Friday, March 29, 2013

Now in Hong Kong! Rare 18th & 19th century French and Engligh antique furniture sold direct by importer. April 10th, 2013 aucution and wine tasting

Authentiques is making rare and beautiful 18th & 19th Century French and English antique furniture accessible to Hong Kong, through regular “pop-up” retail events, exciting auctions and commissioned projects.
This Authentiques five-day Pop-up Showroom at "The Space" will showcase 60 different pieces: desks, armchairs, dining chairs, games tables, dinner tables, chests of drawers and much more. With ornate ormolu, intricate inlays, luxurious leather and warm walnut, the wide range of meticulously crafted pieces dating back to 1670 will add character and soul to any interior.
Kate Davies and Tammy To are blending their passion for furniture, history, romance and travel with an eye for detail and a sense of occasion, to deliver 18th & 19th Century furniture to Asia. They can't wait to share the pieces they hand-picked on their recent trip to England, France and Belgium. The container has arrived and the Pop-up Showroom and Auction promises to delight and inspire.
The Showroom opens on Saturday April 6 at 10am and will be open daily, ending on Wednesday April 10 with an evening Auction of 25 special pieces. All pieces can be viewed daily.
Opening hours are:
10am - 7pm: April 6, 7, 8, 9
10am - 3pm: April 10
Auction & Wine Tasting (attendees must register to purchase a paddle in advance)
6pm - 7pm: April 10
(5pm preview and registration)
Authentiques at The Space
210 Hollywood Road,
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island

Monday, March 25, 2013

Bargain air fares from Cathay Pacific every Tuesday at 8am


Every Tuesday at 8am Hong Kong time, Cathay Pacific releases super deals on flights to various destinations including Hanoi, Tokyo,Sydney, Paris and Rome. Prices start from HK$490 for short haul trips to around $2800 for long haul trips such as Paris or Rome. Even with taxes and surcharge ranging from $1000 to $2000 on top of the air fare, you are still getting a great bargain. 
Go to now to check out our other great offers but all deals are for a limited time and limed number of seats. Every week most of the destinations sell out within hours or days of being posted. Make sure you subscribe to their Fanfares list to get updates on deals being posted each week

Friday, March 22, 2013

Make your fresh cut flowers last longer in Hong Kong

Prolonging the life of fresh flowers:

I tend to find that its harder to keep cut flower arrangements for more than a few days in Hong Kong. The high humidity here causes mold to develop onto the stems within days if you just put the flowers in plain water. I have found that using a bit of bleach and sugar in the vase water can exend the life of the arrangement by over a week.

Below are tips from this useful site:

I tend to go for number 3 with the sugar and bleach but havent tried this with lemon juice yet.

Flowers are living things, and like us they need food for proper growth and healthy color. Amazingly, you can provide much of what a cut flower needs with one of the following simple vase solutions. They contain acid to improve water flow in flower stems, sugar to help buds open and last longer, and a preservative to reduce growth of bacteria and fungi.

(1) Mix one part of any of the common lemon-lime sodas with three parts of water. Do not use diet drinks or colas. Diet drinks have no sugar and the colas contain too much acid for flowers. Adding 1/4 teaspoon of household bleach (Chlorox or similar) per quart will keep the solution clear.

(2) Put 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or bottled "Real Lemon," 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon of bleach in a quart of warm water. Add another 1/4 teaspoon of bleach to the vase every 4 days.

(3) Use a commercial flower preservative. These are sold in florist shops and supermarkets but may not be as effective as the above recipes for improving flower vase life. However, they are inexpensive and very convenient to use; simply follow the directions on the packet.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Coach private sale in Hong Kong... up to 50% off on bags, sunglasses and clothing

Private sale dates: March 18 - 22, 2013 from 10am to 7pm
Please print out the flyer below to gain entry to the event!
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Friday, March 8, 2013

A cheap overnight stay in Hong Kong.. includes food and drink and spa massage in Hong Kong for US$41!


Royal Sauna in Causeway Bay

This must be one of Hong Kong's best kept secrets!
Royal sauna in causeway offers relaxing body and foot massages in a comfortable facility with state of the art saunas, steam rooms, and jacuzzis.  Guests have the option of staying the night in a private massage room after their treatment.

Here is how it works...

After your massage you can enjoy their sauna, steam room and jacuzzi bath. There are seperate sections for men and women. 
In the lounge area you can order a selection of Chinese set meals, sandwiches, drinks and fresh fruit. All food and beverage is unlimited and is included in the price of the massage.
The centre closes at 5pm but if you are still there after your massage you are welcome to sleep in a private massage room until 10am the next morning. Any luggage that you have can be stored in the massage room with you are put behind the reception counter. If you would like to stay overnight we recommend ringing ahead for a booking as private massage rooms are limited, especially in the women's section.

From midnight, the charge for a 90 min body massage is HK$318 /US$41 (plus HK$200 therapist tip). Higher rates apply for earlier bookings. Please contact them for details:
Royal Sauna
Basement, Bay View Mansion
11 to 13 Moreton Terrace, Causeway Bay (across from the public library)
Hong Kong

ph: 2111 8899 (limited service in English. Best to have a Cantonese speaker call when making inquiries)

Hours: 11am to 5am

Check this out for the map

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Pedder staff and friends sale at up to 90% off on shoes and bags!! Find bargains on Sergio Rossi, Christian Loubutin,Jimmy Choo, Alexander McQueen and more in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Dont miss out on terrific bargains on all sort of designer shoes at Pedder's bi annual warehouse sale. The exclusive staff and friends preview starts today, Thurs March 7th, 2013
Staff Id is NOT needed from Fri March 8th to Tue March 12th.
Find the sale venue details and map on the flyer below.

Also check out the 2nd flyer for an outlet sale below to  find deals on high quality ballerina flats importer from Italy. All new arrival flats are 30 to 50% off retail with sale prices starting from just HK$500 /pair at their Central outlet (409 Stag Building, 148 Queens Road Central/ 2886 3912.    That is fantastic value for shoes made in Italy.

Happy Shopping!