Amanda Sheppard
Amanda Sheppard
Amanda is a culture, travel and lifestyle writer based in Hong Kong, always on the search for the next great story and the city's strongest coffee.

From record auction sales to TeamLab’s first installation in the city and those lovable giant rubber ducks, the city’s growing cultural landscape speaks volumes about Hongkongers’ lust for art

Science suggests all European wines are based on a cross of Israeli and Turkish grapes, while a growing tourism industry is emerging around ‘northern Israel’s Napa Valley’ – is this the destination for your next tasting tour?

Whether you prefer The Peninsula or Mandarin Oriental, or opt for a newer name like the Kerry or Rosewood, Hong Kong has a slew of premium suites, almost all with a view of that stunning harbour

The Michelin-starred Latin American restaurant in Central helmed by chef and owner Ricardo Chaneton is showing the way forwards to a more environmentally friendly F&B industry


Art Basel returns with its largest line-up of galleries since the pandemic, and brings with it a citywide roster of cultural offerings – here’s everything you need to know about the mega event

According to urban artist Szabotage, NFT artworks are ready to return with the digital world providing a unique platform for creative expression – here’s what you need to know

For one thing, the exclusive hang-out is going street, partnering once more with the HKwalls to bring a splash of colour – and world class artists – to Central and Sheung Wan

From a Coco Chanel-inspired ballet to HKIFF’s Godard retrospective and a Leslie Cheung tribute at the brand new HKT x WestK Popfest music festival

From top-end offerings from Kef, B&O and Bowers & Wilkins, to Wilson Audio’s huge new Dalek-esque Alexx V, which sound system delivers most to your home in both look and sound?

The pandemic brought challenges to students’ mental well-being, but schools adapted to the circumstances and bolstered their support systems

Singaporean chef Barry Quek reflects on how his military years inspired his cooking, his love of travel and the unique culinary fusion employed in his Michelin-starred restaurant, Whey

Christmas is a time for making merry but for some, expectations and preparations can be overwhelming, and lead to distress … here’s how to ameliorate the anxiety

Volunteers are needed for a number of Hong Kong charities this festive season – here are five worthy organisations to help get good Samaritans started

Want to ring in the new year with a wine and dine experience to remember? You’ll need our pick of party packages, from bubbly at Cantina to views of the light show from Aqua rooftop

Need a quick fix for getting into the festive spirit? Take a tour of the town’s most immersive installations, from Cantopop star Serrini’s Times Square shows to Santa’s workshop at IFC

This year’s winter events leave culture vultures spoiled for choice – from Disneyland to immersive productions and an outdoor cinema, here’s where to go and get in the festive spirit

In Hollywood, it’s not just the stars that glitter as the jewellery they wear in films can leave a mark – here’s how luxury brands have paid tribute to the silver screen

Luxury crafts makers are upping their game by elevating their advent calendar offerings … here are some of the most luxurious options that money can buy

Hong Kong’s own star chef Vicky Cheng looks back on two decades in the fine dining industry, applying French techniques to Chinese flavours, and reaching that big Michelin milestone

These companies have all profited by being linked to A-list names, but how does Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop stack up against Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company or Kate Hudson’s Fabletics?

From an Hermès bag on wheels and a scaled-down Ferrari, to a gold PlayStation and a Swarovski crystal-covered rocking horse, these eye-wateringly expensive items are the height of bling

Whether its Dao by Dorsett’s plant library to encourage guests to nurture greenery or Melia Chiang Mai’s underwater-themed spa, wellness hotels are definitely having a moment

From a Rolex Day-Date II with diamonds to an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph, let’s take a look inside the comedian’s jaw-dropping watch collection

The Aurora Diamante fountain pen costs an eye-watering US$1.47 million – here’s why, plus 3 more super-fancy pieces from Montegrappa, Cartier and Mont Blanc

Cambodia’s Shinta Mani Wild, Bali’s Buahan and Thailand’s Four Seasons Tented Camp offer resort experiences in the wild – with sustainability and conservation at the forefront