LumDimSum | Filed under: Film & Movie Reviews, Upcoming Events | Tags: Benj Binks, cooking class, JUE Music + Art Festival, Mongolian Bling, The Hutong, The Hutong Kitchen, Wok Around the World | 1 Comment »
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Special Events, Upcoming Events | Tags: American food, BBQ, Brussels Bar & Restaurant, Fourth of July, Great Leap Brewing, Independence Day, Open Air Cinema, Pub Quiz, Robert de Niro, Slow Boat Brewery, Taxi Driver, The Bookworm, The Hutong, The Local, Tim's Texas Bar-b-q, Travis Bickle | 2 Comments »
4th of July Independence Day Celebrations All Weekend
Celebrated a little more loosely on this side of the globe, America’s Fourth of July Independence Day celebrations in Beijing will be spread into the weekend with parties starting this Thursday, the 4th of July til late Saturday night.
A day to commemorate the day America declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, I applaud the fact that we Americans celebrate our nation’s history, government and traditions with outdoor BBQ’s, picnics, fireworks and water guns. All equally important icons of our great country’s deep and meaningful culture, you can also get in the American spirit by celebrating all weekend long at any of the recommended fine establishments listed below.
From open air cinemas and American-themed pub quizzes alongside big BBQ parties, there’s plenty going on to remind you just how awesome it is to be an American.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Health & Fitness, Upcoming Events | Tags: East Hotel, Heyrobics, HeyRunning, Hills Run, Lido, Linus Holmsater, LMFAO, Mark Thirwall, Michael Jackson, Neil Fraser, Olivia Newton John, The Hutong, Western Hills, Xian Bar | No Comments »
Swedes Know How to Make You Sweat
I’m pretty sure the idea of working out with funky fitness moves coordinated to the beats of catchy tunes by a DJ on the top of a rooftop bar would most definitely come from the same quirky minds of the Swedish workout fiends behind Heyrobics (in China anyway).
I’m proud to say that I’ve been a Heyrobics participant since the very beginning and have recently committed to a minimum of two Hey sessions per week to work off all the ridiculous amounts of meals I force upon myself, eating out at restaurants in the name of LDS (it’s really all for you, my dear readers). All jokes and ramblings aside, if I really have to work out, it might as well be to the beat of jamming music with people who actually know what it means to execute a full-body workout and make it fun at the same time. So whether I’m jumping around with the Heyrobics team or running around in both secret (and not-so-secret) parks with the HeyRunning cult, I’m a committed Hey’er.
Founder of Heyrobics and fitness guru Linus Holmsater started his Heyrobics sessions in parks and indoor gym locations and has now introduced a new monthly session that will take place on the top of rooftop bars, the ideal summer workout spot! That’s right, now you can treat yourself to a refreshing cocktail + BBQ session after an hour of sweating in the summer heat to a DJ’s beats!
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Chinese holiday, cooking class, Dragon Boat Festival, Duanwu Festival 端午节, Qu Yuan, The Hutong, The Hutong Kitchen, Zhou Dynasty | No Comments »
Delightful & Delicious Dragon Boat Zongzi Making Classes at The Hutong
The Dragon Boat Festival (also known as Duanwu Festival 端午节) is a nationally celebrated Chinese holiday that annually takes place on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar, falling this year on June 12th, 2013, which is why we get June 10-12 off work!
An ancient festival, the holiday commemorates the death of the famous Chinese poet and scholar Qu Yuan from the Zhou Dynasty, who committed suicide by drowning himself in the river in despair over the capture of his kingdom. Legend says that the local people tried to save him, searching desperately on their boats and throwing sacrificial cooked rice into the river for Qu Yuan, while others believed that the rice wrapped in bamboo leaves would prevent the fishes in the river from eating Qu Yuan’s body.
These same sticky rice wrapped treats are now as symbolic as the racing dragon boats themselves. Despite their somewhat morbid origins, zongzi are a delightful Dragon Boat treat that are as fun to prepare as they are to eat.
LumDimSum | Filed under: A Day In My Life, Charity, Film & Movie Reviews, Upcoming Events | Tags: "Red, Alameda, Beijing, Black & Blue", Dave Archer, Dulwich College Beijing, Film Documentary, Film Screening, Fundraiser, Hatsune, Hong Kong, ICEF Rugby, ISB Girls Rugby Team, New Zealand, Pie Squared Pizza, Shanghai, Stuart Krohn, The Hutong, The Hutong Education, White | 6 Comments »
ICEF Rugby from LA (USA) Takes on New Zealand in an Award-Winning Documentary
The best moments in life are often the most unexpected. That’s how I feel about the kids I met who play for ICEF Rugby.
As a member of The Hutong’s Education Team, I had the delight and privilege to spend quality time with these kids when they came to visit Beijing for the first time in March 2013.
When The Hutong Education first heard from Stuart Krohn, the rugby coach of an inner city foundation in Los Angeles, California called ICEF, we had no idea what was coming our way. The Hutong’s Education Program is more accustomed to working with international schools around Asia so this was definitely not our typical inquiry and the fact that it all seemed so out-of-the-blue, sparked our interest from the start. All we knew was that they’d be making a quick 2 1/2 day trip to Beijing as a part of a two-week China Program (Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong) for their rugby program.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Travel, Upcoming Events | Tags: Bike trip, Expeditionary Bike Trip, Goji Berries, Hui Minority, Ningxia Bike Journey, Sanguankou, Silk Road Trade Route, The Hutong, The Sands of Tengger, Yinchuan, Yunnan Bike Trek | 2 Comments »
Bike through the rolling hills of Ningxia to remote outposts in Inner Mongolia
I am beyond excited to introduce The Hutong’s New Expeditionary Bike Trip to Ningxia (to give you a visual, just imagine me doing what I always do when I’m too excited to contain myself – clapping my hands super fast while leaping up and down simultaneously).
And I can speak confidently about how absolutely awesome this bike trip will be because I had a hand in it (I’m allowed to brag because I’m proud).
And I’m not going to bore you with the entire story of how I came to be involved but it’s actually quite simple: I signed up for The Hutong’s annual Yunnan Bike Adventure through Xishuangbanna last October holiday for a little bit get-away adventure and very quickly became the trip’s biggest PR machine because I was a paying customer and I was so impressed by everything about the trip from the stunning landscape scenery, the food, the people, the activities, etc. etc. that I wouldn’t shut up about it (you can see my recap of the trip on LDS here). Just a month or so after, The Hutong recruited me for the specific task to help them develop their bike repertoire of biking destinations beyond their already existing Yunnan bike trip (which they will continue to run annually over China’s October holiday).
LumDimSum | Filed under: Health & Fitness, Upcoming Events | Tags: 2013 Genghis Khan MTB Adventure & Grassland Marathon, Alex Tan, Cherry Blossoms, Eat Sleep Breathe Workshop, health hero, Health Talk, Healthy, Heyrobics, HeyRunning, Qi Gong, Spring, Straight Bamboo TCM Clinic, The Hutong, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) | 3 Comments »
Cherry Blossoms in Yu Yuan Tan Park in Full Bloom
With Spring in full bloom (I have a bunch of Cherry Blossom pictures to prove it), this is the season for activity, a time of renewal and the stirring and loosening of stored energy after the longest winter in the history of winters (that’s how long this past winter felt anyway). Now that it’s finally over (hallelujah!), I’ve gotten back into the grind of training for upcoming half-marathon in Inner Mongolia (click here for info about the Genghis Khan Inner Mongolia Outdoor Adventure) thanks to Heyrobics and HeyRunning’s Summer Camp 2013. As great as it is to start pushing for more physical exercise and to “sweat like a Swede”, the motivation to push yourself really only comes in spurts (let’s be honest guys, we all have a tendency to get lazy and not hit the gym for weeks/months at a time) and what happens once there comes a day when your body just can’t handle a 5k run and hour-long intense aerobics programs?
For those of me who are keen and curious to learn about long-term ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle focused on balance and learn about the traditional Chinese practice of Qi Gong, a cross between deep-breathing, meditation and stretching, I’m delighted to spread the word about a FREE health talk presented by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner and educator, Alex Tan of Straight Bamboo TCM Clinic aka The Hutong’s TCM Guru and my Health Hero.
The first time I met Alex Tan was about a year ago when I showed up for his free health talk and since then, it’s had a powerful impact on my lifestyle. I’ve changed my eating and sleeping habits for the better and changed the way I think about one’s overall state of health and well-being.
LumDimSum | Filed under: A Day In My Life, Hot Tips, Travel | Tags: Beijing Zoo, Cherry Blossoms, CityWeekend, Great Wall Jiankou, Journey to the West, Military Museum, Seasons of the Great Wall, The Hutong, Yu Yuan Tan Park, 玉渊潭公园 | 2 Comments »