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PROFILE Meet DB teen and golfing champion Steve Lam

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IN FOCUS How 3 DBers changed career midstream

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FAMILY MATTERS Living the single life in DB

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MONEY MATTERS Where to buy property now

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TALKING POINTS How to do Xmas in Hong Kong

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ESCAPES Celebrating the holidays in ‘olde worlde’ Vienna

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ACTION High-octane fun for kids in Koh Samui

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STYLE Top tips to help you light your home brilliantly

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IN & AROUND DB Catch up with the latest community news

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TECH TREND Gadgets and gizmos to gift

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HOTSPOTS Hip happenings around Hong Kong

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DB FACES Community snaps

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CLASSIFIEDS Great deals!

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DB NUMBERS Your ultimate guide in DB

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DB MOMENTS Carol Keen’s charity climb for Parkinson’s

December has to be my favourite month in DB as we get to celebrate all the international holy days as one community. From Hanukkah on December 21 and the Christian celebrations on December 25 right through to Russian Christmas on December 31, the holiday season is always a blast. To help you celebrate this year, we’ve listed all the top DB happenings for the month (page 10 to 18), plus six of the best events on Hong Kong side (page 66). There are eating, dining, shopping and gifting ideas galore! You’ll also find plenty of seasonally focused articles – a guide to celebrating Xmas ethically right here in DB (page 43), and an introduction to a classic Viennese Christmas (page 48) that will have you rushing to book your trip for next year. Also, should you be heading off to Koh Samui with the kids this month, be sure to read our editor’s action-packed to-do list on page 54.

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Since this is the end-of-year issue, we’ve placed a special focus on inspirational members of our community. You can read all about leading junior golfer Steve Lam, who shot 64 to break under par for the first time aged 12 (page 20), and get the inside story on Carol Keen’s fundraising climb to the top of Kilimanjaro, (page 80). What’s more, if you are considering a radical career change, you’ll want to turn to page 24, to find out how three determined DBers achieved just that. Merry Christmas!


EVENTS EVENTS EVEN Photos by Tracey van Geest

Festival Express How to do Xmas differently

DB Transformers Tips on reinventing yourself from 3 DBers

Moving Mountains Climbing Kilimanjaro for Parkinson’s

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On the cover: DB residents LeAnn Stanhope, Mike Howard and Robin Minietta

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Picnic in the Park, on November 5, was the best yet. Estimates have the crowd at between 8,000 and 9,000, and the total raised for the Hong Kong Student Aid Society and the Hong Chi Association is expected to top HKD100,000 when the final numbers come in. The organisers would like to thank the DB community for their incredible support in making this year’s event such a huge success in every way.


NTS EVENTS EVENTS EVENTS 10K Charity Run

Photos by Bernhard Wamel

This year's DB 10K Charity Run on November 13 turned out to be a very fast race indeed. Thomas Kiprotich broke the record with 32:13 and the winner for the women was Anita Freres, who did the 10K in 43:28. Nearly 400 runners went the distance to raise over HKD80,000 for the Ben Kende Foundation. Ben Kende (pictured) is an 18-year-old schoolboy who was seriously injured while representing Hong Kong during the opening game of the Asian Rugby Junior Championship in Bangkok in 2010. Ben Kende, his family and the organisers would like to thank all participants and sponsors for their amazing contribution to this event. To help raise funds for Ben’s future, visit www.benkende.com.

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Photos by Lise Dooling

The Discovery Mind Kindergarten (DMK) Operation Santa Claus sponsored Charity Walk saw approximately 500 people walk through DB to Siena Park on Saturday November 19. Thanks and congratulations must go to the children, families and friends who came out in threatening weather. Thankfully the rain held off and participants were able to walk in mild conditions. This year DMK hopes to match the funds raised in previous years and are pleased that the many yummy cakes baked by DB families raised just under HKD8,000.

DC Family Fun Day

Photos by Emma Cameron

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DECEMBER 2011 IN & AROUND DB

DECEMBER AT A GLANCE

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December 1,8,15, 7.30-9pm

Meditations for a Loving Heart

Multi-Purpose Hall

December 2-4, various times

Cindy Pantomine

Discovery College Theatre

December 3, 11am-4pm

Lantau International School Fair

Tong Fuk Campus

December 3, 12-4pm

DBIS International Food Fair

Discovery Bay International School

December 3, 12-4pm

Island School Fair

Island School

December 4, 4pm

St. Nicholas Gift Service

Wei Lun school hall

December 7, 6.30pm

Caroling on the Pitch

Discovery Bay International School

December 9, 8pm

Quiz Night for Parkinson’s

McSorley’s, Discovery Bay

December 11, 4pm

Carols in the plaza

Churches of Discovery Bay

December 18, 3.30-6.30pm

Celebrate with Club Siena

Club Siena

December 25

Family Christmas Celebrations

Merry Christmas!

December 31

New Year's Eve

Happy New Year!

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

Carols in the plaza

Now available in DB, Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) breaks the speed barrier with its brand-new technology and its network coverage. Please turn to page 19 to read more about the amazing and exclusive offer that HKBN is offering DB residents.

On December 11 at 4pm, Trinity Roman Catholic Chapel, DB Church (Anglican), Church of The Incarnation (Anglican) and Discovery Bay International Community Church plus many local schools are coming together to bring Christmas to the plaza. There will be carol singing and at 5pm a contemporary version of the nativity story. After the drama there will be more carols, both new and old. This year the churches, on behalf of China Care International, are collecting personal hygiene items for children, as well as toys, stationery items, small books, hats, gloves, scarfs and the like. Learn more about China Care International at www.chinainternational.com.

COMPETITION

Win an iPhone charger

HKBN is offering five Around DB readers the chance to win an iPhone travel charger. Simply answer the following question. HKBN is now offering a lightning-fast broadband service to DBers (read more on page 19): ‘How fast is HKBN’s local internet speed’? The first five readers to email the correct answer to info@arounddb.com (subject line: HKBN competition) will win an iPhone travel charger, worth HKD399. As a bonus, if you subscribe to HKBN’s broadband service at the new outlet in DB Plaza before December 31, you’ll be gifted a 4GB USB stick.

Congratulations to last month’s winners Jerome Martinet and Janita Bhana for supper vouchers from Berliner; Ania Adasiewicz and Wouter Has for Start-rite shoes; Laila Albuquerque, Wendy Thomson and Celeste Ward for Pollux Books vouchers; Vijay Daswani for tickets to see Scotty & Lulu’s Kiddy Keep Fit Dance Party; Suzie Nuttall for Robin Hood: The Panto; and Elizabeth Berrill for Wind and the Willows tickets.

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Fayre for foodies at DBIS The Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) Food Fair on December 3, from 12-4pm is a truly international gourmet treat. You’ll also be entertained by local talents and have the chance to shop for gifts for the whole family. There’s a wonderful selection of plants on sale plus a dedicated area for kids’ activities and games.

Caroling on the pitch Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) is holding its annual festive extravaganza, Carols on the Pitch on December 7, starting at 6.30pm. Friends and families are invited to come along with a blanket and picnic, ready to enjoy the seasonal sing-along. The concert will feature the talents of the DBIS orchestra, choir and recorder ensemble, and there may even be a visit from the man in red himself!

Off the wall at DBIS Kindergarten Take the time to visit the DBIS Kindergarten Library, where new murals are inspired by Julia Donaldson's classic stories, including The Gruffalo, about small creatures outwitting huge ones. British artist Lou Ryan has cleverly worked Hong Kong scenes into the murals, making them a joy to see. Ryan also paints 'grown up' art and has recently exhibited her work in Hong Kong. See for yourself at www.louryanart.com.

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The photo accompanying our article on house swapping in the November issue is of Christine and Richard Amery of New Zealand, enjoying their time on Denise Adams' boat at the DB Marina — and a browse through Around DB.


DECEMBER 2011 IN & AROUND DB

DBIS musicians a hit in Beijing

DB resident, Andrew Woodward, has just published his new murder-mystery The Water Dragon, through Handheld Culture. Detective Inspector Chambers, seconded to the Hong Kong police, teams up with local Detective Li to search for the prime suspect in a London murder case, with several scenes taking place in Discovery Bay. Woodward donates most of the proceeds from his books to a school for orphans in Uganda (visit http://kitaleshcooluganda.com). The Water Dragon is priced at HKD60 and is available in print locally or as a Kindle eBook at www.amazon.co.uk.

Last month students from all over Asia took part in a 5-day musical workshop in Beijing hosted by the British School of Beijing. Seven Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) students, namely Meg Bradley, Dante Gutu, Anna Hardy, Justin Heaton, Marina Ikeda, Joshua McLaughlin and Sandra Zamora, took part in the orchestral and choral workshops, and all performed at the Gala Concert on November 14. The varied programme from DBIS included ‘hits’ by Bach, Queen, Handel and Madonna.

COMPETITION

DB-author book giveaway

Woodward is offering a copy of The Water Dragon to two readers who can name his publisher. The first two readers who email us the correct answer to info@arounddb.com, (subject line: The Water Dragon) will each win a copy of the book.

Take-home panto tickets

YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College's International Night is being held on December 10 from 3-9pm in the YHKCC school campus. It is probably the highlight of the school year for students, parents and their friends to celebrate different cultures, taste international food, enjoy various performances and get a feeling for the school. For more details, call 2988 2028.

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YMCA International Night

Youthful Productions is the new youth division of Witness Productions, the group who brings you Picnic in the Park each year and springtime musicals, such as Wizard of Oz and Seussical. Its first production, Cindy, is a modern-day version of the classic Cinderella story, and it is sure to delight the whole family. Shows are at Discovery College Theatre from December 2-4, and tickets are on sale at Dymocks now. To find out more or assist backstage, contact the director Berni Crockford at youthfuldb@yahoo.com. Youthful Productions is offering two Around DB readers a pair of tickets each to see Cindy. All you have to do is email us the correct answer to the following question: ‘What fairytale is Cindy based on’? Be the first to email us at info@ arounddb (subject line: Cindy) for your chance to win.


DECEMBER 2011 IN & AROUND DB

Win some Xmas treats

COMPETITION

Recently opened Treat Boutique in DB offers big discounts on US department store goods, including high-end bags, jewellery, men’s, ladies and kids wear. Gift vouchers are available for Xmas treating as is a gift coordination service. “Let us know a few simple likes and dislikes along with the budget and we can put together a gift that is sure to wow. You‘ll also save yourself between 40 to 70% off retail,” says owner Fiona Tucker. Treat Boutique is offering a gift voucher to two Around DB readers. The winner will receive a voucher worth HKD1,000 and the runner-up HKD500. Simply tell us the catch phrase that best describes Treat; for clues turn to page 77. The first two readers to email us the correct answer to info@arounddb.com (subject line: Treat) will win. Call 6163 3421 for store location and opening hours.

Take-home chef Enjoy Helium3’s mobile app The brand-new official Helium3 Mobile App is now available! Stream the debut album, see pictures, check out the DB band’s bio, and share it all with your friends. You can stay connected for the latest updates from Helium3 on your mobile device with this free Mobile App. Download it at www.h3lium3.com.

Hong Kong Personal Chef (HKPC) is launching in Discovery Bay, so you can now rent-a-chef to take the hard work out of your dinner parties. HKPC is also offering a new dinner solution for busy professionals, delivering high quality, chef-made frozen meals to DB homes each week. For more information, or to take care of what to have for dinner tonight, visit www.HongKongPersonalChef.com.

Discovery College has a sweet tooth!

Photo by Tracey van Geest

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Pink Fizz fundraiser Movement Improvement’s Pink Fizz fundraising evening at Zak's on October 12 raised more than HKD60,000 to aid the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation (HKBCF). Everyone enjoyed the evening – and the many pink ribbon cakes that were eaten! There were a few tears remembering friends and family, but the band played on past midnight. To make a donation to the HKBCF, visit www.hkbcf.org; call Movement Improvement on 2987 5852.

Photo courtesy of Movement Improvement

Phoebe Whalley won the Discovery College (DC) Family Fun Day Masterchef Competition on November 12. She prepared Chocolate Crunch, a recipe by Rachel Grisewood from her book Manna from Heaven. The competition was open to DC students in Years 6 to 11, and 11 boys and girls entered. The competition was divided into two heats, based on sweet and savoury dishes. Whalley came in first overall.


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DECEMBER 2011 IN & AROUND DB

Bumps to Babes competition

COMPETITION

You’ll find great gifts for the little people in your life at Bumps to Babes. Hong Kong’s largest mother and baby superstore stocks products from the best manufacturers worldwide, and is located in Central and Horizon Plaza in Ap Lei Chau. This month, Bumps to Babes is treating 11 Around DB readers to a shopping spree. The first prize is valued at a whopping HKD1,000 (one winner); the second prize HKD200 (five winners) and the third prize HKD100 (five winners). All you have to do to win one of these gift vouchers is answer the following question correctly: ‘Name three toys that Bumps to Babes is featuring this Christmas’; turn to page 23 for clues. To win, be one of the first 11 readers to email us the correct answer at info@arounddb.com (subject line: Bumps to Babes). Merry Christmas!

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Celebrate with the DB clubs

New photographic opportunity Cheeks will be turning a little rosier this winter as a new Discovery Bay photo studio adds a little Rouge. As Hong Kong’s premier boudoir and pin-up studio, Rouge delivers unique and glamorous photo experiences. “I want to bring back realistic beauty standards, and help women make peace with their own beauty,” says owner Danielle (Dee) Libine. “Every woman can be her own supermodel.” Rouge Photography opened in DB’s North Plaza in late November. Call 9314 9338.

Then on New Year's Eve why not head down to DBRC to party into 2012 with the live-band Non-Commitment. While you dance the year away, the kids will be entertained by a professional magician. Call 2987 7381 for more details.

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Photo courtesy of DBRC

On December 18 from 3.30-6.30pm, you can get into the festive spirit at Club Siena. The kids will receive a gift from Santa – and you can get a family photo taken with him! There will be a magic show, games, juggling and lessons in balloon twisting. For more information and to book tickets please call 2987 7382.

Photo courtesy of deelee Photo Design


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on course

Hong Kong’s leading junior golfer, DB resident Steven Tsz Fung Lam talks to Mary Singer about his success on the fairway – and beyond

Lam at the Asia Pacific Panasonic Open in Japan, 2009

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e is only 18-years old, and still a student at

he adds. “This was mainly for my preparation for the 2010

St Joseph’s College in the Mid-Levels, but

Asian Games. My teachers are also very supportive and

already DB resident Steven Lam’s list of

they help me catch up on what I have missed.”

golfing career highlights – from 2002 to 2011 –

runs to 55 bullet points (see the sidebar overleaf). Just give

So much sacrifice and determination is required, it seems,

him a few more weeks and that number will match the 64

but Lam appears to have come to terms with this: his

that he shot to break under par for the first time – a feat he

drive is obvious. “My first tournament proved that there

still considers his biggest achievement. And, by the way,

is a special connection between me and golf,” he says.

that 64 was accomplished at the age of 12.

“Everything motivates me. When I am playing well, I get hungrier for success. Even when I am struggling, I accept

Now before any of you over-20 duffers resign yourselves to

the challenge and tell myself to strive for better!”

hanging up your clubs, you may find hope and inspiration in what this young champion has to say about staying on

Personal bests and favourite players

your game. Listening to Lam talk about his golfing life, it soon becomes clear that his road to excellence is filled with

So what were the highpoints for Lam in his first decade as

clear intentions, endless determination and lots of love and

a champion golfer? “I was able to shoot a 2-round 11 under

support. And although he has had all this from early on,

par to win the UBS Hong Kong Open Qualifier in 2009,”

these are things that are available to all, at any age.

Lam, who has won the A.S. Watson Group Hong Kong Student Sports Awards three times, says. “In the same

“When my parents started golf, they were crazy about it.

year, I made the cut at the Asia Pacific Panasonic Open

I was only seven-years old and my sister was nine,” Lam

in Japan, and I was honoured to play with top Japanese

says. “My parents arranged golf lessons for us and we

professional Shingo Katayama on the third day, from which

learnt more about it. We participated in the first Hong Kong

I gained valuable experience. I also represented Hong

Junior Open the following year and surprisingly found

Kong to participate in the All China Games, which I finished

ourselves topping the leader boards. I guess we all realised

third in individual and first in team.”

it was cool and we were talented in the field. Therefore we decided to start living the competitive life!”

Lam’s favourite player is Dustin Johnson. “He is a long hitter and a good putter which allows him to shoot really

Motivation on and off the green

low scores.” Rory Mcilroy also gets a nod. “He has the potential to be the number one golfer in the world, as he

Achieving a work/ life balance is an issue that all people

proved when he won in the US Open this year.”

face, and Lam has dealt with this head-on, with the support of family, coaches and teachers. How does one maintain

Network of supporters

such an astonishing trajectory on the fairway, while keeping on top of a student career? To this Lam answers,

In terms of support, Lam gives special credit to his first

“I am actually focusing on my SATs at the moment as I

coach, Eric Ma. “He is actually like a brother to us and we

am looking to play college golf in the States. Of course,

share everything with him. He reminds me who I am and

the Hong Kong syllabus is pretty challenging and it doesn't

what I should do when I am struggling and puts me in the

make it easier that I miss quite a lot of school for golf.

correct state of mind.” Lam adds that Hong Kong National Coach Brad Schadewitz, along with personal coaches Ma

“I have actually stayed back a year but a change in the

and Wilson Choy have played a big part over the years in

Hong Kong local schooling system allows me to graduate

making him the sportsman he is today. “They have offered

in the same year without having done O-levels last year,”

very valuable advice on golf and, moreover, on life. They 

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inspire me in what I do and I really appreciate all the opportunities and guidance they have given me.”

Career highlights Lam adds that, of course, his biggest supporters are his mother and father and sister Sharon. “They are always there to cheer for me during my win and cheer me up when I had a bad round.” But there must be others who are impressed … any fans, perhaps? Lam modestly states, “I believe that there are also young enthusiastic golfers who look up to me, as I was asked for autographs during the UBS Hong Kong Open when I played.” After such a strong, consistent start at such a young age, Lam has earned the right to rest on his laurels, but instead he envisions a long and even more remarkable career ahead of him. “I wish to be playing professional golf for a living, I haven't really thought about any other dreams as I'm really passionate about it.” Even so, Lam understands the importance of having a Plan B. “I want to play professionally, but I am also going to college and looking to do history … if I don't become a golfer, perhaps I will become an archaeologist looking at fossils and stones.” Whichever way Lam decides to play it, the results are certain to be – as they already are – groundbreaking.

Lam taking a break from his SATs

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2002 Hong Kong Junior Open – Champion 2003 Hong Kong Junior Open – Champion Hong Kong Junior Order of Merit – Champion 2004 Hong Kong Junior Order of Merit - Champion 2005 Hong Kong Junior Open – Champion Hong Kong Junior Closed – Champion Hong Kong Junior Order of Merit – Champion Singapore Junior Open – Champion 2006 The Eisenhower Trophy – Individual 97th/ Team 27th Macau Open Amateur Championships – 3rd Hong Kong Junior Open – Champion Hong Kong Junior Closed – 2nd Hong Kong Junior Order of Merit – Champion Asia-Pacific Junior Open Championships – 5th Thailand Junior Open Championships – 3rd 2007 Macau Open Amateur Championships – Champion Hong Kong Amateur Closed – 2nd Hong Kong Junior Open – Champion Hong Kong Junior Closed – Champion Hong Kong Junior Order of Merit – Champion Callaway Junior World Championships – 16th 2008 The Junior Open – 2nd Faldo Junior Series Hong Kong – Champion Hong Kong Junior Open – Champion Hong Kong Junior Closed – Champion Hong Kong Junior Order of Merit – Champion UBS Hong Kong Open (Asian/ European Tour) – Participated KSC International Amateur Open – 4th 2009 UBS Hong Kong Open Qualifier – Champion Faldo Junior Series Hong Kong – Champion Hong Kong Amateur Closed – Champion Lion City Cup – Individual 3rd/ Team 3rd Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open – 64th/ 2nd Leading Amateur Titleist China Junior Invitational – 2nd HSBC China Junior Open – 2nd Hong Kong Junior Open – Champion Hong Kong Junior Closed – Champion Hong Kong Junior Order of Merit – Champion Hong Kong Amateur Open – 4th/ Leading Hong Kong Player Hong Kong Amateur Order of Merit – Champion Jack Nicklaus Junior Championships – Champion The Inaugural Asian Amateur Championships – 32nd UBS Hong Kong Open – Participated 2010 4th All China Games – Individual – 3rd/ Team 1st Hong Kong Junior Open – Champion Hong Kong Junior Closed – Champion KSC International Amateur Open – 3rd TEE UP Junior Challenge, by Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Cup – T40 Trader Joe's Junior Championship hosted by Pat Hurst – T17 Toyota Tour Cup Series, Oak Valley – T20 Inaugural SCPGA Jack Kramer Memorial – 6th Asian Games 2010 – Participated 2011 Hong Kong Amateur Closed – 4th Ageas HKPGA Championship (Professional Event) – 10th


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reinvention

songs How do you go about transforming your life? Three Discovery Bay residents share their stories with Karmel Schreyer

Mike Howard, LeAnn Stanhope and Robin Minietta

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he days when a person would retire from the

against their wishes. “It's a global phenomenon, and Hong

employer they started out with have long gone.

Kong is not immune. Indeed, the pressures created by a

As they say in China, ‘No more iron rice bowl’.

successful career in Hong Kong are very high, and many

Studies have shown that an average career now

people are forced to change not only by economic factors

spans as little as five years, and the recent popularity of

but also by the need to manage their lifestyle.” In all of this,

career coaches and life-transition consultants is testament

says Bower, “The lucky ones are those that wake up one

to the growing tide of people changing professions. John

day to realise a long-held dream they have. They change

Bower, Director at Human Potential HK Ltd says, “Relying

their career not because they are forced to, but because

on having a single career is an unrealistic expectation even

they see an opportunity. They literally live their dream.”

during boom times, let alone in a global recession. Young

Here are a few.

people should expect, and prepare themselves for, not

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just one but several career changes in their lifetimes.”

Frontline cop — to ‘bank job’

He adds that older people should also be pondering

Mike Howard joined the London Metropolitan Police

what to do if they are forced out of their current career

Cadets at 16, graduating to Police Constable in London’s

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West End. He joined the Royal Hong Kong Police in 1976

total of 32 people in Hong Kong and Singapore. As Howard

at 21 and spent a total of 35 years in the Royal Hong Kong

neared the latter stages of his police career, he realised

Police, and the Hong Kong Police. This included eleven

that he was not ready to put an end to the excitement of a

years in the Narcotics Bureau, dealing with international

fulfilling profession.

cases, seven years investigating serious crime heading the Regional Crime Squad and also in districts around

“My police career, which I enjoyed every minute of, had a

Kowloon and the New Territories — including two years as

finite ending because of age,” he says. “After talking to a

Deputy District Commander Lantau in charge of policing

number of people about career options I decided to step

Discovery Bay.

away from frontline policing for a couple of years in order to set myself up for the change. I spent two years networking

Howard says the highlight of his career was probably

and getting involved with outside consultancy work.”

a complex and risky four-month multi-country sting operation involving triad bosses and international drug

The networking paid off when Howard was asked to

smugglers. With his team, he pulled off a successful

become Head of Investigations for a regional bank. “The

interception, involving yachts and actors, and arrested a

transition from a very active job, managing a large number

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of people, to an office job managing two people, was a

The year-long transformation was a commitment that

hard one,” he says. “Learning the new culture was a

“reinvented the word busy” for Stanhope: “Wrapping my

challenge, too, but at the end of the day an investigation is

37-year-old brain around academic writing again was

an investigation and that was what I had spent my career

definitely the challenge I was looking for. I was observing,

doing. As my wife Belinda so succinctly put it, ‘Bank

volunteering and teaching during the day and writing

investigations are like police investigations without the

papers, reading textbooks and researching evenings and

blood and soggy bits’!” After a year in this role, Howard

weekends. The year was a blur.” Stanhope applied for

was asked to take up a regional investigation position with

four positions, interviewed for three and was offered two,

a much larger bank and is still enjoying the new challenges

finally accepting a position in Kowloon Tong.

that this presents. “My husband helped me make sense of my research

Tough-guy trainer — to schoolteacher

and eased my maternal guilt. He made me feel okay for barricading myself in the room to finish an assignment,

Not long ago, LeAnn Stanhope was one of Discovery

and helped me celebrate my successes. He gave me

Bay’s best personal fitness trainers; the ‘Go-To Person’

his whole support and did not tell me I was crazy.” Now

for serious people. She was also a businesswoman and

Stanhope and her family are the happy beneficiaries of

founding member of women’s entrepreneurship platform

more conventional working hours.

Women-in-Charge. Today she is a full-time high-school English literature teacher at an international school, and

TV producer and writer — to registered nurse

loves the work. It sounds like a drastic turnaround, but after listening to Stanhope, you begin to understand that it

If Stanhope’s reinvention seemed a good fit, with things

was a long time coming. “When I started a fitness business

falling into place, then Robin Minietta’s was quite the

here in DB five years ago I expected the progress would be

opposite. “I am not sure why … or how, but one day I

slow, but within six weeks I had 60 hours a week. However

remember waking up and telling my husband Bill, ‘I am going

when school holidays hit, the mass exodus hits a small

to be a nurse,’” she says. A noble calling, but a surprising

business hard.”

move because until then Minietta’s career was as

This caused Stanhope to

a writer, and before that

look in other directions: “I

an Emmy award-winning

had been in the wellness

television

industry for over 14 years.

guess, maybe, it was part

I needed a new challenge.

of a rejection of the ‘me me

This search took me to a

me’ that can be a big part

business mentor for some

of being a writer,” she says.

producer.

“I

fresh goals and direction. After doing some tests, it was revealed that my true

Minietta and her family moved to DB 10 years ago, and before

passion was not actually fitness — it was the teaching of

long her chronicle of expat life and international adoption

fitness. I loved my work with the corporate sector and the

was published (Gweilo Moments, Chameleon Press). When

detox workshops because it was teaching people about

her husband changed jobs they moved to Shanghai, and

their bodies. This realisation was huge.”

this was when she began studying to become a nurse. It was a brave new world; she had never studied sciences.

Despite being married to a primary school teacher,

Her kids were eight-, nine- and 10-years old.

Stanhope says she had never considered teaching as a

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career. Then she began the practicum component of her

It was a good thing Minietta loved the subject matter;

PGCE course at Discovery College, working with Year 8

some, such as chemistry, didn’t quite gel the first time and

students — and found them “amazing”. Finally able to

she happily took the courses over. It also meant summers

make use of her degree in English literature, she decided

in Washington State, taking the requisite lab-work at

to take the compressed one-year distance-learning course

a community college near her mother’s house. “It was

to teach high school.

fascinating but at more than one point in the programme, 

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INFOCUS I honestly didn't know if I was going to make it,” she

for an organisation such as Orbis, or perhaps riding the

says. “The work was the hardest thing I've ever done,

Smile Train through villages in China. It’s a story that many

including my Masters of Liberal Studies at Duke

of her friends are hoping she’ll write about.

University [North Carolina], and I was worried about not giving my kids the attention they deserved.”

If change is on the way … Later, with her husband working in Zuhai, Minietta became, as she describes it, a ‘single mom’ and a student at Idaho State University. “It was a tough, enormously

intense

year-and-a-half,

not

just

studying but looking after the family.” Graduation day was a proud moment for Minietta and the family — the culmination of four years of intensive study and family sacrifice. In August, Minietta and her family returned to DB and she now works as a registered nurse at former DB resident, Dr Lauren Bramley’s practice in Central. “A long time ago Lauren said there would be a job for me when I was done and she kept her word,” says Minietta, who is enjoying her work, in particular the general practice. Someday, when the kids are

Mike Howard: “Ensure you are doing something that you are qualified to do or get qualified before making the change. Whatever it is, make sure it makes your heart sing!” LeAnn Stanhope: “Find out what you love. You sometimes need help to do that, so find someone to help you find it. Research how to make it happen. Volunteer, to find out if it is a true interest or just a phase. Take a course. Extra knowledge can never be a bad thing. Be brave. Take calculated planned risks. Do not let fear stop you.” Robin Minietta: “Don't allow yourself to focus on all the reasons that you can't do something. The list is endless and it will stop you in your tracks. Instead, focus on the delights of change and challenge, and never, ever take your eyes off the prize. I must have said that to myself and my kids a gazillion times!”

graduated from high school, she sees herself working

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FAMILY MATTERS Clara Chan

Douwe Cramer

flying solo D

B – ‘Dogs and Babies’, ‘Delivery Bay’ – isn’t

because of problematic relationships as for problems with

the first location that springs to mind as a great

being single."

place to be single. But you’d be surprised. Being single is of course increasingly common

My dogs are my kids

worldwide – and not always due to the death of a spouse or

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a divorce. There is no longer any stigma attached to being

Certainly for piano teacher Clara Chan, DB is a great

single and for many it’s a lifestyle choice, rather than just a

place to be single. She has a close network of other

transitionary phase. Some people love being alone, being

single friends who live here, she loves to hike, cook and

independent. Some people learn to love it. And DB has its

read, and there are plenty of community activities to be

fair share of single people and single-parent families.

involved with.

Dr. Douglas Seiden, clinical psychologist at CBT Institute in

Chan is of course Discovery Bay's self-styled, self-funded

Central says, “Lots of people all over the world are happy

‘dog lady’. Aside from teaching the piano since the age

to be single. There is nothing intrinsically better about

of 12, she has also rescued nearly 300 dogs after setting

being in a relationship, or married, than being single. A lot

up Animal Protection in DB in 1989. “The dogs help me,

of times being in a relationship can be just as tough, and

they've brought me a lot of happiness,” she says. “Because

it's sometimes even tougher. As many people come to me

I bring in abandoned dogs, people imagine my flat to be a

December 2011


FAMILY MATTERS Isabelle Dupin

Photos by by Karmel Tracey van Geest and Terry Chow Photos compiled Schreyer

Regi Yaakov

Paula Stowe speaks to four local singletons to find out what it’s like being spouseless in Discovery Bay

mess, but I create a nice clean environment for them – as

Chan says she has never found it hard to get out there and

you would do for any family. When I was younger I thought I

socialise, adding that homing dogs gives her plenty of extra

would adopt kids but I wasn’t allowed because I was single.

opportunity to meet likeminded people. This is something

My dogs are my kids!"

Dr. Seiden says is essential for some single people, though others may be perfectly happy to spend time on their own.

Chan is noncommittal about finding a new partner. “Being

“Of course, unless you have a particular goal that requires

single hasn't bothered me for a long time – if a relationship

solitude, as some do who are on a spiritual quest, it's

comes it comes.”

important not to isolate yourself,” he explains. “You need to connect with people and go out and see friends.”

Chan's experience of divorce hasn’t warned her off marriage but it has led her to value her single status. “I’m much more

I do get an itch to go to Central sometimes

choosey. I’ve grown old enough to know what I’m looking for. That someone has to have the same values, same faith

Douwe Cramer, 50, originally moved to 1995 with his (then)

and interests. He has to be an animal lover! If you’re in love

wife and young son. After travelling the region with work

everything is fine but if you have the same interests in the

for three years, he returned to DB. Now separated, he finds

first place you don’t have to adjust yourself to suit someone

one of the best things about being single here is the range

else, and vice versa. There’s less pain that way.”

of people.

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"You can sit and watch the rugby (and I'm Dutch – we

babies! I have lots of single friends and they like to come

don't normally watch rugby!) with English friends, French

over to DB too.

friends, Argentinean friends, there's such a diversity of people,” Cramer says. “You also run into mates all the time

"I used to live in Central, but it was so smelly and dirty and

here. In Holland the streets are more deserted. Discovery

I was looking to live somewhere clean and clear," she says.

Bay is suburban but still lively.”

For many singles of course the relatively low-cost housing is also a big draw.

However, Cramer does acknowledge that for all its perks, Central might be a better place to live for some singles.

Yaakov admits that it can be difficult if you’re looking for

"If you're in your 20s, single and starting life I probably

a relationship in DB, but it can be difficult in any small

wouldn't recommend DB, but if you've separated or

place. “The only real problem is there are no singles’

become single people are more laid back here. However,

activities to join,” she adds, “and no big parties.”

I do get an itch to go to Central sometimes. I suggested moving to Hong Kong Island to my teenage son but he

Eternally upbeat, Yaakov adds, “It’s not because of where

said he has good friends here and wants to stay.”

I live that I’m single, it’s just I still haven't found what I'm looking for, and for now, I'm not looking for a relationship.

“In the back of my mind I would like to be in a relationship

I'm looking to have fun. I'm enjoying time being alone."

again, but not right now. I could do with some company sometimes but I don’t want to mess up my relationship

Because my kids are fine I can enjoy my life as well

with my son or my ex-wife.” Isabelle Dupin has been living in DB for the last nine

I'm enjoying time by myself

years and works for a large chemical company. She has been single for the last four years following the tragic

“It can be difficult to be a single expat anywhere, and DB

death of her husband Michael. She has two daughters

is no exception,” says Dr. Seiden. “This may be especially

age 9 and 11.

true for some people in their 30s or 40s who would like to be in a serious relationship with someone from their own

“Being a small community, news [of my husband’s death]

country and are looking to move home eventually.”

spread like fire,” she says. “Friends were touched and came to see me. If I were at home I would have had the

But none of this is an issue for Regi Yaakov, 25, who moved

support of my family, but it was nice to have the support of

to Hong Kong alone from Israel in 2010. Yaakov says the

friends (mainly mothers) here.”

small community feel of DB is perfect for her, and despite being single she never feels lonely.

“A support network is always good and don’t isolate yourself in an extreme way,” says Dr. Seiden when

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“People will chat to me if I'm sat next to the ferry

discussing bereavement. “Talk to your friends and family,

having a coffee in the morning” she says. “I think it's

as most people have experienced loss. It may be normal

very beautiful to see families. I really love seeing all the

to experience depressive symptoms for a time, but if the

December 2011


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FAMILY MATTERS grief reaction is seriously affecting daily functioning, an assessment would be advisable, and brief counselling or therapy might help."

6 tips for singles from clinical psychologist, Dr. Douglas Seiden

Nowadays, Dupin finds DB a great place to be a single

1. "Be as you are", as Sir Ramana Maharshi said. Be yourself, and do what you enjoy.

mum. “Since I have a helper, I feel very safe going out in the evening to have an ‘adult’ social life. Because I know my kids are fine I can enjoy myself as well. The children don't mind me going out at the weekend, they accept it. They also have their own lives and a good set of friends." Dupin laughs when we ask if she is looking for a relationship. “If I find the right one I’ll take it! There are lots of single guys

2. Cherish time alone, going out to the movies, reading a book at a cafe, or eating at your favourite restaurant. 3. If you're interpreting being single in a way that is stressing you out, learn to see thoughts for what they are – just thoughts. Explore relaxation techniques, mindfulness and meditation. And if you feel unable to cope on your own see a counsellor or therapist for advice.

fewer if you want something more stable and long term.”

4. If you want to socialise more, find ways to meet people – like going to the gym – that are also beneficial to your health.

It’s clear that Dupin has gradually created a new life and learnt

5. Be open to building up a rich and varied support network of friends – and not just single ones.

in Hong Kong if you’re looking for something short term but

to enjoy being single. “A lot of my girlfriends are single like me, either divorced or separated,” she says. “There are four or five of us. On the weekends we meet up in Central and it’s so easy to bump into people in the plaza – friends introduce you to friends – it’s like a snowball effect.” ISLAND DANCE - SEPT09-2.pdf 1 11/23/2011 6:14:27 PM

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property

MONEYMATTERS

portfolio In the first of a two-part report, DB resident Neil Jensen takes a look at the most promising places to buy-to-let now

T

hose who buy overseas property as an

bought ‘off plan’. This basically means that in most cases

investment will always tell you, ‘Don’t get

the property is still being constructed or has recently

emotional about it, as it is unlikely that you will

been completed and all information available is based on

ever live there’. The smart investor does his

computer-generated images and brochures.

research, buys the property and in many cases never ever sets foot in it. If it is well furnished and managed by a local

The opportunity

agent, the hope is that you will more than cover your costs by renting it out and that in the longer term the underlying

Parts of London, Melbourne and Phuket still remain

value increases.

affordable with good prospects in the medium to long term for growth.

Where to buy is very much a personal choice, however in this article, I will focus on three popular areas globally

In London, Knight Frank, one of the leading property

that are being marketed to Hong Kong-based investors at

agents, recently predicted that the prices for new-build

the moment, namely London, Melbourne and Phuket. The

apartments will rise by as much as 30% by 2015 and that in

homes in question are ‘new-build’ properties which are

2016 they will be outperforming prime London properties.

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MONEYMATTERS This optimism is down to a number of reasons. UK base

also from Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Just a

rate remains low at 0.5% with no signs of rising in the

glance at the arrivals’ board in Phuket International Airport

near future. The Olympic Games being held in London

shows airlines from Russia, the United Arab Emirates,

in 2012 has resulted in significant upgrades to the road

Scandinavia, Germany, Holland and many more. For this

and transport network. In the longer term, the Crossrail

reason, rental yields both short- and long-term are looking

transport project is due to complete in 2018, which will

very lucrative, as many regular visitors to the island prefer

result in a direct rail service from Heathrow International

to rent as opposed to stay in hotels.

Airport to the City of London and Canary Wharf, taking In an article titled Paradise Found: Where to retire abroad,

around only 15 minutes.

Fortune magazine recently named Phuket as one of the According to the latest Economic Intelligence Unit’s Global

top five places in the world to retire to, describing it as,

Liveability Survey, Melbourne has recently taken over from

“Somewhere you can still live like a king on your savings”.

Vancouver as the best city in the world to live. Hong Kong

Having recently noted that a bottle of Singha beer is

was rated 31st.

cheaper in a DB supermarket than the one I visited in Phuket, I’m not sure that is still the case, however it

The strong increase in migrant workers has seen an

certainly evidences the popularity of the island.

imbalance in supply and demand for property, which continues to drive up prices with no sign of this changing

Financing the purchase

in future years. It has also created a shift towards higher density living and most property investors are focusing on

It goes without saying that obtaining a mortgage these

residential apartments in the city.

days is more difficult than it was maybe three years ago, however at the time of writing a Hong Kong resident can obtain lending for London property from at least eight lenders fairly easily. For property in Melbourne and Phuket there are at least four possible lenders in the region. When sourcing funding these days, my advice would be to speak to a specialist mortgage broker, as many Asia-based lenders prefer not to deal directly with the public and the broker will be able to save you a lot of time and in most cases a lot of money too. Typically for London and Melbourne, it’s necessary to have a deposit of 20-30% of the purchase price with the

New builds in Canary Wharf, London, start at around HKD3.9 million

In Phuket, buy at the top end of the market

lender financing the remaining 70-80%. As you would expect, there is a need to have a higher deposit for Phuket with the maximum lending available

There are no restrictions for foreigners buying off-plan

being around 60% of the purchase price.

properties and the State of Victoria (of which Melbourne is the capital city) currently offers significant stamp-duty

In addition to this, wherever you decide to purchase you

savings when buying off plan. It’s worth saying at this

will of course need to cover additional costs such as stamp

point that prior to making any overseas purchase, I would

duty and also consider the cost of furnishing the property

always recommend that you seek professional tax advice.

if you are planning to rent it out.

Phuket is Thailand’s wealthiest province and despite the

So what kind of prices are we are looking at? As a

devastation of the tsunami in 2004, it has seen a burgeoning

loose guide, a two-bed, two-bathroom apartment near

growth in its property market in the last 10 years.

Canary Wharf in London would currently sell for between GBP320,000-440,000 (HKD3.9 million to HKD5.5 million).

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Flights into Phuket are more frequent than ever not only

A one-bed, one-bath apartment in Melbourne near to the

from the likes of Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore but

Central Business District would start at around AUD400,000

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MONEYMATTERS (HKD3.3 million), rising to AUD800,000 (HKD6.6 million) for

for money in the medium term sits on properties below

a two-bed, two-bath home. Phuket property prices vary

this value.

dramatically, however my advice would be to buy at the higher end of the market in an established area if you want

As for Phuket, well anyone who has ever taken the time

to ensure good rental yield and possibility for re-sale.

to translate the Thai National Anthem will know that part of it states that, “Every part of Thailand will always

Possible downsides

belong to the Thais”. Effectively for you to be able to buy property freehold, a Thai company is set up to own the

The Australian Dollar (AUD) is extremely strong against the

property and thus circumvent the law. If a foreign buyer is

Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) at the moment; therefore if your

ever to be allowed to own a property in their own name,

money is in HKD and you want to buy a home in Melbourne,

then I dare say the National Anthem as well as the law will

then you are going to have to convert a lot more than you

need amending …

would have had to 10 years ago. However the opportunity to borrow up to 80% of the purchase price would seem to

Ultimately, choosing where to invest your hard-earned cash

negate this downside somewhat.

is never an easy decision, especially when parts of the world are suffering financial meltdown, however as Albert Einstein

In the UK, the government brought in yet another tier

once said, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity”. I’ll let

to stamp duty in April 2011 meaning purchases of

you decide where that opportunity lies.

GBP1,000,000 (HKD12.4 million) or more will be charged a one-off fee of 5%. Recently a senior member of the UK government also mooted plans to impose an annual Mansion Tax of 1% per annum on properties valued at over GBP2,000,000 (HKD25 million). Clearly the value

Neil Jensen is a director at Allied International based in Hong Kong and specialises in mortgages, property and financial planning. You can contact him at neil.jensen@alliedinternational.com.hk.


Discovery Bay Church (Anglican / Episcopal)

Christmas Services in Discovery Bay Church!

Come & Celebrate the Birth of Christ Sunday 4 December at 4pm St. Nicholas Gift Service at Wei Lun School Hall Sunday 11 December at 4pm Nativity in the Plaza with other churches and schools Saturday 24 December at 6pm Children's Nativity Play with Christingle at Wei Lun School Hall Saturday 24 December at 11.30pm Midnight Mass at Wei Lun School Hall Christmas Day at 10am Family Christmas Celebration at Wei Lun School Hall

Wishing you a peaceful and joyous Christmas Discovery Bay Church (Anglican / Episcopal) Daughter Church of St.John's Cathedral SKH Wei Lun Primary School, Discovery Bay Road 10:00am (English) Sunday

Email: markrogers@discoverybaychurch.org.hk Web: www.discoverybaychurch.org.hk Priest in Charge: The Reverend Mark Rogers Tel: 2987 4210 Mob: 5180 5106

Church of The Incarnation Sunday Services at SKH Wei Lun Primary School Chapel 10:30am Sunday For more information, contact The Church Office 2987 0723


TALKINGPOINTS

How to do Christmas differently Sit back with Around DB’s ethical resource kit and transform the way you celebrate

C

hristmas may have lost many of its religious

Give of yourself

roots in the commercial carnival it has become, but that doesn’t mean that even with minimal

Make a gift. It will mean so much more than something store

time you can’t buck the capitalist trend and ‘do’

bought. From handmade chocolates or cookies to picture

the holidays a little differently.

frames, a knitted scarf or bulbs in a flowerpot – there are millions of easy-to-make options.

So instead of trucking in the presents and bulk-buying new decorations, focus on setting up or revisiting family traditions

But maybe gifts just aren’t necessary any more.

that last generations, look around you for opportunities to

Why not ask your friends to donate to your

help the planet or your fellow people, and remember those

chosen charity instead? Or, offer your 

Christian values that are still relevant today. This is the perfect time to slow down and remember the real priorities. Christmas is about friends and family. It isn’t about gifts, it’s about giving.

Create family traditions Save a tree. As long as you have space to keep it year-round, buying a potted tree and reusing it year after year not only saves cutting one down or investing in the materials used for fake trees, but it also puts oxygen back into your immediate environment. Take a trip to Mongkok’s flower market at the beginning of December and choose one that will become part of the family. Decorate the tree with quality or homemade decorations that you’ll save from year to year. Making decorations can include the whole family and become part of the magical fun and anticipation leading up to Christmas Day. If you want to get out of DB over the holidays, take the family to midnight mass at St John’s Cathedral on Christmas Eve, or Katterwall’s free Community Carols on December 2. You can also soak up the seasonal spirit created by some of Hong Kong’s finest choirs over afternoon

Choral good cheer at the Peninsula, 2010

tea at the Peninsula December 22-26.

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TALKINGPOINTS

skills in place of a present, and make the gift a useful and

cards you receive, and wrapping that you unwrap can be

experiential one – think babysitting, tutoring, cooking, or

reused this time next year.

whatever your skill sets are. Alternatively spend part of the holiday volunteering for those less fortunate. Right here in

Re-gifting used to be sneered at, but these days it is

DB you can do your bit by helping charity group SOS Lanka

becoming more and more accepted. Keep unwanted

Action pack up Xmas hampers to send to those in need in

gifts that you’ve been given throughout the year and give

Sri Lanka.

them, thoughtfully, to someone who you believe will truly appreciate them. Or if you can’t think of a good home

Gift for a good cause

for them, consider giving the items to Crossroads or the Salvation Army.

If you must buy some ‘thing’, check that some of the proceeds from your purchase go to charity. There are many

In your bid to save the planet, impose a ban on any gifts that

Hong Kong-based businesses where you can spend your

need a battery – used batteries are extremely harmful to the

money ethically.

environment. And send e-cards instead of paper ones. If you must have lights, save yourself the tree-light humiliation

Lulu Hong Kong sells quality clothes made with the utmost

of unstringing last year’s to find out they no longer work,

kindness to the planet and its people. From beautiful dresses

and invest in some long-lasting LED lights – they use less

and the softest t-shirts to Charlie Banana’s reusable diapers

power and last much longer.

for babies, there’s a great selection. Owner Clare plants a tree with UK environmental group PATT Foundation for

And if you don’t have the time to go green yourself get Little

every purchase above HKD2,000, and supports Because

Miss Green The Party Queen to make your whole kiddie-

I am a Girl, a campaign set up by aid-organisation Plan to

friendly Christmas eco-fabulous.

address gender discrimination worldwide. Vintage

rules

when

you’re

concerned

about

the

environment, and at Chako Tokyo kimonos live on in the shape of clutch bags. Maya Tobias is a jewellery designer who scours markets for vintage pieces and remakes them into original works of art to wear round your neck, wrist or in your ears. Ecols at The ONE, Nathan Road, is an innovative shop where designers put their talents into making items from recycled materials. You can pick up everything from furniture and clothes to accessories, jewellery and other functional finds. Recycled, on Gage Street, is filled with bags and other items made from recycled drinks cartons, and more. Foodies will also want to check out Fair Taste for chocolate, cookies and wines, all made from organic and/ or Fair Trade-compliant ingredients.

Go green There are several ways to include recycling in your holiday. Kate Wade from DB Green suggests using old fabric as a stylish gift wrap. Cut gift cards out of old Christmas cards or go creative and make your own. And bear in mind that

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View your alternatives online • St John’s Cathedral Midnight Mass, www.stjohnscathedral.org.hk. • Katterwall’s Community Carols, www.katterwall.com. • Peninsula Carol Event, www.peninsula.com/HongKong. • Make a gift, www.eartheasy.com. • Holiday volunteering, www.meetup.com/volunteerism-127/. • SOS Lanka Action, www.sos-lanka-action.org. • Lulu Hong Kong, www.luluhongkong.com. • Chako Tokyo, www.chakotokyo.com. • Maya Tobias, www.mayatobias.com. • Ecols, www.ecols.com. • Recycled, 2191 6865. • Fair Taste, www.fairtaste.org. • DB Green, www.dbgreen.org. • Crossroads, www.crossroads.org.hk. • Salvation Army, www.salvation.org.hk. • E-cards, www.srdc.org.hk/eng/event/ event.htm, www.charitablechoice.org.hk or www.redcross.org.hk. • Little Miss Green The Party Queen, www.missgreenpartyqueen.com.


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TECHTREND 1

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The hottest gifts this year are high-tech and comparatively low cost. Paula Lepore Burrough provides her top picks

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he holiday season is really all about family time, eating lots of delicious food, partying and/ or celebrating the birth of someone special, right? But no matter how or why you celebrate Xmas, it seems that gift giving is part of the tradition. This year, why not stay on trend and give someone you love a really great gizmo? The latest offerings range from the perfectly practical to the purely fun, and will allow your loved one to keep up with the hottest technological advancements. Let’s take a look at what December 2011 has to offer the tech enthusiast you know. 1 Parrot AR Drone This augmented reality flying game has to be my top pick for 2011. It’s a remote-controlled helicopter that generates its own wi-fi hotspot and is controlled with an iphone, ipad or itouch. You can stream live video to your device from the built-in cameras, and display the game over the live feed. You take off and land with an easy screen tap, moving the drone requires a tilt in the corresponding direction, and a control wheel on the phone’s screen makes it rotate. Made of a lightweight material yet still robust, the Parrot AR Drone comes with an indoor and outdoor hull design.

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2 Lytros Camera Light-field research is now found in a consumer camera which is certain to revolutionise the world of photography. Essentially, the Lytros Camera can capture various angles of light. The benefit is that after you have taken a shot, you can change the focal point of your image. That ‘technically’ means you go back in time to retake the picture the way you meant it to be shot. The camera takes a photo quickly for no lagging, which means the processor has some serious super power. The bonus is that the Lytros Camera travels light. There is no need to fuss with dials or to be a pro to take professionallooking photos.

3 OtterBox Covers The OtterBox design has been made to withstand tough treatment. This cover can protect a pricey Apple device, Blackberry, Dell, Samsung, LG, Sony, Nokia or Motorola phone from an accidental crash landing. There are four protective series to choose from in plenty of cool colours. Rather than taking out an extended warranty package, which would probably only cover a few minor mishaps with your device, the OtterBox is most likely the better investment.Vince M Black, a US-based OtterBox fan recently tweeted, “Wrecked my bike. Broke my finger and got several puncture wounds. My phone is fine.”

4 Kindle Fire Amazon’s Kindle Fire has a dual-core processor and new functions which make it a great gift. Amazon Silk ensures ultra-fast web browsing, plus access to 18 million movies, songs, magazines and books, and thousands of games and apps using android technology. There’s also unlimited instant streaming of over 10 million movies and TV shows. The Kindle Fire has an 80-hour battery life, wi-fi connectivity, a 7-inch vibrant colour touchscreen with an extra-wide viewing angle and can run Adobe Flash. With free cloud storage for all your Amazon content, 8GB of hard space should be more than sufficient.


ESCAPES

winter wonderland Photography by Catharine Nichol

Seeking out some old-fashioned values and traditional good cheer, Catharine Nichol enjoys a magical Christmas in Vienna

I

t’s below freezing, but as I struggle to add cosy

anything to go by, this magic never grows old. Suddenly

boots to an outfit that is more Michelin Man than

the commercial chores that come with most people’s

winter-chic, I can’t wait to go out. There’s snow

modern-day Christmas melt away, replaced by an almost

dusting the ground. There are seasonal street

incredulous delight that this holiday can still deliver a

markets, strung with lights, bustling below gloriously

soulful, modern version of ‘peace on earth and goodwill

old, towering architecture. There are twists of roasted

to all men’.

chestnuts to eat and mugs of hot gluhwein to sip, taking the edge off the chill. But above all, there’s a tangible

The second most liveable city in The Economist’s 2011

excitement, a magic in the air that has nothing to do

survey, Vienna has somehow withstood the economic

with retail madness, and everything to do with spending

woes that have recently affected so much of Europe. A

Christmas in Vienna.

vibrant education in European history, it is believed that Vienna has been inhabited since 500BC, with Celts,

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This is what Christmas used to feel like when we were

Romans, Mongolians, The Plague and Hitler all occupying

kids. And if the glowing, laughing faces around me are

it at various times.

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ESCAPES

Touring the city in a carriage drawn by Lippizaner horses

As this ‘olde worlde’ city shuts down almost entirely

some of the most bewitching art galleries in the world,

on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, exhibiting a heart-

showcasing inspirational masterpieces from the 16th to

warming belief in family values, it’s best to start your

the 21st century.

holiday early with plenty of time to explore, stock up the mini-bar and splurge on gifts.

The central Naschmarkt is a great introduction to Viennese food. Over a kilometre of stalls groan under

Cultural highlights

mountains of mature cheeses and spicy salamis, skewers of profiteroles and piles of farmers’ breads, meat and

As you stroll this very walkable city, you’ll pass historic

fish. Leave with a selection of goodies and make your

buildings in a mix of Romanesque, Baroque, Art

way to to the Graben, Vienna’s foremost shopping

Nouveau and modern styles, and you’ll hear strains

district, and its first pedestrian zone. Window shopping

of music by composers Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms,

reaches new heights of elegance here, with Christmas

Haydn and Schubert, whose legacies are all closely

lights strung like chandeliers over the street, belying its

associated with Vienna. You’ll also have access to

original function as a trench.

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ESCAPES

Naschtmarkt – for foodies

Kunsthistorisches Museum

Close by, at the far end of the Kohlmarkt, is the Spanish

Zany Hundertwasser house

Coffeehouses and art galleries

Riding School, where you can watch pale-grey Lipizzaner horses perform their beautiful ballet. This ancient breed

At

is trained to pirouette, leap and seemingly float, with

contender for most elegant surroundings in the world,

the

spectacular

Kunsthistorisches

Museum,

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hooves pointed, across the palatial Baroque arena to the

with marble columns leading out to halls of Renaissance

sound of classical music. Outside their blue-collar friends

and Egyptian art, you’ll see artists setting up easels,

stand stamping and rugged up against the cold, waiting

borrowing expert techniques from old masters.

to take visitors around the city in open-top carriages at a workmanlike trot.

Fans of Austrian-born Egon Scheile and Gustav Klimt need look no further than the Leopold and Belvedere museums,

Schnitzel and strudel

while the zany Hundertwasser house on Landstrasse, built by artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser in 1985,

To thaw out, lunch, or at the very least hot chocolate and

makes for an entertaining and even more contemporary visit.

apple strudel, at Demel on Kohlmarkt, is a cultural experience. Founded in 1786, and housed in the same grandly Baroque

But afternoons in Vienna are leisurely and made for

building since 1857, this famous pastry-and-chocolate shop

coffeehouses. For locals it is completely normal to take a

is made up of a series of elegant living rooms, with take-out

seat, order your weiner mélange (similar to a cappuccino)

sweets and cakes lined up to-go downstairs. Alternatively,

or einspanner (black coffee topped with whipped cream),

you can dip into the nearby Café Central on Herrengasse,

washed down with a complimentary glass of water, and

where the vaulted roofs arch high over the tables of schnitzels

get dug into the newspaper, for all the world as if you

and a hundred more kinds of cake.

don’t have a job. While Café Central and Der Demel are great hangouts, there’s also Café Sperl which has more

For world-famous schnitzel, try one of the Figlmuller

of a neighbourhood feel.

restaurants where the actual schnitzel overlaps the sides of the plate – savour delicious, politically incorrect veal coated in

Cake is a natural accompaniment to coffee, and to try

crispy breadcrumbs and served with a simple boat of lemon.

the famous sacher torte in its native home make your way to the Sacher Hotel on the Ringstrasse. Before you

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If it is Sunday, the brunch at Vienna’s Museum of Fine Arts,

get stuck into this surprisingly plain triangle of cake, take

the Kunsthistorisches Museum, is a must. You can get stuck

some time to explore the hotel’s Anna Sacher restaurant

into the eat-as-much-as-you-like buffet, in between nipping

decked out in old-school racing-green and wood, or the

out to get your art fix.

contrastingly blue Blaue Bar.

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ESCAPES A little night music

Looking down over the canal at the sea of roofs, spires and lanes that make up this mesmerising city centre, and picturing

For dinner, seek out one of the rustic, cave-like restaurants

the cosy coffeehouses, and the cobbled streets of market

that Vienna does so well. Siebenstern Brau is a seven-

stalls selling beautifully made souvenirs, it’s hard to imagine a

starred brew house near the cobbled Spittelberg Markt,

more ideal destination for a very merry Christmas.

with restaurant tables arranged around a central collection of copper-domed barrels of beer. Great hunks of meat are served roasted to perfection. Start with the gently fragrant garlic soup. For sleek modernity, the total antithesis of the Sacher Hotel is the new and wildly artistic Sofitel Stephansdom. On the other side of the graffitied Donau Kanal banks, this uber-modern hotel shines out into the night, with Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist’s video-art ceilings catching the eye from afar. Rooms here buck the historic trend and explore a monochromatic idea – some entirely in white, some in shades of grey and three blacked out, save for your white robe. Le Loft restaurant on the top floor, basking under another video-clip ceiling, gives great views over the city and its Roman-Gothic landmark St Stephans’ Cathedral, while you enjoy French-Austrian fine dining.

Donau Kanal with ferris wheel

How to get there: There are no direct flights from Hong Kong to Vienna, so your best option is to choose another European city you’d like to stopover at and make a round trip of it. Visa: For a stay of less than 90 days in Austria, an EU country, few passport holders, including those from Hong Kong, Europe or the US, need a visa. For more information, visit the Consulate General of Austria in Hong Kong, at www.bmeia.gv.at/en. Best time to go: For Christmas, arrive a few days early as the seasonal markets close down at lunchtime on Christmas Eve. Only a few rogue shops, coffeehouses and bars stay open December 25-26, as the Austrians retreat into their homes to celebrate the family festival.


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island of

adventure Thai spas! Thai beaches! Thai nightlife! Where’s the real fun for kids on an island-getaway? Rachel Ainsley reports from Koh Samui

Kohang Chananchida Yamprai, age 7, at Namuang Safari Park

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icture the scene: it’s just after lunch, two days into your eagerly awaited beach holiday in Thailand. You’re swinging easefully in a hammock, sipping at something sweet that may or may not have

Sangsom in it, and you’re finally unwinding. “Mum!” a little voice yells in your ear. “Mum! Can we do something, please?! I’m so bored!” If this sounds familiar, you’ll already have realised that classic bucket-and-spade holidays don’t really do it for kids, not for days on end, and not if they are away from their friends. The solution? Avoid desert-island-style resorts, and head somewhere the kids can get entertained while you get away from it all. Thipkesoru Arooutua, age 13, at Samui Bungy

Like Phuket before it, Koh Samui, off Thailand’s south-west coast, is branching out and becoming increasingly kidorientated, with loads of action-packed activities for tiny tourists (and their parents) to enjoy. Here are my top 12.

Exploring the interior In a Samui-style cable ride, you glide from tree-house to tree-house approximately 20 metres above the ground, taking in spectacular mountain, ocean and waterfall views as you go. Trained staff ensure the highest safety levels and you can choose whether to free-fall dramatically or glide at a more leisurely pace. Two of the best jungle coasters are provided by Canopy Adventures and Namuang Safari Park

Samui Go-Kart – for kids

in the south of the island. For an off-road 4-by-4 experience, try the full-day tour by Jungle Safari which rocks you over four mountain peaks. The Namuang Jungle Trip, starting in Ban Thurian, is also worth a look as aside from the elephant trekking and sightseeing it gives you the opportunity to head out on quad bikes. Elephant rides are available all over the island and one of the best is at Namuang Safari Park. You take a ride through the jungle, feeding the elephant bananas as you go. A mahout leads the way and doubles as a photographer. After the trek you may want to avoid the show, where elephants paint, dance and play football – and instead take a dip in the nearby waterfall.

Kohang at Paradise Park Farm

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ACTION of 42 protected islands is made up of towering limestone massifs, tropical rainforests and deserted beaches. Kids will enjoy swimming in an emerald seawater lake, kayaking into the limestone caves, snorkelling and climbing up from TalayNai for a fantastic view. Thanks to steady year-round coastal breezes, Samui is a splendid location to kayak or jet-ski. For windsurfing

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Samui is a great place for kids to learn to dive; often

Samui Bungy

right off the beach. Children over 10 years can take the full

Go-karting, bungy and beginners’ golf

PADI Open Water Diver scuba certification, diving no deeper than

Said to be the best in Thailand, Samui Bungy in

12 metres. For PADI Bubblemaker, a

Chaweng takes you 50 metres above a plunge pool

great opportunity for kids age 8-10 to learn

for a truly heart-pumping dive. The service offered

the basics of scuba diving either in a swimming pool or

is professional and adheres to international safety

one of the shallow bays off nearby Koh Tao, CSI Samui in

regulations. If you’re a real adrenalin junkie, you can have

Bophut is recommended. Dives do not exceed 6 metres.

the experience recorded on video to take home with you. There are no age restrictions as such – anyone weighing

Where the Samui expats take their kids

in at 36 kilogrammes or more can experience the thrill of a jump or a (slingshot-style) rocket.

The first of its kind on Koh Samui, Fairways Soft Play Centre in Bangrak is an action-packed indoor adventure

Small speed-freaks will enjoy a visit to Samui’s go-karting

playground, custom-designed for soft play. In this

track where the least powerful karts run at no more than

320-square-metre Jungle Book-themed venue, just about

40-kilometres/ hour. Double and family carts are also

every surface is soft, bouncy and brightly coloured. There

available for hire at this expertly run Bophut-facility.

are bridges, aerial runways, a ball pool, slides, swings and two bouncy castles – everything children need to enjoy

Samui is gradually becoming a first-class golfing destination

freestyle, creative play in a safe indoor environment.

and kid-golfers can also get their fair share of the action. Mini-Golf fans are well catered for by an 18-hole, 12-metre

Khun Arun Meepian, who opened Fairways a little over a

facility set in shaded gardens in Choeng Mon. Another first

year ago, explains that a soft-play centre was something

for Thailand, Samui Football Golf in Bangrak, is an 18-hole,

he knew was needed on the island. “Soft play is such a

par-66 course, where you play with footballs instead of golf

great activity for kids,” he says. “It allows them to let off

balls, and the holes are considerably bigger.

steam, run about and let loose their imaginations. Fairways is an all-weather venue and it’s somewhere local, expat and

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Getting out on the water

visiting kids can get together and hang out.”

Whether you charter a yacht or a long-tail boat or join an

Coco Splash Waterpark in Lamai may be small but it has

organised tour, there’s a lot to do just off the coast. No trip to

lots going for it. There are two shallow pools and two long

Samui is complete without a boat trip to Ang Thong National

slides with a Robinson Crusoe-style bridge connecting

Marine Park located off the north-west coast – this cluster

them. In place of a waterfall, a fun feature pours a large

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bucket of water over the bridge once a minute. Comfortable salas provide shade and you can order Thai and western snacks at the ‘beach’ bar. French owners, Melanie and Julien Thieulant opened Coco Splash in February, having just seen a large-scale local waterpark project fail. “It’s a really lovely, stressfree place,” says Melanie, herself the mother of two boys, age 4 and 6, “and all the children from different countries play together.” Perched atop Samui’s highest mountain, Khao Pom, deep in the island’s interior, Paradise Park Farm has something for the whole family. You can ramble through the gardens and walk the trails among coconut palms, rubber trees and orchids. Or simply relax in the infinity pool which enjoys amazing views. Kids love to pet the animals (ponies, deer, goats and monkeys) and visit the aviaries. You see there’s plenty to do on an island getaway when the kids want to take a well-earned break from the beach!

PADI Bubblemaker at CSI Samui

Find it • Cable Rides and Jungle Safaris, www.canopyadventuresthailand.com, www.ungsafari.com. • Elephant Trekking, www.namuangsafarisamui.com. • Samui Bungy, www.samuibungy.com. • Go-kart, www.siamdir.com/sport. • Golf, www.minigolfsamui.com, www.samuifootballgolf.com. • Windsurfing and kite-boarding, www.extremesportscafe.com. • Diving, www.csisamui.com. • Fairways Soft-Play Centre, www.fairwayssamui.com. • Coco Splash Water Park, www.samuiwaterpark.com. • Paradise Park Farm, www.paradiseparkfarm.net.


Thank you

to all volunteers and sponsors. See you again next year!


STYLE

light work Making the most of natural light is the starting point of any design scheme no matter how high tech

L

ighting isn’t simply about banishing darkness

“Making the most of natural light is the starting point

and allowing you to focus on the job in hand,

of any design scheme,” says Roden. “If you have the

it’s about creating a sense of wellbeing,” says

versatility to move rooms around, think about what

Lantau-based interior designer David Roden.

kind of light you want where. An east-facing room with

“Do your research into Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD),

morning light will work well as a kitchen or (if you are

it’s clear that many of us need access to natural light to

an early riser) a bedroom. Use a west-facer with terrific

stave off depression. And our homes reflect this.”

views of the sunset as a living room. North-facing rooms that soak up oblique rays throughout the day, make good

Think about it. When properties go up for sale, a northerly

home offices.”

aspect (where the majority of rooms get consistent

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indirect lighting during the day) is almost as big a draw as

Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to bring in

a sea view. Dark, dank, ground-floor flats are cheaper than

natural light if your home is not getting enough. Mirrors

those on the top floor.

reflect and bounce a certain amount of light around a room

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To say that good lighting improves quality of life is no exaggeration. Rethinking the way you light your home will make you happier. Josephine Li talks to Lantau-based designer David Roden but they don’t perform miracles. “In a dark apartment, your

“At the very least, smartly designed ceilings need to

only real option,” says Roden, “is to enlarge the existing

be dotted with spotlights, specially installed to create

window space, refit exterior walls with glass bricks, install

a hazy overall illumination much like natural light,”

skylights … or switch on the electric light!”

says Roden.

Artificial background lighting

There will always be a time when you need to illuminate a room with a powerful overhead light, whether you are

Electric light is a decorative tool like any other and you

laying the dinner table or making the bed late at night.

shouldn’t underestimate the effect it has on a room.

But this kind of brilliant overall illumination won’t do

Certainly you can tell a well-designed interior by the way it is

for dinner parties or pre-sleep. A bright central ceiling

lit. Top-dollar designer pads feature programmable lighting

light (or indeed too brilliant a galaxy of undirected

systems that you can adjust to pre-set atmospheres, like

spotlights scattered across a ceiling) shouldn’t exist in

ambient, entertaining or romance glow.

splendid isolation.

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Candlelight can be functional as well as atmospheric

Overhead lighting is essential anywhere tasks are performed regularly

Well-positioned spotlights mimic the effect of natural light

“The worst modern lighting bleaches out a space

called ‘wall-washers’ reflect light by bouncing it off

and bathes it in too full a light. It’s too functional,”

a wall and create a gentle, non-directional, overall

explains Roden. “And that goes for not just harsh,

glow that’s glare free. “Not only do wall-washers

fluorescent lighting but overhead lighting in general.

help create mood, you can also use them to draw attention to a favourite piece of artwork or a special

“One solution is simply to set your central ceiling light

architectural feature,” says Roden.

on a dimmer, which allows you to change lighting levels to suit your mood,” adds Roden. “But as a sole

With wall lights in place to provide atmospheric

solution the dimmer falls short. Lighting set at a single

background illumination, you are free to position low-

level of brightness (whether high or low) will make a

voltage ceiling fixtures anywhere you perform the

room look flat and boring – the most interesting effects

same activities regularly, for instance over the dining

are created when a number of different light sources

table or above a desk.

are distributed around a room to create atmosphere and accommodate a variety of moods.”

“Add in a couple of track lights to manually direct rays of light to specific areas of the room dependent on

Accessorise for flexibility

the job in hand,” says Roden. “And don’t forget table lamps – the classic way of getting light where you need

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For the best effect, install up- and down-lights,

it. As a general rule, you need one by every chair in the

whether wall-mounted or freestanding. These so-

living room, as well as one on either side of the bed.”

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While high-tech systems are continually evolving, basic candles remain an excellent lighting option. The idea is to illuminate specific areas of a room for specific tasks, while leaving the rest of the room shadowy and atmospheric. “Under a variable general light, you will be able to

Atmospheric candles

Practical table lamps

perform most tasks, get intimate and still be able to see tonal differences in the paintwork,” says Roden.

Local lighting specialists • Apartment, G/F, 62 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, 2882 2198.

With wall-washers and table lamps creating generous atmospheric pools of light, track lights targeting

• Artemide, Shop 111 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, 2523 0333, www.artemide.com.

specific areas and pendant lamps casting a brilliant

• Marc James Design, North Plaza, Discovery Bay, 2765 5700.

overall illumination as and when necessary, your

• Next Furniture, DB Plaza, 2987 0222.

lighting scheme is complete. At the flick of a switch

• Nomadic, DB Plaza, Discovery Bay, 2987 8460.

you will be able to imbue even the simplest space

• PLC Galleria, G/F, 50 Morrison Hill Road, Wanchai, 2836 3839, www.plc.com.hk/en/lighting/index.htm.

with a rich theatrical quality – dazzling or demure depending on your state of mind.

• Rapee-Living, DB Plaza, Discovery Bay, 2987 7082. You can contact David Roden on davidroden@netvigator.com.


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Festive focus

Lovers of cheese will be glad to hear that local purveyor Classified has launched a popup store in the basement of The Landmark in Central. From now until December 24, the Christmas-themed store is also offering various festive goodies (look out particularly for gingerbread men and other baked items) and 90-minute cheese and wine appreciation classes every Wednesday and Thursday evening at 6.30pm (HKD220). Classified is open daily from 10.30am-8pm, for more information visit www.classifiedfoodshops.com.hk.

Gourmet dining

We are spoiled for choice when it comes to festive hotel and restaurant options. Those from the swishest to midrange lay on everything from buffet to a la carte meals, eggnog, mince pies and plenty more. If you are looking for a gourmet splurge in a smallish-scale dining room, consider Michelin-starred Cépage in Wanchai. The elaborate presentations here and excellent service do give meals a sense of occasion. Special Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve menus feature caviar, both white and black truffle, and foie gras – cooked in a kitchen helmed by Sebastien Lepinoy, protégé of legendary French chef Joel Robuchon. Call 2861 3130.

Seasonal tradition The Hong Kong Ballet celebrates the 15th anniversary of The Nutcracker this month, with live accompaniment by The Hong Kong Sinfonietta – always a performance that entertains, and a splendid idea for a family treat. For those not familiar with the story, it starts with young girl Clara at a Christmas Eve party, as she receives a nutcracker puppet as a gift. Later that night she sneaks downstairs, to find herself in the surreal company of the family Christmas tree which has grown to an enormous height, and a male child houseguest who has transformed into the Nutcracker Prince. Hand in hand, they embark on an enchanted journey, meeting King Rat, the Sugar Plum Fairy and several other transfixing characters along the way. For more details on the show times and to book tickets visit www.hkballet.com

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New at the Magic Kingdom Much talked about this year – well, by many an eager child, Hong Kong Disneyland’s Toy Story Land is finally open. This new section of the Sunny Bay theme park takes its cues from the three animated features released to date. Among the new rides, look out for the interactive performance Toy Soldier Boot Camp, which recruits visitors as ‘new soldiers’ in a playtime experience. Characters Woody and Jessie are permanently around to meet park-goers. If you’re thinking of checking this out, December also features a number of Christmasthemed specials, such as Santa Mickey’s Toy-riffic Street Party, where classic Christmas toys come to life, dancing down the snowy (snow machine-aided) Main Street USA. As night falls and the Christmas illuminations are lit, Mickey and co. ride into Main Street on an elegant sleigh. For more information call 1830830, or visit www.hongkongdisneyland.com.

Photo courtesy of www.hongkongdisneyland.com

Drink me! Fun for foodies Pretty new to Hong Kong and an elegant addition to the winter home cellar is Brancott Estate’s pinot noir from New Zealand. Much has been made of the country’s Marlborough sauvignon blanc vineyards, while some excellent pinot noir from this region gets less attention. This particular bottling – Terraces T Pinot Noir 2009 – is a great ambassador: leading with ripe cherry and plum on the palate; typically for this grape type, a little translucent, it still has plenty of body. New to our shores, it is the seventh vintage release – which only happens in years of good harvest. Its pronounced fruit and silky tannins make it great by itself. It would go down well with turkey and all the trimmings, as well as some stronger flavours and red meat. Available at Wellcome, priced at HKD268.

A special one-off holiday gingerbread house and cookie decorating class with executive pastry chef of InterContinental Hong Kong hotel, Cyril Dupuis, is being held on December 11. Over two hours, from 10.30am-12.30pm, white-aproned participants receive a homemade gingerbread house and cookies to decorate with festive treats, candy and sweetmeats and then personalise with decorative icing. Chef Cyril discusses participants’ plans over freshly baked pastries with tea, coffee and hot chocolate, before the decorating session begins. The class ends in style – with a buffet lunch including a glass of Perrier Jouet Champagne at Harbourside Restaurant, and the personalised gingerbread house and cookies are packed into a gift box. The price: HKD1,288; reservations: 2313 2323.

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Call us to find out more on 2711 1280

WINTER CAMP 28th – 31st December

After school & Saturday classes now at Discovery College! Primary & Secondary writing classes These skill-based programmes will equip students with the tools to complete a variety of different compositions with a focus on fluency, technique and accuracy. Kindergarten English and Spanish classes Our literature-based programme focuses on developing reading, writing, speaking and listening through songs, rhymes and story-telling.

Enrol online today!

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NEW! Playgroup for learners aged 15 months up Our playgroup provides a gentle introduction to learning with the comfort of a familiar adult-parent or guardian.

New programmes start November and February www.esf.org.hk

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COMPETITION

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COMMUNITY DB ANGELS FOOTBALL CLUB

The first girls-only football club in DB. For more information visit www.dbangelsfc.hk D’BEES ICE HOCKEY Committed to developing ice hockey in Hong Kong the D’Bees are looking for new players – visit www.dbeeshockey.com DB PIRATES RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB Ranging from Under-6 rugby through to new senior team, we have grown rapidly into a powerful force in Hong Kong’s rugby scene. We have more teams and age groups than ever before in our rugby section – to join visit www.dbpirates.com DB TIGERS BASEBALL CLUB Play baseball on Saturday afternoons – the club is accepting players age 5 to 13. If you are interested please contact the club on info@dbtigers.com or visit www.dbtigers.com

DOMESTIC HELP NOEMI 41, Filipina, 13-years’ working experience in HK. Experienced carer of new-born babies & the elderly. Can cook Chinese & Western dishes, handle household work & also take care of dogs. Please call 6993 4019 ANNA 35, working in HK for 8 years, finishes contract on November 9. Good at taking care of children, cooking & all household chores. Trustworthy, hardworking & polite. Please call 5440 9094/ 6430 9480 NELLICENT Filipina, 6-years’ domestic experience in HK. Fluent in English, can cook both Western & Asian dishes. Please call 9611 3208 JOVELYN ABAD 8 years in HK. Hardworking, trustworthy & reliable. Please call 5372 8474

Looking for a job in DB? Check our classifieds section

MARIE GARCIA 28, Filipina. Great with children, patient & a good cook. Please call 9251 4096 AGNES CAFEJE 35, three years in Hong Kong with one employer. Experienced in taking care of small children, doing house work & cooking. Please call 9534 6052

EMPLOYMENT ARE YOU A LICENSED SALESPERSON WITH EAA? Dynamic new property agency is looking for an administrator, sales consultant & sales managers. Excellent remuneration – basic + commission. More opportunities with local & international property sales. Send your CV & call for an confidential interview at our Central office on 3115 7617 PART-TIME NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKING SALES We are looking for enthusiastic native English speaking salesperson for our promotions in DB. Attractive commission will be offered to suitable candidate. Usually work during the weekends. Full training will be given. Send us your brief details or CV to alanli@hkbn.com.hk for an interview LICENSED ESTATE AGENTS (FULL TIME) & GENERAL INSURANCE ADMINISTRATORS (PART TIME) are looking for the following people for our new office in DB: 1. Experienced, self-motivated, licensed estate agents. 2. General Insurance Administrators: enthusiastic persons fluent in written & spoken English to provide administrative support for our general insurance business. Full training given. Both posts offer a good basic salary + commission. Send brief details or CV to info@businessclassgroup.com EMPLOYMENT WANTED Indian male, HK resident, old but energetic, available immediately. Delivery person/ running errands (not for food/ flowers). Part-time or full-time. Call 9145 6731 AIRMED INTERNATIONAL IS SEEKING physicians to transport patients on board a designed aircraft that provides a critical care setting. Must have a unrestricted passport. Please e-mail resumes@airmed.com

HEALTH & WELL-BEING

COUNSELLING

for grown-ups who want to keep growing. Stress, anxiety, anger, depression, or relationship problems? These issues present an opportunity for personal growth & development. Authenticity Counselling helps adults deal with issues of living in an empowered, authentic & growthful way. Contact Stephen at 9630 2385, stephen@ authenticitycounselling.com or visit www.authenticitycounselling.com

CO-PARENTING AFTER-SEPARATION WORKSHOP For all separated/ divorced individuals or couples who wish to maintain & develop healthy co-parenting of their children after separation. Also learn how to work with separated spouses in raising children. For details, please contact Resource The Counselling Centre, 2523 8979, www.resourcecounselling.org

COMPLIMENTARY HEALTHCARE FOR ARTHRITIS, CANCER & PAIN Using traditional Chinese medicine & mind power. Free consultation & assessment. Contact Annie on 9654 0092, bms_bms@yahoo.com

HYPNOSIS &/OR SHORT- TERM THERAPY

Quit smoking quickly. Resolve: • Fear of flying/ public speaking • Overeating • Couples’ conflicts • Career & command-training stress • Anger management • Phobias • Nail biting • Insomnia Dr Melanie Bryan, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist & Hypnotherapist. Post-divorce coaching at 2575 7707, www.mindmatters.hk DIONYSOS - DB PLAZA Anti-aging, Collagen Light Therapy for reduced wrinkles & smoother skin. Tanning booth also available. Contact 2914 0868/ 9851 0254, info@dionysos.hk

HOME & REPAIRS THE SKIN THERAPY CENTRE IN DB

Fully qualified, UK-trained beauty therapist with over 16-years’ experience. • C.A.C.I. – the new CACI ultimate, incorp MICRO-DERMABRASION, L.E.D LIGHT THERAPY, to treat lines & wrinkles plus facial toning using micro-current exclusive to C.A.C.I • FACIALS – Nobel-prize winning SKEYNDOR stem plant system cell facials & homecare, DERMATOLOGICA products & Dr Murad VIT C, Glycolic peels & anti-aging treats GUINOT HYDRADERMIE with Lifting Plus treatment • AROMATHERAPY - using 100%-certified organic oils • BODY MASSAGE / BODY SCRUBS/ WRAPS for slimming & detoxifying • REFLEXOLOGY • WAXING & EYELASH TINTING • COLOUR ME BEAUTIFUL make-over & colour analysis • GIFT VOUCHERS Call Gillian on 9604 6920/ 2987 0764

DPK MOVERS

• Convenient, cheapest, friendly & on-time movers • Airport & Sightseeing services around Hong Kong Please contact Jacky 6182 1284 or Billy 9787 9015

BUSINESS FOR SALE A well established profitable arts and crafts business for sale in Discovery Bay and Central. Catering to adults and children. Interested parties, please email

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BIOCYCLE (HK) LTD

Safe & Ecological Pest & Termite Management. ISO14001 & ISO9001 Certified. Unique biocide, BioKill®, ‘poison’ label exemption. Contact 3575 2575, info@biocycle.hk, or visit www.biocycle.hk

FTC LOGISTICS

Local & international movers. • Packing, moving, storage • Handyman services • Home-repair services • Inbound shipment clearance DB moves: one call does it all. Call 2814 1658, or visit www.ftc.hk

AKASH MOVERS

For all your moving needs, including packing materials, & full packing & moving services. Plus small deliveries & handyman services. Payment upon complete satisfaction. Best move - best rates. Call 2421 8088, or visit www.akash.hk DB HANDYMAN SERVICE & MOVERS Carpentry, tiling, decking, cleaning, plastering, painting, plumbing, shelving, storage & more. We will take care of all your handyman matters! Contact Mike on 9606 2047, rdelgodr@yahoo.com FURNITURE MOVERS FOR HOME & OFFICE We also hang artwork. Our services are friendly & reasonably priced. Please call 6139 5245

RICK’S DB HANDYMAN SERVICES We are fast, friendly, professional & reliable. Contact 6064 6906/ 9402 2790, rickyhandyman@gmail.com PURE PAINTING Residential & commercial paint specialist. For a free quotation, kindly call Peter on 9831 6051 SIX HANDYMAN SERVICE Specialising in furniture repairs & polishing, & picture hanging. We make soft furnishings & do alterations. Male & female tailoring also available. Quality service at attractive rates. Call Peter on 9674 7531, or Farnaz on 6681 9520, or email perfecthandyman@gmail.com

MIDGET GEMS RENTAL

GEMS OCCASIONS

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

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

MIDGET GEMS KIDS’ CLUB

SLHK HANDYMAN SERVICE Need help with your electrics, plumbing, painting, carpentry, tiling, lighting, air-conditioning or boat maintenance? We also specialise in picture & curtain hanging, shelving, & furniture repairs. Contact 9514 6036, slhkhandymanser@yahoo.com

Established playgroup for children from 2-4 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

ALL-ROUND HELP! Trustworthy, reliable male available to help. Pet sitter, cleaner, lawn care, handyman & cleaner. Very flexible hours. Please call 6203 2840 for references. Or talk to Marvin/ Reynaldo 6332 3355

EARLY ADVENTURES PLAYGROUP

KIDS CHRISTMAS CAMP

Arts & crafts galore for 3-6 years. 9-12am daily. Book now as spaces go quickly! To enroll visit info@midgetgemskidsclub.com

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

EARLY ADVENTURES PARTY TIME!

Need a venue for a party? Ideal playgroup environment with toys & activities. For further information, please call 9511 2107

MOUNTAINVIEW MONTESSORI

The Montessori method nurtures every child’s natural curiosity for learning. It ignites creativity and builds self worth. For children 33 months to 6 years. Email mountainview_montessori @hotmail.com

PETS GROOMING & DOG SERVICES Patient, caring & loving, Japanese/ English speaking. Welcome Graduate of Petco Grooming School & Tokyo Pet Business School. Please contact Peter Tse on 9360 3048, or visit www.petcoDB.com

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QUOQUO DOG CLUBDOG SERVICES

Grooming, boarding & behaviour classes. Responsible, patient & detail-conscious in a hygienic & relaxed environment. Call Dave Chan, Associate Member of The Animal Care College, Berkshire, UK, on 9872 5439, or visit http://quoquoclub.com

PROPERTY DB

SHORT-TERM RENTAL Bright, fully furnished flat. Sleeps 4. Fully equipped kitchen, plus wi-fi & broadband, towels & linen. Minimum stay 1 month. Email dbstay4@yahoo.com 2-BED APARTMENT FOR RENT Greenmont Court, nice & fully furnished. Call 9108 5525 1-BED FULLY FURNISHED RENTAL High floor with sea view. Close to pier & plaza. Call Tiareti on 9732 8985 GREENDALE COURT RENTAL Brand-new, fully furnished, 533’ 1-bed apartment. Deluxe renovation, on a high floor, with mountain view. Call 9108 5525

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 Warren on 2987 2626 or warren@appletravel.com

LUXURY RENTAL FLATS SIENA 2

Short- & medium-term rentals. Near new plaza, Club Siena & tunnel. Quiet with sea view. 600’, fully furnished, with washer/ dryer, towels, linen, all kitchenware, broadband & wi-fi. Serviced as required. Call 9317 0624

SHORT-TERM 3-BED RENTAL

Fully furnished, 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom flat in Jovial Court. Linen & fluffy towels provided, baby items available. LCD TV, DVD, wi-fi, telephone, washer & dryer. Fabulous views. Non-smoking flat. Call 6905 3765 evenings & weekends or email jovialflat@gmail.com

LUXURIOUS 1-BED APARTMENT

Newly renovated, 550’ flat on a high floor. Fully equipped open-kitchen with bar. Filtered drinking water included. Flat-screen TV, broadband, stereo, DVD, free wi-fi & split-type aircons. Bedding & towels provided. Weekly cleaning available. Email dbaygreenish@gmail.com

CHERISH COURT TO LET Fully furnished 2-bedroom, newly renovated flat. Tranquil with sea & Disneyland view, & wi-fi. Photos available. Contact Jacqueline at 9811 0718, jacquelinedb@gmail.com

SHORT-TERM FLAT FOR RENT

Comfortable, nicely decorated studio, close to plaza & pier. Fully equipped kitchen. 37” TV, DVD, wi-fi, linens & towels provided. Contact 9190 7348, niceroom_db@yahoo.com.hk

NICE SHORT-TERM RENTAL

Newly renovated studio flat with open kitchen, 5 minutes to pier. Fully furnished, cable TV & broadband. Contact 2987 2468, or dbshortlet@yahoo.com.hk

PROPERTY OVERSEAS

Greenery Court, 1-bedroom flat with deluxe renovation. Modern & fully furnished with internet, 37’’ LCD TV & DVD. Contact Sandy on 9654 8862, or sandylamdb@yahoo.com.hk

SHORT-TERM LET, PENTHOUSES

From HK$700 per night. 2-3 beds & studios all with balcony. Luxuriously furnished, with TV, DVD, cable & broadband. Panoramic harbour views & short walk to pier. Contact Brian on 9098 6951, or brian@headlandhomes.hk

PARTY PLANNERS We understand how important a really memorable themed party is! We will organise the venue, decoration, catering, entertainment, bands, DJs, florist, invitations, filming & photography. Call 2815 7919, info@entertainingasia.com, or visit www.entertainingasia.com

AUSTRALIAN TAX RETURNS AUSTRALIAN PROPERTY

Everything you need to know about buying a property in Australia. Information on property markets, taxation, finance, migration & legal. Free online at www.aussieproperty.com

PHUKET LAGUNA LINKS TOWNHOUSE

2,200’, 3 bedrooms, on the golf course. Available for sale HK$5.5M or holiday rental. PHUKET LAGUNA VILLAGE VILLA 3,200’, 4 bedrooms, big garden facing the lagoon. Available for sale HK$7.5M or holiday rental. Both homes are fully furnished with private pools & beach shuttle. Email kasumico.laguna@gmail.com

SPANISH VILLA FOR SALE

NEW SHORT- OR LONG-TERM RENTAL

SERVICES & OTHERS

20 minutes from Valencia airport. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms. Large living room/ dining room & kitchen plus garage. Mature terraced gardens with Roman-style pool. Large paved area to an outside kitchen. Good holiday rental returns: 240,000 euros. For more details & photos, email snr.cranmer@gmail.com

RETAIL CITI MART

Premium Indian groceries & spices. Free delivery to DB, Lantau & Tung Chung. Visit 9C Hei Ling Pei, Tung Chung. Or contact 2988 1994/ 2988 1774, sales@citimart.hk, www.citimart.hk

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 Australasian Taxation Services on 3571 8700, or helen.wong@smats.net, or visit www.smats.net

TRAVEL CONCORDE TRAVEL CONSULTANTS

Leisure travel specialists since 1978. Licence No. 350343. Call 2526 3391 or visit www.concorde-travel.com

TUITION & COURSES MATHEMATICS (GCSE, AS, SAT, IB, GMAT, ETC.) & ENGLISH TUITION

Offered by a London University graduate (First-Class Honours). Experienced in teaching adults, ESF & International School students. Call 9121 0389

DRAWING & PAINTING DAYTIME CLASSES FOR ADULTS

By a professional artist. Classes are customised for individuals & small groups. Contact Veronica at 6146 7004, vero.artist@yahoo.com, or visit veroartist.wordpress.com

CHINESE MANDARIN LESSONS

DB Mandarin Room at Phase 1. For Year 1-13 students: schedule on demand. Many groups of different levels to meet each student’s needs. Help with homework, revision, exams & more. For adults: beginners, intermediate & advanced classes every Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10-11am. Please call 6071 9643, or visit http://putonghua.isfun.net

LOS PEQUES Clases de español para niños hispanohablantes de 2 a 12 años. Por la mañana o por la tarde, y también los sábados. En DB Plaza. Con profesores cualificados y con experiencia. lospeques.db@gmail.com

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DESCRIPTION

PLACE / CONTACTS

DB GARDEN HOUSE MONTESSORI

BILINGUAL ENGLISH-MANDARIN ENVIRONMENT FOLLOWING AMI MONTESSORI CURRICULUM. UNIQUE IN DB WITH AN OUTDOOR PLAY AREA, GARDENING ACTIVITIES, PET CARING IN ADDITION TO DAILY ART EDUCATION, THEMEBASED CIRCLE TIMES, SCIENCE ACTIVITIES, MUSIC AND MOVEMENT, CULTURAL EXPLORATION.

NEAR DB PLAZA 6114 2436 ramesha@gardenhousemontessori.com www.gardenhousemontessori.com

EARLY ADVENTURES PLAYGROUP

WE HAVE CREATED A WARM AND CARING ENVIRONMENT WHERE CHILDREN GREENS ARE OFFERED EXCITING AND INTERESTING ACTIVITIES SO THEY CAN ACHIEVE www.earlyadventures.net THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. OUR WELL-ESTABLISHED PLAYGROUP OFFERS BRIGHT 9511 2107 / 2987 9644 AND SPACIOUS FACILITIES CONTAINING EQUIPMENT DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE A LL A RE AS OF DE V ELOPMENT. MORNING A ND A F TERNOON SES SIONS AVAILABLE.

20 months to 4 years

FIRST FRIENDS, SECOND FRIENDS

FIRST & SECOND FRIENDS PARENT & CHILD GROUP AT CLUB SIENA. THOUSANDS OF TOYS AND FUN.

CLUB SIENA Dian 9237 5411 or Lin 9151 5545

1 to 3 yrs

FUNFIT

FITNESS FUN AND LEARNING.

CLUB SIENA 6302 6327

6 months to 6 yrs

KINDERMUSIK

MUSIC PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN DESIGNED TO ENHANCE INTELLECTUAL, CLUB SIENA EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL, AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT. 6182 0959

Newborn to 7 yrs

LES PETITS LASCARS DE DB

LA PETITE ÉCOLE FRANCAISE DE DB *FRENCH KINDERGARTEN *EXTRA-CURRICULAR FRENCH SUPPORT FOR FRENCH SCHOOLED AT DBIS, DC OR LIS *HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE FOR CHILDREN SCHOOLED AT FIS

MIDGET GEMS KID’S CLUB

DEDICATED DB PL AZA PL AYGROUPS IN ENGLISH, GERMAN, MANDARIN & THE PLAZA SPANISH. A GREAT ENVIRONMENT WITH THE EMPHASIS ON THE FUN FACTOR. www.midgetgemskidsclub.com 2987 0272

2 to 4 yrs

MOUNTAINVIEW MONTESSORI

THE MONTESSORI METHOD NURTURES EVERY CHILD’S NATURAL CURIOSITY MOUNTAINVIEW FOR LEARNING. IGNITES CREATIVITY & BUILDS SELF-WORTH 6488 4872    mountainview_montessori@hotmail.com

33 months to 6 yrs

PLAYTIME

PLAYGROUP RUN BY A MONTESSORI-TRAINED TEACHER, OPEN 5 DAYS A WEEK. CHERISH 2623 4099 / 9054 0565 playtimekidsdb@yahoo.com

18 months to 4 yrs

DB PLAZA lascarsdb@hklanguages.com 2526 8892 / 9198 0810

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AVAILABLE 6 months to 6 yrs

2.5 yrs and up

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COMMUNITY & HEALTH

DBNUMBERS

LEARNING CENTRES

Bayside Dental Practice, North Plaza

2987 0855

Watson’s Pharmacy

2987 4089

Catholic Church (Trinity Chapel)

2988 1515

Wellcome

2947 9092

DB Alliance Church Community Centre

2987 8136

Discovery Bay Community Hall

2852 4338

DB International Community Church

2987 7061

HSBC

2233 3000

Discovery Bay Medical Centre

2987 5633

TRAVELEX Money Exchange, North Plaza

2682 1210

Health & Care Dental Clinic

2666 6183

Luen Fat Securities Co. Ltd

2987 1851

Herbal Healthcare

2834 7276

Island Health

2987 7575

Island Veterinary Services

2987 9003

The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council

2259 3422

First Friends FINANCIAL SERVICES

DB’s largest & longest running playgroup Dian Clayton 9237 5411 or Iin Porter 9151 5545 firstsecondfriends@yahoo.com www.firstfriendshk.com

DB Garden House Montessori Quality Montessori programmes for 6m to 6y olds For details call Ramesha on 6114 2436 ramesha@gardenhousemontessori.com www.gardenhousemontessori.com

HOME

Butterfly Dreams Luxury Bed Linens Ltd. CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

rush yoga ∙ fitness ∙ swim G/F, G35, DB Plaza, Discovery Bay Tel +852 2526 0720 www.rush.com.hk Mon – Sun: 10:30am to 7:30pm

Treat Boutique

"Treat yourself, Treat your wallet" US Depatment store handbags, jewelry, ladies wear, men's wear and more... Tel: 6163 3421

In Style

2987 8226

Little Whale

3480 1348

Nomadic

2987 8460

Start-rite shoes

2987 2098

DAILY NECESSITIES

“Luxury that doesn’t cost the Earth” Tel. ( 852 ) 9770 4474 / 9779 9424 www.butterflydreams.com.hk

Good Luck Engineering

2987 1313

Hoi Yu Transportation

2987 4488

Home Services Engineering

2987 0061

Hung Kee Co

2987 5087

Interior 18

2987 7803

Japan Home Centre

2987 1041

Marc James Design, North Plaza

2765 5700

Next Furniture

2987 0222

Rapee-living

2987 7082

Rich Point Hardware Materials

2987 0789

Season Art Kitchen Perfection

2987 1990

Tai Fat Hardware Store

2987 0789

Wing On Department Store

2987 9268

Yaali Designs

3482 5785

Yours Electrical Centre

2987 4428

LEARNING CENTRES

7-Eleven Convenience Store

2987 4401

7-Eleven Food Kiosk

2914 1183

Fusion by PARKnSHOP

2987 7486

GNC

2987 9331

Mannings

2987 1720

International Academy of Performing Arts Discovery College www.actingantics.com Contact deborah@actingantics.com 852 6842 8092 - 8122 9475

Kindergarten, French classes and tutorial services. French kindergarten open for registrations for school year 2012-13. Accepting registrations for 2011-12. LG-05, 92 Siena Avenue, DB North Tel: 6710 0391 e-mail: info@la-petite-enfance.com

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

Mandarin for Munchkins®

2011 Christmas Camp Dec 19th– Jan 7th / For kids 1 year and up Call 2480 3909 www. mandarinformunchkins.com

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

Mountainview Montessori Run by Montessori trained teacher Come and Join the Fun! mountainview_montessori@hotmail.com

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DBNUMBERS

OTHER SERVICES

LEARNING CENTRES DB International School (Kindergarten)

2914 2142

Amity Shoe Care

2987 4538

Pacific Coffee

2987 1662

DB International School (Pri. / Sec.)

2987 7331

Apple Travel Co

2987 2626

Paisano's, North Plaza

2673 4445

Discovery College

3969 1000

Pets Gallery

2987 0428

Peony Chinese Restaurant

2500 1950

The Optical House

2987 1368

Sopranos

2987 2915

Well Supreme Laundry Services

2987 5151

Subway

2914 0005

Super Super

2914 1308

Uncle Russ, DB Plaza

2682 0068

Uncle Russ, North Plaza

2682 8108

Wildfire Fresh

2987 8202

Yogurtime

2259 4511

Zak's

2987 6232

Discovery Mind International Play Centre 2987 8028 Discovery Mind Kindergarten

2987 8088

Discovery Montessori School

2987 1201

DMR School of Ballet

2987 4338

Early Adventures Learning Centre

9511 2107

HK International Learning Academy

2416 3088

Les Petits Lascars de DB

2526 8892

SKH Wei Lun Primary School

2987 8608

Sunshine House Int'l Pre-School

2987 0813

Sunshine House Kindergarten

2987 8143

Treasure House

2987 4217

Bookazine, DB Ferry

2987 1373

Dymocks & Gallery

2987 8494

Fotomax (F.E.) Ltd

2914 2378

MULTIMEDIA

REAL-ESTATE AGENCIES

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

SOCIAL, SPORTS & EQUIPMENT Centaline Property Agency Limited

2987 8484

Century 21 Newcourt Realty

2987 9729

Headland Homes

2987 2088

Kingsford DB Ltd

2987 6888

Land Master Property

2987 6238

Midland Realty

2987 2888

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

Fun to Read

3105 3588

Movieland

2987 7111

22º North

2987 2298

Embody

Pen’n Paper

2987 8898

Berliner

2987 8203

Exercise for Energy for Life

P-Solution

2987 1777

Café Duvet

2987 0966

The Bookshop

2987 9372

Caramba Mexican Cantina

2987 2848

Ebeneezer’s

2987 0036

First Korean Restaurant

2987 9123

Discovery Bay Flowers

Fresh Fruit Juice Paradise

2987 4768

Flowers for all occasions Baskets, Bouquets, Orchids, Gifts and Luxury Chocolates Free Delivery in Discovery Bay T: 2987 0802 M: 9150 7165 Email: dot@discoverybayflowers.com

Hemingway’s by the Bay

2987 8855

il Bel Paese

2987 0202

Ippu Japanese Restaurant

2987 2886

Island Café

2987 9311

Jaspa's, North Plaza

2997 8688

Koh Tomyums

2987 0767

La Création Bakery

2987 1829

McDonald’s & McCafé

2987 1033

McSorley’s Ale House

2987 8280

Mirch Masala, North Plaza

2987 1337

OTHER SERVICES

PetcoDB Grooming & Pet Services Wth Trust, Love & Safe Care For the ones you love Tel: 2914 0382 Email: info@petcoDB.com www.petcoDB.com

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RESTAURANTS

Tel: 2987 8923 / 9443 8333 Email: embody-hk@live.com www.embody.com.hk

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

Lantau Island Outrigging Canoe Club Training at Lantau Boat Club, Tai Pak beach www.liocc.com


DBNUMBERS

SOCIAL, SPORTS & EQUIPMENT

WELL-BEING

TOYS, ACCESSORIES & KIDS' PARTIES

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

Stuck on You

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

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

Label It, Own It, Keep It! Tel: 2549 2245, 2987 2608 sales.hk@stuckonyou.biz www.stuckonyou.biz

Bo Bo House

2987 4230

Toysland

2987 7859 TRANSPORT SERVICES

Nailed It DB Golf Cart Services

2914 2727

DB Transit Services

2914 0186

DB Transportation Services

2987 7351

Hire Car Bookings

2987 6348

Passenger Telephone hotline

2987 0208

Wiselink Golf Cart Services

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

2987 7382

Discovery Bay Marina Club

2987 9591

Discovery Bay Golf Club

2987 7273

Discovery Bay Residents Club

2987 7381

TOYS, ACCESSORIES & KIDS' PARTIES

Little Miss Green The Party Queen Eco Party Supplies, Toys, Games & Gifts www.missgreenpartyqueen.com

Penny Scallan Design Unique and individual Tel: 6015 4050 hk@pennyscallan.biz www.pennyscallan.biz

Planting Ideas, Growing Minds. Tel: 2987 2608 soyhongkong@gmail.com www.seedling.com.hk

2987 9368

UTILITIES, SERVICES & EMERGENCY HOTLINES

Professional artificial nail services in DB Tel: 2987 2266

The Skin Therapy Centre CIBTAC, ITEC, BABTAC, City & Guilds Facials, CACI-Face lifting, SKINCARE, Make-up & Colour analysis, Waxing & more! Please contact Gillian : 9604 6920 / 2987 0764 www.theskintherapycentrehk.com

24-hour Customer Service hotline

3651 2345

China Light & Power Emergency

2728 8333

China Light & Power Information Line

2678 2678

Discovery Bay Commercial Services

2987 4242

Discovery Bay Fire & Ambulance

2987 7502

Discovery Bay Management

2238 3601

Discovery Bay Medical Services

2525 6798

Afflatus Hair Workshop

2987 0283

Discovery Bay Office Centre

2238 3388

Maximum Care

2987 2060

Discovery Bay Police

2987 4052

Salon De Coiffure

2987 4112

Discovery Bay Post Office

2987 6046

Sense of Touch

2987 9198

Gas Leakage Emergency hotline

2435 4511

Lantau North Report Room

2988 2369

Typhoon Signal Enquiries

2835 1473

Water Fault Reports

2811 0788

Water Supplies Department

2824 5000

WELL-BEING

Aussie Organics The freshest place for organic produce! Tel: 2293 2265 hongkong@aussieorganics.com www.aussieorganics.com

Sher Martelle-Climas, R.M.T. DB's Massage Therapist House calls, by appointment only Call for rates 9503 9117

Around DB's January 2012 issue coming out

December 30

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DBMOMENTS

take it to the limit

What do you do if your mum is diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease? Well you move (or at least climb) mountains of course. We talk to DB resident Carol Keen Other than mentioning that her “bladder tube froze solid” two hours into the final hike, Keen plays down the gruelling nature of the climb, and the disappointment felt by the team when two of their number were forced to drop out. Instead she mentions that the (57) porters sang traditional Swahili songs at the end of each day’s trek, and how much she “loved the last day’s 21-kilometre walk through volcanic ash, lush greenery, jungle areas and breathtaking scenery and wildlife”. Keen’s climb was organised by Parkinson's UK. Since Carol Keen on the roof of Africa – and her certificate to prove it

O

1969, the charity has spent around GBP50 million (HKD619 million) on research projects; GBP4.6 million

n the morning that Carol Keen

(HKD56.9 million) in 2010. “When mum was first diagnosed

summited Mount Kilimanjaro to raise

all we knew about the disease was that Michael J Fox had

funds for Parkinson’s, her mother, who was

it,” Keen says. “Parkinson's is a progressive neurological

diagnosed with the disease six years ago,

condition with three main symptoms – tremors, muscle

walked nine metres from her bedroom to the conservatory.

stiffness and slowness of movement.”

This is the furthest Keen says her mother has walked since June, and something that gave the team of 15 mountaineers

With her fellow mountaineers, Keen has raised over

(two with Parkinson’s) a much-needed boost in their bid to

GBP65,000 (HKD805,000) for Parkinson’s UK. Keen has

reach the ‘roof of Africa’.

herself raised approximately HKD80,000 of which about HKD61,800 was pledged here in Hong Kong. Support from

At 5,895 metres, Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the world's

the DB community has been fantastic with large numbers

largest active volcanoes, and the tallest freestanding peak in

stepping up to donate and take part in her quiz-night

the world. Keen, 46, whose father put her up for the climb this

fundraisers in DB.

October, is fit, having completed the 100-kilometre (Hong Kong) Oxfam Trailwalker twice, and the local 50-kilometre

After taking a well-earned break in Borneo with Martyn,

Greenpower Race five times (once with a hangover). She

her husband of 17 years, who incidentally she met and

has also climbed 4,095-metre Mount Kinabalu as part of a

married in Kenya, Keen has another quiz night planned for

training exercise. Keen knew that conquering Kilimanjaro

December 9 at McSorley's in DB.

would be no walk in the park but swore she wouldn’t come back to DB if she did not get to the top.

Early in 2012, Keen will wrap up her charity work. “So many other charities need help,” she says simply. “My mum has

“We took the Rongai route (seven days) which gave us

beaten cancer, has had a double heart bypass, she has

all the maximum chance to acclimatise,” Keen says. “We

osteoporosis and now Parkinson’s (Lewes body – the worst

were each in two-man tents – very cosy for sub-zero

form) but she still keeps smiling.”

temperatures. Each day’s trekking consisted of four-, sixor eight-hour hikes. On summit day, we woke at midnight

Make a donation

and then headed up to Gilman's Point (5,680 metres). Our

• www.justgiving.com/carolkeen. • Parkinson’s UK, www.parkinsons.org.uk. • Hong Kong Parkinson's Disease Foundation, www.hkpdf.org.hk.

guide told us the temperature was about minus 20 with the wind-chill factor.”

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