Ms Matchmaker’s Guide to Hong Kong #4: THE Makeover

By , August 6, 2010 6:59 pm

Some of my lady clients at Lunch Actually simply refuse to believe me when I tell them,

“There are no ugly women, only lazy women…!”

Hence, I was extremely excited to find out that 4 of us (Elaine, Geck Geck, Gin and I) would be undergoing a makeover by Celebrity Stylist Celia Wong! Celia is a well-known stylist in Hong Kong and she has worked with stars such as Kelly Chen and she has also been featured in various magazines.

Our first stop was of course Celia’s store/office somewhere at Causeway Bay. The name is cute! dada! 🙂


Celia started out by asking us about our preferred style and our objective for the makeover. For me, I told her that my usual dress style is ‘corporate’, so I would like to try something different… perhaps something more ‘lifestyle’. And I did share with her that my favourite colour is purple.

She got to work really quickly, and chose a purple dress for me. But subsequently, she felt that the dress might not be the best choice, so she chose a second attire for me. I must honestly say that what she has chosen for me is not what I normally would wear… but I guess that’s what a makeover is all about right? 🙂

Here’s the ‘BEFORE’ photo, courtesy of Alvin from

Violet - Before Makeover

Actually, that’s not really the ‘BEFORE’ photo since I had some light makeup on. The following is really the ‘BEFORE” photo… after my makeup artist Anita from Make Up For Ever Academy has wiped away the makeup from my face. 😉

Violet - No Makeup

As you can see from the BIG grin on my face, I am rather pleased with the make up!

Violet - During Makeover

I am so amazed by how BIG she has made my eye appear! I really believe that makeup can do wonders! However, that did take about 1.5 hours though… 🙂

And the ‘Finished Product’?

Violet - After Makeover (a)

What do you think? 🙂 I am still not sure if this is something I would wear on a regular basis, but it’s good to know how I would look in something more frilly and feminine. 🙂

And the team that made it all happen! Celia and Anita!

Violet - Makeover Celia and Anita

And here I am, with the rest of the girls – Geck Geck, Gin & Elaine, together with Celia. Photo courtesy of Elaine.

Violet - Makeover Group

Actually, I have done quite a number of makeovers in the past when I am interviewed by some magazines. But this is the first time that I have had the chance to capture the ‘Before’ and ‘After’ process. And I am so happy to share these shots with you.

I hope this has proven once and for all that by spending some time and effort, we can all look absolutely gorgeous and beautiful! 🙂

And before we knew it, it was time to reluctantly say good-bye …

By , August 6, 2010 6:30 pm

Having had a great time in Hong Kong, courtesy of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, and, and having made some wonderful friends over the previous three days, the final day came all too quickly, and it was time to bid the Fragrant Harbour goodbye. All I guess were busy in the morning trying to stuff whatever shopping they had done into their bags, and when the time came to say a sad goodbye to the fabulous hotel room at 9.30 am, most of us had made it down to the glorious lobby of the hotel with bulging bags, which we soon loaded into the bus that was to ferry us around that day. Once on the bus, the ever amusing Aussie Pete, gave us an account of his shopping exploits at Harbour City Shopping Mall, and how he had managed to fill his very large and what had been an almost empty suitcase, even getting a toy dog that his son had wanted (isn’t that sweet?). That I can tell you is no mean feat, having not had much time to do any form of serious shopping, with the activity packed programme that the HKTB had lined up for us over the previous three days!

Pete started our morning with the story of how he managed to fulfill the big shopping task his wife had set him.

Evidence of Pete's shopping exploits.

The day’s programme started with breakfast at a congee restaurant that is apparently on list of recommended local restaurants in Michelin Guide, Law Fu Kee on Des Voeux Road. The word is that the chef has been dutifully gotten up at 3 am everyday for the last 50 years to prepare his highly rated concoction of Thai rice, crushed preserved eggs and fish bones that many crave. I myself, not being fond of congee, opted for a plate of beef brisket noodles, after which I was ready for what was to prove a very interesting walk around SoHo and Sheung Wan with Mr Leon Suen, which I have mentioned in two previous posts.

The day's programme started with breakfast at Law Fu Kee on Des Voeux Road in Central.

Law Fu Kee is highly rated for its congee which has been prepared in the same way for 50 years.

After the walk which ended at the Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road, it was time for lunch at the Yin Yang, a private kitchen with three tables housed in a historic building of 1930s vintage in the Wan Chai area, run by celebrity chef Margaret Xu. Xu had given up a job at an advertising firm to run the kitchen and an organic farm on which most of the fresh produce used in the kitchen comes from. The exclusive kitchen, known for its signature dish of “Yellow Earth” chicken which is roasted in an earthern oven designed by Xu herself, hosts up to 30 people and each sitting features a menu that is hand picked by Xu herself, which can cost around HKD 700 per person. I guess this and the sauce making session conducted by Xu herself that followed deserves another post and that I guess is what I would just do.

Yin Yang is a private kitchen housed in a historic building on Ship Street.

The historic building dates back to the 1930s.

Yin Yang's signature dish: "Yellow Earth" Chicken

The specially designed oven that the "Yellow Earth" chicken is roasted in.

We had a Blue Girl at the table.

Celebrity chef Margaret Xu later conducted a sauce making session for some of the bloggers.

Margaret's sauce making demonstration was very intently followed by the bloggers who attended the session.

Margaret Xu demonstrated how to turn this mixture of green chillies, spring onions, ginger and oil from this ....

... to this tangy tasting pesto like paste ...

... which Pete seemed to like ...

We each had a bottle to take home with us.

When the session came to an end, we had a chance to taste the tangy green chilli sauce that Margaret had shown us how to make, which had perhaps the consistency of pesto, of which Pete seemed to enjoy the most. We were each given a bottle of the green sauce which Catherine Ling of Camemberu fame mentioned goes well with Chicken Rice. With that, it was almost time for a sad goodbye to what had been a really enjoyable trip, made better by the company of the friends we had all made on the trip, including the members of the HKTB team, the omy team, and my fellow bloggers, as well as that of the excellent hospitality we all had been shown by the HKTB. After a quick look around the area, during which I had a quick glance at the Hung Shing temple on Queen’s Road East, which was constructed in 1847 and at the time of its construction was by the sea, it was time to board the bus for the airport and say goodbye to some of those who had opted to stay behind. With that, what certainly had been one of the most enjoyable trips I have made, came to an end.

A last look around: Hung Shing Temple (1847) on Queen's Road East.

An annex to the Hung Shing temple, a Kwan Yum temple was added in 1867.

Queen's Road East in Wan Chai.

Darren completing formalities, before we said goodbye ...

A lasting last impression of Hong Kong ... a city that reaches out for the skies in many ways.

Time to say goodbye.

All settled for the final journey to the airport.

吃喝购物乐 香港样样有私房货

By , August 6, 2010 6:00 pm







这么多选择当前,如果有个私人形象设计师陪你一起逛街,是不是更加令人兴奋?这次的夏日之旅,香港旅游发展局拜托Kelly陈慧琳、孙耀威、谢安琪等明星的御用形象设计师黄欐尧(Celia Wong),为其中四位部落客打造一个非常不一样的自己。

Celia自两年发布一本关于女生装扮的《魔法衣柜》之后,发现Personal shopping的行业在国外非常流行,在香港却还没起步,于是开始提供这项服务。一般上,Celia都会都委托人的住家看她们的衣柜,或先了解个人的喜好,然后再进行改造。Celia自己的服装店里的服饰都是从欧洲、日本等地采购,但是她对香港的服装当然也了如指掌,所以在打造新造型时,也会依据委托人的预算去配合。

点击视频,就可以看到星级形象设计师Celia,连同著名化妆学校Make Up Forever的专业化妆师,如何为四位风格不同的部落客打造全新形象!

Celia’s Blog:
Dada-Image & Beauty Consultation Shop
2/F No. 15 Lee Garden Road, Causeway Bay
Tel:+852 3101 1189


“Make Up Forever”  网址:

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这就是在《济民号》(The Bounty)上的独特用餐体验。这艘仿古船是按照1784年一艘商船所建造,也就是好莱坞电影《The Bounty》的拍摄场景。你可以在船上办婚礼、搞派对,船上可以容纳60位宾客,是中小型聚会的理想场地。

The Bounty 网址:

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老唐楼  私房菜


饭店内只能容纳30人,只有预订才能品尝到老板徐蒝(Margaret Xu)的原创佳肴。广告界出身的徐老板,非常重视卖相、原创性,食材的新鲜,甚至有自己的农场,自己耕种有机蔬菜。招牌菜民谣黄土鸡的烤炉,也是特制的,可见她对每一个细节的用心。



18 Ship Street, Wan Chai
+852 2866-0868

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夏游香江 – 鸳鸯饭店

By , August 6, 2010 12:17 am

人物:徐蒝(Margaret Xu Yuan),香港厨艺界非常有“心机”的狂人,【鸳鸯饭店】的主人兼主厨。




而只接受预订的【鸳鸯饭店】私房菜馆的运作方式也很特别 – 没有菜单,就是看当天有什么新鲜菜色可以准备就上菜。所以呢,在不同的季节也可以让吃到不一样的菜肴,实属非常让食客有所期待的哟~





先来支没听说过的“Blue Girl”下肚。临别在夕的大家是有点依依不舍,但依然还是在开饭前畅谈一番。

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