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I have 2NE1’s autograph!

2NE1 Autograph

OMG I can’t believe it – I have 2NE1‘s autograph!
It was a total fluke – I was leaving after their All or Nothing World Tour Singapore concert when my friend asked to go to the souvenir tent to take a look. I decided to buy a CD as a momento, and learnt that some of them came with autographs. It was random so you could not choose. So you can imagine my very pleasant surprise when I saw the scribbles on the CD cover – I couldn’t believe my luck! OMG OMG I love this power girl group, woohoo! Uber estactic :D

2NE1 All or Nothing World Tour

From left – Bom, Dara, CL & Minzy
I love you even more now!

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PMQ – Proudly Made in Hong Kong

PMQ Hong Kong
After laying dormant for almost 14 years, the former Police Married Quarters (PMQ) on Hollywood Road has found new life as Hong Kong’s latest creative hub for local designers of diverse disciplines. The 18,000sqm former heritage site houses 130 units rented out to selected locally based creative talents from the fields of design, fashion and art at a discounted rate for a maximum lease of two years, to allow them to create their own viable businesses. More established brands such as Bread and Butter and Vivienne Tam are also present on the ground and first floor to lend some clout.

PMQ is also home to five restaurants including Aberdeen Street Social by Jason Atherton & Yenn Wong,  and Spanish fine dining restaurant Vasco featuring Paolo Casagrande from two- Michelin star Barcelonan restaurant Lasarte. There are 15 pop-up spaces, 6 units for international ‘designers in residence’ to work from and a huge 6,000sqm exhibition space called the Cube which will host fashion and art events. Be sure to visit the night market run by the organisers of Island East Markets every Friday and weekend nights featuring street food from the city’s most cutting edge eateries, creations by local craftspeople and music from top musicians and DJs. I popped by Hong Kong’s newest creative spot for a look during its soft opening in May. It officially opens in late June 2014. As far as I could see from the 30% of the shops open during the soft opening – it’s a shopping haven for people who appreciate one-of-a-kind product offerings (like me), and I have no doubt it will be a hip place to hangout during the weekend evenings. Pen it down in your itinerary on your next trip to Hong Kong.


PMQ Hong KongThe site on Aberdeen Road where PMQ sits also deserves mentioning for its rich cultural heritage – it was built way back in 1889 as the Central School. The school was severely damaged during World War II and was demolished in 1948 to make way for building the Former Police Married Quarters (and where its current name PMQ was derived). After the Former Police Married Quarters were vacated in 2000, it remained empty for years amid a mire of indecision on its next usage. It was definitely a costly (in)decision as the market price of the building was estimated at $2,500m to $3,000m. The government eventually launched the ‘Conserving Central’ plan in 2009 to preserve eight key heritage sites in Central including PMQ. A $100m bid by the Musketeers Foundation (a group of 3 anonymous local businessmen who support culture and education) to turn the site into a creative hub for designers was accepted, and voila – PMQ is born.

PMQ Hong Kong

It’s heartening to see efforts have been made to maintain and enhance the original features of the site, such as these granite steps and rubble retaining wall which have existed since the opening of the Central School in 1889.

PMQ Hong Kong

PMQ consists of an adjacent pair of 7-floor buildings constructed in 1951. Architecturally, the design of the two quarters blocks reflects the architecture of the modern movement. For me, I couldn’t wait to start shopping.

PMQ Hong Kong

I was quite intrigued by these old-school postboxes on the ground floor.

PMQ Hong Kong

Some of the shops include the super famous HK lifestyle store Goods of Desire, industrial-based accessories POMCH, Crafted in Hong Kong by Kapok, Coney & Co, multi-label fashion boutique The Refinery by curated by well-known British blogger Elizabeth Lau, Smoth and Norbu which crafts spectacles out of yak and buffalo horn and even 513 Paint Shop, a designer paint shop.

PMQ Hong Kong

It’s not a place only for the arty-farty, the tourists, but local families too! The children looked so happy playing, I felt tempted to join in.

PMQ Hong Kong

These dim sum candles are just SO CUTE, they look so real!

PMQ Hong Kong

Exquisite ceramics which look good enough to eat

PMQ Hong Kong

Eco-friendly offerings

PMQ Hong Kong

I want bespoke creative agency Delication‘s “Jungles in a Bottle”.

PMQ Hong Kong

Very interesting home decor

PMQ Hong Kong

I was so tempted to get these photo frames modeled after traditional Hong Kong signboards

PMQ Hong Kong

A very good souvenir to get from Hong Kong

PMQ Hong Kong

On top of local talents, established names like Bread and Butter also set up shop on the ground floor.

PMQ Hong Kong

Even Giordano here looks better

PMQ Hong Kong

There’s a landscaped garden on the 4th level rooftop!

PMQ Hong Kong

Looks like a nice place to chill out :)

PMQ Hong Kong

A few units have been set aside to showcase the rich heritage of the site. The Central Government School was the first government school to teach a Western curriculum. Dr Sun Yat-sen and Macau casino king Stanley Ho were some of the students who studied there.

PMQ Hong Kong

3D model of the school

PMQ Hong Kong

In order to boost police recruitment, following an influx of Chinese immigrants after the Chinese Civil War, the Police Married Quarters was built in 1951 to provide accommodation for married rank and file officers to enhance the morale of junior police officers. Current and ex-Chief Executives CY Leung and Donald Tsang both lived there at one point.

PMQ Hong Kong

One of the units was refurbished to the original living space, and the video of past PMQ residents reminiscing about living there was intriguing. It was full of warmth, and you could tell they really enjoyed living there as a big community.

PMQ Hong Kong

You can view the foundations of the old Victoria College via an underground tunnel in the central courtyard.

PMQ Hong Kong

Taking a break from retail therapy to admire the architecture of the building

PMQ Hong Kong

Ok, now back to shopping!

PMQ Hong Kong

OMG I love these!

PMQ Hong Kong

Some fine-looking leathercraft

PMQ Hong Kong

Open Quote.

PMQ Hong Kong

Be sure to check out Chocolate Rain, a popular local brand featuring cute, whimsical characters on the ground floor

PMQ Hong Kong

Cuteness overload

PMQ Hong Kong

In love with these porcelain-inspired necklaces

PMQ Hong Kong

Whether for fashion, food or art, do drop by Hong Kong’s latest address for creativity during your next visit.

PMQ
35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
Website: www.pmq.org.hk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PMQHK
Opening Hours: 1:00PM to 8:00PM

Getting there:
1) MTR Sheung Wan Station Exit E2. Walk through the Grand Millennium Plaza to reach Bonham Strand. Cross the road and turn left onto Wellington Street and walk for around two minutes. Turn onto Aberdeen Street and walk for around three minutes to reach PMQ.

2) MTR Central Station Exit C. Walk along Dex Voeux Road to the Hang Seng Bank Headquarters, which is linked to the Central–Mid-Levels Escalator. Take the escalator to Staunton Street and turn right. Walk for about three minutes to reach PMQ. The whole walk takes about 15 minutes.


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Photography – A Friendly Face

Singapore Botanic Gardens - A Friendly Face

Was on my evening walk at Singapore Botanic Gardens when I saw this happy pair jogging in my direction. I wanted to discreetly capture them, but this lovely gentleman noticed me and promptly waved. He made my day :) If only the world was full of friendly people like him!