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August 2013

IRONMAN GLORY DB TRIATHLETES TAKE HOME THE ULTIMATE PRIZE

LOVE CONQUERS MAINTAINING FLY IN FLY OUT RELATIONSHIPS

“Meditation is better than the best sleep you’ve ever had.” HUGH JACKMAN

free your mind!

Meditate! Any time, any place, anywhere! Join your community online @ www.arounddb.com

Publishers in DB since 2002


AUGUST 2013

朝暉徑 HEADLAND

$185K

碧濤軒 COASTLINE

Gross: 2585’ Saleable: 2566’ 4 4

$45K

5 3

2

Beautifully renovated, spacious layout and equipped kitchen. Stunning sea views.

海蜂徑 SEABEE

$185K/50M

1

3

Fantastic house with large entertainment area and sea views. Unique.

悠澄閣 CELESTIAL

$8.5M / 30K

3

2

Good condition throughout, spacious layout and panoramic sea views. Must see!!

Brand new, spacious layout, modern kitchen and concierge service.

$17M

Nicely renovated combined unit, spacious layout, equipped kitchen and concierge service.

頤峰 GREENVALE

2 2

1

$23K

$4.8M

Great potential, efficient layout, under bank valuation, vacant, has key. Must see!!

Nicely renovated with balcony, spacious layout and in a tranquil location.

蘅欣徑 CAPERIDGE

$60K/16M

Gross: 1600’ Saleable: 1381’ 3 2

Beautifully renovated with stunning open plan kitchen, large garden great for entertaining.

康慧台 HILLGROVE

Gross: 868’ Saleable: 757’ 2

Stylish renovated house with stunning sea views and terrace. Must see!

寶峰 PARKVALE

Gross: 2102’ Saleable: 1617’ 4

Gross: 1200’ Saleable: 863’ 3

2

Gross: 895’ Saleable: 769’

尚堤 CHIANTI

Gross: 3100’ Saleable: 2403’ 4

$24K

3

Gross: 958’ Saleable: 751’ 2

$80K/25M

Gross: 1642’ Saleable: 1406’

Nicely renovated duplex with amazing sea views, large terrace with Jacuzzi. Ready to move into!

津堤 AMALFI

Gross: 1486’ Saleable: 1206’ 3

海蜂徑 SEABEE

Gross: 2174’ Saleable: 1903’

Beautifully renovated garden house with panoramic sea views & private heated infinity pool. W/golf cart.

畔峰 MIDVALE

$88K

$11K/2.9M

Gross: 472’ Saleable: 398’ 0 1

Good size studio flat, great unit for an individual or a couple and in a convenient location.


CONTENTS FEATURES 22

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DEAR READER

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PROFILE Meet DB fitness-bringer Cindy Reid

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IN FOCUS How to make a long-distance marriage work

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FAMILY MATTERS Secondary-school curricula – your options

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MONEY MATTERS Finding the funds for a first-class education

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TALKING POINTS What meditation does for your body and mind

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ESCAPES Why Sri Lanka is back on the map

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ACTION Be wowed by the Ironmen and women of Lantau

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STYLE East meets West design tips

REGULARS 6

IN & AROUND DB Catch up with the latest community news

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ACROSS LANTAU What’s happening island wide

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HK HAPPENINGS Hot stuff from across the harbour

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DB FACES Candid community snaps

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CLASSIFIEDS Great deals, employment, local businesses and more

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PROPERTY Choice local and overseas homes to buy or rent

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LOCAL NUMBERS Your ultimate guide in DB and Lantau

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DB MOMENTS How Andy Smith turned a bet into a DB fundraiser

Traditionally this is our Back to School issue, what with the new school year starting at the end of the month. And true to form, we’ve put together some meaty education-orientated articles for you. If you’re about ready to look into secondary-school placements for your budding teen, turn to our family matters column, to gen up on the different curricula available locally. And if you’re concerned about education funding – school and university, here and overseas – look to this month’s money matters. As ever, though, this issue is all about inspiring Lantau residents – and their stories. Prepare to be amazed by 10 DB residents and five ex-DB residents, who completed the Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman European Championship on July 7. And on a totally different tack, get ready to be wowed by the candor of two women, who know a thing or two about surviving marriage, long distance out of DB.

There’s a buzz right now in DB about newly opened fitness studio, The HIT Room, so you’ll enjoy our profile on the owner Cindy Reid. And the real talking point of this issue might well be our article on meditation – let DB residents Angie Bucu, Carole Bradshaw and Peter Herman focus your mind. This August, too, we list some of the hottest local summer happenings. I look forward to meeting up with you out and about, on our Facebook page and at www.arounddb.com.


August 2013

IRONMAN GLORY DB TRIATHLETES TAKE HOME THE ULTIMATE PRIZE

LOVE CONQUERS MAINTAINING FLY IN FLY OUT RELATIONSHIPS

“Meditation is better than the best sleep you’ve ever had.” HUGH JACKMAN

Performing Arts Camp production Photos courtesy of The Performers Studio

free your mind!

Meditate! Any time, any place, anywhere! Join your community online @ www.arounddb.com

Publishers in DB since 2002

On the cover: Meditate! Any time, any place, anywhere!

Publisher Corinne Jedwood corinne@arounddb.com Editor Rachel Ainsley editor@arounddb.com Editorial Coordinator Hannah Ball hannah@arounddb.com

At this year’s Performing Arts Camp, run by The Performers Studio and held at Discovery College, 20 children aged six to 10 years, were involved in producing a play – The Hustle. The camp was split over 12 sessions, and the children had just 24 hours to put together the one-hour ten-minute show, which they performed in The Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wanchai on June 29. Set in the 70s, The Hustle centres on a young girl who learns that fame is not as important as love. For more information about The Performers Studio, contact Emma Tielus-Ward on emma.performersstudio@yahoo.com or call 9225 6775.

Advertising Lissa Morris lissa@arounddb.com Art direction Terry Chow cckterrychow@gmail.com Photography Tracey van Geest tracey@inspiredimages.co Baljit Gidwani photosdb@hotmail.com Illustration Richard Leschinsky Accounts Lise Dooling accountant@arounddb.com

DB Pirates’ rugby success

Contributors this month Hannah Ball Annette M. Houlihan Megaen Kelly Elizabeth Kerr Mary Singer Anna Swift Marie Teather Cecilia Yee

Photos courtesy of DB Pirates

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Last month, DB Pirates member, Tim McCreadie (25) was one of 30 young rugby players selected to play for the Hong Kong Development XV Team. Top talents in this squad move up to the Hong Kong A Team and ultimately the Hong Kong National Team. DB Pirate Joshua Clery (17), meanwhile, was one of 13 players chosen to represent Hong Kong in the first Asian Schoolboys Rugby Sevens Tournament on July 21. Eight national school sides battled it out at King's Park Sports Ground, Ho Man Tin, with Hong Kong triumphing on the day.


IN & AROUND DB

Opening party – a big hit! Photos by Ash Larson

On June 29 when The HIT Room opened its doors in DB North Plaza, freshly squeezed juices, protein smoothies and a healthy breakfast were on offer, as well as fitness games and challenges. Introducing Les Mills’ newest high-intensity interval-training programme, the highly anticipated Grit Series trial class drew a crowd of people from all over Hong Kong. The fitness studio is the first on Lantau to provide Les Mills’ Bodypump, and it boasts a full suite of training equipment plus a boxing circuit. TRX, functional training and total-core group classes are on offer, as well as personal training. For more information, visit www.thehitroom.com.hk. To read more about The HIT Room’s founder, Cindy Reid, turn to page 22.

Caissa Chess tournament Photos by Roger Ball and Michael Leung

July 13 saw Caissa Chess Club celebrate its first anniversary with a Rapid Play tournament that attracted international as well as local players. With 47 people taking part, 19 participants playing for the Open prizes, 15 playing for the Youth P4-P6 prizes and 13 for the Youth P1-P3 prizes, each player competed in nine rounds of 30 minutes each. We’d like to congratulate our editorial coordinator and Caissa member, Hannah Ball on coming third in the Open section, and Caissa’s Gerent Lee and Miguel Angel for taking first and third prize respectively in the P1-P3 category. For more information, go to www.caissahk.com.

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IN & AROUND DB

DBers celebrate Ironman victory Photos courtesy of Sports World

Congratulations to the 15 Lantau Buffalos members who completed the Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman European Championship on July 7: DB residents Karen Fairley, Wencke Linsel, Emma and Thorsten Bruce, Bruce Pye, Vincent Ypersiel, Eduard Wehry, Peter Nott, Alex Tripodoro and Michael Pahler, and ex-DB residents Brett Straatemeier, Adrie Offringer, Chang Chung, Neil Jones and Robert Claassen. For more on the event and these incredible triathletes turn to page 52.

Just Arrived in

Discovery Bay? Meet & Greet Coffee Morning

Get your kids moving with KIPMOVIN! NEW KIPKids semester begins September! Classes for all ages from 5 years and up, and Cross Country training available for kids more serious about their running

Meet new friends.. Greet other DB residents‌ Learn about life in DB

Tuesday 27th August, 2013 9am – 12pm at OpenSpaceDB, North Plaza HK$100/person Please register online at www.athomeindb.com details + register online at www.athomeindb.com follow us on facebook: www.facebook.com/athomeindb

Space provided by:

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Hand-made kid’s clothes, baby accessories, personalized bathroom towel sets, kids swim wear and more… OPENING HOURS: Wednesday – Monday 11am – 6pm Closed on Tuesdays

Email: patchworkjack@gmail.com

Tel: 9762 1957

CHEF EXPRESS Quality Meats, Fish, Poultry and Value-added Products Check us out... HOME DELIVERIES: Available for Tung Chung and Discovery Bay www.foodhub.com.hk or email info@chef-express.hk

Tel: 6504 4208 OPENING HOURS: Wednesday – Monday 9:30 am – 6:30 pm Closed on Tuesdays

360° Sports Bar & Restaurant Watch all your favourite sports LIVE! Functions (kids parties, office nights) can be arranged. Indoor & outdoor seating. Kids playground is right outside. Pool table available.

Tel: 2109 4360 OPENING HOURS: Monday - Sunday 12pm – Late

All 3 shops are located under the Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminus (below the cable car), 3 min walk from the DB bus stop (DB01R) Ground Floor, Shop 2, District Open Space Area 2, Tat Tung Road Garden, Tung Chung


AUGUST 2013

AT A GLANCE

IN & AROUND DB

When

What

Where

August 3, 2-4.45pm

DB Plant Market

Plant Nursery, Peninsula Village

August 4, 12-7pm

Summer Wine Bazaar

Discovery Bay Recreation Club

August 4

DB Orchestra Summer Concert

Hong Kong City Hall, Central

August 4 & 11, 2-7pm

Viva Summer Festival

DB North Plaza

August 13

Back to School

Discovery College

August 22

Back to School

Discovery Bay International School

August 22, 9.30-11.30am

La Leche League Hong Kong Meet

For DB venue advice, call 5183 1979

August 24, 9am-12pm

Back to School Fair

Discovery Bay International School

August 25, 2-5pm

Water Fun Day

Club Siena

August 27, 9am-12pm

Meet-and-Greet Coffee Morning

DB North Plaza

August 29

Healthy Living Talk

Discovery College

August 30, 9.30pm

An Evening of Premieres with Shaolin Fez

Beating Heart, Sheung Wan

August 31

DB Orchestra Summer Concert

Discovery Bay Community Centre

If you organise an event, club or charity that you would like to see featured in this section, please contact hannah@arounddb.com

Please visit www.arounddb.com to participate in our competitions. From the homepage you click on the competitions link. You have until August 10 to submit your answers. Please call our office on 2987 0577 to collect your prize

Chef’s Express

offer

COMPETITION

You’ll find Chef’s Express, a newly opened deli offering home-delivery in and around Tung Chung and Discovery Bay, right by the Ngong Ping Cable Car terminal. With a great range of carefully selected meat and fish from overseas, the idea is to serve quality products while helping customers make a saving on their food shopping. Specialities include Norwegian salmon, Canadian Angus Beef and Tropical Curry Chicken Breasts. For more information, email info@chef-express.hk or visit www.chef-express.hk. Chef’s Express is offering its chef barbeque pack, priced at HK$520, to two lucky readers. The pack contains delicious New Zealand sirloin steaks, Norwegian salmon steaks, Brazilian chicken breasts and a pack of sausages. For your chance to win, simply click on the competitions link at www.arounddb.com by August 10 and tell us where the deli is located. Don’t forget to include your name and telephone number with your answer.

Congratulations to last month’s winners Anne Cohen, David Bailey, Lyne Chan, Kate Payne and Samuel Kwok for copies of Mid-Life Cyclists; and Kylie Chow and Mai Lee for The HIT Room fitness packages

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August 2013

Retraction

Open for business Look out for three newly opened businesses at the Ngong Ping Cable Car terminal in Tung Chung. In addition to the Chef’s Express deli (detailed left), you’ll also find Patchwork Jack which sells handmade kids’ clothes, baby accessories, personalised bathroom towel sets and more. At 360° Sports Bar and Restaurant, you can enjoy delicious Indian food and Western food, play some pool and watch sports on TV, while your kids have fun in the outdoor playground. Call Patchwork Jack on 9762 1957, Chef’s Express on 6504 4208 and 360° on 2109 4360.

We hope you enjoyed our article on urban gardening in June issue. Please note that Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is located in Tai Po in the New Territories not in Sai Kung as stated. Visit www.kfbg.org.hk to find out more.


Shining the light for children in DB.

Serving our community with continuity, flexibility and dedication since 1990. Sunshine House International Pre-Schools cater for children from 6 months to 6 years with two schools located in the heart of DB Plaza and DB North. Offering a bilingual and Mandarin immersion program following an adapted British National Curriculum. Extra-curricular activities available. Mother Goose playgroup program for "dad's and me" on Saturday Mornings. For further information contact our schools: Discovery Bay Plaza: 2987 8143 Discovery Bay North: 2987 0813 Tung Chung: 2109 3873 www.sunshinehouse.com.hk


AUGUST 2013

IN & AROUND DB

Meet-and-greet

coffee morning

Healthy Living event

After a successful first talk in June (pictured), which raised HK$1,800 for Angels for Orphans charity, Healthy Living in DB is hosting a follow up, The 10 Lies and Common Misconceptions Spread by Mainstream Nutrition, on August 29 at Discovery College. Future topics include nutrition, vaccinations, hypnotherapy, and natural ways to treat children’s allergies. For more information, go to the Healthy Living in DB Facebook page. Want more advice? Why not check out the Health Tips on our website, www.arounddb.com. Want to meet other newcomers to DB, or maybe you’ve spent some time away and need a little help getting into the swing of things? At Home in DB is holding a threehour meet-and-greet coffee morning on August 27, in DB North Plaza (courtesy of OpenSpace DB). The aim is to give select DB businesses and residents the opportunity to introduce their activities, clubs, products and services. The get-together costs HK$100, which includes refreshments and a welcome pack. Newcomers can expect special offers and a lucky draw. To register go to www.athomeindb.com.

DBIS Back to DBer's book School Fair

giveaway

COMPETITION

Prepare to laugh, and maybe shed a tear, reading Phu Pee Massage – Real Stories For My Friend. DB resident, Lindsey Coen-Fernandez has combined her love of massage and storytelling into an entertaining and lighthearted collection. Through excerpts of letters and emails, she turns the sad loss of a friend into an uplifting, hopeful read. Inspired by the stories of the people behind the massages, it would be impossible not to see your next massage differently after reading this book.

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Lindsey is giving away a copy of her book to three readers, plus an invitation to her exclusive August 16 launch party at Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong. For your chance to win, simply click on the competitions link at www.arounddb.com by August 10 and share your favourite (funny) massage story with us. Don’t forget to include your name and telephone number with your answer.

August 2013

Kick off the new school year right at Discovery Bay International School’s third annual Back to School Fair being held at the Globe Theatre and cafeteria on August 24. Some 50 local sports, education, arts, social and health organisations are expected to attend. If you want to book a stall you need to do so by August 15 (HK$450 for a full-sized table and HK$225 for a small or shared table). Volunteers are being sought to man the welcome booth for new families and also to help set up (and tidy up after) the fair. Email Kimberly Whiley at clientservice@tamcoholdings.com for more information or to book a table.


Candy Fever at Citygate Outlets Candy fever spreads as Citygate Outlets launches its “Gorgeous Candy Couture” Summer Promotion, held from now until August 31. Held in collaboration with local fashion designer Lilian Kan, this new event features a range of gorgeous edible candy fashion items as well as a great summer promotion.

Edible fashion and a sweet candy parade We’ve all had times when we’ve wished our clothes were made of candies. Well now you can see sweet candy outfits that look as good as they taste. A sweet, one-piece dress, made from different sizes of Japanese Konpeito candies will be topped off with colourful headphones made from gummy bears and a clever clutch knitted from long candy bars! Elegant and edible candy fashion will also be styled in a parade every weekend afternoon. Pop along to see the tasty outfits, have your photograph taken and pick up some yummy candies and twisted balloons.

Fabulous summer rewards Need the perfect neck cushion for your summer travels? Spend HK$1,000# in a single day at Citygate Outlets and win a “Sweet Discounts Musical Neck Cushion” available in black and white or yellow and grey. You’ll also be entitled to one luckydraw entry for a chance to win a HK$50,000 shopping voucher. The offer is valid until August 31, 2013. # Terms and conditions apply Event

Date / Time

“Gorgeous Candy Couture” Summer Promotion

Until August 31 (All day)

“Sweet Treats” Summer Parade

Every Saturday & Sunday (2pm – 2:45pm / 4pm – 4:45pm)

For more details about “Gorgeous Candy Couture” Summer Promotion, please visit www.citygateoutlets.com.hk Address: 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong (MTR Tung Chung Station Exit C) Hotline: (852) 2109 2933

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AUGUST 2013

IN & AROUND DB

DB orchestra

summer concerts

You can hear some of DB’s top musical talent this month as the Discovery Bay Youth Orchestra (DBYO) is performing two recitals. The first takes place on August 4 at Hong Kong City Hall, Central, the second on August 31 in DB Community Centre. As well as young soloists performing on the piano and violin, the DBYO also features adult musicians, including solo pianist Isabelle Chedin and the orchestra’s artistic director, Patrick Pok-man Leung. The whole orchestra is set to play chamber and orchestral works by Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven and others, and there will be a guest performance by the 4-Way Duo at the DB concert. Tickets are available on the door at both locations. For more information, email isabellechedin@yahoo.fr.

Breastfeeding

advice Bazaar

La Leche League Hong Kong, a nonprofit organisation that provides support and information to women who want to breastfeed, holds monthly meetings in Discovery Bay – at members’ homes. All breastfeeding mothers and their nurslings are welcome – a must for anyone interested in gaining the most up-to-date information (and practical tips). To find out where the August 22 meeting is being held, call 5183 1979.

Bubs’n’Toys

giveaway

COMPETITION

With children growing up so fast and the cost of toys rising, Bubs’n’Toys offers families an affordable, eco-friendly and fun way for children to play – by renting toys rather than buying them. Members of this DB-focused online store can rent three toys at a time, for up to 28 days. A great solution for parents who like to rotate toys regularly and provide a steady supply of ‘fresh’ toys without cluttering up the home! See for yourself at www.bubsntoys.com, or contact Christy Fung on 9329 4254, ask@bubsntoys.com.

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Bubs’n’Toys is offering two readers the chance to win 60 credits, worth HK$600, with which to rent toys. For your chance to win, simply click on the competitions link at www.arounddb.com by August 10 and tell us how many toys you can rent at a time from Bubs ‘n’ Toys. Don’t forget to include your name and telephone number with your answer.

August 2013

Summer Wine

Take your pick from a fine selection of international wines at the Summer Wine Bazaar being held at the Discovery Bay Recreation Club on August 4. With bottles on offer from California, Chile, Spain, France, Italy and Australia (just to name a few), you’re sure to find the wines you love. For more details call 2987 7381.

Charity

tennison

Registration for the tenth Discovery Bay Recreation Club Charity Tennis Tournament, set to take place on September 28, closes on August 26. Sign up now to be one of 24 teams playing to support the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association. As well as the tennis, you can expect a charity family carnival, with a bouncy castle, game booths and lucky draws, and a poolside barbeque party in the evening. For more information, call 6348 6905 or email paul.summerside@hkri.com.


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Monday to Friday 9am -7pm Saturday & Sunday 10am -7pm

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Monday to Friday 4.00pm till 7.30pm Weekends and Public Holidays 3.00pm till 6.00pm 10% service charge applies


AUGUST 2013

IN & AROUND DB

Water Fun Day

On the afternoon of August 25, Club Siena is hosting its annual Water Fun Day for kids aged four to 12. Head down to Club Siena’s indoor pool for plenty of watery fun and games – one involving a giant floating canvas! You can pick up tickets (HK$90 for members) at Club Siena. For more information, call Discovery Bay Recreation Club on 2987 7382.

DB band

to watch recycling If you only get to go out once this month, make sure it’s to see Shaolin Fez perform An Evening of Premieres at Beating Heart near Sheung Wan on August 30. Headed up by DB resident and Hong Kong Philharmonic musician Sam Ferrer and featuring sultry songstress Jennifer Palor, Shaolin Fez puts on a jazzy, funky, soulful show. The band is set to debut several original songs on the night, as well as launch its new music video – the title track of debut album, Calm Your Storm. In addition, expect new arrangements of music by the likes of Peter Gabriel and Amy Winehouse. Space is limited at Beating Heart, so book your tickets in advance at www.ticketflap.com.

Win an Omberry Jackie wrap!

COMPETITION

Hong Kong-based yoga- and travel-wear company Omberry is now retailing at Rush in DB Plaza. The edgy yet versatile range includes sports bras, tank tops, bottoms, maternity and outer wear, plus newly introduced travel wear. Quality fabrics maximise comfort and performance, and the range is on and off the mat friendly. You may already be familiar with Omberry as it is available at five-star hotels and top country clubs in Hong Kong and internationally. Check it out at www.omberry.com.

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Omberry is offering its signature Jackie wrap (in purple), priced at HK$590, to one style-conscious reader. For your chance to win, simply click on the competitions link at www.arounddb.com by August 10 and tell us three types of clothing in the Omberry range. Don’t forget to include your name and telephone number with your answer.

August 2013

Soap

Did you know that every day millions of children under the age of five die of pneumonia and diarrhoea, and that these numbers would be drastically reduced if everyone got to wash their hands with soap. And yet, hotels in Asia discard millions of bars of barely used soap each day – that’s where the charity Soap Cycling comes in. Founded by DB resident, David Bishop, Soap Cycling is the first organisation of its kind in Asia, and it’s operated largely by University of Hong Kong student volunteers. They collect, sanitise and recycle slightly used soaps and other sanitation amenities that are then distributed to disadvantaged communities around the world, particularly Asia. For more information, visit Charities and Organisations at www.arounddb.com.

Viva Summer

Festival

Make sure you keep your Sundays free this month. On August 4 and 11, head down to DB North Plaza for a music-andart themed Viva Summer Festival. Besides enjoying a creative workshop and exciting games, children can also have their faces painted, take an instant photo (with a balloon-twisted musical instrument) and go on a horse and carriage tour. For more information, call 2321 2290 or email enquiry@vivamusic.com.hk.


Name Ticklers is the undisputed leader in children’s personalized music and personalized products in the market today. We offer everything from singing alarm clocks, singing teddy bears, personalized CDs, interactive storybook CDs and many other wonderful products to make your child feel loved and special.

A range of truly unique gifts that “Sing Your Name”

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ACROSS LANTAU

AUGUST 2013

The Dream at YHKCC, Tung Chung Photos courtesy of YHKCC

July 8 to 10 saw a spectacular performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College (YHKCC) as part of its tenth anniversary celebrations. This original musical adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s bestknown comedies was directed and choreographed by Theatre, Art and English Literature teacher, Dr Maureen Coulter. In this, the seventh musical staged by the school, more than 120 cast members took to the stage, supported by a backstage crew of over 50. For more photos of the event, visit the Photo Gallery at www.arounddb.com.

Pui O flea market Photo courtesy of Garden Plus

Garden Plus is holding a High Summer Flea Market on August 4, from 10am until 4pm in Pui O. Head there to pick up clothes, books, CDs, toys, jewellery and more. If you want to be one of the vendors (tables are HK$100 each, with a second table costing HK$50), contact Henny Robertson at 6753 5567, puiodreams@yahoo.com.hk.

Student treats at Tai O Heritage Hotel Photos by Chan Yiu Hung

The award-winning Tai O Heritage Hotel in South Lantau is welcoming in the summer and celebrating the academic achievement of Hong Kong’s highflyers with a complimentary 5As Breakfast and 5As Dinner offer, running Monday through Thursday. Students must be accompanied by an adult and must present a final-term report, signed by their school’s principal, upon ordering. There’s a minimum spend of HK$80. For more information and to book your table, call 2985 8383.


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AUGUST 2013

ACROSS LANTAU

Good luck Marianne and Stephanie! Photo by Perry Lok

Lantau Boat Club (LBC) members, Marianne Kolding and Stephanie Gräfin vom Hagen, are competing in the World Rowing Coastal Championships 2013, being held August 15 to 17 in Helsingborg, Sweden. Last January, the ladies took home the gold medal in the same category (Women Double Scull), in the first Hong Kong Coastal Rowing Championships, so hopes are high! For more information, visit www.lantauboatclub.com.

Medal of honour for LBC rower! Photo courtesy of Ulrike Weckler

Congratulations to Bob Wilson, chairman of Lantau Boat Club’s Rowing Section and President of the Hong Kong China Rowing Association, who has just been awarded a medal of honour by the HKSAR Government for his contribution to the development of rowing in Hong Kong. Bob, who introduced rowing at the Lantau Boat Club, arranges and provides coaching to help local rowers, and organises local rowing events. For more information, go to www.lantauboatclub.com.

New Mui Wo restaurant Photo courtesy of Como Lake

Como Lake, a relaxed restaurant and coffee bar, serving authentic Italian favourites has just opened in the Mui Wo Cooked Food Market on Ferry Pier Road. Specialising in risotto and pizza, Como Lake provides an authentic slice of northern Italy. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (from 8am until 10pm), takeaway is also available. For more information, call 2984 0009.

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fabulous Marie Teather catches up with Discovery Bay resident and group-exercise instructor Cindy Reid to talk vertical marathons, fitness and the DB approach to exercise

Cindy Reid is promoting healthy living for DBers at her newly opened fitness studio The HIT Room

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t’s not difficult to guess who Cindy Reid might be as we meet in DB North Plaza. Wearing tight black leggings and a black sports vest, and sporting an enviable postworkout glow, the fitness enthusiast has the kind of infectious energy that makes digging out those running trainers and hitting the roads of DB seem like a wonderful idea. Even in this heat. There’s no denying Cindy is in the best of health and in amazing shape. She takes health and fitness seriously. This is the woman who ran up 100 floors of the International Commerce Centre (ICC) in 19 minutes 42 seconds to claim the Women’s Champion title at the Vertical Run for the Community Chest in 2012. Super-fit Cindy likes to run halfmarathons on her vacations, is a TRX-qualified, certified gym/ group exercise instructor and a NASM personal trainer. She has just opened The HIT Room in DB North Plaza; the first studio to bring Les Mills newest high-intensity, interval-training programme (the Grit Series) to Hong Kong. Providing Les Mills Bodypump, Boxing Circuit, TRX, Legs, Bums and Tums and Total Re-Core group exercise classes, as well as personal training, it’s nothing less than a one-stop fitness shop. When not teaching at The HIT Room, Cindy teaches Bodypump, Spinning, Hardcore and RPM at Fitness First. Did I also mention she’s an equities research analyst by day?

obtained a chartered accountant qualification, and studied long-distance to gain an MBA from the University of North Carolina; and so began her decade-long career in the finance industry. It was on graduating that Cindy “really started to get into gyms”. At what she describes as “her most obsessive time”, when working as a fund manager, she used to train at the gym three times a day: before and after work, and during lunch. These days her fitness schedule has relaxed somewhat but working out daily is still very much the norm. “I’ve been the biggest gym junkie for some time; if I don’t work out I feel something is missing from my day,” she says. In 2007 Cindy returned to Hong Kong and as fate would have it she quickly met the man who would become her husband and business partner – an Australian working as a captain for a private jet. Two years ago they moved to  Discovery Bay.

Yet, as she greets me like an old friend and quickly turns the conversation to ask how I came to live in DB, there’s no hint of judgment on my less than textbook healthy lifestyle. The judgment is however all on my part as we sit down in Uncle Russ to chat. Cindy orders coffee – a frothy, creamy latté. There’s no sugar in there, but still it’s not the kind of drink you expect a tiny, bronzed gym instructor with incredibly toned biceps and sculpted abs to order. And that’s what makes Cindy’s approach to health and fitness so achievable. She is not about perfection, she’s about lifestyle choices. What’s more I just noticed something else. Pearl earrings. Huge, iridescent pearl earrings that make a striking contrast to her sporty outfit and hint at another, perhaps more glamorous, side to Cindy’s lifestyle.

Taking shape Explaining her soft Australian accent, Cindy was born in Hong Kong and moved down under for school. She studied at the University of Sydney, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance. Not stopping there, she

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healthy lifestyle because I have been through the journey myself, and I’m still living it every day.

Cindy’s message is about creating healthier lifestyle choices but enjoying the occasional glass of wine or frothy coffee when the time is right. “Remember, being healthy is a lifelong journey, not a destination,” she says. “Nutrition is one of the most important determinants of how you feel on the inside and how you look on the outside.” So how does this relate to DB? With the tennis courts booked up for days in advance and runners hitting the roads even in the midday heat, are we a health-conscious community? Or does all that drinking in the plaza suggest otherwise? “People in DB prefer to have fun whilst they chase a healthier lifestyle,” Cindy explains. “The age demographic is generally mid-thirties to fifties and many may have put on a little bit of weight from an indulgent lifestyle, having children and a lot of travel. “While I love the environment here the clubs don’t have great facilities,” she continues. “Group exercise is the best way to work out as you are motivated and get to meet likeminded people.” It’s clearly this gap in the market that led Cindy to open The HIT Room.

“Of course you have to be passionate about what you do as the fitness industry does not pay as well,” Cindy adds. “I think that’s my motto: you have to love what you do. If you don’t love what you do it’s not sustainable.” Talking of which Cindy has always run a charity-driven course. “I have done a lot of voluntary work in my time, from teaching English to disadvantaged children to fundraising for different foundations,” she explains. “I feel that donating is the least I can do for others who are less fortunate.” She is now committed to making an annual donation from The HIT Room to support local charities. If Cindy has her way she will also get The HIT Room team to participate in community initiatives, such as the DB beach clean-ups. As we part ways, Cindy promising to catch up again sometime and me promising to take the free trial classes at The HIT Room, I ask what drives her. “I want to make exercise fun, exciting and motivating so you are compelled to do more,” she says. With that I’m sold. Will I wear my pearl earrings when exercising? You bet!

Satisfaction guaranteed Of course it’s a giant step away from the world of finance. Will Cindy miss some of the perks from a career in banking? “It’s a different kind of satisfaction,” she says. “Nothing makes me happier than being able to help people get to a

Find it • Fitness First, www.fitnessfirst.com.hk • The HIT Room, www.thehitroom.hk

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love on the run What if getting to see your spouse involved a 3,000-mile commute? Long-distance relationships – make or break, mire or fire, real or fake? Megaen Kelly finds out

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t girls’ night last week, after a Pinot Grigio or three, a friend of mine whose husband is a pilot confessed that she really likes the fact that he isn’t always around. She enjoys ruling the roost when he is out of town, and having her independence, and looking forward to his return. This led to an interesting discussion, with not all of us agreeing that hers is the ideal marital arrangement. Then somebody mentioned the Metcalfes (not their real name), who left for Dubai in 2008 after a 15-year stint in DB. Husband Lee is now back in DB for work, while Lyn and the kids have stayed in Dubai. How, we wondered, does that type of marital set-up work? Lyn Metcalfe, clinical psychologist and couple’s therapist Dr Melanie Bryan, and relationship and individual counsellor Kerri Gunthorpe, who was based in Australia from 1994 to 2000, while husband Ralph (a pilot) lived out of a suitcase in Hong Kong, fill us in.

Living separate lives For both the Metcalfes and the Gunthorpes ‘living apart’ came about through necessity. Australian-born Ralph and Kerri moved to DB in 1990. Three-and-a-half years later, Kerri and the kids – then aged nine, six and four – returned to South East Queensland, while Ralph continued to be based out of Hong Kong. “We did the commute thing for six years – it was important to us that our children grew up in Australia,” Kerri says. “For the first four years it was very manageable as my husband was home for up to 10 days every month. However, in the latter years Ralph’s work description changed and

he was only getting home for a few days a month, so we reassessed. We decided to settle as a family in DB, with only my eldest staying on in Australia at boarding school.” The Gunthorpes returned to Australia in 2008, but now that the kids have flown the nest Kerri and Ralph are back in DB – and celebrating 32 years of marriage. UK-born Lyn and Lee, who have been together since their late teens, lived in DB from 1992 to 2008. “We arrived with two backpacks and left almost 16 years later with two daughters,” Lyn quips. The Metcalfes then lived together as a family in Dubai for four years before Lee’s work again necessitated a move – back to DB. Loving the Dubai lifestyle, Lyn was not keen to return to Hong Kong. She also did not want to disrupt her girls’ education; her eldest had just been offered a longed-for place at a top Dubai college. “We didn’t have the heart to take away that dream, and good school placements are so hard to get in Hong Kong,” she says. “Lee and I spent hours discussing the situation. None of us were happy with it, but needs must.” Lee now gets to be in Dubai for three to 10 days every six weeks.

Hanging on the telephone/ Skype So how can a couple in this situation manage to thrive? By keeping the doors of communication open. “In my work I have seen too many relationships break down mostly due to a lack of good, clear communication,” Kerri notes. “Even with the modern forms of communication, nothing compares to sitting down together and having a good chat. If commuting is your lifestyle of choice, make absolutely sure that you have empathy for your partner’s situation; it will not be ideal for either of you. Make time to talk, and ensure you are always fully up-to-date on each other’s lives.” 

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“I miss Lee especially in the evenings when we would discuss our days,” Lyn says. “We talk every day, and I’m very appreciative of Skype! But not having my husband, who is my best friend, with me for comfort and support is difficult.”

This backs up something Dr Melanie has to say. “The frequent traveller usually wants to fit right in to the couple or family routine upon returning, but particularly with children, the established routine is disrupted, which can cause havoc.”

Dr Melanie warns, “There can be awkwardness in a couple’s communication when they live apart, with one wanting to relate their business or general activities, while the other aches for some time away from all of that.” Kerri concurs, adding, “When you do see each other, give yourselves time to be together as a couple. Anything less and you begin to drift into individual existences.”

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Reunited and it feels so good On the plus side, we are told that ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’. Regardless, Dr Melanie notes that, “some people relish their space and the ‘me’ time” a long-distance relationship brings. Here Kerri says, “I am fortunate that I have always liked my own time but when it got to the long times apart I found that rather challenging. Not because I could not manage but because I wanted to be sharing our lives and our children’s lives. I would drop my husband at the airport and cry the 40 minutes home. Although I have to add that in those six years there were times too when I would sing all the way home! A real benefit was not having to watch the history channel or the rugby.” “I guess there are a few benefits,” Lyn adds gamely. “Like not having to iron his work shirts, and being able to have dinner time at 5.30pm – in DB there was often a second sitting when Lee worked late. I count down the days until he gets back here and I am always beyond excited to see him.” Lyn notes, however, that there is often some tension when Lee gets home. “We have been living separate lives and then we have to answer to each other again. There are things that when you live together permanently you either don’t notice or just accept. We could bicker over these things but when he’s only here for a short time, that time is precious, so you bite your tongue.”

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And what of the kids – how do they cope with the commute? “What I noticed was that children manage if the parents are coping and happy,” Kerri says. Lyn is of the same mind, adding, “The girls have adjusted to Daddy not being here, although they still get very upset when he leaves. Initially our eldest put one and one together and made three. She was always making PowerPoint presentations of us as a family, and looking at our wedding album. I had to spend a lot of time convincing her we were not getting divorced.” When discussing redefined spousal roles, and the balance of power within this type of relationship, Dr Melanie notes that the main caregiver may “resent their spouse’s extensive time away, as responsibility is not well shared”. Certainly Kerri notes that five years in, Ralph started to lose his place in the family. “He said he had begun to feel like an outsider in his own home. The reality was that I was both mother and father for much of the time.” For Lyn this is less of an issue. “With regard to the girls, I would say I make most of the rules, and that was the case even when Lee was living here. I am a stay-at-home mum, so they are my job. I must add though that when he’s home I’d like  The Gunthorpes did the commute for six years

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Lee to take over the bad-cop role. But he doesn’t want to be the baddy, as he’s only with us a short while. I know Lee feels like he is missing out on the girls growing up. And it’s the simple things he misses like reading bedtime stories, taking the girls swimming, helping with their homework and of course cuddles!”

You gotta have faith And so to the question of trust and fidelity. Dr Melanie says, “Of course, couples worry about this. Be alert to difficulties in the relationship which can set the stage for a person being more open to an affair or one-night stands. Also be alert to the many subtle changes in a partner that can signal an affair is beginning or is in progress. This applies equally to the partner who travels as the one who stays at home.” Here, Kerri says frankly, “The infidelity issue was not really a concern for me; predominantly because I did trust my husband but also because I did not have the energy to worry about it as I was running a large home, acreage and raising three children! I think it was harder on my husband. I remember he questioned my loyalty after talking to someone – also a commuter – who was going through a difficult divorce. But for me, the loneliness was

what I suffered from most. I felt I was one person in a marriage and we were losing what I believe women really need – a connection. That of course impacted many areas of our relationship.” Lyn says, “At first I hated the idea of Lee being in Hong Kong as a ‘single’ man. I’ve lived there; I know that it’s an easy place to stray. I also knew that I loved him very much and that I had to trust him. He was doing this for us. This doesn’t stop me wanting to question him and dreading any weekend he’s going out. I could worry myself silly but it would just make our situation more difficult. On the other side of the coin, I believe that Lee trusts me implicitly and I can vouch he has no reason not to. We are a very strong unit. “Long-distance marriages are a true test of your love, strength and devotion,” Lyn concludes. “In my mind, it’s a temporary situation. It’s not easy, but when you have something special, you work hard to make it survive.”

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nce your child is approaching secondaryschool age, you have an important choice to make between all the different curricula (and combinations of curricula) available.

There are 19 schools in Hong Kong offering the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), four offering GCE Advanced Level (A-Levels) and 46 schools offering one or more of the three International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes. These are the most popular curriculum choices among expat parents as they are taught and recognised internationally, and are therefore transferrable. But before looking at these curricula in depth, Anne Murphy, director/ consultant at ITS School Placements, outlines some of your additional options. “While the IB is becoming the preferred curriculum at Hong Kong’s private international schools, many also offer home-grown curricula,” Anne says. For instance at the

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Australian International School, students can take either the Australian Higher School Certificate or the IB Diploma. At the Canadian International School, it is mandatory for students to take both the IB Diploma and the Ontario High School Diploma of Canada. At YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College, Tung Chung, students in Forms 3 and 4 follow an integrated curriculum, which combines the content of both the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) and the IGCSE. In Forms 5 and 6, students can choose to continue with the HKDSE or apply to study A-Levels. Post-16, students who enjoy and do best at more practical styles of learning have the opportunity to take the International Applied Diploma (IAD), currently offered at Island School, King George V School and Shatin College. Students typically select three subjects accredited by the UK’s Business Technological Education Council (BTEC). There is also the


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The IB MYP, studied at Discovery College, is known for its depth and breadth

With schools reopening this month, you may well be looking ahead and thinking about secondary education options for your budding teen. Five local educationalists sit down with Hannah Ball to provide an overview of the various curricula on offer for Lantau students opportunity to take one or two BTEC courses and add IB subjects for a broader learning experience. “BTEC courses are practical with a vocational context; they are equivalent to A-Levels and are widely accepted university entrance qualifications in the UK,” Anne explains. In 2012, West Island School was the first pilot school to offer the International Diploma Career Certificate (IDCC), which includes BTEC qualifications combined with the International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC). “Students need to qualify in a second language, as well as one other IB subject alongside their BTEC courses, and do an Extended Project to achieve this qualification,” says Anne.

IGCSE – flexibility and recognition Developed by the University of Cambridge International Examinations nearly 30 years ago, the IGCSE is still the most internationally recognised qualification for students

aged between 14 and 16. “One of the great things about the IGCSE is its international flavour,” explains Physical Education coordinator at Discovery Bay International School (DBIS), Matthew Corbett. “With the IGCSE, there are no English government initiatives ruling what we do and how we do things, meaning we can more easily cater our curriculum to suit children studying here, and those intending to go on to other countries to study.” Each IGCSE subject is taken as a separate qualification, marked from A* grade to G grade, with a C grade being widely accepted as a pass. Students generally take between eight to 13 subjects, including English Language, Mathematics and a science. “Taking IGCSEs at DBIS, students can choose from a broad range of subjects – anything from Drama to Physical Education, Food Nutrition or Art and Design,” says Matthew. Tony Fryer, head of Key Stages 3 and 4 at DBIS, recalls that 

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DBIS students specialise early through the IGCSE curriculum

taking GCSEs in the UK allowed him to focus early on the subjects he really enjoyed. “Several of the students at DBIS may not know exactly what career they want to pursue, but by the time they come to do IGCSEs, they have a pretty good idea about the subjects they enjoy (and don’t enjoy), and what they are good at,” he says. Another benefit of the IGCSE is the choice students have to take a Foundation Tier Paper or a Higher Tier Paper in some subjects. A maximum grade of C can be achieved. For students who struggle with a particular subject, this allows them to achieve a C grade more easily.

A-Levels – early specialisation Once students have completed their IGCSE qualification, they have the option to continue their studies by taking A-Levels. This qualification, generally taken over the final two years of secondary schooling, is used to widen postsecondary education options. Students typically take three or four A-level modules. Harrow International School, Kellett School (The British International School), Kiang Su & Chekiang College (International Section) and Sear Rogers International School all offer A-Levels in Hong Kong; DBIS plans to have the facilities to do so in the future. One of the greatest values of A-Levels, Anne notes, is that they allow students with clear goals to specialise at an early enough stage to give themselves a chance of attending a very good university. With many universities now requiring certain grades from students, Anne points out another advantage. “Presented in modules rather than as a whole, it allows students to retake individual units if a prior grade achieved was not satisfactory.” Similarly, for students who do not have

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Science is a core element of the IB MYP at Discovery College

sufficient Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) points, taking A-Level units allows them to gain the additional UCAS points to get into their university of choice.

IB – breadth of knowledge At many private, international schools, like the French International School, students first follow the IGCSE, then switch to the IB in the sixth form. The German Swiss International School’s first cohort of IB Diploma students will graduate in 2015, making this year, 2013, the last year of A-Level graduates. Interestingly, in 2001, English Schools Foundation (ESF) introduced the Applied Learning Pathway and switched from the UK National Curriculum across all schools to the IB. Private Independent Schools (PIS) run under ESF also initiated the IB system. Accordingly, primary schools moved to the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). At secondary level, ESF schools continue to adapt the National Curriculum of England in Years 7 to 9, and then take GCSE and IGCSE courses. Discovery and Renaissance Colleges offer the IB’s Middle Years Programme (MYP). “The IB diploma is fast becoming a qualification that students can use to apply to universities worldwide, Europe and America especially,” Anne explains. “On the IB Diploma, students select options (specialising in three) from six required subject groups: first and second languages, humanities, sciences, Mathematics and the arts,” she adds. “Students also write an extended essay of 4,000 words, undertake a Theory of Knowledge course, and complete 150 hours of supervised creativity, action, service (CAS) time. The depth and breadth is amazing. This benefits gifted students and those who are unsure where their academic future lies.” 

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FAMILY MATTERS Discovery College (DC), head of secondary education, Andy Kai Fong says, “The holistic nature of the process provides excellent preparation for university. Students are taught to be creative and rather than solely focusing on their studies, they are also taught to give back to the community in some act of service. ” Additionally IB students undertake a personal project, which gives them great scope for creativity. “They can do almost anything they like from making a film to producing an instructional football video. This process teaches students good time management, self-discipline and refinement of research skills,” says DC Middle Years programme coordinator, Adrian Gan.

Making the right choice “Overall, the chief value in IB is its breadth. Students learn a greater spread of subjects which might make it more appealing to certain university systems,” says Anne. “On the other hand, being able to specialise with IGCSEs and A-Levels, means that students are able to narrow down their subject choices to gain greater knowledge of the subjects they want to pursue later on.” Ultimately perhaps, education must go beyond the curriculum. Whichever curriculum you and your children

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choose, all learning should be about the enjoyment kids get out of life, the values they are given to anchor to and the meaningful existence created from that.

Popular schools for Lantau students • Australian International School, www.aishk.edu.hk • Canadian International School, www.cdnis.edu.hk • Chinese International School, www.cis.edu.hk • Discovery Bay International School, www.dbis.edu.hk • Discovery College, www.discovery.edu.hk • German Swiss International, www.gsis.edu.hk • Island School, www.island.edu.hk • King George V School, www.kgv.edu.hk • West Island School, www.wis.edu.hk • YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College, www.ymcacc.edu.hk For more secondary school contacts and tips visit www.arounddb.com. For more advice from Anne Murphy go to www.tuition.com.hk.


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education funding As parents we want first-class schooling for our children. DB resident and financial advisor Annette M. Houlihan advises on how best to pay for it

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f you are living and working in Hong Kong with children at school, you will doubtless have felt the drastic increases in education costs over recent years. My daughter, Hannah, I am very proud to say, has just graduated from the University of Calgary, Canada. The overall cost of her university education was around HK$1,350,000. I have another daughter, Holly, at Discovery

College; and assuming everything goes to plan I will soon be seeing her through university. Quite a challenge, when the cost of education funding has risen over 400% since 1986, and the cost of living over 100%. Consider too that for the last 12 to 15 years, education fees have increased by around 8% per annum,

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whereas the average income has increased by 3 to 5%. (These figures include fee-paying schools, colleges and universities around the world.) Simple mathematics tells us that the cost of educating our children has and is rising faster than our incomes.

The price of learning To give you an idea of the current costs involved in educating a child, from primary school through to university, both in Hong Kong and overseas, take a look at the graphs below. All costs are per annum and listed in Hong Kong dollars; university costs include board and living expenses.

We all know Hong Kong is a pricey place to live but if you consider the cost of education, for fee-paying institutions, Hong Kong is less expensive than the UK, Germany, the US, Australia and Canada. The annual cost in Hong Kong for secondary is around HK$100,000 to HK$120,000 but if you sent your child to the UK or US to board, the cost would be around HK$300,000 to HK$350,000. Certain parts of Europe are less expensive on further education for now, but most require that your children speak the language. Parents should note that many Hong Kong schools require a debenture or bursary fee to be paid to put your child on their respective list. This currently ranges from a month’s deposit of the school fee upfront to HK$1,000,000.

Hong Kong tuition fees (2013/ 2014)

ESF - English Schools Foundation ESFPS - English Schools Foundation Private Independent Schools HARROW - Harrow International School CDNIS - Canadian International School Source: http://guides.wsj.com/hong-kong/guide-to-hong-kong/education/

Overseas tuition fees (2013/ 2014)

Annette’s daughters, Hannah and Holly, in DB

Hannah on graduation day with her mother

It’s clear there is a huge increase in costs as children move into further education. Even if your child opts for university in Hong Kong, you’re looking at a basic HK200,000 per year. For university overseas, additional factors have to be taken into account, such as board and living expenses, special costs relating to advanced study (computers, equipment, insurances), extra-curriculum requirements (study trips, student exchange) and so on. A year of university study in the US comes in at over HK$500,000 with these ‘extras’ factored in.

Finding the funds How then to tackle the financing? Firstly, of course, you can allow your child to ‘borrow’ the necessary sums. Alternatively you may choose to take the costs upon yourself, either by meeting the payments out of your current income or refinancing your assets. Lastly, if you have planned ahead, you will be in a laudable position – having already saved the necessary funds.

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Most of us shy away from the first option, especially if we were ourselves saddled with debt on graduating. But one positive is that student loans are only repayable once the child gets a job (and starts to earn money), and interest rates tend to be quite low. Generally foreign students are not  eligible for government loans.

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MONEY MATTERS In my opinion only the foolhardy (and the uber-rich) bank on funding children’s education from ‘current’ income. This approach is, at worst, overly optimistic – “By the time my kid is 18, I’ll have reinvented the wheel and become a millionaire” – at best, overly risky. You leave too much to chance. What happens if university time comes along and you are not in a position to lay your hands on additional funds? Think carefully about this, particularly in today’s financial climate and with job uncertainty being what it is. Deciding to re-finance your assets when your child is of university age may not be that practical a solution either. By this time, you’ll be that much older, loans will be harder to come by and the payback period significantly reduced. Also, you will want to be thinking about your own future – your retirement funding. The best option then is to plan ahead. Note that it is increasingly common for parents to start putting money aside for their child’s education almost as soon as the umbilical cord is cut. This way time is on your side, and you are opting to make your current income work harder for the future. There are two main ways to proceed. Firstly, save a set amount each month from your income. In doing this you are investing at an average price as the date that you invest on is fixed – but the price that you buy at is

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indful of how Gautama Buddha achieved enlightenment – by meditating under the Bodhi Tree – browsing the website of the Bodhi Meditation Society (BMS) seems as good a place to start my research as any. The organisation does not shy away from science; there is plenty of scientific literature to support the notion that meditation is not a placebo. The BMS site offers a long list of claims: meditation boosts immune function and enhances physical health. It slows the rate of cellular aging, controls asthma, reduces stress, enhances brain function, increases brain size and empathy, and improves productivity. Each of these claims, and many more, are supported by links to articles in a variety of credible sources, ranging from The International Journal of Behavioural Medicine and the Institute of Noetic Sciences to The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today and the Harvard News Office. Meditation works – 3,000 years of human history can’t be wrong.

Don’t just do something – sit there If you want to give it a try, Kadampa Meditation Centre Hong Kong is offering free sessions as of September at the MultiPurpose Hall, DB Office Centre. Each class includes guided meditations, group discussions and Buddhist teachings. “Meditation concentrates the mind on a virtuous object (such as loving kindness or compassion),” explains resident teacher Gen Kelsang Rabten. “The more familiar our mind is with virtue, the calmer and more peaceful it becomes. When our mind is peaceful, we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness. Whenever we meditate, we are performing a mental action that causes us to experience inner peace in the future.” Angie Bucu, a wellness researcher who tutors in the online Mindbody Wellness course at RMIT Melbourne, is a believer in meditation. A DB resident since 1998, she says, “Meditation has taught me to slow down, be mindful and aware not just in meditation but in anything that I am doing. It has helped me reduce my stress, to be accepting of things life throws my way and to be grateful. After sitting in meditation, you have a sense of grounding and ease, a knowing that the day will go well, and it usually does. I am a much calmer, more patient person as a result of my practice, and I am rarely on autopilot

anymore. I also have a lot more self-confidence and trust my intuition more acutely.” Angie has predominantly practised mindfulness meditation, and has not connected with any particular spiritual/ religious path. “In my view you do not have to follow the path of a particular practice to attend meditation sessions,” she says. “Group meditations can be very powerful regardless of whether one person is practising mindfulness, another a chakra meditation and another transcendental meditation.”

How to get to where you are Rather than recommending different techniques or schools of practice, Angie suggests anyone considering meditation should first understand why they are seeking it out. Is it for health and wellbeing, or to ease a stressful life, or are you seeking a spiritual path? You may change your goal as time goes on but it helps to have an intention from the outset. As with so many things, regular practice makes perfect, and Angie admits she initially had difficulty with this. That is, until she started to understand about mindfulness, a form of meditation whereby the objective is not to ‘silence’ the mind but rather to develop concentration to become more aware of what is happening moment to moment. “In formal mindfulness practice you will be given a chosen focus, such as the quality of your breathing,” she says. “Thoughts and feelings will arise, and you simply acknowledge them as they occur, and observe them mindfully without judgment, and gently return your attention to the chosen focus.” Readers should note that the Integrated Medicine Institute (IMI) runs weekly mindfulness classes, at its holistic centre in Central. Classes are by donation, with 100% going to support local charities. Owner, mindfulness psychotherapist and DB resident Carole Bradshaw has this to say. “Our untamed mind is naturally restless, reactive and distracted – and yet our minds are perhaps the most important factor in determining whether our experience is one of misery or happiness. Modern-day living exasperates this restlessness, which can manifest as stress, anxiety, poor sleep or a sense of disconnection with ourselves and in our relationships. Investing some precious time to cultivate a clearer, steadier mind is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself and other 

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people who are important to you in your life. With guidance, you can be supported to develop a personal meditation practice, as well as to bring mindfulness into your daily life.” Right now Angie is focused on transcendental meditation having attended a course at the Shakti Healing Circle in Central run by DB resident Peter Herman. (Incidentally the popular holistic centre is owned by DB residents Pervin and Stephen Clasper.) “Transcendental meditation is practised sitting comfortably with eyes closed for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day. The active thinking mind settles down naturally to a state of ‘pure consciousness’ where the mind is silent yet fully alert,” Peter, who has just retired from commercial flying after 37 years, explains. “At the same time the body gains a profound state of rest and relaxation. Everyone finds meditation easy when they practice with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's simple transcendental meditation technique. It improves all aspects of mental and physical health and is easily learnt in four lessons.” “The giving of loving kindness through your meditation to yourself, and others you encounter, and being grateful, will ensure you find peace in your meditation whichever path you decide to take,” Angie concludes.

Carole Bradshaw communes with nature in DB as part of her mindfulness practice

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ri Lanka’s stunning tropical landscape offers up a vibrant mix of jungle-covered mountains cut through by waterfalls, and white-sand beaches lapped by azure waters. Then there are the verdant tea plantations, wildlife-teeming national parks and mindblowing UNESCO World Heritage Sites. All in all you’ll find this tiny island, just 27 kilometres off the south coast of India, provides the perfect escape – a tonic for the soul.

canal network running through the city is still used, and plied by time-old canoes as well as modern watercraft. Colonial highpoints include the Dutch fort built in 1672, and centuries-old Portuguese and Dutch houses, administrative buildings and churches. Negombo is also home to the country’s second-largest fish market, the Lellama, at the north end of the town’s lagoon. It’s the perfect spot to chill before heading out.

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as developed as nearby resorts such as Hikkaduwa, and its biggest draw is the possibility of spotting blue whales.

Arugam Bay is as good a place to start beaching it as any; a surfer’s paradise, it’s quiet and home to a point break that many consider the best in the country. Further south, Tangalla inhabits a stunning stretch of coastline and is resolutely low key. Rewarding half-day excursions include the Hoo-maniya blowhole, the giant Buddha and gaudy shrines of Wewurukannala, and the magnificent rock temples of Mulkirigala. In addition, the nearby beach at Rekawa is Sri Lanka’s premier site for turtle-watching. Next, hop along the coast to Mirissa. This sleepy bolthole is not

As you journey south from Colombo, there’s also plenty to do if you want to head inland and take a break from the beach. Kitulgala, the adrenalin-sports capital of the country, in the south-west, is a great spot for water-rafting and jungle hikes. And you’ll find the Second World War movie The Bridge on the River Kwai, set in Burma and made in 1957, was filmed there. Another must-see is Yala National Park, in the south-east near Arugam Chengdu Bay. There are in fact six national parksBase and  Giant Panda Breeding and Research

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three wildlife sanctuaries in the vicinity. Here you can get up close with Sri Lankan wildlife – leopards, elephants and peacocks.

Crumbling temples and lost cities No stay in Sri Lanka is complete without time spent in the interior exploring the Cultural Triangle. A treasure trove of ancient cities and archaeological sites, just four hours’ drive from Colombo International Airport, it teems with UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These marvels span some 2,500 years of history and encompass the sacred city of Anuradhapura, the rock fortress of Sigiriya, and the magnificent temples and palaces of the royal city of Kandy. Considered the epicentre of Sinhalese culture, Kandy was the last Royal Kingdom to resist British colonisation, finally losing its stronghold in 1815. Stroll around the peaceful lake and admire the mist-shrouded hills. Not far north, the imposing Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is said to house the Buddha’s tooth brought to Sri Lanka in the 4th century. Visit this month and you can enjoy one of Sri Lanka’s most exciting festivals, the centuries-old Esala Perahera. In July and August, thousands of dancers and drummers (and spectators) converge on the temple, accompanied by ornately decorated elephants. Sigiriya Rock, the eighth wonder of the world, draws all kinds of visitors to Sri Lanka – from geologists and history buffs to art lovers. There’s something magical about this monolith. Wander the extensive network of terraced gardens, then make your way up to what was once the palace (477 – 495AD). A spiral staircase leads through beautifully painted rock frescoes of celestial maidens. At the summit, you are rewarded with breath-taking 360-degree panoramic views. Pat yourself on the back… you just climbed 1,200 steps! Next stop: Anuradhapura. Give yourself a couple of days to explore one of the most evocative sights in Asia. From enormous stupas (known locally as dagobas), crumbling temples and well-preserved ruins, Anuradhapura exhibits a rich collection of archaeological and architectural wonders. At 122 metres, Jetavanarama Dagoba is a significant Buddhist site, representing the tensions between the

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Theravada and Mahayana sects. To learn more about Theravada Buddhism, visit the ruins of Mahavihara, the spiritual centre of Anuradhapura. Here you will find the Sri Maha Bodhi, which many believe is the fig tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment. What more can I say? With ancient religious sites and ruins, delectable food, fun trains, killer surf and amazing wildlife, Sri Lanka has everything for everybody. Put it on your wish list now – it is fast becoming the top destination to visit in Asia.

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When to go Sri Lanka is pretty much a year-round destination. To avoid the monsoon, visit the north-east from May to September. The perfect time to visit the south-west is from December to March.

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f this is the first time you are reading about an Ironman triathlon get ready to be, well, wiped out. Athletes (not all of them pros) swim 3.86 kilometres, bike 180.25 kilometres and then complete a full marathon (42.2 kilometres) in 17 hours (or a lot less) without taking a break. That any athlete can be fit enough to complete this oneday event at first seems inconceivable. Certainly only 15 people took part in the first Ironman held in Waikiki on February 18, 1978, when the three toughest endurance races in Hawaii – the 3.86-kilometre Waikiki Roughwater Swim, 180.25-kilometre Around-O’ahu Bike Race and the 42.2-kilometre Honolulu Marathon – were first combined into one event. But since then Ironman has expanded into a vast global series of one-day (and half-day) events. The Ironman World Championship, held annually in Kona, Hawaii, sees 2,000 competitors and is considered the most gruelling one-day sporting event in the world.

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The DB connection More than 2,500 athletes from 51 nations competed in the Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman European Championship on July 7. And the big news for us is that 15 members of the Lantau Buffalos completed the challenge: DB residents Karen Fairley, Wencke Linsel, Emma Bruce, Thorsten Bruce, Bruce Pye, Vincent Ypersiel, Eduard Wehry, Peter Nott, Alex Tripodoro and Michael Pahler; and ex-DB residents, Brett Straatemeier, Adrie Offringer, Chang Chung, Neil Jones and Robert Claassen. None of these Lantau Buffalo athletes are pros – they all have full-time jobs. The club is dedicated to building up the multi-sport scene locally, and many of the members race internationally. “Bruce and Brett are experienced Ironman distance athletes, with Frankfurt being their tenth thus far,” explains Karen Fairley marketing director


The Lantau Buffalos at the start of the Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman European Championship on July 7

of Sports World. “Some of us had done either one or a few previously, and some of the group were Ironman virgins before Frankfurt.” Training is intensive before these big events, and often a group exercise with the Lantau hills providing the perfect terrain. “The bulk of the training begins three months before the event where building endurance is key for all disciplines,” Karen explains. “Getting a half Ironman distance race in five to six weeks prior is a good idea as it’s a great way to ensure your training is on track, and your nutrition plan works well. It also helps build confidence, preparing you both physically and mentally for the full event.”

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Triathletes begin their day with a 3.86-kilometre swim in the packed waters of Langener Waldsee. The two-loop course includes a short run between loops; water temperatures are around 23ºC. “The swim start is stressful as it is a mass start with over 2,500 athletes and the melee of so many highly energised, adrenalin-fuelled people can be intimidating,” explains Karen. “But 10 to 15 minutes into the swim, things settle down a bit, you find your space and settle into your rhythm. The weather was great – sunny and about 27ºC, which suited us Honkies.” Next the 180.25-kilometre, two-loop bike-course takes athletes through spectacular downtown Frankfurt and the surrounding countryside. “The bike course was a little surprising given its relatively fast reputation,” Karen says. “The roads are exposed with wide open fields 

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which had us facing unexpected winds, especially on the second lap, and although we were expecting some hills, there were a lot of false flats that were quite draining. The course also required negotiating villages, with twists, turns and a teeth- jarring section of cobble stone. However, the road surface is generally billiard-table smooth.” This smooth surface (and his super-fast Zipp Carbon Aero borrowed wheels) saw Bruce Pye owner/ director at Sports World zipping along at around 45 kilometres an hour early on in the bike course. That was until an Italian cyclist travelling at around 30 kilometres an hour pulled out in front of him. “Not hard to work out what happened next,” Bruce quips. “Three of us came down, with bike parts and blood lying all over the road. Getting up, slowly, I was surprised that I could move all my limbs, with nothing broken.” But not so Bruce’s bike. “I couldn't believe it,” he says. “Probably the best shape I'd been in for an Ironman in the last 10 years and there was the mechanic telling me my race was done.” Fortunately the words of a friend came to Bruce: ‘If you start a race you have to finish no matter what’. At this point he looked around and noticed a spectator with a Bruce Pye on his way to his tenth Ironman hybrid bike. “I thought to myself I guess I could do it on that,” he says. “Little on the small side, don't like the nobbly offroad mountain-bike wheels but hey,

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I have to finish!” Having borrowed the bike from ‘Julia’, and after a quick re-fit, that’s exactly what Bruce did.

Run 42.2 kilometres! Brag for the rest of your life! And so to the full marathon – the final leg. In downtown Frankfurt, the 42.2-kilometre run includes four loops of a fast, flat course along the River Main. “At each loop you collect a band that is placed on your arm as a reminder of how many loops you’ve done,” explains Karen. “You can clearly see how many loops fellow athletes have completed, so when you see someone with three bands on their arm and you have none, it can be soul destroying. This is where the months of training kick in. It’s challenging mentally and physically of course but the desire to finish and achieve one’s goal is a major motivator.” Ironman triathlons are a huge spectator sport, and Karen says the crowd support is hugely motivating, helping athletes reach the finish line. “The local support was incredible,” she says. “It was like we were competing in the Tour De France with masses of revellers running alongside. “With such a large group of Buffalos racing there was an even larger group of supporting family and friends, most decked out in Lantau Buffalo supporter T-shirts,” Karen adds. “This made all the difference as the shirts enabled the athletes to spot the supporters, and vice versa with the team race kit the Buffalo athletes were wearing.”

The results Spaniard Eneko Llanos brought home the fastest overall time on the day, finishing in just under eight hours. Camilla Pedersen was the first female finisher with a time of eight hours, 56 minutes. Breaking the nine-hour barrier made her the fastest female IronDane in history. Of the Lantau contingent, all 15 athletes made it across the finish line between 11 hours and 13 hours – well under the 17-hour limit. Incredibly the three ladies finished in the top third of the women’s field, and the men within the top half. “It was a brilliant result, especially when you consider that not everyone had a straightforward race,” Karen says. “We’re slowly recovering and the memories of the pain 

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are fading with each recovery beer consumed. The memory of running down that finisher chute after over six months of training remains firmly etched in our minds. It brings goose bumps and a tear to the eye – an overwhelming feeling of achievement, exaltation and relief.” “Big smiles and hugs all round at the finishing line,” Bruce adds. “I’ve learnt to expect the unexpected and deal with whatever is thrown your way. I don’t see Ironman as a oneday event but more a life journey helping you find out who you are.” Incidentally Bruce gave this, his tenth Ironman medal to Julia – the lady who lent him her bike.

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ncorporating antique elements into modern home interiors can flirt with all manner of disasters. We’ve all seen the slick, modern living room with a garish Victorian settee propped in a corner. Or how about the vintage Tibetan rug in the dining room, and the hallway, and every bedroom, and hanging as a wall piece? Dressing your home is akin to dressing yourself. Those aviator sunglasses look cool with jeans and a T-shirt, but you wouldn’t go full-on Second World War flyboy when picking the kids up after school. With so many available in a bristling market like Hong Kong, Asian and Chinese antiques and antique-inspired accents are a popular choice when redesigning a space. A cabinet here and a sideboard there can make an impression and break up the occasional monotony of the modern interior. But most of the pros agree: all in moderation.

Classical integration “If you have a really modern space, just putting one or two antiques within it – without going over the top with all the tchotchkes – is the way to go,” says Lantau-based designer and stylist David Roden, noting how easy it is to get carried away. “I have clients who want something, and have nowhere to put it. Sometimes you have to take stuff away.”

curl-toed shoes were used as door handles and so on. “It looked like that store in the States, Anthropology,” he says wistfully. David kind of liked it, but he isn’t pushing the style in sleek, Armani-fixated Hong Kong. To Angela’s mind, the best way to introduce traditionally Asian items is to think of them, antiques in particular, as pieces of art. After all, you’d never overwhelm a wall with too many Picassos (good on you by the way if you have ‘too many’ Picassos). She’s a fan of using just a few choice pieces. “Their uniqueness can be perfectly displayed by incorporating them into a Western- or modern-style home,” she says. “In our experience, Chinese antiques are a better match in a modern/ Western setting than in an interior decorated in only a Chinese style.”

Antique impact There are a few ways to make the marriage of old Eastern and modern Western work. David recalls transforming an old Tibet chest into a bathroom cabinet by adding a plain white basin. “That was modern and old together and it looked really cool,” he says. “It’s a good idea to consider repurposing and reworking antique pieces that may not be in mint condition. For one project I bought some old wooden screens and I painted them white. Now they’re unique partitions between a living and dining area.”

Angela Leung of Red Hall Furniture in Mui Wo, which deals in both antiques and reproductions, agrees. “People need to keep in mind that simple is the core element for placing Chinese antique furniture in a modern house. Too many in a limited space may create a heavy image within a liveable environment. Incorporating one or two antiques can attract attention and look charismatic, so less is more.”

At Red Hall, pieces in all conditions are collected from the rural areas in China. These ‘farm antiques’ are then treated, fixed, and renewed or reproduced. “We also provide a custom-made furniture service, so our customers can order a classic piece in a modern colour or alternate size to suit their personal needs,” Angela notes.

David recalls seeing a home where the designer had followed the alternate philosophy of going big or going home – Uyghur tribal necklaces lined one wall, traditional

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fundamental comforts a boost. But in addition to eyecatching zing, colour and texture, an antique’s biggest contribution to contemporary style is the simplest of all. “It adds culture,” states David flatly. “Every unique piece of antique Chinese furniture has its own story to tell,” Angela adds. “Discovering more and more about Chinese antique furniture, we see ourselves as knowledge providers – not just business people.”

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Another element to bear in mind when incorporating antiques into the home is placement and care – usually connected. Asian antiques are often intricately constructed and lacquered for protection as well as aesthetics and don’t fancy inclement weather. “In order to take care of an antique do not place it directly under the sunlight,” warns Angela. “UV rays may cause the lacquer to fade or come off after long periods. You also need to take particular care of the wood in humid weather to prevent it from cracking.”

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So where’s the best place to source the item you crave – be it a statement piece like a dining table, a cabinet for the study or a decorative accessory? And more importantly, does it have to be the real deal? Within Lantau, both Red Hall Furniture and The Red Lantern are good options. “If you’re looking for a real spend, Altfield and any of the auction houses are a good start and the pieces are authentic,” notes David.

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Angela likes the flexibility of replications given Hong Kong’s small spaces, in addition to catering to personal tastes. She does, however, point out that, “Every genuine Chinese antique is unique, and compared with five years ago their appearance in the market has dropped significantly. The traces of time and history on the surface of [a genuine piece] is incomparable with a replication.” That’s true, but one other factor remains crucial. “I don’t think it has to be a ‘good’ piece,” finishes David. “I think you have to like it.”

Find it • Altfield Gallery, www.altfield.com.hk • David Roden Designs, www.davidroden.yolasite.com • Red Hall Furniture, www.redhallchineseantiques.com From The Red La

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Calling Indie pop all foodies Double dose of

Tea Tastings at HKITF

Indie pop sensations Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen, who collaborated for the hit 2012 release Good Time, are set to perform live (but not together) in Hong Kong this month. Adam Young, singer/ songwriter/ producer for Owl City, came to fame with the number-one hit Fireflies in 2009, after uploading his songs to MySpace from his parents’ basement. Carly’s career See Carly, maybe? began on Canadian Idol in 2007, though she made a name for herself internationally in late 2011 with her hit single Call me, maybe. Catch Owl City at Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre on August 22, and Carly Rae Jepsen on August 9 (the venue is yet to be disclosed). To purchase tickets go to www.hkticketing.com.

Top women’s

volleyball Hong Kong Food Expo

This month, Hong Kong is hosting three hot gourmet happenings. Check out the Hong Kong Food Expo, which last year attracted more than 390,000 visitors, from August 15 to 19 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), Wanchai. And during DiningCity Hong Kong Restaurant Week, August 5 to 11, you’ll have the opportunity to try special set menus at affordable prices in top local restaurants. You can also drop by the Hong Kong International Tea Fair (HKITF) at the HKCEC from August 15 to 17, for seminars and tastings. For more information about Hong Kong Food Expo visit www.hktdc.com, for Restaurant Week visit www.restaurantweek.hk, and for HKITF email exhibitions@hktdc.org.

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The Volleyball World Grand Prix is celebrating 10 years

Witness some world-class volleyball this month, as female teams from China, Argentina, the Czech Republic and Turkey compete in the Hong Kong-leg of the Volleyball World Grand Prix. This international women’s volleyball competition, held annually for the past 10 years by Federacion del Voleibol Argentino (FIVB), is broadcast in over 200 countries, attracts nearly 30,000 spectators and offers total prizes of over HK$700,000. To book your seat at the Hong Kong Coliseum, Hung Hom (August 9 to 11) visit www.urbtix.hk. For everything you need to know about volleyball in Hong Kong, visit www.vbahk.org.hk.


AUGUST 2013 HK HAPPENINGS

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Swan Lake this summer Swan Lake, one of the most popular classical ballets of all time, returns to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui from August 23 to 25, and August 30 to September 1. This performance is a real (homegrown) delight, put on by the Hong Kong Ballet and accompanied by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Fans of the 2010 movie, Black Swan, based on the ballet (which was first performed in 1877), will delight in seeing the ‘real thing’. Dance aficionados won’t be able Hong Kong Ballet’s Swan Lake to resist another chance to watch Odette, the innocent White Swan, and Odile, the malevolent Black Swan, battle it out for their man en pointe. Tickets are available now at www.urbtix.hk.

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Disney Live! Magic for all the family

Linkin Park live

in Hong Kong Mickey and Minnie steal the show Rock legends, Linkin Park

Grab your chance to see uber-rockers, Linkin Park at AsiaWorld-Expo, Chek Lap Kok on August 15. Considered by many rock and metal fans to be one of the greatest bands of the early 00’s, this California-based group has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and won two Grammy Awards. Linkin Park’s breakthrough album, Hybrid Theory released in 2000, sold 24 million copies worldwide, making it the bestselling debut album of the 21st century. Profits from the Hong Kong concert are being partially donated to Music For Relief, a charity founded by Linkin Park dedicated to disaster relief and mitigation. For tickets, go to www.hkticketing.com.

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Catch Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and all your favourite Disney characters together on one stage from August 21 to 25. This 90-minute performance, Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show, is taking place at Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, and it’s sure to be a blast! Watch Cinderella’s rags magically transform into a beautiful ball gown, and see Princess Jasmine fly high into the sky with Aladdin. This promises to be a super end-of-summer treat for the whole family, with Belle, Snow White and the rest of the Disney crew delighting with song, dance and magic tricks. For tickets, go to www.hkticketing.com.

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View DB property listings @ www.arounddb.com COMMUNITY DB ANGELS FOOTBALL CLUB The first girls-only football club in DB. For more information visit www.dbangelsfc.hk or email membership@dbangelsfc.hk DBEES ICE HOCKEY We are a nonprofit community-based team for kids age 5 & up, at any playing level. If your child is interested please email stuart.winchester@hk.rcm.com or flavarone@netvigator.com.

EMPLOYMENT ARE YOU THE RIGHT SIZE?

European high-end lingerie brand is looking for fitting models sizes 75A to 85F. Fitting upon demand under freelance contract. No previous experienced required. Please contact 2301 5008 or ida.lam@marliesdekkers.com

AGENTS WITH AN EAA LICENSE SOUGHT

By DB based realtors. Must have a good command of spoken & written English & Cantonese, an extra language is an advantage. Strong communication & interpersonal skills, mature outgoing personality, proactive, hardworking & detail oriented. Attractive remuneration package for the right candidates. Email your full CV to info@lifestylehomes.com.hk

FINANCE & INSURANCE

HOME & REPAIRS

AUSTRALIAN TAX RETURNS

EXPERT MOVER

Need to lodge your Australian tax return? If you are an expat or collect rental from Australian property, you must lodge an annual return. Let us do it for you here in HK. Contact Dwight Stuchbery, Australasian Taxation Services on 3571 8700, dwight@smats.net, or visit www.smats.net

HEALTH & WELLBEING

HYPNOSIS &/ OR SHORT-TERM THERAPY

Quit smoking quickly. Divorce/ PostDivorce Coaching. Resolve: • Fear of Flying/ Public Speaking • Overeating • Couples’ Conflicts • Career & Command-Training Stress • Anger Management • Phobias • Nail biting • Insomnia • Exam Strategies Call Dr Melanie Bryan, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist & Hypnotherapist on 2575 7707, or visit www.mindmatters.hk

KIDS

LITTLE ADVENTURES

• Packing & moving • Cargo collection • Disposal service • Handyman services • Packing material supplies • Storage, with humidity control Professional quality service at a low rate. Contact 2566 4799, sales@expertmover.hk, or visit www.expertmover.hk

Mon, Wed & Fri afternoons from 2pm-4.30pm, July & August only. Drop-in session with age-appropriate toys & books for your little ones! Parent/ helper must attend with child. Age: 8 months to 36 months. Location: Greens. Contact sarah@earlyadventures.net

EARLY ADVENTURES PLAYGROUP

KIDS MIDGET GEMS KIDS’ CLUB

Established playgroup for children from 2 to 4 years. Morning sessions with afternoons coming soon. A wonderful environment where children learn through play with our qualified & experienced teachers. Also offering Bilingual Gems, afternoon sessions in German & Mandarin. Please contact 2987 0272, info@midgetgemskidsclub.com, or visit www.midgetgemskidsclub.com

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A dedicated playgroup with the emphasis on learning through play. Activities to stimulate all areas of development. Come & look at our facilities. Classes for kids from 20 months to 4 years. Morning & afternoon sessions. Call 9511 2107, or visit www.earlyadventures.net

GEMS OCCASIONS

Looking for that perfect party venue for your little gem? A colourful, safe & fun environment with toys & dress-up clothes. We can provide an entertainer. We also tidy up! Please contact 9176 2990, info@midgetgemskidsclub.com, or visit www.midgetgemskidsclub.com

WORSHIP SERVICE Discovery College Sundays @ 10 am

CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP PRACTICAL BIBLE TEACHING KIDS CHURCH XTREME & RDB TEENS

Pastor James Buckner Tel: 2987 7061 wwww.dbicc.org

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Notary Services

NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO?  Counselling for individuals, couples, families & adolescents  Sliding fee scale; affordable options for all clients  English, Putonghua, Cantonese, Hindi, Marathi and Marwadi speaking counselors Call 2523 8979 Now for Appointment http://www.resourcecounselling.org Serving the community over 35 years A Member Agency of the Community Chest

La Petite Enfance Kindergarten is open for registrations for school year 2013-2014. K1 to K3 classes available. French curriculum as per the French Ministry of National Education with English and Mandarin as additional languages. For more information, please call 6710 0391 or email us at info@ecole-discovery.com www.ecole-discovery.com

Now available in Discovery Bay at affordable rates. For inquiries Call or send a text to 9143 0799 or by email at notary@hpi.com.hk

Asian hairdressers

COMPLETE HAIRCARE FOR ASIAN & WESTERN MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN

• Perms • Colours • Highlights Shop 22, G/F Tung Chung Crescent, Tung Chung, Lantau Island (next to Quality Healthcare & near Pizza Hut)

Tel: 3147 4088 (Jimmy Hon)

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Selling trinkets and treasures for girls and boys, made from only the best materials. www.littlemilly.com | candiceb@littlemilly.com Also available at Toysland, DB and Bizzie Lizzie, Mui Wo For HK orders please contact Candice at 6596 1817

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Greenland Pest Control Tailored Pest Control Solutions for Rodent, Cockroaches, Fleas, Mosquitoes, Termites, Ants, Ticks etc… For info please call Thomas 9871 0771 or May 9774 3554 Email: greenlandpest@outlook.com


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TUITION & COURSES

MIDGET GEMS RENTAL

MANDARIN CHINESE LESSONS

Have an idea for a children’s business? We have a clubroom available for rent, afternoon time slots. Please call Koren on 9176 2990

EARLY ADVENTURES SUMMER PROGRAMME

From July 2 to August 23. Mon to Fri sessions. Weekly themes. Age: 2 years to 4 years. Location: Greens. For further information email sarah@earlyadventures.net

PETS GOOD NEWS FROM PETCO DB

Micro Bubble Bath using Nano technology for pets is now available at PetcoDB. This penetrating clean powers deep into the pores, restoring fur condition, regaining moisture & providing relaxation. No shampoo is used. Recommended for pets with skin allergies, dermatitis & body odour. Call 2914 0382

TRAVEL SO MANY HOLIDAY IDEAS!

www.escortedtoursonline.com. Leisure travel specialists since 1978. Licence No. 350343 Contact 2526 3391, www.concorde-travel.com

• For children & adults; small groups or individuals • Any level / place / purpose Call DB Mandarin Room on 6071 9643, or visit http://tclearning.sinacool.com

CHINESE (MANDARIN & CANTONESE), MATHEMATICS & ENGLISH

Personal Professional Tutoring Service. • Curriculum: HSK, IB, GCSE, SAT • ESF & all international schools, Year 1 to 13 • For students & adults (homework/ exams/ business) • Mother-tongue Chinese tutors from the PRC (Levels: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced) • Mathematics tutors (UK B SC) • Native English tutors. (MA in Education, specialising in Early Childhood Stage) Contact 9107 5655, gracias8@hotmail.com, or visit www.chinesemandarinsite.com

LEARN SPANISH

Native speaker. DELE examiner. Experienced teacher. IB, IGCSE, A-Levels & HKDSE. Business Spanish, & courses for adults. Flexible schedule & locations. (Special offers to students who live in DB & Tung Chung). Contact Erik R on 9666 9511, rerikm@hotmail.com

HANDMADE COOKIES FOR ALL OCCASION Make your next celebration a hit with a selection of beautifully crafted cookies handmade right here in DB. We can customize your order to suit any theme, from baby showers to bachelorette parties and everything in between. We also offer kids cookie decorating sessions, where the kids get to decorate their own cookies, a perfect activity at any children’s birthday party...

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CAR RENTAL

IN PHUKET Special rates for DB Residents Services Mind Company (SMC) Car rent offers 24-hour Professional Service. We provide pick-up services and vehicle packages including single or round-trip shuttle, daily, weekly and monthly rentals, long-term corporate rentals.

Toys Rental in DB An affordable, eco-friendly and fun way to play, through renting rather than buying.

• Pick the toys your kids want • Free delivery and pick up • Save money, space & the environment

For any enquiries, please contact

(66) 081 273 2855, (66) 089 971 0608 Email: servicesmind_carrent@yahoo.com www.phuketsmccarrent.com

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EYE LEVEL MATH SUMMER PROGRAMME

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MODERN EXECUTIVE 1 BEDROOM FLAT FOR RENT Spacious open layout. Quiet, high floor. Fully equipped kitchen. Shower. Washer/ dryer. English movies & news, & wi-fi. Just unpack! Competitively priced. Call 6680 2007, email greenmountain123@gmail.com

MODERN FLAT FOR SHORT- OR MEDIUM-TERM RENTAL Fully furnished, 1 bed plus study with extra beds & fully equipped kitchen. Sleeps 4. Broadband, wi-fi, DVD, LCD TV & split A/C. Linens & towels. Serviced twice a week. Contact 6475 2035, sharmilaproperty@gmail. com or visit www.dbayhillsuites.com

GREENDALE COURT RENTAL Brand-new, fully furnished, 533’ 1-bed apartment. Deluxe renovation, on a high floor, with mountain view. Call 9108 5525

PROPERTY DB

DELUXE SERVICED APARMENTS For lease. Fully furnished 1-2-bed apartments with beautiful decor, wi-fi & broadband. Well-equipped kitchen, luxurious bedding, weekly cleaning service. Contact Cherry on 2987 2626, annie@appletravel.com

STUDIO FOR SHORT-TERM LET Comfortable, nicely decorated studio, close to DB Plaza & pier, with fully equipped kitchen. 37” TV, DVD, wi-fi, linens & towels provided. Contact 9190 7348, niceroom_db@yahoo.com.hk

GREENBURG COURT RENTAL 517 sq ft, 1-bedroom flat with balcony. Deluxe renovation. Modern & fully furnished with internet, 32” LCD TV & DVD. Contact Sandy on 9654 8862, sandylamdb@yahoo.com.hk

LUXURY MODERN FLATS TO LET Short- or medium-term rental at Siena 2. 600’ 1-bed flats with sea views, near DB North Plaza, Club Siena & tunnel. Serviced & fully furnished with washer/ dryer, bed linen & kitchenware. Plus wi-fi, broadband, blue-ray & home theatre. Contact 9317 0624, nialady2011@gmail.com

2-BED APARTMENT FOR RENT At Greenmont Court, nice & fully furnished. Contact 9108 5525

PROPERTY OVERSEAS

FULLY FURNISHED 1-BED RENTAL Smart apartment on a high floor with sea view. Close to pier & DB Plaza. Available fully furnished. Call Tiareti on 9732 8985

FIVE VILLAS IN PHUKET Three-bed villas with pool for rent. Ten minutes from Phuket International Airport. On the 8th hole of Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa. Contact 8thonmissionhills.com, 8thonmissionhills@gmail.com

SHORT-TERM LET Newly renovated, 2-bed flat with balcony. Luxuriously furnished, with TV, cable & broadband. Panoramic harbour views & short walk to pier. Contact Brian on 9098 6951, brian@headlandhomes.hk

AUSTRALIAN PROPERTY

FLAT FOR RENT

HOLIDAY RENTAL IN PHUKET

Bright, fully furnished flat, sleeps 4. Fully equipped kitchen, plus wi-fi & broadband. Towels & linens provided. Minimum stay 1 month. Email dbstay4@yahoo.com

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Small gated community near Nai Harn beach with pool & gym. Fully fitted 3-bed villa with aircon, TVs & wi-fi. Lots of restaurants nearby. Competitive rates. Contact 9752 9775, greenmountain123@gmail.com


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ACROSS LANTAU

AUGUST 2013

North Lantau Hospital opening in Tung Chung Photos by Terry Chow

Princess Margaret Hospital, near Lai Chi Kok, a 30-minute drive away, used to be the closest hospital for Lantau residents, so the new North Lantau Hospital due to open in September is big news. Lantau’s first community hospital is located near the Yat Tung Estate, Tung Chung. Construction began in January 2010, with a HK$2.48 billion budget and finally concluded in December last year. A three-hectare piece of land next to the sevenstorey, crescent-shaped block has been reserved for possible future expansion. North Lantau Hospital has over 180 employees, 160 main beds and 20 day beds for patients not requiring overnight stays. Residents should note however that operations will be launched in stages – and the hospital will not be accepting in-patients until it is fully open in 12 months or so. Until then, people needing specialist services the hospital does not provide will be taken to other hospitals within the Kowloon Cluster. On opening late next month, the medical facility will cater for accident and emergency (A&E) eight hours a day, from 9am to 5pm. While it is expected to provide A&E services for 16 hours every day by January 2014, we will have to wait until the third quarter until the service can be offered full-time. North Lantau Hospital will provide much needed community care and key medical services to serve the growing healthcare needs of Lantau residents. Among the services provided under the first phase are diagnostic and treatment services, and support services such as pharmacy and administrative services.

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AQ Prettiness Jumping Castles Patchwork Jack Shoesee Foldable

HEALTH & WELL-BEING

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Asian Hairdressers Essential Health Family Clinic Human Health Medical Centre Island Veterinary Services Ltd Pets Central Tung Chung Maternal & Child Health Centre Quality Health Dental Quality Health Medical Raffles Medical

LANTAU NUMBERS

3147 4088 2109 9396 2109 2288 2988 1534 2328 7282 2109 6800 2403 6613 2403 6623 2261 2626

Dalcroze Impact Fitness Jill Marshall Pilates South Lantau Paddle Club Tony’s Salon

6627 4806 2630 0066/6385 0304 9708 0187 6770 1462 2984 0990 HOME & REPAIRS

Findley Leung Group Koon Wah Hardware Lee Wo Construction Engineering Man Shun Construction & Engineering Mantech Electrical Strong Engineering Wah Sing AV Company HOTELS

HOME & REPAIRS

Akash Removals Mega Power Engineering/Locksmiths Shun Yu Engineering

2421 8088 9625 1392 2988 1488

Mui Wo Inn Silvermine Beach Resort Tai O Heritage Hotel

3602 8888 2890 6060 3969 1888 LEARNING CENTRES

Clement Art School Discovery Mind International Play Centre Greenfield International Kindergarten Kidznjoy Kindermusik Little Academy Salala Kids House Soundwaves English Education Centre Sun Island Education Foundation Sunshine House International Preschool Tung Chung Catholic School (Yat Tung) Tung Yan Day Nursery YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College

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RESTAURANTS & BARS

360° Sports Bar & Restaurant Airport Izakaya Andante Asian Taste Chef Express Deli Viet Bistro Delifrance Café Aficionado China Coast Bar & Grill Dragon Inn Erawan Essence Federal Palace Restaurant McDonald’s Delivery Moccato Olea Pizza Hut Regala Café & Dessert Bar Rouge Skycity Bistro Spaghetti House Starz Wine Bar Zentro Garden

2109 4360 2286 6668 3602 8828 2109 4360 6504 4208 2109 0036 2109 4187 2286 6238 2286 6898 2286 6878 3760 6633 3602 8808 2626 0181 2338 2338 3602 8838 3602 8818 3180 0000 2286 6618 2286 6868 2969 2500 2109 1297 2109 0612 2802 8000

SOCIAL, SPORTS & EQUIPMENT

Caribbean Coast Club House Coastal Skyline Club House Impact Fitness Seaview Crescent Club House Smash Cricket Socatots Stepz Studio Tung Chung Crescent Club House

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UTILITY, SERVICES & EMERGENCY HOTLINES

Tung Chung Ambulance Depot Tung Chung Fire Station Tung Chung Police Station

2984 7225 6810 0111 2985 8383 LEARNING CENTRES

HOTELS

Novotel Citygate Regal Airport Hotel Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott

2984 8334 2984 8487 2984 1802 2984 9833 2819 6823 9373 0792 2984 0587

2988 8282 2988 1898 3661 1694

Buddhist Fat Ho College Lantau International Kindergarten Lantau International School Little Lantau Montessori Kindergarten Mui Wo Owls School & Kindergarten

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PROPERTY AGENCIES

Easy Reach Real Estate Home Solutions Proper Trip Real Estate

2984 0618 3483 5003 2984 1666 RESTAURANTS & BARS

Bahce - Turkish Restaurant Café Bar Bombay Café Casa Brasil Caffe Paradiso (Tom’s Café) China Bear Como Lake Deer Horn Restaurant & Bar High Tide Restaurant La Pizzeria Lantana Italian Bistro Rome Restaurant Sun Fat Restaurant Tak Chai Kee Seafood The China Beach Club The Gallery The Kitchen The Stoep

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Bikes Mui Wo BMX Shop Bizzie Lizzie (childrens clothes and toys) Friendly Bike Shop Red Hall Chinese Antiques Renge House (clothes & accessories) The Red Lantern ZenvarA

2134 1234 2984 2227 2984 2278 2988 1368 2406 8122 2987 0099 9586 3459

SERVICES & OTHERS

Hop Sing Automobile Jumping Castles SPCA Suzanne Goodwin Photography Thai Palin Massage Twig (Design Studio) Zoe Lyle Photography

2984 1410 9662 1747 2984 0060 9025 3949 9062 0148 6351 8923 9834 5498 TRANSPORTATION

Lee Hing Loong Hon Kee Transportation Company Lantau Tours New Lantau Bus Company Sun Rising Moving Company

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COMMUNITY & HEALTH

LEARNING CENTRES

Discovery Speech Therapy Cabinet d’Orthophonie Clear Communication in French LG-06, Office Block One, DB North Tel: 8120 7835 info@discoveryspeechtherapy.com Bayside Dental Practice, North Plaza BMSE, North Plaza Catholic Church (Trinity Chapel) DB Alliance Church Community Centre DB International Community Church Discovery Bay Medical Centre Discovery Speech Therapy, Cabinet d’Orthophonie Health & Care Dental Clinic Herbal Healthcare Island Health Island Veterinary Services The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council, North Plaza

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CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

Lullaby Layette

British Studio of Art Hong Kong

New art studio in DB for 2 year-olds to adults www.bsoahk.com bsoahk@gmail.com Tel: 9132 5249

Craftybabes Sensory Play (ages 5 -14 months) Toddler Arts & Crafts (14 months - 3 years) Classes continuing over the Summer! Email: crafty.babes@hotmail.com, www.craftybabes.com

Dumper Trucks & Daisies A Montessori based playgroup programme that focuses on the growth and development of the whole child. From 16 months to 4.5 years old Tel: 9667 6921 mandy@dumpertrucksanddaisies.com www.dumpertrucksanddaisies.com

First Friends & Second Friends

Online Boutique for Newborns & Infants Tel: 5600-7605, info@lullabylayette.com www.lullabylayette.com

DB’s largest & longest running playgroup Iin Porter 9151 5545 firstsecondfriends@yahoo.com www.firstfriendshk.com

rush yoga ∙ fitness ∙ swim G/F, G35, DB Plaza, Discovery Bay Tel: 2526 0720 Mon–Sun: 10:30am to 7:30pm www.rush.com.hk

HK School of Highland Dance Highland Dance classes now available at MI Studio.Teacher qualified by the SDTA. All ages welcome Tel: 9123 0863 Email: highlanddancehk@gmail.com

Sunwood by Design International Bodyfit Swimwear Exercise and Yoga Wear Tel: 6626 5470 www.sunwood-by-design.com

In Style Little Whale, North Plaza Nomadic Start-rite shoes

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FINANCIAL SERVICES HSBC Travelex Money Exchange, North Plaza Luen Fat Securities Co. Ltd

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Good Luck Engineering Hoi Yu Transportation Home Services Engineering Hung Kee Co Interior 18 Japan Home Centre Marc James Design, North Plaza Next Furniture Rapee-living Rich Point Hardware Materials Tai Fat Hardware Store Wing On Department Store Yours Electrical Centre

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Woodentots Woodentots is a Montessori playgroup providing a caring and nurturing environment in the Plaza. Run by a qualified Montessori teacher for children aged 2 1/2 - 5 years. Tel: 6108 9131 woodentotsdb@gmail.com DB International School (Kindergarten) DB International School (Pri / Sec) Discovery College Discovery Mind International Play Centre Discovery Mind Kindergarten Discovery Mind Primary School Discovery Montessori School DMR School of Ballet Early Adventures Learning Centre HK International Learning Academy, North Plaza L’Ecole Française de Discovery SKH Wei Lun Primary School Sunshine House Int’l Pre-School Sunshine House Kindergarten Treasure House

Freestyle, Jazz, Ballet & Tap Tel: 2987 1571 www.islanddance.com.hk

French kindergarten open for registrations for school year 2013-2014 from K1 to K3. LG-05, DB North Plaza Tel: 6710 0391 Email: info@ecole-discovery.com www.ecole-discovery.com

A fun place for little ones to play and have loads of fun, fun, fun! Tel: 9327 0507 Email: littleexplorers@team-fear.com

Midget Gems Kid’s Club Established playgroup for children 2-4 years Tel: 2987 0272 info@ midgetgemskidsclub.com www.midgetgemskidsclub.com

LEARNING CENTRES

OTHER SERVICES

Apple Travel The Best Travel Agency in DB Tel: 2987 2626 Email: cas@appletravel.com

At Home in DB Information & Services for Residents of DB. Expat Relocation, Newcomer Orientation, Tours, Courses, Networking Tel: 9769 4701 Email: sue@athomeindb.com www.athomeindb.com

Harvey Law Group International Canadian Law Firm in DB North Plaza offering you customised legal services on the many aspects of your personal and professional life Tel: 2416 8618 www.harveylawcorporation.com

PetcoDB Grooming & Pet Services Wth Trust, Love & Safe Care For the ones you love Tel: 2914 0382 Email: info@petcoDB.com www.petcoDB.com Amity Shoe Care My Pet Shop, North Plaza Pets Gallery The Optical House Well Supreme Laundry Services

REAL-ESTATE AGENCIES

Playtime Kids DB Musical Drama – Acting – Musical Theatre Tues & Wed classes at Discovery College 4 to 12 yrs - 2 fully costumed performances a year Tel: 8122 9475 Email: admin@actingantics.com www.actingantics.com

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Little Explorers

HOME

Let us take the stress out of homework Homework Club and Private Tutoring, conveniently located. info@wiseowl.com.hk www.wiseowl.com.hk

Playgroup run by Montessori-trained teacher. From 18 months to 4 years. Tel: 2623 4099; 9054 0565 playtimekidsdb@yahoo.com, www.playtimekidsdb.com

View our business directory @ www.arounddb.com

Lifestyle Homes Tel: 2914 0888 info@lifestylehomes.com.hk www.lifestylehomes.com.hk

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DB NUMBERS REAL-ESTATE AGENCIES Centaline Property Agency Ltd EPS Property Consultants Ltd Headland Homes Hong Kong Boats & Homes Kingsland DB Land Master Property Savills Hong Kong Ltd

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HK Dragons Football Club Football for 2.5- to 14- year old girls and boys Tel: 2987 4274 www.dragons.hk

RESTAURANTS & HOTELS

Movement Improvement Pilates, yoga, posture & fitness 2987 5852 www.movementimprovement.com.hk

% Arabica Coffee Roaster & Farm DB North Plaza Tel: 2885 1323 Email: info@arabica.hk www.arabica.hk 22º North Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong Berliner Café Duvet Caramba Mexican Cantina Ebeneezer’s First Korean Restaurant Fresh Fruit Juice Paradise Hemingway’s by the Bay il Bel Paese Island Café Jaspa’s, North Plaza Kiraku Tei Koh Tomyums La Création Bakery Life Cafe McSorley’s Ale House Mirch Masala, North Plaza Pacific Coffee Paisano’s, North Plaza Peony Chinese Restaurant Solera Sopranos Subway Super Super Uncle Russ, DB Plaza Uncle Russ, North Plaza Zak’s

TRANSPORT SERVICES

Limousine Rental

Limo service in HK & China • pick up from / to DB Tunnel • direct transfer to SZ / GZ Airport Tel: 5303 3489 / 9654 0899 limo9689@gmail.com ACCESSDB Rehabus DB Golf Cart Services DB Transit Services DB Transportation Services Hire Car Bookings Passenger Telephone Hotline Wiselink Golf Cart Services

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SOCIAL, SPORTS & EQUIPMENT

CAISSA Chess Club HK The Club gets together at the DB North Plaza Community Center Tel: 96812896 Email: contact@caissahk.com www.caissahk.com

Spin Works The Ultimate Workout Certified and friendly staff, located in North Plaza Tel: 5145 2776 www.spinworks.com.hk

Sportsmanship Gymnastics Programs, Health Consultancy, Weight Management & Nutritional Supplements Tel: 2870 3524 www.sportsmanship.usana.com

Sports World All your sporting needs right here in DB Tel: 2914 1323 Email: info@sportsworld.hk

Tinytots A professional sports play program specially designed for children 16 months - 5 years of age. Tel: 34887724 info@tinytots.com.hk www.tinytots.com.hk Club Siena Discovery Bay Marina Club Discovery Bay Golf Club Discovery Bay Recreation Club Spin Works The Hit Room

TOYS, ACCESSORIES & KIDS’ PARTIES

DB Party Lovers For all your party needs in DB Tel: 9132 5249 Email: dbpartylovers@gmail.com www.dbpartylovers.com

Curves Women’s Fitness Centre Club Siena Tel: 2987 0772 curvesdb@gmail.com www.curves.com

Little Milly Trinkets & treasures for girls and boys Tel: 6596 1817 candiceb@littlemilly.com www.littlemilly.com

DB COBRAS JUDO CLUB

Offers Judo classes for children of all ages Tel: (Elliot) 68071975 (Claire) 9012 2509 Email: elliot@cobrajudoclub.com or claire@cobrajudoclub.com

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WELLBEING

Body Talk Holistic therapy for illness, stress, sports injury & learning disorders Tel: 6683 5755 angie@bodytalksystem.com.hk www.bodytalksystem.com.hk

Child & Family Development Practice Developing potential, exploring possibilities www.childdevelopment.com.hk info@childdevelopement.com.hk

Gillian - The Skin Therapy Centre Fully qualified International Beauty Spa /wellness trainer with over 16 yrs experience in the Spa industry offering full range of beauty services here on DB Tel: 9604 6920, 2987 0764 (Gillian) www.theskintherapycentrehk.com

M Spa Provides door-to-door treatment service. Conveniently located in the Plaza. Reflexology, massage, pedicure/manicure. Tel: 2987 0614

Nailed It Bo Bo House Toysland

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Embody Classical Pilates, Yoga and more! Tel: 6624 7812 embody-hk@live.com www.embody.com.hk

24-hour Customer Service Hotline China Light & Power Emergency China Light & Power Information Line Discovery Bay Commercial Services Discovery Bay Fire & Ambulance Discovery Bay Management Discovery Bay Medical Services Discovery Bay Office Centre Discovery Bay Police Discovery Bay Post Office Gas Leakage Emergency Hotline Lantau North Report Room San Hing Gas Co Typhoon Signal Enquiries Water Fault Reports Water Supplies Department

Around DB's September 2013 issue coming out

September 1

Professional artificial nail services in DB Tel: 2987 2266 Afflatus Hair Workshop, North Plaza Maximum Care MOW Salon De Coiffure Sense of Touch Spa Siena

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cycling saves lives Would you spend your last day in Hong Kong cycling 110 kilometres around Discovery Bay? Andy Smith tells Hannah Ball why he did exactly that

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ost of us spend the day before relocating overseas either in denial, or eating dim sum or on last-minute packing, but Andy Smith’s mind was set on higher things. The hugely popular DB restaurateur chose to spend his last day in Hong Kong (July 17) cycling 110 kilometres to raise money for the Somaly Mam Foundation. To date, the charity has rescued, rehabilitated and reintegrated more than 6,000 women and children from forced sexual servitude. Starting his sponsored bike ride at 6am, Andy came through well within his designated time – less than six hours – reaching the finish at the bottom of Golf Club Road, DB at 11.23am. Still looking amazingly energetic, he admitted that the ride hadn’t been a walk in the park. “It certainly got a lot tougher as it got hotter. In fact, there were a few hills near the end that I wasn’t sure I would make it up due to cramping in my legs. “It all started out as a dare,” Andy continues. “A friend bet that I couldn’t cycle 110 kilometres around DB in under six hours. And I just love a good challenge.” After chatting with DB Resident Alison Price, who has been involved with the Cambodia-based Somaly Mam Foundation since March 2012, Andy decided to turn the dare into a fundraiser. “I’ve always followed the cycling events in aid of the Somaly Mam Foundation, and it’s a great cause. Knowing that there are three-year-old girls being sold into slavery is something I can’t ignore,” he says. On July 17 Andy raised over HK$6,000 for the charity. A triathlete and surfer, Andy only started cycling 18 months ago. “I entered my first cycling race in April,” he says. “The

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Andy, after cycling 110 kilometres around DB in under six hours

Forest Estate Grape Ride took place in my home country, New Zealand, and involved cycling 200 kilometres, which I did in less than six hours.” Andy, who proved his chops as a chef in Australia, made the move to Hong Kong to work at Jaspa’s in Central in 2006. Before long he was setting up Jaspa’s in DB in the same spot where Sopranos is now. In fact, it was at Jaspa’s that Andy met his wife, Natasha. The couple moved to Tung Chung after they had their first child, Noah, who is now five years old, and two years later they had their second child, Oliver. Soon afterwards, Andy opened Sopranos and Zaks in DB Plaza, while Jaspa’s moved to DB North Plaza. Leaving DB with his family to set up home in New South Wales, Australia, Andy plans to open two cafés with an emphasis on local food sourced from within a 160-kilometre radius. Joining Andy for the very last leg of his fundraiser, was owner of newly opened Spin Works in DB Plaza, Scott Fitzgerald; one of the many great friends he has made since living in Lantau. “I just want to say thanks to everyone for all the support I’ve received over the years. It’s been an absolute pleasure knowing so many great people,” Andy says. Commenting on the event, Alison adds, “What a wonderful thing for someone to achieve on their last day in Hong Kong. It’s a day he’ll certainly never forget and a day the children rescued from the brothels of Cambodia will be grateful for forever.”

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