Bar Professionals Help Raise Money To Fight Breast Cancer

Raising awareness one drink at a time…

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and for one night only, four bar professionals will gather to help raise money in support of Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation.

On Wednesday, 4 October from 7pm to 11pm at Fang Fang, brand ambassadors Cherry Lam (Diageo) and Isabella Vannoni (Proximo), will join Imelda Ng from Blue Bar and Four Seasons Hotel, and Apsana Rai (Fang Fang) to create two new cocktails each for guest to enjoy. Organised by Sandeep Hathiramani (Beverage & Co), 40% of the proceeds will be donated to the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation.

“We aim to raise awareness of the number one cancer affecting women in Hong Kong and it’s great to get support from the bartenders and brands!” says Hathiramani.

Book a table now by calling 2983 9083 or via info@fangfang.com.hk.

Fang Fang, 8/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong 

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Sassy’s Neighbourhood Guide to Tseung Kwan O

Discovering our city, one neighbourhood at a time…

 

Whenever I tell new friends that I live in Lohas Park, Tseung Kwan O, they always respond with, “Where is that? Is there an MTR station?” Apparently telling them that it is connected on the purple line from North Point doesn’t help!

TKO is a pet friendly, residential area on the Kowloon East side, and although it’s more known to locals, it has an increasing number of expat residents who are looking for sizeable apartments in a quieter area with greenery views, whilst still being able to hop on a 30-minute MTR ride to Central. For around the same price as a 300 square-foot studio on the island line, you can get a two-to three-bedroom apartment with clubhouse facilities in a modern complex.

If I don’t have any weekend plans in Soho, you can find me contently immersing myself into the below recommended activities and eateries without leaving the neighbourhood.

Where To Eat & Drink:

Tim Ho Wan

Don’t fancy queuing in Causeway Bay or TST for your dumpling fix? Try the Michelin Star Tim Ho Wan’s TKO branch for its famous dim sum.

Find it at Shop 49, G/F, PopCorn 2, 9 Tong Yin Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, 2789 2803, www.timhowan.com.tw

Tseung Kwan O Guide Cielo Rooftop Bar

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This may surprise you, but TKO has a rooftop bar! Cielo is an Italian restaurant and bar with a lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner menu. I recommend trying its signature mocktail, the TKO Fizz. Cielo is open from 11am to 1:30am daily.

Find it at Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East, 47/F, 3 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, 3983 0406, www.ihg.com

BEANS The Backyard 荳子

Who can say no to an All Day Breakfast?! This café serves a creative menu that ranges from The Backyard Breakfast, to Caramel Baby Pear Cheesecake. You will also be spoilt for choice on what type of coffee to try.

Find it at Shop F95, 1/F, PopCorn, 9 Tong Yin Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, 5537 7465

PopWalk

PopWalk was opened in 2016 and is a two storey dining and shopping area connected to The Wings residences, as well as Popcorn shopping mall. It offers a more spacious dining experience in that the restaurants are all connected through an open balcony area, some of which offer outside seating.

My personal favourite is Waalah!, which opens from 8am to 11pm daily. Waalah offers a chilled café environment with a western style menu and some Asian dishes. I do recommend its Apple “Pan” cake for lunch, and its Noodle LAH! Seafood LAHksa for dinner

Find it at PopWalk, 12 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong

Find it at Waalah, Shop G03, G/F, PopWalk,12 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, www.waalah.hk

Wai Yip Cafe 偉業特色粉麵茶餐廳

If you’d like to experience a truly Chinese café, then head to this 24 hour café (translated to English as Wai Yip, but does not have an official English name). You will be guaranteed to have a filling breakfast or lunch for under $50, and dinner for under $100. This café has a variety of local dishes such as Chinese “tung fun” noodles, Hong Kong style french toast, five spice beef noodle soup, clay pot meat and vegetables, and of course, the ever so sweet Hong Kong style milk tea!

Find it at Shop 3-3A, G/F, Bauhinia Garden Commercial Complex, Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong

Tseung Kwan O Guide Tasteful Kitchen

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Another truly local restaurant is Taste Full Kitchen, which offers both Chinese dishes and hotpot, and opens until 3am. Be sure to bring a friend who reads Chinese though, as it does not have an English menu! Also, at 3 in the morning, there is also another choice next door: McDonald’s 😉

Find it at Shop 10, G/F, Maritime Bay, 18 Pui Shing Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong

What To Do:

Little Hawaii Trail

This beginner trail is around 3 km, and takes around one hour depending on fitness level. It is famous for the picturesque waterfall that you will past along the way. You can start from the Tseng Lan Shue by Clear Water Bay Road, or walk along Po Hong Road in Po Lam, and end up in the other. Besides the waterfall, you will past an old swimming pool that was abandoned many years ago.

Wang Po Road Pet Garden Tseung Kwan O

Wang Po Road Pet Garden

This 12,000 square-meter dog park has three gated sections – for large dogs, small dogs, and a third area for any size. It has a car park, toilet facilities, and a shower area for your best friend. The park is also accessible by foot from TKO and Lohas Park MTR station. It is opened from 7am to 9pm daily. Find me there every morning with my pooch!

Find it at Wang Po Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, 2791 3100

Popcorn Shopping Mall

Of course there is also a mall here! Popcorn houses a cinema, countless restaurants, and local high street fashion brands. Visit Kee Wah Bakery for mooncakes and other traditional snacks.

Find it at Tseung Kwan O MTR Station exit C, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, 3543 1273, www.popcorntko.com.hk

Tseung Kwan O Guide promenade

Tseung Kwan O Promenade

Next to the Pet Garden is this beautiful seafront area, where you will find runners, dog walkers, fishermen and dragonboat teams training. The TKO promenade also has a cycle path with rentable GoBee bikes.

Find it at Tseung Kwan O Promenade, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong

Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground

An alternative exercise location besides the promenade is the TKO Sports Ground. I actually found it when I first went to my Dragon Boat training in TKO and was able to access the locker and shower facilities here for free. Only a 5-minute walk from the Promenade, the sports ground features a 400-metre running track, surrounding an 11-a-side football pitch, as well as a 300-metre running track with a seven-a-side football pitch.

Tsueng Kwan O Sports Ground is open to the public from 7am to 11pm daily. Whist you can access the jogging tracks for free, you have to book the other facilities via the government’s LCSD Leisure Link system here.

Find it at 109 Po Hong Rd, Hang Hau, Hong Kong, 2177 1255

Hong Kong Velodrome Park

Within walking distance from the Sports Ground is the Velodrome Park, which offers to the public more facilities, including a climbing wall (perfect venue for a corporate team bonding activity!) and a skatepark. Courts include badminton, tennis and basketball. A lot of elderly residents also come here on a daily basis to exercise at the fitness corner and enjoy a view of the large artificial lake.

The velodrome is opened from 7am to 11pm daily to the public, and you can book here to use the facilities

Find it at 105-107 Po Hong Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong

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6 Things to Look Forward to in {Hoboken in October}

The first official full month of fall is here! (Maybe the weather will start acting like it now, too.) Now it’s time to do all the fall stuff you’ve been meaning to do, before it’s too late; pumpkin patches, tailgates, wine tasting, etc. As always, there’s plenty of fun going on right here in the Mile Square!

1. Pumpkin Patches

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The pumpkin patch returns to Pier 13! It will begin October 7th and go until the season ends (weather permitting). Enjoy some fall brews or apple cider, and take home a pumpkin! This is an event for all ages.

 

2. Races

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Like to run? Well lace up your running shoes, because there will be two big races this month! If the obstacle course style interests you, The City Challenge Race comes to Hoboken on Saturday, October 7th. There’s also the HoBOOken 5K on Saturday, October 28th taking place at Pier A!

 

3. Hoboken Pizza Fest

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Someone say pizza?!? Yes, your dreams are coming true! Join TRUE Mentors and Hoboken Happy Hours on Sunday, October 15th at the Hoboken Elks Lodge. Now you can sample all the best pizza there is in Hoboken! Tickets include delicious pizza from every participating vendor, free ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s, free giveaways, and live music. Get your tickets here!

 

4. Football Sunday

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Hoboken’s list of bars to catch the game just grows and grows! If you can’t make it to MetLife, than watching with other fans in Hoboken is the next best thing. Want to know the perfect spot for you and your crew? Check out our Complete Hoboken Bar {Football Specials} Guide to see who’s offering the best specials!

 

5. Hoboken Harvest Festival

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On Saturday, October 21st, head to Pier A for the Hoboken Harvest Festival! There will be live music, pumpkin painting, a hay maze, horse & carriage rides, a trackless train, inflatable rides, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, craft activities, local vendors, food and much more. Perfect event to bring the family to!

 

6. HHH’s Halloween Party 

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We’re bringing back our annual Halloween Party! Join us on Friday, October 27th at The Ale House to kick off Halloweekend. It will be a costume party, so make sure you have one to outdo the rest! Check back in later in the month for more details and how to purchase tickets!


Written by Rachel Willson

Originally from Upstate New York, Rachel moved to Hoboken two years ago to pursue her passion for all things marketing and fashion. Rachel lives for her weekends and takes pride in making sure all her friends social calendars are full. In her free time, when she isn’t crossing off items on her Hoboken bucket list, Rachel is typically finding joy in things out of her budget, speaking fluently in sarcasm, and crawling her way down Washington St. because yesterday was leg day.

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15 Must-Do’s in Kathmandu

What to see and do on your visit to Kathmandu

 

Fly to: Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)
Flight Time: 5 hours

My parents both live in Kathmandu, and the two times that I have been able to fly over to see them, I’ve been taken aback by the history and charm that exudes as soon as you step off the plane and onto the dusty streets. The city is still recovering from the devastating effects of 2015 earthquake, but even so, there are endless side streets and medieval relics to explore. Spend the day wandering through ancient cities and settle in with a (large) plate of momos and an Everest Beer come the evening. Here’s my 15 must-dos

Read more: Quick Flights from Hong Kong: 5 Adrenaline Filled Adventures

Swayambhunath Monkey Temple 

Visit Swayambhunath Monkey Temple 

Thought to be spiritual creatures in Nepal, prepare to encounter more monkeys in one space than you’ll ever see in your lifetime! Perched atop glistening, golden stupas and ornate architecture, mothers and babies cling to one another as they jump from temple to temple. Said to be over 2,000 years old, Swayambhunath is the oldest stupa of its kind in Nepal and offers sweeping, panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley (an Instagramers dream).  For a small entrance fee of NPR 200 (approx $15) toss a coin and make a wish in the fountain, climb the stairs (trying to resist the gorgeous and colourful jewellery on the way up) and have your cameras at the ready… although, of course, don’t get too close and respect the animals, not all monkeys are ready for their closeup.

Narayanhiti Palace Museum

Explore the Narayanhiti Palace Museum

The halls are lined with mounted tiger and rhino heads, accompanied by enormous portraits of past royalty. The locations where Prince Dipendra massacred his family in 2001 are marked clearly along the way and amongst the outdated, 1970s decor, bullet holes are still visible in the walls. You can book a tour online if you’re keen to go into more depth about the palace history, otherwise the entrance fee is roughly NPR 500 (approx $40). Cameras and bags aren’t allowed into the palace.

Tip: Spend the afternoon exploring the Palace Museum and then around 4pm cross over to road to Mezze, order a glass of wine and watch the sun set over the palace from its rooftop

Bhaktapur, Durbar Square & Patton Square

Walk Through Bhaktapur, Durbar Square & Patton Square

Sadly, many of the thousands-of-year-old structures were destroyed in the earthquake, with others deemed uninhabitable and to be torn down, but these ancient cities remain charming and are an absolute must-see. Navigate your way through medieval squares and winding streets where locals weave cloth and throw pottery (you can even ask to have a go for a small fee!) and socialise in the communal courtyards. For Bhaktapur and Durbar Square there is an entry fee of NPR 500 (approx $40), which goes towards maintaining the surrounding temples. Look for restaurants with rooftops for incredible panoramic views and enjoy traditional, Nepalese dumplings (momos) as you snap away at the scenery.

Yak and Yeti Hotel Kathmandu Nepal

Go for Lunch at the Yak and Yeti Hotel

The colonial décor and grand gardens at the Yak and Yeti Hotel is the perfect spot for a fresh cup of coffee (or pot of Earl Grey!) and a hearty buffet lunch for NPR 1,800 (approx $140, excluding tax) at its Sunrise Restaurant. Oozing with history (the sunburst chandeliers were constructed locally from long abandoned crates of imported crystal) the hotel captures the old charms of Kathmandu and makes for great conversation. The hotel rooms are also pretty amazing if you’re looking for a unique place to stay!

Chandragiri Hills Cable Car Kathmandu Nepal

Chandragiri Hills Cable Car

Built quite recently, Chandragiri Hills is a seven-kilometre cable car ride up steep peaks, offering incontestable views of Kathmandu. Albeit a little touristy at the top (think kids playground and branded shops), grab a quick bite to eat and just admire the scenery. On a clear day you can see the Himalayan ranges from Annapurna to Everest – which makes fighting the crowds worth it, in my opinion.

Freak Street Kathmandu Nepal

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane: Old Freak Street

Located south of Durbar Square, this small street was once an epicentre during the Hippie Trail! The area was a nirvana for those seeking legalised marijuana and hashish, however walking down Freak Street is now more of a trip ‘for old time sake,’ offering cheap guest houses to backpackers, a ton of trekking agencies, souvenir shops and restaurants. It doesn’t quite hold the same lure, but worth the trip down memory lane if you have the time.

New Orleans Bar Kathmandu Nepal

Go for a Night out in Thamel

The streets of Thamel come alive on Friday nights, everyone is ready to celebrate the weekend and bars and restaurants are bustling! There are plenty of places to choose from if you just fancy strolling until something takes your fancy, but a personal fave of mine has to be New Orleans Café and Bar. With live, fusion music and guest artists taking the stage every Wednesday and Saturday nights from 7pm, the food is also to be contended with. A lively dinner spot that will often come recommended by tourists and locals alike, tuck in to “Awesome Hamburgers,” “Brilliant Fish & Chips” as well as delish Tibetan Momos, Dal Baht and Old Kathmandu-style Sandeko. The cocktail section is pretty great, too… Mississippi Mud, anyone?

Nepal Cooking School

Indulge in a Traditional Nepalese Cooking Class

One for the foodies among us, Nepal Cooking School is a hands-on, immersive experience that takes you from ‘farm to table,’ accompanying you to the local market to source all of your veg (in a rickshaw!) and back to the kitchen to whip up traditional, tasty bites. Located in Thamel, classes are four hours long and run daily (9am and 1.30pm). The cost is roughly $280 (USD35) and the profits go towards funding social programmes for local charity, Journey Nepal!

Farmers Market at Le Sherpa Kathmandu

Farmers Market at Le Sherpa

Running every Saturday, the farmers market at Le Sherpa is popular with local expats and tourists alike. Offering up a wide variety of organic goods, spend the morning browsing (and sampling) fresh veg, fruit, cheese, breads and honey – the ideal setting for a spot of breakfast and a chat with those living in or passing through Nepal.

Helicopter Tour Everest Nepal

Flight of the Angels

Nepal is a seriously special place, so if you’re going splurge, it may as well be on champagne atop Everest Base Camp, right? Check out Adventure Mission Nepal (Raj Dhamala is your man – swing him an email!) where you’ll find an endless list of awesome, adventurous trips from trekking to climbing and jungle wildlife tours. The ‘Breakfast with Everest‘ experience will take you on a three – four hour round trip from Kathmandu where you’ll have time to explore Base Camp before flying to Yeti Mountain Resort for a breakfast that you’ll remember forever – bubbly included. The price is steep (at around USD 2, 200 per person) but how many people can say that they toasted to good health in front of the world’s most infamous mountain?

Read more: Trekking to Everest Base Camp: What You Need to Know

Pashupatinath Temple Nepal

Pashuupatinath

“One of the four most important religious sites in Asia for devotees to Shiva,” visit and watch daily rituals carried out Pashupatinath. This sacred site is also where last rites are read and daily cremations are held across the river, which truth be told, can be quite a sobering experience to witness.

Gorkhana Forest Resort

Play Golf atop the King’s old Hunting Grounds

Professionals and avid golf players alike visit Gokarna Forest Resort to experience its unique course, which was formerly the King’s old hunting grounds. The 6,755 yard par 72 course “boasts the only bentgrass greens on an 18 hole course in South and South East Asia” and is truly somewhere special for a round. There has even been the odd leopard sighting early in the morning!

Kirtipur Kathmandu Nepal

Hire a Car and Visit Kirtipur

5km from Kathmandu is the ancient city of Kirtipur. Dotted with medieval temples and cosy backstreets, hire a car (Raj Dhamala will be able to sort the logistics for you) for the afternoon and enjoy all of that this old town has to offer.

White Water Rafting in Kathmandu

Take an Adventurous Day Trip

If you’re feeling a little ‘templed out,’ rent a mountain bike (Nepal Mountain Bike Tours is a good bet) and go with a guide for a day trip out of Kathmandu and up into the hills of surrounding valleys. And if you’re happy to go a little further out, there are some great white water rafting companies (I’d recommend Thamel based company, Ultimate Descents) which will take you further out for a morning rafting the Trishuli River.

Himalayan Java Cafe Kathmandu Nepal

Take a load off at Himalayan Java Café

With so much to see and do, Kathmandu can be a bit of a sensory overload, so my final ‘must-do’ is to take a load off with a Himalayan cup of joe. There are three Himalayan Java Cafés in Kathmandu, and the Thamel location is the perfect pit-stop after a long day exploring. Decked out with hundreds of travel and history books, it’s a hub for locals, expats and travellers alike to stop for a bite to eat, a relaxing read and an inspiring conversation.

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