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January 13, 2012

This is the Year to…

This is the Year to...Become a Locavore

A basket of veggies fresh from a local farm delivered right to your door?  Yes, it’s true, HK has joined the global movement to “eat local” and you can too with Homegrown Foods delivery service, which works with select farms in the New Territories to bring you clean and sustainable produce at its nutritional and palatable peak. Still a skeptic?  Take a trip out to the countryside and pick those peppers yourself with their newly launched monthly farm tours starting Feb 18 (+852 2671 2771).  You may come away so inspired you might even be growing your own basil by February!

Pare Down Your Wardrobe

Take your closet from drab to fab with Jess and Pier of The Changing Room.  HK’s ‘wardrobe warriors’ will give you an honest assessment of what you’ve got, help edit and organize combinations tailored to your needs, and can either recommend a few key additions for you to pick up or personally help you shop for the missing essentials at HK’s hidden hotspots.  A look book of your new styles for every occasion completes the picture of the totally together new you. (+852 6094 6533, thechangingroomhk@gmail.com) Get ready for heads to turn!

Learn a Language

Mandarin or Cantonese? The choice is yours! Tune up your ear for languages with beginner courses in both languages at the YWCA in Central or sign up for a full-time or part time intensive course at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and be ready to hit the ground running in a few months flat.  Looking for a personalized course tailored to your skill level and busy schedule? Jing Ying Chinese Language Institute’s highly experienced Mandarin teacher can work with anyone from complete beginners to advanced business speakers and is flexible to come to offices to teach individuals or groups, face to face and via Skype. (liumingchu@netvigator.com) You’re just an Yi, Er, San away from potential world domination!

Start a New Fitness Regime

You arrived back from holiday and now find even walking up the escalator a challenge after a month of sedentary gobbling.  Help is at hand!  Take radical action and sign up for Bootcamp.  This outdoor exercise regime is held in groups and targets your entire body- that’s right, not a single muscle can hide.  Tough going but results are almost immediate.  Alternatively, if you want to take a more pampered (yet equally rigorous) approach, SWEAT at The W Hong Kong have launched a special 4 month membership where you can enjoy the stunning facilities of the W Hong Kong’s gym while working off calories at high altitude (HK$3000/month, +852 3717 2797).

Volunteer Your Time

Love volunteering, loathe long-term commitments?  HandsOn Hong Kong is the place for you.  Whether you want to work with the upcoming Special Olympics, help underprivileged students with their English, spend the afternoon walking dogs at HK Dog Rescue or discussing current events with the elderly, HandsOn will give you access to unique one-off volunteer opportunities within the local community. Their list of activities is updated weekly, so you can pick the ones that best fit your schedule and sign up right on the site. Doing good has never been so easy or fun!

Learn to Cook

Made it through detox and want to continue being healthy while finally being reunited with all things appetizing? Look no further than Secret Ingredient. Vowing to provide you with all the required ingredients you need to conquer your kitchen in a healthy and delicious way.  Simply log on to their website, choose one of their weekly recipes and they’ll deliver all the ingredients and instructions needed to create magic in your kitchen.  Food is fresh and locally sourced and meat, fish and poultry are of premium quality and all imported.  Dust off your apron, it’s in for a treat!

Recharge Your Brain

If hours spent on YouTube aren’t exactly doing wonders for your IQ, get your seats for the next Intelligence Squared debate, “Let The Bad Guys Be: Foreign Intervention Does More Harm Than Good” on Monday, February 6th. With sold out events each season, this debate presenting leading voices and influential global figures on the subject of foreign intervention and led by TV presenter Deborah Kan promises to be one of winter’s hottest tickets. Or click your brain into gear this week. On Saturday, January 14th, the HK Literary Festival will host an intimate luncheon and discussion with Vikas Swarup, author of Slumdog Millionaire at KEE Club.

Look Your Best

Your body may have been on detox for a week already but your complexion seems to be lagging a week behind.  The Signature Detox Facial at Emmanuel F. uses extracts of chlorophyll and 100% natural organic ingredients in a 75-minute ultra-relaxing treatment to restore radiance and brightness (HK$790 until Jan 31) Desperately need a tip to toe quick fix?  Book in for a combo treatment at new time sensitive spa Fast Beauty.  The Beauty Essentials combo includes a facial, mani and pedi all wrapped up into 45-minutes (HK$950, $750/members), while the Beauty Fast combo fits an eyebrow threading, express mani and express pedi into 15-minutes flat (HK$350, $300/members).

Get into the Arts

Kick off 2012 on a high note, with the International Chamber Music Festival, January 11 – 19th. World renowned Artistic Director Lin Cho-Liang, has brought together an outstanding mix of international talent and sparkling emerging artists to perform a program ranging from Vivaldi to Tan Dun.  The programme will culminate in a Closing Night Gala showcasing Viennese masters including Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Brahms featuring clarinet, piano, strings and startlingly beautiful soprano voice. Next up, mark your calendar for the HK Arts Festival, with performances starting January 28th.

You’ll be taking New Year, New You to a whole new level! 2012 won’t know what hit it.



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