June 3rd 2014
The sun is shining bright, and with the onset of June, summer has well and truly begun. While you may not have the dough to take that much-needed foreign vacation, you can still make the most of the month here in Hong Kong. Summer fun isn’t just for kids, so let us cool you down with a red-hot list of Fitness, Fun In The Sun, Learning, Mind & Wellness and Cultural Activities for you to jam out to this June!
Operation Beach Bod
It’s pretty easy to shed a bunch of water weight in the blistering Hong Kong heat, but why not take it up a notch and sweat your way to the perfect summer beach bod this month. Inspire Fitness Studio has launched their Summer Slim Fit Programme, set to be the answer to your prayers. Sign up for 10 personal training sessions for HK$3,888 and see the results for yourself!
Want something a bit more unusual? We’ve heard that pole dancing is a fantastic work out, and a whole lot of fun! Head over to our favourite Pole Paradise Studio for a trial class on June 7th in either Sheung Wan or Sai Kung, and work on building both your strength and sensuality.
Once you’ve learnt the ropes, be sure to sign up for PPS’s new Pole Flow class, launching this June. Already a pole dancer? Add some extra feathers to your quill with the Boa and Fan Dance Workshop on June 14th in Sai Kung.
Fun & Frolics
Summertime is all about having a laugh, so don’t miss out on Punchline’s‘s ‘Live Stand Up Comedy Show this June. The comedic line up includes funny men Stefano Paolini, Eddy Brimson and Jeremy O’Donnell. Catch the trio live on June 19th and 20th at the Tamarind, and June 21st at Grappa’s Cellar. Tickets are HK$320 and can be purchased here. A pre-show buffet dinner is offered at the Tamarind for HK$150, so get a bite before the belly ache begins!
What better way to celebrate the summer sunshine than by spending a day in the great outdoors? Enjoy some adventures at sea and get into the racing spirit with Hebe Haven Yacht Club’s Helly Hansen Summer Saturday Series, running from June 14th to August 9th, or their Typhoon Series from June 8th to August 23rd. With a huge line up of races to compete in and watch, this action-packed event is sure to get pulses racing. Sign up for the Summer Saturday Series here, and the Typhoon series here, and don’t forget your sunscreen!
Craving some time away from Hong Kong stress? Who isn’t! Nia Hong Kong has the perfect solution – their upcoming retreat to Bali. Take some time out for yourself and relax and rejuvenate in an idyllic spa resort setting. Interested? Contact Tracy Fenner at email@example.com for more information.
Is a day of stress-free shopping closer to your idea of heaven? Shop ‘til you drop for a variety of essentials (and treats) at the Summer Bazaar on June 4th at the American Club. Localiiz’s darling French jewellery mavens Nuage Concept will be there, so be sure to swoop in magpie-style and bag yourself the most stylish pieces of the season.
To all the Hong Kong gentlemen out there, this one’s for you. Suave it up this June with etc wine shop’s Gentlemen’s Month, as they launch their new whiskey range at a sure-to-be-smooth Whiskey Fair on June 6th. Sip and sample some of the best single malts from around the globe for HK$550 (Inner Cellar members) and HK$650 (non-members).
If wine your poison of choice, etc wine shop will return to their routes with a Passion for Pinot tasting on June 13th. Unmask the identity and diversity of the pinot grape by tasting pinot wines from all over the globe. Tickets are HK$350 (Inner cellar members), and HK$450 (non-members). RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wine not continue your tasting journey? Hip and trendy Cork Culture are this year’s sole wine vendors at the Harbour Artisanal Food Market (Fire Dragon Path, Tai Hang) on June 7th and 8th. Stop by for a cheeky taste of their biodynamic and organic wine, while supplies last!
Got plans for the upcoming Father’s Day festivities brewing? For the more hopped-up connoisseur, celebrate Daddy early on June 14th at the Beer for Babies event, held at Delaney’s Cyberport. Localiiz’s much-loved brewsters AmeriCraft Imports will have a great selection of imported beers to imbibe, and it would just be rude not to sink a pint or two with the old man! All proceeds will support the Baby Hero Foundation, so get your drink on for a good cause.
Ready to let your hair down at the city’s best summer soirees? Look no further! Localiiz’s most creative party starters Boujis have a dazzling line up for you this month. Don your most stylish sunglasses and flirtiest summer outfits for their Summer Sunglasses Party on June 19th, and get your tan lines out with their White Lines Night on June 26th. If the party doesn’t stop, neither will the summer!
Learn how to listen to and manage your body and health optimally with Elite Personal Training’s health talk on June 3rd. You’ll get versed about several insightful topics, such as what to eat to a fuel a healthy body, a baby’s journey from the womb, why we get sick, hormones and ageing, and understanding how the seasons can affect your health. Interested? Reserve yourself a spot here.
Although the summer can be tough on the body, let the mind excel itself this month with some fun summer learning. General Assembly is launching several 10-week courses that will further your career in a flash. Their User Experience Design course starts June 16th, and the Front End Web Development and Digital Marketing courses begin on June 24th, so book yourself a spot and make your brain pull its weight!
Brush up on your Italian skills with the Dante Alighieri Society. Italiani Per Gli Affair, AKA ‘Business Italian’, will have you learning the lingo you need to succeed across four classes on June 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th. All four sessions cost HK$1,300, or HK$1,000 for Gold and Diamond members. Fill in this form to sign up.
Prefer to learn everyday Italian? Try the Prendiamo Un Caffe conversation workshop. Classes are being held for the easier A1–A2 levels on June 3rd and 10th, and the more advanced B1–B2 levels on June 17th and 24th for HK$250, or HK$220 for current students. To sign up, fill in this simple form.
Mind & Wellness
There’s no time like summer to focus on your health and wellness. Discover the gentle power of Reiki healing with Shine Body and Soul Healing Centre at their Reiki Café event on June 3rd, from 5pm to 8pm. Build upon your knowledge with their Reiki Introduction Day event on June 7th, and top it all off with their Usui Reiki Attunement Course on June 14th.
In need of some enlightenment? The Kadampa Meditation Centre will be running various calming classes this month to help ease your mind and increase mental wellbeing. On June 3rd, expand your horizons with their seminar for the Creative Power of the Mind.
Continue your education in mindful matters with their Tuesday night drop-in meditation classes on June 3rd, 10th and 24th, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Not quite at Buddha-level yet? Rid yourself of karmic toxicity with Gen Rabten’s Tantric Weekend Course from June 20th to 22nd.
Alternately, have a mindful month with the Integrated Medicine Institute’s Monday Mindfulness Practice Group on June 9th, facilitated by Carole Bradshaw. Take part in group meditations while developing techniques for increased spirituality and awareness. Click here to register for a spot.
Get Bit by the Culture Bug
If you fancy being entertained, there are several concerts to tune into in this most musical of months. Katterwall’s Kassia Choirs are holding two Love Song Concerts on June 16th at St John’s Cathedral and June 17th at the North Point Methodist Church. Come along and get blown away by some impressive pipes.
If you’re finding yourself starved of symphonies and craving a more classical affair, you can always count on the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Start the month off with Case Scaligone’s debut Hong Kong performances with the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story on June 6th and 7th; shimmy on to grand celebrations with HK Phil’s 40th Anniversary Gala Concert, Symphonie Fantasique, on June 13th & 14th; and settle back down with the world’s favourite tragedy, as the concert version of Romeo and Juliet takes centre stage on June 20th and 21st.
If this sounds a bit too heavy for the kids, lighten up their month with in the Swire Sunday Family Heroes in Music concert on June 22nd, and give them some inspiration as Hong Kong’s newest young protégé, 10-year-old Johnson Li, brings us Orchestral Adventures on June 25th and 26th.