How To Keep Your Home Safe During Your Summer Vacation

Summer is finally here, and for most people that means just one thing: it’s finally time for some much needed rest and relaxation. Ideally, when leaving home for more than just a few days, you want to put your home in the hands of a trustworthy house sitter. It’s one of the safest ways to make sure nothing bad happens while you are away. read more

Five tips for finding the perfect health insurance policy

With year-on-year rising medical costs and expenses, expats in Hong Kong, the wider Asian region and around the world are coming under increasing pressure to find an appropriate health insurance policy that balances coverage with affordability. Sadly, most people know very little about their current medical plan, its terms and conditions or the coverage it affords. Complicated wording and industry jargon tend to confuse people right from the start. Few customers will actually sit down and read their policy before signing it, and this can sometimes cause trouble for further down the line. But don’t stress: health insurance need not be an additional complication in your life. If you know very little about medical insurance, plans or coverage but need to renew or purchase a policy, use our guide which can help you to find the plan that will meet all of your insurance needs. read more

Hong Kong’s Top 3 Healthiest Restaurants

It can be tough to find a reliably healthy restaurant to frequent; an eating establishment with values you agree on and food you can enjoy over and over again. Luckily (if you live near Hong Kong, that is!), we’ve done the legwork for you. Here are three of our favorite healthy dining spots in the city, and we’ll tell you why we love them. We’ve found a wide range of healthy restaurants, some of which are vegetarian, organic, local and environmentally conscious, serving up a variety of cuisine from seafood to burgers. Bon apetit! read more

The Biggest Mistakes You’re Making With Sunscreen

The truth about sunscreen is shocking. Did you know, for example, that there is no conclusive evidence that sunscreen prevents most types skin cancer? Worse still, a 2011 study by the Environmental Working Group showed that commercial sunscreens can actually cause skin cancer rather than prevent it. read more

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Travel Insurance

The school term is coming to an end and that often means one thing – summer holidays! All across Asia, end of term usually heralds a mass exodus of school kids and their parents, some returning to their native countries and others spending the time on vacation. As the famous song by Cliff Richard notes, everyone would like to go on holiday with nothing to worry about for a week or two. read more

Best Bike Rides In Hong Kong

Spring is here, which means it’s time to go outside and enjoy the warm, sunny weather. There is no better way to experience the beauty of Hong Kong than from a bicycle, so we suggest you pick a route and get out there. read more

Your Hong Kong 2014 Dragon Boat Festival Weekend Planner

It’s that time of year again. The time when grown men get tanked up on rice dumplings for breakfast, don tank-tops and short-shorts, pile into a long narrow boat, and row as fast as possible to the beat of a bongo drum while tens of thousands of spectators cheer them on in honor of the legendary Qu Yuan’s suicide drowning in protest of imperialism. read more

How to make the absolute most out of your weekends

Breathe a sigh of relief – the weekend is finally here! If you’re not one to plan lots of activities or tasks for your days off, you might have experienced this scary phenomena: the weekend is coming to a close, you’re mentally preparing to go back to work the next day, and suddenly you realize you did absolutely nothing all weekend. read more

Beat the heat the smart way this summer with these tips

Some people love the heat and some people despise it. But however you feel about it, the late summer heat is more or less inescapable. Even the biggest hot-weather lover has to know the limits of heat on the human body. In a study done by the World Health Organization, hospital visits went up 4.5 percent for every degree Celsius above 29 degrees that the temperature rose. And with global temperatures getting hotter in recent years, it is a good idea to be aware of the risks of heat and how to prevent them. read more

Your Guide to Le French May

Francophiles rejoice! it’s May in Hong Kong, which means everything français is taking over the city. From French music to French film to French food, Le French May is the month to celebrate the people, history and culture of one of the most textured and intriguing nations in the world. As always, this year’s list of events is huge, but here are some highlights you’d be bête to miss. read more

Top 5 Car Safety Tips for Hong Kong

Constant traffic jams, frequent fender-benders, cramped and worn-out roads, and a high rate of auto theft: Hong Kong is a pretty tough place to drive. Although you can’t make the roads of Hong Kong more safe, you can take your own precautions when getting behind the wheel. Beyond simply buckling up, here are our top tips for auto safety. read more

Start spring right with healthy living and eating in Hong Kong

Ah, spring – a time of rebirth, renewed energy, and positive outlooks. The perfect time to get active and get healthy,especially if your New Year’s resolution hasn’t stuck like you thought it would. And even if it has, who couldn’t gain from spending more time on exercise, fun and exploration? This April, it’s time to get off the couch and get active. read more

Simple and fun crafts to bring spring to your home, no matter what the weather

For many people, crafting is more than just a hobby. It is a way to customize your home and your life, create things you can’t buy in any store, and even saving money. Studies have shown that having a hobby like crafting is good for mental health. It allows you an outlet to be creative, reduces stress, and can improve self-esteem. If the long winter months being stuck inside are getting to you, involving yourself in some projects that will get you and your home all ready for spring will make the time inside a lot brighter. Nowadays, with websites like Pinterest and countless do-it-yourself (DIY) and crafting blogs, it’s easier than ever to get inspired. read more

Your Guide to Air Purifiers in Hong Kong

Over the past few years air pollution has become such as big issue that even the most jaded bureaucrat can no longer ignore it. And if all the web chatter, public protests and bad international press over the hazy smog that has blanketed much of eastern China all winter isn’t enough to prompt some sort of reform, then perhaps the findings published by a team of Chinese scientists collaborating with MIT can. The report found that anyone living in China’s smoggiest locales is potentially shortening their life expectancy anywhere from six months to five and a half years. read more

7 Tips on Surviving the Sevens Weekend

It’s that time of the year when Hong Kong suddenly becomes busier, costume sales on Pottinger Street increase, and there’s an atmosphere of pure excitement surrounding the island. In case you didn’t know already, it’s Rugby Sevens time. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran, or this will be your first taste of the HK Sevens, survival tips for HK’s biggest weekend can come in handy. The Kwiksure team have put together a mini-guide to help make your weekend as enjoyable as possible. read more

8 Reasons Rugby Is Good for Your Health

With the Rugby Sevens tournament returning to Hong Kong soil in a few days time, we take a closer look at rugby and the physical and psychological benefits the sport can offer its players. read more

What changes could be coming soon to the healthcare system in China

Healthcare in China has had its up and downs throughout years of reforms and changes. Now, China is looking to roll out a new health insurance program that will ideally go into effect in approximately four years. The idea of the program is to give tax incentives to people who enroll in private medical insurance, thus easing strain on the public health system. The proposed plan will proceed to the Legislative Council’s health services panel in the next few months and then go to the public for discussion. More details on specific tax incentives and their amounts will be announced in the future. Unsurprisingly, the proposed plan is much more complicated than it sounds at first and is surrounded by controversy, heated discussion, and opposition. Here, we’ll take a look at what both sides are saying about the health plan and how it may affect the Chinese public in a few years. read more

The Winter Health Guide

Colder weather, shorter days and a general feeling of weariness can make winter a testing time for many. To further complicate things, our bodies go through natural physical and psychological changes which can be difficult to deal with. Therefore, it is important to understand how these changes will affect you, and how to ensure you stay happy and healthy this winter. read more

10 Unusual Ways You Can Help the Environment in Hong Kong

The rainforests are disappearing, the polar ice caps are melting and sea levels are rising. And, a little closer to home, the summer typhoons that bear down on Hong Kong are becoming that bit stronger and are occurring more frequently than normal. Weather patterns are changing but who or what is to blame? Mankind, unfortunately. The environment needs help but simply recycling your waste is not enough. Drastic action is now required. If you are short of ideas or inspiration, try these 10 unconventional steps which can help you to make your own unique and personal contribution to save the world. read more

Super Energy Foods

Do you know someone who always seems to be brimming with energy, in a good mood and wide-awake? We wish we could be like that too, but sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done and get enough sleep. read more

10 Unusual Ways You Can Help the Environment in Hong Kong

The rainforests are disappearing, the polar ice caps are melting and sea levels are rising. And, a little closer to home, the summer typhoons that bear down on Hong Kong are becoming that bit stronger and are occurring more frequently than normal. Weather patterns are changing but who or what is to blame? Mankind, unfortunately. The environment needs help but simply recycling your waste is not enough. Drastic action is now required. If you are short of ideas or inspiration, try these 10 unconventional steps which can help you to make your own unique and personal contribution to save the world. read more

A Chemical Romance? The Science Behind Falling – and Staying – In Love.

What happens when we fall madly in love? That’s a clue right there: for many of us, falling hard and fast does involve a little bit of madness, scientifically speaking, at least. read more

How to Sleep Better During the Winter Months

There is a widely held notion that everybody sleeps better during the winter months. After all, the weather is miserable and each day seems to be cold and dark. And with the exception of travelling to and from work, there appears to be very little to entice us outside. These factors should all point to every man, woman and child getting a great sleep every night, right? Not so. A significant number of people find their sleep tends to suffer during the winter months. If you feel that your sleep isn’t as good or as rewarding as you would like, the following tips and advice are sure to help. read more

Your Guide to Keeping Kids Entertained Over the Winter Holidays

Done Disney and Ocean Park for the umpteenth time? Too cold for the beach or pool? Are your kids still climbing the walls with boredom? Read on for some great ideas for keeping kids of all ages active and occupied during the winter holidays. read more

Why Your Chinese New Year's Resolutions Always Fail (And How to Succeed This Year)

It’s that time of the year again. A new Chinese New Year, a fresh start. It’s time to ditch a boatload of bad habits; a vow that you’ll never follow through with, until you repledge it at the end of the next New Year. read more

Happy Travels on Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is quickly approaching as the first month of 2014 is drawing to a close. This year, the 15-day festival begins on the last day of the month, Friday, January 31. While the tradition of Chinese New Year is many hundreds of years old, that doesn’t mean there aren’t new and different ways to celebrate it this year. read more

The Best Winter Warmers in Hong Kong

When winter descends over Hong Kong, warm yourself from the inside out with a hot beverage or piping hot meal. We take a look at some of the best (and weirdest) winter warmers to take some of the bite out of the chilly months. read more

6 Tips to Beat the Winter Blues in China

Winter in China is tough, and doing it while depressed is nearly unbearable. Try these simple ideas for beating the winter blues. read more

10 Late New Year Gifts for Health and Fitness Lovers

Has Christmas passed you by, and you’re looking for useful, but healthy late presents for loved-ones? Fear not as we have the list for you! If you’re looking for inspiration to help choose the perfect gift for someone sporty in your life, get ahead of the pack with this roundup of 10 great health and fitness related gifts. read more

Let someone else do the cooking this year

Along with the fun and excitement of the holidays, now more than ever before this festive season can be relied upon to bring a fair amount of stress too. The decorating, shopping, pinching pennies and entertaining can put the pressure on and suck nearly all the joy out of the holidays. This Christmas season, why not shift the focus back to what is really important? read more

Favorite (and Healthy!) Holiday Desserts

Honey-glazed hams, chocolate-covered fruit and snacks and candied everything, not to mention endless pies, cakes, pastries, cocktails and spiced wine at every turn: happy holidays indeed, but not necessarily healthy ones. read more

Preparing for a Baby in Hong Kong

Planning for a baby can be an exciting – and at times daunting – prospect. The choices can seem overwhelming; particularly so if you are living abroad in unfamiliar territory, and possibly anxious about how standards will live up to those in your home country. Happily for pregnant mums-to-be, Hong Kong enjoys world-class healthcare facilities, with a range of support services across both public and private sectors and a sophisticated retail offering covering the whole kit and caboodle. read more

Top 5 Winter Breaks Around Asia

The days are getting shorter and the mercury is starting to drop. Winter is well and truly coming, but it doesn’t have to be all bad news. We take a look at some of the best places to recharge your batteries over the winter months. read more

Pregnancy Hacks to Make Life Easier

So you’re expecting a baby? It’s an incredible and mind-blowing experience, filled with anticipation, excitement and wonder, but there are plenty of worries too. If heartburn, snoring, swollen feet and morning sickness are taking the edge off the joy, following these easy pregnancy hacks can help to put a smile back on your face. read more

Your Guide to Movember in Hong Kong

With the imminent arrival of summer comes another annual tradition: Movember. During this month-long campaign, men grow and groom moustaches in order to raise awareness for men’s health; an excellent cause. We take a look at all the best ways to get involved this Movember. read more

The Dos and Don’ts of House-Hunting

Deciding to buy a new home is a big move (no pun intended) and one that should not be taken lightly. With all of the information available online these days, it makes sense to take some time to research before buying a home. There is way too much money and too many important decisions on the line not to. Use these tips to know what to do and what not to do when preparing to make the big purchase. read more

5 Reasons to Check Out PoHo in Sheung Wan

Go west, west of Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan, that is, and you’ll stumble upon the tiny enclave of hipness that is PoHo (as in the Chinese word 'po,' meaning treasure, that prefaces many of the street names that make up this area). An eclectic mix of cafés, concept stores, artist galleries and workshops are quietly transforming this historic and vibrant little hood into quite the upstart; and seriously threatening to steal SoHo’s crown as the epicentre of niche, bohemian cool. read more

Your guide to the standup comedy scene in Hong Kong

Who doesn’t feel better after a good laugh? Some research has even pointed to laughter as a healthy addition to one’s life. After all, it is said that laughter is the best medicine. However, one shouldn’t throw out their traditional medications this second. While it’s hard to definitively prove that laughing improves one’s health, the research that has been done up to this point does show that laughing can improve blood flow, immunity, blood sugar levels, relaxation and sleep. Plus, laughing burns calories, it’s fun, and it certainly won’t hurt one’s health, so why not? Even if the jury is still out on laughter’s specific physical benefits for the body, laughing most certainly improves quality of life and mood. For an extra boost of funny, visit the only two comedy clubs in Hong Kong these days that matter – The TakeOut Comedy Club and The Punchline Comedy Club. read more

The Top 7 Must-See Festivals This Autumn in Hong Kong

With the humidity starting to ease and the heat of the summer still a while off, autumn is one of the best seasons to enjoy all that Hong Kong has to offer. We take a look at some of the best festivals to kick start your autumn. read more

Stand Up for Your Health - How Inactivity is Taking Years From Your Life

New studies have concluded that even if you spend time pounding the pavement or working out at the gym each day, long periods of inactivity - be it in front of the television or at your desk - can slash years off your life. We look at some simple ways to take them back! read more

Your guide to the best luxury spas in Hong Kong

Spas offer a variety of health and wellness treatments, with a rich tradition dating back to prehistoric times. Back then, ancient people believed in the curing powers of water and even prescribed spring water to cure iron deficiencies. A bit later, people bathed and relaxed in hot and cold springs, hoping to cure any number of ailments and refresh themselves with physical and spiritual purification. In many parts of the world, beliefs in the power and spirituality of water still stand today; especially in religious ceremonies such as baptisms. read more

Go Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness 2013

This October, as in many years past, people should expect to be seeing a lot more pink in the world. That is because for the past 28 years October has been designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with international campaigns and efforts. In the early 1990s, the pink ribbon became a symbol for the cause that is recognized around the world. This month, building on symbolism of the color pink, everything from the White House to skyscrapers to the shoes of professional athletes will be tinted with a rosy shade. But what does the color pink mean? When we see the pink shirts and scarves sold in stores this month, what do they really stand for? read more

Iron Women: Why Iron Is Crucial for Mother and Baby

Every country has its share of dietary and nutritional issues - from fears over rising obesity levels and chronic disease in the developed world, to concerns about under-nourishment in developing nations, nutritional worries can vary enormously from region to region. read more

The Short Getaway Guide to Malaysia

Whether you’re interested in relaxing on Malaysia’s expansive network of beaches and islands, exploring the spectacular beauty of the one of world’s oldest rainforests in Borneo or enjoying the unparalleled shopping experiences of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia truly has something for everyone. We take a look at some of the best options on how to explore this amazing country for those short on time. read more

The Most Beautiful Road Trips in the World

Sometimes the journey is just as important as the destination, so pack your bags, fill the tank and jump on board as we count down the planet’s most splendid road trips. read more

How To Look and Feel 'Unbeatable'

Hong Kong movie director Dante Lam returns to our screens with his latest release “Unbeatable,” an engrossing tale about three Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters and how their lives become intertwined both inside and outside of the ring. Famous for his action-themed movies, Lam breaks new ground with a move away from storylines that are based around traditional Chinese-style martial arts. read more

The Short Trip Guide To Vietnam

We explore some of the best, hand-picked adventures for travellers wishing to visit Vietnam for a quick getaway. read more

Pamper Away The Hong Kong Heat

It’s summer in Hong Kong which means heat and humidity ahoy! Whether you are stressed from running around town and sweating like crazy; getting your body pruned for summer days on the beach or on a junk; or have visitors in town and want some quality pamper time, Hong Kong has got it covered. Read on to find out what to get done to keep you looking fresh from head to toe. read more

The Best Urban Getaways In Taiwan

Officially a republic of China, Taiwan has a distinctive character, fusing ancient and modern Chinese traditions with Japanese and Western influences. Just 140 miles from China’s mainland, Taiwan boasts beautiful forested peaks, coastal plains and thriving metropolises, making it an ideal place to spend a quick weekend away. And although exploring the more remote areas on the east coast can be a big (and fun) adventure, Taiwan’s got plenty of options for the traveler without a lot of time. read more

4 Steps to Healthy Eating for Men

With our precious time stretched further than ever and cheap but nutritionally sparse fast food consistently available, little wonder that there are increasing levels of obesity in the developed world. Good eating habits are fundamental to the maintenance of good health, but lack of education as to how to eat healthily proves to be a stumbling block for many people. Eating healthy and nutritious meals doesn’t need to be difficult. Just follow this simple guide to see how easy it can be. read more

Visit Sai Kung: Hong Kong's Back Garden

As the rest of Hong Kong battles concrete, pollution and poor air quality, Sai Kung, known as ‘Hong Kong’s Back Garden,’ captivates as a clean, green haven of pristine, deserted beaches and a vast, lush interior; making it the perfect spot to lose the crowds and get back to nature. We check out some of the healthy things you can do in the area to unwind and recharge. read more

Dealing with Extreme Heat: 4 Simple Indoor Kids’ Activities

Summer is many people’s favorite time of year - warm weather, shorts, swimming, longer days, and for kids especially, it means freedom from school. For parents, though, all this freedom can pose a few issues, not the least of which is what to do with the kiddos while at work. Kwiksure can’t solve your babysitting issues, but we can help out with a few ideas on what to do when the summertime weather isn’t so conducive to simply playing in the backyard or neighborhood park. read more

Stretch Away the stress: The Best Yoga in Hong Kong

Yoga has been described as a “union with the divine” thanks to its ability to focus and unite the mind, body and spirit in what many devotees feel is more a way of life than simply a way to exercise and de-stress. There are many different type of yoga, and so finding one that suits will depend upon your personal goals. From traditional styles such as Hatha which requires slower, more gentle movements (making it ideal for beginners) to the more demanding techniques found in Power Yoga, there is bound to be a class that floats your boat and realigns your chakras. We’ve lined up some of the best studios in Hong Kong to get you in the flow. read more

What Everyone Ought To Know About Sun Safety

We all know about the dangers of the sun’s rays in relation to skin health. But it is important to understand how exactly sun affects our skin in order to best prepare for spending time outdoors. There are two types of sun exposure to know about: Ultraviolet A, or UVA, and Ultraviolet B, or UVB, rays. They both affect human’s skin differently. UVA rays penetrate more deeply into the skin than UVB rays. These types of rays are more powerful and can penetrate through windows, clouds, smog and other obstructions in the air. Tanning beds utilize this type of ray. read more

Dragon Ball Z: Workout of the Gods

The first Dragon Ball Z film in 17 years, Battle of Gods, just hit Hong Kong theatres, and in the spirit of the film, we decided to design a 'Goku'-inspired workout routine! read more

10 Ways Drinking Water Can Change Your Life

The first Dragon Ball Z film in 17 years, Battle of Gods, just hit Hong Kong theatres, and in the spirit of the film, we decided to design a 'Goku'-inspired workout routine! read more

How To Grow A Healthy Garden On Your Balcony

With hot and humid temperatures in Hong Kong regularly exceeding 30°C over the summer, keeping hydrated is important for maintaining overall health. We count down some of the 10 best reasons to keep your fluid levels up. read more

The Emerging Epidemic: Childhood Obesity in Hong Kong

It’s economic boom time in Hong Kong but at what price for the region’s kids? We look at how economic success has lead to a sharp increase in childhood obesity, and why we need to act now. read more

5 Surprising Reasons Why Bubble Tea Is Unhealthy

Any food-venturous visitor to Asia has likely tried bubble tea, if for no other reason than to see what all the hype over the beverage-turned-snack is really about. Popular with young people in particular, bubble tea (aka pearl tea, boba tea, or “that drink with the weird little balls at the bottom”) is actually quite tasty and comes in an endless variety of flavor combinations. One of the most fun things about bubble tea for aficionados is getting creative in customizing their own unique beverage. read more

Is It Dangerous to Have TV in the Car?

Any parents who’ve purchased a car or minivan in the last decade have likely had a conversation about whether or not to get a TV in the backseat. read more

Hong Kong’s Best Health Blogs

Hong Kong bloggers are some of the city’s most knowledgeable experts in food, fashion, entertainment and more. As air quality in the Fragrant Harbor worsens and possible food waste penalties loom, more individuals are understanding the importance of being active, eating smart and making wise choices for the environment. read more

Hong Kong Summer Wine Guide

In just the last few years, Hong Kong has emerged as a profitable wine hub. Today, there are more than twice as many retail wine shops as there were in 2011, states an article by South China Morning Post. Wine lovers in Asia are certainly growing in their appreciation for the taste and health benefits of wine. Red wine in particular appears to have polyphenols, or antioxidants, which help protect the lining of the heart’s blood vessels. Resveratrol is thought to be a key ingredient in red wine which is capable of reducing bad cholesterol and can also help to prevent blood clots. read more

Hong Kong Summer Coffee Guide

Coffee remains one of the most popular drinks in the world. Luckily for those of us who need it to get through the day, a cup of joe has many apparent health benefits as well. The New York Times cites several studies that have shown moderate coffee drinking of three to four 5-ounce cups a day can reduce the risk of certain diseases and cancers such as Type 2 diabetes, basel cell carcinoma (skin cancer), prostate cancer, oral cancer and the recurrence of breast cancer. read more

Smurf’s Up: The Benefits of Blue Foods

If you grew up watching the Smurfs in action, you’re likely familiar with their lively energy and potion-making, both of which often get these little blue creatures into loads of unforeseeable trouble. With Smurfs 2 roaring into theatres, we felt inspired by their ingenuity, resourcefulness--and bright blue hue--to fuel a few of our own healthy, human tonics and guide some of our eating choices. read more

Great Escapes: Hong Kong's Outlying Islands

Considering a day out with the family over the summer? Why not take a ferry over to one of Hong Kong’s outlying islands for a change in pace and a breath of fresh air? Our guide highlights where to go and what to see. read more

Top 8 Apps to Beat Homesickness

Being homesick is worse than having the flu on vacation. It is annoying, inconvenient, embarrassing at times, and worst of all seemingly self-inflicted. Left unchecked it can even lead to legitimate problems affecting mental and physical health, happiness, and overall well-being. And it can even sneak up on seasoned expats who have already been away from home for years. read more

What to Do If Your Car Overheats: 6 Things You Need To Know

Driving in warm weather can be wonderful; with the windows down and the radio on, a pleasant drive to the sea can be a great way to relax. What’s not relaxing, however, is hanging around by the side of the road waiting for your car to be towed because the engine has overheated. Whizzing along in the car whilst temperatures soar outside, then, is an infinitely more attractive prospect than having temperature’s soar under the hood, which can swiftly turn a casual day out into a full-blown nightmare. Check out our guide below to learn how to detect the vital signs, and thereby prevent, identify and remedy your car overheating. read more

4 Easy Ways To Get Healthy Summer Skin

Summer is a time to get outside and enjoy the sun. Everyone knows that sunscreen is an important part of a summer regimen to keep the skin safe from the sun’s rays, but what about other skin regimens that are often used year-round, like makeup? Should women be changing their makeup routines for long days in the sun? And is it even safe to wear thick makeup on sweaty skin? Here, we explore some of the ways to keep skin healthy during the sunny, summer months. read more

How To Host A Healthy and Delicious Chinese Banquet

The traditional Chinese banquet is the perfect way to celebrate an important event or milestone with friends and family in Hong Kong. Whether it is the news of a job promotion, engagement or birthday; gathering everyone around a table and ordering dish after dish of sumptuous food is hard to match. Most restaurants will have a set menu for banquets with the foods that are available generally dependent on the event itself and time of year. With so much food to choose from, how can we ensure that our next banquet offers guests a choice of healthy options as well as those mouthwatering and popular dishes that are literally dripping in calories? read more

Pacific Rim: If a Giant Alien Damaged My Home, Would I Be Covered?

With “Pacific Rim” hitting theatres this month, we investigate whether or not you’d be covered if an alien invasion, a supervillain or a giant sea monster reduced your city to rubble. read more

Summer Workshops for the Family in Hong Kong

Looking for ways to keep the whole family busy over the summer? Why not enroll in a workshop? Here are eight great options currently running in Hong Kong, but hurry because places fill up fast! read more

Great ways to exercise with your pet

Exercising and eating well aren’t just important for the human contingent of your family. Pets can be affected by so-called lifestyle illnesses too, and if you want your pet to live a happy, healthy life then it’s important that you include them in your efforts to improve and maintain the overall health and fitness of your family. Read on for Kwiksure’s top tips on how having a pet can actually do wonders for your own - as well as your pet’s - health, happiness and wellbeing. read more

‘Sport for All Day’ in HK!

Throughout the year, Hong Kongers are able to take advantage of a milieu of seasonal Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) programs. Recreational, affordable and sometimes even educational, their events and activities are just one of the great city perks we get to enjoy in Hong Kong. Coming up on Sunday, August 4, LCSD will host its Sport for All Day 2013 which features a series of free recreation and sports activities in any one of the 18 districts. This is great news for Hong Kongers who can have their go at a huge range of leisure facilities, for free! read more

Home Away From Home: Hong Kong Getaways

Need a break but timing permits just a brief fling? We look at some staycation options in and around Hong Kong. read more

A Moveable Feast – The Rise of the Pop-Up

Here today, gone tomorrow? We look at the popularity of pop-up restaurants and why they’re a good thing for diners. read more

5 Ways Reading Is Good for Your Mental Health

With this year’s Hong Kong Book Fair due to kick off at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai this month, there’s no better time or opportunity to get enthused about reading. Here, Kwiksure explore some of the ways in which this pursuit encourages empathy and creativity, improves your memory, relieves stress and even helps fight disease to keep one’s mental health in flawless condition. read more

The Fragrant Harbor of Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s harbor is the life force behind one of the world’s most dynamic cities and recently grabbed the headlines when it played host to a giant inflatable yellow duck. Read on for some facts you may not have known about this ‘fragrant harbor.’ read more

Top 5 Al Fresco Dining Hot Spots in Hong Kong

A hectic working week can have you craving sunlight and relaxation in equal measure, and in Hong Kong’s hot climate and frequent sunny days there’s no better way to satisfy both urges by dining al fresco in some of the city’s best bars and restaurants. At the end of a busy week, al fresco dining can feel almost like a form of therapy, when you can spend several hours lazing on a rooftop, veranda or balcony with great food, drinks and company, all the while enjoying panoramic views of this iconic city. read more

Under The Knife: Considering the “Why” of Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is a bit blasé these days mostly because everybody’s doing it. Today’s women are throwing Botox parties instead of Tupperware parties and at this rate, in a couple of years we’ll be having nose job parties too. It’s no big deal. Anaesthesia is probably cheaper in bulk, right? read more

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

A glance around the inside of the average driver’s car will reveal a few common items within easy reach: keys, purse, wallet and mobile generally top the list, with the mobile likely being the closest item at hand. read more

Beat the Summer Stress: The Best Ways to Relax in Hong Kong

Busy schedules, sadly, don’t cease when the sun comes out. As a result, juggling work commitments with the urge to swim in the sea, have a relaxed drink at a terrace bar or make the most of the weather with a hike in the New Territories can be frustratingly difficult. Check out these tips for three easy-to-find places in Hong Kong to chill out in the summer and make the most of glorious sunny weekends. read more

Keeping It Safe: Home Hazards To Lookout For

It may come as a suprrise to some but, every year people get injured and even killed in household accidents. There’s no need to be alarmed but it pays to be aware. There are often simple things that can be done to help guard homes and families from these hazards. Being informed of the potential dangers is the first step. read more

Dog Days of Summer

So many people in crowded Hong Kong have very little space for themselves, let alone a pet, so many opt for smaller, easier companions like fish or cats. Still, there are over 247,000 dogs living in the city and many are treated as an indispensable member of the family (or sometimes as a status symbol). Dogs are even shown to live longer in Hong Kong than in other places around the world, perhaps because of the care and attention they receive from families with fewer children than in other countries. Many families with dogs opt to live in outlying areas of Hong Kong, rather than smack in the middle of the city, in order to give their pooch room to roam. read more

The Health Hazards of Being Wanted

At this point in time, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has been out of the US for one month. In another life, perhaps Snowden would be celebrating his 30th birthday (which fell on June 21) with his now ex-girlfriend on the sunny shores of Hawaii. Instead he is holed up, planning his next move with as much secrecy as a tenured poker player. Such is the life of a high-profile whistle blower. read more

Weekend Away: Your Guide to Macau

Macau is one of the most popular weekend destinations in the entire world, but the majority of visitors see only the inside of their hotel room and the casino. In recent years Macau has transformed itself from a colonial Portuguese trading port to the largest gambling center in the world, thanks in large part to mainland China’s addiction to the illusion of easy money coupled with a centuries-old belief in numerology and good luck. read more

The Top 3 Froyo Spots in Hong Kong

Frozen Yoghurt, or Froyo as it is more commonly known, is a simple dessert that consists of frozen yoghurt in a tub, topped off with small servings of fruit, chocolate, candy or other such delights. At first glance, Froyo looks like a modern and more elaborate adaptation of the traditional ice-cream, yet it has quickly overtaken its predecessor as the summer treat of choice. The furor surrounding this dessert is arguably highest in Hong Kong, and Froyo joints seem to be springing up around the city on an almost daily basis. So, which Froyo stores are the best? Let’s find out. read more

Would a Car Insurance Policy Cover a Crash with a UFO?

There was once a time when traveling involved walking as far as our feet could take us, then came horses, carriages and finally, cars. Looking to the future, it is possible that flying vehicles will be a every day occurrence. What will this mean for the motor insurance industry? How will damage claims differ for airborne crashes as opposed to land crashes? read more

Five Secret Havens in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, finding a quiet place away from the crowds is tricky, but not impossible. Here are five lesser-known spots. read more

Summer Events in Hong Kong 2013

As the last of the spring rains start to make way for summer, Hong Kong really comes alive with a great list of events that will appeal to everyone’s tastes. To help mark your diary for the coming months, we have created this quick guide which highlights some of the more popular and interesting events you won’t want to miss this summer. read more

Your Holiday Guide to the Philippines

The Philippines, an archipelago made up of over 7,000 islands in Southeast Asia, is a beautiful country with a diverse ecosystem of beaches, volcanoes, rainforests, plants, and animals. Its location and history have given this island nation a unique culture with influences taken from societies around the globe. Named after King Philip II of Spain, The Philippines also has a plethora of natural beauty to offer to visitors and locals alike. read more

The Happiness and Health of Overseas Workers

Every year, millions of people from the Philippines, Indonesia and other developing nations leave their home countries to find work. In destinations abroad, such as Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and Singapore, these migrant workers find jobs as cleaners, caretakers, construction workers and more. Overseas workers are usually paid less than resident workers, but still – the pay and work available abroad is preferable to the poor employment situation at home. It would seem, then, that everybody wins: overseas workers can make good money and support their families, and resident employers have the opportunity to hire a hardworking, low-cost employee. read more

Your Guide to Public Transport in HK

Hong Kong is a vast, densely populated region of over 7 million people, spread across a relatively compact, geographically challenging area that is characterized by mountainous islands and sea. With little room for road expansion, its citizens rely heavily on a robust public transport system that incorporates railways, trams, buses, minibuses, taxis and ferries. read more

The Most Expensive Cars in Hong Kong

Mark Six Lottery fever is in full effect in Hong Kong and every week hundreds of thousands of ticket holders are already planning how to spend their winnings, as soon as they correctly match all six balls. And with the highest single payout at more than HK$86 million, there are plenty of popular and expensive items to consider buying. read more

The Best of Trail Running in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the last places a hiker would think to go. The air is polluted. The streets are crowded. It’s hot and sticky in the summer. Blech. Who wants to jog there? read more

How to enjoy the weather and beat the heat this summer in Hong Kong

Though the weather may be hot and muggy, the summers in Hong Kong seem to make up for it with more than enough activities to keep busy and keep one’s mind off the heat. The only struggle is narrowing down which activities to join! In a big city like Hong Kong, the variety is endless. From the arts to healthy exercise to family fun, there is something for every taste. read more

Happy Buddha: The Health Benefits to Living a Buddhist Lifestyle

We all know the statues and images of the Happy Buddha, so in this piece we look at what the Buddha did to promote such happiness. According to Buddhist teachings, happiness is achieved through optimum physical and mental well-being, which comes from harmonizing a number of different factors. Read on to find out what they are how to maintain long term good health free from illness. read more

Take A Quick Holiday: Top Sights and Activities in Sanya

Living in Hong Kong or China can leave anyone who grew up going to the beach on holiday or at weekends feeling a little homesick. For sure, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have some of the very best beaches in the world, but they aren’t always convenient (or affordable) to get to for a quick break. read more

Your Guide on Getting Creative in Hong Kong

What better way to unwind after a hectic week at the office than by getting in touch with your creative side for a few hours? Hong Kong’s arts scene is truly buzzing of late, and with plenty of options for letting your imagination run wild we take a look at the best arts, crafts and photography workshops in town. read more

Wheels on Fire: Hong Kong Celebrities and Their Love for Fast and Furious Cars

Hong Kong is easy to travel around and has fantastic public transport connections, so in this city, a car is not a necessity. While locales around the world work tirelessly to push the electric car and other environmentally friendly public transport options, Hong Kong seems to stay in its own bubble, continuing to celebrate the more luxurious, high maintenance car models. Just take a drive along Gloucester Road and Queen’s Road Central in Wanchai to get an idea of what people in Hong Kong want to buy. From Lamborghini and Ferrari dealerships to Porsche and Rolls-Royce showrooms, all the big names are waiting to be taken for a spin - often by drivers of equally impressive stardom. read more

Dragon Boat Racing - the Modern Sport with Ancient Traditions

As Chinese communities grow and migrate around the world, so has the interest in Tuen Ng or dragon boat racing, and it is now considered to be one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Since 1976, when the first Hong Kong international race took place, this already ancient sport had found a modern platform to attract a wider audience, gradually increasing its popularity. Dragon boat racing is now practiced in over 60 countries around the globe, under the strict scrutiny of three worldwide governing bodies. read more

5 Things to Do in Hong Kong with Your Family

Hong Kong is undoubtedly a city in flux, bristling with energy, culture and diversity; as exciting as this is, though, the city can exhaust as much as fascinate its citizens and visitors, especially those travelling with families. This guide illustrates five fun, cheap and diverse ways to make the most of this city with your family, however varied your interests are. read more

Top 8 Tips for Keeping Safe on Hong Kong’s Roads

It’s not difficult to protect yourself, your passengers and other drivers on the road. We explore some simple tips on how to keep you and your family safe whilst driving. read more

The Safest Cars For You and Your Family in Hong Kong

As of September 2012, there were over 645,000 cars registered to travel across the 2,090 kilometers of roads; giving Hong Kong one of the most heavily used road networks in the world. Road safety has been established as a 2013 priority by the Hong Kong Police Commissioner - in particular, the Commissioner wants to see a reduction in fatal and serious accidents through a series of initiatives to deter drink driving, drug driving and illegal racing. read more

Great Tips On Keeping A Balanced Diet in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a foodie paradise. Stand on any street corner and you’re pretty much guaranteed to get a waft of something delicious being cooked at one of the 10,000 restaurants serving up just about every type of cuisine on earth. It’s a city where local specialties, such as dim sum, are so revered that even a hole-in-wall canteen can find worldwide fame as the world’s cheapest Michelin Starred restaurant (that’ll be Tim Ho Wan in Mong Kok). read more

Three Unlikely Spring Breaks That Rejuvenate the MInd And Body

A season of hard work deserves some respite, however short. We all need to recharge our batteries and get set for the coming months. It’s one of the great necessities in life: rest. read more

Le French May: All Things French and Healthy

In recent years, Le French May has become something of a cultural institution in Hong Kong. This is perhaps due to its sheer audacity in scope, delving into every nook and cranny of the city to challenge preconceptions of French heritage, and to celebrate the rich artistic offerings of France in 2013. Designed to share the very best French and international culture, Le French May is an arts festival which invests time, effort and exhibition space in a range of artistic fields, from, from modern dance to gastronomy, opera to photography. read more

Top Tips on How to Keep Your Home Protected

Ensuring your home and its contents remain safe need not be a major cause for concern. Read on for advice on simple and easy ways to maintain a safe home environment. read more

Best Desserts In Hong Kong

Dessert is definitely a polarizing subject: after-meal treats are delicious, but have a bad reputation for ruining weight loss plans and causing obesity. Without a doubt, super high-calorie desserts can contribute to an unhealthy diet, but like all things, sweets just need to be enjoyed responsibly. read more

Top 8 Tips for Keeping Safe on Hong Kong’s Roads

It’s not difficult to protect yourself, your passengers and other drivers on the road. We explore some simple tips on how to keep you and your family safe whilst driving. read more

How to Keep Stress-Free in the Busy City

Life can be demanding and city living particularly so. Read our stress-busting guide for tips on how to stay balanced and happy in the metropolis. read more

Pamper Happy in Hong Kong: Five of the Best Spas in HK

There are spas everywhere in Hong Kong; from luxurious treatment rooms occupying masses of floor space at top name hotels, to tiny budget affairs offering cheap spa treats in simple walk -up buildings. Either way, if rest and relaxation are needed - as they so often is in this city, there are spas for every wallet, taste and time frame. Read on to discover the five best spas across different price ranges, and the best spa for men and private groups. read more

The Most Popular Cars in Hong Kong

In 2012, the most popular car to buy in Hong Kong was the Mercedes E-Class. Falling under the category of executive cars, Mercedes E-Class cars are known for their comfort, safety and performance; as well as for having established themselves as a leader amongst large and mid-size luxury vehicles. read more

Three Ways To Get Healthy in Hong Kong

Grease. It’s everywhere. It’s in the noodles we order for lunch and the snacks we munch on at break time. It’s also a main feature in most of the dishes we eat for dinner. read more

Fun Fitness for Hong Kong Kids

As in many places around the world, Hong Kong has a serious childhood obesity problem. Lack of physical activity and a sedentary lifestyle are two major contributors, not to mention that the more technology advances, the more indoor and inactive distractions kids have at their disposal. A child’s amount of screen time (time spent in front of the TV, tablet, video games, smart phone, etc) directly affects their health. Studies show that the more screen time a child has, the less physical activity he does and the higher his body mass index is. read more

The Best Fitness Equipment For Small Apartments

Finding the time to maintain a strict health and fitness regime can be difficult, so much so, that more people are turning their backs on the gym to exercise at home. Kwiksure looks at the range of fitness equipment that can be bought in Hong Kong for home use. read more

The Benefits of Private Medical Insurance During a Possible Bird Flu Epidemic

The discovery of a new strain of bird flu, H7N9, a subtype of Influenza A virus was announced last month. So far, 60 people have been diagnosed with the new strain of flu, of which 13 people have died. As a result, Shanghai has declared a state emergency plan as a result of the outbreak. read more

Super Healthy Breakfast Options Around Hong Kong

Breakfast is one of the most crucial meals of the day, yet roughly 10 percent of people in Hong Kong skip it due to hectic lifestyle or busy work schedule. Kwiksure offers to help out by checking out the healthiest breakfasts in Hong Kong. read more

The Best Cycling Routes in Hong Kong

Cycling in Hong Kong conjures images of delivery men weaving their way around taxis, buses and trams with their bike baskets full of meat and fresh fish- or gas canisters for the more extreme. But Hong Kong also has some great (and quieter, less stressful) cycle routes to explore too. Read on to discover where to go to access them and to rent bikes. read more

A Guide To Healthy Lunches in Hong Kong

Traditionally, Hong Kong lunch breaks are about elbowing your way through the streets, queuing for a seat at a crowded restaurant. But there is an increasing number of good alternatives for getting lunch on the go. Read on to discover where to grab a healthy salad box and a freshly squeezed juice... read more

Top 5 Fitness Classes in Hong Kong This Spring

Health and Fitness is important, especially when living in a busy city such as Hong Kong. With hectic lifestyles comes scheduling constraints, and most people just barely find take time to work out either after work or on weekends. Kwiksure has previously covered top fitness clubs and classes for women, and wanted to recommend activities for the XY set, too! We'll admit that our first choice isn't exactly unisex friendly, but keep reading for our coverage of fitness options that both men and women will enjoy. read more

The Best Health and Fitness Apps for Apple Devices

In just a few years, Apple's mobile products have gone from “want it” toys to indispensable tools for both work and daily life. Now that we are all good and attached to our sleek aluminum necessities, why not use these devices to combat the laziness that all their convenience causes? Install a few apps to keep healthier, more fit, and better motivated - just think of it as a way for your iPhone, iPad or iPod to give back some of the love you’ve given to it. read more

Hong Kong Street Food & Health Debunked

Hong Kong is famous for it's street food, but there are sometimes concerns of the conditions and whether street food can pose as a risk to health. There are obviously guidelines created by the government, but do all the vendors comply? and how often are they checked? Kwiksure attempts to debunk the myths and offers advice to street food lovers. read more

Hong Kong Celebrity Diets

Celebrities always look their best and everyone is always dying to know their secrets! Kwiksure takes a look at Hong Kong celebrities and their diets, including Christy Chung, Sammi Cheng and Faye Wong. They share their tips and expose their dieting secrets! read more

Hong Kong's Best Easter Guide 2013!

The Easter break is almost upon us, which means school is out and, for many Hong Kong residents, this signals a beach vacation farther afield. Weather-wise, however, it’s probably the optimal time to enjoy something of a staycation with the family right here at home. If you’re stuck for ideas to keep the kids occupied, here’s our handy guide for things to do over the Easter period in Hong Kong. read more

Top 3 Driving Distractions

Distracted driving is defined as any activity a driver undertakes while operating a vehicle. Although there are numerous different ways a driver can become distracted, most fall into one of the following categories: visual distractions, manual distractions or cognitive distractions. A visual distraction is when the driver takes their eye off the road, a manual distraction occurs when the driver takes their hand off the steering wheel, and a cognitive distraction happens when the driver loses concentration. The bottom line, however, is that each group of distractions causes the a person to focus their attention away from driving, thus increasing the risk of accident. read more

Important Safety Features to Consider in Your New Car

Safety is something that is vital to consider when buying a new car (especially if you have a family) but many people forget, and focus on design. Kwiksure takes a look a safety features to consider before buying a new car. read more

Kwiksure Joins Earth Hour 2013 – Will You?

Despite the uncertainty surrounding climate change, and the heated debates among physicists, politicians and environmentalists over global warming, people worldwide are increasingly looking at what small steps they can take to help the environment. Earth Hour is one great example: held every year at the end of March, Earth Hour is a global event to raise awareness of climate change and encourage people to make small changes to their lifestyle to be more environmentally friendly. So, what is it all about and what can you do to help? Kwiksure takes a look! read more

SCMP looks at radiation and mobile phones

Since the use of mobile really took off and sales rocketed, there has become an increasing concern over whether using mobile phones is really good for your health. Many believe that the electromagnetic radiation and microwave range can cause cancer. Scientists have been showing interest in this matter and have begun to put time into research to find answers. read more

Effective Treatment or Unfounded Myth? A Closer Look at Herbal Remedies

Traders and merchants of herbal remedies in Hong Kong continue to do a brisk trade, with scores of men and women both young and old regularly visiting the Sheung Wan area of the city to browse the shops for the freshest herbs, and the best bargains. Many of the herbs on display are imported from the Chinese mainland, and tales of these herbs and their health benefits have been passed from generation to generation for thousands of years. It is believed that an estimated 80 percent of citizens of Chinese origin, in various locations around the world, will use some form of herbal remedy as their preferred method to treat certain everyday healthcare issues. This high number came as a bit of a surprise to us, so we decided to take a closer look at the use of herbal remedies in Hong Kong. read more

Hong Kong Transport: What's Safe and What's Not

There are many risks associated with public transport, and accidents can happen anywhere. In Hong Kong, however, there can be slightly more risk. This is the city where everyone's in a rush, and drivers keen to satisfy their passengers will hit the gas with gusto. Add to this the problem of narrow streets, hilly passes and decrepit roads in need of repair, and it’s no wonder most of us hold our breath while riding the double-decker bus to Stanley. You can't knock Hong Kong for it's extraordinarily efficient transport, but is it safe? Kwiksure investigates. read more

Some of the Best Women's Fitness Clubs and Classes in Hong Kong

Hong Kong isn't exactly limited when it comes to choices in gyms and exercise classes. Most gyms in Hong Kong cater to both men and women, but for first-timers or self-conscious ladies, sometimes it's better to exercise with the same-sex. One of the biggest advantages of exercising at a same-sex gym or class, is meeting new and like-minded people. In addition to meeting new ladies who enjoy keeping fit, it can be beneficial to join a women's fitness club or class to increase the amount of support you have.read more

Top 3 hugely unsafe weight loss schemes in Hong Kong

Stories of successful weight loss may seem impressive at first, but can be incredibly dangerous depending on how you go about losing weight. One of the most obvious and healthy ways to lose weight is by going to the gym and having a good diet plan created by a professional. Juice cleanses, slimming centers and diet pills have been on the rise in recent years, especially in Hong Kong, but are they good for you and are they safe?read more

Hong Kong Rugby - Setting up for the Sevens

The IRB Rugby Sevens is a competition where national teams compete for the ‘Sevens World Series’ title by gaining points at various tournaments across the globe. The 2012-13 season is scheduled to complete with nine tournaments and forty-six teams representing their countries.read more

10 Ways to Find a Date in Hong Kong in 2013

Since the advent of the the internet age, the way that people interact and meet each other has changed dramatically. Although the traditional ways of finding love are still intact, technology has given rise to more options to assist love-seekers worldwide. In fact, some statistics report that about 20% of all relationships now begin online. read more

5 Activities to Do and 4 Activities to Avoid With Your Kids this Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is rapidly approaching and there's no time like the present to plan out the holiday for you and your family. If you have children this process can be especially trying, as every activity needs to possess a certain amount of fun in order to hold their attention. If you do not choose correctly you can be doomed to suffer through a day of dealing with whining, misbehaving, cantankerous hellions, which could potentially lead to fighting between you and your significant other and complete disharmony of the family unit. read more

The Health Risks of Chinese New Year

An increasing number of prosperous families and the increasing Westernisation of Eastern culture in Hong Kong has led to a decrease in instances of many illnesses through immunizations. However, increased industrialisation and Westernisation have also caused health problems for children in Hong Kong including a significant increase in the child obesity rate. read more

The Health Risks for Children in Hong Kong

An increasing number of prosperous families and the increasing Westernisation of Eastern culture in Hong Kong has led to a decrease in instances of many illnesses through immunizations. However, increased industrialisation and Westernisation have also caused health problems for children in Hong Kong including a significant increase in the child obesity rate. read more

Pros/Cons of WebMD as your Doctor

So it turns out the internet isn’t just for looking at pictures of cats (who knew?), you can also use it to diagnose your medical maladies. WebMD is one of numerous online diagnosis sites that have popped up in the last few years. read more

Hong Kong Water: Worthy or Worrisome?

Anyone unfortunate enough to have experienced the gurgling gush of copper-brown discharge from one of Hong Kong’s kitchen sinks can now rest a little easier;Hong Kong reportedly sold more than 275 million litres of bottled water, generating HK$2.68 billion in revenue. read more

The health risks in the Hong Kong workplace

Hong Kong is a busy city with a fast work pace, so there are quite a lot of health problems to consider. read more

Mainlanders and their birth rights in Hong Kong

During the run up to the handover back in 1997, fear and uncertainty struck the local Hong Kong population with visions of the old Communist type lifestyle despite Central government's reassurance of a one country two systems ruling. read more