Archive for November, 2009

Christmas Shopping Tour Reminder

November 19, 2009

Do you still have some presents to buy but don’t want to carry them around Hong Kong in a suitcase or shopping trolley? Do you still need to decorate the house but don’t want to travel all the way to the new territories to grab a bargain? Well I have the solution for you…..

Christmas is creeping upon us and the bus is quickly filling up for this coming Tuesday for our Christmas shopping tour – we have planned a pick up from DBIS @ 915am and drop off @ 415pm!

We will be heading out to the new territories for some retail therapy – starting with a visit to a ceramic factory, then a brass factory outlet and Megabox (where you can stop for a quick bite to eat as well) and then onto Crossroads.

We will also have an opportunity to purchase things on the bus while we are heading from place to place. Someone mentioned it is like our “own mobile bazaar”.

Cost is $150 for members of WIC and $180 for non members – it is much more cost effective then catching a taxi and more convenient then catching a train.

So if you are interested please contact and book your seat before it is too late. Don’t forget to tell any of your friends that might like to attend.


Free helper training for Enjo

November 17, 2009

Free helper training for Enjo chemical free, environmentally friendly cleaning products every second Friday morning – starting this Friday Nov 20 930-1030am in the Greens. There will also be FREE ENJO demonstrations for anyone interested in finding out more about the products every alternative Friday morning same time. Email Paula for details

Book Trade Starts Nov 18!

November 16, 2009

So sorry for the confusion the book trade starts this Wednesday – email me for location – the time is 11am!

Hope to see you there!

Now That’s a Wrap!

November 14, 2009


Retail Gift Wrapping Workshops with WIC & Blue Pagoda

Learn new skills, improve your retail results, tie the perfect bow,  learn amazing gift wrapping techniques that will leave your gifts too pretty to unwrap — all with Patricia Beveridge at our retail workshops Nov 30 and Dec 1.

Patricia runs Blue Pagoda, the delicious card & stationary shop across from Man Mo temple in Central, and carries some of the most gorgeous cards and gift wraps we’ve seen. Check out her website.

These workshops will be three hour mini-sessions with Patricia’s hand made ribbons and bows and lovely wrap paper. Participants are encouraged to roll-up your sleeves, ask questions, experiment and above all – have fun!

Blue Pagoda also offers longer gift wrapping courses at their studio where they’ll give you the practical experience and professional instruction you need to create exquisite gift wrapping designs to impress your own retail clients or even if you just want to tie things up nicely for special gift giving occasions.

Sign up quickly, these workshops will fill up! The price is $880 per person and you’ll learn Patricia’s fabulous techniques about how to wrap different shapes, decorate with hand-made ribbons and bows and gain the creative confidence to tackle your own gift-wrapping.

So mark your calendars. We’ll get back to you a bit later with workshop times and venue.

DBIS Food Fair

November 14, 2009

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Just a reminder, the DBIS International Food Fair is Nov 21st. For those who would like to add some flyers to the 200 WIC “Welcome” goody bags going out at the fair, your material and/or goodies must make it to LeAnn no later than Monday, Nov 16 so we can stuff the bags.

Those that took advantage of the banner promotion, they ‘re up at the school!

The prizes, that some of you kindly donated, need to be dropped off to me or to DBIS  school office by Wednesday Nov 18  at the latest.

Need more info? Email us here

Xmas Shopping, Factory Visit, Hiking, High Tea, oh my!

November 12, 2009

xmasbagsJoin Cecile and her crew from Double Faces on Nov 17 for a tour of  the outlet stores at  Tung Chung and learn how to get around the area via bus, MTR, taxi, where to get that Octopus card recharged, and then a visit to a local wet market for fresh produce.

XmasplateNov 24, we’ll tour a porcelain factory in Kowloon Bay where you can buye new pieces, bring items for copying, or get personalised Christmas gifts. After we’ll move on to Mega Box where you’ll find a giant Ikea store. Arts & crafts lovers will enjoy the many delights at  Spotlight. Then a quick lunch and it’s on to the Gold Coast for Christmas decoration and more gift shopping, all for charity.

cupcakeYou’ll have a few days to recover before Dec 1 when we head for the hills of Central and the breath taking views as we hike from Park View to North Point.  Bring your hiking shoes. If it all sounds exhausting, relax! We’ll be taking a tram from North Point to Admiralty afterwards for a luxurious High Tea in a top hotel.

For more details email Paula or Cecile (just click on the name).

WIC on The Dark Side

November 12, 2009


Check it out: Women in Charge  reviewed by the ladies at online Hong Kong magazine The Dark Side

DB’s Leading Ladies – Cecile Thomas

November 3, 2009

Cecile Thomas' Double Faces, the many faces of Hong Kong

Cecile Thomas worked as a travel agent in France and as a tour guide throughout Europe before moving to Hong Kong with her husband and their then six month old baby for what should’ve been a two year stint.  She jumped at the opportunity to discover Hong Kong’s dynamic culture and community and soon put her professional skills to work guiding new expats and arrivals through Hong Kong.

Now, 11 years later, and with three children, Cecile runs a full time tour business, Double Faces,  to help newcomers make the transition and see the many sides of Hong Kong.

“I fully understand that a company who sends a new expatriate is ‘investing’ in a person and a family and wishes the staff member to be quickly efficient and happy in their environment,” says Cecile. “I believe this newcomer will feel better if his family finds some help, somebody to answer questions, and support them settling in.”

Where do you begin in this vibrant, crowded city covering Hong Kong Island, the New Territories, Outlying Islands  and Tsim Sha Tsui?  Cecile suggests you start with an Orientation tour of Discovery Bay before tackling the rest of Hong Kong’s sites and attractions by tram, subway, taxi, boat rides, trail hikes, shopping tours, island hopping — all aided with  some of the best books and maps — and Cecile’s experience — to help you discover your new home.

You can book with Cecile by email here or through Women in Charge.