Lockdown diaries: Hong Kong influencers’ fave books, cocktails and comfort foods

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From new apps and gadgets to essential cocktails, recipes and movies for staying home – we check in with a few more of our #legend friends to see how they keep themselves entertained during lockdown.

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Ashley Lam

Favourite loungewear:

Nothing beats an oversized t-shirt.

Things I can’t live without during lockdown:

My guitar, laptop, good books, Netflix and of course, FaceTime so I can keep in touch with my friends.

New tech gadget:

I bought a new PC, it was worth every penny.

Book I’m currently reading:

Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard.

Favourite comfort food: 

Mac and cheese.

Favourite TV shows: 

Gilmore Girls and How I Met Your Mother.

Follow Ashley on Instagram @kaening


Nadia Harilela

Favourite movie to rewatch at home:

Star Wars (all of them), Lord of the Rings & The HobbitHarry Potter (duh).

Favorite recipe/dish you like to cook: 

I’ve discovered breakfast as a meal – in general. I’ve never eaten breakfast before, and no, brunch doesn’t count.

Favourite midnight snack: 

I’m usually not up at midnight as I’m in bed by 8:30/9pm.

Favourite at home workout: 

BBFiT – an app launched by my girlfriend in Australia with weekly challenges that are so fun to follow. It’s Pilates/Barre Cardio-based workouts and all of them are under 30 mins. The other one is Down Dog for yoga; we spend a lot of time sitting when we’re at home, so it’s always good to do a bit of stretching.

Favourite cocktail to make at home: 

Well, this is awkward… I don’t drink at home.

Favourite candle/room scent: 

I have a beautiful brass oil diffuser and since it’s summer, I love to wake up to the smell of lemongrass.

Favourite comfort food: 

Chips… Can’t. Live. Without. Chips.

Book you’re currently reading: 

Voices of History: Speeches That Changed the World by Simon Sebag Montefiore.

New gadget you’re super into: 

FitBit. I’m all about that step count at the moment. 

New app you’ve been hooked on: 

Steezy Studio, a dance app where you can take classes from famed choreographers, instructor and dancers in the comfort of your own home. 

Favorite podcast:

The History Hour from BBC World Service; In Our Time (Philosophy) from BBC Radio.

New hobbies from lockdown: 

I’ve picked up shuffle dancing aka. house!

Follow Nadia on Instagram @nadiaharilela


Justine Lee

Favourite board game: 

I challenge anyone to a round of Connect 4. Another game I rediscovered during this lockdown is Monopoly Deal (the card game version of Monopoly). Warning: friendships will be tested.

Favourite dish you like to cook: 

I’m a terrible cook. Do acai bowls count? 

Favourite place to order takeaway from: 

Yardbird.

Favourite midnight snack: 

Mochi ice cream, preferably in bed while face masking.

Favourite at-home workout: 

I was doing Caro Daur and Chloe Ting workouts on YouTube quite regularly. Then my boyfriend, Raph, convinced me to join him on Freeletics, an app where you can customise your workouts based on what your target is. Workouts are around 20-30 mins each day and I’m on week two now.

Favourite candle/room scent: 

The three-wick Bacio scented candle from Fornasetti. I’ve been getting bigger candles (3-5 wicks) lately, as I spend more time at home and they take longer to go through.

Favourite loungewear: 

Right now, it’s a robe, camisole and trouser set by Sol, a loungewear label by my friend Lois Tien (@sol_thelabel).

Things you can’t live without during lockdown:

A fully stocked fridge and snack drawer.

Favourite comfort food: 

A big bowl of spaghetti bolognese.

New gadget you’re super into:

I just picked up the avocado slicer from OXO. It’s one device that can perfectly cut open, remove the seed and evenly slice the avo… it makes me so happy. 

Book you’re currently reading: 

I just finished André Leon Talley’s memoir The Chiffon Trenches, which chronicles his career in fashion, and I’m starting Spy Schools by Daniel Golden.

Favourite podcast: 

NBC Dateline… or any crime show.

Follow Justine on Instagram @justinelee425


Steph Shek

Best restaurant for takeaway:

I’ve been going to Rosewood regularly to get take out from their newest restaurant, Chaat.

Favorite cocktail to make at home:

A yuzu gin and tonic.

Favourite room scent:

Maison Christian Dior Lucky, a light scent that captures the freshness of Lily-of-the-Valley.

Favorite loungewear:

Oversized t-shirts and shorts – comfort is key!

Book you’re currently reading:

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz.

Things you can’t live without during lockdown:

Definitely Netflix, my iPhone and laptop.

New gadget you’re super into:

Nintendo Switch!

New hobbies from lockdown:

I’ve been experimenting with cocktail making and gardening.

Follow Steph on Instagram @stephshek

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