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      香港では俳優業と歌手業を兼任するスターが非常に多いです。
      皆さんご存知のレスリー・チャン、レオン・ライ、アンディ・ラウ、ジャッキー・チョン。
      最近のスターだとニコラス・ツェやイーソン・チャンあたりもそうですね。
      私は香港スターは映画から入ったので、歌手としての一面を知らないスターも多くいますが、レオン・ライとジャッキー・チョンはCD持ってます(笑)。
      YoutubeやSNSの普及で、海外の歌手の新曲もリアルタイムで聴けたり購入できる時代です。香港スターの曲も同じく。
      香港歌謡界に疎かった私ですが、ここ何年かでお気に入りも増えました。
      今日は最近私が好きな若手香港人歌手、実はひっそり好きな歌手をご紹介したいと思います。
      香港ポップスや歌手は知らないけど聴いてみたいなぁ・・・という方、良ければご参考にしてみてください~。
      完全なる個人的な趣味でチョイスしていますので悪しからず!

      ◆Dear Jane
      私がここ数年一番好きな香港人ロックグループ。デビューの2006年当時はロック色強い曲が多かった気がしますが、近年はロックバラードも多くて聴きやすい。
      個人的にはベースのジャッカルくん(メガネの子)のファン(^^)。彼はターボという柴犬を買ってるんですよ。
      新曲は【深化危機】、MVが公開される前にiTunesで購入しちゃいました。


      ◆AGA/江海迦
      アガちゃんこと江海迦(アガサ・コン)は香港人とスペイン人のハーフ。エキゾチックな顔立ちと心地よい歌声がマッチしていて大好きな歌手の一人です。
      Instagramもフォローしていますがとにかく可愛い~。
      新曲は【小問題】


      ◆G.E.M
      上海出身のG.E.M.こと鄧詩穎(グロリア・タン)は幼少時に香港へ移住。
      ワールドツアーも開催するほどの実力派で、彼女のYoutube公式サイトでは再生回数が他の香港人歌手に比べて飛び抜けて多い!
      普通語の歌詞が多いけど、広東語が好きだなぁ~。


      ◆王灝兒(ジョイ・ウォン)
      香港人友人にオススメされて聞き始めたジョイ。同じ読み方の台湾人女優さんがいましたが、漢字が違うので悪しからず!
      歌声もいいし、今年発売されたこの曲は香港の風景も楽しめるから好き!

      ◆許志安(アンディ・ホイ)
      ここからは完全にマイワールドですがww。
      90年代から好きな許志安(アンディ・ホイ)。彼のちょっとしゃがれた声が好きです。
      最近だと昨年末に公開されたディズニー映画「リメンバー・ミー」の広東語Ver.を歌っていました。
      90年代には日本映画「スワロウテイル」に出演したり、中山美穂の「世界中の誰よりきっと」他日本のカバー曲を歌ったり、日本でも人気が高かったですね。
      50歳になったアンディですが現在も歌手として俳優として活動中です!


      ◆古巨基(レオ・クー)
      香港人の友人が好きで、影響されて私も聞き始めたレオ。デビュー当時はあの童顔が可愛かったけど、すっかりアラフィフなんですねぇ。
      先月香港で開催されたワールドツアーではゲストにアンディ・ラウが出演してました!
      俳優業はもちろん、まだまだ歌手業も頑張るレオでした。

      香港ポップスは男性も女性も比較的バラードが多い気がします。
      ワイワイとグループで賑やかに歌う日本の曲より、しっとりと聴き入る曲が多いので香港に浸るにはオススメですよ。
      皆さんのお気に入り、探してみてくださいね~。




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    2. Hey everyone! I thought I’d find my way back to love blogging by writing a round-up no other publisher would probably take off my hands. June approaches, which means we are well on our way towards the second half of the year. (gasp!) If maybe like me you like to gym-hop or just haven’t found a gym you love yet, here’s a list of places I really enjoyed.

      Full disclaimer: I’m self-paid on guava, #notspon unless specified, and obvs everyone have different preferences so don’t @ me! If you’d like to drink the Guava juice, please do join via this link so I can save an itsy-bitsy amount of dollars for referring you. Thank you in advance!

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      HIT45

      Literally just pain for 45 minutes straight, but you get it over with and you’d be really proud of yourself. Workouts alternate between special powered-by-your-run treadmills and floor exercises, and depending on the day of the week focuses on different parts of your body e.g. arms or abs & booty.

      1/F, Abdoolally House, 20 Stanley Street, Central

      TORQ

      If you’re a long-time friend/follower, you’ll know I’ve been a day one of TORQ. Being the first spin studio in Hong Kong, TORQ is still killing it with competitive and energetic classes. Your stats will be displayed on the big screen, but don’t worry – you can choose to not do that to yourself. I’m especially a big fan of their spin-off (lol!) HIIT classes off the bike called SWITCH. It’s again just mostly non-stop high intensity floor exercises, but boy is it fun. For half and half action, go for TORQ-SWITCH. Class names do get confusing so make sure you’re booking yourself into the right one.

      3/F, Abdoolally House, 20 Stanley Street, Central

      Crossfit Cavaliers

      This is for people who are serious about their workouts. Who aren’t afraid to lift weights, or *gasp* run outdoors. I go to their Funfit classes which are women-only, and almost always start with a run around the block. Then it’s crossfit-style WOD (or workout of the day for the uninitiated) with a variation of barbell, kettlebell and other exercises involving some sort of weights. Finally, it ends with another run around the block. YEP. Needless to say, it’s INTENSE but I just love how it pushes me beyond my comfort zone.

      533 Queen’s Rd W, Kennedy Town (near HKU station)

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      Me @ Yoga Dimensions

      Finding zen

      Lemon Drop Studio

      Perched right at the end of Kennedy Town, LDS is something of a favourite of mine. I absolutely love the journey there passing the serene harbourfront, and I ADORE the homey feel that the studio has. Fave classes include the relaxing restorative yoga at the end of the day, or the intense Ab Focus class that, you guessed it, works your abs to the core.

      Shop 2, 37B Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town

      Yoga Dimensions

      I stumbled onto this when I was on KFIT for a bit, and I found their yoga classes to be really awesome. The instructor is strict and pays attention to every detail of your posture, but she doesn’t push you too hard or goes too fast of a pace. If you want to get your foundations right or safely hit the next level, I would recommend checking this studio out.

      Wing Lok Mansion, 162 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan

      believe.yoga.wellness

      Similar to Yoga Dimensions, this is another local studio that really doesn’t cut you a lot of slack when it comes to technique. I went to what I thought was a restorative detox class, but ended up getting literally twisted and bent into all sorts of shapes. The result? Genuinely relaxed muscles achievable only through pushing yourself that little bit more. #prettyhurts

      Flat C, 7/F, Kwun Ngan House, No.751 A-C Nathan Road, Mong Kok

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      Low key killers

      Anhao Wellness

      Any pilates lovers here? After an accidental 1-on-1 pilates mat class at Anhao (I was the only student who registered), I became a convert. Though it’s no weight lifting or cardio, when done right Pilates easily works you harder than most fitness classes. It practices immense amount of control over tiny and unused muscles, causing you to truly be mindful and get to know yourself. Highly recommend a try.

      5 Ladder Street, Sheung Wan

      Flex Studio

      Xtend Barre is the bomb! It really tests your strength with repeated and small movements inspired by ballet. I took the class first in Flex’s aberdeen studio, then I was hooked and kept going back. Actually I finish Flex’s credit on Guava the fastest every month. Other classes I love include TRX and HIT. It’s just such a calm place… And which other studio brews you coffee in the morning?!

      3&4/F Man Cheung Building, 15-17 Wyndham Street, Central
      Shops 308- 310, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang

      Barre 2 Barre

      Another favourite of mine in Central. I love Barre bootcamp there when I’m not feeling like I’m up for a workout, though it really works me out without stressing me out with heavy weights and treadmills. Trust me, those weights you’re working in their classes may seem tiny, but you will definitely feel the burn.

      4/F, Cheung Hing Commercial Bldg, 37 Cochrane St, Central

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      A scorpio doing a scorpion

      Kowloon dwellers

      Bungee Workout

      You’ve probably seen this on Facebook trending somewhere, but the bungee workout is now in Hong Kong! Though located all the way in San Po Kong, this photogenic and liberating workout is definitely worth a trip. After you learn to fly and fall (it’s a little painful and a lot scary), make sure you finish strong with a Thai dinner in Kowloon City.

      Unit 903, Port 33, 33 Tseuk Luk Street, San Po Kong

      P.S. There is another workout system involving a bungee called 4D Pro Bungee Fitness, now teaching at the more conveniently located and Guava-enabled XP Fitness Hub in Central. I personally haven’t tried it yet, but am stoked to!

      Gymbeginner

      This is definitely my go-to on Kowloon side. Focusing more on perfecting technique than getting the most reps, Gymbeginner is aptly named and made for fitness newbies who want a comfortable environment to get started in. My visits have always been lovely, and if I was feeling extra, I can add more reps or make drills more difficult too.

      Flat 4A, Capri Building, Austin Road, Jordan

      Optimum Performance Studio TST

      I randomly went into a core training class there once, but the experience definitely stuck with me. The space itself is actually half rehabilitation centre and half gym, and my instructor a super experience krav maga fighter. Needless to say, the hour-plus long workout was intense, and involved ONE HUNDRED BURPEES. LOL, to this day I don’t know how I did it. But hey, I did. The training also starts with foam-rolling and ended with a circuit training, so all in all, just a really good and fun workout.

      16/F, 9-11 Hillwood Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui


      Pheew, that’s it! Does this at least make up for my infrequent presence?! I sure hope so. P.S. I do a weekly shout-out to my favourite workout of the week, so if you want more updated info, please do follow me on Instagram!

      Till next time, leave me a comment la!

      xoxo

      The post Best Workouts in 2018 So Far… appeared first on Live Well Basics.


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    3. 過完端午節,天氣總算是熱定了!炎炎夏日,無論大人或小朋友,最享受就是吃日本菜的時光;正好旺角 Cordis 酒店推出了「夏.日和風自助餐」,提供大量日式美食加上冰上海鮮、即開生蠔、芝士焗龍蝦及大量精緻甜品,宛如升級版且不限時的放題,相當對胃又吸引!

       

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      我們趁上週三 Matthew 完了考試,Chloe 又完了畢業禮表演,一家人去同擦 buffet 慶祝!先講價錢,週日至四晚上成人$618/小童及長者$438,週末會貴$40,OpenRice有75折優惠。

       

       

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      相隔數月再訪 The Place,又換上了全新 Summer in Japan 佈景板,原來一如以往,只要在 Instagram 上關注 CordisHK,發揮創意在佈景拍照,發佈至 IG 並加上 #CordisHK #ThePlaceHK,逢週一就會選出最佳作品,得獎者可獲二人自助晚餐餐劵!

       

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      由於一進場的甜品,正是今次 buffet 的亮點之一,就順序先由甜品開始介紹:一來先有中式的紅豆沙、煎堆仔、豆腐花,還有朱古力醬、紅豆、芒果、白玉丸子、涼粉、蘆薈等配料。

       

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      接著是大受歡迎的 日式梳乎厘班戟 Souffle Pancake,即點即製、新鮮熱辣當然份外美味,還可加上心水醬料/忌廉;不過每人只限取一件,不夠喉的要多找幾個朋友來排/多排幾轉!

       

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      接著下是大量的日式甜點,包括味道及質感都極富和風的抹茶紅豆長崎蛋糕、清香不膩的 柚子蜂蜜蛋糕,還有漂亮吸引的櫻花草莓卷蛋,一定要留肚品嚐!

       

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      但更不能錯過幾可亂真的 北海道夕張蜜瓜蛋糕,切開外面的脆皮,中間的慕絲蛋糕清香鬆軟、十分美味;之後的 伊予柑朱古力撻 也香濃中見清新,好吃!

       

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      還有簡單得來十分香滑美妙的 北海道芝士蛋糕,我忍不住吃了兩件;之後還有Matthew喜愛的芒果卷,以及杯裝的炭燒大福啫喱、焙茶布甸及北海道牛奶布甸。

       

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      而在架上還有皮薄軟滑的 日式大福餅、白桃布甸、巨峰提子啫喱,以及紅豆和果子,非常豐富,當然也少不了新鮮水果,當晚有鮮橙火龍果蜜瓜西瓜,全都十分清甜好吃!

       

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      接著還有小朋友喜愛的朱古力噴泉、綿花糖、日式窩夫,以及甜魔媽媽十分重視的八款 Movenpick 雪糕任裝任食,其中不乏媽媽及妹妹都大愛的 Swiss Chocolate,而雪糕除了可以碗/筒裝,又可以配窩夫,甚是外邊的糖果吧,小朋友可是樂瘋了的~

       

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      之後論到海鮮環節;當晚有青口、大蜆、小龍蝦、長腳蟹、熟蝦,最妙是配上 Cocktail sauce、Red wine vinegar、Brandy sauce、Yuzu Chilli Mayonnaise、Chilli Mayonnaise 等,令海鮮滋味倍添~

       

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      當然少不了港人大愛的即開生蠔;當晚是加拿大以及紐西蘭的貨色,個子不小呢,不過我未有品嚐了。

       

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      接下來在場中央三角檯上,有自助沙律吧(有我愛的凱撒沙律,心足了~)、Cheddar, Emmental, Camembert 三款芝士、兩款芝士醬 Cheese Dip、提子、克力架餅乾,加上麵包、牛油以及一中一西的餐湯,其中椰子湯看來很不錯,不過我的 quota 全給了燉湯。

       

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      這區比較特別的和風美食是精緻的日式前菜,其中小番茄及吞拿魚片都很不錯;同時也有冷麵、現成和風沙律(包括帶子西柚沙律、野菜沙律、薯仔沙律,以及小時最愛的蟹籽沙律!),不小心就會吃飽了~

       

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      昔日的香煎鵝肝還未回歸,真令人懷念!不過現在的日式燒汁焗帶子也鮮甜好吃,留意每次每人只可取兩隻。

       

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      去到長長的熱盤區,有更多的中、日、西式美食:首先是上湯龍蝦鉗、蒜茸炒菜心、京蔥爆羊片、日式牛肉炒飯、玫瑰豉油雞,全都十分對胃呢!

       

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      接著是 Noodle station 麵吧,場內提供清雞湯或豚肉豬骨湯,也有齊日式拉麵所有元素;不過這晚我們都太飽沒有煮麵,反正恰了一碗菜來清清腸胃,同時又取了兩隻半熟蛋給兩兄妹。

       

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      接下來,是絕對不能錯過的養生燉湯---當晚是淮山蓮子燉雞,十分鮮甜又滋補!味噌芝士焗龍蝦也是必吃之選,尤其面上加了黑松露,更加香口吸引;重點是補充超快,這晚Matthew不客氣吃了三隻之多!

       

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      繼續又有七味紫菜粉炒馬鈴薯、日本極上吉列黑豚肉、日式免治雞肉串、鯖魚醬油煮、日式烤烏賊,以及雜錦天婦羅等等,很多款都十分適合小朋友進吃,兩兄妹吃得超開心呢!

       

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      後方傳統的燒牛肉,暫被香煎一口和牛取代了;之後又有味醂豚肉煮,以及台式風味的九層塔炒胎貝、印式風味的香辣羊肉咖哩、我很愛吃的薯仔椰菜花咖哩,還有印式香飯、印式烤餅,加上芒果酸辣醬、蔬菜酸辣醬、薄荷乳酪等!

       

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      最後,當然少不了重要的刺身、壽司及手卷環節,這可是小朋友最重視的部分呢!當晚刺身選擇包括帶子、油甘魚、甜蝦、北寄貝、八爪魚,以及兩兄妹最愛的三文魚;壽司款式更是豐富繽紛,令人花多眼亂;最後還有即點即製的手卷,口味更有六款之多,絕對滿足了~

       

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      凡惠顧自助餐加$98,還可以任飲紅白餐酒、果汁及汽水,也是一大賣點!一如以往,一家人合力將想吃、愛吃的食物各取一些來張大合照後,也是時間開餐囉~不對,早在合照前,已經有小魔手偷吃了三文魚刺身... 是的,兩兄妹尤其Chloe妹妹可是標準三文魚迷哦!

       

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      不重複介紹鹹食了,因為今次重點在於甜品呢!今次真的幾乎每款甜品都好好吃,當然最不能錯過是 Souffle pancake、蜜瓜蛋糕、北海道芝士蛋糕、大福及 Movenpick 雪糕~

       

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      看Chloe的樣子,就知道她這晚吃得非常盡興;Matthew 更加吃到肚腩仔突突!XD 尚有更多的動態(包括兩兄妹的換衣照!)已收錄在影片中,請大家慢慢欣賞吧~

       

       

       

      The Place

      地址:旺角上海街555號康必思酒店L樓層

      電話:3552 3028

      酒店 Facebook:Cordis, Hong Kong 香港康得思酒店

       

      ** 想得知最新飲食情報,可追蹤 甜魔媽媽;欲得知甜魔一家消息,就追蹤 Matthew and Chloe 吧~~

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