Wednesday, 22.11.2017

Far from the Maddening Crowds

Space is not something you expect to have much of in Hong Kong. In a city where millions are crammed onto a postage-stamp sized plot of land, we’ve become complacent towards living in close quarters, resigned to the demise of personal space, and accepting of restaurants where we sit in our neighbours’ laps and have them eavesdrop on our dinner conversations. But recently, a few little gems have popped on the city’s overcrowded dining scene, offering meals amid roomy, airy spaces and the brand spanking new Shelter Italian Bar & Restaurant is one such eatery.


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Few things are more fulfilling than recognition. It may come in different ways – perhaps the bartender at your favourite watering hole greets you with ‘the usual?’ instead of asking what you want; or perhaps it’s the recognition of your hard work and outstanding achievements. We all like the feeling of being recognised, of knowing we’ve made some impact, whether big or small. And benefitting from that recognition only sweetens the sensation.


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Shaking Things Up

Getting stuck in a rut is part of life. We get comfortable at work, complacent in our relationships, and cozy in our homes. Being comfortable is not always a bad thing, but as the saying goes, variety is the spice of life, and sometimes, a good shake-up is just what the doctor would order (just ask any couples’ therapist worth his hourly consultation fee). Shaking things up doesn’t always need to involve big changes, sometimes, just the smallest adjustments are enough to keep things from going stale. 


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Cause Sharing is Caring

 Hong Kong can’t seem to get enough of Spanish cuisine these days, and with good reason. Not only are the delectable tapas dishes and heart-warming mains of Spanish cuisine food for the soul, but they’re among the most perfect culinary styles to share. The Spanish tradition of sobremesa, or “over the table”, refers to Spanish diners’ tendency to savor the company of their companions, and wine-soaked, raucous meals that linger into the wee hours and are shared with friends new and old are par for the course in España, which is why a Spanish private kitchen like Western’s Comilonas is the ideal spot for some post-festive season togetherness to herald the New Year.


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Award-Winning mixologist and head bartender at The Savoy’s iconic American Bar Erik Lorincz talks with NecesCity about Slovakia’s cocktail credentials, Hong Kong’s top tipples and the creation of fountain punch.


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It Ain’t Easy Bein’ a Man

 

It can be a lot of pressure, being a man in this politically correct age. Often, we find ourselves in ‘polite society’ where we’re forced to suppress our natural urges. So we find ourselves living largely in a constant state of monotony when we want excitement, of mundane conversation when we’d rather tell suggestive jokes, of acceptable behavior when we’d rather do as we please. But man was not built to function this way, and every so often, it’s healthy to take a little time-out with the lads and act as men do for a few days.


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The Blissful Essentials

While there are certain times when it’s okay – nay, prudent – to be picky, most men pride themselves on their ability to find sweet contentment in the simplest of circumstances. We can spend a day fishing with mates, without caring if we catch anything. We love road trips for their camaraderie, not for their final destination; and we revel in the company at our table more than the artistry of the plate before us. As men, we can find solace in elegant simplicity, a ‘joy of nothing’ to quote the recent Foy Vance hit, especially when it comes to dining. 


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Shot Through the Heart

Whatever your thoughts on Valentine’s Day, and whatever she might say, this is one night your femme du jour secretly hopes you’ll suit up and surprise her with an evening of wining and dining. We’ve rounded up some choice spots for Valentine’s Day in Hong Kong, some special, some decadent, and one that’s a throwback to a less complicated time. 


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The Measure of a Man

A wise man once said that leather-bound books and the smell of rich mahogany were markers of a man’s importance. Fine, that man was fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy, and while the importance he attributes to the aroma of rich mahogany may be questionable, his take on leather-bound books is less so. Books, or a lack thereof, say a lot about a man. Does he prefer the Russian literature of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky or the Lost Generation works of Hemingway and Fitzgerald? Or do his shelves perhaps reveal him to be a film buff or petrol head?


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NecesCity talks with men’s fashion guru Timothy Everest about his recent trip to Hong Kong, designing suits for Bond flicks and the future of bespoke tailoring.


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A Study in Subtlety

 Whether we consciously choose them for this reason or not, the fact remains that for many of us, possessions are status symbols; subliminal markers of our wealth and position in the world. This might manifest in the form of technology (the latest Apple product), cars (this year’s Porsche 911), fashion (following the most recent, ridiculous hipster trend), or even intellectual stimulation (Francis Fukuyama’s latest political tome, rather than the latest Grisham thriller). What we often forget though, is that sometimes less really is more. 


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For when hanging bags and wrinkles are not an option for your finest tailored wear.

 


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Welcome to the Bat Cave

 Every man needs a lair, a place he can brood and rejoice, converse and pontificate, and of course, imbibe. It’s got to be a place of comfort, sophistication, and privacy, dimly lit and moody, lined with couches in rich leather and suede, far from the corporate boardrooms and traffic jams of the real world. Of course, there will be a bartender who knows the medicinal value of a good whisky or spiced rum, a cask-aged Negroni or a sleek Martini; polished wood cabernets filled with trophies from past conquests; and a menu of finger-friendly foods that line the stomach and pamper the soul. 


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Anyone who has watched the pool scene from Showgirls knows that lots of great things can happen in the water. Activities like swimming, scuba diving, or even taking a relaxing shower encourage the increased production of dopamine, a naturally produced chemical that’s linked with heightened creativity. When matched with the mental distraction that comes with repetitive aquatic activities, the brain goes into a pseudo-incubation period in which the subconscious cools its heels and just wanders, often leading to rays of creative inspiration.


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Collins & Kent International and NecesCity bring you Arthouse Unplugged. The Beatles by Sir Peter Blake

Beginning with the release of their debut album Please Please Me in 1963, four lads from Liverpool had the world on a string. With their significant contributions to music, art, and pop culture in general, The Beatles have left an indelible mark on history. Their 1969 album, Abbey Road, continues to be one of the most critically-acclaimed and best performing albums in history, and is also one of the band’s most iconic. From the immediately recognisable cover to classic tunes like Come Together and Here Comes The Sun, Abbey Road is synonymous with The Beatles. This Friday, Abbey Road and The Beatles come to Hong Kong’s Hollywood Road, and with only a few places left, you’re down to your last chance to get into this special event.


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Be a Cunning Linguist

So we can all agree, there are instances when it would be good to be fluent in another language (other than the one you’re reading now). You could avoid misunderstandings with poorly briefed Russian hit squads; order off-the-menu specials at Rio’s top cachaca dives; tell your favourite Swedish jokes while ice fishing with locals in Norway; or send knees trembling with whispered verses from Charles Baudelaire’s La Beauté. After all, Virginia Woolf said “language is a wine upon the lips,” and tiger, it’s your shout.


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Man's Sacred Meal

The festive season is over, holidays are complete, and your pose is returning from the world’s four corners to get cracking on 2014. There is no better setting than brunch for all those manly catch ups, the dirty details, thrills and spills of Christmas dished out with great food. Here are some of our favourite new brunch bonanzas.


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Joby Ogwyn - High altitude climber/wing-suit explorer


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A New Spanish Speakeasy in Central

Evolution may not be everyone’s explanation for how we all got here, but it does make for a compelling argument. Things, people, even places have a natural tendency to change, adapt, yes, evolve, thanks to external forces. After the industrial revolution, peppered moths, which were until then a light mottled colour, became dark grey, the better to hide in more polluted skies. New England blue mussels developed thicker shells when in waters populated by non-endemic Asian shore crabs. Even today’s modern gentleman will hone his skills, adapting the cheeky but tacky one liners once used in university bars into insightful anecdotes that modern women find compelling – it’s all about being able to evolve.


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The Wonders of Fitness & Wellness

It’s the beginning of a new year, a shiny new ray of hope, a chance to do things right, start out fresh, set new goals and reach new and exciting targets. That’s right; it’s time to get back to the gym. But before you start to groan, think about it this way: it’s not just about hitting the weights and plodding away on the treadmill, it’s about building up resilience, improving recovery time and not harming yourself despite your best intentions. There are layers to reaching true performance and fitness goals, and recovery is a big part. To navigate the complexities of this cycle of energy, it helps to have an expert guide.


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Marcey Hawk, a daring artist, is putting her 30D breasts to good use - by using them as 'brushes' to paint pictures.

Marcey Hawk covers her bosoms in paint and then presses them against her canvasses.
The artist, whose work has been bought by celebs such as Russell Brand and Hugh Hefner, uses a mixture of colours and angles her breasts in different directions and shapes to create her eye-catching pieces. Marcey has five methods she favours: the whole breast print, nipple print, 'just the tip' method, the 'squish and swirl' and her newest method which she calls the titty twerk.


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Get Yourself Outdoors

Some things were not designed to be done inside; swinging the proverbial cat for one; impromptu MMA with close kin another. The superstitious won’t let you open an umbrella indoors; road flares don’t react well to confined spaces; astronomy loses much of its pizazz; and you can never get enough run up for an indoor slip-and-slide.


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Few dishes boast the simplistic perfection of the pie. A myriad of fillings lovingly embraced by perfectly cooked, golden brown pastry, this humble dish sates the appetite and soothes the soul. Yet getting a well-made pie in Hong Kong can sometimes be a mission; those that are available either don’t get the ratio of filo to filling right, or come with a price tag that breaks with the humble pie’s distinctly working class roots. It’s enough to make a grown man weep with hunger.


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Your chance to win a one of 10 British Airways Gold Cards we have up for grabs. Receive the Recognition You Deserve.

We all like to be recognized – for our deeds, our good work, our beliefs or our status. We all like to be greeted by name – whether it’s the real deal known by the bartender at your favourite speakeasy, or the well-loved alias you use at triad craps weekends in Macau. We all like to be known, to be remembered, and in turn to benefit from that recognition.


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The Beatles by Sir Peter Blake - All You Need Is…Art

In the 1960s, an unlikely British foursome took the world by storm with their innovative, daring musical stylings. Fast forward five decades and The Beatles are still considered to be among the greatest bands ever to have graced the music world, and classics like I Want To Hold Your Hand, Yesterday, and Eight Days A Week are still referenced in pop culture. Kanye West can compare himself to the big guy as much as he wants, but it’s unlikely that Yeezus has the same kind of staying power.


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2014 means one thing. The World Cup is here.


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Stand Out From the Pack

Did you know the first business cards appeared in 17th century Europe, where they announced the impending arrival of nobility? The more common these rudimentary cards became, the more people tried to define their status with them, using gold etching, different fonts and expensive imported paper to make a strong first impression. Today, the business card is a vital component of the modern gentleman’s urban armour – especially in Asia where they are a very real part of doing business – and if you want to ensure victory at your next American Psycho-esque corporate card off, then we have something you need to see.


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It isn't easy to achieve the body of a Greek god. Thanks to the Funkybod Muscle Top, aspiring muscle men needn't toil away at the gym any longer to attain a ripped physique.


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Release Your Inner Picasso

So it’s 2014 and times, as Dylan so eloquently put it, they’re a changin’. Today you don’t have to be a rugged cowboy, all bottled up inside. It’s now okay to show your sensitive side, to let out your inner metrosexuality, to harness your creative powers, and to embrace your EQ. And if that makes you more attractive to the fairer sex; if that creates intangible bonds with your next lady friend, proving to be the honey needed to snare today’s modern woman, then so be it.


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A yellow jumpsuit worn by martial arts legend Bruce Lee in one of his final fight scenes fetched HK$780,000 ($100,500) at auction on Thursday.

The famous outfit was one of 14 items in a collection of the actor's personal belongings and props that went under the hammer in Hong Kong. The sale fetched a total of more than HK$2 million ($258,000) -- double the auction house's estimate.

The costume, which features black stripes, was sold to an anonymous online bidder who purchased a total of six pieces.


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