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EAT LIKE IT MATTERS

Flipping fast food on its head! We serve raw organic vegan SLOW food, fast! A lifestyle that doesn't cost the Earth.

Serving organically inspired, locally produced, vegan & raw slow food, fast! At the core of MANA! is a handmade brick oven baking wholesome flatbreads we have dubbed “FLATS”.

Wrapped & conveniently served in our signature paper-only Eco- packaging together with a mouthwatering selection of homemade real foods. MANA! introducing a new way of eating healthy wholesome organic fast food on the go.

Food & Lifestyle that doesn’t cost the Earth & certainly inspires Change.

Bobsy Blog 2019 No. 13

Dear One & All,

As some of you may know by now we opened our 3rd & largest, to date, MANA! Starstreet flagship store on July 22nd. To say we are excited is an understatement, we are delighted!

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Finally a large MANA! with space enough to express & showcase our concept & lifestyle. We have been so used to operating tight small outlets for so long now, that to have a 70 seater or 1600SqFt location, with Aircon, with comfortable seating, tables & chairs & just space to vibe our vibes is so refreshing! The last time I personally had this pleasure was when I was operating the now legendary Life (cafe) in Soho between 2004 & 2009. Space to be able to host & commune, space to be able to play our music, space to be able to weave the community, host events, screenings, documentaries & MANA! happenings & so forth is something I have sorely missed.

A long term HK friend messaged me last week & said “It’s so good to have some positive news in these difficult times & your opening of MANA! Starstreet is uplifting news for HK people.”

Indeed. This got me reflecting on something I hadn’t thought about for some time now and that is that there is a remarkable pattern going on here. Unintentional I can assure you, but serendipitous & subliminal no doubt.

We opened The fabled Bookworm Cafe during those worrying times of the handover back to China in 1997, when HK people were most concerned about their future & during a time when rumours were circulating, not too dissimilar to these daze now. We demonstrated a confidence & a love for HK back then by showcasing that we were not concerned with fear mongering & that personally my love for my chosen home outweighed any fears & that I was here to stay.

Then 7 years later comes SARS, a truly fearful time for HK People. Far more fearful than the political unrest happening today, because SARS spelt death to many people. It’s easy to forget but people were terrified & the majority of people were walking around with masks. So, to have opened the legendary Life in 2003 / 2004, in the heart of SoHo, in a three storey stand alone building with one of the highest rents in the area displayed not only a strong commitment to my beloved chosen home but confidence in the excellent medical system & the resilience of HK.

MANA! Central opened in 2012, granted it wasn’t a troubling time for HK but in an uncanny way it was for many peeps who were concerned about the ”end of the world” & “the end of the Mayan calendar“. I shall not dwell on this one because it seems petty now.

And here & now in July 2019, at the height of the civil unrest & public demonstrations, we so happen to be opening our largest MANA! flagship store right along the path of authorised marches. We have done it once again. Positive news in times of fear, uncertainty & worry.

We love HK & we are here to stay. We believe HK people are resilient & will step up to overcome fear mongering, rumours & the polarity-simplicity of us against them.

We are all one or none.

I don’t believe in Polytricks! (politics) I do believe in a Humanitarian, Ecological & Spiritual Worldview that transcends all political, religious, dogmatic & sectarian divisions.

All is One, One is All. ( M! Mantra No. 18 )

Until soon

Bobsy Gaia

Founder MANA!

Bobsy Blog 2019 No. 12: World Environment Day

Dear One & All,

It’s World Environment Day 2019 on the 5th of June. You know the one, not Earth Day, the other one, yes, or the other other one these days. Yup, the environment is a hot hot topic, finally!

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My first real awareness of Earth Day was back in 1990, a truly exciting period in modern history and a key period in raising environmental awareness that has helped shape the platform for todays Millennials & Gen.Z to stand upon and raise their voices. The period between 1987 & 1992 was truly epic, with an unprecedented shift in awareness and an awakening of human power & human potential, the like of which the world had not seen since the late 1960’s but with the added momentum of a few dozen million people more. I myself was one of those millions of peeps realising that we only have ONE EARTH and she is in extreme danger.

Historically the first World Environment Day was held in 1972 and was established by the UN General Assembly on the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. It’s amazing how far we have come in the last 40 years or so just by looking at the name above ;-).

The host country for this year is China and the theme is Air Pollution.

World Environment Day lacks the sexiness of Earth Day & is not as widely celebrated on street level, but is never the less one of the most important days of the year, for how can we live without the environment!? We can certainly live without Easter or any of our public holidays, but never without The Earth. Yet, somehow in the Materialism Paradigm Worldview non of these days are seen as important enough to warrant a day off. I’m still baffled 30 years later! :-0

Imagine a day in the not-too-distant future where Earth Day (April 22nd), or World Soil Day (December 5th), or World Water Day (March 22nd) is a public holiday, and people are incentivised to go out and make a difference. It’s not hard to do. Can you imagine what an impact such a day would have!? Now compare that to most of our public holidaze, not all by any means, but most, and try to relate to the negative impact a day of taking compared to a day of giving has on our natural resources, our shared commons and what effects every human being alive today.

Sadly what most of us do on standard public holidaze is shop till we drop, eat till we are full, consume like there is no tomorrow, or simply do as little as possible so as to recover from our work & hectic lifestyles. Sound familiar?

However, in the emerging & now exponentially growing Consciousness Paradigm Worldview, any of the truly meaningful days worth celebrating for one & all, will not only be a public holiday acknowledged by the vast majority of Homo sapiens but a day to inspire & proactively implement sustainable change. Imagine that, it’s not hard to do.

In the not-too-distant future, our children will be asking us some very hard questions as to what on Earth were we doing when there was a beautiful chance to not only reverse Climate Change but to build a sustainable social economic model that supported the carrying capacity of life on Earth.

Whether this window remains open long enough to go through remains to be seen. On one hand we have severely & rapidly depleting natural resources, our hard capital, and on the other we have an unprecedented mass awakening of awareness & human potential, our soft capital. Which of the two has a greater view?? This is arguably the hardest question to put forwards to any human being worth their weight in salt or water or gold for that matter.

I will close with these words of wisdom for your scrap book or coffee cup: The most radical act of any generation is to become aware.

Until soon

Bobsy Gaia

Founder MANA!

Bobsy Blog 2019 No. 11: MANA! is 7 Years Young

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Dear One & All,

On March the 1st 2019 MANA! Turns 7 years young! Quite a milestone in the fickle HK market, but more importantly for us it marks a certain maturity as an innovative & unique BRAND, not only coming out of HK but Globally too.

Our beloved city is not known for its local brands & has had a history of imitating rather than innovating. This is changing with the younger generations now & MANA! Is proud to be one of the strongest, maturest & relevant Brands on the scene. Our clientele base is getting younger & younger as HK’s GenZ is taking responsibility for its own consumption habits & Eco-footprint marking a stronger & clearer deviation from the Millennials and certainly from all generations before them. 

We are proud to take part of the credit for launching our Food Revolution right here in the heart of The HK seven years ago. What distinguishes us from 99% of other F&B operators in the city & 99% of businesses in general is that we have never seen ourselves as F&B operators or business operators. We are change makers pro-actively inspiring CHANGE with every step we take, and no exceptions whatsoever, ever! 

This approach to “Conscious Business” whereby business is seen as an agent for good & of service to the wider community has been slow to take off in our city, but times they are a changin’ and we are happy to be riding the crest of the wave, hell no we are happy to be generating the waves, using solar power of course! ;-)

After 7 years of no compromise with our integrity, it is time we gave ourselves a little pat on the back, and in the same breath we thank you our dear customers & supporters for being with us every step of the way. 

The journey has been a tough one with bumps & pitfalls from day one, but it has been a most rewarding & fun one too. Here is to the next 7 years. 

Until soon 

Bobsy 

Bobsy Blog 2019 No. 10: Ending 2018 & Welcoming 2019

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DEAR ONE & ALL,

2018… Alignment & Sprouting…

So, if 2017 was a year of PATIENCE & 2018 was a year where the fruits of patience were rewarded with a little sprouting, then 2019 is going to be a year of GROWTH.

I can’t help but use farming analogies to capture the essence of these fleeting yet poignant years here. Farming is such a noble vocation, sadly neglected & relegated to poverty in the last 200 years or so, since the ‘industrial revolution’, yet being revived & honoured once again, as we finally wake up to our folly of industrial agriculture, intensive chemical farming, toxic & contaminated food, GMO, GEO & the likes, and bring back the honour once given to noble famers that sustain us & nourish us. Farming teaches us PATIENCE, RESPECT, HUMILITY & WONDER. And so, being an Ecopreneur running an entrepreneurship in this city of ours one can learn a lot from the honourable tradition of farming. 

Hence my use of PATIENCE to sum up 2017… & SPROUTING to sum up 2018…which naturally leads on to GROWTH for 2019…

I am excited about 2019. This is a feeling that has been rather dimmed down in the last 3 years or so, but 2019 promises more optimism & an attitude of “yes let’s make it happen“ & at MANA! we are very excited indeed about this coming year. In 2018 we aligned & invested in new & much needed infrastructure with our 3,000sqft new production kitchen in WCH & a move to our new offices, that is happening as I write, as well as an overall alignment of our operations & team members as we ready for 2019… We have a few surprises up our sleeves for this coming year including an amazing happening on 11th of January at MANA! Central to celebrate our 1 Millionth Flat sold!!, a new large MANA! next Summer with indoor seating somewhere very prominent & accessible, as well as the launch of our new aligned MANA! Logo… So keep a little eye here & enjoy the ride with us as we showcase what building a unique BRAND from scratch in HK, for HK & by HK means. 

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“ There is no culture left in commercial agriculture. “ 

An apt quote from URNA! that snugs in perfectly with this year’s end message above. 

It is high time we brought culture back into our World’s Food Systems for without food we cannot thrive, let alone survive. 

Until soon…

Bobsy

Bobsy Blog 2018 No. 9: MANA! Founded 11.11.11...

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So, our founding day is 11.11.11. In other words we were founded on the 11th of November 2011. How magical! Indeed, we couldn’t have planned it better even if we had tried to. Yet, somehow we managed to sit down on that poignant day & visualise our vision for MANA! & even meditate for 11 minutes at 11:11 that same very day. However, it was not for another 4 months that our original MANA! Fast Slow Food would open its rustic doors on the 1st of March 2012… & the rest, as they say, is history.

11:11 is indeed a magical number, deeply connected to the intuition & in Sacred Geometry is seen as a conduit or a doorway connecting the above with below & the visible with the invisible… (a big subject) But, and more importantly for me, it is a moment, one minute twice a day to be present, say a prayer, send a blessing to loved ones, for World Peace or anything you wish.

A chance to be fully present for 60 seconds twice everyday. Don’t waste such precious time, it is a gift to be gifted forwards.

The digits 11:11 you will now start noticing more often, so enjoy & spread the LOVE.

Bobsy Blog 2018 No. 8: World Peace Day

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We often think, that we seem to be the only ones who care about the state of our Planet & the well fare of its animals & Eco-systems… We wonder why others don’t seem to notice the injustice & the madness of our societal ways… Or don’t even seem to care!

We wonder why mainstream media doesn’t report the truth of what on Earth is going on…!?

We despair at how there can be such a lack of awareness about things that really & truly matter to everyone, such as our Oceans, our soils, our forests, the air we breathe & the foundations of Life that belong to everyone & no one….!?

Yet, in spite of all of this pain & frustration that we can feel…, there is hope!

In fact there is a lot of hope & lots of good news too.

Did you know, that there are almost 1 Billion people in the world today that feel the way you do!!

That is almost 1 in every 8 people now, are waking up to what really matters globally & are voicing their feelings in the most creative ways, change makers & activists, poets & artists, children & students, housewives & unemployed, scientists & doctors, engineers & designers, politicians & legislators, mothers & fathers, grandparents too… There is a global awakening equal to a GLOBAL MIND CHANGE sweeping across all of our institutions, education, health, medicine, business & even law.

And this shift is happening whether we are aware of it or not, it is a paradigm change like one never experienced before, not on this scale. A truly global transformation that is taking place in every corner of the world, and not limited to a particular civilisation or country as has happened in the past, but one that is felt internally by peoples from all races, creeds & colours.

One who feels it knows it. And we are feeling this in our guts, where it really matters.

If you, like me, are aware of these changes that are happening, in spite of all the doom & gloom (business-as-usual), then you are a CULTURAL CREATIVE & are one of the hundreds of millions of us who are shifting our consciousness & are moving away from the outdated MATERIALISM PARADIGM WORLDVIEW that has dominated life for the last 5,000 years plus (maybe even longer?)… & are evolving towards a CONSCIOUSNESS PARADIGM WORLDVIEW… That sees all of creation, the Uni-Verse (= one song) interconnected as one great whole made out of Consciousness, the building block of creation & NOT MATTER. Consciousness before matter.

All is One is All.

Worldviews (or Paradigms or Zeitgeists) are tricky things you see & most of us live our entire lives without realising that we are not only living within one, but our thoughts, views & visions are shaped & trapped within them. This is the PERENNIAL WISDOM OF THE ANCIENTS.

Just like fish are unaware of the water in which they swim, humans are equally not aware of the worldview into which they are born.

So, You Are Not Alone!

May there be Peace in our Hearts, may there be Peace in our Minds, may there be Peace in our homes, may there be peace in our communities, may there be Peace in our countries & MAY THERE BE PEACE IN OUR WORLD. The choice is ours.

Until soon

Bobsy Gaia

Founder MANA!

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MANA! CENTRAL

92 Wellington Street, 
Central, Hong Kong

(+852) 2851 1611

10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Everyday

 
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MANA! POHO

8 Tai On Terrace, 
Poho, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

(+852) 2347 8555

 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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MANA! Starstreet

8-10 Queen’s Rd. East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

(+852) 5501 7591

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Weekdays

9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Weekends