Monthly Archives: December 2011

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The One With Detour 2011 – “Useless” Arts In Hong Kong

It was by a stroke of luck when I “detoured” into Detour 2011.

DetourHK 2011

I was actually doing a “shop walk” in Soho (hence the tired eyes) when the eye-catching posters and banners caught my eyes. It’s Detour! I heard so much about it, but never realised it was held in Central. Had I known I would have visited earlier.

DetourHK 2011

The exhibition, which serves to highlight the impact of irresponsible consumerism and encourage eco-living (hence the theme “use – less”, get it?), was held at the old police married quarters. The two six-stories buildings with its large courtyard were proven to be an intimidating and exhilarating venue for Detour this year.

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The One With Jack Wills Hong Kong – Fabulously British & So Can You!

If you have yet to hear about Jack Wills Hong Kong, you are either living in caves cut away from human communications, or just not being on Facebook and Twitter enough.

Have you been tweeting and Facebooking more, I am sure you would have heard of the British brand, which has just opened its Asian flagship store not in one but TWO locations in Hong Kong; one in Causeway Bay and the other in Tsim Sha Tsui.

My first encounter with the brand was, surprisingly, not online. I work in Causeway Bay and on my way to feed my caffeine addiction every day, I will walk pass Jack Wills in the morning. In the beginning I was slightly intrigued by the tagline “Fabulously British” because to me that is ultra chick (think Nottinghill in London) but what could have been more out of place than the densely packed Leighton Road with its endless human traffic and buildings both new and old struggling for space?

Jack Wills Hong Kong

I was in for a surprise. Instead of being a royal sore thumb, the iconic pink and navy striped building stood out like a majestic shopping oasis calmly amidst the craziness that was Causeway Bay. By then, I already knew about Jack Wills on Facebook and @jackwillshk. However it was this that sealed the deal for my affinity towards the brand.

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The One With Hakata Ippudo Ramen – Japanese Spirit Overload

Hong Kong people do tend to overdo things sometimes.

You know how they always greet you when you enter a pharmacy store (oh yes, hi), ask you to feel free to look around (no, I will only sneakily do so), and do you want to try this lip balm for $20 more (why, my chaffed lips thank you). The relentless, automated chatters annoy me to no end, and it was the same when I visited Hakata Ippudo Ramen recently.

Hakata Ippudo Ramen

But IPPUDO took it to another level. The staff, already decked out in full force Japanese (ramen operator) gear, were shouting to each other in nonsensical Japanese throughout dinner. One new customer walk in and then the whole chorus begin, from one end of the restaurant to the other, right into the kitchen.

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