Wednesday, 22.11.2017

True Couple’s Therapy

When couples come to an impasse in their relationship; when communication breaks down and resentment sets in, often counselors will suggest some time away together. A trip is a chance for couples to forget their external cares and to reconnect, to enjoy shared experiences and to rekindle the all-too-important sexual flames that modern life so easily retards. But it can’t be just to anywhere; it needs to be neutral ground, with plenty of discussion pieces to keep conversation flowing and activities for both him and her; somewhere with an abundance of romantic persuasion on tap.


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Oh great. Just what I always wanted.


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Capture the Moment

The old adage says: if a tree falls in a forest and there’s no one around to hear it, does it make a sound? So we have to question: if you achieve a particularly impressive athletic feat, can you really brag about it if no one was around to see it? Remember the time you hooked a shark while deep sea fishing in the Mexican Gulf, and no one believed you? Or maybe you popped a particularly impressive wheelie with your bike, except no one was there to witness it. Well, now you can claim bragging rights while proving that your achievements did in fact, take place.


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Thank God for Charlie

It’s rule number one when it comes to a business meeting with someone you’ve not met before: try to find some common ground. Breaking the ice, finding a level playing field, creating a congenial atmosphere through small talk is vital and in those situations, knowledge is the ultimate currency. You’re about to meet a valuable new contact – is he dating your vindictive ex, does he have a similar penchant for Alice in Chains, dirty martinis and off-market Dominican cigars; is he a closet Furry; or does he suffer from galactophilia. Knowing these vital gems of info could make or break the meeting. But really, who has that much time to snoop (except, it seems, your ex!)?


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The Future is Now

We’ve all watched sci-fi films where the gallant space captain toggles his displays for additional info or fighter pilots use heads up displays to zero in on a bogey. Forget about the technological leaps of the last century, it wasn’t that long ago that we thought holding a mini screen in our hands displaying an updated schedule was out of this world. Then touchscreens brought a new sensory experience, and now we’re wirelessly keyed in to the world around us, allowing the average punter to explore Earth, vital information at the ready, as if on some strange new world.


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‘Tis the Season

It’s finally upon us. The so-called silly season. That fun, exhausting and – let’s be honest – expensive time of year when we find multiple reasons to celebrate. Social, trendsetting gents the world over are seeing the calendars fill up with raucous company Christmas parties, more raucous (and infinitely more fun) holiday parties with friends, and perhaps, if they can rouse themselves the morning after, stints of frantic shopping to check off their naughty or nice list. In the midst of all this mayhem, the brave among us will throw open our doors to friends and family for a holiday party of their own, and the way to be the host with the most is to keep the food and drink flowing.


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The Hollywood machine churns out more movies each year than we could ever hope to watch, but every now and then it puts out a film of truly gargantuan sartorial significance. The kind of film where the male protagonist cuts such a fine figure that he becomes that guy that all men want to be and all ladies want to be with. Here’s our picks of the films which changed the way we dressed.


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A Man’s House is His Castle

Trips to Thailand have been, for most of us, an incremental graduation process. You started off in the thick of things, with four mates, a bottle of Mekong whiskey and digs at Patpong’s most affordable backpackers, where you were serenaded to sleep by the sounds of the ‘housekeepers’ turning tricks in the broom closet. Then there was the three-star stand alone resort; it had a pool, with water in it, clean but well-loved rooms, and was only a 45 minute walk to the beach. But today, you’re doing better, you’re a man of success and taste, and it’s time to dish out a little of that wealth on your next romp to the Kingdom of Smiles.


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The V-Tex is a machine that uses an innovative technique to turn beverages ice cold in less than 45 seconds, reducing the need for mass refrigeration.


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The Dome of Silence

Hong Kong has, you might have noticed recently, a lot of people. Although the government likes to say the population isn’t on the increase, it’s increasingly difficult to find a little slice of solitude where you, and perhaps the femme du jour, can cozy up over a glass of vintage champagne and whisper sweet pickup lines in her ear. After all, what’s the point of you using some of your best, time-weathered, tried-and-tested material if she can’t hear you over the din of house music and other people’s revelry?


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Are you living life to its fullest?


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Your Own China Beach Experience

You work hard, and you deserve a break from time to time. So what if we told you about a place where the air is clean, the sand the colour of honey, and the pounding surf a constant backdrop to idyllic beachfront living. It’s an exotic retreat, with a sun-kissed coastline and smiling, lingering-eyed locals; a place where world-class golf is only steps away, and where the day spa promises to poke and prod you into submission. All you have to do is choose who you’re taking with you.


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Change. It Can Be Good For the Soul

In the words of that champagne-swilling icon Winston Churchill, “to improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” With the relentless nature of work, the timeless shuffle from home to office and back again, and the endless pursuit for something better, we can so easily get caught up in routine, finding ourselves stuck in a rut, a groundhog day that sucks the very essence out of life. Change is good for the soul; it allows us to tackle the unexpected, challenge conventions, turn the tides on our own existence – and the change doesn’t have to be monumental; little steps leads to long journeys.


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Channel Your Inner Bad Boy

It’s not breaking news that every girl harbours a hidden – or in some cases, not so hidden – soft spot for the proverbial bad boy. These charismatic, leather-wearing, chain-smoking Marlon Brando types are the guys that manage to have several girls at their beck and call at any one point in time. They may be loathed to admit it, but there’s a reason why the bad boy is to so many woman what kryptonite is to Superman. Now, as gentlemen, we’ve evolved beyond the rather infantile bad boy persona. But there’s no harm in making subtle suggestions to what lurks beneath – just enough to remind her she doesn’t want to drive off a cliff sitting next to a Rebel Without A Cause wannabe.


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The 116th A380 crossing our skies is a 'little' different.


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Out on Show

Performance isn’t a priority for most chefs; innovation, ingredients, dedication to their art – for leading talents in the culinary world, these things will always come first. That said, you ask a lot of chefs what’s the one thing they miss while being cooped up in a hot kitchen, and it’s being able to see the effect their dishes have on their guests. Show kitchens, private restaurants, even cooking classes, are all designed to break down the barriers between chef and diner like never before, turning a cook into a host, a performer, and a guru.


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A Canadian tailor is releasing a three-piece suit that has everything a danger-seeking 21st century executive could need – killer looks plus bulletproof protection that would make James Bond envious. The company, Garrison Bespoke, believes it has combined style and safety, using lightweight carbon nanotube technology to absorb impact from bullets fired from handguns and prevent punctures from knife attacks. 


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Hidden in Plain Sight

If there is one knack a species can have in nature, it’s to disappear. It doesn’t matter how strong you are, how sharp your bite, how unquenchable your blood lust – nothing trumps being able to vanish. There are countless examples of effective camouflage in nature; the uroplatus gecko of Madagascar blends in seamlessly with the moss growing on jungle trees; leaf mimic katydids masquerade as decomposing undergrowth; seadragons look just like clumps of swaying kelp; and female lions appear and disappear with ease thanks to a coat that’s uncannily similar to savannah grass at dusk.


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"I cheated on you". So did she pal.


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Harnessing the Power of Food

Just sometimes, it takes a little something extra to get in the mood. We’ve all heard the old wives’ tales about aphrodisiacs. Food and drink so laced with certain properties that they – apparently – are guaranteed to rev our engines. Oysters are among the most legendary; packed with more zinc than an Aussie lifeguard, these tiny shellfish have been throwing testosterone levels - and sex drive - into high gear for centuries. Of course, for real results, match these mood-inducing molluscs with other amorous ingredients – wine for inhibition relaxation, chocolate for increased blood circulation, and salmon, whose fatty acids maintain high hormone production – and you have the culinary dream team for orgasm induction.


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Building a Nest Egg

In our prime, it’s all too easy to think that we’re always going to be this way. We get so caught up in the here and now that we sometimes forget that once in awhile, it’s a good thing to put a little thought into our futures. We might be working at a high-flying job and enjoying the good life now, but what happens when we’re put out into the field of retirement? Do you really want to be that guy flipping burgers at McDonald’s when you’re pushing 70 while your friends are swanning around their retirement village in Florida? How many of us have actually started planning and saving for a retirement nest egg?


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Could This Be Hong Kong’s Best Burger?

Few dishes have the iconic status of the humble hamburger; its simplicity is surpassed only by the satisfaction it brings when cooked to perfection. Of course, the heritage of such an icon, a simple meat patty between two halves of a bun, has always been hotly contested, but it was at the 1904 St Louis World Fair, when the New York Times namelessly attributed the hamburger as an “innovation of a food vendor on the pike” that the simple burger got its true start. Since then variations on the theme abound; in Mexico your hamburguesas comes with avocado and jalapeño; Down Under you’ll find beetroot and a runny egg between those buns; and in Alberta, Canada, you can get a ‘kubie burger’ made with pressed Ukrainian sausage.


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Size Does Matter

If there is one trend that’s dominating the Hong Kong culinary scene at the moment, it’s innovation on simple Asian street food. Led by the likes of Fatty Crab, Three Monkeys, and Yardbird, and more recently by Chachawan and Chom Chom, the simple fare of the streets is being given an impressive new interpretation, challenging and comforting our palates at the same time. But the key is to not stray too far from the food’s blue collar origins; give it a new look but don’t go overboard; cater to every man’s palate, not just the hipsters’.


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These bachelor pad necessities are offering men some great tips on how to outfit their homes with sleek technological equipment and modern furnishings to reflect their single and carefree relationship status.


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The Toronto-based film event Mise provides guests with an entire menu of dishes inspired by meals that are eaten by the characters themselves.

While London’s Electric Cinema has offered a selection of popcorns and snacks inspired by the events on-screen, we’ve now discovered Toronto-based film event Mise, which provides guests with an entire menu of dishes inspired by meals that are eaten by the characters themselves.


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The Convergence of the Camera

If there was one factor that defines this past decade, it would have to be technological convergence. Over the past ten years or so, we’ve not been as busy creating new technologies as we have been marrying two or more existing innovations together to create something new, something we can’t figure out how we lived without before. From remote helicopters with spy capabilities, and televisions that double as home PCs, to wireless vibrators linked to smartphone apps, technological convergence is everywhere you look – but that doesn’t always mean it makes sense.


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Discovered By Surgeons In Belgium

Thought we knew every part of the human body? Think again.

Surgeons in Belgium recently discovered a new ligament in the human knee. Publishing their research in the peer-reviewed Journal of Anatomy, the knee specialists provided the first anatomical description of the fibrous tissue, called the anterolateral ligament, or ALL, for short.


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‘Cause You’re a Big Boy Now

You may have wanted to be many things when you were growing up: a fireman, an astronaut, a mob accountant. You might have fantasised about being Punch from CHIPS, Face from the A Team, maybe Jimi Hendrix when he was alive, or David Hasselhoff (when he was still cool). You might have built forts from couch pillows, worn capes with pride, and recruited random pets as crime-fighting compadres. But at some point in every man’s life we’re told to grow up, to snap out of it, to don the black suit of conformity, and settle down with a sensible job and a suitably tyrannical better half.


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To be fair, we'd probably react like this as well.


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What’s Taboo to You

What is considered taboo – so defined as “proscribed by society as improper or unacceptable” – changes with the passing of time, and the rise and fall of empires. Many things which we now take for granted - inter-racial marriage, homosexuality, hipster fashion - we have learned to accept only after having questioned, experienced, and evolved as a society. Even as individuals, we only grow after we invite experience into our existence; it’s as if we sometimes need to touch the hot plate, if only to find out if we like being burnt.


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