Sunday, November 22, 2020

太古坊年度連繫社區計劃「Discover Taikoo Place」呈獻 與Green Common聯乘的期間限定店 - 和「Art Unchained」網上媒體藝術展覽 推廣時尚健康生活態度

Art Unchained

香港(2020年11月18日)-太古地產太古坊與多位本地和海外藝術家、租戶和品牌合作,帶來一系列宣傳時尚健康生活態度的活動。
 由11月起,太古坊與Green Common聯乘的期間限定店,引入以植物為本的革新產品,讓一眾上班族輕鬆投入可持續發展生活模式。同時,作爲「Discover Taikoo Place」其中一個重點節目,太古坊亦舉辦「Art Unchained」網上媒體藝術展覽。
由即日起至11月22日,「Art Unchained」網上媒體藝術展覽展出由法國藝術家Patrick Tresset所設計的藝術裝置,期間更設兩場午間網上論壇,探討創新科技及藝術等主題。務求為上班族的每一個工作日都帶來新鮮的靈感及創意。
 節目重點
Discover Taikoo Place x Green Common期間限定店
2020年11月16日 –  2021年1月29日
·     為配合「Discover Taikoo Place」的主題,與Green Common聯乘的期間限定店為一眾上班族提供時尚的健康餐飲和購物體驗,介紹革新的飲食思維。
·     期間限定店供應早餐、午餐及一系列港式輕食包括新豬肉包、糯米飯、港式燕麥奶茶及氮氣冷萃無糖燕麥咖啡等。
·     期間限定店營業時間為星期一至五(公眾假期除外)。早餐供應時間為上午7時30分至11時30分,午餐供應時間為上午11時30分至下午5時30分。
Art Unchained 網上媒體藝術展覽 及 午間論壇
2020年11月11日 – 2020年11月22日

·     由藝術及科技領域的業界翹楚Joanne Ooi、Lisa Botos及Jean-Luc Gustave策展, 一連兩星期的Art Unchained網上媒體藝術展覽展出由法國藝術家Patrick Tresset所設計的藝術裝置,並設2場分別於11月13日和20日舉行的午間論壇,深入探討創新科技如區塊鏈如何重塑消費者的體驗和藝術界的生態。
·     法國藝術家Patrick Tresset現居比利時,其作品曾於世界各大藝術館展出,包括法國龐比度中心、意大利米蘭的普拉達藝術基金會、倫敦的泰特美術館及維多利亞與艾伯特博物館、首爾國立現代美術館及東京的森美術館。
·     藝術裝置Human Study #1, 5RNP由五隻機械手臂組成,在每節二十分鐘的繪畫時間内,可完成一幅肖像素描作品。
·     每隻機械手臂的繪畫風格經由電腦程序設計,以模仿人類的性格及行爲方式,像是緊張及腼腆等;有的會揮筆鏗鏘有力,有的亦會較慢條斯理及心思慎密。
·     展覽在太古坊網頁直播展出。此藝術裝置定格為一場表演藝術,繪畫對象坐下後,作爲「表演者」的機械手臂隨即進行運算、觀察及創作。所有的元素,包括聲音、燈光、繪畫對象及工作人員的行爲擧止,均經過細心的編排,以帶給觀衆不一樣的觀賞體驗。
·     Tresset特別為是次展覽調整機械手臂的設定及運算方式,使它們能識別戴上口罩的繪畫對象;每個參與展覽的繪畫對象更是經過嚴選的專業演出者。
·     Tresset的作品較著重人性化的表現,多於展現科技的層面。透過Art Unchained展覽帶來的獨特體驗,策展者希望進一步啟發觀眾對於藝術及人性之間界限的思考和討論,對這些全新的藝術可能性抱持開放態度。

卡塔爾航空的最新數據: 超過99.988%的旅客於乘搭卡塔爾航空的航班時並無受到新冠肺炎感染

Qatar Airways

香港 – 卡塔爾航空公司(以下簡稱「卡塔爾航空」)近期發佈的數據顯示,新冠肺炎在飛機上的傳染率極低,自2020年2月以來,其已成功營運37,000架次「零感染」航班,安全運載460萬名旅客,累計330億收入客公里(RPK)。

根據卡塔爾航空發佈的數據,近幾個月內只有遠低於百分之一的旅客在飛行後被有關部門檢測到對新冠病毒呈陽性反應,而超過99.988%的旅客於乘搭卡塔爾航空的航班時並無受到感染,這得益於卡塔爾航空完善的病毒監控及檢測流程,以及嚴格的機上衛生標準。

此外,卡塔爾航空還得出其機組人員感染率僅為0.002%,遠低於一個百分點的數值顯示了其在機組人員防護方面取得的重要成就。自2020年5月要求機組人員執勤期間穿戴防護裝備及旅客在飛行期間佩戴口罩以來,卡塔爾航空的機組人員截至目前並無任何新增病例報告。

卡塔爾航空集團行政總裁Akbar Al Baker先生表示:「這些最新的數據清晰地表明了航空旅行的安全性,只要採取正確的防控措施,公眾完全不必對乘搭航班存有顧慮,這些防控舉措包括實施機上安全程序、提升機場衛生標準、發佈社交距離規定,並配合地方當局進行包括檢測在內的入境流程等。」

「自疫情以來,卡塔爾航空已經實施了全球航空業內最嚴格的病毒監控及檢測標準,同時還發佈了一系列機上衛生計劃。作為行業的一員,我們致力於促進全球商業航空的復甦,同時希望乘客們在飛行時能得到最好的安全保護,在乘搭任何一家航空公司時都能享受到無憂、放心的行程保障。」

「我們秉承以風險管理為核心的疫情防控理念,除要求來自『高風險』國家及地區的旅客進行核酸檢測外,還在客艙內使用先進的HEPA空氣過濾系統。卡塔爾航空服務公司(Qatar Aviation Services)近期還採用了美國Honeywell的全新紫外線客艙清潔系統,對飛機客艙進行額外的全方位消毒程序,此舉亦表明了卡塔爾航空加強機上防控措施的決心。此外,我們還在5月進行機組人員機上防護培訓,同時針對客艙乘務員推出機上防護裝備,以減少機組成員在執勤期間感染新冠病毒的機率。」

「正是因為以上周密的防控措施,自2020年2月以來卡塔爾航空運載的460萬人次中,超過99.988%的旅客均無感染新冠病毒,而我們營運的超過37,000架次航班成功實現『零感染』,機上確診病例大幅低於一個百分點。國際航協近期的研究亦顯示,每2,700名乘客中才可能有一宗確診病例,種種數據均表示乘坐飛機時感染新冠病毒的機率極低,航空旅行仍然是目前最安全的出行方式,乘客們可放心地乘搭飛機旅行。」

「雖然目前的數據非常樂觀,但我們仍將繼續密切關注全球疫情的發展,繼續實施嚴格的疫情防控措施;若機上出現確診病例,我們將與有關衛生部門緊密合作,對同航班的密切接觸者進行追蹤。作為一個全球性行業,我們必須時刻保持警惕,杜絕『防疫疲憊』,繼續完善常態化防控機制,樹立乘客對航空旅行的信心,無論是探親訪友還是休閒旅行,確保乘客都能得到安全的行程保障。」

根據國際航空運輸協會(IATA)的最新數據,卡塔爾航空在4月至7月期間是全球規模最大的國際航空公司,其透過履行保障人們安全回家的使命,已運載數以萬計的旅客。卡塔爾航空在疫情期間累積了大量安全營運的經驗,堅持以重塑全球網絡為導向,繼續為全球旅客服務。目前,卡塔爾航空已在客艙及多哈哈馬國際機場內實施最嚴格的安全及衛生措施。

卡塔爾航空為乘客和客艙機組人員採取了多種機上防控措施,客艙乘務員在機上工作期間須穿戴個人防護裝備,乘客在飛行途中則可免費獲得卡塔爾航空貼心準備的防護套裝,其中包含防護口罩及面罩。乘搭商務艙的乘客還可以享受Qsuite空中套房無與倫比的私隱度,包括可調節的隱藏面板和可閉合的趟門,營造私人專屬空間。希望減少與乘務員接觸的乘客還可亮起「免打擾」(DND)指示燈,享受更多空中私人時光。目前有超過30條航線配備Qsuite,包括法蘭克福、倫敦、吉隆坡、紐約等。更多關於防疫措施的資訊,請瀏覽:www.qatarairways.com/zh-hk/safety-measures.html

卡塔爾航空在其樞紐機場——多哈哈馬國際機場(HIA)實施嚴格的清潔消毒程序及社交距離措施,該機場是世界上首個通過BSI英國標準協會的國際民航組織(ICAO)新冠病毒航空健康與安全流程獨立驗證的組織。在此之前,國際民航組織理事會航空復甦工作組(ICAO CART)已對哈馬國際機場進行合規審核。此舉亦標誌著卡塔爾成為世界上首個通過英國標準協會的新冠病毒航空健康與安全流程驗證的國家。

哈馬國際機場致力保障旅客安全出行,通過地板標記、設立標識和旅客分散就坐等措施,確保機場內所有旅客接觸點之間保持1.5米距離。哈馬國際機場每10-15分鐘對航站樓內的乘客接觸點進行一次消毒,並在每次航班起飛後清潔登機口、遠機位登機區域的設施。航站樓內的零售商品、餐飲設施均鼓勵顧客使用銀行卡等非接觸、非紙幣付款方式,未來機場還將考慮引入網上及應用程式支付渠道。此外,機場還針對行李推車、安檢盒等用品進行定期消毒。

哈馬國際機場近期在2020年世界機場大獎評選中,從全球550個機場中脫穎而出,獲國際航空運輸評級機構Skytrax評為「全球最佳機場第三名」,並連續六年獲得「中東最佳機場」、連續五年獲得「中東最佳機場員工服務」獎項。

為了確保旅客可以安心地計劃旅行,卡塔爾航空已擴展預訂政策,為旅客提供更多選擇。有關完整的條款和細則,請瀏覽:www.qatarairways.com

foodpanda Hong Kong celebrates World Vegan Month with Plant Power

plant power

Statistics across the world have significantly shown that vegan diets have been more popular nowadays, while COVID-19 furthered the trend as people are more concerned with their health.

A recent poll conducted by Ipsos and commissioned by Hong Kong's Green Monday* unveiled that Hong Kong consumers demonstrated an increase in willingness to adopt plant-based options, a record of 34% of the population (i.e. 2.5 million Hongkongers) identified themselves as flexitarian and vegan eaters, a 10 percentage point increase compared with last year.

Results uncovered that one in four of the city's adolescents are going to reduce their meat consumption due to the pandemic, as they are more concerned with their health, environment, and animal welfare. As World Vegan Month kicks off this November, foodpanda is celebrating the plant-based lifestyle by highlighting the city's top-quality meatless restaurants. These restaurants are providing a range of meatless innovations, including: 


Mother Pearl - An innovative tea shop to offer a healthy alternative for Bubble Tea fanatics while minimizing food wastage

MANA! - Serving some globally-inspired plant-based cuisine to provide options to accommodate the health-conscious and eco-conscious eaters without compromising taste or flavour

KALE - A health food restaurant in Central that serves some of the best salads, wraps and healthy sliders in Hong Kong

Kind Kitchen by Green Common - A vegan restaurant promoting the beauty of plant-based diets. Its menu features international fusion cuisines incorporating plant-based ingredients invented by leading food tech companies like Beyond Meat, Omnipork and JUST

On the other hand, customers can order various meatless snacks, beverages, spices etc. from Slowood, the one-stop eco-friendly and health product shop on foodpanda's online shopping platform foodpanda mall.

foodpanda's own online grocer pandamart is also featuring a great lineup of plant-based meats, soy milks and "greener" snacks this month to support "Plant Power":

OraSi - Soya Drinks and Rice Drinks

Beyond Meat - Beyond Burger and Beyond Sausage

OmniFoods - OmniPork Pearl Dumpling, Omnipork (Vegan minced meat)

OREO launches the brand new Red Velvet Sandwich

Oreo

As the cool breeze sets in for November, OREO launches the brand new Red Velvet Sandwich, a festive take that reimagines the classic taste with scarlet-colored biscuits encapsulating the fragrance and richness of delightful cream cheese delight. 

 Tis The Season to Revel in OREO’s Flavorful Scarlet Wind Whirl OREO sweetens the breezy seasons with the unprecedented Red Velvet flavored biscuit that carries gourmands away at the very first bite. Initially introduced in Korea to rave reviews, the fresh flavor has been voted one of the Top 10 OREO flavors on U.S. ranking site Ranker.com. 

Oreo



With its mesmerizing rouge color and the aromatic cheese filling elevates the tasting experience with a velvety seduction of the taste buds. Foodies everywhere are tempted to sample the new flavor, making it one of the most anticipated comfort foods this season! New Flavor Taking the World by Storm with Meticulously Layered Red Velvet Flavor The all-new Red Velvet Flavor is set to enamour Hong Kong with its scarlet shimmer refreshing the usual black-noir exterior. 

Unlock the luscious taste of cocoa with each bite into the crispy biscuit, as the robust cheese aroma extravagantly infiltrates the olfactory senses to a whole new level. Alluringly, the velvety sweetness and savory cheesy combination lingers in the mouth, culminating in the sublime goodness of this festive season. OREO Red Velvet Sandwich is now available at major sales points. Wait no more to share the festive sweetness!

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Christie's Hong Kong Chinese Paintings Department Presents Exceptional Artworks from Distinguished Collections

Christie's Hong Kong Chinese Paintings Department

Preview:

Beijing | 7 – 8 November | No.82 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Taipei | 7 – 8 November | Grand Space, Marriott Taipei, 3F, No. 199, Lequn 2nd Road, ZhongShan District, Taipei
Shanghai | 12 – 13 November | Ampire Building, No. 97 Yuanmingyuan Road, Shanghai
Hong Kong | 27 – 30 November  | Hall 3C, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, No. 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Auction:
Fine Chinese Modern and Contemporary Ink Paintings

Date & Time: 1 December 2020, 10:30 am & 2:00 pm

Fine Chinese Classical Paintings and Calligraphy
Date & Time: 2 December 2020, 10:00 am

Location: Hall 3C, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, No. 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. [2020]

Christie's Hong Kong Chinese Paintings Department

Christie's Hong Kong

Christie's Hong Kong Chinese Paintings Department

Christie's Hong Kong Chinese Paintings Department

Christie's Hong Kong Chinese Paintings Department

Christie's Hong Kong Chinese Paintings Department



Alba White Truffle, Nikkei Reloaded, Go Green, and Deluxe Tandoori Delights on Pirata Group’s November Menus

Pirata


Seasonal change brings about a wealth of new ingredients to experience and renewed vim and vigor to explore Hong Kong's abundant culinary delights. This November, Pirata Group introduces new hero dishes and limited-time menus to celebrate the bounty of autumn.

White Truffle Extravaganza

Pirata Group's namesake and flagship rooftop restaurant invites guests to White Truffle Extravaganza - a month-long feast celebrating the unforgettable flavour and culture surrounding Alba white truffles.

The fleeting aroma and rarity of white truffles make Alba the world's premier destination for hunting and foraging. And while travel to this UNESCO World Heritage Site might be off the plate for many, diners can still enjoy the earthy perfume of this sumptuous ingredient at Pirata.

White Truffle Extravaganza is best experienced on an exclusive, 4-course dinner tasting menu (HKD650 per person). From appetizers to dessert, everything is joyfully infused with a deep musk that marks an indulgent feast. Dishes include White Truffle Beef Carpaccio, Tegamino Egg, Homemade Tagliatelle with 24-month aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, Butcher's Cut Wagyu beef flank steak, Pan Seared Cod 'Meuniere,' White Truffle Ice Cream, and more.

Every course is paired with wine from a powerhouse neighboring region, including Barolo and Asti (HKD300 supplement). Dishes with white truffles are also on Pirata's Lunch, Brunch and Dunch menus.

Available from now until 30 November Pirata.29/30 F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. pirata.hk

Nikkei Reloaded: New Hero Dishes

Peruvian Culinary Director Arturo Melendez unleashes a trio of new hero dishes at Hong Kong's first and original Nikkei izakaya. A sexy riff on surf and turf, Tiradito Mar Y Tierra combines raw tuna akami with seared beef tenderloin in passion fruit tiger's milk.

The union of Japanese cuisine's sensual simplicity and Peruvian cuisine's flavourful intensity is quintessential TokyoLima. Inspired by the folklore of the rainforest, Flaming Fish is a seductive dish that evokes the heat and soul of Peru.

It features grilled Japanese yellowtail with a Peruvian Amazon sauce, roasted potato, and stir-fried vegetables. Lady Marmalade is an alluring dessert featuring rum milk cake with homemade fig jam, fig sorbet, and pistachio. TokyoLima.G/F, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. www.tokyolima.hk

Food in HK.

As a precursor to the festive season, Pici introduces Go Green – a limited-time menu featuring vegetarian and vegan dishes that are delicious, nutritious, and great for the planet, too. In addition to a rich but guilt-free Smoked Eggplant Spread (HKD95) with Greek yogurt, smoked paprika and baby gem lettuce, two brand-new pasta dishes also make their debut: Beetroot & Goat Cheese Ravioli (HKD120) with lemon-poppy seed emulsion and red chard leaves; and vegan Quinoa Flour Strozzapreti (HKD120) with creamy and bright kale and cashew nut pesto. All pastas at Pici are handmade fresh daily.

Available at Pici Wan Chai, Pici Central, Pici Tsim Sha Tsui
*Business hours vary across different outlets. For more details, please visit ww.pici.hk

Truffle Shuffle

Pici's outpost in the New Territories extends its popular Truffle Shuffle menu, exclusively available at New Town Plaza. Fan favourites include a heartwarming Truffle Cauliflower Soup (HKD90), Truffle Mozzarella Fritta (HKD110), Truffle Beef Tartare (HKD120), and Strozzapreti Truffle (HKD195).

The extensive menu also includes Pici classics such as Chittara Prawn, Orecchiette Spicy Nduja, Salmon Ravioli and more - all delightfully sprinkled with black truffle.

Available at Pici Sha Tin
*Business hours vary across different outlets. For more details, please visit www.pici.hk

Diwali

Diwali is the Indian festival of lights. It sparks new beginnings, symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness. To celebrate India's most important holiday of the year, Chaiwala, Pirata Group's colorful, lively and aromatic enclave on Wyndham street, invites guests to a festive, bold and authentic Diwali feast.

A special Diwali Tasting Menu (HKD480 per person; optional 2-hour free flow HKD240) features tangy chaats and salad including Chaiwala's famous Pani Puri with Jal-Jeera. Small plates include delicious proteins such as crisp, boneless Bombay Fried Chicken and Dakshini Prawns.

A trio of curries follow next, with Old Delhi Butter Chicken, Kerala Fish Curry, and Szechuan Chilli Paneer. Chaiwala's Signature Tandoori Platter is a roast feast with pink salmon, chicken tikka, cauliflower and classic paneer.

Finish the feast with South Asian Spice, a reinterpretation of the classic Gulab Jamun with mint syrup, caramelized pistachio, yogurt, and pineapple.

As an extra-special treat, dance in the dining hall on 14 November when a DJ joins on the brunch and dinner festivities.

Available from 9 to 15 November for dinner and weekend brunch

Deluxe Tandoori Delights

Chaiwala's Executive Chef Prabir Banerjee is also proud to introduce new hero dishes that encapsulate the restaurant's contemporary classics.

Amping up the aromatic smoke show with a deluxe touch are Tandoori-grilled Sea Bass Jhol (HKD360) - a whole seabass with Bengali fish sauce; and Tandoori Beef Ribs (HKD550) - Australian beef ribs served with fried baby potatoes, gravy, and mint chutney.

As a nod to Chinese culture, a traditional cheese dish gets a little twist. An intriguing Sichuan Chilli Paneer (HKD220) with homemade Sichuan chili sauce makes its debut.

Chaiwala.Basement, No. 43-55, Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong. chaiwala.hk

CELEBRATE A FESTIVE SEASON WITH BLACK SHEEP RESTAURANTS

Black Sheep Restaurants


From fanciful feasts to sweet treats, C is bringing all the festive cheer this year. While the holidays are looking a bit different for everyone in 2020, it is the time spent together as friends and family that should be celebrated the most. So whether you are able to gather together over a shared meal or are just looking for something special to treat those you love, let Black Sheep Restaurants bring you all the fixings for a merry holiday season.  

For the first time, Black Sheep Restaurants are offering a Christmas menu with all the fixings for pick-up or delivery. Conveniently portioned for families as small as two, Chef Braden Reardon of Carbone and Buenos Aires Polo Club has created the ultimate feast available from 24-26 December. Orders can be placed by reaching out to delivery@blacksheeprestaurants.com and must be placed by 18 December.

Christmas Delivered 

½ Roast Turkey (sliced) with Spiced Cranberry Sauce and Rosemary Gravy

Or

Oven-roasted Christmas Ham with Spiced Glazed

Served with

Mashed Sweet Potato, Spiced Walnuts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, Sage

Green Bean Almondine

Root Vegetable Gratin

Mac & Cheese, Fontina, Provolone

Parker House Rolls, Maple Butter

Plus your choice of 

Baked Apple Crumble with Salted Caramel

Or

Chocolate Chestnut Bûche de Noël

498 PER PERSON 

Minimum Two Persons

Wine

Clos de los Siete 2017, Uco Valley +228 per bottle 

Malbec Viña Cobos ‘Bramare’ 2016, Uco Valley +$398 per bottle

BUTTER | RED VELVET CANDY CANE CAKE

1-25 DECEMBER | Get your hands on a sweet that even the Sugar Plum Fairy would be jealous of and treat yourself this year with a limited-time-only show-stopper from Butter: Red Velvet Candy Cane Cake ($588). 

To celebrate the season, Chef Karys Logue is turning up the cheer with this festive masterpiece, a rich red velvet cake layered with smooth peppermint cream cheese and finished off with a sprinkling of crushed peppermint candies. 

Cakes are 8-inches and must be preordered 48-hours in advance via GO or through Butter Cake Shop.

Only available for delivery 1 - 25 December.

LA VACHE! | BȖCHE DE NÖEL

Our classic Parisian entrecôte steakhouse is bringing back its holiday Bûche de Noël (HK$128) in irresistible fashion and introducing two new flavours. La Vache! SoHo invites guests to indulge with its Chocolate Chestnut Bûche de Noël finished with a smooth chocolate buttercream and decorated with meringue kisses and festive holiday chocolate stars, while La Vache! TST entices guests to experience its sweet and fruit-forward Strawberry Vanilla Bûche de Noël, finished with a strawberry glaze and candied lemons.

Available in-house by the slice from the 23-27 December.

STAZIONE NOVELLA | PANETTONE

ALL MONTH | This holiday season, give the gift of a traditional Milanese Panettone. Choose from the classic Gran Milanese made with Bonifanti dough, sultana raisins, and candied citrus peels finished with a light dusting of sugar or go for the Glassato al Cioccolato for something a little sweeter. Grab a coffee in-house and treat yourself to a slice ($58) drizzled with warm mascarpone all month long, or order whole ($258) for delivery via GO.

Available throughout December both in-house and via GO (available starting 1 December)

BURGER CIRCUS | NAUGHTY & NICE SHAKES AND MILK N’ COOKIE PIE

ALL MONTH | ‘Tis finally the season for Burger Circus to welcome back its Holiday-themed Naughty & Nice Milkshakes. Stay sweet and opt for the ‘Nice’ version, made with house-churned strawberry ice cream, topped with heaps of whipped cream, and decorated with some extra-sweet treats including nerds and a candy cane. If you find yourself on the ‘Naughty’ list, go for the vanilla shake blended with gingerbread, sprinkled with cinnamon, and spiked with a shot of dark rum ($78).

We are throwing back to old Christmas traditions with our nostalgic, Santa approved, Milk n' Cookie pie ($288 whole or $78 slice). Here to make all your Christmas wishes come true, it starts with a dark chocolate cookie crust, layered with fluffy milk and cookie mousse, drizzled with condensed milk and topped with bite-sized chocolate chip cookies. If you have been a little naughty this year and need a way to get on Santa's nice list, be sure to leave out a generous slice on Christmas Eve.

Available in-house throughout December or for delivery (pie only) via GO. 

Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy Announces New Wellness and Performance Partners

Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy


Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy (HKGTA) has announced new partnerships with two of Hong Kong's leading personal performance and wellbeing operators at the Academy’s sports and wellness complex located on the outskirts of Sai Kung in the New Territories.

The two ventures complement HKGTA’s existing tie-ups with sports partners, PGA of America Learning & Performance, Bruguera Tennis Academy and Eliteswim Academy and reaffirm the Academy’s status as Hong Kong's first world-class, total wellness destination.

Industry pioneer, THIA Wellness joins HKGTA to head the Academy’s total wellbeing offering. Recognised for its bespoke, customer-centric service approach, the operator’s remit extends from massage therapy and meditation treatments to gastronomy, education and guest room services.

Located a short walk from the main Sports House, THIA Wellness will provide patrons with a range of spa, massage and facial treatments, as well as yoga, Pilates and meditation sessions.

The service provider will also oversee the Academy’s ground-breaking Gastronomy Lab, where it will provide a series of on- and offline cooking and nutritional classes, while the Guest Room service will make in-room massage experiences available in all 89 rooms.

The partnership will be further complimented by a full range of retail products available exclusively to HKGTA patrons such as its Vinoble ‘nature in a jar’ cosmetics range, sourced from natural grape-based ingredients in Austria.

‘THIA Wellness is truly excited to be a partner of HKGTA, providing patrons with unique and customized wellness experiences, services, and products that are the embodiment of our ‘sophisticated simplicity’ philosophy,” said Barry White, Founder and Owner of THIA Wellness.

Hong Kong's leading Performance and Personal Treatment specialist Joint Dynamics has opened its doors at the Academy, providing patrons with access to its full range of medical, rehabilitation and personal training services. Joint Dynamics’ multidisciplinary approach combines physiotherapy and personal training with a sports clinic comprising physiotherapists, osteopaths, stretch therapists, and sports scientists. The company’s unique and individualized approach to the prevention and treatment of movement dysfunction and injury combines the expertise of trained professionals with some of the most advanced technology available.

With programs designed for athletes, elite performers, and working professionals, Joint Dynamics offers bespoke training through four streams of health and wellness: Movement, Strength & Conditioning, Fitness, and Testing. Each of the streams complements one another and are designed to feed into bespoke tennis, golf, or swim training (High Performance) or are used to improve general health, wellness, weight loss, and mobility (Lifestyle Fitness).

Joint Dynamics is also working with HKGTA in the redesign and implementation of both indoor and outdoor fitness facilities. High-Intensity Training will be mixed with strength, mobility, and a large dose of good fun, with all ages catered for.

Speaking about the new partnerships, Kurt Greve, General Manager, HKGTA, said: “We’re pleased to welcome THIA Wellness and Joint Dynamics to Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy. One of the defining features of the Academy is its unique partnerships with leading operators in their respective fields. These service providers will complement existing alliances with PGA of America, Bruguera Tennis Academy and EliteSwim to provide patrons and their families with world-class performance, treatment, and personal training services.

“The recent restrictions on sports and recreational activities have shown just how important physical activity is for our overall wellbeing. As these restrictions are gradually lifted, competitive sport will play an important, restorative role in our communities and I look forward to seeing HKGTA play an integral part in that process.”

David Jacquier, Co-Owner of Joint Dynamics, added: "We are thrilled to partner with the team at the HKGTA. The amazing facilities and idyllic environment are supported by great staff. Joint Dynamics looks forward to providing solutions to Academy patrons with our universal approach to health and fitness backed by evidence-based practices and techniques. An added benefit of the collaboration is that HKGTA patrons will also enjoy reciprocal access to our Hong Kong Island venues.”

Frequently described as ‘Hong Kong’s best-kept secret’, Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy is an 820,000 sq. ft sports and wellness complex located on the outskirts of Sai Kung in the New Territories. It serves to provide patrons with the opportunity to learn from world-class coaches, using the very best international standard facilities, enabling a new generation of sports enthusiasts to reach their full potential.

For more information on Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy, THIA Wellness and Joint Dynamics, see www.hkgta.com

Leica Camera AG presents the Leica Q2 Monochrom

Leica Camera AG

Leica

Leica Camera AG presents the Leica Q2 Monochrom - the next-generation model of the Leica Q line of cameras. With a newly developed full-frame monochrome sensor, a fast Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. prime lens, fast and precise autofocus and OLED viewfinder technology, the new model not only continues the performance features of the Q2, but also defines new quality standards in black and white photography.

The monochrome design of the camera with a new leather covering, matt black paint, gray and white engravings and MONOCHROM lettering on the top is elegant and unobtrusive. The red Leica logo was intentionally omitted on this camera. 

Like the Leica Q2 the Q2 Monochrom comes with a protective sealing against dust and water spray compiling to the IP52 Standard. The Leica Q2 Monochrom features an exclusively developed 47.3 megapixel full-frame monochrome sensor that captures both highly-detailed still pictures and 4K video at ISO sensitivities up to 100,000 and, together with its Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH lens, ensures exceptional imaging performance.

The fast initial aperture of f/1.7 guarantees optimum picture quality in even the most difficult lighting situations. This all makes the Leica Q2 Monochrom the perfect companion for fans of black and white photography and those who want to become one. 

The practical locking element for the choice of manual or automatic focusing and simple switching to macro mode with a close focus distance of 17 cm is located on the lens and highlights the greatest possible creative freedom in composing exceptional black-and-white images. Thanks to the extension of the integrated digital zoom function up to 75 mm, users now enjoy even more flexibility for composing their pictures. In addition to the uncropped 28 mm focal length of the camera lens, a crop factor can be chosen to simulate exposures made with focal lengths of 35, 50, or 75 millimeters. The selected crop is displayed as a bright-line frame in the viewfinder and on the rear display panel. 

The cropped image from the framing selected is saved in JPEG format with correspondingly reduced resolutions of 47.3, 30, 14.7, or 6.6 megapixels. The uncropped image is always saved simultaneously as a DNG file with the full resolution of 47.3 megapixels. The Leica Q2 Monochrom also features an OLED viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68 megapixels.

The high resolution provides complete control over the motif at all times and also leads to considerably improved image depth and higher contrast. In contrast to LCD technology, in which only the whole sectors of the viewing image can be darkened, the brightness of each individual pixel in the viewfinder of the Q2 is adapted. Despite the high resolution, power consumption remains low. 

The viewfinder is activated as soon as the camera is brought up to the eye and shows the motif reliably and without any perceptible delay at all times. The autofocus system of the Leica Q2 Monochrom focuses precisely on the subject in less than 0.15 seconds and makes it one of the fastest cameras in its class. Ongoing improvements to the processor from the Maestro family have enabled a higher sequential shooting rate with an impressive 10 frames per second at the full resolution of 47.3 MP that ensures that the truly wonderful moments in life will never be missed. The range of creative options has been further expanded by the new video mode with 4K resolution.

Brilliant, black-and-white video recordings can be made with 3840 x 2160 pixels and frame rates of 30 or 24 fps or, alternatively, in the familiar full HD format with 120, 60, 30, or 24 frames per second. In combination with the Leica FOTOS App, the camera’s integrated Wi-Fi module makes it possible to quickly and easily share pictures via social media, change numerous camera settings from a smartphone or even or even remotely control the shutter release of the Leica Q2 Monochrom.

Thanks to Bluetooth LE (Low Energy), a permanent connection is established between the camera and smartphone. In its design, the Leica Q2 Monochrom sticks more consequently than almost any other camera to Leica's typical tradition of reduction to the essentials. The ‘Made in Germany’ seal of quality guarantees that only the finest and most resilient materials are employed in its construction. The monochrome design of the new Leica Q2 Monochrom and its classically structured leatherette ensure an optimal interplay of form and functionality. Also new is the camera’s uniquely intuitive handling concept. This is complemented by a unique, intuitive operating concept.

The menu structure has been streamlined and adapted to the special features of a monochrome camera. Naturally, all color settings for image and video recording have been omitted and the menu has only been supplemented with settings for tinting black-and-white images (blue, sepia, selenium). A comprehensive range of optional accessories is also available for the Leica Q2 Monochrom.

These include, for example, Protectors and carrying straps in premium-quality leather in different colors, as well as bags and wrist straps in various designs. The range also includes technical equipment for the Leica Q2 Monochrom such as the Leica SF 40, SF 60 flash units, the SF C1 remote flash control unit, additional thumb rest, and a handgrip with matching leatherette.

Perfectly matched to the camera, three new, specially calculated E49 color filters in yellow, green and orange are available. The Leica Q2 Monochrom will be on sale from today onwards. The recommended retail price is $48,000. Leica Camera Hong Kong welcomes interested fans to contact the staff of the Leica Store Hong Kong Causeway Bay and Leica Store Hong Kong (IFC) to test and experience the charm of the Q2 Monochrom camera. For any media that are interested in media trials, please contact Flare Communications to further arrange.

ACCOLADE WINES BRING YOU AN EXCEPTIONAL SPARKLING WINE ALTERNATIVE TO THE CUSTOMARY FESTIVE FIZZ

ACCOLADE WINES

ACCOLADE WINES

Christmas and New Year festivities are just not complete without something sparkling to toast with. This holiday season, instead of opting for the standard choice, Champagne, why not try something out of the ordinary by selecting a sensational sparkling wine from House of Arras. 

 A go-to for many due to its synonymous association with heritage and luxury, Champagne is undeniably a very predictable choice. Surprise and delight guests this season by offering something a little different, with just as much refinement, craftsmanship, and complexity.

The distinctive ancient soils and cold climate of the Tasmanian landscape upon which House of Arras grapes are matured creates a distinctive complexity and depth. 

For the past 20 years, these award-winning winemakers have used viticultural practices honed to their local environment, crafting wines of outstanding quality enriched by 30 months to fifteen years in tirage. 

House of Arras has created a collection that retains brilliant freshness and longevity that has exceptional balance and a complex richness, showcasing the pioneering spirit of Australian winemaking at its finest and creating stand-out vintages that express both their age and their origin.

GIFT SOMEONE AN UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT WITH BLACK SHEEP RESTAURANTS

Black Sheep Restaurants

Black Sheep Restaurants

Black Sheep Restaurants


In a year where enjoyable, meaningful experiences have been hard to come by, where birthdays, engagements, weddings, and even the simple respite of dining out has been scaled back, postponed or canceled, every little win deserves a celebration. Over the last eight years, as purveyors of experiences and storytellers, Black Sheep Restaurants has been creating memories through world-class hospitality for everyone that walks through the restaurants' doors, transporting guests with stories told through food and culinary adventure that takes them out of the here and now and immerses them in another time, another place. 

Now, these experiences and moments can be gifted to friends and loved ones, experiences that build memories to last in a time when these moments are fewer and farther between. Share the experience and let Black Sheep Restaurants do what they do best as curators for the moments in life that matter.

For adventurous souls try the Extraordinary Experiences selection, unforgettable moments inspired by the stories behind your favorite restaurants. 

Gift a private oyster shucking class at Osteria Marzia ($1500 for two inclusive of free-flow bubbles); let the budding bartender in your life master the classic cocktails with a private, hands-on lesson at Carbone ($2000 for two inclusive of three hours of snacks and of course, the cocktails); or for the Italophile who has not been able to travel, give them a taste of Tuscany with a masterclass in pasta-making with the chef at Associazione Chianti, inclusive of antipasti, a bottle of wine and your very own handmade pasta ($2000 for two). 

For those who like to be pampered, there are the Dining Experiences, Chef-selected menus of signature dishes (that can be tweaked for dietary restrictions) which offer the quintessential experience of each restaurant. For an unhurried taverna supper under the stars, gift someone a date night at Artemis & Apollo ($1200 for two inclusive of a bottle of wine), or really push the boat out with a MICHELIN-starred dining experience at New Punjab Club ($2500 for two), there is a menu for every taste.

For both of these options, the recipient is not shown the price of the gift, and each gift card comes smartly presented with a description of the experience they will receive. For corporates or die-hard Black Sheep Restaurants fans, there are also stored value cards which can be pre-loaded with anywhere from $500 up to $5000.

These can be used across all Black Sheep Restaurants establishments, from a coffee at Stazione Novella to a lavish supper at Crown Super Deluxe for up to a year from purchase and can be topped up any time (online or in-restaurant).

Art Basel shifts Hong Kong fair from March to May 2021

Art Basel Shifts Hong Kong Fair

Art Basel Shifts Hong Kong Fair


Art Basel today postponed its Hong Kong fair, which was scheduled to take place in March 2021, to May 2021 in response to the ongoing impact of the global pandemic including travel restrictions. The 2021 edition of Art Basel Hong Kong will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from May 21 to May 23, 2021, with preview days on May 19 and May 20, 2021. 

This decision was taken in close consultation with gallerists, collectors, partners, and external experts, with the goal of ensuring that the fair will be attended by the largest possible number of collectors, curators, and arts professionals from Art Basel's global network while protecting the health and safety of everyone concerned. 

Adeline Ooi, Director Asia, Art Basel said: 'We believe shifting the fair to May is the right decision given the current development of the pandemic and its impact on international travel restrictions. By taking the decision early, our aim is to support our galleries in advance planning for their 2021 programs. We very much look forward to hosting our show in May next year and to welcoming gallerists, collectors, and art lovers back to Hong Kong at that time.'

Qatar Airways Launches its First Exclusive Programme for Students Worldwide

Qatar Airways has launched a global programme exclusive to students worldwide. Student Club is powered by the airline’s loyalty programme, Qatar Airways Privilege Club, and offers a range of benefits curated for students to support them throughout their educational journey.

Members of Student Club will enjoy spectacular savings and bespoke benefits such as special fares on flights, extra baggage allowances, the flexibility to change the dates of their flight, complimentary Super Wi-Fi onboard, and more. They will also be automatically enrolled to Qatar Airways Privilege Club – unlocking even greater rewards – and will receive a tier upgrade as a graduation gift as well as the opportunity to earn 5,000 Qmiles if they refer a friend to Student Club. 

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Our brand new Student Club is designed specifically with students’ needs in mind. Travel is an important part of their life, with many choosing to study abroad for the duration of their university career or for a semester. We also know that the long university vacations are a wonderful opportunity for students to visit family or friends or simply to explore the world. Having listened to the needs of our current student passengers, we are delighted to help them to aim for the skies with our Student Club.”

The airline’s new programme for students is part of its wider transformation of Qatar Airways Privilege Club, which is being redefined to ensure that passengers are rewarded for their continued loyalty and receive the very best offers and benefits.

As members of Privilege Club, students will earn Qmiles when travelling with Qatar Airways, oneworld® airlines, or any of the airline’s partners. Students can also earn Qmiles by using Qatar Airways credit cards and when shopping with Privilege Club retail and lifestyle partners. Qmiles can be redeemed for a range of exciting benefits including award flights, upgrades or extra baggage on Qatar Airways, shopping in Qatar Duty Free as well flights and hotel stays with partners.

Student Club members will receive a digital card, which can be stored in their mobile wallet or Qatar Airways mobile app, indicating their membership tier. All students in full- and part-time education aged between 18 and 30 years are eligible to join the programme. To join Student Club, visit https://www.qatarairways.com/en-hk/student-club.html.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. It is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted ‘Skytrax Airline of the Year’ title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.

 

In addition to offering excellent service for passengers, Qatar Airways is also focused on the sustainability of its operations. The airline’s variety of modern, fuel-efficient aircraft – particularly its fleet of 52 Airbus A350s and 30 Boeing 787s – reduces its carbon dioxide emissions. Due to COVID-19’s impact on travel demand, the airline has grounded its fleet of Airbus A380s as it is not environmentally justifiable to operate such a large aircraft in the current market. Qatar Airways has also recently launched a new programme that enables passengers to voluntarily offset the carbon emissions associated with their journey at the point of booking.na

CODE 11.59 BY AUDEMARS PIGUET SELFWINDING FLYING TOURBILLON AN AIR OF CLEAR NIGHT SK

AUDEMARS PIGUET SELFWINDING FLYING TOURBILLON

Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is pleased to reveal two new takes on the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon. Their new dial design combines the refinement of enamel with the shimmering of aventurine glass for a unique effect of star-lit sky. 
The two new takes on the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon are powered by Selfwinding Manufacture calibre 2950, which combines a flying tourbillon with a central rotor. 

Since it was developed in the 1920s, the flying tourbillon has been a symbol of watchmaking excellence and art. Today, Audemars Piguet is amongst the few watchmakers trained to perfect this mechanism.

Audemars Piguet’s first flying tourbillon wristwatch made its appearance in 2018 in the Royal Oak Concept collection. The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet represents the Manufacture’s second collection to host this prestigious mechanism. 
AUDEMARS PIGUET SELFWINDING FLYING TOURBILLON

AUDEMARS PIGUET SELFWINDING FLYING TOURBILLON



Sunday, November 08, 2020

ELEMENTS 圓方推出「餐飲購物雙重禮遇」 星期一至日晚市指定食肆消費HK$500即送HK$500現金券  尊享高達100%消費回贈 消費滿額更可享HK$10,000獎賞

Elements

港鐵公司旗下商場ELEMENTS圓方,位於港鐵九龍站上蓋,毗鄰西九文化區,是城中時尚文化新地標 ! 場內匯聚國際頂級品牌、環球美饌及頂尖消閒娛樂體驗,更致力為顧客帶來獨特而優質的購物體驗。踏入11月,ELEMENTS 圓方再獻新猷,為顧客帶來雙重餐飲及消費禮遇!由2020年11月6日至19日,顧客於星期一至日晚上6時後於場內指定餐飲商戶消費滿HK$500,即獲HK$500 ELEMENTS圓方餐飲現金券,尊享高達100%消費回贈!此外,憑指定消費更可享高達HK$10,000購物獎賞,盡享餐飲購物雙重禮遇!

獎賞1*^: 星期一至日晚市指定食肆消費HK$500 即獲HK$500 現金券# ELEMENTS圓方一直積極為顧客帶來嶄新體驗,先後引入多間星級食府,如最近開業主打東南亞料理的Monsoon,及露天法式餐館 District 8,均為顧客提供地道美饌。由2020年11月6日至19日,顧客於星期一至日晚上6時後,於ELEMENTS圓方指定餐飲商戶消費滿HK$500^,即獲HK$500 ELEMENTS圓方餐飲現金券,讓顧客的滋味旅程加倍快樂!餐飲現金券更適用於場內逾30間美味餐廳,由經典粵菜、至惹味東南亞美食、日式精緻料理、及新派西式佳餚都一應俱全,立即來ELEMENTS圓方品嚐無窮滋味! 獎賞2*◊ : 消費滿指定金額可享HK$10,000獎賞# 此外,顧客於ELEMENTS圓方探索專屬時尚單品,讓造型更添光彩!由2020年11月6日至19日,顧客於ELEMENTS 圓方消費滿HK$30,000,亦可享總值HK$10,000 ELEMENTS圓方指定現金券、電影禮券及商戶禮券;現金券適用於商場內逾百間商戶,讓顧客加倍享受購物樂趣。

ELEMENTS圓方「餐飲購物雙重禮遇」 推廣日期:2020年11月6日至2020年11月19日 禮品換領處 火區1樓 (TUDOR 店側,開放時間為上午10時至晚上10時) 金區2樓 (FRANCK MULLER 店側,開放時間為正午12時至晚上8時) *此推廣活動只限ELEMENTS Club 會員及「圓方之友」參加。顧客可透過ELEMENTS 手機應用程式登記成為「圓方之友」。

ELEMENTS Club 會員/「圓方之友」必須出示不多於1張晚上6時後於指定餐飲商戶以電子貨幣簽賬之有效消費單據。 ◊ELEMENTS Club 會員/「圓方之友」必須出示不多於2張以電子貨幣簽賬之有效消費單據。於3hreeSixty及萬寧的消費單據並不適用於此推廣活動。 #禮品換領數量有限,先到先得,換完即止。現金券須消費滿指定金額方可使用,並受條款及細則約束,詳情請參閱各現金券。 優惠受其他條款及細則約束。詳情請瀏覽ELEMENTS圓方官方網站www.elementshk.com。

Lush Christmas Products 2020

Lush Christmas Products 2020

This Christmas, Lush provides an abundance of vegan products in the Winter Collection to keep the festive spirit alive. Let's have a cruelty-free Lush Christmas!


Lush

At Lush, we would like to gift you peace of mind that comes from knowing every gift you pick for your loved ones, be it naked products or gift sets packed with recycled materials, won't cause unnecessary harm to the environment.

Christmas range has been launched on our stores and website. To enhance your online shopping experience with Lush, you can enjoy free delivery for orders worth HK$500 or more!
This Christmas, Lush provides an abundance of vegan products in the Winter Collection to keep the festive spirit alive.

Let's have a cruelty-free Lush Christmas! At Lush, we would like to gift you peace of mind that comes from knowing every gift you pick for your loved ones, be it naked products or gift sets packed with recycled materials, won't cause unnecessary harm to the environment.

Christmas range has been launched on our stores and website. To enhance your online shopping experience with Lush, you can enjoy free delivery for orders worth HK$500 or more!

HOLLY GOLIGHTLY WONDERBALL BATH GIFT BOMB

3-in-1. An uplifting citrus bundle keeps giving with bubbles plus two types of bath bomb. Treat yourself or gift to another this Christmas.

SNOWMAN DREAMING BATH BOMB

Relax as this Christmas bath bomb glides across the bath leaving a lavender-scented rainbow trail. Sleep soundly and dream deeply.

JINGLE BELLS BATH BOMB

Lay back and soak in the colourful red and blue swirls and softening water of this Christmas bath bomb. Orange oil is an instant refresher.

KINKY BOOTS BUBBLE BAR

Enjoy a Christmas bath bath (or two) with jasmine, vegan musk and softening cocoa butter. A plastic-free bubble bar and bath oil together.

YOG NOG SHOWER GEL

Shower times gifted with gold. This Christmas shower gel is vegan, palm oil free, SLS free, full of plastic-free glitter and suitable for all.

ORANGE SHOWER SCRUB

A natural exfoliator, this sea salt scrub brightens skin while the vitamin C rich orange scent uplifts your mind in an aromatherapy shower.

SNOW FAIRY SHAMPOO BAR

The perfect seasonal stocking filler gift. Unleash Snow Fairy on your hair, with up to 80 candy floss scented washes. Marshmallow root powder detangles as well as softening the hair. Perfect for soft, conditioned tresses.

POLAR BEAR SOAP

This Christmas soap is packed full of coconut goodness. Sit on the edge of the sink and it will encourage even little paws to keep clean.

Sunday, November 01, 2020

Ritz-Carlton Festive Program 2020 Featuring Steiff Teddy Bear Festive Afternoon Tea & Community Footprint initiative Guardian Angel

Ritz-Carlton Festive Program 2020

The most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching! The Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong are thrilled to ring the holiday bells and usher in 2021 with an array of activities for our prestigious guests. For the full Festive Program, please refer to our Christmas online shop at http://ritzcarltonhkshop.com. Festive Dining Events This year’s special dining program shines a spotlight on Steiff Teddy Bear Festive Afternoon Tea, available at The Lounge & Bar and Café 103 from December 1, 2020 to January 3, 2021. 

A collaboration with time-honored German plush toy manufacturer Steiff, this festive afternoon tea is ensconced in an exclusive teddy bear-shaped tea set stand depicting the beloved bear’s signature pose of kicking up one of its legs. German-born Executive Chef Peter Find is spearheading the afternoon tea menu creation by adding a German touch paying homage to Steiff’s history. 

He also incorporates premium chocolate brand Valrhona into the lovable treats. Highlights of the sweet items include traditional German spice cookies Pfeffernuesse, which is made of pure honey, almond meal, ground white pepper, and most importantly, gingerbread powder Lebkuchengewürz, which gives the pastry an authentic German flavor. Another favorite is Black Forrest Verrine, a lovely glass cup housing layers of Kirsch cherry compote, sponge cake, and mousse made with heavenly Valrhona chocolate, chocolate chips, and Kirsch-infused cream. 

Valrhona Christmas Tree, which features chocolate cremeux, chocolate gingerbread ganache and crumbles made with Valrhona Araguani 72% dark chocolate, is every chocolate lover’s dream. Roasted Chestnut and Wild Mushroom Duxelle Cube Sandwiches is inspired by Chef Peter’s signature Mushroom Chestnut Soup. Nutty flavor of house-made caramelized chestnut and earthy notes of mushroom duxelle create a symphony of tempting tastes and aromas. Sandwiched between spinach bread and further topped with chestnut shavings, this savory delicacy is truly not to be missed. 
 
Steiff Teddy Bear Festive Afternoon Tea is priced at HK$458 for one and HK$788 for two (except from December 24 to 26, 2020; for festive prices, please refer to the Festive Program). From December 24 to 26, 2020, guests will be gifted a Steiff teddy bear keyring upon purchase of Steiff Teddy Bear Festive Afternoon Tea for two (available on a first-come-first-served basis while stocks last). 

For the menu, please refer to Appendix I. Apart from the afternoon tea, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong also offers a wide range of festive-exclusive culinary offerings at the hotel’s various dining venues including Michelin-starred establishments Tosca di Angelo and Tin Lung Heen, rooftop bar Ozone, Café 103 and The Lounge & Bar.

Indulge in the sensational flavors of Sicily by savoring the 8-course Christmas Eve Dinner at Tosca di Angelo, carefully curated by Culinary Director Angelo Aglianó. Party-goers must not miss “OZONE: The Starchaser” New Year’s Eve Countdown Party where free-flow champagne packages and DJ beats are here to welcome in 2021. There is no better way to kick start the New Year than feasting on the sumptuous buffet spreads on New Year’s Day at Café 103? For more festive dining offerings, please refer to the Festive Program. 

For reservations and inquiries, please call +852 2263 2270 or email restaurantreservation.hk@ritzcarlton.com. 

 The Gift of Happiness: Guardian Angel at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong No one has ever become poor by giving. This Christmas, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong has partnered up with Little Life Warrior Society and Home of Love for our first-ever Guardian Angel campaign! 

Children cancer patients and survivors as well as underprivileged children have been asked to share their gift wishes, which are displayed on our Christmas tree on Level 9 Lobby. Hotel and restaurant guests are invited to make a donation of any amount to help make these children’s wishes come true. 

 Before Christmas, the children are invited to enjoy the Steiff Teddy Bear Festive Afternoon Tea at our hotel where they will also be receiving their gifts. The Guardian Angel charity campaign will take place from December 1 to 12, 2020. For inquiries, please email rc.hkgkw.einfo@ritzcarlton.com.

A Season of Gifting Celebration is never complete without gifting your loved ones a heartwarming present. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong has got you covered with festive hampers packed with epicurean delights and pampering novelties, available on the hotel’s Christmas online shop at http://ritzcarltonhkshop.com. 

From December 1 to 27, 2020, from 12 noon to 8 pm, swing by A Furry Delightful Christmas Stall conveniently located at Level 9 Lobby and find an array of festive goodies including adorable Steiff teddy bears and plushies. 

Festive Beauty Indulgence at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Hong Kong The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Hong Kong offers two festive spa treatments, which promise to keep guests looking and feeling their best for this festive season, as well as to rejuvenate afterwards a marathon of parties and celebrations.

Jingle Beer (135 minutes | HK$6,400 for two persons) Discover the joy of detox-to-retox this festive season with Jingle Beer experience with your best friend or loved one at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Hong Kong. 

Enjoy a relaxing massage with warm grain pack, followed by a nourishing anti-oxidant beer bath and beer tasting experience, complete with a delicious cheese burger or the hotel’s signature vegan burger - The Beyond Burger. Jingle Beer experience is available for two persons per reservation. Each guest will enjoy one glass of craft beer, one burger, a 45-minute a, beer bath and a 90-minute body massage. “Sparty Face” Facial Treatment (90 minutes | HK$2,680) Be the talk of the town this joyful season with a hydrating and uplifting facial at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Hong Kong, leaving your features fuller, firmer and ready for the parties to come. 

This facial treatment comes with a complimentary limited-edition homecare gift set. For reservation and enquiries, please call +852 2263 2040 or email spareception.hk@ritzcarlton.com. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong looks forward to welcoming our guests during this festive season, and wishes everyone an enchanting Christmas and prosperous New Year.
*All prices are subject to 10% service charge.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Cultural retail concept stimulates consumption recovery K11 sees a surge in sales during the Golden Week

Cultural retail concept stimulates consumption recovery

K11 launched a variety of art and cultural events in the first Golden Week after the normalisation of pandemic control, forming a strong synergy between culture and retail which led to a considerable surge in sales. The sales of K11 MUSEA in Hong Kong was 311% that of last year’s, while the sales of Shanghai K11 and Shenyang K11 surged by 93% and 65% year-on-year respectively. 

The surge shows the resilience and vitality of consumption recovery in China and highlights the huge potential of K11’s unique cultural-retail business model. Hong Kong K11 MUSEA: Sales rebounded 311%, outperforming the market Even though the pandemic in Hong Kong has not yet been fully stabilised, K11 MUSEA, known as Hong Kong’s Silicon Valley of Culture, still has great confidence in local consumption power. 

Cultural retail concept stimulates consumption.

From August to October, K11 MUSEA ushered in more than 10 premium restaurants, including fine-dining restaurant COBO HOUSE and COUCOU Reserve HotPot, etc. 

K11 MUSEA also opened K11 Art & Cultural Centre, a brand new art and cultural space exhibiting signature works of top international artists, such as Yayoi Kusama, KAWS, and Erwin Wurm. Riding on China’s National Day holiday and the 1st Anniversary of K11 MUSEA, an exciting array of new art and cultural events were launched, including the striking nine-metre-tall sculpture of Van Gogh’s Ear by Elmgreen & Dragset, a limited-time showcase of legendary pop artist Keith Haring’s iconic artworks presented by Phillips Auction House, and Spanish artist Javier Calleja’s Thinking Boy and Little Maurizio sculptures.
 
Cultural retail concept stimulates consumption recovery,  K11 sees a surge in sales during the Golden Week


K11 MUSEA saw consumption rebound strongly, with sales up by 311% and member sales eight times year-on-year. Crowds in K11 MUSEA Shanghai K11: Attracts footfall with the rejuvenation of Chinese cultural heritage In eastern China, Shanghai K11 opened a pop-up store Bishan Crafts Cooperatives, with a collection of local custom and wooden craftworks from various ethnic groups in China. It brought the simple folk culture into the bustling city so that people could enjoy a fresh and quiet atmosphere. The theme of the Bishan Crafts Cooperatives pop-up store was a perfect match with the "The Architecture Festival: The Resurgence of Wooden Architecture" exhibition, and both of them were devoted to rejuvenating traditional Chinese crafts and culture. 

Hong Kong


Shanghai K11's sales rose by 93% during the Golden Week, 35% of which are contributions from surrounding satellite cities. This fully demonstrates the recovery of the mainland economy along with people's enthusiasm with regard to traditional crafts. Crowds in Shanghai K11 Shenyang K11: “Glowing giant rabbits” draw crowds To celebrate the National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival, Shenyang K11 invited Austrian public installation artist Amanda Parer to create glowing giant rabbits over three stories high. Overlooking the Hunhe River, the glowing giant rabbits created quite a sight for the autumn nights. The giant rabbits and other lighting artworks in the mall drew millions of people to the scene. 

During the Golden Week, Shenyang K11 saw a 65% year-on-year growth in sales. "Glowing giant rabbit" lighting artwork Guangzhou K11: First Art Festival achieves large sales Guangzhou K11 first launched the "Cheer Art" Art Festival on July 10, using the concept of “art and social”. Echoing this innovative approach, the Kaos Trip exhibition held during the Golden Week brought about record-breaking growth in footfall and ticket sales. Within just 5 days between Oct 1 - Oct 5, Guangzhou K11’s overall sales surged by 160% compared to that of the Labour Day Golden Week this year.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

GREEN PLANET FOODS LAUNCHES VENTURE STUDIO INTO CHINESE PLANT BASED FOOD MARKET

GREEN PLANET FOODS LAUNCHES VENTURE STUDIO

Green Plant Foods



Green Planet Foods officially launches its venture studio focused on plant-based food & beverages and advanced farming technologies, powered by founders of the Center for the Spread of Affordable Wellness (CSAW), China Renaissance Capital Investment (CRCI), and BrandHouse Holding. Four key global entrepreneurs in the FoodTech and AgriTech industries across Asia Pacific came together with one common desire: for the world to eat healthier. 

Green Planet Foods will act as a market developer and product innovator to introduce affordable plant-based food & beverage products, and as an incubator that invests in bringing in new innovations in precision farming, starting with the Mainland Chinese market.

This morning, Ashok Vasudevan, co-founder of Green Planet Foods, gave his keynote address at the Future Food Asia 2020 (FFA2020) conference, and shared more about the new venture studio, "The mission of Green Planet Foods is to promote affordable wellness in Mainland China by blending global food innovation with scale, achieved through the acceleration & incubation of global innovations in plant-based food & beverage categories." "It is our belief that food is a primary contributor to wellness – a basic and equal right for every individual,” continued Vasudevan who is also co-founder of CSAW, based in Singapore."

Across the four co-founders, we share a rich ancestry of farming cultures and pay homage to our history. We believe that we’d rather pay the farmer than the pharmacy. The opportunity in Mainland China Comprising almost 20% of the global population, Mainland China is the most populous country in the world and is rapidly growing. The government of the People's Republic of China has been acutely aware of the growing consumption needs of its people, with an average annual growth rate of 15% in capital expenditure from farm to fork production or processing.1 The government has also launched multiple campaigns targeting better eating habits, such as the Healthy China 2030 campaign that explicitly recognizes the importance of food and balanced diets to health. At the same time, there is familiarity with the benefits of plant-based diets. 

Chinese society has known about this for centuries and that thinking is still pervasive today; Caixin Global estimates there are at least 50 million vegetarians in China (4 times that of the USA). 2 Contrary to popular belief, Chinese consume up to 1.5 times more plant-based foods (vegetables, nuts, legumes, whole grains etc.) than their Western counterparts, while eating 60% less meat and meat products. 3 Plant-based knowledge is also inherent in traditional Chinese medicine and herbs, affirming the correlation between food and wellness. Unlike popular belief, Chinese capital no longer merely seeks to invest in infrastructure or manufacturing assets. It seeks social impact and we believe Green Planet Foods' commitment to affordable wellness is probably the largest positive impact we can make to Chinese society today. The recent COVID-19 situation has exposed how broken the world's food systems are. Mainland China is at the cusp of a huge growth curve of its agriculture and food industry. 

Armed with these learnings, we have an opportunity to lead from the front and define how the next Green Revolution should look like to bring wellness to all”, said Mark Qiu, co-founder of Green Planet Foods, and CEO of CRCI, a Chinese private equity firm with more than US$3 billion AUM, based in Hong Kong SAR. "With its immense appetite for new innovations, the Chinese market offers unprecedented scale for new ideas and brands to set the trend for new categories of affordable wellness." Open for collaboration Green Planet Foods will partner with global innovators to further develop, localize, and launch their products into the Chinese market through its extended network of corporate partners, investors, and portfolio companies. "Let us be clear – we are not an accelerator or incubator in the traditional sense of the word. We will actively share the risks and rewards with innovators while bringing our inherent knowledge of the Chinese market. 

Where necessary, we will also lead the research and development of proprietary foods and technologies", said co-founder and CEO of Green Planet Foods, Klaus Anker Petersen, who is also Executive Chairman of BrandHouse Holding, a cross-border e-commerce platform focused on FMCG products based in Shenzhen. What's next for Green Planet Foods? Incorporated in Singapore and funded by the promoter group, Green Planet Foods is already in the midst of bringing several projects to bear. These range from precision agriculture to plant-based meats, ready-to-eat foods, and dairy. “Entrepreneurs have uncommon perceptions and insight into their customers that allow them to build deep resonance. Through Green Planet Foods, we will offer an international yet local understanding of the Chinese market, while holding an industry-insider view towards technologies and the critical issues that need to be solved in the food value chain. Combining the two, we will achieve tremendous momentum in the Chinese market”, said Meera Vasudevan, co-founder of Green Planet Foods and CSAW. Partners who wish to explore future collaborations with Green Planet Foods can find out more at their website (https://greenplanetfoods.io).

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Nationwide Sleepless Shopping Festival O2O Campaign

Nationwide Sleepless Shopping Festival O2O Campaign

Nationwide Sleepless Shopping Festival O2O Campaign
Sleepless Shopping Festival


K11 launched the online to offline campaign "Sleepless Shopping Festival" in China during the weekend of 7 to 9 August to leverage on the much-awaited "8.8 Shopping Festival". The campaign featured a series of creative and multifaceted activities, from concerts, markets, art, crafts, cultural forums to car shows. To take K11’s digitalisation and omnichannel operational strategies to the next level, as well as to promote online to offline (O2O) integration, K11 launched the nationwide K11 GO Mini Program during the “8.8 Shopping Festival” to conduct an unprecedented 14-hour live broadcast that integrated both physical shops with live streaming. This allowed customers to experience art and cultural activities at home and encourage “instant shopping”.

The “K11 Sleepless Shopping Festival” campaign was an unprecedented success with total sales increased four-fold year-on-year and customer traffic up 40%, successfully revitalising consumer spending amid COVID-19 and supporting economic recovery efforts across provinces.

In addition to the surge in sales and traffic, the spending of members of KLUB 11 Black Card, the highest membership tier of K11, increased ten-fold. The overall upward trend and increasing footfall have also been a driving force for New World China Land’s real estate sales and Chow Tai Fook’s jewelry sales, benefiting the entire group’s ecosystem.

Highlights of K11's "Sleepless Shopping Festival" included:

Guangzhou K11 x TME live’s blockbuster cloud music festival “Born to Love Rock and Roll” lights up the city

Themed “Born to Play”, Guangzhou K11 organised two major events, including the outdoor “MINI Car Trunk Market” and the indoor “Natural Fun Amusement Park”, as well as a retro-arcade games arena, which offered everyone an opportunity to catch up on their long-lost social life. Another highlight was the K11 x TME live “Born to Love Rock and Roll” concert on the evening of 8 August, featuring Wutiaoren, VAVA, Roada Xu, Joyce Chu, and Joyside, who performed at the K11 ATELIER Sky Lobby and live-streamed their performances, allowing the public to enjoy a special rock and roll concert.

Shanghai K11 invited famous artists, including Shuhei Aoyama, Li Xiaochuan and Ma Junfeng, for an unforgettable cultural exchange

The most eye-catching event in Shanghai was the master class from the K11 Architecture Festival: The Resurgence of Wooden Architecture exhibition. This master class was jointly presented by Shanghai K11 and ADStyle, where Japanese architect Shuhei Aoyama was a keynote speaker who shared his understanding of wooden structures. In addition, the jazz performance by Chinese jazz trumpet player and composer Li Xiaochuan and director Ma Junfeng impressed the audience. An aerial art party was also held for the Porsche Club China in Shanghai, where four generations of Porsche 911 race cars were brought together for the event, with the dynamic rhythm of 44KW electronic music blasting in the background. In addition to various professional art events, Shanghai K11 also cooperated with an international school to hold a concert in the name of love to support charities and raise awareness of health and well-being.

Shenyang K11 Group’s ecosystem unites; musiK11 presented "Night Music Festival"

Shenyang K11 leveraged the resources of the New World Group ecosystem to provide customers with a perfect “eat, drink, play, live” experience. New World China Land unveiled four highly sought-after apartment categories at midnight; the Lawn Academy joined hands with the French consulate to play a selection of French movies on a giant screen at the creative market at Dapeng Plaza. The North Plaza brought together seven of the most distinctive bands in the city to create the musiK11 Festival summer concert, and gathered national e-sports players from all over the city to compete for the “CEST” city champion prize.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

JD Foundation joins Charity Programs for Children

JD Foundation

JD Foundation


JD Foundation


To mark the 71st International Children's Day, JD.com and JD Foundation are partnering with China Charity Federation, China Red Cross Foundation, China Association for SOS Children’s Village, China Women's Development Foundation as well as Biostime China Foundation for Mother & Child to launch a special donation program to collect school supplies and daily necessities for poor children. 

Customers can participate in the program via JD’s innovative online donation platform, which leverages the company’s e-commerce expertise and cutting-edge technology, as well as its logistics network to ensure transparency and efficiency in the donation process. JD, together with China Charity Federation and Biostime China Foundation for Mother & Child, will launch another round of its clothing collection and donation program in 74 cities around China, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Chongqing. 

For each item of clothing donated, Biostime China Foundation will match RMB 1 yuan to a fund for children with congenital heart disease. The China Charity Foundation will be responsible for tallying up the total quantity of clothing donated, while the China Red Cross Foundation will be responsible for the screening and treatment. The list of supported children will be announced on JD Foundation's website. Donors can pre-order JD’s couriers to pick up clothing ahead of time. 

Through the partnership with SOS Children’s Village, JD will collect supplies for 108 kids in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang province. SOS Children’s Village has helped many kids from poor villages to access education opportunities. Xiaojin, one former beneficiary of the program, is currently studying for his master’s degree. 

He said, "I’m a child from the countryside and lost my parents when I was only in third grade. The program gave me a second chance at school, as well as a family, bringing light to my childhood." JD Foundation’s partnership with China Women's Development Foundation will collect medical supplies for children in Tibetan inhabitant areas of Yunnan province and urban and rural areas of Shaanxi province.

Monday, July 13, 2020

A Geek in China Book Review

A Geek in China: Discovering the Land of Bullet Trains, Alibaba and Dim Sum

ISBN: 978-0-8048-4469-7
By Matthew Christensen
Tuttle Publishing, 2016
144 pp, paperback

A Geek in China

Anybody hoping to attain geek status regarding China can start with this book, subtitled Discovering the Land of Bullet Trains, Alibaba and Dim Sum.
Like Tuttle's A Geek in Korea and A Geek in Japan books, this one is very attractively laid out, with high-quality pictures and multiple fonts, sizes, and colors to keep you entertained. The book covers a lot of ground, and readers can pick and choose what they want to read without having to dedicate a lot of time, as few of the sections are what anybody would call lengthy.

As compared with the A Geek in Korea and A Geek in Japan books, there is less emphasis on edgy/cool current pop culture, and more traditional lists of things to see and do.
A Geek in China is divided into six chapters, with the first three chapters covering China's history (excellent and surprisingly deep), culture and food (looks tasty) and character and society (from ancient religious values to modern-day cell phone culture).
The last three chapters cover modern and urban China (working in China, architecture, etc.), Chinese leisure time (sports, music, art, cinema, television) and, finally, where to go and what to do in China.
The last two mini-chapters are on visiting Taiwan and visiting Hong Kong. Perhaps if the book had listed Taiwan, the book could not have been sold in China.
Unsurprisingly, the book is very positive about China without getting into any controversy.
It briefly alludes to the so-called Confucius Institutes recently built on many university campuses around the world but fails to mention any criticism of them in the West. Also, the section on religions mentions Christianity, the Falun Gong movement, and Islam, but nothing about any persecution of these groups.
Overall, this is a good and interesting primer on China and its history and culture, but to get more in-depth you will need to complement this with other books.

Marshall Hughes

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Thursday, June 04, 2020

It's All Chinese To Me: An Overview of Chinese Culture, Travel & Etiquette

It's All Chinese To Me: An Overview of Chinese Culture, Travel & Etiquette (Fully Revised and Expanded)

ISBN: 978-0-8048-4917-3
By Pierre Ostrowski and Gwen Penner
Tuttle Publishing, 2018
192 pp, paperback

It's All Chinese To Me: An Overview of Chinese Culture, Travel & Etiquette


It won't be all Chinese to you after you finish this quick, light-hearted "overview of culture and etiquette" about China.
Using cartoon drawings mixed with occasional very short chapters, authors Ostrowski and Penner touch on a number of subjects about China including history, politics and society, rituals and superstitions and doing business in China.
There are also lighter topics including do's and don'ts, culture shock, transportation and guanxi (loosely translated as connections) and mianzi (basically translated as saving face).
The book can be read in less than two hours because most of the pages consist of one or two one-panel cartoon-like drawings.

It's All Chinese To Me: An Overview of Chinese Culture, Travel & Etiquette



Scattered throughout the book are Chinese proverbs, usually well-matched with what each particular chapter is talking about. For example, on the page on gift-giving, the proverb included is, "A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers."
Readers familiar with Asian cultures will find it interesting how many Chinese things have similarities with other Asian cultures, particularly Japan; for example, how to pour drinks, avoiding the number 4, giving and receiving presents with two hands, slurping noodles, never leaving chopsticks in rice etc.
Perhaps the most thorough section, and that is a relative term, concerns the influences of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism on the country.
While the book is written to be fun and not to be an all-inclusive look at China's 1.4 billion people, there are more serious things discussed, albeit briefly. Readers will learn that:
# Fake drugs account for up to 25% of the total prescription drug market.
# Traditional Chinese medicines continue to lead to the barbaric treatment of many animals, most specifically bears but also including dogs, cats, rhinos, tigers, leopards, etc.
# Chinese media often refers to foreigners as foreign devils, barbarians, big noses, and red beards.
The book is by no means a deep analysis of China, but that's fine. It is amusing and breezy, and if that is what you are looking for then is a good book for you.

Marshall Hughes

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