Exit Strategy

For even the most suave among us, dating can be a tricky proposition. The minefield that is the early stage of dating is essentially a game of chicken: who dares wins, and who blinks first loses.


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In this 2014 Nike ad, this year's FIFA captains star in a thrilling animated short where they face their toughest match yet - a match against their own clones, who have been designed to take no risks and make no mistakes.


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Be wowed by "The Bruce Lee of Bartending" who can juggle, twirl and balance glass bottles on his head. How many bottles do you think he broke to get this good?


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This brief but fascinating documentary tells of Sea Ranch's glamorous beginnings as a 5-star resort, it's descent into decay, and how it is doing today. The Sea Ranch (Hong Kong) was produced by a team of HKU journalism students.


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Living in the Now

However impractical it might sound, not everyone makes plans in advance. We all have them – friends you can never nail down to a particular date and place, no matter the occasion; souls who seem to endlessly weigh their options rather than make a decision that they might have to stick to.


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The Lords of the Ring Come to Macau

Of all the martial arts that have hit the global mainstream, Muay Thai, the ancient and lethal Thai combat sport (and Van Damme’s answer to almost everything), has the most heritage and tradition.


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FightMe's dynamic video shows the streets of London through never-seen-before vantage points - through the eyes of daredevil freerunners and trial bikers.


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Man has put engines on some pretty wonderful things. Hang gliders, canoes, lawn mowers, balloons and ten speeds just to name a few. Our need for speed, for power, is seemingly as relentless and endless as our innovation and ingenuity.


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Keeping Things Simple

According to the US Library of Congress, the invention of the humble hamburger may have German origins but the first place to sell these iconic bites was Louis’ Lunch, a tiny roadside joint in New Haven, Connecticut, which opened in 1895 (they were also the first to serve steak sandwiches).


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Your Wingman, Anytime

There are certain men, real and fictional, that we as a gender can’t help but hold in high regard for their pioneering spirit, devil-may-care attitude, and effortless nonchalance.


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Michael Jackson is brought back to life at the Billboard Music Awards 2014.


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The Godfather in Tahiti

For many of us, Marlon Brando embodied what it was to be a real man. Like the many iconic characters he portrayed on film, Brando was a powerful yet mysterious personality.


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Adding Disco to the Key Search

The timeless adage passed down from father to son goes a little something like this: “never leave your keys in your jacket pocket, always leave them in your pants, because if you lose your jacket you’re screwed; if you lose your pants…well, here’s hoping.” 


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Contruction workers and street sweepers are the go to guys for fashion - at least that's what "fashion blogger" Matthew Richards tells us...

 


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Six Summer Coolers

The days are heating up, summer is in the air and you know what that means – barbeques, beach trips, junk parties, alfresco dining and plenty of summer-themed cocktails. Here are some of the seasonal concoctions you need to look out for this summer.


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Tradition with a Twist

Go to most dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong and it’s easy to see that little has changed over the past decades. For good or ill, there is little innovation going on within those bamboo steam buckets, and heaven forbid you ask for a bloody mary or mimosa to ease your way into your weekend.


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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


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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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The Pearl of the Spice Islands

Let us paint a picture for you. A gleaming 96ft schooner designed by one of the best naval architects to come out of Holland; a crew of hardened but jovial Indonesian sailors; twin masts and countless billowing sails; and a horizon dotted with yet-to-be-explored tropical isles famed for their spices and lithe locals. Below are some of the world’s deepest oceans, boasting some of the planet’s best and least visited dive sites, and above, an endless blue sky, perfect for clear sailing.


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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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It’s Time to Bond

There are few ancient traditions as suitable for male bonding as brewing your own beer. Ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and Sumerian gentlemen knew a thing or two about male bonding, getting together as far back as the 5th millennium to celebrate the marriage of water, grain, hops, and yeast, and the birth of a sweet, timeless elixir that’s fuelled revolution and celebration ever since. Today, in a modern day homage to the patron goddess of brewing, Ninkasi, the global micro-brewing industry is booming, as craft beer is made and enjoyed by innovative lads from Amsterdam to Auckland and everywhere in between.


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Open Yourself to the Fire

Did you know that Sichuan pepper, a common spice used in Asian cuisine (and also in five-spice powder on your authentic jerk chicken) is not related to either black pepper or chili pepper? It’s a flavour element all of its own; a bold, acquired taste guaranteed to tingle the tongue, numb the lips and increase the circulation.


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Just in Time for Summer

You can probably already feel it; the chill is leaving Hong Kong’s air, the mornings are more bearable, and the evenings positively balmy – the stinking hot months of the Hong Kong summer are almost here again, and that means it’s time for a few important things: al fresco cocktails, tie-free offices, miniskirts by the dozen, and above all, a chance to strut what God gave you on every strip of sand you can find.


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Find Your Breaking Point

Of all the recreational sports that captivate the imagination, few have the cult following of surfing. Not only does the sport breed its own territorial tribalism and generate billions in merchandising, but it’s also a great upper body workout and remains an all-but-guaranteed way to thrill the lovelies under the summer sun. But it’s not enough to simply hang out at the shore, board in hand, and rattle off a few lines from Big Wednesday or quote FBI Special Agent Johnny Utah – at some stage you’re going to have to get wet and learn the basics.


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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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