Wednesday, 29.3.2017

Add Spirit Artisan to Your CV

There’s no doubt that gin is seeing a huge global renaissance. The spirit has come a long way since it single-handedly corrupted the moral fiber of London in the first half of the 18th century (leaving you to corrupt the other half during nights on the town in Brixton). This was a time when there was said to be a gin still in every fourth house in the city and when it was safer to drink the juniper-laced elixir than water.

Make your own home a gin joint with The Home Made Gin Kit, a brilliant little set up that allows you to turn vodka into your own small-batch gin in the time it takes to binge watch season one of Ray Donovan. Kick off with the starter kit, which includes everything you need, from two 375ml glass bottles, a fine stainless steel strainer, a funnel, one tin of juniper berries, and one of the brand’s own secret blend of botanicals. All you need to do then is add the ingredients to any old vodka, wait for nature to do its thing, strain, and rebottle. If you’re not a gin guy yourself these kits also make great he-gifts, as do the finished products. Once you have the equipment and know how you can get a little more creative, either with the brand’s own botanical refills, which include smoky, spiced or hopped blends, or with ingredients you come across on your travels.

“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” - Casablanca
  


 

The Home Made Gin Kit
From US$49.95 www.homemadegin.com
www.homemadegin.com


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Start the Year Strong

Forget what you think you know about your face; chances are you’re treating is as poorly as you treat your hands, your liver, and your moral compass. Sure, once upon a time men were expected to age quietly – women had ‘crow’s feet’, but we had ‘character lines’. However, times, they’re a changin’, and it’s time you took the maintenance of your lady catcher a little more seriously.

Fortunately, the sirens at The Strand in Central are a few steps ahead. Located beside the Mid-Levels Escalator, The Strand boasts an array of he-centric treatments, from manicures, pedicures and a full hair saloon (we’ll call it a barbershop if it makes you more comfortable) through to a host of skin treatments designed to make those youthful years last as long as scientifically possible. Start your 2017 filled with youthful zest with the new Skeyndor Eternal Youth treatment, a comprehensive anti-aging facial that targets the skin - contrary to what you might tell the ladies, it’s your biggest organ you know – and helps undo all that environmental damage. Without getting too technical, the machine-based treatment encouraged hydration and the production of collagen and elastin, replacing damaged skin cells and resulting in firmer skin and leaving you with the face of a shaving commercial model. The spa also stocks Skeynor’s men’s range, meaning there’s no reason the face-love can’t last throughout the year.

A fresh face for a new year.
 

 

 


 

The Strand
18 Cochrane St, Central;
2850 7686
Skeyndor Eternal Youth facial from HK$1,480 for 60 minutes
www.thestrandhk.com


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Time to Chill

This might not be news to you, but a recent report published by the Hong Kong Mystery Shopper Service Association found we ranked dead last out of 60 surveyed countries when it came to…smiling! The report cited a direct correlation between the city’s poor smile performance and the levels of stress in the average citizen’s life. Cramped living conditions, traffic, pollution and long working hours are all normal for the average HongKonger, and none of these strains are doing us any good in the process.

All the way from the land of brutal ice hockey, playboy prime ministers and yes, you guessed it, smiles, Slow Cow is a naturally-formulated mind-cooling beverage that’s now available in our fair city. A unique formula of eight natural stress-relieving ingredients, sans caffeine, sugar or preservatives, Slow Cow promises physical and mental relaxation, all with the refreshing flavor of dragon-fruit. There’s valerian and linden to reduce stress; L-Theanine for sharper focus and enhanced memory; chamomile to relieve insomnia; potassium to stabilize blood pressure; and sodium to get your brain pumping.

Now all we have to do is get taxi drivers to drink it.


 

Slow Cow
Available at 7-Eleven, Park’N Shop and Aeon Stores
http://slowcow.hk


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Time to Turn Off

It’s possible you don’t know much about the origins of floatation therapy. Using a sensory deprivation tank (which sounds like the swimming pool at Guantanamo), neuropsychiatrist John C. Lilly pioneered today’s modern float tank concept as part of his research into sensory deprivation back in the 1950s.


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The Next Generation of Junking

We all remember our first junk; the anticipating of making new friends, plastic cups of warm Tanduay rum and coke under a basking sun; perilous leaps from the top deck, the inevitable accidents on slippery timber, the early pass outs, and the serenity of the final cruise as night descended.


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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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We Can All Do With a Dose

Throughout history working men have sought clarity; ancient Chinese practitioners manipulated pressure points to ensure they stayed awake in the royal court and aboriginal tribes would do breathing sessions before night hunts in order to stay alert.


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Time to Clean Up

For those of you who might not have spent much time in the Land of the Rising Sun, an onsen is a Japanese hot spring.


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The Need for Speed

So when you were a little lad, there’s even money that you, like many of your little-lad mates, wanted to be a race car driver.


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Straight from the MotherlandDown

Like many countries in Europe, the Czech Republic, home of leggy ladies and perfect pilsners, has a long and rich beer-making tradition.


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Bringing Sexy Back

You would have to live on the moon not to notice the returning trend in male barbershops around the world.


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Time to Slide, Shenzhen

You may remember, during those golden years of your childhood, carefree summers spent in the backyard with the hose,


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Helping You Help Yourself

So you’ve perfected the art of the pickup. You’re looking great, you’re smelling fantastic, you have all the right talking points, you’ve made her smile, you’ve made her laugh, and now you’re desperately hailing for a cab.


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Ok so you’re a little different: you like to wear ironic hats and do your shirt’s top button up; you love anything checkered or vintage or retro; you stumble into work with organic, single-origin coffee and end the week with small-batch cinnamon-scented moonshine.


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The Know What She Wants

Sex toys can be tricky things to give to someone special.


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Your Wingman, Anytime

We might be living in an age of astounding innovation, but when it comes to flying, we’re stuck in a rut of mediocrity, no matter what airline (or cabin) we're flying in.


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A Travel Agent that’s Licensed to Kill

Go on, admit it, you rather fancy yourself as the next Bond, and which red blooded man wouldn’t?


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Men Speaking the Truth

Truth is a commodity sometimes short in supply in Hong Kong.


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All You’ll Want for Christmas

‘Tis the season, and along with the carols that grate on your nerves, the frenzy of last-minute shopping, and the often tacky ornaments and displays found…well, just about everywhere, comes the disappointment on Christmas morning when you unwrap your gifts to find a pile of presents that “it’s the thought that counts” doesn’t quite make up for.


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Video Gaming for Adults

When you were young, depending on how long ago we’re talking, you would have gone through a video game phase.


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The Gift that Keeps on Giving

We’re all looking for motivation in life; we’re all looking for satisfaction, renewed energy, and even companionship, and what better time to seek these essential elements out than at the end of yet another year?


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Give in to Your Vanity

Most of us don’t mind being in photos.


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Lock in Your Dining Experience

It’s true that some women love spontaneity in a man; they think it reflects on our romanticism and creativity, and that’s all fine and dandy.


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Ride In Style

You’re a charismatic man of the world, with a nuanced appreciation for the finer things in life and a wardrobe of suits that make Sinatra look like a hobo.


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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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The Inbox, Streamlined

It’s a new year, and most of us have probably made a number of resolutions for improving our fitness/eating right/staying organised/[insert other random life-improving sentiment]. We all start the year meaning well, but proving the truth of the road to hell being paved with good intentions, our aspirations to that nebulous state of ‘being a better person’ are usually waylaid before the end of January. For corporate combatants, managing emails is a never-ending headache, and staying on top of them is chief among those resolutions which are quickly crushed when we head back into the office. Suddenly, you realise that another year of battling the inbox is staring you in the face.


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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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Nail the Proposal

There comes a time in every man’s life when he decides to bite the bullet and propose to his lovely lady, but no matter how elaborate and well thought out the proposal, we all know it comes down to one thing – the ring. She probably already has a good idea of what she wants, but unless she’s given us very graphic hints, we’re forced to venture out alone, into the confusing world of the four C’s, and get completely lost when sales assistants start touting the benefits of a halo setting and pavé bands.


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We are proud to announce that we have teamed up with Localiiz, Hong Kong’s leading online lifestyle directory and marketing platform, and become part of the Localiiz group.

Localiiz operates www.localiiz.com, which promotes and supports the SME market in Hong Kong. Together, NecesCity and Localiiz will be able to reach over 20,000 viewers and subscribers on a daily basis through a combination of NecesCity’s pulsits, Localiiz’s newsletters, and via Localiiz’s extensive Facebook, Twitter and other social media fan base.


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Quarterly Packs Curated by Your Idols

By nature, we love our idols, but it’s difficult getting close to them. Besides their Twitter feeds, the relationship is at arm’s-length… until Quarterly. The service allows you to spend roughly US$25 – 100 on a quarterly package, delivered to your door, curated by one of your idols. To reiterate, you get a box with stuff hand-picked by someone you rate. And remember, your idols want to continue looking awesome in your eyes so it’s good stuff, albeit designed to make them look even more awesome.


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