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Specialist instructors MI owner, 17-year DB resident Claire Dickson’s philosophy is simple. “Exercise should be fun.” And to ensure clients get exactly what they need, she now employs 19 specialist instructors, who have nearly 200 years of experience between them.

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“I only want the best for my clients and I feel it is of the utmost importance to stay current with the latest research and advances in the health-andfitness industry,” Claire says. “This way, instructors bring first-hand knowledge straight to our clients, so everyone benefits.” MI now offers DB’s broadest range of classes, at truly competitive prices. “Our online payment and booking system allows clients the flexibility to do the classes they want, exactly when they want them,” Claire adds.

Satisfied customers MI regular, Sally Broadbent says, “I’ve been a member of MI since 2008. There is a great variety of classes, so I have been able to find a suitable class

Kettle Bell: These handled cannonballs are the best loaded training tool around. MI’s specialist trainer is a qualified medical doctor and osteopath, ensuring training is risk free and results driven. as my training needs have changed. All the instructors are helpful and knowledgeable, and they always offer advice when it’s needed.” Denise Boonstra, another MI fan, says, “I've been going to MI for a year now and I find that they manage to cater to everyone’s needs.” “The studio is bright, clean and well maintained, with the bonus of beautiful views while you work out,” Sally adds. Over the years, Elina Makilammi has tried out every class MI has to offer. Pregnant at the moment, she is concentrating on her yoga and says, “MI has the most relaxing feelgood yoga classes! They make my day. I have an incredible feeling for the whole day after class. MI makes magic happen.” It’s worth noting that MI offers specialist pre- and post-natal classes and personal training. Claire’s aim is to ensure that soon-to-be mums enjoy a healthy pregnancy and easy recovery.

Personal Training: You’ll get what you want, and need from MI’s specialised, one-on-one training. Pilates: Mat and reformer classes are taught in a way Joseph Pilates himself would admire. The focus is on strengthening, lengthening and balancing the body, with core conditioning and posture realignment. Spinning: MI is a fully licensed spinning® facility. The instructors are there to help you reach new fitness heights and goals. TRX: Intense and innovative suspension training provides a superb cardio-and-strength workout. Yoga: Claire says, “MI’s yoga instructors literally enlighten the load!” Classes are the perfect way for you to balance mind and body. Zumba: Combining Latin and International music with an effective workout system, these classes put the emphasis on having fun!

Call MI on 2987 5852, or visit, or the Movement Improvement Facebook page. Unit 10, 1/F, Office Block 2, 96 Siena Avenue, DB North Plaza.


PROFILE Meet Imagine Peace founder, Pui O resident Kay Sugisaki


IN FOCUS Start the New Year right – with a detox!


FAMILY MATTERS Nurturing children’s practical understanding of the world


EXPLORER Discover the underwater world off Lantau’s coast


ESCAPES Singapore: Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015


ACTION Three hardcore Lantau trails to test your mettle


LIFESTYLE Design tips to glean from a DB rental apartment




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TALKING POINTS Introducing, a whole new way to shop


MOMENTS Around DB Resident’s Choice Awards’ winner: Solera


DB FACES Candid community snaps


OUT THERE Thoughts on island life


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Discovery Bay Golf Club December was a big month for DB golf, with 47 competitors taking part in the Discovery Bay Residents Golf Society (DBRGS) Annual Championship, and 40 in the Big Sai Wan Masters. A special shout out goes to the highest male and female gross scorers in the DBRGS tournament, Dicky Lee and Kung Winchester, and the winner of the Big Sai Wan Masters, Stephen Ahmoye. For the full list of results and more photos, visit


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Head to the beach to see girls from more than 35 local rugby clubs compete in the DB Pirates’ fifth annual All-Girls Beach Rugby Festival, 9am to 5.30pm. The girls are battling it out for the U10, U12, U14 and U19 titles. For enquiries, email; for more information, visit



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Movement Improvement DB North Plaza The first Healthy DB Pop Up Event, running from 2pm to 6pm, brings health vendors from across Hong Kong to DB. You can also Photo courtesy of expect a few DB suppliers Andrea Roa Buco at this Healthy Living in DB event, organised by DB residents Paula Lepore Burrough and Kylie Fox. Check out the full list of vendors, offering everything from vegetarian food to supplements, at, or visit the Healthy Living in DB Facebook page. January 2015


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Young Writer’s Competition 2015 Around DB’s Young Writer’s Competition (YWC), now in its third year, provides secondary school students living and/ or studying in Lantau with the chance to get published! This year, your task is to write a nonfiction account of 600 to 700 words about a life-changing moment in your life or someone else’s, and the deadline is March 10. You can check the YWC guidelines at Good luck!

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CONGRATULATIONS VICTORY FOR DB ATHLETES! Uber-athletes and long-time friends, DB residents Stefano Passarello and Thomas Kiprotich, ran their way to victory, collecting two of the most prestigious prizes at the UNICEF Charity Run 2014. Stefano came first in the Men’s 10km Run (Challenge) in 34 minutes and 24 seconds, and Thomas won the Men’s Half Marathon in one hour, 12 minutes and 14 seconds. For the full results, visit

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CYCLING FOR LIFE! Thanks to Life Cycle, the local charity led by DB residents Denise Gascoigne and Steve Chitty, 18 cyclists (14 from Lantau) completed an epic 300-kilometre cycle journey across Cambodia. The cyclists visited various charities that are actively reducing young people’s vulnerability to human trafficking, and have raised a whopping HK$170,000 to date. On December 6, they took part in Bike4Kids, a 100-kilometre race raising funds to help fight child exploitation in Cambodia. To read more, visit the Life Cycle – Cycle for Life Facebook page.

RESIDENT’S CHOICE AWARDS’ WINNER The Lantau community voted Solera Spanish Restaurant and Bar in DB Plaza, the winner of Around DB Resident’s Choice Awards 2014. Second and third place went to The Venue in DB North Plaza and Brasserie 22˚ North in DB Plaza. All the reviewing and voting on the Around DB Facebook page and created quite a buzz, and we’d like to thank everyone who took part. You can read more on page 50.

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Around DB’s Young Writer’s Competition (YWC) is your chance to prove and improve your writing skills, express your ideas and get published! From the articles submitted, our three mentors will each select a winning story and work on improving it with the author. The three finished articles will then be posted on the Around DB Facebook page for an online vote.

You are • A secondary school student living and/ or studying on Lantau The article is • A nonfiction account of 600 to 700 words, about a life-changing moment in your life or someone else’s • Authors submit their name, age, year group and school (the mentors will be given the age of the writers only) How it works • March 10: Deadline for submission to • March 11 to 16: The mentors select three winning entries • March 17 to April 13: Each mentor meets with one winning writer to provide advice on improving the article. The writer reworks the piece and resubmits it to his/ her mentor, who checks it and passes it to Around DB for online posting • April 14, 8am: The three winning articles are posted on the Around DB YWC 2014 finalists: Facebook page for readers to vote online Sean Ho Lok Sung, Laila Joy Albuquerque and Navin Jain • April 19, 6pm: Online voting ends • April 20: The results of Around DB Young Writer’s Competition 2015 are posted on the Around DB Facebook page and What you get • The winning article is published in the May issue of Around DB • All three finalists are profiled in the April issue of Around DB • HK$1,000, HK$500 and HK$400 Dymocks’ book vouchers for first-, second-, and third-place winners • A copy of Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, for all three finalists, plus the three runners-up • Prize giving at Dymocks DB, the competition sponsor About the mentors DB residents Karmel Schreyer and Peter Sherwood are delighted to be reprising their role as YWC mentors, and this year Around DB is delighted to welcome Elizabeth Kerr on board to round out the mentoring team. All three mentors are writers and journalists of long-standing and, of course, Around DB contributors. Karmel, Elizabeth and Peter are thrilled to have this opportunity to share their insights and help Around DB’s young readers get published for the first time. Be sure to check the YWC guidelines @, or the Around DB Facebook page, and submit your article by March 10 to Find us on


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Over 800 runners took to the hills for Action Asia’s MSIG Lantau VK (5 kilometres up Lantau Peak) and the MSIG Lantau 50 – HK Series, 13-, 25-, 50- and 88-kilometre races. A special mention goes to DB residents Scottie Callaghan, Peter Dingley and Pascal Laroumanie. Scottie came third overall in the gruelling, 88-kilometre race, and first in his age category (Men 18-39). Peter placed fifth in the 25-kilometre race, and Pascal fifth in the13-kilometre race, with Peter coming first in his age category (Men 40-49).


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A fun and festive time was had in the lead-up to the holidays at the Lantau International School (LIS) Fair, and at the YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College (YHKCC) International Fun Fair. The highlight of the YHKCC fair was the International Talent Show put on by the students, and at LIS, it was a performance by the school band (and sponging the teachers)!

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Around DB competitions are incredibly easy to enter (you’ll even find the answers to our questions right here). You have until January 10 to submit your answers. To enter, email, click on the competitions link at, or scan the QR Code below. Don’t forget to give us your name and telephone number!

Brazilian-born Chris Coelho, a Tung Chung resident of eight years, brings a vibrant and expressive style to maternity, newborn and family photography. Her chief aim is to capture unforgettable moments that her clients can treasure for a lifetime. To book a photo session with Chris call 9258 0971; to view her stunning collection of photography, visit

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Chris is offering one reader a 60-minute, Sweet Family Photo Session, complete with a CD and a hardcover 8” x 11” album of 20 photos, redeemable before June 1 (worth HK$3,500 in total).

Chameleon Workshop, set up by British-born artist Eleanor McColl, a DB resident of six years, offers a range of fine-art packs that allow you to create your own art at home. Printing Workshop and Painting Workshop are now available at Dymocks DB, and each pack contains detailed instructions, materials and tips. To find out more, visit; to view Eleanor’s artwork, visit Chameleon Workshop is offering three readers an art pack (worth HK$389 each).

Take fitness classes at The HIT Room! DB North Plaza fitness studio The HIT Room, set up by DB residents Wesley and Cindy Reid, boasts two dedicated workout areas, with both indoor and outdoor training areas, for interactive group exercise classes, spin classes and personal training. Twelve passionate and driven instructors are employed to help you achieve your health and fitness goals. Visit

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The HIT Room is offering one reader five HIT classes (worth HK$725 in total) and one reader five spin classes (worth HK$825 in total).

Congratulations to last month’s winners Micheline Birdwiff, Dilys Chan and Helene Chane for the Mothers en Vogue giveaway; Drew Potter, Patsy Yuen and Choi Fong for tickets to see The Gruffalo; and Liubov Milatskova, Jen Mangel and Miranda Barnes for a day pass to a First Code Academy Coding Camp workshop.

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Kay Sugisaki founded Imagine Peace in 2012; the most recent event drew more than 400 people

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To kick off the New Year on a powerfully positive note, Elizabeth Kerr talks to Pui O resident Kay Sugisaki, who is working with the Lantau community to make the world a better place


hen you place a phone call to Imagine Peace founder Kay Sugisaki and she’s not available, you don’t get the standard, “This is Kay…” or the mechanical, “The number 9, 3…” You get a little sass from her six-year-old daughter, Maya, telling you, “Mom’s not here. Call back later!” She does suggest having a nice day though.

and approachable, and refreshingly genuine in her beliefs.

“Oh, maybe I should change that,” says Kay with a chuckle, after I mention the memorable message. She shouldn’t though, not if it’s her mission to bring a little happiness, charm, love, humour – peace – to people’s lives.

The preternaturally youthful Kay, who claims she’s in her early 40s, has heard all the jokes about hippies, peaceniks and patchouli oil. And it doesn’t bother her. “At our events, we do have crystal healings and ‘Ommm’ chanting and all that!” she declares with another laugh.

Hippies, peaceniks and patchouli oil The Tokyo native and Japan Airlines reject has been Cathay Pacific flight crew for the past 21 years. “I like to have the wind at my back, and I always wanted to see what’s out there,” she says. A travel addict, San Francisco’s general way of thinking and its vibrant culture are, not surprisingly, a favourite. It’s easy to see why Kay works on the frontlines of an airline, even as it’s hard to picture her in a uniform of any sort. She’s an oddball by Hong Kong standards, but in the best way. Though she claims communications are not her strongest suit, she’s quick to laugh

“It’s easy to be kind,” she begins by way of explaining what she’d like to achieve through Imagine Peace. “Each of us can do a little bit of good. I don’t have a big agenda. I don’t meditate; I’m not a yoga teacher. I’m not even a vegetarian,” she comments with a laugh. “But in some way I manage to be ‘good’.”

Imagine Peace was inspired by Japan’s 3/11 earthquake and the impact it had on Kay’s home country and beyond. “I chose the name Imagine Peace because what we imagine (and envision clearly) we make real,” she says. Kay rejects the notion that people are fundamentally inclined to inaction but says she was blown away by the response to the first, casual event in 2012. Its current iteration, a Pui O music-and-art festival with an educational slant, is scheduled around International Day of Peace, a UN observation on September 21.

The two-day 2014 Imagine Peace event was the biggest yet, with some 400 people enjoying the music, dance, discussion, workshops, meditation and yoga on Pui O Beach. And in the true spirit of peace and love, hundreds of candles were lit and all the performers got up on stage for free. “Peaceful and loving energy filled the festival site,” says Kay. “And it lasted until the end.” Kay is quick to point out that the Imagine Peace team hosts informal gatherings year round. “There’s a very active, alternative scene in Lantau these days,” she says. “We share our skills and our beliefs – everything from eco-art with Liina Klauss, to fire dancing with Imagine Peace coorganiser, Michael Hazen.”

What peace is and what it means Having survived four years of the rat race in Central, Kay moved to Pui O eight years ago. A single mum, she’s cut her working hours to roughly 14 days per month in order to be around more for her daughter. “I’m so glad I was given this child,” Kay says. “She’s a better person than me.” Parenthood doesn’t mean Kay ignores the world around her. Environmental concerns are high on her agenda, January 2015



and all Imagine Peace events are proactively green, with recycling prioritised in everything from the catering to the decorating. Global peace advocates Seeds of Peace and the Lantau ecological and sustainability education charity, EcoAdventure Foundation, were the beneficiaries of last year’s event. In reality, the most unconventional thing about Kay is her personal definition of peace that transcends a lack of armed conflict. “I want to give kids like my daughter a chance to think about what peace is and what it means – and feel the love of the community so they’ll be more responsible. To relationships, to art, to the environment,” she says. “It’s in all of us.”

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Will I lose weight?

ore people sign up for a detox in January than at any other time of the year, says Graeme Bradshaw, founding director and naturopath, of Integrated Medicine Institute (IMI), aka DB’s detox central. “You’re winding down from a week (or more) of celebrations and parties,” he explains. “You’re feeling overloaded by too much alcohol and rich food, and too many late nights – and you decide it’s time to make some resolutions about your health and wellbeing.” Of course, purification rituals – fasting, meditation, and the like – date back to time immemorial. The idea that we’re somehow poisoning ourselves and we need to atone for our sins seems to come naturally to us, which may explain why it’s still integral to most of the world’s religions. Today’s version of autointoxication argues that a combination of food additives, pesticide residues on food, smog, excess meat, prescription drugs, nicotine and last night’s bottle of wine cause a build-up of toxins in the body. Alternative medicine practitioners and naturopaths, from Phuket to Sri Lanka, Denpasar to DB, tell us we’ll benefit from flushing them out – regularly.

What will I gain? From the onset, it’s important to recognise that improved health isn’t found in a box of herbal supplements, a bottle of homeopathy, or a colonic irrigation. The lifestyle implications of a poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, lack of sleep, and alcohol or drug use cannot simply be flushed or purged away. But a detox can help cleanse your body, and allow you to jump-start a healthier lifestyle. Advocates for detox typically describe the liver and kidney as acting like filters, where toxins are physically captured and retained. “These organs need to be cleaned out periodically, like you’d rinse out a sponge, or change the air filter in your car,” explains

Weight loss is of course, for many of us, a positive by-product of a successful detox. But it is a by-product of a cleanse not the main aim, and the body will move back to its pre-detox weight over time, if diet and activity levels remain the same.

A good detox centres on wellness not weight loss

Graeme, a DB resident of four years. “Not all detox programmes are created equal,” he continues. “The key to an effective detox is to up-regulate the liver function and this takes specific amino acids that help bind and release pollutants and other toxins.” Conveniently, there is no shortage of detox solutions to absolve you of your sins in 2015. In fact, DBers need look no further than the Healthy DB Pop Up Event at Movement Improvement in DB North Plaza on January 24. Detox-friendly products on offer include supplements, superfoods and vegetarian dishes. It’s essential, however, to opt for a guided programme, whether you are planning to detox at home, or book into a spa resort for a full-on, cleansing ‘mini-break’. Some of these focus on flushing out the bowel. Additionally, a detox, by its very nature, involves you radically altering your diet, and typical side effects include insomnia, fatigue, nausea, headaches, weakness and low blood sugar levels. “The side effects of detox are easily managed when the appropriate mealreplacement drinks are used, as these nutrients regulate blood sugars and dispose of the toxins efficiently,” says Graeme.

What’s key, is that you can learn a lot about improving your diet long term. Most detoxes involve you fasting and taking meal replacements at least for a day or two, and excluding some of the foods you are used to, like red meat, dairy and refined carbohydrates. Learning how to make delicious, protein-rich, sugar-free ‘green drinks and soups’ can only be a positive; eating more quinoa and kale, and less processed foods is sound dietary advice for everyone. “Many participants find that their taste changes for the good and their old cravings disappear after a detox,” says Graeme. “Going forward, they may find that they do not need to eat as much, and feel more satisfied with healthy choices.” Though not strictly a detox programme, since the primary aim is to lose weight, the Cambridge Weight Plan removes all the usual suspects from your diet and encourages you to ‘eat clean’. The ‘plan’ is based around meal replacements combined with protein/ green veggie meals. The formula of the meal replacements provides enough protein to protect lean tissue, the right level of carbohydrate to promote a mild ketosis and eliminate a sense of hunger, and the right levels of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and essential fatty acids to maintain good health. “Weight loss is most successful when you receive support,” says Cambridge Weight Plan’s DB-based Carla Keating. “Whether you need advice along the way to your goal weight, motivation to stay active, or information on nutrition, we’ve got you covered.”  January 2015



Do I need to take supplements? It’s clear that a beneficial detox helps you reassess your diet, and become better informed about healthful eating. As Southside-based Monica Wong of the international wellness product provider Forever Living, says, “Good health starts with good nutrition. “With today’s farming methods depleting the natural mineral content of our lands, we can no longer rely on our foods to completely provide us with the essential vitamins and minerals that our bodies need,” Monica adds. “More people are turning to nutritional supplements as a means of getting sufficient quantities of those vital nutrients that can make a difference to their quality of health.” Many of Forever Living’s supplements feature Aloe Vera. “It’s often referred to as nature’s best gift due to the health benefits derived from the sap,” explains Monica. “Packed full of vitamins and minerals, it is a natural way to ensure health from the inside out. Drinking aloe gel can greatly improve digestive issues and help to improve your body's overall defence system.” Supplements are integral to the detox programmes offered at Centralbased Body Awakening, co-owned by Mui Wo residents Jessica and Zachary Williams. Jessica, who has a Masters Degree in Holistic Nutrition, has guided hundreds of participants through a detox, and she draws on this experience while designing and modifying Body Awakening’s cleansing programme and supplement range. “We believe in the body’s innate ability to heal itself, when given the right tools, and the mind’s natural desire to be happy, healthy and full of energy,” Jessica says. “We go to great lengths to ensure that our products are of unmatched quality and are absorbed into the body efficiently and effectively. We recognise that


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Can your kids name the birds and cloud formations they spot as they walk home from school, and are basic DIY skills in their orbit? Nurturing children’s practical understanding of the world around them has never been more essential, writes Kate Whitehead

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asy access to the natural environment is one of the big attractions of Discovery Bay and local schools make the most of that resource, integrating it wherever possible into the curriculum and the school day – the skills learned and health benefits are a good antidote to the increasing pull of technology.

principal of primary at Discovery College (DC), says that throughout the primary section, the natural environment is woven into the fabric of learning. The curriculum is designed around big ideas, such as ‘Sharing the Planet’ and ‘Who are we?’, and learning is structured through the lens of these big ideas.

As a child, Matt Corbett, deputy principal of secondary at Discovery Bay International School (DBIS), used to head down to the river after school and play with friends until it was dark. He says Discovery Bay is a safe environment and advises parents to encourage children to get outside and explore, perhaps taking a shortcut over the hill to school, or letting them loose on the trails in their free time.

Year One students are taken out to Grandpa’s Garden, a field on the far side of Nim Shue Wan, where they can get their hands dirty and pull vegetables. Year Two students look at the sources of water – and with the river, pond and sea on their doorstep, practical learning is made easy. And Year Three students learn to appreciate nature through the eyes of artists, honing their observation skills and ability to make connections.

“All the evidence suggests that a lack of nature is causing a rise in depression, obesity and attention deficit disorders – being outside will reduce this and make kids happier, more co-operative and help develop self-discipline,” says Matt.

Teaching life skills The natural environment has a lot to teach children, too. Lyn Coote, viceJanuary 2015

“They learn to appreciate the fact that the sky looks different each day. By the end of primary school they have engaged with nature,” says Lyn. Both DC and DBIS get involved with local green-group initiatives, and provide allotments for pupils to cultivate. In a world where many children reportedly don’t know where their food comes from, believing

it originates at the supermarket, DB-educated kids are clearly at an advantage.

All-round technical ability “I’d suggest that parents have a ‘green hour’ each day, family time with all the siblings, it could be going for a walk or playing touch rugby. If people are lucky enough to have a backyard, then make a sandbox and bring home pieces from the outside world,” says Matt. He says it’s important to get children interested in how things work inside and outside. And this includes practical DIY skills, such as changing a light bulb. “Most families here are in a position where they have domestic help and a lot of the students get things done for them. It’s great if they can learn practical skills, like how to change a car tyre,” Matt adds. “The inactivity levels in young people are huge – partly it’s parents’ concerns for children’s safety.” Matt doesn’t see technology as bad, but cautions on using it wisely. Take social networking that has come in for some bad press in relation to teenage bullying and depression. Matt says


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that there are positive benefits, such as the opportunity for introverted students to socialise from behind the security of a screen. And computeruse represents enormous educational opportunities in the classroom.

App-enabled not app-dependent Professor Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at Harvard University, has the same message. He sees technology as having much to offer, but warns that young people need to learn how to become “app-enabled” rather than “app-dependent”. In Hong Kong recently, to talk about his new book The App Generation, he explained that his research shows that young people are more risk-averse than they were 20 years ago. “Kids used to make up plays that weren’t very good but they made them up. Now they just reproduce them from a smart device because it’s easier to do and slicker, but they aren’t using their imagination – that’s what we’re talking about with risk aversion,” says Professor Gardner. By studying drawing and writing created by children 20 years ago and comparing them with recent works by children, he found that while young people’s graphic productions were more imaginative, their literary invention was less creative.


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Ken Eckert, an English professor, living in South Korea blogged in October 2014: “I have a doctorate and am lucky enough to be very well educated. Then when I go home, I feel foolish when I go for a walk with my father. He knows what kind of bird that is; what it eats; how it will sound. He knows those trees, how they grow, what kind of fruit or leaves they will make. He knows what will grow in that soil. He knows those clouds and what weather they will bring. He knows if you tap a wall with a hammer the pitch will be lower when you hit a 2x4 support. I just don’t have that level of ‘natural intelligence’ about my surroundings. These are skills requiring you to spend time outdoors with real birds and not angry ones on a tiny screen.”


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Surprising too was the finding that very few young people now ever get lost because there’s always a device or an app on hand to guide them.

Your children might love their na-nas, but do they actually know where bananas come from? A May 2014 study of over 1,600 Aussie kids aged between six and 17 years revealed that a staggering 92% didn’t know bananas grew on plants.

Professor Gardner says technology has much to offer us, but we must be the ones in control of it and not let it dictate how we spend our time. This holds true for adults as well as children and he urges parents to set a good example.

Research also found that six in 10 children were unaware that herbs such as mint grew in the ground, and 70% didn’t know where sugar came from. More than 50% didn’t know that beetroots were grown in the ground, 75% couldn’t identify a leek or radish, and 58% struggled to name a nectarine.

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FAMILY MATTERS “It is one of the things where young and older people can complement each other. Young people are often much more adroit with technology but they might not have a good model of how to use things, and when they might be useful, and when not,” he says. “Wisdom often involves putting something away and not taking it too seriously.” At DC, Lyn says that technology – iPads and laptops – is available for students to use for the purpose of enhancing learning, and that children are taught how to use it wisely. “We don’t want to present technology as having all the answers. We tell them, ‘So, you have these questions you want to answer, what would be the best way to find the answer? Talking to someone, going to the library or going online?’” says Lyn.

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She says technology has helped her eight-year-old son find out more about his great passion – the natural environment. “He’s such a naturalist,” she says.

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“And even taking a photograph of an animal and looking at it again and again is good. I’m so glad we live on Discovery Bay otherwise he wouldn’t be able to try and catch the turtle on the way home from school.”


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SOFT CORAL Easy to identify due to its bright colour, Soft Coral is also known as Coloured Cauliflower Coral. I found many glorious specimens like this on a shallow dive along the Chi Ma Wan Peninsula.

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SEA CUCUMBER AND SHRIMP Little is known of the western waters of Hong Kong, mostly due to the bad visibility caused by the Pearl River Delta. But on a clear day, snorkelling in the next bay along from Cheung Sha Lan, I came across this cute couple. Sea Cucumbers have three rows of tube feet which they use to cling to rocks on the seabed. The shrimp is likely cleaning the Sea Cucumber, feeding off the built-up algae. ď‚„ January 2015



CUP CORAL There are 84 species of coral in Hong Kong waters – more than in the Philippines! You won’t find complete structures, like coral reefs, but rather clusters of coral grouped together, referred to as coral communities. I spotted this Cup Coral on another snorkelling trip, in a bay near the Trappist Dairy.

BRISTLE WORM The Bristle Worm’s body is made of 37 visible segments, covered laterally with calcareous spines (or bristles), which are sharp and venomous. Snorkelling off Nim Shue Wan, I steered well clear of this little critter! Scavengers of meaty foods, like clams or fish, Bristle Worms range in size from under an inch to over 2-foot long.

FIDDLER CRAB I came across several of these semiterrestrial marine crabs at low tide in an inter-tidal mangrove near Tung Chung. The males’ major claw is much larger than the minor claw, while the females’ claws are the same size. When feeding, Fiddler Crabs look as if they are playing a violin with their claws; they communicate through a sequence of waves and gestures, and so they are also known as Calling Crabs.

BUBBLE-TIP ANEMONE I photographed this Bubbletip Anemone, while snorkelling just off Headland in Discovery Bay. Young specimens, like this, are often located in groups or colonies near the surface, as they get most of their energy from solar radiation.

YELLOWTAIL CLOWNFISH Yellowtail Clownfish, also known as Clark’s Anemonefish, are hermaphrodites. They are born male, and when the time comes for mating, the most dominant in the school becomes a female. When she dies, the next most dominant male changes its sex. I found this clownfish while snorkelling just off Headland in Discovery Bay. Aggressive and territorial, they are dependent on sea anemones for their habitat and nesting sites.

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hree-year Tung Chung resident Satya Gurnani was cruising at an altitude of 35,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean when he had an epiphany. “I was flying from Jamaica to London in 2001, the moon was full, and it was the perfect time to problem solve and think creatively – that was the moment I conceptualised the idea,” says the 44-year-old captain for a Hong Kong-based airline. Almost 14 years on, that idea was launched on October 1 as – an online platform that allows people to post… what they want. The field is wide open – it could be anything from a boat to a book, iPhones to insurance. Even a job. In fact, the only no-go areas are sex, drugs, guns and medicine.

Ask and you shall receive What makes different from all the other sites out there is that it puts the buyer in control. This isn’t about sellers pushing their products – it’s about people saying what they want and the sellers coming to them with offers. It’s a radical new way of approaching retail, one that Satya believes could shake up the world. “If we all used it, then it could have a meaningful impact in terms

of stabilising prices, and creating new jobs and opportunities for entrepreneurs. iwant even promotes recycling by giving you a database of ready buyers for your used goods,” says Satya, who grew up between Jamaica and the US. His wife Noy is already an iwant user and a key member of his team. Born in Laos and raised in America, Noy loves to shop. “She’ll shop until she drops,” Satya says. “She’s also been using iwant to get a massage and get her nails done. She’s found people through the site, who will come to our house and do these services.” Noy is critical to the business, not only offering support but also a sounding board, particularly when it comes to hiring new staff. “I believe women have a sixth sense about these things,” Satya explains. And his children – aged nine and 11 – love the new site, too. Users must be over 18, so they’ve been pestering Dad to put in requests on their behalf.

Everything iwant Preference has been key. It took Satya seven years to persuade a woman in London to sell him the domain name – She eventually relented in 2007 and he says he regularly gets offers to buy the domain site, the highest so far is US$1 million (HK$7.7 million) in cash. Although Satya is based in Tung Chung, the rest of his team of 10 are scattered around the world, with a project manager in the US (San Francisco) and an assistant project manager in Manchester, England. It truly is a global site, with current requests being posted from all over the world, but there are a couple of

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areas that Satya is focusing on for the local market. “One of my goals is for people in Discovery Bay to get involved in real-estate rental. If we can get 100, 200, 300 people listing – for example, saying they are looking for a 700-square-foot flat on DB and then sellers coming back to them and offering prices – we will begin to see a more fair rental market,” Satya says. And as an aviation industry insider, he is well aware that there is a niche in the market for a platform where pilots can post their CVs – anonymously – and look for jobs. “Employers all over the world will be able to contact them with offers,” Satya explains. “I know of a new airline in Hong Kong that has taken on 20 corporate jets. Using, the word is spreading in the pilot community that there are job vacancies and pilots are posting their resumes.” This is early days and it will take time for the site’s momentum to spread, but progress is good and Satya is not afraid to dream big. “I intend this to be bigger than Facebook and Google combined,” he says. At the forefront of this new trend in online retail, there are other big players snapping at his heels. “eBay is following. Alibaba is talking about it. And Amazon is experimenting with an iwant sticker,” says Satya. “But I’m ready for it, every great business has competition.”

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RESIDENT’S CHOICE: SOLERA! What made Solera Spanish Restaurant and Bar, DB, the runaway winner of Around DB Resident’s Choice Awards 2014? Hannah Ball sits down with manager Danny Dodd, to find out


reat quality of food, service and entertainment, topped with a terrific atmosphere and comfortable bar... absolute wine and dine experience... every dish has its unique bite!” These are just some of the reviews that helped earn Solera Spanish Restaurant and Bar top honours in the Around DB Resident’s Choice Awards 2014. In the online vote on the Around DB Facebook page, from December 1 to 7, Solera beat runners-up, The Venue and Brasserie 22˚ North to first place. Manager Danny Dodd, a true Scottish charmer, who has been in the restaurant business for 10 years, is fun and entertaining – and he says that winning the Around DB award is the “perfect culmination of a fortuitous yet fantastic year for Solera”.

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Setting up Solera back in October 2012, Danny teamed up with long-time pal, Greg Walker, a DBer of nine years, and a true Hispanophile, who opened Ricos Spanish Restaurant & Bar in SoHo back in 1993, and Estudio Iberico in Pacific Place in 2010.


Interestingly, Danny says it took Solera about a year to really get into gear. “The turning point came on New Year’s Eve in 2013,” he explains. “Our customers were enjoying the night so much, they started calling their friends, and asking them to come along. Greg and I were DJing and everyone was having the best time ever. When this place is full, it’s absolutely amazing!” Named after a Spanish method of producing wine, and boasting DB’s

Solera’s manager Danny Dodd with chef Alex Yeung

largest bar, the 120-seater, DB Plaza restaurant is known as a place to party. There’s a spacious outside terrace, with stunning views over the bay, and live music every Friday and Saturday night. “We stock over 200 bottles behind the bar and over 40 different types of wine,” says Danny, “and we go through 20 to 30 jugs of Sangria in just one evening at the weekend.” Clearly the food at Solera is the main draw, and rightly so. “Everything on our menu is made from scratch and we use whatever will give the very best taste. For example, we import our tomatoes from Australia and our olives from Spain,” Danny explains. “If you compromise, even on the small things, you can ruin a dish completely.” Danny says the greatest challenge has been matching up to DBers’ (high) expectations. “With just over 1,000 Spanish people living in Hong Kong, we needed to make sure we appealed to other nationalities, especially Hong Kongers, who make up the majority of Seru Rabeni set to beef up DB Pirates’ play our local community,” he adds.

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Solera’s four chefs are all Hong Kongborn, with a clear understanding of what the locals like. They also trained for a year under visiting chefs, brought in from Spain, when the restaurant first opened. Asked to pinpoint the secret of Solera’s success, Danny says, “Above all, we value our customers and we listen to what they want. If a customer comes in more than three times, they’ll expect to be noticed. We have returning customers who will say, “Give me the wine you gave me last time,” or “Order for us, please”. “My golden rule for business is always to put myself in the customer’s shoes,” he concludes. “I ask myself, is this request reasonable and if it is then how can I make it happen. With so many in today’s society saying ‘cannot’, we say ‘can do!’”

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If you’re looking to revisit the Lion City in 2015, check out Catharine Nicol’s insider guide to where to eat, drink and spa

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ingapore may have lagged behind Hong Kong in the competition for Asia’s coolest city for many years, but recently it has turned into something of an overachiever.


Lonely Planet just awarded it the number one spot in its Top 10 countries to visit in 2015, and this year is also the 50th anniversary of its independence, so you can be sure there will be a multitude of events going on. The Lion City is bursting at the seams with impressive things to see and do. January 2015

There’s the iconic Merlion to visit, and Marina Bay Sands SkyPark and Universal Studios, not to mention the botanic gardens, the night safari and the bird park. But let’s assume that living so close, you’ve already explored the main attractions. What you’ll want to do this year in Singapore is eat, drink and spa! Always renowned for its multi-ethnic cuisines, new restaurants and bars keep popping up, the coffee culture is out of control and to help with the digestive and caffeine overload, there are increasing numbers of luxury spas

in which to slim down and de-stress.

Little India Singapore has become a hair-raisingly expensive city, so cheap eats are in high demand, and the best place to find them is Little India. Trawl the chaotic streets absorbing the atmosphere, but head to less touristy Jalan Besar for no-frills Indian eateries. Whether you choose your samosa, curry, rice and sides from a waiting array of trays or order a masala dosa freshly made in front of you, you’re paying around HK$20 for a delicious and authentic lunch.


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On Race Course Road, the famous Jaggi’s Northern Indian Cuisine is one of the city’s favourites. Queue up and order canteen-style, then carry your tray of mouth-watering kebabs, butter chicken and veggie dishes back to a table. Samy’s Curry, situated in a grand old-colonial building on Dempsey Road, is another must visit; famous for its chicken masala and fish-head curry, you eat off a banana leaf.

Hawker-tastic You’ll find a handpicked combination of Singapore specialities like char kway

teow, roti, seafood and more, at Chomp Chomp Food Centre in Serangoon Garden, renowned for its stingray, and at Gluttons Bay beside Esplanade. Both are more expensive than some hawker centres, but locals still go as food quality rates high. Just reopened is the 120-year-old historic monument that is Lau Pa Sat in Raffles Quay. Following a HK$23.6 million renovation, new stalls include Your Little Brown Bag for sandwiches to go, fiery Sichuan flavours at Xiao Man Niu Mala Xiang Guo, and Mamacitas’ Costa Rican fare.

And head out towards the airport to East Coast Lagoon Food Village for seafood, especially the spicy stingray and chilli crab.

Caffeine fixes Gone is the more laid-back pace of life, as everyone hurtles through their days high on caffeine. And for coffee shops and brunch hangouts, everyone is flocking to the residential neighbourhood turned hip destination that is Tiong Bahru. While you can experience the old-style, Chinese wet market at one end of the district, and   January 2015



Lau Pa Sat

eat there too, for a more salubrious experience take a stroll to find brunch with a difference at Flock Café. Its Cheeky Eggs (pork cheek eggs benedict) and bacon banana French toast are real finds. Clarke Quay’s Ronin is the place locals rush to for super rich coffee, and the Brioche French Toast with pear, bacon and hazelnut butter. On Upper Thomson Road, One Man Coffee helps you cool down with iced Matcha (green tea) lattes, or fuel up with toad in the hole. Its fluffy Brioche French Toast with compote, walnuts and fresh cream is a totally decadent treat. Chye Seng Huat Hardware near Lavender is a hardware shop transformed into a cool interior, with a circular bar/ barista area, and great coffee, pastries and brunch items. My Awesome Café on Telok Ayer has an industrial interior, tasty food from breakfast to evening, and Awesome Time (aka happy hour).

Drink easy, speak easy Speaking of which, Singapore’s speakeasies are doing good business. Behind the wooden door at 28 Hong Kong Street, sexy ingredients create rocket-fuel cocktails, like the Whore’s Bath of honey vodka, Umeshu and Hawaiian salt-pickled vodka. For the Horse’s Mouth on Orchard Road, you walk through Uma Uma Ramen


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Where to stay • Little India: Moon Hotel is a designer boutique hotel with nice touches, like free snacks in the lobby and free wi-fi. Wanderlust is more of a splurge and is home to wonderful restaurant Cocotte for down-to-earth French food. • Marina Bay: The Westin Singapore’s 35th-floor rooftop infinity pool is reason enough to stay, while the Seasonal Tastes restaurant also kicks buffet lunch or brunch out of the ballpark. • Tiong Bahru: Link Hotel is public housing turned boutique hotel, with a great rooftop beer garden. Wangz Hotel, with Halo Rooftop Lounge, is another hip, new-generation destination.

As recommended by Lonely Planet • Club Street: a high-octane pedestrianized street of bars, restaurants and people watching • Haw Par Villa: peculiar and grisly, what’s not to like at the garden where Chinese mythology meets hell? • Marina Bay: head for Gardens by the Bay before zipping up Marina Bay Sands and sipping a cool beer at Ku Dé Ta • National Art Gallery Singapore: one of the largest visual arts venues in the region • Singapore Sports Hub: soon to host the 28th Southeast Asian Games

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to start sipping crazy inventions, like the Niwa of gin, cherry tomatoes, pineapple and lychee liqueur, accompanied by Japanese bar snacks. In Tiong Bahru, you can giggle at the rude names of the tapas dishes at Coq & Balls, while sampling craft beers, or dive into southern America at Lee Tai Fu (formerly Potbellies), for amazing pork ribs and tequila shots. At The Library on Keong Saik Road (a new hub of food and drink havens), the correct password allows you to walk through a door at the back of a tailor’s shop to get to a truly atmospheric bar. A chic clientele sips imaginatively named and presented cocktails, like the Rye N Air of whiskey, vermouth, peach, Campari and absinthe.

Lie back and relax Singapore has also finally, fully embraced the spa concept, and hip independents are cropping up everywhere. Chill out with a treatment at Tiong Bahru’s Heart Springs Spa, a little spa with a big menu of high-tech facials, massages, body treatments and baths. The innovative Nimble/ Knead, a favourite for Thai massage, is just next door. Should you be based in one of Singapore’s five-star hotels, you’ll be spoilt for (spa) choice. At Grand Hyatt Singapore’s gorgeous Damai Spa on Orchard Road, Mary is a magician of a facialist, expertly massaging June Jacobs’ products into complexions for a beautifully

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How well do you really know Lantau? Check out these hardcore, lesser-known hikes, presented by Nic Tinworth



ith the temperatures finally dropping and our ‘winter’ monsoon taking its yearly hold, there’s no better time to get out and explore the plethora of amazing trails that Lantau has to offer. If you’re ready for something more than the usual Tiger’s Head, and Sunset and Lantau peak jaunts, read on to discover some top routes suggested by three, super-fit Lantau residents. Be warned: these trails are further off the beaten track, significantly more wild, and ultimately more testing than the better-known routes. As the saying goes, life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Disneyland Ridge Suggested by DB resident Kurt Lynn 17 kilometres | 3-4 hours | Medium difficulty Start: DB Finish: Sunny Bay (one way), DB (return) January 2015

This is a fun ridge run or hike, and especially pleasant on clear days when you are afforded unobstructed views of the South China Sea and over to Hong Kong and Kowloon islands. The trail is in excellent condition over winter when they clear the firebreak, but can be a little overgrown in places during the summer. Beginning with a jaunt up Tiger’s Head (either via the main route from the DB Lookout, or from the trail behind the Greens’ playground), take a left turn at the summit down the trail towards Neo Horizon until you’re above the tunnel. This section has steep climbs and descents, a good mix of mainly dirt with a few rocky step sections, and great views towards both the airport and over DB towards Hong Kong Island. From above the tunnel, continue following the ridge-line up to the weather/ radar station and then all the way to the triangulation station (trig) overlooking Hong Kong Disneyland. The trail follows the firebreak, so you’re always running close to small trees and bushes. It’s quite steep in

Disneyland Ridge trail

sections but the climbs are not overly long. The best part is that the trail is all dirt, with enough rocks and tree roots to make it interesting – no concrete or steps to be seen! From the Disneyland trig, you drop down, about 120 metres, to another trig overlooking Sunny Bay. This is the only overgrown section – about five minutes of bush-bashing down to the Sunny Bay-Disneyland road. From the road, you can find your way to Sunny Bay MTR, or turn around and head back to DB. The full run or hike is about 17 kilometres with just over 1,400 metres of climbing, but since it’s an out and back, you can turn around at any time. There’s nowhere to get water along the trail, so carry what you need.


The wilds of West Lantau Suggested by Mui Wo resident Hamish Low 12 kilometres | 3-4 hours | Medium to hard difficulty Start: Ngong Ping Finish: Tai O This beautiful route over the west of the island takes you along sections 5 and 6 of the Lantau Trail, finishing in Tai O. Very clearly marked, it has terrific (and hard!) climbs over three main peaks, and some of the best untouched trail around. If you need to stock up on food and drink then get a bus from Mui Wo to Ngong Ping, hit up the 7-Eleven, and then walk down the trailhead. This is a good half-day hike, and not too strenuous. Start at the highest point of Keung Shan Road, where the road to Ngong Ping leaves the road to Tai O and the Lantau Trail crosses. Enter the roadside picnic area and join the Lantau Trail path signed to Kwun Yam Shan. Kwun Yam Shan and Keung Shan are respectable summits, requiring some effort, but the climbs take no more than 10 minutes each. They are joined by a ridge you follow offering views north over Keung Shan Valley with its many monasteries, and south over the South China Sea. Keung Shan leads you to the 490-metre summit of Ling Wui Shan, the highest of the nearby peaks. The downhill journey from Ling Wui Shan is challenging, with steep descents and stairs, but the views are unsurpassed and the trail soft under foot. You feel, and indeed are, far from civilisation. Some 100 metres after Distance Post L047, you come across a colourful flying-dragon sculpture overlooking the Man Cheung Po Plain – a popular background for photos.

Views from 490-metre Ling Wui Shan

Flying-dragon sculpture Man Cheung Po

Section 6 begins soon after and you can relax for a bit. Previously open and exposed trail makes way for cool and covered forest canopies, and there are several streams and rock pools to dip into. From here, it’s downhill all the way to Tai O, and you pass a wonderful, old, abandoned house that is well worth stopping to explore. Crossing the top of a shallow highland valley before rounding the edge of Nga Ying Shan, there are views as far as Macau and Zhuhai on a clear day.

West Lantau trail

Here, the terrain seems more Scottish than South China. Just before the path drops steeply to the coast, you find a picnic area overlooking Tai O. It’s quite steep down through trees to the coastal path, so don’t rush. Once on the coastal path, turn right towards Tai O, where a 2-kilometre concrete path gets you to Nam Chung Tsuen. For Tai O, follow the seawall path where you can closely observe the mangroves and all the birds, fiddler crabs and mudskippers that thrive there.  January 2015



West Dog Teeth Ridge Suggested by Pui O resident Retha Stroebel 5 kilometres | 1-2.5 hours | Hard difficulty Start: Lantau Peak/ Shek Pik Reservoir Finish: Shek Pik Reservoir/ Lantau Peak The Dogs’ Teeth Range (Kau Nga Ling) comprises three routes in the form of West, Middle and East. Its name is literally translated as ‘hill of dogs’ teeth’ due to the thin and rugged mountain ridge that you traverse. This is one of the more arduous and technical trails on the island, and not for the faint of heart. Starting at Shek Pik Reservoir, you climb Lantau Peak before descending to Ngong Ping on the one side, or Pak Kung Au on the other. Alternatively, you can start on Lantau Peak and descend all the way to Shek Pik Reservoir. This latter option, the Middle Ridge, is definitely the most fun, and the less severe of the three, although its undulating climbs and drops to Shek Pik Reservoir include several incredibly steep sections. In one or two areas, you are almost rock climbing! The trail starts as you descend from Lantau Peak towards Ngong Ping, along Section 3 of the Lantau Trail. About 5 kilometres after the summit, you come to some stairs and a signpost marked for Ngong Ping. Don’t take this right turn down the stairs, instead continue forward past a metal sign, saying ‘Dangerous Path’. The trail forks right and left soon after this – stay left and follow the trail down a steep and exposed rock face to the first narrow ridge. At the top of this ridge, the trail splits again. Continuing on leads you to West Dog Teeth Ridge, so take the

Dangerous Path, Dogs’ Teeth Range

Shek Pik Reservoir

steep left turn that leads almost immediately to the first ‘rock climb’ of the route. Nothing too technical or steep but it does require handwork and some upper body strength.

steep descents and a couple of small climbs through the shiggy get you to a trig point that eventually leads to Shek Pik Country Trail and Shek Pik Reservoir.

At the next trail fork, stick to the right, where more harrowing and

Like I said, life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

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B resident Cynthia LieBreit of Bricks & Mortar Design picked up this 900-square-foot flat in Midvale Village about a year ago, intending to convert it into a onebedroom rental (and a home-awayfrom-home for family and friends). Once in possession, however, she decided to split the space into two flats, with the front section serving as the rental apartment, and the back providing some much-needed storage space, primarily for her husband’s 10,000-strong vinyl collection. “My husband’s big hobby takes up way too much space,” she quips. “And, anyway, I decided 900 square foot was too big for the kind of one-bed studio I had in mind.”

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And so began a top-to-toe renovation, which took Bricks & Mortar just two months to complete. The ‘front’ flat was gutted, with almost all the interior walls knocked out, the bathroom relocated, and a new, open-plan layout put in place. Explaining that at just 450 square foot, the apartment is one of the tiniest she’s worked on, Cynthia admits she found structuring the space a challenge. “Having opened up the layout, I realised I didn’t want to stick the bed in the corner of the living area, so I created a raised, 120-square-foot bedroom in the middle of the flat, with a glass wall around it,” she says. Since the bedroom walls are transparent, there’s still a sense of free-flowing, open-plan living but at the same time the bedroom is enclosed and separate, and it’s become the focal point of the apartment.

As good as it gets In designing the flat for short-term guests, it becomes clear that Cynthia has focused on factors many of us would like to implement in our own homes. Firstly, the bedroom, a room so often overlooked by interior designers,




You can learn a lot from viewing a designer’s own (DB) flat, especially one that’s been put together on a budget to house family and friends. Jane Clyde reports is central to the scheme. Secondly, materials used throughout are durable and low maintenance. Thirdly, the majority of the furnishings have been picked up for a song – in Ikea. Cynthia’s chic, minimal decor shows just what you can achieve on a tight budget. Attention to detail is also all-important – from the stainless-steel trim on the wooden cabinetry to the choice of fuss-free, wooden blinds instead of

curtains. “I could have gone with white roller blinds,’ Cynthia says, “but with these wooden ones, it’s easier to adjust the lighting. They don’t block the natural light.” All in all, Cynthia’s apartment is a great model for DB living, and certainly as a short stay, it’s been doing very well indeed. Since she started renting the flat out in August, it’s been empty for just five days.  January 2015




Attention to detail is all-important – from the stainless-steel trim on the wooden cabinetry to the choice of fuss-free, wooden blinds instead of curtains




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Get the look! 1 Make the bedroom a focal point, like in a hotel. In a small

space, a glass-framed bedroom will look aesthetically better, and more vibrant than a tiny, boxed-in bedroom. What’s more, with the room raised 80 centimetres, the space underneath can be used as storage – on the kitchen side, for appliances; on the bathroom side, for cleaning items and extra towels; and by the corridor for luggage and shoes.

2 Limit the combination of materials and colours. Cynthia has created a sense of continuity by basing the design around white, brown and grey for whitewashed, wood and polished concrete walls and floors. “Sticking to three basic colours stretches out the space, as the different areas flow together seamlessly,” she says. “What’s more, the sense of uniformity makes for a calm, contemporary and clean look.”

3 Conform to a minimal aesthetic. Rather than clutter a small

space with unnecessary furnishings and decorative items, stick to the bare essentials. Well-chosen pieces, like a swish L-shaped sofa, can make a strong designer statement without too much accompaniment. Too personal a look won’t work in a rental apartment, and it can also prove overpowering in a family home.

4 Don’t go overboard with your budget. Most of the decorative

items, including the lights, hanging baskets, clocks and kitchen cabinets, are from Ikea, proving that you don’t have to break the bank to create an aesthetically pleasing home. Cynthia has also prioritised durability and practicality with the furnishings chosen; even the plants (also from Ikea) are totally low maintenance, being plastic.

5 Use open storage to make the most of your possessions.

Rather than tucking away items in daily use (in the bathroom, kitchen and study nook), put them on display, thereby making them a feature. “This way beautiful towels and kitchen accessories become part of the decor,” Cynthia says. “They are also easily accessible, and in this case easy for guests to find.”

6 Create a warm and inviting kitchen. Cynthia sees the

kitchen, no matter how small, as the heart of the home. Bulky appliances, including an American-size fridge, have been inbuilt and concealed, freeing up space for breakfast-bar seating and attractive wall fixtures. “The look I like is contemporary and minimal without being sterile,” she explains. “The tiles in the kitchen and bathroom are white but they add interest as they are uneven and have a handmade look. Grey grouting creates a little contrast, and it’s also really practical as you don’t see the black, mould spots!”

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Usher in the New Year with the Dragon and Lion Dance Extravaganza 2015. As well as the time-honoured parade through Tsim Sha Tsui, (starting at 3pm with dragon and lion dancing in Hong Kong Cultural Centre Plaza), you can also expect kung fu performances and a lion dance workshop. Find out more at


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2014 BRIT Award winners, Bastille are bringing their Bad Blood Asia Tour to Hong Kong. Formed just five years ago by the English singersongwriter Dan Smith, the four-piece rock band has marched to stardom with chart-topping hits like Pompeii, Flaws and Of The Night. Purchase tickets, costing HK$680, from, or on the door for HK$720. Showtime is 7.30pm.

CHAMBER MUSIC FEST -21 January 14 Throughout Hong Kong Now in its sixth year, the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival sees over 20 top local and international chamber musicians perform live. There’s a free community concert in Exchange Square at 5.30pm on January 20, and you can also expect preconcert talks, masterclasses and open rehearsals. For more information and concert tickets, starting at HK$100, visit

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Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery, Admiralty The art on offer at Boundless: Contemporary Art ranges from Eastern and Western contemporary works to iconic design furniture of the 20th century. At the Sotheby’s auction, starting at 6.30pm, you can take your pick from celebrated pieces by the likes of Damien Hirst, T’ang Haywen, and Humberto and Fernando Campana. Ron Arad’s Blo Void 4 (Blue) aluminium mesh chair, 2006, is expected to fetch up to HK$800,000. Visit

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Don’t miss the Grammy award-winning King of Swing, Michael Bublé performing live on January 21 at 8.15pm. You can also catch British pop sensation, Lily Allen making her Hong Kong debut on January 31 at 8pm. For Michael Bublé, visit, (tickets start at HK$480); for Lily Allen, visit, (tickets start at HK$788).

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In Hong Kong’s premier ‘cold swim’ event, participants swim the 15 kilometres from Stanley Main Beach to Middle Island Beach, either solo or as a relay pair. The event starts at 10am and there’s a post-race barbeque at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Causeway Bay. You need to sign up before January 10, and registration starts at HK$1,500. Find out more at


1 The Gruffalo, January 15 to 18. (3 years +.) A mouse takes a walk in the wild woods, outwitting several dangerous animals along the way.


2 The Snail and the Whale, January 21 to 25. (4 years +.) A tiny snail longing to see the world, hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale.

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3 Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo, January 22 to 25. (5 years +.) An amazing array of creatures connect young audiences to the real science of palaeontology.

Newly opened, DanDan Soul Food From Sichuan, run by Sichuanese chef Anna He and her French husband, Jerome Plassat, is all about fiery-hot Sichuan-style noodles and dumplings. The tempting and cheap, back-to-basics menu offers up a dozen hot, cold or stirred, hand-pulled noodle dishes, including classics like dandan, beef stew, peanut and sesame. To book a table, call 6920 8125; for the full menu, visit


Start: Tsim Sha Tsui, Fortress Hill and Wanchai Witness 73,000 athletes race through the streets, as they compete in the SAR’s largest outdoor sporting event, the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon. The first race starts at 5.15am. There’s a half marathon and 10-kilometre race, in addition to the full marathon, plus 10-kilometre and 3-kilometre wheelchair races. The fastest Hong Konger to complete the full marathon last year was five-year DB resident Stefano Passarello. Visit

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4 The Princess and the Pea, January 28 to February 1. (3 years +.) A brandnew adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. 5 Hugless Douglas, January 29 to February 1. (3 years +.) A lovable bear discovers that there’s only one hug worth having – a big bear hug from his mum! For tickets, starting at HK$195, visit; for more details, visit

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My thoughts I understand we all go through different stages of life and so do our insurance needs. But the mandatory insurances required by the Hong Kong Government (including domestichelper insurance and automobile coverage), are always worth due diligence. Your home is your castle, so why not protect it from the elements, drunk guests, clumsy kids and thieves? A home package can do all that and more! Whether you rent or own your home, it’s better to be safe than sorry! Homeowners insurance is a security blanket. It is designed to protect you in the event of a catastrophe. Therefore, when you are choosing a policy, don’t always look to save money – the best deal may cost you more in the long run. But be sure to shop around. When you receive your annual renewal statement, check to see if you can snag a better deal elsewhere. Consider whether you have too much coverage. It’s common for policies to contain inflation-protection provisions that automatically increase your coverage amount. You may want to adjust your coverage amount to a more realistic figure.

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One-on-one classes provided by a professional piano teacher with over 20 years’ experience. At Caribbean Coast. For a free trial call Miss Chui on 9467 4633


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


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


In the Greens. Lessons for adults & children, individually & in small groups. Any level/ time/ purpose. Call 6071 9643, or visit

NEW 2014 Spring Autumn Term starts 2015 Term 1st Now starts onon JanSept 5th Enroll

新学期学中文 Mandarin Children Classes (12M - 13Y+) Mandarin & Cantonese Adult Classes

新学期学中文 Contact us: 2486-3909 / 2486-9012 2486-9062 / 2486-3909 Central / Sheung Wan / Discovery Bay


With Honours, Bachelors Degree. Offering tutoring for KS3 and IGCSE Science (all disciplines) and IB/A’ Levels Physics. Email or call/text 6079 2052

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January 2015


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Spacious open layout. Quiet, high floor. Fully equipped kitchen. Shower. Washer/ dryer. English movies & news, & wi-fi. Just unpack! Competitively priced. Contact 6680 2007,

Fully furnished 1-2-bed apartments with beautiful decor, wi-fi & broadband. Well-equipped kitchen, luxurious bedding, weekly cleaning service. Contact Annie on 2987 2626,

STUDIO CLOSE TO PIER 2-BED APARTMENT At Greenmont Court, nice & fully furnished. Call 9108 5525

NEW 1-BED APARTMENT Brand-new, fully furnished, 533’ 1-bed apartment in Greendale Court. Deluxe renovation, on a high floor, with mountain view. Call 9108 5525

Comfortable, nicely decorated studio, close to DB Plaza & pier, with fully equipped kitchen. TV, DVD, wi-fi, linens & towels provided. Contact 9190 7348,

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CHERISH COURT SERVICED APARTMENTS SIENA 2 Quiet with sea views, near Club Siena & tunnel. Fully furnished, with bed linen & kitchenware. 55’ TVs, wi-fi, Blu-ray home theatre, washer/ drier. Short or long lease. Contact 9317 0624,

Fully furnished, 2-bedroom flat with wi-fi & Now TV. Full sea view & Disneyland-firework view. Photos available. Contact Jacqueline 9811 0718,

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

Cosy & brand-new 1-bedroom flat with sea view, convenient location, fully furnished with bed linen, kitchenware, washer/drier & English & Chinese TV channels. Free cleaning once every 3 days upon request. Minimum stay 3 nights. Contact Mary on 9726 6219,


LUXURY 2-BED Newly renovated, 2-bed flat with balcony. Luxuriously furnished, with TV, cable & broadband. Panoramic harbour views & short walk to pier. Contact Charles on 6140 7971, Contact Katie on 9150 7319,

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


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PHUKET VILLA SHORT-TERM RENT Deluxe, spacious 4-bedroom villa, with ensuite bathrooms & private pool. Wireless internet access, sala, bar & BBQ area. Kitchen is fully equipped with laundry area. Close to Laguna. Contact Roenel on 9050 4772,

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South lsland Industrial & Office Sales / Lease Kwai Bo Ind. Building 1,820’ 12M

• Walking Distance To Future MTR • With Balcony Sungib Ind. Centre 6,009’ 41M

Grand Marine Centre 3,815’ 25M

• Remodeled into Open Plan Space • Stunning Waterfront Views Derrick Ind. Bldg. 1,979’ @5,980

Yally Ind. Bldg. 2,350’ 16M

• Next to Future MTR Exit • High Investment Tin Fung Ind. Mansion 1,182’~17,587’ @5,150 & up

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• Rare Whole Floor • Extraordinary Investment Opportunity in Wong Chuk Hang Global Trade Square 997’~9,820’ @13,000 up

• Grade A Office Space • 13.5ft High Ceiling with Raised Floor System Shui Ki Ind. Building 3,927’ 28M / 55K

• Mutli-Purpose Usage • Ready for Immediate Use Workshops on Ground 1,600’~4,000’ Sale by offer

• High Ceiling • Rare in Market

• Flexible Warehouse Space • Very Busy & Convenient Location in Wong Chuk Hang Southmark 1,795’ @7,400

• Swimming Pool Facility • Greenery View Office • Mountain View Yan’s Tower 690’~6,300’ 4.2M & Up

• Central Air-Condition • Marble Lobby Design Sing Teck Ind. Bldg. 3,396’ 36K

• Minutes Walk to Public Transports • Price Reduced

Harbour Ind. Ctr. (Corner Side) 742’~2,315’ 4.0M & up / @10.5

• Ceiling Approx. 12ft High • Windows on 2 Sides of Space One Island South 2,327’ 31M / @19 up




• Flexible Warehouse Space • Very Busy & Convenient Location in Wong Chuk Hang Kin Teck Ind. Building 3,750’~5,710’ @5,400 up

• Full Multi-functional Terrace • Fully Equipped Modern Kitchen with The Appliances Heung Wah Ind. Building 7,226’ 50M / @10

• High Ceiling & Rare Whole Floor • New Development Projects around the Site Hing Wai Ctr. 1,008’~28,000’ @4,000 & Up

• Unobstructed Seaview • Ample Loading Bay

• Opposite to MTR Station • Frontage to Enjoy Inspiring of Ocean Park Aberdeen Ind. Building 3,150’ 14.8M / @10

• Located Inside a Residential Shopping Arcade • Public Transport at The Door Step Fullagar Ind. Building 1,402’ 6.02M

• Internal Toilet • Town Centre at The Door Step Land Acquisition Projects Site Lot Area 6,000’~9,000’

• Revitalizing Industrial Building • Considering Re-zoning the Wong Chuk Hang Area

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

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

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

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Akash Removals Mega Power Engineering/Locksmiths Shun Yu Engineering

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Novotel Citygate Regal Airport Hotel Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott

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

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

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

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9 Dragons Fitness Asian Hairdressers Bayside Dental Essential Health Family Clinic Human Health Medical Centre Island Veterinary Services Ltd Tung Chung Vet Centre Tung Chung Maternal & Child Health Centre Quality Health Dental Quality Health Medical Raffles Medical


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

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Mui Wo Inn Silvermine Beach Resort Tai O Heritage Hotel

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

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Home Solutions Real Estate Proper Trip Real Estate

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Bikes Mui Wo BMX Shop Friendly Bike Shop Lantau Base Camp Red Hall Chinese Antiques Renge House (clothes & accessories) The Red Lantern ZenvarA

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

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

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COMMUNITY & HEALTH Bayside Dental Practice, North Plaza Beautiful Gate BMSE, North Plaza Catholic Church (Trinity Chapel) DB Alliance Church Community Centre DB International Community Church Discovery Bay Medical Centre Health & Care Dental Clinic Herbal Health Cares IMI (Natural Medicine Clinic), North Plaza Island Health Island Veterinary Services The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council, North Plaza

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Island Dance A dance school offering ISTD Freestyle, Hip Hop & Tap & RAD Ballet classes from Monday to Saturday at DBRC & Club Siena. All ages welcome. 2987 1571

A fun place for little ones to play and have loads of fun, fun, fun! 9327 0507

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Midget Gems Kids Club Established playgroup for children 2-4 years in DB Plaza 6341 5764

DAILY NECESSITIES 7-Eleven Convenience Store Fusion by PARKnSHOP Just Green Watson’s Pharmacy Wellcome, North Plaza

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

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Playtime Kids DB Playgroup run by Montessori-trained teacher. From 18 months to 4 years. 2623 4099; 9054 0565,

Let us take the stress out of homework Homework Club and Private Tutoring, conveniently located. 9522 3297

Woodentots is a Montessori playgroup providing a caring and nurturing environment in the Plaza. Run by a qualified Montessori teacher for children aged 2 1/2 - 5 years. 6108 9131


Musical Drama – Acting – Musical Theatre Tues & Wed classes at Discovery College 4 to 12 yrs - 2 fully costumed performances a year 8122 9475

Brightsparks Playgroup Fun, safe and interactive environment for your children. 9632 4287

Dumper Trucks & Daisies A Montessori-based playgroup programme that focuses on the growth and development of the whole child. From 16 months to 4.5 years old 9667 6921

Future Stars Dance Academy

Dance classes based on the ISTD requirements conducted in a fun, disciplined and safe environment. 2987 6867


January 2015

The Best Travel Agency in DB 2987 2626

FÊTE Event Planners

Bespoke event planning services, from coordination to execution, making your event stand out. 5199 9743

Harvey Law Group International Canadian Law Firm in DB North Plaza offering you customised legal services on the many aspects of your personal and professional life 2116 1333


HOME Good Luck Engineering Hoi Yu Transportation Home Services Engineering Hung Kee Co Interior 18 Japan Home Centre May’s furniture & curtain design Next Furniture Rapee-living Rich Point Hardware Materials Tactful Design & Build Tai Fat Hardware Store Wing On Department Store Yours Electrical Centre

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CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES BtoKidz, North Plaza In Style Little Whale, North Plaza Nomadic Start-rite


Art is a Verb, North Plaza Bayview House of Children DB International School (Kindergarten) DB International School (Pri / Sec) Discovery College Discovery Mind International Play Centre Discovery Mind Kindergarten Discovery Mind Primary School, North Plaza Discovery Montessori School, North Plaza DMR School of Ballet Early Adventures Learning Centre Funfit HK International Learning Academy, North Plaza Kumon, North Plaza L’Ecole Française de Discovery, North Plaza Links Parenting, North Plaza Mandarin for Munchkins, North Plaza SKH Wei Lun Primary School Sunshine House Int’l Pre-School Sunshine House Kindergarten, North Plaza Treasure House

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MULTIMEDIA Bookazine, North Plaza Dymocks & Gallery Fotomax (F.E.) Ltd Fun to Read, North Plaza Movieland Pen’n Paper P-Solution

Grooming & Pet Services With Trust, Love & Safe Care For the ones you love 2914 0382 Amity Shoes Care Gillian florist, North Plaza Mypetshop, North Plaza Pets Gallery The Optical House Well Supreme Laundry Services

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Boat/ Yacht Sales & Brokerage - Berths/ Debentures - Marine Insurance - Marine Problems/ Resolution 6017 7802

Lifestyle Homes & Boats 2914 0888 Centaline Property Agency Ltd EPS Property Consultants Ltd Headland Homes Hong Kong Boats & Homes Kingsland DB Land Master Property Savills Hong Kong Ltd

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% Arabica Coffee Roaster & Farm 2987 1373 2987 8494 2914 2378 3105 3588 2987 7111 2987 8898 2987 1777

DB North Plaza 2885 1312 22º North Auberge Discovery Bay (Hotel), North Plaza Berliner

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Add your business for FREE @ FOOD & BEVERAGE, HOTELS Café Duvet Caramba Mexican Cantina Chef’s Choice, North Plaza Ebeneezer’s Figos Seaside Café First Korean Restaurant Fresh Fruit Juice Paradise Hemingway’s by the Bay il Bel Paese Island Café Jaspa’s, North Plaza Kiraku Tei Koh Tomyums La Création Bakery Life Café McSorley’s Ale House Mirch Masala, North Plaza Pacific Coffee Paisano’s, North Plaza Peony Chinese Restaurant Salt & Pepper Solera Subway Super Super The Venue Brazil Churrascaria & Bar Uncle Russ, DB Plaza Uncle Russ, North Plaza Zaks


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Sportsmanship Gymnastics Programs, Health Consultancy, Weight Management & Nutritional Supplements 2870 3524

Sports World All your sporting needs right here in DB 2914 1323

“Everyone is a swimmer” Affordable Swimwear, training equipment & accessories. 9725 3142

CAISSA Chess Club HK The Club gets together at the DB North Plaza Community Center 9681 2896

Bodypump, Grit Strength, Boxing, Core, TRX, High Intensity Training. Located at North Plaza 6621 7410

Embody Classical Pilates, Yoga and more! 6624 8712

A professional sports play program specially designed for children 16 months - 5 years of age. 34887724 Club Siena DBees Ice Hockey DB Pirates Ltd. Discovery Bay Marina Club Discovery Bay Golf Club Discovery Bay Recreation Club

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Football for 2.5- to 14- year old girls and boys 2987 4274

Movement Improvement Pilates, Yoga, Spinning, TRX, Zumba, Personal Training The complete solution on your doorstep at DB North Plaza 2987 5852

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A Mother’s Touch

Specialists in Pregnancy & Newborn Care Tel: 2851 9654

Child & Family Development Practice Developing potential, exploring possibilities 2914 2223

My Health Coach Lulu Improve your life balance through health and self awareness. I am able to offer a bespoke program just for you. 9154 1570

TOYS, ACCESSORIES & KIDS’ PARTIES B2Kidz Babyland Bo Bo House Discoveryland Toysland

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


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Limousine Rental

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

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HK Dragons Football Club

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


DARUMA SPORTS Offering Judo classes for adults & children at Discovery College & Community Hall 6244 6093


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Bayside Aquatics


24-hour Customer Service Hotline China Light & Power Emergency

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Professional artificial nail services in DB 2987 2266

MOW | Grooming & Skin Care A unique retail & treatment space at DBN, that caters to your grooming, skin care & therapeutic requirements 2499 8826 / 6773 3103 Afflatus Hair Workshop, North Plaza Body Talk Maximum Care Salon De Coiffure Sense of Touch Spa Siena Strand and Science, North Plaza

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To kick off 2015, our resident satirist Peter Sherwood takes a serious look at communication

ate last year an image with the front page headline in the South China Morning Post (SCMP): ‘Students, Officials Still Far Apart’. The picture showed students and government in talks at a massive, rectangular, wooden conference table with a space the width of a squash court separating them. An accidental pun, or was a sub-editor having an ironical giggle? But first this:

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In London, back in the 1970s, I worked for a small Public Relations (PR) firm owned by James Bond’s Sean Connery. Three of us handled his charity and business interests, while spending afternoons at the pub pretending to beat the shrubbery for new clients. We had one problem; a hulking, and belligerent Mr Connery who, at every interview and press conference, found creative ways to blow his Scottish top and offend everyone including us, which many reckoned impossible.


Then I came upon a company called TITS. Seriously. Television Interview Training Service taught people how to show up cool and knowledgeably on TV and in press interviews. Just the ticket for our Sean. But there wasn’t enough courage between the three of us and a dozen war heroes to

approach the movie legend to suggest he needed help. It took weeks to find the daring to confront the often stormy Edinburgh native.

The space between the lines Almost everyone who is likely to be regularly interviewed receives media training from a PR firm and knows how to play the interviewer’s game. English comedian turned activist, Russell Brand has this down pat. Incidentally, this is why so many interviews (not Brand’s) are bland. Interviewees are well coached and rehearsed with role play. They know to look authoritative and calm, evade tough questions, change the subject, return relentlessly to their key message and if necessary waste valuable time, while appearing in command. There’s nothing like knowing what you’re talking about when trying to convince a superstar that his reputation with the press is terrible, but miraculously we managed it. After completing the course ourselves, we facilitated the jittery media training with the unpredictable big man. That was the beginning of a career

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in the grimy world of PR, where I learned a lot about communication, although not nearly as much as when I dived into some industrial-strength seminars on awareness. At the latter, I gained insights into the power of what is left unspoken, the space between the lines, the energy in a room, and all that is dismissed in physicality, body language and the like. What is not said often speaks loudest. But back to that picture in the SCMP. Either government employs some super smart PR people, whose remit was to consciously, physically, psychologically and politically create a yawning chasm between the two sides, or the scene was created accidentally. The ridiculous gap at a heavy, sharpcornered, rectangular table, and the austere room, with a microphone for everyone, was not designed as an inviting environment. Given government’s initial blunders with peaceful protesters via the riot squad, pepper spray and tear gas, and the dragging off of a protesting social worker to a dark corner by half a dozen police for a severe beating, while defenceless, the talks should have been a warm and welcoming affair. These committed kids are, after all, our future.


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