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  1. There are 46 Olympians representing Hong Kong this year at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and the city couldn’t be more excited. Just two days ago, Edgar Cheung Ka-long delivered Hong Kong’s second-ever gold medal – and first in 25 years – after winning the fencing individual foil on Monday. His name and the hashtag #fencing has been trending in the region ever since.View this post on InstagramA post shared by SIOBHÁN HAUGHEY (何詩蓓) (@siobhanhaughey01)But before we take a break from Olympic…
  2. Hermès is on a roll. First it was their popular “Wanderland” exhibition in Shanghai, then it was the opening of Hermès Fit, a pop-up in Chengdu offering free gym classes, and now it’s experimenting with “mushroom” leather, a sustainable alternative to leather.The glamorous lives of Hong Kong’s richest actressesThen there’s the classic Birkin bag. Over the past three decades, the value of this iconic bag has increased by an average of 14 per cent year-on-year (YOY), resulting in Baghunter, an…
  3. For skateboarding’s Olympic debut, it was a head-to-head battle between the youngest Olympians of all time. And as it turns out, the kids aren’t just all right... they’re awesome!A 13-year-old skateboarder from Japan, Momiji Nishiya, took home the gold at the Tokyo 2020 games on Monday after outscoring Brazil’s Rayssa Leal at the city’s Ariake Urban Sports Park. A 4.66-point bigspin to frontside boardslide put Nishiya into the lead, while her final backslide boardslide delivered her the gold…
  4. What is British Chinese cuisine? Thanks to the spread of American popular culture, many people recognise aspects of American Chinese cuisine – fortune cookies, oyster pail folded takeaway boxes – if not specific dishes.Today, many decades on from the introduction of China’s culinary traditions to the states, American-style Chinese food looks and tastes quite different to the dishes found in China itself.As revealed in the food documentary The Search for General Tso, American-style Chinese…
  5. The ever-changing universe of timepieces has recently embraced an emerging trend of monochromatic, densely textured dial designs with minimalistic or architectural patterns, delivered with the help of artists and architects alike.The most eye-catching is an in-house creation of Ulysse Nardin. Aptly named Freak X Razzle Dazzle, its geometrical pattern is inspired by wildlife camouflage and the patterns used to confuse observers trying to track the movements of warships during WWI. The vibrant…
  6. #ICYMI: Lady Kitty Spencer, cousin to Princes Harry and William, married her millionaire businessman fiancé Michael Lewis in a ceremony in Rome on Saturday. Lewis is the chairman of South African fashion giant, the Foschini Group.Spencer, 30, and Lewis, 62, dated for more than two years after reportedly meeting through a mutual friend. Spencer moved into Lewis’s US$26 million London mansion in 2020 and has previously spoken about redecorating it during the Covid-19 pandemic.So how did their…
  7. You’ve probably heard all about non-fungible tokens, or NFTs – and if you’re very clever, you might even understand what they are (more on that later). Most of the hype about these digital tokens so far has been related to art – in particular, the US$69 million fetched by a piece by American artist Beeple, which was paid for in ether and generated worldwide headlines.Recently, music superstar Jay-Z filed a lawsuit against his business partner and co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, Damon Dash,…
  8. Torrential rains that battered Henan province, China, over the weekend of July 17 have displaced over a million people and resulted in almost two billion yuan (US$308 million) of damage, NPR and Reuters reported respectively.The heaviest rainfall on record in central China submerged entire neighbourhoods, trapped passengers in subway cars, caused landslides and overwhelmed dams and rivers. Rescue and recovery efforts continue as at least 33 people have died and eight remain missing in and…
  9. Summer getaways are one of the most highly anticipated experiences of the year – and that’s one fact that applies all over the world. While we’re still being restricted by the pandemic, there are still plenty of new luxury hotels throwing open their doors to meet our restless wanderlust. And these are three of the best.In Asia, Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, is all set to open – ideal for those eager to make a quick escape from the pandemic – while over in Europe the luxury Cheval Blanc Paris…
  10. Sisters can’t escape unwanted hand-me-downs, not even in a Marvel superhero movie. At least Florence Pugh scored an iconic one.The globetrotting spy thriller Black Widow (in theatres and on Disney+ via Premier Access) finally gives Scarlett Johansson’s long-time Avenger her first solo film and also unleashes Natasha Romanoff’s younger secret agent “sibling” Yelena Belova into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After the estranged spies reunite – in a raucous fight that destroys the decor of a…