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What:                          Paws for a drink and help the Hong Kong dog rescue

When:                         1st June 2008

Time:                          4 – 8pm

Where:                        Soda.  Upper Basement, Harilela House, 79 Wyndham Street, Central HK

Details:                       2 4 1 Drinks for people with dogs


Since February of this year Soda has been opening its doors on one Sunday of every month to raise money for the Hong Kong Dog Rescue, we will be opening our doors again on 1st of June for all those dog lovers in Hong Kong that want to share a few bevies with their four legged friends whilst raising money for a good cause. Soda will provide 2 41 drinks all afternoon for anyone who comes along with their dog, and all we ask is that you make a donation of at least $10 when you buy a drink!

The HKDR take dogs from the government kennels that are due to be destroyed and thanks to the support of dedicated volunteers and supporters they re-home the animals. Fund raising is especially important for the HKDR this year as they will be homeless starting early 2009. They need to raise roughly $1,000,000 HKD to operate the shelter. The HKDR is entirely self financed and funds are raised through events such as this one, donations and collection boxes around Hong Kong

(information provided by the venue)

Hungary Fashion Police Tie Tax
Authorities in Hungary announced this week that they’re to impose a sales tax on ties, in response to a renaissance in tie sales in the Eastern European country.
“Good design is after all a sign of culture,” Hungarian Government minister Maria Schneider explained, “So it is right that the culture ministry should benefit from it.” (Metro)
The Hungarian authorities’ move came as Florida newspaper the Orlando Sentinel raved about the return of neckwear amongst American youth this week, suggesting baseball caps and T shirts could finally be on the way out.

“Dress like Dad in golf shirt and khakis? Not likely, if you're a trendy young guy (TYG),” the Sentinel declared, “But borrow a few items from Granddad's closet -- an ascot (cravat), vest or pocket square? Now you're talking.”

“This spring, TYGs are swapping their T-shirts, sweats and baseball caps for dress shirts, blazers and derbys,” the paper declared. “They also are discovering ties -- preferably narrow and patterned with stripes, plaids or neat geometrics. They may even add a tie bar, scrounged from Granddad's dresser drawer or the local vintage shop.”

The paper recommended David Beckham as a ‘trendsetter’ to copy, as did Scottish newspaper The Scotsman who this week singled out the almost-past-his-sell-by date soccer player’s decision to grow a beard as an indicator that facial fur is back.

"I think beards look great on men and they're definitely fashionable," Grazia fashion editor Melanie Rickey told the Scottish tabloid, “I spoke to (designer] Marc Jacobs at the weekend and he told me he's growing a beard, so that's evidence straight from the horse's mouth that they're a definite trend,” she suggested.


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ImageQuiksilver, the world’s largest boardsports-inspired fashion apparel brand, is proud to present the internationally renowned “Art on Foam” exhibition in Hong Kong at the QUIKSILVER GUERILLA GALLERY in Soho, Central, from May 23-29.

The “Art on Foam” exhibition, originally co-created by the Spacejunk Board Culture Art Centre and Quiksilver in 2006, will feature works by 15 international artists plus 2 local artists, OTTO from EO2 and CATHLOVE.

To celebrate the exhibition, Quiksilver will also launch the Peter Webb Limited-Edition Collection of four exclusive T-shirt designs, available exclusively from selected Quiksilver stores at HK$320 each.

The exhibition will be launched on May 23rd at the Quiksilver Guerilla Gallery on 59 Staunton Street, Soho. The exhibition will run from May 24th to 29th open daily from 12 to 8pm, free entry.

(information provided by the pr company)

Shelter Census Group Splashes Out

On a Posh Luxury Yacht – Belle Epoque

Redefining a premium lifestyle boating experience in Hong Kong

Shelter Census Group reveals Belle Epoque as the latest addition to their expanding portfolio of premium bars in partnership with Míele and Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Champagne. In honour to the origins of its inspiration, this “floating bar” is a stunning collaboration of an artistic palette, dynamic decorations and modern structure.

No expense has been spared to craft the Belle Epoque yacht, to become the perfect venue for private parties and corporate functions including a state-of-the-art entertainment system to provide the perfect ambience for any occasion. The décor is chic with the comforts of all the modern luxuries, a perfect balance of floral reflections from the 20th Century Art Nouveau movement and the sophisticated shades of champagne and black.

This custom-designed 55ft-floating bar offers 4 different menus of exclusive drinks featuring champagnes especially chosen from Perrier-Jouët, the makers of fine champagnes with an equally extravagant selection of gourmet cuisine. Fitted with top-of-the-range kitchen equipment from Miele as well as custom installed gas barbeque; their on-board chef is prepared to satisfy even the most acquired tastes. There is no limit in catering aboard the Belle Epoque and personalised menus will be accommodated for the most meticulous hosts.

Luxury extends to the soft furnishings and furniture carefully selected for the comforts of the guests, from the champagne sun loungers on the top deck to the black satin bedding in the two double bedrooms in the middle deck.

Powered by twin VOLVO 430HP engines with a cruising speed of up to 20 knots, the Belle Epoque can comfortably accommodate up to 29 passengers in its luxuriously designed living space. Climate controlled air conditioning moderates the temperature of the interiors, maintaining a sound environment for guests as they sail through the waters amongst the numerous offshore islands that creates Hong Kong’s spectacular skyline.

About Shelter Census Group

In October 2006, the merger of Shelter Census Group united strength in areas of shared vision and operation experience, making them a market leader in premium lounges and bars in the areas of Causeway Bay. Carefully structured operations deliver consistent and high quality services to every outlet through original and luxury lifestyle concepts.

Shelter Census Group’s current focus is on 3 areas outlined as below: Boutique bars, restaurants, and special projects.

Boutique bars: The Group currently owns nine contemporary lounge bars and karaoke lounge bars in the heart of Causeway Bay. Each outlet has its own carefully devised character and unlike most bars in the neighbourhood, these are more upscale in terms of quality of décor, service and target market.

Restaurants: Shelter Census Group’s first restaurant project is a franchise outlet within the food court of The Venetian in Macau. The Group bought the franchise of a Vietnamese restaurant chain that is very popular in Canada and has other franchise outlets in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and elsewhere in Asia. There is a new Hong Kong restaurant project in the pipeline – scheduled to open in the first half of 2008 – which will be of a more premium nature.

Special projects: The Group has completed an exclusive two-level private member’s club in Macau, comprising of a main clubbing lounge area and upstairs private VIP rooms, optional with karaoke facilities. The second project is Belle Epoque - the luxury yacht.

Shelter Census Group venue contact information

Shelter – 27/F Henry House, 42 Yun Ping Road, CWB                                    T: 852-2577 1668

Census Lounge – 19/F Henry House, 42 Yun Ping Road, CWB                      T: 852-3110 2290

House – 17/F Henry House, 42 Yun Ping Road, CWB                                     T: 852-2577 1218

C3 – 15/F Henry House, 42 Yun Ping Road, CWB                                          T: 852-2838 2414

Cenna – 23/F Continental Diamond Plaza, 525 Hennessy Road, CWB       T: 852-2836 3699

Shower – 9/F First Commercial Building, Leighton Road, CWB                     T: 852-2577 1881

Blush – 25/F Continental Diamond Plaza, 525 Hennessy Road, CWB          T: 852-2881 0614

BLOW – 22/F Continental Diamond Plaza 525 Hennessey Road, CWB       T: 852-2577 0066

SIREN – 21/F Continental Diamond Plaza 525 Hennessey Road, CWB        T: 852-2577 0128

CUBIC – 2/F AIA Tower No. 251A-301, Avenida Comercial De Macau       T: 853-2828 6696

(information provided by the pr company)

ImageBertrand Le Pluard, aka B.L.P. or Bert, is a French ordinary witch on a day-to-day basis -- a ‘working mom’, artist, photographer, image maker, illiterate diarist, suburban freak, 99cents oracle, hippie whore, style remedy, anonymous consultant, digital dandy, socialized hermit, and ego shaman. Bert is busy with picturing, documenting, experimenting, performing, filming, writing, drawing, publishing, editing, art directing, consulting, traveling, exhibiting, improvising, and dreaming.

MissyK* specializes in the Street Urban Culture Industry.  Working with leading  brands such as Miskeen Originals and Fi-Hi Original Soundtrack, MissyK* makes waves on the streets and has dedicated celebrity clients. Mixing the fashion with the entertainment industry in a ‘Keeping it Real’ manner MissyK* has won enthusiastic support.  Her more recent projects include, Misskeen Originals Launch Party, Pras Michel Music Video and recently Creative Consulting for Barbara Wong’s latest film ‘Sixth Floor Rear Flat’.

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Featuring the brands: Misskeen Originals, Fi-Hi Original Soundtrack, Faux Fur by Louis Papachristou, Affrikka Gallery and

Featuring DJ SKY TAO, and Special Celebrity Guest Performances!

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Why not try something thing new at the weekend? Have a go at Thai Boxing! During May, June and July JIA Hong Kong, the hip boutique hotel in Causeway Bay designed by Philippe Starck has teamed up with Swish Club, the leading muay thai boxing club in Hong Kong to create a unique weekend package.

From May 1st until July 31st this package offers two nights in a studio for HKD$1, 700 (+10% service charge & 3% govt tax) or HKD$ 2000 (+10% service charge & 3% govt tax) for a suite and a 1 Hour Thai boxing personal training session at Swish Club.

Swish Club is located right next door to JIA and hosts some of the best professional Thai Boxing trainers in the world. The team is led by three time Thailand champion Rajasak.

This special rate which is a saving of 40%, offers a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the “JIA experience” at the chic boutique hotel designed for fast-living professionals and style-conscious travellers. 

With chic, handpicked furnishings and fittings, it features ultra-modern amenities including top of the range audio-visual equipment with flat screen televisions that revolve 180 degrees, surround sound, DVD/VCD home theatre and free wireless broadband as well as numerous comforts that make up JIA Hong Kong.

Styled by French design guru Philippe Starck, JIA Hong Kong is renowned as one of Hong Kong’s hippest places to see and be seen.

It was the only Hong Kong hotel listed on the prestigious Condé 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. 

JIA also offers special access to KEE private members' club as well as 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.

JIA Hong Kong is at 1-5 Irving Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. For reservations and more information visit on the internet, call + (852) 3196 9000 or email

(information provided by the pr company)

JUICE, the No.1 Street Fashion Store in Hong Kong,  is now upgraded and hosting a re-opening party tonight!

Founded by CLOT, JUICE was the first street fashion store that CLOT launched in Hong Kong, selling its own brand CLOT APPAREL as well as engaging other brands to launch limited products. Instead of a just a ordinary shop, JUICE has always been the venue for parties and exhibitions, including Devilock Visual Exhibition, Bandai Tamagotchi launch Party, Nike Zoom Kobe 1 launch party, etc. It has now become a recognized force to in the fashion development of Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.

April 19, 2008, JUICE store will be re-opening in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. To celebrate the re-opening of the store, an exclusive party is taking place tonight (Apr 18, 2008) at JUICE, with Kevin Poon, Director of CLOT Company Limited and DJ Tommy, Director of CMD.

Celebrities FAMA, Eric So are also there to preview the renewed JUICE store and share their styling tips with all fashionistas. DJ Tommy was also invited to bring the party to its climax at JUICE!

The JUICE store renovation is designed by Jeffery Lui, with his rich background in lighting as well as interior design inspiration, he could always create the right mood for the right environment. With his architecture group, and unique input by Kevin Poon and Edison Chen, it will feature an impressive and exciting new design created exclusively for the JUICE store. Design details include white lacquer painting and areas of solid oak planks. White painted ceiling will be complete with decorative streamline molding. Custom-designed furniture will be used throughout the store.

The store will feature a range of limited edition pieces. To commemorate the opening, CLOT will also give a JUICE re-opening compressed tee to each guest as a present.

In fact the store, including the design, music, and clothes, has already become an anticipated stop for those who love music, the arts, and trendy fashion!

About CLOT
Established in 2003 by founders Edison Chen and Kevin Poon, CLOT is an urban lifestyle business perfectly designed to provide young people with fresh ideas and to encourage individuals to develop their own understanding of identity and style. The company has taken as exciting step forward with their goal of offering trend setting clothing, music, toys and club culture to the youth Asia.

The partners believe by introducing a distinctive lifestyle to Hong Kong and other parts of Asia, one day the young people in the region can grow into more fulfilled and satisfied people with a strong sense of individuality.

JUICE Store:
2/F., A, 53 Patterson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

(information provided by the pr company)

Hotel LKF by Rhombus, recipient of APIDA’s 2006 Gold Prize, a deluxe boutique hotel, has been delighting international jet-setters with its five-star personalized service, premium design and ultra-comfortable guestrooms since its opening in July 2006.   With its dramatic décor and luxury design, Hotel LKF located in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong is the best choice for discerning travellers seeking a stylish and calm sanctuary amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.  

Adding to a glittering profile, Hotel LKF has just been awarded by TTG China at its inaugural Travel Awards the prestigious honour of "Best New Hotel in Hong Kong 2008".  All winners of these Awards are determined by votes cast via ballots or online by readers of TTG China, TTG-BTmice China, TTG Asia and TTGmice who are industry and trade professionals qualified and experienced in recognizing the best in China's travel and tourism industry. This Award is not only true recognition of the world-class facilities and excellent service provided by Hotel LKF but priceless in its acknowledgement from our peers within the industry.  Hotel LKF is committed to taking your inspirations to the next level and showcasing our highly personalized services, which is a benchmark for Rhombus’ portfolio of hotels at all levels.

"Hospitality is a 'people-business'. We are very proud to be leading a winning team and sharing the honour with the team.  Winning this award would have not been possible without the contribution of team members at all levels, as we truly believe that the guest experience we deliver is what sets us apart.  2008 is a very important year for Rhombus Group with the much anticipated grand opening of Hotel Panorama, a 324-room deluxe business hotel located in the heart of Tsimshatsui, and Hotel Bonaparte, an 82-room modern boutique hotel in Wanchai, both scheduled to open for operations by Mar 28 and end of April 21 respectively.  We look forward to continuing to deliver superior quality hotels and services that exceed YOUR expectation", said Mr. Calvin Mak, Founder & CEO of Rhombus International Hotels Group.

About Hotel LKF by Rhombus                                                     

Address: 33 Wyndham Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong
No. of rooms: 95 rooms
Restaurant & Bar: Azure Restaurant Slash Bar, 29/F & 30/F
Room size: 500 - 950 sq. ft. (50 - 90 sq. meters)
Room rate: HK$3,500 - HK $7,000
Reservations Tel: (852) 3518 9333 / Fax: (852) 3518 9338

(information provided by the hotel)

ImageSense of Touch, an award-winning spa in Hong Kong, is located in four prestigious Hong Kong locations. The original boutique spa is at Hollywood Road, Central, while the flagship Central spa is at Arbuthnot Road. Sense of Touch also operates the only day spa in Discovery Bay and our new spa outlet just opened in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong on April 1st, 2008.

The benefits for SilverBlack Card members include: Free Spa Diva Membership, 10% off on all facial and body treatment and complimentary $100 cash coupon are given on first visit (but cannot be used on first trial).

To find out more about this benefit and many more visit

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