Take a Time Out, Literally

Last week Time Out Hong Kong celebrated its 100th Issue at the Pawn which signifies a milestone not just for the magazine, but that Hong Kong is a world city worthy of a bi-weekly magazine of Time Out’s stature.

100th Issue Party at The Pawn (viaTIMEOUTHK)

Like you, my relationship with Time Out Magazines began even before it landed in Hong Kong. I remember the days when I used to visit my sister in New York City. And because she was too busy with work, she relied on that magazine to baby sit me during the day. Basically, my trips to New York as a teenager… from finding out the best way to book tickets for Rent, knowing the cheapest way to see exhibits at the Guggenheim, finding the number for reservations at the Brasserie, and knowing when was the best time go to Sarabeth’s for brunch, were all due to Time Out Magazine. This was the age before Google Search on Phones, Foursquare, and Open Rice Apps, mind you. And now we’re lucky to have it in Hong Kong!

Time Out New York, the Classic.

Since its launch, Time Out HK has had a solid run with some expected ups and downs as it gained its footing. Some weeks were more hard pressed for headlines and content than other weeks. All that changed; however, when last year on 4th of July 2011, a front cover interview by Time Out’s resident Fashionista, Kawai Wong, with ‘THE’ Tom Ford dropped on Hong Kong liked a bomb. The article to this day still gives Tai Tai’s something to talk about over tea. But basically Kawai gets Mr. Ford unhinged, which obviously doesn’t take much according to the article. The questions he was asked were in regards to the “Asian Market” as it relates to his design point-of-view. His answers were interesting to say the least.

The full interview with Tom Ford is available online to read.

With that article, Time Out Hong Kong finally found its stride and purpose and has been reporting more on issues of real interest to local Hong Kongers, on topics related to pop and political culture. One of the most shared articles on Facebook of late was the magazine’s expose on The Men Who Rule Hong Kong, a general summary of the handful of families who basically own the entire city due to their monopolization of Trade and Real Estate. In any rate, every week there are good and useful reads, and while a few of the content are available online a day or two after the new issue is released, nothing beats spending that extra 18bucks of pocket change to purchase the physical magazine, and flipping through it for wherever you need it to BE in Hong Kong.

TOP 5 Reason to Read This Week’s Time Out Hong Kong

+ Q+A With… Me. The Wanderlister!

(Image Above viaTIMEOUTHK, Photograph by Calvin Sit)

Okay please NOTE, Time Out HK did NOT force me to write this post. hehe. I wrote it myself, yes… to entice you to go out and buy a copy, but also gave me a great excuse to write about a Magazine I’ve had a relationship with since I was a teenager. And to finally be profiled by this magazine, or even be associated with the title, is a cool thing indeed. That said, the interview answers so many questions about why I do what I do, and if blogging is REALLY a full time job (It’s not. I’m a designer and architect by day, and blogging is a not-so-small-hobby at Night.) It’s all there. Everything you’ve wanted to know about me and theWanderlister+ Asia. :)

+ Casey Lau and that GeoExpat Guy

My interview is actually one of six profiles by Time Out HK’s Digital Operations Director, James Sibley. His whole interest in the profiles was a general canvassing of the current state of HK’s Social Media scene, from content creators, to bridge makers, to community oriented digital servicing, all the personalities are there. Above, Casey Lau poses with Gene Soo, Jon Buford, and Daniel Cheng representing StartUpsHK. I met Casey through my association with the #HKSocialButterflies, an online community forum on Facebook meant to connect and strengthen HK’s Social Media to help formulate any future collaborations, projects, and social gatherings.

Additionally, Shri Chauba of GeoExpat was also profiled, which is pretty big, especially since they’ve been my go-to website for EVERYTHING since moving to Hong Kong. Read the article to find out more about where they are right now as general startup, how to run an online business, and which cities they’re branching off to in the near future (surprisingly it’s NOT China.)

+ Shu Qi

Time Out Hong Kong extends its arm to interview personalities and celebs in the Asian Region to cater to all us expat Cinephiles who are into Chinese Cinema and Entertainment. From Eason to Edison Chan, from Daniel Wu to Maggie Q, we can pretty much have a juicy interview in ENGLISH about our favorite stars. This week, acclaimed Taiwanese Actress Shu Qi discusses her latest critically lauded film, The Second Woman and how it feels like to straddle the lines as both Asia’s premier Pop and Art House Film princess.

+ Anthony Hill / Hill Menswear

Finally Anthony Hill managed to launch a bespoke menswear line last year, and this week he speaks with Kawai Wong about the successful HILL Line, stressing the fact that he’s not designing formal suiting, but an elevated look for “Casual Fridays”. He’s designing for the Gap consumer who is in search for a better cut, quality, and style. This interview is another reason to pick up Time Out HK’s physical copy, because it’s not available online. For everything else, you can follow Anthony on Twitter, via @HillMenswear.

5) Whitney Ferrare / The Gallerist

My friend, Ben Brown Fine Art’s Whitney Ferrare (pictured above with DJ Angus Wong), just recently jump started an art-based column FOR Time Out HK, titled The Gallerist. By day you may find her frazzled managing one of Hong Kong’s top fine arts galleries, and by night (when not out partying) she will be most likely find herself deep in thought for this column. This week she addresses the complaint that Hong Kong is a “cultural desert”, or a “desert for artists”, which is quite timely since I just mentioned this briefly in my interview. A Very insightful article indeed with a few comments online.

And above all, plenty of activities, performances, art, and dining destinations are listed in each of the latest Time Out Hong Kong magazines. If you want a head-start, you’ll need to run to the nearest bookstore to grab yourself a hot new copy of Time Out’s 101st issue. This one you cannot miss.

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JJ.