Wine, Dine, and Fall in Love  – Macau’s Valentine Celebration

February 11, 2016

 

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When we think of celebrating Valentine’s Day, we often conjure images of dining under the stars in Paris or sipping wine and eating pasta near the gondolas in Venice , but love has no boundaries and neither does your airline ticket. With Asia becoming the one of the most desired spots for travelers, you can now add the city of Macau as one of the world’s most beautiful and romantic cities to visit.

Located just about an hour from Hong Kong, the city of Macau was a former colony of Portugal and the last European colony in Asia until it was given back to China in the late nineties.  Refined and cultured, the city’s cultural blend of Portuguese and Chinese influences are felt in its architecture, language and tasted in its cuisine.

 

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Within a few short weeks, from February 7th-29th, Macau will celebrate all the splendor of love and romance by hosting its Valentine Light Show. This year, it is called Valentine’s Day Fantasia 2016-the Fairytale of Lights. The event will be held at Taipa Houses-museum and other attractions. The light installments will include thousands of roses while Cinderella’s Glass Slipper will feature its famous fairy tale in 3-D.

If you happen to be fortunate to visit Macau on the world’s most romantic day, you can further your enjoyment by staying and dining at some of Macau’s most luxurious hotels. The Hotel Royal Macau, for example, is one of Macau’s top hotel destinations.  Located at the doorstep of the Guia Fortress, the first lighthouse along the Chinese coast, the Hotel Royal Macau caters to your every need and includes a health club with a heated pool, luxurious facilities and rooms, nearby world class shopping, and some of the finest dining in all of Asia.

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This February (February 12-14) renowned Executive Chef Luis Americo will offer a special Valentine Menu at his highly acclaimed Portuguese restaurant, FADO, which is held at the Hotel Royal Macau, having recently been awarded the “Star Merchant Award-Deluxe Restaurant,”FADO has been attracting diners and food aficionados from all over the world. For those fortunate to dine at FADO, you will be treated to a first rate dining experience that will surely not only please your stomach but make your heart soar. Make your reservation and enjoy this simple yet flavorful Valentine’s Menu at FADO in the Hotel Royal Macau, please call (853) 2855 2222 ext. 142.

 

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Did You Know? Less Than 1 in 4 Teens Has Been Tested For HIV

February 9, 2016

 

Think about your sex education in school. What did you learn? Was it enough? No matter your age, sex education is something that should stand out in your mind because it has always been a point of controversy. For many current middle school and high school students, public school sex education is the first time that they have been confronted with the facts. Sadly, the facts presented in schools are not adequate, something that National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day wants to change.

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According to various recent studies, there is a rift between the number of sexually active teens and the number of teens that have been tested for HIV. While almost 50% of American high schoolers are sexually active, only 13% have been tested for HIV with 10% saying they are unsure. The incongruency has led to startling statistics here.

  • 133% increase in HIV among gay and bisexual men between 13 and 24
  • 60% of of teens with HIV don’t even know it
  • 50% of STIs are contracted by teens

 

These are sad and unacceptable rates of contraction according to the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and we want to do something about it. Part of the problem is with sex education in the United States to be sure but legislation can take a long time to change. Because of that, NBHAAD seeks to inspire a grassroots effort to have more people educated about and tested for HIV/AIDS outside of school. Our commitment extends especially to teens.

 

HIV Advocates which is a global initiative that aims to share news, experiences, strategies and new tools that aim to energize human rights movements and communities fighting HIV/AIDS, is the answer. Supported by Levi Strauss Foundation and powered by B-Change Foundation,  HIV Advocates encourages existing and would-be activists to explore the power of social media and other Internet avenues to help spread the message across – that discrimination and stigma no longer have any place in society and that society should accept the LGBT community members as they are.

 

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Good News and Best of Luck this Chinese New Year: Cheers to All Sideways Driving Club Sponsored Drivers, Gourmet Skin Bar 2016 Picks, Asian Youth Orchestra Auditions and Iso Fit Hong Kong Kickstart Packages

February 6, 2016

 

Best of Luck in 2016 to All Sideways Driving Club Sponsored Drivers!

The 2016 racing season is approaching faster than a Formula One driver and Sideways Driving Club couldn’t be more excited to continue sponsorship of some of Hong Kong’s top professional motorists. Among the lot of Sideways-sponsored drivers are Edgar Lau, Matt Solomon and Darryl O’Young each of whom had a great season last year and promises to improve in the coming season.

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Young Edgar Lau capped a strong 2015 campaign with a victory at the Sideways Driver Shoot Out last December. He is a prodigious talent and a California native that we are happy to have on our roster this season. And, although the switch to the Asian circuit will not be easy, with the simulators at Sideways Driving Club to practice on, Lau will certainly be ready for the starting line. In fact after his recent victory, Edgar himself said “The simulator experience at Sideways definitely helped. I really want to thank PS Racing and Sideways for giving me this opportunity.”

Gourmet Skin Bar New Years Pick 2016

Gourmet Skin Bar is one of the most popular online stores focused on high-quality organic beauty products. They are known for their ability to pick and offer the best products to pamper every part of your body. Although the products in their offer are produced by different brands, they all have one thing of common – quality. Now let’s check the Chinese New Year’s pick 2016.

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No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum

This youth serum has won many awards in the last couple of years, so it is no surprise why it is found on this list. The Aknari Brightening Youth Serum is actually a mixture of three different oils known for their powerful anti-aging properties – rose flower essential oil, argan kernel oil and indica seed oil. One of the best things about this product is the fact that it nourishes the skin instantly. On top of that, it provides long-lasting results.

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The Asian Youth Orchestra

The Asian Youth Orchestra members are selected through a rigorous audition process that singles out the foremost qualified members. Participants from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam are all welcome to audition and have feature representatives on the orchestra.

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Currently, there are several countries where auditioning period is still open. If you or your child would like to showcase their skills and potentially earn a spot on the prestigious orchestra the you should promptly check the application deadline and sign-up. The audition dates vary. In Manila, Philippines, the auditions will be held on February 20, and in Hanoi, Vietnam, the audition date is on February 24 among other dates, times, and locations in other Asian countries.

Musicians aged 17 to 27 are welcome to audition though they must be permanent residents of their respective Asian country. Email Asian Youth Orchestra for more information: ayo@asianyouthorchestra.com    

 

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Iso Fit Hong Kong Kickstart Packages this 2016

Iso Fit is offering all new clients who join IsoFit Hong Kong during Jan and Feb 2016 our amazing KICKSTART deal which offers you up to 25% discount off our normal prices for each KICKSTART package!

The packages can be chosen based on your assessment session which allows IsoFit Hong Kong to identify your needs through physically seeing what you are able to do. They use specialist equipment in addition to taking your current statistics, medical needs and many other aspects of your health into account to offer you a fitness training program that you will be able to adhere to. Customers can choose to have private sessions if they prefer the one to one approach or semi-private offering smaller than average group sizes.

Your package can be chosen based on the amount of lessons you and your instructor feel you will need. The more sessions you choose the more you can save on your fitness program. You can receive further discounts and even enter the rewards program allowing you to get more out of your program. This is a big incentive to many of the customers that have learned to enjoy the classes and look forward to them.

Whether you are looking for rehabilitation after an injury/illness or just want a routine that you are able to stick to, IsoFit Hong Kong can give you exactly what you need at a price you can afford. You may have never entered a gym in your life or felt that they are just not for you, but IsoFit Hong Kong has methods to suit everyone to get them feeling healthier on the inside and looking better on the outside.

 


HIV Advocates Supports National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is February 7th Get Involved!

February 5, 2016

 

February 7th comes by once every year, but for too many it is just another day on the calendar. Just another one of the 365 days that each of us lives through every year. But, the problem of HIV/AIDS in the African American community is anything but a normal problem. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) was created to change the meaning of February 7th forever.

Since 1999, February 7th has marked National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to motivate African Americans to fight back against the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Unfortunately, for many complex reasons, HIV and AIDS have affected African Americans at a higher rate than other racial groups which makes NBHAAD vitally important.

 
untitledThe four-pronged approach outlined by the governing body for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is as follows:

    • Education – teach African Americans about HIV and AIDS to help prevent spread of the disease

 

  • Involvement – the more people working against HIV/AIDS, the better
  • Testing – the only way to know your HIV status is to be tested, and tested regularly

 

  • Treatment – people should know they aren’t alone and that they will be supported and treated in the face of HIV hardship

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will only succeed if more people participate. The onus is on the African American community to protect itself and future generations and one way to unite is through NBHAAD. For more information and resources, visit the NBHAAD website at http://nationalblackaidsday.org/.

Help spread education and hope and stop the spread of HIV and AIDS in the African American community. Celebrate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by hosting an event, getting tested, or educating yourself about the problem.

 

HIV Advocates which is a global initiative that aims to share news, experiences, strategies and new tools that aim to energize human rights movements and communities fighting HIV/AIDS, is the answer. Supported by Levi Strauss Foundation and powered by B-Change Foundation,  HIV Advocates encourages existing and would-be activists to explore the power of social media and other Internet avenues to help spread the message across – that discrimination and stigma no longer have any place in society and that society should accept the LGBT community members as they are.

 

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FADO Valentine’s Set Menu at Hotel Royal Macau Is A Truly Romantic Gesture

February 2, 2016

 

 

Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest times for many restaurants and you may want to consider getting your reservation in early especially if FADO is one of you favorite places to dine. FADO The Legendary Portuguese Cuisine in the stunning Hotel Royal Macau is offering a specially crafted Valentine’s Menu for couples both young and old. In February 2016 from the 12th to the 14th you can experience the romantically divine dishes of Portuguese cuisine. The Valentine’s Menu has been carefully created by renowned Chef Luis Americo and his team with the beautifully plated courses to please all the senses. There is no better way to enjoy the romance of your relationship then surround in a warm inviting environment and truly phenomenal food.

 

FADO has been a highly rated Portuguese style restaurant at the Hotel Royal Macau that is dedicated to bringing the finest, freshest food of Portugal and crowned with “Star Merchant Award – Deluxe Restaurant” by Macau Government Tourist Office in 2015. The Valentine’s Menu is sure to please you palate and give you a dining experience of a memorable night.

 

The FADO Valentine’s Menu at Hotel Royal Macau Includes:

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The “Cupid’s Garden” is a delicate crab mousse topped appetizer. It is plated with colorful fresh roasted vegetables. Served with the crab mouse is a traditional Portuguese style gazpacho.

 

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After your starter course you will enjoy “The Perfect Sunset”. An exquisite steamed half lobster main dish with a silky butter lemon sauce. Plated with a light and fluffy bed of roasted pine nut rice.

 

Dancing On The Moon Light-

If lobster is not to your taste then choose “Dancing On The Moon Light”. This dish features a tender slow cooked veal with roasted pumpkin hearts. It is served with a rich side of caramelized onions potato mash and sauteed mushrooms to satisfy your taste buds.
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End the meal with the decadent “Swan Lake”. You will indulge in a romantic desert of crispy chocolate mousse stuffed with vanilla custard cream and strawberry coulis. The perfect dish to round off your love filled evening with romances and happiness.

 

Enjoy a romantic dining experience at FADO as a couple for $1200 or solo for $680. Couples will also see a 10% service charge added to their total bill. Ask your waiter for the perfect wine pairing to enjoy with your meal as well. Moreover, on February 14th dinner time, live music performance will be specially arranged to complement this romantic dinner to make it a memorable one.

 

With an inviting and vibrant atmosphere FADO perfectly encompasses the Portuguese culture. And the menu does exactly the same. For a one of a kind dining experience FADO should be the top restaurant choice for your Valentine Day plans. Taking reservation from the 12th – 14th in February for this Valentines Special you will want to make sure you hold your spot early to ensure you and your special someone can get a table. Private dining rooms are also available for guest who would like more privacy. Make your reservation and enjoy this simple yet flavorful Valentine’s Menu at FADO in the Hotel Royal Macau., please call (853) 2855 2222 ext. 142.

 

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Digital Nomads and GlocalMe

February 1, 2016

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Digital nomad is a relatively new term that describes an individual that earns money online and can travel anywhere in the world as long as they have access to the Internet. They are established professionals and it takes only limited resources and effort for them to start earning money. In other words, being a digital nomad allows you to make a great combination of traveling the world and working. Even though many people associate this word with people who do low-income jobs and stay in cheap motels, the truth is that there are people who are able to pursue big money careers and travel the world.

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If you are interested in practicing this lifestyle or you are already a digital nomad, you need to take one thing into consideration – the amount of money you spend for the Internet connection. It can be quite costly to use roaming in every country you visit. However, with the help of GlocalMe, a company that has developed special cloud SIM technology, these costs can be cut. GlocalMe, is a device used as a Wi-Fi hotspot that allows users to find the best operator network. Compared to standard prices paid for roaming, GlocalMe, is 20 or even more times cheaper. This is definitely something useful if you are a digital nomad. Cutting these expenses means that you will get a chance to enjoy more in the places where you are planning to stay for a while.

The usefulness of this technology was recently confirmed by Coboat. This project has a unique concept which allows a small group of people to get involved in co-working on a beautiful catamaran sailing around the globe. Now, thanks to GlocalMe, the participants in this project will have fast and reliable internet connection on board!

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Hotel Royal Macau Lunar New Year’s  Invitation At Catalpa Garden

January 29, 2016

 

Lunar New Year in Macau is a beautiful tradition and a spectacular event that is not to be missed. The entire region becomes energetic and lively in the splendor of this annual event. Streets lit up with red and gold, dragon dances, parades and delicious seasonal foods all add to the magic of this holiday. It’s a special time to share with family and friends around plates of steaming rice and pork or bowls of mouthwatering Poon Choi. If that last sentence got your mouth watering, get ready for the Lunar New Year menu at the Catalpa Garden restaurant located in the famous Hotel Royal Macau. This year, from February 1st through February 22nd, you and your friends and family can treat yourselves to Catalpa Garden’s delectable reunion dinner menu and enjoy the joyful reunion in the coming Lunar New Year.

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Catalpa Garden brings authentic Shanghainese cuisine with little surprises and all the classics are served. The Mandarin Fish with Pine Nuts in Sweet and Sour Sauce is a typical traditional dish in Suzhou, is highly appreciated by guests from home and abroad. Experience authentic Shanghainese cuisine in a modern decor at our Catalpa Garden. Chinese New Year is just around the corner, our chef has catered various sumptuous menus for family gathering dinners as part of the Chinese traditions. We also have the classical Shanghai dishes such as spareribs in sweet vinegar sauce, Chinese honey ham wrapped, and braised sliced abalone and beche-de-mer with oyster sauce. You can also have the local taste of Shanghai cuisine by exploring steamed black glutinous rice with mashed red bean and steamed Shanghai minced pork dumplings. If you prefer more privacy, we also offer private dining rooms in Catalpa Garden, providing you a delightful gathering.

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Shanghai Poon Choi

Poon Choi, is a traditional Chinese dish served at special ceremonies and celebrations. Long considered a representation of prosperity, the dish is made of layer upon layer of ingredients, starting with vegetables and building up to the most tender cuts of meats and precious sea foods. Our special Shanghai Poon Choi not only includes some precious items such as maw, sea cucumber, abalones and scallops, but also features Shanghai cuisine such as duck tongue, shrimp, smoked fish and salty chicken. Moreover, take-away service is available. At Catalpa Garden, this beautiful dish features a bounty of items, all prepared from fresh ingredients. Some of the most delicious items you’ll find in this dish are salty chicken, smoked fish, and fresh mushrooms. Moreover, take-away service is available, allowing you to enjoy the delicacy at your home or office.

 

While the Catalpa Garden’s special menu will only be available through the 22nd of February, you can find great food at this restaurant and great accommodations at the Hotel Royal Macau all year long. If you prefer a private dining experience, Catalpa Garden offers four secluded dining rooms. Learn more about the luxurious Hotel Royal Macau and its other amenities.

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