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ImagePeople are seldom straight forward or understandable. Relationships with others tend to weave and dodge around your consciousness. But if you squint your eyes open you can often catch a glimpse of them on the edge of your vision.  This series is my impressions of people who have entered my field of vision and the range of my palette knife.

Reflection, Innovation, Reciprocity

American artist, designer and fashion forward Gio Chiappetta collaborates with Indian couture designer Kanchan Panjabi to design a 3-piece limited edition hand-painted T-Shirt series to raise funds for the Hong Kong Red Cross China Earthquake Relief Operation.

The auction will be held on the July 16th, 2008 from 6:30 -9:30pm at Unit G10, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

“Following the tragic incidents of the recent natural disasters, we felt it was an appropriate time to reflect on our families and culture, which brought us back to our roots and a focus on who we really are... whilst expressing ourselves creatively”.
-Kanchan Panjabi & Gio Chiappetta

A true melange of east meets west, where the designers work on mixing their radical styles creating a chic collaboration. The T-Shirts blend the bold prints of a family history with modern urban art.

For enquires please contact:
Kamilah Gheshash: Kanchan Panjabi:

Telephone: 2117 1782 Website:

ImageBy education and by vocation, Justo has acquired a diversity of professional and artistic assets. A joint graduate in Fine Arts and Engineering, Justo has established himself personally and professionally both in Barcelona, Spain and Marrakech, Morocco. In both cities he has set up Multi-Media Studios.
While widening professional horizons, Justo has exerted efforts in meticulous explorations around Africa and the world over, searching exotic places for unique moments and distinct patterns.

Ultimate Decks For $24,000 Each

British turntable company Avid HiFi unveiled the latest model of their Acutus decks last week and revealed that the key design feature for the US$24,000 (each) turntables are their ten times more powerful super sensitive motor drives.

“Why would a turntable need such a tremendous power supply? Continuousness!” Avid explained in press release unveiling the decks, “The power supply drives the motor with such precision, the pace and timing of the music takes on a whole new perspective. We can guarantee your records have never sounded this good before!”

The astonishingly expensive belt drive turntables appeared on the market some 12 months after superstar DJ Sasha suggested vinyl’s dwindling sales would be restricted to ‘hardcore collectors only’, going on to dismiss ‘vinyl sounds better than digital’ arguments as ‘bollocks’.

“Sure if you play cheap mp3s with low quality sound and if you use a really cheap sound card through a cheap mixer, it’s going to sound absolutely dreadful but If you use high-end equipment, proper AIFF or WAV files and run them through a decent mixer, you’ll end up with a pretty amazing sound,” Sasha told Skrufff, “I’m
not sure if I agree with the whole vinyl debate.”

Digital evangelist Dave Clarke also dismissed the format last year telling Skrufff ‘“Adapt and survive is the message from evolution . . . that can also be applied to technology.”

“Vinyl is dead, there is no future on a sustainable commercial level.  There will be 7inch releases for the odd guitar band and vinyl will be around in Berlin and Germany for a while, but everywhere else it's already history. It's also becoming more and more impossible for the parts to be found for the lathes,” he said.

“Vinyl is also ecologically irresponsible, CDs are better and hard drives are better still on a weight and manufacturing basis,” the techno don argued, “There’s no longer any need to have records driven around to stores or delivered by the postman. The winner is the environment and the DJ for having to learn new skills,” Dave added.

Techno pioneer Jeff Mills also spoke about the future of vinyl to Skrufff several years ago and revealed a slightly more ambiguous attitude than his British peer.

“I think it’s logical to realize that some tracks just sound better, more resonant, somehow a little warmer, on vinyl. Though for me personally it’s not so important what the format is, as long as the DJ can play it for the people and the people can be affected by it,” said Jeff.

“To be honest, I don’t feel any emotional attachment to vinyl, no,” he added, “I love it, because it’s what I grew up on, like cassettes too, but I’m not attached to it.” 

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Explore Hong Kong’s City Skyline with Affordable Luxury this Summer at Hotel Jen

Jen Suite Harbourview Package at just HK$2,588 per night

Hotel Jen, Hong Kong’s newest independent hotel is currently offering a sensational city escape package for those seeking affordable luxury from now until 31 August, 2008. 

Available on any stay of two nights or more, guests can enjoy a great rate of just HKD2,588++ per night to stay in a luxurious Harbourview Jen Suite providing them with the opportunity to enjoy the stunning skyline of Hong Kong without the usual high costs associated with hotel accommodation.

Each spacious 50 square meter one-bedroom Jen Suite features a separate living/dining room, fully equipped kitchenette, separate dressing area, his and her sinks, separate shower stall and a deep soaking bath with harbour views -- perfect for a luxurious and relaxing getaway. 

In additional to a daily complimentary breakfast for two at Hotel Jen’s Sky Lounge, the package includes a complimentary limousine pick-up or drop-off from hotel to the airport, express check-in, unlimited wireless / wired internet access, complimentary beverages and canapés in the Sky Lounge on the top floor of the hotel from 6-8pm, late check-out and HK$100 laundry voucher per room per day – plus - a buffet lunch for two at Hotel Jen’s signature restaurant, Jen Café during the stay. 


Guests will also be able to enjoy their in-room mini bar with compliments of Hotel Jen, a 24-hour room service option, and make full use of the hotel’s recreation facilities including a 16-metre outdoor roof-top swimming pool and fully equipped gymnasium. 


Hotel Jen opened in March 2008 and is located in Western District, Hong Kong.  Still only 10 minutes from Hong Kong’s Central business district, the Airport Express and the city’s hottest nightlife centers of Soho and Lan Kwai Fong, Western District preserves the flavour of old Hong Kong inviting guests to embrace some of the city’s famous heritage. 


For the convenience of guests, the hotel operates a regular shuttle bus service throughout the day to Macau Ferry (Sheung Wan MTR), Central Star Ferry, Airport Express Hong Kong Station (ifc mall) and Admiralty MTR (Pacific Place), free of charge to those taking advantage of the summer package. 


Taking its name from the Chinese character which symbolises the Confucian ideal of love and goodwill towards people. Hotel Jen aims to bring the gracious traditions of Asian hospitality into the modern hotel context. In so doing, Hotel Jen aims to appeal to a growing class of entrepreneurs and travellers from around the world.


Hotel Jen’s approach is to provide travellers with the essentials of a quality hotel room without the expensive extras. A clean and functional room, a comfortable bed and a great shower are at the heart of the Hotel Jen experience.  The chic, modern design showcases clean lines and functional creativity, and the guest rooms are highlighted with natural colours and light wood finishes.   


The Lobby Bar, located in the lobby level of the hotel, serves beverages, light and ready-to-go snacks. On the top floor with sweeping harbour views, Sky Lounge provides an exclusive retreat for Jen Room and Jen Suite guests during the day that includes a nightly 6-8pm complimentary wine and cocktail hour. Thereafter it is open to the public, and offers a place to relax and unwind with wine, cocktails and snacks into the evening.


Jen Café is an all-day restaurant and lounge serving a menu of international and Asian fare. Long share tables create an informal ambience, encouraging guests to interact, and open kitchens enhance the space with warmth and activity.  For more intimate affairs and a quiet table for two, there is an a la carte menu for guest consideration and a lounging day bed for desert and post-dinner nightcaps. 


Hotel Jen offers a ‘Best Rate Guarantee’ that the rates available from its own website: or WORLDHOTELS: are the best available anywhere on the Internet.

Hotel Jen is located at 508 Queen’s Road West, Western District, Hong Kong.

For reservations or more information, please call (852) 2213 6663 or, or go to

* Valid until 31 August 2008 with a minimum stay of 2 nights required and subject to availability

(information provided by the pr company)

Heaven on Earth Lingerie Showing

Move over Victoria’s Secret, Hong Kong has its very own Angels on display!

On Thursday 19th June 2008 at 10pm, Secret Wardrobe, an intimate boutique lingerie store in Central Hong Kong, is giving the public a rare opportunity to sneak preview the latest designs from its sensual and classy range. Three of Secret Wardrobe’s catalogue models will strut their stuff through the centre of Solas in a 30 minute show.

Secret Wardrobe boasts the finest in panties and bras, camisoles and custom-made items, in addition to an array of risqué accessories.  Staff will be on hand should any party-goers wish to purchase on the night, and the  half-time break will see a lucky patron receive a free naughty surprise.

Sian O’Brien, one of the evening’s angels, hopes that ladies don’t get put off coming to the show as well as “we are real women, trying to show other real women that you don’t need to “skinny-size me” to look good in nice lingerie”!

The event is hosted by Dee Cheung, who currently hosts a weekly pod cast with two other women on in cantonese that promotes safe sex as a healthy part of life. Dee has also performed the Vagaina Monologues Cantonese version at the Fringe Club in March 2008, and has MC’d the for Woman VS Man DJ Battle at Cliq and is the official MC for World Refugee Day on the 21st June.

Entry is free, but an early appearance is recommended to guarantee a good view.  With an exclusive menu of tasty Bacardi cocktails available on the night, and DJ Nipper continuing the entertainment into the wee hours with his 24 hour party people mix, this is sure to be a night you won’t want to miss!

(information provided by the pr company)

John Hardy’s Kawung Collection

The John Hardy brand of bold, luxurious handmade jewellery loves to seek out the rich heritage of various cultures for inspiration for new collections. Its design team gives a new twist to ancient motifs, creating imaginative, contemporary pieces that are imbued with romance and intrigue.

A superb example of this is the new Kawung collection that showcases a royal motif used on the famous batik cloth of the Indonesian island of Java.

The motif was once reserved only for Javanese royalty and was a favourite of the Sultan of Yogyakarta. It shows a stylized four-petal coffee flower enclosed in a circle, and is a cosmic symbol representing the four cardinal points of the universe. Batik – the art of drawing on cloth with hot beeswax – was raised to a fine art in the island's palaces, where it was practiced by women of nobility and was imbued with a strong sense of spirituality. One sarong cloth could take months to complete.

The John Hardy collection has interpreted the Kawung motif in several ways, to adorn a range of pieces fashioned out of 18k gold and sterling silver: in gold, in silver and in intriguing combinations of both metals. The design concept is that of an open lattice-work grill that is extremely light and feminine. The pieces mix and match beautifully with other John Hardy collections for an eclectic look.

Highlights of the gold/silver line include cuffs and earrings in sterling silver with the petals of the coffee flower executed in 18k gold. Cuffs are signature pieces of the collection. The Silver Kawung Diamond Pavé line has several fascinating cuffs, with overlapping ribbons of the Kawung motif studded with diamonds.

Sautoir necklaces come in various lengths for a layered look; they include styles in all-gold and gold/silver featuring either large or small circles. The necklaces, including the sautoir pieces and bracelets, offer plenty of movement: check out in particular the silver circle charm bracelets, which are especially chic.

The Kawung Collection from John Hardy is now available in Hong Kong at all Lane Crawford locations.

(information provided by the pr company)

Metrosexuals Get More Chicks- Official

US scientists who used marker pens to colour the chests of submissive barn owls the same colour as dominant birds, have discovered that the cosmetically enhanced birds went on to develop significantly higher testosterone levels, having much more sex more than their unpainted peers.

Within just one week, made up owls became significantly more attractive to females, the biologists from Arizona State University revealed, prompting one to declare it’s the 'clothes make the man',

"Other females might be looking at them as being a little more sexy,” Arizona Uni biologist professor Kevin McGraw added, “And the birds might be feeling better about themselves in response to that," he suggested.

The study was published just as lifestyle guidebook ‘The Retrosexual Manual: How to Be a Real Man’ appeared in UK shops, offering key retro advice such as ‘Remember, you have a number of qualities, almost all deriving from your testosterone, which women can't help but admire’.

“Women like to talk, bless them. So don't try to stop her getting her feelings off her chest, however daft they might be,” the Guide also recommended, “There's no need to actually listen, however. Nor does she expect, or even want you to express an opinion of your own. A nod of the head, roughly every 90 seconds, combined with a concerned frown, or a cheery laugh, where appropriate, is perfectly sufficient,” it advised.

In scarier news for testosterone soaked types, the Times published a definitive guide to male pattern baldness treatment, with grim tidings for the follically challenged.

“In 1995 researchers at Duke University, North Carolina, confirmed that castration was effective – indeed, it appeared the only permanent solution to male hair loss,” said the Times, “This raised the question: which part of themselves would most men rather hold on to? The researchers concluded that “while castration may be a cure, it is not commercially viable”,’ the paper added.

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Artists Perform To Help People In Need.

The Chungking Mansions Service Centre team is pleased to announce a music, dance and art extravaganza to celebrate the international movement of ‘World Refugee Day’.

• Graffiti Artists spraying live
• Hong Kong Rock Bands
• Fire Shows
• B-Boys, Hip-Hop Dancers and Rappers
• Asylum Seekers and Refugees Performing their own music for the first time in Hong Kong
• African Drumming
• Youth Art Performers
• Acoustics Artists
• Belly Dancers
Proceeds from this event will go directly to Chung King Mansions Service Centre – which provides food, shelter, educational support, community activities and essentials.


• Some 40 million people worldwide are already uprooted by violence and persecution and this situation is set to get worse.
• People flee persecution and war, injustice, exclusion, environmental pressures, competition for scarce resources and all the miserable human consequences of dysfunctional states.

• Asylum seekers and refugees survive horrific experiences in their home countries and come to Hong Kong seeking safety and protection.
• Their family members may have been killed.
• Many women arrive with children after their husbands have been killed and their families have fled from persecution in their home countries.
• People arrive here from many countries including Somalia, Congo, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Ethiopia and Nepal.
• Almost all of the women have survived sexual violence. Many raped in front of their families.
• Some people been tortured.
• All have lost their homes, their families and their security due to persecution based on political, cultural or religious grounds.

Due to the rising numbers of asylum seeker and refugees dependent on help from Chungking Mansions Service Centre The Cavern and Igor’s group remain committed to helping the most vulnerable people in Hong Kong and all of the people involved want to make this a WORLD REFUGEE DAY to remember!

World Refugee Day is an important opportunity each year to raise awareness about the plight of these men, women and children.

Organiser, Danielle Spencer said: “We have brought together a group of very talented dancers, musicians and circus acts to perform at ROCKIN’ FOR REFUGEES. To raise even more funds than ever before we’ve organized some really entertaining activities throughout the evening that include photography exhibitions, musical performances and graffiti artists spraying live. We are extremely grateful to all the organizations that are supporting us this year whether through raffle prizes, sponsorship or providing a free venue. We look forward to working with them to raise the best funds ever for this local and global cause.”

7pm to 11pm
21st June 2008
at The Cavern, Lan Kwai Fong
HK$100 entrance

(information provided by the organiser)

ImageSKIN:INKS is a celebration of the work of Hong Kong’s most prolific and respected tattoo artists. The first exhibition of its kind in the territory for the tattoo industry, the aim of this creative initiative is to challenge the often negative perception of tattoo art and expose the art form to a wider audience. Some people do not understand the creativity and craftsmanship behind this ancient and culturally significant artform, so by bringing it into a more accessible and open context, the art will be viewed for it’s true value, without preconceived notions.

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