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Say YES in NO-vember: Happenings for the Month of Fall

By stasia_fong_and_sophie_pettit 1 November 2014
  October has come and gone, and with November comes Thanksgiving and the tease of the holiday season around the corner. Now that we’re in the last months of the year – it’s no time to get lazy. What better way to make the most of 2014 than to keep busy, busy, busy? We’ve got a huge line up of stuff for the kids to do, not to miss events, pampering treats, and more. It’s time to say yes this November – after all, if you’re good this month, Christmas might be that much more special!    

Treat Yourself

What better way to bring in the cold days around the corner than with a little shopping and pampering? Lucky for you, a few of our Localiiz favourites are opening new stores around the city. Head over to Feine Cashmere on November 15th from 12 to 8 pm to celebrate the opening of their new boutique on 37 Staunton Street in Soho. Enjoy some drinks, refreshments and free gifts, and most of all – new clothes! Looking for a new pair of trendy shoes? We’re happy to announce that our experts in foot fashion, BlkSheep Empire have opened their own permanent shop on 25 Yiu Wa Street in Causeway Bay. Be sure to visit them and grab a pair of fancy contemporary footwear! Localiiz's favourite spa, Sense of Touch, is clearly going to rule Hong Kong! The spa just opened another a brand new location in Sai Ying Pun. If you’re in need for some Fall pampering, be sure to check out their new location and relax! Treat your home to a full fall cleaning. Get rid of the mites and residue from the summer months with the help of Johnson Group's smellGREEN products. You can stock up on some natural insect repellents that will last you through to next heatwave! Visit their online store and shop now. It will start getting cooler, so why not start packing on that extra winter body layer with some great food? Get excited for the holiday feasting at Thanksgiving and Christmas by pre-ordering your turkey’s from The Meatery By Meatmarket HK. Order your birds by November 21st and you’ll save up to 15%! Head to their online store and prep your bellies for the feasting months to come!    

Keep the Kids Busy

Want to teach your brooding teenagers some culture? Have them mambo Italiano by signing up to Dante Aligheri’s Society’s Society’s Italian beginners course for teenagers from November 4th 2014 to January 2015. Who knows, after the course is over, they may be inspired to visit the world of Italy themselves! Is your child a passionate musician? Combine their musical talents with a good cause by helping to sponsor Best Music Academy’s annual Practice-a-thon. With all proceeds going to the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children, your child will not only be able to practice their maestro skills, but also help a child in need. Sponsorship ends November 15th, so get crackin’! Love the circus? Localiiz’s favourite children’s party entertainers Rumple and Friends are launching a fantastic new book, ‘Clown Town’ on November 16th at Bookazine in Prince’s Building from 2:30pm to 4pm. Head over and grab your little tot a copy – you may find it’ll be their new favourite bedtime story! Turn your little one from pro-Instagrammer to filmmaker by signing them up for Junior Snappers workshop from November 22nd to 23rd. For HK$1,380, they’ll learn all the basic ins and outs of camera work and how to create their own film project! Register here now!    

Culture Yourself

You’re in Asia’s world City, so take advantage of everything around and immerse yourself in the culture! Are you a Mary Poppins fan? Here’s your spoonful of sugar. The Southern School of Dance is hosting their annual dance performance of ‘Mary Poppins and Whodunnit?’ at the Y-Theatre, Chai Wan on Sunday November 2nd! Tickets are going for HK$180 a head, with a 50% discount for full-time students and senior citizens ages 60 or above. Purchase your tickets here now! If you’re looking to verse yourself in all things Italian, look no further than the Dante Aligheri Society. Their launching a new Italian language course for beginners on November 3rd, which will be held every Monday from 7pm to 9pm. Continue your journey to Italy and attend their Opera Workshop, Two Hundred Years of Italian Songs on November 5th. Soon you'll bid everyone "Ciao" and won’t be able to resist a plate of pasta or a trip to the opera! Make the most of the pleasant, non-humid days outdoor and head to Picnic in the Park Hong Kong on November 8th! The talented dancers of Island Dance will be performing this year, for a fun day of food, games, and family fun. Our most trusted home movers; AGS Four Winds will also be at the event, helping to set up canopy tents for your much needed shade, entertainment, food, and DJ. They’ll also be providing a bouncy truck for the kids. So gather up your family troop for a fantastic day out in the sun! Fan of beauty and vintage fashion? Lucky for you, Localiiz’s favourite glam gurus Hollywood Hair is hosting a vintage fashion showcase on November 14th at the AWA Charity Bazaar. Be sure to catch it for some fashion inspiration and of course, hair styling tips! Excited for Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Swire Symphony Under the Stars concert on November 21st? Well get even more excited! The HK Phil is offering free tickets to their fantastical concert event on November 3rd. Stay tuned for more info! Want to inspire your child to take up an instrument? What better opportunity to do so than at Best Music Academy’s 4th Annual Winter Concert at the Hong Kong Space Museum on November 23rd! Tickets are HK$500 a family, and will surely be an adorable delight for both parents and children. Perhaps next year your tots can take part! Are you a movie buff? Skip AMC and Pacific Theatre, and head over to the annual Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival running from November 29th to December 17th at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center. The opening night will feature a film screening and kosher dessert party, so be sure to attend for an education in Jewish film and entertainment.    

Have a Little Fun!

There’s always time to let go and have a little fun! Start November strong by sitting Oceanside for Hebe Haven Yacht Club’s 24-hour Charity Dinghy Race on November 1st and 2nd. You’ll be able to catch a fun day out, watching the thrill of the races on the water! Looking for a fancy ball? You’re in luck! The FCC Charity Ball is November 1st. Exclusive logistics sponsor AGS Four Winds is helping to bring you this glamorous event by transporting auction items such as a 1994 customized Harley Davison, a 1963 customized vintage Vespa, and the keyboard for the performing band, the Jacksons. Get your tux or gown on and get ready to spend some money for a good cause! Continue the fun with a Guy Fawkes party at Boujis on November 6th. You’ll experience British traditions in one of Hong Kong’s best nightlife venues! Keep partying at Boujis with DJ Katch on November 15th. He’ll spin some sick beats all night long that will have your feet killing the next morning. Love your rugby and missing the 7s? Well don’t fret – Hong Kong Scottish is playing against Russia on November 8th and 15th at the Internationals! Head to the pitch, drink some beer, and cheer on for our favourite Hong Kong rugby players! Then move on November 23rd for more action at the Sandy Bay Rugby Tournament for food and entertainment, and of course, a bouncy castle for the kids! It’ll be a rowdy day for everyone!    

Press Reset on Your Mind

Everyone can use a break from time to time. Take a breather and work on your mental health with mind and wellness events. Start the month with Integrated Medicine Institute’s BodyTalk Access Seminar on November 1st. Prefer to learn how to heal your full body? Try Shine Body & Soul Healing Centre’s Reiki Healing Level 1 on November 1st for HK$1,500 instead. Shakti Healing Circle is offering two relaxing events this month that can help set your mind at ease. Try your hand in a Full Moon Kundalini Yoga workshop with Neil Irwin on November 1st from 2pm to 6pm for HK$500. If yoga isn’t for you, clear your mind with some Akashic Readings and Soul Path Clearing sessions with Zeo Sheeshan from November 3rd to 8th. Prices are HK$1,300 and HK$1,750 respectively. Ready for a full on break? Kadampa Meditation Centre is hosting a Refuge Retreat with Gen Kelsang Rabten from November 10th to 16th! Get ready to come back completely at ease. Enroll here now.    

Let's Get Physical

With the holidays coming up, be sure to balance your binge eating with some healthy exercise to keep you fit and toned. Combine a holiday with a full work out retreat with Elite Personal Training’s 5 Star Fitness Retreat. From October 31st to November 2nd, you’ll be headed to the beautiful beaches of Koh Samui Thailand for some healthy workouts, delicious food, and relaxation. Click here for more information. Ever wanted to try Pole Dancing? It’s a lot harder than it looks! If you’re looking to dabble in the Aerial Arts, head to the experts at Pole Paradise Studio. Their next trial class will be held on November 1st from 3pm to 4pm in Sheung Wan, and 3:30pm to 4:30pm in Sai Kung. It’s HK$100 for students who have never tried it before, so take advantage of the opportunity! For the more experienced dancers, broaden your horizons with Pole Paradise’s first ever Mallakhamb workshop on November 8th! Continue pushing the limits with Aerial Fusion Silks & Hoop Workshop with Claudia Cavalli on November 9th. Prefer using Chinese methods to bring you health? Look no further than Oriental Health. They’re now offering private Tai Qi and Qi Gong classes that will help you improve your breathing and overall health in general. If you’re looking to lose some weight, try their acupuncture and herbal medicine method. The natural way has been proven very effective! If you prefer more modern work out methods, Inspire Fitness is the way to go. Their TRX suspension trainings will whip you in to shape every Sunday from 11am to 12pm. If you hate working out with strangers at the gym, try signing up for their personal trainer programme! They’re offering a one-month trial, so test out the waters while you can.    

Get Hairy!

We couldn’t complete our monthly roundup without a mention of Movember. For one month only, men will have a free pass to skip their morning shave and get hairy in support of The Movember Foundation's campaign to raise awareness of men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer. The star of the show is undoubtedly Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferry, or rather, ‘Mo Ferry’, who made his hairy debut at the Star Ferry terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui alongside campaign ‘Mo Bros’ Alex Lam and Ryan Hui (pictured above). Also drumming up support for the great cause are the team at Black Sheep Restaurant who are donating all proceeds from popular cocktails at Motorino, Chôm Chôm, Boqueria, La Vache!, and Ho Lee Fook to the Foundation for the entire month. Staff will also lend their support by sporting their very own fancy facial hair arrangements. To help you get into the spirit, The Mandarin Barber at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong will offer a series of special promotions. Any ‘MO Bro’ with proof of an official Movember participation account can enjoy a complimentary moustache trim throughout the month. And not forgetting the girls, The Mandarin Salon is throwing in a special treat for 'MO Sistas' suffering from dreaded stubble rash during their month of support for their manly heroes. For just HK$1,000, ladies can enjoy an exclusive 60-minute ‘Pash Rash’ facial designed to soothe their irritated complexion. Click here to make your reservation. So put down your razors, kiss goodbye to the early morning shave and enjoy 30 days of hairy goodness!   Got anything you'd like Localiiz to share? Send us your stuff!

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