What’s On In Hong Kong – October 2018

It’s the only month of the year you get a free pass to go wild and crazy – October! From beer festivals to halloween parties, you’ll never have a dull moment. Germany has it’s Oktoberfest, Hong Kong has it’s own Beertopia! Back again for it’s 7th year from 5th-6th October, Hong Kong’s biggest craft beer festival will leave you spoilt for choice and very buzzed with over 500 different beers from around the world to choose from. Be enthralled by grace, elegance and beauty as one of the greatest romantic ballets, Giselle, comes to Hong Kong from 11th Oct to 3rd Nov. Let renowned international guest artists and Hong Kong Ballet artists take you through the passionate tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness. Calling all good and bad girls alike to join in an evening of female celebration! In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Mrs Pound is teaming up with Benefit Cosmetics for Bad Gals Night Out. Come dressed as your favourite female icon and enjoy an evening of free-flow drinks and complimentary Benefit makeovers and brow waxes. Round up the month with some spooky fun and chills down your spine. Hit the streets of Lan Kwai Fong for the most popular Halloween street party, and don’t forget to show up ready to scare in your craziest costume. 

You don’t want to miss out on SHEVentures – an accelerated program for Women Entrepreneurs in Hong Kong on 27th October at The Nest HK. All selected contestants would receive gift hampers, marketing & media support and digital tools worth over HKD12000:

1. 1500 sec Airtime on Zee TV Asia Pacific to promote yourself and your business worth HKD12,000
2. Advertorial in A-Desiflava Magazine lifestyle magazine worth HKD1000
3. HKD500 F & B voucher – The Green Platters
4. HKD500 voucher – Glam Faces By Pearly Chhabra
5. An Exclusive Interview on Desi Tadka
6. 20% discount by Coach Brad for one-to-one coaching on Money Matters

Registration closes on 12th October, so wait no further and REGISTER NOW!!

More than 70 young kids participated in a fun-filled day at the
Young Indians Arts Festival (YIAF) in Hong Kong on 23rd September.
The little champs were immersed in a variety of activities based on the theme “Healthy Hong Kong”, from a Drawing Competition and an Art Workshop hosted by renowned local artists, to a Yoga Workshop for little ones, and a Book reading session by a local author.
It was an absolute pleasure watching the young participants’ imaginations come to life, as well as seeing them pour in their heart and consideration into making “Get Well Soon” greeting cards during the Art Workshop, which would be later distributed to public hospitals across Hong Kong.
Check out what went down at the YIAF by viewing our photos!

Get a taste of Peru right here in Hong Kong at the newly opened
ICHU Peru, helmed by world-acclaimed Peruvian Chef Virgilio Martinez. This casual restaurant showcases traditional ingredients and cooking techniques, providing guests with an authentic Peruvian dining experience. Thick Japanese-style fluffy pancakes are growing increasingly popular in the region, and have now finally arrived on Hong Kong soil, courtesy of Yukinoshita, the award-winning Japanese chain. Yukinoshita offers these pancakes, called Atsuyaki, in a variety of toppings, as well as another popular dessert option: Kakigori shaved ice. Wine down at the end of the week at Piqniq, the latest rooftop bar that offers a stunning view of Central from the top of H Queen’s building. Aside from drinks, Piqniq also serves up a mean menu featuring piqniq baskets with favourite dishes from around the globe. Prepare for some serious shopping, ladies, Singaporean fashion brand CHARLES & KEITH is finally opening in Hong Kong, with not just one but two stores in Central’s Parker House and Sha Tin’s New Town Plaza. Known for their ultra trendy chic shoes, bags and accessories that are easy on the bank, the brand is a household staple in Asia and quickly on a global rise.

Nestled right in the heart of bustling Lan Kwai Fong, new kid on the block,
The Nest, offers an idyllic getaway oasis with signature handcrafted cocktails, perfectly paired tapas and some delectable Shisha. To ring in the month of October and the start of the end-of-year festivities, check out their Facebook page for some awesome deals and their recent Launch Party. 

KK: How long have you been living in Hong Kong & what brought you here?
Amazingly, it’s been almost 7 years but feels like yesterday! I was on a Uni trip travelling from Toronto (my home city) to Hong Kong for a weekend. Happened to meet Lavin (now my Husband) via common friends and after 3 years of long distance dating and convincing my parents, I arrived in this beautiful yet so called concrete jungle!

KK: Did you have a culture shock after moving to Hong Kong?  
MS: Yes and No. Being one to seek adventures in life, I had already travelled several continents on my own and lived in different parts of the world. I find real thrill in the unknown and uncertain. People from different cultures and background intrigue me, fascinate me and to some extent give perspective and meaning to my own existence. But of course, leaving massive mansions and coming to matchboxes wasn’t easy, I had my fair share of adjustments!

KK: What prompted you to start your own bar lounge business?
MS: Hospitality has always been my husband’s passion, it is what he lives and breathes every single day! On the other hand I come from a risk-taking entrepreneurial background and was exposed to the business early in my life – credit to my super talented Dad, whom I still continue to admire. So we thought let’s give it a shot, if not now then when!  We have recently launched a bar lounge, The Nest in Lan Kwai Fong that offers a complete different vibe and experience!

KK: Give us one reason why one should visit or love The Nest. What does it offer differently than other Lounges and bar in LKF?
MS: The Nest signifies home, comfort, relaxation and a place for creative expression. My vision was to give every guest this contrasting experience from the buzzing LKF partying scene, and I was very fortunate to have a dear friend and genius mind from Sinnovations execute this.  We serve curated cocktails designed by some of the known mixologists in Hong Kong, tapas that are paired well yet shy away from being your typical bar food and last but not the least our tantalising Shisha, this is not to be missed!

KK: As October month is beginning of festivities what promotions The Nest is offering??
MS: The Nest is an ideal space for intimate cozy gatherings in the heart of LKF and being the month of festivities we have a huge promotion going on for private events. We are offering $3000HKD off on bookings that exceed 50 people. We will also be offering 20% off for bookings made in non-peak hours. Our space being super versatile is available daytime for hourly rentals for popups, workshops, seminars, wellness events and various others. We open to collaboration opportunities for unique and creative events!

KK: As you are a new mum how do you manage your time between your family, job, running the restaurant/bar business and pursuing singing?
MS: The answer to this is something I am trying to perfect everyday! Sometimes it’s a lonely uphill walk and sometimes it’s a breeze with beautiful flowers in the garden of love. I have to make conscious decisions everyday and constantly master the art prioritising.

What’s On In Hong Kong – September 2018

It’s “Time” to visit the annual Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair4th-8th September at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center. The fair features world’s remarkable selection of watches and clocks. We love our Horse racing in Hong Kong, so head to Happy Valley Race Course on 5th SeptemberWitness beautiful horses, skilful jockeys,  illuminating skyscrapers over a few beers. Calling all fashionistas as the much awaited four day international fashion trade show Centrestage is here at the  Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 5th to 8th September. The event is a platform for international Asian fashion brands and designers. The month of September is dedicated to Mid-Autumn Festival where lanterns, carnivals and festivities run through the month at various places in the island. Secure your spot at Victoria Park on 24th September for fantastic lanterns displays, cultural programmes and fire dragon dance parade.

Enjoy a full family day at the,“YOUNG INDIANS ARTS FESTIVAL”.
Let your kid’s imagination run wild as they participate in the art competition, free workshops, book reading session and many more activities. Goody bags, Certificates & Prizes will be given to the children.

Date: 23rd September 2018, Sunday
Time: 10AM- 5PM
Venue: Estoril Court Clubhouse (55 Garden Road, Mid Levels)

Enjoy Early Bird Registration Fee of HKD 90 per child (before 10th Sept)
(Regular Fee: HKD 115 per child)
Free Entry for adults 

World famous brand Victoria’s Secret opens its flagship store in Causeway Bay. The store is glamorous with stunning mirror facades and brand’s signature pink hues. The store offers wide selection of signature scents, body care collections and assortment of brand’s lingerie collections. If eating healthy is your mantra then head to Stanley street and grab your smoothie bowls at Bear’s Lab. The place offers bowls made from acai, chia seeds, fresh fruit and beverages includes vegan latte. For those who like to enjoy a drink, head down to the newly opened bar The Wise King at Staunton St. Mixology exploration and 13th century opulence is the inspiration behind this amazing bar. For a romantic date night book your table at upscale furniture gallery Timothy Oulton that offers bespoke dinner services by Gough’s on Gough. Enjoy six course meal showcasing modern British cooking with wines and champagne. Californian luxury confectioner Sugarfina opens its Asia’a first store at Harbour City Mall. This ‘candy heaven’ read over 900sqft has a wide selection of of packed confections for every occasion. 

KK: How long have you been living in Hong Kong & how is it different to where you moved from?
KD: I am from India and moved to Hong Kong in 2015 with my husband. Hong Kong is a sophisticated version of Mumbai in terms of speed, vibrancy and style. Hong Kong offers home for different nationalities and embraces them all with love and care.

KK: What inspired you to become an artist? 
KD: My Mom has been my inspiration. I grew up looking at canvases, acrylic colors, oil paints & brushes. My notebooks at school were invariably filled with sketches and paintings. Since early childhood I dreamt with open eyes, started writing, imagining, sketching and illustrating stories. 

KK: What is your opinion about the Arts scene in Hong Kong?
KD: Art is very much nurtured in Hong Kong, I personally feel Hong Kong is the place for artists, art lovers and appreciators.  Even in terms of availability of resources like classes, studios, exhibitions. 

KK: Are there enough avenues for young artists to display their artwork?
KD: I would say through schools there are many art competitions being held which are open to young artists. Other than that there are art competitions organized by government organisation but mostly these are conducted in the native languages therefore expat communities are not much involved. 

KK: What role do you think art plays in development of children? 
KD: Art is definitely important medium of expression.  Art consciously or unconsciously plays a very significant role in an individual’s life. At an early age, it helps children to develop their motor skills, learn to express their ideas in visual form and much more. In later stage in teens it acts as meditation and helps them relieve their daily stress. 

KK: Lastly, what advice would you give to budding artists?
KD: Just express yourself!!!


people networking

Do you cringe when you hear the word networking?

Have you ever walked into a room full of strangers and not know what to do?

Do you end up talking to the same set of people you know when you are out in a group?

Do you feel if you speak with someone new they may not be interested in you?

Would you rather wait for someone to come up to you than introduce yourself first?

If you have answered yes to one or more, then you are missing out on a huge opportunity to meet new and interesting people and building you network.

Networking is the single most powerful tool to achieve success in today’s day and age. It is about making connections and building mutually beneficial relationships with people to exp and your sphere of influence. Networking doesn’t mean asking someone for a job or a date. It is about generating an interest in the other person’s mind as to why they should pay attention to you and be willing to share information or advice.

You may have different reasons to want to network and whom to network with and what you want to achieve from it. But how you go about doing it, is what will set you apart from everyone else on this journey. So here are my:

10 Easy Steps to becoming a Champion Networker… ….

Step 1: Personal Grooming

You don’t need to wear designer clothes or accessories to impress others but you must dress well and look your best for the occasion. Choose your look based on the event you are attending whether it’s smart casual, semi formal or a black tie occasion. Make sure you are well groomed and smell good. According to  Denis e Ng, of  Imago Imagecomplement your skills and abilities with a  professional persona. She says it’s important to br and yourself because in real life, impressions do count. But always remember, for others to like you, you must first like yourself. Having a positive attitude towards oneself helps boost confidence and how others may perceive you.

Step 2: Prep Work

This step is as important as what you do at an actual event. This involves researching on people/industry/external affairs or any topic pertaining to the event you are attending. Also prepare a 30 second speech about yourself, which is a summary of your achievements to date and the goals that you have planned for the future. Practice and rehearse your introduction and conversation topics. Choose appropriate attire/accessories. And give yourself plenty to time to get ready.

Step 3: Scanning and approaching the right person/s

Before you enter the gathering pay a visit to the restroom for last minute touch ups. Look in the mirror and adjust your posture. Walk out with confidence and a smile on your face. When you walk in, quickly but subtly scan the room. Find the person or persons you may want to start with. Make the approach. Am anda Haddaway author of   Interviewer Success: Become a great interviewer in less than one hour suggests st anding near the door as people have a greater tendency to remember the first and last people they meet.

Step 4: Starting a conversation

If you are meeting a person st anding alone, bring your h and out for a h andshake and introduce yourself. If you are approaching a group, find a gap between the conversation before making your introduction. Pay attention to what everyone is talking about and remember the names. Have some conversation starters ready which can be especially useful when there is an awkward silence.

Step 5: Taking the next step

If you have had a successful conversation with someone, do not hesitate to make the next step. Offer your business card and ask for their details. Suggest a one on one catch up. And if you are comfortable then you may even fix the next meeting. Make sure you offer something of value to them as well. Darrah Brustein founder of  Network Under 40 says if you’re asking great questions and considering how you can help others, you’ll naturally start to draw connections between who you are talking to  and others in your network. Offer to make these connections!

Step 6: Exiting a conversation

Do not stay with the same person for too long unless that meets your objective but be mindful it may not meet theirs. Find a gap in the conversation and make a polite exit. You may suggest the next steps if necessary or shake h ands and wish them a pleasurable evening. And walk over to the next group or person.

Step 7: Post Session Follow Up

Post the networking session you can follow up with an email with a short note. Make sure you reference the event and follow up on anything you may have discussed. You can also suggest a formal meeting or a causal catch up based on your conversation at the event. You may also connect via professional social media. If you do not receive a response it is OK for you to send a second email after a week.

Step 8: Pre Work for second meeting

Once you manage to set up a meeting you should book the right venue to meet and inform your guest. You may choose to meet at yours or their office or meet at a neutral location such as a bar or a restaurant. But make sure it’s not too noisy as it will be difficult to hear each other. It is also important you practice your content and be clear on what outcome you want to achieve. Again pay attention to grooming (per step 1).

Step 9: Second Meeting

Always make sure you arrive before time but not too much. Follow the instructions from Step 3 with last minute touch ups, confident posture and smile. Greet your guest and make polite conversation before you get into deeper/meaningful conversation. Strike a balance between talking and listening. Be concious of time. Agree upon next steps before end of the meeting.

Step 10: Continued Efforts & Success

Continue to building your network by attending events and being ready whenever you meet someone, as opportunities can arise anywhere. Practice & rehearse your content and bring upon improvement. Develop varied interests. Keep in touch with the people you meet and follow up as required.

Final Words of Wisdom

In order to get the best outcome, learn to get rid of fear and keep a positive mindset. As Devora Zack of  CEO Only Connect Consulting  and author of Networking for People Who Hate Networking, says ‘Be true to yourself because you are better qualified to be you than anyone else. Remember that everyone is at a networking event to get to know a new person. Do not think of it as a task. Try to have fun and be ready to grow your network.


Author Bio:

Neera Gupta, is a published author and runs an  event management company. She has lived in more than 10 countries and recently moved to Hong Kong with her husb and, 15 month old daughter and two dogs. She frequently gives talks on art of networking and supports  expat communities locally.