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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Taking Charters to the Next Level

For centuries men have forged their own path, dared to tread beyond the beaten path, questioned what lies beyond the horizon, and sought out the unknown. Adventure is in our blood, but urbanization and globalization have made us a little soft and for many of us the closest thing to adventure in our daily lives is trying soy milk in our lattes. Fortunately, there’s something you can do about that.


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Isn’t it Time You Owned a Beachhouse?

Imagine you’re enjoying a summer vacation on a tropical island, sitting on a white sandy beach with an afternoon cocktail in hand, a lovely at your hip, and the contemplation of a dip just coming to mind. The you start to think to yourself ‘I could see myself living here.’ Daydream no more, paradise might be closer than you think.

Phuket, Thailand’s favourite party island, will welcome its newest luxury real estate project, MontAzure, within the next year, ensuring those lazy beachlife days don’t have to end any time soon. A mixed-use coastal development situated on 72 hectares of hillside overlooking popular Kamala Beach, MontAzure has been master-planned by acclaimed architect Martin Palleros of Tierra Design, and will offer expansive beachside condominiums, a luxury resort, a clutch of high-end villas, and ground-breaking beach clubs when it flings its doors open in 2018.

The 75-unit Twinpalms Residences MontAzure, the development’s first phase, will offer sun worshipping buyers a home-away-from-home, complete with world-class resort services. Housed within eleven low-rise buildings topped with private rooftop pools, the condominiums will offer one- and two-bedroom apartments, ranging from 70sqm to 400sqm, and accessible via private elevators. There will also be 13 villas perched on the mountain flanks, each of which will boast soaring ceilings, private pools, and panoramic views of the Andaman Sea, making for the perfect enclave for city-weary urbanites.

Dedicated to fun under the sun as well as under the stars, the Catch Beach Club and HQ Beach Lounge will serve craft cocktails and fine wines, complemented by tracks spun by in-house and pop-up DJs.

Think of it as a holiday that ends if and when you want it to.
 

 

 


 

MontAzure
From US$250,000
www.montazure.com 


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Time to Up the Home Bar Ante

There’s little doubt that we’re living in the age of the craft spirit, which is a good thing for lads that like a good drink, but it also means you shall we judged on what you present on your home bar, whether it’s a sleek copper lined number crested with ornate decanters, or just a dusty corner where bottles tend to congregate. The reality is good craft spirits not only make cocktails more interesting, but they also make great ice breakers and conversation starters, which can always be nice if the night’s waning.

Karven Starka Vodka is no ordinary vodka. Crafted in New Zealand with natural artesian water (the family-owned distillery also does an award-winning gin and a very unique vermouth) this savvy drop is inspired by Eastern Europe’s 500-year-old tradition of creating starka spirit, a dry vodka made from distilled rye that’s often buried in the ground the day a baby boy is born and unearthed when he marries. Karven’s starka vodka is rested in American oak barrels for 6-8 weeks and infused with local manuka honey and insightful local botanicals, including native kawakawa. The result is an alluring and intriguing spirit with the deep golden hue of a sunburst Stratocaster, with toasted vanilla and honey notes on the palate, followed by a touch of spice that’s guaranteed to get tongues waggling.

Dare to drink different.


 

Karven Starka Vodka
HK$430
karven.co.nz 


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Time Your Tried Tequila’s ‘Ugly Sister’

When it came to drinking rum and playing with knives, no one has ever mastered this fine balance quite like cutthroat pirate Edward Teach, otherwise known as Blackbeard.


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On certain topics we value a female perspective and one such topic is lady underwear. To keep you in the loop with the XX chromosome we’ve invited guest contributor Gillian Chu to explain what men should look for when they’re buying lingerie and where they can get it in Hong Kong.


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