How Do You Take It?
Coffee; it’s the lifeblood of many a manly lifestyle, but it does so much more than just keep you awake.
Sexy Has a New Home
We all like to indulge in a little fantasy from time to time. Whether you’re day dreaming about being a pro-motocross rider whilst riding the MTR, or acting out a multi-scene homage to Caligula in your living room, it’s fun to leave the real world behind and let your imagination take you on a journey.
Variety is the Spice of Life
We all like a bit of variety in life; whether it’s a martini with a twist instead of an olive, a different route home, or the introduction of organic, edible body paints in the bedroom, variety is an essential element of a life well-lived.
Time to Get Your Tiki Together
So you’ve decided, after many sleepless nights of deep contemplation, that you’re going to drink more rum this summer. In fact, you’ve decided you need to do more than drink it. You need to know it. You’ve decided ignorance is no longer an excuse and that any modern man worth his salt should know his agricole from his spiced, his Dark n Stormy from his Hemmingway Daiquiri. We don’t blame you. Trends are cylindrical, and the Tiki culture pioneered by Southern Californian Don the Beachcomber in the 1930s has made a triumphant return, with bartenders and consumers alike sipping as many rum drinks as they can get their greedy mits around. Now it’s your turn.
Building on the success of the Hong Kong Rum Fest, now in its fourth year, self-confessed rumophile Max Traverse, the smiling mug behind Honi Honi and Mahalo, has created the Rum Run, running May 1-21. During this time aficionados and rum newbies alike will be able to sip on one of three signature rum cocktails (HK$100 a pop) at any of 26 designated bars – everyone from Boujis, Frites and Ham & Sherry, through to My House, On Dining and The Continental – across the city. Each bar has crafted their ultimate rum tipples (they’re all entered in the Rum Fest comp so you’ll be drinking well) and each tall, colourful concoction, encrusted with pineapple wedges and umbrellas, will get you a stamp in your Rum Run Passport. Fill your passport like a drug mule and you’ll go into the draw to win a host of rum-themed prizes. The first 20 to fill their passports will win invitations to an exclusive master class with global rum ambassador Ian Burrell at this year’s Rum Fest. Hosted by Mahalo in Wan Chai, this event promises to exhibit a staggering (literally) 151 rums. Of these 20 initial winners, one will also win HK$2,000 (which is just an Uber to the airport shy of what you paid for your cocktails). There’s a host of other rum-related prizes up for grabs and if you really catch rum fever get along to the May 28 Rum Fest, where you can pick up tips from World Flair champ Nicolas Saint-Jean, and rub shoulders with top mixologists like Georgi Radev, Dre Massi, and Davide Boncimino, while you practice your pirate lingo.
Hong Kong Rum Run
May 1-27, 2016
Facebook Event Page
Tenashar Drives Us Mad
Singapore’s Debbie Valerie Long, aka Tenashar, is one of Asia’s most sought-after cover models as well as a ground-breaking DJ who has thrilled clubbing crowds across the globe. The Spanish-Chinese financial broker turned award-wining bombshell shares her music inspirations, thoughts on her latest track, and the hidden treasures in the Lion City.
Did you always know you wanted to be a DJ?
From the age of six when I started as a drummer, I always knew I wanted to make music. The DJ console was just a natural progression from the drum kit.
How much did your early days in Spain and Italy influence your music?
Lots! Electronic music was huge in Ibiza but still very underground in Asia when I first started DJing. I fell in love with how energetic and pumping the music was and brought it back to Asia with me. At that time trance was massive in Ibiza and minimal techno was all the rage. By the time I moved back to Asia, a new genre of electronic dance music - progressive house and electro house - had just taken over. I made it a point to introduce my fans in Asia to a range of EDM that I discovered in Ibiza.
To what extent did your modelling background help your DJ career?
Modelling gave me a lot of exposure and confidence in front of large audiences and crowds. You need a huge amount of confidence when you’re DJing and have to hype a stadium full of 200,000 people; I think modelling helped build my confidence greatly.
Have you always been producing electronic dance music; where did you get the inspiration?
I only started producing in 2012. I get inspired when I'm touring. While I'm on the road I get introduced to a variety of sounds from across the world. It's important to keep my music unique and fresh for my fans.
Where do you want to go next?
The next destination I really want to explore is probably Africa, as it's [one of] the only continents I haven't spun in yet (Editor’s Note: Antarctic’s EDM scene is still grassroots). I'm very open to experiencing new cultures, especially since I love incorporating new sounds and vocals into my original tracks.
Can you tell us more about your latest track?
My latest track, which will be released globally soon, has very melodic vocals. However, just to change things up a bit, the track that I'm working on now is hip hop rap vocals layered over a future house beat. It's sounding huge and I'm well excited about it.
It’s ourfirst time in Singapore; what are the three things that we can’t miss?
Chili crab or Pepper crab! I absolutely love pepper crab and even though it's a messy dish to eat, it's just iconic. You also shouldn’t miss the view of the Singapore skyline from the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands; it’s just breathtaking. Last but not least, you need to visit Clarke Quay from where you can try a smorgasbord of Singapore's nightlife.
Where should I check in to make the most of my stay?
You should definitely check in to one of the villas in Sentosa; you'll be surrounded by incredible sights and some of Singapore's best restaurants.
What are the best places to get authentic Singaporean food?
Definitely head over to Newton Circus hawker centre, or Lau Pa Sat market, or The Satay Club for the best local food. I always go to Jumbo Seafood for their famous Singapore Chili/Pepper crab; I just cannot stress enough how good it is!
It’s already 4am; where can I keep the party going?
If you're really up for partying after 4am in Singapore and don't mind someplace slightly sleazy, head over to Living Room at the Marriott for good music.
Is there any hidden gem that most tourists miss out?
The Kilo Lounge, located at Kampong Bugis’ Ture Building, is a club tucked away from the city not many tourists know of. If you like underground beats, dance the night away there.
Not All Vodkas Are Created Equally
So summer is on the way and that means it’s time for seasonal escapes to tropical hotspots. But to be able to pull off that last-moment-nothing-but-a-leather-duffle-and-a-grin look you’re going to need to be weight conscious, and that includes rethinking how you take those essential, jealous-inducing holiday snaps.
Fortunately the brand spanking new Lumix DMC-GX85 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera weighs nearly half of the typical DSLR camera, yet offers shooters plenty of power and performance thanks to a new 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor and a new 5-axis image stabilization system that will take crisp images and video, in all conditions, four beers in. A new Contrast AF system promises super-fast auto focusing, with a host of useful focus functions catering to all sorts of shooting conditions – because you never really know how those summer nights are going to pan out. There’s a widescreen Live View Finder and a three-inch, tilting touchscreen monitor that makes composition a breeze and if you’re looking to make those holiday snaps a little more gritty, a new L.Monochrome mode offers the rich graduation of black and white film – perfect for Instagram. Connect to your smart devices via Wi-Fi, shoot video in 4k, capture low light scenes with a maximum 25,600 ISO, create time lapse symphonies on the go, and even fix focus after the fact thanks to an innovative Post Function focus.
Good things really do come in small packages.
Available from May for US$799.99, in both silver and black, with a 12-32 kit lens.
Not All Vodkas Are Created Equally
Despite all the myths and misconceptions there are about the world’s most popular spirit, one thing remains true: there are vodkas, and there are vodkas.
Time to Stay Close to Home
You’d be forgiven for not knowing the origin of the word ‘staycation’ (even we had to look it up).
Cuisine with Staying Power
Restaurants, they come and go, especially here in Hong Kong where big names and flush PR budgets ensure you hear about every opening but very few closures.
You’d have to live in a hole in the ground not to have recognized the global renaissance that artisanal gin is enjoying at the moment. From gin joints to home bars, this complex and historic spirit is captivating palates and imaginations, with traditional gin recipes given a twist of modernity by inspired distillers who are using new methods and botanicals to create homages to great gins of old.
One of those innovative lads is Alan Colton who, with wife Rebecca, has created one of the most elegant gins to come out of the British Isles in a long while. Givinity gin, which will soon be available on our fair shores, is an ultra-luxurious, handcrafted London Dry Gin styled spirit made in the verdant countryside of Cambridgeshire, outside London. Made with a captivating array of botanicals, including tried-and-tested classics like juniper, coriander and angelica, as well as modern upstarts like rose, Szechuan pepper, lime and mandarin zest, Givinity is produced in small batches and bottled at 40% abv in elegant and sleek crystal decanters with gold accents that will look well smart on your home bar. Although it’s as pure as driven snow (snow laced with alcohol) you’ll probably want to mix this luscious drop with a boutique tonic or a dash of elderflower, served tall to herald in the summer months ahead.
“Beloved, we join hands here to pray for gin. An aridity defiles us. Our innards thirst for the juice of juniper.” — Wallace Thurman, Infants of the Spring
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