Posts tagged: Celia Wong

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. 😉

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! 🙂

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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There would certainly have been a mutiny on this Bounty …

By , August 3, 2010 10:00 am

One of the many things that I looked forward to on this Hong Kong trip was the chance to board the Bounty, a tall ship which is in fact, a replica of the Bounty, infamous for the mutiny led by a certain Fletcher Christian. The mutiny which would have been construed as an act of disobedience not just against the authority of the ship’s commanding officer, Captain William Bligh, but also an act against the Crown, resulted in some of the surviving mutineers setting up a settlement on hitherto uninhabited Pitcairn Island and setting the original Bounty aflame to escape detection. By this unintended twist of fate, the group of islands that Pitcairn is in, has somehow become Britain’s last surviving colony in the Pacific. While we were certainly not in for this level of heart stopping excitement on the present replica of 1978 vintage (in fact this is the second replica built), it was for me, still something to look forward to, as I would do for any opportunity to visit a tall ship.

The Bounty, a second replica of the original, seen in full sail in Victoria Harbour (image courtesy of Hong Kong Resort Company Limited)

Tall ships are one of those things that I have always approached with the awe and fascination of a child. Captivated by the magnificent sight of tall ships in full sail from images seen in photographs and in the movies, and in part, drawn to the silhouette of a brig in the Old Spice brand of men’s toiletries that were popular back when I was growing up, I have long hoped to be able to sail on one, and work her sails. I guess the opportunity somehow never presented itself, and so, the next best thing for me was to attempt to visit one whenever I could. I managed a visit to one earlier this year, when the fastest tall ship, the STS Pallada, a Russian merchantmen training ship called to port in Singapore, and so it was very nice that I have a second opportunity this year, not just to board one, but also stay on her for a cruise around Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, albeit not with sails for practical reasons, but by her diesel power.

The figurehead of the new Bounty (image courtesy of the Hong Kong Resort Company Limited).

This replica of the Bounty that is in Hong Kong, was built in New Zealand in 1978 for the movie “The Bounty”, which starred Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins and was released in 1983. This would have been the same ship I had wanted to go onboard during a visit to Sydney some years back, but not having had the time, decided to give it a miss. This Bounty has, since 2007, been in the service of the Hong Kong Resort Company Limited, a company which operates the Discovery Bay Resort on Lantau Island at which the Bounty is based.

The bounty coming in to Central Pier 9 as the sun sets on Hong Kong.

A close-up of the stern.

The replica is not constructed of wood as one might think, being constructed of steel and clad in wood to give an authentic feel. While not as imposing as the Pallada which has a 49.5 metre tall main mast and measures some 106 metres (sparred), the 42 metre replica does have a spacious deck which measures 30 metres in length and 7 metres in width, and in the shadow of the rigging of the main mast which towers some 33 metres above deck, and the two other masts, the visitor is offered a very unique experience onboard. This makes the Bounty an ideal location for the use for which she has been put to. The Bounty is in fact available for charter for events such as corporate entertainment, private functions, harbour cruises, training activities etc, for which information is available at the Bounty’s website.

The main mast of the Bounty rises some 33 metres above deck.

The main mast holding its own against the IFC tower in the background.

The dinner cruise we had boarded the Bounty for, started from Central Pier 9, and it was a treat to stand by the wharf side and watch the magnificent vessel come in. Assisted onboard by the helpful crew, we were greeted by the sight of the expansive sheathed wooden deck, and the web of ropes and tackle along the gunwale that ran up to the masts. This, along with authentic looking fittings on deck as well as cannons lined up along the ship’s sides added a feel that we were going to have an adventure on the high seas, as it might have been for Fletcher Christian and his shipmates, sans the uncomfortable motions that might have come with the wind and the waves that in all probability have accompanied the voyage.

Blocks and tackle by the gunwale.

More rigging and tackle ...

While we may not have sailed the seven seas, the cruise around the harbour wasn’t without exotic sights. There were four to begin with, the lovely ladies in our group, who had a makeover with Celia Wong, a well known Hong Kong based stylist. While this would probably not have sparked a mutiny today, this would certainly have sparked a mutiny of a different kind in the days of Christian and Bligh, and might in all probability, have not just those loyal to Captain Bligh, but the Captain himself, join the mutineers! I guess with the company of pretty ladies, the spectacular night time views of the famous Hong Kong and Kowloon skyline, and the treat of the Symphony of Lights, was an added bonus.

Three of the four lovely ladies who might have set off a mutiny ... from left to right: Gin Oh, Violet Lim, Elaine Chua.

and here's the fourth ... Ms Ang Geck Geck ...


The company of the four lovely ladies was complemented by the magnificent views of Hong Kong and Kowloon from the harbour.

Dining on the deck was certainly a very pleasant experience. The light breeze that accompanied the cruising vessel which charted a course around the harbour made what was a balmy evening very pleasing and enjoyable. We had an opportunity to also inspect the accommodation below decks in the forward mess. An attempt has also been made to recreate the living spaces where perhaps the senior rates might have lived in. Going down through the hatch and stairway, it is probably hard to imagine conditions that may have existed on the actual ship where there would have been men tired and worn from their battles with the sea resting on what are now empty berths, right next to where livestock would have been kept during the early part of the voyage to provide the hungry men with fresh meat. Standing by the two tiered wooden bunks that lined up against the sides and centreline in the warm incandescent glow of light reflected off the lacquer of the wooden bunks and wall panels, I somehow could imagine that, and for a while I allowed myself to be transported to the original Bounty as she pitched and rolled to the rhythm of the violent sea, the creaking of timbers that strained as she rode over the waves, the bleating of goats, and the shouts of rowdy men fuelled by the contents of the wooden casks that lay on the deck, combining in a disconsolate tune. But it was only for a brief moment … the trance that I seem to momentarily be in, broken by the sight of one of the pretty ladies descending the stairway.

Dining on the deck of the Bounty.

Crew accommodation below decks.

Bunks in the old style with a modern watertight door.

The table in the mess.

Ms Ang came down for an inspection of the crews' quarters.

Back on deck, the rest of the cruise in the glow of the bright lights of Hong Kong’s wonderful harbour in the excellent company of my fellow bloggers somehow made the evening pass like a flash, and before we knew it, the evening onboard had sadly come to an end, and it was time to bid farewell to the beautiful Bounty. As we disembarked on to the pier at Tsim Sha Tsui in the glow of the clock tower, a crowd had gathered, seemingly to gawk at the magnificent vessel … but thinking about it, it might have actually been that word had got out that she was delivering her cargo of the four pretty ladies … and it was at them that the crowd were gawking at.

The spectacle of the Symphony of Lights and the beautiful Hong Kong skyline is seen through the rigging of the Bounty.

The view of Hong Kong's magnificent skyline by night was a treat!

Alvin seemed to want to participate in the ongoing Symphony of Lights!

The dance of lights on Hong Kong's skyline.

Some of the excellent company onboard ...


More night time views of the magnificent Hong Kong skyline from the Bounty.

Tsim Sha Tsui's historic clock tower (1915) ... the last remnant of the Kowloon Railway Station.

More views off and on the Bounty …

The ship's bell.

The bowsprit and figure head.

The fore deck.

View through the rope work towards Hong Kong Island.

The compass and helm.

Part of the ship's rigging ...

More of the ship's rigging.

The figure head seen from the fore deck.

第一次 072410

By , July 26, 2010 2:14 am

自从高中毕业,不必穿校服,便不再穿裙子。更不善打扮。

我们香港之行的第二天,7月24日,香港旅游局贴心安排,香港著名造型师 Celia Wong 赞助,让队里的四位女生(包括我),彻底转型,改变自己。

Celia 问,想尝试什么样的造型呢?

自向对装扮、化妆都随性,便和Celia 说,由您决定。

也因此迎来了我五年以来的第一次……

当 Celia 为我挑来了一件尤其特别、与众不同的裙子……

天啊。(但,还是拼命告诉自己,要相信 Celia 的专业与能力。)

勉为其难,换上了裙子,那真的就是 5 年来的第一次 (如果不包括校服,我大概也有7年没穿裙子了。)

之后,便穿着裙子,和 Celia 穿街走巷,来到了 Celia 专用的化妆间。Celia 交代后,化妆师便在我脸上“动工”。这工程可不小,因为,我生平最怕花 Eyeliner,装眼睫毛。自然知道,化妆师画得很辛苦。

开始做头发……

完成!这就是 Celia 改造后的我!

很不一样吧?我差点儿认不出自己了。

Celia, 我 和 负责为我化妆的化妆师……

哈,就这样,我7年以来的第一次,就在香港!

但,最后还是要把裙子还给 Celia,回到原来的随性装扮。

只是,Celia 让我明白,也让我知道,原来,我也能穿裙! 谢谢!

(照片: omy.sg Alvin Lim)

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