High Bar: Airplane trolley becomes mobile home drinks dispenser

An aeroplane trolley transformed into a mobile bar, the Bordbar x Siegfried Rivet Rocker Gin Cart has retained many of the original features and specs, with its dimensions, portability and modularity remaining unchanged. The mini-bar trolley is stylish, functional and a perfect solution for all in-home entertainment needs. This compact trolley is perfect for hosting parties, social gatherings or just relaxing at home with a drink. With its sleek design and customisable features, the Bordbar is sure to impress your guests and become a favourite addition to your home entertainment resources. 

Its sleek, modern design is made from high-quality materials that ensure durability and longevity. The trolley is designed with an aluminium body, making it lightweight and easy to move around, while also being sturdy enough to hold up to 44 lbs of weight. It also comes with a removable top tray that can be used to serve drinks and snacks. At the same time, the interior of the trolley is customisable with a variety of accessories, including drawers, shelves and dividers.

It can also be used to store liquor, glassware, and other bar accessories, making it an excellent addition to any home bar, especially for those who love to entertain. Available at specific dealers and outlets in Hong Kong for around HK$23,500 (US$2,995).

5 Apps That Every Shopaholic Will Love – Facilitating The Online Shopping Experience

Scrolling through many retail sites and finding the coolest pair of shoes or that statement-making scarf can be an adrenaline-rushing experience for many because quite honestly, online shopping can make a lot of people happy. When all that excitement leads you to shop till you drop, it is great to have resources that will help you find the best offers. Below are five shopping apps that help you with it.

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Karma self-proclaims itself as the best shopping app for making its users’ shopping experience more fun. No matter what each person wants to buy, the app tries to find the best offers from different websites thus helping people to save more and also shop more. If that is not enough, the online shopping app also gives out reward points (also known as K Cash) so every time a person purchases via the app, at certain stores, they will get a particular per cent of their spending as Karma cash which can be used later. More details are here

Join Honey

Another shopping tool that has become a favourite among regular shoppers is Join Honey, which facilitates the shopping experience and finds the best available offers. All that you have to do is add the Join Honey extension to your web browser, and the app automatically starts running whenever you shop (that is if you permit it to.) It also lets you know when another site has the same product at a better price and if an offer is actually genuine or just given after significantly increasing the actual prize. More details are here

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Vestiare Collective

If you love secondhand luxury items or abide by recycling, then you will absolutely go bonkers for Vestiare Collective. The app lists everything from clothes to shoes and bags that people want to resell with details of the product’s condition. Once you find an item you like, you can negotiate with the seller regarding the price. Generally, Vestiare Collective suggests that your asking price is not less than 70 per cent of the selling price and each buyer is allowed to make three price offers before finally settling on a price. More details are here


Net-a-Porter doubles down as a shopping app where you can find apparel and accessories from the latest fashion seasons and a lifestyle blog where you can find style inspiration and learn many more things about a variety of topics, including skincare, interior decoration, makeup and more. Best of all, the online shopping app has a huge database of various fashion brands so the options are endless here. Besides, Net-a-Porter also allows you to resell your own branded clothing and accessories. More details are here

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Mytheresa features the best selection of luxury items and boasts of selling capsule collections that are exclusively available only on its website. The app is a perfect resource to find the trendiest clothing, pieces of jewellery, bags, footwear and more and also classic pieces that will forever be loved by fashion enthusiasts. The company recently added a life section where you can shop for interior decor and necessities. Having a long history that extends back to late 1980, Mytheresa, which was initially a boutique, is now one of the best online shopping apps and delivers to about 130 countries now. More details are here

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Fantastic Facets for a Home Theatre


One of the most prominent brands for maintaining quality in visual and audio products, Bang & Olufsen introduces Beosound Theatre, a rule-defying soundbar that transforms the concept of home theatre with a style. Its modular keel-like design is intended to reflect the effortless grace of sailboats, giving the appearance of resting on a sheet of aluminium and floating in the air as a fluid form.

The Beosound Theatre features 12 speaker drivers, including two custom 6.5-inch long-throw woofers, and 800 watts of amplifier power to produce sound pressure levels up to 112 dB for a powerful and immersive cinema experience. Seamlessly integrating with any décor through its numerous customization options available in wood or fabric finish, it keeps your home clutter free of cables and wires. 

Featuring the new three-dimensional sound functionality via a patent-pending combination of speakers that fire upwards, to the sides, and towards the listener, the Beosound Theatre gives an extraordinary spatial sound performance. Its modular design also applies to the TV screens and the cover of the soundbar, both of which are replaceable, the aluminium “wings” are also extendable for customers whose TV screens grow as they upgrade, proving that Beosound Theatre continues to provide perfectly integrated solutions promising longevity.

The soundbar is available in the colours Silver, Gold Tone and Black Anthracite while one can also choose from a fabric and an oak wood cover. The Beosound Theatre interface bracket provides the possibility to dock almost any screen to the soundbar while optimized for specific 55, 65 and 77” LG screens. In addition to the wall mount and table stand for placement, a motorized floor stand, as well as the motorized wall bracket are an option. All in all, these incredible features of the Beosound Theatre take the cinematic experience at home to a whole new level.


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Civil justice champion Albert So on arbitration, blockchain, AI, and more…

Law practitioner, regulator, professor and technology whizz, multifaceted legal brain Albert So talks arbitration, money-laundering within the blockchain and robo-law, a deep learning AI technology…


How did you get into law?
My first degree was in computer science, but I took some elective social science subjects including law. It was then that I discovered my interest in the subject and pursued a second degree in law at King’s College London before studying business law at the University of Cambridge. I then went on to Harvard Kennedy School in the US for my research degree in investment law.

You are the founder and Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Mediation and Arbitration Centre. How did that come about?
I started my professional experience in Canary Wharf, London, where I learnt about regulatory issues and commonwealth jurisdictions, then I returned to Hong Kong just before the global economic crisis and the collapse of the Lehman Brothers. At the time, I was a regulator doing investigative work on money laundering and financial disputes, but because the incident involved so many complainants and victims, and the caseload was tremendous, and nobody knew then what financial dispute resolution or mediation were, it called for civil justice reform.

That was when [in 2009] the Hong Kong Mediation and Arbitration Centre (HKMAAC) was founded. Traditionally these cases would have been brought to court for litigation; however, with the founding of the HKMAAC, we would instead try to settle disputes by arbitration, or alternative dispute resolution. It’s a means to handle financial disputes to omit the high legal costs of going to court, the long waiting time, and overall, coming to a solution that would be beneficial for all parties.

At the time of its inception, we were only 15 regulators, today we are probably more than 40,000 students, mediators, arbitrators, as well as graduates that have undertaken our arbitration training. We also provide about 10 scholarships at different local universities including the University of Hong Kong (HKU), the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


You also teach law. Is teaching something you have always been passionate about?
Soon after founding the HKMAAC, I took up teaching posts at several universities in Hong Kong, including teaching anti-money laundering at HKU, and teaching students and doctors at CUHK about the legalities of wealth succession planning. I love to teach, but I also want to share my own practical experience from work. I can see the value in sharing first-hand experiences, real case studies, market trends, and the challenges, questions and objections of clients and how to solve problems effectively given each unique situation.

So, this is why I love teaching, however if I had to choose [between teaching and practising the law], I don’t think I could do one without the other. If I were solely a practitioner, it would be a waste not to share my professional knowledge. On the other hand, I could not do traditional teaching work at the university without any practical experience. Anybody can teach theories, but I believe a good educator is very likely a very good practitioner as well.

“Anybody can teach theories, but I believe a good educator is very likely a very good practitioner as well”

You have since co-founded your own law firm and followed paths outside the courtroom. Tell us more.
I co-founded AC Lawyers with my partner Carina Chan. I am Chairman of the Wealth Succession Planning Association, and Dean of the California University School of Business Law and Technology. I’m also an honorary legal advisor for several NGOs in the city and I am leading a few legal robo-advisory services for the community. I currently fund a legal technology project for the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. It is basically a robo-lawyer.


That sounds intriguing. Could you explain what exactly is a robo-lawyer?
Since my first degree was in technology, I am still very interested in this field. A robo-lawyer is basically a deep-analysis AI that will allow potential clients to enquire about legal matters, and practitioners to do the most value-added legal work. It does the more tedious and routine tasks such as drafting contracts from scratch and answering questions regarding the law, for example, if it is possible to settle different assets in various countries with one will, or if one is required to pay inheritance tax in a certain country. Of course, this won’t replace the practitioners and the paperwork that requires careful attention to detail, but it will help save precious time, lower legal costs, and reduce embarrassing situations in some cases.

How far away are we from having a robo-lawyer?
We still have a long way to go. The project is not mature enough to commercialise. Unlike customer-service AI and concierge support which utilise simple AI technology for answering questions and providing information without much deep analysis, in law, questions and answers are not straightforward. It may be for the better that we have this time to explore and continue to improve the development of this kind of technology – but I think it would be an amazing thing for the law industry.

“A robo-lawyer won’t replace the practitioners, but it will help save precious time, lower legal costs, and reduce embarrassing situations in some cases”

As a former regulator, what is your opinion of cryptocurrency investments?
It’s a very hot topic in the industry, not only for citizens but for corporations as well, and in particular in the wealth succession planning industry because before the emergence of cryptocurrency, we would do a lot of traditional investment in antiques, art, gold and diamonds.

However, investing in NFTs and cryptocurrency can be too volatile to predict. The value fluctuates a lot and makes it difficult for investors to foresee the future of this new investment method.

I personally love blockchain technology and the idea of decentralisation behind it, but from a regulatory perspective, there can be challenges and loopholes that raise alarms, especially when it comes to criminal activities and money-laundering issues. The problem arises when tracking the transactions of these individuals or syndicates as the blockchain is anonymous in nature. So, from a regulatory perspective, appropriate or suitable regulations may be a good thing for future development.


What can the Hong Kong government do to further progress the cryptocurrency market?
I think the government can further the progress of cryptocurrency in the city by minimising platform risk. Platforms at the moment will hold cryptocurrency and NFT assets for clients. However, there is a chance that they can mismanage the assets or lose the device which holds the assets, which is why we need consumer protection.

There is also the issue of money laundering due to the anonymity of the transactions within the blockchain, which poses a problem for the government and regulators, but if we have suitable supervision, we can do things well. The Securities and Futures Commission’s proposed licensing registration for platforms running crypto businesses is a good solution, as this doesn’t strictly prohibit NFTs and cryptocurrency investments, but provides some degree of consumer protection. It strikes a fair balance for both sides to get the best of both worlds.

What’s your favourite way to relax?
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, I loved travelling. It’s very important to go outside the bounds of what you are familiar with to see more things, meet more people and broaden your perspective. It’s not only good for your health, but also for your way of thinking and assimilating ideas. It would be pointless, however, for me to take a long vacation because clients will always call for decisions and advice, so I remind myself to take time for myself and that rest is for the longer journey ahead.

I love working in the city, but living in the countryside. Some of the activities I enjoy are punting, canoeing, boating and generally being out in nature.

Thank you.


Interview by: Roberliza Eugenio; Photographer: Jack Law; Art Direction and Styling: Jhoshwa Ledesma; Videographer: Jackie Chan; Venue: Farrington Interiors Ltd.

In Conversation with Ryan Cheung, CEO & Founder, PressLogic: Asia’s new-media wizard

Armed with the platform’s spot-on content, PressLogic Co-Founder and CEO Ryan Cheung makes data, analytics and algorithms seem positively thrilling…

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Shine some light on your background and how it’s shaped what you are doing today.
I studied at HKU [the University of Hong Kong] first and then, right after graduating from Peking University, I joined the structural products team at an investment bank. The tech industry was booming, and since I was handling a lot of data, equity and analytical aspects, after five years in banking I thought it was time to leap in that direction.

You co-founded digital media company PressLogic in 2016. How did the idea germinate?
Five or six years prior to PressLogic, my CTO, Edward Chow, and I started another e-commerce firm. For this venture we spent most of our time, money and resources on marketing and leveraging social media numbers. It wasn’t all smooth sailing, but we managed to build a strong relationship with data, and that’s when the realisation that this could be used to drive editorial content dawned upon us.

After a couple of years, we sold that company and our investors asked if we had another business idea in mind. At this point, we thought of launching a lifestyle media house and taking an innovative, analytical approach to media.

So, timing has played a big role in your success?
Most certainly! Five or six years ago, most media houses were very traditional in their approach and didn’t really care about data or social media trends. We took advantage of the situation and leveraged our unique methodology of studying social media analytics and predicting viral topics. It’s definitely about timing and the fact that we were lucky enough to build a solid, loyal audience who keep coming back to us for high-quality original content.

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We have become a leading lifestyle portal for millennials, with more than 10 million monthly views across Asia – in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia – and every year we achieve more than 50-percent growth rate in terms of revenue. This year, even with the pandemic raging and advertising brutally hit, our revenue has still grown aggressively.

Meitu gave us our first round of funding – US$10 million towards the end of 2018 – we achieved the break-even point in 2020. It was an incredible milestone for PressLogic, and we haven’t really needed further funds since.

Tell us about MediaLens, the artificial-intelligence tool that has underpinned PressLogic’s unprecedented rise.
MediaLens is our propriety AI social-media analysing system that uses data analytics to predict highly effective YouTube, Facebook and Instagram viral trends. It boosts engagement manyfold. To give you an example, while creating editorial or branded content, MediaLens prompts us with popular key words that are likely to trend across different categories – like women’s fashion, spring-summer style, and so on.

After several years of improvements, the software is now very sophisticated and can help create highly effective analytical insights for branding and advertisement purposes. The AI in the software uses a kind of reverse engineering approach in its algorithm, helping us to track our competitors’ social media movements and performance, and then compare that with ours. We can even track which company is using which influencer or KOL for its advertising.
MediaLens is a powerful tool, and after using it in-house for five years, we are now ready to find another revenue stream, so the plan is to re-launch the product and pitch it to others. Any digital content creator who works with advertisers will find it extremely useful in driving social media traffic.

“The AI in our software uses a kind of reverse engineering approach in its algorithm… We can even track which company is using which influencer for its advertising”

Are there any strategies you used when PressLogic was a start-up that you now find redundant?
In our case, it was quite the opposite. In the first few months, we tried to launch MediaLens [rather than the content platform] in the market and achieved no success. But as we strongly believed in our product, the setback did not hold us back. Instead of scrapping this, we steered our business model in another direction by using our methodology ourselves first. We created content first and tested the AI-backed system to drive traffic and assess its real-time success.

This proved to be very useful – trying our product first-hand not only gave us all the necessary data and traffic, but also helped us create a market price for it. Last year, we launched a new platform, an e-commerce website, based on this solid user base. This experience taught us the value of being adaptable and persevering, and we’ll take the same approach when it comes to any new idea.

Covid-19 has been especially challenging for media companies. What were some of struggles you had?

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In the first few months it was very tough – with a novel virus, no one knew what to expect, and suddenly there was complete social isolation. But we were grateful to be an online company at the time – that’s the beauty of digital, you can do it from anywhere – so except for our video production and sales, it was smooth sailing after the initial hiccup.

Before Covid we were expanding quite aggressively in Singapore and Taiwan. I travelled once a month to the different offices to oversee work, but the pandemic has put a complete halt to that. We slowed down our expansion, but we’re hoping 2022 will be different and allow us some normalcy.

How do you see your company five years from now?
I want to see the PressLogic group leverage its data and continue expansion into different markets. If travel reopens by 2022-23, then we have plans to expand outside Asia into North America. We hope to become a more elevated, advanced and sophisticated data-technology company that utilises and is reliant on data and artificial intelligence to help our branded partners and merchants boost their revenues.

You recently became a father. Which is more challenging now – work or the baby?

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Well, my baby girl turned one in January, but so far, it’s not been difficult. My wife and the whole family are very supportive and it’s absolutely beautiful to teach her the little things, to hold her hand while she crawls and takes baby steps or says her first words.

So, you’re truly focusing on work-life balance now?
[Laughs] Yes! I must spend time with my baby every day. Earlier, work-life balance meant hanging with friends, partying on weekends, but now it’s purely family time and being able to walk away from my cell phone. Which is hard, by the way, as we are a tech company – there’s something happening 24/7, there’s a notification popping up every minute – but I make an effort not to always be glued to my phone.

“We are a tech company – there’s something happening 24/7, there’s a notification popping up every minute – but I make a conscious effort not to be glued to my phone”

What advice would you give fellow entrepreneurs entering the start-up world?
Study the business model and your market well. Be clear on your exit strategy. If your model is not generating success, have a clear timeline on when to exit. Start-ups aren’t just cool, hip and trendy, and not everyone is lucky with funding, so unless you believe in your idea 100-percent and are willing to give it your all, don’t get into it. The journey is not smooth; it will consume you, burn you, but it is extremely rewarding if it’s your passion project.

What’s your definition of success? Any regrets?
Doing things that I am told are impossible. An idea or a dream might sound difficult in the beginning, but if I believe in it, and there is some chance of success, I will dedicatedly pursue it until it becomes a reality.
I have no regrets. There were mistakes, and learning from those mistakes, but I don’t believe in analysing decisions in hindsight. That’s just not healthy!

What’s your ideal Sunday like?
Hanging out with my wife, friends and my baby girl. Enjoying the sun, a nice brunch, and some outdoor activities. I love windsurfing, watching movies and Netflix as well.

Thank you.

(Interview by: Nikita Mishra Photographer: Jack Law Art Direction and Styling: Jhoshwa Ledesma Videographer: Andy Wan)

Timothy Yu’s Snapask reaches eight markets in Asia, aiding 4.5m students!

Tech trailblazer Timothy Yu matches students with questions to professionals who can answer them, without ever needing to meet face-to-face.

Did personal experience factor into the birth of your start-up, Snapask?
Yes, definitely. When I was in college, I used to spend a lot of my time tutoring students, so it was part of daily life to travel door-to-door between home tutoring sessions. Around the same time, I also began creating teaching videos and posting them on Facebook. I initially thought to ask people to pay to get this content, but quickly realised that there was no demand for such things. Then, in the comments section, I would often be asked specific questions, so I began charging to answer them instead. That’s pretty much what sparked the idea for Snapask. Funnily enough, it was my first company as well as my first job, and I started it when I was just a second-year student [at the University of Hong Kong].


What exactly is Snapask?
The initial idea of Snapask was to connect students who need help with someone who is qualified, vetted and capable of answering questions that pop up during their day-to-day studies. It’s almost like Uber for tutoring. Students take a photo of their problem, and we automatically connect them digitally with a qualified tutor within 30 seconds, and they can then have a one-on-one discussion about it. It’s an app that supports students whenever they need an answer.

We started in Hong Kong in 2015, and we’ve accumulated about 4.5 million students on the platform. Today, we’re in nine different markets, including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and other Southeast Asian countries. We didn’t want to give our clients the additional stress of trying to figure out if they can afford to ask that next question, so they pay a monthly fee, and it’s pretty much like a buffet where they can reach out to any number of tutors and have unlimited access to our educational video library.

The idea is to make our platform attractive not only to the students, but also to the parents who are footing the bill. It’s kind of like online shopping in a way, because once you experience the convenience and efficiency of this kind of home learning, especially when compared to travelling to a tutorial centre or calling a teacher to your home once or twice a week, then you realise it’s a better way to get what you need.

“It’s pretty much like a buffet where [students] can reach out to any number of tutors and have unlimited access to our educational video library”

How does Snapask supplement the traditional education system?
In fact, there are a lot of inefficiencies in the education system today, since even after students have spent an entire day at school, they need to follow it up with evenings at tutorial centres and such for additional exam preparation. Most of them may not have access to a private tutor, and they can’t wait around for a day to go back and ask the teacher. So, Snapask steps into that gap by always connecting them to someone who can help.

At the same time, we are also creating a lot of high-quality supplemental content on a wide range of topics. It’s similar to MasterClass [the US-based online education subscription platform]. We build bite-sized topic-specific videos. For example, if a student is struggling with trigonometry, they can take a look at that to gain a better grasp of the subject matter. We don’t just post videos of teachers with a whiteboard; we try to approach it in a more effective way.

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How do you vet your tutors?
Our teachers are all graduates from top universities – that’s a must. They first have to submit their university qualifications and transcripts, and we verify that their identities are authentic. At the end of the day, we are working with a lot of underage students, so their safety and security is the number one concern for us.

In addition, our tutors not only have a very high achievement profile, but backed by artificial intelligence machine learning they also understand how well they are serving our students via user ratings, platform ratings, as well as tutor-to-tutor ratings. This ensures only the good ones remain.


What projects do you have lined up this year?
As we have a lot of virtual learning on our platform, our first priority is to enable personalisation in learning. Right now, we’re collecting a lot of data on how students are learning, and we are trying to apply AI technology to suggest personalised recommendations to ensure each individual learn in the most efficient fashion.

Then, we’re strongly pushing our development of proprietary teaching videos. In fact, I am personally creating some of the content as the teacher – specifically in mathematics – so I’ll be making roughly 180 online videos this year. There’s also a new partnership coming up with a local TV channel, and we’ll be launching our programmes on air through that platform as well.


How has the pandemic affected your business?
When Covid hit Hong Kong in February 2020, we were about to close a round of fundraising, so many investors were calling in to see how we would deal with it. At the same time, it was announced that schools would be closed indefinitely, so we were in a major state of flux. Thankfully, we managed to handle the situation by being as transparent as possible, and reassuring investors that with the shutdown, home learning would become the only educational option, rather than an alternative as it had been in the past.

In the first couple of months, we did experience a dip as students went on ‘holiday’, but by summertime, some schools had reopened in Hong Kong and we saw traffic pick back up. Of course, in some of our markets Covid hadn’t yet had a major impact, so things pretty much were running as usual.


What do you like to do during your downtime?
To be honest, between running Snapask and creating teaching videos, I don’t have much time left over. That said, right behind my desk in my office, there’s a small room which is almost like a greenhouse because I like to do gardening. In particular, I plant Pachypodium gracilius, which is a super exotic-looking root-like plant native to Madagascar. I personally find a lot of parallels between gardening and education, because some plants can take 10 years to mature, and likewise, learning can be a decades-long process.

“I find parallels between gardening and education, because some plants can take 10 years to mature, and likewise, learning can be a decades-long process”

If you were stuck on a desert island, what is the one thing you’d need to bring with you?
I’d definitely need to bring some paper or a notebook to jot down my thoughts. I believe ideas can spark at any moment, so it’s important to be able to write them down when it happens.

Finally, tell us something most people don’t know about you.
There was a time in college when I seriously considered becoming a chef. In my mind, I was torn between pursuing a culinary or majoring in mathematics. Ultimately, as an Asian child, there are always some expectations and I felt like mathematics was the more responsible option.

Thank you.


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Interview: Tenzing Thondup Photos: Jack Law Art Direction: Jhoshwa Ledesma Videographer: Kes Lei Venue: Roche Bobois Showroom, Horizon Plaza