Your Weekly Guide to Asia

An American diva will perform in Bali while Hong Kong will welcome some of the world’s biggest names in tennis. Here’s your guide to what’s happening across the region.


Finns After Dark

Macy Gray at Finn’s Beach Club. All photos courtesy of the organizers unless mentioned otherwise.

Macy Gray fans, you’re in luck. The Grammy Award-winning singer and composer will be at Finn’s Beach Club in Canggu on September 23. Yes, it’s the same raspy-voiced artist responsible for such hits as I Try and Demons. See her up close and personal by getting tickets starting from US$ 26 (online).

Hong Kong

Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open

Sloane Stephens of the United States. Photo by Getty Images.

Bring out your racquets as this year’s biggest tennis event makes its way to Hong Kong, with no less than US Open Champion Sloane Stephens smashing the ball from across the court. Scheduled for October 7 to 15 at Victoria Park Tennis Stadium, this year’s tournament offers a US$500,000 prize purse, fifty percent more than what was offered from last year. Other competitors include Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard, the world’s number 23 player Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and 2016 World Tennis Association’s Newcomer of the Year Naomi Osaka. Remember to wear your snazziest sports outfits for the event. Tickets start from US$20.50.

The event last year

The poster for the event

Kuala Lumpur

The World’s Biggest Eye Contact Experiment 2017

A lot has been said about how humans have lost connection to each other, no thanks to technology. If you’re one of those who lament about how the world has changed for the worse, join this interesting event, where you’ll have to stare at the eyes of a complete stranger for an entire minute. Envisioned to “forever change the social fabric,” this experiment will occur on September 23, just in time to celebrate the UN International Week of Peace. Before going to this soul-connecting event on Jalan Sultan Ismail register here first.


The Little Prince: An Interactive Play

The poster for the mini-musical

“What is essential is invisible to the eye,” so goes one of the most quoted lines from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book, The Little Prince. Revisit the classic novel by heading over to Fully Booked at Bonifacio Global City Taguig on September 23 and 24, where the bookstore will stage a mini-musical based on the story. Tickets are available for US$13 each.


Local Motion Music Festival

Disco Hue

Indie music gets a much-needed jolt in the arm with this fest, happening on September 23 at Fort Canning Park. Munch on organizer 4Fingers’ yummy bites while listening to electronic pop act Disco Hue, newcomer Jasmine Sokko, and self-described “post-psych” rock band Bakers in Space, just to name a few. Open to the public, but register from this link before showing up for the event.

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