Mar 01, 2012|
If, like most of Hong Kong, you failed to snatch up one of the meager 4,000 Rugby Sevens tickets that went on sale to the public this year, you can still get your fix at a couple of events coming up later this month. On March 21-22, head on down to the Hong Kong Football Club to catch the Hong Kong Tens tournament. In addition to catching plenty of sporting action from a variety of local and international rugby leagues (plus a few international rugby star appearances thrown into the mix), you can also help raise money for the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, which helps disadvantaged children in Vietnam and Mongolia. Entry is free for the Wednesday tournament, and $100 for the finals on the Thursday. The games will be on all day so make sure you have a good excuse to slip out of work. For a more laid-back event, the Beach Fives will take place on March 17-18 at Repulse Bay. The short, intense rugby (and netball) matches will take place on the sand, with plenty of activities and concession stands for spectators, making it a fun day out—there’s even an after-party on the Saturday night. With my limited attention span for spectator sports, I bet you can guess where I’ll be.
On a trip around the Detour design festival back in December, I saw these beautiful products from a local social enterprise named So…Soap!, which sells eco-friendly, locally-produced soaps in ultra-stylish recycled containers. I was dying to buy some but they seemed to be for display and demo only. So imagine my delight when Agnes B. announced that they’re collaborating with local social enterprises to create crossover products to sell in their stores—and that So…Soap! is one of them! Pick from the orange and cinnamon or lavender and oatmeal bar soaps ($68 each), the grapefruit hand wash ($99) or even the $270 Agnes B.-branded travel kit (both pictured), to name just a few.
The products are available at all Agnes B. outlets including Shop 3089-3097, L/3, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 2805-0678 until March 5. After that, they can be purchased at locations around town, including Kapok on Sun Street. Find more distributors at www.sosoap.com.
If you ever needed any additional motivation to get off the sofa and start burning calories (and believe me, I know how that feels), then how’s about a little altruism with your ab crunches? Outdoor circuit training company Circuit25 has just launched a new “All 4 One” campaign where they’ll donate sacks of rice to the St. James Settlement equivalent to the number of calories burned by their participants. How much rice is that, you wonder? Well, the trainers have estimated that Circuit25-ers burn around 800 calories per session, the calorific equivalent to four bowls of rice. So the more exercise you do with them, the more rice will be sent to local families in need. The first rice donation will be made on March 31.
For more info and training schedules, log onto www.circuit25.com.
Well, after my reviews a fortnight ago, I have a few updates on the city’s bizarre beauty box arms race. One: Glossybox has fallen straight out of the gate and suspended operations in Hong Kong. Second, the YMCK nail varnish in my Glamabox turned my nails yellow!!! I look like I smoke 40 cigarettes a day— with all my fingers—and have taken to wearing a bright pink Essie shade to hide my shame until it fades.
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