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Most expats go through phases when we either love Hong Kong or we hate it – for me, there’s rarely a middle ground! 2017 has been a year of ups and downs for a lot of people we know. As people fall out of love with the city, or find a new opportunity that takes them away, there have been the inevitable goodbyes, and it never gets any easier. I’ve certainly had moments this year when I’ve wondered if this will be my last in Hong Kong. But the thing that keeps me here, that brings me back from all those wonderful holidays, is my friends. They say that friends are the family you choose for yourself, and I think that’s never more true than when you’re an expat. Hong Kong makes it so very easy to be social, and, within minutes of arriving, people find themselves inundated with invitations and phone numbers – you could stay in your apartment with the blinds drawn and your phone off, and I’m sure someone would still find you and extend an offer of friendship. But it takes a while to find those you truly connect with. Once you do find your people, whether you connect at a baby group for new mums or dancing on tables in Lan Kwai Fong, or you’re simply united by your shared sense of otherness, those people really do take the place of family. They’re the people you rely on in the tough times, and those you celebrate with when things go right. And I don’t think you can really understand just how important these friendships – and how much they add to the expat experience – are until you’ve experienced them yourself. There is nothing quite like the expat friendship, and my friendships, my Hong Kong family, have been the highlight of my year. With friends from such diverse backgrounds, I know I’ll always have somewhere to call home, wherever I am in the world, and that’s definitely something worth celebrating. On behalf of the team at Expat Living, I’d like to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season, and all the best for 2018!

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UPFRONT 12 What’s New 14 Calendar of Upcoming Events 16 Follow Us Online HOME & PROPERTY 20 News 22 * Showcase: Delightful dining rooms 36 Relocation, Relocation: Tips and tools for the big move 38 On the Market: Properties for sale and lease 42 Street Talk: Living in Hong Lok Yuen LIFE & FAMILY 48 News 50 Rated PG: Our regular parenting column 52 Book Previews 54 Christmas Shopping: Highlights from the upcoming Prestige Fairs 56 Kids’ Bedrooms: Fun and practical furniture 59 Gift Ideas: For Christmas and all year round Siblings Anne and Chris Cheung and their Prince Edward home 30 Buying Guide: Soft and stylish furnishing and accessories 32 Buying Guide:

32 Tons of terrific tables

71 SUPER SCHOOL GUIDE Parents, teachers and specialists give us their views on schooling in Hong Kong


So many Christmas ideas for the kids!

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BODY & MIND 92 News 93 New in Retail: Heyland & Whittle opens in HK 94 Keep it Natural: Benefits of organic beauty products 96 Seasonal Fashion: Cashmere for a cooler clime 98 Expert Voice: Are you losing snooze time? 100 Parenting Focus: Raising grounded children 102 Health Watch: Spinal problems and solutions 104 Home Workouts: Five moves for getting fit without going out

WINE & DINE 110 News 111 Bar Tab 112 Taste Test: British and Argentinian fare 114 Christmas Feasts: For staying in and eating out 117 Going Organic TRAVEL 120 News 122 Travel Trends: Where to go in 2018 124 Hot New Hotels:

A world of festive shopping 59

Add these beauties to your travel plans

126 Japan with Kids:

REGULARS 134 Important Numbers 135 Our Advertisers 136 Parting Shot: Origin Story

Unwinding at Club Med Kabira Beach

130 CNY Getaways:

Start the Year of the Dog in style

133 Romance in Bali:

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Bikes Built for City The iconic folding bike, by Brompton Bicycle , is now available in Hong Kong. The bike is perfect for inner-city dwellers, as it folds in less than 20 seconds to about one-third of its size. It’s light and portable and can easily be taken on public transport. The Brompton requires minimal storage space, and designs can be customised to suit your taste; prices start from around HK$11,000. Bikes are available from seven official dealers in Hong Kong and three official dealers in Macau. find-a-store

Two Hong Kong models turned mamas have launched their first collection of kids’ clothing under the label Spicy Lil Tofu . Ana R and Lisa S have created a line of children’s basics, which they aim to be timeless and trans- seasonal. The clothes are made of top- quality materials so they’re durable and can be passed down to siblings. The label takes its name from how children can be unpredictable like spice, but soft and lovable like tofu. A portion of the funds will be sent to help a child fight cancer from every item purchased with a fox logo. FOR KIDS COOL CLOTHES

Sweet Treats The team behind Bookazine and Partytime have branched out into the world of confectionery with new store Sweet World . Located in the Prince’s Building, right around the corner from Bookazine, it’s brimming with sweets, artisanal popcorn, pralines and chocolate from all around the world – including goodies that will make great Christmas gifts. Perfect for sweet tooths whether young or old. 343, 3/F, Landmark Prince’s, 10 Chater Road, Central. 2555 0431 | sweetworldhk

Family Fun Family members’ club Maggie &Rose is opening its doors to the public on select dates to its rooftop dining venue. Enjoy a barbecue on the outdoor roof terrace of the Repulse Bay clubhouse with sweeping views over the beach. There’s plenty of space for young kids to play while parents have a drink and relax over a barbecue meal. Non-member dining prices range from HK$480 for food and soft drinks to HK$680 for food and house wine, beer and prosecco. 3/F, 301 The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay. 2638 7192 |


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Hong Kong Winterfest (1 DEC – 1 JAN)

The centrepiece of Winterfest is undoubtedly the massive Christmas Tree at Statute Square, with lights to rival those of the city. There’ll be the chance to meet Father Christmas or enjoy a performance of classic carols, along with festive editions of the Hong Kong Pulse Light Show and Symphony of Lights, and fireworks for New Year’s Eve. North Statute Square, Central (adjacent to the Mandarin Oriental). Hong Kong Players’ annual Christmas pantomimes have been delighting audiences for more than 50 years. This year, enjoy the classic tale of Aladdin , and the drama that ensues when a street urchin meets a princess. A perfect all- singing, all-dancing show for the whole family. Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wan Chai. Hong Kong Women’s Choir Family Christmas Lunch (10 DEC) If you like your Christmas dinner with a side of song, head to Grappa’s Cellar where the Women’s Choir will be entertaining diners with plenty of Christmas favourites. Proceeds from the event go towards Variety, to help disadvantaged children in Hong Kong. Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central. elgrande. Aladdin: The Panto (1-3 DEC & 7-10 DEC)

The Nutcracker (15-26 DEC)

This classic Christmas ballet tells the magical tale of Clara, Fritz and Nutcracker as they battle the evil Rat King. Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s iconic music with live accompaniment from the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Suitable for ages three and above. Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. SCROOGE – The Musical (17 DEC – 8 JAN) In this adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, greedy Scrooge is confronted with the ghosts of the past, present and future on Christmas Eve, forcing him to take stock of his priorities and reflect on the wonderful world around him. Presented in Cantonese and lyrics in English, with Chinese and English surtitles. Hong Kong City Hall Theatre. scroogethemusical Christmas for Family (23-24 DEC) The HK Phil and HK Phil Chorus perform melodies from the Home Alone movie series, and Christmas favourites including “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Let it Snow”, and “O Holy Night”. Sing along with thousands of others in the audience at this festive concert, performed in English. Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.

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SHOPPING Prestige Fairs Christmas Showcase & Christmas Gift Festival (2 & 10 DEC) Get your Christmas shopping done and get a photo of your kids with Santa at the same time! These popular shopping fairs at the Conrad Hong Kong are a great way to make a dent in your gift buying, and this year you can also get a free photo of your little ones with Santa at the Expat Living table! Turn to page 54 for more details on how to register. (Photos will be emailed.) Conrad Hong Kong, Grand Ballroom, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty. Sip & Shop Pre Christmas Bazaar (5 DEC) ShoppingHongKong is holding the Shop and Sip Pre Christmas Bazaar, at the American Club in Tai Tam. Enjoy a glass of bubbles as you shop for gorgeous goodies such as unique clothing and jewellery, gifts and homewares. RSVP to .

KidsFest (10 JAN – 11 FEB)

SPORT 2017 FIA Formula E Hong Kong E-Prix (2-3 DEC) The electric street racing series returns for another exhilarating weekend of world-class motorsports and entertainment. Two separate races will be held on 2 and 3 December, complete with podium finishes in Tamar Park E-Village. Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon (21 JAN) The Standard Chartered marathon is a Hong Kong institution – 2018 marks its 22nd anniversary. The city’s largest participatory annual sporting event is organised by the Hong Kong Athletic Association and sees a range of professional and amateur runners take part. This festival devoted to providing world-class theatre to young people in Hong Kong brings characters and scenes from well-loved books to life. Ten productions will feature this year over five weeks, including Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo and Hairy McClary and Friends . Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic (25-28 JAN) More than 50 much-loved Disney characters will star in this extravaganza, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Mulan, Anna, Elsa and Olaf. Join in and sing along with favourite Disney songs, such as “Let It Go” and relive favourite movie scenes from Toy Story , Finding Nemo and Beauty and the Beast .


AIA The Great European Carnival (MID-DEC – MID-FEB)

The outdoor carnival has become a fixture on the Central Harbourfront each winter, with young and old flocking to enjoy the atmosphere. Organisers have upped the ante this season, with new rides and attractions to suit all ages. Watch this space for final dates. Central Harbourfront Event Space. CATS (6 JAN – 4 FEB) Following its triumphant season in London’s West End, the acclaimed revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary musical is coming to Hong Kong. The show is alive with highly entertaining feline characters and wonderfully witty verse, as the Jellicle Cats come out to play on the night of the Jellicle Ball. The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre.


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Gorgeous Gifts Luxury UK soap and home fragrance manufacturer Heyland & Whittle has opened its first international store in Hong Kong – just in time for Christmas. In store is the Heyland & Whittle Christmas collection, a stunning range of three core fragrances inspired by frankincense, myrrh and winter spice. You’ll also find reed diffusers, candles, soaps, washes, lotions and gift sets. Expat Living readers can enjoy a 20 percent

Space Saver Love to barbecue but have limited space at home? Check out the new Space Grill, available at Jervisbay Barbecue World . The world’s first full-sized, fold-down three-burner barbecue is ideal for balconies, terraces or small courtyards and can be wall- or stand-mounted. Also, the store’s crazy warehouse discount until the end of December as a new opening promotion; just present this page. G33¬-G35, 5-5A Solo Avenue, Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay. 9191 6906 |

When it comes to making a house feel like a home, art is the perfect finishing touch. Atelier Lane , which provides interior styling services, has a carefully curated collection of artwork prints and photography. Featuring colourful patterns and simple yet meaningful designs, the pieces draw the eye from anywhere in the room. The art is all locally printed, available in various sizes, and can be framed before delivery. From around HK$1,500 for a print only, and from HK$3,500 with framing. ART is HOME iswhere the

clearance sale is continuing until stocks run out, with barbecues, pool equipment, garden goods, furniture and boat covers, clothes lines and more. 9B Tin Fung Industrial Mansions, 63 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. 2656 4429, 2792 7268 | Advice for Expats Moving and relocation service Asian Tigers has launched its own blog, packed with information and advice for expats. Get practical tips on how best to pack your belongings, along with articles explaining some of the finer points of local culture. The blog aims to enhance the experiences of expats in Hong Kong and their

understanding of the differences between Western and Chinese cultures. Find it at 17/F, 3 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai. 2528 1384 |


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At HomeWith… Anne &Chris Cheung We meet the entrepreneurial siblings behind two of the city’s coolest eateries: macaron paradise Jouer and artisanal sandwich joint Bread & Beast .



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in the art field in New York and London, before coming back to Hong Kong in 2008 to work as an art consultant. I then jetted off again – to Paris this time – to complete my Patisserie Diploma at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. I finally came back in 2011 to start my own lifestyle and pastry brand, Jouer. Was it a coincidence that both of you ended up working in food or is it something in the Cheung genes? Chris: It is and it isn’t! It’s coincidental because I met my business partners separately, and the inspiration and philosophy behind Bread & Beast and Jouer are very different. However, growing up, Anne was always “grooming” me, educating me about food, wine, cocktails and other expensive hobbies! So my passion for food was definitely nurtured by my eldest sister. Anne: Growing up, Chris was always my partner-in-crime and we share very similar

tastes in food and views on food culture. He’s also the only family member who would go on crazy food trips and obsess over American food shows with me! You live in Prince Edward. Can you tell us about the pros and cons of this neighbourhood? Anne: I love how where we live is super peaceful with lots of trees and plenty of fresh air, but once you walk down the hill, it’s the quintessential Hong Kong life – where you can find curry fish balls, soft- serve ice cream trucks and street vendors selling everything from phone accessories to pyjamas on Fa Yuen Street. In a short five-minute stroll, you stumble into a completely different world – it’s amazing! I also love the Flower Market nearby; it’s become my weekend ritual to shop there for flowers to decorate Jouer, and I haven’t ordered bouquets from expensive florists since. The only slight

You’re both Hong Kongers but have taken a rather circuitous route to get back here! Tell us more about your backgrounds and what made you return. Chris: I was born in Sydney, but moved back to Hong Kong at the tender age of one! I then grew up here and attended a local boys’ school until tenth grade; following this, I went to boarding school and college in the US. I worked in New York for another two years and relocated to Shanghai with the company I was working for, before eventually returning to Hong Kong. Family was the main reason for my move back; after spending a decade living abroad, the time felt ripe to go home and apply myself to something new, which is how Bread & Beast was born. Anne: Like Chris, I was born in Sydney, raised in Hong Kong and went to college in the States. After graduating, I worked


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disadvantage of where we are is the long uphill walk back home on late nights and the difficulty getting taxis (leading to an appalling Uber bill!). Any hidden gems around Prince Edward? Anne: Hay Fever is a florist-café in the Flower Market that serves excellent hand-drip coffee and a pretty good lemon meringue cake; the best part is that there’s no Wi-Fi, with a sweet sign reminding you to stop and smell the flowers or read a good book. Kam Wah Cafe on Bute Street serves arguably the best pineapple buns in town; its chicken pies and Mexican buns are also delicious. Near the Sham Shui Po side, there’s my favourite neighbourhood izakaya , Yoshi Yoshi – I get my late-night sake and small-bite cravings fixed there. Then you can walk over to BOUND on Boundary Street for a craft beer, G&T or even

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nightcap espresso; this neighbourhood bar is the hip place to be right now on the dark side and is frequented by stylists, musicians, designers and artists. It reminds me of the Lower East Side in New York; it’d be even more amazing if they served food. Chris: We’re very lucky to have separate rooms, ha ha! No, it’s mostly nice, except for when my other sister Laura [founder of home décor store Lala Curio] does a photo-shoot – she ends up moving everyone’s belongings from the dining area into my room! Otherwise, it’s a happy family. Anne: We live under the same roof but I barely see him! Chris: The meditation room and the garden are my favourites. They’re very open and simple spaces; I meditate and read there because it calms me very easily. The garden is a lovely communal space where we sometimes have family brunch or friends over for a barbecue. Anne: I love the long horizontal Victor Pasmore artwork spanning across the dining room wall, which we acquired while I was working at Marlborough Fine Art in London. I also fell in love with our spiral staircase the instant I walked into our new home five years ago. How would you describe your style in terms of décor? Who gets to call the shots in terms of your interior design? Chris: I’m a minimalist and prefer soft colours on the wall with dark wood furniture to offer some contrast. Unfortunately, being the youngest in the family, I don’t get to call the shots on anything, not even my own room. Laura is the interior designer and my room was her idea when I was still living in New York! What’s it like living together as siblings? Any ups and downs? What are some of your favourite features in your home?

“I like white and pastel colours, vintage furniture, Art Nouveau décor and contemporary art on the walls.” – Anne


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Anne: I’m less minimalist than Chris but less bold and elaborate than Laura. I like white and pastel colours, vintage furniture, Art Nouveau décor and contemporary art on the walls. You’ve clearly both got entrepreneurial spirits – what was the inspiration behind your businesses? Chris: I’ll credit our parents. They’ve not only been my inspiration, but have also been so incredibly supportive along the way. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without them. Anne: Same! I’m also too free-spirited to work in corporate environments. What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in starting your businesses? Chris: Probably inexperience and ego; inexperience has led to many costly mistakes, and ego has led to many unnecessary head-butts with my team. Anne: I haven’t lived a day without new challenges since I started Jouer – difficult catering clients, staff management, logistics planning … and I’m still in the process of learning. As foodies, can you give us the inside scoop on where to shop for ingredients and kitchen gear in Hong Kong? Chris: Wan Chai Wet Market – it’s so convenient and usually has everything that’s on my shopping list. Anne: I go to Shing Faat Cowconut Company on Spring Garden Lane for spices and condiments, and Shanghai Street in YauMa Tei for baking equipment. Finally, how do you think your relationship has changed over the years? Anne: I’ve gone from seeing Chris as a little brother to a business partner and a comrade who I can discuss work with. Chris: It’s matured and aged, like a vintage Bordeaux!

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HOME & DÉCOR Lala Curio 32-33 Sau Wa Fong, Wan Chai 2528 5007 | Tequila Kola Unit 1-7, 1/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau 2877 3295 | H.D. Buttercup Unit 1-8, 2/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau 2555 2997 |

Fung Shing Sun Hung Yuen 18 Cross Street, Wan Chai 2892 0836 Bakudanya Shop 1103, 11/F, United Success Commercial Centre, 508 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay 2891 1530 No. 5 Italian G/F, 21 Brown Street, Tai Hang 2504 2111 Neighborhood Man Hing Lane (entrance off Peel Street), Central 2617 0891 VEA 29-30/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central 2711 8639 | Butler 5/F, Mody House, 30 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui 2724 3828 Ping Pong Gintonería L/G, Nam Cheong House, 129 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun 9835 5061 |

Le Quinze Vins 9 Swatow Street, Wan Chai 2673 7636

8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana Shop 202, 2/F, Landmark Alexandra, 18 Chater Road, Central 2537 8859 |

PRINCE EDWARD Cafe Hay Fever G/F, 62 Flower Market Road, Prince Edward 2397 0638

Ziinlife 4/F, Flat D,

Kam Wah Cafe G/F, 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward 2392 6830

Good Luck Industrial Building, 105 How Ming Street, Kwun Tong 2180 8015 |

Yoshi Yoshi Shop H2, 2 Maple Street, Prince Edward 5199 4233

L’s Where 10 On Wo Lane, Central 2838 1271 |

BOUND by Hillywood 32 Boundary Street, Prince Edward 2396 6488

FOOD & DRINK Bread & Beast

G/F, 3 Swatow Street, Wan Chai 2237 1868 | Jouer G/F, 1 Sau Wa Fong, Wan Chai 2528 6577 |


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Collection, Altfield Interiors , 2526 8681,

SOFT & STYLISH Complete the look of your room with some gorgeous s o f t f u r n i s h i ng s a nd accessories.

Pure linen embroidered cushions, TREE , 2870 1582,

Ibiza three-seater sofa, Tequila Kola , 2877 3295,

Colefax & Fowler Collection, Altfield Interiors , 2526 8681,


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Jane Churchill Atmosphere Collection, Altfield Interiors , 2526 8681,

Jane Churchill Atmosphere Collection, Altfield Interiors , 2526 8681,

Moroccan leather pouffes, Atelier Lane , 9558 3007,

Jane Churchill Atmosphere Collection, Altfield Interiors , 2526 8681,

Weaver Green washable rugs made from recycled plastic bottles, for inside or outside use, INSIDE , 2873 1795,

Colefax & Fowler Collection, Altfield Interiors , 2526 8681,

Moroccan pom-pom blankets, Atelier Lane , 9558 3007,

Chunky knit throws, Atelier Lane , 9558 3007,

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There’s nothing like sitting down together to eat, yet many times we’re all rushing so much that we forget to do it. Our tip: get yourself a nice table setup!

Lamberi glass table with stainless-steel base, and dining chairs with stainless steel legs and PU or leather upholstery, DSL Furniture , 8191 3885,

Amethyst dining table setting, Tequila Kola , 2877 3295,

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Osso extendable table in solid, sustainably sourced European oak, TREE , 2870 1582,


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Woven wall décor made from rattan fibres, with geometric stellar motifs, and black patterns set boldly against a white base, TREE , 2870 1582,

Osso extendable table in solid, sustainably sourced European oak, TREE , 2870 1582,

Lamberi dining table with solid wood legs and white marble top, DSL Furniture , 8191 3885,

Kennedy dining table with solid ash top and powder- coated black stainless steel legs, Atelier Lane , 9558 3007,

Circle dining table in sustainably sourced American walnut, with angled legs, TREE , 2870 1582,

Crafted dining table with a walnut-wood veneer table top and metal legs, DSL Furniture , 8191 3885,

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Bianca chair in rattan with powder-coated steel legs, paying homage to mid-century Scandinavian design, TREE , 2870 1582,


Rugs for bringing warmth and elegance to the dining room, from Old Saruks to fine Bidjars, and from silk to wool, Carpet Buyer , 2850 5508,

Kennedy dining chair, classically Scandinavian, a modern take on the iconic all-wood chair, Atelier Lane , 9558 3007,

Lamberi dining chairs with Wenger wood finish, built to order and finished in your preferred fabric colour, DSL Furniture , 8191 3885,

Lamberi dining chairs with dark walnut legs in leather, fabric or PU, DSL Furniture , 8191 3885,

Arabesque ceramic pieces, designed in Sweden and crafted in Portugal in high-quality white stoneware clay, INSIDE , 2873 1795,

Burmese silver scrolling lotus coasters, Altfield Gallery , 2537 6370,


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RELOCATION RESCUE Relocating can be stressful, but there’s plenty of support available when you knowwhere to look.


Tips and tools For one thing, Florence urges newcomers to take advantage of the many networking events held in Hong Kong. Asian Tigers arranges two to three events a year for new arrivals to help people make friends. There also are many expatriate community groups that host information events and social activities. Another support mechanism to consider here is hiring a foreign domestic worker, or helper. This can obviously be a very valuable resource for women – especially those who want to find work themselves – to get help in the home and with childcare. Florence also urges people to make the most of the latest technology available when it comes to relocation. Here are some of the top techie tools embraced by Asian Tigers: • Virtual reality technology: Start searching for your new home before you arrive using virtual reality technology, such as taking a virtual tour of a property. • Online video survey: Overcome scheduling hurdles with an online video survey, where a surveyor from Asian Tigers can view your furniture and give you a quote.

It’s an emotional rollercoaster familiar to all expats – the elation and excitement of an overseas posting. International moving and relocation service Asian Tigers has a team of experts

who understand the ups and downs of moving, and a range of services to help. As the company’s marketing and corporate affairs director FLORENCE WONG explains, relocating to a new country involves changes in almost every conceivable

way. “New surroundings, new schools, new friends, new ways of carrying out everyday tasks, and a new culture,” she says. “With all of this, the process of adjusting to a new country can be psychologically and emotionally challenging.” For many expat families, a move is triggered by one partner getting a new job. As Florence points out, this means it is typically the trailing spouse who shoulders the burden of relocation tasks, such as finding a property and handling school applications, as their partner immerses themselves in a new role. The combination of these stressors, coupled with a lack of family and friends close by, can lead to feelings of loneliness and depression. But, she adds, Hong Kong does have plenty of resources for trailing spouses.

• Global Positioning System (GPS): Track your furniture shipment in real-time with a GPS, which Florence says allows you to better plan your schedule around the arrival of the shipment. • Asian Tigers relocation app: Asian Tigers has its own app to help you plan your move. You can get a quote, order packing materials, schedule a packing date, and track the moving progress anytime, as well as get shipment notifications.

Contact Asian Tigers at 5802 2578 or visit asiantigers- for more information.


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I t seems to me that the very beginning or the very end of the year just might be the best time to start a hunt for a new home. Why? Because swarms of expat families and new graduates flock into the city during the summer, and this frenzy of rental demand means it can be harder to negotiate more reasonable prices with landlords. If your resolution is to save more of your hard-earned cash, you’re not alone. A lot of expats are now looking outside the traditional hot spots like Mid-Levels and Happy Valley, and even Hong Kong Island, seeking homes that offer value for money. Areas such as

Ho Man Tin and Sai Ying Pun have become highly sought-after owing to their affordability and good travel connections. With 2018 just around the corner, settling into a shiny new apartment could definitely be added to your resolution repertoire, whether you’re relocating from another country or simply want a change of scenery. What would be better than starting a new year in a brand new apartment? When you’re one of the first- ever residents in a building, everything is top-of-the-line and spotless. If you’re looking for a fresh start to what I’m sure will be a fantastic New Year, check out our newest property picks!

Stella Abraham Head of Residential Leasing & Relocation Services National Director Jones Lang LaSalle Limited (JLL)


Area: Happy Valley Rent: HK$43,000 per month Size: 619 sq. ft

Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1

Situated in Happy Valley, this contemporary residential development is equipped with quality fixtures and fittings. The neighbourhood is lined with supermarkets, gourmet restaurants and cafes. It’s great for those who love the convenience of urban living and proximity to public transport.





This stylishly appointed apartment is the latest in a series of residential developments by the V Group, and is located on Mid- Levels’ Castle Road. The development has outstanding facilities and bespoke interior design finishes. This duplex unit is extra special, comprising the top floor and a roof terrace with stunning harbour views.

Area: Mid-Levels West Rent: HK$93,000 Size: 858 sq. ft

Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2


Area: Mid-Levels West Rent: HK$56,000 Size: 732 sq. ft

Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1

Alassio is a remarkable new residential development in Mid-Levels West. This apartment boasts views of the sea and city, and residents of the development can unwind in the exclusive clubhouse and enjoy a wide array of amenities and premium services.

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Sitting on the border of Ho Man Tin and Mong Kok, The Argyle is close to some of the best schools in Kowloon, including King George V School and Stamford International School. It’s great for those with busy lives, as the building is only an eight-minute walk from multiple bus stops and MTR stations to get you out and about.


Area: Ho Man Tin Rent: HK$45,200 Size: 980 sq. ft

Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2

This modern two-bedroom apartment on Hong Kong’s Northwest waterfront has a well-appointed layout, wide balcony and amazing harbour views. The high-rise has deluxe clubhouse facilities and is conveniently located close to the tram line. This could be a perfect home for young professionals working in Sheung Wan or Central.


Area: Sai Ying Pun Rent: HK$45,000 Size: 672 sq. ft

Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2





What street do you live on? Fifth Street.

What’s the name of your neighbourhood? Hong Lok Yuen. Closest MTR station? Tai Wo (East Rail Line – light blue). How long have you lived here? 10 years in Hong Kong, 2.5 years in Hong Lok Yuen. Why here? Hong Lok Yuen is a hidden gem! There are so many reasons to be living here: to have a beautiful three-storey house with a garden and space for my children to play, a wonderful international school on the doorstep, a stunning outdoor pool at walking distance, to be surrounded by mountains, country parks and outdoor activities, and to be part of a fun and supportive community.


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Name: Miranda Bundy Originally from: England Occupation: Primary School Teacher, Swimming Coach and Director of SwimSure


When you walk out of your place, the first thing you see is: the beautiful surrounding mountains. The closest store to your front door is: International Park & Shop. The unofficial uniform of your street is: fast cars (parked) and lavish entrance gates. Or do you mean clothing?! If so, active wear! If a celebrity moves in next door, it will most likely be: a sporting star due to the Jockey Club, cycling and running trails nearby, or actors/actresses and Cantopop stars! When you’re in need of a dose of culture, you: head up the steep hills behind Sha Tin to see the Ten Thousand Buddhas and Monastery, followed by some well-earned dim sum. If you’re missing home, you: remind myself of how lucky I am to be here by taking the children to the beautiful Country Club pool or taking an early morning hike with friends out of the village and up Cloudy Hill to enjoy the breathtaking views. A mandatory stop for taking out-of-town guests is: Plover Cove Country Park to enjoy a walk or cycle ride along the reservoir and nature trails, followed by a glass of wine and some Thai food.

You’d swap houses in a second with: a friend who lives in a completely newly renovated property and amazing party-style house! A common myth about your neighbourhood is: “ It’s so far!” Yes, okay, it’s not that much further to get to China ... But, it’s also only 30 minutes to Hong Kong Island via car – in non-rush hour of course! If you’re ever woken up at night, it’s almost always due to: one of my considerate three children! A massive late-night rager on your street is likely to involve: a barbecue or pool party (often completely impromptu!), with plenty of good wine and, of course, a fun bunch of friends.

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Your hands-down favourite neighbourhood joints are: Meraviglia Italian at the Science Park – great with children due to the outside and indoor play areas; the Thai restaurant in Tai Mei Tuk for its relaxed atmosphere and great food; and, of course, eating by the pool at the Country Club after a swim in one of the most beautiful pools in Hong Kong. You won’t find better local food than at: Hong Lok Lau Chinese Restaurant, Country Club Hong Lok Yuen. Sit on the terrace outside and look out over the pool. The strangest thing you’ve ever seen on your street is: a cat on a lead! The best bargains in your neighbourhood are: my SwimSure swimming lessons, of course! Haha. The guiltiest pleasure in your area is: food and champagne at One Thirty-One. One thing you’d never change is: the fantastic IB School, ICHK. My children are so lucky to be attending there and I’m so grateful to be able to do some part-time classroom and swimming teaching for them. But one thing you wouldn’t mind seeing go is: building work – there are lots of renovations happening at the moment! The city gives you $5 million to soup up your street. You use it to: create a new look in the Hong Lok Yuen square, including a boutique coffee shop and farm shop selling locally grown food. Why should your neighborhood be featured in a guidebook? Hong Lok Yuen (which translates as “happy healthy garden” or “leisure garden”) is unique to Hong Kong. Access to such a large variety of outdoor activities and stunning scenery right on the doorstep makes it a perfect spot for families. Whether you’re into cycling, hiking, nature walks, farm visits (Kadoorie Farm just up the road), swimming, museums, parks (Tai PoWaterfront Park is a favourite), to name just a few of the many options out here, there is something everyone will enjoy. And, for me, to live in a house with space in Hong Kong and walk my children to school is just amazing!

WHAT'S THE WORD ON YOUR STREET? Whether they’re newcomers or “old hands”, we’d love our readers to get to know your neighbourhood. Help us by sending an email to with “Street Talk” in the subject line. Include your name and street, and we’ll be in touch.


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Myself I’m just going to say it. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t a parent. No, I’m not trying to get rid of my kids. And I don’t mean I wish I’d never become a parent, or that I don’t want to be one ever again. I just mean that there are some days – okay, weeks – where the idea of not being a parent is really appealing to me. No answering a million questions a day, no organising smaller humans’ social lives, no school pick-ups, no making the same request over and over again. I guess what I’m trying to say is I’m craving some irresponsibility. Yes! That’s it in a nutshell. I want to be irresponsible! And I know that begs the question: why can’t you be irresponsible and a parent at the same time? Because it’s a bit like asking the Dalai Lama why you can’t be Buddhist and pro-violence at the same time. He’d look at you with his smiley face and say something wise like “Water cannot be a mountain”. Or “You cannot force an extra eye onto a two-eyed beast.” Or something like that. And maybe you wouldn’t quite understand him at first but you’d feel good anyway because, well, that smile. And don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I’m afraid of responsibility. I’m not. In fact, I’m pretty good at it. But often it feels heavy. Really heavy. Like weight- on-your-shoulders heavy. Which is why I sometimes wonder what I’d do if a genie popped out of a wine bottle and granted me the wish of a whole week without

Another instalment in our regular parenting column, by advisor, writer and mother of three, ORLABREEZE.

responsibility. (I must confess at this point that I have fantasised at times of it being a whole year. I trust you’ll forgive me.) Not just a trip away for a week, mind you. An actual week where my kids simply didn’t exist, and my mind was temporarily wiped so that I wouldn’t remember them either. As an anti-guilt measure. Just for that week. Oh, come on guys, I can’t be the only one who disagrees with Bridget Jones’s assessment of “All By Myself”? No, Bridget! I do want to be all by myself! It could be our anthem! So what would you do? I know what I’d do. I’d read at least 15 books uninterrupted – except by the woman in reception reminding me of all the spa bookings I had. (Did I forget to mention I’d be in a 7-star hotel?) I’d sleep a lot . Eat even more than that. (Remember the guilt-free clause?) Swim in the sea – after leaving the required time after meals (I wouldn’t be that irresponsible!). Run lots of loooooonnng baths. Meditate. Daydream. Remember who I am. And when I returned to my normal life, I’d bring her back with me. (No, not the woman at reception, that would be silly. Besides, she probably has her own family to attend to.) I mean me. This woman. Less burdened, more fun. With a twinkle of irresponsibility and quite possibly a new haircut. (Because I’d have all that time to get it done.) Relaxed. Rejuvenated. Responsible. Well, until the next time!


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10 new and notable books recommended by the team at Bookazine



Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng

Principles: Life and Work Ray Dalio Successful American investor Dalio has made more money for his clients than any hedge fund in history. In Principles , he shares

Single mother Mia arrives at idyllic Shaker Heights and settles into a new life; but her past threatens to destroy what she and her daughter have built. The American author’s debut novel, Everything I Never Told You , was Amazon Book of the Year in 2014. The Break Marian Keyes When husband Hugh says he needs a break from their marriage, it sends Amy teetering over the edge. However, she realises it means a break for her too, with the chance to change and grow. Irish author Keyes’s novel concerns how our choices define us. Lincoln in the Bardo George Saunders Winner of the Man Booker Prize, this novel explores President Lincoln’s grief after the death of his young son. Newspapers wrote of Lincoln returning to the cemetery to hold his boy’s body. From that seed of historical truth, Saunders writes a tender story of familial love and loss. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3 The Ship of the Dead Rick Riordan Magnus Chase is one of Odin’s chosen warriors and the son of the god of summer, fertility and health. Together, with the help of Annabeth, Percy Jackson and his friends, they must face their biggest challenge yet – including facing a fire-breathing dragon. Finding My Virginity Richard Branson Groundbreaking businessman Branson shares his intimate thoughts on being the world’s ultimate entrepreneur. Finding My Virginity takes readers behind the scenes as Branson creates the world’s first commercial spaceline and more. Tribe of Mentors Tim Ferriss We all need mentors to help us through life. To find his own mentor, New York Times bestseller Ferriss sought out over 100 experts to help him, and he shares their tips for success, happiness and more through short, action-packed profiles.

what he’s learned in his career and demonstrates effective ways for individuals and organisations to make decisions. WherethePastBegins: AWriter’s Memoir Amy Tan

Known for exploring mother- daughter relationships in books such as The Joy Luck Club , Tan delves into her traumatic childhood, her painful letters to

and from her mother and her family history to reveal the truths and inspirations for her fiction. What Happened Hillary Clinton

For the first time, American politician Hillary RodhamClinton reveals her thoughts on her time as Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election, one of the most controversial presidential elections ever.


The Sun and her Flowers Rupi Kaur From the bestselling Canadian author of Milk and Honey comes a poetry collection that celebrates love in all its forms. Kaur takes readers on a journey of growth, healing, ancestry and rising up to find a home within oneself.

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