We know it’s cold outside, and you’re probably all bundled up next to your space heater. Well keyboard warriors, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your laptop to get the scoop on what’s happening this February in the Fragrant Harbour.
Whether you celebrate Chinese New Year or not, you’ll be coveting the cute range of gifts now in store at TREE. Ring in the Year of the Ram with Mariko Jesse’s Hong Kong-themed ceramics in a traditional toile pattern with a quirky twist. The collection features everything you need for a Chinese tea party. Also in store, a stunning range of Vietnamese ceramic jars, Tu Textiles cushions in bold red patterns, and TREE’s own exclusive lai see packets. Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Massage at the Matilda
Infant massage has many proven benefits, and if you’re a parent of a newborn and you’re keen to learn the technique, Matilda International Hospital offers courses in English, Cantonese and Japanese. Want to teach infant massage yourself? If you pass an exam at the end of the four-day course, you will be certified as an Infant Massage Instructor.
The recently opened Pure South at The Pulse has so many options under one roof, that southsiders no longer have an excuse to avoid the gym. With yoga, group fitness, lifestyle coaching and more, there’s a workout for everyone. As well as the usual programmes, Pure South offers something a little different, with classes like Wall Rope Yoga, Handstands, Aerial Yoga, and Assault Bikes. Need further encouragement? It’s the first Pure location offering classes on the beach, with views over Repulse Bay, and a Nood Food juice bar, which all makes working out feel less like work. Level 1, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay.
Airbnb has taken the world by storm, offering affordable accommodation for travellers, and the opportunity to make some spare cash for homeowners. But for those who chose to rent out their rooms, the admin side of things can be a little time-consuming. Personal management business Caroline B now offers a new service to property owners who let out their apartments on a short-term basis through sites like Airbnb. The service includes airport collection, housekeeping and building maintenance using Caroline B’s own in-house qualified technical staff, to take the stress out of short-term renting.
Run for Love
Looking for a Valentine’s Day date with a difference? Couples will hit the trails again this year for Lantau Base Camp’s Valentine’s Day Race, a 14km team trail race on South Lantau Island. Each team must be made up of two members and teams must complete the whole trail together; how’s that for romantic? The race is short enough for beginners and covers enough tough terrain and elevation for anyone looking for a challenge. Enter online and be ready to start 9.30am, Saturday February 14 – after a high-protein breakfast in bed, of course.
Pay Less for Paintings
Okay, this one is actually in May, but we can’t wait! With the aim of putting more art on the walls of Hong Kong homes, the Affordable Art Fair will be back in town in a few months’ time. Running from 22 to 24 May at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Fair will house over 130 local and international galleries, giving you the opportunity to get up close and personal with thousands of artworks priced between $1,000 to $100,000. For those looking to jump into the art market on a budget, there’s the special “Under $10,000 Wall”. While you’re shopping for art, the kids can enjoy many of the fun interactive activities also on offer.
Most of us take for granted how we learned to read until we have to help our own kids learn, and then we realise we don’t know our phonics from our phonemes. Read Write Inc. (RWI) is a phonics programme from the UK that is currently used by a number of schools in Hong Kong, and RWI’s Trainer for Asia, Rachel Todd, is using her expertise to teach parents how to help their kids while they are learning to read. Her workshops for parents focus on the basics of phonics and sounds, spelling and reading at home. For a 20 percent discount on workshops in February and March, Expat Living readers should quote “EXPATABC.” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Discerning shoppers in Hong Kong know that online is where it’s at. Why would you pound the pavements and battle the crowds when you can shop from the comfort of your own home? Sooq is an online marketplace for buying and selling unique, handmade and personalised goods made by some of Hong Kong’s finest artisans, has just made it even easier. Like your very own personal shopper, the Sooq team only selects vendors that they would personally want to buy from, and only their best products will feature on their website, saving you time and giving a whole new meaning to the term “window shopping.”