It’s all happening at Riviera Plaza, Laiguangying East Road right now. The doors were open, the tables set, but service hasn’t officially started, at the new second floor restaurant called Dickson Kitchen. Looks like it’ll be serving up Hong Kong cuisine, so I look forward to trying it out in the next week or so. Black Tiger Fight Club will be closing temporarily, whilst work is completed on the extension and renovation of their gym. As well as new and improved studio facilities, Black Tiger will be adding new classes and training sessions. Fully up and running, also on the second floor, is the Conservatory of International Style and Cultural Arts (CISCA). Their studio provides training and lessons in ballet and modern dance, and is also the venue for Bollywood dance classes. If thoughts are turning to the festive season and what gifts to buy, there’s a jewelry open house next week at Beijing Riviera. To mark the end of Autumn House of Knowledge will be celebrating St Martin’s Day with a lantern walk, a fun evening for all the family.
Black Tiger Fight Club
On Thursday, October 30 the Black Tiger Fight Club at Riviera Plaza, will close temporarily as construction continues with the development of their brand new gym. All classes and membership fees at the Riviera Plaza location will be suspended until late November, when the new Equilibrium MMA (China) Training Center opens. Personal Training sessions during November will be held at the Liangmaqiao gym instead and by appointment only.
Equilibrium MMA (China) promises a much bigger and better gym, with state of the art training facilities, brand new equipment, new showers and locker rooms, and additional training programs for people of all ages and all fitness abilities. The new gym has come about through a merger between Black Tiger Fight Club and one of Singapore’s top MMA clubs. Joining the gym, alongside Muay Thai world champion and master coach Vince Soberano, will be Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and world champion Takeo Antonio. The current Black Tiger training staff, including Coaches Jun, Tata, and Phil will still continue teaching classes and clients. For more information (139 1071 2576, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.blacktigerclub.com
The CISCA dance academy provides children graded examination (CGE) and vocational graded examination (VGE) ballet classes, following the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. The pre-primary program is for children aged 3-5 years, the primary program for aged 5-6, and Grade 1-3 for 6 years and over. For more information contact (188 8883 2623, email@example.com) www.cisca.com.cn
In addition to ballet, the studio holds Bollywood Dance classes, a blend of hip-hop, jazz, street dance, and the traditional Indian elements of dance. Classes are Mondays and Thursday at 10.30am. For more information contact Orli (139 1076 8490, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jewelry Open House
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for friends or family, or just to treat yourself, take a visit to the joint showroom of TurQuoize and ESME, on Tuesday November 4 from 10am-5pm. Yolanda designs and creates the TurQuoize collection of jewelry, created from natural materials including sterling silver, semi-precious stones, yak horn, lava, recycled glass, wood, shell, pearls, and fossils. TurQuoize jewelry is all hand-made, so each design is unique. ESME jewelry includes hand-picked beads and accessories. Take a look at their extensive collections, and enjoy a coffee or tea whilst you’re browsing.
Beijing Riviera, House 155, 1 Xiang Jiang Bei Lu, Chaoyang District. For more details call 183 1071 8709.
Family Lantern Walk
Join House of Knowledge on Friday November 7 at 5pm, for their Family Lantern Walk. Everyone is welcome at this annual event, to celebrate St. Martin’s Day. Children and families will carry their candlelit lanterns, and sing along with accordions, as they take a parade through the Quanfa campus and compound. There will also be a small performance by HoK students. Following the walk, you can warm up beside a bonfire, whilst enjoying hot food and beverages, including Gluwein, hot chocolate, goulash, and other traditional German foods. For more information contact (6431 8452, email@example.com) www.hokschools.com
beijingkids Shunyi Correspondent Sally Wilson moved to Beijing in 2010 from the UK with her husband and son. Her daughter was born here in 2011 and both her kids keep her happily busy. In her spare time, Sally loves to stroll through Beijing’s hutongs and parks. She is a (most of the time) keen runner and loves reading: books, magazines, news, and celeb websites – anything really. Sally is also a bit of a foodie and loves trying out new restaurants.
Photos: Stephan Kiessling (Flickr), Sally Wilson, courtesy of Black Tiger