Be What You Drink

So we get it; you’re going for that young, dynamic man-of-the-world look, and why not? If there’s something the lovelies love, it’s a man who knows what he wants, who exudes confidence, who talks the talk, and who defines himself through every facet of his being, from his bespoke suit and on-trend hair, through to his extensive knowledge of Spanish pickup lines, and his kitsch-is-cool Knight Rider ring tone.


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Know Thy Rum

When it comes to Manila, we’re sure thoughts of sizzling temperatures, polluted air, overcrowded streets, and infuriating traffic jams that make every destination so close yet so far, burst to mind. However, we assure you, change is afoot.


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Know Thy Rum

Hong Kong is a city that doesn’t like to do things by halves and the result is we can come across a little showy, a little arrogant, a little cliché. Look at the wine scene for example; you’ve got guys peddling very average drops at sky-rocket prices, and sommeliers and chefs making up the pairings as they go along, so long as the bottom line keeps the investors happy.


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Know Thy Rum

You might have noticed Hong Kong is in the midst of a newly-forged love affair with rum. This year’s RumFest, held at Mahalo, was packed with bartenders and barflies alike, looking to hone their knowledge on this timeless spirit and the many soul-soothing concoctions it can complement.


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Hong Kong is notorious for its fast-paced and stressful lifestyle, which gives us gents every reason to sneak over to Macau for a spot of he-pampering. From anti-aging facials that make you look as young as you feel to aromatic body massages conducted by a bevy of well-trained beauties, here’s our favourite spa treatments in the Vegas of the East.


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More than Meets the Eye

You might not know this but the humble jerry can was created by the Germans in 1939, just before the outbreak of WWII. Originally named Wehrmacht Kanister and available in four colours, each designated for a different liquid – diesel, petrol, kerosene and water – they were quickly redubbed by the British after their favourite nickname for German soldiers.


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Glamping Comes to Bali

Many of us grew up camping. Whether it was with our dads, the scouts, school friends, or that weird uncle that let you finish his beers, these were special moments when we could leave the city behind and commune with nature, if only for a wee while.


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Because it’s Not Too Late

Ok, so you might not want to talk about this touchy topic, but that doesn’t make it go away – some of you, some of us, might be losing our hair. It’s a perfectly natural process (unless you’ve been standing too close to the microwave) yet there is still a certain degree of social stigma attached to male baldness.


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Asia’s First Stock Market Bar

When the Wolf of Wall Street, the ‘dramography’ of stock broker Jordan Belfort, hit the big screen in Hong Kong, we’re sure there were plenty of black suit-wearing gents (and quite a number of talented ladies) high-fiving themselves all the way to the popcorn counter.


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She Is At Your Fingertips

A recent report found that Hong Kong singles are the most desperate in the world. According to the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong users of dating app Coffee Meets Bagel log on more often than users anywhere else in the world. Whether you’re looking for a fling or finality, dating apps just might be the ticket. Here’s out pick of the top online cupids.


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Food Finds Balance

Our feelings on Hong Kong’s dining scene – we’re talking the reality, far from the glitzy opening parties and flowery press releases – have been well documented here.


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Pass the Pastrami

We’ve all seen them, those television shows that follow “celebrity chefs” around the streets of Manhattan looking for the most iconic, the most monstrous, the most endearing culinary classics.


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Take the Show with You

We’re sure you’d be impressed to know that the first projector, named The Magic Lantern, was developed in the 17th century by Christiaan Huygens.


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Become a Rock God

We all know that if there’s any profession that’s going to have you on your back and straddled like a prize-winning racehorse, it’s a rock and roll musician.


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Time for Some Self Love

We know your idea of a detox might be sticking to spritzers during the week or perhaps replacing your martini olives with lemon twists to cut down on sodium, but sometimes we need to take things to the next level, to really flush out the toxins of urban living.


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Keep it In-House

You may not know it but the history of the humble cocktail – the original mind, not frozen drinks topped with a rainforest garnish – is far less illustrious than you might imagine. In 1600s England, under King William of Orange, most people died of water-borne pathogens.


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In-Ear Headphones

With our hectic schedules and long working hours, portable music seems to be the easiest entertainment we can get during our everyday commute, and as such, the quality of sound is of utmost importance. Here’s our pick of the high-performance in-ear headphones every audiophile should be packing.


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Coastal Cruising

There’s just something about summer that draws us to the water, to the coast, to the beach. We love the sand between our feet, the sun in our hair, the lack of clothing worn by the fairer sexy – it all just comes together perfectly.


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Tag It or Lose It

Airlines are making significant headway in the war against that most terrible of travel burdens – the lost suitcase. According to reports, airlines globally mishandled 46.9 million bags in 2007 – the number has since halved and much of that gain can be attributed to better technology.


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The Insider's Guide to Asia

Many of us get that hankering, that subtle but undeniable itch for travel and exploration.


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NecesCity talks with James Sharman, former Noma chef and Tom Aikens protégé about his new semi-nomadic private kitchen concept One Star House Party.


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Service to a Tee

There have always been things that, as we grew up, we were told to take care of.


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Top Six Summer Cocktails

 

Summer Antidotes

It’s that time of the year again to hydrate yourself with loads of liquids. These breezy summer-themed cocktails by some of the acclaimed bars in Hong Kong would be the perfect elixir to get you through the sizzling summer months in vogue.


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Service to a Tee

As a younger gent you probably had a go at tennis from time to time – hell, you might have even been a force to reckon with. However, playing regularly in Hong Kong, with its hectic, demanding lifestyle and space shortage, can be a little tricky.


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Good Sound, Naturally

Unless you’re living in an apartment that would make Patrick Bateman squeal with ecstasy (and who knows, right?) chances are you like to live somewhere that's a little reprieve from the big concrete jungle outside your door.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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