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Weekend's with Wong, Color Run

It has been a month that I've been looking forward to this event, The Color Run. To top it off, this was the weekend right after my last friday as an intern for YMBY. We made good time on the way there and followed the crowd to the registration. 

 

Picture of me and Ann--Before we got into it

Picture of me and Ann--Before we got into it

After we got running, it honestly felt like we were in an oven. It just so happened that this summer was the hottest that Beijing has ever seen. I think my favorite part was that it was ok to throw starch at random people, without them giving you dirty looks.

Picture of me with all the red-- In a sea of red at first checkpoint

Picture of me with all the red-- In a sea of red at first checkpoint

All in all this was a great experience and great to have things to take my mind off the stress built up at work. 

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Back to Basix: Healthy Lifestyle in Your Backyard

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It’s always been a dream of mine to own a little garden and eat only what I grow myself. Yesterday I met with many likeminded people, and learned that it’s actually quite possible to take care of my own food.

On Sunday we had Back to Basix’s first class, in which we talked about six plants that are commonly used in everyday life: Basil, Garlic, Ginger, Green Onions, Mint, and Rosemary. We explored their health effects of these herbs, and introduced a simple recipe for each plant.

The eager home gardeners wanted to know all the details about planting their favorite herbs. We discussed proper planting procedures for each herb, as well as little things one needs to pay attention during the process. 

We made mint lemonade and vegetables dipped in pesto for the event. Yummy! They are easy to make, and good for your health too.

 

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Initial Fashion: The Luxury Experience

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Initial Fashion: The Luxury Experience

Women’s selection at Initial Fashion

Women’s selection at Initial Fashion

Last week Beijing welcomed the relaunch of Initial Fashion, a boutiques and specialties store from Hong Kong.

 

The relaunch of Initial Fashion is a call for the rich hipsters in town.

Wandering in the store we can see aesthetic designs with a taste of old-day European style everywhere.

 

Exquisite decor can be seen everywhere in the store with a sense of romance

Exquisite decor can be seen everywhere in the store with a sense of romance

Designers never ignore any details in the store, not even the ceilings

Designers never ignore any details in the store, not even the ceilings

Initial Fashion presents a style that is a perfect combination of Chinese fashion and Western aesthetics.

The relaunch of Initial Fashion at Sanlitun Village attracted a good crowd of Beijingers as well as International fashion lovers.

 

The relaunch of Initial Fashion at Sanlitun Village attracted a good crowd of Beijingers as well as International fashion lovers.

- Nora Zhou

 

The collections at Initial Fashion are luxurious and visually appealing

The collections at Initial Fashion are luxurious and visually appealing

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Go Green with Shangrila Farms

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Go Green with Shangrila Farms

On May 30th a nice summer evening, Shangrila Farms hosted their investor event at 1949 Bar Veloce, who is famous for its fine wine and cozy atmosphere.

Safi and Sahra speak at the event

Safi and Sahra speak at the event

The founders of Shangrila Farms, Saif Malik and Sahra Malik, were at the event presenting their ideas on creating a line of green food in China and supporting local farmers.

 

Products including coffee beans, honey, and beauty products are presented at the event.

Products including coffee beans, honey, and beauty products are presented at the event.

 Free drinks made with Shangrila Farms’ products were served throughout the night to all guests.

Drinks made with organic coffee and honey

Drinks made with organic coffee and honey

Cute decorations from Shangrila Farms

Cute decorations from Shangrila Farms

 - Nora Zhou

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Laji Couture: Sustainability, Creativity, and Design

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Laji Couture: Sustainability, Creativity, and Design

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This past summer as a philanthropic contribution to society, my partner, Miranda, and I are planning an event to encourage sustainability by developing a green platform for businesses and designers. We plan to hold the event September 9, 2012. With the passion for developing sustainable cycles and supporting green design/ businesses, we decided to create this event.

Laji Couture will be an all day event that is split into two parts. The daytime fair will be from 11-3pm and is an interactive event. We will set up 20 booths that will allow organizations to share their ideas and sell their products. We are asking booth participants to bring an interactive element, whether it be DIY projects, tutorials, stories, games, etc. We are also working with about 20 architects who will develop installations during this time. Our architects are being asked to make installations that revolve around the idea of using waste materials to create functionality and utilitarianism. This part of the event is free and open to the public.

For the evening event, we will have a private fashion show, speakers, and cocktails. The evening event will be from 6-9pm, with 400 tickets available.

The overall purpose of our event is education, which is why we are donating all of our proceeds to the Library Project. The Library Project builds libraries in underprivileged areas of China and was started by a fellow alumni. We feel that to have a better future, all individuals need to have access to educational material and resources.

- Christopher Cheung

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TEDxGreatWall 2012: A World Without Walls

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TEDxGreatWall 2012: A World Without Walls

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Last weekend we went to the Great Wall to a TEDx event where our Co-Founder Miranda Mullett shared her vision on sustainability and vermicomposting. It was a great opportunity for our interns in China to see awesome speakers from around the world share their inspiring ideas.

TEDxGreat Wall 2012 Speakers:

  • Ray Yip director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in China, who talked about why he has worked for Bill Gates for over a decade
  • Chandran Nair founder of the Global Institute for Tomorrow who told the story of his ground breaking leadership projects which are transforming many lives in Asia
  • Ellen Hou head of planning for TBWA China talked of the realities of being a “successful Chinese woman in China”;
  • Gilbert Van Kerckhove, who has been in China for decades talked about the subject of his insightful new book on what is happening to the environment in China
  • Alastair MacRae, Director of Studies at Harrow international school explained why leadership is finally being taught in schools!
  • Andrea Krause of FYSE one of the leading organizations in Asia promoting social entrepreneurs talked about her passion for entrepreneurship and its success
  • Sahra, Alia and Safi Malik, explained some of the unique challenges of running their Shangrila Farms project which has brought Yunnan Honey to a global market
  • Kath Temple joined us from the Life Long Learning company in the UK to talk of the work she has been doing around Happiness
  • Luke Eid head of Digital at TBWA talked on why and how the web will become evermore our servant and pose the question of whether we are actually its slaves
  • Kevin Jones told us why the number 3 is so important across all cultures
  • Diana Rice explained what she means by Life Alignment and how she passionately believes everyone can achieve it
  • Miranda Mullet talked of her earthworm project which she believes has global potential to improve the environment
  • Steve Lester a famous American sculptor (living in Moscow) as will Kristin Newton a ‘creativity catalyst’ and amazing artist based in Japan) shared their art
  • Peter Thong D.Sc., an all round entrepreneur spoke on why hope is always better than the alternative!
  • CJ Wilson a successful investor explained how he has been establishing companies with none of the traditional walls

- Christopher Cheung

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Beijing Startup Weekend & Korean BBQ

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Beijing Startup Weekend & Korean BBQ

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This weekend we decided it would be awesome for our interns in China to see how start-up organizations operate in Beijing. It was also a chance for them to get to know the entrepreneurial scene here in China. China’s rapidly growing economy is encouraging local Chinese and expats to innovate. Since the economy in China is developing there are countless opportunities for young entrepreneurs to grasp.

This year’s Beijing Startup Weekend had about 50% Chinese and 50% foreign entrepreneurs participating in the event. There were a total of six start-ups pitching their start-up concept to the community. This was a chance for entrepreneurs to show off their new ideas and receive feedback from some angel investors in Beijing. It’s an opportunity for entreprenuers to find venture capital and receive feedback from investors about their business.

The 1st company we saw was called Tuan (团)Go, an organization that has similar characteristics to Groupon, but specifically designed for Chinese companies and consumers. Personally, I didn't think it was very unique, but idea of Groupon in China is still new and has tons of potential because of the massively growing consumer base in China.

The 1st company we saw was called Tuan (团)Go, an organization that has similar characteristics to Groupon, but specifically designed for Chinese companies and consumers. Personally, I didn't think it was very unique, but idea of Groupon in China is still new and has tons of potential because of the massively growing consumer base in China.

After start-up weekend, we took the interns to Korean BBQ where we got to roast different types of food.

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- Christopher Cheung

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