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June 25, 2009

Weather or Not

Raindrops keep falling on my head. . . is an understatement! These gigantic globules of murky precipitation are coming down so fast and fierce, no umbrella has lived to tell the tale. Although good hair days are a distant memory and you could only wish your shower had half the power of the rain outside, rainy days can be the perfect opportunity to take advantage of all the fun that’s to be had indoors! Get your mischievous mind out of the gutter, we’re talking about catching up on classic films, engrossing yourself in modern mysteries, taking in some live jazz, or racking up some serious indulgence time at the spa. Hang up your slicker, kick off your wellies and check your negativity at the door, it’s time to embrace the rainy days ahead, no matter what the forecast. . .

Scattered Showers – Jazz at BOX Thai
Splish, splash through the streets of HK and onto the beaches of Phuket at BOX Thai, where the food is authentically delicious and the atmosphere consistently bright and sunny. This Saturday, June 27th at 10:30pm, BOX Thai will heat things up even further by joining forces with Tableau Records to present an evening of live jazz with the Yuki Makita Quartet, one of Tokyo’s finest jazz pianists and her all-star group. Enjoy Thai-inspired cocktails and music from 10:00pm for HK$100 including one drink, or experience the full Dinner Jazz Package from 9pm where you can choose anything you like from the delectable menu for HK$275/person including one drink, min 4 people. (1/F, 4-8 Arbuthnot Road, Central, 2537 6887)

Thunder Storms – Murder Mystery The Mistral
Thunder and lightening will add just the right acoustics for an evening of murder, mystery and intrigue at The Mistral. On Friday, June 26th at 7:30pm, you can feast on a specially created four-course Sicilian dinner, while your mind tries to uncover the truth behind a fast-paced, hilarious and deadly tale of revenge at The Cooked Goose Tavern in 1898. A witty and charming cast of characters will have you in hysterics as they try to spin secrets and plot their vengeance until you uncover the frightfully scandalous truth. (Dinner and show HK$788/person, InterContinental Grand Stanford, 2407 9090,

Amber Rain – Movie Mondays at KEE Club
If rainy days conjure up images of cuddling up on cosy couches engrossed in gripping classic films, it’s time you head over to KEE Club. That’s right, your favourite intimately chic hotspot for drinking, dancing and dining has come out with Movie Mondays, a series of screenings of classic films on selected Monday nights throughout the summer. June brought us La Dolce Vita and Some Like It Hot and next up at the box office is everybody’s favourite romance, Casablanca, showing on Monday, July 6th at 8:30pm. Book, now or you’ll regret it, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon. . . (Free admission, Book through members only, 2810 9000,

Typhoon 1 – Summertime at The Peninsula Spa by ESPA
When the rain is relentless and the winds threaten to sweep you away, there’s nowhere better to wait out the wretched weather than at the spa. The Peninsula Spa by ESPA’s Summertime at The Peninsula package offers the perfect retreat with a 3+-hour escape priced at just HK$1500. Start the day in the harbour-view Thermal Suites, Sauna and Crystal Steam Room before beginning your treatments with a 50-minute ESPA Intensive Facial tailored to your skin type. The indulgence continues with a 60-minute Aromatherapy body massage and Oriental head massage followed by your choice of a 25-minute Regenerating Eye Treatment or a Full Body Exfoliation. After your treatments, you can enjoy a three-course detoxifying spa lunch and while away the afternoon in the indoor Roman-style swimming pool. By the time you’re finished, the sun will be shining again! (Available Mon-Fri, The Peninsula Spa by ESPA, 2315 3322)

If the signal gets raised to Typhoon 8, you’ll just have to stay home and use your imagination!

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