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3Novices:From Manila to Taiwan, Star Cruises’ inaugural ‘Jewels of the South China Sea’ picks out some real gems

We’re greeted with much fanfare when we arrive at Manila, the first port of call on Star Cruises’ inaugural “Jewels of the South China Sea” five-night cruise from Hong Kong. The colourful Banda Kawayan Pilipinas orchestra serenades us with Beatles classics played on musical instruments made from bamboo and other indigenous materials, while entertainers on stilts or dressed in tribal costumes dance to the beat of the drums.
First stop is the city’s historic core,…
April 27, 2017 at 04:31PM http://ift.tt/2pp65u5
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3Novices:Three black-on-black watches that will appeal to the goth in you

Reach out and touch faith. So goes the chorus of Depeche Mode’s biggest hit, Personal Jesus. It’s a song, like Blue Monday by New Order and Toxic by Britney Spears, that everyone likes and you don’t have to be all goth about it. Sadly, I never had a goth phase, my sunny disposition and lack of hair on top probably didn’t help. And no, a fondness for the musical whining of Robert Smith does not a goth make. There must, however, be some committed goths working in the watch…
April 27, 2017 at 03:53PM http://ift.tt/2poWP9F
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3Novices:Bar review: 99 bottles in Central – drinks cheaper than most happy hours in an unpretentious setting

The vibe: a no-frills beer bar cum bottle shop with an emphasis on value for money rather than interior design. It’s utilitarian, uncluttered, clean and well maintained. Although there is no happy hour per se, regular prices are already significantly lower than the early evening discounted rates of most establishments in the neighbourhood. Seating is limited to a small number of stools around a single table, and when the joint gets crowded the clientele overflows into the street. It…
April 27, 2017 at 02:45PM http://ift.tt/2oOUGAU
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3Novices:Restaurant review: Cafe Epure in Tsim Sha Tsui does French classics very well, and the service is friendly

The little tea room outside the fine-dining one-Michelin-star restaurant Epure used to be called La Brasserie by Epure, but changed recently to Cafe Epure. It’s a charming space with a whimsical mural, and service that is friendly, thoughtful and proactive.
The menu lists French classics: escargots, foie gras and beef tartare, all done very well. You can order à la carte (and I’ve given prices for the dishes), but it’s better to order the set meals of three courses for…
April 27, 2017 at 02:33PM http://ift.tt/2q95Dhs
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3Novices:Tasselmania: interior designers to Beckhams and Madonna on their chameleon approach to a room’s finishing touches

What do you strive for? Robbie Spina: “Beautiful objets of desire that are contemporary, almost fashion-like statement pieces. All handmade with impeccable craftsmanship.”
What do you look for in a material? Joe Zito: “We always use the finest quality materials, whether it is Swarovski crystal or silk threads, so that it is strong and durable. We like to use materials that are not traditionally associated with interiors, like coral, palm seeds and semi-precious stones like…
April 27, 2017 at 12:33PM http://ift.tt/2qhCzDI
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3Novices:Australia’s first wooden office building heralds new era of timber-based architecture

The first thing that hits the senses when walking into Lendlease’s International House Sydney is the sweet smell of the forest.
It is the first engineered timber office in the country and sits in Barangaroo complex, Sydney. The designers say it will help to lower blood pressure and orders are said to be flowing in.
The wooden beams across the open plan office floors mean staff can literally hug a tree.
The managing director of Barangaroo, Rob Deck, said now clients can see the property…
April 27, 2017 at 12:12PM http://ift.tt/2p6uAf1
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3Novices:Eric Liddell’s former roommate in China internment camp celebrates his centenary and the time of his life

About 15km from the spires of the university city of Oxford, Southmoor is a pretty village, with listed buildings and a couple of pubs; just the kind of place you would expect to stumble across while exploring England’s leafy country lanes. A birthday celebration at the village hall is a common occurrence.
Not so commonplace was the birthday party held in the hall one Saturday in March for Joe Cotterill. The trimmings included a cake in the shape of “100”, a card from Britain…
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