Cause You Never Know When You’ll Need a Fix

There’s something magical about giving an old building a new lease on life. It’s something that we don’t do as often as we should in Hong Kong, and those few times we do, it seems to take a generation to actually make the change.


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Cause You Never Know When You’ll Need a Fix

By the time you read this, we’re figuring you’re probably on your second, maybe even third cup of coffee for the day. Caffeine is the most used psychoactive drug in the world.


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Chill Out or Chilli?

We’ve all been there – one gent starts talking conquests and the others can’t help but up the ante.


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Because You’re Worth It

It’s official: the last throws of winter are behind us and the steam room that is summer in Hong Kong quickly approaches. In our book that means there’s no better time for a tropical escape, far from the frenzy of the city, to a place where the air is warm and dry, the beaches as soft as talcum powder, the drinks generously measured, and the house reef as colourful and diverse as Lan Kwai Fong at New Years. One of the most anticipated openings in the Indian Ocean archipelago in years, Hurawalhi Island Resort just might be the paradise you pursue – nay, deserve.

The perfect balance between a tiny boutique resort that’s a little lack luster on leisure activities, and the mega-resorts where you spend most of your vacation queuing, the new private adults-only island retreat of Hurawalhi is home to sumptuous villas, world-class restaurants, and captivating coral gardens just steps from the nearest Dark n Stormy. Sand bunnies should opt for one of the cavernous Beach Villas, which offer cathedral-esque bathrooms and direct access to the island’s power white fringe, while the romantically inclined might prefer the privacy of an Ocean Pool Villa, with its infinity pool and direct lagoon access.

If you can drag yourself from your villa (and we’re not saying you have to) you’ll dine well, with contemporary cuisine at the 5.8 Underwater Restaurant; the best of Reims’ wine heritage at the Champagne Pavilion, a regular for resident dolphins and manta rays; and haute mixology at Coco Bar, the perfect spot of tiki-inspired sundowners. There’s also plenty to keep your mind from city living, from coconut-laced massages at the Duniya Spa; guided snorkeling excursions on the resort’s own reefs; and matches on the all-weather tennis courts; to scuba diving escapes to some of the archipelago’s finest walls and caves; luxury sailing and deep-sea fishing trips; and even a games room packed with vintage distractions.

Think of it as a steamy summer precursor.
 


 

Hurawalhi Island Resort
From US$300 per night, twin share
www.hurawalhi.com


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Breaking the Ice in Style

If there is one word that sums up our modern culture, it’s convenience. If we don’t have immediate and ceaseless access to food deliveries, travel itineraries, car services, global mapping, restaurant choices, the whereabouts of our closest consorts, and even suitable mates (and we don’t mean the kind you play rugby with) we tend to get a bit stroppy.


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Breaking the Ice in Style

Dating can be stressful for both parties. Whether you met the organic way, or simply swiped right one a special lady who didn’t fancy your late-night invite to your man den as a first meeting, there’s a lot of expectations in the air, a lot of unanswered questions, a lot of investigation taking place.


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Time to Pack Your Dopp Kit

It’s that lovely time of year again, when the mercury sky rockets and we start planning weekends away to Asia’s top beach havens. But as a modern gent it’s important to maintain your grooming regime on the road and these savvy new products will keep you looking sharp under foreign skies.

 



Lab Series Multi-Action Face Wash

Keep your lady catcher cleansed and refreshed with this multi-action wash solution. Designed to exfoliate away dead skin cells with a soothing ‘multi-action’ foam, this savvy soap is laced with purifying beads that wash away impurities, leaving you fresh and looking your best.
www.labseries.com

 

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Hawkins & Brimble Elemi & Ginseng Shaving Cream

An all-natural and lovingly rich shaving cream, this silky shaving soap quickly creates a thick, luscious lather, sans parabens, colourants or mineral oils, and leaves the skin moisturized and supple, especially when used in conjunction with the brand’s Shaving Cream Brush, a traditional essential with impeccably soft bristles that helps soften the skin while you shave.
www.hawkinsandbrimble.co.uk

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Susanne Kaufmann Deostick Line M

Bet your mother always told you to never leave home without deodorant so the Deostick Line M from Susanne Kaufmann is an organic essential. Free of aluminum salts (that’s a relief), this lightweight deodorant has a refreshing scent and active mineral ingredients that neutralize odor-forming bacteria without closing pores, as well as witch-hazel, known for its skin-friendly and calming properties.
Shop G18, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East;
www.susannekaufmann.com

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Scent of Life Uomo Salvatore Ferragamo

Now that you’re de-oderized and moisturized, ensure you sent the senses into overdrive with the new fragrance from Italian luxury goods company Salvatore Ferragamo. A fresh, light new fragrance for discerning gentlemem, Scent of Life Uomo features touches of oriental wood and black pepper spice, with a finish of orange blossom and ambrox.
parfums.ferragamo.com

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Stache Bomb Stache Wax

Even if you’re on holiday or simply scouring the streets of Sheung Wan looking for a latte, you need to keep that fu Manchu or handlebar looking as crisp as the rest of your look. Made in Maine, where real men wax their mustaches daily, this lightly pine scented wax makes mustache grooming dead easy and comes with Original; Wicked Good, which has scents of the sea; Stiff; and even bacon-scented (yes, really).
www.stachebomb.com

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Feel the Need for Speed

So, summer is almost upon us, and you know what that means, fun under the sun in as many forms as you can find it.


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A Piece of History on Your Wrist

OK, time to brush up on your Russian space program trivia. In the middle of the endless steppes of Kazakhstan is Baikonur Cosmodrome, which was founded in 1955 as a test center for Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles. It was later used to launch the Soviet Union’s first manned and unmanned forays – including Sputnik 1 and Yuri Gagarin’s Vostok 1 – into space.


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Put Insomnia on Standby

Jetlag was a curious ailment when it was first described in a 1966 Los Angeles Times article by Horace Sutton. Clinically referred to as desynchronosis, this condition is the result of alterations to the body’s circadian rhythms during rapid long-distance travel.


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