As always Hong Kong has plenty of new and noteworthy things to be doing and buying this month, here are our top picks:
Due to popular demand, Twinkle Dance Company has opened a new studio in Aberdeen – very close to the new MTR station. This third studio is located in One Island South, a building filled with shops and above some of our favourite cafés, so parents can enjoy a latte and a spot of shopping while their little ones are in dance class. If you’re the type of mummy who loves to dance, you could join the company’s adult ballet and contemporary classes that will be on offer at the new location. There’ll also be more ballet and jazz classes opening for children on weekdays and Saturdays. Join them at their grand opening on 3 April, starting with a reception at 12pm. Along with some wonderful performances from the Twinkle Dance production team and guest performers from Hong Kong Ballet, free passes to adult classes will be handed out.
311 One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Aberdeen.
The topic of wills can be overwhelming, so let an expert guide you through the process. Phoenix Wills is hosting its popular workshops on wills and guardianship in Central and Discovery Bay in April. Join the team for a discussion on the importance of having a valid will in place to ensure that your assets are distributed in accordance with your wishes, and appointing guardians for your children – as well as what the consequences could be if you leave this important task until it is too late. Workshops will be held on Tuesday 12 April in Discovery Bay and Thursday 21 April in Central (both from 7pm to 9pm). For more information, or to reserve your seat, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer is coming, and it’s time to think about footwear. With all those trips to the pool and the beach in mind, Stride Rite has developed the new Made2Play Phibian – designed to go from land to sea and everywhere in between. With a flexible, lightweight, non-slip outsole, they combine the fit of a sneaker with the breathability of a sandal. The Phibian is washable and quick-drying, and features the new and improved Made2Play anti-stink technology.
Owners of exotics (rabbits, chinchillas, reptiles and birds, even hedgehogs and spiders – anything which is not a cat or dog!) once had to travel to Tai Wai for specialist vet care. This June, however, Tai Wai Small Animal and Exotic Hospital is opening a new branch on Hong Kong island. Island Exotics will specialise in the treatment and care of exotic pets exclusively, and will provide the most comfortable environment to aid in treatment and recovery. The hospital is fully equipped with high-resolution diagnostic imaging (essential for small pets), full surgical facilities, an in-house laboratory, endoscopic dental area, temperature controlled wards, and exotic boarding: all to provide the best care for your pets. It’s open 9am to 7pm every day. Critical cases needing 24-hour monitoring will be transferred to Tai Wai Hospital where 24-hour veterinary attention and nursing care is provided.
For more pet advice take a look at our latest article on Introducing your pet to Hong Kong: Adopting, Training, Vets, Health issues and advice
Looking for a unique gift to send loved ones back home? Or something special to take with you when you leave Hong Kong? There’s a good chance you’ll find what you’re looking for at Jing-a-ling, a creative local online gift shop. All of its products are designed locally and carefully sourced, with the aim of reflecting the essence of Hong Kong, while offering stylish, practical and unique everyday gifts for anyone visiting, living in, or leaving Hong Kong. Among the store’s fabulous new products is a set of Chinese zodiac bookmarks. Free delivery to anywhere in Hong Kong.
3170 9249 | jingalinghk.com
We also love Belinda Bath’s montages of Hong Kong as seen on our last front cover!
When kids get to a certain age, you can no longer get away with character cakes and balloons when it comes to birthday parties. Are your tweens and teens too old for a clown or too cool for a pirate? Rumple and Friends’ Disco Parties might be what you’re looking for – they’re even fun for adults! Their fully professional, mobile disco set up is great for any venue – with a powerful sound system, lighting rig, special effects and full party rundowns, they bring the party to you. Additional options include air guitar competitions, karaoke and other activities that are sure to keep even the most party-hardened kids happy! Email email@example.com to book your party today.
While we all start out with great intentions when it comes to making baby food from scratch, sometimes it helps to have a backup in the pantry; and it’s best to go with the very best. Little Freddie, a European organic baby food company, has a huge range of pouches, suitable for babies aged from four months. They’ve also just released a new cereal collection, which offers four delicious and healthy cereals. The cereals are made from only 100 percent EU-certified natural ingredients sourced from the best organic farms in Europe; they’re packed full of goodness, with no nasties. The range is available at over 90 stores in Hong Kong including Toys “R” Us, City’super, Eugene Baby, Marketplace, Mannings, Taste, GREAT, Bumps to Babes, Tiny Footprints, Baby Choice, YATA and Fusion.
It’s not just April that is full of things to do and new companies coming to town – our Living in Hong Kong page is full of information and events going on around town – check it out!