, luxurious mouthfeel and terrific finish make it a sleeper of the vintage. It’s a wine to buy in abundant quantities and drink over the next 10-15+ years.

Food pairing: perfect with steak, lamb chops, beef, roasted red meat 94 points, Robert Parker 93 points, James Suckling


Château Canteloup Vieilles Vignes Cru Bourgeois 2004 HKD $400 Origin: Medoc, Bordeaux, France Deep and intense, dark ruby color, brilliant and clean. Generous aromas with a hint of red fruit and spices, finishing on a discreetly wooded note. Rich and powerful without being aggressive. A ruby color with hints of vermillion a bouquet with delicate notes of vanilla, toast and leather, and a mouth full of nuances. Very friendly, this wine will reach its fullness quickly. Only 2000 bottles were produced. Best drinking year: 2009-2015 Food pairing: Roasted pigeon, red meats, wild game, cheeses


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Quick & Easy lunch.

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Ingredients : ( for1person) 1Sweet potatoes small ( Indonesian type ) 1 Portobello mushroom 2 tomatoes 1 avocado Half onion 2 thin slices of halloumi cheese Cook spinach (stir fry with garlic) Photo & recipes Parsley choppedby: for Kaman topping Yip

Portobello Mushroom Burger Winter month is coming, I want to create aSauces lighter: version meal for anytime but filling enough recipe. There aren't much spices because all vegetables it-selves are down very tasty individually if they Tahini paste, mix with bit warm water to thin are organic or local grown food. Halloumi cheese is pretty salty already, so I kept this version make it picks : light, feel free to change fillings ofHow yourtofavourite , or any sauces & condiments. Be creative! •Cut and chop all ingredients Slice onions,dice2 tomatoes into 4section Slice 1 sweet potato, lay out all Ingredients onto the grill plate into1halogen electronic cook, set for 15mins (For Person) •heat up the pan, add garlic, lightly sauté spinach 1 Sweet potatoes small ( Indonesian type ) Half onion 1 Portobello 2 thin slices of halloumi After mushroom 15 minutes, add half cut avocado and cook spinach into the cheese grill plate. Meantime, pour tahini sauce over the portobello mushroom & cheese for other 2 Tomatoes Cook spinach (stir fry with garlic)5mins . 1 Avocado

Parsley chopped for topping Compose :

All ingredients were cook and stack up the layers as u like with all vegetables, topping with parsley Sauces Tahini paste, mix with bit warm water to thin down

How to make it Cut and chop all ingredients Slice onions,dice2 tomatoes into 4 section Slice 1 sweet potato, lay out all onto the grill plate into halogen electronic cook, set for 15mins heat up the pan, add garlic, lightly sauté spinach After 15 minutes, add half cut avocado and cook spinach into the grill plate. Meantime, pour tahini sauce over the portobello mushroom & cheese for other 5mins . Compose : All ingredients were cook and stack up the layers as u like with all vegetables, topping with parsley


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(i) (1) Foundation (i) IPSA Pure Protect Cream Foundation EX SPF 15 PA++ (ii) IPSA Loose Powder EX2 Moist


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(3) Eyebrows (i) NARS Brow Perfector # Suriname

(i) (4) Eyes (i) M.A.C Eye Shadow # Burle & # Burn (ii) Chanel Le Crayon Yuex # 01Noir


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(5) Lips (ii) Chanel Rouge Coco Shine # 56 Chance OR (ii) Giorgio Armani Beauty Flash Lacquer Crystal Shine Gloss #107

ration for night party look A matte powder foundation provides a fresh quick touch-up to your all day makeup. A true Scarlett matte lipstick together with grey tone lip-gloss make your lips sexier and kissable. Lightly blend the blush along the cheekbone, tap some glitters on the inner and outer eye corners with finger to glam up your look for party. Hair & Makeup: Hugo Lam. Annie Poon Text: Elsa Yuen/ Jenny Ho/ Winnie Ng/ Hugo Photo by Jenny Ho Model: Simmy Ling

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(ii) Giorgio Armani Beauty Flash Lacquer Crystal Shine Gloss #701



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