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Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, Hong Kong

This February, Langham Place Hotel’s Chuan Spa will introduce an array of indulgence packages and festive offers, perfect as a romantic retreat or a new year starter.

Romance at Chuan  
Nothing could be cozier than enjoying a pampering massage with a sip of champagne served with a refreshing fruit platter and indulgent chocolates.  Visit Chuan Spa with your loved one for a special Valentine’s treat with the 3-hour “Chuan Romance” Package.

Chuan Romance   HKD3,400 per couple
• 3 hours of Chuan holistic treatments of your choice
• Champagne or beverage of your choice served with fresh fruit platter
• Indulgent chocolates for two
• Chuan Valentine’s gift set
• 4 hours of complimentary valet parking
• Complimentary use of health club facilities, including rooftop swimming pool, sauna, steam, Oriental hot tub, fitness studio and Contemplation Corner.

This promotion is valid from 14 – 18 February 2007 and cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions.
Advance reservation is required and this offer is subject to availability.

Valentine’s Gift Idea
From now until 14 February 2007,  purchase any treatment package voucher valued at or over HKD$1,500 as a Valentine’s gift, and you will also receive a complimentary Chuan Valentine’s gift set to complement the voucher.
Happy Year of the Pig!  
To start a prosperous Year of the Pig, reenergize and refresh with our special Chinese New Year Package. 
Featuring a Chuan signature massage of your choice or a Traditional Chinese Massage, the package also includes a refreshing five element juice, a complimentary five element gift and a festive Lai See packet to give you a surprise!

Chinese New Year Package   HKD$850 per person

 90 minutes of signature treatment or Traditional Chinese Massage*
 Complimentary five element juice
 Complimentary Chuan private-label product
 A festive Lai See packet with a surprise
 2 hours of complimentary valet parking
 Complimentary use of health club facilities, including rooftop swimming pool, sauna, steam, Oriental hot tub, fitness studio and Contemplation Corner.

*subject to availability

This promotion is valid until 28 February 2007 and cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions.
Advance reservation is required and this offer is subject to availability.

Chuan Spa
Address:  Level 41, Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, Hong Kong
   555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Hong Kong
Reservations: 3552 3510

(information provided by the hotel)

Tung Chung is a place with so much to offer and experience. Explore the beauty of the Lantau hills on foot or glimpse it from a distance on Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail. Enjoy a vegetarian lunch at Po Lin Monastery or the gentle breeze and panoramic views from the Giant Buddha.  Visit Mui Wo or Tai O, one of the remaining fishing villages to sample a simple and laid back rhythm from age gone by.  Indulge in a ‘guilt free’ shopping spree with bargain deals in Citygate Outlets.

Why don’t you plan a 2 day holiday to enjoy it all at once. Novotel Citygate Hong Kong is offering “A Date with Spring” local package to Hong Kong and Macau residents from 1 to 28 February 2007.


From HK$1,088 nett per room per night

One night Superior Room accommodation

2 return tickets of Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail

2 special souvenir NP360 Skyrail coffee mugs

30% discount on spa and facial treatments in SPA MTM

Buffet breakfast for 2 persons at Essence

Free breakfast for children aged 16 or below (max 2)

Welcome drink for 2 persons at Andante

Free use of gymnasium

Free overnight parking and extra bed for child

Upgrade to Deluxe Room for HK$80 per night


·          Package valid from 1 – 28 February 2007.

·          A supplement of HK$100 for booking on Friday, Saturday, public holidays and public holidays’ eve

·          Rates are inclusive of 10% service charge and 3% government tax

·          Package confirmation is subject to hotel’s availability at time of request

·          Reservations is required for 30% discount in SPA MTM

·          Free parking and extra bed is subject to availability

·          The package is only applicable to Hong Kong and Macau residents only, valid HKID 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)


A new study examining levels of sexual attractiveness has discovered that women are significantly influenced by other women's opinions, with men who can attract the smiles of the opposite sex being considered better looking than those who can't.

Scientists at Edinburgh University reached their conclusions by showing men and women pairs of male faces then adding a third photo of a female smiling at some of the men. Researchers discovered men who the woman smiled at were suddenly rated more attractive, the Guardian reported.

"So when you're out in a bar, there's an advantage to being nice to everyone," study chief Dr Ben Jones from the Face Research Laboratory told the Guardian, "Because if they're smiling at you, it's going to make you more attractive."

Men responded differently to their more attractive mates, Indian reported agency Zee News reported, responding if anything jealously to their suddenly successful rivals.

"Within-sex competition promotes negative attitudes towards men who are the target of positive social interest from women," said Zee (quoting the New Scientist).

Dr Jones previously appeared in the national press commenting on another study of attractiveness last year, which claimed that humans are most attracted to men with unconventional distinctive features such as Mick Jagger (his lips) and Tony Blair (his flapping ears) instead of the symmetrical features usually cited as ideal.

"We can clearly show that you get this peculiar fact that humans seem to be more excitable when they see a caricature rather than a normal face," study author Dr Gunter Loffler of Glasgow University said in January 2006. "The more dramatic the faces are, the stronger the response is."

Article by Jonty Skrufff

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ImageDiesel Lock shades, the limited edition inspired by the classic Diesel Aviator model, become cult-style of the season, chosen by top model Eva Herzigova and singer Jamiroquai for their latest new projects.


Written, directed, performed and produced by Eva Herzigova in collaboration with Filmmaster, “Massacre in Paris” is a short movie realized to launch Eva’s Spring Summer Beachwear collection ’07 which took place in Paris on October the 8th.

In this fantastic tale, Eva plays with a girl, a childhood friend, who is blindfolded and wears a pair of limited edition Diesel Silver Lock sunglasses.

Sharp black frame with a silver trim, the Diesel Silver Lock has the serial number engraved on the side-piece and - being enriched with precious details - becomes a sophisticated accessory of luxury.

The short movie is already on air on main international fashion TV and internet channels; starting from November 2006 it will also be included in the video clip of “Big Lie” - the last success of the English band “The Rain”. The Rain’s new video will be broadcasted by MTV Europe and by all the most relevant music channels.


On October 30th, Jamiroquai release their brand new single ‘Runaway’- a classic slice of Jamiroquai, with its shimmering disco strings and infectious bass line. The video-, which features singer Jay Kay driving a space buggy through London’s West End-, is all over TV channels across the globe. The video also sees Jay Kay wearing a special customized edition pair of Diesel “Lock” sunglasses, the “IT” shades for Fall Winter 2006 season.

Diesel created for Jay Kay a unique pair of the Lock shades, with a fluo trim and all-black lenses for a cool, underground look that perfectly fits Jay’s style.

A pair of Lock Diesel shades, signed by Jay Kay, will be available to one lucky fan that will have the opportunity to win it, by visiting or On the Diesel website it will also be possible to watch the video and read the interview that Jay Kay has given exclusively for the Diesel Cult members.

The Lock sunglasses will be available in Diesel stores worldwide and in the most prestigious optical and department stores starting from November 2006.

(information provided by Diesel)

A new survey of 1,600 18-34 year old British men carried out for More magazine has discovered that 85% loathe plastic surgery and consider silicon breasts 'a complete turn-off'.

"Women would be better off spending their money on new dresses and shoes rather than fake breasts," a More magazine spokesperson concluded.

"They look at false cleavages but it is clear that it is a big turn off both sexually and in terms of forming a relationship. It seems as though women may have misjudged a lot of blokes," they added.

The survey appeared just as legendary counter-culture agent provocateur Genesis P Orridge from Psychic TV appeared in the Guardian, explaining his own recent radical embrace of cosmetic surgery, which has seem him adding solid gold teeth, tattooed beauty spots, silicon enhanced lips and massive breast implants to turn himself into a 'pandrogyne',

"Some feel like a man trapped in a woman's body, others like a woman trapped in a man's body. The pandrogyne says 'I just feel trapped in a body," he explained.

"The body is simply the suitcase that carries us around. Pandrogyny is all about the mind, consciousness," he insisted.

Gigolo records chief DJ Hell also admitted he'd been thinking about cosmetic surgery in an interview with Skrufff last year though stressed he had no plans to emulate his label's latest icon- New York sex change starlet Amanda Lepore.

"Sometimes I think about it but I wouldn't go as far as Amanda did," Hell admitted.

"It seems like it's becoming more and more normal for men, though I don't know if any DJs have yet had cosmetic surgery," he added.

"I don't want to be in the forefront and show what's possible, Amanda did that and she's an icon. I think she's really futuristic and glamorous. She's the ultimate future lady," Hell suggested.

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