February-March 2019








When I moved to Hong Kong a decade ago, one thing I missed was Sydney’s incredible arts scene and the city’s plethora of outdoor events. I couldn’t have imagined I’d still be here 10 years later, but I am. So I’m glad to have witnessed the evolution of Central Harbourfront in recent years and to attend all the great events we are being treated to down there. The Central Harbourfront is definitely having its moment – the AIA Carnival, Taste of Hong Kong, Art Central, the list goes on. Expat influences like Michael Denmark have made a wonderful impact, too. This injection of creative, open-air events has really changed the tone of the city. Creativity seems to abound in ways it simply didn’t a decade ago. And it’s wonderful. Just look at the popularity and longevity of the art events happening at this time of year. Art season is definitely upon us – see our calendar on page 10 for details. At Expat Living, we covet our relationship with SCAD; it’s an important campus that contributes immensely to the city’s new heartbeat – creativity, design and innovation. If you’ve never been, do yourself a favour and spend some time out there. Get inspired by their installations and meet the next generation of artists. We met some students of SCAD in January, and I encourage you to read their stories on page 56. If you have an interesting Hong Kong story to share, please do get in touch.


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Fab furniture ideas for the living room 28

LIFE & FAMILY 42 News 45 Five Things: Making the most of living in HK 46 On the Page: We preview the latest great reads 48 Families & Illness: The importance of working together 50 Kids’ Corner: Fun activities for little ones 53 Boarding Schools: Why it might be the right choice 56 Fashion Focus: The SCAD graduates to look out for 57 Learn the Lingo: Keen to speak a new language? 58 Tax Talk: Helpful info for UK expats


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End of an era for a boating community

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BODY & MIND 64 News 66 Sugar Fix: How much is too much? 69 Expat Profile: Pampering for the changing seasons 76 Couples’ Counselling: How to keep that connection 78 Menstrual Cups: Why they’re a smart choice WINE & DINE 82 News 84 Cloud Nine: Top spots to take your date this Valentine’s Day 86 Roast Roundup: Complete with all the trimmings 88 School Snacks: Ideas for your kids’ lunchbox 91 Recipe Corner: Fail-safe favourites for your repertoire We chat to a new dentist in town 70 Beauty SOS:

Some of the city’s best meaty menus 86


Stunning natural beauty in Japan’s south

TRAVEL 94 News 96 Bucket List:

REGULARS 110 Important Numbers 111 Our Advertisers 112 Parting Shot: Four-letter words

Must-do experiences for 2019

98 Japan Journey:

A fun-packed itinerary in Kyushu

104 Family Friendly:

Great spots to take the brood




Cathay Pacific International CNY Night Parade

Tong Chong Street Market (10 & 17 FEB)

Tong Chong Street Market’s 2019 theme is healthy eating. If you’re looking for some healthy eating inspo, get down to this Sunday market that offers 40 stalls of fresh farmers’ produce, yummy dishes and the latest healthy living trends. There are also performers, games and even fitness classes from partner Nike Training Club. Tong Chong Street, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay. facebook.com/tongchongstreetmarket


AIA Carnival (13 JAN – 17 FEB)

Back for the fifth instalment, the AIA Carnival offers the city The Great Circus of Europe this year, complete with an awesome female ringmaster and lots of great family-friendly entertainment. Join the fun at the Central Harbourfront Event Space. tgec.asia CNY Flower Market (30 JAN – 5 FEB) Flower lovers will delight in the Chinese New Year flower market, another classic festive outing over CNY. Head to Victoria Park in Causeway Bay or Fa Hui Park in Sham Shui Po and explore the abundance of flowers and trinkets on offer. The markets are open until midnight and even later on the 2nd. It’s a great evening adventure. discoverhongkong.com Cathay Pacific International CNY Night Parade (5 FEB)

Tong Chong Street Market

Taste Hong Kong (21-24 MAR)

Foodies, get your taste buds and cameras ready for some of the city’s tastiest treats, Taste Hong Kong is back! Head down to the Central Harbourfront to indulge in an all-star culinary line up. This year sees lot of newbies on the scene including Flying Elk, John Anthony, Old Bailey, Hoi King Heen, Sausage Commitment, a project by Okra Hong Kong, and Artemis & Apollo. hongkong.tastefestivals.com

This parade is a classic must-do Hong Kong experience. It travels along Canton Road, Haiphong Road and Nathan Road, with a ticketed spectator stand out the front of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre

in TST. Start time is around 6pm with street performers warming up the crowds, and the main floats and procession beginning from 8pm. Find all the details at discoverhongkong.com .

Taste Hong Kong

CNY Flower Market photo: HKSAR; CNY Night Parade Photo: Hong Kong Tourism Board





KidsFest (13 JAN – 17 FEB) The ever-popular KidsFest returns in 2019, presented by ABA Productions. There’s a nice mix of old favourites such as The Gruffalo (playing over CNY), along with three shows new to Hong Kong, including Clinc! World of Bubbles! Shows are performed in the Drama Theatre at The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts; book online via kidsfest.com.hk . Hong Kong Arts Festival (21 FEB – 21 MAR) The Hong Kong Arts Festival returns for its 47th edition for a month over February and March. The extensive programme features over 1,700 outstanding international and local artists in 166 performances, and over 340 complementary outreach and education activities. View the full programme at hk.artsfestival.org/en. hkticketing.com . Almost 40,000 international collectors, curators and art enthusiasts attended Art Central in 2018; it’s a tremendously popular event that brings a huge volume of art to the city. This year will see an additional 30 new galleries making their Art Central debuts, showcasing striking works. Be sure to check out the programme, which includes art talks and hands-on events for the kids. artcentralhongkong.com Art Basel (29-31 MAR) The HK iteration of Art Basel returns to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for another year, bringing with it premier galleries from Asia and beyond. Art Basel is committed to the Asia Pacific region, and it allows guests to view cutting-edge works by established and emerging artists. artbasel.com Asia Contemporary Art Show (29 MAR – 1 APR) Taking place at the Conrad Hong Kong, the Asia Contemporary Art Show will welcome more than 80 galleries from Asia and the world, including up-and-coming and mid-career artists. Learn more at asiacontemporaryart.com and purchase tickets at hkticketing.com . Art Central (27-31 MAR)

Art Central


Longines Masters Series Hong Kong (15-17 FEB)

The grand slam of indoor show jumping will be held in Hong Kong in February, and you can expect a great day out for all the family. In addition to the spectacle of some of the world’s top riders and horses, there will be a Prestige Village at the AsiaWorld-Expo site with food, shopping and other activities during the three-day event. longinesmasters.com/en/hong-kong Hong Kong Marathon (17 FEB) Whether you participate in the full, the half or the 10km, the Hong Kong Marathon is one of the most anticipated events for the city’s runners. The 2019 event will be the largest to date and, as in previous years, will attract entrants from across the globe. The course starts at TST and races through the New Territories and back into Victoria Park on Hong Kong Island. hkmarathon.com TransLantau (1-3 MAR) Lantau, the biggest outlying island in Hong Kong, will host the TransLantau trail-running event over the first weekend in March. Runners conquer courses that span two country parks and up to 100km of undulating hills and coastline trails. This year’s event will start and finish at Mui Wo River Silver Garden. translantau.com

Hong Kong Marathon

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28 Living Rooms:

From comfy couches to super soft furnishings

Tequila Kola

18 Sail Away: Saying goodbye to life on the marina

24 Interior Ideas: Expert tips on design trends for 2019

34 On the Market: Properties to buy and lease



Maximise Your Space Spaceman, an award-winning space-saving furniture brand from Singapore, has expanded into Hong Kong, with the opening of its store at Horizon Plaza. The store provides solutions to maximise your living space through a large range of beautifully designed multi-functional furniture including wall beds, sofa beds, kids’ beds, dining tables, coffee tables, mini kitchens and more. 1102 Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau. spaceman.com.hk

Start the Year with a Bang Bang & Olufsen has launched a special edition of its Beoplay A1 portable Bluetooth speaker and Beoplay E8 ergonomic wireless earphones in stunning Late Night Blue, a colour inspired by jazz, music clubs and the flashing neon signs of the backstreets of New York. Available at Bang & Olufsen at IFC Mall and other Hong Kong outlets, from HK$2,698. bang-olufsen.com

Ideas for the Walls Art Central is a wonderful experience for everyone, from serious art enthusiasts to those looking for inspiration for the walls of their home, and those just dipping their toe into the art world. Explore hundreds of incredible works at this huge event where established names are placed alongside cutting-edge works by emerging artists. This year, Art Central returns to Central Harbourfront from 27 to 31 March for five days of exhibitions, installations, discussions, films and performances. artcentralhongkong.com

Home Refresh An auspicious way to welcome the Year of the Pig is to give your home an instant lift with the Asian-inspired items at Altfield. Choose from a curated range of porcelain, silverware, artworks, soft furnishings, antique furniture and more. Plus, from 15 to 18 February, Altfield Gallery is hosting a warehouse sale, with exceptional antique Chinese furniture pieces at significant discounts (10am to 6pm daily; Sunday 12 noon to 5pm). 9/F, Gee Chang Hong Centre, 65 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen. 2537 6370 | gallery@altfield.com.hk



O n 31 December 2018, a unique slice of Hong Kong died when the Discovery Bay Marina Club closed its doors, affecting around 200 expat families with boats moored at the facility. Some of those families had been living on the marina for 30 years. It’s a compelling expat story that captured the interest of international media including Time magazine, the Financial Times and Bloomberg. Given only about 100 days to relocate in a city facing a mooring deficit of more than 5,000, many of those families now face dire financial times and the reality of leaving the country.

An inside look at Hong Kong’s marina community, a bygone era.




Needless to say, the Christmas of 2018 was a challenge. But the shining light in the whirlwind of activity was the tight-knit community – one that is, sadly, now dispersed across the region. Some boats remain in Hong Kong; others have relocated to Phuket, Singapore and beyond. Our new Hong Kong editor, REBECCA SIMPSON, reflects on her time as part of that community. What brought you to Hong Kong and when? I came to Hong Kong for work over a decade ago. Like so many expats, I came on a 12-month contract with short-term ambitions and yet find myself still here 10 years later. I met the love of my life, another Australian, and we’ve since had two beautiful girls. How did you come to be part of the DB Marina community? We bought our boat in 2013, when I was pregnant with our second child. We viewed a few boats and this one immediately connected with us. The space was perfect for our young family. Joining the marina community was a new era in our Hong Kong story. We transitioned from couple life in the Mid-Levels to family life in Discovery Bay (DB). I wasn’t completely sold on DB at first, but the marina community offered a unique escape from DB life. In hindsight, I’m glad we moved over; it’s been a beautiful place for our children to feel a part of. Themarina sat as part of Discovery Bay, a development on Lantau Island. There are two international schools in DB and lots of restaurants along the waterfront, about a 15-minute walk from the marina. The area is really changing. It was a nice little neighbourhood nook of Hong Kong for a long time, but it seems they’re modifying that original feel. It’s much more developed now. I won’t lie, boats do offer another level of complexity to family logistics – especially, for us, when the kids were very small. But our girls are very used to being on board. Families sail across oceans with small children, so life in a marina is very easy in the grand scheme of yachting. What is the neighbourhood like beyond the marina? Talk us through some of the logistical challenges of marina life.

For each additional logistical challenge, there is a benefit. We have many fond memories of school runs in the dinghy, sunset kayaks and impromptu fishing trips. We’ve seen stingrays as we’ve strolled the docks, met turtles and befriended groupers that come into the marina. We’ve watched birds swoop down and catch fish with their claws and fly away. Nature is amazing and we’ve had a front-row seat. The experience taught our kids a lot about marina life. They’ve lived through typhoons, and the aftermath of typhoons, and learned about phosphorescent algae as the seasons have changed. It’s a constant teaching moment; we took it for granted at times.

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What are the best aspects of life on the water? The quiet and the community. We could hear fish jump as we lay in bed of a night; it’s a special kind of quiet I don’t think you get anywhere else in Hong Kong. There’s no one renovating or laying pylons in the marina, so it’s a beautiful place to rest without all the white noise the city was constantly throwing at us. The community has been my highlight. Two hundred lovely families were centred around that piece of infrastructure. Marina life is not for everyone; it attracted a certain type of personality and that made for a beautiful group – I’ll be forever grateful that my children were a part of that. Our neighbours were amazing, we made great friends, and the kids learned to be independent and responsible in a unique environment, surrounded by like-minded adults. It’s a shame the developer never recognised that. Tell us a bit about your boat and its interiors. The boat is similar in size to a village house. It spreads across three decks. Below are three bedrooms, a bathroom and a small play area for the kids. The middle deck is the centre of our family space, with an open kitchen and family area, plus a small balcony. The top deck has an open office space and a TV room that opens to an entertaining deck with a built-in table.




It’s been a great place to host family when they visit. We’ve done Christmas on the boat and lots of family stays. The additional space has allowed us to have guests spend more time with us, rather than staying at hotels. Are there two or three specific pieces in your home that you love most or that have special significance? I love a modern line and that’s what really sold me on our boat. So much of the furniture and storage is built-in, but it’s a very clean design that can be added to. The teak detailing was also a favourite. Everything from the office desk to the shower block, the wardrobe doors and railings across the boat have a teak accent. We accessorised with some local favourites, like our beautiful solid eco-teak coffee table from TREE. It’s quintessentially Hong Kong, I’m glad we invested in a functional piece that will also mark our time here if we ever move. I’m a big fan of stools, both ceramic and soft- furnished. They are used for everything in our family, from side tables to bathroom accents to ottomans (read: jumping pontoons), and more. I bought some pretty ceramic ones from Chinese Whisper, who also have a nice range of ginger jars.

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What’s your favourite spot on the boat? The kitchen is my favourite spot. Also, my daughter’s bedroom– I would have loved to have that roomwhen I was little! Her room has a raised bed, right next to the portal; it’s so cosy and settling. And the foot of her bed is a teak storage box. Every little girl needs a secret chest to place her most precious possessions. I remember the first time I stepped on the boat, the kitchen and living room were an immediate nod to an Australian lifestyle I was missing. It was a tiny stab to my heart and made me feel very homesick. As a new mum, I was yearning for the type of open-plan living that’s common in Australia. I like to cook, and Hong Kong apartments rarely offer an open space between the kitchen and living areas. The boat’s Western-style kitchen and large countertops meant we could socialise and be a functioning family on the kitchen deck. So many good memories in that space. With the closure, where to now? We will remain based in DB. Our girls are young and very settled in a lovely school, so relocating to a new part of Hong Kong wasn’t a reality for us. 2019 will be a more settled year. No more surprises!




Ten years on In December 2018, Hong Kong was treated to a rare sight, a seemingly endless procession of DB boats through Victoria Harbour. Those working in the city’s famed high rises or strolling along the Harbourfront would often catch another DB boat, dwarfed by the skyline and larger working

vessels, on its journey to a new mooring or to be placed in storage. Among the expat families on the move were the Hendersons. They took the opportunity to capture their journey and mark the end of a chapter in their Hong Kong story, by referencing a photo taken during the

delivery of their boat in 2009 and recreating that image almost a decade later.

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What’sHot &Cool Resolved to give your interiors a fresh look this year? Some of the city’s leading interior design and homeware brands share their tips on new trends, classic styles and easy updates.


New design trends for 2019 Wallcoverings and fabrics with a natural element are gaining in popularity –materials such as bark, abaca and salago fibre, for example – thanks to an increased global desire to bemore in touchwith nature. Colourful interiors are amajor ongoing trend; popular colours include jewel tones of emerald greens, ruby reds and sapphire blues. Warm shades are also making a comeback. This year is all about prints, too, such as abstracts, florals and geometric motifs. Designers are having fun playing with and combining these patterns in their schemes. Classic trends that are here to stay Florals and geometrics are a perennial classic. A little goes a long way! Adding interest to an interior Soft furnishings are an instant and easy way to add interest. Cushions, throws, headboards, runners… the possibilities are endless! Have fun injecting your space with pops of colour, textural interest and pattern.






Classic trends that are here to stay Blue andwhite is a classic, and can be interpretedmany ways in Hong Kong homes: the smart Hamptons look; a laid-back washed-linen beach vibe; or chinoiserie chic. Greenery is going nowhere, and there’s more diversity coming through as people feel comfortable to experiment. The rangeof planters nowis super exciting, fromsolidblocks of powder-coated metal to handcrafted basket weaves. Neutrals will always have a following – they’re super elegant and calming. This year, it’s about making sure the colour palette is warmer and adding in those all-important textures. Brass will stay, too, but mixed with other metal finishes, most excitingly chrome or matt black.

Key trends this year are colour, texture and mixing styles

Adding interest to an interior For cushions, think using solid colours in a family rather than contrasting – somaroon, coral and dusky pink all together; or, go natural with textured weaves, fringes, tassels and handcrafted patterns. A strongly shaped vase can also make an impact, even styled just with leaves. And, back to the contrasting with texture, think a cement coffee table with a velvet sofa or a patterned woven basket next to a chrome 70s lounge chair.

New design trends for 2019 Specific trends emerge each year, like 1970s glam or Art Deco style. These look fabulous in magazines and movies, but most people don’t want to live in a film set. For me, it’s more about the key overarching trends that impact across multiple styles over time rather than slavishly following a new look. Sustainability is gathering ground, with the sense that it’s preferable to incorporate and build on quality pieces you have, rather than start over; I’m all for that. Key trends this year are around colour (a huge trend!), texture and mixing styles. There’s a move away from uniformity; so, look at layering colours, materials, textures and metals, or adding an unusual piece to personalise your space. Raw and refined can sit side by side, for example. In uncertain times, people look for nurturing and comfort, hence warmer neutrals like sand, oatmeal and clay. Layers of one colour can look fresh; powder pink to soft coral and terracotta or burgundy, for example. Spiced honey and turmeric yellow are also coming through, and green is still very strong, of course, with its natural references. There’s a trend for authentic materials such as bamboo, rattan, cork and terracotta. On the shape radar, curves are in; think rounded, curved and scalloped upholstery pieces. As for patterns, one area that has evolved from done-to-death geometrics are the tribal- and ethnic-inspired patterns that started on clutch bags and jewellery. These are moving into soft furnishings and décor, and their hand-crafted, imperfect shapes exude a connection with nature and real humans that we’re craving in this increasingly digital world.


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Kate Babington | TREE

New design trends for 2019 Black is the new black! From stained solid wood furniture to metal detailing with a matt finish, this dark and daring hue will add drama to any setting. We love to pair it with the light, creamy tones of sustainably sourced solid oak for a striking contrast of neutrals. The sustainability trend is also on the rise – people want to invest in a brand, what it stands for, and how it gives back to our communities or the environment. Classic trends that are here to stay Wabi sabi emerged last year and is certainly here to stay. This Japanese philosophy and aesthetic refers to the simple and unmaterialistic, and embraces all things imperfect and impermanent – reclaimed wood is a natural, grounding material that perfectly reflects this trend. Adding interest to an interior Finishing touches like textiles and soft furnishings can be easily swapped out to match seasonal trends while adding plenty of textural interest. Consider painting one side of your space with a bold new hue. Also, hanging lamps can add interest at new heights, and instantly brighten up your space (and mood!).


New design trends for 2019

Michelle Koller | TEQUILA KOLA

Pantone’s colour of the year is “Living Coral”, so it’s no surprise that all shades of coral are showing up throughout the interior design industry – from wall paint to sofa fabrics, cushions and accessories. Art Deco influences in furniture have been appearing more frequently too, from rounded shapes to gold detailing. Another design trend right now is the use of natural textiles, whichworkwell across all interior styles – think organic cotton velvets and natural linens.

Classic trends that are here to stay The use of metallics and black.

Adding interest to an interior

Artwork, cushions and rugs can

add instant pizzazz to any room.





Amor sofa, from $12,950

Living & From comfy couches to cool coffee tables, we’ve scoured the shops to source the latest living room furniture in stores now. Lounging

Vintage coffee table, from $5,450

Elements lounge chair, $6,950

Unfurl sofa bed, $9,250

All items available at TREE, 2870 1582, tree.com.hk




Atmosphere VI fabrics and wallcoverings collection by Jane Churchill, from $860 per unit

Autumn 2018 fabric collection from Colefax & Fowler, from $730 per unit

All items available at Altfield Interiors, 2525 2738, altfield.com.hk

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Contemporary rug collection

Extra fine Nain carpet

Semi-Antique Heriz carpet

Kashmir silk carpet

All items available at CarpetBuyer, 2850 5508, carpetbuyer.com




Vulcano coffee table, $6,890

Velvet Butterfly cushion collection, price on request

Arjuna Leaf Viridian throw, $2,750

Cloud sofa with chaise with adjustable headrests, $16,980

All items available at Tequila Kola, 2877 3295, tequilakola.com

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ArrivingWell We chat with a serviced apartment expert about the importance of designing a soft landing for newcomers to Hong Kong.

I f design is about intentional creation, then this city has a long history of designing its future. And 2019 is no exception. Hong Kong is facing an avalanche of change. There was a time when we had the region’s business elite eating out of our hand, but today’s political pressures and regional rivals mean we need to fight harder for the top spot. Still, anyone who’s lived here will attest that it’s a place with pragmatic intention and a new obsession with creativity. This powerful combination couldn’t have fused at a more critical time. Design is taking over, in all its splendid forms. For those who are relocating to “Asia’s world city”, designing a soft landing is crucial to success. Hong Kong’s working environment is fast-paced, and can come with a demanding schedule of business travel. For newly arrived families, our city is an incredible once-in-a-lifetime adventure, but it can also be an

overwhelming place to find yourself, and to start carving out a life in a matter of mere weeks. CHRISTINE CHAN, Director of Suite Sales at Hong Kong Parkview , has welcomed hundreds of expat families into the city. She offers executives a unique expertise that couples decades of service in the city’s leading serviced apartments with first- hand knowledge around facilitating the arrival of executive families. It’s this duality of service that adds up to the unique relocation experience designed by Hong Kong Parkview. “We’ve designed a soft landing that is triple- layered – an initial welcome experience, an aesthetic and functionality in the rooms that is immediately homely, and a community that wraps right around all of that and immediately welcomes families,” explains Christine. “We’ve built interconnected experiences that create a home away from home.”





coffee is important when you’re fighting off jetlag,” Christine laughs.) Hong Kong Parkview offers a unique range of interior design options to choose from. Each room has a distinct feel, ensuring neighbours retain a level of individuality. Design options include five different colourways and eight thematic floors, with fun themes such as safari, and Hong Kong-appropriate themes including horse racing. Then there are those features that enable guests to simply unpack a suitcase and be self-sufficient: feature ovens, cooking equipment (with additional items available upon request) and Aesop amenities that are refreshed daily. “Our fully-equipped kitchens are always a welcome site for families and foodies. It makes meal times more familiar.” Furry friends too “All members of the family are welcome to join our community – and pets aren’t forgotten!” says Christine. Our fur-kids make us feel at home, and, for families of all shapes and sizes, they play an important role

in the relocation process. Hong Kong Parkview has seven pet-friendly serviced apartments available for those who might be bringing their beloved family pooch or other pet along for the relocation ride. In-built community While Hong Kong Parkview is primarily a place of transience, every guest of the serviced apartment property automatically becomes a member of the private club. This is a purposeful design element of the

Residential hybrid Landing in Hong Kong and arriving at Parkview often happens at the end of a long and emotional journey. Christine explains that this arrival is one of the first experiences that highlights the community’s hybrid culture of equal parts hotel and home. “As a new guest, you’re met at the

complex and assigned a personal guest relations manager. The personal welcome is accompanied by a pack of amenities, along with dry and fresh food, which we choose especially to ensure you have a frictionless first day!” Staff are on hand 24 hours to help guests navigate the residence and provide advice on getting around the city. Their role is to be a friendly face in Parkview’s oasis in the city. Welcoming interiors According to Christine, creating a home away from home isn’t just about aesthetics. It’s about providing a malleable design and a range of elements that make a space function differently froma hotel. “We’ve included homely cues we know short-term residents love, like windows that can open to let in fresh air; living plants that help freshen a roomwith their air-purifying properties; plus, those very important elements like a Nespresso machine and a massage chair!” (“A real

community, providing a feeling of consistency and ensuring the complex reflects a luxurious residential experience rather than one of a hotel. The continual bustle of neighbours going about their regular lives can help with the soft landing for those still trying to work out the idiosyncrasies of the city. The clubhouse facilities and activities are peppered with permanent residents and their friends, providing children with opportunities to socialise from the day after they land. Christine reflects, “We’re very proud of the experience we’ve designed at Hong Kong Parkview. There is nothing like it here. It’s a great pleasure for our whole team to welcome newcomers to the city and help transition them into their new lives.” Hong Kong Parkview is at 88 Tai Tam Reservoir Road. For more information, call 2812 3456 or visit hongkongparkview.com.

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I n the lead-up to the festive holiday season, the leasing market observed a slight slowdown in new arrivals to Hong Kong. However, activity across the rental range between $30,000 to $80,000 remained relatively stable, despite the upcoming holidays. Overall, market sentiment appears to indicate that the sales volume will decrease by up to 25 percent. However, the picture will be clearer in the first quarter of 2019. With the uncertainty in the sales market and the vacancy tax still looming, some units that had originally been built by large developers for sales have now been released to the leasing market – either for fully-furnished, short-term or unfurnished long-term leases. There are mixed views about how the slower sales market will affect the leasing market. It’s possible that this change will see more rental demand and transactions across Hong Kong, so much so that the overall residential leasing market may not experience a downturn. We don’t expect a surge of newly available stock for lease will flood the market but rental levels and negotiability may be more subject to pockets and locations, with the ability to negotiate more competitive rentals being in areas where there is higher availability of stock.

Laurie Lankester Director, Residential Leasing and Relocation Services Jones Lang LaSalle Limited (JLL)


This beautiful apartment is highlighted by very high-quality finishes. It offers wonderful views across Victoria Harbour and spacious living literally minutes from Causeway Bay, and close to Central and Tai Koo. Full clubhouse facilities complete the picture and make this a perfect choice for families.

Area: Jardine’s Lookout Rent: $168,000 per month Size: 2,465 sq. ft

Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3




Yi Serviced Apartments in Chatham Circuit have been designed to meet the accommodation requirements o f i n t e r na t i ona l and l o c a l executives, so they provide a great backdrop for relaxation outside of work. These carefully crafted spaces aim to provide hotel luxury that feels like a home.


Area: Tsim Sha Tsui Rent: From $20,000 Size: 368-755 sq. ft Bedrooms: Studio/1 Bathrooms: 1

Embodying contemporary design, these spacious houses are the ideal thing for peaceful living in Siu Lam in Yuen Long. Each house has a private garden, swimming pool, rooftop, internal elevator and covered car parking spaces. Privacy is exceptional, with clubhouse facilities including a gym room, children’s den and function room.


Area: Siu Lam Rent: $150,000- $170,000 incl. Size: 4,868-4,908 sq. ft

Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5

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The apartment offers open views of the city skyline through the glass that fronts the living and dining rooms. It’s a nicely renovated apartment with coloured wooden flooring and white painted walls throughout. Expansive windows from floor to ceiling brighten the spacious living and dining rooms.


Area: Mid-Levels Rent: $80,000 incl. Size: 1,282 sq. ft

Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2

The living and dining rooms of this apartment are bright and airy with expansive windows and a high ceiling, and the layout of the two rooms allows for an optimal arrangement of furniture. There are green views to the surrounding landscape, trees and shrubs.


Area: Mid-Levels Rent: $75,000 incl. Size: 1,880 sq. ft

Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2

For more detail on these properties or to see more options, go to jllresidential.com/hk



NAME: CHRIS GORA Originally from: Poland Occupation: Photographer (the photos on these pages are by Chris, and you can see more at chrisgora.com)


Laidback Stanley is a popular spot for tourists to visit, with an excellent market and a strip of restaurants and pubs alongside the waterfront. Here, a resident shares what life is like on a daily basis in Stanley.

How long have you lived here? Three years.

Why here? Because of the flexibility it gives me. I’m a freelance photographer, so I work with clients across Hong Kong. What transport do you use to get to and from your work? I usually use public buses and taxis.




Your hands-down favourite neighbourhood joint is: The Smugglers Inn is a place I like for its simplicity and authenticity. You won’t find better local food than at: I haven’t really found a good local food place but I quite enjoy Spiaggia, which is a local Italian joint, and Pickled Pelican, which is a really nice gastropub. The Boathouse is also very popular. The strangest thing you’ve ever seen in this area is: Families of wild boars roaming the residential streets freely without fear of people. The guiltiest pleasure in your area is: I love a beer and a burger at Beef and Liberty. One thing you’d never change is: The building height and density. I’m very happy that high-rises haven’t made their way here yet! But one thing you wouldn’t mind seeing go is: Garbage floating in the sea. That’s one thing that really bugs me the most and clashes with the image of an otherwise quite picturesque seafront village. I would definitely build a cinema. We need a cinema! Stanley also needs some sort of retail centre that caters to the needs of local residents, rather than just tourists and day trippers. If you think about it, it’s mainly gift shops here. There is also no modern internet provider in the area. Internet is very slow in Stanley – like “10 years ago anywhere else” kind of slow. That could definitely be improved. Oh, and did I mention that an MTR Station would be nice? The city gives you $5 million to soup up Stanley. You use it to: The best bargains in your neighbourhood are: At the Stanley Market.

sometimes weekend music or dance performances of questionable quality in front of Stanley Plaza. A mandatory stop for taking out-of-town guests is: One of several nearby beaches. A commonmyth about Stanley is: That it’s far away from the centre of Hong Kong. In fact, it’s under 30 minutes in a bus. If you’re ever woken up at night it’s almost always due to: Where I live it’s always very quiet at night – no disturbance at all! A massive late-night rager in Stanley is likely to involve: Dragon-boat rowers celebrating after a competition or expat teenagers that meet every Saturday night at the seafront cafes.

When you walk out of your place, what’s the first thing you see? Stanley Promenade overlooking Stanley Pier. The closest store to your front door is? A paddle-board and kayak rental store. The unofficial uniform of your area is? Shorts, flip flops and wetsuits. If a celebrity moves in, it will most likely be: Celebrities prefer to live elsewhere!

When you’re in need of a dose of culture, you:

In Stanley, there isn’t much to choose from. There’s no cinema, and no music venues. There are

DO YOU LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD? Share it with others – just email us at info@expatliving.hk with “Street Talk” in the subject line. Include your name and street, and we’ll be in touch.

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Notable: From school updates to retail tips

Nord Anglia International School Hong Kong

45 Expat Profile: Making the most of Hong Kong

50 Fun & Games: Activities for the little ones

53 School Choices: To board or not to board?



Prints, Papers, Pens To mark the new year, Kikki.K has launched three new stationery collections. The 2019 Dates Collection features leather diaries in red, blue, grey, pink and colourful prints, plus desk and wall calendars; the Cute Collection offers bright colours and prints, including diaries, stickers and adhesive notes; and the Sweet Collection has a mix of stationery and desk accessories with adorable hand-drawn illustrations. Get them at any of the four Kikki.K outlets in HK, or online at kikki-k.com . Tax Time in the UK If you’re reading this and you haven’t done your UK tax yet, you’re late! Luckily, NEXES-HK now has a Hong Kong office that’s open and ready to help anyone who has missed the deadline. They can also assist with those who are looking to purchase property in the UK. Get things started by reaching them via nexes-hk.com .

Better Sweaters Whether it’s for dressing up or down, a DIZAIN sweater is a great gift for the man in your life. The premium and comfortable sweaters, made from 100 percent Easy Care Extra-Fine Woolmark-certified merino wool, are an everyday essential, yet they don’t cost the earth. Machine washable, they’re available in a range of colours in both crew and v-neck styles with a fit that works for everyone. Special offer: Until 31 March, Expat Living readers can enjoy 15 percent off every purchase. Enter the code “EXPATLIVING” at checkout. 9023 7580 | dizain-sweaters.com

New School Soon to Open Malvern College Hong Kong has announced plans for a brand new, 250-pupil capacity, state-of-the-art preschool in Island

UK School Support Struggling to follow the complexities of the British education system? Janie Richardson School Search provides bespoke and informed advice and guidance for families to help demystify British schools, whether you’re looking into boarding options or going through the relocation process. The aim is to

West. Malvern College P r e - S c hoo l I s l a nd West is scheduled to welcome its first pupils in September 2019, and admissions a re now open f o r children aged two-to- five years. 3898 4668 | malvernpreschool.hk

make a child’s contentment the priority and ensure you make the best educational choices at the right time. jrschoolsearch.com




“Do I need life insurance or critical illness insurance?” Before considering your options, first answer this SIMON PARFITT of Pyrmont Wealth Management answers your burning questions on finance.

New at Woodland There have been changes afoot at the flagship Montessori Academy of Woodland Pre-Schools. The group’s largest school on Caine Road has not only opened a new Under 3’s classroom, but also expanded its state-of-the-art Sensory Room and opened one of HK’s largest outdoor kindergarten play zones – including a toddler-sized football pitch and basketball court, a crawling zone and a huge water-play area. They also welcome two key members of staff this month; Fleur Murdoch joins as Head of School and Candy Gori as Head of Admissions. woodlandschools.com

question: “If something happened to me or my spouse, would we be left in the financial position that we need to be in?” If you answered “no”, insurance could work well for you. Next, you need to consider the kind of insurance and its purpose. Life Insurance There are different types of life insurance, all with the same outcome: on the death of the insured person, the policy pays out a lump sum of money. This is commonly used to clear mortgage debt, cover education costs or replace loss of income that the deceased would have provided. For people who live in, or have assets in, a country with inheritance tax (the UK, for instance), life insurance can also be used to cover this liability. It’s normal for Hong Kong employers to offer life insurance, but it may be as little as a year’s salary – insufficient for most people. Check coverage amounts with your HR department. Critical Illness Insurance Medical insurance is used to cover private treatment costs relating to illnesses and medical conditions. In contrast, critical illness insurance pays out a lump sum of money to the insured individual in the event of a serious illness such as cancer, heart attack or stroke. The purpose is to cover individuals or families for loss of income that might be experienced. In some cases, this might be years, or even permanently – indeed, these situations can have a far more significant financial impact on a family. It’s uncommon for Hong Kong employers to provide critical illness insurance, though sometimes a small short-term disability coverage might be provided.

Award Nominations Nord Anglia International School Hong Kong has been shortlisted for two International School Awards 2019 (“Strategic Leadership Initiative” and “Initiative to Support School Wellbeing”) – the only HK school to have placed as a finalist in the various categories. The prestigious awards are hosted by International School Leader Magazine with the support of ISC Research, and celebrate excellence in learning, teaching, community, pastoral care, leadership and strategic initiatives at international schools across the world. Winners will be announced in early 2019 at a ceremony in London. nais.hk

Seek professional advice from an independent advisor to help find a policy aligned with your specific needs and budget.

Simon is regulated by both the HK Confederation of Insurance Brokers (011833) and the Securities and Futures Commission (BGY807). 6017 4140 | simonparfitt@pyrmontwm.com | pyrmontwm.com




FIVE THINGS ... you can do to make the most of living in Hong Kong

#1 Make a Difference You don’t have to speak the local language or have a huge bank account or interconnected network to build a life that has meaning and impact in Hong Kong. The non-profit that I run, Mother’s Choice, was set up by two expatriate couples who didn’t have any of those things 32 years ago. Today, we still have hundreds of volunteers from every walk of life who help us on a weekly basis. No matter how long you plan to stay, there are many amazing causes and non-profits here that would welcome passionate and dedicated volunteers to give of their time, talent and resources. #2 Invest in Relationships Deep friendships take time to forge, but if you’re willing to open yourself up, you can build relationships that last a lifetime with people from all over the world – living in Hong Kong helps you to see that the world is actually very small. The deep friendships we’ve built since moving back to HK have really carried us through the ups and downs of life. #3 Step Out With people from every country in the world living here, it’s easy to stay in your own comfort zone, mixing just with people from your home country. We made a huge effort to get to know people from different backgrounds, cultures and countries, and it

Visit expatliving.hk for more on starting a business in Hong Kong, networking, schools and the great outdoors, plus other ways to make the most out of life here. costume! Very few new expatriates realise half our city is designated country park, and Hong Kong is an amazing place to enjoy the beauty of nature. One of the best and most unexpected parts of living here is access to the great outdoors, and we love the beaches, the hiking trails and the opportunity to get involved with sports of every kind. immeasurably enriched our lives and perspective. One waywe’ve stepped outside our comfort zone as a family is by fostering a vulnerable child in our home through Project Bridge. It’s changed all our lives for the better. #4 Don’t Worry People worry about finding a good school for their children in Hong Kong. My six siblings and I grew up here and attended two different school systems; parents moving to HK should feel reassured there are many excellent options for schools, and just raising your child in a third culture with the opportunity to travel is the best education anyone can receive. #5 Get Outside Pack your hiking boots and swimming

Alia Eyres CEO of Mother’s Choice

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