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Tommy Yu

Tommy Yu

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A look into neon signs, the shining legacy of Hong Kong

A look into neon signs, the shining legacy of Hong Kong

Bzzt, bzzt, bzzt… In a city that never sleeps, neon signs illuminate a gorgeous mosaic: neon burns red, argon lavender, krypton bright blue, and helium orange. Back in the 1970s, they shone bright and brilliant and were once synonymous with the city’s prosperity. For the past two decades, however, its prosperous glaze has been ebbing fast, leaving behind a dismal-looking asphalt jungle. Jive Lau is a neon sign artist based in Hong Kong who creates neon-sign artworks in every possible form; Cardin Chan is the manager of Tetra Neon Exchange, a non-profit organisation dedicated to researching, preserving, and restoring Hong Kong's neon signs. Speaking with them, we uncover the neon sign's history, tradition, and glowing affair with Hong Kong.

The adorable shop cats of Sai Ying Pun

The adorable shop cats of Sai Ying Pun

Cats, like us, come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. Some turn their masters into 'cat slaves' and ruin their furniture; some are clingy and forever cuddly; while others help protect their owners and guard their properties. Down the meandering streets of Sai Ying Pun, agile, sassy, and observant fur-suited sentries take up their posts in restaurants and shops, warding off mice and nighttime critters that get in their way. For the cat lovers amongst you, read on and meet some of Sai Ying Pun’s most adorable shop cats. RECOMMENDED: Discover great bites while you're in the neighbourhood with our pick of the best restaurants to try in Sai Ying Pun.

A guide to visiting Tap Mun in Hong Kong

A guide to visiting Tap Mun in Hong Kong

Raging waves, delicious seafood, urban cattle, and fishery rites – these are all in and around a small patch of land called Tap Mun, also known to some as Grass Island. Just a short boat ride from Wong Shek Pier, the outlying island is packed with memorable treasures for city dwellers to discover. Read on and follow our handy guide to Tap Mun for a quick getaway trip from the city. RECOMMENDED: Visit these beautiful country parks in Hong Kong, or these great places for a day trip in Hong Kong.

Best New Year's Eve parties to welcome 2023 in Hong Kong

Best New Year's Eve parties to welcome 2023 in Hong Kong

Ready to leave 2022 behind and welcome the new year? We’ve got you covered with the biggest and best events happening on December 31 so you can celebrate New Year’s Eve and end the year with a bang!RECOMMENDED: Get ready to ring in 2023 with our ultimate guide to New Year's Eve celebrations in Hong Kong.

Festive movies to stream online for Christmas

Festive movies to stream online for Christmas

From light displays to holiday shopping and indulgent meals, there’s plenty of things to see and do during December to get into the Christmas spirit. But sometimes that can get too overwhelming, and all we need is just to relax and give ourselves a break during the holidays. If you’re planning on spending quality time with your family and loved ones indoors, here’s our handpicked selection of classic and modern Christmas films that you can stream online. RECOMMENDED: Check out our other recommendations for new shows and movies to stream on Netflix.

Where to have Christmas lunch and dinner in Hong Kong

Where to have Christmas lunch and dinner in Hong Kong

The holiday season is just around the corner, and if you want to get ahead of the crowd to secure a table for your festive feasts, we’ve got you covered. From the classic turkey with all the trimmings to the not so traditional, here’s where to have Christmas lunch and dinner in Hong Kong.RECOMMENDED: Take a look at our ultimate guide to celebrating Christmas to plan your festive weekend.

The best sweet treats and desserts to indulge in this Christmas

The best sweet treats and desserts to indulge in this Christmas

While we’re sure you’ve got plenty of things to be jolly for this Christmas, the sweet treats and desserts that come with the holiday season are definitely something that will put a smile on everyone’s faces – even the Grinch himself. Whether you want to enjoy festive desserts in an afternoon tea experience or you’re looking for a centrepiece for your Christmas feast, these spots around town will get you your sugar fix for the Yuletide season. RECOMMENDED: Get ready for the holiday weekend by taking a look at our ultimate guide to celebrating Christmas.

The best Christmas buffets and brunches in Hong Kong

The best Christmas buffets and brunches in Hong Kong

Ready to have a holly jolly Christmas and feast until your buttons burst? We’ve rounded up Hong Kong’s best Christmas brunches and buffets for you to indulge in.RECOMMENDED: Haven’t made plans for what to do during the holiday weekend? Read through our ultimate guide to celebrating Christmas for more inspiration.

Where to watch the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Hong Kong

Where to watch the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Hong Kong

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is about to kick off! Played from November 20 to December 18, the quadrennial championship is one of the most-watched sporting events worldwide. Luckily, Hong Kong has quite a few spots where sports fans can catch the games live and feel the tournament craze. Read on to find out all the best places to watch the World Cup in Hong Kong. RECOMMENDED: If Christmas is the only thing on the agenda for you this winter, check out our ultimate guide to celebrating Christmas in Hong Kong.

The best Christmas gifts for men

The best Christmas gifts for men

Are you planning your gifts for the special men in your life? If Google is sending you to an endless rabbit hole, let this be your final stop. We’ve rounded up the best gifts for every kind of man to help you with your shopping. Whether you’re looking for something to give to someone who is a gamer, a gym fanatic, a spirits aficionado, or men who love the finer things in life, you’re bound to find something on this list that he will surely love to find under the Christmas tree.  RECOMMENDED: Looking for things to do during the festive season? Here’s a complete guide on how to navigate the merriest season in Hong Kong.

Face threading 101: A look into an age-old beauty technique

Face threading 101: A look into an age-old beauty technique

Nestled in the heart of Sheung Wan, Beauty Salon Choice Threading is one of the few beauty parlours in Hong Kong that still provides an age-old beauty treatment – face threading. We sat down with the salon's beautician, Ah-lok, to find out just exactly what it is, how it works, and what the future holds for this unique beauty technique that's been around for thousands of years. RECOMMENDED: Curious about other unique trades and crafts in Hong Kong? Read all about these disappearing trades and crafts in Hong Kong and where to find them.

Best Christmas workshops in Hong Kong

Best Christmas workshops in Hong Kong

Christmas is fast approaching. It's time to put out your wreaths, make gingerbread houses, ready your Christmas gift list, and play Jingle Bell Rock on repeat. If you want to have some festive fun while counting down to Christmas day, aside from checking out Christmas markets and displays, book the best Christmas workshops in town. Bond with friends and family and learn how to make unique gifts from the festive creative workshops available this season.  RECOMMENDED: Need help with Christmas decorations? Check out the best places to buy your Christmas tree in Hong Kong to help you get started!  

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