ISSUE 254 15 AUGUST 2016
EVERY M O N T H
T H E M A G A Z I N E T H AT K N O W S
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FEATURE It’s Getting Hot In Here
Yeechoo Infinity launches for unlimited luxury dress rentals
We venture around Hong Kong’s hottest locales
UK comic Jimmy Carr’s in town
Nepalese designer Himkala Limbu shares her glamorous style
Win A Balayage Treatment
Beauty and Wellness
Get a color service at Repulse Bay’s Capelli Hair Salon
WISHLIST About Town
Clink your glasses with your beau at Veuve Clicquot’s street parties
WOMEN IN FOCUS Ladies Who Garden
Casual sportswear from gym to brunch
HAPPENING ’HOODS Lamma Island What’s cool on this laid back island?
Longlasting makeup for summer months
Rainbow Chow helps marginalized women with her social enterprise Microforests
Child’s Play Play-based lessons and back to school essentials
KNOW & TEL
Barbecue Hacks p.26
Water Sports p.30
Lingerie and Sex Shops p.32
Pool Time p.36
Craft Workshops p.40
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SOME LIKE IT HOT In Hong Kong we whine about the heat and humidity all the time, so this issue, smack bang in the middle of hot and sweaty August, we’re turning up the thermostat at The List and celebrating all things to do with the sizzling summer. Some of you may consider summer to be prime barbecue season, and we’ve got tips and tricks (p.26) to make it stress-free (and sweat-free) if you’re firing up the grill this month in Hong Kong. Looking for other ways to turn up the heat? How about in the bedroom with these lingerie and sex shops (p.32)? We’ve also got our top picks
of water sport centers (p.30) and pools (p.36) if you’re looking to splash away this summer, and for those who prefer the cold blast of air con as you delve into some indoor hobbies, we’ve got a whole host of crafty ideas (p.40) suited for kids and adults alike. This month also marks my last issue of The List as editor as I move on to new projects—it’s been a fantastic year of learning for me, and for this opportunity I am forever grateful. Fear not, The List is in great hands: your new editor Leslie Yeh will be taking care of The Magazine That Knows starting from September.
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MAKE A DATE Our picks for the month
The Play’s the Thing
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Hamlet gets a rock musical update as British cult band The Tiger Lillies team up with Danish contemporary theatre troupe Theatre Republique to retell the story of the young, tormented Danish prince and the rain of blood that ensues as he comes to terms with who really killed his father. Balancing touches of cabaret, opera and gypsy music and the multimedia expertise of Theatre Republique, this stage adaptation is set to be an unforgettable experience—at least far more so than Mel Gibson’s version. 8pm. Kwai Tsing Theatre, 12 Hing Ning Rd., Kwai Fong. $80-420 from urbtix.hk
Dancing in the Dark The 1010 Concert in the Dark is the world’s first concert staged completely in darkness, and thanks to rave reviews it’s returning for the sixth consecutive year. Working with Dialogue in the Dark, the event enables audiences to feel what it’s like to be visually impaired. A series of 10 concerts this summer will feature Hong Kong stars from a capella foursome C AllStar to Julian Cheung Chi-lam to Miriam Yeung to Joyce Cheng and more. Profits from ticket sales will benefit the Dialogue in the Dark Foundation, supporting visually impaired individuals. Various times. Rotunda 3, KITEC, 1 Trademart Dr., Kowloon Bay. $480-1,500 from cityline.com
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Carr-toon Character One of the biggest comedy names to come out of the UK, Jimmy Carr makes his Hong Kong debut in August. The host of TV panel show “8 Out of 10 Cats” and frequent guest on “QI,” he’s legendary for his brash, cheeky humor. Guaranteed in the show: offensive one-liners, rude anecdotes, and way too many jokes about his knob (but that’s why you’re going, isn’t it?). Various times. King George V School, 2 Tin Kwong Rd., Ho Man Tin. $488-888 from hkticketing.com
Cello Superstar (That is What You Are) Headlining the HK Philharmonic’s dynamic season opener is the one and only Yo-Yo Ma, the worldwide Chinese-American cello sensation. He’ll be playing Bizet’s Symphony in C, “Silent Woods” by Dvo ák, and dueting with Wu Tong (on the sheng, a Han dynasty-era wind instrument) for Chinese composer Zhao Lin’s “Duo.” Get your tickets before they sell out. 8pm. Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui. $680-1,980 from urbtix.hk
Make a Splash Superclub Pacha Macau continues to host its Summer Love series of tropical themed pool parties at Studio City’s massive outdoor pool, and the third headliner this summer is Ferry Corsten. Hailing all the way from the Netherlands, the trance legend is known for producing and remixing for the likes of Justin Bieber, Moby, The Killers, Duran Duran and more. The pool events will continue into the night with an after-party at Pacha, after 10pm. 2:30pm. Level 3 Outdoor Pool, Studio City Macau, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau.
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GOODIES AND GIVEAWAYS Check here every month for beauty, travel and dining treats
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Achieve Luscious Locks For Summer Want sun-kissed highlights and a natural-looking, brighter shade for your hair this summer? You’ll want to go for a Balayage treatment. The perfect place to try it? Capelli Hair Salon—the three-time award-winning salon has recently expanded with a spacious new location at The Repulse Bay Arcade in the Southside. We're offering one lucky reader a Balayage treatment, valued at $3,500. The treatment is valid until October 31, 2016 (not available on Saturdays). Ask for celebrity stylist David Malo, who’s worked his magic on a plethora of Hollywood A-listers, including the unrivaled Mariah Carey. For a chance of getting Mimi’s honey blond hair? We’re in.
About Capelli: With a professional styling team led by celebrity stylist David Malo, Capelli Hair Salon offers full hair services including cut, wash and blowdry, color, highlight, perm, keratin smoothing and hair spa treatments. Just sit back and relax while your hair is given the VIP treatment at Capelli Hair Salon. G115-G116, The Repulse Bay Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Southside, 2592-9559, capelli.hk
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Deadline: August 31, 2016 Psst… Congrats to our lucky winners
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HOT DATES Couples’ night out
Turntabling Around Town Potato Head’s Kaum made tropical waves when it landed in Hong Kong recently, and other than the fantastic island cuisine and refreshing cocktails, the opening of the Music Room is the latest reason to visit this Balinese import, where you can listen to old-school vinyl records while cuddling close on the comfy armchairs and soaking in the great acoustics from the specially designed space. The Music Room boasts top of the line sound equipment—including custom-made rotary mixers, vintage Klipsch ‘Horn’ speakers and Technics 1200 turntables, and you can take your pick amongst 8,000 records ranging from the groovy sounds of Balearic disco to oldschool reggae as you sit back and enjoy a cocktail or two. G/F, 100 Third St., Sai Ying Pun, 2858-6066, ptthead.com
We’re all for the modern-day date at the latest hipster eatery, but sometimes you just need a bit of old-school charm in a traditional fine dining restaurant to up the romance factor. Hugo’s at the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong is a no-brainer for that, and this summer is the perfect chance to revisit this classic restaurant, with the new “Pontus & Gaia” menu highlighting the ultimate surf ‘n’ turf experience. Named after the God of the Sea (Pontus) and the Mother of the Earth (Gaia), the new menu takes the diner on a journey from ocean to land with a number of inspired pairings that elevate the traditional lobster tail and steak duo. Mains include stuffed French yellow chicken with langoustine, grilled US beef tenderloin with bone marrow crust, and blue lobster tagliatelle with US beef tenderloin cubes. The tableside service and old-school hors d’oeuvres and dessert trolleys will take you back in time as you indulge in the excellent food and service of this Hong Kong institution.
Bottles of bubbly are normally a failsafe move when it comes to a date, and even better when it involves one of the world’s premium champagne brands, Veuve Clicquot. This month, the well-loved champagne house is taking its swanky product to the Hong Kong streets, with two block parties running on August 21 (Bridges Street, SoHo) and August 28 (High Street, SYP) themed on a journey across the world. How do you score tickets to this champers-fueled holiday at home? Simply purchase a ticket online for you and your date and exchange it for a boarding pass to a travel-inspired feast, which includes four dishes—each paired with a glass of VC—from participating restaurants at each street party. Dine on French oysters from The Walrus, Indonesian specialties at Kaum at Potato Head, and Aussie dishes from Oolaa, and don’t miss the surprise appearance from world-renowned graffiti and street artist Charles Uzzell-Edwards.
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, 18 Hanoi Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2311-1234
11am-4pm, Aug 21 and 28. $448 per person from ticketflap.com/ClicquotJourney
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ABOUT TOWN Life in the Hong Kong Lane
Gotta Drink ‘Em All Have you been surrounded by Pokémon Go trainers around town... or are you one yourself? The first hotel to ride on the popular augmented reality game taking Hong Kong by storm, Ovolo Southside is now offering a six-week luring campaign, attracting all sorts of rare Pokémon at the hotel every day from 2-10pm. Getting even more into the spirit, hotel rooftop bar Above has concocted four Pokemonthemed cocktails inspired by the game’s cutest characters. Expert trainers who catch enough can get in on fabulous prizes, from dining discounts to complimentary stays. Contact the hotel for more details. Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Rd., 3460-8100, ovolohotels.com
Yeechoo Infinity and Beyond
Sundown Fun You may have heard that Ocean Park’s special feature this summer is a SpongeBob Squarepants themed water party, complete with water and foam games and even a laser attraction. But who wants to sear in the scorching sun, waiting in line during the day? With extended hours all throughout August, Hong Kong’s favorite theme park is offering a promotional ticket price for evening admissions after 4pm, more than half off of daytime tickets. Tickets purchased at 7-Eleven stores cost only $168 for adults and $84 for children, which normally cost $385 and $193 respectively. The evening admission also gets you slashed prices at any of the park’s restaurants and kiosks, including the summer-exclusive Lakeside BBQ Carnival.
Premium fashion rental website Yeechoo might already be your go-to for red-carpetworthy outfits and accessories for special events. But it’s just launched a game-changing new feature: Yeechoo Infinity is a monthly subscription price that allows you unlimited rentals, so you can choose from thousands of styles from over 150 luxury brands. There’s a limited time offer starting from just $680 a month (30 percent off full price at $980). Unlimited Chanel? Don’t mind if we do… Yeechoo.com
Available through August 28. Ocean Park, Wong Chuk Hang, oceanpark.com.hk
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LOOKBOOK Hong Kong born Nepalese fashion designer Himkala Limbu created her eponymous brand in 2009, where she designs eveningwear and cocktail dresses. Ever since joining Hong Kong Fashion Week in 2012 she’s expanded her designs, and recently launched her ready-to-wear smart casual line. Himkala shares her everyday inspiration in her style favorites.
1 Tribal Bamboo Clutch
4 Betsey Johnson Heels
I got this from a small shop in Koh Samui about eight years ago. It has this really beautiful weaved tribal pattern, a unique design and an antique look to it—it’s an art piece on its own. It used to have two metal handles, but I took them off and added studs instead. I use this all the time when I go out.
These are a pair of killer heels. I love the beautiful strappy multi-buckled detailing on the side. It has a bit of a Roman-era vibe going on, like a pair of gladiator sandals. I like to collect pieces with a character, something extraordinary that stands out to me. Although I must admit, the height of these makes them hurt a bit!
2 Sterling Silver Bangle This is a statement jewelry piece and I wear this a lot. I got this back home in Nepal. I love the twisted wiring detail. I love collecting pieces from different places that I’ve traveled to. I don’t tend to follow trends or buy big brands. That way you can’t find a similar thing anywhere else.
3 Mac Lipstick in Rebel This is a beautiful color tone. This lipstick has a very rich color payoff and this particular color is what I call my Rihanna lipstick. I’m a bit lazy on the makeup side. I do minimal makeup but I love bright, bold lip colors, because it gives an instant fresh, polished and sexy look without the need to do a full face of makeup. My typical routine consists of tinted moisturizer, eye cream, lip balm and lipstick, and I’m out the door.
5 Himkala Limbu Crepe Velvet Cheongsam This is one of my favorite pieces from my 2014 collection. It’s made in this very soft maroon velvet that is really comfortable to wear even though it’s a fitted dress. This is a cheongsam-inspired dress with a modern touch, decorated with Swarovski crystal buttons, mesh seethrough details, and a cap sleeve on one side. I’ve worn this a couple of times and it’s my go-to cocktail party dress. And because it’s got this crepe pattern to it, it shows a variation of black and purple under different lighting.
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BEAUTY & WELLNESS Your guide to looking fit and fabulous TRIED & TESTED
Capelli Hair Salon The Basics: Part of the ever-popular Sense of Touch Group,
Capelli Hair Salon recently expanded to a more spacious location in Repulse Bay, giving salon-goers an even more comfortable premise to relax and kick up their feet while Capelli’s experienced hair stylists twist, twirl, cut, straighten and blow-dry wild hair into submission. The trendy salon is headed by creative director David Malo, who brings over 20 years of international experience to Hong Kong and can make you go from drab to fab in the time it takes for a quick snooze in Capelli’s plush swivel chairs. The Experience: I got myself down to Repulse Bay to test out Capelli’s recently launched Balayage treatment, which continues to be all the rage these days. Meaning to sweep
or paint in French, the goal is to create soft, beachy highlights that blend in naturally with the length, texture and color of your hair. The treatment started even before the date of the appointment, with David consulting me for photos of my current hair and asking me for details of exactly what I wanted the outcome to look like, so we could get started right away on the day. With a stack of magazines and a cup of tea, I immediately went into veg mode as David worked swiftly and accurately with his brush, painting the color onto my hair freehand, and without the use of foil or meche. After an hour or so of application and half an hour under the blow dryer, it was off to the washing station where David’s assistant applied the toner to blend and lighten up the locks. The Takeaway: Before the treatment, I had mentioned that I wanted to grow my hair out naturally following the Balayage, so I wanted the effect to be noticeable yet subtle. After the rinse my hair looked to be simply dyed brown-black, but after it was blow-dried, I could make out the sun-kissed golden highlights which blended in effortlessly with the darker base color. Whereas most of my previous highlights have taken weeks to grow out and look natural, the best thing about the Balayage treatment is that it makes it seem as if you’ve been growing your hair out naturally for months, with sun-kissed highlights blending in seamlessly with your root color. It was overall one of the best hair dyeing experiences I’ve had at a salon and David even sent me away with some color-perfecting shampoos and conditioners to keep my locks looking fresh. Leslie Yeh Balayage treatment from $2,500 and haircuts from $980. G115-116, The Repulse Bay Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Rd., Repulse Bay, 2592-9559, capelli.hk
Arnold’s Back August isn’t just all about the Olympics in the world of sport and fitness; the inaugural Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival hits Hong Kong this month. The first sports festival of its kind in Hong Kong, participants can have the chance to try pop-up classes ranging from spinning to cirque training, CrossFit to krav maga and even mind sports such as Rubiks cube and chess. There’ll also be a chance to see the all-time bodybuilding champ and Hollywood star (not to mention the former Governor of California) Arnold Schwarzenegger himself as he gives an inspirational talk during the festival. Aug 20-21, AsiaWorld-Expo, Chek Lap Kok. Tickets are inclusive of all activities. $150 for adults, $80 for under-18, free for children under 12, from arnoldclassicasia.com
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GET THE LOOK
If you have problems with large pores or oily T-zone to combat during hot Hong Kong summers, Giorgio Armani’s brand new Day Long Skin Perfector will help you out: the lipophilic and hydrophobic cream acts as a primer, absorbing excess sebum and repels sweat, leaving your skin matte, smooth and ready for foundation or eye makeup.
FLAWLESS ALL DAY
With a collection of over 1,500 items, we wonder just what can’t Italian makeup brand Kiko Milano do? Its newly launched Invisible Touch Face Fixing Powder helps to mattify oily areas on top of making sure your makeup stays put in the sweaty summer.
$560 from Giorgio Armani, Shop 109, Chater House, Central, 2532-7733
$145 from Kiko Milano, B2/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson St., Causeway Bay, 2881-8803
30 Seconds to Nars
Part of Nars’ fall 2016 collection, made up of rich indigos and smoky chocolate colors for eyes and cheeks, are the luxurious (and limited edition) Garnet and Bordeaux shades for its Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. Application is smooth and easy, with even, matte color payoff that lasts.
We can’t resist: Another new winner from Kiko Milano is its Lasting Precision Eyeliner and Kohl. The easyto-apply formula is water-resistant and non-smudgy, meaning your perfect wing liner lasts all day and night!
$230 from Nars, Shop 1, G/F, Takshing House, 20 Des Voeux Rd. Central, 2918-9886
$79 from Kiko Milano
Back to school at
All Day Long
Start-rite School Shoes
Sistema BPA Free Lunch Box & Bottles
Foogo & Nuby Thermos Food Jars
Skip Hop Lunch Kits & Stainless Steel Drink Bottles
Hot Dots Lets Learn Maths & My Calendar
Crocodile Creek Back Packs & Lunch Bags
Forget Me Not Back Packs & Lunch Bags
Crocodile Creek Bottles
$125 (various designs)
$175 Skip Hop Zoo Packs & Zoo Lunchies
Horizon Plaza Store, Ap Lei Chau T 2552 5000 Pedder Building Store, Central T 2522 7112
Sai Kung Store, Sai Kung T 2976 0223
Stanley Plaza Store, Stanley T 2555 6318
D Park Store, Tsuen Wan T 2799 2923
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WHATâ€™S IN Athleisure
6ixty 8ight 531-533 Lockhart Rd., Causeway Bay, 2523-2253
Caelum Greene G/F-1/F, 90-92 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2548-1827, caelumgreene.com
Nude sports bra, $670 from Olympia @ Caelum Greene
$1,480 from Heroine Sport @ Caelum Greene
$1,020 from Olympia @ Caelum Greene
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V-back pink sports bra, $259 from Ivy Park @ Zalora
Classic vest, $295 from Superdry @ Zalora
Lace-up hooded vest,
$198 from 6ixty 8ight
$569 from Ivy Park @ Zalora
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LEARNING IS CHILD’S PLAY
Immersive Putonghua classes at Mulberry House make language learning fun
Learning should be fun: we’ve picked the coolest classes and after school activities around town for your little ones to learn in and outside the classroom.
Tute Your Horn
The Hong Kong partner of famed UK online tutoring platform, Tute.HK offers top-notch classes from qualified UK teachers to any student who has access to wifi and a camera. It’s launched its “Wider Learning” summer program with more than 20 different courses that you’d rarely see in the classroom, aiming to expand knowledge of the world we live in. Yes, you do have your share of intellectual pursuits such as Shakespeare and black holes, perfect for kids interested in delving deeper into their interests, but there are also quirkier classes ranging from Italian cooking to media production to “what it means to be a hero.” Classes suited for ages 10-18.
Founded by a Hong Kong mama, Moinarchy is a newly launched monthly subscription box for play-based learning kits themed around science and helping kids develop career awareness. Think your child could be a forensic scientist? An engineer? A detective? Each monthly box comes with one to two project kits that are based around fun scientific experiments, from learning about fingerprints to making snow to looking at the DNA of a blueberry. The box also includes mystery gifts, and comes in varieties suited for kids 2-18.
Check out tute.hk/wider-learning for more
Available for one to 12-month plans. One month subscription starts at $148 per month from moinarchy.com
Immersive Fun We all know the importance of Putonghua, and it’s an awesome skill to be able to pick up at a young age. Parents keen on getting their kids to learn the language should set their eyes on Mulberry House: the only playgroup in Hong Kong that currently provides Mandarin immersion classes for kids as soon as they can sit up! The native Putonghuaspeaking teachers design classes with a lot of play involved, aiming to provide balance for the child. 5598-0509, mulberryhouseasia.com
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Get Schooled International preschool Safari Kid is now registered with Kindergarten status at the Hong Kong Education Bureau! Continuing to offer quality full immersive programs in English or Mandarin, lesson times are now lengthened by 30 minutes—with each school day spanning 9am-12:30pm. Parents will be happy to know that school fees are also 15 percent lower starting in September. Safari Kids students who want to supplement their learning can also join in on the new English (2:30-4pm) or Mandarin (1-2:30pm) afternoon immersion programs, with three weeks’ trial lessons available. Not yet a Safari Kid student but want an extra boost in Putonghua? There’s also a new afternoon intensive Mandarin course (4-5pm) for kids at levels K1-K3, open to non-existing students. Unit 101, 1/F, Chi Fu Landmark, Chi Fu Fa Yuen, Pok Fu Lam, 2177-0001, safarikid.com.hk
BACK TO SCHOOL ESSENTIALS
Gelati collection personalized backpack, starting at $299 from stuckonyou.hk Meal planner calendar, $75 from Kikki.K, Shop 220, 2/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Rd., Central, 2116-0870, kikki-k.com
Dino Memo Holder, $95 from Kikkerland @ Eslite, 8-10/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Rd., Causeway Bay, 3419-6789, eslitecorp.com
Keith Haring highlighter set, $100 from Bookazine, Shop 1, G/F, Oriental Crystal Commercial Building, 46 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2970-3999, bookazine.com.hk
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HOT in Here
We’re in the thick of Hong Kong summer this month, and instead of bemoaning the weather we’re celebrating the heat by checking out the hottest places in town. By The List Staff
WHERE OCEAN PARK HOW HOT? 34-35°C—pretty much an average summer day in Hong Kong, which means you can sweat even at the tiniest effort like bending over to tie your shoelaces, let alone stand in queue at Hong Kong’s sunniest amusement park.
BRING THE HEAT Freeman Lai, Area Manager of the Rides and Attractions Operations team, is responsible for operating rides, managing the dancers and controlling the crowd. All in the outdoors, of course. “It’s the worst when it’s around noon during the summer holidays, when the sun is right above our heads. The humidity is high and it becomes very stuffy. When it gets unbearable, we stand in front of our own water mist fan to cool down,” he tells us. Another quick fix is to slap a cold towel on the back of the neck, which effectively absorbs moisture (the sweat) and lowers the core temperature. “Best part of the job?” Lai says, “Sometimes the managers will buy us cokes when it gets too hot!”
ICE BLAST Signing up for Ocean Park’s Summer Splash 2016 party seems like the obvious answer, and rightfully so. This year, the annual event makes a comeback with SpongeBob Squarepants and his band of underwater friends. At the Waterfront, relish in an instant cooling downpour of a huge bucket of water and get a kick out of the sea of bubbles in the Wild Foam Zone. Or, hitch a ride on the good ol’ cable car and just enjoy the wind in your hair.
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WHERE PURE YOGA’S BIKRAM YOGA ROOM HOW HOT? Heated studios are kept between 38-41°C. BRING THE HEAT Tania Barton is an instructor at Pure Yoga who specializes in hot yoga: She leads students through different poses for lessons that last between an hour to 90 minutes. It’s a hot job, but if you’re gonna break a sweat, it’s better to do it through exercise... “The basic form of yoga is hatha yoga, and most yoga studios do hatha-basic yoga postures in a heated room. The benefit is that anyone who has never done yoga, or any physical exercise in their life, can actually join in a class. The heat makes the body more malleable, so it’s safer for you to move your body, and you’re less likely to injure yourself.” It’s not just all about the physical benefits, but working out in a hot room can help you detox your mind and regroup after stressful city living. “Coming into a hot yoga is mentally challenging, but it’s mentally challenging for yourself: the harder you work, the more benefits you receive,” says Barton. “It helps people feel more calm, have more clarity. Hot yoga helps to slow down the breath, and you’re slowing down your mind. It’s quite special to dedicate one hour of your life on the mat, to yourself, to the practice.”
As for beginners, Barton’s advice is to just dive into the yoga lifestyle: “Just do it. We’re all inflexible in this day and age. That’s why we do yoga. The health benefits far outweigh how you think you might be clumsy, or overweight, or maybe you’ve had an injury or have broken up with your boyfriend or your pet’s died or you’re just in a bad headspace—that’s when you have to come to the mat and do yoga, that’s the best time to start. In other words, there’s no excuse!”
ICE BLAST Aiming to make some new fitness commitments? Browhaus’ Brow Resurrection treatment will leave you with one less thing to worry about when beads of sweat are rolling down your forehead. It’ll help you simplify your makeup routine by getting semi-permanent brows that last up to aa year and a half. Browhaus, 10/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 3950-3950, browhaus.com.hk
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WHERE MOONSHINE AND THE PO’ BOYS HOW HOT? The heat of sizzling skillets, hot sauce and cajun spice aromas in the air.
BRING THE HEAT Seasoned restaurateur Tim Lau would know all about heat. The owner of establishments such as Ted’s Lookout, Shake Em Buns and Moonshine and the Po’Boys, Lau’s been in the restaurant business for over a decade. The Hong Kong-born chef grew up in North Carolina firing up extra large woks in his family's Chinese restaurant. Used to sweltering traditional kitchens, most of his restaurants have open-format ones instead. Lau says, "I like people to see what we do—there are no secrets. And because of the heat you have to deal with an enclosed kitchen, the heat is trapped in there, so I prefer to build open kitchens for my staff.” Things stay physically cool at Moonshine, but
Lau brings the heat in its cuisine, aiming to educate people what Cajun food is all about—including the experience and culture behind the food. Southern staples like barbecue take on the Tennessee style, but seafood and fried chicken takes a more tongue-tingling Cajun focus. “There’s some heat to Cajun food, but it’s more about the flavor of the spice, and not the heat where you start sweating.” As for keeping cool? Lau says, “There’s not really much that you can do, you just have to wing it. The best way, honestly, is to drink a beer and to take your mind off the heat. Why else do you think beer and barbecue go together so well? It’s quite a harsh environment, so I don’t mind my staff drinking one or two here and there.” 4 Sun St., Wan Chai, 2776-2668, moonshinepoboys.hk
ICE BLAST Newly launched at The Excelsior hotel in Causeway Bay is a range of “hot” ice creams, rotating between spicy flavors such as Sichuan spices, tom yum gong, black pepper, and sweet innovative flavors such as beer with bacon, French toast with maple syrup, and even tomato and basil. Get your hands on these icy treats at Café On the 1st. 281 Gloucester Rd., Causeway Bay, 2837-6781
For more icy treats, check our dessert round-up on p. 28.
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WHERE ON THE ROAD HOW HOT? Roadside temperatures during the day average at 35°C. BRING THE HEAT News reporter Miss R. Leung shared with us the hardest part of getting the scoop around town each day: “I was called to a fire scene, so there was smoke and heat in the area. I had to walk up and down the building to try to get footage and interviews with residents—while carrying a very heavy tripod!” And how to stay composed and camera-ready? Leung tells us, “I always have to be made up for work, so I always opt for oil control makeup and make sure my skin is hydrated to limit the production of face oil. Still, I was sweating so badly that my hair, which I’d straightened that morning, was no longer straight because of all the sweat on my neck!”
ICE BLAST You can’t go wrong with Hong Kong’s summer staple: Iced milk tea. Affordable and available practically anywhere, iced milk tea is your go-to quick fix. Sing Heung Yuen, 2 Mei Lun St., Central, 2544-8368
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Harlan’s Back Celebrity chef Harlan Goldstein is back in town with a fiery force, opening up four restaurants at No. 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, all expected to be open for business by the end of September. On the third floor is rustic Italian eatery Ee Da Le, which has just opened end-July. G/F-6/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
Tunes In Your Head Balinese beach club import Potato Head’s got its swanky dining room Kaum for occasions where you want to heat up the atmosphere, but its newly opened Music Room is sure to deliver if you’re looking for a chill Friday night, especially aimed at vinyl connoisseurs. 100 Third St., Sai Ying Pun, 2858-3036, ptthead.com
The Feeling’s Right Ladies looking to see and be seen out on the town can head up to Cé La Vi: their latest ladies night deal will have these hunks from Valley Butlers serving you complimentary cocktails. Thursdays, 10pm. Cé La Vi, 24-26/F, California Tower, 32 D'Aguilar St., Central
Cold Brew For the ultimate chill weekend vibes, grab a cold beer freshly brewed onsite at Little Creatures, the Aussie craft brew brand’s Hong Kong gastropub set against Kennedy Town’s waterfront. Shop 1, G/F, New Fortune House, 5A New Praya, Kennedy Town, 2833-5611, littlecreatures.hk
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DAYS OUT WITH A DIFFERENCE Lamma Island
Shek Kok Tsui
Located in the southwest of Hong Kong Island, Lamma Island is not just the hippie hideaway it’s known to be: The third largest island of Hong Kong, it’s also home to many hidden treasures for the keen shopper and, of course, the beach. Don’t forget to check out these activities on your next day trip.
Yung Shue Long Old Village
Luk Chau Wan Yung Shue Wan
Sha Po Old Village
Herboland There are lots of organic farms in Hong Kong, but organic farm Herboland offers enough activities for you to spend the entire day. Start your journey by exploring the expansive grounds. You can then learn how to grow organic crops, learn to cook dishes using the farm’s produce, and end your day with an organic meal at the café.
Hung Shing Yeh Lamma Power Station
Art Lab Before you hit the sand and go out of commission for the day, check out the cool shops like Artlab that you pass on the way there from Yung Shue Wan pier. The store’s perfect for the urban hippie. Stocked to the rafters with dreamcatchers, handmade jewelry and crafts. It also holds ceramic and painting workshops.
Hung Shing Yeh Beach, 9094-6206
G/F, 56 Main St., Yung Shue Wan, 2982-2120
Sok Kwu Wan
Lo So Shing
Lo So Shing Beach With crystal clear water and sand, Lo Shing Beach has assets that we know not all Hong Kong beaches do. It’s always the less populated beach on Lamma, even on weekends, since it’s not as accessible as the others. You won’t cut your feet on any rocks or get tangled in any seaweed here, so enjoy a dip in the water on quiet shores that feel like your own little secret. Sign for the beach posted one third along the Family Trail from Yung Shue Wan
Lamma Island Family Trail Chung Mei
Among the other hiking trails on Lamma, the Lamma Island Family Trail gives you the most thorough experience of Lamma by far. Grab a frozen pineapple from the stands that dot the start of the path, before it gradually elevates you above the beautiful hills, and over to the other side of the island. Among the gorgeous views, a historical kamikaze cave used by Japanese soldiers during World War II can be found at the halfway mark. Duration: Around 70 minutes. Trail head posted at the end of Yung Shue Wan
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THE LIST’S LEADING LADIES
RAINBOW CHOW “When the values that we hold are so deeply rooted in monetary values, we start to lose track of what we care about.” Microforests combines everything I love: art,
gardening, and social entrepreneurship. From past experiences, I had the chance of
meeting single mothers and mothers from low income families, who struggled with finding well-paid and meaningful jobs. I started Microforests in 2014 to help these
mothers. Seeing how the lives of mothers have changed since has been one of the most rewarding accomplishments from doing Microforests. Our mothers found self-worth and a sense
Rainbow Chow is the
founder of the social enterprise Microforests, which aims at empowering mothers from low-income families by providing them with vocational training and a dignified job opportunity. Microforests trains these mothers to make and sell terrariums to re-build their confidence and create a supportive community among mothers. Chow tells Kate Lok about living her social entrepreneurial dream in a commercialized city like Hong Kong.
I was born and raised in Hong Kong. I’ve had an interest in social
entrepreneurship since a young age. I started my own business at 17. I opened up a dessert shop in Tai Po called Rainbow Desserts where I cooperated with communities and gave out free desserts to elderly and street sleepers regularly. I graduated from HKU with a degree in
Social Services, and a master’s degree in service management. Since then, I have worked in NGOs doing mostly planning and development works. I am a Christian and a firm believer that
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” At a certain point of my career, I felt like I
wanted to do something innovative to solve social problems. Working in an NGO can be very restricting and sometimes you feel like you aren’t achieving much.
of purpose through creating something entirely on their own. Each terrarium we sell is uniquely hand-made and designed by one of us. Creativity is something that we all share
and Microforests provides mothers with a platform and the necessary training for them to realize their own creative style. There are plenty of resources in Hong Kong
to support social enterprises. But what I see is a real lack of compassion in the society. When the values that we hold are so deeply rooted in monetary values, we start to lose track of what we care about. It hasn’t been an easy journey. I gave up a steady job and founded Microforests on my own. But the experience has been eyeopening and irreplaceable. Head to microforests.com to check out Microforests’ newest product: Green Hampers—an alternative gift to mooncakes for Mid-Autumn festival that supports a good cause.
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No-sweat tips and tricks for the perfect barbecue
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Think of yourself as a bona fide BBQ master? What about when you’re cooking burgers? Burger patties can easily dry out when you grill them. According to Graham Elliot, MasterChef judge, placing ice cubes at the center of the meat can keep burger patties juicy as they sizzle on the flames. Also, you can fill a spray bottle with apple juice to improve the texture and flavor of the meat.
Freeze Your Own Fruit Fishing for Compliments
Don’t wanna spend money on a syrupy iced pineapple at the barbecue kiosk? Make your own frozen fruits at home— it saves you money and is healthier to boot. Be adventurous and experiment with strawberries, peach and Ph even bananas, and add in an extra flair o by coating them with chocolate. And to enjoy watermelon, the ultimate summer fruit, mess-free? Preslice your watermelon into slim triangular pieces with the rind attached. Stick a popsicle stick up the rind side, sprinkle salt and chili powder for an extra kick (optional), then freeze overnight.
If you’ve tried grilling fish, you’ll know that slathering it in oil doesn’t help removing it from the grill. This time round, impress your friends by cooking the fish on lemon slices, which allows it to easily come off the grill, as well as adds a touch of citrusy freshness.
Critters No More
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Along with the summer heat come mosquitos and all sorts of creepy crawlies that can ruin the party. According to the Consumer’s Report this year, the most effective insect repellent against Aedes mosquitos, the main transmitters of dengue fever and Zika virus, is Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent Spray ($99 on wellmount.hk). For those who are allergic or are sensitive to chemicals found in most repellents in the market, why not make one yourself at home? Mix one part lemon eucalyptus oil with 10 parts sunflower oil. Keep the mixture in an amber colored glass spray bottle to protect it from being denatured by the UV light.
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Pack Smart Packing for a barbecue can be a pain in the neck— especially if you’re torn between packing every condiment jar in your fridge and not wanting to lug heavy bags to the park. What if you could compress all your gear? Reuseit.com’s nesting silicone food storage containers, sold in a set of four, will help clear up some space in your bag. This colorful set of tupperware is perfect for accident-prone occasions like BBQ parties. Collapse them into a stack of flat containers and they double as plates or boxes for leftovers. Best part of it? Not only are they microwave-, dishwasher- and freezer-safe, these containers are also reusable, and the silicone material doesn’t release toxins like BPA into your food (which can happen with conventional plastic containers). Now you don’t have to pack a million boxes, and you’ll help the environment by not using disposable cutlery. $232.2 per set on reuseit.com
Egg-nite Your Fire
It’s a crazy hot day, you’re squatting beside the barbeque pit, the charcoal just won’t light up, and you’re running out of newspapers to fan the feeble non-flame. To make things easier, scoop up the pieces of coal in a cardboard egg carton—one piece of coal easily slips into an egg cup. Set the carton in the pit and light it up on its sides. As paper is highly flammable, the carton, together with the coal inside, will be on fire in no time. Not to mention it’s a neat and ash-free way to pack the coal.
What’s a better way to heat up the party with your fave tunes? A different kind of musical chair can perk up the party: iTam Tam stool ($4,980), a speaker that supports iOS systems which also serves as… yes you’ve guessed it, a stool. Simply plug your phone onto the docking station, and then you’re good to go. Plop down on the speaker-stool and feel the beat, quite literally, as the music pumps away under your seat. Don’t worry, sitting on it doesn’t block the sound. Available in white and black at Homeless, 29 Gough St., Central, 2782-1881, homeless.hk
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Keep Your Cool Outdoor BBQs, combined with Hong Kong’s fiery summer days, aren’t just the ticket to a sweat-drenched afternoon of fun, but also the perfect hotbed for bacteria in your food. Forget the gel packs and the bags of ice that usually melt halfway to the BBQ pits on a summer day. Instead, invest in an airtight cooler. The Engel Airtight Ice Cooler ($427) we found on Bbqguys.com, entirely water and airtight, is definitely a keeper. Store cold meat and drinks in the cooler to prevent them from going bad under the sun. Tip to make your ingredients last longer on the go: fill a two-liter bottle with water and freeze it a few days in advance for the best results— you can sip from it to keep hydrated throughout the day too.
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ICE, ICE BABY
Five new dessert joints for icy treats Sticks in Your Head The handcrafted popsicle fad took over Hong Kong since last summer, and rising in the foodie-sphere is Stickhouse, an Italian popsicle paradise with over 90 shops all over the world. The Italian brand is dedicated to all-natural ingredients, so expect to find chunks of fruits in their vegan-friendly, lactose-free sorbet popsicles. Mix and match a colorful parade of toppings and dippings for the most instagrammable dessert—try coating your gelato stick in chocolate sauce and pink dried berry chips. We love the current seasonal offering, a bright red dragonfruit ice lolly, a refreshing bar of frozen juice which delivers a muchneeded fruity punch to brighten a sweltering summer day. Various locations, including Shop 3001-E1, 3/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 17 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui
Sharin’ the Love Beat the Hong Kong heat the most straightforward way—with a big heaping bowl of shaved ice. Located in dessert haven Causeway Bay is Shari Shari Kakigori House, a Japanese shaved ice joint from Hokkaido. Everything about this place exudes a Japanese minimalism, from the wooden tables to the modern, clean lines. If you’re a firsttimer, we suggest trying their traditional flavors first. The strawberry kakigori is a popular one, with its generous shower of rich pink syrup over the mountain of airy milk-flavored ice. For those who are more adventurous, go for their newest avocado milk flavor. G/F, 14 Haven St., Causeway Bay, 2529-1223
The Parfait Solution
Hong Kong matcha-lovers are no strangers to this Kyoto-based green tea dessert house. Nakamura Tokichi made a comeback in TST earlier this year, sweeping the city with teaflavored sweet treats from Japan. Though matcha enjoys the limelight here, their hojicha is not to be missed. Check out their smoky-flavored hojicha tea jelly topped with creamy hojicha ice cream, and of course their signature matcha maruto parfait, layered with crunchy puffed rice, mochi balls and sweet azuki beans.
Feeling lethargic this summer? Nothing can beat good ol’ fresh fruits. Check out EPS.Life, a 70-year old fruit seller that has been operating as pop-ups over the year at markets and malls, selling seasonal fruits from all over the globe. When they’re not on the streets, you can find them online, delivering fresh juicy cherries and peaches to your doorsteps. Just this June, they cropped up at PMQ selling “drilled watermelons” from Hainan ($40)—a whole melon, juiced by drill. Stick in a straw and drink up!
Shop 3005-3009, 3/F, Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2156-1168
Find out more at website eps.life or call 3462-2055
Parfaits are just the elixir for a hot stuffy day in Hong Kong, and Ufufu Café makes it right. Established in Kyushu in 2001, the famous Japanese dessert shop offers over 100 variations of the sundae’s cousin, all made from creamy 3.6 Hokkaido milk. Four Hong Kong-exclusive flavors are available, such as the mango pomelo sago, mango tofu fa, and yuanyang (coffee with tea). There are only 20 servings of these every day, so get there before they sell out. 5/F, Tern Plaza, 5 Cameron St., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2711-6117
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POOL TIME Make a splash in our picks for the best family-friendly pools in town
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong The Grand Hyatt caters to kids with its spacious family suites, kids’ activities, and an 11th floor playground and outdoor pool perfect for lounging and splashing around with the little ones. Open from sunrise to sunset, families can spend the whole day grabbing a tan and some quality bonding poolside, with plenty of refreshments on offer from The Grill for lunch or dinner. And if you need to work off those carbs but are sick of swimming, put on your runners instead and head off on the 400m jogging path around the hotel. Day pass, $550. 1 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, 2588-1234
Wellness Pool, Cordis, Hong Kong Keep cool in the 18-meter-long wellness pool at Cordis, Hong Kong, which offers the perfect recreational activity whether you’re looking to dip your toes or go for a full-on marathon swimming session. Located on the 42nd floor, the rooftop pool is heated and offers stunning
Cool down at the Grand Hyatt
cityscape views, along with a Jacuzzi, underwater speaker system and cozy cabanas for a midday nap. Sip on a daiquiri or pina colada while the kids splash around in the crystal clear waters with their floaties and rubber duckies. Day pass: weekdays, $350; weekends, $450. 555 Shanghai St., Mong Kok, 3552-3388
Chinese YMCA Pool A one-stop shop for those on low-key budgets who want exercise, a pool and sports facilities all in one, the Chinese YMCA is still running strong after many years and maintains clean, ample facilities for its members and guests. The indoor pool was the first of its kind in the city—built in 1918—and
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The Cordis’ 18-meter Wellness Pool
remains to this day a favorite amongst the area’s residents. It’s less crowded than most of the outdoor public pools in Hong Kong, and costs a fraction of the price. After swimming a few laps in the 25-meter pool, head to the weight training room and cardiovascular conditioning rooms complete with state-of-the-art equipment. There are also indoor climbing walls, badminton courts and squash courts—the options are endless. $30 for a yearly membership, $40 per visit. 1/F, 51 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan
Kowloon Park Swimming Pool
Morrison Hill Swimming Pool
Located in the heart of Kowloon, this public swimming pool is a sprawling space with an Olympic-sized main pool, two training pools, a diving pool, a sunbathing area and a toddler pool for the little ones. Through October, the pool opens with three sessions (6:30am-noon; 1-5pm; 6-10pm), and often stages major international swimming events. The lagoon-like layout of the facility gives the pool a distinct resort feel, which makes this place packed with sunbathers on the weekends. Try to head there on a weekday if you can to snag one of the lounge chairs and have some peace and quiet amidst the busy urban surrounds.
This spacious indoor pool is a great place to book your toddlers in for swimming lessons, with daily courses running and several experienced instructors working at the facilities. The pool area consists of a main pool, training pool, spectator stand, teaching pool and toddler pool, as well as ample changing facilities and shower areas. Try to head there early in the morning or around 8pm or later as the pool tends to get crowded during the day. There are lifeguards on duty at all times, and plenty of light let in from the open ceiling rafters makes the indoor pool feel as much like a relaxing vacay as any outdoor pool.
Weekdays, $8; weekends and public holidays $19. Monthly pass, $300. 22 Austin Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui
Adults, $17; kids, $8. 7 Oi Kwan Rd., Wan Chai, 2575-3028
Sai Kung Public Swimming Pool
Open from dawn until nightfall with three sessions running throughout the day, Victoria Park Swimming Pool is a popular swimming facility consisting of a main pool, diving pool, training pool and kid’s pool. There’s also a spectator stand with the capacity to host 1,700 spectators for local and international swimming and diving events. Day to day, the swimming pool is the perfect place to go and swim a few laps or cool off in the summer heat, with the foliage from the park creating relaxing surrounds. Daily classes are also on offer, visit lcsd.gov.hk for more info.
A favorite with families living in the New Territories, the Sai Kung Swimming Pool boasts clear turquoise waters, a play pool, mini slide and fake palms to give a tropical feel. It’s conveniently located across the street from Hong Kong Academy campus, and offers clean facilities and changing rooms for easy pool access. Kids will have a blast going down the water slide or standing under the running waterfall, while parents look on from the sun loungers. The smaller size is also great for those with younger children, and want to keep one eye on the little ones without having to move from their poolside perch.
Victoria Park Swimming Pool
Adults, $19; kids, $9; monthly pass, $350. 1 Hing Fat St., Causeway Bay, 2890-5824
Weekdays, $8; weekends and public holidays $19; monthly pass, $300. Wai Man Rd., Sai Kung
Slides and waterfalls at Sai Kung Public Swimming Pool
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LINGERIE AND SEX SHOPS Heat things up in the bedroom
Kiki de Montparnasse Named after a French singer, actress, painter and American visual artist Man Ray’s muse who helped define the Paris’ liberated culture in the 1920s, Kiki de Montparnasse’s playfully provocative lingerie collections are handcrafted in New York. Like an artist’s muse, the brand celebrates intimacy and evokes romantic imagination with its daring designs. Daring it may be, but Kiki de Montparnasse’ functional fabric ensures optimum comfort for the ultimate erotic explorations: Think soft jersey, tulle and lace. The luxurious lingerie brand caters to all private desires—be they angelic, adventurous or downright devilish. Their timeless designs and materials of the highest quality will last you through summer and beyond, but the same could not be said of the brand: Rumour has it that the brand has gone MIA, so grab ‘em while you can. Their collections are
still available online, and only at select stores here in Hong Kong. Oh, the thrill of the chase! Available at Lane Crawford, lanecrawford.com
LoveStories Surprising colors and patterns blend perfectly into sensual fabrics in LoveStories’ classic, yet sporty Autumn/ Winter 2016 collection, which embodies the carefree spirit of the 60s and 70s. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t be both cute and sexy: LoveStories tempts its wearers to mix and match to create looks that straddle the line between the seeming opposites. This season’s theme pays homage to the luxury of decadent hotel life from decades past with regal hues, rich fabrics and fun prints, including trendy bralettes and boxer-style briefs. Despite this season’s emphasis on luxe, erotic glamour, there’s no straying from the brand’s tongue-in-cheek
Pairing sexy with functionality at Marks & Spencer
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Sally Coco Claiming to be the first female-friendly intimate lifestyle store in Hong Kong, Sally Coco (with online store Sally’s Toy in Hong Kong) started out as an online store before launching its brick-andmortar operation. It was founded and is run by a husband and wife team who wanted to provide a non-intimidating and totally non-dodgy alternative to sex shops. Their store ambassadors ensure clients are comfortable and wellinformed by conversing with them and providing them with advice as needed, because, as co-owner Vera puts it, “Knowledge is the key to a good sex life.” Sally Coco is home to carefully curated lingerie pieces well-loved by both celebrities and everyday women. The store also stocks the most innovative products, including the world’s first suction-based vibrator, and pocket vibrators that pack a real punch— the perfect purse companion for your sizzling summer getaway.
streak: Playful embroidered messages scribbled across the backs of panties inspire its wearers to “work it.”
For ladies who want plenty of options in their lingerie drawer, Sheer has the answer: Specializing in more than 30 international designer labels, including Stella McCartney, Mimi Holliday, Hanky Panky and Fleur of England, the boutique is your premier destination for lingerie, loungewear, shapewear, corsetry and swimwear. Most women will find what they need at Sheer, which carries bras with band sizes that range from 28 to 38, and cups A to F. In a store where you’ll be spoilt for choice, Sheer’s team of professional fitters will light your way in finding the fit that brings out the most confident you. After all, sexiness starts with confidence. You know what else is sexy? Doing good. Shopping at Sheer means supporting its causes— Sheer organizes charity fashion shows and events that raise awareness on social issues affecting women and children through Asia, and collects unwanted bras to donate to underprivileged women.
Available at Lane Crawford, lanecrawford.com
G/F, 13 Gough St., Central, 2147-3887, sheer.com.hk
Marks & Spencer
Celebrating the 90th anniversary of its first bra this fall, the lingerie veteran is known for its vast range of sizes across a spectrum of styles, including balconette, strapless, plunge, padded, and sports bras, and even post-surgery bras. While the widely available brand carries high quality, durable, washable underwired bras and silks, its lingerie designs are by no means compromised: The latest Rosie for Autograph collection features rich florals, indulgent embroidery and exquisite rosebud lace combinations that draw from Japanese prints and textiles. Who says “functionality” and “sexiness” can’t go together?
This is where you’ll find everything you need to be the star of your sexual fantasies: Lingerie, leather, lube, lace... you name it. Feeling inspired by a certain popular erotic novel? Showtime stocks genuine leather crops, whips, cuffs, gags, paddles and collars. Need a little extra something to top off your wedding night? You can’t go wrong with their pastel babydoll dresses and virginal (almost) open-cup teddies and garters. Showtime carries products designed for both the male and female anatomy, but, really, nobody’s setting any rules here, so let your imagination run wild.
Get theatrical in the bedroom with Sally Coco
B1/F, Central Tower, 28 Queen’s Road Central, 2921-8323
It’s all racy numbers at Showtime
2/F, 30 Hollywood Rd., SoHo, Central, 2530-3309, showtimeconcepts.com
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FEEL THE LOVESATIONS Feeling overwhelmed by all the mysterious and somewhat embarrassinglooking objects at your average sex shop? Lovesations has got you covered: Run by women for women, its consultants introduce Lovesations’ intimate female products to other women at girls’ nights-in. Inspired by Ann Summers parties in the UK, Lovesations was founded late last year to provide the women of Hong Kong with comfortable environments to explore their sexual fantasies. “It’s quite daunting for women to go into seedy shops with odd-looking things in the middle of Causeway Bay, Central or Kowloon, so it’s nice to be able to learn about intimate products in the comfort of your own home in the company of your girlfriends, with a knowledgeable consultant—just to break down the stigma,” Lovesations consultant Billi Skiff says. Lovesations recruits and trains both English and Cantonese-speaking consultants, who are invited to host private parties of eight to 12 women to promote their high-end products—including vibrators, lubricants, lingerie and massage candles. “I interact with other girls during my presentation, and offer one-on-one Q&A sessions with them after to make sure all questions and doubts are addressed,” Billi says. During a Lovesations party, consultants also pass toys around for women to do “nose tests”—“The tip of your nose is a sensitive area, so if you like the toy on your nose, you’ll probably like it everywhere else,” Billi explains. Based on the sales of each party, the host and the consultant will each receive store credits to spend on Lovesations products, which are never over-the-top and are designed for both experienced users and novices alike. Lovesations products can also be purchased through their Instagram page, @lovesationshk. Noting the presence of sex shops all around Hong Kong, Lovesations has now set its eyes on expanding its local market. “I don’t think anyone talks enough about sex, but when given the opportunity to, Hong Kong women are very open to it,” Billi says.
BILLI’S TOP RECOMMENDATIONS
The “Hello Gorgeous,” $1,180 With seven vibration patterns to choose from and two powerful motors, you can count on the Hello Gorgeous to maximize your pleasure.
The “Hop-On,” $880 Don’t be fooled by its innocent appearance: The “ears” on the Hop On will tickle you in ways you’ve never imagined. Now this is a toy you won’t be outgrowing anytime soon…
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WATER SPORTS Dive into Hong Kong’s aquamarine waters
Cheung Chau Windsurfing Center One of the city’s most famous water sports, windsurfing is one level up from your regular surfing as it requires even more body strength to soar through the waves. The windsurfing center on Hongkongers’ favorite outlying island, Cheung Chau, is owned by the uncle of Lee Lai-shan, Hong Kong’s very first Olympic gold medalist, so you can expect to be taught by the best coaches in town. Beginners’ classes go from $1,500 per person per day for groups of three to five. They also offer kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for rental. Tired from all the sporting? Sit back, enjoy the amazing sea view, and have a bite at their outdoor cafe. 1 Hak Pai Rd., Cheung Chau, 2981-8316, ccwindc.com.hk
Chong Hing Water Sports Centre This government-run center is located on a large artificial lake ideal for watersports and camping. Set amidst Sai Kung’s stunning scenery,
it offers kayaking, dinghy sailing and windsurfing courses and rentals. Land-based facilities include an archery range, a basketball court, a lawn area, a volleyball field, a campfire site, a barbecue site, an assembly hall, sitting-out areas and a kitchen. West Sea Cofferdam, High Island Reservoir, Sai Kung, 2792-6810, lcsd.gov.hk
Jockey Club Wong Shek Water Sports Centre Overlooking Long Harbour in Sai Kung East, the waters near this governmentrun center are ideal for sailing, windsurfing and canoeing with easy access to the open sea and superb coastal scenery. Runs training courses and fun days. Closed Tuesdays. Wong Shek Pier, Sai Kung, 2328-2311, lcsd.gov.hk
Kayak and Hike Prefer something more laidback? Try kayaking with Kayak and Hike, brainchild of Paul Etherington, who’s
been showing off Hong Kong’s amazing coastline to locals and visitors since 1998. Explore the breath-taking Geopark in Sai Kung in groups as the coaches take you through the waters (and on land with a bit of hiking as well), where you can see the unique rock formation and the magnificent marine life of Hong Kong waters up close. A comprehensive seven-hour kayak and hike session is priced at $800 per person. Sai Kung New Pier, Fuk Man Rd., Sai Kung, 9300-5197, kayak-and-hike.com
Kiteboarding Association of Hong Kong Want to be gone with the wind? Then kiteboarding is the best way to go. This sport is similar to wakeboarding, but it’s totally up to the wind condition of the day and therefore, a lot less predictable. The Kiteboarding Association organizes kiteboarding races regularly, as well as classes for beginners. Learn to fly with their three-day beginner package for $4,500, which covers all you need
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KNOW & TEL South China Diving Club You may know about the city’s glorious harbor and the world-renowned skyline, but do you know it’s also home to a wide variety of fish species and coral? Explore deep down of the amazing Hong Kong waters with South China Diving Club, and find out what’s hidden under the sea. The club organizes training and guided dives throughout the year. For beginners, they offer Ocean Diver, entry level course of the British Sub-Aqua Club, which comprises six evenings of classroom and pool sessions, plus four open water days in sheltered open water sites. After you become a qualified diver, you can start exploring the sea with SCDC or advance your skills with their Sports Diver and Advanced Diver training programs. Aberdeen Boat Club, 20 Shum Wan Rd., Aberdeen, scdc.org.hk
St. Stephen’s Beach Water Sports Centre Learn to tame the waves at Wakeboard in Tai Tam
to know to get up and going on the board, up to completing International Kiteboarding Organization’s kiteboarder level 1 and 2 qualifications. Prefer something lighter on your first trial? Go for their one-day kiteboarding discovery course for $600, which gives you all the information you need to determine if kiteboarding is the sport for you. kiteboarding.org.hk
Sai Sha Watersports Centre This privately run place has all sorts of watersports on offer by the hour, including banana boats, kayaks, pedalos, sailing, windsurfing, wakeboarding and assorted toys. Rates are very reasonable, but be sure to make a reservation first. Mo Tat Wan, Lamma Island., 2792-8307, sai-sha.com
Once a British military sailing club, this public water sports center in Stanley Bay (overlooking Lamma and Chung Hom Kok peninsula) offers varied conditions throughout the year, from challenging choppy summer seas to calmer waters in cooler weather. It offers kayaks, dinghies and windsurfing boards to rent, and also runs training courses and public competitions. Closed Tuesdays. Wong Ma Kok Path, Stanley, 2813-5407, lcsd.gov.hk
SUP Yoga Paddle boarding just doesn’t do the trick for you anymore? Try yoga on a paddle board. SUP Yoga takes yoga to a whole new level—as if balancing on dry land wasn’t challenging enough. The serenity of the waters gives you the much needed zen for your yoga practice, as you learn your moves from experience yoga teachers and founders Nadine Bubner and Diana Cheung. There are group 90-minute classes
in Stanley and Sai Kung almost every weekend throughout the summer for $500 per person, including board rental. If you prefer something more exclusive, private sessions are also available. supyogahongkong.com
Treasure Island Hong Kong may not be the most popular surfing destination in the world, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show off your moves on waves. The city has so many beaches, and some of the best for surfing include Big Wave Bay near Shek O and Tai Long Wan (which also happened to mean “a bay with big wave” in Chinese) in Sai Kung. While the sport is popular amongst (hippie) adults, kids aged from 5-15 can also enjoy surfing with Treasure Island’s many surf camps available. Pui O Beach, Lantau Island, 2546-3543, treasureislandhk.com
Wakeboard Wakeboarding can be thought of as a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing. The rider is usually towed behind a motorboat or a jet-ski, and travels at speeds between 20 to 50 kilometers per hour. While you can try wakeboarding in plenty of places in Hong Kong (many beginners get to try the sport during summer junk parties), Wakeboard at Tai Tam is perhaps one of the best places to get comprehensive training and to master the sport. They have a team of professional and qualified coaches to teach you how to balance on the board and cut through the waves. A three-hour session for up to six people goes from $2,200 on weekdays. Wakeskating, wakesurfing and flyboarding are also available. Tai Tam Tuk Village, Tai Tam, 9454-5772, wakeboard.com.hk
Have your zen moment on a paddle board with SUP Yoga
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TAKE FOUR: BEST SUNSCREENS Planning a day out on the water? Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen if you don’t want burn up. But what constitutes a good sunscreen? The List demystifies your SPF.
1. Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion SPF50+ WetForce Perfect for those who’re going to make a big splash this summer, this sunscreen by Japanese beauty brand Shiseido has incorporated the company’s unique “WetForce” technology, which makes the sunscreen more effective when it interacts with moisture. When you get wet, the minerals in water strengthen the UV-protective veil on your skin. Sounds impossible, right? The water-resistant protection lotion can last for 80 minutes under water.
2. Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Lotion SPF50 PA++++ Keep your skin shielded while working out with this sunscreen by Neutrogena, which is designed to wick away sweat and protect your skin for up to 80 minutes. It uses the Micromesh technology, holding up through the most intense conditions by allowing sweat to pass through and evaporate away. $89.9. Available at Watsons citywide.
$340. Shop 1087, 1/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 2234-7628, shiseido.com.hk
3. La Roche-Posay Anthelio 60 Oil-free Dry Touch Sunscreen Have sensitive skin to protect from the sun? The Anthelio line is dedicated to skin that is prone to sun intolerance, better known as sun allergies as its ultra-high UVA and UVB protection prevents sun-induced pigment spots. The gel-cream is fragrance- and paraben-free, and the Dry Touch feature offers immediate absorption and ultra-dry finish, perfect for combination to oily skin. Available at Manning’s citywide.
4. Clarins UV Plus SPA 50 PA++++ Multi-protection Day Screen We all know how bad the pollution can get here in Hong Kong, and Clarins is here to help. Its UV Plus line defends for city dwellers’ skin from pollution and UV rays with its patented anti-pollution complex enriched with organic herbal extracts. This tinted baby blue ‘screen also helps to enhance skin fairness. $520, Clarins Skin Spa, Shop 210, Central Building, 1-3A Pedder St., Central, 2810-9938, clarins.com.hk
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• We all know that the ultraviolet (UV) lights from the sun are what make our skin turn dark and tanned, but it’s actually just the UVA that has this effect—meanwhile, UVB rays cause sunburn and is also carcinogenic. That’s why even if you want to get tanned this summer, make sure you wear sunscreens that block UVB to protect your skin from going red. • When picking up sunscreens, check out the SPF (aka Sun Protection Factor) which tells you how well the product shields you from UVB. The value indicates the amount of burning radiation that would reach the skin: for example SPF15 means that 1/15 of the radiation will reach you after applying the product. Go for at least SPF4550 for a day out for watersports under the sun. • While UVA isn’t the primary cause for sunburn, it does increase the rate of melanoma and photo-allergies. If you want to keep your skin light and fair, pick up sunscreens that’s also marked UVA proofed, or with a high PA (Protection Grade of UVA) value. Most Asian brands indicate the value with plus signs—the more it has, the stronger it blocks UVA.
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CRAFT WORKSHOPS Keep the kids entertained indoors
Okapi specializes in handcrafted incense, but a trip to their studios is more than just a sweet-smelling shopping outing. You can sign up for a visit through their factory and learn the traditional craft of incense-making, as well as take a tour through their farm to learn more about local urban farming. Beyond their tours, they also offer workshops on making natural mosquito repellant, and sustainable crafting projects, like a beautiful wooden lamp made from wooden slats and even recycled printed paper out of paper pulp and various plants.
Hong Kong might be quite a sight different from the undulating fields and lush crops that come to mind when we think of the word “farm” (although, hey, there’s Lamma), but that doesn’t mean that city slickin’ kids can’t learn how to grow vegetables and herbs sustainably in the urban jungle: Rooftop Republic plans near-monthly Rooftop Gardening Workshop for kids at the rooftop garden above the Fringe Club. During these sessions, kids get to learn the basics of gardening in a small space, fertilizing and pest control, harvesting and storage, and they even get to take home a little plant to grow at home! Maybe if we all taught our young ’uns how seeds and soil work from an early age, Hong Kong would be remotely close to being agriculturally self-sufficient.
$150-300 per person. Okapi Studio, Room D1, 6/F, Phase 1 Kwun Tong Industrial Centre, 6 Kwun Tong Rd., Kwun Tong
$380 per class, $1,200 for four classes. Rooftop Republic, Rooftop Garden, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd., Central
Rooftop Republic schools kids in all things urban farming
Make your own sustainable crafts at Okapi Studio
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Create intriguing trinkets at Makerbay
numbers here: Their classes have kids and parents designing and 3D printing little trinkets, building their own remotecontrolled model sailboats, laser cutting and engraving wall art, designing and building Bluetooth speakers and making their own LED cloud lamps. A fun activity for the whole family, with a fun and stylish souvenir that’s a bit cooler than some popsicle-stick jewelry box. Turn the kids into MasterChefs at Towngas
Towngas Avenue Towngas Avenue helps parents diversify summer activities and birthday party options for kids, plus instills in them an early inclination towards delicious, delicious child labor. Just kidding! In Towngas’ specially equipped kidsized KIDchen, parents can guide their children through the process of baking oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies, spaghetti with mushrooms, home made meatballs and more yummy childfriendly dishes. Reckon little Jimbo’s the new Jamie Oliver? Find out with Towngas Avenue. Kids’ party: $200 per person, Towngas Avenue, Shop 1, Promenade Level, Tower 1, China Hong Kong City, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2367-2713, towngasavenue.com
Makerbay Makerbay rolls out a set of tech-driven workshops that even the adults will find cool: Their makerspace is kitted out with a 3D printer, laser cutters, a woodshop and a lab. No paint-by-
Classes between $250-900 per family, including supplies. Unit C1, Yau Tong Industrial Building Block 2, 16 Tze Shan St., Yau Tong
The Crafties A craft hub and co-working space for makers, the Crafties also offers a range of classes for the kiddies, to get their hands busy with something other a mobile phone. Each month have a new crop of activities: Their upcoming sewing workshops cover cushion covers, aprons, pyjama pants, laptop sleeves. As well, kids and teens can pick up old world skills like embroidery, quilt-making, and wood and metalworking. $285-800 per person per session. The Crafties, 1/F Sing Kui Commercial Building, 27 des Voeux Rd. West, Sheung Wan. thecrafties.hk
Printer and Co. Printer and Co. doesn’t simply aim to teach kids and adults how to make beautiful things, they’re trying to promote a lifestyle of slow living: truly indulging in peaceful moments through beautiful and meditative actions, such as watercolour painting and calligraphy
on quality cotton paper. They host beginner and intermediate calligraphy classes, and participants can walk away clutching an inspirational quote watercolour painting, or a thoughtful and personal note card. Workshops $900 per person. Printer & Co. Atelier, 7/F, 10-12 Shipyard Lane, Quarry Bay, printerandco.com
Amazing Soap House Amazing Soap House doesn’t just retail delicious-smelling, all-natural handcrafted soaps—it teaches you how to make them. Their beginner to intermediate classes fuse chemistry with skincare; kids and parents can learn how to make lip balms, body scrubs, bath bombs and beyond. Best for older kids and teens, these classes not only give them a cool souvenir to take home, they also teach them about different skin solutions, vitamins, and the importance of organic products. Amazing Soap House, 8125-6591, amazingsoap.net
Oscary Eco Art For memorable mother-daughter bonding time, check out Oscary Eco Art, which offers workshops on how to make pretty Pinterest-worthy home accents like terrariums, hanging gardens, and Japanese preserved flower art. They run regular art jams, where parties and participants learn how to paint and decorate tote bags and canvases. Oscary Eco Art, S511, Block A, 35 Aberdeen Rd., Central. 2964-9111, oscaryecoart.com
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TAKE FOUR: DIY BLOGS Want to engage your kids in some craft and cooking projects at home? Here are four Hong Kong craft blogs to get you started. Style Ink HK More of a mother-daughter lifestyle and fashion blog, the mastermind behind StyleInkHK Shirley Kwok shares style tips, recipes and super fun ways to create unique accents for a kid’s wardrobe—think DIY baby pearl necklaces and upcycled coin purse handbags. styleinkhk.com
Bride and Breakfast Wedding blogs can offer a huge wealth of inspiration for the crafty-minded. A great way to cut costs and inject some personal touches are by making some of the guest gifts and table decorations yourself. Bride and Breakfast has easy to follow instructions on how to make terrarium centerpieces, macrame backdrops and style accessories. brideandbreakfast.hk
Petit Bout de Chou Estelle, the French blogger behind Petit Bout de Chou, is a hardcore crafter and maker in the city. If it’s crafty, she will make it, including homemade lip balm, all types of cute jewellery and paper crafts. She also has the downlow on where to get supplies in the city, from the fabric markets of Sham Shui Po to the best stationery shops in town. petitboutdechou.com
A Pair and A Spare A Pair and A Spare doesn’t just give you sweet sewing ideas for your summer wardrobe (though it certainly does that), it also gives you advice on how to live your best life from a girl who’s living hers: Geneva Vanderzeil is a globetrotter, author, shoe designer and creative nomad, and she shares amazingly simple home décor craft ideas, style tips, inspiring pep-talks in blog form, and travel inspiration. apairandasparediy.com
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TAKE FOUR: CRAFT STUDIOS FOR ADULTS Starting to dig this craft thing? Adult-friendly crafts are everywhere and they range from beer-brewing to jewelry making. HK Brewcraft
If you’re more about the simple pleasures in life and a craft you can imbibe, HK Brewcraft might just be the DIY activity you’ve been waiting for. Their workshops are 3 hours long and give you the basics of beer brewing and grains, and they’ll start you off with your own batch. $680 per person, $600 per person for groups of 4 or more. HK Brewcraft, 4/F, 15 Cochrane St., Central, hkbrewcraft.com
Hatton shares the love of silversmithery and jewelry design to newbies in their professional and fully-equipped workshop. They have a short four-lesson jewelry making workshops that teach you to make heartfelt gifts like personalized cufflinks and even wedding bands.
Prices vary. Hatton Studios, 13/F Cheong Sun Tower, 118 Wing Lok St., Sheung Wan. 2857-7751, hattonstudios.com
Love that smell and touch of fine, supple leather? Why not learn how to work with it? Fungus Workshop offers a handmade leather workshop that teaches their students how to hand-stitch, line, fasten and finish a leather coin-purse, small handbag, camera bag or cardholder over the course of four weeks. $1680 for four sessions. Fungus Workshop, G/F, 4 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, 2108-4522
Genic Eyewear Are you always looking for a perfect pair of dope shades but don’t necessarily want to shell out for name brands or cop anyone else’s style? Genic Eyewear will teach you how to make your own with their monthly, six-hour workshops. $1,200. Genic Eyewear, Room A, 9/F, D2 Place, 9 Cheung Yee St., Lai Chi Kok, geniceyewear.com
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