Irene Pyne

Irene Pyne is a professional copywriter, storywriter and all-round content guru. Her interests include East Asian culture and politics, modern art, food, television and film. When she’s not writing for us, she’s spending time at idNerd’s animation studio, debating over the projectile speed of snot - for a cartoon, of course.

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Who is Miky Lee, driving force behind Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar-winning film Parasite?

If you want to be a K-pop idol, Miky Lee’s the person to know; her grandfather founded Samsung, and she was an early investor in Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks

17 Feb 2020 - 6:00PM

If you want to be a K-pop idol, Miky Lee’s the person to know; her grandfather founded Samsung, and she was an early investor in Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks

Who is Miky Lee, driving force behind Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar-winning film Parasite?
Love in the time of coronavirus – 8 steps to have the most romantic Valentine’s Day at home in Hong Kong

Don’t fancy going out for V-Day? Here’s how to create the mood for a thoroughly fulfilling dose of romance in the comfort of your own home

14 Feb 2020 - 12:25PM

Don’t fancy going out for V-Day? Here’s how to create the mood for a thoroughly fulfilling dose of romance in the comfort of your own home

Love in the time of coronavirus – 8 steps to have the most romantic Valentine’s Day at home in Hong Kong
Escape for a Valentine’s Day pampering – without leaving Hong Kong

Numerous dining and spa experiences are available at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong’s Valentine’s Day promotions

10 Feb 2020 - 2:00PM

Numerous dining and spa experiences are available at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong’s Valentine’s Day promotions

Escape for a Valentine’s Day pampering – without leaving Hong Kong
Masters of Time: DSF’s 11th annual watch exhibition brings rare and vintage timepieces and pens to Macau

Running to the end of February, visitors can expect a glimpse into haute horology, with rare watches evoking the artisanal spirit of the 19th century to timepieces hinting at the innovations of tomorrow

8 Feb 2020 - 10:00PM

Running to the end of February, visitors can expect a glimpse into haute horology, with rare watches evoking the artisanal spirit of the 19th century to timepieces hinting at the innovations of tomorrow

Masters of Time: DSF’s 11th annual watch exhibition brings rare and vintage timepieces and pens to Macau
Is China really the best place to ring in the Lunar New Year – and how do other countries celebrate the Spring Festival?

Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore and Mongolia all have distinct new year traditions – how do they compare, and does Japan even celebrate the festival at all?

24 Jan 2020 - 11:00AM

Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore and Mongolia all have distinct new year traditions – how do they compare, and does Japan even celebrate the festival at all?

Is China really the best place to ring in the Lunar New Year – and how do other countries celebrate the Spring Festival?
Nikkie de Jager and 5 other YouTube influencers who have opened up on video about their transgender and LGBTQ+ journeys

Nikkie de Jager, Nikita Dragun, Miles McKenna, Parker Jeydon Wale, Jazz Jennings and Julie Vu have all opened up about their LGBT+ experiences on social media

5 Feb 2020 - 7:35PM

Nikkie de Jager, Nikita Dragun, Miles McKenna, Parker Jeydon Wale, Jazz Jennings and Julie Vu have all opened up about their LGBT+ experiences on social media

Nikkie de Jager and 5 other YouTube influencers who have opened up on video about their transgender and LGBTQ+ journeys
LGBTQ+ icon Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and other celebrity kids who look just like their famous mum or dad

Zoe Kravitz, Kaia Jordan Gerber, Rumer Willis, Brooklyn Beckham, Ava Phillippe, Apple Martin and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt could pass as younger versions of their parents

21 Jan 2020 - 4:00PM

Zoe Kravitz, Kaia Jordan Gerber, Rumer Willis, Brooklyn Beckham, Ava Phillippe, Apple Martin and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt could pass as younger versions of their parents

LGBTQ+ icon Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and other celebrity kids who look just like their famous mum or dad
Kylie’s bushfire blunder, Kim’s ‘blackface’ scandal, Khloé’s ‘cultural appropriation’ – the Kardashian-Jenner clan’s most controversial social media meltdowns

What social media giveth, social media can also taketh away – we weigh up the most shocking scandals endured by Kylie, Khloé, Kim, Kendall and – don’t forget – Rob

9 Jan 2020 - 6:30PM

What social media giveth, social media can also taketh away – we weigh up the most shocking scandals endured by Kylie, Khloé, Kim, Kendall and – don’t forget – Rob

Kylie’s bushfire blunder, Kim’s ‘blackface’ scandal, Khloé’s ‘cultural appropriation’ – the Kardashian-Jenner clan’s most controversial social media meltdowns
How Montblanc’s High Artistry ‘Insignia of Power’ writing instrument was inspired by the romance of the Taj Mahal

‘Insignia of Power’ is made of solid yellow gold with rough rubies in a style similar to the traditional Indian kundan stone setting, a method dating back to the royal courts of Gujarat and Rajasthan

9 Jan 2020 - 5:46PM

‘Insignia of Power’ is made of solid yellow gold with rough rubies in a style similar to the traditional Indian kundan stone setting, a method dating back to the royal courts of Gujarat and Rajasthan

How Montblanc’s High Artistry ‘Insignia of Power’ writing instrument was inspired by the romance of the Taj Mahal
6 ways you can celebrate New Year’s Eve twice – fly from Tokyo to Honolulu or nip over the border from Spain to Portugal

With different countries in different time zones, it’s possible to trick the clock and celebrate the dawning of 2020 twice in two different place – here’s how

31 Dec 2019 - 3:00PM

With different countries in different time zones, it’s possible to trick the clock and celebrate the dawning of 2020 twice in two different place – here’s how

6 ways you can celebrate New Year’s Eve twice – fly from Tokyo to Honolulu or nip over the border from Spain to Portugal
FOMO be gone! Why more JOMO travellers are switching off and embracing the ‘joy of missing out’

Travel that disengages the individual from their hyperconnected routine is on the rise, especially among those from Asian cities

27 Dec 2019 - 2:00PM

Travel that disengages the individual from their hyperconnected routine is on the rise, especially among those from Asian cities

FOMO be gone! Why more JOMO travellers are switching off and embracing the ‘joy of missing out’
Is this the end of social media travel? Skyscanner’s 2020 Travel Trends report gives us a hint

Are the days of documenting every trip, cocktail and night out on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter over?

26 Dec 2019 - 2:00PM

Are the days of documenting every trip, cocktail and night out on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter over?

Is this the end of social media travel? Skyscanner’s 2020 Travel Trends report gives us a hint
What is the true spirit of Christmas? How everything we thought we knew might just be a load of hogwash

Quite a few of the rituals we associate with Christmas have origins that many of us wouldn’t consider ‘festive’

26 Dec 2019 - 10:00AM

Quite a few of the rituals we associate with Christmas have origins that many of us wouldn’t consider ‘festive’

What is the true spirit of Christmas? How everything we thought we knew might just be a load of hogwash
Why Lamborghini made its virtual vision real with the futuristic Lambo V12 Vision GT

The Gran Turismo newcomer will use the same 6.5-litre V12 hybrid power train as the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37

20 Dec 2019 - 2:14AM

The Gran Turismo newcomer will use the same 6.5-litre V12 hybrid power train as the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37

Why Lamborghini made its virtual vision real with the futuristic Lambo V12 Vision GT
What is ‘Slow Travel’ and why are Hongkongers signing up for these trips?

According to Skyscanner’s 2020 Travel Trend Report, ‘Slow Travel’ has become a top priority for Hong Kong travellers, and Istanbul is the top city where they like to visit

14 Dec 2019 - 12:00PM

According to Skyscanner’s 2020 Travel Trend Report, ‘Slow Travel’ has become a top priority for Hong Kong travellers, and Istanbul is the top city where they like to visit

What is ‘Slow Travel’ and why are Hongkongers signing up for these trips?
5 facts about Mulan – the live-action, all-Asian movie starring Jet Li, Liu Yifei, Gong Li, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Tzi Ma and Rosalind Chao

The new Mulan live-action remake, set for release in 2020, features an all-star Asian cast including Jet Li and Liu Yifei and faithfully follows Disney original

6 Dec 2019 - 6:00PM

The new Mulan live-action remake, set for release in 2020, features an all-star Asian cast including Jet Li and Liu Yifei and faithfully follows Disney original

5 facts about Mulan – the live-action, all-Asian movie starring Jet Li, Liu Yifei, Gong Li, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Tzi Ma and Rosalind Chao
Godfrey Gao tributes: Jamie Campbell Bower, Michelle Yeoh, Cassandra Clare, JJ Lin and Dorothy Wang share heartfelt memories of Taiwanese-Canadian star

A raft of Hollywood and C-drama stars have dedicated Instagram, Twitter and Weibo tributes to Godfrey Gao, the Taiwanese-Canadian actor and model who died suddenly this week

29 Nov 2019 - 4:46PM

A raft of Hollywood and C-drama stars have dedicated Instagram, Twitter and Weibo tributes to Godfrey Gao, the Taiwanese-Canadian actor and model who died suddenly this week

Godfrey Gao tributes: Jamie Campbell Bower, Michelle Yeoh, Cassandra Clare, JJ Lin and Dorothy Wang share heartfelt memories of Taiwanese-Canadian star
Godfrey Gao remembered: 5 facts about the crossover actor, Toy Story voice star and first male Asian model to be signed by Louis Vuitton

In memory of the Taiwanese-Canadian actor and model, who died today suddenly, after earlier collapsing on the set of Chinese reality TV show Chase Me

29 Nov 2019 - 4:43PM

In memory of the Taiwanese-Canadian actor and model, who died today suddenly, after earlier collapsing on the set of Chinese reality TV show Chase Me

Godfrey Gao remembered: 5 facts about the crossover actor, Toy Story voice star and first male Asian model to be signed by Louis Vuitton
This is how BTS look so good – make-up for men, already popular in Korea, is now the norm for millennial and Gen Z male consumers

Chanel, Tom Ford and luxury brands join mainstream companies in creating make-up products for men, already popular with K-pop bands such as BTS

11 Nov 2019 - 2:00AM

Chanel, Tom Ford and luxury brands join mainstream companies in creating make-up products for men, already popular with K-pop bands such as BTS

This is how BTS look so good – make-up for men, already popular in Korea, is now the norm for millennial and Gen Z male consumers
Try some new positions: Spin 360 degrees in your US$450,000 rotating Three Sixty bed

Savoir Beds makes fewer than 1,000 beds a year so – and new model the Three Sixty lets you spin in your sleep

6 Dec 2019 - 3:55PM

Savoir Beds makes fewer than 1,000 beds a year so – and new model the Three Sixty lets you spin in your sleep

Try some new positions: Spin 360 degrees in your US$450,000 rotating Three Sixty bed
6 items to buy when you win Hong Kong’s US$17.9 million Mark Six lottery prize

If you have millions of dollars to burn, why not get a solid gold pony like Beyoncé and Jay-Z bought for Blue Ivy, a Lamborghini Veneno Roadster or even a Hong Kong flat?

7 Nov 2019 - 5:33PM

If you have millions of dollars to burn, why not get a solid gold pony like Beyoncé and Jay-Z bought for Blue Ivy, a Lamborghini Veneno Roadster or even a Hong Kong flat?

6 items to buy when you win Hong Kong’s US$17.9 million Mark Six lottery prize
What makes Devialet’s new Phantom Reactor wireless speaker such a sound investment?

Despite being less than 22cm long and under 17cm in height, Devialet’s new Phantom Reactor in matte black speaker delivers exceptional sound

14 Nov 2019 - 10:08AM

Despite being less than 22cm long and under 17cm in height, Devialet’s new Phantom Reactor in matte black speaker delivers exceptional sound

What makes Devialet’s new Phantom Reactor wireless speaker such a sound investment?
5 Instagram spots in Malaysia to impress your social media followers

Featuring gorgeous white-sand beaches, stunning mosques, beautiful Hindu temples and cool graffiti, these Instagramable spots in Malaysia are perfect for social media addicts

21 Oct 2019 - 10:00AM

Featuring gorgeous white-sand beaches, stunning mosques, beautiful Hindu temples and cool graffiti, these Instagramable spots in Malaysia are perfect for social media addicts

5 Instagram spots in Malaysia to impress your social media followers
Delicious or disgusting? 6 of the weirdest matcha-flavoured foods, from burgers to ramen – washed down with matcha cola

A healthy eating craze for powdered green tea-infused foods has seen bright green matcha-flavoured burgers, curry, hotpot, pasta and even beer – would you try any of it?

18 Oct 2019 - 2:09PM

A healthy eating craze for powdered green tea-infused foods has seen bright green matcha-flavoured burgers, curry, hotpot, pasta and even beer – would you try any of it?

Delicious or disgusting? 6 of the weirdest matcha-flavoured foods, from burgers to ramen – washed down with matcha cola
YouTubers under 18 who are earning up to US$22 million per year: Ryan ToysReview, Boram Tube Vlog and more

Ryan Kaji, star of the Ryan ToysReview channel, has over 22 million followers and earned US$22 million in a single year, upstaging millennial rivals PewDiePie and Jeffree Star, and Gen-Z’s Paul brothers, Logan and Jake

18 Oct 2019 - 5:42PM

Ryan Kaji, star of the Ryan ToysReview channel, has over 22 million followers and earned US$22 million in a single year, upstaging millennial rivals PewDiePie and Jeffree Star, and Gen-Z’s Paul brothers, Logan and Jake

YouTubers under 18 who are earning up to US$22 million per year: Ryan ToysReview, Boram Tube Vlog and more
Saint Laurent condoms and Hermès rubbish bins: 5 weird products rich people buy

Hermès waste baskets and Supreme voodoo dolls are among the expensive OTT items luxury brands pass off as being steeped in history or exquisitely handcrafted at artisanal studios

17 Oct 2019 - 12:00PM

Hermès waste baskets and Supreme voodoo dolls are among the expensive OTT items luxury brands pass off as being steeped in history or exquisitely handcrafted at artisanal studios

Saint Laurent condoms and Hermès rubbish bins: 5 weird products rich people buy
5 Hong Kong hotpot restaurants serving everything from Instagramable almond daisies to sake bombs

We’ve highlighted five of the weirdest – and most delicious – hotpot restaurants in Hong Kong that will satisfy even the most adventurous hotpot lovers

16 Oct 2019 - 12:00PM

We’ve highlighted five of the weirdest – and most delicious – hotpot restaurants in Hong Kong that will satisfy even the most adventurous hotpot lovers

5 Hong Kong hotpot restaurants serving everything from Instagramable almond daisies to sake bombs
Forget Cathryn Li: 5 fitness influencers who defy body shaming and spread positivity

Fitness influencers like Chessie King, Cassie Ho and Jem Wolfie inspire millions around the world to find acceptance, positivity and confidence in their own appearance

4 Nov 2019 - 5:35PM

Fitness influencers like Chessie King, Cassie Ho and Jem Wolfie inspire millions around the world to find acceptance, positivity and confidence in their own appearance

Forget Cathryn Li: 5 fitness influencers who defy body shaming and spread positivity
Singapore’s Instagramable spots are so Crazy Rich Asian-fabulous you’ll be snapping selfies for days

Singapore has loads of Instagramable spots to fill up your social media feed – here are all the top sites, and the hottest hashtags to use

14 Oct 2019 - 10:35AM

Singapore has loads of Instagramable spots to fill up your social media feed – here are all the top sites, and the hottest hashtags to use

Singapore’s Instagramable spots are so Crazy Rich Asian-fabulous you’ll be snapping selfies for days
How UK lifestyle brand Bamford and The Upper House are encouraging sustainable living in Hong Kong

British label Bamford is opening a pop-up store at The Upper House in Pacific Place, offering a swathe of products all certified by the Soil Association, the UK’s highest standard of organic certification.

8 Oct 2019 - 7:11AM

British label Bamford is opening a pop-up store at The Upper House in Pacific Place, offering a swathe of products all certified by the Soil Association, the UK’s highest standard of organic certification.

How UK lifestyle brand Bamford and The Upper House are encouraging sustainable living in Hong Kong