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Make a Date

Is there any ballet more festive than “The Nutcracker”?




Get started on your Christmas spending spree at these hot new shops.


Style maven Priscilla I’Anson tells The List about her go-to accessories.



12 Days of Christmas

From turtle doves to gold things, The List has holiday shopping covered.

42 MR. KIA

So Taxing

We finally figure out what’s up with Hong Kong’s cabs.




Shui Tau Tsuen

Step back in time with a wander around this tranquil village.


12 Dresses Twirling, p.16 11 Homey Presents, p.18 10 Jewels-a-Blinging, p.20 9 Gifts for Kids, p.22 8 Manly Must-Haves, p.26 7 Bags-a-Brimming, p.28 6 Beauty Buys, p.30 5 Gold Things, p.32 4 Unique Ideas, p.34 3 Chocolates Melting, p.36 2 Turtle Doves, p.38 And a Party on our Balcony!, p.40 3


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EDITOR’S LETTER The Most Wonderful Time

The malls are decked out, “The Nutcracker” is hitting the stage, plane tickets are skyrocketing—yep, the holiday season is undoubtedly upon us, but there’s no need to stress. This issue of The List is stuffed with Christmas shopping inspiration for all tastes and budgets. From a dozen dresses (p.16) to gifts for kids (p.10), beauty buys (p.30) to unique Hong Kong gifts (p.38), we’ve compiled a list that you’re definitely going to want to check twice. All together now: “On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…” Happy holidays!

Kate Springer Editor


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DEC 20-28 DEC 6-7

White Christmas Street Fair

A two-day festival taking place at Island East, the White Christmas Street Fair will feature plenty of food and drinks, as well as loads of handcrafted goodies. Chill out under the massive, 20-foot-tall Christmas tree while enjoying live music and interactive games.

The Nutcracker

From the Hong Kong Ballet comes the annual production of “The Nutcracker.” This classic Christmas tale will be brought to life on stage with live accompaniment from the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Various times. Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui. $140-$1,500 from www.urbtix.hk.

1-8pm. Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay. Free.


Fringe Club Holiday Bazaar Hosted by Shopping Hong Kong, this holiday bazaar is offering a half-day of shopping at the Fringe Club. Expect girly delights—think jewelry from Marina Malison and Boho Betty—as well as yummy cupcakes from the likes of Bites by Sam. Noon-8pm. Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd., Central. Free.


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DEC 14

Wrapping up the Conrad Hotel’s series of holiday shopping fairs, the Christmas Gift Festival is sure to impress Scrooge himself. Think vintage jewelry, cashmere goods and men’s accessories—all at very attractive prices.

Celebrate the holiday season by dressing up as Santa and bar-crawling around Hong Kong. Kicking off at Red on IFC’s rooftop at noon, Santacon will lead participants through the city via public transport, which is sure to be one jolly sight. The full schedule will be kept secret until the day of the event.

Christmas Gift Festival

10am-8pm. Grand Ballroom, Conrad Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty. Free.


1pm. Red Bar, 4/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central. Free.

DEC 14

A Very Hong Kong Christmas Concert

With the skyline as the backdrop, this outdoor concert is a great way to enjoy Hong Kong’s holiday season. Chill out to Christmassy performances and festive entertainment from pianist Michelle Kim, a capella theater group Yat Po Singers, local musician Carlos Choi and more. 7-9pm. New Central Harbourfront, Central. Free.



Trendwatch WOAW FACTOR Cooler-than-cool Gough Street raised the bar even higher with a new addition to the hipster neighborhood. Lifestyle concept store WOAW!, which stands for World of Amazing Wonders, opened last month as a haven for all things interesting. From Karen Walker sunnies to funky shoes to totally unique items—take this Click & Grow indoor tomatogrowing gadget, for example—the venture from designer and entrepreneur Kevin Poon is sure to add some fresh finds to your holiday wishlist.

FASHION FORECAST This fortnight’s style digest

Vintage Pocketbooks The ladylike styles of old are making a very classy comeback.


New Store

Lizzy purse, $2,950 from Tammy and Benjamin

11 Gough St., Central, 2253-1313, www.woawstore.com

Gold Sparkles All that glitters is gold this holiday season, so don’t be shy with the shimmer. Holiday set, $490 from Ilia

Signature Necklaces Sometimes a personal touch goes a long way, especially if it’s made of gold! Necklace, $2,290 from Brevity Signature

Velvet Blazers We’re all for super soft jackets, but these blazers only really work on the gents—and even then they’re walking a thin line.

MONKI SEE, MONKI NEW Scandi high street store Monki celebrated a new store opening late last month—the brand’s third in Hong Kong. The new space on Granville Road is super spacious and, better yet, chock-full of Monki’s usual funky colors and patterns. You’ll also find plenty of festive holiday dresses, jackets and accessories. 29 Granville Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3585-8026, www.monki.com


Puffy Vests Not only is it still too warm for a big fluffy vest, but giant zip-ups completely blow up your figure.


New Store



$12 PEN This is such an amazing local thing. I bought this pen in a cheap stationery store but absolutely love it, despite its price. I also love that it has a Victorian-style crown with a pearl on it. It’s a great conversation starter, and I am always using it in meetings to cheer myself up.


Priscilla I’Anson Fashion stylist and creative consultant, Priscilla I’Anson has made a name for herself in Hong Kong’s rapidly growing fashion industry. She sits down with Anya Beniac to talk about her current style favorites. Product shots by Chris Luk. Portrait by Boris Burgess. Email: priscillaianson@gmail.com Instagram: @priscillaianson

The lady who started this brand, Kavita, works with NGOs in the Himalayan mountains and empowers women by giving them work. Their products are all hand-poured and are all very environmentally conscious and sustainable. I love the smell of it—funnily enough it doesn’t smell like peaches, but rather like almonds.

1987 PREMIERE CHANEL WATCH I love vintage. I collect a lot of vintage pieces, particularly accessories. I find that they are very unique which is great, as I don’t like to look the same as other people. I bought this watch in Australia as a birthday gift from myself to myself.

MISCHA CARDHOLDER This is a personalized cardholder from local designer, Mischa, who is a good friend of mine. This is my second Mischa cardholder—I used my other one so much it started to fall apart!


FASHIONARY MINI NEON NOTEBOOK I am a stylist, so I love how each page of this notebook contains a faint outline of a mannequin. This is really useful as it allows me to draw things for clients. I use it loads in meetings and just love the hologram effect.


These are my favorite sunglasses: they are classic and go well with everything I own—I am very much into gold. Also, they have a nice cateye shape, which is flattering for my round face.

VINTAGE CHANEL CLASSIC FLAP BAG I bought this bag in a small vintage boutique in Causeway Bay. It’s true vintage Chanel from the 70s. Although it is a bit dirty, I love the color and lived-in feeling of it. It is also incredibly versatile: if I hide the straps, I can immediately turn it into a clutch.


Amazing December in Macau –

2013 Macau Shopping Festival & Parade through Macau, Latin City Watch out HK – the much anticipated “Macau Shopping Festival” is returning to our sister SAR this Christmas season.


lated to run from December 1 to December 31 and stepping into the third year, the annual Macau Shopping Festival organized by the festival’s Organizing Committee under the auspices of the Macau Government Tourism Office has emerged as one of the leading tourism feats in the region. Continuing on the rewarding streak, built over the past two years, the 2013 Macau Shopping Festival is supported by businesses from all over the city, including large shopping malls and retailers, along with a variety of small and medium-size enterprises coming together to offer a range of privileges and discounts for shoppers. The 2013 Macau Shopping Festival is built on the theme “One day Shopping; One day Playing”, showcasing the multi-faceted tourist experiences of Macau and inspiring round-the-town shopping activities. It will offer local residents and visitors a month full of privileges, price reductions and free lucky draws with fabulous prizes valued at over MOP3,000,000. Adding to the festive atmosphere is the “Christmas Window-dressing Campaign” which engages retail outlets in Macau in greeting visitors with scintillating

festive decoration and offering one-ofa-kind exciting shopping experiences, thereby further contributing to the enormous economic strides achieved by the city’s retail and tourism sectors by and large. Aside from the above, the organizing committee will be launching their Macau Shopping Festival Mobile App, along with the Macau small-to-medium shops guide for easy shopping experiences like never before.

“Parade through Macau, Latin City” Want to kill two birds with one stone? Then head over to Macau on Dec 20 to celebrate the 14th anniversary of Macau’s handover to China with the “Parade through Macau, Latin City” while the shopping festival will still be in full swing. The Parade is once again held under the slogans “Peace, Love and Cultural Integration” and “An annual celebration for the entire city – VIVA!”, and this year is themed “The Rhythm of Life”, hoping to attract even more residents and tourists and inviting them to dig deep into the diverse cultural atmosphere of Macao. The opening ceremony will take place at 3.30pm in front of the worldfamous Ruins of St. Paul’s, where

a wondrous journey of revival kicks off. Artists from around the world will raise the curtain on a series of fascinating shows, spreading joy all over the city. This year’s Parade embraces performing groups from over 10 countries and regions including Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Burkina Faso, among others, as well as Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mainland China. This extravaganza includes performances by PIA – Projectos de Intervenção Artística from Portugal, French group Les Grandes Personnes, Hong Kong Youth Marching Band, the Peruvian Teatro del Milenio, Italian Flag Wavers and Be Fantasy Bubble Arts from Taiwan. Joining them in the Parade are 50 local groups, bringing the total estimate of performers to an amazing 2,000 creative participants.

12 Days of Christmas Whether you’re shopping for your little cherubs or the old man, The List has put together a cornucopia of festive finds. Merry Listmas!

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12 DRESSES TWIRLING Some sugar and spice

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1. Lollie Peter Pan Collar Dress, $797 Alice + Olivia, Shop 3078B, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 2234-7253, www.aliceandolivia.com

2. Ellery Dante Shell Top Dress, $6,790 Edit, 67 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2549-4999, www.67edit.com

3. Cotton Organza Dress with Beads, $3,990 Himkala Limbu, Suite 904, 9/F, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2545-2088, www.himkalalimbu.com

4. Long Sleeve Lace Jacquard Dress, $4,299 5

Jessica, Shop 627, Times Square, 1 Matheson St., Causeway Bay, 29237910, www.jessica-intl.com

5. Finders Keepers Tight Rope Dress, $1,740 Backroom, www.bkrm.com


6. Bria Honeycomb Dress, $2,490 Club Monaco, Shop 1039, 1/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 3586-3045, www.clubmonaco.com

7. Iceberg Panel Dress, $1,350 N12H, G/F, 26 Yiu Wah St., Causeway Bay, 2891-1932, www.n12h.com

8. Dark Drama Red Lace Dress, $2,500 Marks & Spencer, B-1/F, Central Tower, 22-28 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2921-8323, www.marks-and-spencer.hk


9. Evvie Red Dress, $2,150 7

Ted Baker, Shop 2216, 2/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2377-9710, www.tedbaker.com

10. Cut-out Black Dress, $99


H&M, Shop G38B-D, Silvercord, 30 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3521-1171 www.hm.com

11. Elizabeth and James Millie Mesh Panel Dress, $3,500 Lane Crawford, Podium 3, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., 2118-7600, Central, www.lanecrawford.com

12. I.C By Inner Circle Princess of Pearl Dress, $339 Zalora, www.zalora.com

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11 HOMEY PRESENTS Time to deck your halls

1. NC Watch Me Wall Clock, $390 Eclectic Cool, G/F, 58 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, 2549-6682, www.eclectic-cool.com

2. Coffee Mug, $160


The9thMuse, Unit 1204,12/F, 1 Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2537-7598, www.the9thmuse.com


3. Timorous Beasties Cushion, $1,250 Grange Interiors, 3/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Rd., Wong Chuk Hang, 2110-4814, www.grangeinteriors.com.hk

4. Ruskasa iPhone Holder, $450 Out of Stock, Room 1403, 14/F, Wah Yiu Industrial Centre, 30-32 Au Pui Wan St., Sha Tin, 2369-6008, www.outofstock.com.hk


5. Sand for Kids Blanket, $1,100 Tree, 28/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing St., Ap Lei Chau, 2870-1582, www.tree.com.hk

6. Pixie Espresso Machine, $1,988




Nespresso, Shop 1021, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 2295-3395, www.nespresso.com


7. Seletti Hybrid Isaura Plate, $380 Homeless & Sidekick, Shop 119, 1/F, Style House, The Park Lane, Causeway Bay, 3620-3675, www.homeless.hk

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8. Trays, $360 Bowerbird Home, Unit 5, 2/F, 2 Lee Lok St., Ap Lei Chau, 2552-2727, www.bowerbird-home.com

9. Yaumati Stackable Cups, $295 G.O.D., G-1/F, 48 Hollywood Rd., 2805-1876, www.god.com.hk 10

10. Christmas Plate, $99 Zara Home, Shop 3205, Harbour City, 7-27 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2880-5068, www.zarahome.com

11. Maxwell & Williams Kimono Collection, $80-445 Indigo Living, 6/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing St., Ap Lei Chau, 2555-0540, www.indigo-living.com



10 JEWELS-A-BLINGING Shimmer and shine


1. Half Carat Solitaire Diamond Pendant, from $20,000 Haywards, 9/F, 233 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, 2545-4400, www.haywards.com.hk

2. Wear and Tear Black Weaved Tape Chunky Necklace, $730 Shop des Createurs, www.shopdescreateurs.com

3. Let’s Dance Boho Necklace, $2,380 Carmen Chan Jewelry, carmenchanjewelry.com


4. Gaspacho Mint Bracelet, $1,895


Henry Cuir, 33 Francis St., Wan Chai, 2528-1488, www.henrycuir.it

5. In the Sky with Diamonds Necklace, $1,718 Daydream Nation, Shop 3-4, 1/F, K11 Mall, 18 Hanoi Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2177-7208, www.daydream-nation.com

6. Metal Piece Necklace, $590 4

Massimo Dutti, 50-52 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2537-8832, www.massimodutti.com




7. Dream Catcher Earrings, $1,650


Links of London, Shop 141, 1/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2918-9727, www.linksoflondon.com

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8. Marie-Laure Chamorel Silver Fringe XL Earrings, $2,300 Nuage Concept, www.nuageconcept.com

9. Markin Fine Jewellery Pencil Pendant, $3,600 Pretty Dangerous, www.prettydangerous.com.hk

10. Peach Drop Earrings, $650


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9 GIFTS FOR KIDS Santa’s on his way!

1. Lucien Zazou Set, from $580 Mama Kid, Shop 206, Lee Gardens Two, 28 Yun Ping Rd., Causeway Bay, 2982-2188, www.mamakid.com

2. Glittered Tulle Skirt, $627 Troizenfants, www.troizenfants.com.hk

3. Baby Hero Onesies, $250 each Tiny Footprints, 10/F, 1 Duddell St., Central, 2522-2466, www.tinyfootprints.com

4. Camper Mini Stove, $550 Bumps to Babes, 5/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St., Central, 2522-7112, www.bumpstobabes.com


5. Safari Quilt Cover Set, $880 Linen House, linenhouse.com.hk

6. Circus Train Set, $1,160 Petit Bazaar, 9 Gough St., Central, 2544-2255, www.petit-bazaar.com 2





7. Glitter Point Ballet Shoes, $450 Seed, 41 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2160-3171, www.seedheritage.com

8. Vevian Matthew Shoes, $1,159 Maggie and Flynn, www.maggieandflynn.com


9. My Rocking Horse, $1,780 The Baby Shop, www.thebabyshop.com





Festive Brunch

The Renaissance hotel gives the gift of meat—and goodwill!


Buffets to Book A Cause for Chocolate The Renaissance hotel is hosting hearty Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve meals at The Lounge and the Renaissance Cafe. Expect a delightful range of dishes, from seasonal delicacies to a festive-themed


tea set. Indulge in the Charity Chocolate Tea Buffet at $198 per head, which includes sweet treats such as chocolate slices garnished with dark cherries. All profits from the buffet will be donated to the Animals Asia Foundation, which aims to improve the welfare of animals in China and Vietnam. Mezzanine, Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, 1 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, 2802-8888, www.marriott.com

The Mira will be serving a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day semi-buffet brunch this festive season. Celebrate over a spread of fresh oysters, crabs and caviar, a barbecue corner and made-to-order mains. There will also be a decadent dessert station to end things on a sweet note ($1,699 per person). The Mira, 118 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2368-1111, www.themirahotel.com

Spread it Out The Promenade at Harbour Grand hotel will offer international buffets on both Christmas Eve and Christmas

Day. The buffets include turkey, ham and seafood, as well as international dishes. You’ll also enjoy magic and balloon-twisting performances, a live band, and unlimited beer and house wines. The lunch buffet costs $438 per person; dinner, $758. Harbour Grand, 20 Tak Fung St., Whampoa Garden, Hung Hom, 2621-3188, www.harbourgrand.com

Choices, Choices Langham Place has all kinds of options this holiday season. Queue up at The Place’s lunch and dinner buffets for some Beef Wellington and Kintoa ham, or go straight for the Christmas turkey and freshly seared French foie gras. Lunch is $378 per head; dinner, $628. Alternatively, enjoy The Backyard’s

Christmas gourmet barbecue, which comes with Wagyu beef skewers, lime-infused tiger prawns, and lots of premium craft beer and wine ($588 per head). Portal-Work & Play, meanwhile, will serve a boutique buffet for the first time—think shucked oysters, live-cut pata negra ham, Gammon ham, Beef Wellington and turkey. Lunch costs $338 per head; dinner, $738.

a Christmas lunch and dinner buffet at Cafe 8 Degrees, which includes freshly shucked oysters, sweet shrimp and mussels, Christmas turkey and grilled lamb chops with mint yogurt (lunch from $298, dinner from $448). Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees, 199 Kowloon City Rd., To Kwa Wan, 2126-1988, www.harbour-plaza.com

Langham Place, 555 Shanghai St., Mong Kok, 3552-3388, hongkong.langhamplacehotels.com

Hungry on the Harbor Until the end of the year, The Pool Bar at Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees will be providing a five-course Christmas set dinner, with a seafood platter, lobster soup, crispy fried foie gras, grilled ribeye steak and Christmas desserts all in one meal. The dinner starts at $488 per person. There will also be


8 MANLY MUST-HAVES Let’s hear it for the boys

1. Defender iPhone Case, $390 Otterbox, www.otterbox.com.hk 1

2. Brown Sicily Bag, $19,500 Dolce & Gabbana, Shop 228, 2/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2525-5815, www.dolcegabbana.com

3. Terrier Print Ties, $1,300 Thomas Pink, Shop 242, 2/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2155-9021, www.thomaspink.com


4. Table Telescope, $879 3

Indigo Living, 6/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing St., Ap Lei Chau, 2555-0540, www.indigo-living.com

5. Custom-made French Calf Shoes, from $1,800


Zee’s Leather Co., Shop 18, G/F, 5-6 Middle Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2368-2851, www.facebook.com/ZeesLeatherCo





6. Sweater, $699 Zara, Shop 121, 1/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2918-1099, www.zara.com/hk

7. SQ03 Minuteman Watch, $1,250 Squarestreet, 15 Square St., Sheung Wan, 2362-1086, www.squarestreet.se

8. Ultimate Gift Set, $3,100 Gentlemen’s Tonic, Shop B47-48, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2525-2455, www.gentlemenstonic.com



7 BAGS-A-BRIMMING Tote-ally in love

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1. The Valorie Clutch, $4,400 Anya Hindmarch, Shop 216, 2/F, Lee Gardens One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, 2808-0128, www.anyahindmarch.com

2. Metallic Leather Clutch, $1,700 3

Sambag, 6 Po Yan St., 2968-1285, www.sambag.com.au

3. Folio Clutch, $3,580 Mischa, www.mischadesigns.com



4. Fleabag Cherry Clutch, $930 5

A Boy Named Sue, www.aboynamedsue.co

5. Danielle Nicole Remi Satchel, $680 The9thMuse, 12/F, 1 Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2537-7598, www.the9thmuse.com

6. Milo Bag, $1,960 Tammy and Benjamin, www.tammyandbenjamin.com

7. Catherine Street Pippa Shoulder Bag, $3,600

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Kate Spade, Shop 150, 1/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2116-4998, www.katespade.com


6 BEAUTY BUYS Festive favorites

1. Two Turtle Gloves, $660 Bliss, W Hotel, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon, 3717-2222, www.w-hongkong.com

2. Geranium & Orange Organic Body Collection, $470 Neal’s Yard Remedies, 65 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2155-0508, www.nealsyardremedies.com 2

3. Cranberry Joy Body Butter, $199 The Body Shop, Shop 265, 2/F, Shun Tak Centre, 168-200 Connaught Rd. Central, Sheung Wan, 2549-8330, www.thebodyshop.com.hk

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4. Barr & Co. Bath Products, $140-380 Bowerbird Home, Unit 5, 2/F, 2 Lee Lok St., Ap Lei Chau, 2552-2727, www.bowerbird-home.com

5. Ilia Lip Crayons, $285 each A Beauty Bar, Shop HL118-119, 1/F, Harvey Nichols, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2111-9398, www.abeautybar.com.hk


6. No. 7 Lip Gloss Collection, $199 Boots at select Mannings, including Shop 1092, 1/F, Elements, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon, 2196-8125, www.hk.boots.com



Santa shops at

Raleigh Bikes 3yrs - 10yrs

Ronnie Rocket



$1,499 Camper Mini Stove

Power Work Bench Oven &Tools Hob Set

Princess Palace

$550 Junior Trampoline


Police Force and Off Roader Vehicles

$650 Little Treasure

Scalextric Raw Power

$199.90 each Kixi Kix Scooter





green/blue or pink/purple

Pedder Building Store 5/F Pedder Building,12 Pedder Street, Central T: 2522 7112 Horizon Plaza Store 21/F Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau T: 2552 5000 www.bumpstobabes.com


5 GOLD THINGS Nonstop bling

1. Kyoto Floral Pattern Plates, $99 Zara Home, Shop 3205, Harbour City, 7-27 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2880-5068, www.zarahome.com

2. Mariah Carey Holiday by OPI, $135 Beau Nail, Shop HOK 73, 1/F, MTR Hong Kong Station, Central, 2234-7328, www.beau-nail.com



3. Alexander McQueen Skull Necklace, $2,980 BKRM, www.bkrm.com


4. De Anna Kiernan Knife Cut Ring, $2,305 Glamourpods, www.glamourpods.com

5. Laptop Case, $980 5



Daydream Nation, Shop 3-4, 1/F, K11 Mall, 18 Hanoi Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, www.daydream-nation.com

4 UNIQUE IDEAS That are so very HK







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1. Hong Kong Photo Collage, $1,100 Zzzoom Photography, www.zzzoomphotography.com



2. Tiger King Apron, $320


G.O.D., G-1/F, 48 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2805-1876, www.god.com.hk

3. HK Flag Towel, $351 Sleep Naked, www.sleepnaked.hk

4. Wet Market Kid’s T-Shirt, $190 Momantai, www.momantai.com.hk



1. Holiday Chocolate Carré, $195 Godiva, Shop G3-4, 248 Queen’s Rd. East, Wan Chai, 2285-9628, www.godiva.com.hk

2. The Advent Calendar, $690 La Maison du Chocolat, Shop 2006, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 2801-4880, www.lamaisonduchocolat.com


3. Joyeux Noel Chocolate Coffret, $380


Jean-Paul Hévin Chocolatier, 13 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2851-0633, www.jeanpaulhevin.com.hk


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1. Bi Fold Metallic Wallet, $1,970

Stocking Stuffers

Givenchy, Shop 2060, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 2234-7033, www.givenchy.com

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3. Pleasant Memories Macaron Gift Box, from $120


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4. Eat Drink Discount Deck, $288 What’s Up HK, www.whatsuphk.com

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GIFT WRAPPING SERVICES Papyrus You’ve got the gift, but now you need to dress it up. Papyrus has just the thing: a classy gift wrapping collection, which includes everything from thick, shiny wrapping paper to stylish gift

Have the presents but lack the wrapping skills? Keep calm and make a trip to Log-On, which offers the largest tailor-made wrapping service in Hong Kong with a complete collection of ornaments and festive wrapping materials—think half a dozen wrapping styles, plus countless ribbons and bows.

coordination, Hallmark can help you out when it comes to Christmas gift wrapping. The well-known international chain offers several options of paper, bags and boxes— plus there are plenty trimmings, including ribbons and tags for a little mixing and matching. Shop 320, 3/F, Grand Century Place, 193 Prince Edward West, 2955-9312, Mong Kok, www.hallmarkhk.com

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Despite having lived in Hong Kong almost all my life, I’ve never figured out why the different colors of taxis exist. I suspect they started back in the day when there were practical reasons to restrict taxis from serving certain areas. But Hong Kong is not that big and nowadays people travel everywhere! It fuels bad behavior from the taxi drivers (refusing to take you to Kowloon or NT, asking for a higher fare). I haven’t been able to find a good answer for my questioning guests. How did this taxi culture come about? On a side note, when can we start using Octopus and credit cards in taxis? I thought we were a “world-class city!” – Color Cab Quandary The answer is one of geography, CCQ. Each year, 956,000 people use taxis in Hong Kong. If you were a taxi driver who had free roam of the SAR, would you rather spend your day wandering the New Territories

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WHY WE LIKE IT Shui Tau Tsuen, meaning “water’s head village,” dates back to the early 12th century, but most remaining buildings were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Passing the tiny traditional houses, you feel like you have stepped back in time. It’s pleasant just wandering around, although we recommend taking advantage of the free guided map since signs are minimal. These can be obtained at the entrance to the village inside the imposing Yi Tai Study Hall, built in the first half of the 19th century and named after the gods of literature and martial arts. The Tang Kwong U and Tang Ching Lok ancestral halls in the middle of the village were built in the early 19th century for ancestor worship. It’s worth noting the ancestors’ names listed on the altar in the inner hall and on the long boards down the side. Buildings are beautifully decorated with sculpted dragons and fish, and the Tin Hau temple on the 50

outskirts of the village contains an impressive iron bell weighing 106 kilograms. All halls are open Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 9am-1pm and from 2-5pm and there is a small cafe for refreshments.

GETTING THERE Take the MTR West Rail to Tsuen Wan West station. Cross the dual carriageway to Nina Tower (the tallest building in the area) and take bus 51 from the KMB bus terminus. Alight at the Mung Yeung School stop on Kam Tin Road. Walk north under the subway below the Kam Tin Bypass and go past Kam Tai Road. Cross over the river to Chi Ho Road and cross the small bridge spanning a stream. Turn right and then left to enter the village from the east. It should take around 15 minutes.

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The List #203 - Dec 1, 2013  

This issue of The List is stuffed with Christmas shopping inspiration for all tastes and budgets.

The List #203 - Dec 1, 2013  

This issue of The List is stuffed with Christmas shopping inspiration for all tastes and budgets.


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