With the fitness industry being highly male-dominated, we asked female powerlifter @sophpowerlifts if that makes her feel insecure?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "At first, yes. When I first started going to the gym, I feared that the people around me would think that I wasn’t capable of doing anything as a skinny girl. However, over time, surrounding myself with the right people, the right information, and following the right influencers online got me where I am today. It’s a learning process. At the end of the day, it’s also about the mentality you have. If you know what you’re aiming for, you can easily block out the people that intimidate you. Focus on what you’re doing and be a better version of yourself. There’s always room to improve.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For me, it’s more than being part of an industry that’s highly male-dominated. My culture and community play a part, as well. I’m Pakistani and fitness amongst women is not very common in our community. The mentality we’re stuck with is unluckily still highly traditional, where women are expected to marry at a young age. I’ve got people asking me why I’m not married yet at 23 years old. I’m young and there’s so much I want to achieve professionally. I’m not saying that getting married young is a bad thing – what I’m saying is that if it’s not something a child wants, it should not be forced upon them. A lot of people have asked me why I’m trying to do what men are supposed to be doing. A lot of people have told me I look like a man. It’s unfortunate."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸 @sophpowerlifts
Empire International Tailors has been making quality suits in Hong Kong since 1983. The team at @hivelifemagazine sat down with Managing Director Mark Asaf for some fashion advice.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here are five tips Mark recommends when getting a custom-tailored suit from the tailors:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. Research and visit a few tailors before deciding on the right one.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. Canvassed or Fused?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. Give your tailor time and avoid 24-hour tailors.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4. More expensive doesn’t mean better⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 5. Consider the occasion and weather conditions.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Learn more about how to pick the best tailored suit in Hong Kong on www.hivelife.com!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸 @empiretailors
Nestled beneath some steps leading down from Wyndham Street, Central’s well-known nightlife belt is Petticoat Lane – one of the few LGBT-friendly bars located in Hong Kong. Founded by Christian Rhomberg, a pioneer of the Lan Kwai Fong scene and founder of the uber-exclusive private member’s club, Kee Club, @petticoatlanehk is home to some of the city’s best drag nights and teems not just with LGBT partygoers, but also with open-minded club hoppers that more-often-than-not spill out onto the compact passageway. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To many, Petticoat Lane is the ultimate party playground; a place where people enter as strangers and leave as friends. It’s become the go-to spot for a much-needed after-work drink and has a loyal legion of fans amongst the late-night crowd. Though small, the place surely does not disappoint, especially when it comes to the entertainment. Early revellers can expect music featuring the classic feel-good anthems that top the charts not just today, but over the decades, an impressive selection of your favourite drinks, and some spectacular service. But if that all sounds a bit generic, then simply wait until the clock strikes 12. From the shirtless eye candy to the gag-worthy lip-syncs from some of Hong Kong’s best-loved drag queens, there’s plenty of fun for everyone. It’s really nothing like you’ve ever experienced in Hong Kong, and the person responsible for all this madness is Justin Van Herwerden.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Learn more about them on www.hivelife.com!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸 @petticoatlanehk
Happy International Burger Day! 🍔 Hong Kong’s burger restaurants may vary in theme, price and vibe – but they don’t scrimp on taste. In a town packed with small, artisan and high-quality burger joints aimed at vegans, meat-lovers, and everything in between, the city has plenty on offer to suit everyone from those looking for a fast-food fix to others seeking out the best in burger cuisine. From @beefandliberty to @thedinerhongkong, head over to our website for Hive Life’s selection of the best burger joints in Hong Kong. Enjoy! 🥂 📸 @beefandliberty
It was the esteemed Vietnamese Chef Peter Cuong Franklin that first drew our attention to Leonard Cheung. The head chef of Hong Kong restaurant @bluesupremehk was, Peter told us, one of the most exciting talents he had come across in years. Spearheading his own take on US cuisine with his self-styled Modern American Bistronomy, Leonard’s new hangout takes the concept of the beer bar and turns it on its head, delivering simple food at a fine dining standard alongside a knockout craft beer selection.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Leonard pulls no punches when describing how hard it has been to craft a career in the kitchen. “My whole family apart from my Mum did not approve of my career choice,” he tells us. “And it was really hard in the beginning. Nobody else really got it, all my friends were in college or working at white-collar jobs, so the first few years were the toughest. All the hours of scrubbing floors, doing the jobs that nobody else wants to take, everyone has to go through that. You have to remember that this is just temporary, you’re not going to be scrubbing floors for 10 years. And I also knew that all my mentors had to go through that, too. They taught me to be patient and that every hurdle is only temporary.” With a stint studying at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and jobs everywhere from the city’s big name Eleven Madison Park to Hong Kong’s Otto e Mezzo Bombana and conceptual hotspot Bo innovation, Leonard had some pretty impressive mentors.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸 @bluesupremehk
In @thehivehongkong's most recent edition of their popular farmers’ market, #UrbanFarmandFeast, local vendors came from across Hong Kong to showcase how their brands are innovating in healthy and green living. Take a look at these environmentally and socially conscious brands to bring some healthy living to your home, and improve your wellness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With the Covid-19 pandemic still ongoing, it’s important to continue to shop local and support small businesses to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the city. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Shop #local with these 12 environmentally and socially conscious brands in Hong Kong. 👇 Get the full list on www.hivelife.com!
Since more cosmetics companies are seeking out natural and environmentally friendly ingredients, packaging, and products, green cosmetics is gaining more popularity. Nowadays, customers are more focused on whether or not a product aligns with their own values, or if purchasing the product comes with a good cause. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ From refillables to waterless beauty – #HiveLife covers the 6 sustainable beauty trends for companies to gain inspiration from. Head over to our website to learn more 🍃
Religion in Japan primarily consists of Shinto, Buddhism, Confucianism, and #Christianity. The main religions of these are #Shinto and #Buddhism, which can be seen in the many shrines and temples around Japan. Although religion is rarely practiced by most Japanese, it defines Japan’s identity and strengthens family and community ties. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #HiveLife covers the 4 main religions in #Japan. Head over to www.hivelife.com to learn more! 🏮
Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! 🎉 The road to entrepreneurship is not easy, it’s risky, and about 22.5% of small businesses fail within the first year. However, there are still 582 million entrepreneurs innovating in the world, with 1.9 million of these businesses owned by Asian Americans, and there are new businesses being created each day. Despite growing numbers, many Asian Americans have to overcome various challenges like language barriers and financial uncertainty. However, even with all these obstacles, they are continuously contributing to and often dominating and shaping the business world in many markets. From IT companies to beauty products, to social media sites, here are 15 inspiring Asian entrepreneurs who started famous and well-known businesses around the world. In frame: Rohan Seth of @clubhouse Newly launched in 2020, Clubhouse is an audio-based social networking app created for individuals to connect and share stories, advice, and talent with each other. Created by both Rohan Seth, who is of Indian-origin, and Paul Davison, Clubhouse plays on the FOMO (fear of missing out) aspect of networking, as it is an invite-only app and is available only for iPhone users.
Happy #NationalFitnessDay 💪 When Sophia Khan learnt that she had developed an eating disorder (anorexia), she had no choice but to increase her metabolism. After spending hours on research, she learnt that exercising increases your appetite. In 2016, she decided to take the plunge and start her powerlifting journey. “When I first started going to the gym, I feared that the people around me would think that I wasn’t capable of doing anything as a skinny girl. However, over time, surrounding myself with the right people, the right information, and following the right influencers online got me where I am today. It’s a learning process. At the end of the day, it’s also about the mentality you have. If you know what you’re aiming for, you can easily block out the people that intimidate you. Focus on what you’re doing and be a better version of yourself. There’s always room to improve.” We speak to the 49.5kg powerlifter, the woman behind a platform promoting women empowerment and inspiring more women to get out there and train for the better. Learn more on www.hivelife.com! 📸 @sophpowerlifts
Superfail #2 - Andy Lee on Work-life balance: Does it really Exist? 🤔 “I don’t believe in work-life balance. I believe in priorities. You have to look at your life & really think about what your priorities are & when you say yes to something you’re basically saying no to other things.” Andy Lee breaks the myths of a work-life balance to us in the second edition of @superfail_event. The father of three walks us through his personal failures both, at work and as a parent and how he has learnt to overcome them by being self-reliant. 🙌 Interviewer - @sarahvee.asia Special Guest - @andylee0321 Head over to the LINK IN BIO for the full video! Don’t forget to hit the subscribe button to stay tuned to our entire library of talks, teasers, and interviews. 👀
With new innovations like biodegradable plastic, organic farms, and alternative protein sources, the world of sustainability is growing exponentially. The purpose of a green business is to reduce waste and lower negative environmental impact. Since sustainability is trending, starting an eco-friendly business can allow you to generate a wide customer base, attract new customers, and lower the cost of company spending. Like all startups, it is hard to figure out a starting point, head over to our website to check out our guide to getting funding for your green business, including tips on how to master the art of pitching.