Rilakkuma at Hong Kong Marathon

On Sunday 72,000 people participated in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2013 through Hong Kong. One of them was Rilakkuma! To be honest, we did not expect to see him there as he is such a lazy bear and you have to be in very good shape to run a marathon. But in the end we were right, the lazy bear rather posed for pictures and TV cameras than focusing on the marathon. He is a lazy bear after all!

There were lots of people in funny costumes participating in the marathon, but of course Rilakkuma was the most popular character in the spotlight.

Rilakkuma poses for the cameras

Rilakkuma poses for the cameras

Running a marathon is not really Rilakkumas thing - he is just too lazy (photo: hk apple daily)

Running a marathon is not really Rilakkumas thing – he is just too lazy (photo: hk apple daily)

Romantic Chinese New Year exhibition in Hong Kong

A dream in pink. Even though the Chinese New Year celebrations are already over, there are still lots of colourful exhibitions going on in Hong Kong. In the shopping mall Langham Place we saw a very romantic one. As Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year were really close this year this installation combines both celebrations. The pink Chinese peach blossoms, peacock couples and hearts have a traditional touch, but can also be seen in the context of love. It’s no surprise that lots of couples got their pictures taken in front of the different installations.

We think the exhibition is super kawaii. Doesn’t it fit perfectly to our shop?

 

This huge peacock couple is the centre of the exhibition

This huge peacock couple is the centre of the exhibition

A pretty peacock with Chinese girls and a pinwheel, which brings good luck

A pretty peacock with Chinese girls and a pinwheel, which brings good luck

The beautiful flower heart is espcecially popular with girls

The beautiful flower heart is especially popular with girls

A more traditional Chinese scene

A more traditional Chinese scene

A beautiful flower peacock

A beautiful flower peacock

For this cute couple it is hearts all around

For this cute couple it is hearts all around

Also the entrance of the mall is decorated in pink

Also the entrance of the mall is decorated in pink

The official photo of the exhibition - even deserted it looks beautiful

The official photo of the exhibition – even deserted it looks beautiful

Chocolate Trail 2013 in Hong Kong – Part 2

We promised more and here it comes. The exhibition Chocolate Trail 2013 in the Hong Kong shopping mall Harbour City is so impressive that we took too many pictures for just one blog post. So here are more pics of the incredible objects which look like chocolate. The promotion’s theme is “Chocolate Mansion”, which is why there are so many pieces of furniture and home decor in a chocolate disguise. Do you have a favourite item?

If you want to see more pictures, check out part 1 of our Chocolate Trail visit.

What a yummy chocolate bear

What a yummy chocolate bear

The second largest installation: A giant chocolate cake

The second largest installation: A giant chocolate cake

A chocolate chandelier as tall as a man

A chocolate chandelier as tall as a man

We want to dive into this whipped cream and ice cream bath tub

We want to dive into this whipped cream and ice cream bath tub

The Chocolate Trail is super long, it goes on like this for a while

The Chocolate Trail is super long, it goes on like this for a while

The chocolate frame was a super popular photo motif

The chocolate frame was a super popular photo motif

Time to rest on a wonderful strawberry tartlet surrounded by big forks

Time to rest on a wonderful strawberry tartlet surrounded by big forks

Would you want a kawaii cake lamp shade in your home?

Would you want a kawaii cake lamp shade in your home?

The main attraction: Under this ladys dress lies a whole living room

The main attraction: Under this ladys dress lies a whole living room

A bed made from cake and cookies

A bed made from cake and cookies

This strawberry chair is already taken....by a chocolate cookie

This strawberry chair is already taken….by a chocolate cookie

Chocolate art in a chocolate frame

Chocolate art in a chocolate frame

Chinese New Year Holiday: No shipping until February 14th

Chinese New Year is a HUGE thing in Hong Kong and Asia. The ‘Year of the Snake’ starts on February 10th followed by three days of public holiday. This is basically the only time of the year where everything in Hong Kong is closed, as as many people as possible get the opportunity to be with their families.

Due to the public holidays our office will be closed from Monday, February 11th to Wednesday, February 13th. The post offices will open again on February 14th and we will ship your orders as fast as possible. Please be a little patient if you order over the holidays, we will try our best to catch up as fast as possible. You will receive a shipping confirmation as soon as we shipped your order.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Our office is closed over Chinese New Year

Our office is closed over Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year in Hong Kong with B.Duck

The cute rubber duck character B.Duck is from Hong Kong and therefore quite present here. There are quite a few shops and products that you can buy. But as all the shopping malls are currently coming up with special promotions for Chinese New Year, we spotted two special exhibitions revolving around the cute duck.

In the district Causeway Bay we saw an installation with two ducks in traditional costumes for Chinese New Year. It looked really cool. We like it when CNY promotions include lots of the traditional Chinese symbols which are important for that holiday. In the picture we took you see the ducks holding golden ingots (gold nuggets which represent money), mandarins and lots of red.

The shopping mall The One in the district Tsim Sha Tsui just started their The One x B.Duck exhibition with a couple of kawaii photo opportunities. It’s all about candy, so you’ll see B.Duck in the candy shop with donuts, lollies and chocolates.

Chinese New Year B.Ducks in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong

Chinese New Year B.Ducks in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong

The One x B.Duck exhibition at the shopping mall in Hong Kong

The One x B.Duck exhibition at the shopping mall in Hong Kong

The promotion offers a couple of fun photo opportunities with B.Duck

The promotion offers a couple of fun photo opportunities with B.Duck

Everything revolves around candy

Everything revolves around candy

A game you can play to win some prizes

A game you can play to win some prizes

Chocolate Trail 2013 in Hong Kong – Part 1

Currently the malls in Hong Kong are outdoing each other when it comes to creative installations. Again we found an incredible promotion we have to share with you. The shopping mall Harbour City started their Chocolate Trail 2013 which will be running until the end of February. There are lots of incredible chocolate items on a really long trail that leads through large parts of the mall. Unfortunately none of those things are made from real chocolate, but boy, they sure do look amazingly real and super delicious. Of course you can also buy exquisite chocolates on special booths.

We took so many pictures that we will divide this post into two parts. Next week you’ll get to see more chocolate items from the Chocolate Trail 2013.

The main attraction of the Chocolate Trail 2013: A gigantic chocolate woman

The main attraction of the Chocolate Trail 2013: A gigantic chocolate woman

Unfortunately we couldn't go into this chocolate living room

Unfortunately we couldn’t go into this chocolate living room

A dream come true: A bath tub full of ice cream and whipped cream

A dream come true: A bath tub full of ice cream and whipped cream

Gosh, how we wish that cookie was real

Gosh, how we wish that cookie was real

Super funny idea: a strawberry cake sofa

Super funny idea: a strawberry cake sofa

What is behind this chocolate door?

What is behind this chocolate door?

Chocolate and strawberries are an unbeatable combination

Chocolate and strawberries are an unbeatable combination

These chocolate curtains look so fluffy and light

These chocolate curtains look so fluffy and light

The Chocolate Trail was really long, it goes on like this for a while

The Chocolate Trail was really long, it goes on like this for a while

Of course you could also buy real chocolate

Of course you could also buy real chocolate

The real chocolates looked super delicious

The real chocolates looked super delicious

The official poster of the Chocolate Trail 2013 in Harbour City

The official poster of the Chocolate Trail 2013 in Harbour City

Chinese Dragon installation for Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

Chinese New Year is just a couple of weeks away, so Hong Kong is slowly putting on its festive dress: shops, hotels and shopping malls start decorating for the holiday and stationery shops offer all kinds of paper decoration for your home. A couple of days ago we discovered a really cool CNY promotion in the Hong Kong mall Elements. For the Elements X Liberty Art Fabrics installation the mall teamed up with the British brand Liberty Art Fabrics and created a Chinese garden with traditional lions to welcome the Year of the Snake. The Chinese dancing lions are 2.8 meters high and are adorned with Liberty of Arts textile prints.

We really like this little garden, as it reflects the Asian culture very well. We’re sure to see many more promotions throughout the next weeks and will try to take as many pictures as possible to show you.

These traditional Chinese dragons welcome the Year of the snake

These traditional Chinese dragons welcome the Year of the Snake

The little Chinese garden for Chinese New Year is really beautiful and peaceful

The little Chinese garden for Chinese New Year is really beautiful and peaceful

The dragons are almost 3 meters high

The dragons are almost 3 meters high

The Chinese garden can be seen at the Hong Kong mall Elements

The Chinese garden can be seen at the Hong Kong mall Elements

Cute Hello Kitty Chinese New Year puddings in Hong Kong

In a couple of weeks the whole city of Hong Kong will be celebrating Chinese New Year. This is THE most important holiday over here, so of course there are tons of special Chinese New Year products and promotions. We just discovered a Chineses New Year pudding in Hello Kitty style. It is sold by the local food chain Hung Fook Tong. They specialize in healthy food, drinks and soups and have really lots of stores throughout the whole city. You can buy the cakes with the cute Hello Kitty faces in the flavours radish cake, brown sugar cake (very typical for CNY), sugar cane juice cake with water chestnut & osmanthus petals, taro cake and mango sago cake with birdnest. Yes, it is a very local delicacy.

When you buy a cake from this limited edition you also get a cute Hello Kitty bag for free. Would you want to try one of the flavours?

The advertisement for the Hello Kitty Chinese New year puddings looks very cute

The advertisement for the Hello Kitty Chinese New year puddings looks very cute

Delay in air mail services with Hong Kong Post

As we get lots of questions from customers at the moment asking how long shipping will take, we thought we should share this with you. Hong Kong Post published a note on their website on December 14th stating, that there will be delays for air mail services to Europe, Israel, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, as there is not enough air cargo space and increased air mail traffic.

This means that even though we ship your orders as fast as possible and inform you via email, your order might still be stuck in Hong Kong or some intermediate destination. This also effects express shipping. We’re very sorry about that and hope Hong Kong Post will find a solution very fast, so that you will receive your orders soon.

Hong Kong Post stated that there will be delays in air mail traffic to some countries

Hong Kong Post stated that there will be delays in air mail traffic to some countries

Cute Rilakkuma car in Hong Kong

Look what we discovered! When we were walking through Hong Kong we saw this super adorable Rilakkuma car. The Rilakkuma design really looks perfect on this Smart, as it is such a cute and small vehicle. As the picture on the car looks really professional, we suspected that Smart might have launched a Rilakkuma series, but we didn’t find anything about that. So maybe the owner had this design custom-made or even did it himself. However, it looks gorgeous!

Super cute Rilakkuma car spotted in Hong Kong

Super cute Rilakkuma car spotted in Hong Kong

The kawaii on this Smart looks really adorable

The kawaii on this Smart looks really adorable