The Closest Shave
Shaving. It’s a daily chore for some of us, and one that’s never as glamorous as the commercials would have us believe. After all, when was the last time you had a naked woman wrapping her arms around you and whispering in your ear as you shaved? Exactly. Razor burn, shaving rash, the odd self-inflicted wound; it’s hard to find joy in this daily act, but with the right tools you can add a little ceremony to the facial servitude.
Men’s grooming brand Hommage has just launched in our fair city. From its beautifully-crafted shaving sets, conceptualised by industrial designer and Hommage co-founder Wolfgang Joensson and named for the most stylish destinations in the world, to its line of ‘performance-based’ skin care products, and signature grooming atelier Hommage promises to take your morning drag to a whole new level. Products like the Huile de PreRasage pre-shave oil and the Huile de Rasage Emolliente relief gel are designed to make your shave smoother, faster, and closer, with no burning or unsightly rashes afterwards. The blades and brushes, made from fine leather and carbon fibre reminiscent of a luxury fountain pen, also make for eye-catching additions to your bathroom collection, should the aforementioned wrapping and whispering ever take place.
Because a professional needs tools.
Available at the Cigar Emporium, Elements; Harvey Nichols; Havana Express, Soho; and the Mandarin Oriental Barber. http://hommage.com/collection/equipment.html
Back to Rum School
If you’ve been paying attention to the advice of your local barman, and you should, you’ll know that premium rum is picking up pace in Asia like a McLaren P1, and for good reason.
Embrace fighting – man’s ultimate pastime – by learning MMA from one of Hong Kong’s five best studios, so you can pack a punch and get your adrenaline and testosterone levels going through the roof.
The JAB Elite Mixed Martial Arts Studio in Central was named one of the Top Ten MMA Gyms in Asia in 2012 by Fight Nation for its high quality classes and training facilities. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion Professor Rodrigo Caporal offers both group and individual training sessions for all levels of MMA experience, and turns the sport into a full body workout whilst also teaching mental self-control and muscle conditioning. With classes happening throughout the week at various times, the club also provides therapy sessions to relieve body pain through neurological improvement and targets non-surgical fat burning processes with advanced nutrition plans. www.jabmma.com
Epic MMA Club
Since opening in March 2012, the Epic MMA Club in Central has taught men of all ages the art and discipline behind combative sports and cardiovascular conditioning. With punching bags, sparring rings and state of the art training equipment in over 1,350sqm worth of studio space, the club is famed for its Brazilian Jiu Jitsu-influenced MMA training programme. Instructors Alberto Mina and Alex Silva teach striking, clinching, take-down and grappling techniques to equip fighters for spars in the ring and in real life. Classes are scheduled for all levels on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30pm – the perfect post-work scene to release tension through exercise. www.epicmma.com
Impakt’s signature MMA classes value training and skill over brute strength and power. Instructor Rein De Guzman pulls styles from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai to develop a lethal brand of MMA which teaches control and discipline over the mind and body. The club also offers fitness training programmes along with the MMA classes to help build core stability and tone and strengthen muscles. Classes take place every Wednesday at 6pm and Saturday at 2pm, and are only seconds away from Central MTR. www.impakt.hk
For those on the Kowloon side, the Triquest MMA and Fitness Academy in Tsim Sha Tsui is the place to train. Hong Kong’s MMA legend Thomas Fan, Ken Man and Bernard Fung lead the MMA courses and draw elements from Kyokushin Karate and KickBoxing to give fighters an edge over others, whilst also teaching skills that can be applied in other sports such as ice hockey and rugby. Sign up for a Thursday or Friday class from 7-8pm, or go in for a Saturday 2:30-4pm session to spar and sweat it out with the lads. www.triquest-mma.com
Hayabusa’s top-notch MMA training programme is strongly influenced by Muay Thai techniques which emphasise quick, short jabs from the elbows and strong kicks from the legs. Classes are taught by MMA head coach Leo Li who encourages fighters to hone fighting skills (and burn a few calories while you’re at it) as well as develop aspects of sportsmanship. With a Central studio and a Causeway Bay centre to pick from, and classes scheduled for weekday evenings and weekend afternoons, learners will be in for action-packed sessions of aerobic and cardiovascular workouts. www.hayabusa.com.hk
Spain Meets Sai Ying Pun
Hong Kong is a city that’s always reinventing itself.
Bivouac with Style
We all know that our basic needs are simple: food, clothing, shelter, scotch.
While you’re reading this, there is a distinct possibility that you’re doing so on a slight lean.
Who Dares Wins
Learning to be a chef is often a long and gruelling process, working in the creative shadows of your elders and betters. After the technical education, after potentially years of washing dishes and chopping onions, you might be fortunate enough to be taken under the wing of culinary greats.
Returning to the Basics
In a city where the culinary culture simmers somewhere between late night cha chaan tengs and celebrity chef restaurants rarely visited by their namesake, it’s understandable if you crave a return to the basics, an adherence to heritage, and a respect for ingredients.