Playtimes Magazine 2021 Winter

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Winter 2021

Winter 2021

★ Gift Guide

Ideas for the whole family

★ I s your child

having a hormone surge?

★ S aying

Goodbye Coping when friends leave

★ S kincare

for tweens and teens

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Festive fun

Jam packed with ideas for fun events and activities over Christmas


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FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD

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SURGING HORMONES news

17 BOOKSHELF Fun reads for yuletide

6 WHAT'S ON & COMING SOON Highlights of events to look forward to 8 CHRISTMAS FAIRS Shop local this year 9 FESTIVE FUN Magical events not to be missed 10 IT’S PANTO TIME The history of Pantomime and of The Hong Kong Players 12 FESTIVE SPIRIT Christmas cheer for the whole family 14 FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD Mouth-watering food news

education 16 EDUCATION MATTERS School and education news

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20 DOES CLASS SIZE MATTER? How does the number of children in a class impact the learning environment? 22 SCHOOL TOUR Wycombe Abbey Hong Kong 24 WINTER CAMPS Activities for your little ones

parenting 28 PARENTING NEWS 30 SAYING GOODBYE TO FRIENDS Helping children cope when their friends move away 32 SURGING HORMONES: YEARS BEFORE PUBERTY? Has your six, seven or eight year old become extra moody?

Teen Skincare pg 40

Shopping pg 47

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? parenting

47 SHOPPING Red hot items for 2022

35 WHERE ARE THEY NOW? We reconnect with some past Playtimes models to find out what they’re up to now 40 TEEN SKINCARE What is the best skincare for a tween or teenage?

48 SANTA’S GIFT GUIDE Gift inspiration for the whole family 54 BEST GYMS FOR ADULTS If getting fit is one of your New Year's Resolutions, check out our favourite gyms

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lifestyle 44 STYLE AROUND TOWN Helping you to look and feel your best 45 NATURAL HYPOALLERGENIC BEDDING Are morning allergies effecting your sleep? Natural Hypoallergenic Bedding Can Help You sleep Better

59 TRAVEL BUG Looking for ideas for when we can travel? 60 HO HO HO-TELS Soak up some festive cheer at one of Hong Kong’s hotels 64 LAST WORD

46 PUSH PRESENTS

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welcome

to another Winter issue of Playtimes.

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hile many of us are still missing family overseas, Hong Kong is undeniably a great place to spend the festive season and we feel very lucky to be here. There’s a chill in the air, the scent of roasted chestnuts and lots of sparkle to be found in the shops. The merry season has arrived! This issue is packed full of information on events and activities happening December

Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime (read more on page 10). From Christmas fairs to Disney shows, there is plenty to entertain

through January — from The Nutcracker to the Hong Kong Players

the whole family.

In this winter issue we also delve into a number of parenting topics. Do you have a six, seven or eight year old who seems to have become moody of late – perhaps it’s adrenarche,

a surge in hormones that some

kids experience along with behavioural changes. We’ve got great advice from Flora Scott on how you can help

close friends leaving Hong Kong, something that we all seem to be experiencing at the moment. We also share some recommendations on skin care routines for teen and tweens to keep their skin glowing this winter. Check out our article on past Playtimes models. Wouldn’t it be amazing to arrange a reunion? Perhaps you children when they experience

in a future issue! If your child modelled for Playtimes in the past, or would like to model in the future, please do drop us a message. Don’t forget to check out www.Playtimes.com.hk for regular parenting advice, education news, up to date information on events, shopping guides and the low down on everything parents in Hong Kong need to know.

Wishing all our Playtimes family a very merry Christmas.

Louise Drake, editor in chief and The Playtimes Team


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Jack & The Beanstalk

Get the family ready to Fee Fi Fo Fum their way through the Hong Kong Player’s performance of Jack and the Beanstalk. It promises laughter, tears, singing and dancing. www. hkplayers.com/jack-and-the-beanstalk

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The Magic Toy Shop

The SAR Philharmonic Orchestra returns with its popular Classics for Kids Christmas Concert — bringing holiday cheer and sharing the joy of music with children and families. This year sees the theatre transformed into a magical toy shop. www.ticketflap.com/sar-philharmonic

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The HK Phil welcomes the HK Phil Chorus, The Hong Kong Children’s Choir and the multitalented Apollo Wong, who will conduct and sing, to unwrap a stocking-full of Christmas gifts – musical sweeties from Tchaikovsky, timeless melodies from Handel’s Messiah, a musical visit from our neighbour Totoro, and tuneful treats from around the world, including all your favourite festive songs. www.hkphil.org

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Wonder Woman Run Hong Kong

A DC themed charity run for Make-AWish Hong Kong, a Hong Kong-based charity that makes miracles come true for critically ill children. www.facebook.com/ wonderwomanrunhk

Gingerbread Decorating Workshop

The only annual women-dedicated TEDx community in Hong Kong returns with a thoughtprovoking theme that asks “What Matters Now?” Focused on self-care, purpose and perspective, the audience will be inspired by talks on diverse topics from Hong Kong speakers who are passionate about big ideas and impact. 1:00– 6:00pm at the Xiqu Theatre in Western Kowloon. www.westkowloon.hk

Christmas Fantasia HK Phil

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A fun activity for children and adults, head to Tai Kwun for a one-hour gingerbread decorating workshop arranged by BETWEEN and social enterprise Cookie Smiles. All ingredients will be provided. www.eventbrite.hk/e/gingerbreadmen-decorating-workshop-at-between-taikwun-tickets-207668531167

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Musical Jam with the Green Xmas Band

Bring your children to the West Kowloon Art Park to join young local musicians in a fun musical jam. Learn how to play a Christmas song on one of a variety of upcycled instruments – shakers, rain sticks, rattles and flat guiros made from everyday materials and natural items found in the Art Park. www.westkowloon.hk

1–2 Jan

Disney in concert A Dream is a Wish

Be transported into the musical world of classic and contemporary Disney animated feature films to discover that dreams really do come true. The stories of The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Aladdin and more, are told through the talents of four talented leading vocalists, original Disney film footage and sweeping orchestral scores performed by HKSW Symphony Orchestra. www.premier.hkticketing.com/shows

Editor’s Note: Due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic, events are being cancelled or postponed at short notice. Please check with the organisers for regular updates.

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GO Festival Hong Kong 2022

With over 300 vendors enjoy some shopping for the Lunar New Year. With a ‘Travel and Fun Carnival’ section, and a journey to Taiwan. Including cultural entertainment, Taiwan night market, traditional Taiwanese games, and shopping. Taking place at the Asia World Expo.

10–13 Feb

KidsFest Hong Kong

KidsFest is back in 2022 with Tabby McTat and the Gruffulo. Characters from well-loved books are brought to life on stage for the whole family to enjoy. www.kidsfest.com.hk

18–20 Feb

The Pet Show

A must for all pet-lovers to learn and share experiences. The show also encourages the public to love and respect pets and animals. Taking place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition.

15–20 Feb

Vegetarian Food Asia 2022

Hong Kong Race Week

Run by the Hong Kong Sailing Federation in conjunction with the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, the race will feature domestic competitors, navigating four race courses in the areas of Middle Island, Repulse Bay, Deep Water Bay, Stanley, Tai Tam and Beaufort.

Don’t miss Hong Kong’s biggest and most diverse vegetarian and green living expo. With over 4000 vegetarian and vegan products from around the world to discover. Taking place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

Late Feb to Early Apr

Hong Kong Arts Festival

The 50th Hong Kong Arts Festival will kick off in late February 2022. The five-week festival will feature artists, ballet troupes, orchestras, dancers, conductors, pianists, and singers, as well as online programmes, educational sessions and workshops. Performances will be held at various venues. Tickets can be purchased tickets at www.hk.artsfestival.org/en

24–26 Mar 12 Mar

International Schools Festival

School representatives from 30 highly international schools will be on hand to give practical tips and advice on different curricula, admission tips and interviews and more. www.internationalschoolsfestival.com

Art Basel

Art Basel, held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, features premier galleries from Asia and beyond. The show provides an overview of the region’s diversity through both historical material and cutting-edge works by established and emerging artists.

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Many of us are staying local this holiday season and what better way to shop than in these Christmas Markets and Holiday Fairs in Hong Kong 2021. Full of fun and festive local products, markets offer an eco-friendly way to give gifts. Editor’s Note: Due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic, events are being cancelled or postponed at short notice. Please check with the organisers for regular updates.

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Swire Properties White Christmas Street Fair The Swire Properties’ annual charity event is back this Christmas. All funds raised will be donated to Operation Santa Claus to support people in need in the community. Vendors will include; Christmas decorations, skincare, confectionery, homeware, jewellery and kids and pets. Where: Tong Chong Street and 1/F Office Lobby, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay When: 2–5 December 2021

Where: Grand Ballroom Conrad Hong Kong When: 9 December 2021

Shopping Hong Kong Shopping Hong Kong will be hosting a two day Christmas shopping event on the 4th and 5th December at the Hong Kong Football Club. Expect jewellery, vintage pieces, candles, accessories, decor and fashion clothing. Where: Lockhart Room, Hong Kong Football Club When: 4–5 December 2021

Discovery Bay Sunday Markets A craft market showcasing local, independent vendors selling handmade or self-designed wares. Featuring items such as handmade bags, jewellery, home accessories, fine art, stationery, paper craft and children’s accessories. Where: Discovery Bay Plaza When: 12, 19 December 2021

Hong Kong Lifestyle & Gift Fairs Prestige Fairs will be back at the Conrad this year, for its lifestyle and gift fair. You’ll find a huge range of pop-up shops featuring unique and unusual gifts and lifestyle products. Suitable and fun all ages and styles, a great place to buy gifts for all your family and friends.

Sweetmas Carnival at New Town Plaza Calling all foodies! The Sweetmas Food Market at New Town Plaza will features an array of local food, wine, spirits and more. A perfect afternoon spent browsing and sampling treats to buy for yourself or loved ones!

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Stanley Plaza Christmas Market More than 40 booths and merchants selling Christmas gifts, plus food, drink, and entertainment. You’ll find festive holiday gifts, some yummy treats and lots of fun at Stanley Plaza. Where: Stanley Plaza When: 11–12, 18–19, and 24–27 December 2021, from 12–8pm

Where: New Town Plaza, Sha Tin Centre Street, Sha Tin, N.T. When: 5 November 2021 to 2 January 2022 The Island Shangri-La Christmas Market The Island Shangri-La will be hosting an enchanting Christmas this 2021. With lots of magical offerings, from staycations, Christmas activities, to their Christmas Market. Wonder amongst market stalls, sipping hot chocolate and mulled wine, and indulging in some festive treats, whilst shopping for some Christmas gifts. Where: Island Shangri-La Hotel, Two Pacific Place, Supreme Ct Rd, Central When: Throughout Christmas Hong Kong Food Festival 2021 Get your food fix on at the 19th Hong Kong Food Festival, taking place over for 5 days. Renowned brands from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and South East Asia will be showcasing, with some local brands debuting for the first time. Admission $20, and free for children 3 or below and seniors aged 65 or above. Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hall 3 When: 24–28 December 2021, 10–8 pm

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Enjoy a Disney Christmas

There will be an abundance of holiday cheer at Disney this year with magical snowfall and Christmas parades. Duffy and Friends will appear on holiday-themed whirlies; Santa Goofy will make an appearance in an all-new stage show in front of the Castle of Magical Dreams. Santa Mickey, Santa Goofy and Santa Stitch will also be on hand to say hello at The Annex on Main Street. And don’t forget to head to the winter market in the Fantasy Gardens to top up on Christmas gifts. www.hongkongdisneyland.com/disney-christmas-intl/

The Nutcracker

Let your holiday spirits soar with The Nutcracker. An adventure awaits as Clara and her magical Nutcracker battle the villainous Rat King and embark on a fantasy journey highlighting early 20th century Hong Kong’s history, culture and natural beauty. A glorious feast for the eyes and ears, this nostalgic extravaganza with original choreography by Webre features a riveting fusion of local historical characters, charming wildlife and shared Hong Kong traditions. The Nutcracker runs 11–26 December at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. https://hkballet.com

Movie Magic at Potato Head Grab your friends for a magical movie night at Potato Head's Music Room each Wednesday in December. The entrance fee is $150 per person and includes a glass of Perrier-Jouet Blanc de Blanc. Films include Last Christmas, Home Alone, The Holiday and Love Actually. www.ticketflap.com/potatoheadmovienight

Winter Wonderland

A Winter Wonderland European Christmas market is being held at the Asia World Expo between 13 December and 2 January. With an amusement area, plenty of shopping delights and an immersive multisensory light bathing experience, surrounded by ‘Northern Light’s and kinetic sound healing. Tickets cost $68 and are available from www.klook.com/en-HK

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Head over to the Fringe Club for a Christmas classic this 2021 adapted by Sweet and Sour Productions. It would not be Christmas without Scrooge! Shows take place 1–4 December and ticket prices start from $230 HKD per person. www.ticketflap.com/achristmascarol2021

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It’s Panto Time,

Oh Yes It is!

Playtimes meets with The Hong Kong Players to discover how they came about, and to get the low down on how they create their annual pantomime

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t’s with great passion that Hong Kong Player (HKP) chair, Giuliana Colarossi, and the rest of the team share how the HKP were formed as well as what’s in store for this year’s Panto. Let’s just say you’re in for a real treat! In 1844 there was a group of Englishspeaking expats who formed The Hong Kong Amateur Dramatic Club which was active until the second world war. After the war in 1946, the Hong Kong Stage Club was founded by Service members and eventually became the new acting society, receiving actors and the remaining Amateur Dramatic Club funds. The Hong Kond Stage Club, along with another group called the Garrison Players, were theatrically active in Hong Kong in the period after the end of World War II and for the following 50 years. These groups put on theatre performances in the city and alternated performing the Panto, sometimes joining forces for the annual show. These two dramatic societies eventually merged in 1991, forming the Hong Kong Players. So it can be said, the HKP have been

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the longest running English-speaking community theatre group in Hong Kong. Although they have been known by other names, their mission has remained constant. “To provide opportunities to create, perform and promote community theatre in Hong Kong.” In the spirit of their predecessors, the HKP have continued to run three to four productions per year, ranging from the classics of Shakespeare to modern drama and comedy. The annual Panto is their main performance of the year and most certainly the most fun. The very first HKP Panto was Alibaba in 1899. Since 1961 they have done Pantos every year, marking 60 years of consecutive annual pantos this year. Even the pandemic didn’t stop the HKP from performing, albeit in a different format. Last year, the Panto was performed in the HKP rehearsal studio and put online for a live virtual audience. This year is the 60th anniversary and it will be back in front of a live audience. Amy Percival, director of this year’s Panto, and Jaime Wilkin, one of the

‘Players,’ spill the beans on The 2021 Panto – it’ll be an unforgettable performance of “Jack and the Beanstalk” at the Shouson Theatre so get the family ready to Fee Fi Fo Fum their way through it with laughter, tears, singing and dancing. This year reveals a new Panto Dame, argueably the most popular character in any Panto. This year’s Panto also features 16 year old Sabine in her first Panto performance. Speaking of beans, HKP will have a collection point for Feeding Hong Kong at the theatre. Please bring along a can of non-perishable food (maybe beans?) or rice to donate when you come for the show. An important aspect of the HKP core values is joining together to support those in need. Another facet of the HKP mission, vision and core values is to engage the Hong Kong community through community projects. They currently run mini Pantos with the down syndrome association and host Quarterly Quiz Nights at bars around Hong Kong. Join them for some good old-fashioned fun.


lifestyle The history of the Pantomime Generally speaking, the Panto is associated with being a British tradition where there is a fairytale retold with a twist, plenty of audience interaction and lots of singing and dancing. There are characters standard to every Panto, such as the Dame, who is usually the hero’s mother. There is always a villain with his henchmen and a battle between good and evil. The role of the Dame tended to be played by a favourite comedian with humorous costumes. In Hong Kong, there are always regional jokes thrown in to add to the comedy. Historically speaking and according to the BBC, the origins of the Pantomime were “developed from the Italian street theatre of the Commedia dell’arte in the 16th Century. These shows were filled with comedic moments, stock characters and great physicality.” Theatre companies toured around Italy and France, setting up in marketplaces and fairgrounds to tell stories of the old man Pantalone, the clown Pierrot, and Columbine - the girl in love with the naughty servant Arlecchino. From the late 1600s these characters appeared in English comic plays introduced by John Rich. At the time, the acrobatic Harlequin (the English name for the Commedia dell’arte’s Arlecchino) took centre stage. Known as Harlequinades, John Rich’s plays were an early form of pantomime. By the Victorian era, pantomime had become typical a Christmas show.

2021 Panto Sneak Peak on YouTube: https://youtu.be/y7CsZW8Zcig JACK AND THE BEANSTALK PANTO Friday, 3 December: 8pm Saturday, 4 December: 3pm and 8pm Sunday, 5 December: 11am and 3pm Thursday, 9 December: 8pm Friday, 10 December: 8pm Saturday, 11 December: 3pm and 8pm Sunday, 12 December: 11am and 3pm

From It’s Behind You – The Magic of Pantomime Pantomime, as it is known today, is a show principally aimed at children and families which is typically based on a popular fairytale or folk legend. For the Panto to remain popular for so long, it had to adapt and bring modern topics to the stage alongside the traditions it was based upon. “A visit to a pantomime may be a child’s first experience of live theatre and if that experience is magical enough, it can leave a lasting impression.” In today’s modern world where children are inundated by screens and technology, the Panto is a welcome tradition.

The HKP has open auditions yearround for adults, teens and kids. They are also on the lookout for writers. If you’re interested to join the Hong Kong Players, drop them a line.

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A Pet Friendly Christmas at Lee Gardens One & Two

A unique charitable initiative, Furrytales, will run until 9 January 2022 at Lee Garden One and Two. Featuring pet-friendly activities and events it will provide not only fun, but also a platform for pet charities to interact with the public – building awareness for pet welfare. Furrytales will feature site-specific art installations mainly featuring two international artists represented by Tang Contemporary Art. Magical Garden is an interactive space and weekend market located in the main façade of Lee Garden One. Take your pet for a family portrait at the specially created intimate lounge set up. A rooftop spa and interactive outdoor event space provides pet owners and their furry friends a space to soak up the sun or enjoy a special movie night under the stars, among other activities including live events and innovative workshops. A loveable pet adoption corner is one of the key features of the Rooftop Spa, specially designed for all those who are looking to build their very own furry family. For more information on scheduled and bookins visit www.fif.org.hk/rooftop-spa

Festive Spirit

Bake Up A Festive Treat

Passion driven bakery, I Love Babycakes specialises in cupcakes, custom cakes, cookies and baking workshops and prides itself on delicious homemade flavours. This festive season, between 17 and 24 December, they are hosting a range of Christmas workshops. Classes are held over 2-3 hours at I Love Babycakes kitchen in Wanchai. Each class is a hands-on, fun baking experience for kids or adults. Priced at HKD650-HKD700 per person. www.ilovebabycakes.in

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Basehall Christmas Market and Christmas Party

The BaseHall Christmas Market by The Good Sons brings a touch of seasonal magic to Hong Kong with lots of festive offerings on Saturday 11 December, from 11am – 4pm. From Christmas wreath-making workshops, leather goods workshops and gingerbread decorating, to shopping pre-loved designer wear with Hula. There will also be a puppy adoption on site if you’ve set your sights on a new family member. Entry is complimentary, but places can be reserved via Eventbrite. If you fancy staying on then join The BaseHall Christmas Party from 5pm-10pm, for $260, including mulled wine, music from The Carpio Brothers, carols, crackers, and an Ugly Christmas Sweater Competition. Tickets can be purchased for this event via Eventbrite. Basehall, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Hong Kong.

Dream Cruises The Orient Express “Nordic at IFC with Orient Express, IFC Christmas Adventure” Inmallcollaboration is bringing a touch of glamour to Why not celebrate this Christmas with a Seacation holiday? Dream Cruises presents an exciting array of culinary delights, Christmas themed activities and decorations and heart-warming entertainment that captures the essence of the holidays with influences from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. With a tree lighting ceremony, a Nordic Christmas village illuminated with twinkle lights and an appearance from Santa, this is sure to be a magical Christmas adventure. Prices start from $1,188 HKD per person for a three-night cruise, available from now until 1 January 2022.

Hong Kong this Christmas! Hop on board the train taking centre stage at IFC and get a glimpse of the what the carriages look like inside, take a seat, and capture some memories. Kids will love taking part in a scavenger hunt around the mall, to get a prized coin a the end. Explore the one-of-a-kind train and revel in its magic from now until 2 January 2022.



news Sixteenth

The newest addition to the Pirata family has opened its doors. The Sixteenth, is home to four restaurants all under one roof at Oxford House, Taikoo Place. Named after the numerical title for the Eastern District of Hong Kong, guests can now choose from Italian at La Favorita, Sushi from Honjo, Mediterranean at Tempo Tempo or funky Rolls from TMK. Date night X four?! Address: 2/F, Oxford House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay. www.thesixteenth.hk

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Little Bedu

Bedu is expanding its family with a takeaway-only joint. Little BEDU will offer delicious food on a grab ‘n’ go basis, including fresh salads, hearty rice bowls, all topped with BEDU’s signature dips and spiced proteins. Available for pickup on Gough Street or delivery via Deliveroo. Address: Shop 2, G/F, 49-51a Gough St, Central www.bedurestaurant.com

Gassan Ask For Alonzo Soho

Popular restaurant Ask for Alonzo opens its doors to a new location in Soho. Offering an all-day dining menu suitable for the whole family. Enjoy hearty Italian dishes, happy hour, and weekend brunch and lunch menus. Address: 18 Bridges Street, Soho, Hong Kong Island www.askforalonzo.com

Inspired by fishing villages, Gassan joins Hong Kong’s list of unique restaurants with a new 3,000sq ft restaurant. The interior features a dockside and a traditional yakatabune houseboat. The restaurant will offer several dining options including ‘kaiseki ryori’, a traditional-style multi-course meal, Lunch sets and omakase menus. Address: 19/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong www.thefoodstoryhk.com/gassan

Musubi Hiro Games

Hong Kong’s first Izakaya gastropub will be hosting a monthly competition with lots of eating, drinking and graffiti art contests. Inspired by the Tokusatsu Japanese live action series of the 1960’s. Misubi Hiro will feature a down-to-earth menu with plenty of sake, cocktails and Japanese craft beer on tap. Entry is HK$150 per person, and participants can enroll by commenting on the designated Musubi Hiro Games Instagram post, or sign up directly on-site at the restaurant. Address: G/F, 37 Cochrane St, Central www.musubihiro.com

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education

High-tech Approaches

Thanks to improving technology and new ways of learning, the education space is seeing a shift towards high-tech approaches. We’ve all had to use our share of EdTech in Hong Kong since the 2019 school closures. This trend has continued and evolved such that there are some amazing learning tools available. Zoom can now be used by most students effectively to hold regular class discussions and even for instruction. According to Research and Markets, the online education landscape is set to become a $319 billion industry by 2025. It’s not only primary and secondary schools using online learning, but traditional universities are offering online curricula as well.

Education Matters Oxbridge School

The international primary school, located in Kowloon, offers a British education for children ages 5 to 11. Class sizes will be kept small (maximum of 15 children) and taught by subject specialists. The campus boasts a bright, modern and inspiring place to learn with a Learning Hub library facility, well-equipped classrooms, specialist teaching rooms, and a dedicated Gifted and Special Needs centre. They also have on-site play areas and excellent facilities nearby for sporting activities.

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Second Hand Uniform

Retykle and The Alliance for Sustainable Schools (TASS) recently launched a pilot project that aims to address the issue of school uniform waste. Pre-loved uniforms from ISF Academy and Kellett School are for sale on Retykle’s online platform. The pilot will run until June and, if it’s successful, it is hoped that additional schools will be added to the scheme. www.retykle.com

Soft Skills

An emphasis has been placed on developing children’s soft skills this year. It’s an important place to focus since soft skills can provide students with opportunities now and later in life. What are considered soft skills? Interaction and relationships with others define soft skills such as communication, problem solving, creativity, confidence, self awareness, critical thinking, collaboration and leadership. A study done by Google found a correlation between soft skills and continuing success in an organisation. The data from the study showed communication skills, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence went a long way in predicting long-term performance.

New Early Years Programme at FIS

Give your child the very best start. French International School has announced an exciting new Early Years Programme in Chai Wan. Children will encounter a rich variety of learning experiences, giving them a firm foundation to build on as they move on to Primary and beyond in this top, dual stream international school. Contact Admissions on 2892 3677.


education Only You Can Save Christmas! A Help-The-Elf Adventure By Adam Wallace

It's Christmas Eve, and everything is going according to plan up at the North Pole. That is…until Santa’s head elf, Wink Silverbells, discovers that Santa doesn't have a gift for Mrs. Claus! What to do? In this fun interactive book, it’s you who will help Wink gather up what’s needed for a special gift. With a honk, yodel, whistle, wiggle and shake start a new family holiday tradition with this hilarious Christmas picture book. Available from Amazon, $109

The Girl Who Saved Christmas By Matt Haig

Amelia Wishart is the first child to ever receive a Christmas present, inspiring Santa to bring gifts to children all over the world. When Amelia’s mother falls ill, she is sent to a workhouse to toil under cruel Mr. Creeper. For a year, Amelia scrubs floors and eats awful food so it’s no surprise her optimism and hope dwindles. Up at the North Pole, magic levels dip dangerously low as Christmas approaches, and Santa knows that something is wrong. With the help of his trusty reindeer, a curious cat, and Charles Dickens, he sets out to find Amelia, the only girl who might be able to save Christmas. But first Amelia must learn to believe again. Available from Bookazine, $112

Snowmen at Christmas By Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner

In this entertaining holiday sequel to Snowmen at Night, discover what snowmen do during Christmas. If you enjoyed the story of what snowmen do after people go to bed, you’ll love this sequel. Discover how snowmen celebrate Christmas while the rest of the world is busy celebrating with their families. Available from Kelly & Walsh, $67

Merry Christmas Mom and Dad By Mercer Mayer

This humorous book tells the story of how Little Critter gets ready for Christmas by making wreaths, baking gingerbread cookies, and helping decorate the tree. While

bookshelf Little Critter has the best intention of being a good helper, he has a few mishaps. When he makes a mistake, he has a logical explanation. He couldn't wrap the Christmas package because the tape got too sticky. He couldn't buy his parents a present because there were too many toys to look at. He couldn't put up the tree lights because they were just too tangled. Available from Kelly & Walsh, $32

Olivia Helps with Christmas By Ian Falconer

Christmas is nearly here and Olivia is busy helping her family get ready. She has to wrap gifts, decorate the tree (after Dad sets it up), watch Mom make the Christmas dinner, oversee the care with which the stockings are hung, and, of course wait for Santa to

arrive. Being helpful during the holidays is exhausting for Olivia. Available from Bookazine, $80

The Christmas Extravaganza Hotel By Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Tony Neal

When an excited frog shows up at the home of a bear thinking it is the Christmas Extravaganza Hotel, the bear tells him he is not at the right place but invites him in anyway. Bear tries to make the frog's Christmas experience live up to the crazy activities he was promised in the hotel brochure. Both frog and bear have the best time together and end up becoming lifelong friends. This is a fun read aloud book. Available from Amazon, $60–100

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Does

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Does the number of children in a classroom vying for a teacher’s attention make a difference in the learning environment?

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lass size is a hot topic in Hong Kong and is often a top consideration when parents are looking to enroll their children in school for the first time. To a certain extent, the perception is that a smaller class size equates to higher quality of learning. But does the number of children in a classroom vying for a teacher’s attention make a difference in the learning environment? Several studies have shown that reducing class size increases overall student achievement, especially for younger children. One of the most respected studies was done in the US

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and is known as the STAR (StudentsTeacher Achievement Ratio) project. It was a study looking at class size reduction in Tennessee and was conducted with a controlled group of 10,000 students. Classes of 22–25 students were reduced to 13–17. The data showed that smaller classes resulted in substantial increases in the academic performance of children in primary grades. Interestingly, the second phase of the project, called the Lasting Benefits Study, confirmed that the children who were enrolled in smaller classes continued to perform better than their grade-mates

(whose school experience had begun in larger classes) when they were returned to regular-sized classes in later grades. So it seems there is a lasting benefit of starting off in a smaller class size where it’s more likely that students receive more individual attention and are able to interact more with the teacher. Smaller class sizes also mean teachers have more time to teach because there are fewer discipline problems. With fewer students, there are often fewer distractions and students may be more likely to participate in class activities. Teachers may also have more time to cover additional materials.


education Carmel School Hong Kong As they celebrate their 30th year in operation, Carmel School’s experience has shown the importance of optimally balancing the number of pupils in a classroom for social, emotional, and personal development. Whilst they recognise that a high teacher:student ratio is favourable, throughout Carmel School the class ratios are managed to maximise both the individual and group’s potential. The benefits of a small class size— Carmel School For children, relationships and communication are key to lifelong personal growth and success. Small class sizes empower young children who are just starting their educational journey. Likewise, older children can gain confidence in both these areas when given the opportunity. A high teacher:student ratio provides the teacher with increased time to focus on each child whilst small numbers of students stimulate and speed up the establishment of personal interaction leading to greater self-confidence for each child.

student needs in the group. At Carmel School, flexibility makes it possible to combine classes or divide classes as needed. For example, Physical and Health Education (PHE) classes are for whole grades, as are Music and Theatre, in order to ensure sufficient numbers for teams or ensembles. On the other hand, dividing classes into groups for units of inquiry at PYP level and in Math and Science at MYP, for example, lets teachers target different ability groups and for faster progress to be made. The negatives of small group settings turn into advantages when catering for differentiation, including fast tracking gifted and talented students. More About Carmel School Founded in 1991 to serve the small but growing Jewish community in Hong Kong, Carmel School was intended to be a small school from its inception. When the School adopted

the IB curriculum, they found that the IB’s inquiry-led paradigm aligned to the principles, ethos and philosophy of Judaism—always asking questions, enquiring without limitation and having a thirst for knowledge. Today the School has grown significantly, and Carmel's belief in small classes has been proven in the consistently high academic outcomes of the graduating classes. The excellent IB DP results and the personal social development of each child are testament to the establishment of good relationships both with teachers and amongst peers as are the excellent tertiary destinations of all graduating cohorts. Carmel is an all-through school from pre-K through to Grade 12, comprising an Early Learning Centre, an International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP School, MYP and DP High School. Serving both the Jewish and international community, Carmel strives to develop independent selfdirected learners.

A teacher’s perspective— the benefits of a small class At Carmel School, teaching is about learning - adapting content to each student's needs, being patient, answering questions, stoking interest as well as deepening and broadening the content delivered. Small classes allow teachers to deliver on all fronts more effectively. The passionate and energetic faculty at Carmel School find that smaller class sizes give them the setting and flexibility to match their students' needs. Are smaller class sizes always the best? To some degree, learning and teaching success depend on a variety of factors such as the composition of each individual class and the range of

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WYCOMBE ABBEY HONG KONG

Tucked away in Tin Wan, near Aberdeen, lies Wycombe Abbey; a school that’s gaining traction as a British prep school whose pupils are able to move onto even the most academic of institutions

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ntering the Wycombe Abbey campus you’d never know the building was a shopping mall in its former life. In it’s new guise as a four-storey school campus, it’s full of natural light and architectural shapes. Wycombe Abbey Hong Kong was purposefully designed as a primary school. There is no pre-school and no plans to add a secondary school. It’s a British preparatory school which was created to suit the needs of children aged 5–13 years of age. Headmaster Howard Tuckett, who has over 20 years experience in British Independent Schools, was employed at the very beginning of Wycombe Abbey Hong Kong’s journey and designed the school from the ground up. He wrote the curriculum structure, which covers 14 subjects across the eight-year levels and is based on a combination of the

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British National Curriculum, Enriched Common Entrance and the Hong Kong Education Bureau (EDB) Primary System. The campus was then designed and built around the curriculum and the teaching model. Wycombe Abbey Hong Kong is a private school not an international school. It’s an important distinction to make as it affords the school more flexibility and control. The school has the ability to use as much British influence as it likes, isn’t on government land, has no government loans and pays regular commercial rent. There are no quotas to fill; “Wycombe Abbey is there for everyone”, explains Headmaster Tuckett. Within the bounds of quality primary education and to satisfy the EDB and Wycombe Abbey UK, Wycombe Abbey HK endeavours to ensure the quality of education, pastoral care and

safeguarding of the children attending their school. When Mr Tuckett arrived in Hong Kong, he brought with him a team of eight teaching staff from the UK. All bar one are at still at the school. All teaching staff are required to be British trained and familiar with the National Curriculum as a starting point. “It’s a British school, taught by British teachers on a British curriculum,” Mr Tuckett is quick to point out. However, Wycombe Abbey HK maintains a curriculum that is relevant to Hong Kong.” At Wycombe Abbey Hong Kong, ECA's include Cantonese, Chinese opera and calligraphy. While not a bilingual school, Wycombe Abbey does teach a second language at a high level. Children learn Putonghua with simplified characters, “Because that is the business language


education of South East Asia.” There is a double or single lesson of Chinese every day. The Deputy Head of Wycombe Abbey is also the head of Chinese. Now in its third year, the school has grown steadily – despite what has undeniably been a difficult few years, courtesy of protests and COVID-19. The school was commended on how well it coped during the pandemic-enforced school closure; for online lessons it opted to use Microsoft Teams and OneNote and as a result is a Microsoft Accredited School. An Intensive English Programme at the school is a supportive, stimulating programme of rigorous English designed to allow bright and capable pupils with minimal English to join Wycombe Abbey Hong Kong. This programme arms children with enough English to be able to move into mainstream classes. Each class has a teaching assistant who doesn’t belong to the class teacher but will instead follow the children to

their specialist lessons adding a level or pastoral care that stands out. There is also a boarding and secondary school guidance programme. In terms of where students go after Wycombe Abbey HK, the list of schools that students applied to last year and this year is impressive. Confirmed offers are in place for a number of highly regarded schools including Rodean. “We have the right curriculum to feed into the top schools in the world.” Parents interested to send their children to Wycombe Abbey are strongly encouraged to visit the school where they will discover more about the curriculum and are sure to be won over by the solid and reassuring presence of Mr Tuckett who, determined not to cash in on the school application craziness has insisted on not charging parents for registering or for the assessment process. Children below the age of seven participate in a teacher assessment, while children above seven sit a cognitive ability test.

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WINTER CAMPS We’ve rounded up our top picks for 2021 Winter Camps. There are heaps of choices guaranteed to keep your kids entertained and busy over the winter holidays.

MULTI ACTIVITY CAMPS Camp Asia at Stamford American School Offering three age groups packed with fun activities, your child will enjoy an action-packed morning at the Stamford American School Hong Kong campus and nearby King’s Park Field. Camp Asia Campers can deep dive into art, drama, innovation, storytelling, science and more — choose from Multi-Sport, Coding, Art and Design, Multi-Activity and others. At the expansive range of outdoor spaces, children will have loads of room to move freely. They’ll also have access to Stamford’s Innovation Centre, resourcefully stocked with the

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latest technology. Camp Asia offers experienced faculty, excellent facilities, an on-site nurse and FREE shuttle bus from 2 MTR stations. Dates: 20 Dec 2021 – 06 Jan 2022 Age: 4 – 14 years Price: from $3,200/week Location: 25 Man Fuk Road, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon Contact: 3467 4567, info@campasia.hk www.campasia.hk ESF Winter Sports & Language Camps ESF has so many camps to choose from – from Sports camps to Language and learning, STEM and Art. Sports camps: multi-sports Tennis, Basketball,

Swimming, Football, Gymnastics, Fencing, Netball and more. Language and learning camps: Drama, Spanish, Debate and more. STEM camps: Coding, Roblox, VR and more. Art camps: Abstract and Contemporary Art plus workshops. Dates: 20 – 31 Dec Age: 3 to 14 years Price: Varies by activity Location: Multiple www.esf.org.hk/holiday-camps/ winter-camp Camp Woodland Explore a world of fun and discovery at Camp Woodland’s dynamic and exciting multi-activity camps. From


education crafts to science experiments, games, play time, storytelling, cooking and more—children can learn, play and make new friends. The camps are held at multiple locations across the city. Dates: 20 – 31 Dec Age: 6 months to 6 years Price: $2,000 (15% off those already attending a Woodland class) Location: Woodland Montessori Academy (Caine Road), Woodland Beachside (Repulse Bay), Woodland Sai Kung Contact: campwoodlandhk@ woodlandschools.com www.woodlandschools.com/ winter-camp

SPORTY CAMPS MiniSport This multiple sports camp is entering its 9th year and exposes children to football, tennis, basketball & rugby, whilst also embarking on a range of Christmas themed games and activities and party games. Groups of 8 children maximum ensure that children complete these camps with positive lasting memories and new skills. Dates: 20 – 24 & 28 – 31 Dec 2021 Age: 1.5 – 8yrs Price: $1,000 – $3180 *(10% off before December 6th) — includes a FREE camp T shirt Location: Repulse Bay, West Island School, Tseung Kwan O, Victoria Park, Nam Cheong Park, Elements, Adventist College Contact: 92208227 | info@minisport.hk www.minisport.hk www.minisport.hk/classes/ winter‑camps ActiveKids What better gift is there than your kid having fun while developing their skills and learning? Keep your kids busy with ActiveKid's camp offerings this Christmas season. From handson science projects and chess play, building and coding robots, to cooking,

art crafting and fashion design, there is something for everyone! Dates: 20 Dec 2021 – 8 Jan 2022 Age: 3 – 17 Price: $1,500 – $3,400 Location: ActiveKids Learning Center, Unit A, 1/F, Nan Sang Building, 86 Belcher's Street, Kennedy Town Contact: +852 3480 4188, info@activekids.com ProActiv Sports Action-packed multi-Sports camps include Tennis, Soccer, Basketball, T-ball, Athletics, Hockey, Swimming, Dodgeball, Rugby, Volleyball, Teambuilding and Fun Games. There are also sport specific camps which include Gymnastics & Cheerleading. Kids also learn to make healthy choices at snack and lunchtimes—knowledge that will continue long after camp is over! Dates: 20 Dec – 31 Dec Age: 3 – 12 years Price: From $1,120 Location: Multiple locations across Hong Kong Contact: admin@proactivsports.com www.proactivsports.com

Gain motor skills development and valuable social skills. Dates: 20 – 31 Dec Age: 2 – 5 years Price: $800 - 880 Location: Multiple https://clle.ywca.org.hk Gymnastics & Trampoline Day Camp Enjoy gymnastics and trampoline with professional coaches at YWCA. In this camp, kids will engage in activities using a variety of apparatuses such as vaults, beams and trampolines to learn basic moves that train up their motor skills. Runnin, jumping and balancing help improve flexibility, agility, concentration, coordination, balance and control. Dates: 20 – 31 Dec Age: 3 – 10 years Price: $450 - 490 Location: YWCA https://clle.ywca.org.hk

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Taekwondo Camp Stay active this Christmas holiday by learning punches and kicks at the YWCA. These classes are a great way to improve motor skills, discipline, concentration and respect which will help children to develop into responsible, courteous, and upstanding individuals. Perfect for youngsters who have limitless energy. Dates: 21 – 31 Dec Age: 3 – 8 years Price: $960 - $1,040 Location: YWCA https://clle.ywca.org.hk Kinder Kicks Christmas Camps Kinder Kicks Soccer is one of the most popular programmes at the YWCA. Professional coaches use a variety of exciting games and special equipment such as bean bags, mini footballs and goals to teach the basics of soccer.

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education CREATIVE CAMPS Babel Film Workshop Create movie magic this holiday season at Babel Film Workshop. Choose from a range of holidaythemed filmmaking experiences — North Pole filmmaking adventure, voice acting for animation, Mad Libs film challenge, and making a New Year’s resolution video. Family members can also participate in making a shoebox movie projector. Join us and celebrate the holidays with filmmaking! Dates: 20 Dec 2021 – 07 Jan 2022 Age: 8 – 15 years Price: HK$590-3,680 Location: Unit 1704, 17/F, 54 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Wong Chuk Hang Contact: signup@babel.com.hk

Babel Film Workshop Elephant Community Press Elephant Community Press (ECP) will be hosting a series of in-person writing workshops over the winter holidays. Stories—real and imagined—enrich our lives no matter how old the writers are. ECP publishes writing by young people to offer students real readers for their writing and the chance for every student to experience the magic of seeing their words, thoughts and ideas in print. Dates: 20 Dec – 6 Jan Age: 4 – 13 years Price: $1,560 3,500 Location: Central www.elephantcommunitypress. com/schedules

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Faust Faust’s highly sought-after holiday programmes offer children an exciting boost of creativity and confidence. The Holiday Theatre course helps children develop communication and self-expressive skills through drama-based challenges and acting exercises. Creative Writing workshops, held in small groups, teach new writing techniques to facilitate children expressing themselves confidently. Musical Theatre workshops focus on developing skills in singing, dancing and acting. Dates: 20 – 23, 28 – 31 Dec 2021, 3 – 6 Jan 2022 Age: Holiday Theatre: 3 – 15 years, Creative Writing: 6 – 13 years, Musical Theatre: 8 – 15 years Price: $2,480 per 4 day programme. Save 15% when registering 3 or more children with their friends. Location: Sheung Wan (Faust Studios), Tai Wai (Island School), Ho Man Tin (KGV School). More locations to be confirmed Contact: Call Tess Polo or Paulette Victorino 2547 9114 or Info@ FaustWorld.com Helen O’Grady Drama Winter Camp Children can participate in a wide variety of activities in drama lessons carefully devised to captivate interests and stimulate learning. These activities aim to develop ongoing confidence, self-esteem as well as skills in verbal communication. Activities include ablibbing, music & movement, snippets, prop/costume making and a special performance on the last day for parents. Dates: 20 – 31 Dec 2021, dates change depending on course Age: 4 – 8 Price: Dependent on course and location Location: Mid-levels (3476 1340); TST (2268 7755); Kowloon Tong(3443 1600); Ho Man Tin (2700 1700) Contact: lesmalineshk@gmail.com

Kids Gallery Join a festive Winter Workshops as 'tis the season for your child to sparkle and shine! Be a studio director, be part of a world of loveable Toppees characters, and make your own music video in Cine-Magic. Learn to create art using the combination of traditional art and digital animation in Arts & Animation. Enjoy the holidays through art, words, songs, and movement in Festive Collection. Dates: 13 Dec – 11 Feb Age: 2 – 12 years Price: $800 | $2,400 10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT AVAILABLE NOW until 30 Nov 2021 Location: Various www.kidsgallery.com/ winterworkshops Magic Kingdom Show off some magic skills throughout the Christmas holiday by saying ‘Abracadabra’ in your holiday gatherings. Through simple tools and techniques, kids can become little magicians. Practicing and performing magic gives kids a boost in confidence, creativity as well as communications skills…and it’s a whole lot of fun. Dates: 21 Dec – 31 Dec Age: 4 – 7 years Price: $400 – $440 Location: YWCA https://clle.ywca.org.hk

EDUCATIONAL CAMPS Lindamood-Bell Learning Camp Bringing evidence-based education and one-to-one instruction together, Lindamood-Bell Learning Camps are an extension of the Lindamood-Bell Learning Centre where students can catch up, stay on track or engage in enrichment programmes. The individualised learning plans can help identify strengths and weaknesses as the first step toward helping a student learn to their potential. Dates: Open year-round – students


education can attend during the holiday break Age: 4+ years Price: Instruction is individualized so the cost is dependent on the needs of each student Location: Unit 1210–14, 12th Floor 41 Heung Yip Road, Hong Kong Contact: Tel: 3892 8248 Auntie Tam's Education Centre In HK for Christmas? Send your kids to Auntie Tam’s Education Centre. They’ll make new friends and keep their minds active. Offering fun, interactive 45 minute classes in Phonics, English, Maths, Mandarin and Art, your kids will be fresh and ready for the new school term. Dates: 20 – 24 Dec; 27 – 31 Dec 2021 Times: 8:45am – 12:30pm Ages: 3 – 9 years Price: $1000 Location: Auntie Tam’s Education Centre, One Island South, 1/F, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang Contact: 2157 955; WhatsApp: 5199 7289; enquiries@auntietamscentre. com Hong Kong Institute of Languages Want to keep up or gain new language skills during the Christmas holiday? The Hong Kong Institute of Languages offers English, French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese with language learning through fun and engaging activities. Dates: 21 – 31 Dec Age: 4 – 16 years Location: Wellington Plaza, 56-58 Wellington St, Central Contact: info@hklanguages.com or www.hklanguages.com Ark Eden Ark Eden camps bring out the compassionate, curious, creative and adventurous learners in us all through emphasising care for self, each other and for the earth. The camps involve imaginative play, problem solving through storytelling, connecting with nature and skills development

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(cooking, woodworking, etc). Dates: 20 – 24 Dec; 27 – 31 Dec 2021 Age: 5 – 11 years Price: $670 – $750 per day Location: Mui Wo, Lantau Island www.arkedenonlantau.org/ holiday‑camps British Council The British council provides a series of winter camps to improve your English skills. You can choose which level is best suited to your child’s needs. Suitable for Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary students. Students are required to complete an English test prior to enrolling. Book your free assessment before 30 November to sign up. Dates: 28 – 30 Dec Age: K1 – S4 age children Price: $2,090 – 3,190 Register on or before 5 December 2021 to enjoy 10% off and get extra 5% off for registering for any two courses for the same student Location: Multiple locations across the city Contact: Customer Services staff on 2913 5100

STEM/STEAM CAMPS STEM Camps: YWCA STEM education is at the forefront of the educational system these days and YWCA has a variety of STEM, robotics and coding camps this winter holiday. Science kit building, Scratch game coding, robotics, iMovie workshops and more – there is something for everyone to enjoy. Who says learning can’t be fun? Dates: 21 – 31 Dec Age: 5 – 12 years Price: $590 – 1,970 Location: YWCA https://clle.ywca.org.hk Cobo Academy Learn all about coding and robotics this winter holiday with Cobo Academy. Check out Mobile App Development, Game Development, Web Design, Virtual Reality to Python - there is something to excite every young enthusiast. Dates: 20 Dec – 7 Jan Age: 4 – 16 years Price: from $3,200 – 4,000 Location: Wan Chai and Whampoa www.coboacademy.com/holidaycamps/index.asp Winter 2021

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to Sustainability

With the environment being at the forefront of our minds in recent years, there are more efforts now being made to support brands and organisations that care about the impact on both people and the planet. The focus is less on needless spending and more on sustainable practices. This trend can be seen around Hong Kong with shops like Retykle, eco friendly toy shops and toy swapping libraries or toy subscriptions. Another trend? Baby clothing subscriptions. Maybe someone can start some baby clothing subscriptions in Hong Kong?

g n i t n Pare s New

Japandi – Inspired Nurseries

There’s a new style coming your way known as Japandi – a mix of Japanese design and Scandinavian minimalism. Nurseries everywhere are getting inspired by the clean lines, neutral color schemes and calming atmosphere. Add a little touch of nature for a beautiful nursery. Check out Pinterest for ideas.

SNOO Smart Sleeper – Natural Sleep Training?

Want some extra zzz’s? Check out this bedside crib with automatic rocking motions and soothing white noise. For newborns to 6 months, it’s a nod to natural sleep training from day 1. The SNOO Sleeper boosts sleep 1 - 2+ hours per night, so parents get more sleep than with other baby cribs or smart furniture. The rocking motions along with the white noise soothe babies as if they were still in the womb. Not only that, it automatically responds to cries with gradually stronger white noise and gentle motion to calm crying. And it prevents baby from rolling with 3 hip-safe sleep sack swaddles. It also boasts a smart app to log sleep and naps, and allows you to adjust the motion, sound, and cry sensitivity.

TAKE THE LEAD IN LIFE!

Telehealth and Virtual Support

According to Dr. Harvey Karp, renowned pediatrician and CEO of Happiest Baby, “Many doctor’s appointments have gone virtual this year, but what we’ve learned is that while some visits require face-to-face interaction, many doctors are finding that others can be done effectively from behind a screen”. There are many benefits of telehealth, especially for new parents who may have questions about their infant that can be answered without venturing out to the doctor’s office where they risk germ exposure. Additionally, providers like lactation consultants, physical therapists and doulas have adopted digital platforms, taking their practices virtual. This is great news for heavily pregnant mothers-to-be who might need a consult and can avoid the tiresome trip.

New Petit Bazaar Store Opens in Central

A go-to place in Hong Kong for kids wear, toys, home décor, furniture, jewelry and other accessories, Petit Bazaar has opened a new branch in the heart of Central. With Christmas around the corner this is going to be one busy store! Address: 41 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong.

Twinkle Dance

For all those twinkle toes out there, get ready for the new Twinkle Dance Kowloon Tong branch which is opening in January 2022. The brand new studio is conveniently situated within Festival Walk Shopping Mall and just two minutes from Kowloon Tong MTR station. What are you waiting for? Check out their programme https://twinkledance.com/ en/programs/kids-dance-classes/

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Saying Goodbye to Friends How can we help children cope when their friends move away? Flora Scott offers advice

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lmost all of us will have at least one friend who has left or is leaving Hong Kong. Some of us will have many more. There’s nothing easy about saying goodbye to friends who have become like family and their absence often leaves a hole that can be difficult to fill. While we can become accustomed to the transitional nature of Hong Kong and look forward to a replenishment of friends that will surely come, sometimes a friend’s announcement of their departure can feel like a period of bereavement. Indeed, as we go through life, these losses – loss of friends, jobs, partners, health – can be termed ‘living losses’, a loss that precipitates a grief that makes us question our identity and place in the world. How can you help your child cope with their friends moving away? For our children, experiencing these losses is one of the unique aspects of living abroad. All children will react differently to the news of a friend’s departure and the most important consideration is their age. When I looked over at my three-yearold daughter playing with our next-door neighbour who she’d known since birth, I felt a deep pang of sadness knowing her best friend was leaving and they were unlikely to see each other again for a very long time. At the same time, I also recognised this sadness was mine alone and that my daughter is thankfully too young to realise she wouldn’t be playing with her friend regularly again. Before long she was playing with someone new. That’s not to say she doesn’t talk about her old friend and that when she does want to talk, I can help her to remember her friend and help her to name the feelings she’s having.

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Children of primary age may take the loss a bit harder. At this stage children can recognise likes and dislikes, they may make friends because of shared interests and similar characteristics. They may not know how to process their thoughts and feelings about a friend moving away and as ever, it is up to parents to help identify emotions. You can help by: • Talking through the reasons for moving away • Finding the place on the map • Reassuring your child that they can stay in touch with their friend via email, letters, FaceTime. • Share your own experiences of a time a friend has moved away and how you felt. • Don’t attempt to immediately replace their friend with someone new; encourage your child to play with other friends and widen their social circle but don’t expect a new best friend yet. • Most importantly, you know your child best so look for a balance between listening to and recognising how they are feeling without overinflating feelings or looking for problems that don’t exist. Friendships become increasingly important during teenage years as teenagers begin to make the subconscious separation from family. Friendships might be made through school, sport, clubs and activities and they reinforce our children’s identity and give them a feeling of acceptance and belonging. Friendships can become very intense in adolescence and our children may be spending almost all their

waking hours with their peers. At this stage we can’t control who our children make friends with and there may be some friends we’re relieved to see leaving the country. It’s best to keep this to yourself and be supportive to your teen without diminishing how they’re feeling. Helping them to determine whether they’ll stay in touch and how can be helpful in working out if this is a friendship worth keeping. Letting your teenager know you’re there to listen and available to talk about how they feel is essential and keeping these lines of communication open is a win for everyone. Encouraging our teens to engage in varied and positive activities is important at any time but particularly during the holidays when they may be feeling the absence of a close friend. Coping with the loss of a friend is painful at any age. Reassure your child that they are not alone and that all of us will experience this at some point in our lives. Listen to and validate how they are feeling, help them to stay in touch with friends if they would like to and reassure them that the sadness will lessen over time. If you notice ongoing mood swings, if your child is unusually quiet, if they have a feeling of sadness that just won’t lift over time or if they’re trying to find comfort in alcohol or drugs, seek outside help. Change comes to all of us. Recognising the pain of friends leaving is the best way to adapt to and accept the change, grow in resilience, and look forward to the future. Flora Scott is a Child and Teen Counsellor at Central & Stanley Wellness. She has over 15 years of experience working with children and young people.



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Surging Hormones: Years Before Puberty?

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f your child seems to have changed recently, it might be adrenarche, an endocrinological event when the adrenal glands begin excreting powerful hormones that affect the brain, most notably dihydroepiandrosterone, also known as DHEA. This developmental process occurs as children’s bodies prepare to exit childhood and enter the wild world of puberty. The surge of hormones signals the physical changes involved with puberty and it all begins well before the teenage years – years which are more often associated with the perplexing process of puberty. Marking the end of childhood and before the onset of adolescence, the surge may begin around the age of 6 but it is not uncommon for an early adrenarche around the age of 5. The androgen hormones during adrenarche have an effect on developing brains and behaviour. It's no wonder we see some interesting conduct in our children around this time. I certainly recall my son suddenly not enjoying school at the end of year 3. At the time, I couldn’t understand why a smart, sporty and well-liked kid wouldn’t love going to school. He was excelling in school, played a few sports and had a lot of great friends. Why wouldn’t he want to be at school where he seemed to be thriving? We tried to get to the bottom of it by talking to his teacher, asking the school counsellor for advice and getting him to write a

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pros/cons list about going to school. We hoped to get an idea of what could be at the heart of his sudden aversion. We never got any solid answers and the aversion carried on for several more school terms even though my son seemed happy otherwise. Now with the knowledge of this early hormone surge, I think we can attribute his dislike of school during that period to just that. Years following, my daughter didn’t have those aversions to school but she most certainly had some very moody moments at similar ages and there may be more to come. As described in the event known as adrenarche, it is clear that hormones have a huge influence even before puberty. The increasing hormone levels continue throughout the teen years and have a big impact on behaviour. On the path to maturing, children seem to become fixated on social interactions. It’s likely you will see girls playing mostly with other girls and boys with boys. At this time, children are more driven to learn the social rules of games, slang, style and behaviour in addition to questioning fairness and justice. Do these things ring true with your children aged 7–10 years old? Now you know why. A 2015 article on the topic of surging hormones and puberty explains that “a tendency to direct increased attention and motivation to social domains may have adaptive advantages in this developmental

window.” As children grow and mature, their hormones direct a lot of their behaviours. An Australian study known as The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study included 1,239 eight to nine year old children from primary schools in Melbourne, Australia. The levels of DHEA, DHEA-S and testosterone were measured alongside parent questionnaires of behaviour. What they found was that with higher levels of those androgens in boys, there were more reported overall difficulties and problems with peers. Higher DHEA and testosterone levels were linked with emotional problems while higher DHEA-S levels were associated with conduct issues. For girls, DHEA-S correlated with peer problems. The study concluded that “in late childhood, androgens are associated with emotional and behavioral problems in males, raising a possibility that the adrenarchal transition plays a contributing role.” Thus, “primary school years may prove to be an important phase for preventing the onset of mental health and behavioral problems in boys.” I’d argue this applies to girls too. Keep an eye on your children’s behaviour during this period and see if you notice emotional and behavioural changes. Not all children will experience these but if yours do, this information may help you understand what’s going on.


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Where are they now Playtimes catches up with some past models to see what they’re up to now.

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Age at time of the shoot: 5 Age now: 13 Any memories of the shoot? I don’t remember doing it at all! What school do you attend? South Island ESF Hobbies and interests: Art, coding, playing video games Favourite thing to do in HK? Taking walks with my dogs in Stanley

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Age at time of shoot: 8 Age now: 16 What are you up to at the moment? I now attend school in Australia, where I have begun learning how to drive and work part time in a coffee shop on weekends! What did you like about the shoot? I loved dressing up in the beautiful clothes – and doing it with my friends!

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Favorite thing to do in HK? Getting dressed up and going to the Verandah for afternoon tea


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Age at time of shoot: 6 Age now : 13 Which School do you attend: South Island School Memories of the shoot: Lots of shiny dresses.. I remember getting changed in white changing rooms with big mirrors and a grey floor, there were three big cameras and a backdrop. There was food like apple juice and crisps. The other girl in the shoot was really fun to be with! Hobbies: Sports; especially football and netball Favourite thing to do in HK: Play my team sports, I love the new Waterworld, hanging out with my friends. Going to the beach. Junk trips with my family.

Caleb Danzer

Age at time of the shoot: 3 Age now: 10 What are you up to at the moment? I’m in Year 6 at Kellett. I’m celebrating Thanksgiving with my family at this moment. What are you hobbies/interest? I really like baseball and biology. Do you have any memories of the fashion shoot? My favourite was the chef costume, and I had a good time with my Mum. What do you think when you look back at the photos now? I should have been in a baseball uniform or a doctor’s uniform.

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Sophie Schmid

Age at time of shoot: 1 month Age now: 4 Which School do you attend: Sophie Kindergarten and nursery School Hobbies and Interests: I love playing with my dolls when I get home after school. I have some after-school activities which I like during the week. Swimming, gymnastics and singing are my favourite.

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Nicholas Schmid Age at time of shoot: 3 Age now: 7

Which school do you attend? I’m in grade 2 at HKCA Po Leung Kuk School Hobbies and Interests: I like to stay busy all the time but my favourite thing to do is play soccer on Saturdays and go swimming. During the week I have lots of activities but I really like playing video games and researching fast cars. My favourite cars are Porsche, Lamborghini and Bugatti.


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Keira Tate

Age at time of shoot: I was 5 and a half years old Age now: Almost 14 Which school do you attend? Discovery Bay International School What are your hobbies and interests? I love animals and have three cats. I enjoy dancing, baking, arts and crafts What is your favourite thing about Hong Kong? My favourite thing about Hong Kong is the views and the fact it is not cold!

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eading into teen years can be a difficult time for all kids, hormones are raging, their body is changing, not to mention the havoc their skin is going through. Tweens and teens find themselves contending with acne, blackheads, greasy, dry, oily skin, and in Hong Kong the pollution and diet can trigger skin conditions. As a parent you may need to start investing in some proper skincare for your tweens and teenagers. With a few simple skincare tips and practicing healthy habits early, your teenager should feel much happier.

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What is the best skincare for a teenager? A simple, and targeted skincare routine is a great thing to introduce in the early teen years. Starting with gentle cleansers and lightweight moisturisers, so you don’t overload their skin. Older teens may benefit from exfoliators, masks, and micellar water especially if they have begun to wear makeup. Products to combat acne can be very useful for some teenagers but should be used cautiously and it’s best to consult with a dermatologist if you are considering them. Your teenager does not have to use ALL of these but here are a few tips you may want to introduce into their skincare routine. • A gentle cleanser • A lightweight moisturiser • An exfoliator maybe once a week (more for older teens) • Acne treatments if this is an area of concern (consult a dermatologist) • Suitable sun protection to be used daily • Avoid touching the face too frequently • Use lukewarm water • A well-balanced diet • Hydrate • Daytime and night-time skincare routine • Wash off all make up before bed • Clean makeup brushes regularly • Change pillowcases every week • Clean your phones regularly!


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five-piece set that does the hard work for you! It comes with an easy-to-follow booklet, and the set includes a cleanser, a serum, day and night moisturisers and a mask which helps to balance excess oil levels, hydrate and combat blemishes. Younger tweens may not need to use the full set but It’s a good starter kit. All the bottles sizes are not too big, meaning you can try before Ciencia Skincare investing in larger bottles. All products Amanda Quigley, founder of Australian brand Ciencia, has 30 years of experience are cruelty-free, and packed with natural ingredients including honey, green tea creating skincare products. Ciencia products are made in Australian, and they and blueberry. All WOWYOU products can be bought online with international are vegan and cruelty free. For a simple shipping rates calculated at check out. routine to begin with, try the Cleanse8 www.wowyou.com ($423 HKD) which is an oil-free gel cleanser that balances the skin without Florence By Mills drying it out. Followed by the Mattifi8 Created by Stranger Things ($440 HKD), which is a light actress Millie Bobby Brown, serum that helps to (a teen herself!) and combat blemishes named after her and large pores. great-grandmother, And finally, the the products in the Bluelimin8 range are easy to ($378 HKD), use, gentle and a unique suitable for all skin product, that types. Packed is designed with vitamins, to protect and antioxidants, repair damage nc botanicals and free from caused by blue ia Skinc re parabens, sulfates, and light emitted from a animal testing. Products include, phones, iPads and so on. scrubs, masks, face mists, toners, and Products can be bought online and make up stables like lipsticks, lip gloss, shipping to Hong Kong is free. mascara and nail polish. The double www.cienciaskincare.com.hk masking gift set (£25.00) makes a great Christmas gift. Containing a shimmery WOW YOU! rose-gold calming peel off mask, which UK based founders Ella and contains witch hazel, chamomile Leo wanted to create extract and water lily extract a product that to calm stressed-out was naturally skin. A pore mask and powered with under eye gel pads. wholesome, Available from a and range of outlets that effective ship to Hong Kong, ingredients including Asos, at affordable Lookfantastic and prices. The O Beauty Bay. WOWYOU W www. ready set glow YO U! florencebymills.com kit (£27.00) is a and make up removers. Enriched with community fair trade tea tree oil from leaves that are steam-distilled in Kenya, the oil is great for combatting oily skin. Prices start from $49–$196 HKD and are available at Body Shop locations throughout Hong Kong. www.thebodyshop.com/en-hk

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lifestyle Q+A UK brand Q+A are on a mission to simplify skincare. Produced in Norfolk by Ellipsis Brands, a family run business. All products are cruelty-free, and most are vegan (except for some moisturisers which contain beeswax), products are 98% natural, and nothing costs over £12 GBP! Take their skin care quiz online to discover what products would best suit your skin type. They also do some great bundles which would make fab gifts! The peppermint daily cleanser is the great first product to try and suitable for all skin types, its gentle so won’t upset the natural oil balance of the skin. They ship internationally for £10 GBP. www.qandaskin.com Green People Oy! Founded by mum Charlotte Vøhtz’s to help her daughter combat multiple skin allergies and eczema. Green People was founded in 1997, after years of private product research and development. The products are suitable for all skin types, vegetarian, vegan, cruelty-free and certified organic, and contain no parabens. With options for a 3-step routine, cleansers and moisturisers, and serums, the range is perfect to try as first skincare products for teenage girls and boys. www.greenpeople.co.uk

skin with over 98% natural ingredients. The exceptional face care duo and skin care trio are great starter kits. Or choose a stand-alone item from cleansers, moisturisers to haircare. International shipping available. www. dandydillway. com Sam Farmer Determined to make skincare that was targeted at all sexes, stay Sam at home dad Sam Farmer went back to school, studied cosmetic science, and formulated a unisex range, specifically for adolescent skin and hair. Available online and subject to international delivery fees www. samfarmer.co

My Clarins My Clarins is a skincare range for teens and young adults aged 18 to 29. Made from fruit and plant extracts, with 88% natural ingredients. Choose from cleansing gels, moisturising creams, er masks, pore erasers, and m r Fa targeted blemish treatments. A great one stop-shop for young skin. www.clarins.com.hk/en/ my- clarins

Ceptahil Popular since 1947, the original Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion, was designed specifically for dermatological needs. Generations later, it is now called Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, and it is a hugely popular choice for anyone with sensitive skin. The range now contains multiple products for the whole family, including Dandydill Way baby skincare, and sun Created by international care products. The make-up artist formula is gentle Tania Rodney, on the skin, and (who has worked non-irritating. with the likes of It’s also often Beyoncé, and prescribed Gwen Stefani), by doctors to Dandydill Way is help combat a platinum award skin irritation winning skincare and eczema. The range. Products not Dan d y d i l l Wa y gentle skin cleanser only look stylish and is perfect for teenage elegant and are also effective. skin, and a great starter for washing Safe for babies and children's sensitive

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the face and body. Readily available in Hong Kong from Watsons and Mannings and many supermarkets. Also, online at iHerb, Asos, and Amazon.com. www.cetaphil.com.hk

BEST FOR ACNE Bioderma They offer several products for all skin types. The Sébium range is tailored to oily and acne-prone skin, with products ranging from face cleansers, foaming gels, micellar water, soap bars, anti-blemish creams, moisturisers, and more, so you can pick and choose what’s best for your skin and routine. We especially like the micellar water and the lotion. They have several locations across Hong Kong and products are also available to buy at Mannings and Watsons. www.bioderma.hk/en Proactiv Targeted at acne prone skin Proactiv is dermatologically tested skincare, with three acne treatment systems. The products are specially formulated to work together to treat and prevent breakouts for most skin types. Proactiv Solution® is best for oily & combination skin with acne. Proactiv+® offers gentle acne-fighting formulas for sensitive


lifestyle skin and ProactivMD® uses a more powerful retinoid to treat stubborn breakouts. www.proactiv.com Bad Habit Beauty A skincare line from Tik Tok influencer Emma Chamberlain Bad Habit is “purposefully designed to reset stressed out skin”. The 10-piece collection is targeted at Gen Z and millennials dealing with acne. The line features two cleansers, two moisturisers, and quick-fix treatments that include a face oil, hyaluronic acid face mask, charcoal mask, face mist, AHA/ enzyme peel, and hand cream. Products are under £30 GBP and infused with essential oils and very bright in colour, (which makes them very Instagramfriendly!). All products are vegan and cruelty Nip+ ab free, and free F from parabens and mineral oil. Available to buy on Asos. www.badhabitbeauty.com Nip+Fab Nip+Fab’s teen skin fix range is very popular with teens with stressed out skin. There is new Nip + Fab salicylic acid range goes an extra step, it’s anti-inflammatory, unclogs pores, and is exfoliating, whilst still being soothing to the skin. Salicylic acid is a key ingredient when tackling acne prone skin. They also have a fab range of regime kits to try. Available to buy from Asos and Lookfantastic. www.nipandfab.com La Roche Posay Effaclar La Roche-Posay Effaclar acne

treatment 3-Step system comes with medicated gel cleanser, a toner, and acne spot treatment. It good for sensitive and allergy prone skin, reactions skin. Their foaming gel, and body washes are also highly recommended for acne prone skin, containing salicylic acid and zinc. Available from Amazon.com. www.laroche-posay.hk/cn/ Period Faace We all suffer from breakouts when periods come, and for teenagers going through so many changes it can be even worse. Period Faace has daily and weekly treatments to help kick potential breakouts. Products help to improve breakouts, calm inflammation, and minimise pores. The UK-made, vegan brand also gives some of its profits to period poverty and menopause charities. International shipping available, and free for orders over £30 GBP. www.wearefaace.com

FACIALS FOR TEENAGERS IN HONG KONG Glow Spa The Skeynador Teenagers Facial offers gentle cleansing and exfoliation, $780 HKD for 45 minutes. Address: 8th Floor Silver Fortune Plaza, 1 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong WhatsApp: +852 9680 2107 www.glowspa.hk The Skin Gym Facial for teenagers under 18 years for $880 HKD. Address: The Centrium, 21st Floor, Room 6, 60 Wyndham Street, Hong Kong WhatsApp: +852 6271 8005 www.theskingym.com.hk Perfect Skin Surgery Centre Offers professional guidance for children and teenage skin. Including acne facials. Address: 17/F, 36 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong www.perfectskinsurgery.com

SPOT EMERGENCY? TRY THE PIMPLE PATCH PATROL BY PATCHOLOGY A gentle but effective trio of acne patches and pore strips. With antiinflammatory and bacteria-banishing ingredients like salicylic acid, tea tree oil and witch hazel. Promising to heal spots and unclog pores in a matter of hours! The box includes: • 3 Blackhead-Eliminating Nose Pore Strips • 24 Pimple-Shrinking Salicylic Acid Dots • 24 Whitehead-Absorbing Hydrocolloid Dots • 2 Storage sachets to keep your dots fresh Available to buy on Amazon.com and Revolve for $20 USD.

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Mandarin Salon Mani and Pedi

Look the best for the party season with A Sprinkling of Diamonds at The Mandarin Salon. Guests will receive a French-style shellac manicure and pedicure while enjoying a glass of bubbly. Choose from an array of colourful shades with a choice of gold or silver tips to glam up the holiday look. This 90-minute treatment is priced at $1,445 per person. www.mandarinoriental.com

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Warming Winter Wellcation

Enjoy a Warming Winter Wellcation, with a one or two-night stay in Rosewood Hong Kong luxury accommodation or an Asaya Lodge. Choose from a range of sessions with a resident well-being practitioner as well as body or facial treatments per day, receive unlimited access to classes, the fitness centre and swimming pool; healthy breakfasts and three-course lunches. Also included is a one-onone session with Dr. Tal, Asaya’s Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Those staying between 13 and 25 December 2021 will be gifted with a surprise “12 Days of Christmas” series of wellness-oriented special gifts and workshops. Rates start from $8,000. www.rosewoodhotels.com

Look after yourself ALKMIE Skincare comes to Hong Kong

Natural, anti-ageing, vegan, eco-friendly skincare brand ALKMIE has opened its first Hong Kong retail store at Lab Concept, Facesss in Admiralty, offering a wide range of clean, harmless, pregnancy-safe skincare products. A minimum 98 per cent of the ingredients are of natural origin. ALKMIE products do not contain: SLS, PEGs, parabens, or petroleum derivatives. Plus, in the spirit of zero waste, the packaging of ALKMIE can be reused or recycled, and is also biodegradable. www.ALKMIE.com.hk

Sky Terrace 428 at The Peak Tower Transforms into a Fitness and Wellness Hub

Savoir-Faire: The Mastery of Craft in Fashion opens 13 December

New World Development CEO Adrian Cheng and Carine Roitfeld, former Editor-in-Chief of VOGUE Paris are set to present Savoir-Faire: The Mastery of Craft in Fashion, the first-ever multi-brands exhibition in Asia showcasing haute couture and prêt-à-porter fashion from the world’s Sky Terrace 428 at The Peak Tower will be biggest designers, plus never-beforetransformed into a fitness and wellness hub over seen pieces from the most coveted the weekends of 27 November and 5 December brands. The exhibition will open on Dec as it presents “The PRISM: The Peak Fitness and 13, 2021 at the K11 Art and Cultural Wellness Escapade”. Purchase a 1-day pass for Centre, 6th floor, Victoria Dockside $399 to access four types of sports programmes www.k11musea.com/zh-hk/ during the activity day, including: Dance Fitness, High happenings/savoir-faire-theIntensity Fit, Low Intensity Fit and Yoga & Meditation. mastery-of-craft-in-fashion-1 www.thepeak.com.hk/en/promotions

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Niya K specialises in bespoke diamond and gemstone jewellery. Based in Hong Kong with a showroom on Hanoi Road Tsim Sha Tsui. Prices range from $2,000 to $30,000 for her in house collection or you can custom make a piece, which usually takes from 2–3 weeks. Create something truly special for her whilst she is busy creating something special for you! www.niya-k.com

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Let her lounge in style, with this beautiful reversible block-printed robe from Malabar Baby. Available in several designs and made from 100% Indian Cotton Voile. Soft and luxurious feeling for when you want to be at your most comfortable. An ideal gift for her. www.malabarbaby.com

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Hong Kong based designer Cynthia Lui, was inspired to create Jewcells after the birth of her daughter in 2018. She specialises in creating bespoke breastmilk gems. Choose from necklaces, bracelets, rings or charms made from breast milk, with beautiful birthstone and birth colour combinations. Prices start from $320 with free shipping in Hong Kong. www.jewcellsjewellery.com

The Silver Lining

We love these pajamas from Hong Kong brand The Silver Lining, which can be personalised for mama to be. Made from ultra-soft jersey, the pajamas are classic, cool to the touch and most importantly super comfortable. They’ll become a wardrobe staple in no time! You can even get matching mommy & me sets. Available online at www.sl-lingerie.com from $520.

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Coco Alexander

Hong Kong based mum Emma started Coco Alexander as she wanted a diaper bag that was simple, practical, modern, and stylish. The Coco Alexander Diaper Bag is a chic clutch on the outside, but a diaper changing bag on the inside. Unroll the bag to reveal an inner soft changing mat, with lots of pockets for storing all the essentials you need for baby. You can even add a chain of your choice to the bag, making it look oh so chic. Available online from www.coco-alexander.com for $980.


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f you're looking to solidify your New Years Resolution to get into shape, eat healthy and exercise, we've got you covered. Hong Kong has a lot of options to choose from when it comes to gyms. Here’s our top picks of the best gyms for adults in Hong Kong. (Editor’s Note: Some of these gyms may have adjusted hours or special measures for COVID-19. Call ahead to find out for sure!) PURE FITNESS Pure Fitness has locations in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore, and it's a one stop shop offering 50 types of group fitness classes weekly, making it one the best gyms for adults in Hong Kong. Class choices include Barre, Bodypump, Circuits, Dance, TRX to name a few. In addition to live classes, they also host virtual fitness classes, offering lots of flexibility. They also offer personal training sessions, from boxing, to Pilates and even swimming! Specialty facilities include dedicated boxing and kickboxing spaces, power lifting platforms, athletic turf, movement zone, performance cardio, and more. They offer complimentary induction sessions for all new joiners and have flexible memberships programs, which can include Pure Yoga, Pure nutrition, and FUZE classes, depending on your individual needs. Pure has various locations throughout Hong Kong visit their website www.pure-fitness. com/hongkong to find the one nearest to you.

ONE PERSONAL TRAINING (ONEPT) A one-on-one personal training gym, that focuses on transformations. Whether you are an experienced trainee or have never stepped foot in the gym before, OnePT is confident they have a plan that will work for you. Clients are paired with an expert trainer who will combine data from a body fat modulation, a 45 minute fitness assessment, and key information about your lifestyle to build a program that is specific to you and your goals. This includes a training programme at the gym and outside of the gym, a nutrition plan tailored for you and regular follow up's throughout. They offer a free consultation which can be booked online. www. onepersonaltraininghk.com One Personal Training, 5/F, H-Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2422 5516. Email: info@onepersonaltraininghk.com FLEX STUDIO HONG KONG Flex Studios is a boutique fitness studio for classical Pilates. They cater to individuals across all fitness levels and

offer small group classes, workshops, retreats and more. You can choose from Pilates, Yoga, Xtend Barre and Yamuna® Body Rolling sessions to create the perfect program for you. No membership contract is needed, allowing for more flexibility. Group classes start from $340 HKD for a drop in and they offer 50% off trial group class for first time visitors. www.flexhk.com Flex Studio Central, 3F Man Cheung Building, 15-17 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2813 2399. WhatsApp: +852 5740 5103. Email: central@flexhk.com Flex Studio Island South, 2205 & 2209, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2813 2212 WhatsApp: +852 5740 9420 Email: info@flexhk.com H KORE H Kore promises to help you focus on your goals, whether that’s toning up, building muscle, calming your mind, or stretching your body. They offer classes that cover strengthen, stretch and sweat in each session. MegaKore,

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YogaKore & CircuitKore classes are suitable for beginners and more experienced participants, and with over 150 classes to choose from weekly staying fit and healthy should be easier right?! Enjoy a 2 class package from $350 HKD at Central or Quarry Bay. www.h-kore.com H Kore Central, 3F Emperor Commercial Centre, 39 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2441 9000. Email: central@h-kore.com H Kore Quarry Bay, Suite 1201 Dorset House. Taikoo Place, 979 King's Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 3107 1144. Email: quarrybay@h-kore.com

Pilates and Cadillac to TRX and free weights, and Leo focuses on personal training. Some of the classes on offer include, Fatburn + Abs Blaze and Reform8 (a one-of-a-kind reformerbased Pilates). They will also soon be launching Infrared Reformer Pilates, a unique and fitness option that combines infrared light with Pilates to help loosen the muscles. To learn more, visit their website. www.defin8fitness.com/web Defin8 Fitness, 17F Silver Fortune Plaza, 1 Wellington Street Central, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 9859 8620 Email: defin8fitness@gmail. com

STRIVE FITNESS Strive Fitness offers personal, group and team training, focusing on strength and conditioning. They also have a Basketball academy, where they train and mentor basketball players of all ages and skill levels. If you want to being your children along when you train they also offer youth fitness programs for kids aged 6-19, in either private or small group coaching. www.strivefitnesshk.com Strive Fitness, G/F, Kwai Bo Industrial Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2338 9622 Whatsapp: +852 6410 6084

ATP PERSONAL TRAINING HONG KONG ATP offers one on one training, with a nod towards sustainable transformation. Coaches train and mentor clients to create healthy habits that will extend beyond their programme and into everyday life. The Program is tailored to each individual after a hour long consultation, where information on past experiences, inquiries, lifestyle and measurements are taken. They offer performance tracking and continuous support on your fitness journey. Visit their www.atp.fitness/hk to book a free consultation. ATP, 6th Floor, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2866 8808. Email: lexy@atp.fitness

DEFIN8 FITNESS Defin8 is a fitness and Pilates’s studio, founded and owned by experienced Hong Kong trainers Trixie and Leo V. Classes promise to be effective, addictive and fun! Trixie creates bespoke workouts ranging from

LIMITLESS If you're looking for personal training, semi private training, corporate health, gut health and/or women's health, Limitless is the place for you. Their focus is to guide, educate, and help their clients overcome challenges


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through coaching and mindful personal training, by combining fitness, strength training, physioscience, nutritional medicine, with experienced trainers. www.limitlessgym.com.hk Limitless, 12/F, 86-90 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong. Whatsapp: +852 9855 4437 TOP FIT Located in Central, Top Fit specialises in group training. Classes include Circuit Training, HIIT, Pilates, Abs Workout, TRX, Personal Training, and more. Each of the classes focuses on a different aspect of health, and trainers offer guidance on how you can actively achieve your goals. Feeling hungry after all that exercise? Topfix offers homemade bagels, balanced buddha bowls, nutritional smoothies, and their signature oat bowls onsite. www.top-fit.com Top Fit, 6/F. 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2877 9988 Email: INFO@TOP-FIT.COM AIR FITNESS AIR Fitness is a cross between alternative training and a traditional gym. There is indoor field turf, kettlebells, punching bags, and Olympic lifting! They also have cardio equipment, dumbbells, and cable machines. Training programs promise to be interactive, collaborative, and affordable. Get started with a free trial. www.airfitness.com.hk/ home/index.html Air Fitness has locations in Hung Hom, Tai Koo and Tseun Wan, visit their website for more information. Tel: +852 2782 1000 Email: enquiry@airfitness.com.hk

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Gran Melia Lombok

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Meliá Hotels International will bring a touch of Spanish luxury to Indonesia with the opening of Gran Meliá Lombok in 2024. Situated at the beautiful Torok Bay in the south of the island and surrounded by green hills and a beach with crystal-clear waters, Gran Meliá Lombok will boast 22 luxury beachside villas and another 105 villas on the mountainside, all with private infinity pools and stunning ocean views. www.meliahotelsinternational.com

g u B l e v Tra Anantara Spa Launches First Cannabis Infused Treatment Menu in Thailand TUMI Fall and Winter Collection 2021

TUMI’s winter collection takes inspiration from Antarctica. A place full of life yet protected and pure, with diverse terrain, colors and animals that thrive through below-zero temps. With this landscape in mind, TUMI introduces a vibrant glacier blue, and black navy in their Voyageur and Harrison collections. Bungee cord, mesh, and rope accents nod to the arctic influence and all products are designed to fit the most active of lifestyles. www.tumi-hk.com

The powerful properties of cannabis plants have been harnessed for millennia by healers seeking its medicinal benefits. Rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds and pain reducing properties, the medicinal purposes of cannabis have been brought back to the forefront of alternative therapies. Anantara Spa in Thailand is now introducing a series of brand-new luxurious spa treatments. The new menu of cannabis spa treatments will be available at several Anantara Spas across Thailand including Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, Anantara Chiang Mai Hotel and Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort. For more information visit www.anantara.com/ en/spa-and-wellness

The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong

Coming soon to Hong Kong, the first Fullerton hotel and first Fullerton resort worldwide, ‘The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong’ will be a sustainable, oceanfront luxury resort. Each of the 425 guest rooms will enjoy ocean views overlooking the South China Sea. The resort will also feature four dining options, an infinity pool, a kids’ lagoon, an indoor kids’ zone, a gym, and a luxury spa. Located next to the Ocean Park water World. For more information visit www. fullertonhotels.com/fullertonocean-park-hotel-hongkong

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Anantara New York Palace Budapest

Located in the heart of the Hungarian capital, Anantara New York Palace will be an architectural ode to Europe’s Belle Epoque era and will showcase old-world glamour and contemporary luxury. Set to open its doors in 2022 and located just a 20-minute drive from Budapest International Airport, the Anantara New York Palace will be comprised of 185 guest rooms and suites, with a glamorous lobby, a glitzy new restaurant serving quintessential Hungarian cuisine, and a new Anantara Spa. For more information visit www.facebook.com/anantara. Winter 2021

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Offering timeless European elegance in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, The Langham always does Christmas well. Kicking off with the tree lighting ceremony on 1st December, there are live carols, a ballet performance, plus that all important visit from Santa. Young ballerinas will perform an excerpt from The Nutcracker Ballet at 3:15pm on 12 and 19 December. Between 18 – 26 December, traditional carols and Christmas songs will be performed at 6pm, followed by a glass of mulled wine.

Keep a look out for Santa who will be on site at noon and in the evenings. Enjoy a Festive Afternoon Tea featuring a whimsical array of eyecatching and exquisite bites. Upgrade to sparkling tea or champagne, for a quintessentially festive experience. So good that you don’t want to go home? Stay the night. Packages start at $1,388 for a one night stay in a superior room, inclusive of breakfast for two, set lunch for two in Palm Court. Package runs 1 Dec – 2 Jan.

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ISLAND SHANGRI‑LA Wander through Europeaninspired market stalls and immerse yourself in the scent of roast chestnuts and sounds of seasonal jingles at the Island Shangri-La. The Christmas Market (and Christmas tree) will be in place from 19 November until 26th December. Visit Santa’s Sweet Shop, where Santa will host meet and greets, listen to live music at the Christmas Theatre set up in the hotel lobby and enjoy a ballet performance of The Enchanted Garden. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day there will also be carol performances. Looking for some adventure this holiday season? Try the Christmas Kids’ Camp staycation package, which combines a two-night stay at Island Shangri-La with a nature-focused outdoor adventure programme for children aged 5 to 12 years. Children will be entertained as they merrily explore Hong Kong’s natural wonders and see their home city from a whole new perspective. Parents will have the opportunity to bond with their little ones during family-friendly activities, whilst also having time for their own rest and relaxation. Among the culinary offerings is The Nutcracker-themed Festive Afternoon Tea available at The Lobby Lounge ($718 for two persons) which brings the best of Christmas flavours together, from miniature lobster buns and Foie gras tarts, to nutty and chocolatey sweet desserts.

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Experience Christmas in ‘Centric’ style while taking in the glittering views of the Hong Kong skyline. The Farmhouse restaurant has been re-imagined as Santa’s home away from home and will provides a relaxing ambience, perfect for a family Christmas – and yes, there will be a visit form the man himself, as well as Christmas carols from local buskers. Cruise Restaurant & Bar is offering an Asian twist to Christmas dining.

There’s nothing like the smell of roasted chestnuts to make it feel like Christmas, so pay a visit to The Mandarin Oriental where freshly roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and moreish mince pies are a long-standing tradition. Eat, drink and be merry with a range of festive dining options across the hotel’s nine restaurants and bars. Delight in the festive roast at Michelinstarred Mandarin Grill + Bar, indulge in


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ROSEWOOD the finest Cantonese cuisine at Man Wah or experience a brilliantly creative dinner tasting menu paired with Krug Champagne at the only Krug Room in the world. Firm family favourites over the festive period are the lavish international buffets available in the Connaught Room and Clipper Lounge. Or try the set menu (boasting festive delicacies) at Café Causette. Throughout the holiday season, Clipper Lounge and Café Causette will also serve the hotel’s famed afternoon tea that is guaranteed to spread yuletide cheer. Looking for an extra special staycation? The Festive Wonder Staycation at M.O. is available until 31 December 2021 for stays on 24, 25 and 31 December 2021, room rates start from $8,000 per night including a curated tasting dinner menu for two at Man Wah on the day of arrival and a sumptuous brunch at The Aubrey for two on the day of departure.

Escape, renew, rejoice and give back at Rosewood this Christmas. From yuletide feasting, to holiday-themed stays, to a very merry Christmas Kids Camp, plus inspired gifting for both nearest and dearest and those less fortunate, Rosewood’s Holiday Edit offers a multitude of moments to set Christmas imaginations alight. There are four exclusive staycation packages on offer: Festive Staycation (1 to 30 December, excluding 24 and 25 December), Rosewood Celebrations – Christmas Edition (24 to 26 December), New Year’s Eve at Rosewood (31 December) and Holiday Retreat (1 December 2021 to 31 January 2022). Further details are available online. The Rosewood Explorers Club children’s playroom is offering exciting sessions and workshops from 18 to 31 December. Designed for children aged five to 12, the camp’s Christmas-themed classes range from Christmas Cake Pop Making and Holiday Art Jamming to a Paper Snow Globe Workshop. Winter 2021

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last word FROZEN BANANA PENGUINS You will need

• 2 bananas • 100g dark chocolate • 3 orange M&Ms • 4 edible eyes Makes: two banana penguins Decorating time: 15 minutes Freezing time: 2 hours

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Method

Start by melting the chocolate. Place it in a microwave-safe bowl and put it in the microwave on high for 1 minute and then stir, if it isn’t completely melted just put it back in the microwave for another 10 seconds and stir again. Repeat until melted. Peel the bananas and dip them in the chocolate until the top and sides are covered. Cut the M&Ms in half and stick

them on as feet and noses while the chocolate is still runny and also stick the eyes on. If you can’t get your hands on edible eyes, you can use white confetti sprinkles – as I have – and use a toothpick to create the pupil with some melted chocolate. You can then either put them on BBQ skewers to put in the freezer or you can spray a baking sheet with oil so they can come off easily once frozen. Freeze for at least two hours.


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