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“Hong Kong Snowboarding Competition!”…A competition that took place in Beijing Nanshan, with the support by Nokia Nanshan Mellow Park. X Game and Burton teamed up to bring us the first annual installation of the Hong Kong Burton Snow Jam 2007, an event that attracted 100 snowboarders from Hong Kong, the youngest of whom was just 6. Tea meeting was held before the trip as an introduction of the Burton Snow Jam 07 with lucky draw and prizes to win. 25 snowboarders went to compete for the Boarder Cross and Freestyle Run. Throughout the competition 30 pieces of brand new snowboards were provided by Burton. A LTR program was provided as well for beginners to try out snowboarding and ride with Pro Riders. As the trip came to an end, there was just enough time to tour around the city of Beijing. Prizes giving ceremony turn out to be an unforgettable party. X Game has made this trip successful and that snowboarders in Hong Kong have a chance to perform their skills and make new friends…stay tune for more up coming events organized by X Game.
Champion: C.K Yam
Prize: Burton Custom X 152 Board signed by Shaun White
2nd Place: Tommy Yau
Prize: Burton Custom X 156 Board signed by Shaun White
3rd Place: Stephen Wong
Prize: Burton Boardbag
4th Place: Dennis Lam
Prize: Burton DVD & beannie
Champion: Donald Wan
Prize: Burton Custom 154 Board signed by Shaun White
2nd Place: Gerry Kuo
Prize: Burton Boardbag
3rd Place: Ryann Lau
Prize: Burton Boardbag
(information provided by X Game)
Blends Brunei’s Exotic Spices & Ingredients
A unique range of handmade chocolates blending local spices and ingredients into traditional European recipes is now available at The Empire Hotel & Country Club in Brunei.
Created by the hotel’s award-winning chefs Suhairi Idris and James Norman and their team, the chocolates introduce exotic local flavours such as pandan and chili along with durian, bananas and coconuts.
Gift-boxes on sale at The Lobby Lounge of Brunei's premier resort start at B$14 for a selection of eight chocolates. Boxes of 16 are B$26, or B$74 for a box of 49 and B$136 for a giant box of 98.
The mouth-watering selection of new confections with a distinct Brunei twist include Tongkat Ali, flavoured with the root of a traditional local tree, a blend of young coconut with dark chocolate named Kelapa, and Chili Truffles infusing milk chocolate with local chili.
Pandan Leaf blends white chocolate with sweet-scented pandan, Durian Ganache is flavoured with the pungent 'King of Fruits', and Pisang Emas combines delicious local banana with dark chocolate.
Classical European chocolate recipes are also included in the selection, from traditional Milk Chocolate, Fruity Nuts, and Hazelnut Praline to Cappuccino, Vanilla, Buttermilk Caramel, Bittersweet Cocoa, lime-flavoured Turkish Delight, Lavender Caramel and Saffron, scented with the unmistakable aroma of the world's most expensive spice.
The new creations placing Brunei distinctively on the world's chocolate map represent the combined efforts of Executive Chef Suhairi Idris and Chef James Norman, and local Bruneian chef and aspiring chocolatier, Siti Amira (Mira) Mubarak after exhaustive experimentation to produce ideal blends.
"What we have produced is a range of chocolates unique to Brunei, so they are obviously superb souvenirs for visitors, as well as memorable gifts for local Bruneians," said Chef Idris.
"We set out to create distinctive 'rainforest' chocolate recipes and the results will delight chocolate lovers."
Chef Siti Amira (Mira) Mubarak who has been with the hotel since 2004 and who played a key role in developing the range of unusual, indigenous flavours, admits to being completely passionate about chocolate. Her ambition is to travel the world to learn about chocolate and eventually to become a teacher, passing her knowledge to the next generation.
The gift boxes can be ordered from The Empire's Lobby Lounge by calling +673 241 8888, extension 5008. For special requests, personalised chocolates can also be made at an extra charge. Boxes can be delivered to friends and relatives overseas as well, with an additional air-freighting charge.
For more information on the Empire Hotel & Country Club’s exclusive chocolate collection, please visit http://www.theempirehotel.com/chocolates.htm.
About The Empire Hotel & Country Club
On the doorstep of one of the oldest rainforests in Southeast Asia, The Empire Hotel & Country Club is an outstanding 5-star beach resort – a luxurious architectural masterpiece with a superb country club and floodlit Jack Nicklaus-designed championship golf course.
One of the world’s largest resorts, it features 359 spacious guestrooms and 61 lavish suites and private villas set in a 180-hectare (445-acre) tropical garden estate.
With impeccable credentials for world-class meetings, conferences and exhibitions, the resort is emerging as a leading Asian venue for the MICE market, including the Commonwealth Finance Ministers’ Meeting.
Its new PADI dive centre is opening Brunei’s spectacular underwater reefs and shipwrecks to scuba-tourism for the first time.
For executive travellers, the hotel has an exclusive E-Club, and for families an E Kids Club keeps children entertained all day.
With its own cinema and state of the art theatre for live performances, the resort enjoys a prestigious profile hosting royal and state visitors to the Sultanate of Brunei.
A multiple-award winner, it has been repeatedly voted Asia's Leading Golf Resort and Brunei's Leading Hotel in the World Travel Awards. Its breathtaking Emperor Suite, which is one of the world’s largest at 666 sq m with its own indoor swimming pool, has also been voted World's Leading Presidential Suite. In Smart Travel Asia magazine's 'The Best in Travel 2006' awards it was ranked among the top 25 of Asia's Best Business Hotels, Best Conference Hotels and Best Leisure Hotels & Resorts.
The championship golf course is meanwhile the annual venue for the Asian Tour as host to the Brunei Open. Players have voted it ‘Best Host Venue’ of the 28 tour events.
For bookings, call Reservations on +673 241 7788 or e-mail email@example.com or contact your travel consultant.
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Simply get onto the MTR to Tung Chung, Lantau Island to share a unique romantic experience with your loved one this Valentine’s Day at Novotel Citygate Hong Kong. Hong Kong and Macau residents can enjoy an exclusive Valentine’s Day package featuring overnight deluxe accommodation, candle-lit dinner in Olea – Mediterranean restaurant and a full buffet breakfast the next morning.
As a special way to celebrate the occasion guests can prepare a ‘love message’ and this become part of the dessert, written in chocolate by our Chef to share with your loved one at dinner. The Lover’s Cube in our poolside garden is also a perfect venue to capture your sweet memories and look out to the rolling green hills of Lantau. This unique experience provides Hong Kong and Macau residents with exceptional value for Valentine’s Day at only HK$1,888 per night.
$1,888 per room night
One night Deluxe Room accommodation (Level 15 – 19)
Buffet breakfast for 2 persons at Essence
4-Course Candle-Lit Dinner for 2 persons at Olea with a rose for lady and personal love message
Welcome drink for 2 persons at Andante
Free use of gymnasium
Free overnight parking
4-Course Mediterranean Passion Dinner
Selection of Spanish Tapas, Greek Meze, Italian Antipasti and French Hors d’ Hoeuvres
Creamy Feta Cheese, Big Octopus in Herb Olive Oil, Anchovy Fillet in Spicy Sauce, Salami and Parma Ham,
Chorizo, Meat Balls in Spicy Tomato Sauce with Green Olive, Artichoke Stuffed with Cheese, Houmus
* * *
Spaghetti All’ Aragosta
* * *
Roasted Australian Fillet of Grain Fed Beef
on Mushroom Stew with Rosemary Jus
Kurobuta Pork Chop
on Mediterranean Vegetables Stew
* * *
Baked Mango on Puff Pastry
with Banana Caramel Ice Cream
* * *
Coffee or Tea
Olea Olive Oil Praline and Moccato Coffee Truffle
Terms and conditions
· Package valid on 14 February 2007
· Rates are inclusive of 10% service charge and 3% government tax
· Package confirmation is subject to hotel’s availability at time of request
· Love message is limited to 35 English or 15 Chinese characters
· Free parking is subject to availability
· The package is only applicable to Hong Kong and Macau residents only, valid Hong
Kong or Macau ID card is required to present upon check in
Address： Novotel Citygate Hong Kong
51 Man Tung Road, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
Reservations Hotline： 3602 8800
(information provided by the hotel)
To celebrate this Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year with style, look no further than Eaton Hotel Hong Kong. A four-star quality hotel on the golden mile of Nathan Road has put together a Festive Room Package guaranteed to add a distinct flair to your celebration.
Start off with a romantic Dinner at one of our 5 restaurants and bar with a 25% discount. You and your partner can feast candlelight dinner buffet at Coffee Shop and Lobby Lounge. Alternatively you can try the Valentine’s Carving Dinner Buffet or lover’s set at Planter’s Bar as well as Chinese Valentine’s Set Dinner at Yat Tung Heen.
After enjoying a delicious dinner, an aesthetic Symphony of Lights Cruise is awaiting you. The best seats are reserved for you to enjoy a fantastic show of laser beams and searchlights with music.
Then retire for the night in elegantly appointed nearly renovated Eaton Room with a bottle of sparkling wine and strawberry tray to celebrate this festive moment.
Eaton Hotel’s Festive Room Packages costs only HK$ 1,699 nett for 2 persons, and is available from 11 to 25 February 2007. For reservations or inquiries, please call 2782 1818.
Price is inclusive of 10% service charge and 3% government tax.
Guests are requested to present their Hong Kong Identity Card upon check-in
(information provided by the hotel)
Kowloon’s surreal designer boutique hotel, The Luxe Manor, is offering couples a “Surreal Romance” Valentine’s Day package including champagne and strawberries, a candle-lit dinner and Deluxe Guest Room on February 14th, priced at HK$2,688++ also includes a continental buffet breakfast for two.
Modeled after a European mansion, the new high-tech luxury hotel, in the buzzing dining and entertainment district of Knutsford Terrace, will showcase the cuisine of its signature Italian restaurant Aspasia on the most romantic night of the year.
The 5-course dinner menu starts with Australia Rock Lobster with port wine, green tea and Sorrento lemon, followed by Romanesco soup with red prawn, clams and Burrata ravioli. Next is a choice of Spaghetti with tuna belly and Amatriciana, or Angel Hair pasta with sea urchin and cherry tomatoes.
Main course options are either Wagyu beef tenderloin with pan-fried foie gras, or a seafood choice of Pan-fried turbot with orange emulsion and fennel mayonnaise, sprinkled with black olive powder.
Dessert is a choice of Wasabi caviar and crispy banana sprinkled with chocolate, or Bell pepper granita with celery salad and champagne sorbet, completed with coffee and Pasticcini biscuits.
The romantic menu is also on offer to couples staying only for dinner, priced at HK$1,688 plus 10% service.
A special room rate, for extended stays, at the novel venue on Kimberley Road is priced at just HK$999++ per night, including a Continental buffet breakfast for two.
Designed to appeal to a uniquely stylish segment of luxury leisure and business travellers, The Luxe Manor is uniquely designed to be “quirky and fun” while comfortably stylish.
Italian restaurant Aspasia, designed with original Italian works of art and an eclectic mix of modern lounge and traditional dining room furniture, features the Italian haute cuisine of renowned Chef Roland Schuller.
The Luxe Manor is owned and operated by GR8 Leisure Concepts, a Hong Kong based hospitality group. For further information, please visit www.theluxemanor.com.
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Bringing the Second Wave of “Predator vs F50” - the adidas Global Football Campaign
Inspired by David Beckham’s unparalleled ability to curl the ball around the freekick wall, a new +Predator® Absolute called “Swerve” was exclusively designed and developed with and for David Beckham. +Predator® Absolute “Swerve” brings the second wave of the latest adidas global football campaign – “Predator vs F50”*.
A young and talented Shanghai photographer artist, Jennifer Zhou would launch her debut photography exhibition in Hong Kong at Galerie Ora-Ora II @Philia Lounge between Feb 10 – April 30, 07. Jennifer would like to share with her audience the normal lives of people living in Shanghai through her lens in this show. To also celebrate the coming of Chinese New Year, we are launching the opening of this artshow with a party “Shanghai Night” at Philia Lounge on Feb 10, 07 from 9pm till late with free entrance.
The first time I get to know photography was in autumn 2002. I was studying in Canada and was really stunned by the beauty of the country, therefore, I used a small digital camera and captured every possible moment. With no proper training, I took photos with a carefree spirit. Half a year later, I was so lucky to obtain my first photography assignment. I was asked to take photos of the logo of an American company which would be used in their advertisements, website, catalogues or any other marketing materials. I was then able to purchase a more professional camera. it was a great encouragement and the recognition I gained confirmed my efforts made. Since then, I became more thoughtful and focused when taking photographs.
After two years in Canada, I went back to China and chose to live in Shanghai in end of 2003. I was so curious by this modern, yet old, city. I have started a whole new journey in exploring images, to capture the different faces of the city by my camera, to observe and to understand the people living here.
During this period, I met a photography teacher, Phil Douglis, on the internet, his influence and his help to me is enormous. He made me understand photography is not just for portraying beauty or recording purpose, but to focus more on expressing ideas and the emotions behind.
I feel that China is changing, a transformation that was not experienced in the past, cities and culture are developing so fast in such a manner that nobody could resist it’s power. At the same time, the older things are diminishing, people are living in conflicts both physically and psychologically with the merging of the new and old. All these complicated emotions are hiding in the normal lives of everybody but somehow it might be shown unintentionally. I love to capture these moments because they reflect reality of life.
I feel more and more interested in taking photos of ordinary people and the themes of their normal lives. I would take my camera and walk along the streets whenever I have time, as I believe no matter how ordinary it looks, everybody has a story behind. I would wait patiently for the hints of such stories to happen in front of my camera naturally, those are the images that I always look for. As a female photographer, I tend to be more sensitive and empathetic, I want to get closer to my “models”, I try to understand their stories and their past and through interacting with them I can capture the true facets of their lives. To me, photography is like an experience of spiritual nourishment, camera is like the bridge to make this happen.
Contact: Margaret Liu @ 2851-1171
Address: Galerie Ora-Ora (Gallery II)
@Philia, 4-8 Arbuthnot Rd, Central HK.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00am – 2:00am
Sun & Public holidays by appointment only
(information provided by the venue)
A celebration of single sisterhood or exclusive romantic extravagance – the choice is yours this Valentine’s Day at Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, Hong Kong
Whether you’re young and single or totally devoted to someone very special in your life, Langham Place Hotel has all the answers this Valentine’s Day with two amazing celebration packages.
‘Girls Night In’ Package
For girls who just want to have fun, this one’s for you! Who says you need guys to have a good time? With this special package you can gather your closest girlfriends and spend Valentine’s night in style enjoying a fabulously decadent slumber party in your room. Available in twin room at $1,300 per person, or triple and quadruple share at $1,100 per person, your package* includes:
· Free overnight valet parking
· gorgeous silk pajamas to take away
· express pedicure or facial in Chuan Spa**
· two complimentary in-house movies
· delicious pizza’s and popcorn served in your room
· chocolate amenities
· full buffet breakfast in The Place
· 30% off mini-bar or room service
· Full use of Fitness Studio and roof-top heated swimming pool
(information provided by the hotel)
Followed by a risqué retreat at JIA Hong Kong
Valentine’s Day is being celebrated with a ‘Saucy Surrender’ at OPIA, the fashionable award-winning restaurant at JIA Hong Kong in Causeway Bay.
It can also be twinned with Hong Kong’s most risqué overnight package being offered for the romantic occasion.
The 6-course dinner-for-two at chic OPIA, which has been voted Hong Kong’s ‘Restaurant of the Year’, is priced at HK$895 plus 10%.
Guests are greeted with a celebratory glass of Veuve Clicquot Rose Champagne and aphrodisiac of three Tasmanian oysters.
Taste buds are next tantalised with a sparkling champagne sorbet and peppered mango salad.
The sensual menu continues with a choice of seared foie gras with caviar, passion fruit cream and baby basil served with iced vodka, or creamy crustacean broth with Dungeness crab tortellini, Boston lobster and roasted Hakkaido scallop infused with spiced vodka.
Third course is a sublime white truffle pot de crème with crispy back pepper and potato.
Main course options are either coco butter-roasted venison chop with marinated butternut pumpkin pistachio nuts, bitter chocolate sorbet and sticky Frangelico
cherries, or olive oil-poached sea trout with fresh chive crust-oyster and cream fraiche potato, beetroot jam and vodka jelly.
Sensual dessert choices are either cinnamon doughnuts with a chilli chocolate ganache centre, orange marmalade-potted strawberries and double cream, or Lady Finger banana tart with double chocolate and black pepper ice cream, baby basil, wild honey, vanilla cream and rose petals.
The romantic dinner is completed with white chocolate and champagne truffles.
For the ultimate Valentine’s, guests can stay overnight at JIA on the ‘Saucy Surrender’ accommodation package specially designed for romance.
With accommodation in a suite or penthouse suite, it promises a night to remember with a tray of six oyster shooters or six fresh oysters served on arrival, along with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rose Champagne and bouquet of long stemmed roses.
Couples can get into the mood browsing through erotic photography with complimentary copies of Lorenzo’s twin volumes on The Human Form. Body butter is provided for mutual foot massage or sensual amusement.
Guest awake to an “arousing” morning-after breakfast hamper, and leave with a voucher for a pole-dancing lesson by Pole Divas!
The package is priced at HK$5,550 for two for the night in a Studio, or HK$9,999 in a Penthouse, where guests receive additional treats of breakfast served in bed, plus a unique red-leather ‘Proposal Box’ from the luxury lifestyle store Kou.
Six drawers of the box, opened from top to bottom, each contain surprise delights - a chocolate coated cherry, a G-string, bottle of sensual essential oil, aromatic candle, risqué red or virginal white satin ribbons, and ultimately a love note at the end -- to propose marriage or a partnership.
Designed by French design guru Philippe Starck, JIA Hong Kong is renowned as one of Hong Kong’s hippest places to see and be seen.
JIA was the only Hong Kong hotel listed on the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler ‘Hot List 2006’ of the world’s top new hotels. London’s Independent newspaper voted it one of the five best boutique hotels in Greater China.
OPIA, the hotel’s chic signature restaurant and lounge, was voted Best Restaurant in the South China Morning Post/Harper’s Bazaar Style Awards 2006. OPIA was voted runner-up ‘Best New Restaurant’ in Wallpaper magazine’s Judges Award 2006 and was also named among Condé Nast Traveler’s ‘Hot Tables 2006’, their annual listing of the world’s best new places to dine.
JIA also offers special access to KEE private members' club as well as access to the VIP section and 10% dining discounts at Dragon-I, which allows guests to enjoy a privileged Hong Kong lifestyle during their stay. Guests also enjoy complimentary use of the nearby California Fitness gym.
For reservations and more information visit www.jiahongkong.com on the internet, call
+ (852) 3196 9000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(information provided by the pr company)
Sophia Kokosalaki, one of the most creative young designers in the fashion scene, joins the group of designers existing under the organization of Mr. Renzo Rosso.
In recent years, this organization has acquired Staff International (2000), and following Neuf (2002), the organization which controls Maison Martin Margiela.