The Ultimate Private Party

There’s nothing wrong with being selective. You choose your clothing each day with deduction and analysis; you took your job after balancing the pros and cons; and you select who you date based on a predetermined list of attractions – after all isn’t that what instinct really is? Although you like to think you’re as spontaneous as the next guy, and at times you are, the reality is that much of your life is the result of careful consideration.


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A Thoroughly Adult Escape

You might have gone to Bali for “schoolies”, during gap year, or even for an end of university bash with other bright-eyed youths. You probably hired scooters, donned Bintang singlets, brought cheap sarongs and knock off Ray Bans, and hit the bars of Kuta and Legian with the masses, looking to knock boots with virtually anyone willing. But that was an age ago, and now you’re looking for something else from the Island of the Gods.


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Detroit is not a city we readily associate with techno music. We get its car industry; this is where General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler are headquartered, after all. With Eminem and Xhibit, we even get its affiliation with rap…let’s just ignore the fact that Detroit also produced Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker. But thanks to Put Your Hands Up For Detroit by Fedde Le Grande, which probably powered your big nights out around 2006 and 2007, it became realistic to mention techno and Detroit in the same breath.


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The Making of an Icon

Maybe you’re a beer drinker, or a wine sipper, but it can never hurt to know your way around both sides of a cocktail bar, and a working understanding of the iconic Martini is where your education should begin.


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Putting the Wow Back into the Bao

 

It’s true that Hong Kong seems to have only recently discovered the delectable satisfaction of the traditional Taiwanese bao, with a plethora of specialists opening up, and the humble Chinese hamburger being added to menus across town. But as we’ve found with past forays into the biosphere, not everyone has adopted the laid back, blue collar roots of these simple snacks, instead adding a thin veneer of authenticity and a price tag that belongs in the city’s tourist traps.


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When Old is Good

 

While many of us are obsessed with the latest technology, new fashion trends, emerging destinations, and cutting-edge cuisine, there are also many situations when a few years can make all the difference. Wine ages beautifully, the right car can increase in value with the passing of time, and of course, there are those oh-so-rare The Graduate-esque moments when age and experience opens all sorts of new doors.


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Eatin’ Meets Lovin’

 

It’s amazing the effect certain ingredients can have on…well, other, even more pleasurable bodily functions. The ancient Greeks and Romans knew a thing or two, stockpiling a wide spectrum of aphrodisiacs, including oysters, which were the fleshy symbols of respective goddesses Aphrodite and Venus. The ancient Egyptians were fond of mixing pomegranate juice with wine, and some even added opium for a little extra thrust, while in China, a shot of cobra’s blood is still considered as good as Barry White’s greatest hits for setting the mood.


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Away Games Done Right

 

Men and sports are a match made in heaven, much like cigars and whiskey. With a potent combination of competitive spirit and athletic prowess – and eye candy that can be spotted at half-time, or hanging out in the VIP section – it’s as if sports were tailor-made to appeal to men. And whatever form it comes in, it’s the ultimate male bonding experience. Whether you and the lads are working up a sweat in a pick-up game, watching the big match over a few pints, or debating the finer points of a classic rivalry, sports can make or break a bromance. 


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The Year of the Horse has kicked off and with its frantic business trips, holidays away with the lovelies and plenty of time sitting in airport lounges, noisy trains and roaring jets. It’s time you did your ears a favour with our pick of the top headphones on the market.


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The Inbox, Streamlined

It’s a new year, and most of us have probably made a number of resolutions for improving our fitness/eating right/staying organised/[insert other random life-improving sentiment]. We all start the year meaning well, but proving the truth of the road to hell being paved with good intentions, our aspirations to that nebulous state of ‘being a better person’ are usually waylaid before the end of January. For corporate combatants, managing emails is a never-ending headache, and staying on top of them is chief among those resolutions which are quickly crushed when we head back into the office. Suddenly, you realise that another year of battling the inbox is staring you in the face.


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