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SHORT BREAKS Vietnam Thailand &

I reckon I’m due for spending a few days on a sun lounger beside a pool like the one on our cover, doing absolutely nothing except turning the occasional page of a mediocre novel and asking if the cocktails come with little umbrellas. Only, that would never happen. I’m a shocker with “R&R”. As my family knows all too well, within half an hour of checking-in somewhere – particularly places that pride themselves on a chilled-out vibe – I get itchy feet. After flicking all the switches on and off in the room for a bit, I lace up my sneakers and head out the door. R&R for me doesn’t stand for Rest & Relaxation so much as Run-off-to-explore-something & Really-annoy-the-missus. Usually, what I’ll do is look for a place with a view. It might be the highest floor of a hotel, a balcony overlooking a resort, or – more likely – the nearest clifftop or small mountain. Once I’ve found my target, I make a beeline for it.

Shamus Sillar

Acrophobia is the fear of heights. I have the opposite: if there’s a vantage point in the vicinity and I’m not standing at it, panic sets in. I think I do this mostly to get my bearings in a different environment. I like to survey the scene – seewhere I’m placed in my new little corner of the globe. The rest is perhaps just the joy of looking out over nature … and getting a break from the boxy confines of a computer screen! Eventually, one of the kids is sent to retrieve me: “Dad, Mumwants you to come down now.” I hope whoever wins the amazing holidays and other great prizes on offer in our Readers’ Choice Awards (page 8) enjoys them however they wish, whether that’sbaskingbesidean infinity pool, or asking the concierge if he has any abseiling gear.

Ooh, I like the view from up here! (Read our story on this resort frompage 102)

Speaking of views, this issue has plenty. Aside from heading a hundred storeys up to get the latest from the sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck (page 78), we also visit readers in Clear Water Bay (page 20) and Discovery Bay (page 32), and find out how they’re inspired by the views from their homes. We meet plenty of people with vision, too. To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, there are profiles of eight women from a fascinating range of businesses (page 63). Plus, you’ll read interviews with school leaders, fitness gurus, health experts and more. Oh, and there’s a Frenchdining special! Here’s a tip: if ever youneedme to come down from some great height, just wave a plate of bœuf bourguignon in the air.

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Editor-in-Chief REBECCA BISSET Group Editor SHAMUS SILLAR Digital Content JULIET KEYS MICHAELA BISSET Client Services & Production JUDIT GÁL NUR HANANI KAMAL LUDDIN Senior Graphic Designers MICHAEL BERNABE JEANNE WONG Circulation & Marketing ANNA TSERLINGAS Business Development & Partnerships KATE WOODBURY Chief Operations Officer COLIN PURCHASE Contributing Writers LANA FED KARL WOODBURY Contributing Photographers MICHAEL PERINI (MICHAELPERINIPHOTOGRAPHY.COM) Printed by MIRACLE PRINTING CO. LTD.

Cover: The Lakan Villa, The Farmat San Benito, Philippines

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At home in DB

Upfront 8

Win amazing prizes by voting in our Readers’ Choice Awards!


What’s new and noteworthy in HK?


Three pages of great giveaways for EL readers


Discover our digital content and guides


Furniture finds!

Home & Life 20


A creative year ahead for CDNIS Discovering your place in the world at HKA Mina Dunstan of AISHK on why she’s excited for 2023 Tackling the issue of kids and online safety A day in the life of a Shrewsbury student The power of play for little learners Is your child reading at the right level for their grade? International Women’s Day special: 8 profiles A podcast for potential property investors The Hong Kong Pages: history, trivia and more

We visit an artist and her pets at home in Clear Water Bay Why leasing furniture can be a great option Buying Guide: Home office heroes! Tips from the relocation experts Candle creator Jane Ramsay’s Discovery Bay pad Street Talk: What’s it like living at Ting Kau Beach Reviews of the latest fab book releases Recommended films and series How a HK student won a world essay competition Meet the new head of Stamford American



















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Wellness & Leisure 78 Where to go for some of HK’s best views 80 Beautiful boats for getting out on the water 82 Fitness Focus: The benefits of learning martial arts

Fabulous French fare

Luscious lipsticks


New technology for a quick and effective workout Balancing body and mind with yoga Busting some common pregnancy myths Is it the baby blues or something more? The very latest in laser hair removal Read about the lipsticks we swear by Taste Test: Three of HK’s best French bistros Our reviews of plant based snacks and drinks









A guide for your next trip to Macau How will you go in this month’s Puzzle Pages?

100 Food News: New

restaurants, menus and more



A blissful weekend away on the Vietnam coast Tranquil Thailand: See inside this Phang Nga resort


Parting Shot: Learning to unlearn



Sky- high above HK!

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Vote for your favourite businesses in Hong Kong and stand a chance to win amazing prizes. Your votes will help reward businesses that have been doing a great job, and help spread the word about them – plus you’ll be rewarded, too! Prize winners will be notified via email and the results of the awards will be announced online in April 2023! Best of luck! Our annual Readers’ Choice Awards are back for the sixth year!

8 The Expat Living Readers’Choice Awards is an open platform for you to vote for any of your favourite businesses in Hong Kong. You can vote for more than one business in each category, however multiple entries will not be counted. Terms and conditions, and further details can be found at OCTOBER2017


Voting ends 15 mar 2023

Luxury Getaway in Vietnam with Avana Retreat

Enjoy a two-night stay for two in the Bauhinia Mountain Suite, worth over $11,000! Your stay in this luxury mountain retreat includes breakfasts, a set menu dinner, round-trip domestic transfers, spa treatments and a village trek tour!

Wellness Retreat in the Philippines with The Farm at San Benito

Unwindwith a two-night getaway for two in a Garden Villa, worth over $12,000! Your stay in this eco-luxury wellness resort includes daily breakfasts, a 3-course vegan lunch, mindful movement and functional fitness activities.

Reawakening Spa Treatment at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

Weekend Brunch at MO Bar, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Enjoy a themed seasonal brunch for two worth $1,490++, with tantalising starters, a choice of main course, a side dish, mouth-watering desserts plus free-flow cocktails and Moët & Chandon.

This two-hour luxurious pampering massage is worth $3,500. The ritual involves a three-step treatment starting with a full body exfoliation, followed by a body wrap and completed with a massage.

Luxurious Bamboo Sheet Bundle by Heveya Made with 100 percent bamboo lyocell, these luxuriously soft, silky and smooth bed sheets are naturally hypoallergenic, breathable and temperature regulating. This bundle is worth $2,976, and includes a king size duvet sheet, a king size fitted sheet and four pillow cases in the colours of your choice.

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Need a Tutor? UK-based education company Renewed Learning has recently expanded to Asia and launched Renewed Learning Asia. With a team of tutors from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, students can expect world-class teaching from inspiring and engaging mentors. RLA provides expert tutoring across all subjects to students aged four to 18, including exam preparation for 11+, 13+, GCSE, A-Levels and IB. Tuition can be provided in person in Hong Kong, and online across Asia.

Beautiful Brides

If you’re getting married soon and are keen to have your hair and makeup done professionally, BestBridal has years of experience in creating elevated looks for brides with good quality makeup products. From fresh-faced to glam and curls to braids, BestBridal creates elegant, timeless looks using natural makeup and hairstyle techniques. For more photos, visit .

Spring is in the Air! Celebrate the freshness of Spring with Altfield Gallery’s fabulous Tulipieres. Invented at the height of “tulip mania” in 17th-century Holland, these ornate ceramic vases are composed of stacked layers that hold water, with spouts into which fresh flowers (traditionally tulips) can be fitted to create a dramatic display. Also available in white, Tulipieres work throughout the seasons – summer blossoms, palm leaves or ferns, golden autumn leaves, holly and berries for Christmas – the only limit is your imagination! Find them in-store at Altfield Gallery, Shop 249, 2/F, Landmark Prince’s, Central.

Storage for a Cause The Hong Kong Sevens is back – from 31 March to 2 April – and RedBox Storage, an official supplier of the tournament, is keen on changing the game. RedBox will be supplying locker rentals at the main entrance of Hong Kong Stadium to help spectators safely store belongings and valuables for the day, and even charge their phone during the event. It’s both a good idea and a good cause, with all the locker proceeds going to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

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The Regent Returns After almost three years of restoration work, harbourfront icon Regent Hong Kong has unveiled an initial preview of its new look with a glimpse at its Classic Harbourview Room ( pictured ). Led by HK-born design visionary Chi Wing Lo, the transformation takes on a serene aesthetic featuring neutral tones and subtle details evoking harmony, warmth and tranquillity. The rooms feature stunning views of Victoria Harbour (some from the bathtub!) and a spacious open-plan design. Bookings are now open with a further unveiling of more guestrooms and suites.

Quality Carpets If you need a new rug for the home, Iqbal Carpets has a wide selection of beautiful new and antique rugs from around the Middle East, including handmade Pakistani, Persian and Afghani rugs and carpets sourced directly from individual weavers. Can’t decide on a design? Iqbal the Carpet Man can bring an assortment of rugs to your home so you can see themwith your existing furniture and lighting. The company also specialises in carpet cleaning and repairs, plus a host of other services such as reweaving, scotch guarding and odour removal. Pick-up, delivery and installation are free of charge.

Tea Time Elevate your teatime experience with Time for Tea’s elegant collection of products centred around afternoon tea. Time for Tea is the exclusive distributor of Mono Filio Teapots ( pictured ) in Hong Kong and also offers a range of flavourful loose-leaf teas, finely crafted tableware and stunning table linen. Shop the full collection online at .

Sweet Dreams Looking for a gift for mum for Mother’s Day? Or a thoughtful birthday present for a friend or loved one? Show your appreciation with the Heyeya Sleep Care Gift Set, sure to lull them into blissful dreams. Made with all-natural and luxe materials, the set comes in two options: the Deluxe Package, which includes an eye mask and essential oil ($488); and the PremiumPackage, which includes an additional 100% bamboo lyocell pillow case ($588). The set comes in a stylish gift box and in two colours, Sage and Sand. Shop online at or visit 13/F, The Plaza, 21 D'Aguilar Street.

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New Kit for BA From spring 2023, more than 30,000 British Airlines employees will have a new uniform. Designed by British Savile Row fashion designer Ozwald Boateng, OBE, this is the first new collection for BA for 20 years. More than 1,500 staff including engineers, ground operations agents and cabin crew gave design input to Boateng, who incorporated elements that reflected the airline, its people and the art of flying. The current Julien MacDonald garments will be donated to charity, recycled or gifted to BA’s museum. BA flies daily fromHong Kong to London.

VIP Club in Central Recently opened on Lyndhurst Street in Central is Whale Club, an exclusive members-only club featuring VIP rooms, a bar and gallery, and a cigar room. Described as a private “playground” of luxe escapism in the heart of Hong Kong, members can kick back and enjoy plush comforts, like-minded company, culinary experiences, themed events, art and NFT showcases, game-playing and private celebrations – something to cater to every whim! Individual and corporate membership plans are available. Visit or call 2506 0880 for more information.


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Plant-based Skincare Codex Beauty Labs has launched its third collection of Shaant plant-based skincare products that address oily and acne-prone skin and are proving popular with teens and twenty somethings! Formulated in partnership with Dr Raja Sivamani, a dermatologist and Ayurvedic practitioner, the Shaant collection leverages biotech-manufactured plant stem cells from Indian plants known for their calming, soothing and balancing properties (the word means “peace” or “calm” in Hindi) to reduce sebum production, exfoliate, renew and soothe skin irritation. The first phase of the collection includes a Balancing Foaming Cleanser, Refining Toner, Balancing Clay Mask and Balancing Oil Control Cream. Find them online at .

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Turning 10! Happy Birthday to Affordable Art Fair, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in Hong Kong this year with over 80 local and overseas galleries. Browse the thousands of inspiring, cutting edge artworks, alongside interactive workshops, engaging tours, and fun filled evening events. The Fair runs from 18 to 21 May at the HKCEC. Early Bird ticket sales (25 percent off) begin on 9 March via Eventbrite. affordableartfair. com/fairs/hong-kong Psst: Look out for our reader giveaway on in April for the chance to snag free tickets to the Fair.


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Orient Express Heads Out to Sea Known for its luxury trains, Orient Express is now launching the world’s largest sailing ship, Orient Express Silenseas, which will set sail in 2026. Inspired by the Golden Age of the French Riviera, this extraordinary 220-metre-long ocean treasure will feature 54 suites – one of them a monumental 1,415-square-metre Presidential suite – along with two swimming pools including a lap pool. There’ll even be an amphitheatre and a private recording studio for those in a musical mood!

Nourish Your Skin Jan’s Aesthetics of Nature (JAN) is an award-winning, local aromatherapy-inspired skincare brand offering high-quality skincare products at competitive prices. Ranging from easy-application three-step kits to intensive anti-ageing kits, the brand also specialises in products targeting specific problems such as large pores, pigmentation, skin irritation and allergies. As a recognition of its quality, JAN was awarded the Natural & Organic Products GoldWinner in Expat Living’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2022. Visit to learn more about improving your daily skincare regimen.

Cruises are Back! In exciting news for cruise fans, Resorts World Cruises is restarting trips fromHong Kong from 10 March. Offering two- and three-night high-sea cruises, Resorts World One (formerly Explorer Dream ) has a choice of accommodation to suit all budgets across more than 900 rooms. Expect all the hallmarks synonymous with the brand, including the signature luxury “ship within a ship”, The Palace, with its own 24-hour European style butler service. Cruises depart Hong Kong every Friday, Sunday andWednesday. For details, visit .

For the Kids Treasure Chest Theatre returns to the Hong Kong Arts Centre in April with its new show for children, Return to Planet Anahata . Join your favourite aliens as they return to Planet Anahata to find Lil Zub’s lost favourite toy! Will they find it? What is that funny noise they keep hearing? Will Bamms stop telling terrible jokes? Head along to the Hong Kong Arts Centre this Easter to find out! The play runs from 10 to 16 April, with two shows daily at 11.30am and 4.30pm. Tickets are available from $265 at

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We’ve got over $16,000 worth of goodies and experiencesupforgrabs inthis issueofExpatLiving, from some fabulous businesses in Hong Kong!

1 x Mother & Daughter photoshoot with HK Model Camp (worth $2,000!) HKModel Camp isamodellingschool andmodel servicesprovider that offers different types of sessions to people of all ages – from runway walking to photoshoots and more. Thismonth,we’re teamingupwithHKMCtogiveawayaMother & Daughter Express Photo Shoot for Mother’s Day! The shoot is valued at $2,000 and includes: • a 45-minute session in-studio, with up to 30 minutes on set • pose coaching • one retouchedphotowithtwopeople (more on demand)

3 x Explorer Tea Sets from Asteria (worth $1,350!) Asteria is a tea brand representing Hong Kong. Its mission is to bring tea to a younger generation, using it as a means of empowermentandpromotingthemessage of embracing a lifestyle choice without being apologetic. For the Asteria team, tea isn’t just a drink, but rather an emotional connection to self and identity. The three Explorer Tea Sets on offer here

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are each priced at $450 andcomprise a custom made gift box featuring five specialty teas, as well as a handmade borosilicate glass teapot (180ml) and matching teacup (150 ml).

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Photo of Kylah Moureau and her mother by HK Model Camp

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1 x Ginger Jar Table Lamp with Magenta Silk shade (worth $3,600!) The Ginger Jar Lamp Co. pairs vintage, Chinese ginger jars with colourful artisan lamp shades to create contemporary, l imi ted-edi t ion table lamps. For this issue, there’s a Hong Kong Homage Ginger Jar Table Lamp with Signature Magenta Silk shade on offer, worth $3,600. This iconic design is a celebration of so much that we love about this amazing city. It features the skyline in all its sub-tropical glory, and depicts the daily details of HK life, against the backdrop of its famous Victoria Peak and Harbour. Specially made in

Jingdezhen, China’s heartland of blue and white ceramics, the piece follows traditional craftsmanship and is hand finishedwithbluepigment. The design is based on a specially commissioned watercolour by artist Fleur Kakasi.

Giveaway period: 1 March – 30 April Find out more about The Ginger Jar Lamp Co.:

1 x Hibernicis Gift Kit (worth $1,860!) Hibernicis is a luxurious new bath and body care brand that has just launched in Hong Kong. Hailing from Ireland, it takes inspiration from the history and untouched nature of the Connemara region, and the ancient healing rituals of the Celts who settled there. Particular attention is given in the products to theuseof seaweedextracts, whichdeliver vitamins, antioxidants and humectants to detoxify, fight free radical damage, hydrate and repair the skin. The prize on offer for readers is a Hibernicis Gift Kit featuring four divine products, with a total value of $1,860. • GlanBath+ShowerGel ($390): a lightly scented, lowfoaming gel made of seaweed extracts and essential oils • AthlíonBodyLotion ($690): featuringrosewater tomoisturise, calm and balance the skin, plus three essential oils

• Úr Exfoliating Gel ($390): supportedwith essential oils and a blend of seaweed extracts for smooth and refined skin • Cara Hand Cream ($390): with an abundant blend of seaweed extracts, natural oil extracts and vitamin E Giveaway period: 1 March – 30 April Find out more about Hibernicis:

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Win an Ultimate Kids’ Party Package fromShamrock Catering Company, valued at up to $8,000! Looking for the ultimate stress-free kids’ party? Our friends at ShamrockCateringaregivingone Expat Living reader a fantastic party package, so you can treat your little ones and their friends to a celebration that’s both fun anddelicious. From kid-friendlybites toadult-delicious treats – evena cotton-candyor popcornmachine– thispackage has everything you need tomake your next kids’ party a roaring success. Party

Here’s what you get! • A party package for up to 15 kids and 10 adults • A selectionof popular kids dishes and adult-friendly food from the kids/adults party menu • All food, soft drinks, disposable cutleries, cups • Choice of a popcorn machine or cotton candy machine, with an operator About Shamrock Catering Company Since 1994, Shamrock has been handling all kinds of catering needs in Hong Kong, including sit-down lunches and dinners, cocktail receptions, opening ceremonies and weddings – not to mention successfully catering to over 150 junks in a season. It has served a diverse range of clients including multinational corporations, large law firms, banks, consulates and schools, and been involved in some of HK’s biggest events, including the Rugby 7s, Dragon Boating, music festivals and more. Find out more about their services and offerings at .

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OurvisittothehomeofBritishartistKATEPADGET-KOH takes us down a quiet residential road in Silverstrand inClearWater Bay, where she liveswithher husband John … and an impressive brood of pets!

The split-level villaoffers stunning sunrise views from its roof. Inside, the home is set up for entertaining, with a vintage drinks trolley and a striking open-plan kitchen-dining area. Kate’s art is displayed on every wall too – it’s bright, cheerful and welcoming, matching her personality!

There are four rescuedogs – a 12-year-old ShihTzucalledLotus, twoShihTzumixes, TeddyandMax (both7), and four-year-old Lucy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – plus twocats,Monty thewhite tabby, and Poppy. “The cats are both eight months old and were born next door to our house – left for us by the local stray!” says Kate.

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When did you come to Hong Kong, and what brought you here? I came here from England more than 20 years ago to pursue my career in fashion. It was a three-week business trip, but I stayed on. I love Hong Kong and Asia; it’s my home. I met John here – he’s from Singapore. Today, I work as a My art is what I call “Magical Realism”. It’s a style I’ve developed that’s very colourful and fun, and filled with nature, beautiful goddesses and mermaids. I work on private commissions to create beautiful pieces for families, couples and especially pet owners. I createmagical pieces to record their loving times together. How long have you lived in your home in Silverstrand, and what attracted you to it? We’ve lived in this house since 2005 – it’s our second home in the area. I was immediately attracted to the property for the layout. It’s split level and has a very open LA vibe. sustainable fashion founder and artist. Could you introduce your art to us?

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What’s the location like? Is it a nice area to live? This house is in the perfect location – it’s next to the beach, five minutes from the MTR and very quiet. What are some of the key features or quirks of the home? Our pets are one of the key features of our home! They’re adorable. We also have a beautiful green slope behind the house, with huge palms. Is feng shui an important consideration for you? We have a friend who gives us advice, and we followher directions. I have also used The Happy SpaceCompany tohelpkeep theplace freshand uncluttered. Is there a spot in the home that you enjoy the most? Apart from my studio, my favourite place is the dining room/kitchenarea. It’s stunningandavery warm, communal space, great for entertaining. Do you create your art at your home? If so, what’s your studio space like? Yes, I have a beautiful studio on the top floor, which looks out over the green vegetation at the back of the house. It’s such a vibrant yet calm space. My dogs and cats love to come here, as it’s such a loving place to hang out.

Could you tell us about a couple of items in the home that have an interesting background or story behind them? We have a beautiful vintage dining table thatwebought inSingapore andabove it is an iconic crystal chandelier from Sweden – it’s amazing; I hand-carried it fromLondon. My art is everywhere in the house; it makes theplace so lively andunique.We alsohave a beautiful custom-made glass vitrine that John designed and which houses all of our lovely glasses. What are a few things you like to do in Hong Kong when you’re not working? I love to run and work out, especially in this area. I also like to walk the dogs in Clear Water Bay Country Park, and visit Soho House with friends.

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My studio looks out over the vegetation at the back of the house; it’s a vibrant yet calm space

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Soho House | 8½Otto e Mezzo Bombana | 181 Hong Kong | Café Causette (“for tea and scones”) | hong-kong/victoria-harbour/dine/cafe-causette Gaia | Clothes Lane Crawford | Net-a-Porter | Services iLiving | All About You (“wellness services are critical to me”) The Happy Space Company (“for organisation services”) BeCandle | The Scentist Hong Kong |

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Leasing If you’re moving home and not so keen on committing to buying new big-ticket furniture items, why not rent them instead? As the team from Indigo Living explains, renting gives you flexibility – just choose the pieces you want and how long youwant them for – while also being an eco-friendly option.

Easy 4-step rental process with Indigo #1 Decide the location and lease start date #2 Decide the leasing term #3 Select the Indigo furniture items you want, or let their design consultants help #4 Confirm the delivery schedule With short-term rental, you only need to inform us of your delivery date five working days in advance, though obviously the earlier you book, the easier it is for us to find availability and reserve a date and time. Our teamwill move everything in and set it all up for you. How does leasing with Indigo work, in terms of choosing the items and getting them installed? For long-term furniture rental (longer than a year), we offer brand new furniture. You can select from over 3,000 items in our Indigo Living home furnishing and accessory collections across our showrooms and our website, Our rental consultants and design consultants can help to curate a custom package for you, including free design consultations and a site inspection to assist with space planning and styling, all while working within your budget. And it’s not only furniture that’s available, but also artwork, cushions, tableware and linen, lighting, window treatments and home appliances. For short-term furniture rental services (leases of one to 12 months), we offer Indigo’s rental inventory that has previously been rented by other customers. Indigo’s quality control process helps ensure that every piece of furniture we deliver to you is in good condition.

What are some reasons people should consider renting furniture? Renting furniture ismorecost-effective than rentinga fully furnished servicedapartment – plus, it allows you to select a furniture style to suit your own personal taste. It’s also a hassle-freeoptionwhen it comes tomoving home or heading to another international posting. If you’re a property owner, it allows you to attract potential tenants and achieve a higher return by furnishing and styling your property with on-trend pieces. Why is it a good option for the planet? When you rent furniture, you’re helping protect the environment. There’s lesswaste, as the furniture is used again at the end of the lease period. That means fewer trees being felled and less soil being destroyed, creating safer habitats for plants and animals. Overall, by renting furniture you’re helping to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint.

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How many items do I need to include in a package? You can rent individual pieces or whole packages to completely furnish your home; there’s no minimum monthly rental amount required. Aside from key pieces like beds, sofas and dining tables, you can also rent kitchenware, bed linen, electronics and more. Can I buy pieces back at the end of the lease period? What else is notable about your rental packages? There’s a buy-back option available after completing 24 months of a rental package. For short-termfurniture rental, buy-back is offered subject to approval.

New at Indigo Newly available for short-termfurniture rental clients is the Dean Collection. Inspired by Mid Century Modern furniture, this collection is a contemporary union of minimalist concavedesigns andmeticulouswoodwork. Eachpiece combines warm brown timber with metal details and feet, which gives the collection a distinctly elegant feel. It’s also available in black.

For enquiries, contact 2555 4632 or email

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Workspace feeling a little lacklustre? Mix up your home décor to boost your efficiency and creativity!





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1 Eames office chair, Indigo Living 2 Weitzner magnetic wallcovering, Altfield Interiors 3 Kennedy Desk with drawer in dark wood and brass-coloured stainless steel, simple andmodern design with clean lines, Indigo Living 4 Ravello desk with two drawers, in sheesham wood and steel, Tequila Kola 5 Larsen 2023 collection of fabrics, Altfield Interiors 6 Contessa Segunda office chair, Indigo Living 7 Authentico narrow shelving unit in lacquered solid wood, Tequila Kola 8 Oscar desk and storage box, TREE 9 Tuareg round wall rack, TREE 10 Sterling desk chair, black vintage top-grain leather, Tequila Kola





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Asian Tigers Group provides international relocation solutions for more than 16,000 families each year, withoffices in 14different territories. In this instalment of their regular column, they discuss key factors indeciding who to ask to help with your relocation. “What are some things to consider when choosing an international mover?” Move On the

Faced with an international relocation, most people eagerly research their new destination country. Their thirst for knowledge of their soon to-be-new-home knows no bounds. But those same people seldom invest that muchenergy inselectingamover. This is curious, because they will soon entrust that mover to pack andmove their most precious and worldly possessions – a lifetime of experiences and memories, turned over to strangers. Shouldn’t that decision be given equal weight? Knowingwhat to look for is essential inmaking the right choice; a choice that will affect you – good or bad – for years to come. So what do you look for? Here are some things to keep in mind: #1 Reputation Be thorough. Reviews are a good starting point. Speak to your neighbours, look on the web in places like Google My Business, ask your employer for their opinions. Check on social media for posts. A negative review is bad, of course, but look beyond that to see if the company responded appropriately, and if they remedied the problem. That reveals a lot about that company’s character and culture. #2 Internationality Look for international moving companies. Be wary of smaller, local companies that claim to provide international moving services. International is vastly different, much more complicatedand thus fraughtwith risks if youare not working with experts in the field. So, refine your search to companies specialising, first and foremost, in international relocations. #3 Accountability & Responsiveness If there were a single element for success in an international move, it would be clear communications.Doesthemovercommunicate? Clearly? Frequently? Is their information accurate? Do they keep their promises?

#4 Problem Solving & Accountability Things occasionally go wrong. That’s a fact of life in any business, and international moving is no exception. The acid test is howdoes themover address problemswhen they arise. Do they solve it? Quickly? Do they present options? Do they keep you informed? Are they accountable for any errors they make? How do they “make-good” to you, the customer? #5 Specialised Expertise This abig, broadcategorybut it’s also vital. One example of specialised expertise is knowing the myriad documentary requirements that surround an international move. Another is being on top of all the customs and duties issues on such shipments. There are countless others, too. Theymaybemore than you’re likely ever to know; but professional movers will certainly know them. About Asian Tigers – Hong Kong Asian Tigers launched in HK 47 years ago and has racked up a long list of achievements and awards since then. Thecurrent teamhasover 1,000combined years of experience, and in a typical year they move more than 500 families in and out of Hong Kong.

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Tell us a bit about your background; you had a stint in Hong Kong when you were younger, right? Yes, I’moriginally fromEdinburgh inScotland, butmy familymoved toHKwhen I was four. I stayed here until I was 12 before returning to Scotland for school. What brought you back? I hadsuch fondmemoriesof growingup inHongKong, sowhentheopportunity came for my husband and me to move back here from London, we took it! I was sixmonths pregnant at the time so I was keen to get here and get settled. Give us a bit of background to your brand, Jane Eve Candles. I studied interior design in London and went on to work as a designer for the duration of my time there. I was always specifically interested in styling and accessories for the home, so this is why I came up with candles as my main business focus. I had quite bad nausea throughout my pregnancy, and it was then thatmy friendwhowas very knowledgeable inaromatherapy taughtmea bit about essential oils and their benefits for nausea, relaxationandstress. I learnt howtocombinearomatherapywithcandlemakingandstartedproducingeco friendly, non-toxic candles in pretty oriental bowls and jars. I think I’ve always had a passion for creating – it was just finding the right product to create and being good enough to build on that. Our candles are made with organic plant-based soy wax and pure essential oils for the scent. While this creates amore subtle “scent throw” (the termused to describe the strength of fragrance of a candle), we get the benefits of the oils as they enter our bloodstream from inhalation. We have chosen not to use fragrance oil as it is manmade and synthetic and has high levels of toxicity and histamine-inducing properties. How long have you lived in your home in Discovery Bay, and what attracted you to it? We moved fromHappy Valley to DB almost three years ago. We wantedmore space for our sonHamish and our dog (Chloe the King Charles Cavalier Spaniel whowe brought over fromScotland). We getmuchmore space for rental here. We meet candle creator JANE RAMSAY in her home with a view in Discovery Bay.

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Tell us a bit about the location; what’s notable about it, and what’s nearby? We actually live right in the middle of DB so we are equidistant to the south and north beaches and shops. It’s ideal for us as we also have agreat playground right by us. The view fromour balcony is stunning andwe can see all thewayover toHongKong Islandonaclear day. We can also see the fireworks at Disney, which our son loves! Jane Eve runs fully from my home studio. I also run candle-making parties in other people’s homes or clubhouses. We run candle-making workshops around Hong Kong where you can learn about essential oils, their benefits and how to blend them to create your own three-wick candle bowl. These can take place at your own venue or home, or you can come to me in my own home. It’s such a fun group activity for friendswhether it be a celebration, agroupof teenagers spending time together creating their ownuniquecandleor another occasion. Do you do much of your work from home or elsewhere?

Is there a spot in the home that you enjoy the most? I lovemakingmy candles inmy home studio and looking out the window over to HK Island. I feel so lucky to have such beautiful views while working. What’s your favourite thing about living in this neighbourhood? Most of my mum-friends live next door or nearby, which I love; it’s just so convenient for our kids – a really nice community. Tell us about a couple of items of furniture or art in the home that have an interesting background or story behind them. My favourite piece in our home is this artwork we have hanging by our dining table. It’s a mixed media piece by artist Jane Ward that we bought at the Affordable Art Fair in London. Ward appropriates the building blocks of landscape; suburban housing tracts, shimmering glass towers and industry-choked hinterland – then inverts, misaligns and ruptures, re-employing familiar form in other places and other times. What’s something you like to do in Hong Kong when you’re not working? We love to visit new places around HK with our son, especially trams – kids love any form of transport!

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Dining We love Indian food – CHAAT and New Punjab Club are favourites. Zagin Soba in Happy Valley is another firm fave when we fancy some ramen. And Roganic by Simon Rogan and the restaurant’s chef’s kitchen Aulis are such a fantastic experience, too – I highly recommend them for a special occasion. Retail I shopmainly online but I tend to make sure I shop from sustainably conscious brands. There are some hidden gems at PMQ and along Hollywood Road too. Beauty For hair andmakeup, I go to Joanna Worthington. My hair stylist is Koren Thomas. And for fashion I like She Creates Stories (

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Quentin Poyet From: Lyon, France Occupation: Marketing Manager An insider’s guide to life in their ’hood


Where do you live? Ting Kau Beach, TsuenWan. How long have you been here? We moved here in December 2021, after five years living in different places on

Hong Kong Island. Why this suburb?

My wife and I decided to move here in the middle of the pandemic, when the impact of COVID and its restrictions really disrupted our habits and made us tire of city life. We went through a period of deeply questioning what wewanted todonext andwhat kindof lifestyle weneeded. Part of the answerwas tranquillity and peace, while having an outdoor space which is such a rarity here. My wife’s family has a lovely little flat in Ting Kau village, which was empty at the time, facing the beach and surroundedby amazing hikingtrails. Sowedecidedto take the leapand move here. We don’t regret it. What transport is available in your suburb? There are quite a number of buses and minibusesgoingtoTsuenWan, fromwherewe can take the MTR or other buses to anywhere in Hong Kong. Alternatively, we’re 25 minutes by car fromCentral.

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Hiking to Shek Lung Kung


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I’ve also developed a strong interest in local history through the stories of the local community of villagers and my wife’s family here. And there are tons of things todiscover: for example, Ting Kau is home to the colonial style Homi Villa (recently added to the Grade 3 heritage building list), which was the residence of Jehangir Hormusjee Ruttonjee in the 1930s. We’re close to the Dragon Garden wheresomescenesof theJamesBond film The Man with the Golden Gun were shot. There is also theunderrated Sam Tung Uk Museum in TsuenWan, which is a traditional Hakka walled village turned into an Intangible Cultural Heritage Centre. And this is without mentioning Ting Kau village itself, with a history dating back to the 18th century! The beach! You can even rent paddle boards or kayaks for an afternoon excursion on the Rambler Channel. Thebeach is also the favouritedigging/ treasure-hunting spot for our curious explorer dog, Coby! Therearemanyhikes starting inTing Kau and going up to Shek Lung Kung mountain. Our favourite is the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail – and we recently stumbled upon a secretive bamboo forest with a peaceful stream where we spent our Sunday. What’s a mandatory stop for taking out-of-town guests?


J ehang i r Ho rmu s j ee Ruttonjee (1880-1960) was an Indian Parsi merchant who came to Hong Kong at the age of 12 to join his father whowas based here. After studyingat St Joseph’s Col lege, he went into business, includingbrewing beer – he established the Hong Kong Brewers and Distillers Ltd, and also sold one of his breweries to Philippines’ beer giant San Miguel. After his daughter died of tuberculosis, Ruttonjee turned his attention to f ight ing the di sease , financing the construction of Ruttonjee Sanatorium (now Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai) and founding the Hong Kong Ant i - Tuberculosis Association. His home in the 1930s, Homi Villa inTingKau, went ontobecome the residence o f f o rme r F i n a n c i a l SecretarySirPhilipHaddon Cave; today, it serves as the Airport Core Programme Exhibition Centre.

When you walk out of your house, what’s the first thing you see? The villagebeachandTingKauBridge over the Rambler Channel. What’s the closest store to your front door? Living in Ting Kau Beach is also about choosing to live a bit secluded from theworld– it’s amorepeaceful lifestyle over here. But it also means we don’t have a lot of stores, so Deliveroo and HKTVMall are our best friends for groceries or food deliveries! Until very recently, we had Yin Yang restaurant, a private kitchen by the iconic chef Margaret Xu Yuan located in a local beach house, as our neighbour. We’re also within walking distance of July Coffee & Co where we work from sometimes. What’s the unofficial uniform of your suburb? Shorts, loose T-shirts and flip flops or water-sport attire. Where do you go when you’re in need of a dose of culture? We are five minutes by bus (or a 15-minute run) fromTheMills, which is an exhibition and art space located in a former textile factory; it’s pet-friendly too so it’s a perfect place for bringing our Jack Russell!

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Ting Kau Bridge


We’vebeentoldthat TingKau’sRoyal View Hotel has an amazing pool and that the views of the village from the rooms are incredible! What’s a common myth about your area? That it’s far away! In fact, the super efficient and always-on-time bus network gets us to Central in less than 40 minutes, or it’s 25 minutes by taxi or Uber. What’s most likely to disturb you in the middle of the night in your neighbourhood? A bird walking next to our bedroom window or our dog whining to be allowed to jump up on our bed. What might a massive late-night rager in your suburb involve? The craziest late-night happenings, TingKau-style, involve…apackof beers on the beach with close friends! More seriously, this isn’t really a place for party-goers, but Peel Street onaFriday night is always relatively closewhenwe feel too secluded!

minutes later, the Instagrammers were trying to take pictures with the boar this time! Something that’s more amazing than strange is the uniqueness of Ting Kau Beach, with the reflections of the Ting Kau Bridge in the water of the channel, which always attracts many people in the evening. What’s one thing you’d never change? The tranquillity and beach vibe of the area, coupled with the unique traditional village atmosphere and people. It’s a mix of friendly local villagers, a lively community of fishermen and tourists coming to enjoy the beach on the weekend! If the city gave you five million bucks to soup up your area, what would you do? Iwouldsupport thedevelopmentof a local conveniencestoreandspeed up the project of a cycling track linking Ting Kau and Tsuen Wan West – with free bikes all theway!

What’s your hands-down favourite neighbourhood spot? Being in the water, either on a paddle board or swimming. This is the best place to admire Ting Kau Bridge, Ting Kau village and the green mountains behind. This is also my favourite place to re-energisewhile doing an outdoor physical activity! Where is the best local food? Sham Tseng, very close to Ting Kau village – it’s the best place to eat roasted goose in Hong Kong. You can find plenty of restaurants specialising in cooking this dish, with local flavour andan“oldschool” feelingguaranteed! What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in your neighbourhood? The strangest – and funniest – was when I saw a lost baby wild boar frighteningagroupof Instagrammers trying to take the perfect photo of the bridge on the jetty while some fishermen were laughing at them on theirboats.WhenIpassedbyagainfive

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