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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 www.jiahongkong.com on the internet, call + (852) 3196 9000 or email info@jiahongkong.com

(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
Email: Reservations@hotel-LKF.com.hk
Website: www.hotel-LKF.com.hk

(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 www.silverblackcard.com.

Rhombus is preparing to open the doors to another sojourn

Hotel Bonaparte by Rhombus is Scheduled To Open on April 21, 2008

Following our recent grand opening of Hotel Panorama, a deluxe business hotel proudly overlooking the enchanting view of Victoria Harbour and the continued popularity of our award winning Hotel LKF, Rhombus International Hotels Group proudly announces the opening of its Third Property in Hong Kong – Hotel Bonaparte by Rhombus on April 21, 2008.   With cutting edge comfort and a touch of European elegance, Hotel Bonaparte by Rhombus is an exclusive, charming yet affordable 82-room modern boutique hotel conveniently located between Causeway Bay and Wanchai. 

The Hotel offers superb convenience to business travellers situated minutes away from the business and financial hub in Central.  Hotel Bonaporte’s prime location that allows you to access all parts of Hong Kong via Mass Transit Railway (MTR), Airport Express, buses, taxis and ferries. Nestled amongst the commercial buildings, shops and restaurants in Wanchai, Hotel Bonaporte is walking distance to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Committed service excellence, our friendly team will go that extra mile to ensure that all your needs are met, from arranging limousine pick up, laundry, secretarial service, restaurant bookings to flight ticket confirmations, you will be well taken care of at Hotel Bonaparte!  

With an eye for detail, at Hotel Bonaparte by Rhombus our services are tailor-made to each guest as our ultimate goal is to exceed your expectations as we have with all the hotels managed by Rhombus International Hotels Group. At Hotel Bonaparte, we exceed your expectations each and every time you visit us…

Hotel Bonaparte Facts:

11 Morrison Hill Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Reservations Hotline: (852) 3518 6688

Fax: (852) 3518 6699

Email:

Website: www.hotelbonaparte.com.hk

(information provided by the hotel)

Rare and previously unseen contemporary originals and prints by Banksy, arguably the world’s most famous street and stencil artist, will be the highlight of an exhibition entitled LOVE ART which takes place at Hong Kong Arts Centre from 23-28 April.

This rare exhibition will then move to Schoeni Art Gallery in Old Bailey St, Central where it can be seen from 29th April til May 13th. In this second showing, Bankys’s eponymous pieces from LOVE ART will be enhanced by additional unique examples of his work. After May 13th, the exhibits will be available for private viewing for a further few weeks.

LOVE ART, curated by local contemporary art expert, Fabrik Contemporary Art, is the result of a successful collaboration with Helium Foundation, a unique art buying service that aids clients who are in need of guidance when looking to build a contemporary art collection.

Banksy, whose works can be seen globally, from the streets of London to the West Bank,  has taken the art world by storm with his guerilla tactics using stenciled spray paint. His critically acclaimed and highly prized art is often compared with the work of Andy Warhol, as both explored topics depicting fame and celebrity.  Regarded these days as “the new Damien Hirst”, his works are definitely a reflection of art that is now, real and accessible.

The LOVE ART exhibition will include original works and prints by Banksy, such as policemen with smiley faces, rats with drills, monkeys with weapons of mass destruction and little girls cuddling up to missiles. 

His messages are reminiscent of early Haring and Basquiat in the 80s, signifying the dénouement of “pickled sharks” and sheep in vitrine.   This is shown in his screenprint in 2005 entitled Kate¬, an inspiration from Warhol’s 1963 print of Marilyn Monroe.  

Other works on show at LOVE ART include pieces by Robert Indiana, Damien Hirst, Keith Haring, Romero Britto and Mel Ramos from Fabrik’s private collection.

The show is divided into two themes; one based on the influence of modern day pop culture and the second on “street art”.

Some of Damien Hirst’s early pieces - for example Untitled Rocks - will be shown alongside The Book of Love by Robert Indiana which is a series of colors and poetry as a nod to pop art’s roots in graphic imagery by ways of deliberate repetition. Mel Ramos, on the other hand, exaggerates this by using women as objects of desire - almost tasteless kitsch, ironic and fun but empowering.  Romero Britto Is another example -  highly influenced by pop culture, bold in his compositions, with his works depicting his native Brazil.

Keith Haring whose Silence = Death is a perfect example of his pictorial metaphors -  subjects that deal with power and threat, death and deliverance, religion, sexuality, heaven and hell.   His works are seminal to the street art movement.

Love Art Exhibtion
23 – 28 April 2008, 10am – 8pm
Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Schoeni Art Gallery
Banksy Solo Exhibtion
Vernissage: 6:30pm – 8:30pm, 29TH April 2008
Exhibition: 30 April – 13 May 2008
Venue: Main Gallery 21-31 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong

(information provided by the pr company)

Giving Not Receiving Boosts Happiness

A new study of American’ spending habits published last week has revealed that earning more money makes little difference to happiness levels while those who spent more of their money on others were significantly happier all round.

Researchers at Harvard University quizzed 632 people and discovered that altruistic spending boosted people irrespective of their income, prompting Dutch social scientist Professor Ruut Veenhoven to query ‘rational behaviour’ assumptions central to most business models.

"This may come as a surprise for economists who have learned that humans are essentially egoists," the Professor told the Guardian, “ Often people don't know what really makes them happy. Doing nice things to other people isn't so bad after all,” he said.

Torch song electronic pioneer Dave Ball of Soft Cell and The Grid repute was not so sure, telling Skrufff ‘Happiness and money do go together; as they say ‘I'd rather be rich & miserable’.

“I think as long as you don't have to worry about money is the main thing,” Dave added, “I don't aspire to be mega-wealthy just to be able to sleep at night.”

The iconic electro star sold millions of records both with Soft Cell and later the Grid though started his career living the penniless clubber lifestyle depicted so accurately in Soft Cell’s 80s anthem Bedsitter.

“The most broke I've been is when I was homeless in Leeds living out of a suitcase on a friend’s couch with mice running around me.” he recalled. “I was determined that Soft Cell was gonna’ make it so I stuck it out and luckily I was right.”

“As a naturally melancholic person I am probably happiest when I'm sad,” Dave continued, “It's like ‘the Blues’ really, a kind of euphoric despair but something beautiful comes out of it.

What makes me happy is beauty, art, music, food and beautifully formed people(physically & mentally).Oh yeah, not to forget the squirrels in my garden; actually I love animals generally; As long as they're cooked properly,” he joked.

London acid techno star D.A.V.E The Drummer (a one time member of way before their time London Records’ signed agit-prop band Back To The Planet) was equally ambiguous admitting he’d been happy both when skint and flush.

“I was a new age traveller at the age of 17-18 around 1988 and I used to live off 40 quid every two weeks; that basically covered food and some petrol and that was all; But I was happy,” said D.A.V.E. (real name Henry Cullen), “I started squatting again in London once I’d had enough of poverty and slowly got into the real world through my music making me money.

If it wasn't for that I'd probably be a sad old hippy squatting with 19 year old students and telling them how clever I am because I can live off 20p for a month etc etc,” he laughed, adding that he finds most gifts ‘worthless’.

“Over the years I've had my fill of socks, jumpers, scarves, gloves, books, hankies, chocolates etc, all of which just scream ‘I have no idea what you like’; so you come out in sympathy and say ‘Oh thanks , just what I've always wanted’.

“However I once found a book left behind on a table in a coffee shop called "the Book of Answers". I was in the middle of a relationship breakup and I thought it was an amazing bit of karma to find a book like that. It turned out to be an amazing book. I tracked it down from Amazon (I couldn't just steal it, could I?) and gave it to my wife. I thought that was a good present.”

"Doppelganger" the new Grid album is out; Soft Cell’s remix album Heat, is out in May.

http://www.thebookofanswers.com/original.html (Book Of Answers_ online version- uncannily accurate)

http://www.myspace.com/ballini

Article by Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)


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The real-life Spiderman Alain Robert makes his way to Hong Kong April 14th

"For Robert, tall buildings are his mountains. He eulogises the views from their summits and (police permitting) revels in the freedom."

 - The Guardian

 

 

 

On April 14th, acclaimed daredevil Alain Robert will join HK Magazine for a literary dinner at SoHo SoHo. Robert will introduce his new memoir

With Bare Hands - the true story of his dramatic life as the world's greatest urban climber.

 

Robert has scaled over 70 skyscrapers worldwide, using nothing but his bare hands: from the Petronas Towers in Malaysia to Taipei 101, from Canary Wharf in London to Cheung Kong Centre.

Robert has always been determined to become a top climber. When he was just 12, he climbed eight floors to get into the family apartment because he had forgotten his keys.

Robert trained on the unforgiving cliffs of southern France, climbing solo. This meant climbing with no ropes for protection. In 1982, he fell 15 meters headfirst. He suffered a five-day coma and multiple fractures: to his cranium, nose, wrists, elbows, pelvis and heels. The prognosis was that he would never climb again, but this didn't stop him. In 1994, Alain climbed his very first skyscraper in Chicago and the 'Real Spiderman' was born. He realized that he enjoyed conquering the impossible, and so he began traveling the world searching for the skyscraper of his dreams.

The flamboyant Frenchman has gained international fame and raised thousands of pounds for charity, but has also been arrested, beaten and prosecuted.

 

Many people ask whether it is madness to undertake such perilous ascents without using safety equipment. But in Robert's view, it is madness not to follow your dreams!


 
Event Details

Date:                           Monday, April 14, 2008

Time:                           7:30pm

Venue:                         SoHo SoHo, 1/F, 4-8 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong

Tickets:                       HK$400 includes a glass of wine, a three-course dinner & tea or coffee. Tickets available from Dymocks Booksellers stores from Friday 4th April.

 

(information provided by the organiser)

Australia’s first ‘super lodge’ opens its doors on Kangaroo Island this week, heralding a new era for the region’s – and South Australia’s tourism industry.

The A$15 million Southern Ocean Lodge will offer guests an exclusive luxury travel experience, incorporating the best of South Australia – great food and wine, wildlife, nature and lifestyle.

Tourism Minister Jane Lomax-Smith says the opening of the lodge will help South Australia attract even more international and domestic visitors.

“We now have a landmark tourism development incorporating our unique Kangaroo Island holiday experience which is not only the best of its kind in the nation, but will also boost visitor numbers and thus inject more tourism dollars into the economy,” Minister Lomax-Smith says.

 

“The State Government is committed to assisting the growth of the tourism industry, and has worked with Southern Ocean Lodge developers, Baillie Lodges, to make sure this world-class accommodation – which has already featured in the media both nationally and internationally – went ahead in the most sustainable way possible.

“Attracting world-class tourism developments such as Southern Ocean Lodge to South Australia are an important step towards achieving our target of boosting tourist expenditure to A$6.3 billion by the end of 2014.

 

“The market for these kinds of developments is certainly there, with Southern Ocean Lodge already reporting good bookings for the next 12 months.”

 

“The State Government is committed to working with developers to ensure more stand-out tourism developments go ahead over the next few years.”

 

“Tourism is a huge growth industry for South Australia, and we will work to ensure that momentum continues.”

 

Minister Lomax-Smith says the latest figures shows international holiday visitor nights were up 14% in 2007, compared to the previous 12-month period, while the number of interstate visitors coming to our State was up 4% in 2007, compared to a 2% drop nationally.

 

Located at Hanson Bay on Kangaroo Island’s south west coast, Southern Ocean Lodge offers stunning ocean views from its twenty-one luxury suites, and adjoins Flinders Chase and Kelly Hill National Parks.

 

Included in the tariff is personalised experiential touring of the Island’s unique natural attractions, as well as all meals and South Australian wines. The Lodge also offers a day spa, bar and restaurant.

 

For more information about South Australia, visit www.southaustralia.com

(information provided by the pr company)

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