If you're staying in or looking for things to do while social distancing, we've rounded up some recommendations for virtual workshops, home exercises, movies to watch, live streams, delivery options, and even what hand sanitizers and masks to buy to keep the virus at bay.
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Things to do to keep you sane
Your guide to vaccine incentives and prizes in Hong Kong
To encourage citizens to get their jabs, many businesses in Hong Kong are offering a slew of perks and prizes – ranging from shopping vouchers, flight tickets, staycation packages, cruise vacation, cold cash, and – it gets better – a Tesla, Rolex watch, million-dollar flat, and even gold bars! Yep, 24 Karat gold worth over $1M, to be exact. The incentives and prizes are only available for vaccinated Hongkongers, so if you've already had your jab or are looking to get your appointments booked in soon, read below to find out all the need-to-know incentives and prizes that could potentially be yours. Bookmark this page as we will update the list of perks as it continues to rack up. If your company is offering incentives to vaccinated residents, and you want to share them with our readers, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. RECOMMENDED: Got questions about the jab? This explainer outlines everything we know so far.
5 Board games to play for game nights at home
Our day-to-day life is often so hectic that we tend to forget the more important things in life like nurturing our relationships with our loved ones. Now that most of us are staying more at home, those who live in the same household, have a greater chance in rekindling bonds. So, aside from spending time online with your friends during social-distancing, get to know your loved ones better with these board games and foster more fun-filled nights at home. Elaine Soh RECOMMENDED: Not a tabletop games fan? Bond with your loved ones at home with these fun Nintendo Switch games
5 Easy ways to bring wellness into your home
Wellness isn’t just about healthy eating and working out. It’s also about creating a balanced and relaxing atmosphere at home, where many of us are spending more time these days. A retreat from the outside world, your home can have a significant impact on your health, so it’s worth taking the time to create a comfortable space to live and work in. From clearing out your closet to bringing nature indoors, here’s how to bring wellness home for a happier and more productive lifestyle. RECOMMENDED: For more wellness ideas, try our guides for Hong Kong’s best hikes and the best spas to pamper yourself at.
How to survive quarantine camp in Hong Kong
As the fourth wave of the outbreak continues to hit the city, more action is being taken by the Hong Kong government and the Department of Health to prevent, control and regulate the disease with postponed travel bubbles, stricter social distancing measures, and quarantine camps. And no, I’m not talking about the kind of camp with people singing around an open fire. I’m talking about a government facility put in place to confine and quarantine asymptomatic individuals that have any potential to spread the disease. Yes, now would be an appropriate time to curse. Having said that, it’s important to understand that even though it’s not quite the staycation you were looking for, it is the best way to protect those around you and prevent further infection. So, with quarantine camp likely to become a more common situation, I thought I could help normalise the state of affairs (since I personally went through it myself – and survived) by helping you get through it too. In this guide, I’ll walk you through the must-haves for your quarantine camp backpack, how to survive it all, and answer the myriad of questions you might have about it. But before I begin, allow me to remind you about the number one rule to surviving anything. No, it’s not how you can make fire by rubbing sticks together really fast – it’s all about remaining calm. RECOMMENDED: For more ideas on what to do indoors, don’t forget to check out the best things to do when you’re social distancing and keep track of social distancing rules too.
What to watch now
Asian LGBTQ+ films and series that should be on your radar
We have gotten more representations of LGBTQ+ in media over the years. From lighthearted comedies to touching dramas, the selection of queer films and shows isn't as narrow as it used to be. There is so much queer content in streaming services now, so we decided to put together a list of some of the must-see Asian LGBTQ+ flicks and series in recent years. RECOMMENDED: Want to read more LGBTQ+ content? Visit this link for your guide to the best gay clubs, gay bars, events, and LGBTQ+ culture in Hong Kong.
6 Hong Kong crime thrillers you need to watch
We could all do with a little more excitement in our lives with things as they are right now, so what better way to spice up the evening than with a good old-fashioned movie marathon? From comedies to the heavily controversial, the Hong Kong film industry has whipped up an extensive catalogue of classics over the years – but there’s nothing quite as exhilarating as a heart-racing crime thriller. Get ready to be glued to the edge of your seat, and witness some of the most unpredictable and explosive locally-produced blockbusters ever to grace the silver screen. By Adrian Ho RECOMMENDED: For more binge-worthy flicks, be sure to also check out these spine-tingling horror flicks too.
7 Classic Stephen Chow movies every Hongkonger has watched
There are only two types of Hongkongers who have never heard of Stephen Chow (周星馳) – newborns, and liars. Okay, not really. But come on, we’re talking about the man whose name is synonymous with laughter amongst the Hong Kong movie scene here, so you’ll have to excuse us for getting a little bit over-excited. The celebrated actor-director has been aching our sides for around three decades now, and with the promise of the highly-anticipated 2020 sequel to his immensely popular film Kung Fu Hustle, Chow doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. To celebrate one of Hong Kong’s all-time cinematic greats, we’ve compiled a list of – in our opinion – the most memorable films by the King of Comedy. By Adrian Ho RECOMMENDED: Want to watch more local classics? You’ll have fun going through our list of the 100 best Hong Kong movies ever made.
Make these recipes at home
The beginner's guide to setting up a bar at home
With the city's bars temporarily closed and social distancing restrictions still in place, this might be the perfect time to build your own home bar so you can drink safely at home. Christmas time is here, and while we can't really celebrate with large gatherings, if you're having a couple of your friends over, it will help to have a well-stocked bar. And social distancing aside, there are a lot of benefits to having your own bar. You don’t have to leave the house to have a good drink or two. If you do overindulge, you don’t have to worry about getting home safely. You can be as dressed up or down as you’d like. Plus, you’ll save some cash in the long run because drinking out in the city is not cheap. There are sites with online delivery services that can accommodate your home bar needs, so you’ll be able to set it up in no time. To get you started, here are a few tips on how to set up your bar at home. RECOMMENDED: Is home bartending not your style? Order ready-to-drink bottled cocktails from your favourite neighbourhood bars.
Cocktail recipes from Hong Kong's top bartenders
Drinking this summer is a bit different this year as temporary closures of bars and pubs in the city has been extended until July 28. A lot of your favourite bars have started to offer takeaway or delivery during this dry season so hit them up if you'd like to get perfectly balanced tipples to enjoy at home. But, if you're looking to spice up at your home bar and tap into your inner bartender, we've rounded up a few cocktail recipes from some of the best mixologists in Hong Kong so you can get the ball rolling.
Drink this: Old Tot
Rum is experiencing a renaissance as market consumption grows steadily worldwide. In Hong Kong, rum is still an underrated spirit compared to whisky and gin, but with a new rum bar opening in the city, it seems like the interest in this sugarcane spirit might be catching on. Opening on the corner of Hollywood Road, right beside Quinary, is Caribbean-inspired bar The Daily Tot. Should there be no more delays in the reopening of bars in the city, the bar will officially open their doors on August 11. Named after the centuries-old ritual of handing out a daily rum ration to royal navy sailors from 1850 to the 1970s, The Daily Tot aims to change the way Hongkongers perceive rum as being closely tied in with tiki traditions. Behind the bar is renowned mixologist Gerry Olino, who has worked in Hong Kong's bar industry for years, formerly as the group beverage manager of Ming Fat House Group (Mrs. Pound, Foxglove, and Dr Ferns) and the head bartender at Shangri-La's Lobster bar. The Daily Tot's head mixologist, Gerry Olino To give us a glimpse of their menu, Olino whipped up one of their signature rum cocktail recipes so you can try it at home or when you drop by to the bar when they open. Paying homage to the modern classic cocktail Old Cuban – an original creation of Audrey Saunders, the owner of Pegu Club in NYC – Olino created his signature twist and named it Old Tot. The cocktail is a hybrid of a French 75 and a mojito, and like all great classic cocktails, the recipe is de
7 kitchen ingredients you can use to make cocktails
If you're in the mood for a cocktail and don't have any idea on what to make out of all the half-empty bottles of liquor you have lying around, let's turn to your kitchen for inspiration as you might have perfect ingredients already available within your reach. RECOMMENDED: No bartending game? No worries! Here's a list of bars now delivering cocktails. If you need to stock up on supplies, here's a list of online grocery stores and online liquor stores.
New Drops: Fashion and beauty releases this summer
It’s hot out in Hong Kong! So we thought it would be appropriate to bring you some of the freshest new drops on the shopping scene, from our favourite fashion collabs and launches to all the latest beauty releases of the season. We’ll keep updating the list too, so be sure to come back and check out the hottest new drops of the season! RECOMMENDED: Give yourself the self-love you deserve and get pampered at some of the best spas in the city or enjoy retail therapy at these Hong Kong thrift stores.
CBD products you'll want to try right now in Hong Kong
If it seems like you're seeing CBD products everywhere in Hong Kong these days, well, that's because it is everywhere. CBD has exploded onto the Hong Kong market, and it shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. Be it online, in stores, or as added ingredients in food and drinks in cafes, restaurants, and bars, CBD products are easily accessible in the city. With the increase in product availability, it can be confusing and overwhelming to decide which to try. So, to help you get started, we've tried and tested various CBD products in the city, and here's a list of the ones we love so far. RECOMMENDED: Before you start on your shopping spree, read about how to choose the CBD products that are right for you.
The best essential oil stores and brands available in Hong Kong
Essential oils are practically everywhere nowadays and come in different forms such as massage oils, perfume rollers, and even ones you can use with an air diffuser at home. These concentrated liquids take chemical compounds from organic plants such as lavender, lemongrass, rose, mint, eucalyptus, and many more. People put them in perfume rollers and apply on skin to help them cope with stress or anxiety, or diffuse scents in the living room and bedroom to improve the odour and aura of the room. Though trendy and in-demand – especially for health-conscious consumers – essential oils don't work for everyone, but there's no harm in trying them. If you've been thinking of jumping on the essential oil bandwagon, to get you started, here are some of the best essential oil stores and brands available in the Hong Kong market. By Shanti Parmanand RECOMMENDED: Shopping for other products? Go local, and try the best homegrown skincare brands in the city.
Best vintage shops in Hong Kong that deliver
Hong Kong is traditionally celebrated as the ultimate shopping haven, whether for its sleek malls or its old fashioned markets. Somewhere in between, however, there are the city's vintage shops, that sell everything from clothes to homewares, and bridge the gap between old and new. While going out on a shopping spree remains not all-that appealing to many of us, the vintage-minded will be pleased to know that more than a few of our beloved vintage shops around the city are utilising online platforms so that you, the shopper, can peruse, enquire, and arrange delivery of your new old clothes from home! RECOMMENDED: If you're passionate about sustainability, check out our list of the best eco-friendly places to shop online.
Food and other deliveries in Hong Kong
Hong Kong bars now offering cocktail takeaway and delivery
While we wait for bars to reopen, our regular cocktail hour has temporarily moved from the bar to our homes. If you're still having a hard time crafting that perfect tipple, set your bartending dreams aside for now because our favourite neighbourhood bars are ensuring you don't go thirsty during this dry season. Also, by ordering from them during these trying times, you'll be able to support their businesses and their staff who are working hard to keep their bars afloat. So, whether you're after wine, sake, beer, or cocktails, here's a list of all the bars and pubs in Hong Kong that are mixing up drink takeaways and delivering bottled cocktails to customers. RECOMMENDED: If you're looking for other liquor delivery options to stock up on your supply, check out our roundup of the best alcohol delivery services in Hong Kong
Best restaurant deals for delivery and takeaway in Hong Kong
Recent social distancing regulations are not allowing dine-in after 9pm at restaurants for the time being. However, fear not, foodies, because some of our favourite, top-notch restaurants in Hong Kong are offering great deals on food delivery and takeaway. All that's left for you to do now is set the table at home and eat up! RECOMMENDED: Prefer to do the cooking yourself? There are some great online grocery delivery services that will bring products straight to your door.
Best Vietnamese restaurants in Hong Kong
Vietnamese food is nothing new to our city and has been a popular cuisine for Hongkongers. Whether it's the steaming soups of Ho Chi Minh City or the fragrant street food offerings of Hanoi, Vietnamese dishes are often well executed in our city by a number of talented chefs who know the cuisine like the back of their hand. In this lineup, we largely forgo the humble banh mi – for which we already have an exclusive article – and instead slurp and crunch our way around the restaurants serving some of the best Vietnamese soupy, noodly and rice-filled dishes in town. The best part is that more than a few of these do delivery and takeout, so, whether you're looking for a light lunch, or a decadent dinner feast, these might be right for you. RECOMMENDED: For more delivery options, check out our ever-evolving list of the best delivery and takeout options in Hong Kong right now.
Best French restaurants in Hong Kong offering takeout and delivery
Our city is home to a plethora of restaurants serving up fantastic international cuisine from Indian to Thai, to Italian, to Korean, and much, much more! In light of the current situation in the city, many restaurants are now offering delivery and takeaway, and some of our dazzling French restaurants are no different. Whether it's meaty offerings you're after, cheese, or sweet dessert crepes, here are the French eateries around town that are offering takeaway and delivery. RECOMMENDED: Keep up to date with the latest information on the city's F&B operations with our regularly updated guide to dining and drinking during the dine-in ban.
Stay fit and healthy
Instagrammers to follow for cooking inspiration
The 'gram is a great place for inspiration whatever you may be looking for. At a time when a lot of us are staying at home, it's easy for boredom to set in. For those of us with a creative culinary streak, however, or those of us just looking to up our game a little when it comes to cooking dinner, here are a list of Instagrammers from around the world who are doing some great things in the kitchen that we can all learn from and be inspired by. RECOMMENDED: Looking for drink recipes too? Well look no further than some of these recipes that you can follow at home.
Sexiest Asian stars to follow on Instagram right now
News has it that the wintry weather in Hong Kong will continue for another week or two. So, along with some intriguing Asian erotic films and the sexiest movies in town, we’ve rounded up ten of Asia's hottest celebrities on Instagram to keep you warm, and entertained, while you’re snuggled in at home. From the worlds of Hollywood and K-pop to Bollywood and beyond, see if your favourite has made it on the list. By Elaine Wong RECOMMENDED: Prefer something less #NSFW on your feed? Get inspired by these Hong Kong-based photographers, artists, and bakers, or laugh at some memes instead. Oh, and don’t forget to follow us at @timeouthk while you’re there!
10 best Hong Kong photographers you need to follow on Instagram
Thanks to Hong Kong’s beautiful architecture, iconic skyline, and stunning spots that don't even look like you're in Hong Kong, it's safe to say that we live in one of the most photogenic cities on Earth. So, naturally, plenty of photographers have taken full advantage of its beauty by sharing their talent and jaw-dropping shots on Instagram. Who are the best ones to follow in Hong Kong, you ask? Read on to find out our picks. RECOMMENDED: For more Hong Kong love, check out 9 famous quotes about Hong Kong that sum up our city, or find out about some of our city's oldest restaurants.
Insta-famous bakeries and dessert shops you should follow in Hong Kong
It’s official – everyone and everything is on Instagram these days. We are talking about all things including local boutiques, artists, and even dogs. Of course, bakeries and dessert shops are no exception. But with so many of them alive on the ‘gram, the question is which ones should we follow? Scroll down and check them out! By Natalie Lam RECOMMENDED: Though they may not be Insta-famous, these stalwart local bakeries deserve your attention too.
5 Hong Kong adorable dogs you have to follow on Instagram
If you're one of the lucky ones who have your dogs by your side during isolation or work from home, then you must have a lot of cuddle therapy to get you through the days: that or a lot of slobber on your laptop keyboard. Either way, having your furballs beside you during these stressful times can bring a lot of joy. For some of us who live alone and no doggos by our side, we can turn to Instagram for a load of pet therapy. Here are some of our favourite and squidgiest dogs in Hong Kong's Instagram sphere. RECOMMENDED: Planning for your Easter weekend? Here are the best ways to celebrate Easter in Hong Kong while social distancing.
10 best Hong Kong photographers you need to follow on Instagram
With Hong Kong’s beautiful architecture, iconic skyline, and stunning spots that don't even look like Hong Kong, we live in one of the most photogenic cities on Earth. So, naturally, plenty of photographers have taken full advantage of this by sharing their jaw-dropping talents on Instagram. Who are the best ones to follow in Hong Kong, you ask? Read on to find out... RECOMMENDED: Check out these 9 famous quotes about Hong Kong that sum up our city, or find out about some of our city's oldest restaurants.
9 Hongkongers on Instagram whose baking game is on point
During these recent difficult times, many around the world have taken to baking as a way to get creative and cook up delicious treats to share with their loved ones at home. The same has been going on in Hong Kong, and luckily many home bakers have also been sharing their creations on Instagram for us all to drool over. It might be time to enjoy the delectable satisfaction of baking for yourself, and in case you need inspiration, here are some mouthwatering 'gram posts from Hongkongers who've been baking up a storm. RECOMMENDED: Looking for inspiration that's a little less sweet? Check out these 'gram accounts to follow for cooking ideas.
Virtual workshops and online classes
Best home workouts and fitness programs to follow online
Sticking to a regular exercise regime has become a much harder task without the physical space. Even so, we have to understand that these are some interesting times we live in. Maintaining healthy habits and a fitness routine in any way possible is more important than ever, especially for staying sane while staying in. There are a handful of fitness studios in Hong Kong that are adjusting and continuing to offer — from a distance — community and guidance, encouraging daily movement and helping people stay healthy. Here are our top five Hong Kong-based home workout programmes to suit every age and interest that you can follow remotely right now and in-studio when they reopen! While we're not sure how long this will go on for, we also know that this isn't forever. As we near the end of the city's second week of gym closures, we encourage you to show support and love for local businesses in whatever way you can, these guys are the heart and soul of our communities.RECOMMENDED: Wanna get out while keeping your distance? Check out these Hong Kong jogging spots.
The best online dance classes in Hong Kong
Since fitness centres and dance studios are not allowed to open, for now, it looks like living-room choreography will be the hottest trend of the moment. From hip hop, belly dance, Zumba, to ballet, take these online dance classes and learn choreography from the best dance instructors in Hong Kong. RECOMMENDED: Feet aren’t made for dancing? Try these online fitness classes instead
25 best online classes you can take for free
Are you just about done watching all the K-dramas on Netflix and ready to do something more productive with your time? Instead of stressing about when you can finally go out to eat and have a drink at your favourite bar, why not divert your energy to something you can actually use in the future. Use the extra time you have now to learn something new, gain a few skills, and take your mind off of all the stressful things happening outside of the house. We've rounded up online classes you can take today. Whether you like to learn a foreign language, practice to become the next culinary gem, the next wine connoisseur, master of photography, fashion, and design, or just impress your boss, or simply learn how to manage your stress – we've got it all for you. We also included some learning tool recommendations for moms with kids currently stuck at home. Read on to get you started, most of the classes are free, so you don't have to spend a dollar, but the full courses with certifications allows a 7-10-day free trial enough for you to learn the basics. RECOMMENDED: Just want to chill while at home? Check out these recommendations.
Looking for ways to give back to the city?
How we can help Hong Kong's restaurant industry during these trying times
It’s the most difficult time that many of our city’s restaurants have ever experienced, as the continued spread of the coronavirus means that tourist numbers are down to unprecedented lows, and those who live in the city are less inclined to eat out. The government introduced a new social distancing measure last Sunday at midnight that requires all restaurants to halve their capacity and separate groups of customers by at least 1.5 metres. While this is undoubtedly a responsible mandate in light of the current situation, it adds further obstacles to eateries trying to weather the COVID-19 storm. With this being said, it is now more important than ever to show support for our friends in the restaurant industry. Here are some important ways we can all do our bit to preserve the food scene we love so dearly. RECOMMENDED: While we're on the subject of support, here's how we can do our bit for Hong Kong's bar scene, too.
How you can help Hong Kong's bar industry while social distancing during coronavirus
Tightening government restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19 are making people go out less and less. On April 2, the government ordered all of Hong Kong's bars, pubs, and clubs to close their doors from April 3 and extended it until April 23. With this recent development, Hong Kong's bar scene will suffer significant losses, and some may not survive or come out of it the same way as before. So, while everyone needs to follow social distancing and be responsible for their movements, it is also essential that we do everything we can to support our favourite local bars so that they too can survive these challenging times. RECOMMENDED: Looking for spirits, wines, and beers on the go? These delivery services are riding to your rescue
6 Hong Kong charities and nonprofits that we can support
In the past months, face masks and hand sanitisers have become increasingly important as the spread of COVID-19 continues in our city. In trying times like these, it’s more important than ever for us to lend a helping hand to the most vulnerable in our society. Here are the efforts of some of the many organisations who are giving their all to help those in need right now. There are also opportunities to join forces with these charities too, should you be looking for a way to help. RECOMMENDED: Looking for more ways to give back to the city? Volunteer your time with these organisations, or check out our tips to sustainable living in Hong Kong.
We're leaving this here, just in case you get cabin fever
Things that you didn’t know you could do in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is world-famous as a food paradise and a concrete jungle with an iconic skyline made up of tall, twinkling skyscrapers. We are also blessed to have some of the coolest art galleries and best malls in the world. However, contrary to what some may think, there's also loads to do in this city for those looking to escape the norm for a few hours. Here's a roundup of some of the most unexpected things you can do right here in the city. By Hoi Man Yau RECOMMENDED: Tired of the summer heat already? Check out our list of the best night hikes in Hong Kong.
10 best hidden upstairs cafes and coffee shops in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is an expensive city to live in, which means that for cafés and coffee shops in the city, they often have to take things to a new height – literally. Tucked away above ground and away from crowded streets, upstairs cafes provide sanctuary for city dwellers looking to escape the hustle and bustle. From trendy spots that offer seriously Instagrammable dishes and décor to joints like that double up as vintage stores, here are some of the best upstairs cafes our city has to offer. RECOMMENDED: Prefer a home-cooked meal instead? Then check out these online grocery services in Hong Kong.
The best places in Hong Kong for fresh air
Whether it's to get away from the virus or to escape the urban jungle, sometimes, you just need to catch a breath of fresh air. Luckily, there are plenty of places where you can do that in Hong Kong. Don’t believe us? Let us show you where. By Olivia MaitreRECOMMENDED: Too far of a journey? Head to these urban green spaces in Hong Kong instead.
Hidden gardens and green spaces in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is awash with amazing secret islands, hiking trails, and even stunning waterfalls, but they're not always the most convenient places to get to. Luckily, there are urban green spaces in the city. From extensive lawns by the water to small oases tucked away in commercial districts, find out about the best spots to get away for a breather. RECOMMENDED: Want to fit in some quality time with a furry friend? Head to these dog parks in Hong Kong for a grand time.