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Jovial Juxtaposition


Jovial Juxtaposition


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Jovial Juxtaposition

December 17, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

1分快三玩法The Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association recently launched its Juxtaposed series of limited-edition uniform T-shirts in Tai Kwun, the recently restored colonial-era Central Police Station compound. This collaboration of fashion minds and historical retail outlets saw ten local fashion designers interpreting T-shirt designs for ten of Hong Kong’s oldest and most iconic retailers in Sheung Wan and Central.

Bonita Cheung, the project’s curator, attributes the event title to “juxtaposing the traditional with creative new designs and fusing valued elements into the changing world of fashion.” Designers were paired with shops and discussed the values, traditions and history with the owners. The resulting T-shirts serve as staff uniforms and are also for sale to the public.

In another form of juxtaposition, Cheung took designers out of their style comfort zones by encouraging unexpected pairings. “I didn’t have Janko Lam design for Linva Tailor, for example, because she already does a lot of cheongsams,” she explains. We’re already looking forward to the next juxtaposition – especially if it honours Hong Kong’s rich history.

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Get into the Spirit


1分快三玩法The stunning Spirit of Christmas light installation takes London – and Hong Kong – by storm

Get into the Spirit


1分快三玩法The stunning Spirit of Christmas light installation takes London – and Hong Kong – by storm

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Get into the Spirit

December 5, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

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1分快三玩法 Want to see capital Christmas lights but don’t want to travel from Hong Kong to London to experience them? No problem. In a glamorous first, Hongkongers can see the festivity of London’s Regent Street as the historic address has collaborated with Hong Kong’s Lee Tung Avenue in Wan Chai to create a special version of the widely loved event. The Avenue is offering five representative lightings of Regent Street’s, in true London style.

Created by British lighting company James Glancy Design in partnership with the Crown Estate, the Spirit of Christmas lighting installation offers London visitors a chance to see a breathtaking installation as they shop and dine on Regent Street – the first location in central London to have Christmas lights, with the tradition starting in 1854. This year’s lights are a modern reinterpretation of Regent Street’s first installation, which featured traditional angels positioned as if playing trumpets. Meanwhile, back on the winter wonderland of Lee Tung Avenue, performances such as Christmas parades and themed programmes will last until the end of the Yuletide season.

Images: Leung Pui-yee

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Bar None


Get thee to Tai Kwun’s newly opened The Dispensary for high-key libatory and culinary delights in a cinematic setting

Bar None


1分快三玩法Get thee to Tai Kwun’s newly opened The Dispensary for high-key libatory and culinary delights in a cinematic setting

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Bar None

November 7, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

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The Dispensary - Interiors - Shield inscribed with historical tales

For recreational sophisticates there is simply no better place to venture than newly opened The Dispensary at Tai Kwun, which forms part of a trilogy of venues by the Aqua Restaurant Group. Aesthetically, The Dispensary is poised, moody and Instagrammatical. It feels tantalising, sensuous and elegant, with both literary and cinematic persuasion. Everything is formal and mannered, with the grace and precision of a well-behaved novel or script, the bar seeming much like a set for a contemporary glossy magazine fashion shoot or a 15th-century Flemish masterpiece in the style of Van Eyck. If it were a film director, it’d be Peter Greenaway somewhere between The Draughtsman’s Contract and Belly of an Architect

1分快三玩法Historically, The Dispensary sits on the site of the former Officer’s Mess at the beautifully transformed colonial Central Police Headquarters. Its offerings comprise an extensive list of wines, spirits and cocktails that complement its neighbouring counterparts, British culinary hotspot Statement and colonial-chic Chinese eatery The Chinese Library. Like the two restaurants, the drinks mirror the bi-national aspects of Hong Kong’s heritage, even incorporating the storytelling snap of the police who made Tai Kwun – or Old Bailey, as it was called then – their home. For the men amongst the boys, try the Brave Burlingham, a heady concoction of charcoal-infused rum (note the striking black silhouette), served on hand-chiselled ice, decorated with crushed dry rose petals, and mixed with sugar, Luxardo Maraschino, grapefruit juice and fresh lime. Burlingham, a policeman, was said to have killed a tiger in the New Territories after having seen it maul local villagers and two of his colleagues – now there’s paws for thought. 

Notable, too, are the bar snacks. Fishcakes, wagyu beef balls, oysters, dim sum and pork crackling with apple sauce all go down an absolute stormer. Conclude your extended liquefaction with the ultimate culinary dispensement: the cheese platter. With biscuits, bread and jammy accompaniment of noble order, it’ll raise the eyebrows of even the most hardened turophiles. Esculence with excellence means you’ll need re-dispensing time and time again. Charge! 

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The Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival


The Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival


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November 5, 2018 / by Paul Hamilton

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Your Honor

Your Honor

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The 19th edition of the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival (HKJFF) launched last Saturday at the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre in Admiralty. The festival, which comprises features, documentaries and shorts from around the world, opened with Shelter, an Israeli film by acclaimed director Eran Riklis. It tells the fictional story of a Mossad (Israeli secret service) agent who is tasked with "babysitting" a Muslim asset who has critical intelligence on one of Israel's enemies. Riklis is no stranger to Hong Kong; his 2010 film, The Human Resources Manager, scooped the Signis Award at the 2011 Hong Kong International Film Festival.

This year's HKJFF features 22 films and one highly binge-watchable Israeli TV series, Your Honour, the latter spread over two nights. “Our themes this year are security and human rights.  Both these subjects are important and topical not just to Jews but to everyone everywhere,” says first-time festival chairman Eli Bitan. In keeping with tradition, festival organisers have invited a number of guests to talk to audiences about the films and experiences. This year's key speaker was retired Mossad agent, Yossi Alpher, who features in the documentary, The Mossad – Imperfect Spies, which screened on Sunday. Alpher talked about Shelter and assessed how realistic its portrait of his former organisation's activities is. Local columnist and broadcaster Chip Tsao (陶傑) moderated the spirited discussion.

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1分快三玩法The opening film was followed by the festival's unique Kosher Dessert Party on the Centre’s rooftop which offers a panoramic view of Hong Kong's dazzling skyline. The party is a wonderful opportunity not just to sample kosher food and wine but also to schmooze (socialise) with fellow cinephiles.

The festival continues all week at the Asia Society, closing on Sunday with the second half of Your Honour.  For more information and tickets, see the festival website: hkjff.org

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Marine Girl


This week, Úna Belle enjoys a nautical-themed spa treatment – but how will her sea legs fare?

Marine Girl


This week, Úna Belle enjoys a nautical-themed spa treatment – but how will her sea legs fare?

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Marine Girl

October 24, 2018 / by Úna Belle

I was keen to use one of our recent public holidays for a relaxing spa session at a place that offered something a little different than my usual haunts. I have my old favourites like the Landmark MO and the Four Seasons, and I don’t usually mix up my massages, but a trustworthy friend recommended the Lush Spa on Lyndhurst Terrace. Since I’ve been known as a bit of a “lush” in my time, I decided to give it a whirl.

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1分快三玩法I was rather dubious, I must admit – not about my friend’s taste, but about heading to Lush for a spa treatment. I know the brand for its sparkly bath bombs (a must-have when I was in my teens) and those sticky hair pomades that I could never figure out. Could this store of heady scents, confusing concoctions and lines of witty-sounding lotions massage their way into my heart? And wait a sec – where is this spa they speak of? I had images of myself in a small back room in one of the stores, covered in an avocado air mask, all the while cursing my friend and bath bombs forever. 

Unbeknownst to me, Lush’s spa game is strong. I went to the store with my gal pal (so she was accountable); we entered the spa and were soon transported to a hidden beautiful space designed to emulate an English countryside cottage, with the quintessential country kitchen, decadent bathrooms that brimmed with all the lush lotions one would ever need, and lots of Insta-worthy cubbyholes and cosy sofas. We chose The Good Hour treatment – confusingly, it’s 70 minutes – which is aimed at relieving long-term areas of tension. 

A friendly therapist explained that this firm massage will proceed with specially created music to stretch and straighten our muscles, like the flow of the tide. Lush has its own band and recording studio where it creates all the songs for each treatment – perfectly timed and tuned to help you relax and release. It sounded very interesting, if not a little off the wall. The team also prepared us with the news that the music would be in the theme of sea shanties and pirate songs. We decided not to jump and swim ashore, as we were already on board, so we chose to let the tide take us. 

So off we went, giggling about parrots and peg legs, into a very classy treatment room for two, with seaside fog flowing across the floor and seagull squawks overhead. It was funny, but it also worked, as the room was luxurious and large, with little touches such as vintage porcelain dishes for our jewellery. After playing in the fog, we were ready for the massage. 

The massage itself was fantastic – if not a little fanciful in theme – and it rivalled the best hotel spa spots in terms of technique. I felt my muscles being worked like the ropes of a ship, which was apt as this all flowed with the sea songs that were playing throughout. Initially, the songs were (thankfully) more Sinead O’Connor than Spongebob, slow and orchestral to mimic the massage. Later, they gained speed with pirate-style poetry and some prose before coming to a gentle crescendo as the time ended. Back in the kitchen, to relax further, we enjoyed English tea and shortbread with a few drops of Lush’s specially created Pirate’s Rum to send us on our merry way. 

Needless to say, this isn’t your average spa. The sea-themed treatment has us sold – hook, line and sinker. We’re already planning our next experience, but there’s so many to choose from. There’s the Hard Days Night, a full body massage infused with assisted yoga, where you wear cosy pyjamas and listen to reworked Beatles classics; or the Tales of Bath, where a poem is played to you in the bath, followed by a side-lying massage where you hug a specially created lavender pillow. Maybe these guys have been sniffing too many of their heady bath bombs – but it’s glorious and I love it! 

Images: Instagram: @lushhk

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Big Picture


Co-productions have played a major role in the globalisation of China’s film industry

Big Picture


1分快三玩法Co-productions have played a major role in the globalisation of China’s film industry

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Big Picture

October 24, 2018 / by Zhang Yen

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It’s been 30 years since actors John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O’Toole transported global cinema audiences in Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci’s lavish The Last Emperor1分快三玩法, charting the life of the last emperor of the Qing Dynasty, Puyi, in a co-production between Italy, China and the UK. The film scooped up nine Academy Awards in 1988, including Best Picture and Best Director.  

As China’s modern film scene has matured, with the world’s highest number of cinema screens at 55,600, it has become one of the world’s largest markets. And while its film production ramps up ever higher to meet domestic demand, co-productions have laid a vital foundation in the globalisation of China’s film industry, The Last Emperor being a forerunner of the trend. 

The Chinese Film Panorama 2018, presented by Hong Kong’s Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the South China Film Industry Workers Union, puts these collaborative productions under the microscope across a selection of 12 films, which open in highly contemporary style with Chinese director Jia Zhangke and filmmakers from the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) who have co-operated across a series of five short films in Where Has Time Gone, (2017), a story of man’s relationship with time. 

Other notable offerings include The Go Masters (1982), a Chinese-Japanese collaboration that set a precedent for international Chinese co-productions. Chinese collaborations with Hong Kong are represented by Stanley Kwan’s love triangle Red Rose White Rose (1994), an adaptation of an Eileen Chang novel, also featuring Joan Chen; Zhou Yu’s Train, (2002), directed by Sun Zhou, and starring Gong Li and Tony Leung Kar-fai, which recounts the tale of a ceramic worker torn between two men and her desire and ideals; and Feng Xiaogang’s Aftershock (2010), which follows a mother and daughter who are separated by the Tangshan earthquake and reunite many years later due to the Sichuan earthquake. It’s all award-winning cinema and a powerful reminder of the strengths of collaboration at its best. See the films until November 30 at the theatre of Hong Kong City Hall, and the lecture halls of the Hong Kong Space Museum and the Hong Kong Science Museum. 

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Water World


1分快三玩法Listen up as the world’s only underwater orchestra serenades Hong Kong

Water World


Listen up as the world’s only underwater orchestra serenades Hong Kong

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Water World

October 10, 2018 / by Zhang Yen

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1分快三玩法It’s been called an extraordinarily original sound that’s as fascinating as it is eerie, and one that is haunting in the most beautiful way. AquaSonic, the vision of Denmark’s Between Music, bends the laws of science and shifts the paradigms of art in every possible respect. Dubbed the world’s first underwater orchestra, the sound-soaked conglomeration of subaqueous music-makers includes physicists, vocalists, audio engineers, neuroscientists, and deep-sea divers performing innovative concerts in a hybrid of music, visual arts and new technology. 

The group has also built highly specialised instruments – carbon-fibre violins, an underwater organ or hydraulophone, rotacorda, and others – which turn binary thinking into an array of multi-fathomed perspectives.  

1分快三玩法Accoustics in water function very differently than on land – moving an instrument just 10 centimetres underwater can entirely change its sound. So all are precisely placed to get the desired effect. Temperature matters, too; the water in the tanks is kept between 34-37 degrees. 

1分快三玩法The performers have also perfected a distinctive vocal technique for underwater singing and the whole takes on a surreal over-and-undertone. The unlikely encounter also offers an exciting glance into the future possibilities of sound. 

1分快三玩法Since its 2016 world premiere in the Netherlands, AquaSonic, led by Danes Laila Skovmand and Robert Karlsson, graduates of the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, has become a viral phenomenon with more than 30 million social-media views. See, hear and believe it. 

AquaSonic is playing at Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium from October 26 to 28. 

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Wet Works


It’s pool party time at the W Hong Kong. Cool off, chill out and close the summer in style

Wet Works


It’s pool party time at the W Hong Kong. Cool off, chill out and close the summer in style

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Wet Works

August 29, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

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The W Hong Kong – part of the luxury hotel chain owned by Marriott International that’s geared toward a younger, hipper crowd – marks its tenth anniversary this year, and has been hosting a series of events and collaborations to celebrate. The hotel invites you to head to the W for “the Summer Crush heat with X”. But what is X, you might ask? If you speak W-ese, you’d know that X is the symbolic nomenclature the hotel has applied to its “summer activations”. Anyway, now that that’s clear, you need to know that this is your last chance to quite literally “soak in the X vibe”. To do this, get thee to the last 2018 X Summer Crush Pool Party at the trendy hotel’s outdoor rooftop pool, WET, where there’ll be champagne and cocktails to get you in the mood for some of the city’s best DJs and live performances. They’ll heat things up to ensure the poolside dancing gets as frothy as a 1960s movie. Meanwhile, luminous projections and a fun augmented-reality photo booth add a space-age flavour. This year, there’s also the option of a pre-dinner poolside barbecue so you can fuel up pre-party. It’s nearly the end of summer, so why not splash out and live it up? 

What:1分快三玩法W Hong Kong X Summer Crush Pool Party

Where: WET Pool, W Hong Kong Hotel, Austin Road West (at Kowloon Station)

When:1分快三玩法 September 1

(w-hongkong.com/summer-crush)

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A Message to You


1分快三玩法Get ready for some proper Jamaican riddims at the annual Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival

A Message to You


Get ready for some proper Jamaican riddims at the annual Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival

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A Message to You

August 15, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

 

1分快三玩法Jamaica’s popular music has been charming the world since the late 1950s and today rivals that of many other countries in its global reach. Our often-frantic city, it’s a relief to note, is also highly susceptible to the myriad stress-relieving qualities of Jamaican tunes. 

The annual Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival, aka Endless Summer, makes a welcome return on August 25 at PMQ. The day-long extravaganza features a host of bands and “selectors” – DJs, but way cooler. From the catchy, upbeat sounds of ska to the soulful grooves of its more chilled brother reggae, it’s joyful, happy music – and thus the best kind to base a festival around. 

1分快三玩法Topping the 18-strong bill of bands are The Skatalites, a heritage group with top talent and great energy. While none of the mid-’60s founders are around anymore, you can rest assured that the current line-up will keep the ska grooves fresh and bouncy. And Jamaican-born Neville Staple, who music fans will remember from British two-tone group The Specials (especially for his bewigged character Judge Roughneck), will also be meting out some reggae justice. 

Japan makes a strong showing at the festival, too, from the high-energy horn-drenched Beat Bahnhof to the all-female ska outfit Oreskaband and the female-fronted Bagdad Cafe The Trench Town. Korea is almost as prodigious in the genre, and festivalgoers can catch NST & The Soul Sauce as well as a band that’s sure to be a highlight, the nine-piece Kingston Rudieska, who bring a tropical blend of old-school ska, calypso and mento. From Taiwan, there’s the cheekily named covers band Skaraoke, while acts from all over China, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Singapore round out the line-up.

Aside from the bands, a couple of sound systems will keep the monster tunes coming courtesy of selectors such as The Groove Thief and Dub Fugitives. It’s set to be a great day of music, positive vibes and heavy, heavy bass – could this summer be endless, please?  

Where: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central

When: 5.30pm–11pm, August 25

(hkirsf.com)

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Domestic Duties


Time-strapped in Hong Kong? A new service is available so that you can come home to cleanliness and peace

Domestic Duties


1分快三玩法Time-strapped in Hong Kong? A new service is available so that you can come home to cleanliness and peace

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Domestic Duties

August 1, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

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1分快三玩法You’re working flat out, forever rushing to meetings, fighting through crowds, strap-hanging and longing to get home so you can put your feet up. There’s only one problem – well, okay, a few: Your flat looks like a bomb hit it, you’re out of groceries and even worse, you’ve got nothing to wear tomorrow. Business travellers can at least count on a clean and kitted-out room at the end of a hectic workday. For the harried Hong Kong professional unable to accommodate a live-in domestic helper, however, there’s no such luck.

1分快三玩法Until now, that is. Start-up company Butler invites you to “come home happy” thanks to its bespoke household-related services. The company’s offerings span cleaning, organising, laundry, shopping, cooking and more. It’ll sort out your repairs, take care of your pets, send flowers for you and even pack your suitcase – pretty much any domestic task you can think of is covered. 

Most of this is done while you’re out, and communication happens through Butler’s app or any other means you prefer. Butler helpers are trained professionals, legally employed with background checks, contracts signed and insurance covered. The founders are a trio of smart Hong Kong entrepreneurs who grew up together, went out into the professional workforce and encountered the problem of not having enough hours in the day to do their household chores – two, on average – so they seem to have all the angles covered. Now your apartment can feel like a suite at the Four Seasons. (butlerasia.info

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