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Wednesday, April 2nd - Red Bull Music Academy Alumni Showcase @ Club Avenue
Kay C and S.T. perform with other Red Bull Music Academy Alumni.  Workshop 8-10, Party afterwards until late.  $160 w/Red Bull mixed drink.

(information provided by the organiser)


Scratch N Sniff DJs Come Up Smelling Of Roses

A new study of Turkish perfume buying habits has revealed that more men than women now wear scent, with 49% of men splashing it on, compared to 46% of women.

The TGI Turkey survey also revealed that one in three men consider aftershave as unequivocally perfume while one in four ‘don’t care about the price’.

The findings matched the habits of DJs including Gavin Wyn, Sweden’s the Touch and London man-about-town DJ Paolo Mojo, who told Skrufff ‘price is never a factor - you cant put a price on this (points to self).’

“Scent is an integral part of the overall image, mate,” Paolo continued, “Currently I'm feeling Armani Black Code and Gucci Light Blue.”

Admitting he favours spicy colognes (‘we're talking sandal wood, cloves, cinnamon with undertones of citrus, lemon grass, kaffir limes and fresh ocean breeze’) the notorious metrosexual stressed the importance of selecting the right aroma (‘get it right and you’ll be picking the knickers off your face as you DJ’) and had sage advice for non perfumed clubbers.

“Personally I’m not in the habit of smelling other men but I’m aware that smoke free clubs have brought the stinky chickens home to roost for a lot of individuals,” said Paulo, “There’s a lot of gentlemen out there that need to take a good long hard look at the hygiene mirror.  There’s no place to hide anymore.”

Uber cool Gothenburg scenesters The Touch told Skrufff perfume is now mandatory in Swedish clubs following their own smoking ban, revealing ‘Andreas wears Bulgari (got it as a gift), Olov wears Fahrenheit 32 (got it as a gift) and Johan wears Human Existence by Laudamiel (really liked the book).’

All three Gothenburgers admitted being put off by inappropriate perfume selections (‘most people have very poor taste and go around smelling like flowers and window shine’) and disagreed with Paolo’s assertion that price doesn’t matter.

“You can't put a price on expensive hygiene,” they suggested, “Or maybe you can but we refuse to see the paradox.”

UK trance star Gareth Wyn also told Skrufff he routinely wears perfume (‘Gucci; my girlfriend chose it’) and agreed that ‘it’s never been so important for clubbers.’

“Perfume says a lot about a person. If you pong, it's wrong,” he quipped, “With everyone now smoking outside, men need to wear perfume in clubs to hide their BO (body odour). Perfume is now a must do.”

Gareth shared Paolo’s devil may care financial attitude (‘money is no object when it comes to a man's scent’) though admitted he’d started out on gateway scents including notoriously cheap and cheerful deodorant Lynx.

“I've worn Lynx Africa many a time, and I used to rob some of my old man's Brut talc 'n' powder and Old Spice splash on before a night out,” he confessed, “Add to that a pair of Kickers, gelled back hair and a Ben Shearman shirt, and I was ready for any party, any time, any where.” (Gareth) (Paolo)


Article by Jonty Skrufff

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ImageIn this collection Ed captures images from the awe-inspiring Silk Road with emphasis on fragile expressions from its people. Artist will be present in the opening event, with complimentary drinks and canapés. The exhibition period is from March 13 to April 30, 2008 at Philia Lounge.

For inquires or RSVP to the opening event, please call 2147 2389 or email

Complimentary DK Aromatherapy Skin Workshop for SilverBlack Cardholders

Aromatherapy Skin Regeneration and Hydration Product DIY Workshop (originally $380 include a free gift set)

Date: 25th March 2008

Time: 1930 - 2100

Venue: DK Aromatherapy, G/F, 16A Staunton Street, Soho, Central

RSVP: Please send your full name and SilverBlack Card number to or call 2815 7919. To find out how to join the SilverBlack Card visit

DK Aromatherapy is a one-stop shop for today's health enthusiasts and offers Aromatherapy Full Body Treatment, Aromatherapy Skin Care Treatment, and Craniosacral Therapy, Indian Head Massage, Ear Candle Treatment, Tarot Reading, Psycho/Health Kinesiology Therapy, Eomotional Release Therapy, Aromatic Kinesiology and Solar Horoscope Astrology.

The Jasmine Room: Now Open at Wellington Street, Central

~ A classic pamper parlour for waxing, nails and brows~

‘Bring a Buddy’ opening offer: Book two of the same pedicure treatments for you and a friend and you will both receive a complimentary express manicure on your next visit to The Jasmine Room.  Valid until end May 2008

Immerse yourself the magic of 1950s French fancy at Hong Kong’s newest and most decadent beauty salon now open on the 15th floor of The Loop, 33 Wellington Street.  At The Jasmine Room, immaculate brows, impeccable nails and beautiful smooth skin are the stars of the show.

Created especially for the busy lives of Hong Kong ladies, The Jasmine Room is a welcoming and elegant one-stop-shop wax, nail and brow salon. A place apart from the bustle of the city, it has been designed to add pause to a woman’s hectic day; a space in which she can concentrate on herself and be pampered the way she deserves.

Designed by co-owners Claudia Sondakh and Dora Wong in a palette of white, cream and pink, the salon is a modern interpretation of a classic French boudoir; tasteful, elegant and redolent of days gone by with delicate floral prints, antique chairs, ornate mirrors, and twinkling chandeliers. 

The Jasmine Room provides all the essentials for today’s modern woman including manicures, pedicures and nail art; brow and lash care; waxing; IPL, and a range of massages to relieve stress and energise – all at competitive prices. 

To celebrate its opening, from 3rd March until the end of May 2008, The Jasmine Room is offering all customers a sensational ‘Bring a Buddy’ promotion: book two of the same pedicure treatments for you and a friend and you will both receive a complimentary express manicure on your next visit to The Jasmine Room.

Understanding the fast paced life of Hong Kong, many treatments are available as ‘express’ options meaning a quick wax or brow shape can easily be fitted in to a packed schedule or lunch break.  Likewise for those times where only an afternoon of pampering will do, The Jasmine Room offers a range of full service hand, foot and massage treatments. 

In addition to classic private treatments rooms, the salon incorporates a number of open plan social seating areas into its 1,800 sq. ft space giving women the option to chat with friends whilst having their nails preened.  It also has a ‘tea and cake corner’, serving a range of complimentary beverages alongside dainty tea cakes and light bites adding some light girly fun to the usual pedicure. 

All beauty therapists are fully qualified and extensively trained to carry out treatments to the highest of industry standards in a friendly but unobtrusive manner.    Similarly, the salon carries a number of internationally renowned brands including OPI and Essie nail varnishes,   Dipeleve waxes, IBD and INT nail gels to ensure top quality care, hygiene and comfort. 

Customers can choose from a number of timeless beauty classics to the more advanced Brazilian and Hollywood waxing, or lash extensions and curling techniques straight from the USA. 

Signature salon treatments for hands and feet, both of which include a basic manicure or pedicure, are the ‘Intensive Hydration for Thirsty Skin’ and the ‘Aromatherapy Sensation’ which use organic products, rich in vitamins and minerals.

Commenting on their new venture, Claudia and Dora said, “We’ve always been regular users of beauty salons so it’s been such an exciting opportunity to design and present our idea of perfection.  Taking into account personal experiences and gripes, we have opened our interpretation of what is a relaxing, beautiful and competent beauty salon; a place where women can go with friends and will genuinely feel relaxed and pampered in a fun and girly way - safe in the knowledge they are receiving thorough and consistent treatments by qualified therapists.”

The Jasmine Room welcomes private parties and offers a number of tailored and off-the-peg packages for group bookings making it the ideal venue for a ladies afternoon or night out - be it a birthday gathering, bridal shower, baby shower or no-reason girly get-together. 

With a great selection treatments, professional therapists and quality products, The Jasmine Room is a place of floral designs, sumptuous décor and plush furnishings where women can feel at home, indulge their girly sides and be pampered to their heart’s desire. 

Call it chic French glamour with a 50s twist, at The jasmine Room you will come out feeling like a star.

The Jasmine Room is open daily from 10am to 8pm.  Please call Tel: (852) 2522 8353 for bookings and enquiries.

(information provided by the pr company)

WORLHOTELS is currently the largest and most established Europe based global hotel group for independent hotels and regional hotel brands, with a strong emphasis on properties with character and distinction. The Sun Spa Resort in Central Vietnam is the 5th WORLDHOTELS member in Vietnam along with the Imperial Hotel Hue, Furama Resort Danang, Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi Daewoo Hotel.

Just 30 kilometers from the mystical, UNESCO recognized caves of Phong Nha, The Sun Spa Resort is set in the picturesque Central Vietnam city of Dong Hoi on the banks of the legendary Nhat le River offering guest the choice of 290 rooms and suites with garden and ocean views.

Located within an exclusive area of Sun Spa Resort are 7 luxurious villas each featuring a private tropical garden and large private outdoor seating area with expansive views over Dream Beach.  The villas, ranging from one to three bedrooms, are designed with great emphasis on graceful architecture and creating a peaceful ambience to offer a place of tranquility and pure relaxation for all guests to experience. 

The beach front resort enables guests to enjoy the endless white sand and crystal clear waters with beach massages available for total relaxation or extensive water sports for the more adventurous  including jet skis, water-skiing, kayaking, ocean sailing and parasailing, as well as a fitness centre, tennis court, two outdoor swimming pools and a spa and health club.

Along with extensive state-of-the-art conference facilities for up to 350 people are four F&B outlets including western, Vietnamese and seafood restaurants, as well as the ‘Ocean Bar’ overlooking the South China Sea.

“The owners of the beautiful Sun Spa Resort chose to build the property in Dong Hoi with full confidence of the development of tourism into central Vietnam” Said Mr Binh, General Manager of Sun Spa Resort

"We are delighted to start 2008 with this prestigious new property in Central Vietnam, further expanding our offering of stylish resort properties in Asia Pacific” said Roland Jegge, VP/Asia Pacific of WORLDHOTELS.

(information provided by the pr company)

Imagealain mikli stores in Hong Kong have now joined Hong Kong's lifestyle card, the SilverBlack Card. The brands of eyewear they carry include alain mikliPhilippe Starck and m/m. All SilverBlack Card members can now enjoy 10% discount off on all regular priced items during their annual membership period of  only HK$650.

To find out more about the hundreds of other benefits that the card has to offer visit

Ultimate Romance in Paradise at One&Only Kanuhura, Maldives 

The ultimate romantic escape to paradise is on offer at the magical Maldivian hideaway One&Only Kanuhura.

The luxury resort on its own private island has designed the ‘One&Only Private Affair’ package specifically for romantic couples, priced at US$810 for two.

Couples are greeted at the award-winning all-villa resort with a bottle of champagne, and are treated during their stay to a 50-minute massage of choice plus private candlelit dinner with champagne and choice of Asian, Mediterranean or Maldivian Grill cuisine.

Also included is a ‘Romantic Bath Ceremony’, again with champagne, and chocolate-dipped fruits in the privacy of their own villa, and a ‘Romantic Villa Turndown’ on the last evening.

Famed for its laid-back luxury, authentic Maldivian charm and personal butlers, the resort also includes complimentary use of One&Only Spa facilities including fully equipped gym, fitness centre, dry and steam sauna, plunge pool and Jacuzzis – along with most non-motorised water sports, tennis and squash courts, table tennis, billiards and darts

The package does not include room rates, and is on offer until December 19 2008 only to guests booking a minimum of three nights at One&Only Kanuhura. Also not included in the price is daily Maldivian government bed tax, seaplane transfer fee and meal plan supplement charges. Standard room rate start from US$515 per night for a Beach Villa which is subject to 10% service charge. 

This package can be booked through travel agents or directly with the resort quoting ‘One&Only Private Affair’ at or phone +960 662 0044. 

Surrounded by a turquoise lagoon, One&Only Kanuhura features three gourmet restaurants, a poolside beach bar, freshwater freeform swimming pool and a wide variety of activities including scuba diving, big game fishing, water sports, squash and tennis.

Built traditionally from thatch, timber and stone, the resort’s trademark is casual barefoot-chic elegance with Beach Villas along the island and Water Villas and Grand Water Villas on stilts in the lagoon.

With an award-winning spa, it was recently voted ‘Best Resort Design’ by Hospitality Design magazine.

One&Only Kanuhura is also renowned as the first Maldivian resort with a traditional arts and cultural centre, where native artists produce traditional handicrafts and chefs cook local delicacies for a “real taste of the Maldives”.

It is also one of few Maldivian resorts with its own nightclub.

When the sun sets, a neighbouring desert island becomes the perfect location for private parties or romantic hideaways for two, with lavish Champagne dinners served under the stars, barbecues, bonfires and Bodu Beru (traditional Maldivian drum music and dance) for either small groups of friends or an intimate candle-lit evening for couples.

Villa Hosts assigned to every villa look after every individual need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week – from reconfirmation of plane tickets to delivering chilled champagne or elaborate breakfast in bed.

The resort has been voted Maldives’ Leading Hotel in the World Travel Awards (UK), ranked among the Top Ten Best Hotel Spas in Africa, Middle East & Indian Ocean by Conde Nast Traveller (UK), in the Top Ten World’s Great Hotels for Pre-Teens and their Families by and Best in the Maldives for Food by Gallivanter’s Guide (UK).

Hector de Galard, General Manager, said: “This tiny island is renowned the world over as the ultimate Maldivian paradise island experience -- the epitome of casual elegance and barefoot luxury.”

(information provided by the pr company)

Weekend Connoisseur series at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental - Hong Kong

Includes luxurious accommodation and classes for wine and chocolate aficionados

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong launches the first of its Weekend Connoisseur Series – a comprehensive package incorporating deluxe accommodation, gourmet dining, relaxing spa treatment and all-inspiring classes on wine and chocolate tasting. 

Exclusive to The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, these tailor-made wine and culinary programmes will be conducted by experts from Hong Kong’s most prestigious wine school, The Fine Wine School, and by Martin Li, Chocolate Sommelier at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.

Over the weekend, guests will have the special opportunity to savour culinary delights while learning more about the art of tasting and evaluating fine wine and chocolates.

The wine tasting class set for Saturday will provide grape enthusiasts the chance to learn more about the complex and intriguing world of vintage.  Sunday’s chocolate class, meanwhile, promises to be an experience both entertaining and informative, when guests with a passion for the delicacy will learn about combinations of textures and mixes of complementary flavours by tasting a variety of the world’s finest single-origin chocolates, including those from Dominican Republic, Tanzania and Madagascar.  Participants may also try their hand at innovative cocoa recipes by custom blending chocolate with exotic flavours. 

The Landmark Weekend Connoisseur Series offers a host of luxurious delights including:
• Accommodation for two nights
• Welcome bottle of Ruinart champagne
• Daily wine and gourmet amenity
• Daily breakfast at MO Bar
• Three-course tasting lunch at Amber
• Group wine class and wine tasting on Saturday afternoon by The Fine Wine School
• Eight-course gastronomic dinner at Amber on Saturday night (exclusive of beverage)
• Introduction to the world of exotic chocolates with Chocolate Sommelier Martin Li
• Sunday champagne brunch plus sumptuous dessert buffet at Amber
• 60-minute massage at The Oriental Spa 
• Complimentary use of The Oriental Spa’s heat experience including Roman laconium, Turkish Hamam, Arabian Rasul, Amethyst Crystal steam room
• Complimentary use of the 18-metre indoor heated pool and state-of-the-art gymnasium

This package is priced at HKD13,988 per room and is valid for two nights between 21 to 24 March, 2008.  This offer is subject to availability and is based on double occupancy.   Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 3% government tax.  Benefits apply to two guests.  For reservations please call The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong directly on +852 2132 0088, or through Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s worldwide sales and reservation offices or the Group’s direct on-line reservations service at

(information provided by the pr company)

ImageFollowing the duo’s debut joint promotion last year, ultra-luxury cruise operator Silversea and Chiva-Som, Asia’s original health resort, have announced a second spectacular offering to sea bound guests onboard Silver Shadow sailing from Hong Kong to Singapore from March 1-15 (voyage numbers 3805). 

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