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“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.” ORSON WELLS


Giant! Introducing the beautiful bovines of Pui O JULY 2012

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Renovated family home, large terrace & kitchen w/ high ceiling, great for entertaining.

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Great space & practical layout. Large private roof terrace, great for entertaining.


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Beautifully renovated. Tranquil location, balcony w/ sea views, bright & airy.

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Great renovation throughout. Bright and airy.

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Newly renovated, tastefully furnished, private terrace, great for entertaining.


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Good renovation throughout with panoramic views.


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Great renovation throughout, balcony with full sea views. Walking distance to DB plaza and Pier.

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Fully renovated combined unit. Large open kitchen with balcony. Bright and airy.


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PROFILE Meet Thomas: hot African runner and businessman IN FOCUS Join DB’s community of givers FAMILY MATTERS Why overseas summer camps benefit kids MONEY MATTERS Cashing in on Hong Kong property TALKING POINTS Time to put Lantau’s buffalo to work ESCAPES Your ultimate mini-break in Barcelona ACTION Learn to surf – in Bali STYLE Outdoor entertaining made easy

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IN & AROUND DB Catch up with the latest community news SOUTH LANTAU What’s happening island wide TECH TREND Why the latest music tools rock HOT STUFF Hip happenings around Hong Kong LOCAL FACES Community snaps in DB and Lantau CLASSIFIEDS Great deals PROPERTY Hot local listings DB NUMBERS Your ultimate guide in DB DB MOMENTS How one DBer is calling Apple to account

Time to settle in for the long, hot summer with a copy of your favourite community magazine in hand! Firstly, of course we’ve listed upcoming local events and reviewed some of the best from months previous. If you missed the Brits’ Diamond Jubilee celebrations on June 2 or even the DB dragon boating on June 23, read on for the lowdown! Did you know too that DBer David Garceran Nieuwenburg has just started a chess club; the South Lantau Paddle Club (SLP) has made it to the 8th World Club Crew Championships, being held in Victoria Harbour July 4-8; and that the resort is now home to a horse stables? In our lead story for July we talk to three DB residents who give their all for the community – in radically different ways. I’m always amazed by the community’s charitableness, and this is our way of celebrating everyone’s dedication. This month, we also talk to six-year DB resident

David Burton who is determined to up Apple’s altruism. Since the summer holidays are approaching for many of us, July sees us stepping outside DB to provide a more international focus. Looking for an excuse to revisit Bali, or get your culture fix in Barcelona? Then let us inspire you. With so many DB kids heading overseas this month, or next, for camp, we’ve also included some words from them about the experience, and some hands-on advice for parents. Happy holidays!







“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.” ORSON WELLS


Giant! Introducing the beautiful bovines of Pui O JULY 2012

Publishers in DB since 2002

On the cover: Pui O’s top attraction


Corinne Jedwood Editor

Rachel Ainsley Community news

Dana Winograd

Diamond Jubilee street parties Photos by Emma Cameron, Younes Kabbaj, Jenny Mathers and Philip Nourse

There were numerous events held at the resort last month to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, DB-style. Over the big weekend of June 2, loads of DBers dressed the part in red, white and blue, and we spotted plenty of wannabe British Royals. Of course the Brits were out in force, but what was so special was seeing all the different nationalities joining in the fun. Hats off to Midvale Village, which held its first (hugely successful) village party, attended by 30 adults and 20 kids, to mark Queen Elizabeth 11’s 60th year on the British throne.


Lissa Morris Art direction

Terry Chow Photography

In DB: Tracey van Geest In South Lantau: Zoe Lyle Illustration

Richard Leschinsky Accounts

Zumba at Hemingway's

Lise Dooling

Photo courtesy of Zumba Fitness

Contributors this month

Andrew Dembina Cecilie Gamst Berg Elizabeth Kerr Paula Lepore Burrough Catharine Nicol Hugh Rowland (intern) Karmel Schreyer Mary Singer Claire Stirling General enquiries

Arlyn Fermin, from Zumba Fitness, held the Zumba Fitness Party at Hemingway's on May 28. The 50 tickets for the night sold out two days before the event. The one-hour Zumba (Columbian dance) class flew by, and the mocktails and healthy canapés that followed were thoroughly enjoyed by all. It was a mixed crowd (the usual for DB’s international set) and all age levels were well represented, from six to 60 plus. Arlyn really showed DB how much fun getting fit can be – you can contact her at

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Capoeira students graduate Photo by Ya'ara Delgoshen

Disclaimer The views expressed in Around DB

are not necessarily those of the publisher, editor or contributors. The publisher and editor cannot be held responsible for differences of opinion or statements published in good faith. The publisher, contributors, their employees and partners are not responsible for the results of any actions, errors or omissions taken on the basis of information contained in this publication and expressly disclaim all and any liability for any such action of any person. The mention of specific companies or products in articles or advertisements does not imply that they are endorsed or recommended by this magazine or its publisher in preference to others of a similar nature which are not mentioned or advertised. No part of this magazine may be reproduced in any form without permission.

Hong Kong’s first-ever batizado (baptism) for the students of Hong Kong Capoeira (from DB and around Hong Kong), was held on June 3 on Tai Pak Beach. The kids graduated to their next level, and had fun demonstrating all they have learned. For more information on this increasingly popular Brazilian martial art and the group’s summer activities, visit


Dragon boat it! Photos courtesy of Antonia Viuhkola, Ashely Hegland and Bernhard Wamelink

The 23rd Discovery Bay Dragon Boat Races and Carnival was as big a deal as ever over the weekend of June 23. The air was filled with the beat of drums and gongs on Saturday (race day), while DB Plaza was full to capacity with over 40 booths selling fabulous merchandise and snacks on both days. Lantau Boat Club Team B won the Mixed Finals, and the Buzz Dragon teams won both the Ladies' and Men's Finals.

2nd Place Ladies': Lantau Boat Club

Cup winner (Mixed): Lantau Boat Club

Island Dancers sail the ocean Photos courtesy of Island Dance

Island Dance’s End of Year Show, The Voyage of Dance, was a treat for all (participants and spectators), June 8-10. Based on the theme of a cruise ship that stops off at various ports, with a special dance linked to each, the spectacular performance allowed the dancers, age four to 18, to shine. “Our visuals were all matched up to the songs to create a great backdrop for the kids when they danced,” says Madhu Kashyap, director of Island Dance. “We have had so many compliments, I do think this is the best show we have ever done!” You can contact Island Dance at

Celebrating sportsmanship Photos by Tracey van Geest

May 27 saw the 7th Sportsmanship Friendly Meet, held this year at Discovery College. The gymnasts’ hard work paid off, and everyone was sporting proud smiles. Importantly, Sportsmanship was able to donate over HK$30,000 to the Harmony Home Association in Taiwan, which supports people living with and affected by HIV/ AIDS, and migrant workers. You can find out more about Sportsmanship at, and Harmony Home at

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Two top shows from DMR Photos by Tracey van Geest and Bradley Wayburne

Bella Ballerina

Peas, Carrots and Candy Floss

DMR School of Ballet put on not one but two shows in June – Peas, Carrots and Candy Floss, June 23-24, and Bella Ballerina on June 17. The Around DB team was lucky enough to catch a performance of Bella Ballerina at Discovery College, and we enjoyed it immensely! The performers, aged three to five, really brought this moving story to life as did the two senior leads, Anna McMaster and Deniz Calvert. Get in touch with DMR at

DB Angels’ fun day Photos by Lissa Morris

On May 27, the DB Angels’ families spent the morning on the pitch to celebrate the end of another successful year. The mums against daughters football match was especially fun! And everyone ate well at the bake sale. If your daughter, aged six to 14, is interested in playing on a girls-only soccer team, check out

DBers doing their bit in China Photos courtesy of International China Concern

In March, a group of locals, 10 from DB including two children, visited orphanages for disabled and abandoned children in Hunan Province, run by the mainland government and International China Concern (ICC). It was a life-changing experience for the DB team members, who came from the Discovery Bay Alliance Church, as some had never worked with special-needs children before. One of the child volunteers, age nine, proved an amazing caregiver for a little girl with disabilities. To find out more, watch the minidocumentary at You can also contact Janice Fung at 2529 2952,


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New Online Art Gallery in Discovery Bay

We promote modern and contemporary Asian art of selected established and emerging artists. We invite you to visit our new website:

www.almaartgaller Please contact us for details at: Tel.: (+852) 91223147

Outdoor Fitness Training with a Kenyan twist! Thomas Kiprotich (Founder) Tel: +852 6180 3256

You will recieve a free sarong buckle of your choice when you purchase a sarong

Offer available in the months of July & August Tel: 6626 5470 In Discovery Bay

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Book Recycling

DBRC and Club Siena

July 1, 8pm

SAR Day Fireworks

Victoria Harbour

July 4-8

8th Club Crew World Championships

Victoria Harbour, East TST

July 7, 2pm-4.45pm

Plant and Organic Vegetable Market

Across from Haven Court

July 7-8, 7pm-9pm

Soul Traders – Live

D Deck

July 28

DB Open Chess Championship


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In his new book, Hong Kong is a Truly Magical Place, Karl Woodbury writes about Jenny and Lenny who, in a magical dream, fly all around Hong Kong on a wonderful adventure. Written in engaging rhyme, children will enjoy the fun in words, as well as learn all about the culture, history and geography of Hong Kong.

Red Wizard (, an online site offering deals, competitions and a directory of local businesses dedicated to families, in conjunction with Southern Cross Books (, a new independent publisher of children's books, is offering five lucky readers the chance to win a signed copy of this highly acclaimed book. Be one of the first five readers to email us at (subject line: Red Wizard) with the name of the author.

Congratulations to last month’s winners



To celebrate the launch of DB's only, and Hong Kong’s second, chess club, Caissa, head down to the One-Day Open Chess Championship on July 28 at BMSE in the North Plaza. DB resident David Garceran Nieuwenburg is the founder of Caissa, named after the ‘goddess’ of chess. The season starts in September, Thursdays from 7.30pm-11pm for adults, and 6pm8pm for children at BMSE. For more information, and to register online, go to You can also contact David at

Eve Robinson and Sophia Xiao for a Natural Springs Australia water dispenser (for one year) and six 15-litre bottles of water; Julia Andrew for a Nutrition Plus home consultation; Liz Brown, Maren Williams and Veronica Maldonado for a consultation, haircut/ style or a one-hour full makeup consultation with Kathleen Kipper; Megan McIntyre, Kris Perry, Sophie Janini, Maria van der Noord and Yelena Palant for a signed copy of Steve Barnes’ new book Hector. Please call our office on 2987 0577 to collect your prize.


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to be a big hit in DB

Photo by Hugh Rowland

As many people are aware, DB (north end) is now home to four horses! Hong Kong Resort International (HKRI) tells us, “They are here to add to the unique DB experience and complement DB's special ambience.” Pre-booked stable visits for small groups of DB residents, and school-holiday education programmes for children are in the works. For now, HKRI asks residents to allow the horses some privacy, while they settle in. For more on the horses, contact

The Everything in

DB Fair

It only happens once a year. September 5 is your chance to find out all about the activities, recreation, sport clubs, and suppliers in DB. If you are looking to promote your business at the Discovery College event, 5pm-8pm, note that the deadline for vendor registration is August 15. The cost is HK$200 for half a table (suitable for handing out flyers), or HK$400 for a full table. Contact

Win McSorley’s

dinner vouchers Known for sports on the big screen TV and live music, McSorley’s is also loved for its Indian menu, especially the Wednesday night curry buffet. You can call the restaurant on 2987 8280 to make a reservation, and don’t forget to check the newly launched website ( to see the specials guest chef Zurath Kamdin has whipped up for July. COMPETITION


Foster or adopt an

animal in need

This month, DB resident Nadine Sharp wants to draw our attention to local animal charity Lifelong Animal Protection (LAP). She volunteers for the non-profit, which cares for numerous animals searching for lifelong homes. “DB is such an animal loving community,” says Nadine. “It's important to encourage people to visit the LAP animal shelter if they want to adopt an animal, as so many are looking for homes. I travel often and can't adopt a dog, so we have chosen to foster instead.” To volunteer at LAP or foster or adopt a pet, go to

McSorley’s is offering two dinner vouchers worth HK$300 each. All you have to do is tell us which night McSorley's does a curry buffet. Be one of the first two readers to email the correct answer to (subject line: McSorley’s) to win. Haley is looking for a home

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Flag days for


Photo courtesy of SPCA

Want to get involved in the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Flag Day on August 11? Around DB is one of the sponsors! The SPCA is committed to providing services to protect the welfare of animals, through cruelty investigation and prosecution, adoption services, community education and its 24-hour animal rescue and emergency hotline. To join in as a volunteer to sell flags and help save the animals, visit

Register for the

Barclays' MoonTrekker

Registration is officially open for Barclays’ MoonTrekker, Hong Kong’s only dedicated overnight hiking event, to be held on October 19. Participants put their endurance to the test by hiking 26 kilometres, with the aim of reaching Lantau Peak before sunrise. Last year saw nearly 1,000 competitors, with over 300 turned away. This year the distance has been increased by 1.5 kilometres and the new route finishes at Cheung Sha Beach. Money raised supports the education and literacy charity Room to Read, with over HK$2 million collected over the past three years. Find out more at

Giveaway from



Blaise Kingan runs GirleffectHK (www.girleffecthk., a community service club for young girls, inspired by the international 'Girleffect' movement (see its amazing videos at www.girleffect. org). Over the years, local girls have helped raise money and awareness for WWF-HK, Room to Read and the Siem Reap School of Arts at DB's Backyard Bazaars, Farmer's Markets and Flea Markets.


GirleffectHK has a copy of John Wood’s book Leaving Microsoft to Change the World to give away. The first student to tell us who founded the Missionaries of Charity will win. (Here’s a clue: turn to page 23 of this issue of Around DB.) Email us at (subject line: GirleffectHK).

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Recycle your used books

Photo courtesy of HKRI

Following on the heels of the successful toy drive where over 500 toys were collected, Discovery Bay Recreation Club and Club Siena are collecting books for an August Book Fair throughout July. They will be selling the used books in aid of the children’s charity World Vision. (You can drop off your unwanted books at the reception of either club.) To learn more about World Vision’s sponsor-a-child programmes, go to

Taste of India

We mistook the new, guest chef at McSorley's origins last issue – Zurath Kamdin is from Bengaluru in India. But we were right about his superb cooking – for authentic Indian food right here in DB, you need look no further. You can also contact Zurath for private catering at

Spicy Sichuan home cooking

Expressive arts festival

Did you know one of our top writers at Around DB, Cecilie Gamst Berg provides a Sichuanese feast on her ceiling-fanned rooftop in Pui O, overlooking the wetlands and the South China Sea. Signature dishes are dumplings (everyone’s favourite), Gong Bao chicken, Dan Dan noodles, spicy aubergines in sweet and sour sauce, red-hot beef, and potato pancakes with chillies and spring onions. Give Cecilie three days’ notice and she’ll hustle up a super spread for a minimum of eight people (maximum 20) at HK$300 per person with beer. Check out for more information or contact Photos by Zoe Lyle

Photos by Cecilie Gamst Berg

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Youth choir and groovy dance

Lantau paddlers In the run up to DB race day, the two teams from Lantau (the South Lantau Paddle Club (SLP) and Lantau Island Outrigger Canoe Club (LIOCC)) made a splash at the Mui Wo Dragon Boat races on June 9. The SLP made it to the Mixed Silver Cup Final, while the LIOCC came second in both the (Mixed) Silver Plate and Silver Cup. What’s more, the SLP recently qualified for the 8th World Club Crew Championships being held in Victoria Harbour (East Tsim Sha Tsui), from July 4-8. This will be the 36th anniversary of the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races. For more information about the clubs, email or

Photos by Liz Hemmings Local families danced to the beat of the new Lantau Youth Choir with the Groovy Crew to help celebrate Father’s Day on Cheung Sha Beach, June 17. If you liked what you heard and saw, contact about joining the choir and about the Groovy Crew.

Photos by Zoe Lyle

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running man Moved to DB for love and runs like the wind. Claire Stirling sits down with top community runner, Thomas Kiprotich


hate meeting athletes. If I’m not feeling podgy around the edges, I’m feeling guilty about skipping the gym. Thomas Kiprotich on the other hand set a new Hong Kong all-comer’s record in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon in 2011, wins practically every race he enters and has set up a DB-based company, Kipmovin, to train others. Born and raised in Kenya, Thomas, 25, lives in DB with his Australian wife, Nerida, and young son Noah. He has a twinkle in his eye, and the thoughtful manner of someone far older. His initial shyness transforms into a beaming grin as we start talking running.

African roots Thomas started running in 1999. The long distance between his school and his village in Kenya caused him to drop out early. He began doing odd jobs to make money, but was inspired by seeing his uncle earning a living and travelling through running. “My uncle was always training and one day he was invited to go to Spain,” says Thomas. “At that time I was working in a butchers and I asked him, ‘What are you doing in Spain?’, and he said he was going to run. I really wanted to run too but I didn’t have shoes. I had some flip-flops so I started training in them, and I did that for a few months. Then a


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friend of mine gave me a pair of very big shoes. I mean very, very big shoes!” At this point his face lights up. “Those shoes kept making such a noise when I ran. If I was running people would know I was coming because of the sound they made.” However, Thomas’ perseverance paid off and after a few months he was taken to a training camp for army runners. He trained with them for two years and was then sent to race in Malaysia. This was where he met his wife, Nerida, a kindergarten teacher. “I was running for money. I would enter to win and when I saw change in my pocket I would go back to Kenya to train,” Thomas explains. “I realised that if I kept going, I could also fly out of Kenya. Of course I miss it, but now I can afford to bring runners over for races.” Thomas now manages some Kenyan runners and often flies them over for competitions in Asia. He believes their upbringing, without western comforts, helps many of his countrymen become great runners. “So many things we do in Kenya we do manually. It’s not like here, where if you want water you just turn on the tap,” Thomas says with a smile. “In Kenya you have to carry water. It’s hard. But that’s an exercise – it’s all core training. It’s not like you can jump on a bus to go to the plaza either. Back


Photos by Tracey van Geest

Thomas wins practically every race he enters and has set up a DB-based company, Kipmovin, to train others

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home, going to a plaza is a long way – you have to walk. If you’re carrying shopping and you get tired, you have to put your bags down. But again this is all core training. So many of the things we do are a kind of training.”

Moving on Thomas is now training and studying more about core stability – something he is inherently expert in. He has also decided to use his passion to inspire others, and secure his future through his running school, Kipmovin. “It’s true so many runners have nothing to do after they finish competing, which is a problem if they didn’t invest their money. This is my future, there’s no other future – Kipmovin!” he says with a laugh. From adults with two left feet, to kids and professionals, Thomas trains all abilities. “DB is a small place but there are so many running routes,” he says. But Thomas, it seems, doesn’t excel in everything. “What about trying a triathlon?” I suggest. From the bemused look he gives me I might as well have suggested he stop running. “Triathlon?! I need to tell you about my swimming,” he says giggling. “You see that rope, that square.” (Thomas points out of the window of Uncle Russ towards the swimming area near the DB ferry.) “That rope there. I can’t go to the end. If I try it will take three hours! Running is my thing, but not swimming. I can only train triathletes to run.”

Inspiring others There was another reason for Thomas to set up Kipmovin, and to study the science behind the sport – his son Noah, who started walking at eight months. “Do you want Noah to be a runner?” I ask. “I hope so,” Thomas replies. “But I don’t know what he will decide. If he doesn’t mind either way, of course, we’ll put on some shoes, and go running!

Training in DB


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“I’m studying because I want to be a good example to my son. I don’t want people to say to him, ‘Oh your dad dropped out of school’. Actually some people from my village don’t believe where I am and what I am doing. It’s hard for them, they think, ‘This guy didn’t even leave school and now he’s living abroad’. But I try to study to show them that even if you’re not in school you can still go back to education. So many people, the young boys, they are now trying. They think, ‘If Thomas can, we can too’.”

His village also gives Thomas inspiration to win. He sends money back home every month. “I grew up with my parents in a thatched house in Kenya,” Thomas explains. “Through my work I have now been able to help my parents build a house with a corrugated iron sheet. I also help my brothers, two of whom are at school. I help Dad to pay for my brothers’ school fees. I have five brothers, but they are not runners!” His love for his family kept Thomas moving at last year’s UNICEF Charity Run at Hong Kong DisneyLand. “I was sick but I won the race,” he says. “I ran because the prize was Asia Miles points. I’ve won them for three years now. I normally use miles to travel to Australia every summer, to see my wife’s family, or Singapore or Thailand for races, but this year I’ll take my family to Kenya. I want my son to meet his grandparents. They’ve only seen Noah in photos.” As I rummaged around in my cupboard that night looking for my dusty trainers, I couldn’t help but think if Thomas can move around the world, win races, inspire villages, and build a roof over his parents’ head, I can at least go for a run. Albeit slowly.

Thomas with wife Nerida and son Noah

To get in touch with Thomas and learn more about the training offered at Kipmovin, go to

Photos by Tracey van Geest


Lead photo by Tracey van Geest

Shyamala shedding light on epilepsy with Enlighten HK


Siegfried, powering up adventure racing club the Lantau Buffalos

Stuart coaching ice hockey to the D'Bees

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the big give Forget Delivery Bay, and Dogs and Babies; Doing our Best – that’s what Discovery Bay is all about. This month Mary Singer celebrates our community by focusing on three DBers’ dedication to doing good


or a small community, DB has a lot going for it – a relaxed resort vibe (and easy access to town), great facilities, superb schools, plenty of clubs for adults as well as kids to join – and extremely charitable inhabitants. You only have to look at the events listed in Around DB each month to see what a giving community we are, with DBers working together to improve the lives of each other and assist those less fortunate. To celebrate all this, local resident Mary Singer catches up with three very dedicated DBers to find out what they are working on, and how we can help.

Advancing epilepsy awareness Mother-of-two Shyamala Padmasola has lived in DB during all of her 15 years in Hong Kong. After years as a corporate writer and small-business owner, she decided to use her background in marketing and communications to advance epilepsy awareness, working with Enlighten HK. It was part of a natural progression. “I learned to give back to the community from my dad,” Shyamala says. “He gave the shirt off his back if someone needed it! If he heard about a child not being able to go to school, he paid the fees, anonymously, so as not to burden the child with the feeling of being obligated.” Due to his excellent teaching-by-example, Shyamala was doing twice-monthly volunteering at the Missionaries of Charity in Bombay (founded by Mother Theresa) by age 15.

When Shyamala moved to Hong Kong, she volunteered at a shelter for abused women, translating for the residents who spoke Hindi, Urdu, and her native Tamil. She also volunteered with the schools’ committee of literacy charity Room to Read. “I loved the concept of John Wood running the charity as a corporate,” she explains. “There was responsibility, accountability and a great deal of motivation. Reading his book Leaving Microsoft to Change the World was an amazing experience. It was wonderful to go into schools and talk to students about Room to Read.” She says joining Enlighten HK was a lucky break, inspired by the chief executive officer’s belief that epilepsy awareness in Hong Kong was achievable. Shyamala continues, “There is a stigma attached to epilepsy, making it difficult for people with the condition to seek help. We believe this prejudice will be removed only by raising awareness through community education.” To that end, Shyamala is a project trainer, going into schools. “Given that there are almost 65,000 people with epilepsy in Hong Kong, there is a good chance that a student will see someone having a seizure, making it important to equip them with the skills of 'seizure first-aid’," she explains. Shyamala also does the marketing and communications at Enlighten HK, and recently re-launched a new website/ knowledge portal, with a dedicated teen section. Last March also saw the launch of Enlighten HK’s Paint the Town Purple awareness campaign (purple being globally associated with epilepsy).

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Siegfried taking a break with his wife and children

Says Claudia Schlesinger, chief executive officer of Enlighten HK, “We are so lucky that Shyamala was at the point of her career to decide to leave corporate and come to work for a charity. She brings skills that we could not normally afford. Her attention to detail and execution is unparalleled. Her dedication has been a breath of fresh air, as we have been able to rebrand seamlessly and increase our brand identity to help gather more supporters and funding.”

Getting families adventure racing Those who know Siegfried Verheijke know that his attributes make him the perfect man for his jobs – chairman of local sports association the Lantau Buffalos, and Hong Kong’s Consul and Trade Commissioner for Flanders (the Dutchspeaking northern half of Belgium). His enthusiasm is infectious, whether he is talking about the magic of watching children and families being introduced to the world of adventure racing, or the taste of Belgian Conference pears. The growing number of Lantau Buffalo ‘families’ may know Siegfried as the man seated at the computer during club events. He is the driving force for event organisation as well as master number-cruncher, finding time to analyse race results and even offer advice to the children about


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what they excel at and what aspects of their fitness they can improve. Siegfried himself has a fascinating backstory. In 1998, he cycled to Mount Everest base camp. He held the Guinness World Record in high-altitude cycling from 2002 to 2010. Initially, Siegfried moved to China to teach English, but if any school had needed someone to teach Flemish, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian, French or Putonghua, he could have done that too. While in China, he started two sporting clubs: Mountain-Bikers of Beijing (MOB) and Beijing Ultra Triathlon Team (BUTT). “I like acronyms. I like to play with words,” he says. He was hired as the Trade Commissioner for Flanders in Beijing in 2000, and took on the post here in Hong Kong in 2007. Siegfried knew DB was the place he wanted to settle with his family, and his involvement in making this community a great place to raise fit kids will not be stopping anytime soon. “I like adventure racing,” he says simply. “There is beauty in teamwork, when the strongest person helps the weaker member, and the result is a higher average for everyone. I want to create an encouraging environment and see where 

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Shyamala at home with her kids in DB

kids take it – that’s the Montessori method. I want my kids to be in this environment. I like helping people meet new people and create new relationships.” Bruce Pye, owner of Sports World in DB and a fellowcommittee member of the Lantau Buffalos, has this to say about his friend. “It’s unbelievable the time and effort Siegfried has put in to keep the club growing. This year he has focused on organising a children’s event that any kid in DB can participate in. The success of the most recent Lantau Calves event at Discovery College is a tribute to this man’s pure dedication to the children of Discovery Bay.”

Introducing kids to ice hockey Stuart Winchester has lived in Hong Kong for some 20 years, and working as a busy portfolio manager, he knows a lot of people. But after listening to him talk about the young players who comprise the D’Bees, Discovery Bay’s only ice-hockey club, you get the feeling that he puts as much effort into pleasing the kids as he does his clients. Stuart was, as he calls it, a “founding participant” of the D’Bees four years ago. It was a humble beginning; most of the small membership was new to the sport, and during their Saturday morning practices, they were given only half a rink at Megabox in Kowloon. In the club’s second year, the team participated in the Mega Ice Hockey 5s Tournament at MegaBox, and was soundly beaten. But that was then. The club now has more than 30 players, who come from across Hong Kong, including four girls. One of the club’s strengths is in its coaching programme, which


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Stuart and Marc Hinch are developing. “We’re the only team that provides goalie coaching,” says Stuart proudly. Fellow D’Bee Phil Sachs coaches a weekly session in which goalies from all teams in Hong Kong are invited to learn special skills. Coaching the opposition, you read it right… now that’s sportsmanship! Stuart has lived hockey all his life, growing up in Canada. As a youngster, he was on the Comox All-Stars travelling team. At university, a summer working with disadvantaged youth helped him to see that esteem-building is just as important as skills-building in sports. At that same time, he set up and coached a women’s team, for one reason: to get more ice-time. And while he still plays hockey himself every week in a Hong Kong league, it is the coaching that really inspires him. He wonders if his coaching style is a bit dated, and is currently undertaking a coaching course with the International Hockey Federation. He is also enjoying building the relationship between the club members and its sponsors, which include Air Canada, Freshness Burger, Sports World, Baird and Around DB magazine. “Our club is successful because we care about the players,” he says. “We’re trying to develop their hockey skills, but also work on self-esteem, and make sure they have fun, so they can go forward and accept life’s challenges. Hockey can be a great building block. It’s about enriching a child’s life.”

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what you did last summer Discovery Bay’s kids take off in all directions at vacation time. Karmel Schreyer finds out where some of them are going, and where some of them had their best vacation ever


ouben, soon to enter Year Six at Discovery College (DC), went to Canada last summer with his family, but also spent two weeks of ‘away time’ in the US at Camp Nubar in New York State’s Catskill Mountains. There he filled his days with activities ranging from kayaking to ceramics, in addition to Armenian culture classes. “I want my kids to learn more about their Armenian heritage,” says mum Nana Minasian. “It’s also a great chance for Rouben to spend time with his cousins, who have been going for the past several summers.” Rouben, age 10, loved Camp Nubar so much he’s going back this summer, and bringing little sister Karina, age eight, this time. What advice does Rouben have for kids who may be a bit reluctant to leave the family for a camp experience abroad? “Just try it. You may like it a lot,” he says with confidence. “If you’re scared, you can check the camp website to see all the fun things you will be doing.” Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) twins Emily and Rachel, age 11, attended the Harry Bronfman Y Country Camp in Montreal, Canada last summer. Says mum Tessa Weinstein, “The kids’ sleep-away summer camp is a tradition that my husband's family has been involved in for many years. The camp they attend is Jewish, and that is also an important part of it. The opportunity to be surrounded and embraced by your own culture is special, and can't be replicated anywhere else for us. Being away from their family definitely helped our kids become more independent and learn to think for themselves, too.” This year Emily decided not to return to camp, but Rachel is very eager to go again, and has this to say to


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nervous first-time campers, “If you are homesick, music can help you feel better. Getting packages from home is something everyone looks forward to. My mum is going to send me some magazines, comic books, little games and stuff like that.”

More tips from happy campers DC’s Jack, age 10, went to Pennsylvania in the US last summer for a hockey ‘battle’ camp run by Pro Ambitions. He has also attended soccer and baseball camps over the summers, but hockey is by far his favourite. Mum Marie Wessler says, “We send Jack to camp because it allows him to brush up on his hockey skills while making new friends. By the end of the week, he is full of stories about his new pals. Being the only kid from Hong Kong is a good  conversation starter!”

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Jack loves it, and will be returning this summer. “At hockey camp I learnt more techniques on shooting, passing, stick handling and a lot more,” he says, “I like camp because I get to play hockey, get some time away from my sisters, and have a blast of fun!" Last year, JR Wardle sent her kids, Jeremy and Rebecca, to Village Camps, a language learning camp in Ardeche, France. “The kids (age 12 and 14) loved the camp, and had loads of fun,” she says. “They learnt a little bit more French, and enjoyed all the adventure activities.” The entire family was pleased with the outcome.

Preparing kids for camp

Karina and Rouben all set for summer camp in New York State, US

Hadas Hecht, director and child counsellor at the Child and Family Development Practice in DB, has plenty of advice for parents who are considering sending their kids to summer camp overseas. “Choose a camp that captures the interests of your child,” she says. “Choose a flexible programme, where the children have a variety of activities to

Lessons learned DB locals Tess Dolk and Richard van den Berg have been sending their kids Robert, 18, Steven, 16, Philip, 13, and Carmen, 10, to overseas summer camps for years. They feel it is important kids get out of their comfort zone, mix with children from other countries, learn new skills and languages, have fun, and break the long summer holiday. Here they provide parents with some hands-on advice.

Jack (in white) loves hockey camp in Pennsylvania, US

• When you are choosing a new camp, note that nice brochures or websites do not mean a thing. Get references and talk to past participants • Monitor how well camp administrators reply to your questions and follow up on issues – this often reflects the quality of the camp • Be aware of ‘camp brokers’, who often present themselves as camp organisers when they are not. If your main contact is a broker, and there are problems at the camp, you will find that no one is accountable • Most kids are scared the first time they head off to camp, do not give in to their fears

Rebecca (far left) at Village Camps, Ardeche, France

• During the first few days, kids may call you asking to come home. But don’t take them out of camp unless there is a real emergency – kids need to learn that at times good can come from bad • Check in at regular fixed times with camp leaders but don’t become a nuisance. Bring your kids to camp and let them loose • Make sure your kids have the right clothes and equipment (but expect them to lose at least half of it) • Inform the camp if your child has any food difficulties or allergies • Do not repeat a ‘bad’ camp experience but accept that over the years, some camps will be ‘misses’. Even a less-thanpositive camp can provide a worthwhile learning experience


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Jeremy at Village Camps, Ardeche, France

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choose from during the day, or choose a fully structured programme – consider what your child’s characteristic make-up requires.” Before kids head off to camp, Hadas recommends the whole family sits down and has an open discussion. “Try to find out your child’s concerns and talk openly about them,” she says. “Then reassure your child that camp is an excellent opportunity to learn new things, make new friends and develop new skills.” Ever practical, Hadas also suggests kids practise a sleepover at a friend’s house – then discuss how it felt being away from home. “Allow your child to speak with other children who have attended camp,” she adds. Hadas also suggests a number of proactive ways parents can deal with kids’ homesickness and separation anxiety. “To encourage a feeling of ‘home away from home’, make sure they bring along some significant personal item like a family photo, pillow, favourite toy or book. And provide them with a flashlight, if they sleep with a night-light at home.” Ultimately, Hadas warns, “Avoid making a ‘deal’ with your children that you will take them home if they are not enjoying camp. Teach them that by thinking positively and enjoying camp activities, they will soon forget their homesickness.”

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Robert, pilot training at camp

Carmen (left) enjoys sports at overseas camp

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house rules The Hong Kong property market is behaving like it usually does: unpredictably. But Lantau in particular is still a safe bet. Elizabeth Kerr reports


ong Kong’s real-estate market has been called a lot of things, but the most apt description is volatile. Despite the peaks and valleys born of any influence – increased stamp duties, SARS, Chinese interest rates, a new Chief Executive – the property market remains a safe bet for capital appreciation, rental returns and long-term investment. Global property consultancy Knight Frank’s 2012 The Wealth Report rated Hong Kong among the 10 best cities in the world for property investment now and in the future. Though at times it feels as if investors are taking over the world, particularly in the SAR, end-users are still the primary purchasers of property. Everyone, from high-end agencies like Knight Frank down to mass-market brokerages like Centaline, made some pretty dire predictions for the Hong Kong market in 2012, but as the saying goes: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.


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Mid-way through the year, the messages are mixed. In January, Colliers International, among others, predicted a 10 to 15 percent price drop across the board for 2012. At the time, Colliers’ Simon Lo, executive director of research and advisory, Asia, forecast residential sales and rents would drop 13 and 6 percent respectively across the board. Agreeing that 2012 looked like something of a buyers’ market, Lo reasoned that, “Unless there is a major correction it could be a good bargain. If you’re truly in the market to purchase, it’s a good time to at least negotiate.” And with multiple lenders. DTZ, Knight Frank, Ricacorp and Centaline agreed. But over the last month, news media have quite gleefully reported that prices are on the rise again – 2 to 3 percent over the same period (the first quarter) last year. “If I were an enduser, I’d adopt a wait-and-see attitude until the end of the year,” cautions Thomas Lam, director of research and consultancy for Greater China with Knight Frank in Hong Kong.


Hong Kong is a prime place to invest, now and in the long term (Photo courtesy of

However, latent buyer activity (end-users waiting for plum opportunities), more flexible bank lending and a lag time between sales and actual numbers from the Lands Department all contributed to what executive director for residential sales, Ricky Poon, also with Colliers, considers skewed numbers.

Price drops predicted across the board “The main reason for the rebound in the last two months was buyer accumulation and the bank attitudes,” Poon explains. “By the end of January they’d changed their attitudes and they have new quotas for 2012. In the mass market, transactions from HK$2 to HK$5 million were the focus of the residential market. And most of these are end-users.” While admitting to resilience in transaction volume, Poon is quick to point out volumes are already down for April

(reflected only in second quarter numbers). He stresses that defaults are rising, and the European debt debacle and sputtering American economy are influences that aren’t going away soon. Hong Kong’s leasing market, in particular, relies heavily on foreign multinational staff with fat housing budgets, and with many institutions holding steady or cutting back, the SAR is already seeing a mini-glut of high-end properties. Add to that anti-speculative measures both here and in China, and the sales market is in a similar boat. “We’re still predicting prices will come down this year and we’re honouring what we forecast for the whole year: 10 to 15 percent down,” says Poon. “So prices are up 3 to 5 percent right now, but the next seven months… you never know.” Lam concurs, chipping in with a blunt, “This is a temporary situation. Apart from low interest rates, there are so many uncertainties. We have a new Chief Executive,

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In-the-works infrastructure makes Tung Chung a prime place to invest (Photo courtesy of

there’s the Eurozone debt. So we’re sticking to our forecast of a drop of maximum 10 percent for 2012 for the luxury market, and a maximum of 15 percent in mass residential.”

Government would really like to develop Lantau, particularly Tung Chung because of the bridge to Zhuhai and Macau,” Lam points out, while reminding of the planned (but unconfirmed) tunnel link to Tuen Mun.

Expansion likely in Lantau Things aren’t all that different on Lantau Island, which forms a nearly perfect micro-reflection of Hong Kong in general. As of 2011 the largest in the so-called Islands District had a population of just over 100,000 concentrated in three distinct areas: the relatively central Tung Chung, the more rural stretch between the Mui Wo Ferry Pier and Pui O and the privately developed Discovery Bay. Lantau boasts mass, village-house and luxury markets within its 14,000 hectares. Despite the realities of other market sectors – retail is booming, luxury property is taking the biggest hit by far – Lantau appears to be a haven of stability. Whether or not that lasts for long is anyone’s guess. “The Hong Kong


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It may seem a trek away to cosmopolitan hipsters who linger in Lan Kwai Fong every night, but to anyone in the under-HK$5 million wheelhouse, its increased connectivity and forthcoming infrastructure make Tung Chung a solid choice. “Tung Chung is the most convenient area of Lantau. Pricing hasn’t changed much in the past two or three months,” Poon states. “Discovery Bay too,” he adds.

Watch this space for an in-depth report on the DB property market


Photos by Cecilie Gamst Berg

Buffaloes taking a dip on Pui O Beach

have you herd the

moos? The water buffaloes of Pui O are not only a joy to behold they are a natural (and under-utilised) tourist attraction. Cecilie Gamst Berg reports


hat weighs 700 kilogrammes, does semiheavy gardening work around the clock without pay and provides a landing strip for birds? All right, so you’ve gathered from the photos that the answer is: the mighty water buffalo. But did you know there are about 70 of them roaming free just a couple of mountains’ hike away from Discovery Bay, in sleepy Lantau backwater Pui O? Yes, only 30 minutes from one of the world’s most densely built-up city centres (Central, not Discovery Bay) is a pastoral scene more reminiscent of rural China or Vietnam – except in those countries the buffaloes would of course be put to work. In Pui O, the descendants of the few dozens of animals


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imported from Vietnam by the British in the late 1800s are enjoying what must be the ultimate lifestyle in buffalo-dom: constant chewing.

Soul of Pui O Massive but shy and gentle, languidly rolling in their mud baths, philosophically chewing, churning and chomping on grass and more grass, some would say these beautiful and majestic animals are the soul of Pui O. Every morning they come ambling down to the grasslands between South Lantau Road and Pui O Beach accompanied by swarms of opportunistic insects. The only way to avoid


this menace is to submerge oneself completely in water, and by an amazing coincidence the water buffaloes’ noses are equipped with a closable air valve, allowing them to stay underwater for minutes at a time. The buffaloes’ constant ruffling around in the grass, frightening insects out into the open, makes the wetlands of Pui O a paradise for birds, especially egrets, whose synchronised flying reminds one of schools of fish on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. In the afternoon the whole herd often goes down to the creek in Ham Tin for a swim, ending up on Pui O Beach at dusk for another dip and a bit more rest after a rather strenuous day. No matter when you visit you’re guaranteed to see at least some of them engaged in leisurely activities in the great country club for bovines that is Pui O.

Potential for eco-tourism

do) but the poo is excellent fertiliser when dry. As for slowing the traffic occasionally, I’d say the only thing standing between the crazy drivers on the South Lantau Road and a serious accident is their having to be prepared for buffaloes crossing. And yes, they are certainly big, but scary? In my experience, these gentle giants will go out of their way not to offend anybody. The males sometimes have little scuffles over territory and access to females, but mostly the alpha male just stares the others down. I’d say the water buffalo are the black belt in judo or karate of the animal world – they have so much power they don’t need to use it. Let’s not let them die out. We need the buffaloes. Without them, grass would grow to man-height and the mosquitoes would completely take over. There’d be fewer birds. And Pui O would be so, so diminished. The buffaloes should be protected and admired. People should get on planes to see them. So come on DBers, you live only a couple of hills’ walk away. What are you waiting for?

One would think the water buffalo gang would be Pui O’s greatest tourist attraction and that locals would try to attract tourists on buffalo safaris. Pui O could in fact be the Kenya or Chiang Mai of Hong Kong. But the buffaloes are absent from the stuff the Hong Kong Tourist Association churns out. Isn’t this omission strange! I really don’t believe that tourists visiting Lantau are only going to be interested in the Big Buddha and a shiny new cable car. The only thing I’ve seen trying to ‘sell’ the buffaloes is an advert on a Lantau bus proclaiming: ‘Feral Cattle and Buffaloes on Lantau – Don’t Forget To Enjoy Their Presence’. Snappy, but all right, it’s a start. And so much better than the government’s style of animal husbandry a few years ago. In January and February 2007, 21 buffaloes were ‘removed’ from Luk Tei Tong – it is not known if any survived. One month later, 18 buffaloes were stacked on top of each other inside a truck, to be taken to an unknown destination. As mentioned before, these majestic beasts can weigh up to 700 kilos, so naturally all of them, except the one on top, were crushed to death.

In need of protection Apparently, the Agriculture and Fisheries Department now has a new boss who is more benevolently disposed towards our horned and splayfooted friends, so they are safe for the moment. That is to say, males are now being sterilised rather then killed outright. Many locals in Pui O endorse wholeheartedly the extermination of the buffaloes one way or another, because they sometimes block traffic; they poo; and (I am told) they are ‘big and scary’.

A Lantau buffalo in clover

Get involved Did you know the Lantau Buffalo Association (LBA) exists to: 1. Preserve and manage the wild cattle and water buffalo herds in South Lantau 2. Fund a herdsperson to help villagers and animals coexist peacefully without the need for culling 3. Promote responsible herd management 4. Preserve Lantau’s wetlands and ecosystems that provide a habitat for these animals 5. Provide educational resources regarding the buffaloes, cows and wetlands’ ecology 6. Promote the bovines and their habitats as part of Lantau’s role in eco-tourism To find out more, call the LBA hotline on 8103 6312, email or go to

Buffaloes certainly do poo (poo, chew and moo, is what they

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play me Keeping up with the latest music tools can be a challenge. Paula Lepore Burrough taps into the power of social networking to shortlist some favourites


New-wave technology beats the boom box


t does not seem so long ago that music became more portable with the advent of the boom box in the mid 1980’s. The image of a young person walking down the street with a television-sized stereo hoisted on his shoulder, blasting out tunes, now seems comical and anachronistic. Today, with almost universal connectivity and smaller devices, we have access to all genres of music – any time, any place – whether it’s our personal, digitised collection or one of the various worldwide radio stations. Add to that the use of creative tools to produce our own unique sounds and we’re looking at a radically new world of music technology.



Myna Audio Editor

Jango Radio

“Beatwave is a free application (app) that allows you to create a beat-like song in a wave, using a grid that is placed on your screen,” says Drew Melmoth from Seoul Foreign British School. “By pressing individual squares on the grid you create new sounds. A line swipes across the screen and represents the tempo and as the line passes across the grid, it activates a square to create a noise. You can create a song with various layers of different beats, melodies and underlying tones, change the speed of the tempo and add new sounds using sound bites. You can share your composition by email or save it to your phone.”

“Shazam is one of the most-used apps on my phone,” says Jennifer Roman from Myers Elementary, Grand Blanc, Michigan, US. “It still amazes me that with one click on the phone you can get all the information for a song that’s playing on any station, including the lyrics. When there is a song playing that brings back a great memory, you can use the app to tag the song, to remind yourself to include it in a playlist. Shazam Friends, linked via Facebook, lets you and your friends see what you are tagging.” A favourite use for Jennifer is the LyricPlay, especially for long road trips. It’s a fun new feature that provides full-screen lyrics in time to the music.

“You can access Myna through the Aviary Education portal, and it’s my preferred web tool to use in middle grade,” says Bill Marsland from Stone Scholastic Academy, Chicago, Illinois, US. “It is loaded with an extensive library of Quantum Tracks that students can use to build their own compositions. Myna can be used for lessons on pop-song form as well as musical styles and genres. We recently completed a collaborative project with the Spanish teacher; students wrote bilingual song lyrics and recorded them to a background track they created using Myna. It is free and cloud-based, so students can continue to explore outside of class.”

“Being a fan of free radio while growing up, I was intrigued by Jango Radio,” says Paula [our tech writer] of Island School, Hong Kong. “A quick log in using a Facebook account allows you to create custom stations and maintain a profile. You can search for songs or artists, read their biographies and view picture and video collections. While tuning in to one of the hundreds of Jango-made stations, I was able to pause and play and share my favourite stations to Facebook and Twitter. There are feeds from others listeners including the artists themselves. I listen to Pandora while in the US and Jango overseas; iHeartRadio is also a goodie.”

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Lead photo by Karmel Schreyer



A very big busker in Las Ramblas

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Scary buskers, Gothic haunts and of course Gaudi. Karmel Schreyer discovers that Spain’s second city comes first in more ways than one


arcelona has long been top on the to-do lists of design and architecture aficionados everywhere – and let’s not forget that ‘Bartha’ is the disputed tops in world football – but sports and architecture fans are making room for the ever-greater numbers who are discovering Europe’s newest, hippest hangout. Being from North America and used to Latin American Spanish, I was so excited to be there that my daughter had to tell me more than once to rein in the lisp. (“Just say grathias, Mummy, not grathiath.”) The centre of the city, say from Plaza Espana to Spain’s own version of London’s Gerkhin, called Torre Agbar in Poblenou District, can be walked, but the metro system is excellent and the one- to three-day tourist cards or t-ten passes make getting around quick and easy. Along the way you will find other landmarks such as Barcelona’s version of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe (called Arc de Triomf), clearly reminiscent of Spain’s ties to North Africa.

as I peered in the doorway, I swear I saw Count Dracula himself – ok, let’s keep it local: El Greco himself – at the back corner table, nursing a cortado (that’s an espresso with milk). This district is bounded on the south by the sprawling modern Marina Port Vell and on the west by pedestrianised shopping street, Las Ramblas. The Monument a Colon, a tribute to explorer Christopher Columbus, is at the seaside-end, from where you make your way up past the large Trafalgar Square-like Catalunya Square to Passieg de Gracia, which could be described as Barcelona’s Fifth Avenue. Busker-filled Las Ramblas was in fact my daughter’s favourite haunt – a man from Hong Kong did her portrait there in charcoal. If you like shopping for clothes, then go to the Desigual shop near Las Ramblas. Just stay away from the men trying to make you gamble by showing you pebbles under boxes!

Gaudi appreciation Gothic tastes The Gothic Quarter lives up to its name – all stone arches and narrow streets. Some parts are reminiscent of Venice, and other sections look as if they could be movie sets for a Hammer House of Horror Production. Despite the austere atmosphere this Gothic-ness provides, there are plenty of trendy shops, restaurants and bars tucked away throughout. One café looked so dark and spooky

Despite all the distractions, there is a mystery on the minds of visitors: how to describe the work of this man Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926)? We could try a hypothetical question: what if Michael Jackson had been an architect? We could try an equation: arts and crafts + art nouveau + steroids. However you wish to explain it, you’ve got to tip your hat to the generations of Barcelonians who have graciously allowed their city to be the drawing board for Gaudi’s imagination. 

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First on any Gaudi-appreciation list is La Sagrada Familia, one of the largest cathedrals in the world. Construction began in 1920 and is still on-going, with the current generation of contractors staying true to Gaudi’s vision, or so they believe. What that means exactly is open to interpretation. If you arrive at the cathedral by metro, you may be disappointed; emerging from the underground brings you smack against a fence, which winds tightly around the building. Though there are parks across the street at either end, the initial impression is that the church deserves a better pride of place. Maybe they will get to that when the church is finally completed. For now, La Sagrada Familia has still got to be the strangestlooking house of worship in Europe. Gingerbread in colour, evoking Spain’s Moorish past, the building is a cake laden with sculpture, secret code, verbiage, towering spires, tiny windows and gratuitous-looking (though perhaps only to the uninitiated) shapes. Then you walk through the doors. If you are used to the standard cathedrals of Europe, you are in for a shock. You look up. As your eye follows the columns heavenward, you see the sinew of muscles. Where they break off at the ceiling and separate into tapering points, you see nerve endings, synapses. You are no doubt standing in the middle of one man’s fantastic

DB residents love Barcelona! Denise Adams – mum “Good, fast public transport links make it easy to take day trips from Barcelona. The mountaintop monastery of Montserrat is easily reached by train, and the lovely beaches either side of the city are also very accessible. One day we went to Barcelonetta – Barcelona’s city beach, a 30-minute train-ride away. We also spent a beautiful day on the beach at Sitges, just south of Barcelona, and a further two days north on the Costa Brava.” Charles Chan – gym coach and business owner “I love Gaudi’s Parc Guell. I thought the energy was so good in the park. The layout was fantastic, and the setting and design is very clever. It was very inspiring! Another place I especially liked is in the mountains about an hour’s drive away called Tavertet (Valle de Sau-Collsacabra). I was taken there by my niece. It was a very old town with all the natural-stone houses, and a river with a hanging bridge. We had a lovely, traditional Catalan lunch there.” Saya Kuwano – secondary student, visiting for Discovery College’s ‘No Boundaries’ week

Gaudi’s totally awesome Parc Guell

“My favourite part of the trip was learning the culture of this part of the world and living within a homestay that provided us with the true feeling of Barcelona and what local people do on a regular basis. The most fascinating part was hearing myths and old stories that happened in Barcelona especially during the time of La Guerra/ Civil War (1936-1939). The most fun thing we did on the trip was visit the theme park called PortAventura.” Christopher Dann – Kitchee Escola football player, visiting nearby Costa Brava for a tournament

Moorish landmark, the Arc de Triomf


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“We were located about a two-hour drive from Barcelona itself and sadly did not have the opportunity to do any real sightseeing, just a quick look around the local town. The Costa Brava was a very nice place, the weather was good (very hot!) and the people were very friendly although it seemed to be quite expensive. My best travel tip would be to learn some of the language; I take Spanish lessons in school and I found it very helpful.” 

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mental voyage, and you may well find yourself thanking the heavens that there are people willing to carry on Gaudi’s message, continue the journey – take the Bartha football and run with it, to pile on the analogies. Yes, Gaudi was a spiritual man, but he also had bills to pay. Tourist maps point out the main Gaudi buildings to see, such as Casa Milà on Passeig de Gracia or Casa Batlló further down the street, but the piece de resistance is Parc Guell. Gaudi tried his hand at landscape design for a time, and the result is – good Gaudi! – part confection, part folly. There are Moorish castles, Romanesque columns, shrubbery and palms too, of course, but don’t forget the octopi on the ceiling made of your grandmother’s broken Limoges china. It’s just that awesome. At some point you will want to shop and eat. Mercat de la Boqueria, off Las Ramblas near the Gran Teatre del Liceu, dazzles with its colourful displays of fruit, sweets and savouries. Alfresco dining abounds, where one can sample African delicacies alongside Spanish mainstays like paella and of course gelati. In addition to the talented, registered buskers who ply Las Ramblas all day, there are painters and sketchers who will give you an excellent portrait for a few Euros. You may never want to leave.

Gaudi’s immense La Sagrada Familia


surf's up Sit back and enjoy the ride as Catharine Nichol learns how to catch some Balinese waves

I by Intrepid Photos courtesy of SurfPhotos Goddess RetreatsFamily X

’m half an hour into my surf class and I’m beginning to get nervous. It’s all very well practising where to lie on your board, jumping to your feet and how to balance, when you’re on a yoga mat on dry sand. But actually doing it on the water?! As tiny as the Legian Beach waves were looking 30 minutes ago, now I’m going to be maneuvering a huge piece of fiberglass out to sea, and hopefully back in again, these ripples are suddenly looking Hawaiian sized.


As our little group of beginners starts pushing our boards out to sea, jumping clumsily on board and paddling valiantly against the waves, the steepest learning curve is an instant, huge respect for the power of the ocean. Small though the waves are, they pack a punch and it takes far longer than I had expected to get past the break and adopt that super-cool sitting position, looking out to sea as if I know what I am doing, while in reality catching my breath. But the instructors (right beside us and – ahem – only waist deep) are there to encourage us with helpful shouts like, “This wave’s for you!”. Suddenly you’ve turned round, paddling full steam ahead, Junior members of Intrepid Family X geocaching in DB (as this is a secret society, names cannot be disclosed) and you feel the board gain its own momentum as the wave pushes it along. It takes a few false starts to feel solid

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enough to even try to get to a kneeling position, and a few spectacular wipe-outs to get close to standing. But you soon realise this is all part of the fun. Then that first time you get to your feet, they’re in the right place, and you’re actually surfing, is pure joy.

Beginners’ guide Surfing must be one of the coolest sports in the world. If you need convincing, just sit on a sandy beach as the waves roll in and watch the cute guys and fearless girls paddling out, waiting for the energy of the ocean to pick them up and deliver a rollercoaster ride back to shore. The physical high is there for all to see, especially when you’re witnessing extreme waves. But you need to do more than soak up the sun and rub shoulders with the tanned heroes and heroines in the beach bars afterwards to fully appreciate the mental and spiritual elation that makes surfing so addictive. Numerous surf schools take surfers of all levels out to Bali’s beaches. Alex Springenschmidt first surfed Bali’s waters in 1998, and has now been living on the island for eight years. He set up The Chillhouse and is based in Canggu just north of Seminyak. “Bali is an amazing island with more than 60 waves within one hour’s drive,” he says. “There are waves on offer for all skills on Bali, plus the water is warm, so you can call Bali a paradise for surfers.” While The Chillhouse focuses on Canggu, Rip Curl School of Surf is based in Legian; both teach beginners. Legian is also the area Chelsea Huntley, founder of Surf Goddess Retreats, takes her beginner surfers. “We hold the surf lessons there because it is an excellent learner’s surf break with a sandy bottom [no rock or reef] and a gentle slope,” she says. “You can surf close to shore in water that is waistto head-high deep, which makes it safe and the ideal way to introduce people to surfing.” The difference a little tuition makes is incredible. Amazingly not only am I standing most waves I catch in my first session, but I feel far more confident handling the board, and paddling. Next I’ll be focusing on forehand and backhand turns, leading to the self-assuredness to surf unbroken waves in a few days.

Ecstatic beginners ride their first wave into shore

“As a beginner you look for safety – mellow waves with white water powerful enough to get you going,” says Alex. “At the same time there needs to be calm water to practise paddling, the basis upon which all surfing is built. After day three, most guests are ready for blue or green waves [the wave before it breaks] to enjoy long rides sideways on the wave. On day five, we take our guests out to the real waves, because the basic skills such as paddling, take off, first turn, and an understanding about surf etiquette is already given.”

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A surf lesson on Legian Beach, Bali

Surf Goddess Retreats takes intermediate surfers to the three- to eight-foot waves in Sanur or further up the west coast to Batu Bolong. “Both are great transition spots to move from surfing a beach break to a reef situation,” explains Chelsea.

Boarding in Bali To get an idea of where the expert surfers go, travel up to Balian on the west coast, where the tiny village of hostels and warungs overlooks a wide stretch of beach. Early morning surfing means you’ll avoid the onshore winds of the afternoon, and both left- and right-hander waves can give you a run of up to 150 metres. Further north, Medewi is popular, and free of crowds. South towards Uluwatu is the best known surfing area on the west coast. Once a surfer’s paradise with no-frills huts to stay in and shacks serving up snacks and cool beers, some bays have paved roads, tourist shops and attract crowds. Nevertheless, Balangan (fast waves), Bingin (short ride), Impossibles (fast, long waves), Padang Padang (great waves best in the early morning), Uluwatu (Bali’s bestknown break), Green Balls (a long walk down so never crowded) and Nyang-Nyang (quality right- and left-handers) are all worth visiting. And there’s also the east coast with Nusa Dua (good tubes but strong currents), Pandang Galak (good for all levels) and Serangan (four- to six-foot waves). With so many options it may be hard to choose your spot. But the weather could help you make up your mind. “There are two seasons in Bali; from April to December the west coast works the best – Legian, Kuta, Seminyak, The Bukit, Canggu, etc, as trade winds blow offshore those months


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[the ideal condition for surfing],” says Chelsea. “Then from around December to March the east coast is offshore, so we move to Sanur and Nusa Dua for our surf lessons.” And with Bali being one of the most beautiful, spiritual and exciting islands for exploring paddy fields, villages and temples; learning to make local cuisine and batik; escaping into a boutique or cool spa room; or simply hanging out at one of its famous beach clubs, there is plenty of après-surf. All companies will balance sea and land time, but at Surf Goddess Retreats the yoga classes are a major part of the week’s activities. “After three days of surfing the muscles become very fatigued, so I introduced our Bali Bliss day,” says Chelsea. “Primarily it's there to allow the women to rest and come back fresh for more surfing at the end of the week. Also our guests like to enjoy a well-rounded holiday and Bali is such a fascinating and exotic destination.”

Bali-based sites to surf • The Chillhouse, • Rip Curl School of Surf, • Surf Goddess Retreats,

Get on board in Lantau • Palm Beach Watersport Centre, Cheung Sha, • Treasure Island Surf Camp, Pui O,


alfresco with

Lead photo by Tracey van Geest

attitude A

aah. Summer. Time to bask (if you can call it that) in the authenticity of sub-tropical urban humidity – cold drink in hand. Sticky as the Hong Kong climate can be, the right accoutrements and attitude can maximise the leisure season. When was the last time you heard of anyone turning down a barbeque invitation – rain or shine, 20 degrees or 40? That’s right. You haven’t. Selecting a barbeque, however, is not as easy as charcoal or gas. Scads of websites and shops will bombard you with tips, but Clive Chan at creative interiors retailer Bru Living believes the key to choosing a barbeque comes down to the basics. Purchase easy-to-assemble, brand-name items that come with strong product warranties and good customer support. As Janice Ortmann at outdoor furniture specialists Everything Under the Sun (EUTS) points out, “We wanted brands that were affordable and that worked. We accept we’re not a barbeque shop. We just wanted grills that were as good as our furniture; affordable and good quality with


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a little bit of design.” Most of EUTS’s grills are imported gas-powered jobs – making the aforementioned customer support crucial – so the shop delivers and assembles their items, and arranges for gas tanks. For John Kingsbury at Love that Lifestyle, it’s these practicalities that are paramount. “At Jervis Bay Barbecue World we deliver all our barbecues fully assembled and tested, and we do have warranties,” he says. “We also offer a maintenance service for barbecues that are looking a bit tired and therefore maintain spare parts. Customers need to know that they will always be able to get parts and have their barbecue serviced, no matter how old the barbecue becomes.” Importantly too, don’t get suckered by bells and whistles; select features that are essential, like stay-cool dials and adequate storage. Preparation surfaces are nice, but if you have limited space, it’s probably best just to do your chopping in the kitchen.


Summer time means barbeques and outdoor dining, if you’re lucky in the comfort of your own home. Elizabeth Kerr finds out how it’s done

Dress up your outside space with plants and flowers and the tableware you use indoors

Best buys Clive recommends Denmark’s Bodum Fyrkat charcoal grill, an oval unit with a large surface that diffuses heat differently than a round grill would. “The lower heat on the sides is ideal for fish and vegetables and also allows direct grilling over the coals and indirect grilling for foods that cannot take the heat,” he says. Unlike most hibachis it comes with a lid, tool hooks and a foldable sideboard in some seriously sunny colours. On the space-saving side is Bru’s Neil Perry T-Grill (by Taiwan’s GrandHall). “It’s designed to pack amazing power, superior performance and heat control into a grill that doesn't require a lot of balcony space,” Clive enthuses. The T-Grill is modern, sleek and, best of all, compact, with a hidden gas-tank compartment. The barbeque works on Crossray infrared side-mounted burners, which reduces the smoking and flare-ups that char your food and make the neighbours crazy. “Infrared provides an even, consistent

heat while using up to 50 percent less fuel than traditional open-flame burner systems,” Clive adds. If you’re energy conscious, this could be the grill for you. While Love that Lifestyle carries gas barbeques with more than 2,000 square inches of cooking space, it also has some neat bijou items. “Our smaller barbecues are classified as portable and their cooking area is as little as 110 square inches,” says John. If you have a little room to spare, Janice recommends South Africa’s Cadac, which makes a range of sturdy gas grills that are easy on the budget and reasonably compact – from the modest Leisure Chef to the four-burner Meridian. And she reminds us, “Who knows a braai better than South Africans.” At this end of the spectrum, John says nothing beats the modular, Jervis Bay barbecues. “All our outdoor kitchen units are cabinet based with options on drawers, sink and side burners. The barbecues that go with these modules

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come standard with cooking plate, grill and roasting hood allowing the user to prepare and cook food in so many different ways.” When major remodelling is on the cards, Janice recommends the Viteo (Austria) and Tao (Italy) outdoor kitchens. Decked out in Corian, stainless steel and fine woods, these are the cream of the grilling crop and where she sees the formerly humble barbeque heading. Says Janice, “People are travelling more and more, and they come back and think, ‘I can have a more enjoyable life’. They’re bringing the resort lifestyle home. Even to a small place like Hong Kong.”

Food for thought Die-hard grillers will expound on the superiority of the grilled meal and when a Chicagoan or Torontonian describes their ‘special barbequing jacket’ they mean the one used to grab steaks off the grill during blizzards. Giggle at the image and you’ll get a blank, uncomprehending stare. But barbequing is serious business – and getting the wrong food is almost as felonious as getting the wrong grill. The buzzword of the day is organic, and considering Chinese produce has been nabbed yet again for dangerous pesticides, the fad has never seemed more relevant. Fortunately, between Providence Family Farm and OBE

1100S, ODK, Love that Lifestyle

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Got the hardware, got the food and you’ve clearly got the perfect alfresco space. The last problem is your lack of desire and time to pull a Martha Stewart and deck out the terrace in order to set the perfect mood. First and foremost: keep it simple, and remember that IKEA can be your best friend for colourful matching napkins and shatterproof tableware. Citysuper’s Log-on also carries a line of robust (and re-usable) plastic flatware if it’s not a sit-down dinner. A crucial element to throwing a sudden shindig is seating. For last-minute affairs (which can happen with a barbeque), much depends on how much traffic your outdoor space sees. If plans are for the same day, simply move some of the furniture inside to the outside to create an entertainment area. But most owners of a terrace are at least partially prepared. If you have outdoor furniture then just take a few indoor accessories to decorate the space, such as sofa pillows, side tables for drinks and so on. With seating under control, ambiance becomes the next biggest hurdle. Try and pick up a few potted plants if you have a day or two. Plants instantly add life to a space but if time is an issue, simply splash out on flowers. And finally, as lighting is crucial in all aspects of decor, get some candles and put them on everything. Just don’t forget the iPod dock and a strong fan.

Cadac (three-burner), EUTS

Organic you should be able to serve food as safe as it is tasty. Providence Family Farm delivers fresh produce weekly from a sustainable farm in a remote (read: clean) corner of Jiangxi to your door. Not only are all the vegetables certified organic by independent bodies in the States, the European Union and Japan, the farm was founded as a way to help a small village from dying out and provides jobs, training and infrastructure in the local community. Similarly, OBE Organic (now available at Fusion and Taste among others) is outback Australia’s oldest sustainable ranch, raising free-range, hormone-free beef on a familyrun farm in Channel Country.


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Specialities from the

White Swan

From July 2-15 Above & Beyond restaurant at Hotel Icon in Tsim Sha Tsui East hosts awarded, Cantonese master chef Qiu Wei Guo from Guangzhou’s White Swan Hotel. Chef Qiu and his team will serve 12 of their top Cantonese dim sum specialties. Try the likes of baked chicken-liver pastries; steamed buns with pork belly and pomelo skin; and deep-fried bananas with red bean paste. Prices are reasonable, starting at HK$38 per item. As part of his visit, Chef Qiu will also hold a workshop at Hotel Icon’s Food and Wine Academy on July 19. For more information call 3400 1688, or visit

Hip guide to

Hong Kong

Creative types can look out for a cool design and culture map-cum-guide Creative City. With its easy-to-read infographics, maps highlighting must-see districts, and a fullspread feature on the best cafés, it’s a fun take on our territory. This second edition of the guide covers galleries, markets, boutiques, restaurants, architectural gems and café hideouts in six districts. The Creative City team collaborated with Hong Kong-based design collectives including Graphic Airlines, Shanghai Street Studios, Savannah College of Art and Design as well as Daydream Nation – who were appointed as ‘district curators’. Priced at HK$68, Creative City is available at selected bookstores and design shops.

Top tipple from the


Dynasty Fine Wines, one of mainland China’s more established producers, has recently released a merlot that suits this writer’s palate very nicely. The Dynasty Merlot Series Gold Label, though ruby coloured, is a little more translucent than some of its European and US peers. The 2009 is lighter on the front palate, and it’s full of fresh red fruit with a touch of oak, and noticeable eucalyptus leaf and mint notes. Dynasty suggests decanting for an hour and matching with Parma ham, roasted poultry and wild fowl, as well as Asian spiced casserole or braised dishes. Priced around HK$120, it is available at Wellcome, Fusion and selected wine shops and restaurants.


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Dining experiences at

unbeatable prices

The circus

is coming to town

Restaurant Week returns to Hong Kong from July 9-15. The event offers the chance to eat at first-class establishments, including Michelin-star venues, for a fraction of the regular price. Participating restaurants also compete for the title of Best Restaurant of the Week Award. Organised by the international online dining guide and restaurant reservations platform, this event was first launched in New York. Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou also have their own version. Local restaurants create exclusive fixed-price menus with a minimum of three courses for lunch and/ or dinner. A limited number of sittings are available per day at each restaurant, so book now on

Liu Dao going for gold The Shanghai-based art collective Liu Dao is hosting its inaugural show Dripping with Aurum through July at island6 gallery in Sheung Wan. The gold-themed exhibition is a tribute to element No. 79 on the periodic table, but it’s also a luxe, lush celebration of Hong Kong. As a result, it’s a multi-coloured electronic art spectacular rejoicing in all things that twinkle, shimmer, sparkle and dazzle. Pouting, lipsticked LED sirens beckon behind blinking, illuminated towers, and fantastical paper-cut worlds light up with video-animated figures. To find out more go to

Saltimbanco, last staged in Hong Kong in 2005, by the world’s favourite avant-garde animal-less circus, Cirque du Soleil, returns this month. Performing at AsiaWorldExpo Arena from July 12-22, a cast of around 50 hail from 20 different countries. Acrobatics and feats of balancing, jumping and spinning from the ground up to airborne trapeze are crowd pleasers for all ages. Enchanting music, colour, magic/ illusion and humour always pepper a Cirque performance. From a group of 20 street performers launched in 1984, in Canada, the troupe is now well-known globally with a few permanent stages. For tickets call 2989 9239, or visit,

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July & August only. For kids age 8 to 30 months. • Monday, Wednesday & Friday afternoons, 2pm-4.30pm • Drop-in sessions with ageappropriate toys & books • Parent/ helper must attend with child • Location: The Greens Contact

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


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


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


We are enroling now for the next school year. Please have a look at our website & arrange a visit to meet our wonderful team! Email, or visit

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



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

July 3 to August 31, for kids age 2 to 4 years. Weekly themes, sessions offered five days a week Please email

New FRENCH cooking programme designed for domestic helpers available this summer.

French kindergarten located in DB North open for registrations for school year 2012-2013.

Everything they need to know about cooking you and your family great value meals with simple French recipes, making the most of your grocery budget, and respecting hygiene, safety and security rules. Training will be in English. For more information, please call 6538 1578 or e-mail us at

French summer camp with fun activities, games and workshops for littles ones designed and led by experienced professionals available from July 3 to August 31, 2012. For more information, please call 6710 0391 or email us at

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Enrol now for our fun-filled summer camp! Hurry as spaces go quickly! • Ages 3 to 6 years • Weekly themed programmes • 9am-12pm Please email us for details at


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

SERVICES & OTHERS AUSTRALIAN TAX RETURNS 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 Hong Kong. Contact Australasian Taxation Services on 3571 8700,, or visit


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Leisure travel specialists since 1978. Licence No. 350343.Call 2526 3391, or visit


We have opened a new store in SoHo, 49 Caine Road! Speak to our travel experts to check out all the special offers & endless holiday possibilities! Contact 2830 2866,, or visit



DB Mandarin Room at Phase 1. For Year 1 to 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





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


Summer Course (Cantonese/ Mandarin) • Summer course for kids • Easy-to-learn Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin) • 12 lessons • From June 15 to August 30 Please contact 3612 5387,

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

Classifieds booking:

2987 0577



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


One-bedroom DB flat with study & extra beds. Ideal for a couple or family. Fully furnished & serviced, with all amenities included. Contact 6475 2035,, or visit www.


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


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


Newly renovated, 550’ flat on a high floor with split-type air conditioning. Fully equipped with DVD & free wi-fi. Bedding & towels provided. Weekly cleaning available. Email



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


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


Newly renovated studio flat with open kitchen, 5 minutes to pier. Fully furnished, with cable TV & broadband. Contact 2987 2468,

PROPERTY DB STUDIO FOR SHORT-TERM LET Comfortable, nicely decorated studio, close to DB Plaza & pier, with fully equipped kitchen. 37” TV, DVD, wi-fi, linens & towels provided. Contact 9190 7348, 2-BED APARTMENT FOR RENT At Greenmont Court, nice & fully furnished. Contact 9108 5525 SHORT- OR MEDIUM-TERM RENTAL Peaceful Mansion, 1-bed flat on a high floor. Panoramic sea views & fully furnished with wi-fi & broadband.Weekly cleaning service. Good price. Contact 9451 9761,


Smart apartment on a high floor with sea view. Close to pier & DB Plaza. Call Tiareti on 9732 8985


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Fully furnished 2-bedroom, newly renovated flat. Tranquil with sea & Disneyland view, & wi-fi. Photos available. Contact Jacqueline at 9811 0718,


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


20 minutes from Valencia airport. Four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms. Large living room/ dining room & kitchen plus garage. Mature terraced gardens with Roman-style pool. Good holiday rental returns: 240,000 Euros. For more details & photos, email


Bright, fully furnished flat, sleeps four. Fully equipped kitchen, plus wi-fi & broadband, towels & linen. Minimum stay 1 month. Email


550’ 1-bed apartment. Quiet, on a high floor, with mountain view. Fully furnished with open-plan kitchen. Well-equipped with LCD TV, broadband, telephone & wi-fi. Contact 6680 2007,

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Your ultimate guide in DB

DB NUMBERS COMMUNITY & HEALTH Bayside Dental Practice, North Plaza BMSE, North Plaza Catholic Church (Trinity Chapel) DB Alliance Church Community Centre DB International Community Church Discovery Bay Medical Centre Health & Care Dental Clinic Herbal Healthcare Island Health Island Veterinary Services The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council, North Plaza

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

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L’ecole Pierre Et Marie Curie

L’Ecole Francaise de Discovery Limited French classes, specialised and tutorial services Block One, LG6, DB North Plaza Tel: 6538 1578 Email:

Prince & Princess

Kids Wear & Accessories Shop G13B, G/F., North Plaza Tel: 2947 9228 Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm

Kindergarten, French classes and tutorial services. French kindergarten open for registration for school year 2012-13 Accepting registration for 2011-12 LG-05, 92 Siena Avenue, DB North Tel: 6710 0391 Email:

International Academy of Performing Arts Little Explorers

Discovery College Contact Tel: 6842 8092 / 8122 9475

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

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

Sunwood by Design

Tel: 9327 0507 Email:

Apron Strings

Hands-on classes specially tailored for children, teens & adults

Island Dance

Tel: 9735 5724

Freestyle, Jazz, Ballet & Tap Tel: 2987 1571

International Bodyfit Swimwear Exercise and Yoga Wear Tel: 6626 5470

Treat Boutique "Treat yourself, Treat your wallet"

US depatment store handbags, jewelry, ladies wear, men's wear and more... Tel: 6163 3421 In Style Little Whale, North Plaza Nomadic Start-rite shoes

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DAILY NECESSITIES 7-Eleven Convenience Store 7-Eleven Food Kiosk Fusion by PARKnSHOP GNC Mannings Watson’s Pharmacy Wellcome

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FINANCIAL SERVICES AlcaMat Financial & Accounting Services HSBC HSBC Expat Travelex Money Exchange, North Plaza Luen Fat Securities Co. Ltd

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Bayview House of Children

Early Childhood Educational Center Programmes from 18 months to 6 years old For details call Ramesha on 6114 2436

British Studio of Art Hong Kong


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Established playgroup for children 2-4 years Tel: 2987 0272 info@

Playgroups, parties, art-jamming and art classes for all ages! Tel: 2325 3999 Address: LG-10, Office Block One, 92 Siena Avenue, DB North Plaza.

Dumper Trucks & Daisies

Crawlers & Explorers - Wed afternoon Tots & Toddler’s - Tue & Thur morning, Mon & Thur afternoon Preparation Class - Mon, Wed & Fri morning Tel: 9667 6921

DB’s largest & longest running playgroup Iin Porter 9151 5545

HK School of Highland Dance Furniture, Wall paper, Interior Design and Home Furnishings Shop 119 DB Plaza Tel: +852 3482 5785,

Midget Gems Kid’s Club

ColourStorm Art Centre

First Friends & Second Friends “Luxury that doesn’t cost the Earth” Tel: ( 852 ) 9770 4474 / 9779 9424

2012 Summer Camp 3 July - 31 August For kids 1 year and up Call 2480 3909 www.

New art studio in DB for 2 year-olds to adults Tel: 9132 5249 / 6170 2875


Butterfly Dreams Luxury Bed Linens Ltd.

Mandarin for Munchkins®

Highland Dance classes now available in DB All ages welcome Teacher qualified by the SDTA Tel: 9123 0863 Email:

Mountainview Montessori Run by Montessori-trained teacher Come and Join the Fun!

ColourStorm Art Centre, North Plaza DB International School (Kindergarten) DB International School (Pri / Sec) DB Garden House Montessori Discovery College Discovery Mind International Play Centre Discovery Mind Kindergarten Discovery Montessori School DMR School of Ballet Early Adventures Learning Centre HK International Learning Academy, North Plaza Les Petits Lascars de DB SKH Wei Lun Primary School Sunshine House Int’l Pre-School Sunshine House Kindergarten Treasure House

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

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Lantau Island Outrigging Canoe Club

Grooming & Pet Services Wth Trust, Love & Safe Care For the ones you love Tel: 2914 0382 Email: Amity Shoe Care Apple Travel Co Pets Gallery The Optical House Well Supreme Laundry Services

Training at Lantau Boat Club, Tai Pak beach

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Movement Improvement Pilates, yoga, posture & fitness 2987 5852


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

Lifestyle Homes Tel: 2914 0888 Centaline Property Agency Limited Century 21 Newcourt Realty EPS Property Consultants Ltd Headland Homes Kingsford DB Ltd Land Master Property Midland Realty

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

RESTAURANTS 22º North Berliner Café Duvet Caramba Mexican Cantina Ebeneezer’s First Korean Restaurant Fresh Fruit Juice Paradise Hemingway’s by the Bay il Bel Paese Ippu Japanese Restaurant Island Café Jaspa’s, North Plaza Koh Tomyums La Création Bakery McDonald’s & McCafé McSorley’s Ale House Mirch Masala, North Plaza Pacific Coffee Paisano’s, North Plaza Peony Chinese Restaurant Sopranos Subway Super Super Uncle Russ, DB Plaza Uncle Russ, North Plaza Wildfire Fresh Zak’s

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Club Siena Discovery Bay Marina Club Discovery Bay Golf Club Discovery Bay Recreation Club


Tel: 2987 4274


Body Talk Holistic therapy for illness, stress, sports injury & learning disorders Tel: 6683 5755

Child & Family Development Practice

Penny Scallan Design Unique and individual Tel: 6015 4050

Planting Ideas, Growing Minds. Tel: 2987 2608

Stuck on You Label It, Own It, Keep It! Tel: 2549 2245, 2987 2608 Bo Bo House Toysland

2987 4230 2987 7859


Limousine Rental

Professional beauty treatments

by qualified RN & Medical Aesthetics Consultant Tel: 5116 1617

HK Dragons Football Club Football for 2.5- to 14- year old girls and boys

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Nailed It

Tel: 2987 0772

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

Professional artificial nail services in DB Tel: 2987 2266

Women’s Fitness Centre Club Siena Discovery Bay

Tel: 2987 8923 / 9060 5240


Eco Party Supplies, Toys, Games & Gifts


Classical Pilates, Yoga and more!

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Developing potential, exploring possibilities

Little Miss Green The Party Queen



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TRANSPORT SERVICES DB Golf Cart Services DB Transit Services DB Transportation Services Hire Car Bookings Passenger Telephone Hotline Wiselink Golf Cart Services

limo service in HK & China.  pick up from / to DB Tunnel  direct transfer to SZ / GZ Airport Tel: 5303 3489 / 9654 0899

Spa Siena Ladies-only day spa providing a wide range of massage treatment Tel: 2987 7382

Sher Martelle-Climas, R.M.T. Canadian Trained Therapist offers clinical massage for stress, sports injuries, chronic back pain, pre- & post- natal. EFT also available. My home or yours. Call for rates: 9503 9117 Afflatus Hair Workshop, North Plaza Maximum Care Salon De Coiffure Sense of Touch

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Around DB's August 2012 issue coming out

July 31 July 2012



chewing out


Talk about David and Goliath! DB resident David Burton is taking on the big boys at Apple to champion a cause that is dear to his heart


ou might have heard about a documentary film, Allied Inside, recently premiered in New York, about the healing power of personal music for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. A sixminute clip from the film has already had over 5 million hits on YouTube. It shows a man named Henry Dryer, aged 92, who suffers from acute dementia. Henry is introduced to an iPod full of his favourite music and his joyful reaction is quite astonishing. For six-year DB resident, David Burton, this clip struck a chord… and spurred him into action. “My mother suffered with dementia for years and sadly passed away a year ago, 10 days after I visited her,” he says. “It is so heart breaking to see a loved one forget who you are. That is what touched me so deeply in the clip of Henry Dryer, when he doesn't recognise his own daughter. “I was inspired when I first watched the clip to research what Apple does in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and was amazed to find nothing on the website,” David continues. “Looking deeper it appears Apple does absolutely nothing except ‘recycling’.” This recycling consists of collecting old iPods, iPhones, etc which customers drop off at Apple retail outlets in exchange for a 10 percent discount on a new product. Certainly this is a bonus for constantly upgrading iAddicts, and there is some eco credibility, but it’s also a moneyspinner for Apple, as it re-sells the old products to the electronics industry. “Notably iPod Shuffles, which are not


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worth much on the second-hand electronics market, are exempt from this scheme,” says David. David, who works in sales for Marriott International Inc, believes that successful companies should have a strong CSR policy as part of their vision. “It hit me that these used Apple products could be donated and distributed by Apple to the elderly and infirm,” he says. “I am a happy Apple consumer but I really want them to get serious and install big drop-off boxes in every store worldwide. They could probably even get one of the major courier companies to take up the initiative and distribute to the care homes involved in the scheme.” David has set up a facebook campaign to call Apple to account. “It’s time Apple started a CSR division doing this type of thing and giving back to the community,” he says. “Apple is the largest company in the world by market capital, so it's about time.” And it’s here David needs your help! “I have written to Apple’s media address three times now with no response,” he says. “I need to know who to talk to. I also need more ‘likes’ on facebook, and I need people to share this information.”

Get involved via David’s facebook page, and watch the short clip of Henry Dryer from the film, at

July 2012 issue