6 Things to Do with {Gifts that Belong on the Island of Misfit Toys}

We’ve all gotten that gift. The one you open and have to feign excitement over but have no idea what it’s for, why it was purchased, or how anyone ever thought it was an appropriate gift for you. If you’re like me, you get at least one gift that falls in this category every year. Sometimes, there’s even one gift giver that’s a repeat offender. Don’t fret. The purpose of this article is to help you figure out what to do with these misfit gifts so they don’t end up collecting dust under your bed until your next move.


1. Regift It

presentThis seems like an obvious move, but regifting takes skill and tact. You can’t just take any-old gift and pass it along or else you’ll become the shitty gift giver. First, you must evaluate the quality of the gift. If it’s actually a good gift (just not ideal for you, the receiver), then think of someone who might truly enjoy it, and save it to use as a future birthday, holiday or hostess gift. When regifting, be sure to remove all signs of regifting, i.e. cards or to/from mentions. It also helps to tell the new recipient why you thought this is the perfect gift for him/her. Because you’ve presented a well-thought-out gifting strategy, there’s very little reason to be caught regifting.

Regift Fail: “I was once regifted a crappy set of body lotions but knew it was regifted, because the original card was left in the present by accident.”

Regift Triumph: “I got a pair of black gloves with sparkly rainbows on them from my nana when I was 22. They were definitely meant for a 4th grader. I gave them to the girl I babysat for, and she was ecstatic.”


2. Return It

hat and glovesA great gifter provides gift receipts with all presents, but chances are your odd/innapropriate/hideous gift doesn’t contain one. I suggest you politely ask for it. Clothing makes this super simple, as you can always pretend something doesn’t fit properly and say you’re just exchanging for the correct size. If you lack the balls to do this, then head to the store anyway, and try your luck. You might not end up with the cash, but a lot of stores will settle for a store credit.

Return Fail: “My aunt got me a horribly ugly sweater from a store I had never heard of. The nearest one was about 45 minutes away. I decided to take a trip to return it and hopefully find myself something I liked better. When I got to the register to make the return, I found out the shirt was worth $4.78. I probably spent more on gas driving to and from the store.”

Return Triumph: “My coworker gave me a generic set of gloves and a hat from a store I shop at frequently. With no need for yet another hat/glove combo, I set out to return them with no receipt. I got a credit for the full-price merchandise and exchanged them for a pair of my favorite pants from the store (which were on special) for only an additional $7.”


3. Donate It

JubileeClothes, toys and toiletries can all easily be donated to orphanages, homeless shelters, and the Salvation Army. If you can’t return clothes that aren’t your style or toys that you would have loved about 10 years earlier, track down those in need who might benefit. Take it one step further by cleaning out your closet to fit the new stuff you recieved and making an even bigger donation.

Donation Triumph: “I was gifted a Bratz doll every year from my aunt until I finally had the courage to tell her to stop. I then donated all of them to a toy drive.”


4. Repurpose It

camouflage pillowA gift’s true use isn’t always how it will be most useful and effective in your life. Before you discard something, try and figure out if there’s a way you can use it in your life. Maybe those avant-garde earrings will inspire next year’s Halloween costume. Maybe that pink boa can double as a feather duster.

Repurpose Triumph: “My aunt got my dad these camouflage cushions to sit on when you’re in the woods hunting, except he hasn’t gone hunting in 30 years. We used them as seat cushions during my brother’s football games and they kept our butts off of the cold metal bleachers.”


5. Throw a Party in its Honor

Ever hear the phrase, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”? If your gifts don’t fit the bill of one of the above, then throw a shitty gift swap party. Invite all of you friends over after the holidays and tell them to bring one or two gifts they don’t need/want/know what to do with. Then, carry out an exchange similar to a Yankee Swap or White Elephant party, only the gifts are all unwrapped, and everyone has to explain the story behind their gift and why they don’t want it. You’ll be surprised by how many gifts find good homes!


6. Trash It


Sometimes there’s just no way to salvage a truly bad gift. For these, you just have to cut your losses and ditch the gift. It’ll seem like a complete waste, but what’s the difference if you’re just going to throw it away 5 years from now when you unearth it in the back of your closet?

Written by Cat Shaw

Cat is a New Jersey native and super proud of it. Her love of Hoboken becomes apparent when anyone from across the Hudson tries to degrade the beloved Mile Square. When not at her 9 to 5 travel industry gig, she can be found sweating it out in spin class, experimenting in the kitchen with her prized KitchenAid mixer, reading at Pier A, or—let’s be honest—devouring a Luca Brasi chicken parm sandwich while binge-watching Netflix.

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Hong Kong’s Most Challenging Hikes

Calling adventurous hikers!


Maybe you’ve conquered Lion Rock and Dragon’s Back already, and now you think you’re ready to take the challenge to a new level. There’s no lack of hiking trails in Hong Kong, but if you’re looking to push yourself beyond your limits in the great outdoors, here’s our five most challenging hikes for the brave of heart.

So skip the high intensity workout, pack your hiking gear and call your fitness buddies to explore some of the most difficult hikes the city has to offer

Read more: Hikes You Need To Do Before You Leave Hong Kong

Hong Kong's most challenging hikes

Sharp Peak

Dubbed as the ultimate Hong Kong wilderness hike, Sharp Peak (aka Nam She Tsim, meaning the hill of snakes) is a tough hiking trail for experienced hikers. Sharp Peak is known for its winding and rugged mountain path and therefore a good level of fitness is required for this hike. The most challenging part of the hike is towards the end, when you need to climb/clamber up a steep and strenuous cliff, which eventually leads you up to the hilltop.

Getting there: From Sai Kung, take a taxi to the Easternmost part of the High Island Reservoir (it’s a restricted area, so no public transport is available). Once you get off, walk pass the principal dam and the pavilion, turn left and you will have reached the starting point of the hike. After 20 minutes or so, you will arrive at the paradisiacal and nicely shaded Long Ke beach, a lovely spot for picnics and camping. From there, follow the trail for another 300m and you will reach the merging point with the trail that hikers coming from Sai Kung take (a much easier option). Head right and you will arrive in Sai Wan village (with local restaurants for a food break). Walk through the village you will find Sai Wan beach, where your second leg of the hike begins. After 30-40 minutes and a few photo stops, you will have reached Ham Tin Wan, where you can restock your food and water supply. Once you’re done, keep hiking up for another 2km from Ham Tin beach (between M039 and M040). You will reach a bench at the top of a hill with a sign that describes Sharp Peak. At this point, you must decide whether you still have the energy to tackle a strenuous 2km cliff, followed by a no-less challenging 2km down back to your current location. Once you’ve successfully made it to the summit, you’ll be rewarded by magnificent views of wondrous natural landscapes. In the northwest is the scenery of Pat Sin Leng mountain range and Plover Cove Reservoir, while Mirs Bay, Grass Island and other outlying islands are found in the northeast.
Distance: 15km (approx)
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Getting home: Keep going on Maclehose section until you reach M042. Take the stairs on the right that goes down towards the bay and follow the path to the pier, where you will find boats to Wong Shek pier. It costs $150 to charter the boat so if you are alone, wait for other hikers to join and share the cost.

Read more: Top 5 Night Hikes in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's most challenging hikes

Castle Peak

Considered one of the three sharpest peaks in Hong Kong, Castle Peak (aka Tsing Shan) is the highest peak in northwest New Territories. We won’t lie to you, this is a challenging and physically demanding trail with steep slopes, but you will be rewarded with a spectacular panoramic view of Tuen Mun, Yuen Long Pak Nai from the summit, and even the airport and the Shenzhen Deep Bay on a clear day.

Getting there: The trail starts from Exit B of Tuen Mun Railway Station. Head to Hing Choi Street, walk to the end of the road and turn left to Tsing Shan Monastery Path. Keep walking uphill when you see the monumental archway. You will reach a junction where Tsing Shan Monastery is on the right and the stairs to Castle Peak on the left. Turn left and you will reach a pavilion shortly. Pass through the pavilion, trace the path on the left, and then follow the long and steep flight of steps that winds along the hillside uphill with well paved steps at the initial section. Once you’ve reached the mid-level, the slope becomes gentle and you can take your time to enjoy a stunning view of Tuen Mun. Further up, the trail gets rougher and steeper. After steadily ascending, it leads to the pavilion near the summit. Taking the side path on the left towards the transmission facilities, it pushes to the hilltop.
Distance: 6km (approx)
Duration: 5 hours
Getting home: Follow the main sandy trail on the ridge. Take the steep path next to the green construction and descend to Leung Tin Au where the road can lead you down to Leung King Estate. There will be minibus No. 48S, bus No. 58M and 58X getting you to Mong Kok and various MTR stations.

Read more: Sassy’s Top Beginner Hikes in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's most challenging hikes

Pyramid Hill

Pyramid Hill is part of MacLehose Trail Stage Four, which is considered one of the most challenging hikes of all trails. A prominent feature of Ma On Shan Country Park, the conical hill with a 536m summit is 12km in length and goes along the ridge of the hills, exposing hikers to all inclement weather. But with unbeatable views of Sai Kung Peninsula from the top, this hike is worth the challenge!

Getting there: Take village bus NR84 from Sunshine City Bus Terminal near Ma On Shan MTR and get off at Ma On Shan barbecue site (the bus only operates three times in the morning at 8am, 9am and 10:30am). If you take a taxi, ask the driver to drop you off at the village bus terminal (you’ll see a carpark). Take the staircase next to the terminal and begin the trekking. After around 20 minutes, you will reach an intersection with a pavilion, which marks the start of the MacLehose Trail Stage Four. Head right from there. After a few more minutes, you’ll reach an open plain where you’ll have a great view of Sai Kung, and behind you is Pyramid Hill. When you are ready, clamber up!
Distance: 12km (approx)
Duration: 4 hours
Getting home: After Pyramid Hill, at around M077, you will find stone steps descending to Kei Ling (approx. 2km). After passing by a camping site and a barbeque site, you will reach Sai Sha Road, where you can take buses to either Shatin (No. 99 or No. 299 bus) or Sai Kung.

Read more: Hong Kong’s Best Waterfall Hikes

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Tai Mo Shan

Tai Mo Shan, literally, ‘Big Hat Mountain’, is the highest peak in Hong Kong, with an elevation of 957m. It’s worth mentioning that in the warmer months, the paths uphill are often swallowed up by fog (hence the name). Though this hike is not as difficult as it may sound, you’ll need to be prepared for the seemingly endless stairs at the beginning and towards the end of the trail (a pair of utility gloves will come in handy).

Getting there: Take bus No. 51 at Tsuen Wan MTR Station and get off at Tai Mo Shan Country Park. Walk for around five minutes and you will reach the Twisk Management Centre, where Maclehose Trail Stage 8 starts. The first two kilometres is all about hiking up and there are well-paved stone steps along the way. Onwards, follow the MacLehose Trail signs and you will soon find yourself standing in front of a guard post at M152. Once you’ve passed the guard post, walk along the service road that will lead you up to Tai Mo Shan. At the top you will see the highest point on Tai Mo Shan, occupied by a Hong Kong Observatory weather radar station. You can finally say you’ve reached the highest peak in Hong Kong – enjoy sweeping views of green landscapes and feel on top of the world!
Distance: 10km (approx)
Duration: 5 hours
Getting home: Either hike back out the way you came or descend from Lead Mine Pass (M140). Hike along Wilson trail for 2km down and take the 23K green minibus to Tai Po Market MTR Station.

Read more: Where to Go With Your Dog: The Best Restaurants, Beaches, Hikes and Parks

Hong Kong's most challenging hikes

Shek Uk Shan

Contrary to popular belief, Sai Kung Peninsula’s highest hill is in fact Shek Uk Shan (481m), not Sharp Peak (468m). If the Sharp Peak was easy-peasy for you, take this lesser known trail to show ‘em who’s the hiking pro!

Getting there: Take green minibus No. 7 from Sai Kung. Get off at Pak Sha O Youth Hostel and then follow the concrete path. After hiking for around 35 minutes, you’ll arrive at a junction. Turn left towards Sham Shung. After another 1km, you’ll reach a four-way junction. The path continues on to Sham Shung but you want to instead turn left and start bushwhacking (yes, you heard us right). This is the hardest part of the trail as it is overgrown and steep all the way up and you will have to climb for 2km until you reach the top of Shek Uk Shan. This hiking trail is best for a sunset view of the lofty hill of Ma On Shan, Three Fathoms Cove and a distance view over Plover Cove Reservoir and Tolo Channel.
Distance: 9km (approx.)
Duration:  5 to 6 hours
Getting home: Follow the signs to Pak Tam Au and you will see the signpost indicating MacLehose Trail Stage Three. Take the stairs going down to the road. Once you cross the road, you can take bus No. 96R to Diamond Hill or No. 94 to Sai Kung.

Read more: Huashan Mountain: The World’s Most Dangerous Hike

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WEEKENDER: Nic Fanciulli in Hong Kong, Charm Bracelet Workshop and more

What’s on this weekend…


Congrats! You’ve made it through the first working week of 2018, and it wasn’t too bad, right? Whatever the New Year has thrown at you so far, we’ve got everything from DJ sets and bracelet workshops, to wine courses, yoga, reiki and more to keep your spirits high this week. Start the year off right!

Nic Fanciulli in Hong Kong!

Nic Fanciulli in Hong Kong

Were the Christmas and New Year celebrations not quite enough for you? Get out this evening and enjoy a live DJ set by the Grammy-nominated Nic Fanciulli at the new Yojimbo club. Sure to kick off 2018 with a bang, the night will be full of house, techno, tech house and more.

When: Friday, 5 January, 9pm to 5am
Where: Yojimbo HK, 37 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $388 – early bird / $488 – on the door (includes on standard drink) – get your tickets here!

John Masters Organics Sustainable X’mas Campaign

John Masters Organics Sustainable X’mas Campaign

In collaboration from Plantation by Teahka, John Masters Oragnics are helping to continue the holiday cheer and period of giving with its Sustainable Xmas Campaign this January. Supporting J Life Foundation, a local charity which helps under-privileged families, simply bring along any unwanted Christmas gifts (such as clothing, toiletries, drawing materials and stationery) for them to be re-gifted to someone who will truly appreciate them! In return, participants will receive a Body Care trial set from John Masters Organics, and a coupon from Plantation as a gesture of appreciation.

When: Friday, 5 January to Sunday, 7 January
Where: John Masters Organics Harbour City, 3/F, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Free!

 Chinese New Year Macrame Charm Bracelet Workshop

Chinese New Year Macrame Charm Bracelet Workshop

CNY may not be until next moth, but it’s never too early to start getting prepped for the next celebration! Join Make & Do HK at Loupe hk in PMQ this weekend and learn how to make two different geometric bracelet designs – a modern twist on traditional Chinese knotting cord style bracelets. Materials will be provided and you’ll get to take home your completed bracelet! 

When: Saturday, 6 January and Sunday, 7 January, 2pm
Where: Loupe hk, H410-15, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $550 per class – get your tickets here!

Free Outdoor Yoga

Free Outdoor Yoga

Are your January purse strings feeling a little tight after the festive season (not to mention your jeans!)? Join the free outdoor yoga this weekend and enjoy practicing in nature. The class is suitable for all ages and abilities, just make sure to bring your own mat!

When: Sunday, 7 January, 2pm to 3:30pm
Where: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
How much: Free! Make sure to WhatsApp Anna Lee on 6238 7900 to reserve your spot

Crash Course in Wine

Crash Course in Wine

Not ready for Dry January? Learn a little more about our favourite tipple and book into The Flying Winemaker’s Crash Course in Wine! Set over four weeks, you’ll learn all about sparkling, red, white and rosé wines.  With more than 20 wines to taste, you’ll also receive a complimentary gift bottle upon completion of the course, personal instruction from itstrained class leaders, tasting booklets and wine purchase discounts while in store.

When: Starts on Wednesday, 10 January, 7pm (recurring every Wednesday until Wednesday, 31 January)
Where: The Flying Winemaker, 604-605, Yu Yuet Lai Building, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $1,600 for the four-week course – get your tickets here!

Sourdough Baking Level 1

Sourdough Baking Level 1

Always wanted to try your hand at making sourdough but been put off and confused with making a starter? Join this hands-on class and learn everything you need to know, from how to make traditional sourdough bread, how to refresh and feed your sourdough starter and understanding how sourdough behaves at each stage of bread making. Everything will be provided (just make sure to bring along an apron!), and you will take home your first sourdough bread, a jar of sourdough mother starter and some dough to bake at home!

When: Wednesday, 10 January, 7pm to 10pm
Where: FoodCraft, Flat A, 21/F., Yiuga Factory Building, No.62 Victoria Road, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
How much: $580 – get your tickets here!

Relax with Reiki

Relax with Reiki

First week back at work making you feel a little frazzled? Relax this week with Reiki at Caelum Greene and come away rejuvenated for 2018. The group class will begin with a short-guided meditation, with participants then asked to sit or lay down comfortably to receive short Reiki treatments.

When: Thursday, 11 January, 7pm to 8pm
Where: Caelum Greene, G/F-1/F, 90-92 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $180 – get your tickets here!

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New Movie Releases This January: Where To See Films

Grab your mates and check out the latest releases!


The weather forecast for the next few days is dim, so what better way to spend a cloudy afternoon than watching a newly released flick? We found the new blockbuster hopefuls coming to HK this month, so whether you’re a movie buff or just want to spend some time lost watching the silver screen, there should be plenty to pique your interest. And to help you out, we’ve listed the cinema addresses, websites and ticket info you’ll need. If you’re looking to make a fancy date of your day (or night!), check out the new Emperor Cinema in Central – you can order cocktails and gourmet fare from its Roomsbar! But if you just want to kick back in a good old fashioned movie theatre, there are plenty of those, too. Don’t forget the sweet-and-salty popcorn!

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Your Guide to 8 {Can’t-Miss} Hoboken Events This Weekend: 1/4 – 1/7

Thursday 1/4/18

Happy Hour @ Texas Arizona

texas arizona july happy hour

Happy Hour 4-8pm:

  • $3 Coors Light, Miller Lite, Bud Light, Yuengling, Corona Light Drafts
  • $4 Blue Moon, Sam Adams, Sam Seasonal, Lagunitas, and Founders All Day IPA Drafts
  • $4 Glasses of House Wine
  • $5 Absolut Mixers and Jameson & Ginger
  • $15 Sangria Pitchers, Margarita Pitchers
  • $25 Corona, Dogfish Head 60 Minute, and Dale’s Pale Ale Buckets
  • $30 Loaded Buckets – PBR or Tecate Cans with Jameson or Patron Shots

Happy Hour @ Hotel Victor


Happy Hour is from 11am-7pm:

  • $3 Coors Light, Bud Light, Yuengling, and Narragansett Drafts
  • $4 Goose Island IPA
  • $4 Well Drinks
  • $6 Jameson
  • 1/2 House Red and White Wine by the Glass
  • $20 Mix & Match Buckets of Beer (5)
  • $30 Bucket of Babes “White Girl Rose” (5)


Friday 1/5/18

January Yappy Hour @ The Ale House

yappy hour jan

This is a dog friendly event! $5 wristbands at the door for drink specials. 100% of wristband proceeds will benefit the Liberty Humane Society.

$5 All You Can Eat Nachos @ McSwiggans

mcswiggans hoboken phoenix bomb

From 4-10pm enjoy $3 Coors Light Drafts and $4 IPAs with your $5 All You Can Eat Nachos. Half off all food menu items from 4-10:30pm.


Saturday 1/6/18

All Day Happy Hour @ Urban Coalhouse

urban coalhouse sangria taps

Happy Hour lasts all day at Urban Coalhouse!

  • $3 Domestic Drafts
  • $5 Craft/Import Drafts
  • $5 House Wines
  • $5 Well Drinks

Late Night Happy Hour @ The Shepherd & The Knucklehead

shep crowd day

Late Night Happy Hour is from 10pm-Close. Enjoy $6 Craft Beer & Well Mixed Drinks!


Sunday 1/7/18

Brunch @ The Ainsworth


Cure your hangover with more boozy drinks! The Ainsworth has brunch starting Sunday morning.

Football Sunday @ Mills Tavern

mills beers

While watching the game, enjoy these specials:

  • $3 Mimosas
  • $6 Jack Daniels drinks
  • $11.99 Bud Light pitchers
  • $15 Bud Light buckets
  • Food specials all day

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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Where To See Live Performances In Hong Kong

Check out what’s going on this month


With Christmas now a distant memory – and the next public holiday more than a month away – we all need something to look forward to. Thankfully, we’ve found plenty of great performances this month to entertain you. So go ahead, ditch the booze (it’s #dryjanuary, after all!) and try something new for 2018. With everything from musical theatre to concerts and more, there is something out there for everyone to see.

Musical Theatre, Dance and Other Performances:

CATS the musical


A West End and Broadway favourite, this record-breaking musical has made its way to HK. With well-known tunes by the extremely talented composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show is based on T. S. Eliot‘s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. The story follows a tribe of mischievous cats known as the ‘Jellicles,’ and we are soon introduced to their night-time adventures through songs and dances that will have you singing long after the final curtain.

When: From now until Sunday, 11 February
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Adult tickets start from $445. Get yours here!

The Great Circus of Europe

Don’t let the name fool you – this ‘circus’ is all about the more than 25 experienced performers from all around the world.  With wondrous tricks and death defying feats, watch as the impossible becomes possible. And best of all, there are no animals, so it’s cruelty-free!

When: From now until Sunday, 25 February (check the schedule for no-show dates)
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Adult tickets start from $150. Get yours here!


Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons Evolve World Tour

If you like alterative, moody rock, you’ll love Imagine Dragons. Its debut, multi-platinum album, Night Visions, was a worldwide success (its hit, Radioactive, won a Grammy award for Best Rock Performance), and, for the first time, it will be performing in Hong Kong to mark its third album, Evolve. Grab your friends and rock out to what is sure to be a great show.

When: Saturday, 13 January
Where: Asia world Expo, Cheong Wing Rd, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
How much: Adult tickets start from $480. Get yours here!

Billboard Radio LIVE

Featuring more than 10 international, regional, and local pop superstars, including Rita Ora and Far East Movement, this concert series takes place in the ever popular event space at the Harbourfront. Set to the backdrop of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline, the atmosphere is sure to be buzzing as the artists take to the stage. Be Sure to check out Rita Ora on Thursday, 18 January. It will be her first performance in Hong Kong, and with popular hits such as Your Song, she’s sure to deliver a fantastic show.

When: Sunday, 14 January, and then everyday from Tuesday, 16 through Saturday, 20 January
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Adult tickets start from $550. Get yours here!

HK International Chamber Music Festival 2018 – A Lifetime of Beethoven                              

Classical music fans get ready because Beethoven’s music will be brought to life at The Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival. Featuring the German composer’s lifetime compositions, fans will be treated to his well-known symphonies and concertos. 

When: Friday, 19 January
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Adult tickets start from $100. Get yours here!

Jung Yong Hwa

CNBlue’s Jung Yong Hwa

Calling all K-Pop fans! This South Korean star will debut his new solo material, having released his latest album in July 2017. Hwa gained fans as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band CNBlue, but his solo work has made him an even bigger hit.

When: Saturday, 27 January
Where: Asia world Expo, Cheong Wing Road, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
How much: Adult tickets start from $680. Get yours here!

Stand Up Comedy: 

Tom Cotter

America’s Got Talent finalist Tom Cotter will be headlining at Take Out Comedy this month. Winner of the Seattle International Comedy Competition, he also earned grand prize at The Boston Comedy Festival, and was voted “Best Stand-Up” at The Las Vegas Comedy Festival. He’s sure to bring down the house with laughs.

When: Thursday, 11*, Friday, 12 and Saturday, 13 January (*show on 11 January in Wan Chai)
Where: Take Out Comedy, Basement, 34 Elgin Street, Soho, Hong Kong
How much: $350 per person – email jami@takeoutcomedy.com or call 6220 4436 for reservations!

Amit Tandon

Have a laugh while doing some good this month. One of India’s famous stand-up comedians brings his fundraising show to Hong Kong, and proceeds will go towards the education of under privileged children. After seven years in comedy, this performance highlights his best, featuring new material not yet released on social media.

When: Friday, 19 January
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – Theatre 1 (Harbour Road Entrance)
How much: Adult tickets start from $300. Get yours here!

LA Comedy Live: Kanan Gill

Another Indian stand-up comedian (and YouTuber) Kanan Gill, who rose to fame with the YouTube series, ‘Pretentious Movie Reviews,’ is headed to the 852 this month. His rising fame in India has now gained him international recognition. Find out what makes him so popular and check out the show! 

When: Sunday, 21 January
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts,  Hong Kong Jockey Club Ampitheatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Adult tickets start from $288. Get yours here!

Arj Barker

Punchline Comedy Club

Work out those abs with a good laugh at Punchline Comedy Club. Featuring American headliner Arj Barker, who has appeared on Comedy Central, Conan O’Brien and the HBO Series Flight Of The Conchords, the show will also have warm-up comics Gordon Southern and Ellen Briggs. 

When: Friday, 26 January and Saturday, 27 January
Where: Tamarind, 2/F, Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
How much: General admission is $350. Get yours here!

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Sassy’s Top 40 Free Things To Do In Hong Kong!

The best things in life are free…


Oh Hong Kong, must you insist on being so expensive? After rent has drained our pockets, we have to pay for a stocked fridge as well as mark-ups on our favourite imported treats. Then we’re expected to shell out a small fortune for any sort of entertainment, and by this point, our wallets are looking a little thin, save for receipts that we daren’t think about. Fortunately, the team here at Sassy has come up with a list of the top 40 free things to do in Hong Kong! (You’re welcome.)

40 free things to do in hong kong

  1. Browse stall after stall of clothes, watches, electronics, paintings, keychains, toys, jewellery and antiques at the Temple Street Night Market. You don’t have to buy a thing (we rarely do), but it’s plenty of fun to have a look-see!
  2. Escape the masses and head on up to Victoria Peak Garden.
  3. Visit the Governor’s Residenceon Upper Albert Road – once an archaeological site, it’s now open to the public on certain days or just have a quick tour around the impressive exterior!
  4. Feel floral at the Flower Market in Mong Kok.
  5. Flowers aren’t your thing? Check out the Goldfish Marketto spot some Nemos and Dories.
  6. Roam around on Lamma Island. A temple, a market and a beach… Need we say more?
  7. Picnic in Sun Yat Sen Park– bring along sun cream and pray for sunshine.
  8. Laze away on chilled out Shek O’s beautiful beach.
  9. Bid farewell to the city and head to the oyster villages of Lau Fau Shan and Pak Ni – the little oyster market is great fun to visit and the perfect spot to catch the sunset.

40 free things to d in hong kong

  1. If you’re interested in art then whet your appetite for the scene and go gallery hopping on Hollywood Road.
  2. Walk a pooch at Hong Kong Dog Rescue. The team at HKDR are always looking for dog walkers!
  3. Potter about in Stanley: there’s a street market to browse and a promenade to stroll around.
  4. Kam Shan Country Parkis for war history buffs and nature lovers. Bunkers and monkeys, what could be better? We’ve got to remind you though – DON’T FEED THE MONKEYS! You have been warned!
  5. It’s a Hong Kong classic and we couldn’t leave off the Edward Youde Aviary. The exotic birds there never fail to delight.

40 free things to do in hong kong

  1. Lace up your hiking shoes and head over to the Dragon’s Backfor beautiful scenic views and a great workout! See our Top 5 Hikes here.
  2. It’s a bit of a trek but if you can make it up to Trio Beachin Sai Kung it will be totally worth it – more beach options here
  3. Feeling the need for speed? Cycling along the promenade on Shing Mun River up towards Sha Tin should give you a good run up!
  4. If you are en route to Lantau Island for a day trip, don’t miss Pui O beach– it’s the perfect spot for a refreshing dip in the water.
  5. Unwind at the Cyberport Waterfront Park overlooking a gorgeous waterfront view. Get grilling at Tai Mei Tuk in Tai Pai – it’s one of our favourite BBQ spots! Check out more of our favourite BBQ spots here.
  6. Round up a gang of friends and go for a stroll along Bowen Road. It’s great for dog walking too!
  7. Make a note to catch The Hungry Ghost Festivalnext summer – sounds a bit scary but it’s actually huge amounts of colourful fun in local parks and playgrounds.
  8. Tamar Park is up there on our park hot spot list! It’s another spot for a laid-back picnic!

40 free things to do in hong kong

  1. Ride the tram system – okay, so we know this isn’t free but it is very, very cheap and fun for ride around town!
  2. Dig a little deeper into Hong Kong’s rich heritage at Kat Hing Wai Walled Villagein Yuen Long. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this ancient site is calm and serene.
  3. The Kowloon Walled City Parkhas to be our favourite park in Hong Kong. It’s also rich in history.
  4. Lose yourself in the gorgeous Nan Lian Gardens… stunning.
  5. Cascade along with the Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls.
  6. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Dragon Boat Festivalin June. It’s a treat for the eyes and everyone will be raving about it for weeks.
  7. September means the return of the Mid-Autumn Festival. It’s a perfectly lantern-lit occasion for everyone to celebrate. Check out the impressive Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance featuring over 300 performers and a 67-metre long dragon. Or pay a visit to Victoria Park’s month-long Lantern Carnival.

40 free things to do in hong kong

  1. Get down to the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront and ogle over the Symphony of Lights, which is on every night at 8pm. Magic every time.
  2. Unleash your inner geek and play around with interactive exhibitions at the Science Museum – did we mention it’s free admission every Wednesday?
  3. Continue your museum adventure next door at the Hong Kong Museum of History and discover the rich cultural heritage of the city.
  4. Chill out at the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade and feast your eyes on our beloved skyline.
  5. Get down to the Lions Nature Education Centrein Sai Kung. This country park visitor centre is a real gem for eco-lovers.
  6. It’s a bit out of the way, but check out the rickety old Lung Tsai Ng Garden if you happen to be on Lantau Island. Even though it’s off the beaten track, it’s a breath of fresh air.
  7. If you’ve taken a little trip to Macau, hop on the Guia Cable Car up to the Guia Fortressfor incredible city views that will please even the fussiest adventurers in your circle. If you’re dead set on doing it for free you can always walk up!
  8. Whilst you’re in Macau, check out the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial House – it’s free and will keep everybody busy for half an hour or so.

40 free things to do in hong kong

  1. The beaches of Repulse Baydefinitely deserve a mention, and it’s always fun to cross the Longevity Bridge to add three days to your life!
  2. Go and enjoy the quirky Yuen Po Bird Gardenin Mong Kok.
  3. For a hike down colonial Hong Kong memory lane, meander down the 1km Ping Shan Heritage Trail in Yuen Long, and spot treasures such as the Hung Shing Temple on your way round.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 30 October, 2014, and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness on 4 January, 2018.

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Run it Back! Top 10 Stories {That Shaped Hoboken} in 2017

2017 was a pretty interesting year in Hoboken. You can argue that, like the fine wine you’ve drank at Bin 14 and Grand Vin, Hoboken only gets better with age. Every year has its ups and downs, but in 2017 we were glad to witness more a lot more ups!

10. The New Northern Soul

Northern Soul

Our hearts broke when Northern Soul’s doors closed in May 2016. But in January of 2017, we were delighted to find that they had opened their new location in the Sky Club building at 700 1st Street.


9. Cocktail Week

city bistro hoboken cocktail week

Hoboken Happy Hours (hosted/sponsored) Hoboken’s first ever Cocktail Week (which lasts not one, but TWO weeks) in March 2017. And you came, you drank, and got your passports stamped. Stayed tuned for details of the second annual celebration of Hoboken Cocktail Week in 2018!


8. Bluestone Lane Opens


Those familiar with the Aussie cafes in New York City cheered when they caught wind that they could get matcha lattes and Bluestone’s renowned avocado toasts right here in the Mile Square. In April 2017, Bluestone Lane crossed over the Hudson with their famous blue cups and boxes of goodies.


7. Taco Pizza

Holy Guacamole! Tony Boloney’s Taco Pizza went nationwide this year after some confused customers rolled into the pizzeria on a Tuesday evening. We’re proud to be home to this mouth-watering monstrosity, and we can tell you it has a taste like nothing you’ve ever had before. Tried and true, are you up for the challenge?


6. Taco Truck Permanently Closes

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In May 2017, the Taco Truck served the last of its Al Pastors and Pollo Asados. Many salty tears were shed, but luckily, we found solace in another familiar tacqueria when…


5. Surf Taco Opens

surf taco exterior

Cowabunga! We had barely any time to process the loss of Taco Truck when Surf Taco took over and officially opened it’s Northern Jersey location in September 2017. For anyone missing their summer tacos at the Jersey Shore, this location is here to *tide* you over for all seasons. (Pun intended.)


4. Union Hall Opens


After the longstanding Trinity bar and restaurant closed and left a hole along the Hoboken waterfront, it also left a hole in our hearts. But in June 2017, Union Hall opened and brought us small plates with big taste, and another excuse to take in the view of the NYC skyline!


3. Jack & Co. Closes

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Somehow, in the same week that we greeted Union Hall with open arms (and mouths), we lost another favorite. Jack & Co., sister of downtown’s Jack’s Cabin, closed its doors for good. We can only hope it makes way for another crowd-pleasing establishment!


2. Napoli’s Opens Downtown Location

napolis open sign

In April 2017, we began salivating after hearing that Napoli’s was opening a second pizza-vicious location. In November 2017, Napoli’s Downtown opened for business, and downtown pie-eaters were immensely grateful.


1. Soul Cycle Announces New Hoboken Location

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Our heads are spinning, and our legs will be, too, once Soul Cycle opens THIS MONTH at 1400 Washington Street! Seasoned cyclists will tell you there’s nothing like Soul spinning, so you’ll want to be there when they officially open on January 27th!

Written by Amanda Eitzen

Amanda has been living in Hoboken since 2013 and fancies herself a Hoboken guru; generously imposing her bar and restaurant opinions on friends and strangers who never ask for it. If you don’t see her at happy hour, she’s marketing at her 9-5, sweating in some sort of fitness routine, or chowing down on delicious, yet healthy, foods. Follow @411fitlifeto see what she’s up to besides grabbing drinks around town.

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7 Places to Go in Hoboken to Pass the Time in {Sober January}

Congratulations! Despite everyone’s eye rolls and trying to convince you otherwise, you still decided to go forth with Sober January. Being sober for a whole month can be a great cleanse for your body and mind. Your weekends will be wide open with more time for activities, and no more spending them laying in bed hungover. Now that you have all this new free time, what can you do? Enjoy the other activities Hoboken has to offer besides the bars!


1. Gravity Vault


Hoboken has a climbing center?! That’s right! If you’ve been living under a rock (no pun intended), as of late 2017, the newly 25,000 square foot center opened. Instead of hitting the bars on Saturday night or participating in Sunday Funday, switch things up with your friends and take on an adventurous activity!


2. Work Out

new york sports clubs

When I participated in Sober January last year, one thing I noticed was my energy had greatly increased. I was no longer getting over a hangover from the weekend or feeling sluggish from happy hour and/or little sleep. This is the perfect time to also take advantage of hitting the gym! Whether you try a new class or increase the intensity of your workout routine, you’ll find it comes much easier to you now that you’re sober, and overall, healthier.


3. Movies

bow tie sign

Instead of a night out, do a movie night. I often forget that although we do live in our little mile square, we do have a movie theater within walking distance! Lots of new movies came out over the holidays, and with the cold nights approaching, it’s a nice change of pace to have a cozy, relaxing night.


4. Hudson Table

hudson table hoboken

Cooking classes are always something I wanted to give a try, but never seemed to find the time to do so. Now that I have my Christmas money, I’m looking for other things to do instead of spending it on drinks. I found this was the perfect time to sign up for a class!


5. Game Night


Have a good ol game night that doesn’t involve drinking games. If you’re lacking on board games and cards, go to Aether Game Cafe on Washington Street! Enjoy over 300 games for a modest cover fee. Thursdays and Saturdays are all about casual and social games, while Mondays are for those looking for some real complex strategy and like-minded board game aficionados.


6. Read 

little city books

Maybe you had “read more books” as one of your New Year’s resolutions. Or, maybe you just want to cuddle up on the couch with a warm blanket, coffee, and a good book. Go to Little City Books to find your latest read. They have a very large selection and can be sure to help you find the perfect book to dive into!


7. Still Go to the Bars

madison hoboken

Just because you decided to do Sober January doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun! You can still go to happy hour at City Bistro, watch the playoffs at Mills, or dance the night away at McSwiggans. If you feel awkward to not have a drink in your hand, order a club soda or juice. It’ll be entertaining and a whole new world to watch what your friends do and say drunk through your own sober eyes.

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 Street because yesterday was leg day.

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From Budget to Investment Pieces: Hong Kong Approved Winter Coats and Jackets for 2018

Snug and stylish


You’ll be forgiven for thinking that in Hong Kong we don’t get a winter. Whilst we may not need to reach for the (faux) fur or Michelin Man style parkas, that doesn’t mean we don’t get a little chilly every now and again. And whilst it can be nice to bundle up warm against the biting cold, we have the luxury of not having to worry about the practicalities. We’re never going to get that cold, so dressing for winter can be a little more fun, meaning that you can reach for options that would normally be out of bounds come January. And seeing as the novelty of actually wearing a jacket is short-lived in our city, here are our favourite options for how to nail the winter trend while we can…

Hong Kong Approved Winter Coats and Jackets

Leather Jacket

No surprises here. The leather jacket has long been a wardrobe staple and goes with pretty much anything. A great option to toughen up girly dresses, or to throw on over jeans and a tee. We recommend investing in pieces that will last for years to come, but high street shops like Topshop also do more budget-friendly options.

Invest: Acne Studios leather biker jacket, available online via Net-A-Porter
Budget: Faux Leather Biker Jacket, available online from Topshop
Something Different: Appliqué biker jacket available online from Mango, Leather Effect Jacket available online from ZARA

Hong Kong Approved Winter Coats and Jackets

Silk or Satin Bomber

There’s something so luxe about a silk bomber. Dress it up or dress it down, you’re sure to be feeling a little fancy wearing one of these. Good quality silk is also the perfect option for Hong Kong winters when the weather can’t quite decide what it’s doing.

Invest: Silk Bomber available online from Grana, Tiger Embroidered Satin Bomber available online from Whistles
Budget: Satin bomber jacket available online from H&M
Something Different: by the way Remi Varsity Bomber available online via RevolveTularose X Revolve Emma Bomber Jacket available online via Revolve

Hong Kong Approved Winter Coats and Jackets


A personal fave of mine. These loose, light-weight and long-line coats are ideal for layering. We love this look for day-time with blue jeans and a statement tea (and a chunky scarf for when temperatures drop), or wear over a leather skirt (sans tights).

Invest: Lovers + Friends Zach Duster available online via Revolve
Budget: Native Youth Longline Coat available online via ASOS
Something Different: Flynn Skye Dresden Jacket available online via Revolve

Hong Kong Approved Winter Coats and Jackets

Suede Biker

A good option to go for if you’re a little tired of your five-year-old leather jacket. The suede biker can instantly update any look. We love it in jewel tones like burgundy and emerald green, or softer neutrals like millennial pink and soft powder blue.

Invest: Driftwood Suede Moto Jacket available online from Shopbop, Suede Agnes Biker available online from Whistles
Budget: New Look Faux Suede Biker Jacket available online via ASOS
Something Different: Faux Suede Biker Jacket available online from ZARA, Embroidery Suede Jacket online from Mango

Hong Kong Approved Winter Coats and Jackets

Kimono Jacket

There’s no way you won’t be feeling decadent wearing a flowing kimono. In other climates, these may be reserved for spring/summer, but in the 852, we can easily get away with wearing these in the cooler months. When temperatures drop you can wear over a simple turtle neck sweater, or throw on over a cami to luxe up an evening look.

Invest: Equipment Theron Robe available online via Revolve
Budget: Flower Power Kaftan available online from Mango
Something Different: Kiss The Sky Maxi Kimono In Floral With Velvet Trim available online via ASOS

Hong Kong Approved Winter Coats and Jackets


Every wardrobe needs a decent blazer, and with the suit trend being huge this season, tailored looks are back in a big way. Double breasted styles seem a little more appropriate for the season, and are a current fave amongst street style stars, but a classic cut in either navy or black is sure to be a hard-working piece in any wardrobe.

Invest: Jospeh Laurent Wool-Twill Blazer available online via Net-a-Porter
Budget: Oversized Jacket available online from H&M
Something Different: Velvet Blazer available online from ZARA, Embroidered Blazer available online from ZARA

Hong Kong Approved Winter Coats and Jackets


A trend that we saw making a come-back in the latter half of 2017, military styles may not be for everyone, but are a great alternative to the usual suspects when it comes to seasonal dressing. Look for good quality detailing; think intricate detailing, big buttons and tailored cuffs. As a statement piece, it’s best to choose a military jacket in a darker neutral, so that it can be worn with more options in you wardrobe.

Invest: Moleskin Toggle Jacket available online from ZARA, Short Black Military Jacket With Velvet Details available from The Kooples
Budget: Military Style Jacket available online from Mango
Something Different: Velvet Toggle Jacket available online from ZARA

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