Tuesday, 22 April 2014

kinson burger & bar




Only $48 for a combo set. They have some really good hotdogs. You may wanna visit if you live nearby. Plus, only 10 minutes walk from Mong Kok.

Shop G27, G/F, OC3, Olympin City

Sunday, 20 April 2014

konzepp 3










happy birthday, konzepp


Saturday, 19 April 2014

hermes


The joy of dressing is an art. — John Galliano

constance belt + cufflinks


Monday, 14 April 2014

nostalgia




「運籌帷幄之中,決勝千里之外」《史記.卷​八.高祖本紀》


Saturday, 12 April 2014

st.francis.st / {sfs}


The promising 28-year-old duo Mark and Wing aim to bring the British vibe with a contemporary twist to the old British colony - Hong Kong. They now own a petite cafe named {sfs} in St.Francis street. I interviewed Mark yesterday to know more about the project.


Their concept:
Aspired to providing a space for idea exchanges and a hang-out place for the neighbourhood, the shop is open and transparent, modern and timeless, consistent with St Francis’ business philosophy and the lifestyle we advocate.


"You see Wan Chai is a cute small place. It's pretty much like a mixture of new culture and traditions. You have expats living in old Chinese-style building. As an architect, the urban life here is so different from other places in Hong Kong. Granted, Sheung Wan shares some of the features. However, if we are to make some profit to sustain our business, Wan Chai is apparently better, mainly from a business concern.", Mark says.


This is the view you get to rejoice from the porch. I love having random conversations with strangers. Picking a book you love reading, sipping a cup of creamy coffee with rich foams, listening to indie bands on Spotify - nothing else makes a Saturday better. 


The pouch is relatively tiny to be honest but can still fit two people. And of course, enough space for taking a selfie. #NAILED #likeaboss #asianproblems #neverenoughforselfie #nevertoolatetotakeaselfie #haveyoutakenaselfietoday


It is kinda awkward to interview Mark because {sfs} specializes in doing coffee and I do not drink coffee at all, though I always order Green Tea Latte in size Venti to go from Starbucks. But that's because of the 30% off student concession in HKU and it's sweet. It's so nice of Mark to order me a cup of hot chocolate. I do not really have a thing for chocolate but this one is pretty creamy and by no means ubiquitous.


Bahen & Co. founder, Josh Bahen, has a decade of experience in the making of fine wine and a wine-makers attention to craftsmanship. Using vintage chocolate making equipment and only 2 ingredients, cacao and cane sugar, Bahen & Co. strives to make chocolate in a traditional way that pre-dates the mass production of the industrial revolution. Chocolate that exhibits ancient aromas and flavours and carries the senses back to the times of the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas.

The well-designed package reminds me of Mast Brothers Chocolate. You can get this from Lane Crawford HK.

{sfs} x plum8 gallery opening: 一味 / Yi.Wei  /// *Details of this exhibition, click me.
*I once thought these cards are freebies ... It turns out to be $50 for 4 postcards. So do not take any of these away without paying. Not freebies.

On a side note, I hope to see more artworks in {sfs} as {sfs} calls itself a gallery. As a former creative consultant in an international gallery, I hope to see different media of art in such a lovely cafe as {sfs}, not only mediocre oil on canvas but new media or multi-media artworks. I am curious to see how Mark can marry the traditional UK vibe with new media art. I WILL KEEP AN EYE ON YOU.

*from left to right: Mark (Thanks for squatting a bit.), Yuki (A lovely barista who makes good coffee. Thank you so much for the plasters), Me

The cafe is relatively small to be honest. It, however, is this tiny space which allows meaningful interactions between barristers and customers. Say, having quality check on food and beverages, troubleshooting, introducing products or basically having a chat with old customers. "Starbucks and {sfs} work differently. The former one is pretty robotic, you place an order and you leave. We want to keep our customers coming back. We want to maintain a good relationship with them simply by being a friend of them. We are not that business-oriented compared to big cafes", Mark says.

The neighboring areas around St. Francis Street in Wan Chai house a countless of independent stores which you do not want to miss if you are into art and culture. Also, if you happen to be one frequent traveler to Hong Kong and are fed up with the common hustle and bustle side of Central, you should pin Wan Chai on your map now.


{sfs} 
streetside cafe 
lifestyle gallery 
https://www.facebook.com/st.francis.st 
(852) 2527-7898 
9-11 St. Francis Street, Wanchai 


Thursday, 10 April 2014

pomellato press preview







Loving their new collection and am amazed by the brand's long history. What a lovely afternoon spent with an elegant Italian lady. I appreciate every woman who pays as much as a Hermes bag for one Nudo ring not because of showing off (as there's only a tiny logo on Pomellato's designs and hardly can people see it) but appreciation of the impeccable craftsmanship.

Sometimes it's not always about the social status you aspire to achieve but the priceless inner beauty which let you outshine the others - your temperament, the books you read, the places you go, the music you listen to and whatnot. 
Pomellato 
Shop 2039, ifc mall, HK 
(852) 2234 7283 


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Food | Pepper Power


I am a huge fan for Thai food and I especially love Pad Thai amid all the Thai cuisines. Pepper Power has some of the best Pad Thai in Hong Kong. With the amazing services, I am coming back soon again for sure.

♡     Shop 3, 1/F., V City, 83 Tuen Mun Heung Sze Wui Road, Tuen Mun 
✍     屯門屯門鄉事會路83 V City 13號舖
☎    2476 9268


Saturday, 5 April 2014

Movie | The Hunt (2012) by Thomas Vinterberg


  丹麥的《誣網》,把人性的黑暗面展現於大銀幕。電影講述一位剛離婚的新任幼稚園老師盧卡斯,好不容易與新女友及十歲的兒子重展生活時,卻無辜地被一名在幼稚園暗戀他的五歲小女孩卡拉童扣上性侵犯的罪名。說謊很容易,事後的補救卻困難重重。在電影中女孩雖曾數次向大人坦承自己的謊話,但面對如此嚴重的指控,大人們仍先入為主地相信孩子是天真無邪的天使,絕不會對盧卡斯提出無理的指控。

  事後幼稚園校長解僱盧卡斯、對卡拉童進行心理輔導及舉行家長會等。但流言就如同流行性感冒一樣,迅速在小鎮裡傳開。在展開正式調查前,所有居民、家長、朋友、女友及兒子都已開始對他進行形形色色的審判。家人的離棄、朋友的痛罵及陌生市民的毒打,孤立無援的他對種種責難卻百辭莫辯。電影的張力便是建立在這種排斥和冤屈的對立,同時將人與人之間脆弱的關係表露無遺。


  思想就像會傳染的病毒,正如古羅馬哲學家西塞羅說過:「平民百姓很少根據事實,卻往往根據謠言來判定事物的價值。」童言的威力逐漸把電影推至高潮,正義之劍與道德盾牌互相對抗。但其實很多時候,人們並不關心事情的真相,他們只想鞭撻那些離經叛道的醜陋,從而突顯自己的德行。由此,「道德」實較一支槍更容易置人於死地,尤其持槍者是那些站在道德高地,又道聽途說地相信三人成虎傳聞的人。

  電影是現今社會的寫照。即使在電影中的北歐小區,流言蜚語和偏見都能像病毒般擴散及擁有無形的殺傷力,如果把電影放到香港的現實社會,結合七百萬人的社區及互聯網上無數的匿名使用者,各人的一言一語,實為眾口鑠金。網絡欺凌的例子不絕於耳,「賜座男」、「港男港女」、「陳冠希淫照事件」及「內地女子怒罵四川災民事件」等等均為實証,例子中的主角都被網民如文化大革命般大肆批鬥。

  當盧卡斯的冤屈獲得平反後一年,好友們為了慶祝他愛子獲得狩獵執照而再次重聚,那些曾對他口出惡言的好友再次看到苦主時,互動之間的熱情摻雜尷尬。流言蜚語的傷疤沒有隨著時間消逝,在天氣轉變時仍隱隱作痛。

  《誣網》中而被謊言網罩住的除了受害者,說謊者和道德判官豈不也同樣被罩住,不得解脫?電影最後的一聲槍聲,像在警告主角:「我永遠不相信你是無辜。」人之多言,亦可畏也。