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! 🙂

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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 omy.sg.

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. 😉

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

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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!

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

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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 omy.sg, 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

投选你最爱的部落客香港游记,就有机会赢取3天2夜香港游!

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私房菜、私人形象设计、私人聚会游船河、私家特色景观摄影路线,香港样样有。

这个夏天,新加坡部落格大奖的得奖者获得香港旅游发展局的赞助,到香港参加香港龙舟嘉年华,也在旅游局的安排下,体验多样吃喝、玩、乐的“私房货”。超越美食天堂、购物天堂的玩法,你也可以自己去体验!

明星御用形象设计师陪你“瞎拼”

从尖沙咀、铜锣湾等地区购买高档、名牌服饰,到弥敦道、旺角一带的著名批发商店区,还有让“瞎拼客”动心的国际服装公司H&M等等,香港的夏季,除了平时喜欢追随潮流的购物者,也少不了前来购买季末时尚服饰的旅客。

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:  http://hk.myblog.yahoo.com/celiawongstyling
http://celiawongdada.com/
Dada-Image & Beauty Consultation Shop
2/F No. 15 Lee Garden Road, Causeway Bay
香港铜锣湾利园山道15号3楼
Tel:+852 3101 1189

Email: info@celiawongdada.com

“Make Up Forever”  网址:http://www.makeupforeveracademy.com.hk/

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扬帆游维多利亚港看夜景

坐在香港独一无二的欧洲高桅仿古帆船,享受维多利亚海港的凉风,将两侧高楼大厦的灯火尽收眼底,一边享用晚餐。

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。
点击视频,看看灯火璀璨的香江。

The Bounty 网址:http://www.thebounty.com.hk

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岁月神偷留下的香港风貌

要找到香港最原始的风貌,一定要往上走。香港旅游发展局为部落客们约了摄影高手孙树坤,带一伙人到中环半山区,用相机捕捉岁月在香港留下的痕迹。

孙树坤是拍摄纪录片的能手,也在大学教授新闻摄影。近年,他与志同道合的摄影师开设“光影作坊”,举办摄影展览和工作坊。他在接受访问时说,从香港的半山区,能够看见不同时候建造的建筑物,非常有层次的呈现在眼前。在越高处出现的建筑物,越是古旧。

往半山走的大部分行程都是由自动扶梯代步。从中环至半山耗资2亿4千万港元兴建的自动扶梯系统是由香港政府兴建,原意是为方便半山区居民往来中环商业区,并舒缓半山区狭窄道路的繁忙情况。孙树坤在途中带部落客走入一座回教堂、指点大家注意树根贴在墙上的树木,也带大家到香港电影《岁月神偷》拍摄场景的永利街去怀旧一番。

点击视频,感受一下不一样的香港。下回去香港,记得也到半山区去走走。

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老唐楼  私房菜

香港是个美食天堂,也不乏私房菜馆。2008年开设的鸳鸯饭店,就位于繁忙的湾仔区的一座中式古老唐楼改建而成的3层楼建筑。

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。

点击视频,看徐蒝教部落客们如何制作青辣椒酱。

鸳鸯饭店

香港湾仔船街18号
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。
地点:香港二级古迹,湾仔船街18号的【合源建筑公司】。

两个属于精品的结合,造就了【鸳鸯饭店】这间专做私房菜,只接受预订的餐馆。

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在元朗有着自己有机农场以提供最新鲜的菜源的徐蒝提倡新潮健康饮食。她最擅长的就是大胆创新地把传统菜改头换面,并尝试用原始的方法烹调。我真的很佩服这位国际明星主厨的热诚,她竟然自己建造了一个大柴炉,学烧柴;或者就是自己以石磨米浆、豆腐等等制作材料过程。。。为的就是保留原料的原汁原味(心理面想,她应该是不吃香港街边小吃、甜品了)。而且徐蒝懂得调配出很多自创酱料,每每让佳肴更添美味,总之就是让你吃得健康,吃出味道。

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~

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整栋三层楼高的建筑除了底层与最高层为用餐区之外,主厨则是设在第二层。内部设计简单典雅,洋溢着复古的气息;荡漾在空中的怀旧金曲更增添了原始气氛。

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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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