WHAT’S NEW IN NOOSA!

Discover new tastes, ways to explore Noosa and places to stay in Noosa in our regular wrap up of everything new in Noosa. Head to the new look www.visitnoosa.com.au  for all the inspiration you need to pack your bags and book your next Noosa holiday!

WHERE TO STAY

DOMIC NOOSA: Infused with architectural delights and breathtaking views Noosa’s premier holiday home, Domic, is now open for bookings. Built with 113 solar panels, a green roof and its unique design, this award-winning home sets a whole new benchmark for luxury and sustainability. https://domicnoosa.com/

MAYAN FARM: Newly opened Mayan Farm offers luxurious, environmentally friendly accommodation with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside and frequent visits from the local farm animals. Located on 100 acres in Kin Kin, just 30 minutes from Noosa Heads. https://blackantgourmet.com.au/mayan-farm-accommodation/

CULGOA POINT  BEACH RESORT RENOVATIONS: This absolute waterfront resort has recently undertaken more than $4 million dollars worth of renovations. Enjoy sweeping views of the Noosa River and Cooroy mountain upon arrival with the realignment of the resort entrance and construction of a brand-new reception building. https://www.culgoapoint.com.au/

MORE GLAMPING OPTIONS AT HABITAT: This award-winning eco-camp has recently introduced more glamping options, including new two-level glamping accommodation plus new styles. You can also enjoy the new toilet and shower facilities as well as a renovated camp kitchen. https://www.habitatnoosa.com.au/

VINTAGE GLAMPERVANS: Enjoy a unique camping experience minus the stress! Hire a vintage glampervan and experience the Noosa Hinterland from a new perspective. https://www.vintageglampervans.com/

EAT + DRINK

2020 DISTILLERY: Focused on delivering high end spirits, 2020 distillery believes in not over complicating things. Hand bottled and hand labelled gin and whisky made from top quality products. Located in Cooroy, open every Friday – Sunday. https://www.2020distillery.com.au/

NOOSA DISTILLERY TOURS: Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for $55, the Land and Sea brewery and ‘Fortune’ Distillery joins forces to share great beer and pristine spirits. Enjoy a 90-minute tour to learn how their craft beer and spirits are produced. https://www.noosaheadsdistillery.com/tour

HUMBLE ON DUKE: Head to Sunshine Beach and enjoy a shared modern Australian menu with middle eastern influences. The menu is $60 per person with your choice to add any extras. https://www.humbleonduke.com.au/

LITTLE SISTER MOVING TO HASTINGS STREET: New location, same good vibes. Little Sister can now be found above the food court at 18 Hastings street.

THEOS SOCIAL CLUB: Your neighbourhood wine bar! Theos is focused on finding delightful and interesting wines, accompanied with delicious snacks. Located on Arcadia walk in the Noosa Junction.

NOOSA EAT & DRINK – MORE EVENTS MORE OFTEN:

Autumn Fare: The Noosa Autumn fare is dishing up an exciting 4-day event of foodie experiences. The Autumn fare is a collection of bespoke events that showcase our incredible restaurants, chefs, breweries, distilleries and producers. Running from Friday 12– Sunday 14 March.

Noosa Eat & Drink Festival: Spread across 4 days, the annual Noosa Eat & Drink Festival presents delicious food, appetizing drinks and plenty of live music and entertainment. Running from Thursday 10– Sunday 13 June.  https://www.noosaeatdrink.com.au/

CREATIVE TOURS NEW NOOSA BEVERAGE TOUR: Head to the Noosa Hinterland and enjoy local wine, gin and beer with cheese platters and lunch included. Start at Dingo Creek Vineyard, then head to Pomona Distillery and finish up at Copperhead Brewery. Available for group or private tours. https://creativetours.com.au/sunshine-coast-tours/noosa-drinks/

SINDO’S JUNCTION: Located at 8 Sunshine Beach Rd, Noosa Heads, indulge in a taste of Spain at Sindo’s Junction. Enjoy fresh and hearty dishes prepared by the Spanish chef Daniel Marti. To book call (07) 5447 4945.

POMONA VILLAGE KITCHEN: Enjoy a set menu with a different global influence every week! Unique and sustainably sourced, Pomona Village Kitchen is passionate about supporting local and feeding their ‘village’. Open Tuesday – Sunday. https://pomona-village-kitchen.business.site/

MOONSTRUCK (Gin Hastings Street): Enjoy boutique coffee and gin sourced locally and throughout Australia. Located at 5 Hastings street. https://www.moonstrucknoosa.com/

ADVENTURE, ARTS, ACTION AND MORE

NIGHT WALKS IN NOOSA NATIONAL PARK: Watch the sun set over Noosa Main Beach before entering the darkening Noosa National Park. Every night is unique with different nocturnal animals making themselves known. Night walks run every Monday and Tuesday evening. https://www.outdooradventureaustralia.com/night-walks

ACQUA NOOSA FRAGRANCE: Noosa’s luxe essence of the ocean can now be found in a bottle! Acqua Noosa fragrance has captured the freshness of the ocean using the highest quality natural botanicals and native plants. https://www.acquanoosa.com.au/shop/

NOOSA REGIONAL GALLERY UPCOMING EVENTS: There is currently 3 exhibitions running until the 21st of March. https://www.noosaregionalgallery.com.au/exhibitions/

COOLOOLA AND FRASER BY AIR: Check out the picturesque scenery of Cooloola coast and Fraser Island from a totally new perspective. There is a range of flights suited to all budgets. https://www.widebayaircharter.com.au/scenic-flights

NOOSA GIFT CO.: Enjoy a collection of exclusive products from the beautiful Noosa and Sunshine Coast shires. Noosa Gift Co. leaves people with a lasting impression and special memory of Noosa. https://noosagiftco.com.au/

Aurora Expeditions dedicates its new expedition ship Sylvia Earle to leading female conservationists

Australia’s award-winning expedition operator, Aurora Expeditions, is celebrating International Women’s Day 2021 by dedicating its new expedition ship to five of the world’s leading female conservationists.

The new purpose-built ship Sylvia Earle, launching in November 2021, is named after the renowned marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle.

In a world first, each of the vessel’s public decks will bear the names of other pioneering female conservationists – Dr. Carden Wallace AM, Joanna Ruxton, Sharon Kwok and Bernadette Demientieff – along with a deck dedicated to Dr. Earle herself.

 

“Female scientists are leading the way in global conservation initiatives and we want to honour these five extraordinary women who work tirelessly to make the world a better place,” says Aurora Expeditions CEO Monique Ponfoort.

“The scientists we have chosen are inspiring leaders in their fields, and as part of the deck theming, we will educate our expeditioners on the impressive and important conservation work they continue to do. We are so proud to be able to honour these incredibly talented women.” she adds.

The new ship’s public decks will be named after:

Dr. Sylvia EarleHero of the Planet

Dr. Earle was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998; and was named by Time magazine as its first ‘Hero of the Planet’. Her own conservation initiative Mission Blue is creating a global network of marine protected areas known as Hope Spots, and her new Deep Hope project aims to deliver two ‘deep-dive’ submersibles to collect crucial scientific data of as-yet unseen ocean depths.

Image: ©Todd Brown

Bernadette Demientieff: Arctic Wildlife Guardian

Bernadette is a passionate mother/advocate for the rights of Alaska and the Gwich’in people northeast Alaska and northwest Canada. As Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee, she speaks for the protection of the calving grounds of the porcupine caribou herd known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge against any destruction from oil and gas companies.

Image: ©Chad Brown

Dr. Carden Wallace AM: Coral Conservation Champion 

Principal Scientist Emeritus at the Queensland Museum since 2014, Dr. Wallace is a preeminent Australian scientist and the first curator/director of the Museum of Tropical Queensland from 1987 to 2003. She is an expert on corals and was part of a team that discovered the mass spawning of coral in 1984. In recognition of her contribution to marine science, Dr. Wallace was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2021.

Image: ©Queensland Museum,Gary Granitch

Joanna Ruxton: Plastic Free Pioneer

Joanna has the rare distinction of being hailed as ‘the person responsible for the plastic-free movement’ by Sir David Attenborough himself. She spent many years at the BBC Natural History Unit working on the first ‘Blue Planet’ documentary series. Her award-winning film ‘A Plastic Ocean,’ released in 2016, shows the devastating impact of plastic waste on ocean ecosystems and has helped to turn the tide against single-use plastics. In 2009, Joanna co-founded Plastic Oceans UK (now known as Ocean Generation), with the goal of inspiring an inclusive global movement to restore a sustainable relationship between humanity and oceans.

Image: ©Alistair Scarlett

Sharon Kwok: Future Generation Educator 

In 2013, Sharon founded the AquaMeridian Conservation and Education Foundation to promote marine education and inspire the next generation to protect and preserve ocean biodiversity. Sharon continues her advocacy as a Mission Blue and WildAid board member and as Executive Director of the AquaMeridian Conservation & Education Foundation.

Blacklane to bring chauffeur hailing to 21 cities

Blacklane will start its novel chauffeur hailing in 21 cities across 10 countries this month. New York launched first on Monday.

The global chauffeur service already offers scheduled rides in 50 countries. Blacklane’s new on-demand rides maintain the same premium quality, health and safety standards, fixed competitive fares, and sustainability as its pre-booked trips.

“People need trusted local transportation now more than ever as cities reopen,” said Dr. Jens Wohltorf, Blacklane’s CEO and co-founder. “Many companies have built ride-hailing platforms with little quality control and confusing costs. But Blacklane has built a global chauffeur-hailing service with clear, consistent rates and the highest quality standards.”

After New York, Blacklane’s chauffeur-hailing service started on Tuesday in London and Dubai. Berlin launched on Wednesday, followed by Paris today. The other seven U.S. cities will go live on March 9th and all 21 cities will have launched by March 26th. The full city list is:

  • France: Paris
  • Germany: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich
  • Ireland: Dublin
  • Italy: Bologna and Milan
  • Portugal: Lisbon
  • Singapore
  • Switzerland: Zurich
  • UAE: Dubai
  • U.K.: London, with electric vehicles using the company’s recent Havn investment. The fleet operates the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE and Teslas.
  • USA: Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

As with its scheduled rides, Blacklane partners with only the best local chauffeur companies. It continues its proven all-inclusive fares based only on distance. Guests do not pay extra for higher demand, traffic or tolls, providing the same cost certainty for all types of trips.

The company’s carbon-neutral program extends to hailed chauffeur service. Blacklane was the first ground transportation company to offset carbon emissions from all rides and business operations worldwide, starting in 2017.

Private and business guests book on Blacklane’s iOS app. Chauffeurs clean and sanitize vehicles before and after each journey. They greet guests with a slight bow instead of a handshake, maintain maximum distance, and provide hand sanitizer and masks. Guests can call or chat with Blacklane’s 24/7 customer service team in the app.

Blacklane’s scheduled service continues as usual, with rides booked 30 minutes to months in advance on its website and apps. Guests can reserve private and sanitized door-to-door airport transfers, hourly rides and intercity trips.

DEVIALET INTRODUCES PHANTOM I, AN EVOLUTION OF ITS GAME-CHANGING PHANTOM ALL-IN-ONE SPEAKER

Devialet, the French acoustical engineering company, introduces a new iteration of its game-changing Phantom all-in-one speaker: Phantom I.

With cinemas and theatres remaining closed during Chinese New Year, you can still enjoy blockbusters and shows while staying home. Devialet, a French acoustical engineering company, shares expert tips to optimise home audio experience – without breaking the bank (and the bricks)!

Devialet has been on a mission to elevate sound to its rightful place in our lives, providing audiences around the world with a uniquely intricate and moving listening experience. The brand’s flagship revolutionary all-in-one speaker, Phantom, is being taken to the next level with a new iteration of the state-of-the-art speaker. 

Phantom I embeds Devialet’s signature patented technologies, achieving acoustic excellence zero distortion, zero saturation and zero background noise. Modern yet timeless, Phantom I’s iconic spherical design has been updated with a modern matte finish, now available in black and white to either let it stand out or fit in.

Setting up the speaker 

  • Set up mono, stereo or multi-room configuration for the Phantom speakers with a straightforward Devialet app.

  • New Devialet OS to play all your music wirelessly through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplay 2, Spotify Connect, Roon Ready; or connect through Optical TOSLINK, ethernet.

 

Placing the speakers right

  • Phantom’s tweeter grill, placed right at the front of the speaker, should be at the same height as your ears when you’re seated. Place Phantom I on the audio cabinet, or raise them to the ideal and perfect height with the matching accessory for the ultimate audiophile listening experience.

  • Two Phantom I should be placed a bit oriented towards the inside, in order to create a triangle with the listener in the middle.

 

Making tiny adjustments on furniture

  • Cover glass windows and glass doors with drapes to absorb sound waves to improve the clarity of the audio.

  • Place a small rug for the terrazzo floor between the television and sofa to diminish reflections.

 

Since founding, Devialet remains on a mission to achieve simplicity in engineering but also design.

Phantom’s iconic design remains one-of-a-kind, carefully crafted to reflect both the purity of sound you hear, but also the extreme power it holds within.

Emmanuel Nardin, Product & Design Director, and co-founder at Devialet, says:

“Ambitious design and acoustic excellence are at the heart of all Devialet products. To us, Phantom I is the marriage of these two visions, a perfect balance of artistry and technology.

Embracing Devialet’s core design ethos with more precise, carefully considered details, Phantom I feels modern, sophisticated and timeless all at once. It’s a huge achievement for us and we are excited to see the Phantom family raise the bar once again.

The new breed of speaker, Phantom I, alongside the ultra-compact hi-fi home sound system Phantom II, as well as Opéra de Paris | Devialet Phantoms, a special edition of both Phantom I and Phantom II, are available at Devialet stores in ifc mall, Pacific Place and Harbour City.

The Weeknd in Givenchy | Super Bowl

TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: The Weeknd performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Olympian City presents Chinese New Year Cultural Extravaganza

4,000-square-feet old street straight out of ancient China

Introduction to the culture of hanfu with virtual fitting via AR technology

Good Fortune Lunar New Year Market featuring about 20 booths with seasonal flowers & festive items 

Exhibition of ink paintings by renowned Hong Kong artists Water Poon and TK Chan

Hong Kong is getting ready for Lunar New Year, one of the most culturally profound and widely celebrated Chinese festivals. The festival is not only a time for families and friends to get together, but it also provides a unique opportunity for learning about Chinese culture. From 27 January to 28 February 2021, Olympian City is organising the Chinese New Year Cultural Extravaganza to create an enriching and educational experience that also includes festive foods and shopping.

The Chinese New Year Cultural Extravaganza is bringing to life an old Chinese street occupying a floor space of 4,000 square feet and teeming with oriental elements; lines of hanging red lanterns, a small footbridge over a lotus pond and a flowering peach blossom tree will serve as perfect photo backdrops. In addition, there will be an exhibition of hanfu (traditional clothing worn by Han Chinese), whose characteristics and historical backgrounds will be explained by docents. Exhibitiongoers can virtually try on the costumes in theAR Hanfu Fitting Room and be transported to ancient China. S+ REWARDS members are exclusively invited to join Hanfu Experience Day, on which they will have the opportunity to wear real hanfu with their families and friends, topped up by complimentary hairstyling services, and have their photos taken by professional photographers.

Another highlight is the Good Fortune Lunar New Year Market, which features about 20 booths selling festive foods and decorations as well as seasonal flowers for locals to get prepared for the Year of the Cow. The market will also showcase selected works by notable Hong Kong photographer, calligrapher and painter Water Poon and contemporary ink artist TK Chan. On designated Sundays, festive melodies will be played during live Chinese classical music performances to add a touch of poetry to the joyful ambience. Everyone is invited to visit Olympian City with their families and friends this Lunar New Year to experience the culture of hanfu and take part in a variety of festive activities.

Hanfu display at the Chinese New Year Cultural Extravaganza

The Chinese New Year Cultural Extravaganza will turn the Atrium of Olympian City 2 into an old Chinese street and transport visitors to ancient China. Mimicking bluestone paving from the old days, the recreated street features several shops including an inn and a fabric shop that are made from wood with red tile roofs. Big red lanterns symbolising reunion are hung from the structures, which also feature decorative windows carved with the Chinese character “blessing” to showcase the uniqueness of traditional Chinese architecture.

Hanfu, or traditional clothing worn by Han Chinese, is an integral part of the deeply rooted Chinese culture. Many different styles of hanfu had appeared throughout history. Some of them, such as Ming-styled y-shaped collar top, Daopao from the Ming dynasty, and Tang-styled round-collar robe, will be showcased at the mentioned fabric shop, together with a detailed introduction on 12 hanfu styles and docents explaining the characteristics of hanfu from different eras, interspersed with historical backgrounds to deepen public understanding of the culture of hanfu.

The venue also boasts various photo spots, including a lotus pond straddled by a small footbridge and the colourful lanterns-filled street. There will be a 3-metre-tall peach blossom tree, which visitors are encouraged to walk around 3 times to attract career success and romance in the Year of the Cow. Next to the tree will be an exhibition of New Year-themed paintings by multi-media artist Water Poon, who is famous for his simple style, and ink artist TK Chan, whose contemporary ink paintings are characterised by the use of colours. Patrons of Olympian City are invited to check out the Chinese New Year Cultural Extravaganza to appreciate the intricate ancient Chinese architecture and capture cheerful moments with their loved ones in the old street.

A virtual experience of traditional Chinese fashion at the AR Hanfu Fitting Room

Visitors will find the AR Hanfu Fitting Room at the Chinese New Year Cultural Extravaganza. Using the mobile app or the tablets available on site, they can try on different styles of hanfu from simple to colourful ones and travel back in time in just a few seconds, making it a fun experience worth sharing with families and friends. A recommendation is to snap photos in front of the nostalgic fabric shop and the engraved window for a total Chinese cultural experience.

Date: 27 January to 28 February 2021

Time: 12nn to 6pm

From 26 January 2021, Olympian City will be organising a hanfu design competition. The winner will become a fashion designer as his or her work will be featured in the AR Hanfu Fitting Room for all to try. The competition will feature 2 categories, namely the Children category for those aged 4-12, who will have to colour designated hanfu designs, and the Open category for all ages, who will be required to design their own hanfu from scratch and come up with original styles, colours and patterns, among other elements. Adults and children alike are welcome to take part in the competition and showcase their creativity and design talent.

On 14 February 2021 (Valentine’s Day) and 21 February 2021, live Chinese classical music performances featuring the Chinese flute and the guqin will be staged to fill the air with soothing festive melodies.

 

Hanfu Show showcasing hanfu from different eras at malls

On 30 January 2021, models donning hanfu from different eras and complementary makeup will appear in hanfu show. The event will start from 12:30pm at Olympian City, and will head to Lee Tung Avenue at Wan Chai, while the final stop shall be Gold Coast Piazza at Tuen Mun. Mallgoers are welcome to join the event wearing Chinoiserie-inspired outfits, which may lead them to winning souvenirs.

Date: 30 January 2021 (Saturday)

Time: 12:30pm (to be confirmed, please refer to Olympian City Facebook page)

Venue: Olympian City, Lee Tung Avenue, Gold Coast Piazza

Pick up something new from the Good Fortune Lunar New Year Market for the Year of the Cow

The Lunar New Year calls for all things new. From 29 January to 11 February 2021, Olympian City will be organising the Good Fortune Lunar New Year Market, where about 20 booths will be selling festive foods and decorations, from dried seafood to made-in-Hong Kong preserved sausages, gift boxes, traditional cakes, Chinese tea and tea ware. Festive cakes sold by one-Michelin-star dim sum restaurant Tim Ho Wan will make particularly impressive gifts.

 

During the Lunar New Year, families like to decorate their homes in shades of crimson, an auspicious colour in Chinese culture. Fresh seasonal flowers, signalling a thriving new beginning, are also must-have items. Visitors to the Good Fortune Lunar New Year Market will find some of the best flowers for the season like peach blossom, plum blossom, daffodil and rhododendron, as well as auspicious fruit-bearing and foliage plants like tangerine, nipple fruit and water bamboo to buy and bring home.

Gold pressed red envelops blend tradition with class

Printed in a bold red colour, the “Blessings-filled red envelops” designed by Olympian City are made from premium ISO14001-certified 100% recycled paper to highlight the mall’s mission to promote a sustainable lifestyle. Carrying a gold pressed design with the Chinese character “blessing” in the middle, which is inspired by window carvings in traditional Chinese architecture, the red envelops exude oriental flavours in a minimalist manner. The octagonal design is hoped to bring a year of amicable relationships, while the greeting message on the top right corner is straightforward and aligned with the modern simplicity of the overall design.

 

For both givers and recipients of red envelops, a beautiful red envelop pouch can come in handy. Made with damask, a weaving technique commonly used in ancient China, with detailed auspicious clouds embroidered in silk, the matching red “blessings-filled red envelop pouch” is chic and sophisticated and is hoped to bring good luck in the Year of the Cow.

 

‘CNY Premium Set’ Festive gifts redemption

Apart from the exquisite red envelops, Olympian City is also launching a series of festive gifts for redemption. In particular, the CNY Premium Set includes Premier Food Fish Maw (120g), Premier Food Dried Mushroom (225g), Premier Food Braised Abalone in Brown Sauce (4pcs)(380g), Imperial Patisserie Original Palmiers Delight Gift Set (16pcs), William Fevre Chardonnay Espino Reserva Especial 2018 (White wine) (750ml) and the blessings-filled red envelops with pouch. S+ REWARDS members may redeem this comprehensive premium set starting from 28 January 2021.

Gift Redemption – Chinese New Year Cultural Extravaganza Special Edition

Redeem the exclusive “Hanfu Paper Doll Set” and “Hanfu Magnet Set” specially prepared by Olympian City to bring home with you a series of mini traditional hanfu! S+ REWARDS members may redeem starting from 29 January 2021.

 

Olympian City Chinese New Year Cultural Extravaganza
Date 27 January to 28 February 2021
Time Noon to 9pm
Venue Central Atrium, Olympian City 2
AR Hanfu Fitting Room
Date 27 January to 28 February 2021 (Every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday)
Time Noon to 6pm
Venue Central Atrium, Olympian City 2
Participation Free admission
Good Fortune Lunar New Year Market
Date 29 January to 11 February 2021
Time Noon to 9pm
Venue Central Atrium, Olympian City 2
Hanfu Show – Lunar New Year Hanfu Showcase
Date 30 January 2021 (Saturday)
Time 12:30pm (to be confirmed, please refer to Olympian City Facebook page)
Venue Central Atrium, Olympian City 2; Lee Tung Avenue; Gold Coast Piazza
Hanfu Experience Day
Date 6 & 7 February 2021 (Saturday & Sunday)
Time Designated periods
Venue Central Atrium, Olympian City 2
Participation S+ REWARDS members can redeem passes with loyalty points via the mobile app to reserve the timeslot
Lunar New Year Chinese Classical Music Performance
Date 14 & 21 February 2021 (2 consecutive Sundays)
Time 2pm & 3pm (each show is around 20 minutes)
Venue Central Atrium, Olympian City 2
Redemption of “Blessings-filled Red Envelops”Redemption of Chinese New Year Cultural Extravaganza Special Edition gift
Content “Hanfu Paper Doll Set” or “Hanfu Magnet Set”
Redemption Date Starting from 29 January 2021 (Friday)

Redemption TimeStarting from 1pmHow to redeemHanfu Paper Doll Set : S+ REWARDS members can redeem one set with 12 points or S+ REWARDS members with “Auspicious Gifts” badge may redeem with 6 points
Hanfu Magnet Set: S+ REWARDS members can redeem one set with 35 points or S+ REWARDS members with “Auspicious Gifts” badge may redeem with 25 points

Times Square x emograms launches “Houseful of Joy”

As Chinese New Year approaches, many Hong Kongers are looking forward to the coming of the new year more than ever before! The ever so thoughtful Times Square especially invited Hungarian visual artist and designer, Kissmiklos to make his debut in Hong Kong, which uses his signature emograms as the inspiration behind the “Houseful of Joy” New Year Project. From January 18 to February 28, 2021, a huge art installation of emograms, interactive cheering zone, and art exhibition, shall bring you endless joy and smiles to Hong Kong people who have been secluded behind daily mask wearing in the past year.  At the same time, January 25 to February 8, 2021, upon designated spending at Times Square you could redeem a limited edition exquisite Temari ball designed red packet set and a stylish fortune bag. Join Times Square this Chinese New Year to pass on sincere blessings to everyone around.

 

The golden smiley face ball falls from the sky. The giant emograms ™  and lucky cat art installation signify prosperity and good fortune

Hungarian visual artist and designer Kissmiklos is known for integrating architecture, art, design, and graphic design to create visually impactful stories. Inspired by the word “emoji” which was once selected as the “Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year”, he designed his well-known emograms serieswhich showcases a variety of emotional facial expression from everyday life, created by various arrangements of alphabetical punctuations. The emograms series of Kissmiklos has been frequently published in the famous design magazine “BRAND”, and the Ball.Room project was exhibited at the 2019 Gwangju Design Biennale, which became a social media hotspot. This time, invited by Times Square to jointly create the “Houseful of Joy” New Year Project, Kissmiklos has made several breakthroughs in his design to cater to the festive atmosphere of the New Year.

 

As you enter Times Square’s atrium, a giant emograms light installation will immediately catch your attention. Be greeted by 8 giant inflatable emograms showing smiles full of positivity and auspicious New Year vibe, including the English characters “COOL”, “LOVED”, “HAPPY”, “FULL”, “SMILE”, “GOOD”, “LUCKY” and “ENJOY”. For the first time, Kissmiklos uses metallic tones in his design work, which not only implies auspiciousness, but also perfectly brings out New Year’s atmosphere of prosperity and harmony!

 

The art installation composed of two giant emograms “GOOD” and “LUCK” are equally eye-catching. Among them, the metallic “LUCK” emogram was custom designed for this project. Between the two giant emograms, discover a large “福”  fai chun which is Kissmiklos’ first Chinese word design.The ambiance created by this art installation is bursting with the festivity and good fortune!

The giant interactive lottery balls cheering stations are equally exciting for everyone to enjoy. Discover three big lottery ball machines each representing “Sweet Honey”, “Full House of Gold and Silver” and “Full of Happiness” are filled with “LOVED”, “LUCKY” and “Full” emogram respectively. Press the control in front of the lottery ball machines to charge them up with vitality, and watch “Lucky” emograms toss and roll with great fortune!

 

On the opposite side of the cheering lottery machines sits a two-meter-high lucky cat art installation. For the first time, Kissmiklos designs on non-spherical objects, giving these lucky cats outfits that sports a Chinese New Year atmosphere. Three fluffy lucky cats of differing sizes each printed with the character “Fu” specially designed by Kissmiklos for this project. Standing in front of the giant “KUNG HEI FAT CHOI” signage, these lovable lucky cats are selfie ready and waiting to greet you with good fortune.

 

Finally, there will be an exhibition gallery at the center of the atrium. Six selected 3D emograms are displayed, including “GOOD”, “HAPPY”, “LOVED”, “LUCKY”, “ENJOY” and “SMILE”. While enjoying the classic designs of designer Kissmiklos, Times Square’s aim is to wish Hong Kongers a happy new year in 2021 blessed with good luck and laughter. Reminding everyone that even though we are wearing masks, do not forget to keep smiling and enjoy life.

 

Bringing you sincere wishes for the New Year with a limited edition Temari designed red packets and stylish fortune bag!

 

Chinese New Year is incomplete without lucky money from red packets.  Inspired by the Temari ball that symbolizes “Wealth and Reunion”, Times Square brings you a special limited edition “Wealthy Blessing”  red packet.  Temari balls originated in the Tang Dynasty in China. Not only does the Chinese writing of Temari ball symbolize bringing happiness to the people around you, the ancient Temari was an artefact believed to bring blessings to others.  Giving a red packet with such a special meaning in its design doubles up the blessings to loved ones.

 

The set of eight red packets include four circular and four traditional rectangular shaped red packets, each with various Temari ball designs.  These delicate red packets are comparable to art pieces; created with exquisite and craftsmanship such as embroidery, gold leafing etc. In addition, Times Square is launching a special “Good Luck” Bag, with a bright red color and a touch of gold, which fashionably augments the new year.

 

From 25 Jan – 8 Feb, upon same-day spending of certain amount (maximum 2 receipts) by electronic transaction to redeem “Wealthy Blessing” red packet and “Good Luck” Bag. Customers are required to register at https://timessquare.com.hk/member/index.php to join this promotion and enjoy the rewards.

 

Same day spending

by electronic payment

Can redeem
HK$1,000 or above A set of “Wealthy Blessing” Lai See
HK$2,000 or above A set of “Wealthy Blessing” Lai See and a ” Good Luck ” Lai See Bag

Limited daily quota for all items, first come first served. Available while stock lasts.

Terms and conditions apply.

 

Date:               25 Jan – 8 Feb 2021

Time:               10am-10pm

Location:         5/F and 9/F Redemption Counter

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Chef Ho’s homemade Deluxe Turnip Pudding and Deluxe Low Sugar Red Date Pudding

As the Year of the Ox approaches fast The Royal Garden has prepared a lineup of legendary Chinese New Year puddings. Besides, the unique Deluxe Turnip Pudding andDeluxe Low Sugar Red Date Pudding handmade by Executive Chef Ho Wai Sing have come back again!

 

The Royal Garden’s renowned Cantonese restaurant The Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant presents the handmade Deluxe Turnip Puddingwhich is made of Japanese Daikon shredded in 1 cm thick cuts, together with dried scallops and shrimps combined with preserved sausages,” says Chef Ho Wai Sing, Chinese Executive Chef of The Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant. “It has fantastic ingredients so to enjoy the best of it, I would recommend cutting the pudding into 1-inch thick slices then slowly frying them until a golden brown crust forms on the outside,” he said. “In this way you will be able to enjoy the delicious fine ingredients as well as the chunky texture and sweetness of daikon in every bite.“

 

The Deluxe Low Sugar Red Date Pudding are made with premium red dates from Xinjiang, each red date is around 2 inches long. Chef Ho carefully peeled the red dates, cut them into small bites then mixed it in the pudding. A special recipe from Chef Ho is used as he reduced the amount of the sugar in the pudding so you may taste the natural sweetness from the red dates. This pudding is bursting with fragrance and the health benefits of red dates, which are full of multivitamins, calcium and protein.

 

In addition to these two limited edition puddings, Chef Ho and his experienced culinary team will also prepare other puddings daily such as the Dried Mandarin Peel with Red Bean and Lotus Seed Pudding, Ginger Pudding, Water Chestnut Pudding and the always popular Coconut Pudding, Turnip Pudding and Taro Pudding. They are all elegantly wrapped in gift boxes, these festive treats are a perfect and chic Chinese New Year gift.

 

A delightful gift box may also be purchased – a deluxe gift box where a fish-shaped pudding and Chinese preserved meat are included. Customers who place orders before 14 January 2021 will even enjoy special discounts. For enquires and ordering, please call 2733 2840.

Items Price per box (HK$)
Deluxe Turnip Pudding $398
Deluxe Low Sugar Red Date Pudding $308
Dried Mandarin Peel with Red Bean and Lotus Seed Pudding $298
Water Chestnut Pudding $298
Ginger Pudding $298
Coconut Pudding $298
Turnip Pudding $298
Taro Pudding $298
Deluxe Gift Box (Fish-shaped Pudding and Chinese Preserved Meat) $658

 

Early Bird Discount

Date Discount
For orders confirmed before 14 January 2021 Deluxe Puddings – 10% off; Other New Year Puddings – 20% off; Gift Box – 15% off

 

 

 

ELEMENTS Presents “Flourishing New Year” Shopping Rewards

Red packet design features peonies, the “King of All Flowers”, to signify abundance of joy in the new year

Located above MTR Kowloon Station, ELEMENTS is home to leading international luxe brands. As Chinese New Year approaches and flowers bloom in abundance, ELEMENTS proudly presents its “Flourishing New Year” Shopping Rewards. From 4 January 2021 until 11 February 2021, customers can enjoy a total of HK$2,000 rewards and limited-edition “Flourishing New Year” red packets upon same-day single spending of HK$2,000 or above. In addition, customers can enjoy up to HK$12,800 rewards and limited-edition “Flourishing New Year” premium red packet bag set upon designated spending. ELEMENTShas specially incorporated chic features into the design of its “Flourishing New Year” red packets, showcasing a unique and fashionable fusion of Chinese and Western culture to welcome the arrival of a brand-new year.

Spend HK$2,000 to Redeem Limited-Edition “Flourishing New Year” Red Packets

” src=”cid:image001.png@01D6E34F.04066DA0″ alt=”image001.png” align=”left” hspace=”12″ v:shapes=”Picture_x0020_5″ class=”Apple-web-attachment Singleton” style=”width: 2.6354in; height: 1.7604in; opacity: 1;”>ELEMENTS has selected the peony, an ancient symbol of fortune and prosperity, as this year’s aesthetic theme. Representing an “anticipation of life”, the emergence of the peony synchronises with springtime renewal, symbolising blessings of blossoming good fortune and abundance in the new year. The design of ELEMENTS’ red packets adopts elegant burgundy as the main tone to highlight the splendour of the peony, the “King of All Flowers”. Embossing is also employed to create a pronounced three-dimensional effect, making the vivid peonies appear to blossom on the paper, while the petals are decorated with golden accents to reveal the peonies’ enchanting beauty and regal composure. These lavish red packets are also printed with a spot UV effect on the peonies, which further enhances the textural effect of the entire design.

From 4 January 2021 until 11 February 2021, customers with same-day single spending of HK$2,000 or above at ELEMENTS can redeem limited-edition “Flourishing New Year” red packets and a total of HK$2,000 rewards, including HK$1,000 ELEMENTS Dining Vouchers, and HK$1,000 Tenant Vouchers. In addition, with spending of HK$10,000 or above, customers can redeem limited-edition “Flourishing New Year” red packets and a total of HK$3,800 ELEMENTS Gift Vouchers and Tenant Vouchers.

Spend HK$60,000 to Redeem HK$12,800 Rewards and Limited-Edition “Flourishing New Year” Premium Red Packet Bag Set

Furthermore, customers who spend HK$60,000 or above at ELEMENTS can also enjoy a total of HK$12,800 ELEMENTS Gift Vouchers and Tenant Vouchers, and the limited-edition “Flourishing New Year” premium red packet bag set. The premium red packets are available in burgundy and gold versions, together with a fashionable two-way bag. Made of light and soft materials, this stylish handbag is fashioned in a chic golden colour to accentuate its elegant texture. The length of the shoulder straps is adjustable for the perfect statement of fashion and elegance. This one-of-a-kind bag can also be used as either a side shoulder bag or a handbag with a detachable metal chain, enabling you to mix-and-match different looks anytime, anywhere!

Secret Theatre Projects present REDEMPTION ROOM: a world premiere, immersive, online thriller experience

“You will be judge and executioner, but when an evil virus infiltrates the proceedings, how far will you go?” 

Redemption Room is a new live online experience where the audience gets to judge six disgraced celebrities as they seek redemption for their societal crimes. The production format takes a thrilling twist after an evil entity is awakened into the proceedings. Who will survive? Who will get their redemption? You will decide.

The experience will go live across the world in a Zoom studio featuring contestants from six major cities; Hong Kong, London, Singapore, Mumbai, Sydney and New York. The production will be going live from all those cities where our celebrities are located.

As the studio audience in the online experience you will vote on how far we push the contestants fears. But be warned, every-night audiences will be judging the proceedings and one audience member will even be asked to compete with the celebrities. So as an audience attendee you can vote, you can judge, you can contact the celebrities directly and have an outcome on the experience!

So who are Asia’s secret contestants? How will they fair against the contestants from all over the world? You can go to our website and connect with the celebrities straight away! Feel free to ask them about their journey!

For the experience we suggest you turn off the lights, light a candle and be prepared for the unexpected. Should you have paranormal fears please prepare accordingly. If Ouija boards are your taste, there will be a moment when you can get involved. Please be warned by wearing black you can summon demons….

There will be various screening times for Hong Kong and Singapore on various dates where audiences can enjoy the production from 7-10pm.

About Secret Theatre

Secret Theatre is a global immersive performance company founded by Richard Crawford in New York in 2009. Since then they have travelled the world creating unique experiences. Redemption Room is Secret Theatre’s premier online, immersive cinematic experience, bringing together a production that can be streamed and enjoyed from anywhere in the world. “I wanted to create a fitting show for our times that encapsulates all that 2020 was, so it’s a horror, thriller where audiences from all over the world can have an impact on the outcome and talk directly to the characters as soon as they by a ticket thus creating a pre-show immersive experience! We are really excited and can’t wait for it to launch.

The experience can be viewed on any device that supports Zoom. 

Please see the ticket page for global time zone options. 

The Shows go live on 25 February and run until March. 

Company website www.secrettheatres.com.

Please note the experience will be streamed at different times for different time zones so please check the ticket page when you purchase that you have the right time for your city.