Expat Living (Hong Kong) - - Front Page - MELISSA STEVENS

There’s no doubt that kids’ par­ties ain’t what they were like in “my day”. I re­mem­ber when a party was lit­tle more than hav­ing a bunch of friends come over to run around in the back­yard be­fore de­part­ing with a party bag con­sist­ing of a slice of birth­day cake and a bal­loon!

Times and ex­pec­ta­tions have changed, and liv­ing in Hong Kong adds an­other di­men­sion to con­tend with. How many of us have a home with the space – or the kitchen! – to host and cater for a group of ex­u­ber­ant chil­dren? My per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence, though, is that there are so many won­der­ful busi­nesses of­fer­ing so­lu­tions for kids’ par­ties that, while it may seem daunt­ing at first, it can be re­mark­ably stress­free! Turn to page 50 for our sur­vival guide for your next cel­e­bra­tion.

When it comes to my own birth­day, I must ad­mit I lean more to cel­e­brat­ing with fine din­ing than face paint­ing these days. If you have a spe­cial oc­ca­sion com­ing up or friends in town and you want to show­case Hong Kong, there are so many amaz­ing restau­rants to choose from that it can get over­whelm­ing. This edi­tion, we’ve put to­gether a guide to some of our favourite high-end spots, which you’ll find from page 90.

Mean­while, it’s prob­a­bly no sur­prise, given our lo­ca­tion in the re­gion, that a sur­vey found Hong Kongers to be the most fre­quent travellers on the planet. But did you know Sin­ga­pore was among our 10 most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions? My fam­ily made a trip to the Lion City ear­lier this year and found it a fab mix of fam­ily-friendly and foodie. If you’re think­ing of the same for your next hol­i­day, check out our round-up of places to stay from page 115.

Closer to home, don’t miss our reg­u­lar Street Talk col­umn. This edi­tion, we shine a light on one of my ab­so­lute favourite parts of Hong Kong, She­ung Wan. We talk to an ex­pat of many years who shares his in­sider se­crets (page 42).

Fi­nally, con­grats to res­i­den­tial de­signer Britta But­ler on her REA In­te­rior De­sign Award 2018, recog­nis­ing her work on a Mid-Lev­els apart­ment. Turn to page 24 and find out how to win a HK$18,000 makeover by Britta for your home.

Un­til next time!

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