— March 31, 2012 —

best bet: earth hour

Earth Hour has been happening each year on 31 March since 2007; this year, their mission is no different. From 8.30 to 9.30 in the evening, in your home country, turn off all the lights, turn off your internet, turn off the television and put away those iPads - anything that runs on electricity, turn it off. For us, the exercise is more than just about energy sustainability, it's also about connecting with people on a deeper level, which is difficult to do when your iPhone is constantly buzzing or your friend is watching YouTube in the background as you talk. But without lights, you're going to have to stock up on candles! In keeping with the spirit of Earth hour, we've gone straight for environmentally-friendly candles by Ecoya.


Stock up on candles from Ecoya : they're hand-poured, environmentally-friendly and they smell delicious! We love the Ecoya Metro Glass Jar in Lemongrass & Ginger.

Ecoya is available from GOD in Leighton Centre, Silvercord, Hollywood Road, The Peak Galleria and Stanley Plaza.

Stuck on how to spend the time? Here's our list of suggestions to make the most of it in Hong Kong -- you'll have so much fun, you'll want it to last way longer than just an hour.

  1. Tai Long Wan : hike out in the afternoon and camp on the beach by a campfire. Summer's on the way and it's a good chance to do some stargazing. Snuggle up to your loved one or prepare for an all-night gossip session with your bestie.

  2. Evening Stroll : get romantic and go for a walk in the park with your sweetheart; Hong Kong is full of gorgeous parks in which to do this. Our favourites are Hong Kong Park and Victoria Park.

  3. Zzzzzz : catch up on sleep! There's no better excuse. After a crazy selling season, that's what we're guessing some of our team might be up to!

  4. Be a Kid : play a game of Hide-and-go-Seek, Sardines, Telephone or Tag in the dark with your favourite little (or big) people. The side streets of Sheung Wan are a paradise for kid's games -- just watch out for cars!

Most importantly, have fun and make the most of it. You'll end up wanting to do it every day.