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You may recall that I met up with designer Taeden in Toronto.

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On our last trip, my film friends and I had the perfect excuse to pay Buddha a visit.

We were shooting a video for sáv Hong Kong, a new hotel in Hung Hom centered around the theme of love.

I first met Lizzie when we both worked and lived in Bangkok. Smith, she now produces the LUXE City Guides from Hong Kong. Bag a room with a harbour view and you won’t want to leave.

She was running a successful publishing company before relocating to Singapore as the Editorial Director for Ink Publishing. She without a doubt is the perfect friend to show us around her town just in time for Chinese New Year! If you’re on a tighter budget, there’s a recent crop of indie hotels – Tuve in Causeway Bay is stylish and central while the idiosyncratic Tribute Hotel in Yau Ma Tei plants you smack-bang in one of the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Public transport is amazing in this town – I like to see where I’m going so prefer travelling by bus over the MTR. The west of Central neighbourhoods of Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun are gentrifying at rapid pace, yet still have pockets of old-world life.

What better place than Tian Tan to represent loving kindness? Since this is the end of the line, give yourself time (from Hung Hom, it takes about 45 minutes).

First, here are instructions on how to get to Tian Tan, located on Lantau Island. If you’re like Line Friends Moon and miss the train, don’t worry, they run every few minutes! Walk out of Tung Chung station through exit B, and follow the signs to Ngong Ping cable car. Purchase a ticket for the cable car: there are options for standard, private cabins, and glass bottom ones.

You're an avid hiker, which trail would you recommend?

Sai Kung National Park is around 1.5 hours from Central by MTR and bus and provides stark contrast to the cityscape. What am I missing out that would be great to share?

I just got back from a fun trip to Asia where I had a chance to attend my friend’s wedding in Beijing and visit my family in Hong Kong.

BIG Thanks to Movado for sending me the Movado Edge timepiece just in time for this trip.

We also head to Shek O’ and Big Wave Bay for beaches (and the Dragon’s Back Hiking Trail, which offers spectacular vistas but also gets very popular on clear days).