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Hong Kong has its own Marie Kondo and here’s how a certified professional organiser will teach you how to declutter your life

Source: SCMP, Feb 2 2019

Author: Naomi Ng

Foreign exchange dealer Orange Tam crunches numbers for a living, but by the weekend, she prefers swapping her calculator for gloves as a professional organiser who declutters homes.

Tam, the only Hongkonger to be certified by the US-based National Association of Productivity and Organising Professionals, has helped tidy up more than 100 homes since she launched her side business in 2016.

More: https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/society/article/2184822/hong-kong-has-its-own-marie-kondo-and-citys-only-certified

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Japan’s Hokkaido, the ‘Aspen of Asia,’ Offers Strong Investment Opportunities in a Growing Market

Source: Mansion Global

Author: Mercedes Hutton

Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands, is a skier’s paradise. Its powder runs are so impressive, the practice of skiing them has its own name, “Japow,” and enthusiasts travel from far and wide to experience the season, which sees on average 600 inches of snowfall.

See more: https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/japan-s-hokkaido-the-aspen-of-asia-offers-strong-investment-opportunities-in-a-growing-market-112545

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Hong Kong Home Prices Enter Correction Territory, for Now

Source: Bloomberg, Jan 18, 2019

Author: Shawna Kwan

Home buyers in the world’s most-expensive property market may finally have something to cheer about — Hong Kong’s housing market is officially in correction territory.

Secondary home prices have fallen by 9.8 percent from their peak in August, latest figures from Centaline Property Agency Ltd. released Friday show. That puts them at their lowest level since February 2018.

See more: https://www.bloomberg.com/markets/fixed-income

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The Bucket List: Hong Kong Tatler Editors Share Their Dream Destinations

Source: Hong Kong Tatler, Dec 18 2018

From Tasmania, Australia to Havana, Cuba, these are the destinations on Hong Kong Tatler editors’ bucket lists.

1/11Luang Prabang, Laos

“Its enchanting mix of Buddhist heritage, French colonial architecture and misty jungle puts the former Laotian capital Luang Prabang top of my travel wish list. I’ll be ticking off this destination in a few weeks when I visit Rosewood Luang Prabang, a luxury hillside retreat, which opened earlier this year with an exclusive offering of only 23 villas and tented suites.”

See more: https://hk.asiatatler.com/life/hong-kong-tatler-editors-dream-destinations

 

 

 

 

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Smart-home tech is making our lives easier – but can we trust it?

Source: SCMP, Dec 7 2018

Author: Elizabeth Kerr

For better and for worse, our homes are turning into hubs of electronic intelligence

On the other side of the globe right now, the Canadian city of Toronto is readying itself to become the world’s tech laboratory. All eyes turned that way when Google’s sister company Sidewalk Labs announced a multimillion dollar plan to co-develop the world’s first city built from the “internet up”.
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