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June 5, 2008

Top of the Pops

While you were practically morphing into Debbie Gibson, he was in the garage (possibly seeking shelter from your attempts at Only in My Dreams) wishing he were Surfin USA with the Beach Boys. You’ve moved on from your fantasies of being an 80’s pop star, but daddy dear still thinks the world should prepare itself for his Top 40 debut. Although his rendition of Good Vibrations may not sell many cds, he’ll always hold the number one spot in your heart. It’s time to celebrate your favourite rock star!

Dear ol’ Dad
Dad loves nothing more than family get togethers over good food and flowing wine. Take the family to try the ultimate Sunday Roast at SoHo SoHo this Father’s Day. Enjoy prime Australian beef rib, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings made with their secret recipe, roast apples and parsnips, seasonal vegetables and more, along with a perfectly paired glass of Peter Lehmann The Futures Shiraz (HK$320pp, 1/F, 4 Arbuthnot Road, Central, 2147 2618). For a special Father’s Day gift, take Dad for a ‘Tour de France’ lunch at SPOON by Alain Ducasse, where he can experience the best wines and culinary treats from various regions of France (HK$558pp/HK$378child, 2721 1211).
Ideal Gift: J.K. Adams Monogrammed BBQ Board (US$62.70, – for Dad to create his very own carvery at home!

Pile the family into the hybrid and head to the great outdoors! Stop off at Chicken on the Run and fill the picnic basket with delicious meatballs, roast chicken and healthy, fresh salads (1 Prince’s Terrace, Mid-levels, 2537 8285). For a back to nature adventure, head to Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, where you can explore exhibits, displays and country trails as well as plant your own trees (
Ideal Gift: Timberland Greenscape Mountain Sneakers made with recycled-rubber outsoles, recycled-plastic laces and hemp (US$85-$90, – to update Dad’s eco-chic look!

Surfer Dad
Surprise nautical dad with his very own yacht to cruise around in on Father’s Day. Saffron Cruises has a choice of 16 vessels from super-speed powerboats to spacious yachts ( Moor up at Three Fathoms Cove in Sai Kung and head to the very special One-thirtyone restaurant, a converted village house overlooking manicured lawns and the open sea for a meal he won’t forget (131 Tseng Tau Village, Shap Sze Heung, Sai Kung, 2791 2684,
Ideal Gift: Sanyo Xacti Waterproof MPEG4 Camcorder with 5x Optical Zoom, (US$399.96, – to capture Dad somersaulting off the yacht!

Cool Pops
While he may not be a wiz on the dance floor, his designer-clad wardrobe and taste for the finer things in life would suggest yo’ Papa’s got style! Let Pops show off his pristine wardrobe this Father’s Day at a sumptuous four-course lunch at Caprice followed by a test drive around town in either the new Quattroporte Sport GT S or the current Maserati Quattroporte model. Along with looking as suave and sophisticated as dad’s attire, these cars are also an absolute dream to drive (Four Seasons, HK$680, 3196 8888). Cool Pops is also renowned for being immaculately groomed. If the humidity and sluggish weather has taken the glow out of his normally rosy cheeks, then head to Plateau Spa for the Plateau Father’s Optimale Treat. Enjoy a 60-minute Optimale Deep Pressure Massage and a 75-minute Optimale facial, which optimizes the skin’s cell and enzyme activity, and refresh with a Healthy Spa Lunch (Grand Hyatt, HK$1,699, 2588 1234)
Ideal Gift: A 15-minute “flightseeing” tour by helicopter around Hong Kong, taking in the spectacular skyline and sweeping harbour views, followed by a spectacular dinner at The Peninsula (from HK$7,180 for two, 2315 3142) – because he’s worth it!

Dad’s Got Game
Whether he’s more of a Clooney or a Pitt, bring Dad to Macau where he can live out his Ocean’s 11 fantasies. Get the adventure started with GO Karting at Macau Motor Sports Club where he can slip, spin and slide through 1.2km of undulating tarmac (Estrada de Seac Pai Van, Coloane, Macau, +853 2888 2126). Then head to the Venetian where Dad can try his Father’s Day luck at the tables. But win, lose or draw, treat him to a 3-course Father’s Day dinner at Morton’s of Chicago including some of the restaurant’s most famous steak, seafood and salads topped off with their signature Hot Chocolate Cake (Shop 1016 The Grand Canal Shoppes, The Venetian, +853 8117 5000).
> Ideal Gift: Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions (Paperback) by Ben Mezrich (US$10.60, – who’s got game? dad’s got game!

Alternatively, you could buy Dad a karaoke machine…the neighbors may not thank you, but Dad will think you’re off the charts!

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